Heads Up: New Books

Brightest and Best cover

This is just a quick post to be sure my new book is on your radar. This is the third in the Amish Turns of Time series. (The others are Wonderful Lonesome and Meek and Mild.) Here’s the skinny: Title: Brightest and Best Release date: August 1, 2015 Back cover: Ella Hilty’s deepest desire is […]

What I Get for Thinking I’m So Smart


I thought I was being so smart. I had multiple books to mail out to contest winners. By Monday evening I had everything packaged up and addressed. But here’s where the smarts come in. I live fairly close to a post office, but it’s always crowded. Seriously. It has such a reputation. A couple of […]

Geography Buzz


My son was an unusual preschooler. He was obsessed with all things geography, particularly a large floor puzzle of the United States that he assembled countless times. He kept a school room size map of the U.S. on one wall of his room and a map of the world on another. When he was six […]

Glad I’m Not Her


A couple of weeks ago, my daughter asked me to go with her to look at a rental house. She’s in an apartment now, and she and her roommate feel like they’re ready for more space and a fenced yard for the dog when their lease is up. I went happily. When we arrived, we […]

Winner of Scavenger Hunt Drawing

Thanks to everyone who participated in the spring 2015 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt and stopped by here on your way through. Margie of South Carolina won the drawing for copies of Wonderful Lonesome and Meek and Mild. Happy reading, everyone!

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt: Stop #6 (Purple Team)

Amish Promises

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt runs from NOON on April 16 and ends at MIDNIGHT April 19. You have a nice long weekend to visit all 34 websites. Here’s a basic overview if you’d like to mark it for reference. I’m part of TEAM PURPLE, and this is Stop #6. (If you’re […]

Coming Soon: Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt


Mark your calendar! We are only days away from the Spring 2015 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. This is always a blast, and I’m glad to be participating again to introduce my newest book, Meek and Mild, book 2 in the Amish Turns of Time set. The hunt has become so popular that this time we […]

How to Organize Your Office and Get a Better Life


One day it was suddenly too much. My office, that is. I was on deadline with edits, so of course I had to reorganize my office in a major way. (My writer friends will understand that logic.) The straw that broke the camel’s back was spinning my chair and–once again–bumping the extension on the printer […]

Journey to Holy Week


There was a time when I could not imagine Holy Week without going to church on Good Friday. In those days, though, I didn’t know the term Holy Week, and the churches I attended were likely to have either a Maundy Thursday service or a Good Friday service. Asking people to come to both seemed […]

What She Remembers

What She Remembers

In a few days, my daughter will be a quarter of a century old. She’s my youngest. Hard to believe! It’s a exciting time for her. Recently she got engaged, and a couple of weeks after that started a new job after being a well loved and valued employee at the same place since she […]