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A Chat with CAN President Angela Breidenbach

Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach
CAN President Angela Breidenbach

February greetings from Marti Pieper, who is grateful to have had both power and water throughout this chilly month! I’m also grateful to reintroduce a familiar face to our CAN readers today. It belongs to our multitalented president, Angela Breidenbach. I first met Angie when we were both teaching at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. I then had the privilege of working closely with her on the CAN newsletter for several years. I know you’ll enjoy learning more about her and her books.

Welcome, Angie! I’m so glad you’re with us today. Please tell us about your latest book.

The Mail-Order Standoff: Marriage plans put on hold in the Old West when four mail-order brides have second thoughts. How will their grooms win their trust?

This four-in-one book includes Right on Time by Angela Breidenbach. Could two people be less suited than an English gentleman and a Western gal who is used to giving the orders? From the wild Montana Territory to the refined Kentucky horse farms, can Timothy prove worthy of Tara’s heart?

Do you have an unfulfilled dream?

The Mail-Order Standoff
The Mail-Order Standoff by Angela Breidenbach and others

I do, but I’m constantly working toward them. Them—because as I achieve one, I move to the next on my list. Oh yes, I have a long list. Currently I’m close to graduating with my genealogical studies degree and specialty in English records. I’d like to add more specialties (halfway to Scottish records already) and take small professional tours on genealogical research visits to Scotland, England, and other countries. I’m also working toward having my screenplays produced on TV and big screen. I dream of writing movies that touch lives and of leaving a body of work. I’d also like to have an endless lap pool someday inside a heated sunroom. Why not, right? Who wants to walk out in the snow to swim? Some very big stretch dreams.

Especially when you live in Montana, as I know you do! What talents do you have aside from storytelling?

Music. I love singing and am learning the harp. I hope to use both of those talents in church and music therapy. I also really enjoy teaching/speaking on genealogy, writing, and historical topics.

You amaze me with all you fit into a day! Do you have a “day job” or a previous career? Does it influence what or how you write?

I’ve had a variety of jobs from airlines to radio to heating company co-owner (still am, but no longer in the day-to-day). Every job I’ve had informs my writing as I create characters. Once I’m finished with my last few genealogy classes, I’ll take genealogy projects for clients starting late summer/fall 2021.

Anyone who follows you on social media knows the answer to this one: Do you have pets, and do they inspire your writing or hinder it?

Muse, my fe-lion executive assistant, inspires a lot of humor. I share our Muse and Writer conversations on social media and my website. He also inspired An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar. We hope to work together more this year to produce A-Muse-ing Tales series in the genre of cat comedy.

Sounds purrfect! What themes do you return to again and again in your writing?

Themes are a little harder to define because they’re not as interesting as the story world that reveals the deeper meaning. But the themes I tend toward are unique life experiences that reveal our life purpose and overcoming. For instance, I’ve written nonfiction in story form that deal with one specific characteristic like becoming a confident woman in Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience, and I’ve taken that same thing and built it into a character’s sense of not being good enough in the historical romance Right On Time (Mail-Order Standoff).

What is one thing about writing that you wish non-writers knew?

Writing is telling stories whether fiction, nonfiction, articles, screenwriting. The biggest thing to me is that as a writer, I don’t read one genre or write only one genre because I’m interested in so many different things. As much as the industry tries to box writers into brands, and we have to establish that for readers, but my writing interests are hugely varied.

I understand that well! What inspired you to write this book?

I love following obscure historical tidbits, then setting characters into those interesting events. This one is in 1883, the year my own grandfather was born. The time zones, as we know them today, did not exist. Train crashes killed thousands of people because clocks and watches were set to the sun at high noon at the nearest town. I was fascinated by how something so mundane and normal today changed the entire world my grandfather was born into. I wondered how something that seemed so small might actually have caused a huge shift in societal life. What would that be like? How would that affect families? Business? I was stunned how long it took for the time zones to be normalized, but how it immediately saved lives. Some of the smallest decisions have the biggest impact.

And what do you hope readers will take away from this book?

