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Happy Monday Morning!

I hope you all slept well, since this will be a busy week! Anybody who will be in central Ohio this weekend (Saturday Nov. 5th) I’ll be signing books at the Buckeye Book Fair, the largest literary fund-raiser in Ohio, from 10-4:00. It’ll be at the Fisher Auditorium, on the OSU Extension Campus, just south of Wooster, Ohio. Please go to www.buckeyebookfair.com for details and directions. I would love to meet fans of Amish fiction and readers in general! I’ll be signing copies of A Marriage for Meghan, book two of the Wayne County series. Profits benefit literacy efforts in Ohio.

Speaking of fans of Amish fiction, if you’re on Facebook please drop by Beth Wiseman’s Facebook party tomorrow to celebrate the release of her latest, The Wonder of Your Love, book two of her Land of Canann series. And here’s the best: if you post a comment, you can win one of Beth’s paintings. check out this link for a peek at her artwork:

http://blog.bethwiseman.net/2011/10/27/beth-wiseman-facebook-party.aspx

Beth is a award-winning writer and talented artist and a dear friend of mine, so please head to her Facebook party tomorrow, Nov. 1st.

And for anyone who’ll love to meet Shelley Shepard Gray, Vannetta Chapman, and Amy Clipson–and who wouldn’t if you’re a fan of Amish fiction–click on this link to meet up with one of these three super writers on the Amish County tour. They’ll soon be stopping to meet readers, sign books, light Christmas trees, and give talks in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Don’t miss your chance to meet three lovely friends at once. Here’s the link: http://zndr.vn/AmishCountryTour). Also, they have a nifty YouTube video about their tour, so take a peek at that too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umSEbGUqkgI

Remember, books make lovely Christmas gifts, and it’s not too early to start thinking about that! Oh, did I mention I finally finished fall cleaning over the weekend?? Now if I can only keep my dog, cat, and hubby out of the house for a while. smile…

Blessings on you and yours! Mary

 

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Before I forget and allow more time to slip by…I will be talking/selling/signing books at these 4 Ohio locations next month. If you happen to be in the area, please stop in and say “hello.” until then…
Thursday Nov. 17th 6:00 pm
Author talk “Seeking Inspiration for Stories” with booksigning to follow. Books will be for sale.
Putnam County District Library
136 Putnam Parkway
Ottawa, Ohio 45857
contact: Linda Hermiller 419-523-3747 X215
Friday, Nov. 18th 2-4 pm
Sparrow Christian Book Store
14962 S. State Street
Middlefield, OH 44062
Saturday, Nov. 19th 10-noon
Lion and Lamb Christian Resource
145 S. Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460
Saturday, Nov 19th 2:30-4:30 pm
Lion and Lamb Christian Resource
940 Eastwood Mall
Niles, OH 44446

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Good Monday morning, folks.

Today I’ve invited fellow writer, K. Dawn Byrd to join me at Home Thoughts. The theme of her latest release, This Time for Keeps, is one that’s near and dear to my own heart…the road not taken. I believe it’s a woman-thing to always ponder “what if I would have…” for the rest of her life. (By the way, I don’t hear about men plagued with regrets or this sort of indecion as women are, at least not as often.) Where  would I be if I finished college? What if I never moved to Colorado? Why didn’t I take a chance on working for whatever-corporation when I had the chance? Even HAPPY, well-adjusted women are always second guessing their decisions. In K. Dawn’s book, she examines the road not taken in romance, and this sounds like a good read!

Here’s the blurb: India McGuire’s peaceful life is shattered when on the night of her engagement to David Richards, she comes face to face with Chase Porter, a long lost love. India must come to terms with her
overpowering feelings for Chase and choose between David, the neighbor who says he loves her, and Chase, the man who broke her heart.

