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Xlibris Author Fida Abbott will host a book-signing event for her newest released title, Exploring My Ideas at West Chester Public Library, West Chester, PA from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Exploring My Ideas is a collection of evocative short stories crafted from Fida Abbott’s personal experiences and observations. The author follows each short story with an explanation on the inspirations and influences behind the writing of every single story.

Mary Kerbacher, Xlibris author of the book Awareness Is the Key: Bettering Relationships Between Parents and Teens, will be hosting a book signing at Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pa. on Feb. 11, 2017. She has also been invited to attend a parent-teen conference where she can sell her books, at James V Brown Library Williamsport, Pa 17701.

Awareness Is the Key: Bettering Relationships Between Parents and Teens is based on the author’s experiences working and reaching out to children, most especially teenagers. Through her book, Mary Kerbacher hopes to better communication and interactions between parents and their teenage children.

Valerie will be hosting a book signing for her book How to Pray Without Ceasing on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at LaMarket Place Boutique located inside Dazzles Hair Nails & Body Spa at 3323 183rd Street, Homewood, IL. from 10a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registered nurse Sheryl Simmons is passionate about two things: caregiving and writing. She combined these two passions by self-publishing a self-help book, A Message from Mama, in which she tells her story of caring for her Alzheimer’s-ridden mother. She hopes this will also help other caregivers of Alzheimer’s victims cope with their situation. Catch her as she signs copies of her book in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Tegan Habeb was born with cerebral palsy and as a result, she was bullied mercilessly throughout her life. Despite that, she is thankful that she met a man who was willing to help her cope with the trauma of her past. But she knows that there are others who go through the same thing, so she decided to share her experiences the best way she knows how: through writing. The result was her first book, Shattered Glass. She will be signing copies of her work at Half Off Books in Whittier, California, on April 4, 3:00 p.m.

As a military spouse, Freddie Wilson spent a lot of time traveling to various places. During that time, she started a career in the academe, working as a substitute teacher for children in Germany in 1992. She found that she loved the job so much that when she returned to the United States, she continued on this career path in various school districts. She even self-published a book, A Divine Connection: Experiencing a Moment, to share her experiences as a teacher—its ups and downs, its joys and tribulations, its challenges and insights.

Last November 8, she shared copies of her memoir to interested readers through a book-signing event held during a Sisters of Valor Women Conference in Sumter, South Carolina.

Ralph Vander Heide is a former Mormon. His extensive knowledge and life experiences, coupled with his wife’s equally remarkable educational background, contributed immensely to the couple’s joint novel, Chris and Louisa, which covers 125 years of Mormonism, polygamy, and changes in the church. They signed copies of their book at Hastings Books Music & Video in Logan, Utah, last November 1. They also signed copies in the store’s Ogden branch last November 11.

Aside from having a successful career in coastal science and ocean engineering, Don Resio is also a self-published poet. He dabbled in the art of poetry because of his late identical twin brother who was an avid poet, artist, and painter. In fact, Don published his book, Only a Dream, as a way of remembering him. His poems are inspired by his dreams, which he had often shared with his brother. Don will be signing copies of his poetry collection on November 13, 5:30 p.m., at the Cinammon Tree in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Self-published author Vicki Shroeder finds joy in spending time with family—her four grandchildren and their parents. This family-oriented personality is reflective in her book choices as well. Her book, Eleven Broken Pencils, revolves around a dysfunctional family who unites because of the mother’s tragic death. Vicki will be signing copies of her novel on November 8, 2014, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Higher Grounds Coffee, 1709 S. West Ave., Freeport.

When he was five years old, James Howell slept through the detonation of the first atomic bomb in a desert thirty miles from his home. But the memory is fresh in his mind, and he attempts to reconstruct the event through a work of historical fiction, Countdown to Atomgeddon: The Race to Build the First Atomic Bomb. The self-published book traces the development of the first atomic bomb and—through fictional characters and invented interviews—shows the humanistic side of this endeavor. To promote his book, Howell hosted the first of a series of book signings at the South Arlington/Four Corners branch of Half Price Books in Texas last October 19, 2014. The next book signing event will be held at the Pleasant Run branch of Half Price Books, still in Texas. He will be signing and selling copies of his book from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Worthington author Judy Creel wrote poetry as a personal hobby, with her mother always pushing her to share her poems with the world. She finally did that after her mother’s passing, through a self-published book titled Windows to My Heart. It is a collection of over 100 poems and includes a mystery short story at the end. Catch Judy as she signs copies of her book at Kittanning News along Market Street in Kittaning on October 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It is often inspiring how someone can bounce right back after facing a huge setback. But it’s even more inspiring when that person turns those struggles into a creative piece of work and shares it with people everywhere—and that’s exactly what self-published author Judy Ayyildiz did. After being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, she took refuge in what she did best: writing. Her journals then evolved into her first creative nonfiction work, Nothing but Time: A Triumph over Trauma, where she tells the story of her plight and the insights she gained from the experience. Catch her as she signs copies of her inspiring memoir at the famous Washington, DC Turkish Festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

K. L. Butters has long been interested in medieval history and pursuing eclectic studies, skills, and life experiences (including working with a destrier) to establish a deeper understanding of the subject. This has allowed Butters to write a convincing medieval tale with vivid period details and accurate fourteenth-century vocabulary, The Second Portcullis: A Medieval Tale. The self-published book follows the story of Scottish knight Sir Malcolm Drummond as he charges into mystery, murder, treason, treasure, and romance.

Catch K. L. Butters in a book-signing event this coming Sunday, August 31, at Apostrophe Bookstore, 5229 E 2nd St., Belmont Shore, California. Come by, meet and chat with the author, get some freebies, and buy a personally signed copy of the book!

Rhabi Rites is a successful and award-winning playwright from Greensboro, North Carolina. Her monologues have been published in different books, and her plays have received great reviews. Her passion for writing also extends to self-publishing, as evident in her book, Delivered: Learning from her past…to define her future, which tells the story of a woman struggling with her identity. Catch her as she hosts her first book signing at the Barnes & Noble store (located at 906 Mall Loop Road, High Point, NC) on Thursday, July 24, 6:00 p.m.

James Hill is a successful software engineer, but he has recently returned to his first love, writing, when he self-published his novel, Killer with a Heart. The book is the first in a series about Morris ”Mojo” Johnson, a feared warlord. Catch James as he discusses his writing motivations and signs books at the Fabulous Author Book Signing to be held at the Simply Fresh Café in Virginia Beach on June 28, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Nicky Dare, who has a successful career in international management consulting aside from being a writer, has drawn from personal and life experiences to write her inspirational self-published book, The Audacity of Veracity. Since its publication in March 2014, Nicky has been at several book signings at various locations, like the Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Los Cabos, a Starbucks in Southern California, and even at events for the Arthritis Foundation and women empowerment. Her other promotional efforts include raffling off her books at various charity events and donating her books to local churches.

Self-published author Vivian Hoskins has recently published her second collection of short stories and poems, Perfect Moments for Gown Folks, which is in turn a sequel to her first book, Perfect Moments - Mature Relationships (published last May 2013). Catch her in a book signing brunch this Saturday. April 5, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Philips County Library.

Doris Washington is a self-published poet that hopes that her writings will inspire many people all over the world. She has been travelling across the country doing numerous book signings since her first book, A Blessing, Caring & Sharing, was published. She continues to travel until today, signing copies of her other books, The Joy in the Morning and a New Day Begins, and recently published A Time, A Season and Always Love. You can find a list of her book signings on her website.

Self-published author Zenobia continues her story about the wild Reid Family in Lost Ones part 2: Twisted. The second book introduces some new characters into Zenobia's fun Virginia Beach community, but it still retains the quirky characters and interesting events that were the highlight of the first book. Zenobia was at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York last March 28, 2014, signing copies of this newest addition to her literary collection.

When J. Paul Lombardo published his book Beyond Reading, 'riting & 'rithmetic with Xlibris recently, he merely wanted to get a humble message across. His book details the everyday experiences of those called to teach, with all the struggles and hardships that come with it. His uncompromising view of how educators go beyond the call of duty has been given notice, however, and he soon organized a book signing event. If you happen to be in or near Jamestown, New York, on February 8, catch J. Paul Lombardo from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the chance to meet a truly inspirational author.

Xlibris author Shalisa Anthony will be having a book signing at the Redbridge Central Library (formerly Ilford Central Library), Ilford, Essex, on Saturday, 27 October 2012, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Ms. Anthony wrote and self-published She Who Walks Alone.. With One, an inspirational novel that invites readers to take a journey on the path to healing and enlightenment. The book signing activity will include excerpt and poetry readings, a meet-and-greet with Ms. Anthony, and a Q&A opportunity to learn more about her book, about her as an author, and as a person.


Xlibris author, Richard V. Martin has been featured in a newspaper, the Marietta Daily Journal, a daily paper printed out of Cobb County, Georgia. The article itself, published on July 24, describes Richard’s book series, as well as sharing the author’s thoughts behind his writing, and a little into the author’s background.

Sonia Fuentes, author of Eat First -- You Don't Know What They'll Give You, was profiled in the May/June 2016 issue of Suncoast Living Magazine. Suncoast Living is a Florida magazine with an emphasis on lifestyle. The article focuses on Sonia’s history as a leader in the fight for women’s rights in the United States. The lifestyle magazine includes such highlights as Sonia being honoured in Washington DC by the National Women’s History Project.

Though the process of writing her book entailed having to go through the pain of her past, Melody Richard courageously recounts her struggles in Dancing Love as a way to help victims of domestic abuse. She also shared her experiences in an article published on the news website, NY1 News.

Richard suffered unimaginable anguish growing up as a victim of rape and physical abuse at the hands of her mother and a cousin. She fled both her family and the country and she has not looked back since. Now, she works as a home attendant and offers her story as a way to help those in need of faith and strength.

US Marine veteran, marketing executive, and self-published author Gerard Dion takes readers on a fast-paced ride in his political thriller, Cuba Unchained. A fighter through and through, having already overcome both cancer and a three-way heart bypass, Dion imprints his personality into his protagonist Nickolas Harvey, who sought his “signature event” within the estranged relationship between the United States and Cuba. He talks at length about the concept of signature events in an article published in the writers’ online journal, KingsCalendar.com. You can read the post in full by clicking here.

