Meet the Authors
ACF Bookens lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and young son. They have three dogs who need to be inside when they’re outside and outside when they’re in, and three cats who don’t care where they are as long as you leave them alone. She writes the St. Marin’s Cozy Mystery Series and loves to cross-stitch, do jigsaw puzzles, and binge fashion tv shows in her jeans and a t-shirt, even when there’s not a pandemic going on. Her novel featured in the Indie Book Festival is Publishable by Death.
All Harvey Beckett help the residents of St. Marin’s find the perfect book for that moment and snuggle with her hound dog Mayhem.But when the small, waterside town’s newest resident discovers the body of the community’s persnickety reporter in her bookshop storeroom just before her grand opening, Harvey can’t help trying to solve the crime, even when her curiosity puts her in danger.
The more Harvey learns about the town’s history – and the history of the gas station that’s become her bookstore – the more she understands that forgiveness is a hard thing to give . . . and receive.
Will Harvey and her friends be able to solve the murder of the town reporter without her becoming a victim herself?
Angela J. Ford is a bestselling epic fantasy author who has sold over 30,000 copies and has had over 10 million page reads in Kindle Unlimited. Her books have been ranked bestsellers in multiple categories.
She enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing World of Warcraft with her husband. First and foremost, Angela is a reader and can often be found with her nose in a book. The book Angela chose to feature here is her latest novel Pawn.
Born with superhuman strength she sells her abilities to mercenaries and warlords in exchange for wealth.
Until the night of the full moon. . .
In the midst of a raid, led by the warlord she just might be falling in love with, Maeve is taken by the Dark Fae.
After leaving her to rot in the dungeon of the damned they offer her a deal. Freedom.
If she finds a divine relic rumored to have the power to break all curses.
Left with no other choice, Maeve sets off on a perilous quest, guided by the Scholar.
Straight from C.S. Areson:
I’m a blogger, lifelong learner, Nazarene pastor, an author & storyteller, a (grand)father, a husband & most importantly a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I live in Tell City, Indiana with my wife, our youngest daughter (now 18), and my mother (who likes my wife more than me). I was a reluctant author until my 7-year-old asked me when I was going to become a “real author.” I published the “Bee in the Blackberry Bush” to answer that challenge. It has been translated into Spanish and Laotian. Since I have published I have found the courage to use publishing to share about learning to forgive. I am finishing up a series that will lead others to journal their thoughts on every chapter in the Bible.
The book featured in the festival is the children’s book Bee in the Blackberry Bush.
This a perfect children’s story for parents or grandparents to read to their children and grandchildren. It’s about the compassion and sacrifice of a special little honey bee and an unusual friend she found in a blackberry bush. Don Lee’s artwork brings the story to life in a wonderful way. The story’s messages are “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “no greater love has a person than to lay down their life for their friend.”
Carolyn S. Blevins discovered writing when she took courses in journalism and creative writing in college and ultimately switched her major. She served as editor of the college newspaper and received a journalism award from Redlands Community College plus the President’s Award upon graduation. She has been a secretary in several fields and opened a candle factory in historical Victorian city of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Upon moving to Yukon, Oklahoma, she became a member of Yukon Writers Society. She currently lives with her husband, two dogs, and two noisy parakeets. She has a long passion of ancient history.
Carolyn is the author of the short story “Sinister” in the anthology Shivers in the Night and the middle grade novel Frog Boy. Carolyn is sharing Frog Boy with us for the festival.
Armed with Pete the frog and Buck his shaggy mutt, Frog Boy sets out for a day of frog-catchin’ at the creek. But his adventure takes a surprisin’ turn when he spies Old Man Harris, a man long thought to be dead. Escapin’ from the clutches of Old Man Harris, and then meetin’ a mystifyin’ lady in the woods, Frog Boy’s summer fun becomes more complicated.
From a gross shack and cellar to miracles in the woods, Frog Boy is a story of resilience flavored with a Southern style that shows how a family and a town work together for justice.
Ellen Smith is a freelance education writer and speculative fiction author. When she isn’t busy writing, Ellen can usually be found reading, crafting, or playing piano. No matter what she is doing, Ellen is always wondering, “What if?” Ellen lives with her family near Washington, DC.
