Author Spotlight


   Featured Author Barbara Edema 

Barbara Edema has been a pastor for twenty three years. That sounds astonishingly boring. However, she is a great deal of fun, with a colorful vocabulary used regularly out of the pulpit. Barb has spent decades with people during holy and unholy times. She has been at her best and her worst in the lives of those she has cared for.
 

Now she’s writing about a fictional church based on her days serving many delightful and frustrating parishioners. Pastor Maggie is a young, impetuous, emotional, and clumsy—not to mention, a crazy cat lady—who steps into ministry full of Greek and Hebrew, but short on life experience. She learns quickly.

Barb lives in DeWitt, Michigan with her husband, Doug. She is the mother of Elise, Lauren, Alana, and Wesley. Like Maggie, Barb is a feline-loving female. Hence, she has collected an assortment of rescue kitties. 
Barb enjoys date nights with her husband, watching her children do great things in the world, a glass of good red wine, and making up stories about the fun and crazy life in the church. 

The fictional Loving the Lord Community Church is nestled in the sleepy small town of Cherish, Michigan (based on the real city of Chelsea, Michigan)

"To Love and To Cherish" was released in September 2015. 

The second book, "To Have and To Hold" was released February 14, 2017. From Pen-L Publishing 
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Look for the third book in the series, "For Richer, For Poorer" in the fall of 2017.
 
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                           Featured Author Jeanne Blasberg
Jeanne Blasberg is a voracious observer of human nature and has kept a journal since childhood.  After graduating from Smith College, she surprised everyone who knew her by embarking on a career in finance, making stops on Wall Street, Macy’s and Harvard Business School, where she wrote case studies and business articles.

A firm believer that you are never too old to change course, Jeanne enrolled at Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers, where she turned her attention to memoir and later fiction. Eden is her debut novel.  Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston and Westerly, RI.  When not writing, she can be found playing squash, skiing, or taking in the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay.

For book group questions and to learn more, please visit www.jeanneblasberg.com
Diana Forbes is a 9th generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. Diana Forbes lives and writes in Manhattan.
When she is not cribbing chapters, Diana Forbes loves to explore the buildings where her 19th Century American ancestors lived, loved, survived and thrived. She is passionate about vintage clothing, antique furniture, ancestry, and vows to master the quadrille in her lifetime.
Diana Forbes is the author of Mistress Suffragette.Prior to publication, Mistress Suffragette won 1st place in the Missouri Romance Writers of America (RWA) Gateway to the Best Contest for Women's Fiction.
A selection from the novel was a finalist in the Wisconsin RWA "Fab Five" Contest for Women's Fiction. Mistress Suffragette won 1st place in the Chatelaine Awards in the Romantic and Sensual category and was shortlisted for the Somerset award in Literary Fiction. Learn more at DianaForbesNovels.com.      



                 Author Tess Devlin – Biography
        Tess was born on the South Side of Chicago to working class parents in a neighborhood similar to the neighborhood described in her book ‘Wallace Street’.
        Tess and her sister attended parochial school until Tess finished her first year of high school. After their parents divorced their mother remarried and the family moved to a nearby suburb where their step-father was Fire Chief and where Tess finished high school.
        Tess attributes her love of reading to her mother. Since early childhood regular Saturday visits to the local Chicago Public Library planted the seeds of a desire to weave stories.
        She worked at various Loop offices. One most memorable to her was working at Frye Consultants, an international marketing and consulting firm. It was a firm that set high skill standards and introduced her to a world of high-pressure and high performance.
        Another memorable position was as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Admissions and Public Relations of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At that time the school was located in a basement behind the museum, with its majestic lions on Michigan Avenue. The personalities of visiting world renowned artists, faculty and students gave Tess just another treasure trove of potential story characters.
        By this time Tess was married, her husband going to school at night earning his college degree. It was also the time she and her husband began having their own children.
        Tess and her family relocated to southern California where she worked with military jet pilots at Point Mugu, then with a large defense contractor often working in ‘black programs’, a term used for classified programs.
        While in California Tess and her husband returned to night school; he obtaining his law degree and Tess earning a paralegal certification. It was a time when books were everywhere because by now the children were also in college.
        Several years were spent working with her husband and son in their family law firm. Her husband and son as the lead attorneys and Tess being kept busy as paralegal and office manager.
        Never forgetting those early visits to the local library and very diverse work experiences created an excitement in Tess to cull interesting situations and characters for her books.
        Tess now lives with her husband commuting between California and Texas. Their daughter is now an attorney living in Chicago. Their son is an attorney living with his family in Utah. To Purchase Her Book Click Here
                            
                             E.E. Kennedy

Ellen Edwards Kennedy, aka E.E. Kennedy, grew up in far northern New York State and loves researching the history and culture of the region for her mystery series about Amelia Prentice, a high school English teacher.

The titles, published by Sheaf House, so far include, Irregardless of Murder, Death Dangles a Participle, Murder in the Past Tense and Incomplete Sentence. A fifth book, The Village Idiom, is currently in production.

Ellen mentors the weekly CAC Writers’ Circle in Cary, NC and regularly writes articles for the SuspenseSisters.blogspot.com website. Recently, she has written scripts for and performed in radio dramas on the Christian Car Guy Show on the Truth Christian Network.

