Thursday, May 30, 2013


Do you have a sister? If so, you know that despite quarrels, envy, frustration, and all the other negative emotions that siblings can arouse so easily, a sister is still a treasure. Your sister is the person with whom you never have to pretend. She’s seen the worst in you, and she loves you anyway!

As we get older, we discover that our sisters are the only ones who truly understand where we come from, the only ones who know what it was like growing up in our families.

What if you were an adult when you discovered that you had not one, but two younger sisters you didn’t remember? That’s the unimaginable truth that confronts Amish wife and mother Lydia Beachy in my new book out on June 4th from Berkley Books: Lydia’s Hope, The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, Book One. With no memory of her birth parents or the tragic accident that took their lives and her memories, she has loved the aunt and uncle who adopted her as if they were her parents. Now, it seems, they’ve hidden a secret from her all her life. She has two younger sisters: Susanna, who was adopted by an Amish couple in another community, and Chloe, who was raised by their wealthy grandmother among the Englisch.

Angry and confused, Lydia first seeks out Susanna, but stops short of telling her the truth. To track down Chloe, she enlists the help of a neighbor who has spent some years in the Englisch world. Meanwhile, Lydia’s husband is keeping a secret of his own. Lydia yearns to be united with the sisters she has never known, but will revealing herself to them tear their lives apart…or enrich them beyond all imagining?

The story of the three sisters will conclude in Susanna’s Dream, The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, Book Two, which will come out in February, 2014. I hope you’ll enjoy the sisters’ stories.

My own dear sister, Patricia, passed away on December 31, 2012, just as I was writing this series, and she has left such a hole in my heart. Thinking of her lent a special poignancy to writing these particular books, and I’m sure I’ll never look at them without seeing her dear face.

Please, take a moment to get in touch with your sister, just to let her know you're thinking of her.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt

Wow! The scavenger hunt was great fun, wasn't it? Each time we do this, more people participate.

The grand prize winners will be announced soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to announce the winners of my extra contest. I had said that I would give away 5 copies of Home By Dark, the first book in my new Amish suspense series, but there were so many entrants that I decided to up the number to ten.

I have sent e-mails to the winners, but I'll list here the names of the ten winners, just in case the message doesn't reach them. They are: Judy Stewart, Kristal Singletary, Sarah Penner, Bonton, Lori Ramos, Ladette Kerr, Heather Nicholson, Kate Steiner, Linda Finn, and Leilani Hornberger. If you're on this list, please e-mail me at or with your complete name and  mailing address. The signed books will go out this week.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013



Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...


I am so pleased to host my friend and gifted author, Leslie Gould to you. If you haven't yet sampled
Leslie's wonderful Christian fiction, you are in for a treat. She is the award-winning author of sixteen novels, including the #1 bestseller and Christy Award winner The Amish Midwife, co-written with Mindy Starns Clark. Her latest release is Adoring Addie, inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
Leslie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children. Visit her at, and

Today, Leslie is going to share with you the things the Amish have in common with Shakespeare!

Three Things the Amish and Shakespeare Have in Common
By Leslie Gould

1.      The Reformation

In 1525 in Zurich, Switzerland the first reformed Protestant congregation of the Reformation was formed. Adult believers baptized each other (as opposed to infant baptism) for the first time in 1000 years. The movement prospered and was referred to as the Anabaptists, branching off into the Mennonites and eventually the Amish. Both groups were greatly persecuted, resulting in over 5,000 martyrs.

(Hendrik Eemkensan was burned at the stake in Belgium during the early 1560s for his faith.)

During the early 1530s, inspired by the Reformation but motivated by political and personal reasons, Henry VIII broke from the Catholic Church. In 1536 he was confirmed as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Besides being a product of the Renaissance, William Shakespeare (born in 1564) was also influenced by the Reformation.


2.      The Bible


Studying scriptures is what led Martin Luther to start the Reformation  in 1517 and then to the Anabaptist group in Switzerland rejecting infant baptism for believer baptism. The Amish also aimed to follow Christ’s teachings as revealed through the Bible.



Shakespeare also read the Bible, as is evident by at least 1,200 references to scripture in his plays. The biblical book with the most references is Psalms. Others include Genesis, Matthew, and Job. It is assumed that up to 1598 Shakespeare used the Bishops' Bible, and after that the Geneva Bible. 


3.      Patriarchal societies


All of Shakespeare’s plays are set in patriarchal societies. Some argue that he was a misogynist while others claim he was a “feminist in sympathy.” Regardless, most of his female characters are seen as property who are expected to sacrificially obey the patriarchs in their lives.

The Amish are also a patriarchal society, based on Ephesians 5:23, For the husband is the head of the wife… However, the Amish families I’ve spent time with want what is best for all of their children and work diligently at training them, both spiritually and occupationally.


The first book in The Courtships of Lancaster County series, Courting Cate, was inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, while Adoring Addie was inspired by Romeo and Juliet.


What is your favorite Shakespeare play? Do you think it could be retold as an Amish novel?





Leslie Gould's new release, Adoring Addie,  is the second novel in The Courtships of Lancaster County series, inspired by Shakespearean plays. Shakespeare and the Amish?! Jah, the Bard and the Plain folk have more in common than you might think.
It is available at bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors and elsewhere.



Write down this clue: and entertain 

Have it written down? Great! Now head on over to Leslie Gould at STOP #21  for the next clue! Thanks for stopping by!


I'll be giving away 5 copies of my latest Amish Romantic Suspense novel. Just leave a comment below with your e-mail address for a chance to win a copy of HOME BY DARK by Marta Perry.

Friday, May 3, 2013


You won't want to miss the Spring/Summer Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt, coming on May 17-19! I know many who participated the last time asked when we'd be doing it again, so mark  your calendars. This year we have a terrific list of 31 participating authors, representing a great cross-section of Christian fiction.

Besides the opportunity to be introduced to some new-to-you authors, you'll also have a chance at winning prizes. The Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Mini with all 31 books loaded on it, and 2 runners-up will receive all 31 books in paperback. Additionally, some authors will be giving away surprise extras on their sites.

How to participate?  For all the crucial information, go here:

Don't miss it!