Our Guest Author….Emmy Award-Winning CNN Correspondent-Tom Foreman
Thursday night only @ The Shenandoah Hotel-Celebrity Dinner with Tom Foreman
BOOK: My Year of Running Dangerously
Tom Foreman is an Emmy award-winning journalist whose experience spans more than three decades, and touches virtually every major news story in that time period. Foreman has traveled to all 50 U.S. states and more than twenty countries to report on, among many topics, CNN’s America’s Choice 2016 presidential campaign cycle, the Paris terror attacks, the disappearance of passenger plane MH370, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He leads the network’s fact checking initiative and in 2013 Foreman and the fact checking team were awarded the Walter Cronkite/Brooks Jackson Award.
Foreman joined CNN in 2004 and is based in the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covers a wide-range of topics for the network and reports for programs across the spectrum, from The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to Anderson Cooper 360º. Foreman has pioneered much of CNN’s work in new media, by playing a key role in the development of an immersive, 3-D Virtual Studio which has taken viewers into space to study satellites, onto distant battlefields to promote better understanding of dangerous conflicts and into deep dive analysis of the 2016 election cycle.
In addition, Foreman writes a weekly newspaper column, penned more than 1400 open letters to President Obama on CNN.com, and anchors CNN’s year-in-review show on New Year’s Eve.
Foreman’s reporting career began at a small radio station in Alabama while he was still in high school. After college, he worked for WSFA in Montgomery, Ala., and then for WWL-TV in New Orleans, La. For 10 years, he worked as a roving reporter for ABC News from its Denver bureau. Foreman moved to Washington in 2000 to become the senior anchor for National Geographic and managing editor for Inside Base Camp, for which he won his second Emmy Award as best interviewer.
Foreman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Troy State University in Troy, Ala., and holds an honorary doctorate from Quinnipiac University. He is an avid ultra-marathoner, frequently competing in races of 50 miles or more. Most recently, Foreman wrote about his journey through four half-marathons, three marathons and one 55-mile race in his book My year of Running Dangerously. Since then he has completed – among other things – five marathons in five days, and three more ultra-marathons over 50 miles each.
Thursday night only @ The Shenandoah Hotel-Celebrity Dinner with Tom Foreman
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Gage Shepherd @ BeHive Family Center-205 N. Queen Street
Gage is an eighth-grade student at Musselman Middle School. He is the second of four children and a lover of science. Gage published his first children’s book, “The Adventures of Comet: Comet Blasts Off!” in July, 2014 at the age of 10 and has sold over 500 copies. “Comet Dives Deep!” followed in 2015, and “Comet Rides West” was released in the fall of 2016.
Gage gives presentations on the value of reading and writing to school students all over the eastern United States. He was blessed to join Nora Roberts for two book signings in 2016. Gage is currently teaming with Melissa on his fourth book in the Comet series. When Gage is not out sharing his books with children, he referees flag football, plays snare drum and enjoys the fun of being a young boy.
The Adventures of Comet Series is geared toward children ages 4-8 and is also a learning tool for teachers to share with their students. Each book contains a “Learn a Little” page to help kids learn more about the characters in the stories. Gage enjoys teaching children about unusual things not found in common children’s books. Through Gage’s book series, children will learn about Halley’s Comet, goblin sharks, blob fish, and desert ironwood trees. Melissa Bailey, a professional children’s book illustrator from Michigan, brings Gage’s imagination to life through her beautiful watercolor illustrations.
Deborah Hammond @ TLC Photography-155 N. Queen Street
Deborah Hammond is a cum laude graduate of Hood College with a double major in history and political science. She holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia and the Certificate of Highest Merit from the WV Leadership Academy.
Mrs. Hammond worked for thirty-one years in local government for the City of Wilmington, North Carolina and Berkeley County government. She retired in March of 2014 and has published twelve historical novels since that time, with a thirteenth novel to be published in early 2017. She is currently working on three novels in various phases of development.
Mrs. Hammond lives in Falling Waters, WV with her husband, Bill and has been a featured author at the WV Book and Chocolate Faire in Martinsburg for three years. Her books are available in kindle and paperback versions on Amazon.com and at local book signing events. Mrs. Hammond can be followed on Facebook and on her author page @dhammondbooks and Twitter @DeborahHammon18.
Storm Season – Launched in February, 2017, Storm Season is set in the 1860’s in London England and Dublin, Ireland. Gavin Weymouth has experienced many challenges since becoming the Duke of Monmouth; not the least of which was the death of his brother and the investigation into his death. He now faces an equally daunting task; the London social season and the infamous marriage mart. Lady Madeline Dolton is equally loathing of the experience. While attending one of the season’s events, they stumbled upon a clue that may lead them to those behind their brother’s deaths. This will be a season unlike any other; a Storm Season.
Storm Chaser – Launched in December, 2016, Storm Chaser is set in the 1860’s in London, England and Dublin, Ireland. Hugh Flynn is about to embark on a new investigation for Scotland Yard that involves opium addiction, prostitution and the death of two members of the aristocracy under suspicious circumstances. The cases are all linked and are connected back to the man that Hugh refers to only as Storm in his dispatches. The chase is on Storm Chaser!
As Time Goes By – Launched on September 30, 2016, As Time Goes By is set in the 1980’s in Wilmington, North Carolina. Hope and Peyton Howard move to Wilmington after their wedding and begin renovations to two homes; one at Wrightsville Beach and one in the historic district. After three trunks are discovered during the renovations, the couple decides to tell the story of the 18th century, 19th century and 20th century ancestors and in turn, the history of the City of Wilmington in those periods.
