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Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author who writes novels inspired by her fascination with the 1950s and her love of her native American South. Novels in her endearing Caney Creek series, her West Virginia Mountains series, as well as her stand-alone release, Tidewater Summer, are sweet Southern romance novels.  She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Visit Jo at www.johuddleston.com.

                               

Detailed Author Biography

Jo Huddleston likes to laugh with people but not at people. The beach is her favorite vacation spot. Jo doesn't like to see or hear about people or animals being abused. She's a spectator fan of several sports, her favorite being tennis. Jo doesn't like being in the dark and is fearful of snakes!

She is a multi-published author who writes novels inspired by her fascination with the 1950s and her love of her native American South. Novels in her enduring Caney Creek series, her West Virginia Mountains series, as well as her stand-alone release, Tidewater Summer, are sweet Southern romance novels.

Jo has four nonfiction books published: Amen and Good Morning, God: A Book of Morning Prayers, Amen and Good Night, God: A Book of Evening Prayers, His Awesome Majesty: Praising God's Greatness, and America: Her hope for the Future. She coauthored with Vickie Phelps Writing 101: A Handbook of Tips and Encouragement for Writers and Simply Christmas: Memories, Traditions, and Stories of the Season.

Her writing career includes more than 200 articles and short stories, which have appeared in over 50 well-known Christian and secular publications including Guideposts, Decision and The Upper Room. She's an online contributor to Christian Devotions Ministries (www.ChristianDevotions.us).

She writes two blogs, publishes a regular e-newsletter, and wrote an inspirational newspaper column for seven years. Jo’s devotions appear in eight anthologies and she wrote devotions on assignment and freelance for the following daily devotionals: Devotions, Open Windows, Pathways to God, The Quiet Hour, The Secret Place, and The Upper Room. She has taught workshops at writers’ conferences.

Jo’s career has spanned a variety of work. She was a high school teacher and guidance counselor, a private secretary at the Atomic Energy Commission, a state political campaign secretary, two-time small business owner, and a real estate agent.  

Huddleston holds a B.A. degree with honors from Lincoln Memorial University (TN) and is a member of their Literary Hall of Fame. She earned a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Professional membership: American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Visit Jo at www.johuddleston.com where you can sign up for her mailing list, connect with her on social media, and read first chapters of her novels and novellas.



For Fun:

How do people react when they find out you write? The funniest reaction I have received was from a twenty-something. When she heard me talking about my books, she asked me, “You mean if I google you, you’ll be there?”

If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? 
The past. Life was less materialistic and simpler then.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you absolutely want to have with you? 
Only three? Let me think here. Many people know I am uncomfortable in the dark. So…my Bible, lots of candles and matches, and lots of drinkable water. I’d love to have paper and pencil to write, but that would be more than three things.

What 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know? I don't enjoy being in elevators. I can’t jump rope. I played varsity basketball in high school.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Hopeful, enthusiastic, positive.



Lighting Round:

Laptop or Desktop? Laptop

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner Roll

Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach

Y’all or You Guys? Y’all

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall



Contact Information

You can email Jo at:  jo@johuddleston.com

You can correspond directly with Jo at:
Jo Huddleston
P.O. Box 1801
Auburn, AL 36831

Website
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Published Books




Alice loses herself in grief and can’t find her way back.

In 1954, twenty-six-year-old Alice Patterson undergoes a pregnancy loss that affects everything and everyone she touches. Emotionally and physically drained, she must come to terms with her traumatic loss or risk losing her husband, her best friend, and her sanity.

Her best friend JayNell and her husband Paul offer Alice support and comfort. She persists in her grieving, which hinders her healing. The doctor advises there is no normal recovery period for what Alice has undergone. Time is her best ally.

In her small southern Mississippi town, her church Sewing Circle’s new project triggers an unsettling setback to Alice’s recovery. Afterward, she succumbs to suspicions of Paul’s infidelity that causes her collapse, from which she may not recover.

Paul’s unspoken goal is that they will recapture the love they held for one another on their wedding day. He’s hopeful that the approaching spring season will bring a reawakening of the Alice he married, as it brings a newness to all living things.


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Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (May 30, 2017)
Print Length: 152 pages
File Size: 4351 KB
ISBN-10: 1547150262
ISBN-13: 978-1547150267
ASIN: B071FP7QWW
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A sweet romance spiced with deception, set in 1959.

Jean Stewart and her mama stand firm to protect their family business from a big-city developer’s takeover. Oscar Wainworth sends his son William to convince the ladies to sell their property. William has an instant attraction to Jean, believes he shouldn’t be the one to discuss the sale with the Stewarts, and gives them a fake name. If they know he’s a Wainworth, he’s likely to find himself out on the sidewalk.