Change, though scary in the expectation, becomes an amazing opportunity. Change in hindsight becomes normal, and fear disappears as that change becomes normal life. Each time we conquer the fear of change, we gain confidence.

So true. So what was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

I’ve been in college for that genealogy degree. Writing while in college, while speaking at conferences, and while caring for my family was really an adventure in pushing myself and my capabilities.

And I know you did it with excellence. Please tell us about your next project.

Coming this summer, I’m excited to release my Queen of the Rockies series. It’s set in Helena, Montana, starting in 1889. Helena was a very modern and beautiful city in what was considered the wild west. I love this gorgeous series full of vivid characters and real history.

Muse and Writer will also release A-Muse-ing Tales, book 1, cat comedy for the whole family in time for Christmas.

Marti Pieper
Marti Pieper

To learn more about Angela Breidenbach, visit Angie’s website or Angie’s blog.

For His glory,

Marti Pieper

Marti’s website

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Humor New Releases

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Wall Calendar Available Now!

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar based on cat comedy sketches between Muse and Writer
An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar based on cat comedy with Muse and Writer a.k.a Angela Breidenbach. Order yours at AngelaBreidenbach.com

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar

Series: A-Muse-ings, Calendar/Book 1

Author: Angela Breidenbach

ISBN: 978-0-9980847-1-8

Publisher: Gems Books

Calendar/Cat/breeds/Humor & Comic Calendars

Description:

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Wall Calendar by Angela Breidenbach features the wry wit and humor between Muse and Writer. Sure to delight your entire family creating smiles and laughter all year long. 

Each month Muse matches wits with Writer in full-color wall calendar showcasing a candid, beautiful image of Muse and his highly expressive fe-lion personality that came from fun social media posts like this one:

Muse and Writer cat comedy developed from candid photos of fe-lion antics told on social media.
Muse and Writer cat comedy developed from candid photos of fe-lion antics told on social media.

Writer: Weren’t you on the other side of the sofa?

Muse: Just checking out my comfort level.

Writer: Great. If you’re all settled, I’ll join you.

Muse: That’s outside of my comfort level.

Writer: (Facepalm.) Oh, brother.

 

 

 

For you, it includes:

  • 12-month calendar
  • Space to add reminders
  • Opens to 11 inches x 17 inches
  • Includes widely celebrated holidays (including International Cat Day, of course)
  • Tips to lesson holiday season stress
  • Laughter
  • Each calendar is personally autographed

A few of the monthly humor pages in full color, click each for a larger view:

Look for more A-Muse-ings from Muse and Writer including Christmas planners, social media, and themed books at AngelaBreidenbach.com. Other books by Angela include historical romance, contemporary romance, and non-fiction.

Visit AngelaBreidenbach.com for A-Muse-ing News direct to your email. Follow @AngBreidenbach on your favorite social media like Bookbub, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, & Amazon for new release announcements.

Watch for An A-Muse-ing Christmas Planner 2021 and A-Muse-ing Tails coming in 2021!

Muse and Writer bring you fun Fe-lion Fan Family gear to create smiles wherever you go. Choose something fun and spread the laughter with A-Muse-ing treats from Muse and Writer for everyone.

Who are Muse and Writer?

Muse and Writer a.k.a Angela Breidenbach and her fe-lion personal assistant, Muse create A-Muse-ings on social media and now a new line of cat comedy products at AngelaBreidenbach.com
Muse and Writer a.k.a Angela Breidenbach and her fe-lion personal assistant, Muse create A-Muse-ings on social media and now a new line of cat comedy products at AngelaBreidenbach.com

Writer’s Bio: Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and genealogist. Hobbies? Writer has trained her Muse, a fe-lion, to shake hands, roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. Muse has managed to entertain friends and followers on social media with his wry wit and humor. All social media including Facebook/Instagram/MeWe/Twitter @AngBreidenbach

Muse’s Bio: A highly trained fe-lion personal assistant to Writer, he’s a Somali-Cross rescue. At nine, he has many years left to train Writer in the ways of fe-lions. Able to leap tall sticks in a single bound, lunge through hoops, and stop-drop-and-roll, Muse will either high-five you or shake hands as long as you pay him in treats. He’s quite mercenary, but very lovable. He creates laughter in his Fe-lion Fan Family and loves to stymy his Writer daily. He takes over Writer’s social media just to cause chaos.