Freethinker Randy E. Sweigard presents his intriguing take on religion and science in his book called An Epistle Concerning the Purpose of Life. Though without any formal degrees, Sweigard resolved to satisfy his quench for knowledge and came upon some very interesting correlations between science and religion, resulting in a book that seeks to simplify existentialism and creationism. The Magic City Morning Star featured the book in its Book Basket which you can view here.

For Joanne Greene, her literary debut could not have come any better. Her first work, Calico Jam, is a novel centered on the life of Joanna, a spirited young lady who was born during the Great Depression of the 1930s and is trying to get back to her roots. The book gained a positive review from the Midwest Book Review’s Small Press Watch. They praised Greene’s work and called it “impressively written” and “deftly crafted.” To read the review in full, click here.

Nyssa, Oregon resident Emmy Ayarza started writing to distract herself from the pain she felt after enduring hip replacement surgery. Little did she know that that moment would provide her with the literary light bulb moment that would eventually spark one self-published book after another including her latest work, The Quay Way. In this recent feature published on the Argus Observer website, the science fiction enthusiast talks about the humble beginnings of both her personal life and her burgeoning literary career.

While working on his medical degree at the University College in Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Robert B. Downes met an unfortunate automobile accident that left him scarred psychologically. The good doctor shares the deep anxiety, anger, and depression he went through and offers support to those suffering from the same in his self-published book, Hope. It was featured on InsideToronto.com, where it was included in a list of books about characters finding themselves. Copyeditor Lisa Hope gave it a striking review.

Self-published author Sally A. Allen holds no punches in her book Big Bad Killing Machine, a fast-paced, in-your-face thriller. On the surface, the book tells the macabre tale of Colton, a high school student and athlete who has the unfortunate habit of brutally murdering others in his spare time. On a deeper note, Allen’s story trains the spotlight on other significant issues which she talks about in the Magic City Morning Star’s 2015 Book Basket. Pop City Life also lauded the book’s underlying focus on mental illness and misdiagnoses, and described it as “intense” in their review.

Canadian author Mitri Musleh examines the machinations that drive the minds of suicide bombers in his third published book, The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber. Originally from Palestine, Musleh explores the makings of a suicide bombing attempt brought about by political occupation, humiliation, and oppression. To find out what the blogger behind Cottage Country Reflections thought of both the subject and the way it was presented in the book, click here for the in-depth review.

The corporate world can be tricky to traverse especially without the right tools. Seasoned businessman and now self-published author Ted Bagley, the man behind the book The Success Factor: Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Corporate America, certainly knows firsthand the challenges of both acquiring a job and keeping it. After a colorful career filled with life lessons working in several high-profile conglomerates, Bagley, who now is the vice president of human resources operations for Amgen Biotechnical Corporation, thought it best to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with would-be professionals seeking their own way through his first book.

He ponders about his own path to success in this extensive feature on the website Simi Valley Acorn, which you can enjoy perusing here. He also discussed “Ted’s Top Ten”—key factors that can prove successful for a fresh graduate’s chosen career in this feature in thebigchoice.com.

The Portsmouth Review recently reviewed Bagley’s book and gave it high praise, saying, “This is the book to read after you graduate!” Find out what else they had to say here. Bagley was also featured in Today’s Honoree. You can take a look at his profile here.

Bagley was also featured in Today’s Honoree and in the East Carolinian. You can take a look at those here and here. He also spoke of leadership and its significance in today’s work environment in a guest post on the Great Leadership website.

Take a brief look into the pages of Bagley’s title as the website trainingmag.com provides this excerpt from the book.

Hanson-resident and self-published author Lawrence D. Mills brings over his life-long passion for Boston’s elevated train system to the pages of his very own book entitled Main Line Elevated. A photo book chock-full of interesting shots of Massachusetts’s elevated train system from his own personal collection dating back from 1964 interspersed with some photographs from friends and family, Mills proudly showcases all these in what he says is the culmination of an aspiration he’s had for years. To learn more about Mills and his book, you can click here to read this feature that was published in the Whitman-Hanson Express.

To her friends and family, Ellen Nyland has been a source of counsel for the longest time, using insight from the many challenges she has faced and overcome. It was only in 2008 when she decided to pursue her passion of empowering others and became a certified co-active life coach. She even self-published a book, Life Is Great, Even When It Sucks, which introduces a simple five-point system to help people deal with challenges and get past fears for a more fully lived life.

The book has certainly gained the nod of readers, including the team at the blog Mrs. Mommy Booknerd who said, “What a great book to read to help examine your own life, fears, insecurities and motivations!” It was also featured in this insightful article published on Knowledge For Men.

But Ellen doesn’t just focus on personal development; her career also encompasses relationships with others. Her company, Stepping Stones Life Coaching, specializes in business and family relationships. In fact, Ellen’s book was recently featured as a must-have for small business owners in this article. She wrote an article published on Smart Business, in which she talks about conflicts and conflict resolution in businesses.

Self-published author Ronnie Bermann has traveled the world over and wishes to bring readers along with him through the pages of his memoir titled Gullible Travels: The Truly Sensational, Humorous and Amazing Encounters of Over a Decade of Travels. From big-game hunting, downhill skating, and catching humongous sailfish to riding horseback across the new frontier, Bermann talks about these adventures in vivid detail in his first literary offing. Take a peek into his horseback run from Austin to Houston in his guest blog post on writinghorseback.com. You can also get a picture of what’s in the book in this feature. Finally, Bermann’s title was given a quick run-through by blogger Kimberly Fisher. You can take a look at that post here. Just recently, the quirky adventure relayed some of his adventures and dished out some advice for travelers in this insightful question and answer with the travel magazine Euphoria.

Commercial pilot turned self-published author John W. van Kleeff has literally seen his share of ups and downs and talks about these and more in his book, Turbulence. In this review that was published in the website seattlepi.com, the book was described as an “intimate book about a full life rich in experience as much as difficulties.” To read the full review, you can click here. Donovan Literary Services also lauded the book for being a “solid exploration” of both autobiography and aviation. To read more of what was said about Turbulence, you can click here.

Self-published author Chelsea Ashe may soon see her passion project Happy Hour Stories up on the big screen after she signed an option with Double Lenses, Inc. to have her book adapted into a movie. “I am so excited and blessed to have this opportunity and cannot wait to see what the future holds for Happy Hour Stories and the option. I am looking forward to working with Double Lenses, Inc. and want to thank them and Author Solutions so much for all of their help, exposure, and support throughout this process,” said Ashe of the golden opportunity, which was made possible through Author Solutions’ Las Vegas Book-to-Screen PitchFest that was held back in February of 2015. To learn more about this development, you can click here.

In the book In My Journey on Becoming a Nurse: Contribution to the Nursing Profession, retired nurse and now self-published author Verlia M. Brown recounts her long, winding journey from childhood toward her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, before calling America her home in the late 1960s, Brown has spent a huge chunk of her life passionately nurturing patients back to health in a colorful career in health care spanning nearly four decades. Read on as she talks about her advocacies in this feature in the Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News. She also tackles one of the newest phrases in the healthcare industry—advocacy in nursing—in this feature in the website, Advanced Healthcare Network. Brown also discusses how nurses can succeed with the new norms of the industry in this video. She also recounts the harrowing experience of caring for two controversial patients in this guest blog post.

Reverend Georgette Prime-Godwin or Rev G as she is fondly known among her circles, talks about the significance of personal acceptance in her self-published title The Woman at the Well. An inspiring fictional story rooted in biblical truths, Rev G hopes to impart upon readers the importance of being true to one’s self in this heartwarming allegory. Learn more about the book in this blog post.

Jane King’s home in the woods has seen the likes of horses, dogs, cats, quails, turtles, and most notably, two gray foxes named Frisky and Friendly. The presence of these canine woodland creatures in her home was heartwarming at best and hair-raising at worst—but all very extraordinary moments. She shares this forty-year experience in her self-published memoir, A Fox in the Family. The book is a finalist in the Pet category of the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (winners will be determined in the next three months) and was featured in this article on Appeal-Democrat. Recently, King’s title was called a “pleasant read” in this review in the blog, Dakota’s Den.

To share her and her family’s story of immigrating to the United States to escape the Holocaust, Sonia Fuentes wrote and self-published her memoir, Eat First—You Don't Know What They'll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter. One of their adventures involved a trip from Antwerp to the US on the Red Star Line’s (RSL) S.S. Westernland II. Many years later, the Red Star Line Museum was opened as a tribute to the journey and travel stories of around two million immigrants who sailed from Antwerp via RSL ships, such as Sonia and her family.

Sonia wrote about her RSL adventures and her journey of finding out about and getting recognized by the museum. The article, titled “The Red Star Line Museum and Me,” was published online in the September 2015 issue of Der Bay.

Living on a 60-acre farm with four miniature donkeys, five goats, seven dogs, and three cats, it’s no surprise that Glenn Guiles was inspired to write a book series about the gentle and curious animal that is a miniature donkey. He believes that reading is important for children, and he hopes his books will encourage young readers to go beyond their daily routines and see everyday life as an adventure waiting to happen.

He has self-published two books with Xlibris, A Hug for Harriet and more recently, Harriet’s Big Adventure. He talks about these works, his inspiration, and his writing motivations in this article on North Country Now News.

Self-published author leans on her extensive teaching background to educate readers on a variety of endangered animals and the factors threatening their existence in her book Now You See Me. Currently serving as the Director of Youth Education at the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit after a successful teaching career, she combined her passion for education and animals in this book which the Donovan Literary Services described as “different” in its approach to giving readers a quicker understanding of the different animal species highlighted inside. You can read the full review by clicking here.

Wolves of the Revenue, the fictional thriller penned by lawyer and self-published author Pete Johnson, tells the tale of a taxpayer’s resistance to a relentless and vindictive IRS prosecution. Loosely based on the real-life travails of a deceased client, Johnson’s book was recently featured in the Midwest Book Review and was described as a “convincing, realistic read that will delight and chill thriller audiences whether one believes taxes are fair or not.”

