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Lorraine Pestell was born in London and has lived and worked as an IT professional all over the world, including the UK, several European capitals, the USA and Singapore, before moving to Melbourne, Australia, for the turn of the millennium. Having suffered from chronic clinical depression since childhood, and later diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a violent marriage and other challenging events, she turned to creative writing as therapy and to escape from the world.
A passionate advocate for mental health awareness and rational suicide, Lorraine has two main goals for her writing: first, to inspire fellow sufferers to rise above their symptoms and make a success of their lives; and second, to encourage non-sufferers to tolerate, support and even love those afflicted with mental illness in their quest to live a "normal" life.
The six-part contemporary fiction serial, "A Life Singular", is truly Lorraine's life's work, starting out as an adolescent romance in her early teens. It has since become six long books exploring the human mind and social justice, wrapped in the universal theme of love and our endless fascination for celebrity. Parts One to Four are available now, with Part Five due for release in March 2016.
Max doesn't remember ever not creating a story, pen or no pen. A writer and lover of books since the age of nine, Max first set pen to page as a hobby, constructing stories that were anything but fit for children. Entertaining classmates while simultaneously concerning surrounding adults with blood-ridden tales of gory mysteries and heavy suspense that "just came to mind", Max, with the help of family and the encouraging words of an inspiring fifth grade teacher, continued to develop this gift.
Little was it known at the time, but said gift would become a lifeline.
From horrific trauma in Max's teen years, writing played an instrumental part in the difficult recovery and the Warrens, Bennetts, and Johnsons, three interconnected families all with issues, mysteries, and secrets that threaten their livelihood and lives,were born.
Though relatively new to the publishing game, Max reads everything and everyone and relishes the journey, learning something new each day.
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Geoffrey Storm was born and raised in Michigan, in an old, suburban neighborhood he calls "his Shire." There are no sidewalks, and no traffic, just endless lawns, ponds, and trees. It's almost another world entirely. And to him, it is. Inspired by the fantastic worlds seen in Star Wars, Zelda, and Kingdom Hearts, Geoffrey created one of his own in his backyard. An escape from reality. A world he now wishes to share with you.
Geoffrey is a graduate of Michigan State University's English program, with focusses in Creative Writing, Sociology, and Linguistics. Growing up, he never thought he'd be a writer. Maybe an actor, an artist, or even an architect. But now he's put all those dreams, all his knowledge, and all his heart into one idea. One world. One story. Progeny of Gods: Vertuém Destiny
If you're saving for your kids' college, then this is the show for you! Expert Dan Evertsz is in the studio to answer all of your questions.
Dan is the Founder of College Money Pros (http://collegemoneypros.com) and former CEO of Bay College Planning, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of “Insider Secrets to Pay For College”. He has taught this course for many organizations across the country. Dan is considered one of the premier experts in the admissions, financial aid and college funding arena. Dan, with the assistance of his wife Deborah, leads college funding Workshops and Seminars. These are carefully designed to create a true understanding of the college funding process. Check out their YouTube channel: College Money Pros.
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"We offer a comprehensive approach to college planning and student counseling. Our staff members are highly experienced and ready to advise in all areas of college life and college financing. Avoid the many obstacles that often hinder those new to the process involved with completing a college education.
We also take the financial needs and priorities of parents into consideration. You need to protect your retirement savings, home and nest egg."
Jenn Thor is a wife and mother of two teenagers. While her family keeps her busy and vastly entertained, she has the remarkable opportunity to spend her days working toward becoming a published romance author. Jenn is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Authors of the Heartland based in Omaha, Nebraska. She spends her Monday nights with her critique group.
Samantha Gillespie is a creative, helpless romantic who was born in Mexico, where she grew up with her family until they returned to the States at age eleven. An avid reader from a young age, Samantha finally gave into her passion for writing, making her debut with The Kingdom Within.
THE KINGDOM WITHIN is a Young Adult fiction work by Samantha Gillespie. The book depicts the story of Meredith, a young princess who is destined into a marriage with a prince she’s never met, in order to save her Kingdom from imminent conquest. And while initially willing to do what is needed, everything changes when she is thrust into a fight for her life and love meets her from an unexpected front, causing her to question all she had prepared for, her purpose and actions.
