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Maxene Obenschain Kleier
from Florida and Virginia
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
Possessed Mentalities, bottom
line, was written for everyone wishing to read about joyfully
surviving traumas and making intelligent decisions.
Possessed Mentalities, 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?”
S. Paul Klein
from Head Waters, Virginia
After many years
as a writer/producer of educational and informational films and
television programs, I began writing fiction full-time a few years
ago. "ccidents of Time and Place
is my first novel. The setting is Washington, D.C., where I lived
and worked from the time I was at American University until I
retired from the film business in 1992. The book is a Library of
Virginia Award nominee for this year, and has been well received by
a wide range of audiences. I have just finished a second novel,
about fathers and sons and daughters, and am currently doing what I
hope will be the last major re-write before finding a publisher.
from Pasadena, California
Join Tomi Krugel as he
shares his adventures of working as a law enforcement cadaver dog
for the New York Fire Department and the Los Angeles
PoliceDepartment in his new book,
The K-9 Chronicles: Book Two – the journey…the
pack heroics continue
This book is the second in a series of six fictional books inspired
by real-life K-9s and events in their lives. Each book focuses on
the story of a different law enforcement K-9 that is scheduled to be
euthanized, but then saved by Jake, a former LAPD cop with a
mysterious and troubled past.
In Book Two, Tomi and his sister Maggie, Rhodesian-German
Shepherd-Akita mixes, are left on the steps of a firehouse in the
South Bronx one cold,snowy night. The firefighters take both puppies
in and they soon become part of the firehouse family. Tomi and a
firefighter named Kate grow particularly close. When Kate takes Tomi
and Maggie to Lackland AFB to be trained as Cadaver K-9s, Tomi and
Kate pair off for training and Maggie is placed with another
trainer. After awhile, Tomi loses track of his sister and begins to
make Kate the main focus of his life.
While Maggie remains at Lackland, Kate and Tomi return to the
firehouse as a team. Tomi eventually moves in with Kate and her
boyfriend, Mac, and the three of them enjoy running together each
morning. Then, one morning, the unthinkable happens: during their
run, they look up and witness a plane being flown directly into one
of the World Trade Center buildings. There is chaos all around as
Kate, Mac and Tomi rush to the horrific scene.
The hideousness of 9/11 seems to blanket everything around Tomi. He
has lost Kate and with her his sense of purpose. He is reunited with
Maggie, but she too falls victim to tragedy that day, and Tomi
decides to return to the South Tower to die with Kate. On his way, a
human attempts to grab him and Tomi nearly makes a fatal mistake –
while escaping the human’s grasp, he bites him.
Tomi is captured and taken to a vet hospital where he hears some of
the humans discussing his fate and learns that he is to be put down.
However, one of the attendants has befriended Tomi and arranges for
him to be saved and sent to Los Angeles to be rehabilitated by “The
Man Who Walks with Dogs.”
Although he has
experienced enough adventure to last a lifetime, Los Angeles is only
the beginning of Tomi’s amazing journey through life.
Follow Tomi as he
shares his story in his own words, introducing readers to the
challenges of a life dedicated to serving others at all costs and a
unique perspective of 9/11 and beyond that will inspire humans to
see dogs as much more than just an animal.
“Dogs mirror image us –
they do think, talk, reason and have feelings just as we do,” writes
Alan Krugel, the human who wrote down Tomi’s story. “We have become
partners in life. Dogs, however, always have to walk with one paw in
their own dog world and one in our human world.”
from Browntown, Virginia
Lacombe, author of
Light Ruck: Vietnam 1969,
grew up in and around D.C. He was drafted in 1968, and
served as an infantryman with the Fourth Infantry Division. Tom and
his wife, Jean, moved to the rural mountain village of Browntown,
Virginia in 1978. Jean died of breastr cancer in 2007.
Tom continues to run their
historic country store, which has served Browntown since 1884. Tom
also raises Christmas trees and steers on their small farm. Their
daughter is a dispatcher for George Mason University. Their son and
daughter-in-law are school teachers in Front Royal, Va., and have a
three-year-old and a one year old daughter.
