Amish Christmas MemoriesHappy Monday, Readers. I’m afraid I’ve been MIA of late due to putting the finishing touches on book 2 of the Secrets of the South mysteries, What Happened on Beale Street. But I’m happy to announce the release of an anthology of Christmas novellas with two friends of mine, Jerry Eicher and Murray Pura. Here’s what the back cover has to say:  Three delightful Christmas Amish novellas are now combined into one charming ebook! Amish Christmas Memories contains heartwarming holiday tales from three beloved authors.

From author Jerry Eicher comes the inspiring novella, Susanna’s Christmas


Jerry Eicher

Wish. Susanna Byler wants to spend the holidays with the man of her dreams. But is that the plain Amishman she married for convenience, or her Englisha first love who recently reappeared in her life?

Sarah’s Christmas Miracle by Mary Ellis will add joy to the Christmas season. As Christmas approaches, Sarah Beachy searches for her brother who left the Order years ago. Sarah’s mother has been missing her son for so long…will she also lose her daughter to the English? Or will this family receive an unexpected miracle?

Murray PuraAuthor Murray Pura brings a tender story of reconciliation in An Amish Family Christmas. Naomi Miller’s friend Rebecca tries to help her recover from tragedy. Then Rebecca’s brother–Naomi’s husband–returns from the military and is shunned. An unexpected turn of events sets things right, bringing this Amish family and their community a truly joyous celebration.

Join Susanna, Sarah, and the Millers in these warm and tender Amish Christmas memories. Available now in all electronic formats, including Sony Reader, Kobo, Nook and Amazon.


Sleighride in Ohio's Amish CountryPhoto taken in Ohio’s beautiful Amish country at Christmastime. Hope you put Amish Christmas Memories on your holiday reading list.

See you next week,  Mary

Happy Monday, readers!

The Peabody Hotel

The Peabody Hotel

Those who follow me on Facebook know I’ve been on a month long research trip and overdue family vacation. For those of you not on Facebook, I recently visited the settings I used in What Happened on Beale Street, namely Memphis and the Mississippi delta. Since blues music comes front and center in my March release, I especially enjoyed the Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by actor Morgan Freeman, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

2015-09-22 14.50.42Then I researched in Natchez, Mississippi and Bay St. Louis, along the Gulf Coast. 2015-09-21 14.21.39Both settings are used in my current book in progress, Magnolia Moonlight, book 3 of Secrets of the South Mysteries from Harvest House Publishers. I fell in love with the Gulf of Mexico, especially Ship Island and Bay St. Louis, a small town hard hit by Hurricane Katrina, but almost fully restored. Next we visited the French Quarter of New Orleans, setting for Midnight on the Mississippi, just for fun. Finally we finished up with a week in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, including Balsam and Hendersonville.

Amish Christmas MemoriesWhile I was gone my publisher released a novella collection with Murray Pura and Jerry Eicher called Amish Christmas Memories. It’s available only in electronic versions at CBD, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

As much as I love researching and travel, it’s good to be back. They don’t call it home, sweet home for nothing. I hope you’re enjoying autumn wherever you live. And keep on reading! ~ Mary

NeverBrokenFront (1)Happy Autumn, folks! Without further ado, here’s the winner of Kathleen Fuller’s new book, Never Broken. Katy Emmert, come on down. I will send you an email and Kathy will send that right out. Thanks to everyone who left Kathy a comment.


Also, if you have a moment please drop by Clash of the Titles to vote for Midnight on the Mississippi as a book you would like to read. I have been selected to participate in a “clash” between titles based on the appeal of the book cover.  Thanks so much!!Midnight on the Mississippi



12027751_1059082034136951_5804545334126511279_nThanks, readers, and have a lovely week from the Gulf of Mexico where I’m researching book 3 of Secrets of the South mysteries set in Natchez and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This photo was taken on Ship Island in the Gulf Shores National Seashore. Not so autumn-y here….

