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Authors

2011
RICHARD BARD, Author
http://richardbard.com/about-richard/

About Richard

As a young Air Force pilot, Richard was diagnosed with cancer and learned that he had only a few months to live.  But he beat the odds.  He earned a management degree from the University of Notre Dame and after leaving the Air Force he ran three successful companies involving advanced security products and hi-tech displays used by US embassies and government facilities worldwide. He was an active member of the California Crime Prevention Officer’s Association and has been published with cover stories in Security magazine and ASIS Security Management magazine.
Cancer killed Richard Bard’s career as a USAF pilot.  But it didn’t kill him.  Thirty-six years later he’s still going strong.  Now he writes about second chances in the BRAINRUSH thriller series.  When asked what he hopes to achieve as a writer, he said, “The dream for me is to be walking through an airport and notice someone with her head buried in the book. Many readers have said they found it impossible to put down. For me, that’s the ultimate compliment.”  Bard currently resides with his wonderful wife in Redondo Beach, California, where he remains in excellent health.  Book Two of the series is scheduled for release in December, 2011.

The above information copied from Richard Bard's Official Web Page.





July/Aug
JAMES PATTERSON, Author


In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing." Time magazine named him "The Man Who Can't Miss," and he is a two-time Children's Choice Book Award "Author of the Year" nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers.

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James's books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he's accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (63 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.

Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls," starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.

He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. And, he has won a Children's Choice Book Council's Children's Choice Awards "Author of the Year" award (2010).
One of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show "The Simpsons" in March, 2007.


NOTE: The above biography is from James Patterson's webpage James Patterson




June/July
DONIS CASEY, author




DONIS CASEY was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A third generation Oklahoman, she and her siblings grew up among their aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents on farms and in small towns, where they learned the love of family and independent spirit that characterizes the population of that pioneering state. Donis graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in English, and earned a Master’s degree in Library Science from Oklahoma University. After teaching school for a short time, she enjoyed a career as an academic librarian, working for many years at the University of Oklahoma and at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Donis left academia in 1988 to start a Scottish import gift shop in downtown Tempe. After more than a decade as an entrepreneur, she decided to devote herself full-time to writing. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming is her first book. For the past twenty years, Donis has lived in Tempe, AZ, with her husband.
http://www.doniscasey.com/






May/June
PAMELA K. KEYSER, author


I developed this site to give authors and readers of the mystery genre a place in which to exchange information and ideas. With that said, the author in the spotlight is not a mystery writer -- yet.

I read Pamela's memoir, The Red Glass, Memoir: From Abuse Hell to Living Well, and was so taken with her story and the simple way she wove it, that she was added to the list of my favorite writers.

Imagine my joy when I discovered that Pamela has a series of mystery books that she is hoping to soon publish. That is why I'm introducing her here. If her mystery writing is anything like her memoir writing, I predict we'll be hearing more about Pamela K. Keyser.

Pamela lives and works in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina with her husband of 39 years. Her son, an independent film maker, lives in Atlanta. Her daughter and three grandchildren live in Colorado, where she visits often. Pamela is currently working on a novel. She also has a mystery series of ( so far) 4 books; they are outlined and ready for her typing. In addition, she has an American Harry Potter book planned. For Pamela it is never a problem finding a new idea for a book; it is the time to write it!

You can contact Pamela at her website  http://www.theredglass.com/ and ask for a sample of  The Red Glass, Memoir: From Abuse Hell to Living Well

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April/May
VICKI HINZE, author

Phenomenal  relating to or being a phenomenon:  c: EXTRAORDINARY, REMARKABLE (partial definition from Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary). Phenomenal and phenomenon are the perfect words to describe the award winning author, Vicki Hinze. 

Vicki has been a full-time author since 1987. Her list of credentials includes a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctorate in Philosophy. She is an active member of  ITW, MWA, RWA, ACFW, ACRA, AG, and other writing organizations. Vicki lectures, does seminars, workshops, podcasts, and videos.

The internet wasn't available when Vicki started writing, so without writers she could connect with, she had to physically run down the answers to the many questions she had, some of which were simple but frustrating because of the process. Through her journey Vicki  has garnered many prestigious nominations and awards for the risks she took in forging new trails for writers to emulate. Vicki made it a goal, that when she learned the process she would help new writers avoid the frustrations she experienced. To this end she writes many articles on writing craft, the business of writing, and answers writers questions. You can find an extensive list of her achievements, books, numerous blogs, and detailed information on writing Outreach Programs, through her main blog http://www.vickihinze.com/.

You must visit her site to appreciate the many hats (no pun intended, Vicki), this author wears. But, don't go there with the intention of clicking through. Believe me when I say, you'll have a hard time leaving. Be sure you read the interviews to get a better perspective of this phenomenon known as-- Vicki Hinze.

Thank you, Vicki for sharing your insight and expertise - and more importantly yourself - with those of us who are new to the game. 

Vicki's latest releases are Forget Me Not and Deadly Ties, books one and two of the Crossroads Crisis Center series. You can find these and all her other books at her website.http://www.vickihinze.com/.  Also check out the Books section of this blog.

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March/April
GAYLE TRENT, author  

Gayle Trent lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two children. She is a cozy mystery author who writes about small town adventures with characters who are strange, quirky, and lovable. Though some of the characters are typical, their problems are anything but typical.

In the Daphne Martin Series, the main character leaves Tennessee where her ex-husband is spending time for trying to murder her. She moves back to her hometown of Brea Ridge, Virginia and opens a cake decorating business. In the first of the series, Murder Takes The Cake, the reader is introduced to a cast of characters that include the town busybody named Yodle Watson, who ends up dead. Though Yodle was dead when Daphne delivered her cake, the light of suspicion has fallen on her. In an attempt to clear her name and find the real killer, Daphne discovers a host of people with reason to want Yodle dead, including members of her own family.

Dead Pan is the second in the Daphne Martin series and Daphne is once again suspected in the death of one of Brea Ridge's citizens. When Fred Duncan dies at an annual party held by his employer, Brea Ridge Pharmaceuticals, Fred's mother wants Daphne to find out what happened.

Gayle Trent's latest series is written under the pseudonym of Amanda Lee. The Marcy Singer Series starts out with The Quick and the Thread and takes place in Tallauha Falls, Oregan. Marcy opens an embroidery specialty shop, The Seven Year Stitch and has a grand opening party to the delight of the town people. The problems start after everyone leaves and Marcy discovers the body of the former tenant in her storage room, a cryptic note scratched on the wall beside him. Marcy is under suspicion and must find the killer before she or one of her friends becomes the next victim.

Stitch Me Deadly  is the second in the Marcy Singer Series. Trouble strikes when an elderly woman brings an antique piece of embroidery to Marcy…and promptly dies of unnatural causes. Marcy is convinced the sampler holds a clue to an even older crime and that somebody may have killed to hide it. Now it’s up to Marcy and her pals–two-legged and four-legged–to unravel this mystery.
http://www.gayletrent.com

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