Donelle Knudsen Wins First Honorable Mention in Oregon Writers Colony 2016 Contest

I have good news to share. Earlier, Oregon Writers Colony selected two of my three entries as finalists in the Narrative Nonfiction Short Story category. Angels Come in Many Sizes earned Honorable Mention and Desert Rose or A Blooming Miracle earned First Honorable Mention. I will attend the Awards Ceremony in December to read a portion of Desert Rose or A Blooming Miracle. I want to thank my Wordherders for their encouragement and support. By Donelle

Saving Mary

Saving Mary, by Deidre Havrelock. It’s not just another story about a girl and her exorcist. Part one of a two-part series, Saving Mary is the story of a modern-day Mary Magdalene—the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons. Deidre Daily is drawn to anything seemingly spiritual, desperately seeking a spiritual existence. But inside this vibrant girl hides a terrified child who sincerely believes she has married the devil. Through a… Read More

Community Godfather

Author C. Mark Smith has written Community Godfather: How Sam Volpentest shaped the history of Hanford and the Tri-Cities. From Amazon… He was known as Mr. Tri-Cities, Mr. Sam, the Man from Hanford, the Godfather of the Tri-Cities, and, occasionally, by far less flattering terms. For more than 60 years, just about everyone at Hanford and in the Tri-Cities knew who Sam Volpentest was, even if they didn’t fully understand the ways in which… Read More

Breaking the Code

From Amazon, on Breaking the Code written by Karen Fisher Alaniz… Our parents are our most unexplored mystery. Whether close or distant to us, we see them as “parent,” rarely knowing or thinking about the person that they are outside that role. So few of us get to discover that person inside, even if it may be just a question away. Like many, Karen grew up with a father who was always… Read More

Through the Tunnel of Love

A Mother’s and Daughter’s Journey with Anorexia, by author Donelle Knudsen. In this compelling book, you’ll read touching details of an international adoption, learn possible causes of anorexia, steps for intervention, costs, how anorexia affects the entire family, and what difference, faith, fathers, friends, and most especially, unconditional love make. Great for the individual who wants to know more about eating disorders or self-destructive personalities. Tunnel of Love is also ideal for… Read More

Raising Cain

In 2011, author C. Mark Smith published Raising Cain: The Life and Politics of Senator Harry P. Cain. From Amazon … Decades ago, Harry Cain warned, “It is possible to become so safe that nobody can be free.” Still the conflict rages on between individual freedom and national security. C. Mark Smith’s Raising Cain profiles a complex and controversial public servant who remained true to one goal supporting the rights of the… Read More


FrenchShip: An American’s One-Year Adventure on the French Mediterranean by Allen Johnson is the true, invariably funny adventure story of an American couple in Southern France – including all the confusion, faux pas, and laughter. Also included is an insightful comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of both American and French cultures.  

This Side of Crazy

Here is what Amazon reviewers have said about This Side of Crazy by Allen Johnson: Allen is a masterful story teller! Every life is a story and stories have the power to impart valuable lessons. It is obvious that author Allen Johnson has carefully observed and reflected on the lives of people around him. In his book “This Side of Crazy,” Allen has artfully crafted those stories for maximum impact and takes… Read More