November Member News

November Member News

Julie Bonn Blank is releasing her second book in the Guardians of Grace series at the end of November. Title is Innocent Voices. In the meantime, you can download two free e-books by Julie at www.innocentjourneys.com. Julie also designs professional websites and offers a large discount for OCW members. Contact her at juliebonnblank@gmail.com.

Virginia Johnson had her article “The Bouquet” in the September/October 2022 issue of the Bible Advocate magazine and her article “To the Other Side” in Now What? the online publication of Bible Advocate Publishers. In January her article “Six Buttons’ Journey—From East to West” was in the online publication Western Regional Button Association. She rewrote that article, and it appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of the Oregon State Button Society Bulletin.

Linda L. Kruschke had an article published in the November issue of Today’s Christian Living, a devotional published in Arise Daily (also on Crosswalk) in October, and has a story accepted for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons Learned from My Dog due out in January 2023.

Maxine Marsolini was notified that her story “Grace Among Us” (tentative title) will be included in the Short and Sweet Book XI from Grace Publishing. The tentative title of the book is My Covid Story and will be available in 2023.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing’s National Indie Excellence award-winning third book, a collection of short fiction stories and poetry entitled Everlasting Love: Romantic Vignettes for a Woman’s Heart has a new cover and a newly re-published e-book version and paperback version (210 pages). It’s now available at Barnes &Noble online, Indiebound, Books-A-Million and on Amazon. You can get more information about Everlasting Love and all of Jennifer Anne’s books at: https://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferannemessing 

Jan Pierce had a book published by Elk Lake Publishing that released in late June. Title is The Exploits of Edna and Gertie, which is three novellas about two “women of a certain age.” They travel together and get into all sorts of mischief. She also continues to write for Askgranny.com and for Regional Parenting Magazines.

Dawn Shipman reports that Quest of the Queen, the second book in her YA fantasy series The Lost Stones of Argonia, was released by Elk Lake Publishing in September.

Frank V. Yates’ unpublished historical fiction, Codename Vatikan, finaled not only in the OCW Cascade Writing Contest but also in the same category in the PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writers Association) writing contest.

The following members each had an article in the October edition of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, Jean Davies, Jon Drury, LGayle Gustafson, Linda Kruschke, and Maxine Marsolini.

 

October Member News

Gail Denham continues to have her poems published and win or place in nationwide contests. Here’s just a sampling: Sold a poem to LIVE. Quill & Parchment used “Sensing the Change” in their October issue. Won several prizes in the Missouri Poetry Contest and second place in the Massachusetts Society contest. Three of her poems were in the Wyoming Poetry Society newsletter. Pennsylvania Poetry Society used her poem “My Rebellious Feet.”

Sam Hall published a memoir, A Place to Stand, about the early years after his father died.

Lydia Harris had three pumpkin recipes from her In the Kitchen with Grandma cookbook published in the October/November issue of Brio, Focus on the Family’s magazine for teenage girls. You can see the recipes online here: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/…/brio-magazine-freebies/

Kristen Johnson has an article in the October issue of Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine. Title of the article is “Truth Pursuer: Truth of Trick?”

Charlotte Kardokus had her true article “Not in a Million Years” accepted by LIVE for their summer 2023 edition.

Dr. Hannah Kolehmainen just self-published the workbook edition of her new book Quit Wandering—15 Strategies to Find & Fulfill Your God-Given Mission. It is available on her website http://furtherthefaith.com.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing had her short story “For Mama with Love” accepted for publication in the holiday book anthology The Gift, which will be released in print and e-book formats this December. She noted that the editor responded to her submission in just seven hours, the shortest turnaround time she’s ever experienced.

Each of these members had an article in the September issue of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, Jean Davies, LGayle Gustafson, Linda Kruschke, and Maxine Marsolini.

 

 

September Member News

 

Carolyn Bolz had the picture she took of a prickly pear cactus on the one day a year it blooms posted on Birds and Blooms website.

