Kim Vogel Sawyer
Kim Vogel Sawyer Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author with more than one million copies of her books currently in print. Awards include the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Sawyer lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.
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Books by Kim Vogel Sawyer:
  • Waiting for Summer's Return ©2006
Susan Schaab
Susan Schaab practiced technology and intellectual property law for more than eight years in New York, Texas and California. Prior to law school, she worked in the software development industry as a systems designer and consultant. While a law student, she spent a semester studying in London and a summer as an unpaid intern in a small international French firm. She's always loved words, the written word, reading and the process of writing, and read many books about the creative process and the art of creative writing. One of her favorites is Anne Lamott's book, Bird by Bird, as it poignantly documents the insecurities of an emerging writer. She read everything from classic literary fiction to commercial thrillers. Because of her work as a novelist, she's also usually reading some unusual non-fiction title about blood stain analysis or psychopath profile research. Web page
Books by Susan Schaab:
Christopher Schmitt
Christopher Schmitt designer, web developer, author, strategist, dreamer

Working with the web since 1993, Christopher Schmitt directs, Inc., a small new media publishing and design firm. The author of several books, including CSS Cookbook and Photoshop in 10 Simple Steps or Less, Schmitt is also a contributor to many web development magazines.
Books by Christopher Schmitt:
  • CSS Cookbook ©2011
Patricia Schultz
Patricia Schultz is the author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and Executive Producer of the Travel Channel's reality show of the same name. Based in New York City, she's also written for Condé Nast Traveler, Islands, and Harper's Bazaar.
Books by Patricia Schultz:
  • 1000 Places to See Before You Die
  • 1000 Places ... 2009 Wall Calendar
  • 1000 Places ... — USA & Canada
  • 365 Days In Italy - 2009 Wall Calendar
  • 365 Days In France - 2009 Wall Calendar
Kathy Sierra
Kathy Sierra Kathy Sierra is a co-developer of the SCJP exam and Sun's practice exam. She is also a Sun Certified Java Instructor and the founder of the world's largest Java certification website,
Books by Kathy Sierra:
  • Head First Java ©2005
David Sklar
David Sklar is an independent consultant specializing in software development, strategic planning, and technical training. He was a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Student.Com and TVGrid.Com. At both companies, David oversaw the architecture and development of varied systems to deliver personalized dynamic content to users around the world.
      After discovering PHP as a solution to his web programming needs in 1996, he created the PX (, which enables PHP users to exchange programs. Since then, he has continued to rely on PHP for personal and professional projects. He is the author of O'Reilly's Learning PHP 5, Essential PHP Tools (Apress) and the coauthor of PHP Cookbook (O'Reilly).
      When away from the computer, David eats mini-donuts, plays records, and likes to cook. He lives in New York City and has a degree in Computer Science from Yale University. Website:
      Books by David Sklar:
  • PHP Cookbook ©2009
Alexander McCall Smith,
Alexander McCall Smith a law professor, had already written more than 50 books before inventing the heroine for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: Precious Ramotswe, the only female P.I. in Botswana. The books are as unconventional as their good-humored heroine, who relies on common sense — and a few tidbits gleaned from Agatha Christie — to solve her cases.
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      Books by Alexander McCall Smith:
  • The Double Court Safari Club
  • Portuguese Irregular Verbs
Lauraine Snelling
Lauraine Snelling Her dreams manifested into reality in 1982 with Tragedy on the Toutle (now re-issued as What About Cimmaron?), a story about a girl and her horse caught in the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Lauraine continued the dream, publishing two more best-selling series: High Hurdles and The Golden Filly, and expanded into writing inspirational romances for adults.
      Her Norwegian heritage spurred her to craft An Untamed Land, volume one of the Red River of the North family saga and a trilogy called Return to Red River, as well as the Daughters of Blessing series, and the Home to Blessing series. Due to reader demand she is currently working on another Blessing series.
      Three more historical sets have released in addition, one set during the Civil War which traced the journey of a young woman leading Thoroughbreds across the country to safety, a series called Dakotah Treasures, and the Wild West Wind series.
