MEET THE HEART”WINGS” BLOGGER CO-HEARTS
Barbara Bras left a career in the corporate world in February 2015 to pursue her dream of serving her Lord and Savior. Unsure of exactly how, she knew the first step required sharing the amazing ways God protected and blessed her life. Frustrated with inadequate attempts to pen her life-story, she sought a new writing method, one unencumbered by previously encountered obstacles. After a three-day seminar that changed her life, she wrote continuously, the story of her son’s miraculous adoption and the challenging years that followed spilled onto the pages.
The process led her to uncover God’s role in her very existence as she envisioned her grandparents’ remarkable survival from persecution in Armenia to their immigration to the US. Finally, Bras shared the rest of her story, concluding with her search for true love while teaching in a small Wisconsin town. The final product, Wrapped in God’s Grace, a Life Rediscovered, was published in November of 2015.
During the months that followed, released from the need to voice her story, Barbara realized her life’s new purpose. Captured by St. Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, her work is first a tribute to the God who comforts and strengthens all of us in hardships and trials, and second serves as a mission to encourage others. Her first novel, She Who Knows, a Tale of the Heart released in May 2016 seeks to inspire readers.
Helen Brown, born in Mount Isa the eldest of five children of Salvation Army Officers, lived an almost nomadic life until fifteen. As a preteen, she discovered books and read a lot, well into the night and occasionally all night. Two stories that captured her imagination were: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little Women”. Just like those heroines, Helen wanted to write. A learning disability–not corrected until her thirties–made schooling a real struggle and her dream into a distant mirage. The struggle of raising five children and being a wife to a shearer/farmer in a small town taught her a lot about life and the grace of God. During that time, though, she completed her teaching degree and worked many casual jobs in order to ensure that the farm remained viable. Today, she still lives on the farm in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales
Jennifer Bunderle filled the most recent five years with living/serving in coastal and northern sierra regions of Ecuador. Looongtime wife of Brad, fondly referred to as “mominator” by our two awesome now-adult-kidlets, Heather, Evan and daughter-in-love, Ann. Companion and therapy dog assistant to our beloved Bichon Frise, Coquette. AKA teacher, writer, and fitful blogger. Passion project = Carpe Diem (make the most of your day. . .every day!). Life verse = Phil. 4:13 – I KNOW I can do all things through Christ (undoubtedly He empowers my Carpe Diem) because HE is my strength/my all-in-all.
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.
Texas writer, DiAne Gates, illustrates, photographs, and writes for children and YA, as well as serious non-fiction for adults. She works as a freelance artist and has written and photographed for the East Texas Rodeo Association magazine, which gave birth to the western rodeo adventure series, released by Prism Book Group in August of 2015. ROPED–Available at Amazon.com. Wife, mother, and Mimi, whose passion is to share those hard life lessons God allows. Lessons she hopes will leap from the page into your heart.
HeartWings Founder, Co-Administrator, and Blog Co-heart
Joyce Graves was born in Houston, TX on a bright summer morning in 1941 and grew up in a Christian home as a “sunny-side up, glass half-full” little girl.
She and her husband are enjoying life in Arizona – the desert of Lake Havasu City, AZ in the winter and Lakeside, AZ and in the majestic White Mountains in the summer. At both places she spends a lot of time on her Facebook ministry communicating with her Heart”wings” sisters. God led her to start the Facebook ministry on March 2, 2015. Her obedient service to our Lord is simple but fulfilling.
HeartWings Blog Co-heart
Heather Gray loves coffee, God, her family, and laughter – not necessarily in that order! She writes approachable characters who, through the highs and lows of life, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her. Her books almost always include someone who’s infatuated with coffee, too. Some things just can’t be helped. Heather delights in creating characters who, like her, have their share of faults and foibles, characters who are flawed…but loved anyway.
Jessica Herrera is a Certified Health Coach, degreed in Holistic Nutrition and Practical Theology, and the Bread Believer. Her blog www.thebreadbeliever.com is a hub for ideas about Real Life, Real Food & a very Real God mixed in with bread as the main ingredient—yet health, heartwork, and homemaking comprise the entire recipe of her writing, hoping it serves as a go-to source for information on a variety of health and wellness topics. Second to surrendering her life to Jesus Christ, marrying Robert who ‘makes her a better person’. We have the best times together – working out, studying the Bible, exploring healthy living – our life is good! A member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and the Weston A. Price Foundation, she continues study centering on Bible Scripture and nutrition as they relate to the digestive and endocrine systems, especially fascinated with anti-inflammatory measures to support health! Jessica enjoys the fullness of life found solely in a relationship with God in Ft. Worth, Texas with Robert and Nemo and Piper, her two Somali cats (translation: fur children). Love and butter!
Karen Jurgens, a Cincinnati native, has been a Texan transplant for thirty years and counting. She earned a Masters’ degree in secondary education with a French major and an English minor and loved teaching in high school. Since retiring in 2014, she has begun a new career as an author, blogger, and speaker within the context of Christian ministry. Her first contemporary romance novella, A Christmas Mosaic, was published in October, 2015, and is part of a multi-author anthology, Warm Mulled Kisses. Her second novel, Desire’s Deception, and will be published in September, 2016. Karen is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters—Meghan, a dietician, and Caitlin, a journalist. As an avid gourmet cook, she loves to go all out for holidays and family birthdays. She enjoys spin classes, reading the Classics, and playing online word games. She blogs about scriptural answers to life’s trials at Touched by Him Ministries and also as one of the crew members at Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas, Oh My!
