New Arrivals 2018
Michael F. Rizzo
Michael F. Rizzo brings his own style to the stories he tells. From Mafia and beer history to his fictional characters. Rizzo began his publishing career in 2005 and has released ten books both traditionally and self-published.
Born in Buffalo, New York, much of his writing, both non-fiction and fiction, is based in Buffalo. He tries to find nuggets of history that haven’t been written about and bring them to life. In his Rex Carlton Mysteries fiction series, his main character borrows much from the author, who was once a bike messenger and faced many of the challenges the character does, including having thyroid cancer.
He has written about architecture and retail history, Polish gangsters and brewing history in both Buffalo and Washington state.
As a hybrid author, he has been able to write much of what he has wanted and found an audience for it.
With his wife, he moved to Washington state in 2013 where they are raising two beautiful kids, a couple of old cats and a dog. In his spare time, he does work on their 1910 home.
After a career in the automotive industry, Ed Faunce pursued his passion for writing – starting with Indiana University’s communications department, where he wrote public relations copy, working his way to an undergraduate degree in humanities. From that part-time writing gig, Ed expanded his repertoire into photography and video production while working there, also helping to co-produce a short film that was screened at the prestigious Chicago Children’s International Film Festival. After Graduating in 2012 with his Master’s in Digital Storytelling from Ball State University, he wrote several short stories and articles that were featured in various local and national online webzines, as well as being included in science fiction anthology e-books. Ed has ghostwritten articles for international magazines and even took a short turn as a Hollywood gossip columnist (Not as fun as one might think). As an educator, Ed has taught web design and digital video editing, and now is an instructor in speech, and business communication for Indiana University at Kokomo. Trifecta: Three Stories is just a small portion of the work that he has put together for e-zine publications. He is currently working on two more anthologies that will be out in the near future. As an actor, Ed can be seen in television commercials, music videos and Disney fan films on YouTube.
A native of Spain, Alba Castillo currently resides in the United States. Over the years she worked as a legal assistant and later owned a private investigative agency. Castillo is a single parent of three and a walking, talking miracle. Stricken with breast cancer, Castillo’s health battles were prolonged, painful and demoralizing. After beating breast cancer, Castillo learned that it had metastasized into her bones, resulting in several spinal tumors. The disease, coupled with a life of constant domestic abuse and the loss of her youngest child, forced Castillo to develop a resilience and strength she never thought possible. Malice Intent is the chronicle of Castillo’s struggles for survival. Her will to live and determination to overcome so many painful obstacles are what make this book so inspiring to millions.
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H.L. Karhoff has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. She has been a writer since early childhood. Throughout school, she won several writing contests, earning scholarships and other awards. While she dabbles in various genres, Karhoff primarily writes young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Spiraling, was published in 2016. The sequel, Broken Dreams, is expected to release Fall 2018. Karhoff lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, a spoiled cat, and various reptiles. She is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in secondary education and working on the third book in the Spiraling series.
Eliza Taye is an introverted night owl who loves to escape into the myriad world of books. When she was a shy kid, she would stick her nose in a book to shield herself from having to talk to other people. As an adult, she no longer does that, but still struggles with coming out of her shell. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys traveling, photography, and all things science and nature. She’s traveled to over half of the fifty states in the USA and hopes to one day visit them all. Oftentimes her travels and observations of nature inspire her writing. After obtaining a marine science degree, she became inspired to write sci-fi in addition to the fantasy stories she wrote growing up. Two material things Eliza could never live without: books and music. She never leaves the house without at least one book and a way to listen to music. Music fuels her passion for storytelling, allowing her to daydream that she’s defeating bad guys, exploring unknown worlds, or wielding swords of destiny, when in reality, she’s just writing about it. She’s the author of the Oceania: The Underwater Series books, which was nominated for the Best Story Award in 2017 from the NY Literary Magazine. She writes sci-fi, fantasy, and action adventure novels for young adults.
James Atkinson is a certified fitness coach, actively involved in the health and fitness arena for over 20 years. He has been skinny and unathletic, overweight and out of shape, a long distance runner, a “gym rat,” and competitive bodybuilder before serving nine years in the British Army airborne unit as a member of 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.
It may appear like James is one of those guys who is genetically gifted and had some sort of head start in order to achieve extreme fitness results, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. He developed his fitness ambition as a direct result of not being physically gifted. His fitness achievements did not come easy, but his main strong point was and still is perseverance. He often stumbled and fell down completely during his journey, but he always got there in the end.
