Archive for January, 2012

Like fantasy and intrigue with a dash of steampunk? Read J. L. Mulvihill’s “Lost Daughter of Easa”!  It already has received some wonderful reviews, see her site, and continues to impress!

ImageAfter falling through a portal, a seventeen-year-old girl awakens lost in a forest with amnesia and must draw on her instincts and self-preservation to escape ravenous wild beasts, goblins, demons, and a dark witch who knows the secret of her past. The Lost Daughter of Easa is the first book in a series by J. L. Mulvihill.

I am a native Californian living in Mississippi. I love writing and have written poetry, short stories and song lyrics from the time that I first learned to write. My most recent short stories are featured in the anthology, Memories and Dreams, published by The Fine Arts Center in Hot Springs, AR. I also love to cook and have developed many original recipes. Recently, I coupled one of my favorite recipes with a short story called, Jen’s Spicy Crawfish Bisque which appears in It’s All About Food with a Mississippi Twist. My first novel was accepted for publication and scheduled for release sometime before Labor Day 2011. I have written several articles for the Jackson Literature Examiner. I am also an event’s coordinator for the Mississippi chapter of Imagicopter, an organization of authors and artists who promote their own publications, while lending a hand to other writers and artists. I belong to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as The Arts Council of Clinton, The Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group and the JavaInk Jotters.


Romantic mystery writer Melanie Atkins has released her latest book – Quest For Justice!

ImageA grief stricken detective takes a suicide assignment to avenge the death of the man she loves, only to discover things aren’t always what they seem—and that she very much wants to live.

Abby Ryals goes behind the sheriff’s back to accept an undercover assignment with another agency so she can avenge fellow detective C.J. Bowman’s death, and is stunned to learn he’s very much alive when he leaves witness protection and follows her undercover to keep her safe. Together, they race the clock to defeat a notorious drug lord before he discovers their true identities.

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Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

Atkins has several books to her credit. From the New Orleans Detective books, to the Wicked books, to the single release Flash Bang, and now the Keller County Cop books.

Visit her website at!

Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, an editor for an online publishing company, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

Melanie is an active member of Romance Writers of America®, the Magnolia State Romance Writers (MSRW), the Published Author Network (PAN), the Electronic and Small Press Authors’ Network (ESPAN), the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), Sisters in Crime (SinC), the Red Dog Writers, the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Southern Writers, the Mississippi Authors Guild and the Byram Writers’ Group. She currently serves as Past President of MSRW.

Author James Daniel Ross, who has written novel and short stories, now presents his latest work of fiction – the novella “Last Ride of the Iron Cowboy”. Check it out!

A world of brass, steam, and gears has blossomed across late nineteenth century America. It has even touched the tiny town of Nowhere, Indiana. The iron rails of the locomotive have brought news of foreign lands, neImagew technologies, and prosperity into the once quiet town.

But now it brings a much darker cargo.

Sheriff Jack Judge has seen a lot of years, a lot of miles. The well-polished handles of his six-guns have brought down more than his share of bad men. But what is about to descend upon him will take more than his cowboy know-how, more than grit, more than forty-four caliber bullets. It will take the most advanced technology steam and brass can bring to bear, for it is the vestige of a long dead empire that threatens the town he has sworn to protect, and the Sheriff Judge is all that stands between Nowhere and total destruction.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, James has been an actor, computer tech support operator, historic infotainment tour guide, armed self defense retailer, automotive petrol attendant, youth entertainment stock replacement specialist, mass market Italian chef, low priority courier, monthly printed media retailer, automotive industry miscellaneous task facilitator, and ditch digger.

The Radiation Angels: The Chimerium Gambit is his first novel and is followed by The Radiation Angels: The Key to Damocles.

James Daniel Ross shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad Ass Faeries 2.

Most people are begging him to go back to ditch digging.

Since 1976, Chattacon has been a Fan Convention held in January. This year, come and see some wonderful talent!

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Darrell Osborn, better known as the manic Doctor with his Balloons of Doom, has been touring conventions for many years. Bringing smiles to both children and adults with his comedy routines, Doctor Osborn is a man of particular talent. An innocent face that beguiles his audience, they never truly know what to expect. One thing is certain, they will always leave with a smile on their face and a tale to tell!
His ‘mundane’ life is a mystery, though we do know that he has done some marvelous book covers! See his work at Kerlak Publishing, on his wife’s (Stephanie Osborn) novels, and also on the November Issue of Imagyro Magazine!

