Aiden James is the bestselling author of Cades Cove, The Judas Chronicles, and the Nick Caine Adventures (with J.R. Rain). Aiden has published over thirty books and resides in a small historic town in Tennessee with his wife, Fiona, and their two sons, Christopher and Tyler. An avid researcher of all things paranormal, he still spends time visiting haunted locales throughout the Deep South. Please visit his website at: www.aidenjamesfiction.com or look for him on Facebook (Aiden James, Paranormal Author) and Twitter (@AidenJames3).
Angie Martin considers herself a reader first, and writer second. Her entire life has revolved around imaginary worlds contained within the covers of a book. Angie has studied criminal justice and behavior since high school, which she incorporates into her writing. If writing is in her blood, then music is the air in her lungs. Angie grew up in Wichita, Kansas, her hometown and where her books take place. She will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, two beautiful cats, and their beloved dog. She has two sons who are off paving their own way in the world.
Anne Marie Ruff Grewal has reported on AIDS research, drug development, biodiversity conservation, and agriculture from Southeast Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. Her work has been broadcast by National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the British Broadcasting Corporation and PBS TV. Her articles have appeared in Time, Christian Science Monitor and Saveur among other publications. A Minnesota native, Anne Marie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.
Kathryn Harvey is the pen name of international bestselling author Barbara Wood. To date, Barbara has written twenty-five books, which have been translated into over thirty languages. Barbara transports her readers to exotic countries that she has meticulously researched to provide them with a true sense of the culture and history relevant to each story. She has visited every country she has written about and in fact does not feel comfortable writing about a country that she has not walked on or breathed its air. Barbara immerses herself completely into the research subject at hand. This includes extensive reading of books, newspapers, and magazines, internet research, as well as first hand interviews and contacting experts in the various subjects relevant to her current project.
Brian Glover was born and raised in Livonia, Michigan, and has always been an avid reader of the science fiction and fantasy genre. He served in the United States Navy during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He currently owns his own brokerage in the health food and supplement industry. He and his wife have been very involved in hosting and adoption services and now live in Michigan with their three adopted children, Oksana, Nastyia and Illya as well as one biological child, Larissa. Brian completed his first novel, Shadows of an Ancient Foe, in 2009 and is currently working on the sequel, A New Destiny.
Brian Harmon is an independent author of horror fiction, suspense and dark adventure. His stories will always frighten, disturb, or unsettle you in some way or another. They will thrill, keep you on the edge of your seat, grip you and refuse to let you go until you've reached the end. His stories will tease and intrigue, keep secrets from you, and make promises you can't know if they intend to keep. They will take you to incredible places and worlds you've never dreamed of. Stories about the heart, gut-wrenching emotions, about people like you and me. For Brian it's always about the story.
Brooklyn sent out her first publishing query (and received her first decline) at age eleven. Refusing to give up, she studied the masters and gradually honed her fiction skills, determinedly indulging her passion for character development and storytelling. The reigning Queen of Replica-Rock, she wrote, directed, and produced music themed theatrical stage shows for Las Vegas showrooms and touring companies. Throughout the decades, she has penned thirteen novels and nine screenplays. Originally from New York City, Brooklyn now lives in Los Angeles with Willow, a tenacious fox squirrel.
In explosive 1968, Calvin Davis spends a year in the City of Light sitting at Left Bank sidewalk cafes, penning endless drafts of the The Phantom Lady of Paris. On café tables he learns more about writing than he has in the lecture halls of two great American universities—Hampton and Howard. He also learns how to wear out the seats of ten pairs of jeans. The honor of birthing such a unique and remarkable woman as the Phantom Lady, he says today, was worth the loss of the pants and the bearing of the pain—for today his child, the Phantom Lady, lives.
Carrie Salo is a dark storyteller and emerging author of supernatural thrillers. She seeks to wield unrelenting suspense in her own exploration of all things (especially true things) that keep us awake at night. She has written under the guidance of two bestselling and national prize-winning authors, and drafted a large part of The Sounding while seven stories underground in the muffled heart of one of the world's largest libraries. Her extensive travels have taken her to many haunted places, including the private catacombs of the Vatican.