“If I were to start back at the beginning and I had my future self to guide me, I would save many years of mistakes, be able to spot the bad advice from the good and avoid the usual pitfalls, be able to start off with the right mindset and ultimately hit my fitness goals in a fraction of the time it has taken me.”
Now James wants to help others reach their respective fitness goals as quickly and efficiently as possible and experience the wholesome feeling of achievement, a feeling that has to be earned. His approach is a product of his personal experience and fitness education. He has used these routines and plans over and over again both for himself and his clients and trainees. They are methods that are guaranteed to give you great fitness results.
A. L. Norton
Author A. L. Norton is from the small town of Whiteland, Indiana. She has been married for 22 years, has 3 kids, a son-in-law and 2 grandsons. A. L. Norton grew up wanting to become a writer, or actress, and always had her head in the clouds. “I have always been a daydreamer, and creative, but too shy to express what I was thinking about until I started writing.” Writing her first manuscript over 20 years ago, A. L. Norton tucked it away, deciding not to do anything with it until a year ago. “It’s a memoir of my childhood. I was scared of what people might think of me if I told my story. I am happy that I finally did. I have received many e-mails and messages from people all over the world telling me how I inspired them to write their story. The book has done great.” A. L. Norton is a multi-genre writer, writing everything from memoirs, self-help to erotica. She has just released her book, “Grandpa,” and is working on part 2 to her best selling book, “My Nightmare in Georgia.” A. L. Norton suffers from a rare chronic illness and is bedridden a lot, so she spends most of her time writing her books from her bed. “Writing helps me take my mind off this awful sickness and pain that I have to go through.” You can find all of A. L. Norton’s books on Amazon.
Jorge P. Newbery
Jorge P. Newbery is a successful entrepreneur, distressed debt and real estate investor, endurance athlete, and author. He turned around some of the country’s most troubled housing complexes in amassing a portfolio of 4,000 apartments across the USA from 1992 – 2005. However, a natural disaster triggered a financial collapse in which he lost everything and emerged over $26 million in debt. He never filed bankruptcy. Instead he developed strategies to gain leverage over creditors to settle debts at huge discounts, or simply did not pay them at all.
As an athlete, Newbery raced bicycles for a living from 1986 – 1990 as a Category 1. He competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials and was 4th in the Spenco 500, a nonstop 500-mile bike race televised on ESPN. Newbery also runs and has completed over 70 marathons and ultramarathons. In 2012, he was the overall winner of the Chicago Lakefront 50K. At 46-years-old, he was double the age of the 24-year-old second-place finisher.
Today, Newbery helps others crushed by unaffordable debts rebuild their lives. Jorge is Founder and Chairman of American Homeowner Preservation (AHP), a socially responsible hedge fund which purchases nonperforming mortgages from banks at big discounts, then shares the discounts with families. Jorge’s response to the nation’s mortgage crisis creates meaningful social and financial returns for investors, while keeping families in their homes.
In recent books “Debt Cleanse” and “Stories of the Indebted,” Jorge draws upon his own experiences and those of other Americans burdened by debt to offer insight, strategies and techniques to settle debts at big discounts. “Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands” is Jorge’s autobiographical account of how he was pushed to his physical and mental limits during his time of strife, and how he overcame the challenges he faced.
Cynthia Collins writes stories that combine the past and present through historical settings with the aid of ghosts and family. She is a two-time award winner of The Storyteller magazine’s People’s Choice Award – 1st Place Fiction. She had every intention of pursuing a classical music career but, after moving to New York City, spent her spare time watching the ships in New York Harbor. This led to volunteering, sail training, and employment at various maritime historic sites. As a result, she has written both fiction and numerous non-fiction articles about historic house museums and tall ships.
She is from Jefferson City, Missouri, graduated from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Music, received a certificate from the Salzburg Universitat Summer School in Salzburg, Austria, and studied music composition at Mannes School of Music in New York.
William Joseph was born in Lakewood, New Jersey. He grew up in nearby Pine Beach New Jersey and has lived there his entire life. An only child and highly imaginative, William Joseph spent a lot of time writing growing up, but it wasn’t until he finally felt that he had a story to tell with THIS IS WAR that he stuck with it from beginning to end. During this time, William Joseph attended Ocean County College and graduated with honors and two degrees. While in college, he also attended a creative writing class, where, for the first time he shared his work with other people. Sharing a short story with them and seeing how he could emotionally connect with his readers got him hooked. His short story was published in his college’s annual literary magazine, and since then, the pursuit for publishing his work began, as well as the dedication and dream of writing more books and stories. William Joseph is a Multi-Genre Author. He likes to focus on believable characters that have flaws and he likes to throw them into chaotic or unimaginable events. He likes to challenge his readers, and create hidden undertones or messages that challenge both the readers and characters and push the boundaries of what’s right or wrong, good and bad.
