BARBARA LYNN-VANNOY began as a freelance greeting card writer for Blue Mountain Arts at age 18 and continued writing inspirational, free verse poetry for the publisher for twelve more years. Her first poetry byline appeared above Einstein’s in an anthology; no one could explain this phenomenon, especially Einstein. Barb’s work has also appeared in Hopscotch for Girls and The Quiet Hour. She is an award-winning educator of twenty-three years, nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award, Colorado Teacher Award, and the recipient of “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” and Colorado KCNC “Teacher Who Makes a Difference.”
Barb earned her way through college by writing and performing in a band and summer stock theater. She was a worship leader and longtime single parent to Katie before meeting her two bonus daughters, Emmy and Ali, and her husband, Steve, New York Times best-selling author of the parenting book, The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children. Together they support his non-profit, The 10 Greatest Gifts Project.ORG. Its mission is building healthy, vibrant families. Barb and Steve perform on cruise ships with their band, Postcard Note. Their music video, “Three Hearts Dancing,” is available on YouTube. Barb’s passions include European travel, avoiding library fines, and piling books on her nightstand. She lives in Colorado with Steve, their Yorkie named Button, and 842 Barbie dolls.
Summerlin Conner is a mom, Registered Nurse, and author. Summerlin’s first book was the single mom memoir, The Three of