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BRENDA WEEAKS (Audio Reviewer / Site, Column & Review Coordinator)

I'm married with two grown kids. I work full-time and run MyShelf.Com. I've earned a Bachelor degree in English and an Associate degree in American Sign Language. Readers will find my reviews simple and honest. 

Reviews: Audiobooks of all kinds. Mysteries: Cozy/Historical/British. Various Nonfiction


I was born in Galicia (Northern Spain) and went to college in Madrid, where I finished my Ph.D. in Biology. Always a passionate reader, I started writing after moving to Pennsylvania and graduating from the Institute of Children Literature. My first novel, Two Moon Princess (Tanglewood Press, 2007) a coming of age story set in a parallel medieval Spain, won first place in the category “Family and Children” in the 2015 Latino Books into Movies Awards. I am also the author of the paranormal romance, Immortal Love (Crimson Romance, 2012) and of four non-fiction books Heroin, Ritalin, Mad Cow Disease, and Lung Cancer (Chelsea House).

Website - www.carmenferreiroesteban.com

Reviews: When reading for fun, I read Young Adult, Historical Fiction and Fantasy.

CAROLYN ANN CULBERT JOHNSON (Reviewer, Columnist: Beneath the Covers)

I am the proud author of nineteen (19) short stories for Black Romance, Bronze Thrills, Jive Magazine, True Black Experience, Black Confessions and True Black Experience Magazines. My debut novel, I Confess was published/released on December 18, 2004 and my second novel, Everything and More will be published/released on January 16, 2006. I have about six more novels in progress. I am 43 years old, and I live in Oak Lawn, Illinois. My passion is writing and reading.

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Reviews: Romances


CAROLYN HOWARD-JOHNSON (Reviewer, Columnist: Back to Literature)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, retailer, poet, and fiction writer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. The books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers have won multiple awards. That series includes both the first and second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically is the newest book in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers.

Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts.

Website - www.howtodoitfrgually.com.

Reviews: Poetry, classics, biography, memoirs, and books for and about writers.


I am a single mother of 3 adult children, grandmother of 2, live and have my own business in Reno, NV. I have one published book, Notes from Nobody, a book about the ramifications of adoption; currently being revised and getting ready to republish with a new publisher. A second book in the works, tentatively titled: Please SOMEONE Find Me, a True Crime cold case murder, from 1939 that is shaping up to be a real whodunit, and a genealogical book about my family history, From the Footprints of Kings in the works. I published a community newspaper (weekly) for 4 years called Coyote News. I am a jack of all trades, have been an avid reader all my life, and like most book types, however am not really keen on SciFi-Fant-Space-Alien type stuff. Prefer Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, things with the ring of truth and believability to them. Am honored to again be a recipient of inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in America for the 2nd year standing 2004 and 2005, and Marquis Who's Who in the World for the 1st year in 2005. Please see my

Website: www.authorsden.com/den/claudiaturnervanlydegraf

Reviews: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mysteries that have a bit of real history, like Clive Cussler, Novels like anything of the sort that Michner, Wouk, Colleen McCoullgh, Jean Auel, some crime novels that are based on true events, Leon Uris type books, Prefer real life type stories.

COURTNEY SKELTON (Columnist: Beyond the Words)

Courtney has been writing since a young age, with several stories to date, this being his first published. Courtney lives in Belvidere, IL with his supportive wife Robyn, and dog Snoopy. He is a huge sports fan, and would love to see the day where we could all live as one.

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Elise Cooper is a freelance author focusing on issues involving national and homeland security. Her articles have been published by various blogs, magazines and newsletters. She also does freelance book publicity for authors as well as writing book reviews and interviews with public figures and novelists.

Reviews: Thriller / Suspense / Nonfiction: Military/Government

JAN FIELDS (Reviewer)

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon. She is also the editor of Children's Writers eZine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.

Website - www.janfields.com

Reviews: SF, Fantasy, Children, teen and young adul



For the last twenty years, I've made a living as a writer and editor, working primarily for trade journals, also doing some copywriting and public relations work. Since 1994, I've been freelancing as a business journalist and working on my first love -- fiction. My latest novel, published July 2003, is the memoir of a fictional Civil War journalist, Nick Canfield, covering his life both on and off the battlefield. I have a degree in English lit. and am an avid reader of history and historical fiction, love mystery/suspense (any kind), as well as that vast non-specific category called mainstream.

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JEN OLIVER (Reviewer)

I'm a resident of Portland, OR who works in the mental health field and uses books to escape.

Reviews: Horror, mystery, true crime, general fiction, romance.

JONATHAN LOWE (Columnist: Audio Buzz)

I'm tiptoeing into my mid 50s now, but have been writing since age 18. Have lived in Florida, S.C., and Arizona. As a reviewer, I've interviewed most of the major authors for XM Satellite radio, Audiobook Cafe, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. Have been a judge in the Audie awards for seven years, and am also audiobook reviewer for Land Line trucking magazine, which is the premiere magazine for long-haul truckers.

Novels include Postmarked for Death, (a small press hardcover that was recorded by the legendary Frank Muller as Postal.), Awakening Storm (recorded by Barrett Whitener for Blackstone), Fame Island (recorded by Emmy winning actor Kristoffer Tabori), and Geezer.

