Wisconsin Author Carol Voss & My Mom’s Cornish Pasty Recipe

Carol Voss

My guest today is Wisconsin author Carol Voss. I’ve met her at conferences and she is FUN! Carol is offering either an ebook or a print copy of her newest book A Baby for Sarah (that US Only) for a book drawing. Don’t miss the QUESTION.

Since I’m acquainted with the pasty (said with the British ah sound), I was eager to read & share Carol’s mom’s recipe for Cornish pasties. The Cornish miners from Cornwall, a region of the British Kingdom were the inventor of the pasty. Here’s some backstory on this delectable treat.

“The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In some areas, pasties are a significant tourist attraction,[47] including an annual Pasty Fest in Calumet, Michigan in late June. Pasties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan have a particularly unusual history. Many ethnic groups adopted the pasty for use in the Copper Country copper mines.[48][49] The pasty has become strongly associated with all cultures in this area, and in the similar Iron Range in northern Minnesota.
Mineral Point, Wisconsin was the site of the first mineral rush in the USA during the 1830s. After lead was discovered in Mineral Point many of the early miners migrated to this south-western Wisconsin area from Cornwall. Those Cornish miners brought their skills working in the deep underground tin mines of Cornwall. They also brought their recipe and appetite for the pasty.” From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasty “

Now here’s Carol:

“My favorite meal growing up was my mom’s Cornish pasties. She knew the perfect blend of meat, potatoes, onion and a touch of rutabaga to tuck inside pockets of the paper-thin crust only she could perfect. Along with this perfect meal in a bundle, my family sat around the kitchen table and listened to Mom’s stories of her dad and two older brothers. They used to wrap their pasties in newspapers and carry them inside their shirts to keep warm on their walk to work in the lead mines near Mifflin in southwestern Wisconsin.

Artists in the kitchen

My mom and her mother were artists in the kitchen. There aren’t many written, precise recipes in their repertoire, I’m afraid. For them, cooking was more a matter of intuition, experience, and just the right feel. My daughter and Mom worked out exact measures for the crust, but I’ll list ingredients for the filling, then just like a good story, you can mix and add and subtract until you find your own perfect blend.

Cornish Pasty Recipe

Crust: Sift 2 cups of all purpose flour and 1 teaspoon salt together; cut 3/4 cup vegetable shortening OR 1/2 cup lard into flour mixture with a fork or wire pastry blender until size of split peas. Add 6 Tablespoons ice water. Refrigerate until ready to roll out.

Filling: Mix together several thinly sliced potatoes, some crumbled, lean ground beef or venison, some onion, rutabaga, salt and pepper to taste.

Roll out thin sheets of the crust. On each sheet, spoon enough of the potato-meat mixture to allow you to fold the crust around it and crimp it closed along the top. Bake at 350 F. until perfect. Enjoy!

A Baby for Sarah

To buy A Baby for Sarah: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=carol+voss&x=19&y=23

A place where families bond

Food and the familiar rituals that surround it are often a place where families bond, especially mothers and daughters. As is the birth of a child. In A Baby for Sarah, Sarah Taylor enjoys her mother’s cooking, the close relationship she shares with her, and is excited about the prospect of someday giving her mother the grandchild she desires.

The problem is that her Prince Charming is taking so long to find her. She wants a family, preferably before she reaches the age where people mistake her for her own children’s grandmother. But she believes that God stopped listening to her prayers back when He took her loving sister without even giving her time to say goodbye to her family.

Sarah is tortured by her conflicted feelings while growing up with her older sister who was born with Down syndrome and believes herself to be selfish and unworthy of God’s love. Her worst enemies, those that separate her from God and keep her from claiming His strength, are the ones inside.

Can Sarah’s friend, Will Kennedy, help her find her way back to God before he leaves town to follow his dreams?”–Carol

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Twitter: @ CarolVoss2

Carol, I am definitely going to try out your mom’s recipe. I tend to prefer lard over animal shortening for pastry. I think it’s easier to work with. Now for the book drawing–

QUESTION: Is there a regional dish or a heritage dish passed down through your family? Do you still make it or just remember it? ;-)–Lyn 

PS-I think the baby on the cover is so precious!

