Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review of Mirage, Book 2:  Tru Exceptions Series
by Amanda Tru

The terrorist attack . . . Dawson Tate . . . What if nothing is as it appears to be?  When the unexpected happens, Rachel Saunders must unravel the web of secrets surrounding her boyfriend's work with Homeland Security and their relationship.  While confronted with new facts about Dawson's mysterious ex from Florida and the attention of DHS agent Garrett Matthews, Rachel must find a way to save the man she can no longer trust.  Will anything or anyone survive after the truth is revealed and the mirage fades?
My thoughts on Mirage:
Oh boy, Rachel Saunders is one exciting heroine!  Add to that, two gorgeous male Homeland Security agents and you have the makings of a great romantic suspense !    I love her fast moves!  I was thrilled to read this second installment in the Tru Exceptions Series.   It kept me on the edge of my seat!  I was caught right up in the action.   I am not a sharp-shooter or karate expert, but I felt like one from Amanda Tru's accurate, detailed descriptions of the scenes!    I love suspense and romance and this book delivers both!    Read this book and get caught up in the excitement!  
About the Author:

Amanda Tru is a busy mother of three active little boys.   She was an elementary school teacher.   She is an exciting new author to watch.  You can see more about her at her website:   www.amandatru.blogspot.com
I received a copy of this book as a gift from the author in exchange for my honest review.   

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review of The Haven 
by Suzanne Woods Fisher


When Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she is faced with a decision–one that goes against her very essence. Yet it’s the only way she can think of to protect a loved one.
Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation–and his relationship with Sadie.
College student Will Stoltz is spending the spring at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons–courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans.
The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie’s heart.
Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love. Readers will enjoy every surprise in Sadie’s story as they search for the truth hidden within these pages.
My thoughts on The Haven:
I cried many tears as I read book one in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, The Keeper, and I was so excited to get to spend more time with the delightful Lapp family in The Haven!    I was not disappointed in this book but I am ready for more!  I am eager to find out what happens next in the lives of the characters.   What a precious book with many valuable lessons on forgiveness.    There are many secrets that are brought to light and truth for the characters of the book, but I won't spoil the book for you, for you must read it for yourself!   
About the Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher was a finalist for the 2011 Christy Award for The Waiting.  Suzanne's grandfather was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  Her interest in living a simple, faith-filled life began with her Dunkard cousins.  Suzanne is host of Amish Wisdom, a weekly radio program on toginet.com.  She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.   
I won a copy of this book from The Book Club Network.   

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review of Material Witness 

by Vannetta Chapman

Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is 
killed in the parking lot of Daisy's Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer's boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie.
This time it's a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he's looking for something or someone. If they can't figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie's close circle of friends may be next.
Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure ... this time it's nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.

My thoughts on Material Witness:
Wow!  I love a good mystery and throw in a little romance and Amish life, and I am in reader's heaven!!!   Vannetta Chapman has once again written a real winner of a novel.  This book was so exciting.  I was thrilled to learn even  more about characters who have now become like old friends.    This is the third installment in her Shipsewana Amish Mystery series and I feel like Callie, Deborah, Melinda, Esther, Gavin, Shane, Max, and the others are my best friends now. 
   I love the way the Amish community has accepted Callie, an Englischer, into their family circle.    I love the way "the girls" work together to solve mysteries and quilt!   I totally love that quilts are included in the series.   I am learning to quilt myself and am learning many new things about quilting from the series.  Vannetta has definitely put a great deal of time and effort into researching for her books.   
   Please read Material Witness.  You can start with Falling to Pieces, then on to A Perfect Square,  and end with Material Witness.   I think you will also fall in love with the funny, sweet, endearing characters, and feel a true appreciation for the Amish and quilting when you finish reading these books.   

About the Author:
Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. She published a novel with Abingdon Press called A Simple Amish Christmas in October of 2010. Her first Quilt Shop Murder Mystery, Falling to Pieces (Zondervan), released in September 2011.Falling to Pieces is the first book in Vannetta's Amish mystery three-book series. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.
You can visit her website at:  http://www.vannettachapman.com/
I received a free copy of this book from netgalley.com and Zondervan publishing in exchange for my honest review.   

