Congratulations to Edie Melson!
Woman’s World recently did a feature on WWII love stories, and highlighted Sarah Sundin’s latest novel, “The Sea Before Us” in its August 13th issue.
The Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) recently announced the winning titles for the 2018 Christian Indie Awards. The Christian Indie Awards honor books produced by small publishers and independent authors each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life.
Congratulations to our own Davalynn Spencer, who won in the romance category with , “An Improper Proposal.”
We appreciate our volunteers who give of themselves to help others like Mary L. Hamilton. Volunteers like Mary touch lives with a few minutes of their time and have important contributions for the Christian Authors Network and our readers. If you haven’t read Mary’s work, let us tell you a little about this special and generous person and why she’s in our volunteer spotlight today.
Does Genealogy fascinate you as it does me?
My grandpa used to tell me his family stories. Stories that included farm women dunking their forefingers into coffee cups to see if the farm workers needed their drinks warmed. He sang me old hymns. When those hymns get played in church, and I get to sing them now, I get teary-eyed. He told me his great grandmother was the midwife for Custer’s birth.
And I grew up. Grandpa was long gone. I had no more stories. So I went on a quest to discover the people that had pioneered America, fought in the American Revolution, and been circuit riding preachers, midwives, and teachers. As these stories began to reveal the people I came from, I began to understand who I am and why.
There’s a science to the hobby behind finding your ancestry. A system of research. Specific proofs that help you determine if the person you’re searching for is who you think they are or a similar name. It may just turn you into a history detective like me who loves to write these stories into novels. Come and learn more at my upcoming workshop in Missoula, MT. See below for details.
Discovering Your Ancestry
March 24, 2018 11 a.m.
Garden of Read’n Bookstore
2621 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801
Angela Breidenbach will present how to discover your ancestral stories, start the genealogical research, and how she uses her family stories and history in her novels so you can, too. All in-person attendees will receive gifts including a family tree diagram, a family group chart, and a choice of 1 of 3 genealogy classes from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies to start you off right.
**No registration required. Free family tree chart, family group chart, and 1 class from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
Book signing after the event.
Want to get to know an author near you? Linda W. Yezak will be in person at the Galveston Island Book Festival.
Linda W. Yezak of Nacogdoches, Texas will be participating in the upcoming Galveston Island Book Festival, an opportunity for Texas authors to meet and greet their readers and hopefully gain some new ones. The event will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018, in the Ball High School Cafeteria (its new location, since Hurricane Harvey destroyed the originally planned site), 4501 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Linda W. Yezak
Looking for great parenting tips, Sarah Hamaker has a new parenting blog!
Sarah Hamaker has a new blog on Patheos called,
Some Assembly Required: Raising Self-Reliant and Confident Children. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/someassemblyrequired
Certified Leadership Parenting Coach/Freelance Writer
Author of Ending Sibling Rivalry, available now
2015 ACFW Genesis Winner, Romantic Suspense category
Your CAN authors are out and about in their communities–is there one coming to a town near you? And don’t miss a special book for your Korean or Portugese friends!
Cindi McMenamin’s book, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom (which released from Harvest House Publishers in 2016) is now available in print and e-book in two other languages — Portuguese and Korean.
Davalynn Spencer will be the guest speaker January 12th for Canon City, Colorado’s 130th Annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, “Western Night Under the Stars,” featuring her latest release, The Canon City Chronicles.
What a privilege for Janet Perez Eckles to be addressing this group of women on January 27th in West Palm Beach, FL. Who are they? Those who battle with stress, worry, fear and want to begin a victorious life.
This 2-minute video has the details;
Are you in the North Central Texas area? Lena Nelson Dooley is the speaker for the Christian Writer’s Workshop Kickoff near Waco, Texas, @ 9 a.m. January 27 at First
Baptist Church of Woodway, 101 Ritchie Road.
Tickets: Adults, $20; students, $5. Tickets are available online at www.firstwoodway.org/or at the door. Light refreshments will be available. Tables in the common area will display books for sale by local authors.
A Healing Heart is now available in audiobook and hard cover large print!
to the one man who tried to destroy it when she suffers a heart attack. Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of
three years. She’s been chasing success and all the "good things in
life" for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by
taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to
make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter,
She’s not yet finished when she experiences a heart
attack. While Mara recuperates, she revisits the choices she’s made that
led to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt
must be finished in time for Cadence’s big day, but Mara struggles with
her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara’s business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara’s heart and onto Cadence’s quilt?
Angela Breidenbach is the president of the Christian Authors Network and the host of Lit Up, a radio show interviewing creative experts to help creatives have a more lucrative creative career. Always family friendly, always good for the heart. http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com
Listen to Lit Up on Apple Podcasts or https://toginet.com/shows/litup/
Exciting things are happening with our CAN authors during this advent season! Here’s the latest news from authors you love.
