Category Archives: Author Appearances

A Wonderful Interview with Carmela Martino

Carmela Martino, the author of Playing by Heart, appeared on Shaltom TV’s Book.eD to discuss Playing by Heart, what inspired her to write the book, and her writing process. She was interviewed by Amy Cattapan, who is also a Vinspire Publishing author.

It’s a fascinating interview with a well-spoken lady who has a heart for God and a heart for writing. If you haven’t had a chance to read Carmela’s book yet, pick up a copy today. The award-winning novel is available in ebook and paperback.

milia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as much as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the “second sister” means she’ll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia’s only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father’s quest for nobility. First, though, she must win over her music tutor, who disdains her simply for being a girl. But before she can carry out her plan, a tragedy sends the family into mourning. In her sorrow,

Emilia composes a heartrending sonata that causes the maestro to finally recognize her talent. He begins teaching her music theory alongside Antonio Bellini, the arrogant great-nephew of a wealthy marquis. Emilia’s feelings toward her rival gradually change as she strives to outdo him. But just when her dreams seem within reach, Emilia learns that her success could destroy not only her future but her sister’s very life.

Readers are calling this beautifully crafted novel inspired by the lives of composer Maria Teresa Agnesi and mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi the “Italian version of Pride and Prejudice.”

Susan Miura Is Coming to Barnes and Noble

Susan Miura, author of Healer and its upcoming sequel, Shards of Light, will be at the Barnes and Noble in SchaumburgShardsofLight 500x750, IL on September 14th and at the Bloomingdale, IL Barnes and Noble on October 13th. She’ll be signing copies of her books and would love to meet any readers in the area!

To learn more about Susan’s appearances (she has a tentative signing at Books-a-Million in Spring Hill, Tennessee in November) or Susan, visit her website at


Meet Susan Miura on July 17th

Susan Miura, author of Healer and its upcoming sequel, Shards of Light, will be presenting a writing workshop for kids and a separate workshop for adults on July 17th. The event will be held at the Elk Grove Village Library located at 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL.

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Meet the Author: Leanne Pankuch

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In Case You Missed It: Meeting Karina Bartow

On April 27th, Karina Bartow, author of Forgetting My Way Back to You, a contemporary romance, was at the Ohioana Book Festival signing copies of her book and meeting with readers. Below are a couple of pictures from the event. If you’d like to meet Karina and missed your chance this time, check out her website for upcoming events! She’d love to meet you!


Meet the Author: Carmela Martino

April offers two chances to meet Carmela Martino, the author of the award-winning novel, Playing by Heart!

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Carmela will be presenting her popular Turning Life into Fiction workshop at the Fremont Library in Mundelein, IL on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 7-8:30 pm. The workshop is free but registration is required. See:


At 1:30 pm Saturday, April 27, Carmela will be participating in an author panel at the Wheaton, Il Library Author Fest, a fun event for writers and readers of all ages. Details at

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Meet the Author of Dragon’s Truth, Leanne M. Pankuch

On April 13, 2019, Leanne M. Pankuch, the author of the just-released young adult fantasy, Dragon’s Truth, will be presenting and signing books at Kids Read: A Book Festival, an event sponsored by Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

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Meet the Author of Healer— Susan Miura

Mark your calendars! Susan Miura, author of the inspirational young adult series, Healer, is presenting and appearing at the following where she’ll also be signing books!  Visit her schedule at her website for complete details!
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April 4 – Presentation: “A Taste of the Smoky Mountains,” Lake Geneva Library in Lake Geneva, WI.
April 13 – Workshop: “Nail that Pitch: How to Talk to Agents and Editors” at the Schaumburg Township Library, Schaumburg IL. This is part of the “Inside Writing and Publishing” series of workshops that takes place each Spring in the Chicago suburbs.
June 1 – Authorfest: Literati Festival featuring Italian-American authors at Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL. Book signing and presentation.

Meet Author Karina Bartow!

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Karina Bartow, author of the heartwarming contemporary romance, Forgetting My Way Back to You will be meeting readers and signing books in April! Check out the details for your chance to meet her!

Sandusky, OH Read Local! Book Fair

April 6 from 1-3pm

Ohioana Book Festival (which is hosting over 150 Ohioan authors)

April 27 from 10:30am-5pm in Columbus, OH.   

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Two Authors Speaking At Upcoming One-Day Conference

Two of our authors, Susan Miura, who wrote Healer, and Carmela Martino, who wrote Playing by Heart, will be speaking at the ACFW Chicago Write-to-Success one-day conference on November 3, and both authors will offer their books for sale afterward.

Susan’s talk will cover how to talk to editors and agents which will include preparing for, conducting, and following-up an in-person pitch while Carmela will share techniques for creating composite characters, researching setting details, and mining memories for story ideas.

For full details, including times and other guest speakers, go to the ACFW Chicago site.