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  • <p>D’Ann Mateer</p>

    D’Ann Mateer

    Anne Mateer has a passion for bringing history to life through fiction. She is the author of 4 historical novels as well as a contemporary short story in this fall’s Cup of Christmas Cheer II. Her novel Playing by Heart releases September 15. Anne and her husband of 27 years live in Texas and have three young adult children.

  • <p>Jayme Mansfield</p>

    Jayme Mansfield

    Jayme H. Mansfield—author, artist, and teacher—provides vivid imagery and a passionate voice as she melds her inspiring writing and artistic talents.

    Her debut novel, Chasing the Butterfly, releases October 14, 2014, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Wings and Succession follow to complete the compelling, literary journey. Her passion for weaving stories about God-loving women who find their strength in the Lord, continues in Rush, a historically compelling tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush in the late 1800’s.

    Jayme has owned, operated, and shared the joy of creating visual art in the Piggy Toes Art Studio in Lakewood, Colorado for the past eighteen years. She provides art instruction to children and adults—growing a wide-reaching group of aspiring artists by word of mouth and the studio website. Jayme’s interest in her artists expands past the paint and paper. Instead, she invites her students, especially women, to discover talents, rejoice in blessings, and find a peace that is often compromised in the hectic pace of life.

    After a career in both the business and creative sides of advertising, Jayme received her teaching and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Creative Arts. She has taught elementary school for seventeen years and shares a deep passion for literacy and the writing process. Her advanced writing experience has developed under the expertise and mentorship program in the Christian Writer’s Guild. She completed the Craftsman program, the highest level of instruction, in a four-year period and received the honor of placing in the Top Ten Semi-Finalists in the 2011 Operation First Novelist Contest with Chasing the Butterfly.

    Blessed with a beautiful family—a husband, three boys, and a menagerie of pets, Jayme has continued to chase her dreams, find adventure, and grow a passionate heart for writing with an ever-present artistic flair.

  • <p>Tiffany Amber Stockton</p>

    Tiffany Amber Stockton

    Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and partner with Nerium International in the anti-aging skin care industry. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. She is a work-at-home mom with two children, and a vivacious Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. She has released/contracted fourteen books so far , the latest being A Grand Design, and she is represented by agent Sandra Bishop. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter

  • <p>Dani Pettrey</p>

    Dani Pettrey

    Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the author of the bestselling romantic suspense novels Silenced; Stranded, winner of the 2014 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense; Shattered, multi-award winner including Christian Retailing’s Best Award 2014 Winner; and Submerged, winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel and the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.

  • <p>Mary Hamilton</p>

    Mary Hamilton

    Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a Christian camp much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series for tweens. Hear No Evil, Book 1 in the series, was a 2012 Genesis Semi-finalist. When she’s not writing, Mary enjoys the outdoors and nature. She also opens her home to weekly teen Bible studies, pancake suppers, and breakfasts with her special recipe waffles. Mary and her husband live in the Houston, TX area within range of their three grown children.

  • <p>Sarah Sundin</p>

    Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell. On Distant Shores received second place in the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards from both CAN and AWSA, and Sarah received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to soccer and tennis, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

  • <p>Jerusha Agen</p>

    Jerusha Agen

    Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story—a passion that has led her to a B.A. in English and a highly varied career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Jerusha is the author of the Sisters Redeemed Series, which includes the titles This Dance, This Shadow, and This Redeemer. Jerusha co-authored the e-books A Ruby Christmas and A Dozen Apologies from Write Integrity Press.

    Jerusha is also a screenwriter, and several of her original scripts have been produced as films. In addition, Jerusha is a film critic, with reviews featured at the website www.RedeemerReviews.com.

    Jerusha relishes snowy Midwest winters spent with her large, furry dogs and two small, furry cats.

    Visit Jerusha’s website at www.SDGwords.com. Follow Jerusha on Twitter @SDGwords and Facebook (Jerusha Agen-SDG Words).

  • <p>Laura Hilton</p>

    Laura Hilton

    Award winning author Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and homeschools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

    Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A non-Amish book, Swept Away, will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) releasing in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

  • <p>Cindy Thomson</p>

    Cindy Thomson

    Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. Cindy is also the author of Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland. She combined her love of history and baseball to co-author the biography Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story, which was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research’s Larry Ritter Book Award. In addition to books, Cindy has written on a regular basis for numerous online and print publications and is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio.

  • <p>Vickie McDonough</p>

    Vickie McDonough

    Best selling author Vickie McDonough has been an ACFW member since April, 2001. She served as the past ACFW Critique Group Coordinator and as ACFW’s treasurer for three years. Vickie helped co-found WIN, ACFW’s first local
    chapter in 2005 and served as the group’s first treasurer. Vickie is a moderator and resident blogger of the Christian Fiction Historical Society, a member of CAN (Christian Authors Network) and CROWN Marketing Group, NINC, Sisters in Crime, and the founder of 19th Century Writers, a research-based loop for historical writers.

    An award-winning author of over 30 historical fiction and contemporary romance novels and novellas, Vickie makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband of 38 years. They have four grown sons and one daughter-in-law, and they enjoy having a feisty eight-year-old granddaughter.

