Great News for Caged Sparrow

4 May
Sparrow in prison book cover

Get your copy now!

Okay, so it’s not a Pullitzer, and it’s not even a super big deal, but it’s a ray of hope, so I’m going with it.

Caged Sparrow has been named a finalist in the 2016 Selah Awards for the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. Not too shabby!

We’ll have to wait until May 25 to learn how the book fares overall, and while I haven’t read the competing books, this is a group of writers I admire and respect very much for their professionalism and dedication to Christian writing. As such, Joe and I are far from expecting to win. However, just being a finalist gives the book a greater chance of getting picked up by book stores, so I’m more than thrilled.

Those of you who have read Caged Sparrow have surely noticed its potential to lift the spirits of those imprisoned, whether by real iron bars or bars of their own making. If you’re the praying type, please pray with me that, win or lose, this event will catapault Joe’s story onto a new level of readership, and into the hands of those whose hearts would be filled with hope if they read it.

To those of you who have yet to read it, what are you waiting for?

10 Responses to “Great News for Caged Sparrow”

  1. Kathleen Grunden May 4, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Well-deserved, Rose. So proud of you.

  2. Lisa Stokes May 4, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    Yay! Praying! So happy for you and Joe. Change more hearts, Lord!

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Elaine Beachy May 4, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    The heartiest of congratulations to you, Rosemarie!! “Caged Sparrow” is an excellent book, so well-written! I’m so happy for you!

  4. Claudia Holloman May 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Your news is more than a ray of hope. It is just another step forward in your journey. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Always believe in yourself. It is great for your friends to witness your journey as it unfolds.
    I always want the best for you and your family.

  5. Allyn Bamberger May 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Great news, Rose! I think Caged Sparrow is an amazing book, so I’ll be praying for 1st place!

  6. Sylvia May 6, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Hello Rosemarie, I am so happy for you. I couldn’t remember if I had ordered the book or not. So, I ordered it. I am praying for you and wishing you all the best! I look forward to reading this book.

    • Portrait Writer May 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Aw, thank you Sylvia. I hope you fall in love with Joe, like I did. Enjoy his story!

  7. Cheryl Bull May 6, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    Rosemarie, Thus is indeed exciting news! Congratulations!

  8. Katy Kauffman May 17, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you. You are an excellent storyteller.

    • Portrait Writer May 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      Thank you Katy, I just spent some uplifting time on your blog. It’s a lovely, peaceful place to camp. 🙂

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