Meet Our Authors

Please note: the number in parentheses indicates the date on which each writer posts monthly.

Elizabeth Blake (28th)elizabeth-blake
Elizabeth Blake is a complex woman. She’ll tell you that she’s not that complicated, that her demands are simple: Coffee, good books, freedom, world domination… Elizabeth Blake is a sorceress of stories, a lover of letters. If you want to get to know her, visit The Mind & Heart of Elizabeth Blake, pick up her books, follow her on social media, buy her a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Kebba Buckley Button (2nd)Kebba Buckley Button
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert with a natural healing practice. She also is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group:

Ross Caligiuri (17th)Ross C
Did this post pique your interest or curiosity? Connect with Ross Caligiuri through his website,, where you will find copies of his new novel Dreaming in the Shadows available for purchase. Written on this subject and based around a dream he experienced, the series follows a main character with the ability to manipulate people’s memories, both past and future, using the powers locked inside of her own subconscious mind.

Barbara Chatzkel (24th)
Barbara Chatzkel’s ability to provide a vibrant and behavior-changing book extends Chatzkelacross industry segments – everyone uses business body language. Her coaching and consulting expertise on business body language grew from conducting union negotiations, managing difficult personnel situations, managing at multiple levels, and extensive business coaching experience. Her new book, Business Body Language: Your Visual Business Card, will be available in print in early 2016. Visit her website today for further information.

Patricia Grady Cox (14th)
Patricia Grady Cox is a member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing Trish Coxthe West. Her nonfiction work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and ghost-written memoirs. Patricia has volunteered at the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum where she experienced, first-hand, the realities of life in the 1800s. Her love of the Southwest – the landscape, the history, the culture – infuses her work with authenticity. Originally from Rhode Island, Patricia moved to Arizona 24 years ago and currently lives in Phoenix. Her novel, Chasm Creek, is available through her website and on Amazon. She blogs weekly at Patricia Grady Cox, Writer. Her second novel, HELLGATE, is now on sale.

Kixx Goldman (17th)Kixx Goldman
Dr. Kixx Goldman, psychologist and author, migrated to Phoenix from Vancouver to retire her hip waders and pursue her passion for prose. Her research on relationships has been published. Kixx’s collection of short fiction is inspired by experiences in her life and the lives of her clients. Kixx loves helping people follow their intuition and claim their power. Speak from Your Heart and Be Heard: Stories of Courage and Healing, will be released in spring 2019. The short story, “Deception,” was recently published in the anthology, Heat of the Moment. Follow Kixx on Facebook and learn more about her at

Rita Goldner (1st)
Rita Goldner is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book, Orangutan: A Rita Goldner2Day in the Rainforest Canopy. Rita has also written and illustrated two eBooks, Jackson’s History Adventure and Jackson’s Aviation Adventure, in the Jackson’s Adventure series. For orangutan facts and images and to purchase the book (also available as an ebook), visit Or by the Kindle version here. Rita’s newest book, Making Marks on the World: A Storybook for Left- and Right-Handed Coloring, is available for purchase here. Works in progress: H2O Rides the Water Cycle, The Flying Artist, and Rose ColoredTo view additional illustrations and Rita’s books in progress, visit Rita’s website. Contact Rita here. Follow Rita on Facebook. Subscribe to Rita’s newsletter, Orangutans and More! and receive a free coloring page of today’s illustration.

Brad Graber (occasional)
Brad Graber was born and raised in New York City. He obtained a B.A. in Biology from theBrad Graber State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.H.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Miss. Brad is formerly a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Medical Executive through Medical Group Management Association. He no longer works in healthcare, though he does actively volunteer with local nonprofits. The Intersect is Brad’s first novel and will be released on Amazon in August 2016. You can reach Brad at or

Beth Kozan (3rd)
Beth Kozan is the author of the book Adoption: More Than by Chance and the forthcoming Beth KozanHelping the Birth Mother You Know. Beth worked in adoption for 35 years and retired to write. She has many more books than these titles to write and will emphasize and explore the concept of community in her additional books. “Growing up in a close agriculture-based, rural community in Texas, I felt the comfort and bonds of caring for others which is often missing in our busy lives today. Exploring and building communities for today is my writer’s goal.” Follow Beth on Facebook or visit her website, where she reviews books and films featuring adoption.

Justin Larson (8th)
Justin Larson is a social media marketing professional. As a child, he was raised by many Justin Larsonentrepreneurs. His grandparents on his dad’s side owned a woodworking business that is now owned by his aunt and uncle. His grandpa on his mom’s side owned a construction company and his maternal grandma owned a hair salon. He helped his parents in their woodworking machinery and lumber business, doing computer work and posting products online. He even helped create their first business website. It wasn’t perfect, but he knew from that moment on this was what he wanted to spend his life doing. Now he works with authors and small business owners who want to grow their businesses. Although social media is free to use, it can help explode business growth if used properly. Visit to learn more.

Joyce Lefler (30th)
It took Joyce Lefler 15 years to begin and finish From Miracle to Murder: Justice for Joyce LeflerAdam because her save-the-children nightmares only visit her when summer turns into fall. She used to shove these nightmares into hermetically sealed barbed wire boxes inside her mind. They terrified her. She thought they threatened her sanity. She understands them better now and welcomes them as old friends. They contain the memories that fuel the stories she writes in the true crime/memoir genre. Joyce is a retired registered nurse and bereavement counselor. She is an advocate against abuse, a spokesperson for Geri’s law, and a facilitator for Parents of Murdered Children.  Please connect with Joyce via (Amazon); (blog); (website); and/or (advocacy project).