  • <p>Rebecca DeMarino</p>

    Rebecca DeMarino

    Rebecca DeMarino lives in the Pacific Northwest, and inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and a wanderlust gene from both parents. No one knows where she got her passion for jogging and hiking! A Place in His Heart is a historical romance inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton, and is book one of The Southold Chronicles.

  • <p>Lisa Jordan</p>

    Lisa Jordan

    Married 25 years to her own real-life hero, Lisa Jordan knows a thing or two about romance. She and her husband have two young adult sons. By day, Lisa is an early childhood educator. By night, she is an award-winning novelist for Love Inspired, writing stories that promise hope and happily ever after. In her free time, she enjoys good books, romantic comedies, crafting with friends, and feeding her NCIS addiction.

  • <p>Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers</p>

    Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers

    Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers write to reveal God through story. They were born into a writing family, and began at an early age critiquing manuscripts for their mother, Newbery winner Betsy Byars. They went on to become authors of more than thirty-five children’s novels. Their first book for adults, The Shepherd’s Song, was released by Howard Books in March 2014. They live in Georgia.

  • <p>Carla Stewart</p>

    Carla Stewart

    Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of five novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called “home.”

    She launched her writing career in 2002 when she earned the coveted honor of attending the Guidepost’s Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then she’s had numerous magazine and anthology articles published. Carla was the 2011 trophy winner of the Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. “Best Book of Fiction”, an Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award (Faith, Hope, and Love) finalist in 2011 and winner in 2012, a two-time Genesis winner, and an Oklahoma Book Award finalist four times. She and her husband live in Tulsa and have four adult sons and six grandchildren (with one on the way!).

  • <p>Liz Tolsma</p>

    Liz Tolsma

    Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella Under His Wings appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her website & blog at www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.

  • <p>Ronie Kendig</p>

    Ronie Kendig

    Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband live a full life with four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook, Twitter (@roniekendig), Goodreads , and Pinterest!

  • <p>James Rubart</p>

    James Rubart

    James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight-of-hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

  • <p>Debby Mayne</p>

    Debby Mayne

    Debby Mayne has published more than 30 books and novellas, 400 print short stories and articles, more than 1,000 web articles, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past eight years, she has judged the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition. Debby also writes etiquette articles for About.com.

  • <p>Laura Jackson</p>

    Laura Jackson

    Laura Jackson loves books—reading and writing them.  After graduating with a BA in English and history, she taught 7th grade language arts for eight years and fell in love with YA books. Wanting to share her passion for books with more kids, she earned a Master of Library Science degree.  During the day, she shares stories with kids as a school librarian in a Houston, TX, suburb. At night, she works on her own stories.  Winner of the March 2014 Clash of the Titles, Worth the Wait is her debut novel.

  • <p>Rebecca Waters</p>

    Rebecca Waters

    Rebecca Waters draws on her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother as well as her vast experience as an educator and researcher for her writing. Rebecca sees writing as both a gift and a ministry. Although she has published in professional journals in the field of education, Rebecca now turns her pen to the world of fiction. She has published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Lookout Magazine, and Home Health Aide Digest. Breathing On Her Own is her debut novel.

  • <p>Sarah Price</p>

    Sarah Price

    Sarah Price is an Amazon Top 100 Author for Books and eBooks: December 2012, January 2013, February 2013, April 2013, May 2013, August 2013 and September 2013.

    The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.

    Twenty-five years later, she now splits her time between her husband and children in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she retreats to reflect and write.

    A masterful storyteller, Sarah prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience to her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. She started out as an Indie author but has recently signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House.

  • <p>Myra Johnson</p>

    Myra Johnson

    Award-winning author Myra Johnson writes emotionally gripping stories about love, life, and faith. She is a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award finalist and winner of the Romance Writers of America 2005 Golden Heart for Best Inspirational Romance Manuscript. Married since 1972, Myra and her husband are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters and are also grandparents of four rambunctious grandsons and three precious granddaughters. Although Myra is proud to claim “Native Texan” status, she and her husband of nearly 43 years now reside in North Carolina, where they share their home with a couple of pampered pooches. Myra writes full-time and currently serves as president of ACFW-Charlotte Chapter.

  • <p>D L Koontz</p>

    D L Koontz

    D. L. Koontz was born in Pennsylvania but now, with her husband, splits her time between mountainous West Virginia and their cattle ranch in coastal plains Georgia. She has a son and a step-daughter. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), and is a former journalist, business consultant, spokesperson, and college instructor. She has been writing since she penned an award-winning poem in fifth grade.

  • <p>Norma Gail</p>

    Norma Gail

    Norma has had a love-affair with words since she first learned to read. She served eight years as a Discussion Leader in Bible Study Fellowship and has led women’s Bible studies at her church for the last ten years. Her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in The Secret Place.

    Norma is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, FaithWriters, and New Mexico Christian Novelists. Land of My Dreams, a contemporary Christian romance, is her first work of fiction. It is scheduled for release on April 22nd.

    She loves the mountains and enjoys tackling 4x4 trails in her Jeep. She is a former RN and homeschool/soccer mom who loves family research, history, and Scotland. She and her husband of 37 years are the parents of two adult children. They make their home in the mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • <p>Lillian Duncan</p>

    Lillian Duncan

    Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.

    Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

    To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit www.lillianduncan.net.  She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com  as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com

  • <p>Christina Rich</p>

    Christina Rich

    When Christina Rich was younger, she tried to dig herself to China, loved Three Billy Goats Gruff, and had an obsession with maps. She gave up her dig to China but still jumps at the chance to travel even if it’s just down the road. She loves watching modern takes of fairy tales and mythologies on the big screen and still has a huge obsession with maps. The older, the better.

    Born and raised in Kansas, where she currently lives with her husband and children, Christina loves to read stories with happily ever afters, research, take photos, knit scarves, dig into her ancestry, fish, visit the ocean, write stories with happily ever afters and talk about her family and Jesus.  Her debut, The Guardian’s Promise from Love Inspired Historical, releases March 2014.

  • <p>Lynette Eason</p>

    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice Series, the Deadly Reunions series and the newly released Hidden Identity Series.She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for When a Heart Stops in the Romantic Suspense category. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Lynette can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.

  • <p>Pam Hillman</p>

    Pam Hillman

    Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel.

  • <p>Cara Putman</p>

    Cara Putman

    Cara Putman is the award-winning author of 16 novels and one non-fiction title with more books on the way. She is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, adjunct faculty at a community college, homeschooling mama, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. She lives in Indiana with her family. You can learn more about Cara and her books at www.caraputman.com.

  • <p>Stephanie Landsem</p>

    Stephanie Landsem

    Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats.  When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.

  • <p>Paula Mowery</p>

    Paula Mowery

    Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. In November 2013, her first romance released in the anthology Brave New Century from Prism Book Group,  Her first solo romance, Legacy and Love, releases in March of 2014. Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living.

    As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

    Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the Featured Author Interview Team.

    Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a first year college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

  • <p>Carole Brown</p>

    Carole Brown

    Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

  • <p>Lisa Lickel</p>

    Lisa Lickel

    Besides landing her first contract for her Buried Treasure series with Barbour’s Heartsong Mysteries and a dozen or so books in print, Lisa Lickel writes feature newspaper articles, short stories, radio theater, and has a series of early reader historicals, First Children of Farmington. She is the editor-in-chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine and loves to encourage new authors. Lickel, who holds a BS in history from the University of Wisconsin, is also an avid book reviewer and blogger, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, and writing workshop leader. She is married to a high school biology teacher, and they have two sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and a grand-kitty.

  • <p>Katherine Reay</p>

    Katherine Reay

    Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long love affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries and can’t seem to leave them out of anything she writes. She left them behind for a bit in college and studied history and sociology at Northwestern University and earned a Master’s degree in marketing from there as well.  After a few years working in marketing and a few moves, including stops in England and Ireland, Katherine and her family now reside in Seattle, WA, where she spends her days running, writing, cooking and trying to clean the house and keep up with the laundry. 
    You can also find Katherine at http://www.katherinereay.com on Twitter @katherine_reay as well as lurking somewhere within the pages of her first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley. She’s also lurking in her second novel, Lizzy and Jane, but you can’t find her there until November 2014.

  • <p>Richard Mabry</p>

    Richard Mabry

    Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of six published novels of medical suspense, which have won multiple awards. You can learn more about Richard at his website, rmabry.com. He can be found on GoodReads, Twitter, and on Facebook, where his fan page is “rmabrybooks.”

  • <p>Diana Wallis Taylor</p>

    Diana Wallis Taylor

    Diana Wallis Taylor, an award winning author, has completed her fifth book of Biblical Fiction.  She has written three other books of fiction and a book of poetry. Along with her books, her writing has appeared in various compilation books and magazines. Diana recently completed an Easter cantata, “Glorious”, with her fellow collaborator, Carolyn Prentice, who did the music. Diana lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California. where she serves on the Board of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild.  She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages.

  • <p>Melissa Tagg</p>

    Melissa Tagg

    Melissa Tagg is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers.  When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at her website.

  • <p>Kathryn Bain</p>

    Kathryn Bain

    Award winning author Kathryn J. Bain’s fifth book, Beautiful Imperfection, was released September 29, 2013. Her book Catch Your Breath took Third Place in the 2013 Heart of Excellence Contest for Inspirational Romance and Breathless took First Place for Inspirational Romance in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards.

    She was the President of Florida Sisters in Crime from 2010-2012 and is currently the Public Relations Director for Ancient City Romance Authors. Kathryn has also been a paralegal for over twenty years and works for an attorney who specializes in elder law.

    Born in Spokane, Washington, Kathryn grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In 1981, she moved to Boise, but it apparently wasn’t far enough south because two years later she headed to Jacksonville, Florida and has lived in the sunshine ever since.

  • <p>Shannon Taylor Vannatter</p>

    Shannon Taylor Vannatter

    Central Arkansas author Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She lives in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows. Vannatter won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category, The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards 3rd Favorite New Author and #1 Contemporary Award.  Learn more about Shannon and her books at her website and check out her real life romance blog . Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  • <p>Vannetta Chapman</p>

    Vannetta Chapman

    Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for best mystery. She writes Amish mysteries for Zondervan, Amish romances for Harvest House and Amish novellas for Abingdon. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. Chapman lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband.

