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Be afraid. Be very afraid. Amish authors reveal their deepest fears.

There are very few people who aren’t afraid of anything. Since I am afraid of heights, I wanted to find out if there was anything that my author friends are afraid of. You will find their answers enlightening and hilarious. Maybe you can relate.

Do you have any phobias?

Amy Lillard: I am terribly and irrationally afraid of sharks. Yes, Sharks. Now this might not be a big problem because I live in a ‘land-locked’ state. But…I can’t watch sharks on television. I can’t sit with my feet on the floor when something about the ocean is on. Finding Nemo? Fuggetabuttit. It’s totally…

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April 9, 2014  |  Humor, Writing  |  6 Comments

Recipes and Hilarious Food Disasters

This month, I asked my Amish author friends about food because I love food. I love eating, I love snacking, and I love going out to eat. When you read about our cooking disasters, you’ll know why many of us like to go out to eat and why Shelley Shepard Gray will never host another work dinner party again. :)

If you could choose only one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Jennifer Beckstrand: Whole, raw almonds. I LOVE almonds. I buy that big bag they sell at Costco and just snack on them…

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March 11, 2014  |  Amish, Family, Humor, Writing  |  16 Comments

Ask an Amish author about books and such…

Yes, it’s time once again for “Everything you wanted to know about Amish authors but were afraid to ask.” Of course, maybe you aren’t afraid to ask but just haven’t known whom to ask. Well, wonder no further. I have gathered eight Amish authors together to ask them the burning questions. If you have a question for our authors, please send me a message via the “Contact Me” page, and we will do our best to answer it in a future blog.

We all have childhood memories of special books. What are some of the books that inspired you as a…

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February 11, 2014  |  Amish, Romance, Uncategorized, Writing  |  10 Comments

Meet Caryl McAdoo!

Caryl McAdoo is the most connected person I’ve ever met. If you want to find her online, you can go to Facebook and Twitter or Pinterest, Goodreads, Google+ and Linked In! Though Caryl McAdoo has 9 titles from 4 publishers, she realized her dream this month when Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books debuted VOW UNBROKEN, her historical Christian romance set in 1832 Texas. The novelist enjoys painting and singing new songs the Lord gives her. She lives in the woods of Clarksville in Red River County with husband Ron and four grandsons. I recently asked her to tell us…

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February 5, 2014  |  Faith, Family, Inspirational, Motherhood, Romance, Writing  |  No Comments

One Great Giveaway!

Now is the time!
If you would like to enter the contest, please leave a comment below. Comments are open until Wednesday, Jan. 29th at midnight.
7 Best-selling Amish Authors, 27 books, 9 Winners, 1 Great Book Giveaway!
On Wednesday, January 29, 7 authors are joining together for a great Amish book Giveaway.

All you have to do is stop by one of the following author’s websites and leave a comment. Each author will randomly pick one or two winners. Each winner will receive a trio of books from 3 of the participating authors.

Jennifer Beckstrand, Shelley Shepard Gray, Vannetta Chapman, Amanda Flower, Amy Clipston,…

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January 28, 2014  |  Amish, Romance, Writing  |  431 Comments

Teenage boys and raisin pie

For my book launch party  last week, I decided to serve all the different kinds of pie that Lia makes in Huckleberry Hill. My daughter made a delicious peach pie. My dear and longsuffering friend Sherry made a chocolate and a butterscotch pie. I made a huckleberry pie and my son made a raisin pie. Yes, my son. Eighteen years old, good-looking. That one. He knows that when my voice pitches higher and my tone betrays a tinge of desperation, I need serious help. I rolled out crust, and he made the filling for the raisin pie. I have never…

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January 21, 2014  |  Amish, Family, Motherhood, Writing  |  12 Comments

Amish Authors Break Their Silence

Okay, most of us Amish authors aren’t all that silent, but that title did spark your interest, didn’t it? Once a month on my blog, seven Amish authors are going to answer questions for our readers. This month, I made up the questions. Next month, I will probably still make up the questions. But if you have a question you would like to ask our distinguished panel, please use the contact form here on my site and send me your questions. We’d love to hear from you.

First, introductions. I am privileged to have some great friends who also happen to…

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January 15, 2014  |  Amish, Romance, Writing  |  25 Comments

Huckleberry Hill and a few of my favorite things

Today is release day for Huckleberry Hill!
In Huckleberry Hill, I have combined several of my favorite things into one book. I hope you will find the results delightful.

Grandmas are the best: There is no one quite like a grandma—or mammi—as she is called in Pennsylvania Dutch. When I hear the word grandma, I think of a pleasingly plump, gray-haired lady whose eyes twinkle perpetually as if every day were Christmas. That’s the kind of mammi I hope I’ve created in Anna Helmuth, the feisty mammi who stirs up trouble in Huckleberry Hill. Anna wants nothing more than to see her…

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January 7, 2014  |  Amish, Faith, Family, Motherhood  |  16 Comments

My trip to Wisconsin Amish Country!

Last week I spent three glorious days in Wisconsin Amish country. I got to meet Kathy Kuderer, proprietor of Down-a-Country-Road Gift Shops in Cashton, Ken Natzke, who gives Amish tours in Bonduel, and Richard Dawley, who writes books about the Amish and has had a big influence on my novels. I also met some very kind and generous Amish folks who opened up their homes and lives to me and let me take a peek. What a marvelous experience! What made it even better is that my mom, Anne, and my sister Alesha got to share it with me.

I love…

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October 1, 2013  |  Amish, Faith, Family  |  10 Comments

Guest Post: Marissa Cleveland Why I like writing conferences

Today, I’d like to welcome Marisa Cleveland, a fellow agency mate, as my guest blogger. Marissa has a new book out and has a delightful outlook on life! We are kindred spirits as neither of us likes to travel much. Yay for the homebodies! For information on buying her book, keep reading. Be advised, it may be a bit steamy for my readers. :)

Thanks, Jennifer! I’m so happy to be on your blog today, and I’m excited to share my top five faves of attending writing conferences.

As writers, we are a solitary bunch. If we use the traditional formula of…

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September 17, 2013  |  Romance, Uncategorized, Writing  |  3 Comments