Authors

Authors

Sarah Price

Sarah PriceSarah Price comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, including numerous church leaders and ministers throughout the years. Her involvement with the Amish dates back to 1978 when she wrote her first novel, Fields of Corn, while studying anthropology and writing at Drew University. She was drawn to the amazing culture of the Amish of Lancaster County where Ms. Price is involved with numerous Amish communities and is considered family by some and friend by most others. Fields of Corn went on to become an Amazon bestseller and First Impressions, A Retelling of Pride & Prejudice, Sarah’s salute to Jane Austen from an Amish perspective, debuted on the ECPA bestseller list. In 2014, An Amish Buggy Ride became a #1 Amazon bestseller in Religious Romance. Ms. Price has advanced degrees in Communication (MA), Marketing (MBA), and Educational Leadership (A.B.D.) and was a former college professor. She now writes full-time and talks about her books and her faith on a daily live stream with readers.

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Patricia Davids

Pat DavidsUSA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.

An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.

 

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Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy.

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

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J.E.B. Spredemann

J.E.B. SpredemannBy the goodness and grace of GOD, Readers’ Favorite GOLD & SILVER Medal Book Award Winner J.E.B. Spredemann, Author of the beloved Amish by Accident and Amish Secrets series, was born and raised in California and now resides in beautiful southern Indiana Amish country. Amish by Accident (by J. Spredemann) was first released in November 2012, and the author held a steady spot in Amazon’s Top 100 Authors in Religion & Spirituality, topping out at #4.

Joanna’s Struggle, in the Amish Girls Series, was the first of several books written by the author*.(see note below) The Amish Girls Series was primarily penned for teen girls, but has been enjoyed by readers of all ages/genders. Lovers of the ever-popular Amish fiction genre are sure to enjoy these books as well, even though they are geared toward a younger audience. The characters in the stories will soon become endeared to your heart, especially the mischievous Jonathan Fisher.

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Laura Bradford

Laura BradfordWhile spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.

Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey).

In June 2018, Laura will debut her first-ever women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister.

Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.

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Lael Harrelson

Lael HarrelsonLael Harrelson was raised by a fun loving, atheist single mom who struggled with depression and mental illness She spent her childhood backpacking around Europe, visiting yoga communes, eating vegan, living on a houseboat, then an old pony express outpost in the backwoods of Montana. Her teen years took a drastic turn when her mom got saved, got married, and joined an ultra-conservative Mennonite church. Faith, step parents and unquestioning obedience is a dangerous combination when mixed with mental illness, legalism, and heavy handed physical correction.

She became a confused believer with a heart for Jesus but drowning under a sea of rules, regulations, and legalism. She became a missionary teacher and then a nurse and escaped to the mission field, the one avenue open to single women. She taught VBS on Indian reservations, led school for missionary children in Haiti and Africa. All around her was heartache and disease and glaring need. She longed to make a difference but was limited to working on the mission compound – teaching school, cooking, cleaning. Work outside the walls of the compound was reserved for the men.

On a furlough, She met her future husband – a new believer who wasn’t looking for a door mat in a wife but a partner. As he grew in his faith, she reexamined her and what Biblical womanhood looked like. Timidly at first, but then eagerly she discovered a new relationship with Jesus Christ based on grace and not performance.  Lael left the Mennonite church and married the love of her life twenty years ago. They have five beautiful teenagers, two by birth and three through adoption from Haiti. Her husband is adopted and God used the time in Haiti to prepare her to understand my children’s culture and language and ease their transitions home.

Lael is thankful for her life – the good and the bad. She feels blessed to have experienced so many unique situations and to love and be loved by so many wonderful and eccentric people. It is from these experiences she drew inspiration for her novel, Tremors of Doubt -  A fast paced and entertaining story that make you want to read till the very last page while at the same time tackling real life issues.

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