BellaOnline Literary Review
Shades of Rock by Jill Florio


Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman

Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman is the artist of The Oracle of the Blue Infinite, a Mixed Media Collage which was featured in this issue of Mused, the BellaOnline Literary Review.

Deborah Crawford Deborah Crawford

Deborah Crawford is an author and marketing and business coach in Memphis, TN, and owns Smart Marketing Works ( She is also the editor of's Small Office/Home Office and Walking sites.

Siobhain M. Cullen Siobhain M. Cullen

Siobhain derives her inspiration from the Natural World - in which beauty often exists side by side with savagery. This contrast drives her latest collection 'Bruisers' in which the quiet nobility of women's stand against subjugation is portrayed. She lives with her large family on the Wuthering Moors of the UK - so she has no shortage of material. Her previous collection 'Dead Nun's Shoes' is self-published and available at

Melissa Lauderdale Demiguel Melissa Lauderdale Demiguel

Melissa is the BellaOnline French Culture Editor. Her photo blog, Pretty in Paris, captures moments of beauty like butterflies in a net.

Janie Emaus Janie Emaus

Janie Emaus has written several books for Parachute Press, the packager of The Goosebumps and Fear Street Series. Her short stories have appeared in Woman's World, True Confessions, Midnight Zoo, the Los Angeles Times Kids' Reading Room Page, Boomer Women Speak and Boomercafe. She is currently at work on a novel for baby boomers, a picture book and a novel for tweens. She can be reached at

Bushra Farooqui Bushra Farooqui

A sophmore at UNC, I am interested in the miraculous abilities of the human mind and the generative capabilities of the soul.

Dan Florio Dan Florio

Dan Florio has been taking digital pictures since 1998, before most people knew there were digital cameras. He especially likes taking pictures of contrasts in light and isn't afraid to use Photoshop to get what he wants. Trips to Europe are his specialty. You can see more of his photography at In his day job he is a Actionscript developer inventing creative Flash/Flex/AIR apps. Visit his blog/portfolio at

Jill Florio Jill Florio

Jill Florio is frequently found wandering the desert with her digital camera, a bottle of water and a big sun hat. She also enjoys environmental portraiture. Her nature and journalistic prints were published in the Prescott Daily Courier, The Prescott Valley Tribune, Sweat Magazine, Flagstaff Live, Mountain Living Magazine, the Big Bug News and Chino Valley Reporter.

Andrew Gill Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill works as a professional software engineer in the Dallas area and in his spare time writes surrealistic poetry. His interest are eclectic and diverse spanning history, science fiction, literature and philosophy.

Blue Heron Blue Heron

B.S. Degree In Written Communications Have 5 poems published. Been writing poetry and short stories since I was a teenager. Looking for a publisher for the autobiography that I've written.

Kimberly A. Kenney Kimberly A. Kenney

Kim Kenney is the author of three books with Arcadia Publishing, Canton: A Journey Through Time, Canton's West Lawn Cemetery, and Canton's Pioneers in Flight. She has also published an exhibition review in The Public Historian, the journal of the National Council for Public History. She serves as editor of the Museums website at, where she has authored several ebooks. The Association of Gravestone Studies recently awarded her the Oakley Certificate of Merit for her interpretive projects at West Lawn Cemetery.

Tony King Tony King

I am a semi-retired Mathematics teacher, currently also pastoring a rural Baptist church here in the Mid-West. I enjoy the challenge of my weekly articles in the Irish Culture site on and I am looking forward to publishing my first ebook, A St. Patrick's Day & Other Things Irish. I enjoy golf, motor-cycling and reading.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman

Melissa Knoblett-Aman is a freelance writer who holds a degree in English with a concentration in Writing and Editing from Western Carolina University. She has loved all forms of writing, be it fiction, poetry or non-fiction, ever since she can remember. In addition to serving as BellaOnline’s editor for Catholicism and Cats, Melissa also writes content for Squidoo and has been published in a variety of print media. Her Squidoo page can be found at She also enjoys digital photography, playing with her cats and traveling.

Gregory A. Kompes Gregory A. Kompes

Gregory A. Kompes is the photographer of Arts and Crafts which was featured in this issue of Mused, the BellaOnline Literary Review.

