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​Just Read Local Author Fair

Join us for the Just Read Local Author Fair this fall!

Saturday, November 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library

Learn about this year's featured authors and their books (which include children's, teen, adult fiction and nonfiction genres).

 


Photo of author Gail AngelesGail Angeles

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Rainbow Food Rocks: 100+ wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, soy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian recipes. 

Gail Angeles, also known as Kajal Kaja, became a self-made chef out of necessity when she and her three children all became unwell around the same time in 2015. After a four-year journey of Gail healing her children and herself, Gail has written the recipe book, Rainbow Food Rocks, with the intention of helping others with food allergies and mystery illnesses heal themselves by eating a wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, soy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and meat-free, organic diet. Many of Gail’s recipes are free of processed sugar and nuts as well. Learn more

Photo of author Jason BakerJason Baker

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Razor Blades And Lightning, Promises We Thought We Would Keep 

Jason Baker is a writer who lives with his partner and their dog. His dog is more interesting than him, but he writes better than she does. He cites Douglas Coupland, Aaron Sorkin, and Mike Birbiglia as his influences. Learn more

 

Photo of author Jana BommersbachJana Bommersbach

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The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd, Bones in the Desert: The True Story of a Mother’s Murder and a Daughter’s Search, A Squirrel’s Story, Cattle Kate, Funeral Hotdish, thedeadgirlinavacantlot, A Stolen Life: The Debra Mike Story 

Jana Bommersbach is an acclaimed and respected journalist whose work has encompassed every facet of the profession: she’s been a reporter and editor for both weekly and daily newspapers; she’s written books and is a major contributor to an anthology; she’s written columns and investigative stories for magazines; she’s appeared on television with both political commentaries and investigative stories. Learn more

 

 
 

 

Photo of author Patricia L. BrooksPatricia L. Brooks

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Sick as My Secrets, Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends, Gifts of Sisterhood

Patricia L. Brooks is the proud author of three memoirs and is currently writing a non-fiction book on writing memoir.  She is the founder/president of Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and Brooks Goldmann Publishing Company, LLC. Patricia regularly offers workshops on writing memoir and is available to speak to your group with her inspiring and heartfelt memoirs on such topics as recovery, love addiction, grief and domestic violence. Learn more.
 

Photo of author Susan BudavariSusan Budavari

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Deadly Listing (A Merano & Bell Novel #1), Bargain for Life (A Merano & Bell Novel #2), Chain of Lies (A Merano & Bell Novel #3), Beyond the Broken Door (anthology with Merle McCann), Medley of Murder (anthology, co-editor), Medium of Murder (anthology, co-editor)

After years as a scientific writer/editor and encyclopedist in the pharmaceutical industry in NJ, Susan Budavari moved to Arizona and began writing fiction. Her mystery and suspense short stories have appeared in several award-winning anthologies. She writes the Merano & Bell Novel series featuring a small town Arizona PI (and ex-NJ cop) and his physician wife. Learn more

 

Photo of author Darren BurchDarren Burch

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Twisted But True

Retired Sergeant Darren Burch is a 29-year veteran with the Phoenix Police Department, and was the Silent Witness Sergeant at the time of his retirement. As the face of Silent Witness he solicited anonymous tips as a regular guest on TV and radio. Today, he still hosts the “5-0 Info” radio show on KTAR. His investigative assignments included detective in the Sex Crimes Detail, detective sergeant in the Crimes Against Children's Unit and night detective sergeant in the Homicide Unit. Twisted But True received the 2019 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Category of True Crime.   

Photo of author Amy CarneyAmy Carney

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Parent on Purpose: A Courageous Approach to Raising Children in a Complicated World  

Amy Carney is a Leadership Parenting Coach, Author, and Speaker who writes about intentional parenting and family life on her blog as well as for various freelance print and online outlets. Amy started her company, Parent on Purpose, to create content, products and events to better equip and empower moms and dads during the 18-year journey of full-time parenthood. Amy and her husband of 22 years, Keith, are parents to 18-year-old triplet sons, a 16-year-old daughter and a newly adopted 12-year-old son out of the Arizona foster care system. Learn more

 

Photo of author Elaine CauleyElaine Cauley

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My Will Be Done! Preserving Your Legacy Book, My Will Be Done! Preserving Your Legacy Workbook, Birds Really Can Fly, On Purpose: Practical Strategies To Live Your Best Life 

Elaine Cauley is the author of My Will Be Done! Preserving Your Legacy and the companion workbook, her personal memoir Birds Really Can Fly and co-author of On Purpose. Elaine teaches workshops across the country for churches, community groups, funeral homes and provides resources to those who frequently encounter grieving families. She is affectionately referred to as the “Story Teller” because of the eloquent way she shares information.  Learn more.   

