Denise Baer is a native of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides in Germany with her husband and fur-baby, Shakespeare. She can be stubborn and downright finicky; the last one doesn’t apply to food though. Perseverance is a trait she often equates with her college degree, but she’s still waiting for her Pulitzer Prize nomination. Denise is a blogger, poet, and multi-genre author of two published books: a dark, psychological suspense thriller, NET SWITCH; and women’s fiction / romantic comedy adventure, FOGGED UP FAIRY TALE. Currently she’s working on a crime mystery series, and a humor novel to tame her unbalanced side.
I recently posted my book, LAINIE’S LADIES on Amazon. here is the description.
Lainie Stockwell is a well-known portrait painter who lives in her studio loft in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, noted for a characteristic artistic charm. She was considering an early retirement on a beautiful island when to her surprise she receives not one, but four inquiries for portraits. These four “ladies”, each one with her own particular reason for a portrait, invade her life and she finds that helping them settle their personal affairs becomes her goal. Lainie learns that painting someone’s portrait means “discovering” . She sneaks a look into their lives to capture their essence and gets a glimpse into their past. This can lead to many surprises.
There are great satisfactions as she unravels long ago secrets and even gets a chance to play cupid! The story doesn’t end there. A mysterious missing portrait causes chaos and it’s Lainie, with the help of a determined private eye, who discovers still another secret that will change the life of one of her ladies.
Patsy Collins will write anywhere she can reach in her campervan. She’s the author of five novels; four contemporary romances and one coming of age story with a difference. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and South Africa. She’s also co-author of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction.
Patsy blogs about free entry writing competitions – http://patsy-collins.blogspot.co.uk and runs the womagwriter blog http://womagwriter.blogspot.co.uk which is handy for magazine guidelines.
I have a small collection of short stories which is (nearly) always free, as a kind of taster. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-Drop-Drink-Patsy-Collins-ebook/dp/B009RX5MGS/ref=la_B004O08LRQ_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503916533&sr=1-4
Rachel Dacus is the author of The Renaissance Club, a time travel romantic novel involving the great Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, has been called ““Enchanting, rich and romantic…a poetic journey through the folds of time.” Dacus’ book Gods of Water and Air is a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. Her other poetry collections are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Dacus’ poetry and prose have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, is forthcoming in August 2018 from FutureCycle Press.
Aaron and Me, Works In Progress
“He’s so normal. How can anything be wrong?” KIM SEGAL, the main character in Aaron and Me, is faced with one of the most horrendous experiences a parent can endure during a baby wellness checkup. A clinical observation shows a couple of innocent café au lait birthmarks which could indicate a possible diagnosis of Neurofibromatosis for her 18-month old son, AARON. Kim feels ill equipped to cope with the indefinite nature of the diagnosis, and begins to spiral out of control.
Debralynn Fein has been writing professionally since 2002. Aside from When Butterflies Soar, her current novel, her articles and stories have appeared in Wee One’s Magazine, and Hackwriters.Com, run from Falmouth College of Arts. She also published a short story in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, entitled Family Pictures and articles in Early Childhood Examiner. She attended Stony Brook University in 1978 and 1979 with a major in English Literature, and, also earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Queens College, City University of New York, in 1987. The sense of place she writes about are from the New York metropolitan area, since it is where she is most familiar. She’s e read her work before audiences at the New York Public Library and Montclair Library. All stories have been well received.
I worked as a school psychologist for thirty years in public school and detention centers with damaged and challenging kids. During that time the first school shooting took place in the city I had grown up in, igniting a desire to understand what could twist a person into committing such an act, and led to the writing of Crooked Grow the Trees. The story follows Sophia as she tries to help incarcerated youth overcome their pasts to gain freedom, even as she faces her own family challenges and traumas. As shocking events unfold, it becomes clear that the line between “us” and “them” is not as well drawn as we might hope. An emotional rollercoaster to the end, this story is raw and real, and may change how you look at those you think you know.
The vast scope of the human imagination is a personal fascination of mine. Writing fiction has allowed me to discover that there are no limits to my own imagination.
My stories are mostly about women and their trials. Women from all walks of life and in all times in history, and of course — they have issues. You may not always agree with their solutions but alas, I am merely the messenger.
Where Tomorrow Waits unfolds over the haunting landscape of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge war era. Dara, a young girl whom instead of enjoying the carefree life of a teenager, is trapped between the opposing burdens of her mother’s secret affair and her own loyalty to her father. Soon enough, Dara discovers her mother’s selfish secret is just the beginning of her sufferings as it leads her on a path filled with more lies, betrayal, and molestation. As Dara’s father, Muirye, learns about the consequences behind her mother’s actions, he sets forth to make a sacrifice that would ultimately change Dara’s life forever. But before Dara can learn to accept the changes her father has brought forth into her life, she must first survive the Khmer Rouge genocide. Dara is left with a heartbreaking choice— risk her life trying to escape to America, a promised land of opportunity, or stay behind and sacrifice everything to search for her father, who might not even be alive. The choice she makes takes her on a haunting journey that spans three decades of guilt, lies, and what if questions. The deep dark twisting truth Dara accidently uncovers, which her mother had been guarding all her life, is something Dara considers far worse than death. Will Dara ever be able to accept the deep dark twisting truth she has been unknowingly living with all her life, or will death finally grasp her by its fingertips?
