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Anita Mae Draper lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada where she writes cowboy stories set in the Old West. TV westerns and Saturday afternoon picture shows fueled Anita's love of the Old West at a young age. Inspired by what she read and saw, she began to write her own pioneer westerns as a teenager, only stopping long enough to raise a family and serve a 20 yr stint in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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's available books and their editions (print or digital) are shown on her amazon author page although they are available wherever Christian books are sold. If you don't see them at your favorite online store, or your local bookstore, ask the staff.  Her complete book list is shown on her website, 

After learning she did not possess a housekeeping gene, C.J. Chase decided writing might provide the perfect excuse for letting the dust bunnies accumulate under the furniture. Her procrastination, er, hard work paid off when she won RWA's Golden Heart Award for Best Inspirational Manuscript and sold her first novel. 
C.J. lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and sons, and when she is not writing, you will find her gardening, watching old movies, playing classical piano (badly), teaching a special needs Sunday School class, or pretty much anything else that will excuse her from cleaning house. Visit her dirt-free home-on-the-web at

DeAnna Julie Dodson has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her first novels were a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) for Crossway Books, and she has since written seven contemporary mysteries for Annie’s Fiction, with more to come. She has also started writing for Guideposts' contemporary mystery lines. Also, as Julianna Deering, she writes the Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England. The series debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016) and Murder on the Moor and Death at Thorburn Hall (2017). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency ( Find her at and

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction, and Barbour Publishing...and a judge for the the NTRWA Great Expectations Contest and the Grace Awards for many years. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends. 

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Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards. Also look for her novels, Love in Three-Quarter Time, and Dance from Deep Within. Dauntless, book one in her Valiant Hearts Series with Bethany House Publishers, is now available and is a Library Journal pick of the month for April 2015. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire Publishing as well, and she loves to teach at writers conferences throughout the US. For more info visit her at her primary website.

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Gina Welborn worked in news radio writing copy until she had the epiphany that the news of the day was rather depressing, so she took up writing romances because they always end happily. Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. As a member of RWA and ACFW, she is an active contest judge and coordinator. Her manuscripts have also finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, Duel on the Delta, Dixie, and Maggie contests. Oklahoma-girl Gina now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children. Gina is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Her debut novella, "Sugarplum Hearts," part of the HIGHLAND CROSSINGS, is a February 2012 Barbour Publishing release. Her second novella, "All Ye Faithful," releases this fall as part of A CASCADES CHRISTMAS.

Jennifer AlLee lived the first ten years of her life above a mortuary in the heart of Hollywood, California, which may explain her unique outlook. Her publishing credits include novels The Love of His Brother (Five Star Publishing, November 2007) and The Pastor's Wife (Abingdon Press, February 2010), as well as skits, activity pages, and over one hundred contributions to Concordia Publishing House’s popular My Devotions series. Her latest novel, The Mother Road, releases April 2012 from Abingdon Press. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Romance Writers of America. Her agent is the fantastic Sandra Bishop of the MacGregor Literary Agency. Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and teenage son. Visit her website at or her personal blog at

Lisa Karon Richardson has been creating stories since she was little. Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess her early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy schoolmistresses. It took her awhile to figure out why Grandma thought it was unrealistic for boys and girls to share a room at a boarding house! Now that she’s (mostly) grown-up, she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her most recent release, Diamond in the Rough, co-authored with Jennifer AlLee , came out May 1, 2013 from Whitaker House.

Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, blogger, and the co-owner and editor for the Rio Blanco Herald Times weekly newspaper in northwest Colorado. Niki is also the current president of the ACFW CO-Western Slope chapter. Married 27 years to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of 4 adult children and "Mimi" to 4 grandchildren.
She currently has 10 published novellas, all available in collections or individually on

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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the EPCA and PW bestselling author of over a dozen new and upcoming historical romances. Married to a pastor and the mom of two humans and one marmalade tabby, Susanne loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, geneaology, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

To learn more about Susanne, fun historical tidbits, or get a recipe for the most delish mock Devonshire cream in the universe, visit her website.

Susanne is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.

Suzie Johnson is the author of two contemporary inspirational novels, True North, and No Substitute. Both books are written under the name Susan Diane Johnson and published by The Pelican Book Group. Sweet Mountain Music, her third novel and first historical, written as Suzie Johnson, will be released in May from WhiteFire Publishing. Suzie and her husband are the parents of a wonderful son, and they live on an island in the Pacific Northwest with their naughty little cat. Suzie believes her island is the perfect spot for writing romantic fiction. You can visit her website at

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