Xochitl E. Dixon, of Vacaville, California, reports that her book Different Like Me, illustrated by Bonnie Lui and published by Our Daily Bread Publishing in 2020, is a 2021 ECPA Christian Book Awards Finalist and a 2021 Selah Awards Finalist. This book has been one of the top ten books in Amazon’s Christian Children’s Social Issues Fiction Category multiple times since its August 2020 release and sold over 3,200 copies between its release date and December 30, 2020. www.xedixon.com

Tracie Heskett, of Vancouver, Washington, reports that her WWII novel about code talkers is scheduled for release in August 2021 by WordCrafts Press.

Donna Hues, of Mt. Angel, announces the publication of Nellie’s Quest, the third book in the MNM Mystery series, has been published. It is the final book in this series, which started with Without a Doubt and was followed by Eden Lake. Nellie Cox uses her detective skills to uncover a dead man’s identity and becomes entangled in precarious situations. God’s principle of forgiveness is foundational to this story. For more information, go to her website: www.donnahues.com. 

Linda Kruschke, of Lake Oswego, has an article titled “Scars That Bleed” in the May/June issue of Bible Advocate, which is edited by a favorite summer conference editor and OCW member, Sherri Langton, of Denver, Colorado. Linda also sent a story to an editor for a Christmas cat story compilation and within three hours of submitting she heard back from the editor: “Thank you. I’ll take it.” 

Marty Magee, of Mill City, will have a devotional in the summer edition of The Secret Place.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing, of Portland, just signed contracts for three reprints. Two true-experience articles and a poem entitled “Praises” have been accepted by LIVE. All originally appeared in LIVE several years ago and are scheduled for publication in various issues during the winter 2021 quarter. She is grateful for another chance for these to minister to people. (Editor’s note: And because many publishers pay for reprints from their own publications and others, this is an opportunity that takes little to no effort on the author’s part.)

Patricia Tiffany Morris, of Bondurant, Iowa, discovered that a piece she wrote will be in a Guideposts anthology. A new writer, this is her first paid piece.  

Shirley Mozena, of Vancouver, Washington, reports that her third book, Second Chance at Love, Navigating the Path to Remarriage, coauthored with her husband, James P. Mozena, is a finalist in the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Selah Awards. Winners will be announced June 2, 2021.

Jane Reid, who recently moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, discovered that lost in their move was a notification from The Upper Room that her devotional is in the May/June issue. 

Dawn Hill Shipman, of Longview, Washington, recently signed a three-book contract with Elk Lake Publishing for her Lost Stones of Argonia series—a YA fantasy series. Book one is slated to be released this fall.  

Nancey West, of Lebanon, announces the March 2021 release of Liking Myself. Loving My Life: 21 Days to Enjoying Right Now. It has been #1 Bestseller on Amazon in seven categories. Amazon has run their own specials to promote it and it has sold in five countries. She will have the journal to accompany the book available soon.

OCW is pleased to announce that two of our members are semi-finalists in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest: Kendy Pearson, of Dundee, and Dawn Shipman, of Longview, Washington. The full list can be seen here: https://acfw.com/acfw-contests/genesis-contest/genesis-semifinalists?fbclid=IwAR3YRT1BNNprYeaQdq5HCT0EDaGI9CGUE_kpIdAzj5tcH-yxh4Oe-yoL_lg.