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Please take a few moments to read the following biographies and find the reviewer(s) whose writing and reading interests best fit your book (specific reader interests are highlighted in bold text). We will make every effort to satisfy your request and will work with you to engage the best reviewer for your book.


Lisa Sherman is a writer, writing coach, and attorney. In addition to her JD, Lisa has a BA in English Literature and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America. Lisa is an avid reader and is open to reviewing most fiction including but not limited to: psychological thrillers, mysteries, women’s fiction, historical fiction, YA, and middle grade novels. For non-fiction, she prefers creative non-fiction and memoirs.


Casie Gambrel is an avid reader, traveler and blog writer living Chicago with her husband, daughter, and their dog, Magnus. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Public Administration in International Management. She holds a Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She is curious, purpose-driven and always looking for interesting stories. As a trained improviser, she loves stories that put a different perspective on everyday reality. She is a member of the Chicago Writer’s Association. Casie enjoys reading non-fiction, especially memoirs and biographies, short stories, self-help, humor and travel writing, Children’s books and anything food-related. More information about Casie can be found on her website, A Dose of Zen, at www.adoseofzen.com.


Mike Freveletti is a poet and short fictionist living in the West Suburbs of Chicago.  His work has appeared in print and online in places like Kind of A Hurricane Press, RiverPoets & Snapdragon Journal to name a few.  He works in the insurance industry as a consultant specializing in project management and graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.  He is interested in reviewing short fiction, poetry and novels (no romance, mysteries, thrillers or young adult please).


Deanna Frances is an author, journalist, musician, and educator from northern Illinois. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2018, where she earned a B.M. in Music Education and a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She also served as an arts and entertainment writer and reviewer for the university newspaper, The Northern Star. Her first novel, Taking Chances, was published in 2013, and she continues to write as a freelance journalist and photographer for local newspapers. She currently resides near her hometown and teaches music. She enjoys reading realistic fiction, historical fiction, young adult novels, children’s stories, and self-help literature. More information about Deanna Frances can be found at her website, deannafrances.com


A lifer of the far south-west suburbs of Chicago, Jennifer Ruggiero Schulz has been reading and writing for most of her life. She currently lives near Joliet, IL with her husband and five children. She recently published her first fantasy novel and started a small publishing press, Infinite Reverie Inc. She has four novels in process and operates a blog for writers at InfiniteReverie.com. She has been providing critiques and developmental editing services for authors since 2014. She is interested in fantasy, science fiction, non-fiction, and generally anything that is not too romance or love story heavy. 


Kelly Fumiko Weiss lives in Chicago and works in IT management at a large Chicago non-profit organization. She is a novelist and an award-winning serial fiction writer. Her novel, The Cube, was published in 2018 and her serial fiction work can be found on Channillo.com. She has a BA in English and Hispanic Language & Literature from Boston University and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Kelly is interested in reviewing contemporary fiction including YA, genre fiction (particularly sci-fi or political thrillers), and women’s fiction. For non-fiction, memoirs only. Visit her website at kellyfumikoweiss.com.  


G. F. Gallagher is a writer from Wheaton, Illinois. His articles have appeared in print and on-line in Architecture Minnesota, Mississippi Valley Traveler, CollegeLax and Minnesota Palate. He has won an award for essay from the Catholic Spirit and was a feature writer and columnist for the college lacrosse magazine, MCLA, the Lax Mag. Non-fiction work encompasses reportage, essay and personal profiles, while his efforts in fiction include a work of youth fantasy, a novel-in-progress, and random bits of short fiction. He holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois, a J.D. from the University of Toledo and a M.S. from DePaul University. He is interested in reviewing short fiction, novels (no thrillers or mysteries, please) as well as essay and narrative non-fiction.


Caryl Barnes is a retired professional writer of grant proposals, curricula, academic and other research, government reports, newsletters, business plans, and articles, including several dance, theater, and book reviews. She has two novels in progress and has writtern several unpublished short stories, numerous personal essays, three of which I've published, and some unpublished poetry. She interested in reviewing literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction, and would also enjoy reviewing non-fiction works on spirituality. She's a curious woman with eclectic interests so consider her for anything unusual as well.


