About the long island book fair authors

Stephanie sorkin


An award winning author of "Nutley, the Nut-free Squirrel", "Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces" & "Frenemy Jane, the Sometimes Friend", Stephanie loves engaging with her young audience.  She's a Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators member, who donates a portion of her book proceeds to children's charities.  Ms. Sorkin, a food allergy advocate, visits schools in the tri-state area , discussing her inspiration for her books.  For more info or to inquire about a school visit, visit www.stephaniesorkin.com.  Find her also on social media @stephsorkin.



The dynamic duo of physician-poet, Dr. Lee, and his young daughter Jessica, teamed up to write/illustrate a funny children's book of poems and sketches. If you like to read to your kids and laugh, then you will love their debut book titled NOT GONNA WRITE POEMS.  Their book was inspired by their love of the poetry/drawings of Shel Silverstein.   To find out more about the book and read about their story, visit their website page, https://www.mikeleethepoet.com/

  You can also follow them on Instagram @mikeleethepoet and Facebook @Mikeleethepoet.



Fellow authors and illustrators, get your book the attention it deserves and join us as a participating author at the Long Island Book Fair. Let readers hear your voice and inspire them to read your work. 

***PLEASE NOTE:  Unfortunately all of our tables for author participants for the Book Fair are sold out for 2019; email us at msjlee914@yahoo.com to be placed on the list for the next LI Book Fair!




John Contratti has been an elementary school teacher for over 25 years.  He's the author of two children's books, Cooking with Mr. C and Mr. C Takes Manhattan.  He has appeared on the Hallmark cooking show, Mad Hungry With Lucinda Scala Quinn, which was produced by Martha Stewart, and on the TV dramas Royal Pains and The Americans.  He is a supporter of the organizations Keen Company and Broadway Cares.  John resides in New York and is eager to share his books with Long Islanders.



Are you a parent that's tired of seeing other kids (even yours) playing video games and constantly on their phones or computers.  Well come to the LI Book Fair where we have fun games  for your kids, live entertainment and a raffle too!  Help your kids learn that there's more in life than just technology.  Read a book and explore a new world, increase your vocabulary and share the experience with your family too!



Linda M. Frank, a retired science teacher/forensic scientist, is the author of the Annie Tillery Mysteries- a series of 4 books (The Madonna Ghost, Girl with Pencil Drawing, The Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys & The Mystery of the Lost Avenger).  She is also the producer of The Writer's Dream a local access TV show, seen on YouTube.  Ms. Frank is an active participant in the LI Authors Group, LI Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America & LI Children's Writers and Illustrators.   You can find out more about Linda Frank on her website page: http://www.lindamariafrank.com/


christine maier


Christine's purpose and passion is to inspire people to live their lives that they choose to live.  Born with a cleft lip and palate, she was classified as learning disabled as a child.  Although life presented her with many challenges, Ms. Maier has overcome them to become a successful writer, podcaster, photographer, traveler and adventure seeker.  You can follow Christine @ TheChristineMaier.com



Elizabeth Correll lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and their two children. Since 1998, she has been a fifth grade teacher at Birchwood Intermediate School (that she considers her second home) in Melville NY.  Elizabeth loves inspiring, motivating and captivating kids, who energize and ignite her creative spirit.  Kids were the main inspiration for her first children's book, The Squiggle Book.  Come meet Mrs. Correll at the LI Book Fair and be inspired too!  



Michael O'Keefe is an author and poet from New York.  A retired 1st grade Detective from the NYPD, he worked in the toughest precincts in NY for twenty-four years, investigating homicides and other violent crimes.  Born and raised on the streets described in his fiction books, his characters and settings are drawn from the people he encountered there--on both sides of the law.  Shot to Pieces was his first novel, published in July 2016.  The book was adopted into the curriculum of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Saint John University's Criminal Justice Department.  Shot to Pieces is now recommended reading for all criminal justice majors at both schools.  He is presently near completion of two follow-up novels.  A collection of short fiction stories, 13 Stories-Fractured, Twisted & Put Away Wet, was published in May of 2019, as was the short novella, Not Buried Deep Enough, all available on Amazon.  Michael lives on Long Island with his family, where he writes and coaches football.  Read Mr. O'Keefe's story and buy his books on his website:  https://www.michaelokeefeauthor.com/

