Member News – November


Danika Cooley, of Beaverton, invites you to her website where you can find great resources for teaching children about the life of Martin Luther and other books from Thinking Kids Press.

Rosanne Croft, of Redmond, along with two others with OCW ties, Linda Reinhardt and Sharon Bernash Smith, recently released Once Upon a Christmas, published by Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing. Widely available through,, (best price), (and in some stores!), and even Google Play.

Here’s the blurb about it on Amazon: A mysterious package left in the snow on Christmas Eve. A startling encounter with the homeless. A treasured gift of love. Set in the 1800s through the present, in colorful settings that span the globe, beloved inspirational writers Sharon Bernash Smith, Linda Reinhardt, and Rosanne Croft pen charming holiday stories to warm, delight, and romance the heart. Travel to small towns, to the tropics of Africa, to the wilds of Montana, to battlefields, and many more fascinating locations with 55 short stories featuring unforgettable characters who discover, in the midst of difficult circumstances, the true meaning of Christmas.

Camille Eide, of Sandy, launches her third inspirational novel, The Memoir of Johnny Devine, on December 1 with Ashberry Lane Publishing. It will be available in e-book and print at Amazon, B&N, and other online retailers.

The Memoir of Johnny Devine is a 1950s “classic” love story set in a time when post-war America seeks security in prosperity, Hollywood’s Golden Age is coming to an end, the “Red Scare” reaches new heights of paranoia, and unrest over civil rights continues to grow. It’s a story for women (and men) who enjoy a character-driven, inspirational drama, a strong but chaste romance, and a touch of intrigue. Romantic Times Book Reviews (December issue) not only declared The Memoir of Johnny Devine Top Pick, but also rated it with an uncommon 4½ Gold Stars, their highest rating.

Camille will hold a book signing on Saturday, December 19 from 11:00–2:00 at Sandy Assembly of God Church, 39800 Hwy 26, Sandy, Oregon. Copies of her books will be available. Visit for details.

Heidi Gaul, of Albany, is a finalist in Splickety magazine’s Christmas Flash Fiction contest! She says it was a wonderful challenge. Have you ever written a story using 100 words or less?

Lynn Hare, of Portland, has an article, “Mining for Devotional Ideas,” in the November/December issue of Christian Communicator. If you’re a writer new to devotional writing or a veteran seeking fresh inspiration, check out the article’s sources of ideas for exploring and writing about Holy Spirit truths.

Nick Harrison, of Eugene, recently retired from Harvest House and is now an agent with WordServe Literary Agency.

Julie Hoy, of Salem, has her 19th annual Giving Thanks Concert scheduled for Sunday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. Location: Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 4227 Lone Oak Road S.E., Salem. No admission fee.

Esther “Lyra” Knierim, of Beaverton, has published her picture book Christmas Doll using CreateSpace. It is a children’s book telling of her Christmas during the Depression in 1932 when she made a rag doll for her little sister. Seeing her extreme delight in receiving it made that the most thrilling Christmas of Lyra’s childhood.

Her blog address is where you can read more about the Christmas Doll book. She will also be posting amazing (very short) stories about her sister Cindy and her husband Horand. She will post a new true story each month.

Patricia Oliver, of Vancouver, has two things in print:WildernessBeckons; An Alaskan Adventure (Amazon print and Kindle e-book) and The Tarascans of Michoacán (Kindle e-book).

Jane Reid, of Tigard, will have her piece, “Father’s Delight,” in the Jan/Feb issue of The Upper Room. A guest blog invitation from Upper Room led to the creation of her own blog:

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