Reviewers

All BlueInk reviewers are carefully vetted not only for their expertise in various literary genres but for their writing prowess.

All reviewers must have significant experience writing and/or reviewing books for major mainstream publications (newspapers, magazines, established online publications, book review publications and so on); worked as editors for respected publishing companies; or have demonstrated expertise both in the subject matter of the book and in writing about such subject matter. Our roster is constantly changing with our needs, as new books arrive.

(Please note that some reviewers for BlueInk prefer to remain anonymous, and are not listed here.)

Sybil Steinberg was Forecasts editor at Publishers Weekly for 23 years, responsible for all book reviews. She also acted as fiction editor and interviews editor. Steinberg served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, has reviewed books for the Washington Post and served as a judge in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She currently contributes weekly reviews and author interviews to Publishers Weekly.

Gary Jansen is an editor at Crown and a 17-year veteran of the publishing industry. He is the author of The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved (FaithWords Hachette, 2006); Exercising Your Soul: Fifteen Minutes a Day to a Spiritual Life (FaithWords Hachette, 2010), and Holy Ghosts: Or How a (Not-So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010).

Patricia Raybon‘s essays have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Guideposts, Country Living, In Touch and other publications. They have also aired on National Public Radio. She is the author of My First White Friend (Viking/Penguin, 1997) and I Told the Mountain to Move (SaltRiver/Tyndale, 2006).

Rebecca Foster is a freelance writer and editor who also regularly reviews books for Kirkus Indie, BookBrowse, BookTrib, Nudge, The Bookbag, For Books’ Sake, We Love This Book, and Third Way, ForeWord, and Bookmarks magazines.

Steve Weinberg has reviewed books for The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon.com, Mother Jones, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune and other publications. He has authored numerous books, including Armand Hammer: The Untold Story (Little, Brown, 1989); and Taking on the Trust: How Ida Tarbell Brought Down John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil (W.W. Norton, 2008). He has served as director of the Missouri School of Journalism’s Washington, D.C. reporting program and executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Nancy Shulins was the first woman special correspondent in the history of The Associated Press, where her in-depth features earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations and a Clarion Award, and are included in numerous anthologies and textbooks. She has taught writing and coached journalists at newspapers across the nation. She is the published author of three books, including the memoir Falling For Eli (Da Capo Lifelong, 2012.)

Ron Franscell is a published author of 10 books, including the bestseller The Darkest Night (St. Martin’s), Angel Fire (Berkley, 1998), Delivered From Evil (Fair Winds Press, 2011) and The Sourtoe Cocktail Club (Globe Pequot, 2012). He has reviewed books for many major publications, including the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nancy Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Smithsonian, The New York Times, Parade, Southwest Airlines Spirit, Super Lawyers, US Airways magazine and other publications. She is the author of Able! How One Company’s Extraordinary Workforce Changed the Way We Look at Disability Today (BenBella Books, 2008) and Sewing Hope, the story of a Ugandan nun who provides a safe haven for young women formerly abducted by terrorist Joseph Kony (Dust Jacket Press, 2013). She has written book reviews for Exceptional Parent, Black Enterprise and other consumer magazines.

Sheila M. Trask is a regular contributor to Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, Foreword Magazine, The San Francisco Book Review and more. She has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and copyediting training from the University of California at San Diego. Trask has a book blog at Booklikes.com and also serves as a developmental editor, offering manuscript evaluation and editing services for self-publishing authors.

James Polk has written book reviews for the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer and numerous other publications. He has also served as a Publishers Weekly judge in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

Sheri J. Caplan is the author of Petticoats and Pinstripes: Portraits of Women in Wall Street’s History (Praeger, 2013). A former attorney, she has also written for Forbes.com, The Motley Fool, Bloomberg Law, Kirkus Media, and the German Historical Institute.

Gil Asakawa has been a music writer and reviewer, entertainment editor, art critic and book reviewer. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, CREEM and Pulse. He is co-author of The Toy Book (Knopf, 1991) and author of Being Japanese American (Stone Bridge Press, 2004). He writes about pop culture, media and politics from a Japanese American perspective at his blog, NikkeiView.com.

