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Monthly Archives: December 2011

What a Character!

by Donna L. Rich If I had a photographic mind to capture the multitudes of personalities I’ve encountered over this Christmas season at the malls, I’d have enough characters to fill a book a month for the next ten years. … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This week’s volunteer spotlight is on Carrie Pagels. She serves as a Zone Director as well as an assistant helping with the monthly selections in the ACFW Book Club. On top of doing that she volunteers at the annual conference. … Continue reading

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Tim Tebow and the Christian Writing Life

by Jordyn Redwood Okay, I confess. I am a Tim Tebow fan. As of this writing, the Denver Broncos just stunned the Chicago Bears in a 13-10 overtime defeat. There is something magical happening and several in the media are … Continue reading

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Newbies Checklist

By Carrie Fancett Pagels As a fairly new zone director (spring 2011) I keep getting asked questions about newbies to ACFW or to Christian fiction writing. The best advice I got four years back when I joined was from Rachel … Continue reading

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What Makes a Fictional Character Believable?

by Ane Mulligan What makes a fictional character believable? It’s how real they are. Does the writing pull you, the reader, into the story enough for you to experience it? Do you feel like you’re part of it? That this … Continue reading

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One Message – Many Stories

by Lillian Duncan Writing Stories of Faith…Mingled With Murder And Mayhem is the tagline on my email signature and my website. I like it, but when I tell people I write murder mysteries and suspense that are Christian Fiction, I … Continue reading

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ACFW Book Review

Title: Christmas at Barncastle Inn (Romancing America) Author: Susan Page Davis, Darlene Franklin, Janelle, Mowery, Lynette Sowell Publisher: Barbour Books Date: Sep 2011 ISBN: 978-1616264383 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Laura V. Hilton Four couples find romance at Barncastle Inn … Continue reading

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ACFW Book Review

Title: Christmas Belles of Georgia (Romancing America) Author: Jeanie Smith Cash, Rose Allen McCauley, Jeri Odell, Debra Ullrick Publisher: Barbour Books Date: Sep 2011 ISBN: 978-1616264802 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Laura V. Hilton Four sisters, identical quadruplets, find out … Continue reading

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My First Booksigning Tour

by Rose Allen McCauley As I began this piece about the Georgia trip my husband I made Oct. 28-Nov. 6, 2011, I was reminded of how well our trip turned out, in spite of the many changes along the way. … Continue reading

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Keeping Our Focus

by Janet Lee Barton April 2005 we got news that was the beginning of a very hard year’s time for my family. We found out my brother-in-law had stage 4 cancer in both lungs that month. He declined treatment. In … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

When Robin Patchen was new to ACFW, she jumped right in as Chapter Secretary for the OCFW chapter when they needed her! Robin keeps up with their membership reports, as well as moderating for some of the online courses. She … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Using Beta Readers

by Keisha Gilchrist-Broomes You don’t know what you don’t know. Motivational speaker Les Brown teaches that truth-filled statement in several of his spirited talks. I had never considered what it might mean for my own work until I crept closer … Continue reading

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ACFW Book Review

Reviewed by: Laura Hilton An Amish Heart is a collection of three novellas written by three Amish authors. A Marriage of the Heart – by Kelly Long. Abigail Kauffman told a lie. Angry that Joseph Lambert ignored her beauty, she … Continue reading

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Deadlines: The Good, the Bad, and the Divine

By Kathy Harris What better time to talk about deadlines than during the holidays? In contemporary society our lives are fret with hurry most every day. But this time of year compounds those commitments, from holiday parties to shopping for … Continue reading

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Romance, Suspense or is it Romantic Suspense?

by Susan Sleeman Over the years I’ve had plenty of conversations about romantic suspense and lately I’ve had a lot of writers ask how they can know for sure if their work in progress is a suspense novel or a … Continue reading

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