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Christine Amsden | Darrell Bain | Bob Boan | Barb Caffrey | Linda DeFruscio | Dominick Domingo | Janis Hashe | Joan Heartwell | Toby Fesler Heathcotte | Annette Marie Hyder | Loren K. Jones | Ken Lizzi | Bent Lorentzen | Jeff McCord | D. M. Nigro | Christopher Nuttall | Stephanie Osborn | Lida Quillen | Ken Ramirez | Natalie Roers | Thomas Root | Joan Schweighardt | Ardy M. Scott | Linda Lucretia Shuler | Travis S. Taylor | Laura Toops | Anca Vlasopolos | Cynthia Ward | Cecilia Wennerström |

Christine Amsden

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a "serious" writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards.

Aside from writing, Christine teaches writing workshops at Savvy Authors and is a freelance editor. She also mentors aspiring fiction writers.

Christine lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and two kids.

TTB titles:
Touch of Fate

Cassie Scot series
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective  Book 1
Secrets and Lies  Book 2
Mind Games  Book 3
Stolen Dreams   Book 4
Madison's Song   Book 5
Kaitlin's Tale   Book 6
Frozen: a ParaNormal Mystery   Book 7 [forthcoming Spring 2018]

Author web site.

Darrell Bain

Darrell is the author of about two dozen books, in many genres, running the gamut from humor to mystery and science fiction to non-fiction and a few humorous works which are sort of fictional non-fiction, if that makes any sense. He has even written for children. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction, both short fiction, non-fiction (sort of) and novels. He is currently writing the fourth novel in the series begun with Medics Wild.

Darrell served thirteen years in the military and his two stints in Vietnam formed the basis for his first published novel, Medics Wild. Darrell has been writing off and on all his life but really got serious about it only after the advent of computers. He purchased his first one in 1989 and has been writing furiously ever since.

While Darrell was working as a lab manager at a hospital in Texas, he met his wife Betty. He trapped her under a mistletoe sprig and they were married a year later. Darrell and Betty own and operate a Christmas tree farm in East Texas which has become the subject and backdrop for many of his humorous stories and books.

TTB titles:
Alien Infection
Doggie Biscuit!
Hotline to Heaven
Life on Santa Claus Lane
Medics Wild
Shadow Worlds with Barbara M. Hodges
Space Trails
Strange Valley
Tales from a Christmas Tree Farm
The Melanin Apocalypse
Warp Point

Human By Choice with Travis 'Doc' Taylor. Book 1 Cresperian series.
The Y Factor with Stephanie Osborn. Book 2 Cresperian series
The Cresperian Alliance with Stephanie Osborn. Book 3 Cresperian series.

Author web site.

Dr. Bob Boan

Bob Boan has been an active member of the space community for over a quarter of a century. He has worked on a variety of manned and unmanned space programs at different levels of responsibility over that time. Prior to his space experience he was a member of academia. He taught courses from the high school level through graduate school, primarily chemistry.

Dr. Boan is recognized as a community expert on Communications, SIGINT and IMINT systems and concepts. He also has significant MASINT experience.  He has multiple relevant patents and technical publications in his field. He earned his doctorate at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Boan has authored a number of technical publications including peer reviewed articles. He coauthored An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion, BrownWalker Press, 2006. He has written three novels, Bobby Becomes Bob, Williams Lake Was Once the Center of the Universe and Don't Tell Brenda

TTB title: Bobby Becomes Bob

Author web site

Barb Caffrey

Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, musician, and composer. She holds two degrees and is an inveterate and omnivorous reader. She's been published at e-Quill Publishing, in the Bedlam's Edge anthology, in the Due North anthology, Written Word online magazine, Joyful! Online, the Midwest Literary magazine, and Vision online magazine (a publication of the Forward Motion Writers Group).

She blogs at Elfyverse (aka "Barb Caffrey's Blog"), reviews books for Shiny Book Review and for as an Amazon Vine reviewer, has edited for Masterpiece Comics and the Written Word, and occasionally edits for

TTB titles: An Elfy on the Loose
A Little Elfy in Big Trouble
Changing Faces

Author web site

D Jason Cooper

D Jason Cooper was born south of Toronto, Canada, grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Perth, Australia. He has a wife and two children, a girl, Shadra (aged twelve) a boy, Darius (aged eight), and two cats.