Adrian Koesters holds an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and a Ph.D. in fiction and poetry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her first book of poems, Many Parishes, was published by BrickHouse Books as part of their New Poets Series, and other work has appeared in Berkeley Review, The Gettysburg Review, Hotel Amerika, and elsewhere. She has been a poetry and fiction assistant editor at Prairie Schooner and fiction editor at A River and Sound Review. She taught writing at UNL and the Creighton University MFA program, and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. Web URL: www.adriankoesters.com
Koesters' Many Parishes is an original. The poems seem to smack the hard-ass contemporary world up against a deep spiritual sense, until we see they're one and the same. Adrian Koesters is able to write of men calling out to a ten-year old ''spinster'' to ''come on down, sweetheart, I got something over here to show you,'' and allow us to feel in her small, frightened heart the identical anguish of soul as in the nun who's ''divided from the principalities and goes in terror of them.'' These poems, like the nuns, ''take things personally.'' They're lyrical confessions of the deepest griefs--abuse, divorce, doubt, and loneliness. They provide absolution, and positively joy, in their skillful and lucid singing. --Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy
Erik Weibel is a thirteen-year-old eight grader who loves to read. He started his blog, This Kid Reviews Books when he was nine and is now in his fourth year blogging. On his blog, he not only reviews books but also encourages other kids to get into reading and writing. Erik supports other kids on his blog through his “Creative Kid Thursday” feature. Erik is the Co-Host of The Write Chat vlog with his friend Felicia Maziarz where they interview authors and illustrators about the writing process. In addition to being an avid reader (averaging 20-30 middle grade books a month), Erik enjoys writing creatively. He writes a monthly book review column for The Upper Bucks Free Press. In 2013, he self-published a chapter book called “The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: Book 1; A Bad Idea,” which he wrote when he was nine, and took a year to edit. He is working on Book 2. He has an original poem published in “The Song of Sahel Anthology” (Plum Tree Books, 2013) titled “One Kid.” He also has an original short story in “Lucky Draw” (Prints Charming Books, 2015) titled “The Rabbit’s Revenge.” Erik is also an active participant in Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 challenge and Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo.
Felicia “The Neighbor Girl” Maziarz is just about 12 years old, and, after publishing two books,she has paw-sed her writing career to pursue other interests. She is the co-creator/host of The Write Chat with Erik Weibel of This Kid Reviews Books where she and Erik video interview authors. Felicia is an award-winning author, and has published two books in her Stanley & Katrina series.
Mellissa Thomas is a Central Florida freelance writer, journalist, author, poet, speaker, and award-winning screenwriter. She lovingly overworks herself authoring several blogs, writing for several publications, and is Chief Editor of Orlando Fashion Magazine. She has also guest blogged on popular blogs, including Under30CEO and James Chartrand's Men with Pens.
With five years of U.S. Naval service and two college degrees (including one in Film), this introvert has lots of story ideas and practical life advice to share. Find out more at mellissathomas.com.
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The first 48 hours in Naples saw International Supremacy Bureau Agents Maia Highland and Roy Chambers face death on more than one occasion. Now, with the help of ISB’s Europe Lead Agent Evan Knightley, the duo’s race to find Tenderfoot intensifies given the untimely murder of Italy’s top ranking military official, who was involved in the case, and the treacherous quest for the truth behind the cryptic video message on Highland’s computer.
Speaker, author and trainer, Elizabeth Bachman is known as The Star Maker for Speakers. She is passionate about helping people shine on ANY stage. Using her 30 years of experience as an International Opera Director, directing such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, now she works with business professionals, authors and speakers to find their unique voices, close more sales and become known as a Star in their Field.
Fluent in 5 languages, Elizabeth has directed over 50 operas around the world, giving her a wealth of tools to help business professionals become Star Presenters. She is the creator of “Taking Your Show on the Road: How to Get Booked as a Speaker” – the ultimate guide for getting more speaking gigs, and the acclaimed Virtual Mastermind Series: “Speak For Succe$$.”
A sought-after speaker, Elizabeth has presented to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, E Women Network, Women in Consulting, the Sacramento Speakers’ Association, numerous radio shows and telesummits. Founder and Artistic Director of the Tyrolean Opera Program (TOP Opera), a summer opera training program in the Austrian Alps, she continues to support the opera community. Whether working with you to jazz up your act, punch up your pitch or polish your presentation, Elizabeth helps you stop procrastinating, get past your blocks and take your show on the road.
From the cut-throat capitalism of the 1980’s, through to the modern-day, A Clean Pair of Hands reveals how the corporate practices of the late 20th century are now being exposed and condemned. Before becoming one of the directors of the family’s business consultancy firm, Oscar Reynard enjoyed a successful career working in senior management roles for a high profile industrial manufacturing corporation in the United States. Reynard has been widely published in various trade magazines, co-authored a business training manual and written as a critic for business titles. He divides his time between Surrey and the south-west of France.
From the cut-throat capitalism of the 1980’s through modern-day, A Clean Pair of Hands reveals how the corporate practices of the late 20th century are now being exposed and condemned through the eyes of a French businessman who succumbs to the seductive and unbridled excesses enjoyed by the country’s ruling elite and slowly becomes trapped by rampant corruption and moral decay that will threaten his family and his own survival.