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Gulf Coast Author Beth White & The Creole Princess

Beth White

Today my guest is a longtime friend, author Beth White. I’ve even visited her in her hometown Mobile, Alabama. Not long ago I reviewed her book The Pelican Bride. (Click the title to read it.) So I’m happy to feature her latest, book 2 in “Gulf Coast Chronicles” series. Beth offered to do a drawing for a copy of The Creole Princess—US addresses only, please. So don’t miss the QUESTION.

Here’s Beth:

Entered my brain, fully-formed 

“Lyse Lanier, heroine of The Creole Princess, entered my brain, fully-formed, as a representation of the young southern women I’ve known who daily walk the cultural balance of European, Indian and African heritages. I wanted to paint a picture of girls who love their families without resenting the difficulties of where they’ve come from, and yet dream of earning their way to something better. So I gave Lyse a mixed-racial background as the daughter of a down-and-out aristocratic Creole father and freed slave mother.

She has to make a choice

between accepting the “safe” proposal of a boy she’s grown up with—or plunging into danger and adventure with a raffish Spanish merchant, who probably isn’t who he claims to be. Just to make things interesting, I threw in decisions about how far Lyse would be willing to go in supporting the American Patriots—who just happen to be trying to oust her British best friend’s father from command of the port of Mobile.

White Creole Princess
To purchase, click here. The Creole Princess: A Novel (Gulf Coast Chronicles) (Volume 2)

The American Revolution

As it turns out, Lyse is quite an intrepid young lady who uses her brains, her beauty, and her faith in God to navigate the storms—both literal and figurative—of the American Revolution. And she made me laugh, which I think is a good thing. The hero Rafael Gonzales just barely deserves her.”–Beth


Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776 and all along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter—though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.

For more online.

Twitter: @bethsquill

Thanks so much, Beth. I can’t wait to read this one too! Now here’s the book drawing QUESTION:

I’ve heard editors say that stories set in the American Revolution era don’t sell. Do you agree or disagree and why or why not?–Lyn

PS-Marisa Deshaies won Jill Kemerer’s debut Love Inspired romance and Gail Demaree won my slightly read copy of Missy Tippens’ THE GUY NEXT DOOR. CONGRATS!


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Author Shanna Hatfield Invites You to Her Petticoat Ball


Welcome to the

PB TitleBlog Tour!

A celebration of two new sweet historical romances by Shanna Hatfield

Join in the fun!

Thank you to all the fabulous bloggers who have so kindly agreed to host me during the Petticoat Ball Blog Tour.

PB-ReleasesThimbles and Thistles CoverThe second book in the Baker City Brides series releases Thursday, April 9!

Thimbles and Thistles takes readers back to Baker City as spring arrives and love is in the air. You can reserve your Kindle copy here: http://amzn.com/B00TCV6BFG

Maggie Dalton has no need for a man in her life. Widowed more than ten years, she’s built a successful business and managed quite well on her own in the bustling town of Baker City, Oregon. Aggravated by her inability to block thoughts of the handsome lumber mill owner from her mind, she renews her determination to resist his attempts at friendship.

Full of Scottish charm and mischief, Ian MacGregor could claim any available woman in Baker City as his own, except the enchanting dress shop owner who continues to ignore him. Not one to give up on what he wants, Ian vows to win Maggie’s heart or leave the town he’s come to love.

flourish thinLacy Lacy, Book 5 in the Pendleton Petticoats series, will be available for pre-orders April 9.

Be among the first to order the long-awaited story of Grant Hill and get a first look at the cover!

“Will the bonds of love be stronger than the bonds of tradition…”


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Aundy CoverIt just wouldn’t be a party if there wasn’t a book available for free! Aundy, Book 1 in the Pendleton Petticoats series, will be available for free Kindle downloads April 9! Make sure you grab your copy! If you’ve already read it, tell your friends to download it! If you haven’t met the characters from Pendleton Petticoats, here’s a brief intro:

Aundy (Book 1) – One stubborn mail-order bride finds the courage to carry on when she’s widowed before ever truly becoming a wife, but opening her heart to love again may be more than she can bear.

