Just stopping in to say there’s a new post up at www.amysamishadventures.com today and will be every day (good Lord willing) for the rest of my PA trip. But it’ll only be on the “adventures” page, because I don’t want readers who have signed up for both to be flooded with email notifications. So if you want those notifications, then pop on over and follow the blog. Here’s a hint about today’s blog. Enjoy!
What an incredible day I’ve had in Pennsylvania! Stacey and I got up early and headed across the border to Lancaster County. Our first stop was brunch at Yoders’ Restaurant. Thank you to the very special readers who came out and joined us. It was great fun to sit and visit.
After that we headed over to Sadie’s where we unpacked the car, played with her sweet daughters, and helped with chores. How many Englishers does to take to water the horse? 2 Amish girls. Yes, that is correct. After trying unsuccessfully to fill a bucket by hooking the hose up to the water pump, we discovered that there was a valve and pipe that led directly into the horse’s trough. While waiting for it to fill, we turn to see Sadie’s three year old and two year old have filled the bucket! We fed the chickens, gathered the eggs, then went in to eat.
Supper consisted of tomato pie, baked zucchini, macaroni and cheese, along with baked sweet potatoes, and biscuits with peanut butter spread.
We ate until we couldn’t eat any more, then headed down to Sadie’s brother’s to help with the chores. We helped with the milking, feeding and watering the horses and cows. But my absolute favorite time of the day was sitting on the porch with Sadie’s family. There were ten adults, two teenagers, and three little girls. Such a fun way to see the sun go down, just visiting with new friends while darkness falls.
Just popping in to say that I have a new blog up over at Amy’s Amish Adventures. It’s all about the Amish wedding gift list that Sadie recently shared with me. If you love all things Amish, you don’t want to miss this! Hope to see you there!
And while you’re there, be sure to sign up to get direct notifications from that blog. All Amish themed blogs will be posted there. :)
Thanks for reading!
Just wanted everyone to know that I’ve made a few changes to my website with a few more still to come. This site will now be an umbrella for all the others. Some are ready for you to explore while others are still in the planning stages. My goal is simple, segment each of my genres or series as the case may be so that readers can connect with each site without the distractions of the others. If you love Amish, I have a new site dedicated just to Plain living. I also have my Amie Louellen site which showcases all of my Amie Louellen contemporary titles. Coming soon will be a site about my Loveless Texas Series which begins with Take Me Back To Texas, which recently received its own makeover. And there’s still more brewing.
If you enjoy my Amish books be sure to check out my new Amish centered website Amy’s Amish Adventures and you can read my newest blog about my recent trip to Chouteau, OK. And while you’re there, sign up to receive notifications when I post a new blog.
If you like fun, sassy, and sexy reads, I’m also blogging on my Amie Louellen site about my new Penguin contract and how it affects my pen name. Be sure to check it out. BLOG And I would love for you to follow that blog as well, if contemporary romance is your thing.
Be watching for more changes to come. And remember, the best and easiest way to get the latest news is my A Squared newsflash newsletter. If you haven’t signed up to receive it, it only takes a second. Go HERE to fill out the form today! There are special giveaways and exciting things to come this year to those on my newsletter mailing list.
And as always thanks for reading!
When I had the opportunity to read Jaded by Varina Denman and review it on my blog, I was very excited at the prospect. I love helping new authors, but I was also very interested in reading the book. It deals with a sensitive subject matter, especially for those who write for the Christian market. The concept of us against the church. I was anxious to see how Varina handled the situations and the lessons learned.
Ruthie can remember exactly when she and her mother stopped going to church, but she didn’t know what happened. The circumstances surrounding their break with the church are eventually revealed along with secrets that have been kept for many, many years.
The first thing that stands out in this novel is the author’s understanding of small town life. All of the relationships, the intertwining lives, secrets kept and held, gossip, and general slow-paced bustle that can only happen in tiny rural towns.
I enjoyed the characters, how they dealt with one another, the histories they shared and how they coped with it each and every day. That’s not to say that all of the characters are lovable. But isn’t that the way of life?
All in all, the book was an easy read. I found the pages flying by as the story of Ruthie, her mother and father, and all that happened all those years ago was revealed.