Barbara Oliverio has served as writer and editor for numerous organizations. She has been featured in periodicals such as PC Magazine, IEEE Communications and the Wall Street Journal. She currently copy edits, provides ghost writing services, and web content on topics from technology to religion. She is a public speaker and an award-winning author of three novels.

Robin Westen, Emmy Award winner for ABC daytime show FYI: For Your Information, has written ten books and co-authored two more, including her bestselling YA biography of Oprah Winfrey, I Don’t Believe in Failure (Enslow-second edition, 2012), and Getting Your Child to Eat (Almost) Anything (Harvard Medical School Guides, 2012). She has written for numerous magazines, among them: Family Circle, SELF, Psychology Today, Glamour and Cosmopolitan. Westen has also written book reviews for publishersweekly.com.

Carl Rollyson, professor of journalism at Baruch College, CUNY, has published more than 40 books, from biographies of Marilyn Monroe to Norman Mailer, to the newly released American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath. (St. Martin’s Press). From 2003-2007, he wrote a weekly column, “On Biography,” for The New York Sun. He is the advisory editor of the Hollywood Legends Series. His book Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography was recently published.

Wendy Smith writes book reviews and author interviews for many publications, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, American Theatre magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She is a contributing editor at The American Scholar and the author of Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940 (reissued by Vintage in 2013).

Sandra Gail Teichmann-Hillesheim’s books include Slow Mud (Pecan Grove Press, 1998), Killing Daddy (Panther Creek Press, 2002), and Woman of the Plains (Texas A&M University Press, 2000). She is also a playwright, whose work Mockernut Street, Corinne, and Not Laughing has recently been staged. Her poetry, fiction, and essays appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She is retired from West Texas A&M University, where she was a professor of literature, theory, and creative writing.

Paul Goat Allen has been reviewing genre fiction for almost 20 years for companies such as BarnesandNoble.com, The Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, etc. He has published one novel, Burning Sticks (Chapel Street Publishing, 1991), and self-published two collections of poetry, Warlock Dreams (1988) and Old Winding Way (1992).

Lynn Bronikowski has worked for numerous newspapers, including The Jacksonville Journal and Rocky Mountain News, where she was a frequent contributor to the book section. She also writes for Colorado Biz magazine.

Linda Castrone has worked for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Charlotte Observer, and other publications. Her articles have also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, Stars and Stripes, The Bloomsbury Review, National Geographic Traveler and Glamour. She is the co-author of the yearly Insider’s Guide to Denver (Globe Pequot Press) and a fellowship recipient at Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. She blogs about wine at ayearinthevineyards.blogspot.com.

Jenny Deam has been a staff writer for St. Petersburg Times, Kansas City Star and other newspapers. Her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Parenting, Marie Claire, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among numerous other publications.

Sarah Sacha Dollacker has written book reviews for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BookBrowse.com and her own website, RedRoomLibrary.com, a literary blog that was named one of the “101 Book Blogs You Need To Read” by OnlineUniversities.com. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Deb Acord’s work has appeared in Outdoors magazine, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, Colorado Springs’ The Gazette and other publications. She has written two books, Colorado Winter (Altitude Publishing, 2002) and Biking Colorado’s Front Range (Altitude Publishing, 2003), and blogs about the outdoors at Ultrarob.com.

Ashley Teatum is a veteran reporter, editor and writing coach. She earned an English degree at the University of Scranton, and her work has appeared in the Scranton Times-Tribune and Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice, among other newspapers. She is also the founder and co-owner of Guiding Type, a digital content-writing and editing business.

Harrison White has reviewed books for The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Sierra Atlantic, written op-eds for the Times-Union, Baltimore Sun, and Press & Sun Bulletin and edited newsletters covering technology, architecture and libraries. He was partner, co-founder and chief copywriter for Blair, Towne, & Bingham Business Communications and owned and operated Dunbar, Garrett & White Business Communications. He was also Manager of Book Selection for Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and Wayne-Ontario Library System.