One lie leads to another until William may have dug a hole too deep to escape. By stealth he learns that Jean can’t associate with anyone who is dishonest. To win Jean’s love, William must convince her that his lies flowed from good intentions.


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Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (February 16, 2017)
Print Length: 121 pages
File Size: 2411 KB
ISBN-10: 1944203982
ISBN-13: 978-1944203986
ASIN: B06VX8Y44Z
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Donna's Detour (Get Your Kiss on Route 66)

When Donna Turner and two girlfriends leave Alabama in 1956 and head to California on Route 66, Donna runs out of money. Her girlfriends continue the journey to Los Angeles, leaving Donna in Needles, California where a dream-come-true adventure is about to happen. She worshipped the ground he walked on when she was fifteen, and now he shows up at the diner where she works. Will he remember her or does he still think of her as her brother's skinny kid sister? Will Donna be confident enough in herself to accept her dream?

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Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (June 19, 2016)
File size: 3255 KB
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ASIN: B01HC0BG08
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Wait for Me (West Virginia Mountains Series, book #1)

Can Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, escape the binds of their socioeconomic backgrounds? Set in a coal mining community in West Virginia in the 1950s, can their love survive their cultural boundaries?

This is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie. The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie chooses to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life. Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together? Will Julie’s mother ever accept Robby?

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Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (March 28, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1511490233
ISBN 13: 978-1511490238
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 Trust Me (West Virginia Mountains Series, Book #2)

West Virginia, 1960 
A mine owner. An elegant lady. 
Seductive voices that scoff at trust.


Loreen Fletcher has suffered heartbreak. She resolves never to trust a man again. She has earned a respected position with no help from anyone, especially not from a man. At thirty-six, Loreen knows loving brings inevitable misery, and she won’t pick at that scab again. 

Claude Capshaw’s life has taken another detour. Things that drove him no longer motivate him. Nothing fulfills him anymore—except that elegant lady at West Virginia University. Why won’t Loreen trust him when he tells her he’ll never betray her?

Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (August 9, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1516812840
ISBN-13: 978-1516812844
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Promise Me (West Virginia Mountains Series, Book #3

When war calls...faith is tested

 In 1960, civil discord in Vietnam fills the news. After his college graduation, Patrick Fitzgerald plans to join his daddy’s South Carolina accounting firm. But Uncle Sam may have another position in mind for Patrick—in the U.S. Army. His family’s affluence would be no match for the persuasion of the military draft.




Adriana Montagna’s papá ekes out a living as a coal miner in the mountains of West Virginia. Can a lasting relationship form with Patrick, or will his wealth become a barrier between them?


Meanwhile, the fiber of America’s unity stands on the precipice, while its youth fight a no-win battle on foreign soil. What good can a young couple hope for at such a time as this?


Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (March 31, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1944203214
ISBN-13: 978-1944203214
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That Summer (Caney Creek Series, book #1) 

To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.  
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing (November 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1939219035
ISBN-13: 978-1939219039

Beyond the Past (Caney Creek Series, book #2) 

Jim Callaway looks forward to 1951 and the chance to forge a relationship with Caroline after twenty years apart. He’s sidetracked when his sister and his best friend need his help. His baby sister, Emmajean, skids into jail on drug charges in Atlanta. The ordeal of incarceration and trial diminishes her and she needs rescuing, not only physically but spiritually. She struggles toward recovery and restoration with her lawyer’s help as he champions her inside and outside the courtroom. Jim’s nephew Art is one step ahead of the truant officer, wrecks his car, and officials suspect alcohol is involved. Art awaits his fate at the hands of the juvenile court judge. Jim and Caroline continue their bumpy journey as they seek realization of their dreams, wondering if they really can overcome obstacles to their being together after so many years.

Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing (April 10, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1939219116
ISBN-13: 978-1939219114



Claiming Peace (Caney Creek Series, book #3)

Facing her lowest moments, Callie’s life begins to crumble. As he’s done with others of his extended family, can Jim help her find peace? Visit again the Callaway family and friends in 1951 who live in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. Why did Callie have an appointment with a neurologist? Will she work her way through whatever lies ahead for her and her family? Does Emmajean’s attraction for the young lawyer, Terry, blossom further or die on the vine when he wants her to meet his parents? Can Caroline and Jim find happiness in their long-delayed marriage? You’ll meet some new characters as the Callaway saga continues. Follow the Callaway family throughout the Caney Creek Series—live their triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses.


Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing (October 3, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1939219167
ISBN-13: 978-1939219169



Amen and Good Morning, God

"God is our able guide. He awaits our invitation to walk with us daily," reads the introduction to this volume of 120 morning prayers. The prayers deal with down-to-earth concerns such as forgiveness, sorrow, faithfulness and stress. They are simple, honest longings from the heart. These morning prayers can encourage you to release the concerns of the day into God's loving care.




