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Cendrine Marrouat is a poet, photographer, fiction writer, and the co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms and A Warm Cup of Cozy. She has authored and co-authored more than 40 books, including "A Particle of You: Love Poetry" (2022), "Tree Reflections" (2022), "In Her Own Words: A Collection of Short Stories & Flashku" (2022), "After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine" (2021), "Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography" (2020-2021), and "In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play" (2018). Cendrine's work has appeared in many publications. She is the creator of the Sixku, Flashku, Sepigram, and Reminigram; as well as the co-creator of the Kindku, Pareiku, Vardhaku, and Hemingku.

Alison McBain is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author with over two hundred short stories, poems, and articles published worldwide. Her books have been honored with gold in the Literary Classics International Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards, as well as being finalists in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards and IAN Book of the Year. When not writing, Ms. McBain is the associate editor for the literary magazine Scribes*MICRO*Fiction and pens an award-winning webcomic called Toddler Times. She lives in Alberta, Canada.

Steve Stratton started his military career at the White House Communications Agency supporting the needs of President’s Ford and Carter, Vice President’s Rockefeller and Mondale and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. His work took him around the world introducing him to new cultures, ways of thinking, and the various agencies tasked with projecting and protecting American interests abroad. The jump to the US Secret Service was an easy transition but after several years and an election campaign, Steve left for the commercial sector. Steve was awarded his Green Beret in 1986. From the 80’s through 2000 he deployed with 20th Special Forces on counter-drug and training missions in the SOUTHCOM region. His civilian contractor time includes support for USCENTCOM, USSOCOM, and several intelligence agencies. Today he develops cyber security products that support the warfighter and intelligence community. When he is not working, You can find him mountain biking, trout fishing, or hunting in Colorado.

Born against the odds to a recently widowed artist, in a neighbour’s bed, Stuart Aken loves to use imagination in the construction of his fiction, the only place he bends the truth. Unwilling to be constrained by genre, he writes about whatever sparks his passions. Husband, father, feature writer, novelist, playwright, short story writer, blogger, word wrangler, and open-minded optimistic radical secularist, he’s been described as sometimes dangerous to know. He’s had his share of tragedy, loss, love, illness, adventure, luck of both types, and hard experiences to provide a life that informs his writing with reality. He takes a creative and professional approach to authorship and photography.

I didn't start out in a career in writing; I qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer. In this capacity I worked for several years on projects in the UK, the Far East and Africa. During this period I won the Institution of Civil Engineers 'Miller Prize' for a paper on tunnelling. Perhaps my first foray in to writing? It was a pretty dry technical piece. However my experience in tunnelling has given me an exciting idea for a story which I hope will be a lot more fun than my engineering paper and I have just recently made a start on this. Changing times resulted in a change in direction and after qualifying as an Associate Member of both the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Royal Photographic Society, started my own stock photograph library (the first in N.E.England) and wrote for the trade press. The Internet was new in those days and not very reliable. So an unexpected break in my Internet connection fortuitously presented the time to make a start on a long cherished project of a series of novella length stories, and the first story of The Red Grouse Tales, was drafted. Three more 'tales' followed and I published The Red Grouse Tales in 2016. Since then I have completed a further three novellas and a novel and started winning awards for my writing. Right now I am trying to complete a second batch of 'tales' and am part way through writing a trilogy.

Tom Kane was born in a deep mid-winter in England, on a dark and stormy night. By the age of eight, in 1963, he knew he had a book inside him that was crying out to be written. Unfortunately, he didn't have the means or the ability to write the book for the world to read until many years later. It took Kane fifty-six years to write his first novel. Persistence is a wonderful thing.

Scott Kimak is the bestselling author of the "I call him HIM trilogy. He is also a history teacher and Kung Fu master. He came up with the story “I call him – HIM” when he was a teenager but failed miserably to put pen to paper. It took nearly forty years for him to make a second attempt. This time the words flowed unrestrained. Mr. Kimak lives in Harlingen Texas with the love of his life Diana and their six annoying pets.

Hi, my name is Charlie Smith, also known as the 'Savage'. I'm a native resident of the Pacific Northwest and a former USMC infantry officer. My stories will often reflect that as well as my Native American heritage as an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe. I write thriller, spicy romance fiction with a supernatural bent. I also write some nonfiction articles on military topics as I'm a former USMC officer. I've also had careers as an illustrator and as a software developer.

Mark Tedesco, author of That Undeniable Longing, I am John I am Paul, Lessons and Beliefs, The Dog on the Acropolis and Loving Hoping Believing, is an educator and author living in Los Angeles. His latest work is entitled She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome. Mark lived in Rome for eight years and maintains a strong bond with, and passion for, the city. The author loves to engage his students in his love for history, literature and travel.