The Scot’s Bride – Launched on July 1, 2016, The Scot’s Bride is set in Tudor England and Scotland during the reign of King Henry VIII. Isabella Warrenton is sent to Scotland for the summer from her Northern England home to avoid consideration as the potential fourth wife of the ailing king. She is beset on the road by robbers and rescued by The Earl of Brodie of the Scot’s borders area. Isabella now has two potential suitors and one of them a king.
Someone to Watch Over Me – The first contemporary novel by the author, it was launched on April 23, 2016. Set in Winchester, VA, Capri, Italy and Wrightsville Beach, NC, it tells the story of Alexandra Wesson and Michael Grady. Although they attended high school together, their lives took divergent paths of opera and the military. As they build their careers, their lives intersect and reconnect until a fateful event in which Michael, on a secret mission for the Army; is captured in the Middle East. Alexandra must use all of her connections to secure Michael’s release and return him to the lives that they have planned.
In Another’s Shoes – Set in post WWI England, the novel tells the story of Jack Wainwright and Deidre Emerson-Smyth who having survived the war, now find that they must pick up the lives of their elder brothers who died in the war and bring their estates and their families out of the ashes of the conflict and into the new decade of the 1920s. Lovers of Downton Abbey will enjoy the time period and the changes in society chronicled in this book.
The Calling – Set in 2015 and 1715 England and Scotland, the novel brings time travel suspense to a story of second chances. Sara Pendleton arrives at Dearby Castle in 2015 for a reenactment only to find herself the guest of honor at the 1715 wedding of the Earl of Wakefield! Together they will attempt to rewrite history for the Warrenton family and find love along the way.
To Woo a Wife – Set in the Regency era of England, the Marquess of Ellingham is given an ultimatum; to marry a wife of his grandfather’s choosing or risk ruin. The wedding is the first time that bride and groom meet and they must build a life from this marriage of convenience. An attempted kidnapping brings the marriage into perspective for both bride and groom.
Until You – Set in post WWII Europe, the novel chronicles Deidre Scott’s search for her art curator mentor in the ruins of the war. Aided by a battle scarred veteran of the war, Deidre finds both her mentor and a new mission; to help with the rebuilding of Europe and to build a life with Captain Jack McGregor.
The English Rose – Set in Lewes, Delaware before the War of 1812, the story is of two new immigrants to the US; Catherine Wentworth, sent to marry a man she has never met for the settlement of a debt and Cameron McCullum; a brash shipbuilder and designer from Scotland. Together they forge a new life in this new land and survive a bombardment in their hometown.
The Big Sky – Set in 1885 New Mexico, Catherine McCullum comes to the west to meet her Father and begin a new life on a western ranch. Her Father dies before her arrival and she must choose to remain or return to Lewes, Delaware. Those loving a western theme will enjoy.
In the Eye of the Storm – Surviving the Civil War, Elizabeth Majors must travel to London from Wilmington, North Carolina to secure her inheritance. Threats to her life ensue and she must navigate these threats as she forges a new life in the British Isles with her ship captain savior, Captain James O’Rourke. The second edition of this book complete with historical notes is now available.
All books are available at book signings and on amazon.com in both paperback and kindle versions.
Barbara Johns @ Crim De La Crim Antiques-137 N. Queen Street
Barbara A. Johns is a retired Hospice registered nurse. She lives in her home town in Southcentral Pennsylvania having returned from working in Northern California after 12 years. Now, a full-time author, she feels blessed to be able to write more and pursue her degree in Biblical Studies/Theology. She also describes herself as God’s servant.
Abby, her registered therapy dog, better known as “PuppyGirl” in the books, enjoys sharing her unconditional love with others along their paths together.
Dorrance Publishing has accepted her book series, Heart Adventures with PuppyGirl. There are 4 books in the series, The Lake, Wrinkle Twinkles, Rock Gardens and Nobby Star. Each book includes an enjoyable activity to reinforce the messages of love and grace learned, for the child and parent to complete together. Her newest book, Gracie’s Gift, teaches children how to deal with death of someone they love. Speaking to small groups provides opportunities to further her brand, building a “together life” for children and their families and to promote Biblical principles of love and grace to make the world a better place through caring, sharing, and finding strength in God’s love.
Leigh Fleming @ Corner of the Shenandoah Hotel-200 N. Queen Street
Most days Leigh Fleming can be found in her windowless office, escaping to Highland Springs, a fictional town in the West Virginia mountains, as she continues writing her Whatever series.
Leigh published her first book, Precious Words, in 2013, and since published Whatever You Call Me in the fall, 2016, and Whatever You Say, in April, 2017. Look for Whatever We Are coming in late 2017.
Leigh is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Washington Romance Writers chapter. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with her husband, Patrick, and her deaf French Bulldog Napoleon, and is mom to adult children, Tom and Liza.
While fighting for a promotion to senior associate at her Washington, DC, law firm, Kate McNamara receives a call that her grandmother has fallen and broken her leg. She rushes to West Virginia to help Gram, but struggles to adjust to the slow pace and folksy ways of small town life. Despite daily trips to the rehabilitation center, volunteer hours, and even swallowing her pride to be auctioned off during a fundraiser, she’s determined to stay on top of her heavy caseload. But when a sexy mountain man shows up in Gram’s backyard, Kate’s focus on legal briefs becomes harder to maintain.
