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A Plain Widow | Diane Craver Tour

About the Book

Book: A Plain Widow

Author: Diane Craver

Genre: Amish romance

Release Date: March 10, 2017

Molly Ebersol’s life changes in a few minutes when an arsonist torches their barn. Her husband, Caleb, rushes inside the burning barn to save his horses. Although Amish firefighter, Jonathan Mast, tries to save Caleb, he fails. Suddenly Molly becomes a widow.

A month later, an anonymous person gives money to cover the lumber and food expenses for the barn raising. One late night more money is left for Molly on the porch. The fire investigator wonders if the arsonist feels guilt about Caleb’s death and is responsible for the money gifts.

During the continued investigation, it’s learned that Caleb had secrets he kept from Molly. She is crushed by what Caleb did before meeting her. How could the love of her life kept his English past from her?

Her new neighbor, Jonathan, helps her to make the difficult transition from wife to widow. Although Molly develops feelings for Jonathan, can she ever trust him to be truthful to her? She isn’t sure she can fall in love again. Her trust in relationships is shattered because of Caleb’s past actions.

About the Author

Diane grew up on a farm outside Findlay, Ohio, and she often acted out characters from her own stories in the backyard. In high school she would read during classes and hide a novel in front of her in a propped up textbook. After Diane graduated from the Ohio State University, she became a schoolteacher and play director.

She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married three years later. Diane says that it took her that long to convince him she was the one for him! While raising their family in southwestern Ohio, she started writing nonfiction and was published. Later, Diane decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction. They were blessed with five daughters and one son. Two daughters were born with Down syndrome and live at home. Their other children live close by. Diane has four adorable grandchildren. Her favorite vacation is going to the beach with the whole family.

Non-fiction articles of Diane’s have been published in Woman’s World Weekly, The Catholic Telegraph, Virtue, Down Syndrome Today, WritersWeekly.com, and other publications. Several of Diane’s books have been a reviewer’s top pick from Night Owl Reviews as well as receiving 5 star reviews and A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters) received the CTRR Reviewer’s Recommend Award from Coffee Time Romance and More.

Diane gives thanks daily to God for all her blessings.

Guest Post from Diane Craver

Back in 2012, when I told our adult children I had written my first Amish book, they looked surprised. In the past I had written contemporary Christian romance, but I had never mentioned anything about researching the Amish faith for my future books. My great-grandfather was a Mennonite minister, but I never knew him. My mother shared stories about his faith and his strictness in raising children. With many similarities between my great-grandfather’s faith and the Amish beliefs, I was drawn to learn more about the Plain life.

Another influence came from my father. While growing up in Findlay, Ohio, my father respected and enjoyed talking with the Amish from Kenton, Ohio. As a farmer, he used both work horses (something he had in common with his Amish acquaintances) and a tractor. In my book, A PLAIN WIDOW, my character, Jonathan Mast, is from Kenton. Unfortunately, my children never knew my father, but they learned how precious he was to me from reading my book, A GIFT FOREVER.

Now several books later, I am still writing Amish fiction. I feel blessed that God directed me on this writing path. A wonderful aspect of writing in this genre is finding Amish recipes to prepare in my kitchen. One of my favorite recipes is also my character Molly’s specialty in my new release. This Amish recipe is an easy bread to make and takes around twenty minutes to prepare.

Delicious Amish Cinnamon Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)

Batter:

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:

2/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs. Add milk, flour, and baking soda. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans. (Basically pour 1/4 of the total batter into each pan.)

Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan. Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. Or until toothpick tester is clean.

Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

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May 2: Karen Sue Hadley

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May 3: A Simply Enchanted Life

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away:

GRAND PRIZE: Diane is giving away a set of the Dream of Plain Daughters Series (4 book series) and a $20 Amazon gift card. If the winner is outside of the US, ebooks will be substituted.

RUNNER-UP: A copy of AMISH BABY SNATCHED, the first book in The Bishop’s Daughters Series and a $10 Amazon gift card.

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b54a

Author Spotlight – Valerie Comer

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More Than a Tiara (Christmas in Montana Romance) by Valerie Comer

Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything. Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks.

Jase Mackie has long regretted the hot accusations he’d flung at Marisa over two years before. God has forgiven him but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he’s never forgotten.

Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer Marisa not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

More Than a Tiara originally released in 2014 as the second half of Snowflake Tiara, behind The Debutante Queen, Angela Breidenbach’s short novel, about Marisa’s 3x great-grandmother, Calista, set in 1889 Helena, Montana. It was also available in the Home for Christmas multi-author box set in 2015.