 

 

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Humor New Releases

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar — cat comedy

Eye-catching cat comedy shines in this new release of An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar based on the witty humor of Muse and Writer on social media. Get your autographed (by both Muse and Writer) copy at AngelaBreidenbach.com

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar by Writer and Muse (Angela Breidenbach) Humorous 12-month wall calendar
An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar by Writer and Muse (Angela Breidenbach) Humorous 12-month wall calendar

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Wall Calendar by Angela Breidenbach features the wry wit and humor between Muse and Writer.  Each month Muse matches wits with Writer in full-color wall calendar showcasing a candid, beautiful image of Muse and his highly expressive fe-lion personality: For you, it includes:

  • 12-month calendar
  • Space to add reminders
  • Opens to 11 inches x 17 inches
  • Includes widely celebrated holidays (including International Cat Day, of course)
  • Tips to lesson holiday season stress
  • Laughter

Look for more A-Muse-ings from Muse and Writer including Christmas planners, social media, and themed books at AngelaBreidenbach.com. Other books by Angela include historical romance, contemporary romance, and non-fiction. Visit AngelaBreidenbach.com for A-Muse-ing News direct to your email. Follow @AngBreidenbach on your favorite social media like Bookbub, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, & Amazon for new release announcements.

Pick up a few copies as gifts to see the laughter and sparkle your present creates.

Visit https://AngelaBreidenbach.com today for autographed copies.

Bio: Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and genealogist. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Hobbies? Writer has trained her Muse, a fe-lion, to shake hands, roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. Muse has managed to entertain friends and followers on social media with his wry wit and humor. All social media @AngBreidenbach

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In The News Marketing

The #CANCrown Awards Are Open!

CAN Crown Awards
Excellence in Christian Marketing and Media for Books, Book Series, or Brand

Christian Authors Network Crown Awards

#CANCrown on social media

The CAN Crown Awards Celebrate Excellence in Christian Media and Marketing by Authors.

Purpose of CAN Crown Awards: To recognize, educate, and encourage excellence in marketing and promotion skills of all Christian authors.

Why? One crucial career area for Christian authors is marketing. (I know, stop rolling your eyes. Marketing can be fun!) The problem is that an author now has to wear so many hats. So many hats that the marketing hat may cause the whole stack to tumble if you don’t know how to make and follow through with a marketing plan.

Yes, there’s a second problem. Marketing has been an elusive beast that’s been difficult to master. We’re building a bridge over that chasm of author OR marketer to help you become author entrepreneur. Being a professional author means you are a business owner. A business owner that needs marketing to reach readers, retailers, and librarians.

What if we had some excellent examples?

What if those examples could shine a light for other authors fumbling in the dark? 

What if shining campaigns earned an award and even more promotion as part of that award?

Over the last few decades, the publishing industry has morphed into something completely unrecognizable. Authors have to be a Jack/Jill-of-all-trades from writing to design to marketing. Many authors self-publish while many are hybrids who do both traditional and indie arenas. The major need for any Christian author, regardless of publishing platform, is to learn and execute excellent marketing plans. The book of your heart can’t get into the hands of readers, retailers, or librarians without a great marketing plan. Though there’s some conference training, there hasn’t been a lot of examples of marketing campaigns that work. Campaigns may well be excellent, or not.

Who could know? There hasn’t been a recognition of those campaigns. Until now.

Introducing the inaugural #CANCrown Awards. The Christian Authors Network exists to help professional authors market their books. CAN is in the unique position in the industry to bring recognition to excellent marketing campaigns.

The benefit: Recognition nationally. Awards you can display on your website, book, book series, newsletter, social media, etc. Winning campaigns get more promotion via the CAN network of influence. Winners will be promoted in front of a large audience of publishing and film industry professionals during the Crown Awards during the ICVM/CAN Conference.