  • <p>Shannon McNear</p>

    Shannon McNear

    Shannon McNear has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but it would be more than thirty years before she’d receive her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

    A Midwestern farm girl transplanted more than 20 years ago to Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history, especially the colonial era, but is currently preparing for the impending shock of a move to North Dakota. She’s a homeschooling mother, military wife, and a member of ACFW, RWA, and My Book Therapy. When not sewing, researching, and leaking story from her fingertips, she finds joy in worship, women’s ministry, and encouraging whoever God brings across her path.

    Her historical romance novella, Defending Truth,.released September 2013 as part of A Pioneer Christmas Collection

  • <p>Maggie Brendan</p>

    Maggie Brendan

    Maggie Brendan (aka Brenda Lott) paints with words. It is impossible to extract a page or two from any of her books and not see the brush strokes, the picturesque backgrounds, the quintessential glance of a daydreaming bride, like in Perfectly Matched, the final book in the Blue Willow Brides series that released in October. Brendan’s specialty is historical romances set in the Old West.

    Brendan was a finalist for The Maggie Award of Excellence, The Heart of Excellence Award for her novel Twice Promised for 2013, and a finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award in 2012.

    She is a CBA Bestselling author, member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; The Author’s Guild; Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers.

  • <p>Elizabeth Byler Younts</p>

    Elizabeth Byler Younts

    Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force officer’s wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters. She makes her home wherever her family is stationed. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • <p>Jennifer AlLee</p>

    Jennifer AlLee

    Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and spent her first ten years living above a mortuary one block away from the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine. Now she lives in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, which just goes to prove she’s been blessed with a unique life. A multi-published author, she’s worked with four different publishing houses in the genres of Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, and Historical Romance. When she’s not busy spinning tales, she enjoys playing games with friends, attending live theater and movies, and singing at the top of her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on the car radio.

  • <p>Robin Caroll</p>

    Robin Caroll

    Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 22 published novels.
           
    When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?
           
    She gives back to the writing community by serving as Executive Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

  • <p>Carrie Turansky</p>

    Carrie Turansky

    Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eleven inspirational romance novels and novellas. Her latest are The Governess of Highland Hall, Snowflake Sweethearts, A Man To Trust, and Surrendered Hearts. Carrie lives in New Jersey with her husband Scott who is a pastor, speaker, and the author of several parenting books. When she is not writing she likes to travel with Scott on ministry trips and to visit their kids and grandkids, work in her flower gardens, and cook healthy meals for family and friends.

  • <p>Margaret Daley</p>

    Margaret Daley

    Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-four books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

  • <p>Winnie Griggs</p>

    Winnie Griggs

    Winnie Griggs is a multi-published author who writes for Love Inspired Historical.  Her writing has garnered enthusiastic reviews and numerous awards, including a recent RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. 

    Winnie spent her childhood in an area her friends thought of as the very back of beyond.  She and her two younger siblings spent many an hour exploring the overgrown land around her home, cutting jungle trails, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou.  Once she ‘grew up’ she found other outlets for dealing with all those wonderful, adventurous imaginary friends by filling notebooks with their stories. 

    Eventually she found her own Prince Charming, a rancher whose white steed is disguised as a tractor and whose kingdom is nestled in a small rural community she happily calls home.  Together they’ve built their own storybook happily-ever-after,  including four now grown children who share Winnie’s vivid imagination and her husband’s steadier influences and who are now out in the world pursuing their own adventures.

  • <p>Lisa Wingate</p>

    Lisa Wingate

    Lisa Wingate is a magazine columnist, inspirational speaker, and the author of nineteen mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing.  She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novel Blue Moon Bay was a Booklist Top Ten of 2012 pick.  Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.

  • <p>Deborah Raney</p>

    Deborah Raney

    Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Deb’s 24th novel will release from Guideposts/Summerside Press Fall 2013, and she is currently working on a five-book series for Abingdon Press Fiction.

    Deb enjoys teaching at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life in Kansas––the setting of many of Deb’s novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

  • <p>Gail Sattler</p>

    Gail Sattler

    Countenance can be a tell, an insight into the psyche. So it is with author Gail Sattler. She has a mischievous smile that lights her face and makes one wonder what secret she might share. Take a look at the covers of her books. They confirm her sense of play and the contents prove how her imagination spills onto the pages as she writes.

    Daily, Gail juggles the roles of author, musician, mom, dog owner and lizard lover. She also loves reading good books and playing the piano for her church worship team in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • <p>Lynette Sowell</p>

    Lynette Sowell

    Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of over 15 titles for Barbour Publishing, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. Her fiction has been a finalist and a winner of ACFW’s Carol Award, and her weekly local newspaper column “My Front Porch” has won awards from both the Gulf Coast Press Association and Texas Press Association. When Lynette’s not writing fiction, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for her local newspaper. Lynette was born in Massachusetts and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband, a pair of cats, and a Texas heeler. She loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a road trip.

