Friday, July 14, 2017


PENS OF PRAISE

CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP

 

July 17, 2017

Monday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Faith Church

2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220

   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods

   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43

 
The Exciting Expanse of Information Gleaned from Conferences.

Bring your paper and pens if you like taking notes! Are you ready to experience the amazing journey of writing with the pacing and rhythm that you were born to!

 
We are a safe place to share. We invite you to bring your WIP (Work in progress!) for a five minute read.

PROMPT:

What Goes BOOM?  Use your imagination for this one!

 
We will share a few book titles for researching a novel and how to write!

 
Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! Our precious Kathy Leist brings treats—we all appreciate her so! J


As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @ rebeccamclafferty@gmail.com or


 

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Regina Scott's "The Bride's Matchmaking Triplets"


 


I’m very pleased to have read this novel by Regina. She is definitely another “favorite author” for me. Her fun and likable characters, the mystery laced throughout, and the story challenges kept me reading—yes, flipping those pages! I love how this historical was written, because I felt myself slipping away from our modern 2017 and found myself smack-dab in the middle of historical August of 1896.

Triplets are always intriguing and Regina did a marvelous job of keeping their personalities separate and distinct. I laughed, I worried, and I puzzled, as I found myself immersed in this fun tale with believable stakes.

The characters were well rounded and most were likable! Okay, there were a couple that I enjoyed disliking—good job Regina! The main characters were likable and interesting. I really wanted to know what would happen and how their journey would turn and change during their challenges. There were secondary characters that were amusing, entertaining, and they added to the story wonderfully well! Yes, I’m smiling as I write this for the pure enjoyment that I experienced!  I love the hope and redeeming quality threaded into this adorable story. I could well imagine the desperate challenges and difficulties that motivated ladies in that time period into becoming a mail order bride, which made this story possible to write.

 Regina must spend hours observing and studying human nature for when she writes characters—she does so in a captivating and amusing way. I appreciate the feel-good feeling that I experienced when I read this work of fiction. It is said, ‘People always remember the way you make them feel.’ Well, I remember the way that Regina’s novels make me feel and Regina- I thank you for that! (I have her “Secrets and Sensibilities the Lady Emily capers book one, on my Kindle waiting for me! I can’t wait!!!)

This novel was giving to me for a review and I must say Regina—your novels will always find a permanent spot on my book shelves. This is a reread that will be well read over and over again! I’m giving my honest evaluation of The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets of and this authors skill at story telling.

Regina’s The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets is the third book in the “Lone Star Cowboy League” series. The other two historical novels from this series were written by Linda Ford, April 2017 and Noelle Marchand, May 2017 for Love Inspired, Historical.

1)     Regina, was it difficult to write the third book in a series written by three different authors? How is that even possible?


Through lots of hard work, Susan, LOL! Truly, I am indebted to Linda and Noelle. We communicated frequently from the moment the books were contracted to make sure we were consistent across the stories with ongoing characters. I actually like writing the last story. I get to wrap things up without having to worry I’m leaving the right jump off point for the next person.

2)     I loved how you had the triplets react to conversations and people and made them such entertaining characters in this work of fiction…you didn’t have a set of triplets in your personal life did you? Smile, seriously, how did you keep track of their different personalities?

No triplets, but twins run in my family, so I’ve seen a few. Again, though, I owe the twin’s personalities to Linda Ford. She’s raised more than 20 children (that’s an amazing story in its own right!), so she knew how to start with the triplets. Noelle and I just aged them appropriately.

3)     I must ask what your favorite theme was for this novel. (I’m so incredibly blessed to have read it! Thank you!)

You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I think the story is about second chances—Elizabeth’s chance to start over with a clean slate; the triplets’ chance to find a forever home; Brandon’s chance to rekindle his lost love. We all make mistakes in our lives. Thank God He gives us another chance!

4)     Have the mail order brides’ history interested you for a long time?

I think there’s something fascinating about the whole process. Today we have people who marry after meeting online and corresponding, but we have so many ways to check and double-check the person’s background and character. Mail-order brides generally had none of that. What would drive a woman to leave everything she’s ever known and give herself to someone she’s never met? What scope for storytelling!

5)     Did you read any personal diaries from someone who’d become a mail order bride?

Alas, no, but I’d certainly be interested! I love reading about history, especially from those who experienced it firsthand.

6)     Is there anything you would like to share with us about your character choices or messages or well, anything whatsoever?

I feel very blessed to have been part of two Lone Star Cowboy League historical series. Little Horn, Texas, is a place I’d love to visit. In fact, the Texas Hill Country, where the town was placed, is now on my bucket list of places to visit.

7)     What future novels or novellas do you have on the horizon?

My Frontier Bachelors series, set in pioneer Seattle, will continue with Mail-Order Marriage Promise (yes, another mail-order bride!) in September 2017, His Frontier Christmas Family in December 2017, and Frontier Matchmaker Bride in March 2018. Here’s a sneak peek of the cover for Mail-Order Marriage Promise.
 