Sally Dill spent years as a designer at a large architectural firm before realizing that inspiring young minds was her true passion. After years of developing and managing an ecommerce store, selling children’s knowledge products, she decided to focus on writing children’s books—something she had been doing since she was a young girl.
THE BORING DAYS AND AWESOME NIGHTS OF ROY WINKLESTEEN is her first middle-grade novel—and, yes, the title is meant to celebrate the time most people waste dreaming. Sally is passionate about the advantages of being a night owl (nightlifer)—even if most the world doesn’t understand or appreciate them.
Ironically, she is afraid of the dark, yet she wouldn’t want her life to be any other way. Sally knows the fear of what she can’t see heightens her imagination, while the nighttime freedom, inspiration and quiet provide the ideal environment to transform her thoughts into reality.
Of course, when you’re up most the night, the demands of a nine to five world often feel like a cruel conspiracy against the light bulb and all those who stretch the bounds of its potential. So, through her books and other engagements, she is working hard to raise awareness and support for everyone who is productive while most are sleeping.
She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband (not a nightlifer), two daughters (one of which is a nightlifer), and one very spoiled dog (definitely not a nightlifer).
A native of Upstate New York, Clifford Beck received the bulk of his education at the State University of New York at Albany. Beginning with poetry, he was inspired by literature, such as the Greek playwrights as well as the writings of Dante and Edgar Allen Poe. His work is largely an exploration into human darkness and the dynamics of madness and having a background in design and illustration, he also creates the cover art for his novels.
April Kennedy is a Canadian Indie author from Ontario, Canada. She was born in Oshawa on November 4th, 1990. A Haunted Past is April’s first book and is a paranormal, romantic-comedy in the commercial fiction genre. She is currently hard at work on her next book, unrelated to “AHP”. April is a mother to one extraordinarily bright son and a loving long-term partner to a wonderful and patient man, who believes in her when she doesn’t believe in herself. April is the best of friends with the wonderful “A”, another up and comer in the Indi world. Without “A”, A Haunted Past wouldn’t have been possible. April is also a kitty-mommy to the extra adorable Miesha and adventures Rousey, named for the UFC fighters.
April is a lifelong lover of books and movies. When April is not juggling writing, mothering and being a partner, she can be found with her nose in a book, or re-watching favorite movies. (And binge-watching TV!)
April’s dream is to own property in Newfoundland, with her son and partner and live a sustainable lifestyle while pursuing her love of the written word.
April draws her inspiration from forests, where the world remains relatively undisturbed throughout time. Her favorite color is black.
Jenifyr Kaiser began reading science fiction and fantasy as a young girl and was always fascinated with the way authors like Ursula Le Guin, Elizabeth Moon, and Terry Brooks could conjure whole worlds from their imaginations.
She believes that through the medium of the written word, young minds can be shaped and inspired. She primarily writes young adult stories with strong female protagonists in the hopes of empowering young women to realize their strengths and overcome adversity. Of course, it never hurts to be entertained along the way!
Jenifyr resides in beautiful Colorado with her wife and two crazy dogs. She spends her days sipping coffee, staring out the window at her lovely garden, and pounding away at her keyboard like mad to bring her worlds and characters to life.
DD Zaylar, full-time writer, is specialized in criminology and investigation related to the worst acts committed by mankind. His literary adventure started in the year 2016, getting to publish his first book in 2018. Aside from his last novel published this March, three more books are anticipated to be launched for sale this same year. As well as an extra, free chapter, that’s published monthly, related to different characters that appear in his works. All these chapters are translated to two different languages and characterized by their great doses of action, violence, and a part of erotica.
A lover of animals and strong emotions, he invests his little free time in travelling and horseback riding through the mountains in which, when he was younger, he worked as a guide. On his vacations, he likes to tour through different territories by car to know the culture of each city he finds on his way.
A hardcore cinemagoer and book devourer, he tries to read a novel practically daily, trying to transfer into his own works the majesty of the best books that pass through his hands.