Caterina (Book 2) – Running from a man intent on marrying her, Caterina starts a new life in Pendleton, completely unprepared for the passionate feelings stirred by the town’s deputy sheriff.

Ilsa (Book 3) - Relying on others to guide and protect her, Ilsa finally finds the strength and courage to take control of her life. Unfortunately, her independence drives a wedge between her and the man she’s come to love.

Marnie (Book 4) – Giving up on her dreams for a future, Marnie finds her hope rekindled by one caring, compassionate man and the orphans who need her.

PB-PartyDust off your dancing shoes and find your formal attire for the Petticoat Ball Party on Facebook April 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guest authors, giveaways and games will make for a fun event as we celebrate the release of Thimbles of Thistles and the debut of Lacy!

Petticoat-Ball-Facebook-Party-InvitationInvite your friends to the party, and you could win a $25 Amazon Gift card. Go to the Facebook Party Page, click on the “invite” button, invite your friends, then post how many you invited. One randomly drawn person will win, but you get additional entries for every 25 people you invite! Also, ask your friends join the party, tell them to share that you invited them on the party wall. Each friend who mentions your name, earns you another entry in the contest! Winner will be announced prior to the start of the party April 9! http://tinyurl.com/petticoatball


PrizesTo enter the drawing for a $50 American Express gift card, autographed books, digital books, chocolates, and original western artwork, fill out this form. http://tinyurl.com/petticoatballprizes

You can enter every time you visit one of the participating tour blogs!


PB-Author-BioShanna Hatfield 2A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.

Find Shanna’s books at:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple

Shanna loves to hear from readers! Follow her online:

ShannaHatfield | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | You Tube | Twitter


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Debut Author Jill Kemerer & Small-Town Bachelor

Jill Kemerer
I have the pleasure today of hosting a brand new author about her debut Love Inspired romance, Small-Town Bachelor. She is offering a copy (US ONLY) of her book to a commenter so be sure to answer the question. Here’s Jill:

“Thank you, Lyn, for inviting me to talk about my debut novel, Small-Town Bachelor. Claire Sheffield embodies many traits of today’s Christian women. Loyal, generous, patient, hard-working—Claire blends them all. She’s trying to land her dream job as veterinary technician at the local zoo, all while fostering young otter twins and working long hours for a local vet. On top of that, her sister’s wedding was ruined by a tornado and the injured best man, who happens to be gorgeous, is recovering next door.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think any single lady who has been a maid-of-honor wouldn’t mind if the gorgeous, trustworthy best man moved in next door. But maybe that’s just me!

Claire longs to be first in a man’s life, and until Reed shows up, she doesn’t think it’s possible. Besides that, Reed lives in Chicago while she lives in Lake Endwell, Michigan. Surrounded by family and only thirty minutes from the local zoo, Claire won’t consider moving, not even for Reed.

Small-Town Bachelor

Still, Claire is drawn to his work ethic, his quiet faith, and his generosity in helping rebuild the town. The more time she spends with Reed, the more time she spends praying for direction. In the end, she has to make the toughest decision of her life.

Sometimes we cling so tightly to our vision of the future that we close ourselves off to God’s blessings. I, personally, have wrestled with this, and Claire does too. When Claire surrenders to God’s will, she finds out God has bigger, better plans for her than she ever imagined.

We show our greatest strength when we trust God’s will. As 2 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV) says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Thanks again, Lyn, for letting me be your guest!”–Jill



Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer and homemaker, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules. Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&MS, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.  Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website www.jillkemerer.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Small-Town Bachelor ~

A Place to Call Home

When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in.

Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She’s this city slicker’s opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can’t ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can’t imagine ever leaving her behind…

Interested in buying Small-Town Bachelor? Click on http://jillkemerer.com/books/small-town-bachelor/ for links to purchase!