As a lawyer, author, women’s rights activist, and speaker, Sonia Pressman Fuentes is definitely a trailblazer. For her many accomplishments and successes, she was chosen to be part of the Women Trailblazers Project, which chronicles the stories of women pioneers in the legal profession. For this, she was interviewed by lawyer Liz Alpert about her life and activities in a series of one- to two-hour sessions for the past two years. The interview transcripts are now up on the American Bar Association website. This data will also be housed at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, this coming fall.

After self-publishing her book, Eat First—You Don't Know What They'll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter, Sonia continues to write enthusiastically about the women’s movement. Her article, titled The Women’s Movement: Where It’s Been, Where It’s At and the Problems that Remain, was published on the Institute for Science and Human Values website.

Retired architectural engineer, teacher, and college administrator Alphonso W. Knight Sr. provides readers and college-bound students alike with an authoritative reference guide to educational institutions in the self-published book Historically Black Colleges and Universities: What You Should Know. Penned with the motive of giving young African Americans all the information they need on these historic institutions, which include their history, notable alumni, tuition fees, school size, athletic affiliations, and more, Knight leaves no stone unturned in this eye-opening book. The Midwest Book Review and Donovan Literary Services took a look at Knight’s title in features you can read here and here.

In the self-published book The Success Process Handbook: A Thinking Persons Guide to Interpersonal Relationships, author Tony Fielek aims to inspire young professionals to reach their potential using proven motivational techniques that can influence people vital to their success. In a feature on the website newssuperfast.com, Fielek shares the motivation behind the creation of this book, which he hopes can help professionals dig themselves out of creative ruts and become masters “at the power of persuasion, control, and influence.”

Self-published author W. E. Welbourne brings readers on a vibrant tour of South America in his very first book, the travelogue Cruising the Latin Tapestry. The book talks about the travels of the author when he left Australia and boarded the MV Voyager to embark on a five-month journey of South America that took him across the Atlantic and such vibrant locales such as England, London, Paris, France, and tropical Rio de Janeiro to name a few. The website Go Nomad recently featured Welbourne’s work, and you can read that article here.

How does one move from a place of hurt to one of healing? Self-published author Rev. Georgette V. Prime-Godwin aims to provide answers to this question through her very first book, The Woman At The Well: A Ruach Elohim Parable. If there was anyone qualified to tackle a subject as sensitive as healing, it would be Prime-Godwin, an accomplished facilitator of spiritual formation, organizational leadership skills, and business management for over 20 years. Incidentally, she tragically lost her husband just as she was penning this book. Through this trying time, Prime-Godwin clung to her faith and eventually emerged with a book that is already garnering talk of being turned into a movie and got nominated for a Dan Poynter global e-book award. The Royal Gazette talked to Prime-Godwin about her faith and her book in this in-depth feature.

Just because many of life’s challenges are already in the rearview mirror for senior citizens, doesn’t mean one can be cavalier with his or her finances. This is the message that Dr. Kenneth D. Barringer wants to impart in his self-published book, Making Healthy Choices for Senior Living. A four-degree holder with a diverse work history, Barringer intends to help retirees prepare for the challenges that go with the golden years. He talks about responsible financial planning for seniors in this brief feature in the website of the Dollar Stretcher.

In Bad Boy from Jamaica: The Garnett Myrie Story, Dr. Basil Kong set out to tell the colorful tales of his friend, Garnett Myrie, an irrepressible chap with an offbeat history that brought him to the United States, Jamaica, Cuba, and even Angola. But in doing so, Kong has also managed to give readers an in-depth look into Jamaican culture, says this mention in a column in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

Overlooked in most history books, Bishop Charles Pettit McIlvaine and the significant role he played in the anti-slavery movement in the 1860s has been put in the spotlight by self-published author Richard W. Smith in the biography he’s written titled Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War. Smith’s work has since gotten notice and was extensively talked about in this feature on the website www.yorkblog.com and was also mentioned in an article in the website of the Magic City Morning Star.

Second chances don’t come often. In the case of self-published author George Schnaider, who was hit by a car and spent three weeks in a comatose state and spent two and a half years rehabilitating from injuries, his second chance at life has been spent wisely and articulated in poetry that serves to bring praise to the Divine in the book Impressions and Expressions. Schnaider was recently tabbed to be a guest writer and shared his thoughts on his work in this blog post.

As a substitute teacher to elementary-school children, Monica Hatley-Carr is passionate about helping mold students’ future. In fact, that is the main reason why she decided to share her writings to the world by self-publishing I Love the Color Pink!: The Adventures of Laci Macasey , a book based on her niece. Monica’s passion for helping children extends to foster children as well, as she was recently featured in an adoption segment on Channel 8 called Wednesday’s Child. In the article, she talks about how she helped an adoptive child, Zanaya, learn about computers and fuel her passion for reading.

Aside from writing and arranging songs for her church choir, Karen J. Chisholm writes her own songs as well, even recording a dozen of her compositions on an album. It wasn’t until 2014 when she realized that some of what she was writing weren’t songs at all but poems. She has since self-published two poetry collections with Xlibris, I AM with YOU and Tough as Nails . Read more about her writing journey in this article on the Kirksville Daily Express.

Inspired by a vivid dream that she had, Jillian spun a tale that follows a character (who she based off herself) who crashed her yacht and woke up on an island to a secret known to no human before. The book started off as a short story, but after three years, it grew into a novel and a self-published book: The Tail of an Angel. Hailing from Fairview, Alberta, Jillian was recently featured in an article on the Fairview Post.

Nicknamed the “controversial counselor,” David Glover has a lot to say in the sphere of relationships, friendships, family, work, health, education, loyalty, mistrust, child drama, and the dating game. He consolidates these scenarios in a self-published book titled Cocktail Conversations by the Controversial Counselor, which he feels will appeal to both the young and the older generation. Learn more about his writing goals and journey in this article on the Niagara Gazette.

Jane King’s home in the woods had seen the likes of horses, dogs, cats, quails, turtles, and most notably, two gray foxes named Frisky and Friendly. The presence of these canine woodland creatures in her home was heartwarming at best and hair-raising at worst—but all very extraordinary moments. She shares this forty-year experience in her self-published memoir, A Fox in the Family . The book is a finalist in the Pet category of the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (winners will be determined in the next three months) and was featured in this article on Appeal-Democrat.

Retired bishop Francis Quinn may insist that he is not an author, but it might be difficult to not argue with the clergyman with the release of his very first self-published book, Behind Closed Doors: Conflicts in Today’s Church. Written over a six-year period after his retirement as bishop of California’s capital, Quinn goes on to share his life story in this fictional memoir that revolves around the lives of three priests. After spending more than a dozen years working with American Indians in Arizona, Quinn thought it best to pen a book that would show people what a priest’s life really is. To know more about Quinn and his book, read this feature story in the Compass.

To know more about Quinn and his book, read these feature stories in the Compass and in the website of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee. You can also check out this article on the Catholic San Francisco website where Quinn talks about his “fictional memoir” and how he hopes it will appeal to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

For a moment, Horsefly, British Columbia, hunter Lloyd Antypowich put aside his trusty rifle and put pen to paper to chronicle his thrilling exploits out in the wild in his self-published book, A Hunting We Did Go: True Mountain Adventures. An outdoorsman by heart, Antypowich dared to bring readers alongside him in captivating stories about the times he encountered savage creatures such as a grizzly bear, a cougar, and an antsy moose, to name a few, and still emerge in one piece. Read all about Antypowich is this brief feature and then listen to him talk about his adventures on the Jill Bennett Show.

In C-1 and the Chicago Mob, retired FBI agent and now self-published author Vincent L. Inserra chronicles part of his decorated career as a vital part of the Criminal Squad #1 or the C1 Squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Chicago office, a team that was at the forefront of the war against one of the most influential crime organizations of that time. An Italian who was born and raised in Boston, Inserra parlayed his experience as a Navy fighter pilot during World War II and joined the FBI as a special agent. There he took charge of the C1 for thirteen years and compiled an impressive conviction rate against the notorious Chicago mob. He talks about his book in this interview with WGN TV.

In response to the controversial book The Da Vinci Code, Christopher H. K. Persaud used his knowledge of the Bible to self-publish a counterargument titled The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Reputation of the Sinister, Widespread Lie. Since its publication, the book has garnered numerous awards and recognition, including a silver medal in the 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Competition and a five-star rating from the same organization’s book-review body. The award ceremony was covered in this article in the Bahamas Weekly.

With her debut novel, Sgarrwrath, receiving acclaim, self-published author Sarah Kennedy went on to publish its sequel series, the Prophecy of Hope Saga, starting with the first book, Arising: Prophecy of Hope. She talks about this recent publication, along with her writing journey and literary favorites, in this interview with Book Readers Magazine.

Writer A. F. Stewart also interviewed Sarah and asked her about her books, writing journey, and upcoming projects. The full interview was published on Stewart’s blog, Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Steve Smith always thought that being a truck driver would be the perfect cover for assassins, so he set out to write a novel about one. He later self-published the book and named it Dying to be Born Again. The title refers to how people who are struggling with inner turmoil are “dying” to find a better path—and, in the long run, enlightenment and salvation. Smith and his book were featured in this article on Park City Daily News.

Unbeknownst to many, when legendary soul singer Wilson Pickett sang the words “Do the Watusi like my little Lucy,” he was referring to his little sister, Lucy Coot. Nine years after his death, Xlibris self-published author Louella Pickett-New shares her memories of her departed brother in the memoir Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You, which was talked about on the website of the radio station WDVE and in a chat with Dr. Alvin in an interview that you can listen to here.

High school sophomore and author Allie Moen became interested in writing after reading a book about mermaids, and this interest in fairy tales and the fantastical carried over to her first self-published book, Arla. This enchanting tale revolves around a young elf who rebels against her arranged marriage and finds herself in a far greater adventure. Learn more about Moen’s literary journey, writing inspiration, and future plans in this article on Argus Leader, South Dakota’s largest news outlet by circulation.

To share her experiences of being a caregiver to her mother and to share her passion for the family-caregiver community, Bonita Bandaries self-published a book that documents these moments, titled A Promise Kept. She went on to publish a Spanish translation, Una Promesa Cumplida. She shares more of her family experiences, specifically her parents’ love story, in an article titled “A Legacy of Love” published in the February 2015 issue of the Best of Times magazine.

