SPRINGS FOLK! Saturday, October 8, come out and support a diverse group of LOCAL authors at a swinging little event. We’ll be talking our books, our bios, our strange brains. Things chocolate and wine-looking (and wine-smelling, even wine tasting) will be served, FREE. Held at a cool little venue, The Cottonwood Center for the Arts, at 427 E COLORADO AVE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80903. 11AM—2PM.
I’ll be representing “The GAIAD,” of course: Book signing. Book selling. Book plugging. Crazy backstories, maybe a little inspiration. And I’ll be with good company. The event is held in conjunction with Indie Author Day, organized by the world’s largest brick-and-mortar book distributor, Ingram, among others. Check out the site of our local organizer, JMars Ink for further details. And definitely take a look at some of the featured authors below (Author bios care of JMars Ink):
Damon Alan is a full time author and stay at home dad. Retired, he spent his working life in space and aviation related fields. That expertise transfers directly into the hard science of his novels.
Fortunate to have a wife who would rather have an author than a rich man for a husband, Damon spends hours every day researching, writing, speculating, or conspiring to create the best novels he can. Find him at www.damonalan.com
The Dark Seas Series is set in a distant future where mankind’s darkest impulses have once again placed everyone in danger. Fighting a war against an inhuman but man-made enemy, Sarah Dayson’s life is documented from her early career to mankind’s salvation.
The Serum: A Political Thriller is a statement about corruption in our society. Dr. Charles Whittaker has the greatest breakthrough in medicine in human history, but the government isn’t amused. When his drug threatens 1/6th of the American economy, he is marked for death by a corrupt and overreaching CIA.
Slayer is about a man who loves his wife. His drug addled wife. He’s offered a way to save her and he leaps on the opportunity. Little does he know he’s now part of Satan’s drug delivery cartel.
Charles Barnitz is an accomplished author who has published stories in The Denver Quarterly and The Madison Review and had a chapter of his novel, Mummers, anthologized in the Signet Classic Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. His cult favorite, The Deepest Sea, has been released in a 20th Anniversary Edition from Blood And Thunder Press. Many of his stories follow Hring, an 8th-c. former monk, now serving as an assistant advocate in the gemót courts of the Mercian province of Elmet. Heis out to see balance restored, even if it takes a little creative interpretation of the law to bring the guilty men to the rope. Learn more about Charles at www.bloodandthunderpress.com
Ashley Hodges Bazer is the author of the epic sci-fi series, The Crown’s Call, which explores the onset and aftermath of a religious holocaust in a space opera setting. She also dabbles in young adult fantasy, bringing chess pieces to life in Checkmate and mixing up fairy tales with fun twists in Once Upon a Heist. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. After earning her bachelor’s degree in theatrical stage management from Arizona State University, she went on to work for Disneyland in that capacity. Currently a producer for an international daily radio program, she’s balancing working, writing, and momming duties. And she’s a real duchess! Find her at www.ashleybazer.com
For three summers (2010-2012), Debby, who enjoys history, and her mother, Pat Mays, a retired nurse, sold home baked dog treats and fresh organic greens from their gardens at a local farmers’ market in southern Colorado. They became cookbook authors in an effort to answer their customers many questions about edible greens. “Gee, Mom, this spinach is great!”
Find Debby’s books on her Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/Deborah-L-Brewer/e/B01ICHARWS
Not being able to sit still for very long, Deb spent a year learning how to draw. Taking online classes and watching videos, she learned the ins and outs of what it takes to be an illustrator. An Artist. Deb plans to use her newfound skills in creating coloring books for adults, as well as commissioned work.
You can find out what she’s doing, and where she’s going by visiting her at inspiringacreativelife.com
IN A SOCIETY increasingly buried under the weight of its own insularity, an ancient and shadowy group selfishly guards a secret with the power to change everything. Tonight, on a stage in front of thousands, one of their members commits a horrible, shocking act. In the audience is Detective Fleur Romano. Bitter and world-weary, she vows to uncover the reasons behind the horror she just witnessed. In the process, she’ll discover that she’s led her lonely life ignorant a fundamental truth, a truth first discovered by a man who walked the earth millennia ago, a man mysteriously familiar.
In this powerful debut, William Burcher is willing to explore unique and fantastic themes with realism and grit. The GAIAD boldly poses big questions. What do we lose, as we separate ourselves from the earth and each other? What would the future hold, if suddenly something changed with that most fundamental of relationships—the one we have with our own planet?