Poornima Apte is an award-winning journalist and member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Editorial Freelancers Association. She has published reviews and related book features in BookBrowse.com, Kirkus Reviews and Mostlyfiction.com and crafts book reading guides for industry publishing houses. An editor with years of experience editing trade magazines, Apte is also a freelance editor and writer.

Leslie Doran has reviewed books for Mystery News magazine, Mystery Scene magazine, Denver Post and Southwest BookViews, among other publications.

Bill Gallo’s work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Village Voice and New York Daily News, among other publications. He has been a staff writer, columnist and critic for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and the Denver alternative newspaper Westword.

Alison Barker’s reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Chicago Reader, Philadelphia Inquirer, Paste Magazine, Bookslut, Rain Taxi and Los Angeles Review of Books. She writes essays, fiction and short memoir and has been published in numerous publications, including Monkeybicycle, Fwriction: Review, Columbia Journal of Art and Literature, Front Porch, Switchback, and dislocate.

Rick Gershman has been a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, where his Ill Literate blog was cited by the NYU Journalism School in 2006 as a highlight of one of the “best blogging newspapers in the U.S.” He has also written for Associated Press, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Tampa Tribune, and other publications. Gershman is creative director of a writing/editing/consulting business.

Adam Goldstein was a book critic for the Rocky Mountain News. His work has also appeared in the Denver Business Journal, the Denver Post and other publications.

Julie Marie Wade is the author of two collections of creative nonfiction, Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, and Small Fires: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011), selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, and two collections of poetry, Without (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and Postage Due: Poems and Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2013), winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series. Her forthcoming collections are Tremolo: An Essay (Bloom Press, 2013) and When I Was Straight: Poems (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014). Wade is a regular reviewer for The Rumpus and The Florida Book Review. She teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.

Gareth Esersky has worked as an editor at Dell/Doubleday, Simon & Schuster and Perigee/Berkley Books at Putnam Penguin. She has also reviewed books for Publishers Weekly and Berkshire Living magazine and served as a reviewer and judge of the Next Generation Independent Book Awards. She is currently a literary agent at the Carol Mann Agency.

Mark Graham was the science fiction/fantasy reviewer at the Rocky Mountain News for more than 30 years. He has also reviewed books for Cemetery Dance and Castle Rock magazines and currently critiques books weekly for Tor.com.

Charles Green has reviewed for The Gay & Lesbian Review, Lambda Literary Foundation website, and Publishers Weekly. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and has served as an independent editor, working on a variety of manuscripts such as family histories, novels, dissertations, and nonfiction. His short story, “How May I Presume?” appeared in the independently published anthology Gay City Volume 4: At Second Glance (2011).

David G. Vermette is a writer, researcher, and editor, who has published in the fields of business management, history, music, identity politics and theology. He has contributed to research published by Oxford University Press, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. He served for five years as editor-in-chief of the premier business newsletter Product Development Best Practices Report, worked as a content manager of several websites and blogs about French North American identity in the U.S. and Canada.

Mary Elkins has reviewed books for the Miami Herald and Rocky Mountain News. She is a professor at the Honors College at Colorado State University.

Leslie C. Halpern is an award-winning poet and essayist, and the author of several books, including Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children’s Poems About Self-Image (Cricket Cottage Publishing, 2012), Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity (BearManor Media, 2010), Reel Romance (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004), and Dreams on Film (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003). She has reviewed books for numerous publications, including Midwest Book Review, MyShelf.com, Suite101.com, and The Florida Palm.

Susan Hindman served as a staff copyeditor for Colorado Springs’ The Gazette before starting Wordwise Editing in 1997. She provides copyediting services to book publishers and authors, and currently works on cookbooks and health and nutrition books for Rodale, Inc. and children’s reference books for Scholastic and Cherry Lake Books.

