Guest Co-hosts and Contributors–August 27th

Julie SteeleA former microbiologist, church educator and pastor, Julie discovered romance eight years ago when an unexpected loss led her to look for books with guaranteed HEAs. She glommed every type of romance and soon discovered  the inspirational genre. As a former writer of devotional non-fiction for Upper Room magazines, Julie is navigating the transition to fictional works set in WWII Washington DC, the city of her birth.  The medical side of history and the inspirational side of romance are her passions.


LauraJMarshallLaura J. Marshall is a full-time mom of five boys. When not on active duty, she is the best-selling author of The Battle Cry Devotional series and inspirational fiction (historical romantic suspense and contemporary romance). She operates a popular blog called The Old Stone Wall which hosts and promotes Christian and clean books and encourages interaction between authors and readers. See more at


155126_508450599182497_734971298_n copyMulti-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at


Willard CarpenterI am a faith filled family man, happily married for twenty-six years. I believe in having a personal relationship with our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ and having him with me on a daily basis, not just Sundays. I am also a nurse, recently retired with a total of 30 years of experience in areas of emergency medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

I enjoy reading, a variety of genre’s. I began my love of reading novels with Janette Oke. Lastly I most enjoy writing, it has the same effect on me as reading. The difference is, I control the outcome.



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