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Rob Smales


From the dark corners of award-winning horror writer Rob Smales's twisted mind come thirteen tales of murder, terror, ghosts, and ghouls.

A boy learns how to be a man in a post-apocalyptic world . . .

An old man teaches his grandson to do the right thing, with terrifying results . . .

A plane crash leaves a damaged man doing whatever he must to survive . . .

This collection of the scary and sublime will burrow into the most disturbed part of your soul, leaving you wondering: what was that noise in the other room?

Perhaps it was nothing.

Or perhaps it was an echo of darkness.

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Dawn Hosmer 

My name is Mackenzie Bartholomew, or at least it was. I’m staring at my dead body, lying in a casket. I was a healthy, thirty-nine-year-old mother of three. I have so many questions but very few answers. Was I murdered? Did I commit suicide? I don’t know if I’m in some sort of purgatory or if I’ve gone straight to hell. I’m stuck somewhere in between life and death, forced to travel back in time to relive moments from my past, ones I’d rather forget. I’m desperate to piece together the details surrounding my death. If I don’t, I fear my soul will never find rest. Chock full of family drama, secrets, betrayal, and lies, Somewhere in Between is a Psychological Thriller with wicked twists that will keep you hooked until the last page.

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Dawn Hosmer is a lifelong resident of Ohio. She and her husband have been married for 18 years and they have 4 children, although 3 of them are now adults. She has spent her career in social work and has a passion for helping others. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease 15 years ago which has been both a blessing and a curse. Her illness has prevented her from continuing to work (the curse) which allows her to pursue her passion for writing with many less time-restrictions and focus her energy on being a wife and mother (the blessing).

Dawn's writing is often sparked by a true story which creates a cast of fictional characters/situations in her mind. In addition, Dawn sprinkles pieces of people's true -life stories they've shared with her throughout the years into her fiction as a way to honor many of the tragedies and joys that people live through. Her first novel, Bits & Pieces, is Psychological Suspense but Dawn writes in a variety of genres.

In addition to God, her family and writing, Dawn loves coffee, traveling, reading, HGTV and naps. Dawn believes that a story lives in all of us and that it's important to share ours with others, never knowing who will benefit from what each of us has to say. Sharing our stories not only helps others, it changes us as well.

You can follow Dawn's writing journey and read her blog posts at

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Lali A. Love

 Lali A. Love provides a supernatural thriller of metaphysical and visionary fantasy with her own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative skills to produce this emotionally invoking, heart-wrenching and gripping tale of a family's rise from poverty, oppression and abuse.

Lilac Noble must face the traumatic experiences of her childhood before she can conquer the dark entities that have wreaked havoc on her family. On this epic journey, Lilac undergoes the destructive process of spiritual enlightenment in order to lift the veil of darkness and shame that has obscured her youth. As Lilac unlocks painful memories of abuse, suppressed in her subconscious from years of fear-based conditioning, she uncovers menacing secrets feeding the evil within her generational bloodline. In an attempt to vanquish the sinister energies, Lilac finds the courage to discover her inner truth, vulnerability, and authenticity, as she awakens her divine light and overcomes her debilitating fears of the past. Lilac's unconditional love for her family guides her through her process of healing and transformation, fuelling her instinct for survival and her burning desire to illuminate the world.

Spanning two continents and three generations, this inspirational novel portrays the best and worst of humanity and shows how the "tiniest spark of light can overcome the darkness of any magnitude," through forgiveness, compassion, and the most powerful force in the universe – Love.

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 Award-winning author Lali A. Love provides a supernatural thriller of metaphysical and visionary fantasy with her own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative skills to produce this emotionally invoking, heart-wrenching and gripping tale of a family's rise from poverty, oppression and abuse.

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 MG Mason 

 Is it possible to kill a person who is already dead, and has been in that state for hundreds of years? That's the question facing DI (retired) Karl Blackman.

He hoped his retirement to Cornwall would be idyllic and quiet. Not that he had come to dislike his native Cambridge, but when Kernow's warm, subtropical climate calls...

