Do you enjoy reading on your back porch? I do! At the end of the day, I want to grab a snack and glass of iced tea, mosey out to the porch, and read in peace and quite for a little while. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way.
Once a month, I’d like to offer you a special price, and this month that special offer is for my Pebble Creek series. A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia introduce the Amish community of Pebble Creek, Wisconsin, and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways. The special low price is $10 (plus tax and $2.50 for shipping), and of course I will autograph it for you and include some bookmarks. This is 30% less than the book is currently being offered on Amazon, so I hope you will take advantage of the offer. Choose the book you’d like, fill in the autograph to box, and click BUY NOW. You’ll be taken to a secure Paypal site where you can enter your credit card or debit card number.
A Promise for Miriam
A Home for Lydia
A Wedding for Julia
Now get ye to the back porch, and enjoy some rest. And while you’re there–happy reading! Blessings,
Pebble Creek Series, VC Book Spotlight
This week I want to tell you about my Pebble Creek series. My wonderful editor at Harvest House, Kim Moore, asked me to write an Amish romance. I could set it anywhere, and it could be about anything. I’d written about Pennsylvania and Indiana, so I wanted to try somewhere new–somewhere different! Wisconsin was both of those things.
My husband and I travelled to the Cashton area and spent a week there. We learned a lot and met Continue reading
Photo #4, Summer Fun
This is our last July Photo. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your comments! Remember–I post a photo and you give me a caption. Then we’ll pick one of your captions as the winner, and you can receive a book of your choice. I’ve contacted last week’s winner. Next week, I’ll post all of the photos again with the captions.
I took this photo in Cashton, Wisconsin. We had stopped by an Amish gentleman’s home, and he kindly offered to let us see the schoolhouse located on the corner of his property. His faithful dog followed us to the school and back again.
Remember to leave us a caption in the comment section.
Special Prices, Amish Books
Haven’t the last few weeks been fun? I loved having Lynette Sowell and Kate Lloyd join us. The winners for those two give-aways are–
- Cathy Carmelle – Lynette’s books
- Carol Bradford – Kate Lloyd’s books
This week I wanted to share with you a couple of specials. My novella, Where Healing Blooms is now available as an individual ebook at Amazon, B&N and all ebook retailers. This story was my contribution to An Amish Garden. I very much enjoyed writing Emma’s story, the story of a woman who God still has a plan for–in spite of the fact that she feels like she has lived her life.
Amazon and B&N are also running a First in the Series sale. According to my publishers, Falling to Pieces will be $1.99 through the weekend, and A Promise for Miriam will be on sale through next week. If you haven’t tried these books, I hope you will. If you have tried them, please share this post with a friend. And for you folks who only read paper books, I’ll have a special to share with you next week. We’ll also have Beth Shriver visiting us and giving away a book. So be sure to check back!
Our 2nd Christmas Drawing
Are you in a holiday mood yet?
The Christmas Quilt released the middle of October, and this last week, Christmas in Pebble Creek released. You can see why I’m in a holiday mood!
Christmas at Pebble Creek takes us back to the community of Amish folks you met in A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia and A Wedding for Julia. The story revolves around one of your favorite characters, but she’s a little older now. That’s ALL I’m saying. I don’t want to give away all the details. This is a SHORT, FREE ebook. It’s meant to be read while you enjoy a cup of hot tea. And if you know someone who hasn’t tried my books yet, it’s a wonderful introduction to my writing.
You can download it from Amazon or CBD. It will appear on B&N soon. And if you don’t have an e-reader, Continue reading
Back to School Ideas from Readers
In my last newsletter, I asked readers to share a back-to-school memory. As fall arrives and your children (or your neighbor’s children) head back to the classroom, I thought It would be fun to share a few of these.
In grade school … after school hours, I went back to the school and climbed up the “tunnel” that went to the second floor and Continue reading
Give-Away on Labor Day Weekend
I want to start out by wishing you a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Whether you’re working or off, alone or with family, I hope and pray that this is a day of peace for you.
I wanted to celebrate, and the best way I know to do that is another give-away. I thought this time we’d make it a Continue reading
The Amish Way – Headed Back to School
Of course it isn’t only the Amish who are headed back to school. Around the country, teachers are preparing for classes, mothers and dads are praying for a good year, and students are moaning the end of summer. I love this picture of a one room schoolhouse in Wisconsin – beckons back to simpler times.
This week I wanted to celebrate with you the return to school. Today’s Continue reading
my research assistant
Research for A Wedding for Julia, Additional Reading
Today I thought I’d share some of my research sites that I used while writing A Wedding for Julia. If you’d like to know more about these things, simply click on the links.
Building a Footbridge, which Caleb did with some help.
Amish funerals, as portrayed in the opening scene.
Plants found in Julia’s garden and along Pebble Creek. Continue reading
Where the Roses Never Fade, Mid-week Inspiration
I like to include songs in my stories. On page one of A Wedding for Julia you’ll read that Ada picked the song “Where the Roses Never Fade” for her husband’s funeral. Throughout the story, the roses growing outside her kitchen window are a constant reminder of his love and God’s faithfulness.
I WANTED to include the lyrics, but turns out it’s a tricky thing to do that in a novel. It can be done, but the paperwork is rather massive. So we decided to refer to the song rather than quote it.
Many of you have written me and said you remember this song. I thought that today I’d share it with everyone. So following is a video by a blue grass band.
And you can find the lyrics here. I have a small Amish hymnal, and this song was included in it. Do you have a favorite hymn/praise song?