Getting Off on Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery

Apr 30, 2017

Editor’s Note: Because of rain, this event has been rescheduled for May 20, though author Megan Edwards is no longer able to attend.

Our thanks to Flo Selfman, member of the Independent Writers of Southern California, for information regarding a relatively new author—who’s also a former resident of Altadena…

“What would you do if all your stuff went up in smoke?” Megan Edwards knows.

In 1993, Megan Edwards‘s house was the first of 200 to burn down in the 1992 Altadena wildfire dubbed “the fire of the future.” Suddenly “stuff-less,” Edwards and her husband decided not to rebuild. Instead, they grabbed the family dog and set out on a 6-month U. S. road trip in a custom-built motor home.

Edwards went from being a school principal and columnist to a full-time RV road warrior. Her experiences led to her first book, the travel memoir Roads form the Ashes followed by a humorous bent, Caution: Funny Signs Ahead.

Six months turned into six years, ending in Las Vegas. “No one was more surprised than I was that Las Vegas felt like home to me,” she says.

She quickly learned that living in Las Vegas is very different from visiting Las Vegas. Enchanted by this unlikely metropolis in the desert, she founded, a site dedicated to “real life in the shadow of the Strip.”

Now, Edwards is dipping into the realm of mystery writing with Getting Off on Frank Sinatra:

Edwards makes an assured fiction debut. This amusing mystery stars aspiring journalist Copper Black, a contributor to a Las Vegas newspaper, who must navigate a multitude of personal and professional hurdles…Copper learns enough secrets to make deadly enemies before emerging bruised, battered, victorious, and primed for new comic adventures.
—Publishers Weekly



Edwards’ second Copper Black mystery Full Service Blonde, is scheduled for publication in November 2017, and Strings: A Love Story in September 2017.

Edwards will be reading from Getting Off on Frank Sinatra and signing copies at this year’s “Celebrating Women” event in Sherman Oaks on May 7.


Maria Cina & Vanessa Marcil.


Created by actress-designer Maria Cina and co-hosted by Cina and actress Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett on General Hospital), the day-long “Celebrating Women” event features speakers, classes and workshops, beauty treatments, comedy and song, sipping and discounted shopping.

The event is free, though donations to Sojourn House (serving adult and children victims of domestic violence) are gratefully welcome.


Former Altadena resident and author Megan Edwards.


11:30 a.m.: “Discover Your Intuition” with Lisa Rose Lodeski in the front garden
2:30 p.m.: Michelle Joyner, writing coach and facilitator of The Long Table weekly writing class leads a 45-minute class “to awaken your writer within.” (Note on RSVP if you’d like to attend as seating is limited.)

12:30 p.m.: “Empowerment without Losing Femininity in the 21st Century” with Anne DeSalvo, award-winning Broadway actor and professor at USC Film School.
1 p.m.: “Femanine Leadership” with Karin Bellantoni, Executive Coach and Growth Specialist
2 p.m.: “The Beauty of Personal Reinvention” with Grammy-award winner, songwriter, writer, and designer Franne Gold.

3:30 p.m.: Megan Edwards, author of Getting Off on Sinatra; book reading and signing.
4 p.m.: Dianne Burnett, ex-wife of reality TV fame Mark Burnett, reads from and signs her book The Road to Reality: I’ve Been Voted Off the Island!… My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor.


4:30 p.m.: Melissa de la Cruz, bestselling author; reading and signing.

Whether she’s writing about the lavish Manhattan parties of beautiful powerful fallen angels known as Blue Bloods, or is in the mind of a young blackjack dealer in post-apocalyptic New Vegas, Melissa de la Cruz tackles questions of family, lineage, and inheritance in her bestselling young adult fiction—without kimping on magic, dystopia and myth.
—”Q&A: Melissa de la Cruz” by Latria Graham, LA Times, April 1, 2016



“Celebrating Women” 
Sunday, May 7th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
13221 Chandler Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91401
Free event; registration required (click here)
Donations accepted at door for Sojourn House
Valet parking: $7
Find more details and RSVP at


Megan Edwards’ books and upcoming publications:






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