Sally Berk is a retired college professor who holds a master's degree in English literature from Northwestern University. She has studied the Bible for over forty years and taught about its influence in Western thought and culture. The mother of two adult daughters, Sally lives with her husband, John, in Aiken, South Carolina.
The Promised One: The Mystery of the Messiah
Ulla Ringle was born October 1948 in Germany live in the USA since 1985
She met her husband in Sri Lanka; that’s were she visited elephants every day and heard their stories;
A baby elephant falls into a well, he gets rescued and ends up in an orphanage; the book tells his trials and tribulations and how he becomes famous
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Author Miho Kinnas
Miho Kinnas is a Japanese poet writing in English. She holds an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the City University of Hong Kong. Her first book of poems, Today, Fish Only is due to be published in early 2015 from Math Paper Press of Singapore. She read at NYU Shanghai Literary Reading Series in March 2014 and her current projects include the translation of contemporary Japanese poems. She recently moved from Shanghai to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in the U.S
TODAY, FISH ONLY
poems by Miho Kinnas
published by Math Paper Press
In a series of finely wrought poems, Miho Kinnas tells of leaving one place that was not quite home for another, and of learning to make herself at home in each. On revisiting the country of her birth, she weaves a story of transitions, of locations, of junctures and memories. It is an investigation into otherness (both being and perceiving ‘the other’) as much as it is a pondering of herself.
“Hold On To Hope” by Anna Seigler is a children’s book by Sista Eddie, a special needs rooster, who teaches that we all have a great purpose and hope in this life. http://www.sistaeddie.com/
HOLD ONTO HOPE
My name is Sista Eddie. I am a rooster with a very unique life. Actually, I didn't think I had much of a chance at all for life but an absolute miracle happened.
I was born blind in one eye, which really isn't a problem - it was my cross beak or its official name, "Scissor beak" that had me in a bind; I couldn't grab food to eat. As I lay starving to death on the cold hard ground, I cried out for help. God heard my cries and He sent me Hope.
My life has turned out to be truly amazing! We can't look around the corner to see what tomorrow brings, all we have is today-our present! Enjoy your gift of today-the precious jewel you are by celebrating who God made you to be, like Him, sharing your love with others.
Promise me, if you only remember one thing from me, ole Sista Eddie, please let it be to always, "Hold On To Hope!"
Hey, I'm Erica. I write poems and short stories, I lead workshops, I drink lots of coffee, I wear lipstick (sometimes). I'm glad you stopped by.
Erica is a poet, speaker, and artist who creates messages of love; mixing rawness with positivity, practicality with imagination, and curiosity with conviction. In 2015, Erica began A Poem Before Breakfast, posting a short poem to Instagram every before her morning meal. With the conviction that everyone is in love with someone or something, Erica created We Are Love Stories on Instagram, an experiment in empathy, kindness and creativity.
Erica is a dedicated advocate of female empowerment, and has spoken at the inaugural Allatoona Book Festival's "On Place" panel; and has taught workshops in haiku and blackout poetry as self expression in the Atlanta metro area. As an activist for job readiness and employment, Erica works with MUST Ministries in Marietta where she assists local clients in writing beautiful resumes and cover letters. She is a supporter for children's arts education, and works in after school programs within Georgia Schools.
Erica is a member of the female arts collective Atlanta Women's Poetry Collective and the Georgia Poetry Society. Erica's work has been featured in the Bella Grace Magazine, Badassery, ReVamped, Silver Birch Press, The Found Poetry Review, Flash Frontier, Serious Eats, Pure Slush, Blue Lyra Review, Non-Binary Review, Love & Ensuing Madness, Crab Fat Magazine, and The Borfski Press. She was born in Brooklyn, raised in Indiana and resides in Georgia.
Erica happily accepts questions, love notes, book recommendations, and offers for coffee and conversation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pia L. Bertucci holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Bertucci is the Director of the Italian Program at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses on Italian language, literature, and culture. Her research interests include Italian Food Culture, Italian Women Writers, and Italian Mystery novels. Between Milk and India is her first published work of fiction. When she is not writing, reading, or teaching, Pia Bertucci loves traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and four children.
