I’ll be the first to admit that my writing across several genres and heat levels can present a bit of a problem for readers. Especially those readers who prefer one heat level over another. That’s why I came up with my Apple Rating System, to help readers navigate through the choppy waters of my website.
Red Apples and Green Apples are pretty straightforward. Red Apples are secular and sexy reads. There are open door love scenes between the main couple, who may or may not be married at the time. Green Apples are inspirational and have no love scenes. Most of my inspy books contain at least one good kiss but that’s where it ends.
And then there are the Yellow Apples.
After having some readers come to me after reading The Trouble with Millionaires (formerly a green apple) and Loving a Lawman (a definite red apple) I made some adjustments to the yellow apple definition.
Yellow Apples are now sweet, secular reads. This means a book like The Trouble with Millionaires which doesn’t contain love scenes (closed or open door) is now classified with a book like Take Me Back to Texas which in the sweet version has no described love scenes, only one that is implied.
Now is that as clear as mud?
Let me see if I can explain a wee bit better.
Red Apples contain love scenes, but also may contain a few curse words and sexy banter between the characters. (Just a note here…though these books contain sex, the descriptions and actual writing is very mild by today’s standards. My books aren’t about only the sexual relations between the main characters. It’s just one part of the story.)
Green Apples are inspirational and have a Christian world-view. And no sex.
Yellow Apples do not contain a detailed love scene, but may have sexy banter and a little bit of language.
Hope that clears things up for everyone. Most likely you’ll be seeing a few more Yellow Apples coming through. And as always, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are confused about a title. I will do everything in my power to help you decide which of my books are right for you.
Thanks for reading!
It’s here! Book 4 in the Wells Landing Series is available today!
The Amish of Wells Landing, Oklahoma, treasure their close-knit community, and the promise of their growing families. But one young woman is struggling to choose a future that is true to both her heart and her faith…
Everyone in Wells Landing has long expected Sadie Kauffman and Chris Flaud to marry–despite Sadie’s telling them differently. While she loves Chris, it is more as a friend than a husband. Yet at twenty-two, the plainest girl in her group, Sadie is also the only one who is still single. Perhaps it’s time to be practical and marry Chris–though he still has not asked. But when Sadie meets a kind, handsome Mennonite, it seems her prayers have been answered…
With Ezra Hein, Sadie at last feels the joy she nearly gave up on. Unfortunately, others only feel shock that she would consider marrying an outsider. To complicate matters, Chris has finally begun talking to Sadie about their future. Distressed, Sadie will have to search her heart to recognize God’s marvelous gifts to her–and find the courage to accept them, challenges and all…
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.
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.
Penelope 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!
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!
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.
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!
I’m so happy to announce that today is the release day for not one, but two of my books!
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!