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Bob (Robert) Walch (Reviewer)

After spending nearly four decades in the classroom Bob Walch has "retreated" to his study where he reads, reviews and reminiscences about the good old days (the 1960s). 

Reviews: A wide range of things, from children's picture books to mysteries

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Brenda Weeaks (Audio Reviewer / Site 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. I chose to major in English because I love to read and write, BUT unlike most English majors I dislike BIG words. Readers will find my reviews simple and honest. 

Reviews: Audio books of all kinds. Mysteries: Cozy/Historical/British. Varioius Nonfiction
  


Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban (Reviewer)

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).
Be sure to visit my Author Web Site and Facebook pages as an editor and translator.

Be sure to visit my Web Site and Blog.

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


Carol Ann Culbert Johnson (Reviewer and 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. My Website.

Reviews: Romances

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson (Reviewer, Columnist: Back to Literature)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a multi award-winning author of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Her HowToDoItFrugally series of books has helped writers and retailers worldwide. Learn more at www.howtodoitfrgually.com.

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


Claudia VanLydegraf (Reviewer)

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 websites: NotesfromNobody - www.marquiswhoswho.net/claudiabethturnervanlydegraf/ - AuthorsDen.com - My Den

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. Pretty open to most anything, except Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Space Ship stuff. No Erotica, please.
    


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.
    


Dennis Collins (Reviewer, Columnist: Between the Pages)

I am the author of two published mystery novels, The Unreal McCoy, and the second installment in this series, Turn Left at September. Another mystery, The First Domino, is currently making the rounds of literary agents in hopes of finding representation. There are three other full length projects in various stages of construction as well as plans for several more. My first short story, "Calvin," was a finalist in the Futures Magazine, "Twist," contest. I am also an avid motorcyclist and love any kind of speedsports. I am a big football fan as well. I live on the shore of Lake Huron about 100 miles north of Detroit. Be sure to visit my website

Note: The Unreal McCoy and Turn Left at September are now on Kindle.

Reviews: Mysteries
   


Elise Cooper (Reviewer)

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. Check my Website.

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

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Jeanette Clinkunbroomer (Review editor)

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. Website

 


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 [The Lowe Down on Audio Books])

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, (a hardcover from Five Star.) People can sample three of these four (for free) in ebook format by going to Fictionwise.com, and clicking on "Free Ebooks" at the top, and then on "Ghost Rider." The audiobook versions are available at Audible.com, iTunes, and SimplyAudiobooks.com. (Also have two CDs of stories, Tall Tales for the Road and Oscar's Hijack.) As #6 says in The Prisoner, "be seeing you." (Or should I say, "be hearing you?")

Website: TowerReview Blogs: AudiobooksToday.Blogspot.com and JonathanLowe.wordpress.com.
   


Katrina Wiese (Reviewer)

Katrina is a woman who wears many hats. She is the owner of classycheapskate.com, a website dedicated to sharing great deals, money-saving shopping tips and product 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, two 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.

www.katrinawiesedesigns.com
www.classycheapskate.com/

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


Laura Hinds (Review Coordinator, Reviewer)

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

Reviews: Mysteries, but all sorts of books really.
   


Leslie Halpern (Reviewer)

Leslie writes book and movie reviews for a variety of publications and websites. four nonfiction books: 200 Love Lessons from the Movies (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2016), Dreams on Film (McFarland & Co., 2003), Reel Romance: The Lovers’ Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004), and Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity (BearManor Media, 2010). She also wrote the “Funny Children’s Poems” book series from Cricket Cottage Publishing, which includes Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children’s Poems About Self-Image (2012), Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny Children’s Poems About Table Manners (2013), and Frogs, Hogs, Puppy Dogs: Funny Children’s Poems About Animal Friends (2014).

A member of Poetry Ensemble of Orlando, Florida State Poets Association, and Florida Writers Association, Leslie has a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

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. You can find out more about her by visiting her web site, called Linda's Place - A Site for Romance Readers and Writers.

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

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Linda Young (review editor and reviewer)

My name is Linda Young. I am currently living in Clarkston, WA. I moved back here four years ago from Kansas. I've been a widow now for eight and a half years. I've been a read-a-holic since grade school. I love reading and loosing myself in the story. When I was in college, I started late at age 35, I received my AAS degree for Admin. Assistant. But, my love of history won out and I began my studies in that area. Things happened and I didn't get to finish. It didn't stop my love of learning.

I have 3 kids and 10 grandkids so far. I am 54 (2014), but I sure don't feel like it. I'm mostly confined to my home due to physical disabilities. Doing work like this at home is my saving grace. I love it. History is my first love, however, I also love historical romance, fantasy, and some sci-fi along with things like Murder, She Wrote and a few miscellaneous when they catch my eye.

I know this is going to be a wonderful adventure for me.

Reviews: historical romance, fantasy, paranormal, and some sci-fi

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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. Additional information about me can be found at my website, www.marciaberneger.com

Reviews: Children, Teen, Young Adult
  


Maxine Thompson (Reviewer)

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 non-fiction titles: How To Promote, Market and Sell Your Book Via eBook Publishing, The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sells, and The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life You Love. My fiction includes The Ebony Tree, which won a small PEN award, No Pockets in a Shroud, a short story collection titled A Place Called Home, and the recently released Hostage of Lies. My next novel, LA Blues, is due out in October 2010. I have also contributed to 5 anthologies: Proverbs for the People, Saturday Morning, Secret Lovers, All in the Family, and Never Knew Love Like This Before.

You can find out more about me and my work at MaxineThompson.com.

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


Michael G'Francisco (Columnist: Behind the Fiction )

To the world I'm a man, To myself I'm a writer whose past endeavors are: A collection of souvenir booklets, a trilogy of spiritual poems, three published "whodunit" novels and presently, a non-fiction Chicago Gangster Chronicle (1833-1983).

You can find out more about me and my works at my website and my Secrets Blog
  


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.

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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.
   


Rachel A Hyde (UK Contact) (Reviewer)

If you live on another continent and want a review, I am the one to contact. I am writing my first novel, which is a Regency whodunit.

Rachel's Craft Blog

Reviews: Historical mysteries, historical fiction, westerns, fantasy/SF and historical romances.
  


Sylvia McClain (Reviewer)

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. Please visit her web site at www.scribalpress.com

AFFILIATIONS:
American Business Women Association (ABWA)
Lake Shore, Lake Shore Chapter
Career Network Member, National Association of Female Executives
National Writers Union

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