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Don M. Winn author for Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Don M. Winn

Don Winn is the award-winning author of the children’s novel “The Knighting of Sir Kaye” and “The Lost Castle Treasure” plus ten award-winning picture books, including “The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon”, “Superhero”, “Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge”, “Shelby the Cat”, and many others.Don has been writing for over 20 years. He began with poetry, and then progressed to writing children’s picture books. While still continuing to develop ideas for stories for younger children, his current passion is writing chapter books for middle readers.As a young Dyslexic student, he could never have imagined becoming a writer, since both reading and writing were such challenges. But working through those struggles taught him that the harder we have to work for something, the more treasured it is.Don Winn lives in Round Rock, Texas. Visit his website HERE for more information and all the latest news.




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 Matthew Gene

Matthew Gene lives in Aledo, Texas, with his wife Kim, and their two kids.

A native Texan, Matthew grew up in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area and found a love for music and the bass guitar at an early age. He started playing in bands as early as high school, some of whom were: Xpedition, Love Coma, The Mudcats, and iMi. During this time, he has shared the stage with acts such as: Pat Travers, Sixpence None the Richer, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Candlebox, Saliva, Evans Blue, and Eve 6, just to name a few. He currently plays with various artists in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area and spends time with his family.

Following his passion for writing, in early 2014, his debut novella, Hope, was published and is now available in ebook format as well as paperback.
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Jackie Anton

Award-Winning Author Jackie Anton, an accomplished equestrian, brings years of working with horses and young riders to her award winning Backyard Horse Tales Series. Her latest release is a collection of short stories aimed at YA and older readers. Jackie earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence for Family Friendly Media for her Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Editon. Her book, Frosty and the Night Stalker, was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Ebook Awards, and the paper back version won a Mom’s Choice Award for Juvenile Historical Fiction. She is a mother of two and has two grandchildren. She and her husband of forty-three years live on a mini-farm in rural Ohio.  They continue to ride daily and share their little slice of horse heaven with two Quarter Horses, a Haflinger, a rescued dog, and a calico barn cat.



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William Speir

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962, attended the University of Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984.

He spent over 25 years in corporate America, serving as a management consultant, consulting practice leader, IT executive, and HR/Payroll executive for top tier consulting firms and Fortune 100 companies.

During William’s corporate career, he published several articles on leadership and the human impact of organizational/technology change. His first experience with book publishing was with a series of ten non-fiction textbooks he authored about field artillery in the 19th century. These textbooks were later consolidated into a single manual and re-published in 2015.

In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 13 novels, including a 7-book action-adventure series (The Knights of the Saltire Series), four historical novels (King’s Ransom, The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson, Nicaea – The Rise of the Imperial Church, and Arthur, King), one fantasy novel (The Kingstone of Airmid), and one science fiction novel (The Olympium of Bacchus 12).

William’s first two historical novels won Royal Palm Literary Awards in 2014 and 2015 for unpublished historical fiction. For more information on the books of William Speir, please visit his website at



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 Leona Andre
Leona Andre wrote her first pieces, poetry, as a child. An avid reader, Leona knew the importance of reading daily to children to encourage their imaginative skills during child development. Finding inspiration from a young boy’s dream in her care, led to a compilation of short stories. Writing, a daily means of joy and celebration, is part of her curriculum with the children. Images in her mind dictated the illustrations that Illustrator, Ethan Polte, and Leona collaborated on for her book. Leona continues to write and resides in Chicago, Illinois. Her formal background in Social Work and Education plays a role in her writing. She is surrounded by inspiration and looks forward to her next release.



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