Waynesboro Police Department
The City of Waynesboro, VA
Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers;
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Staunton, Augusta County,
Shenandoah Valley Reading Council
Proceeds used for increasing literacy rates, decreasing
crime, and helping police solve unsolved crimes.
Authors are listed alphabetically by last name. Click on each
link to see bios and pictures of the appearing authors.
from Chesterfield, Virginia
Making his fourth appearance, Allen Parker
of Chesterfield, Virginia brings his delightful humor to Book
'Em 2008 carefully wrapped in his famous character, Chester.
Devilishly delivered in two books,
A Mouse Among us,
and his latest, Nudist
Guy and Yankee Gal,
Parker takes you on a wild ride through a conservative town
trying to survive with a nudist family living among them.
from Roseland, Virginia
Kay Pfaltz is a freelance writer and
author of Lauren’s Story:
An American Dog in Paris
published by Townsend Publishing
and recently released in a new third edition in paperback and no. 12
on Barnes & Noble.com’s bestseller list. Kay has been published in
both English and French, including articles in Etudes britannique
contemporaines and Bark Magazine. She is a contributing
editor for La Joie, and a book reviewer for The News
Virginian. She’s a regular contributor to Echo, writes a
monthly wine column for Nelson County Life, and teaches for
Mary Baldwin College.
Kay is an animal activist
and currently donates 100% of profits from
Lauren’s Story to animal welfare organizations.
She is co-owner of Basic Necessities in Nellsyford, VA and teaches a
weekly wine tasting class.
lives in Roseland, Virginia and is currently finishing a novel set
in a women’s state penitentiary. Visit her website at
Jonathan Z Queen
from Lexington, Virginia
Jonathan Queen is the author of’ “Don’t Blame Me: The Convict
Chronicles.” He is he gifted playwright and director of “Next: It
Could Be Me” “Pill Line,” and “Still Steppin’.” Mr. Queen is also an
actor, poet, and motivational speaker. As co-founder of New Mindz,
Inc., Jonathan Queen established the S.A.N.E Initiative (Setting A
New Example), which serves to educate individuals and organizations
about the power of change and the benefits of effective
communications. Mr. Queen is a very energetic speaker who
specializes in interactive workshops that include spoken word,
improvisations and role playing. He especially enjoys sharing his
experiences with at-risk-youth. He is dedicated to helping
individuals and organizations excel through education, drug and
alcohol abstinence, communication and self-improvement.
SPEECH & WORKSHOP TOPICS include but are not limited to: 1. S.A.N.E.
(Setting A New Example) >Deciding who you can become by learning who
you are. Building relationships with trust. 2. Playing Your Position
>Team Building and Interpersonal Skills. 3. Only Dogs Get Mad
>Stress and Anger Management. Conflict resolutions without violence.
4. Academic Enrichment >Math & Money, Algebra, Geometry, and Essay
Writing. 5. G.E.D.’s and Degrees >Drop-out prevention, intervention,
and redemption: The importance of education. 6. Ready to Work
>Creating Resumes, Interview Techniques, and Workforce Conduct 7.
From Street Corners to Boardrooms >The hustler’s guide to going
legit. 8. Owning the Room >Public speaking and briefing skills. 9.
Active Parenting >Life skills & coping strategies for new parents.
10. Daddy’s Home >The return of responsible fathers 11. “Not-Cool”
Campaign. >Overcoming peer pressure with self-esteem. 12. Pressing
Your Max >Staying fit: Life skills for a healthy body, mind, and
from Edinburgh, Scotland
all the way from Scotland for the fifth year in a row:
Dirk Robertson is a lecturer
in social welfare, professional writer and actor. First thriller
T'ing was met with
widespread critical and commercial success. His second is Bad Day For A Fat Boy.
He is a former Representative
to Parliament for the National Body for Social Work in the United
Kingdom, and spent many years working with delinquent adolescents.
He is a former Karate international and professional instructor
and trained actor, and he taught creative writing and drama in
young offenders' institutions.
His screen work includes some
of the top stage, film and television productions in the United
from LaPlace, Louisiana
Fighting illiteracy through her "One
Angel at a Time" program is dear to AJ's heart. Her
husband and she voluntarily visit schools, festivals and fairs
to share her tales. They pass out angel bookmarks to encourage
children to read. They have appeared in Georgia, West Virginia,
Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, New Hampshire,
Virginia and South Carolina. Through this program they have reached
over 10,000 children. This fall they are scheduled to add
Pennsylvania as states visited. All of their visits are funded by
monies made by the sale of her books and other related Theodore Da
Theodore's favorite saying is: Teddy Baer Hugs and Magical Wishes
to you and yours. May your lives be filled with Teddy Baer Hugs and
AJ will be signing three Theorore
Da Baer books at Book 'Em.
from Harrisonburg, Virginia
Schuster is a resident of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He owns
his own business; Bristlecone Home Services which is an "a" to "z"
home service company involved in home cleaning to home inspecting.
He has a family, two sons and a woman, which has formed the basis
and inspiration for many of his stories. In order to gather the
background for the stories, many pull real life experiences from
living or traveling in Wyoming, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida,
North Carolina, New Hampshire, Maine and Virginia. During those
forty five plus years, Mr. Schuster has worked many jobs, from
country home appraiser in the high country of the Rockies to working
in a saw mill where he almost lost a thumb.
from North Carolina
p.m.terrell is one of the
cofounders of Book 'Em. She is the internationally acclaimed author
of four suspense novels, one how-to book for writers and four
non-fiction computer books. PBS has aired three shows on her books,
The China Conspiracy
(2004) and Ricochet
(2006). PBS host Barbara Berlin heralded Ms. Terrell as the "next
John Grisham". The China Conspiracy
was nominated for the 2004 Literary Awards by the Library of
Virginia; Rebecca Reads said the book "sings like red-hot
jazz"; It was also on the recommended reading list of EntreNet,
sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University and the Greater
Richmond Technology Council. Ricochet
has been nominated for two IPPY Awards. Midwest Book Review said, “Terrell
has effortlessly set herself at the top of the ranks of suspense
writers” and Canadian syndicated reviewer Simon Barrett said about
Terrell's writing, "you are swept along on a magic carpet ride of
Ms. Terrell will be signing
another new book at Book 'Em this year:
Exit 22 (Drake
Valley Press) to be released in September 2008.
from North Hampton, PA
Tancin started writing when he was 13 years old after being
challenged by his 7th grade English teacher. Encouraged by his 10th
grade English teacher to continue writing and to publish the novels,
the challenge never ended.
At 24 years of age, he is the author of
six novels and is currently hard at work on number seven. His
novels have been read by people across the United States, Canada,
England, and Australia. Quotes about Tom include "fulfilled his
destiny as a talented author", "one of the best new writers on the
market", "don't stop what you are doing because you do it so well",
Tancin's most popular work is a series of
novels that follow Detective Lindsey Scott, the solver of the
unsolvable, as she puts killers behind bars. The first novel in the
series, The Man in the Moon,
was released in late 2007 and received wonderful reviews. The
Reader Views review of the novel was featured in USA Today.
The novel was also nominated, and the runner up, for 2008 Allbooks
Reviews Editor's Choice Award in Fiction. The follow up,
Watched, will be released
in late 2008. www.tomtancin.com