We are so excited you have found us! The mission of CrossReads is to give Christian readers and authors a place to meet, read, fellowship, and learn to share God’s love with the world and with each other.
Who is behind CrossReads?
Well, let us introduce you to our team…
Staci Stallings: Owner/Founder
A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, #1 Best Selling Christian author, Staci Stallings has a heart for Christian authors and readers. She founded Grace&Faith Author Connection to help Christian authors connect and learn to market, which worked better than she ever could have imagined. In fact, because of GNF, she now has six Best Selling ebooks on Amazon and has hit the #1 Free day spot twice.
Staci’s interests mostly revolve around writing, reading, and spending time with her family. She currently serves as a Sunday School teacher and VBS skit director as well as doing various fundraisers for her kids’ schools. You can find Staci at her all-new site, http://www.stacistallings.net and you can see more about her Christian romance novels at: http://ebookromancestories.com
Staci’s word for 2013: HEALING. A person in pain cannot help but spread that pain into the world, and pain often begets more pain. This year through CrossReads and her other endeavors both online and in the real world, Staci hopes that God’s love will reach through her and heal as many lost and hurting souls as possible.
Heather Bixler: Owner/Founder
Heather is a Christian Stay at home homeschooling mom of three, married to a firefighter, and a writer. She is founder of www.CSAHM.com among other websites for Christian mothers, and women. Heather is passionate about sharing God’s word in a practical and loving way.
When Heather is not homeschooling she can often be found writing, spending time with her family, or at the movies with her wonderful husband. She has been blessed with an amazing family, and church family. She currently serves on the check-in team at her church.
Heather’s word for 2013: HOPE. Her hope for CrossReads is that God will be glorified in a mighty way by shining a light on talented Christian Authors, and that the CrossReads readers will grow deeper in their walk with Christ through every interaction they have here on CrossReads.
“As authors, let us never forget the power of our words. As readers, let us fill our heart and mind with words that are pleasing to the Lord.” – Heather
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
Heather Hart: Group Promotions Manager and Press Release Manager
First and foremost a servant of Christ, Heather Hart is co-author and editor of the “Teen Devotionals… for Girls!” series. She enjoys sharing her faith with others through writing and strives to please Christ in all she does. Besides writing devotionals for today’s teen girls Heather has authored and contributed to multiple book marketing and faith-based books, and lives life as a stay-at-home/work-at-home, mother of four, and housewife.
Happily married to the man of her dreams Heather spends her days loving her family, writing for Christ and studying God’s Word. You can find her online by visiting one of her two blogs: Servant, Wife, Mother and Heather Hart, Author Assistant, or by connecting with her on Facebook.
Heather’s word for 2013: PEACE. The world of writing, publishing, and marketing can often become stressful, and Heather is trusting God to grant her peace in the year to come. As she partners with CrossReads she hopes that she can extend the peace that can only come from knowing our Savior with other Christians along the way.
“Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” ~ Isaiah 26:12
Lisa Lickel: Forum Moderator (2 Corinthians Editing Groups)
Lisa Lickel lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles, is editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine and loves to encourage new authors. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, an editor at Port Yonder Press, a writing mentor, a hostess at ClashoftheTitles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and Authorculture.blogspot.com.
Lisa’s word for 2013: PROMISE
“Let us hold unswervingly to the faith we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
Clinging to what we are promised and how we act on those promises is a challenge and a comfort. Let us promise with eyes and heart wide open, and do our best to walk according to the gifts we are given.
Cliff Ball: Author Pages Manager; OiO Publisher Ad Manager
Gloria is the mother of three grown children and the wife of a pilot-mechanic. As a Christian author, editor, and teacher, her focus is the writing world.
Growing up in Hawaii and British Columbia, she developed a fascination with wilderness that pervades her numerous books for children. These days, she takes frequent trips to explore the beautiful NJ Pine Barrens, the setting for her current series: TALES OF FRIENDSHIP BOG, and her first novel, just released.
Learn more about Gloria and her books at http://www.gloriarepp.com
Gloria’s word for 2013: GRACE
I want to be like Noah, who sought and found grace, that marvelous undeserved blessing from God—sometimes bittersweet—which is mine through Jesus Christ as I depend on Him.
“And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16
Naty Matos: Twitter Manager
Naty Matos was born in the city of New York. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at www.therisingmuse.com
Suzanne D. Williams is a native Floridian, wife, mother, photographer, and writer. She is author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes a monthly column for Steves-Digicams.com on the subject of digital photography, as well as devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors.
Lorilyn Roberts: Forum Moderator (Marketing 101 & 102)
Lorilyn Roberts is an award-winning and best-selling Christian author who writes children’s picture books, adult nonfiction, memoirs, and a young adult Christian fantasy series, Seventh Dimension. The first in the series, The Door, was just published (October 2012).
Lorilyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama, which included international study in Israel and England. She received her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Perelandra College and is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.
Lorilyn is the founder of the John 316 Marketing Network, a network of Christian authors who are passionate about promoting books with a Christian worldview.
Jen Gentry: GoodReads Group Manager
Jen Gentry is a #1 Bestselling author of Christian fiction and non-fiction writes. She has been writing since she was nine-years-old after her mother bought her a Holly Hobby diary. She started writing by journalism. The term AVID reader is not strong enough to convey her passion for the written word as she can devour four to five novels a week. She has been married to her soul-mate for nearly 30 years and together they have two grown sons, two wonderful daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren. She is a Registered Nurse with more than twenty years of experience and has worked as a Director of Nurses for the last few years. She is now semi-retired from nursing and is concentrating on her writing. She thinks of herself as kind of a redneck chick-slash-southern belle and she loves things like old teapots and mopar muscle cars. Today she spends her time following after her personal savior, Jesus, taking care of her growing family, and in writing her next book.
