We are thankful for the authors who have offered to come to the Heartland Book Festival.  You can find information about the authors and their books they will be selling at the book festival.  Come on out to meet them and find the books you'd like to read.

Young Adults



Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez received her degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley.  She writes teen thrillers and middle-grade fantasy novels. Her latest thriller, LIES LIKE WILDFIRE, is based on her real-world experience with devastating wildfires.  She now lives in the Nashville area with her husband and more than her fair share of pets.  Find her online at jenniferlynnalvarez.com.

Lies Like Wildfire
Book: lies like wildfire; Author: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Five friends. One secret.

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. 
And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff's daughter.

That is until Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark a deadly wildfire that destroys their hometown.

Desperate to hide the truth, the group makes a pact of silence.  But their twisted secret begins to spin out of control and when one of the friends disappears they all become suspects.

We know how it starts but where does it end?


Jean Alicia Elster

A former attorney, Jean Alicia Elster is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults including How It Happens, The Colored Car, Who’s Jim Hines? and the “Joe Joe in the City” series.  Her essays have appeared in Ms., World Vision, Christian Science Sentinel and Black Child.  She was awarded a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts from the Kresge Foundation and three residencies at the internationally acclaimed Ragdale Foundation.

How It Happens
Book: HOW IT HAPPENS; Author: Jean Alicia Elster

How It Happens follows the story of Dorothy May Jackson.  Born in Tennessee in 1890, Dorothy May was the middle daughter of Addie Jackson, a married African-American housekeeper at a white boardinghouse, and Tom Mitchell, a commanding white attorney from a prominent family.  Through three generations of African-American women, Elster intertwines fictionalized adaptations of the defining periods and challenges—race, miscegenation, sexual assault, and class divisions--in her family's history.


J. Edward Gore

J. Edward Gore, aka "Jimmy," grew up in Elizabethtown, Ky.  He was in the first graduating class of Central Hardin High School and attended Severns Valley Baptist Church.  He completed a year at Elizabethtown Community College before transferring to the University of Kentucky, where he received his Bachelor of Science and later his Doctorate of Medicine.

He currently lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife, two kids and a goldendoodle.  He works at Vanderbilt Rheumatology Cool Springs.

The Green Soldier
Book: THE GREEN SOLDIER; Author: J. Edward Gore

John Gore is eighteen years old in 1862 rural Kentucky.  He has struggled his entire life with stuttering and the ridicule associated with it.  Unable to speak well, he has focused on writing.  Seeing the opportunity for advancement in the military--and with it, respect--John joins the Union army.  He meets a girl, but they must forge a friendship and then courtship through letters, allowing him to express to her what he can't say in person.


Shawn Lamb

Shawn Lamb is a multi-award-winning Christian and YA author with over 20 books currently available.  Since 2010, she has traveled the country speaking and teaching about writing.

Shield Maiden of Eldar
Book Title: SHIELD MAIDEN OF ELDAR; Author: Shawn Lamb

Book 3 in the Eldar trilogy: An unexpected turn of events challenges everything Lexi believed about her position as Shield Maiden.  It places her family in danger and threatens to bring war to Eldar.  When she finally embraces her destiny, will it be too late?


Teri Polen

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium.  She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  Sarah, her debut novel, was named a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The Insurgent (The Colony #2)
Book Title: THE INSURGENT (The Colony #2); Author: Teri Polen

Unable to live as the Colony's premier assassin, Ash retreats to a corner of his mind, ceding control of his body to the alter-ego he was engineered to be—Subject A36.  As he's unleashed to battle the Insurgents, the only family he ever knew, the tide of war shifts in Silas's favor.

Combined with his expansion into new territories, the director is poised to take over the world.

But the Insurgents don't give up easily.  Not on their cause, and not on their people.


Michael Regina

Michael Regina has been drawing comics since the third grade, and his passion for art and storytelling has stayed with him his whole life.  He studied painting and drawing at the University of North Florida.  Michael is also the creator of the Webtoons.com featured comic Adamsville.  When he’s not making comics, he loves fishing, rooting for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and spending time with his family.  They all live in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Sleepover
Book Title: THE SLEEPOVER; Author: Michael Regina

Perfect for fans of Stranger Things, this middle-grade graphic novel follows a group of kids trying to cheer up their friend after a recent loss with a fun-filled sleepover, but their plans soon take a dark turn when they discover his new nanny may literally be a monster.


A. G. Roberts

A.G. (Amanda) Roberts writes books for children, young adults, and those who are young at heart. Her stories are imaginative, entertaining, and written with language and situations which are family friendly and read-a-loud friendly.

She lives in Tennessee and works in higher education as an advisor and adjunct professor. She has a varied educational background and has earned a Bachelor of Science, two Master of Arts, a Master of Science, and a doctorate degree.

LITE The High Treason Incident
Book Title: LITE The High Treason Incident; Author: A. G. Roberts

Merion, a young mouse, has worked hard to overcome her physical disability and earn her place as a Royal Message Service messenger.  Her life is upended when she stumbles on a plot of high treason.  Xander Shadow reestablishes LITE, the intelligence agency for the country of Lyleechee, and recruits Merion.  Before she finishes her training, she is called upon to use her cunning, courage and daring to help foil the plot to take over Lyleechee.


Lynn Slaughter
Deadly Setup
Book Title: Deadly Setup; Author: Lynn Slaughter

Seventeen-year-old Sam, the daughter of a New England heiress, has tried hard to fulfill her father's dying wish: "Take care of your mother for me."  Not an easy job.  When her impulsive, romance-writing mom announces her engagement to a man whose last heiress wife died under suspicious circumstances, Sam tries to dissuade her mother.  But her mom is convinced she'll finally have the "Happily Ever After" she writes about.

And then Sam's life implodes.  Her mom's fiancé turns up dead, and a mountain of circumstantial evidence points to Sam as the killer.  On trial for murder, she fights to prove her innocence with the help of her boyfriend's dad, an ex-homicide cop.


After a long career in dance, Lynn Slaughter earned her MFA in Writing from Seton Hill University.  She is the author of the newly released DEADLY SETUP; LEISHA'S SONG, an Agatha nominee, a Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards medalist, and an Imadjinn Finalist; WHILE I DANCED, an EPIC finalist; and IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU, a Silver Falchion finalist.  She serves as the President of Derby Rotten Scoundrels, the local chapter of Sisters in Crime.


Mel Snyder

Mel Snyder is a self-published author and artist known for their ongoing science fiction series, "Zepharius".  Using events from the world and their life to shape stories, Mel inculcates both the fantastical imaginative aspects of fiction as well as the realistic depictions of life and its trials to reach the hearts of readers who understand and face similar struggles in the world today.

Zepharius: Volume 1
Book Title: ZEPHARIUS: Volume 1; Author: Mel Snyder

If questions are silenced, memories are erased, and deviation is forbidden, how can the truth be found?  Zepharius, a soldier sworn to dedicate her life to the planet Gisaawek, discovers that the world she serves is not as complete as it seems.  She sets off to find the truth, but finding answers to her questions may come at a deadly cost…