Tag Archives: Avenue of Dreams

On the Road

Olivia Newport Avenue of Dreams covers

Feels like forever since I posted! Since the last post: • My website was attacked by cyber terrorists. • The fine folks at AuthorMedia.com fought my battle for me, then moved my site to a new server. • I drove from Colorado to Illinois to visit my sister and mother. • I visited the Glessner […]

Meet Simon Tewell


Here’s an excerpt from THE INVENTION OF SARAH CUMMINGS, which releases September 15. Enjoy! She came back. Simon hoped he sufficiently concealed his relief when he looked up to see Sarah Cummings standing in his doorframe for the second Friday in a row. “I’m glad to see you again, Sarah.” He stood and nervously jingled […]

The Opening Pages of The Invention of Sarah Cummings


The hat crooked its finger at Sarah Cummings. The gesture was sophisticated. Seductive. Irresistible. Sarah pushed open the shop’s door for a better look from the inside of the display window. Under a flood of sunlight, the gold bead trim adorning a narrow crimson brim doubled as a prism, sending hues to chase and dance […]

My Summer Daze


The little sticky I use to mark the current page in the old-school written calendar that keeps me organized is about two weeks behind. Somehow I can’t bring myself to move it because it will mean that summer is getting away from me. Lately when I look up at the top of my computer and […]

To Series or Not to Series

Olivia Newport The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow cover

Do you read past book 1? In the last year, I’ve had the privilege of rolling out the start of two different series, Avenue of Dreams and Valley of Choice. Ten months from now, both series will be complete. Out there. Out of my hands. Up to the readers to judge. The two series don’t […]

The Model Modern Kitchen

Olivia Newport John Deere kitchen

Is your kitchen one of those compact, efficient spaces where you can stand in one place and reach everything? Or does it sprawl and attract guests and family for long hang-out sessions? While writing the Avenue of Dreams series, I spent a lot of time imagining what the kitchen in the Banning household had to […]

What’s the Oldest Photo You’ve Seen?


Photographs transport me. They just do. Even a photograph of myself at a (much) younger age takes me back and I remember details I haven’t thought of in years. Decades, even. The way the metal cover on the radiator in our dining room warmed me as I sprawled on it while waiting my morning turn […]

How Many Days Until Charlotte Farrow?

Olivia Newport The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow cover

Five! The answer is five more days until the official release of The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. But she’s already turning up in mailboxes and bookstore shelves. If you’ve seen it, let me know! If you’ve read it, let me know! I’d love to have you share these days around the release of a new […]

I Got My Box

Olivia Newport Charlotte Farrow cover

Two weeks ago I got one advance copy of The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. Last week I got my box of author copies. It’s a fun moment. I’ve had this wondrous experience first with The Pursuit of Lucy Banning and then with Accidentally Amish. And now this latest book. Thrilling, I tell you. Thrilling. But […]

Can You Wear the Same Dress Twice?

Olivia Newport The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow cover

Believe me, I was ecstatic when I first saw the cover of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Even before that, when the art director at my publisher sent me a photo of the dress they proposed to to put on Lucy. Gorgeous. I cannot tell you how many remarks I’ve heard about that dress! Everybody […]