Featured Author: Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a nationally-certified counselor (NCC) and the founder and president of Heart and Solutions, LLC, a Strength Based Counseling Agency located in Iowa. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Behavioral Health Leadership so that she can utilize qualitative research to revolutionize the mental health care field.
Julie is a proud member of the American Counselor Association (ACA) and the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA).
Iowa residents can check out Julie’s counseling agency, Heart and Solutions, LLC at www.heartandsolutions.net or call us at (800) 531-4236!
Julie additionally founded a 501(c)(3) non profit organization on a mission to raise money to temporarily house pets displaced by domestic violence. Check out Julie’s 501(c)(3) non profit organization DV Pet Solutions at www.facebook.com/dvpetsolutions

Bio of the story:

Breathing Through The Year: A Child’s Guide to Holiday-Themed Breathing Techniques is a colorful step by step guide through 12 unique breathing techniques.  These breathing techniques embody some of our favorite holidays making them easy to remember and fun for children of all ages!  Children and parents can follow these step by step activities to calm down when frustrated or angry, to relax before bed and to spend quality time together giggling and practicing this healthy coping skill!

Breathing Through the Year: A Child’s Guide to Holiday-Themed Breathing Techniques is available in print here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/heartandstories/shop/?ref=page_internal

Breathing Through the Year is available for Kindle here: https://www.amazon.com/Breathing-Through-Year-Holiday-Themed-Techniques-ebook/dp/B086R6XXGL/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=breathing+through+the+year+julie+johnson&qid=1588104161&sr=8-1

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Count down to exciment at Capital Square

Eleven days to go until you can meet Iowa authors and get to know their stories both in print and in person. Find out what they are working on for your future reading pleasure.

Note the variety of stories offered; this is a small sample of the treasures that Iowa writers and authors have in their minds.

Over the last three or four years, I have met or read several young author writings and you need to look for them as they will amaze you with their talent for telling their stories in print.

Some of the books are available in audio, for the authors attending this year’s event, just ask.

If you do buy a book or two or three please write an honest review for their book. Your review will inspire them to write more. Maybe a sequel or two.

Again, come downtown to the Capital Square Atrium ,401 Locust street, September 15th,9 to 3, to meet Iowa Authors and have some fun. Maybe you will be inspired?

This Wednesday listen to Larry’s and others interview on KFMG 98.9FM with John Busbee



Iowa Author Fest 2018 Authors, Artists

Books may be purchased from individual authors

Art work may be purchased from individual Artist

RICKY DRAGONI http://www.rickydragoni.com

I’m originally from Puerto Rico but have spent half of my life in Iowa. My favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My books are based on reality but sprinkled with a good dose of faerie dust. I hope my books can be entertaining but also thought provoking.

Taryn McAdam enjoys working with children and letting her creative talent shine. Face painting is a perfect fit for her. She has loved doing it for seven years at festivals, birthday parties, or other family oriented events. Taryn is a Des Moines native but now resides in Minneapolis. She can be enticed to come back to Des Moines for a booked occasion.
J.C. HAMM  hamboart.jc@gmail.com

Emerging from the dark world of drugs, abuse, and  domestic violence, Because of Me, is a story about starting over and the lessons learned from past mistakes. Her second novel is  ‘Life Beneath the Willow’.

LARRY STUMBO b2013k@outlook.com

Larry became interested in his family history, when his uncle and a distance cousin started gathering together family history. Larry was lucky enough to receive some of this history from both sides of his family with one special contribution of his Great-grandmother’s poems, photos and history from his grandfather. His second novel  ‘Experience of a New Soldier’.

NAN Mc ADAM  njmcadam@mchsi.com

Nan McAdam is author of Surviving the Stress of your parents’ old age.  She writes two blogs, one on self improvement, and another one on elder care.  She embraced being a caregiver and met the challenge head on.  It has been one of the most rewarding careers of her life; to help others navigate the experience of old age

SUE RAYMOND authorsueraymond@gmail.com

Lady Laindora dwells in the imagination of author  Sue Raymond. There many tales are spun of adventure with dragons, wizards, knights, and  spells. Lady Laindora’s  novels are Healer of Surflex and Will-O Wisp. Sue writes a crime  murder mystery DeBois series, drama Resin La Rock and  thriller Window Pane. Five children books loom in the future.

