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The Warning and The Fallout coming 2023 from Sourcebooks Fire
Kristy Acevedo is a YA author, high school English teacher, and huge Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter fan. When she was a child, her “big sister” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program fostered her love of books by bringing her to the public library every Wednesday for seven years. She has her master’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Bridgewater State University. Her debut novel won the 2015 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award and was a 2017 finalist for the Philip K. Dick award for distinguished science fiction and was touted as one of Barnes & Noble Teen’s Top 13 Anticipated YA Sci-fi books of 2016. The book was originally published as Consider, but is being republished by Sourcebooks Fire in 2023, with the sequel, previously titled Contribute, published as The Fallout. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. You can visit her at kristyacevedo.com or on Twitter at @kristyace or HoloSeries.
Bestselling and Award-Winning Author of More than 40 books
Kristin Billerbeck writes clean chick lit and humorous romantic fiction with an edge of sarcasm. A fourth generation Northern California native, she raised her four (now adult) children in the Silicon Valley. Growing up with an ill brother, she spent a lot of time waiting and her imagination flourished in the eucalyptus groves behind Stanford Hospital. Once she discovered Jane Austen, she was smitten by snarky social commentary under the cover of fictional characters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from San Jose State University & has written over forty published novels, including What a Girl Wants.
Kristin is a 5-time Carol winner and a Christy nominee. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and on “The Today Show.” When not writing, she enjoys good handbags, bad reality television, spoiling her Shih Tzu Clarabelle and annoying her children on social media. You can find her on her website at www.kristinbillerbeck.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristinBillerbeckBooks, on Instagram at @chicklitkristin_author, and on Twitter at @KristinBeck.
The Barrel Racer’s Hope coming from Love Inspired 2023
Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.
She’s a fan of coffee, good books, and pretty pictures, as well as a homeschooling mom of two teenage boys, a happy wife of going on twenty years, and a long-time Christian.
DIRTY LYING FAIRIES series coming Spring/Summer 2022 from Wattpad
Wattpad-star Sabrina Blackburry uses her writing to explore the many forms of love—often combined with magic or the paranormal. She believes both in finding magic in the ordinary, and also in creating magic that is anything but.
Born and raised in central Missouri, Sabrina enjoys growing her plant collection, exploring outdoor spaces, and playing tabletop games. When she’s not in the garden, she’s under a blanket with a cat, a coffee, and a manuscript to write. You can find her on her website: www.sabrinablackburry.wixsite.com, Twitter at @Blackburrypie, Instagram at @sabrinablackburry, and of course, Wattpad.
Michelle M. Brown
Michelle M. Brown writes YA fantasy featuring kick-ass heroines, luscious magic, and savage monsters. She’s never met a Christopher Moore novel she didn’t like. And though her Hogwarts letter still hasn’t arrived, she remains hopeful.
After earning a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Biology, Michelle somehow ended up as a speech-language pathologist. She works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Reading and Literacy Discovery Center, where she diagnoses and treats dyslexia in patients of all ages.
Michelle lives in Cincinnati, Ohio (Westside!) with her incredible husband and a small herd of Boston Terriers.
As a small child, Anne Christopher’s favorite vehicle was the bookmobile. In elementary school, she started a ‘library,’ using a date stamper, note cards, and every book in her house, long before Little Free Libraries were cool. A graduate of Davidson College, she took her history degree and embarked on a career in marketing. For many years, her writing was limited to official company business, but despite her aversion to drafts and revisions in school writing projects, fiction beckoned, manuscripts followed, and here we are.
Anne’s favorite stories have happy endings, so that’s what she writes: southern-flavored romantic comedy, best enjoyed with a glass of iced tea or a stiff cocktail—you pick! Born in California but raised in North Carolina and Texas, Anne is a Southern girl at heart and currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and terribly cute but certifiably insane Wheaten Terrier, Daisy Mae. Follow Anne on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, or visit www.annechristopherauthor.com.