In honor of her mother’s 5th death anniversary this month, she published a blog entry on the Caregiving.com website: “Honoring My Mother’s Memory ”.

In an effort to connect to his Tejano roots and Mexican American heritage, self-published author David Gutierrez spent four years researching the biography of his relative, Ramon G. Gutierrez, who was part of an all-Mexican American combat unit that was sent on an unnecessary suicide mission during World War II. That story, coupled with several other individual accounts, forms the backbone of Gutierrez’s self-published work, Patriots from the Barrio. Veteran journalist Joe Olvera reviews the book in this article on the El Paso Times.

Xlibris self-published author Ian Prattis chronicles his own journey from depression to redemption through the eyes of Callum Mor—the central character of his very own book Redemption. A story written back in 1975 and considered to be long lost until it was revisited in 2011, the novel is an allegory for the life troubles that the author experienced some forty years ago. He talks about the book, his story, and more in this feature in the magazine Tone, which you can read here.

The author also served as the special guest of the podcast of former actor turned life coach Michael Neeley called “Consciously Speaking.” You can listen to the in-depth interview here.

Sophie’s parents have always encouraged their daughter to read, as they believe reading to be a healthy habit for preteens and teens. They didn’t know that their thirteen-year-old would take her reading habit even further, though, all the way to a passion for writing and creating. Not satisfied with other people’s works, Sophie started creating stories on tiny pieces of paper. These notes eventually turned into paragraphs, and those in turn were pieced together to form a full-fledged, self-published book: Heroes of Terra: Heir to the Throne. Read more about Sophie’s writing journey in this article on CDAPress.com

According to self-published author, Rich Dionadio who created the book The Big Red Car under the name “Dr. Rich,” the story for it was born out a bedtime story that he made up for this then-two year old daughter. He had wanted to reinforce valuable principles such as teamwork and kindness and as a result, the central character, “the Big Red Car” was born. Find out more about the author and his book in this feature for the Daily Tribune News as well as this blog tour stop.

In his book, The Crowned White Eagle: My Polish Legacy, self-published author Anthony Kowalski interweaves personal stories of his family and friends with the rise and fall of the once-proud Polish nation. Feeling that the country’s storied history that included the tragic loss of six million citizens at the height of the World War II was not being given enough attention, Kowalski took readers back for a brief glimpse of what he called “the Polish Experience” in this article he wrote for the independent weekly newspaper the Post Eagle.

William Brinn, the self-published author behind the romance novel No Good Deed Goes Unpunished has some advice for those wanderlusts who prefer to take the aisle seats on flights: you just might be missing out on a lot. A former FAA trainer, Brinn has seen the grandeur of earth’s beauty from way up high. He shares some of his favorite aerial views in this article for USA Today.

At just ten years old, Stephanie Yatko already has two self-published books to her name: Crazy High School Days and The Wood People . That number is sure to increase too, as she aims to write one book each year for the rest of her life. This she discusses, along with her source of writing inspiration, in this article published in the Abington Journal.

“Brief but thought-provoking” and “provides an interesting insight into reasons for the present national state of affairs.” This was the compelling sentiment of the website Intellectual Conservative in their review of James Glenn Reynold’s book, The Last Election. High praise for the former finance officer whose book examines the factors at work in the crisis that America faces today. Reynolds was also the guest of the WGSO podcast Radio Politics where he spoke at length about his work. You can also listen to that interview here.

Self-published author John Wesley Anderson, Jr. proudly harkens back to a time when authors used words to gently caress the imagination of readers. With seven books already across his name, including the passionate tale Shades of Winter: Reflections of Spring, Anderson has deftly carved out his own corner in the literary sphere in spite of his responsibilities as funeral director and embalmer in Tacoma, Washington. To get a taste of Anderson’s thought-provoking prose, check out this article posted on the Magic City Morning Star website and read on as he lovingly wrote about his mother and his vow to bring distinction to his family’s name in the years to come.

Charles Lee has held various technical and executive positions in the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), working in basic research and test site activities. With this background in atomic science and technology, he wrote a book on the controversial topic of cellular phones. He self-published the book and titled it The Threat from Within. It follows the adventure of seven teenagers with extraordinary powers as they put an end to dangerous cell towers that have the power to destroy people’s mental capacities. Charles further discusses the potential risks and dangers of cell phone towers in this article on the Magic City Morning Star website.

Eighty-nine-year-old World War II veteran Kenneth C. Drinnon is the personification of toughness and grit, having served as a gunner who fought tooth and nail in thirty aerial combat missions over Nazi Germany. He chronicled all these and more in his self-published book, Wings of Tru Love: A WWII Ball-Turret Gunner Memoir. However, the spotlight was shone on a different and more intimate part of Drinnon’s life just recently as he lovingly spoke of his sixty-five-year love affair with wife, Janis, in a feature on WBIB.com

Self-published author John Bede has quite the background: he was a licensed skydiver, he held a student private pilot’s license, and he served in the United States Army during the early part of the Vietnam War. He then used these life experiences to write an interesting work of fiction: Patriot’s Abound, which tells the story of a group of patriots—pilots, crewmen, airstrip operators, communications experts—that provided assistance during the said war. John is also a former resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania, so his book was featured in the Scranton Times Tribune.

When she was in her twenties, Vicki Schroeder dreamed of becoming a published author. Now, despite many challenges along the way, she has finally achieved her dream with a self-published book, Eleven Broken Pencils. The novel tells the story of a dysfunctional family who were brought together due to the mother’s death. Read more about Vicki’s writing and published story in this article by Journal Standard.

As the founder and president of Pave the Way foundation and the recipient of numerous religious honors and distinctions, Gary Krupp has dedicated his life to enhancing relations between differing religions. Contributing to this cause is his self-published book, Pope Pius XII and World War II: the Documented Truth, a compilation of evidence defending Pope Pius XII from accusations regarding his actions during the Holocaust. The book attracted attention from the Catholic community, as Krupp was recently interviewed by correspondent Konrad Aderer of the Catholic network, New Evangelization Television (NET). Listen to the interview on their website.

Audrey Syse Fahlberg has a successful career in journalism—holding membership in various journalism organizations and publishing her own newspaper—but she chose to focus on her marriage and her days during World War II in her self-published memoir, Triumphant Love: WWII A Blink Into Our Seventy Three Year Marriage. The book follows the plight of her family during that period, including how her husband left for Italy to become a frontline combat medic and how his letters home gave their family hope in times of war. The story is partly set in Madison, earning the book a feature on the website, Madison.com. It was also featured in this interview for World Syndicated Radio, in which Audrey fervently talks about her seventy-three year marriage as well as in this feature for the Del Mar Times.

Judy Creel has always been passionate about poetry, but it was her mother who pushed her to publish a book. After the latter’s death, Judy set out to share her poems with the world, and the result was a self-published book released last August titled Windows to My Heart. It contains more than 100 poems and a 10-page mystery short story about a lawyer being shot without any witnesses. Read more about Judy and her literary plans in this article by the Kittanning Paper.

As a marketing specialist of licensed properties for kids and a father of two young boys, A. J. Loft sought to provide a more wholesome entertainment alternative for children everywhere. He achieved this with RodKingz, an entertainment brand that offers kid-friendly toys, games, and apparel. Loft also self-published a book to complement his existing products, titled Adventures in Raceland, the first novel in a planned series. The story follows the adventures of Keegan and Kyle Mckay, aspiring racers who find themselves in the magical world of Raceland. The book was recently reviewed and featured on the parents & kids magazine, the Stuff of Success website, and the blog Books for Me.

As someone who has been around computers most of his life—he worked as a systems analyst; he studied animation and game design; and he worked in the design of aerospace, semiconductor, and financial systems—Natsuya Uesugi wants to challenge the existing notions of hackers by showing the world that not all kinds of code-cracking is done in bad faith. He does this through a self-published sci-fi adventure epic about a group of hackers that rose up to combat injustice in the fictional universe of grydscaen. The second volume in the series, grydscaen: war was featured in the online magazine Diversity Rules. And since the series features three transgender characters, it was also recently featured in an article about LGBT science fiction works on the LGBT news and entertainment portal, Edge Media Network.

After earning his master’s degree in Business Administration, corporate tycoon Michael Munsey gained a profound perspective on money, and he discusses this in his self-published book, An Average Joe’s Pursuit for Financial Freedom. The book delves into the differences in people’s perceptions of money and how this affects economic division on a wider sphere. And Munsey’s insight into personal finance doesn’t stop there—he recently blogged about start-up ventures and his advice to those interested in starting a business. Check it out on the CEO Magazine’s blog .

David G. Duchesneau has worn many uniforms in his lifetime—he attended a parochial school, he was an active member of a drum-and-bugle corps for ten years, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and after being honorably dismissed in 1970, he was appointed into the New Hampshire State Police and earned a degree in criminology. These many experiences have shaped his life in a significant way, and he recounts these moments in his self-published book, Uniforms. The book was listed on the Police Writers website and in the United States Marine Corps section of the Military Writers website.

Bonita Bandaries experienced a reversal of roles when she became a caregiver for her mother, and this has led her to document these experiences in a self-published devotional book, A Promise Kept. Last July 12, 2014, she participated in a Widow's Mite Experience Brunch & Auction, an event that was organized to raise funds for water wells, which would produce clean water. She sold her books at the event and dedicated a portion of the profits to the cause. Her generous gesture and inspiring book caught the attention of KTBS 3. Listen to her talk about the event and her book in this interview with the TV station.

But Bonita's passion for the family-caregiver community doesn't stop there. Earlier this year, she broadened her readership market when she self-published a Spanish translation of A Promise Kept entitled Una Promesa Cumplida. This was launched at Broadmoor Library last May 18, 2014, and the event was covered by Vita Latina Magazine. The magazine also reviewed her book for the Spanish-reading community.

In time for Thanksgiving, Bonita also wrote an article for the November issue of The Best of Times, a monthly magazine for adults over the age of fifty. The article puts the focus on caregivers during the Thanksgiving holidays.