ALEX MILLER miller.alex@gmail.com

A.C. Miller’s debut YA Dystopian novel, Nimbus, was released in late 2017 to commercial success, or at least that’s how his parents made him feel. He’s currently working on the sequel entitled Halcyon, which will be the second installment in The Perfect Circle Trilogy.

DR. JEAN WOLF drjeanwolf.com

Jean Wolf has a Masters of Arts in Nursing from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Iowa State University. She spent over 30 years as a nurse educator at Grand View University. Her historical novel series Billy Love’s Wolfpack, Billy Love’s Forsaken Children and coming soon, Billy Love’s Secret Crusaders are a labor of love.

TERESA HOLMGREN windyhillt@aol.com

Teresa Holmgren refers to herself as “the happiest woman on the planet.” She is a long-suffering left-handed retired teacher and has a tall blonde husband. Teresa has raised five fiercely creative children, two of whom are amateur pyromaniacs. She has arachibutyrophobia, which has nothing to do with spiders.

ANDY DOUGLAS andy.c.douglas@gmail.com

Andy Douglas’ memoir, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga, describes the author’s transformative journey of contemplative practice, spanning several decades and the continent of Asia. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, where he was the recipient of the Marcus Bach Fellowship for Writing about Religion and Culture. .



As a teen, Marci Boudreaux skipped over YA books and jumped right into romance. She never left. While Marci has written suspense, paranormal, and other fiction, she always finds her way back to sweeter books. Marci lives in central Iowa with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and a houseful of rescue animals.

DAVID FURNEAUX funox49@gmail.com

David Furneaux is a first time author. He’s a veteran who’s had careers in association management, human resources and business development. He’s a recovering history major who spent over five years developing Numbland Security, a national security romance series. Yes, some think that’s an oxymoron. You be the judge.

KARLA WRIGHT Karla@WrightSources.com

Karla enjoys family, Iowa and American history.  Her genealogy research uncovered the intriguing stories of the Ankeny family and the prominent roles they played in Iowa history.  “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter” is historical fiction.  Karla is a member of DAR and various heritage societies.

KATHRYN DAUGHERTY  kathryndaugherty60@gmail.com

Since publishing my women’s contemporary novel A Case of Hearts in the fall of 2013, I’ve had incredible experiences. Being able to talk to groups at libraries, community centers, women’s meetings, and conferences. I’ve attended many craft and vendor shows. I’ve enjoyed meeting many readers and writers on this journey. Publishing my first novel had been a dream come.

JORDYN MERYL meryljordyn@gmail.com

Crossing many genres, Jordyn Meryl spins chronicles of romance,  paranormal  and  fantasy, for they are stories worth telling, even at the risk of  revealing true feelings.


A former elementary librarian, Connie, has been a devoted advocate for children’s literacy.  Her love of sharing stories with children culminated with the publication of her first book, “A Friend Named William”, written for the youngest reader.  She’s following up with “The Long Walk” which will be released fall 2018.

HOLLY  WELCH holly.welch@gmail.com

Holly grew up in West Des Moines, daughter of popular author Henry Gregor Felsen. After retiring from teaching in 2006, Holly republished the 6 car books, answering the requests from many fans. She also reinvented herself as a professional photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, publisher, private investigator. and swan advocate.

Iowa Author Fest 2018

Hello authors and artist we still have a few spots open.

This year we will be inside out of the weather, no rain,wind or heat. Unloading and tear down will be out of the weather also, parking is also covered,more about these later.

We will have a tent at the Farmer’s Market the same day to help direct our readers to the venue at Capital Square.

So if you are interested contact me at: IaauFe@outlook.com for more information.

Thank you look forward to hearing from you.