Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early stories were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now, even though she’s (mostly) grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her most recent releases include: The Magistrate’s Folly, published by Heartsong Presents in February of 2013 and Diamond in the Rough, which was just released in May, and was co-authored with Jennifer AlLee. Diamond in the Rough is the first in the Charm and Deceit, series from Whitaker House. Book two in the series, Vanishing Act, is coming out September, 2013 as is a novella from Barbour entitled “Midnight Clear,” part of the MISTLETOE MEMORIES collection.