Brody Fisk, a successful country songwriter, has returned home to Highland Springs for reasons he’s not ready to share. After walking away from his music career, he prefers delivering firewood to little old ladies and serving on the community center board. Though Kate is headed back to her life in DC soon, enticing her to have some fun while she’s in town is a challenge he can’t resist.
As their flirtatious sparring transforms to something deeper, they both have impossible choices to make. Can Brody reveal his painful secrets if Kate is willing to abandon the career she’s always dreamed of?
Erin Mackey @ The Public Library-100 W. King Street
Erin Mackey currently lives in Martinsburg, WV, with her husband Larry. Erin worked as a nurse for 13 years, including Pediatric Nursing, and has obtained a B.S. in Forensics which is a passion of hers. She currently works as a Systems Analyst with Wells Fargo in Frederick, Maryland. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her nieces and nephew: Emily, Kate, Morgan, and Gabe who she says are her inspiration for writing children’s books. She is currently working on the second book in the Laurel Hill Series.
New children’s book offers life lessons, morals to young girls
Sixth-grader Maggie faces new town, new friends, new challenges in ‘Laurel Hill: New Beginnings’
MARTINSBURG, W.V. – Author Erin Mackey releases the first book in her planned Laurel Hill series, “Laurel Hill: New Beginnings: Book 1” (published by Inspiring Voices), penned for girls 10 to 13 years old.
“Young girls will identify with the joys and struggles that these six girls experience growing up,” says Mackey. “My book covers the same issues and situations that young Christian girls today experience in everyday life.”
“Laurel Hill: New Beginnings” introduces readers to Mackey’s imaginative young character, Maggie. When sixth-grader Maggie and her mother move to Laurel Hill, Maggie feels anxious and doesn’t know what to expect. She fears she will not make friends because it’s so close to the end of the school year.
Best friends Nikki, Jennifer, Amy, Morgan and Kate do everything together, but when Maggie is introduced to their class, they decide it’s time to add another friend to the group. Together the six friends, solve mysteries, deal with bullies and learn the true value of friendship, forging bonds that will last a lifetime.
E. Randolph Underwood @ corner of The Shenandoah Hotel-200 N. Queen Street
E. Randolph Underwood is a native of Salem, West Virginia, and a retired civil engineer now living in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with his wife Cathy. They have one daughter, Elizabeth, who currently resides in California with her husband. Besides writing, Mr. Underwood enjoys fishing, hunting and similar outdoor activities.
Train Whistles and Other Distant Memories contains memories of growing up in a small town in North Central West Virginia in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was a time when people were not in such a hurry, when families and friends came together more often to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, and when fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other men in the community took boys under their wings and taught them by example skills, principles, and small-town values that would prepare them for adult life.
Bones of Truth: Small Town Cold Case is a mystery set in a fictitious small town in Central West Virginia where the discovery of human remains in an excavation for a high-profile industrial redevelopment project leads to the reopening of an unsolved murder investigation. The story follows a State Police detective and his assistants as they sort through a variety of motives, suspects, small town secrets, and political issues to uncover the long-hidden truth.
Daniel Boyd @ Boyd’s Steakhouse-109 N. Queen Street
Daniel Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker (Chillers, Strangest Dreams, Paradise Park), a two-time television regional Emmy nominee, and is a multi-nominated graphic novelist (Chillers I & II, CARBON, SALT). CARBON and SALT are currently being developed for film and TV by Emmy-nominated producer Darrell Fetty. Boyd’s first short story collection, Back Roads, with colleagues William Bitner and Jason Pell is out on Bug House Press in April.
A new collaboration, Boyd and Gold/Platinum albums recipient and NPR’s Mountain Stage co-creator and host, Larry Groce, have commissioned a full staged musical adaptation of Paradise Park for Theater West Virginia, scheduled for release in summer 2018.
A retired media studies professor at West Virginia State University, Boyd also taught around the world including in Tanzania as a three-time Fulbright scholar.
Jodi Clark @ corner of The Shenandoah Hotel-200 N. Queen Street
Jodi Clark discovered her passion for writing at the age of twelve, finding freedom in her self-expression through her awkward teenage years.
At seventeen, her poetry was published in various anthologies, such as Cherished Poems of the Western World, and the breakthrough of the internet permitted her to publish many of her short stories online in 1995.
Jodi married and had a son and gained a stepdaughter while her passion for writing flourished through poetry and stories of the inspiration around her.
She later became the primary writer for a local magazine, where she resides in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, while also writing ehow articles, online, for Demand Studi-os. That year, she also published The Disappearance of Benny, her first fiction novel.
In the years that followed, Jodi published her fiction novels, “Aiding Revenge”, “Matriarca” and “Bleeding Panther”. In 2015, she republished and released “Bleeding Panther” with a more in-depth storyline and additional plot, as well as “Mother Condemned”, the revision of “The Disappearance of Benny”.
Jodi’s novels are available on online bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google and Goodreads and through her website at http://www.authorjodiclark.wordpress.com.