"In 1999, on the eve of the millennium, Tressa Novak wanders the streets of Boston trying to make sense of her shattered life. Her teenage son has disappeared and her twenty years of marriage are all but over. Ducking into an internet bookstore to get out of the rain, Tressa makes an incredible discovery: an old microfilm machine that doubles as a time portal. Tressa endeavors to answer the age-old question: if you could go back in time and fix one thing, what would it be?"
After 30 Years traveling in business, T.M. Brown returned to college and completed his degree with Magna Cum Laude honors. After seminary, he became a teacher, coach, and preacher in Alabama, Georgian, and Florida until he retired in 2014. Since then, beyond his ongoing devotional and bible study writings (www.coachbrown.org), he tackled the challenge of authoring Southern Fiction stories. When not writing or leading a bible study, Mr. Brown and his wife of over 40 years enjoy traveling and spoiling their five grandchildren spread between Georgian and Kentucky.
Sara York writes passionate stories full of real life and real people. She lives in the south with her family and dogs. Her blood type is Coffee+ and her muse is the beach. Sara hopes you enjoy the stories she’s created. For more information on Sara York visit her website at http://sarayork.com
Do I Belong
Working It Out
Southern Thing Series
Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.
With 30+ books to her credit, Regina Jeffers is an award-winning author of historical cozy mysteries, Austenesque sequels and retellings, as well as Regency era-based romantic suspense. A teacher for thirty-nine years, Jeffers often serves as a consultant for Language Arts and Media Literacy programs. With multiple degrees, Regina has been a Time Warner Star Teacher, Columbus (OH) Teacher of the Year, and a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and a Smithsonian presenter. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, the Frank Yerby Award for Fiction, and the Chanticleer International Book Award.
Every Woman Dreams Blog: https://reginajeffers.wordpress.com
Austen Authors: http://austenauthors.net
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Regina-Jeffers/e/B008G0UI0I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1479079637&sr=8-1
April Alieda is the internationally selling author of the Flower Moon Cafe series which is salty-sweet (PG-13) contemporary romance with magical elements. Her debut, All Who Wander, is a full length novel and the other titles in the series are Zip Romance - little stories big on fun. At the time of the signing she'll have four titles available. Find out more - APRILALIEDA.COM
Finishing Line Press will release Elizabeth Robin's debut poetry chapbook, Silk Purses and Lemonade, February 24. Press release and further details will follow in an email.
Silk Purses and Lemonade emerges from a comment that Robin “start seeing the glass as half full.” Turbulent months watching her brother fight and succumb to acute myeloid leukemia makes this difficult. A world callous to the challenges faced by refugees, a sensitive ecosystem, true democracy and human rights, teases at her ability to find hope. And yet, she does, in poems that mark a journey through a tangle of grief, loss, and witness. Here she offers a steadfast belief in human will, the integrity to shed pasts and persevere through that jungle.
Elizabeth Robin’s Silk Purses and Lemonade marks her journey to “see the glass as half full” when a tangle of grief and loss might drown her instead. This small book of poems offers a glimpse at a survivor who rides out personal and societal turbulence, and perseveres. Its scheduled release date is February 24, 2017. Book talks and signings will begin March 28 with a date at Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Says reviewer Dr. Mary Moore, Professor Emeritus, Marshall University, “‘Maybe if I shave my legs spring will come’ opens Robin’s poem “Silk Purses,” a line that suggests the way this collection voices both the mundane and grander concerns of our lives, sometimes with a sly irony. This silk purse is capacious . . . And, while ‘Winter’s a poor time to become a widow,’ we do not disbelieve this speaker when she says ‘I am John Wayne’ because this collection’s voice encompasses several kinds of loss with insight, irony and toughness.”
Silk Purses and Lemonade emerged as Robin’s brother fought and succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia. This was followed a little over a year later by her husband’s death from melanoma. A poet of witness and discovery, writing offers her a lens to view the world, and a strategy to thrive within its madness.
Robin retired to Hilton Head Island after 33 years as a public high school teacher. She has since completed several works of creative nonfiction, a children’s series, two poetry collections, and short fiction. Her first publishing credit, “A Lowcountry Path” was a poem in The Breeze in January, 2015. She serves as moderator for Island Writers’ Network. Her work has appeared in The Fourth River, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, I am not a silent poet, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Curly Mind, The Skinny Journal and locally in The Breeze and the Island Writers’ Network’s Time and Tide, for which she served as co-editor.