Friday, August 24, 2012

Author Interview with Amanda Tru

Kindle/Nook giveaway of Baggage Claim


To enter giveaway, leave a comment w/your email for contact purposes.  Share on facebook, twitter, or google for second chance.   Follow my blog for third chance to win.   You can just leave one comment telling me all you did to enter. Contest will end Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at 8 p.m.   P. S. There is a handy button at comments where you can share on fb, twitter, or google.   

I'm thrilled that Amanda Tru has agreed to an interview here on my blog today and she is graciously giving a copy of Baggage Claim on kindle or nook to a lucky reader.    Please check out her books if you haven't already done so, as this new author is amazingly talented!   
  • Tell us about yourself, Amanda.   
I have always loved writing.  I think I wrote my first ‘chapter book’ when I was about 13.  I took writing classes in college, but got my degree in Elementary Education.  I loved being an Elementary teacher, but when I had my children, I decided to stay home and enjoy them while they were young.  About a year ago, my husband hurt his back and wasn’t able to work.  At the same time, some writing possibilities and opportunities came my way.  Fueled by my dream of writing and more than a little panic about my husband and our future, I wrote ‘Baggage Claim’ in about six weeks.  Since that time, my husband has had two back surgeries and was able to return to work, and I have released four other books in addition to ‘Baggage Claim.’  I guess this was yet another lesson that God has a plan and can bring something good out of even the worst, stressful situations.
  • How do you find time to write with two little boys?
I actually just had my third little boy at the beginning of August!  And the short answer is that I don’t find time to write with them around! J  Trust me, I’m not some wonder-mom!  Ninety percent of my writing is done after my kids are in bed.  I don’t work on it while they’re awake and wanting my attention.  The difficult part is that my boys are notoriously bad sleepers.  They wake up a lot and have never slept as much as other kids their age.  That makes for one sleep-deprived mommy!  Sometimes it amazes me that my writing actually makes sense.  I work on it typically until I start dreaming mid-sentence; then I know it’s time to go to bed.  Sometimes if I get close to being done with a book, my mom or my husband will take care of the kids for a day while I finish up.  But really, the only way I’m able to write or finish anything is my own sheer stubbornness—which can be both good and bad.
  • Your main female character in Baggage Claim is quite a sharp-shooter and self-defense expert.  Are you able to shoot and use self-defense tactics also or did you research those aspects of the book?
I typically do a lot of research for my books.  For instance, ‘Baggage Claim’ is set in New York, yet I’ve never actually been there.  So I meticulously researched everything, making sure all of the events were accurately placed in the best locations.  I poured over maps and researched the different Burroughs to figure out where a large warehouse would be most likely located and even what route a helicopter would take. 

As far as the technical aspects of the book, I am very blessed to have my dad be my technical advisor. He is a ninth degree black belt and teaches karate around the country.  He has also taught firearms and close combat to various government agencies.  He also happens to be a computer geek and very knowledgeable of current technology.  His resume is so impressive it's unbelievable, and added to all this, he is a fount of sometimes bizarre facts.  There isn't really a topic that he doesn't know something about.  I wrote or changed many of the details in the book to be more accurate based on his recommendation.  He helped me choreograph all of the fight scenes and make all of the technical aspects accurate.  Imagine asking your dad, 'Now how would I get out of a hold if someone had a gun to my head.'  And then have him actually have the answer and show you how to do it! 

I did learn some karate from him while growing up, so I do have a basic knowledge.  But I have never in my life shot a gun, though that might change if my dad has anything to say about it.  He keeps saying he wants to teach me how to shoot. 

  • I understand you were an elementary school teacher.  I taught elementary and middle school for 14 years myself and certainly miss my students.  What, if anything, do you miss about your teaching?
I miss the teaching part of teaching.  I know that sounds funny, but a teacher has to do a lot more than just teach.  I loved developing a lesson and seeing the light bulbs go off as students finally understood.  I really liked the creative aspects of teaching, and I loved getting to be an important part of my students’ lives.  It was very difficult for me when I first decided to stay home.  Being a teacher was never what I did; it was more of who I was.  It was a big part of my identity and in many ways still is.  I still think of myself as a teacher and probably always will.

