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Join Angela Breidenbach, bestselling author, weekly on Lit Up talk radio. Satisfy your curiosity to be the fly on the wall as expert guests discuss and explore the literary world from books to movies, reviews and interviews in the creative realm, and Angela picks the brains of entertainment and publishing experts to share how you can build a lucrative creative career or simply figure out what makes talented creatives tick.

Lighting up the literary world with book reviews, in-depth expert interviews, and ideas to design a lucrative creative career. Listen weekly and expand your imagination to enhance your life - Always family-friendly, always good for your heart.

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Want to know how to pronounce it? Angela Breidenbach [Bride-en-bök] (You know, like Bach, the composer.)




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Lit Up guest Dr. Craig von Buseck on the Rebirth of Israel &

Join Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, and guest, Dr. Craig von Buseck, on a journey to discover the history behind how Harry S. Truman helped rebirth Israel into sovereignty.

Dr. von Buseck shares about his new position as a writer with Inspiration Ministries and TV, and their website, The ministry reaches the U.S., U.K., Australia, and several other countries around the world.

About Dr. Craig von Buseck


Book In Progress: "I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel" / Screenplay - "Nina: Prisoner, Spy, Survivor".

Mini bio: Dr. Craig von Buseck is a published author and a writer at The Inspiration Network near Charlotte, North Carolina. He a contributing writer for, More To Life Magazine, and Cindy Jacobs' He is a regular guest on "Live the Promise" with Susie Larson on Faith Radio. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University. Craig is the author of "Nobody Knows: The Harry T. Burleigh Story" from Baker Books. His other books include "Praying the News", co-written by 700 Club co-host Wendy Griffith and published by Revell; "NetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men" from Broadman and Holman; and "Seven Keys to Hearing God's Voice". He has just completed his latest project, "I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel".

Craig's professional writing includes work on CBN's Superbook children's video series, Charisma Magazine, the Israeli Bureau of Tourism, Nicky Cruz Ministries, the Christian Coalition, Regent University, and several Christian magazines and organizations.

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Lit Up guest Darlene Franklin Writing When You've Lost Everything

When you think it's all over, it's not!

Darlene Franklin and Maria, her care aidLit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, welcomes Darlene Franklin, author of over 50 books, who lost everything all at once and started over. (Darlene took this selfie with her care aid, Maria, for us during the interview.)

She just celebrated the publication of her 50th unique title, Mermaid Song, and continues to have a fulfilling and lucrative writing career despite living in a nursing home. Listen to her story as she shares how she thought she'd lost her health, her independence, and her career—and then her opportunities opened up wider than they had before! Darlene's column, The View Through My Door, is syndicated monthly in five different magazines and newsletters for readers and senior citizens. You'll be inspired by Darlene's continued career success regardless of her circumstances.

Don't miss the stories we chat about:

Developing a writer's nose for story ideas...that spawned books like these... Click on the covers to get your copy.

A John Denver tribute on the 20th anniversary of losing the great musician, and Darlene's new book, Take Me Home.

Brides Rogue

And our latest joint collection, Captive Brides, with Darlene's story His Golden Treasure and Angela's story His Indentured Bride.

If you like Captive Brides, Darlene and Angela were both also in the Blue Ribbon Brides Collection.

Mermaid Song by Darlene Franklin, historical romance.

 Available in paperback or Kindle.

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Lit Up guest Jane S. Daly Older Authors how & why they succeed

Jane S. Daly visits with Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, on Older Authors-how they succeed and why.

During our humorous chat about the creative careers of aging boomers, we promised our listeners these photos and the "frother envy" story...

1. Frother Envy story Jane promised to share...

The scene was set for a weekend of planning and goal setting for the WCCW 2018 and 2019 conferences. Six women gathered in the spacious home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Spirits were high until that fateful Saturday morning when one of the ladies pulled out her frother. The rest of us watched in awe as she heated cream in the mug, then plunged the miniscule beater to make mounds of luscious foam. Then it happened . . . frother envy.
     What is that strange phenomenon? How can five level-headed Christian women experience a longing so intense for something belonging to someone else?
     Our ‘friend' then poured coffee into the foam and took a first appreciate sip. Our mouths watered. We had to have some.
     Each of us took a turn, using our favorite milk or cream of choice. We frothed and mixed, frothed and poured, and entered a new realm of deliciousness. Who needs Starbucks when you can prepare your own custom coffee drink?
     At one point, we briefly discussed tossing the frother owner off the island. That idea was abandoned when one of the women remembered she need a ride home from said frother lady.  There was a rumor that one of the ladies hid the frother in her bag, claiming it was "misplaced."
     The weekend came to an end with no mishaps. No one lost a digit fighting over the frother. Envy was confessed before the Lord and to our sister in Christ.
     Two days later, a mysterious package arrived on my doorstep. Anticipation mounted as I ripped open the padded envelope. I turned the package sideways to dump out the contents . . . a brand-new frother.

