THE BOOK EVENT - November 8, 2014

Meet the Featured Authors

Candy Abbott – In 1993, with a raw manuscript and a strong call on her life to write, Candy founded Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship with three to six dedicated writers. Since then, would-be writers have blossomed into published authors, new groups have formed, and DCWF has spearheaded numerous conferences and retreats, including The Book Event. Candy is best known for Fruitbearer Publishing LLC, an award-winning company that she and her husband Drew began in 1999. Candy publishes books for many authors, but the book that started it all is her own—Fruitbearer: What Can I Do For YOU, Lord? Candy’s chatty style will draw you in as you journey with her in her quest for a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. 


Gail Atlas - Gail writes to help others think more deeply about and highly of God. She has two adult devotional books for Advent, Expecting Jesus, published in 2013, and Encountering Jesus, just out, that will help you prepare for a Spirit-filled Christmas. She also has a children’s chapter book, Bob and Anthony, designed especially for boy’s six to ten that would make an excellent gift. Gail lives in Seaford and would love to meet and talk to you. 


McKenzie Betts wrote Blue Bear at the age of nine. Blue Bear is a self-conscious blue bear whose self view is molded by others. It is not until Blue Bear encounters a most unusual friend that he learns to see himself differently. McKenzie, now eleven, has written the story of Pink Bear, whose selfish ways affect others. It is not until Pink Bear is sent on a journey that she learns the valuable lesson of how important it is to be kind to others.


O.T. Blalock - O.T. lives in Lewes, DE with his lovely wife. His book, The Legal Pathway of God, opens up the scriptures for the understanding and comprehension of all readers and reveals hidden truths that are not being preached or taught. After following Gods Legal pathway through the Bible, readers regardless of religious affiliation, denomination or lack of biblical knowledge, will be able to clearly understand the way, the truth and the life of man to become reunited with the Creator and God of the universe.,  941-928-9236


Anna Buckler - Anna’s first published book, There’s a Fire in the House, conveys hope, joy, and love to the readers. It reminds them that they too, can be encouraged and inspired by God in their everyday lives. God can work in your life, too. 302-262-0481


Wilma Caraway

Author of the Christian Small Publisher Association’s  2014 Gift Book of the Year, 101 Surprises! Sayings with Scriptures You Didn’t See Coming. If you want to know more Sayings with Scriptures, then this book is for you. The Scriptures are from the NIV version. If you have ever said, “A little bird told me,” you have quoted Ecclesiastes 10:20; “By the skin of my teeth,” Job 19.20; “As old as Methuselah,” Genesis 5:27; or “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” Proverbs 27:1. The book is available from local establishments, Fruitbearer Publishing LLC, as well as from any bookstore. Contact Wilma at 302.337.7181 or


Tammy Carpenter - Spiritual Synergy offers a workout designed for women who are tired of being weighed down by the weight of their world and are ready to raise their spiritual temperature. No matter where you are in you spiritual journey, author Tammy Carpenter seeks to help you allow God, through His Holy Scripture, to strengthen your spiritual being.


Jean Davis - Jean, a Delaware resident originally from Texas, writes, humor, inspirational stories, grocery lists, and devotions. She is the author of two collections of humorous and heart stories of family life: Happy Birthday, Jesus, and Other Things I can’t Say- and Slices of Life: Couch Potato Pie. Warning: Slices of Life may cause snorting your drink through your nose while laughing.,


Charles de Andrade - Chosen is Charles first published book. He has been writing for more than 20 years, and has six other books completed and several more underway. He has been married to the love of his life Gloria for forty-one years. He has three daughters, and eight grandchildren. His day job, that supports his passion for writing, is working as a CEO of a small software company. He currently lives in FT. Pierce FL, works in Atlanta GA, and is hoping to relocate to the Delmar DE area in 2015.


