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Thank you everyone for your interest of the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat! Christian Fiction Readers Retreat (CFRR) is a one day event gathering of Christian Fiction readers and authors. The event’s theme is “Honoring God through Christian Fiction” and will feature speaker sessions, author panels, breakout sessions, prayer & worship and author signings.

An unprecedented event in the Christian Fiction genre, CFRR offers an opportunity for readers to meet and chat with authors. The event will include food, games, giveaways and free books. Following a successful 2016 debut in Nashville, the 2017 CFRR takes place on August 12th in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Avid reader Bonnie Roof from Louisville, KY teamed up with book bloggers “Annie JC” of Just Commonly and “MeezCarrie” of Reading Is My Superpower to form the planning committee based on their common passion for Christian fiction and a desire for authors and readers to interact in a casual setting.  We welcome book blogger, Beth Erin & writer, Melony Teague to join our team as Associates for the 2017 Christian Fiction Readers Retreat.

The "ABC stewards" of this planning committee consists of:

ANNIE
Annie loves many things, her family, her friends and of course our Lord Jesus! She also loves food, design, style, fashion, travel and most dearly, books. She loves how different books transport her to a world of unknown, evoking different types of emotions and feelings. To her, every book tells a story. It doesn't matter if it's a children's book, or a contemporary fictional piece or even a biography. They each tell a story, be it make-belief or an account of true events. Each story, written by authors that spent hours, days or even years to share their love, their dreams or their memories are what makes books unique and a world unto itself. To honor that, she shares her reviews on her blog, Just Commonly, along with spotlights, author interviews, author guest posts and giveaways.

CONNECT WITH ANNIE: website, facebook, twitter


BONNIE
Bonnie was born and raised on a farm near Louisville, Kentucky, and has lived in Detroit and St. Joseph (in an apartment on the banks of Lake Michigan) - and also in Nashville and Gatlinburg. She was employed for 47 years - retiring in 2007, and moving back to Kentucky to live within 2 miles of where she was born. Bonnie has two sons and one granddaughter. In addition to her reading obsession, Bonnie loves music, sings and plays musical instruments, and enjoys baking, traveling, and photography. She now write bi-monthly encouragement posts for Overcoming With God and is a beta-reader and reviewer of Christian Fiction books.

(The above description is from Overcoming With God blog.)

CONNECT WITH BONNIE:  Overcoming With God blog, facebook


CARRIE
Carrie Schmidt (aka MeezCarrie) is an avid reader, a book reviewer, a KissingBooks fan and a book boyfriend collector. She also loves Jesus and THE Story a whole lot. Her passion in blogging is to connect readers with a new favorite author or book, especially in the Christian fiction genre. Carrie lives in central Kentucky with her hubby Eric and their quirky dog Zuzu and is the long distance cool aunt to nine nieces and nephews. When she's not reading, reviewing, or "cool-aunting", Carrie teaches English as a Second/Other Language to international adults.

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Associates:

BETH
Beth Erin is a Christian fiction enthusiast, book reviewer, and blogger. She strives to edify and connect with readers and authors through her blog and on social media. Beth is passionate about promoting authors and their entertaining, encouraging, and redemptive stories.
Beth lives with her husband and their four children in a close-knit rural southern Illinois farming community. They love their laid back lifestyle and small country church family. When she isn’t reading, Beth enjoys indulging in a favorite show or movie with her family, completing DIY projects with her husband, and seeing the country on long family road trips.

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MELONY
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Melony Teague is a freelance writer, author and non-fiction writing coach who believes everyone has a story to tell, and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She is one of the authors of, As the Ink Flows, Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers. She was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children and two cats, close to her favorite Starbucks coffee shop (only 7 minutes away!)

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