He holds a BA from the University of Western Australia and is the author of six other books, including Understanding Numerology, Using the Runes, Esoteric Rune Magic, The Power of Dreaming, Mithras: Mysteries and Initiation Rediscovered and The Astral Grail. He is a regular on Perth radio and has occasionally appeared on TV.

TTB title: Slums of Paradise

Linda DeFruscio

Linda DeFruscio is the founder and president of A & A Laser, Electrolysis & Skin Care Associates in the Boston area. Her articles on skincare, hair removal and other esthetic concerns have been published in many journals over the course of her 35-year-long career. Cornered: Dr. Richard J. Sharpe, as I Knew Him is her first book. She is currently completing a second book, which will feature profiles of some of the many transgender people she has come to know through her work. Linda lives with her husband and is surrounded by extended family, including children and grandchildren.

TTB title: Cornered: Dr. Richard J. Sharpe, as I Knew Him

Author web site.

Dominick Domingo

In 1991, Dominick Domingo graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design. As an Illustrator, he spent the 90's visually developing and painting production backgrounds for Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Little Match Girl, and One by One. During this time he also illustrated books for Young Readers for Penguin, Random House, Lowell House, Disney Publishing, Hyperion Books, and Harcourt.

In the new millennium, Dominick redefined himself as a live-action filmmaker. His films have been well-received, garnering such accolades as 'Best Short Film- Palm Springs International Hispanic Film Festival,' and 'Best Director- Long Beach Q Film Festival.' Having sold two screenplays, Dominick decided to capitalize on a growing writing resume. At forty, (call it an acute awareness of his own mortality) he went on to pen a collection of Narrative Nonfiction essays titled "Jesus Shoes," which he has been performing in Spoken Word events around Los Angeles. Two selections from the collection have recently been included in anthologies.

The Nameless Prince represents Dominick's foray into Young Adult urban fantasy. He would be very happy to retire from illustration as a full-time author. He currently lives in Silver Lake, California, surrounded by hipsters.

TTB titles: The Nameless Prince
The Royal Trinity

Author web site.

Janis Hashe

Subjected family and neighbors to poetry and plays from about age 8 on. Still does. Janis began making her living as a writer when she was hired by Sunset Magazine's trade publications division in 1988, and has held various staff jobs over the years, but prefers the precarious life of the freelancer. As a journalist, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Monocle, AmericanStyle magazine, and many other outlets. She also works as a media relations consultant and teaches theatre arts classes part-time.

A native Californian, she moved from Los Angeles, where her first novel is set, to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she does all of the above and produces productions of Shakespeare from time to time. She is also writing a play about her experiences working with local Democrats, tentatively titled "Donkeys in Dixie."

TTB title: The Ex-Club Tong Pang

Author web site.

Joan Heartwell

Joan Heartwell is the author of the novels Gudrun's Tapestry, Virtual Silence, Homebodies and Island. A former indie publisher (she was the founder/president of GreyCore Press), she makes her living as a freelance writer, editor and book consultant while she continues to work on her own writing projects. She lives with her husband and dogs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

TTB title: Hamster Island: a memoir

Author web site.

Toby Fesler Heathcotte

At the age of seven, Toby lost her best friend, Marcia, in a car accident. Three months later, Marcia peeked over a cloud and said she liked her new world. Toby's family dismissed the episode as mere imagination, and she grew up distrusting her own perceptions.

Unable to reconcile this and other psychic experiences, such as precognitive dreams and seeing astral forms of people, she became a lifelong student of the paranormal. Her personal library contains over four decades of volumes from Bridey Murphy and J. B. Rhine in the Sixties to current studies by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the American Society for Psychical Research. Her dream journals span the same time period and serve as resources for her life and work.

Repeated psychic experiences forced Toby to learn some coping strategies. She sat in development groups and experimented with techniques like psychometry, automatic writing, and dream analysis. As she came to terms with her nature, she wanted to share what she'd learned to help others with any self-doubt or concerns about their sanity.

Toby taught high school speech and drama and college English. Now her primary interests rest in understanding her psychic abilities and writing projects that incorporate that learning. A mother of two and grandmother of three, Toby lives in Arizona where she serves as president of Arizona Authors Association.

