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Christmas in October


Years ago I worked in a retail fabric store. In the craft world, Christmas starts in July. During weeks of summer heat I measured and cut red and green Christmas fabrics while everybody in town with a sewing machine stacked up supplies to keep them going till December. In the book world, Christmas seems to […]

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Hope in the Land cover

Hope in the Land just released. I’m still basking in the glow of my author copies sitting in the corner of my kitchen. When a new books comes out, I am always astounded that it actually happened! I know many of you keep up to date on my books. Thank you! Thank you! It’s always […]

Hope in the Land Released

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April 1 was the official release day for Hope in the Land. So all I’m saying here is “Yippee!” I’dve long wanted to write a Depression-era story, so this books holds a soft spot in my heart. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and all the usual places where people like […]

Dorothea Lange Depression Photos


Growing up and living during my younger adult years in Illinois, I suppose I knew about as much about the Great Depression as anyone in my circles. Stock market crash. High unemployment. The Grapes of Wrath. Sometimes my mother told a story that drew me past the facts to the emotions. But it was after […]

Stolen Beans


My mother was born in 1926—she recently turned 90—and was one of nine children in the family growing up in a small town in rural Arkansas. Her father lost his business in the Great Depression. Soon after that, while the family’s belongings were stored above another business, that building burned and they lost everything. It’s […]

Amish School–Why?

Amish School–Why?

Ever wonder why Amish children most often go to their own schools? I had the pleasure of answering this question–and explaining the backdrop to my latest Amish historical, Brightest and Best–over at Destination Amish. (And if you enjoy Amish stories but haven’t heard of Destination Amish, you’ll enjoy the entire site!) Click on through and […]

Something I Forgot to Tell You

Lancaster Farm

I may have forgotten to mention something. First, an exercise in logic. 1. Many fiction series are trilogies. 2. Amish Turns of Times was proposed as three books. 3. Book 3, Brightest and Best, recently released. So you might conclude: therefore, Amish Turns of Time is finished. In fact, I know some of you have […]

Brightest and Best Released!

B&B Historical Twist

I used to do word search puzzles all the time. Lately not so much. But last week my husband gave me one he found in a book our daughter had given him: Rivers of Brazil. This reflects the fact that my father was from Brazil. (It’s my mother’s line that traces back to early Amish […]

Brightest and Best Is Almost Here

B&B Love or Duty?

Five days until release day for Brightest and Best! Here’s the skinny on what it’s about. The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long-held educational values. Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittmer and becoming a mother to his children. In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground […]

Drawing Winner

Annie’s note

Congratulations to Linda Chudej, who won my first author copy of Brightest and Best. Linda, it’s on the way to you—while I’m still waiting for copies to keep. Release day is August 1. It won’t be long now!