Visit me at the Chicago Book Expo this Sunday

Visit me and 36 other Chicago authors this Sunday, November 24, at the Chicago Book Expo, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Uptown Neighborhood at St. Augustine College, 1345 W. Argyle in Chicago. There you'll be able to buy an autographed copy of my historical novel, "Madness: The War of 1812" at a bargain price.

cover 1812Find out why the War of 1812 is the nation’s most ill conceived and poorly executed war. Live the war through the eyes of ordinary Americans in this fast-paced historical novel. While perhaps the least-remembered war, it may be the most consequential, because a loss would have doomed the America we know today.

Rick Kogan said the story offers “… a compelling cast of characters in an action-packed tale. Grounded solidly in deep historical research and understanding, this is a remarkable accomplishment that makes terrific reading.”

Zay Smith said the book “…is a choice yarn of war and intrigue. It is the kind of yarn Tom Clancy, say, might tell us about 1812—if Clancy were as sweet a writer as Dennis Byrne.”

Goodreads readers ranked it among the best books about the War of 1812.

Named Best General Fiction Book of 2013 by the Great Midwest Book Festival.

Awarded Honorable Mention in General Fiction at the New York Book Fest.

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Here are the other authors who will be there:

Toni Apicelli A Sixties Story describes the author’s journey from high-school cheerleader to the sixties counterculture movement. She writes about the forces that influenced and changed her world during those tumultuous years filled with idealism, activism, assassination, riots, sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and peace, love, and good vibes.

Martha Bayne is a writer and editor whose work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, The Baffler, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and the Chicago Reader. Founder of the Soup & Bread series of hunger-relief fundraisers based at Chicago’s Hideout bar and music club, she is author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate Publishing, 2011) and was the recipient of a 2012 Time Out Chicago “Eat Out” award for “Most Palatable Evangelism.” Currently, she serves as associate managing editor of Plate, a magazine for professional chefs, is a company member with Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, and tends bar at the Hideout on Wednesday afternoons.

J. Eric Booker is a brand-new author who has written and published three indie books that can be purchased on nearly all of the major book websites—available as a beautiful 6×9 paperback for $14.99 or as an e-book for $.99. The first book he wrote is a Chicagoland-based whodunnit mystery-horror called The Making, while his other two are a part of an Epic Fantasy Trilogy, in which the first is entitled The Swords of the Sultan and the second is The Reign of the Sultan.

Shari Brady is the award-winning author of Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye, a novel about one family’s struggle to cope after losing a family member to addiction. Through sixteen-year-old Carmella’s eyes, we witness the courage and strength it takes to overcome the consequences of grief, guilt and co-dependency.

Susan Brauer is founder and president of the publishing company, Dreamers Tapestry, Inc. Her published autobiography Just Keep Dancing is a tapestry of abuse and triumph and an in-depth portrait of courage, self-help, and success that can inspire anyone. She is also a columnist for the Womens Linked Local Network.

Greg Borzo, an award-winning journalist, has written several books about Chicago, bicycling, transportation, and history. To share his passion for these subjects, he gives talks and tours for various organizations, including the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Cycling Club and Forgotten Chicago. He lives in the South Loop to better enjoy all the art & architecture, culture & history, biking & “L” and writing & reading opportunities that Chicago offers.

Jessica Cage is a paranormal author from Chicago. Through her High Arc series, she hopes to empower young women and give them real characters to connect to (even though they are vampires). Her goal is to show young women that you don’t just come into power, we are not born warriors, that is something you have to work for. Jessica chose to follow her dream to be a writer not only to reach out to young readers but also to inspire her own son. If she can chase down her dreams, so can he.

E.C. Diskin Abby Donovan is a Chicago attorney, driven and focused. When a single misstep late one night takes her into a new and dangerous world, she’s compelled to investigate, despite the risks. But she must hurry. Someone is watching. Someone ready to destroy her carefully constructed life.

Karen Doornebos is the author of Undressing Mr. Darcy, to be published by Berkley, Penguin in December 2013. Her first novel, Definitely Not Mr. Darcy, has been published in three countries and garnered a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Doornebos lives near Chicago. Join her on Twitter and Facebook.

Mary Driver-Thiel has had short stories published in a variety of online and print literary magazines. The World Undonea story of three women, one secret, and the power of family ties, is her first novel. She is currently working on the sequel.

Dianne Gallagher Life is never a straight line. For over a decade, Dianne Gallagher edited, critiqued, and ghosted a variety of fiction and nonfiction pieces. As projects she worked on were placed with notable agencies, Dianne decided to start writing for herself. The result is her Chicago thriller, Too Dark to Sleep. Show special: She will be giving away one signed paperback of her Chicago noir thriller, Too Dark to Sleep, every hour during the Chicago Book Expo.

Kellee Gilmore is the author of the paranormal romance novel, Mahogany Sin, book one of the Valerie Chambers Series. Mahogany Sin has been described as a paranormal thrill ride by Windy City Reviews. This sultry and electrifying novel will keep you guessing until the very end. Show special: Participants can pay $1 for a raffle ticket to win a signed copy of her novel, Mahogany Sin.