Other Than a Halo (Christmas in Montana Romance) by Valerie Comer

Even though she’s a new woman in Christ, single mom Bren Haddock was no angel as a teen. Now managing the Hiller Farm for a CSA, life is good until a friend offers to enter her daughter into the Little Miss Snowflake Pageant. Old insecurities flare when she meets the intriguing head of marketing the pageant.

Rob Santoro isn’t so sure about handling the pageant portfolio until he meets Bren. Soon he’s fallen for her and her two kids. When a Thanksgiving adventure goes awry, he’s left wondering how to love a woman who refuses to be loved.

What will it take for Bren to retire her tarnished halo and move into the future God has for her?

 

 

COMING SOON in the Christmas in Montana Romance series:

Better Than a Crown

Better Than a Crown is expected to release in the fall of 2017, as the third book in the Christmas in Montana Romance series (following More Than a Tiara and Other than a Halo).

 


Sow in Love (Garden Grown Romance) by Valerie Comer

Real estate consultant Joanna Kraus’s ideas for fulfilling a living trust are shot down by the elderly man’s grandson. In fact, it seems like sending her back to the drawing board is his primary joy. How can a vintage 1960s house and two greenhouses generate income for the church in receipt of the trust?

The more Grady Akers gets to know Joanna, the more he finds himself hoping it takes a long time to find a solution, but his charm may be no match for the armor wrapped around Joanna’s heart. Will the perfect solution for the property be perfect to grow a love that’s just been sown?

 

 

 

Sprouts of Love (Garden Grown Romance) by Valerie Comer

Single mom Evelyn Felton takes on another part-time job managing a greenhouse and garden project for Grace Fellowship. Formerly homeless, she’s thrilled to offer truckloads of fresh produce to the Arcadia Valley food bank.

If only Ben Kujak weren’t running Corinna’s Cupboard singlehandedly, he’d be delighted to be on the receiving end. But Evelyn and her dynamo daughter, Maisie, won’t take no for an answer, even if it means restructuring Ben’s charity.

Soon Ben finds himself wishing they’d transform his personal life, too, but can true love sprout when their pasts collide with the present?

 

 

COMING SOON in the Garden Grown series:

Rooted in Love 

Childcare is a problem for single dad Cameron Kraus, so he’s delighted when Grace Fellowship starts an after-school program at a repurposed greenhouse. If only his twins didn’t come home covered in dirt Every Single Day.

Alaina Silva is grateful for her new job working with kids in her old hometown of Arcadia Valley, but she knows nothing of the gardening that’s supposed to be a major part of the curriculum.

When two little boys who think they know everything pit a dad and a teacher who know little against each other, it’s only a challenge for love to take root.

 

Harvest of Love 

Releasing May 2018!

Happy Reading!

Today’s the last day you can enter to win a special prize from Valerie…

Check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

Promo © 2017 DJ Mynatt

Naomi Miller . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this special Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Naomi…

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This is what Naomi feels like when her deadline approaches… 

As a new author, Naomi keeps not one, but two physical calendars going at all times — current year and following year, plus calendar sheets for the next five years.

If you plan to make a career of writing, you must plan ahead. I had no idea of the timeframes involved, with first drafts, revisions, conferences, events, book signings, blog tours, cover reveals, promoting, … the list goes on and on.

But I’m happier now than I’ve ever been! I love writing! I love interacting with my readers! And yes, I love opening a box and pulling out copies of my book!

Naomi is the author of two Amish books, with a rough draft of the third book just completed. Her latest release, Christmas Cookie Mystery, is the second novel in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series.

Naomi is currently working on a collaboration with speculative/dystopian fiction author JC Morrows, merging their genres in a new series. For updates, be sure to sign up for Naomi’s newsletter.

A Tennessee native, Naomi is a graduate of Bellevue University in Nebraska, completing a bachelor’s degree in Networking, then a master’s degree in Security Management. She has been an employee of the State of Tennessee for almost fifteen years, and plans to retire in the next few years, to write full-time and enjoy a more flexible schedule. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and hopes to become more involved in all ACFW has to offer in the near future.

Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. In her spare time, she likes to relax, while crocheting or knitting — and always has time to read new releases from her favorite authors.

Readers can learn more about Naomi at naomimillerauthor.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

A spotlight with Naomi Miller . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf.Tweet this!

 

And here is my interview:

Have you always wanted to write? Do you use an outline for your stories?

Yes! I’ve always wanted to write, but I didn’t think it was a career I could actually choose to do. I actually began a contemporary novel in 1990, but eventually it ended up in a drawer. I still have it . . . someday I may finish it, but for now, I’m compelled to write Amish fiction.