She is the author of non-fiction works such as "Program Building: A Practical Guide for High School Speech and Drama Teachers," "Seeds for Fertile Minds: Eight Curriculum Integration Tools with Betty Joy" and a novel, "Alison's Legacy, and Operation: Pleiades: Full Contact."

TTB title: Out of the Psychic Closet: The Quest to Trust My True Nature

Author web site.

Annette Marie Hyder

Annette Marie Hyder is a freelance journalist/editor, artist and author. She selfishly--yes, selfishly--involves herself in issues and causes that she feels will impact the life of her daughter, issues such as: feminism, global conservation/ecology, human rights, literacy and education, empowerment and identity and just plain fun (she admits to being interested in these things on their own merit too.)

She is the founder and curator of the international feminist project Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know. She is Contributing Editor for Poems Niederngasse and Editor for PNG's Pancultural Exploration of Love. Her poetry has been translated into German, Italian and Spanish, included in numerous anthologies and published in book form. Her articles appear in print throughout the United States and internationally while her publishing credits encompass both print and electronic World Wide Web publication. She is on the editorial board of INTHEFRAY Magazine and is the Respect Editor for

Annette sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes graffiti on a wall. She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words. Diamonds, however, are always acceptable.

A blog, Ad Libitum, is coming soon and promises to cunningly explore the purview of her cognizance. For more information, visit her web site.

TTB Title: The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow

Author web site.

Loren K. Jones

Loren K. Jones lives near Tampa, Florida. He married Pamela A. Willis and they have stayed together for thirty-two years, and have three adult children, and three granddaughters. A U. S. Navy veteran, Loren served as a nuclear reactor operator on attack submarines for six years before his honorable discharge in 1986. Loren makes his living as an instrumentation and controls technician, and writes because the stories won't leave him alone until he does.

TTB titles: Inadvertent Adventures
Stories of the Confederated Star Systems
The Chronicles of Amberdrake

Stavin Dragon Blessed series
  All that Glitters  book 1
  Traders and Traitors  book 2
  The Andarian Affair  book 3
  Farindian Summer  book 4
  The Coravian Conflict  book 5
  Gods Above and Below  book 6

The Saga of Java Mountainstand series
  Firewalker  book 1
  Liberator  book 2
  Savior  book 3

Author web site.

Ken Lizzi

Ken Lizzi is an attorney and the author of an assortment of published short stories. When not traveling – and he'd rather be traveling – he lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife Isa. He enjoys reading, homebrewing, exercise, and visiting new places. He loathes writing about himself in the third person. Reunion is his first novel.

TTB titles: Reunion
Under Strange Suns

Author web site.

Bent Lorentzen

Bent Lorentzen was born in Roskilde, Denmark, ancient seat of the Danish Kingdom. He lived in Montreal for seven years, BS in biology, four years graduate education in cultural anthropology and neurobiology. He taught science at River School in Florida, was associate editor to North County News and book reviewer and photojournalist in both Denmark and USA. Bent is currently writing a syndicated column and three books.

Having written for several governments, including Denmark, Israel and the USA, Mr. Lorentzen has had his works translated into over thirteen languages. He has also studied journalism (Goddard College), photography (beginning in 1976 as an undergraduate with the Alice G. Wallace Planetarium and completing in 1998, photography certification in Copenhagen with Skolefoto Asb), and editing (Associate Editor for a newspaper syndicate and founder of the magazine, Many Leaves One Tree).

Additionally, much of Mr. Lorentzen's cultural journalism takes place through his unique ability to view and report elements of society from atop a bicycle. He has raced in Denmark and in America as a captain of a USCF cycling team, and has authored a three-year syndicated column on bicycling culture. He recently completed a 2500 kilometer bicycle ride along the mountains of eastern USA, in the dead of winter, for a book on American culture and on behalf of the mental health advocacy group, M-POWER.

Bent is available for speaking and promotional engagements worldwide.

TTB titles: Dragon's Moon
Krona: the Dragons of Nistala

Author web site

Beverly Stowe McClure

If anyone had told Beverly she'd be a writer one day, she'd have thought they were crazy. When she was a child, she hated to read. Even though her eighth-grade teacher sent her poem "Stars" to a high school anthology, and it was published in Young America Sings, she hated to write. No favorite stories come to mind from her childhood.

