TJ Mackay

With over 2,000 professional book reviews under my belt and rising weekly, I'm not sure where to begin. Obviously, I love to read!  I juggled a double major in both English Education and Dance in college (English Ed. to land a job, Dance for the  pure joy of it!)  From there, I've worked in both fields consistently until this obsession we call InD'tale grew too big to juggle - although I still teach occasionally and dance when the opportunity presents itself!

While working in this industry I've had the wonderful opportunity of meeting and interviewing some of publishing's most famous (and fun) authors and celebrities. Since the biggest complaint people had about me while growing up was that I ask way too many questions, this career has been the perfect fit.  I LOVE people (one has to work very hard for me not to like them!) The past few years, however, I have become increasingly aware of the very talented authors that are not afforded media exposure simply because they choose to self or small publish rather than accept the strictures of mainstream publishing. Thus, the idea of "InD'tale" magazine was born!

Through more hard work than I thought possible and more love and support than I thought imaginable, InD'Tale has quickly become the magazine of choice by tens of thousands of people who want to learn, be entertained and discover new and interesting books in the indie and self published field.

Along with making "InD'tale" the very best magazine of its kind, I still take time for my passion for music (all kinds) and reading just for enjoyment.  I will always indulge both of these no matter where life takes me. I am also passionate about traveling, learning, and enjoying new experiences. I'm continuing an on-going bucket list of visiting a new and interesting place in the world at least once a year. 

Executive Assistant/Review Coordinator:

Tonya Smalley

I wear many different hats, avid reader, proof-reader, photograhper and stained glass artist. Everyone needs a creative outlet in my opinion. :)

My obsession with reading began in high school, when my BFF gave me an historical romance, and said "Here, YOU have to read this". I now read approximately 200 books a year, and thanks to a good friend I have gotten hooked on many different genres I normally would never read. Reading is such a part of my life that I now rarely watch television, because you will find me curled up on the couch, or sitting on my patio devouring the latest story. Being a part of the InD'tale staff has been a wonderful journey into the amazing written world, and the meeting of so many incredible authors whom I now call friend. 

Copy Editors:

Tammy Grant

I hail from the Great White North and believe it or not, I don't play hockey!  A voracious reader since discovering Dr. Seuss, I can usually be found behind the hot pink cover of my Kindle.  Reading is an escape from my busy life as a Court Official, wife and mom to two voracious readers in training.  Historical romances are my passion but I’ve been known to drop everything for a thriller, a police procedural or anything else shiny that catches my eye.  Whether I’m ranting, gushing or just plain blabbing, My irreverent wit and sometimes snarky commentary is bound to keep you entertained.

Julie L. York

I am an author, graphic designer, editor, and mom - though not always in that order. I've been writing and designing since high school, way back, when graphic design was called desktop publishing, and a red pen was the universal sign for a mistake. I still hold the red pen for those who confuse the spellchecker and make the grammar checker smoke. I was born and raised in the East Bay Area, California, graduated with a B.A. in English, minoring in Business married and had children. I completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Media Design.  As a reward, I purchased an iPod Touch, but was too exhausted to even open the box. Once I did, however, I started reading voraciously ... no ... I returned to reading voraciously! Thanks to iBooks and the Kindle App, I've consumed thousands of eBooks since 2011 - did I mention reading's my first love? Or is it writing? Maybe designing? Should I mention my husband and kids in there, too?  Along with my own work, I now edit novels for other authors, design their book covers (print and digital), and teach them control of their own creative works.

Tiffany Landers

A book, a pen, and an appetite for consuming every tiny piece of life I can imbibe, I’ve been an  avid reader and have marinated in words as long as I can remember—many lifetimes, perhaps. As soon as I was able to pen words, I wrote my first book of elementary prose, “Blue Bonnet, oh! Blue Bonnet,” on an old stack of construction paper with crayons of varying shades. I’ve no clue where that little book of silliness lives today. From journaling, many books begun with the characters and plots still calling my name, to a memoir I’ve not yet published, I’ve longed to write stories all my lifetimes. Yet, I find myself continually called by the ‘road,’ and most people will tell you I’m a gypsy, or overly free- spirited. I say I’m just me. I love traveling, nature, in depth conversations, music (especially Fleetwood Mac), fishing, thunderstorms, all bodies of water, and I plan to build a tiny house soon—perhaps even an off-grid tiny home village someday. Family means the world to me, and I am blessed with three grown children and three perfect grandchildren. Editing is a profession that chose me, and I am so thankful to be a full-time editor and proofreader. I believe a writer and reader have chemistry just like people do in real life situations. While one writer may be my favorite, s/he may not be the favorite of my best friend. We all love chemistry, and I’m on a path to discover every author with whom I share it intensely.
Marc Joseph

