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March 2017’s New Arrivals

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March 2017

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Joanne Van Leerdam

Joanne Van Leerdam is a poet, blogger, writer, thinker, puzzler, teacher, traveller, photographer and generally nice person. Despite having lived all her life in Australia, she has, thus, far, avoided being killed or consumed by any of the deadly wildlife or natural disasters, which is probably a good thing.
Other than Australia, Canada is her favourite place in the world.

In addition to writing powerful, thought-provoking poetry and short-but-incredibly meaningful stories, she teaches senior high school English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company.

Her poetry is contemporary, sensual, moody and easy to read – and it will get you in the feelings.

Joanne’s author page

Jera Publishing

We bring your book to life!

For us, it’s all in the name: Jera is a Nordic rune, meaning “harvest,” that represents the rewards of patient, hard work. Jera is not only what we strive to embody as a business, but also what we strive to provide you, the author: a professional, polished book that reflects the hard work you put into it.

Jera Publishing is a team of self-publishing specialists, offering high-quality, affordable services for the indie and self-publishing author: cover design, interior layout, eBook conversion, marketing, and self-publishing consultation. Having worked with hundreds of authors over the course of over ten years, we have the experience to help you navigate the self-publishing process, produce a book you’ll be proud of, and, ultimately, bring your dream of authorship to fruition.

Meet Kimberly Martin, self-publishing coach and owner of Jera Publishing
Our motorcycle-riding founder, Kimberly began Jera Publishing in 2003. When she isn’t collecting vintage typewriters, spoiling her cat, or reading the latest urban fantasy novel, she’s helping indie authors realize their dream of publishing.

Jera Publishing’s author resource page

A.C. Sawyer

Alan Sawyer was born in the East of England and has been writing since a young age; often poetry and short stories. Although he had many ideas and part novels completed, he never published his first complete novel until his forties. Now he is working on his third. Writing comes very naturally to him and he likes to write in different ways in various genres, however thrillers and stories that are true to life are at the heart of his writing. He likes to pen from his own experiences and include snippets from the surroundings of where he lives. Often he writes a chapter in his head whilst on long walks around the water meadows by his local town.

His first novel ‘Cloudburst’ began as a song title, advanced into music and later progressed to a whole idea as a novel, but the end product was nothing like the original intention. His second novel ‘Goodbye Sunset’ is a sequel and completes the pairing; both are available on kindle and in paperback. They are thrillers based around relationship entanglements, which keep the reader guessing till the very end. His work in progress is a part historical novel and something not attempted before, he hopes this will be completed in 2018.

He continues to write music and poetry, which is something that came before the story telling, and he hopes a poetry anthology will come together in the near future.

A.C’s author page

Jessie Kwak

Jessie Kwak is a freelance writer and novelist living in Portland, Oregon. She writes character-driven sci-fi and fantasy with a liberal dose of explosions, gunfights, gangsters, and dinner parties. (Somewhat autobiographically, Jessie’s characters tend to be fans of delicious food and spirits.) She likes to make her readers laugh.

When she’s not writing B2B marketing copy or scribbling away on her latest novel, you can find her riding her bike to the brewpub, road tripping with her husband, or sewing her own clothes. Her current white whale is tailoring the perfect three-piece suit for herself.

Jessie’s author page

Marie Lenay Rogus

Marie Lenay Rogus is a certified clinical hypnotherapist, a speaker and expert on grief. She is the author of Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from Loss to Light and a bereavement group facilitator. In addition, Lenay is a certified childbirth educator who holds additional certifications in EFT and hypnoanesthesia. A gifted entrepreneur, she co-founded Peripheral Electronics, Inc., which she sold to a publicly traded company. Prior to starting Peripheral, she was a production coordinator and paralegal in the motion picture industry.

After experiencing the deaths of seven loved ones, Lenay wrote Grief Comfort Guide to share strategies that gave her comfort with other people coping with loss. Her memoir also details her 18 years in Hollywood where she encountered such celebrities as Cary Grant, Farrah Fawcett and Robert De Niro.

Marie’s author page

Tanor Costa

Born in the small state of Rhode Island, Tanor Costa lived with a fascination for good storytelling since his aunt showed him “Jurassic Park” at the young age of 3. Although it was scary the first time, he watched the movie every morning until Pre-school. Characters are the best part of a story in his opinion and when he’s not writing, he’s cheering excessively loudly for the Denver Broncos, tasting a new cigar, or enjoying the little things in life, whatever they may be; probably the company of animals though… because what’s better than that?