His new home, the picturesque village of Salmonweir, was nothing if not idyllic and quiet. Salmonweir, in fact, had nothing else to set it apart from any other sleepy village.

Until the ghosts arrived, that is.

Nearly 500 of them to be exact, prompting Karl's wife Valarie to go straight back to Cambridge to escape an Iron Age Warrior Queen on the lookout for Romans, a pirate crew on the lookout for rum, an Elizabethan poet on the lookout for a publisher, and a medieval monk on the lookout for plague.

Could it have got any weirder?

Ah, yes. the "murders"...

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 MG Mason was born in Swindon in the 1970s but currently living on the Cornish south coast.

He has had an eclectic professional life, reading archaeology in Exeter but working as a web content writer. Without doubt, fiction is his first love.

A friend once asked him if he had considered writing a book in one genre without throwing two other genres into the same story. Until that point he hadn't realised just how much mashing up genres defined his work.

They were right of course. But what else can you expect from a scifi nerd with an archaeology degree?

These days, when not writing for businesses or fiction, he's usually found somewhere in Cornwall with a camera attached to his face.

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Kaylin McFarren 

 First Place for Suspense in the 2019 Independent Press Award

Skylar Haines has struggled with personal demons most of her life, going to dark extremes to subdue anxieties rooted in her tragic past. On a perpetual hunt for the next adrenaline hit, she discovers a passion for flying and becomes a hard-edged stunt pilot, verging on obsession. In the sky, following her most daring airshow, she encounters a mysterious storm and almost collides with another aircraft, sending her into a perilous dive. Guided by a mysterious voice, she manages a safe landing but finds herself transported to another time.

Eight months before she was born. One week before her father was murdered.

Though baffled by her circumstances, Skylar soon arrives at a single certainty: Before her lies a remarkable chance to change her family's destiny drastically for the better--or possibly even worse--depending on the choices she makes, before her window of opportunity closes.

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"About seven months ago, my husband came up with the wonderful idea of tackling a story about flying that involved time travel as well. It seemed that the perfect opportunity to turn my creative juices loose had presented itself with the completion of my Threads series. Thus, I went to work, creating this romping adventure/romance with an unexpected twist or two that I hope readers will enjoy." - Kaylin
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H. R. Boldwood

H.R. Boldwood is a writer of horror and speculative fiction. In another incarnation, Boldwood is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was awarded the 2009 Bilbo Award for creative writing by Thomas More College. Publication credits include, "Killing it Softly," "Short Story America," "Bete Noir," "Everyday Fiction," "Toys in the Attic," "Floppy Shoes Apocalypse II," "Pilcrow and Dagger," and "Sirens Call."

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Gareth Frank 
Gareth Frank is a former union organizer and administrator. He received a Master's Degree at the University of Wisconsin and later studied at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Moment Between is his first published novel. His short stories have been published in various journals and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as the Silver Pen Write Well Award. 

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 Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel

  Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel’s short fiction has appeared in a number of publications over the past decade. Spirits, due out this July from Haverhill House Publishing, is her first novel. She lives in the Northeast with her partner, the writer Matt Bechtel; her three children; and an 80-pound lapdog named Nya.

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Anne Montgomery 

Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBL‐TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC‐TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP‐TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award‐winning SportsCenter. She finished her on‐camera broadcasting career with a two‐year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. Her novels include: The Scent of Rain, Nothing But Echoes, and A Light in the Desert.

Montgomery teaches journalism at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, is a foster mom to three sons, and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association football referee and crew chief. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, football officiating, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.

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Renee Logan

Renee Logan is an Australian born writer, artist, and photographer.  She has lived in Europe and traveled the world, but proudly calls Texas, USA her home.

Renee has written and illustrated children's books, and continues to do so in parallel to her love of writing thrillers, science-fiction, dystopian, mysteries, and general fiction.

With a predilection for oil painting and a vast array of photography interests, Renee's artistic works can be found among both private and commercial collections, as well as print media and advertising.

