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Author-fest Aug. 13

We have an unique addition to the market this weekend. We are starting an “author-fest” where we will feature a number of local authors sharing their stories and doing book signings. We look forward to this being the first of, what we expect to be, a regular event.

This week we are showcasing the works of

Laine Boyd
Denise Elam Dauw
Braxton DeGarmo
Jim Merkel
Robert Treskillard

Laine Boyd

Laine Boyd writes, ghost-writes, and edits fiction and non-fiction. She is the mother of two grown children and sponsors two children through World Vision. A trained musician, avid cook, and animal lover, she lives with her husband and two rescue cats in the St. Louis metropolitan area where she is a self-proclaimed expert on chocolate. Laine can be contacted either through Facebook, or e-mail at lainejb@outlook.com Her current works, published by Ballad Publishing, LLC, are “Unharmonious” and “Dinner and a Murder.” Upcoming books include a 2-book series, “He’ll Find You.”

Denise Elam Dauw

Denise Elam Dauw is a music educator in Rockwood School District. She holds a M.M. in Music Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a B.M. in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Specializing in instrumental music as a band director, Ms. Elam Dauw also has experience teaching choir, orchestra, piano, music history and appreciation, guitar, jazz band, marching band, and color guard. She is currently a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and volunteers for the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Community involvement also includes giving educational, research-based lectures on music and memory along with the power of music in the brain, and entertaining residents at local assisted living facilities. Please visit her website and monthly blog at www.denise-elam-dauw.com

Braxton DeGarmo, MD

“A Zealot’s Destiny” – a political thriller (MedAir Series #5)
“Wrongfully Removed” – a medical thriller (MedAir Series #4)
“The Silenced Shooter” – a political thriller (MedAir Series #3)
“Rescued and Remembered” – a thriller (MedAir Series #2)
“Looks that Deceive” – a medical thriller (MedAir Series #1)
“Indebted” – a story of hope and redemption
“The Militant Genome” – a medical thriller

Braxton can’t lay claim to wanting to be a writer all his life, although his mother and seventh grade English teacher were convinced he had what it would take. He went to Duke University, earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Engineering with a major in Bio-Medical Engineering, and followed that with medical school at the University of Cincinnati. After a residency in Emergency Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, he served tours as the Chief, Emergency Medical Services at Fort Campbell, KY and as a research Flight Surgeon at Fort Rucker, AL. Who had time to write?

By the late 1990′s, his professional and family life had settled down, somewhat, and his mother once again took up her mantra, “Write a book. You’re a good writer.” Yet, with no experience in writing anything other than technical articles, he hesitated to try his hand at fiction. That changed in 1997 when the local newspaper held a writing contest for Valentine’s Day. Out of 1100 entries, he made it to the top five finalists and realized that maybe he could write fiction after all.

Website: www.braxtondegarmo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Braxton.DeGarmo.Author

Jim Merkle

  • Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis
  • Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side
  • The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who
  • Built the Gateway Arch
  • The Lighthouse on Devils Island

Jim Merkel is a longtime St. Louis journalist and the author of three books about St. Louis: Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis; and The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built The Gateway Arch. This fall, Reedy Press will release his newest book, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. He and his wife Lorraine live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of South St. Louis.

Robert Treskillard

Robert Treskillard is a Celtic enthusiast who has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith. It all began when Robert’s son wanted to learn blacksmithing and sword-making. The two set out to learn the crafts and in the process were told by a relative that they were descended from a Cornish blacksmith. This lit the fire of Robert’s imagination, and so welding his Celtic research to his love of the legends of King Arthur, a trilogy was forged—Merlin’s Blade, Merlin’s Shadow, and Merlin’s Nightmare—the books of The Merlin Spiral, published by Blink Young Adult Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.