Having worked in a variety of industries, I’ve met many interesting people, and with a profound interest in what makes them tick, I’ve spent a lifetime of asking ‘What would I do in that situation?’ and ‘What if things happened this way?’, creating a multitude of plots and twists that I’d always dismissed until one storyline nagged me constantly and I decided to alleviate myself of the burden, committing my ideas to virtual paper. Assuming I’d run out of steam five chapters or so in, I amazed myself by writing two novels within a year and A Proclivity To Prurience was born. It was difficult to write, given the themes, but I felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a task in itself, but every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so and my characters took on a life of their own.
Jo-Anne Blanco was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to an English mother and Spanish father. Her family moved to England when she was three and then to Spain when she was 12. She was educated at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an MA in modern languages, and at the University of Glasgow, where she was awarded an MPhil postgraduate degree in film and media studies.
Jo-Anne has spent much of her adult life travelling around the world as a teacher and tutor of English. Her lifelong passion for reading, writing and storytelling led her to embark upon her epic Fata Morgana series, about the life and adventures of Morgan le Fay. Mythology, folklore, fairy tales, science fiction, religion and philosophy are all major influences on her writing. She currently resides in the Highlands of Scotland, where the landscape is a never-ending source of inspiration.
Some would say who or what motivated me to write these books? I had the desire to work for the Lord but never knew that it would turn out this way as God bestowed on me, His precious gift as He inspired me to write.
I can remember conducting a Personal Ministry called the Chronicles Ministry for the Lord, where it involves preaching online as well giving bible studies in the surrounding communities and handing out spiritual literatures and praying for individuals and inviting them to Church, where this increases my faith and ability to serve both God and man.
As time went on the Lord changed my existing Ministry to the Ministry of Writing. I can recall praying and asking God to reveal to me, His will and directions many times. But one night upon receiving a dream from the Lord, saying that you are the King’s Scribe.
That changes everything and I always have this notion that once God says it, that settles it. God revealed to me, His will and He accepted me as His Scribe, sharing the message of His words with others through the medium of writing and this is how I became an Inspired Author.
Linley Carmon lives in a small, South Carolina town. Though her novels include many dramatic twists, turns, and romantic entanglements, her real life is drama-free save breaking up scuffles between her two pampered pooches. She enjoys reading, watching movies, writing, and eating a good meal (if and when her dogs allow). She is the author of three other novels, hundreds of strongly worded e-mails, and too many text messages and to-do lists to count.
An accountant by trade, DM Porters (Denise Mercedes – yes, her real name) started writing as a release from the drudgery of numbers and financial statements. She had always enjoyed historical romances and wanted to write her own, but life ushered her down a much different path. When others read her short stories and told her to take it further, she wondered and dreamt…
The dream became a reality.
DM published her first novel, Here and Then After, in 2018 and is currently working on the second installment of her Taylor Series.
She lives in Canada’s Capital and is happily married to her husband of 32 years. They have two adult sons who DM says, have been inspirations for many of her stories.
Blessed in life, DM hopes to empower those she touches showing that if you set your minds to it, anything can be accomplished.
Born in Folkstone, England in 1961, Carl grew up in many different locations, including Zambia, Africa. He spent most of his school years in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where his extended family lived. He will be the first to admit that he was never a great student, but he did love reading. The last thing he would ever have imagined during his time at school was that he would achieve his dream of seeing his name on the cover of a published novel.
After serving eighteen years in the British Royal Navy, Carl was medically discharged with a broken back and started his first novel. He had almost completed it when he had to put it aside to earn a living wage. He taught himself Visual Basic and became a computer programmer. Although it paid enough to live on he felt unfulfilled and became unhappy with the rat race. He and his wife decided to move to the Dominican Republic for a slower pace of life.
He started to write GERALD, his second novel. The first draft was completed within six months and went through revision after revision until he had it shining like a new penny. James Wymore saw the novel and championed it through a few more revisions and it was published in May 2017 by Immortal Works as his debut novel.
Jeremy Newton is a mid-western born in Wisconsin, but grew up on the west coast. When he is not at work or writing he can be found usually online gaming or somewhere in the Yosemite National Park getting lost from civilization for a while. Or is somewhere in the Furry Fandom helping others to better themselves.
An active imagination has been Joshua’s lifelong companion, and it was often too strong for him to control. He eventually discovered an affinity for writing and began using it as an outlet that allowed him to control his imagination instead of letting it control him.
