Road to the Galliano Club

Champagne for One

Carmen Amato turns lessons from a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency into crime fiction loaded with intrigue and deception.Her award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series pits the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico’s drug cartels, government corruption, and social inequality. Lauded as “A thrilling series” by National Public Radio, Detective Emilia Cruz can be found in CLIFF DIVER, HAT DANCE, DIABLO NIGHTS, KING PESO, PACIFIC REAPER, RUSSIAN MOJITO, and NARCO NOIR, as well as numerous short stories.Known for complex plots, fast action, and an exotic location, the series was awarded the Poison Cup for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America in both 2019 and 2020 and has been optioned for television.

Originally from upstate New York, Carmen was educated there as well as in Virginia and Paris, France, while experiences in Mexico and Central America ignited her writing career. She has been a judge for the BookLife Prize and Killer Nashville’s Claymore Award competition and is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.

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Rebekah Iliff, a Nashville resident, has an extensive résumé, with work featured in a variety of publications including Inc, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, Topeka Capital-Journal, Syndrome Magazine, the “Erma Bombeck” blog, Wry Times, HuffPost Comedy, Weekly Humorist, Slackjaw Humor, LOL Comedy, Jane Austen’s Wastebasket, The Haven, Open Letters To, The Satirist, Points in Case, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and more.

After the sudden loss of a close friend, she decided to go forward with their birthday spa day alone and found herself drinking a glass of champagne solo in a spa, much to fellow patrons’ concern. This experience later sparked the poem “Champagne for One,” a joyful reflection on intentional solitude, and bubbled into the namesake collection of poetry and essays. CHAMPAGNE FOR ONE spotlights how to own being alone. Through her wit and sly satire, Rebekah wants readers to find complete personal contentment embracing the value of solitary life and laughing along the way. Included in the book is a recipe for stag stew with a secret ingredient — 4 ounces of confidence — leaving readers equipped to handle clingy companions and matchmaking expectations.



All is Set Anew

Emcee, 2022 Author!Author!

Jim Cheney has worked in the communications sector for more than 25 years and writing a book had been his goal for about that long.  ALL IS SET ANEW is the story of abandonment and its subsequent revenge, set against a backdrop of characters imprisoned by poverty and self-doubt and their struggle to outrun the evil and illness that relentlessly pursues them.

Jim was raised in North Georgia and though he writes professionally and has been published in media outlets throughout the United States, this is his first novel.  His second novel is due to be published soon.  Jim lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, two boys and three dogs.

Arl Farris is the author of the crime books COPS, CROOKS AND COWBOYS; THE WRONG INVESTIGATION and coming soon THE TOURNAMENT MASTER. He has also authored the recently published five-book western adventure series of SHERIFF JUAN MIGUEL CASTILLO-JUSTICE FROM A HOT BARREL; THE SHERIFF OF TUCSON; HARD BULLETS, HARD LESSONS; .44 CALIBER SOLUTION; and THE DEVIL CAME TO TUSCON.

“As a police officer in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, it wasn’t too big a stretch to imagine the 9 m/m I carried was a sixgun slung low across my hips, and my black-and-white patrol car was a trusted stallion. In my thirty years of being a lawman, I never came across a single cattle rustler, but I did manage to lock up a few bank robbers and a couple of killers. That’s as close as I will ever come to taming a town…and I guess that will have to do.”

Arl was one of the featured authors at the 2021 Author!Author! event.  He and his wife, Nancy, have been married over thirty years. They live in Franklin, Tennessee, and have two adult children.