Denki! Reviews! And New Contest!


Hello, Dear Readers!

I’ve just finished a wonderful and fun book tour! I met fascinating people, had the honor of signing many books along the way, and reunited with some friends from high school!

Yes, Cheryl, I can spell your name without any assistance from you…once I realize the name of who’s standing in front of me! What a wonderful prank you pulled! 😉

On another note, many of you have written to me privately or posted on Facebook about how much reading pleasure and enjoyment you’ve had through The Bridge of Peace. I’ve soaked in your encouragement, so grateful that Lena’s story is connecting with your hearts.

I’d love for you to post your thoughts and feelings where others can benefit from them. A lot of readers don’t purchase a book until reviews are up so they can decide whether a book is worthy of their time and money.

With that in mind, I encourage you to post a review on or or any online book venue.

For assurance that your entry will count, you’ll want to read ALL of the instructions below.

To make posting a review fun for all of us, I’m giving reviewers a chance to win one of three prizes—an Amish-made wall hanging (winner gets to choose from two wall hangings seen below), a set of Amish-made potholders, and two of my autographed books of your choice. The drawing will be random and not based on what is written in the reviews. Since the book has only been out for two weeks, I want to give readers time to finish reading it before the contest closes, so the contest will remain open until September 30, 2010.

Many of you reading this have reviewed other books for me, and every one of you has done an excellent and careful job. I so appreciate you! But if you’re new to giving reviews, I want to share two very important things:  while sharing how you feel about The Bridge of Peace, you want to be sure not to give away any plot lines. We don’t want to spoil the book for new readers. (If you’d like a visual of what I mean, see examples below.) And give the amount of stars you feel are appropriate. If The Bridge of Peace was a five-star read for you, great! I want to know that, but if it wasn’t, I want you to be honest with other readers.

If you want to make sure I have info for contacting you personally if you win, leave a comment below. But I will announce the winners on this blog and on Facebook.

Below are some reviews for a previous book that are an example of sharing your heart without sharing a plot line.

Margaret ~ “I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of Cindy’s books. I’m waiting patiently for “The Bridge of Peace” to be released. My copy has been on order through Amazon for a couple of months.”

Michelle ~ “Cindy spins another wonderful saga and I am waiting patiently for the Bridge of Peace!! I literally cannot put her books down once I start them!!”

John~ “This book was one of Cindy’s best books yet. A definite must read. Looking forward to more of Cindy’s writing.”

Bailey ~ “I can’t get enough of Cindy Woodsmall’s work. The Hope of Refuge was beautifully written. I could picture the scenes and felt a part of the story. I have learned so much about the Amish reading her work. All of her books provide an education into the Amish life and provide much entertainment as well. I had a hard time putting this book down.”

Debbie ~ “I am a huge fan of all of Cindy’s writing. Her books pull me in from page 1 I feel as though I am watching the story unfold in my mind. I have never started reading any of her books without reading the entire book at one time. She is an amazing writer and captures the Amish so well.”

Candy ~ “I love all of Cindy’s books. She’s so true to the Amish ways and her stories are delightful. I go to Lancaster County at least once a year for 20+ years and have become friends with some of the Amish so I feel she’s right on target. She keeps you wanting more.”

I want to thank each of you for taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings about The Bridge of Peace with potential readers!

To reiterate, the drawing will take place September 30.

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


Amish-made wall hanging

Amish-made wall hanging

Amish-made potholders

Amish fiction books to choose from

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