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Amanda Marsico, author of Humans In My House, a middle grade fiction novel, and Acephalous, a young adult paranormal drama; Owner of Red Ink Enthusiast writing services.
My name is Charles Campbell and I live in North Augusta, SC with my lovely wife, Amy and two children, Brooke and Seth. I had a real passion for writing way, way, way back in high school and actually wrote a novel entitled, The Burning Light. It never saw the light of day outside of a few friends and an Economics teacher. The itch hit me in a real way earlier this year and I put fingers to keyboard and finished Black Tears back in March of 2014. That was a great practice run.
So, four self-published books later, I continue to write. I think I have gotten better with every book in my story-telling. That's the most important thing to me; telling a compelling story. A story that keeps you turning the page. A story that is hard to put down. That is what I continue to strive for. My latest novel, Cinnamon Tea will be released on April 15, 2016 and I'm not ashamed to say that I shed tears in parts while writing it (and continuing to write). Mrs. Fields' Journal has been the one most people point to and say, "Man, that was a great story. It really should be a movie." And while that makes me feel really good, the feedback I received and continue to receive for Just Breathe is a a bit more mixed. Ranging from, "This is the best thing you've written" to "I don't really get it." The funny thing is I understand both points of view because it is a head trip of a story but that's what made it my favorite. That was, until this one cropped up in my head. Cinnamon Tea is pretty linear, so there isn't a ton of characters. Nor is there a lot of back jumps (there are some, but none as drastic as the jumps between the fifties and the eighties that you find in Just Breathe. I'll continue to write as long as I have folks that want to read my words. All I can say is Thank YOU for the continued support.
Author page on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Campbell/e/B01GBB960G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/mrsfieldsjournal/
Charles Campbell website: www.charlescampbellauthor.com
Bryce Gibson writes Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of The South. He has a degree in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina, works full time as a farmer, and lives in South Carolina with his wife and their dog.
Bryce is the author of the Young Adult thriller Perennials and the Southern mystery Unclaimed Acre. His next book The Reading Buddy will be available in 2017.
Book Title: Yes, Cheese-us Loves Me!
Imagine "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" with a generous helping of "Our Daily Bread." Yes, Cheese-us Loves Me! is both entertaining and uplifting, using children’s quotes as a springboard for daily devotion. You’ll be amused and challenged as you reflect on each quote, read a related verse of Scripture, apply that truth, and “pray it in”…
Lorraine Ray is an award-winning author and an associate professor emeritus at Ohio University. Currently she teaches preschool music and is the founder/director of Aiken Kinderchoir. Her other works include humorous essays published in BELLA magazine, plays performed for the South Carolina Writers Association, and short stories in Catfish Stew, Petigru Review, and A Night of Horseplay, all of which are flavored with humor and faith. Lorraine lives in Aiken, South Carolina, and has a son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Danielle; and grandson, Michael Jr.
RALPH WALDO CAIL
From early childhood, Ralph Waldo Cail has been fascinated with a mystical approach to Cosmology. A student of the Mystics of The World since his college days at East Carolina University, he wrote and published his first book in 2014. "Seeds of Light" is a mystical science fiction written under the pen name of Josh David Hamilton, III.
After completing college, Ralph moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he still lives. He has recently published a second book entitled, The Federation of Blue Planets. He is currently working on another book to be published in the Spring of this year.
SEEDS OF LIGHT give birth to the City of Light
If you enjoy reading inspiring stories filled with a spirit of discovery, you will love “Seeds of Light”.
Author Josh David Hamilton, III, describes amazing events that took place on his family’s South Florida Gulf Coast estate, following the family through four generations. It is an adventure into a magnificent world where the beauty and wonder of Nature is experienced in its highest expression.
In the early part of the 20th century, the author’s great grandfather Josh, along with his childhood friend, Emma (later to become his wife), and their two Cocker Spaniel pets Annie and Charlie, discover another earth world accessible only through an arbor-like portal in the garden by the seashore on the family’s estate.
