2020 FEATURED AUTHORS
Kimberla Lawson Roby
New York Times Bestselling Author & Speaker, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published 28 books which include her faith-based, nonfiction title, The Woman God Created You To Be: Finding Success Through Faith—Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally, as well as numerous novels. She has sold nearly 3 million copies of her books, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence, Upscale, Black Christian News, AALBC.com, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin Chronicle and many others.
Kimberla’s books deal with very real issues, including women empowerment, sexual harassment, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, problems within the church (and the consequences), Christian/family/moral values, drug and gambling addiction, marriage, infidelity, single motherhood, breast cancer, infertility, sibling rivalry, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, mental illness, and the care-giving of a parent to name a few. In addition, Kimberla’s books offer a message of redemption, forgiveness, and the realities of everyday life. Connect with Kimberla here: https://kimroby.com/.
Featured Book: The Woman God Created You to Be
James L. Rubart
When James was ten, his biggest dream was to be a novelist after reading The Chronicles of Narnia. In eighth grade the dream took a major hit when, after taking a journalism class (loved it) and trying out at the end of the year tried out for the school paper. He was rejected. In that moment, James buried the dream and listened to a lie that sank its claws deep into his heart: “You can’t write.” But the dream refused to die. He dabbled in short stories and went to a few seminars in his 20s, but never showed his writing to anyone.
In 2002, his dream came alive again. His wife went on a fast for reasons that she didn't know at the time. After two and a half days, James felt God say, “I’ve given you the skill and desire to write, when are you going to step into your destiny?” James decided to dive full-force into writing my first novel (Rooms) and finished it in late ’05. It was rejected and ultimately purchased in early summer 2008. It took significant perseverance and belief. He encourages everyone to keep pressing into your dreams. Reject the lie and embrace the truth that you have a role, a purpose that only you can fulfill. Connect with James here: https://jameslrubart.com/.
Featured Book: Rooms
Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as “a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time—in order to squash them.” Yancey jokes today about being “in recovery” from a toxic church. “Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbor’s house burned down, the congregation would rally around and show charity—if, that is, the house belonged to a white person. I grew up confused by the contradictions. We heard about love and grace, but I didn’t experience much. And we were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.”
For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him. “I felt I had been lied to. For instance, what I learned from a book like To Kill a Mockingbird or Black Like Me contradicted the racism I encountered in church.” Over the years, Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in over 50 languages worldwide. Connect with Philip here: https://philipyancey.com/.
Featured Book: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
2020 GUEST AUTHORS
Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies. Connect with Karin on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.
Featured Book: Practically Married
Cenell is Founder & President of C&C, Inc. and Owner of Wellness with Cenell LLC. She earned a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Akron and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Mount Union and is now completing her PhD in Health Sciences. Cenell counts it a blessing to be the wife of her loving husband Wayne, mother of two teenage sons Daniel and Fendrich “Richy”; and stepmom to three charismatic adult children (Lindsey, William, and Samantha). Connect with Cenell on her website, wellness website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Featured Book: Living with Double DDs: Surviving Depression and Divorce
Sue Bowles is an author, speaker, and Master Certified Life Coach. She’s the owner of My Step Ahead, committed to breaking the stigma around mental health struggles, and volunteers with the international community Beatingeatingdisorders.com. She is also an international podcast guest and frequent conference presenter. Sue’s first book, “This Much I Know…The Space Between”, was released September, 2019, on Amazon and Kindle. Sue lives in central Ohio, is the caregiver for her mom, enjoys music, her vegetable garden, and is a part of the Walking Stick Retreat community. Sue can be contacted at mystepahead.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with Sue at websites: suebowles.com, mystepahead.com; Facebook: My Step Ahead; Twitter: My Step Ahead; Instagram: My Step Ahead; Facebook: Sue Bowles Coaching.
Featured Book: This Much I Know ... the Space Between
Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University, Suzanne J. Bratcher delights in spinning adventure tales set in the majestic, mysterious Southwest. An award-winning writer, she has published three novels with Scrivenings Press: The Copper Box and The Silver Lode in the Jerome, AZ Mysteries and Kokopelli’s Song, the first in the Four Corners Folklore Fantasies. She lives and writes in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas. Visit her website to sign up for her quarterly newsletter and read her blog. Find her on Facebook. Follow her on Instagram.
Featured Book: The Copper Box
With nearly 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 has served as the Director of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, President of the Faith-Hope-Love chapter of the Romance Writers of America, is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the American Christian Writers (ACW), and Novelists, Inc. (NINC). An accomplished speaker, Hallee has taught and inspired writers around the globe, from Sydney, Australia, to Dallas, Texas, to Portland, Oregon, to Washington, D.C., and all places in between. 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. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Goodreads.
