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While growing up in South Carolina, Sean didn’t realize it, but he was absorbing the styles, mannerisms, idiosyncrasies, dialects and the culture of his home.   Add to this the time he spent traveling the other Carolina for school and then North America for work, he collected a vast array of experiences and observations from which to draw upon and bring together in his writing.

After studying law in North Carolina, Sean settled in Charleston, South Carolina and instantly became enamored with the people as well as the city.

One day he started writing and the words, generally, kept flowing. A page became a chapter which ultimately became a book known as The Trust.  After this the process started again and The Solicitor was the end result. Hopefully, if you are reading this you either have, or soon will have, your very own copy of one or both.

The experience of taking two novels from conceptualization to print has been one of frustration peppered with increasing amounts of reward.  Each step from the first words hitting the page to ultimately holding a book in hand has been a personal reward.

When Sean is not writing he practices Family Law and works as a Domestic Mediator and lives with his Wife and an ever-expanding pack of rescue canines – the current count is 4.  As well, Sean can frequently be found wandering the lowcountry of South Carolina with his camera, playing guitar in assorted venues around Charleston or exploring the underwater world of the southeast.

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About the Book:

 

When you make your living fighting for justice, the last place you expect to wake up is behind bars.

Attorney Noah Parks has spent his life keeping people out of jail.  When he’s charged with the murder of a candidate for Charleston County Solicitor he finds himself on the wrong side of the law for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

No longer fighting for others and now relying on the help of the few people he does trust, Noah must fight to clear his name and find the real killer before it’s too late.

His search will lead him through a maze of deceptions, lies, family turmoil and treachery that spans generations.

The Solicitor is set in historic Charleston and the surrounding South Carolina Lowcountry where under the surface things are not always as genteel as they appear.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I wasn’t born a writer, I became one. Reading has always been a passion (and remains so) and one day I had an idea that stayed with me. That idea became the basis of the plot for my first book. Had it not been for this persistent idea that wouldn’t leave me alone, I’d likely not be answering questions about writing.

What was your inspiration for The Solicitor?

I live in the Charleston, South Carolina area and a number of years back there was a local election for the position of county solicitor. (In South Carolina we refer to our district attorneys/prosecutors as solicitors.)

The campaign was not the cleanest and as it progressed, I began to wonder what it would be like if one of the candidates was murdered and the first case the new solicitor handled was the murder prosecution of his former political rival. From this The Solicitor was born.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?   

In The Solicitor, the main character, Noah Parks, is an attorney, in part, a criminal defense attorney. He is charged with the murder of his best friend. A large part of the story is a study of how someone who is versed at handling specific problems for others changes or reacts when the tables are turned and the problem becomes personal to them. In The Solicitor the criminal defense attorney who usually represents defendants becomes a defendant being prosecuted for murder.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I was able to write the first draft in about 8 months, but the editing and rewrites took more than a year to complete.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

When I am writing, I try to write 3-5 days a week for several hours, at least two, at a time. As much as having a dedicated writing schedule, the consistency makes the process move along much quicker and in a more productive fashion.

Part of my writing days are planning on where the next day will go and also some review of the progress to date.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Being able to resist the urge to do “just a bit more polishing.” I have a hard time letting go….

What do you love most about being an author?

There are a number of things that I really love.

First, I love seeing my characters come to life, seeing how the stories develop and how the characters evolve.

Second, I love meeting readers. It makes me a better writer being able to interact with readers and to see what they pull away from the book, how they experience a scene or a character I have created.

Finally, knowing that when I put forth the effort, the end result can be a complete book.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

My first book was published by a small press. As I was finishing book two, they folded. Rather than delay the release of the book while I searched for a new publisher, I formed a publishing group and the book was published through them.

Where can we find you on the web?

SeanKeefer.com

 

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Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

His latest book is Monsterland.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I think I was writing in the womb, so yes.

What was your inspiration for Monsterland?

