Local Author Book Fair

In honor of Indie Author Day, Boone County Public Library’s, Main Library,1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, is hosting a Local Author Book Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Meet local authors and buy their books for your own shelf or as gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Discussions about writing and publishing will precede the book fair:

  • 1 p.m. — Orville Mann, author of The Adventures of George Lee: A Race Against Time, will read some excerpts from his book and discuss the writing and publishing process.
  • 2 p.m. — Dialogue about self-publishing with panel of authors.
  • 2:30 p.m. — Book Fair begins


Barbara League, Letters to Lori, Jaxon Learns to Ski
Award-winning Letters to Lori shares the true story of a courageous woman’s struggle for change in a proud, close-knit community. Opal Myers, who assisted Catherine Marshall in her research for her best-selling novel Christy, describes her passion and sacrifice for the people of remote Cocke County, TN. As an inspiration to hold fast to your dreams, this book will challenge you to make a difference in the lives of those you love. Share in the laughter, tears, and legacy of her mark on history.

Chad McClendon, Lipstick Trace, One Night In Salem
Chad McClendon is an author from Hebron, KY who has published several stories.  His website is www.cmcfiction.net and you can find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cmcfiction

Nathan Singer, A Prayer for Dawn, Chasing the Wolf, In the Light of You,
Transorbital, The Song in the Squall
Dr. Nathan Singer is a novelist, playwright, composer, and experimental performing artist. He had five published novels and a forthcoming Blackchurch Furnace. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he is working on a multitude of new projects.

Bonnie Hedrick and Robert Canning, Feathers Across Time with
Discussion Guide
Feathers Across Time is about a boy growing up in Covington, KY. As a result of his unusual friendship with a Native American, he learns that feathers are considered “messages from the other side” among some tribes. He begins to find feathers and perceives them to be important in some way to him. This book reflects much of what the authors have taught to youth leaders across the country for more than 25 years about resiliency and positive youth development.

Reid Kerr, I Hate It Here: A Love Story (travel/humor), The Great Texas Trailer Park Escape (Southern fiction)
Reid Kerr is a writer, voice artist, and sunscreen enthusiast. He is also a humorist, according to Reader’s Digest, and spent twenty years interviewing people for television and radio. His second book, “I Hate It Here: A Love Story” was an Amazon top ten Travel book, and also in the Humor top twenty. You can find his random comedic musings in newspapers, magazines, and ReidAboutIt.com.

Angel Musk, Essence of Time and Cantonelli’s Crest
Local romance and paranormal fiction writer

Rick L. Phillips, Dinky the Elf, The Door Into Murder, Project: Hero, Atlantis Under Attack, With Great Power, Last Train to Murder and Other Stories
Mystery, superhero series, and a children’s book.

S.R Mowry, The Silvan Mist
Fantasy novel by S.R. Mowry, The Silvan Mist, is an epic new start to a grand series. Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and R.A. Salvatore, the story follows half-elf Alaion Cellethor as he embarks on a quest to save his home in the Immortal Forest from the evil webs of the great arachnid Myrkuva.

Lori Todd, Silver Links
Fantasy author
Former mall cop and McDonald’s employee, Lori Todd is a teacher and Instructional Coach for Cincinnati Public Schools. She currently lives in Anderson Township with her husband Jeff, daughter Emma, son Ian, lab mix Dublin and Great Pyrenees Molly Sue.

 Christine Luken, Financial Lifeguard, Money is Emotional: Prevent Your Heart from Hijacking Your Wallet
If money is emotional, then why do we persist in trying to manage our personal finances logically?  We already know what it takes to become financially healthy: spend less than we make, pay down our debt, and save more money. My approach to personal finance is called “Mindful Money Management” and doesn’t require you to eat beans and rice or to spend hours updating budget spreadsheets. Harness the power of your emotions to propel you forward like a rocket booster towards your Preferred Financial Destination.

Dan Bisig and Ryan Clark, College Entrance Game Plan: Your Comprehensive Guide To Collecting, Organizing, And Funding College
Dan is passionate about helping students and parents navigate their way through every aspect of the college process. He has helped hundreds of students find scholarships, have the money talk with their parents, pick the right majors, and apply to the right colleges. Dan reviews every college application and essay and guides families through the financial aid process. Featured in numerous articles in magazines and newspapers, Dan has spoken in front of thousands of families in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Rob Hudson, A Better Tomorrow, Our Best Tomorrow, The HR Lawyer Within You
Rob Hudson has authored several Amazon Top 10 books addressing capitalism and business topics.  He is a past Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber and a Pulitzer Prize submitted columnist.

Lauren Hudson, The Ascension, Our Best Tomorrow
Lauren Hudson’s books have won more than a dozen regional, national and international awards.  She is 2017’s Independent Author of the Year and she’s a 17 year old student at Dixie Heights.