Becky Miller (15th)Becky Miller
Becky Miller’s first book,
Jimmy & Me: Christian Orphan Pre-Teen/Teen Brothers, is due out in June 2019. Connect with her on Facebook.


Marcus Nannini (31st)
Marcus Nannini began his journalistic career when he published his own newspaper in the Marcus Nanninisixth grade, charging 25 cents for the privilege of reading the only printed copy of each edition. During his undergraduate years, Nannini was a paid reporter and worked three semesters as the research assistant for journalism professor and published author Richard Stocks Carlson, Ph.D. Nannini is a life-long history buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Pearl Harbor attack. His continuing curiosity over several Japanese aerial photographs and the turtling of the U.S.S. Oklahoma lead him to write Chameleons, first as a screenplay and now as a full-length novel. His latest work, Left for Dead at Nijmegen, has recently debuted to great regard, internationally.

Laura Orsini (23rd)
LAURA ORSINI recently founded Panoply Publishing, a boutique indie press. She is also a self-publishing consultant who works with authors who want to LO picchange the world. From concept to publication to the first-time author’s book launch, her expertise will help you make a better book and find more readers. Laura is the organizer of the popular and successful Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion Meetup, creator of the Holiday Author Event, and conjuror of many other author opportunities. She will explore the power of the group in her posts for this group blog. In the meantime, read her regular posts at Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and check out her pins on Pinterest.

Rob Pikula (21st)Rob Pikula
ROB PIKULA is an author, artist, metaphysical intuitive, and certified Reiki master. Pikula’s art was exhibited in Modern Painters magazine of New York and Aesthetica of the UK. His first book, Our Children Come First, chronicles his battle for custody of his daughter. His forthcoming book will help parents and children overcome fear of spirits. Connect with Rob on Facebook and Twitter.

Mel Rhoden (5th)Mel Rhoden
Mel Rhoden is a Life Purpose and Career Coach. Her mission is people, passionately pursuing their professional purpose and calling. Read more of her blogs on her website: Mel provides several different resources on her website, if you are interested in learning more about how to find your dream job or life’s purpose. She offers free 30-minute career coaching consultations. Schedule you appointment today.

Robert Scanlan (occasional)
Robert Scanlan recently published Tigers Under My Bed: Life Lessons Tamed During Bob ScanlanThree Organ Transplants, a five-star rated book on He is a recipient of three organ transplants over the past 17 years, and the recipient of awards from Donate Life in both California and Arizona for his work in promoting donor registration. Robert facilitated the liver transplant support group at UCLA under the auspices of the Clinical Social Services Department for two years. He is a lecturer at USC in Los Angeles in their post graduate program for social workers. His speaking engagements have addressed thousands of nurses, doctors, patients, and the general public. Reach Robert via or at . You can subscribe to his blog at

Ernest Sears, Jr. (20th)
During a management career spanning 22 years, Ernest Sears, Jr. worked in C-level roles,ernest sears garnering numerous awards for coaching expertise and creating winning culture. With a BA in Linguistics from Yale and an MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business, he focused primarily on building cohesive, self-sufficient, high-performing teams in corporate environments. Reaching his own turning point and crisis of meaning triggered the writing of his first book, DETOX YOUR CIRCLE. Ernest is the father of two adult daughters and for the past 25 years has been the life partner of Kiana Maria Storey-Sears. Learn more:

C.K. Thomas (29th)
C.K. ThomasC.K. Thomas lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Before retiring, she worked for Phoenix Newspapers while raising three children and later as communications editor for a large United Methodist Church. The Storm Women is her fourth novel and the third in the Arrowstar series about adventurous women of the desert Southwest. Follow her blog: We-Tired and Writing Blog.


Olga Torres (25th)Olga Torres
Olga Torres is a doctoral candidate in Performance Psychology with a focus on Industrial Organization.



Andrea Walker (13th)Walker
Find more info on A.L. Walker at;; @Awcoppelia (Twitter); and @andreawalker455 (Instagram).



3 Responses to Meet Our Authors

  1. What a great idea of having author members in your Group take turns sharing posts on your blog! Assuming you will be happy for us to share your innovative and collaborative approach, we will adopt this strategy for the 14 stand-alone titles for Solving Life’s Ultimate Success Puzzles we are about to publish to launch a non profit University for Successful Living. Each of the initial 14 of 101+ publications we have in various stages of completion have 4 to 6 coauthors. This will also be a perfect component to add to the Collaborative Infopreneurship Network we are about to launch. Thank you Laura and team! (


    • Marcie Brock says:

      I’ve always thought it was a very easy way to publish good content and give more people a little free exposure. It’s a handful to manage sometimes, but worth the effort. Thanks for the feedback, Charles. Best of luck to you and your fellow authors!

      Laura O (aka Marcie Brock)


  2. Ray Hodge says:

    Intrigued by Mr. Marcus Nannini’s account of the military career of Harry Watson. He was a great mentor to so many kids growing up in Farmers Branch, Texas with his tremendous devotion to youth sports. I had no idea! Would love to get a copy of that book signed by Mr. Watson!


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