2019 Authors

Expected Authors for 2019


Bert Abbazia
is the author of Chatham Township, NJ: Secrets from the Past: The Rise and Demise of America’s Fourteenth Colony and Niagara Rapid Transit. This will be Bert’s first time attending the New Providence Book Festival.


J.R. Bale
 is the author of the political thriller, Phoenix in the Middle of the Road, an Amazon five-star bestseller as well as the upcoming science fiction novel, Cognition Chronicles: The Redstone LegacyJ.R. is a New Providence resident.

You can visit J.R.’s website at www.jrbale.com.

Robert Ciampi, LCSW
has worn many “hats” in his professional career: clinician, therapist, patient advocate, supervisor, writer, and now author. His book When to Call a Therapist outlines the symptoms and behaviors of the most common mental-health issues people suffer from, as well as when and how to seek help.  This will be Bob’s first time attending the New Providence Book Festival.

You can visit his website at www.whentocallatherapist.com.

Linda Barth is a local history enthusiast and author. Her books include The History of Inventing in New Jersey, Hidden New JerseyBridgetender’s Boy and other New Jersey-related books.

You can visit Linda’s website at www.lindajbarth.com.


Michael Stephen Daigle is the author of  the Frank Nagler mysteries series, which includes, The Weight of Living, The Swamps of JerseyA Game Called Dead  and the recently published The Red Hand.

Visit Michael’s website at www.michaelstephendaigle.com.


Reyna Favis is a charity writer, donating half her earnings to 501(c)(3) organizations. She is the author of Soul Search and Soul Scent, supernatural thrillers set in the search and rescue world. Reyna holds a Ph.D. in biology and exerts her power as mistress of the dark arts of introversion through her blog, Introvert Broadcasting Network. When not writing, she responds to callouts as a canine handler for the Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County. You can visit Reyna’s website at www.reynafavis.com.

Vivian Fransen
is the author of The Straight Spouse: A Memoir. This is her second time attending the New Providence Book Festival.

You can visit Vivian’s website at www.straightspousememoir.com.


Kerry Gans
 is the author of The Witch of Zal, a steampunk re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz for the middle grade market.

You can visit Kerry’s website at www.kerrygans.com.


Kristina Garlick
 in a prolific author. Her books include Arcadia: The Wayward Hero and Sinners & Saints: A Patriot’s Manifesto. Her most recent book, Almost a Fairy Tale, just launched.

You can visit Kristina’s website at www.kristinagarlick.com.

Laura Kaighn is children’s author and storyteller. Laura writes both children’s books and science fiction. She also runs programs under Lady Hawke Storytelling & Writer’s Services. This is her second time attending the New Providence Book Festival.

Visit Laura’s website at www.ladyhawkestorytelling.com

LaCarrubba_2496Angela LaCarrubba is the author of Nobody’s Purr-Fect: (Especially Not Georgie), a children’s story. This is her first time attending the New Providence Book Festival.

Learn more about her book at https://www.christianfaithpublishing.com/books/?book=nobodys-purr-fect

Elissa Matthews
is the author of Where the River Bends.




Bob Mayers
is a Revolutionary War historian and author of historical non-fiction books, including The Forgotten Revolution, The War Man and Searching for Yankee Doodle. His most recent book, Revolutionary New Jersey was published in June 2018.

Visit Bob’s website at www.revolutionarydetective.com.

Lisa Romeo
is the author of Starting with Goodbye, a touching memoir. This will be Lisa’s first time attending the New Providence Book Festival.

Visit Lisa’s website at www.lisaromeo.net.

Jenn Stroud Rossman
is the author of The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh, a wise and witty novel about the Silicon Valley that’s not covered in the fawning features in The New York Times. This will be Lisa’s first time attending the New Providence Book Festival.

Visit her website at jennstroudrossmann.com.

David B. Watts
is a real-life private detective. This will be Mr. Watts’s first time attending the New Providence Book Festival.

Visit his website at davidbwatts.com.