Mother-daughter tandem Coré and Dr. M Jeanne Cotton wrote a book together after realizing the parallels in their life journeys: they're both spiritual advisors, counselors, musicians, and professionals (one a lawyer, one a psychologist). Their self-published book, A Three Hundred and Sixty-Degree Perspective, offers a glimpse into their lives and revolves around legacy, passion, and self-confidence. Coré Cotton talks about what drove her and her mother to write the book, the challenging and eye-opening process of writing it, and their hopes and goals for it in this interview with the Stillwater Gazette. The book was also recently featured on the Woodbury Bulletin.

Scandinavian language enthusiast Neil Sogge took his passion to the next level when he decided to learn a new language in order to translate The Red Meadows, a book by Danish author Ole Juul. Despite the differences in language and context, Neil took it upon himself to translate this captivating narrative, which is set in a Nazi military prison and revolves around a Danish saboteur who indulges in a bit of nostalgia. Joint Forces Journal praised Neil's dedication and fervor in this book review.

Herman L. Hinton is a retired police deputy chief who served in the Birmingham Police Department. With over thirty years of service under his belt, he has been constantly exposed to violent crimes, and this has led him to channel these experiences into writing. His self-published book, Hidden Relationships of the Homicide Detective, was written in the hopes of being an eye-opener for anyone who has been victimized by violent crimes, regardless of who they are. Listen to him talk passionately about his work in this radio interview on The Michael Dresser Show. The book was also featured in an article on Magic City Morning Star and was recently reviewed by Joplin Independent.

L. W. Berrie has a degree in mathematics and science, but this has not stopped him from pursuing his passion for writing. He wrote a well-researched and interesting story that blurs the line between science fiction, military warfare, ancient history, medicine, and love. The self-published book, entitled Strike at the Heart, follows the adventures of Colonel John Harris as he is hurled 6,000 years back in time. Magic City Morning Star enjoyed it so much that they wrote a review about it on their website. The book was also listed in the United States Navy section of military-writers.com.

Self-published author Sejla Grahovic personally experienced the disastrous effects of the Bosnian war. But instead of letting these negative experiences eat her up, she channeled her emotions into writing a book, When You Played, I Ran. She tells her story with vivid detail, narrating her experiences as she fled her house and sought refuge in a camp—and much later, America. Listen to her talk about her memorable experiences as an eight-year-old in this video interview with NewsChannel 5 and this feature on fox2now.com. She was also recently interviewed by radio personality Charlie Brennan of KMOX NewsRadio.

Native Californian Gwendolyn Stevens found herself in the Virgin Islands not long after she became a widow. There, she found and explored a new love and a new home. She recounts these experiences in her touching memoir, Love, Sun, and Lizard Poop. The self-published book was recently reviewed and described as “charming and readable” by Jacksonville.com, the online presence of the Florida Times-Union. It was also recently featured on the travel website, GoNOMAD.

Eighty-year-old pilot Richard Komm's passion for flying extends beyond his many adventures in the air. He shows the same fervor as he shares these experiences through writing in an exciting self-published book, Cubs to Bonanzas: A Sixty-Five-Year Perspective through a Pilot's Eyes. His enthusiasm might very well be contagious, as his book was featured in the May 2014 issue of Not Born Yesterday!.

Lauralee Holsing is the director of education at Parkview Evangelical Free Church, where she devotes most of her time to leading Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and prayer groups. Her passion for teaching extends to writing too, as evidenced in her self-published book, How to Pray the Lord's Prayer and Really Mean It. The book is a short devotional guide and a book for personal growth, and Lauralee hopes that it will inspire people to explore the word of God and take the Lord's Prayer seriously. Learn more about Lauralee and her book in this article by Rapid City Journal.

As a self-published author and a retired registered nurse, Kellie Lynn aims to reach out to others who have struggled or is struggling with Alzheimer's disease, whether it affects them or their family and loved ones. She fulfills this goal with her book, Our Long Goodbye, which chronicles her personal experience as a caregiver. Her book was featured in the May 2014 issue of Not Born Yesterday!.

Self-published author Fred Gaertner writes to inspire, entertain, inform, and uplift other people. He believes in the brotherhood of man, and looks down on acts of hatred, terror, and murder that may or may not be derived from cultural and spiritual differences. This theme is evident in his books, Preacher Sean, Antiterrorist and Six Days Till Sunday, which were featured in the New and Notable Books section of Sedona Journal.

Dr. Richard D. Baldwin was a medical practitioner for thirty-two years, and he has penned several medical articles during his time in the health industry. He has recently turned his writing to works of general interest, including his self-published book entitled In The Mists of Time, which was featured in the May 2014 issue of Not Born Yesterday!.

Brothers Mike and Bernie have spent most of their youth making up stories to offset the harsh reality they faced on a day-to-day basis. Now in the midst of their successful careers, they have teamed up once again to publish a story that strongly reflects their challenging past. Read more about their book Two Ticket Ride in this book review by Joint Forces Journal.

Richard Quarantello's interesting life experiences come alive in a self-published book. His autobiography, Surviving the Warzone, chronicles his life from the time he studied in Brooklyn to the day he was drafted to Vietnam at the age of twenty. In this book review, Joseph Reitz from VVA Veteran describes the book as the most action-packed work he has ever read.

Young self-published poet Rayan Abdul-Baki is still in high school, but he has already begun a promising career in poetry with his book Words from the Sky. Wanting to rid the world of conflict and misery, Rayan began writing inspirational and religious poetry that resonates with this cause. Read more about him and his book in this article featured on Relatemag.com.

Self-published author B. J. Moesner travelled for a year in a motor home across the United States with her cat Monty. This series of travels and sightseeing transformed Monty from being a scaredy-cat to a travelling cat and further inspired Moesner to write the book Monty the Traveling Cat. See this story come to life on the show B B's Bedtime Stories with Monty featured on Smile on a Child TV.

L. Gilbert Payne tells the story of a farm boy who enlists as a soldier during World War II in his first novel, The Fish Factory. The self-published book was recently reviewed and praised by Carissa Rogers in her website, Good N Crazy.

To tackle the controversies surrounding racial stereotypes, former public defender John H. Davis self-published a book with an intriguing title, What do Black Americans Want to Know about White Americans but are Afraid to Ask. Listen to him expound on his opinions and musings in this interview by Rolling out and this article in American Diversity Report. The book was once again featured in American Diversity Report in an article about closing the gaps between ethnicities by talking about racism.

Retired government senior program manager and analyst and first-time author R. Smith-Angel translated her personal struggles into a self-published collection of inspiring poems entitled Heart Vision. Find out more about her and her book in this article that can be found in the high-end publication, Arizona Foothills Magazine.

In her self-published book, Stilettos in Vegas, Valerie Diamond depicts a vivid picture of the business of strip clubs and how strippers are usually misunderstood by other people and organizations. Listen to her talk about herself and her book in this hour-long interview by the weekly YouTube TV program, SIN TV (Smart.Intelligent.News).

In I Know All Save Myself Alone, Lisa Monde presents a gripping tale of the greatest French poet of the 15th century-Francois Villon, from his time as a student to his life as a thief and, eventually, a murderer. The book stands out as a playful piece of fiction that markets itself as a play and has gained enough recognition that The Magic City Morning Star recently reviewed it on their website.

Lamb to the Slaughter was published by Xlibris in 2011. Since then, Delohery's novel about two struggling prizefighters and the intrigue surrounding their careers in the ring has gained significant praise and recognition. This year's highlight includes Pete Delohery and his book featured on the front cover of Publishers Weekly's March issue.

They Stole Our Chocolate Factory is the story of a Polish family's struggle to regain their inheritance after it was stripped from them by the government during WWII. Being a member of the family herself, Schramek's story is not only an example of Jewish oppression at its peak, but also how these cases of injustice continue today. The book was later featured on the Times of Israel website as a shining example of literature that raises awareness of the mistreatment towards the Jewish community.

The Capital Gazette recently featured Xlibris author Thelma Thompson and praised her work as a versatile writer borrowing from her Jamaican heritage. Aside from publishing numerous poems that have been collected into books of their own, Thompson has published two books with Xlibris, Children's Day and Bay Leaves and Cinammon Sticks: Life Is, the former being a children's story while the latter is a fiction piece for adults. Thelma Thompson continues to push herself and find new ways to express her literary talents, and Xlibris is proud to have worked with her on her books.

Valerie Diamond and Don McGann published their book, Stilettos in Vegas with Xlibris last September 2013. The book tells the story of a young stripper and the injustice and misunderstanding people of her profession have to endure on a daily basis. This riveting account was enough to get them interviewed by Vegas' own News 3.

Xlibris author Madeleine Carroll's book, The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery, has gained a significant amount of buzz recently. Not only was she featured on the Magic City Morning Star website to talk about how her life experiences and her love for her family found its way into the story of her book, but she was also invited for a podcast ad podomatic. The surge of fame perhaps affirms Carroll's suspicions that even in the impersonal world we live in, people long for personal and familial connection deep inside.

Painting a loving picture of a family dog in her book entitled Babette's Pack, Kathryn Walker has landed her uplifting stories into the hearts of avid readers and dog lovers alike. Dakota's Den, an extensive blog dedicated to all things relating to dogs, recently featured Kathryn Walker and her work. To receive praise from such a community of canine enthusiasts truly is a feat.

Published in early 2013, Dr. Cohen's parenting guide draws on her 20 years of experience as a child psychologist and aims to help parents get through the tumultuous time that is a child's middle years (6-12 years old). Respected publication Illawarra Mercury heavily relied on Dr. Cohen as a credible source for their article on parenting last December. The article draws heavily from Parenting Made Easy, stressing the importance of being an "in-charge" parent, among other things. This would not be the first time Cohen would be consulted by the publication, as she previously appeared in this article as well.

Xlibris-published author Daniel Eisan published his first children's book, The Lonely Peach, when he was nineteen. Eisan wrote the story for a school project, but his passion to be a writer pushed him to take it to a wider readership. The Shields Gazette features the young author and his book.

Dr. Edwin Mapara is an award-winning physician who has been promoting public awareness for HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis through a teaching strategy outlined in his books, AIDUCATION 20-10 Taking Control of AIDS and AIDUCATION 20-10 TAKING CONTROL OF TB & AIDS. Read more about Dr. Mapara's work in a featured article in ukzambians.com

Beauty and brains may score points, but a heart full of generosity wins it all. For Farishta Farhang, being selected as one of the heat finalists for the Miss London 2012 competition is a chance to help people in need. As one-half of the duo behind the young adult drama Stranger's Love: Family's Blood, Farishta plans to continue writing but her goal at the moment is to raise money for charity. She says that after reading Miss World's "Beauty with A Purpose" section, the University of Wolverhampton student was touched by the charities that the pageant supported and was inspired to enter-despite never having competed in a pageant before.

