Lassoed by Marriage

It’s here! Lassoed by Marriage is finally here!

Hi, everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I’m excited to tell you that my latest release has released! Lassoed by Marriage is now live at the online retailers.

And it includes my novella, Not So Pretty Penny.

9781634091206Penelope Pinehurst didn’t reach the ripe old age of twenty-five without knowing what the townspeople call her behind her back: Not So Pretty Penny. So when her neighbor declares his eternal love—citing her beauty among her many attributes—she knows he can only be after one thing: her family’s land. With her father and brothers still not home from the war, Penny needs a husband to help her save the farm. But in a country still in recovery, marriageable men are in short supply, leaving her only one choice.

George Washington Brannock is slated to hang for murder, never mind that he was framed. Only the pouch of gold delivered to the sheriff allows him to walk free. Well, almost free. He still has to marry the homely woman who paid for his life. She may have saved him from the gallows, but he’s not staying with her forever. He’ll help her plant her crops, then he’s off to find the man who killed his brother.

Wash soon learns that God has given him a second chance. Suddenly his life has meaning. He finds himself not only wanting to stay and farm the harsh Kansas prairie, but falling in love with his wife. Then the killer shows up at the farm and Wash has to choose between the wife he never wanted and the justice he deserves.

Along with 8 other wonderful Christian stories!

It should be showing up in brick and mortar stores real soon. If you didn’t pre-order your copy, here are a few links to get you started. Happy reading!

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12 Brides Giveaway

Attention! Attention! There are now 6 weeks until Christmas! Whhaaaattt? If you’re like me you’re asking yourself where the year went. And you might not be in the Christmas spirit. So here’s a little something to jump start your holiday season. The 12 Brides authors are giving away a 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook along with an autographed copy of the 12 Brides of Christmas. All 12 authors, all 12 stories! And not just one copy but 4!

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Here’s what you have to do to enter. Follow the link below to Rafflecopter.

You have 24 different opportunities to get  your name in for a chance to win.

The raffle runs from today, November 6 to Tuesday, November 17 at midnight–12 days away.
Just sign up through the form:
Each author newsletter you sign up for counts as one opportunity to win. (12 authors x one each newsletter = 12 opportunities)
Each of the 12 days, we’ll post a new Tweet. If you’re on Twitter, retweeting that tweet will give you another opportunity.
12 days x 12 tweets = 12 more opportunities to win the two books.
Winners will be announced here on Friday, November 20, on the 12 Brides Facebook page, and by email.

Good luck!!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f949595f6/

 

The Amish Wedding List

Hey, everyone!

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!

http://www.amysamishadventures.wordpress.com/blog/

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!

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Blogging today

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!

Amy

 

Jaded: A Book Review

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.

jadedAs 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.

Get your copy of Jaded on AMAZON and B&N

It’s a BLOG RELAY!

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.

blog relay 1 (1)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!

Amy

We’re starting off the relay with Ida Davis. Check out her site: Idasbooks.blogspot.com

Let the relay begin!

Release Day!

I’m so happy to announce that today is the release day for not one, but two of my books!

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Welcome to Loveless, Texas, a small town in the Hill Country. Like most small towns, everyone pretty much knows everybody and word gets around fast. So it’s no surprise when Bethie Grace McGee comes back  to town that everyone knows. Everyone including JD Carmichael, her first love.

JD and Bethie Grace once had everything a young couple needs: each other. But Fate stepped in and tore them apart. Fifteen years have passed…can they rekindle the love they shared or will today’s commitments and yesterday’s mistakes keep them from their second chance?

I know this is a different sort of concept, but I decided to put out two versions of the story. Take Me Back To Texas is an inspirational tale. There is no sex, no bad language, and faith plays a key role.

Welcome Home, Bethie McGee is the  ‘sexy’ version of the story. My goal was to make a tasteful, contemporary romance. (No 50 shades here.) There is very mild language and the characters still attend church. I mean, after all, this is small town Texas.

Can’t decide which one to read? Buy one and I’ll send you a coupon to get the other one for 99¢. Can’t beat that deal! That’s two full length stories for $4! Just send me a copy of your receipt for the story and I’ll forward you the coupon.

Thanks to you all for reading and I hope you enjoy JD and Bethie Grace’s story!

Amy