Alex Tsiatsos @ DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates-130 N. Queen Street
“M’s Celebrity” is a story told by a first-person narrator who discovers a man whom the narrator refers to as “M”. After his initial interactions with M, the narrator starts to believe that M may be a genius. The narrator describes how M and his group of like-minded followers begin an idealistic rebellion against the wrong-headed aspects of their world. M and his group eventually focus on a famously beautiful celebrity because they believe her to be the epitome of everything they oppose. As the story develops, the narrator begins to question whether M’s interests in the celebrity are less philosophical and more obsessive than M has led him to believe, and the narrator finds himself involved in an ultimate confrontation between M’s world and the celebrity’s world.
Alex Tsiatsos was born in Northern Virginia, but his parents moved his family to Martinsburg in 1990 and he’s lived in this area ever since. He attended Shepherd and WVU, and now works as an attorney in the firm of McCune & Tsiatsos, PLLC in Martinsburg. Before he went to law school, Alex worked in his parents’ restaurant, Luwegee’s Restaurant, in Inwood. The restaurant no longer exists, but some local residents may remember it. Alex married his wonderful wife Angela in 2010 (without her he never would have finished the book) and they’ve been blessed with one son and a daughter on the way.
Cheryle LaVonne @ Boyd’s Steakhouse-109 N. Queen Street
Cheryle LaVonne is a resident of Martinsburg, WV, where she is a mother of two, grandmother of one grandson and one granddaughter, a sister, aunt and friend to many. She works full time for the federal government as a Database Administrator and writes as a hobby and business venture. Cheryle is a self-published writer of romance fiction.
Her first novel, Ready for Love, was released in April 2013 and it received wonderful feedback. Readers wanted more so she wrote the sequel, Living in Love, which was released in October 2014. The third novel, The Tango Foreplay, was launched on April 8, 2017.
Cheryle LaVonne has also created a mentoring program titled, My Beauty Inside and Out, for teen girls age 12-18, to enhance self-esteem and promote self-respect. This program has been presented to several teen groups in Martinsburg, Kearneysville and Charles Town.
Her inspirational phrase is; ‘Share love today in preparation to share more love tomorrow!’ More information may be found at www.cherylelavonneconcepts.com, where her novels may be purchased in paperback version. Ebook versions of Cheryle LaVonne’s novels are available via www.amazon.com.
Elizabeth Plume Fuss @ Berkeley Arts Works-116 N. Queen Street
Summary: An old heavy suitcase that belonged to the widow of a World War II soldier had been moved from place to place over many years. The contents remained unknown other than an explanation to her daughter that it contained “your Daddy’s letters.” After the widow’s death the suitcase revealed a family treasure and a legacy – letters that tell the story of a soldier’s experience in Europe with the 83rd Division and portray a beautiful tale of love and devotion. They describe the heroic actions that earned a Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart. There were also letters from and about the widow’s young brother who was killed when his B-24 Liberator was downed over Belgium the night before the D-Day invasion.
A Faithful Soldier Writes Home shares these letters and also accompanying pictures and documents in appendices such as General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day speech, Bronze Star citations and an award-winning essay What I Am Fighting For.
Comments about A Faithful Soldier Writes Home:
Staff writer John Mcvey of The (Martinsburg) Journal wrote that “Lester’s letters demonstrate his unfailing faith in God that apparently never wavered, even in the darkest days of the war. And he lived his faith through his kindness, compassion and charity for the unfortunate victims of the Nazi occupation. It is also a love story – a lump-in-your-throat love story about a man far from home, in the direst of situations, missing his beautiful, devoted wife and their wonderful life together.”
Reader Diane Skinner wrote: “These letters were just so amazing, eye-opening, and heartwarming to read…I was struck by how sincere, genuine, intelligent, kind, and resourceful he was with such a deep and abiding faith, and integrity. I marveled at how he could keep such a calm head about everything in the midst of what he was surrounded with and subjected to everyday! And he was still interested in all the little things that concerned his family at home…I wish everyone could read this to get a true glimpse of just the kind of dedication it took for a soldier and his family to endure this war that probably saved our world.”
Author: Elizabeth Plume Fuss is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science degree in Nursing Health Policy. She retired in 2014 after a 45-year career in Pediatrics, Nursing Management and as Director of Infection Prevention and Employee Health. She has written articles for nursing and infection prevention journals and spoken at national meetings.
Elizabeth has been an avid reader all her life, especially biographies and historical novels. Finding her father’s World War II letters to her mother was a great joy that she felt called to share with others.
Born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, she has lived in Maryland for the past 40 years and enjoys her family life with her husband, two sons and their spouses and two granddaughters.
For more information Elizabeth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 410-848-0307.
Elaine Breitenbach @ corner of the Shenandoah Hotel-200 N. Queen Street
Elaine Breitenbach using the pen name D. Jeremy Doraido worked as an environmental chemistry lab assistant/field sanitarian for the state of Maryland for 30 years before retiring. Then she went on to work as a church secretary. While visiting a local nursing home as Crayon the Clown, which she has been for eighteen years, she was invited to join Hospice of the Panhandle as a volunteer. With her R.E.A.D/Therapy Dog Merlin the Magician, she also volunteered at Hedgesville Library and Tomahawk Intermediate school in the reading program. Books and science fiction in particular are her favorite pass times.
The newest book in her collection for sale is called
WITH DARKNESS COME
For twenty-one years Wizard raised, protected and educated Aurelius. Since the boy was born a mutant with striking yellow eyes, being a healer with Before-time knowledge was his only chance for survival. Protectorate was desperate for the secrets he had been given. But first he must learn to abide by their laws of be judged evil, like the cult members of their day. A sheltered young man, he was terrified of his new world. Assembly Guardian Master Raymond had killed his caregiver who claimed to be an outlaw physician. What choice did Aurelius have? No home or family, it was imperative he adjust to life in Protectorate.