His writing grew from a simple outlet into a means of figuring out this world and the people within it. He discovered that the complex motivations driving people are easier to understand once they are broken down and fictionalized, and this became the core of his writing method.
The themes explored in his current books are a direct result of this desire to learn and understand, such as the question of whether or not there ever comes a time to stop fighting for what we believe. He also explores how we perceive good and bad in people, the power of the individual, and what actions are acceptable in the pursuit of our goals.
He has self-published three books: Triumphant Empire, Revolution, and Total War, all of which are currently available on Amazon.com. These are the first three books of The S.T.A.R. Chronicles, which stands for Surrender Today or Adamantly Resist, and he hopes to have the fourth published by Fall 2018.
He currently lives in South Central Missouri, USA, with his two aptly named cats, Merry and Pippin.
Ila Golden started telling stories at a young age, entertaining her siblings on long car journeys and rainy afternoons. Her love of storytelling became a love of writing as she moved through her teens and graduated from Winchester University with a BA in Creative Writing and Drama.
It was at university she first found herself a small but loyal audience, writing fanfiction. Although she’d always been passionate about her writing before, it was the enjoyment of her readers that really spoke to her, motivating her to continue to develop and grow, both as an author and as a person.
Alongside the fanfiction, she also worked on several original projects, self-publishing her first two books in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The latter book, Zero Conformity, she later sublimated with a year and a half long prequel blog series, onthealicia.blogspot.co.uk. It’s here, as on track as things appeared, health issues forced her writing career onto the back burner.
During the ups and downs of these years she refocused on her writing, with a new set of experiences influencing her work. She used this time to rework the fanfiction series which granted her that original, small audience, and reposted it on a new site for a new audience to enjoy. She also slowed down the pace at which she wrote, allowing her true strengths as a writer to mature along with her.
In May of 2017, spurred on by several personal tragedies, she stepped back into the self-publishing world, releasing Echoe, in both eBook and paperback forms. Although Echoe has no sequel, her follow-up book Hyena Boy is set for release later this year. She also manages multiple video series, such as her writer’s VLog and Ila Reads, on her YouTube channel, IlaGolden.
T.L. McDowell (1963-Present) was born in North Florida, and came from parents who were descendants of Scottish/Irish and native American. He grew up in a small town where less than five hundred people lived. began writing stories when he was nine years old. He loved the stories of Daniel Boone, George Washington and others shared with him by his teachers. These stories gave him an incredible imagination for creating stories for his friends and he would often write and share at a young age.
After finishing school, he began a career in civil service and devoted his time to that career. he used experiences in his field to develop stories and create characters so one day he could share with others. Inspiration for Legacy of the Order began when his grandson was born and he began to develop the story after writing versions of it for years. Some of the characters found in the story are based on his experiences with people he met visiting other places across the country.
Always having a love for storytelling, he decided to write his first novel after his grandson was born. The story began almost ten years ago and has so many layers that other stories and tales are sure to come. He still lives in the area he grew up in and continues to serve the citizens of Florida.
Lola Andrews is a Spanish fiction author, hoping to become a full-time writer. Growing up in between Spain and Venezuela, Lola began writing the moment she developed an imagination. Though her skill has changed with time (for the better!), she has always been hungry for new and better stories, and now hopes to add to the LGBTQ community with her humble offerings.
Having graduated from Universidad Pontificia Comillas with a degree on Industrial Engineering, Lola currently works as an IT Consultant, producing massive Power Points and pretending to know what she’s talking about. She also teaches at her old university, on the subject of Business Competitiveness.
After jumping about the world for a while and living in the United States and the United Kingdom, she’s now settled back in Madrid, where she enjoys sunny winters and long walks by its urban landscapes. She lives with her girlfriend and her grouchy turtle, Conchita.
When not writing (or working!) Lola can be found pole dancing, drinking wine, watching movies and reading everything that falls into her greedy hands.
Craig Boldy is a writer from South Yorkshire, England. He lives with his wife and Labrador and has a nine to five as an accountant with a global law firm.
Craig has always loved to read, spending a great deal of his childhood in libraries and is now incapable of passing a bookshop without at least a passing glance through the door. He finds contentment either behind the pages reading a good book or in front of a laptop screen, writing one.
After being selected to have a poem published in a regional High School anthology at the age of 14, he was bitten by the writing bug, producing various short stories just for the entertainment of doing so.
Craig’s writing career has had an awkward start. After working in demanding fields such as Accountancy, Bar Management and Customer Service he has finally found the time to put words on paper.