He took sporadic piano lessons as a child and sang with his high school choir. At West Point he was a member (and soloist) of the Glee Club and the cadet co-director of the Catholic Chapel Choir. While in the Air Force, he directed Catholic Choirs at several bases and composed and sang folk songs with guitar. After taking voice lessons, he sang with the Paul Hill Chorale, in Washington DC, the Colorado Springs Chorale, and the Colorado Springs Opera Chorus. He has also performed lieder and art songs in recital.
He is also past president of the Colorado Springs Choral Society and a past board member of the Opera Board and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. His musical composition, “That’s What Christmas Means to Me,” was performed by the Colorado Springs Chorale. An avid classical pianist, he co-founded Amateur Pianists International in 2000 and served as its president for fourteen years.
He now devotes his life to the arts as writer and publisher: www.impavidepublications.com
Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. Her newest titles are Banana Bamboozle and Marshmallow Mayhem, and expects the first book in a new series out Fall 2017. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Her stout-hearted dog keeps her safe from menacing squirrels and autumn leaves, but not plastic bags. Those things are terrifying. Find Becky at beckyclarkbooks.com
Kevin Ikenberry‘s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day. A retired Army officer, Kevin lives in Colorado with his family. His home is seldom a boring place.
Kevin is the author of Sleeper Protocol, which Publisher’s Weekly called “an emotionally powerful debut,” and the military science fiction novel Runs in the Family. His short fiction has appeared internationally across various publications and anthologies. Kevin is an Active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is a member of both Fiction Foundry and Pikes Peak Writers. He is an alumnus and staff member of the Superstars Writing Seminars.
He can be found online at www.kevinikenberry.com
DeAnna Knippling is a freelance writer, editor, and book designer living in Colorado. She started out as a farm girl in the middle of South Dakota, went to school in Vermillion, SD, then gravitated through Iowa to Colorado, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of putting together haunted houses in the basement of her grandparents’ house with her cousins, and taking flying leaps off haystacks and silage piles in the middle of winter with her brother. She was in charge of coming up with the “let’s pretend” ideas when they were kids, at least in theory. But then no plan survives contact with the enemy.
She now writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, and mystery for adults under her own name; adventurous and weird fiction for middle-grade (8-12 year old) kids under the pseudonym De Kenyon; and various thriller and suspense fiction for her ghostwriting clients under various and non-disclosable names.
Her latest book, Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, combines two of her favorite topics–zombies and Lewis Carroll. It’s the story of a tame zombie who told a little girl named Alice a story that got them both in more trouble than they could handle.
Her short fiction has appeared in Black Static, Penumbra, Crossed Genres, Three-Lobed Burning Eye, and more. Find DeAnna at www.WonderlandPress.com
Chris Mandeville: After growing up in California and graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Chris married a U.S. Air Force officer and moved from state to state, as well as to British Columbia, before settling in Colorado. She now lives in the woods of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, their sons, her service dog Finn, and an assortment of cats. Chris is proud to have served for more than ten years on Pikes Peak Writers’ Board of Directors, five of those years as president, and she remains an active volunteer in the nonprofit sector helping writers, military families, and service dogs. Chris is a writer of science fiction and fantasy, as well as nonfiction books for writers. She’s taught writing workshops to hundreds of writers, from beginners to advanced, on topics such as backstory, story planning, the “Sweet 16 First Lines” of a manuscript, name-storming, writer’s block, and more. Her published works include Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block. She’s currently writing the next in her 52 Ways series: 52 Ways to Name a Character. For information about her books, upcoming events, and tips for writers, visit www.chrismandeville.com
Steven LeRoy Nelson is an award-winning humorist whose short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Leviathan, Fire and Ice, and numerous other publications. He lives in Colorado and, when not researching poisons and polishing his skull collection, is working on his 10th novel. Visit him at www.stevenleroynelson.com
Robert Spiller—besides being a master of time and space—is the author of the Bonnie Pinkwater mystery series, including The Witch of Agnesi, A Calculated Demise, Irrational Numbers, Radical Equations, and Napier’s Bones. Bonnie uses mathematics and her knowledge of math history to solve murders in the small Colorado town of East Plains. Robert lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Barbara. Find him at www.rspillerwriter.com
She is the author of:
A Demon’s Witch first in the Demon’s Witch Series amzn.com/1509203087
Charm Me–A Candy Hearts Romance (E-book only) amzn.com/B018L2U904
A Witch’s Journey amzn.com/B01F0LRJ7U
A Witch’s Holiday Wedding – release for 2016 Holidays
She loves to chat with anyone, readers and authors alike. You can find her at www.tenastetler.com
Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA.
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