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May 2011

Debut novel represents sweet blessings

Christine LindsaySince winning the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest in the category of Historical Novel, Christine Lindsay has been on a divine journey she never could have imagined.

Not only will her debut novel, Shadowed in Silk, release May 1 from WhiteFire Publishing as an eBook (followed by the printed release on September 1), but the model on her book cover is her beautiful birth daughter whom Lindsay gave up for adoption when her daughter was three days old. They were reunited 20 years later, and Lindsay is thrilled to share this sweet moment of publishing her debut novel in a special way with her long-lost daughter.

Shadowed in Silk coverShadowed in Silk is a historical novel set after the Great War in British-occupied India. As Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son where her husband is stationed with the British Army, she discovers her husband has become a cruel stranger. Follow Abby’s journey as volatile political unrest, Russian spies, and sinister secrets suddenly plunge Abby out of the shadows and into the fires of revolution.

Member News

New releases

Exciting new releases from ACFW members due to hit bookstores soon include:

  • Angela Breidenbach: Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life releases May 1 from Journey Press.
  • Michelle GriepMichelle Griep: Undercurrent, her second book, releases May 1 from Risen Books.
  • Loree Lough: An Accidental Hero/An Accidental Mom release in May, followed by An Accidental Family, which releases in June, from Love Inspired. Her 9/11 story, From Ashes to Honor, Book One in the First Responders series, releases this summer from Abingdon Press.
  • Richard MabryRichard Mabry: Diagnosis Death, his third medical suspense novel, was released April 1 from Abingdon Press.
  • Eileen Rife: Chosen Ones, Book Three in the Born for India trilogy, released from OakTara.
  • Janice Thompson: Released three books in March: Stars Collide from Revell; Love Finds You in Camelot, Tennessee from Summerside Press; and The Perfect Match from Barbour.
  • Debra Ullrick: The Unexpected Bride releases in May from Love Inspired Historical.


Those racking up writing credits in magazines and anthologies this month include:

  • Candy Arrington: Published her article “The Value of a Mentor” in the April issue of River Region’s Journey.


Throw some confetti and celebrate with these contest winners:

  • Mary Connealy: Is a finalist in the 2011 RITA contest with her novel Doctor in Petticoats.
  • Ronie Kendig: Was nominated for the Christian Retailing Retailer’s Choice Awards with her novel Nightshade, the first in her military suspense series The Discarded Heroes.
  • Deborah Raney: Won the Inspirational category of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence with her novel Almost Forever.
  • Carla StewartCarla Stewart: Is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in Fiction with her debut novel Chasing Lilacs.


The list of published authors is growing! Congratulations to:

  • Eileen Rife: Signed a contract with OakTara for her fourth novel, Second Chance, which will release in 2012.
  • Betsy St. AmantBetsy St. Amant: Sold her sixth novel to Love Inspired, which is due to release in April 2012.
  • Carla Stewart: Signed a two-book contract with FaithWords. The first book, Stardust, is women’s fiction and will release in Summer 2012.
  • Debra Ullrick: Sold her novel The Unlikely Wife to Love Inspired Historical with a scheduled release of January 2012.

Speaking engagements

Not only are they writing, but they’re speaking too! Give a round of applause to:

  • Angela BreidenbachAngela Breidenbach: Will teach at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference on May 11–14.
  • Linore Rose Burkard: Will be keynote at a Ladies’ (Mother/Daughter) Tea at Countryside Community Church in Lebanon, Ohio, on May 7.
  • Janice Olson: Presented a workshop titled “Don’t Be Bashful—Step Out of Your Shell” to the North Central/North East Texas SCWBI on April 30 in Arlington, Texas.
  • Eileen Rife: Will speak at the Festival of Tables Women’s Event in Roanoke, Virginia, on May 21.


Send out a loud “Wahoo!” to:

  • Janice Hanna ThompsonJanice Thompson: Is teaching a new online writing course titled “Navigating the Business of Freelance Writing.” Learn more.


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