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Eric Kapitan

 Eric Kapitan fell in love with the horror genre at a young age.  Binge watching Horror Movies such Halloween and Night of the Living Dead.  It wasn't long before Kapitan wanted to tell Horror stories of his own.  Never afraid to push the boundaries, Kapitan believes Horror should be hard hitting and leave an impression.

Eric Kapitan currently resides in Vermont.  He enjoys spending time with family/friends, drinking a nice cold Vermont beer, and going to Horror conventions.

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D. J. Swygert
I am a former 911 operator writing fiction.  I have a mystery/forensics/thriller novel, The Death of Anyone, Melange Books, that deals with two unstable homicide detectives who begin a relationship as they pursue a serial killer.  The novel also explores the use of Familial DNA in criminal investigations and the potential Fourth Amendment issues that arise.
There is a real case involving Familial DNA Searches playing out in Los Angeles.  LAPD caught Lonnie David Franklin, aka The Grim Sleeper, using a Familial DNA Search.  It took five years to get him to trial.  My fictional prosecutors and officers face similar challenges in The Death of Anyone. 
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 David H Weisberg

 David Weisberg is a teacher, playwright, critic and fiction writer.  He has taught at Hunter College in New York City, the University of Delaware, and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  He is the author of Chronicles of Disorder, a groundbreaking study of the works of Samuel Beckett in the context of the vehement cultural and aesthetic polemics of mid-century Europe.

His shorter works have appeared in The Albuquerque Alibi, The Tennessee Review, The Mississippi Review, Nepantla: Views from the South, Libido, and other journals.  His play, Totem and Taboo, premiered February 2016 at the Central Works Theater in Berkeley, CA.

The American Plan, his first novel, is the inaugural volume of a projected three- novel series chronicling the rise and fall of a fictional region of sun-belt America, from the Korean War through the financial debacle of 2008.

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M J Moore
I was born in Australia in 1972, and still live here with my son, Griff, and our two neurotic dogs.  I've been writing and reading horror since before I was old enough to do either.  The first horror novel I ever read was Pet Sematary by Stephen King (not a bad introduction to the genre, huh?).  I love horror movies, although I admit to being one of those people who watches them with her hands up to her face most of the time!

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Phyllis H. Moore

Phyllis H. Moore was in her sixties before she published her first book.  Yeah, a late bloomer.  She has a master's degree in social work and retired from thirty years in the field to own and operate a bed and breakfast for seven years.  Those experiences gave her inspiration for settings and characters to populate several novels.  She remembers the fifties fondly and some things about the seventies. 

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Ursula Wong

Ursula is a retired engineer who writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams.  Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies.

 Ursula taps her Eastern European heritage in her upcoming WW II novel, Amber Wolf.  Destitute after her parents are taken by Russian soldiers, young Ludmelia Kudirka joins the farmers who trade pitchforks for guns in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine.  Rich with scenes and legends of Lithuania, Amber Wolf gets the turmoil of 1944 into the story of a family torn apart by the Soviet occupation.

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Grace Coleman

 Born in South Africa.  Made in Sussex.  After an uneventful upbringing I've found myself in London trying to make it in the unglamorous world of Television.  Writing has always been a part of my life but discipline and distraction are an issue.  My favourite authors are Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams, although I don't pretend to possess any of their wit, genius or heart.  When not pretending to be an author or TV hotshot, I like country walks, visiting the zoo and sitting in pubs.

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Clayton Lindemuth

 My first novel, Cold Quiet Country, was published my MP Press, a small house from the Isle of Man. It earned a Publishers Weekly starred review and was selected for the Indie Next List. I turned to self-publishing afterward, and Solomon Bull is my most recent release. It has earned a gold seal from BooksGoSocial, a relatively new award that is based partly on an editor’s review, and partly based on an in-depth Autocrit analysis.