Several generations later, the author and his wife, along with their children Samuel and Marie, and pets Duchess and Buttons, after having found instructions in an old desk of his great grandfather, walk through this same secret portal into a magnificent world. They will follow the same incredible journey their great grandparents had traveled so many years before, meeting adorable people on the way, and experiencing an adventure of wonder and discovery that would change all their lives.
Captivating reading for adults and children alike, “Seeds of Light” consists of 100% clean literature.
Walk through the arbor with the Hamilton family and enter a new world. Experience a world like none you could ever imagine. Greet the inhabitants of this new world and immerse yourselves into the color and splendor of nature that is so magnificent words cannot convey its majesty.
THE FEDERATION OF BLUE PLANETS
A heartwarming story of a 25th Century professor’s reunion through time with his 21st Century family ancestor. The story opens in celebration of a historic occasion, Earth’s inauguration into The Federation of Blue Planets. Earth has become a virtual paradise as the result of global peace and the tremendous advances in science and technology. Included in the millions of planets inhabited by interstellar traveling civilizations throughout our galaxy, thousands of them are Earth-like planets. With the aid of a more advanced member of The Blue Planets, Derrick Patton is able to travel through time and pay a personal visit with his ancestor, Professor Robert Berg, in the 21st Century.
Steve Gordy has lived in Aiken since 1988 and is active in the Aiken chapter of the South Carolina Writers Association. He is retired from Savannah River Site and Piedmont Technical College and plans to devote a lot more time to his writing. You can purchase his Aiken-themed anthology NIGHTS OF HORSEPLAY at his website, www.stevethewriter.com. His next work, TANGLED WOODS AND DARK WATERS is available from Kindle as of February, 2017.
JOY HILSMAN THOMAS
Joy is a Southerner. She was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up in the small town of Williston, South Carolina. Except for a four-year 'retirement' stint to Fripp Island, SC, she has lived in Aiken County since 1980. Two of her greatest passions have always been writing and photography. "I was 'taking pictures' at a very young age with an old Brownie camera and writing poems on toilet paper with my mother's black eyebrow pencil at the age of five, getting in a lot of trouble for both. I most enjoy it when my photos pull passion and emotion from the subject and settle them into the viewer so there is communication between the two, continuing long after the viewer has walked away."
Joy has exhibited photography at the Beaufort Art Association gallery in Beaufort, SC, and in the Art Association's several satellite galleries, Fripp Island POA offices, and Beaufort Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the S.C. Writer's Workshop, has written and directed small plays for ACP's Hopeland Garden summer series, and for churches in the area. Her written work has appeared in a number of SCWW anthologies: Horizon, Catfish Stew, and Petigru Review; as well as in Savannah and Aiken County Magazines, The Quill, Rockford Review, Anderie Press, WordSmith, Big Easy Sonnet, Writers Exchange, Poet's Page, California Quarterly, Flights of Fancy, Poetic Page Opus, Potato Eyes, Green River Writers, PoetWorks Press, and others. Two works recently appeared in Petigru Review (His Name Was Home) and in Short Story America Vol. III (Milk Warm).
BOOKS BY JOY
“Jessie's Way” is a collection of short fictional stories told in the voice of Jessie, a young girl of the 40s and 50s. It is a search for understanding in a confusing world of love mixed with hate, holding on to the good mixed with letting go of the bad. Pain filled with love.
BLEEDING, The Joy of Hidden Things
"Bleeding" is a compilation of memoir essays written by the author. The essays contain the joy, pain, confusion and learning that goes along with our everyday lives. The author shares deep insights into the human psyche openly and with great vulnerability. Soul-deep and real, the writings of Joy Hilsman Thomas delve into the questions all of us have.
WINKS AND WILDFLOWERS (a short story – available in Kindle only)
“Winks and Wildflowers” is a short story about a young girl and her siblings and their trek into the forest to escape what they considered a threat to their lives. Interesting tidbit: Do you ever wonder where your work comes from? Is it a memory, a fictitious made-up story pricked by some feeling? “Winks and Wildflowers” came about because of an event unremembered. I was describing the story to my sister one day, having no idea how the thought of such a story came to mind. She smiled and said to me, “I’m surprised you remember that day; you were only about 3 or 4 years old.” I didn’t remember the day. I didn’t remember the event. I still have not recalled a thing about that day. But it came out in this story, almost exactly as it happened. Amazing subconscious memories we have been given, don’t you think?
