Chris Mendius grew up in Naperville, Illinois. He earned a BSME from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from University of Chicago. After college, he moved to Chicago ... Read full author bio >
"Mendius’ prose is colorful and evocative but suffused with irony, hangdog humor and muted pathos; he makes a lurid subculture both raucously entertaining and profoundly real.
A superb tale of the druggie lifestyle, by a writer with talent to burn."
Yasser S. Hassan was raised in Paris, where he received his French Baccalauréat in science before traveling to Canada to obtain his bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering from McGill ... Read full author bio >
Todd Erick Pedersen is a poet-essayist and novelist whose principal work is Sophia: The Heart of Holy Wisdom. His writings strive to evoke the cross-section between our dreams and the ... Read full author bio >
"Calling his pieces 'inspired meditations in prose,’ the author acknowledges that his task is mainly one of reflection. Appropriately, no topic is off-limits and all boundaries are porous; Pedersen jumps from the physical to the metaphysical, from the spiritual to the temporal, and most frequently, from the prosaic to the profound."
Born and raised in Barbados, and with parents passionate about books, Margaret too became a passionate reader, already immersed in romance novels, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, Stephen King, National Geographic ... Read full author bio >
John Medler is the author of two fiction thrillers. The first book, Quatrain (2011), concerns the search for the lost prophecies of Nostradamus, and the effort to use those prophecies ... Read full author bio >
"Desire to learn how all the pieces of this excellently-crafted puzzle fit together is what ultimately keeps readers breezing through to its satisfying conclusion. An action-packed, easy-to-read and timely novel...."
Taylor A. Stannard holds a Master’s Degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Her short fiction has appeared in various literary journals, including Blue Penny Quarterly, Cyprus ... Read full author bio >
"...a beautifully rendered patchwork of interesting lives.The myriad, always entertaining subplots examine why people cling so fearfully to the past...and how they can start anew when opportunities for happiness have been lost...A highly readable, authentic Southern story."
Miki Knezevic writes both non-fiction and fiction. For many years, she has written English as a Second Language(ESL) textbooks for McGraw-Hill, plus articles for magazines and newspapers. Recently, she ... Read full author bio >
"Knezevic's characters are full of life, and the pages of her novel brim with crisp dialogue that conveys the deep emotional burdens of a family struggling to survive. Details such as fashion and food bring the past to life, and Knezevic spends time describing both the beauty and destruction of Desa's surroundings. Her descriptions of cafe lattes and flaky croissants might leave readers hungering for a trip to Paris, while the chaos that springs from the bombings of Belgrade paint an honest portrait of the horrors of war."
John H. Matthews' work has appeared in anthologies and several literary magazines. He lives near Chicago with his wife and their American bulldog. This is where he writes, plays bass ... Read full author bio >
"Matthews’ marvelously entertaining debut short story collection is equal parts hysterically zany and forebodingly dark."
Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States ... Read full author bio >
"Multiple generations of dysfunction catch up to a once-prominent Boston police family in Birdy’s elaborate debut mystery.
The McGruder clan affirms the second half of the Leo Tolstoy aphorism from Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Boghdun, known as “Bogie,” is the middle-aged, rejected scion of the once-elite family..
An often engaging dramatic mystery with involving characters."
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