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Meeting someone who believes in your dreams makes everything seem possible. 

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Denise M. Baran-Unland is the author of the phantasmic BryonySeries.


This includes the vampire trilogy for young and new adults, the Adventures of Cornell Dyer chapter book series for grade school children and the Bertrand the Mouse series for young children.


Baran-Unland has six adult children, three adult stepchildren, seventeen total grandchildren, six godchildren, and four cats.


She is the co-founder of WriteOn Joliet and previously taught features writing for a homeschool coop, with the students' work published in the co-op magazine and The Herald-News in Joliet.

Baran-Unland blogs daily and is currently the features editor at The Herald-News.


To read her feature stories, visit


To buy her books, read her blog, and follow her on social media, visit


Rebekah Baran has a knack in learning technology very quickly and easily taught herself the basics of website design, formatting manuscripts for print books and eBooks, book cover design, and the basics of self-publishing.


Baran earned an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from Joliet Junior College in 2016 and has worked as a pastry chef, prep cook, and assistant sous chef in Will County restaurants.


She loves, baking, cooking, reading, researching new products, and all things pertaining to Asian culture.


Contact Baran at

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