As a lover of comedy, science fiction and good old-fashioned swords and sorcery fiction, he likes to write what he knows best with his first novel “Overlord of Time” being a science fiction time travel adventure written in an easy-to-read style with humour and a unique twist.
He currently spends his nights working on his next novel “The Infiltrator”, a science fiction technology thriller following a paraplegic ex-secret agent recruited into a shadowy government agency and used to control the minds of criminals as the crimes are committed.
A. Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author and has been a lawyer for twenty-seven years, she is the author of Hidden Motives Trilogy. Behind The Door is Book #1 and Lara’s Journal is Book #2.
Adriana – the real name of A. Gavazzoni – won several awards for her first book Behind The Door: The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice; Book Excellence Award 2017; Honorable mention at Paris Book Festival 2017; Honorable Mention at Reader’s Favorite Award 2017 and was a finalist to the Independent author.
Adriana is a lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but she is also a voracious reader.
She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout.
She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook for her friends.
She has two poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in the process of finishing her third novel “The Brilliant Game”.
Capt. Jim Kosmo
Captain Jim Kosmo is a national award-winning journalist and author, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Mississippi riverboat pilot, and former partner of Padelford Riverboat Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. Before joining the family riverboat business, he was a newspaper editor in Nevada and Minnesota and corporate public relations executive in Minnesota and Illinois.
Kosmo’s newest book, Monsters in the Hallway, is a mystery novel based largely on his childhood in Eau Claire, WI. His previous book, Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel is a non-fiction account of a soldier who lost his legs and two buddies in an IED explosion near Fallujah, Iraq. The bestselling motivational book is in its 10th printing.
He served as president Rotary Club of the St. Paul (2013-14), founded the Minnesota Valley Branch YMCA, was chair of the Rivers Region of the Passenger Vessel Association and Mayor of the city of Bayport (MN). He also is business representative on the Minnesota National Guard Senior Advisory Task Force and sits on several health and education boards.
Kosmo and wife Shelley have a blended family with eight adult children and twelve grandchildren.
They always say ‘write what you know’, so Ellie Lynn started out writing romantic comedy. She’s since discovered a love of historical western romances as she channels Gunsmoke and Bonanza, but still writes the occasional contemporary.
These days she calls rural Saskatchewan home with her husband, two incredibly spoiled dogs and Horatio the salamander.
Martin was born in Carlisle, England in 1964. He didn’t catch the writing bug however until adulthood when he was studying the life of an ancestor. It was never his intention to write about his great-great-grandfather (a nineteenth-century soldier) but he found so much information that he thought his story might make an interesting book. The book was well received locally and Martin’s writing career was underway!
He lists Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as his two favourite literary characters, so it was almost inevitable that he was drawn to period crime fiction, first by writing a Holmes pastiche, set in his home city.
In The Adventure of the Spanish Drums, Martin introduced his own detective. He explains, “When I wrote the Holmes pastiche I deliberately didn’t make my local detective a buffoon, like in so many Holmes stories, because I wanted to give him some adventures of his own. Detective Inspector Cornelius Armstrong was born!”
Now, with over ten fiction and non-fiction books to his name, Martin lists his home city as one of his great inspirations. “Carlisle is such a historic city. It has over two-thousand years of history dating back to the Romans – if you can’t find something there of interest there’s no hope for you!”
This all led to him combining his interest in fact and fiction in the Armstrong canon. It’s to his home city he makes his final reference, “Celts, Saxons, Vikings, Romans, Royalist, Parliamentarians, US Presidents and The Black Death have all visited Carlisle – why don’t you give it a go?”
Corin Nemec’s name comes from his nickname, Corky, given to him as a child by his grandmother. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and later moved to Atlanta. He now lives in California. His first acting parts were in the series Webster (1983) and Sidekicks (1986). He then got a part in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, followed by lead roles in I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989) and My Son Johnny (1991), and the lead role in the TV series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (1990).
Anton D. Morris
Anton D. Morris is a paranormal fiction writer who brings depth and intrigue to the genre with undertones of fantasy and adventure. Born on a Navy base in Illinois, he lived a diverse life that included volatile rises and falls in social status affording him an objectivity that is rare and unique. He is an adamant reader and patron of history and theology. He spends his working hours managing his family’s tax business and investments. He enjoys coaching baseball and motivating youth. As the parent of four, he originally wrote stories strictly for his children’s entertainment, focusing on genres that appealed to them. It was not until he was challenged by his daughter to write a novel that he became inspired to share his work with a global audience. In response to his daughter’s challenge, he wrote Awakening, the first of the Men Djinn and Angels series. With further encouragement from his wife and family members, Morris threw his hat into the self-publishing ring and found moderate success. He hopes that his writing adds substance to the paranormal genre and intrigue his readers with his vast knowledge of history and theological incites.
K.C. & Al Collier
Karen and Al Collier are a unique writing team. Al experiences severe epileptic seizures and ‘blackouts.’ During these blackouts he sees visions or mental movies, which he later describes to Karen, who then helps him convert these stories into novels. Al’s seizures cause dyslexia and other reading problems as well as writing difficulties. Karen translates and weaves his ramblings into a magical tale.
Prior to the onset of the seizures, Al worked in both print and broadcast journalism as well as being a paranormal investigator.
Karen and Al share a love of history, especially of the ancient Americans, and genealogy. For more information about them visit the web sites: For more information about Al’s seizures visit: Epilepsy.com.
Rachel Jordan has wanted to be a published author from the time she was small.
She began writing at an early age, and although she did some freelance journalism her writing career went no further.
For as long as she can remember Rachel has been interested in the paranormal. When she was a child she lived in a house that was haunted and that started her journey into finding out about the unknown.
The Haunting of Dove Cote House, her debut novel, is partly based on some of the experiences that occurred in that house she had lived in when small.
Rachel has further paranormal books in the pipeline and has already made a start on the sequel to The Haunting of Dove Cote House.
When she isn’t writing, Rachel likes nothing more than curling up with her Kindle and reading. Although she reads a lot of paranormal novels she is one of those people who reads anyway genre if a book catches her eye,
She lives in the U.K. and is the proud owner of a beautiful tabby cat.
Born in Northwest England, G. R. Wilson is a self-taught Technical Writer and Non-Fiction Author who has visited (as a traveler) 24 nations: working in 9 of those, and living in 3 (Jamaica, Abu Dhabi, and Indochina). He is a qualified Engineer (specializing in Process Controls and Instrumentation) with an MSc in Artificial Intelligence, won at a British “Russell Group” University when aged 40 years.
Spending 12 of his twenty “middle and strongest years” working in the Oil & Gas industry of the Middle East and North Africa transformed Wilson into an opportunistic globetrotter, while simultaneously sealing his bachelorhood.
Time traveler, wife, mother, and multi-genre bestselling author, Pamela Ackerson lives on the Space Coast of Florida where everyone’s encouraged to reach for the stars. As a lover of history, she’s taken real life events and crafted them into adventures for readers of all ages.
She’s a practicing herbalist and has been involved in the use of natural treatment with raw herbs for almost thirty years. She currently works as the VP of Marketing and Advertising for the book review magazine, Affaire de Coeur.
For decades, author W.L. Jackson has been a director, cameraman, global adventurer, and coastal sea kayaker with a close connection to the natural world. Jackson’s motivation for writing “The Adventures of Ossie Osprey” was inspired by the work of Walt Disney and his expressed desire to bring awareness of nature and the animal kingdom through illustration and animation.
L.J.Forster was born and raised in Liverpool, England, before embarking on a mammoth working tour of Europe. Amongst other things, she’s worked as a barmaid, a translator, a dancer and a tour guide, all the while getting herself into some bizarre, uncomfortable, and downright dangerous situations, all of which have been stored away to be used in her novels.
So if you read about the dancer who’s being pushed illegal drugs by undercover police in Marbella, the barmaid who turns up for her first evening’s shift to find herself in a high-class brothel in Brussels, or the au-pair who’s offered an arranged marriage with the youngest son of a Marseille crime-boss, there’s a chance that it’s not simply the work of an over-active imagination.
L.J.Forster now lives safely amongst volcanos on the paradise island of Lanzarote, with her husband, two sons, too many pets, and a rather attractive mint-green Fiat 500.
‘Everybody Bleeds’ is her first published thriller.
Luke Ruggenberg has worked in the glamorous world of horticulture, as a gardener and nurseryman, for over a decade. (A degree in botany will take you places.) But he’s been writing for much longer than that, just ask any of his school teachers. If he had to choose between writing and gardening, he would fail to do so and probably just crumple into a heap on the floor.
Twenty Reasons Not To Garden (And Why I Ignore Them All) is his first published book. He wrote it because he thinks gardening is pretty funny, dangit, and garden writing ought to occasionally reflect this.
