Today’s Spotlight is on Urban Fantasy Author, Francesca Quarto

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Francesca Quarto! She will be signing and selling her books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Friday, November 9th, from 3:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., and Saturday, November 10th, from 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.


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is the first book in Francesca’s Urban Fantasy Series, Witch of Appalachia. It was quickly followed by, Dangerous Dreaming, Blood of the Dragon, Bringing Forth the Dead, and soon to be released, Blood Moon Rising. The sixth book in the series is on the horizon.


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Francesca has added Paranormal Romance stories to her writing endeavors. Be on the lookout for something sexy and scary to pop-up… Love’s Prey is out NOW!

Francesca Quarto is part of a large Italian family, where she discovered early on that a love of reading was as much a part of her DNA as her mother’s skill at baking.

She has worked in local television, a small city zoo, founded a non-profit tutoring agency for an inner-city neighborhood which eventually served local school districts, worked for an International Evangelical Television and Radio station and for a non-profit organization serving challenged adults.

Francesca resides in a small town outside of Indianapolis with her husband, Patrick. She has a great love of the written word and while she enjoys her E-Reader immensely, she still treasures the excitement of turning the next page.

To learn more about Francesca and her books, check her out online:

Website:  www.celticmagic.net
Amazon: Francesca Quarto
Tell-Tale Publishing site: Francesca Quarto
Twitter: @FrancescasMagic

 

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Introducing Children’s Author, Robert Ross Hedges

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Robert Ross Hedges! He will be signing and selling his children’s book, The Key to Christmas, at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 7th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

The Key to Christmas is set during the holiday season of the late 1970’s. A young boy named Toby stumbles upon the find of a lifetime. His discovery leads him on an adventure that he will never forget. Follow Toby as he goes on a toboggan run, flies in a hot air balloon, and meets Santa who helps him answer a very important Christmas question.
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Robert is happily married and has two children, Sophie and Cooper. He is a social studies teacher at SENSE Charter School in downtown Indianapolis and has been teaching for 16 years.

Robert will be signing copies of The Key to Christmas during the show. If you can’t make the Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, the book is also available on Amazon.

To learn more about Robert or to purchase copies of his children’s book, The Key to Christmas, check him out on social media.

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/robert.hedges.3766

Amazon Link to book:

https://www.amazon.com/Key-Christmas-Robert-Ross-Hedges/dp/0692115781/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1538653821&sr=8-3&keywords=the+key+to+christmas&dpID=51u6HSSY-rL&preST=_SX258_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Meet YA Author, Jenny Medenwald

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Jenny Medenwald! She will be signing and selling her books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Friday, November 9th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

Jenny was born and raised in the Midwest and has since settled in Indianapolis. She loves: coffee, the smell of fresh cut grass, red wine, winter, bonfires, rainy days curled up with a good book, tattoos, her husband and, of course, writing. Not necessarily in that order. She hates: obscenely hot weather, rude people, and bad grammar. Jenny started writing not long after graduating with an English degree from Indiana University. She has several young adult novels published with plans for many more.

 

To learn more about Jenny and her books, connect with her on Social Media:

Website: jennymedenwald.com

Instagram: @jmedenwaldauthor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jmedenwaldauthor

Meet Joyful Author, Amy Thornton Shankland

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Amy Thornton Shankland! She will be signing and selling her books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Wednesday, November 7th, from 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

Amy Thornton Shankland has been nicknamed, “The Queen of Enthusiasm,” by many people. She’s never believed in “just doing her job,” but always doing every one of them from the past 25+ years with joy.

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This joy has been the secret to repeatedly receiving Employee of the Month at one of the Midwest’s best biotechnology companies in the mid ’90s; to winning the prestigious Stake in the Ground Award with the City of Noblesville, Indiana in 2009; to being asked to present to groups of all sizes in Central Indiana; to rising to the top of the applicant pile for recent positions because of her personality.

Her book, Joy to You and Me: At Work!, helps turn challenging work situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. It’s a fun, easy-to-read guide that shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference
immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace – and beyond!

To learn more about Amy and her work, check her out online:

Website/Blog:  www.authoramythornton.wordpress.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/authoramythornton
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/AuthorThornton

Today’s Spotlight Shines on Non-Fiction Author, Paul J. Hoffman

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Paul J. Hoffman! He will be signing and selling his books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Sunday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

Ever since Paul Hoffman was young, he’s been digging for answers to life’s questions. His fifth-grade teacher, Cynthia Chovanec, noted his enthusiasm for finding the truth, writing on his report card: “Paul knows the value of research materials. He knows where to find the information he seeks.”

Paul has been using that inquisitive nature and penchant for getting questions answered throughout his professional career as a journalist as well as with his two published books.


