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Stacy Leicht

About the Author:

Stacy Leicht was born and raised in Michigan, but her extended family is from Mississippi, so she likes to say, she was raised in the north with a southern frame of mind. As an educator, Stacy taught many grades, but most recently taught at the university level supervising future teachers.

Stacy and her husband Rick live near the North Carolina coast and love spending time with their grown children and two grandchildren.

Stacy enjoys teaching water aerobics, snorkeling, and anything pertaining to beach life. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing both children’s books and adult suspense novels.

First Name Acrostic:

Swimmer

Teacher

Always looking on the bright side

Compassionate

Young at heart

Travel Bucket List Items:

In the U.S.A. – I would love to travel to Rhode Island to see the small coastal towns.

Outside the U.S.A. I would love to travel to Wales and Scotland where my family ancestors were from.

An accomplishment she’s proud of: As a teacher, I feel like I made a difference in the lives of many of my students. I stay in contact with many of them and enjoy hearing about their lives.

Favorites:

Movie – The Shawshank Redemption

Food – Spaghetti

Drink – Coke

Childhood Pastime – Riding bikes and swimming

Music – We the Kingdom

Website: https://stacyleicht.com/

Coming Soon:

Good One, God

Dear Teacher, I’m Watching You

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Brad Lee

About the Author:

Brad has been an active-duty Army Chaplain for over twenty-five years and will retire in June of 2024. He and his wife, Lori, have been married for more than thirty-two years and have six loving children. Their first grandchild is due in March of 2024. Their fifth child, Kaydan, was born with Down syndrome and later diagnosed with autism. The journey through the special needs world has not been an easy one but has also been one of rich experiences of God’s grace and faithfulness. Out of that journey was born the idea for “Walking with Kaydan: A journey of faith, struggle, and hope,” Brad’s first book that chronicles the challenges as well as the victories in the special needs world. As Brad enters retirement, he has plans to establish the Special Needs Marriage and Family Institute as a ministry and academic partnership in the Nashville area.

“Family Photos”

Website: www.walkingwithkaydan.com

Coming Soon: Walking with Kaydan: A journey of faith, struggle, and hope

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M. N. Kollar

Maxine’s Books:

* For more information on her book and/or the accompanying activity packet, click the pics above

About the Author:

Maxine says she is a Christ follower but she is really a Jesus jogger, pursuing Him daily. She lives in the Northeast USA with her loving husband, three truculent children and one very judgey cat. She likes to bake from scratch and organize things. She claims that she’s not much fun but she is an all-around good egg.

First Name Acrostic:

Mother of three

Always chasing Jesus

X-ray my heart, Lord

Immigrant, so I love America

Never giving up

Ending up on a small farm, someday

Travel Bucket List Items:

In the U.S.A. — Yellowstone National Park

Outside the U.S.A. — Vietnam caves

An adventure — “I hate heights so I think zip-lining over a forest canopy would be nice.”

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of:

After years as a stay-at-home mom, I pivoted my way back into the work force to help pay for my kids’ college tuition. I is a different way of taking care of my children, but I feel proud knowing they won’t be saddled with debt as they start building their futures.

Five Favorites:

Movie – The Princess Bride

Childhood Gift – Being brought to America

Coffee Drink – Anything with a hazelnut creamer

Book – The Wind in the Willows, still

Season – Fall

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Monty Hobbs

Monty’s Book:

* For more information on his book, click the pic above

About the Author:

Monty is a retiree from the United States Army, husband for nearly five decades, father of three, grandpa of nine, and at last count great grandpa of one. He saw the forty-eight contiguous states and southern Canada from behind the windshield of an eighteen-wheeler for over seven and a half years. Monty is a certified lay speaker, deacon, licensed minister and led a men’s group study that centered primarily on discipleship. While his first book, Small Steps to Understand a Big Gospel, did not come to him in a dream, it did prevent him from sleeping one night until he got out of bed and hammered out the introduction to the book. As a recently developing blogger he is excited and enjoying learning and appreciating just what it takes to publish a blog that will interest the public and draw them back to his site on return visits to hear more about our amazing God and His gospel. You can read his blog here: https://montyghobbs.blogspot.com/.

