Deep Shadows-The Remnant Series-Book One by Vanetta Chaman(review by Cathy)

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Dystopian Christian Fiction

Deep Shadows is the first book in my upcoming Remnant Series. It’s a significant change from the Amish books I’ve previously published. Today I wanted to talk to you about Deep Shadows, dystopian fiction, and the appeal of this genre.

If you’re alive and reading on planet Earth, you recognize the crazy popularity of dystopian fiction and our preoccupation – even as people of faith – with end of the world scenarios.

I have been a fan for many years. When I read a dystopian book, I ask myself

  1. Would I be smart enough to think like the hero?
  2. Would I have the courage and strength to survive?
  3. Would my faith endure?

And faith is an important component of this genre, which caused me to wonder- where is God in dystopian fiction? How do we talk about God when the world is falling down around our ears? How do we NOT talk about Him in this scenario?

These are questions we ask ourselves as we read dystopian fiction. Unlike apocalyptic tales, which bring images of Revelation, four horsemen, messengers of God and last days, dystopian books represent a transition from a near-perfect work to a vastly imperfect one.

My passion for this genre is a result of my life experience.

  • I was born in the 2nd largest city in the U.S. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • I spent 35 years in the 8th largest city (Dallas, Texas)
  • I now live in a town of 6,000 (central Texas)

I’ve taught high school and college classes for 15 years, and during that time I’ve taught teenaged boys who could take apart and re-assemble a computer in a matter of hours. And I’ve taught teenaged girls who can shoot and field dress a deer.

Those teens, their parents, you and I sense that we’ve reached an over dependence on technology, a tipping of the scales, and we wonder what will happen if things dramatically shift the other way.

At its heart, that’s what a dystopian series is – a balance of the scales in the other direction, a what if scenario. It is always first and foremost a story about relationships and how they survive or crumble when what we’ve feared, as a society, occurs. And lastly, for me, it’s always a story of faith and hope.


About the book:

All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness

Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe–until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn’t changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority–to keep Shelby and her son safe–could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby’s faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.

In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.



About the Author:

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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at

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This book is absolutely spellbinding!  I read it in two days.  I actually intended to stretch it out a bit longer, but I truly couldn’t.  I needed to find out what would happen in the town of Abney, Texas!

It didn’t take long for things to really start happening!

The solar flare wreaks havoc on the town and its residents.  The story focuses on Shelby, her son Carter, Max and their friends.  Life is about to get very difficult.  The things that they once took for granted are harder to find.  Running water, food, medical supplies, money, safety and the freedom to come and go as they please.

Shelby’s main concern is for Carter who is diabetic.  He needs medication, and healthy balanced meals.  With banks and stores closing, how resourceful will she and the community have to become?

Was this just happening to them or is it global?  It’s difficult to get information when communication is limited.

Ms. Chapman has penned a thought provoking book that I consider a must read and has made me a fan of Dystopian Fiction.  I am eagerly anticipating the next book in this series.

The characters are wonderful!  The story is fast paced!  The perfect combination of an exciting and hard to put down book.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I have given my honest opinion.


Vanetta is offering one copy of this book to one lucky winner.  To enter just leave a comment letting us know if you are a fan of Dystopian Fiction or if this is a new to you genre and if you would like an e-copy or print copy.  Winner will be announced on July 5th.

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Seek and Find(Rookie K-9 Unit #3) by Dana Mentink (review by Cathy)

Seek and Find


About the book:

Reporter Madison Coles wants to write an exposé on the crime spree rocking Desert Valley, Arizona—but the small town’s residents and police are tight-lipped. Even when Madison herself is attacked, the only help she can get is protection from rookie K-9 officer James Harrison and his trusty bloodhound.

Suspicious of the reporter’s motives, the handsome cop keeps her at arm’s length. But the more Madison’s life is threatened, the more focused she is on finding the truth—and the closer she gets to James.

Can he help her find the story without them both ending up in the obituary pages? Rookie K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners.



Dana Mentink blends suspense and humor perfectly in Seek and Find. I know those two things don’t normally go well together, but with this author they do!

Reporter Madison Coles is covering a crime spree in Desert Valley. Someone doesn’t want her poking around and this is where it gets suspenseful. After Madison is attacked, she gets protection from K-9 officer James Harrison and his dog, Hawk. This is where the humor comes into play. Hawk really does try to behave and learn, but he’s easily sidetracked.

