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Heroes, Heroines & History

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Debbie Lynne Costello attended Heritage University, where she studied Journalism and worked in the editing department. She has the first in her medieval series out, Sword of Forgiveness, and the first book of her 19th century Charleston Series, Shattered Memories. She has a short-story, The Letter, published in Guideposts Cup of Christmas Cheer book.

She and her husband have four children. They live in upstate South Carolina with their family, shelties, german shepherd, cat, miniature donkey, Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses. She spent thirteen years coaching cheerleading and trying to make a difference in young girls’ lives. Debbie Lynne has shown Shetland sheepdogs and raised them for 20 years. In her spare time, she goes horseback riding, paints, knits, and takes care of the grandbabies.

WEBSITE: www.debbielynnecostello.com
BLOG: www.theswordandspirit.blogspot.com

Vickie McDonough grew up reading books about horses and dreaming of marrying a rancher, instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. But those old dreams have found new life as she pens stories of ranchers, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the best-selling author of more than 45 books and novellas. Her novel, Long Trail Home, won the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Awards for Inspirational Fiction. Her books have also won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. Whisper on the Prairie is a 2014 Holt Medallion Award of Merit winner, and Buckskin Bride, a novella in The Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a finalist in the 2014 Inspirational Readers Choice Awards and Song of the Prairie won the Short Historical category in 2015. Vickie has recently self-published two a word search book called U.S.A. Word Find and an educational coloring book titled Stained Glass Mandalas.

Vickie’s novels include:
- The Land Rush Dreams series
- The Texas Boardinghouse Brides series
- Long Trail Home and End of the Trail in the Texas Trails series
- The Pioneer Promises series
- Rancher Under Fire
- Numerous Heartsong Presents novels
- Christmas novellas included in collections like The Westward Christmas Brides, the 12 Brides of Christmas, and The Pioneer Christmas Collection

Find Vickie Online:
Website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Newsletter sign-up: http://www.vickiemcdonough.com/www.vickiemcdonough.com/Newsletter_Sign-up.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickieMcDonough
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vickiemcdonough
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/VickieMcDonough/
Heroes, Heroines, and History blog: http://HHHistory.com
Follow me on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vickie-McDonough/e/B001JP4JE8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1464450059&sr=8-2-ent
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/101317.Vickie_McDonough
List.ly: https://list.ly/list/1aRD-books-by-vickie-mcdonough

Nancy Farrier grew up on a small farm in the Midwest amidst a close-knit family. She came to love farm life including the cooking, gardening and canning, but not so much the cleaning house part. In school, she often got in trouble in history class for hiding a fiction book in her textbook to read during the teacher’s lecture. Nancy was shocked to later discover she had such a love for history. Now Nancy lives in Southern California and loves to research and include bits of history in her books. She is a Christian and enjoys encouraging her readers in their faith.


Margaret Brownley has published more than thirty books and is a N.Y. Times bestselling author--not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence. 

Margaret and her husband have three grown children and live in Southern California.

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than forty published novels in the historical, mystery, and romantic suspense genres. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. She’s a past winner of the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award.

Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of almost a dozen historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. 

Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. 

You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com, and subscribe to her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bieza5

Anita Mae Draper writes her historical romances under the western skies of the Saskatchewan prairie where her love of research and genealogy yield fascinating truths that layer her stories with rich historical details. Her Christian faith is reflected in her stories of forgiveness and redemption as her characters struggle to find their way to that place we call home. 

Anita loves to correspond with her readers through any of the social media links found at www.anitamaedraper.com.
Readers can enrich their reading experience by checking out Anita's Pinterest boards for a visual idea of her published stories at www.pinterest.com/anitamaedraper.

Kiersti Giron holds a life-long passion for history and historical fiction. She loves to write stories that show the intersection of past and present, explore relationships that bridge cultural divides, and probe the healing Jesus can bring out of brokenness. Kiersti has been published in Grit, Clubhouse Magazine, Clubhouse Jr., and is currently finishing her third novel manuscript, a Civil War story set at Fort Tejon in frontier California. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kiersti loves learning and growing with other writers penning God’s story into theirs, as well as blogging at kierstigiron.com. She lives in California with her wonderful husband, Anthony.

