Archive | May, 2013

Day 5 of Giveaway Gala

Olivia Newport In Plain View

This is the big day! All week I’ve been giving away copies of my books to celebrate my latest release, In Plain View. Today, to wrap up this celebration week, the winner of the drawing will receive four books. Two books in the Valley of Choice series: • Accidentally Amish • In Plain View And […]

Day 4 of Giveaway Gala

Olivia Newport In Plain View

Every day this week I am giving away a different book, all to celebrate Saturday’s official release of In Plain View. Since this is Day 4 of my celebration week, I am giving away my fourth novel–In Plain View,  the second book in the Valley of Choice series. This is the book that all the […]

Day 3 of Giveaway Gala

Olivia Newport Charlotte Farrow cover

This is Day 3 of a week-long celebration of the release of In Plain View. The winner of Day 1 was Kat Apel. The winner of Day 2 was amyc in the comments. Today’s featured giveaway is The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, which is book 2 in the Avenue of Dreams series. Each day I’m […]

Day 2 of Giveaway Gala

Accidentally Amish cover-1

I’m continuing my week of celebrating the June 1 release of In Plain View by giving away a book every day. This is the second day of celebration week, so I’m giving away a copy of my second novel–which also happens to be the first book in the Valley of Choice series that In Plain […]

Giveaway Gala

stack of books on red

Saturday, June 1 is the official release day of In Plain View, the sequel to Accidentally Amish. This is my fourth novel, so to celebrate I’m going to give away books on the blog all week. Here’s the schedule: Monday: My first book, The Pursuit of Lucy Banning Tuesday: My second book, Accidentally Amish Wednesday: […]

One Picture, a Whole Story

Ally's grad

What makes a picture a favorite? Sometimes it’s startling vibrancy of color. Sometimes it’s tender sentiment. Sometimes it’s the response it evokes, from laughter to sadness to awe. And sometimes it’s the story it tells. The picture I am using here is somebody in my extended family on a very proud day. At this time […]

My Brother Made Me Do It


Some of you may have read a feature I had on the blog for about a year called Mama Says. (And if you haven’t, it’s all still there.) My mother has said many wise and hilarious things over the years. Recently while helping her move I came across a binder labeled “Things to Keep Forever. […]

More of Annie and Rufus

Olivia Newport In Plain View

  In Plain View, the second book in my Valley of Choice series, releases June 1. While I’ve been waiting a long time, it also seems hard to believe the time is here! You watch the trailer here. In Plain View continues the story of Annie Friesen and Rufus Beiler and their common ancestors. While […]

Better Than a Silver Lining

Olivia Newport convertible for sale

“Every cloud has a silver lining.” I am not fond of that expression. It’s a little trite, as if a small thing that goes right somehow trumps the big things that go wrong. Don’t get me wrong. I can think of plenty of situations in my life when I experienced unexpected blessing. But I think […]

What’s Your Story?

Olivia Newport Once Upon a Time

Everybody has a story. Childhood memories. A high school prank. College sweethearts. Broken bones. First jobs. First losses. Adventures. Disappointments. Risks. Failures. Recoveries. In the moment, it is easier to feel as if this story, this season is the main story. But the reality is, a lot of people have come before us. Generations of […]