WHO TOUCHED ME?
People crowd and press against us every day, so that we are affected physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. Typically, we go on with life, unbothered, unaware that anything extraordinary has happened except that we have encountered an individual or experienced an event. There are those times, however, when someone’s touch or an outside influence alters something within, and we know beyond human perception that we have been affected. We know because the power goes out from us, or moves into us. We sense it, and we are changed. The essays in “Who Touched Me?” represent some of those times. Instances when power reveals that we have been touched.
STRONG WINDS and Other Little Breezes
A collection of previously published essays by the author, sprinkled with misty poetry. Stark comparisons of emotion and feeling, both good and bad, enveloping the childhood of a young girl's search for meaning.
ROUGH BARK SMOOTH STONES
“Rough Bark Smooth Stones” is a compilation of previously published Short Stories written by the author.
THE HEALING SPRINGS
Collected and previously published poetry by the author.
Pamela Bauer Mueller was raised in Oregon. She has worked as a flight attendant, commercial model and actress, English and Spanish teacher and a U.S. Customs Inspector. She now lives on Jekyll Island Georgia with her husband Michael and their cats Sukey Spice and Morgan Maurice.
Pamela's children and young adult books have awarded her the 2006/2008 and the 2009 Georgia Author of the Year titles, three Mom's Choice and Children’s Choice gold medals, the Independent Publisher Gold Book awards and other national awards with Writer's Digest and ForeWord magazines. In her sixth historical novel, she introduces us to two female Civil War spies, Antonia Ford and Pauline Cushman, and their true stories of deep patriotism, deception and duplicity.
Debby Grahl is the author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her first release, The Silver Crescent, won the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewers’ Choice award for 2014. Her latest book, Rue Toulouse, a contemporary romance set in New Orleans, won the Connecticut Romance Writers’ Writestuff contest and has received numerous 5 star reviews.
Debby lives on Hilton Head Island with her husband, David, and their cat, Tigger. She enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance.
Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books.
She belongs to Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, Hearts Across History, Georgia Romance Writers, and Lowcountry Romance Writers.
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The Silver Crescent.
Betrayal, murder and a stolen fortune bring Elise Baxter to Cedar Bend, Michigan, on a quest to solve a family mystery—and recover the missing treasure.
Max Holt impulsively buys a crumbling Victorian mansion and fulfills his dream of restoring it as a restaurant and inn. Aware of its reputation for being haunted, he adds to the mystique by building a garden path of old tombstones, one of which belongs to the original owner of the house, Cyrus Mosby—the man whose legacy Elise has traced, and who allegedly stole her ancestral share of a Colorado silver mine over a century ago.
Following clues gleaned from old diaries and a visit from the spirit of her great-great-grandmother, Elise seeks out Max and his inn. Not knowing if she can trust Max with her family secret, Elise pretends her interest is in researching Cyrus, whose own violent death remains a mystery.
An intense attraction between Max and Elise leads him to believe she may be the girl of his dreams. But when he discovers her true interest in him and his inn, memories of a past betrayal threaten to end their passionate relationship. Elise, finding herself falling in love with Max, fears her deception may cost her more than she is willing to lose.
Once persuaded the stolen silver is hidden somewhere in the inn, and captivated by the idea of a treasure hunt, Max and Elise begin the search together, aided by the resident ghosts, Cyrus and Virginia.
The treasure hunt seems like a harmless adventure until someone tries to steal the diaries. Unknown to Max and Elise, there are others—including an evil presence—who are driven by greed and will stop at nothing to unlock the mystery of the Silver Crescent
Horace Mungin was born in Hollywood, South Carolina in 1941. His family moved to New York City in 1946 where he attended public schools, and majored in English at Fordham University. He served three years in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He married and raised his family in New York City.
In 1989 Mungin and his wife, also from South Carolina, moved to Ridgeville, SC in the Charleston, Low-country.
