Although Lynda Fitzgerald now
lives in Atlanta, Georgia, she was born and raised in central
Florida. She studied creative writing at both Georgia Perimeter
College, where she was the winner of a Creative Writing
Scholarship, and at Emory University.
Her debut novel,
If Truth Be Told, set
in east central Florida, was released by Five Star/Gale in June,
2007. Her second, Of Words & Music,
was released in 2008, and her first mystery series,
LIVE Ringer, also set
on the Space Coast of Florida, hit the shelves in April 2010,
with the second in the series, LIVE
in Person, due for release in December 2011.
Lynda is a frequent teacher and
lecturer on writing skills. Although she now lives miles from
any ocean, Lynda's heart and soul remain firmly planted in
Florida, and she's back there three or four times every year.
Karen Fritz lives in North
Carolina with her husband, two daughters and three dogs.
Blind Vision is her
debut novel. She is currently working on her second novel, Crossroads.
Blind Vision is a
mystery/thriller that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride
through the dark mind of a serial killer. Watch as the heroic
blind psychic struggles with horrific visions of women being
mutilated and murdered. Perch on the edge of your seat as the
psychic and the hard boiled detective race to find the next
victim before it is too late.
I am originally from Wilson, NC, as is my husband. I have
been married for almost 50 years (to the same man) and lived
in St. Pauls for 40 of those years. My husband, Claude, and
I have two children - Janet Mize who is married to the
Reverend Dr. Douglas Mize of Greenville, SC and Richard
Fulghum of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I retired from St. Pauls High School (American History)
in 1997 and since that time have enjoyed a life filled with
family and travel. We have 3 grandchildren from our
daughter - Rachel age 12, Mary Katherine age 10 and Kayla
age 22 months.
I set out to preserve the recipes and food
traditions of one family. What resulted was a cookbook with
stories or a storybook with recipes, depending on whether
you are a cook or a folklorist.
Lizards for Dinner
has been chosen as a feature in the October 2011 issue of
Our State Magazine.
I look forward to sharing the
deliciousness and variety of the southern kitchen - and the
recipe for "lizards".
Goldman is an artist. She met Kim Underwood when Kim asked
Garnet to illustrate his first children’s book,
His Dogness Finds a Blue Heart.
They are now married and have two children. The stories in the
second book, The Wonderful World of
Sparkle Girl & Doobins, began as bedtime stories.
She will appear at Book 'Em North Carolina with author Kim
Lynette Hall Hampton has held many
jobs in her life, but she's always considered writing her
career. While in the business world, she wrote and sold three
short children’s books and over 400 articles, poems and short
stories for magazines and newspapers. During this time, she
toyed with writing novels, but those efforts are now tucked away
in her files.
In 1999, she started her first
mystery novel, Jilted By Death.
It was published in 2004 and was nominated for the best NC
fiction by the Literary Society of NC. The sequel is
Echoes of Mercy and
the third in this series will be out next year. She has a series
of mysteries published by Desert Breeze as eBooks. Her new
series is Western Romances. The first was
Fiona’s Journey. She loves several types of
books and enjoys writing in different genres.
Now retired, she spends several
hours every night in front of her computer. She's a night person
and her creative juices seem to start flowing after the sun is
sound asleep. Unlike most writers, she works on 4-6 manuscripts
at a time. She does most of her editing and re-writing in the
daylight hours if she's not busy with her two grandchildren,
meeting her friends for lunch, reading, or traveling whenever
she gets the chance
Dean Hardy is
the Bible Department Chair at Charlotte Christian School North
Carolina. His resume includes working with Palm Beach County
Youth for Christ and a Masters degree under the tutelage of
Norman Geisler at Southern Evangelical Seminary. In his spare
time he enjoys watching Nascar races and the NFL as well as
dabbling in philosophy and reading the works of C.S. Lewis, G.K.
Chesterton, and George Macdonald. Dean lives with his beautiful
wife and two young sons in Matthews, NC.