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Donna Arlynn Frisinger

Donna’s Book:


* For more information on her book, click the pic above

About the Author:

Donna Frisinger has spent her life teaching, creating, performing, and nurturing children both inside and outside the classroom through own her private fine-arts academy and in directing state and national champion dance teams. Jesus Lovers from the 1970’s, she and her husband live in rural Indiana where they enjoy hiking, spoiling their nephews and nieces, and riding their trusty steads (retro-looking Schwinn bicycles) throughout the lay of the land.

First Name Acrostic:

Dances with God

Oasis of Creativity

Nature Lover

Naughty but Nice

Always ready for New Adventures

Travel Bucket List Items:

In the U.S.A. — The River Walk in San Antonio, Texas; the Rose Bowl Parade

Outside the U.S.A. — Switzerland/Austria

An adventure — Revisiting the Holy Land

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of:

I organize a community-wide Bible Reading Marathon on Rochester’s Courthouse Lawn which resulted in the traveling performing group my husband I directed being invited to Washington D.C. to perform for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast.

Five Favorites:

Movie – The Greatest Showman

Childhood Gift – A 1960’s reel-to-reel tape recorder so she could record herself singing

Drink – Chai Tea Latte

Book – The Zion Chronicles by Brock and Bodie Thoene

Season – Autumn

Website: donnafrisinger.com

Coming soon: 

Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure

Bink and Slinky’s Pyramid Adventure

Bink and Slinky’s Christmas Adventure: The Musical

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C. S. Elston

Chris’ Books:

* For more information on his books, click the pics above

About the Author:

Chris Elston has worked as a writer in various mediums, including the film and television industry, since the 1990’s. He primarily grew up in the northern suburbs of Seattle, Washington, went to college about twenty-five miles southwest of Portland, Oregon and then lived in the Los Angeles area for fifteen years. He now resides in Prescott Valley, Arizona with his wife and business partner, Andrea. Together, they own and operate Shine-A-Light Corp, which includes a publishing house, and a non-profit organization called Shine the Light Ministries.

First Name Acrostic:

Christ follower

Husband

Rambunctious on occasion

Imaginative

Saved by the 5 solas

Travel Bucket List Items:

In the U.S.A. — I’d like to take a road trip through the northern states because I haven’t been east of Montana and north of Illinois/Indiana as an adult. We could turn around and head back once we stopped for a “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate” at the iconic Serendipity3 between Second and Third avenues in New York City.

Outside the U.S.A. — Israel.

An adventure — I’m typically just happy to survive the day.

An Accomplishment He’s Proud Of:

Finding the most amazing woman on the planet and somehow convincing her to marry me.

Five Favorites:

Movie – The Shawshank Redemption

Music – Christian, Classic Rock, Country

Food – Pizza, steak

Book – After God’s Word, that’s like a 50-way tie and I’m not going to list them all

Vacation spot – Hawaii, Lake Chelan (Eastern Washington State)

“Family Photos”

Website: cselston.com

Coming soon: The Four Corners of Winter

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Andrea Elston

Andrea’s Books:

* For more information on her books, click the pics above

About the Author:

Andrea Elston was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught at the elementary level for 20+ years and also creates educational resources for Shine-A-Light Press. She and her husband Chris live in Prescott Valley, Arizona and love seeing the sky for more than 3 months out of the year!

First Name Acrostic:

A born-again believerNorthwest native, Arizona transplantDrinks way too much coffeeResponsible (or at least tries to be)Educator and…Advocate for truth

Travel Bucket List Items: Statue of Liberty, Quebec or Paris (anywhere she can practice her high-school French,) and somewhere to see the northern lights and stay in an ice-hotel.

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of: She just recently made over 200 desserts for her niece’s wedding, turning a fun hobby into something that was able to bless the happy couple. It was definitely challenging, especially since it was 100 degrees that day (quite uncharacteristic for Washington in June), but she made it work!

