After Christmas let down?

Happy Tuesday, readers. Are you feeling blue after Christmas? All the delicious meals and time spent with friends and family can leave a void when the holiday is over. I like to look toward the bright and shiny new new year, just around the corner. I might not be big on resolutions, but I am big on fresh starts. And a new year always provides one of those.

I hope you’ll check out my brand new website, designed by the awesome Keiki Hendrix. It should go live on January 1st, if not before. It will have so many neat features that my blog didn’t have. But I still promise to blog faithfully each Monday, (or Tuesday in case of holidays…) Please check out after January 1st. Please tell me what you think along with your email address. I will select five comments at random and send them a free copy of my January release, An Amish Family Reunion. A new year…a new book! I’m so excited!

Oh, for those of you who got new Kindles or Nooks or Sony Readers, or any of the other e-readers, two of my titles are ON SALE for $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and If you haven’t read Abigail’s New Hope or Never Far from Home, now’s your chance.

If there’s one thing we need after the holidays…it’s a bargain! Blessings on you all!

Anybody in the market for a cookbook?

Happy Thursday,

If anyone’s in the market for a great cookbook, here’s one complied by Nicole O’Dell called Novel Morsels that’s available for just 2.99. It contain recipes from 65 Christian authors, recipes that appeared somewhere in their books. Yours truly is honored to be among the 65 contributors. click on this link for more info and ordering info:

Also, don’t forget to drop by the Vessel Project blog to read 5 things I’ll bet you didn’t know about me. this is a great blog by Keiki Hendrix who features a different author each week. Here’s the link:

And before I forget, get yourself down to Amish Country this Saturday if you’ll be in Ohio and drop by The Gospel Bookstore in  Berlin on Oak Street. Friends of mine Suzanne Woods Fisher, Jerry Eicher and many, many more (30!) will be signing books. Wish I could be with them, but I had a previous committment. Tell them I say “Hi”.

And don’t forget that Amy Clipson, Vannetta Chapman and Shelley Shepard Gray are on their “grand Amish Country Tour”. These 3 are great writers and lovely women so check out this link if you live in Ohio, Indiana or PA. You can buy a signed book which would make a great Christmas gift!

Blessings on you all! Mary


Looking for something to get you in the mood for Christmas?

Happy fall Monday! And it’s not raining in Ohio–Hooray! Are you looking for something to read that will get you in the mood for Christmas? I’ve got just the ticket….er, book. Fellow writer and friend, Rose McCauley has co-authored a new book called Christmas Belles of Georgia along with Jeanie Smith Cash, Debra Ullrick and Jeri Odell. I asked Rose to tell us how she researched this book:

How A Kentucky Gal Researched and Wrote a Story about a Georgia Belle…My friend, Jeanie Smith Cash, emailed me over 2 years ago with an anthology idea she had about four sisters, separated at birth, who are reunited on their 25th birthday. She asked me and two other authors, Debra Ullrick and Jeri Odell, to join her in each writing the story of one sister. The town she chose for our story to end in was Monticello, Georgia, and I decided to begin and end my story there, so started with the info about the town Jeanie had sent all of us and then researched some more—online and by telephone interviews. I fell in love with the town of Monticello as soon as I started reading about it. It had all the small-town charm I love to read and write about—small towns with huge hearts. I learned about a restaurant called Big Chics and could even find pictures of it on the Internet and talked to the owner of the restaurant who gave me other menu ideas to add to the authenticity of my character’s meals there—like fried okra! On the Internet, I found a lovely Southern home known as The Warren House Bed and Breakfast that I used as a place for my heroine, Carol, to stay whenever she came to Monticello. The owner, Rod Perry, was a wealth of information about the furnishings of the B & B, right down to the bed step Carol had to use to get down from the “four-poster bed of rice-carved mahogany”—all described in detail by Mr. Perry, as well as the many homes and businesses that dot the town which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now that my book, Christmas Belles of Georgia, is out, I am planning a trip to Georgia in November to do some booksignings, visit
with some of the people I interviewed, and enjoy the “Southern Belle” culture. I even plan to do more research in hopes of setting another book in the area. Now, on a sad note I have to mention something several of my fellow-authors have experienced which I am now experiencing. Since most research is done a year or more before the book is released, often businesses close or change hands in that lag time. I found out Big Chics in owned by someone else, and the owner is now living in the former B and B so we can’t stay there as planned, but I do still plan to visit Monticello, eat some of Big Chics fried chicken and take pictures of the real town of my imaginary characters!

Here’s the book blurb for Nick’s Christmas Carol in Christmas Belles of Georgia: Nick Powers worked hard to earn his college degree and his dream job. He doesn’t know what to expect when he finds out new owners will be taking over Bellingham Plantation soon. When Carol Wells comes to town, she and Nick get off to a rocky start, but soon combine forces to make Christmas a
happier time for others. Can they find their own Christmas happiness?

And here’s something about Rose: Rose has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. She is happy for this to be her first fiction anthology because Christmas books are her favorites. A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 43 years, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to three lovely, lively kids with one more on the way! You can reach her through her website or blogsite at

And before I forget, check out this great website/blog called the Vessel Project. Keiki Hendrix invited me to be a guest on her column “5 things you didn’t know” about your favorite writers. Drop by if you have the time, and I’ll bet you become a regular visitor. here’s the link:

Have a super week.