Book Spotlight: Once Upon A Christmas

Is it ever too late for happily ever after…?
 
Callahan is one of the hottest guys to move into Harper’s Corner in a long time, partly because he’s also a complete mystery. 
 
He keeps to himself and leads a quiet life, rumors swirl around that he used to be in the military…but no one knows where he came from, or what brought him to their small town. 
 
When Stevie’s parents have a health crisis, she’s forced to take leave from her very New York existence: including a high-powered job at a big publishing house and explosive sex life with her wealthy, handsome and appropriately pretentious boyfriend, to step in and ensure the preservation of the family’s longstanding bookstore.
 
With the first order of business being to fire Callahan, the unqualified shop assistant her dad hired. 
 
Though as many women from Harper’s Corner can tell you, things change when you come back home.
 
So firing this attractive, brooding, secretive man turns out to be much harder than she originally planned…
 
And when his past comes back to challenge him, he can’t keep hiding from what happened. 
 
I invite you to tuck into another Harper’s Corner story about finding love when you least expect it…once upon a time in a bookstore…

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About Christina George

I’ve worked in publishing for twenty years and I sincerely love books and authors. I started this journey with my own books planning to write just one, and then well – all I can say is the stories kept coming. My original series The Publicist, follows Kate, Mac, Nick, Vivienne and a host of other awesome characters as they make their lives in New York, amidst the chaos that publishing often brings with it.
I am now exploring a fictional small town called Harper’s Corner. This series is so fun, because there are so many characters in this town, from sexy firemen and hot Army guys, to an awesome group of women that I affectionally call “the coven.” These books will explore each of these characters, and their journey to finding the loves of their lives.
I love writing, and I love reading and if I’m not actively writing a book, I’m probably dreaming of what I’ll write next.
 
Please feel free to email me at authorchristinageorge@gmail.com with your thoughts on any of my books. 
 
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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Love for Two Lifetimes

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for YA / coming of age “Love for Two Lifetimes”. Check out the schedule below.

Tour Schedule

October 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 27th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

October 28th: Book Excerpt @ Introvert Book Lover

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

October 31st: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ T’s Stuff

November 1st: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

November 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Pop’s Blog

November 4th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Bookish Madness

November 5th: Book Excerpt @ What Emma Read Next

November 7th: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 9th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

November 9th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Majanka’s Blog

 

About the Book

Title: Love for Two Lifetimes

Author: Martina Boone

Genre: Coming of Age / Young Adult

 Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . . 

When Izzy unexpectedly loses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters. Their relationship has always been so close that Izzy can’t imagine life without her. Nor can she begin to understand when she finds a secret box of love letters that her mother wrote but never sent. The idea of her mother hiding such intense feelings for more than twenty years without so much as a hint makes Izzy question everything she thought she knew–including the identity of her father.

Following a trail of clues overseas, Izzy steps into a world of glamour and English royalty, one which years ago forced her mother to choose between her obligation to her musical gift and her lover’s obligations to his family, title, and estate. It’s a world of secrets and masquerades, of heartache and betrayal. And in the midst of this world, Izzy finds a young man who feels as broken as she does herself. The two are drawn to each other–only to find that their parents’ lies may present an insurmountable obstacle between them.

Thrown together on a coming of age journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand estate in the Cotswolds to a hospital bedside in India and ultimately to the Taj Mahal, Izzy and Malcolm try desperately not to fall in love. But some things are impossible…

And some loves are worth any sacrifice… 

Uplifting, funny, tragic, and unforgettably, luminously romantic, Love for Two Lifetimes is a tale of two generations of love, a lifetime of friendship, a history of sacrifice, and one last, heartbreaking and hopeful choice revealed in prose, texts, and love letters. Written for young adults and grown-up romantics, if you love the romance of the royal weddings or any story by Nicholas Sparks, Love for Two Lifetimes will have you turning pages late into the night.