8)     How do you want your characters to contact you?

(SUSAN—do you mean how do I want your readers to contact me? If I told people all the ways my characters contact me, your readers would likely suggest I be committed. 😊)
LOL, oh yes! This was just too funny to cut! :)

Please look for me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott
My blog on interesting tidbits from the nineteenth century at www.nineteenteen.com
Or my website at www.reginascott.com where you can sign up for a free e-mail alert when the next book is out or on sale

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pens of Praise Christian Writers Group



PENS OF PRAISE

CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP
June 26, 2017
Monday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43

 Historical Fiction is our topic for the night! Accurate history is a mystery that we need to seek and discover for sure. I’m sure! Our very own Sarah Grosskopf will teach the class. Here is her blog post on the same topic!


We are a safe place to share. We invite you to bring your

WIP (Work in progress!) for a five-minute read.

The prompt for June is “Mystery History Maker”

Express your imagination and use real gut emotion that draws readers to the page. Are you ready for adventure by writing with the pacing and rhythm that you were born to express?

We will share a couple of book titles that research writing mystery and integrating emotion for your WIP!

Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! J

As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @ rebeccamclafferty@gmail.com or


 

 

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pens of Praise -- May 15th 6:30 - 8:30

PENS OF PRAISE
CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP
 
May 15, 2017
Monday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
 
Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43
 
Jumping Off the Page is our topic this month.  Our very own Rebecca McLafferty will teach the class. Bring your pens or computer and capture the wisdom of using reality that draws readers to our pages. Are you ready to experience the amazing journey of writing with the pacing and rhythm that you were born to express?
 
We are a safe place to share. We invite you to bring your
WIP (Work in progress!) for a five-minute read.
 
The prompt for May is…
Writing with description or heart-felt experience so lush you can pick it off of the page...
Use your imagination for this one!
 
We will share a couple of book titles that research writing mystery and integrating emotion for your WIP!
 
Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! J
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @ rebeccamclafferty@gmail.com or

Monday, May 8, 2017

A CONVENIENT CHRISTMAS WEDDING BY REGINA SCOTT







Regina Scott is an award-winning novelist. “Bold, rugged—and bound to be grooms.” Who can resist such a tag line? Certainly, not me!




 


A Convenient Christmas Wedding is an 1866 Christmas tale that entertains! Nora Underhill’s predicament draws my sympathy and her fixes are fun and entertaining. With such a family—who needs enemies? Oh Nora, you are quite the girl! This lovable character wins my heart, causing me to cheer her on through each and every situation she faces. The story has clever problems and worthy solutions that kept me smiling and wishing for the best.


Logger, Simon Wallin, is a man of action, when felling trees and providing for his family, but not necessarily for matrimonial commitments.  When Nora proposes, he is shock, especially when her offer starts to make sense and benefits them both. This solution dissolves into a wonderful conflict of wills. Twists and turns in their relationship happen when both her family and his ply their influence—for better or worse.  


Her characters are winsome and diverse. I loved this novel so much I contacted Regina and asked her if she would have time for questions and a review. I’ve popped onto her WEB page blog, which is entertaining and informative. This is a place I will be revisiting and her novel is a definite reread! I’m looking forward to ordering more of her books! To think this all started with my plan to read Christmas novellas and novels throughout the year and to challenge my blog visitors to do the same! Aren’t you glad I did!


  • This is the first Regina Scott historical novel that I’ve read. I was delighted to find A Convenient Christmas Wedding. Regina how did you come up with this wonderful predicament?    The Wallin family, of whom the hero Simon is a member, first appeared in Would-Be Wilderness Wife. I call it my “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” book, because they are all loggers living in the wilderness with few ladies about. Drew, the oldest, has had to raise his younger brothers and sister after their father died in a logging accident. Simon, only 2 years younger than Drew, chafed at his leadership. Simon is logical, firm in his convictions. Even though he’s lived in this large, gregarious family, he’s felt a little like an outsider. I knew I had to find a compassionate, sweet-natured woman to partner him if he was ever to find love. The local seamstress Nora, with all her whimsy, starts out their relationship by appealing to logic that was impossible for Simon to resist. Then, gradually, he begins to find Nora hard to resist.
  • Can I pry from you a mention of your favorite scene in this novel? (Or if that would give too much away—what is your third favorite scene and why?) I happen to love the wedding scene!   I love the wedding scene too! One of my favorite scenes is when Simon’s family tries to maneuver him into a game that will reveal his growing feelings for Nora. It’s a game where you have to think of a person, their occupation, and a characteristic as to why they are lovable. The game was actually played in the 1800’s. For example, if you started the game , you’d say “I love my love with an A, for his name is Adam, he is an architect, and he’s very amiable.” Simon’s family goes through all kinds of shenanigans to make sure he lands on the letter N, and he is just oblivious! You have to love a family who wants the best for you, even when you don’t know what’s best yet.
  • I love the depth of personality you show in the characters as your story progresses. Do any of the characters remind you of real life people or movie characters?    I sometimes cast family and friends in roles in my stories, but I didn’t with this book. I do often take a movie star or model as my physical idea of a character. I pictured Simon as a Val Kilmer as he was in Top Gun. He has that kind of sharp energy.
  • What is the most important take-away you hope your readers will enjoy? (Without giving away too much of your story.)   That family isn’t so much what you were born into, but who you choose to love.
  • If you could compare one of the characters in this book to yourself then whom would most resemble you?   I’d love to say Nora. I envy her boundless love and optimism, despite circumstances. But I’m afraid I’m a bit more like Simon. Show me the logic, and I’m generally a happy girl.
  • When it comes to writing who was your greatest encourager? (If you have many we will not hold you to formulating a whole list. 😊   The Lord. He gives me the ideas; He gives me the words. I also have a wonderful critique partner who is so good about pointing out places to improve in the kindest of ways. It’s funny, but most of my family and friends still seem a bit surprised by the whole thing, even after 35 books!
  • I saw—because I was poking around on your WEB page—that you write in different time periods. I’m very interested in your Lady Emily Capers!  I must know… do you have a favorite time period?   I adore the regency period in England. I’ve set more than 20 stories there, including my Lady Emily Capers. But I find so much fascinating in history that I’m glad to be able to write in other periods as well. And it is nice to be writing about history in my own backyard with my Frontier Bachelors series, set around pioneer Seattle. I can go visit some of the places I’m writing about and I don’t have to get on an airplane!
  • How do you want your readers to follow or contact you?                                                                                                                         www.reginascott.com                                                                               www.facebook.com/authorreginascott                                                                                              www.pinterest.com/reginascottpins                                                                     www.goodreads.com/reginascott.


