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Deer Oh Deer

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s dad | Our hometown is a beautiful place to live. My wife and I have lived here for about twenty years, and we love it. We have spectacular views of the mountains and the lake, great neighbors, beautiful skies, quiet surroundings, and deer. Our lot seems to be a thoroughfare between where the deer are and where they want to be. While passing through our yard,...
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Yum! Banana Muffins

| By Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer’s daughter | It's FALL y'all!  We moved down south just over a year ago, so my "southern" is coming along nicely. The weather here is still warm and muggy, but this just may be one of my favorite months anywhere in the world. Maybe it's because November is the prelude to the holiday season, and there are some wonderful flavors I start to crave. So for the first...
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My Shipshewana Trip

On October 5 and 6 I had the wonderful opportunity to be in Shipshewana, Indiana for two fun and exciting readers’ events. My dear husband and faithful traveling companion came with me and took lots of pictures. On Friday, Oct. 5, Sarah Price, Patricia Davids, and I participated in a book signing at J. Farvers Bookstore at “The Big Red Barn” in Shipshewana. Sarah Price, Patricia Davids,...
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Narrating Audiobooks

My sister, Andrea Gappmayer, is one of the funnest, most energetic, kindest people you'll ever meet. She is also an audiobook narrator. She narrates my newest nonfiction book, Big Ideas: How To Unleash Your Creative Self and Have More Aha! Moments, available November 23, 2018. | By Andrea Gappmayer, Jennifer's sister | When I woke up, I realized that I was there. Have you ever been there? I’m...
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Raisin Pie

In Huckleberry Hill, the first book in my Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series, Lia Shetler is an expert pie maker. Before fresh fruit is in season, Lia makes a raisin pie. I had to make one for myself to see if it was any good. My very nice son helped me. I absolutely loved it! It is incredibly sweet and surprisingly delicious. If you’re a person who loves raisins, you won’t find that...
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The Letters Are in the Mail!

It has arrived! The Amish Christmas Letters, a collection of three novellas by some of your favorite Amish romance authors, is finally available in stores and online! With Christmas around the corner, it’s time for Amish families to include holiday greetings in their circle letters, each writer adding to a growing collection as it travels on to the next. In this delightful trio of stories,...
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Ohio Readers Event

In June, I had the privilege of attending the Girlfriend Getaway in Sugarcreek, Ohio hosted by Amy Clipston and Shelley Shepard Gray. Eleven Amish authors and over 150 readers attended the getaway, and we had a blast. My husband was kind enough to come with me because I’m a nervous traveler. We flew into Columbus, rented a car, and drove the hour and forty minutes to Sugarcreek through some of...
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Welcome New Author

I'd like to introduce Rachel Fordham. Her first book comes out July 3 with Revell, and I asked her to come on my blog and talk about her book, "The Hope of Azure Springs." I've read it, and it is truly a wonderful book, and the cover is beautiful. Rachel is my cousin's daughter, but we've never met in person. Welcome, Rachel! I am so excited to be here with Jennifer Beckstrand. Not only do I...
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The Old Washing Machine

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's dad | When I was growing up, my mother could not do the laundry because the two-tub washer was in the basement and she had rheumatoid arthritis. She was confined to a wheelchair many times in her life. One of my brothers or I did the washing. About this time the automatic washer was brought onto the market. It was new and had to be bolted to the floor because...
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Lord of the Rings Quilt

|By Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister| Several years ago, I decided to make my oldest niece a quilt to celebrate her wedding. As other nieces got married, I continued to make each of them a quilt big enough to fit a queen-size bed. I always asked what colors and patterns they liked, and while some of them didn’t care, others had very particular opinions. My first nephew got married in January,...
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