We are so proud!

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We are happy to celebrate our writing successes!

Congratulations to Linda Samaritoni, winner of the San Francisco Bay Area ACFW chapter’s Elevator Fiction Contest!

Linda Samaritoni

Linda Samaritoni

Her entry, In Shock, at just 250 well-chosen and placed words, can be read in its entirety along with the two finalists’, on the San Francisco Bay Area chapter ezine.

Cynthia Toney

Cynthia Toney

The first two books in Cynthia Toney’s Bird Face series released in September!

The first book, 8 Notes to a Nobody, is the same story as the original Bird Face and has been granted the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval.

8 notesThe second story, 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status, takes place during Wendy’s first semester of high school.

10 stepsA Cajun family secret, two very different boys, and a fight to keep a grandmother’s love—who would’ve guessed that looking through old photo albums could get Wendy into so much trouble? 

Wendy Robichaud is on schedule to have everything she wants at the start of high school: two loyal best friends, a complete and happy family, and a hunky boyfriend she’s had a crush on since eighth grade—until she and Mrs. Villaturo look at old photo albums together. That’s when Mrs. V sees her dead husband and hints at a scandal down in Cajun country. Faster than you can say “crawdad,” Wendy digs into the scandal and into trouble. She risks losing boyfriend David by befriending Mrs. V’s cute hearing-impaired grandson, alienates stepsister Alice by having a boyfriend in the first place, and upsets her friend Gayle without knowing why. Will Wendy be able to prevent Mrs. V from being taken thousands of miles away? And will she lose all the friends she’s fought so hard to gain?

This story uses humor and hope to address issues of adapting to a blended family, having a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, and struggling through that first innocent romantic relationship.


One thought on “We are so proud!

  1. Lisa, what a lovely surprise! Thank you. I’m honored to be in the company of you all. And my heartiest congratulations to Linda! Her story was terrific–most deserving of the win!


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