May 2020 Member News

Karen Barnett, of Albany, just signed a contract with Kregel Publications for her next Vintage National Parks series. Working title is Rosie’s Ridge, set in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and time-slipping from 1930 to present day. Tentative release date is in 2022.

Laura Bradford, of Walla Walla, Washington, and Geneva Iijima, of Oregon City, have devotionals in the June–August edition of God’s Word for Today.

Danika Cooley, of Warrenton, reported on June 15 that she had just turned in the third book for her new Christian history middle grade series with Christian Focus. (Four books in six-ish months.) Later in the week she started revising Year Two of her free Bible Road Trip curriculum, a three-year Bible survey that includes a Parent/Teacher Guide, weekly lesson plans (which include Bible study, writing activities, craft ideas, and more), and notebooking pages . . . all ready to print and use.

Evelyn J. Donnell, of LaGrande, a 93-year old member, recently published Mandated Miracles— How God Leaves Fingerprints on Our Lives, a collection of short stories portraying answered prayer and miracles. As she lay unconscious with heart failure in 2018, doctors determined “the family must be called in.” She heard God ask her if she had completed her book of miracles He had mandated. Though she was ready to go home to heaven, she admitted to not having completed the assigned task and asked to “stay” so she could do so. It is available on Amazon for $10.

Evelyn also has a music video posted on YouTube, “Evelyn Donnell: a Widow’s Lament.” Collaborating with LaGrande musician Marshall Turner, her lyrics and photos depict the sweet story of her 69-year marriage to Steve Donnell.

Camille Eide, of Sandy, signed with WhiteFire Publishing in mid-June for her next book, The Secret Place, a contemporary relationship drama and love story, set on the McKenzie River in Oregon. Release date is spring 2021.

Darlene J. Ellis, of Oregon City, reports that LIVE has accepted an article for 2021, and one of her stories will be in the Moments Christmas 2020 book from Grace Publishing.

Heidi Gaul, of Albany, just signed a contract for another Guideposts devotional book—her third this year.

Donna Gurr, of Lincoln City, will have her piece “His Bride” in the book The Christ Collective, a compilation of timeless writings from believers around the globe, all centered on one thing: the person of Jesus. The book is scheduled for release August 2020.

Tracie Heskett, of Vancouver, Washington, received word that her devotional “Invite Him In” will be published on the website www.christiandevotions.us on December 20, 2020. And she discovered that three books she has written (numbers 34, 35, and 37) appear on this list https://bookauthority.org/books/best-selling-nonfiction-writing-books.

Rachel Lulich, of Bloomington, Indiana, had her devotional “Joy” featured on The Upper Room website on July 7.

Susan Maas, of Gresham, had seven devotionals accepted for an upcoming book from Guideposts.

Sarah E. Pruitt, of Salinas, California, had her article, “Master Ju’s First Case,” in the summer edition of Woven Tales, an online magazine for short writings and art.

Jeri Stockdale, of Poulsbo, Washington, had her fiction piece, Barrel Racing, Big Dreams and a Boyfriend to Boot, published in the June/July 2020 issue of Focus on the Family’s teen girl magazine, Brio.

Jill Williamson, of Ridgefield, Washington, has her website for teen writers, www.GoTeenWriters.com, listed in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest as one of the three top websites for authors who write for children and young adults.

Julie McDonald Zander, of Toledo, Washington, reports that her five-year labor of love, Washington Territory’s Grand Lady, is a finalist in the 2020 Will Rogers Medallion Awards for Western Biography.

Congratulations to these four OCW members who are finalists in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest: Rhonda Ortiz, of Albany, but currently living in Michigan (historical romance); Kendy Pearson, of Dundee (historical); Holly Varni, of San Luis Obispo, California (contemporary); and Genine Wilson, of Vancouver, Washington (short novel).

 

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