Brandon Barr was born in Redlands California where he lives today with his wife Amanda and son Nathan. He graduated from California Baptist University in 2004 with a B.A. in English, and while he loves to read, his other favorite pastimes are hiking, fishing, and going backpacking. Brandon has published numerous short stories in various magazines and anthologies, you can read some of these for free from his website, brandonbarr.com
Brandon’s two novels, When the Sky Fell (science fiction), and American Midnight (contemporary drama/suspense) were published in 2009 and 2010.
Melinda Bohannon graduated from Fresno State in 1994 with a BA in Liberal Studies and became a teacher. For many years, she worked with troubled teenagers and their families. In 2004 her family began working with foster children.
Melinda has spoken to groups of foster parents and recovery groups on matters of dealing with troubled children. She has been writing novels to entertain and inspire her church, friends, students, and family for over a decade.
Melinda lives with her husband, Richard, and children: Joshua, Caleb, and Cheyenne.
With over 20 years of experience, Elder Brenda Bradley's approach to relationship counseling is grounded by the Word. Quickly establishing herself in the industry through her wit and down to earth teaching style, Brenda makes the subject matter so simple “a baby could understand it!”
Happily married for 23 years, Brenda shares the Pastoral responsibilities at Rhema Full Gospel Fellowship Church with her husband, Elder Damon Bradley. A proud mother of two and grandparent of two, she loves to spend her down time spoiling her grandchildren: “I understand why they call it grand!”
For more information on Brenda, you can visit her website at ElderBrendaBradley.com
Michael has published 20 books, including “Morality Stories” (with Joy Pollock and Scott Braswell) and “Justice, Crime and Ethics” (with Bernard and Belinda McCarthy). His writing has focused on peacemaking and justice issues as well as the spiritual journey.
A former prison psychologist, Michael Braswell has also earned four degrees in psychology and counseling from Mercer University, the University of Georgia and a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Michael has taught criminal justice ethics and human relations for more than thirty years, and is currently Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University.
Married for more than 40 years, he and his wife, Susan, work together as publishing consultants and are active in their Baptist church.
Rochelle Carter is the Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, an award-winning publishing company with three imprints and an online bookstore. As publisher and Authorpreneur Business Consultant, she provides publishing consulting services for various authors, and managing the acquisition and production process for all of her imprints. Through her company, she publishes books with a purpose. Her imprints have published over 40 books in less than three years, 98% of which enjoy 4-star or higher Amazon ratings and over a dozen are international bestselling and award-wing winning titles.
Carter is the author of the 2014 USA Best Book Award Winning title The 7-Step Guide To Authorpreneurship, as well as Becoming an Author: Your Quick Start Guide to a Successful Book Launch, the international bestseller Write Success: Inspirational Quotes For The Authorpreneur, and the Christian Authorpreneurship: Master Series, all books she created to help authors based on her experiences with publishing and her own authors. Her passion lies in educating authors and helping them to avoid as many publishing regrets as possible. Carter also offers Free Self-Publishing Consultations to aid in this process.
Michele Chynoweth has been a news reporter, adveritising copywriter and ad agency owner prior to becoming a published author, and won first place in the drama category of the Maryland Writers Association Fiction Contest. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the mother of three and lives in her native Maryland.
Anne LeBold Douglas is obsessed with playing, watching and talking about hockey, but especially playing. She chose her career as a freelance writer and author because it allows her to work at summer camp with youth and young adults. "Breaking the Ice" is her first work of fiction.
When she's not writing, A.B. Douglas is a communications consultant and mother of three from Ontario, Canada. She has an English degree from the University of Guelph and has studied theology at Tyndale Seminary and the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. For two decades, Anne has worked with youth and young adults at church and summer camps.
Vivian May Edwards is an inspirational and creative author, writer and poet. She lives in a log home situated in the middle of a forest preserve in North Georgia with her husband, teenage daughter, three cats and three miniature dachshunds. Vivian is a former missionary to Costa Rica with CAM International.
She is mother to four children, two daughters-in law, one son-in-law and two adorable grandchildren with her third one on the way! She loves her family, friends, Church, nature, the outdoors, gardening, the ocean, painting landscapes, cooking, music, reading and writing. She adores travel, meeting new people, making new friends and is always interested in their lives, their struggles, their joys and their life's passion and work.
Nathan Engels started using coupons in 2007 out of necessity, like most Americans he was in debt. Nathan was determined to turn things around, and thanks to couponing, he did!
Nathan's passion to help others lead him to start WeUseCoupons.com, a popular blog and coupon forum, in 2008. The site, which also has applications for your phone, empowers and connects people across the country to save! He hosts a weekly video blog, FrugalTV and appeared on TLC's Extreme in 2011.
