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After a short career in elementary education, Deeanne Gist retired to raise her four children. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she ran a home accessory and antique business, became a member of the press, wrote freelance journalism for national publications such as People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel, and acted as CFO for her husband’s small engineering firm--all from the comforts of home.

Squeezed betwixt-and-between all this, she read romance novels by the truckload and even wrote a couple of her own. While those unpublished manuscripts rested on the shelf, she founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products that would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities.

After a few short months of running her publishing company, Gist quickly discovered being a "corporate executive" was not where her gifts and talents lie. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.

Eight months later, she sold A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers. Since that debut, her very original, very fun novels have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere.  Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, four RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.

Her latest releases, Maid To Match , Love on the Line, and It Happened at the Fair are now available.

Gist lives in Texas with her husband of thirty years and their border collie. They have four grown children. Click here to find out the most up-to-the-minute news about Dee.

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Author's Schedule



EVENT: Barbara Vey's Reader Appreiciation Luncheon
LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI
DATE:  Friday & Saturday, April 25-26, 2014
TIME:  6:30 pm (Fri) through 4:00 pm (Sat)

Keynote - NY Times Bestselling Author: DEBBIE MACOMBER

Join Dee, Debbie Macomber, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Eloisa James, and 50 other authors for a delightful luncheon filled with fun, gift bags full of books and door prizes, raffles, gift cards, and book signings. If Dee's table is full, don't despair! There are Friday night and pre-luncheon mingle events that Dee will be participating in and plenty of other authors to sit with for lunch. You can sign up for General Seating, but hurry because tickets are almost sold out!

The schedule will be:


This starts at 6:30 pm and will be a meet-and-greet with early arriving authors (including Dee). There will also be a Q&A session.


At 1:00 (one hour before lunch begins), you will have an opportunity to mingle with all attending authors (including Dee).


Each table will have an author. You will eat lunch with that author and we will all enjoy Debbie Macomber's keynote speech. There will goody bags, door prizes, and a $5 gift certificate to use at the Barnes & Noble booksigning.


Immediately after lunch, there will be a book signing sponsored by Barnes & Noble so that you can get Dee and any attending author (Debbie! Susan! Eloisa! And more!) to sign. There will also be opportunities to win raffle baskets. 

Details are here. Registration is here.


EVENT: RT Booklovers Convention Presentation
LOCATION: New Orleans, LA
DATE:  Friday, May 16, 2014
TIME:  2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

THE MAKING OF A BOOK COVER: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Bestselling, award-winning author Deeanne Gist pairs up with cover model Scott Nova (winner of 2013 Hot Mohave Knights model competition) and Kim Killion, Art Director of The Killion Group, to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how book covers are made. Find out where they get their ideas, who has the last say and which covers were rejected as too awful to contemplate 

At the end of the presentation, one lucky member of the audience will get to participate in a mock cover-photo-shoot with Scott while the audience watches!

You must be registered for the RT Booklovers Convention to attend. This reader convention runs from May 13 - 18th and will be held in the Marriott hotel on Canal Street in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. So sign up today!


EVENT: RT Booklovers Convention Book Signing
LOCATION: New Orleans, LA
DATE:  Saturday, May 17, 2014
TIME:  10:30 am - 2:00 pm


Join Dee and 599+ other authors for this GIANT book signing. This is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (you don't have to be registered for the convention to attend). It will take place at the Marriott hotel on Canal Street in the historic French Quarter. 

To see what authors are attending, click here. For location and other details, click here.


EVENT: RWA "Readers For Life" Literacy Autographing
LOCATION: San Antonio, TX
DATE:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014
TIME:  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Here is another chance for a FREE booksigning which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It will take place at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in the 3rd Floor ballroom. 

Since this is a fundraiser event for Pro-Literacy, organizers will not allow attendees to bring books from home to the event. Plan to purchase books on-site. (Dee will, however, have some book plates with her that she will sign for you if you had to leave your books at home!)

They will accept cash and major credit cards. A full list of authors will be posted at RWA's website in May 2014. Meanwhile, you can click here for more details. For questions, contact




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Favorite Things:

Anything chocolate

Peppermint Mocha, extra mocha

Shackles, by


Female Song Artist
Janna Long

Male Song Artist
Michael McDonald

Sound of Music

TV Show
The Wonder Years

To Kill A Mockingbird

Years, by
LaVyrle Spencer


Bible Study
A Heart Like His,
by Beth Moore

Norway in the summer

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