  • <p>Kathleen Y’Barbo</p>

    Kathleen Y’Barbo

    Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a Carol Award and RITA nominee of forty-five novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad and nominations including a Career Achievement Award, Reader’s Choice Awards, Romantic Times Book of the Year, and several Romantic Times Top Picks. A proud military wife and tenth-generation Texan, she now cheers on her beloved Aggies from north of the Red River.

  • <p>Fay Lamb</p>

    Fay Lamb

    Fay Lamb is an acquisition editor for Pelican Book Group. She also provides freelance fiction edits.

    Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has recently contracted with Write Integrity Press for two four-book series. Stalking Willow, the first in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series is currently available for purchase, and Charisse, the first release in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series will be available in July, 2013. The second story in the Amazing Grace series, Better than Revenge, is set for release in September 2013.

    Fay is a past-secretary for American Christian Fiction Writers. She served for four years as the moderator for ACFW’s critique group, Scribes. For her volunteer efforts for ACFW, she received the Service Members Award in 2010. She was also a semi-finalist that year in the ACFW Genesis Contest.

    Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren (with the sixth on the way).

  • <p>Julianna Deering</p>

    Julianna Deering

    Julianna Deering has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, Summer 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, Spring 2014) and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, Summer 2014). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

  • <p>Mary Connealy</p>

    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a recipient of the Rita Award, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the author of Swept Away, book #1 of the Trouble in Texas series, also the bestselling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge, and Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie’s Daughters Trilogy. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.

  • <p>Carla Gade</p>

    Carla Gade

    Carla Olson Gade has been imagining stories most her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing historical Christian romance. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Writers, and the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers, Carla is the author of The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter, Carving a Future in Colonial Courtships, and many articles in periodicals and online. She and her husband share their home in Oakland, Maine, with their two young adult sons and two spoiled kitties. To learn more about her, please visit her website CarlaGade.com or her popular blog WritingToDistraction.blogspot.com.

  • <p>Lacy Williams</p>

    Lacy Williams

    By day, Lacy Williams is a stay-at-home mom battling dirty diapers and dog-hair dust-bunnies. By night, she is a novelist whose books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards (twice), the Booksellers’ Best (BBA) and the Golden Quill. She recently signed another 4-book contract to continue the Wyoming Legacy series, which starts with Roping the Wrangler.

  • <p>Janelle Mowery</p>

    Janelle Mowery

    Janelle writes historical inspirational fiction. Writing professionally since 1998, she signed her first contract with Barbour Publishing for their Heartsong Presents Mysteries in 2006, and has since written an historical series set in Colorado for Harvest House. Most recent work includes Love Finds You in Silver City, Idaho and Always Remembered, her current release, both with Summerside Press.

    She is an active member of ACFW, an organization she says provided her with opportunities for growth and development. Her work has received four-star-reviews from Romantic Times.

    Born in Minnesota, Janelle lives in Texas with her husband and two sons. She enjoys assisting with her church’s teen program.

  • <p>Sherry Kyle</p>

    Sherry Kyle

    Sherry Kyle is the award-winning author of The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, a nonfiction book for tween girls published by Legacy Press. Her second book for 8-12 year olds, The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room, releases July 31, 2013. Sherry also writes for women and is the author of two novels, Delivered with Love and The Heart Stone, both published by Abingdon Press.

    Sherry grew up in Colorado, but was drawn to the warm weather and sandy beaches of southern California where she met her surfer husband at Biola University. There she received her degree in Communications and a minor in Bible. Before becoming an author, Sherry was a preschool teacher and a surgical assistant for oral surgeons, as well as a treatment coordinator for an orthodontist. Sherry and her husband have four children between the ages of 13-20 and live along the coast of Central California.

  • <p>Renee Ryan</p>

    Renee Ryan

    Multi-published, award-winning author Renee Ryan sold her first book in 2001 by winning the inaugural Dorchester/Romantic Times New Historical Voice Contest. She sold her second book to Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line in February 2009 and has since sold ten manuscripts to the historical and contemporary Love Inspired lines.

    Renee grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned to surf very poorly.  Armed with a degree in Economics and Religion from Florida State University, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park, a modeling agency, and a cosmetic conglomerate.  She also taught high school Economics, American Government and Latin while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams.  She currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and a large, fluffy cat many have mistaken for a small bear.

  • <p>Lisa Richardson</p>

    Lisa Richardson

    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.

  • <p>Carol Cox</p>

    Carol Cox

    Carol Cox is the author of 30 novels and novellas. A third-generation Arizonan, Carol has a lifelong fascination with the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. She makes her home with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play—often within view of the family’s front porch.

  • <p>Ginny Yttrup</p>

    Ginny Yttrup

    Ginny L. Yttrup’s issue-driven fiction has received critical acclaim and her first novel, Words, won the 2012 Christy Award for Best First Novel. Ginny’s books are known for their messages of hope and freedom. When not writing, Ginny is creating jewelry and gift items for her online business Bookish Baubles. She loves spending time with her young adult sons, friends, and her dog Bear. She is an avid gardener, cook, and reader.