Lane Dolly - Researcher and author, Lane Calhoon Dolly, brings a rich and diverse set of professional and life experiences to her first novel, A Distant Call: The Fateful Choices of Hattie Sheldon. Grassroots politics led her from her ranch country in Oklahoma to Washington, DC in 1981. Nearly forgotten mentions of a trail blazing ancestor led her to discoveries about the Cherokee Nation before statehood in her native Oklahoma. The compelling life of Hattie Sheldon, her great, great, grandmother, parallels America’s struggles before the Civil War and beyond. Hattie’s spirit, will, and purpose live on through Ms. Dolly’s book series, Through Faith and Fire: An America Saga. Lane Dolly is a member of the Chapter AL in Reston, VA.


Judi Folmsbee - Judi is the author of Bubba the Busy Beaver, a children’s picture book for ages 4-8. It is a popular book often given as gifts for children, grandchildren, mother-to-be shower gifts, and teachers. Coming out is 2015 is Judi’s book, Preposterous Pebbles. After that, next in line for publication will be the second book in the Bubba series, called Ferica, the Fast


Gems from the House - Gems from the House is a newly formed niche, publishing company. It is a business of House of Praise for All People, located in Greenwood, Delaware.  L. Claire Smith is the managing editor. She welcomes comments and questions. In 2015, Candy Abbott of Fruitbearer Publishing, will pass the task of publishing the DCWF Christmas anthology to Gems from the House. Claire Smith –


Terri Gillespie - She is from the greater Philadelphia area. She writes women’s stories with heart! She is the author of Making Eye Contact with God, and She Does Good Hair. Terri speaks at conferences and women’s retreats. This is what was said about her, Terri’s humor and transparency encourages women to seek their own safe place with God. Terri’s husband, Bob, offers book trailer services to independent authors through MTM Video.


Betty Kasperski - Betty is an educator, business leader, certified minister, writer, and inspirational speaker. Coming from a family of educators and business owners, she feels comfortable in a variety of settings, including public speaking. Her first book, Severed Yet Whole, was released in 2012. She holds a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University and resides in Georgetown, DE with her husband, Stephen.


Sharon Louth - Sharon is the author of Always Remember to Breathe. A business consultant by profession, Sharon instinctively knew that she would ultimately find happiness and peace by helping others. Having reach deep inside to reveal the story about life with her daughter, Sharon hopes to connect with and encourage other families who face similar challenges. She has also written a family cookbook and short stories and resides in Milton, DE with her husband, Lee.


Pat McKelvey - Pat is from Delmar, MD. She is the author if the children’s book, The Game. When Patti and her siblings decide to play Kings and Queens, she finds herself getting jealous of the great talents and hearts her siblings have. She becomes mean and envious as her siblings seem to ignore what she wants. Can she turn back into the sweet little girl she once was? Find out in The Game. Contact Pat at 


Kris Penrod - Kris is a grandmother who resides in Seaford, DE and has owned horses much of her life. She believes that they are a blessing from God and embraces the motto, “As for me and my horse, we will serve the Lord.” A series of candid Christmas shots taken by her husband while she was in the pasture playing with her horses were the inspiration for Buddy’s Search for Christmas. It is an easy to read photo-filled story for children of all ages.


Jessie Seneca - Jessie is the founder of More of Him Ministries, national speaker, author, and leadership trainer. Jessie and her husband, John live in Bethlehem, PA and have two adult daughters. In September,

Jessie released her newest bible study, Joseph, A Life of Rejections, Resilience and Respect.

Plus Road Trip is Jessie’s journey of battling Cushing’s syndrome, a life threatening disease.


David Michael Smith - David writes from his hometown of Georgetown, DE, where he has resided his entire life. He solely credits God for his publishing successes, which include several appearances in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cup of Comfort, and Guideposts. He also covets the faithful encouragement of his wife, Geri, and children Rebekah and Matthew. On September 13, 2014, David was ordained a Deacon in the North American Anglican Church.


