May 2022 Member News

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.