News and Events



The House's Money was awarded a Finalist Medal in the 2013 Next Generation Book Awards.  The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named the best indie books of 2013…  Click here to read more.


 San Francisco by J Schmitz

May 18, 2013 – Good News!
The House's Money made the 2013 Winners List! The novel was awarded Honorable Mention in General Fiction at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Awards Ceremony.



Chili Trophy w Joey

Trailblazer Chili Competition First Place Trophy

Great news!  Owen's Trailblazer Chili won First Place Individual Category at the Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival on April 6, 2013.  It was a perfect day at the park with friends and family, the festival featured beer tasting, art vendors (The House's Money was there), live music and a chili competition… Click here to read more.


blue print restaurantThe House's Money received the 2nd place award for Best 2013 General Fiction at the Northern California Publishers and Authors Association!
The annual banquet and book awards were held at the Blue Prynt Restaurant in Sacramento. It was a nice evening of good food, sharing stories with fellow authors, and giving recognition to a talented group of people.



Hugs (Small)Saturday, April 6, 2013
Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival
1:00PM to 5:00PM
Fremont Park, Sacramento CA
To read more, click here: Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival


Books n bearsSaturday, December 22, 2012
11 AM to 1 PM
Books N Bears

6211 Pleasant Valley Road
El Dorado, CA 95623
(530) 621-1766
A signing of The House's Money was graciously hosted by Books N Bears owners, Marti and Claude Dunn.  Shoppers who stopped by enjoyed delicious chili, cookies, and candies at this unique and charming bookstore located in the quaint, rural setting of Historic El Dorado, California.


The twig bookstoreSaturday, December 29, 2012
1 PM to 3 PM
The Twig Bookshop

200 E. Grayson, Suite 124
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 826-6411
Owen appeared at The Twig Bookshop to talk about his book.  It was a successful event.  Afterward, he headed to the Alamo Bowl to watch Texas and Oregon State in an awesome game.  What a great day!




greed hands moneyMountain Democrat Book Review
Wendy Shultz

Wednesday, November 25, 2012
In the vein of John Grisham’s “The Firm” Whiteside becomes aware of colleagues undercutting him, conspiracies of greed…, to read more, click here:


YPC_LogoThursday, October 18, 2012
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Young Professionals Council of Sacramento Meeting

Mack Powell Auditorium

2003 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 922-7711
Owen spoke on "How to Change with the Market and Re-Invent Yourself to Succeed" and talked about his book at the October Young Professionals Council Meeting at the Sacramento Association of Realtors. A question and answer session followed where he provided valuable and pertinent information about the real estate industry.  To see a video, go here How to Change with the Market video


WineArtFair_10-07-2012Sunday, October 7, 2012
12:00 to 4:00 PM
Delta Wine and Art Faire

Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Avenue
Clarksburg, CA 95612
(916) 744-1615
This Wine, Art and Food fundraiser event for the California Delta Chambers and Visitor's Bureau featured over 20 Artists, 9 Wineries, 30 Authors, 4 bands. It was held at the Old Sugar Mill Winery, home to a unique community of eight California wineries.  Please visit for details.



poppies 2Friday, August 17, 2012
11AM to 1 PM
El Dorado Women's Council of Realtors
Business Resource Meeting and Luncheon

Cameron Park Country Club
3201 Royal Drive
Cameron Park, CA 95682
Owen was a featured guest speaker at this El Dorado Women's Council of Realtors Business Resource Meeting and Luncheon where he spoke about "How to Succeed In A Challenging Real Estate Market, his journey as an author, and new book.


SPismos food plateaturday, August 11, 2012
2 to 4 PM

Pismo's Coastal Grill Signing Event
7937 North Blackstone Avenue
Fresno, CA 93720-4310
(559) 439-9463
Owner of Fresno's finest seafood restaurant, Dave Fansler, graciously hosted a House's Money book signing at Pismo's Seafood Grill.


RW&B GirlsSaturday, August 4, 2012
9:30 to 11:30 AM
Bluesapalooza 2012

The Booky Joint
437 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546-2013
(760) 934-5023
This was a great weekend spent listening to concerts and tasting the beer of 70 California breweries. Owen spent Saturday morning at the Booky Joint bookstore in the heart of Mammoth Lakes and met some wonderful people. To read more about this event, click here: Bookys, Brews, and Red, White and Blues


CIMG3355-(Small)Saturday, July 7, 2012
7 to 11 PM
The House's Money Launch Party

To see more photos of this event, go to Photo Gallery page.





IMG_1815-(640x480)Thursday, July 5, 2012
4:30 to 7:30 PM

The Beer Garden Grill Pre-Launch Event
6608 Auburn Folsom Road
Folsom CA 95630
(916) 988-8812
This was the first House's Money event held in the beautiful, serene setting of the Beer Garden Grill patio in Folsom. To see photos of this event, go to Photo Gallery page.

The Book

Passionate, idealistic, young Matt Whiteside has just landed the job of his dreams. Dressed to kill and running on pure ambition, he enters the ranks of mortgage-backed securities traders twice his age for one of the most prestigious firms in San Francisco.

Life couldn’t be sweeter. But the roller coaster has only just begun.