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Michael Abraham

Providence, VA
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Michael Abraham, author of Providence, VA, is a native of Southwest Virginia and the author of four books about the central Appalachians. He has one adult daughter and lives in Blacksburg with his wife, two dogs, and four motorcycles.


Corban Addison

A Walk Across the Sun
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Corban Addison, author of A Walk Across the Sun, holds a degree in Law from UVa. While researching this book, he traveled to India and spent a month with a team from International Justice Mission (IJM).


Tasha Alexander

Death in the Floating City
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Tasha Alexander, author of Death in The Floating City, studied English and Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her bestselling Lady Emily series, nominated for numerous awards, has been translated into more than a dozen languages.


Judy Light Ayyildiz

Forty Thorns
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Judy Light Ayyildiz, author of 10 books including, Forty Thorns; memoir, Nothing but Time; poetry, Mud River, is the recipent Woman of Achievement-Education, Jim Wayne Miller, Gusto Poet Discovery, Nazim Hikmet Prizes; Daughters of Ataturk, Turkish Forum, and 2012 International Book Awards.


Laura Baker


Laura Baker has a PhD in American Literature and is an Assistant Editor at the Founding Fathers Online Project at Documents Compass, part of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.


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Rosalyn W. Berne

Waiting in the Silence
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Rosalyn Berne, author of Waiting in the Silence, writes sci-fi because it creatively engages the moral imagination in the rapid, unpredictable evolution of newly emerging and converging technologies. She teaches in the department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia.


Joanna Bourne

The Spymaster's Lady
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Joanna Bourne, author of The Spymaster's Lady, Forbidden Rose, and The Black Hawk, is a two-time winner of the RITA, Romance's highest award for excellence in writing. Her stories are set in France and England during the Napoleonic Wars.


Kimberly Brock

The River Witch
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Kimberly Brock, author of The River Witch, is a former actor and special needs educator. Her debut novel, a southern mystical work set on the Georgia coast, has been featured in numerous reading lists and chosen by two national book clubs. Kimberly lives in Alpharetta, Georgia.


Laura Brodie

All the Truth
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Laura Brodie, author of All the Truth, Love in a Time of Homeschooling, and The Widow's Season, is a graduate of Harvard and visiting English professor at Washington and Lee University. She lives in Lexington, Virginia.


Brad Bryant

Indra's Net
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Brad Bryant, author of Indra's Net, has worked in the child welfare field for three decades. He spent six years in Thailand during the height of the Vietnam War working with children of American GIs. Indra's Net reflects that experience.


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Grace Burrowes

Lady Eve's Indiscretion
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Grace Burrowes, author of Lady Eve's Indiscretion, is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Georgian, Regency, and Victorian romances.


Kristen Callihan

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Kristen Callihan is the author of Winterblaze, book three of the Darkest London series. Kristen was born and raised in the Washington DC area. Intrepid armchair traveler and dreamer of all things curious, she found the perfect job in writing books.


Claire Cameron

Braver Than You Believe: True Stories of Losing Love and Finding Self
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Claire Cameron, coauthor with Sue Mangum of Braver Than You Believe: True Stories of Losing Love and Finding Self, is an educational psychologist. Her non-fiction writing seeks to reveal the hidden sides of our human experience to the light of understanding and acceptance.

Genres:Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Fran Cannon Slayton

When the Whistle Blows
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Fran Cannon Slayton is the author of When the Whistle Blows. Described as "a masterpiece" by Kirkus, When the Whistle Blows is a nominee for the Virginia Reader's Choice, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan, Alabama Camellia, and Indiana Young Hoosier Book Awards.


Alan Cheuse

Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face
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Alan Cheuse, author of Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face, has published nearly 20 works of fiction and nonfiction. He serves as book critic for NPR's All Things Considered and teaches in the writing program at GMU.


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Tara Conklin

The House Girl
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Tara Conklin, author of The House Girl, is a writer and lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, Washington.


Guy Cote

Long Live the King: Book One of the Charlemagne Saga
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Guy Cote, author of Long Live the King: Book One of the Charlemagne Saga, is also the author of six screenplays, one of which is in development to become a major motion picture. Guy resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Genres:Fiction, Crime Wave