Want the Chance to Meet Me and Some Other Amazing Authors? Here’s Your Chance. #books #WV #asmsg

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Here’s the pics and bio’s of all the authors participating. They are in no particular order. We hope to see you at the signing!

Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors you Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. She spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. Visit her at danielledevor.wordpress.com






Georgeann Swiger has been writing most of her life. As a journalist, she wrote hard-core news, today she spends her time creating characters and developing stories with supernatural elements. Her debut novel, Adorned, takes place in Preston County, West Virginia and introduces readers to angels involved in a forbidden romance. The following books in the series take readers into Heaven and Hell for a dramatic conclusion to her trilogy.





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Theodore Webb, a Morgantown resident, is the author of the young adult dystopian novel, “The STARLING Connection,” available in e-book format on Amazon. His story, “Is Freedom on the Menu?” was published in the Mountain State Press anthology, “Diner Stories: Off the Menu.” Webb’s comedy stage play, “Zombie Texts from the Future,” was performed in 2014 at the Monongalia Arts Center. His poem, “Spirit Horse,” was published in amomancies and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Visit Webb at http://www.theodorewebb.com.


Patricia Hopper is a native of Dublin, Ireland and lives in West Virginia. She earned an B.A. and M.A. from WVU . She received honors from WVU such as the Waitman Barbe Creative Writing Award and the Virginia Butts Sturm Award. She has received numerous awards from the West Virginia Writers’ competitions ranging from second place to honorable mention. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel Kilpara was released in May 2015 by Bygone Era Books. She credits her writing ability to her storytelling parents who made every family outing an experience in detail and imagination.



Lisa A. McCombs is a recently retired public school teacher. Her three young adult novels address common issues that teens face today; all in an easy to read journal format. Abby is a five star review recipient and contest finalist for Readers Favorite, as well as a Purple Dragon Book Award winner for young adult fiction.
Raspberry Beret is also a five star Readers Favorite review recipient and sequel to Abby. Opening Pandora’s Box completes the trilogy.
I Have MS. What’s Your Super Power? is an account of Lisa’s battle with multiple sclerosis and includes common sense suggestions for fighting the MonSter.


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S. J. Brown is a wife, mother, grandmother, wildlife photographer & Author. For 15 years she has traveled extensively throughout the United States in pursuit of wildlife encounters. Much to the dismay of her spotter, and husband this often involves trekking through thick brush, muddy trails, rocky seas or secluded locations, but the interaction with wildlife makes it all worth it.

S. J. Brown’s photographs and written words are a way to share her experiences with others. The time she spends with students and adults discussing photography, and wildlife hopefully inspires others to explore their creative side.
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Books Include-Close ups & Close Encounters, Adults gone Wild Coloring Book
For the little ones -All the Birds I see , Clancys Catnap, Wild Animals Coloring book



Eliot Parker PicEliot Parker is the author of three novels: Breakdown at Clear River, Making Arrangements, and Fragile Brilliance. His short fiction has appeared in Speck Literary Journal, Apex Books, One Story Magazine, and others. He currently teaches writing and literature at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia. For more information, visit his website at http://www.eliotparker.com



Trinny Sigler is a writer, social worker, and mother of two from Mount Carbon, WV. Her poetry book, Unsweetened T.: Come Sip With Me, was published in April 2015. Her work has appeared in The Charleston Daily Mail, Blackbird Songs, The Colors of Life, and other anthologies. She is a member of WV Writers Inc and is a six-time winner of their people’s choice awards. Her poem The Velvet Jesus After-Party won first place in the emerging poets category at the WV Writers Inc. conference this year.





Amber Decker is a poet, artist, and musician from Hedgesville, West Virginia. She was the recipient of Cultural Weekly’s 2015 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize, and her work has been featured in venues such as Contemporary American Voices, Black Heart Magazine, and Hobo Camp Review, among others. She is the author of a chapbook, True North, from Maverick Duck Press, and her latest collection of poems, The Girl Who Left You, was released in September 2014 by California’s notorious Six Ft Swells Press.





author pic 2Diana was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School and graduated with the class of 1977. She attended Fairmont State College and is employed by the Marion County Board of Education as a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School.

Diana resides in Fairmont, WV with her husband Mark and they are the parents of three children Curt, Courtney, Chris and his wife Ashley. They have two grandsons Ashton Louis and Austin Maddox.

Diana as a first time author shared her non-fiction book ” I Don’t Want To Sit In The Front Row Anymore”, written as a memoir after the loss of both of her parents Anna and Louis Pishner within 7 months of each other.

She was a presenter at the Author’s Forum during the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, participated in JUMPSTART, and was included in a book signing at the Monongahfest with other WV writers along with many other book signings in Harrison and Marion County.


