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More than a dozen authors
to appear at Authors’ Fair

Book store, publishing company
to sponsor event

By Nichole Osinski
Contributing Writer

(March 2012) – What better way to bring people together than by reading? Throw in a plethora of authors, literary discussions and some adorable pups and you’ve got an annual celebration. This is exactly the kind of event That Book Place bookstore will be holding.

Linda Wulf

Linda Wulf

The event will mark the store’s sixth anniversary and feature at least 36 authors who will discuss and sign their books. Included in this weekend celebration will be a book sale and authors’ seminars. The authors’ seminars will take place on Friday, March 16, while the second annual Author’s Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at 337 Clifty Dr., in Madison, Ind.
“It’s going to be a meet and greet casual atmosphere,” said Tammy Bentz, who works at That Book Place.
Frank and Kim Hall, the book store owners, have also had another reason to celebrate. Their publishing company, Hydra Publications, held a promotion during Feb. 8-9 during which they offered free downloads for e-book readers. According to the owners, the results were “astounding” and more than 46,000 e-books were downloaded that had a Madison connection.
The Halls came up with the idea of offering free titles after a similar promotion featuring only one title proved successful. With the new e-book releases, Hydra books held six of the top 100 downloads from Amazon.com’s sales on these days. The most astounding result was when Linda A. Wulf’s historical romance, “The Heart Denied,” temporarily knocked Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” out of the top spot.
“I was amazed,” said Wulf. “The promotion was a wonderful idea, and I’m continuing to publish through Hydra.”
Wulf, who has lived in Louisville, Ky., for 56 years, began writing when she was a teenager. She wrote two manuscripts but didn’t write again until she had her own children. The inspiration for her first book came from a dream she had. This first book would be the one to take the place of “Pride in Prejudice” in the sales rankings.

Authors’ Fair

Authors scheduled to appear:
Fred Farley and Ron Harsin, Madison, Ind.; Lyndi Alexander, Pa.; Ren Garcia, Columbus, Ohio; Lucy Snyder, Columbus, Ohio; Gary Braunbeck, Columbus, Ohio; Linda Wulf, Louisville, Ky.; Stephen Zimmer, Lexington, Ky.; R.J. Sullivan, Heartland, Ind.; Michael Williams, Corydon, Ind.; Lynn Tincher, La Grange, Ky.; Michael West, Indianapolis; Michael D’Ambrosia, Philadelphia; John Pesta, Brownstown, Ind.; Abigail Keem, Fayette, Ky; Morinda Montgomery, Madison, Ind.; Patrick D’Orazio, Ohio; Bertena Varnay, Bowling Green, Ky.; Gwen Mayo, Lexington, Ky.; Tracy Chowdbury, Cincinnati; Ted Grim, Cincinnati; Sarah Glenn, Ky.; Haley Elizabeth, West Virginia; Louise Stratton, Bedford, Ky.; and Southern Indiana Writers Group members T.L. Harris, Marian Allen, Carol Preflatish, Kayelle McLive, Shiloh Walker, Christopher Kokoski, Doug Hardin, Teddi Robinson, Ginny Fleming.
• 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17
• That Book Place, 337 Clifty Dr., Madison, Ind.
• Information: (812) 574-4113

The book is an intricate weave of love lost and won with the kind of gothic drama found in the Brontë sister’s literary works. Wulf, who says she writes to entertain, has already published her second book, “Heart of the Hunter.” Her son, Alex Koening, designed the book cover about which Wulf is most excited.
Now with plans for a third book, Wulf said she is looking forward to the Author’s Fair and being able to talk with visitors. A participant of last year’s fair, she says there will be a variety of authors, books and time to enjoy literary discussion.
A new author to this year’s fair will be Morinda Montgomery. Her book, titled “Secret,” is a paranormal romance and her first published book. Montgomery also publishes through Hydra.
Already started on her second book, Montgomery said she is looking forward to not only meeting with visitors but to speak with other authors.
This kind of positive response is what has helped the owners expand from their original location. According to Bentz, after six months of being open, they needed more space and moved to their current location. Since then, they have continued to expand, eventually starting the publishing company two years ago.
“We are all book lovers,” said Bentz. “We picked up books from yard sales, auctions and library sales, and it keeps growing.
The idea of a publishing company was something Frank Hall had been dreaming of for several years. After doing research, he came to the conclusion that, with technology, print on demand would be much more accessible. After giving it a go with a couple of titles, he decided to keep it as a permanent fixture.
Now with an anniversary to celebrate and a slew of authors on hand, the Halls and Bentz are ready get get things moving. The owners will be selling thousands of books outside for 75 percent off their normal prices.
The authors participating in the fair include many that publish under the Hall’s publishing company. Many are locals, including Montgomery. Michael D’Ambrozio is coming as far away as Pennsylvania.
New to this year’s fair will be the opportunity to adopt a homeless pet. The book store is teaming with the Madison Correctional Institute to have dogs available for adoption. The dogs have some basic training in obedience. All have been spayed or neutered and are current on their shots.
This is the first time they have done this, and the owners, noted animal lovers, hope that each animal will have the chance to find a home.

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