First Chapter Friday | Seeds of Love {+ a giveaway}

Join me every Friday where I’ll share chapter one from one of my books! There will also be a fun giveaway and some Instagram posts you can save and share! This week I’m sharing chapter one of the first book, Seeds of Love, a novella in the An Amish Garden collection! Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the entire collection at the end of this post! Winner will be announced on next week’s post! Chapter One:  Eli Plank {Read More}

First Chapter Friday | The Memory Jar {+ Giveaway}

Join me every Friday where I’ll share chapter one from one of my books! There will also be a fun giveaway and some Instagram posts you can save and share! This week I’m sharing chapter one of the first book, The Memory Jar, in my Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series! Don’t forget to enter to win a copy at the end of this post! Winner will be announced on next week’s post! Chapter One:  Two years later With one motion, {Read More}

Free Amish Paper Dolls Printable!

Last month, I had a new novel release: Sewn with Joy! It’s a story about an Amish woman who was asked to sew for a new Amish TV show but before she knows it they’re asking her to get in front of the camera, too! This novel was fun to write, but it also is very heart-tugging. In addition to Joy’s story I get to dig into the heart and thoughts of an actress who’s sure that she’s made too many mistakes {Read More}

How to Balance Growing Your Dreams While Tending Your Kids

Dreams Do you have dreams and talents that you’d like to see develop? Have you always wanted to write a book, or host radio show, or run your own business but you are waiting until “after”? After the kids start school. After the youngest graduates. After life slows down. Dreams fulfilled all start with seeds, and they only grow when planted. When I was 22-years-old, I decided I wanted to become a published author. The desire was there and the {Read More}

Made with Love Excerpt | Could the Kind Amish Bachelor Be Falling in Love?

Love is in the air as a handsome Amish carpenter helps a young Amish woman fulfill her dream of owning a pie shop. But will his past and her family keep love from fully blooming? Enjoy this excerpt from Made with Love by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore! “I’m going to do my best to make sure you succeed.” Noah extended his hand to her—palm up, wanting her to place her hand in it. Lovina looked at his hand, and {Read More}

Planted with Hope Release Day!

Happy day! Planted with Hope, book two of The Pinecraft Pie Shop series, releases TODAY! Here’s a little bit about the book: When Hope Miller is offered the plot of land behind the Me, Myself, and Pie shop to start a garden, she jumps at the chance. Finally—some space away from her four sisters! But everyone in town seems to have an opinion about what she should grow and how she should grow it. When the widower schoolteacher, Jonas Sutter, asks {Read More}

The Lasting Impact of an Idyllic Childhood | Leslie Gould {Plus a Giveaway!}

One of my favorite childhood memories is singing “Blueberry Hill” with my friend Diana on a little rise (it couldn’t be called a hill!) on the Forest Service Ranger Station in Bly, Oregon where we lived as pre-schoolers.   Our fathers both worked for the Forest Service and our families lived in adjacent stone houses. A stonewall lined the front of the compound, a grove of trees graced the middle of the property, and an old lookout tower stood at {Read More}

Walmart iSpy Contest!

In An Amish Second Christmas, I was one of four authors who was able to share a unique story about Second Christmas. What is Second Christmas? The Amish Christmas is a simple holiday. Families spend time together, but usually only the children receive presents. (One small present per child.) They do not decorate their homes like most of us do. You will not find a Christmas tree or many decorations. Some Amish women create homemade cards for their friends. Christmas Day is {Read More}

Congrats to the Winners of The Kissing Bridge Giveaway

Congrats to the Winners of The Kissing Bridge Giveaway Thank you to everyone who entered my “Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses” giveaway. I loved reading about your favorite bridge and your most special kiss, both on your blogs and in your comments! The five winners of a collection of ten Amish novels are . . . Amy Bateman: Amy shared her favorite bridge, which is in Omaha, Nebraska! It crosses the Missouri River, so you can technically be in two places at once: {Read More}

Go Behind-the-Scenes of ‘A Christmas Gift for Rose’ Brunch

This past holiday season, fifty of my friends and readers across the country held a brunch and book-club meeting for A Christmas Gift for Rose! I’ve loved getting emails with responses both from hosts and participants either who were introduced to the first book they’ve read by me or who loved the twentieth book they’ve read by me. A BIG thanks to the hosts who took the time to prepare for the brunches. I wish I could have shown up myself {Read More}

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