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Roland Allnach is the author of seven books: "Remnant" (2010), "Oddities & Entities" (2012), "Prism" (2014), "The Digital Now" (2015), "The Writer's Primer" (2015), "Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels" (2017), and "Angela's Arm" (2018).  Roland's books have been recognized by more than a dozen national book awards and his short stories have received several editorial Best-of nods, as well as a nomination to the prestigious Pushcart Prize.   In addition to his prolific book writing, Roland serves as president of the Long Island Authors Group, representing more than 80 authors across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY.  He has also been featured on local and national TV, internet and terrestrial radio, and has appeared at local libraries. 

To read more about Roland Allnach and to purchase his books, you can go to his website page:




Born, raised and educated in East New York, Brooklyn, Jack Bilello, a former Fulbright Scholar and Chairman of History in the Lindenhurst New York Public School System, lives in Massapequa Park, Long Island.  He has served as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's College & as a field supervisor at Dowling College in LI.  He is the author of four novels, as well as numerous magazine articles & reviews.  He has appeared on radio and TV programs, and has been a lecturer (about WWII, The Civil War & Laugh, Cry and Think) and guest speaker at various venues, including Malloy College, Farmingdale University & Long Island University. Jack's books are:  Heart of a Lion, I Still Love Joni James, Bonds of War and American Patrol.

Rev. Luisa Dong


Rev. Luisa Dong lives with her husband, Billy and their dog, Chip, in Levittown, NY. Luisa, or LJ, is an Interfaith Minister and certified Psychic Medium.  She loves yoga, meditating, as well as traveling and meeting new people, both here & in Spirit.  She was a newlywed when her life turned upside down.  Luisa & Billy were young and in love.  They thought that they had it all figured out:  a honeymoon in Europe, a new house, travel, babies and a happily ever after fairytale story.  Instead, LJ's spine injury took their fairytale in a completely different direction.  Neither of them could have prepared for what they were about to face.  After undergoing 6 surgeries & multiple rare health conditions, including the removal of her kidney, they clung to the vows they exchanged at the altar.  LJ's trauma led  to her mediumship. With hope and strength of spirit, their lives were transformed in every imaginable way.  Read about Luisa and her book on her website page, www.ljthemedium.com.  Follow her also on social media@ljthemedium.

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Frederick N. Lukash, MD, FACS, FAAP, has consistently been voted one of "America's Top Doctors" by the Castle Connolly guide and the Consumers' Research Council of America.  A board- certified plastic surgeon specializing in kids and teens, he is a senior associate at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group; he has offices in Manhattan and East Hills.  He also serves as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He received his college and medical degrees from Tulane University, and his post graduate training includes Emery University.  His first book, Teenage Plastic Surgery (Ben Bella 2010) has been called "a necessary book" by The New Yorker's website, NewYorker.com.  Come meet Dr. Lukash and hear him discuss his book.



Angela Parrino, formerly a tenured Associate Professor of the MA in TESOL Program of the School of Education at CUNY-Hunter College from 1990-2006, received her BA from SUNY Stony Brook and her MA and Ph.D. from NYU.  Angela has both teaching and staff development experience in the areas of English as a Second Language, Bilingual & Foreign Language Education; she is trilingual (English, Spanish & Italian) and a published author.  Angela was also the Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing from 2014-2016.  Dr. Parrino created GP's Honey Tomes, LLC, a company dedicated to the production of wellness materials for children and adults in November 2009, melding her education and healthcare careers.   GP's Honey Tomes, LLC, an indie book company, produces books that offer a multi-componential view of health and wellness, highlighting the six principal areas of wellness-physical, mental, emotional, interpersonal, environmental and spiritual wellness.  Read more about Dr. Parrino on facebook.com/honeytomes or go to her website:  https://honeytomes.com/



