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Join authors and readers at the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous on November 17, 2023, in St. Louis to celebrate stories and enjoy encouraging fellowship. Get to know participating authors Elly Gilbert, Janine Rosche, Lorri Dudley, and Sarah Hanks, and find out what they’re reading!

Meet Rendezvous authors Elly Gilbert, Janine Rosche, Lorri Dudley, and Sarah Hanks

Elly Gilbert

Elly Gilbert lives in central Kentucky with her husband, daughter, and twin sons. A lifelong bookworm, she finds joy in reading and writing inspirational fiction and devotions for adults and teens. When she’s away from her desk, you can find her scoping out the nearest nacho joint with her family or snuggled up with her rescue dogs, Gus and Charli. She adores leopard print, never turns down dessert, and believes that when it comes to earrings, bigger is always better.

You can learn more about Elly and her books on her website at

Genres: Amish Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Featured title: Under the Blue Skies

Currently reading: Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other by Bethany Turner

Janine RoscheProne to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her novels. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades. WITH EVERY MEMORY is available now.

You can learn more about Janine and her books on her website at

Genres: General Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Featured title: With Every Memory

Currently reading: The Starlet Spy by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Lorri DudleyLorri Dudley believes romance should be an escape from everyday life, leading to an understanding of the human condition and how God views us. Like her heroines, readers aren’t static creatures. They can discover aspects of themselves through empathizing with characters’ comical mishaps and dramatic misunderstandings. She writes fallible characters made whole again by a merciful creator, reminding us of the hope for the same.

Lorri has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s in Psychology. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows an escape from her testosterone-filled household.

You can learn more about Lorri and her books on her website at

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance

Featured title: The Duke’s Refuge

Currently reading: The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah Ladd

Sarah HanksSarah Hanks is an award-winning author of Christian fiction in both the contemporary and historical genres. She and her husband have nine children, a couple of whom seem to have inherited their mother’s love for playing with words and crafting stories. Though Sarah dreams of a cabin by the beach, the family lives in beautiful chaos near St. Louis, Missouri. She buys earplugs in bulk.

You can learn more about Sarah and her books on her website at

Genres: General Fiction, Dual or Multiple Timeline Fiction

Featured title: Fall Back and Find Me

Currently reading: The Happy Life of Isadora Bentley by Courtney Walsh


(1) winner will be gifted a JustRead Rendezvous reader registration (including the Thursday night meet + greet / Christy Award watch party) from author Janine Rosche!

Rendezvous Reader Gift Giveaway

The giveaway begins at midnight August 18, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 25, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to JustRead Publicity Tours Giveaway Policies.

JustRead Rendezvous Reader Registration Giveaway

Learn more about JustRead Rendezvous… why (About page), what, where (Event page), who, and how (Authors page or Readers page). We’d love to have you join us and/or support the event (Sponsorship and Promotional Opportunities page).

Have you read title(s) by these authors? Tell us what your favorites are and which titles you’re adding to your tbr!