What an informative time we had in January with Shelley Adina. We’re also very excited about our March 15 meeting with Kathy Fellure, speaking on How to Build Your Audience.
To help build our ACFW “audience” (membership) we’d love to have everyone join us on MeetUp. You can use this venue to RSVP for our chapter meetings and also receive a text reminder regarding upcoming meetings. If we all add our names to our MeetUp page it will show potential visitors a truer reflection of our actual SFBayArea ACFW membership, and could potentially draw more members.
At our January meeting we also discussed upcoming opportunities to hone our craft:
Christian Writers Seminar at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, Feb. 21-22. Seven of the workshop leaders are ACFW members! Deadline for early registration is Feb. 14.
If you haven’t paid your yearly chapter dues of $10, be sure to pay at our next meeting. And remember, as a chapter member, you must also stay current with your yearly national membership. As a non-ACFW member, your first visit to a chapter meeting is free. The second meeting is $10. By the third meeting you must have already joined the national ACFW.
Finally, if you or an SFBayArea ACFW friend has a recent publication, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it here on our ezine.
A Woman Resurrected by CeCe Cervantes
A Woman Resurrected is CeCe Cervantes’ heartbreaking memoir of captivity, torture, daring police rescue and her ultimate redemption. Her deep faith and trust in Jesus Christ, along with the never-ending belief to see her children again, gave her the will to survive.
A Carol of Light by Marcy Weydemuller
In 1903 San Francisco, young cellist Kat lives disguised as a boy. Protected by Sam, who saved her life one year ago, when her guardian tried to sell her to slave traders, she secretly continues to compose, as the music and Sam become her life. Longing for Christmas hope, she chooses to trust and live truthfully again. But at what cost?
The Sheep Walker’s Daughter by Sydney Avey
A Korean War widow’s difficult mother dies before revealing the identity of her daughter’s father and his cultural heritage. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is her own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling? All this head-spinning breaks a long, dry period in Dee’s life. She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual adviser and the attentions of an enigmatic ex-coworker lead her.
The Sheep Walker pairs a colorful immigrant history of loss, survival, and tough choices with one woman’s search for spiritual identity and personal fulfillment. Dee’s journey will take her through the Northern and Central California valleys of the 1950s and reach across the world to the obscure Basque region of Spain. She will begin to discover who she is and why family history matters.
A Lady of Resources
by Shelley Adina
Magnificent Devices #5
You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family … or can you?
Now sixteen, the twins Lizzie and Maggie are educated young ladies who have not been called “the Mopsies” in years … except by their guardian, Lady Claire Trevelyan. With the happy prospect of choosing their own future, the girls can leave their dodgy past behind, and Lizzie can bury her deepest childhood memories where they can do no harm. Upon her graduation from school, Lizzie is awarded an enormous honor—but can she pay the price? Is she ready to be separated from Maggie and become the woman she believes she was meant to be—or will old habits tempt her into defiance and plunge her into disaster?
On a dare, Lizzie picks the wrong man’s pocket and nearly loses her life. But these frightening events bear unexpected fruit: The dream Lizzie holds closest to her heart comes true in a most unexpected way. But this dream, too, comes with a price. Lizzie must decide whether her true family is the one she was born to … or the one she chose that long-ago day when the Lady of Devices steamed into their lives …
“Great fun, extremely feel-good reads that make you share all of the protagonists’ journeys and victories … an excellent steampunk series.” —Fangs for the Fantasy: The latest in urban fantasy from a social justice perspective