The story moves along at a fast pace and there several twists and turns. Madison and James both have things in their past that have hindered their ability to trust and move forward in some aspects in their lives.

This one had me guessing right up until the end as to who was behind the attacks and what was going on in Desert Valley.

A truly wonderful read.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest opinion.


Loving a Lawman by Amy Lillard (review by Kristi)

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About the book:   As cowboys, the Langston brothers of Cattle Creek, Texas, know it can hurt like hell to fall off a horse. But it can hurt even more to fall in love. . . .
Sheriff Seth Langston is head over heels for local wild child Jessie McAllen and has been for years. The trouble is she has eyes only for Seth’s rodeo star brother, Chase. Even though he considers Jessie his girl, Chase is an incorrigible ladies’ man with a wandering eye and no chance of settling down soon.

Jessie is ready to move away from Cattle Creek to put her feelings for Chase behind her, but after she shares a white-hot kiss with Seth, things get a little complicated. Jessie realizes her heart should have been his all along. And in the face of sudden tragedy, they’ll discover if their newfound passion will tear the Langston men apart or make the family stronger than ever. . . .

Paperback, 304 pages         Expected publication: July 5, 2016 by Signet

My review:   When I started reading this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. The story seemed your typical run of the mill romance and I like a bit more depth to the stories I read. However, Amy Lillard did a fantastic job of turning this run of the mill romance into a sweet romantic story that I enjoyed.

I love the way Amy brought the small town atmosphere to life. She conveys perfectly living in a small town. I felt like this made the story more authentic. It was easy to imagine myself in the small Texas town of Cattle Creek. The characters alternated between making me laugh and being frustrated. All part of small town living!

As far as characters go Seth is my favorite. I felt more of a connection to him than I did Jessie. I thought it was really sweet the way he treated her and even though he’s the sheriff he didn’t come across as extremely macho or overbearing. He would easily be any girl’s perfect guy.

This is the first of the Cattle Creek series and I can’t wait for the next. This is a sweet romance and the perfect summertime read.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.



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About the author:  I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways, and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twilight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.

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Message in a Bottle by Beth Wiseman( review by Kristi)

Messgae In a Bottle

About the book: Morgan Calhoun and her parents are whisked away in the middle of the night, something Morgan always knew was a possibility because of her father’s job. But she’d always thought that if such a scenario played out that she would have time to say goodbye to those she loved–particularly her boyfriend, Kyle. Adding to her unbearable situation, several weeks after the move, Morgan finds out that she’s pregnant.

Kyle Brossmann doesn’t even get a break-up letter from Morgan. She’s just gone, along with her entire family. His heart broken, Kyle continues on with his plans, graduates from high school, and then attends college. Five years later, two men visit Kyle and encourage him to travel to an undisclosed location to meet his five year-old daughter. Rocked by the news that he has a child, Kyle learns he is the only person who might be able to save his daughter’s life.

Will Kyle give up his fiancé, a great job, and his family to be with his first love and his daughter? Or will he return to the life he had before?

79 pages     Published June 17, 2016


My review:  Apparently Beth Wiseman hasn’t heard that things are bigger in Texas. She sure knows how to pack a punch with her novellas. Not a fan of novellas as I like a more in depth novel, Beth is slowly changing my mind.

Message In A Bottle has everything you would expect from a full-length book: developed characters, interesting storyline, and twists and turns galore. I was immediately engrossed in this story and stayed engaged in the story until the very end. I never once felt like the story was rushed or anything was missing.

Beth Wiseman has done a wonderful job of writing a complete and interesting story. This novella is so well-written and the story is so interesting that it is the perfect afternoon or evening read.

I received a free copy of this novella from the author in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.


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About the author:  Beth is the best-selling and award-winning author of the Daughters of the Promise series – Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise, and Plain Proposal. She is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Her other series–the Land of Canaan Novels–begins with Seek Me With All Your Heart, then The Wonder of Your Love and now, His Love Endures Forever. Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first Amish fiction book selected as a Women of Faith novel in 2011. Beth has also written three contemporary Christian fiction novels, Need You Now published in 2012 and The House That Love Built in 2013. In The Promise, (2014) Beth jumps way outside the box. This story takes readers far away from Amish Country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by a true story, Beth believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time. 2015 brings Beth back to the Pennsylvania Amish with her new series, Amish Secrets. She is currently working on book #2 following much success with book #1, Her Brother’s Keeper.

