March new releases in Christian fiction

1. A Distant Melody, Wings of Glory, Book One by Sarah Sundin An historical from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Allie is promised to a man she doesn't love, but a B-17 pilot captures her heart--will she honor her family's wishes or take a chance on love?

2. A Woman Called Sage by Diann Mills An historical from Zondervan. A woman bounty hunter fights bitterness and revenge to find the killers of her husband.

3. Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett Women's fiction from Tyndale. A moving story about women helping women and lives changed across continents, inspired by a non-profit organization of the same name.

4. Beguiled by Deanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand; A suspense/mystery/thriller from Bethany House. A dog-walker and a journalist pursue a thief (and each other) in atmospheric Charleston.

5. Cowboy Protector by Margaret Daley A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. When Hannah Williams comes to help Austin Taylor with his injured daughter, she draws him into an intrigue that threatens their relationship--and their lives.

6. Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Abingdon. Trapped by a terrorist plot in Mumbai!.

7. Disarming Andi by Elizabeth Goddard A Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents. Contractor Andi Nielsen has another chance to discover what ís hidden inside the missile base she was hired to remodel. Is she prepared to detonate her feelings for the new owner?

8. Fatal Burn; Big Sky Secrets, Book 2 by Roxanne Rustand A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. In Montana's wide open spaces, danger and love are waiting....

9. Forget Me Not, Crossroads Crisis Center series, Book 1 by Vicki Hinze A Contemporary Romance from Waterbrook-Multnomah. Someone's robbed her of her identity and goes to great lengths to convince her she's someone else; someone who wants her dead.

10. Gold in the Fire/Light in the Storm by Margaret Daley A Romance from Love Inspired. Stories of love and loyalty

11. Groom in Training by Gail Gaymer Martin A Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired. Friends, Four-legged Friends and Love.

12. Kansas Courtship, After The Storm, No. 3 by Victoria Bylin An Historical Romance from Love Inspired. Dr. Nora Mitchell came to heal the town of High Plains. She stayed to heal Zeb Garrison's heart.

13. Katie's Redemption, The Brides of Amish Country by Patricia Davids A Romance from Love Inspired. A young woman returns to her Amish roots but can she find her way back to her faith.

14. Katy's New World, Katy Lambright Series by Kim Vogel Sawyer General Fiction from Zondervan. An Old Order Mennonite girl holds to her convictions while attending public high school.

15. Liberty's Promise by Amber Stockton An Historical Romance from Heartsong Presents. Feel the heartbeat of a chaotic new country through the lives of three Pennsylvania women who seek to know to whom they can entrust their hearts.

16. Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon by Miralee Ferrell A Romance from Summerside Press. A schoolteacher must choose between a man from her past and one who could be her future, while risking her reputation to rescue two runaway orphaned children.

17. Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson A Romance from Summerside Press. A widowed father and his young daughter find healing and hope in the communal Amana Colonies.

18. Morning's Refrain, Book 2 in Song of Alaska series by Tracie Peterson An Historical from Bethany House. Adventure and Romance in 1800's Sitka, Alaska.

19. Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis Women's Fiction from B&H Publishing. Faith is the first step to soaring.

20. Romance by the Book by Myra Johnson A Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents. A shy young woman's crush on her favorite romance author leads her to the man who will finally claim her heart.

21. Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot An Historical from Revell. Tragedy broke her spirit -- will love mend her heart?

22. The Captain's Lady by Louise M. Gouge An Historical from Steeple Hill. Torn between love and duty, American Patriot James Templeton must deny his heart to help win his country's freedom.

23. The Easter Edition by Robin Shope A romance from White Rose. Bridal shop owner Carol Horn feels she will never find a love of her own until a new pastor comes to town, turning up by accident at her mother's funeral.

24. The Family Way by Michelle Levigne A romance from Desert Breeze Publishing. Pregnancy brings their shaky marriage to the breaking point, and Lisa and Todd must rediscover their love, their faith, and what true marriage means.

25. The Mockingbird's Call by Diane Ashby and Aaron McCarver; A Romance from Barbour. Amelia Montgomery, torn between her family's traditions and her own convictions against slavery, must also choose between her duty and her heart as she works for the Underground Railroad.

26. The Promise of Morning, Book 2, At Home in Beldon Grove series by Ann Shorey An Historical from Revell. When loss drives them apart, can their faith bring them back together?