  • <p>Cynthia Ruchti</p>

    Cynthia Ruchti

    Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels, novellas, nonfiction, and speaking events, drawing from 33 years as the writer/producer of The Heartbeat of the Home radio ministry. Her books have received recognition as an RT Reviewers’ Choice finalist, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist, Retailers’ Choice finalist, and as a Carol Award finalist, among other honors. Her recent release—When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Fiction)—received 4.5 stars and a Top Pick from RT Reviews. A nonfiction called Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices releases with Abingdon’s Christian Living line in July. Cynthia and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.

  • <p>Creston Mapes</p>

    Creston Mapes

    Creston Mapes is the author of Fear Has a Name, Nobody, Dark Star, and Full Tilt. A journalist, copywriter, and editor, he works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation’s top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels. Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and began his writing career 30 years ago.

  • <p>Vicki Hinze</p>

    Vicki Hinze

    Vicki Hinze is the award-winning, bestselling author of nearly 30 novels, four non-fiction books and hundreds of articles published in as many as 63 countries. She’s recognized by Who’s Who in the World as an author and an educator. Vicki sponsors many “special projects” to benefit others, including Writers’ Zone, ChristiansRead.com and The Edna Sampson Benevolence Fund.

  • <p>Tina Radcliffe</p>

    Tina Radcliffe

    Romance author Tina Radcliffe claims she’s been scribbling for years. Indeed, she sold dozens of romantic short stories to popular publications prior to penning her first novel. Her manuscripts were twice finalists for the Golden Heart. She twice won the Maggies and three times won the Heart of the Rockies. In 2012, her novel Oklahoma Reunion was a Carol Award finalist.

    After a tour abroad in the Army, Tina spent a decade in nursing then six years as a library cataloger, before taking a position with a national mail order pharmacy. Originally from Western New York, she now makes her home in Arizona, where she continues to write heartwarming and humorous romantic fiction.

    Her most recent release is Mending the Doctor’s Heart, published by Love Inspired.

  • <p>Susan Sleeman</p>

    Susan Sleeman

    Susan Sleeman is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. Her first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance, earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list and The Christmas Witness, was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

  • <p>S. Dionne Moore</p>

    S. Dionne Moore

    S. Dionne Moore is an award winning multi-published author of historical romance. She enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.

  • <p>Sandra D. Bricker</p>

    Sandra D. Bricker

    For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role as Caregiver. “I guess most people would see my career as a publicist for the soaps as a sort of dream job, but giving it up turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me!” she declares. That’s when she combined her love of books with her passion for writing, and a reader favorite was born!  She has written three novels for middle-grade readers and several romance novels, including Wish I Weren’t Here, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas, The Big 5-0H!, and the Emma Rae Creations series.

    Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

  • <p>Pamela Meyers</p>

    Pamela Meyers

    A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago. She served on the ACFW Operating Board for five years and has also served her local ACFW chapter in leadership roles.

    Her debut novel Thyme for Love released November 2011, and its sequel, Love Will Find a Way, is set to release in March 2013. Her historical romance that is set in her hometown, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, releases in April 2013. She has published many magazine articles and is a contributor in a non-fiction compilation book.

    You can often find her nosing around Midwestern small towns, looking for story ideas or coordinating the ACFW Genesis writing contest. She leads a woman’s life group in her church and enjoys reading and cooking.

  • <p>Maureen Lang</p>

    Maureen Lang

    Maureen Lang writes stories inspired by love of history and romance. An avid reader since childhood, she started writing the stories she wanted to read. Before publication she won RWA’s Golden Heart and ACFW’s Genesis, and her published books have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, a Holt Medallion, and have finaled in the Christy, Rita and Carol Awards. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, children and Labrador retriever.

  • <p>Angela Breidenbach</p>

    Angela Breidenbach

    Angela Breidenbach is a speaker, coach, and author of A Healing Heart (Abingdon Press Quilts of Love series). She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition coach. Angela’s experience as Mrs. Montana International led to promoting women’s heart health with the American Heart Association in Montana and greatly influenced her desire to make women aware of how different women’s symptoms are during a heart attack. She’ll be traveling the Pacific North West on a speaking and book tour April 20-30, 2013—details on her website under the Appearances tab

  • <p>Katie Ganshert</p>

    Katie Ganshert

    Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels. She and her husband are in the process of adopting from the Congo. You can find her online at her blog and on Facebook.

  • <p>Carolyne Aarsen</p>

    Carolyne Aarsen

    Carolyne Aarsen, originally a city girl, was transplanted to the country when she married her dear husband Richard. While raising four children, foster children, and various animals Carolyne’s résumé gained some unique entries, such as growing a garden, sewing blue jeans, baking, pickling and preserving. She learned how to handle cows, drive tractors and snow machines, ride a horse, and train a colt. Somewhere in all this she learned to write. Her first book sold in 1997 and since then she has sold over thirty books to three different publishers. Her stories show a love of open spaces, the fellowship of her Christian community and the gift God has given us in Christ.

  • <p>Terri Reed</p>

    Terri Reed

    Terri Reed grew up in California, in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains where her pastime included creating stories. With encouragement from others, she began setting pen to paper and declared she would one day write a book.

    She has now fulfilled that dream several times over, writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired lines. Today, Terri is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her college-sweetheart husband and two wonderful children in the Pacific Northwest. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs.