In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she attended Midwestern State University and became a teacher. Reading to her students and to her sons introduced her to Dr. Seuss, and she made an amazing discovery: books were fun. She also started to write. To her surprise her stories and articles were published in leading children's magazines. One of her articles was reprinted in a Scott Foresman PreK anthology. Her breakthrough article about her writing journey appeared in the June 2007 issue of the Writer magazine. Caves, Cannons and Crinolines is Beverly's fourth young adult novel. Her other novels for teens are Listen to the Ghost, Secrets I Have Kept, and Rebel in Blue Jeans.

Beverly is a member of the national Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as the North Texas chapter. She lives with her husband, Jack, in the country, where an occasional deer, skunk or armadillo come to visit.

TTB title: Caves, Cannons and Crinolines

Author web site

Jeff McCord

In his seven years as a newspaper columnist, Jeff McCord has published somewhere in the neighborhood of two hundred columns. He started out writing for "The Rogersville Review"--Tennessee's oldest active newspaper and along with his wife currently writes a column for the "Kingsport Times-News." McCord published his first essay, "Manhood and Kaptain Kangaroo" in 1994 and has been publishing essays and short stories ever since. A native of Sandy Springs, Georgia, Jeff McCord now resides in Kingsport, Tennessee with his wife and three children. Awkward Grace is Jeff McCord's debut novel.

TTB title: Awkward Grace

Author web site.

D. M. Nigro

D. M. Nigro (Deborah M. Nigro, Deborah Mona) welcomes the challenge to create quality fiction for today's sophisticated pre-teens. Born and educated in Boston, she is a feature writer, teacher, bookseller, and the author of romance novels published in the U. S. and Europe. "The Champagne Fountain," her novella on cassette, was named "Audio Title of the Month" by Romantic Times Book Club magazine, the leading industry monthly. Network news anchor Paula Zahn interviewed Deborah for a television feature on the business of romance.

Her work has appeared nationally in First for Women, Highlights for Children, the American Media and Macfadden publications, plus many other outlets. "John F. Kennedy: The Promise of Camelot," a condensed biography for family reading, was approved for sale by the National Park Service. Deborah's stories appear in several anthologies, including "Mistletoe Madness" (available from, a zany holiday collection for children.

TTB title: The Wolfman, the Shrink and the Eighth-Grade Election

Christopher Nuttall

Christopher G. Nuttall is thirty-two years old and has been reading science fiction since he was five, when someone introduced him to children’s SF. Born in Scotland, Chris attended schools in Edinburgh, Fife and University in Manchester ... before moving to Malaysia to live with his wife Aisha.

Chris has been involved in the online Alternate History community since 1998; in particular, he was the original founder of Changing The Times, an online alternate history website that brought in submissions from all over the community. Later, Chris took up writing and eventually became a full-time writer.

On Kindle, Chris has produced The Empire’s Corps series, the Outside Context Problem series and many others. Visit his Amazon Author Page.

Chris is also responsible for the two fan-made Posleen novels, both set in John Ringo’s famous Posleen universe. They can both be downloaded from his site.

TTB titles:

Schooled in Magic fantasy series
  Lessons in Etiquette  book 2
  Study in Slaughter  book 3
  Work Experience  book 4
  The School of Hard Knocks  book 5
  Love's Labor's Won  book 6
  Trial By Fire  book 7
  Wedding Hells  book 8
  Infinite Regress  book 9
  Past Tense  book 10
  The Sergeant's Apprentice  book 11
  Fists of Justice  book 12
  The Gordian Knot  book 13
  Graduation Day  book 14
  Alassa's Tale  book 14.5
  The Princess in the Tower  book 15
  The Broken Throne  book 16
  Cursed  book 17
  Mirror Image  book 18
  The Artful Apprentice  book 19
  Oathkeeper  book 20
  Little Witches  book 21
  The Right Side of History  book 22
  The Face of the Enemy  book 23
  Child of Destiny  book 24
  The Demon's Design  book 25
  The Apprentice Mistress  book 26

The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire military SF series
  Barbarians at the Gates  book 1
  The Shadow of Cincinnatus  book 2
  The Barbarian Bride  book 3

Author web site.

Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster.

