Local Authors' Day, October 11, 2014
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Sharon Coady grew up in Rockville, Maryland. She is a wife, the mother of four girls and the grandmother if three granddaughters and seven grandsons. She is living in Florida with her husband Ed, three of her four girls and five of her grandsons. She currently works as a nurse for the Veterans Administration and loves writing when she gets a chance. Summer of Change is her second book and her first Young Adult novel. Her first book is Yesterday's Memories.
“I've always had thoughts of what it would be like to live in a world where magic really did exist, where wizards, fairies and dragons lived in harmony. Imagine what it would be like to know that kind of magic existed. Of course, I figure if wizards, fairies and dragons did exist there would have to be dark magic, too, and witches, vampires and werewolves. I have always thought that one could not exist without the other. I want to believe that they all still exist in our world, hidden from the eyes of humans, because of what we are.’
Summer of Change
It's 1969 and 17 year old Elizabeth is looking forward to her last summer before starting her senior year. During a trip to Wheaton Plaza she finds a book about the town where her father grew up. The author had written that there were vampires living amongst them. When Elizabeth meets a handsome young man who agrees to help her research vampires she doesn't know her life is about to change forever. She starts having dreams about the house, dreams so vivid they haunt her. Not long after, a stranger contacts her and tells her he can explain the dreams she has been having about the house. When she agrees to meet him she finds herself thrown into a world where magic and vampires do exist. Elizabeth finds she must join forces with this stranger not only to keep her family safe, but to keep this man and herself safe as well.”
S. L. Dwyer was born in Bridgeport CT. Moved to Miami, Florida while in elementary school and graduated high school in Orlando, Florida where she currently resides. While she worked in several different professional fields (nursing, engineering, and finance), none held her interest until she began writing full time. She says, "The world of fiction is so much more exciting than anything you could imagine in everyday life."
If Truth Be Known, her first novel, received accolades from several international best-selling authors. Her new release, Dirt, takes her into a new genre - Young Adult. She is currently working on her next YA novel.
“It’s 1933 in the Dust Bowl of the Oklahoma panhandle and a decision made in desperation ends up affecting more than the two children it was meant to save. Sometimes, desperation makes choices for you. When thirteen-year-old Sammy wakes to find he is now an orphan, he vows never to go to the state home and be separated from the last of his family, his seven-year-old sister Birdie. Holding on to the pretense that their parents are still alive, Sammy and Birdie learn the art of lying and the terrible burden it carries. Fighting the elements and finding enough food to keep the hunger away, he discovers a strength he never knew he owned along with a mighty big dose of fear. Sammy is at a time in his life where he needs a guiding hand, but instead, is shoved into the world of adults, a world he struggles to navigate. A mangy stray dog, a cantankerous old woman, and the general store owner, become the lifeline the children need to survive, and brings Sammy to the realization that a good heart is sometimes disguised. When a drifter enters their lives and terrorizes them with threats to take all that they have, even their life, a hard reality of good and evil sets Sammy into a soul searching reason to continue the lies or give up.”
Christina Farley, author of Gilded was born and raised in upstate New York. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. She taught at international schools in Asia for ten years, eight of which were in the mysterious and beautiful city of Seoul, Korea that became the setting of Gilded. Currently she lives in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown. Gilded is her first novel. Christina holds a master’s degree in education and has taught for eighteen years. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of Jennifer Lyons Literary. For more details, check out her website at www.christinafarley.com.
“When sixteen-year old, Jae Hwa, is uprooted from her home in L.A. to Korea, she thought her biggest problem would be fitting in with her classmates and dealing with her dismissive grandfather. But she was wrong. A Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.
Jae trains with a Korean master, confident her taekwondo will be enough to fight Haemosu. But she’s wrong again. Desperate, Jae delves into the ancient arts of metamorphism and uses her growing power in the Spirit World.
And then there’s Marc. Irresistible, charming, and mysterious, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae’s heart. But Marc has a secret of his own. One that could help destroy Haemosu. As Jae grows closer to him, she must decide if she can trust him and whether putting his life in jeopardy is worth the risk.
Jae thought she knew all the answers. It turns out that she’s been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she’s always been looking for.” (From the author’s website)
Visit her at ChristinaFarley.com and follow her on Twitter
Christopher Tozier lives in the north Orlando, Florida area and is the author of the award-winning Olivia Brophie series for children. Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the first in the series recently won the Florida Publishers Association Silver Medal award for Children's Literature. His first novel is set in the Florida scrub and is widely taught in schools. World’s Around Us is the free curriculum developed by scientists and educators around the country for use with the book.
The sequel, Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island is scheduled for release in January, 2014.
Christopher Tozier was awarded the 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida. A Little Book of Light History published by YellowJacket Press is his first volume of poetry.
Christopher Tozier is also an active blogger, featuring photography and writing based on life in the Florida scrub.
Artist website http://www.christophertozier.com/
Book website http://www.oliviabrophie.com
Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island
Olivia’s life is in turmoil ever since she accidentally froze all of the world’s water and her aunt and uncle were kidnapped by the Wardenclyffe thugs. With the help of a black bear named Hoolie, she must travel across America to restore the damage she caused. Hungry and wounded, she stumbles into a secret valley invisible to the outside world. There she encounters an ancient civilization with no intention of letting her leave.
Olivia is fascinated by the giant insect walking sticks that her uncle tenderly protects. He turns out to be crazier than she thought with wild ideas about magnetic currents, cosmic rays, and a mysterious device that controls the laws of the universe. He doesn’t know the half of it.
Along with Doug, a local eco-nerd genius, and Gnat, her videogame-obsessed little brother, Olivia discovers a vast underworld city that holds the secrets of history as well as the way to the future. With the forces of evil at her heels, she finds a brilliant pearl and must use its power to discover her life's ultimate destiny.