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C. Deanne Rowe

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C. Deanne Rowe

C.-Deanne-RoweA well written romance with  a heart wrenching plot, a song with  lyrics which touch your soul; nothing is more powerful.  The  only  way it would be  was if you  were on

a warm sunny beach with white sand and blue water as far  as you  could see.  I have always loved the power of words.  How they could make me  cry, laugh, or  provoke all range of emotions.  I wouldn’t be  who  I am  without words.

I learned to feel  good listening to songs which filled my heart.  I learned the meaning of love  watching all the good romance movies. Of course, there was sex scattered through the pages of the paperbacks I hid  from my parents.  Words have always been my friend, my comfort, my teacher. It was  only  logical I would grow up  and want to be  an  author, to spin a tale which would captivate readers.  My life journey has taken me  in this direction and I can  only  hope I don’t disappoint those who  choose to follow.

Visit Deanne’s website at: http://www.cdeannerowe.com

Marilyn Baszczynski

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Marilyn Baszczynski

 

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Marilyn Baszczynski lives in rural Iowa west of Adel with her husband, Chris, a career scientist and musician, along with their menagerie of pets.  She grew up in Ontario, Canada where she earned a Ph.D. in French literature. In addition to writing, Marilyn likes to spend time reading, gardening, teaching, tutoring and with her family.

Writing since childhood and largely inspired by living in the country, Marilyn finds her voice in connecting with the land and all who live there, and weaves these journeys into her poems; they have won awards and been recognized in various NFSPS and Iowa Poetry Association contests. Her poetry has been published in Abaton, The Aurorean, Lyrical Iowa, Midwest Poetry Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Whistling Shade, Sweet Annie & Sweet Pea Review and has appeared online at Loch Raven Review and Mused—the BellaOnline Literary Review, among others.

In July 2015, her book Gyuri. A Poem of Wartime Hungary, was published by Whistling Shade Publications. This work, based on the experiences of Hungarian refugees as well as her own parents, appears as the first volume in the Geste Series put out by Whistling Shade. In this narrative poem, Marilyn recounts a story of love and heartbreak, hope, loss and failure, set against the maelstrom of World War II.

Marilyn is currently President of the Iowa Poetry Association (since 2014) where she has been an active member since 2000 and webmaster of their website at http://www.iowapoetry.com. She is coordinator and member of the Omega Poetry Group (Urbandale Iowa) and holds membership in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

You can find out more about Marilyn at www.marilynbaszczynski.com

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Kellina Kilts

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Kellina Kilts

 

 

kellina-kiltsI was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and reared in Des Moines, Iowa.  I graduated from Norwalk High School and have Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in business from Buena Vista University.  My passion to become an author did not reveal itself until a good friend convinced me to write about an idea for a story I had conveyed to her at age 27.  As I sat down to write the series Angel of Hell, the story suddenly took a life of its own, causing me to rework the first novel multiple times.  Angel of Hell was finally published in March of 2014 (17 years after I started writing it!)
I attribute Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for inspiring my novel with the belief than even the most evil of all the villains, Darth Vader, had the potential to be turned to the “light”.  I currently live in Mason City, Iowa and I enjoy writing about inspirational subjects as well as fantasy.

Dennis Maulsby

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Dennis Maulsby

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Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames, Iowa. His poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Passager, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review, and on National Public Radio’s Themes & Variations. His Vietnam War poetry book, Remembering Willie won silver medal book awards from two national veterans’ organizations. His second book of poetry, Frissons, a collection of haiku was published in 2012. Prolific Press released a third book of poetry, Near Death/Near Life, on May 30, 2015. A book of short stories, Free Fire Zone is under contract to Prolific Press and will be released in mid 2016.

Bartenn Mills

 

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Bartenn Mills

 

bartenn millsI can never remember a time when books weren’t part of my life. Every week I would go to the library and check out the ten book limit. Because the fattest books lasted longer they were my favorites. Librarians were those wonderful people who knew the best books. Surely books were magic and writers were magicians. Although I’d always written snippets of stories and shoved them under my friends’ noses – here, read this, it wasn’t until I was thirty that I realized that real people, average people who lived next door, wrote books. Even I could write a book.
So I joined Romance Writers of America, I read books on how to write, I went to conferences and entered contests, I stayed up late and got up early studying and writing. Then life sidetracked me with children and work. Quilting became my creative release. But after my children flew away I picked up the writing thread again and rejoined Romance Writers of America.
Old skills had not been forgotten but the publishing world had changed. As I entered contest after contest the scores were good but again and again I’d receive a mysterious NR in the comments. NR? NR? Not a romance. Not until I had a short story accepted in an anthology – Love in the Land of the Lakes and then read all the stories in one sitting did I see it. No, I wasn’t writing Romance. A writing friend introduced me to Sisters in Crime where they understood that sometimes you just have to kill somebody.
Not that I have abandoned romance entirely. Bishop to Queen’s Knight is a love story, there just happen to be dead bodies along the way. And Jane Vanilla needs to stop discovering murders so that she can find the right man.

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