Tuesday, September 6, 2016

HBS Author’s Spotlight – Class of August 2016

This month we have a group of interesting writers with worlds of knowledge and expertise. The author interviews are a MUST read.

Be sure to check out what they have coming next for their readers. I try to pick authors who are interesting studies and ask them unique questions for our Q/A section.

Check out the Showcase feature of the HBS Author's Spotlight. I have included those authors in this class. Also, we have added the Author Bundles we have posted this month.

Thanks to the following outstanding authors for a great month. Here is a summary of our August 2016 crew.

Lesley Cookman

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Author's Blog: Lesley Cookman
Website: Lesley Cookman
Twitter: @LesleyCookman
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Amazon Author Profile

Author Description:
Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many Woolworth's exercise books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she's been grown up, following a varied career as a model, air stewardess and disc jockey, she's written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The Libby Sarjeant series is published by Accent Press, who also publish her book, How to Write a Pantomime, with a foreword by Roy Hudd. Lesley is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers' Association.

Lesley's pantomimes are published by Jasper Publishing.

Interview Excerpt

Next: The next book to come out will be Murder On The Run, the 17th in the Libby Sarjeant series.

Social media: My publisher put me on Facebook and Twitter in the early days of both. I didn’t use Facebook very much at first, but Twitter was excellent. I made friends and readers, and even got bookings for talks and signings. My income stream went up as the ebook revolution gained pace, but that has levelled out now, and I find Twitter no longer so useful. It seems full of people posting “Buy My Book”, and I don’t like it!

Book signings: I no longer do signings, along with most of my author friends. We got very fed up with sitting in bookshops and being asked the way to the Ladies’ Room, or the cookery section! I do the occasional talk, few fewer now than I used to…

Audio books: In the early days I knew more about the audio and large print books than I do now. I get messages from people who like them, especially if a current book hasn’t yet been converted to audio, when they demand that it will be.

Writer support groups: Romantic Novelists' Association, The Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Author.

I live and work in the UK and always have done. I’m English to the core, and have absolutely no idea if this creates a unique situation – it is the situation I’m used to. I do look with envy on my fellow cosy authors in the US, as they seem to have a far bigger following than we do here.

Author's Book List
Murder Dancing
Murder in the Blood
Murder Out of Tune
Murder in a Different Place
Murder in the Dark
Murder in the Monastery
Murder by Magic
Murder at the Manor
Murder to Music
Murder Imperfect
Murder in the Green
Murder in Bloom
Murder by the Sea
Murder in Midwinter
Murder at the Laurels
Murder in Steeple Martin
Murder at Mallowan Manor

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Uvi Poznansky

Author Genre: Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Poetry

Author's Blog: Uvi Poznansky
Website: Uvi Poznansky
Twitter: @UviPoznansky
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:

Uvi Poznansky is a bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romance boxed set, A Touch of Passion, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Awards.

Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, called Home for the Soldier.

Having moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children, Uvi received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she guided teams in a variety of design projects and earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

She worked first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices.) All the while, she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Books and Genres:
Her two series won great acclaim. Still Life with Memories is a family saga series with touches of romance. It includes Apart From Love, My Own Voice, The White Piano, The Music of Us, and Dancing with Air. The David Chronicles is a historical fiction series. It includes Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt.

Her poetry book, Home, is in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. In addition, Uvi wrote and illustrated two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (find them on YouTube and on her Goodreads page.)

Interview Excerpt

Next: a new boxed set, titled Love in Times of War. I looked at hundreds of romance novels and scores of authors to come up with this unique, wonderful selection. It will include twelve romance stories (a mix of novels and novellas) written by the best and the brightest authors in the genre: Tamara Ferguson, Jacquie Biggar, D.G. Torrens, Angelica Kate, Traci Hall, Jennifer St. Giles, Regina Puckett, Suzanne Jenkins, S.R. Mallery, Susan Jean Ricci, Bridgitte Lesley, and me.

Social media: Thank you for noticing my 24K followers on Twitter. The best way to gain followers is a simple one. Surprise yourself! Every day I publish a blog post about a different topic. Then I share it on social media, and readers come flocking.

