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Summer’s always a fun time of year. My car temperature gauge hit 117 yesterday, so there’s that. Y’all come on down to Texas if you want to enjoy the heat. In other news–

  • American Christian Fiction Writers announced finalists for their Carol Award, and A Widow’s Hope is in the top 3 for the short novel category. I’m over-the-moon excited, and I’ll let you know the results when they are announced in September.
  • I’ll be receiving a cover and final edit for Dead Wrong, book 1 in my Agatha’s Amish B&B cozy mystery series. I’ll share a pre-order link as soon as it’s available. I hope to have a release date in early September.
  • I’m working on book 6 in my Indiana Amish Bride series. My working title is “For Richer or Poorer.”
  • I’m also writing a novella for the collection An Amish Christmas Wedding. I believe that will release in the fall of 2020.
  • We’re nearing release date for Summer of Suspense. This is a 16 novella anthology by 16 well known Christian authors. The pre-order price with Amazon, B&N, and Apple is just 99c. After the ebook is released on August 6th the price will go to $9.99. So go ahead and pre-order today!

I hope and pray you’re having an awesome summer. Before we know it, our highs will dip below 100, the leaves will begin to turn and fall, and we’ll be putting on sweaters.



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Texas Beaches

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Texas is a big state. We have mountains, desert, forests, hill country, plains, and beaches! Hubby and I recently spent a few days at the Texas coast with his family. Yes, it was hot! But it was a nice time of relaxing and recharging. I thought I’d share a few facts with you about Texas beaches.

  1. Padre Island is the world’s largest barrier island–more than 200 square miles.
  2. There are several lighthouses to visit including Port Isabel and Lydia Ann. You can see the entire list here.
  3. Sea turtle rescue is a big thing on Padre Island.
  4. The Texas State Aquarium is right across the bay in Corpus Christi.
  5. You can also visit the USS Lexington which is now a floating museum.
  6. Moody Gardens are located in Galveston, which is only 60 miles south of Houston.
  7. Both Galveston and Port Aransas have been hit by hurricanes in recent years. Hurricane Harvey hit Port A in 2017 and Hurricane Ike hit Galveston in 2008. Galveston was also the site of the deadliest hurricane in US history which made landfall in 1900 and killed between 6,000 and 12,000 people.

So while you might not want to visit the Texas coast during hurricane season, it is a nice spot the rest of the year. I think you’ll find the people friendly, the food delicious, and the views spectacular. What about you? What’s your favorite spot to visit in your state?  Leave a comment below, and we’ll pull one winner to receive an autographed book from yours truly. Last week’s winner was Judy S. (Judy, you should have received an email from me today.)



Announcements for this week

  • Paperback copies of Sarah’s Orphans and Joshua’s Mission are available in my online store for only $6 (which includes an autograph and free shipping). This special is good through 7-24.
  • The anthology I’m participating in, Summer of Suspense, is releasing in 3 weeks. You can preorder at BN and Apple and Amazon. Pre-order price is 99c for 16 awesome inspirational romantic suspense novellas. These are all original stories.
  • I’ll be in Shipshewana in August and signing books at the Empress Room in the Blue Gate Inn on Friday, August 2 from 12:30-4:30. Some fantastic authors of Amish fiction are going to be joining me, so if you’re in the area please do stop by!

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