Margaret Kazmierczak nee Doust was born in 1958 in Redhill, Surrey, England. Had her father gotten his way, she would have been called Margaret Angela Doust with initials M.A.D., however, to avoid endless teasing, her parents dropped the middle name. She loved writing in her head, but found putting pen to paper difficult due to dyslexia and an inability to read. Her belief that she could write came when she submitted a sermon to a retreat master as a novice in a Contemplative Order. His advice: if you decide that this life is not for you, you must become a writer. After three years, she did leave, then life became busy and got complicated when she married her husband Peter and had three children. Finally after thirty years, the Retreat Master’s words became true and a writer was born.
Anita Klumpers is a wife, mom and grandma. Her life is remarkable by its very ordinariness. She’s been blessed with a husband who is good and hardworking, a church that is small but gospel-driven, children who for every step back took two forward. Convinced that a bit of humor and a dose of prudishness could be her contributions toward a better world she started to blog, first at ‘The Prude Disapproves’ (http://theprudedisapproves.blogspot.com) and now as‘The Tuesday Prude.’ (http://thetuesdayprude.com) She goes for coffee with friends frequently, writes skits and teaches drama classes seasonally, cleans the top of her fridge occasionally and marvels at God’s grace daily. Anita has two romantic-suspense novels published through Prism Book Group: ’Winter Watch’ and ‘Hounded.’ Currently at work on a third novel, she would accomplish more if she spent less time admiring her small but oh-so-briliant grandsons.
Wendy L. Macdonald
Wendy L. Macdonald is an inspirational writer, blogger, and podcaster who also loves to photograph nature on Vancouver Island. When she’s not writing, drawing, gardening, or sewing, Wendy enjoys hiking with her husband. She homeschooled their three children and believes years of reading classics aloud developed her love of storytelling. Wendy hopes you’ll visit her “Daily Bread” style Facebook or Instagram. Her byline is: My faith is not shallow because I’ve been rescued from the deep. Samples of her photography and prose have been selected for publication in two 2017 Canadian anthologies. Meanwhile she’s editing her memoir and mystery-romance manuscripts.
HeartWings Co-Administrator, HeartWings Blog founder, and Blog Co-heart
Caryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Texas Romance; a contemporary Red River Romance; The Generations, Biblical fiction; and the Days of Dread Trilogy for young readers—all with a Christian sway. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings, believing all good things come from God. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.
Heart"wings" Website designer and Blog Co-heart
Janis McAdoo is the founder and CEO of Rocksteady Resolutions, a company that assists people with getting results…and her passion is helping others succeed. The task oriented lady loves to build things (and maintain them): Systems. Processes. Websites. Social media.
Many years in management at a corporate office and then at a small construction business taught her business skills to use in creating her own small business.
Naturally responsible and dependable—rock solid—founding Rocksteady Resolutions was a no-brainer and fulfilled her desire to come alongside small business owners who yearn for success an d help them bring their vision to reality.
They say your niche finds you. Janis found that is true. The majority of her clients are indie authors. She spends her days creating and maintaining WordPress websites as well as managing social media accounts.
Away from the computer, she enjoys reading a good book, hanging out with a few furry friends, working outside in her garden, or bringing a piece of discarded furniture back to life—a DIY enthusiast! Janis was born and raised in Texas, and currently lives in a suburb just west of Dallas.
Robin Robertson is actively involved with several church ministries, including playing clarinet on the praise team, singing in the choir, serving as a greeter, a member of a Prayer team, and teaching for Child Evangelism Fellowship at one of the local elementary schools. She also plays clarinet and saxophone in a concert band, swing band, and a sax quartet. For almost twenty years, she’s served the local community as a CPR/First Aid instructor. Robin lives with five dogs and fifteen birds, including cockatiels, parakeets, lovebirds, and homing pigeons. She enjoys being out into God’s beautiful creation, and believing in the power of prayer, praying for others.
Sarah Ruut is an avid reader of Christian fiction when she’s not busy homeschooling her four tweens and teens. She also runs two blogs, where she hopes to connect with people right where they are. She loves sharing about books and their authors on her blog, Fiction, Faith, and Fun, where you’ll find devotionals as well as reviews of Christian fiction, interviews with amazing authors, giveaways and more! She also blogs about Christian living at Breaking Ordinary.
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an Air Force veteran, and a member of the body of Christ.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She likes to volunteer at her children’s school. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. An avid reader of Christian fiction, she writes reviews on her blog and enjoys helping other authors find readers.
She self-published a Christian contemporary romance novella, A Life to Live, and is at work writing her next novel.
Melissa Wardwell wears many hats from one day to the next: devoted wife, basketball and dance mother, teacher, taxi service, friend, caregiver, daughter, sister, and now, author. And most importantly, daughter of the Most High King. Raised in and still residing in Corunna, a little farm town in Mid- Michigan, Melissa loves the quiet and simple. High school sweetheart-husband and three homeschooled children share the abode. She chose writing awhile back, needing something to occupy down time, but after the first draft of What God Brings Together, it seemed God had a much bigger plan. Called to reach out to women and mothers, she seeks to encourage through her fiction. Melissa’s greatest hope is that each story touches readers’ hearts, giving hope…or at least a few moments away from life’s chaos.
Nyla Kay Wilkerson
Nyla Kay Wilkerson is a child of the King, woman of Faith, and fighter for Christ. She owned and operated a Christian Bookstore until she retired, Nyla’s written a cookbook and is stretching out, currently writing a devotional and a novel. Besides blogging, she loves to write, read, quilt, and garden. With her husband Dennis, she has two children and four grandchildren, twin girls and two boys, one special needs. They live in Albany, Indiana with two fur babies, Samson, the dog, and Jesse, the cat.
Precarious Yates has lived in eight different states of the Union and three different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their mastiff. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.