Lydia Harris has had several things published recently: two stories in LIVE, a story in Can,Sir! a collection of stories about cancer from Grace Publishing (Terri Kalfas), and two short articles in Bible Advocate. This is in addition to her column “A Cup of Tea with Lydia” that she’s written for 23 years. She is thankful for the teaching and networking through OCW conferences. Both of her grandparenting books are a result of connections there—her Bible study book Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey (AMG, 2010) and her cookbook In the Kitchen with Grandma: Stirring Up Tasty Memories Together (Harvest House, 2019).

Virginia Johnson had her article “To the Other Side” published in the March 2022 issue of Now What? And her article “The Bouquet” will appear in the September/October issue of Bible Advocate magazine.

In August, Lois Kennis signed a contract with Elk Lake Publishing for her debut novel, Rise on Eagle’s Wings. The manuscript won the 2020 OCW Cascade Writing Contest for Unpublished Contemporary Fiction. Lois is grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to the next steps on her writing journey.

Linda L. Kruschke signed a contract with Guideposts for six short devotionals to be included in the next edition of their Pray a Word a Day devotional.

Rachel Lulich had her first middle grade novel, The Red Door, accepted for publication by Bandersnatch Books. This book was the winner in the Unpublished Middle Grade Book category in the 2021 Cascade Contest.

Marty Magee has a devotional in the fall edition of The Secret Place.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing had a personal-experience short story entitled “A Birthday Surprise” accepted for publication in the Spring 2023 issue of LIVE, a weekly take-home paper for adults. This true story was previously published/reprinted in four different magazines and one compilation book. Jennifer Anne prays its message of forgiveness and new beginnings between her (as a grown-up daughter) and her mother will touch hearts.

Lori Ann Wood has an article in the fall issue of Just Between Us, a women’s magazine from Jill Briscoe’s ministry.

Each of these members has an article in the August edition of The Christian Journal: Jean Davies, LGayle Gustafson, Linda L. Kruschke, and Maxine Marsolini.

Each of these four members has an article in the September–October issue of Bible Advocate: Lydia Harris, Virginia Johnson, Yvonne Kays, and Jeri Stockdale. Sherri Langton, also an OCW member and summer conference favorite, edits this magazine. This is the first time she remembers having so many OCW members in one issue.

 

 

August Member News

 

Mary Hake had a puzzle in Partners in July and just had a children’s story accepted for Story Mates for the January 1, 2023, edition. LIVE also requested to reprint a true story, to be published next spring.

Charlotte Kardokus had two articles, “The Best House” and “May Basket,” accepted by LIVE for their spring 2023 issue.

Linda L. Kruschke had a poem published in the Wholly Loved Gala event booklet, which was distributed at the Gala on June 5, 2022.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing has two true experience short stories (both are reprints) entitled “His Eyes of Love” and “Night Psalm” accepted for publication in Spring 2023 issues of LIVE, a weekly take-home paper for adults.

Carole Marie Shelton is a 2022 Serious Writer Book of the Decade semifinalist for her middle grade novel, Cosmic Chaos.

The following members had an article in the July issue of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, Jean Davies, LGayle Gustafson, Linda L. Kruschke, Maxine Marsolini, Shirley Mozena, and Jan Sheerin.

 

 

July Member News

Danika Cooley signed a contract to partner with the The Good Book Company on an upcoming book on an important biblical doctrine for elementary-aged kids. It will be in a hands-on format they will love! The next installment of the Who What Why Christian history series will be out in spring 2023, and this book will follow, making it the tenth book she has written for families.

Charles Harrel has two stories in upcoming issues of LIVE: “Hand Upon My Shoulder” in the summer 2022 issue and “The Repairer” for the winter 2022 issue.

