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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

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 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.

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Mary Dodge Allen has received two Royal Palm Literary Awards from the Florida Writer’s Association. Mary and her husband live in Florida, where she has served as a volunteer with the local police department. Her childhood in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, sparked her lifelong love of the outdoors—hiking, canoeing, kayaking. She’s been a Teacher, Counselor and Social Worker, and she worked as a USPS mail carrier during a college break. Her quirky sense of humor is energized by a passion for coffee and chocolate. Mary writes mystery/suspense/historical: “Fast-paced Adventures with Humor and Heart”

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 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!

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Blog: Hope, Hearts, and Hoofbeats https://catherineulrichbrakefield.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CUBrakefield
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-brakefield-4710b315/

Multi-award-winning author Marie Wells Coutu finds beauty in
surprising places, like undiscovered treasures, old houses, and gnarly trees. All
three books in her Mended Vessels series, contemporary stories based on the
lives of biblical women, have won awards in multiple contests. She is currently
working on historical romances set in her native western Kentucky in the 1930s
and 1940s. Her historical short story, “All That Glitters,” won honorable mention
in the 2023 Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. You can find
more about Marie and her novels at her website, MarieWellsCoutu.com and on Facebook: Marie Wells Coutu, Author www.facebook.com/mariewellscoutuauthor/

Rebecca May Davie is a former educator and former editor for an online magazine. She joined the Cru Ministry - NBS2GO/Neighbor Bible Studies 2GO, at its inception. As the YouVersion Content Creator, she has uploaded over 66 plans on the Bible.com app. Rebecca lives in the mountains with her husband, the youngest of their two sons, and a rescued dog named Ranger. If it were up to her, she would be traveling - right now. Not quite a polyglot, Rebecca speaks English, with French as her L2. College courses last year provided a rudimentary grasp of Italian. Spanish is next on the list. As a member of ACFW, FHLCW, Jerry’s Guild, and Hope*Writers, Rebecca learns the craft of fiction while networking with a host of generous writers. She is working on her first fiction novel. This story unfolds from the 1830s in Northern Georgia.

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Twitter: @rebeccamaydavie

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.
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Matthew James Elliott (M.J. Elliott) is a passionate writer who loves to encourage and inspire others. He has served in various ministry roles for over 15 years, which has given him a unique perspective on people and Biblical History. Matthew holds a degree in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, with a focus on Pastoral Care, Christian Education, and Worship.

Matthew is happily married to Traci, and they have three children named Leyla, Caleb, and Hannah, who bring them immense joy and inspiration. As a writer, Matthew's goal is to share love, equip others, and edify them for the greater good. He loves connecting any amount of scripture to his stories and uses his knowledge of Biblical History to do so often. You can find Matthew's works on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and His Blog. He has written Devotionals, An Episodic Series, Novellas, and even Commentaries for the Gospel Daily.

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A lifelong resident of the American South, Kit Hawthorne makes her home on a Texas farm that has been in her husband’s family for seven generations. She spent years singing, composing, and playing Irish pennywhistle in a Celtic folk band. All those ballads and boat songs awakened in her a love for a Scottish heritage that spans both sides of the Atlantic. She’s an avid reader, especially of history, biography, mystery, theology, and romance, and enjoys logging her reads (and plotting her life) in her Bullet Journal. She also enjoys drawing, sewing, quilting, knitting, and restoring old furniture to beauty and usefulness.




Cindy Ervin Huff is a multi-published writer. She has been featured in many periodicals over the last thirty years. Her historical romance Secrets & Charades won the Editor Choice, Maxwell Award and Serious Writer Medal. Her contemporary romance New Duet released in 2018, placed second in the 2019 Serious Writer Awards and a finalist in the 2019 Selah Awards. Cindy is a member of ACFW, Mentor for Word Weavers, founding member of the Aurora, Illinois, chapter of Word Weavers and Christian Writer’s Guild alumni. She loves to encourage new writers on their journey. Cindy and her husband make their home in Aurora, Illinois.

Martha Hutchens is a transplanted southerner who lives in Los Alamos, NM where she is surrounded by history so unbelievable it can only be true. She won the 2019 Golden Heart for Romance with Religious and Spiritual Elements. A former analytical chemist and retired homeschool mom, Martha is frequently found working on her latest knitting project when she isn’t writing.