Website: http://jillkemerer.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorjillkemerer

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jillkemerer

Buy STB: http://jillkemerer.com/books/small-town-bachelor/


QUESTION: Have you ever been the maid-of-honor in a wedding? Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for a book.–Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Missy Tippens’ THE GUY NEXT DOOR (Giveaway) & Announces Winners!

The Guy Next DoorThe Guy Next Door by Missy Tippens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Missy Tippens is a friend and her book is as sweet as she is.

Though at times I wanted to shake him, her hero Luke is cute and a good but maddeningly dense. But then aren’t all of us sometimes? He has in his head THE WAY THINGS SHOULD BE. So he completely ignores THE WAY THINGS ARE.

Isn’t that just like the guy next door? ;-)

Darcy, our heroine (the girl next door obviously) is not quite as clueless, but she too has her eyes on one thing–paying off her student loans. Tunnel vision. And a fixation on Luke. She didn’t irritate me because she seemed to be more aware and realistic than THE GUY NEXT DOOR.

I hope from the tone of this review you “get’ the tone of the story. It’s not real serious. No one is in danger of death or dismemberment. And it’s written well with characters that kept me opening the book.

Just a couple of young people who need someone to set them straight. A satisfying sweet romance. A good thing!

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If you’d like to win my slightly read copy, please leave a reply to this QUESTION: What neighbor from your childhood do you remember most and why?–Lyn

PS-Now to announce the winners of books by guests while I was away traveling:

Lisa Foster won Kimberly R Johnson’s Valentine story
Sonja won Nancy Mehl’s romantic suspense
Paula Osborne won Marta Perry’s Amish romantic suspense
Carrie Schmidt won Teri Wilson’s Alaska romance

Lori won Christine Husom’s Snow globe mystery

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Cozy Mystery Author Christine Husom & Snow Way Out

Christine Husom

As you may know, though I write romance, I love to read a good cozy mystery. And I met Christine Husom (a Minnesotan) at the Blue Belle Inn, a B & B in northern Iowa. She and I were taking part in a Writer’s Retreat there. So when I learned she had a new cozy mystery series, I invited her to share with us. She’s offering a copy to a commenter. So don’t miss the QUESTION. Here’s Christine:

Christine Husom, author of Snow Way Out

The “Snow Globe Shop” Mysteries was born when John Talbot, the man who became my agent was looking for an author to write a cozy mystery series set in a snow globe shop in Minnesota.

One of my favorite things about writing is creating new characters, and watching them develop and grow. Camryn Brooks is the protagonist in the new series. She had a successful career as a senator’s legislative affairs director in Washington D.C., and thought she’d be working there forever. But a scandal changed her career path and she returned to her hometown of Brooks Landing in a hurry. Her parents are glad she’s back because they need help running Curio Finds, a shop that specializes in snow globes from around the world.

Cami’s biological parents died when she was five, and she was adopted by her aunt and uncle. It was a bit of a shock to her young, only child system to suddenly be part of a large family. Cami feels her biological parents—especially her mother—are always close in spirit, and leave pennies from heaven for her from time to time.

In addition to her family, Cami has a close-knit group of friends. They offer mutual support and provide moments of levity. Alice “Pinky” Nelson, Erin Vickerman, and Mark Weston are Cami’s childhood friends who stayed in Brooks Landing. Pinky runs Brew Ha-Ha, a coffee shop adjoining Curio Finds.

Cami is intelligent, driven, has a keen sense of justice, a need to uncover truth, and a deep loyalty for her family and friends. When she was falsely accused of an indiscretion, she didn’t let it take her down because she—and the people who matter most to her—know the truth, and that’s what counts.


To purchase, click here. Snow Way Out (A Snow Globe Shop Mystery Book 1)

When Snow Way Out opens, Jerrell Powers, a man that had wreaked havoc in Brooks Landing a few years before has returned to town. And Erin was one of his victims. Cami and Pinky are getting ready for a snow globe making class that evening, and they’re also wondering what Erin will do if she runs into her nemesis. What they have no way of knowing is the role Jerrell Powers will play in the evening’s events or how the night will end after the class is over.

