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Margaret Lukas is an instructor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She teaches creative writing in the Writer’s Workshop Program. She received her BFA from UNO’s Writer’s Workshop in 2004. In 2007 Margaret received her MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington.
She is a recipient of a 2009 Nebraska Art Council Individual Artist Fellowship.
She is a contributor to NEBRASKAland magazine and an editor for the quarterly literary journal, Fine Lines. Her writing also appears online and in the 2012 anthology, On Becoming, published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Her award-winning short story, “The Yellow Bird,” was made into The Yellow Bird, a short film and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Farthest House is her first novel.
Sonia Keffer has been developing and facilitating employee-training workshops for seventeen years. A main focus of Sonia’s work is the internal motivation that is necessary for all of us to be truly successful. Being passionate about her work she enjoys bringing new ideas to all levels of employees and seeing the spark ignite in someone when they understand how to incorporate a new concept into their own personal or professional life. Her training sessions are high energy and interactive which allow for maximum participation and learning. Sonia has been fortunate enough to work across the United States with such organizations as The county of Orange, California, the City and county of San Francisco, Stearns-Benton Workforce Center and On With Life. Here in Omaha, Sonia has worked with such terrific organizations as Fashion Cleaners, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha Tri-county Workforce Development, Henningsen Foods, Inc., SOCAP, PVPL, the Nebraska Art Council, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and NAM. Among Sonia’s other passions are her involvement in community theatre including being involved all four years of the Great Plains Theatre Conference sponsored by Metropolitan Community College. This summer she both directed and acted in new works first presented at the conference at Omaha’s Shelterbelt Theater.
SHe is the author of Rule of Thumb: A small business guide to developing mission, vision, and value statements available on Amazon.
From Tracy on Amazon.com
I seriously just love being creative. Art has always been my first love, closely followed by reading and writing, photography, book building, illustration, printmaking, and imaginary-friend creating. My children are my richest inspiration, along with nature and humanity in all their forms and faces. I live in a small town in Iowa, and have always called the Midwest my home. I use all sorts of mediums as outlets for my creative impulses, and my writing and illustration are just the latest incarnations of my "oddness" walking around on its own in the world. Here's to all the folks who deviate, who don't fit the mold, who try to spread a little of their uniqueness around--especially the children, who deserve to be forever encouraged to hold on to the magic dust that sparkles about them from the moment they are born. Without the magic, what a boring world it would be.
Check out Bug Summer.
Learn more about Tracy's books and illustrations.
TRACIE E. CHRISTIAN, Authoress, Poet, On-Air Radio Personality, Playwright, Educator & Motivational Speaker. Born and raised in Detroit, MI Ms. Christian has worked tirelessly in both the arts and education arenas in and throughout metropolitan Detroit. After several years teaching with Detroit & Hamtramck Public Schools, Tracie worked diligently as Children's Fair Coordinator for the Detroit Festival of the Arts, as well as, Mosaic Youth Theater and Girl Scouts of Metropolitan Detroit.
In 2004, Christian created a non-profit literary arts organization, KTE Foundation for Literary Discovery in an effort to produce youth oriented events designed to rejuvenate excitement around literacy. In 2007, she released the debut installment of her urban fiction trilogy book series chronicling the experiences of four young women during their first year attending a historically black college, The Black College Sabbatical - Fall Quarter. The second installment, The Black College Sabbatical - Winter Quarter was released in March, 2009. The third and final installment of the series, The Black College Sabbatical - Spring Quarter was released January, 2014. Books from the series are available in print on www.amazon.com In 2009, Tracie merged with Literary Partner, Adra Young to create, The Live Ladies of Literature Book Tour, which later morphed into a productive artistic movement where she wrote and co-produced three monologue shows. Tracie has since released updated 2nd editions of The Black College Sabbatical -FALL & WINTER QUARTERS and the 1st edition of SPRING QUARTER via www.createspace.com estore
Award-winning homicide detective Brian Bogdanoff has retired from the Omaha Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated from the Omaha Police Academy. Before his service as a homicide detective, Bogdanoff was a member of one of the most successful undercover narcotics units in Omaha. Three Bodies Burning is the true story of his blockbuster case.