Susan Helene Kramer Susan Helene Kramer

Susan Helene Kramer and her husband Stan Schaap live in The Netherlands. She especially enjoys drawing and painting; realistic and color constructions. Her favorite medium is conté crayon. Her illustrated writings on dance and spirituality can be found at

Kathryn A. Laity Kathryn A. Laity

K. A. Laity ( is the award-winning author of Pelzmantel: A Medieval Tale as well as other stories, plays and essays. Clive Barker has called her work "full of fluent style and poetic dialogue" and Matrifocus Magazine says "Laity's storytelling is magic in itself. The language is beautiful and weaves vivid pictures for the reader's imagination." Currently she is completing work on Unikirja, a collection of short stories based on the Kalevala, Kanteletar, and other Finnish myths and legends, for which she recently won the Eureka Short Story Fellowship as well as a Finlandia Foundation grant. Dr. Laity teaches medieval literature, creative writing, film and popular culture at the College of Saint Rose.

Patricia Maulding Patricia Maulding

Patricia Maulding, aka, 'Poppet' likes to prance in the wildflowers among the posies. She collects old books and silver spoons. She is an artist and poet who secretly writes songs for the moon.

Elizabeth Roberta McDonnell Elizabeth Roberta McDonnell

Roberta McDonnell lives in Belfast with her husband and four daughters, who keep her busy and bring much joy. She worked as a mental health nurse, then studied psychology, then anthropology as a mature student at Queen's University Belfast. She hopes to teach social science in the long term but retains a deep fascination for literature in all forms, especially poetry.

Vivian Nelson Melle Vivian Nelson Melle

Vivian Nelson Melle is a healthy living counselor who focuses on body image and wellbeing. She is a former special educator and community counselor who now home schools her daughter while running young women's empowerment trainings. Vivian is happily married to her best friend and proud clan member of a wild and wonder family. Vivian's trying to make a difference in the world and her current projects can be seen at

Barbara Merkord Barbara Merkord

Barbara Merkord is the author of She which was featured in this issue of Mused, the BellaOnline Literary Review.

Cynthia Parker Cynthia Parker

Cynthia is the editor of the Single Parents site at She is also a writing-intensive English major at the University of South Carolina. She writes poetry, short stories and is working on a novel.

Connie Werner Reichert Connie Werner Reichert

Connie Werner Reichert is the President of Write Side Up Copywriting & Publicity.The former Sacramento Newscaster and Radio Personality may be reached at Please visit her new web site at

Kimi Ross Kimi Ross

Kimi Ross lives and writes in rural Alaska with her husband, where they run dogs, raise chickens, garden, hunt, fish and generally enjoy all that Alaska has to offer.

Lisa Shea Lisa Shea

Lisa has been an avid reader from a very young age, consuming pretty much any genre which crossed her path. She has a particular affinity for sci-fi and fantasy works. Lisa relishes the challenge of conveying meaning and memorable characters in a limited amount of time and space. You can read more of her works and poetry at

Sheila Sproule Sheila Sproule

Sheila Sproule grew up and was educated in Dublin, Ireland. She has recently retired from her administrative career, in order to concentrate on her freelance writing. Sheila lives in London, Ontario, Canada, and can be contacted at

Jennifer Tiszai Jennifer Tiszai

A mom to two school-aged children, Jennifer writes when she's not designing websites, logos, or painting walls. Recently she moved from the West Coast to the Midwest and is anxiously wondering if she and her Diet Coke addiction will survive the winter. She hangs out on the Internet at her blog, A Spacious Place, at

Charity C. Tran Charity C. Tran

Charity C. Tran is a Los Angeles native who frequents public transit, arts, and culture. A recent graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, she has published fiction in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and non-fiction in Main Street News, the monthly journal for the National Trust Main Street Center.

Catharyn Virecci Catharyn Virecci

Catharyn Virecci is a songwriter turned social worker. She is the product of Italian and Russian immigrant parents and is fascinated with Middle Eastern politics and culture. She lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania and has one son.

Melissa D. Weise Melissa D. Weise

Melissa draws her inspiration from psychology and social dilemmas. She has been writing stories since she was in the third grade, encouraged by the writers in her family. She chooses to work with abstract and science fiction genres because they allow more flexibility in creating a “social laboratory of what ifs”. Having been published in several newspapers and periodicals in addition to being the Teen Editor for BellaOnline, Melissa is working on finishing her science fiction novel, Miridia, which centers around themes of ethical dilemmas and multiculturalism. Melissa was home-schooled from K-12 while traveling around the country with her family, completed her undergraduate work with honors at Washington State University and is finishing her graduate studies in social work at Boston College.

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