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Five Things to Know BEFORE reading Amish Celebrations

Five Things to Know BEFORE Reading Amish Celebrations:

 

A Christmas Miracle – I loved writing this story about an overwhelmed young mother of five who has trouble coping with her life. I think Mary’s downhill spiral is more common than we think. Motherhood is a beautiful and gratifying job, but anyone in the role knows that it comes with challenges, whether you have one child or more. But there isn’t a parental rulebook, and depression among mothers often goes unnoticed or unreported. I want readers to know that it’s okay to ask for help. If you see a young mother or couple having trouble as parents, maybe reach out to them, the way a couple does in this story.

 

The Gift of Sisters – Have you ever been friends with twins? The twins I have known have a keen insight into each other’s emotions, intuitive qualities related to each other, and a bond that seems unbreakable. But what happens when both twins fall for the same man?  

 

A New Beginning – Should a mistake be the defining event that sets the course for the rest of your life? Or can you forgive and truly have a new beginning? Forgiveness is freeing and encouraged by God, but it’s often easier said than done.

 

A Perfect Plan – This story was previously published in An Amish Wedding, but it remains a favorite novella. Most people say ‘if it was meant to be then it will come easily’. But what if it IS meant to be and there is an obstacle at every turn? Is God testing us so that we grow in our faith and as a person? Or is He giving us hints that we are on the wrong path? And how do you know the difference?

 

Why I wrote these novellas for Amish Celebrations — Each story focuses on an upcoming celebration – Christmas, a birthday, a baptism, and a wedding in the previously published A Perfect Plan. While the Amish celebrate all of these special occasions, their traditions vary from ours, and it was fun to incorporate a celebration into each of the stories.

Giveaway Results!!!

I offered 5 Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) of An Amish Heirloom  in the April newsletter to five lucky readers that could answer a trivia question. See below for the answer and the five winners that were selected today.  An Amish Heirloom releases on April 10, 2018. All four authors, me, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin will be hosting a live Facebook Chat Party Tuesday, (4/10/08) 8PM EST/7PM CST. Please join us:  https://www.facebook.com/AmishLife/

The answer to my question, which state is the setting for my next Amish series is INDIANA.

Many readers sent the right answer, but I only have 5 extra copies to give away. Congratulations to Deana, Arleen, Kim, Janet and Wanda!

Two New Cover Reveals

An Amish Homecoming is a novella collection with Amish authors Amy Clipston, me, Shelley Shepard Gray and Kathleen Fuller.  It is due to release in October of this year. More information coming soon.

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And I’ve combined all  four of the Surf’s Up series into one cover.

The Surf's Up Collection (4 in One Volume): A Tide Worth Turning, Message In A Bottle, The Shell Collector's Daughter, and Christmas by the Sea by [Wiseman, Beth] Surf’s Up Collection

New Indiana Series Title Reveal

As you know, since before Christmas I’ve been writing and putting the finishing touches on my first book in a new series set in Indiana. I managed to hit the submit button just a few days ago! I can now tell you that the series will be called An Amish Journey and book #1 will be titled Hearts in Harmony. I don’t have a cover to show yet. My awesome marketing team at HarperCollins Christian Publishing is still developing it. I’ll post  as soon as I’ve seen and approved it.