Susan Gaspar is a New York transplant with a BA in Theater Arts and a minor in Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Susan co-wrote the play "Sister B's Bingo Bonanza," a comedy in one act, that tours on a per-hire basis. She works at a marketing agency and for a couple small theater companies doing social media, copywriting/editing, and proofreading. Susan most enjoys fiction including: psychological thrillers, horror, suspense, historical, crime drama, and the paranormal, as well as plays, short stories, and children's books. For non-fiction, she reads biographies, memoir, humor, and travel. 

Stephanie Tilton is an avid reader and blog writer from North Carolina. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and taught in a State licensed childcare facility for three years. Reading has always been a passion of hers, and most of her free time is spent reading. When she isn’t reading, Stephanie works as a Social Media Specialist. Her skills include; developing social media content, writing grant proposals for non-profits, writing press releases for a published Author, and writing product reviews. Stephanie will gladly accept all genres for review, but prefers Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Fantasy, YA Fiction, and Children’s books.

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. He is interested in reading both nonfiction and fiction, adult and young adult. 


Barbara Belford recently moved from the western suburbs to a condo in the Chicago loop to spend more time on writing. In her career in education in Aurora, Illinois she’s been a classroom teacher, a reading teacher, a literacy coach, and a reading consultant. She’s incurably addicted to working with students, now volunteering in a CPS school in Bronzeville and consulting in Waukegan public schools while working on her middle grade novels. She has published four books: Canned and Crushed, The Gift, Crossing the Line (Christopher Award Winner, 2017), and Another D for DeeDee (Kirkus starred review). Her goal is to write books the students she’s taught will want to read, and one of her greatest joys was reading the ARC of Canned and Crushed to her former students who had promised they’d read a book if she wrote one. She earned her BA in English and Education, and her MA in Bilingual Literacy with endorsements in ESL and Reading. She’s a member of Chicago Writers Association, SCWBI, and ACWF. She reads all genres of middle grade and children’s picture books and realistic or historical YAbibibelford.com


Florence Osmund, an Illinois native, grew up in Libertyville. After thirty years of living in downtown Chicago, she returned to the suburbs to a residence on beautiful Lake Miltmore in Lake Villa. After retiring from a long career in administrative management, Florence began writing novels and currently has five published and two in the works. In addition to Windy City Reviews, she has reviewed books for the Awesome Indies and indieBRAG organizations. While literary fiction is her favorite genre to read, write, and review, she will also review contemporary fiction, mysteries, coming of age fiction, dramas, mainstream fiction, family sagas, and young adult fiction. “I will review most fiction genres except for romance novels, science fiction, and fantasies.” For those looking to hone their author skills, visit Florence’s website www.novelelements.com where she offers substantial tips and advice on writing and marketing books.


Wayne Turmel lives and writes in Lisle, IL. Since his first book of essays came out in 2003, he’s written 6 non-fiction titles and 2 historical novels; The Count of the Sahara and Acre’s Bastard. He will honestly review historical fiction, sword-and-sorcery, thrillers, and business or history non-fiction. No romance, hard sci-fi or religious genre works please. His website is www.WayneTurmel.com where he also interviews independent and small press historical fiction writers.


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. Dennis enjoys reviewing fiction, particularly sports fiction, political or legal thrillers, and “hard” science fiction. He is also interested in non-fiction, particularly biographies and topics related to sports, American politics, or science. Find out more about Dennis at dennishetzel.com


Brian R. Johnston lives in St. Joseph, Michigan with his wife and two children. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Hillsdale College and a Master's Degree from Wayne State University. He is also a columnist for the Herald Palladium newspaper in Southwest Michigan and for the Wrigleyville Nation website. His first book, The Art of Being a Baseball Fan, is his story of following the 2015 Chicago Cubs and was released in 2016. Brian is primarily interested in reviewing nonfiction, especially sports, self-help, religion, biography, history, political science, and current events.


