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Tamara Hart Heiner
Tamara lives in Arkansas with her husband and four children, two crazy boys and two pretty little princesses.
She is the author of the young adult suspense PERILOUS series (DELIVERER, PERILOUS, ALTERCATION, and PRICELESS), INEVITABLE, LAY ME DOWN, and the Cassandra Jones saga. Her non-fiction book about the Joplin tornado came out in May, 2014. You can find out more about what she's writing and catch deleted scenes from her books on her blog at http://tamarahartheiner.blogspot.com.
Hillary writes Sweet Romance, YA Adventure, and Children’s Books. She has found that no matter which genre she dabbles in love is the emotion that ties them all together. As long as it's not driving everyone crazy. She debuted her first novel this year with many to follow, embarking on the journey of Indie publishing right along with you.
With her fingers dipped in several other creative pots she is the epitome of indecision. Hillary loves creating in all forms. She creates food, art, music, clothes, children...five of them, decor, love, excitement, and especially books.
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Don Carey writes both Contemporary Realism and Science Fiction Adventure. He has long been fascinated by human nature, and loves trying to understand the thoughts and motivations of those around him. That interest has served him well as he writes stories about his “imaginary friends.” Don currently lives in Olathe with his family. His day job involves writing computer programs, which is almost the same as writing fiction, but with a lot more semicolons.
Danyelle Ferguson is the author of the award-winning Indulgence Row series. Her first newspaper article was published when she was in sixth grade. Since then, her articles, nonfiction books, and novels have been published world-wide.
When she isn't writing, you can find Danyelle in the school carpool lane, at marching band events, organizing church girls camp, or serving in the community. She and Mr. Ferguson are raising four munchkins in their much-loved Kansas home. You can stalk her online at www.DanyelleFerguson.com
John Waverly loves writing middle grade stories and hanging out with authors. He doesn't particularly like selling things, but realizes sometimes you have to sacrifice for the things you love. Which is why you'll find him running the bookstore. Please stop by to commiserate and pick up some great reads!
Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.
Gregg Luke grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. He pursued his education in Natural Sciences at SBCC, UCSB, and BYU, and completed his schooling at the University of Utah, College of Pharmacy. He currently practices clinical pharmacy in Logan, Utah.
Gregg has been a voracious reader and a prolific writer since childhood. He has been published in Skin Diver, Destiny, and New Era Magazines, and has published three short stories. His suspense novels include The Survivors, Do No Harm, Altered State, Blink Of An Eye, Bloodborne, Deadly Undertakings, The Death House, The Healer, and Infected, six of which were Whitney Award finalists. www.greggluke.com
Award-winning author Kierstin Marquet grew up fascinated by her dad’s career as a sheriff’s deputy and was always intrigued by why people do what they do—especially criminals. This curiosity led her to pursue a career in law enforcement. She has a degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She worked in law enforcement but eventually left crime fighting to her husband, a federal law enforcement officer, when they started a family. She relies on her education and background to create realistic bad guys and girls in her suspense novels. You can find her at Kierstinmarquet.com.
Jaclyn is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing at a young age and published her first book in 2013. She met her husband, Steve, at BYU, and they have six happy, crazy children who encourage her to keep writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah.
Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next.
Jaclyn writes her young adult books under Jaclyn Weist and include The Luck Series, Lost in a Fairy Tale series, Magicians of the Deep, and Two Masters.
Her pen name, Jaclyn Hardy, writes contemporary romances. These include the Love on the Run, Silver Script and Cottonwood Ranch Series.