Laura Ellen Scott @ Flowers Unlimited-144 N. Queen Street
Laura Ellen Scott is a novelist whose titles with Pandamoon Publishing include The Juliet and The Mean Bone in Her Body. Scott was named after the classic noir film and song, Laura, so it’s no surprise that she has always been drawn to dark themes and quirky characters, and her bizarre, complex stories have prompted comparisons to the work of Tom Robbins, Kelly Link, and Robert Altman.
The Juliet is a western thriller that traces the 100-year history of a cursed emerald culminating in a search for it in Death Valley during the great wildflower bloom of 2005. The Mean Bone in Her Body is the first book in her New Royal Mysteries series set in a fictional college/prison town in Ohio, where a liberal arts college joins forces with the corrections industry to offer a unique crime writing program. Born and raised in Northern Ohio, Laura now lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where she teaches creative writing at George Mason University. http://www.pandamoonpub.com/laura-ellen-scott.
Anissa Clay @ Latte’ Da Cupcakery-202 S. Queen Street
Anissa Clay is a 17 year old who lives in Findlay Township PA. She is a junior vocal major at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA. In addition to her love of writing, Anissa also has the gift of singing and songwriting. Her current passion is singing opera and classical music. She is currently in the high school apprentice program with the Pittsburgh Opera and is a member of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir.
Book Synopsis : When fifteen-year-old Delilah Danton undergoes an experimental procedure, she is able to see her future. After her mother dies and she is removed from her abusive father’s clutches, millionaire William Burns and his family adopt her and provide her with opportunities unavailable to her biological family. With this support, Delilah uses her natural talents and works hard to achieve her dreams. Along the way, she falls in love with the most popular boy in school but there is a dark side to their relationship. Knowing her destiny, can she change it? Will her special knowledge of the future force her to accept it?
There is also a Music CD available for purchase that covers the 4 original songs written for The God Conception book.
Bob O’Connor @ Habanero Mexican Grill-100 N. Queen Street
Bob O’Connor is a local author (Charles Town, WV) who has written twelve books on the American Civil War. He has been named Finalist four times in National Book Competition. He also recently received an award from the West Virginia Press Association for his columns that appear in the Martinsburg Journal. He writes both fiction and non-fiction.
His latest book is “Murphy Farm – A Refuge From Racism”. The non-fiction book is the history of a farm which is now part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The property has both Civil War and Civil Rights history. The John Brown fort was located on the Murphy Farm from 1895-1910.
Other very popular books by O’Connor include Countdown to West Virginia Statehood, two books on a local man (Ward Hill Lamon) who was Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard, his book on John Brown, his two Catesby books, The Centennial of Ranson, WV 1910-2010 and his book about James Hanger, the Civil War’s first amputee.
His website is www.boboconnorbooks.com
Scott Bryan @ Uncle Joe’s Barbershop-204 N. Queen Street
Scott Bryan is a writer, comedian, and adventurer who recently spent six months traveling with no money and no plan. During that time he accidentally saw the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Washington Monument (with no lights on), Gandhi’s glasses, two gigantic protests, and the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. From there, his path led him to Martinsburg, WV where he is excited to be pursuing the mysteries of budding romance. He is the writer of the independent feature film, Drunk, and the author of the self-help parody This Book Will Make You Go Crazy.
In Dearest Madeline: A Love Story, Bryan employs comical hand-written letters that detail his travels from the mountains of Colorado to the urban jungle of New York City. In this visceral, immediate, and visual medium Bryan captures the frenzy of his travels while he battles an ever-present existential crisis and his utter lack of understanding of social graces, hospitality, reality, and women.
Michelle Files @ The HUB Suite-142 N. Queen Street
Michelle N. Files was born and raised in wild, wonderful West Virginia. While her first passion is accounting, not long into adulthood, Michelle rediscovered her love of books and with it the joy and fulfillment of writing her own stories. After the sudden loss of her husband in 2013, she found healing and restoration in chronicling her own personal journey through grief and with it the calling to pen self-help and motivational non fiction. She spends her time combining her love of numbers and words by teaching accounting at local colleges and through her writing of both fictional and real life stories of life, love, and friendship, or as she puts it weaving tales of always and forever.
How I Learned to Shine Again: My Story of Loss, Grief, Healing, and Restoration
(Published October 2016)
Genre: Non Fiction/Memoir/Faith Based
Inside the pages of this book resides a piece of my heart. It’s a glimpse into my soul during the most traumatic and heartbreaking time of my life—the loss of my husband. This is my story of how through faith, family, friends, counseling, and writing I mustered the strength to crawl out of the dark cave of despair, washed away the pain, found healing, and unearthed a new life of joy, peace, and love. This is my journey through the wretched webs of grief, and it is my wish you will find comfort through my struggles. Most importantly, I hope you will find the courage in your heart to live fully, to love boldly, to shine brightly, and to never give up on your always and forever.
Acclaim: Once Upon a Book 2017 Nominee for Most Gripping Standalone Novel
Soul Survivor: The Hybrid Chronicles Book 1
(Published June 2013)
Genre: Fiction/Romance/Paranormal/Young Adult
Hailee Mai Hart is just a simple, normal girl. Or so she thought.
When she left her one-horse town for a college education in the big city, she never could’ve imagined what awaited her.