She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and she is "fluent" in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her various degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily "passes it forward," teaching math and science via numerous media including radio, podcasting, and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science fiction think tank, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels.

TTB titles: Burnout: the mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281
Extraction Point! with Travis S. Taylor

The Y Factor with Darrell Bain Book 2 Cresperian series
The Cresperian Alliance with Darrell Bain. Book 3 Cresperian series.

Author web site.

Lida Quillen

Lida Quillen is an author, editor, publicist and web master. She is the founder and owner of Twilight Times Books, Paladin Timeless Books, and Twilight Trade Books as well as Twilight Times ezine.

She shares the knowledge and experience gleaned from her internet endeavors in a non-fiction book, Practical Tips for Online Authors. Lida is also working on a new book, Practical Tips for Small Press Publishers containing dozens of no cost and low-cost marketing and promotion tips.

TTB titles:

TTB titles: Practical Tips for Online Authors
Quillen's Fun Guide to East Tennessee series
    Tour East Tennessee on a Budget
    Day Trips
    Dining Out

Author web site.

Ken Ramirez

Ken Ramirez is a twenty-three-year resident of Nevada City, California, a Victorian mining community nestled in the majestic Sierra foothills. Ken is a high school science teacher and Alpine ski coach. He is also the author of the popular YA fantasy series, The Naida's Quest Trilogy.

TTB titles: You, Me, Naideen and a Bee
Valley of the Raven


Author web site.

Natalie Roers

A veteran writer, voice artist, and on-air personality, Natalie Roers has been the host of hit radio and television shows in just about every region of the United States. She also owns her own voice-over business where she creates everything from songs and ringtones to commercials and sound effects for clients around the globe. A journalist by trade, Natalie is excited to venture into the world of fiction and hopes to raise money and social awareness for worthy causes with each book she writes. She lives with her husband Cory, and son Austin, in Columbia, South Carolina.

TTB title: Lucid

Thomas Root

Thomas Root was raised in the Little Neck-Douglaston area of New York. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John's University with a B.A. in Philosophy, and later from the St. John's University School of Law. Following his schooling he was associated with two mid-town Manhattan law firms before starting his own law practice in Douglaston, New York. In 1995 he moved to Hollywood, Florida, where he currently resides. The Elixir is his first novel.

TTB title: The Elixir

Joan Schweighardt

Joan Schweighardt is the author of five novels to date. In addition to The Accidental Art Thief, she published three novels with the Permanent Press in the late 90s and one award-winning historical novel with Beagle Bay Books in 2003. She was the president of GreyCore Press (New York) from 1999 to 2005, during which time she published several award-winning titles for other writers. These days she lives with her husband in New Mexico and divides her time between working on her own books and freelance writing, ghostwriting and editing projects for corporate and private clients.

TTB title: The Accidental Art Thief

Ardy M. Scott

Ardy is an artist/Author/Editor/Radio Personality, Associate Publisher of Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, Managing Editor for Twilight Times Books.

Ardy always considered herself a jack-of-all-trades and master of a few. To date she is an accomplished writer of new age fantasy with two books published and two more in the works. She currently runs two businesses from her home: FantaSeeWorks Graphics & Designs with her partners Michael in Canada and her husband Ken, and Fantasy In Wood (wood sculpting). More, she is also a freelance artist, doing original art, unique cards and cover art for herself and other authors.

Although born a Canadian, Ardy currently resides in North Queensland, Australia with her Aussie husband Ken, Sherlock Hound (three year old Dalmatian) and Dogger Watson (two year old Great Dane/Bull Mastiff/Rottie).

Formerly of Vancouver, British Columbia, she acquired degrees in Criminology, Psychology and Sociology. She is a qualified Emergency Medical Technician (ambulance attendant), worked part-time as a Private Investigator, and ran a Parent Counselor home for The Ministry For Children and Families. Despite this hectic life, she still made time to nurture the creative talent that is so evident in her works.

TTB title: Prophecy: The Awakening

Author web site.

Linda Lucretia Shuler

Linda Lucretia Shuler wrote her first story when she was six, Koko the Monkey, which she still has tucked into a drawer. Her first published work was a poem she composed while in the third grade. Since then her stories and poems have appeared in anthologies and literary journals, and a handful of her plays have been produced in schools and community theatres.

