Bitters, Kate

author Kate BittersKate Bitters is a Minneapolis-based writer with a passion for magical realism.

She is the author of Elmer Left, a literary fiction novel about a man in his twilight years who runs away from home, and Ten Thousand Lines, a dystopian novel about a man who gains consciousness in the middle of an underground revolution. Her current project is Find Frank, a neo-noir novel that involves a down-on-her-luck investigative reporter, a White Wizard addict, and a children’s book with a mystery tucked within its pages.

When she’s not writing for herself, she is writing for her content creation company, Click Clack Writing, or ghost writing for clients. Kate enjoys hiking, traveling in Central America, and candied ginger. She spends a lot of time walking with her dog, Dobby, and biking with her fiance Eric.

French, Lee

Lee FrenchLee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don’t get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

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Hatch, Krista

KRISTA HATCHKrista K. Hatch lives in Denver, Colorado. She has longed to be a writer ever since she wrote her first novel at age 17. “It was cheesy,” she admits, but it opened up what soon became a life-long love of storytelling. Shunning her father’s wish to become a businesswoman, she made her home in the communications department at Brigham Young University in Utah. After graduating with a degree in journalism, she spent more than seven years in the field, working in the newsroom at the Voice of America, and as associate and copy editor with Military Market Magazine and Federal Times, both of the Army Times Publishing Company, a division of Gannett. Journalism gave her the opportunity to often find the extraordinary buried deep within the ordinary. Hatch grew up in Germany and Holland and is fluent in German. She loves the German people and has incredible respect for the ordinary ones who did not remain silent during the brutal era of the Third Reich.

Find out more about the author and the book at www.kkhatch.com

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Rucker, Marilyn

Marilyn Rucker has been writing catchy tunes with bizarre lyrics about off the wall situations since she was a zygote.  She’s had success placing songs in situation comedies (“I Love Your Smell” in the King of Queens) and independent zombie movies (“A Zombie Human Love” in Z, A Zombie Musical)   She’s big in Finland and Germany and with Xena fans (for “If I Could Be Like Xena”).  Her first novel, Sax and the Suburb,  is also quirky and off the wall, and it will hopefully also be big in Finland.

You can read more about Marilyn at her author website.

 

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Johnson, Maria VA

Maria V A Johnson is a voracious reader, professional editor and published author with a BA Hons Degree in English and Creative Writing. She first started writing seriously, when at sixteen she wrote a poem for her grandmother’s funeral and she grew to love poetry and writing from there. She has collaborated in a book entitled The Other Way is Essex, which raises money for Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford, Essex not far from her home.

 

You can find Maria on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and her author website.

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Carson, Nicole Antonia

Nicole Antonia CarsonNicole Antonia Carson sees stories in unlikely places; real life characters from record stores, grocery stores, living rooms, theatres, backyards and stockyards have found their way into her head and onto the page. In 1998, Nicole wrote her first play after following a local news program on a defrocked preacher. She has since written six plays and a dozen short sketches. Several of her plays have been performed throughout Central Florida. She has also penned a half a dozen short stories. In 2010, her first attempt at writing a novel resulted in the completion of the Sons of Roland trilogy. Catopia (a love story for cat hoarders) followed. Yum is her fifth novel in two years. She lives in Central Florida with her husband Brett and their three dogs.

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Allan, Shaun

Shaun AllanA creator of many prize winning short stories and poems, Shaun Allan has written for more years than he would perhaps care to remember. Having once run an online poetry and prose magazine, he has appeared on Sky television to debate, against a major literary agent, the pros and cons of internet publishing as opposed to the more traditional method. Many of his personal experiences and memories are woven into the point of view and sense of humour of Sin, the main character in his best-selling novel of the same name, although he can’t, at this point, teleport.

A writer of multiple genres, including horror, humour and children’s fiction, Shaun goes where the Muse takes him – even if that is kicking and screaming.

Shaun lives with his one partner, two daughters, three cats and four fish!  Oh, and a dog.