You can help your fellow Xlibris author to the crown by voting for her as well as donating money to the Miss London 2012 Thai Children's Trust or to the Miss London 2012 Deloitte National Charities or both. Please ensure that you include her name (Farishta Farhang) while donating. You can vote for Farishta by texting MISS LONDON15 to 63333 (include gap after "MISS"), or phoning 09013071037 and enter 15 when prompted. The public voting for the Miss London 2012 beauty pageant commenced last February 10, 2012, and will end on Monday, March 12, 2012, at 5:00 PM.

Ina Hughs of the Knoxville News Sentinel features a list of local authors in her book roundup feature. Included in the list is first-time Xlibris author Tee J. Mueller's children's book, Bubu Bear's First Day of School. Tee J. shares that writing has always been her first love and that the book was inspired by walks in the woods behind her family home, where she would imagine it to be the home of magical creatures, fairies and elves.

A Lass from Richmond Hill is reviewed by The Northern Echo, a leading daily morning newspaper in the Priestgate, Darlington, north-east of England. The autobiography was written by Xlibris author E. V. Perkins, who now resides in Darlington, but vividly remembers her early life in North Yorkshire and considers herself to be a "Yorkshire lass" at heart. She dedicates her childhood memories and stories to her grandchildren.

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands native and Xlibris author Lynda C. Wade was given Honorable Mention in the Children's Books Category of the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival. Her book, Candace Says... "You're Not The Boss Of Me" was one of the titles acknowledged as some of the best books of this year. The Hollywood Book Festival is a book awards program that spotlights self-published titles worthy of the attention and consideration from the movers and shakers of the world's largest entertainment industry.

Running a school takes a toll on anyone. But for Gregory and to his wife, it's more than that. Gregory is plagued by threats of revenge from his jealous twin brother, leading to the deterioration of his mental health. What will Gregory do then? Such is the desire to find out the answer that Guardian News & Media, Sunday Express, Pulse, and Redwood have sent in their requests to Xlibris author, Gabriel Kealey, for a copy of his book, Stain.



Sofia Fuentes

Xlibris author Sofia Fuentes received the Backbone Award at the 2018 Secular Student Alliance annual conference, for her contributions and efforts advancing women’s rights.

Sofia Fuentes authored the book Eat First- You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You.

Bill McDonald

Xlibris book Walking on a Moonbeam by Bill McDonald, has been declared the Runner-Up for the 2018 Los Angeles Book Festival, under the category of Poetry. A collection of poems, Walking on a Moonbeam is the first book by Bill McDonald, with topics ranging from Youth to Love to Prayer and more.

Eric Hoffer Awards 2017

Xlibris authors made headway in 2017’s Eric Hoffer Awards, a series of awards celebrating independent authors.

First Runners-Up:
Memoir Category-Mommy, What's that Number on Your Arm? by Gloria Hollander Lyon
Reference Category- Socialism by Phillip J. Bryson
Health Category- Essentials of Nutrition by Joel Bressler

Honorable Mentions:
Legacy Fiction Category- The Emperor's Regret by Barbara A. Pierce
Legacy Nonfiction Category- It's Midnight in Berlin by Pat McMann Gilchrist

A Conundrum by P. J. Peacock
Newlands by Gary Langford
Hope of Glory by Carolyn Scanlon McLendon
Hope, Courage & Triumph by Connie Bent
Hopscotch by Donald Ball
The Copenhagen Interpretation by Warren R. B. Dixon

Suzanne Penn

Dr. Suzanne Penn, Xlibris author of The Pink Corner Office, was recently honored at the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Award Dinner in Chicago, Illinois. There she, along with 83 other authors, were recognized that evening at the UIC Forum. Guests included award-winning author Margaret Atwood and Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids by Xlibris Author LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, has been recently named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of 2017’s best indie books. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson’s book has become a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, for the African American Category.

Garrett-Nelson’s book serves to aid families with ancestors from Laurens County, South Carolina, in furthering their genealogical research.

Donald Wilson II

Cross Roads, by Xlibris author Donald Wilson II, has won 3rd place in the Diversity Category of the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards. In addition, Cross Roads is a nominee for the 2016 International Publishers Award for the category of independent authors.

Cross Roads follows the story of teenage girl Shawna, as she works with an ancient mysterious organization to fight back against the inhuman creatures hunting her.

Isabelle Scott

Isabelle Scott, Xlibris author of Isabelle’s Muse, has been recently announced as a semi-finalist in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship represents the work of less than one percent of high school seniors and other students from across the United States.

JB Richards

JB Richards’ Miriamne the Magdala was recently voted as among the Top 10 Best Historical Fiction Novels for the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards (SIBA). In addition, it was voted Top 20 Best New Adult Novels, and Top 50 Best Young Adult Novels! Miriamne the Magdala has also received a 5-Star Seal from Readers' Favorite!

Glenn Parris

Glenn Parris’ novel, The Renaissance of Aspirin, has been awarded a SEFIA Star Seal of Excellence for Independent Authors. Follow this story of two doctors struggling against a corrupt conspiracy of drug manufacturers, in a tale mixing industrial espionage, suspense, and passion.

J. Rowland Broughton

Get ready to enter a world of J. Rowland Broughton’s making where we follow the tragic life of gentleman farmer and naval officer Richard in the self-published book, Children of the Lonely Night. This imaginative and thought-provoking book recently caught the attention of BlueInk Review and has been included in their May starred reviews.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Sonia Fuentes—lawyer, women’s rights activist, and self-published author of Eat First—You Don't Know What They'll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter —has been chosen as an honoree for 2016 National Women’s History Month. Every year in March, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) honors select women for their significant contributions to society. Their theme for 2016 is “Forming a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” Sonia is one of the honorees.

She along with 15 other honorees will be recognized at a luncheon at the Hamilton Restaurant in Washington, DC on March 19, 2016. In addition, her photo is included in the National Women's History Project's commemorative poster and her biography and photo are included on the project's website.

Michael Herrick

Michael Herrick has been chosen as a finalist in this year’s Eric Hoffer Book Award. He has also been recognized as a finalist in the award body’s special distinction for debut authors, the First Horizon Award. His book Walking Home follows the story of a man as he goes on a fearless journey towards self-discovery via the Appalachian Trail—an expedition Herrick himself underwent a few years back.

John Veteran

The Friendly Stranger is a harrowing narrative of one man’s struggle to tame his intense attraction towards younger boys. The author, John Veteran, managed to put into writing this young man’s captivating tale and was even chosen as a finalist in The Montaigne Medal, a special distinction under the Eric Hoffer Award for the most thought-provoking books.

Abby Craft

Arkansas-born, Abby Craft, has been chosen as a finalist in this year’s Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her book The Silly Lilies under the category Children's/ Juvenile Fiction. This children’s poetry book gives a fun take on lilies, each with its own personality and quirks.

Lynn Stephens Massey

Lynn Stephens Massey’s Abecedarian Insectarium brings readers into an interesting and surprisingly colorful world of insects and bugs. Her book has been recognized as a finalist in this year’s Next Generation Indie Book Awards under the category Science/ Nature/ Environment.

Bill Lewers

Bill Lewers’s first self-published book, A Voter’s Journey—which attempts to make sense of the American political system from the perspective of someone who isn’t politically inclined—was awarded with an honorable mention in the Non-Fiction – Government/Politics category of the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest.

Sylvia Kelegian

While on honeymoon, Sylvia Kelegian’s husband called her the Dolphin Princess because of her swimming abilities. This nickname inspired her to write and self-publish a middle-grade book of its namesake, which follows eight-year-old Saroya as she is rescued by a dolphin while at sea and is brought to the magical Animia Island. The Dolphin Princess earned positive reviews and even won in the Children’s Fiction category of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards.

Grayce Presnar

After a career in the US Postal Service, Grayce Presnar was able to pursue her passions in her retirement: teaching and storytelling. For the latter, she gets ideas and inspiration from her moments with her grandchildren or her pets. In fact, her self-published work, The Scout is Out , tells the story of an ant named Timmy. The children’s book recently received a 5-star review from book review and award contest website Readers Favorite.

Donald Wilson II

Self-published author Donald Wilson’s love for writing goes back to when he was still eight. His work has been published in several journals and newspaper articles before he self-published Cross Roads, which tells the story of teenager Shawna who finds herself in a covert group aimed at defending humanity. The Cross Roads was recently awarded as best book in the Adventure category of the 2015 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs, and as a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Deborah Curtin

Deborah is a creative graphic-design artist who has also ventured into writing. She has written several human-interest articles, columns, and a self-published book titled Today Is the Day , which is about a man who discovers his true calling: protecting and defending the United States of America. This novel, grown out of a popular Internet challenge (NaNoWriMo), recently received an honorable mention in the General Fiction category of the 2014 New England Book Festival literary contest. The award ceremony was held last January 24 at the Omni Park House hotel in Boston.

Judy Light Ayyildiz

After being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, Judy Ayyildiz was determined not to let this setback limit her for life. Instead, she fought back with creativity—through her self-published memoir titled Nothing but Time: A Triumph over Trauma. The book tells the story of her struggles, with Appalachian flavors and dashes of humor. It was recently nominated for the College Bookstores Award and put on a required reading list in the Chapliancy Department of the University of Virginia.

Christopher H. K. Persaud

When the controversial book, The Da Vinci Code, was published, many rushed to challenge its implications, including self-taught religionist and Bible scholar Christopher Persaud. He drew from his extensive knowledge of the Christian Gospel to self-publish a counterargument, entitled The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Reputation of the Sinister, Widespread Lie. The book has since been recognized in both the literary and Christian community: it won first prize in the Theology category of the 2010 Christian Book Awards, it was chosen as a Critic’s Choice selection of Xlibris’s Indie Authors Roundup in 2012, and it has recently earned a silver medal in the Christian – General category of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite international book award contest.

