Well, I won’t even talk about the weather, because the moment I say anything the weather changes in Ohio. We’ve gone to twelve degrees below zero last week to temperatures in the low forties over the weekend. Today it was rainy and mild, like a spring day. But before I dig out the capri pants and sandals, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Instead, I will ask if any of you received e-readers for Christmas…or just because you’ve been a fine person lately.
All four of my Miller Family series are on sale TODAY ONLY for electronic readers. So go to your favorite electronic book site, including CBD, Kindle and Nook, and download A Widow’s Hopefor .99 cents, Never Far from Homefor 1.99, The Way to a Man’s Heart for 1.99, and An Amish Family Reunion(book 4) for 1.99. Prices like that will only last a day! No, I don’t believe I make a dime at these prices, but I want my readers to fill in any blanks they have in my back-list. Here’s the Amazon link, but the other outlets will have them, too.
Have a great week, readers! And if you don’t like the weather…just wait a few days. Who knows what you’ll get next!
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for my newsletter in the right-hand sidebar. I will be giving away 10 copies of The Quaker and the Rebelon Feb. 15th to newsletter subscribers. Good luck!
Hello Readers, but I won’t say “Happy Saturday”…not with the day our country had yesterday. What senseless tragedy! What a loss of precious life! What can we do to stop this madness? My heart and prayers go the families of the victims and the entire town of Newtown, CT. May God shine His grace on your town and help you heal.
With yesterday’s tragedy, I forgot to post about my publisher’s sale of An Amish Family Reunionat most distributors like Amazon.com, CBD.com, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. This book made the CBA, CBD, and EPCA best-seller lists. From now until December 17 it will be offered for $2.99 in all e-book formats including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and the Sony Reader. Hope you will look for it and enjoy if you missed this one.
Talk to you on Monday when I’ll welcome fellow author Amy Lilliard to Home Thoughts.
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 Paradisewhich 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 Reunionfrom 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.
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!!!
I have something so say before I announce the five winners of An Amish Family Reunion…..HOW ABOUT THAT OHIO STATE????? Was that a game, or what???? Sorry, if I offended any Syracuse fans, (and I do love the color orange..) but I am so proud of our Buckeyes! Who knew they would get this far in the play-offs??? (hopefully, the players and coach did!) They played well and did the state of Ohio proud. Good luck against Kansas on Saturday! (now I’ve gone and offended the Kansas fans…..hehehe, don’t you just love this time of year???) But I soon may face a conundrum…my dear, dear friend Ms. DT lives in KY and got her Masters from U of K…I was all set to root for the Wildcats until OSU got this far. What, oh, what should I do??? A loyal buckeye fan I must remain. (hopefully this will not result in a hairpulling by DT when I come down in June to research the Amish of Ky.)
Now, back to business, here’s the winners of An Amish Family Reunion from the Book Club Network contest last week: Daphne Michelle Webb, Darby Lohrding, Audrey Grant, Megan Scott and Janet Ruth. If you see your name please contact me via email so I can send out your book.
We’re getting down to the final 2 weeks of Lent. Everybody polish up your Easter shoes and get out your bonnet (or big hat!) And don’t forget to enjoy the spring blossoms. Tonight Ohio is expected to suffer heavy frost….that will be the end of my magnolis blooms, but hopefully not my hardy daffs and forsythia. blessings…..
Sorry I’m a day late picking a winner of An Amish Family Reunion from last week’s contest. I’m sicker that a dog with some kind of “bug”. Actually I’m sicker than my dog ever gets. …but I shouldn’t veer from topic. We have a winner: Mary Peoples! Hooray! You’re the next winner of An Amish Family Reunion. Come on down! Er, wait. You stay there, and I send you an email and then I’ll mail you the book. That’ll be much easier I’m sure.
Don’t lament if you didn’t win. Just go to www.bookfun.org and scan down until you find my contest. There’s still time to enter. I won’t pick 5 winners until Thursday. (tomorrow) So hurry. Until next time, enjoy spring (or summer if you check the temps outside)
Starting today, TBCN (The Book Club Network) is giving away five signed copies of An Amish Family Reunion. The contest runs for 3 days, and to be entered in the drawing, readers must answer the question: What’s the oddest or funniest thing that happened at your last family reunion? Here’s the direct link:
Good Tuesday morning, readers. For those of you who noticed my posting 10 minutes ago…there has been a change of plans. Cynthia’s non-fiction book Triumphs and Struggles doesn’t release until April. So I will run my showcase of her on May 7th and give away a free copy then. Sorry to whet your appetites, because this book truly does sound wonderful. We’ll have to be patient…
Here’s a short piece I wrote for AmishReader.com about the single sons of farmers. Anybody who posts a comment after today’s blog will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of An Amish Family Reunion, which I’m happy to say just made the EPCA and CBA bestseller lists for March. Have a lovely week, readers. The sun is shining is Ohio and temps will hit the 60’s. Spring has sprung, making me one happy camper!
Single Sons of a Farmer Until I spent time interviewing and studying the lives of farmer, both Amish and English, it hadn’t occurred to me the responsibility of being the only son in the family. Most men who own family businesses hope their sons enjoy the vocation and will one day step into their shoes. But in an agricultural family, the stakes are much higher. Most small farms cannot afford to pay someone to run the operation when Dad wants to retire. If a man has no sons (or sons-in-law or daughters, in the case of Englischers) who wish to farm, he usually must sell the ancestral land. In An Amish Family Reunion I loved exploring this theme with my hero, Eli Riehl. Eli is a natural-born storyteller and wishes to write books for a living—an odd career for someone Plain. But while studying the Amish, I learned they are loyal, trustworthy and honor their duties, no matter what the price to their personal dreams.
Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of An Amish Family Reunion. Good luck to you all!
Blessings on any of you who live in areas ravaged by storms and tornados these last few days. My heart goes out to you. Our weather continues to grow ever more frightening, either from one threat or another.
I have drawn a name to win a copy of A Perfect Squareby Vannetta Chapman, from last week’s interview. Our winner is Anita Mcllveen. Vannetta will be sending out a copy as soon as she can. Thanks to everyone who took the time to post a comment. I will be interviewing another author on Monday, will another chance to win a free book. And I’ll have plenty more chances to win copies of An Amish Family Reuniontoo.
Books seem superfluous with all the horrible things going on in the world…but sometimes we must cling to something that gives comfort….either writing or reading stories that honor a Christian lifestyle. Stay safe…and may God bless you all.
Good Thursday morning, readers. Apparently that link for Faithful Reader that I posted yesterday wasn’t working properly. So sorry! I assure you, this has been fixed and now it works. here’s the link again: http://www.bookreporter.com/faithfulreader
They WILL be giving away 75 free copies. So be sure to drop by and follow the directions to be entered in their contest. That’s a lot of free books!
Also, drop by Margaret Daley’s blog and leave a comment to win a free copy of An Amish Family Reunion. Only two comments so far, and this link works! You’ve got a great chance of winning! http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/