Paige Dinneny didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. In fact, she didn’t know what she wanted to be. The circumstances in which she signed up for a fiction workshop were something like, “I need units. This is the only class available.” And, immediately after realizing what said class entailed, she was certain she was going to drop the class and never look back. But, again, she needed the units, and everything else was full. The story goes that she loved the class, and suddenly the girl who was looking for her life’s direction found something better: she found something she loved.
Paige pursued that love into grad school, and earned her MFA from Cal State Long Beach. She has a penchant for exploring the relationship between mothers and daughters, and the way that relationship can shape us as individuals and women.
Born and raised in Southern California, Paige now resides in Franklin, Tennessee. She’s a store manager by day, writer by night. When she isn’t working or writing, she’s drinking way too much coffee and spending time with her sister, Hannah, and her two cats, Ernest and Marilynne.
Hillary Fazzari likes books, writes books and somewhere along the line became an accidental academic. The first books she “read” were by C.S. Lewis, and, yes, they were books-on-tape and, yes, she was two, but they cemented the thought inside her that stories were magic and magic was real, and heroes could be both brave and afraid. So armed with battles and giants and royalty in crowns, Hillary set out to write stories, giving herself handy, little checkpoints along the way. The first was a degree in journalism (to become a more professional writer)—the second a job in publishing (know the people on your side). The third became a freelance editing position. But she didn’t expect to miss researching so much, so she scrapped her plans of pursuing an MFA and started studying history and literature instead. Enter an MA in Celtic Studies and a PhD on Robin Hood and medieval kingship. Now Hillary not just writes, she researches too, and can finally see why people like C.S. Lewis and Tolkien felt the need to do both—because history and literature can both hold truth. So while Hillary still writes a lot of YA, she also writes about the past in both fact and fiction. You can follow Hillary on Twitter: @HillaryFazzari.
Lori Freeland wrote her first story at age five. It wasn’t good, but it left her with a firm belief that everyone has a story to tell. An author, freelance editor, and writing coach, she holds a BA in psychology from The University of Wisconsin and lives in the Dallas area. She loves good books, flavored coffee, and happy endings. And she’s always on the lookout for the perfect kiss. When she’s not curled up with her dogs drinking too much coffee and worrying about her adult kids, she loves to mess with the lives of the imaginary people living in her head. You can visit her at lorifreeland.com.
B.B. Garin lives in Buffalo, NY, in the shadows of abandoned grain elevators and the shuttered Bethlehem Steel plant. These rusting bones of industry have led her down a rabbit hole of dystopian possibilities, resulting in two novels set in lovingly distorted versions of her hometown.
Her echapbook, New Songs for Old Radios, is available from Wordrunner Press. She received the 2020 Sara Patton Fiction Stipend from The Writer’s Hotel for her then novel-in-progress, Warehouse-5. Her short stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from freeze frame fiction, Swamp Ape Review, The Nassau Review, 3rd Wednesday, Crack the Spine, Inklette and more. She is currently a prose reader, editorial feedback writer, and occasional blog contributor for The Masters Review.
B.B. attended Emerson College in Boston, and armed with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, promptly entered the wonderful world of food service. She has frothed lattes, slung eggs, rolled pies, and mongered cheese among other occupations. When not searching for the perfect slice of pizza, B.B. continues to improve her craft with a little help from her talented friends at the Grub Street Writing Center. She has less success improving her guitar playing. Visit her at bbgarin.wordpress.com.
Sabrina Jarema is the award-winning author of The Viking Lords series, a family saga set in Norway during the ninth century. She has always been fascinated by this intriguing, complex people and culture, and uses her love of research about this time to bring her stories to life.
Sabrina lives just north of Ocala Florida, the Horse Capital of the World. She has a herd of fat, lazy Arabians on 40 beautiful acres, including the multi National Champion Sport Horse Mare Ivory Shaddara, aka Dumplin’. She also breeds and shows white German Shepherd Dogs and currently has several Grand Victrixes taking over her house. They’re joined by a menagerie of tortoises, turtles, birds, fish and cats.