Charlotte Kardokus had two stories, “Missing Pieces” and “God Answers Prayer, accepted for the winter 2022–2023 edition of LIVE.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing noted that her National Indie Excellence award-winning book Everlasting Love: Romantic Vignettes for a Woman’s Heart, a collection of short stories and poetry, has a new cover and a newly re-published e-book version. The updated print book version will be released very soon. The e-book is on an introductory summer sale; get more information and look inside the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferannemessing 

Shirley Mozena was published twice in June (June 11 and 26) in the online daily devotional Arise Daily from www.crosswalk.com.

Dr. Sonya Privette has written several books: My Father, My Lord, My Love: Now Reveal Your Glory; My Father, My Lord, My Love: A Demonstration of God’s Love; My Father, My Life, My Future: Now God Has Spoken; The Clergy Boot Camp Manual; The Need for Evangelism in a Dying World: A Guide for Sharing Your Faith; and a series of books entitled Living Life for God: Devotions for Kids. All books are available at https://app.thebookpatch.com/BookStoreResults?search=Sonya+Privette&ddl=authors

 

June Member News

Jane Daly reports that her second novel, Broken, A Story of Redemption, releases this month from Elk Lake Publishing.

Donna Y. Gurr has completed a set of seven devotionals for The Quiet Hour that will appear in that publication in November 2023.

Sharon Chase Hoseley received The Human Relations Indie Book Gold Award in 2017 for A Bridge Named Susan under the category of Life Challenges. She submitted the second book, Crossing the Bridge, in the category of Personal Relationship Memoir and was the 2022 Gold Winner.

Charlotte Kardokus had her story, “Praying for Friends,” accepted for the Winter 2022–2023 issue of LIVE.

Linda L. Kruschke had an article titled “Grasping Grace” published in Now What?, the online magazine of Bible Advocate, and a devotional titled “His Power Is My Power” published in Arise Daily Devos.

Marty Magee and Stacey Womack have one devotional each in the summer issue of The Secret Place.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing has a poem, “Heavenly Purpose” in the summer 2022 issue of Pure Joy Digest magazine. Her award-winning book, Love’s Faithful Promise received a new five-star review. “I am so enjoying Jennifer Anne’s short stories and poems. They reignite that youthful promise of love and romance that is so easy to lose with the passing of time. I love the hope expressed through these stories—that true love, innocence, and the healing power of love can last a lifetime. Your talent is a blessing of hope in a far too cynical world.” All of Jennifer Anne’s books are available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferannemessing.

Julie Zander won a certificate (second place) in the Society of Professional Journalists contest for Editorial & Commentary among medium-sized journalistic organizations in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana). She had submitted three of her weekly columns she writes for The Daily Chronicle in Centralia, Washington.

These members each had an article in the June issue of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, Jean Davies, Jon Drury, LGayle Gustafson, Linda L. Kruschke, Maxine Marsolini, and Shirley Mozena.

 

May Member News

Stan Baldwin is hosting a celebration of his life on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at North Clackamas Park in Milwaukie, Oregon. It is also a book release party for I Didn’t Want to Leave without Saying Goodbye. Think of this new book as replacing the usual obituary handed out at memorial services, only this one is 216 pages of fascinating stories about Stan’s life.

Carolyn Bolz has a really cute poem, “Dinner Disaster,” in the current issue of The ST Quarterly. ST stands for Spasmodic Torticollis, and Carolyn is a frequent contributor to publications dealing with that condition.

Camille Eide had her novel Wings Like a Dove noted in the April issue of Christianity Today as “New & Noteworthy Fiction.”

Cara Grandle released The Ribbon on May 2nd with WhiteFire Publishing (Ashberry Lane line).

Susan Maas has an article, “In All Circumstances,” in the March–May issue of LIVE. Lydia Harris, Yvonne Kays, and Sherri Langton also have articles in that edition. And several former members are also included.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing passed the audition and had several devotionals accepted for publication in Guideposts Mornings with Jesus, 2024 daily devotional book. She was also asked to contribute more devotionals for Mornings with Jesus, 2025.