John Robert Greene has written or edited 17 books—including one on the election of Dwight Eisenhower, one on the Nixon presidency, three on the Ford presidency, and a critically acclaimed study of The Presidency of George Bush (University Press of Kansas, 2000). He has written over 100 reviews, both for academic journals and the popular press. He is also a regular political commentator on several radio call-in shows around the country, and has recently offered commentary on C-SPAN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He is a professor at Cazenovia College.

Wendy Hubbert has worked as a senior editor at Penguin Putnam, an editor at Crown and associate editor at Doubleday. She has also written extensively for Redbook magazine and is the author of The His and Her Guide to Surviving Your First Year of Marriage (Dell, 1998) and Surviving Your Wedding: A His and Her Guide (Berkley, 2000).

Joan Hinkemeyer has reviewed books for Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, San Diego Magazine and Rocky Mountain News. She often writes about gardening for various publications and serves as an independent editor of academic papers and book manuscripts.

Robin Intemann has reviewed books for the Colorado Springs’ The Gazette. Her work has also appeared in the Denver Post, Edible Front Range magazine and other publications. She teaches journalism at Pikes Peak Community College.

Ben Jacobs has worked in marketing, editorial and rights in his 20-year publishing career for companies such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Cambridge University Press and the Lyons Press. He is the co-editor of The Quotable Booklover (Lyons Press) and has reviewed for Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and other publications. He is currently director of licensing and business development at Infobase Publishing, parent company of Facts on File, Chelsea House and the World Almanac.

Dan Danbom has reviewed books for The Bloomsbury Review, Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. He is co-owner of the Printed Page Bookshop in Denver.

Jean Hoefling is the author of two books on Eastern Orthodox spirituality, Great Lent Unplugged (Regina Orthodox Press, 2007) and Journey to God (Regina Orthodox Press, 2010), and has published short fiction and essays in magazines as diverse as Women’s World, Women of the Harvest, and Relief: A Christian Literary Expression. She received a Notable Mention for her personal essay, “Remission” in The Best American Essays 2012 and currently writes and edits for J & J Copywriters.

Verna Noel Jones‘ work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Stroke Smart magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and Denver Magazine. She has written book reviews for the Rocky Mountain News and is co-author of the parenting book, Don’t Drown in the Carpool (Indelible Press). She also has worked as an independent book doctor for numerous memoirs.

Karen Daly worked for ten years as Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday’s Literary Guild Book Club, where she acquired best-selling fiction and popular non-fiction in a wide range of subjects. She was also Director/Book Publishing for Bottom Line Books/Boardroom Inc., a publisher of health, personal finance and consumer advice books.She has self-published three editions of her Irish/American Images Calendar on Lulu.com and blogs for the Irish American Writers & Artists in New York City.

Karen Algeo Krizman is a librarian and former entertainment editor and book critic at the Rocky Mountain News.

Vicky Uhland writes for numerous publications, including Fortune, Men’s Journal, Newsday and The Christian Science Monitor. Her book reviews have appeared in The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. She is also the author of Miami Dolphins (Creative Education, 1991), and has edited books for Prentice-Hall and Active Interest Media.

Christopher Stephen Soden is a writer, teacher, critic, lecturer and performer. Soden received his MFA in Writing (Poetry) from Vermont College and has taught classes and guest lectured on the subjects of craft, theory, genre, literature and publication. He currently writes theatre critique for Examiner.com, PegasusNews.com, John Garcia’s The Column and A + C DFW. His first poetry collection, Closer, was released by Rebel Satori/Queer Mojo in 2011. He has received many honors, including the Full Fellowship for Lambda Literary Retreat: Emerging LGBT Voices August 2010 and has published work in a variety of publications including Resilience, Assaracus, The Q Review, A Face to Meet the Faces Ganymede Poets : One, Gay City 2, The Café Review and others.

Lauren Simonic has been a freelance editor since 1996, specializing in helping new Christian non-fiction authors. She has edited books and written cover copy for Creation House Press, a division of Strang Communications. She is a proofreader for Equipping the Man in the Mirror, a quarterly men’s devotional. She holds a degree in literature from the University of North Florida.