In the early sixties Mungin joined The Betterment League, a local civic and anti-drug activist organization; he served as Public Relationship Manager until 1965. The organization was based in a mid-Manhattan public housing project plague with a heron abuse epidemic and it developed programs to turn the community’s youth away from all kinds of drugs. Mungin started writing poetry in the mid-sixties, during the genesis of the Black Arts Movement. His focus was the drug problem he worked on while in The Betterment League and the racism he experienced during his life time. Through this period, he published two anti-drug volumes of poetry, “Dope Hustler’s Jazz, 1968” and “Now See Here, Homes, 1969.” Some of his early writings appeared in The New York Times, literary magazines, and poetry anthologies. The Negro Book Club, Inc. selected Horace as its Artist of the Month in June of 1969 for his literary crusade against the drug plague of the sixties. Later that same year, he continued his anti-drug campaign in a published collection of short fiction called “How Many Niggers Make Half A Dozen.”
In the early seventies, Mungin helped found Black Forum Magazine, a widely acclaimed national publication for writers and was its first editor. Black Forum worked from office space donated by Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center and published the works of hundreds of new young black writers and poets. It also ran feature article, interviews and profiles of many established poets and writers like Amiri Baraka, John Oliver Killens and Louise Meriwether. Mungin also edited Press-Time, a literary newsletter from 1980 until 1984.
In the late seventies, Mungin wrote a column for a Charleston, SC weekly newspaper that employed satire to explore a variety of political and social issues.
The column was later syndicated to ten other weekly newspapers and had a six year run (’78 – ‘84). In 1991 a collection of those columns was published under the title Sleepy Willie Talks about Life. In May of 2001, Sleepy Willie Sings the Blues, the second book in the Sleepy Willie series was published. Mungin has been working on the final book in the series for over 20 years.
Mungin’s other published books are The Devil Beats His Wife, 2004, San Juan Hill, 2006, Subway; After the Irish, 2008, Poetic Portraits: The African People of San Juan Hill, 2010, A Different Point of View, 2013, and Truth & Absurdities, 2014.
Authors Jack Gannon & Cyndi Williams-Barnier
Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier are authors from Beaufort, South Carolina, living their shared high school dream of writing and publishing stories. Jack and Cyndi were best friends in High School in the 1970s, with mutual plans to graduate from college and begin writing books together. However, they lost each other right after high school graduation…only to reconnect thirty-two years later!
They reunited after Cyndi had retired with 25 years with the Beaufort County government, and Jack was nearing the end of his 24-year career at The Beaufort Gazette & The Island Packet. When they found each other in late spring 2011, one of the first questions they asked each other was, “Where’s that book you were going to write?” Since they had nothing else better to do, they picked up where they left off long ago and wrote the very book they talked about in high school! In 2012 “Murder In Twos and Threes” (Task Force #1) was self-published and to this day retains a five-star rating on Amazon.com.
They followed their first book with “Trail of The Talon” (Task Force #2) in 2013. These two books caught the eye of PDMI Publishing LLC. PDMI released new second editions of both books. Since then they have written and published six more books, including their first special Christmas book, “I Walked In Santa’s Boots”, which chronicles Jack’s 23-year career as Santa Claus for Beaufort, South Carolina, and the surrounding Lowcountry.
The author duo has plans to publish at least two more books in 2017, depending on how long the coffee lasts each morning in their covert underground office on the coast (it’s not very underground with the water table only three feet down!). They work with a staff of one Pomeranian (who is very dogged about her responsibilities to the authors) and six cats (who demand purr-fection on every written page).
They can be contacted at email@example.com or 843-597-0912, and their website is www.jandcwordsmiths.com.
Arthur Turfa is originally from Pennsylvania. Arthur Turfa now has lived in the Midlands of South Carolina for over a decade. His bi-vocational careers (as a pastor, educator, and Army chaplain) have taken him across the country, to Germany and to South Korea In 2015 eLectio Publishing released his first book of poetry, Places and Times. His work has also appeared in Altpoetics, the Munyori Literary Journal, SC English Teacher, and Metaphor Magazine. Additionally, he serves as one of the moderators for two Google+ communities, Words on Fire and Peppered Poets. Currently he is preparing a manuscripts for a second book of poetry, and a YA book.
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