“Heartwarming, lyrical, soulful, and with just the right amount of humor: this book sparkles with authentic, layered characters and beautiful, thoughtful prose.” — Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane

Author Bio

Martina Boone is the award-winning author of Love for Two Lifetimes and the romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island series, including CompulsionPersuasion, and Illusion for young adults from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse as well as romantic fiction for adult readers in the Celtic Legends Collection starting with Lake of DestinyShe’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site. She’s dedicated to encouraging literacy and reader engagement through a celebration of literature, and she’s on the Board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and runs the CompulsionForReading.com program to distribute books to underfunded schools and libraries.

She lives in Virginia with her husband, children, Shetland Sheepdog, and a lopsided cat, and she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she loves to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate-flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Book Review: Born Leaders by David Amir

Title: Born Leaders
Author: David Amir
Genre: Thriller, Technothriller
Rating: 3,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

Imagine waking up injured in a miserable shack with no memory of what happened!

When a desperately wounded man regains consciousness, he finds himself lying on a straw mattress in a desolate shack. An improvised IV embedded in his arm, he is in excruciating pain with no recall of how he got there, how he was wounded, or his own name…

Across the Atlantic, a huge global corporation is in the throes of a serious crisis. The brilliant CEO brought in to save the day is struggling valiantly, but so far his best efforts have not succeeded.

Meet amazing Adam Stone, whose management strategy captivate the world!

Adam Stone, a mysterious visionary, seems to have all the answers. With endless patience and determination, and a trailblazing theory of leadership and management, he works steadily to pull everything together into a master plan for the revolution that will astound the world. What will it take for Adam to get all of the pieces to fall into place?

Born Leaders is a fascinating mystery/thriller in which the author draws credible, believable characters, and mixes it with an entertaining plot and solid writing.

Particularly interesting is the character of Adam Stone. Adam is a mysterious visionary who seems to have all the answers with a trailblazing theory of leadership and management, and a revolutionary plan that will shock the world.

Not my usual genre, but it had enough fascinating aspects to keep me entertained – especially to see how easily the system could be manipulated to discover leadership skills in children from an early age forward, and how schools could be used as selecting grounds for future leaders.

Good insights, thrown into a fictional book, this is an interesting read but probably not for everyone. If you do enjoy this genre, read this book, though – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

Book Review: Mastering Organizational Change: Theory and Practice

Title: Mastering Organizational Change: Theory and Practice
Author: Dr. Amir Levy
Genre: Non-Fiction, Leadership
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Don’t be left behind as the world whizzes past your organization or business!

Today’s world is complex, turbulent, and uncertain. The ability to change, innovate and adapt rapidly, have become crucial factors for an organization’s sustained existence and growth. In this intensely competitive global environment, only those who are able to lead and motivate people to change will succeed.

Arm yourself with successful leadership skills!

This comprehensive handbook is a must for anybody interested in successfully leading change and innovation, be they managers, educators, students, or entrepreneurs. It imparts academic and practical knowledge, including approaches, processes, and modern technologies for guiding employees towards optimal performance and motivating them to contribute to the process of change. The book is the fruit of over 30 years of the author’s experience providing organizational consultation to numerous diverse organizations: private, public, small, large, and those undergoing crisis, growth, or mergers.

In Mastering Organizational Change, the author describes how organizations can implement the ability to change quickly, to innovate when necessary, and to grow and sustain by adapting certain qualities.

It’s an interesting book for managers, entrepreneurs, educators, even students – everyone who wants to know how to lead change and innovation. Combining academic knowledge with practical skills, it describes processes and modern technologies that can be used to motivate this process of change.

The writing is inviting, not overly formal, and makes it easy to read and understand things that otherwise might seem complicated. The author has a lot of relevant experience, and manages to relay it easily to the reader.

Book Review: The Girl From Scorpions Pass

Title: The Girl From Scorpions Pass
Author: Miri Furstenberg
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Autobiography, Historical
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Five-year-old Miri is left for dead in a brutal terror attack that kills her parents!

