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January blew in with a blast of happiness for so many of our Christian writers! This month we’re high-fiving!! the following accomplishments:

Karen Witemeyer had an exciting morning recently when she learned that her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, took one of only two honorable mentions in the 2010 Best Western Romance contest sponsored by www.lovewesternromances.com. She’s thrilled to see an inspirational title among all the general market books and says, “Hooray for Christian fiction!”

Laurie Alice Eakes celebrates an astoundingly great month. First, she has signed a new contract with Barbour Publishing for Printed on My Heart, a historical novella to appear in the book Highland Crossings, which will release next January. Secondly, her upcoming February release, Lady in the Mist, from Revell, has been picked up by Crossings Book Club. And lastly, her August, 2010 release, When the Snow Flies, will become a large print publication for Thorndike. 

Keli Gwyn praises her awesome agent, Rachelle Gardner, for the sale of her debut novel to Barbour Publishing. It’s tentatively titled A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California and will be released in 2012. It’s an inspirational historical romance set in the year 1870 in the heart of California’s Gold Country.

Lisa Lickel appreciates the nice review she received with regard to her cozy mystery, The Gold Standard. The review, posted at Amazon, is special because the reviewer compares her book to one of her favorite series – Nancy Drew mysteries! She’s tickled to death to be considered in the same sentence with Nancy Drew mysteries and delights that the reviewer said reading her book returned her to a time of carefree joy in her life. That’s what Lisa wants to accomplish with her books: sweet entertainment that leaves the reader on a high note.

Lillian Duncan celebrates receiving two book contracts in the past month. One is for Pursued, a romantic  suspense from White Rose Publishing. The other is for Deception, a suspense from Harbourlight Books (an imprint of White Rose).  These are her first traditional contracts so she’s very excited about them.

Stacy Monson shouts “Woohoo!!!” over having just signed with literary agent Joyce Hart at the Hartline Literary Agency.  (Stacy is putting the finishing touches on her website. It will be up and running soon.)

Kathryn Cushman’s upcoming release, Another Dawn, already has her smiling. Christian Retailing recently posted this review: “Through her characters, Cushman-a former pharmacist-demonstrates both sides of the immunization argument. The well-written Another Dawn shows that choices have consequences, good or bad, that affect others.” In light of the fact that a majority of this book was written while Katie’s daughter was hospitalized with a severe infection, Katie is especially excited to hear the book described as “well written”. Given the stressful conditions under which she worked, she is grateful that it seems to have landed on the mark.

Barbara Hartzler rejoices at perfecting her query and sending it out to five agents this past weekend. After joining three ACFW critique groups, the advice she’s received leaves her confident that her first novel looks better than ever.

Linda Yezak put pen to paper recently when she signed a contract with Port Yonder Press for her contemporary Christian romance, Give The Lady A Ride. Though PYP is not strictly a Christian publisher, it is family friendly and  known for publishing Terry Burns’ book, The Writer’s Survivor Guide to Getting Published. Linda’s book debuts March 14.

Donna Fletcher Crow dances over her latest review from Church Libraries Journal. A Very Private Grave, Book 1 in The Monastery Murders series, received the following accolade: “A compelling thriller, as well as a masterful mystery, the mental gymnastics will have you breathlessly soaking in British and church history as you puzzle through a satisfying spiritual adventure with romantic, quirky characters. Anglophiles and history buffs will love it.” Besides the wonderful review itself, they did a nice job of summarizing the plot. Donna is thrilled to have A Very Private Grave praised in a library journal because she believes librarians are the front line of civilization.  She has long had the mantra, “Librarians are my best friends.”

Terrific job, everyone! High-five!!

 

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