To avoid farm work as much as possible, she loses herself in the worlds she creates through the novels she writes, her art, music, dollhouses and jewelry. She has worked as a professional fantasy illustrator and has written fantasy romance for many years. To find out about her books, visit www.authorsabrinajarema.com. Please visit her other website at www.sabrinajarema.com to enjoy her art, music, writing, jewelry, and all the other visions the night brings to her.
Christmas Forest Ambush coming November 2023 and Mountain Mansion Ambush coming June 2024 from Love Inspired Suspense
Kerry Johnson lives in sunny, stormy Tampa Bay with her patient engineer husband, two active boys, a few unique pets you can’t really pet, and way too many books. She earned her B.S. in English Education from the University of South Florida and taught middle school remedial reading and drama before spending eight years as a stay-at-home mom and wife. She has been published in Creation Illustrated, Granola Bar Devotionals, and was a regular contributor to Tampa Bay’s Overflow Magazine from 2011-2013. A childhood love of stories grew into an adult dream she couldn’t ignore, and in 2008 Kerry began writing her first book. Following nearly a decade of learning the craft, prayer, and (im)patience, God cracked opened the doors she’d eagerly knocked on for years. Her inspirational contemporary romance, The Name Game, was a two-time finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest (2016, 2017). Her middle grade manuscript finaled in 2015, then won the Genesis Award in 2017 (YA), and in 2016 and 2018, two of Kerry’s manuscripts won their categories at the Florida Christian Writers Conference (Middle Grade and Romance).
Chai tea also runs through her veins and chocolate ensures her daily word count is met. Dog-eared copies of Where the Red Fern Grows (pun intended) and the Black Stallion series filled her childhood bookshelves, while LaVyrle Spencer romances started her love affair (another pun, sorry) with the romance genre. She reads widely across nearly every genre and loves a gripping story with imperfect characters who burst to life on the page. Her absolute favorite part of the writing life are the dear fellow writers she’s met along the path to publication. Kerry is active online at www.candidkerry.wordpress.com, on Twitter (@candidkerry), Facebook, and Instagram where she shares an overabundance of pictures of her feathered toddler (sun conure), Mango, and lazy boxer, Boomer.
Mary Baader Kaley
Mary Baader Kaley is a Realtor in the south suburbs of Chicago with a masters degree in Psychology. Her husband is a pharmacist and self-proclaimed Jack of all Trades; her oldest son attends DePaul University for Special Education. Her daughter is a premed Biology major at Saint Xavier University, and her youngest son is eleven, happily attending junior high. Her youngest is also autistic, and as a younger guy struggled with multiple health issues—prompting Mary to research causes, treatments, and genetic links—eventually giving rise to enough material to write her current manuscript, (in)divisible. Gauge is a special addition to the family, a golden retriever who is an autism service dog, trained in search and rescue. Mary spends summers healing her soul over a small Midwestern lake upon a rickety pontoon. On any given day, you’ll find her gardening, reading, sneaking bites of chocolate from her secret stash, and laughing with family and friends.
Jenny lives on the East coast of Scotland with her husband and two sons. She enjoys long walks with her children at the foot of the Lomond Hills, picking edible wild plants to make soup and tea. She has a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing, a drama certificate, an HNC in Childcare and is neurodivergent.
She currently works as an online English tutor, and in her spare time she makes mushroom houses and whimsical characters out of polymer clay. She hopes to one day write books for a living and run creative workshops for children and adults. Her dreams include keeping chickens on an organic vegetable farm, and getting a pet llama. Connect with her on Twitter at @SethornelgTales.