Award-winning author Carter Wilson was born in New Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles before attending Cornell University. Carter is a consultant and frequent lecturer in the hospitality industry, has journeyed the globe both for work and pleasure, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. The Comfort of Black is Carter’s third novel (Final Crossing; The Boy in the Woods). He lives in Colorado with his two children.
Dana Mason is happily settled in a small valley amongst the California grapevines with her husband and three children. Author of the romantic suspense, Embrace Series, she has written about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don't hold on to what's important. Second chances don't come easy—but sometimes love is worth the risk. When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She is also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.
Dane St. John grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, going on to earn a postgraduate degree in history at the King's Manor in York, England. Writing fiction since the age of 17, St. John initially pursued a professional career as a marketer at a major music label before transitioning to full-time writing. St. John's fiction tends to rely heavily on his background in history, technology, contemporary art, music, and modern American culture, all of which collectively inform his futurist themes in a genre he often refers to as "spiritual sci-fi." Currently, St. John works as a chief content officer at a boutique innovation agency in downtown Seattle, WA, while sometimes moonlighting as a literary consultant for other authors on matters of historical research. An avid food and cocktail aficionado, he also spends his spare time traveling, cooking, hiking, playing his Xbox, and sailing his boat, aptly named the "First Draft."
Darcy Daniel loved reading from an early age and fell in love with many genres, but was drawn most of all to thrillers and romances, leaving her elated when she won the Charter Oak Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing contest for Best Contemporary Series Romance. She lives on acreage in a cottage with her family and energetic dog. With friends and family close by, she enjoys country life in the picturesque, small historic town of Windsor in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Dean A. Haycock is a science and medical writer living in New York. He earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brown University and a fellowship at the Rockefeller University. His research has been published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Brain Research, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and other academic journals. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of Science Writers, he is the author of Murderous Minds, Pegasus Books, 2014; The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder, Adams Media, 2014; The Everything Health Guide to Schizophrenia, Adams Media. 2009, and Overcoming Complications of LASIK and Other Corrective Eye Surgery (with Ismail A. Shalaby, M.D., Ph.D.), Sunrise River Press. 2010. His latest book, Characters on the Couch, Exploring Psychology Through Literature and Film will be published by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood in 2016.
Ellen Green grew up on a farm in Washington Mills, New York. Yearning to see more of the world, she moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University, graduating with degrees in psychology. For years she has worked as a therapist in a maximum security correctional facility in the psychiatric ward. Ellen has been published several times in Women’s World Magazine. The Book of James is her first novel and is a finalist for a Reader’s Favorite award. She currently attends Fairleigh Dickinson University and is working towards an MFA degree in creative writing.
Gary Kassay is a police detective, hostage negotiator, and forensic psychophysiologist. As a New York City police officer, Gary was a member of the department's Canine Unit. After leaving New York, he worked for the TSA in Greensboro, North Carolina, and served as a Lieutenant in Guilford County. Gary then moved to Casper, Wyoming, with his wife Raella, where he is currently working as a detective for the Casper Police Department. Murder by the Invisibles is the fourth in Gary’s highly successful Duke Becker Series, which also includes Murder in Silence, Murder by Prophecy, and Classic Murder.
Jacob Nordby is a writer, speaker and radio show host living in Boise, Idaho where he plays taxi driver to his three children, thinks long thoughts beside the river and explores the nearby mountains which are featured prominently in this book. He is the founder of BlessedAreTheWeird.com and leads an active group called Awake and Alive in Boise. Mr. Nordby's work is also featured in two anthology books, The Thought That Changed My Life Forever and Pearls of Wisdom. He is currently writing a novel titled: The Cosmic Compass.
Jaime Johnesee worked as a zookeeper for fourteen years before deciding to focus on her passion of writing. Her decision has proven to be a good one, as her books have been received with critical acclaim including OH, THE HORROR and SHIFTERS, which was recognized as one of the Best Horror Novellas of 2012. Although her initial foray into the literary world has been marked by success, Jaime has only just begun and is a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.