Christina Suzann Nelson was interviewed by Family Fiction about her latest book. You can read the interview here: https://familyfiction.com/womens-fiction-author-qa-christina-suzann-nelson-shaped-waves/?fbclid=IwAR0nNCh7qSTJGlNzEVXOodU4ru-PPdxac7-mU2RdNoj6yIV1PILCJuT9Nc8

Jeri Stockdale reports that her novella, Outspoken Love, was published by Winged Publications and is available as an ebook on amazon.com with print on demand to follow. The setting for this historical romance is Seattle in 1910 during the suffrage movement. Two more in the series will follow.

Four of our members—Lois Kennis (Contemporary), Becky Little (Young Adult), Kit Tosello (Contemporary), and Erma Ullrey (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller)—are semi-finalists in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest. Congratulations, ladies. Finalists will be announced on June 15, and winners will be revealed at the ACFW conference on September 10.

The following members each had an article in the April and May editions of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer (May), Jean Davies (April & May), Jon Drury (April & May), LGayle Gustafson (April & May), Suzanne Koonce (April), Maxine Marsolini (April & May), Shirley Mozena (April), and Jan Sheerin (April).

 

March/April 2022

Julie Bonn Blank was recently notified that her book Innocent Lives won a Bookfest award.

Gail Denham has had poems published in numerous publications over the last several months, including Poetic Voices (Pennsylvania), Swallow’s Nest (OCW), Sandcutters (Arizona), Well Versed, Lone Star, Emergence (Wyoming), and Quill & Parchment. And she has placed in several state competitions, including Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

Camille Eide’s novel Wings Like a Dove is mentioned in the current issue of Christianity Today under “New and Noteworthy Fiction.” Part of the recommendation for Camille’s book says, “A perfect example of how fiction can teach the most beautiful of God’s truths.”

Mary Hake had a children’s story reprinted in several languages for an outreach publication distributed overseas. She sold a puzzle about Abraham to Story Mates for publication in July.

Yvonne Kays has an article, “When Did the King Come In?” in the March/April edition of Bible Advocate. You can view it here on page 22: https://baonline.org/Issues/Flip/BA-2022-2_March-April/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1_w8L3ZKdnjJ5EC5ANPDgCOAeEi2pRJ1fvTaZHYWXSC9AHUK5dt5R3DKk

Linda L. Kruschke has stories in two compilations set to release this year. The first is Short and Sweet X: What’s in a Name, which includes a cute story about her son’s name. The second is The Cat in the Christmas Tree! and that will include an even cuter story about her son’s cat.

Patti Lee had an article published in the February issue of Fathom magazine. “The Lost Lady of Krasnodar” is the banner story for the magazine’s current theme of harmony. The link is fathommag.com.

Shirley Mozena will have an article in the May/June 2022 issue of Angels on Earth magazine. Title when she submitted it was “Angels Were There,” which the publisher may change.

Kathy Schuknecht received the 2022 Goldie Award for Promising New Writer from West Coast Christian Writers for her soon-to-be released debut novel, Transforming Grace, a contemporary story of life, loss, faith, and the miracle of forgiveness. For more information about the novel and the pending release date, visit Kathy’s website: www.kathyschuknecht.com

Lori Ann Wood has an article titled “Being Okay with Giving Up” in spring issue of Just Between Us.

Book Signing: Friday, May 6 from 5–8 p.m., Chapters Books and Coffee, 701 E 1st St, Newberg, Oregon as part of the downtown art walk. Come chat with some local OCW members: Julie Bonn Blank, Donna Hues, Jan Rea Johnson, and Lynn Shortman (aka Laya Brandt).

Members who had one article apiece in the March 2022 edition of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, Jean Davies, Jon Drury, LGayle Gustafson, Linda L. Kruschke, Maxine Marsolini, Shirley Mozena, and Jan Sheerin.

