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Lauren Carr

Author/Publisher

Acorn Book Services’ owner, Lauren Carr has accumulated years of experience in the publishing field. While pursuing her degree from George Mason University, she was an editor and layout design artist for the federal government. She also wrote a weekly column and did editing for newspapers and magazines.

Lauren’s debut mystery, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. On the heels of that success, she accepted an offer from a traditional publisher for A Reunion to Die For.

When it came time to publish her third book, Lauren rejected offers from two traditional publishers, choosing instead to independently publish It’s Murder, My Son, which made it to #1 in sales on Amazon in cozy mysteries (ebooks). Consistently listed among Amazon’s top-100 mystery authors, she has not regretted her decision.

Realizing that she could use her experiences to help other writers achieve their dreams to become published authors, Lauren established Acorn Book Services.

Lauren is currently the author of nine best-selling mysteries, two short story collections, and two plays for mystery dinner theaters. Her latest release, The Lady Who Cried Murder (released Oct 1), has made it up to the top-10 in police procedurals on Amazon. The Murders at Astaire Castle (released July 19) has made it up to number 2.



She has written Authors in Bathrobes: How To Be A Successful Author Without Getting Dressed, a book filled with advice for authors hoping to succeed in today’s ever-changing literary marketplace.

Lauren Carr is a popular speaker. She also conducts seminars and workshops. Email acornbookservices@gmail.com for information about booking Lauren for your event.

Visit Lauren’s websites and blog at:

E-Mail: writerlaurencarr@comcast.net

Website: http://acornbookservices.com/

                 http://mysterylady.net/

Blog: Literary Wealth: http://literarywealth.wordpress.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lauren.carr.984991

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Twitter: @TheMysteryLadie

 

 

 "Inheritance always comes at a price. It's Murder, My Son tells the story of Mac Faraday is faced with a major inheritance he never knew about. A retired cop, he takes his inheritance as a cue to look for the truth and finds more than enough suspicious events to put the retired cop on edge. An exciting mystery with plenty of intriguing and enigmatic characters, It's Murder, My Son is not a read that should be missed for mystery fans."  Reviewer: Margaret Lane
 Midwest Book Reviews

Lauren's books are available everywhere. Visit her website,
mysterylady.net, for more information about her mysteries.

 

Cindy McDonald
Author of the New Hit Series

First Force:

Into the Crossfire


It has been four years since ex-Navy SEAL Jack Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang, wounding their leader, Gunner. During those years, Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a beautiful wife, daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs--everything was just about as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack's world inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for.

Now Jack has a score to settle and he's got some friends to help him do it.

Into the Crossfire, the first book of the Cindy McDonald’s new series: First Force. Jack Haliday made his first appearance on Cindy McDonald’s computer screen while writing the third book from her Unbridled Series, Dangerous Deception. “I enjoyed writing the character so much that he returned to Unbridled to make a brief visit in the fourth book, Against the Ropes,” Cindy says. Unable to resist, Cindy is allowing him to ride along one more time in her fifth book, Shady Deals, which will be released January 2014. “What can I say?” Cindy shrugs, “I simply fell in love and decided to create a series that featured the handsome Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday.”

Some of the characters from the Unbridled Series make “guest appearances” in Into the Crossfire to help usher Jack Haliday into the new series: Captain Patrick Lutz, Lieutenant Carl Lugowski, and Kate West—referred to as “the blonde” in chapter one of this book.

The cover photograph of Stuart Reardon was taken by renowned New Y

ork photographer, Paul Reitz. “I first saw photos of the professional rugby player turned model on Facebook,” Cindy recalls. “When Stuart posted this particular picture on his FB page, I immediately thought that it was perfect for the cover of Into the Crossfire. I contacted Paul to contract the photograph of the overtly handsome Brit—see, social networking can pay off!”

Stuart’s lovely girlfriend, Emma Hayes, is featured in the book trailer for Into the Crossfire. The trailer can be viewed on Cindy McDonald’s website, www.cindymcwriter.com. Her website also features excerpts from future First Force books as well as the Unbridled Series.


Also the author of the Unbridled Series

Against the Ropes: Release Date: June 1

When the West’s good-hearted farm manager, Punch McMinn, stumbles upon Eugene Strom, a down-on-his-luck fighter threatening to jump from an old bridge, Punch takes him under his wing and convinces the patriarch of Westwood Thoroughbred Farm, Eric West, to give him a job.

But when the gun-toting mob shows up at Westwood, it’s quite obvious that good ol’ Eugene is hiding a secret—a big one. Punch finds himself questioning his good intentions when the ex-fighter puts the people he loves against the ropes—and at the edge of disaster.