She is a member of Chi Libris, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Author's Network, Light of Carolina Christian Writers, Sisters in Crime and MurderMustAdvertise.

She and her husband live in North Carolina, are born-again Christians, and are the happy, blessed grandparents of five little answers to prayer.
              
                                      Carol Graf
Carol Graf was born in 1946, surrounded by the great plains of Oklahoma. Her father was an Army Air Corps instructor pilot based in Tulsa and her mother was a homemaker to Carol and her two brothers. Her childhood was full of creative play.

Her parent’s decision to return “home” to South Carolina when Carol was five, changed her life irrevocably. For the next ten years, her family was caught in the emotional turbulence and dysfunction of her mother’s extended family. Excelling in academics and athletics provided much needed balance and buffers to her family turmoil. She was valedictorian of her senior class.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina with degrees in biology and chemistry (pre-med curriculum) and was listed in Who’s Who and Top Ten Outstanding Seniors. 
Her work on the school newspaper, the Gamecock, culminated in editorship her senior year and honed her parallel interest in writing.
She was one of only three women in her graduating class at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she completed her residency in psychiatry in 1976. It was during her medical training that her intense experiences with patients became the first stories that ultimately led to the writing of The Hours Between Us.

Entering the private practice of psychiatry in Charleston, South Carolina, she spent over thirty years working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She created a group practice with an innovative model of interrelatedness between psychiatrists, psychologists, and masters level therapists in their medical and therapeutic work together.
She married her current husband, Alex Beard, in 1991, combining their two sets of children into a blended family. Alex and Carol live on deep water on a salt marsh in Charleston.
Carol’s son, Christian, is an emergency medicine doctor, married with three sons and living nearby in Charleston. Her daughter, Erin, a photographer and artist, lives in Atlanta with her son and daughter. Alex’s daughter, Abby, is married with two sons and a daughter and also lives in Atlanta. His son, Thomas, lives in New York and is the at-large film curator for the Lincoln Center as well as co-founder of a non-profit film organization, Light Industry.
Carol and Alex’s eight grandchildren are a great joy to their Poppi and Gammi.



James William Peercy
James William Peercy fell through a portal into the publishing biosphere in 2012. Previously, he had been observing his own world and recording it since the age of 10. James continued writing while attaining a degree in Computer Science, getting married, raising dogs, and starting a business. Since all worlds exist simultaneously, he has added two book series, the Cliff Fulton mystery series and the Xun Ove fantasy series. With a mind constantly moving, he devotes his downtime to writing, enjoying a bit of travel, and adoring his wife, Claudette.

If you like poetry, fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery check out his website.



Jacqueline E. Smith 
Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master's Degree in Humanities. Her present book series consists of the Boy Band series and her Cemetery Tour series.

Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature.



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                               Author Tracey Mayfield
I have always lived in the beautiful state of Oregon where my novel―Beyond Ikenick Creek―takes place.  Camping, gardening, reading, and cheering for my kids' sports teams are my favorite hobbies.

I've been a Registered Nurse since 1997 and have worked in a variety of settings that include surgery centers, an apheresis cell collection and infusion unit, hospital medical and surgical floors, and clinics.  From oral and plastic surgery to orthopedics, urology, and pediatrics, my nursing background is very diverse.  I have also volunteered as a Coach, School Board Member, and Committee Member.  Being an author of inspiring, contemporary fiction for teen and adult readers has been an aspiration of mine for awhile. My first novel was recently published, and I hope to start on a second manuscript soon.

Inspiring people of all ages is my goal.  Beyond Ikenick Creek is now available from Christian Faith Publishing.  I hope to share the message of God's grace and forgiveness with everyone.

The love, support, and encouragement from my husband and our two children helped me through this literary journey.  I hope my novel inspires you to follow your hearts and dreams.

Blessings,

Tracey
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                                                  Kristin Billerbeck
I grew up with a strong sense of justice.  I simply knew the way things should be.  And since I’m not smart enough to be a district attorney, I am a novelist.  My childhood was slightly confusing.  I blame my parents for this.  Oh heck, I’m going to blame them for everything.  I think I would have turned out normal if it weren’t for them.


Okay, probably not.  I am a fourth-generation Californian, and an American mutt, but identify most strongly with my Italian heritage.  My mother’s family, of strong Norwegian/German descent, tried to teach me how to do things right.  How to cook, clean, sew, budget accordingly – all the things a proper young girl should know to be a contributing member of society.  I, however, failed miserably.  For my 40th birthday, my grandmother gave me a cookie gun, so it’s clear she hasn’t given up on me yet!  That is eternal optimism!


My dad’s Italian family taught me about the good life.  The indulgent life.  How to eat, shop and be merry.  My Nana had very tiny feet and a penchant for shoes (she worked at the Emporium, no doubt to fund her shoe addiction).  My afternoons at her house had no lessons, other than how to walk in her high heels, drape myself in her mink stole and drip myself with rhinestones.  Tastefully, of course.  I picked up on this lifestyle much quicker.


I graduated San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications (emphasis in Advertising), gave my life to Jesus during college and found my true love in a Christian Singles’ Group, which yes, I skewer in “What a Girl Wants”.  He is German.  Practical.   And a Contributing Member of Society.  I am still Italian, fluffy and an aficionado of fine shoes & handbags.


Together, we have four children and now it’s our turn to confuse them.  The circle of life.  Dysfunctional family style.



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