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Sister Dear by Laura McNeill (review by Cathy)

Sister Dear


About the book:


All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start.  But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever? Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows. But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family. As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom


What a fantastic book!  Beautiful settings, strong characters and a storyline that was engaging from the very beginning.

Allie was a character that I was immediately drawn to. Her sister Emma? Not so much! Admittedly, I was a bit curious about her actions and behavior.

The author kept the story moving at a fast pace and kept me guessing why Emma would betray her sister. Moving back and forth between 2006 and 2016 we find out more about each sister and what led up to Allie’s incarceration.

My heart went out to Caroline and her feelings towards her mother. I found her reaction to Allie quite plausible given the circumstances. The friendship between Caroline and a sweet young guy named Russell is touching and adds another layer to the story.

A definite must read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.





A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell(review by Cathy)

A Haven on Orchard Lane

About the book:

In difficult circumstances, Charlotte Ward, once a famed stage actress, tries to restart her career–only to experience disaster. Against her better judgment, her estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother’s rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village.

Charlotte is grateful to get to know Rosalind after years apart. As one who has regrets about her own romantic past, it’s a joy for Charlotte to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it’s time away from teaching–and now she must care for the mother who wasn’t there for her. And what could be more complicated than romance?

Together, mother and daughter discover that healing is best accomplished when they focus less on themselves and more on the needs of others.


The story of Charlotte and Rosalind is one that I’ll remember for a long time. This is the first book that I’ve read by Lawana Blackwell and I’m very happy that I decided to read it. I loved the cover and the setting as soon as I saw it.

Once I started reading, I was immersed in Charlotte’s story. I kept reading so that I could learn more about her. Then once Rosalind came into the picture, I was completely hooked.

I loved Danny and Albert and my heart ached for them as their stepmother was so cruel to them. I shared in their joy as Charlotte and Rosalind offered them love and encouragement. The author had me feeling what her characters were feeling and took me to a quiet English Village. Ms. Blackwell has made me fan of her work.

If you enjoy well written Christian Fiction, then I highly recommend this one.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.


Message In A Bottle: A Surf’s Up Novella by Beth Wiseman(review by Cathy)

Messgae In a Bottle


About the book:

Morgan Calhoun and her parents are whisked away in the middle of the night, something Morgan always knew was a possibility because of her father’s job. But she’d always thought that if such a scenario played out that she would have time to say goodbye to those she loved–particularly her boyfriend, Kyle.

Adding to her unbearable situation, several weeks after the move, Morgan finds out that she’s pregnant. Kyle Brossmann doesn’t even get a break-up letter from Morgan. She’s just gone, along with her entire family. His heart broken, Kyle continues on with his plans, graduates from high school, and then attends college.

Five years later, two men visit Kyle and encourage him to travel to an undisclosed location to meet his five year-old daughter. Rocked by the news that he has a child, Kyle learns he is the only person who might be able to save his daughter’s life. Will Kyle give up his fiancé, a great job, and his family to be with his first love and his daughter? Or will he return to the life he had before?

Message in a Bottle may be short in length, but there’s definitely no shortage of a great story.

I enjoyed the story of faith, and love. This novella was easy to follow and held my interest throughout. The characters were well defined and pertinent to the storyline.   The added touch of Kyle finding answers to questions he’s had for so long were very interesting and unexpected.

A fast and enjoyable read for an afternoon of sitting outside on a sunny day.

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid (review by Kristi)

A Dream of Miracles

About the bookAmish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

Paperback, 336 pages                     Published April 12th 2016 by Thomas Nelson

My review: Having only read a novella by this author I wasn’t sure what to expect from a full-length novel of hers. When I received a copy of this book to review I began reading with an open mind. I must say the author completely blew me away with the story and her storytelling.

This isn’t your typical Amish fiction. This story is the powerful telling of a sick child and his mother’s fight to save him and her family when faced with the involvement of CPS. I found the story to be quite intense at times and had to put the book down for just a minute to catch my breath and process what was happening. I found though that I could only put the book down for a bit before I had to start reading again to find out what was happening to these characters. This book captivated me from page one and kept me totally involved until the last page.

The author did an awesome job with the characters. It was easy to empathize with Mattie and like Bo at the same time. These characters were complex and felt real to me from the moment I met them. The supporting characters were just as well developed and added to the story.

The author did a wonderful job in conveying the differences between the Amish and the English world when it comes to health care and the beliefs of each group. Her background in the pharmaceutical field really comes through in all the details of the medical issues. This really added another layer of believability for me and made me enjoy the book even more.

