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“We are very thrilled to announce the release of our latest project SONGS OF EASTER – created almost entirely during lockdown – 16 psalms, hymns and songs reflecting Easter hope and light. This will provide an exciting addition to our ongoing ministry.” ~ Roger Jones, Christian Music Ministries

Watch on YouTube

An introduction to Songs of Easter, the February 2022 release from Christian Music Ministries. 16 songs by Roger Jones and friends. Premieres Feb 15, 2022.

Tuesday evening (15 Feb) 8pm – join them on the YouTube premiere as they play extracts from the songs. Many of those who have taken part in the recording talk about what it has meant to them:

NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month

 by Carolyn Wilker |  Posted in: Articles 

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If you are a writer looking for encouragement and help with your writing, you are in the right place. For my newsletter this month, I asked fellow writers about how they handle a big challenge like a novel for NaNoWriMo.

How do you handle such a challenge?

Those who signed up for NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—will be approximately half way through their writing project now, if all goes well. I thought it was a good time to pose this question to fellow writers how they tackle a big project such as a novel for this challenge:

Do you write an outline first, and write from that? Or are you a pantser? One who figures things out along the way, seeing what the characters do and where they take you?

These are their answers.

Carol Elaine Harrison replied that she has “a brief outline with the timeline for the book and some things that need to be included, but nothing too detailed.”

“I’ve taken part twice,” writes Donna Mann, “and each time I’ve had an outline of action-consequence identifying (in real time) resulting emotion.”

“I’ve written probably 6-8 novels during assorted NaNo years,” says Valerie Comer. She said that she writes them the same as any other book she works on by doing as much work in advance on setting, character and theme. Then she jumps in and writes.  She’s written “about 55 books this way, 45 of them published.”

Suzuko Martha Shigemitsu replied, “When I signed up for NaNoWriMo, I used it as an opportunity to expand my already existing plot or idea and worked from there. I was able to complete two novels doing this. I even used it as an opportunity to write a novel in a foreign language (Japanese). It was a good experience.”

Not everyone who joins in the November challenge writes a novel. Blog posts, memoir and short stories are possibilities.

Lynne Collier responded that she wrote the bulk of her memoir for NaNo last year. She wrote creative nonfiction. “It’s entirely up to writers if they want to do something different. The goal is 50,000 words of anything. This year I’m writing four shorter stories instead of one big one. Part of a series. She mentioned that rough drafts for blog posts are another option. You’ll be called a NaNoRebel.”

Lynne added: “I’ve tried both approaches. I’ve found I need my skeletal plot down and a rough idea of character personalities and the main characters’ names. I don’t worry about details much and find I can write more fluidly that way. I revise in January-February.”

This year I decided to take the plunge and write a middle grade novel and perhaps another short story. I’ll declare it here: I’m a pantser. I will be figuring things out along the way.

I’ve tried a novel and a poetry challenge. The idea of NaNoWriMo is to make time for creativity and to carve out time to write.

Carolyn is a writer, editor, writing instructor. and storyteller from Kitchener, Ontario, with publication credits in articles, op-eds, devotionals, poetry. She is a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, The Word Guild, The Baden Storytellers’ Guild, the Energetics Toastmasters, Tower Poetry Society, and a Friend of CANSCAIP. She blogs at

Carolyn’s books include Sophie and the Giant Boy, her newest picture book, Discover Your Story,  Travelling LightPiece by PieceLes arbres de HarryHarry’s TreesOnce Upon a Sandbox.

She is also a contributor to anthologies including Good Grief PeopleHot Apple Cider with CinnamonWisdom of Old Souls and Grandmothers’ Necklace.


Wahoo! We get excited when we see new titles come into our store and now we’ve added some great Christian Music CDs and DVD Talks to our virtual bookshelves.

Some of our authors are also singers and songwriters so we created a category just for them. You can find their music just past the Children’s section.


We also added a selection of DVD Talks by our authors who do speaking tours. The DVDs are just below the music category. There you’ll find talks on various topics including mental health, the influence of media on our teens and even a sex talk.

I hope you find something that interests you in our new sections. Every purchase from our store or any click through to Amazon will give us an affiliate fee and help us to bring new books, music and talks to you, and help our authors, singers and speakers keep creating them!

Thank you for checking us out and please come back often.

Many Blessings


Have you discovered new information about your ancestry from a DNA test? What did you find that was surprising — even shocking? Have you ever wondered what you’d find out? Discovering your ancestry may bring a few surprises as author Carol Ford found out.

Discovering your ancestry by Christian blogger and author, Carol Ford.
Image by Jo-B from Pixabay

Who is my Father?

“Was he a hero leading the brass band; a sad clown seeking crowd approval; or Santa Clause on the last float? A parade of memories are all that I have left.
I was adopted at age five, and my only remaining information comes from the Children’s Aid documentation, photos, historical data, and conversations with my adoptive and birth family members…”

Author and blogger, Carol Ford, received a DNA test as a gift and shares with us her discovery story. Read her full blog post …

You can also follow Carol on Twitter at @CDFORD2 and on Facebook

Visit our Blog to read more posts by other Christian authors.

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

‘Calm Coloring ~ Faith, Hope and Love’, is Tracy Campbell’s beautiful colouring book with verses from the Bible.

Tracy creates adorable artwork which she transforms into colouring books, wall art, home decor, totes and other items. She has a vast array of products she can design from her large gallery of artwork.

Click on the book cover to view more information about Tracy’s book.

“Tracy Campbell is a published artist, author, and a retired interior design professional who aims to perfect the creative abilities God has blessed her with. Customers say her art is sweet and so warm the designs might leap off the page and land right in your heart.

When Tracy is not writing, she loves to sharpen pencils, flip open paint lids, and yank off marker caps to create whimsical works of art just for ewe.

Tracy lives with her supportive hubby and fur baby in Wasaga Beach (the Canadian tourist town known for having the longest freshwater beach in the world). She is also a rare breed dog owner, motorcycle momma, a sinner saved by grace, and a collector of roosters and sheep (thankfully, not live ones).” ~ Tracy’s website

Her products make perfect housewarming, birthday, new baby, special occasion, thank you, and get well gifts.

You can purchase Tracy’s colouring book in our Bookstore.

You can see more of Tracy’s artwork and products on her website at

Happy Reading and Happy Gallery Browsing!

~ Lynne

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