Against the Ropes is the fourth and latest installment in author Cindy McDonald’s Unbridled Series, which chronicles the lives and turmoils of the West family, who successfully run Thoroughbred horse training business.

For twenty-six years Cindy Mcdonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance: She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005.Suddenly, she felt drawn to her computer to write about things she have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with her husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.

Why didn’t Cindy write about my experiences with dance? You might ask. “Eh, believe it or not life at the racetrack is more…racy.” Cindy says. “The drama is outrageous—not that dancers don’t know how to create drama, believe me, they do but race trackers just seem to get more down and dirty with it which makes great story telling—great fiction.”

Cindy didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. When the series didn’t sell, Cindy recalls, “One of the readers said to me, ‘Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.’” And so she did!

In May of 2011, Cindy took the big leap and exchanged her dancin’ shoes for a lap top—she retired from dance. “It was a scary proposition,” Cindy confesses. “I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house.”

Does Cindy McDonald miss dancing? “Sometimes I do,” she says. “I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with readers.”

To read excerpts from future books, view book trailers, and keep up with everything that is Unbridled, please visit Cindy’s website at: www.cindymcwriter.com


Dangerous Deception: Release Date: November 1



Vic Deveaux’s glory days as a winning jockey have ended, but he refuses to accept that pile of horse hockey! When the West family asks Vic to take an easier position at their horse farm Westwood, he becomes enraged and teams up with two greedy stable hands in a scheme to kidnap the West’s younger son Shane. When Vic discovers that his new-found friends have murder on their minds, things turn ugly. Suddenly, Vic finds himself between the rock and the hard place. He has betrayed his good friend, Eric West, but will he participate in his son’s murder as well?

Dangerous Deception is the third and latest installment in author Cindy McDonald’s Unbridled Series, which chronicles the lives and turmoils of the West family, who successfully run Thoroughbred horse training business.

And For the Child in All of Us ...

Released September 30., 2013.

All across the world, every night, millions of children will stare up at the ceiling and wonder “What under my bed?”

Authors Deborah Wagner-Brenneman and her daughter Danielle Brenneman have turned this universally scary premise into a charming children’s book.

Darling little stuffed animals come alive at night under a little girl’s bed and keeps her awake. She gently tells them to go to sleep as they playfully keep her up all night long. The book also includes character education activities for parents and teachers.

Author Deborah Wagner-Brenneman (Debbie) has lived in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains her entire life. She has devoted and dedicated her life to teaching as an early childhood educator, middle school environmental/earth science teacher and presently a science teacher at an environmental center of the county where she teaches. Her love of life, children, and writing has come alive, where she has partnered with her daughter, Danielle.

Danielle Brenneman is an Exercise Sports Science graduate and loves to draw in her spare time.

Illustrator Joe Santoro is a graduate of State University of NY at Genesco.  He is an enthusiastic

Elementary School Art Teacher where his students get excited about learning new creative skills.  On the weekends Joe and his hard-working wife, Jane own and operate the “Wonderment Puppet Theater” on 412 W. King Street in Martinsburg, WV.  Puppet Shows and Birthday Parties are their specialties. He gets much of his inspiration from when he worked at Walt Disney World.  Joe and Jane live in Berkeley Springs, WV. Contact Joe at www.wondermentpuppets.com. 

Deborah Wagner-Brenneman and her daughter wrote “Look What’s Under My Bed” together as a fun project, which led to other books that Debbie’s company, DAB-A-TAB Books, will publish in partnership with Acorn Book Services in the future. Future books will be, “A Perfect Tree for Mrs. B.”, “Snakes Give Me a Freak Out”, and “I’ll Paint You Another Sky”. Contact Debbie at deborahbrenneman@gmail.com or friend her on Facebook for more information.






Released September 4, 2013

The team behind "Jelly Bean Soup and Grilled Candy Sandwiches" is back! This time, children's author, Michael T. and Illustrator Joe Santoro have created a wonderful introduction to the world of careers for young readers. A variety of occupations are woven into this beautifully illustrated book with clever rhyming text. "Oh, Yes I Can" is perfect for parents, teachers, school counselors, and anyone who wants to entertain and open the minds of our youth.






Jelly Bean Soup and Grilled Candy Sandwiches is Acorn Book Services first children's book.

"Michael T" Myers is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University.  He is a Magician, Minister, Motivational Speaker, Emcee, Hypnotherapist, Teacher, Poet, WV Auctioneer #1704 and now a Children's Author.  Michael T. lives in Falling Waters, WV with his beautiful wife, J.J. who is a Nutritionist that always encourages him to eat each meal smarter.  With childhood obesity in the news, Michael T. thought this would be a fun project to help children learn a better way to eat and live healthier.  Enjoy!
Click on Book Cover to Purchase on Amazon.com.
 