Kathleen Caputo is an ordained interfaith minister who focuses on providing positive and life affirming resources to children of all cultures, religions and backgrounds.  Following a 30-year career as a business executive, Kathleen turned her attention to her true calling--teaching children that they have the power to transform life's challenges into more positive experiences.  Ms. Caputo published her children's book, Hado Bear's Secret in 2017; Hado Bear is a child's guide to a positive life outlook.  She also  founded Hado Bear, Inc. and a non-profit organization, Source of Guidance, Inc., both dedicated to helping children & families better respond to life's hardships such as crises and serious illnesses.  Kathleen is a staff minister at The Center For Spiritual Living Long Island.  Currently, she teaches a program in elementary schools and various children's organizations entitled "The Superpower of Your Thoughts."  She has led more than 100 programs for children, including workshops on creativity and guided imagery for the NYC School system, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the City University of New York.  You can learn more about Kathleen on her website pages:  https://www.hadobear.com/ and 





Michael Dotsikas is an award-winning children's book author, and creator of Benjamin Birdie--the little bird with a BIG DREAM--and the critically acclaimed Benjamin Birdie book series.  As a highly sought after public speaker, Michael regularly visits schools and organizations, providing lively, interactive & informative presentations to inspire children (and adults) to DREAM BIG and to believe that they can accomplish great things if they set their minds to it.  In addition, Michael and his wife, DIna, co-founded Porch Time Publishing, a boutique publishing company to help indie authors fulfill their publishing dreams.  All of their published books contain socially responsible themes and have charitable causes associated with them--all with the purpose of helping the underprivileged and under-represented in our society.   When not creating children's stories, Michael runs Business Systems Consulting, a leading technology firm that provides computer consulting services to small & mid-sized companies in the Tri-State region.  Born in Greece and immigrating to the USA with his family at the age of 4, Michael resides in Manorville, NY with his wife, their two youngest of their amazing five kids and their two precious pups.  Find out more about Michael Dotsikas on his website at https://www.michaeldotsikas.com/



Petrina Wallace is a published author, parenting coach, and speaker who is on a mission to inspire single parent families to rise above struggles and achieve success.  She was once a single mom; unable to sustain her family financially, almost committed suicide, and watched her kids on the receiving end of rejection.  Over the years, she has developed proven strategies that improve parenting skills & developing academically successful kids.  Being an educator for 13 years, she has helped parents to build relationships with their children, as well as improve their academic performances, resulting in improved behavior.  Petrina believes we should embrace our struggles, as "Our struggles become our story and our story inspires others!"

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G. Katz Chronicle


Author G. Katz  (a.k.a.Gertrude Katz) Chronicle has over three decades of teaching experience in primary, secondary and higher education.  Having taught all major content areas in primary and middle school, as well as education theory and biology  at the secondary and college level, she most enjoys teaching the Life Sciences.  

With a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, G. Katz Chronicle  is also a perpetual student of traditional education and all areas of self-improvement.  To help other educators, students, and parents, she has authored several books including:  Life Science-"Do Nows" and "Exit Tickets, 180 Days  of Warm-Up and Closure Activities, Dirty Monkeys Smell Bad, 40 Biology Lab Activities, and Get Stoked for Science Jokes.   Her latest book, Nathan's Investigation, will be available in late 2019.  

G. Katz maintains a Biology Teaching Blog where she provides her general instruction plans, reasoning and thoughts for the NY State Living Environmental Course.  

You can check out Gertrude's books and her teaching blog on her website page:  https://www.gertrudekatzchronicles.com/

Follow GKatzChronicle on Facebook, Instagram  & Twitter too!

Roy Schwartz


Roy Schwartz is the author of The Darkness in Lee's Closet and The Others Waiting There, a dark fantasy for middle grade readers.  

He is also the author of the upcoming Is Superman Circumscribed? How Jewish Culture Shaped the World's Greatest Hero (working title), an adult non-fiction book coming out next fall.

Roy has taught English and writing at CUNY and is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library.  When not writing, he is the director of marketing and business development of a regional law firm.  

More information about Roy and his books can be found at royschwartz.com

He can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as @RealRoySchwartz.

