When A Town Becomes a Character

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By Lisa Schnedler There are towns that you visit—or perhaps ones you have lived in—that are so unique, so special, that they seem to have a personality all their own. When a town has a distinct personality—and is the backdrop of a novel—the town itself becomes a “character” in the story. Bentonsport is such a town and is the setting …

The Agile Writer’s Mind

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By MD House What is the difference between having a fertile mind and an agile mind? As writers, or rather, creators of linguistic art, we boast a great deal of creativity and ingenuity. We may rightly be said to have fertile minds. But what about agility, and how do we define that? In a physical sense, we think of agility …

ACFW Announces 2022 Christian Fiction and Industry Awards

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  Palm Bay, FL: The American Christian Fiction Writers in person conference at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis included their 2022 Awards Gala with a number of significant industry awards. Prolific author and devoted mentor and teacher Gayle Roper was honored with ACFW’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Among other recognitions are the following winners of the Carol Awards, …

5 Tips for Speaking at Your Local Library

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by Lisa Jordan After my debut novel released over ten years ago, a close friend mentioned her book club was reading Lakeside Reunion, and she asked if I’d talk at their get-together. I agreed and enjoyed the conversation. One of the book club attendees worked at our public library and asked if I’d be interested in speaking to another book …

Contemplation

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By Henry McLaughlin I’ve been doing a lot of contemplating and pondering lately. About my writing. About life. About God. About making changes. Not really at a crossroads, but definitely a time of reassessment. Why? What’s the point? For me, it’s about getting priorities straight and getting myself right with God. I’m learning that too often I get private and …

A Different Way to Look at Books

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By Deborah Raney “. . . he who destroys a good book kills reason itself.”   ~John Milton There is something about books and bookshelves lined with favorite books that just make a house feel cozier and more welcoming. But books don’t have to be only for reading. As a writer of books and an avid reader of books, I’ve begun to …

September 2022 New Releases

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September 2022 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website Contemporary Romance: A Heart to Trust by Judith McNees — Can two broken hearts learn to trust each other…and God? Grace Morgan has a closely guarded secret. One that also makes her good at guarding her heart. After all, she has …