2016 Special Guests

Sam Belletto Jr.
Sam Belletto Jr.

Sam Bellotto Jr. is the editor of Perihelion: The Online Science Fiction Journal. A graduate of Long Island University, Sam spent 15 years as a magazine editor in New York City for various consumer publications. He is also owner and developer of Crossdown word puzzle game software.

Roxanne Bland

Roxanne Bland is the president of the international, non-profit organization Broad Universe. BroadUniverse is dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other speculative genres. Roxanne grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated.

Kristine Cayne
Kristine Cayne

Kristine Cayne’s books have won numerous awards and acclaim. Her first book, Deadly Obsession, was an RT Book Reviews Top Pick and won Best Romance in the 2012 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. Her second book, Deadly Addiction, won two awards at the 2014 eFestival of Words and 1st place in the INDIE Awards, Romantic Suspense Category (a division of Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Writing Contests).

Her book Under His Command won Best BDSM Romance at the 2012 Sizzling Awards and was a finalist in the 2013 eFestival of Words and 2013 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards, and her book Everything Bared was a finalist in the Erotic category of the I Heart Indie awards. www.kristinecayne.com

Connie B. Dowell
Connie B. Dowell

Connie B. Dowell writes young adult fiction, nonfiction for current and soon-to-be college students, and fun, short works for all ages. She loves history and podcasts with her husband at One Hundred Centuries. She also caters to other writers, whether through editing and design services or the writing prompt cards.

Rick Gualtieri
Rick Gualtieri

Rick Gualtieri loves to write adventure, mayhem, and snarky dialogue. His bestselling Tome of Bill series combines all of this into a world of supernatural danger with hard-hitting action and plenty of sharp-tongued geeky humor.

Rick lives alone in a dark, evil place called New Jersey with only his wife, three kids, and countless pets to both keep him company and constantly plot against him. When he’s not busy monkey-clicking out words, he can typically be found jealously guarding his collection of vintage Transformers from all who would seek to defile them.

Defilers Beware!

James A Hunter
James A Hunter

James Hunter is a writer, former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously). He is also a member of The Royal Order of the Shellback—’cause that’s a real thing. He has also been a missionary and international aid worker in Bangkok, Thailand. And, a spaceship captain, can’t forget that.

Okay … the last one is only in his imagination.

Currently,he is a stay-at-home Dad—taking care of two kids—while also writing full time, making up absurd stories that he hopes people will continue to buy. When not working, writing, or spending time with family, he occasionally eats and sleeps. His website is https://JamesAHunter.Wordpress.com/.

Tyler Malone

Tyler Malone is a Texas writer inspired by the past and all the things he and everyone else nearly forget about. He holds an English degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas and is pursuing a Master s of Fine Arts from Texas State University in San Marcos. He is the short story editor for Mad Swirl.

Lynn McNamee
Lynn McNamee

Lynn McNamee is the owner of Red Adept Publishing and Red Adept Editing. After running a book review site called Red Adept Reviews, she became a line editor. A couple of years later, she expanded the business to include a traditional publishing house. Her goal is to provide professional editing services for independent authors or top-notch publishing services for authors who wish to go that route.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and dog. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading, playing golf and tennis with her son, and going bowling with her husband.

Michele Pariza Wacek
Michele Pariza Wacek

Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company.

She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona. You can reach her at MicheleParizaWacek.com. She’s published two novels, “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image,” both psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense books.

Marilyn Peake
Marilyn Peake

Marilyn Peake is the author of both novels and short stories. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn’s one of the contributing authors in Book: The Sequel, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at The Daily Beast. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, Glass Cases.

AWARDS: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, Winner of the Dream Realm Awards, and a Finalist placement in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Marilyn Peake’s website: http://www.marilynpeake.com



adanramie

Adan Ramie is the genre-stomping author of the Deviant Behaviors series, as well as dozens of horror, speculative, science fiction, LGBT, and romance stories. She lives in a small town in Texas not unlike Andy Griffith’s Mayberry with her crazy kids and amazing, supportive wife. You can find her online at AdanRamie.com.

AF Stewart
AF Stewart

A steadfast and proud sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She favours the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being dark fantasy and horror—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author she’s published novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction.

She is fond of good books, action movies, sword collecting, geeky things, comic books, and oil painting as a hobby. She has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories.

Don Webb
Don Webb

Don Webb is a teacher of French language and literature. B.A., Dartmouth College; Ph. D., University of Wisconsin. Major: French; minor: German. Thesis: Jean Jacques Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse. Most of his career was spent at California State University, Sacramento. He spent ten years moonlighting as a professional translator of French and Italian.He is currently semi-retired and teaches an on-line course in French for Reading Comprehension and, occasionally, French for Listening Comprehension at the University of Guelph, in Ontario. He is the founder and managing editor of Bewildering Stories.