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.

J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers and grew up on a farm in central Indiana. A graduate of Indiana University, she is an author, editor, publisher, and lifelong student of history. Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. One Holy Night, a retelling of the Christmas story set in modern times, was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year. And Northkill, Book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series written with cousin and multi-published author Bob Hostetler, won ForeWord Magazine’s 2014 INDYFAB Book of the Year Bronze Award for historical fiction. http://www.jmhochstetler.com/

Tamara Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has been a finalist in a number of writing contests including Frasier Award, Tara Writing Contest (3rd place), and NEOCW (2ndplace).
She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

You can find out more about Tamara at

Kathleen L. Maher’s first literary crush was Peter Rabbit, and she’s had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since. She has a novella releasing with Barbour in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, NY. Her debut historical “Bachelor Buttons” was released in 2013, and incorporates her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis Contest for unpublished writers, historical category, in 2012. 

Kathleen and her husband raised their three children in an old farmhouse in upstate NY, along with a small zoo of rescued dogs, cats, and birds. They run an art business in their spare time and enjoy spoiling their grandchildren on the weekends. 

Find Kathleen on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mahereenie
And on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kathleenlmaher

Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places and events. 

You can find Gabrielle on her website at www.gabriellemeyer.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AuthorGabrielleMeyer

A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago, an hour's drive away from her hometown which she visits often to dig into its historical legacy. Her novels include Thyme for Love, and Love Will Find a Way, contemporary romantic mysteries and her 1933 historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva,Wisconsin, released in April, 2013. She can often be found speaking at events around Lake Geneva or nosing in microfilms and historical records about Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.

Michele Morris’s love for historical fiction began when she first read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book series. She grew up riding horses and spending her free time in the woods of mid-Michigan dreaming of days-gone-by and knights-in-shining-armor. Therefore, it only makes sense that she now writes historical romance with a touch of suspense. 
Married to her high school sweetheart, they are living happily-ever-after with their six children, three in-loves, and six grandchildren in Florida, the sunshine state. When not spending time with her large brood or writing, Michele enjoys photography, genealogy, and cooking.

Born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, Alanna Radle Rodriguez is the great-great granddaughter of one of the first pioneers to settle in Indian Territory. Alanna loves the history of the state and relishes in volunteering at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse in Edmond. Her first published story, part of a collaborative novella titled Legacy Letters, came out September 2016. Alanna lives with her husband and parents in the Edmond area. She is currently working on a historical fiction series that takes place in pre-statehood Waterloo, Oklahoma.

Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas. Her second series, Seasons of the Heart, is now available as is her Christmas novel, Christmas at Holly Hill. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and is a member of ACFW. Martha and her husband live in Houston. In addition to her works of fiction, Martha has stories in a number of compilations as well as devotional contributions to several anthologies and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. 

She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and rugby games when one of the grandchildren is playing or performing.

Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She desires to create characters who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. She is a long time member in good standing of ACFW and a former board member of its Great Lakes Chapter. Kathleen has been published in anthologies, including the Amazon bestseller, Christmas Treasures, as well as in print and online magazines. Her first full-length novel, Rumors and Promises, will be published by Heritage Beacon Fiction in April, 2016.
Previously a home-school mom of three, she has recently been a college student and a mild-mannered dental assistant. Along with her sassy tail-less cat, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of 34 years, who not only listens to her stories, but also cooks for her.

Website: http://kathleenrouser.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathleenerouser/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathleenrouser
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kerouser/

Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest". A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. Amber is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. http://amberschamel.com/

Barbara J. Scott, an inspirational author and editor, released her first novella with Gilead Publishing in late 2016 titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” that appears in Sleigh Bells Ring: Four Contemporary Romance Novellas. Dreams of My Heart, the first book in the Reluctant Brides historical romance series, will be released April 1, 2018, by Mountain Brook Ink. Her best-selling novels Sedona Storm and Secrets of the Gathering Darkness were written with co-author Carrie Younce and published by Thomas Nelson. She has more than forty years of publishing experience and has written several novels, screenplays, and gift books. 

