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DeBois Series Review

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I received this review of my DeBois crime murder mystery series from one of my fans in Des Moines, Iowa.DeBois book set

I promised to write a review about the books I just read.
I just finished reading the five books of the DuBois series
By author Sue Raymond:
It’s a series that involves murder, crime, espionage, love,
Religion, family and mystery. You start with book one and it’s so good you can’t put it down and leaves you wanting more.
It’s also about different areas like, New York and Iowa and the sites around Iowa. I recommend these books to anyone who loves to read.

UPDATE ON IOWA AUTHOR FEST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ SHORT STORY CONTEST

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First of all, we apologize for the long period of time it took us to process the contest entries. Some already know some of this information; we received a whopping 93 entries this year. Out of these, we narrowed them down by the rules; high school student, font size and style, word count, and double spacing.
We then split those that were left into two groups; closest to the word count and alternatives that was slightly under the word count. The judges looked at the story content, grammar, and continuity. Each judge picked the top three and honorable mentions. Each story was rated and the numbers tallied. The highest tally was the first place and so on.
Letters are going out to all of the students this week to let them know their standing in the contest. The work on the anthology is in progress and the available date will be posted for the contestants and their family.
We want to thank all the students, teachers, and parents for the great participation in the contest.
Side notes about the participates: there were 35 boys and 55 girls, from over 26 high schools represented from around Iowa. We did have one seventh grader send a very good story, meeting the other criteria, but was not eligible because she was not in high school, bummer. We invite her to enter the contest when she becomes a high school student.

Featured Authors at Iowa Author Fest

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J.DURSKY Jdursky@hotmail.com

My goal in life is to entertain and inspire people through my writing. I write interactive fiction.  Inspired by the “which way” books I read as a kid, the Fallen book series is that plus more.  .  I love telling stories and I write with passion, writing what I would ultimately love to read.

JACQUELINE WINTERSJacqueline Winters writes contemporary romantic suspense, set in small Nebraskan towns like the one she grew up in. She’s a sucker for happily ever after’s, has a sweet tooth that can be sated with cupcakes, and believes sangria was possibly the best invention ever. Website: http://jacquelinewintersromance.com/

JACQUE LIEGHJacque’s first writing was a group of short stories, compiling a memoir.  One; a tale of a family Sunday afternoon drive, was printed in the Des Moines Sunday Register, in a column that featured memories of life in the 1950s.“Roots Through Time” is her first novel, that started as a fiction story of the life of her Great-grandfather and his family.

JAN WALTERS jan.walters@ebtmarketsolutions.comJan Walters lives in Warren County with her husband. Jan has four generations of men on the DMPD. With her love of the paranormal, Jan created the ‘Ghost and a Cop Series’. ‘York Street’ is the first book in the series released in 2014. ‘Red Sunset Drive’, will be released in 2016. The series focuses on a different paranormal killer in each book. Her first novel, ‘Believe’, is a time-travel romance set in Victorian England.

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.

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.