2021 Book Award Finalists

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Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2021 Book Award finalists. Please join us in congratulating these talented authors by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their finalist submission (click 'see more') or join in the discussion in our finalists' forum. The finalists' listed below are shown in random order.

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Jeannine Pettersson for "The Rise of the Goddess"

E A Carter is a multiple award-winning, Amazon #1 bestselling author of epic alternate historical fiction, sci-fi, and high fantasy love stories. Her newest release I, Cassandra came out Aug 26, 2021, a sci-fi drenched in the dystopian atmospheres of Blade Runner, Ex Machina, and Elysium. She is a

Robbi Bryant for "The Darkness"

Hi! I wrote THE DARKNESS after a confrontation with the serial rapist who raped me. I showed up at the county jail where he was being held after my case ended in a mistrial. After continued frustrations of waiting for the legal system to bring justice, I went to the jail, where he was held (parole

Bryan Crosson for "The Lonesome Thread: Reflections of Solitude, Boredom, and Creativity"

Bryan Crosson grew up in Frederick, Maryland and was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer after graduating from The Citadel. He served as a military advisor in Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. After the military, Bryan completed his MBA at

Brian O'Hare for "The 11:05 Murders"

Brian O'Hare, MA, Ph.D., is a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. He is married, has three children, ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild. He plays golf three times a week and does a lot of voluntary work. Any writing he has previously done was

Scott Semegran for "The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island"

Scott Semegran is an award-winning writer of eight books. BlueInk Review described him best as “a gifted writer, with a wry sense of humor.” His latest novel, The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island, is about four middle school friends who sneak away to an abandoned lake house to evade the wrath of

Emma Davies for "Take my hair (but not my humour): One mum's journey seeing off Breast Cancer"

Emma lives with her husband Darren, two young children Toby and Chloe and fur baby Arthur in Devon. Lawyer by day, representing nurses, she is now an author by night, inspiring patients having written and shared her story following an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis in 2019. Throughout treatment

Melissa Ragland for "Traitor"

An avid reader, animal lover, and coffee addict, Melissa Ragland grew up in the rural Midwest before moving south to the scorching urban oasis of Austin, Texas. With a degree in fine art quietly gathering dust on the shelf, she prefers to spend all her free time painting pictures with words rather

Ian Graham for "Stellar"

Ian Graham is an author, screenwriter, and entrepreneur with an interest in politics, history, and religion. The stories and characters he writes about are centered on the explosive conflicts created when the three intersect. He is a firm believer in being yourself … unless you can be Batman. Always

greaterlovenovel Bakewell for "Greater Love: Let Love In, and Watch How It Changes You"

Devyn Bakewell has a natural drive for equality and making a difference in the lives of others. She has worked toward her BA degree in English and minor degree in African studies at Howard University and continues to be an advocate for change based on this experience. She is known for her activist

Paul Blackwell for "Chaos Rising: The Erstallius Chronicles, Volume One"

Study dominated P.D. Blackwell’s early life: theology, ancient languages, physics, and astronomy. A variety of incidents early in his life led him down that bookish, spiritual path. His time away from study has taken different turns: martial arts, backpacking, guitar playing, photography, digital

Ruth Badley for "Where are the grown-ups?"

Ruth Badley is an author, speaker and ghost writer with a background in drama, education and journalism. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and worked in secondary and further education before establishing a successful career as the arts editor and features writer for a

Seth David Branitz for "The Trouble With Kim: On Transcending Despair and Approaching Joy"

Seth David Branitz has been writing and recording songs as Seth Davis since 2001. He’s the winner of multiple Moth Story Slams and Woodstock StorySlams. He’s read his personal essays to thousands and is a painter, father, began chef and restauranteur. His first book, The Trouble With Kim, is

Starr Z. Davies for "Daughter of the Yellow Dragon: A Mongolian Saga (Fractured Empire Book One)"

STARR Z. DAVIES is a Midwesterner at heart. While pursuing a degree at the University of Wisconsin, Starr gained a reputation as the “Character Assassin” because she had a habit of utterly destroying her characters emotionally and physically -- a habit she steadfastly maintains. From a young age

Colette Sartor for "ONCE REMOVED"

Colette Sartor grew up a nice, New Jersey Italian girl looking to escape the trajectory expected from nice, New Jersey Italian girls: marriage, three-kid minimum, Sunday mass followed by a sit-down dinner for the entire extended family that she alone would cook, serve, and clean up. After fleeing to

Lilianne Milgrom for "L'Origine: The secret life of the world's most erotic masterpiece"

Lilianne Milgrom is an internationally acclaimed artist and author. She was born in Paris, grew up in Australia, and now lives in the United States. In 2011 she became the first artist authorized by the Orsay Museum in Paris to copy Gustave Courbet’s infamous L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the

Nathan B. Hankes for "Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail: A Story of War, Brotherhood, and the Pursuit of Truth"

N. B. Hankes is a writer, scientist, and combat veteran. He is the founder and director of the Veteran Artist Residencies nonprofit, which provides paid artistic residencies for post-9/11 veterans. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Hankes is currently working on a manuscript entitled, The Tao of

Cassiopeia Fletcher for "The World Over"

I wrote my first book when I was six years old about a fat cat named Stephanie who wandered around the city looking for her family, and I never looked back. As a writer, my goal is to continually move forward, learning from my past self, as well as others, in an effort to become the best I can at my

