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Pam Binder

 Historical Category Sponsor

Pam Binder is an award-winning and New York Times and Amazon best-selling author. Publishers Weekly has said: “Binder gracefully weaves elements of humor, magic and romantic tensions into her novels.” Drawn to Celtic legends and anything Irish or Scottish, Pam blends historical events, characters, and myths into everything she writes. Pam is also a conference speaker and teaches the year-long classes: After The First Draft and Write Your Story. Pam writes the Warrior Rising series, based on Kindle Worlds Doublesight, and Pam’s Historical Time Travel series, The Matchmaker
Café series is published by Wild Rose Press. Her first Young Adult novel, Grace O’Malley and the Goblin Bones, will be published by Wild Rose Press.


Gerri Russell 

Romance/Women's fiction
Category Sponsor

Gerri Russell is the bestselling author of historical and contemporary novels including the Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars series and Flirting with Felicity. A two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and winner of the American Title II competition sponsored by RT Book Reviews magazine, she is best known for her adventurous and emotionally intense novels set in the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Scottish Highlands. Her debut novel, The Warrior Trainer, was also nominated for an award from RT Book Reviews for Best First Historical Romance. Before Gerri followed her passion for writing romance novels, she worked as a broadcast journalist, a newspaper reporter, a magazine columnist, a technical writer and editor, and an instructional designer. She lives in Bellevue, Washington, with her husband and four mischievous black cats.

 Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni

Mystery/Thriller Category Sponsor

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed and New York Times Best Selling Author of the David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm,  Murder One and The Conviction. He is also the author of the best-selling stand alone novel Damage Control as well as the nonfiction expose, The Cyanide Canary.

Dugoni’s books have been likened to Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as "the undisputed king of the legal thriller” by The Providence Journal and called the "heir to Grisham’s literary throne.”  Bodily Harm and Murder One were each chosen one of the top five thrillers of 2010 and 2011, respectively. Murder One was also a finalist for the Harper Lee Award for literary excellence.  My Sister’s Grave, released October 2014 will be the first in the Tracy Crosswhite series. Visit his website at, email him at, and follow him on twitter @robertdugoni.


Ethan Reid

Mystery/Thriller Category Sponsor

Ethan Reid is the author of The Undying trilogy, a dystopian series released by Simon & Schuster’s imprint Simon451.  A former television news producer, Ethan studied English at the University of Washington, and received his MFA in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California.  He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and the PNWA, and is represented by Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, whom he met while attending the PNWA in 2008. Ethan lives in Seattle with his wife, a television reporter, and his son. He’s currently working on the third book in The Undying series.


Melinda Rucker Haynes

  Young Adult Category Sponsor

Award-winning author of eight novels, Melinda Rucker Haynes likes to tease that she learned to write fiction as a grant writer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Melinda also directed adult education research projects and trained teachers at UNLV, where she furhter developed her unusual sense of humor as a student teracher supervisor and member of the faculty gourmet club. After traveling the world and living in four foreign countries, which most recently included Washington D.C., Melinda settled in Tucson with her husband, Bob. She babies their citrus trees, takes piano lessons and photo hunts the wily Cruel Shoes for her website and Pinterest pages. She’s a discerning Whovian who refuses to choose a favorite Doctor (David Tennant) and is the founder of the Tall Grass Editing CoOp of talented writers. Melinda has won 15 awards for writing and editing. Her novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, is the Young Adult category winner of the Arizona State Library’s OneBookAZ 2016 literary contest.

Lynn Price - Behler Publications

  Adult Short Topics Category Sponsor

Lynn is an editor for Behler.










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