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“Fix My Heart” is a 40-day devotional that restores the weary-hearted woman through a journey of self-evaluations. The devotions draw from scripture and offer practical ways for living a spirit-lead life that embraces good over evil.

BIO - Cheryl K Sharpe - Cksharpe1@att.net Cheryl worked in corporate management with an emphasis on Computer science, budget and finance, and project management for thirty years at Caterpillar, Inc. She retired in 2009 and lives in Alpharetta, Georgia with her husband, Tom. They have two grown

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Delphinia Santorini can assassinate a corrupt political leader armed with nothing but sarcasm and her red stilettos, but finding her ‘forever person’ on the Cupid’s Arrow dating website is going to kill her.

I am a high school counselor by day and aspiring writer by afternoon, evening, late night, and weekend. I grew up in both New Zealand and California, but have finally found a home in the wild and woolly Pacific Northwest where men wear plaid and Sasquatch play in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains

Peryn Roel Black and White
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Three siblings discover a magic door and a key beneath an old willow, sending them traveling through the Realms of Llalethar. When Ella is cursed by the enemy, she must fight the power of the curse and the fear that she may cause the downfall of the Realms as foretold in a Prophecy of long ago.

"The Unfolding of Time," by Peryn Roel, is about three siblings who embark on an incredible adventure through the Realms of Llalethar. The story centers around a prophecy said to involve three human children and is filled with eccentric creatures that are met along the way. Peryn's ideas drew from

Andria Goldin
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Miry Brook Johnson’s lonely world revolves around the Plains of Oklahoma, a diary, the secret her father left her and Tom, who she can never get completely out of her head. She always believed she would know how to be a grown-up when the time came. What she didn’t know was it was happening before her eyes.

Miry Brook Johnson is Andria’s first completed novel. Women’s Fiction. Set in the Plains of Oklahoma, it is about a sweet, lonely, insecure girl and how she learns to become a grown-up. Andria is currently working on a seven-book series that starts in 1560 and ends in present day, threading all the

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This book is an analysis of the plight of the working class, but it’s a ringside seat to
an economy that shifted from a promising future to broken promises: a little bit of history
both personal and political, a smorgasbord of food for thought and a
few possible solutions told from the worker’s point of
view to show how these economic actions and theories impact us down
here at the bottom..

Dan McCrory has been an officer of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981 for the past 15 years. After being pushed out the door (actually, lured out the door with money) at AT&T after 37 years, he decided to tell his story. His book, Capitalism Killled the Middle Class, is part memoir, part

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Fed up of living with her grumpy dad, Mathilde decides to find him a wife, but things don’t go quite as planned. Not only that, but she’s attracted the attention of an angel who wants to help, except this angel’s still learning and doesn’t always get it right.

My background has been a diverse mix of youth work, complementary health and PR and in recent years, I have self-published two guides to using flower remedies. Throughout my life, I have written. At times, to simply make sense of the world, but mainly because I love to weave stories. Not that my

Emily MacNevin
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Ruby's Big Red Heart is a warm and compassionate children's picture book story about a little girl who has a big heart full of love and wants to spend Valentine's Day morning sharing it around to everyone. Ruby doesn't discriminate against race, age or sex and loves everyone and everything equally which is the moral of the story. Ruby enjoys a morning stroll and gives everyone she meets a red heart balloon.

Emily MacNevin is a freelance music journalist, currently writing for Prog, Spin (USA) and Record Collector magazines. She has been freelancing since she was 21 after completing multiple work experience placements at local newspapers including West Sussex County Times and Dorking Advertiser where

Min Day
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Joanna’s isolated summer idyll proves more prison than sanctuary as she waits for a letter which will never arrive. She only has her embittered son for company and when his friend turns up unannounced he provides a welcome sexual distraction. But can she trust him? Can she trust her teenage son? A tale of hot, hedonistic days framed by vanity and deceit and truths no one wants to face.

Min Day is a freelance writer and has worked with public and health organisations as well as in the corporate world. Min developed Love Letters, a dark, psychological novel, after writing about domestic abuse for a local authority. In the book, Min delves into the deepest flaws of her characters to

C. R.  Mitchell
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Northern Italy, 1947, after a mafia boss murders her family and seizes their vineyard, a young woman must ignore the moral compass that defines her to win back her family’s vineyard.

