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March 2013 Member News

Karen Barnett,of Albany, had her novel Mistaken accepted by Abingdon and put on the fast track to publication. She pitched this at the OCW summer conference and it will release this summer. Her story was featured on editor Ramona Richards’ blog.

Carolyn Bolz, of Riverside, California, sent this note: I received a complimentary copy of the March 2013 issue of Country Extra Magazine. An original joke that I wrote about my young nephew, Nathan, was included in the ‘Little Humor’ column. I also received a free one-year subscription to the magazine.” She sent this info early in the month and by the end of the month had this to report: “In the past few days, I’ve heard from three magazine editors! A humorous article and a poem that I wrote will both be published in the next issue of the ST Quarterly. My poem will also appear in ST Dystonia Magazine. Another story that I wrote, ‘Sharing God’s Love in the Hair Salon,’ will be included in an upcoming issue of The Lutheran Layman. My article describes what happened recently when my hairstylist seemed distraught because her grandmother, who had raised her, had died earlier that day of a brain tumor. As I was consoling her, I explained that my brother-in-law had recently died of brain cancer, so I could understand what she was facing. I also had the opportunity that day to share a little about my Christian faith with my hairdresser.”

Richard Cary, of Naselle, Washington, is the Sunday writer for the March–May issue of God’s Word for Today. Several other OCW members are featured in that issue as noted in last month’s e-newsletter. This publication uses pastors to write the Sunday devotionals. Paul Smith, the editor, has come to our summer conference for several years and will be back this year. He has published several of our members in both this devotional booklet and LIVE, a weekly adult take-home paper.

Danika Cooley, of Beaverton, had an article about George Washington Carver in the February issue of Clubhouse Jr. magazine that was featured on the cover, and noted that Crystal Kupper, of Salem, and Cheryl Secomb, of Portland, also had pieces in that issue. Crystal’s was a story about quadruplet brothers, and Cheryl wrote a rebus story.

Cathy Elliott, of Anderson, California, has a story about her son Christ in the anthology Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms. It’s a story very dear to her since her son has now been many years in the arms of Jesus.

Mary Hake, of Falls City, continues to write devotions for the Assemblies of God periodicals, assignments that came from getting to know Paul Smith at summer conferences. She just completed 10 for the teen devotional, Take 5, and 14 adult devotions for God’s Word for Today, both for the winter edition 2013–2014.

Mary’s eye condition has improved some. She thanks everyone who prayed for her.

Lynn Hare, of Portland, will have “Unshakable,” an article about how she received Christ as her Savior, in LIVE’s bonus edition for winter 2013–14.

Joy V. Mazeikas, of Salem, had her first novel, Egg Song, released March 5, by Tate Publishing. Visit this link for more information and this link for her trailer.

Jennifer Anne Messing, of Portland, received word that the Multnomah County Library (metropolitan Portland) is going to stock her poetic devotional/gift book, Morning’s Promise: Poetic Moments in His Presence.

Dianne Price, of Bend, just signed a contract with OakTara to publish the first three books of her Thistle Series: Broken Wings, Wing and a Prayer, and Dreams Can Tell a Lie. She is thankful for all the OCW members who have helped make this possible, offering critique, prayers, advice, and encouragement. “How wonderful to belong to a group who put God first!” she says.

Be sure to let us know of the news about your writing (publishing accomplishments, upcoming book-signings, etc.) so we can include that info in our monthly e-newsletter – email us atmembership@oregonchristianwriters.org to be featured.

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