I highly recommend this book! It is the third book in the Amish Wonders series and can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the other two books and didn’t feel lost in any way while reading this one. I will be getting the previous books though as I want to read more by this author. I will also be looking for more of her works. Ruth Reid will be added to my “must-read author” list.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.


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From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden (review by Kristi)

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About the book: Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.
But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.
Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they’ve worked for at risk?



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My review: A-maz-ing!!!!! There’s no other words to describe the latest from Elizabeth Camden. Having read several of Camden’s previous works and loving them my expectations were high for this book. I had nothing to worry about because this book is just as good, if not better than her previous works.

I was immediately pulled into this story and was hooked by the end of the first page. Camden has once again created a strong, independent female character that women today can relate to. Stella is driven to find out the truth about her sister’s death. She is also a well-known artist who has captured the attention of Romulus White. Romulus is quite the character himself and the interactions between him and Stella made sparks fly off the pages. I loved the way the attraction between these two characters was written. There was an instant attraction instead of the often written “man meets woman and they dislike each other” and then there was a natural progression as the two built their relationship from that instant attraction. I have to say I may have developed a bit of a crush on Romulus when he said “I know a physician named Dr. Lentz who swears that root vegetables are the most nutritious things to eat, but I’m convinced the joy from a single ounce of chocolate does the body and spirit more good than a whole cartload of turnips.” A man who knows the value of chocolate! *sigh*

Both characters have flaws and it was interesting to see how they learned from each other and dealt with their issues. Clyde and Evelyn were also interesting characters and I enjoyed their story as well. Their story is intertwined with Romulus and his youth and as they are a big part of his life it only made sense that they were a major part of the story in present day. All four main characters are well developed and realistic. I really enjoyed the way the reader learned about Romulus, Evelyn, and Clyde through the retelling of their youth. It really added to the story and gave the characters more depth.

The storytelling itself in this book is fabulous. The descriptions are so well written and detailed that I felt as if I were there. The historic details added a level of authenticity to the story that enriched the reading experience. I easily forgot I was sitting on the porch reading because I had been whisked away to the busy streets of Boston. The pace of the story throughout the entire book is perfect. Nothing is rushed and the reader is kept guessing throughout the book. Just when I thought I had the story figured out there was a twist or turn that kept me guessing page after page. The ending was perfect and fit well with the rest of the story.

Elizabeth Camden is a go-to author for me. I know I will enjoy the story and fall in love with the characters. If you are a fan of hers, you will love this story. If you haven’t read any of her books this would be the perfect one to start with. Definitely one for the keeper shelf!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.


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The Amish Firefighter by Laura V. Hilton Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Amish Firefighter

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About the Book

A Beautiful Young Woman Banished from Home

Abigail Stutzman thought it was bad enough being dropped at the nearest bus station and sent to live several states away with some relatives she’d never even heard of, much less met. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of a barn fire. An intentional barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her. She’s desperate to prove her innocence and protect her reputation, but nobody’s making that easy to do. And God certainly doesn’t seem willing to help.

A Brave Firefighter with an Agenda of His Own

Sam Miller is in the process of turning over a new leaf. Determined to atone for the follies of his past, he is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and a doctor-in-training. With suspicious barn fires escalating, and the Miller family being among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.

A Kindled Flame Neither One Could Have Anticipated

When their paths first cross at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warmth of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or fight. And they’ll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno

My review:

This isn’t your typical Amish novel that portrays the Amish as perfect people living in their perfect world. The characters in this book experience life changing situations that are real and how they handle them are what makes this a most interesting read.

I liked Abigail and felt she was treated unfairly. It took me awhile to warm up to Sam. I actually liked him after a while and I enjoyed the relationship between him and Abigail.

I don’t want to give too much away but. I can say that some of my favorite scenes took place at The Hen Haus. This is where Ms. Hilton lightens things up a bit with the three elderly ladies that are an integral part of the story. Zelda is very sweet and her cooking is a bit different to say the least.

Overall, I found the book well written with well-defined characters.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest opinion.


 About the Author

Laura V. Hilton

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  Amish fiction lovers responded positively and immediately to Laura V. Hilton’s debut novel, Patchwork Dreams, when she burst on the scene in 2009 with her unique series, The Amish of Seymour, set in the tiny town of Seymour, in Webster County, Missouri. Fans of the genre immediately recognized Hilton’s insider knowledge, not only of the Webster County community, but Amish culture in general. Her natural speech and writing patterns, she says, are uniquely “Amish,” acquired from her Amish maternal grandparents. The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, is comprised of Healing Love, Surrendered Love,and Awakened Love. A stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County, was released in September 2014. The Birdhouse concluded Laura’s 2015 series, The Amish of Jamesport, includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard and The Birdhouse. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas.