His debut publication, We Use Coupons, You Should Too, is the culmination of his couponing journey. Coupons will change your life, and he believes that because they changed his financial life for the better. Today Nathan is nearly debt free and lives with his wife and daughter near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Donna Fitts has a wealth of different life experiences to draw on for her work, including overcoming abuse as a child, traveling the world with her Air Force dad, being a single mother on welfare to marrying and graduating college Magna Cum Laude.
Donna's easy writing style allows the reader to see herself and her friends in her writing, but also directs the reader back to the ultimate authority: God's Holy Bible.
Donna is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Louisiana University, and California State University. She has served more than 30 years in churches and in public schools, and is currently serving as Director of a Christian preschool after retiring as an elementary school principal in Rhode Island.
Melinda's a lifelong avid reader who's dabbled in writing since she was a child. Now a married mother of twin girls, she calls Western New York her home. When not working her part-time job at a local church office or wrangling her children, you can find her curled up on the couch with a good book. All In is her first completed novel, and the winner of the 2012 Avant-Garde Manuscript Award
United States Air Force, Sandra is currently an officer in the Tennessee Air National Guard. She also serves as coordinator of Veterans Services and has worked as an instructor of legal studies at Roane State Community College.
She currently resides, with her cat Stryker, in Rockwood, Tennessee.
In her debut book, Elizabeth Hardy explores the peaks and pitfalls of her own Christian walk in hope of saving someone like you the heartbreak that could well be knocking at the door of your heart. Born in Nashville and raised to know Christ, Elizabeth tells the story of how she fell in love with her Savior and her soulmate. Yet, only one of the two would remain ever faithful to her heart. In "Searching in the City," Hardy puts her mistakes and merits under the microscope and gives all of us something that each person cannot live without: hope. A hope that no matter how unfair, unflinching, and unforgettable life may be, there is an unfathomable future ahead of you.
David William Jackson Jr., better known as D.J.O.G. One, has achieved notable success in the music industry. A deejay and producer, David is presently the official deejay for the NBA's Portland Trailblazers - making him one of only two official NBA deejays. He is also an official representative of TOYOTA Scion and for Nike's Brand Jordan.
David is also the only deejay from the Northwest to appear twice on BET's Rap City. In 2006, ADIDAS created a limited edition tennis shoe in his name. In 2009, NIKE did the same with the exclusive O.G. One Air Force One. David's clients have included mega celebrities that range from NBA legend Michael Jordan to music stars such as Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Jamie Foxx, and a myriad of others
Sam’s mission as a writer and communicator is to rid the world of hopelessness. He grew up in a rural part of Northeastern Ohio in a family of artists, rebuilding wrecked cars with his dad, writing poetry with his mom, painting with his sisters, and wrestling with his brother. He loves to use mundane experiences as windows to God, like turning a car repair into a metaphor for human suffering. People note Sam’s creativity, depth, and passion, but he knows that it’s really his unsettled longing to help others realize that they are loved.
Sam is a pastor, author, chaplain, and blogger, and is working on a forthcoming book about the gospel. He is also involved in other initiatives that seek to bring light into dark places, like Mission L.O.V.E., Brick by Brick, Christ Together, and Follow My L7fe. When he’s not having fun with his family or hanging out with the students of North Suburban Church, he’s probably at a coffee shop reading the poetry of George Herbert!
You can follow his blogs at www.samuelkee.com
Kachelle Kelly is founder of the small business empowerment coaching firm, Kachelle Kelly International, Inc. Using her creativity and candor, Kachelle coaches career driven women & men to activate their hustle and their faith by providing them with innovative strategies to achieve authentic success and happiness in their business and life.
Amy Kennedy was called to be a writer at the age of 12 years. Despite severe health issues early in her marriage, God faithfully allowed her to continue her passion of writing poems, short stories and plays, which she used as ministry tools in her local church. God brought an idea to her mind in 2007 that culminated in her first novel, Seed of Seerling, being publishing in 2008. Her latest novel, King of Harkan, continues that journey.
Happily married to her best friend Dan for more than 23 years, Amy has two sons who are both serving in the United States Military. God has granted Amy and Dan a blessed life of ministry and love, and they both continue to share the talents that have been bestowed upon them to further promote His saving grace.
Mike Lynch is the co-author of several published novels, including When the Sky Fell (Silver Leaf Books), American Midnight (Silver Leaf Books), and After the Cross (Ellechor Publishing House). Love’s Second Chance is his second novel with Ellechor.
