When award-winning historical romance author Kathleen Y'Barbo and military man, Robert Turner reconnected years after they first met in high school, sparks flew! But Kathleen's friends crossed their arms and insisted on meeting this prospective man in her life to make sure he was right for her. Oh, the stories begging to be told! Our guests on the show include KATHLEEN Y'BARBO TURNER, JANICE THOMPSON, DANNELLE WOODY, SHAREN WATSON, LINDA KOZAR AND—ROBERT TURNER! We can't promise Robert will get a word in edgewise with five women on the show, but he's a guest. OH, and we'll take callers who want to ask questions or comment as well!
After Janet McHenry graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in journalism, she married her high school sweetheart Craig and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. They eventually settled down in the Sierra Valley in northern California, where Craig is a rancher and where there is not a single stoplight in the entire county. In their town of 700+ folks, she says they have raised four pretty good children – all done with college and married – and are now enjoying the grandkids, all of whom are perfect.
Trey Ganem has been designing unique, custom caskets for almost a quarter of a century in Edna, Texas. He's designed thousands of caskets since then, for adults and children, for sports stars, celebrities, and recently for victims of the tragedy in Sutherland Springs. He had just returned from delivering custom caskets to families of victims of the shootings in Las Vegas when this second tragedy occured. He immediately offered to donate free services and custom caskets to help the twenty-six bury their loved ones and help those families in the healing process.
Brandilyn Collins: "When I was a kid I never thought I'd grow up to kill people for a living. Neither did my lovely mother, who often wondered where she went wrong. Fortunately for my victims, the killing is only in my books. I’m best known for my trademarked Seatbelt Suspense®. These novels come with a four-point brand promise: fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. My contemporary novels delve into deep issues, some with humor. Now and then I venture from behind my computer and teach fiction at writers’ conferences. I’m also an inspirational keynote speaker. I love to interact with readers. The best place to find me on a daily basis is at my Facebook page , where I post Today's Word, crazy "Creative Captioneer" pictures, book sale news (mine and other authors'), topics of interest, and who knows what else."
Author, publisher, pastor’s wife and Always Faithful radio host, Athena Dean Holtz, has been speaking to groups, large and small, for over 30 years. Her passion is to see believers come to a place ofunderstanding the undeniable faithfulness of God, no matter how difficult our circumstances might be. Her background of coming out of the deception involved in a spiritually abusive church environment, combined with her years of ministry to wives of Vietnam veterans and other trauma survivors who’ve suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, gives Athena a unique perspective. Her own struggles and quest to heal in an authentic way has equipped her with an enormous capacity for compassion and empathy, along with scriptural answers to the struggles we face when we’ve been hurt by others. Early in 2014, she was asked to return to publishing in the Seattle area and co-founded Redemption Press, where she leads a team of industry professionals to empower Christian authors to find their voice and connect with their audience. Her 35 years founding and developing four successful companies (including one of the most successful Christian publishing companies) also gives her additional resources to offer different groups.
Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner has written over 80 books and won a ton of awards, though there’s still way too much room on her award shelf in my humble opinion. She’s won a RITA and been a Carol award nominee. Over one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad and translated into Dutch, German and Spanish. She graduated from Texas A&M and holds a BBA from the University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s a 10th generation Texan with four grown children and seven bonus kids she inherited when she married her hero in combat boots. More on that story. (I was in on that! Linda Kozar)
Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of numerous romantic suspense and mysteries, including A Fool and His Monet, Another Day Another Dali and the Port Aster Secrets series. The winner of six Canadian “The Word” awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Sandra has also received a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, a National Readers’ Choice Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. When not plotting crimes, Sandra enjoys playing make-believe with her grandchildren, hiking with her husband of thirty years, teaching/speaking, crafting or renovating. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
For over twenty years, Pamela Christian, has been helping people in matters of faith. Her training and experience includes certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, teaching Bible study for Community Bible Study and speaking at re- treats and conferences coast to coast..As a radio and television broadcaster, author, speaker and teacher, Pam passionately wants people to confidently discover and live in life-giving truth. Pam is a member of the International Society of Women in Apologetics, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Christian Women in Media. She and her husband live in Orange County, CA with their two children and their spouses living nearby. www.pamelachristianministries.com
Merilyn Marriott Is an author, a speaker, and a counselor (M.S. LPC). Her first novel, The Children of Main Street, was followed by "God Bless the Child," both published by Firefly Southern Fiction.
Growing up in Houston, Texas in the 1970’s, historical romance author Annette O'Hare loved the stories about ghosts haunting the old Spaghetti Warehouse and the mysterious “blue light” cemetery. But it was "Devil's Island," the magical woods across from her childhood home where her imagination blossomed. She created fantastic scenarios to act out with her brother and the neighborhood kids where worlds were conquered and dragons were slain. Annette is still making up stories. She is the author of Northern Light and her new release, Redeeming Light. Her love for the history and heritage of her home state of Texas shines through in her writing and she's made it the backdrop for her book series. Annette is a longtime member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a beloved member of our chapter. Today we'll be talking about her writing journey and navigating down the rabbit hole of research for writing historical novels.