Thursday, February 27, 2014

February 2014 Newsletter

Hello, friends!

It has been a “blustery, blustery day,” as Pooh would say. I am sure we have all experienced many of the same winter storms, so I will not review that experience. The power outages in my area created a Christmas to remember.

One of our goals this year is to be consistent with our newsletter, and so far we’re doing well – our second newsletter in two months! Here’s what’s happening and what we have to look forward to:

Current News

Our new President, Karin Beery, has picked up the gavel and is offering us the opportunity to follow her lead. Thanks, Karin, for all you are doing to help us get organized. We are all excited to see what 2014 will bring for the members of the Great Lakes Chapter.

Board news: Sarah Grimm as Education Coordinator resigned due to employment changes (she has two new jobs that she didn’t have at the end of last year). Kathleen Rouser resigned as Critique Group Coordinator, as we currently don’t operate a critique loop (ACFW stills has Scribes, which is a great resource).

Coming Events

March- Our board meeting is scheduled for March 22 in Grand Rapids. We’re currently working on the agenda for that meeting, but one guaranteed topic: planning our 2014-15 events. We will post more information after the meeting.
April- The details are being finalized for a April 5 meeting in Brighton. Linda Glaz will be presenting. More information will be available soon!
May 2-4, 2013: Writing Retreat!
It's official - we have a date and location for our writing retreat!  Registration required before April 4 (reservation form coming soon)

May 2-4 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. Cost is $344 per person for single occupancy rooms or $230 per person for double occupancy rooms. This rate includes:

Two nights lodging (Fri/Sat)
Two full breakfasts (Sat/Sun)
Two lunches (Sat/Sun)
One Dinner (Sat)
Dining Gratuities
Unlimited use of Fitness Center (not including tanning, massage treatments, manicures, or pedicures)
Complimentary shuttle service on Shanty Creek property
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
Complimentary meeting room

You can view the property at (Summit Village). The nice thing about the property is that once you park and move in to your room, there's no need to leave the facility: guest rooms, the dining room, and the meeting room are in the same structure.

Member News

Rohn Federbush has a new book, North Parish. Rohn is inviting reader reviews.

Joy Avery Milville signed a contract with Hartline Literary Agency to be represented by Jim Hart. 
Linda Glaz’s book The Preachers Family will be released March 1 by Heartsong Presents. Linda is an agent and author Hartline Literary Agency. You can read more about her at
Kathleen Rouser is celebrating her book, Brave New Century. The Kindle edition made it to #3 on the Best Seller Historical Christian Romance on Amazon and remains on the best seller list this week.
Dawn Crandall received a book contract from WHITAKER House for a three book historical romantic suspense series set in New England during the gilded age (1890). Written in first person POV, each book is in another character’s perspective with all three heroines introduced in the first book. The series release date is pending. Dawn would like to connect with interested bloggers for an interview opportunity. You can reach her at crandallberries(at)gmail(dot)com or
Donna Winters released Adventures with Vinnie, the nonfiction story of a shelter dog, on January 2. It is available on for 99 cents. Her current WIP is a contemporary fiction novel set in the 51st state of Superior. No publication date at this time.
Respectfully submitted,

Judy Eick, Historian, a.k.a. Nelle Cooper, author of Princess Lil available at