Authors

Jonathan Olivier

September 30, 2016
Jonathan Olivier

Author Jonathan Olivier was raised in Port Allen, Louisiana, a small town on the Mississippi River, just a stone’s throw from Baton Rouge. Olivier attended LSU, where he wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Reveille, honing his journalism skills by reporting on topics including economic development and community issues. Since his 2013 graduation, he has worked as a freelance journalist for publications including Outside, Backpacker, and Louisiana Sportsman magazines, penning in-field gear reviews and backpacking reports, feature articles on hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor recreation, as well as general news and business reporting.

Olivier’s 2016 debut novel, Between the Levees, was inspired by not only his love for the wilderness of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin, but also as his Cajun lineage. The book tells the story of Sam Miller, a man who yearns to find his long-lost family, and travels into the swamps of Louisiana in search of clues. Along the way, he endures blistering heat, swarms of mosquitoes and a few sinister locals, but in the process, learns new lessons about family and the meaning of home.

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Actors & Actresses

Lisa Roumain

September 29, 2016
Lisa Roumain

Born in Puerto Rico, Lisa Roumain grew up on the beaches of South Florida, where she spent her childhood dancing, playing soccer, drawing, writing and reading novels. After graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Design, she worked briefly as an interior designer before she decided to pursue her dream of being an actress and began modeling and studying acting in Miami. Over the years, she has appeared in a litany of national TV commercials for brands including Nationwide Insurance, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Disney, and has been featured in print advertising for Coca-Cola, Verizon, Wells Fargo and more.

In 2004, she had a small role in Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl, and went on to appear in a series of independent films before singing on to take part in a top secret film project that would become the experience of a lifetime: James Cameron’s Avatar. Lisa was part of the exclusive Performance Capture Troupe, using her versatility to play multiple characters in the film, which was released in 2009 to critical acclaim and unrivaled box office success.

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Authors

Nicholas Tanek

September 26, 2016
The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself

Nicholas Tanek came of age in the early ’90s, a skater kid from New Jersey who listened to East Coast punk bands like The Dead Milkmen, The Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. Tanek’s musical tastes eventually expanded to include groups such as My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Smiths, and when he was 16, he went to his first illegal rave in New York City. It would prove to be a pivotal moment in his life.

Tanek, a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English, found himself staying in his parents’ basement in the days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged coastal New Jersey in October of 2012. With a generator powering his laptop, he reflected upon his life, analyzing the relationships that had shaped him. And these experiences, set against the backdrop of the rave scene, were the inspiration behind Tanek’s first book, The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself, a tale of love, hedonism and heartbreak that was published in 2013.

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Authors

Jada Ryker

September 23, 2016
Jada Ryker

She was raised in rural Kentucky, many of her younger years spent without electricity or running water. But the deprivation never broke Jada Ryker… it made her stronger. It built her character. And as an adult and an author with seven published books to her name, Jada has frequently tapped into the experiences of her younger years for inspiration.

Beginning in early 2014, with the publication of her first work, Murder Takes a Dare, Jada has quickly made a name for herself in the mystery adventure genre. Her newest novel, Take the Body and Run, was released on September 20th by Kindle Press after Jada earned a publishing contract through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program, a platform that allows readers to determine which books should be published and promoted by Amazon. Take the Body and Run is an eclectic tale of a hunted woman who hides under a dead friend’s identity, a handsome lawman, a death doctor with a fat machine, and a cranky cat with a nose for crime.

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Authors

Nicola Sinclair

September 22, 2016
Nicola Sinclair

The work of author Nicola Sinclair is a showcase for the sweeping grandeur, intrigue and romanticism of Australia, Sinclair’s homeland. Each of the three books in her Peter’s Junction series — Secret, Promise, and Redemption — are not only fascinating portraits of flawed characters who find solace in one another, but also glimpses into day-to-day life in the country that Sinclair loves so dearly.

Sinclair’s most recent novel, Redemption, tells the story of Paul Blakely, a man intent on spending the rest of his life alone and miserable as atonement for his past actions. But when he crosses paths with Stacey, whose goal is to make others happy, Paul finds himself slowly shedding his prickly facade. But in the process, Stacey learns that she has to confront her own insecurities in order for her to find happiness with Paul.

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