David Steven Rappoport is the author of two plays produced Off-Broadway. His comic mystery novel, Husbands and Lap Dogs Breathe Their Last, was published by Mainly Murder Press. In their review, Mystery Scene magazine said it was “as riotous as mystery novels get” and “a delightful journey into the weird." Tea at the Morgue, a radio play based on his short story, was produced by the Radio Theater Project. His short story, The Anonymous Donor, received Honorable Mention in the Al Blanchard Award competition for the best mystery short story set in New England, and is included in the anthology, Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories, published by Level Best Books. His short story, Leftovers, was a winner of the Mystery Times competition, and is featured in an anthology of winning stories from Buddhapuss Ink. He is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts: Creative Writing program at Goddard College. He prefers to review mysteries, and LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction.


Kandice Cole is a writer and avid reader from Chicago. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago. She taught 2nd and 4th grade for a few years before becoming a story development intern for 2nd Story Chicago. She has also worked as Program Manager for Narrative 4, a literary non-profit. She is currently working on her novel, Dreaming Sisters. She has written articles about self-empowerment and travel for several online websites. Kandice enjoys reviewing contemporary fiction, chick lit, romance, women’s fiction, self-help, children’s books, and YA.


Jose Nateras is a Chicago based writer & actor who has written reviews for such websites as "Rock n' Roll Ghost" and "El Hautaque"; primarily focusing on film and television criticism. Having studied International Film & Media Studies, Theatre, and Communications at Loyola University Chicago, he was a peer reviewer for academic works and had previously been on the editorial staff of the Literary Arts Magazine Mirrors. Jose is a playwright and screenwriter with experience writing essays, short fiction, prose, and verse, and he's an avid reader. Specific reviewing preferences would tend towards general fiction, genre fiction (horror, fantasy, and science fiction), novels, short fiction, poetry, essays, humor, memoir, plays, and media criticism. You can visit his website at: josenateras.com.


Marssie Mencotti has enjoyed a writing voyage that includes copywriting and advertising for radio, contributions to theatrechicago.com, and many unpublished works being readied for market. She was an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago and the Associate Chair of the Radio Department, where she developed a Voiceover Minor degree. Currently, she is completing a novel based on her Uncle’s World War I experiences to complete her M.A. in Creative Writing from Northwestern University.  She loves to read science fiction, detective and crime mysteries and procedurals, short story anthologies, historical fiction, and creative non-fiction. Her website is www.marssie.com.


Ukaisha A. Hall is a young adult author and founder of Air-Castle Books. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two characters, ...er children. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing with a Minor in playwriting from Columbia College Chicago, and a MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She has worked as a daycare provider, nanny, a reading volunteer for WITS (Working in the Schools), a writing tutor, and is currently an English Professor. Her first book is Infinite Passage. She reads almost anything she can get in her hands, but prefers fantasy, science fiction, YA, children's books. www.facebook.com/uahall 


T. L. Needham is an award winning author and a native of Kansas City. He lived in Glen Ellyn in the 1980s and has lived in Romeoville since 2007. He is the author of the historic memoir, When I Was A Child, a collection of poetry, Pesky Poems, an illustrated children's Christmas story poem, Kitty Claus, and The She Wolf, a science fiction-fantasy novella and his most recent book. He has a strong background in publishing and editing business media and is an accomplished book reviewer, having completed more than one hundred reviews. He prefers to read and review science fiction, fantasy, historic memoir, and history books. You can learn more by visiting his website at tlneedham.com


Michelle Burwell grew up in Ohio and received her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Political Science at Miami University before moving to Chicago five years ago. She has written freelance pieces ranging from new tech to social justice. You can follow her non-fiction work at MichelleBurwell.com. Michelle also enjoys humor writing as well as narrative non-fiction, and is currently working on her first novel. Michelle enjoys reading narrative fiction and is particularly drawn to ordinary characters like Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom. Michelle loves living in Andersonville and likes to spend her free time rummaging through antiques or hanging out along the lake. 


Suzanne M. Brazil is a freelance writer and editor living in a recently empty nest in suburban Chicago. Her work has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Writer's Digest, The Daily Herald and many local publications. She is a frequent guest blog contributor, reviewing books and interviewing authors at www.Blogcritics.org and her own website www.suzannebrazil.com. She has completed extensive workshops at The Writers Loft, Story Studio, etc., and is currently revising her first novel. Last summer, she performed her first Live Lit piece with Story Club North. Suzanne reads widely and enjoys reviewing most fiction including literary, commercial, YA, Fantasy/SciFi (less likely to select hard boiled crime or war topics) and non-fiction (i.e., medical/science, adventure, bioraphy, memoir).  