Featured Book: Alexandra's Appeal
Barbara M. Britton
Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb released her Historical “Until June” in June of 2020. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America, and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Connect with Barbara on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Featured Book: Lioness: Mahlah's Journey
James Callen is a spiritually gifted Bible teacher, soul-winner, award-winning author, and administrator of the Christian website ToLiveIsChrist.com. James’ heart for Christ and love for people is evident in his teachings as He powerfully and articulately communicates biblical principles to reveal wondrous riches that encourage Christians in their personal walk with the Lord Jesus.
Before becoming a Christian author, James had a 36-year career with the Postal Service. He then felt the Lord calling him to devote more time to teaching Scripture and sharing the gospel. So, James retired from a Postmaster position to follow the Lord’s calling. Connect with him at Facebook: toliveischristcom, Twitter: james_s_callen, and Instagram: james_s_callen.
Featured Book: Grow in the Grace
Susan Campbell is the author of two books. A Wild & Wonderful Life encourages women to keep saying yes to their Jesus story. Do You Like Peas? teaches children the value of friendship, with others and with Jesus. Founder of More Than You Imagine Ministries, Susan loves Jesus and loves the hearts of women. She has trained thousands of women on the Bible, leadership, volunteerism and program development during her twenty-some years of serving and hanging out with women. Her desire is to equip women with tools that help them live a wild and wonderful life. Learn more about Susan at morethanyouimagine.org and Facebook: More Than You Imagine Ministries.
Featured Book: A Wild & Wonderful Life
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of over 60 books and novellas. Connect with her on her website and Facebook. Get new release info straight to your inbox by liking her Amazon page.
Featured Book: Her Secret Song
Pat Jeanne Davis
Pat Jeanne Davis's longtime interest in the WWII era goes back to the real-life stories she heard about family members who served during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is a debut inspirational romance set in that era. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research, and traveling with her British-born husband. She writes from her home of Philadelphia, Pa. Pat has published essays, short stories, and articles online and in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Connect with her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon Author Page, Linkedin, Pinterest, and BookBub.
Featured Book: When Valleys Bloom Again
Jarm Del Bocccio
Jarm (‘J’ pronounced as a 'Y') Del Boccio finds her inspiration in everyday life, but in particular, when she travels the globe, observing the quirky things that happen along the way. Focusing on lives of characters from the past, Jarm is devoted to breathing new life into the pages of history, giving her young readers ”hope, heart and a hero.”
The Heart Changer, her debut MG historical fiction, released in 2019, won the silver Illuminations and Purple Dragonfly Awards. Content with the journey God has placed her on, she looks forward to connecting with her readers at: https://www.jarmdelboccio.com/. Connect with Jarm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, her website, and her blog.
Featured Book: The Heart Changer
I am Pia Fitzgerald, the wellness tactician, and I specialize in helping wonderful folks like you lose weight while losing weight! My role as a wellness tactician developed from over 25 years of helping amazing people reach their peak performance. Serving as a high school/college English teacher, training and development specialist, and wellness professional provided the foundation for my mental and physical weight loss program where you WILL lose weight while losing weight ... and with a smile! Everyone deserves a life of peace, love, and laughter, and I joyfully provide the tools to help make this happen. Creating a space for your heart to leap while losing weight is my hallmark of the WOWW! Factor experience. Connect with me on my website, wowwfactorwoman, and @wowwfactor.
Featured Book: WOWW! I CAN Lose Weight
David Harder is a published author from Arizona. His novels are inspiring stories about individuals who influence their world in unique ways. He grew up in southern California and served in the US Navy during Vietnam. He lived and worked in Germany and traveled throughout Europe for eight years. He wrote for trade journals and created marketing materials within the computer industry.
A graduate of San Jose College with a degree in business, he also studied at Santa Clara University. David is a graduate of Vineyard Institute for Biblical Studies. He resides in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Connect with him on his website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and YouTube.
Featured Book: Persuaded, the Story of Nicodemus
Sandra Merville Hart
Award-winning author Sandra Merville Hart loves to uncover fascinating historical facts for her stories. “Her military haven isn’t a shelter anymore” in A Musket in My Hands, Selah Award Finalist. “A promise to her sister becomes impossible to keep…” in A Rebel in My House, Silver Illumination Award. A Stranger on My Land is IRCA Finalist. Everyday citizens become heroes in Surprised by Love in "From the Lake to the River." “Taming the West—one heart at a time…” in Trail’s End in “The Cowboys.” Not This Year is her story in "Christmas Fiction Off the Beaten Path." Connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Amazon Author Page, and BookBub.
Featured Book: A Musket in My Hands
Sandee Hemphill is a nonfiction author, publisher, speaker, and book marketer. Her love of writing spans several years. She has written five books for authors, and another three books focused on the Christian experience. Sandee recently launched into the journaling sub-genre, which includes planners and calendars.. Her most recent work for authors, Night Writer: Witing Around the Challenges of a Full-time Job, is enjoying print and digital success. It provides tactics for the working writer to successfully complete their writing project. She recently updated Seeking Through Soaking, a guide for shutting out the world and shutting in with God.