In 2007, Dean
published his first book Stand Your
Ground: An Introductory Text for Apologetics Students
via Wipf and Stock Publishers. The book has gained support from
such apologists as Norman Geisler, Frank Turek, Paul Copan, and
Dean has written a middle-grade fantasy book entitled
Magnus Kir and is
published by Ambassador-International. Visit www.MagnusKir.com
After a successful auditing
career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom
to her two sons. When her youngest son didn't want her hanging
out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart
racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American
Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian
When Dora isn't
writing or working on writerly tasks, she enjoys reading and
family gatherings. When the temperature cools, you'll catch her
flicking the fireplace switch on and kicking back under a
blanket to cheer for the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay
Lightning. Just about any time of the year, she and hubby are
game for a quick jaunt to the mountains. And nothing beats
spending time with the grandkids! She despises traffic, bad
coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her
books always end with happily-ever-after's!
Journey's End, Dora's debut inspirational
romance, released with White Rose Publishing in May 2011 in
e-book and print formats. Journey's
Edge, awarded 2nd place in the First Coast
Romance Writers 2010 Unpublished Beacon Contest, is coming soon
with White Rose Publishing.
Ryan Jakubsen is eleven years old and loves to write. He
began his series during the summer between third and fourth
grade and when his first book was published, he became North
Carolina's youngest published author. His books are called
The Portals Trilogy.
They are fantasy adventures about four brothers who are
separated by a tornado in North Carolina and swept through
portals (gateways to another dimension.) They must reunite and
face many obstacles as they try to get home.
Ryan has talked to students in area schools and been interviewed
on television about his books. He loves to read and he also
loves hiking, boating, and going to the beach.
Regina Jeffers is the author of
several Jane Austen adaptations and Regency era romances,
(2009 Booksellers’ Best Award Finalist),
Vampire Darcy’s Desire, The Phantom of Pemberley
(Third Place – Romantic Suspense – 2010 SOLA Award), Christmas at Pemberley,
The Scandal of Lady Eleanor,
A Touch of Velvet,
A Touch of CashémereandThe First Wives’ Club.
She considers herself a Janeite
and spends much of her free time with the Jane Austen Society of
North America and
A teacher for 39 years, Regina
Jeffers is a Time Warner Star Teacher Award winner, a Martha
Holden Jennings Scholar, a Columbus Educator Award winner, and a
guest panelist for the Smithsonian. She has served on various
national educational committees and is often sought as a media
Bob Johnson is
a Master Chaplain with the International Conference of Police
Chaplains (ICPC), where he currently serves as a Disaster
response team member and holds life membership. He also serves
as the Mid East Regional Director for the organization,
providing administrative leadership for chaplains in seven
states and the DC area.
served two tours of duty at the WTC disaster in New York and was
compelled to write about his experiences in I Saw God ...in the midst of tragedy: A
Chaplain's Experience at Ground Zero. He also
served as the point man for the ICPC in Gulfport Mississippi, in
the aftermath of Katrina, serving the police departments of
Gulfport, Long Beach, and Pass Christian.
finished the National Incident Management Training from FEMA as
part of the Homeland Security disaster response team and is a
member of the Blue Ridge Critical Incident Stress Team. In
addition to his service in law enforcement chaplaincy, he also
serves as a volunteer Chaplain at Augusta Medical Center, where
he is also a member of the chaplain’s supervisory committee.
Bob has served
as a Chaplain for the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, the
Staunton Police Department and is now serving as Chaplain for
the Waynesboro Police Department. He is a former FBI Chaplain.
He is a life Member of the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad and
served as a Sergeant of a patrol unit with the Staunton Police
Bob is the
director of the disaster response team for the International
conference of Police chaplains. (ICPC)
West Virginia artisan Carol Dean
Jones has been creating fabric art and teaching quilting since
1980. Her work has been displayed in juried quilt shows and is
sold in specialty shops in West Virginia.
Inspired by Book ‘Em, Carol will
introduce a line of handbags and totes created just for the
They were one of the most
popular items at Book 'Em Virginia in October 2010!