It has always been a love affair and tug-of-war between art and writing. During his first round in college, he held a double major in art and creative writing. Finances forced him to drop one, and since he read a lot of the books assigned in lit classes, he went with art. McConnell sought to make peace with an angry muse and wrote two novels during school. Ever since he was little, McConnell has been busy drawing or telling stories or telling stories with drawings.
AKALM is proud to represent McConnell's works of young adult, romance, fantasy, and thriller fiction.
Larry K. Meredith
Known as a writer throughout his working life, Meredith is the author of This Cursed Valley, a historical novel. In his career, he has been a newspaper man, a salesman, an advertising and sales promotion writer for a Fortune 500 company, a university public relations director, and has owned a marketing and video production company. Meredith has written hundreds of published essays and newspaper and magazine articles.
AKALM is proud to represent Meredith's works of historical and thriller fiction and biographical non-fiction.
A background in speech pathology and a successful practice in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehab agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her fiction has won contest awards, and her short story “Hayhook” was published in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 anthology, Crossing Colfax. She enjoys reading, yoga, and hiking, and lives with her husband on a small ranch in Colorado where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.
AKALM is proud to represent Mizushima's mysteries.
(Crooked Lane Books, 2016)
When Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb, and her K-9 partner Robo are called to search. But it’s mid-October, and a dark snow storm is brewing over the high country. And they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken, and the snow is coming down hard.
While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the dead of the early winter. And that’s only the first long, night in a series of them, because as their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody, and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer’s stalking ground–where the hunters have just become the hunted.
An effortlessly engrossing read filled with tension, excitement, and heart, Stalking Ground, the second in Margaret Mizushima’s lauded debut series, will send a chill down every reader’s spine.
(Crooked Lane Books, 2015)
Deputy Mattie Cobb is determined to stop drug traffic through Timber Creek, her peaceful hometown in the Colorado high country. But when she and her dog Robo find the body of a teenage girl, they must put aside their narcotics detection duties and track down a killer.
Veterinarian Cole Walker juggles his role as a single parent with the demands of a busy practice. Newly divorced, he hopes to piece together a new life for his children. The death of his daughter’s friend shatters his fragile progress.
When Mattie takes an injured dog found at the gravesite to Cole for medical care, she learns that he and his daughter might know something that will help her solve the crime. Together, they discover clues that set Mattie and Robo on the deadly trail of a killer. At its end, Mattie finds that if she is to prevent another child’s death, as well as her own and Robo’s, she must let go of her need to control everything and trust the instincts of her K-9 partner.
A good story is a good story wherever it comes from, and this place is full of them.” – from “Charlie’s Point of View” Playboy Magazine once called Colfax Avenue “the longest, wickedest street in America.” A hundred years ago, it was the main road into and out of Denver, Colorado. East Colfax was the address to have for many of the city’s elite, and West Colfax was a trail that led to the mountains and dreams of Gold Rush riches. A 105-acre tuberculosis sanatorium for the poor once fronted the street – the Golden Hill Cemetery still houses many of the White Plague’s victims. Colfax Avenue has been a part of almost every major era that defines the American West. It has housed the richest and the poorest, supported massive public works and the seediest criminal enterprises. If that isn’t the stuff of great fiction, we don’t know what else qualifies. We invite you to explore Colfax Avenue – its past, present, and future. Its greatest moments, real or imaginary, and its darkest secrets. Tales of romance, action, fantasy and more – Colfax has seen it all: • Billy Shump has seven seconds to save a life – and ruin his own • Mike Ashford learns that skimming off other people’s dreams isn’t nearly as satisfying as finding his own • Mech apocalypse refugee Kal must decide how far he’s willing to go in order to survive • Detective Marc Davis works a missing child case that puts his solid lack of faith in question • Sugar thought she hit rock bottom, until her unique talent catches unwanted attention • Jackie tries to save a homeless man from alien abduction • And eight other tales inspired by Colfax Avenue Crossing Colfax includes stories from authors Warren Hammond (KOP series) and Linda Berry (Trudy Roundtree Mystery series), and past Colorado Gold writing contest finalists and winners, including Zoltan James, Martha Husain, Angie Hodapp, TJ Valour, and more.
50 Over 50 is a superb collection of poetry, essays, and fiction by women over 50. This anthology features work by notable authors like Robin Black, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J.C. Todd, Vickie A. Carr, and Rachel Pastan. While many of the writers included are emerging authors, all of the work has something funny, thoughtful, and compelling to say about sex, family, loss, and love.