Mike graduated from San Jose State University in 1986, and then from San Jose Christian College in 1994. He currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Maxine Marsolini is an author, Life Coach, and co-host of KRVR The River blog talk radio. Her books include Rebuilding Families One Dollar At A Time (with Charlie Marsolini, CPA), Rebuilding Families® 2011, Raising Children in Blended Families, Kregel Publications 2006, Blended Families, Moody Press 2000, and the Blended Families Workbook, Pleasant Word 2004. Maxine is a monthly columnist for The Christian Journal and the East County Gazette. She is considered a valued resource for family matters. Her articles and stories have appeared in Focus on the Family-Single Parent Magazine, Decision, and Live.
Maxine grew up on a small farm in southern Oregon. She came to the Lord while attending Bible Study Fellowship in 1982. Her blended family began to see that living life as a Christian was having a positive impact on how they treated each other at home.
Maxine currently serves as president of the Oregon Christian Writers. She received life coach training at Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and is a lay member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Jennifer Anne Messing is an author and poet, speaker, singer, and past president of Oregon Christian Writers. Jennifer Anne has had 175+ articles, short stories, movie reviews, and poems published in 55 different magazines and book compilations, including Bible Advocate, Evangel, Live, Standard, The Christian Journal, Christian Fiction Online, and Nudges from God. Born in Manila, Philippines, to parents active in international business, she spent many of her childhood years in the Philippines and also in Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer Anne graduated with honors from Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia, with a bachelor's degree in Christian Education. She also earned a diploma in Freelance Journalism from International Correspondence Schools. More information about her writing is on her website, www.JenniferAnneMessing.com
Jennifer Anne currently lives in Portland, Oregon, and has been married to the love of her life, Michael, for twenty years. They are the parents of one grown up daughter and two still at home. When not writing Jennifer Anne enjoys reading, watching old-fashioned romantic movies, cooking, home decorating, scrap booking, going on picnics, biking, and aerobics.
Bill is a martial artist, author, and university professor in Colorado. He tries not to take himself too seriously while his work explores the interplay between religion and science, fantasy and technology, and what it means to be a human. Bill earned his Master's Degree in Biological Engineering from Cornell University and lives happily ever after with his wife and daughter.
Janice Rice is passionate about living out her Christian walk as an adventure. She has worked as a Youth Pastor, assisted with starting up new churches and led numerous missions trips to Mexico and Fiji. She is also a worship leader and song writer.
Janice has her degree in Cross-cultural Communications and currently pastors with her husband and four children in Oregon.
Alvetta Y. Rolle is a poet, author, and above all else a child of God. Born in Dunn, North Carolina, she graduated cum laude from Kaplan University with a Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Communications in 2010. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with local organizations and persons in needs, as well as working on sequels to her debut novel, The Mercy Seat.
She has been happily married for seven and half years to her husband, Elrod and has four beautiful children ranging in ages from twelve to two. Alvetta currently resides in South Florida, but spends the majority of her time on the small island of Bimini Bahamas.
J.W. Rowlett is the husband of one wife and the father of two precious girls, and together they are his greatest accomplishment. Despite having taught for multiple years, he now works as a librarian, sharing the power of story with young minds in Southwest Missouri. "The Last Adam" is his first novel.
Michael J. Scott is a Christ-following husband, father of three, preacher, teacher, poet, playwright and writer of fiction told from a Christian worldview. He was born in 1969 in Anaheim, California, but only remembers growing up in Upstate New York since the age of two. He graduated cum laude from Eastern Christian College in Bel Air, Maryland in 1992, and has served churches in Ohio, Indiana, and New York.
He enjoys writing, reading, discussing politics and religion, teaching, singing, martial arts, fencing, acting, cooking and shooting pool. He currently lives with his family outside of Rochester, New York.
Charles Specht is a writer, a speaker, and a pastor. He blogs and speaks frequently about the intersection of intentional faith and strategic leadership. He lives in central California with his wife, Kathy, and their five children, two of whom were adopted from China.
Visit his website at www.CharlesSpecht.com
Jewels A. Staiger is a Pastor's wife, mother and “neighborhood mom” to thirty plus teens in her community that she directs in Youth Group at her church. She and her husband Dave together, home school their 9 year old triplets. She is a speaker to ladies groups, churches, retreats and other similar events to speak and sing and share her story.
Currently, Jewels lives in Ohio along the Maumee River with her husband and children. A beautiful scenic area that they believe has been their Promised Land for the past 8 years and counting.
Lisa M. Wolfe gave her life to God approximately 30 years ago. She continues to follow His voice to guide her steps and ensures the female characters in her books follow God's direction as well.
She spends her time homeschooling her two children, training clients, teaching karate, and participating in various activities at church. Lisa's hope is to inspire readers with hope for their future. Please visit her at www.lisamwolfe.org
"Journal of a Lifetime" is the first book in her Journal of Love Series.