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Introducing A MOTHER FOR LEAH by Rachel L Miller

 

 

 

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?
Don’t miss this Sweet Amish Romance about loss, life and new love!

 

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And keep reading below for more about this fantastic book.

 

 


  

BEHIND THE SCENES:

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT A Mother for Leah
      THE INFO BELOW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

1. The prologue for A Mother for Leah did not exist in the rough draft. It was added later—then removed at the request of an interested agent, then added back in at the request of the agent Rachel signed with.

2. Initially, Leah was a very unlikeable character. Fortunately, with edits (and the addition of a secondary romance), Leah became the charming, sweet girl we see in the final story.

3. The name of Leah’s father’s love interest changed four times before the author settled on Naomi.

4. A Mother for Leah is book 1 in a series. At the moment, there are three books proposed and contracted.

5. There is a companion series proposed, though it has not been finalized at this time.

6. A Mother for Leah takes place in upstate New York and, though Windy Gap is a fictional community that the author created, there are “real” Amish settlements in the area that inspired this novel and several others.

7. Leah is mentioned briefly in Naomi Miller‘s Lemon Tart Mystery – book 3 of her Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series. And yes, before you ask, a crossover has been discussed with the authors

8. The shop in Windy Gap named Sew Sweet is not a misspelling. It is an intentional play on words because the neighboring shops “Sew Sweet” and “SewNice” are owned by quirky sisters who thought it was a clever marketing ploy that customers would enjoy.

9. A Mother for Leah was written during Rachel’s very first NaNoWriMo session. (Yes, she won)

10. Rachel was introduced to Amish fiction (as a reader) and to the idea of writing Amish fiction—by her mother

 

Today I am reviewing A Mother for Leah by Rachel L Miller. 

I was hooked from the first page…

I could easily picture a little girl, standing on her porch, then rushing through the pouring rain to the waiting buggy… I’ve lost both parents and both sisters and I’m the last family member, so I’m sure you’ll understand when I cried buckets at the funeral. The rain falling on the big, black umbrella seemed totally appropriate.

Ten years pass and Samuel Fisher has remained single, albeit a difficult thing to do in his Amish community. Even after ten years, Leah is still missing her mother, while caring for her father and brothers. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll let you read it and discover what happens when Leah’s father decides it’s time to search for a wife.

Rachel L Miller writes with great depth and emotion. Her characters are well-developed and entertaining, and the story will leave you with feelings of love, hope and joy. If you enjoy reading Amish romance stories, you’ll LOVE reading A Mother For Leah.

A Mother For Leah is the first book in the Windy Gap Wishes series… I’m thrilled to help promote this awesome book — and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

 

ABOUT A Mother for Leah:

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?

Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher’s death?

Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day.

Will she be able to recognize love when it’s right in front of her?

Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry… or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?

Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder’s happiness at the same time?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.

She feels very strongly that God has led her to live a simpler lifestyle – thus her deep kinship with the plain people. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing fun, simple things like swimming, making sun tea, sitting outside watching the sunrise or listening to rain fall on the tin roof.

Rachel enjoys writing Amish fiction and hopes that the purity of her stories will allow God’s message to shine through more clearly. She also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance – and with all of her stories she focuses on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.

Readers can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and her website: rlmauthor.com

 

 

THANK YOU for your participation!

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

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Blueberry Cupcake Mystery | Naomi Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Blueberry Cupcake Mystery… the first book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

 

Blueberry Cupcake Mystery… a Sweet Shop Amish Mystery by Naomi Miller – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I’m doing something a bit out of the ordinary.

I want to let Naomi talk about why Blueberry Cupcake Mystery is a different sort of book…

My inspiration originally came from books written to make Amish young people look weak and easily manipulated, or worldly.

I was working on an Amish Suspense novel, when I felt God guiding me to write a series of books that show family, faith, forgiveness, and grace — instead of murder, mayhem, and danger — or worse, vampires, zombies, and demons.

I believe that Blueberry Cupcake Mystery accomplishes this task, and I think you’ll enjoy this story. It has has been compared to the Nancy Drew series, and it’s perfect for young readers, but I’ve heard from many readers — young and old — who enjoyed the story.

It’s somewhere between a short story and a novella, but I truly felt that it was complete, so it’s a quick, fun read.

I hope readers pick up this book (and any future books in the series) when they need something to distract them from sadness, worry, and doubt. I hope reading a light-hearted, fun cozy mystery, will inspire readers and leave them feeling happy and content.

Happy Reading!

Naomi

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


My Dolphin Friends | Gwen Miller

 

Today I am reviewing My Dolphin Friends by Gwen Miller.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

For most of her life, Gwendolyn has been following Winter’s story.

After writing a letter and a Christmas card (and receiving a very nice card back), Gwendolyn wanted to share how much she loves Winter and the staff of Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

We hope you enjoy her story as much as we have!