My covers are always based on my own art, in all its forms (oil paintings, watercolors, or digital imagery) and they express the same vision as my writing. My art and my writing are two sides of the same coin. I write with a paintbrush and paint with a pen.

Audio books: Tales around a fire. That’s how it started… the oral tradition, the first way knowledge was stored and transmitted. Thousands of years later, we’ve rediscovered the power and presence of the human voice in the telling of new tales. Digital technology has made the recording and delivery of high-quality audio narration both convenient and affordable. Now storytellers everywhere are lifting their words from the page (or pixel) and breathing new life into their tales through audio fiction podcasts and audiobooks.

Novellas: The length of a story is never determined by marketing considerations. Rather, it is determined by what the character wants to reveal and the arc of change he or she is undergoing. It takes just the right amount of words to express an idea, no more, no less, and a writer better not skim the story or dilute it.

A Touch of Passion: 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Awards.

Apart from Love is my first published work, so it had no affect on any other books, because at that point there were no other books in my backlist. But your question is a valid one, in this respect: readers are always looking for authors who offer a large repertoire of stories. With each new book, there is a chance that your previous books will be discovered by new readers who have embraced your characters. This is especially true about books in series.

Blogging and time: That’s a question I ask myself a lot, where in the world do I find the time… Striking the right balance between writing and promoting is not an easy feat, ask any writer. For me, promoting is writing, because my blog is at the heart of reaching out to readers.

Author's Book List
Dancing with Air
The Music of Us
The White Piano
My Own Voice
Apart from Love
A Touch of Passion
At Odds with Destiny
The Edge of Revolt
A Peek at Bathsheba
Rise to Power
A Favorite Son
Jess and Wiggle
Now I Am Paper

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Maria Grazia Swan

Author Genre: Suspense, Nonfiction, Mystery

Author's Blog: Maria Grazia Swan
Website: Maria Grazia Swan
Twitter: @scrittrice
E-Mail: mgsweb1@gmail.com
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona--but stay tuned for weekly updates of Where in the World is Maria Grazia Swan?

As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for--ooh-la-la--haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people find happiness.

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco--but then, who doesn't?

Maria has written short stories for anthologies, articles for high profile magazines and numerous blogs tackling love and life. She engaged her editorial and non-fiction skills for Mating Dance: Rituals for Singles Who Weren't Born Yesterday. Her romantic suspense novels Love Thy Sister and Bosom Bodies are available at Amazon.com.

Interview Excerpt

Next: I am relaunching my Lella's series. Waiting for new covers and we will have new titles also. The series so far has 3 books, #1 is Gemini Moon, #2 is Venetian Moon, and #3 is Desert Moon.

Social media: Oh, how I wish that was the case. I'm a social media virgin. No joke. My twitter account grows only because I tend to retweet things I find cute or sweet or interesting. I'm not sure how it works but it does. Some days I open my email to find that I have 10 new followers..again, I'm thankful.

Covers: Ah, the covers...it only took me four years, but I finally 'got it'. Up to a short time ago I would decide on the covers according to my moods. After listening to top selling authors who care about my work, repeating over and over that I need new covers, covers that carry the theme like you so well put it, I decided it was time to listen to the experts.

Time management: Life dictates my schedule. I work as a Real Estate agent so some months I'm busy, other I'm not. And I got sort of stuck with this ferret, she's way past her shelf life, but I've grown attached to the little fuzz ball to the point that i get up before 7 AM to walk her during the Summer.

Free books: Obstacles? No, not really. The only thing I find...infuriating is when people don't even read the book, instead they turn around and sell it. I had to buy one of my own out of print paperbacks from a dealer and guess what? It was signed by the author. That would be me…

Reader list: I have a newsletter I send out four or five times a year, it's brief and brings gifts. Seriously, free books from myself and other authors, Starbucks gift cards for the first one who opens the newsletter..that sort of things. And then there is my author's page on Facebook. I also have blog subscribers and my wonderful Arcs readers, they read my books before release day.

