Happy Autumnal Equinox!

As a Washingtonian transplanted in Texas, let’s just say this is my FAVORITE time of year (even though it will feel like summer for another month…it’s the promise of things to come when the season changes). There’s just something about a nip in the air and –yes, I’ll admit it–a Pumpkin Spiced Latte that make me feel like I’m getting a cozy hug from my heavenly Father 🙂 And the bonus? BOOTS!

‘Nuff said. Now then, let’s hear some good news, shall we? We have some excellent reviews that two of our writers wish to share.
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A Waltz for Amber by Kimberly Rose Johnson

A Waltz for Amber by Kimberly Rose Johnson

A Waltz for Amber by Kimberly Rose Johnson was reviewed on Goodreads this past week. The book releases Oct. 2, 2017.

Melissa Henderson rated it: Amazing!
Each story I read from this author is wonderful and special. The characters are brought to life through vivid descriptions and details. How would you handle seeing someone from your past and that person had hurt you deeply long ago? Could you forget and forgive? The main characters each have their own difficult issues from the past. Read this heartwarming story and find out what happens with these sweet people. I received a copy of this story from the author and this is my honest personal opinion.

Also, don’t miss this free eBook! A Christmas Surprise by Kimberly Rose Johnson is free until Tuesday. Originally published by Heartsong Presents. http://amzn.to/2vIDH74

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Pursuing Gold

Pursuing Gold
By Cynthia L. Simmons
Elk Lake Publishing
www.elklakepublishinginc.com
Synopsis: With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis. With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

Critique: Exceptionally well written by an author with a genuine flair for deftly created memorable characters, Pursuing Gold is a riveting and original Civil War era story by Cynthia L Simmons. Very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction & Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Pursuing Gold” is also available in a Kindle format ($4.99).
Additionally, this review will be archived on our Midwest Book Review website for the next five years at http://www.midwestbookreview.com

Author Cynthia L. Simmons

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Julie Cosgrove

Julie B. Cosgrove’s short story, The Highway Chair, just tied for first place in the inspirational genre in a Texas-wide contest. It will be published in a book along with the other 14 genre first place winners: Best Short Stories in Texas 2017.

Congratulations on this honor, Julie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra GlahnSandra Glahn 

Dr. Sandra Glahn was featured on Dallas Theological Seminary’s “The Table Podcast” talking about Christianity and the Arts. https://voice.dts.edu/tablepodcast/theology-and-the-arts/

Listen in at the link above!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H. L. Wegley recently learned that his Against All Enemies Series, books 1 and 2, Voice in the Wilderness and Voice of Freedom won Gold and Silver in the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Awards for Christian Thrillers.

What a wonderful double honor, Harry!

 

 

 

Angela Breidenbach, president of the Christian Authors Network, will be signing at the Romance Through History event at the Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT on Sep. 16th from 2-4pm. She’ll share the history behind the love stories in her newest release Second Chance Brides Collection as well as Blue Ribbon Brides, Lassoed by Marriage, and Captive Brides Collection releasing Oct. 1st. She will visit with genealogy and history enthusiasts and will have The Bucket List Dare available too.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Angela if you live in the Missoula area!

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Bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Ginny McCabe was recently honored with six awards at the Ohio’s Best Journalism awards ceremony, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the world-renowned Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, the Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest presented over 300 awards to journalists from across the state.

There were 315 awards announced out of more than 700 entries that were submitted for consideration.

McCabe’s awards were for her work in Journal-News, Reuters and Christian Market Magazine. The awards included a first-place award for “Best Arts Review” as well as second place awards for “Best Rock and Roll Feature Writing,” “Best News Writing” and “Best News Story,” “Best Arts Profile,” and “Best Arts Review.”

Ginny has spent decades covering topics like news, music, theater, arts and entertainment, business and faith-inspired themes. In addition to writing regularly for publication, Ginny’s books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and Standard Publishing. She serves on the board of directors, and as secretary, for the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also a member of Christian Author’s Network and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest is a statewide competition for the best in newspaper, magazine, television, radio, trade, digital, college and freelance journalism. Entrants submitted work from 2016. The Long Island Press Club served as judges for the contest. Entrants were not required to be members of SPJ.  For a complete list of winners, visit www.ohiospjawards.org.

Connect with Ginny McCabe on Twitter at @ginnymccabe, on Facebook @ginnymccabeauthor and at www.ginnymccabe.com.

 

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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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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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