  • How did you research the details of Homeland Security?  It was so accurate.  I was fascinated and felt that I was actually participating in the action !
My dad was my major source for these details as well.  Because of his experience and first-hand knowledge, he was able to check my facts on every little aspect.  Scary as it is, all of the details, including the fight scenes and the technology are accurate.  It also helps to have a good imagination!  I would often write a scene the way I pictured it in my mind, sometimes just making up details.  Then I would go over it with him, changing things if necessary.  Many times, I didn’t need to change anything at all.  Apparently, reality is quickly catching up with the wildest imagination.

  • Thank you for sharing with us and for offering a giveaway of Baggage Claim to my readers.  Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?
I wrote the three books in this series in a story arc style.  You really have to read all three to really get the full story.  Although each book is a complete story in itself, events in books Two and Three are closely tied to book One, and the characters develop throughout the series.  It was definitely challenging to manage such a complex plot, but it was also a lot of fun to make this series so exciting.  I like to throw in a lot of twists and turns and surprise readers when at all possible!

I can be contacted on Facebook or through my blog amandatru.blogspot.com.  I love hearing from readers!!!

 Thank you so much, Amanda Tru, for sharing with us!  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review of Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

by Carla Kelly



After her husband’s death, Roxanna Drew is faced with the daunting task of providing for her two small girls on her own. Pursued by her lecherous brother-in-law, Roxanna knows her only hope is to escape his grasp by moving into a derelict cottage, owned by Lord Winn—a man known to his tenants only by his checkered reputation.

But when fate brings Lord Winn to her door in the middle of a snowstorm, Roxanna’s not sure which to fear more: letting him into her home or into her heart.

A strong-willed heroine, perfectly paced plot, and plenty of humorous moments make this one of bestselling author Carla Kelly’s most beloved Regency romances. Discover the magic of a love story you’ll want to read again and again.

My Thoughts on Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand:   What a simply delightful book to read!!!  I finished this book with a big smile on my face and a sense of peace that all is right with the world!   I was rooting for Roxanna and Lord Winn all through the book.      I must tell you also that I loaned this book to my seventy-eight year old  mother when we experienced the terrible wind storms and lost power.   Mom said that she started reading it one night when she went to bed and did not want to stop but her sleepy eyes won that night...she returned to bed with the book the second night and read until she had finished it!  She could not praise the book enough!  She said it was one of the best books she had read in a long time, and my mom is an avid reader.  Fast, too, as it took me longer than two nights to complete the reading, even though I was like her and really wanted to know how the story would end.   This is a wonderful romantic read, full of humor and tragedy, grief and rejoicing!   
About The Author:

Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National Park Service as a ranger/historian at Fort Laramie National Historic Site did she get serious about her writing career. (Or as she would be the first to admit, as serious as it gets.)

Carla wrote a series of what she now refers to as the "Fort Laramie stories," which are tales of the men, women and children of the Indian Wars era in Western history. Two of her stories, A Season for Heroes and Kathleen Flaherty's Long Winter, earned her Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America. She was the second woman to earn two Spurs from WWA (which, as everyone knows, is all you need to ride a horse). Her entire Indian Wars collection was published in 2003 as Here's to the Ladies: Stories of the Frontier Army. It remains her favorite work. 

The mother of five children, Carla has always allowed her kids to earn their keep by appearing in her Regencies, most notably Marian's Christmas Wish, which is peopled by all kinds of relatives. Grown now, the Kelly kids are scattered here and there across the U.S. They continue to provide feedback, furnish fodder for stories and make frantic phone calls home during the holidays for recipes. (Carla Kelly is some cook.) 

Carla's husband, Martin, is Director of Theatre at Valley City State University, in Valley City, North Dakota. Carla is currently overworked as a staff writer at the local daily newspaper. She also writes a weekly, award-winning column, "Prairie Lite."

Carla only started writing Regencies because of her interest in the Napoleonic Wars, which figures in many of her Regency novels and short stories. She specializes in writing about warfare at sea, and about the ordinary people of the British Isles who were, let's face it, far more numerous than lords and ladies. 