Karla Harney Thompson, Home in the Big Backyard – Peaches in July
Karla Harney Thompson lives in the big, white house in the big backyard. She is on first-name basis with all the little critters who have built their homes around her yard. The groundhog family in “Peaches and July”, is only the first book in a series introducing a host of charming characters who have a story to tell, a skill to share, and a moral to learn. Karla enjoyed many years of teaching Elementary age children while being employed by the University of Kentucky in the 4-H Youth Development program.
All of the stories in her children’s books come straight from her own life experiences and the wonderful people that share her life.

Cate Beaumont, Lucky Strike: Lucky, Kentucky Book 1
Cate Beaumont is a mild-mannered Tax Attorney by day and a Rollicking Romance Writer at night!  Her debut novel is set in a fictional Kentucky town called Lucky. Kelsey Taggert is a modern woman blazing her way through single parenthood. While running her own business, she has no time for love since her cheating ex-husband left her for a stripper. A brush with death motivates her to step out of her comfort zone and get started on a Bucket List of new experiences. Number one on her list: a hot love affair.  Workaholic Deke Connelly saves Kelsey’s life when she is struck by lightning, but she is not the only one electrified by the experience. He can’t stop thinking about the feisty brunette that dropped unexpectedly into his life. He believes she could be the one. Now how to convince her?

N. Passmore (Ginny Shephard), Wayward Wulves Beware

Mike Due, A Corpse on the Court at St. Henry’s Gym and Grave Consequences in Erlanger, KY
After the tremendous success of Grave Consequences in Erlanger, KY, Mike Due’s follow-up, A Corpse on the Court at St. Henry’s Gym, is sure to appeal to Northern Kentuckians who love a local dash of 70s/80s nostalgia in the form of a satisfying murder mystery.

Shirley Oaks, Bologna and Moonshine, Two Plays, The Crayon Murders, Jemsh’s Secret
Jemsh’s Secret is about foraging for herbs deep in the lush green mountains of Virginia and happening upon a secret that the mountains held dear. A beautiful story about family and a discovered past.

Robert D. Webster, The Beverly Hills Supper Club: The Untold Story Behind Kentucky’s Worst Tragedy
This is the complete history of the magnificent Beverly Hills Supper Club – the untold story of Kentucky’s worst tragedy, where 169 people were killed as a result of greed, corruption, deceit, mafia rule, government cover-ups, kidnapping, and murder. Bob Webster is a Northern Kentucky native and author of numerous articles on regional history. Three of his books, including the Beverly Hills, have received Kentucky History Awards. Bob is a graduate of Covington Holmes High School and Morehead State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He is currently president of the Kenton County Historical Society.

Robert Schrage, Eyewitness to History:  A Personal Journal, Ohio River: From Cincinnati to Louisville, Boone County Then and Now, Carl Kiger:  The Man Beyond the Murder, Legionary Locals of Covington, and Burlington
Robert Schrage is active in local history circles and has served on the boards of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, Boone County Historic Preservation Board, and the Behringer Crawford Board.  In 2015, Schrage received the William Conrad Preservation Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement in preservation of local history. Previous works include: Legendary Locals of Covington (Arcadia); Eyewitness to History: A Personal Journal (winner of honorable mentions at the New York, Amsterdam, and Florida Book Festivals (Merlot Group); Carl Kiger: The Man Beyond the Murder (Merlot Group); The Ohio River from Cincinnati to Louisville (Arcadia); Boone County: Then and Now (Arcadia); and Burlington (Arcadia).

John A. Bercaw, A Pink Mist, The Mighty Jungle
After four years in the US Marine Corps, John Bercaw joined the US Army and spent a year in South Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Released from active duty, he joined the Illinois Army National Guard, where he remained until 1990 when he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 and a Master Army Aviator. He is the author of A Pink Mist, the memoir of his time in Vietnam, and The Mighty Jungle, a fictionalized account of two men who survive a helicopter crash in the jungle and then must survive the jungle and the enemy.

Paige Downie, Clouds, Sun and Daisy Daydreams
Paige Downie is an independent author and illustrator of children’s books.

Katherine Wynter, Keeper Chronicles: Awakening, Blackout, Blackout II: Rise of the Nano
Awakening, the Keeper Chronicles Book 1, is a deliciously steamy urban fantasy where they only thing hotter than the food are the idyllic lighthouse bed-n-breakfast’s mysterious guests.  Worried about demons? Make sure you keep the blinds pulled shut when it storms. Lightning isn’t the only thing that burns in a storm. Awakening was chosen this year as an INDIEFAB Book of the Year finalist for fantasy!

Tamera Lenz Muente, The Boy at the Museum
It’s winter in Cincinnati, 1834, and Arthur Watson just landed a job at the most sensational museum in town. Living sea dogs, giant snakes, cannibal heads, shocking wax figures, and other curiosities fill its gothic halls. While looking after Enos, an eight-year-old boy born without legs who is the museum’s most popular live exhibit, Arthur finds himself confronted with the museum’s questionable practices. When he meets the boy’s widowed mother, Elizabeth, the two become entangled in the strange world. Together, they discover that their own lives, like the museum, are filled with dark truths and incredible wonders. Tamera Lenz Muente is a freelance writer and associate curator at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is her first novel.