On a desert night a little girl lies shivering under a dead body near a bullet riddled bus too frightened to cry. The violated body of her mother is strewn nearby. Her father, the bus driver, sits slumped over the wheel; his blood has mingled with that of twelve dead passengers. She cannot see her older brother.

Rescued by soldiers hours later, the horror of that night remains locked in her heart…

A few hours later an army patrol stumbles onto the scene of what the morning newspapers will call “The Massacre at Scorpions Pass.” Miri Furstenberg was five-years-old, and sixty years would pass before she finds the courage to write about that horrible night.

Until its secrets and her amazing life story are finally revealed in these pages

Miri and the State of Israel were both born in 1948, and her story is bound together with evocative scenes from the country’s own. From Tel Aviv in the austere 1950’s, to the relative comfort of kibbutz life, helping unearth Masada, and serving in uniform during the Six Day War, the author’s vivid memories and stark self-reflection make riveting reading.

The Girl From Scorpions Pass begins with a tragic, dark story. Five-year-old Miri lay shivering under a dead body never a bullet-riddled bus. She was too scared to cry. Her father, the bus driver, was dead. Her mother wasalso murdered during the massacre. All passengers were dead. Her brother ended up in a coma during this terrible event. , which would later be deemed “The Scorpions Pass Massacre”.

Five years old, and already scarred like that, it took Miri sixty years to pen down her experiences of that dreadful night. Of course there’s a lot more the author describes in this book about her life, from describing life in Tel Aviv in the 1950s to her service during the Six Day War, and much more – but it all begins on that fateful, life-altering day.

It’s horrible to think about massacres such as this one, about terrible tragedies befalling people all over the world, and it’s even more terrible when it happens to people this young. I can’t even imagine. Reading this book will no doubt bring tears in your eyes; it even made me cry. The author has a lot of vevacity and courage, and her strength shows through every page of this book.

Book Review: Heaven and Hell by Yair Dori

Title: Heaven and Hell: An Inspirational Biography of a Man’s Victory Against All Odds
Author: Yair Dori
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical, Autobiography, Memoir
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Yair’s heroic life story will inspire and transform you!

Yair’s generation suffered the Holocaust, and his story merges with that of the State of Israel. This autobiography is the living record of a generation, crisscrossed by the personal history of a family and the most intimate fibers of Yair’s being. It is an exemplary human response to dire straits. The recurrent theme “Run, Yair, run!” is repeated throughout the book.

Run with Yair as he confronts the unspeakable and emerges triumphant

And yes, Yair Dori ran! He kept on running with indefatigable spirit for the innocent victims of the Holocaust, the dreams of his suffering people, to maintain dignity in the worst conditions, and to overcome his near-fatal physical and emotional injuries. As Yair confronted his own mortality in an Egyptian prison, garnering the strength to grapple with the most atrocious circumstances, he remembered his father’s words: “Be worthy of your life and your death.” Yair’s response: “Heaven and Hell – I regret nothing!”.

In this autobiography, Heaven and Hell, Yair Dori describes his life as he was born in Argentina and then immigrated to Israel, believing that to be the only nation where his people, the Jewish people, could truly live freely and securely. He was then drafted into the Israeli army and served in an elite infantry brigade.

In 1970, in a bloody battle with Egyptian forces, Yair was injured severely and captured by the enemy. Spending 10 months in captivity in Egypt, he went through a harrowing ordeal. His right hand was amputated, he was left blinded in his left eye. Eventually, he managed to return to Israel as part of a prisoner exchange agreement. Yet, Yair did not lose spirit. Despite the hardships, he stayd strong – he studied philosophy, got married, had children.

This is an inspiring memoir about never giving up, about looking fear in the eye and overcoming it. Yair is a strong person, and it shows through every page of this book. The writing is sublime, pulling the reader in from the first page. The story is at time harrowing, at times heart-warming, but always inspiring.