 

Photo of author Jan CleereJan Cleere

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“Never Don’t Pay Attention:” The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa, Levi’s & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History, Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers, Outlaw Tales of Arizona, Nevada’s Remarkable Women 

Jan Cleere is the author of five award-winning historical nonfiction books detailing the lives of early pioneers who first ventured into the desert southwest to settle the new frontier. She lectures around the state presenting riveting accounts of the people who were instrumental in colonizing and civilizing Arizona Territory. Jan also writes a monthly column for Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star newspaper, “Western Women,” recounting the lives of some of Arizona’s early amazing women. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Dennis J. CooleyDennis J. Cooley

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The Prophecies of Rowe - Reappearance, The Prophecies of Rowe - Mouren’s War

Dennis J. Cooley is a native to Phoenix, who one day (due to his liking of stories by authors like J.R.R Tolkien and Terry Brooks) was led to writing an Epic Fantasy book of his own: The Prophecies of Rowe, which was the last thing he’d ever expected to do. Before writing, Dennis found enjoyment in playing drums and riding bicycles, thinking he’d be content forever. But writing has helped him find a completely different part of himself, one he enjoys sharing with his readers.  

 

Photo of author Patricia Grady CoxPatricia Grady Cox

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Hellgate, Chasm Creek, Ramblings

Patricia Grady Cox writes critically acclaimed novels set in the Arizona Territory of 1880. Her goal is to transport readers to a different place and time while creating unforgettable characters. She accomplishes this through her love of the southwest landscape, culture, and history.  Learn more

 

Photo of author Debra CunninghamDebra Cunningham

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Red Dale Ray: A Sober Rebrand

Debra Cunningham is a Phoenix author who escaped the rat race of real estate and insurance to pursue her obsession with all things abandoned, haunted and flawed. By applying her ornery sense of humor, she delves into the dark alley of human nature to showcase the strength of renewal and survival. For whatever reason, winged and four-legged wildlife sneak into her stories, along with a cat or two. Learn more.

Photo of author Darryl DawsonDarryl Dawson

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Death's Dreams, If It Bleeds, The Crawlspace

A Phoenix resident for 25 years, Darryl has been writing professionally since 2009. He has written three horror books: THE CRAWLSPACE, IF IT BLEEDS, and his latest, DEATH'S DREAMS. He works for a local TV station, where he gets most of his ideas. Learn more.

 

Photo of author R.A. DouthittR.A. Douthitt

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The Children Under the Ice, The Children in the Garden, The Children of Manor House, The Dragon Forest, The Dragon Forest II: Son of the Oath, The Dragon Forest III: The King of Illiath, The Elves of Vulgaard: The White Wolf, The Cafeteria Club 

ASU alum R. A. Douthitt is an award-winning author of books for middle grade readers and is the current president of Christian Writers of the West, the Arizona chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Phoenix with her husband of 31 years with their adult son living nearby. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Carter DreyfussCarter Dreyfuss

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Avalanche, …and Theodore Begot Theodore…, The Mole, The Prince of Temple Square, Sweet Crude: Taming the Sands of Libya

Author of fiction. Five published books available on Amazon—Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Adventure. Books coming soon: Love Story, International Espionage. Carter lives in Phoenix, AZ near her daughter. Her son resides in Los Angeles.  

 

Photo of author Stella Pope DuarteStella Pope Duarte

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Fragile Night, Let Their Spirits Dance, If I Die in Juárez, Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories, Writing Through Revelations, Visions and Dreams: The memoir of a writer's soul, Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power 

American Book Award recipient, Stella Pope Duarte is described as a “magical weaver with a sure hand and a pure heart,” and praised as an author who “will enlarge humanity.” Hailed as a "major literary voice in America," she is unafraid to confront the darkest aspects of humankind in telling stories that resound with hope and inspiration. As a child she often spent time reading in Phoenix public libraries, never dreaming that one day her own books would span the globe. Learn more.

       

Photo of author Katie DunnKatie Dunn

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Ancient Elements, Pirates from Under 

Katie Dunn grew up in the hot part of Arizona and graduated from NAU. Her love of books and traveling gave her ideas for new and interesting worlds. Now she juggles her two passions of writing fiction and teaching history. Learn more on her website or on her Facebook page. 


