Mark Torres

Mark Torres is a husband, father, attorney, and internationally known author who delves into the suspenseful world of murder, mystery, and injustice. Mark uses his real experience as an attorney to help him create genuine stories that captivate readers through their thrilling and intricate details, and their complex characters that deal not only with murder and justice, but also with questions of love, self-reflection, and sacrifice.

In his newest novel, “Adeline,” we see Savoy Graves and his unwavering passion for justice as he investigates the mysterious circumstances in which a young woman, wrongfully committed to an infamous mental institution, passes away. His investigation leads him down a dark hole, but that doesn’t stop Savoy Graves.

Mark became internationally known thanks to his premiere novel “A Stirring in the North Fork,” a gripping tale that follows Savoy Graves, an out-of-work attorney, as he tries to solve a murder that took place four decades prior. Mark also wrote a children’s book focused on the education of labor unions and their importance, social justice, and more titled “Good Guy Jake.”

“Adeline” is available on Amazon in multiple formats: https://www.amazon.com/Adeline-Mark-Torres/dp/1949193705

Dina Santorelli

Voted one of the best Long Island authors for two consecutive years, Dina Santorelli is the author of the Baby Grand Trilogy, a contemporary thriller series.

She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years and has written frequently about parenting, travel, entertainment, weddings, pop culture, and the military. Dina currently serves as the executive editor of Salute and Family magazines for which she has interviewed many celebrities, such as Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Mara, Michael Strahan, Norman Reedus, Vince Vaughn, James Gandolfini, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and Kevin Bacon. Since 2010, she has collaborated on a variety of nonfiction books, including Become an American Ninja Warrior: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide (St. Martin’s Griffin, June 2018); Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons; I, Spy: How to Be Your Own Private Investigator; Good Girls Don’t Get Fat; The Brown Betty Cookbook, and Bully, and her book Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid has been published in several languages. Dina also lectures for Hofstra University’s Continuing Education Department and is a SELF-e Ambassador for the Library Journal.

For more information about Dina, visit her website at http://dinasantorelli.com.

Michael Veccione

Michael Vecchione is the former Chief of the Rackets Division in the Brooklyn (NY) District Attorney’s Office. His career as a prosecutor spanned four decades. In addition to Crooked Brooklyn he has co-authored one previous true crime book Friends of the Family and two Kindle Singles, Hand of the Killer and Murder on the Bridge.

Carol Hoenig

Carol Hoenig is a fulltime freelance writer and publishing consultant. Her novel, WITHOUT GRACE, (Star iUniverse) was awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and given First Place for Fiction by the DIY Book Festival.  Jada Press and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her book THE AUTHOR’S GUIDE TO PLANNING BOOK EVENTS (Star iUniverse) was given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing and named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views. Carol’s essays, articles, book reviews and short stories appear in a wide number of publications. Carol likes to stir things up by blogging for The Huffington Post covering politics, culture, the publishing industry and the writing life. Carol also contributed to PUTTING YOUR PASSION INTO PRINT (Workman) written by Arielle Eckstudt & David Henry Sterry. Arianna Huffington invited Carol to contribute to ON BECOMING FEARLESS, (Little, Brown) released in the fall of 2006. Tory Johnson, ABC’s Good Morning America’s workplace contributor, also invited Carol to submit an essay for her New York Times Bestseller, WILL WORK FROM HOME (Penguin). Stephanie Gunning invited Carol to submit an essay on creativity for her anthology AUDACIOUS CREATIVITY. Carol’s short story, Snow Angels and Somersaults, was a finalist for the 2007 Spring/Summer Glass Woman Prize, a bi-annual prize for women prose writers. Her essay, “Wild Horses and Young Stallions” was selected for the forthcoming anthology LOST LESSONS FROM LIFE ON A FARM (Action Publishing).

Carol is on the advisory council for Author Solutions and was on The New York Center for Independent Publishing advisory council and writer’s conference committee for five years before it disbanded. She was the Director and Writer-in-Residence for Old Forge Library Adirondack Summer Writing Workshop for 2008. She is the project manager for the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen Labor, Landmarks and Literature series in Manhattan, and is a member of the Women’s Media Group. She is Senior Editor for Digital Americana, the first literary magazine for the Apple iPad and teaches continuing education courses at Hofstra University. She also offers publicity and marketing services to the “She Writes” community. You can follow her on Twitter @authorsguide and “like” her on Facebook. This just in: Carol was nominated Best of Long Island Author 2012 by the Long Island Press!

For more information, visit www.carolhoenig.com.

Bill McGee

WILLIAM J. McGEE was born in New York City and received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Among other pursuits, he taught undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing for ten years; worked in airline flight operations management; represented travelers as a consumer advocate in Washington; served in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary; and is an award-winning investigative journalist, columnist, and Editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter.

McGee is the author of Attention All Passengers, a nonfiction exposé of the airline industry, and is developing AirFear, a scripted television drama. He lives in Connecticut and is, of course, at work on another novel. He is also a father.

Maureen Reid

Maureen grew up in Western New York, not far from the town that Margaret called home.  Having spent her working years managing colleges, corporations and international law firms, she took a deep breath and began her encore career as a consultant to professional service firms.

Becoming Herself is her first novel. She has another story ready to be told.

Maureen lives in the metropolitan New York area.  When not traveling with the love-of-her-life, her husband Russ, she spends her time between their home on Long Island and a tiny jewel of a Manhattan apartment overlooking the East River.  She is blest that four of the most beautiful, smartest and kindest girls in the world call her “Grandma.”

Becoming Herself

Jim Ryan

His experience in the educational, business and the Religious worlds have him firmly grounded in the real world. Jim is married and the father of three grown children.

Back in the year 2000 Jim decided to give back to his community by volunteering in his local prison system, teaching a course in personal development. The first thing every Monday morning, Jim brings his positive, yet realistic message to a group of 20-30 men and a group of 15-20 women at the DWI Alternative Facility in Suffolk County, NY. He has hardly missed a Monday in the last nineteen years. His experience there spurred him to bring his message to the public. He started by giving talks in local libraries and his path has brought him to venues all over America.

Jim is a former Irish Christian Brother who spent six years in religious life. Those years serve as the spiritual foundation that has carried Jim through his life. Several years ago, one of Jim’s classmates heard one of his talks. He remarked how close the message was to Christ’s teachings. He suggested that Jim weave the gospel message into his programs and deliver his talks in churches.  Jim took his advice and began giving his retreats, at first in the Brooklyn Diocese back in 2013. His original focus was there, giving a dozen or so retreats before taking his message to the Long Island parishes. Jim is sought after to facilitate Lenten Retreats, Advent Retreats and Days of Recollection.

Simple Happiness, 52 Easy Ways to Lighten Up, Jim’s inspirational book has met with rave reviews and has served as a blueprint for living a life of joy and fulfillment. It has been read and reread by tens of thousands both in the USA and around the world.

Every Wednesday morning thousands are happy to open their email boxes to be inspired by one of Jim’s “Aha Moments”. These uplifting messages serve as reminders of what we can be doing to bring more joy into our lives and the lives of those around us

Jim has a BA in French from Iona College and an MS in Counseling from Queens College. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and has been featured on lively T.V. interviews, including “Guided By Grace” and “The God Squad”.

Email:  info@jimryantalks.com

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSUn6ZzHZYGSnisU1StPKyQ

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