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October 8, Local Author Meet and Greet—Colorado Springs, Colorado

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.

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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.

Debbie Maxwell Allen works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing, as a freelance editor, and a Scrivener coach. She graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, she writes young adult novels in the Rocky Mountains, alongside her husband, two cats, one dog, and whichever of her five children are home at the moment. Unlimited: Conquering On My Knees, a life-changing book of prayer and faith in Africa, was published in December 2015. Find it at amzn.to/1UEIRqG

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

Deborah L. Brewer writes, draws, crafts and gardens in Colorado, U.S.A., where she has also enjoyed working with residents of skilled nursing and memory care homes as an activity provider. Holding a B.A., in Liberal Studies, she completed a Professional Certificate in Gerontology in 2015. Debby created a bold-lined, historically inspired coloring book to delight and comfort older adults and their families. Her grandmother loves it!

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

Deb Buckingham is the knitwear designer/author behind Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On. She enjoys knitting by the fire on cold days and nights, spending time with a good book, taking long walks, spending time with her honey, and knitting alongside her peeps as they sip on wine or coffee. She lives each day to its fullest and feels blessed to be called grandma.

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

William 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. Find him at williamburcher.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?

Charles P. (Chuck) Cabell, Jr. is a 1958 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds an MS (Astronautics) Degree, an MS (Systems Management) and a Doctorate (Public Administration) in Public Administration. He retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General after a thirty-year career (which included a flying tour in Vietnam), and then spent ten years as a consultant to industry and the government.

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

Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains, fishing, and running. Her third novel, Stone Cold Blooded, is scheduled for release October 10. Learn more about Catherine at www.catherinedilts.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

Shannon Lawrence is a fan of all things fantastical and frightening, and writes in her dungeon when her minions allow, often accompanied by her familiars. She writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in several anthologies and magazines, including Once Upon a Scream, Dark Moon Digest, and The Deep Dark Woods. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings. Though she often misses the ocean, the majestic and rugged Rockies are a sight she could never part with. Besides, in Colorado there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. What more could she ask for? Find her at www.thewarriormuse.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

Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination.  She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures telling her their tales. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle.  Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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

L. R. Wheeler, author of If I’m Making So Much Money…Where Is It?, draws on 46 years of knowledge gained as a principal and founder of several CPA firms, General Manager of a prime contractor to the government, Chief Financial Officer of a national manufacturer, member and/or advisor of the Board of Directors to numerous businesses, and thousands of consultations with business owners, to give insight into how to operate a successful business.

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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