Ellen is featuring her time-travel novel Every Last Minute which is book one of The Time Wrecker Trilogy.
Will and Mara Sterling are already living their dream. After surviving a campus shooting, they both went on to finish college, fall in love, and start a new life together as husband and wife. That’s not to say things have been easy: Will suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and Mara has debilitating chronic pain from her gunshot wound. Despite it all, they feel lucky to be alive and even luckier to be in love.
Then a new initiative from the Justice Department offers Will and Mara the chance of a lifetime. The shooter has been rehabilitated and his crime qualifies for a timeline rectification. With Will and Mara’s consent, they can all travel through time back to the original scene of the crime, giving the gunman a chance to put things right.
It sounds like a dream come true…or is it? Will and Mara have their doubts and the clock is ticking for them to decide.
Jeff Haws is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miami Herald, Arizona Republic, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and many other publications. He lives in Atlanta.
Featured in the Indie Book Festival is his post-apocalyptic tale The Solitary Apocalypse. He wrote it before social distancing was the new phrase on everyone’s lips. Here’s the blurb:
Along with the rest of a North Georgia town that survived a deadly worldwide plague, Michael’s forced to wear a steel ring around his waist wherever he goes. He’s seen cohabitation banned. Marriages dissolved. Families torn apart.
But he’s a good soldier, supporting the leader’s draconian policies — until he learns an explosive secret about her that threatens to destroy the delicate balance they’ve achieved between safety and order.
Now, Michael must enlist help to confront the awful truth about the town of Alessandra, and the fate of what may be the last human colony on Earth before he’s silenced by the people who don’t want anyone to know what they’ve done.
Looking at the psychology of isolation and corruption, The Solitary Apocalypse is Book 1 in a fast-paced series that examines what happens when the world shrinks and power consolidates in the hands of the few.
Jennifer Haney is a publisher and business owner for independent Texas artists. She is a twice published author, and also a former journalist and photo journalist. Haney has spent more than 3 decades volunteering and 10 years advocating for domestic violence victims and survivors. She began writing and telling stories at age 5.
She’s sharing Divorce Handbook: How to Get a Divorce Without Losing Your Ass.
Divorce Handbook gives a direct but friendly step by step idea of the key tasks involved in getting a divorce. With positivity and encouragement, this book guides readers with simple instructions on how to make it to the end of a divorce without losing themselves in the process. A portion of sales goes toward helping end domestic violence via contributions to shelters and other nonprofit organizations. It’s an easy read, can be easily concealed quickly, and makes a great gift for someone you care about. Let’s take our lives back together.
Katy Morgan is an indie fantasy author and fiction editor with an eye for detail and a heart for supporting the creative community. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found cross stitching something sassy, daydreaming about hedgehogs, or drinking far too many mochas…often all at once.
Katy is sharing book one of her Compound Series titled Dark Empathy.
These are the rules:
1. Rare and powerful empaths never escape the compound.
(Bastian Lucas escaped a year ago, and just because he’s been dragged back doesn’t mean he won’t escape again.)
2. Compound officers don’t ask questions.
(Captain Henry Mortimer has always followed orders, but Bastian’s arrival—and the disappearance of one of Henry’s team—have him wondering things he probably shouldn’t be wondering.)
When Major Valentine orders Bastian and Henry to investigate a series of murders committed by an asset with powers similar to Bastian’s, it brings to light more than just a cover up. Things like why an empath who shouldn’t exist is killing senators, what’s really behind the compound’s sinister asset program, and whether Bastian and Henry will live to see the end of this case.
Because they’re in danger of breaking rule number three as well:
3. Don’t fall in love.
Melissa Frey is the author of the supernatural adventure The Secret of the Codex and the upcoming The Prophecy of the Codex. When she’s not writing, her passion is to help indie authors with the writing, editing, publishing, and marketing of their books. You can find her online at melissafrey.com and indieauthorlearning.com, connecting with readers and other authors on Instagram, and editing books and anything else she can get her hands on. She loves yoga, the mountains, super-dark chocolate, and her husband, Andrew.
Melissa is sharing with us her timely nonfiction book How to Work from Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Digital Products and Services That Tell Your Story, Grow Your Reach, and Make You Money.
