Ahhhh, the smell of the earth with new fallen leaves, spiced pumpkin bread and warmed apple cider in the air, a crispness not found any other time of the year…
So it must be Fall Tailgate season, and what would a tailgate party be without a booksigning to go along with it? A group of lovely writers are plotting something a bit different. Come and enjoy the fall scenery, have a cuppa, enjoy antiquing at the BEST antique shop ever, and come talk books, publishing, and maybe buy a book, from one of a host of lovely Virginia writers!
It all happens October 15th, from 10 AM to 2 PM (hoping for a cool, crisp CLEAR day.) We are being hosted by A&W Collectables and Antiques located at 3714 Richmond Rd, Keswick, Virginia. It should be a lot of fun! All of the writers are just the warmest, most approachable group of fine folks you’d ever care to meet, so come on out and enjoy the day with us!
Featured Author Bios:
Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher’s assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel--lasted half a day)…she realized she'd missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny.
Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil and Destined Love. Anita’s last novel Awaken the Highland Warrior reached the #1 slot at Amazon for best Time Travel, #1 for Fantasy and Futuristic Romance, and #23 for ALL Romance and #12 for ALL Fantasy and Futuristic.
Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids. You can learn more about her writing at www.anitaclenney.com
Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad...of small town and suspense.
Living on the cutting edge of technology in her day job in the banking industry for many years, Nancy spends each night creating make-believe small town worlds filled with hope, heart, and suspense. She hopes readers will accept her invitation to visit Adams Grove and will grow to care about the residents as much as she does.
SWEET TEA AND SECRETS was released earlier this year.
Aside from writing Nancy enjoys treasure-hunting in antique shoppes, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets.
A Virginia native, she and her husband of 16 years moved inland to quiet Southampton County. They live on a working goat farm with their two labs and more kids (the four-legged kind) than they keep count of, where they are living out their own small town love story.
Nancy’s second book in the Adams Grove series, Out of Focus, will be out in November.
Nancy is the “International Thriller Writers Debut Author” for 2011/2012. For more details visit, www.NancyNaigle.com
Leah St.James’s passion for the written word began with a love of reading. As a child, she spent most of her free time tucked away in a quiet corner with a mystery or suspense novel in hand, devouring the pages until her eyes burned with fatigue. Eventually that joy of reading turned to writing, first simple poetry, then newsletters and articles, and finally, as a mother of a growing family, to fiction.
Her love of a good romance goes way back too, and some element of a love story finds its way into most of her stories. Over the years, though, that focus has shifted from simple romance to an exploration of the deepest of human emotions—love and hate, bravery and cowardice, joy and despair—and how we, as human beings, relate to each other. Her greatest hope is to touch her readers' hearts, to give them something to ponder and question, and to express the redeeming power of love.
Married with two grown sons, Leah is a native of the beautiful Central Jersey Shore but now enjoys the peace and quiet of Virginia's Hampton Roads.
Visit Leah at www.leahstjames.com
Pamela K. Kinney is a published author of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and poetry, along with nonfiction ghost books published by Schiffer Publishing. Her first two ghost books were nominated for the Library of Virginia Award. Her third one, Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle, was just released July 2011.
Under the pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan, she writes erotic and sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance. One of these, Being Familiar With a Witch, is a Prism Awards 2010 winner and a EPIC awards finalist 2010—and it’s an eBook, too! The sequel was released June 2011.
She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cats sometimes suffer for it!
Find out more about her at: http://fantasticdreams.50megs.com/ and at http://www.sapphirephelan.com/ for Sapphire Phelan.
Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California,
Barbara Stremikis began kindergarten the year her sister left for college. With no nearby neighbors, she spent her time pursuing interests in writing, music, and the creative arts. She taught elementary school in the San Francisco Bay Area, Career Development with the Hawaii JOBS program, and Psych 101 in Indianapolis. Her academic accomplishments include a Master's Degree in Music and a Ph.D. in Psychology. She began a novel, about a San Franciso psychologist, while waiting for her committee to approve her dissertation. Barbara and her husband live in Virginia with their two rescue dogs, a Siberian husky and a black Lab mix. You can visit Barbara at: www.barbarastremikis.com
Grace Greene writes fiction with romance, suspense, inspiration, and always with a strong heroine at its heart. Vivid settings and quirky secondary characters round out the stories and there’s a happily-ever-after-ending—most of the time.
Grace is also an artist and photographer. She is drawn to houses and landscapes that ooze character and is fascinated by history and human nature. When she’s writing, all of these interests show up on the page.
BEACH RENTAL is her debut release. Her next novel, KINCAID’S HOPE, is scheduled for release in January 2012. In KINCAID’S HOPE, Beth Kincaid finds that swearing off the Kincaid temper and creating the perfect life free from untidy emotionalism has its own dangers and can even get you killed.
A Virginia native, Grace lives in central Virginia. Stay current with Grace’s releases and appearances at www.GraceGreeneAuthor.com
Sofie Couch, a native of Keswick, is raising a “para normal young adults” and writing in the same genre!
Her latest release, ANGELS UNAWARES, is the first in a three book young adult paranormal series. She was a Linda Howard Award of Excellence Finalist for her novel, CYBER BRIDE, written under her real name, Annette Couch-Jareb.
While her ventures have often taken her far and wide, she has always found herself drawn to return to her home in Keswick. There, in addition to homeschooling her “para normal young adults”, she tends to a flock of chickens, gardens, (with enthusiasm, if not great success,) and visits the muses with a Great Pyrenees mountain dog at her feet, who has a good heart and bad hips. She often takes weekend breaks from the fictive characters in her head to socialize with lovely, non-fictive people at her family’s, local antique shop, A&W Collectables and Antiques.
Sofie blogs away at www.sofiecouch.blogspot.com and her latest book trailer can be found on www.youtube.com under “Sofie Couch”. (That’s SoFie – with an “f”.)
Mary Montague Sikes, Author and Artist
From her first visit to the Caribbean, award-winning author Mary Montague Sikes has been enchanted with the islands. Her love of the tropics inspired her to set her first novel, Hearts Across Forever, in Jamaica. Her latest novel, Jungle Jeopardy, is a sequel to Secrets by the Sea and features adventures among the lost ruins of the Maya in Central America.
Because of Sikes’ fascination with exotic destinations, her publisher, Oak Tree Books, created “The Passenger to Paradise” series for her books. Sikes plans future novels set in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Sint Maarten, and Guadeloupe. All will feature unusual and sometimes dangerous adventures she actually experienced on trips to these islands.
Her next book, A Rainbow for Christmas, is a young adult novel that tells the story of the wagon train journey of a young woman traveling with her young niece across the plains from St. Louis to Denver.
A Fredericksburg, Virginia native, Sikes is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Following her love of art, she studied painting and sculpture at the College of William and Mary and earned a MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her art is now on view at Petersburg Regional Art Center in Petersburg, at Prince George Art and Frame in Williamsburg, at Tides Inn in Irvington, and at Glen Allen Cultural Art Center in Glen Allen.
A freelance writer and photographer as well as book author, Sikes presents programs for art, writing, and civic organizations. For the past 12 years, she has taught art at West Point Elementary School. For more information on Sikes, her books and art, please visit http://marymontaguesikes.blogspot.com.