She’s quickly thrown into a world filled with angels, danger, and a curse…her curse. Come to find out, she’s not so simple after all. She’s actually the last of her kind, and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. She has one chance to save Earth, and it all comes down to one choice: Light or Darkness. What is right and what is wrong is all a matter of perspective, which leaves her heart dangerously tangled. No matter which path she takes people will die, and that’s just not an option. Will she be able to save everyone, or will she be the Soul Survivor?
Roger Engle @ Mugs & Muffins-220 N. Queen Street
Roger Engle, from Martinsburg, WV, is the author of two multi-award winning books. He is a retired educator of 30 years and served in the Army Reserve for six years. Roger stays active with book events, serves as president of the Board of Directors of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation, is an active member of Main Street Martinsburg and a member of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. At St. Luke’s UM Church, he serves on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Roger has been married to his wife, Gula, for 48 years, is the father of two children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, travel, is a Master Judge for the Kansas City Barbeque Society…and of course, loves to write.
BOOKS & AWARDS:
Stories from a Small Town: Remembering My Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia is winner of The Independent Publisher 2013 Winner of the Bronze IPPY Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the United States Mid-Atlantic Region and The Next Generation Indie 2013 Finalist Award for Best Non-Fiction Overall Book Design in the United States
Goodbye Mister Fifteen: A Memoir, has won The Next Generation Indie 2016 Award for Best Non-Fiction Book Cover in the United States, The Independent Publisher 2016 Winner of the Silver IPPY Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the United States Mid-Atlantic Region and The Next Generation Indie 2016 Finalist Award for Best Non-Fiction Overall Book Design in the United States
OTHER AWARDS & RECOGNITION:
Mr. Engle received, in June 2015, both a certificate of recognition and a legislative citation from the Senate of West Virginia and House of Delegates of the West Virginia Legislature, respectively. For both his first book, Stories from a Small Town: Remembering My Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia and sequel, Goodbye Mister Fifteen: A Memoir, Mr. Engle has received recognition from United States Senator, Joe Manchin, III, for his accomplishments and representing the State of West Virginia. In May 2016, he was awarded Hedgesville High School’s Outstanding Alumni of the Year.
E. Elizabeth Watson @ Bank Books-145 S. Queen Street
E. Elizabeth Watson is an Amazon Top 100 selling author in the categories of Scottish Historical Romance and Historical Fantasy. Recently signed by Entangled Historical Select for two novels, she writes historical romance and historical fiction, and lives in West Virginia with her sons, husband, yellow lab, bobtail cat, parakeet, and two rabbits. She has a Master of Letters in Archaeology from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, having graduated with Highest Honors. Her first book, Prince of Lions, was released in January of 2016, and her second book, Son of Ballymead, just released this February.
Elizabeth began pursuing fiction writing in 2014, when she was a Second Prize Quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for her unpublished manuscript entitled Two Brides for Ewan de Buchan. Before that, she received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Texas Observer Short Story Competition for her story entitled Freedom in the Raw. She began writing by publishing articles in the academic journals Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness, and Culture, and The Journal of Big Bend Studies regarding her graduate school dissertation and an undergraduate research fellowship award project. Elizabeth is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) as well as the Maryland Romance Writers. Visit her website at www.eelizabethwatson.com. Make sure to follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Author.E.Elizabeth.Watson/. Find her on Twitter @AuthorEEWatson.
“Michael T” Myers @ Crim De La Crim Antiques-137 N. Queen Street
Michael T’s first book, “Jelly Bean Soup and Grilled Candy Sandwiches” was motivated by his wife who is certified in applied clinical nutrition. She always encourages him to eat each meal smarter. With childhood obesity in the news, Michael T thought “Jelly Bean Soup and Grilled Candy Sandwiches” would be a fun project to help children learn a better way to eat and live healther. You can find a review of “Jelly Bean Soup and Grilled Candy Sandwiches” here.
Michael T’s second Book, “Oh, Yes I Can!” reflects his lifelong belief that each person has the ability to be anything, as long as they are willing to work hard, respect others, including God and always say “Oh, Yes I Can!” Please Enjoy.
William Moore @ Patterson’s Drug Store-134 S. Queen Street
William Moore has the honor of being a “Distinguished West Virginian”, the highest civilian award that can be given in the state. It was awarded by the Governor of the State for recognition of public service in the Hedgesville area or more than twenty years. He took that depth of knowledge and background to write EARLY HEDGESVILLE CHRONICLES 1720-1947, an archival, panoramic sweep of history in one locale that mirrors the development of the country as a whole.
It is the story of the ever-changing parade of people who settled near a spring at the gap of the North Mountain. They see the events swirl about them with Native Americans, the westward expansion, the trauma of the Civil War, village life – lamplighters, electricity, phone – then the first auto, the establishment of schools, medical doctors, and a turn of the century resort hotel culture. These are the major themes of the book.
About the author:
Bill Moore has been a Mayor, Town Recorder, School Counselor, and presently is the Pastor of Tabler Presbyterian Church. He writes articles, monographs, booklets, etc. of mostly original local history… that if not written, would be lost. They involve church histories, civil war documentations, industrial stories, and family chronicles.
Linda Lamneck Medwig @ The Public Library-100 W. King Street
A children’s book written and illustrated forty years ago is published for a new generation.