Hobbies? She likes to crochet afghans, and read British crime fiction and history, principally military history. She's never happier than talking about the fur trade or Indian Wars with Park Service cronies. Her most recent gig with the National Park Service was at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on the Montana/North Dakota border. 
You may also wish to visit her website:  www.carlakellyauthor.com

I received a free Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the author, Carla Kelly. Thank you so much!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Review of Baggage Claim 

by Amanda Tru

Book one in Tru Exceptions series


Montana native, Rachel Saunders, is looking forward to her all-expense paid weekend 
trip to New York.  But, when her luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent named Dawson Tate, events take a dangerous turn.
Montana native, Rachel Saunders, is looking forward to her all-expense paid weekend trip to New York.  But, when her luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent named Dawson Tate, events take a dangerous turn.  Now, can she and Dawson elude their enemies and prevent a terrorist attack before the bomb in their possession is detonated in the center of Manhattan?
My Thoughts on Baggage Claim:
This was my first time to read a book by Amanda Tru and I love suspense novels, and this book was no disappointment.  I started reading it a few hours ago and simply could not stop reading.    It was so exciting to read.  I could feel the terror and danger that Rachel and Dawson were experiencing as if I were a part of the action myself.     I could also clearly detect the romantic chemistry between Rachel and Dawson, even though he continually claimed that he had absolutely no attraction for her at all!   I will not spoil the fun of the story for you; but I will say that you definitely need to read this book and the others in the series too.   I am now a "Tru" fan of   "Amanda Tru" !    
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Although Amanda Tru loved her job as an elementary school teacher, she is now very blessed to be mommy to two adorable little boys and currently pursuing her dream of being a successful writer. She lives in the same small Idaho town in which she grew up. She enjoys and writes everything from historical and Christian to paranormal and suspense. Her first book, "Baggage Claim," is a romantic suspense and was released on Kindle and Nook  December 9, 2011. 
 You can check out Amanda's other books at her blog:  http://amandatru.blogspot.com
You can purchase a copy of her book for kindle or nook at:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006JW2U06
or  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1107919487?ean=2940013815179

II received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.  

Friday, August 17, 2012


Review of Inescapable by Nancy Mehl, book one in Road to Kingdom series



Page-Turning Romantic Suspense Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite Town

Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she'll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.

As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought. She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps.

When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time--to a Father whose love is inescapable.

My thoughts on Inescapable:    I have read many suspenseful mystery novels and many Mennonite books, and I must say that Nancy Mehl's book is one of the BEST!   It is catchy and makes you not want to quit reading to put it down!   I quickly fell in love with the characters in the book, especially Lizzie and little Charity (or "Cherry Bear"), and her mom, Anna Engel, and Noah, otherwise known as "Prince Charming" by Charity.   Cora was also a favorite character, not only for her exuberant personality but for her love for Lizzie and Charity and for saving them from being homeless and alone, once back in kingdom. You will love trying to figure out what is going on...who's after Lizzie and why?  What happens to the man who is following Lizzie?  Could a Mennonite commit murder???   Will Lizzie stay in Kingdom or will she have to run again?  you don't want to miss reading this book and there is a bonus "sneak peek" at book two in the Road to Kingdom series:  Unbreakable, which is due out in Spring 2013.   I know I can hardly wait to read it myself!   Thank you, Nancy Mehl, for sharing your God-given talent with us, your faithful readers.   


About the Author:

Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.
All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”
She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.

You can see more information about Nancy at her website:  www.nancymehl.blogspot.com

I received a free copy of this book from the author and Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Winner is......

ESTHER MILLER!!!


You have won the giveaway of A Plain Death

by Amanda Flower !!!  You have received an email from me requesting your mailing address!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

FRIENDS Swap 2012

My lovely package arrived today from Mary in California.....I am delighted with all my gifts!!!  

 All wrapped in gold and red silk fabric bags!
 F-fiber--hand dyed homespun yarn--I was hoping I would get some of this when I saw on her blogs that she did this !! yay!! so happy! can't wait to use it!!   I gave her "fish/ocean fabric"(she loves the ocean/beach), flower magnet, and air freshener (sachet)
 R-Roses--black and red fabric rose pins!   can't wait to wear these!
Roses are my favorite flower, and I had pics on my blog of my roses in garden but didn't say it was my favorite!  (I sent her red wooden hearts and little notes to use to make crafts as she does lots of them and roll of Rollos candy!!!  she loves chocolate just like I do! lol )
 I-l"i"ghthouse quilting fabric---she said she "fudged" to get I out of this, but I am not complaining as I love this fabric and will so enjoy using it for some fun project(s)!!!  I collect lighthouses!  ( I gave her a teal colored ink pen as she loves colors of ocean)
 E-say y"E"s to Cucumber Facial Towelettes---oohh, sound so neat!   she again told me she "fudged" to get E out of this one...it's okay with me!  I had a hard time with the letters I and E too, and came up with an Inkpen in a color she loves (teal), and Engraving Art Kits for her E of seals and penguins as she loves ocean/beach