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Amen and Good Night, God

"Some nights while searching for sleep, I realize I blew it again somehow during the day. We can bring Him our frustrations, and he will replace them with his cleansing and consolation," reads the introduction to this volume of 120 evening prayers. The book can help you review the concerns of the day with a comforting God. You can relate to these prayers as they deal with concerns such as worry, criticism, indecision, aging and loneliness.



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His Awesome Majesty: Praising God's Greatness

Join with Jo Huddleston in 70 conversational, devotional thoughts on God’s splendor. Her meditations sometimes challenge and sometimes console, but they usually help clear obstacles from your personal access to God’s power. His Awesome Majesty is written by someone who understands the troubling times other women face. In her words of hope, you can feel the healing caress of the Father, and enjoy personal contentment in his presence. Let Jo Huddleston remind you that God comes in our suffering and in our happiness, but always “God comes in awesome majesty.” (Job 37:22)

Print Length: 178 pages
File Size: 935 KB
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ISBN 10: 1517338719
ISBN 13: 978-1517338718
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America: Her Hope for the Future
 
Nothing is ever so perfect that a little improvement wouldn't be welcomed. This principle holds true for America. Our country probably never has been perfect. Far from it or our history wouldn't be speckled with war and depression and poverty and discrimination. But the pock marks of adversity can serve as stepping stones toward a better today and tomorrow.



Print Length: 207 pages
File Size: 323 KB
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ISBN-10: 1469949105
ISBN-13: 978-1469949109
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 Ties That Bind: Family Stories

 This volume contains 5 short stories about family dynamics. The core of any culture is the family. It is into this core of family that a newborn first connects with the world. It’s where that baby learns about love—feels love from family members and later, sees examples of how he or she can love others. Harmony in a family unit is the bedrock of a thriving society. Indeed, the building of character or lack of such building begins within the family. These stories are fictional examples of varied family relationships.


Print Length: 27 pages
File Size: 727 KB
Publisher: Jay Books; 1 edition (May 2, 2016)
ASIN: B01F4D4BFC
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Simply Christmas: Memories, Traditions, & Stories of the Season
by Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston

Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday. Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston share their thoughts on the season in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos.
• Stories and poems of the season
• Decorating tips
• Recipes
• Devotions/Meditations for every day in December
Simply Christmas urges you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world.
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Endorsements for Jo's Books

FICTION





Wait for Me

“Jo Huddleston’s characters come to life as does this sweet and wonderful mid-century love story . . . [Jo Huddleston] writes with colorful detail, setting us body and soul into the story.” –Sharlene MacLaren, Award-Winning Author and Speaker.



“Huddleston has developed clear, true-to-life characters.” –James Callan, author of Over My Dead Body, the second Father Frank Mystery.

Trust Me
"Trust Me, a historical romance novel written by Jo Huddleston, is the second book in her West Virginia Mountain series. It's well written, the characters are interesting, and I enjoyed reading it."

-E. M. BANDY, 5-Star Amazon Review



"Sweet Christian Historical Romance set in [1960]. Issues of trust are all through the book. Enriching story. Strong faith and learning to pray and trust God come into play all throughout the story. An excellent way to spend your time, and you feel good after you've read it!"

-ROBIN ENNIS WILLSON, 5-Star Amazon Review



"I really enjoyed the book Trust Me. I gave 5 stars because it had everything I want in a book. Jo's book shows how to learn to leave the past behind. Learn to trust and most of all learn to love God again. Wasn't preachy at all. I also enjoyed reading a book set in the sixties."
-AMAZON CUSTOMER, 5-Star Amazon Review
Promise Me
 "The style of Jo Huddleston's writing pulls you in at the very beginning of the story, and you find yourself making an immediate connection with the characters. Jo is such a talented and gifted writer. I'm looking forward to reading more and more of her books."

-DEBRA LYNN COLLINS, Best-selling author of A Marriage of Convenience



“Once again Jo Huddleston has captured perfectly the emotions of her characters in this sweet romance set in the Vietnam War era.  I was swept along as Patrick struggled with wanting to serve his country in the face of the war, and I understood Adriana’s fear that he might not return. Huddleston has penned a wonderful story that draws you in to the innocent, yet turbulent time of the early sixties.”
-PATRICIA BRADLEY, Author of the Logan Point series and two Harlequin Heartwarming romances


"In Promise Me, Huddleston doesn't just tell a story, she transports you to a past era. Every word she uses paints a picture of another time--a simpler time. This is the perfect story for a hot summer day or a cold winter's night."