Jen can be reached by email at jen@jengentrysbooks and you can find more info on her website jengentrysbooks.com
Jen’s word for 2013 is BELIEVE. All things are possible for those who believe in the Lord.
Mark 9:23 – “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Precarious Yates: Blog Managing Editor
Precarious Yates lives in Texas with husband, daughter, dogs, chickens, rabbit, lizard and by the time you read this some other exotic creature her husband or daughter has brought home. She had studied the plight of and worked toward the abolition of modern slavery for over a decade before sitting down to write Revelation Special Ops. She was further inspired by the work of her sister-in-law, who helped to found Love146, an organization that works to raise awareness about human trafficking and builds safe homes in vulnerable regions. Yates spent several years overseas as a missionary in Ireland, and also did missions work in India and the Philippines. Her passion for literature has become her means of further educating young adults of the realities of modern slavery, while producing hope through the power of Christ Jesus in us.
Samantha Fury: Forum Moderator (Indie Authors)
Samantha Fury was born in Kentucky, the daughter of a coal miner & his loving homemaker. She is an only child so she spent many hours using her imagination to keep her busy. She graduated from high school, married in 1986 and began what she calls her ‘life on the road.’
Samantha spent over eighteen years traveling with her husband, through 48 states & Canada. This gave her lots of experience for the backgrounds of her Novels. These days she spends her time at home writing and making book covers, and of course tending to her dogs, Jack, Max, and Socks.
Samantha has always loved writing since the early age of eight; when she wrote ‘The Day The Sky Turned Green.’ Her imagination takes her many places, and she hopes that her stories can uplift, entertain, and be a blessing to her readers.
She calls what she writes Life Fiction. Many think Samantha writes Romance, and though here novels contain a bit of romance they do not center on only that alone. Her novels shows real life struggles, a little detective work, and humor when at all possible.
Samantha plays the piano and bass at her church, and loves writing, singing, and photography. She has many stories to tell, and she hopes to be around writing for many years to come.
Cheryl Rogers: Newsletter Editing Manager
Cheryl Rogers began her writing career in the newspaper business. Since then her writing has evolved to include writing ebooks and writing for websites, businesses, and magazines.
She writes both Christian fiction and non-fiction for all ages. It is her goal to help bring others into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraging them to seek God early and stay connected to his word. She does this by sharing her testimony and by writing stories about aha moments when people realize they need God.
Her new Bible Camp Mystery series involves a group of 10- to 16-year-olds who find adventure in the Florida backwoods as they seek God. And her ebook, Just Like Jonah Wail Tales, features modern Jonahs who learn there is a price to pay when you disobey.
A Miami native, Cheryl currently lives in Tampa, FL, with her husband and family. She publishes New Christian Books Online Magazine, a free online publication publicizing and selling kingdom-building books. In addition to her work as a freelance writer, she works as an editor, book designer and publishing assistant, helping other authors achieve their publishing goals.
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.”
Beverly Nault: Anthology Manager
Beverly writes “Fresh Start Stories, because everyone needs one from time to time,” summing up the importance of new beginnings in life, and through God’s redemptive grace. Bev understands well the challenges of starting over since she and husband Gary have moved dozens of times, lived in six different states, and two countries. (She promises they weren’t running from the law!) Now settled in Southern California, they enjoy traveling, photography, and spoiling their granddogs, Gracie and Chloe. Their grown children, Lindsay and Evan, have successfully “started over,” and are both employed in their chosen career fields.
Humorous, faith-filled, and thought provoking, Beverly’s award-winning fiction series, The Seasons of Cherryvale, will draw you in and won’t let go. The characters quickly become friends you’ll long to visit again and again. Always including thought-provoking themes and yummy recipes, her gorgeous settings and plots with twists and surprises will entice you to settle in for a cozy armchair escape.
Beverly’s nonfiction includes the international bestselling memoir, “Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton” co-written with actress Mary McDonough. This important book has earned literary and fan praise. The recipient of the 2011 Ella Dickey Literacy award, and hundreds of five-star reviews, the book has touched readers’s hearts, and become an important look at what it’s like to “grow up Hollywood.” Bev also hosts Coffee Break Escape, 7 Minute Adventures Exploring the World Together, short pieces written by guest posters covering exotic spots, curious places or interesting events, with gorgeous photography all in the time it takes to drink a cup of your favorite hot beverage. Bev’s always looking for submissions of 1000 words or less, so stop in and visit, escape, or contribute one of your own.
Word for 2013: Forgiveness
Verse:2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” NKJV
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer: Forum Moderator (Traditionally Published Authors)
Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of, Mind of Her Own, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.
Lara Velez: Facebook Manager, Super Moderator for the Forums & Co-Leader of Publishing 101 & 102 Forums
Lara is a wife, mom, homeschooler, published author, ministry leader, speaker, and supreme multi-tasker! She is honest and forthright in her writing, and shares her heart, struggles, joys, pains, and the many lessons she has learned on her journey–in a relatable way that pulls no punches.
She is also the founder of several blogs, including the very popular: MomsofFaith.com
Besides all that, she is a chauffeur, friend, maid, chef, business owner, lover, confidant, mentor, teacher, seeker, nurse, boo-boo kisser, cat lover, coffee drinker, Starbucks follower, Mexican food addict, jean loving, sometimes loud mouth, opinionated, outspoken, web designer, iphone carrier, a teensy bit anal retentive, chocoholic, Survivor fan, Bible believing, animal lover, reptile and crawly things hating, speed walking, honest, working her way back to skinny jeans, and… One heck of a strong woman! (Among other things)
“O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to You for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!” – Psalm 61:1-4
From His feet, Lynn
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