Michael Embry is the author of 15 books, including 11 novels, three nonfiction sports books, and a short-story collection. He is currently working on the sixth novel in the "John Ross Boomer Lit" series. Embry spent more than 30 years in the news media as a reporter, sportswriter, and editor. He lives in Frankfort, Ky., with his wife, Mary, and rescue dog, Belle.

Jeff R. Kelland is a 64-year-old Canadian who possesses a genuine concern for the welfare of people and society as a whole, and a fierce passion for the written word. Jeff is a talented, experienced writer of innumerable essays, magazine articles, editorials, poetry and prose that have appeared in a variety of publications over the years. He holds a first-class honours B.A. in philosophy and German, a Master of Science in Community Health from the School of Medicine at Memorial University, and has published a ground-breaking thesis. Jeff is also a sought-after public speaker for various provincial causes and conferences, a visual artist, and a veteran singer-songwriter and entertainer for over 40 years.

KC Savage is my pen name. I write reverse age gap, cheating, taboo romance stories.

It seems my life has been a testament to questionable decisions and bad judgment. However, my wife of 45 years says she knows of nothing in the record to justify such unfettered optimism. I am a member of the last generation of rural veterinarians who remember working with cows that had names and personalities and dairymen who worked in the barn with their families. I’m also part of the first wave of the Baby Boomers, crusty codgers who are writing their wills and grousing about kids who can be damned condescending.

I am a teacher, husband, father, and author, and somehow I play all four roles at once. Despite a hectic, busy life, I keep up my writing hobby and somehow get books written. I have published five short stories in various anthologies, and in 2022 took the self-publishing route for my first novel, "The Epic of Glenda Mesh."

Steven Prevosto was an actor in New York City for ten years, came home to be a woodworker, then earned his master’s degree in Education and is currently a Para Educator in English for a local high school. He lives in Carroll County, Maryland with his wife. Please, share your thoughts on Nina’s Salvation for Joey and The Defending Guns by visiting him online at Prevosto@Weebly.comSteven's first novel was a Western, The Defending Guns, also published by World Castle Publishing LLC. It received a four star review: “Something happens on about every page, and I became intrigued on the first page. I had a hard time putting the book down.” Bertha Jackson, His Christmas story, Christmas in The City, is published in the 2021 Anthology of Christmas Stories by Texas Sisters Press. His LBGTQ short story, Something Pulled Away, was published in the January 2022 Issue of Steven Prevosto's second book is a Young Adult, Coming Of Age novella entitled, Nina's Salvation for Joey, published by World Castle Publishing LLC. In 1974 twenty-one-year-old Joey Maks’ rock band imploded in the Midwest, and the love of his life abandoned him. Depressed and wanting to kill himself, he takes a bus to his Grandmother Nina’s house, where he hopes to find his salvation.

Alexandra is the author of The Four. She is currently in edit on The Circlet and her work in progress, not yet titled, is walking a fine line between Neil Gaiman, L. Frank Baum and the Legend of King Arthur. It was an unfortunate rejection of The Circlet that brought The Four to life. She wrote a query letter for a book that didn't exist to prove a point to herself and The Four was born when she received an email the next day requesting the first 25 pages. Slight problem as there were no pages, just the query letter so, she spent Fourth of July weekend writing The Four. She and her husband have always said they live on the Island of Misfit Toys, if you didn't have a place of your own come on over and misfit right in. Over the years that has included dogs, horses, children and young adults - often not their own, and a collection of amazing characters. When she isn't writing she is chasing after Klaus von Beagle, their beloved but stubborn and quite opinionated Envigo beagle. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she spends her days between Staunton and Charlottesville. Prior to launching her writing career she designed exhibits for museums spending her days amongst some of the most beautiful works in the world. This experience along with a lifetime filled with travel convinced her to start her own world of art through storytelling. A lifetime lover of horses, she enjoys Graded races, Triple Crown events or just horses running in a field. She loves fashion, which she considers architecture in a different medium, and spending time in New Orleans, Savannah and Key West. Alexandra would love for you to let her know which of The Four you related to the most. Drop her a note at

I've loved writing for almost as long as I can remember. My mother says that I wrote my first story in third grade. Becoming a published author is a dream come true. My debut novel, Her Traitor's Heart, was published in 2015. Writing my Frontier Hearts Saga has allowed me to combine my love of writing with my love of history and the West. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband (who has been my companion on more research trips than I can count) and family, working with Monty, my Morgan/Paint gelding, reading, and browsing antique stores. I live in South Carolina with my husband and family, one horse, and one very spoiled cat. You can check out my website at

