Authors

Rob Conery

July 28, 2015
Rob Conery Winterland

In addition to penning a weekly fishing column in the Cape Cod Times, Rob Conery’s writing has appeared in various publications including Cigar Aficionado, Fly Rod & Reel, Powder, The Drake, and Sand Sports. A graduate of the University of Massachussetts, Conery splits his time between a hobo camp in western Maine and his native Cape Cod, where has has spent 44 consecutive summers within walking distance of Lewis Bay.

In June of 2015, Strawberry Books published Conery’s debut novel, Winterland, which tells the story of a group of individuals who band together to save a small ski town in Colorado from a Texas oil baron who hopes to build condos and turn the region into his own personal Aspen. Protagonist “Easy” Ed Stallings, who stumbled into a small fortune during his time in Key West before he moved to Winterland and opened a bar, leads the charge against the corporate overlords who threaten to not only destroy a town, but also the residents’ way of life.

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Entrepreneurs

Ron Holt

July 27, 2015
Ron Holt

A little over 12 years ago, Ron Holt quit his high-paying corporate job in Atlanta to open Two Maids & A Mop, a small cleaning service along the panhandle of Florida. Friends and family members responded with skepticism and, in some cases, outright criticism. When the new business failed to gain any traction during the first few months, the criticism got louder, but Holt persevered.

Today, the Two Maids & A Mop system employs more than 200 people and cleans more than 400 homes per day across the United States. In 2013, Inc. Magazine recognized the company as the fastest-growing cleaning company in America. The company’s annual revenues exceeded $8 million in 2014 and recently, Two Maids & A Mop announced an aggressive expansion strategy to franchise the business across the country.

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Musicians

Cobi Mike

July 23, 2015
Cobi Mike

In 2008, Cobi Mike was one of the founding members of Gentleman Hall, a unique musical collective from Boston that quickly catapulted to success, winning the “Best Breakout Boston Artist” award from MTV, being named “Best New Local Act” by the Boston Phoenix, and performing in front of a national television audience on the Billboard Music Awards in 2011. In 2013, their music appeared in commercials for Target and Samsung as well as on the CW’s 90210 and ABC’s Pretty Little Liars.

At the conclusion of Gentleman Hall’s 2014 tour, during which they played alongside acclaimed musicians such as Young the Giant, Cee Lo Green, All American Rejects, One Republic and Beyonce, Cobi Mike decided to leave the group to record his first EP with the help of Grammy Award-winning engineer Tom Weir (Blondie, Willie Nelson) and an all-star cast of musicians including keyboardist Mia Fitz and drummer Matt Lang.

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Authors

Katie St. Claire

July 22, 2015
Katie St. Claire Author

Katie St. Claire’s approach to writing is simple: She writes about what she knows, then adds a heaping dose of imagination and fantasy that help the story stray a bit from the beaten path.

St. Claire’s first novel, Second Hand Stops: Book I: Benefactor, was released in June of 2014. The first in her acclaimed urban fantasy series The Van Burens, the book tells the story of six teens who are forced to drink a life-prolonging elixir to receive multi-million dollar inheritances and internships in New York City courtesy of mysterious anonymous benefactor. The series continued with Rewind: Book II: Immortality and came to a stunning conclusion in 2015’s Fast Forward: Book III: Generation.

An old soul who will forever remain a kid at heart, St. Claire resides in the rural north of the United States with her husband and her son. Aside from writing, she is passionate about gardening, photography and crafts. To learn more about her and her writing, visit www.katiestclairebooks.com.

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Authors

Tom Schaefer

July 17, 2015
Tom Schaefer

Much of the current crop of science-fiction writing takes place in dreary, post-apocalyptic dystopias, complete with visions of nuclear rubble, viruses, starvation and desperation. Author Tom Schaefer envisions a brighter outcome, however, one more in line with a utopia than a dystopia. In his debut novel, Tu & the Collectors, Schaefer explores the possibility that, with a little guidance, humanity could attain a bright, hopeful future.

Prior to embarking on a career as a writer, Schaefer served in the U.S. Navy submarine service, then worked for years as a computer programmer and web developer. He has long had a love of photography and art, and has been a fan of science-fiction since he was a boy.

To learn more about Schaefer and his writing, visit him online at tuandthecollectors.com.

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