About Nicole O’Dell

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Nicole O’Dell, finalist for the ACFW’s 2014 Editor-of-the-Year award, is the author of 24 books, founder of non-profit organization Choose NOW Ministries, and Publisher at Choose NOW Publishing. A national event speaker and founder of the Choose NOW Speaker team, member of the Speak-Up Speaker Team with Carol Kent and The Life of a Single Mom Speaker’s Bureau, Nicole is available for your upcoming events. 

The mother of six, including triplets(!), writes issue-driven fiction, like her popular Diamond Estates Series for teens and the upcoming Heartbeat on the Hill women’s fiction series, and non-fiction for teens like Girl Talk, based on the popular advice column she writes with her two daughters. Hot Buttons, O’Dell’s Focus-on-the-Family approved non-fiction series for parents, pre-empts peer pressure by helping parents tackle tough issues. The Powerline365 daily devotional is her latest passion for parents of teens. 

For more information on Nicole O’Dell or her books, or to schedule Nicole for a speaking event or interview, visit www.nicoleodell.com. Podcasts of Choose NOW Radio are available at www.chooseNOWradio.com.

The unofficial stuff:

Avoiding Life’s “Uh-Oh” Moments…

I think back to the moments before the tattoo guy started his work on me many years ago. I sure wish I’d had a website like this or a resource like Scenarios for Girls  books or Teen Talk Radio to remind me of how important and…um…permanent some choices are. I have a passion for helping teens prepare for the toughest decisions—things even more important than tattoos. I believe in confronting things head on rather than waiting until  the peer pressure hits. My books, my speaking events and this website deal with tough issues, so be sure to check with your parents about the books you’re reading and let them know you’re here.

Curious about what some other people have said about my books?

“It’s evident that Nicole is a rare author. She has a tender heart for teenage girls and has poured that care into her stories. May her tribe increase! And may her books lead many readers to make wise choices.” …Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller Series and the Katie Weldon Series


“Scenarios for Girls is a fast-paced series that allows you, the reader, to step into the shoes of a girl on the verge of making a tough choice. Like a Choose Your Own Adventure, except here you’re making important life decisions that affect every teen. You’ll be holding your breath as you live out the challenges on the pages to see where they take you.” Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of So Not Happening and the Katie Parker Production series

While you’re here, be sure to check out daily columns for teens and columns for parents and youth workers brought to you by some of your favorite authors and speakers.

Above all, I LOVE hearing from readers and parents. You can reach me through my contact page or email me directly. And, definitely connect with me on Facebook and Twitter! Finally, if you’re in need of a speaker for an upcoming event, contact me!

God bless,

Nicole O’Dell

Check out all the books I’ve written over at Amazon.

Hot buttons, 30 day challenge, sexuality, peer pressure, eating disorders, bullying, bullies, self esteem, self image, teen dating, teen drug use, parenting teensHot Buttons: 30-Day Challenge, Choose NOW Publishing, 9/1/13

Hot Buttons: Dating Edition, Kregel Publications, 6/1/12

Hot Buttons: Internet Edition, Kregel Publications, 6/1/12

Hot Buttons: Sexuality Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/26/12

Hot Buttons: Drug Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/21/12

Hot Buttons: Image Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/13/13

Hot Buttons: Bullying Edition, Kregel Publications, 9/13/13

Understudy, Drama Ensues One, 10/1/14, Choose NOW Publishing

The Shadowed Onyx, Book Three of the Diamond Estate series, 12/1/12, Barbour

The Embittered Ruby, Book Two of the Diamond Estates series, 4/1/2011, Barbour

The Wishing Pearl, Book One of the Diamond Estates series, 10/1/2011, Barbour

Girl Talk Q&A, Barbour Publishing, Feb 2012

Girl Talk: A Journal for Life’s Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens, Barbour, June 2014

Girl Talk, Barbour Publishing, May 2011

Dare to Be Different:2 Interactive Stories in 1, 4/1/11
Risky Business: 2 Interactive Stories in 1, 4/1/11
Swept Away: 2 Interactive Stories in 1, 4/1/11

(Barbour Publishing)

Rainbow’s End, Barbour, 5/1/12

Truth or Dare, 8/1/09
All that Glitters, 8/1/09
Magna, 4/1/10
Making Waves, 4/1/10

(Barbour Publishing)

Contributed more than 200 devotional writings to:

Thrive! (Barbour, 2011)
To Love and To Cherish, (Barbour, 2009)
Whispers of Wisdom for Busy Moms , (Barbour, 2008)
Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms, (Barbour, 2008)
Whispers of Wisdom for Mothers of Preschoolers , (Barbour,08)
Whispers of Wisdom for Young Women, (Barbour, 2008)
Whispers of Wisdom for Girls, (Barbour, 2008)
A short story for susiemagazine.com, appearing December, 2009
A parenting column for Focus on the Family Magazine, March, 2010.
Choices! Newsletter Teen Talk Radio

Also a regular blogging contributor to www.CWAHM.com (Christian Work at Home Moms) and Crosswalk.

I’m represented by literary agent Steve Laube.

If you are in need of an event speaker, please contact me HERE.

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