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used for increasing literacy rates, decreasing crime, and helping
police solve unsolved crimes
Mark Kearney wrote his first novel, "Twisted
Obsession", in the evenings while balancing his role
as co-founder and President of the Book ‘Em Foundation, his job as
the crime prevention officer in the Waynesboro Police Department and
his most important job in his life to date of being a father, role
model and husband to his family.
Kearney believes he is in this world to help
create a better place for everyone by promoting literacy through
Book ‘Em and his literacy programs. So, he still scratches his head
at times when he thinks on the chilling, spine tingling novel he
wrote that will send shivers down the stoutest spines. How did he
come to create a character that is downright evil?
Obsession" is a thrilling novel that will take you
places where you do not want to go. That is the joy of reading
fiction. Your mind can experience something via the pages of a book
and not have the need to experience it in real life. There is also
an undertone in the book… a message if you will. We need to take
care of our fellow humans. Watch over each other. We are all in this
world together, so let’s all do our part to make it a better place.
Kearney will be signing copies of “Twisted
Obsession” at Book ‘Em.
So, try to attend Book ‘Em to meet all of the
authors who are traveling here from across the country and across
the ocean. Book ‘Em is here to help the community help itself.
Mary Gordon Kerr
from Sullivans Island, South Carolina
Gordon Kerr grew up on St. Simons Island in Georgia where she
developed her love of the ocean and the coast. The mystery of the
sea and its rich history fuels her imagination. She has been writing
stories since she was a child and holds a Masters of Arts degree in
Journalism. She has published news articles, but this is her first
published children’s book.
began the process of writing The Mystery
of the 13th Coin when her oldest son was a
second-grader at Mount Pleasant Academy in South Carolina. After
writing the first chapter, she read it to her son’s class and
pledged to involve them in the chapter by chapter development of the
story. That was the beginning of a year-long interactive project
that resulted in The Mystery of the 13th
St. Petersburg, Florida & Bridgewater, Va
Mentalities is designated as both Editor’s Choice and
Reader’s Choice by the publisher. The author has been given a Top
Performance award by the publisher. Kleier has signed books
with great success in many different sites within five states and
www.maxenekleier.com for more information and to read some media
articles about Possessed Mentalities
bottom line, was written for everyone wishing to read about joyfully
surviving traumas and making intelligent decisions.
because of the inclusion of some extremely heart-wrenching events,
was very difficult for the author to write.
One major reason for writing
Possessed Mentalities was because of requests made by
many people that believed the experiences of the author uniquely
qualified her to speak credibly to many current issues of concern.
Therefore, the book’s scope is not limited to mental health issues
as might be suspected from its title.
The book was written to conversationally ask each individual
reader,” If you are fortunate enough to own your mentality, how do
you use this fortunate personal possession?”
from Langley AFB, Virginia
was born and raised in San Diego, CA and now currently resides in
Virginia with her loving husband and two wonderful children. She
loves to travel, read and write. She holds degrees in both education
and counseling. She has always enjoyed working with people.
Currently, she is pursing her M.A. in Teaching English and
Professional Writing. An active member of Chesapeake Romance
Writers, as well as Romance Vets. Monique has been published since
2001 and with her second book won the publishers award for favorite
Learn more about her
and her books by visiting her at:
from North Carolina
Registered Nurse. Homemaker. Mother. Writer. Publisher. Romantic
Suspense novelist Dixie Land brings a wealth of experience to her
writing and to her latest venture as a publisher. Born in Iowa, Land
and her high school sweetheart, Larry, have lived in North Carolina
for 40 years where they raised their only son, Brad. After he was
grown and raising a family of his own, Land decided to pursue a
dream she had set aside for years—to write a novel.
Twelve years and eight books later, Land not only continues to
weave stories that garner favorable reviews and recommendations from
such publications of Our State Magazine and Writers’
Digest, she has launched her own publishing company, Alabaster
Book publishing, with partner David Shaffer. Only three years old,
the company has published 35 books and continues to attract a
growing number of authors.
Land is a founding member of Triad Writers
Roundtable and helped organize the first Triad chapter,
Sisters-in-Crime. In the fall of 2006, Land was recognized in
FORSYTH WOMAN MAGAZINE as one of the region’s “Women on the
from Strasburg, Virginia
Marcy McCann writes in various forms including
an online column Adventures along
Route 11, a collection of observations about her
travels along Virginia’s historic corridor. Currently the Fair
Manager of the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, Virginia, Marcy
spends her spare time restoring a 200 year old brick Federal home in
neighboring Strasburg. The first in her series of children’s books
geared to bridging gaps in families undergoing change highlights the
positive side of belonging to a stepfamily.
Chelsea’s Tree features a tree planting adventure,
activities, maps, stickers and photo album to aid in fostering a
healthier understanding of how a child fits into their particular
stepfamily. Chelsea’s Tree
comes with a soft handle and photo album section so a child feels
ownership of his or her family photos. The non-custodial, extended
family and those living at a distance now take on a clearer place
within the family structure. She is committed to developing this
series of resources for families undergoing change.
from Charleston, South Carolina
from Columbia, South Carolina
Sam Morton is the author of a 2006 fiction
thriller titled Disavowed,
published by Echelon Press of Laurel Creek, Maryland. A 1985
graduate of The Citadel, Sam is co-author of four fiction
anthologies, and is also author of
Ramblings, a collection of his own short stories and
poems. His past occupations include a 12 year-stint as a
robbery/homicide detective for the Richland County Sheriff’s
Department in Columbia, S.C., a ten-year career as a professional
wrestler, and one long week as the blade changer on the potato
cutting machine at the Frito Lay plant in Charlotte, N.C. He has won
numerous writing awards such as, Silver Moon magazine award
for Horror short story, 1st prize in the Sumter County
Cultural Council 2000 Literary Contest, and Writer’s Digest
76th Annual Writing Competition—honorable mention in the
“Feature” category. He resides in Columbia with his wife, Myra, and
two children, Alexey and Nikki.
from Suffolk, Virginia
Nancy O’Berry loves a good story. She has been
writing for her own enjoyment since 1968. With encouragement from
friends, she decided to try publishing.
is her first published work for Midnight Showcase. She is currently
working on several full length novels and short stories which she
hopes will soon find a home.
When not writing in her own little world, Nancy
lives in Southeast Virginia with her husband and family. Nancy is
actively teaching writing to her class in elementary school. She
serves as president of the local Romance Writers of America chapter
which meets at Russell Memorial Library, behind Chesapeake Square
mall, the first Saturday in each month.
You may reach Mrs. O’Berry at