Kingwood Library is located at 205 West Main St * Kingwood WV 26537

Two new titles for your viewing pleasure #horror #asmsg

Coming August 14, 2015, I have two new titles coming out. Yep, you heard me right. Needless to say, things have been a little crazy.

Now, onto the info about the stories.



Beware of the man, the man with the power.

Nothing is as it seems. Death, desperation, and secrecy. That is what the boy has learned in his path to becoming a man. But, unlike a normal upbringing, this one is full of meat and bodies.

When it is time for the old to pass and the new generation to take charge, things change. Conscience adds thought, which adds to the taste. That’s when the trouble begins. But, what if it all is only a dream?



For Josh Devor, seeing ghosts is pretty normal.

He thought he left that part of his life behind him after starting college, but when a friend asks him to join the new ghost hunting group on campus, the paranormal once again creeps in.

After the group asks members to investigate known urban legends around town, Josh decides to study the “WVU Co-ed Murders”. Partnered with his crush, life is just about perfect.

That is, until he starts sending something odd– his brain is foggy, he sleeps more, and then starts to feel like someone is watching him. The closer the date of the ghost hunt gets, the more his life no longer seems his own. Josh has a choice to make: see if he can go through with the hunt, or embarrass himself and dash his chances with the girl he’s tried so hard to please. But, sometimes, ignoring omens can be a very bad thing.

Both will be available on Kindle and Nook.

Hashimoto’s Hell– Why Doctors Should Have to Live a Week in My Shoes #thyroid #patientadvocacy

I’ve talked a little on here about the fact that I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Since January 10, 2015, I have been living with severe pain on the left side of my thyroid. After wrangling between different doctors, I finally got referred to a surgeon. I waited weeks for this appointment. Every day, my big thought was, “I only have to wait a bit longer and the pain will stop.”

Sadly, that was not the case.

Today, for the appointment, I was met by the PA, not the surgeon. She proceeded to tell me that my pain has nothing to do with my thyroid because my thyroid looks almost normal. (She did finally admit that I have scarring and dense tissue–which I already knew. As well as 19 small nodules, but who is counting.)

Pain is not normal. In any way shape or form. Plus, I already had a study that specifically related severe thyroid pain caused by Hashimoto’s to only being cured by thyroid removal.

When I mentioned the study, she adopted what I will call a “hoity-toity” attitude.

She is not the one in pain, dammit.

Well, I left the office with a test for espohageal function (Yet another doctor who swears all my issues are caused by Gastric Reflux because I am fat. If that were the case, I would be overjoyed. But, it is not. I have done it all before. Gastric Reflux medication does nothing for my symptoms. In fact, it gives me a whole other new set of problems where I have to sit close to the bathroom all day.) And, I have to go to my GP (or PCP for you newbies) for x-rays of my neck because “You could have twinged your neck because of your previous whiplash.”

My whiplash was in 1994. The pain I am experiencing is in the front of my throat- where the left lobe of my thyroid is I might add. It is also on the outside of my neck. Not inside my throat. So, it would be pretty darn amazing for gastric reflux to cause discomfort where acid could not reach.

So, I am in pain, pissed off, and hoping I don’t end up with stage 4 thyroid cancer by the time they stop messing around with me. And, yes, that has happened. A lady I know from a Hashimoto’s group. It took her 15 years to get a doctor to pay attention to her. Her thyroid always showed up as “normal” on ultrasounds. Her levels were normal on medication. And, yet, she had swelling and a feeling of fullness (which is what prompted her to go to a doctor in the first place) for ten years. Then, on the eleventh year, she started experiencing pain in her thyroid. Doctors brushed her off like they are doing with me. When she finally developed a goiter that was big enough for them to pay attention, she already had stage 4 thyroid cancer.

Don’t let this me you. I, for one, plan on bombarding the surgeon’s office with studies and other materials in the hopes that someone actually reads it and educates themselves.

Changes and other ramblings

Well, a few things are going on. Firstly, the really really good news. Constructing Marcus, Dancing with a Dead Horse, The Devil’s Liege, and a new novella collection containing Love Me to Death are all going into paperback. So, within the next few months, you should be able to put them on your physical bookshelf.

Onto the not as good news. The publisher that has Sorrow’s Point and Sorrow’s Edge is closing its doors. So, starting March 31, 2015, they will no longer be available. But, the good news is that I already have a good possibility on getting them republished quickly. So, there will be more news on that as well. Jimmy Holiday will continue!

My final bit of rambling is that I finally got to see the director’s cut of Nightbreed. A lot of things were cut out of the original film. Some of the things were unnecessary- like a cheesy song sequence from Boone’s girlfriend where she performed at a club. But, other things were simply fabulous. And, of course, I loved seeing Shuna Sassi in her glory again. Gotta love the porcupine woman. She’s amazing.