Jina Giusto & Danielle Giusto Maqsood


Co-Authors Danielle Giusto Maqsood and Jina Giusto have collaborated to write a series of children's books, "My Mommy is a Teacher" and "My Mommy is a Nurse."  The "My Mommy Is" series of books helps kids understand how mothers can balance both a career and motherhood using fun language and rhymes that children can relate to.   Danielle is a mother and a writer of literacy curriculum for middle school students.  She is also a singer and an actress.   Danielle was inspired by her mother Teresa, who was a math teacher for 28 years; she lives with her husband Jay and their two children, Amira & Eli.  Jina is a mother and a pediatrician; she was raised to be a strong, independent woman by her loving, hard working mother Yong.  Jina lives with her husband Greg and their two children, Evelyn and Dominick.  

You can read more about Jina & Danielle and buy their books by visiting their website page:


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Mikki Arlene Ealey


Mikki Arlene Ealey, born in Queens, New York and raised during her teenage years in the Bronx, moved back to her hometown Queens, where she has raised her four amazing children.  Ms. Ealey's mother gave her at the tender age of 10 her first diary, and she's been writing every since; she gets her gift of writing from her mother.  She has always been an avid  reader of books about Self-help, Esotericism & Metaphysics, Business & Leadership, and Spiritual growth.  Mikki has been in the literary field for over ten years, before undertaking a career in Civil Service. 

 She is the Founder of her "Mz. Social Butterfly Network, LLC", a Life Coaching, Empowerment  Speaking and Small Press company.   Ms. Ealey is the author of book "Ready Set Go: 30 Days of Motivation To Get You To The Next Level."  You can read more about Mikki Ealey and her book on her website page:  www.mzsocialbutterfly.com/



Liz Macchio is an illustrator/writer.  Her illustration credits include:  Saddle Sisters: The Trail Rider, Paul's First Day Of Preschool and The Long Winter in Preschool.  Saddle Sisters is her debut book and was inspired by two of her four daughters experiences learning to ride horseback.   Presently, Liz works as an aide for handicapped children and young adults here on Long Island.  Given her passion for writing and  illustration, she looks forward to creating future children's books.

You can buy her book on Amazon.com:



Celeste Williams


Celeste Williams is the author of The Adventures of Leighton, Its Potty Time.  The book is written about Celeste's great niece, Leighton, whose wit and humor inspired her to chronicle her niece's important milestone.  It's a cute and inspirational story of Leighton's up and down journey to become potty trained and her growth and development.  In this children's book you'll meet Leighton's fun family, including her pets too.  Stay turned for more books detailing the further adventures of Leighton.

Ms. Williams is a first time author who lives on Long Island with her husband and daughter.   You can order The Adventures of Leighton, Its Potty Time on Amazon now:


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Thomas k davis


Thomas K. Davis, a Field Technician by day and an author of the Versatile Layer Series of books by night, was inspired to write as a young boy through reading science fiction and superhero comic books.  Thomas has always been a fan of Science Fiction movies, Comics and Manga; these genres have been his influences and his teachers.  His writing style can best be described as cinematic reading.  Each of his four books in his Versatile Layer Series  (The Red Girl, The Glass Runner, Trial by Combat and The Daughters of Death) feels, and is paced, like a motion picture.  Reading each of these installments of the Versatile Layer will make you feel like you're watching a film in a series.  His fifth book, The Guilty Path, will be published shortly.

Find out more about Thomas Davis by going to his website page:  




David Ruggerio, a well-known celebrity chef starring in his own popular PBS cooking series entitled, Little Italy with David Ruggerio & his iconic series on Food Network entitled, Ruggerio to Go, has written two acclaimed cookbooks which were published by Artisan Books, "Little Italy with David Ruggerio," and "David Ruggerio's Italian Kitchen."  Besides being a renowned chef and restaurant owner in NYC, David has also just written a wonderfully, scary horror novel entitled, "A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men, and Monsters," which will be released on Halloween Eve 2019.  To find out more about David Ruggerio and his books, visit his website page:


Kaliek Hayes


Author Kaliek Hayes, a native of South Philadelphia and one of five children, grew up in a broken home and suffered the tragic loss of of a close friend, affecting him in a profound way.  Lacking direction and struggling to cope with his difficult childhood, Kaliek got himself into trouble on the streets of Philly and had to spend six years incarcerated.  During that time, Kaliek rediscovered himself and came to found his purpose in life.   Kaliek became the co-founder of Childhoodslost Entertainment Group (CHL) and Childhoodslost Foundation,  organizations created to help prevent youths from going down the wrong path, as Kalek had done.  Kaliek's first book titled "Ti-Ti's Big Race," tells the story a courageous young girl and her efforts to combat bullying in her neighborhood.  The book has also inspired a play by the same name.  Kaliek is currently co-authoring a book focused on overcoming the effects of childhood trauma.  