-LILLIAN DUNCAN, Author of Deadly Communication series


"I have a soft spot for stories that take place during pivotal moments in our nation’s history, and Jo Huddleston’s latest release certainly fits that bill. Set in 1960, Promise Me carried me back to a time when the long-established framework of society seemed to be giving way to an era of uncertainty and turmoil. A time when questions abounded, including the one faced by the characters of Promise Me: Is a promise still binding in such an atmosphere of upheaval, when all the old rules seem to be fading away?"

–CAROL COX, Author of Truth Be Told, A Woman's Place, and Danielle



That Summer

“A compelling and poignant tale with characters destined to capture your heart.” –Laurie Alice Eakes, author of Choices of the Heart.



“Jo Huddleston's debut novel is a memorable story.” –Amanda Cabot, author of In Firefly Valley.



“Highly recommended!" –Cara Lynn James, author of Love on a Dime and A Path Toward Love.



Beyond the Past

“Beyond the Past is a sweet and gentle—yet compelling—story of family, faith, forgiveness and restoration. I enjoyed it!” –Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of Sweet Mercy.



“Written with Southern grace and charm, Beyond the Past reminds us that even in heartache there is hope and redemption.” –Alice J. Wisler, award-winning author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is.



 Claiming Peace

“With masterful brush strokes, she [Huddleston] creates a striking, colorful portrait of characters and events that will linger in both the mind and heart long after the last page is turned.” –Jason Brannon, author of The Maze.



“You're going to love this poignant story of family, romance and unconditional love.” –Karla Akins, author of The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots.





NONFICTION



America: Her Hope for the Future

“Jo Huddleston takes a refreshing and healthy look at the virtues and lessons we learned from our past.” –Bob Riley, former Governor of Alabama.



“A challenging, inspiring vision for America. . . . This excellent work can become a cornerstone for our homes, our cities and our country. This book is the hard rock of ethical values.” –T.D. (Ted) Little, former Alabama State Senator.



“Jo Huddleston has produced a quite frank and challenging book, which highlights the virtues and lessons from our past.” –Dr. Walter G. Nunn, The Alabama Baptist.



“Jo Huddleston's book, America: Her Hope for the Future reinforces the best of our country.” –Carolyn Tomlin, author of What I Wish I'd Known Sooner: Parents and Teachers.



Amen and Good Night, God

“Quite frankly, these words provide inspiration at its highest level inasmuch as these prayers are simple, honest longings from the heart.” –Dr. Walter G. Nunn, The Alabama Baptist



“I highly recommend this inspiring devotional to all seeking to end their day the right way, in fellowship with the Lord!” –Amanda Beth, author of You Can Have a Happy Family


Amen and Good Morning, God

“Jo's morning prayers were very real; it was like she was just talking to God. Her writing flowed smoothly and it was clear she didn't take time to decide what to write. I knew the prayers came straight from her heart. They were such a blessing. I read the whole book without stopping.” –Ann Knowles, Amazon 5-Star Review.



“No matter what prayer I read, there is something in it to inspire, help, or encourage me.” –Rebecca Willman Gernon, Amazon 5-Star Review.





 Question and Answer – Jo Huddleston


From interview with Carole Brown, October 9, 2013

Q. How do you spend your writing days?  Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day?  Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?

A. When I’m writing a novel, I set a goal of 2,000 words per day and/or a 10,000 word goal per week. Some days I don’t reach my goal but then some days I go over the goal. That helps me get the 10,000 words per week. If I stick to those goals I can get a first draft in 2-3 months.

Q. Where do you get ideas?  Character names?  Do you find your characters similar to you in any way?

A. My ideas just pop in my head, not suggested by any of my environment. So I have to believe that God puts them there. I don’t believe in coincidences, only God incidents. I try to choose my character names that were used in the time and area of my books. I’ve read that authors put a little something of themselves into their characters. Maybe, but not into all their characters. My favorite character in the Caney Creek Series is Emmajean. I would love to be a person who could think and act somewhat as she does. 


From interview with Becky Jacoby, October 22, 2013

Q. What has no one asked that you would like to share?

A. No one has ever asked me about how to handle success. Even if you feel a calling to write for God and then become highly successful with thousands of books in print you may be tempted to be prideful of your own efforts. Remaining humble is a requirement of a servant of God. We must never become boastful of fame. I try to have the servant-attitude that Jesus had—he was most successful but remained humble (Phil. 2:5).



From interview with Kimberly Johnson, September 23, 2013

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you absolutely want to have with you?

A. Only three? Let me think here. Many people know I am uncomfortable in the dark. So…my Bible, lots of candles and matches, and lots of drinkable water. I’d love to have paper and pencil to write, but I decided water would be more important on the island.


From interview with Mary Hamilton, October 16, 2013

Q. What 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

A. I don’t enjoy being in elevators. I don’t like being in the dark—at least one light is left on in my house 24-7. In other words, I’m claustrophobic.

Q. Please describe yourself with three words.

A. Hopeful, enthusiastic, positive.