M. A. Fréchette for "A Thousand Words"

M. A. Fréchette writes the darker side of romance. Being an extremist, she loves both the dark aspects of life and everything sweet. All her stories are either set in Canada where she lives or in alternate worlds she made up while living within her imagination. When not writing, she thinks of the

Cassiopeia Fletcher for "World of Ashes"

I wrote my first book when I was six years old about a fat cat named Stephanie who wandered around the city looking for her family, and I never looked back. As a writer, my goal is to continually move forward, learning from my past self, as well as others, in an effort to become the best I can at my

Randall Krzak for "Mission: Angola (Xavier Sear Thriller Book 1)"

Randall Krzak is a U.S. Army veteran and retired senior civil servant, spending almost thirty years in Europe, Africa, Central America, and the Middle East. His residency abroad qualifies him to build rich worlds in his action-adventure novels and short stories. Familiar with customs, laws, and

Dixon Reuel for "Rise of One"

Dixon Reuel is the author of "Rise of One - Blood Brute Series #1" She writes about vampires, zombies, and other SFF elements at dixonreuel.com. She has been runner-up in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, The James White Award, and The Aeon Award. She was awarded a residency at The Tyrone Guthrie

P.S. Scott for "Angel Land "

Dreamer. Optimist. Chocoholic. Self-published writer of fantasy novels.

Brogan Thomas for "Cursed Demon (Creatures of the Otherworld)"

Brogan lives in Ireland with her husband and their eleven furry children: five furry minions of darkness (aka the cats), four hellhounds (the dogs), and two traditional unicorns (fat, hairy Irish cobs). In 2019 she decided to embrace her craziness by writing about the imaginary people that live in

Lise Pearlman for "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1 --The Man Who Got Away"

PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR LISE PEARLMAN is a former trial lawyer and judge and nationally recognized speaker whose books have won multiple awards in the categories of law, U.S. History, multicultural nonfiction and social change. Her latest book is The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1 -- The Man Who

Bella Lynn Thompson for "Sudden Widow, A True Story of Love, Grief, Recovery and How Much It CAN Suck!"

My first book, SUDDEN WIDOW, A True Story of Love, Grief, Recovery, and How Badly It CAN Suck! recounts my happiest and most trying times as a wife and widow. This debut memoir offers validation, support, and even humor to help other widows and widowers navigate life after tragic loss. I am a

mjevansbtm@gmail.com Evans for "PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History"

M.J. Evans is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction. Most of her books are about horses or horse-based fantasy creatures. As a life-long equestrian, her passion for horses shines through on every page. She is a former teacher at the High School and Middle

Jerry Furnell for "Unleashing the Tiger. A Camilla Lee Story."

Jerry Furnell is a '56 model Englishman replanted in Australia in '58. He lives on the magnificent Gold Coast in sunny Queensland. A business owner and self employed for the last thirty years, this avid reader is semi-retired and writes most days. He supports and is supported by a two beautiful

Alexis & Justin Black for "Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love "

Justin & Alexis Black are both proud foster care alumni, college graduates, serial entrepreneurs and speakers. Together, they’ve published an award-winning, bestselling book titled Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love that has impacted over

JT Salen for "What Love Remains"

JT Salen is an award-winning author who resides in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her passion for storytelling comes to life in her debut contemporary romance novels of the Stillwater Series. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching

Joann Keder for "The Story of Keilah"

Joann Keder spent her formative years (forty-seven, to be exact) on the prairie of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a masters degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her to re-examine her priorities and

Arjay Lewis for "The Vanishing"

Arjay Lewis: actor, magician, and multi-award-winning author. I have spent my life as an entertainer, amusing people as a street-performer in the 1970s; a Broadway and casino artist in the 1980’s; a party performer in the 1990s and 2000s; a cruise ship performer in the 2010s. Stories have always

Craig Moody for "The Stars of Locust Ridge"

Craig Moody was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida, a suburban community that edges the beautiful Florida Everglades. Author of the multi-indie-award-winning debut novel The ’49 Indian and multi-indie-award-nominated and winning follow-ups His Name Was Ezra, The Stars of Locust Ridge, and

Teresa Wouters for "Oskayak: Youth"

Teresa Jane Wouters is a Canadian Indigenous teacher, writer, musician, actress, and entrepreneur. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Teresa has already published about a dozen flash fiction, poems, essays, short stories, and short plays; many of her stories

Rachael Clarke for "The Big Ol' Bike"

Rachael Clarke is a former police officer turned stay-at-home-mom living in Portage la Prairie, MB, with her sport-aholic husband, two mischievous kids, and dog. She's always working on a little bit of a lot, which includes her first novel, and writing/illustrating children's books. Rachael also

Mira Harrison for "New Admissions"

Mira Harrison is a doctor-turned-writer, brought up in Watford and trained in the British NHS, now living and working in Aotearoa New Zealand. Mira has written two medical text books and two works of fiction. Her collections of short stories focus on women's lives in hospital settings, with her

Peter Gajdics for "The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir"

Peter Gajdics is an award-winning writer whose essays, short memoir and poetry have appeared in Huffington Post (Canada), Maclean’s, The Advocate, New York Tyrant, The Gay and Lesbian Review / Worldwide, Gay Times, Manhattan Book Review, and Brevity, among others. He is a recipient of several

Bethany Lindell for "The Girl Gingerbread in the Woods of Winter White"

Bethany writes because it's the one thing she can't stop doing. She loves exploring stories and the different worlds and characters that live in them. And with all the books she read growing up, it was inevitable she would write some of her own. Author of The Girl Gingerbread in the Woods of Winter

Kathleen Jae for "Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery"

Kathleen Jae has been writing in one form or another for almost twenty-five years. Her greatest success story is her daughter, Katie, whom she refers to as “my hero,” and their journey is chronicled in Kathleen’s first book, From Prompting to Shaping to Letting Go: My Love Affair With ABA and How

knsalustro Salustro for "Cause of Death: ???"