My blog is about a lot of things, but it's not about writing. I belong to many author's groups and that's a great comfort especially when you're new. I have hired help for anything technical, so while I write the blog, my web maven takes care of posting it and keeping my website running smooth. I do my own tweeting and Facebook posting. As for my goal? To know that my books and characters are loved and that in some small way, they help some unknown person to make it through another day.

Author's Book List
Desert Moon
Venetian Moon
Gemini Moon
Best In Show
A Cat to Die For
Ashes of Autumn
Italian Summer
Bosom Bodies
Love Thy Sister
Mating Dance

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Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Author Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal

Author's Blog: The Suspense is Killing me
Website: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Twitter: @cherylktardif
E-Mail: cherylktardif (at) shaw.ca
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:

I'm an international bestselling Canadian author who loves to say, "I kill people off for a living!" You can imagine the looks I get from people. Sometimes I'll tell them, "Fictitiously, of course. I'm an author." Sometimes I won't say anything; I'll let them wonder...

Submerged, my latest novel, is a psychological suspense thriller with a hint of supernatural, and it promises to leave you breathless. But I am probably best known for Children of the Fog, a supernatural suspense thriller that has sold over 60,000 copies and made Amazon's Top 100 bestsellers list (#4 in overall list) multiple times out of nearly 2 million ebooks; and Whale Song, a much-loved, inspiring family tale with a hint of mystery, which is now available in its third edition--plus a school edition with a discussion guide.

Whale Song, an emotional mystery that explores controversial issues like assisted suicide, school bullies and racism, has captured the attention of numerous film companies. A screenplay, which I wrote with co-writer Alison Neuman, was completed in 2006, along with a movie treatment. I'm pursuing possible film deals for many of my books. And sometimes when I think of a movie deal, I smell buttered popcorn.

Booklist calls me "a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border."

In September 2005, my gripping action-packed techno-thriller The River was released. This well-researched novel explores the mysterious Nahanni River area, nanotechnology and man's obsession with longevity. The River has been compared to works by Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Dan Brown.

I'm also the author of the 2004 "sizzling psychic suspense" Divine Intervention, a 'psi-fi' suspense thriller (or paranormal romance) that has been compared to works by authors such as Iris Johansen, Kay Hooper and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb's 'In Death' series. Divine Justice, the second in the Divine mystery series, was also released in 2011.

In 2009, I branched off into romance with my debut romantic suspense Lancelot's Lady. Since romance is a different genre from my usual suspense/thrillers and YA, I wrote Lancelot's Lady under the pen name of Cherish D'Angelo. Lancelot's Lady was a semi-finalist in the Dorchester Publishing Next Best Celler contest hosted by Textnovel. It also won an Editor's Choice award from Textnovel in 2010.

A novelette of suspense titled Remote Control was released in ebook edition in July 2010; and a collection of stories titled Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories in August 2010.

In 2006, I participated in a hilarious new TV series 'A Total Write-Off', hosted by comedian Barbara North. In 2004, I was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award. In 2003, I wrote a public service announcement for a racial harmony campaign. My PSA script, One Voice ~ One World, placed third and was produced and aired on cable channels in Alberta.

I have not only held hundreds of book signings, I have also organized multi-author signings, held virtual book tours and other online events, and I've taught others how to promote their books. My book How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks is the #1 Marketing book specifically designed for Amazon's KDP Select program.

I've been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations in Canada and the US, and I've been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines in both countries.

I'm also the publisher at Imajin Books, a venture that is dear to my heart. Imajin Books publishes quality international fiction at affordable prices, with a focus on ebooks.

Born in Vancouver, BC, I was a "military brat" and a "military wife" who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. I now reside in Edmonton, AB, with my husband Marc and our Pomeranian Princess, Chai.

Interview Excerpt

Next: I am currently working on EAGLE E.Y.E., book 2 in my E.Y.E. Spy Mystery series. This Qwickie novella should be out later this fall. I'm also working on a thriller. Ironically, I had the story plotted while living in Alberta, with the setting in Banff, but upon moving to West Kelowna, BC, I've decided to set the story here in the Okanagan Valley.