Christina Mitchell has a deep love and respect for the women in her Italian family. Their ability to triumph in a sexist culture motivated her to write the mafia series, The Italian Rose. Christina wants her novels to be more than pages filled with thrilling storylines. Through her books, she

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The Great War left its scars on America, the nation didn't see the war, but the men who came home did. Deep wounds spread with infections, ruining the minds of the youth forcing them to do the unthinkable. Murder and betrayal run through their veins, pumped by a heart of no love, to a broken brain.

I am a nineteen-year-old writer from Hertfordshire. I like to think I am unlike any other author out there, I constantly chase perfection in everything I do, am possibly the most competitive writer in the world. I love to build worlds that I fall into when I am writing, create relatable characters

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When a close friend suddenly drops dead and the neighbors are mysteriously poisoned, mystery writer Jill Pemberton sets out to find the truth and becomes the target of a killer bent on revenge.

C.L. Wells is an indie author who writes in a variety of genres including murder mystery, YA, paranormal fiction, and even the occasional non-fiction piece. He is the founder of Creative Writing with a Mission.

William Kaufmann, award-winning ceramic artist and award winning writer
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​Bodhi, a young Biod, searches beyond her programming for her own life.
If she truly was more than a machine, then life on Earth would change profoundly.
​This was a change humans would not accept.

I live in rural Wisconsin and work full time as an artist-potter. In collaboration with my wife, Cynthia, we are multiple award-winning ceramic artists. (www.lindenhillspottery.com/about.html). I am a writer. My 10th grade English teacher, Ms. Thompson, inspired my first stories. She loved poetry

Rosemary Esehagu is a novelist and poet.
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Although facing bullying about her different appearance, a mixed-race child embraces her family and spiritual values to overcome her insecurity and accept herself as beautiful.

Rosemary Esehagu is a mom, a novelist, and a poet who was born in Nigeria. She is a believer in pursuing different interests and embracing one’s self. Her works typically focus on identity, self-concept, and social issues. The mind and the role external and internal forces play to shape the mind

Dan Brockington
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Samti’s minor poaching from an East African forest reserve is disrupted by a mysterious new species. As criminal gangs and misguided conservation projects converge, Samti must fight to protect her family from collateral damage, and the forest she loves.

I am an anthropologist who has lived and worked in Tanzania for several years since the mid-1990s conducting long-term fieldwork in remote rural areas. The worlds I describe in The Grymcat Conspiracy, the families, their ambitions and livelihoods are based on that experience. In particular Samti’s

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At six years old, Emmy foresaw the death of her father. But following the unforeseen death of her sister, this romantic young woman questions the pinnacles of her faith as she struggles to escape the very place she once held dear—her mind.

Emmanuella Hristova was born in Oakland, California and grew up in the Bay Area. She is the third daughter to Bulgarian parents who immigrated to California shortly before she was born. She began drawing at the ripe age of four, and studied the fine arts for five years in high school. There, she

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This despairingly humorous story follows Lester Manning and his crew of bullied misfits, who enact psychological revenge plots on their tormentors.

Shawn Steen is an insomniac who discovered lucid dreaming as a way to calm his overactive mind. In doing so, he realized he was writing stories in his sleep. Now semi-retired he has the time to share them.

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A killer entices a former NYPD detective and exploits evidence to implicate him for her crimes.

Steve Rush’s experience includes tenure as homicide detective and chief forensic investigator for Burton & Associates, a national consulting firm in the field of forensic and environmental pathology and medicine. Once hailed as, “The best forensic investigator in the United States” by the late

Cheryl D. Hill-Lavalle
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Written under the guise of a science-fiction thriller, this little book soon reveals the “Who, What, How and Why” to every major event occurring on our planet today, revealing the very mysteries mankind has been searching for, for centuries. A simple-to-read book where each reader will discover their potential and that special part dedicated entirely to them. It could change your life and change life as we know it on this planet.

