Wednesday, June 21, 2017

About Our Author Features


The blog space on our site is being used to feature authors who have attended or will be attending our book festivals. Author features from previous years will remain on the site, with new authors added as they register for the current fest.

You can find the link to attending author features on the right hand side of the site.


Please Note: The Festival is intended for published authors local to western Pennsylvania. We are not accepting publishing companies or mass market book sale companies in fairness to our authors. We will accept sponsorship from companies that will be listed on our site and our event brochure. See sponsor page for more information.

Author Feature: Shawn Riniti

Shawn Riniti resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Ashton and four children. He obtained his B.S. in Elementary Education from Youngstown State University and has been a musician for the better part of his life composing music, lyrics, and poetry. Starting at an early age, he has been enthralled in suspense-thriller and horror novels and movies. After years of contemplation, he decided to combine his abstract imagination and unique visuals to release the stories buried in the depths of his mind. Amongst them, is his debut novel “Secrets of a Stranger.”

Find Shawn at ShawnRiniti.com



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Author Feature: Larry Ivkovich

Larry Ivkovich’s speculative fiction has been published in over twenty online and print publications including Penumbra, Afterburn SF, Shelter of Daylight, SQ Magazine, Tower of Light Fantasy, Shoreline of Infinity, Beyond the Karlan Line, Star Quake I, and Triangulation.

He has been a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest and was the 2010 recipient of the CZP/Rannu Fund award for fiction.

The third book in Larry’s Spirit Winds Quartet urban fantasy series, Orcus Unchained, is due out later this year, following the novels, The Sixth Precept and Warriors of the Light,  published by IFWG Publishing. At this year’s Author Fest, he will also be promoting PARSEC, Pittsburgh’s premiere SF and Fantasy organization, and the group’s upcoming conference, CONFLUENCE. Copies of Triangulation, Parsec Ink’s annual speculative fiction anthology, will be available for purchase.

Larry is a member of WorD and the Pittsburgh Mindful Writers Group East and North, three local writing groups, as well as the statewide group Pennwriters.

Find more about Larry and his books on his Website



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Author Feature: Arlon Stubbe

Arlon Stubbe loves words and wanted to write from the very beginning. As early as 5th grade, he wrote a play about St. George and the Dragon, and acted in it as . . . guess who?

More reading and writing followed during his career as a Lutheran pastor (41 years of sermons), member of a creative writing group at Penn State - Shenango Campus and creator of op-ed pieces on social issues in three local newspapers.

Nearing retirement, Stubbe turned to fiction, completing poems, producing a small novella and working on full-length novels. In April of 2017 his tenth novel - INTRUDERS - a ghost story set in Philadelphia was released.

Other novels trace the life of St. John Chrysostom, the career and escapades of Nicolo Paganini, a treatment of gun violence that places Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Arizona in 2012, and six other works of contemporary fiction. The characters and subject matter vary widely, due to Stubbe's diverse interests - life and relationships in the 60's, journalism, U.S. and world history, various geographical sites, and a lone religious novel that portrays the 'Jesus saga' through the eyes and experiences of the high priest's chief servant - Malchus.

 The “Julie Richards trilogy” — After a tragic love affair (book #1, WPF), Julie attends the U of Wisconsin-Madison seeking a degree in education, and experiences two younger roommates and further discouraging relationships with men (book #2, MS). When she moves to a northwest suburb of Chicago (book #3, BH) she encounters a former Chicago Bulls player who’s hired to coach the high school’s basketball team. She spurns all his advances, but eventually they get together and develop a loving, lasting relationship — despite a number of hardships.


Find Arlon's books on the following sites:

Leana's Books & More (in stock at store)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble