Share your thoughts for a chance to win!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who took the time to review A Season for Tending! I had a LOT of fun reading your thoughts and was very touched by what many of you had to say. There were 39 entries that included a link to a review, so I used to pull FOUR winners! Here are their names:

  • Review #20: Bonnie Jean. Bonnie Jean posted a review on 
  • Review #28: Krystal Russell. Krystal posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Goodreads, and her personal blog.
  • Review #5: Jan Bolton. Jan posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Goodreads, and her personal blog.
  • Review #33:  ZacsBlog. Zac posted reviews on Amazon, Books-A-Million,, Goodreads, Novel Crossing, and his personal blog.

If your name is listed above, please contact me with your name, mailing address, and choice of which book you’d prefer to receive: Christmas in Apple Ridge or The Winnowing Season.


A Season for Tending

I would like to thank some of my most loyal supporters: all of the wonderful book reviewers and bloggers who have reviewed my books over the years! Today, I am offering a giveaway to encourage more of you to join in sharing your thoughts about my latest book. And the more readers who participate, the more books I’ll give away!

Here are the details.

Who: This giveaway is open to anyone who has read A Season for Tending and who is willing to share his or her opinion!

What: If you win, you will receive an autographed copy of YOUR choice of either Christmas in Apple Ridge or The Winnowing Season. The Winnowing Season is book two in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. (Not yet in print.)

When: This contest will run for two weeks and will end on October 26, 2012. I will contact the winners privately and announce their names publicly on the next blog post following the conclusion of the giveaway.

Why: Many of you have written to me privately and let me know how much A Season for Tending meant to you, and it will help others know how you feel if you’ll take the time to share your thoughts in a public place.

How: Post an honest review of A Season for Tending and then leave a comment on this post that includes a link to your review. You can earn multiple entries by posting your review in multiple places. Scroll down to read a bit more about that.

**Remember, if you are reading this anywhere other than my website, such as on Facebook, in an email, or on Goodreads, please hop on over to my website to enter the contest. (Click here to go to this post: comments left on this post will be entered into the giveaway, and each comment must contain a link to a review. Thank you!


Where to Post a Review

You can post a review on any retailer website that allows reader reviews. The websites below are some popular suggestions. When you leave a comment letting me know you’ve written a review, please include the website address, which is the URL link to where you left the review.

  • Click here to leave a review on
  • Click here to see A Season for Tending on Scroll down to “Customer Reviews” to leave your thoughts.
  • Click here to see A Season for Tending on Scroll down to “Customer Reviews” and to leave a review.
  • Click here to leave a review on Log in to your account to write the review.
  • Click here to leave a review on

If you are a blogger, you are welcome to post your review of A Season for Tending on your blog, and then when leaving a comment to enter the contest, please give the link to that post.

How to Write a Review

Some of you are very familiar with this process, so this is for those who are still getting comfortable with reviewing.

A book review is simply sharing your honest thoughts about the book you read. Some people like to write long, thoughtful reviews and others like to leave a more simple, one-sentence review. Reviews may include a short summary of the story, and then the reviewer’s opinion on what he or she did and did not like about the book.

Three main points will help ensure a quality review: Read what you’ve written out loud before posting it. Use spell check. And be careful not to tell any plot spoilers. Plot lines are the parts of the story readers will want to discover for themselves. (Are you as excited about watching a ballgame when you know the final score?)

Click here to see some examples of reviews posted on for When the Heart Cries. As you scroll through them, you’ll see that they vary greatly in length and content. Any length review is acceptable to enter this contest; it doesn’t matter how long or short. 

If you’re short on time but would still like to enter this giveaway, allows you to simply leave a rating out of five stars. Once you click on the rating you think is accurate, click on “My Review” to go to the webpage that summarizes your review. Please include a link to that page in your comment on this post.

If you’re interested in writing a longer review but would like to read some examples first, you’ll find links below to a couple of excellent examples of longer, thoughtful posts:

How to Earn Multiple Entries

Interested in increasing your chances of winning? Leave a review on more than one website! But when leaving a comment below to enter this contest, please leave a separate comment for each site that you posted a review, and please include the name of the site and a link to it. That means that if you write a review on each of the five websites I’ve suggested above, as well as post on your personal blog, you can leave SIX comments below, each with one link to a different review. The more times you enter, the more likely you are to win!

Here’s the best part: the more readers who comment and leave a link to their review, the more winners I will choose!

For every ten reviews for A Season for Tending, I’ll give away one book. If we get sixty or more reviews, I’ll give away a “grand prize” of this Amish-made schoolhouse wall hanging.  If you’re one who has already posted a review for A Season for Tending, it counts! Simply leave a comment below with a link to the review you’ve posted.

Last Week’s Giveaway

I’d also like to announce the five winners from last week’s giveaway. Each person won an autographed copy of Christmas in Apple Ridge. If you see your name listed below, please send your full name and mailing address to to claim your book!

  • Elaine H.
  • Geri Kelley
  • Venita Cannon
  • “Cancillashawn”
  • Vickie (“jvstorey”)

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