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We are honored to have an enthusiastic group of volunteer editors to help us ensure that our book reviews are perfect before posting them to our website and forwarding them to authors. We are all indebted to each of these talented individuals for their support of our program.


Kasia Manolas is the marketing manager at Avail. Her first novel, MT, is a literary crime thriller with speculative elements—Black Mirror meets Cruel Beautiful World. She is on submission with literary agents and writing new material. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website at kasiamanolas.com.



Michael A. Ferro's debut novel, TITLE 13, was published by Harvard Square Editions in February 2018. He was named as a finalist by Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award, won the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Michael’s writing has been published in numerous literary journals and print anthologies, including Juked, Michigan Quarterly Review, Monkeybicycle, Heavy Feather Review, Crack the Spine, Entropy, Duende, BULL: Men’s Fiction, Vulture, Splitsider, and elsewhere. Additional information can be found at: www.michaelaferro.com.


Alison Marcotte is a freelance writer and editor. She proofreads and copyedits for book publishers Sourcebooks, Chicago Review Press, and Skyhorse Publishing. She also writes for digital marketing companies and creative agencies in the Chicago area. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website at alisonmarcotte.com.



Lisa Lickel is an eclectic reader/writer/editor/mentor/reviewer. With a degree in history she learned the value of research and utilizes current industry standard tools for editing. Through reading, writing, being edited, editing for indie publishers, and teaching, she has built up a steady clientele over the last decade who include Paul Ely of Hewlett-Packard, and award-winning novelists. Several clients have traditionally published after working with her. She writes cozy mysteries and family drama, edits and reviews most work including academic, has experience working with international English, and offers manuscript evaluation. She coaches writers at Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp and Writers Retreat. Web: www.lisalickel.com.


Leland Humbertson is managing editor of AGD Impact, the newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry. He has writing and editing experience in both the association and newspaper industries. He is a die-hard Trekkie and enjoys reading anything Star Trek- or technology-related.



Roger Prosise served as a school administrator for over twenty-five years in the suburbs of Chicago. He started his career as a teacher in the inner city of Chicago. He has a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. His book, Housing Projects, Mansions, and Schools: An Educator's Odyssey, was published by Chatter House Press in June 2016. Roger had several pieces published as a school administrator and has come to learn that writing a novel or memoir is a very different kind of writing. His interest in this kind of writing led him to take noncredit writing courses at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and at the Graham School at the University of Chicago.


Debra R. Borys has published four books in her Street Stories suspense series, Painted Black, Bend Me Shape Me, Box of Rain, and Cry Baby Cry. Her years of volunteering with Chicago’s Night Ministry lend an authenticity to her work which combines quirky suspense plots with a realistic portrait of what living on the streets is like in reality. Find out more at www.Debra-R-Borys.com and www.streetstoriessuspensenovels.com.


As a journalist for many years, Dennis Hetzel says he sometimes was accused of writing fiction, but he really did it with his award-winning sports-political thrillers, Killing the Curse and Season of Lies. Hetzel grew up in Chicago and Hoffman Estates. After graduating from Western Illinois University, he began his career as a weekly newspaper sports editor in Barrington and become an award-winning reporter, editorial writer, editor, and publisher, most recently at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He's now executive director of the Ohio News Media Association in Columbus, Ohio. He also has taught journalism at Penn State and Temple universities. Find out more about Dennis at dennishetzel.com.


Samantha Hoffman is a writer, editor, personal assistant, private chef, 8-time marathoner, film and theatre buff, and world traveler. She is a freelance editor in the genres of fiction and creative nonfiction, Associate Editor for The Write City Magazine, Editor for Windy City Reviews, author of What More Could You Wish For published by St. Martin’s Press (2012),  V.P. of the Chicago Writers Association, and Executive Director of Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference.  www.samanthahoffman.com  Facebook


Caryn Green is a veteran Chicago journalist, editor and author who has written on topics ranging from travel, lifestyle issues and the arts, to politics, religion and the environment for numerous online and print publications. Her travel memoir Overland:Remembering Southeast Asia, published by Manitou & Cedar Press, won the 2018 National Indie Excellence Award in New Adult Non-Fiction.