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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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Author Interviews

Tips from the Pros: Grace Fox

Marti Pieper
Marti Pieper

Greetings from Marti Pieper in heading-toward-summer Mount Dora, Florida. My husband and I are enjoying this brief season when we can still leave our windows open at night for some cool air. I believe the subject of today’s interview, author/speaker/missionary Grace Fox, is experiencing slightly different temperatures in her home in British Columbia, Canada. But I’m sure the warmth of her personality more than makes up for any chill in the temperature. Grace and I have enjoyed our connection as Christian authors and speakers, and we have grown to appreciate and pray for each other although we have yet to meet in person. I know you’ll enjoy hearing her thoughts and wise advice in this CAN encore interview.

Welcome back, Grace! Let’s start with the basics: How many books do you have published?

Grace Fox
Grace Fox

Eight books plus one DVD-based Bible study with workbook.

That sounds great. Could you please share a few of your latest titles?

Morning Moments With God: Devotions for the Busy Woman, Tuck-Me-In Talks With Your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories, One-Minute Romance for Couples

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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: FEBRUARY 2015 – ONE-MINUTE ROMANCE FOR COUPLES by GRACE FOX

One-Minute Romance for Couples by Grace Fox
One-Minute Romance for Couples by Grace Fox

One-Minute Romance for Couples is a pocket-sized treasure trove of questions to help couples keep conversation fresh. Some are fun while others provoke deep thought, but all promote a heart connection. Couples will laugh together and learn surprising new things about each other no matter how long they’ve been married. Perfect for date nights or a quiet evening at home.

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NEW RELEASE–February 1, TUCK-ME-IN TALKS by Grace Fox

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Tuck-Me-In Talks with Your Little
Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories
– February 1, 2014 (Harvest House
Publishers)

 

Description:

Trade in a few of your bedtime stories for memory-making moments
with this collection of fun conversation starters for kids ages three to eight.
It's filled with open-ended questions that will stimulate your children's
imagination and help them express their thoughts.

These conversation starters for kids cover a wide range of
topics and avoid one-word answers and right-or-wrong responses. The goal is
simply to share some happy times together as you consider some questions for
kids, such as…

  • If you could write a book, what would it be about? Tell me the
    story!
  • If you could be king of the world, what rules would you have
    everyone obey?
  • Pretend you're in the circus. What's your job?

Whether you're a parent, a grandparent, or a childcare provider,
you'll love this valuable tool for helping kids end their day on a happy,
loving note.

Bio:

Grace
Fox’s passion is to see her audiences connect the dots between God’s word and
real life so they can experience life as He intends.

 

She’s
written hundreds of articles for magazines including Focus on the Family, Insights Canada, and Power for Living. She’s authored eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide
to Peace in Every Situation
. She’s also a contributor to the Guideposts’
devotional books Mornings with Jesus 2014
and Morning Moments with Jesus 2015.

 

Grace
and her husband of nearly 32 years live in Abbotsford, B.C. where they
co-direct International Messengers Canada. One of their main roles is to
recruit, train, and lead short-term ministry teams to Eastern Europe each
summer. They have three married kids and five grandchildren who love Tuck-Me-In Talks.

 

Connect
with her via email – grace@gracefox.com or online:

www.gracefox.com

www.gracefox.com/blog

www.fb.com/gracefox.author

 

 

 

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 NEW RELEASES are posted by Christine Lindsay, multi-award-winning author of Shadowed in Silk, Captured by Moonlight, and to be released this month, Londonderry Dreaming. www.christinelindsay.org

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NEW RELEASE-MORNING TALKS WITH GOD by Grace Fox

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Morning Moments with God: Devotions for the Busy Woman – January 1, 2014 (Harvest House Publishers)

Do you desire to draw near to God?

Discover fresh biblical insights and renew your spirit as you journey through more than 150 new devotions for women by popular author Grace Fox. These gems of godly wisdom focus on God's faithfulness and reflect on His power, presence, and promises in your life today…

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God Uses Our Pain for His Glory and Others’ Gain

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Hi! I'm Grace Fox, author of Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for Busy Women. As a devotional writer and inspirational speaker, I help
audiences learn how to relate God’s word to real life. I often include a
personal anecdote to show them how I’ve learned to apply a spiritual principle.
The most recent example wraps itself around James 1:2-4.

“Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way,
let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance
has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully
developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (NLT). 

This year started with a bang—in my left Achilles tendon.
Partially rupturing it landed me in a knee-high cast for three months with no
weight-bearing allowed. Nine days after that injury took place, my opposite
knee gave out and required surgery. Three months in a wheelchair ensued. Living
in a three-storey townhouse further complicated matters.

Life without the use of my legs became my faith test, and I
had to choose my response. Would I grumble through the pain, insomnia,
isolation, and inconvenience? Or would I apply God’s word and consider my
situation an opportunity for joy?

I chose the latter while hoisting myself backwards up the
stairs to my bedroom. It was the first night in my cast. I was exhausted and a
tad traumatized by the injury and subsequent hours in the ER, but I could still
think clearly enough to know that my immediate response was vital to my
effectiveness as a disciple of Jesus and communicator of God’s word.

Choosing to embrace my circumstances as an opportunity for
joy kept me from falling into self-pity. It also opened my eyes to see God’s
faithfulness evidenced through friends’ kind acts, and to witness His power as
He strengthened me to write and meet three book deadlines only six weeks after
the initial Achilles injury. It didn’t leave me feeling happy, happy, happy as
some Sunday school choruses imply believers ought to feel, but it rendered me
surrendered to God’s sovereignty and eager to learn whatever lessons He wanted
to teach.

My physical healing continues. As it does, I find
encouragement in knowing that God wastes nothing. Learning to apply His truth
to my life in this situation serves to make me more effective in leading my
audience to discover how to apply truth, too.

Playing a role in others’ spiritual growth through writing
and speaking is my passion. If the decision was left to me, I wouldn’t have
chosen this particular process to provide fresh fodder. But the outcome, I
trust, will be worth every minute.

www.gracefox.com

 

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Devotional

What Fills Our Lives?

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A perpetual calendar of quotes sits on my desk. One quote
that’s become a personal favorite expresses these wise words—“Our lives, to be
fruitful, must be full of Christ; to be able to bring his peace, joy, and love
we must have it ourselves, for we cannot give what we have not got” (Mother
Teresa
). These words encourage me to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ on
a daily basis, but they also challenge me in my role as a writer.

As a writer, my desire is to pen words that make an eternal
difference in my readers’ lives. I long for them to crave the Scriptures, to
discover how God’s Word relates to them, and to develop a delightful and mature
relationship with the Lord. I yearn to bring hope to those experiencing bitter
disappointment. To bring comfort to those who grieve. And to bring direction to
those who have lost their way.

High and lofty goals, I’d say. They’re also completely
futile if I attempt them while operating on an empty spiritual tank.

The only hope of achieving my goals is for me to possess
a growing and vibrant relationship with Christ. Jesus said as much—“Yes, I am
the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will
produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NLT).

Meeting publishers’ deadlines is critical for writers. So is
marketing our books and maintaining an online presence. But nothing matters more than pursuing
relationship with Jesus Christ. Devotion must supersede duty.

Our time spent with Christ in private produces creativity. It
gives us wisdom. It teaches us what He values and how to be salt and light. From that private time flows relationship, and from that relationship flows words that breathe life into readers gasping
for breath in a broken and hurting world.

“Our lives, to be fruitful, must be full of Christ… We
cannot give what we have not got.” Words well spoken and true. Especially for
those who write with the hope of making an eternal difference.

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Learn more about Grace and her books at www.gracefox.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Encouragement

Waiting in the Gap

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This week I signed two contracts with Harvest House. The first is for a women’s devotional, and the second is for a little book for parents with kids ages 3-8. Did you hear my wahoooo from Canada?

Six years have passed since I signed my last contract with a traditional publisher, and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve wrestled with disappointment and discouragement in the gap. I’ve questioned my call to write there. And I’ve seen God meet me in this place, using unmistakable ways to encourage me to persevere.

I’ll always remember the stranger who phoned and said, “Please don’t think I’m a whacko or a groupie. This is the first time I’ve phoned an author. I just want to tell you that I read your book, Moving from Fear to Freedom and it changed my life. Today I feel compelled to tell you, ‘Please keep writing.’”

Tears spilled. “I know why you feel compelled to deliver that message,” I said. “For several months I’ve doubted the worth of my writing efforts and wondered whether God was changing my direction. Six hours ago, I asked Him to send confirmation today if He wanted me to continue. Your call is that confirmation.’”