Peter Dabbene has written and published poetry, stories, plays, comics, essays, book reviews, sports commentary, and a novel. His latest books are the self-published Spamming the Spammers (with Dieter P. Bieny, 2012) and the graphic novel ARK (Arcana Studios, 2012). He also writes a monthly column for the Hamilton Post.

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams is a journalist, writer, editor, college professor, and nationally syndicated columnist (for The Progressive), whose writing credits include Nieman Reports, Viva New York Magazine and El Diario/La Prensa. An experienced magazine editor, she also has extensive book publishing experience, including working as an editorial assistant at Random House (Crown), as a reviewer for Publishers Weekly’s Criticas, as a scout and series editor for ABC-CLIO and as manuscript consultant for authors, agents, and editors.

Bianca McCullough has reviewed books for the Rocky Mountain News.

Ann Miller has written columns for several newspapers, including the Longmont Times Call and the Longmont Ledger (CO). She currently writes for the Longmont Weekly (CO). She has been a travel writer for Fodor’s Colorado and has published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as in numerous poetry journals, including The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The South Dakota Review, Poem, The Connecticut River Review, and The Divide. She teaches creative writing to seniors and works as a writing coach and editor.

Traci Macnamara has reviewed books for NewWest, Sacramento News & Review, High Country News and the About.com contemporary literature site, among other publications. Her feature articles have appeared in Backpacker, Vegetarian Times, Isotope, the U.K Summit magazine and in books, including A Leaky Tent is a Piece of Paradise: 20 Young Writers on Finding a Place in the Natural World (Sierra Club Books, 2007) and Antarctica: Life on Ice (Traveler’s Tales, 2007). She blogs on adventure, nature and literature at www.downandout.wordpress.com.

Charles Ferraro has worked as a technical editor on the Apollo Project. His published work includes poetry (“Perstare,” NYU Literary Magazine,1966), op-eds (Albany Times-Union, 2012), and miscellaneous works, such as “Anatomy of a Turnaround” (Provider Magazine, 2007) and “The Opportunity of Welfare Reform” (NYS Welfare Reform Task Force,1996). He is an organizational psychologist and recipient of the Harvard Prize for Innovation.

Loraine Page is the author of two books: Super Searcher, Author, Scribe: Successful Writers Share Their Internet Research Secrets (CyberAge Books 2002) and Mamma, Si Mangia? A Florentine Son Shares His Feisty Mother’s Recipes (Bright Sky Press 2002). She has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and numerous other publications. She is the former publisher/editor of the spirituality/health publication Evanescence, and is currently a science writer for Biology Digest, editor of the website Link-Up Digital and a contributing editor to the monthly magazine Information Today.

Patricia Kutza is a veteran business and technology reporter for a variety of traditional and new media channels. She has reviewed a wide range of books (fashion through politics) for the iconic publisher RJ Shep as well as business titles for Kiplinger Summaries. She is also the editor of the Vallejo Community Issues Examiner, a business and lifestyle hyper-local blog, contributes features to Law Technology News and is a contributing market research analyst for BCC Research.

Diane Hartman has worked as a staff writer and editor for various publications, including the Denver Post, The Anniston Star and The Birmingham News. She reviewed books for the Denver Post for 25 years and has served as an independent editor for full-length manuscripts.

Andrew S. Bodine is a professional book reviewer, writer and former philosophy professor, whose stories have been published in Copper Nickel, Rainbow Curve, and Scholars and Rogues literary journals, as well as a former associate editor of the literary journal Night Train Magazine. Additionally, he has written about beer and home brewing for Examiner.com and is the author of the academic work “Liberty, Sanctity, and Human Cloning” (Thesis M.A.—Georgia State University, 2003.)

Susan Gaddis is the author of two books: Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard: How to Pray Effectively for the Things That Matter Most (Eternal Foundations Curriculum, 1999) and Help, I’m Stuck With These People for the Rest of Eternity! (Eternal Foundations Curriculum, 2004). Her work has appeared in Ministry Today, Salt, Advance Magazine, and The Teaching Home. She blogs at Holy in the Daily and is listed as one of ten “Women You Should Know” in Foursquare Leadership.