International bestselling author, Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens, and Leonard Cohen. Mr. Maxwell has traveled the globe and dined with politicians, rock stars, and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books. Micheal Maxwell originally found a niche in the mystery, suspense, genre with The Cole Sage Series. His titles now number nearly fifty, in six series that give readers everyman heroes, short on vices, long on compassion, and a sense of fair play, and the willingness to risk everything to right wrongs. Maxwell is committed to writing books that depart from the usual, heavily sexual, profanity-laced books of recent years, and give readers character-driven stories, with twists, turns, and page-turning plot lines, and a lot of heart. Micheal Maxwell writes from a life of love, music, film, and literature. Along with his lovely wife and travel partner, Janet, lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of Tudor historical fiction. He lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the lives of the Tudors. As well as his new Elizabethan series, Tony’s historical fiction novels include the best-selling Tudor trilogy and his Brandon trilogy, (about Charles Brandon and his wives). Tony also has a popular podcast series, Stories of the Tudors. For more information about Tony’s books visit his website and his blog, The Writing Desk and find him on Twitter @tonyriches

Born and raised in Muncie, IN, I’m is about as typical middle-America as they come. My 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, followed by another 15 as a DoD contractor, allowed me to live in several places in the States and overseas. After over 20 years in German and the UK,—I hate moving—we settled in Oklahoma City where our 3 miniature Dachshunds allow us to live with them. I’m currently working for a major computer company under contract with a major airline manufacturer, which keeps me busy during the weekdays. Leaving my evenings and weekends for my writing and maintaining our home. Oh, and my major job of taking care of the pups.

Nick Fewings, Teamworkologist and MD of Ngagementworks, initially had a 20-year career with Barclays, working his way up from a clerk in branch banking, to a change leader, leading the people workstreams of global projects. For the past 20 years, Nick has specialised in learning and development, facilitating team development around the globe and, in doing so, helping teams to achieve high performance. He has profiled thousands of individuals and worked with hundreds of teams. Nick is the creator of the Team DyNAmics Model that measures team effectiveness across 16 areas of teamwork. When not facilitating, Nick is a highly regarded conference speaker, having spoken at over 500 conferences worldwide.

Kirsten Pursell is an American author and sometimes blogger. Released on January 1, 2023, Long Enough to Love You is her fourth book. Previous works include her memoir, On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80's Teenager, released in 2021, and two other novels: Harvard and Company Clown. Her memoir has been #1 on Amazon's women's biographies and memoirs and Company Clown has been #1 in Satire Fiction and Two-Hour Literature & Fiction Short Reads. Her books were downloaded over 10,000 times in 2022.

Susanne was born in Bendigo, Australia, and has always loved being creative. Upon graduation, Susanne gravitated toward helping others by working as a registered nurse and educator. Susanne has been a long-standing advocate for animal welfare, opening her home and heart to multiple animals in need. She has also sponsored rescued street cats in rural Hungary. Now residing in Brisbane, Australia, Susanne is married and a proud aunt. She treasures time with close family, friends, and her beloved pets and enjoys traveling, drawing, and dancing to Latin Music. The Most Purrfect Home Of All is Susanne’s first picture book, inspired by her greatest wish for all creatures great and small to be treated with love and kindness.

Award-winning author Nikki A Lamers writes spicy contemporary and new adult romance. She loves diving into a story and its characters. She has had a passion for writing for as long as she can remember, her love of romance books and movies something she always shared with her dad. She grew up in Wisconsin with her sister, mom and dad. At the end of college, she worked for the “Happiest Place on Earth” in Florida for a few years before landing in New York on Long Island where she now lives with her husband and two kids. She spends her free time reading and hanging out with family and friends, hoping to spend more time traveling to new places and meeting new people, always looking for her next story!

Patricia’s memoir is a window into the tragedy and impacts the opioid crisis and fentanyl deaths are having on families across America. She didn’t think she would survive losing her adult son to addiction, but she did and put into words what families need to know to deal with the horrors of substance abuse disorder. The Last Stop won an Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite 2022 Award Contest in the nonfiction category of Grief/Hardship. Patricia lives in Alexandria with her husband and terrier pup, Benji. In 2021, she was blessed with a beautiful grandson.

After a long career in advertising, Eve Gaal writes stories, poems, and novels. Some of her work has appeared in anthologies, magazines, and online. Her hobbies include swimming, cooking, crocheting, and reading. Unfortunately, she spends too much time chasing her super speedy little rescue, an Italian Greyhound-mix with green eyes, set on sneaky levels of trouble.

Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing. She is a published novelist, poet and short fiction writer with six poetry pamphlets published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, and numerous poems and short stories appearing in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Taxus Baccata, was nominated for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award. Patricia has a successful blog at featuring other writers. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers.

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Her books include Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure, Bubba and Squirts City of Bones, Don't Feed the Elephant, Ten Zany Birds, That Mama is a Grouch, and That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her website at:

Duane Simolke wrote The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, Selected Poems, Sons of Taldra, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. He also co-wrote The Return of Innocence and The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. Three of his books received StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Awards, and one received an AllBooks Reviewers Choice Award. His writing appeared in nightFire, Mesquite, Caprock Sun, Midwest Poetry Review, International Journal on World Peace, and many other publications.