 Plagued with a learning disability, I didn’t read my first book until I was 12 years old, but I’ve been a voracious reader ever since.  I grew up with twelve brothers and sisters in a mine, yours, ours and someone else’s kind of family, splitting time between the San Francisco Bay Area and California’s central coast, which gave me a love of big boisterous families and also secluded, quiet, natural places. A hopelessly habitual, lifelong student, I’ve studied Biology, History, English, Education, Law, and even got most of a Ph.D in Anglo-Norman Non-Arthurian Romance.  I even managed to get a few degrees along the way.  I’ve worked as a writer, a marine biologist, a teacher, paralegal, waiter, soccer coach and tortilla chip maker.  At the moment, and always subject to change, I live with my wife and three cats on California’s Central Coast, while I work on my second novel.  As often as possible we travel to Germany to visit her family and spend time in the beautiful wine country of the Western Rhineland.  When I’m not reading, or working on my next novel, I can be found hiking in the hills, kayaking along the coast, or trying, with little success, to master the art of photography.

Media Marketing:

Lynn-Alexandria McKendrick

Hey Everyone. I’m Lex and I am reviewing from Glasgow in Scotland. I have been an avid reader since I was young and I write as well. I write for dog magazines in the UK and also do the dd bit of fiction. When I am not reading or writing, I am looking after my menagerie of animals ranging from dogs and cats to rats and ferrets. You can usually find me outside in the fresh air with my Kindle reading while surrounded by my pack of dogs.

Majanka Verstraete

I have been reading books for as long as I can remember. I have a Masters degree in Law, and am now working on a second Masters in Criminology. I spend most of my spare time in the world of books – updating my book review website, helping authors with marketing and branding, editing books for clients, and working on book cover designs. I also write children’s books and young adult novels, mostly paranormal and horror. Seven of my books have been published so far, and I hope to publish many more in the future. I read over two hundred books a year, and review just as many.  My favorite review genres include horror, dark fantasy, thrillers, young adult and paranormal, but I'll read almost anything I can get my hands on!

Laura Trujillo

On the Venn diagram of life I’m firmly rooted in the tiny spot where beauty, books, and an obsessive love for the 80s intersect. Okay, so I’m nerdy, but I’m pretty cool too, if I do say so myself. I’m an Aveda beauty school graduate and I’m all about the makeup. Always.
I’ve also been heavily involved in indie author marketing and promotion for several years, under both The Literary Vixen (which I founded) and Nerdy Book Services (which I co-founded). I also do public relations for Libra Spa and Face the Fight. Basically, when it comes to marketing, I’ve got you covered.

Special Publications Editor/Marketing

Sarah E. Bradley

I’ve been reading since before I can remember. My mother still recalls the day I came up to her and her friends with my Peter Pan book and “read” it to her at the age of two, having completely memorized it. Since then I’ve devoured roughly one to two hundred books a year and have since started writing my own. When I’m not editing and adding scenes, I’m buried in someone else’s world seeking new romance, kick-butt action, and enough laughs to leave me rolling off my bean bag.

Ryan Jo Summers

I am a book aficionado and professional wordsmith. I've read books since earliest memory and started writing my own when I was ten. Since then, I've published twelve books with four publishers, numerous non-fiction articles in magazines and trade journals, and self-published one blog-to-book. My dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry, so clearly writing is in the genes.

Personally, I recently left a ten-year job in loss prevention to write full-time. I am also  an animal lover, having worked as a veterinary technician for many years. Sandwiched in between was a decade of operating a rescue operation and running a commercial boarding kennel. So now I pet-sit and dog-walk full time around my writing and reading duties. In my spare time I like to enjoy nature, hang out with friends, paint, play chess or mah Jongg and work crossword puzzles. I reside in North Carolina with a houseful of rescued critters.

