Some days it’s hard to see the blessings in life. When that happens to me, I take a walk. Looking at all God has created, well it lifts my spirits. So today I thought I’d bring you some of the things I’ve seen the past week or so that reminded me of God’s care.
Yes, we have new fawns in the neighborhood, and sunflowers in the backyard, and geckos on the wall. Need more convincing of God’s love and provision?
- The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. ~Psalm 19:1
- How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. ~Psalm 104:24
- Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. ~John 1:3
- In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. ~Job 12:10
So be encouraged my friend. Be encouraged. What have you seen in nature recently that encouraged you? Leave me a comment below and I’ll pull one name to receive a box of books!
That’s right. I’m giving away a box of books with each blog. They’ll be “back copies” which means books that have been previously earlier in the year or even in previous years. I’ll sign them generically, and if it’s something you already have you can gift it to a friend or library. Our winners from the last blog were Pamela Hargraves, Judith Smith, Kay Garrett, Paula Parker, and Peggy. Ladies, you should receive an email from me or from my assistant, Kristy Kreymer.
Announcements for this week
- I have two new releases this month. The first is a 2-in-1 with the fabulous Dana Lynn, and you should be able to find it at your local Walmart (or online). The second is the final story in my Cyber Division series–High Noon. These novellas can be read in any order, and I’ll be releasing a compiled version containing all 4 in print and ebook next month.
- I’m participating in two cross promotions this month. All Kinds of Cozy Mysteries includes my book, Dead Wrong. Love on the Run is a collection of Christian suspense stories and includes my book, Hidden.
- I also start work on Dead Broke this month, the second release in my Agatha’s Amish B&B cozy mystery series. I hope to share a cover with you soon!
It’s a little hard to believe that it’s only been 3 weeks since local and national government began issuing “shelter-in-place” orders, stores changed hours or closed, and many churches switched to on-line services. Wow. A lot has happened in 3 weeks.
And so now it seems we have a new normal. For me that means Continue reading
It seems that you don’t quite appreciate the power of community until you’re separated from it. Quarantine has been a whole new experience for most of us, and even though we’re not physically together, I’ve been very encouraged to see Continue reading
Today I thought I’d talk to you about ARCs. Why? Because I have some to give away!
In publishing, the word ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy. These are books that are sent out to a variety of people:
- final proofreaders
- professional book review sites/magazines
It’s understood that these are not the final copy. You might find Continue reading
I’m doing the snoopy dance today. Why, you ask? Because today my 5th book from the Indiana Amish Brides series is available in stores. The ebook will release on Feb. 1, but until then you can order print copies from the usual culprits:
Amazon B&N Harlequin
It will also be on shelves in most neighborhood Walmarts.
For some reason I keep embracing Continue reading
Sometimes I’m asked, “Why do you write cozy mysteries?” Occasionally the question is a bit more pointed. “How can you combine murder and Amish? That’s terrible!” Since my new Amish cozy mystery, Dead Wrong, just released, I thought I’d share with you how I happened to become a cozy mystery writer.
In early 2010 I was a new writer who had one book contracted. It wouldn’t be published until October of that year. It was a one book contract. It was my only Amish book. I wasn’t sure what was next for me Continue reading
I absolutely love it when a reader writes me and says, “I loved your book so much. It should be a movie!” I couldn’t agree more. I’m all for it! So how does a book get chosen for a movie? As far as I know, there are 3 ways. Continue reading
VC’s not-so-messy desk
We’ve been following a “get to know one another” theme here on the blog. So far we’ve covered–
Today I wanted to answer a question I get a lot–Where do you get your ideas? That’s a great question, though of course it’s not an easy answer. Story ideas come from many different places. Personally, I’ll have something in my mind, think about it, chew on it for a few weeks or months while Continue reading
Full Harlequin Display
My New Release
Anyone else remember bookstores? I’ll bet you do. When I was a child, it was one of my favorite places to go (second to the library), and when I was an adult it was my favorite date place. Yup. Lots of people went on dates at bookstores. Right?
As we all know, there are fewer bookstores every day. I try to tell myself that it’s the same thing as Continue reading
As I writer, I keep a pretty detailed calendar. Some of things I need to keep an eye on are:
- Project due dates
- Book release dates
- Book signings and book talks
- Family vacations (that one is super important)
I try to be realistic about my schedule. After all, we each only get 24 hours a day and some of that really does need to be spent sleeping. I’m a real believer in calendars. “Stick to the calendar,” I say as I stumble toward my desk with a cup of coffee. But one fun thing about being a writer is Continue reading