INSPY Award Contemporary Romance Top Ten

Thank you to my readers! My book Hearts in Harmony, book #1 in the Amish Journey series was nominated and received enough votes to make it to the top ten list for the INSPY Award in the Contemporary Romance category. 

The Inspys were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith and were designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today.  This program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA, general and INDIE markets.

The advisory board is ready to get to work and find the top three in each category. Shortlists will be announced April 30th. Stay tuned.

Cover Reveal

After a brief hiatus from writing so that I could spend time with family during the holidays, I am back in my writing chair. I turned in book #1 of my Amish Inn series—A Picture of Love—and I’m hard at work on book #2, not yet titled.

What do you think? I love it!

December Writing Update

I am busy working on Book #2 in my new Amish Inn series. But, I am also doing revisions on Book #1 in that same series. I was hoping to have a cover to reveal for Book #1, but the publisher is still putting the final touches on it. We do have a title though—A Picture of Love. I am very excited about this new series! I’ll let you know when A Picture of Love is available for pre-order, and I can’t wait for you to see the beautiful cover!

Previously, my short story Christmas by the Sea: A Surf’s Up Novella(Short Read and Sampler) has only been available on Kindle (for FREE, I might add). But, for those of us who still prefer a paperback, Christmas by the Sea is now available in paperback, and I’ve slashed the price to $4.99 from now until Christmas! AND, if you’re an audiobook lover, it’s available in that format as well. Christmas by the Seaaudiobook

Work in Progress Update

I’m starting on book #2 in my Amish Innkeepers series. Book #1 in this new series is with my HarperCollins editor now. She shared with me that she loves my characters (I do too!). I’ll share the title and cover when it becomes available.

My next release will be book #3 in the Amish Journeys series, A Beautiful Arrangement. It is available for pre-order now and will release in April 2020.

Can you believe there are only two months left in this year?

Book News

Oh my goodness! Let me tell you, the life of a writer is not at all a life of leisure. Of course, dear reader, you know that Listening to Love released in September. Lots of promotional assignments for that release required my attention. Then, the edits for book #3 in this Amish Journeys series, A Beautiful Arrangement were due. Then, my first book in my next series, the Amish Innkeepers series, was due to the publisher. Then, An Amish Christmas Bakery released on October 1st, with more required promotional tasks. Whew!  Boy, do I need a vacation! 

My plans for this October newsletter were to tell you all about my story in An Amish Christmas Bakery. But, you may have already read it by now. I hope so! Please submit a review to your favorite review site (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.) We authors depend on readers sharing their opinions with other readers so our books can be found. The setting for Loaves of Love is Indiana, where I visited a bakery very much like the one described in this story. The bakery uses only wood burning ovens. Can you imagine checking on the temperature and adding additional wood throughout the baking process? It is incredible. Especially, in this day and age. 

I made a short video that tells more about the bakery and one of my favorite Christmas memories.