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Cheryl had an early consciousness there was more to life than what she saw, heard and experienced. She believed "everything happens for a reason" and made a lifetime quest of seeking answers—answers to life and the various challenges she endured. Every traumatic

Chris
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When her sister goes missing and Breckon becomes a suspect in the violent murder of her classmate’s parents, she decides to run. The fifteen year old runs from the police and runs to a foreign country that is being torn apart by civil war, and Jihad, to try to safely bring her sister home.

Christopher Maroney first fell in love with writing, and books in general, as a young child. There was a library close enough to his home that his parents took him there to visit on a almost daily basis in the summers. The library was so small that the city officially named it "The Twig" library

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Aurin, a sixteen-year-old orphan, stumbles upon a strange stone which transports her and her best friend Demetrius to the magical world of Beru, where she discovers her long-lost family and her uncontrollable magical powers.

Maddie Adams is an aspiring YA author. She lives with her fiancé and cat, both of whom inspire many characters. Ever since she learned Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon at sixteen, she has dreamed of getting a novel published. She has dabbled in many fields including music, teaching, and business but

John Righten
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1992. Lenka Brett, a young Irish teacher who survived numerous dangerous encounters when she delivered aid to orphanages and hospitals in Romania, embarks on a new aid mission into war-torn Bosnia. But as she is about to enter Snipers' Alley, she discovers her former lover's horrifying secret.

John has delivered medical aid to orphanages and hospitals across the globe, including Romania during the revolution, and South America and Bosnia during the war. His Rogues novels are based on the characters he encountered during his many dangerous missions, when he enlisted unlikely support from

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A narcissistic/sexual/physical abuse survivor’s guide to recognising and relinquishing the fear triggers, positively impact their lives by reconnecting with their inner spark, finding their self esteem, creating a life of purpose for themselves and a legacy of peace for their loved ones and communities.

Hi! I’m Suzanne; a proud Mum & Mamgu (Welsh for Grandmother), English Teacher, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, NLP Practitioner, Mental Health First Aider, Counsellor and Coach from South Wales who currently lives and works in West Yorkshire. I like to consider myself as the honorary English settler who

Elizabeth Goodhue
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A mother traces her personal journey beyond the maze of social, governmental, medical, and school bureaucracies that accompany people with different abilities. Her mission has always been to bust the stereotypes people create, not just around Trisomy-21, but around anyone with a difference.

Elizabeth Goodhue is a freelance writer and blogger. When challenging a student to publish her work on a blog, Elizabeth also started one called ecgpoetry.blogspot.com. Since then she has written a blog about living and teaching in Mexico, and another about living and working in Kuala Lumpur. In

Robert Cain at the cliffs of Dover, England.
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Evil pervades the people and land of 650 BCE Judah and Jeremiah is called upon to become one of the Lord’s prophets. However, the sixteen-year-old has other worldlier plans—a fiancée, a career that leads to happiness, security and comfort. Jeremiah’s life is turned upside down as God’s Spirit grows within him. Cast out of his hometown Anathoth the long arduous journey to becoming a prophet truly begins.

Born and raised in rural Illinois and received a B.S. degree at Oklahoma State University. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years then attended Catholic seminary at Seton Hall University and St. Meinrad Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts. I served as a parish priest and

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Two brothers uncover a quest their father left unfinished. Can they stop the rise of an old god together, or will the world's corruption be magnified?

Travis Guberud is a fantasy and horror writer originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River. He was raised on the masterworks of giants —Tolkien, Lovecraft, and King to name a few. Absorbing media in all forms since birth, he funnels that love into his passion for storytelling

William Kaufmann, award-winning ceramic artist and award winning writer
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She’s smart, innocent, and a technological masterpiece. Bodhi finds herself embroiled in a droid awakening and an experiment to fast forward human evolution.

I live in rural Wisconsin and work full time as an artist-potter. In collaboration with my wife, Cynthia, we are multiple award-winning ceramic artists. I am a writer. My 11th grade English teacher, Ms. Thompson, inspired my first stories. She loved poetry and cried in class. I cried with her. Years

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A pregnant orphan flees her violent boyfriend, who becomes obsessed with finding her and reclaiming his son.

