ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Allison Pittman can’t remember a time when she didn’t know she was a writer; she’s always been one. Before able to put words to a page, she dictated stories to her mother and lulled herself to sleep crafting stories–a new chapter each night. When God called Allison to write, answering was a thrill. And so, after a long conversation with her husband, she left a twenty-year teaching career—a HUGE step of faith, but God . . .  The beloved author counts every single reader a blessing and likes to think her stories are the first step in a conversation. Visit www.allisonpittman.com

GENRE: historical romance

Anne Mateer enjoys bringing history to life through fiction. She is the author of four WWI era novels from Bethany House and debuts her first indie novella in the fall of 2017. Her book, At Every Turn, was a 2013 Carol Award finalist. Anne and her husband, Jeff, are currently living an empty nest adventure in Austin, Texas when they aren’t visiting adult children scattered across three states.

GENRE: historical fiction

April W. Gardner, award-winning author, writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination. She is a military wife and mother of two teens. She lives in Texas and writes Christian historical romance with a focus on Southeastern Native Tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks. She loves to hear from readers, please visit her at www.aprilgardner.com

GENRE: historical romance

 Carrie Turansky loves reading, has since visiting the library as a child. Her love for writing began with her first novel at age twelve. The award-winning author has penned seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott—a pastor, author, and speaker—married more than thirty-five years ago and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel on ministry trips or to visit their five adult children and four grandchildren. Carrie leads her church’s women’s ministry, and when not writing, enjoys time working her flower gardens or cooking healthy meals. Visit Carrie at www.carrieturansky.com.

GENRE: historical romance

Caryl McAdoo loves God and writes four series praying each story gives God glory: the historical Texas Romance; a contemporary Red River Romance; The Generations a Biblical fiction; and the Days of Dread Trilogy for young readers—all with a strong Christian sway. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and counts four children and seventeen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. She and high school sweetheart-husband Ron live in the woods of Red River County five miles south of Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State. Visit www.CarylMcAdoo.com.

GENRE: historical and contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, young adult and mid-grade

Cathy Gohlke, three-time Christy and two-time Carol and INSPY Award-winning author, writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons from history. Her stories reveal how people break the chains that bind them and triumph over adversity through faith. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Find her on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks and visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com.

GENRE: historical

Elizabeth Ludwig, an accomplished speaker, often attends conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing, effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. In her popular EDGE OF FREEDOM series, book three Tide and Tempest was recently named a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Elizabeth was also a finalist in the 2015 Selah Awards for her novella “One Holy Night”. Her latest releases include Home Sweet Sugarcreek and A Tempting Taste of Mystery, part of the SUGARCREEK AMISH MYSTERIES series from Guideposts. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.

GENRE: cozy mystery and historical romance

Hallee Bridgeman, a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense, focuses on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy. When not penning novels, the prolific writer can be found in the kitchen, the ‘heart of the home’. She loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God heart, soul, and mind, and enjoys the thrills that life with a National Guard husband, a teenaged daughter, and two elementary aged sons delivers. Visit at www.halleebridgeman.com

GENRE: suspense

Heather L.L. FitzGerald writes from her home in Texas, dreaming of being back in the Pacific Northwest. When her four kids were young, she enjoyed reading aloud until her voice gave out—her autistic son moved on to audiobooks. She aspires to write stories readers want to revisit and never say goodbye. The Tethered World Chronicles will soon be complete. A member of the North Texas Christian Writer’s group, ACFW, and CAN, she also helps with the Manent Writer’s group in Fort Worth. Visit Heather at www.heatherllfitzgerald.com.

GENRE: YA

Jackie Castle looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day. The author of The White Road Chronicles a fantasy series, The Sentinel Archives for school-age readers, and newly released Madison Creek Bed & Breakfast romance series, she’s also published numerous articles in magazines. Her adventures include working as a hairstylist, to her bravest quest: teaching children in daycare and elementary schools. Eventually, she settled down to a somewhat safer pursuit of being a Story-weaver. Find out more about her shenanigans at Jackie Castle’s Story World: www.jackiecastle.com. There you can also sign up for her monthly newsletter.

GENRE: YA fantasy, mid-grade, and contemporary romance

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

GENRE: contemporary inspirational romance

Janice Olson is a Christian author of fast-paced, character-driven romance and romantic suspense that provides hours of breathtaking entertainment. As her stories unfold, her casual southern humor surfaces when least expected, offering a warm heartfelt experience for her readers. Her novels are built on hope, trust, and love and the ability to achieve goals, regardless how difficult the circumstance. Living with the inherent side effects of dyslexia, Janice’s books are living proof that her partnership with God overcomes obstacles that would seem impossible to man. Her passion for God, husband, family, and friends never waivers. Neither has her passion to offer captivating, clean reads that amuse and remain with readers long after they turn the last page.

GENRE: romance and suspense

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. Visit www.KathyIde.com.

GENRE: non-fiction, devotionals

Kellie Coates Gilbert won readers’ hearts with compelling and highly emotional stories about women and their life-defining relationships. A former legal investigator, she’s especially known writing page-turning stories with nuanced characters who seem real. Garnering hundreds of five-star reviews, Kellie’s been described by RT Book Reviews as a “deft, crisp storyteller.” Besides being featured as Barnes & Noble Top Shelf Picks, her books made the Library Journal’s Best Book List of 2014. Kellie lives with her husband of over thirty-five years in Dallas where she spends most days by her pool, drinking sweet tea and writing the stories of her heart.

