I’m Speaking at a Writing Retreat!! Come Join Me!!

So…. I just got some amazing and exciting news!! One of my favorite places in the entire world is a beautiful Christian retreat center in the Appalachian mountains called Cherokee Cove. Cherokee Cove has tons of family campouts, youth retreats, volunteering and service opportunities, and focuses on allowing the campers and volunteers to spend time focusing on Christ and encouraging people to “Be still and know that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10) For the past few years, I’ve been able to go for a little while during the Summer months and “recharge” and get my focus on Christ before I launch into another year.

I emailed the Stephens family (homeschoolers who run Cherokee Cove!) and asked if a friend and I could come for a long weekend and what would be happening during that weekend. I was told that they were having a writing retreat on Saturday, the 24th of August, just when we’re going to be there!! I couldn’t have been happier! And then when I offered to speak if they needed anyone to help with a program, they asked me to give my “How to Write a Novel” talk!

So… I’m speaking on “How to Write a Novel: A Homeschooler’s Journey to Becoming an Author,” on August 24th at Cherokee Cove! Not only that, but all the attendees will have tons of time to ask questions and interact with each other and write together! Cherokee Cove is located in Locust Gap, Tennessee. It’s a 1-2 day retreat. The cost is $50 for the day of the retreat, from 10am-7pm, including lunch, dinner, and the program. It’s $80 for Saturday night lodging and breakfast Sunday morning before a checkout by 10am. I would LOVE to have others join me for the day and we can talk all about writing!

If you’re interested in joining us for this mini Writing Retreat, please contact Cherokee Cove through their website:


It’s going to be an amazing experience! And I know that you all will love Cherokee Cove as much as I do! :-) Hope to see some of you there!

Big News!! Would You Like to Be Featured on Our Website??

Hello Friends!

Big news!! We just made a new page on this website entitled “What Do Readers Say?” (http://acryfromegypt.com/what-do-readers-say/) We want to know what you as readers thought about my book, “A Cry From Egypt”! Would you like to be featured on my website and on this page? You can! It’s really easy and fun! Send an email to me at: hope(@)hopefulstories.com.

I know we have a lot of new readers coming up since A Cry From Egypt has been added to Tapestry of Grace’s First Year as a Primary Read Aloud and is one of the books recommended for Cornerstone Curriculum’s new The Grand Story ancient history curriculum. We’d love to hear from you!

Let me know what you or your children liked about “A Cry From Egypt”! You can write up a review, have your kids write up a review, talk about a favorite part or favorite character. You can send me pictures of your kids reading the book, acting out the book, drawing pictures of characters, doing different projects inspired by the book, or send on other resources that would complete the book well! We’ll even accept videos! I can’t wait to see what you all say!