Book Review: DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing

Title: DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing
Author: Michal Bogin Feinberg, Rony Bogin
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The book “DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing” deals with the process and the meaning of the development of drawing in children aged one-and-a-half to six. This new way of observing the drawings – with curiosity, enthusiasm, and excitement from experiencing the moment and acceptance – grants the child the validation of being loved and understood, and increases his desire for creation, self-expression and communication.

In language suitable for everyone, the book exposes the reader to the secret of the fixed order of the development of children’s drawings, of all its stages and meanings. Understanding the stages of the motor and emotional development of children’s drawings, and unraveling the encounter, as well as the connection between them, will generate a new interest in observing your child’s drawings, and also provide you with the tools to understand his emotional world.

It is an important tool for every parent who wants to raise a child who can communicate with the world openly, and with confidence. Even though this is considered a “childlike” process, this unique observation also contributes to understanding the emotional world of the adult, as it is reflected in mature drawings, and even, occasionally, opens a window to the experience of observing the art of drawing in general.

All – or at least, most – kids love to draw, even when they’re at a young age and the drawings don’t actually look like any figures yet. In DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing, the author investigates the development of drawing in children aged from 1,5 years to 6 years.

The author also tries to inspire people to look at the drawings in a different way, and not just judging if they’re good or bad, but seeing them as a way for the child to show his/her desire for creation, self-expression and even communication. By describing different stages in the process of drawing, as a child matures, the author describes every step along the way, making this an important book for parents of young children.

The most important parts about the book, for me, was how they thought: do not judge. Let your children draw, look at the drawings, appreciate them for what they are. Don’t judge about their quality or contents.

Parents, child carers, teaches, should all read this book and learn more about the drawing process of young children.

Book Review: The False Mirror

Title: The False Mirror: A Female Sleuth Mystery (Sharon Davis Chronicles Book 2)
Author: Dana V. Moison
Genre: Murder Mystery
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sharon Davis, fearless NYPD homicide detective, is back in another sophisticated mystery where two cleverly crafted murder cases intertwine in the least expected way. A gripping thriller that will leave you speechless

Beautiful and tenacious NYPD homicide detective, Sharon Davis, investigates the unexplained death of a notorious escort girl who catered primarily to New York’s elite. Many high-ranking officials want her to close the case and quit snooping around, but Sharon knows there’s more to this than meets the eye. In the middle of the high-profile case, she meets sixteen-year-old Becky who desperately needs her help. Becky’s entire world crumbles overnight when she discovers she is the sole survivor of the horrendous assassination of her family. She turns to the help of her Uncle Jake but learns he isn’t who he has claimed to be…

Love and passion, witty dialogue, and sharp humor lead to questions with surprising answers

Becky must leave her peaceful hometown and search for clues about her about her mysterious past in New York City, where she crosses paths with the famous detective.

Supposedly, two different mysteries with two different solutions. Is that so?

The questions keep piling up: Who stands behind the ruthless vendetta against Becky’s family? How will Sharon’s chase after a sadistic killer turn out? And what will happen between her and the rugged marshal who has found himself in the middle of her investigation?

In The False Mirror, Sharon Davis is a NYPD homicide detective who is tasked to solve the unexplained death of a notorious escort girl who catered to New York’s elite. With many high-ranking officials wanting her to close the case as soon as possible, Sharon is not willing to give up until she finds some answers.

And then she meets Becky, a 16-year-old girl who is the sole survivor of the horrible murder of her family. Desperate to find answers as to who killed her family, Becky turned to New York and crosses paths with Sharon there.

When Sharon finds out both cases might be intertwined, she’s in for her most dangerous hunt yet, on a sadistic, ruthless killer.

This is an intense rollercoaster of a book with many edge-of-your-seat moments, great characters (in particular Sharon, who is downright amazing), a thrilling mystery with lots of twists and turns and great writing.

Book Review: Beast by Shirley Gal

Title: Beast
Author: Shirley Gal
Genre: Mystery, Romance, New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

She has no past…

A woman wakes in a dark room with no recollection of how she got there, let alone her own name or where she lives. She has no idea how, but everyone else seems to know her as Gabi. A series of unknown numbers run through her head and her dreams are plagued by a faceless man.