Social media: I believe social media is responsible for a high percentage of my sales. Whether Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, they each have a purpose, and authors should be using these. I built my following one connection at a time. I contacted and connected with other authors, particularly in my genres. I connected with other book professionals. I joined many groups on FB. I joined Tweet teams. But readers are the connections I enjoy most. I love chatting with a reader after they've read one of my works. My book launches used to be held at various Chapters, Coles, Indigo stores. I also did more blog tours in the past. Nowadays, I tend to do more social network events, especially FB launch parties. These make my book launches international.

Covers: We have a wonderful cover designer at Imajin Books, my publishing company. Ryan Doan is a magician. I can give him a cover concept in an email, explaining colors, mood and imagery, and he will make it appear.

Short stories and novellas: Imajin Books has trademarked "Qwickies" as a term used for novellas in the Qwickie imprint. I love writing stories of all lengths, but not all readers have time for long novels. Qwickies are designed to be short and complete (though many are series titles) reads for busy people. You can imagine the looks I get when I ask: "Have you had a Qwickie today?"

Author bundles: Deadly Dozen and Sweet & Sensual. Every author in a bundle has their own readership. When you bundle, you're sharing a much larger audience, and that definitely helps to bring in more sales of other works and new readers. The main objective of our two bundles was to give the authors involved increased exposure, especially since all authors involved did their own promoting of the bundles.

Reader list: although my list is combined with Imajin Books. I was sending 2 newsletters (one personal and one for IB) but that got to be too much work, so I've decided to send out only the IB one. My titles will get recognition there anyway, as well as the other authors published by Imajin Books. My mailing list has developed over the past 13 years from random emails from fans, list opt-ins via my website or the IB site, FB posts and more.

Blog: My primary goal with my blog is to entertain, educate and provide escapism to those needing it. For my Blogger blog, I like to feature other authors and events. I also have a blog on my website but I'll admit I haven't updated it as much as I'd like. It's difficult to find time to do everything--and to do it right. It's a fine balance, and some days I'm a bit tipsy.

Books in German and French: Amazon Crossing and Luzifer-Verlag are my two major foreign publishers, and I'm happy to report sales are going exceptionally well with both publishers. Imajin Books has also published some of my foreign titles. The German market is particularly HOT right now. The French market is not too shabby either, but that could be because of my French last name--Tardif. Both German and French readers have been awesome.

Changing hats: Most of my works are published under Cheryl Kaye Tardif, but I did write a steamy romantic suspense under Cherish D'Angelo. I did this because the sex scenes have more sizzle (though not erotica!) than my other works. But I went public about the name. There aren't many benefits to using a pseudonym and being secretive about it. Plus I'd spent years building up my Cheryl Kaye Tardif brand, and I didn't want to lose that audience. So I included both names on the cover.

Author's Book List
Lancelot's Lady
E.Y.E. of the Scorpion
Divine Sanctuary
How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks
Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories
Divine Justice
Children of the Fog
Divine Intervention
Whale Song
The River

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Melody Anne
Featured Book: Turbulent Intentions

Author Genre: Romance, Young Adult

Author's Blog: Melody Anne
Website: Melody Anne
Twitter: @authmelodyanne
E-Mail: authormelodyanne@gmail.com
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
Melody Anne is a NYT best selling author of the popular series: Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, Baby for the Billionaire, Unexpected Hero's, Billionaire Aviators, and some solo titles. I have a Young Adult Series; Rise of the Dark Angel.

As an aspiring author, I wrote for years, then published in 2011, finding my true calling, and a love of writing. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in business, I love to write about strong, powerful, businessmen and the corporate world.

When I'm not writing, I spend time with my family, friends, and many pets. A country girl at heart, I love the small town and strong community I live in and am involved in many community projects.

To date, I have over 7 million book sales and have earned a spot on multiple best seller lists, including NYT's, USA Today, WSJ, being an amazon top 100 bestselling author for 3 years in a row, as well as a Kobo and iBooks best seller. But beyond that, I just love getting to do what makes me happy - live in a fantasy world, 95% of the time.

