Friday, February 13, 2015



A summer writing workshop on a Montana ranch features an opportunity for writers and aspiring writers to work on their projects and develop ideas. This spring and summer, Christene Meyers, right, will also be reading and signing her novel.
She is a
vailable now for bookings, signings and workshops in many states.  Write her at

''If you want adventure, look no farther!  “Lillian's Last Dance” will amuse, shock, entertain and inform… It covers enormous territory with insight and knowledge, charm and talent, exploring Hollywood, theater, Europe and the American dream… a delightful book!'' – Award winning poet Laurel Blossom
"...a marvelous romp through the history of film and performance, with a pure love for the stage, in whatever form it presents itself....." acclaimed writer Ruth Rudner  

A Moss Mansion Writer's Voice workshop attracted
writers from throughout Montana. 
“LILIAN'S LAST DANCE” is coming out in paperback, after a successful three-month run as an Amazon ebook.
WordsWorth Press of Wyoming is bringing out the paperback, which is garnering fine national reviews – and international praise, from Australia to Italy.
AUTHOR CHRISTENE MEYERS will be embarking upon a national tour and would consider a reading and signing for your community group, book club or neighborhood literary organization.
Readings are planned up and down the West Coast, including San Diego, where Meyers spends part of her time.  Meyers will be in the Bay Area in early April and in the Phoenix area later that month. Montana readings under the auspices of The Writer’s Voice are planned in May.   Workshops will be held May 16 in Absarokee and May 23 in the Harlowton area.  The historic Moss Mansion in Billings will host a workshop May offering tips on imagining or reimagining one’s history – with its eccentrics, secrets and excesses – to produce lively writing, whether fiction or fact.
Workshop participants will draw from
their own families -- and their
imaginations -- for detail. Here
are some of Christene's ancestors.
30.  All three will feature "Broads, Booze and Buckaroos,"
Readings will also be held in Cody, and Powell, Wyo. Watch here for details.
Here’s a synopsis of “Lilian’s Last Dance,” which longtime arts and travel writer and veteran journalist Meyers co-wrote with her late husband, well known film critic William Jones: 
It’s 1907 and New York is teeming with immigrants and new ideas.  “Lilian’s Last Dance” unfolds in this fertile and revolutionary time as “the flickers” grab America’s attention. Art, music, movies, fashion and mores are changing. The global stage is in flux.  
A traveling troupe of repertory players makes silent movies, performing musical acts and comedy sketches between film shorts from its New York base. The ensemble’s impresario is a hard-working British-born film maker -- a romantic who loves America and her ambitious, talented people.  He sees a changing audience, in the transition from Vaudeville and “the silents” to Hollywood filmmaking and the first talkies. 
Writer Christene Meyers
Looking for a dazzling headliner to wow crowds, the troupe plucks up a disgruntled sharpshooter from the waning days of Buffalo Bill’s once famous Wild West show.  French born Lilian Dumont is sexy, opinionated and eager to leave Cody’s fading extravaganza.  She’s a natural before the camera. When Lilian takes aim – on a target or a crowd’s attention -- she doesn’t miss! The film maker is smitten.

Craving change and new territory, the troupe heads west, criss-crossing the U.S., plying its wares in storefront theaters to sold-out crowds. A love triangle develops when a dashing Montana outlaw shows up at a Midwest Nickelodeon and falls hard for Lilian.  As the company travels through Oklahoma, Texas, and Hollywood, passions flare, love is won and lost and loyalties shift.   Artists, actors, movie moguls,
Vintage film making and a troupe
of traveling actors are the focus
of the racy, adventure-filled plot
of "Lilian's Last Dance."

ranchers, cowboys, law makers and law breakers inhabit this carnival of color which takes a bow in Paris, London and other lively locales. Adding color and intrigue are a Hawaiian cowgirl with a Pancho Villa fetish, a jilted lawman out for revenge and a gay Peruvian painter about to make his international mark.
As the performers write and film their theatrical dramas, opium addiction, bank robbing, murder, honor, loyalty and vengeance play out on a larger stage, with the world on the brink of war.
“Lilian’s Last Dance” artfully moves its action from the streets of Paris to the European Front, to a secluded Montana hide-out, to Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco rebuilding after the devastating quake.  Real-life cameos include Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, Conrad Hilton, Edith Wharton, Ty Cobb, Pablo Picasso, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Gertrude Stein and more.
Meyers may be booked for a reading or signing at:; or by calling 406 661-2910.  The schedule will be updated periodically at

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