Your Heartache, Your Story: Using Your Past Pain to Help Others Find Healing

Your Heartache, Your Story   What is your heartache? Looking back in your life where did you experience the most pain? What is your story? Have you overcome hardship, loss, abandonment? Have you been abused? Did you grow up feeling unloved or unwanted? Did you search for love in all the wrong places and find yourself making wrong choices to find love? For years I struggled with many things: not knowing my father growing up, facing teen pregnancy, and forgiving {Read More}

Why I Write Romance Novels

Why I Write Romance Novels I’ve gotten the question more than once, “You write romance novels?” I can see the confusion in the eyes of the person asking the question. She looks like such a sweet person. . . . Why would she write THAT? First, I want to defend romance. The Bible is filled with romantic stories—just look at Ruth and Boaz or Mary and Joseph! Romance isn’t just about butterflies in our stomachs and heart-pounding attraction. It’s about {Read More}

Just for You—An Excerpt of ‘The Kissing Bridge’

An Excerpt of ‘The Kissing Bridge’ *This post is part of my Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses Giveaway! Want to link up, or looking for more info on the chance to win a collection of TEN Amish novels? Click here. You can also download your own first chapter by signing up HERE.   Her bruder’s soft whimper just outside the bedroom door alerted Rebecca Troyer to Claude’s injury. She threw the door open to find Claude standing there with tousled hair, flecks of {Read More}

A Goodbye Kiss

A Goodbye Kiss *This post is part of my Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses Giveaway! Want to link up, or looking for more info on the chance to win a collection of TEN Amish novels? Click here.  I can think of a lot of wonderful kisses. The first time I kissed my husband, John. The kisses I placed on my children. My grandma’s kisses on my cheek, but there is one that stands out as most special of all. And that was {Read More}

A Bridge To Cling To

A Bridge To Cling To *This post is part of my Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses Giveaway! Want to link up, or looking for more info on the chance to win a collection of TEN Amish novels? Click here. I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. I was on a research trip with two of my author friends. They were researching for their novels, and I was along for the ride. It was the first time I’d been {Read More}

Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses Giveaway

I’m thrilled to announce the latest release in my Amish series Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors. The Kissing Bridge is the story of a young woman caught between a stifling Amish community and the unnerving outside world and the daredevil bachelor determined to find an Amish woman who can quench his thirst for adventure. Find out more here. I’m celebrating by hosting a “Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses” giveaway. I want to hear about your favorite bridge and your most {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Lynn Austin

On the desk around my monitor I keep reminders of all the urgent things I need to get done. There’s my calendar and the weekly list I make of top priorities for that week. There is also the chapter-by-chapter outline of the book in progress so I can see where I’m going and where I’ve been so far in the story.  On the wall behind my monitor is a bulletin board with pictures of my characters and scenery from the {Read More}

People in My Life Affect My Writing

My grandfather was the neighbor everyone loved. When he was 82 he’d go around and mow the yards of all the “old people” in his mobile-home park. If he got strawberries from his ten-square-foot garden he’d share them with the neighbors. I’ve learned kindness from him . . . or at least that’s the goal I’m aiming for. And as I write, I’ve been told my care for people comes through. My father-in-law is a man who listens to God’s {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Stephanie Reed

Thanks so much for allowing me to share my space with you. Although I now do most of my writing on a laptop, a view of it and my toes would be pretty dull. My desk has more character. We bought this computer desk and chair at an Amish furniture shop. The keyboard is on a handy sliding tray, which can be hidden by a false drawer front that flips up. It matches the real drawer to the right, and {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Nancy Moser

  To explain my writing area . . . it’s a bit unconventional.  I have never used a keyboard placed upon a desk but would always rest it in my lap. So I finally gave into my habits and bought a leather chaise lounge chair so I could have my feet up and use the keyboard in my lap comfortably. I placed my monitor on a little table two feet past my feet.  I have a credenza to my left {Read More}

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