Adelaide Thorne

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After my stick figure comic series “The Adventures of The Unstoppable” failed to garner any fans, I accepted that drawing would never be my superpower. I also accepted that I was not, after all, The Unstoppable. Twelve-year-old me never forgot the thrill of adventure, however, and the mystery of heroes, powers, and a bad guy who maybe is only bad because he feels stuck. Or maybe he’s just bad, and that’s interesting, too.

My writing has taken me around the worlds of my brain, and also around a lot of restaurants. After years of being the pickiest eater in the south, I somehow got a stint as a city blogger and food columnist, which taught me that people are too obsessed with queso and not excited enough about chicken noodle soup. I’ve since said goodbye to journalistic writing and hello to creative writing, which, after all, is what I’ve always done.

I currently live in Florida, where I complain about the humidity but never make any plans to move. My husband and I have two cats (only two), who are excellent sounding boards for ideas.

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Watch for The Trace, the first book in the YA Sci-Fi series “Whitewashed,” to come in the spring of 2017.

 
Nobody’s secrets are safe.

At first, it was the voices outside her window. “She is one of them….”

Second came the hallucinations: an unfamiliar symbol, floating on the precipice of her thoughts. And the letters: “E-N” dance around in her head, more annoying than unsettling.

Third came the abilities: speed, dexterity, insane reflexes. All her life she’d been clumsy, but no more.

Fourth came the Academy: covert government operation, physically advanced soldiers raised apart from society for a single purpose, telekinesis, telepathic hive-minded clones.

Last came the Grifters, but they weren’t really last–they’d been there since the very beginning of 18-year-old Ella Keppler’s life.

It isn’t unusual that Grifters are stalking Ella. What’s unusual is how clever these creatures are becoming. The Academy won’t admit it… until a completely innocent, perfectly normal civilian–Ella’s best friend–is kidnapped by the supposedly unintelligent Grifters.

Joe Hefferon

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Joe enters the writing world after a 25-year law enforcement career in the city of Newark, NJ. He’s written for several online publications, including over thirty profiles of high-achieving women from around the world for About.com.

He has an inexplicable curiosity about Texas noir, and set two short stories in the southeast corner of the state between Laredo and Corpus Christi. Many of the awful things his characters inflict on one another are based on real events from his former career. The sarcasm is in his bones.

Joe lives in New Jersey but enjoys learning about other cultures and perspectives. He’s fascinated by human motivation, and doesn’t believe much happens by accident. He often listens to movie soundtracks when writing to help with visualization.

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Watch for The Last Meridian, a harboiled crime novel, to come in the spring of 2017.

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A.K. Kuykendall

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I 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. I’m married to Magdiel Kuykendall and I’m the proud father three sons: Felix, Kal-El, and Jor-El. I’m a corporate executive chef by trade. My true passion in life, however, is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction.

Influenced by the emotional and social strength of my mother, I have an infectious love of bringing women to the surface of my literature. My love and respect for women inspires me to write stories featuring strong female protagonists. To keep my literary skills sharp, I’m also a poet and an extremely passionate economic, political, and social blogger.

To view my complete biography, please visit my website, where “truth reads through fiction.”

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Watch for The Possession (Writer’s Block: Book 1), a classical horror novel, to come in the spring of 2017.

 
A famed horror author is on the verge of his magnum opus—a labyrinthine cryptogram that details the end of days.

When Gregory Stillingsworth buys an antique doll in India, the bestselling horror novelist doesn’t haggle over the steep price. He simply has to have the beautiful, enchanting doll. Only months later, when it is far too late, will he realize that he is merely the latest in a long line of victims to become possessed by Christie, a pernicious tool of Satan.

What follows is a battle for Gregory’s soul, as well as his sanity, and the casualties are legion. Chief among them is Jamie Stillingsworth, Gregory’s devoted wife, who finds not only her love for her husband but her courage tested as well. Can she deliver his baby and cherish it as though it were their own, not the offspring of something monstrous? As the battle lines between the angels of light and darkness are drawn, Gregory and Jamie become trapped in an ancient war that has no beginning and no end, a conflict that turns time inside out and reason on its head. What is real? Who can be trusted? When is the end truly the end?

The Possession is the first book in the “Writer’s Block” trilogy, exploring the age-old War of Angels.

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And watch for Imperium Heirs (Conspirator’s Odyssey: Book 1), a conspiracy thriller/sci-fi novel, to come in the summer of 2017.

 
When German fighter pilot Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen shot a UFO out of the sky over western France in 1917, intergalactic turmoil ensued.

In 1939, while on official business in Washington, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower was exposed to alien life–four gray alien beings in glass tubes of formaldehyde–in the sub-basement of the U.S. Capital building. He accepted an extremely sensitive mission ordered by both Secretary of State Cordell Hull and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His mission: broker an iron-clad treaty between the human race and the Cel’jul, which we inadvertently fractured by concealing that we had in our possession two prominent members of the galactic royal family–which just happened to be this species’ Queen and King, the very occupants of the craft downed in 1917.

Unbeknownst to Major Kalista Flaker of the United States Army, she stands at the heart of it all. Born human and raised in the tiny town of Macon, Mississippi, she discovers that she not only hails from the planet Yattrha–a star system ruled by the Cel’jul–but that she was a royal seedling of the sovereign family in 1917–a forsaken Princess, a future Queen.