This is a snippet from the back cover, “After the flurry of activity has ended and everyone has gone off with their handmade snow globes, Cami spots on a shelf a new globe left behind, featuring an odd tableau—a man sleeping on a park bench. On her way home, she drifts through the town park and is shaken to come upon the scene from the globe—a man sitting on a bench. But he isn’t sleeping—he has a knife in his back.”–Christine

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m intrigued. Remember to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for a copy of SNOW WAY OUT.  Snow globes maintain their allure even this new electronic age. I have read another series with snow globes, a Magical realism story, Here’s the link to that. http://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/uncategorized/book-monday-re…e-appointments ?

QUESTION: What do you think is the appeal of snow globes?–Lyn

Christine Husom is also the author of the “Winnebago County Mystery” Series.

Twitter @christinehusom



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Author Teri Wilson & Alaskan Homecoming

Teri Wilson Author

My guest today is author Teri Wilson. She is new to me but maybe you’ve read her before. Teri will be offering a giveaway so be sure to leave a comment. Here’s Teri:

Thank you so much, Lyn, for having me as a guest on your blog. I love strong women!

My heroine, Posy Sutton, a ballerina

My new book is called ALASKAN HOMECOMING, and it’s the latest in my series of Alaskan romances for Love Inspired Books. I’m very excited about this book because my heroine, Posy Sutton, is a ballerina. I’ve always loved ballet. I’m a dancer myself, so this is a book that I’ve wanted to write for a very long time.

 Back in her hometown of Aurora, Alaska

The beginning of the story finds Posy back in her hometown of Aurora, Alaska, after a six-year absence. She’s been away, dancing for a prestigious ballet company in San Francisco. On the opening night of Cinderella, when she’s dancing her biggest role, she breaks a bone in her foot and goes tumbling to the ground. She has six weeks to heal before auditions will be held for a spot as principal dancer at the company. Being chosen as a principal would be the fulfillment of Posy’s lifelong dream! Dance has always been everything to her.

Alaskan Homecoming

To purchase, click here. Alaskan Homecoming (Love Inspired)

What better place to heal than home?

She returns to Alaska, where her mother has arranged for her to teach after-school ballet lessons at the church youth group. What her mother neglected to mention was that the youth pastor is Posy’s old high school boyfriend, Liam Blake.

The coming weeks will test Posy’s strength

like it’s never been tested before. If her body doesn’t heal in time, she may not get promoted to principal. But if she pushes herself too hard, she may never dance again. Years ago, when Posy was fresh out of high school, she suffered an identical injury. Back then, she relied on prescription drugs to mask the pain. Now all eyes are on her, watching, waiting, to see if she’ll repeat her past mistakes.

Coming to terms with her past

But Posy’s story is as much about her bravery in coming to terms with her past and healing her heart as it is about healing her body. Her greatest show of strength is allowing herself to be vulnerable to Liam once again after pushing him away all those years ago. Because sometimes the hardest thing of all is coming home.”–Teri


Teri Wilson is a romance novelist for Harlequin Books. Her most recent books include ALASKAN HOMECOMING and UNMASKING JULIET. Teri is also a contributing writer at HelloGiggles, an entertainment website founded by Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer. Teri loves romance, books, poetry and dancing every day. She adores hearing from readers.

For more online:


Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr,


Teri_Wilson or at Hello Giggles at http://hellogiggles.com/?s=teri+wilson

Thanks so much for sharing about your unique heroine, Teri. Leave a comment to enter the drawing for a copy of ALASKAN HOMECOMING.

QUESTION: Have you ever had something put you out of commission for a while–physical or otherwise? What did you learn from this experience?–Lyn

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More “Plain People” Stories in 2015–Coming Soon!

Last September I hosted Marta Perry, Judith Miller and Ann H Gabhart, three authors who write “Plain People”–respectively Amish, Amana, and Shaker and I of course write Quaker characters. This year these authors have more Plain stories for you so COMING SOON!