About the Author:
Mr. Hobbs (Mark Hobson) is from Lincoln, NE, where he competed on the University of Nebraska men's gymnastics team. Following graduation, he coached club level children's gymnastics, where he discovered their love for stories. The name "Mr. Hobbs" comes from a stuffed frog that Mr. Hobson played with as a child at his grandmother's hosue. Mr. Hobbs now resides in a place of honor in the author's home. Mr. Hobson currently lives in Omaha, NE. with his wife Ann and their youngest daughter, Sarah, who paints beautiful pictures with her music. He enjoys continuing to share his love of stories with all ages.
About the Illustrator:
Molly Hobson studied art education at the University of Nebraska where she developed her talent for interpreting children's stories through her illustrations. This is her second book collaboration with her dad, Mark Hobson, and she is currently working on her own writing projects. Ms. Hobson enjoys creating beautiful images that encourage children to both follow and never give up on their dreams.
Mark Langan retired after a twenty-six-year career with the Omaha Police Department. In 1978 Mark was the youngest police officer ever hired on the Omaha Police Department at age eighteen. He worked as a uniformed officer and as a detective in the Burglary, Vice, and Narcotics Units. Mark was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1988, working as a supervisor in the Narcotics Unit until his retirement in 2004. During his career Mark wrote nationally published articles on various law enforcement topics and lectured throughout the country. Recognized as a court-authorized expert on narcotics investigations, Mark testified hundreds of times in both state and federal court Mark was awarded the Omaha Police Department’s highest honors: the Medal of Valor for his actions in the Chavez shooting and the Distinguished Service Medal for his work in the Narcotics Unit, and numerous commendations over the years. From 2000 to 2008 Mark was appointed by the Governor to the Judicial Nominating Commission and was involved in selecting candidates for judgeships in Nebraska. Mark is now Vice-President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society where he is responsible for the investigation of crimes involving animals.
Ron Fritsch has written and published four novels set at the end of prehistory. Agriculture and the settled living of humans in villages and towns were new to the world. Humans were about to invent writing. Humanity was on the brink of what we call “civilization” and “history.”
The titles in this epic, allegorical adventure (and the years of their publication) are: Promised Valley Rebellion (2010), Promised Valley War (2011), Promised Valley Conspiracy (2012), and Promised Valley Peace (2013).
When the stories begin, prehistoric farmers inhabit a fertile river valley they believe their gods promised them in return for their good behavior and obedience. Their enemies, hunters roaming the mostly barren hills beyond the mountains enclosing the valley, believe their gods gave it to them.
Then one farmer who’s just come of age chooses not to kill, with his well-aimed arrow, a young hunter. The always curious son of farmers figures out how to cross over the border unseen and “go with” his equally adventuresome adversary instead.
Although both of their peoples welcome men who “go with” men, as well as women who wish to live with women, the youthful farmer and hunter are “eternal” enemies who know they’re committing treason every moment they’re together.
The four Promised Valley novels ask whether civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, could’ve begun differently.
Diane Cox is a native Georgian, but has lived all over the country. She is an entrepreneur and has always harbored a secret desire to write since high school, but somehow the words didn't come.
All the women in her family have always loved to drop off the main road and pursue some unpaved track (pig trail, as they call them in Georgia) to look for the undiscovered.
One day Diane realized that when she didn't find excitement on those side roads, she could create an imaginary world to satisfy that need.
She has been writing for six years, and has won a third prize for short story fiction from the Atlanta Writers Club.
Typewriter from Hell came alive in her mind and demanded to be published, although Diane has completed a first novel and is working on a second.
Diane hopes to continue to offer surprises to her readers and looks forward to building a fan base.
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Sunny Frazier trained as a journalist and wrote for a city newspaper, military and law enforcement publications. After working 17 years with the Fresno Sheriff's Department, 11 spent as Girl Friday with an undercover narcotics team, it dawned on her that mystery writing was her real calling. Both “Fools Rush In” and “Where Angels Fear” are based on actual cases with a bit of astrology, a habit Frazier has developed over the past 42 years. To learn more, go to http://www.sunnyfrazier.com
A.K. Kuykendall was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married and is the proud father of three sons. His true passion in life is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction. Visit the author's website at http://www.thewriterofbooks.com
The Possession is a dark, horror story, a psychological thriller, and a labyrinthine cryptogram that the reader must unravel one scene at a time. With no way to tell what is truth and what is fiction from Gregory’s perspective, the reader is led to wonder how much of this novel is autobiographical information from the real author’s perspective, taking the horror factor from the realm of fiction into the realm of possibility. As part one of the Writer’s Block Trilogy, The Possession leaves the reader on the edge of his seat, chewing his nails, anxiously waiting for a resolution.
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