2013 Releases

What’s Ahead in 2013

I think I mentioned that I was excited about 2013. With so much support from you all, and the backing of 3 wonderful publishers, I think this is going to be an awesome year.

Butters, office staff

Butters, office staff

So what IS ahead? I’m glad you asked.

This year I have 3 books to write and turn in.

  1. In March I’ll turn in the first book in my Amish Artisan series. These are cozy mysteries (like my Shipshewana series) and will be set in Middlebury Indiana.
  2. I also am THRILLED to tell you that I will be writing a novella for a collection of 4 short Amish stories. My co-writers are Beth Wiseman, Tricia Goyer, and Kathleen Fuller. The collection is tentatively titled An Amish Garden. My part is due in May.
  3. I’ll spend the rest of the year working on my second book for the Amish Artisan series.

Here’s the fun part. I also have 3 books releasing in 2013. Yeah! Books for you to read.

  1. A Home for Lydia is the 2nd book in my Pebble Creek series, and will be in stores by 2-1-13.

    leo, book watcher

    leo, book watcher

  2. A Wedding for Julia is the 3rd book in the same Pebble Creek series. I believe it will be in stores 7-1-13.
  3. And lastly, The Christmas Quilt (sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas) will release in October. If you enjoyed reading about Annie and Samuel, you’re going to love this book.

That’s my year! At least the part I know about. We never really know what God has planned. I want to thank you all for being such an important part of my writing journey.




2012 in review

In Review, 2012

I’m going to interrupt our regularly scheduled blog long enough to tell you that you inspire me!

Click below and you’ll see a report which summarizes our year of meeting together on this blog. Wowzer! You all absolutely rock, and you do help me to stay excited about writing books. I believe I might have the best job in the world.

A special thanks to my top 5 commenters. I have sent you an email.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 48,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you again, for making my writing career possible.

Blessings and more in 2013.


2013 and New Years

New Years, 2013

istock photo, klh49

istock photo, klh49

I wanted to offer a short post and say “Happy New Years.”

I do realize I’m a few days early.

Thank you for participating in my writing life this last year. I’m looking forward to several fun, new things in 2013, and I can’t wait to tell you about them.

But I will wait. For today, it’s enough to say Happy New Years!




Holiday Cheer

Mid-week inspiration and Holiday Cheer

From my family to yours, Bobby and I wanted to send you the best of holiday wishes. DSCN7350Think of it as a virtual holiday giftcard–a blogcard. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you are able to spend time with your family this week.

And I wanted to share one of my favorite verses:

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” ~Luke 2:11





Christmas Wishes

Wishes this Christmas

istock photo, cstar55

I wanted to take a moment and wish you all the very best Christmas. And while I’m doing that, I thought I’d share with you some favorite Christmas quotes:

“Christmas is not just a day of the year. It is also–and more importantly–a condition of the heart.” ~Marie T. Freeman

“When I think of Christmas Eves, Christmas feasts, Christmas songs, and Christmas stories, I know it was not a short and transient gladness. It was–and is–a joy unspeakable and full of glory. ~Corrie ten Boom

“There’s no better time than Christmas to become the kind of seeker the wise men embodied. Wise people still seek Christ.” ~Rick Warren.

Christmas blessings, to you and yours.


Good News

Mid-week Inspiration, Good News

istock photo, mammuth

istock photo, mammuth

Wow. America has had a difficult few weeks. Yes?

In fact, it seems the news has been bad for a very long time.
I want to be aware of what’s going on, I want to be able to pray for folks, but I also Continue reading


Amish Holiday Tip, Worship

WORSHIP is an important part of the Christmas celebration in Amish homes.

Some Amish communities celebrate Christmas on December 25th and Old Christmas (Epiphany) on January 6th. Many communities fast the morning of Christmas through to the afternoon meal. They spend the time in prayer, Bible study, and worship! The Amish in general do not have an extra church service in order to Continue reading