A Murder on the Border formed in my mind over the course of nearly ten years. It filled my dreams, haunted my steps on the treadmill, and robbed my attention during meetings at work. Finally, in 2018, I decided I would write the story, if only to get it out of my head. Although I had always been

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One day Countess Matilde will rule her lands like a man, but she remains her husband's property. When the enigmatic king Heinrich rescues her from an abusive marriage, their friend blossoms into forbidden love. Unbeknown to them, their relationship could shatter the foundations of the Roman church.

I am a part-time marketing manager, with a PhD in 20th-century literature and a life-long passion for medieval history. Years ago I won a national short story competition, but motherhood and work took over... I mentor women-led business startups and am a girls football volunteer. I adore travelling

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A young vet must prove her rebellious past is over, but when she chooses to follow her heart she risks messing up again.

As a child I can remember the thrill of a notebook, the excitement of a new book. I was always writing and reading. I grew up in Kent, studied Optometry, worked in Middlesex and along the way married a vet and had two daughters. And I wrote. All the time. Scribbles everywhere. Now we're back in Kent

Mark Edward Jones
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While investigating multiple murders in 1995, a detective followed the trail of the suspected killer from Alexandria, Virginia to Prague where he too became a victim. His widow later became director of the city’s homicide division and has pursued her husband’s killer for twenty-five years. Henry Pierce is a new detective whose first case entangles him in her old quest. Is there a conspiracy only she can see?

I am a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and a retired administrator in higher education finance. After retirement in 2017, I picked up my writing habit and decided it was now or never to begin a serious effort in publishing a novel. Mystery/detective/foreign intrigue stories are my favorite reads, so I

Jennifer James, MFT
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My year-and-a-half long experience of debilitating illness that Western Medicine was unable to diagnose or adequately treat. I wasn't sure if I would die of starvation or by my own hand until a neurologist suggested I practice yoga and a whole new world of alternative healing opened up to me.

About the Author I loved books even before I could read, and I memorized such picture books as Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans so that I could recite them to my mother saying, “Look, Mom! I’m reading!” To her credit, my mother smiled and said, “That’s so great, Jennifer,” playing along with my

Michael Salort
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A women's world is devastated when her highly successful husband comes home one day and announces he feels like a woman inside. The wife's psyche and her views of love and family are strained when her husband demands that she stay with him as he transitions to the new life he imagines.

Michael Salort has been a TV reporter, TV producer, investigative producer for national newsmagazine programs, screenwriter, business writer, and novelist. In novel writing, Michael Salort is the ghostwriter of internationally-recognized SuperModel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks’ 566-page, sci-fi

Author, Sam Pearce
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"From Broken to Brave" is the story of the many turning points in my life, both good and bad; and the valuable lessons I learned from each one. From the pain of suicide, the loss of identity and the humiliation of mental and physical abuse; to the courage to start a new life, the fear of repeating past mistakes, and the tribulations of starting a new business.

I have written this book as a beacon of hope to show that no obstacle is permanent, no heartbreak unrecoverable, and nothing is ever broken forever.

Working as a self-publishing consultant in sunny Southampton, I have an absolute passion for books! As the founder of SWATT Books, I help independent authors through to process of self-publishing, from finding qualified editors and cover designers to registering their publishing imprint and getting

At home on the Manx coast
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Nonagenarian war veteran Thomas Hinchcliffe has walked out on his seven decades-long marriage, sparking a family crisis. His wife Florence has just made a shocking confession and blames herself. But she doesn’t know he’s desperate to hide a long-buried secret of his own.

Joanne Clague is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for thirty years in print, radio and broadcast media in the Isle of Man, a Crown dependency in the middle of the Irish Sea famous for its beautifully unspoilt and rugged landscape, motorsport and the world's oldest continuous parliament

Bryan Castle
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At 17, Riley's world is turned upside down when YouTube superstar, Skylar Bynes, informs Riley she's not human, she's something better!

When he’s not writing, Bryan is addicted to flash mob videos on YouTube. He loves buskers and will always toss a few dollars in the hat. He enjoyed a stint as a journalist and was the recipient of an Investigative Reporter award. The father of four, he lives in Houston with his wife and her

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When their land of living magic begins to rupture peace and the very earth, a group of young adults attempt to find answers to the unyielding veil of the soul by restoring a vanished order of peace keepers, in order to master the unchecked storms that threaten to tear apart the essence of existence.

