Tessa Afshar and Carrie Stuart Parks, both of whom are OCW members, are finalists for this year’s Carol Awards—Tessa in the historical romance category for Daughter of Rome and Carrie in the mystery/suspense/thriller category for Relative Silence 

Carolyn Bolz, of Riverside, California, has a humorous piece, “Gas Station Goof,” in the July issue of Country Magazine.

Danika Cooley, of Warrenton, recorded an interview with Focus on the Family that aired on June 28. She shared practical ideas to equip parents to help their children develop a strong foundation of faith and nurture a solid relationship with God by studying the Bible together. See the interview here: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/nurturing-a-love-for-the-bible-in-your-kids/.

Darlene J. Ellis, of Oregon City, had her story, “A Change in Perspective,” accepted by Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Clever, Curious, Caring Cat. Her first Chicken Soup for the Soul story.

Heidi Gaul, of Albany, has three devotionals in the July–August edition of Mornings with Jesus from Guideposts.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing, of Portland, is teaching a class, “Seven Steps to Design and Publish Your Print/E-book on Amazon,” at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference (an in-person one) September 10–11, 2021, at Centralia College. Go to https://southwestwashingtonwriters.com/ for more information. Jennifer Anne also had a short article in the “Circle of Kindness” feature column in this month’s issue of a monthly women’s print magazine published by Bauer Media Group. 

Kendy Pearson, of Dundee, and Paige Reed, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, are finalists in the Genesis Contest (for unpublished novels) sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Kendy’s work is in the historical fiction category, and Paige’s is in the speculative fiction category.

Jane Reid, of Buffalo, Wyoming, is the author of the June 16th devotional in The Upper Room.

Rachel D. Russell, of McMinnville, released her debut novel, Still the One, in January. Her second novel, Then Came You, released just days ago. Both are published by Sunrise Publishing, and she recently signed a new contract with Sunrise for a third novel to be released in spring of 2023.