Imperium Heirs is the first book in the “Conspirator’s Odyssey” series, exploring many of those historical incidents about which we have found no satisfactory explanation.

Gregg Sapp

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Gregg Sapp, a native Ohioan, is a librarian, academic administrator, and a Pushcart Prize-nominated author. Having written over 60 academic articles and some 300 reviews, Gregg published his first novel, Dollarapalooza (or “The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus”) in 2011 with Switchgrass Books of Northern Illinois University Press.

Since then, he has published humor, poetry, and short stories in various literary journals, including Defenestration, Imaginaire, Kestrel, Zodiac Review, Marathon Review, and Writing Tomorrow, and he’s been a frequent contributor to Midwestern Gothic. His forthcoming book, Fresh News Straight from Heaven, about the life and folklore of Johnny Appleseed, will be published by Evolved Publishing in 2017.

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Watch for Fresh News Straight from Heaven, a literary/historical novel, to come in the spring of 2017.

 
“I happen to believe that genius makes people weird,” the storyteller says, explaining how Johnny Appleseed could be at once so peculiar and so profound.

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Between 1801 and 1812, Ohio and the Old Northwest territory was a brutal place where peace was fragile, living conditions were savage, and the laws of civilization were far away. Still, settlers staked everything they owned on the chance that they could build better lives for themselves in this new frontier. John Chapman – aka, Johnny Appleseed – knew this land better than any white man. Everywhere he went, he shared the “Fresh News Straight from Heaven,” which he heard right from the voices of angels who chatted with him regularly, that God had promised him personally that peace was possible through growing fruit.

Convincing people of that vision, though, was no easy task. Most folks thought he was mad. This land was populated by a miscellaneous assemblage of soldiers, scoundrels, freebooters, runaway slaves, circuit riders, and religious cultists. Ambitious politicians, like Aaron Burr and William Henry Harrison, had dreams of creating a new empire. Meanwhile, a reformed drunkard emerged among the Shawnee as a Prophet, who spoke with the Great Spirit, Waashaa Monetoo. Along with his brother, the war chief Tecumseh, the Prophet began building an Indian coalition to take back their land.

Even while the tensions mount, Johnny, with angels urging him on, skates blithely through the crossfire and turmoil, spreading his message, impervious to the mockery and derision being heaped upon him. Throughout his mission, Johnny is dogged at every step by Colonel Frank Bantzer of the Ohio militia. The two men share history with a woman–Sister Mona Junkin of a schismatic, all-female sect of the Shakers–whom Johnny befriends after she’d been betrayed by Bantzer.

Finally, Johnny’s faith is challenged when war breaks out in the land, leading to the bloody battle of Tippecanoe between Harrison’s army and the Shawnee Prophet’s warriors, and ultimately to the declaration of the War of 1812. A violent massacre near the northern Ohio town of Mansfield leaves its citizens terrified and vulnerable. In a desperate act of faith, Johnny promises the people that he can save them.

And thus Johnny dashes off on a midnight run, seeking to spread peace across a land on the brink of war. But, on his way, he must face various demons from his own past, settle old scores, and make things right. Standing in his way is an enraged Colonel Frank Bantzer. With many lives at stake, including his and Sister Mona’s, Johnny has to confront the ultimate test of his convictions.

Richard Barager

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By day I’m a nephrologist, treating dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients. By night I write fiction. I believe the two finest callings in life are doctor and writer, one ministering to the human condition, the other illuminating it, and each capable of transforming it.

I earned BA and MD degrees at the University of Minnesota and did my postgraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of California in San Diego. I live now in Orange County, CA.

I am a champion of the healing power of literature, and sometimes prescribe novels or short stories to patients to help them cope with illness. Fiction explores meaning in a way science cannot. Sometimes only fiction tells the truth.

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TheAthiestAndTheParrotfish

Watch for The Atheist and the Parrotfish, an upmarket literary novel, to come in the spring/summer of 2017.

A doctor’s religious doubt is shaken by a transplant patient’s eerie knowledge of his organ donor’s most intimate secret.

Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie, a twice-divorced California nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, a troubled cross-dresser whose life is saved by a rare heart-and-kidney transplant.

Cullen’s bitter disbelief in the afterlife is tested when Ennis begins to exhibit tastes and characteristics uncannily similar to those of his female organ donor—whose first name Ennis inexplicably knows. When Ennis becomes convinced that the donor’s soul has inhabited him, Cullen sides with Ennis’s psychiatrist, who tells Ennis he has subconsciously confused his emerging transgender personality with the imagined characteristics of his female donor.

While his psychiatrist coaxes forth Ennis’s female side, Cullen is summoned to the South Pacific by an old lover for a reckoning of their past. On the island paradise of Rarotonga, he is forced to confront the heartrending truth about a tragedy that destroyed their college romance—a tragedy Cullen blames on religious zealotry.

Filled with resentment over what he has learned, Cullen returns to Southern California determined to shatter Ennis’s delusion of ensoulment. But Ennis’s eerie knowledge of his donor’s greatest secret forces Cullen to consider the unimaginable: Is it possible he is witness to a verifiable incident of transmigration, tangible proof of a human soul? Or is he witness instead to the miracle of being transgender? Male and female at once, the glory of one and the glory of the other, both shining—like a parrotfish, another miracle of nature, changing gender apace, beside its glorious, ever-changing hue.