      Writing about real issues within a compelling story is a hallmark of Lauraine's style, shown in her contemporary romances and women's fiction which has probed the issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. In her novel, The Way of Women, three women delve deep into their hearts as they encounter a volcanic eruption and prove that when women strive together they can face even the unthinkable. In The Brushstroke Legacy, three generations of women discover that God's gifts are powerful enough to speak across centuries.
      Books by Lauraine Snelling:
    Red River of the North
  • An Untamed Land #1 © 2006
  • A New Day Rising #2 © 2006
  • A Land to Call Home #3 © 2006
    Red River of the North
  • The Reapers' Song #4 © 2006
  • Tender Mercies #5 © 2007
  • Blessing in Disguise #6 © 2007
    Secret Refuge
  • Daughter of Twin Oaks #1 © 2000
  • Sisters of the Confederacy #2 ©2000
  • The Long Way Home © 2001
James Spada
James Spada James Spada is a writer and photographer whose nineteen books have included bestselling biographies of Grace Kelly, Peter Lawford, Bette Davis and Barbra Streisand. Spada has also created pictorial biographies of John and Caroline Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Jackie Onassis,...
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Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.
      After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.
      He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn't published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.
      Books by Nicholas Sparks:
  • The Choice—2007
  • The Lucky One
  • Dear John
  • At First Sight
  • True Believer
  • Three Weeks With My Brother
  • The Wedding
  • The Guardian
  • Nights in the Rodanthe
  • A Bend In The Road
  • The Rescue
  • A Walk To Remember
  • Message in A Bottle
  • The Notebook
Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr Kevin Starr was born in San Francisco, California. Starr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of San Francisco in 1962. From 1962 to 1964 he served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant in the 68th Armored Brigade in then-West Germany. He then earned an MA degree in 1965 and PhD from Harvard University in 1969 in American Literature.[1] He taught American Literature[citation needed] until 1973, and then moved to California where he has lived since 1974. From 1974 to 1989 he was professor or visiting lecturer at numerous California universities, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside, Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, and Stanford University. In 1989 Starr became Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Southern California, and was promoted to University Professor of History in 1998.[2] Starr sometimes teaches at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento, California.[3]
Books by Kevin Starr:
  • Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950 - 1963 ©: 2011
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Schwob, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."
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Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart is one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she has lived for many years in Scotland.
      Mary Stewart was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England, but has lived for many years in Scotland, where she divides her time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.
      Lady Stewart's career as a novelist began in 1956 with Madam, Will You Talk? Since then she has published twenty novels, all bestsellers, including her Merlin trilogy about the legendary enchanter Merlin and the young Arthur (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, and The Wicked Day), and, most recently, The Stormy Petrel and Thornyhold. Her books for children include The Little Broomstick, Ludo and the Star Horse, and A Walk in Wolf Wood. She has also published a book of poetry entitled Frost on the Window.
Mary Stewart, one of the most widely read authors of our time, began writing at the age of five, when she published her first poem in a small parish magazine in England. Having published 20 novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is noted both for her contemporary stories of romance and suspense and for her Arthurian novels, most recently The Prince and the Pilgrim. She has fourteen New York Times bestsellers to her credit, including The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment, which comprise The Merlin Trilogy. Before embarking on a full-time writing career she taught English at school and university level. Born in England, Mary Stewart has lived for many years in Scotland, dividing her time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands. Her interests include natural history, gardening, Greek and Roman history, music, and art.
Books by Mary Stewart:
  • The Crystal Cave—1970
  • The Hollow Hills—1973
  • The Last Enchantment—1979
  • The Wicked Day—1983
  • Madam, Will You Talk?—1955
  • Wildfire at Midnight—1956
  • Thunder on the Right—1957
  • Nine Coaches Waiting—1958
  • My Brother Michael—1959
  • The Ivy Tree—1961
  • The Moon-Spinners—1962
  • This Rough Magic—1964
  • Airs Above the Ground—1965
  • The Gabriel Hounds—1967
  • The Wind Off The Small Isles—1968
  • The Little Broomstick—1971
  • Ludo and the Star Horse—1974
  • Touch Not the Cat—1976
  • A Walk in Wolf Wood—1980
  • Thornyhold—1988
  • Stormy Petrel—1991
  • The Prince and the Pilgrim —1995
  • Rose Cottage—1997
Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
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