The Munich Conspiracy & Second Untitled Book coming Summer 2024 & 2025 from Tyndale
Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain who writes the kind of adventurous suspense stories she loves to read. She is the author of the Florida Wildlife Warriors series and the Safe Harbor series, as well as several stand-alone titles. When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” on the water, introducing children and adults to Florida’s amazing wildlife. She is also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle and build a better future for themselves and their families. Besides boating, she and her husband enjoy hanging out with family and friends and planning their next adventure. Connect with Connie on Twitter at @CaptConnieMann or online at: www.conniemann.com
Junior Library Guild-selection author Kurt Kirchmeier is a Saskatchewan-based writer who has always been drawn to books with heart and a strong sense of mystery and wonder. He has a soft spot for speculative fiction and coming-of-age stories. Kurt’s own short stories and poems have appeared in Abyss & Apex, Weird Tales, Shimmer, Space & Time, Tesseracts 15, and elsewhere. When he isn’t reading or writing, Kurt enjoys spending time outdoors and connecting with nature. He’s an avid photographer, and has a particular fondness for birds. You can find Kurt on Twitter, @saskwriter, his website www.kurtkirchmeier.net, and his photography on Flickr. His debut, The Absence of Sparrows, pubs May 7, 2019 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Be sure to sign up for Kurt’s newsletter for news and updates on his latest books.
Seann is a speculative fiction writer with a literary bent. A former Navy veteran who served in the Gulf War (USS Beaufort, Combat Action Medal), he currently serves as a social worker for the State of Utah, providing employment counseling. Pre-COVID, he taught classes and gave hundreds of talks a year to help people find gainful employment. Before that, he was a support coordinator, where he ran multiple group homes for people with autism.
He began submitting to writing contests in his pre-teens, and—in his (“crazy and mostly unaccounted for”) 20’s—penned music/social critique for independent weekly magazines. A few years ago, he began writing again in earnest, starting work on his first novel. As he would say, it’s in his blood. Through an often tumultuous and unstable childhood, he found inspiration from many English and art teachers, fueling his love of the arts and writing. Becoming a full-time, single father changed his life. Seann looked for ways to make sure his daughter didn’t fall into the same traps he did. In an effort to find meaning, he fervently sought out the words of great thinkers and writers—Orwell, Huxley, Baldwin, Solzhenitsyn among many.
On a personal note, Seann and his daughter reside in Utah. He gravitates toward anything that involves the right side of his brain—he’s an artist, a drummer, and enjoys finding new chords on his guitar. Seann also enjoys cooking, which he’s often called upon to do. You can find him on Twitter at @McQuarterWriter or check out his website at seannmcquarter.com.
The Woolgatherers, Book 2 of the Purls & Prayers series, coming 2023 from Kregel
Grandma Ruth Doesn’t Go to Funerals, coming 2024 from Kregel
At the age of 19, Sharon Mondragon read Main Street by Sinclair Lewis and recognized that she, like the citizens of Gopher Prairie, tended to want to be comfortable rather than challenged to grow and change. She thought about what it would be like to eventually stand before God holding the meagre fruit of a life lived well within her comfort zone and, as a result, prayed that her married life would be an adventure (after all, if you’re going to have adventures, you need a boon companion). At Oral Roberts University a year later, she met and fell in love with a pre-med student who would go on to join the Army (to finance both medical school and marriage) and the rest, as they say, is history.
Sharon’s been writing for a long time, but has only recently received recognition for her work, mostly because her mentor, Patricia Sprinkle, kept after her to overcome her perfectionism and get her work out there, already! Her short story, I’ll Be Home for Christmas earned an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. In 2017, she won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award (for unpublished fiction) in the Short Novel Category for The Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry. She now lives with her husband in Midlothian, Texas so as to be within hugging distance of several of her children and all of her grandchildren.
Mark Painter began to love science fiction in 1962, when he first watched Space Angel and never looked back. His introduction to fantasy had to wait until he was old enough to read The Hobbit. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s in engineering and a law degree, and met and married his wife Coleen, a United Methodist minister. He spent his free time as a volunteer English tutor for immigrant children from Vietnam and Cambodia, which led to them raising two foster children from Vietnam and Cambodia, along with their two biological children, both of whom have autism.
