S.C. Barrus

May 27, 2014

S.C. Barrus is an author/publisher whose debut novel, Discovering Aberration, was released in January of 2014. Set in an alternate Victorian era, the steampunk adventure follows Freddy Fitzgerald, a rebellious writer and ex-scuttler, and Thaddeus Lumpen, a desperate archaeologist with a slew of dangerous rivals. Together they will stop at nothing to make the discovery of a lifetime. But their island destination hides its own dark secrets which can push even the strongest minds into madness.

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Barrus has been seriously writing since 2011, when he began publishing short stories and poems in small literary journals. In 2013, he began to explore self-publishing with his short story Midway Between Heaven and Hell.

He founded his own publishing company, Away & Away Publishing, in 2014 and, with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, released Discovering Aberration under Away & Away’s imprint. Readers can learn more at READ MORE


Jake Crawley

April 1, 2014

Tired of having to use the wife’s wine bottle opener to crack a cold one, Savannah, Georgia resident Jake Crawley decided to come up with something tougher, stronger, and manlier. A few hours (and drinks) later, the original Bottle Wrench was born. Soon after Jake made the first Wrench, people started asking about his new opener and wanted to know where they could get their own. Thus, the online Bottle Wrench shop opened in 2011 and has been growing ever since.

These days, Jake runs the day-to-day operations of the shop and maintains the company’s various social media.

Those interested in purchasing a Bottle Wrench of their own can do so at or via their Etsy shop.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Crazy, I never really know what I’m going to walk into each morning. Most days are filled with packing/shipping orders (we ship within 24 hours), hand forming Bottle Wrenches, pre-cutting 550-paracord and all of the other fun office work to boot! READ MORE


Haunted Summer

October 27, 2014

The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures, and with their 2013 EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including, among others, The Polyphonic Spree, Taken By Trees, Laura Stevenson, The Radar Brothers, and Avi Buffalo. They have toured the country and played venues such as Amoeba Hollywood, The Echoplex, The Great American Music Hall, The Troubadour, The El Rey Theatre and many more.

Having just completed a nine-date tour with Islands and other tour dates with David J of Bauhaus and Jacco Gardner, plus a 14-date headlining tour across the country, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their enchantingly-psychedelic sound to the mainstream. Upcoming Haunted Summers shows will also feature Grammy winner Carla Morrison and acclaimed band Deafheaven. READ MORE


Sheila Hageman

September 21, 2016
Sheila Hageman

In her 2012 memoir Stripping Down, author Sheila Hageman invited readers to join her on a confessional examination of her life choices, emotions and insecurities. With remarkable candor, the former stripper and nude model bared her soul and examined the events and decisions that had helped to shape her into the woman she had become.

A graduate of Hunter College, where she was the valedictorian of her class in 2002 and later received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Hageman has taught Creative Writing, Composition and Literature at the University of Bridgeport, Housatonic Community College, Hunter College, Kaplan University and the College of New Rochelle. In addition, she is a certified and nationally registered yoga teacher through Integral Yoga Institute of New York City and the Yoga Alliance. READ MORE


Billy Grima

February 17, 2016
Billy Grima

In October of 2015, at the 3rd Annual International Music and Entertainment Association Awards, Canadian singer/songwriter Billy Grima was the proud recipient of the Best Adult Contemporary Artist Award. For Grima, 2015 was a year of remarkable achievements, as his album Sugar & Cream received critical acclaim and radio airplay on more than 100 stations across North America and over 500 around the world.

Born in Australia, Grima started writing at a young age and was singing in the church choir by the age of eight, and when he was 15, Grima and his family moved to Toronto. His first album, I’m Just Standing, is a rock-pop blend influenced by the sounds of the 1980s. He followed this up with A Little Piece of Heaven, which was dedicated to the underprivileged, with all of the proceeds from the album’s sales going towards helping the homeless and children in need. In September of 2014, Grima released Sugar & Cream — produced and engineered by Pete Swann (Glass Tiger’s Alan Connely, Adrian and Justin Lifeson) — a collection of heartfelt songs about happiness, pain, and relationships both good and bad. READ MORE