Join us for a panel presentation featuring accomplished authors from the state of Michigan! Featured authors include Mark M. Bello, author of Betrayal of Justice, part of his Zachary Blake Legal Thriller series; J.A. Bullen, author of Beyond the Amaranthine Veil in his young adult Legends of Valoria series; award-winning, bestselling author C.M. Gleason, presenting her newest book, Murder in the Lincoln White House; and Randy D. Pearson, promoting the release of his newest novel Trac Brothers.
About Betrayal of Justice by Mark M. Bello
From the award-winning author of Betrayal of Faith. After resurrecting his career and redeeming himself in Betrayal of Faith, high-profile attorney Zachary Blake returns in this action-packed legal and political thriller, representing a desperate client who tried to solve a crime, only to find herself charged with murder.
A new president, determined to “make America pure again,” is elected and inaugurated and a white nationalist, inspired by the new president’s hateful rhetoric, firebombs a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. After Arya Khan, a young Muslim woman, believes that the local police are not serious about solving the crime, she decides to do some investigating of her own. Arya identifies a suspect and follows him, only to become a witness to his brutal murder. When the police arrive, Arya is found standing over the body, holding a bloody knife. When she is arrested for the murder, Arya and her family turn to Zachary Blake.
As the police seek to complete their investigation, a white supremacist group tries to cover up any connection to the crime and the new president seeks to use the case to jumpstart his Muslim deportation effort. Zachary Blake solicits the help of eccentric private investigator Micah Love, and together they search for something, anything, that will prove his client’s innocence.
This highly relevant and gripping political legal novel weaves criminal justice, corruption and bigotry with political realism that causes the reader to wonder whether these events could happen in today’s America.
MARK M. BELLO was born in Detroit, Michigan and has been a Michigan attorney for 40 years. He received his bachelor of arts degree in English Literature from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI. He and his spouse, Tobye, have four children and 8 grandchildren. Betrayal of Justice is the second installment of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series and features many of the same characters as his debut novel, Betrayal of Faith.
About Beyond the Amaranthine Veil by J. A. Bullen
Tristan served nearly two decades as a Templar--slayers of monsters, mages, and men. A man, whom sacrificed everything, for the sake of his loved ones and the innocent. Abruptly walking away meant leaving that life far behind him, along with many responsibilities and enemies.
Now far removed from the life of a Templar, Tristan defends his home, by order of his king. His latest assignment is a politically contested marriage to one high-ranking noblewoman from a rivaling kingdom. The mission, Kirin Talmarian, is every man's dream, but can Tristan keep her safe?
Demons from his past career soon find root in his present, dragging Tristan and Kirin into a political conflict, which breaks the borders of kingdoms and realms. Tristan must fight for their lives against the overwhelming threat of monsters, rogue sorcerers, and above all else, the corruption of men.
J. A. BULLEN was born 1988 in Mason, Michigan and has remained a local with his wife and daughter. He currently leads free community fitness classes to spread his love for health and fitness. He first became interested in writing at the age of 8 but never pursued it passionately until explaining to his daughter, the importance of having dreams and pursuing them.
J. A. Bullen mostly delves into Epic Fantasy Fictions, Thrillers, Horrors or Science Fiction (Lord of the Rings, The Last Apprentice, Inheritance Cycle, anything by Rick Riordan or Stephen King.) He is most passionate about his family and often leaves secret references to his wife and daughter in his work.
Currently penning the next several books in his first series "The Legends of Valoria," while working on other projects in different genres.
About Murder in the Lincoln Whitehouse by C.M. Gleason
March 4, 1861: On the day of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration, the air is charged with hope and apprehension. The last thing anyone wants is any sort of hitch in the proceedings—let alone murder! Fortunately the president has young Adam Quinn by his side . . .
At the inaugural ball, Lincoln’s trusted entourage is on their guard. Allan Pinkerton, head of the president’s security team, is wary of potential assassins. And Lincoln’s oldest friend, Joshua Speed, is by his side, along with Speed’s nephew, Adam Quinn—called back from the Kansas frontier to serve as the president’s assistant and jack-of-all-trades.
Despite the tight security, trouble comes nonetheless. A man is found stabbed to death in a nearby room, only yards from the president. Not wishing to cause alarm, Lincoln dispatches young Quinn—instead of the high-profile Pinkerton—to discreetly investigate.
Could the proximity of the murder possibly be a coincidence? Or is the crime directly related to Lincoln himself—possibly a political act? Quinn’s observation skills as a frontier scout are invaluable as he examines the victim and begins a complex investigation. Though he is new to Washington, DC, he must navigate through high society, political personages, and a city preparing for war in order to solve the crime. He finds unexpected allies in a determined female journalist named Sophie Gates, and Dr. Hilton, a free man of color
Quinn—with assistance from Sophie and Dr. Hilton—must make haste to solve the murder if he is to protect the president he’s pledged to serve. With the shadow of war looming on the horizon, there’s no margin for error, as no less than the fate of the nation is at stake . . .
C. M. GLEASON is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She lives in the Midwest with her family and two dogs, and is hard at work on the next Lincoln White House Mystery.
About Trac Brothers by Randy D. Pearson
Jam and Jax Traschel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac – a fully-functioning Kalamzoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home, do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way home? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, changing many lives forever. Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?
Wish the Trac Brothers luck… they’ll need it!
“Full of whimsy and charm – a grown-up Goonies steeped in nostalgia and brotherhood, set against a beautiful Michigan backdrop, Pearson’s novel will set an enthralling spell that you never want to snap out of. Action, humor, and memorable characters that you wished existed in real life – well, except for the bad guys. But even they have their redeemable moments.” -R.J. Fox, Author Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine, Tales from the Dork Side, and Awaiting Identification
RANDY D PEARSON has been displaying his creativity for as long as he can remember. Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching. When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing stories, winning several writing contests in the process.
His writing kicked into high gear in 2007 when he became a member of Writing at the Ledges. This Grand Ledge, Michigan based writing group helped him to turn his interesting ideas into well-crafted works of fiction.
Since then, Randy’s writing has been featured in several publications, including the Washington Square Review, Pets Across America: Volume 3, Small Towns: A Map in Words, Seasons of Life, Voices from the Ledges, Fiction 440: Volume 1, and Retrocade Magazine.
His debut novel, Driving Crazy, was published nationally in 2015. It received rave reviews, both locally and internationally.
Tell Me a Story, his short story collection, hit the shelves on April 23, 2016. It combines the love for his wife with some of his funniest, most exciting, and best received stories from the last 25 years.