In these uncertain times, many of us are worried about our financial future. We’re all quickly realizing that jobs can come and go. But there’s hope! More and more people are discovering the freedom an online business or side hustle can bring.
In How to Work from Home, authors Melissa and Andrew Frey give you a roadmap and a plan to start growing your work-from-home business using the skills and knowledge you already possess! You’ll learn how to:
– Tell your unique story (and why you need to tell it)
– Explore skills you could teach
– Research your competition
– Discover product ideas
– Plan and set up your platform
– Provide value to your ideal customer
– Grow your reach
– Create your product or service
– Brainstorm, plan, and market your product launch
We all have a story to tell, and this book will teach you how to tell it — and make you money along the way.
Mindy Schoeneman has worked with horses and people, zeros and ones. She’s been an adventurer in the Philippines and across the United States. She’s always had stories to tell, and Adrienne’s Awakening is her first official leap into telling fictional stories publicly. The novel is set in Missouri which is where Mindy and her family reside.
More about book one of The Mind Duology, Mindy’s debut novel:
Secrets are dangerous—but in this story, the mind that harbors them is more dangerous.
When twenty-year-old Adrienne Adams pictured her life after high school, she didn’t anticipate her grandmother’s strange revelation that she comes from a long line of people with supernatural abilities. She is a mind reader.
Adrienne’s life is turned upside down by this revelation, but she doesn’t have time to contemplate what being a mind reader means for her future before she’s sucked into a perilous game of cat-and-mouse. Rocked by more discoveries and faced with a sudden loss, she is tired of waiting for answers. So she decides to go after the bad guy herself. The trouble is, she isn’t certain who the bad guy is.
Will she be able to awaken her telepathic abilities? Will she get the answers she’s seeking? Or will she be too late?
N. D. Jones, Ed.D. is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. In her desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional African American characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers, she took on that challenge herself. Along with the fantasy romance series Forever Yours, and a contemporary romance trilogy, The Styles of Love, she has authored three paranormal romance series: Winged Warriors, Death and Destiny, and Dragon Shifter Romance.
Today, she’s sharing Of Fear and Faith with us.
In the shadow of an ancient prophecy, two individuals will be drawn together to meet a dangerous calling–or die trying. For legends tell of a powerful fire witch and a legendary shapeshifter who will one day rid the world of the wrath of the Water Witch of Legend, and restore peace and balance to the world.
However, for Sanura Williams and FBI Special Agent Assefa Berber, their destinies will not be so easily won, as fear and faith will ultimately determine their fates. In the heat of battle and the chill of prophecy, Sanura and Assefa will weather the dual storms of lust and love. Are they prepared for the intoxicating swirl of danger and attraction? Can they overcome their fears of such a powerful prophecy? In the face of their foes, these legendary warriors must embrace their roles as heroes, side-by-side, and defend humanity against the coming doom.
Nicole was born and raised in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. She has two degrees, one in Education and one in English. When she is not reading, writing, or teaching her 5-7 year-old students how to read and write, she inevitably ends up travelling to Ireland.
Would you lock yourself in a haunted house to escape the clawing hands of the undead?
17 year-old Hazel Conners has to face both. Before the Lockdown, her life was simple: look out for her younger sister, make the wrestling team, hide her crush, keep her ability to see ghosts a secret, oh, and forget that her childhood was haunted by an evil shadow-figure. But now that the undead have forced her and her classmates into the very house where the shadow lurks, Hazel may be the only one who can save them all—if she can survive long enough to discover the shadow’s more sinister purpose. The pressure is on, but Hazel can only juggle so many secrets in a haunted house surrounded by the dead.
Olga GOA (Goa is a pen name) always was too attached to literature in her younger years. Her big dream was to share her creativity with a lot of people. She likes to read romance and especially dark romance where things are so close to real life and make the readers sympathize with the book’s heroes.
Such genre inspired her to write her first dark romance novel that was published in August 2017. She published 4 books already and doesn’t stop!
In her free time she likes to listen to music or watch movies, play the piano, and enjoy walking in the forest. She also loves traveling around the world, because new places make her fantasize and write new plots for upcoming books. She’s sharing her book Fateful Italian Passion: Veneziani Family Book Two.