Technical Editors:

Deborah Sawyer

I'm a lover of anything Techie or mechanical and enjoy the challenges that the InD'tale and InD'Scribe websites offer as I work my way toward an engineering degree.  The best part is, I also love to read!  Anything with adventure, fantasy or history will keep me glued to the pages.  When I'm not studying, working or reading, I also enjoy Golfing, art, and any activities that keep me outdoors (especially after a day of losing myself behind a computer or in a library!)  I love to hike, camp and, as a true blue California gal, love to spend time at the beach. 

Graphic Design:

Elle J. Rossi

I’m an author, graphic designer, and self-proclaimed gypsy. If I had to describe myself in one phrase, I’d say I’m a complex contradiction. I love laughter, wit, sarcasm and sunshine equally as much as I love all things macabre. I like dirt roads and city sidewalks, country music and old school rap. I like ripped jeans and pretty dresses, tailgates and museums.

 My bookshelf is no less eclectic. Give me a romance, paranormal contemporary and everything in between. I’ll have that in one hand and a thriller or horror in the other. My love for reading transformed into a love for writing. I’ve penned paranormal and contemporary romance, urban fantasy and horror. These tales all lean to the darker side, which probably says more about me than I should divulge. I’m also a book cover fanatic. I wander around bookstores staring and studying covers for hours on end. To know I’ve created some of these beauties and had the opportunity to work with so many awesome authors and publishers is something that makes me incredibly proud. 

Promotional Design:

Rachel Rossano

Rachel spends most of her time with her three rambunctious young children and keeping their home from falling down around her beloved husband’s ears. When she isn’t wrangling little ones, she spends hours in her personal fantasy worlds of words talking to imaginary people and writing their stories down. With a small side business in cover design and book trailer creation, her schedule is almost always overflowing. Regardless, she is always eager to meet a new writer or reader and talk about books and writing.


Ralph Conley

I was born a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…no, wait. Wrong story. I was born in Indiana, I’ve lived in Ohio, and I now reside in North Carolina. I was in the Marine Corps for nine years and I’ve been at my current job for 23 years, all with perfect attendance. I have a BA in Romance Languages in Literature:Spanish from A&T University and I’m two classes shy of a BS in Computer Science which I hope to finish next year. I love history, puttering around outside, woodworking, and spending time with my wife, six kids, and two grandchildren.


S. L. Carpenter

A lifetime Californian, Scott Carpenter lives what he considers the ordinary life of a husband and father, with the addition of three dogs and a couple of cats. Humor has always played a large role in his life, and he enjoys making people smile. When he discovered that his short stories did just that, his career as a writer was born and some time later his first book of humorous erotic short stories was published. That was over a dozen years ago and since then readers have discovered the twisted delights offered by this unique author. His stories range from the outright absurd to the deeply poignant, and his mastery of the short story format is undeniable. If asked, he’ll describe himself as just another guy. His many fans will tell you that his writing paints a quite different picture.

Andy Peloquin

I am, first and foremost, an artist and words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I am also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of novels.

Erin Bevan

Award winning author, Erin Bevan writes small town Americana romances with heart. Born and raised in rural South Arkansas, she uses her past experiences to enrich her stories while infusing the right amount of heartache and humor to see her readers through until the end. With the perfect blend of sweet to steamy, Erin Bevan has something for every romance reader.


Lynne Bryant

Growing up, I was an extremely shy child and having to move every couple of years was hard. I found myself in the pages of a book when a friend introduced me to historical romance novels. I even remember the very first one I read. Since then, I need a love story and a happily ever after. Being a reviewer has been a dream come true, I have made many friends, and found many new authors to love...what more could a girl ask for.
Ruth Lynn Ritter

Growing up in the middle of the wide open west amidst farms and ranches, the highlight of the week became the trip to the local library.  I could go anywhere in the world and experience things I could only dream of within the pages of books!  Around 12 years old and bored with the "pre-adolescent" offerings, I picked up a Harlequin romance for the first time and was lost as the world of love unfolded before my eyes!  Since that fateful day, my favorite books are always those with a love story.  I have been reviewing professionally for five years, along with my "day" job in education. I love to teach, craft, bake and create when I don't have a book in my hand (hmmm, come to think of it, I don't do those things often!)