Diane Stortz speaks Saturday, December 2, at Celebrate the Light, a Christmas dinner with the women of First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. On December 9, she’ll be reading and signing I AM and the I AM Devotional at a children’s story hour at Belong Christian Store in Mason, Ohio.
The Bunco Biddies are back in Book #3- Threes, Sixes & Thieves by Julie B. Crosgrove. In Bunco, when someone rolls three sixes, the game is over.
When burglars target homes in Sunset Acres with three and six in the house number, one finds the game is over for him when he is caught, thanks to Janie and her Bunco playing buddies. But when he is found hanged in his cell, the game is afoot once again.
Launches December 8th, but you can preorder it for your Kindle now. Doesn’t it deserve a present this season?
Award-winning cozy mystery series, yet each novel stands alone. Follow these quirky and active seniors as they help the police solve the crimes, whether the police want their help or not.
Advent starts December 3rd~ Prepare by watching an interview of Karen Whiting and her book Christmas is Coming! Waiting is Hard
And here’s an enthusiastic review of the book from The Garden Window.
Christmas Is Coming! But Waiting Is Hard! Family Activities and Devotions for Advent
By Karen Whiting from Abingdon Press, 2016
Unfortunately I was too late to review this last year, but liked it so much that I was determined I would review it for this coming Advent!
From the highly appealing cover to the very last page, this book is crammed full of wonderful activities, ideas, hymns, songs, prayers, points to ponder, bible verses to study, Christmas facts and ideas on how to implement the Christmas message into everyday life in Advent.
The very first activity is to make your own Advent wreath from scratch. This does involve some finicky work on the part of a helpful adult/parent/godparent, but very complete instructions are given, and this wreath then sets the scene for the rest of Advent.
This is an ideal book for families with young children, but there is no reason at all why the ideas and activities could not be slightly adapted for older children too, and if I am absolutely honest, this is the sort of book I would be perfectly happy to buy and use just for myself.
There are lots of craft activities to make and do, with reproducible templates to be photocopied and then cut up, coloured in etc. Make garlands, snowflakes, Christmas gift tags, Jesse tree ornaments, cards, quick Christmas breads and so much more, all with Christian symbolism and messages to enjoy.
This is a most welcome addition to my Christmas collection.
Friday, December 1, 2017, Yvonne Ortega’s new, updated website went live! You can view her early Christmas present at www.YvonneOrtega.com
Craig von Buseck has been named Senior Editor for digital content at Inspiration Ministries in Charlotte, North Carolina — the parent company of Inspiration TV, a Worldwide Christian Network, and the INSP Cable Network. Craig will oversee the content for Inspiration.org, the official website of Inspiration Ministries. He will also work with team to merge Inspiration’s video and print content into a newly designed website to launch in 2018. More exciting developments will be announced in the coming months. Please watch for opportunities to submit family-friendly content from a biblical worldview.
Craig has also launched a recently redesigned personal website where he posts his latest news, articles, interviews, podcasts, and other material. Check it out at www.vonbuseck.com
From celebrating authors abroad to books available in languages abroad…check out what’s happening with some of our CAN authors, including new releases, speaking engagements, and book signings.
Author Grace Fox is currently in Romania. She’s leading a women’s team to minister among HIV-infected youth, abused mothers and children, and abandoned grannies. Learn more at www.gracefox.com
Davalynn Spencer will be signing her latest release, The Canon City Chronicles, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at Tailored West fashion boutique, 502 Main St. Canon City, CO. She will also be in-store Saturday Dec. 2 from 10 to 5 and Sunday Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.
Award winning author Lena Dooley is releasing Brides of Minnesota on December 1. Available now for preorder on Amazon and Christianbook.com at a reduced price, just in time for Christmas!
Susan G Mathis, author of The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, was a guest on Angela Breidenbach’s radio show “Historically Speaking”. Listen at this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alongcameawriter/2017/11/10/historically-speaking
Susan was also on Scott McCausey’s radio show “Speak Up!” Check it out here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/christian-devotions/2017/11/14/marriage-preparation-with-susan-mathis-on-christian-devotions-speak-up.
Karen Whiting recenlty spoke about using her teen book Girl Talk Guy Talk on communication to employers as they mentor teens. Listen to the podcast that was on iworkfrohim radio show at https://www.iwork4him.com/podcast/2017/11/a-book-from-karen-a-story-from-amy
Cindi McMenamin will be the keynote speaker for the Mission Hills Christmas Women’s Brunch on Dec. 2, 2018 at Mission Hills Church in San Marcos, CA. Her message is titled “Celebrate the Savior.” Come visit if you’re in the area!
Cindi’s recent release, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom (Harvest House Publishers, 2016) is now available in two other languages: Portuguese and Korean. And Cindi’s bestselling book from Harvest House Publishers, When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold), is now available in four languages, including German, Spanish and most recently, Portuguese!