Archive for April, 2013

I want to invite all of you to a terrific day coming up way way in October. Yes, I said October, but if you mark your calendar now, you’ll not be surprised when October rolls around. The Susquehanna Valley Writers Group is having its second annual luncheon. I have all the details listed below, so if you’re interested in attending, you can go to the following site for a registration form: http://www.susquehannavalleywritersworkshop.wordpress.com

Here’s what you need to know in a nutshell:




Held at Carriage Corner Restaurant, Mifflinburg, PA

10:30 am until 2:30 pm


Soup and salad bar with beverage/Two workshops

Guest Speaker: Loree Lough


1.      FREE Peer Critique Group – monitored by Dorothy Pollock

2.      Private Critiques with Loree Lough

                     CRITIQUE FEE: $20

             (Up to four private critiques – first come, first served)

3.      Book Table – authors’ books, budget books, and freebies

The Tentative Schedule

10:30 – 11:00   Registration, Book Sales, and Get Acquainted

11:00 – 11:45   Session One with Loree Lough:

IT’S ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR – Some experts claim three key elements are necessary in everything we write. Others insist there are five. Loree says when you’re writing articles, essays, short stories, or novels, you need seven…if you ever hope to sell what you write. And in this presentation, she’ll provide an interactive workshop that defines them all. (Handouts)

11:45 -12:00 – Break

12:00 -12:45 – Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 – Session Two with Loree Lough:

MAKE YOUR RESEARCH HOURS PAY…LITERALLY – As any writer knows, research is necessary, whether you’re writing articles, essays, short stories, or novels. What most don’t know is how to use that research as a springboard for other things. Loree will show you how she turned the research for one novel into a short story and 14 articles that earned $1,950.00. (Handouts)

1:30 –  Goodbye until next time


1:30 – 2:30 Private Critiques ($20) with Loree

(Total of four critiques at 10-12 minutes each)


  FREE Peer Critique Group – open to all (Monitored by Dorothy Pollock)



(After you register, contact Marsha Hubler at http://www.marshahubler.com  for the details to submit writing samples to either Loree or Dorothy for critique.


 About Our Guest Speaker Best-selling Author Loree Lough

Loree (main photo)


Best-selling author Loree Lough once sang for her supper, performing all across the US and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her six-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she just writes (2,500+ articles, 99 novels that earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 4 movie options).

Loree enjoys sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach to the boring “how-to write” makes her a favorite for writers’ organizations, private/government institutions, and high school/college writing programs across the US and abroad.

She and her real-life hero (her hubby) live in Maryland and love spending time at their cabin in the Alleghenies, where Loree loves showing off her “identify the critter tracks” skills.


Map and Directions to the Carriage Corner Restaurant


On the porch of Carriage Corner Restaurant

Open 7 days a week, Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on Route 45 just east of downtown Mifflinburg.


GPS Coordinates: 40.923466,-77.030178

View Carriage Corner Restaurant in a larger map

Take Route 15 South to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Turn Right on Route 45, traveling approximately 8 miles to Mifflinburg.
Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the Left at the first red light in town.

Take Routes 11-15 North towards Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Turn Left onto PA Route 104. Travel approximately 25 miles to Mifflinburg.
Turn Right onto Route 45/Chestnut Street, traveling approximately 1.5 miles.
Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the Right, just past the red light at Sheetz.

Take I-80 W towards Bloomsburg.
Take Route 15 South to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Turn Right on Route 45, traveling approximately 8 miles to Mifflinburg.
Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the Left at the first red light in town.

Take Route 45 East to Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.
Route 45 becomes Chestnut Street – travel approximately 1.5 miles to the end of town.
Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the Right, just past the red light at Sheetz.

So, writers of any genre, I hope you mark your calendar and plan to join us for this special writers’ event way way in October! (But before we know it, October will be here.)

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Meet the Author Linda Wood Rondeau

Linda Rondeau


Linda Wood Rondeau has a life full of excitement, full of creativity, and full of published works. She says she has a wonderful life, and she gives all the credit to God.

After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Before moving to Jacksonville, Florida, the author was active in Community Theater, playing a variety of roles from M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias” to a cigar-smoking elderly murder writer in the dinner theater production of “A Talent for Murder.” She has also had a hand at directing, working on the play, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” giving her much fodder for her best-selling short Christmas romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold.

Many of the author’s works are set in the Adirondack Mountains, a beautiful backdrop for romance and intrigue as well as rich in historical significance. Her recent release, Days of Vines and Roses, is set in New Haven, Connecticut, where her son lived at the time the book was written.