I don’t use an outline. I write down 5-6 short sentences – each sentence representing an idea of a chapter. Sometimes the chapter follows the idea; sometimes it goes a completely different direction. I’ve learned to let my story guide me. Many times I have no idea how it’s even going to end!

How does it feel being a published author? Have you encountered any surprises along the way to being published?

I love it! Being published feels really great! I love watching a story develop on the page, from beginning to end. Of course, it’s not all fun, but overall it’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve done. And it’s such a blessing to see how my book impacts the lives of others.

Do you have a folder or a file where you keep future ideas for stories or do you just come up with ideas after a suggestion from your editor, agent, or friends?

I don’t keep a physical file or folder, but I have folders on my laptop, where I keep a few word documents with story ideas. Most of the time, I don’t begin a new book, until I’ve prayed about it for awhile. My usual habit is to wake early and spend time with God, asking Him what I should write. And when the ideas come, I write down a few sentences – one for each chapter; and that’s where I start.

Have you attended any writer retreats, conferences, and the like? Do you think they are necessary for your writing?

YES! I was advised by several author friends to make time for retreats, workshops and conferences . . . not only have the workshops and classes been worth every minute spent, but the friendships I’ve made have been invaluable!

How often do you travel? Where do you go? Who do you travel with? What is your favorite vacation spot?

I want to travel, but until I retire, I’m limited to a few workshops and book events each year! My favorite vacation spot is Myrtle Beach, which also happens to be the favorite vacation spot of my grandchildren. I love listening to the sound of the ocean and watching my family playing in the waves.

What are you working on now? Is there another genre you are interested in writing?

I’m currently working on books 3 and 4 in my Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series. Book two was just released this month, so I have a few weeks before book three is due to my publisher for editing while book four is being written.

 

And now for a few favorites:

Favorite color – Purple (although I love all colors)

Favorite food/drink – That’s a tough question. I love cheeseburgers, but my favorite snacks are peaches, blueberries, and watermelon. My favorite drink is sweet tea (hey, I’m from the south).

Favorite time of year – I love fall, winter and spring. I love watching it snow, but I’m not a fan of the cold weather anymore.

Favorite hobbies – Writing, reading, crocheting/knitting, and working puzzles (sudoku, solitaire, freecell).

Favorite holiday – Christmas. I love the Christmas songs, the decorations and the wonderful idea of giving gifts to those you love.

Favorite dessert – Sweet Potato Pie. My daughter makes an awesome homemade sweet potato pie! She makes one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.

 

THANK YOU for joining me for this AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Kelly Irvin . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this special Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Kelly…

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Kelly is the author of more than a dozen Amish books. Her latest release, The Saddle Maker’s Son, is the third novel in the Amish of Bee County series. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. Among her other works are novellas in two collections, including An Amish Christmas Gift and An Amish Market. Both novellas were reviewed this week on Donna’s BookShelf.

Kelly is currently working on a four-book series entitled Every Amish series. The first book, Upon A Spring Breeze, will release in Spring 2017. Her novella, One Sweet Kiss, will be included in a novella collection, An Amish Summer, also slated for release in 2017. An as yet unnamed novella will also appear in a second collection entitled An Amish Christmas.

Kelly’s novel, The Beekeeper’s Son, was a 2016 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest. Another novel, Love Redeemed, was a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest.

The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. She recently retired after working 22 years in public relations for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers.

Kelly is married to photographer Tim Irvin.  They make their home in San Antonio, Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors, especially mysteries and romantic suspense novels.

 

Readers can learn more about Kelly at www.kellyirvin.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

A spotlight with Kelly Irvin . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf.Tweet this!

 

For today’s spotlight, I am doing something a bit different. I’m going to feature some of my favorite blog posts from Kelly’s website:

 

Disappointment–it’s what’s for dinner!

Disappointment–it’s what’s for dinner!

Disappointment is something we would all like to banish from our lives. However, the older I get and the more I experience disappointment, the more I see how it shapes and molds me into a more thoughtful person. Disappointment helps us grow up, no matter how old we are. I know that sounds ridiculously self-righteous,… Read More

 

Medicine & Prayer Make Powerful Partners

Medicine & Prayer Make Powerful Partners

The other night my husband and I were watching a TV program in which a fictional medical examiner said, “I’m a doctor, I don’t believe (in miracles, in prayer, in God).” Irritated, I turned to Tim and remarked that one did not preclude the others. He rolled his eyes and said, “It’s a TV show.”… Read More

 

On buggies and choosing to slow down

 

On buggies and choosing to slow down

It seems as if I’m always in a hurry. Even when I’m not. I retired in February so I no longer throw myself out of bed at five-thirty a.m. to rush downtown to an office where I finagled an hour of writing before beginning my day job. I rushed home to fix supper, exercise, shower,… Read More

   

Thanks, Kelly!

