More Than Friendship Release Day!

Happy Release Day to More Than Friendship! More Than Friendship is the first e-novella in the new Quilting Circle Series. This is a spin-off series from Wells Landing.

Come meet Clara Rose, Eileen, Verna, Mariana, and Tess as they live, love, and yes, quilt.

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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!

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!




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!


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

Let the relay begin!

Amish Quilt Giveaway


I’m SO EXCITED to tell you about the latest  giveaway–an Amish made quilt! And this quilt is totally special because the fabric my Amish friend is going to use to make it will be supplied by you, the readers.

How do you get in on this great idea, you ask? Just send a 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 square of fabric to Stacey Barbalace 3751 Proctor Lane Baltimore, MD 21236. Each square sent will be incorporated into the quilt. Only one square per person.

We’re collecting fabric, then taking it to Pennsylvania to have the quilt made. Because of this, the exact date of the actual giveaway has not been decided. But there is one definite date you need to mark on your calendar. And that date is January 24th. Your fabric needs to be received before that date in order to be included in the quilt. Fabric received after that date will not be used and cannot be returned to the sender, so get your fabric in quick. And don’t forget to check on the quilt’s progress as well as fabric updates and other Amish tidbits by joining my Facebook group dedicated to the quilt giveaway.

There’s one more very important fact to remember. Before you send your fabric be sure to take a picture of it. Hold onto the pic for now. Soon I’ll tell you what to do with it. Until then, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Complete details can be found under the CONTEST tab here on my website.


Release Day!!!

Such an exciting day! It’s finally here…August 5, 2014…Release Day for Caroline’s Secret!

Caroline’s Secret is the first book in my new series set in Wells Landing!

For more info, check out my page dedicated to Caroline’s Secret.

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Cover Reveal–Courting Emily

I think it’s time to share my lovely, lovely cover for Courting Emily. (Mainly because the publishing house posted it on amazon <g>) Courting Emily is the story of Emily Ebersol, the bishop’s daughter. I can’t tell you a lot about this story yet, but I will say that the look on “Cover Emily’s” face is perfect. So Emily–a little bit innocent, a little bit mischievous, a whole lot of spunk. I love it! What do you think?

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Courting Emily releases January 2015 * Pre order now at Amazon and B&N


I’m so excited to share my web space with a special guest today. Brenda Nixon is here to tell us of her experiences with the Swartzentruber Amish. Hope you enjoy! I know I did!

Amish Teens Today
by Brenda Nixon

Often admired. Misunderstood. Mysterious. I’m learning volumes deep inside the Amish from the many formers I know. Most left the Swartzentruber Order – the strictest and most punitive. Predominantly guys but a few gals have come through our home.

One thing that isn’t too different from us is that the Amish creatively push the envelope on the rules. Many see what they can get away with before the line is crossed – a rule broken – and the Bishop or Preacher comes a calling.

Sometimes the stories are funny. Sometimes they are sad.

Our “son” from the Amish – Mosie – chuckled as he told me of homes where the no electricity rule didn’t apply to the barn. Out there some Amish enjoyed lights and power tools.

Our son-in-law Harvey – also from the Swartzentruber Order – explained that buggy windshields were verboten. He grinned in glee when related the time he invented a windshield by wrapping his black buggy with clear plastic wrap.

“It was winter and I was cold going to work and back,” Harvey reasoned. “So I made a windshield. I left early in the morning while it was still dark and came home at night, so my dad couldn’t see my buggy. Then a guy saw my windshield and told Dad.”

Harvey’s dad is a bishop. He made Harvey remove the invention.

Before he left the Amish, Harvey spotted an old, broken bicycle – verboten. In the Swartzentruber Order, bicycles or any item with broken-bicyclerubber wheels are against the rules.

“I was walking home one day and found a bike in a farmer’s trash pile.” Harvey claimed the worldly prize, walked it over two miles home, and while his parents were away, hid the thing in his father’s workshop. He explained how he tinkered with it. Made repairs. Then he took his new “worldly” device over a hill and down in a deep culvert to keep in seclusion. “I told some of my friends,” he said. So they could all share in the community “sin.” Harvey added, “But, we rode at night so we wouldn’t get caught.”

Now, I think Harvey is clever to repair something he’s never owned.  Like many Amish, he demonstrates a visual learning style. He looks at, watches, and pays attention to detail to educate himself.

I’ve met Swartzentruber Amish who’ve purchased homes from English – with indoor plumbing – but kept promising the Bishop they’d remove that “worldly” convenience. And those who promise to build a room addition without electric and plumbing. Somehow that room addition is never built.

Mosie likes to tease. I can imagine he was ornery growing up.

Others have boasted of their ingenuity in getting around the rigid rules. I recently saw a picture of . . . well, I can hardly describe it. Not a car. Truck. Motorcycle. Nor a four-wheeler. It was a mismatched combination of those parts. Therefore the Amish driver wasn’t breaking a rule or committing a “sin” by driving the combined contraction. He wasn’t driving a car, truck, motorcycle or a four-wheeler. I guess his settlement hadn’t made a rule against using a collective vehicle.

The teens hide radios and cell phones in the woods, inside the barn, or up in the attic. Some girls buy underwear at Victoria’s Secret because, after all, nobody will SEE their “worldly” undergarment. The Swartzentruber Ordnung – rule book – prohibits English underwear; rather, they are to make their own.

Not unlike teens of any culture, most Amish youth push the envelope. I know some who keep a “worldly” automobile tucked away in the woods. They ride their buggies into the protection of the trees where they tie up the horse, change into English clothes, hop in the car, and cruise around town. Without a driver’s license! In the wee early-morning hours, they sneak the vehicle back to the designated hide out, change into their strict, plain Amish clothing, climb into the buggy, and trot home before morning. Hoping to avoid detection.

Our second “son” from the Amish – Monroe – hid his cell phone in his loose Amish pants pocket. When he was at home, he would watch movies on his DVD player. Where’d he get that? He bought a DVD player at Walmart, and then hooked it up to a battery. Monroe and his sister, Sarah, would tiptoe up the steps of their home at night carrying the DVD player to their bedroom. There, they’d watch movies into the night. I can visualize a soft blue glow emanating from the upstairs of a darkened Amish home.

Monroe told me of his friends who’d take pictures with their cell phones – during prayer in church!

We read books and see TV programs about the Amish. But I’m learning of a very human dimension. Most have a God-given inquisitiveness. Apprentices in life. Unfortunately, it’s that freelancing curiosity and resourcefulness that can get their teens in trouble. And it’s often those with imagination, goals, and aspirations that don’t fit the conformity – the solidarity – of the Amish who leave for the “outside” life.

If you’d like to learn more about Swartzentruber Amish and Brenda’s “kids” from that culture, check out her blog:

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Thank you for sharing your stories, Brenda! You’re welcome to comeback anytime.