“Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up, and she's certainly not your typical adult now. She's a huge fan of the macabre and when she's not reading horror, she's writing it. Heather completely blames her father for her warped mind, as she recalls fondly watching the Twilight Zone as a young child, as well as every cheesy horror film you can imagine. Heather is the author of the bestselling The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as the upcoming Slayer Journals series and Bloodbound series. She doesn't believe in happy endings...unless they involve blood. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two children.
Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of BULLS ISLAND (William Morrow 2008), THE LAND OF MANGO SUNSETS (William Morrow 2007), THE CHRISTMAS PEARL (William Morrow 2007), FULL OF GRACE (William Morrow 2006), PAWLEYS ISLAND (Berkley 2005), SHEM CREEK (Berkley 2004), ISLE OF PALMS (Berkley 2003), PLANTATION (Jove 2001) and SULLIVAN'S ISLAND (Jove 2000).
“Bohjalian has built a reputation on his rich characters and immersing readers in diverse subjects—homeopathy, animal rights activism, midwifery—and his latest surely won’t disappoint. The morning after her baptism into the Rev. Stephen Drew’s Vermont Baptist church, Alice Hayward and her abusive husband are found dead in their home, an apparent murder-suicide. Stephen, the novel’s first narrator, is so racked with guilt over his failure to save Alice that he leaves town. Soon, he meets Heather Laurent, the author of a book about angels whose own parents’ marriage also ended in tragedy.
Kevin was born in Lynwood, California, on January 18, 1955, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953. His Dad's job required him to move regularly, which caused Kevin to feel like an Army kid, always the new kid at school, which led to him being a daydreamer.
MYLA GOLDBERG is the author of the bestselling Bee Season, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2000 and made into a film, and, most recently, of Time's Magpie, a book of essays about Prague. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's and McSweeney's and on Failbetter.com. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character " superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a 4-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.
Hill Harper is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor currently starring in the hit CBS drama series CSI: NY. A volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Los Angeles, he frequently speaks to schools and youth groups. Harper graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A.; cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School; and earned a masters in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government.
In her "mid-40s," [Beth] Hoffman always wanted to write fiction but pursued an interior-design career in Cincinnati. After almost dying from the same infection that killed Jim Henson, she sold her share of the design company in 2004 to write full time. "My husband said, 'Queenie, you need to do this,' " Hoffman says. "So I set my sails full and went for it."
Harvey Mackay is the author of the New York Times #1 bestsellers Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. Both books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. In total, Harvey's books have sold 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 37 languages and sold in 80 countries.
I am the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of my family to finish high school. I never attended college or any writing classes. I taught myself how to write and started writing short stories around age four. I spent the first part of my life in Alabama and Ohio and moved to Richmond, California in 1973. I have lived in Oakland since 1984.
Edmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and went to college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980. After spending several years as President Reagan’s authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper’s Magazine. Edmund Morris lives in New York and Washington with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.
Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. Since then, the lovable housekeeper has become a favorite household character for readers young and old. After Peggy Parish died in 1988, her nephew continued Amelia Bedelia's exploits, writing twelve new books about her. Herman Parish lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. In the past three years, James has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James's books have sold an estimated 170 million copies worldwide.
Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed novels The Best of Everything, One in a Million, Sin No More, Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of a Good Thing, A Taste of Reality, Behind Closed Doors, Here and Now, Casting the First Stone, and It's a Thin Line. She lives with her husband in Illinois.
Nikki Turner has been called the "Queen of Hip Hop Lit" and is the author of four bestselling novels: A Hustler's Wife, A Project Chick, The Glamorous Life, Riding Dirty on I-95, Forever a Hustler's Wife (which hit the USA Today and Essence bestseller lists), as well as the forthcoming Black Widow (May 2008). In 2007 she published a novella under 50 Cent's G-Unit book line, Death Before Dishonor, which 50 Cent optioned for his production company. Turner is the editor of the short story series Street Chronicles.
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