Friday, June 30, 2017

Getting to know the Authors of CFRR 2017 Round V!

Getting to know the Authors of CFRR Round V!

Just match the author to what they said to the following questions. (Answers will be on the bottom, after their short bios.)
  1. Favorite Name of a character in your book?  "Charlotte, named after my grandma."
  2. One item in your purse that defines you? "My Wonder Woman Pop! figure keychain "
  3. Favorite book when you were younger? "Alice in Wonderland"
  4. Favorite classic book quote? " 'He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.' ~Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights"
  5. Chocolate or Vanilla? "If it’s not chocolate, it’s not worth the calories!"
  6. Write or Draw? (Can't believe I asked this to a bunch of authors!)  "Write. I’m a horrible drawer. I still draw potato people."
  7. Favorite Name of a character in your book? "Ford Brayden from The Road to Paradise"
  8. Cowboys or Gentlemen? "Cowboy"
  9. Cowboys or Gentlemen?   "Both. I’m married to a combo and he’s awesome (I might be a little biased, but I think he’s the best)."
  10. Coca Cola or Pepsi? " Diet Pepsi"
  11. Favorite Book of the Bible? "Psalms"
  12. London or Paris? "I’ve been to both…and I’d have to say London, since my ancestors came from England and I could speak their language!"
  13. Favorite book cover of one of your books? "A Sister's Wish"
  14. Candles or Bath Salts? "Oooh. Tough one. But, hard pressed, candles." 
  15. Favorite Bible verse?  "My life verse - Exodus 14:14 - 'He will fight for you; you only need be still.'"

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Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, who’s an Army veteran. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her husband have a full life with four children and a retired military working dog. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, HOLT Medallion, IRCA, FamilyFiction’s Readers’ Choice Awards, as well as being named an RT Book of the Year Nominee. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring.

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Karen Barnett is the award-winning author of five novels, including her newest release The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teens, and three mischievous dachshunds. When she's not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, public speaking, decorating crazy birthday cakes, and dragging her kids through boring history museums.

Dani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered,Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

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Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found on her website where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.


1. E, 2. A, 3. B, 4. A & D, 5. E, 6. D, 7.C, 8.B, 9. D, 10. C, 11. C, 12. E, 13. B, 14. D, 15. A  


For the previous rounds, click on the images below to take you there.
Round I
Round II
Round III

Friday, June 23, 2017

Getting to know the Authors of CFRR 2017 - IV

Getting to know the Authors of CFRR Round IV!

Just match the author to what they said to the following questions. (Answers will be on the bottom, after their short bios.)