To pre-order, click here. Blessing (Quaker Brides Book 2)

This is my Quaker Brides romance for 2015, out July 1st.


An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community, into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society. But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor, her spirit slowly eroded in an increasingly dangerous marriage. Widowed young, determined never to lose her independence again, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition.

Gerard Ramsay, scion of a wealthy Boston family, arrives in Cincinnati hoping to escape his father’s clutches with a strategy that will gain him independence. His plan is soon complicated, however, by the enchanting widow. Never before has a woman spoken as if she’s his equal—or challenged him to consider the lives of others.

In a city nearly ablaze with racial tensions quickly dividing the country, can two people worlds apart possibly find common ground?

And here is Ann H Gabhart’s Shaker book for 2015, The innocent.

The Innocent

To pre-order, click here. The Innocent: A Novel


The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. The war ends without further word. Now penniless, in debt, and forced from her home, Carlyn seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, only to discover that they will not allow her to keep her beloved dog, an animal that has been her faithful companion since her husband went off to war. Sheriff Mitchell Brodie has pity on the lovely young woman and agrees to take the dog. Carlyn is just settling into life as a sister in the Shaker village when she receives a devastating letter confirming her worst fears. As she wrestles with whether to commit herself fully to the Shaker life, mysterious deaths begin to occur, and Carlyn comes under suspicion. Can Sheriff Mitchell help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

And here is Marta Perry’s other Amish romance for 2015, The Rescued.

The Rescued by Marta Perry

To pre-order, click here. The Rescued: Keepers of the Promise, Book Two


As an Amish wife and mother struggles to hold her family together, a story from the past teaches her how to face her daily challenges with strength and love . . .

In modern day central Pennsylvania, Judith Wegler tries to heal the growing rift between her husband, Isaac, and his teenage brother Joseph—whom Judith and Isaac have raised as their own ever since both brothers lost their parents and siblings in a horrific fire. Meanwhile, Isaac’s hurtful silence about this tragic past has robbed Judith of any certainty of her husband’s love.

But when Judith’s grandmother gifts her with an antique study table, she discovers a hidden packet of letters that changes her life . . .

In 1953, widow Mattie Lapp fights against the county’s attempts to force Amish children to attend a consolidated public school, even if it means arrest and imprisonment. Mattie knows she can’t face this challenge alone, and turns to her late husband’s cousin Adam for help, but she’s terrified at the prospect of relying on someone else.

Now, as the two women’s stories converge, both must learn to stand up for their beliefs and to love again, even when it means risking their hearts . . .


Finally though Judith Miller isn’t releasing a new Amana story this year, she is releasing a historical romance, The Potter’s Lady. FYI~ :-)

To pre-order, click cover.

 So there you have them, more “Plain People” to add to your TBR or To Be Read pile or onto your ereader.–Lyn

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Amish Author Marta Perry & Where Secrets Sleep

Marta Perry

My guest today is Amish author Marta Perry. She is offering a copy of her latest title Where Secrets Sleep so be sure to leave a comment. Here’s Marta:

The atmosphere was perfect

The idea for the Secrets series of books came to me when my husband and I were doing one of our favorite things—staying at a bed and breakfast inn. The moment I saw The Towers, an imposing Italianate Victorian mansion, I was enthralled. By the time I’d taken in the elaborate interior, lovingly restored to its 1800s condition, I knew the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic suspense novel, and when we left, I was already scribbling madly in my notebook, creating the first story.

Fleeing a betrayal 

Allison Standish, a devoutly urban interior designer, is the fish-out-of-water in my fictional community of Laurel Ridge. Fleeing a betrayal by both her boss and the man she thought she loved, she arrives in the small town eager to wind up the details of her estranged grandmother’s unexpected legacy so that she can have the means to start a new life far from the wreckage of the old one. But Allison soon learns there are strings attached to her legacy, as she finds herself running Blackburn House, a Victorian mansion converted to house businesses and offices, and acting as partner to an Amish woman in running a quilt shop in the building.

