USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author Carter Wilson explores the depths of psychological tension and paranoia in his dark, domestic thrillers. Carter is a two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award and his novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Carter currently lives outside Boulder in a spooky Victorian house.
Amber Cantorna is an author, speaker, musician, and coach with a passion for helping LGBTQ people through their coming out process, especially those that come from conservative faith communities. As the home-schooled daughter of a 30-year executive at Focus on the Family, she grew up entrenched in the values that the organization embodies, and her conservative Christian parents worked hard to protect her from the outside world. But when Amber came out as gay at the age of 27, she shattered the perfect persona that
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full-time writer from Colorado and the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best-selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
Matthew Sullivan grew up in a family of eight children in suburban Denver, Colorado. He received his B.A. from the University of San Francisco, his M.F.A. from the University of Idaho, and has been a resident writer at Yaddo, Centrum, and the Vermont Studio Center. His writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and other awards, and has won the Florida Review Editor's Prize and the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize.
Master cook and author Barbara Stafford says:
“If you can read you can cook!”
“Those very words were uttered by my mother when my sister and I turned to her for cooking instruction at young ages.”
Music historian Betsy Schwarm spent a dozen years as announcer/producer at the vintage KVOD radio, “The Classical Voice of Denver,” and also taught music appreciation at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She gives pre-performance talks for Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony and has written seven books on classical music.
Barbara Nickless was made in Japan, born in Guam, and traveled through numerous ports of call to land in Colorado. All of which honed her sense of adventure and gave her an insatiable curiosity about pretty much everything. When she's not writing, traveling, or wandering through libraries, she's usually in the Colorado Rockies where she loves to hike, cave, snowshoe, and drink single malt Scotch—rarely, please note, at the same time.
After four tours in Afghanistan, Warren Groves couldn’t settle into civilian life. For the last twelve years, he’s survived by working odd and often illegal jobs for some of Denver’s less fortunate. His personal life is equally unsatisfactory. He can barely remember the last time he had sex, let alone the last time he got to use somebody hard and rough, the way he likes. Fate intervenes when a favor for a friend leads him to a pretty young rentboy named Taylor Reynolds. Taylor’s spent the last few years on his own, working as a hustler, going home with anybody who’ll give him a warm meal and a place to sleep. He enjoys having a bit of force used against him, and he makes Warren an offer he can’t refuse — all the sex he wants, as rough and dirty as he likes, in exchange for room and board. At first, Warren thinks he’s struck gold. Taylor’s the perfect roommate — he cooks, he cleans, and he’s dynamite in the sack. But Taylor has some dark demons in his head and some even darker cravings. Falling for somebody as volatile as Taylor is dangerous enough, but when Taylor’s urges turn truly self-destructive, it’ll be up to Warren to decide just how far to let things go.
Stephanie Harper received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Fairfield University with an emphasis in fiction. Her debut poetry collection, Sermon Series, was published in September 2017 with Finishing Line Press. Her work can be found in The Huffington Post, HelloGiggles, HerStories, Feminine Collective, Matador Review, Poetry Quarterly, Midwest Literary Magazine, Haiku Journal, and Spry Literary Journal. She lives in Littleton, CO.
Award-winning author Theresa Crater brings ancient temples, lost civilizations, and secret societies back to life in her visionary fiction. She has published three novels to date, Under the Stone Paw, Beneath the Hallowed Hill, and The Star Family. Her short stories explore ancient myth brought into the present day. The Star Family won the 2015 Indie Spiritual Book Award in the fiction category. She blogs with the Visionary Fiction Alliance and Women Write the Rockies, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She teaches meditation and is a speaker on tours with the Khemit School of Ancient Mysticism. Currently, she teaches creative writing and British lit.