Happy Monday, readers,
This Saturday is the annual running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland. Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago in Louisville, will be vying for the second jewel of the prestigious Triple Crown. The third and final stakes race will be the Belmont Stakes in New York, three weeks later. I will be watching on TV, routing Orb on to victory. None of my hard earned money will be at stake, however. I love watching horses race, pure and simple. I attended the Preakness once, years ago, and the Kentucky Derby four times. I enjoyed myself thoroughly at each event. These days, fighting traffic and mega-crowds is no longer quite so appealing. Alas, I’ve become a couch-potato Thoroughbred racing fan. Over the years, I’ve encountered other Christians who take exception to horseracing in general, and betting on races in particular. In book three of my New Beginnings series, I explore a young man’s dream of raising a Thoroughbred colt to contender status as a three-year-old. His devout Christian father grabbles with the son’s obsession with racing, both the cost of training and the lure of potential riches. His young Amish girlfriend grabbles with Jake’s obsession with money, period. I had so much fun writing this story, and learned something about myself along the way.
I’m curious about my readers’ opinions on horseracing. Can a devout Christian be a devotee? What about plunking down two dollars on your favorite to win the race?
To celebrate A Little Bit of Charm being sent to the printers this week, I’m giving away a copy of Love Comes to Paradise to someone who leaves a comment. Please give me your two-cents worth. And have a lovely week! Contest open to US and Canadian residents. Mary
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Happy Thursday, readers,
One final mention, tomorrow May 11th is the annual Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus from 10:00 until 4:00. Close to 100 authors will be participating, including yours truly, at the Fort Hayes Career Center on Jack Gibbs Blvd, off I-71. There will be 30 different author panels/roundtable discussions on topics including horror, fantasy, literary fiction, poetry, memoirs, children’s books and much more. The schedule of panel events is here: http://www.ohioanabookfestival.org/schedule/
I will be speaking from 12:45 until 1:30 on “Fiction by Women: A Writer’s Roundtable” with Emilie Richards, Duffy Brown, Linda Lee Greene, Sherri Hayes, and Kara Lynn Mackrory.
For complete info and driving instructions, click here: http://www.ohioanabookfestival.org/
Books will be sold and signed all day long. Please drop by and say hi if you’ve in the area. Mary
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Good Monday morning, readers,
Thanks to all of you who took the time to answer my question last week, “Are Amish Fiction books romances?” Since there were so many responses, I selected two winners of the 3-book Miller Family series. Drum roll please: my winners are Georgia R. Puckett and Brenda of email address, kittycro…
I will send out signed copies to A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, and The Way to a Man’s Heart, as soon as I get those addresses. If you’re curious about the consensus: Yes, it was practically unanimous–Amish inspirational stories are romances! Thanks, I just needed to hear readers’ opinions.
And before I forget: Did you know that copies of my older books are available at a discount, postage-paid? You can purchase from me the 3-book Miller Family series (A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, The Way to a Man’s Heart) signed and personalized for $25.00, shipped for free.
Also the Wayne County series, (Abigail’s New Hope and A Marriage for Meghan) is available for $20.00, shipped for free.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. In the meantime, happy reading. Spring has sprung in Ohio…and I couldn’t be happier. Mary
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Good Monday morning, readers.
Lately, I’ve been asked this question several times…and it got me thinking. For regular romance readers, whether contemporary or historical, do you find Amish stories romantic when you read them? Romance readers often have certain expectations regarding the level of “heat,” so to speak. But almost universally, Amish stories are Christian inspirationals, thus the heat level would be zero. Yes, this culture usually produces plenty of babies, but how they come to be remains tastefully behind closed doors. Also, Amish fiction often has either a cozy mystery or a family drama feel to them.
So when someone asked me whether Living in Harmony would be classified as a romance I had to ponder for a moment. I told her “yes,” despite my young couple enduring plenty of problems before their walk down the aisle.
I want to hear your opinion. Many of you read many Amish fiction authors, beside other genres. Do you think Amish stories are romances? I will give away the 3-book Miller Family series (A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home and The Way to a Man’s Heart) to one lucky commenter. I’ll give away two sets if there are plenty of comments. So please give me your two-cents. And happy reading everyone! Mary
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Happy Monday, readers. First before I forget, will anybody be in southern Ohio this Saturday, 4-27? I will be speaking at the Brown County Public Library (east of Cincinnati) on “Creative Inspiration” from 1:30 until 3:30. The address is 200 W. Grant Ave, Georgetown, Ohio. I will be selling/signing books. Please stop out if you’ll be in the area and say “hi.”
Secondly, I’d like to welcome back Sharon Srock to my blog. Sharon has a new book out, The Women of Valley View: Terri. You can win a free copy of Terri if you answer the question at the end of the interview. Here’s the blurb: Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.
Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child. She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother. Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store? Here’s a free download to introduce the women of the series: http://bitly.com/SmQmUs
Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases this month. Connect with her here: Bloghttp://www.womenofvalleyview.blogspot.com/
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/cud7xb6
Pelican book group: http://tinyurl.com/cd5zqar
And finally, here’s the question to answer to win a free copy of her latest book: Have you ever felt God leading you off your expected path? Have you ever felt God leading you off your expected path? Contest open to US and Canada residents only. Drawing in one week.
In the meantime, have a great week, readers! Mary
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Happy Sunday evening, readers,
Does anyone enjoy coming home from vacation? So much mail to go through, so many emails, so much laundry, pick up the dog, restock the fridge, pay the bills, catch up on yard work…the list goes on and on! But what a lovely vacation I had! First we visited family in Texas and enjoyed a wonderful Easter in San Antonio. I loved the RiverWalk and the historic missions. I truly would have enjoyed attending Mass at the Mission of San Juan, even though I’m not Catholic. What a breathtakingly beautiful church/mission.
Next we visited Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana–two of my favorite cities on earth. Although the French Quarter has plenty of things that I don’t appreciate, I still love the architecture, the music and of course, the food. Now plenty of writing and editing awaits, but I had to share some photos of a priceless vacation. I hope everyone has a lovely week as I return to the edits of A Little Bit of Charm, edits of Always in my Heart (novella), writing A Plain Man, and writing A Heart Divided (historical romance set during the Civil War)
Whew, I’ll need another vacation once all these projects are done! Have a super week of spring, readers! Mary
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