Bless You and Keep You

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by Julia Fenstermacher The day after Christmas, “Poetry Moment” on NPR (National Public Radio) featured a poem I wrote. The poem came to me this past year out of a time of frustration. I was very busy with good writerly things: my new author newsletter, attending the Write to Publish conference, serving as our local ACFW chapter VP, and creating …

ACFW New Releases: January 2024

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January 2024 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website Contemporary Romance: The Love Penalty by Carolyn Miller — With her fondness for tattoos and spider jewelry Sylvie Miles is used to being pre-judged and misunderstood. She has friends and connections but she still feels alone, and works several jobs while …

You’re Not Going to Drown

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by John Matthew Walker @jdubmd Familiar with the huge numbers that swarmed him daily, Jesus and his disciples went to the lakeshore early in the morning. When the crowds gathered and pressed around him, Jesus and his disciples climbed into a boat a pushed off the shore. He stood at taught them from the boat. The day stretched on and …

ACFW New Releases: December 2023

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December 2023 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website Contemporary Romance: Bidding on a Second Chance by Emily Conrad — His bid for a second chance this Christmas might lead to her most disastrous fall yet. Police officer Graham Lockhart’s life is dangerous enough without accident-prone Piper Wells tripping around …

A Storyteller’s Tale

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by Tanara McCauley There once was a teller of magnificent tales. He traveled vast lands and orated to diverse peoples, regaling them with stories of war and tragic love, of villains who could be mistaken for heroes, of whole nations ruled by lions or destroyed with song. Renowned for his audacity and for recitals that never failed to surprise and …

Come Out of The Corner

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by Chandra Lynn Smith I am a professional dog trainer. Naturally, my manuscripts have canine characters. My current work in progress has a very special Swiss Mountain Dog, named Gretta. The “Gretta” in the manuscript is loosely based on a dog I trained several years ago. That dog’s first day with me was traumatic. She cowered in the corner and …

How To Find Your Audience by Honing Your Brand and Genre

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by Donna Wichelman @DonnaWichelman In a November 4, 2020 blog post, Tyndale House Publishers CRAZY4FICTION TEAM asked, “What genre novel should you write?” To help readers hone in on their genre, they had to answer ten multiple-choice questions that narrowed their options to one. Interestingly enough, when I took the test, Tyndale House’s final answer to which genre I should …

Come Alongside

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by Susan A.J. Lyttek @SusanLyttek In my latest YA series, the Portal Watchers, the prophet Nevv takes the three watchers under his tutelage. Ne-tel, Bern and Garth are all about half Nevv’s age and have barely an iota of his experience. But he doesn’t lord that over them. Instead, he reaffirms what they do have—the dinosaurs and the mission to …