 

February 2022

Julie Bonn Blank has released two new e-books about side characters in Innocent Lives, Guardians of Grace Book 1. “Rose” is a novella that is only $2.99, and “Penny” is available for free. Go to https://www.subscribepage.com/penny.

Marty Magee has a devotional in the spring issue of The Secret Place.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing is the “Featured Poet” in the recently published 2021 annual poetry anthology Startled by Love (print/e-book). This book was #1 on Amazon’s Bestselling New Releases List (“Poetry Anthologies” category) during the first week of January 2022. Jennifer Anne also had a short article about a heartwarming act of kindness published in the January 17, 2022, issue of Woman’s World weekly print magazine.

Shaped by the Waves by Christina Suzann Nelson was released by Bethany House Publishers on February 1st. Available in several formats.

Jeri Stockdale has an article, “More Than a Neighbor,” in the Jan/Feb 2022 edition of Bible Advocate. It is the story of the relationship she built with a neighbor over the years and the opportunities God gave her to share with him when he was terminally ill.

Lyla Swafford had a piece titled “Unexpected Joy” in the February issue of Now What?

Pamala Vincent recently won the silver award for nonfiction authors from the Nonfiction Authors Association. “Women face battles on a wide variety of fronts and knowing who we are created to be defines which battles to engage in for success in our homes, work, and spiritual lives. This book is for women who dare to make a difference.” Can be ordered from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pamala+vincent&i=stripbooks&crid=BYITUVTM2TZ2&sprefix=pamala+vincent%2Cstripbooks%2C125&ref=nb_sb_noss

Kristen Joy Wilks was a recent guest at CalvaryMac Church in McMinnville for the Author Spotlight Program hosted by Annika Klanderud.

Lori Ann Wood has an article in the spring issue of Just Between Us.

The following members have articles in the February issue of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, Jean Davies, Jon Drury, LGayle Gustafson, Linda L. Kruschke, Maxine Marsolini, and Jan Sherrin.

 

January 2022

Charles Earl Harrel has a story titled, “Heavenly Messenger,” coming out in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Angels. The release date is January 25, 2022. It’s an amazing story about an angelic encounter that occurred on Hwy 26—about halfway between Sandy and Gresham, Oregon. Both he and his wife, Laura, witnessed it.

Linda L. Kruschke had an article, “God’s Relationship Plan,” in the Winter/January 2022 issue of Divine Purpose magazine. Four of her poems were included in A Given Grace anthology, and she read two of them plus a Christmas poem as part of the Poetry Festival Singapore, which you can watch here. She also signed a contract to write seven devotionals for The Quiet Hour, published by David C Cook.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing was chosen from among many published poets to be the “Featured Poet” for the 2021 annual poetry anthology entitled Startled by Love, a collection of new poetry in traditional forms. It features several poems by Jennifer Anne, and those written by poets from the US and around the world. It’s available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores. More information about the book can be found at https://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferannemessing.

Dan Wagner released his book God Expects! What our Creator God expects of His Creation last month. With God’s proclamation of “Let there be light,” He began His creation of the world we live in and everything else. God, as Creator, has a plan for His creation. Discover the beginning of God’s expectations and see our responsibility, accountability, as well as the consequences both individually for us and corporately for the Church. Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/God-Expects-Creator-expects-creation/dp/B09M79KK9P/ref=sr_1_1?crid=G0W8CPJABIXD&keywords=dan+wagner&qid=1639351588&sprefix=dan+wagner%2Caps%2C345&sr=8-1.

The following members had articles in the December and/or January editions of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer (Dec & Jan), Jean Davies (Jan), Jon Drury (Jan), LGayle Gustafson (Dec & Jan), Linda L. Kruschke (Dec & Jan), Maxine Marsolini (Dec & Jan), Shirley Mozena (Jan), and Jan Sheerin (Dec & Jan).