Mark has worked in engineering and practiced law in the field of disability rights. He served for fifteen years as a local elected official (okay, a tax collector) and one term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He writes both fantasy and science fiction, for young adults and for not-young adults. His first short story was published in 1989. He also produces and hosts The History of the Twentieth Century podcast and believes himself to be the first writer ever to create Star Trek fan fiction.
Kellie Michelle Parker (also writes as Kellie VanHorn)
THIN AIR, a YA thriller debut, coming October 2023 from Razorbill (Parker)
Four romantic suspense books coming from Harlequin’s LIS (VanHorn)
Kellie Michelle Parker fell in love with reading and writing at the age of seven when she discovered Nancy Drew. She spent her childhood daydreaming with Lewis Carroll, Jim Kjelgaard, CS Lewis, Frank Peretti, Jane Austen, and JRR Tolkien. In her quest for adventure, Kellie earned a BS degree in biology and an MA in nautical archaeology, before figuring out what she really wanted to do was write novels.
Kellie lives in west Michigan, where she homeschools her four children, writes YA fantasy and inspirational romance books (as Kellie VanHorn), and helps her brilliant husband find his keys. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking, gardening, and camping.
You can connect with Kellie online at kelliemparker.com/, where she blogs about the writing life, and on Twitter at @KellieMParker.
Amanda Pillar is an USA Today Bestselling author and award-winning editor who writes and edits urban fantasy, romance, horror and science fiction. Amanda lives in Australia with her husband, two kids, and cat. She’s the author of the unique GRACED series and the adventurous HEAVEN’S HEART series. She also co-authored the MOONLIT HILL series. She has had over a dozen short stories published, with her fiction appearing in Space and Time Magazine, Kisses by Clockwork, Cranky Ladies of History, the Red Penny Papers, with more to come.
Amanda won the Aurealis Award for Best Anthology in 2015, the Australian Shadows for Best Edited publication in 2010, and has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards three times, the Ditmars three times and the Australian Shadows once. Amanda co-edited the fiction anthologies Voices (2008) (with Mark Deniz), Grants Pass (2009) (with Jennifer Brozek), The Phantom Queen Awakes (2010) (with Mark Deniz), Scenes from the Second Storey (2010) (with Pete Kempshall), Ishtar (2011) (with KV Taylor), and Damnation and Dames (2012) (with Liz Grzyb). Her first solo anthology, Bloodstones, was published in 2012, followed by Bloodlines in October 2015, and Flame’s Embrace (2021).
In her day job, she’s an archaeologist.
DEAD GIRLS DON’T SAY SORRY coming 2023 from Knopf Childrens
Abby meant to grow up, but then they didn’t. Their vivid childhood daydreams have chased them into adulthood and forced themselves out onto the page, and they do their best to keep up with them. They grew up in an intensely musical family, and those early years at the piano keyboard taught them how to stick with tough projects, which helped for the later part of their life at the computer keyboard. They spent their early years on the west coast of Canada, and now they live with their husband and faux houseplants in Alberta, where they teach and compose music, write at stupid hours of the morning, and spend a lot of time looking out windows. They are pursuing a BA in English at the University of Calgary, and minoring in music so they have an excuse to talk at length about decomposing composers. Abby loves to write intense, twisty novels about friendship, heartache, and teenagers figuring out that life isn’t a fate worse than death. You can find them at their website or Twitter at @a_elenko.
