Books in Bloom 2015

Melissa Clare

melissa-clareMelissa Clare, author and illustrator of With Love from the Dolphins & Whales, was born and raised in England. After graduating from the University of Wales, she emigrated to America to follow her spiritual path and lived in a Sufi community in upstate New York for 17 years.

For seven years she directed the Sufi Healing Order in North America, and later trained as a Plant Spirit Medicine Healer - an ancient form of healing that involves entering into cooperative relationships with plants. Along the way she coordinated hospice volunteers, led meditation retreats and workshops, created children's spiritual pageants and designed programs for two retreat centers.

Melissa has always found great inspiration and nourishment in the natural world, and considers that we are all connected in the sacredness of Life. Currently she maintains a Plant Spirit Medicine Healing practice in Eureka Springs Arkansas, where she lives with her partner John, dog Honey, and four cats.

In With Love from the Dolphins & Whales 34 cetaceans and other ocean beings present their messages of inspiration and guidance for humanity.

Catherine Coulter

Catherine-CoulterCatherine Coulter wrote her first novel to pass time aboard the ark. A modest offering, it nonetheless earned enough to feed the cats. Soon, her first long historical appeared, Devil's Embrace, followed by nine trilogies/quartets and series, which translates into oodles of books.

In 1988, she appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List with her first contemporary romantic suspense hardcover, False Pretenses, and has continued to hit The List 65 times now. She's written 69 books and has over 70 million books in print worldwide. She alternates writing her FBI suspense thrillers with historical romances, to keep her brain unconstipated.

She's got some thrilling news: She's partnering with J.T. Ellison ( to write A Brit in the FBI series. The first thriller in this new series, The Final Cut, will be out mid-summer, 2013, right after the release of her 17th FBI, Bombshell. Yes, Savich and Sherlock are front and center.

Catherine loves to travel, sacrifices her body on the ski slopes and reads voraciously while recuperating. She and her husband and three cats, Cleo, Eli and Peyton, live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. She invites all of you to come visit her on her website and join in on all the fun on her Facebook page.

James Grippando

James-GrippandoJames Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. Blood Money (HarperCollins, January 2013) is his twentieth novel, the tenth in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. James was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and he now serves as Counsel to one of the nation's leading law firms. He lives in south Florida with his wife, three children, two cats and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea he's a dog.

Jerusalem Greer

jerusalem-greerJerusalem Jackson Greer is a crafter, writer, former pastor, blogger, nest-fluffer, speaker, farm-gal wannabe and author of A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together. She is a regular contributor to the At Home in Arkansas Blog, and both her home and her work has been featured in a variety of local and national publications. Jerusalem lives with her husband and two sons in a 1940s cottage in Central Arkansas with an ever-changing rotation of pets, including a hen house full of heritage chickens and an English Sheep Dog mutt. As a family, they are attempting to live a slower version of modern life. She blogs about all of this and more at

Dianna Henry

dianna-henryIn the early 1980s, lifeā€long organic gardener, Dianna Henry began to actually hear plants and seeds. Their messages were often profound and very instructive. These experiences launched her awareness into the amazing world of Spiritual Gardening. Gardening WORK became more like PLAY and abundance prevailed. Dianna became and remains to this day an avid seed saver and a Sacred Corn Carrier.

A culmination of 30 years of research, study and personal experiences, Whispering Ancestors: The Wisdom of Corn reveals the great depth of spiritual understanding uncovered by Henry, and now available to all who choose to listen and learn from corn. The 295-page book includes documentation and photographic portraits of more than 30 varieties of heirloom corn. A new edition for Spanish-speaking readers is to be released in June 2013.

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