Featured Book: Seeking Through Soaking
Gina Holder dreamed of being a writer from her early teen years and lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. When she’s not homeschooling her daughter or working on her next novel, she enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, singing, and playing the piano and organ. Her indie-published debut novel released in 2017. Connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub, and Goodreads.
Featured Book: Forgiven Again
Cleo Lampos is a retired school teacher from the south side of Chicago. She has written countless magazine articles and eight books. Lampos enjoys canning from her husband's urban garden, and is a quilter.
Connect with her on Facebook: Author Cleo Lampos and her website.
Featured Book: The Food that Held the World Together
Tracy J. Lyons
A national bestselling author, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Tracey’s books have been translated into several languages. She has appeared on the award-winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and at the famous Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. She holds membership in American Christian Fiction Writers and Novelists Inc. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey writes small town, sweet and inspirational romances. She is a National Excellence in Romance Fiction, The Greater Detroit Booksellers best, and OKRWA’s Reader’s choice awards finalist. Connect with her on Facebook, her website, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads.
Featured Book: A Love for Lizzie
An avid reader practically since birth, Laurie Lucking discovered her passion for writing after leaving her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, Common, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards and won the Christian Editor Connection’s Excellence in Editing Award. Her short stories are published in Mythical Doorways, Encircled, Christmas Fiction off the Beaten Path, Stories That Sing, Deep Magic, and Focus on the Family’s Brio magazine. A Midwestern girl through and through, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. Find out more at her website.
Connect with Laurie on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @laurielucking.
Featured Book: Common
Kathrese McKee, author, and owner of Word Maker Edits, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship. Once upon a time, Kathrese worked as a systems engineer for EDS and various oil and gas companies. Then, she taught Reading and ESL at the middle school level. These days, she writes and edits fiction, creates art, and turns a blind eye to the feral dust bunnies lurking beneath her desk. Connect with her on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Featured Book: Mardan's Mark
Ane Mulligan has been a voracious reader ever since her mom instilled within her a love of reading at age three, escaping into worlds otherwise unknown. But when Ane saw Peter Pan on stage, she was struck with a fever from which she never recovered—stage fever. She submerged herself in drama through high school and college. One day, her two loves collided, and a bestselling, award-winning novelist emerged. She lives in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a rascally Rottweiler. Find Ane on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, The Write Conversation, Amazon Author page, Goodreads, and BookBub.
Featured Book: In High Cotton
It’s said of suspense authors Diane and David Munson that “he nailed ’em…and she jailed ’em.” David was an NCIS Special Agent and undercover DEA Special Agent and Diane was a Federal prosecutor and appointed official in President Reagan’s Administration. Now these Ex-Feds write high-velocity Christian suspense novels that combine their exciting and dangerous cases into factional fiction by changing the names and places. Their twelve novels, which include best-selling The Camelot Conspiracy, and the Looming Storm, stand alone. Readers enjoy the faith-based characters and anticipate the return of their favorites in the Munson’s family friendly adventures. Connect with them on their website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Featured Book: North by Starlight
Michèle Olson has an over-forty-year career in advertising and marketing and does professional voice-over work. Writing Being Ethel (In a world that loves Lucy) is the first in a series based on Mackinac Island—a tiny island in the Straits of Mackinac, a unique place with no cars and plenty of fudge! Being Dorothy (In a world longing for home) follows as the story continues. A mom and a “Gee Gee”, Michèle resides with her husband in the shadow of Lambeau Field, where life around football abounds. She loves connecting, so reach back through social media and at LakeGirlPublishing.com. Connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Featured Book: Being Ethel
Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories. Olivia is the winner of the Southern Magic Award, New England Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill Award, the American Fiction Award, and the Illumination Awards. Connect with Olivia on her website, Facebook.com/oliviaraeauthor, Instagram, and Twitter.com/oliviaraebooks.
Featured Book: A Life Renewed
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).
Featured Book: The Protector
Known for the inspirational Celtic theme employed in most of her books, Cindy Thomson is the author of six novels and four non-fiction books, including her newest, Finding Your Irish Roots. She is co-founder of the Faith & Fellowship Book Festival and vice president of the Mordecai Brown Legacy Foundation. A genealogy enthusiast, she writes from her home in Ohio. Visit her online at CindysWriting.com, on Facebook: Facebook.com/Cindyswriting, Twitter: @cindyswriting, Pinterest: @cindyswriting, and Book Bub: @cindyswriting.
Featured Book: Celtic Song
Becky Van Vleet
Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal. She and her husband make their home in Colorado Springs, where Becky enjoys oil painting, gardening, writing, and hiking and biking in the great outdoors. As a baby boomer, Becky believes in sharing family stories with the next generations and encourages others to do the same. She has devoted her website and blogs to creating and preserving family memories. Becky relishes spending time with her family and especially reading books to her grandchildren. Connect with Becky on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Good Reads, Book Bub, and Pinterest.
Featured Book: Talitha, the Traveling Skirt