July 10, 2001 |
What could these women possibly have in common? Ness is a 6-foot African American blacksmith whose last boyfriend infected her with HIV. Nance is a Southern belle who couldn't live with a self-centered journalist but can't get him out of her mind. Beryl spent five years in prison for stabbing her abusive husband. (Her kitchen knife didn't kill him, though;he slipped on spilled beer and cracked his head.) Obviously, each woman is disillusioned with the male of the species.
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May 14, 2000 |
Jo-Ann Mapson, the best-selling author of five novels, including "Hank & Chloe" and "The Wilder Sisters," conducted her final Orange County book signing last week--at least it was her last signing as an Orange County resident. Mapson is joining a handful of other notable Orange County authors--T. Jefferson Parker among the most recent--who have pulled up stakes over the past decade and moved out of the county.
June 10, 1999 |
Watch your back, Larry McMurtry. There's another cowpoke in town who, for a good while now, has been steadily fixing to pick up where you left off. Her name's Jo-Ann Mapson and she's getting pretty fast on the draw. Trouble-ridden romance, as hurtful and risky as a green horse, is the subject Mapson has corralled. "The Wilder Sisters," her newest novel, travels along the same fence line as her other books.
July 26, 1996 |
Costa Mesa author Jo-Ann Mapson received good news from Hollywood this week. CBS and Warner Television have exercised their movie option on her 1994 novel, "Blue Rodeo," a love story between two middle-age people in a small New Mexico town. Pre-production is underway. Filming will begin Aug. 5 in Tucson, with Ann-Margret starring as Margaret Yearwood, a divorced mother struggling to overcome emotional estrangement from her teenage son, Peter.
May 20, 1996 |
"Shadow Ranch" is as romantic as any drugstore bustier-buster, but it masks its intentions with tragic events, a comic style, a cast of realistically dysfunctional characters and an acutely detailed Southern California background. Like Jo-Ann Mapson's first two novels, "Hank & Chloe" and "Blue Rodeo," this is a love story for grown-ups, propelled by the attraction between improbable lovers.
May 3, 1996 |
Jo-Ann Mapson writes about odd couples, people who attain emotional and sexual heights despite all odds. Her couples are as baffling and compelling as the bumble bee, which has tissue-thin wings and a heavy round body and by the laws of aerodynamics should not fly. But it does.