Yet Jaded is more than that. It’s the tale of the new preacher coming to town, a little unsure of his talents and a lot unsure of how he fits into the church/town dynamic. It’s the tale of a convicted felon, recently released from prison, coming back for a second chance. But more than anything, it’s about understanding and trust.
With such well-defined and well-developed characters and a touching tale of love, forgiveness, and second chances, Jaded is a story for everyone. I loved every word.
Here’s a little bit about Jaded and Varina Denman.
As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed—unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside-down.
Jaded is the rare novel that is both love story between a woman and man … and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration, it will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart … and a thirst for hope.
Varina Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. She teaches creative writing and literature, volunteers in her local cooperative, and is a home educator to her five children. She resides with her family in North Texas. This is her first novel.
Here it is! The fabulous cover for my new contemporary romantic comedy, Southern Hospitality! This is an Amie Louellen book and is rated A. For more info on Southern Hospitality read the blurb HERE. And coming up in the next two weeks, the fabulous book video as well as a sneak peek at Malcolm and Roxanne. Thanks for reading!
Welcome to my Blog Relay. I’m so glad you’re here today. I thought it would be great fun to share with you one of my favorite scenes from my latest book, Courting Emily.
Now, Emily is the bishop’s daughter, a good girl who does her best to always do the right thing. But when Luke, her life-long love, leaves their home in Wells Landing to drive racecars in the English world, Emily is torn between the world she has always known and the man she always thought she would marry.
Then Elam steps in, using Luke’s absence to show Emily how much he cares about her. And…well, that’s all I can say about that for now. For those of you who haven’t read the book, I can’t give away all the surprises.
The scene you are about to read occurs after Emily has started going to Elam’s house to help take care of his father. Elam is prideful and hates having to have help for his family, even as deep down, he knows how badly they need it. Add in his secret feelings for Emily, and he’s barely accepting of all these changes in his life.
For now, sit back and enjoy this little glimpse into Courting Emily. There are ten blogs in all, including this one. They are all linked so never fear, as long as you click on the link at the bottom of each site, you’ll stay in order. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to be entered into the drawing for the purple themed basket. Also, while you’re out and about, I’m sure the bloggers would appreciate it if you took a moment to check out their sites. Who knows? You might find a great new site to join.
Thanks for reading!
We’re starting off the relay with Ida Davis. Check out her site: Idasbooks.blogspot.com
Let the relay begin!
How do you like my new purple website? I’m loving it! Purple has always been one of my favorite colors. My high school colors were purple and gold–Go Bears!– and purple is just a great color.
But the color isn’t the only thing I changed. I consolidated a bit, moved my contemporary books over to share the same space with my Amish and other inspirational novels. It makes things easier on me in that I don’t have to keep up two separate websites. As of right now, I may host a few visitors on my Amie Louellen site, but most everything will be right here in one convenient place.
There are a few other changes that I’ve made. I’m instituting a new rating system which will help readers know the sensuality and spirituality content of the book. Since I write all over the place, this genre and that, it’ll help everyone know which books are about what. See, that’s what happens when you have a crazy, chatty muse like I do. It’s good in that I never run out of ideas, but ‘bad’ in I never know where those ideas are going to land.
Be sure to check out the For Readers tab; there are recipes and other fun stuff lurking there. And the All Things Amish tab which will lead you to…well, all things Amish.
But lastly, I made my blog purple in honor of Fibromyalgia Awareness. I’ve never really talked openly about my battle with FMS, figuring that no one really wants to hear about my problems. But then I heard Robin Roberts speak. For those of you who don’t know, she’s a newscaster on the Today Show. Robin has been battling cancer and since her treatment is now fighting off a rare bone marrow disease. She has an unbeatable spirit and such a positive attitude that it is simply mind boggling. In this interview she shared her mother’s advice: Make your mess your message. We all have troubles and issues, things, diseases and difficulties that cause us to feel like less than we want. And we should share these with each other to help one another get through. We may be suffering, but we are not suffering alone.
So that’s my mess–fibro with a couple of autoimmunes thrown in just to keep things interesting. I do my best to not get down about the things I can’t do and concentrate on the things that I still can. I can write books, share my stories with you, and still get around better than most. And I plan on writing these stories for a long time to come.
Speaking of which, the color purple has a prominent place in my soon to be released, Courting Emily. So be on the watch for giveaways of purple prizes, purple recipes and other purple things.
Just remember, Purple is as Purple does.