I am a writer who has recently found true joy in fatherhood and story writing from a Creative Writing degree from the University of Washington. Now in Colorado with wife and child, I have continued to explore my fascinations in the concepts of complex emotions and the elusive soul; finding my own

Tina Abbey
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Tippi is a bright, but stubborn 6- year- old who wakes up two hours before dawn on Christmas morning to discover a hysterical Christmas Fairy called Pickles at the bottom of the bed and her stocking missing. Will Tippi find out what has happened before it’s too late for Santa to visit?

Reading and writing is second nature to me. It’s as natural to me as breathing. To describe me as a bookworm is an understatement. I am never without a book, a pen, or a notebook in my hand or my bag. Throughout my schooldays, my friends teased me because I didn’t want to play and could always be

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An ambitious First Lady conspires with her lover, the president's physician, to conceal the President's disability to retain the powers of the office.

Tom Bierdz, a retired psychotherapist, was born and raised in Kenosha, WI. He earned a BA degree from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago. He worked in public welfare in Milwaukee and Kenosha before becoming the Director of Catholic Social

Author Tee O'Neill
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A biographical playwright needs, above all, to have compelling insight into her main character, and Tilda has been known to be fearless to get to the truth of her subject: but as she uncovers more disturbing evidence, Tilda realises that the truth in her play on Lewis will destroy lives, including perhaps her own. Criminal Conversation: A #MeToo Thriller

Tee has been a playwright and script writing lecturer for over twenty years. Her plays have been produced and awarded prizes from all around the world. She has written several biographical plays and completed a PhD thesis on the unique creative process required to write in this genre. The adaptation

Alex Tremari
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The hero's journey was never meant for monsters.

Alex Tremari is a Pacific Northwest transplant who took way to long to make her 6th grade declaration, "When I grow up I'm going to be a writer" a reality. Her unpublished novel, Dragoncast, placed 2nd in the 2019 Pacific Northwest Writer’s Contest in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal category was CIBA

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In late 1975, Malcolm Kincaid, a single-minded and unscrupulous entrepreneur, begins his career in the gold mining industry in Western Australia. Over the space of 30+ years, he uses and abuses friends and family alike, resorting to various corrupt tactics in his pursuit of wealth and power.
When he allows the pollution of an Aboriginal settlement’s water supply, however, he faces justice of a kind he never imagined.
This is a tale of greed, betrayal, family conflict, murder, and injustice. It as also, however a story of love and loyalty, and of how one’s own actions can bring about one’s eventual downfall.

As an author, I'd be best described as a ‘late bloomer’. I've lived and/or worked in every State of Australia, in a variety of occupations from a serviceman (RAAF), factory worker, pro musician, ceramist, salesman, full-time carer, online affiliate marketer, and heaps more. Writing has always been a

M.A. McComas
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In a fractured land of mythic and magykal races—a land where humans are only a legend to terrify children—xenophobia reigns…until a fleet of humans is shipwrecked upon its shores. Now, with a Storm about to break over the continent of Transcendence, can the Ranger bring the races together in time?

M.A. McComas grew up in Western Pennsylvania and went to school for teaching. However, his real passion has always been for stories. He started reading before he began Kindergarten, completed his first chapter book, "The Great Dog Disaster" by Denise Pomeraning, in the first grade, and has never

The edgy retiree
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A man retires after working 35 years in healthcare. What does he do after spending a career in service to others? He ships out to see the world. He sails oceans and seas, visits three continents, winds up in places both full and empty of tourists, and even end up in some once-forbidden lands. And he recounts these experiences through his dry wit and poignant tales.

Born in Flushing, Queens, NY, U.S.A. in 1952. Graduated Bronx High School of Science in 1970. BS Biology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, U.S.A. 1975. MA in Community Health Education from New York University 1979. Registered Dietitian from 1980 - 2019. Employed by Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Award-Winning Bestselling Author Shaunna Rodriguez
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A sports agent's new client is a bad boy hockey player from her past who could ruin both their reputations and break her heart again.