Andrew Young, Lost Book of Alexander the Great & Unwanted: A Murder Mystery of the Gilded Age
Boone County resident, historian and author of two books from Westholme Publishing with another book set to come out early 2018.

Michael W. Evans, The Girl Of Many Names, With All My Love
Evans has volunteered at the Library since 2004 and has done the genealogy of the African Americans in Boone County for the Local History Department.

Patricia Correll, Late Summer, Early Spring
Patricia Correll is the author of the novella collection Late Summer, Early Spring as well as numerous short stories. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, sons and cats.

Virginia Gray, Bestselling author of women’s fiction and romantic comedy
Bestselling Author Virginia Gray is a North Carolina native and graduate of Wake Forest University. A former university professor, she stepped away from academics to pursue a writing career. She is a great lover of humor, music, and all things food. She lives in the Midwest with her loving family and far too many pets.

Jennifer Brasington-Crowley, Lyndsay & Lainey Lion Adventure Books – A thru F (6 paperback copies, 2 digital)
Lyndsay and Lainey Lion Adventure Books are geared toward children and educators of children ages Pre-K to 8 years. Parents will delight in reading these smart books to their children, and preschoolers will love the vibrant, expressive illustrations. Beginner readers will love discovering new words and building their reading vocabularies. Advanced readers will have fun learning about animals and laughing along with Lyndsay and Lainey and their escapades. Jennifer Brasington-Crowley is an author, illustrator, artist and animal advocate. She is a graduate of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and an advertising copywriter and graphic designer.

Heather Rae Hutzel, The Book of Life, ESCAPE, and How to Self-Publish & Promote Your Book
After publishing her Amazon Bestselling novel, “The Book of Life: The Greatest Story Ever Told,” Heather Rae Hutzel began a journey of discovering what it truly means to live in the radical story that God designed for each of us. What that meant for Heather was quitting her job in the marketing research industry to pursue a God-given dream to unite and prepare the Bride of Christ for the return of her King. Heather inspires and challenges the Church to abandon the status quo of watered-down, Americanized Christianity to pursue a radical, sold-out Kingdom life.

Rachel Dawn, Now What? A Story of Broken Dreams and the God Who Restores Them
What do you do when all your hopes and dreams come crashing down around you? When life doesn’t go as you planned? Now What? is a story of how God redeems every broken piece of our lives to ensure that none of our pain is in vain. Divorce, miscarriage, job loss…All of us have had some sort of life-altering experience when we’ve stared upward hopelessly and asked, “Now What?” By age 25, Rachel Dawn found herself divorced, discouraged, disenchanted, and completely starting over. The lessons she learned rebuilding her life, regaining her courage, and reigniting her dreams have since inspired countless others. Today she is a sought-after speaker and life coach.

Gary Reed, A Fatal Cell Phone Video & American Carnage
Gary Reed is an attorney, whose practice was nationwide in scope. He has written and spoken at national conferences on legal topics. In his novel, A Fatal Cell Phone Video, Devin Garner, a young, but up-and-coming attorney, takes on the high-profile defense of a doctor accused of murdering his socially prominent wife. The prosecutor argues that the physician, a Middle Easterner and a Muslim, lost his temper when his wife caught him having an affair. The dead woman’s closest friend has a different theory, but Garner isn’t sure she’s right. Someone is watching Garner’s office. If he identifies the real killer, will he be the next to die?

Rock Neelly
The Purple Heart Detective Agency, The Prince of the Border, The Babylon Blues, A Brand New Me
Rock Neelly is a professor of literature, film and communications at Gateway Community and Technical College. The grandson of cattle ranchers, Rock grew up on the high plains of Kansas shooting baskets and pheasant. His specialty is detective fiction and he often offers presentations on the history of/best of detective fiction to area book clubs and libraries. The Babylon Blues is the third installment in his Purple Heart Detective Series. Neelly also has a novella being released in September — A Brand New Me.

Patricia McLinn, USA Today bestselling author of romance & mystery
USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks bestselling author of more than 45 mystery, romance novels cited by reviewers and readers for warmth, wit, and strong characters. Known for writing connected books, including the Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series, Seasons in a Small Town, and Wyoming Wildflowers series. Has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia to Washington, D.C., including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institute. Journalism career included 23 years as an editor at the Washington Post.

Terri Bonar-Stewart & Linda S. Gravett, Ph.D, Just a Couple of Women Talkin’…The Real Story of Being a Woman Entrepreneur
Terri Bonar-Stewart has over thirty years experience as a business adviser, executive coach and human resource management consultant. She has worked with small, medium, and large organizations, private sector and not-for-profit, helping them build a thriving, successful enterprise and achieve their vision. Terri is partial to answering questions about writing nonfiction, co-authoring and hybrid publishing.

Covington Writers Group
Covington Writers Group is a group of dedicated writers focused on improving their craft and getting published. Started in February 2014, the group has published five anthologies featuring its members’ work, with another anthology due out fall 2017. Several members have had books published, both traditionally and self-published. Their work has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Huffington Post, ESPN.com, Writers Weekly and more.