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Good Monday Morning, readers,

Thanks to all of you who left me a comment after last week’s post. I had been curious about a Christian’s viewpoint on horseracing, and in particular, gambling on races. I asked the questions: Can a devout Christian be a devotee? (of racing) What about plunking down two dollars on your favorite to win the race?  I loved reading your responses. My next book, A Little Bit of Charm, deals with a young man who breeds and raises a colt to be a winner. His devoutly religious dad takes exception to Jake’s obsession with racing, particularly the expense of training a horse to contender status. His new Amish girlfriend, a lover of horses herself, also disagrees with plenty in Jake’s new lifestyle.

I have always loved horseracing, and once laid a two-dollar bet on Winning Colors to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (She did, by the way, but I only bet on her because she was a filly!) Most of you felt: A little gambling in moderation will not hurt, but anything excessive, or anything at all if you can’t afford it, should be avoided. I watched the Preakness this past Saturday. No money was involved. I loved watching those sleek Thoroughbreds do what they’re bred to do. But alas, they’ll be no Triple Crown winner. Oxbow won it, denying Orb his second jewel.

And finally, Maria Kulscar, your name was drawn as the winner of Love Comes to Paradise, book 2 in the New Beginnings series. Please contact be at maryeellis@yahoo.com so I can send that out to you.  Mary

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Happy Monday, readers,Little Bit of Charm, A

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 maryeellis@yahoo.com 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 Wednesday morning, readers,

We have a winner of last week’s contest following the interview of Sharon Srock. Jackie Smith–you’re the lucky winner of Terri. Sharon will be contacting you shortly to arrange delivery. Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing.

This week’s drawing is for a three-book set of the Miller Family series. (A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, and The Way to a Man’s Heart). Since I’ve received so many entries already, I will be giving away 2 sets of the Millers, instead of one. Page down to my question regarding “Are Amish fiction books romances?” and leave your comment there to enter the contest. Drawing on Monday May 6th. Open to U.S and Canadian residents.

Also, do any of my readers live in Ohio. I will be speaking, and signing books in four different Ohio locations during the next month, including this Saturday May 4th. If you live in Ohio take a look below where I’ll be. I LOVE to meet readers–they’re always a lovely group of people.

Booksigning with authors Amanda Flower and Nancy Herriman at The Learned Owl Bookstore, N. Main St, Hudson, Ohio 44236 on Saturday, May 4th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday May 11th from 10:00 to 4:00 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd. Columbus, OH. Over 100 Ohio authors participating. Author panels, children’s events, guest speakers, besides book-signing. Lunch will be available. website for directions and specifics: http://www.ohioanabookfestival.org/

Author Talk/Book-signing on Saturday, June 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal St, Newton Falls, OH 44444

Book-signing with Kathleen Fuller and Amanda Flower, Saturday June 15th at Sparrow Christian Bookshop, Middlefield Heritage Center,  14962 South. State Ave.  (SR 87 & 608) Middlefield, OH 44062

Author Talk/Book-signing/Brown Bag Luncheon on Saturday, July 20th at Noon at Dover Public Library, 525 N. Walnut St. Dover, Ohio 44622

happy reading, Mary

 

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