And THANK YOU for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


On buggies and choosing to slow down with Kelly S Irvin! – Tweet this!

 

Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Jean C. Gordon . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Jean…

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Jean C. Gordon’s writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.

She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 170-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

Although her writing and family don’t leave her a lot of spare time, Jean likes to give back when she can. She and her husband team-taught a seventh-and-eighth-grade Sunday school class for several years and currently serve on her church’s Evangelism Committee. She also shares her love of books with others by volunteering at the church’s Book Nook.

You can keep in touch with her at JeanCGordon.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

 

An interview with Jean C. Gordon . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf – Tweet this!

 

And here is my interview with Jean:

  1. You have written several great series for Love Inspired . . . what inspired you to branch out with the Upstate NY series?

Actually, I wrote my Upstate books before I started writing for Love Inspired. Avalon Books originally published them in hardcover for libraries. Amazon Montlake later bought Avalon, and I received the rights back on my first three Avalon books, which I refreshed and updated and published under the Upstate NY imprint. Montlake still has the rights to and has republished my last two Avalon books, Mara’s Move and Candy Kisses. I like writing sweet romance as well as inspirational romance, so I’ll be launching a new sweet series (Team Macachek) in the fall to complement my Love Inspired books.

 

  1. Have you ever written under a pen name? Why or why not?

No, I haven’t. Jean C. Gordon is such a nice easy name to remember. FYI, the “C” is for Chelikowsky.

 

  1. I heard that you plan to attend a readers conference in Nashville this August . . . will you also be attending the ACFW conference during the same week?

Yes, I will be at the conference as well. I’m looking forward to both of them and to visiting Nashville for the first time. I’m bringing my husband along and staying a few extra days to sightsee. I hope to see at least some of you while I’m there.

 

  1. You live in an historic farmhouse in New York State. Can you tell us more about your choice to live with your daughter’s family? (I live with my daughter’s family, too)

The summer before our son started high school, our daughter and son-in-law were house hunting and not finding what they wanted—something with acreage to do some farming—in their price range. The semi-rural area where we were living at the time was quickly becoming suburban, and the high school had grown to a size that seemed large to my husband and me. We wanted our son to attend a smaller school. After a summer-long search, we finally found our house. We had a few bumps at first, such as quickly discovering that we couldn’t share a kitchen. My husband and I added a second kitchen to our side of the house. Once we got over the bumps, things have worked out pretty well, and I love having the multi-generations together. I think it’s good for all of us.

 

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I have two things. If you want to succeed commercially, treat your writing as a business, not a hobby, and remember where your talents come from.

 

And now for a few favorites:

Favorite person – my husband, Mark

Favorite coffee –  anything mocha 

Favorite perfume – Lily of the Valley

Favorite hobbies (other than writing) – reading and playing Scrabble online with a few friends

Favorite book – it’s a toss-up between Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Grace, and Mary Jo Putney’s The Rake and the Reformer (original versions of each)

Favorite music – most recently, Country. It reminds me of the rock ballads of the 1970s. (Yes, I’m dating myself)


Thank you, Jean!

And THANK YOU, readers, for joining me for this AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!

Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

A Covert Alliance | JC Morrows


Today I am reviewing A Covert Alliance, the 7th story in the Order of the MoonStone series, by JC Morrows.

Below is a list of the books (in correct order):

A Perilous Assignment (short story)
A Reluctant Assassin (book one)
A Cunning Masquerade (short story)
A Treacherous Decision (book two)
A Dangerous Love (short story)
A Desperate Escape (book three)
A Covert Alliance (short story)
A Tragic Consequence (book four)

Here is a brief synopsis:

On the run . . .
Hidden away . . .

Knowing they could both die
at any moment . . .

What other choice do Kayden
and Dvarius have . . .

Except for . . .
A covert alliance . . .

 

A Covert Alliance by JC Morrows… will Kayden make the right choice?  – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s the story we’ve all been waiting for!

JC Morrows confided that she planned to put this story in book four — but her fans begged her to share it in a short story — and here it is . . .

It released 3 weeks ago… and I’ve already read it 3 times! Yep, 3 times!

The first time was in May when I received an advanced copy…

The second time was the day after I posted an early look at the book on my blog — I just had to read it again. It’s SO GOOD! I’ve been waiting since last September for this story . . . and I was NOT disappointed in the least.

It was PERFECT!

I read it again last weekend, while on vacation, to savor the story, but also because I waiting oh-so-impatiently for the next book to come out. It’s due to be released on October 25th — I can’t believe I have more than 2 months to wait…

If you haven’t read A Covert Alliance . . . you are missing a GREAT story — and a GREAT SERIES!

Don’t wait another minute! Get your copy today! DO NOT miss this special story.

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Ruth Logan Herne . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Ruth…

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Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken! She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work.

She’s sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth. A “pull-up-your-big-girl-panties-and-move-on” kind of gal, she is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart (although it wasn’t as if THEY WERE KNOCKING DOWN THE DOOR to challenge him for her!!!), work with young families who allow her to exploit their sweet children on blogs, and rock babies on a regular basis.

An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York.

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

Readers can learn more about Ruth at www.ruthloganherne.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

An interview with Ruth Logan Herne . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf.Tweet this!

 

And here is my interview with Ruth:

1. You have written several great series for Love Inspired . . . what inspired you to branch out with the Double S Ranch series?

Well, this question is easy, LOL! They offered me a contract and I jumped at it! I always wanted to write bigger books…. and category, too. I like having people of all ages and income levels be able to find my stories. So this was perfect!

 

2. We spoke last year about your pen name? Do you mind if I share your story with my readers again?

Sure! Ruth Logan Herne is a pen name. My real name isn’t a secret, it’s in most of my books. But when my mother was dying of cancer, she took my hand one day and said, “I know you’re serious about your writing. I know it means a lot to you. When you get published someday, will you use something of my name in your name? So people know you were mine?”

So I did. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Logan Herne and I took the Logan Herne from her. Herne was my maiden name.

 

3. I heard that you plan to attend a readers conferences in Nashville this August . . . will you also be attending the ACFW conference during the same week?

I am in Nashville during the ACFW conference, and I’m taking part in the amazing Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat on 8/24 in Nashville…. and then I’ll be in the hotel lobby to visit with folks on 8/25 and 8/26 before I catch a plane back to upstate NY to help with the farm… This is our busy time here, and it’s all hands on deck, so I’ll be there to visit, but not for the whole conference… I love meeting people! That’s my favorite part, so if any of you are there, by all means, come chat with me in the lobby…. The blonde with a laptop and a smile! (This is not natural blonde, unless L’Oreal chemicals are somehow now construed as natural, but that’s okay!!!)

 

4. You live in an historic farmhouse in New York State. Can you tell us more about what’s happening around your farm this year?

Historic farmhouse sounds fancy, doesn’t it? It’s big, but not fancy, and it’s full of love and we’re always breaking things and fixing things! Right now we’re planting like crazy. All kinds of veggies…. squash, pumpkins, cukes, melons, tomatoes, peppers, gourds, corn, and anything the deer seem to love to eat…. it seems we’re offering New York State whitetail deer a veritable buffet of goodness. Oy!!!

But it’s all good and Dave and Seth are working hard to pull this all together!

 

5. You post often about “The Mighty Finn” who is one of your grandsons. What prompted you to write a series about this incredible, adventurous little boy?

Finn… Oh my stars, his nature is what prompted us to write about him. He’s so funny and endearing and he’s got a great personality for pictures, he doesn’t make faces when we pull out the camera, and he’s a born storyteller so that shows in his face…. he’s always wondering or thinking and smiling! His mom is the photographer, and he’s just been a great subject, but who knows when that might change???? Yikes!

 

6. You seem to be involved in everything . . . from writing novels to selling eggs! How do you find time for everything you do?

Donna, blame the Yankee in me, or the New York minute, or a frenetic personality…. or that I love what I do! I’ve been waiting all my life to write books, so now that I can and people are buying them, I’m so excited!!! So I jump in and make time count… Ben Franklin said “There’s plenty of time for rest in the grave” and I love that saying! I’ve always wanted to use the talents God gave me…whether it’s cleaning, gathering eggs and raking out chicken coops, baking cookies and pies or writing sweet books. I am so blessed!

 

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes. Don’t quit. Don’t ever quit. Just write, write, write and when you’re done with one manuscript, start another. Or research one while working on another. Don’t let time slip away, there are no time guarantees on our clocks! Go for the gold, reach for the stars, and believe.

And never, ever, ever give up.

 

Thanks, Ruthy!

And THANK YOU for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


If you haven’t read MORE THAN A PROMISE by Ruth Logan Herne, you’re missing out on a great story – Tweet this!

Drop by to talk books and dwarf goats with Ruth Logan Herne! – Tweet this!

 

Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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