Photo of author Ann DuranAnn Duran

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Phoenix Rising, Raven’s Nest

Ann Duran is the author of two paranormal romance novels, Phoenix Rising and Raven’s Nest.  Raven’s Nest was named a finalist in the 2019 I Heart Indies Contest sponsored by the Las Vegas Romance Writers of America.

Fascinated by legend and myth, Ann blends passion for history with her belief that true love transcends time and even death into stories guaranteed to stir your soul, weaving enchanting tales of shape-shifters, angels, demons and ghosts. She welcomes you to join her on a journey to the unexpected, where love is the destination.

Photo of author Sean EllisSean Ellis

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The Nick Kismet Adventures: The Shroud of Heaven, Into the Black, The Devil You Know (Novella), Fortune Favors, The Elementals trilogy (with David Wood); The Adventures of Dodge Dalton: In the Shadow of Falcon’s Wings, At the Outpost of Fate, On the High Road to Oblivion, Against the Fall of Eternal Night (with Kerry Frey); The Mira Raiden Adventures: Ascendant, Descendant; Other works: Magic Mirror, The Sea Wraiths and Other Tales, Camp Zero; With Jeremy Robinson: Prime, Callsign: King—The Brainstorm Trilogy, Savage, Cannibal, Empire, Herculean, Helios, Flood Rising; With David Wood: Hell Ship, Oracle, Changeling, Exile, Destiny, Mystic, Bloodstorm, Destination: Rio, Destination: Luxor, Destination: Sofia (forthcoming); With Steven Savile: WarGod 

Sean Ellis has authored and co-authored forty action-adventure novels and novellas, along with several magazine articles on subjects ranging from climate change to wilderness survival. He currently resides in Arizona, where he divides his time between writing, adventure sports, and trying to figure out how to save the world. Learn more

Photo of author Geneva Maria EscobedoGeneva Maria Escobedo

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Dichos de mi Padre 

Geneva Maria Escobedo resides in Tucson, Arizona and retired after a 30-year career in higher education.  She is a graduate of Arizona State University.  Dichos de mi Padre was selected for an International Latino Book Award as best first book. 

 

Photo of author E.W. FarnsworthE.W. Farnsworth

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John Fulghum, PI, Mysteries, Volume I, John Fulghum, PI, Mysteries, Volume II, Blue is for Murder - John Fulghum, PI, Mysteries, Volume III, The Perfect Teacher - John Fulghum, PI, Mysteries, Volume IV, Finding Harry Diamond  - John Fulghum, PI, Mysteries, Volume V, John Fulghum, PI, Mysteries, Volume VI, Just North of Nothing - John Fulghum, PI, Mysteries, Volume VII, Baro Xaimos: A Novel of the Gypsy Holocaust, Among Waterfowl and Other Entertainments, Fairy Tales and Other Fanciful Short Stories, The Witch Games & Other Supernatural Tales, The Black Marble Griffon and Other Disturbing Tales, Pirate Tales, Engaging Rachel, The Wiglaff Chronicles, Volume 1, The Wiglaff Chronicles, Volume 2

E. W. Farnsworth, an Arizona writer living in Gilbert, is widely published online and in print.  Known primarily for his John Fulghum Mysteries, the author is comfortable writing in many genres. Farnsworth’s latest Fulghum novel, Just North of Nothing, will appear in November. This mystery is set in the desert north of the zero-population town of Nothing, Arizona, where nearly every form of mayhem is possible. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Marcia FineMarcia Fine

Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, Paper Children: An Immigrant's Legacy, The Blind Eye: A Sephardic Journey, Paris Lamb, Stressed in Scottsdale, Boomerang: When Life Comes Back to Bite You, Gossip.com, Love and Death in Rhodes: A Novella of Biblical Proportions 

Award-winning author and speaker, Marcia Fine, has written eight novels, including the only satirical series about Scottsdale and five in the genre of Historical Fiction. Paper Children, a novel of her family trapped in Poland during WWII, has been a finalist for three national prizes. A recipient of the ONEBOOKAZ Award for The Blind Eye, her latest novel, Hidden Ones, has garnered multiple prizes, including the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West, for her portrayal of a forgotten piece of history, the Mexican Inquisition. Learn more
 

Photo of author A.J. FlickA.J. Flick

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Toxic Rage: A Tale of Murder in Tucson

A.J. Flick is a Tucson-based writer, editor and repurposed journalist. Her byline has appeared in numerous websites and publications across the country. She covered the case detailed in the best-selling, true crime book Toxic Rage, while reporting for the now-defunct Tucson Citizen newspaper.  Learn more.