K.N. SALUSTRO is a science fiction and fantasy author who loves outer space, dragons, and stories that include at least one of those things. When not writing or working at her day job, she runs an Etsy shop as a plush maker and makes art for her Redbubble shop, both under the name DragonsByKris.

Julie Hall for "Stealing Embers"

Julie Hall is a USA Today bestselling, 12x award-winning author. She writes YA paranormal / fantasy novels, loves doodles, and drinks Red Bull, but not necessarily in that order. Julie's daughter says that her super power is sleeping all day and writing all night... and well, she wouldn't be wrong

Alan David Pritchard for "The Pebble Champion"

Alan David Pritchard is a multi-award-winning novelist, playwright, poet, and creator of poetry videos/films. His novel, ‘The Pebble Champion’ was the WINNER of the Best Book Award at the Miracle Makers International Film and Writers’ Festival, 2021. In addition, it received an HONORABLE MENTION at

Jo Ann Sanders for "The Baseball Bride"

Claire Sanders writes heartwarming stories that have readers anxiously turning the page to discover how the characters will persevere to their well-deserved happy ending. As the award-winning author of both historical and contemporary romances, Claire’s reviewers laud her stories as “uplifting”,

Michael Hillier for "The Gigabyte Detective"

Author of AMR Series. See mikehilliet.com for details.

Julie Higgins for "Finding Ruby: A Nell Montague Mystery"

Born and raised at Porton Down in Wiltshire and currently working for the NHS in Salisbury, I have always been fascinated by crime, history and the unexplained. 'Finding Ruby' is the first in the Nell Montague mystery series, which will examine how horrors from the past are still very relevant today

Lewis Kempfer for "Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Having a Bad Life: A Memoir"

Lewis Kempfer published his first book, "Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Having a Bad Life: A Memoir," in September 2019. The book has won four awards: the 2021 IndieReader Discovery Category Award for LGBTQ+ Non-Fiction; the 2020 Gold Medal from Literary Titan; and the 2021 and 2020 Silver Medals from

Michelle Vernal for "The Autumn Posy"

Michelle Vernal writes stories that will take you onto the page with her characters and make you feel part of their lives. She writes with humour and warmth, and her readers describe her books as unputdownable, feel good and funny. She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband, two

Gaja J. Kos for "Shadow Moon"

Gaja J. Kos is a USA Today bestselling author with a mission to breathe fragments of Slavic lore onto many, many pages of fiction. She is also a bisexual witch who grew up watching Xena, Charmed, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No one is really too surprised about the direction her adult live ended up

Michele Gwynn for "The Making of Herman Faust"

Michele E. Gwynn is an award-winning Bestselling Author and former freelance journalist from San Antonio, Texas. She has worked in newspaper and contributed online to sites like Examiner.com, Yahoo Voices, and Salon.com. She has also worked as a senior editor for FashionErotica.com, written for Film

Blue Spruell for "TARO: Legendary Boy Hero of Japan"

Blue Spruell lived and worked in Japan for several years before settling in Atlanta. A trial lawyer and certified mediator, he runs The Outlaw Firm, specializing in family law and civil litigation. In his "spare" time, he teaches Japanese martial arts at Peachtree Aikikai. His debut novel Taro is an

Nikki Broadwell for "The Last Keeper of the Light"

I grew up an army brat, traveling a lot! I guess those landscapes rubbed off because they are all in my head now and even more so after all the traveling I've done on my own. From stone temples, caves in Spain filled with cave art, to standing stones in Scotland, to Cappadocia in Turkey, they all

Jeannine Pettersson for "The Lost Letters: The Dark World of Narcissistic Abuse"

E A Carter is a multiple award-winning, Amazon #1 bestselling author of epic alternate historical fiction, sci-fi, and high fantasy love stories. Her newest release I, Cassandra came out Aug 26, 2021, a sci-fi drenched in the dystopian atmospheres of Blade Runner, Ex Machina, and Elysium. She is a

Viv Young for "Hungry for Life"

I am a writer, journalist and, after completing a Masters in screenwriting - and a lot of hard work - a screenwriter! My feature length script A DARK REFLECTION was produced and I currently have several TV pilot scripts, including COME OUT TO PLAY and BLOOD RELATIONS, with my lovely agent. Last year

James Walker for "HIT: Once Upon a Field"

James Walker is a journalist and editor with fifteen years of experience writing for print and digital publications. He currently heads up an international team of writers as editor of The Daily Swig, a leading cybersecurity news website with more than 250,000 monthly visitors. This is his fist

Norman Bacal for "Ophelia"

For 35 years I was among the leading film finance attorneys in the world, working with major Hollywood studios, and sitting on the Board of LionsGate during its hyper-expansion into a mini-major. I also built and ran, Heenan Blaikie, a Canadian law firm and home to two retired Canadian prime

Laurie Holding for "Planted on Perry Street: A Garden Witch Cozy Mystery"

Laurie Holding lives with her husband in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA, a village not at all like the Greenwich Village described in her first solo cozy mystery, Planted on Perry Street. She is the author of two children's books, Tyrion's Tale and Tyrion's Town, both about her dog Tyrion who is a

