February 2017’s New Arrivals
Angela J. Ford
Angela J. Ford was brought up as a bookworm and musician. She began writing The Four Worlds, a fantasy action, adventure series at the age of 12. The storyline of the books is largely based off of creative games she played with her sisters. Originally finished when she was 16, after college, Angela began to re-write the Four Worlds Series, bringing it from a child’s daydream to an adventure young and old alike can enjoy. Inspired by fairy tales, high magic, and epic fantasy, Angela knows you’ll enjoy your adventures within the Four Worlds. If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll mostly likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book. Make sure you say hello!
Ian R Kaye
Ian R Kaye’s childhood was spent in the 1960’s witnessing advances in pop, art, along with a new philosophy. The excitement surrounding The Beatles certainly changed his world. Whilst completing a part-time degree in law, he was fortunate enough to be taught and inspired by his friend Neville Digby, a senior lecturer and barrister. Long before the philosophy of Kolb’s ‘Experiential Learning’ was embraced by further education institutions in Britain, Neville encouraged students to ‘live life’ to learn the subject. When, in turn, Ian taught law he again introduced such practices.
From lawyer and educationalist to writing children’s books may at first site appear strange. But each case in our law tells a story, some tragic and sad, others inspirational and maybe at times a little funny. After all law does reflect life.
Ian’s first involvement in creativity took the form of inventing several board games in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. The first was all about the law. At one time three of his games were on sale throughout the country and were advertised on TV.
M L Sparrow
M L Sparrow is currently the author of four full length novels, a novella and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!
As well as writing, she enjoys travelling and has been to some amazing countries, where she never fails to gather inspiration and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…
Matthew Mason is an independent author, poet, and musician from rural Illinois, where many of his stories take place. His writing has been heavily influenced by the many years he has worked in churches of every denomination. However, a love of the macabre and the paranormal also permeates this young writer’s prose. From the subtly sacrilegious to the devoutly divine, his works span the spectrum of religious zealotry. Besides writing, he is also a music educator, teaching and performing as a professional pianist. His strongest influences are Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Charles Bukowski, and many long-dead poet-composers, such as Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Besides writing and music, Matt Mason is a major cinephile, growing up watching every horror film he could find, from the original Universal monster movies to the cult slasher films of the 70’s and 80’s and into the increasingly cheesy horror plots of the 2000’s. Currently living in Indianapolis, Matt continues to write, play music, and enjoy art in all its forms.
Whitney Rines lives in Anchorage, AK and is married to a wonderful man versed in computer wizardry. They have two pets, a ball python named Archie and a black cat named Starfish. She enjoys telling a good story and bringing enjoyment and adventure to readers of all genres, preferring a mixed style in her writing.
While she enjoys writing Fantasy and other styles of fiction, Whitney has a wide range of interests to include Mythology and folklore from world cultures, and it inspires her writing in several ways, from writing to the art style of her characters and setting. She also enjoys reading classical literature, satire, horror, fantasy, occult, psychological thrillers, historical fantasy, and a number of non-fiction genres such as history, sciences, and math theory.
She is a published author and illustrator for both work and fun. She has put out a novel with the first reviews being 5-stars. She looks forward to hearing more from future readers on her current and future works. She will be continuing Pearls of Time: Between Gods and Mortals as a series, while putting out short stories and several separate novels to come.
“I love when a book can keep me guessing until the end, and I aspire to give the same kind of suspense and fun to my readers.”
Aaron Jinks is a writer who emerged from the buckeye state. Writing wasn’t always Aaron’s niche, in fact, he spent most of his time growing up trying to find it. His YA novel, “Sound of Thunder, Strike of Lightning” published in January of 2017.
When he’s not writing, Aaron’s playing guitar or video games, enjoying tea or wine, writing bad poems, or reading.
Jessica Tendayi was born and raised in the beautiful land of Zimbabwe. She has been writing short stories ever since the age of twelve, and although none of them were ever published, she has held on to the belief that “life writes the best stories!” ©
When she was a child, Jessica was frequently told that she had an extra-ordinary imagination; that she told tall stories. As a result, Jessica grew up thinking that story-telling was a bad thing; that making up stuff made you a liar. But these life-stories are all stories that anybody can all use as God-given lessons and instructions, bringing the courage and strength only found from the victory and success that other people have experienced when they overcame their challenges. These stories give us the courage to continue doing this thing called life. Stories of everyday life. Inspirational stories of rising above the challenges and obstacles that everyday life throws at each and every one of us. Stories that serve to remind us all that there is a greater force within each and every one of us that when we connect with that inner force, we are all able to do extraordinary things. Life’s stories.
For many years, Jessica suppressed her stories. She stopped believing in their inspirational power, and certainly did not want to be thought of as a liar! But as she grew older, she slowly began to learn to be brave and courageous. She started to slowly allow the stories that had long been buried in her heart to unfold with reckless abandon.
It is Jessica’s hope and most sincere prayer, that as you flip through the pages of her stories, and as you somehow interact with all the characters, that you too would be motivated and inspired!
Jessica currently lives in the countryside of Toronto, Canada with her husband and three children.
Bernadette Rowley is an author of fantasy romance who grew up on rural properties on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Her teenage years were spent training her beloved horses, reading the fantasy stories of Tolkien, Brooks and Eddings and dreaming of becoming a vet. She graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science First Class Honours in 1987.
Bernadette works part time as a small animal vet, allowing her four days a week for her passion, writing. She now lives in Brisbane with her husband of 29 years, their three adult sons and Slippers the cat. Her other interests are reading (fantasy and romance), singing (a capella), cricket and music.
B.B. Swann wanted to be a writer when she realized writing words was easier than saying them out loud. Still, somehow she became a teacher, too and talks quite a bit. B.B. Swann lives in Southern Illinois with her two- and four-legged family members. She loves to run, binge watch Netflix health documentaries, and talk to her three teens when they have a minute to spare. Most nights you can find her reading or writing into the wee hours of the night. She believes in the almighty power of caffeine and battling old age with purple hair and lots of sarcasm.
John Malone and Nicole Delgado
Since John was a kid, his favorite movie has always been The Wizard of Oz. As he got older, he and his brother developed an affinity for the horror film genre, always looking for the next great thriller. Knowing of his love for both horror and Oz, John was introduced by his friend, Nicole Delgado, to the Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige, a dark Oz thriller he found absolutely amazing. After reading through the series, and intrigued by the backstory and characters used from the original stories, John went on to read the original fourteen books in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. After noticing his increased interest in everything Oz related, Nicole, having already published a book, posed an unexpected question. If you could write a book, what would it be about? One immediate idea came to mind: John’s own dark and twisted version of the Wizard of Oz.
Lynn Russo Whylly
Lynn Russo Whylly is a professional business writer and editor who has been writing since she was 10 years old. Since her first story was published in the 8th grade school newspaper, her work has appeared in nearly 50 national publications. She resides in Connecticut with her husband Adrian.
Richard began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Texas and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.
In 1991 Richard began his sports writing career at the Gallup Independent in New Mexico before moving on to serve as an editor and photographer for several newspapers and online publications. He won the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story while at the Turlock Journal and a CNAE award for pagination in 2005 while serving as Sports Editor at the Merced Sun-Star. He was named a Player of the Year in 2002 by the CCMR Racing Series for his coverage of auto racing while at the Sun-Star.
A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.
Lisa Marie Latino
Lisa Marie Latino is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched HipNewJersey.com, an online lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s “Cake Boss” and SNY’s “Oh Yeah” and works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network. She has also served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, “Ten Years Later.” Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication. She currently lives in New Jersey.