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Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

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Iowa Authore Fest will be at the covered bridge festival on the north side of the square in space N13 on October 12th and 13th, 9 to5 each day. Please stop by our tent and pick up our novels for your fall reading enjoyment. We will have several new authors with us this year. Alethea Cook will have her premiere novel ‘Just Wing It’ for your pleasure along with several new novels and colorbook from Iowa Author Fest regulars, Jordyn Meryl, Sue Raymond / Lady Landora, Larry Stumbo, Julie Hamm, LaVina Vanorny-Barcus, Kathryn Daugherty.

Winners!

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Here are the winners of today’s raffle at the book signing in Rosedale Center Mall, Roseville, Minnesota. Eric Jacob won the chest piece and Andre Miller won the dress for his daughter.

 

I also want to thank the mystery patron who was so thoughtful to authors at the book signing by sending us vases of beautiful flowers. Your kindness made our day. Thank you again.

I also want to thank Michel Prince for heading up this book signing. She did a fantastic job pulling it together after the horrible car accident she was in recently.

Wanted Readers for Iowa Author Fest

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WANTED READERS

Readers wanted to come out to Iowa Author Fest at Jasper Winery, George Flagg Parkway,Des Moines; on August 6th 11:00 to 3:00. Fill your book shelves with signed books from the authors, listen to music,eat some food, sip some wine by the glass,buy by the bottle to take home,listen to authors read from their books and win a basket swag per raffle, must be present to win.

Children welcome, other drinks available other than wine.

Feature Authors Appearing at Iowa Author Fest

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MATTHEW DAVENPORT

 lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his beautiful wife, Ren. He spends his time writing, reading, and working to promote and support
writing communities in Iowa through his company Davenport Writes, LLC. You can keep track of Matthew through his twitter account @spazenport.
You can follow his blog at http://davenportwrites.com

 

KELINA KILTS Kellina Kilts was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Norwalk High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in business. Her passion for writing did not reveal itself until at age 27. She attributes Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for inspiring her novel Angel of Hell. She currently lives in Mason City, Iowa with the youngest of her three children.

 

JEANNE MARTZJeanne Martz, a graduate of Iowa State University, has a love for Iowa, the rural Midwest, and small town American life, which fueled the writing of The Creekers, a collection of short stories (published 2013) and her new novel, The Women of Swenson Farm set in Story County, Iowa. Jeanne lives in Pleasant Hill, Iowa with her husband Jim, and other family nearby. 

 

RICKY DRAGONI  rickydragoni@yahoo.comI’m originally from Puerto Rico but have spent half of my life in Iowa.  My favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  My books are based on reality but sprinkled with a good dose of faerie dust.  I hope my books can be entertaining but also thought provoking.

Featured Authors at Iowa Author Fest

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BIRDIE HAWKS ajsfcng7@netins.net Romance

Birdie Hawks is from Iowa and has been married for 36 years. She is retired from the Iowa Army National Guard and as a federal technician. She has two sons, 12 grandkids and 3 great grandkids.

GRACE AUGUSTINE  Internationally known Amazon best-selling author, Grace Augustine, grew up in Northern Montana. She considers herself a Jill of most trades. She is the mother of two adult sons and a 2 yr old cat named Bou. Grace makes her home in Hiawatha, Iowa and can be reached at graceau57@gmail.com

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EMILY WHITAKER emilyewhitaker@gmail.comEmily Whitaker studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and at Circle in the Square Theatre School. She wrote Benvolio to introduce Shakespeare to young adult readers. Emily Whitaker sticks to the original plot as seen through Benvolio’s eyes while showing the unfounded belief that love will conquer all.

 

JULES DIXON www.julesdixon.comFuzzy sock collector, martini connoisseur, and dandelion lover, author Jules Dixon writes contemporary romance, including the Triple R Series of five New Adult romance titles, and the Cherry County Cowboys series of male/male cowboy contemporary romance, including titles Spurs, Chaps, and Whips. You can find Jules at www.amazon.com/Jules-Dixon/e/B00PUSNF90/.

Feature Authors for Iowa Author Fest

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KAREN CARR  www.karenmcarr.vpweb.com

Karen’s new book published in January 2016 is Mystery at Burr Oak: A Dog Named Wang. It is a cozy mystery/romance inspired by her mother’s dog, Wang.  Another children’s book, she wrote with her 6 year old granddaughter, is currently in the publishing process (What Is That Strange Noise?).  She continues to work on a tween chapter book series and a historical Christian romance.