Photo of author Jimi GardnerJimi Girdner

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I Am Just a Human and I Am Still Alive

Jimi Girdner is an Arizona native. His grandfather came to Arizona in 1907 and settled into a homestead in Northern Arizona. Jimi holds Associates degrees in both Visual Arts and Culinary Arts. He still travels extensively throughout the world. Phoenix, AZ is his homebase 

 

Photo of author Dr. Sally GoldbergDr. Sally Goldberg, Ph.D.

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Fun Baby Learning Games, Make Your Own Preschool Games  

Sally Goldberg, Ph.D. worked for many years as an instructor of early childhood education on the adjunct faculties of Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, and the University of Phoenix. Sally, who grew up in White Plains, NY, has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami. Contact Dr. Sally at drsallyinarizona@gmail.com, or visit her website and be sure to sign up for parenting tips.  


Photo of author Earl L. GoldmannEarl L. Goldmann

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Bounce Back 

Earl L. Goldmann launched his memoir Bounce Back in 2017 at age 82. From Tillamook Oregon, he now resides in Scottsdale and is writing a second memoir of more Oregon tales. He taught high school Social Studies and coached for 25 years, sold textbooks, managed a golf course and owned a bar/restaurant before retirement. He played basketball and baseball at Oregon State University, only to lose his scholarships due to a horrific car wreck. His first memoir tells the story of his journey to survive and recapture his fractured future. 
  

Photo of author Rose GonsoulinRose Gonsoulin

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The Perfectly Good Lie, Outside the Men's Room 

Rose Gonsoulin lives with Chloe, Lucy, and the Weasel in a house built on Termite Hill in the Scorpion Ridge area of Rattlesnake County. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and a historical novel about young Sam Houston. Besides reading and writing, she is addicted to gardening. 

 

Photo of author Sasha GrahamSasha Graham

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 Milo Does Not Like Mornings: A Tiny Ninja Book 

Sasha is a former executive at the Walt Disney Studios and her writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and on television. Milo Does Not Like Mornings is her debut children's book and the first in the Tiny Ninja books collection. Sasha lives with her husband, Alan, and their three children; Finn, Indy and Odessa, in Scottsdale. Learn more.  

 

Photo of author Eric GregoryEric Gregory

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All My Tomorrows: A Story of Tragedy, Transplant and Hope  

Since losing his youngest son in 2008, Eric Gregory has worked tirelessly to promote the cause of organ donation. He has given speeches to groups around the country and been interviewed for numerous podcasts. His essays have been appeared in AMERICA magazine and the Baltimore Sun. His book, All My Tomorrows: A Story of Tragedy, Transplant and Hope, has been made into a major motion picture. Eric holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University. 

Photo of author Lindsay HarrelLindsay Harrel

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One More Song to Sing, The Heart Between Us, The Secrets of Paper and Ink 

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Learn more.

 

Photo of author C.C. HarrisonC.C. Harrison

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Death by G-String: a Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club Mystery, Picture of Lies, Running From Strangers 

C.C. Harrison knew she wanted to be a writer when her mother took her to the library for the first time as a child. Since then she’s written five crime novels all set in small towns. Her recent book, Death by G-String, is a cozy mystery that introduces the Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club whose first place win in a folk music competition is jeopardized when their star player is strangled to death with a ukulele G-String. Death by G-String is a 2019 Colorado Humanities Book Award winner.  

 

Photo of author Tyffany HowardTyffany Howard

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tap that!; Taptap! Tracy’s Hair... God Made it Special, tap that too! Healing the Death Trauma 

Tyffany Howard, M.A., J.D., is a personal and spiritual growth teacher, inspirational speaker, tapping facilitator, and author of four self-help EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping books. Coined “The Tapping Lady” by a fan, Tyffany’s books include: tap that!, Tap Into Transformation, The Spirit, Mind and Body Connection, co-authored with bestselling author, international speaker, and nutritionist, Sandra Kimler, taptap! Tracy’s hair…God made it special, written to help children work through their challenges, and her fourth tapping book, tap that too! Healing the Death Trauma is the first of its kind; a spiritual + grief + tapping book. Born in Austin, Texas, Tyffany lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more.