Jay Plemons' life is nothing short of extraordinary. From an aspiring chef, carpenter, educator, musician, husband, and father, nothing ever seems too busy when adding yet another hat into the mix as a fiction novelist. With a degree in music business, and a minor in English from Middle Tennessee State University, the aspirations to continue his journey in the arts has followed Jay to write the Last Light Falling series, which has not only touched on some of his personal experiences, but has also helped him further explore the heightened convictions of faith. Though his first love is music, writing has profoundly changed the way he expresses himself to others, which has recently impacted his son to follow in those same emotional footsteps. When Jay isn't drumming, writing is his cure to life's distractions.
Jill E. Kross has been a conductor on the railroad for over seventeen years. As a conductor for Amtrak, she currently rides the rails in Upstate New York along the Hudson River, the very line over which the story is based. Jill is both a United States Navy and Army veteran. Born and raised in Rensselaer, New York, she now lives in Albany with her husband, Joe, and her two step children, Joey and Lauren. When not working on the Hudson Line, Jill enjoys reading, cooking, and a good bottle of Red.
Joe Clifford writes from experience. He spent a decade on the streets before getting back on track to make writing his life. In addition to Lamentation, Joe is the award-winning author of Choice Cuts, Wake the Undertaker, and Junkie Love, as well as editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen. He is also the Acquisitions Editor for Gutter Books, Managing Editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive, and producer of Lip Service West, a gritty reading series in Oakland, CA. Joe currently lives in California with his wife, Justine, and their son.
Jo Michaels is a voracious reader, a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and an Editor-In-Chief at INDIE Books Gone Wild. She has an almost photographic memory and tends to make people cringe at the number of details she can recall about them or their books. Her imagination follows her around like a conjoined twin and causes her to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations. Jo has a degree in graphic design, and her journey to that end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where her memory and OCD tendencies helped her. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of her life. But, her most amazing day was when her now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
Joe Conlan was born and raised on Long Island, New York, but has lived the great majority of his life in the state of Florida. He obtained his JD degree from the University of Florida in 1983. He practiced law as a trial attorney for fifteen years, three of those as a prosecutor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nameless, his debut novel, reached the number one spot on the Amazon UK Thriller Bestsellers list shortly after its release. In his free time, Joe loves to read, travel and spend time with his family, which includes two gorgeous female Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
John O'Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career earning a campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. After the military, John fed his thirst for challenge as a firefighter/EMT before moving on to manage the computer networks of multiple government agencies and corporations. John now writes full-time developing his immensely successful series, A New World. A former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.
J. Hunter Todd, long a political activist, has had quite a varied career as a dancer, painter, window decorator, surface designer, film and TV art director & set decorator, personal assistant, Carter Presidential Celebrity Coordinator, and ultimately a writer. A three-time cancer survivor, Todd has also written screenplay collaborations and other works including a black humor cancer memoir entitled You May Think You're Hitler, But I'm Not Poland! A friend once suggested Todd consider moonlighting as a bartender—then she'd have all her bases covered!
Justen Forge is a criminal investigator and computer forensic examiner with a federal law enforcement agency in Winnipeg, Canada, where he lives with his wife. He has a wealth of first-hand knowledge and experience from which to draw in his writing. Justen enjoys collecting watches, seriously dabbles in photography, and loves things that go fast, namely sports cars and aircraft, at one point having earned his wings as a commercial helicopter pilot. Justen brings this vast diversity of experience, knowledge and energy to his first of many novels in the mystery / thriller genre—At the Gates of Walhalla.
Kimberly Carlson has always been a dreamer. As a girl she dreamed of passion, and pure fulfillment—which she believes can be obtained. As she became an adult, it was art that seemed to bring these feelings to her more than anything else. After graduating Humboldt State University with an MA in English Composition and Literature, Kimberly taught composition and creative writing at Shasta College. She has been a delegate leader for Amnesty International and is a member of Genocide No More, Save Darfur. Kimberly lives in Redding, California with her husband and two children.
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phone booth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. She has written numerous novels, novellas, and short stories in various genres. Kim donates all of the royalties from Stasis to Doctors Without Borders.
Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. Lisa lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter, and is hard at work on her fifth novel.
Lynnie Vessels has a master's degree in Secondary Education and has been teaching English in the public school system more than twenty years. She has taught over forty graduate education courses in the areas of communication and discipline, including Teacher Effectiveness Training, Self-esteem for Educators, Resolving Conflicts in Classrooms and Schools, Stress Management for Teachers, and Reaching Today's Students. She appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has traveled the country as a surprisingly candid motivational speaker. Please visit www.lynnievessels.com for more information.