Linda received a BFA in theatre from the University of Texas, and an MA in theatre from Trinity University while in residence at the Dallas Theatre Center. She taught theatre arts in college and high school for three decades, loving every moment and directing nearly a hundred plays in the process. She also wrote theatre arts curriculum K-12 for Houston ISD, conducted numerous workshops, and performed in community theatres.

Hidden Shadows takes place in Willow City, a small community snuggled in the ruggedly beautiful Texas Hill Country less than two hours from her home in San Antonio. Several other manuscripts are in the works, reaching across the genres. These include a prequel to Hidden Shadows, plays, and a collection of poems and a half-dozen different story ideas demanding attention.

Linda enjoys participating in Toastmasters International, writer organizations, critique groups, and book clubs. She continues her love of theatre, delights in watching the birds flocking outside her office window, and is an enthusiastic fan of San Antonio's championship basketball team, the Spurs.

TTB title: Hidden Shadows

Author web site.

Dr. Travis S. Taylor

Travis S. Taylor -- "Doc" Taylor to his friends -- has earned his soubriquet the hard way: he has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master's degree in Physics, a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He also has a Master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.

Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts.

In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, races mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives with his wife Karen, daughter Kalista Jade, son Jase Lucas, two dogs Stevie and Wesker, and his cat Kuro, in north Alabama.

TTB titles: Extraction Point! with Stephanie Osborn
Human By Choice with Darrell Bain

Author web site.

Laura Toops

Laura Mazzuca Toops is a Chicago-area writer and teacher with three books in print: A Native's Guide to Chicago's Western Suburbs (Lake Claremont Press), The Latham Loop, and Slapstick (Amber Quill Press). She is a 21st century anachronism who doesn't belong in this time or place. A collector of vintage clothing, 78 rpm records and memories, she teeters on the edge of sanity by balancing her mundane present-day life against the vague memories of the fun times she had back in 1927 in New York, Chicago and another body.

TTB title: Hudson Lake

Author web site.

Dr. Anca Vlasopolos

Anca Vlasopolos was born in 1948 in Bucharest, Rumania. Her father, a political prisoner of the Communist regime in Rumania, died when Anca was eight. After a sojourn in Paris and Brussels, at fourteen she immigrated to the United States with her mother. Anca is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is married to Anthony Ambrogio, a writer and editor. They have a daughter, Olivia, who is a graduate of Oberlin College and a PhD candidate at Tufts University. They adopted another daughter from Guatemala, Beatriz, who is now 16.

TTB title: The New Bedford Samurai

Author web site.

Cynthia Ward Weil

Cynthia Ward Weil is a self-taught Mississippi artist and writer who overcame the stigma of a learning challenge called dyslexia. She went into the field of writing and challenged all the doubts, thus making a statement of the undaunting spirit and never ceasing ability to be successful by holding fast to one's dreams.

Keeping in mind the motto of her Mother, "How can you fail if you never quit?" Cynthia faithfully stayed in the race and now has had her first novel, Sometimes There's a Dove, published by Twilight Times Books. She has since become a proud member of EPIC, a reviewer for and is working on her second novel; an historical romance.

TTB titles: By Way of the Rose
Sometimes There's a Dove

Author web site.

Cecilia Wennerström

Cecilia Wennerström is a jazz musician, saxophone player, composer and arranger, educated at the music academies in Malmoe and Gothenburg. She was born in 1947 and lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Since 1994 she has played baritone saxophone with the internationally known Swedish tenor saxophone player Nisse Sandströms 10-piece band which plays transcriptions of Miles Davis/Gil Evans tuba band music. Among many memorable concerts is one with Rolf Eriksson on trumpet at the festival Jazz at Nyköpingshus 1995.

One of Swedens best jazz singers, Peo Jönis, is the leader of a ladies big band, Satin Dolls, where Wennerström has played the baritone sax for several years and also does some arranging for the band. Satin Dolls is an entertainment band and has been quite involved with Swedish television.

Wennerström also leads a Marty Paich-style 12-piece orchestra of her own which plays her arrangements, for instance at the jazz festival Sandviken Big Band Bang in 1996.

TTB titles: Return of the Lantern Bearers - Book II
Saga of Rim, The Land on the Rim of Time - Book I

Author web site.


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