Photo of author Avily JeromeAvily Jerome

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The Breeding, The Heir, The Defector, The Silver Shores, The Prophecy, The Sorceress  

Avily Jerome is a writer and freelance editor whose short stories have been published in multiple magazines, both print and digital. She judges writing contests, both for short stories and novels, and she is a book reviewer for Lorehaven Magazine. Her novel, The Breeding, was a finalist in the 2019 Realm Awards for the Supernatural/Paranormal category as well as Book of the Year. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Liz JohnsonLiz Johnson

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The Red Door Inn, A Sparkle of Silver, A Glitter of Gold 

By day Liz Johnson works in marketing, and she finds time to write late at night. She’s the author of more than a dozen novels, an New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories filled with true love and happy endings. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Rebekah JonesRebekah Jones

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Grandmother's Letters, Journeys of Four, 24 Days Before Christmas; Presumption and Partiality, A Year with the Potters; A Tale of the Says Phoebe 

Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries. Learn more.

Photo of author Kendall KlymKendall Klym

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Step Lightly 

Dr. Kendall Klym has won numerous awards for his short stories, which have been published in literary journals including Puerto del Sol, Hunger Mountain, and Fiction International. In addition to winning the Tartt First Fiction Award for Step Lightly, his collection of dance stories, Klym is a three-time honorable mention winner of the Great American Fiction Contest and has won writing fellowships at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts and Monson Arts. A former professional ballet dancer, Klym holds a Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Fiction Writing, from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 

Photo of author Shari LopatinShari Lopatin

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The Apollo Illusion

Shari Lopatin tells stories that matter. An award-winning journalist in her earlier years, she now writes complex and stimulating suspense novels that tie into modern-day social issues. Shari has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, public relations professional, social media manager, and earned the title of “Cat Mom of the Year.” Learn more.

Photo of author Oliver MadisonOliver Madison

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The Karma Chronicles, Violet Star, Sapphire Moon, Crimson Blade, The Ruse of Minxy the Siamese Cat, Dying to Know 

Oliver holds his B.A. in English Literature from ASU and has a fascination with writing fast-paced supernatural stories. He has five published books released, including his action-packed ninja series The Karma Chronicles, with many more books on the way. When he’s not writing he is playing chess, working out, and has even competed on the hit NBC show, American Ninja Warrior. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Barbara MarriottBarbara Marriott

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Two Six Shooters Beat Four Aces, The Fleet Angels of Lakehurst, Take the Train to Tucson, Paint ‘n Spurs, Legendary Locals of Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina, Annie’s Guests, Canyon of Gold, Oro Valley: Images of America, Outlaw Tales of New Mexico, Banana River, In Our Own Words, Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico, Contact Creed!  

Barbara Marriott is the author of fourteen that cover a wide variety of subjects from nonfiction Arizona, New Mexico and United States Navy history, to fictional mysteries that take place in the 1800s west. Her latest is a fiction/nonfiction on historical women pirates titled Neptune’s Daughters: History’s Most Notorious Women. Dr. Marriott has a Ph. D. in cultural anthropology. Learn more.

  

Photo of author Merle McCannMerle McCann

Merle McCann writes the national literature award-winning Longjohners Mystery Series for middle readers, and her adult novels have been similarly honored. McCann’s work won best in all genres at Louisiana’s Dixie Kane Memorial National literature contest. Born in the Yukon, raised in Seattle, she has traveled the United States and Europe with her husband, pursuing their Arabian horse business. She has also worked as a paralegal, banker, event planner, and scenic photographer, and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

Photo of authors Robert Melikian, Paul Scharback, and John JacquemartRobert Melikian, Paul Scharback, and John Jacquemart

Three local historians and authors present the publication Phoenix Past and Present, a hardcover photography book features stunning collection of vintage and contemporary photographs taking readers on a pictorial journey through the city’s past and then back to the present. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Timothy W. MooreTimothy W. Moore

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Mirandized Nation 

Timothy W. Moore retired after nearly three decades as a Detective with the Phoenix Police Department. He co-authored Mirandized Nation in 2015, authored short story’s in The Sharpened Quill in 2016, and SoWest: Killer Nights in 2017. Tim is a Board Member at the Phoenix Police Museum, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2, and Sisters in Crime, Desert Sleuths Chapter, Scottsdale, Arizona, where his mission is to help authors “Write it Right” when it comes to police procedures. He’s a member of the International Police Association (IPA) and a long-standing member of the Arizona Historical Society. Learn more.

