Worthy Words: Sacramental Settings

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By Christine Sunderland Today is Palm Sunday, a major festival in the Christian year. It recalls and celebrates Christ’s humble and glorious entrance into Jerusalem on a colt, to begin the week leading to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. As Jesus entered the gates of the city, the “multitudes” waved palms in greeting. They spread their garments and …

April 2022 New Releases

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April 2022 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website Contemporary: A Heart to Cherish by Judith McNees — veryone leaves…including God. That’s how Julia Price feels after years of being passed over in foster homes. All she has ever wanted is a family, but when she finds herself pregnant and …

Celebrating a Book Birthday with Gratitude

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By Gina Detwiler This week, Forbidden, the fourth book of the Forlorn series (the fifth if you count the prequel), had its official book birthday. Let me tell you how that feels. Terrifying. Exciting! I mean exciting. Of course. But also, yes, terrifying. Because along with the joy of a newborn novel comes the angst: will anyone read it? Will …

How to win a writing contest

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By Jill K Willis You’ve decided . . . gulp . . . to enter your book baby in a writing contest. You’ve agonized over the synopsis, formatted the manuscript, and completed the contact form. You’ve edited it a thousand times, along with your mother and your critique partner. You’ve caught typos, grammatical errors, and plot holes. What more could …

Four Things to Give Up to Grow Your Writing Career

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By Lisa Jordan How many times have you heard someone say, “I give up”? Those three simple words can destroy a writer’s dream. Maybe you’ve been trying to get that novel completed but your characters aren’t cooperating. Or you’ve been trying to get an agent’s or an editor’s attention to no avail. It’s so easy to give up, isn’t it? …

March 2022 New Releases

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March 2022 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website Contemporary Romance: Hearts and Goals by Carolyn Miller –He’s a goalie with a big heart, while she’s afraid to trust again. After a series of tragedies, Maggie Joly’s dreams have been confined to her work at Montreal’s botanic gardens and caring …

When You Hit the Writing Wall

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By Glynn Young I’ve learned there is more than one kind of writing block. I’ve been blessed with never to have experienced writer’s block, that immobilization that often afflicts writers and stops them cold from writing another word. I’ve sympathized with people who’ve had it, and I know it’s real. They stare at a blank page or screen, and – …

Worthy Words: Threading the Theme

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By Christine Sunderland As I research my eighth novel, I consider worthy themes, themes that reflect the Kingdom of Heaven and God’s love for mankind. What is the theme? How will I thread this theme through the pages, creating a satisfying whole, weaving together characters, plot, and settings? This novel will be the third in a trilogy about free speech …

God’s Point of View for your Book

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By Lana Christian Like many of you, I’ve been in the querying trenches for some time. So I was Snoopy-dance thrilled when a publisher reviewed my full manuscript and asked me to revise/resubmit it. I spent three weeks slaving over changes I thought the publisher was looking for, knowing full well I could do my best and still not garner …