 N-is for birdNEST charm handmade for me by Mary; beautiful!!!   
I gave her notepads--one w/lighthouse for her refrigerator w/magnet, daily calendar w/ocean scene, and notecube for her desk with letter M for Mary
 D is for Dark chocolate--yummmy!!!   California toffee and Aloha Rocky Road ....this will be a fun one to "USE"!! lol   (I sent her a hand crocheted dishcloth in green variegated cotton for ocean colors)
 S is for sweet scented soap! That's an alliteration....loved teaching that in my 6th grade Language Arts classes!!!   :)    my whole package smelled like it ! delightful!!!!!  ( I crocheted a "S"tarfish dishcloth/hotpad/doily for her since she indicated that she LOVES anything to do w/ocean/beach)

 She put a note in to explain the letters in the form of an Acrostic Poem (wow, literature lesson here, love it!!)

and she included as a bonus, this little hand knit (by Mary) "friendly little munchkin guy"... so cute!!!
I added some bonuses to hers as I simply couldn't settle on just one thing for some letters...so I also sent her another "S:...an adorable glass bottle with a hemp tie and shell attached; also "R"eally delicious chocolate or "E" delicious things to EAT....sent her Jelly Belly jelly beans chocolate covered orange!  
This was such fun!  hubby laughed at me as I excitedly pulled each item from my box and opened them and told our little Pomeranian dog...."Mama's getting her Christmas in August, Cocoa"....it was a lot like that!!!!   Fun! FRIENDS!!!  Thanks, Mary! I love my treats and hope you will enjoy all yours as well.   Thanks, too, for Khris for sponsoring and organizing this swap!   

Rhonda's Doings !: Author Interview with Amanda Flower andbook giveaw...

Rhonda's Doings !: Author Interview with Amanda Flower andbook giveaw...: Author Interview with Amanda Flower  and book giveaway of A Plain Death!!!!!   comment on blog to enter to win, share on facebook, sh...

Author Interview with Amanda Flower 

and

book giveaway of A Plain Death!!!!!  

comment on blog to enter to win, share on facebook, share on twitter, or follow my blog and let me know what you've done for extra entries--giveaway to end on Friday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m.!  

Thank you, Amanda Flower, for sharing and giving away book!!  


I'm delighted to have author, Amanda Flower, with us today!!  She is also generously offering a copy of A Plain Death to a lucky winner!!!!  Thanks, Amanda! I love your books!!!   
How did you come to write about the Amish? When I was twenty-four, the same age as my protagonist Chloe in the novel, my first job out of graduate school was for a small college library in Knox County in the middle of Ohio's Amish Country.  I moved there without knowing anyone, and it really was the first time I lived on my own.  While I was there, it was common for me to be stuck behind an Amish buggy when I drove home from work or to see Amish shopping at Wal-Mart.  Since I'm from Ohio, Amish aren't that unique to me, and I didn't think much of it at the time.  Even now, living in a city, I still see Amish on occasion; usually they are working on a building.  However now, older and wiser, I realized what a unique experience I had at a young age and knew it could be  the basis for an excellent mystery series. 

How did you research for the crimes in your books?  Do you interview police officers, lawyers, etc.?    I've attended several workshops through my Sisters in Crime chapter.  The chapter brings in guest speakers like police officers, coroners, lawyers, and state troopers.  I encourage any aspiring mystery author to join Sisters in Crime. It's a great organization.  It's goal is to support and promote women crime fiction writers. 

What prompted you to start writing? and when did you start?  I've always written stories and had the dream of being an author since I was a young child.  I became serious about getting published as a college student.  I started writing my first novel that would become my debut Maid of Murder when I was a junior.

What are your favorite books to read?   Mysteries.  I love a good whodunit.

Do you think you could live as the Amish do?   And give up my iPad?  Like Chloe I'm a techie geek, so it would be very hard for me to go without gadgets or electricity.  In addition, although I admire some aspects about Amish life like their dedication to family, hard work, and community, I would be uncomfortable in a community with so many rules like the clothes you must wear, etc.  I'm not a rule breaker by any means, I'm sure my friends would laugh at the very thought of that, but I strongly believe in making your own decisions about how you are going to live your Christian life.   With that said, for some Amish, the structure works well for them in their Christian walk.  I think one of the great things about Christianity is that there are so many denominations, so more people can be reached. 