Tanor’s author page

Jacqueline Britton

Jacqueline Britton is a graduate of Stanford University. She took an unconventional Career Path from Stanford into the world of Fashion and has excelled in many roles in the Fashion Business. Some of her favorite jobs were Designer, Fashion Executive, and Buyer.
At Stanford she excelled in creative writing and her debut novel weaves the life of a textile designer through love, a tragic accident and an unexpected outcome. Her Psychology degree helps her touch on the mystery of special connections between people. Being a “visual” person, she created the “scenes” of her story in her mind then translated them to words. Her style of writing will be the perfect transition to the big screen.
Jacqueline now resides in Las Vegas, NV and when she’s not writing, she works as a Men’s Fashion Buyer for high profile boutiques in Casinos and airports. She spends her free time, playing semi-professional poker, creating her own fashion, savoring the Vegas life style, and enjoying the company of her husband and pets.

Scenes from her next book, Personal Injury, are already playing in her mind, so stay tuned!

Jacqueline’s author page

R.S. Dabney

R. S. Dabney’s passion for reading, writing, and exploring thrilling stories about unlikely heroes conquering evil started at a young age, culminating in the completion of her first two novels, The Soul Mender, book one in The Soul Mender Trilogy, and The Peace Keeper, book two. Her favorite books span every genre and she likes to describe her own work as having something for everyone—a sprinkle of suspense, a dash of adventure, and a whole lot of good versus evil.
R. S. grew up running around the red rocks and ravines in the deserts of southern Utah, building forts, fighting battles, and living the lives of all the characters she and her friends created. An avid lover of all things nature and the outdoors, R. S. attended Texas A&M University where she majored in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and minored in Park and Natural Resource Management. She worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for three years before leaving to pursue her dream of writing a novel.
She currently lives in the Big Bend region of Texas with her husband, two dogs, and cat. When she isn’t lost in another dimension creating havoc for her characters and stories, she enjoys mountain biking, exploring the desert, and eating way too much Mexican food.

R.S.’s author page

Keith Hirshland

Keith Hirshland is the son of local broadcast television pioneers and a four-decades veteran of the television industry. Shortly after the passing of both his parents Hirshland was urged to commemorate their lives and tell a few stories about his own trials and tribulations, successes and failures during his own long and interesting career. The result was Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat), a memoir replete with musings about the early days of ESPN2 and the launch of The Golf Channel, where Hirshland worked for 18 years before being fired for publishing this book. Hirshland realized he had been telling stories his entire life and, having enjoyed writing the first book so much, decided to try his hand at fiction. Big Flies, a mystery that uses four real-life, still unsolved, robberies as connective tissue to tell the story of a father and a son. He is currently living in New Jersey with his wife and Bernese Mountain Dog writing book number three.

Keith’s author page

M L Hutchinson

M L Hutchinson resides in the suburbs of Maryland, with her husband of twenty-four years. Preferring the fantasy and glamour of classic movies or the happily ever after of a romance novels, this fueled her imagination at an early age. Her love of writing began when she read her first Harlequin Romance novel by Janet Dailey. With the first entry of her journal at the age of fourteen she knew that writing would forever be her passion. Janet Daily inspired her all those years ago, today her inspiration comes from authors like, J Kenner and Sawyer Bennett. Since starting this journey she has recently discovered awesome indie authors like, Louise Bay and Emma Hart and the list goes on and on. The desire to write her own happy endings has led to her debut novel, Tainted Bond, which will be the first installment in The Bonded Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, comic book based action movies, spending time with family and spoiling her two grandchildren. After years of putting off following her dream, she is now ready to share her stories, to become the writer she always dreamed she would be.

M L’s author page

Perfect The Word

Lesley specialises in editing fiction by independent authors as well as for commercial publishers. You will find her approachable and friendly.

Subject areas and media

Fiction of all genres – in particular crime and thriller; science fiction, fantasy, and horror; romance; historical; young adult; children’s. She also has experience in editing non-fiction, including books on religion, law/police, biography, and substantial marketing reports. She has experience in editing both UK and US English, and also work with ESL clients.


Lesley has been a freelance editor and proofreader since 2009, working full time since 2013. She works with major publishing houses and also deals directly with independent authors.