You can find Shaun on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and at his website.

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Cullen, Carlie MA

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and was also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing until 2013 when she had to stop due to health reasons.

Author of the Heart Search trilogy. She writes in the Fantasy/Paranormal genres for New Adult and Adult.

Carlie is a principal editor with Eagle Eye Editors.

Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. They have now published four anthologies and all proceeds go to charity.

She currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.

Find Carlie on the web:

Website:
http://carliemacullen.com

Facebook:
carlie.cullen

Twitter:
@carlie2011c

Goodreads:
http://goodreads.com/Carlie_Cullen

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Wharton, Lisa Zhang

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Lisa Zhang Wharton is a graduate of Peking University and University of Minnesota.  She is an engineer by education and an author by avocation.  She has previously published several short stories about life in China in various literary magazines.  Her short story “My Uncle” has won a second prize in a WICE sponsored Paris Writer’s Workshop.  “Last Kiss in Tiananmen Square” is her first full-length novel.

She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and son.

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Tsoumbakos, Rachel

Author Rachel TsoumbakosRachel Tsoumbakos is a stay home mother of two.

Her main passions are writing, reading and organic gardening. Rachel lives with her husband, two kids, three cats and seven chickens in suburban Melbourne, Australia. While she has had several articles published through mainstream magazines, she has also written extensively for Suite 101 and True Blood Net.

Emeline and the Mutants is her first published novel and available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/EATMUP A new novel, The Ring of Lost Souls, set in an abandoned mental institute on the outskirts of Melbourne, is her second novel and also available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/TROLSRT

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Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/rtsoumbakos
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/mrszoomby
Pinterest:
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Blogger:
http://racheltsoumbakos.blogspot.com

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Clark, Ceri

Ceri (don’t call me Seri) is the author of several books ranging from fantasy to non-fiction. She is a former Librarian living in Newport, Wales, UK.

After writing Children of the Elementi, she wrote the Simpler Guide series including A Simpler Guide to the Best Free Android Apps and A Simpler Guide to Gmail.

She publishes her books under Lycan Books in association with Myrddin Publishing.

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Barker, Kathleen

Kathleen Barker was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Blessed Sacrament, the Institute of Notre Dame and Towson University, she spent twenty years as the much-traveled wife of a Navy pilot and has three children. While working for a Fortune 500 insurance company in New Orleans, she wrote feature and human interest articles for their magazine and received the Field Reporter of the Year award. After Hurricane Katrina, she returned to her beloved state of Maryland where she started work on “The Charm City Chronicles”. The first volume is “Ednor Scardens” which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel websites. The second volume, “The Body Wars” will soon be available.

You can read more about  Kate and her books on her blog.

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Swartz, Stephen

Stephen Swartz teaches English in Oklahoma, but writes literary fiction and science-fiction late at night.

Stephen Swartz grew up in Kansas City where he was an avid reader of science-fiction and quickly began emulating his favorite authors. Since then, Stephen studied music in college and, like many writers, worked at a wide range of jobs: from French fry guy to soldier, to IRS clerk to TV station writer, before heading to Japan for several years of teaching English. Now Stephen is a Professor of English at a university in Oklahoma, where he teaches many kinds of writing. He still can be found obsessively writing his latest manuscript, usually late at night.

You can find Stephen on his blog, on Facebook, and Goodreads.

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DeLuca, Alison

Alison DeLuca is the author of several steampunk and urban fantasy books.  She was born in Arizona and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mexico, Ireland, and Spain.

 

Currently she wrestles words and laundry in New Jersey.

Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, or on Amazon at Author Central.

You can also read her blog here.

 
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Madden, Gypsy

Gypsy Madden (Honolulu, Hawaii) loves fantasy, science fiction, and anything British and adores making costumes and dressing up at conventions! She is active with Tol Andune (the local branch of the Tolkien Society), the reading group the Twinklings, The Last Outpost (the Hawaii Star Trek club), and HAN (Hawaii Actors Network). She has participated in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest for 3 years as well as helping with the pitch workshopping thread, contributed chapters to the round robin stories of the Doctor Who Internet Adventures (DWIAs) and can even be spotted in the Naruto fan movie Konaha vs Chaos, dressed up as Harry Potter at several of the HPEF symposiums, and in LOST as a mental patient. Hired by a Demon is her first novel in print.

