After retiring from teaching, Dana Vacca now spends most of her time writing short stories, poetry and novellas and restoring and selling antiques. She says unraveling the story of an intriguing antique piece is like time-traveling back to another era. Researching an old heirloom brings history to life. It feeds and inspires her writing as her imagination takes over and fills in the blanks. Having been born in the North, but living almost half her life in the South, she always found the people of the Civil War era a fascinating subject to explore. That time, packed with emotional, social and economic upheaval, is complicated to understand and its impact still influences the American present. Dana Vacca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. She taught visual media and design at the college level. She has illustrated children’s books but equally loves to paint with words to create exciting adventure, vivid imagery and compelling characters in her creative writing and fictional works. She is now living again in coastal New England with two dogs who are her faithful companions and biggest fans. Visit my Facebook BLOG for Civil War trivia and Book Highlights! LINK: https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarHistoricalFiction/?modal=admin_todo_tour
An Empire fallen. A kingdom beset. A family divided. When King Lortar discovers a savage cult performing heathen rites, he’s forced to battle a foe he never imagined: his own son. Surrounded by enemies, Lortar is trapped in a world of treachery and betrayal, where mercy is vice and malice is glory.
Joanne Van Leerdam
In addition to writing poetry and short stories, Joanne is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company.
Her hobbies include reading, music, travel and photography.
Joanne loves travelling, and has visited many places in Australia as well as holidaying in New Zealand, Fiji, the USA and Canada at different times.
Poetry: Leaf, Nova, Stained Glass.
Short Stories: New Horizons
Theatre/Drama: The Shakespeare Omelette
Theresa Van Spankeren
Theresa Van Spankeren lives in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She got her bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst Illinois. She has ghost-written self help articles for online sites and has spent the last several years grading standardized tests. When she isn’t writing she enjoys hiking and swimming, and also loves checking out local haunted places.
War of Destiny: Lost Soul
In 16th Century England, young Julia is in an arranged marriage. Her husband is a powerful and jealous man and although her heart belongs to another, she does what she must to survive. When tragedy strikes, a stranger offers her a deal that will change her life forever. Will she agree to join the Vampire Resistance to fight the King?
Katja Vartiainen is a Master of Fine Arts, painting. She calls herself a multi-dilettante because she has done doodle books, illustration, two graphic novels, teaching, and even upholstery. Her visual inspiration comes from fine arts as well as from everything on this curious, tragicomic piece of a rock, and its creatures floating in space.
With her husband they share a taste for humour, cats, and nature. They live in Southern Germany.
‘Half Done Fun is an entertaining drawing/doodle book that makes it easier for those who want to practice their drawing and observation skills. It offers symmetrical (or closely symmetrical) things, humans, and animals that are half drawn so you can focus on finishing the other half and not worrying about ‘what to draw’.
For children over 11 years and adults, as well.’
I was born and raised in Malta and moved to Sydney, Australia in February 2007. My debut novel ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’ is to be published by Unbound on 15 March 2018. It’s a fast-paced, rip-roaring historical thriller that tells the story of a reluctant member of the Spanish Armada who finds himself shipwrecked in Ireland and subsequently having to flee English troops that want him tortured and killed. The novel has had some very positive advance reviews to date, which you can read on Goodreads. It is also the first instalment of a five-part series called ‘The Sassana Stone’ which is the product of nine years of rewriting and researching.
Last Exit to Montauk is an inter-racial, coming-of-age romantic tale of young love, set on Long Island in the summer of the mid-80s. summertime on Long Island. As recent reviewers attested, the novel brings you back to your teenage years and first love memories. Phillip Vega’s debut novel, Last Exit to Montauk, is replete with milestones, tangled emotions, and adventures that are the embodiments of first love. Not just for the young, but for the young at heart.
Erik Henry Vick
Erik Henry Vick is an indie author who happens to be disabled by an autoimmune disease (also known as his personal monster). He writes to hang on to the few remaining shreds of his sanity. His current favorite genres to write are dark fantasy and horror. He is currently finishing a collection of short stories titled Devils, and his second novel.
He lives in Western New York with his wife, Supergirl, their son, a Rottweiler named after a god of thunder, and two extremely psychotic cats. He will eventually get around to taking and posting an actual photo of himself. Probably soon. Maybe.
In the meantime, he’d like to invite you to check out his blog: erikhenryvick.com, twitter: https://bit.ly/4ehvt his Amazon author pages (USA: https://bit.ly/4ehvusa or UK: https://bit.ly/4ehvuk), on Goodreads: bit.ly/4ehvgr or on Facebook: https//bit.ly/4ehvfb. He’d love to hear from you.
Corey Preston has just opened his own gym. He should be proud, but frustrations with his family and his ex-boyfriend keep him from feeling fully secure. Nick Sanders is running away from his life the old-fashioned way–hopping a train. With all his bridges burned and no idea where he’s headed or what he’ll find there, he ends up in Redding, California, and in Corey’s life. Corey finds himself intrigued with the mysterious stranger, and hopes to forge a friendship with the young man with the boy next door charm and good looks. As Nick begins letting his guard down and sharing fragments of his life back home where he’d been living a lie and making choices he’s not proud of, Corey dreams of more. He falls fast for the handsome stranger, but Nick’s baggage and Corey’s chaotic life threaten to keep them from happiness.