Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, Kristine Taylor was raised in north central Illinois. She was an avid reader from an early age. She attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where she was an English major. Taylor is a member of several writing organizations including Southwest Florida Romance Writers, Naples Writers Forum, Marco Island Writers, and Gulf Coast Writers. She is currently writing an inspirational romance novel. She now resides on Marco Island, Florida.
Kristine has contributed stories and poems to the following anthologies:
SW Florida Stories and Poems Volume II by Pauline Hayton (Editor) – November 3, 2015
Marco Island Writers: Stories and Poems Volume III – October 22, 2016
by Marco Island Writers Inc., Marco Island | Oct 22, 2016
Marco Island Writers Stories and Poems Volume IV – October 27, 2017
by Marco Island Writers
Marco Island Writers’ Poetry, Short Stories and Essays Volume V
by Marco Island Writers Inc. September 1, 2019
From Florida With Love: Sunrise and Stormy Skies – October 16, 2016
by Sonja Gunter, Patricia Campbell, et al.
From Florida With Love: Moonlight & Steamy Nights – April 29, 2018
by Sonja Gunter, Kristine Taylor, et al.
Wracked with guilt over the tragic deaths of her husband and young son, Kate Cavanagh leaves 1939 Britain to start a new life in Burma, where she falls in love and marries teak plantation manager Jack Bellamy, a widower with two young children. The 1942 Japanese invasion destroys their idyllic life in Burma. With Jack away fighting the enemy, Kate must embark on a perilous 250-mile journey, on foot, with her children and their Indian ayah. They brave monsoon-sodden jungle, swamps and mountains along with half-a-million terrified, civilian refugees fleeing to the safety of India. Death from disease, exhaustion, and starvation surrounds them. Corpses litter the trail. Vowing not to lose another child in her care, Kate needs every ounce of courage and determination she can muster. Will it be enough to ensure their survival through some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain?
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Dr. Susan K. Grunin is a retired college professor, who taught for over 2 decades for the University of Virginia (UVA) and a number of other colleges and universities. Dr. Grunin also authored a text book for the University of Virginia Graduate School. She is a retired Executive who has been an Executive Coach, a CEO, a Human Capital Consultant and who also worked for the Federal Government, where she served in various positions for the Federal Courts, including over 20 years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.
Susan is currently a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of SW Florida and is writing a series of children’s books, Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit. Book 1 of Little MisFit – Lesson 1: Life Isn’t Always What It Seems, is the first in a series of seven books and expected publication by a London publisher is mid-2019. In addition to writing books, Dr. Grunin also is an artist and paints oil paintings. In 2019, she was invited to attend a Monet Painters School in Giverny France. Pictures of her paintings and photography and can be found on her company (SKG Creations, LLC) website: www.skgCreations.com or at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/susan-grunin or at http://www.artpoems.org This latter website hosted the 2019 Fort Myers Art Poems work of 12 local artists and 12 local poets. Two of Dr. Grunin’s paintings were included in the publication and also were on exhibit at the Fort Myers Art League in 2019. She has been invited back to participate in the 2020 Art Poems Forum.
Susan and her husband, Howard, have two grown sons, Jason and Justin. Susan and Howard now reside full-time in Naples, FL with their Shiba Inu, Kona.
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Welcome to CRAFT’s first flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!
Guest judge Benjamin Percy will select three winning stories and each receive:
- $1,000 award & a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
- Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Benjamin Percy, and an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
- A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean
Plus an editors’ choice round—we’ll be awarding $150 and publication to four stories we just can’t let go.
The 15 Minute Guide to Parenting
by Carol S. Kennedy
This is a self-help, hands-on Christian Workbook. It may be used as a companion to THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PARENTING FROM A TO Z SO HELP ME GOD, also by Dr. Carol Kennedy. Or, it can easily be used as a resource for individuals or families as a stand alone tool. This workbook is a catalyst for discussion and application for families. Choose one topic at a time and apply it to your own situation. Have fun with this guide!
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Nancy Bialy Daversa is a Poet Laureate, who lives part-time in Pennsylvania and winters on Sanibel Island. A teacher who has taught at Rosemont College, Widener University, Big Arts on Sanibel and is currently teaching at Immaculata University. When not teaching she have worked as a consultant for media productions, executive television producer, co-wrote a soap opera for television, published author, scriptwriter, editor and has now developed a new way to teach writing by using pattern pieces, which are packaged like sewing or wood working patterns.
Her degrees are in English, Behavioral Science, Sociology, and Paralegal Studies specializing in Elder Law.
Nancy worked as a Criminal Clerk and Assistant to a Judge dealing with all types of criminal cases, even working on-call in the middle of the night.
For more than 40 years, Craig Handel has written for newspapers in Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Florida, with his stories being picked up by newspapers in the United States and beyond. He has covered the highest level of college sports while tracking local athletes in high school, college and the pros. Recently, he has gotten to know Collier and Lee County community leaders through stories on various aspects of health, philanthropy and community service. After taking a buyout with The News-Press after 20 years, Craig started his own business – Handel on Writing. He helps people craft personalized stories for their websites. Besides writing freelance stories for Shell Point Magazine, Craig also coaches writers and is working on a couple of book ideas. In his latest project, he is working with founder Wilson Hawthorne on developing ‘American Business Writers’. The idea is to provide concierge writing services and making writing more concise so businesses can improve their message, which can help them make more money. Craig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early registration discount ends January 5th, 2020 – standard registration runs until March 15th. Online registration also closes on March 15th, 2020. Onsite registration will be available during SleuthFest based on availability.
We want to let you know that registration for Sleuthfest 2020 is right around the corner. We have an amazing program planned, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it.
Sleuthfest will be on March 26-29 at the Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton.
Our Guest of Honor is Catriona McPherson. Author faculty includes Frankie Y. Bailey, Richie Narvaez, Alex Segura, and Chantelle Aimée Osman.