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Rebecca Benston


She is the author of The Rona Shively Stories mystery series as well as a number of inspirational works including Wise Up to Rise Up.  She is also the owner of Higher Ground Books & Media (HGBM); an independent publisher located in Springfield, Ohio.  HGBM publishes works that are inspirational, motivational, and education.  Books available through HGBM include devotionals, memoirs, fiction, children’s books, poetry and assorted non-fiction works.  The company has been in business since 2013 and continues to grow.


John Baldasare


He has a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and has worked as a therapist, manager, and executive director in addictions, mental health, and trauma programs for over 40 years. He has directed treatment services in Ohio, Arizona, Virginia, and South Carolina. His website is, with Facebook pages “SLUGSociety” and “Dayton Model of Recovery”. He currently provides consultation and training services, as well as public speaking.

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Daniel K. Held


He is both an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker and ordained United Methodist Elder (pastor) living with his wife of 51 years, Sue, in retirement.    With degrees from Sterling College, the Ohio State University, and United Theological Seminary, he works intentionally to both improve and express his deeper understanding of God and people.  Such understanding forms the basis for his faith and love of God, neighbor and self.  His work has included individual, marital and family counseling, educational workshops and seminars, pulpit ministry and writing over the span of now 50 years.   The latter includes his blogsite:

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Rev. Mark Etter


He has been a pastor for thirty years and is currently the pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Erlanger, KY. Rev. Etter has published several books of Adult Bible studies and numerous devotions and youth studies with Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis. He is a certified pastoral coach for the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Cleveland, OH and has served in several capacities like LWML counselor, evangelism chairman, and circuit counselor for the larger church. He and his wife, Joan, have three grown children and one grandchild (so far).

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Forest Godin


He lives in Springfield, Ohio with his wife Carol.  He is the author of Miracles: I Love Them, a devotional memoir detailing God's miracles and how they have shaped his life.

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta


She has been writing professionally since 1995. She's an author and award-winning journalist.  Her work has appeared in Vitamin Retailer Magazine, Dining Out, The Paterson Press, The Montclair Times, The Jersey City Independent, NJ Health & Fitness, The Aquarian Arts Weekly, The Westsider, Manhattan Spirit,, Tattoo Review, Punk Magazine, gasm, and Exit, to name a few.She has self-published her first two books "On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist" and “Love Cats.” Her third book, “The Gypsy Smiled” was published traditionally by GenZ Publishing. She resides in Union County, New Jersey, with her husband, Dennis, and their beloved cat, Nicholas. Interests include: music, animals, and living a healthy lifestyle. 

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Stephen Bowman


He is a 53 year-old child of God.  He's battled addiction, depression and catastrophic illness.  A counselor and licensed clergyman, he enjoys working with and helping people.  When he's not helping others, he enjoys fishing and an occasional walk.

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Jen Hernandez


Jen is a local artist who creates many different styles of paintings, she finds her groove with a sort of abstract impressionistic street art. She is willing to try new combinations and techniques to convey the feeling that she is striving for in each individual piece of art. Arti St Gallery & Studio is a direct extension of her and her artwork. Using art therapy techniques she designs her teachings to reflect that the emotion is more important that the formal technique of each piece. To see more artwork from Jen please visit


Derra Nicole Sabo


She is the author of  Dear You.  A Human Anomaly 🖤 Writing started out as an escape for me, then somewhere along the way it became my passion. The pen speaks for me when my lips fail to. My past demons are now my life lessons. Love loudly & hate silently. 
Cali girl, born and raised. My family & friends are my everything. Beach baby, foodie, coffee addict, bookworm, writer, blogger, movie buff, music maniac, night owl.  With a cup of coffee in my hand and a piece of honesty from you, I'll bring my walls down and show you my unguarded soul.

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Frank Adkins


Frank Adkins is a life-long automotive enthusiast who enjoys building, driving, showing, and racing antique vehicles.  He has published two automotive books, Chrysler Performance Upgrades (CarTech, 1999) and How to Build High Performance Chrysler Engines (CarTech, 2001).  In addition, his technical articles have appeared in numerous regional and national hobbyist publications.  He is an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician who worked in various shops and dealerships for more than twenty years before transitioning into teaching Automotive Technology.  He and his wife, Kristan, have two adult children and four grandchildren.  They enjoy vacationing in northern Maine.  They are also active in several car clubs. 

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Janet Kay Teresa


She was born and raised in Ohio. She enjoys warmer weather during the winter months and traveling. She is a self employed Gardener, and a free lance writer. Currently she became a Certified Christian Temperament Counselor.

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Willie Deeanjlo White


Willie Deeanjlo White was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio.  He is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology as well as a Bachelor’s in Health and Human Services.  He currently works as the supervisor of an Addiction Treatment Program that houses over 200 clients. 
He is an Ordained Pastor in the Pneuma Life Network of Churches and humbly serves as an Associate Pastor at Greater Grace Temple in Springfield, Ohio under Bishop Ronald Logan.

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Yvonne Green


Yvonne Green is a compassionate woman of God who loves giving back to her community.  She is a Minister/Evangelist/Prayer Warrior who loves to encourage others and minister to youth and young adults. Yvonne accepted her calling to minister in July of 2011and preached her first sermon on March 14, 2012 under the leadership of Pastor Larry D Coleman at Restored Life Ministries and she has been on fire for the