Barbara and her husband Mike live in the Nashville area with their two Chihuahuas, Riley and Sissy, both rescued from puppy mills. Reading, writing, and research are her passions. https://barbarajscott.com/ 

Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michelle Shocklee is a Rocky Mountain girl at heart. But after living in Texas for thirty years with her tall Texan husband, she came to truly appreciate the Lone Star State's rugged beauty. Passionate about history, she considers it pure joy to immerse herself in stories from the past, whether fiction or true-life tales. She is the author of The Planter's Daughter and The Widow of Rose Hill, the first two books in the historical romance series The Women of Rose Hill. Her historical novella set in the New Mexico Territory will appear in The Mail-Order Brides Collection in February 2018. With both her sons grown, she and her husband of thirty-plus years enjoy poking around historical sites, museums, and antiques stores near their home in Tennessee. Connect with her at www.MichelleShocklee.com.

Cindy Stewart, a high school social studies and language arts teacher, church pianist, and inspirational historical fiction author, semifinaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2017 Genesis contest, and won ACFW’s 2014 First Impressions writing contest in the historical category. Cindy is passionate about revealing God’s handiwork in history. She resides in North Georgia with her college sweetheart and husband of thirty-six years and near her married daughter, son-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. She’s currently writing a fiction series set in WWII Europe. cindykstewart.com

Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning, best-selling author, a speaker, and a virtual assistant who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Australian shepherd/retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold 14 books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary Agency. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for Barbour’s Heartsong Presents book club.

Read more about her at her web site: www.amberstockton.com.

Marilyn Turk received her B.A. in Journalism and Advertising, which she initially used writing copy for newspaper, magazine and television, then put her journalism training behind her to work in food service sales the next 30 years. After relocation and retirement, she returned to her writing roots to seriously pursue a writing career. Since then, she has been published by Guideposts magazine, A Joyful Heart (Guideposts devotional book – Sept. 2012), The Upper Room Devotional Guide, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr., and Chicken Soup for the Soul multiple times. 

She and her husband are empty-nesters and live in Florida where she loves to research lighthouses and Southern Civil War history. Her website, http://pathwayheart.com, features two blogs, a lighthouse blog and A Writer’s Path blog. Her books are set in the mid to late 1800’s, plus a Southern gothic set in 1942.

Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won the 2012 CWOW Phoenix Rattler, 2012 ACFW First Impressions, and 2013 FCWC contests, all in the historical category. She is also the winner of the 2013 Central Florida ACFW chapter's "Prompt Response" contest. 

In addition to writing, she has been a schoolteacher of English, literature, and history, as well as a marketing director. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenaged son, and four fur children. http://writeinthespirit.blogspot.com/ 

Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and romance, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not immersed in fictional worlds, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron. Visit her website to learn more about Erica and her books: http://www.ericavetsch.com

Janalyn Voigt is a novelist, speak, and literary judge. Dawnsinger, her epic fantasy debut and first title in the Tales of Faeraven series, released in 2012. Other projects include a western historical romance series. Janalyn serves as a literary judge for several national contests and is an active book reviewer. Her nonfiction publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press (now David C. Cook) and Pentecostal Evangel.
Janalyn is available as a motivational speaker. Her affiliations include American Christian Fiction Writers and Northwest Christian Fiction Writers.
In her spare time, Janalyn reads, gardens, and finds adventures in the great outdoors.

Author website for Janalyn Voigt: http://janalynvoigt.com

Best-selling, award-winning novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson wrote her first historical fiction in the 1990s while home schooling her four children and learning the true stories of the pioneer women of the West. She celebrated her 20th year as a published novelist in 2014. 

In addition to writing, she enjoys giving programs on a variety of historical and inspirational topics for civic organizations and church groups, quilting, learning about the women of the past, and riding her motorcycle named Kitty. Learn more at www.stephaniewhitson.com

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