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J.L. Callison

Author & Speaker


Kidnapped and flown to a remote lodge in upstate Maine, high school seniors Jed Romson and Elizabeth Sitton are stranded when their kidnapper crashes on takeoff.

With thirty-five miles between them and the nearest hunting lodge, Jed knows it is up to him to care for a homesick city girl until someone finds them. Is he up to the task? “Call me if you need anything,” he says. Jed shook his head. This was going to be interesting. Not only did he have to babysit a tenderfoot, he had to listen to her, too.

Elizabeth, a city girl, has never been away from home, especially out in the wilderness with no amenities. Can she learn to cook on a wood stove or over an open fire? And what about wild animals? Wolves? Bears? Coyotes? Lizzie dropped into a deerskin-bound chair and buried her face in her hands. “I don’t think I can do this, Jed. I’m not cut out to be a Swiss Family Robinson character. I’m not an outdoorsy type of girl. This is all well and good for you, but you grew up with this stuff. I don’t have any idea what I’m doing."

Left with no clues, what will Detective Sarah Summers do to find the missing teens?


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Rotund Roland

Mocked and bullied for his large size by students and teachers alike, Roland Henderson was friendless and suicidal. It was not until his high school chorus teacher and a beautiful young lady stood up for him that his life began to change.

Watch as Mr. Carlson’s encouragement and Connie’s love spark a metamorphosis that changes Roland from recluse to social magnet.

From size-shaming to racial tensions, Rotund Roland deals with challenges students face.

Watch the gospel story unfold through the eyes of an outsider, a family friend, but not a disciple. Travel along as his donkeys become an integral part of the narrative. Be there as Joseph and Mary are betrothed, and then feel with Joseph the angst of what he thinks is betrayal. Join in on the escape to Egypt, be part of the search for the missing child in Jerusalem, have a front row seat at the marriage at Cana, hear Jesus tell Lazarus to come out of the tomb, and experience the anguish of the crucifixion and the joy of the resurrection.

This true-to-life retelling of the story is Scripturally, historically, and culturally accurate and will give the flavor of the events as you’ve never experienced them before.



J.L. Callison was an early and voracious reader. He even read volumes A-H of the World Book Encyclopedia when in the third grade!

Service to others has been a theme of his adult life. He has served in youth work through his church and in other capacities as opportunities were available. He has also served in jail and rescue mission ministries, in food pantries, and with the local police department through the Aurora Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Having studied for the ministry, he has put his training to use in a lay capacity.

After a varied career in retail, recycling, sales, and transportation, Callison fulfilled a life-long dream of writing. He followed Louis L’Amour’s adage in that he considers himself along the lines of the old-time storytellers more than as a writer. His first novel, Stranded at Romson’s Lodge (Morgan James 2016), was received with very good reviews. His second work, My Donkey and the Master, is a novelette that released in April 2018.

Callison lives in Aurora, IL with his wife of 40+ years. They have five grown children and seven grandchildren of whom he is inordinately proud.


What others have to say about Rotund


“To stand up for someone bullied is to learn to stand up for yourself.  Within this powerful book you will find the courage to know you are always enough”. 

Tom Dutta (bullied as a kid)

Author: The Quiet Warrior


Executive Coach,
#1 International Best Selling Author, Exec Producer “The Quiet Warrior Show”  and proud anti-bullying advocate

"A page turner for sure!  Well written, touching and empowering!"



Peggy Duke-Lindgren
Author: The Boy Next Door

Well-written, insightful, moving, and captivating.”

Larry Haney

Author: Every Mile, Tell Me a Story Grampy, and

Mama Said

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