An Update on Austin

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Austin, book 3 in the Petersheim Brothers series is definitely going to be released. The bad news is that it won’t be out until 2022. :( There are many good reasons for this, which I will not get into today, but just know that it will be worth the wait. This is one of my funniest, most romantic stories, and I am so eager for you to...
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Summer Book Bash!

Summer begins next week, and I am celebrating by taking part in a HUGE giveaway! Don't miss your chance to enter to win a $200 Amazon gift card and 37 books in the Celebrate Lit Multi-Author Giveaway. I'll be giving away a copy of Andrew! Don't miss it. Click HERE to enter! The event and giveaway is going on now through June 21! Open to US residents only.
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Huckleberry Summer On Sale Now!

One of my RITA nominated books is on sale now! Huckleberry Summer is the second book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and my first book to be nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. And you can get it on Kindle for $1.99 until May 30. With one of their grandchildren happily married, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking success. Because there's...
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Amish Christmas Miracles Is Coming!

Today, thirteen other Amish authors and I are launching a new Facebook page celebrating the release of Amish Christmas Miracles, a collection of 14 romantic Amish Christmas stories from some of your favorite Amish authors, all for only 99¢! You're going to laugh, cry, fall in love, and be inspired. Come to the Facebook page for updates on participating authors, the cover reveal party,...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

In recent years, to help my grandchildren learn the Easter story, I made them "Easter in an Egg Carton." The carton contains 12 plastic Easter eggs with a part of the Easter story and a token to go with each. I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy! First I collected empty egg cartons. You can buy unused egg cartons at a farm or country store. I bought some plastic Easter eggs in a...
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A Little Cutie Shower

I'm not a very visually creative person, but with the help of Pinterest and the Internet in general, I can sometimes pull off something amazing. :) Three weeks ago, my daughters and I threw a baby shower for my niece. I really wanted to make it special, so I went to Pinterest and got all sorts of ideas. Thanks to my daughter Kate, who knows how to make a balloon arch, and my friend Brian, who...
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Miriam’s Quilt Blocks Part 2

Last week I wrote about four of the quilt blocks in a quilt Miriam makes for her friend Seth in Miriam's Quilt. Miriam's Quilt is one of the first Amish romances I wrote, and I have reissued it in ebook form on Amazon. It's a heartfelt, poignant story of one girl's journey to knowing herself and understanding what's really important. This week, I want to tell you about the other five blocks in...
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Anna Helmuth’s Best Household Tips

A message from Anna Helmuth, Amish fraa, mater, and mammi and irrepressible matchmaker in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill books. Vie gehts, everybody? As a mater of 13 children, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and cleaning over the years. Here are some tips I’ve picked up. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. Not that I’ve ever seen a...
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Happy Week of Romance!

Happy Valentine's Week! Valentine's Day is likely every romance writer's favorite holiday because we are always thinking about romance and how to make two people fall in love. Below, I have rated my top ten romance books not written by me. If you want a great read, pick up any one of them. They are sure to make you swoon! #10 The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: This YA fantasy novel features betrayal...
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