 

Photo of author T.A. MunroeT.A. Munroe

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Another Place on the Planet (Lilyland Book 1), Places Bright and Dark (Lilyland Book 2), Zook’s Corner 

T.A. Munroe writes fiction about strong creative women and how they change and grow to meet life's demands. She is the author of Zook’s Corner and The Lilyland Trilogy (Another Place on the Planet, Places Bright and Dark, which are currently available, and Frame by Frame, Shot by Shot to be published in 2020.) She lives in the Northwest Valley outside of Phoenix with her patient husband, her dog CoCo La’Tay and cat Twitch. Learn more.

Photo of author Tahirah OgletreeTahirah Ogletree

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Survivors: Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence 

Tahirah Ogletree serves as the Executive Director of The O’Tahirah Foundation, Inc. In her role as Executive Director, she is responsible to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization and to work with a diverse team to give direction and leadership to further the organization’s vision and mission. Tahirah retired from one of the largest financial institutions in America. She brings 13 years of corporate banking experience in account management, sales, mortgage and logistics.  Tahirah is an award-winning author, survivor of domestic violence, philanthropist, actress, and Indie-filmmaker. Learn more

Photo of author Melissa PriceDr. Melissa Price

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Steel Eyes, Skin in the Game, Smile Number Seven

Melissa has coined the term “Lesbianage” to describe her romantic intrigue novels. Her new release, Smile Number Seven is pure Hollywood romance minus the spy plot. Melissa has done readings in Phoenix, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Learn more.

  

Photo of author Dr. Sian ProctorDr. Sian Proctor

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Meals for Mars   

Dr. Sian Proctor Is a trained Geoscientist and Analog Astronaut with a PHD in Science Education. She is known as a science communication expert in her field. Dr. Proctor is one of the top female African American modern-day explorers inspiring the next generation to explore our earth and beyond. She believes that exploration is a personal journey and that we should all strive to become lifelong learners. Learn more.

Photo of author Tina RadcliffeTina Radcliffe

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Christmas with the Cowboy, Her Last Chance Cowboy, Sweetheart Reunion 

A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is a Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, and four-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award nominee. Besides novel-length fiction, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A former registered nurse and library cataloger, Tina currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Learn more
 

Photo of author Mirla G. RazMirla G. Raz

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Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do, Help Me Talk Right: How to Teach a Child to Say the "R" Sound in 15 Easy Lessons, Help Me Talk Right: How to Teach a Child to Say the "S" Sound in 15 Easy Lessons, Help Me Talk Right: How to Teach a Child to Say the "L" Sound in 15 Easy Lessons 

Ms. Raz is a retired speech pathologist who worked extensively with the pediatric population remediating speech sound disorders, language disorders and stuttering. Ms. Raz was a contributing author to the first and second editions of Children’s Speech Sound Disorders. Ms. Raz also presents workshops on stuttering, phonological and language disorders. Ms. Raz will soon publish The Birds Sang Eulogies: A Memoir. The books is about the harrowing experiences of her parents during WWII as they struggled to survive the Nazi’s attempted extermination of the Jews. Learn more.

Photo of author Daniel T. Sanchez

Daniel T. Sanchez

Works

39 Years of Blue: A Collection of Life Stories, Hispanic Heritage and Participation on United States Stamps

Served 20 years USAF, retired MSgt 14 years overseas, tour in Vietnam assigned to MAC-V (Military Advisor Command-Vietnam.) My books are 39 Years of Blue: A Collection of Life Stories and Hispanic Heritage and Participation on United States Stamps. Memberships include:  Mesa Stamp Club, Phoenix Philatelic Society, ESPER (Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflection. Tony F. Soza-Ray Martinez American Legion Post 41 Phoenix, Arizona, VFW Post 9981 Anchorage, Alaska. 

 

Photo of author Jodi SeitzJodi Seitz

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You and Me Were Meant to Be 

Jodi Seitz is a successful and accomplished business professional who enriches people’s lives through the products and services she represents. An avid triathlete, Jodi’s proudest moment was when she finished her first full Ironman Triathlon race in November 2009. Jodi’s ultimate accomplishment and her greatest gift in life is the adoption of a baby girl in February 2014. Jodi lives in Arizona with her precious daughter and loving dog.  

