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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Thanks to Authors

by Lorraine Walker I have found the advice of established authors to be invaluable on my writing journey. To all of you who are inundated with deadlines, revisions, research, and marketing, please know that your writing tips, blog posts, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Heart Echoes

Title: Heart Echoes Author: Sally John Publisher: Tyndale House Date: Feb 2012 ISBN: 978-1414327870 Genre: Women’s Fiction Reviewed by: Patricia Woodside Secrets drive this story about a female attorney, wife and mother, who will do whatever is necessary to help … Continue reading

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Make a Difference with the Doing

By Davalynn Spencer This winter as I highlighted passages in a writer’s magazine, dog-eared favorite pages in a how-to book on fiction, and sucked the life-blood of encouragement from the tale of a successful writer’s personal journey, I recognized a … Continue reading

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How to Eat a Book Review

by Crystal Laine Miller The title is a rip-off from a poem I vaguely remember from grade school by Eve Merriam called “How to Eat a Poem.” It starts off like this: “Don’t be polite. Bite in. Pick it up … Continue reading

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Happy Memories…Happy Writing

by Cathy Liggett This morning when I received a reminder about my scheduled date to blog, I initially thought about asking to postpone. My 90-year-old dad passed away last week and my mind has been as unfocused as a garden … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This week our volunteer in the spotlight is Leigh DeLozier. When we decided to revamp the critique groups to the system that is in place now, Leigh was one of the people who stepped up to help put the new … Continue reading

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Dressing the Dog

by Ane Mulligan Who started this fashion trend? I can remember dressing the cat when I was a little girl. I still have the scars to show for it. But a dog dressed not for play but for real? I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Deception

Title: Deception Author: Lillian Duncan Publisher: Harbourlight Books Date: Dec 2011 ISBN: 978-1611161479 Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense Reviewed by: Patricia Woodside Just how tight is the bond between twins? How far should one twin go to save the twin who … Continue reading

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Research Can Be Fun

by Lena Nelson Dooley Does researching a subject sound boring to you? I used to feel that way, too. Now research is a mainstay of my writing, whether I’m writing a contemporary or a historical novel. When I started writing … Continue reading

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Formatting a Manuscript

by Jill Williamson When I started writing, I didn’t know anything about how to properly format a manuscript. I gathered this information over the years from books and lectures and online and eventually figured it all out. But I’m a … Continue reading

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Working (And Laughing) With a Critique Partner

By Victoria Bylin This past year, I decided to stretch my wings. In addition to writing the proverbial “book of my heart” aka BOMH, I started working with a critique partner. I’ve written fourteen books for Harlequin Historical and Love … Continue reading

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Writer Interrupted

By Deborah K. Anderson Have you ever felt as though someone, or something, tries to stop you from writing? You know, an evil force on a perverse mission hinders you from finishing an article, a short story, or perhaps even … Continue reading

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A Thousand Words a Day?

by Donna L. Rich “But, let’s just stop and ask for directions,” I plead. “I don’t need directions.” “Honey, come on, I feel like Moses’ wife, here. We’ve been wandering for an hour now, and I want to get out … Continue reading

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Congratulations Christy Award Finalists

ACFW sends our congratulations to the 2012 finalists for the Christy Awards, especially to the many ACFW members! The 2012 Christy Award nominees are: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren* (Tyndale House Publishers) Larkspur Cove by Lisa … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This week I’m highlighting Virginia (Ginny) Smith as our volunteer in the spotlight. She is the genre coordinator in the Genesis category for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller entries. She also helped to recruit judges for the contest which really helped in a year … Continue reading

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