Five Favorites:

Movie: The Fugitive

Childhood Gift: a Cabbage Patch preemie named Caroline Tabitha

Coffee Drink: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Season: Fall

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“Family Photos”

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Michele Renee DeRouin

Michele’s Books:

Coming Soon: Swimming From the Shadows

* For more information on her books, click the pics above

About the Author

After growing up in Bakersfield, California, Michele earned a degree in Child Psychology and spent twenty years working in social services. In 2001, she moved to the mountains of Arizona where she learned to hunt, fish, and rock climb. During that time, she felt God moving her to write a book. In 2017, she moved to the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where she retired from social work and began to write her first novel.

Michele has two grown children and one grandchild. In addition to her love for the outdoors, Michele enjoys painting with watercolors and digital mediums and has sold over 200 pieces of art. Her strong faith in God has helped her to overcome many obstacles and her heartache inspired much of her first book, Cracks in the Floor of Heaven. Michele has also been blessed with many gifts from God, who has taught her how to have joy despite pain and hope in the midst of hardship. She remains an optimist, has a heart for helping others, and plans to write many more books that she hopes will bring light into the darkness and healing into the lives of hurting people.

First Name Acrostic:

My faith keeps me

In the light because I am

Chosen for a purpose

Helping others creates an

Ease in trusting God and

Loving others makes

Everyday special

Travel Bucket List Items: All of the Hawaiian islands, New Zealand, and the national parks.

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of: Her move to Hawaii.

Five Favorites:

Hobby: Swimming and body surfing

Food: Fish tacos

Music: For King and Country and ’80’s tunes

Movie: Burnt

Season: Summer

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Chrisann Dawson

Chrisann’s Books:

Coming Soon: CONGO EBOLA

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About the Author

Chrisann and her husband Gale, along with their three children, lived in the Congo, Africa (formerly Zaire) for seven years doing mission work. They learned the Lingala language, became emerged in the culture, and established lifelong friendships with the Congolese people, who continue to do the work of their non-profit mission, Rise Congo.

Now living in Payson, Arizona, Chrisann works part-time for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, doing vision and hearing screenings for preschool children in her county. She also works as a member of a chaplain team with Gale at Payson Christian Clinic, and she continues to pursue her writing dreams.

First Name Acrostic:

Classic

His handiwork

Risen with Christ

Idealistic

Sense but not Sensibility

Abundantly blessed

Noble

Nice (most days)

Travel Bucket List Items: Tombstone, Antelope Canyon, and a cruise among the Hawaiian islands.

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of: Her marriage and family. Additionally, she’s thankful for her great circle of friends.

Five Favorites:

First cup of coffee; a brand new journal; her kids;  her friends; and, her main character, James, who now lives out the adventures she’s too tired to continue having.

Website: https://www.chrisanndawson.com/

“Family Photos”

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Ben Cooper

Ben’s Books:

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About the Author

Ben is a farm raised husband, father, beekeeper, author, speaker, and friend. After a 43-year career working for Maryland Department of Agriculture, he retired early to write, teach, speak, and live the dream in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of southern Pennsylvania. He is proud of all five of his now adult children and volunteers for various organizations. He is thankful to live in an area where he gets to experience all four seasons, but wishes Winter would only last until mid-February.

First Name Acrostic:

B-eliever in the finished work of Jesus Christ

E-ncourager of others

N-othing better than Cherry Pepsi and Reese’s peanut butter cups

 

Travel Bucket List Items: Yosemite National Park; Staffordshire England where his family originated; he would like to hike the “Golden Mile” that the gold rush seekers had to climb to reach Alaska.

An Accomplishment He’s Proud Of: Receiving the George W. Imirie Award for Excellence in Beekeeping Education from the Maryland State Beekeepers Association.

Five Favorites:

Movie: Muppet Christmas Carol

Childhood gift: A John Deere pedal tractor

Coffee drink: More of an iced tea person.

Season: Late Spring / early Summer

Book: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. & Mrs.Howard Taylor

“Family Photos”