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Allan. Gilbreath is a nationally recognized author, publisher, speaker, and training instructor in subjects such as writing, programming, database design, web trend analysis, eCommerce activities, IT Project+, HIPAA, and utilization of the Internet. He has appeared on television, radio, web cast, and has toured the country in live appearances. Mr. Gilbreath is one of the originators of the Infotainment style of teaching/training.
In October 1998, he was the featured author on the television show “Meet the Author”. Mr. Gilbreath was also featured in October 2004 on the literary radio show “Curious Minds” by Jana Oliver. In 2006, Mr. Gilbreath appeared on stage as Mr. Smith in Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano. He is the author of Galen, Dark Chances, Short Story Collection, and co-wrote HIPAA. (Kerlak Publishing)

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Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her various degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resume. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, or “K.C.,” a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster. Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily “passes it forward,” tutoring math and science to students in the Huntsville area, from elementary through college, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels.
Her new novels Displaced Detective and At Speed are available from Twilight Times Books, Fictionwise, and other fine bookstores.

Michael Bielaczyc has been making art his whole life.
He has been selling and showing work since 1995, when he self published his own comic book. Going back to college at 25, he decided that art was going to be his main focus in life.
In 2001, he started an art company, Aradani Studios, with his brother Paul. Together they have shown and worked in shows across America selling both their artwork and costuming. While Michael has worked for such popular role-playing franchises as Dragonlance and Castlemourn, his real passion is for his personal work. He works in mediums from oil paint to latex prosthetics, video to graphite. You can see his work at .
Artist Statement:
True myth has slowly been destroyed by modern culture. We have found light in the darkness, and with it shut the door to true belief in the unbelievable.We are left only with personal mythologies, views which can only really be understood by our solitary self.
I feel my only option is to share my myths and hope it sparks a little bit of belief in something beyond ourselves.

Back in 2002, Paul Bielaczyc would never have imagined that this is where he would be today: making art, traveling across the country, co-owning a business, and working with his brother and sister. It has been quite a journey, with plenty of stories, and if you ever meet Paul at a show, you will most likely hear many of them.
Paul’s story as an artist began with an invitation from his brother, Michael Bielaczyc, to join him working the Tennessee Renaissance Festival in 2002. Paul was in college at the time, and about to start graduate school for Computer Science. His brother wanted him to work the Ren Faire during the summer, have some fun, and make a little money. By the time Paul graduated with his Master’s degree, Aradani Studios was in need of a second full time employee. He decided to put his education on hold and join his brother working for a time.
So in 2004, Paul Bielaczyc started full time as a professional artist and costume maker. In that time, Paul has worked for various independent projects and also some well known settings, Dragonlance and White Wolf to name a few. He has had the great opportunity to do the cover illustration for Apex Digest, illustrating a Kevin J. Anderson story. While having worked for other companies, Paul finds the most rewarding experience to work on his own projects, or on commisions for individuals. To date some of his earliest works have remained his most popular, Yin Lang and Nightmare, both finished in December of 2004. The latter won a Chesley Award in 2006 for Best Monochrome Unpublished.

Rocket scientist become novelist Stephanie Osborn has done it again! Now she has revisited the Sherlock Holmes legend, by bringing into the modern era. Read how this “Displaced Detective” adapts to modern technology.

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Novelist Stephanie Osborn
My words: The Case of the Displaced Detective is a single story in two volumes — I simply found it impossible to tell the story properly in one book. I’ve been a huge Holmes fan since childhood, and when the “plot bunny” for this story bit, it bit HARD. I HAD to write it! The first draft came spewing from my fingers into my laptop, 215,000 words in two months! That’s like one person holding a wide-open fire hose. I couldn’t get it set down fast enough! I’m so excited about this story, which is the first of a series where Holmes and Chadwick tackle technological and scientific based mysteries. There are two more in the editing pipeline, and three more besides that in work, and I’ve got ideas for more besides! I love these characters and this world — I could write these books for the rest of my life!

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