ACFW – Revell Author Pics

by | Sep 22, 2010 | Fiction Book Reviews | 8 comments

Okay – so I’m a big Revell Fan. Seriously. I’ve been on the blog tour list for over a year (speaking of which, I need to post A Hope Undaunted’s review). But anyway, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting two of my favorite Revell authors at ACFW AND the lovely Andrea Doering, editor for Revell.

As many of you know, one of my all-time favorite authors is Julie Lessman – and I’ve been a cyber buddy with her for over a year. Julie’s been a constant encouragement to me. Really. And she has enough energy and enthusiasm to make the entire Hyatt go up in lights. It’s such a  blessing to feel the full brunt of that enthusiasm in person. GREAT hugger,btw. Here’s my pic with Julie.

Jules, I am SOOOOOOOO glad we finally got to meet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (note all the exclamation marks)

Over six months ago, I was introduced to the wonderful writing of Laura Frantz through the Revell Blog Tour. I read her debut novel, The Fronteirsman’s Daughter. BEAUTIFUL story. I emailed her. She replied and from that point on, I’ve been the beneficiary of her kindness and joy. What a blessing.

So recently, when her newest release came out – Courting Morrow Little, I was quick to get my hands on it. I didn’t think it was possible, but she topped her first novel with the second. It was breathtaking.  It was such a joy to give Laura a big ol’ hug in Indy.


Other Revell authors showed up. Like Lynette Eason, Jill Eileen Smith, Lorna Sielstad (whose book, Making Waves, I just reviewed) and Dan Walsh.

Dan Walsh won two Carols for his novel, The Unfinished Gift – and he’s a super guy. Humble and kind. And funny! I was so glad to have met him earlier in the conference. He’s the genuine article. Enjoy being a full-time author, Dan!!

And I have MORE pictures for tomorrow. More Seekers, my awesome roomie, and the lovely Patti Lacy. WOOHOO!!


  1. Casey

    I think Julie and I would get along very well, we both appear to be SHORT! 😀

    I love Laura too, she has been a HUGE blessing to me, God has been good to put me in her path.

    So nice to come home to these pics, I need my hug now! 🙂

    • Pepper

      Oh Case,
      Jules is going to love you. Laura too.
      What am I writing?
      Jules and Laura ALREADY love you.
      But meeting people in the flesh is too cool and wonderful.
      What do you say we hug them together next year?

  2. Laura Frantz

    Aw, Pepper, Julie and I get our very own post with you!!! Bless you and Casey for your very, very gracious words here. You both truly bless me. You’re the reason I write! And one day I don’t doubt I’ll be buying your books!!!

    • Pepper

      I would LOVE it if you were prophetic 🙂
      It was truly a pleasure to meet you. You are so sweet and what a blessing to get to share a hug with you. I even got a pic of the hug. 🙂

  3. Julie Lessman

    PEPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am DOUBLY SOOOOOOOOOO glad we met, girl, because you were one of the main people I wanted to see (along with Laura, of course!). It was such a blessing to finally seal our friendship with a real, live hug, my friend. Next year in St. Loo, girl — you and me and Laura — lunch, okay?? And if we could just get Casey and Renee and Ashley and the rest of that super cool crowd to come, I’d be in hog heaven!!


    • Pepper

      I think I might need another phone call 😉 JK
      People swarm around you, lady. I don’t know how we would ever get a good conversation in.
      Just a sign of how much they love you.

  4. Dan Walsh


    Thanks for the kind words. It was great to see you at ACFW. What a wonderful time. Had a fun time with Julie and her husband at the Revell author’s dinner, and got to share the table with Laura and Andrea, our editor at Revell, at the banquet on Sunday.

    So many great memories,


  5. Laura Frantz

    YES! You, me, Dr. Pepper and Casey and Renee and Ashley and whomever will have lunch in St. Loo! What a grand plan! Sigh. Wish it was next week!!


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