Vietnam 1969, tells the
story of Tom’s one year tour in Southeast Asia. In the years
following our pullout, not many people were interested in hearing
about Vietnam, so Tom took up a new hobby, writing. Tom spent years
writing his story so as to have a record of his experiences, and so
that some day interested parties could know what his war was
like. The image of Vietnam Vets was tarnished to many. Through
Tom hopes to open the eyes of some to the honorable service that he
saw while serving his country.
honored to have been a featured author at the WV Book Faire in 2006
& 2007, and for Light Ruck
having been chosen as a
Virginia Festival of the Book Selection in 2005.
Monique Lamont 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 book.
Learn more about her and her books by
visiting her at:
from Staunton, Virginia
Albert Leichter has been writing since 1973,
and operates ClockTower Publications (CTP), which publishes his
works as well as that of other writers. ClockTower Publications has
published ten books, mostly in the music field and local Augusta
County history. Recent CTP publications include:
Staunton Treasures – Past & Present:
Connect-The-Dot; Augusta County, Staunton, & Waynesboro Find-A-Word
Puzzles; and Houses of Worship Augusta County, Staunton, &
Waynesboro, Virginia Find-A-Word Puzzles books.
from Staunton, Virginia
Nikki Leigh is an
award winning fiction and non fiction author. She has over fifteen
years of promotional experience. This background has been helpful
with her book promotion and with her new promotional venture, Promo
101 Virtual Blog Tours. Her new book -Book
Promo 101 lets her share
many of the things she's learned. It gives information about many
types of promotion. For details about
Book Promo 101
and your other promotional options, visit
www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_101.htm. For detailed promotional
and virtual blog tour information, visit -
Nikki Leigh won an award for the
cover design for Widow’s Walk.
She has won several awards for her business books published as Shri
Henkel. A USA Best Book Award for
Non Commercial Food Service Manager’s
Handbook, a 2007
Independent Publisher award for
How to Run a Pizza Shop,
and an Eric Hoffer Notable Mention for
365 Foolish Mistakes.
Book Promo 101
has been entered in the USA Best Book awards for 2008.
365 Foolish Mistakes
was a finalist in the Foreward Magazine Book of the Year awards.
365 Foolish Mistakes
and How to Run a Successful
Pizza Shop are consistent
bestsellers on Amazon.
from Staunton, Virginia
My new book,
Because the Cat Purrs, looks at the human
relationship to other species and discusses why it matters. The
essays deal with perfectly ordinary species: cats (of course),
mice, turtles, groundhogs, morning glories, chickens, house wrens,
and many others.
As for From Grass to Gardens,
anyone interested in growing something other than grass— vegetables,
flowers, herbs—will find the book full of topics ranging from
botanical lore to recipes.
The Quality of Life deals with end-of-life issues and
can serve as a guide for staying in charge—that is, taking action
while we are still rational about things like a durable health care
power of attorney and paying for a funeral.
from Powhatan, Virginia
New York Times
Best-Selling Author &
USA Today Top Fifty
Cathy Maxwell's checkered career
includes stints as manager of a New England watch factory, a news
broadcaster in Dodge City, Kansas, and six years as a naval officer.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee and
raised in Olathe, Kansas, Cathy has been writing since 1991,
authoring sixteen historical romance novels. Her books routinely
appear on the USA TODAY "Top Fifty" list
and the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list. Her latest
title is In the Highlander's Bed.
Cathy enjoys lecturing about
writing and was profiled in the 1996 edition of
DIGEST'S ROMANCE SOURCE BOOK. One of the highlights of
her career has been her participation in the Smithsonian Associates
sponsored weekend seminars on writing. She lives in beautiful
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.
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.
Lionel Bryan, M.D., Psychiatrist,
"It is very important that children achieve a sense of self and
relatedness. This book does this in a caring manner."
from Williamsburg, Virginia
Marliss Melton enjoyed an exotic childhood growing up overseas where
entertainment meant riding on elephants in Laos, Sunday visits to
museums in Paris, and tracking tigers in northern Thailand. With the
world her home, Marliss excelled in language, music, and
story-telling. She has taught various aspects of language in local
high schools and colleges, including the College of William and
Mary, her alma mater. A Golden Heart and RITA finalist, she has
written nine books since becoming published in 2002. Wife of a
retired Navy veteran, Marliss finds writing military romantic
suspense to be a perfect fit. She lives with her husband and many
children near Virginia Beach, where she is inspired by real-life
stories of Navy SEALs’ sacrifices and their struggles to combat
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.
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.
may reach Mrs. O’Berry at