Home from Life & Faith tour & Trailers for New Releases

I’m finally getting caught up with laundry, weeding, and paying bills since being gone for 4 days. The Life & Faith tour in Richmond, VA was great fun. (but I would have appreciated some cooler weather! It was steamy hot in the author’s tent.) But the musical groups were outstanding. I got to (sort of) meet the talented young ladies in Point of Grace. One is prettier than the next, and all have voices like angels.

In my own news, The Way to a Man’s Heart, 3rd in the Miller Family series, will be released any day now. I guess the hold-up is the shipping time it takes, coming from the printer. At any rate, here is the You-Tube book trailer that matches the story nicely.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4aRNzJgF88  and also here’s the trailer for my Christmas release, Sarah’s Christmas Miracle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV_NLD__5qE

I hope you’re all enjoying summer and stay well!

Life & Faith Tour coming to Richmond Int’l Speedway

I hope if you’re in the Richmond, VA area in June you’ll consider attending the Life & Faith tour. It will feature the top names in Christian music including Amy Grant, Mercy Me, Point of Grace, Shenandoah, Natalie Grant and so many more. Karen Kingsbury will also be there as the featured guest speaker. The full day of events starts at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 19th, and proceeds benefit local Christian charities. Please click on the attached link for full information. Your truly will be signing books in the authors’ tent.

http://www.lifeandfaithtour.com/richmond-christian-concerts.php

New Bookcovers for July & August releases

The covers for my summer releases are now available and I just love them. The art department at Harvest House truly did a good job capturing the characters & story within.  Congratulations to them, and I hope you’ll look for The Way to a Man’s Heart (3rd in the Miller Family Series) in July, and my Christmas novella, Sarah’s Christmas Miracle coming in mid-August.

In my other news, I finally did it! I retired from Hershey Chocolate after twenty “sweet” years in sales. I did love that part-time job, but it was starting to cut into my writing time. Now that I am a stay-at-home writer, I wonder why my house is still as dusty and my yard looks no better than last year. Some things take time to adjust, I guess….

Sleighride in Amish Country

We just got back from a lovely weekend in Holmes County in Ohio’s Amish Country where I took my first ever sleighride!

What a hoot that was. The sleigh wound its way through 140 acres of beautiful, rolling snow-covered hills. We went to the Farm at Walnut Creek, which is also an exotic animal farm. Yes, an odd combination to be sure! But we were able to tour an Amish home, drink hot cocoa and eat homemade cookies after seeing, and in some cases feeding, llamas, alpacas, SouthAmerica deer, American elk, bison, Texas longhorn cattle (we didn’t pet them!) all running free and uncaged on the property. The Farm is a great educational and conservation experience. An a sleigh is a marvelous way to see the large, sprawling farm in winter, while everything lies dormant under several feet of snow. And did I mention our Amish guide, Roy, was absolutely delightful. Photos to come…as soon as I can download them!

Contest Winners

I’m pleased to announce the five winners of signed copies of Never Far from Home:  Jackie Langlois of Florence, MA;  Heidi Lewis of Olathe, KS;  Irene Holloman of Greensburg, IN;  Sharon Tomes of Sewanee, TN; and Virginia Campbell of Clifton Forge, VA. Books and signed bookmark postcards will be mailed out today. Sorry for the delay. I had an unexpected trip out of town.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest at Author’s Buzz. Look for another free book contest in July right here at my blogsite for the release of The Way to a Man’s Heart. Congratulations to the winners.

Win a free copy of Never Far from Home

Next week I will be featured on Author Buzz/Dear Reader. Be sure to go to www.authorbuzz.com/dearreader/ and click on my bookcover. I will be giving away five free signed copies of Never Far from Home at the end of the week. Thanks for coming to my blog and good luck with the contest!

Buckeye Book Fair in Ohio

Last weekend was the Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio–the largest annual book event in Ohio and one of the largest literacy fund-raisers in the country. I can’t tell you how much fun I had meeting with readers and signing books. When they opened the doors to the auditorium promptly at 9:00 am. and hundreds of people surged in to browse and buy signed copies from their favorite authors, I was filled with awe! This wasn’t the latest Harry Potter movie, or free lattes at Starbucks…these were books people were hurrying to get their hands on. I must say, as a writer, my heart pounded all that morning and is still a little off beat today two days later.  This was the first time I’d been invited to the event to sign A Widow’s Hope, and I certainly hope I’ll be invited back next year.

Afterwards, we had dinner with my long-time friend, Casey Daniels, and her husband. Casey had 9 books to sell, including her Pepper Martin mysteries, and we were both pleased with the sales at the fair. And to finish the day off perfectly, we drove to my favorite B&B, Simple Pleasures,  in Winesburg to spend the night. The innkeeper had invited their Amish neighbors to dinner and chit-chat. And their daughters held an pie-tasting for me with three different kinds of Chocolate Mousse Cream pie. The “winning” recipe along with 3 other pies will appear in The Way to a Man’s Heart, the third in the Miller Family series, coming in July, 2010. Remember, the second in the series, Never Far From Home, will be released late next month. My husband and I slept like babies, and awoke to rolling farmfields kissed by frost and the sound of roosters! I threw some apples to the deer and of course, fed Sam-the-horse apples as well. I cannot imagine a better way to spend the weekend, or a better place to spend it in than Ohio’s Amish Country!