Morden Grey for "The Shadowdancer"

If Morden Grey relied on motivation to keep him writing, he'd never complete anything. He's completed (won?) seven of the ten National November Writing Contests he's participated in. While he has authored and completed several works, they will most likely go unread due to his lack of ability to

Reina Cruz for "Daughter of Isis"

Reina Cruz was raised and resides in California. Besides writing, Reina enjoys yoga and spending time with her loved ones. She is currently learning the ins and outs of the publishing world and working on the sequel to her debut novel, Daughter of Isis. She plans to publish her next novel through

Justine Manzano for "The Order of the Key "

Justine Manzano is the geeky author of geeky YA novels The Order of the Key, and Never Say Never. Her fiction is tough on the outside and sweet on the inside, like an M&M or a hard candy with a gooey center, delivered with sass and snark. A freelance editor, she also serves as an Editor-in-Residence

Mary Behan for "A Measured Thread"

MARY BEHAN was formerly a professor of neuroscience. Now retired she devotes her time to writing fiction, memoir and short stories. Her first book, Abbey Girls, is a memoir she wrote with her sister about their childhood in Ireland. Her first novel, A Measured Thread, set in Wisconsin and Ireland

Linville Meadows for "Recovery from Addiction, The Way Doctors Do It"

Dr. Meadows is an Honors graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and studied at Duke University. He later held faculty positions at both institutions. He was recognized internationally for his work in cancer research, receiving both grants and awards; he authored numerous

Sharon Bazant for "Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years"

Sharon Bazant is a retired teacher living in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, Canada. Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years is her second memoir. Sharon has donned a variety of personal and professional hats as a seasoned world traveller and long-term expatriate. Some of her greatest adventures

William Silvaneus for "A Certain Mercy: Why are Grand Island's Most Vulnerable Dying Violently"

We live in a world where the habit of labeling people helps us hide from their humanity, their life stories. William L. Silvaneus’s whole life, whether writing or working with trauma victims and the disenfranchised, has been spent trying to smash labels and free people from the constraints labels

Linda Frank for "The Madonna Ghost"

With the introduction of the Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda Maria Frank has been launching her career as author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew mysteries and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to

CAROL ANDERSON for "You Can't Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties"

Carol E. Anderson is a woman, writer, spouse, coach, and world-class friend who is grateful for the life she’s been given and ever curious about human beings and their purpose on Earth. She is also a former organizational change consultant with 35 years of experience in large and small corporations

Stephanie Dawn Hrehirchuk for "An Accidental Awakening: It's not about yoga; It's about family"

Stephanie Hrehirchuk is the author of 19 books across multiple genres, including the award-winning memoir An Accidental Awakening: It’s not about yoga; It’s about family, and the Anna series of children’s books. A spinal injury pushed the Canadian mom of two out of her career in personal training

Stephanie Dawn Hrehirchuk for "Awakening on Purpose: Trusting the call"

Stephanie Hrehirchuk is the author of 19 books across multiple genres, including the award-winning memoir An Accidental Awakening: It’s not about yoga; It’s about family, and the Anna series of children’s books. A spinal injury pushed the Canadian mom of two out of her career in personal training

Jerry Hatchett for "Projectionist"

Jerry Hatchett writes from near Houston, Texas, where he often fantasizes about cool summers and long autumns. His books are peppered with intriguing tech, clues to solve, and ticking countdowns facing characters you can cheer for and against. Major influences include DeMille and Grisham for

Leigh Fleming for "The Truth of the Matter"

Leigh Fleming is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and has published contemporary romance. The Truth of the Matter is her first work of historical women’s fiction. Leigh lives in West Virginia with her husband and her deaf French bulldog. When not writing, she enjoys reading, travelling

Susie Helme for "The Lost Wisdom of the Magi"

Susie Helme is the author of The Lost Wisdom of the Magi, published by Conrad Press December 2020, winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Historical. Susie is an American living in London, after sojourns in Tokyo and Paris, with a passion for ancient history, politics and

Brooke Stanton for "Serena's Silence"

I moved to Manhattan straight out of college because my sister lived there and I could crash on her couch. Six years later (after a quick jaunt in London), I moved to Los Angeles, where I wrote a lifestyle column for the website Examiner.com. When I struggled with pregnancy, I did what I always do

Alison Downs for "Ladybird Adrift"

Alison holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, as well as an MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Alison's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely online and in print, including in Boink Magazine, Big Pulp Magazine, Meat for Tea: The

Phaedra Moon for "The Man Who No One Loved"

Phaedra Moon has always lived with her head in the clouds. She loves folklore, fairy tales, and stories full of secrets. Phaedra lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her family, where she spends her time teaching, writing, singing, and playing music.