Linda Medwig was in college, majoring in Elementary Education when she was assigned to create a book for young children. The author penned a delightful story about two bunny friends who are kept apart by a big problem. She turned to her mother, an accomplished artist, for the illustrations. Together mother and daughter produced a single book that the professor thought could qualify for publication.
What took so long? “Life!” says the author, “Life got in the way…working, raising a family..taking care of ill parents.” In the case of the author’s mother, it was Alzheimer’s that took her artistic abilities and she passed away in 2012.
The release of THE BIG SNEEZE is a dream realized. Everything about it is original with the exception of the character’s names, which Linda replaced with the names of her grandchildren. The playful and gentle story, illuminated by its beautiful illustrations, evoke the more innocent attitudes of the time in which it was written.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of THE BIG SNEEZE will be donated to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of its illustrator, Caroline Wissinger.
Linda Lamneck Medwig is a retired Preschool and Kindergarten teacher. She makes her home in Mars, PA with her husband, Terry.
L.S. Gribko @ Bells & Bows – 118 W. Martin Street
Linda S. Gribko is an author living in Morgantown, West Virginia. Early in life, she pushed her in-born love for writing stories aside as she earned degrees in natural resources, including a PhD in Forestry from West Virginia University. Having never quite worked out a plan to use her education, and always struggling to stay afloat while searching for the elusive “something else,” she tried out a wide range of careers before eventually landing on a corporate position that should have marked the end of her search. However, on January 4, 2014, a meteor flew over her head and wagged its tail as she proclaimed to the stars that she was the Universe. (That’s a true story). Three months later, she quit her job and in 2015 began writing Giving Voice to Dawn, her debut novel published in November 2016. Her current works-in-progress include a set of affirmation cards and a workshop experience based on the wisdom shared in Giving Voice to Dawn. She also writes a blog, Hawk Finds Her Wings, and has started work on her second novel.
“Believing in reincarnation is so much kinder, you know.” I was pressed into a window seat on a DC Metro train screaming along the Red Line from Montgomery County to downtown when Mick dropped his bombshell in my ear. I shifted uncomfortably in my seat and glanced around. Was anyone else hearing this conversation? Was anyone staring?
So begins a magical journey of self-discovery and coming home that transcends the ordinary to include a gang of quirky guides, insightful Spirit Animals, passionate ancestors, and a karmically connected cast of friends and family members whose lives appear to be simultaneously rattling apart.
The narrator of the story, a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and plopped into the mystical crease between this world and that, is numbed by an existence that’s not fulfilling and befuddled by a grief that she can’t explain. Plagued by strange dreams that seem to point toward a long-forgotten mission, she sets out to unravel the mystery of a tragic past that has stolen her joy and muted her voice.
Nudging the narrator along on her journey is Mick, the wise mentor with gentle attitude who’s inserted himself into her daily commute. Driving the SUV into adventure is Neil, her quick-witted buddy from work with an aching void of his own to fill. With their heads together and Neil’s foot on the gas pedal, they hurtle into the future by way of a wild trip through history.
Part parable, part imaginative adventure, part historical romp, Giving Voice to Dawn is a fast-paced and frequently hilarious spin through awakening that speaks to every seeker who’s ever asked, “Why am I here? What’s holding me back? And why is that crow looking at me?”
Giving Voice to Dawn is the story of a woman, haunted by a grief that she can’t explain, who is plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and sent on a magical quest of self-discovery. Joining her in the SUV headed for mystical adventure is her buddy, Neil, who has an aching void of his own to fill. With the help of a gang of insightful Spirit Animals, quirky guides, and passionate ancestors, will the friends unravel the mystery of a tragic shared past that has stolen their joy?
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Steven Crabill @ BeHive-205 N. Queen Street
Just because Steve Crabill was born and raised in northern Virginia, he wants everyone to know that he never had a silver spoon in his mouth or any other body cavity for that matter! His childhood was shared with four younger siblings and two devoted parents.
After three years in the Army and combat in Viet Nam, Steve started chasing his old dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dean’s list, chemistry major, it went along swimmingly until the money ran out! It was a wild ride folks, and Steve has this way of remembering everything in living color. Almost by accident his story telling passion turned to writing.
Telling stories is sharing life with others. Steve Crabill has won first place in a writer’s contest telling one of his stories. His book “Wipe That Smile Off Your Face!” will do the opposite. Let Steve’s memories bring yours back. The good, bad, and even the ugly! Consider it a form of therapy. email@example.com
About the Book by Steve Crabill
Steve Crabill has always loved a good story, and believes it gives us a commonality and triggers something in our hearts. Steve has been telling stories since he was a kid. He has been writing stories for twelve years and has been published in Thunder Run, a quarterly magazine for his beloved 11th Armored Cavalry Association. As a member of Chesapeake Bay Writers, he recently won first place in their All Star Gala Writing Competition. He enjoys reading his creative non-fiction short stories with this writers group every month.
Wipe That Smile Off Your Face is a series of short stories that provide pictures of life in all its magic, mystery, and brutality. How about stepping in dog doo and having to ride home on the roof of the family car, for instance? Sound familiar? No? Okay then: you’re working in a veterinary hospital as a teenager, and you have to tell a beautiful young woman that her dog is dead! Just all in a day’s work, and weird work, too! On we go, right to edge of insanity in South East Asia. A twenty-two year old tank driver with nine lives. How does one mainstream back into the “flower child” community after this? It ain’t easy! Step right up folks, you are going to be pulled up, down, and sideways through Steve Crabill’s narrative.