She has no allies…

James is an enigmatic stranger who has dubbed himself Gabi’s caretaker. He’s a beast of a man with the gruff personality to match. It’s unclear what he knows of her past, but he’s obviously keeping something from her. She’s forbidden to leave, though she’s not his prisoner. He sets her on edge, but she can’t help feeling drawn to him.

And now, she must gamble on her future with this stranger.

When Gabi Levin enlisted in the Israeli Mossad, she thought she was signing on for a charmed life of adventure and intrigue. Instead, she finds herself married to a man she doesn’t know and couldn’t love, living in a detached tower, training for hours on end. Without carbs.

Adam Miller is a man who always gets what he wants. He’s the trifecta: handsome, rich, and a condescending prick. He assumes that he can easily dominate the beautiful woman assigned to be his wife, simply using her to locate the information he needs.

Now, they both must get past their preconceptions and learn to trust each other if their assignment is going to work.

In Beast, the first book in the Shadow Games trilogy, a woman wakes up in a dark room with no idea of how she got her, no memory of her own name or who she is. Everyone else seems to know her as Gabi, though, and her caretaker is James, a gruff man who is obviously keeping something from her. Moreover, James refuses to let Gabi leave.

Yet in the past, Gabi signed up with the Mossad, passed all the tests with flyikgn colors, but is then assigned in a top strategic mission for which she has to marry Adam Miller. Although Miller is distant and cocky, Gabi starts feeling something for him and the attraction is mutual.

The book doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s a good thing. The romance is solid, Gabi is a charismatic, strong character and Miller is drop-dead sexy, and the two of them make a good match. There’s a lot of humor in the writing, and that makes the book stand out from other reads in this genre.

Guest Post Battling in All Her Finery

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Now more than ever, the world needs women role models.

As I wrote in the introduction to Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders, when I was growing up in the 80s, there was a dearth of female characters in the popular media that my siblings and I consumed (largely cartoons). If I was lucky, the cartoons we watched had one female character, and she might get an action figure. The “girl” shows (which my brother didn’t want to watch) often had better representation, but they weren’t necessarily the things I wanted to watch.

In recent years, this has changed, with more and more significant female characters in cartoons, TV shows, movies, and written media. It’s much easier for young girls of today, even those who like “boy” things, to find a female role model in the media they consume. But that doesn’t change the fact that more is still needed.

We wanted Battling in All Her Finery to provide stories about women role models in the form of leaders of all kinds. While we have stories about queens, princesses, and generals, we also have stories about CEOs, musicians, and more. And these characters show readers that women rule, literally and figuratively.

If you’re looking for a book in which women rule, and which can provide many female role models for people of all ages and genders, check out Battling in All Her Finery. The stories are appropriate for nearly all readers, and spans fantasy, science fiction, alternate history, and other forms of speculative fiction.

About the Book

Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders

“I am a woman between worlds. Civilian and military. Seamstress and soldier. The Grande Armée I serve stands between tradition and merit. France itself between republic and monarchy. I stand between comfort and a wall of iron. Between progress and the world of dragons. Between grief and freedom.”
–Blake Jessop, “Cuirassiere”

No one understands leadership like those who have led. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-one tales of otherworldly women leaders. Some are born to power, while others find the spark of power within themselves. Their leadership crosses the boundaries between the military and political world, while also making stops in music, the boardroom, and civil movements.

Included in this collection are stories from Elisa A. Bonnin, L. Chan, Nathan Crowder, Lin Darrow, A. J. Fitzwater, G. Scott Huggins, Patrick Hurley, Blake Jessop, Alisha A. Knaff, Aimee Kuzenski, Christine Lucas, Matt Moran, Mathew Murakami, Jennifer R. Povey, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Frances Sharp, D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Leora Spitzer, Priya Sridhar, Tais Teng, and Shirley Vogel. Includes art by Rhaega Ailani, Errow Collins, A. Jones, Leigh Legler, Justine McGreevy, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

 

About the Authors

Elisa A. Bonnin

Elisa Bonnin was born in the Philippines, where she lived until the age of sixteen. Growing up, she enjoyed reading fantasy, writing, and going to the beach. Now, Elisa is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, studying oceanography. She still enjoys reading and writing, and can be found working on pieces of creative fiction from time to time.