Author's Book List
Turbulent Intentions
New Desires
Forever Lost
Stolen Innocence
Safe in his Arms
Following Her
Her Hometown Hero
Who I Am with You
Her Unexpected Hero
Finding Forever
Priceless Treasure
Holiday Treasure
Hidden Treasure
Unexpected Treasure
The Billionaire's Dance
The Tycoon's Secret
The Tycoon's Proposal
The Tycoon's Vacation
The Tycoon's Revenge
The Billionaire's Final Stand
Runaway Heiress
Blackmailing The Billionaire
The Billionaire's Marriage Proposal
The Billionaire Falls
The Billionaire's Dance
The Billionaire Wins the Game

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Luana Ehrlich
Featured Book: Three Weeks in Washington

Author Genre: Christian, Fiction, Thriller

Author's Blog: Luana Ehrlich
Website: Luana Ehrlich
Twitter: @luanasbooks
E-Mail: Author@LuanaEhrlich (dot) com
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
Luana picked up her first adult spy novel when she was eleven years old. Today, she continues to have a passion for the thriller/suspense genre of fiction. In addition to being an avid reader, she is also a news fanatic and follows events around the world on a daily basis, particularly the Middle East.

Luana is a minister's wife and has lived in Norman, Oklahoma for the past two decades. Previously, she resided in several states in the South and Midwest. Along with her husband, she also served as a missionary in Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Occasionally, she reports on the experiences of newly converted Christians for Baptist Press, a national news service for Baptists. She was also a weekly columnist for The Indiana Baptist, where she told the stories of ordinary people who became followers of Christ. Luana is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Author's Book List
Three Weeks in Washington
Two Days in Caracas
One Night in Tehran

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Debra L. Martin
Featured Book: Dare to Love a Spy

Author Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Author's Blog: Two Ends of the Pen
Twitter: @dlmartin6
E-Mail: dlmartin6@yahoo.com
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
Debra L Martin, science fiction and fantasy author, started writing with co-author, David W Small in 2006. Writing with a co-author is challenging in itself, but when 1 author lives on the East Coast and 1 lives on the West Coast, the challenges are a bit more daunting, but because we live in an electronic world of email, Instant Messenger and Skype, the partnership is totally workable. What makes the partnership even better is that David is my brother. We love the same types of books and that love naturally evolved into writing our own books.

"Witch's Curse," Book 2 in The Witch Stone Prophecy was released in July 2014. It's the sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy "Assassin's Curse". The final book in the series, WITCH STONE ASSASSIN, is currently under development.

"The Silver Cross" Book 1 in the series, VAMPIRE NIGHTLIFE was published in 2012. "The Silver Double Cross" Book 2 is currently under development and will be released in 2016.

If you enjoy Arthurian history with a twist, they have published "Quest for Nobility" and "Crystal Facade" in the RULE OF OTHARIA trilogy. The final volume, "The King's Last Word" is under development.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, they have written three stories in the DARK FUTURE series, "Path to Destruction," "The Right Path" and "Zia's Path."

Debra blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen about writing, publishing, ebooks, guest posts, author interviews and book reviews. You can also find a complete list of her published books on the blog.

Author's Book List
Dare to Love a Spy
Love by Deception
Love by Secrets
A Fairytale Romance
An Unexpected Love
Waiting for Love
Christmas Wedding Wishes
Summer of Love
The Silver Cross
Assassin's Curse
The Path Omnibus (3 Dark Future Stories)
Path to Destruction (Post-Apocalyptic Military Story)
The Right Path (Apocalyptic Novelette)
The Crystal Facade (A Fantasy Adventure)
The Quest for Nobility (A Fantasy Adventure)

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Caroline Fardig
Featured Book: Wedding Bell Blues

Author Genre: Mystery, Romance, Chick Lit

Author's Blog: Caroline Fardig
Website: Caroline Fardig
Twitter: @carolinefardig
E-Mail: caroline@carolinefardig.com
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the "Best Books of 2015" by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Author's Book List
Wedding Bell Blues
Mug Shot
My Funny Valentine
Death Before Decaf
Bad Medicine
That Old Black Magic
It's Just a Little Crush

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Dianne Harman
Featured Book: Murdered in Argentina

Author Genre: Romance and Literary Fiction

Author's Blog: Dianne Harman Author
Website: Dianne Harman Author
Twitter: @DianneDHarman
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking and playing with her new puppy, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs. She is the author of three cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, and her newest, High Desert. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. She is also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series.

