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Ray Anderson has hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. He developed an abiding interest in hiking when I began climbing the 4000+ foot mountains of New Hampshire. After those, he climbed the rest of the 4000 footers in New England. He has written three hiking novels. His first hiking novel, The Trail (Appalachian Trail thriller) was traditionally published by Turner Publishing in October, 2015. The second novel in his AWOL thriller series, Sierra (Pacific Crest Trail) was released in October 2016. Book three, The Divide, takes place along the Continental Divide Trail and released in September 2020.

Emily Arsenault is the author of several novels for adults and young adults, most recently the young adult psychological suspense/ghost story When All the Girls Are Sleeping. Her other novels include In Search of the Rose Notes, a Wall Street Journal Best Mystery of the Year, The Broken Teaglass, a New York Times Notable Crime Book, The Last Thing I Told You, The Leaf Reader, and What Strange Creatures. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Christine Bagley is a short story fiction writer, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. In 2012, she was a finalist for the Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Contest, and in 2016, she was selected as a fiction contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her stories have been published multiple times in Best New England Crime Stories, and her latest, Valhalla, currently appears in the new Best New England Crime Stories: Bloodroot. Additional fiction has appeared in Untoward Magazine, Bryant Literary Review, and The Briar Cliff Review.

Debra Bokur can only sing the low bits, drinks too much tea, and gets lost deliberately. An award-winning writer and journalist, she’s the author of the Dark Paradise Mysteries series from Kensington (The Fire Thief, The Bone Field and The Lava Witch). Her articles, short fiction and poetry have been widely published. She was an editor at Many Mountains Moving literary journal, is a contributing author to Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001), and has been an editor and writer at multiple national publications including Global Traveler Magazine, where she continues to contribute a monthly column.

Award-winning journalist Maureen Boyle is the author of two true-crime books. Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer was published in 2017 and The Ghost: The Murder of Police Chief Greg Adams and the Hunt for His Killer (Black Lyon) was published in June 2021. She was named New England journalist of the year three times and has been honored for her work covering crime, drug issues and human-interest stories. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in criminal justice. She is now the journalism program director at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

Jan Brogan is the author of The Combat Zone: Murder, Race and Boston’s Struggle for Justice, a true account of the 1976 murder of a Harvard football player in Boston’s old red light district, and the two criminal trials which produced opposite verdicts. The author of four murder mysteries, she sold the rights to the first in her Hallie Ahern series, A Confidential Source, to Steven Soderbergh’s Transactional Pictures, which is currently developing it as a television series for HBO Max. A former correspondent for the Boston Globe, she also worked as staff writer at the Providence Journal, and the Worcester Telegram.

Michelle Clark is a board certified Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s in CT and a former CSI for Waterbury PD. Michelle was on the Serial Killer Task Force in New Britain. She’s lead investigator for the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire Exhumation and case manager for unidentified cases. Michelle was published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and has presented at AAFS. She has a BS in Medical Technology and a Master’s degree in Forensic Science as well as ASCP certification in Medical Technology and Molecular Biology. Michelle is an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford and CCSU. Michelle lectures for Connecticut State Police Academy and the Henry C. Lee Institute on Death Investigations. Michelle is a member of MWA, SinC and a board member for CrimeCONN. In her spare time she… sleeps

Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and Expertido.org named her Murder Blog as “Best 100 Crime Blogs on the Net” (2018-2021). She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer’s Digest;101 Best Websites for Writers 2013-2021). Sue lives with her husband and spoiled guinea pigs in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and writes two psychological thriller series (Tirgearr Publishing) and true crime (Rowman & Littlefield). And recently, she appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series, Storm of Suspicion.

Bruce Robert Coffin is the author of the bestselling Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.

Winner of Killer Nashville‘s Silver Falchion Award for Best Procedural, and the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel, Bruce was also a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Matt Cost is the award winning author of the Mainely Mystery series. The first book, Mainely Power, was selected as the Maine Humanities Council Read ME fiction book of 2020. This was followed by Mainely Fear and Mainely Money. I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution was his first traditionally published novel in March of 2020. A second historical, Love in a Time of Hate, was published in August of 2021. Wolfe Trap was the first in the Clay Wolfe Port Essex Trap series, followed by Mind Trap, and Mouse

Marine ecologist and award-winning environmental educator Charlene D’Avanzo studied the New England coast for over thirty years. Her Oceanographer Mara Tusconi mystery series takes readers into the stunning beauty of Maine’s seawaters and grave threats facing them. She is a multiple IPPY Foreward Review Indies Mystery Finalist and Northeast Regional Silver Award Winner. An avid sea kayaker like her protagonist, D’Avanzo lives on Little John Island, Yarmouth, Maine.