I am Shaunna Rodriguez, an award-winning, international bestselling author. I have a degree in psychology and English Literature from UOP and am a law student in Missouri. I’m certified in forensics, forensic and criminal psychology, anthropology, biology, anatomy and medicine. I’m a multi-genre

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Visualize "Unbroken" meeting "Seabiscuit," or "Band of Brothers" combined with "War Horse." This gripping World War II true story describes the unbelievable journey of a cantankerous boy eventually tamed by the Army (and some amazing horses) into the youngest front-line officer in WWII. The author incorporates eyewitness accounts of extraordinary soldiers and the horses—the human and equine “warhorses” of the Southern European Theater from Africa to Italy and through Frace into Germany--the so-called "Forgotten Front." Included is the previously untold account of a top-secret mission in which our protagonist finds the threatened world-famous Lipizzaners, as well as an exquisite champion Thoroughbred – the horse he would rescue and that would later save him after he received a series of devasting war wounds. It’s a mesmerizing and redemptive tale of evil overcome by faith.

Walt Larimore is a Colorado-based family physician and a prolific writer having authored or co-authored over 30 books and over 1000 in a wide variety of lay and professional journals and magazines. His best-selling books include the "Bryson City" memoirs, four novels, and books on health, marriage

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A pessimistic rogue, living in London 2073, with the ability to predict human behaviour, uses his skill to carry out assassinations in a world under extreme surveillance. He is hired to kill the head of homeland security, quickly becoming the most difficult thing he’s ever done. As well as unearthing a moral compass he never knew he had.

Hi, I'm Chas, I come from a film background, so I'm going from one form of storytelling to another hoping I can better broaden my craft and keep creative in these uncertain times. I've made a few award-winning short films and I always have a script on the back-burner, but I am excited to venture

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Geneva, 1545; magistrate Henry Aubert is sent to investigate accusations of witchcraft in a village outpost. When he meets local healer Louise de Peney, he is suddenly confronted with the possibility of love. But Aubert is an unreliable and increasingly sinister narrator..

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she writes novels, with a bit of music journalism on the side. Her three crime fiction novels (Reprobation, Consuming Fire & Sound, all

Geoff Keall is the author of SOIMATHAT - A Losers Guide to the Galaxy. SOIAMTHAT is a accronym for the full title The Semantics of i AM.
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A phone call from a friend uncovers multi-generational sexual assault starting a sequence of events from heartbreak to resignation of homelessness and poverty. Only after surrendering to our fate does it become clear, heaven or hell is a place called earth. Choose carefully!

I live in Hervey Bay, a beautiful, quiet seaside city in southeast Queensland. My family escaped here from Palmerston North, New Zealand, after experiencing a family tragedy. We'd never been to Brisbane City, let alone regional Queensland. What was I thinking? 13 years later our children have left

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A new mum, with post-natal depression, meets a horse-mad show jumper who triggers her childhood dreams of owning a pony and ends up being responsible for training an unschooled five year old horse, with no idea how to proceed, at a ramshackle livery yard run by a tyrannical, Wagner-obsessed, animal rescuer and her hen-pecked husband.

When I was young, I wrote a book and sent it to Terry Pratchett. He wrote to me to tell me he'd enjoyed it and gave me advice on how to present it to a publisher. I was astounded he'd replied and sadly my self doubt made me shove his letter in a drawer and do nothing more with my manuscript. Fast

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A good Nanny is polite, well educated and fully trained in all forms of combat.

When the Warrington children find themselves dealing with a new Nanny AND a dentist with more than just teeth on his mind, they're going to have to pull together more than ever before...

I'm an assistant headteacher from West London, husband and father of 2. Part of my job has always been to bring a love of reading and books to the pupils in my school, as well as the awesome power of storytelling. Seeing young minds getting to grips with the amazing ways writers creating images in

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‘KNOW YOUR BODY – The Essential Guide to Human Anatomy and Physiology’ is essential reading for anyone interested in the human body and how it works.