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Vera Brook

 Vera Brook is a neuroscientist turned science fiction and fantasy writer
 Sand Runner is her debut novel
A science fiction novel about courage, grit, and extreme sports
Jun 2, 2017

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 Carrie D. Miller

In a former life, Carrie D. Miller was an executive in the software industry.  Her career in the technology world included software product management, website design, training, and technical writing just to name a few.  At the age of 45, she decided to chuck it all to become an author which had been a life-long dream.

When her nose is not in a book or in front of a monitor, she can be found refereeing squabbles between her semi-feral cat and German Shepherd, inventing cocktails, or staring up at the stars talking to the moon.

At present, she lives in a far-flung suburb of Dallas, Texas, where coyotes can still be heard and the occasional roadrunner can be seen.

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 Dan Lawton

Dan Lawton is a thriller, suspense, and mystery writer from New England. He is an active member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) Organization.

Dan studied Communications in college and is a Technical Writer by day. His first two novels were self-published, and he signed his first book deal for his third novel, Amber Alert, the day before his twenty-seventh birthday. He lives in central New Hampshire with his wife and daughter.

Dan can be contacted directly via:, @danlawtonauthor on Twitter, or on

Dan is available for appearances, book signings, and speaking engagements.

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Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross' debut novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller earning praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. 

In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write - among other things - the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has featured such guests as Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

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Caryn Larrinaga is a Basque-American mystery, horror, and fantasy writer living in Utah with her husband and cats.  Despite obtaining a degree in Anthropology (which is much cooler than you might think), she explored several career paths before deciding that she had to follow her passion.

Suddenly, writing fiction was the only thing that made sense.

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 My debut novel, A Necessary Act, is an unpredictable small-town thriller full of noble intentions, terrible decisions and actions that can haunt for years.

Since it's release in April of 2016, A Necessary Act has garnered widespread praise for it's chilling description of a terrible set of choices made in a small Iowa town.  Along with multiple five-star reviews, it was named a Top Pick and nominated for Novel of the Year by Underground Book Reviews, and named BookWorks Book of the Week.

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 My relationship with New Orleans began with a job cooking in a cafe on Bourbon Street at the age of seventeen.  My foodservice resume now includes many of New Orleans’ iconic music and dining destinations.  I no longer reside in New Orleans full time but I keep to the expat creed of “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.”

A devoted reader of detective and crime novels, I have worked as a chef on a boat traveling the inland waterways since Hurricane Katrina and began thinking up stories about a detective living in post-Katrina New Orleans, which I now write in my spare time.

My life is divided between working on the water and preserving a Victorian-era home in Hannibal, Missouri that I share with my wife and our rescue pets, which include a neurotic wolfhound/terrier mix and too many cats.

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The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California's Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California.  Jerry, a two-time winner of The Indie Book of the Day Award, writes “tweener” mystery books (tough mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing) that are fast moving and entertain the reader.

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I began to write because I know what I liked to read.  I continue to write because I believe the world actually needs my stories.  My job is not only to bring you a compelling story, it is to bring it to you in a unique, compelling way.  I want you to look forward to opening that book again and jump back into that story.  I want you with me.

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A graduate of York University with a degree in archaeology, Megan been short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, long-listed for the TS Eliot award and won a with BBC Writers’ Room competition.  Her short fiction has been published by the Londonist Magazine.

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V.S. Kemanis is a California native and currently resides in New York.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law at Boulder.  In her legal career she has been a criminal prosecutor for county and state agencies, argued criminal appeals for the prosecution and defense, conducted complex civil litigation, and worked for state appellate courts.  Ms. Kemanis is also an accomplished dancer of classical ballet, modern jazz and contemporary styles, and has performed, taught and choreographed in California, Colorado and New York.

Short fiction by Ms. Kemanis has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Crooked Road Volume 3, and several noted literary journals.  She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.  Her award-winning short fiction is currently available in three collections, Dust of the Universe, Everyone But Us, and Malocclusion.  Dana Hargrove mystery novels Thursday's List, Homicide Chart, and Forsaken Oath draw on her personal experience in criminal law.