Milk Frother 

In case you'd like one too, click here ;)

2. Men Crawling All Over My House, says the romance author... (Angie's wild remodel continues...)

Men Working On Remodel

3. Temporary kitchen during the remodel

(oh, yes, it's ridiculous trying to make a cup of coffee...)

Temp Kitchen

Muse at the window

The real kitchen is coming along :)

Muse has already claimed the bay window.










Jane S. Daly About my guest: Jane S. Daly is the author of two books, Because of Grace, A Mother's  Journey from Grief to Hope, and The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Care For Your  Aging Parents. she speaks to groups on the subjects of grief, loss, and aging. She and her  husband Mike make their home in Northern California.
 Social Media: @queenjanedaly


Jane's Books Include:

Because of Grace, A Mother's Journey from Grief to Hope

The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parent

1st Place Cascade Awards - Unpublished Women's Fiction

To learn more about your host, Angela Breidenbach, and her books, visit

The Bucket List Dare, including Angela's story Her Impossible Dream.

The Bucket List Dare (contemporary romantic fiction anthology)



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Lit Up Guest Kirk Blank MTL Magazine, Christian Product Expo, and more

Do you love buying local? How do bookstores keep going in this changing economy? How do creatives reach retailers to integrate product and people? What if you want to open a bookstore? My guest today, Kirk Blank, president of the Munce Group, is here with some great solutions. We get to know who he is, why he's leading the Munce Group, and how the Christian Product Expo is helping brick and mortar stores thrive. But how does that help authors reach stores? Listen now to hear about how people can help people to make money in the publishing and retail climate of today... Then attend the next CPE (Christian Product Expo)... 

Some of the topics we cover: Munce Christian Product Expo-what it is and why, MTL Magazine, Supporting our local stores, comedienne Chonda Pierce's cover article about her real life struggles, and helping reach people in their real world lives with books, products, women's conferences that enhance life everyday. Keep watching for the 2019 Writer to Writer Conference.

A surprising fact: MTL (More to Life) sponsors over 30 women's conferences. The Munce Group is planning a women's conference in 2018.

3 words to describe the Christian Product Expo:  Encourage, Equip, and Engage

Meet people like: Charles Stanley, Kathy Triccoli, Mercy Me-Bart, Gary Chapman, Jimmy Wayne, Candice Payne-Chewbacca Mom, and an author signing party!

Website: (Sep. 17-20, 2017—includes training and special speakers, worship service, trade show/exhibit floor, seasonal purchasing, networking to enrich the community of retailers, authors, music artists, etc.) 

Do you want to receive the beautiful full-color MTL Magazine? Click on the link below...

About: Kirk David Blank is the president of The Munce Group, a marketing agency that provides advertising for publishers and vendors of inspirational and Christian products and resources as well as for the independent Christian retailers. Kirk has nearly 30 years of experience within the Christian product industry holding leadership positions including B&B Promotional Services working with clients like Coca Cola, Levi Strauss, and Nestle.  Kirk oversaw the marketing and advertising for Family Christian stores prior to moving to The Munce Group. During his career at the Munce Group, three new divisions were launched; More to Life (MTL Magazine), Christian Product Expo (CPE), and Writer to Writer. Kirk has been married to his college sweetheart, Brenda, for over 27 years and they have 7 children (4 married) and 5 grandchildren.

Social Media: @cpeshow @mtlmag   

Follow Kirk on Twitter: @kirkblank

Books mentioned in this episode:

Angela's new release: The Second Chance Brides Collection,

Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed? Including Angela's story, Fanned Embers, mentioned during this episode...

Available anywhere books are sold.

(Click cover to visit Kobo, an ebook retailer, or visit your local bookstore.)

About Angela: President of the Christian Authors Network and an author of 15 books of romance through the ages, she loves to teach others to succeed. You can find more out about her books at and follow her on social media @AngBreidenbach.

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