What would your dream vacation be?  My dream vacation is to backpack through Australia with my niece when she's in college.  At present, she's only three, but she's one of my favorite people in the entire world.  She and I have discussed our plans many times.  In fact, I first told her about it the day she was born.  She blinked at me when I said it.  I am pretty sure that's a binding agreement for a newborn.
 
Have  you ever visited an Amish home?  I have toured an Amish home, but I have never stayed overnight.  I think that would be a great experience if I ever have the opportunity.  

Will there be a third book after A Plain Scandal?  There will be.  The third book in the series is called A Plain Disappearance and is about an Amish girl who goes missing close to Christmas.  I just finished writing it a few weeks ago.  

What is something most people don't know about you?   I'm a vegetarian.  I've been one since I was eighteen.  I remember people telling me that it couldn't last, but it has well over ten years now.  I'm a pretty stubborn person.  When I decide I'm going to do something, I do it.  This has served me well in my early writing career when the dozens of rejection letters were rolling in.   Although I don't eat meat, the characters in my Appleseed Creek series do.  It would be very peculiar to have a vegetarian Amish person.

Thank you so much, Amanda!  This has been such fun and so informative!  I want to visit Australia someday with my husband and camp in the outback!  I, too, appreciate my electricity and my "gadgets".   Don't forget to comment below to enter to win a copy of A Plain Death from Amanda!   I can't wait for A Plain Disappearance!!!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Review of A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower




The people of Appleseed Creek in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country are under attack. Soon after the dust has settled on a buggy accident that turned out to be murder, an unknown assailant begins cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men. 
New to the area, computer specialist Chloe Humphrey may not share their customs, but she is certainly alarmed over these crimes against the Amish and worries how such events will impact her growing number of friends who are more connected to that way of life. 
In this small community, when Chloe discovers the body of an Amish businessman who was stabbed in the back and whose beard was cut off, she knows that finding the murderer and restoring peace to Appleseed Creek is as much her responsibility as anyone else's.

My thoughts on this book:   Oh, I love mysteries!  this was such a great one!  I honestly never figured out who was doing the crime!   I was very surprised at the conclusion to see what had happened, who did it, and why they did it.    I love how this puts the Amish and English together as Chloe and Becky live together, and Timothy is around quite a bit since he and Chloe seem to have developed a chemical attraction or magnetism for one another:  good old-fashioned romance is a part of A Plain Scandal too.   So if you love romance, mystery, the Amish, and suspense, read this book.  It is a real nail-biter and will leave you hanging on the very edge of your seat.   Amanda Flower is a gifted writer and uses beautiful descriptions to make you feel that you are actually a part of the very scene you are reading about.
5 Stars *****     Read it, you won't be sorry!  

About the Author:

Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery,Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan.
Amanda is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.
Amanda has a website:  www.amandaflower.wordpress.com
Also, I'm excited to tell you that Amanda will be my guest on Monday, August 6, for an interview and she is giving away a copy of A Plain Death.as well.  So check back here as you won't want to miss that!
This book will be published in February 2013.   Don't miss it!
I received a free copy of this book from netgalley and B& H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.   

Saturday, August 4, 2012

FRIENDS Swap 2012

FRIENDS Swap 2012


I am participating in a "FRIENDS" swap giveaway 2012....must be a blogger to participate, folks from all over the world are participating. We were partnered with a new friend and look at their blog and email them to get to know their likes/dislikes and then send them a gift for each letter of FRIENDS.   I had a really great time looking at my partner, Mary's, blogs and finding/making things for her. Everything is wrapped and labeled and goes in US Postal Service today, August 4.  We are to mail it out by Aug. 6.  Thanks, Khris, for sponsoring this fun swap!  

These are links to Khris's blogs. She is sponsoring the FRIENDS Swap 2012.  Please check out her awesome blogs!  

Bundle of Prayers

Bundle of Prayers 


Gift from my dear friend, Marti, which I received in mail today.  She filled the little basket with scripture scrolls for me!  love it! what a great idea for giving to friends who are in need of encouragement and prayers.