John I. Wood, Author
John I. Wood is a retired US Army Colonel and lives with his wife Randi in North Carolina. A native Georgian, he received his commission from the University of Georgia ROTC program in 1968 and was awarded a BA in Journalism. He commanded at company, battalion, and brigade level, specializing in human resource management. John served in several locations in the United States including Indiana, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC as well as Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. He served as an aide de camp to General of the Army Omar N. Bradley who then the last surviving five star officer. He completed his active service as a faculty member of the US Army War College. During his career he was awarded three awards of the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star, The Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

He also earned MA degrees in Public Administration and in Religious Studies. Following retirement from the Army, John and Randi served as missionaries in the Anglican Diocese of Egypt and have traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. They are active in their local Anglican parish church.

He enjoys nurturing various flowers in his yard.

Scattered Blossoms is John’s first novel, a story inspired by his visit to Nikko, Japan during Cherry Blossom time and his love of military history. John is currently writing his second novel The Heidelberg Tribunal.

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Ruth Mangiacapre has been in ministry for over 26 years, 18 of which have been full time. She has been a church planter, associate pastor, teacher, prophet, and itinerant minister. Her passion is to teach and train, help upcoming ministries, mentor in the prophetic, and ignite dreams and ministry though impartation, equipping and stirring of hearts for intimacy with the Lord.

Ruth loves to cook and try new restaurants, read, take walks, and spend time with her family. She is ordained under Bishop Bill Hamon with Christian International, as well as, Ruth is ordained as a prophet with New Day the Church at High Point, where she serves as part of the leadership team.

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ABBY BLACK, Author, Illustrator, Animator
North Carolina native Abby Black began writing novels at the age of 8, stirred by her initiative to fill a gap to become a solution for other bookworms like herself who were looking for a greater variety of wholesome and exciting stories. The more Abby wrote, the deeper her uncompromising focus became to write narratives that captured and challenged the current state of the culture and ideologies around her, chronicling characters who rose above their circumstances while exemplifying wisdom, honor, and compassion.

As a young teen, a selection of Abby’s prose and short stories were chosen to be published in an anthology at North Carolina State University. At the age of 16, she published the first installment of ”The Antediluvians" to a worldwide audience. Each 500+ paged, illustrated dinosaur-themed novel in the trilogy is a thought provoking, wholesome, science-fiction-meets-action story, purposed to challenge her generation to break the surface of mediocrity to be a stalwart and positive influence. The much awaited 2nd novel in the series, “The Antediluvians II - Multiple Targets“ was released in the summer of 2019. Watch for the third and final novel in “The Antediluvians” trilogy release date. "The Antediluvians" can be found in the public library system, and is also available in paperback, eBook, and iBook, wherever books are sold.

Abby’s upcoming fourth novel injects characters from “The Antediluvians” storyline, and introduces her new historical science fiction series, which follows a young heroine as she works through the complexities of finding an ethical and moral compass whilst traveling throughout the Civil War South. This fourth book is slated to be pitched to the Big Screen. A musical soundtrack for it, using her song lyrics, is currently being scored in the recording studio.

In addition to being a member of the local Artists' Guild, being Co-Chair on her town's Urban Forestry Advisory Board, and being part of a vibrant writers' group, Abby also pens a popular cartoon series, We Got Chickens, and she creates animated technology training videos for the business arena.
Another area where she is purposed to help others is through her line of t-shirts and functional art that speak for "LIFE," "AMERICA," "RESPONDERS," and "THE 7 CULTURAL MOUNTAINS OF INFLUENCE." For more information about her apparel line, please see her T-SHIRTS link.

Abby enjoys baking, reading copious amounts of literature and historical non-fiction, collecting antique books and odd trivia facts, staying engaged in politics, gardening and hanging out with her chickens, articulating animal skeletons, and spending time outdoors.

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