Kathy FullerHello Kathleen Fuller and welcome to Home Thoughts.
First, however, I’d pick to name Mary Ellen Ashenfelder as last week’s winner of Jill Kemerer’s book, Unexpected Family.
Kathleen, tell us something about your latest book, Never Broken, set in 1840’s Ireland. Rory O’Leary, orphaned then raised by wealthy relatives, is summoned home for a family wedding. While there, he has a chance meeting with Shannon Cahill, a young peasant woman. Although their stations in life couldn’t be more different, they are immediately drawn to each other. After a brief meeting in a rose garden they can neither forget, they go their separate ways. When Rory’s uncle passes away, his cousin William, who inherits the estate, cuts off all funds to Rory and his brother and has them removed from the only home they know. Rory feels his best option is to leave Ireland. Meanwhile, Shannon and her family have fallen on hard times due to a potato famine. Her ailing parents scrape together funds and insist that Shannon and her sister immigrate to America. Shannon fears she’ll never again see the man who stole her heart in the rose garden. As both Rory and Shannon set about to start new lives away from their beloved Ireland, God intervenes and weaves together a cord that can never be broken.
NeverBrokenFront (1)What inspired you to write Never Broken?  My family history inspired me to write Never Broken, Book 1 in the Everlasting Faith series. My great-grandfather’s family emigrated from Ireland to Glasgow, Scotland during the Great Famine. I wanted to write about how people survived during that time period, and how they kept their faith in the direst of circumstances. 
ReluctantBride2a2b (1)What are you working on now? I’m working on my new series, the Amish of Birch Creek. The first book, A Reluctant Bride, released September 8. A Reluctant Bride is about a woman who is forced into a marriage of convenience in her small Amish community, and how she finds love where she least expects it. 
Where can readers find you? 
I’m on Facebook and my website is: www.kathleenfuller.com and on Pinterest:
Please say hello to Kathleen Fuller and leave her a comment to win Never Broken. Drawing in one week!
Enjoy these waning days of summer, readers!
~ Mary 


pumpkin patchToday Home Thoughts welcomes guest author Jill Kemerer. Leave a comment at the end of the blog to win a copy of Jill’s new book, Unexpected Family from Love Inspired Publishers. To get us in the mood for fall Jill shares her Pumpkin Patch memories with us today:

I’ve always loved autumn. Growing up in Michigan meant stunning fall color displays, apple orchards, hearty Sunday dinners and enjoying cooler weather before winter arrived. I have plenty of fond memories of fall from my childhood. My dad helped me grow my own pumpkin patch one year. We lived way out in the country. Farm fields spread for miles in front of our house, and a forest grew behind it. Near the woods, there was a large sandy area where ferns and tall grasses grew. Dad told me I could use that spot for my pumpkins. He turned the ground over with his tractor, and when the conditions were right (not too cold or muddy), I planted a ton of pumpkin seeds.

My main jobs were to make sure the patch was watered if we didn’t get rain for a few days and to pull weeds. As summer wore on, I got excited watching the vines slither out and little balls spring up that would become pumpkins. By late September, I had a terrific crop. We picked them all, kept the ones we wanted, and displayed the rest on a picnic table in our yard. At the end of our long driveway, we staked a sign that said Pumpkins For Sale. I sold several and felt pretty good, but the week before October ended, I woke up one day and the picnic table was empty. All my pumpkins were smashed on the road! I’m pretty sensitive, so it hurt seeing all my hard work in pulpy bits on the blacktop. But the memories of raising pumpkins with my dad that summer are precious, so I got over my disappointment. We have many good pumpkin patch memories with our children, too. One year we waited too long to head to a nearby pumpkin farm. When we arrived there were four so-so pumpkins left on acres and acres of land! We ended up taking our two teary-eyed little ones to the grocery store for their pumpkins. Oh well! That’s how it goes sometimes.

Jill-Kemerer-Blue-300dpiDo you have fond memories of pumpkin patches? I’d love to hear them!Unexpected Family Small

Please leave Jill a comment to win a copy of Unexpected Family from Love Inspired.

And connect with Jill here:


Happy Monday, readers,

Quaker and the Rebel, TheAnybody who prefers reading books on their electronic devices can find two of my historical romances on sale. The Quaker and the Rebel will be $.99 for the entire month of September for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and Google Play formats. And book two of the Civil War Heroines series, The Lady and the Officer, will be $1.99 from September 1-30 as well. Now’s the time to give historical romance a try if you haven’t already done so.Lady and the Officer, The




You prefer Amish fiction to American history? Remember, Love Comes to Paradise is still $1.99 at Amazon. Here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Comes-Paradise-Beginnings-Book-ebook/dp/B00B03M54U/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1441035324&sr=8-1&keywords=love+comes+to+paradiseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Enjoy these waning summer days. Fall will be here in 3 short weeks, and I am so not ready!!

Best regards, Mary

Happy Monday, readers,

Midnight on the MississippiWithout further ado, here are the 10 winners of a signed copy of Midnight on the Mississippi from my newsletter contest. Thanks to everyone who either signed up this time, or remains a faithful subscriber of my twice-a-year newsletter.  Those books will be mailed out tomorrow. Don’t forget, book two of the Secrets of the South Mysteries, What Happened on Beale Street releases in February.

My 10 winners: Debbie Light, Rev. Warreenactor, Linda Miller, Stacey Barbalace, Shawna Pemberton, Justin Cheeren, Donna M. Forker, Blake’s Momma, Kimi Crane, and Wag Pam. I have sent each of you an email.What Happened on Beale Street



I hope everyone is having a lovely summer. The weather is downright gorgeous is Ohio, and I am loving it!! ~ Mary Ellis


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