Tina deBellegarde’s debut novel, Winter Witness, is nominated for the 2020 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Tina’s story “Tokyo Stranger” appears in Mystery Writers of America When a Stranger Comes to Town edited by Michael Koryta. Her short fiction also appears in the last two editions of The Best New England Crime Stories. Tina is the secretary of the Upper Hudson Chapter of SinC and Chair of the Murderous March 2022 Conference Committee. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Writers in Kyoto. She lives in Catskill, NY. Read Tina’s flash fiction at www.tinadebellegarde.com

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, child abusers, and employment discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. The author of twenty-four books spanning genres including crime fiction, true crime, memoir, nonfiction, and short stories, Flora’s been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. https://kateclarkflora.com

Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in history. Her novel Crunch Time was nominated for an Edgar. She is the author of the Jane Prescott mystery series, which has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Four Cuts Too Many, Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and One Taste Too Many). Her short stories, which have been named Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer finalists, have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, Malice Domestic Murder Most Edible, Masthead, and Jukes & Tonks. Debra is on the national board of MWA and president of SEMWA. She previously was on SinC’s national board and was the Guppy Chapter president. Find out more about Debra at https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com .

Alexia Gordon is a physician by day and an award-winning, #ownvoices crime novelist by night. She’s the author of the award-winning Gethsemane Brown mystery series. The fifth book, Execution in E, was published in March 2020. Alexia is a member of Crime Writers of Color, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She also hosts the podcast, The Cozy Corner with Alexia Gordon. Her first short story will be published in the 2021 Bouchercon anthology. She lives with a cat named Agatha who aspires to be a villain in a future novel.

Gary Braver is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including ELIXIR, TUNNEL VISION, and FLASHBACK, the first thriller to win a Massachusetts Book Award. His books have been translated into 15 languages. And two were optioned for movies. With Tess Gerritsen he is the co-author of the bestselling mystery/thriller CHOOSE ME. Under his own name, Gary Goshgarian, he is an award-winning English professor at Northeastern University where he teaches Science Fiction, Horror Fiction, Bestsellers, and Fiction Writing. He’s taught writing workshops in America and Europe. He lives near Boston.

Jane Haertel is Senior Fiction Editor at Guideposts, a specialty book club publisher. Prior to that, she worked as staff editor for another publisher and as a freelancer, helping to bring hundreds of mysteries and romances to publication. She is also the author of numerous mysteries under several pen names. Jane lives in Connecticut with her husband and a tuxedo cat who not-so-secretly runs the house

Desmond Hall is a Jamaican born author whose debut YA novel, YOUR CORNER DARK, is a fast-paced thriller that has been described as American Street meets Long Way Down. This searing and gritty novel takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family. The book confronts police brutality, colorism, gang culture and political deception.

He graduated Marquette University with a BA in Journalism and was selected for the “Who’s Who of American College Students.”

He’s written and directed an HBO feature movie, “A Day in Black and White” which was nominated for the Gordon Parks Award.  He’s also written and directed a full-length stage play, “Stockholm, Brooklyn” that won the Audience Award at the Downtown Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane theater. The play was also picked for the Public Theater’s New Works Series. 

For two years, he worked as a high school Biology and English teacher in Brooklyn, NY. In this period of his life he also counseled teenage ex-cons after their release from Rikers Island Correctional Institution.

As an advertising creative director, he’s written many TV campaigns, two Superbowl commercials and won multiple awards while running the creative side of Spike Lee’s advertising agency.

While working in the advertising and film industry he’s served on the board of the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the Advertising Council, judged the One Show, Addys and the NYC Downtown Film Festival. He’s also been named one of Variety magazine’s Top 50 Creatives to Watch.