Gypsy is active on Twitter. She is also on Facebook here and here, and on Author Central.

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Kitson, Ross M

Ross M Kitson is a published author in the fantasy genre, with an ongoing series (The Prism Series), a number of short stories on Quantum Muse web-zine and several stories in Steampunk and fantasy anthologies.

His debut series for Myrddin is due for release in October 2012, and is a sci-fi series set in modern day York. It is written for ages 12+, although its combination of killer androids, steam-powered airships, kick-ass heroines and action packed chases will appeal to all ages.

Ross works as a doctor in the UK specializing in critical care and anaesthesia. He is happily married with three awesome children, who nagged him incessantly to write something that they could read. His love of speculative fiction and comics began at a young age and shows no signs of fading.

You may find Ross on Facebook here and here, at his blog, and on his website.

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Jasperson, Connie J

CJJ_profile_pic_2016 Connie J Jasperson lives and writes in Olympia, Washington.  A vegan, she and her husband share five children, eleven grandchildren and a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, and is the Olympia area municipal liaison for NaNoWriMo. Music and food dominate her waking moments and when not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly.

Tower of Bones Series – Book I, Tower of Bones takes the reader to the world of Neveyah, where the Gods are at war and one man holds the key to winning that battle. Book II, Forbidden Road is the follow-up, and picks up the story six years after the end of Book I.
Book III, Valley of Sorrows — The thrilling conclusion of the Tower of Bones Series: Driven by prophecies and racing against time, four mages sacrifice everything in a final bid to save their world from the Children of the Bull God. Can Edwin Farmer raise the new shield before Lourdan and the Legions of Tauron arrive to conquer Braden?

The Wayward Son – takes place concurrently with Forbidden Road, but follows John Farmer’s story. War looms and John must answer the call to serve, but his terrible secret could destroy everything. A broken mage trying to rebuild his shattered life, he must somehow regain his abilities, or everyone and everything he loves will be lost. John must face the crimes of the past to become the hero he never was.

Mountains of the Moon –  A sometimes hilarious prequel to the Tower of Bones series.

Tales from the Dreamtime, a novella of fairytales consisting of two short stories and one novella.

Huw, the Bard takes you to the world of Waldeyn and one very bad year in the life of Huw Owyn.

You can find Connie on Facebook and her author blog. She also runs a review site for fantasy books and one for other genres.

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Hazel, Joan

Joan Hazel has found success at virtually everything she has ever put her mind to doing.

A native of Selmer, Tenn., she is an accomplished actress and vocalist who has performed with theater and opera companies across the eastern United States. She has also dabbled successfully in theater as a director and vocal director for numerous award-winning productions.

She completed a double major in music and business from Delta State University and went on from there to earn a Master’s Degree from East Carolina University with another double major, in music performance and pedagogy.

She has spent time as a vocal and piano teacher at both Troy University and Enterprise State Community College. As a teacher she is much sought after for her skills and often works privately with students in her home. In 2010 she was a guest instructor at the International Music Theater Festival held in Venice, Fla.

In addition to her work on stage and with performers, she is also a skilled box office manager who has served as the Athletics Ticket Manager at Troy University for five years.

In her spare time, she spends time with a cast of characters who live in her head. She has written three novels that range from historical fiction to reality-based crime fiction to science fiction/fantasy.

Her short fiction Ascension won an honorable mention at the 2011 Alabama Writers Conclave.

Hazel is passionate about the protection of animals and supports a variety of animal conservation efforts.

She currently resides in Troy, Alabama, with her husband, Ricky, and their two dogs.

You find more about Joan and her books at her website and on her blog, 

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