MarieMadeleine MacLean was born in Africa and grew up in Switzerland, where she graduated with degrees in History and Art. In addition to French, she speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. MarieMadeleine began a career in high fashion modeling in Paris at the age of seventeen. At age twenty-five she married Michael MacLean, the son of the famed international novelist, Alistair MacLean. A few years later, Ms. MacLean opened an international interior design firm based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her works have been featured numerous times in international interior design magazines. Ms. MacLean eventually sold her business to devote herself exclusively to writing. She finished her critically acclaimed debut novel "Race. The Colour of Shame" in the fall of 2012. She is currently working on her second novel, Act of Intention, the first part of an international thriller trilogy. Ms. Maclean currently lives in Beverly Hills, California and spends her time between California, Switzerland and the South of France.
Nancy S. Thompson started writing fiction rather suddenly one day. Inspired by a song, she was struck with an idea she couldn’t shake and just had to write it down. It was while working on this, her first novel, that she discovered how much she loved writing. Nancy made her fiction debut with The Mistaken, book one of The Mistaken series. In addition to owning an interior and architectural design business, Nancy is also a book editor. A California Bay Area transplant, Nancy currently lives in Seattle with her husband of twenty-three years, their son, a student at Seattle University, their giant snow dog, Jack, and a kitty named Skye.
Nicholas Denmon started story telling from the moment he could talk and has spent a lifetime perfecting the art. His life has been varied, giving him no shortage of material such as growing up with a schizophrenic mother, having six brothers and sisters, a perfectionist father, an evil step-mother, a college life to rival Tucker Max, and working for politicians on the Presidential stage. He has been, at times, a devout Catholic, a closet atheist, and an honorary member of the Jewish tribe. Nick's joy of art knows little in the way of limitations, as he loves unique paintings, music, acting, film, and of course writing.
Paul S. Boynton is an award-winning human services CEO with degrees in social work and counseling. A personal coach, corporate consultant, and motivational speaker, Paul is also host of the weekly television talk show, Begin with Yes. He lives in New Hampshire with his partner.
Passing through a variety of occupations after leaving school, Peter Barns went to work in the construction industry as an electrician. and ultimately became an electrical engineer. He moved to the Highlands of Scotland in the late 1980's, and with this move came a new occupation—counselling people with alcohol and drug problems. After that Peter managed a charitable company recycling computers back into the community. Now retired, this eloquent storyteller spends his time writing superb fiction and poetry.
Peter Jordan Drake was born and raised in Kansas and Texas. He lives in New York City with his family, where he works in education. In the tradition of continuing oral histories, the story behind Beast of the Field was handed down to Peter from his grandmother, her sister Ada, Peter’s parents and many aunts and uncles. Through family albums, genealogy records and local newspapers, the story that gave birth to Beast of the Field was passed on to a new generation. Beast of the Field is Peter’s first novel and has sold over 30,000 print and electronic copies worldwide.
Peter Flannery is a British writer who lives in the Scottish Borders with his wife and two boys. After school he studied art and design before leaving college to work in forestry. However, after breaking his neck in an accident at work he moved into horticulture before setting himself up as a sculptor working for the toy industry. A design studio in Edinburgh provided the opportunity to move from sculpting to writing and he produced a wealth of stories for science-fiction and fantasy games. He is now an independent writer working on a range of titles for both adults and children.
Ms. Tinsley has worked in nine African countries. Together with her husband Henry, she was asked by President and Mrs. Carter to found the Carter Center UK. She is a tireless advocate for human rights around the world.
RG Roane has emerged from the world of top secret government communication to bring us the remarkable story of The Delphinus Chronicles. His career as a classified encryption system designer and secure communication consultant to the U.S. Navy provides a rare perspective from behind the black curtain of official confidentiality.
One of America’s foremost engineering scientists, Ronald Probstein is Ford Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has played a principal role in some of the most important scientific and technical achievements in the post World War II era. For these achievements, he has been honored as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Born in New York City in 1928, Ronald lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Irène. He has one son, Sidney, and three grandchildren.