Websites - JonathanLowe.wordpress.com


Katrina is a woman who wears many hats. Aside from working full-time, she is also the owner of The Montana Bookaholic, one of many places she posts reviews. She also owns her own business, Katrina Wiese Designs, where she freelances as a graphic and web designer. She lives in West Yellowstone, Montana with her husband, three kiddos, and assorted critters. In her spare time she spends every minute reading, a true self-professed read-a-holic! She loves sharing her thoughts on books and has been reviewing for several years.


Reviews: Mysteries (especially Cozies!), Romance, Young Adult, Cookbooks

LAURA HINDS (Reviewer)

Laura Hinds is a former newspaper columnist, author, seasoned review writer. She and her husband live in the Boston area, where they enjoy their gardens.

Reviews: Mysteries, but all sorts of books really.


Leslie C. Halpern has written four nonfiction books for adults: 200 Love Lessons from the Movies, Dreams on Film, Reel Romance, and Passionate About Their Work. She also wrote the “Funny Children’s Poems” book series for children. Her most recent children's book, Silly Sleepytime Poems, begins a new series..

Reviews: nonfiction: arts, entertainment, self-help, how-to, biography, writer's craft; fiction: romance, science fiction, mystery; also poetry.

LINDA MORELLI (Reviewer, Contest Coordinator)

Linda is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of Doubt, and Lani's Challenge, and several published short stories in anthologies and online.

A former member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Washington Romance Writers (WRW), Linda has served the Washington, DC chapter as Vice President and chaired various committees. She has also judged national and regional romance writing contests, and was a permanent judge in RWA's Golden Heart contest. Her current memberships include Author's Coalition, World Romance Writers, NUW (Not the Usual Way), Authors' Community and other online author / writers' groups.

Avid readers, Linda and her Husband Rick volunteer weekly to teach reading comprehension to elementary school children.

Website - www.lindamorelli.net/

Reviews: Romance, mystery, history, young adult and non-fiction (adoption/biographies)


MARCIA BERNEGER (Reviewer, Review editor)

I am a freelance writer. I have a story appearing in Boys' Life Magazine's November issue, stories in several anthologies and magazines, including Through The Eyes of Love/Alzheimers and Highlights Magazine. I am also the bi-monthly Science columnist for Cecil Child Magazine.

Website: www.marciaberneger.com

Reviews: Children, Teen, Young Adult


Iím an author, an editor, a freelance writer, a literary agent. I'm a book lover. I have been a literary agent since 2003, and an Internet Radio Show Host for authors since 2002.

I'm a mother of adult children, and a grandmother. I worked as a social worker in the inner cities of Detroit, then later Los Angeles, for twenty-three years. As an editor/writer, I draw on many of my life experiences. My own books include fiction and non-fiction titles.

Website - www.maxineThompson.com.

Reviews : women's fiction, memoirs, romance, mysteries, and books on the craft of writing.

NICOLE MERRITT (Book and AudioBook Reviewer)

Nicole is the publisher of the Hill Country Gazette, a regional newspaper in the Hill Country of Texas. She has won the Texas by-line award and is a published author. "Sales and marketing are my background tools. Journalism is my love. As a freelance writer I am always into something new. Today I am a grant writer, tomorrow I may write a magazine article, the bottom line is that I write everyday. Being published is a bonus. Reading is an inspiration to write, so I read as much as I can. I am always learning new techniques and ideas. Controversial topics are always a welcomed read because they make one think."

Reviews: Non-fiction biographies/auto-biographies, journalism, suspense/thrillers, inspirational, self-help, and children's books.


P.G. FORTE (Review Editor and occasional reviewer)

Being a writer was always a given, I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. Along the way, I've also held some interesting day jobs. I've been an admin, an editor, a manager, a cook, a garment worker, a meat packer, a film stylist, a kennel attendant, a nightclub promoter, a shipping clerk, a ghost writer, a respite caregiver and a minister…some of it contemporaneously.

I was raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where Route 80 begins, and migrated all the way to where it ends…almost. If you make a wrong turn on your way into San Francisco, you’ll wind up at the Berkeley Marina. Oh, yeah. I nearly forgot. I worked there, too.

Website - www.pgforte.com/

RACHEL A HYDE (UK Contact) (Reviewer)

If you live in the UK and want a review, I am the one to contact.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and www.craftsuprint.com/rachel-a-hyde/ Check out her blog with ideas on how to be green and have some crafty fun at www.rachelahyde.blogspot.co.uk/

Reviews: Historical mysteries, historical fiction, westerns, fantasy/SF , cozy mysteries and art/craft nonfiction.


I am an avid reader! I love mystery books but I enjoy books from other genres as well. I live in VA and when I am not reading or working, I like to knit and construct Lego models.


Sylvia is currently a contributing writer for Equal Opportunity Publications. She conducts workshops on money management, self-publishing, and freelance writing. An author of a memoir titled Skipping Through Life, The Reason I Am. Ms McClain also published a book titled The Write Life: A Beginning Writer's Guide to Writing, Money Management, Publishing and Marketing. In 2007 she had stories published in three anthologies, Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause, Gumbo for the Soul: The Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community, and Eyes on Fire: Witnesses to the Detroit Riot of 1967 now used as a text book for history classes at Michigan State University.

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