Sandi Tyson - Since 2003, Sandi has published three children’s books. If Sheep Could Talk, is a book based on Psalm 23. It is translated in thirteen languages and printed in eleven. My Almighty Daddy, based On the Lord’s Prayer was published in 2005. A Mere Lump of Clay, published in 2012, is a story about a clay pot with references to God as the potter. She designs scripture greeting cards.,


Karen Whiting – Karen is an international speaker and author of eighteen books. Her books for children and youth include lots of activities and creativity. Her books for women bring hope and encouragement with creative solutions.



Name:             The Book Event


Date:               Saturday, November 8, 2014


Time:              10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Location:        Crossroad Community Church

                         20684 State Forest Road

                         Georgetown, DE 19947



Georgetown, DE - Christian authors from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey will flock to Georgetown for Delaware’s largest Christian book sale: The Book Event. Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship (DCWF) will host The Book Event—now in its second year—at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown, Delaware, on Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


More than twenty authors will attend, including well-known regional writers like Karen Whiting and Terri Gillespie, and local favorites like Candy Abbott, David Michael Smith, Eva Maddox, Betty Kasperski, and Wilma Caraway, winner of the CSPA 2014 Book of the Year Award (gift book category).


Candy Abbott, DCWF’s founder and an award-winning publisher, originally saw the event as an opportunity for people to meet the authors who had contributed to the 2013 Christmas anthology. “But the more we talked about it,” she said, “the clearer it became that we shouldn't limit the event to our own group but open it up to other Christian authors.”


After that, the floodgates opened and a variety of authors signed up. “Books are from all genres, for all age groups: fiction, non-fiction, children's picture books, devotionals, poetry, as well as the Christmas and Advent books,” Abbott said.


Book Event Coordinator Judi Folmsbee said she had a hard time managing all the details of such a large event. But when she saw all the authors chatting with curious readers, Folmsbee knew she would chair it again. Members of the Book Event team worked well together and were unanimous that this should be an annual event.


"This was no ordinary book signing or shopping experience,” Folmsbee said. “It was more like a bonding between authors called by God to write and customers nudged by God to pick out just the right books.”


In keeping with the event’s Christmas theme, shoppers will be given a Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board. Those who complete the game board with author signatures can get $2 off one of DCWF’s Christmas anthologies, including Christmas Faith & Fun, which will be available for the first time.


Book Event shoppers can also participate in a charity project DCWF is calling “The Timothy Tree.” Gift tags, with the first name and last initial of a needy child, man, or woman, will be placed on the tree for customers to choose. They will buy an age-appropriate book from one of the authors, write an encouraging note on the gift card, place the card in the book, and leave in a basket for the Book Event team to distribute.


An activity table with art supplies will be available to entertain children while parents shop. Refreshments will be prepared and served by the Crossroad Community Church kitchen crew.


For more information, contact Judi Folmsbee, Book Event Coordinator, at 302.684.3603,

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New Writers WELCOME!

We're a friendly group, don't be shy. If you're interested in becoming a member of DCWF, there are no application forms to fill out or dues to pay. Just show up at one of our meetings where we'll capture your name and contact information. We have a lot of resources and encouragement to offer, and new members always bring a lot to the group.


Established in 1993, DCWF meets the third Saturday of the month at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Tunnell Hall, 203 North Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947, from 9 AM to Noon. Meeting attendance runs from eight to 28. Many are beginning writers who are mentored by those who have been published. It is an informal gathering for critiquing and encouragement with resources to build up the Christian who writes. We follow a meeting agenda, but there is no membership fee or pressure; however, we do hold one another accountable to see progress in our writing. Meetings typically include a devotional, shared information, a teaching, manuscript critiques, and prayer. Friendships are fostered over lunch and between meetings. On occasion, we host day-long writing seminars or retreats and encourage participation in regional/national conferences. Follow us on Facebook.


QUESTIONS? Give Candy Abbott, the director, a call at 302.856.6649, email, or use the CONTACT US page to send a message. We'll do our best to get back to you as fast as possible.

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