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NEW RELEASE: The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin

The Land Beneath Us

by Sarah Sundin

Publisher: Revell

Release date: February 4th, 2020

ISBN-13: 978-0800727994

About the book:

With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers, while Leah Jones works as a librarian at the army base, hoping to find her lost sisters. A marriage of convenience binds them, but will D-day—and a foreboding dream—tear them apart?

 

About the author: 

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of World War II novels, including The Land Beneath Us, The Sky Above Us, and The Sea Before Us. Her novel The Sea Before Us received the 2019 FHL Reader’s Choice Award. A mother of three adult children, Sarah lives in California. www.sarahsundin.com.

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CAN Authors Have Much to Offer!

Your CAN authors are award winning, prolific, and sharing what’s on their hearts! Check out this weeks’ round up of good news and happenings in our writing community.

Davalynn Spencer’s 2017 Western romance, An Improper Proposal, won the
2018 Christian Indie Award for Romance. An Improper Proposal is Book 1
in the Front Range Brides series. Book 2, An Unexpected Redemption,
released April 26.

An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer
An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer

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New Release: No Safe Place by H. L. Wegley Releases May 21
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Trinity Press International
ISBN-13:   978-0-9964937-6-5
About the book: A young man returning from the far country trying to regain his honor, and a young woman with a heart broken by her parents’ rejection because of her faith, each have what the other needs. But will the assassin who put them on his hit list give them enough time to discover what they have in each other?
No Safe Place, modern-day, prodigal story that races from the scenic beaches of the Olympic National Park to the beauty of Lake Chelan in Central Washington State, a story of courage, honor, faith, forgiveness, and love.
Preorder: https://amzn.to/2vchkea

About the Author:
H. L. Wegley served as an Air Force Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he worked as a research scientist, publishing in the scientific literature, then developed Boeing computing systems for twenty years before he and his wife retired near Seattle. He is an award-winning author of inspirational thrillers and high-action romantic-suspense novels.

H.L. Wegley
             H.L. Wegley

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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
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Awards and Speaking Engagements

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
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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
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Author Awesomeness!

Davalynn Spencer will be speaking April 11 to the Canon City Public Library book club in

Canon City, Colorado, on “Wrangling Words.” Her newest title, An Unexpected Redemption,

is on pre-order for an April 27 release as Book 2 in the Front Range Brides collection.Various

purchase options can be found at http://davalynnspencer.com/books/an-unexpected-redemption/.

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A Healing Heart is now in large print and audio!

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 A Healing Heart is now available in audiobook   and hard cover large print!

A Healing Heart by Angela Breidenbach

A workaholic woman must trust her business
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,
Cadence.


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

Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/Twitter: @AngBreidenbach

Listen to Lit Up on Apple Podcasts or https://toginet.com/shows/litup/

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A Romance Rekindled by Kimberly Rose Johnson

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A Romance Rekindled


The small-town CPA can’t forget how Blake jilted her and left without an explanation. But when her first love returns, the handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions.

Kimberly Rose Johnson is a member of ACFW and RWA and writes for Heartsong Presents. Her current series takes place in Leavenworth, WA., A charming Bavarian themed Village.

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The Cowboy Takes a Wife

"DavalynnWhen Annie Whitaker and her merchant father set out for Cañon City and the Pikes-Peak-or-Bust gold rush, Annie finds much greater wealth in the heart of a runaway preacher.

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Marketing

More About Marketing to Libraries

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Hi, everyone. I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and will enjoy a happy, healthy, productive and prosperous New Year. In September I wrote about marketing to libraries. I conducted an extensive campaign to public libraries over the summer months, marketing my books to more than 2,300 libraries. Since writing my September post I've begun to check back at the libraries I targeted to see the results. I'm about half way through my list, and so far I've found that libraries have purchased several hundred copies of my books since my campaign. And quite often I find that one or more of my books is checked out. Of all the marketing endeavors I've undertaken to promote my books, this has been the most successful. That includes TV and radio interviews, blog tours, you name it.

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Writing craft

Outlining the Novel #1: Finding the Theme

 

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Hello from novelist Gail Gaymer Martin at www.gailmartin.com

Recently I attended the Gideon Film Festival and Media Conference at Ridgecrest and learned many techniques for writing screenplays. These same points work for fiction as well, and I believe that many screenwriting techniques can enhance fiction. In the next five weeks, I will share these points with you.

The first point was: Define the overall theme or meaning of your work. What will happen and why does it matter? Why? If your story does not make a difference, if it doesn’t matter, then why write it? How can it serve the reader?

Think first of non-fiction novels. Can you imagine reading a book that didn’t have a point. A non-fiction
book focuses on a topic or theme, It has a purpose. Fiction is no different. Your purpose could be to point out the foibles of the human condition. It could be to dramatize how a mother’s love can push her to give her life for their child. A novel can be a story of good versus evil and shows the power of good.
It can show the power of love. It can dramatize that we are not alone, that others share our fears, worries, or sinfulness.

When a novelist sets down to write a book, he has an idea. It may begin as people doing things, but if it
doesn’t have direction or purpose, it falls flat. Think of Gone With The Wind without the backdrop of the Civil War. How long would anyone remember that book?

As an author of Christian fiction, my purpose is often focused on a Bible verse that sums up a major idea in the book. For example, Proverbs 16: 9 reads: In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. This book would be about someone who has made a life plan— a career, a goal, success, fame, an accomplishment—but things happen, and the character realizes to reach that goal, he may have to give up something else equally important.

While you might not write Christian fiction, any genre can be summed up in a sentence that points out
what the major theme or purpose of your novel seems to be—good wins over evil, love is worth fighting for, a parent will give their life for their child, lies tangle lives, gossip only begets gossip, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and laughter can heal. You can think of many more. These themes work
for a romance, a thriller, a western, or any genre.

I know this works because of reader mail. Letter after letter reveals how my novel has made a difference in someone’s life. They tell me what they learned about themselves or about someone else. They tell me how they found an answer to a question or how they realize they need to ask questions about their life. They walk away with something that has made a difference.

When you sit down to write a novel, ask yourself what you want the reader to take away when she finishes. If you can’t answer the question, this is the reason your story is not making an impact on an agent or editor. It might be why a reader enjoys it for the moment and can’t remember the title or what it was about two days later. Write so that you make an impact on your readers with a purpose. Create a theme or a message that you want to leave readers with at the end of your novel, and you will have written a memorable story that makes a difference.