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Hi.  My name is David Kummer.  I'm an author that's only in high school and so I'm still learning and growing (I'm not Caillou, so sorry if that sounded like it.  If I was Caillou, I'd tell you for sure.) and figuring out how to become a better author.

I live in Madison, Indiana, which is a small town on the Ohio River.  There's lots of history and creepy places, which probably have influenced my writings.  In my book SHE, most of the places and buildings are based off similar settings here in my home town, although I've changed them so that you wouldn't know really if I didn't tell you.

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Kathryn is a best selling, historical crime fiction author transporting you back to a different era.  She crafts stories around unsolved murders of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, on both sides of the Atlantic, highlighting poor policing practices with a rudimentary knowledge of Forensic Science that often allowed the guilty to walk free, and the innocent to hang.

Kathryn’s books are further enhanced by her in-depth knowledge and training in Psychology, Criminal Profiling and Forensic Investigation which she draws on to analyze each crime in the Afterword.

She has long had a fascination with crime and the criminal mind, looking at the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’.

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Tony Tremblay is the writer of numerous short stories that have been published in various horror anthologies, horror magazines, and webzines under his pen name, T T Zuma.

Tremblay has also worked as a reviewer of horror fiction for Cemetery Dance Magazine and Horror World.  In addition to his print work, Tremblay is the host of That Taco Society Presents, a cable T. V. show (also available on You Tube) that features discussions on horror as well as guest interviews with horror authors.

The author lives in New Hampshire.

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Kelley Kaye taught High School English and Drama for twenty years, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions for her high school yearbook.  Maybe back to the tales she created around her Barbie and Ken—whatever the case, the love’s been around for a long time.

Kelley is married to this amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons. She lives in Southern California.

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David Haskell writes suspense thrillers and science fiction. He grew up in New England and currently resides in Japan

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I was born in Melbourne, Australia.  An only child, I grew up reading extensively and imagining myself into my favourite stories – for several years I was the unknown sixth member of the Famous Five. My first story, written at age six, was a terribly derivative fairytale called ‘Rose Red and the Nine Pixies’, but it started something and I’ve barely stopped writing since.

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Paul Sekulich is a thoroughly traveled writer who has lived in New York, Detroit, Chicago; Stuart and Palm Beach, Florida; Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles and Hollywood, California.  He holds a B.A. degree in Theatre from the University of Maryland and Masters of Fine Arts credits from Towson University and the University of Southern California.

He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA) and the Actors Equity Association.  As a former adjunct professor of theatre he has directed numerous college productions and has taught acting, directing, and screenwriting.

In Hollywood, he worked as a script doctor and contributor for two, prime time television sitcoms.
He has completed his first three thriller novels, The Omega Formula, and A Killer Season.  His third book, another Detective Frank Dugan thriller, Resort Isle, is complete and available now.  In the spring of 2017, he plans to debut Murder Comes to Paradise, another in the Frank Dugan detective series.

He has written, acted in, produced and directed films, commercials and stage productions since he was eighteen and has won awards for his work.  He owned and operated The Limestone Dinner Theatre for several years and now teaches college seminars on novel writing, self-publishing, and
scriptwriting for television and the movies.

Paul lives with his wife Joyce in Maryland.

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SIMON DUKE was born in Stoke-on-Trent (UK) in 1979.  He obtained a B.A. in French with Film Studies in 2001 and has been working in journalism ever since.  He currently lives in France.  Out of Bounds, his first novel, was published in 2014.

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Anna Patrick graduated from Boston College with both a degree in communications and the first draft of the manuscript that would become her first novel, "Meditations In Wonderland."  She is also the creator of a popular Tumblr under the same title.

Now working for Patrick Kennedy and The Kennedy Forum, Patrick lives in Northern Virginia with her French bulldog.

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 Nic Weissman is an Amazon Best-Seller and a fast growing name in Fantasy fiction landscape.  Nic is the creator of the saga The Merchant's Destiny and The World of Oris.  Nic was born in 1974 in mystical place where the sea ends.

