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The San Luis Valley

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What The Bishop SawHave you ever been to the San Luis Valley? It’s the setting for my new release, What the Bishop Saw which is now available where ever books are sold. Today I thought I’d share some information about the area.

  • The San Luis Valley is located in south central Colorado. It actually stretches from Colorado into New Mexico.
  • The portion in Colorado is approximately 100 miles long and 50 miles wide.
  • The San Juan Mountains (part of the Rockies) rise to the west of the valley, and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains rise to the east.
  • The valley is also home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
  • zzdata-20020_686x480The area receives 7-8 inches of rain a year, and the growing season is only 90 days.
  • Monte Vista, the setting for my Amish Bishop Mysteries, is known for being a very artistic community.
  • Amish have lived in the area for nearly 100 years.

I’m going to be visiting the area next week, and hopefully posting live video onto my Facebook page, so be sure and follow me there. Now it’s your turn. Where’s one place that you would like to visit this summer? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Last week’s winner was Mari.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • What the Bishop Saw is now available in stores and with all e-retailers.
  • My rafflecopter giveaway winner was Jackie T. I’ll post another giveaway in the next week, so be sure and check out my main page.
  • My Shipshewana Amish mystery series is on sale for $2.99 for all 3 e-books.
  • Want to win a copy of WTBS? My publisher is giving away 10 copies on Goodreads.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense novels are still 99 cents in the kindle and nook stores.
  • I’ll be presenting at the Lampasas Public library in Lampasas, TX on May 23rd at 10:30 and 5:30. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

Inspiration

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What The Bishop SawAs you know, What the Bishop Saw is available in the Kindle store. The actual book releases on May 1, and the print as well as ebook will be available everywhere books are sold on that date.

Today I thought I’d share with you my inspiration for this novel, which was actually 3 things.

  1. When I was in Ohio on a book tour with Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston, we have the fun pleasure of meeting with a local Amish church group at a diner. I sat next to the bishop, and he shared with me his duties, the everyday problems of raising children, and his love for the members of his church. As you can imagine, it was an awesome experience.
  2. from Heini's Cheese shopLater in that tour, we visited Heini’s Cheese in Berlin, Ohio. An old Amish gentleman named Atlee gave us a tour of the place. He was funny, sharp as a tack, very energetic, and he was in his 80s. Atlee is who I thought of as I wrote about my bishop, Henry Lapp. I did decide to make Henry a little younger.
  3. Lastly I’m a news junked. I came across an article about people who had suffered from traumatic brain injuries, and the result was that they had amazing abilities that they hadn’t had before. They became accidental savants. Which started me thinking, would that be a good thing or a bad thing? But we believe, as Christians, that all things work together for the good of those that love God…so I knew where my story needed to go.

I’m having a lot of fun with this series, and I like exploring the idea that God can turn any situation into good. Now it’s your turn. What situation have you seen God use for good — in your life or someone that you know? Leave a comment, and I’ll pull one name randomly to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Last week’s winner was Linda M.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • What the Bishop Saw will release in stores everywhere on May 1. Be on the look out!
  • My rafflecopter giveaway is live – this month I’m giving away a mystery package! You can access here or simply go to my webpage and scan to the bottom of the page.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense novels are still 99 cents in the kindle and nook stores.
  • I’ll be presenting at the Lampasas Public library in Lampasas, TX on May 23rd at 5:30. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

What the Bishop Saw

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What The Bishop SawI had a nice surprise when I peeked over at my Amazon page this week – What the Bishop Saw is available in the Kindle store. The actual book releases on May 1, and the print as well as ebook will be available everywhere books are sold on that date. Until then, Kindle readers get an early chance to read this new cozy mystery. I think Amazon does this to help build reviews before the actual release date, which is fine by me!

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.

San Luis Valley, Colorado

San Luis Valley, Colorado

Some of you have tried my Shipshewana Amish Mystery series or my Amish Village Mystery series. You know that these are books about community and how our faith supports us in the worst of times. They’re fun who-done-it stories. The fact that they’re set in a Plain community is an added twist.

This new series, titled The Amish Bishop Series, is set in Monte Vista, Colorado. Yes, there are Amish there, and I plan on visiting next month. I’ll bring you some live video, lots of pictures, and of course a few souvenirs. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the Kindle copy of WTBS or pre-order if your fav format.

Now it’s your turn? What do you enjoy about cozy mysteries? Leave a comment, and I’ll pull one name randomly to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

 

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Falling to Pieces is on sale for $1.99 in ebook format through April 13th – Amazon, B&N, CBD
  • Material Witness will be on sale for $1.99 April 13-16th – Amazon, B&N, CBD
  • Paperback versions of Material Witness are currently $5.79 in the Amazon store.
  • My rafflecopter giveaway is live – this month I’m giving away a mystery package! You can access here or simply go to my webpage and scan to the bottom of the page.