  • <p>Jordyn Redwood</p>

    Jordyn Redwood

    Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and have been endorsed by the likes of Dr. Richard Mabry, Lynette Eason, and Mike Dellosso, to name a few. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at www.jordynredwood.net.

  • <p>Melanie Dickerson</p>

    Melanie Dickerson

    Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter, both of which were Christy Award finalists;  The Healer’s Apprentice won The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and The Merchant’s Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

  • <p>Gina Holmes</p>

    Gina Holmes

    Gina Holmes is a Publicist with Silver Seas PR (http://www.silverseaspr.com), the President and founder of the popular literary site Novel Rocket, and an award-winning author. Crossing Oceans, her debut novel, won the 2011 Carol Award, INSPY and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice. Dry as Rain was a 2012 Christy Award Finalist. Now, Holmes brings us Wings of Glass, a story of an abused young woman who picks up her broken heart and self-esteem to push through her fears, supported by the nurture and nerve of two unlikely but kindred spirits.

  • <p>Ann Shorey</p>

    Ann Shorey

    Ann Shorey has been a full-time writer for over twenty years. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul, and in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort series. She made her fiction debut with The Edge of Light, Book One in the At Home in Beldon Grove series for Revell, followed by Books Two and Three, The Promise of Morning and The Dawn of a Dream. The Sisters at Heart series, beginning with Where Wildflowers Bloom, is her latest offering from Revell. Book Two in the series, When the Heart Heals, released on February 15.

    In addition to writing, Ann has won many prizes for her culinary skills. Her recipes have appeared in Country Woman magazine, and in several national cookbooks, including Taste of Country and Taste of Home.  Recently author Patti Hill included one of Ann’s recipes in her Garden Gates Cookbook.  Ann has been privileged to present cooking demonstrations to young women from her church as part of the Apples of Gold mentoring program.

    Ann and Richard share their home in Oregon with a lovable Belgian Shepherd named Amber.

  • <p>Christine Lindsay</p>

    Christine Lindsay

    Christine Lindsay writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories, but she doesn’t classify them as straight romances. She takes pride in her Irish roots. Her great grandfather and grandfather worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard. One of the ships her ancestors helped build was the Titanic. On her mother’s side it was stories of ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India that seeded Christine’s long-time fascination with the Raj and became the stimulus for her Twilight of the British Raj series. 

    The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home where she lives with her husband, David, and they enjoy the visits from their adult children and grandchildren. Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat.

  • <p>Dani Pettrey</p>

    Dani Pettrey

    Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling debut novel Submerged and latest release Shattered. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

  • <p>Janice Cantore</p>

    Janice Cantore

    :  A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments: patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training.  During the course of her career in uniform, Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called “Cop and Christ”, and another for the monthly magazine “Today’s Christian Woman”. With retirement Janice began to write longer pieces and several novels were born. Janice is excited and honored to now be a part of the Tyndale Publishing House family. Accused, the first installment in her new suspense offering, The Pacific Coast Justice Series, was released February 1, 2012 and kicked off a brand new chapter in her writing career. Abducted followed in July 2012 and the third installment in the series, Avenged, is due out April 2013.

    In addition to suspense and action, her books feature strong female leads. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep you engrossed and leave you inspired.

  • <p>Suzanne Woods Fisher</p>

    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction, the host of a weekly radio program called Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award. The Choice and The Search have been finalists for Carol Awards. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011).

    Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research. For fun, too.

    Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. She has an underlying belief in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.

    When Suzanne isn’t writing, playing tennis (badly!), or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.

  • <p>Beth Shriver</p>

    Beth Shriver

    Childhood memories of her grandfather’s ranch came alive as Beth Shriver wrote her first Amish story. Her parents grew up in the country, so she understands pastoral life and respects those who make a living off the land.  She frequents a nearby Amish community just south of Fort-Worth for an occasional church service or brunch with the bishop and his wife. And on the way home she stops at the community store to get some plum jam!

    In 2003 Beth began writing her first book. A couple of years later it was published and she has been writing ever since. Beth received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a case worker before starting a family. Beth and her family live in Texas after moving from their first home in Colorado. She followed her passion and has written in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction.

  • <p>MaryAnn Diorio</p>

    MaryAnn Diorio

    Dr. MaryAnn Diorio loves God, people, children, and dogs, in that order. She also is passionate about story and its power to transform the human heart. Dr. MaryAnn, as she is affectionately called, writes compelling fiction that deals with the deepest issues of life. She is Adjunct Online Professor of Fiction Writing for Regent University and coaches writers on their journey to publication. MaryAnn and her husband Dominic are the blessed parents of two wonderful daughters and a fantastic son-in-law.