John writes with the depth of Shel Silverstein and the rhythmic pulse of Dr. Seuss, while he shows kids the importance of character & values in books that are fun to read and fun to view. It is his mission to teach through memorable stories and rhyme, and he believes that character and values are things we all should strive for, and have fun doing it.
AKALM is proud to represent John Newcomb's works of fiction written for children of all ages.
The author of 19 inspirational novels with Tyndale, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Guideposts, Summerside Press, David C. Cook, Hodder & Stoughton, Harold Shaw (part of Random House) and Victor Books. Also, he writes a regular science and technology blog for U.S. News & World Report called "At the Edge" for the magazine's News section, which is available through TechMediaNetwork. Nesbit was a senior public affairs official in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration; a national journalist with Knight-Ridder and others; head of a strategic communications consulting firm for more than a decade; director of communications for former Vice President Dan Quayle at the White House; and the director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation from 2006-2011. Ramona Tucker and Nesbit co-founded OakTara Publishers, an inspirational fiction publishing house, in 2006 to encourage new writers and bring out-out-print works from established authors back into the marketplace. OakTara has published 300-plus titles since then.
AKALM is proud to represent Jeff's works of fiction ranging from thrillers to meaningful stories for children.
A PRIMARY DECISION
(Revell Books, 2016)
Sarah Worthington never expected to become the US attorney general--at least not this early in her career. Plunged into the vicious vetting process, with all sides
digging for secrets in her family closet, she steels herself for the path forward. Nothing will deter her from making her mark on the world in the biggest way possible--even if that means prosecuting
the current president of the United States. Powerful forces conspire behind the scenes to take the Worthington family down, and the president orders her to close the investigation. Will she comply?
Or turn the tables to pursue her ultimate dream--the US presidency?
This exciting conclusion to The Worthington Destiny series will have readers on the edge of their seats--just in time for the 2016 presidential race.
A POWERFUL SECRET
(Revell Books, 2016)
Sean Worthington is shocked when he hears his older brother Will announce that he will not run for New York's Senate seat. In fact, he's angry. All of his efforts as Will's campaign manager are now for nothing--and Sean is left to handle questions from the press while Will walks away without a backward glance. Throughout his life, Sean has felt like an outsider in his own family. And not being told about his brother's plans is just one more piece of evidence that he's right.
Tired of being the odd one out, Sean is determined to forge his own path. Little does he know that it's not easy to escape your family--especially when a powerful secret from the past threatens to explode everything Sean ever believed.
A PERFECT AMBITION
(Revell Books, 2015)
As the firstborn son of an old and powerful family, William Jennings Worthington VI knows what it's like to be under pressure. Groomed from birth with the relentless message that he was destined for greatness, Will has always pushed himself to succeed--nearly as much as his never-satisfied financial tycoon father pushes him. Becoming CEO of his company seems the next logical step on the success ladder. But when circumstances turn, Will finds himself staring down a road that leads to Capitol Hill. Can he trade the boardroom for the Senate floor? Or will a closetful of family secrets keep him from his destiny?
Bestselling author, psychologist, and birth order expert Dr. Kevin Leman teams up with novelist and journalist Jeff Nesbit for this compelling new series. In a culture that can't get enough of political intrigue and sneak peeks inside powerful families, this book is sure to find a ready audience.
(David C. Cook, 2013)
Jude Asher first called on outside forces to change his destiny as a child. Now a wealthy entrepreneur with his star soaring, he's prepared to make his most daring bet ever to reach the pinnacle of earthly power. Jude's twin brother, Thomas, has chosen a different path as a reporter for The New York Times. As much as he's tried to cut himself off from his brother's trajectory, he finds himself drawn back in ... and troubled by the secret that only he knows. Surrounded by principalities and powers, each brother must choose their own path - for good or for evil.
A career that spanned three decades as a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer, James North worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Department of the Army, the Air Force, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has served as a human intelligence (HUMINT) officer, a political and military analyst and as a consultant to the U.S. Government. He has lived and worked on four continents. He holds a B.A., M.A. and a Ph.D. in International Affairs and is currently a university lecturer.
AKALM is proud to represent James North's stories of espionage and exciting thrillers.
Shannon O'Donnell lives with her husband and children in scenic Montana, where she teaches high school English and is a speech coach. She has given many presentations at the Montana State & Western Montana Reading Conferences regarding the use of picture books in the classroom, in all subject areas and grade levels, K-12.
AKALM is proud to represent Shannon O'Donnell's works of juvenile fiction.