 

2021 Member News

 

Charles Earl Harrel has a story titled, “Heavenly Messenger,” coming out in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Angels. The release date is January 25, 2022. It’s an amazing story about an angelic encounter that occurred on Hwy 26—about halfway between Sandy and Gresham, Oregon. Both he and his wife, Laura, witnessed it.

Linda L. Kruschke had an article, “God’s Relationship Plan,” in the Winter/January 2022 issue of Divine Purpose magazine. Four of her poems were included in A Given Grace anthology, and she read two of them plus a Christmas poem as part of the Poetry Festival Singapore, which you can watch here. She also signed a contract to write seven devotionals for The Quiet Hour, published by David C Cook.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing was chosen from among many published poets to be the “Featured Poet” for the 2021 annual poetry anthology entitled Startled by Love, a collection of new poetry in traditional forms. It features several poems by Jennifer Anne, and those written by poets from the US and around the world. It’s available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores. More information about the book can be found at https://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferannemessing.

Dan Wagner released his book God Expects! What our Creator God expects of His Creation last month. With God’s proclamation of “Let there be light,” He began His creation of the world we live in and everything else. God, as Creator, has a plan for His creation. Discover the beginning of God’s expectations and see our responsibility, accountability, as well as the consequences both individually for us and corporately for the Church. Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/God-Expects-Creator-expects-creation/dp/B09M79KK9P/ref=sr_1_1?crid=G0W8CPJABIXD&keywords=dan+wagner&qid=1639351588&sprefix=dan+wagner%2Caps%2C345&sr=8-1.

The following members had articles in the December and/or January editions of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer (Dec & Jan), Jean Davies (Jan), Jon Drury (Jan), LGayle Gustafson (Dec & Jan), Linda L. Kruschke (Dec & Jan), Maxine Marsolini (Dec & Jan), Shirley Mozena (Jan), and Jan Sheerin (Dec & Jan).

Julie Bonn Blank released her novel, Innocent Lives (Book 1 of Guardians of Grace series), in mid-November. It is available on Amazon.

Carolyn Bolz has a funny, true Christmas story, “Poinsettia Mystery,” in the December/January issue of Country Woman Magazine.

Linda Fussell reports that her first published book, An “I Witness” Journey to Bethlehem: A Pilgrim’s Model of Faith, is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

Donna Gurr will have her devotional, “Come as You Are” (based on John 3:17), in the November/December 2022 edition of The Upper Room.

Linda L. Kruschke had several poems published in the online anthology called A Given Grace Christian Anthology, available online here: https://www.a-given-grace-christian-anthology.com/linda-l-kruschke-lkn.

Marty Magee has a devotional in the December–February issue of The Secret Place.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing had a short story, “Reunion of the Heart,” place as a finalist in UK-based Glittery Literary’s International Writing Competition, in the “Lustrous Long Story” category. Her story, together with other finalist and prize-winning pieces, is published in the Glittery Literary 2021 Anthology (print and e-book versions) now available on Amazon.

Darlene Panzera has re-released Homespun Christmas (a Christian contemporary romance previously part of the Christmas of Hope collection). It is now available on Amazon as a newly revised single novella. Details about Darlene can be found at www.darlenepanzera.com. You may also want to check out her new website chockful of great information for writers, https://www.aspiringwriteracademy.com/. There are links to some of the programs she recommends where you can purchase them directly from the provider, but otherwise the Aspiring Writer Academy website is currently a free resource.

Dawn Shipman reports that her publisher, Elk Lake Publishing, has released her novel, Kingdom Lost (Book 1 of the Lost Stones of Argonia series). It is available on Amazon.

Lyla Swafford sold a devotional to Now What? “Unexpected Joy” will appear in that publication early next year.

The following members had articles in the November edition of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, Jean Davies, LGayle Gustafson, Linda L. Kruschke, Maxine Marsolini, and Jan Sheerin.