My son and I were watching an 80s & 90s movie marathon one weekend in 2015. It was the classics, The Goonies, Gremlins, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, etc…and it literally popped into my head, why isn’t there a theme park with zombies. I called my brother immediately and told him my idea. He told me no, it has to be a theme park with werewolves, vampires AND zombies. I started beating out the story that night.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I’m a sucker for conspiracy things. What would happen if those theories rung true? I also love exploring political and social commentaries about issues that are plaguing out times.  You will find a lot of current issues in Monsterland.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

A little over 3 weeks. No joke.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Yes, extremely. Research and development is all day. When I’m learning about my subject, Google and Amazon are my best friends. I literally buy and read everything I can get my hands on each subject.  I play with my kids in the evening, eat dinner, tuck them in, then tuck in my wife and I write every night until my eyes go.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Truthfully, nothing. I loved writing Monsterland. I’m already on book 3, and beating out the stories for book 4.

What do you love most about being an author?

Being a universe builder. When writing a book I am creating an entire world that I will be inviting the reader into. I love that.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

It’s a long story, so I’ll give you the short answer. I originally self-published Monsterland in 2015. Fast forward two years later, I have a literary agent, an entertainment attorney, a film agent, a publicist, interest from a huge movie producer, and a two-book publishing deal with WordFire Press. I seemed to have caught lightning in a bottle six times in the past couple years, and I could not be happier. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next two years.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.michaelokon.com

@IAmMichaelOKon

Facebook.com/IAmMichaelOkon

 

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Mamá Graciela’s Secret
Publication date: October
10, 2017
Written by Mayra Calvani
Illustrated by Sheila
Fein
MacLaren-Cochrane
Publishing
36 pages, 3-7 year olds
Reading guide at: www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com
Description:
Mamá Graciela’s
TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town…
Local customers
(including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret
recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many
cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a
plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.
About
the author:
Mayra
Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored
over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children’s picture book,
Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a
finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a
First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction
book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing,
was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews
and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review,
and others.
She
lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her
three beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she
enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.
www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com
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author:
About the
illustrator:
 

 

Born in Queens, New York and living in Los
Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world
around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York,
her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography.
Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art
Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs
two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in
Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books,
solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and
private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality
and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive
Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator.
She just completed the book “Mama Graciela’s Secret” for
Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.


Book
info:
ISBN:HC 978-1-365-86153-6
SC 978-1-365-86155-0
ISBN Dyslexic Font Version:
DY HC
978-1-365-86154-3
DY SC 978-1-365-86156-7
**This book also has version
printed in the Dyslexic font, the typeface for people with dyslexia. Go to http://www.dyslexiefont.com to find out more about the
typeface.
Suggested
Retail Price – 17.99 Hardcover & 13.99 Softcover 40 % Discounted Price –
10.80 Hardcover & 8.40 Softcover
Available
through –
Ingram – Discount 40% Returnable – Yes
MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing – Discount 40% – Orders@maclaren-cochranepublishing.com Returnable – Yes
Publishing
company Contact Info: MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing 1024 Iron Point Rd 100-1478
Folsom CA 95630
916-897-1670
Tannya@Maclaren-cochranepublishing.com
http://www.maclaren-cochranepublishing.com
MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing
620 Buchanan Way, Folsom, CA 95630 916-897-1670 http://www.maclaren-cochranepublishing.com

 

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Title: Everything You Need to Know about Camping and RV’ing

Author: Ghislaine Bourdon

Publisher: XLibrisUS

Genre: Sports & Recreation/Camping

Format: Ebook

These are informative and entertaining lessons that teach the ways and etiquette of camping that will lead to a more relaxed and enjoyable vacation for everyone. Learn to organize, plan, and prepare with eagerness and excitement. 



Camping is fun for everyone especially if you know how to do it right! Let me guide you to your greatest adventures.


 


Ghislaine Bourdon has a bachelor’s degree in studio art. She was a swimming instructor for most of her life and taught swimming for the school system in France for many years. Ghislaine bicycled across most of Europe including the Alps alone when she was sixteen years old. She has climbed many mountains and does extensive camping trips. Trying not to be hindered by a past mental illness Ghislaine has overcome many life long difficulties. She is an extremely diversified individual with talents that abound.

 

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