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.

Five Things to Know before reading Listening to Love

Hearts in Harmony—book 1 in the Amish Journeys series—introduces readers to southern Indiana and to a couple of very different Amish communities in and near the towns of Orleans and Montgomery. Several of the characters from Hearts in Harmony carry over into Listening to Love, continuing to explore these new areas. The correlation between these books is that they all dive into situations that aren’t usually covered in Amish novels. For Mary and Levi, their story centers around their love for music but also the way that families come together in a unexpected ways. Similarly, Listening to Love travels down a path rarely taken in Amish stories. To say too much would reveal spoilers, but I can tell you that there are two very untraditional romances occurring in Listening to Love.  

Listening to Love’s primary message is that there are good and bad people in every walk of life. Things aren’t always what they seem. The story focuses on the characters opening their hearts in ways they couldn’t have foreseen, accepting God’s will even though it wasn’t in their plan. The Amish are known to accept God’s will without question, but what about the Englisch characters? We are all humans with faults, misdirected perceptions, vulnerabilities, and qualities we aren’t always proud of—even the Amish, who are often portrayed in an unrealistic way. Listening to Love story explores the universal truths about all people, that we are more like our Amish friends than we might think, and vice versa.  

In a novel, the situation should be plausible, unless you are writing in a genre that allows for a lot more leniency (i.e. dystopian, fantasy, etc.). There aren’t very many people who truly follow through and convert to the Amish way of life. But, readers enjoy stories that enable them to escape through characters that stray from the norm. As related to the Amish, readers often envision themselves as someone seeking a simpler way of life, void of carpools, appointments, high traffic areas, cell phones, not having to wear makeup or worry about outward appearance . . . and the list goes on. When I write my stories, I strive to create a story that is plausible and believable, but I also hope to deliver a message and provide entertainment. 

No. But I had a specific purpose for creating Moses. And, without giving any spoilers, let me just say that my reason was—there are good and bad people in every race, religion, and geographic location. Poor choices, deception, and untruthfulness are universal. The Amish are not immune to their share of diversity when it comes to a person’s character traits and intentions.

Williams is a township in Lawrence County, Indiana. The Williams Dam is situated on the White River and is a popular fishing spot for locals, including the Amish folks. I’ve walked across the ‘Catwalk’ that stretches high above the rushing water below, but I only brought my fishing pole and bait one time. After looking at the enormous fishing rigs stretched for yards out into the rushing water, I opted not to join these serious fishermen (and women). My twenty-dollar Zebco from Walmart probably didn’t have enough line to even reach the water, and I’m fairly certain that if my line had become entangled with any of theirs, I might have been tossed over the side of the Catwalk. But since the dam is a hotspot for the Amish folks, it seemed a good place to include in my Amish Journey series.