I Visit an Amish School

A few years ago while doing research for one of my Amish romances, I visited an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the middle of January. Note: (My apologies to everyone who lives in Pennsylvania) Don’t go to Pennsylvania in January unless you absolutely have to. The wind was biting, and I thought my face might fall off just walking from the car to the warm indoors. I...
Read More

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...
Read More

Beautiful End-of-Summer Flowers

"The Earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson Last week I visited the Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah to catch the summer flowers before they're gone. Thanksgiving Point is a beautiful spot about an hour from my home. Some very generous people donated the money to make it a treasure for families and the community. Here are some of the photos I took while I was there. One of my...
Read More

Like Audio Books? You’ll Love Home on Huckleberry Hill!

Do you love listening to audiobooks? Home on Huckleberry Hill, Book 9 in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, was recently released on audiobook, and I think you're going to like it. :) Click here to listen to a sample. I'd love to know what you think.
Read More

The I-Spy Picnic Quilt

| by Allison Sharp,Jennifer's sister | Have you ever wanted a picnic quilt that looked bright and inviting on one side, but had durable, water-resistant fabric on the other? I have, so I decided to make one with a pieced top, polyester batting to resist water, and backing made from heavy-duty, water- and sun-resistant fabric. For the quilt top, I found a great pattern, Twisted Happy Blocks, by...
Read More

Utah Readers Luncheon

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Utah Romance Writers will be hosting a readers luncheon at the Davis Convention Center in Layton, Utah. New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery will be joining us along with New York Times bestseller RaeAnne Thayne. I am thrilled to be hosting a table at the luncheon. There is room for only 1 more guest at my table. I hope you will be that one. If...
Read More

Horses on the Farm

| Written by Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father, age 82 | Every farm needs a few horses, either to ride, pull the wagon and the cultivator, or to look at. My father had them for all three reasons as well as to talk about them with his neighbors. He had a real gift with the horses. He loved them, respected them, and took good care of them. One of the biggest jobs with horses was to break them to...
Read More

A Valentine’s Day Treat!

I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day! Romance writers especially like Valentine's Day. I hope you'll download one of my books for your romantic Valentine's Day reading! The last time I went to visit my parents, they gave me a cookie made by one of my mom's friends. It was so delicious, I had to share it with you! My mom's friend got this recipe from another friend who got it off...
Read More

An Amish Farm in Ohio

When I went to Ohio in June for Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston's Girlfriend Getaway, I got to visit an Amish farm. It was so much fun to feed the animals, take a buggy ride, and eat the ice cream. There was also a very gute cheese factory nearby. Don't worry. I got some cheese too. I really liked the goats. I did a lot of research on goats when I wrote "The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry...
Read More

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,...
Read More