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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sally D. John  

Pen Name: Sally John

Genre: Fiction Romance

Born: March 28, 1951 in Moline, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.sally-john.com
-- Sally D. John on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=sally+d.+john


Illinois Connection

John grew up in Moline, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sally John is a fiction writer. She is a teacher at writing conferences and a speaker to women's groups. She formally worked as a substitute teacher and middle-school reading teacher.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

In the Shadow of Love
ISBN: 0891079831

Crossway Books. 1998

Tori Jeffers and Erik Steed, the coach of her boys' Little League team, find themselves riding an emotional roller coaster between romance and reluctance. Should they move on, or is it just a matter of working through the rough spots?.

Surrender of the Heart
ISBN: 1581340478

Crossway Books. 1999

Unexpected romance begins with Kendall O'Reilly receiving a visit from the father of one of her fifth-grade students, a young, widowed minister named Jade Zukowski

After All These Years (The Other Way Home, Book 2)
ISBN: 0736920927

Harvest House Publishers. 2008

Popular fiction author Sally John's first series The Other Way Home (more than 65,000 copies sold) comes to life with a fresh, new cover for a new audience of readers.

In After All These Years, the second book of the series, Isabel Mendoza's past is just a memory...until Tony, her boyfriend from college days, arrives in Valley Oaks. Romantic sparks fly again, but Isabel is a Christian now. Can she share her love for Jesus with Tony while keeping her painful secret?

Meanwhile, Lia Neuman arrives in town as new owner of the pharmacy. Isabel befriends and welcomes Lia, but vandalism threatens the pharmacy and Lia's life. Officer Huntington, Valley Oaks' deputy sheriff, investigates the crimes against Lia, and love unlooked for, begins to bloom.

After All These Years demonstrates how God's redeeming grace can touch the past and bring healing to the present.

Flash Point (In a Heartbeat Series #2)
ISBN: 0736913149

Harvest House Publishers. 2004

Terri Schuman risks her life to save others on a daily basis. As a Chicago paramedic, she works round-the-clock shifts that are often filled with life-and-death moments. Yet she doesn't see herself as a heroine...just a woman dedicated to a job she loves. And after Lieutenant Gabe Andrews, a firefighter from another unit, manages to catch her attention, her dedication to him becomes just as intense.

But when a flash point of circumstances suddenly changes her life, Terri must come face-to-face with the fragile self-confidence she displays to the world. Suddenly unsure about Gabe and his feelings for her, will Terri turn to the One who sees behind the mask she wears and trust Him to heal her heart?

In a Heartbeat (In a Heartbeat Series #1)
ISBN: 0736911693

Harvest House Publishers. 2004

Miss Rachel Goldberg had no idea a knight in shining armor was about to enter her classroom. A Chicago firefighter was expected, an everyday city worker come to tell fourth graders all about his job in 30 minutes or less. But when Vic Koski lifts Rachel to demonstrate the firefighter's carry, she is--literally and figuratively--swept off her feet.

Love leads to a happy marriage and home for just the two of them, but after a few years Rachel's inner clock begins to tick. As months go by, her longing for a child becomes a consuming passion. Though Rachel tries not to question God's plan for her life, the answer she receives from Him is one she could not have anticipated.

Moment of Truth (In a Heartbeat Series #3)
ISBN: 0736913157

Harvest House Publishers. 2005

Before Cara Fleming became a detective for the Chicago Police Department, she lived in the shadowy depths of homelessness. Now, when her apartment is set ablaze in an attempt to stop one of her investigations, she plunges undercover into street life again to protect herself.

Bryan O'Shaugnessy, an Episcopal priest on the south side of Chicago, has a new project on his hands: the soup kitchen his church sponsors. Overworked, harried, and lonely, he finds himself surprisingly drawn to the new volunteer named Cara. Against this backdrop of hide-and-seek with criminals who will stop at nothing, Bryan unexpectedly meets the love of his life. Will he be able to convince Cara to accept the possibility of a home with him?

Castles in the Sand (The Beach House Series, Book 2)
ISBN: 0736913173

Harvest House Publishers. 2006

In Castles in the Sand, the follow up to the first book in The Beach House series, author Sally John explores themes of forgiveness and redemption.

When Susan and Drake Starr discover that their 20-year-old daughter Kenzie is pregnant, their lives are turned upside down. The news sends Drake, a pastor of a huge San Diego church, reeling--and he sends Kenzie packing. Susan finds herself caught in the middle. Does loving Drake mean cutting ties with her only child? What will this path mean for her daughter? For herself?

When Susan seeks the refuge of a beach house, a secret from her past resurfaces. This is a captivating story of how God's mercy is evident when our foundations crumble.

Just to See You Smile (The Other Way Home, Book 3)
ISBN: 0736920935

Harvest House Publishers. 2008

Popular fiction author Sally John's first series The Other Way Home (more than 65,000 copies sold) comes to life with a fresh, new cover for a new audience of readers.

In Just to See You Smile, the third book in series, teacher and coach Britte Olafsson finds herself drawn to the new principal who's an ex-Marine. His discipline toward life and in teaching matches her own, and when coaching dilemmas erupt, he strongly moves to support her. Despite past hurts and disappointments, Britte tentatively begins to open her heart to him.

Coach Anne Sutton and Alec, her husband of 17 years, lose sight of their love. Alec tries to find a way to win back the love and faith of Anne.

Just to See You Smile is a tender story about faithfulness, hope, the unconditional love of Jesus, and the true meaning and beauty of semper fidelis (always faithful).

The Winding Road Home (The Other Way Home, Book 4)
ISBN: 0736920943

Harvest House Publishers. 2008

Popular fiction author Sally John's first series The Other Way Home (more than 65,000 copies sold) comes to life with a fresh, new cover for a new audience of readers.

In A Winding Road Home, the fourth book of the series, two stories are beautifully woven together. Kate Kilpatrick has only one goal--a byline above the fold in a high profile newspaper. But Tanner Carlucci challenges her determination to put career above everything.

Adele Chandler gave up on love long ago. A single mom, her priorities are raising her teenage daughter and directing the community's nursing home. Then two men enter her life and change it forever. Sorting through new decisions and consequences, Adele is forced to look at her heart and wonder if love can bloom there again.

The Winding Road Home is an inspiring story about how God is a sure Guide through unplanned detours along life's way.


Speaking Engagements

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Contact her via Email - sallyjohnbook@aol.com or US Postal Service - Sally John c/o Harvest House Publishers 990 Owen Loop North Eugene, OR 97402