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Charmaine Hammond and Rebecca Kirstein

Raise a Dream 
Charmaine Hammond & Rebecca Kirstein have over 30 years of combined experience in building collaborative relationships and partnerships in business to accelerate the growth of their own businesses and nonprofits (over 10 of them between them!) and the businesses and projects of 100’s of others through their mastermind, training and mentorship programs. They have come together through their shared belief in lifting others as they climb. They’ve co-founded Raise a Dream to share their knowledge and expertise in Collaboration, Partnership, and Sponsorship and to combine their teams to form an even more comprehensive and collaborative group of professionals (the “Raise a Dream Team”) to help you Raise your Dream.
We look forward to your success!​

Stella Constance

Book Reviews and Forward Views, with Stella Constance
Community Human Resources Developer and Educator with over 30 years of experience working with different organizations and social environments. Projects span from the fields of sustainable community health development (specializing in human resources) to multimedia writing and production. Projects often focus on the health and sustainability practices of businesses and associated communities to maintain their long-term viability . Charitable works include, assisting Jabes Orphanage Community School in Nairobi, Kenya, by creating a successful and expansive agricultural program, with some additional community support given for Jabes School and nearby affiliated communities.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stella-constance-695b1810b/

Catherine Saykaly

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Catherine is currently the owner of The Networking Web where she specializes in Audience Growth and Fan-Engagement Social Media Consulting and Training for group courses or for one-on-one consulting.
She trains authors, entrepreneurs, writers, and speakers how to how quickly and easily making a shift in your work can bring audience growth, increased fan-engagement, and expedite reach & influence, resulting in more sales. She does this with the ‘Social Media Quick Start Program’, a 10-week, step-by-step system. 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinesaykalystevens/

Dwayne Clayden

Dwayne Clayden profile

Dwayne Clayden is an emergency and medical specialist who writes fiction and is currently working on a 4-book set to help writers produce accurate EMS and medical scenes in their writing. Dwayne connects with writers and authors through his weekly newsletter and column on both Opal and his website. 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dwayneclayden/

Sandra Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick Financial Services

Liberty Forrest

Liberty Forrest

About Liberty Forrest

My life and work are dedicated to sharing what I've discovered throughout this journey of challenges, healing, and finding balance, leading those who have also come through the other side of suffering as they seek a deeper connection with themselves and greater meaning in life. I am so blessed to be able use my natural abilities as a psychic and medium, along with my passion for writing, art and music to share my messages of hope, empowerment and healing.

Every day is a precious gift, no matter what your circumstances. There is always the option to find the beauty that exists in your life. There is always a way to rise above difficult circumstances, turn them into your strengths, and create a fabulously empowered life.

Debbie McGarry

McGarry

Debbie is a communicator with technical, financial, creative and environmental writing experience. She helps aspiring authors who want their books published on Amazon Kindle or Smashwords.
Debbie specializes in writing, editing, interviewing, and e-publishing on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Debbie offers different levels of editing: stylistic and structural editing, copy editing, formatting, and proofreading. Debbie assists clients with consistent writing styles for website copy, articles, books, e-books and technical manuals. She also advises clients on social media strategies and social media content. 
Go to www.wecommunicate.ca for information on rates and to view Debbie's portfolio.

Sandra Hurst

Sandra Hurst

Hi, my name is Sandra Hurst, the author of the Sky Road fantasy series.
As a child growing up in England, stories and legends surrounded me, I learned how important imagination was. When I was 8, we moved to northern Canada and the legends changed. Stories of the Fae and the little people were replaced by legends of the Thunderbird and stories of the woodlands. I never stood a chance. What could I be but a writer?
Growing up in Northern Alberta gave me a great love and respect for the wild lands and indigenous cultures which made its way into the worlds I create. A mythmaker at heart, I started writing poetry in middle school and graduated to epic fantasy.
Myths give us a way to interpret the world past our normal experience. To ask questions and explore answers in a larger-than-life game of ‘what if.’ We need to make room for myths and mythmakers in our fact driven world. To give space for worlds that are brighter and clearer than our own. For it is in doing so, that we have room to become more fully human.
My first book, Y’keta, is a high fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road offers a way to the stars.
I now live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son, both of whom I love dearly, and have put up for sale on e-bay when their behaviour demanded it. My day to day life is a balance between my outside life as a paralegal counsellor and my inner life as an author/poet. In between, I work on improving my writing, write book reviews, blog on my website, and study mythologies from around the world.
Media Links:
Facebook - @SandraHurst.Author
Twitter - @_SandraHurst
Website: www.delusionsofliteracy.com
Amazon Link
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9V4M8C

Six Ways From Sunday

Merry Crashmas

Tina Dietz

Tina Dietz

Tina Dietz is the owner of StartSomething Creative Business Solutions and an internationally acclaimed business consultant, audiobook publisher, podcast host and launch specialist, and professional speaker/voice talent who has been featured in such outlets as ABC, Inc.com, Huffington Post and Forbes.

 

When to Launch Your Audiobook

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Art Proctor

Art Proctor

Art Proctor is a Arts Administration /Digital Media /Film Business Development Liaison
Film/Stage Technician ,Social Digital Media Consultant, Multi Platform Story Coach 
I have been a Digital Media and Arts Admin Consultant in the entertainment industry for ten years - developing and implementing digital media strategies and tactical initiatives for some of the most well known brands in the Canadian entertainment industry.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/artproctor/

BLOOD LUST, by AJ Proctor

DATING CAN BE MURDER, by AJ Proctor

Lisa Lunney

Lisa Lunney
Lisa is a Canadian gal that strongly believes words have the power to change the world and make it into a better place. Words are her addiction and writing provides her fulfillment in life. She can’t wait to see where her writing career will take her. So far, it has been quite an epic journey. An avid reader, cat mom and Autumn/Winter lover.

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