Luke grew up dodging falling apples in his Dad’s orchard in the Pacific Northwest. For some reason, he still likes apples. He now lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their two children. These are the real reason for, and primary impediment to, his writing.
Frank David is originally from Reading, PA, a small industrial town north of Philadelphia, but currently calls Akron, OH home. He came upon writing late in life, 48 to be exact. He was encouraged to write a book by a close friend who had read some of the stories he created. The stories revolved around the characters taking up space in his head and driving him mad. He knew the stories had to be told. The characters spoke to him, keeping him awake at night. The only way he would free himself was to share the words.
Frank currently works as an analyst for a large public utility and looks forward to the day his writing can free him from the mundane world of 9-5. Frank has a bachelor’s degree in computer programming and also his MBA and MIS.
Alexi Ferreira loves the idea of Alpha Men who take charge are possessive and care for their women. She creates books that take you on an emotional journey whether tears, laughter or just steamy hotness. She loves to connect with readers and interacting with them through social media or even old-fashioned email.
She currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Alexi loves the feeling of the freedom she gets when riding her Harley, the different worlds she can go to when reading books, and the pleasure she feels knowing that readers enjoy the books she writes. Alexi started reading when she was thirteen years old; she started writing her own books hoping to give readers a bit of the pleasure that she receives every time she reads, she believes that romance books bring an escape to people’s day to day life and for those that still dream about that perfect relationship. Alexi is a Paranormal Romance author, with currently three books available, WULF (book 1), BJARNI (book 2) and BRANDR (book 3). CERIC (book 4) will release on the 1st of March 2018, on Amazon.
Wanda Adams Fischer
Wanda Adams Fischer began following the Boston Red Sox when she was eight years old and has loved the game ever since. She’s parlayed that passion into her first novel, which is not necessarily about the boys from Beantown, but relies on her baseball knowledge to bring her characters alive. In 2012, she auditioned for the public address announcer’s position at Fenway Park, and announced a full game between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. She retired from a nearly 40-year career in public relations/marketing/media relations for not-for-profit and government agencies in 2014. When she’s not writing these days, she’s listening to folk music for her show on WAMC-FM/Northeast Public Radio, “The Hudson River Sampler,” which she’s done since 1982. Wanda’s also an avid tennis player and dog rescuer. Although born in Tennessee, she’s a Boston native who graduated with a degree in English from Northeastern University. She lives in Schenectady, New York, with her husband of 44 years, Bill Fischer; they have two grown children and four grandchildren.
L.J. Kane loves people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. She is having so much fun with her novels, and it’s because she always believed in herself, that she has finally become an author after procrastinating for twenty years!
She lives with her husband who’s a great soundboard, full of encouragement, and great ideas. Between them, they have met many unusual characters over the years, people with extraordinary lives from whom she can derive lots of inspiration.
With an active interest in the Earth Sciences, L.J. Kane dreams of seeing the Northern Lights, but her fear of flying has stopped this ambition being realised, but it is still on her bucket list. Her interests are diverse: geology, country walking, painting, and watching movies, her favourites being ‘Vanishing Point’ from 1971 and ‘Get Carter’ (1971).
You’ll always find L.J. Kane with a pen in her hand, tapping it against her teeth in thought, plotting, planning, and idly sketching characters and scenes with it. Even when typing her novels the pen is always nearby. So thankful to be an author in the 21st century, quill pens of earlier times would have stunted L.J. Kane’s ability, as she is allergic to feathers!
L.J. Kane is the author of Snatch Girl, the fast-paced, psychological suspense thriller novel released on 21st April 2017.
Maggie McGuinness has always been fascinated by people and the ways they relate to each other. Now, after years of observing and experiencing life in all its messy and chaotic glory – it’s time to write about it!
Maggie lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is a single mum to a son and daughter who are now – all of a sudden, it seems – young adults. She writes and edits in the business world for a living, but longs to be able to sit at home all day in PJs, drinking tea and writing fiction. Maggie’s hobbies are stalking ex-boyfriends on Facebook, walking Missy the Wonder Dog and perfecting her own extreme sport of combining Zumba and cooking.
Her first novel, Planet Single, was fuelled by her own experiences of online dating, which didn’t provide a life partner but proved a brilliant source of material for fiction writing. Still happily single, she’s planning on moving to the coast in a couple of years, becoming a part-time hermit and adopting a tribe of elderly rescue dogs.