Published Works

Beyond the Roses

After relocating to her quaint hometown of Pinewood, Maryland, widow Lissa Logan and her young daughter Lacy happily begin their new life.

When Lissa reconnects with her longtime friend and former grade school crush Brian Pickering—she’s over-the-moon. Then strange things begin to happen.

One terrifying night, Lissa’s world collapses. Does an old past secret have anything to do with her living nightmare? Or does someone in Brian’s family have something to hide?

“For fans of gentle romances that incorporate a mystery story line, the plot is interesting…with a strong Christian emphasis.” Library Journal

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      Untying the Shadows

A picture on Facebook…

An out-of-town wedding…

An unexpected visit…

all help to bring a woman one step closer to solving a decades-old murder.

Tess Thompson always hoped the mystery surrounding her father’s untimely death when she was a child would one day be solved. Years later, a nostalgic glimpse back calls her to seek out the truth and surrounding his cold case murder for which, oddly, the police have no case record. While visiting her father’s hometown, keys to her past slowly turn. Old family secrets and hidden motives surface beyond what she could ever imagine as she tries to bring closure to the haunting puzzle.


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Her Glass Heart


Part mystery, part romance, with an inspirational message for women, Her Glass Heart,   according to critics, is similar in tone/style to Colleen Coble. Neither chick lit nor literary but a blend of the two in a unique voice.

“A compelling tale.. Cantell has the indispensable skill of a storyteller.” ~ Philadelphia Inquirer

When Jordanna Bronson attends college on a beautiful campus in St. David’s, Pennsylvania-the former estate home of her aunt and uncle, socialites John and Adelaide Colton-all is not what it seems to be. What really happened that tragic August morning those many years ago?  If only Jordanna could remember…


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My work is included along with other great writers in these short story anthologies that speak of miraculous healing, angelic encounters, and sweet romance. Click on image to see a one minute video of Guidepost’s Mysterious Ways.

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Newspaper, magazine, and book publications:

  • Berks Mont News Group (Boyertown Times, South Berks News, Hamburg Item, Tri-County Record, columnist  2008 – present
  • Montgomery Newspapers (Ticket)columnist 2008 – 2014
  • The Times Heraldcolumnist – 2006-2008; 2012 – present -op/ed
  • Main Line Times  features
  • Pottstown Mercurypublicity pieces
  • The Bulletin  features – real estate, food, trends – 2008
  • Philadelphia Inquirer – essay/opinion/editorials
  • The Gem – short stories – 2/2012,  8/2012, 7/2015; poetry –  3/2013, 8/2016, 10/2018
  • Delaware Beach Life Magazine poetry – 9/2010, 7/2012, 10/2012, 11/2015
  • DreamSeekers magazine (online) – poetry – 2011
  • Harpstring Magazine – fiction – spring 2012
  • Indian Life poetry – 1/2012
  • The Christian Journal poetry – 2012
  • Time of Singing poetry – 2012
  • The Lutheran Journal  essays – 2012, 2017, 2020
  • Heavenly Company:  Entertaining Angels Unaware non-fiction in a book collection – 8/2012
  • Animal Wellness Magazine  short story – 11/2012
  • Seek human interest story – winter edition 2012- 2013
  • I Choose You fiction in a book collection – 12/2012
  • I Believe in Healing non-fiction in a book collection – 4/2013
  • Standard short stories – 8/2013, 4/2015, 11/2016, 11/2018
  • – features
  • Her Glass Heart  debut novel – 12/2013; second edition – 12/2017
  • Mysterious Ways Magazine short story – Sept./Oct. 2015
  • Guidepost’s Mysterious Ways: More than Coincidence – non-fiction  in a book collection – 5/2016
  • The Vision human interest story – 6/2016
  • Light and Life Magazine –  human interest story – 7/2016
  • In Celebration of Mothers poetry in a book collection – 11/2016
  • The Lutheran Message – human interest story – winter 2016/2017
  • Live human interest short story – 1/2017
  • The Lutheran Digest – non-fiction short story – fall 2017
  • Live non-fiction short story –  4/2018
  • Untying the Shadows – novel – 6/2018
  • Beyond the Roses – novel – 12/2018
  • Live – non-fiction short story – 10/2019

Future publications:

  • Hope Another Way – novel – February 2022