CONNIE JOHNSON HAMBLEY horrified her parents by using her law degree to write high-concept thrillers rather than pursue gainful employment. She’s written for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Nature, Financial Advisor Magazine and other journals, but her passion is writing great suspense. A hybrid author, she knows the full spectrum of pressures involved in making dreams a reality in today’s changing marketplace. Her novels have won EQUUS Best English Fiction and her short stories appear in New England’s Best Crime Stories, Mystery Weekly magazine, Running Wild Anthology, and the upcoming Mystery Writers of America anthology, Crime Hits Home, edited by S.J. Rozan.

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and the Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon mysteries.

Sherry is a past president of Sisters in Crime, a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

Sherry loves books, beaches, bars, and Westies — not necessarily in that order. She is also a patent holding inventor.

Julia Henry writes the Garden Squad series for Kensington. The fourth book in the series, WREATHING HAVOC, was released in October. As Julianne Holmes she wrote the Agatha nominated Clock Shop Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. As J.A. Hennrikus she writes the Theater Cop Mystery Series, and has published several short stories. Julie is the executive director of Sisters in Crime. She is also a teacher and coach. She blogs with the Wicked Authors (WickedAuthors.com) JHAuthors.com T:@JHAuthors I: @JHAuthors

Edwin Hill’s critically-acclaimed crime novels include Watch HerThe Missing Ones, and Little Comfort. He has been nominated for Edgar and Agatha Awards, featured in Us Magazine, received starred reviews in Publishers WeeklyBooklist, and Library Journal, and was recognized as one of “Six Crime Writers to Watch” in Mystery Scene magazine. His latest novel, The Secrets We Share, will be available in April of 2022. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them. You can find him at edwin-hill.com.

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs is the bestselling author of two crime novels, one middle-grade fantasy book, and numerous short stories. She is a judge in San Francisco’s Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, a reviewer for IndieReader.com, and a board member of Mystery Writers of America-New England. HarperCollins describes her as one of “crime fiction’s top authors.” Tilia has taught middle school, high school, and college; she also teaches writing classes for prison inmates. She lives near Boston with her husband, two children, and pleasantly neurotic standard poodle.

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes gripping, unputdownable psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the multi award-winning author of the Fearless Series, Our Wicked Lies, Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her novel Winds of Fear was voted one of 24 Books to Read During the Coronavirus by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine Gledé holds a master’s degree in communications, and has spoken at multiple industry events including the Boston Book Festival. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two sons

Beth Kanell lives in northeastern Vermont. She hikes the back roads and mountains, and digs into Vermont history to frame her mysteries: This Ardent Flame, The Long Shadow (SPUR award winner), The Darkness Under the Water, The Secret Room, and Cold Midnight. Her poems and historical articles scatter among regional publications and online. So do her short stories and memoir pieces. She shares her research and writing process at BethKanell.blogspot.com, and reviews mysteries at KingdomBks.blogspot.com. Member, Sisters in Crime, Historical Novel Society, and National Book Critics Circle.

Mary Lawrence lives in Maine and writes the Bianca Goddard Mysteries set in Tudor London. Bianca uses her wits and a smattering of alchemy to solve murders in the slums of Southwark. Mary’s debut, The Alchemist’s Daughter, was named by Suspense Magazine as a “Best Book of 2015” and was honored again in 2019 with The Alchemist of Lost Souls. Her articles have appeared in several publications, most notably the national news blog, The Daily Beast. There are five books in the series including Death of an Alchemist, Death at St. Vedast, and The Lost Boys of London.

BJ Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP is Professor of Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Recognized as an award-winning pathologist and one of the editors of the second editions of The Clinical Toxicology Laboratory: Contemporary Practice of Poisoning Evaluation, (AACC Press) and Clinical Toxicology Testing: A Guide for Laboratory Professionals, (CAP Press), Dr. Magnani uses real-life toxicology to create medical thrillers featuring Dr. Lily Robinson, who doubles as an assassin for the government. Fictional works include Lily Robinson and the Art of Secret Poisoning (nVision Press), The Queen of All Poisons, and The Power of Poison (Encircle Publications).