Andrew Reynolds is a native of Illinois and currently resides in Rochelle. He started writing out of an interest in space and a desire to spread that interest to others. After a decade of researching, writing, and editing a space-interest newsletter, he moved to writing a weekly opinion column in a local newspaper. Andrew is currently transitioning to fiction, with a first novel nearing completion. Andrew's interests in reading include science fiction, fantasy, and history.


Deb Lecos is a writer, speaker, and practitioner of the healing arts. Deb has lived on both coasts and currently lives in Illinois with her husband, where everyday living often collides with mystical moments of hoo-ha. These are the events stuck between the pages of her memoir 20 Gurus and a Dog. She has a loving-via-text relationship with her two grown children who are on an extended sleep-over at college. Deb is a member of InPrint and the Chicago Writer's Association and blogs regularly at 20gurusandadog.blogspot.com. She is currently in the gathering stage of turning her memoir into a one woman show. Her reading choices are novels, creative non-fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, humor and self-help. The only reading exclusions would be horror or anything explicit.


Hallie Koontz graduated in 2014 with a degree in English & Creative Writing from Cornell College, where she also received two creative awards from the Department of English and was a campus finalist in the Nick Adams Short Story Contest two years in a row. She has recently been published in The MacGuffin, and her plays have been produced by theatres in Iowa and Illinois. She is a member of the Geneva Night Writers group in her hometown of Geneva, IL. She enjoys the rather diverse genre of literary fiction, especially coming-of-age stories, as well as fantasy and mystery. 


Christine Cassello is a retired Chicago native and is a member of SCBWI and PWA. She has published two e-books of rhyming poem stories and she has written book reviews for Children's Literature. Her main interest is children's books of all levels, fiction, or non-fiction but she would also review adult books of historical novels and biographies. She has a blogs on chicagonow.com/south-shoreline and has a personal blog ccassello.wordpress.com called "It's Never Too Late!" about pursuing her childhood dream of being a writer even in her senior years. 


Charles Kuner was born and bred in Chicago, and he received his B.A. in History at Roosevelt University. At Northeastern State University he earned two masters, one in Education and the other in Urban Sociology. Charles taught Social Sciences at Farragut Career Academy High School for 42 years. For the Chicago Teacher’s Union newspaper he reviewed books in the field of education. He has had articles published in professional educational journals on peer group counseling, death education, the value of career education, and the use of American autobiographies such as the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to motivate student writing. Charles has written personal opinion columns for the Tribune, the Sun Times, and the Defender on many topics ranging from education to civil rights. He is particularly interested in the social sciences, classical music, sports, health/disease topics, and fiction


Ed Sarna was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and has lived for extended periods in Southern California, Iowa, and most recently, Milwaukee, where he resides with his wife and son. He has a BA in theatre and spent twenty plus years as a working actor and director. Ed served our military as a U.S. Marine, has owned various businesses, and is currently on the board of a theatre in Southeastern Wisconsin. He recently completed his first mystery novel, The Invisibles. He enjoys reading all types of books, but gravitate toward fiction, especially mystery, suspense, thrillers, and humor.


Sue Merrell is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has worked for newspapers in four states as a reporter, editor, and reviewer. She spent the last 10 years of her career as a theater reviewer for the Grand Rapids Press in Michigan. Since retiring in 2009 she has published a memoir and three books in a mystery series set in a fictional Chicago suburb. She enjoys mysteries, thrillers, literary fiction and all good writing


Susan Fox graduated from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, and holds a certificate in technical writing from IIT in Chicago. She is senior assistant editor for Literary Writers Network, Chicago, works as a registered nurse at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, and is a member of the Kankakee Valley Wind Ensemble. She is the author of Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the TalibanReading interest includes narrative nonfiction, biographies, and novels. Susan lives in Momence with her husband Ken. Her website is www.littlewomenofbaghlan.com.


Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. A multi-published, award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories, creative non-fiction and radio theater. She is an avid reader, a top Goodreads book reviewer, a blogger, and a freelance editor. Lickel is also a mentor and instructor with Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc., http://www.novelbookcamp.com, working with writers from across the US. Visit http://www.LisaLickel.com. She is an eclectic reader of any genre, fiction or non-fiction. 


Marji Brown has well over 20 years of reviewing military doctrine, regulations, and policies for publication approval prior to printing.  She is a self-published author of, When Man Said No, God Said Yes (2012); currently guiding the development, review and authorization of personnel policies and procedures for Cumberland County Action Program (CCAP).  She had the distinguished honor of being a ghost writer for the Elite Magazine from 2011-2012, a blend of unmatched military insights, lifestyle features and business intelligence.  She enjoys reading all genres as she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education Learning with an emphasis in Instruction Design. Her website is www.bbdibooks.org.  


Gerry Souter was a judge for the Society of Midland Authors Annual Book Awards in the biography and memoir categories for two years. Since 1997, he has authored and co-authored 56 traditionally published non-fiction books in the following categories: U.S. History, Biography, Memoir, Military History, Fine Arts (histories and biographies), Young Adult, NASCAR, Computers, and Social Commentary. He was a 16-year member of ASJA and is a three-year member of MWA and CWA. He is involved in promotion, lecturing. and the business of writing with his wife and writing partner, Janet. His new Web Site is at www.avril1.com


R. H. (“Bob”) King, Jr., a Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School graduate, is a partner in an international law firm. He has written two lengthy law review articles and some shorter pieces for local bar journals and trade publications.  He recently published his first novel, a mystery/legal thriller, and has another in the works. In the fiction arena, Bob prefers mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, and literary fiction.  In the non-fiction arena, Bob prefers biographies and memoirs.  More information about Bob and his writing can be found on his website: www.rhkingjr.com.  


Terrell Isselhard has published short fiction, creative non-fiction, feature articles, and multiple film reviews with a variety of publications.  He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, and BA in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago.  Columbia University in New York awarded him a Gold Medal Certificate in Humor Writing, and he was a finalist for the Very Short Fiction Award at Glimmer Train.  Terrell will gladly review all genres and forms.  He is particularly interested in reviewing novels, short fiction, creative non-fiction, humor writing, and travel writing.


Gail Galvan is a retired nurse and holds a B.A. in Health and Wellness Education. She is interested in reading poetry, fiction, short stories, and health/disease topics. Literary membership associations include: The Chicago Writers Association, Write-On Hoosiers, and The Northwest Indiana Poetry Society. For decades, she has visited writers’ groups to share poems and stories and also to receive and give tips on how to improve literary labors of love. She has been an editor for a college Health Ed newsletter and for the Denver Adoption Exchange newsletter. She has self-published over a dozen books. For more info visit www.gailgalvanbooks.com

Julie S. Halpern has recently relocated to Chicago after many years of living and working in New York City. She has written feature articles and reviews for Classical Singer Magazine, the off-off Broadway Review and The Soul of the American Actor. Julie is also a performer, director and playwright and for ten years was Artistic Director of Love Street Theatre. Favorite genres include contemporary fiction, womens’ history, biographies and art/theatre/music. 

Marcie Hill is a writer, blogger and speaker with 12 years of experience writing for corporations, publications and online properties. She owns four blog sites with topics on writing, blogging, South Side of Chicago, and roller skating, and she has written three blogging ebooks. Her most recent success, 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block, is available on Kindle. Marcie is most interested in reading non fiction. You can find out more about her writing successes and thoughts at www.marciewrites.com


Jessica Cage is a self-published author and freelance writer. Born and raised in Chicago, she enjoys reading and writing works of fiction, particularly YA paranormal, murder/mystery, romance, and suspense. Jessica is currently exploring the idea of following her dream of being an author in the hope of encouraging her son to follow his own dreams. She enjoys supporting and encouraging the works of other authors. You can find out more about Jessica via her website or Facebook Author Page.