The woman listened quietly, and then she cried. “I heard His voice correctly!” she said. The experience bolstered her faith, and it cemented my passion and calling.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself in a similar gap. If so, consider this place—painful as it is—as precious. Here are a few suggestions to implement as you linger there:

  • Make quiet time with God your priority. Read the Word daily, and journal what He says.
  • Practice praise, and become an expert at giving thanks no matter what.
  • Rejoice with writers who avoid the gap.
  • Keep writing unless God makes it clear you’re to stop. Attend writers’ conferences. Maintain contacts within the industry. Continue to hone your skill.
  • Be patient. Be diligent. Be faithful. Rest assured that God is sovereign over your circumstances. When His time is right, He’ll move you from the gap.

My time in the six-year gap has given me a new personal favorite Scripture—“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted ” (Job 42:2). Meditating on it brings peace. Pondering it daily brings confidence. God knows what He’s doing. He knows what He wants to accomplish in us and through us. Let’s let Him do His job, even if it means waiting in the gap.

www.gracefox.com

 

 

 

 

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Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Grace Fox

Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the honor of interviewing Grace Fox, a multi-published devotional and Bible study author and a much-in-demand speaker who urges women to become “daring, deep, and devoted” in their walks with the Lord.

Grace, how did you get into writing? CAN Grace Fox

I started writing in 1999, convinced I could launch a successful greeting card line. Eager to show my product to a Dayspring editor, I attended the Florida Christian Writers Conference. My cards were rejected there, but I attended as many workshops as I could and learned how to write for magazines. I laid a good foundation for my writing career by focusing on the magazine market first. Doing so taught me how to conduct a good interview and write profiles, devotionals, personal experience articles, and even pieces for kids and teens. My first book–10-Minute Time Outs for Moms–was released six years after I attended that conference.

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Encouragement

The Beauty of Meanwhile

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It's Grace Fox with a devotional thought to start your week.

Sometimes life leaves us baffled or bruised. We wonder if God is as wise as He claims to be, and we question why circumstances don’t happen how and when we wish they would. When I feel this way, I take courage from the Scriptures.

Recently I read about the prophet Samuel’s boyhood. One word—meanwhile—popped up several times in the account. It reminded me that, no matter what life looks like, God’s at work behind the scenes to accomplish His purposes. 

  •  “And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD” (1 Samuel 2:21).
  • Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the LORD and with the people” (1 Samuel 2:26).
  • Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the LORD by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the LORD were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon” (1 Samuel 3:1).

Events both good and bad unfurled on a daily basis at that time. Meanwhile, God was quietly raising up a prophet who would honor Him and faithfully proclaim His word.

The beauty of meanwhile remains true today. A couple years ago, Stonecroft Ministries asked me to produce a DVD-based Bible study to accompany my book, Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. I had no funds and no clue how to do this. The thought of producing such a resource made good sense, but it also unnerved me. And so I prayed: “God, if You want this project done, then You’ll need to bring me a team of skilled people to help. And you’ll need to work out all the details including funding.” 

For the next year, I went about my usual business of writing, speaking, and ministering overseas. Meanwhile, the bi-weekly women’s Bible study that my daughter-in-law organized lost its teacher.  “Can you teach it now, Mom?” asked Cheryl. “Preparations won’t take long if you teach from Moving from Fear to Freedom because you already know the material.” I thought about the DVD study. Using this opportunity as a test run seemed divinely orchestrated, so I agreed and started writing the lessons. 

Meanwhile, I met a man in my church who’d specialized in audio-visual work while a missionary in Africa many years prior. He had a local friend who owned two filming cameras. Both agreed to help. 

Meanwhile, a national women’s ministry set aside money for projects such as this. One day the president handed me an envelope containing a grant application. “Fill out the form and ask for funding,” she said. I applied, and the committee approved. Within a year, the DVD-based Bible study became a reality. 

Perhaps you’re facing a challenge today. You’re not sure what’s goin’ on, and life looks like a puzzle with a few pieces missing. Pray and take courage in the Scriptures, especially in the word meanwhile.

You work. You wait. Meanwhile, God is on the move behind the scenes to fulfill His plan.

 

Visit www.gracefox.com/blog for more devotional thoughts.