Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Books in Series

There's something about collecting books that makes a person a little nutty, I'm afraid. At least, it's true for me. (Oops, maybe I'm the only one!) But from the time I started collecting Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and the Dana Girls, I loved having those matching covers lined up on my book shelf. There's just something about a series that makes me happy. Maybe it's the sense that when I've finished one book, there's another waiting to plunge me into that same world again.

As a matter of fact, some of those books are still on my crowded bookshelves. I have a bunch of Nancy Drews with the orange silhouette of Nancy with the magnifying glass. Please tell me someone else is old enough to remember those! And the Dana Girls, too--I wanted to go to boarding school with them and solve mysteries. The Trixie Belden books were the first I collected that had the bright, colorful covers from Whitman that gave a sense of the story within. Unfortunately, those covers didn't last very well, although better than paper covers, so my remaining books now have plastic wrap around them to protect them.

So given the love I have for books in series with that special "look" I'm especially pleased to see HQN doing something similar for my current Amish suspense series of books. I just received the cover for Book 2, which will be out in October, and I love the way they've created a new scene which echoes the sense of the first book.

Here they are. Let me know what you think.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Dessert

I always feel that the dessert I serve for Easter dinner ought to be something cool and springlike, no matter what the weather looks like outside. And I don't know about you, but we had snow flurries on Easter Saturday!

With that in mind, I present my take on Cherry Cream Cheese Pie. Everyone seems to have a recipe for this old favorite, and most of them involve sweetened condensed milk. Mine, preserved in my recipe box in my mother-in-law's handwriting, is a different version. I make it using light cream cheese and light Cool Whip, and if I ignore the sugar, I can pretend it's not so unhealthy after all!

Mom Greta's Cherry Cream Cheese Pie
Make or buy a graham cracker crust for a nine-inch pie plate.
Whip together 12 ounces of light cream cheese, an 8 ounce container of Cool Whip, and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy and pile into the graham crust. Chill.
Once the pie is set, spread with cherry pie filling, serve, and enjoy a cool, light treat.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Amish Authors

Here's a fun look at some of your favorite Amish authors and their preferences, with huge thanks to Kathy Fuller for compiling it!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter Pleasures

While the cold winds blow and the snow piles up, what do you enjoy doing? Winter is, for many of us, a time to catch up on the pleasures we don't take time for when the warm sunshine beckons. I'm sure reading is near the top of your list, as it is mine! I've been re-reading a number of old favorites this winter, enjoying some that are newly available on my Kindle. And I'm reading my way through a stack of Rita books as I near the end of my judging time period.

During the winter, we usually have a jigsaw puzzle spread out on our coffee table, and anyone who comes in is welcome to put a few pieces in to share the fun. Here's a picture of the great Amish scene jigsaw puzzle my husband gave me for Christmas. It even prompted him to suggest that an Amish buggy repair shop would be an interesting occupation for one of my characters!

I've been enjoying sewing this winter, as well, and teaching my grandchildren how to use the sewing machine. We've made some great projects together, to say nothing of having a lot of fun! Do you have a favorite hobby to share with children or grandchildren?



And then there are the projects that I feel must be done at our vacation home while we're here. This year that included a first for me--making a slipcover for my recliner. Harder than I expected, but I'm fairly pleased with the results. I think a few wrinkles are inevitable if it's going to be removable!

Hope you had a productive winter--or a restful one--or whatever your spirit needed this year.



Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Hear about one of my favorite B&B inns – and the inspiration for my new novel, WHERE SECRETS SLEEP, on #AmishWisdom today: 

Friday, February 20, 2015


Here are the ten winners of WHERE SECRETS SLEEP: Jewli (, Carolsue (, Leslie Beiser McKee, Celeste Wright Lacey, Heidi Nordby Cantrell, Maryellen Manley Young, Donna Groth Potozcek, Carol Welscher, Sandy Shearer, and Peggy Atlkins. Winners, please send your mailing address to me at, and I'll get your books out as soon as possible. Thanks for playing, everyone! And congratulations to the winners!

Monday, February 16, 2015


This week I'll give away ten copies of my upcoming Amish romantic suspense novel, WHERE SECRETS SLEEP. To enter, either leave a comment below with your e-mail address or e-mail me at

I'll draw ten winners on Friday, February 20th, at noon. I hope it's your lucky day!