       Thank you Regina for an engaging interview! I've ordered Secrets and Sensibilites, book 1 in the Lady Emily Capers, which I will enjoy as soon as time allows. I'll review Regina's The Bride's Matchmaking Triplets due to be published this June!


 


 


 


 


 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fresh Beginning Devotion













Fresh Beginnings

By Susan Marlene

April 17, 2017

“Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’

Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.

Matthew 27:63 & 65 - 66



The sun had already risen that early morn at the beginning of the week on the third day.  Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome made their way to the tomb to anoint their precious Jesus. Who would roll away the rock for them? Surprise shook awake any lingering slumber and shoved aside grief with a fresh desire to run. The guards were not to be seen and the huge rock—rolled aside—allowing free entrance. Fear sped their feet into the tomb.


“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is risen!” The young man clothed in a long white robe—sitting on the right side—seemed to wait for their arrival in order to offer a message bursting with fresh beginnings. A message and warm welcome they’d not expected.


How so like our Lord, to show His power when the world expects weakness. To create wondrous blessings out of our deepest griefs. To bring hope and joy when the world is shrouded in darkness and despair.


His Word is alive and active, rich and strong and creative. Relationship with Him dissolves religious trappings that always follows the old-form boxed-in traditions without locating the heart. His grace drew the masses, His love conquered hate. His presence ignited life in His followers. Every changed heart and saved soul is a miracle and new beginnings abound where His life is evident.


We are writers and the challenges lie in the tilt of our pens. Will we align ourselves to relay His character in our hero’s natures. Will our stories alarm and grip our readers because we write what matters? Will our heroic themes influence our readers to be more, feel more, and stretch further to find the highest and best? Wouldn’t that be something—to discover that what we wrote introduced others to their fresh beginnings. What if our words were used to free people from the discouragement and harshness that living can bring and introduce them to the one who matters most?  


He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her


 desert like the garden of the Lord, joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving


and the voice of melody.


Isaiah 51:3


 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Becky Melby - Wisconsin Writer Speaking in Manitowoc


 
 
 
 
Burlington, Wisconsin writer speaking at Pens of Praise!
 
Becky Melby, author of fiction and lover of story, is our speaker for this Pens of Praise meeting--Monday, April 17th. She will be sharing a wealth of information concerning traditional and indie publishing. 
 
If you dream about writing your own fiction and want direction on how it is done, come and listen to one who has experience.
 
Visit her on www.beckybelby.com
 
 

PENS OF PRAISE
CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP
April 17, 2017
Monday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
 
Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43
The prompt for this April is…
Fresh beginnings...
 
We will share a couple of book titles that research writing mystery and integrating emotion for your WIP!
Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! J
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @ rebeccamclafferty@gmail.com or
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

PENS OF PRAISE
CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP

March 20, 2017
Monday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43

Page Turning Mystery and Emotion is our topic this month. Susan Marlene will teach the class. Bring your paper, pens and or computer to be ready for wisdom tucked between the pages of The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass! Are you ready to experience the amazing journey of writing with the pacing and rhythm that you were born to express?

We are a safe place to share. We invite you to bring your
WIP (Work in progress!) for a five minute read.

The prompt for this March is…
The Mysterious __________________________ in my life.
Use your imagination for this one!

We will share a couple of book titles that research writing mystery and integrating emotion for your WIP!

Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! J

As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @rebeccamclafferty@gmail.com or