Home Thoughts Welcomes Laura Hilton

Good Friday morning, readers! Today before I head on down to Holmes County for a book-signing I wanted to tell you about a great book I finished reading called Promised to Another by Laura Hilton. Laura is a super writer friend who lives in Arkansas and writes Amish Fiction, same as yours truly. Although Promised to Another is book 3 of the Amish of Seymour series, it “stands alone” just fine in case you haven’t read the first two. (book one: Patchwork Dreams, book two: Harvest of Hearts). This is a beautifully written story about a “love triangle”-my personal favorite in romances. I’d rate the book 5-stars! here’s the blurb:

Annie Beiler is an Amish school teacher. She was in love with an Amish man, Luke Stultz, but Luke left the Amish community during his rumspringa, but not without begging Annie to go with him. Now Luke is back, trying to win back Annie’s love. Joshua Esh may be Amish, but he has been bitten by the travel bug. He sees the opportunity to relocate fromPennsylvaniatoMissourias a way to satisfy his longing to see another place yet remain with people of his faith. Josh quickly notices the beautiful Annie, but Annie is slow to respond. With Luke in the picture, and Josh’s admission that he willingly left his district, will either man be steady and dependable enough to win the gift of Annie’s heart?

If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of Promised to Another, Laura has one little question for you to answer. Her hero, Josh, kept a big secret that came back to “bite” him.  Post your answer and you’ll be entered to win a free copy. Drawing will be in one week, Friday May 4th. here’s the question: Have you ever kept a secret from someone and had it come back to “bite” you?

Now I’m off the Good Shepherd bookstore in Berlin, Ohio for a book signing at 11:00. anybody in Amish Country today? stop in and say hello. on Saturday I’ll be at the Carlisle Inn in beautiful Sugar Creek. ahhhh spring in Holmes County…what could be finer?

Dont’ forget to post a comment to be entered to win Laura’s book and happy reading!!

Visit Laura’s blog at: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/


What an honor and a surprise!

Good Wednesday morning, readers.

Well my taxes are in the mail, and now I’m back to my life, hopefully.

I have a wonderful bit of news. Last Saturday I taught a class on “Writing Amish Fiction for Today’s Market” at Wayne College, part of the University of Akron, here in Ohio. Afterward at the award ceremony, the college presented writing awards to high school, college, and regional winners in poetry, non-fiction and the short story. The final award of the day was the college’s Writer-of-the-Year for 2011-2012, which they presented to me. I was so shocked, it was all I could do to keep from crying on my way to the stage! I gave an impromtu speech at the podium, and I have no idea what I said.

Thank you, Wayne College, for honoring me in this fashion. And also allowing me to teach on your lovely campus.

Everyone have a lovely week! I’m back to work on Love Comes to Paradise, while enjoying spring in Ohio.

Two more winners to announce

Good Thursday morning, readers! If you’re wondering what happened to Monday, I’m wondering the same thing myself! All I know is I’ve been busy as a hornet finishing judging my share of Genesis contest entries. And goodness! They were great! We have some fine budding new authors out there waiting for their chance to break in. I loved the stories I read in the entries. Now I’m back to work editing Love Comes to Paradise which will probably release in Feb. of 2013. It will be second in the New Beginning series. Living in Harmony (set in Maine) will release in mid-July and I can’t wait. I had so much fun researching that book with my college buddy last summer.

Now without further ado, here are the winners of An Amish Family Reunion from Cindy Elliott’s blog. Nancee Marchinowski and Dawn Searcy. Your books are already in the mail to you. (I’m not slow sending things out!) I hope you enjoy the read. Thanks fellow writer, Cindy Elliott, for hosting me on your lovely blog.

Please say a little prayer for me…this Saturday I will be teaching a class on Writing Amish Fiction to college students. Although I’ve taught school in the past, this will be my first time teaching adults. I hope I don’t freeze up. (or start crying…) Wish me luck and have a super week. Hooray–the heavy frost the other night didn’t kill my tulips.

A Blessed Good Friday to you all!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Holy Week. We had dinner at our church last night that included communion at each table. It was lovely to break bread with others in this fashion. For Sunday the weather in Ohio is supposed to be lovely! I can’t wait to get to church and see everyone in their Easter finest!! Especially the little girls with their hats and pretty dresses. (Yes, I do listen intently to the sermon and sing loudly during each hymn, (even though I sound like a frog…) but I can’t help it. I love to see people dressed up on Easter Sunday. I remember a time when everyone dressed up every Sunday, but there I go again….showing my age!

I am so excited! The wonderful folks at Harvest House have just sent me the brand new cover of my next book!! It will be first in the New Beginnings series about three sisters who leave Lancaster County, PA to start new lives in smaller Amish communites throughout the US. The first is set in central Maine, where I had the pleasure of visiting and researching during the summer of 2011 and it’s called Living in Harmony.  What do you think? Did the cover designers do a super job of capturing their hope and excitement?

Now, this might not be a good time to go shopping, but Living in Harmony is on sale for $7.49. That’s 46% off the regular price! I don’t think it’ll be cheaper between now and the release date, but if it is, you’ll get the lower price. You could lock in this price at CBD and not be charged until the book ships in July. If you wish to take advantage of this low price here’s the direct link to my page at CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/living-in-harmony-new-beginnings/mary-ellis/9780736938662/pd/938662

Everyone have a lovely Easter. I hope my Texas readers are recovering from those tornados this week! Praise the Lord that there was no loss of life!!! Although the loss of property and mess to clean up simply broke my heart.

Another chance to win a book

Good Monday morning, readers. I trust you all had a nice weekend. Unfortunately, mine was less than stellar. First of all I had to organize all my papers to get our income taxes done, and that is such a hair-pulling event for me! To any accountants and book-keepers out there, I tip my hat to you. I don’t know how you keep everything sorted in your head. And to all of you with your taxes already done….I’m pea-green with jealousy! Why-oh-why did I wait to long????

Secondly, our beloved Ohio State lost in the Final Four on Saturday. Goodness, what a  game. I couldn’t relax at all during the second half. My dear friend, Mrs. D.T, will be glad her beloved Wildcats of the University of KY have made it to the Championship game tonight. Go Wildcats!!! Sorry, any readers in Kansas…but hey, you cleaned our clock last Saturday night. Give me a little while to get over it.

And because it’s Monday, it’s time for another chance to  win An Amish Family Reunion. Go to fellow writer, Cindy Elliott’s, blogsite and read her review of my book. Just leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win one of 2 copies of Reunion. The drawing will be on Monday, the 9th. Don’t forget, you must leave the comment on HER blogsite, not here, to be entered to win.  here’s the link: http://www.cindyelliottfiction.com/blog

That’s all there is to it. And have a most blessed of Holy Weeks and Happy Easter!!!