Claude Salhani @ Mugs & Muffins-220 N. Queen Street
Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia that has been under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev since independence in 1991, has proven that a mostly Muslim nation can be active on the international scene. Its leaders have worked fervently to bridge the ugly schism that has developed since the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent invasions of Arab and Muslim lands byWestern forces. How has Kazakhstan been able to maintain its Muslim heritage yet remain on track toward modernization while other Muslim countries have imposed strict Shari’a law upon their citizens, clamped down on individual freedoms, and persecuted all who do not adhere to the diktat of the ruling theocracy? Claude Salhani examines the successful phenomenon of Kazakhstan today.He looks at the progress it has attained in just two decades since independence. While there is no doubt as to the Muslim identity of the country,Kazakhstan is living proof that there can be a “kinder, gentler” mode of Islam, in which one can live at peace with oneself and with one’s neighbors, despite their differences.
Eddie Roy @ Peking Restaurant-139 S. Queen Street
Eddie Roy was Born in Baltimore Md. in 1953. Lived in Martinsburg since age four. Married to Jo Ann since 1975. Currently have six novels published in various genres, as well as a book of short stories and a book of humor and satire. I write fiction. I’ve published six books, five of which I was planning to bring; a book of short stories and four novels, including two horror stories. I’m a writer from the area, but I don’t write about the area.
BLOOD REICH DESCRIPTION
As World War II nears its end, the once invincible German war machine is faltering. Berlin is in danger of falling under constant pounding by Allied forces. During a reconnaissance mission into Russia in preparation for an attack, a platoon of German soldiers discovers, and is nearly wiped out by the residents of a village deep in the Russian forest. The villagers not only fight back, but will not die. The soldiers capture one of the villagers, and return him to Berlin, where one of Hitler’s Generals develops a plan to insure the eternal survival of the Third Reich. By intertwining evil as old as time with the evil of a maniacal dictator bent on controlling the world, a plan is put into play to mount an offensive decades later on an unsuspecting world, to complete what the despot failed to accomplish in the second great war. This is the story of a small group of people, led by a former CIA agent and an aged Holocaust survivor who has made tracking Nazi war criminals his life’s work, coming together in an attempt to stop a rapidly spreading infection that threatens the entire human race. It’s a battle against old evil reborn in a new time. They find an ally in a young priest whose disappointment with the state of humanity has him doubting his faith. Theirs is a struggle fought not only with weapons, but with who they are, as individuals, and as a group.
CROSSBOW CAY descriptionOn a sweltering summer night, a black plane, flying dark, crashes on a small island off the coast of Georgia. Constable Delmont Grove, the island’s only law,(and the only one to witness the crash) undertakes an investigation into the origin and purpose of the clandestine flight. As events unfold, trouble comes to the island, in the form of the plane’s owner, determined to recover his property at any cost. The residents of the island face dangers that require them to depend on each other for protection, and even survival.
EYES ONLY DESCRIPTION
A narcotics detective with a talent for infiltrating drug cartels is recruited by the CIA to use his skills to work his way into a suspected terrorist cell targeting one of the country’s largest cities. Before undertaking the mission, a miniscule transmitter is implanted in his brain allowing The Agency to see through his eyes. Along with another CIA agent and an agent of Homeland Security he works his way into the heart of the terrorist cell where they find the threat is far worse than they could have imagined. A fast paced novel with a broad cast of characters, who come together as a team, and a family, to derail the terrorist’s plot, which would have devastating repercussions not only for The United States, but for the entire world, with plot twists till the end.
Sheila DuGantt @ All About Fabrics-248 N. Queen Street
Sheila DuGantt is a native of West Virginia. First and foremost she is the mother of two great children. She resides with her faithful companion, who looks more like a panda than a canine. Moonlight Exposure is her first novel. She hopes her readers enjoys the twists and turns as much as she loved writing them. It is her desire through their journey between the dark and lesser light they realize, sometimes hope comes in the most unlikely places.
Marilyn Jantzen has been grieving for her missing five-year-old daughter. Nine months after disappearing at a mall, the authorities still have no clue of her whereabouts.
Meanwhile, half-way across the country, Kathryn Rubin has been mourning the loss of her two children to a drunk driver and a beloved husband who has been in a coma.
One night, Marilyn has a dream that kicks off a chain of events that brings the two strangers’ worlds colliding together. Revealing deeply hidden family secrets, Marilyn and Kathryn plunge head-on into a snake’s nest of terror that threatens to destroy them both.
S. Marshall Wilson @ Corner of the Shenandoah Hotel-200 N. Queen Street
Is the husband of a formidable woman and father of the mighty nine. He grew up in the southern United States and joined the Army as an Infantry Officer. He has lived in such exotic locales as Peru, where he served as a teacher among tribal people in the Amazon River basin;Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service as a commander of Sappers;and Germany, where he served as a military spouse and general agitator.He prefers to live among and write about strong people who live purposefully and occasionally make mistakes.
All men have heard tales of Mathan son of Ardal, Mad Bear of the Western Dearth, but who can say if any are true?
One man knows.
For forty years, Tigue, Bard of Taermun, stumbled beside him, carried his burdens and fought his wars. He was there in Mathan’s youth. He was there at the end.
Pay heed then to the declaration of the bard for herein is no mere tale, but the faithful testimony of a scrupulous witness… and a legend of the truest sort.
Mary McKay @ Casa Visone – 120 N. Queen Street