Sarah Peasley  has written for the Washington Post and served as a book critic for the Rocky Mountain News.

Clayton Moore is a freelance writer and book critic whose reviews and commentary have appeared in Kirkus Reviews, Paste Magazine, Atomic Magazine, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Bookslut.com, where he wrote a column focusing on mysteries. He has also interviewed numerous authors for Kirkus Reviews.

Mindy Werner worked at Viking/Penguin for 13 years, the last three as an executive editor. She also served as an associate editor at Dial Press and an editorial assistant at Basic Books. Werner has reviewed books for the Raleigh News & Observer and currently works as an independent editor and editorial consultant based in New York.

Heather Seggel worked for over a decade as a bookseller and library technician before becoming a full-time freelance writer. Her work has appeared in UTNE, San Francisco, Bitch, Video Librarian, BookPage and ForeWord Reviews. She’s the author of the 2012 self-published ebook 7 Gateways to Self-Published Success.

Amy O’Loughlin wrote a book review column for MotherTown Magazine for 10 years, until the publication closed in 2008. She has also written for Calyx, Adjunct Advocate, American History, I Magazine and other print publications, as well as for numerous online publications, including FenwayNation, Hoops Addict, IntheFray Magazine. O’Laughlin contributed to the anthology Women Forged in Fire (1st Books Library), and has served as a judge for the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Rebecca Oppenheimer has worked in the book business for over a decade. She is currently a buyer, publisher liaison and website manager at The Ivy Bookshop, an independent bookstore in Baltimore, Maryland. For five years, she wrote a syndicated book review column for Patuxent Publishing. She has served as a Publishers Weekly judge in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition every year since its inception.

Mike Pearson was features editor for the Rocky Mountain News and also wrote book reviews and a DVD review column syndicated to 300 newspapers nationwide. He was a Michigan Journalism Fellow and was named Print Journalist of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists (2009), among numerous other honors. He currently teaches journalism at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Toni Sciarra Poynter has worked in high-level positions in publishing for more than 20 years. As a senior and executive editor at Harper Collins, she worked with such bestselling authors as Alexandra Stoddard and Jack Canfield, as well on the successful Emily Post Institute etiquette series. At William Morrow, she edited two editions of the award-winning Mayo Clinic Family Health Book and the Mayo Clinic Complete Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year. She is the author of From This Day Forward: Meditations on the First Years of Marriage (Harper San Francisco, Andrews McMeel, Hallmark and Loyola, re-edited and re-titled Now and Forever, 2004) and The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms (Workman Publishing, 2012). Currently an editorial consultant, Poynter has worked on projects under contract at HarperBusiness, HarperStudio and Simon & Schuster, and is on the executive committee for the Books for a Better Life Awards.

Nancy Sapir served as the book critic for the Kingston Observer in Kingston, Mass., for 8 years. She has also acted as a judge for the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

Lori Tobias’ work has appeared in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Alaska Airlines, Home magazine, Natural Home magazine and other publications. She often wrote about books and authors at the Rocky Mountain News and is currently a staff writer for The Oregonian.Peter Mergendahl was the thriller/suspense critic for more than 20 years at the Rocky Mountain News.

Vicky Uhland has written for The Christian Science Monitor, Vegetarian Times, Mother Earth News, Newsday, San Jose Mercury-News and other publications. She is the author of Miami Dolphins, (Creative Education, 1991) and has edited books for Prentice-Hall, New Hope publications and Innovision Media.

Gina McGalliard is a San Diego-based freelance writer with numerous credits in national, online and local publications, including Wine Enthusiast, Military Officer, Sport Diver, Career World, Dance Studio Life, Spotlight on Recovery, Liguorian, Bitch and The San Diego Union Tribune. She is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Debbie Warhola was a staff writer at The Colorado Springs Sun and Colorado Springs’ The Gazette and has written for The Catholic Herald and the Christian Booksellers Association magazine.

Laurence Washington has reviewed books for the Rocky Mountain News. He is an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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