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Stella Constance

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/

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Catherine Saykaly- Stevens

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 profile

Dwayne Clayden

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/

Liberty Forrest
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. http://libertyforrest.com

Jim Napier
Jim Napier

After a successful academic career that included teaching crime fiction and creative writing, Jim Napier turned to writing full time. Since then he has published nearly five hundred reviews, interviews, and articles about crime writers, both in print and on multiple Internet sites, and has participated in writing workshops in Britain and Canada. He has chaired or participated in panels on crime fiction at Montreal’s Bleu Metropolis literary festival and at the Canadian crime writing festival, Bloody Words. He has twice served on juries for the Arthur Ellis Awards for Canadian crime writing, and in 2010 he chaired the Arthur Ellis Awards. Along with such notable crime writers as Louise Penny, Peter James, Sophie Hannah, Simon Brett, Marcia Talley and Rhys Bowen he contributed to an anthology on the craft of crime writing titled Now Write! Mysteries, published by Tarcher/Penguin. In 2012 he was commissioned to write biographies for several Canadian crime writers for the Canadian Encyclopedia, and also joined Louise Penny in co-chairing a fiction writing workshop at the Knowlton LitFest. Legacy is his first crime novel in the Colin McDermott Mysteries; the second, Ridley’s War, is nearing completion. For more on the Colin McDermott series, or to contact the author, go to http://JimNapierMysteries.com;  also on Facebook at Facebook/Jim Napier Mysteries.

GUEST WRITERS

Charmaine Hammond

Has 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.

Lisa Lunney

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.

Debbie McGarry

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 the author of the Sky Road fantasy series.

Sandra grew up in England where stories and legends surrounded her; she learned how important imagination was. When she was 8, she 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. She never stood a chance. What could she be but a writer? Growing up in Northern Alberta gave her a great love and respect for the wild lands and indigenous cultures which made its way into the worlds she created. A mythmaker at heart, she started writing poetry in middle school and graduated to epic fantasy.

Sandra Fitzpatrick Financial Services

Sandra writes articles that provide valuable tax and financial information for authors and writers and small business.