Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of Love released June 5. The compilation includes a story by Susan G Mathis and others. She will sign copies of the book at Barnes & Noble, 920 Colorado Blvd., in Glendale, CO, on Saturday, June 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Author Susan G. Mathis

Heather FitzGerald is excited that her YA Fantasy book, The Genesis Tree, is a finalist in the Oregon Christian Writer’s Cascade Awards for Speculative Fiction. That makes it a finalist in three out of four contests entered this year (still awaiting ACFW). What a blessing and an honor!

The Genesis Tree by Heather L.L. Fitzgerald


Here’s the latest CAN news!

Karen Whiting has a few more interviews to share:

Monica Schmelter interviewed her on Bridges to talk about the joy of making and sharing bread and bread in the

Author Karen Whiting


Brevard Authors Society interviewed her about a few of ther titles and how she got into writing
Karen’s newest article, 10 Benefits of Family Prayer Time,  is on Crosswalk



Author Heather L.L. FitzGerald is excited to announce that her book, The Genesis Tree, is a Speculative Fiction finalist in the Selah Award competition, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference.

The Genesis Tree by Heather L.L. Fitzgerald




The Genesis Tree is also a semi-finalist for a Realm Maker’s Alliance award (a reader’s choice award) and voting is open to readers now!



Your CAN authors have good news to share as well as opportunities for readers to engage!

Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible has been named a finalist in the adult non-fiction religion category of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! The book is the brainchild of CAN member Dr. Sandra Glahn. INDIES recognize works by individual authors and independent publishing houses, including academic presses such as Stanford University.  More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians.  Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018.

                      Vindicating the Vixens

Heather L.L. FitzGerald is excited to share that The Genesis Tree, Book 3 of The Tethered World Chronicles, has been named as a finalist in the Realm Makers’ Realm Awards in the fantasy category! Realm Makers is committed to “help[ing] foster excellence in the speculative arts, whether fiction, film, illustrations, or whatever way we can imagine to tell our stories.” Winners will be announced at the annual Realm Makers’ conference in July.

The Genesis Tree by Heather L.L. Fitzgerald

                         The Genesis Tree


April 18 – Becky Harling be interviewed on ten of Moody’s radio stations in Chicago including Gary Chapman’s show and Chris Fabrey’s show.

April 20-21 – Becky Harling will be speaking at Midwest Bible Church in Chicago on How To Listen So People Will Talk.

April 27-29 and May 4-6 Becky Harling will be speaking at Word of Life Christian Conference Center on Who Do You Say That I Am?

Becky Harling

                             Becky Harling

Cindi McMenamin will be the keynote speaker for the South Mountain Community Church (Draper, UT) women’s retreat May 4-6, 2018, speaking on her newest release Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You (Harvest House Publishers).

Cindi McMenamin, Topics: Prioritizing God * Rest & Rejuvenation * Mother-Daughter *

                         Cindi McMenamin


CAN members Linda Kozar, Lena Nelson Dooley, and Angela Breidenbach host shows on the Along Came A Writer Network.

Along Came A Writer Network 


Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense, with host Linda Kozar on the Along Came A Writer Network

The Lena Nelson Dooley Show, with host Lena Nelson Dooley on the Along Came A Writer Network

Historically Speaking, with host Angela Breidenbach on the Along Came A Writer Network


C. Kevin Thompson - Author PhotoGrace & Peace from the hot and humid region of Central Florida (Leesburg)! (I know, is there a region of Florida that isn’t hot or humid in May? But hey, it’s already Hurricane season…before it’s officially Hurricane season…one storm down…Who knows how many more to come…)  

When I was asked to post this interview, I thought, “How ironic.” It’s been a while, but I remember “meeting” this author, so many years ago, on a website dedicated to speculative fiction. There was a contest being held wherein authors could send in portions of their work one phase at a time. First, (If I recall correctly) you sent in the log line and the blurb. If you made to the next round, then you sent in the first page. If you made it to the next round, you sent in more of the WIP. It was American Idol, or sorts. As each stage of the contest progressed, people could weigh in and vote, visit and interact in the chat room, etc. Those with the highest votes made the “cut,” and moved on to the next round. It was an interesting experience for me, and helped me improve at writing log lines and blurbs, for sure. 

It’s funny how “Anomalous” paths cross “where the maps ends.” It was definitely a “Gerke” kind of experience.

So, without further ado, I introduce you to Jennifer Allee, better(?) known as “jallee, the Junior Member” in the Spec Fic world. 

Welcome, Jennifer! From those days in 2009-10 when publication was a dream, and everyone had an idea for a novel, I’m sure you were like the rest of us. Hopeful. Now, here we are in 2015. The dream is a reality. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?Jen - Sept 2014 - St. Louis

I’ve had eleven books traditionally published. The latest are Vinnie’s Diner and Last Family Standing (both from Abingdon Press), and A Worthy Suitor (from Heartsong Presents). Last October, I dipped my toe into the self-publishing world with a novella, Nutcracker Christmas.

Wow! Eleven books. That’s awesome. You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

Not to give up. I’ve had some serious road bumps in the last year, the biggest being the passing of my mother in December. I’ve had to step back, take breaks, and put projects aside, but I’ve always come back. When writing is in your blood, you can’t get away from it! Read More →