Alison Ellis

I’m a I am married to a welder, a Mom of two boys, Chase and Sawyer, and a dog Mom to my Saint Bernard, Cheeks and Irish Wolfhound, Fury. I am a Nebraska native transplanted to Northern South Dakota. My heart lies in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but with my fear of heights, I’m destined to be a flatlander and stranded on the prairie.  However, the long, cold winters here are perfect for grabbing a hot cup of tea and curling up with a good book. My love of books began with Nancy Drew and Little House On The Prairie (fun fact - I live less than two hours from De Smet, South Dakota, homestead of the Wilder family). I am also a Certified Medical Coder, but I’m taking a little break from that to be home more with my boys before I’m an empty nester in a few years. In my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking and my newest love, brush lettering.

Amy Cefolda

I am a native Coloradan who moved to Texas for college and never escaped.  Although I miss the fresh mountain air, my family and four seasons, I did meet my husband here so I cannot complain too much.  We are the proud parents of six amazing cats and we are those parents who talk about their kids all the time.  When I am not reading, I should be writing but more than likely, I am re-watching “Gilmore Girl’s” for the hundredth time.  I am always in search of that perfect cup of coffee or on those sweltering summer days the most refreshing glass of sweet tea and will forever be waiting for my Hogwarts letter to arrive.
Belinda Wilson

I  began reading at the tender age of four. From there my love of books grew to astronomical proportions. I also have a great love for animals, so upon graduation from high school, I set off for the University of Arizona with the intention of becoming a veterinarian. Due to unforeseen circumstances, that was not to be, so I had to choose an alternative career field and followed the advice of my beloved high school senior English teacher and pursued a degree in English literature. From there I married my college sweetheart, Tom, and went on to be a supportive Air Force wife, editing and publishing newsletters for the squadron, PTA, and American wive’s organizations. I also wrote feature stories for the Officers’ Wives’ Club magazine as well as articles about Family Services for the local paper.  I have been with my husband 27 years and have three adult daughters and one grandson. Their menagerie includes four Shelties, a turtle, and an aquarium of tropical fish.

Jen Griffin

Born and raised in Southern California, I took the “southern” part to heart and recently put down roots in Atlanta, Georgia! One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my other half Mike, who is amazingly patient as he deals with my awful sense of humor and limitless puns on a daily basis. Books have always been a major part of my life, as I was always rather shy growing up and chose to hide behind a book instead of making small talk. I love devouring books, collecting movies and video games, sloths, and traveling. My family is incredibly important to me, as I couldn’t move forward without their constant love and support. My favorite book genres are suspense, mystery, horror, and historical.

Katy Nielsen

I was born and raised in Wales, land of myths, legends and amazing castles. I immigrated to the US to marry my husband who was born here. We have four amazing, feisty, hilarious children that I homeschool…at this point, sanity is just wishful thinking. I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember, always owning more books than shelf space. Some of my favorite memories are of my dad reading the Chronicles of Narnia to me when I was very sick as a child, then my mum would join in with The Famous Five and Nancy Drew. It was nothing for me to read a 400+ page book in one day…before children; now it may take me two days 
Getting lost in a book is one of my favorite things to do, and the smell of new books always makes me smile. I love happy feel-good books, good who-dunnits, swoon-worthy love stories and so many more – as long as there’s a happy ending! Working with books is my happy place. Editing, proof reading, Beta reading…as long as I have a book around, there’s always a smile on my face.

Emerson Matthews

I have loved books since around ‘forever’. This made it easy to buy for on birthdays and holidays. I'm also an avid animal advocate (Say that five times fast) and have spent almost thirty years involved somehow in the animal welfare world. In my spare time—when not reading-- I like to paint and do crafts, potter in the garden, bake; cook, or simply enjoy nature. I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in a 100-year- old cottage filled to overflowing with rescued pets and plants. A perfect day would be rainy, but not too cool, and ample time to sit on the porch with a cuppa tea, fuzzy blanket, a good book, and with lots of birds at the feeders. In lieu of that, I will settle for just a rainy day with no pressing place to go. I am also a confessed and unrepentant chocoholic and coffee fiend.

Amanda Hupe

I live in southern California with my husband and two children. I have my Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Riverside. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, running, hiking, watching TV and movies but my passion is reading and book collecting!  I could spend all day curled up with a good book or perusing a book store!


Cardyn Brooks

I am a Voracious reader. Compulsive writer. Enthusiastic about all things bookish. Swim fan. Chocoholic. Oddball with rebellious hair.