Ed Marohn, former executive with International Fortune 500 companies, Michelin and Continental AG, was an army captain (Airborne and Ranger trained). He commanded a combat unit of 110 men with the101st Airborne Division in the Vietnam War and awarded three Bronze Stars, one Air Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals. He was a volunteer VA PTSD facilitator, Vice Chairman of the Idaho Humanities Council (NEH), and Board Member of the Idaho Falls City Club. He was elected to the Idaho Falls City Council (2014-2018) and was a Local Columnist for the Idaho Falls Post Register. He has had his fiction and non-fiction published in multiple magazines. His novel Legacy of War just came out May 2019. His reading interests cover most genres to include literary, fiction, and non-fiction. Please visit his website at www.writingsfromed.com.  


Starza Thompson is a marketing director at Tympani, a Chicago-based technology consulting firm. In this role, Starza is responsible for the strategy, creation and implementation of all things marketing. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2012 with an MBA in marketing, and received a BA in English and Psychology from James Madison University in 2003. More recently, Starza co-authored PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook, which has sold more than 225,000 copies to date. While Starza loves reading all books, she has a particular passion for psychological thrillers, horror, chick lit, and biographies. 


Paige Lorden Doepke is a graduate of DePaul University's Creative Writing program and full-time freelance writer.  After working as the editor-in-chief of a Chicago start up in 2012, Paige realized she wanted to turn her hobby of writing into a career.  She writes short fiction for various online magazines, namely Greasy Magazine and Purr Magazine, as well as movie and music reviews for local publications.  An avid reader, Paige especially loves fiction and science fiction.  The Great Gatsby, Franny and Zooey, and anything by Salman Rushdie are some of her favorites.  To check out Paige’s work, visit paigelordendoepke.com.


Stephanie Medlock is a writer, journalist, and former academic administrator. Fantasy in all its various forms is her favorite subject. Stephanie loves the work of Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alice Hoffman and Neil Geiman, but also adores history, and travel.  The author of a magical realism novel, The Lives of Things, she has recently published memoirs and short stories in Feathered Flounder Magazine and Persimmon Tree. Given that life as Daenerys in The Game of Thrones seemed unattainable, she spent 25 years as an administrator at the University of Chicago, where she developed the nationally known publishing and editing programs. 


Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. Her second novel, Shambala Junction, won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Her debut novel was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and republished as Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016). Her short story collection is Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015) and edited collections include Champion Fellas (Word Works, 2016), Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). She has two poetry collections: The Third Glass of Wine (Writer’s Workshop, 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile (Rubicon Press, 2009). She is interested in books that make the world more accessible, and especially enjoys literary fiction and international non-fiction. www.dipikamukherjee.com.


Mary-Megan Kalvig is interested in contemporary romance, mysteries, psychological thrillers, and young adult fiction as long as it is not supernatural, fantasy, or science fiction. I currently contribute reviews of young adult fiction for the blog, Speak/Hablar. In my spare time I am writing a contemporary romance series about a fictional Chicago-based hockey team.


Janet Feduska Cole is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania. She currently lives near Chicago with husband, Ed, a retired business executive, and two poodles, Elmer and Elsie. Her sons, Russell and Andrew, are a sociologist and a psychologist and author.  After earning her MBA and certification in Technical Communication, she worked as a technical and marketing writer and editor for more than twenty years. In January 2013, Pegasus Books published her first novel: Cancelled: Stamps to Die ForShe is an avid reader of mysteries and historical fiction and would enjoy reviewing books from those genres. Please visit her website at www.janetfcole.com.


Christine Collins Cacciatore is happily married, with three kids and a grandchild due any day.  Her family gives her lots of good material to parlay into funny stories for her blog, The Life and Times of Poopwa Foley. Last year, she published Baylyn, Bewitched and her second novel Cat, Charmed was released in April of 2014. She is an avid reader and has been writing since high school. She loves to read fiction, any genre, including paranormal, chick lit, humor, and mystery. She is judging the In Print writing contests for 2013, and last year she was a judge in the Woman’s Guild writing contest.


Ray Paul’s writing career had its genesis at the University of Wisconsin when he took a creative writing class almost forty years. Fifteen years ago, Ray finally reached a comfortable stage where the demands on his time and energy were diminished, and he decided to pursue a new challenge. Two college writing classes and several workshops later, he began writing himself toward retirement.  In the past eight years Ray has written Cabbage Requiem, Between the Rows, and A New Season, the three novels that make up the George Konert trilogy. In addition, he published Shards, an eclectic collection of his best short stories, some of which were previously published in various journals and magazines.  His newest novel is Heaven Lies Between the Foul Lines. Ray prefers to review character driven fiction, but will also consider suspense, mystery, and historical fiction. He also preferes physical books over e-books.