What does that mean? Winning means that for the small entry fee, you’ll get a lot more promotion of your book, book series, or brand. You’ll be able to display your award forever. CAN will promote your winning entry through our channels and expand your reach. But, we’ll also be sure to recognize all finalists. Entering the #CANCrown Awards magnifies your marketing efforts. Feedback from judges will help all entrants gain insight into more effective marketing, may help tweak an ongoing plan, and encourages excellence in all we do as Christian authors.

Read the #CANCrown Award entry rules, then enter by Oct. 18, 2019 (contest closes at 11:59pm Pacific)

Learn more:

We’re honored to be featured on The Write Conversation Blog with an article about the awards.

https://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-contest-to-help-tame-elusive-beast-of.html

We’re honored to be featured on Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog about the awards.

The CAN Crown Awards—A Crowning Achievement for Market-Minded Inspirational Authors

With deep gratitude to our #CANCrown Awards Committee: Edie Melson, Karen Whiting, Dianne Barker, Linda Kozar. I had the distinct honor of working with these wonderful, wise, and thoughtful women in designing this opportunity for you, Christian authors, to help you get your books, book series, and brands into the hands of readers, retailers, and librarians. —Angela Breidenbach

 

 

Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach
CAN President, Author and Genealogist, Angela Breidenbach

 Angela Breidenbach is the president of the Christian Authors Network, a bestselling author of 18 books, speaker, genealogist, and a techie enthusiast. 

 

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Encouragement

Historic Scotland

Paisley Abbey in Glasgow, Scotland
Paisley Abbey in Glasgow, Scotland.

Recently my family and I were able to travel around historic Scotland researching our ancestral ties to this beautiful country. One of the amazing places we visited was Paisley Abbey where our ancestors, the Lords Cathcart I & II, were interred. We searched and searched all over the huge church for their tombs. But we needed to know some crucial information.

Traveling Historic Scotland can flip your assumptions 180 degrees.

The interior view of Paisley Abbey's new altar area
The interior view of Paisley Abbey’s new altar area.

Paisley Abbey was built over time in the 12th century. Major benefactors included the Cathcart family. Over the centuries, major benefactors and important people in society were very often buried nearest the altar inside churches. The less important a person in society, the farther from the altar. knowing this, we searched every brick and tomb. We searched all the carvings and stones.

The volunteer guide pointed out Cathcart Aisle and a small alcove behind the choir. We found more recent (1800s) Cathcarts that would be very distant cousins. But no sign of the lords’ gravesites.

 

Then, our guide mentioned that the  huge cathedral had a different design than its original. 

The historic altar had been destroyed as the Paisley Abbey, several times from war and a huge architectural mistake when one of the roof rebuilds crashed down from poor workmanship. Over time, the altar was moved as the abbey was expanded and rebuilt.

But one wall, the Old Wall, still exists.

Cathcart Memorials at Paisley Abbey in the Old Wall
Cathcart Memorials at Paisley Abbey in the Old Wall.

The guide pointed out the difference in the height and narrowness as potentially guards against Viking raids versus the new walls with windows at a more normal height. Then he mentioned the original wall, hidden mostly behind a long line of screens that told the story of the abbey. He pointed out where the original altar likely stood. People commonly interred in the thick walls of historic Scotland’s cathedrals over the centuries.

We’d been searching in the wrong place the entire time because we didn’t know the altar moved!

The ancient Cathcart tomb is a large stone carved in Latin, pretty high up below very narrow windows on the original monastery wall. We all admired the beautiful stained glass, more recently placed, but still gorgeous in the ancient church. Then…

We found them! A long brass plaque beneath the carved words, different centuries and yet the root of our Cathcart roots. Just one branch on our family tree. But I am so happy to have found them and a little more information to share with future generations.

All that time scouring every nook and cranny in the choir, altar, walls, and floor. Often we chase all around the answer, not realizing it’s the wrong spot because of an assumption based on the way things look right now. What a great example those few hours gave me! When I’m methodically searching and not finding, I learned from historic Scotland to ask God to point me in the right direction regardless of my assumptions.