To read more about Kaliek's book and  his Childhoodslost Foundation please go to his website page:


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Malcolm Boyd


Author and founder of the publishing company, Three-Legged Elephant Publishing, LLC, Malcolm Boyd was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, the youngest of five children.  Having dabbled in creative writing and poetry in his youth, Mr. Boyd's  writings were discovered by a small San Francisco based publishing house, and he published his first novel, "One Way In, No Way Out"; this novel introduced reader to his main character Mann Walker.  The second book in the Mann Walker trilogy, "Mann In The Middle," was released in early 2018.  Book three of the Mann Walker trilogy, "Good Night, Bad Day," is due for release in early 2020.  

Besides his work as an author, Mr. Boyd founded Three-Legged Elephant Publishing, LLC, a company expressly geared to promoting and serving the growing number of new and self-published authors.  He has also been busy working on his screenplay for his book, "One Way In, No Way Out," as well as being the creative writer and director for the online comedy series, "Captain Save A-Thot."  In addition, his children's book, "My First Train," published in 2017, has been delighting elementary school children since its release.  

To find out more about Malcolm Boyd, and to purchase his books, visit his website page:  http://www.three-leggedelephant.com/



Lori Siesto, MME-MT, an author, behavioral & music therapist, and educator of children, holds a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas, as well as a Bachelors in Music Education from LIU.  

She is also the founder of the company Kid Lit Motivates, which provides educational resources, growth mindset strategies, and developmental & behavioral workshops for both parents and teachers.  

Building off of her extensive experience as a music teacher, music therapist, library clerk, and children's party host, Lori published her book, "Maddie Steiner, Fashion Designer", in 2018, a rhyming picture book featuring a goal-oriented, clumsy, can-do protagonist.  

To learn more about Lori Siesto, her book, and her perspectives on learning and development, check out her website page:  https://www.kidlitmotivates.com/.

You can email her directly at kidlitmotivates@gmail.com.



Author Yvette Phillips was  born on the island of Jamaica and  then emigrated to the USA, where she studied Business Management at Monroe College.  She worked in the communications field before she started writing.  Ms. Phillips is the author of the five-star fairy tale story titled, "The Tale of Princess Alicia."  The book is a fun and suspenseful story that shows how brave a little girl can be.  

Yvette is also the proud owner and CEO of her online business, PadyMart.com, where she sells trendy children's clothing, educational books and more.  In addition to owning her own business, she works as a school teacher educating our youth.  She currently resides in NY with her husband, Ivan,  and her adorable son, Matthew. 

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Jacqueline Klouda, a wife and mother of two children from Long Island, writes inspiring stories that all kids can relate to and laugh about.  Her debut book, "William's Wondering Week," has been featured in Publisher's Weekly and has won the Pinnacle Book Award.  The book is a funny, highly entertaining story about a boy who imagines how his mom has all sorts of fun while he is stuck in school; it also provides an important lesson about open communication between a parent and a child.  William's Wondering Week is a perfect story to read to your children as they are heading back-to-school.  

You can read all about William's story and purchase the book on the website page:  




Letty Sustrin, born and educated in Brooklyn, NY, and her deceased twin sister, Shelia, decided at the age of five that they would becomes teachers when they grew up.  Their dreams came true, and they taught side by side for 38 years in the Brentwood, NY School District.  Afer retiring in 1998, realizing that there was a void in their lives (and missing the interaction & daily involvement with students), they began their "life after retirement" careers as co-authors of a series of children's humorous picture storybooks titled, "The Teacher Who Would Not Retire."  