His first novel The Orb of Wrath and its sequel The White Lady are now available through multiple channels both in ebook and paperback, both in English and Spanish.  The books have been already acclaimed by multiple authors and bloggers like Jordan Elizabeth, Peg Glover in Write-Escape and Tome Tender.

Over the past 16 years, Nic has lived in 14 different addresses across 3 different continents.  He has traveled to 30 countries and speaks 4 languages.  As you can imagine, Nic loves travelling.

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Kathryn Rogers is a Memphis native with an affinity for local BBQ and blues rock-n-roll.  As a licensed therapist, she holds her Masters in Counseling and Psychology, and as a licensed educator, she holds her Bachelors in Education.  Her experience providing counseling services to the community prepared her to expound upon the psychological issues her characters wrestle with in her stories.

She currently lives in Jackson, Mississippi with her husband, playful preschooler, and rambunctious Labrador Retrievers.

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George is a well-travelled educator who loves the thrill of visiting foreign countries (about forty so far) and experiencing their cultures.  Besides history, cuisine and architecture, he is particularly fascinated by language and religion.  (Nowhere will he not try to speak the language with the locals, whether they like it or not.)  These are facets of human civilisation he likes to bring to his fast-paced thrillers, with a dash of the romance that is at the core of our existence thrown in.

He is a fan of the noir novels of writers such as Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, in which self-destructive protagonists swim in a sea of corruption towards lose-lose situations on a distant dark shore.  However, he's far more optimistic than that: he adds humour and the hope of love to his thrillers.  Don't expect pat endings--he's noticed life doesn't serve them up very often.

Blood Rain in Trieste was written after an exciting trip through Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Bosnia.  His next book, Recycled Love, is based upon a trip across the fabulous mayhem of India to the calm of the sherpas in Nepal and is due out in 2016.

George was born in England and after university moved to Los Angeles, California, USA, and to Toronto, Canada before ending up in British Columbia.

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John M. McIlveen is the author of the paranormal suspense novel, HANNAHWHERE, winner of the 2015 Drunken Druids Award (Ireland) for high literary merit and Nominee for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award (HWA) in the First Novel category.

He has also the author of two story collections, INFLICTIONS and JERKS AND OTHER TALES FROM A PERFECT MAN and the well received novelette GOT YOUR BACK.

A father of five daughters, he works at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory and lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife, Roberta Colasanti.

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Former NBC writer with produced credits on "Smallville", "Crossing Jordan", "The Dead Zone", among others.

James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media.  When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching 'House Hunters Renovation', or trying new recipes in the kitchen.

He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

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I like to do things.  That about sums up my life.  I'm always working on one thing or another.  My idea of relaxing is not sitting on a beach, or lounging in a pool, or watching a movie.  I am simply not that kind of person.  Nothing wrong with people like that, but I'm just not wired that way.  If I find myself in any of those situations, I am not relaxed, I'm anxious to get back into my studio and work on something!  My idea of relaxing is to have an uninterrupted 16 hours where I can work on something without stopping to cook, or clean or go anywhere.

I tend to get bored fairly easy, so I like to have a lot of different projects in the works at any given time.  Then when I get tired of working on one thing, I can switch to something else without missing a beat!  Little by little my home is being overtaken by my crafts - but that's a good thing!

I try to spend a few hours every day on my writing, as a nice way to start each day.  After that, I like to get 3-4 hours of colored pencil artwork done, then spend some time on quilting and quilt patterns.  I like to leave the evenings for spinning, weaving, crochet and knitting.  I also have my energetic dogs that make sure I don't sit in any one place for any length of time.  They like playing in the sprinkler in the summer months, and romping in the snow in winter.  As of this writing, I have three dogs, all German Shepherds, 2 and 7 years old.

We all reside in Wisconsin, where I was born and raised.

