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John Arthur Wooden received a B.S. from Tennessee State University and Master’s from Webster University. After serving twenty-one years in the U.S. Air Force, John retired as Major and now works as a Project Manager and Technical Writer with a defense contractor. He is a feature writer and columnist with the Perspective magazine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
During his military career, John traveled the world—from the nation’s capital to Moscow; from Guam to Sicily; from Hawaii to the Philippines. As a young man, John wanted to see the world and now considers the world his stage for many stories of suspense and mystery.
During his junior year in high school, John was tasked to read and complete a book report on Richard Wright’s Native Son. After reading this classic literary piece five times within one month, his love and fascination with books began. Already a fan of comic books, John would branch out and read whatever he could get his hands on. Words and meanings, coupled with his active and creative imagination, forged a twenty-five year burning sensation in his heart—a sensation that didn’t cease burning until he wrote his first book, A Collection of Thoughts, in 2003. However, this was only the beginning. An avid reader of mystery and suspense thrillers, John set a goal to become one of the top mystery/suspense authors in the world.
In 2005, he released his second book, A Moment of Justice, A Lifetime of Vengeance, a novel that introduced the world to FBI Special Agent Kenny “KC” Carson and surprised many with his storytelling abilities. An Eye for a Deadly Eye, released in 2008, is John’s third novel and the second in the Kenny Carson series.
John is the proud father of two children, a son currently serving in the United States Air Force and a daughter who is currently studying at Georgia Southern University.
Lorraine Elzia is an Award-Winning Author, Editor and Literary Artist. With short stories in eight anthologies, two completed novelsand a third to be released in 2012, several co-authored/ghost written books, and owner of aVeeda Literary Services, Lorraine is consistently proving herself to be a breath of fresh air in the literary field.
Her debut novel, Mistress Memoirs allowed her to be the recipient of the 2009 AALA for Break Out Author of the year; and her sophomore novel, Ask Nicely and I Might is the 2011 AALA winner for Mystery of the year. She has adopted the motto of "Why Blend in when you are born to stand out" and is always striving to absorb and digest all that life has to offer, while finding new ways to connect with the world through good story telling.
Lorraine has espoused the name Deeva, and often writes under that pseudonym. Her writing credits include: contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Single Parent's Soul; Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul; the Katrina Anthology; Surfacing…Phenomenal Women on Passion, Politics & Purpose; two editions of Gumbo for the Soul Anthology; The Triumph of My Soul Anthology and The Heat of the Night Anthology.
Lorraine is CEO and President of aVeeda Literary Services; contributing Editor for the "Gumbo for the Soul" series; and Co-Moderator of Essentially Women, a writing group for African American women. She is from Austin, Texas, by way of Motown (Detroit, Michigan) and it is her desire that through the written word delivered in different genres, she will be able to inspire and motivate others to see the beauty that resides within all people.
Born in Burlington, North Carolina, Jean Bailey Robor has achieved a high level of success as an award-winning author and professional speaker with a remarkably inspiring signature story. Anthony Robbins says, "A true leader is someone who inspires others to become more of who they truly are."
Today, through humor and inspiring slices of life, Jean offers engaging and interactive presentations that connect and challenges audiences to live their best lives now, personally and professionally. As an expert on topics of leadership and effective communication, she uses interactive programs and content with specific challenges and unique learning outcomes. If you and your team are prepared to do whatever it takes, even get a little uncomfortable, Jean can help you achieve incredibleresults. Jean says, "It's all about learning to thrive--as an individual or organization--and not just survive!"
In addition to her professional development and motivational speaking, Jean is a radio host, TV guest, author, freelance writer, teller of crappy jokes, business analyst, ghostwriter and wanna-be tall & skinny girl.
Jean uses life experience, education and personal stories to connect with audience members and tailors each presentation to their needs. Whether you need a humorous speaker, leadership skills workshop, a motivational keynote or professional group or one-on-one coaching, Jean Bailey Robor brings value and passion to your leadership journey and your life!
Born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, Sharel E. Gordon-Love started writing at the age of six, winning immediate recognition for her essays and short stories. Her first nonfiction work, “Is There Hope for the Black Male?” was published by Black Child Magazine in 1994. Certified in Microcomputer Technology and Business Administration, Sharel graduated from Berkeley College of Business in 1993.
Sharel’s short story, “I’ll Always Be Just a Thought Away,” can be found in an anthology compiled by Sachel titled “The HEART of OUR COMMUNITY,” in 2006. Her first novel, When He Calls, was released in 2002, followed by The Putting Away in 2011, for which Sharel was nominated for Breakout Author of the Year 2011 by the African American Literary Awards Show. Change Me for My Season, the third novel in the "Seasons of Life" series.
Founder and CEO of Inspirational Literary Works LLC, as well as an inspirational speaker, Sharel is a licensed evangelist in the Church of God in Christ, and along with her family, attend New Reid Temple C.O.G.I.C. in East Orange, New Jersey. There she serves on the Administrative staff, Youth Department, and Women’s Department ministries. Sharel, resides in North Plainfield, New Jersey with her family.
