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Welcome to the Vendor Profiles for the 2022 Mesa Book Festival

2022 Publishers in Attendance


Brick Cave Media
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 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Poetry

Headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, Brick Cave Media publishes books in digital ebook, audio book, paperback & hard cover print formats. We feature the works of authors such as Sharon SkinnerJ.A. GiuntaScott Woods and Bruce Davis.

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Paperclip Publishing
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Dead Star Press
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 Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Social Commentary

Dead Star Press is an independent publisher of all things weird based in Phoenix, Arizona. Our latest releases include Darkest Day by Joseph D. Newcomer, a novel with the socially conscious heart of The Twilight Zone and the comedic sensibility of the film Office Space, and From the Dead, an anthology of short stories, poetry, and essays from the peculiar minds of 10 authors. We are currently seeking novels, novellas, poetry, short stories, novelettes, and anything else as long as it's weird. 

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Blood Bound Books
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Horror, Dark Thrillers/Fantasy

Blood Bound Books is excited and grateful to be celebrating thirteen years of publishing. In 2022 we teamed with Neil Gaiman, Jeremy Robert Johnson, and more to release Blood Bank: A Charitable Anthology, sales of which benefit READ BETTER BE BETTER a local charity to improve childhood literacy. 

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2022 Independent Authors in Attendance

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 Cynthia Anne Finefrock
Web | Amazon | Facebook

juvenile fiction/children
Cynthia Anne Finefrock lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her furry roommates, Winston and Sparrow. After designing a website to showcase her diverse photography, Cynthia decided to edit her dog Winston into her travel landscapes. What started as a comical exchange between friends has transpired into an award-winning children’s book series. Check out Winston’s Instagram @WinstonTravels_

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 David Alyn Gordon
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Historical Fiction/Science Fiction-Time Travel
I have been a social studies teacher, principal, and founding owner of the Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy in Tempe, Arizona. I grew up reading and watching science and historical fiction. I am also a big baseball fan. I have combined my various passions in the Jigsaw series, which focuses on time-traveling teens thrust into major historical events—many of which never made the standard history books. I was born in New York and now live in Arizona with the love of my life Gwyn. We are both are dog people, and enjoy travel and food—Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines in particular.


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 Mimi Francis
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 Dito Abbott, Author
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YA Adventure Fantasy, Steampunk
Dito was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Saudi Arabia, and lived on a sailboat for the better part of a decade. He wrote his first novel, Debunked, over three years while sailing from Florida to Mexico with his family. Now he lives in the Arizona desert, where he likes to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 in his free time.

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Kathie McMahon
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Kathie McMahon is the author of the humorous, award-winning chapter book series, Mortimer and Me, about eight-year-old Jimmy and a moose named Mortimer. Kathie taught elementary school for 32 years, where she composed several school musicals. She also collaborated on many youth theater musicals, receiving four ariZoni awards for Original Music Composition. She is a member of SCBWI and hosts the East Valley KidLit Mingles. Kathie lives in Gilbert, Arizona, where you won’t find any moose, but plenty of snakes, gila monsters, and mountain lions. For the latest news involving the adventures with Jimmy and Mortimer, visit www.kathiemcmahon.com.


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Tennille and Derk Harron
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K. A. Bledsoe


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Roxanne Doty
Web | Amazon

Literary Fiction
 Roxanne Doty lives in the Phoenix area which is the setting for much of her fiction. Out Stealing Water, her debut novel was published by Regal House Press August 30, 2022. Her short story, Turbulence, published in Ocotillo Review was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart prize for short fiction. You can read this story and a few others on her website, roxannelynndoty.com. Her short fiction has appeared in Forge, Four Chambers Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Lascaux Review, Lunaris Review,  Journal of Microliterature, Saranac Review, The Blue Guitar and Reunion: The Dallas Review. She has published poems in I70 Review, NewVerseNews, International Times and EspacioFronterizo.

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Sami Garcia

Sami Garcia
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Sami Garcia has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal justice and years of experience working in Corrections. Her screenplay "Light Em' Up" based on the book has been recognized in seven competitions and has received three awards in international film festivals. Starting as an officer, Sami worked her way up through the ranks to Associate Deputy Warden allowing her an insight into law enforcement.

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Jenn Windrow
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Miles Hooper - Local Author
Web | Amazon


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Joanne Crymble
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Steven King
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Steven King is a well-seasoned graphic illustrator and designer, his many forms of artwork have appeared in numerous books, packaging, games and toys around the world. Among Steven's many recognitions he is also known for creating all of the iconic U-Haul educational illustrations you see on the roads today. While working directly with leading scientists on these educational illustrations, Steve was inspired to write his own picture books to make learning fun while helping children understand science.


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Gatos Treasures


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Cory Mortense
Web | Amazon


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Ron Paschall
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 California native Ron Paschall spent 30 years managing truck drivers before buying his first bird feeder. That’s when he discovered the fascinating world of hummingbirds that inspired his writing. Paschall now spends most of his time caring for and observing these amazing creatures at his home in Arizona, where he shares life with his wife of 19 years and their dog Max and creates stories for his grandchildren to enjoy.

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Emily Cooper
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Adult Fantasy/Adventure.
Currently, I am a full-time wife, mother, student, business owner, army reservist, and author. The journey of writing began at age 12 for me. I have no intention of ceasing anytime soon!


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Kenneth Pearson
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Hekla Publishing, Heidi Herman
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Heidi Herman writes Icelandic-inspired works and has ndie published seven books in four genres, including Childrens Folklore, a cookbook, a novel and a motivational book, all with Icelandic themes. She is a member of the Arizona Author’s Association, the Non-Fiction Authors Association, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and the Womens Fiction Writers Association. In addition to writing, she is a motivational speaker and when she's not working, she spends her time between South Dakota and Arizona.

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 SandDancer Publications
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Dark Fantasy, Gothic Romance

Award-Winning Authors - C.S. Kading and Tony Fuentes have been working together and crafting stories for more than two decades. Partners in both mischief and memories, this dynamic duo combines real world experience with formal education, to bring you stories to tickle your imagination and delight your hearts.

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Flat Mountain Publishing
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2022 Collectives, Associations and Writers Groups in Attendance

  Artisans of Words and Wonders  
  Arizona State Poetry Society  
  Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators  

2022 Literacy and Reading Support Organizations in Attendance

  Mesa Public Library  

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