A number of books in her cozy mystery series have been designated by Amazon as All-Stars because of their sales, and Dianne has been named by Amazon seven times as one of their most popular authors.

She invites you to visit her web site at: www.dianneharman.com and sign up for her newletters. You'll receive a free book and have a weekly chance to win an autographed boxed set of the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series.

Author's Book List
Murder at the Big T Lodge
Murdered by Country Music
Murdered by Words
Trouble at the Kennel
The Blue Butterfly
Murder in Cuba
Murder At The Bed & Breakfast
Murder & The Monkey Band
Murder at the Cooking School
The Death Card
Murder in Calico Gold
Murder and Brandy Boy
Murder in the Pearl District
Murder in Cottage #6
Marriage and Murder
White Cloud Retreat
Murder at Jade Cove
Kelly's Koffee Shop
Coyote in Provence
Blue Coyote Motel
Murdered in Argentina

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Devin C. Hughes
Featured Book: The S.T.A.R System

Author Genre: Ethnic & Minority Studies + Biography

Website: Devin C. Hughes
Twitter: @DevinCHughes
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
Devin C. Hughes was born in Washington D.C. in 1969 to a black father and white mother. Devin grew up in a mixed--and mixed up--world. His home life was chaotic, riddled with his parents' drug use and unconventional ways of educating; dyslexia made academic learning a seemingly insurmountable challenge; and his identity was beyond confusing--was he black because he felt black or white because he looked white? Devin knew one thing: he needed to escape his environment and get into college, beyond which he believed the world would open up to him. His memoir, Contrast, is his gift back to those who are looking for some inspiration and passion to move forward, not look back. A great life is measured by ones progress not perfection!

Author's Book List
The S.T.A.R. System
Moon Patrol
Self Talk

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Jake Needham

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Author

Author's Blog: Jake Needham blog
Website: Jake Needham
Twitter: @jakeneedham
E-Mail: JakeNeedham@jakeneedham.com
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description:
JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels and legal thrillers when he realized he really didn't like movies and television very much.

He is a lawyer by education and held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you about. Then, somehow, he became a screenwriter following a series of accidents and coincidences too ridiculous to be believed.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty-five years. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States.

You can read excerpts from all Jake Needham's books as well as his occasional 'Letters from Asia' at his web site: www.JakeNeedham.com.

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The Ambassadors Wife

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Tim Vicary
Featured Book: Broken Alibi

Author Genre: Crime and Historical Novels

Author's Blog: Tim Vicary - Author
Website: Tim Vicary
Twitter: @TimVicary
E-Mail: tim.vicary@york.ac.uk
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Author Description:
Hi. My name's Tim Vicary and I'm an author and a university teacher at the Norwegian Study Centre at the University of York, England. I've written three crime/legal thrillers in 'The Trials of Sarah Newby' series, and just released my fourth, 'Broken Alibi'. I've also written four historical novels, two children's books, and about twenty graded readers for foreign learners of English in the Oxford Bookworms series, published by Oxford University Press, two of which, Titanic and The Everest Story, won awards from the Extensive Reading Foundation in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

My legal thriller, A Fatal Verdict, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independently published book in 2012, and in 2013 Bold Counsel won the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval.

I live in the English countryside, near York. When I'm not writing I like horse-riding, cycling, and swimming.

Author's Book List
Broken Alibi
A Game of Proof
A Fatal Verdict
Bold Counsel
Nobody's Slave
The Monmouth Summer
Cat and Mouse
The Blood Upon the Rose

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Featured Set: The Lindsey Lark Series

Cricket Rohman
Wanted: An Honest Man With a little mystery and a little romance, WANTED: AN HONEST MAN captures the bittersweet growth of a young woman trying to make sense of her turbulent life.