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Membership Drive: email/blog post draft


Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to write a novel in 2010? To finish the book you’ve been working on for years? Or take your writing to the next level?

Why not join a local writers group that can help you achieve your goals? Try OCFW on for size!

What is OCFW? We are a chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) that meets in Edmond, OK. We are a group of writers, some published, some seeking publication, who want to glorify God in our writing.

We meet once a month at the Mardel Christian & Education store located at 3300 S. Boulevard in Edmond, OK. Our meetings are on the fourth Saturday of each month. We have a time of fellowship beginning at 12:30 pm and our meetings start promptly at 1 pm.

Our meetings include speakers on a variety of subjects, information on current events in the Christian fiction market, brainstorming, fellowship, and the chance to interact with other writers.

We have a FANTASTIC lineup of speakers for 2010 (see below), and we hope to see you at one or more of our meetings. You are welcome to visit two meetings without placing membership; after the second meeting we ask that you become a member to continue attending.

If you would like more information about our group, please email chapter president Lacy Williams at ljyw@cox.net. I hope to see you at one of our meetings soon!



Our remaining 2010 speakers are:

March 27 – Author Robert Wise on Writing a Christian Mystery
April 24 – Author Martha Rogers on Diving into Deep POV or Using Your Senses to Strengthen Your Scenes
May 22 – Agent Terry Burns on Agent Q&A
June 26 – Author Lena Nelson Dooley on Taking Setting to the Next Level
July 24 – Authors Vickie McDonough and Margaret Daley on author Q&A/Conference Prep
August 28 – TBA, tentative workshop: conference preparation
September 25 – YA Author Stephanie Gallentine on Scene Sequels and MRUs
October 23 – Author Ronie Kendig on TOPIC TBA
November 27 & December 25 – no meeting – holiday party on alternate date

Membership Drive: flyer and brochure

You can find a copy of the membership drive flyer here:


and you can find a copy of the 2010 OCFW brochure here:


Membership Drive

Announcing the first-ever OCFW spring membership drive!

The board is asking our members to promote our group through inviting new attendees to our meetings. Ideally, we'd like to see each member refer at least one new member to our chapter.

We’re offering a prize for the member who refers the most new members: $50 toward any writing-relating expense (must be used in 2010). This can include conference fees, books related to craft, contest entry fees, etc.

The membership drive will be from March 1 – May 22 (our May meeting date). In order to get credit for members you refer, they will need to put your name on their membership app as ‘referer’, or if you didn't contact the person directly, they should list where they got the information about our meetings (for example, their local library where you posted a flyer).

We are also offering a special membership deal for students, either college students or high school students. They can receive a discounted membership fee (OCFW discount only - they still have to be an ACFW national member) of $10. They must show a student ID/proof of current enrollment to receive the discount.

For your convenience, we have provided printed flyers and brochures. You can find PDFs of these on separate blog posts, as well as a sample draft of an email you could send out to promote OCFW.

Here is a list of suggested places where you could promote our chapter:

-other writer’s groups/critique groups
-church bulletins
-people you know
-writer’s conferences
-local libraries
-local places: coffee shops, bookstores, community centers
-colleges (UCO, OC, OU, OCU, Rose State, OSU-OKC, other?)
-high schools

The board is very excited about this event and I hope you will be too! Watch for updates on how the membership drive is going.


January new members

OCFW would like to welcome the following new members who joined in January:



February Meeting

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin.

Ms. Franklin recently returned to cowboy (and cowgirl) country - Oklahoma - a move prompted by her desire to be closer to family; her mother, Anita, son Jaran, daughter-in-law Shelley, and three beautiful granddaughters. Her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory.

Darlene has six books and novellas in print (with eight more on the way) with Barbour Publishing. She has also written devotionals for several previous Barbour collections (most recently, Heavenly Humor for Cat Lovers). Be sure to check out her blog at http://www.darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com/

A Rose is NOT a Rose: What Names Reveal About Character: Names may not make a difference in matters of the heart, but they reveal a great deal about your characters. Explore what names say about character, and learn ideas to find just the right names for the people who populate your books.

OCFW meets at Mardel Christian and Education Store (in the back room) loacated at 3300 South Boulevard (on the corner of 33rd St. and Boulevard) in Edmond, OK from 1:00pm-3:00pm.