Martha’s current novella is set in southeast Missouri during World War II. It is free to her newsletter subscribers. You can subscribe to her newsletter at her website, www.marthahutchens.com

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

Edwina Kiernan is the Christian author of six novels, three of which are award-winning. An enthusiast of classic novels and history, Edwina combines her faith, imagination and research in hope-infused tales set in times past. A lifelong word admirer, with Welsh and Irish heritage, she started writing stories early in childhood. She is a committed follower of Jesus (the Living Word), and endeavors to use her pen to point others to Him. When she’s not writing, Edwina loves spending time with her dashing husband and lively little son, reading and studying the Bible, getting lost in a captivating novel and drinking more types of tea than most people realize even exist.

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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 an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than twenty times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books.

Her first two books of The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, Devyn’s Dilemma, and Katelyn’s Choice are available now, and book three, Peyton’s Promise, comes out Spring 2022. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise, and her newest, Reagan’s Reward, are also available. Susan’s books have won numerous awards, including two Illumination Book Awards, the American Fiction Award, the Indie Excellence Book Award, and two Literary Titan Book Award. Reagan’s Reward is also a finalist in the Selah Awards. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.

Susan is also a published author of two premarital books, two children's picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs and enjoys traveling around the world.

Website: www.SusanGMathis.com/fiction
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanGMathis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@SusanGMathis
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6044608.Susan_G_Mathis
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Naomi Musch is a multi-published author whose heart beats hardest for fiction set in America’s by-gone days. Her novel Mist O’er the Voyageur was a 2019 Selah Awards finalist, Book of the Year finalist, and NE Minnesota Book Awards finalist. It’s sequel Song for the Hunter will release in early 2022, as will Not for Love, her novella in Barbour’s Lumberjacks and Ladies collection. She believes a perfect day is spent working on a story, roaming about her family’s northern Wisconsin farm, snacking out of the garden, relaxing in her vintage camper, and loving on her passel of grandchildren. Readers can sign up for her newsletter and receive a free short story.

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.

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/

Donna Schlachter lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas, full-length novels, devotional books, and books on the writing craft. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, Pikes Peak Writers, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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Michelle Shocklee is the author of several novels including Count the Nights by Stars, winner of the 2023 Christianity Today Book Award in Fiction, and Under the Tulip Tree, a 2021 Christy Award and Selah Award Finalist. Her work has been included in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books, magazines, and blogs. 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.

Sherri Stewart loves a clean novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Her passion is traveling to the settings of her books, sampling the food, and visiting the sites. She loves the Netherlands, and she’s still learning Dutch, although she doesn’t need to since everyone seems to speak perfect English. A recent widow, Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her lazy dog, Lily, and her son, Joshua, who can fix anything. She shares recipes, tidbits of the book’s locations, and pix in her newsletter. 


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 website:  tiffanyamberstockton.com

Terrie Todd is the award-winning author of The Silver Suitcase, Maggie’s War, and Bleak Landing. Her fourth novel, Rose Among Thornes, releases August 2021. Terrie is represented by Mary DeMuth of Books & Such Literary Agency. She lives with her husband, Jon, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada where they raised their three children and where her novels are set. They are grandparents to five boys. Terrie writes a faith and humor column for her hometown newspaper and recently self-published an anniversary collection of her favorites: Out of My Mind.

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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

Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense, mostly set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

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Donna Wichelman worked as a communications professional before turning to full-time writing. Her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in various inspirational and secular publications, and she has two indie-published novels on Amazon.com. Donna and her husband of thirty-eight years have lived in Colorado for more than thirty years and love spending time with their grandchildren. They are involved in ministry at their local church and have traveled, hiked, and kayaked worldwide.

Weaving history and faith into stories of intrigue and redemption grew out of her love of history and English literature as a young adult while attending the United World College of the Atlantic—an international college in Wales, U.K. She still loves to explore the peoples and cultures of the world and developing plots that show how God’s love abounds even in the profoundly difficult circumstances of our lives.

Website: www.donnawichelman.com
Personal Blog: www.donnawichelman.com/blog
HHH Blog: https://www.hhhistory.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonnaWichelman

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