BOOKS TWO AND THREE OF THE BLIGHT HARBOR series, THE NIGHTHOUSE KEEPER, coming October 17, 2023, and THE LONELIEST PLACE in 2024, from Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum | Illustrated by Alfredo Cáceres
Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Middle Grade Novel for her debut THE CLACKITY, Lora Senf is a wife, mom to twins, community college dean, and doctoral student. She is also a writer of dark and twisty young adult and middle grade stories. Lora finds inspiration for her writing in her children’s retellings of their dreams, on road trips through Montana, and most recently in an abandoned abattoir. As a young reader, she raised herself on classic fairy tales, John Bellairs, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King (she read Cujo when she was eight and was simultaneously terrified and hooked).
Today, she still prefers a rainy day and a scary book to nearly anything else. When she isn’t reading for school, she’s reading fiction—mostly horror or anything a little weird and unsettling. Lora credits her love of words to her parents and to the public library that was walking distance from her childhood home. Lora is a member of the Horror Writers Association. You can find blogging on her website lorasenf.com or spending far too much time on Twitter @Lora013.
Since June 2017, Anne Slease has worked as Director of Advocacy & Education at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Delaware. She left her 25-year teaching career inspired to bring support and information to people affected by mental illness because of her own family’s experiences when her older son’s bipolar disorder first began. She kept her family’s crisis a secret for two years, but following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, Anne began telling her story on an anonymous blog she called Still Hopeful Mom. Writing about her family’s struggles not only helped her cope, it allowed her to reach other families dealing with similar challenges. Through her blog, she connected with co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, Nicole Hockley. Nicole’s son Dylan, a first grader, was killed at the Sandy Hook shooting. In 2015, Anne began working with Sandy Hook Promise, a youth violence prevention organization, as a national presenter. She has shared “Say Something” and “Start with Hello” presentations to middle and high school students in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, and Florida.
Some of Anne’s favorite Young Adult books are the ones she used to read with her students and could quote word-for-word: Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Pam Munoz Ryan’s Becoming Naomi Leon, and Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. But it was re-reading another YA favorite, Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, that inspired her to finally complete her first book, A BROTHER’S OATH. Anne lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband, Tom. Their blended family includes five children, ages 17-26, and a noisy cat named Daisy. You can find Anne on Twitter, @anne_slease, her website http://anneslease.com, or her blog, Still Hopeful Mom.
When Carrie was seven years old, she cut her teeth writing post cards to her Dad from the trips she would take with her Mom (divorce was common back then). He got such a kick out of them that she continued to write postcards to him well into adulthood from the many destinations her wandering heart would take her. Carrie’s mom taught her how to write with heart and passion, but she’s pretty sure those postcards are where she developed her sarcasm and sass. Carrie was lucky enough to have her amazing mom for a little over 21 years of her life, and then she was gone. But her mother influences Carrie still. Now, Carrie writes to share the stories she conjures up in her head but also to give all her crazy, funny, hard, and beautiful memories a place to live on.
Carrie is also an award-winning advertising creative director and has worked as a writer in advertising since Nirvana screamed about teen angst. Writing for big brand advertising is not for the faint of heart. It’s made Carrie a better, faster, more imaginative writer, able to think in both words and pictures. Her work culminated in making her popular Super Bowl spot in 2019 starring Jason Bateman as a funny docent on an elevator to Hell. (Answers to questions: Yes, he is that talented. Yes, he is that smart. Yes, he is that professional and so much more). He called Carrie’s Super Bowl concept snappy and patted her on the shoulder (she nearly fainted). While advertising has its perks and brings home the bacon, it does not feed the soul. That’s where her writing comes in …
When Carrie’s not writing, she’s working on perfecting a Bolognese sauce, savoring good bourbon, rocking the lower third of her Peloton leader board, and fielding huge life questions from her teenage daughter. Among other less glamorous hobbies, she’s also a sailor, having been part of a sailing team who braved the weekly beer can races in the Santa Monica Bay and then chartered a catamaran and stayed at the Bitter End Yacht Club in north sound of Virgin Gorda, BVI., her favorite place on Earth. Carrie currently lives in a beach community in California with her husband, teen, rescue dog and nearly feral cat. You can find her on twitter at @Talicktweets or on her website at carrietalick.com.
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