GENRE: women’s fiction and contemporary romance

Lena Nelson Dooley loves her family, dark chocolate, and spending time with friends. More than 850,000 Christian readers have enjoyed her books! Helping others realize their publishing dreams floats her boat! Over fifty released their first book after her mentoring. Her books have won 10 major awards, and she received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. Her books have appeared multiple times on the ECPA, CBA, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists, as well as several Amazon bestseller lists. The high point any day is reader feedback, especially those who say her story impacted their lives. Visit Lena at www.lenanelsondooley.com.

GENRE: historical and contemporary romance

Linda Brooks Davis, reared on a farm in South Texas, earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees then devoted forty years to students with special needs while rearing a daughter and son, veterinarians practicing together. She embarked on her novel writing adventure in 2007. Subsequently, The Calling of Ella McFarland won the 2014 Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel Award, as well as the 2016 ACFW Carol Award in the Debut Category. The novella sequel, A Christmas to Remember, released in 2016. Linda writes from her home in San Antonio, Texas, and she and her husband dote on six wonderful grandchildren.

GENRE: historical romance

Lucie Ulrich is an award-winning author of inspirational fiction who hasn’t stopped writing since her first skit performed at church more than fifteen years ago. Her books are filled with faith, family, and forgiveness. A former drama teacher, performing arts director, and avid reader, she enjoyed sharing her passion for writing and storytelling with her students. Retired, Lucie now loves going on photo shoots with her husband, and taking long (or short) road trips, continuing to find inspiration as she and her husband explore the four corners of the United States. The Ulrichs make their home in Jackson, Florida.

GENRE: contemporary romance

Lynne Gentry is an actor/director turned fiction author. She loves using her crazy imagination to entertain readers with her books. Her varied works range from the highly-praised time travel series (Carthage Chronicles) to a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy series (Mt. Hope Southern Adventures). Her newest release is a co-written romantic medical thriller (Ghost Heart). RT Reviews calls this Top Pick author one to watch. Readers say her writing is extraordinary and her stories exceptional. When Lynne is not creating enchanting new worlds, she’s laughing with her family or working with her medical therapy dog. Find out more about Lynne at www.lynnegentry.com

GENRE: historical and contemporary romance, science fiction

Marguerite Gray enjoys the study of history, especially when combined with fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Recently, she received an MA in English from Abilene’s Hardin-Simmons University. She has two grown children and currently lives with her husband in Abilene, Texas. She writes historical fiction. Hold Me Close: Revolutionary Faith Book One, set in pre-revolution Charles Town, takes the reader into the lives of immigrants, ordinary citizens, and prominent historical figures when decisions made changed the world.

GENRE: historical romance

Marie Wells Coutu began telling stories soon after she learned to talk. At seven, she convinced neighborhood kids to perform a play she’d written and composed her first book in the eighth grade. After a career writing for newspapers, magazines, governments, and nonprofits, she returned to her first love—writing fiction—at the age of fifty-five. Her debut novel For Such a Moment won the Books of Hope Contest. Retired from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, she and her husband now divide their time between Florida and Iowa, where they can be closer to their two children and four grandchildren.

GENRE: women’s fiction

Marji Laine writes mysteries and suspense with a touch of romance and a thread of faith. Her series are made up of stand-alone stories with satisfying endings where justice prevails. She sets most of her books in and around the Dallas area where she lives with her hubby of thirty years or in the small towns of East Texas that she adores. Graduating her two homeschooled children, she fills her days with the publishing tasks for the twenty authors she works with through Write Integrity Press. Launching other authors is almost as fun as releasing her own.

GENRE: mystery and romantic suspense

Melissa Wardwell was born and raised in a small mid-Michigan farm community and lives there still with her family. She married her high school sweetheart Jonathan, and they share 3 amazing children. Besides writing, Melissa enjoys taking pictures, reading, and leisurely rides with her husband on their motorcycle. She hopes that each story touches readers’ hearts, gives them hope, or offers each a moment away from the chaos of life.

GENRE: contemporary romance

Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy. Visit her at http://www.MistyMBeller.com.

GENRE: historical romance

Patricia PacJac Carroll is a Christian writer blessed beyond her imaginations. She lives in the DFW Metroplex in Texas with her husband, a spoiled dog Jacs, and her son Josh. The PacJac is from her and husband’s initials because she says she wouldn’t be able to write if not for him. Patricia loves adventure and the open road. Stories of the western era have always been a favorite, and she hopes readers will enjoy like her series Mail Order Brides of Hickory Stick. She’s working on a new series Mail Order Brides of Misfit Ranch Bluebonnet, Texas. Visit her at www.pacjaccarroll.com.

GENRE: historical romance

Rebecca DeMarino traveled in 1999 to Horton Point Lighthouse, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley to discover their heritage. Passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing. Her SOUTHOLD CHRONICLES series is historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca’s ninth great-grandparents. The author of A PLACE IN HIS HEART (2014), TO CAPTURE HER HEART (2015), and TO FOLLOW HER HEART (2016 Revell/Baker), Rebecca’s strong suit as Publisher Weekly put it  ~ “is recreating history and relating it to readers.” Visit her at www.rebeccademarino.com.

GENRE: historical romance

Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She also offers graphic design and marketing services to other authors through her freelance business, Good Day Publishing. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings. Visit Teresa at www.TeresaTysinger.com.

GENRE: women’s fiction, contemporary romance

Virginia Vaughan was born and raised in Mississippi and has never strayed far beyond its borders. Blessed to come from a large, Southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. A lover of books even from a young age, she soon started writing them herself. Book five of her current series, Rangers Under Fire, Mission Undercover, releases in August, 2017 and Book six, Mission: Memory Recall in January, 2018. Visit Virginia at www.virginiavaughanonline.com.

GENRE: historical

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