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My name is Alyssa Cooper - a writer of poetry, prose, literary fiction, and speculative fiction, I am eclectic to the last.

Born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, I'm currently living in Kingston with my personal library and a collection of vintage typewriters.  I'm most often found writing in spiral notebooks, making my mark in the local spoken word scene, or rolling around on the floor with two cats and a Boston Terrier puppy.

I'm the author of three novels, a short story collection, and a poetry collection - all of which can now be found on Shopify - and my body of work is always expanding.

Check out my store for the paperback editions of my novels and collections, as well as chapbook editions of my short stories that can't be found anywhere else. Follow me on Facebook to get notifications of local performances.

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Author of Science Fiction and
tales of Suspense and Horror

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Ryan Fortier is a 24 year-old veterinary student, novelist, and aspiring screenwriter.  Paranoia is his debut novel. He is also working on a children's television pilot and a novelization of this show.

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With a profound interest in religion, liberal politics and humor, Dave began writing in High School and has not given up on it since.  His first professional writing jobs came while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh when he was hired to create political cartoons for the Pitt News & to write humor pieces for Smile Magazine.

Dave has worked in the newspaper industry as a photographer, in the online publishing industry as a weekly contributor to, and was a contributing writer to the Buzz On series of informational books and to the Western online anthology, Elbow Creek.  Dave’s science fiction novel, Synthetic Blood and Mixed Emotions, is available from

Dave currently resides in his childhood home in Toronto, OH with his beautiful girlfriend and his teenage daughter. He enjoys participating in local community events & visiting with his two adult children and his grandson.

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Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams.  When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

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W.F. Walsh is a two-time Emmy Award winning television personality and has spent over twenty years in television news and entertainment.  As a producer, Walsh has been awarded five Telly Awards for his work on various programs, from news to reality.  He is also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve and has served on military missions to both Iraq and Afghanistan, among many other locations around the world.

He has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among others.

Walsh holds a master’s degree in military operational art and science from the United States Air Force Air University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Originally from Rhode Island, Walsh now makes his home near Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Janet, and their two children, Frank and Amy.

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Adrian Lilly is the author of The Devil You Know, Red Haze, and The Wolf at His Door.  He is a fan of Gothic suspense movies and novels, which greatly influence his writing.  Adrian’s writing focuses on strong character development and the nuances of fear that build toward horror.  The mansion in his first novel was inspired by houses in the Victorian neighborhood where he lives.

Adrian writes novels, short stories and poetry and has spent many years as a copywriter in the advertising industry.

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Austin Dragon is author of the After Eden Series, including the After Eden: Tek-Fall mini-series, the classic Sleepy Hollow Horrors, and the new cyberpunk detective series, Liquid Cool.

He is a native New Yorker but has called Los Angeles, California home for the last twenty years.  Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, political junkie, movie buff, campaign manager and staffer of presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, and dreamer.

He is currently working on new books and series in cyberpunk/detective thrillers, fantasy, classic horror, and more science fiction!

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Max Morgan is a former government official with insight into the workings of security intelligence issues.  Having traveled and worked around the world, the author is currently employed as a private consultant.  For the author’s outstanding work, Morgan was awarded the State Security and Intelligence Cross of Merit by a friendly country.

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Her work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist's Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal's What's Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week

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As a troubled teenager, Maggie Young left her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee for the United States Navy.  Stationed on the USS Higgins out of San Diego, she got into all sorts of documentary-worthy shenanigans.  After a platonic, financially driven marriage, an NCIS investigation, a few wild port visits, and some turbulent affairs, she traded the Navy’s ranks for UC Berkeley.

After graduation, she backpacked Europe, was a television reporter in Alaska, and eventually hit a quarter life crisis that will be documented in her next book, My Dilemma.  Maggie has been published several times in the San Diego Weekly Reader, including two cover stories.

Her mission is to expose corruption through a memoir’s emotional authenticity. Although she’s an avid world traveler, Maggie is currently based in Seattle.

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Veteran Film Critic and Award-winning Screenwriter

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