Special Guest Speaker

DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 

Connect with DiAnn here: www.diannmills.com

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Amy C. Blake

Award-winning author Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College and has written articles, devotionals, and short stories for a number of publications, both Christian and secular. Amy is the author of the Christian suspense novels Whitewashed, Colorblind and Tie-Dyed, as well as the YA Christian fantasy novels The Trojan Horse Traitor, The Fall of Thor’s Hammer, and The Fay’s Apprentice. She’d love for you to visit her website at amycblake.com.

Blog: http://amycblake.com/

Twitter ID: amy_amycblake

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Amy-C-Blake-author-231264773718430/

Website: http://amycblake.com/

Deborah Boerema

Deborah Bence Boerema is the author of Guide to Good Food, a food and nutrition textbook used throughout the United States. After leaving the corporate world and returning to her native Ohio to focus on her role as a parent, Deborah began writing stories for her son, Nathan. The first of these to have been published is The Innkeeper's Dog. Deborah continues to revise her textbook and is working on some new projects for children. She has also written articles for ParentLife magazine. When Deborah’s not busy writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her son and husband.

Twitter: @Deborah_Boerema

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahBoerema/

Hallee Bridgeman

With over half a million sales, Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real-world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy. Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her.

Twitter ID: halleeb

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorhalleebridgeman/

Website: http://www.halleebridgeman.com

Carole Brown

​Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, 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?


Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carole-Brown/e/B00EZV4RFY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427898838&sr=8-1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/browncarole212

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carole-brown

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/browncarole212/?hl=en

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sunnywrtr/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5237997-carole-brown

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carole-brown-79b6951a/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113068871986311965415/posts

Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/

Rebecca DeMarino

When Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing. Rebecca's series, THE SOUTHOLD CHRONICLES, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca’s ninth great-grandparents, set in the 1600’s , Southold, Long Island, Rebecca is the author of A PLACE IN HIS HEART, TO CAPTURE HER HEART, and TO FOLLOW HER HEART, published by Revell/Baker Publishing. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys time with her family, genealogy, reading, long walks, baking, and gardening.

Blog: http://www.rebeccademarino.com/blog/

Twitter ID: https://twitter.com/rebeccademarino

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaDeMarino/

Website: http://www.rebeccademarino.com/

Sara L. Foust

Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author and homeschooling mother of five who writes surrounded by the beauty of East Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is the author of the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, which includes Callum's Compass (2017), Camp Hope (2018), and Rarity Mountain (March 2019). She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and a novella, Of Walls (November 2018).

Twitter ID: sfoust25

Facebook Fan Page: facebook/saralfoust

Website: www.saralfoust.com

Patty Smith Hall

A multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Barbour, Patty lives in North Georgia with her husband of 35 years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters, her son-in-love and a grandboy who has her wrapped around his tiny finger. When she’s not writing on her back porch, she’s spending time with her family or working in her garden.

Blog: www.pattysmithhall.com

Twitter ID: pattywrites@twitter.com

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/patty.s.hall

Website: www.pattysmithhall.com

Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Sandra Merville Hart loves to uncover fascinating historical facts for her stories. Her debut Civil War Romance, A Stranger on My Land, was IRCA Finalist. A Rebel in My House, set during the Battle of Gettysburg, won the Silver Illumination Award. A Musket in My Hands, where two sisters join the Confederate army with the men they love, is a Selah Award Finalist. Surprised by Love in “From the Lake to the River” released in 2018. Trail’s End, in “Smitten Novella Collection: The Cowboys” released in August 15, 2019. Find her on her blog, https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/.

Blog: https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/

Twitter ID: https://twitter.com/Sandra_M_Hart

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/sandra.m.hart.7

Website: https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/

Zoe M. McCarthy

Zoe M. McCarthy is a full-time speaker and author. She writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. She’s the author of Good Breaks, The Putting Green Whisperer, Twisty Creek Series, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk. Her non-fiction, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, helps writers ready their stories and manuscripts for publication. She teaches a community Bible study and writing workshops. Zoe and her husband live in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They enjoy canoeing and spending time at their lake cabin.

Blog: https://zoemmccarthy.com/blog

Twitter ID: @ZoeMMcCarthy

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ZoeMMcCarthyAuthor/

Website: https://zoemmccarthy.com

Yolonda Tonette Sanders (Representing Yo Productions, LLC)

Yolonda Tonette Sanders is an Ohio native whose writing debut came in 2005 with the release of her first book, Soul Matters. In 2008, Yolonda launched Yo Productions to create a stage adaptation of her debut novel. The company has since evolved into a multi-faceted organization that offers services for novice to experienced writers. Co-founder of the Faith and Fellowship Book Festival, Yolonda is crazy in love with her hubby David, adult children Tre and Tia, grandson Khari, and her paw child Paco. Learn more about Yolonda's works at  www.yoproductions.net and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yoproductions) or Twitter (@ytsanders).

Aileen Stewart

Author Aileen Stewart resides in Shelby, Ohio with her husband, daughter, and three crazy cats. In addition to writing she is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees at her local library, the manager of her local summer Farmers' Market, amateur photographer, baking enthusiast, and a home school mom.


Twitter ID: @AileenWStewart

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Known for the inspirational Celtic theme employed in most of her books, Cindy Thomson is the author of six novels and three non-fiction books, including her newest, Celtic Song. A genealogy enthusiast, she writes from her home in Ohio where she lives with her husband Tom near their three grown sons and their families. Visit her online at CindysWriting.com, on Facebook: Facebook.com/Cindyswriting, Twitter: @cindyswriting, Pinterest: @cindyswriting and Book Bub: @cindyswriting.

Rebecca Waters

Following her retirement as a professor of education from Cincinnati Christian University, Rebecca turned her pen to the world of fiction. She has two novels to her credit, Breathing on Her Own (2014) and Libby’s Cuppa Joe (2019). Her novella, Courtesy Turn is part of the Ohio Anthology From the Lake to the River. She has also published several stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Blog: A Novel Creation

Twitter ID: @WatersAuthor

Facebook Fan Page: Rebecca Waters Author

Website: www.WatersWords.com

Donna Wyland

Donna Wyland is an Award-winning Author, Editor and Coach. Her most recent book, "Surrender," is a compilation of her poetry and prose, accompanied by stunning photography by Thomas Gorman. To view Donna's services, testimonials and more, visit www.freetobe.faith.


Social Media links:

Blog: www.freetobe.faith/blog

Facebook Fan Page: Facebook.com/freetobe

Website: www.freetobe.faith

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