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Guest Post from Laura V. Hilton

Unlike some authors, I am not a planner. I have a very vague idea of the story, of the series, and as soon as the characters step forward and introduce themselves I dive in and start writing. When I first began writing this series – New Beginnings in Jamesport – I knew Sammy Miller was going to be the hero. Readers started asking for Sammy’s story as soon as they read The Postcard where Sammy was the villain. Ouch. I’d never considered writing a story about a former villain. But just as David in The Postcard was reader requested, Sammy would be.

Sammy is a very strong character and I knew he had to have a strong female lead character, one that wasn’t afraid to stand up to him and keep him under control. He is a leader, an EMT studying to be a paramedic, and a volunteer firefighter. The female lead, Abigail, is thrown into Jamesport without warning. Her step-father takes her to the bus station and sends her away and she doesn’t even know why! When she is met at the bus station by an aunt and uncle she didn’t even know existed, she is thrown into the middle of several mysteries, including barn fires set by arsonists. And she is the main suspect.

The whole New Beginnings in Jamesport series, while considered a continuation of The Amish of Jamesportseries due to Sammy being the hero, is set around Amish starting over in Jamesport. The second bookThe Amish Wanderer is about a former resident of Jamesport hitchhiking across the country to get to his Mennonite uncle’s house in Pennsylvania. Silas is desperate to escape from his dysfunctional family for several reasons. But he cannot stay in Jamesport because someone is out to kill him. When he stumbles upon another mystery within hours of his arrival, what choice does he have but to stick around for awhile?

God gave me the verses for all three books in the Amish of Jamesport series The Amish Firefighter, The Amish Wanderer and the yet untitled third book (My books all stand alone) before I started writing them, which is unusual. He usually reveals these things slowly to me, as I need to know. The verse for The Amish Firefighter is Isaiah 43:2-4 and the verse for The Amish Wanderer is Romans 8:38-39. The third book’s verse is 2 Corinthians 4:8. It is tentatively titled The Amish Accountant, but most people think accountants are boring, and his real profession is a clockmaker. But The Amish Clockmaker has already been taken by another author. So we shall see what the wonderful Whitaker House team will come up with. It is about another young Amish woman, Lydia, who needs a “safe haven.” So her parents send her to live with her Mennonite aunt and uncle in Jamesport. It doesn’t exactly work out as planned, as the aunt and uncle leave for a foreign mission trip immediately, leaving Lydia acting manager of a gift shop and living in an all electric apartment. Before her aunt leaves, she tells Lydia’s secrets to her best friend. But did she tell all of them or some of them? And the best friend’s son, Caleb (the clockmaker) is acting as accountant for the gift shop. And what about Caleb’s carefully kept secret? When Lydia’s past catches up with her, will it destroy all she’d begun to imagine as she dreamed of starting over in Jamesport?

Next after that is The Christmas Challenge which is also set in Jamesport.

I don’t have official release dates for The Amish Wanderer or the other books yet. But as soon as I know, I’ll share.

Coming next? Who knows? I have two ideas warring for attention—but which one gets told first, I don’t know! I lean toward one, then the other. They both want to be told.

And now, I must get back to work. Thank you for visiting today and thank you so much for supporting my books. I do hope you’ll enjoy The Amish Firefighter!

Happy Reading!

Because of Him,

~ Laura ~

Blog Stops

June 9: Quiet Quilter

June 10: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

June 10: Jeanette’s Thoughts

June 11: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

June 11: Blogging With Carol

June 12: Cassandra M’s Place

June 12: Splashes of Joy

June 13: Babs Book Bistro

June 13: bigreadersite

June 14: Daysong Reflections

June 14: Rockin’ My Mom Jeans

June 15: Singing Librarian Books

June 15: Blossoms and Blessings

June 16: Reading Is My SuperPower

June 16: The Power of Words

June 17: Two Girls and a Book

June 17: A Greater Yes

June 18: Texas Book -aholic

June 18: Through The Open Window

June 19: For the Love of Books

June 19: Petra’s Hope

June 20: Running Through The Storms

June 20: Simple Harvest Reads

June 21: A Holland Reads

June 21: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

June 22: Pause for Tales

June 22: KarensKrayons




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