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Debbie Lynne Costello attended Heritage University, where she studied Journalism and worked in the editing department. She has the first full-length in her medieval series out, Sword of Forgiveness, and two novellas in the series out. She has the first book of her 19th century Charleston Series, Shattered Memories. She also has a short-story, The Letter, published in Guidepost's 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 50 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
- The South Carolina Brides series

- 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
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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
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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.


Johnnie Alexander is a wannabe vagabond with a heart for making memories. Whether at home or on the road, she creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won't forget.

Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller. The World War II novel has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. Besides historicals, she also writes contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, and romantic suspense.

Johnnie is on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for her Novelists Unwind blog. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy.

A fan of classic movies, stacks of books, and road trips, Johnnie shares a life of quiet adventure with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.
Other links:
Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/JA-FBk
Facebook Profile Page: https://bit.ly/JA-FBP
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/JA-Author
BookBub: http://bit.ly/JA-BBub
GoodReads: http://bit.ly/JA-Goodreads

Catherine Brakefield says, “My readers inspire my writing!”
Catherine is an award-winning author of the inspirational historical romance Wilted Dandelions which won Honorable Mention, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, and Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year award in 2016. Her four-book Destiny series is rising in popularity with nation-wide book clubs; Swept into Destiny, Destiny’s Whirlwind, Destiny of Heart won first place in The Maxwell Medal 2019 fiction category, and Waltz with Destiny.
She is a member of Heart of America Christian Writers Network (HACWN), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), president of the Great Lakes Chapter and has been featured in numerous periodicals, Michigan History and Southern Writers Magazine.
She has written two pictorial history books. Images of America; The Lapeer Area, and Images of America: Eastern Lapeer County.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart; Baker Books, Revell, The Dog Next Door, Horse of my Heart, Second-Chance DOGS, and Horse of my Dreams; CrossRiver Media Publishers, The Benefit Package and Abba’s Promise; Bethany House Publishers, Jesus Talked to me Today.

She has been featured in numerous periodicals over the last thirty years, Michigan History and Southern Writers Magazine to name a few. Catherine is a member of Heart of American Christian Writers Network (HACWN); American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the ACFW Great Lakes Chapter. She loves to tell America’s story one truth at a time through her speaking engagements.

She is a longtime Michigan resident and lives with her husband of 45 years and their Arabian horses in the picturesque hills of Addison Township. She has two adult children, loves traveling the byroads across America, and spoiling her two handsome grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters!

Follow me on: https://www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com/
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Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatherineUlrichBrakefield/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Catherine+Ulrich+Brakefield&qid=aqKTjRCaFn
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/catherine-ulrich-brakefield?list=about
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Youtube+Catherine+Ulrich+Brakefield
Blog: Hope, Hearts, and Hoofbeats https://catherineulrichbrakefield.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CUBrakefield
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-brakefield-4710b315/

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.

Author Elaine Marie Cooper has written five historical fiction novels set in the era of the American Revolution. She currently lives in Iowa but her roots are in Massachusetts where she grew up absorbing stories from local historical sites. Her budding enthusiasm for American history sprouted into a passion that continues today. She loves bringing historical facts alive in a fictitious format, infusing life into tales from long ago through characters both real and imagined. Her resume now includes speaking engagements in libraries, schools and other venues.

Her published work includes Saratoga Letters, Fields of the Fatherless, and the three-book Deer Run Saga. She has written one non-fiction memoir about her daughter called Bethany's Calendar.

Cooper’s work has also appeared in Splickety Prime Magazine, Prayer Connect Magazine, “Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home” by Edie Melson, and “I Choose You,” a romance anthology. She has also written for newspapers, Better Homes & Gardens, and HomeLife Magazine.

She has upcoming releases in the Dawn of America series, set in Connecticut in 1779-80.

Website/ Blog: www.elainemariecooper.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ElaineMarieCooperAuthor
Twitter @elainemcooper

Mary Davis Bestselling, award-winning author MARY DAVIS has over thirty titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has been in numerous compilations and collections. Stories and characters have been running around in her head for as long as she can remember. Her published works have been on Publisher’s Weekly bestselling lists several times. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.

An empty-nester, Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild with another on the way. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafts, crocheting, and knitting.
Her titles include:
The Widow’s Plight (July 2018)
Newlywed Games
Courting Her Amish Heart
Numerous Heartsongs, including Cinda’s Surprise, The Grand Hotel, Reckless Rogue, Her Honorable Enemy.
Numerous Novellas, including “Holly & Ivy” in A Bouquet of Brides, “An Unlikely Hero” in The Pony Express Romance Collection, and “The Reluctant Heiress” in The American Heiress Brides Collection.
Find her online at:
FB Readers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132969074007619/?source=create_flow
FB: https://www.facebook.com/mary.davis.73932
Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/dekdr1
Blog: http://marydavis1.blogspot.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Davis/e/B00JKRBJKE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1513048567&sr=1-1
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8126829.Mary_Davis
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-davis
Website: MaryDavisBooks.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.

Molly Jebber is a best-selling & award-winning Amish Historical Romance author whose books have made the Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, media worldwide, and in USA Today. She’s a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, a mentor to English students at Ohio State University and guest lecturer for many groups on writing, publishing, & marketing. She loves God, family, friends she is grateful for her readers. http://www.mollyjebber.com

Kathleen E. Kovach is a Christian romance author published traditionally through Barbour Publishing, Inc. as well as indie. Kathleen and her husband Jim raised two sons while living the nomadic lifestyle for over twenty years in the Air Force. Now planted in northeast Colorado she's a grandmother, though much too young for that. Kathleen is a longstanding member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An award-winning author, she presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself as one of God's peculiar people.

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

Susan G Mathis
is a multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Katelyn’s Choice, the first in The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, is available now, and book two, Devyn’s Dilemma, releases in April. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are available now. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.

Susan is also a published author of two premarital books with her husband, Dale, two children's picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs, enjoys traveling globally with her wonderful husband, Dale, and relishes each time she gets to see or Skype with her four granddaughters.

Lighthouse Publishing: https://shoplpc.com/devyns-dilemma
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-G-Mathis/e/B001JP31DI?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1578601862&sr=1-1
Website: www.SusanGMathis.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanGMathis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@SusanGMathis
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susangmathis
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/susangmathisaut
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6044608.Susan_G_Mathis

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.

Suzanne Norquist is the author of two novellas, “A Song for Rose” in A Bouquet of Brides Collection and “Mending Sarah’s Heart” in the Thimbles and Threads Collection. Everything fascinates her. She has worked as a chemist, professor, financial analyst, and even earned a doctorate in economics. Research feeds her curiosity and she shares the adventure with her readers. She lives in New Mexico with her mining engineer husband and has two grown children. When not writing, she explores the mountains, hikes, and attends kickboxing class.
She authors a blog entitled, Ponderings of a BBQ Ph.D.
Her website is www.suzannenorquist.com

Scribbling in notebooks has been a habit of Cindy Regnier since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born and raised in Kansas, she writes stories of historical Kansas, especially the Flint Hills area where she spent much of her childhood. Cindy is married to her husband of 37 years, has two grown sons, a son residing in heaven, and two beautiful daughters-in-law,

A graduate of Kansas State University with a dual major in Agriculture and Business, Cindy works for her local school district as clerk of the board of education and is active in her church and community. Her experiences with the Flint Hills setting, her natural love for history, farming and animals, along with her interest in genealogical research give her the background and passion to write heart-fluttering historical romance.

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.

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/

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.

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/

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

Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of over ten traditionally published novels and several novellas. A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses!

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