The Dandelion Patch

The Dandelion Patch

MaryAnn Diorio has learned that her latest children’s picture book, The Dandelion Patch, has won the designation of “Best Book in the Category of Juvenile Fiction” in the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards Contest. She gives God all the glory for this award saying, “It is He Who called me to write and He Who has sustained me throughout the years. Praise the Lord! The book deals with the topic of Eminent Domain and is available through Amazon. 

Congratulations, MaryAnn! What a wonderful achievement!

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Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser

Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser

Kathleen Rouser has won the 2017 Bookvana Award in the religious fiction category for her debut novel, Rumors and Promises. The sequel,Secrets and Wishes will release on October 2nd.

We are super excited for you, Kathleen!

What an honor for your debut novel 🙂

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Author Jane S. Daly

Author Jane S. Daly

Jane S Daly recently attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s (OCW) annual summer conference. Each year, OCW encourages writers to submit their work for the annual Cascade Awards. The submissions are narrowed down into three finalists in the twenty-two categories. She was honored to receive an award in unpublished contemporary fiction for The Girl in the Cardboard Box, and for published nonfiction, The Caregiving Season.

Congratulations, Jane!

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Linda Evans Shepherd

Linda Evans Shepherd * When You Don’t Know What to Pray * Pray into your Breakthrough * Faith Lift

Baker Revell author, Linda Evans Shepherd, was named Writer of the Year by the 34th annual Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s conference, not only for her many bestselling books, but because as Marlene Bagnull the conference director explained, “No other author has done more for ministering to and connecting Christian women authors as has Linda.  She brought the Christian women authors together through the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.”

Linda also receive an Excellence in Editing Award from the The Christian Editor Connection at the SoCal Christian Writer’s Conference for Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles, edited by Vicki Crumpton (in-house editor), published by Baker Revell.

Linda also recently appeared on the cover of Today’s Christian Living. Linda’s latest book is Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles.  You can read the article at:  GotToPray.com

Wonderful accomplishments, Linda!

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Check out this interview with Karen Whiting on the Homekeepers TV Show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-2sKBvEjWs She talkes with host Arthalene Rippy about instilling faith in children and her book 52 Devotions for Families.

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A Heart’s Gift by our Can author, Lena Nelson Dooley, won the the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice (formerly the Inspirational Christian Reader’s Choice) Award for Long Historical.

Here’s a review of the book: A Heart's Gift by Lena Nelson Dooley

Romance is the name of the game. This book delivers what we all want more romance and excitement in our life. I am very well pleased with this book. This book had me unwilling to put it down until I turned the last page as I was so enthralled with the plot. The author knows how to deliver the good in this romance novel. Would I recommend this book to other people? Yes I would. I absolutely think this is great book. All opinions are my own and they are not influenced by anyone. By Crowlady

(This review is the latest on Amazon.)

Congrats on your win, Lena!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Gift of Bread by Karen Whiting

There is so much I adored about this book and the author. This author has a passion for making and sharing bread that reflects her heart and faith. The author explains the threefold purpose of bread, “Sustenance that meets the need for nourishment, fellowship found in breaking bread together, and our covenant relationship with God.”

The author describes her feelings about bread, “…when the inviting aroma of bread fills the air, it beckons people to sit and enjoy a relaxing time at the table. Nothing seems to warm hearts and open conversation as well as fresh-baked bread…. “For me, faith and bread will always be linked together. Bread has always been a passion for my family and me. My grandmothers and mother taught me to bake bread, I, in turn, passed on my joy of bread making to my five children.”

Sprinkled throughout the book are Food for Thought segments that make the reader think. Each chapter has a “Lovin from the Lord” that talks about a Bible verse and story related to subject being discussed; followed by a bread recipe. At the end of every chapter is a “Leaves with a morsel of bread” like this one “Give Jesus, The Bread of Life, a Special Place in your Heart.” Again, this sentence/quote/verse reflects the chapter discussion.