  1. Favorite Book of an author of CFRR?  "The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham"
  2. One item in your purse that defines you? "My wallet.  It’s stuffed with a combination of kid stuff (like a gift card to go bowling) and writing stuff (like my business cards) and fun stuff (like a Starbucks gold card).  The one thing it’s never stuffed with?  Cash. "
  3. Plan it or Wing it? "Mostly wing it. After ample research."
  4. Favorite classic book quote? "'Further up and further in.' —This is a favorite because I think about it as a character/spiritual growth admonishment to me from all the characters who say it, in all the ways they express it, in the final chapter of The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia, book 7) by C.S. Lewis. 
  5. From a “word girl” standpoint, the use of “further” instead of “farther” makes all the difference, since “farther” generally refers to physical distance, and “further” refers to more of a metaphorical concept, which I think is the point (even though the characters are running, swimming, flying, etc. in the scene.)
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  7. Cotton or Wool? "Cotton—nice and breathable and comfy!"
  8. Favorite Book of the Bible? "Romans. Paul just gets me."
  9. Regency or Edwardian? "Regency.  Oh, how I love those Regency heroes.  Hello, Mr. Darcy."
  10. Cowboys or Gentlemen? " about a gentlemanly cowboy? That sounds just about perfect for me. But in case that answer is cheating, I'm going to go with a cowboy solely because I feel like a cowboy would be more likely to wear a plaid flannel shirt and I just really love plaid flannel shirts on men!" 
  11. Prince or Frog?   "Frog! But in a metaphorical way. (I’ve always had a thing for the “Bad Boy Who’s a Good Man” type!)"
  12. Prince or  Frog? " I feel like the right answer to give is "frog" because it makes me sound less shallow or something. But truthfully, I'm a little weirded out by frogs...the way they have of just jumping out of the grass at you! So I'm going to say "prince" and if that makes me shallow, I am sorry."
  13. Favorite Disney Princess? " I've honestly never been a princess girl! My favorite Disney movie is probably Toy Story...does Buzz Lightyear count? "
  14. Favorite Disney Princess? "Rapunzel, for two reasons: One, I totally identify with the mood swings in the “Best. Day. Ever!” scene when she first leaves her tower and is confronted with freedom, guilt, exultation, and fear almost simultaneously. That’s pretty much where I live whenever I’m facing a new project  or adventure. Two, Flynn Rider (I’ve always had a thing for the “Bad Boy Who’s a Good Man” type!)"
  15. Favorite name of a character in one of your books? "Campbell (it was the name I was planning to use if my third child had been a girl. He wasn't.)"
  16. Skittles or M&M's? "When I was in college, I filled a Tupperware with Skittles and practically lived off of them! The red ones are the best!" 
  17. Favorite Bible verse?  "“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30  I pray it often over my writing!"

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Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright.

Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Award-winning author Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. The second book in her popular Walker Family series, Like Never Before, was named to one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Spring 2016 Top Ten lists. Her most recent releases include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and One Enchanted Eve (Nov 2016). Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever–not that she’s biased–watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at and on Facebook and Instagram.

Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She's the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

Serena Chase is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E’veria series and a regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. A lifelong performer who sometimes speaks in show tunes, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney and Ellerie, and a 100-pound white Goldendoodle named Albus, who is the biggest star of her Instagram account. 


1. B, 2. D, 3. B, 4. E, 5. B, 6. C, 7.D, 8.C, 9. E, 10. C, 11. A, 12. E, 13. A, 14. A, 15.D  


For the previous rounds, click on the images below to take you there.
Round I
Round II
Round III

Friday, June 16, 2017

Getting to know the Authors of CFRR - III

Getting to know the Authors of CFRR Round III!

For the previous rounds, click on the images below to take you there.
Round I
Round II
And remember, getting to know the authors will help during the games!

Round III, here we go!

Just match the author to what they said to the following questions. (Answers will be on the bottom, after their short bios.)

  1. Favorite Book of an author of CFRR?  " 'Mark of the King' Jocelyn Green "
  2. One item in your purse that defines you? "First aid kit. I am one of the clumsiest and accident-prone women alive."
  3. Favorite Song? "At the moment, Masterpiece by Nicole Coley! I can hardly wait to hear her sing and meet her in person! "
  4. Favorite classic book quote? " 'Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!' – Melville, Moby Dick"
  5. Print or Digital? "For pleasure reading, print. For research, digital. But sometimes a digital book is so good, I buy a print copy😊"
  6. Left or Right? "Left. Take the road less traveled."
  7. Regency or Edwardian? "Edwardian, of course!"
  8. Cowboys or Gentlemen?
    Cowboys. If I need some protection in an alley at night, I’m not seeing it happen with a suited, shoe-polished, handkerchief-in-the pocket gentleman. Give me earthy and rugged every day.
  9. Prince or a Frog? "Both…isn’t every prince a frog and every frog a prince in some way?"
  10. Favorite Disney Princess? " Belle! I want that library!"
  11. Favorite name of a character in one of your books? "
    Luke. It’s solid, easy to pronounce, and it’s my favorite name. Ever. (I can’t explain it). He’s not necessarily my favorite character, though.
    Favorite book of the Bible. Psalms. What’s not to love about the oldest hymnal/prayer book? It’s got every emotion and expression of the faith, and images of Jesus are painted behind so many verses.
  12. Coffee or Tea? "Coffee (STARBUCKS!)"
  13. Favorite title of one of your books? "Conductor of Light"
  14. Favorite name of a character in one of  your books?? "Margaret Lounsbury"
  15. Plan it or Wing it? "
    Plan it. Hands down. Otherwise I’m stressed. Except if we’re talking writing, then wing it.