Donna Corso

As a certified hypnotherapist, Reiki master, and ordained nondenominational minister, Donna Corso has inspired many people to embrace life and their fear of dying. She channels this inspiration further in her self-published book,When the Wind Chimes Chime, which tells the story of a little boy who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her passion for spiritual guidance and exploration has not gone unnoticed, as her book won in the Death & Dying category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Alan E. Waite

Alan E. Waite fondly recalls his youth in his thought-provoking, self-published memoir, Hats: How Felt Can Save America. He tackles several experiences he believes are unique to baby boomers—the American golden age, dealing with authority, the “quiet magic” that is absent in today's fast-paced world—as well as stories that people of all eras encounter. This nostalgic book recently caught the attention of BlueInk Review, earning a spot on their July starred reviews list.

Graciana del Castillo

Economic expert Graciana del Castillo paints an exhaustive picture of the events leading up to the War in Afghanistan—along with its aftermath and implications—through her self-published book, Guilty Party: The International Community in Afghanistan. She draws from her personal experiences and Afghan history to write a comprehensive backdrop to modern-day Afghanistan. Her passionate and intelligent writing style has caught the attention of BlueInk Review, with her book included in the starred reviews list for the month of July.

Jordan Walker

Sixteen-year-old Jordan Walker definitely did not let her young age get in the way of her dreams. Her self-published book, Diary of an Aztec, is an insightful work of historical fiction that challenges people's presumptions of the Aztecs. Written from the perspective of an Aztec, the book raises intriguing questions such as the nature of their race and the truth of their infamous ways. This fascinating take on the great empire recently earned Jordan a starred review on BlueInk Review for the month of July.

Nicky Dare

Aside from her career in international management consulting, Nicky Dare has made a name for herself as a self-published author with her book, The Audacity of Veracity. The book chronicles her life experiences and personal insights, reflecting a powerful credo that she has faithfully followed throughout her life: iDARE (Integrity of Diversity, Adaptation, Resilience, and Empowerment). This captivating narrative was included in the July starred reviews list on BlueInk Review.

Pete Delohery

Self-published author Pete Delohery wrote an exciting novel, Lamb to the Slaughter, which is about two prizefighters and a fight that's set to change the lives of those involved. The book gained much praise and recognition, so much so that Shelf Unbound recently introduced a new category in their writing contest—the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book.

Jack Shakely

Jack Shakely drew from his own experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer when he wrote about a rowdy, rambunctious bunch of volunteers in his award-winning book, Che Guevara's Marijuana & Baseball Savings & Loan: A Novel of the Early Days of the Peace Corps. The novel recently won the best fiction award and the Mid-West Regional Fiction Bronze Award in the 2014 Oklahoma Book Awards and the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, respectively.

Vivian Jack

Vivian Jack paints a harrowing picture of life growing up poor in the countryside of Toco through his self-published book, Toco. Vivian is well versed in the areas of printing, publishing, and business. This knowledge of the industry, coupled with his passion for writing, recently earned him the Kirkus Star Award from Kirkus Reviews. His book was also recognized as one of the Kirkus Best Books in 2013.

Ray Bilderback

Born in the Sierra foothills of California, Ray Bilderback certainly knew how to write a convincing picture of California's hard-rock mining country. His book, Lawman's Dilemma: A Reuben Braddock Western, is the first in a series of books about Marshal Reuben Braddock and the dilemma of his occupation. The novel was awarded a Kirkus Star Award by Kirkus Reviews.

Alan W. Kennedy & Thomas E. Kennedy

Alan Kennedy and Thomas Kennedy are well versed in the business industry, and they have pooled their resources into the Gibson Kennedy & Company, a consulting firm that Alan founded. They have also chosen to share the Alpha Strategies methodology, which is the focus of their company, in their self-published book, The Alpha Strategies: Understanding Strategy, Risk and Values in Any Organization. The book was given a Kirkus Star Award by Kirkus Reviews and was also recognized as one of the Kirkus Best Books in 2013.

Bradley W. Patterson

Bradley W. Patterson is a neuropsychologist. He has a Ph.D in biological psychology and has published several journal articles in neuropsychology. He shares his extensive knowledge in the field through his self-published book, Redefining Reason: The Story of the Twentieth Century "Primitive" Mentality Debate, which tackles the debate surrounding human rationality and its equality across the species. The book was recognized as one of the Kirkus Best Books from 2013 by Kirkus Reviews.

Carl J. Keller

Poet Carl J. Keller's collection of verses, Widge Over Troubled Waters: The Language of Widge is now permanently ensconced as part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The museum was built to honor the memory of the people who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was formally dedicated last May 15, 2014 in a solemn ceremony with the 9/11 survivors, rescuers, and their families in attendance. President Barack Obama and his wife joined them for the occasion. The museum was opened to the general public on May 21, 2014.

Keller's book was entered into the collection last April 19, 2012, according to an acceptance letter from Assistant Curator of Collections for the National 9/11 Museum Alexandra Drakakis. Keller has been writing poetry most of his life, having been drawn to the rhythm and music of words. His life experiences allowed him know the pain of loss intimately-he was a Vietnam War veteran, and later a cancer survivor. It is these experiences as well as themes of peace, love, hope, and acceptance that Keller shares through his poetry.

Ann Morgan Taylor

History buff, antique collector and self-published author Ann Morgan Taylor spins an exciting tale about teenage detective Missey Wilcox and her high school adventures in the book, The Charelton Locket. This exhilarating depiction of the pre-teenage years has recently earned her the Finalist Award in the Pre-Teen category of the Beverly Hills International Book Awards. The book also received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

William A. Gonzalez

Gonzalez paints a harrowing picture of inner city life in his book entitled Black Bubblegum, published by Xlibris in 2013. His uncompromising accuracy and soulful poetry pieces were crafted to both uplift those still struggling with ghetto life as well as to give the world an unbiased look at the level of violence and pain people in the inner cities deal with on a daily basis.

Gonzalez's writing was finally recognized with a level of mastery that earned him a first place finish in the New England Book Festival's wild card category. Learn more about William Gonzalez and other winners of the festival on their website.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy is no stranger to success, having hosted numerous book signings and even winning an honorable mention at the Halloween Book Festival in 2013. Now she reaches even greater heights as her work, entitled Sgarrwrath, Prequel to Prophecy of Hope, has gained enough attention to put two more awards under her belt.

The New England Book Festival has awarded Sarah with an honorable mention in their Science Fiction category, and The London Book Festival has given her yet another honorable mention under their genre-based fiction category. The number of awards Sarah has received for her work is a testament to her excellence as a writer.

Eileen Sanchez

Xlibris author Eileen Sanchez's book Craving the World was honored with the Christian Alert 2012 Literary Award by ChristianAlert.org. The news and opinion blog discusses books, media shows, radio programs, and events that relate to the Christian faith. Ms. Sanchez wrote Craving the World after being inspired by her experience of reconnecting with old friends. She hopes that readers will enjoy reading about Marisa, the heroine of her story, and learn, laugh, and empathise with what her character undergoes through the novel.

Dr. Edwin Mavunika Mapara

Xlibris congratulates Doctor Edwin Mavunika Mapara, author of the influential AIDucation books, for winning the 2011 Mwape Peers Physician Award. The Physician Award is given to outstanding doctors who consistently achieve high standards in the practice of medicine by finding innovative ways of delivering quality medical care despite budget constraints.

Dr. Mapara received the award for his tireless volunteer work with HIV patients in Zambia. He has written several books on his unique teaching strategies, including AIDUCATION 20-10 Taking Control of AIDS, AIDUCATION 20-10 TAKING CONTROL OF TB & AIDS, and The Health of the Stars (HOTS) Hospital 20-10. All of Dr. Mapara's books are available on the Xlibris UK online bookstore.

MaryAnne Beyer-Tweed
June 2011

"Heart Reflections and Other Love Beads" has been nominated for Dan Poynter's Global e-book Award.

Tom Edwards
May 2011

Author Tom Edwards was honored a finalist place in the International Book Awards 2011 under the Fiction: Environmental/Green Fiction for his work on "Lethal Legacy". A fiction book which raises concerns regarding the Earth's deterioration set in the year 2050, the book elicits truth of politics, natural exploitations and environmental mishaps which are influenced from the natural events occurring now and in the previous years.

Richard Hawkey
May 2011

Richard Hawkey author of "Life Less Lived- A Passage through Burnout and Depression in the Suburbs", was recognized as a finalist in the recent International Book Awards 2011 under the Health: Psychological/Mental Health. This inspirational book is a story of his inner battles against stress and depression.

Ella F. Young
February 2011

Ella F. Young was awarded The Beacon Award in the Arts, for her book, "The Realities of Life", last February 12, 2011. This was for her contribution and achievement in poetry. She also received an invitation from the Poet Laureate, Donald Hall, to be a member of their Academy of American Poets. This organization publishes "The American Poet", which is the best of poetry's institutional voices. Each year, it sponsors the National Poetry Month and other programs in over 200 colleges and universities.

Lou Ann Hayford (L. A. Noble)
February 2011

L. A. Noble's 'About Time Already' won the Honorable Mention under the Mystery category for the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival:

Curtis J. Hopfenbeck
February 2011

Hopfenbeck's first novel, 'The Liquid City' is named one of "Top 10 Must Reads of 2011" and "5 Best Books of 2010" by GQ Magazine. The book is a witty and suspense-filled page turner joining now the ranks of Stephen King and John Grisham's books. Touted as one of America's hottest new authors, Hopfenbeck's passion and impetus for writing has been in existence since birth.

Muhammad Rahim
February 2011

The 'Memoirs of a Life Insurance Icon: Khuda Buksh' of Muhammad Rahim won the GLOBAL Asia Category of Readers Views 2010 Literary Awards. The book illustrates the life of a legendary Insurance Specialist who chose to serve humanity by sparking an insurance awareness movement in three countries (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh).

Fida R. Abbott
July 2010

Fida R. Abbott, Managing Editor and Director of the Online Writing Course at https://www.kabarindonesia.com, a daily online Indonesian News site won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for 'Enthusiasm'. The award was under the category of novels from North American Book Dealer Exchange (NABE).