Alison McMahan is the author of The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005) and Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), translated into Spanish and adapted into the documentary Be Natural (2018). YA historical mystery, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal, 2014, winner of the Rosemary for Best YA Historical and the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award). She is a two-time Derringer Award nominee. Her Short mysteries have been published in anthologies by Wildside Press, LevelBest Books, Untreed Reads, Down & Out Books, and Harper Collins

Frances McNamara is author of The Emily Cabot Mysteries about a social activist in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Death on the Homefront set in Chicago in 1917 as America enters WWI is the 8th book in the series. Retired from the University of Chicago, she now divides her time between Boston and Cape Cod.

Maureen Milliken is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series, set in Franklin County, Maine. She’s currently working on a stand-alone domestic suspense novel, also set in Maine. She blogs with other Maine authors at Mainecrimewriters.com and co-hosts a podcast, Crime & Stuff, with her sister, Maine artist Rebecca Milliken. A journalist for nearly four decades, her mysteries combine her love of “the real” Maine, as well as her fascination with the darker side of the human psyche. she lives in central Maine with two feral cats, Penny and Milo. Her website is maureenmilliken.com.

Jess Montgomery writes the Writer’s Digest magazine column, “Level Up Your Writing (Life)” and hosts the podcast, “Tea With Jess,” featuring interviews with authors and artists. THE STILLS is the newest title in her Kinship historical mystery series, inspired by Ohio’s true first female sheriff in 1920s Appalachia. Jess is a three-time recipient of Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grants (including for early chapters of the first title in the series, THE WIDOWS), and has been a John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. When not writing, Jess likes to spend time with family and friends, read, bake, spoil her cats, and occasionally fish and hike. She lives in her native state of Ohio.

Claire A. Murray writes mystery, fantasy, and science fiction short stories, novellas, and novels. Her latest short story “The Backpack” (Sept 2021) follows 2020’s “Lucky Seven” and “Spirit in the Sky.” Claire is a member of Sisters in Crime and its Guppy, New England, Desert Sleuths, and LA chapters, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. In mid-2020, she left the work force and a lifetime in New England and moved to Arizona to write full time and paint for relaxation. There’s more about her and links to her works at https://cam-writes.com, Where Character, Crime, and Mystery Collide, and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clairemurraywrites.

Susan Oleksiw writes three series. The Anita Ray series, set in South India, follows an Indian-American photographer. The Mellingham series set in a New England town features Chief of Police Joe Silva. In Below the Tree Line, Felicity O’Brien, farmer and healer, struggles to keep her land. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in AHMM and numerous anthologies. She published A Reader’s Guide to the Classic British Mystery (1988) and co-edited The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (1999). She is a co-founder of Crime Spell Books, which publishes the annual anthology Best New England Crime Stories. Susan received a PhD in Sanskrit from the University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Osborne is the pen name of a native Californian who lived in Atlanta for many years and now lives on Cape Cod. She’s a physician and part-time activist who writes cozy mysteries for the same reason she reads them—to find comfort in a sometimes difficult world. She writes the Ditie Brown Mysteries and the Flo and Maude Christmas series.Visit her website at doctorosborne.com or on Facebook at Sarah Osborne, Mystery Author. All her books are available on Amazon.

Dave Pasquantonio is a freelance writer and editor living in Millis, Mass., and a board member at The Writers’ Loft, a nonprofit writing community in Sherborn, Mass., where he leads critique groups for aspiring and established authors. His speculative and mystery fiction has been published in anthologies and literary and online journals, and he has written hundreds of newspaper columns and articles. He has also helped many clients publish their own books! He published his first novel, The Matildas, in 2020.

Ang Pompano’s short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including Malice Domestic’s MYSTERY MOST EDIBLE. His first novel WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING, was nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel Award. His latest novel, DIET OF DEATH, was published in June, 2021. A member of Mystery Writers of America, he was a awarded a Helen McCloy/MWA scholarship for a novel in progress. He served for many years as a board member of Sisters in Crime New England and has been on the New England Crime Bake Committee for fifteen years. He is a co-founder of Crime Spell Books, which publishes the annual anthology Best New England Crime Stories. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Annette, and their two rescue dogs.

Tonya D. Price is a published fiction and non-fiction author and a former high-tech business executive. As a consultant, she helped companies with their marketing and online strategies before becoming a full-time writer. She has addressed audiences at regional, national, and online conferences. She wrote The Writer’s Business Plan in response to authors asking for advice on the business side of being an indie publisher or traditionally published author. She also contributes bi-monthly business blog articles on the SincNE blog. Learn more about Tonya at www.BusinessBookForWriters.com and on Twitter: @BusBooks4Writer, where she tweets Business Advice for Writers.