Roslynn Ernst

I was never a lifelong reader. In fact reading was always a struggle for me when I was growing up due to a speech impediment along with my ADHD caused me to have difficulties reading. I didn’t start to enjoy reading until about age 14. After that it became fun and I couldn’t stop reading even when I needed a break from school, work or life in general.
I am a dancer, pianist, wife, lover, sometime scrap booker, pet mom to my crazy black lab Gemani, sister, daughter, nurse, sometime runner and a reader of all different types of books or genres.  Nursing  is my daily real life job. I’ve been married to for 16 years to the love of my life.

Cecilia Robins

I am a mother of triplets teenage boys who nurses, drives around with smelly rugby socks in her car and nurses. At night when all is quiet and the monsters have been fed, she loves to sit down with a good book some dark chocolate and a glass of wine. In her other life, she writes women’s fiction.

Tonya Mathenia

I taught to read as a toddler because my favorite question was “What’s that say?” and my Mama wanted some peace! I’ve been reading any and everything ever since. I feel naked without a book in my hand or in my purse. I mostly love mystery, erotica, romance, sci-fantasy/fiction, horror, and poetry. I’m a detail-oriented, paper pushing, document reviewer by day who escapes into books at night. I dabble in writing poetry and often wonder if I’d be able to write an actual book. I also love action and monster movies. Nothing makes me happier than car chases, giant monsters, steamy sex scenes, and heroic humans on a big screen….except a book with some or all of the above.

Chelsea Anderson

I've been a reader for a long time. Living in the tundra of the bold north, winters make for lots of curling up with a book opportunities. I dove into the world of audiobooks a few years ago so I could multitask my reading with the other daily things of life and I've never looked back. Favorite books span across multiple genres, from books like Stephen King's "The Stand" and Veronica Roth's "Carve the Mark", to books like Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale". There is rarely a book I'll say no to! If I'm not reading, I got sucked into the black hole of social media or I'm being attacked by a child/cat looking for attention.

Tricia Hill

Tricia Hill likes mysteries, romance and chocolate, and not necessarily in that order. Reading has always been her vice and her passion, and with the advent of audiobooks, she can continue to “read” books while doing the dreaded housework.  Married with three sons on the verge of leaving the nest and working full time as a teacher, time is a precious commodity, which is why there is nothing she loves better than to lose herself between the covers of a good story.


F.S. Brown is a multi-published author of both nonfiction and fiction. A graduate of N.Y. Institute of Technology, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Ms. Brown began her career writing magazine articles. Her memoir, Maternal Threads, was released in May 2015 from High Hill Press. She also writes fiction under a pseudonym in the genres of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Originally from upstate New York, Ms. Brown presently resides in Massachusetts with her husband of nearly 40 years, and she works for Tufts University.

Support Worker. I now indulge my love of reading and writing with an abundance of coffee.

Carey Sullivan

I graduated in the last millennium with a degree in Technical Writing and spent the first part of
my career writing and editing documents and user’s guides headed to space with the various Space
Shuttle crews. I’m retired now, and spend my days reading, exercising, volunteering in local schools and organizations, and tackling interesting projects.
I appreciate simple pleasures: camping, reading, snapping photos, hiking, laughing, dark
chocolate melting on my tongue, and sharing quality time and good meals with friends and family. I love waking up early, especially when camping, so I can enjoy the peace and quiet of the morning. I find at least 5 things every day to be grateful for, and I journal about those things. I also love playing card games and other types of strategic games with my family. I married my best friend nearly 30 years ago, and we are still going strong. I’m a voracious reader, and enjoy several different genres of books. I’d rather read than watch TV. I’m curious and I love to learn new things. I’m good-natured and kind-hearted, and I love my smile.

Paul Brenner

I have leveraged a successful career in the Information Technology industry, which took me to the Middle East working on implementing cellphone systems. I then applied my IT discipline to create realistic storylines for the multiple award winning sci-fi and contemporary thriller novels I have written under another name. Writing has been a road of discovery, helping me broaden his horizons. I also enjoy spending time as an editor and book reviewer here at InD’tale magazine. I currently reside in Melbourne, Australia.

Stephanie Shaw

I’ve lived in Northern California my entire life and unless there is some major weather change, I can’t imagine ever leaving.  I picked up my first Nancy Drew book as a kid and was hooked.  I travel a lot for my work as a consultant.  The upside is that I have a lot of down time in the evenings and I always pack a book or two for relaxing in the hotel room.  My favorites are mysteries but I do enjoy a little bit of everything.