 

Photo of author Anni SezateAnni Sezate

Works

Aurella the Witch, Aurella the Sorceress, Aurella the Demon (not yet published)

Anni Sezate is a third grade teacher from Gilbert, Arizona. She is a professional bookworm and loves reading aloud to her students to open them up to the magic of books. Her love for children's literature is part of what inspired The Aurella Trilogy, which she reads to her students at the end of each school year. Learn more 

 

Photo of author Katrina ShawverKatrina Shawver

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Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America 

Katrina Shawver is an author, public speaker and library geek.  She began her writing career more than twenty years ago by writing columns for the Arizona Republic.  In 2002, she met Henry Zguda, a Polish survivor of German concentration camps, and offered to write his story. Learn more

  

Photo of author Jennifer SpiegelJennifer Spiegel

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The Freak Chronicles, Love Slave, And So We Die, Having First Slept

Jennifer Spiegel is mostly a fiction writer with three books (The Freak Chronicles, Love Slave, and And So We Die, Having First Slept) and a miscellany of short publications, though she also reviews books with Snotty Literati, and teaches English and creative writing. She is currently finalizing a memoir-in-real-time, Cancer, I'll Give You One Year: A Non-Informative Guide To Breast Cancer, or How To Get Your Ba-Da-Bing Boobies On The HouseLearn more.


Photo of author Judith StarkstonJudith Starkston 

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Priestess of Ishana, Sorcery in Alpara, Hand of Fire  

Judith Starkston has spent too much time exploring the remains of the ancient worlds of the Greeks and Hittites. Early on she went so far as to get degrees in Classics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cornell. She now writes historical fantasy set in the Bronze Age. Learn more.

Photo of author Jon TaltonJon Talton

Works

The David Mapstone Mysteries: Concrete Desert, Cactus Heart, Camelback Falls, Dry Heat, Arizona Dreams, South Phoenix Rules, The Night Detectives, High Country Nocturne and The Bomb Shelter; The Cincinnati Casebooks: The Pain Nurse, Powers of Arrest; Deadline Man, a novel and A Brief History of Phoenix

Jon Talton, a fourth-generation Arizonan, is the author of 12 novels and one work of history. A former columnist for the Arizona Republic, he is now a columnist for the Seattle Times and splits his time between Seattle and Phoenix. He also writes the Phoenix-centric blog Rogue Columnist. Jon got his first Phoenix Public Library card when he was nine years old. Learn more.


Photo of author Ted TennyTed Tenny

Works

Goldfield Mountain Hikes, Footloose from Phoenix: Some Pretty Amazing Hikes 

Ted Tenny is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. He has hiked extensively in Arizona and other southwestern states, specializing in one way hikes that are frequently off trail. Ted was born in Joplin, Missouri. He grew up in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and now lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife Jacquelyn. Learn more.

 

Photo of author Jim TurnerJim Turner

Works

The Mighty Colorado from the Glaciers to the Gulf, Crater Lake: Land of Fire and Ice, Four Corners USA: Wonders of the American Southwest, and The Code Talker Manual

Before retiring as Arizona Historical Society historian in 2009 Jim Turner co-authored the 4th-grade textbook The Arizona Story. His first book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, was a 2012 Southwest Books of the Year selection. Jim has been an author/editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers for more than a decade. Learn more.

Photo of author Debbie Veldhuis​Debbie Veldhuis

Works

Phoenix Zoo, Glendale (Then and Now) 

Almost an Arizona native, Debbie Veldhuis has lived in the valley since 1959. She and her brother Doug were at the Phoenix Zoo on opening day in 1962. Veldhuis, an author, photographer, and animal lover, spent three years in the US Army as a photojournalist on a joint service newspaper. She is also the author of Arcadia Publishing's Glendale Then and Now. Veldhuis retired from the Phoenix Public Library after 35+ years. 

 

Photo of author Michele VenneMichele Venne

Works

Of Gifts and the Goddess, Of Dolphins and Desires, Of Stars and Secrets, Of Prophecies and Promises, Of Art and Air, Of Hoof Prints and Heartbeats, Of Objects and Obsessions, Everything to Gain, Roanoak: Nyla's Curse, Roanoak: Of Shapeshifters and Storms, Roanoak: Of Warriors and Wisdom, Creative Play: A Guide for the Artistic Path, Cracked Heart: Poetic Thoughts on a Life, Yogis All: A Journey of Transformation, Lingering Hand of Creation, Flashes of Light on a Dark and Stormy Night: A Flash Fiction Anthology, Inspirational Greeting Cards (based on photos from Lingering Hand of Creation) 

Michele Venne is an award-winning author of novels, poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Her books include a “Dear Reader” letter where she shares her research and insights and concludes with “Questions to Ponder” which the reader may use for discussions or personal investigations. She spends her days with the joyful practices of yoga, teaching, writing, and playing with her horses. Learn more.