Perfect The Word’s resource page

Adrian Russell

Adrian Russell came to novel writing later in life. He began writing the first few words of his debut novel when he was in his late forties, but it was only when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 that he got serious about writing. His debut novel Nothing Left But fear was mostly written whilst he was going through chemotherapy treatment.
Writing for Adrian was a great distract for him and helped to take his mind off the fearful thoughts that are experienced whilst going through this disease. Adrian’s writing technique leaves the reader in suspense at the end of many of his chapters, as many finish on a cliff-hanger. He recalls reading Dan Browns novel The Da Vinci Code for the first time, who also uses this same technique to keep the reader hooked throughout his book too.

Adrian lives in Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest and close to the beaches of Bournemouth. He lives with his lovely wife Jo and their dog Missie and cat Lilly. Although, you’ll not always find him there, as he and his wife love to spend time in far flung places like Barbados or Greece. You’ll find him tapping away on his iPad working on his next novel on the beach, in between windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling or scuba diving.

Adrian has a real love of animals and of horses, having been to Africa on a number of occasions. One time he experienced a horse-back safari with his daughter, exploring the plains of Africa and galloping alongside giraffe and wildebeest. His fascination with animals also extends below the surface, where he loves to explore the ocean depths. He particularly loves to see sharks, dolphins and turtles, but he also has an affinity with seahorses and other small critters that live in the sea.

Adrian’s author page

Doug Stanfield

Doug Stanfield, writing poetry and fiction under the name “Hemmingplay,” is the youngest son of a teacher and a nurse who grew up on a family farm in western Ohio. He had a few disreputable occupations, including newspaper reporter and editor, and public relations flak, but is trying to make amends.

His desire to write fiction and poetry never really went away. When the kids were safely off making their own mistakes, he turned on the computer, stared at the screen for a long time, and began again.

Doug’s author page

Sharon Hannaford

Sharon has been calling herself a writer since she was 8 yrs old. She wrote her first auto-biography at age 10. As a teenager, she was teased about being a witch, because she wore lots of black and walked around with a black cat sitting on her shoulder. She never disagreed too loudly as she found it amusing to keep everyone guessing.
Born and raised in South Africa she has called New Zealand home since 2008. Her life consists largely of looking after her husband, two kids, three cats, a dog, a pony and a horse, but her spare time goes into writing, reading, riding horses and quaffing good red wine.
Though she has had many jobs over the years, her favourite is, without doubt, being paid to write about the characters who take up residence in her head. She also loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She has owned cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, miniature horses, pigs, cows and sheep. Having spent her teens working on farms and at petting zoos, she has handled everything from porcupines and warthogs, to ferrets and hedgehogs. She has hand-raised kittens, lambs and an eagle owl. If she ever gives up writing she’ll probably open her own menagerie.

Sharon’s author page

Sherry Joyce

Former Silicon Valley Vice President of Human Resources, author Sherry Joyce released her first romantic suspense novel, THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION after being struck by lightning writing out postcards in a turret in a castle she rented with her husband on a vacation. Her newest novel released this year, DANGEROUS DUPLICITY, is set in El Dorado Hills (where she lives with her husband and two West Highland Terriers), Tribeca, New York, and St.-Paul-de-Vence, France. “Romantic Suspense is a genre that I enjoy writing because it is equally balanced between romance and mystery/crime thrillers. My stories help readers find strength in overcoming adversity, belief that justice can prevail, and in the end, the redeeming power of love is one of the most valuable gifts in life.” A frequent speaker and panelist on writing and career transitions from high-tech in the Bay Area to owning her design firm since 2000, SJDesigns Interiors, to author, she also is a guest feature writer for THE HILLS LIVING magazine. Last year she was a judge for Top of The Mountain Book Awards in Colorado. A Board Director for the Eldorado Arts Council in Placerville, as an artist and writer, she supports the importance of arts in community growth. She is a member of the California Writers Club, Sisters In Crime, Sacramento, Northern California Publishers and Authors, Women’s National Book Association of San Francisco and Romance Writers of America. Her short story, MURDER BY CONCLUSION was published in 2016 by Sisters In Crime/Capitol Crimes. COZUMEL CALAMITY was published by Northern California Publishers and Authors “Our Dance With Words Collection of Fine Writing.” She is currently working on a sequel to DANGEROUS DUPLICITY.

Sherry’s author page

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