There is so much I adored about this book and the author. This author has a passion for making and sharing bread that reflects her heart and faith. The author explains the threefold purpose of bread, “Sustenance that meets the need for nourishment, fellowship found in breaking bread together, and our covenant relationship with God.”

The author describes her feelings about bread, “…when the inviting aroma of bread fills the air, it beckons people to sit and enjoy a relaxing time at the table. Nothing seems to warm hearts and open conversation as well as fresh-baked bread…. “For me, faith and bread will always be linked together. Bread has always been a passion for my family and me. My grandmothers and mother taught me to bake bread, I, in turn, passed on my joy of bread making to my five children.”

Sprinkled throughout the book are Food for Thought segments that make the reader think. Each chapter has a “Lovin from the Lord” that talks about a Bible verse and story related to subject being discussed; followed by a bread recipe. At the end of every chapter is a “Leaves with a morsel of bread” like this one “Give Jesus, The Bread of Life, a Special Place in your Heart.” Again, this sentence/quote/verse reflects the chapter discussion.

This author encourages and feeds the readers body and soul. I liked that the author included semi-homemade recipes which gave ideas for entertaining unexpected guests. The four recipes I tried were easy to make, had easy to find ingredients, instructions and my family loved them. I was thrilled the bread recipes turned out to look lovely and taste great. It was a win win for me. The ones I tried are Honey-of-an-egg Whole Wheat Bread, Sally Lunn Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Judy’s Zucchini Bread. I can’t wait to try more. I was so surprised that every recipe worked without a bread machine and there was no long extensive kneading process required to make them.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to share the gift of bread and have the bread of life honored in your home, at the dinner table, and in your heart.

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A Small Town Kind of Love

A three book novella collection by Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin

Review by Trixi Oberembt

Plainsong: While going to a baseball game with her friends, Michelle Morris meets Joe Knight on a chance encounter. Their whirl-wind romance is straight out of a fairy tale, but will it fizzle when reality invades?

He seems to hide behind his insecurities by his gregarious and outgoing personality. She thrives on order and her feet planted firmly under her. They both have a lot to learn if they’re going to make a go of the relationship. I really enjoyed knowing they both have a strong faith in God and rely on Him to make a way, and how they grew when they began to give full control to Him. A sweet romance featuring two people struggling with real life issues and finding their way with God’s help.

Hidden Dreams: Fleeing her hometown in NYC after learning the mob killed her father, Marabelle, aka Mary Anne, runs into Wallace Tuttle in Maple Notch,VA…literally! His family graciously takes her into their home and she quickly finds security & comfort under their roof. The longer she stays, the more she doesn’t want to leave. Can this be God’s plan for her life?

I liked getting to know Wallace and his family. They are warm-hearted people who have a lot of love to give. Mary Anne is a quick learner and soon finds herself helping Wallace with the wildlife book he’s commissioned to write. They both have the shared pain of losing their parents and begin to help each other overcome grief. Finding comfort in God, His word and each other, they eventually fall in love as in any good romance book. I enjoyed the journey they took to get there. This one has a touch of suspense at the end when the mob catches up to Mary Anne. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what will happen! I enjoyed this story of faith, family, shared interests, and falling in love.

To Riches Again: Elyssa travels on the Orphan Train helping deliver the children to their adopted parents along the rail line. Farm owner and single man Bill Ward is one of those who wish to adopt a sister and brother, Ian and Bridget. Having nothing to go back to, Elyssa longs for something more and Bill has been praying for a wife and mother for his new children. Perhaps God has answered their prayers already!

This was my favorite story in the collection! I love reading about the Orphan trains and watching as new families unfolded and forged strong bonds. Ian and Bridget were a delight to get to know and added their own bubbly personality and charm. This was a quick short story but it didn’t lack depth to me. Watching as Elyssa and Bill fall in love in almost a marriage-of-convenience type theme satisfied my romantic heart. They find their strength in God and their faith sustains them in hard times. I really enjoyed watching this story unfold & family bonds form between strangers.

