March 22 - 23, 2013 - Allentown, PA


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Bonnie Calhoun
To compliment my love for writing, I also enjoy spreading the word about Christian fiction. This leads me in a natural progression into the marketing and advertising field.  As the Director of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, I lead a contingency of 250+ book reviewers. We do bi-weekly blog tours for the latest in Christian fiction.  I am the Owner/Publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine. The magazine is is in its 3rd year. Monthly we post a new issue of 35+ columns by the best and brightest authors, publishers, and agents in Christian fiction.  The American Christian Fiction Writers have designated me as the Northeast Zone Director, where I lead the membership loop for New York, New Jersey, and the New England states.  In my role as the Appointment Coordinator and a faculty member at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference and the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, I organize the appointments and teach workshops on Blogging and Social Media. I am an Author member of International Thriller Writers, and an industry professional member and the President of Christian Authors Network.

At, I am part of Ground Control as the web specialist. I act as the webmaster and Marketing Analysis Assistant for agent Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency, and also the webmaster for Hartline Literary.  I am also an author with Abingdon Press. My first novel, entitled Cooking The Books (A Sloane Templeton Novel) debuted in spring of 2012.



Ramona DeFelice-Long

Ramona DeFelice Long is an author, independent editor, and writing instructor. 

As an author, her work has appeared in literary, juvenile and regional magazines and publications, most recently in The Arkansas Review and TOSKA magazines. She has received support and acknowledgment from the artistic community, including a Fellowship from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2012. In 2009, she was recognized by the Delaware Division of the Arts as an Established Artist in Fiction. She’s the past recipient of the Fiction Award at the Writers at the Beach: Pure Sea Glass Conference and a scholarship to Philadelphia Stories’ week-long Short Story Retreat at Rosemont College. 


She also received grants from the Pennsylvania State Arts Council and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her work in fiction.


As an independent editor, Ramona specializes in mystery novels; women’s and literary fiction; short stories of all sizes; memoir and creative non-fiction; and YA and juvenile novels. Ramona was hired by Sisters in Crime Great Unpublished (Guppy) Chapter to put together an anthology of short stories called Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology. A second anthology is in the publishing process. With Wilmington writer Joanne Reinbold, Ramona also co-edited a collection of stories by Delaware authors called Stories from the Inkslingers.


As a writing instructor, Ramona teaches workshops on all aspects of writing at conferences and online. She has led weekend writing retreats and monthly Free Write program at her local public library.

Ramona serves as Member-at-Large for the Delaware Literary Connection. She’s also member of the Newark Arts Alliance, Sisters in Crime, Pennwriters, the Hillendale Farm Critique Group and The Written Remains Writing Guild. She runs a Facebook group called How Many Pages Did You Write Today? and maintains a literary blog at


Ramona is a native of south Louisiana and a graduate of LSU. She’s lived in Delaware for nearly 15 years and finds her fiction and creative non-fiction work is split between the small wonders of Delaware and her wild and wacky roots in Cajun land.



Jane Friedman

 Jane Friedman is the web editor for the national-award winning Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), where she oversees online content strategy and marketing. Before joining VQR, Jane was a full-time assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati and the former publisher of Writer's Digest.

Jane is a frequent speaker at publishing industry and writing conferences, and has appeared at more than 200 events since 2001. Her expertise has been featured widely, by sources such as NPR's Morning Edition, Publishers Weekly, and Nieman Journalism Lab, and she has served with a range of nonprofits and businesses, ranging from the National Endowment for the Arts to Digital Book World.

She maintains a blog at, which enjoys 40,000+ unique visitors every month, and her presence on Twitter (170,000+ followers) is often cited as a model for those seeking to use social media effectively.



Jon Gibbs

Born in England, Jon Gibbs now lives in New Jersey, where he gives writing presentations and workshops in schools and libraries around the Garden State (one of which was broadcast on local television in 2012). 

The founder of The New Jersey Authors’ Network ( and, Jon’s middle grade fantasy, Fur-Face (Echelon Press), was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award. The sequel, Barnum's Revenge is scheduled for release in February, 2013. 

 Jon has a website: and a blog: When he's not chasing around after his three children, he can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on. 


Jean C. Gordon

Jean C. Gordon’s writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner and editorial group manager for an international communications company in Albany, NY, Jean is as at home writing retirement- tax-, and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun. 


She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 170-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour. 


Her most recent Harlequin Love Inspired, Small-Town Dad, was released in January 2013. Small-Town Mom is due out in July.

You can keep in touch with Jean at, or




Don Helin

During Don Helin's time in the military, he served three tours in the Pentagon.  These assignments gave him ample material for his novels.  Medallion Press published Don's thriller, Thy Kingdom Come, in March 2009.  His latest thriller, Devil's Den, was published by Headline Books in September 2012.  Don lives in central PA and is hard at work on his next thriller, Red Dog.



Juilene Osborne-McKnight

Juilene Osborne-McKnight is the author of four Irish historical novels:  I am of Irelaunde, Daughter of Ireland, Bright Sword of Ireland and Song of Ireland   (all from MacMillan/Forge).  She has also published poetry and essays in such journals as Commonweal, Parabola, Amelia, Blue Unicorn, POEM and The Lyric and has published several hundred magazine and newspaper articles and columns.  She directs the Department of Communication at DeSales University where she teaches Journalism, Creative Writing, Celtic and Native American mythology.  She will be Teaching Professor Abroad in Rome in the Fall of 2013.





Lee Upton

Lee is the author of thirteen books, including a collection of essays about writing: Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy ,  released in summer 2012.  Her prize-winning collection of short stories, The Tao of Humiliation, will be published by BOA Editions in 2014. She is also the author of a novella, The Guide to the Flying Island; five collections of poetry; and four books of literary criticism.  Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared widely. Her poetry has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and in many other journals as well as in numerous anthologies.  Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, the National Poetry Series Award, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Miami University Novella Award, and the BOA Editions Short Fiction Award.





Carol Wedeven

Children’s author and former classroom teacher, Carol Wedeven, has had 11 picturebooks, curriculum, poetry, fillers, short stories, and drama scripts published. Her creativity is fed by music, painting, drama, improvisation, mentoring writers, and playing with words or 11 grandchildren. A world traveler, she is currently writing her first narrative nonfiction novel.





Jeanette Windle

As daughter of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Tyndale House Publishers release Veiled Freedom, a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist and sequel Freedom's Stand, a 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award and Carol Award finalist and 2011 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year finalist. Jeanette mentors Christian writers in both English and Spanish on all five continents.



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