Blog ~ Great News and a Contest!

I’m busting at the seams! There is so much good news that I want to share with you.

First, I asked my publisher if they could offer a limited-time special for my readers, and they did it!

Here’s the offer. During the month of June, When the Heart Cries e-book is on sale for $1.59! Wow! You can download the e-book onto your computer, certain cell phones, or onto an e-reader like Kindle, Nook, or Sony Reader. (Sony Reader currently has the price listed at $1.99.)

I hope you’ll help to make this fantastic deal worth all the effort it took for my publisher to provide it. I want to encourage them to offer specials like this again, so please tell your family and friends about this promotional deal.

Remember, this offer is only good during the month of June.

Coming out in November is another great deal: an omnibus of the Sisters of the Quilt series! An omnibus is a volume of several books combined into one (usually reprinted works of a single author).

All three books in the Sisters of the Quilt series—When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends—will be in one paperback book and sold for $19.99! The title of the omnibus is the title of the series, Sisters of the Quilt, and it will be available this November at Walmart and other bookstores. I’m glad that my publisher has found a solution for my readers who wanted all three books in one.

All three novels from the Sisters of the Quilt series coming out in one book–aptly titled Sisters of the Quilt.

In other great news, The Hope of Refuge is a Christy Award finalist. As a reader you may be unaware of this award, but it’s a prestigious honor to final. Publishers of inspirational fiction enter the best books they’ve published that year into the contest, and the competition is stiff. Added to that, both of my 2009 releases, The Hope of Refuge and The Sound of Sleigh Bells, are finalists for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest sponsored by Faith, Hope, and Love (the Inspirational Outreach Chapter of the RWA—Romance Writers of America).

On another note of fun news, I have five new novels under contract. I’m very excited about writing those stories. I’m currently working on a nonfiction book. I’m writing it with an Old Order Amish friend. The title of the book is Plain Wisdom, An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Its release date is March 15, 2011! I’ll have excerpts and a book cover to share with you in the next newsletter.

All of the news I’ve just shared plus much more—like book signings, an upcoming Amish trip giveaway, and a special contest—is in my newsletter, Plain News. The newsletter is free and goes out approximately four times a year. You may receive five in a year if I have a special event that was planned so unexpectedly it wasn’t listed in the previous newsletter. The next newsletter is scheduled to go out soon. To sign up, follow this link:

Now for a blog contest! To celebrate all the good news, I’m giving away an Amish-made wall hanging along with five autographed copies of my books. One winner will receive an autographed book and the Amish-made wall hanging. The other four will each win an autographed book. Winners can choose which titles they want. (You may even choose an upcoming release, but I can’t send those until they’re available. :-))

Winners will be chosen randomly on June 29. To enter, just leave a comment below. If you’re reading this anywhere other than my home-page blog (like Facebook), you need to go to my Web site to enter. ( Only comments listed on my Web site are entered into the contest. (It would be nearly impossible to gather all comments posted everywhere else.) By entering this contest you agree to have your name posted on my blog if you’re one of the winners. Unless an unforeseen interruption takes place, I’ll post the winners’ names here and contact them via e-mail on June 29.

I give a warm denki (thank you) to my readers who’ve inspired me in so many ways. And thanks to everyone in my publishing house!

Gross Dank un bis schpaeder (Many thanks and til later),


This contest is now closed. I want to thank everyone who participated. Your comments and good wishes are most appreciated. Congratulations to our five winners!  Brenda Barber, Sheila Groves, Wendy Glosser, Verna Reinbold and Kristina Petrella have each won an autographed copy of a book of their choice. Brenda is also the winner of the wall hanging. Keep watching for a new contest!

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