Authors

J. McAfee

April 17, 2015
J. McAfee Healer

An avid reader of classic, historical and paranormal fiction, J. McAfee has traveled the world in search of sacred times, places and spaces, and in 2014, she released her debut novel, Healer. The first book in her Knower series, Healer is a unique blending of paranormal and historical fiction that introduces the reader to Grace, a woman who is thrown into a whirlwind of impossible choices and supernatural forces. In an instant, her life is changed when she discovers that she is a member of an ancient race that has sworn to protect humanity from the forces of evil. Now she and the last remaining Knowers must join together with an eclectic group of mortals to defend the planet against a demonic army that aims to destroy everything in their path.

McAfee is currently working on Seer, the next book in the Knower series. To learn more about her and her work, visit www.knowerchronicles.com.

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Actors & Actresses

Vinicius Machado

April 16, 2015
Vinicius Machado

Actor Vinicius Machado’s love of performing began with dancing Capoeira, a form of Brazilian martial arts, which eventually led to major roles in local theater productions, commercials, television shows and feature films. Born in Rio De Janeiro and raised in Orlando, Machado found success on Nickelodeon’s hit series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, which he starred on for nine episodes in 2006 and 2007.

Machado has since appeared on several series including Cold Case, CSI: Miami, NCIS and The Shield, and in 2008, he starred alongside Steve Carell in the big screen remake of Get Smart. Currently, Machado stars as the controversial Nomar Arcielo on the hit STARZ series Power, which was recently picked up for a second season, and he was recognized as the “fastest rising Latino talent on TV today” by American Latino TV.

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Authors

Stuart Thaman

April 15, 2015
Stuart Thaman Death of a King

Back in May of 2014, we met Stuart Thaman, author of Vatican Massacre, a work of religious fiction that topped Amazon’s bestseller lists, and The Goblin Wars Part One: Siege of Talonrend, a fantasy novel that explored the classic conflict of man versus beast from a unique perspective. A graduate of Hillsdale College and a resident of Cincinnati, where he teaches German for the Diocese of Covington, Thaman has been writing for as long as he can remember.

In August of 2014, he released the dark psychological thriller For We Are Many, and in March of 2015, he released the second installment in the Goblin Wars series, Death of a King, in which the citizens of Talonrend take to the road in search of their ancestral home as the threat of war bears down upon them.

To learn more about Thaman and his books, visit him online at www.stuartthamanbooks.com.

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Authors

Cris Pasqueralle

April 10, 2015
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It was the Harry Potter series — and the experience of sharing in the adventures with his daughters — that led retired New York City police officer Cris Pasqueralle to become interested in the young adult fantasy genre. A voracious reader for many years, Pasqueralle decided to write a novel of his own, one that would allow kids and teens to stretch their imaginations while exploring a tale of magic, mystery and the strength of family bonds.

Published in August of 2014, Pasqueralle’s Destiny Revealed tells the story of 13-year-old twins Jack and Maddie Austin, who learn a shocking secret about their identities and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

To learn more about Pasqueralle and his work, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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Musicians

Salt Petal

March 24, 2015
Salt Petal

The city of Los Angeles is known for its diversity, and few bands represent the city’s blending of cultures better than Salt Petal, a group whose musical influences range from Argentinian folk to Brazilian tropicalia to Cumbia and up-tempo indie rock. The band’s sound is fresh and unique, showcasing deep South American rhythms with vibrant pop harmonies and textures.

Founded by Autumn Harrison and Rodrigo Gonzalez when they realized that the music they were looking for wasn’t available in Los Angeles, Salt Petal started playing in small cafes, with the positive response prompting Harrison and Gonzalez to invite talented musician friends to join the group and tour with them. The band now has a rotating roster of five to ten performers and has performed at festivals including SXSW, Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books and Make Music Pasadena.

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