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March’s Featured 5


1. J. Bradley van Tighem, author of PUHA: Book I of the Master of the Wild series

BradJ. Bradley Van Tighem was born and raised in California, a sixth-generation Californian. He is an avid nature buff, especially fond of birds of prey and reptiles. He dabbled in falconry for several years, but realized he couldn’t dedicate enough time to it with a full-time job as a Java programmer and two sports-loving teenage boys.

He hopes to follow-up “Puha” with the second and third installments of the series entitled “Mestizo” and “Tejano,” respectively. Look for “Mestizo” at the end of 2014…

J. Bradley Van Tighem’s Author Page

2. Tom O’Brien, author of The Missing Postman and other stories

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATom O’Brien is a native of Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, Ireland, and is a full time writer and playwright. Performed plays include: Money from America, Cricklewood Cowboys, On Raglan Road. Johnjo, Gorgeous Gaels, Brendan Behan’s Women, Down Bottle Alley etc.

Books include: Confessions of an Altar Boy and Confessions of a Corner Boy, Cassidy’s Cross. Formerly a construction worker, Tom has lived in Hastings UK since 2000.

Tom’s Author Page

3. Tim Marquitz, author of The Demon Squad Series

Tim-Marquitz1Raised on a diet of Heavy Metal and bad intentions, Tim Marquitz has always been interested in writing, but it wasn’t until about 1995 the urge became a compulsion. However, it would be many years later before the ability matched the interest. Fortunately, the two have reconciled…mostly.

Writing a mix of the dark perverse, the horrific, and the tragic, tinged with sarcasm and biting humor, he looks to leave a gaping wound in the minds of his readers like his inspirations: Clive Barker, Jim Butcher, and Stephen King.

Tim’s Author Page

4. S.G. Night, author of the Three Acts of Penance

SG NightSG Night has been a writer since he was old enough to hold a pen. Hailing from Northern Virginia, he spent his youth in Honors writing programs, garnering a love for science-fiction and fantasy. The countless hours of world-building and scribbling in notebooks began to bear fruit in the summer of 2012; over the course of the following year, he worked tirelessly to craft his debut Epic Fantasy novel. Night completed the manuscript for Attrition: the First Act of Penance shortly before his 18th birthday.

S.G. Night’s Author Page

5. Ilyan Kei Lavanway, author of An Aviator at Heart

IlyanIlyan Kei Lavanway is a fresh new face in the world of indie authors and publishers. His unique name could prove to be an asset as an author and publisher. Mr. Lavanway is married and has one son who has Down’s syndrome. Mr. Lavanway grew up in Wenatchee and Waterville, Washington State. He is the oldest of seven siblings. He spent his high school summers driving wheat trucks and combines during harvest, earning cash to support his first love, the love of flight. He was an avid private pilot in his teens. Ironically, for all his love of aviation, Mr. Lavanway’s 14 years in the United States Air Force never landed him a flight crew assignment. Nope. He was kicking it subterranean school in a capsule beneath the North Dakota plains as an ICBM launch officer for his first four years of service, followed by a year of really uninteresting work in a vault, on base.

Ilyan’s Author Page

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