Stephen Collier for "Driving Dead"

Stephen came late in life to serious writing, although he can say that he always had an interest in writing and the English language. Of course, back in those days in deepest, darkest, Northamptonshire, there was no social media, no mobile phones and even the TV was in monochrome. Teenagers needed

Kevin Miller for "The Silver Waterfall: A Novel of the Battle of Midway"

Captain Kevin Miller, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, is a former tactical naval aviator and has flown the A-7E Corsair II and F/A-18 Hornet operationally. He commanded a carrier-based strike-fighter squadron in combat, and, during his career, logged over 1,000 carrier-arrested landings, made

Lisa Skinner for "Not All Who Wander Need Be Lost"

Lisa Skinner is a behavior expert in the field of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia. In the past 25+ years, Lisa has been a community counselor, a regional director of senior care facilities, a trainer, speaker and private adviser; helping thousands of families and caregivers understand

Alastair Luft for "One Kingdom Under Heaven"

Alastair Luft writes out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of three novels, The Battle Within, Jihadi Bride, which was a finalist in the 2020 ITW Thriller Awards, and One Kingdom Under Heaven. A 25-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces

Claire Merchant for "Finding Hope"

Claire Merchant is an Australian author and storyteller. She is best known for her collection of fantasy, contemporary, and romance novels set in fictional South Coast. In 2019, Claire won ‘Top Female Author’ in the Fantasy and Romance categories as voted by The Authors Show.

John Espie for "The String Rider"

John Espie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, as well as a few other "higher up" pieces of paper for less interesting matters. In addition to spending the past 25 years as a public educator, he has roamed the corridors of Hollywood, broken his left arm on a snowboard, gotten lost while

Griselda Heppel for "The Fall of a Sparrow"

I write for children aged 9 - 13 (deep down I'm still a 12 year-old). After a childhood spent in England and Germany, I worked in children's theatre, broadcasting and publishing before moving with my husband to Oxford, where we brought up our four children. When my youngest reached 11, I began work

Toni Bird Jones for "The Measure of Ella"

Toni Bird Jones’s love of adventure infuses her writing. She spent years diving in the Northwest’s Georgia Straits before moving to South Florida to pursue a life on the water. While living for over ten years in the sailing community of the Caribbean and delivering boats to the Lesser Antilles

John Bennardo for "Just A Typo: The Cancellation of Celebrity Mo Riverlake"

A writer of short stories and poems as child, John took his love for movies and became a screenwriter in college. He attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and worked in the film and television business before ultimately moving back to Florida and picking up prose writing again His most

Andrea Wilson Woods for "Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days"

ANDREA WILSON WOODS is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea

Hayley Chow for "The Gatekeeper of Pericael"

Hayley Reese Chow is the author of Odriel's Heirs, the 2020 winner of the Florida Author Project. She also has short and flash fiction featured in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s anthology, As You Wish. Until recently though, she’s

Larissa Reinhart for "The Cupid Caper"

A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the award-winning Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about sassy, Southern women looking for love (and dead bodies) in all the wrong places. Her books

ROSALIND TATE for "Stranded: The Shorten Chronicles Book 1"

Stranded, the first book of the Shorten Chronicles, came from a question that popped into my head in 2016, while I was watching an episode of Downton Abbey: how would a modern young woman cope in a grand house a century ago? Exploring possible answers in a romantic time-travel series has been a

Marcha Fox for "The Curse of Dead Horse Canyon: Cheyenne Spirits"

Marcha Fox earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Utah State University in 1987, which facilitated a 20+ year career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Her interests expand far beyond the world of aerospace and hard science, however. The esoteric realm of metaphysics and all

Autumn Toelle-Jackson for "Boldly into the Darkness: Living with Loss, Growing with Grief & Holding onto Happiness"

Autumn Toelle-Jackson has lived a life of love and loss, filled with happiness and marked by tragedy. Labels are too simple, but they do have meaning and they do tell part of her story: wife, widow, mother, survivor. The loss of a husband, a beloved cousin and mentor, her daughter, and miscarriages

CHRIS CALDER for "MY BROTHER'S KEEPER"

“You have an aggressive cancer.” That’s what the specialist said. Not what I needed in my seventies, happily retired in France. Recovering after surgery and unable to communicate easily in French, I wrote my first novel. It was based on stuff I experienced during years running my small engineering

BJ Salmond for "Grudges and Grace"

I'm a native Utahan, I love American history and family history. In fact, the main characters in Grudges and Grace are my wife’s fourth great-grandparents. I came across their story as I was working on making a five-generation picture chart for her family. Their daughter was the last picture on the

Linda Carvelli for "Perfectly Negative"

I am a nineteen year breast cancer survivor and my paying profession is Technology Project Manager. I wrote the first draft of my memoir, Perfectly Negative, after being impacted by my employer’s downsizing effort and it turned out to be the best thing that had ever happened to me up to that point

Angela Lambourne for "A Safe Haven"

I'm 70, have 1 daughter and am recently widowed having lost my husband last December. Writing has always been my passion ever since I was a young girl, writing essays and short stories. My father's stories about my ancestors inspired me to write my first two books. He came from the former Yugoslavia

Rachel Homard for "The Green Triangle "

Rachel is an author and stay-home mom in Missouri. After days full of chasing around a four-year-old and his furry, four-legged sidekick with a baby in tow, she puts everyone to bed and writes. Her characters are relatable, and often include romance and as well as honor for the military. Rachel, her

PATRICIA DONOVAN for "The Remarkable Miss Digby"

I am a New Zealand writer and, as a novelist and screenwriter, enjoy living vicariously through the characters I create and using them to explore the human condition. What inspires me to start writing is a situation. Without a situation – a moral or emotional dilemma, say – the characters have

Sunny Weber for "Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs"

Sunny Weber has over 30 years in animal welfare advocacy. She has experience in rescue, fostering, medical care, service and therapy dog evaluation and training, shelter and sanctuary work and specializes in the rehabilitation of fearful animals. Sunny has rehabilitated then re-homed hundreds of

PATRICIA DONOVAN for "The Madison Gap"

I am a New Zealand writer and, as a novelist and screenwriter, enjoy living vicariously through the characters I create and using them to explore the human condition. What inspires me to start writing is a situation. Without a situation – a moral or emotional dilemma, say – the characters have

David P Wichman for "Every Grain of Sand "

David Wichman is an author, speaker, sexual healer, and entrepreneur who is respected and well-known all over the world to those who seek to live free of stigma, shame, and fear around sex, love, and intimacy. Raised in Fremont, California, David survived a childhood marked by severe neglect and

Pauline Kramer-Saxon for "Secret Women's Business Lingerie: confessions from the change rooms. A lingerie memoir."