  • <p>Ellen Kennedy</p>

    Ellen Kennedy

    Ellen Edwards Kennedy (aka E E Kennedy) grew up in Miss Prentice’s region of far northern New York State and lived with her husband and children across the South and West. This has given her a deep love for these areas and a sharp ear for regional accents. Through high school and college, she performed in summer stock, briefly nursing the vain dream of becoming a Broadway musical star, but eventually made a career as an award-winning TV/radio advertising copywriter. Her recent experiences as a high school substitute teacher make her uniquely qualified to translate obscure adolescent dialects into understandable English. Along with the Miss Prentice Mysteries, she is the author of a Christian romance novella, The Applesauce War in the anthology Harvest Home from Barbour Books. She lives with her husband near Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • <p>Lyn Cote</p>

    Lyn Cote

    When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got “the call.” Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by the brand new Love Inspired line. Since then Lyn has had over thirty-five novels published. In 2006 Lyn’s book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA. In 2010, Lyn’s Her Patchwork Family finaled in the Carol Contest, and in 2011, Her Healing Ways won the Carol Award.

    Lyn helped found Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational RWA Chapter in 1997. She served as president. Lyn has also written three articles for the RWR on the inspirational romance market and one on Classic Romantic Conflicts. Lyn has taught regional and national workshops. Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. She maintains an active blog with that title. Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Living in northern Wisconsin in a lake cottage with her husband and four cats, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love.

  • <p>Kellie Coates Gilbert</p>

    Kellie Coates Gilbert

    A former legal investigator and trial paralegal, Kellie Coates Gilbert writes with a sympathetic, intimate knowledge of how people react under pressure.  Her stories are about messy lives and eternal hope.

  • <p>Julie Lessman</p>

    Julie Lessman

    Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”

    Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

  • <p>Elizabeth Goddard</p>

    Elizabeth Goddard

    Take one look at Elizabeth “Beth” Goddard’s radiant smile and peaceful countenance and you’d never guess that she has borne one ounce of stress in her busy life. Is writing the key to the serenity she projects? Probably not. Most writers confess that writing is hard work and Beth would likely concur. And since Beth also home-schools her four children while running a household, she must feel a pinch sometimes. Yet, she is, literally, a picture of grace.

    A native of East Texas, Beth moved back home after spending five years in Oregon to be near her family until her husband’s position as pastor sent them both to central Louisiana. To date, she has produced over a dozen romance novels. In 2011, she won the Carol Award for The Camera Never Lies. She has also served in various capacities with ACFW and RWA. 

    Her most recent release is Treacherous Skies, from Love Inspired Suspense. 

  • <p>Krista Phillips</p>

    Krista Phillips

    Krista Phillips writes inspirational romantic comedy. She believes a sprinkle of laughter (and a wee bit of chocolate) makes everything a little better! She blogs regularly about life as a wife, mother, follower of Jesus, and mother of a child with a rare congenital heart defect at www.kristaphillips.com. Her debut novel, Sandwich, With a Side of Romance, released September 1, 2012 by Abingdon Press.

  • <p>Debby Lee</p>

    Debby Lee

    Debby Lee enjoys reading and writing 1800’s American Romantic fiction. She is happily married, has five children and lives in Washington state.

  • <p>Joanne Bischof</p>

    Joanne Bischof

    Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne Bischof lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home schooled children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.

  • <p>Erin Healy</p>

    Erin Healy

    Erin Healy is an award-winning fiction editor who has worked with talented novelists such as James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, Traci DePree, L. B. Graham, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Randy Ingermanson, Jane Kirkpatrick, Bryan Litfin, Frank Peretti, Lisa Samson, Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and many others.

    She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding stories before their collaboration on Kiss, the first novel to seat her on “the other side of the desk.”

    Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. She lives with her family in Colorado.

    For a downloadable extended bio, please visit Erin’s Press Room.

  • <p>Keli Gwyn</p>

    Keli Gwyn

    Award-winning novelist Keli Gwyn is a California native who lives in a Gold Rush-era town at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her stories transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters, and adds a hint of humor. She fuels her creativity with Taco Bell® and sweet tea. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two skittish kitties.

  • <p>Cheryl Wyatt</p>

    Cheryl Wyatt

    Cheryl Wyatt’s closest friends would never dream the mayhem she plots during announcements at church. She is a Registered Nurse-turned-stay-home-mom, wife, and writer who loves Jesus with all of her heart.

    Joyful chaos rules her home, and she delights in the stealth moments God gives her to write. She stays active in her church and in her laundry room. She is convinced that having been born on a Naval base on Valentine’s Day destined her to write Inspirational Military Romance, though her latest novel, an Inspirational Medical Romance with military elements, has also found God making use of her previous career as a Registered Nurse.

    Cheryl’s readers are responding favorably to this change. More than one reviewer of her latest book, The Doctor’s Devotion, made comment regarding her level of personal medical knowledge having added a great deal of realism to her already award-winning story-telling abilities.

  • <p>E. N. Joy</p>

    E. N. Joy

    BLESSEDselling author, E. N. Joy, is the writer behind the five book series, “New Day Divas,” coined the “Soap Opera In Print.” Formerly writing secular works under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country.

  • <p>Mona Hodgson</p>

    Mona Hodgson

    Mona Hodgson is the author of more than thirty-two books for adults and children, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series—Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride. Her children’s book titles include: Bedtime in the Southwest and six princess and desert I Can Read books. For more information about Mona and her books, visit her website at monahodgson.com. You can connect with Mona on Facebook on her Mona Hodgson Author Page, Twitter, Pinterest, and on her blog Hindsight by Mona Hodgson at http://www.monahodgson.com