Letty continues to do presentations at schools, retiree & educator's groups, bookstores, and libraries.  She hopes that her books are helping to bridge the gap between youngsters and retirees.  The sixth book in her series was written in memory of her sister.   Letty is under contract with Blue Marlin Publications for her next book, which will be launched in 2020; this upcoming book is titled, "My Sister Left Me A Penny."

Letty is a member of many organizations, including SCBWI, LICWI, AAUW, and the Retirees of Brentwood Schools.  She is listed in ESBOCES, LISMA, N.Y. State PARP, and the Suffolk PTA.  

To contact Letty, go to her website page at: 

http://sustrinbooks.com/ or email her at:


Alicia Arso-DiStefano


Alicia Arso-DiStefano, is the author of "Tyler and Lucy are the Best of Friends," the first book in a series of stories about her son and their dog.  Alicia works hard as a stay-at-home mother, raising her three year old son Tyler, her infant daughter Juliana, and her fur baby Lucy.  While never intending to stay at home full-time, after having her son Tyler, her priorities and perspective on life was forever changed when she first held her bundle of joy in her arms.  She feels blessed to be able to spend her days crawling around playing with Batman & Ninja Turtle toys, coloring, reading books with her little man, sweet baby girl & her spunky puppy Lucy.  

To read more about Alicia and her children's book,

go to her website page:


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Tiffany Renee


Tiffany Renee, born and raised on Long Island, began writing her debut book, "Rockstar Monkey," in 2007 while working as a nanny; the book was written to entertain the little girl she was caring for.  Ever since Tiffany was a little girl, she's had a big imagination and loved telling stories and going on magic carpet rides with her Nanee.   Over the years, Tiffany has explored different career paths, but her love of storytelling led her to finally publish her children's story in 2016.  Through her book "Rockstar Monkey," Tiffany hopes to encourage her readers (young and old) to dream big and let their imaginations take them to new places.  Tiffany's writing career has just begun and she has many yet unwritten stories in her vault that are just waiting to be released and published.

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Ann Carpentiere-Haimeck, was born in Queens, NY, but has lived on Long Island since the age of six.  She currently works as a social worker in Suffolk County.  Ann has always loved to draw since childhood, and she was inspired to write & illustrate her book, "Peyton's Mommy Works," to teach her young grandchildren (through pictures and simple words) about important life lessons.  "Peyton's Mommy Works," is Ann's first book that she has written.  

To read more about Ann and to buy her book, visit her website page:


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Gabrielle & Stacey waldman


Daughter and mother co-authors, Gabrielle & Stacey Waldman, have collaborated to write a children's book titled, "Primary Paintsville," a beautiful story that teaches children about love, acceptance and inclusion.  Gabrielle, who now works as a first grade special education instructor, first wrote the tale as a college assignment at SUNY Oneonta.  Little did she know that her special story would be shared with a wider audience through the help of her mother Stacey.  Stacey Waldman, a Speech & Language Therapist with the NYC Board of Education for 34 years, had searched long and hard in vain for a tool to teach students about tolerance & acceptance.  She discovered that when she shared her daughter's story about Gary Green, the new color in the town of Primary Paintsville, who taught the other colors about acceptance, that it had a positive message & impact on children.  To learn more about Primary Paintsville & to buy the book, go to Amazon:




Author and President/Founder of Doshi Books LLC, Milan Doshi first began writing stories to entertain his two small boys.  Milan has always gravitated to children's picture books since they are especially fun for parents to read to their kids.  Milan Doshi has written two entertaining children's books titled "The Crick" and "Searching for Gold."  100% of the net proceeds of his books' sales are donated to charities that help children. When not writing books, Milan runs a boutique consulting firm that assists the financial service industry.  He lives in NY with his wife and two boys and enjoys traveling.  