Pauline Kramer Saxon is the third generation of her family to be in lingerie- as it were! Her paternal grandparents were manufacturers in Budapest, Hungary before the Nazis came and changed everything. Having barely survived the holocaust they came to Australia as refugees and set up manufacturing

Sara Dahmen for "Tinsmith 1865"

Sara Dahmen is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur, as well as the only female coppersmith in America, manufacturing, restoring, and building copper cookware in her Wisconsin copper shop. Sara’s non-fiction book on the history, science, use, and care of cookware, Copper, Iron, and Clay: A Smith

Ahiddibah Tsinnie for "Yes, I Took My Meds: A Memoir "

Ahiddibah Tsinnie is the author of Yes, I Took My Meds: A Memoir. She is a full-time special education teacher. She has a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Yes, I Took My Meds is her debut novel. Ms. Tsinnie is bipolar and

Justin Warren for "The Lewis Pass"

Justin Warren is a high school teacher who has dreams of one day becoming a full-time novelist. His love for writing came when he picked up a copy of Michael Connelly's Blood Work, and couldn't put it down. Like Connelly, Justin's work has a strong sense of "place," transporting the reader into the

Lucy Beresford for "Hungry for Love"

Lucy is a writer, broadcaster and psychotherapist. She was announced (June 2021) as the runner up in the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation short story competition. She’s the author of 4 books, and is also the founder of The Kindness Club, with its award-winning Refuge for Books scheme, creating

Corina Douglas for "Daughter of Winter (Daughter of Winter, Book 1)"

Corina Douglas lives at the bottom of the world in the paradise of New Zealand. She is mother to four crazy kids and wife to a wonderful husband. When she isn’t kiddo wrangling or running her editing business, Burning Legacies Publishing, she can be found exploring the forest, doing that stretchy

Corina Douglas for "Winter's Mantle (Daughter of Winter, Book 2)"

Corina Douglas lives at the bottom of the world in the paradise of New Zealand. She is mother to four crazy kids and wife to a wonderful husband. When she isn’t kiddo wrangling or running her editing business, Burning Legacies Publishing, she can be found exploring the forest, doing that stretchy

Corina Douglas for "Winter's Shield (Daughter of Winter, Book 3)"

Corina Douglas lives at the bottom of the world in the paradise of New Zealand. She is mother to four crazy kids and wife to a wonderful husband. When she isn’t kiddo wrangling or running her editing business, Burning Legacies Publishing, she can be found exploring the forest, doing that stretchy

Slim Randles for "Sun Dog Days"

Anthony “Slim” Randles has pretty much divided his time between outdoor pursuits and writing. An avid student of archery and fly fishing, Slim has competed in two Senior Olympics national championships in archery, and competed in the Highlands Open Archery Tournament in Inverness, Scotland. A

Kay King for "Why Baby Loss Matters"

Kay King (1981) is a UK based doula and birth activist who works to support families through birth informed by loss and provides aids and methods to live with grief. Kay King works within the maternity sector as the Executive Director of White Ribbon Alliance UK, the UK arm of a global movement that

Stuart Reid for "Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator"

Author Profile - Stuart Reid Stuart Reid has been a full-time children's author for 10 years, with eight books published in his 'Gorgeous George' series, and 100k hard copy book sales to date. He has performed at over 2,000 schools, libraries and book festivals throughout the UK, Ireland, Dubai, Abu

Sam Clarke for "The Twelfth Ring"

Sam Clarke is addicted to rock music, coffee, and Japanese manga. Her first book, The Twelfth Ring, a BBNYA semi-finalist, was published on Amazon and received encouraging reviews (average 4.7*). She is currently working on her second novel, The Templar Sword, which made it on the top-ten of the Ink

Brandy Nacole for "I Will Bury You"

Brandy Nacole is a writer of paranormal suspense and mystery. She's penned the bestselling novel DEEP IN THE HOLLOW, THE SHADOW WORLD TRILOGY and MURDER IS A DEBATE. She loves keeping readers on the edge of their seats as that's where she likes to stay. Her favorite pastimes are reading, writing

GD Harper for "Love's Long Road"

After a career in marketing, I became a full-time self-published author in 2016, publishing three novels under the pen name GD Harper. I have attended an Arvon residential writing course and also the UK Festival of Writing, as well as Jericho Writers' course on self-editing. I have been both a

Eilidh Miller for "Captain Merrick"

A California native, Eilidh Miller FSAScot, has a BA in English and studied history as an undeclared minor to better inform her literature studies. A long-time historical reenactor, Eilidh loves research and educating the general public about historical events, as well as entertaining them with

Carol Sanford for "No More Feedback: Cultive Consciousness at Work"

Senior Fellow of Social Innovation, Babson College; CEO, The Regenerative Paradigm Institute, Educator and Social Change designer for people in change agents roles, organizational leaders who aspire to making a difference, business and organizational teams pursuing meaningful work and business