His first book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” was published in 2012 by The History Press. It is a true story of the disappearance of an 8-year-old boy in 1925 and the subsequent investigation into the boy’s murder.

“Wicked Columbus, Indiana,” his second book, published in June 2017 by the same publisher, tells the true tales of some of that city’s more salacious stories.

Paul J. Hoffman was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Raymond and Sharon (McPhail) Hoffman and was raised in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee.

His journalism experience consists of working as a sports writer at the Milwaukee Sentinel; assistant sports editor at Pioneer Press newspapers in the Chicago area; sports editor and news editor in Shelbyville, Indiana; news editor in Columbus, Indiana; special publications editor at the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana, and now group special publications editor for AIM Media Indiana, based in Columbus, Indiana.

He is a graduate of Wauwatosa East High School and attended both the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, graduating from the latter with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications (Radio/TV sequence) and a minor in English.

His creative nature has led to small roles in two motion pictures, as well as producing a bevy of poems and song lyrics.

He is married to Kimberly Sue Hoffman, has three daughters, a son, two stepdaughters and a granddaughter.

Connect with Paul on Social Media:

Website: www.PaulHoffmanAuthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaulHoffmanAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/phof_author

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paul_hoffman_author/

Featuring Children’s Author, Kimberly Hoffman

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Kimberly Hoffman! She will be signing and selling her books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Sunday, November 11th, from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

Kimberly Hoffman is the author of Emma’s Dancing Day and Sigmund Stanley Spider Squared.

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She enjoys presenting programs related to her books at schools, libraries, and civic groups on topics such as “How to Write a Story,” “Overcoming Obstacles,” “Thinking Outside the Box Regarding Disabilities,” as well as other subjects. Her favorite program includes teaching a bit of ballet and then leading the students in dance.

Kimberly grew up in Columbus, Indiana where trips to the library happened nearly every week of her childhood. She loves to read and thinks the library is a wonderful place to be. She knows that books can teach us, transport us to new realms, inspire us, cause us to cry, or make us fall over laughing.

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Kimberly loves to dance, although she had not taken a lesson until about 10 years ago. She can often be found dancing around her house (and sometimes in public) choreographing to whatever song is playing.

She is married to Paul, who is also an author, and together they have six children, one grandchild, and three grand-kitties.

Be sure to find Kimberly on
Facebook – Kimberly S Hoffman
Twitter @SpiderAuthor
Instagram @spiderscribe
Wordpress  – kimberlyhoffmanblog.wordpress.com

Invite her to speak to your group! She can also be reached at danceforjoy63@gmail.com.

Meet Ray E. Boomhower, History and Military History Author

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Don’t miss your opportunity to meet local author, Ray E. Boomhower! He will be signing and selling his books at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, on Friday, November 9th, from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306.

Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he is also responsible for the quarterly popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Boomhower has been with the Society since 1987, beginning work for the statewide, nonprofit organization as its public relations coordinator.

A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master’s degree in U.S. history from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in 1995. Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two Indiana daily newspapers, the Rensselaer Republican and the Anderson Herald.

In 1998, he received the Hoosier Historian award from the Indiana Historical Society, and in 2010, he was named winner of the Regional Author Award in the annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. In 2009, his book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary was selected as the winner in the historical nonfiction category of the annual Best Books of Indiana contest sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book. His books have also been finalists and received honors in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association and Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards.

Along with numerous articles for Traces, the Indiana Magazine of History, Outdoor Indiana, and other history periodicals, Boomhower is the author of the books Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr.: A Life in History and Politics, 1855-1924 (Indiana Historical Society, 1997); The Country Contributor: The Life and Times of Juliet V. Strauss (Guild Press of Indiana, 1998); Destination Indiana: Travels through Hoosier History (IHS, 2000); “But I Do Clamor”: May Wright Sewall, A Life, 1844–1920 (Guild Press, 2001); “One Shot”: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi (IHS Press, 2004);   Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut (IHS Press, 2004); The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace (IHS Press, 2005); The Soldier’s Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle (IHS Press,  2006); Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall (IHS Press, 2007); Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary (Indiana University Press, 2008); Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu (IHS Press, 2010); The People’s Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana (IHS Press, 2012); John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog (IU Press, 2015); and Dispatches from the Pacific: The World War II Reporting of Robert L. Sherrod (IU Press, 2017).

Boomhower’s next projects includes two books set for publication in 2018: Mr. President: A Life of Benjamin Harrison, a youth biography of the twenty-third president, and Indiana Originals: Hoosier Heroes & Heroines, a collection of his work over the past thirty years.

Connect with Ray on social media:

Twitter: @RayBoomhower

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rboomhower?ref=bookmarks