JOYCE KNOCKSRetired educator and a “newbie author” of two children’s books. Active with tennis, duplicate bridge, flower gardening and community volunteering. Recently read her book “I am NOT dumb and I am NOT a stinky butt!” to 2000+ Des Moines elementary students.   jmbknock@q.com.

WENDY SIEFKEN wendyand charlessifken@yahoo,com

Wendy Siefken (1966-Present) currently is a stay at home mom who works on writing stories and marketing the published books. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends. This all started as a school project for her youngest son and business partner, Charles Siefken, which has grown into a desire to be published.

CHARLES SIEFKEN (1992-present) is a recent graduate Automotive Tech School. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading science fiction books and playing video games among other things. Christopher Paolini was his inspiration to become a writer.

Today’s Featured Authors at Iowa Author Fest

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J.C. HAMM  hamboart.jc@gmail.com

Emerging from the dark world of drugs, abuse, and  domestic violence, Because of Me, is a story about starting over and the lessons learned from past mistakes.

SUE RAYMOND https://sueraymondladylaindora.wordpress.com

Lady Laindora dwells in the imagination of author  Sue Raymond. There many tales are spun of adventure with dragons, wizards, knights, and  spells. Lady Laindora’s first  novel  is Healer of Surflex. Sue writes crime  murder mystery DeBois series and a drama novel Resin La Rock. Five children books loom in the future.

ANN MORRIS http://www.authorannmorris.comWriting is both a method of communication and a means of expression. When I write children’s books in English and Spanish, I am not only writing learning experiences for children, but the books also serve as motivational learning for those studying the respective languages

Iowa Author Fest

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Iowa Author Fest promotes the creative arts of writing, painting, and music from Iowa. It will be held at Jasper winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone number (515) 282-9463,  August 6th,2016. The hours will be 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This year there will be twenty-five authors, a photographer, live music and food from local food vendors. Jasper winery will be selling wine by the glass as you listen to great music and buying the next novel from your favorite author. Iowa Author Fest is sponsoring a short story writing contest to Iowa high school students. top prizes will be $100, $75, and $50. The rules for the contest can be found at iowaauthorfest.wordpress…. Iowa Author Fest will be having a drawing for four gift baskets. One per hour will given away at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm. You must be present to win basket. The authors will be reading from their novels every fifteen minutes in the barrel room. Come and join in on the great time with music, food and books.

2016 Iowa Author Fest

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This year’s Iowa Author Fest is to be held August 6th, 11am to 3pm, at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, Iowa. There will be limited space this year, so first come first served, sorry. Cost $40.00 per author, includes table and chair. I was planning on increasing the number of authors each year but because of downtown construction and cost we changed the venue for this year. Also we will have a room to hold fifteen minute readings for about sixteen (16) authors during our time at Jasper Winery. This will be first come first served also.

Depending on the number of books you have published, you may have to share a space with another author.

I have set up another e-mail address strictly for Iowa Author Fest and I will keep this email, B2013k@outlook.com , open for my use.

New Iowa Author Fest e-mail will be: IaAuFe@outlook.com

Thank you for participating in one or both previous two events. I look forward to seeing again this year.

Thank you

Larry Stumbo and associates.

Wizard World Comi Con in Des Moines

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Hi,  Wizard World, Comic Con was last weekend. Two authors and I went in together to have a corner booth in artist alley. Compare to last year, attendance was way down. I do not know exactly why it happened, but I have a couple ideas, and one was there was not enough advertisement by Wizard World. I know all the vendors used what advertisement was available to they to help promote the event, however, it is up to the event coordinators to lay down some dollars for the advertisement for a great turn out. This aside, we did have a great time with all the customers that did show up and all the costumes. You can view some of the great costumes on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Raymond-225158640843063/ . I was able to meet Kevin Sorbo and tell him I really appreciated him in ‘God is Not Dead’ movie. I also was able to give him a copy of my book ‘Resin La Rock’. He is a very polite and nice person to meet. His son was also pleasant to talk to.

If you ever get to meet him please make sure that you express your appreciation for his efforts to bring great entertainment to the public.

You can find my novels at amzn.to/1u92UUj

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