To find out more about Milan Doshi's books, you can go to his website page:




Deborah Hollm, a recently retired R.N.  that worked for over 40 years in a wide variety of health care institutions (med-surg, ICUs, ER and Home Hospice), has recently fulfilled her lifelong dream of writing children's books.  Deb has just published two children's books, "A to Zebra," and "Friends Along the Way."   Deborah's books were inspired by her lifelong love of animals and nature.   She has a special fondness for greyhounds, having fostered, volunteered and advocated for this dog breed.  With her first  book, Friends Along the Way, the main character of the book is an introverted greyhound  that decides to reach out to the world and finds love and joy in the nuturing connections he makes.   Deb's second book, A to Zebra, helps children explore the alphabet by using alliteration  and her entertaining animals to engage her readers.    Her books introduce children through her imaginative animal characters to have fun and to learn in a whimsical manner.  When not writing, Deb spends her time studying watercolor painting, working on her A Courage Project, an organization that supports people to identify their fears and gaining the courage to create real breakthroughs, and traveling the wolrd with her life partner Stan.
To read more about Deborah Hollm and to buy her books, go to her Amazon page:


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Johanna & Daniel Gomez


Co-authors and spouses, Johanna and Daniel Gomez, teamed up to write a series of books titled The Adventures of a Military Brat- My Military Life, The Big Move and Almost Home.  Johanna Gomez is a military spouse and licensed Mental Health Counselor; she has dedicated her life to supporting military families, both in her personal and professional  career. Daniel Gomez is a US Army Special Operations Officer and Combat Veteran; he is a proven leader and certified military instructor, specializing in both education & training.  

To read more about Johanna & Daniel Gomez and their series of children's books that highlight the life of a military child, go to their website page:




Author Biodun Abudu, born in Rhode Island but of Nigerian descent, graduated with an A.S. degree in Fashion Design and a B.A. in Merchandising Management, with an emphasis on Fashion Merchandising.  He has written two novels, the first entitled "Tales of My Skin," and the second novel entitled "Stolen Sanity."  Both novels provide real life stories of hardship, growth and triumph. When not writing, Biodun works as an artist; his paintings feature his love for fashion, world culture, music, his personal influences and more.  Mr. Abudu also has a passion for landscape and architectural photography.  
To purchase his books, you can go to Amazon and Barnes & Nobles' websites; both of his books are available in paperback and Kindle editions.

To contact Biodun, email him at: infobiodunabudu.com



Author Donna Carpenter has written two children's books titled "I Can't Find My Red Socks!" and "A Triple Treat."   When not writing books, Donna is hard at work as a Human Resources professional on Long Island.  As an avid reader and having a love for children's books, Donna has spent the last decade writing books for young readers.  Come meet Donna Carpenter at the LI Book Fair and pick up a copy of her books.

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Tracy Auerbach


Tracy Auerbach is an author of science fiction and fantasy books for teens and adults.  Tracy's love of reading and vivid imagination led her to study film, English, and education; she has written and taught the STEM curriculum for the New York Department of Education.  Tracy's article about the value of creative writing in science was published in Language Magazine. Her literary work has also been featured in the on-line literary journal Micro-horror, The Writing Disorder fiction anthology, and the "(Dis)ability short story anthology.  Tracy Auerbach is the author of  an upcoming  trilogy of YA sci-fi novels, the Fragments series; her first book titled "The Sin Soldiers " was published in July 2019.  
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Jesse Lewis


Jesse Lewis III is an educator/math teacher, inspirational speaker, minister, and author from New Jersey.  Affectionately known as JLew, he has delivered countless inspiring messages to various audiences since 2009.  JLew was an award winning scholar athlete, winning all county honors in football and track and field during his attendance at the Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ.  Furthermore, as a member of the Bryant University Bulldogs football team, Jesse was a four year starter at cornerback, earning all-conference honors and twice voted most valuable player.  JLew has written a book titled, "Plant. Point. Accelerate!," a non-fiction book that will inspire every reader and teach them to harness the power inside each  of us, the power of one. 

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Michael Cascio was born in Bushwick, NY to  Italian immigrant parents and graduated from Baruch College.  Since his youth, Michael has always loved poetry and has continued to spend his spare time writing.  HIs children's book titled "When I Was A Child I Was Always Afraid," was inspired by the life lessons and sage instructions provided to him by his father.  Michael's book provides his young readers with the insightful lessons that he learned during his own childhood and which he passed onto his own kids.  When not writing, Michael  is a partner in a CPA and Financial Planning firm; he lives currently in New Hyde Park.

