When I worked as a church secretary, the church sat on the edge of the city, surrounded mostly by ranches. You had to be looking for it to find it.  At the end of my work day, the pastor and I were the only ones on the property when we heard sirens. Then more sirens…then even more sirens. We stood at front portico and watched as cop cruisers zipped by, one after another, toward the highway. Pastor crossed his arms over his chest. “You better take the back road home. Sounds like a huge wreck.”

We prayed for whoever needed the police and I headed out, only to be flagged down a quarter of a mile away by a road block of seven cop cars. Two officers armed with rifles yelled as I lowered my window. “Go back, go back. Dangerous shooter on the loose.”

The man had shot a policeman who stopped him for outstanding warrants and decided to run instead of being arrested by the backup partners. Over 200 officers from the city, county, and surrounding towns descended on the area. We offered the church building as their command center for the manhunt.

Five hours later they caught him cowering behind a barn. Then, I could go home! Boy, were my cats glad to see me. I have the thumb to open their can of food.

So what does a writer do when the adrenaline ebbs? Include it in her WIP – a cozy mystery of course…  All experiences have a positive angle if you look for it.

And the novel releases today. The award-winning Bunco Biddies Mysteries series #3  Threes, Sixes &  Thieves.

 


Julie B Cosgrove is an award-winning, traditionally published author of fifteen books and a digital editor and writer with Cru Canada’s Power to Change internet ministry with a readership of over 6000,000 a month. Check out her books and ministry at www.juliebcosgrove.com

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The word on the street about Captive Brides Collection with Christian Authors Network members Angela Breidenbach and Darlene Franklin is great reviews for this Barbour Publishing book with 9 historical romance stories releasing tomorrow, Oct. 1st!

Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection

Captive Brides Romance Collection featuring Angela Breidenbach and Darlene Franklin

Review: The Captive Brides Collection is a wonderful selection of nine tales dealing with captivity. Captivity may be physical, mental or spiritual. It is anything that binds us against our will. The reader travels from America to Australia, from 1655 to the late nineteenth century. The stories have similar themes of injustice, prejudice, trust, redemption, new beginnings and second chances, and fighting for freedom.

Down the ages women (and men and children) have been exploited by the greedy and the grasping. However there are good men who will fight this injustice. Good old fashioned knights in shining armour.

A perfectly delightful collection. I have my favourite. Pick up a copy today and see which one you like best. — UK reader, Julia Wilson (Read the Full review)

 

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Linda Kozar

Linda Kozar, (TX) CAN Board Member

Word on the Street about Linda Kozar:

Congratulations to Linda Kozar for her new contract with DaySpring to write a 90-day devotional titled, “Sweet Tea For The Soul.” She completed the book in July. The gift-book quality devotional releases in January 8th, 2018 and will be sold wherever DaySpring items are sold, online as well.

 

 

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Word on the Street about Julie B. Cosgrove:

Congratulations Julie B. Cosgrove for winning with her short story, “The Highway Chair”, a tie for first place, in the Inspirational category for a Texas statewide contest of short stories. Her story is included in the collection of 2017 first place winners. $2 of each sale goes toward state funded literacy programs in Texas. http://books.txauthors.com/product-p/tass3.htm

2017 Texas Short Story Winner

2017 Texas Short Story Winner

 

 

 

 

 

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When Tides Turn

Word on the Street about Sarah Sundin’s latest World War II novel, When Tides Turn, was named to Booklist’s “Top 10 Romance Fiction” of 2017!

Booklist said, “Sundin’s latest inspiring tale of forbidden love, intrigue, and faith in the U.S. Navy during WWII pairs steely Dan Avery of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit with Tess Beaumont, a Boston shopgirl who joins the cause.”

The full list is available here: https://www.booklistonline.com/Top-10-Romance-Fiction-2017/pid=9083498

 

 

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Grace Fox, Topics: Life of Fearless Faith * A Woman Who Soars * Passport to Freedom *

Grace Fox (Canada), Topics: Life of Fearless Faith * A Woman Who Soars * Passport to Freedom *

Word on the Street is Grace Fox will speak at two weekend-long women’s retreats in British Columbia this month. In November, she’ll lead a women’s volunteer team to minister among HIV-infected orphans, abused women, and abandoned grannies in Romania.

http://www.qwanoes.ca/retreats/womens/

http://www.nlbc.bc.ca/calendar/26/36-Women-s-Weekend

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Important Questions for Seasoned Authors
by Judith Couchman

In the early stages of a writing life, every publishing opportunity thrills us. We accept almost anything we can authentically create, and hope for much more. We’re excited to exercise our writing gift, and sense we’re stepping in the impressions of God’s footsteps. Anything seems possible.

A decade or so later, if we’re still writing, we can effuse these same joys. Or not.

As circumstances morph, we do, too. When we explore and transform spiritually, we might uncover fresh ways of thinking and serving. Or we could lose enthusiasm for our publishing persona, subjects, and audience. At the same time, we keep trodding the same publishing path, although our interest might have waned or even flatlined. We don’t know how to change, muster the courage to change, or even realize we need to change.

However we feel about our publishing place, periodic checkups–maybe every five or ten years–can clarify purpose, direction, and enthusiasm. We could discover we’re satisfied with our writing path. Or we might pinpoint a few tweaks or major alterations for the future.

