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This week I’ll be interviewing four authors. At the same time. (I’m sure I can do that, right?) Barbara Cameron, Beth Wiseman, Kathy Fuller and Kelly Long have all contributed to An Amish Christmas (expanded edition). The book is a celebration of Christmas through four Amish romances.
About the book: Spend the holidays in Lancaster County! Seth once broke Miriam’s heart. Should she give him a second chance? As widow Lydia mourns, her old flame reappears—her husband’s brother. Midwife Anna calls on Asa Lapp to help her as a blizzard rages. And a child changes everything for two couples on a snowy Christmas eve. 500 pages, hardcover from Nelson.
A bit more about each author’s story:
“A Choice to Forgive” by Beth Wiseman
After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. But now she’s a widow and Daniel has reappeared, asking for forgiveness. Can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?
“A Miracle for Miriam” by Kathleen Fuller
Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam’s confidence and broke her heart. Will he be able to show “plain” Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?
“One Child” by Barbara Cameron
The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On a snowy Christmas night in Lancaster County, another child changes the world for two very different couples.
“Christmas Cradles” by Kelly Long
When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers’ quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.
About the authors:
Barbara Cameron: I’ve sold more than two dozen books (fiction and non-fiction) as well as three movies to HBO/Cinemax. Currently I’m finishing a three book series for Abingdon Books (Quilts of Lancaster County). The first book, A Time to Love, will be out in September. Then I’ll be following up that series with another three book Amish series. Just won the second and third place in the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for my two novellas (they’re One Child in bestselling An Amish Christmas and When Winter Comes in An Amish Gathering). Am finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) novella category for both novellas. Have been on the CBA, CBD, and ECPA bestseller lists. I’m a former newspaper reporter who currently writes and also teaches part-time at the college level. For more info abotu Barbara please visit her website at www.barbaracameron.com
Win a copy of Barbara’s A Time to Love – leave a comment on this post and one winner will be chosen at random. Please be sure to include your email address.
About A Time To Love: War correspondent Jenny King thinks she’s just a temporary guest in her grandmother’s Amish community while she recuperates from the devastating injuries sustained in a car bomb attack that changed her world. But when she meets Matthew Bontrager, the man she had a crush on as a teenager, she wonders if God has a new plan for her.
Beth Wiseman: Beth is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series — Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, and Plain Promise. She is contracted with Thomas Nelson Publishing for ten Amish novels and three novellas – releasing into 2013.
As she puts it, her writing has been “all over the place.” As a former newspaper reporter, she was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association.
She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. Those articles included a wide array of topics – an article on premature birth, an article about performance boating, and an article about her mother–a whitewater canoeing enthusiast who still paddles the rivers at the age of 75. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime. For more about Beth, visit her website at www.bethwiseman.net.
Win a copy of Beth’s Plain Paradise – leave a comment on this post and one winner will be chosen at random. Please be sure to include your email address.
About Plain Paradise: Josephine Dronberger was a scared young girl when she gave up her baby for adoption seventeen years ago. But now, Josie longs to reconnect with the daughter she left in the permanent care of an Old Order Amish couple.
Linda—as the couple named the child—is promised to Stephen Ebersol, a boy in her community, and they plan to marry in the fall.
Will Linda be drawn into the world of the Englisch by a mother she’s never known?
And will Josephine discover far more than she bargained for as her world collides with that of the Plain People in Lancaster County?
Kathy Fuller: I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now make my home in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. I’ve been married to James for 15 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) We have three terrific children, three dogs, and an overwhelmed cat. We have also raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 18. A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate? For more about Kathleen, visit her website at www.kathleenfuller.com.
Kelly Long: Kelly Long is the author of Sarah’s Garden, the first in the Patch of Heaven Series, Lilly’s Wedding Quilt, Christmas Cradles from the Expanded Edition of Christmas in Lancaster County and A Marriage of the Heart from An Amish Love. She focuses Amish fiction to represent the Amish culture of North Central Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Mountains, where she was born and raised. She previously taught both English and Latin at the high school level and holds degrees from both Penn State University and The University of New Hampshire.
Win a copy of Kelly’s Sarah’s Garden – leave a comment on this post and one winner will be chosen at random. Please be sure to include your email address.
About Sarah’s Garden: When Sarah realizes that she has fallen in love with an Englisch doctor, she must choose between loving a man and losing her family.
Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the Englisch.
Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community’s new Englisch veterinarian, Grant Williams. His blue-gold eyes and his obvious concern for her people attract her immediately. Sarah seeks solace and direction from the Lord as she creates a quilt pattern which details her struggle between two worlds.
The Lord is guiding Sarah to follow His will, but will she listen?