Photo of author A.L. WaddingtonA.L. Waddington AKA Addison Winters

Works as A.L. Waddington

The EVE Series: Essence, Enlightened, Perception, Illumination, The Spirit Quest Series: Transcendence (Fall 2019)  

Works as Addison Winters  

The With Honors Series: What I Really Learned in College, Making the Dean’s List, Transferring Credits, The Heat of Arrest Series, Mounting Deuce, Saving Deuce

A.L. Waddington has her master’s in psychology and is currently working 
on her doctorate. She is an avid researcher and reader and when she is 
not lost in the world of her own creation, she is busy exploring the 
southwest region of the country. She is slightly addicted to coffee and 
after recently moving to Arizona, has a new-found appreciation for 
Central Air Conditioning. She and her husband, Eric live in Phoenix with 
their daughters and the terror twin puppies.  

 

Photo of author JoAnna WahlundJoAnna Wahlund

Works

The Catholic Working Mom’s Guide to Life

JoAnna Wahlund is a North Dakota native who fled the frigid north for the sunny skies of Arizona in 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and extensive work experience as an editor and proofreader. She lives in Surprise with her husband of eighteen years and her six children.   

 

Photo of author Mark WilliamsMark Williams

Works

Last Ship from Vladivostok, Labrelotte Bay, Fathers' Day, Looking for Indianola, Emancipating Elias, Forty-Seven Seconds

Mark Williams spent the first twenty-one years of his career as a Special Agent for the Organized Crime Division of the State Attorney General’s Office. He has traveled across the United States as an instructor for law enforcement in various capacities. After he retired, he became a high school English teacher at an inner city school in central Phoenix where he is the fourth generation in his family to live in the valley.   

 

Photo of author Laurie WJNLaurie WJN

Works

100 Days of Keto, Legacy of Love,  A Grandparents Anthology, The Locket, Fearless and Feminine, Raising Confident Daughters, The Misadventures of Me and My Uterus, Eating Disorders: Providing Effective Recreational Therapy Intervention 

Laurie WJN has an adventurous spirit. She believes in living with boldness and audacity - Life Is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing. With degrees in both recreational therapy and education, Laurie’s unique insights on emotions and behavior come from her many perspectives as a wife, mother, sister, recreational therapist & educator. Learn more

 

Photo of author Matthew Brenden WoodMatthew Brenden Wood

Works

The Space Race, The Science of Science Fiction, Projectile Science : The Physics Behind Kicking a Field Goal and Launching a Rocket with Science Activities for Kids, The Universe: The Big Bang, Black Holes, and Blue Whales, Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers 

Matthew Brenden Wood is a former educator with a passion for science and all things sciencey, spacey, and STEAM. He is also a local musician, amateur astronomer and a terrible (but improving) astrophotographer. He is currently writing his fifth book, The Universe... or Something and lives in Phoenix with his partner Melissa, their daughter Charlie, and two difficult pets. 

Photo of author Beth Ruggiero YorkBeth Ruggiero York

Works

Flying Alone 

Beth Ruggiero York is a former airline pilot for Trans World Airlines. She wrote Flying Alone in the early 1990s after her career as a pilot ended and the memories were fresh. Beth put the manuscript aside until this year and, twenty-seven years later, Flying Alone has now been published. Learn more.

Photo of author Ettie ZilberEttie Zilber

Works

A Holocaust Memoir of Love and Resilience  

Her birth in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany marked her with a special responsibility.  Retirement from a career as an educator in international schools in six countries has given her the opportunity to fulfill that responsibility --to research and document her family’s Holocaust experiences, reflect on their impact on the next generation and share the stories with youth worldwide.  The author of Third Culture Kids: Children of International School Educators, and numerous professional publications, conducts workshops on cross-cultural sensitivity, international-mindedness, international relocation, tolerance and global citizenship for youth and adults. She lives in Arizona with her husband of 44 years and enjoys visits with her children and grandchildren. Learn more.

 

Photo of author L.D. ZinggL.D. Zingg

Works

Destiny of a Cop; Liars All; The Poetry of Life; Barnyard Friends; A Robin Invited Me to Dinner

L. D. “Len” Zingg is a former army paratrooper and retired police lieutenant who served more than 27 years with the Phoenix police department. He has conducted over 10,000 polygraph examinations for the police department as well as hypnosis for victims and witnesses to enhance their recall of events.

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