Chase’s plans of leaving quietly turn to disaster when he finds that it’s impossible to disappear without seeing India one last time. Feelings begin to surface that he believed buried forever and he finds himself fighting to win her back even as David struggles to hold onto her.
India longs to follow her heart, but she’s been hurt too deeply. Who will she choose? The
neighbor who can provide stability or the man she vowed to love forever who may
once again heed to the call of the open road?
Sounds like a winner, no? To win a free copy of this book, This Time For Keeps, please leave a comment for K. Dawn, along with your email address.
Sorry, contest only open to US residents. Free book provided will be a Kindle download. Sorry, book not available in print.
Here’s K. Dawn’s contact info: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-template/KDawnByrd/Page.bok
BLOG: http://kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com; WEBSITE: www.kdawnbyrd.com

And everyone have a lovely week. I’m just so glad to be back to writing and no more yardwork today!!!blessings, Mary

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Anybody out there what to hear the “skinny” on the courtship days of Ken and I?? (Friends and family, you need not read too carefully since you’ve probably heard these stories a million times before!) But for others, Shannon’s fabulous blog always peeks into the romantic life of those she interview.  I met Shannon last month in St Louis–she is a dyed-in-the-wool romantic, and an absolutely lovely person in person!! (you would think a writer could phrase that better…)

Drop by her blog this week (http://www.shannonvannatter.com/blog) to read about the early courtship days of myself and my hubby of many years. (Yes, I can still remember that far back!) Please leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a free, signed copy of my latest book, A Marriage for Meghan.

Everyone have a super duper week. Today was absolutely gorgeous in Ohio. No rain. To all my Texas friends, I sure wish I could pack up all our rainy days and send them to you. many blessings, Mary

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Two very hard-working Amish tree-trimmers just finished cutting down 6 huge dead trees in my yard! Three were liable to fall on my house during a future windstorm, while 3 endangered the neighbor’s house. Although I had to shell out a very dear price to bring down these trees, still I’m happy it’s done! At least I’ll sleep easier the next time the winds kick up. Firewood, anyone???

Oh, here’s another chance to win a free copy of A Marriage for Meghan. Just drop by Lena Nelson Dooley’s blog, scrowl down (and hopefully read) my interview and leave a comment afterwards. That’s it, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a free signed copy of my latest release! good luck to everyone. here’s the link: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/

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Another chance to win!

Good Monday morning! And a beautiful day is dawning in Ohio. I love autumn-the gold and red foliage outside my office window takes my breath away. I don’t mind even raking leaves, now that I bought a high-powered leaf blower. It blows leaves, walnuts, acorns and buckeyes off my driveway and grass into the woods right around the time my arm and hand starts quivering like Jello. It was a bumper crop of nuts, by the way. I’m sure the squirrels are pleased as punch. But I hope this doesn’t bode for a long, cold, snowy winter, or you’ll need this fair-weather gal whining around January.

Fellow writer Rose McCauley featured me on her blog last Friday. For a chance to win a free signed copy of A Marriage for Meghan, click on the link,  scrowl down to find MY interview, and leave a comment. All you have to do is say “enter me in the drawing.” Nothing fancy required. but make sure the e-address you use will allow us to get back to you in case you’re the lucky winner. Have a lovely, blessed week!  here’s the link: www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com

Mary

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In case anyone will be in Ohio’s Amish country this weekend, I will signing books at Gospel Bookstore in German Village in downtown Berlin (4900 Oak St.) from 4:00 till 8:00 on Friday Oct. 7th. Then on Saturday Oct. 8th I will be signing books at Homestead Christian Store at 8655 County Road 318 in Shreve, Ohio from 10:00 until noon. This will be part of the Wayne County farm tour with a parade and plenty of family activities, so come on out and join the fun. Also I will be speaking at the Wayne County Library in downtown Wooster on Tuesday October 11th at 7:00 pm. I will speak on “Finding Inspiration Wherever You Look” and I will sign (and sell) my books. I hope to meet some of you in beautiful Ohio during the prettiest month of the year…October.

Have a lovely autumn week!

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