To evaluate, it helps to get away, get with God, and look with physical and spiritual eyes. These topics can help with this analysis. There are no right or wrong answers.

  1. Purpose. What was your original call from God and purpose for writing? Do you still resonate with this purpose? Why, or why not? Does your purpose need to change?
  2. Audience. Who was your original audience? Do you still serve that group? Why, or why not? Do you want to keep serving that readership? Why, or why not?
  3. Brand. What is your brand as a writer? Are you comfortable with this, or could it shift? In other words, are you comfortable in your skin as a writer? Your public image? Why, or why not?
  4. Success. How have you succeeded in fulfilling your publishing purpose? How do you feel about this?
  5. Failure. How have your writing endeavors failed in your eyes? How do you feel about that?
  6. God. Have you sensed God speaking to you about a new direction, topics, or audience for your writing? If so, what do you think He’s saying? Do you pray about your writing?
  7. Questions. Do you harbor nagging questions or disappointments about your writing life? What are they? How can you find answers and healing?
  8. Feeling. At a gut level and feeling–without input from anyone else–where do you want to take your writing? Why? What would this require?
  9. Improvement. Do you consciously work to improve your writing? How so, or why not? How can you commit to becoming a better writer, and not rely on past techniques?
  10. Marketing. Are you spending more time social networking and marketing than actually writing? How can you better balance these two?
  11. Fears. What fears emerge about your writing and publishing? How can you address and move through them?
  12. Direction. What new direction do you want to pursue for your writing, if any? How can you prepare?
  13. Scripture. Can you identify a Bible verse to express your call as a writer now? If so, write it out. How do you identify with it?
  14. More. What other questions can you pursue?

Best wishes as you move ahead!

Judith Couchman is an author with 42 traditionally published works, including articles, books, Bible studies, and compilations. She is also a university professor who sets aside time for missions work. Currently, she’s on sabbatical from coaching writers.

 

 

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ALT="Vickie McDonough"

ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Davalynn Spencer here, from Colorado, happy to welcome author Vickie McDonough to today’s blog.

Vickie, tell us a little about your featured book, Long Trail Home.

When a weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married, a pretty, blind woman reaches through his scarred walls, but will the secret she holds ruin all chances for a future filled with love, faith, and family? End of the Trail is the sequel to Long Trail Home.

I love the way you connected your titles. What is the primary focus of this book?

The hero’s story is about a soldier returning home after the Civil War to find all he knew has been destroyed. How does a man rebuild his life when all is gone?

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Marti Pieper

Cheri Cowell

Greetings from Mount Dora, Florida, where we’ve had lots of rain every day this week. And we’re not complaining, since drought conditions have led to increased fire danger. The subject of today’s interview, Cheri Cowell, has also had extra rain in her area. Since she’s one of my fellow Orlando-area CAN authors, when my home has rain, hers usually does, too!

Welcome, Cheri! I’m so glad to share this time together. My first question is one every author loves: Would you please tell us about your latest book, One Story, One Mission, One God?

This workbook-style Bible study is an overview of the whole Bible in two six-week studies. The Old Testament and the New Testament studies help readers see how the Bible is one story about the same God with a single mission from the beginning to the end.

I love that! So what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve heard people say they’ve gotten bits and pieces of the Bible but have a difficult time pulling it all together. I’ve also heard some say there appears to be an angry God in the Old Testament and a grace-filled God in the New. I wanted to help people see how all those stories come together to tell a story about God’s mission of grace, from the opening scenes in Genesis to the closing one predicted in Revelation.

That’s fabulous. And what was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

I think most people struggle with God’s instructions in the Old Testament to destroy whole groups of people. I discovered an answer to why that’s in there that stays true to the Scriptures and true to who we know God to be.

And to find out, we’ll have to dig into your book, won’t we? Cheri, how has being a writer impacted your relationship with Christ?

I love sharing what I’ve learned as I have sought answers and struggled with difficult Scriptures. I think a lot of people think those of us with seminary degrees have all of the answers, but we don’t. We struggle just like they do, and some of us are privileged to write about it.

Exactly. So what’s one thing about writing that you wish non-writers knew?

It’s a discipline. When some people hear I work from home, they think that means I am always available, but my husband says I work harder than most people he knows.

I know that’s true! Do you have an unfulfilled dream?

My husband and were born and raised in Florida, and it has always been our dream to move to the mountains of Tennessee. Well, that dream just came true, and so we will be snowbirds, living winters in our Florida home and summers in the Smoky Mountains.

I’m so happy for you. Congratulations! Cheri, what ministries are you involved in, and why?

I operate a publishing company that helps others get the words God has given to them out into the world. The profits from EABooks Publishing go to fund microloans through my 501c2, Living Parables, for start-up funding of Christian nonprofits. Our goal is to expand our reach by helping others succeed.

That’s amazing. Can you share with us your hobbies, activities, or passions outside of writing?

I don’t have much spare time, but I love nature, so we hike and travel to national parks. I also do scrapbooking to preserve those family memories.

You’re such a well-rounded person, Cheri. I know that’s part of what makes you such a wonderful author and friend. Can you tell us about your next book?

On my blog, I’m giving a sneak peek of my new Bible study: Wow! Women of the Word.

The title alone sounds intriguing, Cheri. Thanks so much taking time to share with our readers. Blessings!

Learn more about Cheri at her website and her blog.

 

For His Glory,

Marti Pieper

Marti’s website

 

 

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