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Holly Nichole Zarcone is a baker turned author.  Her first book titled "Cookies for Dinner" is a great children's book that reminds us all the importance of balancing a hectic life while still having fun.  Holly  lives in NY with her husband and three children.  She adores going on adventures with her children, reading and of course baking the occasional batch of cookies.  

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Author ML Green attended Hampton University in beautiful Hampton, Virginia.  Her first children's  book “JR and the New York Pizza “ is a delightful story of acceptance and love as a curious raccoon, a fast flying generous eagle, and a sweet elegant cow embrace  and nurture their unique and precious friendship; through their adventures, they discover the value of what it means to be a friend and to have a friend!! This engaging story was written several years ago after ML Green and her family stopped for lunch at a local pizza place during one of their family cross country summer vacations.   After a few bites of the new pizza, her son exclaimed ,“This is not a New York pizza.”  Back in the car and several miles later, the story was born. Later that evening as she tucked her son into bed, ML Green  read him the story as her husband also listened. Her son enjoyed the story then and it still remains one of his favorite stories.  ML Green recently published a short version of “JR and the New York Pizza” and “The Animal Festival Is Today," a  fun story/coloring book for younger readers.  When not writing, ML Green works in the criminal justice system; she lives in Eastern New York with her family.  To buy her book, you can go to Amazon: 


Kyle Horne


Kyle Horne is a freelance 

artist based on Long Island. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in Visual Communications from SUNY College at Old Westbury.  Kyle has since continued his pursuits in the Arts, including illustrating such children's books as the Amazing Annabelle & Mrs Smith's anti-bullying topic class. Art has always been a big part of hi life ever since he was very young and Kyle plans to continue to illustrate more children's books and graphic novels moving forward.

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Yolanda Alvarez was born in the Bronx, New York and was raised in Bayport Long Island. She has released her first book of a series aptly titled “No Excuses.
Her book is a personal memoir that  relays the story of an arduous childhood and the tribulations of a foster care system. Through her emotional life tale, rife with loss and love along the way, Yolanda's book,
No Excuses,” is a true story of survival and the grit it takes to maintain a sense of humor and the ability to achieve personal goals despite a complicated and painful past.

Reading her memoir, the message Yolanda imparts to her readers is that  within each of us lies an unimaginable strength to rise above life’s obstacles and to achieve your dreams.  Her message is one of hope and the personal responsibility one must take in order to not let our difficulties define us and find our way with self appreciation and joy!
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Author Arlene Y. Steinberg has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil.  She loves taking her chocolate Labrador Marshall for walks although he thinks he's actually walking her.  Arlene lives in Long Island, NY with her amazing husband, sons and her dog Marshall.  Her children's book titled "Room for One More," tells the entertaining story of three fun-loving dogs on a journey of friendship, inclusion and second chances.  

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Laura callan


Author Laura Callan, a graduate of St. John's University in NY with a B.S. in Communication Arts, was inspired by her three grandchildren to write a book that would stimulate their minds and encourage them to explore the world around them.  Laura's  her debut book entitled, "Baking with Grandmas from Around the World,"  accomplishes her  lifelong dream  to write children's books that are both educational and fun.  Her fondest memories growing up included time spent baking with her grandmothers; her cookbook will hopefully allow  your family members to spend time jointly, as they share their traditions, stories, and of course, bake together.  Baking with Grandmas from Around the World will also help children to read, follow instructions, to learn to use math and measurements, and most of all, to have patience.  The reward at the end of all of the work is, of course, having a scrumptious baked product to share with your loved ones.  Laura, a native of Queens, NY, now  lives on Long Island with her husband and two Greyhounds.  

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It's a company that believes about change!  Changing the way people look.  Changing the way people feel.  Through their fashionable jewelry with new styles added daily. Paparazzi fulfills  its mission to insure that  trendy accessories are  available and affordable to women everywhere.

Paparazzi understands that wearing a new look, and feeling confident in your appearance builds amazing self-worth.  What's the most important thing to know about  their jewelry?  It's affordable, fabulously fashionable and it's only sells for $5, every piece everyday.  If that's not enough, you'll also be glad to know that their accessories are: Lead and Nickel Free,  one-of-a-kind pieces featuring beautiful and original designs and styles.