John F Lavelle
Oreads (Or-e-ads) is a touching and bittersweet coming-of-age story. Lyrical, emotionally charged, moving and heart breaking. Oreads is an excellent story and an important one. This novel does for Vietnam War era Appalachia what Thomas Hardy did for Victorian England with Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Lavelle’s first novel explores gender roles, sexuality, and Appalachian regional influences, from setting to socioeconomic determinism. In Greek mythology an Oread is a mountain nymph, so Lavelle’s title, Oreads, emphasizes the powerful connection between the protagonist, Cassie Wolphe, and her mountainous environment.
“Oreads guides readers through a treacherous path of inevitable heartbreak and willful resilience in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.” Jason Mark Harris—Appalachian Journal
“Author John F. Lavelle’s Oreads is a compelling, creative, and original novel that is certain to be an enduringly popular and very highly recommended addition to community library collections.”—Midwest Book Review—The Fiction Shelf
38-year-old divorcee Becca Davis believes she’ll never find love again. But then she meets personal trainer Lia Greene, who sweeps her off her feet. Becca’s estranged 19-year-old daughter, Rachel, doesn’t know about her mom’s secret lover, or does she?
I published my book under pen name, hence, no bio. But just like my book heroine, I am a Russian immigrant living in the United States, making art, chaos, crazy decisions and living like there is no tomorrow.
“When craziness mixes with love, happiness, deviants and unicorns—all you can do is embrace it.” A marijuana farm. A runaway LA socialite. A “tribe” of hippies. Not all journeys of self-discovery start the same way… Kitty, a successful LA socialite is having a life crisis. After one of her meltdowns she runs… All the way to her long-time friends who are in charge of a pot farm. There Kitty finds herself in a community of runaways who gathered together for seasonal work. She doesn’t fit in and she could care less. Full of bitterness and despise for the people that snobby and stuck-up Kitty would never in any other circumstances even talk to she reluctantly joins them for “trim” work and unwillingly becomes a witness to their lives full of drugs, experiments and craziness. And that’s when things get interesting…
Tina-Marie Miller is a UK based author and writer of women’s fiction. Having previously enjoyed a successful career working for a number of blue chip organisations based in London and the Home Counties, Tina-Marie now lives in a small village in South Cornwall where she spends her time reading, writing, meditating and walking along the idyllic Cornwall coasts. She enjoys nothing more than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea (or a glass of red!), and losing herself in tales of love, life and laughter.
Two headstrong women in their forties coming from different moral directions clash within the confines of a French-Canadian mill town in northern Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley. Their narratives relate how an heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry redress misconceptions, misdeeds, and maliciousness which wreak havoc on those caught in the crossfire of a tragedy precipitated by reckless behavior.
Augusta Bergeron: Dysfunctional. Deceptive. Demure. More than meets the eye at face value and stuck in a holding pattern, the town siren engages in morally destructive behavior she attributes to maternal abandonment until she eggs-humes her mother’s quiche recipe.
Lindsay Metcalfe: Pedigreed. Privileged. Proper. Mourning the recent death of her mother, the historian-in-residence hailing from Boston sets out to preserve the legacy of an impoverished mill, but gets more than she bargains for all around.
My name is Alexa Randolph. I am a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Communications. I love reading, writing, event planning, traveling, drinking wine, netflixing and my dream job is to be a motivational speaker along with my novels.
Letters to Helen
Engaged to a handsome doctor and content with her future, Mattie’s life seems to have fallen neatly into place. The only thing that’s missing is her best friend Helen, who is away at college. Despite her plans, fate has other ideas, and Mattie’s happy ending is suddenly ripped away by a letter from her fiance’s mistress. Reeling with hurt and unexpectedly single, Mattie must start anew, with Helen there to pick up the pieces. But an incident with Helen’s fiancé drives a wedge between them, forcing Mattie to make one of the hardest decisions of her life. Struggling for closure, Mattie meets Mark, who is also rebuilding his life. Two broken, kindred spirits find solace in one another, until one innocent afternoon reveals a shocking connection.
Originally from the United Kingdom, I now reside in Germany, although I freely admit to having part of my heart left in Wales. I am the author of the fantasy series, World of Wraidd Elfennol, and also the contemporary, women’s fiction novella, Disjointed Lives. Whilst a writer mainly in the fantasy genre, I am more than happy to share my love of reading amongst the many different genres out there, and can always be found with a book close by. As well as reading and writing, I spend my time looking after my family and trying to learn German. Unfortunately, a natural aptitude for languages doesn’t appear to be one of my strong points. However, stubbornness is, so I continue to persevere. So far, I am confident enough to order a beer and a pretzel. Feel free to email me at MorganJSheppard@gmail.com or stalk me online on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
I love books and wanted to be a writer ever since I first realized I could make up my own stories. I like to read and write in different genres including Literary, Women’s and Spiritual Fiction. I’ve also written lighter Chick Lit and each of my books explores family and friendship, love and romance, relationships and life. I grew up in Levittown, New York and have also lived in Dallas, the San Diego area, and currently live north of Seattle in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Happy reading!