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight,  Linda writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own.

Linda’s books are also available in e-book format along with her other e-books by Helping Hands Press: I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses. Songs in the Valley is scheduled for release this fall by Helping Hands Press.

When not writing, Linda enjoys golfing with hubby, going for walks, and sightseeing at museums.  One interesting fact about Linda that she often doesn’t share is that she was once a legal witness for a wedding in Monterrey Mexico.

Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com, email her at lindarondeau@gmail.com, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


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Meet the Author: Dave Fessenden



It’s April Fool’s Day, But This is No Joke!

When I asked Dave Fessenden if he minded being my featured guest on April Fool’s Day, he said, “That’ll be a hoot!”  But Dave’s no fool when it comes to the writing and publishing world.

I’m not sure exactly where Dave Fessenden and I crossed paths, but it’s been a while back. I think it might have been at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, where we’ve both been on faculty numerous times over the last 12 years or so. He’s taught workshops from not only an author’s P.O.V., but from an editor’s and publisher’s P.O.V. as well.

Dave is an independent publishing consultant with 20 years experience in editorial management for Christian publishers with a B.A. in journalism, an M.A. in religion, and over 30 years of experience in writing and editing. In previous positions Dave served on the communications staff of Elim Bible Institute and was an editor of a regional edition of the largest Protestant weekly newspaper in the country.
His Writing Career

Dave humbly tells me, “I’ve published five books, produced study guides for two titles by A.W. Tozer (published in the back of the books), written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and edited numerous books. I’ve recently completed a 10-year stint as a regular columnist for Cross & Quill, a Christian writers’ newsletter, and I’m a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences.” Dave also conducts Sunday school teaching workshops based on his book, Teaching with All Your Heart. His latest book, Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract, was published by SonFire Media in 2011.

Dave’s quite excited about his latest project, his first novel, The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy. “In this book” he says, “Sherlock Holmes’ smarter brother, Mycroft, teams up with Dr. Watson’s son, Thomas, to solve the murder of a bootlegger and his card-playing cronies in 1920s Philadelphia. It’s scheduled to be published in 2013.”

Dave plays guitar and has written dozens of songs. When he proposed to his wife, Jacque, he did the logical thing: he wrote a song! “It must have worked,” he says, “because we’ve been married now for 34 years.” (Dave and Jacque live in Central Pennsylvania and have two adult sons.)

What About Dave’s New Book?

“There are three rules for writing a book,” a famous author once said. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are!”

“It’s true—to some extent,” Dave says. “The process of writing a book is shrouded in mystery, and is probably the main reason why so many potential authors are simply treading water. Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract helps take the confusion out of the process. Concept to Contract merges practical advice with spiritual counsel so the approach emphasizes the inspirational impact of the author’s material.”

Dave is adamant about writers striving to publish a work of which they can be proud. “To produce a complete, publishable manuscript that will have a real ministry, you need to do a lot of praying, a lot of thinking, a lot of study, a lot of research—and very little actual writing at first—until the creative pressure, the spiritual burden, builds to a critical mass. At that point the book practically writes itself! Well, not really,” he adds. “But if you follow the methods I teach, writing a book should be a bit easier, a bit less mysterious. Concept to Contract can show you how.


A Few of Dave’s Endorsements:

Many would-be authors are passionate about their nonfiction topic, yet challenged to navigate the world of publishing. Dave Fessenden provides a focused plan for success. Read this book. No, do much more than read it; you need to study it carefully.

W. Terry Whalin, author of Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams (www.jumpstartdreams.com)

 I’ve compiled an anthology, Writers on Writing, and composed two of my own books for writers. Plus I’ve taught writing at hundreds of conferences and colleges during the past thirty years. But I have to admit I’m just a bit jealous of David’s Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract. He’s managed to collect and communicate—in his warm and witty style—all the basics from “concept to contract.” A great resource! I just wish I had written it.

                                                                                                                                James N. Watkins, author of Communicate to Change Lives and Writing with Banana Peels

Helpful, humorous, and honest, Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract is more like a comprehensive conversation on conceiving and crafting a quality book rather than a stiff, starchy how-to-write-a-book book. Laced with great quotations and personal anecdotes, it’s easy to follow and fun to read. Don’t be misled, however: Although this book eschews pedantic pedagogy, it delivers on its promise to clarify the process of crafting a concept so that it lands a contract. Thanks, Dave, for sharing these insider secrets!

Patti Souder, director of the Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference



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