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Award winning author, Cara Luecht, lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with her husband, David, and their children. In addition to freelance writing and marketing, Cara works as an English Instructor for a local college. Cara graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently, Cara is studying for her Masters in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary.

A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain, but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was an ACFW Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women's Fiction Award (2015).

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.

Yes, Rachel L Miller is her real name and though she is not Amish, she feel a deep kinship with the plain people because our family chooses to live a simpler lifestyle – much as they do.

God has led her to write Amish fiction and she love the simplicity of Amish life. Her hope is that the purity of the stories will allow God's message to shine through more clearly.

Rachel also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance - and with those stories she try to focus on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.


1. D, 2. E, 3. E, 4. A, 5. A, 6. C, 7.C, 8.B, 9. A, 10. E, 11. B, 12. D, 13. D, 14. C, 15.B  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Registration is NOW CLOSED!

Registration is now closed. We are fully booked and will not have any new openings.

Those that have purchased a ticket and have NOT fill out a registration form, please do so by the end of the week. Your registration will be VOID if we haven't  receive it by 3:00 PM on Friday, June 16th.

Thank you!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Getting to know the Authors of CFRR - II

Second round of Getting to know the Authors of CFRR is here! Who shall we find out more of? If you missed the first round, you can find it HERE.  And remember, getting to know the authors will help during the games!

Here we go!

Just match the author to what they said to the following questions. (Answers will be on the bottom, after their short bios.)

  1. Favorite Book of an author of CFRR?  " 'A Cup of Dust' by Susie Finkbeiner"
  2. One item in your purse that defines you? "Bookmarks"
  3. Favorite Song? "Sorry, that changes weekly!"
  4. Coffee or Tea? "Coffee on Sunday. Tea during the week"
  5. Cowboys or Gentlemen? "A Southern gentleman, if you please"
  6. Skittle of M&Ms? "M&Ms"
  7. Horse or Dog? "I’m not really sure if it’s true about the importance of “getting back in the saddle.” I had an awful experience while horseback riding as a kid and know that it was only with God holding onto me that I wasn’t killed or seriously injured. I’ve owned and appreciate dogs and might have another in the future, but (Carrie, close your eyes now) I do love, love, love cats. We just connect."
  8. Favorite book when you were young? " 'Vienne Prelude' by Brock & Brodie Theone (if six grade counts as young." 
  9. Sugar or Honey? "Honey"
  10. Favorite Disney Princess? "Belle (Beauty & the Beast)"
  11. Favorite name of a character in one of your books? "Boozie Unfortunate."
  12. Favorite Bible Verse? "Phillipians 4:13 ...I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."
  13. Favorite title of one of your books? "The Whistle Walk"
  14. London or Paris? "Although I don’t speak French (LOL—I stumble over speaking English enough), I love the history of France and the richness of Paris. I long to visit!"
  15. Plan it or Wing it? "As much as I’d like to plan (in hope of controlling) my life, I’ve learned the art of winging, aka, adapting to life through the years. I apply this to my writing as well, being a major SOP writer."

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Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

Elaine Stock is an author of contemporary fiction that fuses romance, family drama, suspense and faith in a "clean fiction" style. Her debut novel, Always With You, is a 2017 Christian Small Publisher Association Book of the Year Award Winner. Her short story "The Forever Christmas Gift" is part of the #1 Amazon Kindle anthology Christmas Treasures and another short story, "In His Own Time"--nominated for the People's Choice Award--is included in The Story, 2014 Anthology.

Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, & English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!

Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences with writing. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. One of her favorites is the four-day event that the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization holds annually.

Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She's the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women's ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.


1. A, 2. A, 3. E, 4. E, 5. B, 6. B, D & E, 7.C, 8.A, 9. D, 10. B, 11. E, 12. D, 13. B, 14. C, 15.C  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Spots Opened

If you thought you missed out, here are another shot at joining us this summer! After the cancellation period closed on June 1st, we currently have 4 SPOTS opened at standard registration prices! Standard registration extended for these 4 spots, but only through June 18th!

So come join us and I can tell you each person will receive:
  • LEAST 3 books (more in the works) in each of their bags, 
  • PLUS many chances to win more! 
  • buffet lunch
  • Morning light breakfast
  • afternoon snack
  • Tons of swag from authors, sponsors and donors

A day filled with fun - games, speaker sessions, panels, lunch and community with fellow booklovers!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Getting to know the AUTHORS of CFRR 2017 - I

As we have about a little over 2 months left until we meet at this year's Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, let's get to know some of the authors that will be there. If you're joining us this year, you might want to pay close attention. We might repeat some of these questions during game time for some awesome prizes!!

Just match the author to what they said to the following questions. (Answers will be on the bottom, after their short bios.)

  1. Favorite Book of an author of CFRR?  " 'Love's Reckoning' by Laura Frantz"
  2. One item in your purse that defines you? "Pink lip gloss"
  3. Favorite Song? "Calvary Covers it All"
  4. Coffee or Tea? "Both"
  5. Dark or Milk Chocolate? "Yes, please"
  6. Print or Digital? "Both. Seriously, why choose?"
  7. Chocolate or Vanilla? "Swirl?"
  8. Favorite book when you were young? "Charlotte's Web" 
  9. Coca Cola or Pepsi? "Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry Vanilla"
  10. Favorite Disney Princess? "Snow White"
  11. Favorite name of a character in one of your books? "Morrow. Named after a granddaughter of Billy Graham."
  12. Write or draw (can't believe I asked this of a bunch of writers!)? "Hehe. . .Write."
  13. Favorite title of one of your books? "Scents of Lilac."
  14. London or Paris? "London, still on my bucket list."
  15. Favorite book quote from a classic? " 'We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal.' From "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck"

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Cindy Thomson's Ellis Island series begins with Grace's Pictures and has been followed by Annie's Stories, published by Tyndale House. The final book is Sofia's Tune. Each book explores an icon introduced at the time and follows immigrants as they begin new lives in New York City. Cindy is also the author of The Daughters of Ireland series: Brigid of Ireland and Pages of Ireland. She has also written non-fiction: The Roots of Irish Wisdom and is the co-author of Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story.

Sharing the legacies of faith left by those who went before us is her passion. She is also a baseball fan. Her favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds, but have a soft spot for the Cubs who hadn't won a World Series since her cousin pitched for them in 1908...that is, until 2016!

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, and several popular Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent. Ann grew up in a small rural town in Kentucky. Ann and her husband still live on a farm near that same little town in Kentucky.

Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

Susie Finkbeiner is a novelist from West Michigan. She is the bestselling author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl (Kregel, 2015). Her novels A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression and A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era will release in 2017 with Kregel Publications.

Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write.

Patricia Beal is a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. She is represented by Les Stobbe of the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency, and A Season to Dance is her debut novel (Bling! Romance / Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, May 2017). She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with a B.A. in English Literature and has worked for the U.S. Army as a writer and editor for many years. Patricia writes from El Paso, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two children. 


1. B, 2. C, 3. E, 4. E, 5. D, 6. A, 7.D, 8.A, 9. C, 10. B, 11. C, 12. E, 13. B, 14. A, 15.D