The terms of her bequest

No sooner has she become acquainted with the terms of her bequest than she has to start dealing with a parade of discontented people, including unknown cousins, townspeople with agendas, and an especially annoying cabinet-maker, Nick Whiting, who takes issue with every one of her plans. Allison has to call upon all of the tact she’s ever employed in her career to balance all the claims, and she finds herself constantly adjusting her big city expectations to the small town values of everyone around her. To her surprise, her Amish partner, Sarah, is a valuable asset in helping her negotiate the maze of claims and counter-claims, and Allison soon learns to appreciate the qualities that make up an Amish attitude toward life.

Where Secrets Sleep

To purchase, click here. Where Secrets Sleep

Danger soon mounts

But the situation turns dangerous when Allison discovers evidence that her grandmother had detected wrong-doing on the part of someone in Blackburn House, and that her death may not have been the accident everyone believes. Danger soon mounts with attacks on Allison, and her annoyance with Nick becomes a minor factor compared with his determination to protect her at all costs. It will take all her physical courage to survive, but it will take emotional courage to conquer the baggage she carries from her past, accept what’s happened to her, and move on to love.–Marta

Visit me on the web at http://www.martaperry.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/martaperrybooks. If you’d like to receive a signed bookmark and my Pennsylvania Dutch recipe brochure, write to me at marta@martaperry.com.

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Author Rachel Hauck & Love Well

Rachel Hauck

My guest today is Rachel Hauck and she is going to tackle a subject that is difficult for her heroine and many real women–how to love well–when it’s hard. Here’s Rachel:

the paralyzing premise

“When writing, I often find myself with what Susie Warren and I call “the paralyzing premise.”

These books are hard! I’ve somehow developed a concept and title that’s a bear to match the story to!

When I came up with the Royal Wedding Series, the first book idea, “How To Catch A Prince,” ended up being the third in the series.

See, Prince William carried around his mother’s engagement ring for three weeks in a ruck sack waiting to propose to Kate. He was nervous, careful not to lose such a valuable possession.

I thought, “What if he lost it?”

But when I started my own “catching a prince story” I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it. I wanted something unique but I had to include the concept conveyed by the title.

I was on my third do-over of the book last January when a physical issue literally knocked me to the bathroom floor.

Despite my health issue and struggles with sleep and any creative juice whatsoever, I had a deadline. I marched myself upstairs to my office every day. By the grace of God, I wrote five thousand words a day for over two weeks.

As the story opens, Corina. an American heiress, is in mourning. Her twin brother was killed in Afghanistan. And everything in her life fell apart.

There’s not enough money on earth to heal her pain.

Only love can.

The term “love well” fell into my heart and onto my heroines journey.

When she finds herself face-to-face with the husband who rejected her, she must dig deep to “love well.” Even if it means granting him the annulment he so longs for.

Most women are geared toward loving, even sacrificial loving. But when it comes down to it, most of us will protect our own heart before surrendering to a love that costs us everything and gains us nothing.

I’m not talking about abuse.

That’s a different category. And the “love well” depicted in the much ballyhooed “50 Shades of Grey” is just glamorized abuse.

Loving well sometimes means we don’t voice our want or opinion.

For me, around my house, it’s “so what” I do the lion share of the dishes. So what I’m the one  who makes the bed 99% of the time.

What if loving well means I let my husband know how much I appreciate all he does even if he forgets to tell me?

What if loving well, in Christ, doesn’t look like a score card?

What if loving well produces love in others?

Look, I’ve not perfected loving well at all, but as I watched my heroine develop on the page,

I was challenged to follow her path.

How To Catch A Prince

To purchase, click here. How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series Book 3)

While How To Catch A Prince is not a sermon or “how to” book, I hope readers are inspired to love well when they’ve concluded the story.

QUESTION: What about you? Is loving well a challenge? Do you pick on your kids faults more than polishing the nuggets of their talents? Do you hold back love because you don’t feel loved?–Rachel

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