Local Authors' Day, October 11, 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christina Benjamin

Young adult book author Christina Benjamin grew up in the small town of La Plume, Pennsylvania, where at an early age her playful imagination led her to love the art of storytelling. She started writing short stories in grade school and continued practicing her craft all the way through college, attending the University of Central Florida to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Writing.

After spending some time writing for blogs and websites, she was inspired to get back to her true love of telling stories, and dove headfirst into The Geneva Project, her first novel.

Christina now lives in Central Florida with her husband, son, dog and cats and spends her free time writing the second book of The Geneva Project series. http://www.thegenevaprojectbook.com/author.html


The Geneva Project - Truth

Trapped on a flood-ravaged island full of orphans, natives and wealthy citizens of the prosperous city Lux, a young girl named Geneva finds herself enslaved at an orphanage with no future and a past she can’t remember. That all changes when she meets someone who promises her that there’s more in store for her than she ever could have imagined. Her once dull life rapidly spirals out of control as she starts to acquire new magical powers that may be the key to unlocking an ancient legend along with her true identity. But first she must master these powers, all while trying to keep them secret from her friends and the evil head mistress at the orphanage. Before she knows it, Geneva is in over her head and has inadvertently wrapped her friends into her web of magic and lies. Now all of their lives will be in jeopardy once the head mistress of the orphanage finds out Geneva’s plan to prove that the legend of Lux may not be a legend at all!

Who will Geneva trust and how far will she go to save her friends and discover her true identity?
 

  Sharon Coady

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

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.  

Dirt

“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.”

Jaimie M. Engle

Jaimie M. Engle is an award-winning middle-grade author from Melbourne, Florida. Before releasing her debut novel Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light she ran a body shop, modeled bikinis, danced in the Aloha Bowl halftime show, and managed a hip-hop band. Her young adult novella placed honorable mentions in the 2013 L. Ron Hubbard’s Writer’s of the Future contest and she placed second in the 2012 Space Coast Writer’s Guild short story competition. She is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of D4EO Literary. Engle offers a coaching & editing service for aspiring writers at www.awrite rforlife.com, teaches writing classes, and volunteers with elementary school & library writing programs. www.jaimiengle.com

 

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light

Clifton Chase couldn’t possibly know the mysterious arrow he finds in his closet will lead him to the year 1485. Two princes need his help, but why? Carrying the Arrow of Light, a weapon forged from the Tree of Knowledge itself, Clifton is led on a journey to face fire-breathing dragons, kidnapping by merpeople, and a final battle, which will end the War of the Roses and the reign of a tyrant king. Will Clifton discover his purpose on time and save the day? Or has the arrow chosen the wrong boy?

"You must take it," Edward said, as he shoved the glowing shaft toward Clifton's chest. "If my uncle gets this arrow in his hands, the entire kingdom will be in danger. It will remain safe with you, in your world."

 

Christina Farley

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.

 

Gilded

“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

 

Samantha Lappin

First-time author Samantha Lappin is a high school student in Lake County, Florida. “I decided I would write a story that used angels, one of the least commonly used fantasy creatures, and Erin’s story was born.”

Lie to Me
Teenager Erin Clark's dreams are filled with the faces and voices of men she's never seen before. One killed her parents; the other seems to be light incarnate. The choice between the two should be obvious. When Jace, the boy of light from her dreams, shows up on the doorstep of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend, her carefully constructed world is turned upside down. In a whirlwind of distrust, lies, and death, she's racing against time to solve the puzzle of her past, but the Angel of Lies is closer than she ever could have imagined ... About the Author First-time author Samantha Lappin is a high school student in Lake County, Florida. "I decided I would write a story that used angels, one of the least commonly used fantasy creatures, and Erin's story was born." Publisher's website: http://sbpra.com/SamanthaLappin
 

Mark Miller

Mark currently resides in Florida with his wife and four children. He has achieved some success as a Kindle Best Seller and having one of his short stories selected as a winner in the Florida Writer’s Association Short Story Collection.
Growing up in Kansas, Mark graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences and received his Bachelor’s in Film from the University of Kansas.

Mark has written numerous novels, screenplays, short stories and digital series. He has geared his young adult fantasy series, The Empyrical Tales, for the classroom and explored his spirituality, writing both with his father and daughter. Inspirational stories with positive messages are his goal with everything he writes.

 

The Fourth Queen

In the fairytale kingdom of Empyrean, time has moved on. The princesses of once upon a time, like Snow White and Cinderella, have grown old and become great queens. Now, their kingdom is in danger. A Forgotten Evil has returned. In a small village by the sea, two sisters, Zandria and Olena, begin a dangerous journey for Zandria to claim her birthright as a queen. Along their journey, they meet some unique friends and terrifying enemies while trying to survive places like the Dead Forest and escape troll-infested castles. Will they make it to the Crystal Castle in time to save Empyrean or will the sisters lose each other forever? One thing is certain, before their journey ends, Zandria will learn what it means to be The Fourth Queen

 
 

Mary Lois Sanders

A native Texan, Mary Lois Sanders is the daughter of a Baptist preacher and a Baptist preacher's daughter-Dr. Ray and Jester B. Summers, both of whom were published authors in their special fields of expertise. Two degrees from Baylor University and one degree from seminary followed-a Bachelor of Music with a Voice Performance Certificate, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Literature; and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Church Music/Vocal Performance. Her writing skills had become focused on academic articles and papers.

After teaching for quite a few years, Mary Lois married and continued to act as minister of music in several churches, while beginning again to focus on writing. Her short stories have appeared in Boy's Life and several anthologies. The Vision Seeker is her first novel published. She is planning on two more in the series, based on the history of the Tuscarora. She's also working on a Revolutionary novel series for middle grade readers.

Mary Lois is a member of SCBWI, Florida Writer's Association (FWA), and Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). She's also Publisher/Managing Editor of Creative Writer's Notebook, a monthly newsletter for writers, and owner of Court Jester Publications.

The Vision Seeker

The Vision Seeker is a Tale of the Tuscarora For girls of the Tuscarora Nation in the Carolinas (1711), playing lacrosse is forbidden, but Running-Girl doesn’t care. She’s not a maiden yet, and besides, she’s absolutely no good at women’s chores. But Running-Girl is afraid. She’s having flash-visions—dead bodies strewn about the lacrosse field; her village bursting into flames. She tells no one, but the visions become more detailed during her Maidenhood seclusion. They show the death and destruction of her village and her parents. When she shares her visions with the Clan Mothers of the village, her name is changed to Vision-Seeker in honor of the gift Creator has given her. However, her Clan Mother cannot help her interpret the meaning of her visions and many in the village don’t believe her … until the attack comes. The Vision Seeker, a Tale of the Tuscarora, is an historical YA novel set in North Carolina, 1711-1713.

 

 

 Chris Tozier

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.