L. Chan

L. Chan hails from Singapore, where he alternates being walked by his dog and writing speculative fiction after work. His work has appeared in places like Liminal Stories, Arsenika, Podcastle, and The Dark. He tweets occasionally @lchanwrites.

Nathan Crowder

Classically trained pianist Nathan Crowder wishes he was cool enough to have been in a prog rock band. He has an abiding love for music and desert thunderstorms. Creator and curator of the superhero universe of Cobalt City, he lives in the wilds of North Seattle, surviving on a diet of coffee and irony. His career is managed by his black cat Shiva in exchange for room and kibble.

Lin Darrow

Lin is a professional Victorianist by day and a noir writer by night. She’s written several short works, both prose and comic, for anthologies such as Valor 2, Tabula Idem, Planetside, QueerScifi’s Renewal anthology, Malaise: A Horror Anthology, and others. Her first novel, Pyre at the Eyreholme Trust, is an adventure story that marries magic, noir, casino heists, and queer romance, and was published by Less Than Three Press in July of 2018. She currently writes the Hiveworks webcomic Shaderunners, a queer 1920s adventure/romance comic about bottled colour and bootleggers, at www.shaderunners.com.

A. J. Fitzwater

A. J. Fitzwater is a meat-suit wearing dragon living between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Their work has appeared in venues of repute such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer Magazine, Glittership, and many more. They sit on their pointy golden horde of two Sir Julius Vogel Awards. And they emerged triumphant from the trial by word-fire of Clarion 2014.

G. Scott Huggins

G. Scott Huggins grew up in the American Midwest and has lived there all his life, except for interludes in Germany and Russia. He is responsible for securing America’s future by teaching its past to high school students, many of whom learn things before going to college. He loves to read high fantasy, space opera, and parodies of the same. He wants to be a hybrid of G.K. Chesterton and Terry Pratchett when he counteracts the effects of having grown up. You can read his ramblings and rants at The Logoccentric Orbit and you can follow him on Facebook.

Patrick Hurley

Patrick Hurley lives, writes, and edits in Seattle. He’s had fiction published in Galaxy’s Edge, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, Flame Tree Publishing’s Murder Mayhem anthology, Hy Bender’s forthcoming anthology Ghosts on Drugs, Myriad Paradigm’s Mindy Candy anthology, Abyss & Apex, Penumbra, Big Pulp, and The Drabblecast. In 2017, he attended the Taos Toolbox Writer’s Workshop taught by Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams. He is a member of SFWA and Codex.

Blake Jessop

Blake Jessop is a Canadian author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories with a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Adelaide. He was the lead English translator of Colette Debelle’s recently uncovered memoirs. You can read more of his speculative fiction in Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers from World Weaver Press, or follow him on Twitter @everydayjisei.

Alisha A. Knaff

Alisha A. Knaff lives in Seattle with her cats, Hal and Odin. After inventing the time machine, she was president of the Jane Austen Fan Club from 1800-1806, and helped stop the Martian Invasion of 3003. One of her favorite hobbies is feeding pigeons with Nikola Tesla. Her novel, School of Sight, is available with Razorgirl Press, and you can find out more about her and her writing at alishaaknaff.com.

Aimee Kuzenski

Aimee Kuzenski is the woman your martial arts teacher warned you about. Her cat was not born hairless; Aimee once shaved her with a single knife stroke and the fur was too scared to grow back. A graduate of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop, Aimee has also narrated audiobooks for indie authors and for the SFF short fiction podcast PodCastle. Aimee lives in Minnesota with her girlfriend and not enough Filipino weapons. You can find more information about Aimee’s work at her website, akuzenski.com.