You can contact Michael T. at www.michaelts.com, P.O. Box 2955 Martinsburg, WV  25402 or 304-279-2858.  SMILE BIG; It's Free and worth the results!



Illustrator Joe Santora:
 
Joe Santoro is a graduate of State University of NY at Genesco.  He is an enthusiastic Elementary School Art Teacher where his students get excited about learning new creative skills.  On the weekends Joe and his hard-working wife, Jane own and operate the "Wonderment Puppet Theater" on 412 W. King Street in Martinsburg, WV.  Puppet Shows and Birthday Parties are their specialties.  Joe and Jane live in Berkeley Springs, WV.

 
You can contact Joe at www.wondermentpuppets.com  or 304-260-9382.  Be CREATIVE; Draw what you like and Color.  It's Fun!

Mary-Ellen Low

Dear God ... Letters from the Nursing Home

Released June 9

Dear God,

My book is finally finished. It’s been a long time coming since I am the well known Queen of the Dilly Dally( I’m telling You something You already know, aren’t I?)  Anyway, the stories are actually letters to You about what goes on in the minds and hearts of those who reside in, visit or work in the nursing home environment. They are about hope, healing, friendship, joy, and dreams as well as sadness and dying with dignity.  They are stories about life.

 My hope is that when people read this book, they will realize that a nursing home just might be a wonderful place to visit a family member or neighbor, meet a new friend, share a hobby or even comfort a total stranger. It’s my wish to bring attention to the problem of loneliness in the nursing home environment.

 Besides the letters, I’ve included some fabulous recipes from the nursing home staff as well as other nursing home tidbits. Not really gossip, just interesting stuff. And to top it off, my friend, Nicole, has done a super job illustrating the book. How come I can’t even draw a straight line? What’s up with that?

 Thank You, God, for Your inspirational help with the writings. We’ll talk about Your commission in the by and by.

With great love,

Mary-Ellen Low


Dear God...Letters from the Nursing Home also include
original illustrations by Nicole Rose.


About the Author

Mary-Ellen Low has been a nurse in the field of long term care nursing for more than thirty years. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, Bob, and her two rescue dogs, Tilly and Bella. House motto: Dogs rule!

 

About the Illustrator

Nicole Rose (illustrator) has been in the field of long-term nursing for eleven years. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, Ernie, and her five wonderful children. Art had been her passion since childhood. House Motto: God opens doors in miraculous ways.

S.J. Brown: Wildlife Photographer

Close Ups & Close Encounters

A Crazy Idea Becomes a Passion

On a whim, S. J. Brown decided to embark on a career in wildlife photography. Armed with an inexpensive 35mm camera and a love for the natural world, her adventure began. Accompanied by her spotter and husband, she ventured to a variety of locations.

The couple soon learned that there was more to this than just camera settings, lighting, and getting the right angle. Not all wildlife is agreeable to having their picture taken, and many are not easily accessible.

Camera in hand, S. J. Brown encountered delicate butterflies, bears, birds, deer, wild horses, and more. Along the way, there are successes and failures, cooperative critters, curious subjects, and some close calls.

As a wildlife photographer S. J. Brown took her cues from her subjects. Their body language let her know when to step in for a closer shot and when to back away. When she was out in the field, she strove to observe and record not to interfere. The exception to this rule is when people pose a threat to wildlife; then she will take time to relocate a road dwelling critter to its location. Brown has saved snapper turtles from soup and other creatures from the taunts and teases of unwise humans, but she will not interfere with Mother Nature’s food chain unless it involves a domestic animal pursuing a wild creature. With this in mind, she has sent many a cat away from a bird feeder and saved many a squirrel from a curious canine.

S. J. Brown’s book Close Ups & Close Encounters features over fifty of her wildlife photographs as well as the stories behind getting those images. S. J. Brown's photographs and written words are her way of sharing her experiences. Introducing others, such as her granddaughter, to the field is one of her primary goals and loves. She hopes her work will give others an appreciation for the natural world.  

 

About the Author

Over the years, S. J. Brown has played with a number of artistic venues. Her love of the written word began in high school English class and continues on today, but it is not her only artistic endeavor. Prior to becoming an author, Brown has experimented with sketching, stained glass, and even ran ceramic business for several years.

Her love of wildlife photography began on a whim with an inexpensive 35mm camera, a few rolls of film, and a passion for nature. Quickly, her everyday life and wildlife photography became entwined. Somehow, even with a husband, a job, and household responsibilities, photographing found a place in the mix.


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