Christopher Hugh Kawal Persaud
July 2010

Writer, poet, and Christian apologist Christopher Hugh Kawal Persaud Persaud's 2010 book, The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Refutation of the Widespread, Sinister Lie was adjudged the First Place winner in the Theology category for the 2010 Christian Choice Book Awards competition. This is his second national award.

BeNeca Ward
January 2010

'3rd Generation Country' by Benecca Ward was nominated under the Outstanding Literary - Debut author category for the 41st NAACP Image Awards.

C. P. Carusso
December 2009

Sophia's Exit Strategy" of trainer CP Carusso bagged the 2009 Oakland PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) Award.

Amira Tame
July 2009

Amira Tame received the National Mature Media Silver Award for her book, Activity Techniques that Heal the Wounds of Alzheimer's.

Joanne Hughson AKA Stef
June 2009

Her book, Be Careful What You Wish For ... The Story of: Gwendolyn the Great, Savior of Idlebury, Protector of the Universe, placed as a Finalist the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards and as a Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Books Awards.

Connie Houser
February 2009

Connie Houser, author of The Letters, Portrait of an Artist, Jim Houser, won FIRST PLACE in the Art and Photograph category in the 2008 California Book Festival.

Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips, author of Proximity, won the 2008 Gold Medal Award (Navy Category) from the Military Writers Society of America.

Albert Russo

Albert Russo has three books, which qualified as finalists at the National Indie Excellence Awards in the Photography category.

  • City of Lovers- City of Wonder
  • Body Glorious/Corps á corps
  • New York at Heart/New York au Coeur

Gina Jones

Gina E. Jones, author of Flying Between Heaven and Earth, was voted semi-finalist for Fiction & Literature in the New Age Fiction category by USA Book News.

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Lucy Cain
November 5, 6 & 7, 2007

Lucy Cain, author of Secure the Fort, is the recipient of the 2007 Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal Award for Best Anthology to be presented at the annual conference/banquet in Branson, MO.

Kevin Weeks
June 2007

Kevin M. Weeks, author of The Street Life Series: Is it Suicide or Murder?, was inducted as the Best New Urban Author of the Year 2006 for his novel. A voluntary Top Advisory Board of one hundred active members inducts The YOUnity Guild Award Winners of Excellence each year. He also won an award (Wild Card) in the New York Book Festival.

Jameela Alter

Jameela Alter, author of On Clipped Wings, is a finalist in Foreword Magazine's eighth annual Book of the Year Awards in the Fiction-General category.

Judy Snider

Judy K. Snider, author of Goldy's Baby Socks, and her illustrator, Thomas McAteer, won The Cat Writer's Association award of excellence and the 2006 CWA Muse Award for best children's book.


Author Sonia Pressman Fuentes is always eager to share her wisdom and experience on feminism and the women’s rights movement, which she has done in her self-published book, Eat First—You Don't Know What They'll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter.

Another way she shares her wisdom and experience is by giving talks across the country. Last June 16, she was a speaker for Nielsen—a company best known for providing insights and data about TV viewing—at their largest employee facility in Oldsmar, Florida. She gave a talk to Women in Neilsen (WIN) about the remaining problems of the women’s rights movement on a local and global scale

This August 30, she’s also slated to share her life and experiences to donors of Lions of Judah Endowment, a Jewish women's philanthropic organization affiliated with the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, North Carolina. The next day, August 31, she’ll be sharing her thoughts on the topic “The Women's Rights Movement, Its Past, Present and the Problems that Remain” at a luncheon. Both events are part of the Lion of Judah program and are open to members and special guests only.

On March 1, 2017 (6:30–7:15 p.m.), Sonia will also be speaking on the same topic in commemoration of Women’s Month, this time to another audience at University of South Florida (USF) Sarasota-Manate. For more details, call Dr. Lora Kosten at USF's Office of Community Engagement at 941-359-4385.

Catch registered nurse and self-published author Sheryl Simmons, the woman behind the book A Message from Mama, as she speaks at Alzheimer’s Day of Love: A Day of Love for Alzheimer’s Caregivers, slated on November 21 at the Greater Bethlehem Community Room in St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Mississippi but raised in Chicago, Simmons has been an advocate for Alzheimer's dementia and wrote about the personal experience of caring for a loved one suffering from the disease in the aforementioned title.

When he was still working on his PhD in Germanic and Hispanic studies, Ralph Vander Heide developed an idea for a book. It grew into a manuscript, and Ralph self-published it, giving it the title The German Leaves. He considers the book, which focuses on German exile literature, a work of devotion to the cause of world peace and humanities. He presented the book at Institut für Zeitgeschichte-Munich last September, 4 and he also did a lecture at Weber State University last November 6.

Author Bonita Bandaries self-published a devotional book, A Promise Kept, to share her experiences as a caregiver to her mother. This November, she will be sharing these moments once again in an event to celebrate National Family Caregivers' Month. Now on her second year, Bonita will be coordinating and hosting the event, where she will share excerpts from her book as well as sell copies. Catch her this coming November 7, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Shreve Memorial Library, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier this year, Bonita was in the same library, celebrating the 3rd annual Ark-La-Miss-Tex Author Faire, which was the kickoff for summer reading in the area. Along with dozens of other authors, she was a speaker in a forum about common literary elements. Her self-published book was featured in the event and is presently available in the library circulation for checkout.

Author Sonia Pressman Fuentes's life story isn't like any other. Her self-published memoir, Eat First—You Don't Know What They'll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter, reveals her early years as an immigrant and how she went on to leave significant contributions to the feminist movement. As a women's rights activist and a pioneer in the Second Wave of the women's movement, she has received numerous awards and accomplished many great achievements, including being the first female attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Later this year, the EEOC will hold a panel discussion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The discussion will focus on (1) Title VII of that Act, which prohibits, among other things, gender discrimination by covered employers, employment agencies, and labor unions, and (2) the early EEOC cases involving women flight cabin attendants (stewardesses). Sonia wrote the lead decision for the EEOC finding that U.S. airlines violated Title VII when they terminated or grounded stewardesses on marriage or on reaching the age of 32 or 35.

Sonia will be part of a roundtable discussion that will be one of the main highlights of the event. Catch her this coming October 23, 2014, Thursday, at the main auditorium of the ITT Chicago-Kent School of Law, 555 West Adams Street. The event is open to the public.

Ronald Yates is a fictionist as well as a journalist. Aside from self-publishing Finding Billy Battles: An Account of Peril, Transgression and Redemption, he is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and an author of various journalism books and textbooks. He has also covered several newsworthy events, including the 1975 fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia and the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing. Robert has been invited to be a presenting author at the Kansas Book Festival this September.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes's rich experience and wisdom have contributed to her success today. Her professional career as an attorney and corporate executive spans thirty-six years, and her devotion to the women's rights movement even more: she was the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she cofounded the National Organization for Women, and she published Eat First—You Don't Know What They'll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter.

Indefatigable, Sonia continues to share her wealth of knowledge and experience with eager audiences and readers, and on September 17, 2014, Sonia will be speaking about the beginning of the Second Wave Movement and its effects at Mills College in Oakland, California, at 5:00 p.m. The engagement is open to the public, with Ms. Fuentes sharing a Q&A with her audience immediately after her talk.

Sonia will also be speaking about this same topic to another audience at the Longboat Key Education Center in Longboat Key, Florida, on March 3, 2015, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Bonita Bandaries will be participating in in the Shreve Memorial Library's Author Fair on May 19, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm at S. Caddo, Hamilton Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns, Shreveport, Louisiana. The event will feature local and regional authors who have published memoirs. Bonita's A Promise Kept is a memoir of her caregiving experiences with her mother. The event is free and open to the public.

Xlibris author G.M. McDowell will be a feature poet at the Mount Vernon Public Library Open Mic Poetry Event on April 26, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. McDowell authored the poetry collection Wake Up and Sing.

H Rick Goff, Xlibris author of A Gorilla Ridin' on a Half a Hot Dog will be attending a Book Reading and Review at the Barnes & Nobles La Cantera located in San Antonio, Texas. The event will take place from 12 to 2PM on February 12.

A Gorilla Ridin' on a Half a Hot Dog is a written reflection on the early lives of the author’s two sons, as the author observes their growth and experiences.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes, author of Eat First -- You Don't Know What They'll Give You, will be serving as a judge for the essay contest of the 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Writers from seven high schools and colleges in the Tampa Bay Area will be submitting their essays about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. The event will take place January 22, 2017, in cooperation with The United Nations Association of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Holocaust Scholarship Foundation, Tampa Sister Cities International, and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

The Adult School of Montclair will be hosting a one-night only course by Xlibris author Guy Sterling based on his self-published book The Famous, the Familiar and the Forgotten: 350 Notable Newarkers. The book trains the spotlight on Newark’s rich history—which include the history of some of its celebrated denizens like Thomas Edison, Sarah Vaughan, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Simon, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Jackie Gleason, Robert Ludlum, Aaron Burr, and Washington Irving to name a few. The course will be held at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Self-published author Sarah Kennedy, the woman behind the acclaimed title Sgarrwrath: Prequel to Prophecy of Hope will be one of the featured authors in this year’s Brain to Books Cyber Convention, an online convention and book expo hosted on Goodreads from April 8 to 10. Please note that you must have a Goodreads account to attend. You can join via the fairgrounds under the Group section of your account.

She was also chosen as one of the featured authors in the 4th Annual Author and Artists Holiday Gift Sale last December 5, 2015, at the Bel Air Armory in Bel Air, Maryland. The festive event, which also featured live entertainment as well as special holiday treats, started at 10:00 a.m. and ran until 3:00 p.m.

Jordana Gilman wanted to honor the women of her alma mater by hosting a photo exhibit entitled Women in the Big Picture, composed of notable alumnae and staff. Naturally, Sonia Fuentes has a place of recognition in this collection of greatness.

The exhibit mirrors the work Sonia Fuentes has dedicated her life to-showcasing the power of women in all fields and walks of life. From co-founding the National Women's Organization, winning numerous awards over the years, and publishing an empowering autobiography with Xlibris, Sonia Fuentes has certainly done a great deal when it comes to championing womankind.

See Sonia Fuentes alongside her sister achievers in the Willard Straight Hall of the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. The photo exhibit will run until April 1.