Christine Lucas

Christine Lucas lives in Greece with her husband and a horde of spoiled animals. A retired Air Force officer and mostly self-taught in English, she has had her work appear in several print and online magazines, including Daily Science Fiction, Cast of Wonders, Pseudopod/Artemis Rising 4, and Nature: Futures. She was a finalist for the 2017 WSFA award and is currently working on her first novel. Visit her at: http://werecat99.wordpress.com/.

Matt Moran

Matt Moran doesn’t talk about himself in public that much, but in private he plays guitar, collects and paints models, cooks, and bakes. As a freelancer, he translates French and writes games, articles, and stories in English. Amongst many other things he has survived a hernia, crucifixion, and being thrown head-first from a horse. He likes sitcoms, sci-fi, spies, and fantasy, and is delighted his fiancée loves him nonetheless.

Mathew Murakami

Mathew Murakami is a writer, gamer, and technology consultant living in Washington State. He has worked as a technical writer, editor, car salesperson, caterer, temp bartender, overnight hotel desk person, landscaper, sandwich artist, and fake job maker-upper (but only once). When he is not writing–and sometimes when he is–he enjoys tea and puns.

Jennifer R. Povey

Jennifer R. Povey is in her early forties, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, and written RPG supplements for several companies. She is currently working on an urban fantasy series, Lost Guardians.

Jennifer Lee Rossman

Jennifer Lee Rossman is a disabled science fiction geek who knows the right words can do magic. She hopes she used the right words in Anachronism, her debut novella available from Kristell Ink, a imprint of Grimbold Books. She blogs at jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com and tweets @JenLRossman.

Frances Sharp

Frances Sharp is a biracial writer from Houston, Texas, who is extremely proud of her Mexican heritage, diverse upbringing, and the Astros. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughters, who she is also very proud of.

D. A. Xiaolin Spires

D.A. Xiaolin Spires counts stars and sand, residing currently in Hawaiʻi. She practices eskrima/arnis/kali (Filipino martial arts)–and, like Carmel, owns a tenegre sword, but (un?)fortunately, her weaponry doesn’t weep. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Nature: Futures, Grievous Angel, Fireside, Terraform, Reckoning, Galaxy’s Edge, Issues in Earth Science, LONTAR, Andromeda Spaceways (Year’s Best issue), Mithila Review, Star*line, Liminality, ETTT, Outlook Springs, Polu Texni, and Story Seed Vault; as well as anthologies of the strange and delightful: Sharp & Sugar Tooth, Broad Knowledge, Future Visions, and Ride the Star Wind. Website: daxiaolinspires.wordpress.com Twitter: @spireswriter

Leora Spitzer

Leora Spitzer is a queer Jewish bibliophile living in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Urban Studies and a minor in Drama. Leora likes waterfalls, feminism, stuffed animals, economic justice, and learning about badass historical women.

Priya Sridhar

A 2016 MBA graduate and published author, Priya Sridhar has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years and counting. One of her stories made the Top Ten Amazon Kindle Download list, and Alban Lake published her works Carousel and Neo-Mecha Mayhem. Priya lives in Miami, Florida, with her family.

Tais Teng

Tais Teng is a Dutch writer, illustrator, and sculptor. In his own language, he has written everything from radio-plays to hefty fantasy trilogies. He just finished his first English science fiction novel Phaedera: Alastor 824, set in the universe of Jack Vance, which will be published by Spatterlight Press. His greatest wish is a Star Wars laser cannon to carve mountains or the lesser Jupiter moons. He owns no cats or even a pet boa constrictor, but has to do with a wife and three kids. For his writing go to http://taisteng.atspace.com/, for his art to https://taisteng.deviantart.com/

Shirley Vogel

Shirley Vogel is a new author from St. Charles, MO. In fact, at 68 years young, this is her first published work–joining several other published writers in her family. She likes reading mysteries, staying active with bicycling and walking, and loves drinking wine.

 

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