Stephen D. Rogers is the author of SHOT TO DEATH and more than 800 shorter works. His website, www.StephenDRogers.com, includes a list of new and upcoming titles as well as other timely information.

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and the Jane Darrowfield Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara’s novellas are included in holiday anthologies from Kensington Publishing. Barbara’s first mystery novel, The Death of an Ambitious Woman, was published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage in August 2010. In her former life, Barbara was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of successful start-ups in educational technology. She and her husband live in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at www.maineclambakemysteries.com

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 psychological thrillers, winning the genre’s most prestigious awards: five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, winning 37 EMMYs. Book reviewers call her “a master of suspense” and “superb and gifted storyteller.” THE FIRST TO LIE garnered a Publishers Weekly starred review and is nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Novel and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Watch for HER PERFECT LIFE on September 14, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which called it “A superlative thriller.”

Joanna Schaffhausen is the award-winning author of the Ellery Hathaway mystery series and the new thriller, Gone for Good. She has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain―how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. Previously, she worked as an editorial producer for ABC News, writing for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She is the current Vice President for the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, daughter, and an obstreperous basset hound named Winston.

Sarah Smith “Some of my relatives and friends get asked ‘What are you?’ Meaning ‘Are you black or white? Tell me what you are so I can fit you into a slot.’” Internationally bestselling Agatha winner Sarah Smith wrote Crimes and Survivors for people who don’t fit in slots. In 1912, a young American woman discovers her grandfather may be passing. She follows him onto a shiny new ship, determined she won’t be black. From Titanic to Fifth Avenue and Harlem, she investigates her family’s complex history—and a murderer hunts her. Who doesn’t fit in slots? All of us. www.sarahsmith.com

M. J. Soni is an eye surgeon turned author. She is the author of When Lions Roared: How Brave Young People Defied Apartheid, her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Akashic Books, Apeiron Review and The Establishment. She’s the recipient of the Leon B. Burnstein/MWA-NY Scholarship, and 2020 runner up to the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. She was a 2019 Pitch Wars mentee, and a 2020 Pitch Wars mentor. Her domestic suspense novel about an Indian-American doctor solving a murder in a New England town is currently out on submission.

Marian McMahon Stanley is the author of The Immaculate and Buried Troubles as well as number of short stories. Marian enjoyed a long international corporate career and, most recently, a senior position at a large urban university. A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, Marian writes in a small town west of Boston, where she lives with her daughter Maggie and – just as in the books – with a Westie named Archie. She is now hard at work on her next book The Mariposa Circle

GABRIEL VALJAN is the author of the Roma Series and The Company Files with Winter Goose Publishing and the Shane Cleary Mysteries with Level Best Books. Whether it’s organized crime in Italy, a Cold War mystery, or Seventies Boston with Shane Cleary, he is known for a turn of phrase and spare prose. He has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery, an Agatha, Anthony and Macavity for Best Short Story, and twice for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Gabriel is a member of the Historical Novel Society, ITW, MWA, and Sisters in Crime

Carolyn Marie Wilkins is the author of a singing textbook, two memoirs and three mystery novels: Death at a Séance, Melody for Murder and Mojo for Murder. She is also a Reiki master, a psychic medium and a Professor at Berklee College of Music Online. Carolyn has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and represented her country as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. An initiated priestess of Yemaya, the African goddess of motherhood, compassion and the ocean, Carolyn holds certificates of completion in mediumship from the JVP School of Mystical Arts, the British mediums Tony Stockwell and Mavis Pittilla. To find out more about Carolyn, visit her website: www.carolynwilkins.com

Ursula Wong writes gripping stories about strong women who battle impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, Mystery Reader’s Journal, and in various anthologies. Her Amber War series of historical thrillers chronicles the relationship between Russia and her neighbors since the Soviet occupation of Lithuania during WWII. She is a board member of the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative, and teaches courses on publishing and book formatting. When Ursula isn’t writing about Eastern Europe, she’s traveling with her husband Steve. For more information about Ursula and her books, visit www.ursulawong.wordpress.com .