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Meet the Reviewers

Jodie Brownlee

When Jodie’s not writing about adventures, she’s having her own. As a traveler she’s crossed the Rajasthan desert on a camel, plied jungles on an elephant, driven a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka, visited a witch doctor in Africa, and parachuted from an old Cessna. She grew up in Australia, lived in London and now calls the Rocky Mountains home. You can visit Jodie at her blog and website.

C.C. Cole

I’m C.C. Cole, award-winning author of the dark fantasy/action “Gastar” series, blogger, and book reviewer.  Raised in rural Mississippi, I live in the suburbs there with my family.  Interests other than writing include medieval and twentieth century history, martial arts, and adopted greyhounds.  I’ve been a participant in the launch of Orangeberry books, a featured author in the book “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence,” by Niamh Clune.  I’ve also written for The Writers Collection, a blog that is featured in the Westchester Guardian. You can visit C.C. at her blog.

Joanna Lee Doster

Joanna Lee Doster is a writer and author of the recently published book “Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit”. Her previously published work includes “Celebrity Bedroom Retreats” and a series of nationally syndicated celebrity profiles that also feature legendary sports figures. She has held executive positions in cable television, communications and the entertainment industry. She and her husband live in New York. Visit Joanna at her blog.

Betty Dravis

Betty Dravis is an award-winning newspaper publisher and career journalist/cable TV talk show host. She’s a celebrity interviewer and award-winning author (and co-author) of seven books. This devoted mother and grandmother is an honorary Kentucky Colonet, in two Whos’ Who books, San Jose Woman of Achievement, etc. Her most recent awards are: Best Paranormal/Horror (with co-author Barbara Watkins); she recently placed #18 in Fourth Annual Shorty Awards and in Top 20 of 2011 Best Women’s Fiction. Visit Betty at her website, Facebook page, and Amazon author page.

Ashley Fontainne

Ashley Fontainne is a suspense/thriller author of two books as well as one poetry and short story book.  A lover of classical literature, she is a voracious reader that enjoys reading emotional roller coasters. Ashley resides in Arkansas with her family, 3 dogs and 2 cats. Visit her at her website and blog.

Lorane Leavy

Born in 1945 Brooklyn, NY, I attended parochial elementary and high schools then vowed to see ‘beyond New York’.  This trek landed me in Washington, DC and Georgetown University where I graduated with a BS in Nursing and an ‘MRS’ proposal which, after acceptance, led to some 44 years and counting of wedded adventure to Philip G. Leavy, Jr, MD.  We have three children and six grands.  Matriculating while gestating, I followed my original writing dream post partum and parenting – with a seven-year hitch as a litigation attorney.  Family and ‘authoring’ remain my blessed Karma. Visit Lorane at her blog.

Fran Lewis

Fran worked in the NYC Public Schools as the Reading and Writing Staff Developer for over 36 years. She has three masters degrees and a PhD in Supervision and Administration. Currently, she is a member of Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and Who’s Who of America’s Executives from Cambridge. In addition, she is the author of three children’s books and a fourth that has just been published  on Alzheimer’s disease in order to honor her mom and help create more awareness for a cure. The title of her new Alzheimer’s book is Memories are Precious: Alzheimer’s Journey: Ruth’s Story.She is also the author of Because We Care and Sharp as A Tack or Scrambled Eggs: Which Describes Your Brain? Her latest book is Faces Behind the Stones. She was the musical director for shows at her school and ran the school’s newspaper. Fran writes reviews for authors upon request for several sites. You can read some of her reviews on Ezine.com and on ijustfinished.com under the name Gabina. You can visit Fran at herwebsiteblog, and book review blog.


Joss Landry

With a degree in commerce, Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing and editing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies launch their business. She recently switched from composing copy and promos to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three novels for publication.

Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says that it fulfills her need to think outside the box.


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