Milano and Veronica were able to solve their differences and live together in Milano’s house. Like magnets, they can never be apart. An attraction so strong and deeply rooted, no amount of bickering or quarrels can tear them apart, nor their desire to be with one another.
However, family interference and the nature of Milano’s job begins to weigh heavily on their relationship and Milano slowly veers away from Veronica. And there are new players in town that add more tension: Milano’s former mistress, Bianca Lesti, and his office secretary, Susan Davis. These women are battle-ready for Milano’s heart.
Will Veronica lose this time? Will she be able to sustain the tempo of her growing love for her man? Will she finally win the coldhearted and invincible Milano?
All these things will be revealed in the continuation of the series VENEZIANI FAMILY (FATEFUL ITALIAN PASSION).
Ronnette Smith is a diverse writer and speaker. She has penned poetry for individuals, editorials, news journals, churches, corporate audiences, tribal nations and 50+ groups. Most of her topics focus on a need to re-wire, re-examine, re-evaluate. All of her work has foundation in biblical principles and personal experience. She has 25 years corporate experience with top communication and retail companies in the U.S., along with assignments in Canada, Philippines and India. August 2018, she published her first book, Autumn: The Mantle Lifted, a poetry and prose Christian inspirational devotion book. One reader says, “Drink slowly. It’s a prayer. It’s a journey. It’s an offering. Her 2nd will be released later in 2020. More about Autumn: The Mantle Lifted:
In my heart, You write a song: Many pleasures have come my way. In Your Word I want to stay. I see Your blessings that way -Ronnette Virginia Smith Just like all of us, Ronnette has experienced challenges and heartache. But it is only through the work of the cross and the strength of scriptures she has learned that God’s truth is constant and His ways are supreme. In a collection of poems inspired by gospel influence, understanding, and practice, Ronnette blends scriptures, inspirational stories, and vivid imagery to uplift spiritual seekers who desire a personal relationship with Christ. Her poems represent the essence of life while providing biblical basis for relatable thoughts and situations experienced in life that will inspire others to create a deeper appetite for genuine fellowship rooted and grounded in the Word of God. Compare this work to Chicken Soup for the Soul Series.
Entrepreneurial speaker and fantasy novelist Savannah J. Goins teaches creatives how to value failure, enjoy the journey, and know when they’ve arrived. She uses her background in dragon wrangling as an exotic animal veterinary technician to encourage and inspire audiences with entertaining stories and unforgettable lessons.
She is the author of young adult fantasy novels The Gwythienian and The Crivabanian, with The Cathawyr expected for publication in 2021. She has been featured in podcasts such as Fantasy Fiends and book clubs such as Words and Whimsy.
Gaedyen has vanished. The stone has been stolen. And nightmares continue to plague Enzi. But all that’s nothing compared to the coming battle.
Alone, abandoned, and out of options, Enzi must decide if she can trust the Crivabanians—a squirrel-like race who want her out of their realm. Struggling to keep her presence a secret, she develops an unlikely friendship with Veri, the sarcastically witty apprentice to the local healer.
When she overhears earth-shattering news about herself, she can wait no longer. She must seek the truth for herself, with or without Gaedyen.
But Enzi wages war in her own mind, fighting to break down the wall preventing her from mastering her power of invisibility. Legends of the great Cathawyr race and a diabolical weapon ripple to life in this riveting sequel to The Gwythienian.
Hi! I’m Shayla, and making stories is the basis of everything I love and do. I write lengthy books about magical happenings in ordinary places, and the supernatural crossing paths with the everyday. My favourite themes to explore in these fantasy story worlds are interdependency, found families, us-against-the-world, and a good helping of angst.
At home in Brisbane where I’m a happy little hermit, I’m a wife, and mum to our two adorable white cats. In my working life, I have been a schoolteacher, an editor, an assistant publisher and a lecturer. I’m too easily roped into study and am accidentally completing a PhD in Publishing Studies.