Roxe Anne Peacock resides in Caledonia, Illinois and is the author of Leave No Trace, Fatal Catch, and History Lover’s Cookbook. History Lover’s Cookbook has been a top 100 paid Amazon Kindle Best Seller for most of 2013 in South and History. Currently, Roxe Anne is working on a science fiction series, a mystery series set up north, and another cookbook, Smokin’ Good Eats. Her works have appeared in Ghost Voices and Skirmish, a division of Dragoon Publishing in the UK. Roxe Anne belongs to several writing groups: Sisters in Crime/National, Sisters in Crime/Chicagoland, Guppies, Chicago Writer’s Association and In Print. She has reviewed award-winning authors Cindy Nord and Pauline Holyoak, along with several others. She is interested in reviewing books in the genres of mystery, suspense, thrillers, romantic suspense, historical romance, and cookbooks. Check out her Facebook Author Page


Opal Freeman grew up as a fun-loving child in Chicago with a proud sister and parents.  She shares with them a love of photography, chocolate desserts, and in depth discussions. Spending time with those close to her is one of her number one priorities. The types of books she is interested in include African American Inventors, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and books about other cultures. Her peers know Opal as an active board member for two non-profit associations.   Her reading, writing, and reviewing credentials include proofing and editing documents for conferences and published magazines for about 17 years.


Sierra Kay earned a Master of Arts in Writing from DePaul University and won a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam (www.nuyorican.org). She started her career as a corporate writer/editor.  Kay currently writes poetry and fiction novels.  She is primarily interested in reviewing women’s fiction, suspense novels and business-related non-fiction.  However, she’s open to other genres. Her second novel, From Behind the Curtain, will be available Summer 2013. For more information, visit www.sierrakay.com


An independent writer, Greg Borzo writes books and freelances for the University of Chicago. His books include RAGBRAI: America’s Favorite Bicycle Ride; Chicago Cable Cars; Where to Bike Chicago; and The Chicago “L.”  With a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, Greg has been a full-time reporter and or editor at Modern Railroads Magazine, Traffic World, the Business Word, American Medical Association and Field Museum. He has won several awards, most notably Grinnell College’s Alumni Award and two Peter Lisagor Awards. Greg is an accomplished public speaker and conducts tours for the Chicago Cycling Club, Chicago History Museum and Forgotten Chicago. He lives in the South Loop to better enjoy Chicago’s culture and history; art and architecture; and music and museums (www.wheretobikechicago.com). Greg is most interested in reviewing books about history, transportation, Chicago, science, biography, bicycles and cinema.


Serena Wadhwa will consider nonfiction books, science fiction, psychological thrillers, and books with personal growth themes. She is currently working on publishing her first book on stress management, reduction, and prevention techniques. To learn more about her, visit her website at http://www.triqualiving.com/



Renee James welcomes commercial fiction--mystery, suspense, legal, etc.--and literary fiction that has a plot and entertainment value. She'll consider other fiction and non-fiction. She once reviewed popular fiction for a book marketing company as a hobby. She was a magazine editor for many years covering technical and political subjects for consumer and trade audiences and now works full-time as a free-lance writer. Her first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder, was published in 2012 and won the Chicago Writer's Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction. Coming Out is also a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews book of the year competition for independent publishers and authors in the LGBT category. She is working on her second novel now. Her website is reneejamesauthor.com.



David Laipple has a degree in economics and has written in the discipline of economics for businesses and political campaigns.  His focus there is to make economics understandable for all, and he enjoys books that accomplish that goal. David is also a stand up comic, does script consulting (punch up), has written a first humorous book, and is working on his next. He knows there is more than one way to get a message across and that all communication styles have value, but suspects writing about yourself in the third person is just an invitation to schizophrenia. David believes Anne Lamott and Christopher Moore are Heaven. He is open to reviewing all genres with the exception of religious writing.