Supernatural Storytelling with Karen…and more! May 2, 2020

Mayhem and madness meet the mystical, as these leading paranormal authors share their wildly-popular words in otherworldly ways, with opening readings followed by action-packed Q&A.


Sponsored by Curve magazine and The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS)

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Kelly Aten lives in Michigan with her wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog. She’s written 12 novels across multiple genres, with the 12th set to publish in November of 2020 through Regal Crest Enterprises. She loves fanfic, gravitates toward speculative fiction in both reading and writing, and will talk your ear off about books. Kelly’s goal with each new novel is to make people #Think, #Feel, and #Discuss.


Karen F. Williams is a writer, clinical social worker, licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and animal advocate who lives in NYC and rural Massachusetts. She was a recipient of the Dog Writers Association of America Award. Karen’s essay on unconditional love appears in the March 2020 issue of Bark Magazine. Her recent romances, Meeting Ms. Roman and As the Crow Flies, were both Goldie finalists, and her new novel, Coyote Blues, releases June 1st from Bold Strokes Books. She loves music, dancing, romantic comedies, and philosophical conversations.


Reba Birmingham is the author of the Hercynian Forest Series, a fun fantasy mashup involving Panda and Mitzi Fowler, a married couple. Floodlight, Book One, and Words on a Plate, Book Two are available now. The Wolf You Feed, Book Three, will be released later this year. Since 2012 she has been the poet for Lesbian News, and in her other life is an award-winning attorney in California. Reba is a member of Golden Crown Literary Society and the Author’s Guild.

Moderator:  Sallyanne Monti


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Critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly and Curve Magazine

From Publisher’s Weekly about the forthcoming Coyote Blues:

“Grounded in kindness, queerness, and just a hint of magic, this is sure to satisfy.”

From Curve Magazine about As the Crow Flies:

“There are two romances for the price of one in this fascinating book, and the paranormal elements are skillfully woven through the entire story. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of ghost stories–I didn’t thing I was but this book convinced me otherwise…The settings were described using wonderful language and imagery and the quality of the writing overall was very high…I definitely recommend this book if you want something intellectual and a little bit different to sink your teeth into.”

Happy Halloween

Love Spell
My 1990s Halloween classic, Love Spell, currently in its 2012 edition from Bella Books.

A country veterinarian meets a woman dressed as a witch on Halloween morning. I admit that I’ve always had a thing for a woman in black (conical hats a welcome accessory) but what also inspired this novel was my childhood fascination with the biblical race of giants—demigods who were said to be the offspring of “the sons of God and daughters of men.” Angels that mated with humans? Their misuse of superpowers got them in trouble and they were driven deep into the earth and sealed in caves forever. Hmm… While the other children in Sunday school (yes, my grandfather was a minister so there was no escaping Sunday school) loved the more popular “Noah’s Ark” and “Jonah and the Whale” stories, my interests bordered more on the esoteric, even as a kid. Those “giants” found a home in the dark caves of my imagination, and years later dug their way out and onto the pages of this contemporary Halloween love story. A fun October romance set against a fall landscape, it’s a light read with a touch of spooky, but for you armchair philosophers, there are some deeper ideas to ponder.