BRENDA WEEAKS (Audio
/ 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
of all kinds. Mysteries: Cozy/Historical/British. Various
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).
reading for fun, I read Young Adult, Historical Fiction
ANN CULBERT JOHNSON (Reviewer,
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.
Back to Literature)
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.
Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically is the
newest book in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
I'm a resident of Portland, OR who
works in the mental health field and uses books to escape.
Horror, mystery, true crime, general fiction, romance.
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
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.
Mysteries (especially Cozies!), Romance,
Young Adult, Cookbooks
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.
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,
Sleepytime Poems, begins a new series..
nonfiction: arts, entertainment, self-help, how-to,
biography, writer's craft; fiction: romance, science fiction,
mystery; also poetry.
Linda is the award-winning author of Fiery
Surrender, Shadow of Doubt, and Lani's
Challenge, and several published short stories in anthologies
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
Website - www.lindamorelli.net/
Romance, mystery, history, young
adult and non-fiction (adoption/biographies)
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.
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
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.
fiction, memoirs, romance, mysteries, and books on the craft
(Book and AudioBook
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
Reviews: Non-fiction biographies/auto-biographies,
journalism, suspense/thrillers, inspirational, self-help,
and children's books.
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
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/
A HYDE (UK Contact)
If you live
in the UK and want a review, I am the one to contact.
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/
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
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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