Letters, Lovers, & Lies Mysterious, romantic, and sprinkled with a few heartwarming students and a delightful dog, LETTERS, LOVERS, & LIES captures the importance of persistence and the power of love. Jake and Lindsey are in love, but so much stands in their way. Letters from a dead man. Unwanted advances from a transgender acquaintance. Separation and jealousy. A few things in the couple’s favor? They are smart, multi-talented, and they love to laugh.

Hit The Road, Jake! Thrilling, romantic, and sprinkled with humor, HIT THE ROAD, JAKE! Reinvents the ‘buddy movie’ concept with the written word … and a pretty woman. Jake and Lindsey are good at tracking down offenders responsible for petty theft and blackmail, but when new mysteries become personal—slashed tires, spattered blood, steamy love letters, a stolen pet—everything changes.

Author: Cricket Rohman

Author Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Website: Author Cricket Rohman
Author's Blog: Cricket Rohman
Twitter: @CricketRohman
E-Mail: CricketRohman@gmail.com
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Cricket grew up in Estes Park, Colorado, and spent her formative years among deer, bobcats, coyotes and beautiful blue columbine. Today she is a full-time author writing about the great outdoors, teachers, dogs, love, laughter, and life’s little mysteries—think romantic suspense.

Prior to writing, Cricket's career path included the following jobs: actor, singer, audio/video producer, classroom teacher, school principal, and U of A, College of Education assistant professor.

The first three novels in The Lindsey Lark Series are--WANTED: AN HONEST MAN; LETTERS, LOVERS, & LIES; and HIT THE ROAD, JAKE!.

And, yes. All three books are works of fiction. REALLY! (Well, except the part about the dog; Cricket really had a dog like Wendell, the mastiff, who appears in every book.)

Title: Hit The Road, Jake!

Author: Cricket Rohman

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Title: Letters, Lovers, & Lies

Author: Cricket Rohman

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Title: Wanted: An Honest Man

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Featured Set: Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series

Tamara Ferguson

Author: Tamara Ferguson

Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Website: Tamara Ferguson - Kissed by Fate
Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly
E-Mail: Tammysdragonfly@gmail.com
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A member of the Romance Writers of America, Tamara Ferguson is the #1 best-selling, multi-award winning author of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, and the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series.

Her latest wounded warrior romance novella, Two Hearts Unspoken, is included in the top-ten bestselling Holiday Anthology, Mother’s Day Magic…With Love, which was also #1 in Wounded Warrior Fiction. Since being released independently, Two Hearts Unspoken has just become a #1 Best Seller at Amazon as well as a #1 Hot New Release in both Ebooks and books. It’s also been #1 in 8 Wounded Warrior categories.

The wounded warrior romance, Two Hearts Surrendered, was originally published in the bestselling Magical Weddings anthology, which included stories by fifteen USA Today, best-selling, and award-winning authors. Two Hearts Surrendered independently earned 3-5 star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become a double #1 Best Seller at Amazon. Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Adult Finalist in the Romance Reviews 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Two Hearts Undone (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance #3) was released in May of 2016 by AA Publishing and was #1 in 8 Wounded Warrior categories at Amazon. This short story is also included in the Annie Acorn 2016 Romance Anthology.

That Unforgettable Kiss (Kissed by Fate Book 1) was a top ten Amazon bestseller in Kindle Saga Fiction, earned 3-5 star editorial reviews from Readers' Favorite, and was the 2015 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Award in New Adult Romance.

That Unforgettable Kiss is currently featured in the #1 bestselling A Touch of Passion, 8 full-length novels by USA Today, New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning authors. This anthology is a #1 Holiday Romance (and more), and has just WON the 2016 Romance Reviews Reader’s Choice Award in Anthology Romance.

Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist at the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a 2014 WINNER at the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. In Flight is currently being rereleased by Blue Harvest Creative.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son, you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she's writing or helping other author friends promote their books on twitter.


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Title: Two Hearts Undone

Author: Tamara Ferguson

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