Following a career in education, Mary qualified as an aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute in London in 1999 and later worked there as an anatomy and physiology lecturer. Her aromatherapy studies sparked an interest in natural health and since then, she has completed a variety of complementary

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When an uncanny mist takes Catriona Pitcur’s sister, she suspects Ròn MacCodrum, the first fairy to appear in Scotland for 200 years, and sets out to unravel his secrets – but her search forces Catriona to face a dirty rumour that's long dogged the Pitcurs, the truth of which might be the only way to save her sister.

I grew up in a small town in the heart of Scotland. It’s a place of abandoned mills, Fingalian legend and high, windy fields where the voices of the past are always present. A life-long bookworm with a questioning nature, I studied English and Philosophy at Dundee University, graduating with a First

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Set in the year 2173, a group of friends attempt to smuggle people out from under a ten-person military dictatorship without getting themselves caught, killed, or turned into one of the government's rumoured human experiments in the process.

I am a long-time writer and yet-to-be author and I spend more of my time time thinking about fictional worlds than real ones. I've been telling stories since I learned to talk, writing since I could hold a pencil, and am currently working on getting my BFA in Writing. I write almost exclusively YA

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A half-ork warrior aspires to magehood, despite being the outcast of her hidden tribe. She didn't bargain for godhood instead.

Paul Nabil Matthis was born in Sugarland, Texas to a Syrian mother and father of Welsh-Irish descent. After growing up in the American south, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Dubai, he finally settled down in Los Angeles, where he earned a master's degree in music composition from CalArts. His

Chris Brookes is a UK author and scriptwriter
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When a young girl is forced into criminality and prostitution, a chance meeting with an army intelligence Captain offers her a way out of the brutal life she endures, but will she be mature enough to cope with the choices she has to make working in a shattered WW1 Belgium spy network?

Working behind the scenes of theatre touring shows during the 1980s gave Chris his love of creative writing and the desire to succeed as a writer. However, after discussions with his bank manager and the revelation that a mortgage needed to be paid monthly, it was agreed he would also seek a 'proper

Clennell Anthony
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A woman with a visual impairment leaves her abusive fiancé and finds herself falling in love with a soldier struggling with PTSD. She nearly dies in the attempt to rescue her new love interest from her obsessive and dangerous ex- fiancé.

Clennell Anthony was introduced to romance and its subgenres when she was given a book as a teenager. Shining Through by Susan Issacs was her first adult novel. From that moment on, she was an avid reader of romance and all its genres. Now, she enjoys telling tales of romance, suspense, and a bit of

Picture of author Mark Stibbe
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Imagine if an antique book, a rare first edition, could speak and could tell the tale of its 200 year journey in search of the mother who bore it. Would such a story not call forth in us a new reverence for physical books?

Mark Stibbe is a full-time published author and the founder of BookLab, a company dedicated to helping emerging writers. Mark was adopted in 1960, along with his twin sister Claire. In the 1940s, their dad's professor had been J.R.R Tolkien and his mentor C.S. Lewis. On long nights, Mark remembers

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In late summer 1742, shipwright Abraham Robinson leaves London to work at France's great shipyard in Brest where his life changes dramatically. There he falls in love with Yvette, only to lose both his position and lover as war begins. Returning to England, the navy presses him to serve as a ship's carpenter, tearing him from his plans. Great sea battles, dangerous escapes, and ravaging fires challenge Abraham and Yvette's lives from London to the colonies of North America.

Throughout, historical and fictional characters cross their paths to help and hinder, but not all survive to achieve their goals in this first book of the Tween Sea and Shore Series.

D. E. Stockman was reared in a small town in the Midwest U. S. A. and now lives outside Chicago. After serving in the U. S. Air Force as a Russian translator, he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor of arts degree. He has been involved in various aspects of the graphic

Samuel A. McAdams
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A space alien enhanced barnyard animals with superpowers until financial difficulties forced his company to cancel the project. Will their unfinished powers be enough to save the world from a cow zombie apocalypse? It’s a blend of Shaun of the Dead and Men in Black with a dash of Animal Farm.

The first story Sam wrote in 3rd grade had his classmates and teacher in stitches. The adulting business of a full-time engineering career, home ownership, marriage, parenting, and consuming mass quantities of beer at Chicago Cubs games kept him busy, but his passion for writing fun humorous stories