The Final Four – Nancy Holzner, Elizabeth Heiter, Gina Sterling, & Jordin Mack!

Every book convention must have authors, and since July, I’ve been showcasing each one who will be joining us in Troy, MI for Rust City 2016. Author registration closed on May 1st, which means, today I am showcasing the final four of the forty-seven authors who I am planning lots of bookish shenanigans with. I still have a couple who are hiding in their books, deadlines and such you know, so there may be a few more roaming the halls of the Troy Marriott; but if you want to know who they are, you’ll have to join us in August.

I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you’ll find, what you’ll like, until you take a leap of faith. So I encourage EVERYONE to check out not only these four fabulous authors, but all of our 2016 attending authors!

Nancy Holzner

HolznerN.200pxNancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a PhD.

She began her career as a medievalist, then jumped off the tenure track to try some other things. Besides teaching English and philosophy, she’s worked as a technical writer, freelance editor and instructional designer, college admissions counselor, and corporate trainer. Most of her nonfiction books are published under the name Nancy Conner.

Nancy lives in central New York, where she enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.

Learn more about Nancy by following her at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest

Elizabeth Heiter

HeiterE.200pxCritically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in a dozen countries and translated into seven languages.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. The heroine of Elizabeth’s Profiler novels was called “one of the most amazing characters created in print” by Fresh Fiction, and her latest Lawmen novel won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Intrigue.

Learn more about Elizabeth by following her at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest

Gina Sterling

SterlingG.200pxI live outside Detroit with my husband, three kids, and a dog named Mel. I quit my job in the medical field seven years ago to be a stay-at-home mom. Then, three years ago, I started writing for fun after I caught myself watching Dora the Explorer by myself. My life is often frantic, but nothing melts away the stress better than a book, whether I’m reading one or writing.

Learn more about Gina by following her at: Website | Facebook

Jordin Mack

I was born and raised in Detroit amidst the harsh conditions of inner-city urban life where I saw the worst of dark times and the best of bright times. I went on to attend college, earning a master’s degree in Business and embarking on a long career in Corporate America. Then one day, I was reflecting on how I used to enjoy the art of writing. So I decided to stop thinking about it and to just do it, start writing again. It is the trilogy of my experiences in street, academia and corporate life that provides the unique style in my literary expressions, which has been exemplified in my debut novel, The Kokuran.

Learn more about Jordin by following her at: Website | Facebook | GoodReads

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Don’t miss your chance to meet some amazing authors at Rust City Book Con next August! Come join us in our celebration of all things genre fiction in the Motor City! Registration is now open for #RustCity16!

Be sure to keep up with all things Rust City 2016, by following it via your own personal social media drug of choice: Facebook |Twitter | Google+ | Tumblr | Instagram | RSVP at the Facebook Event.

Let’s Do a Big Thunderclap!

If an effort to spread the word about Rust City as far as I can, I’ve created a Thunderclap campaign that will go out on May 3rd. If you have a facebook, twitter, or tumblr account and are willing to add your support, I would greatly appreciate it!

Shelf Addiction’s Live Interview with AJ Norris

Tamara from Shelf Addiction, one of Rust City’s fabulous bloggers, is conducting live interviews with our #RustCity16 authors. AJ Norris was the latest to stop by, with details about her debut novel, Healing Hearts, attending Rust City, and more! Check it out below.

Coming up this weekend, CK Brooke will be chatting with Tamara about The Duchess Quest, her upcoming Capturing the Captain, and more! If there’s something you want to know, tweet @shelfaddiction with the hashtag #salivefeature to submit questions via Twitter before the event goes live.

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Joining #RustCity16 – J. Leigh Bailey & Donald Levin!

Every book convention must have authors. There’s no question about it and I am working hard to ensure that we not only have a ton of fun people to hang out with, but there’s a wide range of genre talent as well. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you’ll find, what you’ll like, until you take a leap of faith.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to two more fabulous authors who will be taking the plunge with me and coming to Rust City 2016! Make sure you keep an eye out as more authors are announced!

J. Leigh Bailey

BaileyJL.200pxJ. Leigh Bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character’s name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.

Learn more about J. Leigh by following her at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | GoodReads | Amazon | Tumblr

Donald Levin

LevinD.200pxDonald Levin is an award-winning fiction writer and poet. His latest book, Guilt in Hiding, is the third entry in his Martin Preuss series; the previous books are Crimes of Love and The Baker’s Men. He is also the author of The House of Grins, a novel, and two books of poetry, In Praise of Old Photographs, and New Year’s Tangerine. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan, the setting for the Preuss mystery series.

Learn more about Donald by following her at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon

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Don’t miss your chance to meet some amazing authors at Rust City Book Con next August! Come join us in our celebration of all things genre fiction in the Motor City! Registration is now open for #RustCity16!

Be sure to keep up with all things Rust City 2016, by following it via your own personal social media drug of choice: Facebook |Twitter | Google+ | Tumblr | Instagram | RSVP at the Facebook Event.