Angela Breidenbach and her daughter pay their respects to ancestors at Paisley Abbey
Angela Breidenbach and her daughter pay their respects to ancestors at Paisley Abbey.

 

Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach
Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach uses the research from her travels in her historical novels.

She’s a genealogist and the president of the Christian Authors Network.

You can find her at AngelaBreidenbach.com and on social media with @AngBreidenbach including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter.

Try one of Angela’s historical novels that include genealogical research like:

 The Captive Brides Collection telling the story of Scottish immigrants who endured indenture to come to the Colonies as the American Revolution is birthed.

Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection
Captive Brides Romance Collection featuring CAN author Angela Breidenbach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Interviews

A Chat with Author – and CAN President! – Angela Breidenbach

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the great joy of chatting with CAN’s illustrious leader—our president, Angela Breidenbach! Not only is Angela an accomplished multi-published author, but she has a social media following centered around her cat Muse, she volunteers in her community—and she devotes countless hours to the Christian Authors Network. Let’s give Angela a warm welcome.

Angela, please tell us about your novel, The Debutante Queen, which is also available as an audio book!

1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista’s reputation, and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?

Angela Breidenbach
Angela Breidenbach

Great concept! What inspired you to write this book?

I love real history and adore Montana. When I learned about how Montana became a state, the drama, the street children, and the drive to be considered legitimately modern, the whole idea caught my fascination.

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In The News Speaking

Does Genealogy Fascinate you?

Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.
Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.

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 teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT
Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT

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.

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New Releases

New Releases and an Opportunity to Discover Your Ancestry!

 

The Reluctant Groom
by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Kimberly Rose Johnson is excited to announce that The Reluctant Groom, a modern day marriage of convenience, has released. This is the first book in the Brides of Seattle series.

Read more about it at: http://www.kimberlyrjohnson.com/books.html

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cindi McMenamin, author of 16 books from Harvest House Publishers, announced

When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts
by Cindi McMenamin

this week that her book, When aWoman Overcomes Life’s Hurts (Harvest House Publishers, 2012),  is now available in Spanish. This is her fifth title to be translated into Spanish, joining her other Spanish translations: When Women Walk Alone, When God Sees Your Tears, Women on the Edge, and When a Woman Inspires Her Husband. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT
Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT

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.

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Marketing

CAN Authors are Sharing their Passions!

Great conferences are happening around the country! Maybe one of our authors are coming to city near you 🙂


ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Davalynn Spencer is speaking Feb. 27 at the University Men’s Club Valentine Banquet
in Canon City, Colorado, on the topic “Who Needs Romance?” Book signing follows
the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Discovering Your Ancestry
March 24, 2018 11 a.m.
Garden of Read’n Bookstore
2621 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801

Angela Breidenbach

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 of Genealogical Studies to start you off right.
Featured books:
The Lassoed By Marriage Romance Collection
The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection
The Second Chance Brides Collection
The Captive Brides Collection
and more…


Registration has begun for the Moving from Broken to Beautiful® Women’s Retreat October 19–21 at the Springhill Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront. All rooms are oceanfront, and so is the conference room. Great prices for the room and registration. Go to www.yvonneortega.com/store/

Also, Yvonne will have a TV interview on NiteLine on February 28 and one on Time for Hope on March 1, 2018. She hopes to see a lot of SC friends at that time.

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Encouragement

A Muse and the Writer….

Muse: Help?
Writer: (Doubled over laughing.) You’re wearing a Santa hat?
Muse: Really? That’s your question?
Writer: At least it’s not a string of lights. I mean, the grandkids might have plugged you in!
Muse: Are you going to help me?
Writer: Hang on, I need the picture.
Muse: I can’t wait for you to go to sleep. You never know what you’ll find in your stocking.
Writer: Uh…one pic is enough. Here, let me help you. 

Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in college to get her genealogical studies degree. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. Her latest book is Worthy to Write—30 devotions for writers.

http://AngelaBreidenbach.com

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach

iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach