A Day in My Life: Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Brunch!

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Earlier this fall, I invited readers to throw a Christmas Brunch Book Club to discuss Christmas at Rose Hill Farm. Although I wish I could attend each and every one, I have enjoyed receiving your snapshots and emails about your brunches. What fun! Below are pictures from 2 different brunches. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to gather with friends and discuss my book!

Gift bags for the brunch guests

Waiting for guests

Table setup and what was in the gift bag.. book, notebook and candle

Full view of setup

The girls enjoying the snacks and chatting about the book

The girls enjoying Lily activities

Young and old enjoying the brunch

Here is the group and their gift bags … snacking and chatting.

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Give Me the Simple Life: Thanksgiving & Praise

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With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I am reminded of one of the great songs of thanksgiving in the Bible—Psalm 100:

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness, come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

What blessings are you especially thankful for this year?

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Author Spotlight: Beth Wiseman

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is CINDY HIPOLITO! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Beth Wiseman, author of The Promise, to Author Spotlight! Read the character interview with Tate Webber to learn more about The Promise! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of the book.

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I tend to see myself as an average guy, but my entire life has revolved around playing the piano. They told my mom when I was a kid that I was a ‘prodigy’ lol. She uses that word a lot…gotta love her.

Occupation?

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Friday Fun: Character Development

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Someone asked me for advice about character development. The thing is, there’s no easy answer to that question. Every writer has his/her own way of developing characters.

For me, it takes a while for the characters to set up housekeeping in my mind. Then, once they get comfortable, they become very noisy and intrusive, constantly nagging me to get their story down on paper.

For example, while working on The Choice, I remember the characters’ voices experimenting with descriptions in my head as I played tennis.

“How about this?!” one shouts. “Carrie’s eyes filled up with tears.”

“No, no, no,” corrects another. “Carrie isn’t the type to cry. Maybe say . . . ‘her eyes glistened’. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Go with that.”

Besides being loud, these mental houseguests can get demanding, too.

“What are you thinking? Having me eat banana pancakes for breakfast?” complains one character to me. “You   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Winning Captions Announced!

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Thanks to every one who shared a caption of the picture I posted of Toffee! I had a hard time choosing just one . . . so I picked my top 5 !

Nope wasn’t me . . . I absolutely did not eat the 5,000 words you wrote today, I promise, I’ve just laid here all day . . . cute ain’t I?  —Toni Ferrill

The small humans always feed me what they don’t like. I’m ready and waiting! —Gail Hollingsworth

I know if I hide here, I’m safe from crawling babies who like to pull my ears and crawl on me! —Brenda Williams

Did I really deserve to to be put in doggy jail again? —Deb Simmering

It wasn’t me that ate that turkey leg – I’ve just been laying here all day! —Judith Fritz

Congratulations to the winning caption writers, TONI, JUDITH, GAIL, BRENDA, & DEB! Please   Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: Nature’s Symphony

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My interest in bird watching is now becoming a hobby. I even have binoculars (old ones that my husband uses for football games, but still . . . they work!) and I’m keeping a list of all of the birds I can identify around my neighborhood. There’s even a great horned owl who hoots for a girlfriend in the redwood trees in our backyard.

My children double over with laughter over this, assuming that anyone who is a bird watcher is about ready for Shady Acres Retirement Home.

Oh . . . so wrong!

The thing is . . . we’re so accustomed to birds around us that we don’t really see them. Or hear them. But once you start paying attention–really noticing them, identifying their species, recognizing their songs . . . bird watching takes on a new dimension.

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Author Spotlight: Dave & Neta Jackson

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is MALLORY FRY! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Dave & Neta Jackson, authors of Pound Foolish, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of their book.

 What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Read.

What was your biggest break?

Dave: When Bethany Publishers caught our vision for a “bookshelf” of historical fiction about great Christian heroes and gave us a contract for 12 youth novels—which eventually grew to a bookshelf of 40 novels!

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Friday Fun: Amish Wisdom Happenings

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If you haven’t had a chance to take a stroll around Amish Wisdom lately, here is a recap of what went on this week:

On Monday’s Book Nook, Kelly Long shared about her childhood memories of Ice Mine and the story behind her new release, The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain.

With the thermometer dipping lower each day, Pinecraft, Florida is the ideal place to visit during the long winter months. Lynette Sowell took readers on a tour of sunny Sarasota during Tuesday’s Traveler’s Tips.

A reader asked, “What is an Amish funeral like? Are there special elements involved that Englischers don’t observe?” on Wednesday’s Ask the Amish. The AW Amish Scribe answered and explained a look at a typical Amish funeral.

In yesterday’s Beyond Bonnets, Sarah Price delved into the strength and importance   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Caption Contest!

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I would like to add that a dog’s expression is worth a thousand more. I often find my pups with the funniest looks or in the oddest situations and wonder what they are thinking. Share a caption of what Toffee is thinking for the chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family! I’ll announce the winning caption next Wednesday!

Congratulations to the winner of last Wednesday’s giveaway, MELANIE PIKE. Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.

What’s Toffee thinking? Share your captions with @suzannewfisher for a chance to win!

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Give Me the Simple Life: Being in Community

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The following is a devotion written by author Philip Yancey for The Daily Bread, RBC:

Winston Churchill once said that he related to the church rather like a flying buttress: He supported it from the outside. (A flying buttress is an external support that reinforces the walls of old cathedrals.) I tried that strategy for a while, after coming to believe Christian doctrine sincerely and committing myself to God.

I am not alone. Fewer people attend church on Sunday than claim to follow Christ. Some feel burned by a former experience. Others simply “get nothing out of church.” Why bother?

Today, I could hardly imagine life without church. Church has filled a need for me that can’t be met in any other way. An early-church leader wrote,

“The virtuous soul that is alone . . . is like the burning coal that is alone. It will grow   Keep Reading…