Garrett Glass is the author of Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders, an historical fiction book covering the first 25 years of early Christianity.  The second book in the series, Jehoshua: Conflagration, will be released in a few months.  Garrett’s third book, Who Cut God’s Hair?, was published this October.

M.L. Hardy

Darryl Harvey

Blake Hausladen Armed with an English degree from Ripon College and an MBA from Chicago’s Stuart School of Business, Blake has enjoyed a sixteen-year career in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry. He currently works in Chicago and writes in his free time.

Bree Housley We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story About Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes is a memoir that chronicles Bree Housley’s attempt to memorialize the girl who stuck by her through bang perms and braces…and changed her life forever. Finalist for CWA’s Book of the Year award.

Yorli Huff ”The Veil Of Victory” tells the story of Yorli’s amazing journey and triumph over child sexual, spousal abuse, spousal suicide and severe work discrimination. “Superhero Huff” is a comic book series that is about a strong young black female undercover police officer that has special powers from birth.

Toneal Jackson

Donnie Light

Marc Livingston

Amy Joy Lutchen Renhala, an urban fantasy set in Chicago, is about a young woman’s journey through humility, a transformation of self, and ultimately empowerment. Besides mastering a new weapon and dealing with her beloved mother’s declining health, she will learn that monsters are not always wrapped in ugly packages.

Bob McCray is a community college journalism teacher and writer who lives with his wife in Evanston, Illinois.  He has published hundreds of articles, short stories, and essays in local, national, and regional publications, including Outdoor Life, Ski, Runner’s World, and Mother Earth News. He and his wife are avid runners, skiers, and kayakers, and are dedicated Argentine Tango dancers.

Erin Goseer Mitchell  Born Colored is about generations of a family living in the deep South prior to the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Bloody Sunday (March 7, 1965) was the day that 200 troopers beat 500 peaceful marchers with billy clubs, whips, and tear gas as they attempted to walk from Selma to Montgomery. Mitchell’s book captures this “boiling over” which she sees as the result of years and years of emotional and physical injuries. By simply telling the truth, she captures the tyranny upon which the Movement was built.

Victoria Noe is the author of the award-winning Friend Grief series. The first three books, on anger, AIDS and 9/11, tell the stories of people who struggled with grief, but (like the author) changed their lives to honor their friends.

Jim Proebstle is the author of Fatal Incident, a WW II historical fiction story of conspiracy, espionage and human emotions based on a true story of an unresolved military air disaster in Alaska, and In the Absence of Honor, a story of Native American corruption in casinos where conspiracy, power, greed, and love are center stage.

Rit Rathi The main concept of this book is to demonstrate the facts about non-immigrants as students, who come here with a real purpose of getting higher education. United States is the land of opportunity. Young people, especially students, want to come to the United States. With what they go through to come here, do they really succeed and fulfill their dreams or do they end up somewhere else facing real challenges of life?

Roger Rueff Discovering the Soul of Your Story sheds a bright new light on how to create and develop stories of any genre, type, form, or medium. Its principles, insights, and practical step-by-step methods help the storyteller to generate and groom stories that are fresh, alive, meaningful, and moving.

Dmitry Samarov is a painter and writer in Chicago. He is the author of Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and the forthcoming WHERE TO? A Hack Memoir (Curbside Splendor, 2014). He no longer drives a cab.

Jaymie Simmon, author of The God Gene

Gerry and Janet Souter have been full-time author/historians since 1997. The Constitution is their 54th traditionally published book. Their platforms include US history, military history, fine arts, biography, memoir, and young adult.

Candace George Thompson The perfect holiday present: Gold Medal-awarded Still Having Fun, a Portrait of the Military Marriage of Rex and Bettie George, 1941–2007 by Air Force brat Candace George Thompson is a romance, a history lesson, an ode to military spouses, and an entertaining read with a few guaranteed tears.

Susan Vondrak

Dominique Wilkins is a married mother of five children who writes short stories to which everyone can relate to in the urban Christian fiction genre. The stories are meant to encourage her readers and provide them with resources to keep them going and doing better. Enjoy stories about bad parents; jealous neighbors; backstabbing friends; cheating and unconditional love…

Roger Wright Want to start thinking differently about finding work? Already know how to network, interview, and write resumes? Need more? Finding Work When There Are No Jobs prompts your individual search. Using story telling in an entertaining array of topics, questions and five core principles, this book is like a friend on your search.

Barbara Joan Zeitz Unmask the real women linked/to Lady Liberty, Lady Godiva/refrigeration, relativity, a bridge/in  Brooklyn, a bus boycott, the/DNA in you, the cell phone in/your hand, cherry blossoms in DC,/and more in: A Thesaurus of Women From Cherry Blossoms to Cell Phones.

Mark Zubro is the author of twenty-six books set in Chicago. In his mystery novels if you are racist, homophobic, or a school administrator, you are quite likely the corpse. If you are one of those things and you aren’t the corpse, be afraid, be very afraid.


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