Sandra Carrington-Smith is an Italian-born author who relocated to the United States in the late 1980’s. In order to become fully integrated, Sandra tapped into her love for reading, and over time her vocabulary grew extensively. After giving birth to three wonderful children and devoting most of her time to raising a family, Sandra decided to revisit her deepest passion since childhood — writing. Her first novel is The Book of Obeah, an extraordinary literary work of paranormal suspense, winner of a 2010 International Book Award and 2014 Audie Award Nomination.
Sandra Moran is an author and assistant adjunct professor of anthropology at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. A native Kansan, she has worked professionally as a newspaper journalist, a political speech writer, and an archaeological tour manager. In her novels, she strives to create flawed characters struggling to find themselves within the cultural constructs of gender, religion and sexuality.
Sean Costello is the author of eight novels and numerous screenplays. His novel Here After has been optioned to film by David Hackl, director of Saw V. Depending on the whims of his muse, Costello's novels alternate between two distinct genres: Horror and Thriller. His horror novels have drawn comparisons to the works of Stephen King, and his thrillers to those of Elmore Leonard. In the real world he's an anesthesiologist, but, if asked, he'd tell you he'd much rather be writing. All eight of his titles are currently available as ebooks, wherever ebooks are sold.
Shaun Allan, author of the blockbuster dark novel, Sin, is a prolific writer of many prize winning short stories and poems. With Sin, he established his credentials as a superb novelist. Many of Shaun's experiences and thoughts—however bizarre—were woven into Sin's meandering life, so much so that "he" wouldn't keep quiet after the book was written. In Dark Places, Allan provides a portal into this festering abyss. Shaun lives and writes in the UK with his wife and their wonderfully insane baby girl.
Shayne McClendon is an indie author, mom, and hermit who listens to the voices in her head because their ideas are awesome. Those around her have learned not to question the crazy. Her coffee consumption is too high, amount of sleep is too low, but the words always feel just right. Shayne currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her health content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having a viable internet connection.
A native of Harlem, New York, Silk White (www.good2gopublishing.com) is the best-selling author of Urban Fiction Novels & Co-Owner of good2go publishing/good2go films. Silk also produces movies and has several film credits to his name including No Way Out and Black Barbie. Silk is also an aspiring actor. He is currently producing a new movie and hard at work on his next novel.
Born in Eastbourne, UK, Simon Denman graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Electronic Engineering. From there his career in cutting edge technology swept him across Europe from Paris, Munich, the French Riviera, and back to England. During this period he was blessed with two beautiful and talented daughters, now at University themselves, and, in remarriage, the love of the most wonderful woman for whom a man could wish. Now, following the publication and spectacular success of Connected, his first novel, and the birth of twins, Simon can be found in Cornwall writing full time and working on his much anticipated next novel.
Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in England and Brunei, Tom Barber has always had a passion for writing and story-telling. It took him to Nottingham University, England, where he graduated with a BA Hons in English Studies. After graduation Tom moved to New York City and completed a two-year Meisner Acting training programme at The William Esper Studio, furthering his love of acting and screen-writing. In his mid-twenties, Tom seems to spend most of his time traveling back and forth between the US and the UK. He loves movies and good thrillers, but hates coffee and bad weather.
Wil Mara began his professional work in the literary field as an editor with TFH Publications, the world’s largest publisher of animal books. He left TFH to work for Harcourt-Brace, where he began his first foray into fiction, ghostwriting a title for the popular Boxcar Children Mysteries. By his fifth Boxcar, he was also editing for textbook publisher Prentice Hall and writing extensively for the school-library market. Frame 232, Wil’s first novel featuring Jason Hammond, has earned scores of excellent reviews, reached the number one spot in its category on Amazon.com, and won the 2013 Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction.
Tom Spears earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. He spent twenty-seven years working for four U.S. based public Corporations. During the last fifteen of those years he held a title of President or Group President. Tom retired in 2010 to pursue his interest in writing, but still consults to the business world occasionally, having expertise in multiple facets of corporate operations. An avid runner and world traveler, Tom lives with his wife and six children in Ashland, Nebraska.
William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years. He has represented numerous renown recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses. William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George. William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times--when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero--and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.