Carol Award Finalists Announced

Yesterday an exciting day! Why, you ask? Because  the finalist for the 2013 Carol Awards were announced, and Saving Gideon is a finalist in the romance category! I am grinning from ear to ear! So very excited to be among such great names as my dear friend, Margaret Daley as well as Carolyn Zane, Bradilyn Collins, and Beth Wiseman, who are also finalist this year.

Whew! Now we have to wait until September when the winners are announced. Truly it’s an honor to be a finalist…I can wait…for a while. :) Until then, here’s the cover and blurb for Saving Gideon:


Gideon Fisher wants only one thing out of life— to be left alone.  This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife.  He has lost his faith.  He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community.  But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does he have but to let her in?

Dallas socialite, Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere life style.    Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through—–yet another—–bad breakup.  Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money.  All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself.  Avery soon discovers that the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.

But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before.  Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her.  But it has even more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.

Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness.  But as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles or will their sheer differences pull them apart?

B&H Publishing

Saving Gideon is the first novel in the Clover Ridge Series



Yes, today is my birthday. But you get the present. Right now I’m in Dallas at the wonderful ACFW Conference and the fantabulous book signing that has been set up for 10 writers of Amish fiction. How I got included in this all-star mix is definitely a miracle, but I’m accepting this blessing for what it is and driving on.

But in honor of my birthday, I’m giving away a books! All you have to do  is leave me a comment here and like my Facebook page between now and October 1 (the official release day for Saving Gideon). After the 1st, I’ll use a random drawing to determine the three winners*. Fun, huh?

So leave me a comment and head on over to my FB page… and get entered to win. :)

Mine favorite birthday treat is brownies and ice cream.

What’s yours?

*Only US and Canadian residents can receive print books. If you live outside of the US and still want to enter, you may and then receive an ebook as your contest prize. :)