Book Review: The Captive Imposter

OCFW's Terri Weldon reviews The Captive Imposter, Book Three in The Everstone Chronicles, by Dawn Crandall.

First, let me say I’m so delighted to have had the opportunity to read all three books in The Everstone Chronicles. I loved book one, then book two, and now book three. It’s a rare treat to find a series that just keeps getting better.

The Captive Imposter opens with Estella Everstone incognito as Elle Stoneburner, a companion to an elderly lady. Circumstances in book two, which I won’t reveal because it’d spoil the series for you, have driven her to hide her true identity. Instead of her normal high fashion clothing, Elle has a meager wardrobe of drab brown dresses that suit her current role in life.

Elle finds herself in frequent contact with the Everston Hotel Manager, Dexter Blakeley. She soon discovers her new station in life is liberating. It allows her to be herself, not her place in society.

When Elle unexpectedly loses her position as companion to the elderly woman, she is offered a job as companion to Mr. Blakeley’s sister. As she spends more time around Dexter their feelings grow stronger. Just when Elle believes everything will work out she learns Mr. Blakeley isn’t interested in society women. What will happen when he discovers her true identity?

The book is fast paced and written in first person. Ms. Crandall’s writing is flawless and you find yourself immersed in Elle’s world. As she falls in love with Dexter you will find yourself falling right along with her.

There is one special character in book three, Vance, Estella’s brother, that I’ve seen mature greatly during the trilogy. I’m hoping that someday Dawn will pen his story.

This is an amazing series, try all three!

The Hesitant Heiress, Dawn’s debut novel, won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspy Category!

About Dawn: 

A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming traditionally published, he encouraged her to quit working in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy. The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.


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April Meeting

Darlene Shortridge
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Darlene Shortridge on Saturday, April 18th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Shortridge will speak on The Road to Self-Publishing. 

She will be discussing how the road we travel varies depending on where we want to get as authors, the different choices we must make as we travel and, depending on our intended destination, how self-publishing may be the best mode of travel. She will share a bit of her journey and the differences she has experienced as a self-published author.

Darlene Shortridge has co-written a book with her husband, Daniel J. Mawhinney, about self-publishing, titled 40 Day Publishing. She is the best-selling author of five Contemporary Christian Novels. Ms. Shortridge is an accomplished vocalist and a compassionate speaker. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Dan, and their two children. Darlene is overjoyed with the birth of her first grandchild. She, along with her husband, owns 40 Day Publishing, a publishing consulting company.

Darlene is blessed to be able to share the wonders of her faith with women who are yearning to know Him more. Her heart is about pleasing her Savior and bringing Him glory. One of her passions, as well as gifts, is hospitality. She loves to cook and entertain friends and family in her home. When she isn’t speaking or writing, you will most often find her with her nose in a book. Although these days, holding her granddaughter takes precedence.

You can connect with Darlene on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and Google Plus. For more information or to contact Darlene about speaking at your next event, visit her website at www.darleneshortridge.com.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


March Meeting - The OCFW One Day Mini Conference

**Please note: this is a special event. There will be NO regular meeting at Mardel this month.**

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host speaker Susan May Warren at their fifth annual mini-conference as she presents The Story Equation. Sessions will teach writers how to take their writing to the next level and add rich layers and constant tension that will keep the reader turning pages. Novelists at every stage, whether published, pursuing publication, or navigating the brave new world of independent publishing, will benefit from this workshop. Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award. A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you! 

Ms. Warren is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com , a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com

The Mini-Conference will be held on Saturday, March 21st 2015 from 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Memorial Road Church of Christ, located at 2221 E Memorial Road in Edmond, Oklahoma. The location is just west of Oklahoma Christian Univeristy an a short jaunt off I-35 or the Kilpatrick Turnpike.

The cost is $60 with pre-registration or $70 at the door. Online registration at:



February Meeting

Robin Patchen
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host published author Robin Patchen on Saturday, February 21st, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Patchen will speak on. Tension on Every Page. The key to creating riveting, compelling fiction is to imbue your novel with tension, so in this session, she will examine ways to add tension to description, dialog, exposition, and action.

Robin Patchen’s latest novel, Faith House, published by Pelican Ventures Book Group-White Rose Publishing, was released November 10, 2013. Robin is a multi-published contemporary Christian Fiction author. She is also a freelance editor specializing in Christian Fiction. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, but the real work of learning to write and edit fiction has come from years of on-the-job training as she’s worked with novelists at every level of publication, from the greenest beginner to the multi-published, award-winning veteran. Robin has taught writing classes to home schooled students for years and has taught in her local writing group. Her greatest passion is to see Christian authors write excellent fiction that has the power to change lives.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, visit http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com or email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


January Meeting

J.J. Johnson
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author J. J. Johnson on Saturday, January 17th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Mr. Johnson will speak on Diapers, Snot, and Doctor Who!!! Writing the Strange and Suspenseful. J. J. enjoys strange, suspenseful stories. But what is it about things like X-Files, Dr. Who, Star Trek and other popular hits that create such massive followings? He will discuss the elements of good suspenseful plots, along with unique and strange characters.

J. J. Johnson has two independently published short stories, Compulsion and My Friend Louie. Mr. Johnson grew up in small town America where life was slow, simple, and sometimes boring. Most days passed with him either finding trouble or causing trouble. His parents found grounding him so-o-o pointless because he fell in love with books, and it was in books he lived. J. J. attended Oklahoma Baptist University where he majored in Student Ministry and Sociology. He now works as a Marketing Manager for Globe Life and Accidental Insurance. He lives in Edmond with his wife and two sons.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


OKC Christian Fiction Writers Mini Confrence

James L. Rubart
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host speaker James Rubart at their annual mini-conference as he presents three sessions on fiction writing. The sessions will include:

Live Free, Write Free—Imagine writing free of all the things that currently hold you back. No more fear or loss of heart. No comparison. No striving. No doubt. “Live Free, Write Free” is a revolutionary approach to writing because it starts not with the story on the page, but rather the story of your life. Once you understand your truest identity and the “story” you were born to live—then you are free to write without limits. This is the foundation for Christian writers from which everything else follows—a game-changer for your “story” and the stories you’ll write.

Creating Unique Ideas With Spiritual HeftThe secrets of creating unique story ideas, that editors and agents haven’t seen a thousand times before, and also carry a spiritual weight that captivate readers during and AFTER they finish your novel.

Marketing 101 – 401The 12 essential marketing skills you must have to succeed as a writer in today’s publishing world.

James L. Rubart is the bestselling and Christy award-winning author of six books, including his just released novel, Spirit Bridge. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing, which helps authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, water skis, and takes photos. No, he doesn't sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he's young enough to water ski like a madman. More info can be found at www.jameslrubart.com.

The mini-conference will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 8:30 to 4:00 at the Memorial Road Church of Christ, located at 2221 E Memorial Road in Edmond, Oklahoma. The location is just west of Oklahoma Christian University and a short jaunt off I-35 or the Kilpatrick Turnpike. The cost is $50 with pre-registration or $60 at the door.

Online registration is available here.

For more information, email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


October Meeting

Julie Jarnagin
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Julie Jarnagin on Saturday, October 18th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Jarnagin will speak on Eat That Frog, Get Things Done, and Finish Your Book: Time management for Writers. In the midst of our busy lives, it can be challenging to set aside the time and mental energy it takes to write a book. We'll discuss strategies for avoiding procrastination, setting up good habits, and ultimately living out our dreams. 

Julie Jarnagin's latest novel, Canyon Weddings, published by Barbour Books, will be released on November 1, 2014. Ms. Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.