Our own Dolores Topliff will be speaking to the Mid-South ACFW chapter next October on writing historcal fiction. "Keep it factual, keep it engaging, and keep it moving!" Dolores says.
Congratulations to Hannah Davis who finaled in the ACFW First Impressions Contest!
Kari Trumbo released Heartstruck and Heavensent, her first contemporary romance this month after a long string of historicals.
Brenda Bryant Anderson's Planting Hope, the third in her Where the Heart Is Series, laugnched in October.
Seven (7!) Minnesota N.I.C.E. members entered ACFWs First Impressions contest this year. We're rooting for ALL of them.
Congratulations to our own Michelle Griep won the Carol Award for her novella, The Doctor's Woman, in the Courageous Brides Collection.
Chawna Schroeder's novel Beast is a finalist in the fantasy category of the Realm Awards sponsored by Realm Makers, for speculative fiction published in the past year. You can find the announcement and complete list here: The Realm Awards: Category Finalists Announced – Realm Makers
Brenda Anderson's debut novel, Chain of Mercy, plays an *extra* in several scenes in Miles Between Us, the newly-released movie from iiFilms, written and produced by Scott Peterson. The film is about an estranged father and daughter who are thrown together in a cross-country road trip. It’s a wonderful story about pain and healing. The movie will be shown in AMC theaters across the nation, including several Twin Cities area theaters, beginning May 12. For more information, check out iiFilms: http://www.iifilms.com/.
Congratulations to Chawna Schroeder whose debut novel Beast is on the INSPY long list in the speculative category.
Our own Julie Klassen will be teaching on researching historical fiction at the Northwestern Writer's Conference this summer. Check out the other great workshops available!
Brenda Anderson is celebrating the release of her 6th book, Capturing Beauty, a Where the Heart Is romance, book #2 with a celebration & book package giveaway. See her blog for details.
Erica Vetch's Bounty Hunter's Baby is available for pre-order. It releases February 1.
Congratulations to Erica Vetch whose My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, TX: Priscilla's Reveille released January 1, 2017!
Laurie Lucking was a finalist in the Young Adult category of the Phoenix Rattler Contest put on by Christian Writers of the West for her manuscript titled With You Always. All the best to you, Laurie!
Brenda Anderson's Risking Love, a Where the Heart Is romance book #1, came out October 4, 2016.
Stacy Monson is having a banner year for contests. Dance of Grace just won the Clean Reads category for the Heart of Excellence contest and is currently a finalist in 4 other contests, including the inspirational category of National Excellence in Romance Fiction (NERF). Her first book, Shattered Image, is also a finalist in the same contest and up for Best First Book. Go Stacy!
The Crosslake party turned into a pre-launch party when the debut for Chawna Schroeder's Beast got pushed back to October 14, 2016. Watch this space for a second celebration in the Twin Cities.
Chawna Schroeder is excited to be launching her debut novel Beast Saturday, July 23, 2016 with a party from 1:30-3:30 at Crosslake Evangelical Free church, 37218 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442. She will share the story behind the story at 2PM, and a reading at 3PM. The event is open to the public. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. However, walk-ins are definitely welcomed as well.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Goodard! Her Submerged is a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award in the romatic suspense category.
Michelle Griep's latest novella , The Doctor's Woman, releases July 1, 2016 in the Courageous Brides collection .