Cheree Alsop for "Demon Guard Book 1- Prophecy"

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 60 books. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her

Patti Larsen for "Family Magic"

Patti Larsen is an international, multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 150 titles across a multitude of genres in happy publication around the world, she lives on her beautiful island paradise, Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her abundance of

B Crowhurst for "Rock Your World"

I'm a 33 year old Mum of two from Kent. I was born in Gravesend and grew up there with my parents and sister. As a child I enjoyed dancing but when I reached Grammar School, my studies took over my time and I had to give it up. At school I excelled in English and enjoyed creative subjects. I left at

Patti Larsen for "Dead Even"

Patti Larsen is an international, multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 150 titles across a multitude of genres in happy publication around the world, she lives on her beautiful island paradise, Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her abundance of

Patti Larsen for "The After Hours Deception"

Patti Larsen is an international, multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 150 titles across a multitude of genres in happy publication around the world, she lives on her beautiful island paradise, Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her abundance of

Patti Larsen for "Merry Little Mystic Murder"

Patti Larsen is an international, multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 150 titles across a multitude of genres in happy publication around the world, she lives on her beautiful island paradise, Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her abundance of

Hayley Louise Macfarlane for "Prince of Foxes"

Hayley Louise Macfarlane hails from the very tiny hamlet of Balmaha on the shores of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Having spent eight years studying at the University of Glasgow and graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics and then a PhD in Synthetic Biology, Hayley quickly realised that her long-term

Hayley Louise Macfarlane for "The Boy from the Sea"

Hayley Louise Macfarlane hails from the very tiny hamlet of Balmaha on the shores of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Having spent eight years studying at the University of Glasgow and graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics and then a PhD in Synthetic Biology, Hayley quickly realised that her long-term

Susan Bocock for "ITALY THROUGH THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR: Finding Connection and Belonging"

I took early retirement to travel, read, write, spend more time with friends and family, and enjoy life to the fullest. I'm not Italian, but I've had a passion for Italy and the Italian way of life since I first met Italians on the soccer pitch over 20 years ago. Through Italian language classes and

DEBORAH KLÉE for "The Borrowed Boy"

Deborah has worked as an occupational therapist, a health service manager, a freelance journalist, and management consultant in health and social care. The Borrowed Boy, her debut, was self-published on 1st August 2020, after being shortlisted for the Deviant Minds Award 2019. Since publication, it

DEBORAH KLÉE for "Just Bea"

Deborah has worked as an occupational therapist, a health service manager, a freelance journalist, and management consultant in health and social care. The Borrowed Boy, her debut, was self-published on 1st August 2020, after being shortlisted for the Deviant Minds Award 2019. Since publication, it

Andy Matthews for "All the Way"

This is my first attempt at writing a novel; which I completed in seven months. Over the years I have done a great variety of things; far too long to list here. I have wide interests and have moved in and out of many worlds, meeting and enjoying the company of a diverse mix of people. I would like

Kerry Buchanan for "Knife Edge"

Kerry Buchanan is a disabled writer based in County Down who writes about the people and the country around her. The soft rolling drumlins and lakes that look so pretty on postcards can present a challenging environment for those who live and work here, and Kerry uses every part of this country to

Michelle Winkler for "Dust on the Altar"

Michelle Winkler was convinced by her husband to live in the Arizona desert. While skeptical at first, she realized if she could survive hitchhiking halfway cross country at 20 years old, spend eight years in the Navy, and raise two sons, as long as she had air-conditioning, she'd probably be okay

SHARON SASAKI for "AMAZING GRACE"

Hello there! I am a third generation Japanese Canadian writer, family physician, surgical assistant, award-winning visual artist, animal lover, scuba diver, and accident-just-waiting-to-happen. Eight broken bones and a torn ACL later, I am still downhill skiing, playing tennis, scuba diving, and

Niall Edworthy for "Otto Eckhart's Ordeal"

Niall Edworthy, a former reporter with international wire agencies AFP and Reuters, has been writing and ghosting books for 25 years. Otto Eckhart’s Ordeal, his first work of fiction, was published in August 2020. His books cover a range of subjects including military history, natural history, sport

Katy Turton for "Blackbird's Song: A Story of the Russian Revolution"

I am a Russian historian by profession and I work as a University Teacher at the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands. I have published two history monographs: one on the women of Lenin's family and one on family networks in the Russian Revolution. Lately I have turned

Phill Featherstone for "The God Jar"

Phill Featherstone was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, England, not far from the home of the Brontë sisters. He worked in education before founding a company to publish educational materials. In 2007 it won the coveted Education Publisher of the Year Award and the following year it was sold

Joan Fallon Cook for "The Al- Andalus trilogy Book 1 THE SHINING CITY "

A history graduate, turned teacher and now self-published author, my writing encompasses both historical fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, non-fiction and more recently crime fiction. I have lived in Spain for the last twenty-three years and many of my novels are set there, particularly the

Joan Fallon Cook for "Palette of Secrets"

A history graduate, turned teacher and now self-published author, my writing encompasses both historical fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, non-fiction and more recently crime fiction. I have lived in Spain for the last twenty-three years and many of my novels are set there, particularly the

JACQUES VON KAT for "Mirror Man"

Jacques Von Kat is the pen name of Jack and Kat MacFarlane. They have been writing together for four years and their first novel On the Other Side of Alive, debuted last November. They are fascinated by the spiritual world and all things paranormal and it was at a spiritual reading where the duo

