Archive for January, 2012

Steve Umstead

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling. Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption is his debut science fiction novel. Find his book on [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B004LZ5686[/amazon-product], Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

D.C. McMillen

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

D.C. McMillen is an up and coming author living in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys writing about dirty sex in questionable places, but has been known to write about other subjects, on special occasions. Aside from the Nauti-Lust e-book series, available through indie publisher New Line Press, her recent work has been popping up on websites in e-zines. She will soon be featured in a few erotic and not so erotic e-book and print anthologies as well as the Short and Spicy e-book line up through MuseItHot Publishing. You can find her works on [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B005GQQK2U[/amazon-product], Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.

Tess Hardwick

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Tess Hardwick is a novelist, blogger and playwright. She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. Like her main character in Riversong, Tess is from a small town in southern Oregon. She currently lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her husband, two small daughters and a teenage stepson. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.Tess is busy writing frequent posts for her blog “Inspiration For Ordinary Life” on her website and is finishing up last rewrites on her second novel, an historical fiction set in 1930’s Alabama, inspired by a short story written by her great-grandmother. Find her novel at [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B004WDRYVE[/amazon-product] and Barnes & Noble.

Richard Goodship

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Richard Goodship is a former Police Officer and retired Forensic Investigator. Richard spent over 22 years in the Forensic section (FIS in Canada) gaining experience in explosive ordinance disposal, post blast, arson, blood spatter, firearms reconstruction, fingerprint examination and a host of other disciplines. Richard’s last 5 years before retiring were spent working under the Office of the Attorney General as a Forensic Investigator travelling to various scenes for examination. Richard’s second novel, The Camera Guy is an Occult Murder Thriller as seen through the eyes of Forensic Investigator Bill Walters. Find his work on [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B0057X7RM4[/amazon-product].

Shay Fabbro

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Shay Fabbro was born in Longmont, CO and moved to the town of Grand Junction, CO in the early 1980′s. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mesa State College before earning her doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. Fabbro currently lives in Grand Junction with her husband, Rich, and their two cats. When not writing novels, she teaches biology classes at Mesa State College. She is hard at work on the second novel in the Portals of Destiny series, Shattered Destiny, as well as a new young adult series, The Adventures of Alexis Davenport. Shay is also a contributor on this site. Find Shay at her blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. You can find her books at [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B0051IS6HA[/amazon-product], Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Brina Courtney

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as a beauty queen and elementary teacher. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

Jeff Davis

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Jeff Davis is a former IT executive and computer security consultant. He grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and currently lives in Clinton, Mississippi where he writes, dabbles in real estate and does disaster recovery consulting. You can buy his book on [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B005O17G1G[/amazon-product], Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Charlie Cole

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Charlie Cole has spent the last 15 years as a professional headhunter. Before that he was a licensed private investigator in the State of Wisconsin. Headhunters is his first book. His follow-up novel Suicide Doors is currently being written. You can find his debut novel, Headhunters on [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B006CVIAJE[/amazon-product], Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Rachel Abbott

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Rachel Abbott spent the majority of her working life running an interactive media company that designed and developed software and websites, mainly for education. Her company was sold in 2000, and although she continued working for another 5 years, she also fulfilled a lifelong ambition of buying and restoring a property in Italy, where she now lives with her husband and their two dogs.Only the Innocent is available at these sites, [amazon-product text=”Amazon” type=”text”]B00684EBC0[/amazon-product], Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Smashwords, Lulu, iTunes, and Kobo Books.

Sex and Car Crashes: The Making of Headhunters by Charlie Cole

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Happy Monday and Happy New Year, friends! I thought I’d start the year off by letting my dear friend Charlie hijack my blog for his post.

Ok, lets face it, I’m still hung over from the weekend so anything from me would just be the random letters my forehead hit as it slapped against the keyboard. So, instead of making you read that drivel, Charlie was kind enough to supply content for my blog today. Thank you, kind sir, I owe you one! 

Without further ado, here is Charlie’s post, enjoy! 

Sex and Car Crashes: The Making of Headhunters

They say “write what you know”. It’s good advice. It’s meant to enhance the credibility of your writing, make it sound more authentic. The painful reality though is that even if you were a lawyer like John Grisham, chances are your firm didn’t try to have you murdered. You still have to make a leap from the mundane, everyday life to the tales of mystery, murder, mayhem, undying love, loyalty, and passion.

I came from a background as a professional headhunter. I recruited top talent from competitors. Does that make me uniquely qualified to write about covert government agencies and gunfights?

Hardly, but I came from a home where it was commonplace to spend time at the gun range. My father was a member of a range that was owned by the government, so I had the opportunity to not only shoot, but be taught by the US Marines that practiced there. Nothing like taking down targets at 600 yards with a Remington 700 rifle. (more…)