Coming from a legacy of preachers, Cheryl Lacey Donovan is a multi-talented preacher, teacher, coach, mentor, motivational speaker and author. She is a woman of integrity with a keen level of wisdom and humor that is nothing short of refreshing.
An award winning bestselling author Cheryl has influenced the lives of thousands in the U.S. and abroad through her powerful life changing messages. Desiring to see the saints efficiently armed with the knowledge of God, Cheryl’s passion is assisting those in the kingdom, especially women, in discovering their authentic purpose and destiny.
Cheryl hosts the weekly Bible Study Tele-Class Titus 2 Tuesdays from Houston, Texas. Cheryl is currently in talks to host a new reality TV program “Real Life Real Faith.” She has written numerous articles addressing issues affecting the community and women at large and the African American community in particular.
As an Evangelist, her outreach ministry allows opportunities to share the gospel at women’s conferences, youth retreats, marriage conferences, and to congregations across the country. With Cheryl Lacey Donovan Ministries, she has delivered a series of messages, workshops and seminars based on the word of God that has transformed the lives of many.
As a Literary Entrepreneur, Elissa is the founder of the greeting card line, Greetings from the Soul: The Elissa Gabrielle Collection, collaborator and creator of The Triumph of My Soul, and publisher of Peace In The Storm Publishing Company, which will promote and release novels by ten, up and coming authors in 2009. In addition to these innovative achievements, Elissa has graced the covers of Conversations Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine, Disilgold Soul Magazine and has been nominated for the AAMBC Publisher of the Year award.
Mrs. Gabrielle is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. She holds a degree in Communications, a certificate in Business from Tulane University, and is a member of the NAACP, the NABFEME, and the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment which is a professional empowerment, networking and support base for African American women in radio, recorded music, media and related entertainment industry fields. Elissa also serves as the media consultant to First Bethel Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.
Her writing and publishing passion is rooted in her desire to give a reader’s soul a rise, one page at a time and grounded in her quest to bring forth the Triumph Anthology series, an ongoing testament of faith. The first anthology in the series was the highly acclaimed The Triumph of My Soul, which will be followed by The Soul of a Man and The Breakthrough respectively. “I started the Triumph series because in life, we all fall down, but by the Grace of God, we get back up. There is always victory in tomorrow,” Elissa says about the Triumph series.
James North is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer, consultant to the U.S. Government, political analyst, and university lecturer. He is the author of Deep Deception and The Last Chameleon. He currently lives in Europe.
As he grew up, and later when he became a frequent traveler, he increasingly found himself waiting around in airports, which gave him time to read lots of books. Most of these books were thrillers, but he also read some historical and literary fiction. After reading scores of thrillers, he came to realize that while these books could boast well-crafted prose and interesting plots, a good many of them failed to sustain the mystery and suspense they promised, offering instead a predictable ending quite early in the story. Disappointed by this and the general lack of twists and switch-backs, he decided to put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard, and his writing began.
His stories are purely works of fiction, mostly of the international political thriller variety. It is his hope that sharing them with you will generate the kind of nail-biting suspense and action he longed to read.
John Kremer is an expert on book publishing and marketing. The owner of Open Horizons Publishing in Taos, New Mexico, he is the editor of the Book Marketing Tip of the Week newsletter.
John is the author of a number of books on publishing and marketing, including 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers and Celebrate Today. He has also designed the Book Marketing Magic program and the Blog Tour Palooza program.
His web sites include www.bookmarket.com, www.bookmarketingbestsellers.com, www.infographicaday.com, www.askjohnkremer.com, www.johnkremer.com (consulting page), www.johnkremer.org (speaker page), www.myincrediblewebsite.com, and www.hottimescoolplaces.com.
He is also founder of The Book Marketing Network at www.thebookmarketingnetwork.com
Rhonda M. Lawson is the award-winning author of Cheatin’ in the Next Room, A Dead Rose, Putting It Back Together and Some Wounds Never Heal. She is also an Army journalist, garnering various journalism awards, including the 1997 Training and Doctrine Command Journalist of the Year. She is a master sergeant stationed in Belgium, where she works as an American Forces Network station manager, and is a veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Perhaps even more impressive than her eighteen-year career as a soldier is the proud role she plays as a single mother of a young daughter.
After embracing careers as a radio talk show host, marketing and media professional, and voice over artist, Jae Henderson decided to add inspirational romance author to her roles.
She first displayed her witty way with words and keen insight into the human emotion through her inspirational romance trilogy: “Someday,” “Someday, Too” and “Forever and a Day”. She most recently released her first book of short stories, “Things Every Good Woman Should Know, Volume 1”. It contains six inspirational stories to nourish the spirit. Her entertaining tales about the astounding power of love and God’s ability to care for us in the midst of life’s storms have been warmly received by readers of all ages.
Jae Henderson is a graduate of The University of Memphis where she earned a BA in Communications and an MA in English. She is the former host and producer of On Point, a once popular radio talk show geared toward youth and young adults. Other accomplishments have included serving as a contributing writer for the award-winning, syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and a success as a voice over artist. Her signature voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials and even a couple of cartoons. When Jae isn’t writing, she works as a public relations specialist and college professor. She currently resides in her hometown of Memphis, TN.
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