To Sell or Not to Sell, That is the Question – The Pros and Cons of publishing with a Small Press

Please join us for the panel presentation on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the east bank branch of the Jefferson Parish Library. The panelists presenting will be…


Liah Penn is an award winning author of two romantic suspense novels in the Ina Stone and Sam Fujimoto mystery series. She is a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for her debut novel Pure Death published by Etopia Press, as well as a first and second place winner in the romantic suspense categories for her manuscripts Bare Bones and The Sweet Death in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and recently penned an article for RT Digital about her journey to publication. Her legal career is as varied as her personal interests: she has worked as a prosecutor on an Indian reservation, on the Mexican border and in a major metropolis, and her sometimes gritty imagery is based on her personal experience on the streets and morgues of Arizona. Apart from writing, she is also a visual artist and enjoys painting and pottery. She resides outside of New Orleans with her husband and two sons, both of whom show great promise as a writer and an artist.

Pure Death (Etopia Press 2014)

Pure Justice (Etopia Press 2015)

Short Story: “A Cabin in the Woods”, Never Fear – Christmas Terrors (13Thirty Publishers)

Farrah Rochon

FARRAHROCHONUSA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers, New York Sabers, Bayou Dreams and Moments in Maplesville series. I’ll Catch You, the second book in her New York Sabers series for Harlequin Kimani, was a 2012 RITA ® Award finalist. Yours Forever, the third book in the Bayou Dreams series, was a 2015 RITA® finalist. Farrah has been nominated for an RT BOOKReviews Reviewers Choice Award, and in 2015 received the Emma Award for Author of the Year.

When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows. An admitted sports fanatic, she feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.

Dawn Chartier

Dawn ChartierDawn Chartier might occasionally have a gator parked in her front yard there on the bayou, but it’s the snakes that really scare the bejeezus out of her. So instead, she tends to hole up with a good romance book, chocolate by the pound, or marathon tv viewing of Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Outlander, various home renovation shows and Supernatural—oh Dean. *swoons*

Occasionally, you’ll find her on a golf course, fishing or trying to tan on the beach in Florida. Dawn resides with her husband, daughters, two Goldens, and Ollie the guinea pig. You can find her books by visiting her website at

Ann B Cantrell
Indie Publisher

Ann Cantrell 018In 2009, Ann retired from 39 years of nursing to actively pursue her writing dreams. Her first novel was published in 2010. To date, Ann has written and published a time-travel, historical romance trilogy—“Legacy of Time,” “Legacy of Revenge,” “Legacy of Conflict,” a stand alone historical romance, “Calico Queen,” and a sarcastic/humorous novella titled, “How Many Frogs Must I Kiss?”
Ann’s writing credentials also include an award winning nursing article. “Uterine Artery Embolism,” published in the April 2001 AORN Journal, won the award for 1st place Clinical Category in the AORN/Johnson and Johnson 2001 Writers Contest.
Her current work in progress, “Cherokee Tears,” is a contemporary romance with historical flashbacks.
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