The following authors have generously donated their short stories and e-books to the free-e-reads project. Click on their name in their bio to discover their work!
Ian Barker has always dabbled in writing since leaving school. However, he spent almost 20 years working in IT before he discovered that writing about computers was easier than fixing them. He is a former editor of PC Utilities magazine and now a freelance technology journalist who lives and works in Greater Manchester, UK. He has written two novels and he doesn’t own a dishwasher. www.iandavidbarker.co.uk
Mark Bastable – author, journalist, musician, public speaker – lives on the edge of London with his American wife and his teenage daughters. Back before he took on that responsibility, he was a columnist for GQ and Esquire, and a contributor to TV sketch shows. His unique and compelling novel The Penny Falls is available here, as well as two volumes of The Twisted Thread short stories, for those who like a surprise ending. The Man Up At The Miller Place – a psychohorror novella – is published here for the first time as a standalone book.
José H. Bográn is an international author of novels, short stories and scripts for television and film. He’s the son of a journalist, but ironically prefers to write fiction rather than facts. His genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw a twist of romance into the mix. José is a member of The Crime Writers Association, The Author’s Guild, the Short Fiction Writers Guild, and the International Thriller Writers, where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and Assistant Editor of their official e-zine The Big Thrill. He lives in Honduras with his wife, three sons, and a lucky dog.
Larry Buege earned a B.S. (chemistry) and a B.A. (psychology) from Michigan State University and taught chemistry and physics for two years before returning to school to become a physician assistant. He worked as a PA in a maximum security prison, an inpatient psychiatric ward, and in a small hospital emergency room. When doctors discovered cancer on his vocal cord, he took to writing in hopes of earning a living. In addition to seven novels, he has published numerous short stories and Native American articles in national and international magazines. He resides with his wife along the southern shore of Lake Superior. www.gastropodpublishing.com
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell’s works have won the ITW Thriller, the Bruce Alexander, and the Macavity awards and been nominated for the Barry, Mary Higgins Clark, GoodReads Choice, APPY, RT Reviewers Choice, and Shriekfest Film Festival awards. She and her husband live in Hawaii where they are in lockdown with a very noisy cat. www.rebeccacantrell.com
Donna Carrick is the author of 3 mystery novels: The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling’s Map, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God. Her 3rd full-length crime novel, The First Excellence, won the 2011 Indie Book Event Award for excellence in fiction. She has also collaborated with fellow authors in her capacity as an independent publisher and author to produce six outstanding multi-author anthologies: EFD1: Starship Goodwords, World Enough and Crime, and four volumes of the Mesdames of Mayhem’s critically acclaimed “Thirteen” series Thirteen, 13 O’Clock, 13 Claws and In the Key of 13 (Carrick Publishing.) Watch for A Grave Diagnosis, coming out Fall, 2020. Her own short stories can be found collected in North on the Yellowhead.
Mikel B. Classen has been writing about northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan’s north country. He’s written about Upper Peninsula history, travel, outdoors, the environment and many other subjects. A journalist, historian, photographer and author with a fascination for the world around him, he enjoys researching and writing about lost stories from the past. Currently he is managing editor of the U.P. Reader and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. His latest book is Points North.
Rachel Elizabeth Cole is the author of eight books in a mix of genres, from heartfelt to humourous–but her favourite will always be middle grade fiction. Currently, she is at work on her fourth novel in The Rabbit Ate My … series. Her favourite season is autumn, she prefers tea to coffee, and wishes every morning began at ten a.m. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia, with her husband, their two sons, and one very spoiled house rabbit. www.rachelelizabethcole.com
Matty Dalrymple is the author of the Lizzy Ballard thrillers Rock Paper Scissors, Snakes and Ladders, and The Iron Ring; the Ann Kinnear suspense novels The Sense of Death and The Sense of Reckoning; and the Ann Kinnear suspense shorts, including Close These Eyes and Write in Water. Matty lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their three dogs. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Brandywine Valley Writers Group.
Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense novel The Marsh King’s Daughter published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in 25 other languages. She is the co-founder of the online writers’ community Backspace, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors. Her next psychological suspense, The Wicked Sister, will publish August 4, 2020. Karen enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs. www.karen-dionne.com
The majority of Rob Edwards working life has been in the video and film production world, giving him ample experience with storytelling and the creative process. He has written throughout his career and is now transforming his efforts to the page, rather than the screen. His first book, Seven Tails of Christmas is available here. Visit his website at: www.rob-edwards.net
Melanie Hooyenga is the author of the multi-award-winning Rules Series, a YA sports romance series about girls from Colorado falling in love and learning to stand up on their own. Her YA trilogy, The Flicker Effect, is about a teen who uses sunlight to travel back to yesterday. The first book, Flicker, won first place for Middle Grade/Young Adult in the Writer’s Digest 2015 Self-Published eBook awards. When not at her day job as Communications Director at a local nonprofit, you can find her wrangling her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers, Sylvia Hubbard has independently published over 50 novels. As an avid blogger, social media manager & digital strategist, Sylvia has received numerous awards and literary recognition for her work, plus has had seven #1 Bestsellers. She also a speaker, literary encourager & busy mompreneur expert. www.sylviahubbard.com
Amy Klco is the author of seven fiction books for various aged readers and is currently working on a non-fiction book about supporting our “tender-hearted” children. She has been in the field of education for over sixteen years. She has master’s degrees in education, literacy education, and special education and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. Klco lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband in a small maple forest. You can find out more about her and her books at enchantmentpress.com.
Bob Mayer is a NY Times Bestselling author and graduate of West Point. He was an Infantry platoon leader, a Battalion Scout platoon leader and Brigade recon platoon leader in the First Cav Division. Then he joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A-Team as well as other special duty assignments. He’s had over 75 books published and sold over 5 million, including the #1 series The Green Berets, Shadow Warriors, Area 51, Atlantis and the Time Patrol. He previously wrote under multiple pen names including Robert Doherty, Greg Donegan, Joe Dalton and Bob McGuire. Download more free e-books at bobmayer.com/freebies
Founded by author M.H. Callway in collaboration with author and Indie publisher Donna Carrick, the Mesdames of Mayhem are a collective of critically acclaimed Canadian crime writers. Our mission is to support and grow recognition for the Canadian Crime Writing industry. Many of our members are genre Award recipients or nominees. All are established in the Canadian crime scene. Together we have created four outstanding anthologies: Thirteen, an anthology of crime stories, 13 O’Clock, 13 Claws and our latest, In the Key of 13. The Toronto Star’s Jack Batten calls In the Key of 13 “Ingenious…diabolical…sinister…”
Rick Mofina is a former journalist and an award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. His reporting has put him face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. He has covered a horrific serial-killing case in California and an armored car-heist in Las Vegas, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD Air Support Division and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. The International Thriller Writers, The Private Eye Writers of America, and the Crime Writers of Canada, have listed his titles among the best in crime fiction. As a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award, a four-time International Thriller Award finalist, and a two-time Shamus Award finalist, the Library Journal calls him, “One of the best thriller writers in the business.”
After a long career in corporate life, Terry Shepherd decided to follow a lifelong dream and study the craft of Detective Fiction. He created his protagonist, Jessica Ramirez, in December of 2018 and has been putting her in peril ever since. His first full length thriller, Chasing Vega, debuts this summer. Terry and his wife live in Jacksonville, Florida, just minutes from their children and grandchildren. Terry also writes kids’ books about the “Waterford Detectives” so his grandson can always have a starring role. Find him on the web at TerryShepherd.com
Kelly Simmons is the author of 6 acclaimed novels that have sold in 12 countries, including her latest, Where She Went, and the upcoming Not My Boy, January 2021. She teaches in the Drexel University MFA program and is a member of Tall Poppy Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers of America and The Liars Club, where she co-hosts a weekly podcast for writers and readers. Follow her on Instagram @kellyasimmons or twitter @kellysimmons. Or visit kellysimmonsbooks.com