Brian C. Merritt was born in 1933 and grew up in Merseyside, England. He and his family endured the London bombings of the Second World War that took their home and many of their friends. Brian immigrated to Canada in 1973 with his wife and two sons. Brian’s career as a marine service manager brought him to the Niagara Region of Ontario where he also served as unit commander with a marine rescue unit of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. Brian still lives in the Niagara Region with his wife. He is a keen sailor and enjoys painting and writing. JACK BRANDON’S WAR is Brian’s debut novel.  Follow Brian C. Merritt on Twitter
D.J. Murphy lives with his wife and daughters in Thorold, Ontario, Canada.  He completed his Ph. D. in philosophy in 2008.  Since then he has written a number of scholarly articles and reviews.  Morgan’s DReAMis his first work of fiction. Follow D.J. Murphy on Twitter
Jason C. Robinson teaches in the Liberal Arts programs at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University. Robinson specializes in hermeneutics (theories of interpretation), 20th-century continental philosophy, philosophy of religion and philosophy of science. His most recent publication is in the philosophy of education, Foundations of Education: A Social, Political, and Philosophical Approach. Other areas of research interest include interdisciplinary studies, the nature of time, and aesthetics.

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Rita Smith was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland.  Rita’s first job was with the British Railway where she worked as a shorthand typist.  In the early fifties, Rita immigrated to Canada when her brother offered to pay her fare.  In Canada, Rita secured employment with Canada Life Insurance Company before she married and left her employment to raise her children.  Eventually Rita and her family settled in the Niagara region where she took up writing.  Rita won The Toronto Sun First Column contest.  Rita spent a number of years writing for local newspapers including the Thorold News, the St. Catharines Standard and The Voice in Pelham during which time she also began work on her novel, Two Tears.  When she’s not writing, Rita volunteers for various causes, loves to bake, and is a proud grandmother.
robin-young W. Robin Young is a 25-year veteran instructor of paramedics and has trained in martial arts since 1968. His self-defence techniques are taught to paramedics as part of their college courses and now, he brings those techniques to you through his upcoming book and training seminars.