Phill Featherstone for "What Dreams We Had"

Phill Featherstone was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, England, not far from the home of the Brontë sisters. He worked in education before founding a company to publish educational materials. In 2007 it won the coveted Education Publisher of the Year Award and the following year it was sold

Sarah Bruck for "Daytime Drama"

Sarahlyn Bruck is the author of Daytime Drama (2021), which Kirkus Reviews called “A fun, frothy tale that will leave readers excited for a sequel.” Her debut novel, Designer You (2018) won the 2019 Indie Star Book Award and was included on the 2018 “35 Over 35” list. Sarahlyn grew up in California

Conor McAnally for "BULLETS IN THE WATER"

Bullets In The Water is a completed novel of 89,000 words. I’m an award-winning investigative print journalist who transitioned to television producing and directing. My TV shows have also won numerous awards — British Academies, Royal Television Society etc. I am currently working on my second

Zarina Macha for "Anne"

Zarina Macha is an author, blogger, and musician born and raised in London, UK. She studied Songwriting and Creative Artistry at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. She regularly writes a social commentary blog titled ‘The Zarina Macha Blog.’ In her spare time, she loves reading

Emilie Ryan for "Love Decanted"

Emilie Ryan is the pen name for a husband-and-wife writing team. By day, Milena is an award-winning university professor and John is a clinical psychologist. By night, Milena and John share a passion for wine, travel, and a good story. Through their writing, they endeavour to entertain and educate

Phill Featherstone for "Paradise Girl "

Phill Featherstone was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, England, not far from the home of the Brontë sisters. He worked in education before founding a company to publish educational materials. In 2007 it won the coveted Education Publisher of the Year Award and the following year it was sold

Nicole Bezanson for "Trip the Light Fantastic"

NICOLE BEA wears many hats in the writing community, from the editor-in-chief of an online literary magazine to acquisition editor with a small press. She has written several novels for middle grade through to adult audiences, and her poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety

Laura S Davis for "The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story"

Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. Her groundbreaking books have been translated into 11 languages and sold more than 1.8 million copies. In addition to writing books that

Hayley Chow for "Idriel's Children"

Hayley Reese Chow is the author of Odriel's Heirs, the 2020 winner of the Florida Author Project. She also has short and flash fiction featured in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s anthology, As You Wish. Until recently though, she’s

Kelly Mitchell for "Clap If You Can Hear Me"

My background is a battlefield of education and experience carnage. My curiosity latches onto a topic that piques my interest and I immerse myself in the research of that topic and once the smoke clears, there is often a certificate or a degree in my hand. The accidental casualty of a forever

Megan Montgomery for "Well...That Was Awkward"

Megan writes happily-ever-afters for unlikeable female heroines, with an extra protein shake of humor. Her debut novel, WELL . . . THAT WAS AWKWARD was inspired by her homesickness for southern Maryland. She now lives on the prairie with her husband, son, and mom. When she’s not writing, reading

Nava Silton for "Realabilities"

Nava R. Silton, Ph.D., a Developmental Psychologist, received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2002 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2009. Silton has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and Mediakidz, and has consulted for Netflix, Blue’s Clues & You and The Autism Seaver

Siobhian Hodges for "Killing a Dead Man"

Siobhian R. Hodges is a Young Adult fiction writer based in Leicestershire UK, author of the supernatural thriller Killing a Dead Man and upcoming anthology Untitled Decade. She is now currently co-directing a music video for Killing a Dead Man. The song, “Witness”, is performed by singer-songwriter

Peggy Wirgau for "The Stars In April"

Peggy Wirgau is a Michigan native and now lives in Delray Beach, Florida. She loves true stories from the past and writes through the eyes of ordinary people in history who faced extraordinary challenges and became heroes. Peggy has written for several magazines and is a member of Society of

Oliver Eade for "In the Blink of an Eye"

A retired hospital physician, Oliver Eade took to writing. He has published two collections of short stories, five young readers’ novels, six young adult novels, and three adult novels. Also a playwright, he has written twelve plays, four of which have been staged, one, The Other Cat, winning the

Mick Lee for "Child X"

A former sports journalist, private detective and asker of impertinent questions in locked rooms (sometimes called Market Research). Now focused on writing: mostly about 18th Century criminal gangs and what would happen if a modern handgun could talk Yes, I have a website and a twitter account

Melissa Volker for "A Fractured Land"

Melissa A. Volker is a reader, writer, beauty therapist and water woman. She blogs about surfing and stand up paddle boarding; writes eco-fiction, romance and short stories. She lives in Cape Town with her husband, two daughters and a cat. Her first eco-romantic thriller, A Fractured Land was

Robin Farmer for "Malcolm and Me"

Robin Farmer’s writing projects, including poetry and short stories, focus on girls discovering their voices and advocating for marginalized communities. Adapted from her own screenplay, MALCOLM AND ME, Robin’s debut YA novel is an Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List finalist, a 2021 Human Relations

Dacia Weist for "Trials & Tribulations of Modesty Greene"

Livin' the dream. D.W. Plato has degrees in Business Management and Psychology. This education gives her the multiple skills she needs to be a full-time landlord. “One of these days I’ll be a full-time AUTHOR and a part-time landlord,” she jokes. #lifegoals With four books already published, she's

BB Russell for "Kindreds "

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in western New York, B.B. Russell has always loved to read, write, and use her imagination. Having a keen interest in human development, she attended several colleges and eventually obtained her PhD in Education. A college professor and therapist, B.B