The Elm Stone Saga (Chosen, Scarred, Unbidden and Haunted) is a six-book YA contemporary fantasy series following modern sorceress Aristea as she vies for an apprenticeship with the White Elm, the world’s most powerful magical council. Steeped in outdated traditions and hopefully still good at its core, the council is at a crossroads in a changing world, and not everything is black and white. Aristea finds her fate entwined with their most controversial member Renatus as their struggle against a common enemy takes them down dark paths, and forces them all to wonder who they will become by the end.
An expert editor, best-selling author, and book marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 400 books and has launched several Amazon best sellers for her clients.
Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books.
She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, “The Rotting” (in Shivers in the Night), The Suicide Tree, and The 10 Commandments of Author Branding. In her not-so-free time, she acts as organizer for the Yukon Writers’ Society, volunteers at the Oklahoma County Jail, and obsesses over squirrels. She lives in Oklahoma with her dogs, Chanel, Wednesday, and Baker.
We’re featuring Shayla’s nonfiction book The 10 Commandments of Author Branding.
Friendly and pragmatic, The 10 Commandments of Author Branding is the solution for writers who don’t want to trade their souls for a few book sales.
Shayla’s commandments teach authors how to:
- Be yourself, not a marketing robot.
- Choose a social media platform that works for you.
- Launch your book without slamming your head against a wall.
- Find book ambassadors who fangirl over your book.
- Practice consistency rather than giving up after a month.
Get ready to embrace authenticity, gain book ambassadors, and create your tribe.
Sibylla Nash is a LA-based author. She writes non-fiction and fiction. She has an MFA in creative writing from Otis College of Art and Design.
Her romantic comedy Bumped is the book she picked to feature in the festival. Check it out:
Elle Nixon thought she had the perfect life. She’s the go-to girl on the LA party scene as a music publicist. Her boyfriend, Diego, is the icing cake. Handsome. Charismatic. Rich. Before she can tell him she’s pregnant, he disappears with millions of dollars during the middle of a high-profile fraud investigation. She’s left to answer for his sins and loses everything. Her fall from grace lands her back in her childhood room, living with her parents. Everyone has secrets, and Elle must reinvent herself as she tries to figure out the truth while preparing for motherhood. When a tall, dark, and gorgeous blast from her past steps into her life, Elle can’t help but wonder if her happily-ever-after is still up for grabs?
Stephanie BwaBwa is the YA fantasy author of The Seraphim Resistance Series, and an avid reader. Her nose can often be found in a book where she constantly gathers inspiration for her own work.
Stephanie is a Christian, a Disney fanatic, and a lover of monkeys, and coffee. You can usually catch her going for a walk through a park with her loved one, or binging Disney+ with a cuppa Joe in hand.
She wanted peace. Her enemies brought her war.
Titaia Angelfyre, the most powerful Seraph of Flames, proved her might and earned herself a crown. She’s a coronation away from sealing her fate to rule and protect all angels and their lands. But when she’s attacked by darkness only heard of in legends, Titaia will be forced to run and make a life altering decision. How far will she go to protect the angels and save her own life?
Herein lies the tale of how the end began from the beginning.
Stephanie German is a leadership coach, adjunct professor, and dedicated work-from-home mom. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and is the chair of the Red Shoe Society Central Valley (Ronald McDonald House guild). When she’s not coaching clients or writing about leadership, Stephanie is usually headed to the mountains or the beach with her family, drinking savory wine, or working on the latest project with her husband. Stephanie’s greatest desires are to nurture the next generation of leaders while raising her own children to be strong, independent, and brave. She lives in Fresno, California with her husband Blake and her three spunky daughters, Cara, Kinsey, and Peyton.
She is the author of So Your Boss Can’t Lead?
The success of any organization and its people depends on the type of leader you choose to be. This book succinctly dissects what it takes to become a leader worth following.
Maybe you’ve heard the phrases from your own boss:
“Well, I’m the boss so I’m going to do what I want.”
If those words sound familiar, then realize that you’re not alone. This book is designed to help you navigate your own leadership journey so you can become the boss you’ve always wanted to be. This book teaches you how to:
- Find your strengths as a leader
- Learn how to delegate others
- Lead people with their particular personality in mind
- Communicate effectively with your employees
What if you actually did what you thought was right and not whatever it took to meet deadlines? What if you learned a better way to lead people? And what if that style of leadership made everyone more successful?