 

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Snow on Bald Mountain

Snow on Bald Mountain

Snow on Bald Mountain by Linda Wood Rondeau with Elk Lake Publishing released Aug. 2017. This novelette is a sequel to the critically acclaimed, Miracle on Maple Street. Ryan McDougal’s wife informs him she’s pregnant. To find better housing, he accepts a job as a caretaker for an eccentric, elderly woman. He wonders why she never leaves her home and seems fixated on three mysterious photographs that line her mantel. But pregnancy complications arise, Ryan finds himself on his knees one more time. Available now in print. Ebook to follow soon. For review contact Linda Wood Rondeau lindarondeau@gmail.com.

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Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer is teaching a writer’s workshop September 9 for the Colorado Springs, Colo., ACFW chapter. Workshop title: “Writing the Novella” or (How to Cram Your Whole Story into a Quarter of the Space You Really Want)

On September 16, Davalynn is speaking at Christian Family Fellowship in Canon City, Colorado. Topic: “Do All Things Really Work Together?” A book-signing follows.

 

 

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Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma

by Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar, Barbour Publishing, released Sep. 2017.

My Heart belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma

My Heart belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma

Available in e-book and traditional print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection

Captive Brides Romance Collection featuring CAN authors Angela Breidenbach and Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin is excited to share part of her review of Captive Brides

Preview Book Review from Deanne Patterson regarding her novella, His Golden Treasure. “I think this is the best Darlene Franklin story I have ever read.”

The Captive Brides Collection releases Oct. 1, 2017. Love Brings Freedom in 9 Historical Romances: Journey along as nine historical women are about to make their escape from some of life’s greatest challenges. Can their captive hearts be freed to dream, to dare, to love?

His Indentured Bride by Angela Breidenbach – Pennsylvania, 1774-1776
Leaving Scotland for a short indenture with her betrothed, Maire Greer’s contract is sold when disaster strikes her kindly owner, and then extended through cruel circumstances. Can Kirk Lachlan’s service in the American Revolution save her or will she lose love and freedom forever?

His Golden Treasure by Darlene Franklin – San Francisco, 1873
Goldie Hatfield grows up on the Barbary Coast until her guardian demands she pay the cost of her upbringing—or work at her brothel. How far will Pastor Joshua Kerr go to set Goldie free?

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Christine Lindsay, Topics: Empowering Women * Healing from Heartache * Writers' Workshop Presenter *

Christine Lindsay (Canada), Topics: Empowering Women * Healing from Heartache * Writers’ Workshop Presenter *

Congratulations to multi-award-winning Christine Lindsay on winning First Place

Sophie's Bridge by Christine Lindsay

Sophie’s Bridge by Christine Lindsay

in the Readers’ Choice Award for her historical romance Sofi’s Bridge

Christine’s latest romance is set in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State and focuses on the topic of grief. This is the second award that Christine has won this year alone. Her non-fiction memoir Finding Sarah Finding Me won Canada’s 2017 The Word Guild Award and was a finalist in the Selah Awards for life story.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Craig von Buseck, Topics: Transforming Culture * Making Jesus Real * Excellence, Creativity and Spiritual Christianity *

Dr. Craig von Buseck

Craig von Buseck has taken a position as a Senior Writer with Inspiration Ministries near Charlotte, NC, which is the parent company of INSP TV. Craig will be helping to produce articles and courses for Internet evangelism and discipleship. He will be involved in other writing projects as needed. Craig hopes to expand the articles and courses available on the Inspiration Ministries websites to include outside writers. He will make announcements as opportunities come available. You can reach Craig at craigvonbuseck@gmail.com.

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Heather L.L. Fitzgerald

Heather L.L. Fitzgerald

Heather FitzGerald is excited and honored to be a double finalist at the OCW Cascade Awards in the Speculative Fiction category. Her first two books, The Tethered World and The Flaming Sword are in the running. Winners will be announced this Thursday, August 17th, in Portland, Oregon. Heather’s husband surprised her with the gift of a plane ticket so she could be there in person (from Texas)! ***This just in…The Flaming Sword won in the Speculative Fiction category! 

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