Category Archives: Author of the Month

SBPRA’s Author of the Month for September 2015: Michael McLean , Author of “The Irish King of Winter Hill”

978-1-62516-669-2-MMcLeanCover[1]Johnny Depp plays Whitey Bulger in Black Mass this month. Before Whitey Bulger was the head of The Winter Hill Gang, it was run by the founder, Buddy McLean. Michael McLean is the son of Buddy McLean and wrote The Irish King of Winter Hill. This book sheds light on this explosive period of history that happened on the streets and docks of Boston fifty years ago.

Says author Michael McLean, “I have read all the books and the information on the Internet about my father, and most of it is wrong. After Michael-McLean[1]talking to his closest friends, I decided I would set the record straight.” The book outlines the rise of Buddy McLean from his humble beginnings as a hardworking truck driver, to leading the now infamous Winter Hill Gang, to his murder in 1965.

For more information about Michael and his book, visit his author website.

SBPRA’s Author of the Month for August 2015: Charles Lee Robinson Jr., Author of “Love Circles”

Love-Circles-PosterAbout the Book

Love Circles is a riveting account of sexual revenge and betrayal played out over twenty-five years in the lives of three men, friends who have managed to stay friends, and are now happily married.

They meet at a newly built jazz club to reminisce on all the bad relationships they have had over the years, times when they were living in a vicious love circle of life.

Yet they still remained loyal to each other, despite all the other friends who betrayed them over the decades.

The three have triumphed over all obstacles by learning that God is the only one who really gets revenge. The story follows Lenny, Richard, and Nathan as they learn things the hard way when their lives were put in danger. Will they prevail?

About the Author

Charles Lee Robinson Jr. grew up in Rochester, New York, and currently lives in Clearwater, Florida. This is his first published book. His next is titled Dezirable.

Find out more about Charles by visiting his Author Website.

Love Circles is available for purchase on Amazon: Click HERE.

SBPRA’s Author of the Month for July 2015: Wende Gripentrog, Author of “Animal Bridge”

AOM_wendeAbout the Book
One day three children playing outside decide to take a rest under a big oak tree. As they drift off to sleep, little did they know that they are lying upon a path or “bridge” that the animals cross one by one, starting with the smallest. As parents read this book to their children at bedtime, they should mimic the animals walking across the bridge on the children’s bellies. Small ants tickle, frogs hop, porcupines poke, and the snake slithers; don’t move or he may bite!

This is a wonderful way to bond with your children and send them off to sleepy land with giggles and tickles. It is also a unique way to teach children about different animals, their sizes and the sounds they make. Many times while playing Animal Bridge with my own children, I would let them pick the animals that came next over the bridge, even choosing the final ENORMOUS animal for the climatic ending. This could be a dinosaur eating them up, an elephant squishing them with kisses, or a beached whale flopping around and rolling all over the bed! Hooray for Animal Bridge!
About the Author
First-time author Wende Gripentrog is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor of science in organizational communications and psychology/behavior modification. Formerly she worked in public relations, special event planning, marketing, and fundraising. She now resides in Puerto Rico as an ex-pat with her husband of 23 years, and assists other families with relocation. She is a homemaker to three beautiful children, who are the inspirations for the children in the book.

Find out more about Wende by visiting her Author Website.

Animal Bridge is available for purchase on Amazon: Click HERE.

Author of the month June 2015: John Hall

Guinea Pigs: Technologies of Control by John Hall

About the Book

For years the federal government has sought to remotely control human behavior. Starting with the CIA projects MKULTRA and MKSEARCH in the 1950s, the American public has been unwitting guinea pigs in a multitude of non-consensually performed experiments that have continued into the 21st century.

Guinea Pigs takes readers on a journey into the darkest corners of U.S. non-consensual experimentation and the various technologies of control that have led to our current surveillance state. The recent revelations regarding the extent of NSA eavesdropping is only the tip of the iceberg. We are currently in an information war and a mind war, where our privacy and autonomy as human beings are at stake.

Guinea Pigs is John Hall’s 2nd book.  He is also the author of A New Breed-Satellite Terrorism, a true story about satellite surveillance.

About the Author

Born in San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo, John Hall is a physician who
considers writing his second profession. “Knowing the United States government’s dismal track record with regard to experimenting on the public without informed consent, the sheer number of people voicing identical complaints of electronic harassment, and surveillance had to be explored logically.”

You can learn more about John and his book, Guinea Pigs, by visiting his author website.


Author of the Month May 2015: David W. Berner

David W. Berner is the award winning author of ACCIDENTAL LESSONS.  He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began his work as a broadcast journalist and writer. He moved to Chicago to work as a radio reporter and news anchor for CBS Radio and later pursue a career as a writer and educator. His book ACCIDENTAL LESSONS is about his year teaching in one of the Chicago area’s most troubled school districts. The book won the Golden Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature and has been called a “beautiful, elegantly written book” by award-winning author Thomas E. Kennedy, and “a terrific memoir” by Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio).  


You can learn more about David W. Berner by visiting:

Author Website

Amazon Author Page

David’s Facebook Profile



David is an accomplished writer and SBPRA is proud to present him as the May 2015 Author of the Month!

Author of the Month April 2015: William M. Cooper

William M. Cooper

Congratulations to William M. Cooper, SBPRA’s Author of the Month for April 2015!

William is the author of Coop’s Corner Collection: Inspirational Stories and Poems.

Coop’s Corner Collection is a marvelous collection of short stories and poems that reinforce such noble characteristics as love, duty, respect, honor, self-sacrifice, patience, humility and compassion.

William’s work is lighthearted, powerful, and inspiring. Readers will put themselves in the stories and find wisdom and truths that they can live by.

“William Cooper is a wonderful dreamer. He puts together his little stories like the child with the still impressionable mind that dreams of a better world for all of us. And you can tell he writes his stories so that everyone can read them … adults and children alike. Parents don’t have to worry about their youngsters reading questionable material. But most importantly, the stories have their own little messages. They’re stories of honor, strength, kindness, and love … even love for enemy. And Cooper’s writings are vivid … you see things, places, and people so clearly, yet without long passages of descriptive writing. A talent in and of itself.”
– Robert G. Christie, filmmaker, RC Feature, Columbus, Ohio

Find out more about Coop’s Corner Collection from the Video Book Trailer:

William M. Cooper grew up in Odessa, Texas. “I don’t write in hopes of seeing my name on a book cover, rather I write because I have a message that above all else, human beings can be noble creatures.”  You can find out more about William by visiting his author website or visiting his profile on