Gwendolyn is a sweet young lady who – like the stars of “Dolphin Tale” (one of her favorite movies) – is home-schooled.

She has a deep love of animals. Her dearest wish is to swim with Winter and Hope one day.

 

Read the delightful story… MY DOLPHIN FRIENDS — written by Miss Gwen Miller! Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Young Gwen has a true love for animals – especially dolphins!

When the movie DOLPHIN TALE was first released, Gwen watched it – and fell in love with Winter and Panama. She watched the movie over and over again. She told her friends about Winter. She was excited that she was home-schooled – just like the kids in the movie.

Now, DOLPHIN TALE was written from a true story – and it’s almost unheard of that a second movie is made from the same true life story. But that’s exactly what happens… after Panama dies, Winter must be paired with another dolphin. Just before she is scheduled to be moved to another state, a young dolphin was rescued. Eventually they were paired. What a happy ending!

No, I’m sorry to say, Gwen has not yet been able to visit Winter and Hope, but she’s promised to write about her visit – if and when she gets to visit Winter and Hope – in person.

I’m hoping she gets her wish…

 

Gwen Miller has a love for animals, but especially dolphins! Read her story about Winter and Hope. Tweet this!

 

 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Sam’s Adventurous Birthday | Samuel Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Sam’s Adventurous Birthday by Samuel Miller.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Twelve is a milestone birthday!

It deserves a BIG celebration!

Follow Sam as he visits Parrot Mountain, the Apple Barn Restaurant, the Titanic Museum and more…

WHAT FUN!

 

Read the delightful tale SAM’S ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY — written by Samuel Miller for his 12th birthday! Tweet this!

 

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Young Sam has a way with words…

It is clear that a child has indeed written this adventure.

But seeing it from his point of view should thrill other children. Sam is in a position to give a unique look at how wonderful – and adventurous – a birthday can be. It doesn’t seem like his family has gone out of their way to spend lots of money, or give him expensive gifts.

Instead, young Sam has asked to spend time with a much-beloved lady who is dear to him – and visit a special attraction. What his family does is wonderful indeed… not only does he get to visit Parrot Mountain, but another attraction nearby – the Titanic Museum.

After lunch at a favorite family restaurant – the Apple Barn – his family spends time with their friends in Knoxville.

Truly a remarkable young lad…

 

Samuel Miller has a talent for writing… don’t miss this young lad’s birthday adventures… Tweet this!

 

 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Book review needed…

 

MY 1st published book is scheduled to be published on June 30, 2015…

Now I need reviewers!!!

Qualifications:

* If you have participated in NaNoWriMo, or

* If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, or

* If you are considering participating in NaNoWriMo, and/or

* If you read my blogs and think you might be interested
in reading more about of my quirky life, and…

* You would be willing to post a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon

Please contact me and I can send you an Advance Reader Copy — or ARC — of my book.

To sign up, just go to THIS PAGE… mention that you would like to read and review the ARC (advance reader copy) of my book — and I’ll send you one via email. If you want to review the book, you will automatically be added to my launch team.

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Thanks and God bless you!

Copyright © 2015 DJ Mynatt

You CAN Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days | DJ Mynatt

 

Today I am proud to announce that I am a published author!

Many friends of mine have asked that I share my experiences when I participated in the National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo — held every November.

I wanted to share more than just the blogs I had written, so I added pages of introduction and the basics of how to participate in NaNoWriMO.

I hope all of my readers will be interested enough to check out my book…

For the next seven days, anyone posting a comment to this blogpost will be entered in a contest to win a digital copy of my book.

Here is a brief synopsis:

You CAN write 50,000 words in 30 Days takes us behind the scenes of one author’s journey through National novel writing month – also known as NaNoWriMo.

Every year, people from all over the world log in to their NaNoWriMo profile, find a local group to hang out with all month, stock up on snacks, sharpen their pencils, get their playlists ready, and write! 50,000 words sounds crazy, right? Most writers ARE a little crazy!

Read about one woman’s journey and you will see that you CAN write 50,000 words in 30 days!

 

Don’t miss this awesome new book about one writer’s journey through NaNoWriMo Tweet this!

 

 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Successor | Mike Coville

 

 

Today I am reviewing Successor by Mike Coville.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

His life has been one blessing after another, and now on the biggest day of his life yet, Adam Ross finds out why he has been given all these opportunities.

This is an original short story by author Mike Coville.

 

Mike Coville writes a great short story! Read it today…Tweet this!

 

 

 

My thoughts:
Mike Coville has done something I’ve been working towards for several years — and planning for the past year — but I’m still waiting to do. He has published not only one, but two books!

Successor is his second published work — a short story — and a pretty darn good one. It’s set in the year 2069 in New York City, with a young man on the verge of being named the CEO of a vast organization – the World Wide Progress Foundation.

Mike does a great job introducing Adam Ross, the main character, with enough details from his past to get the reader’s attention, and adds interesting characters throughout the story.

Is this a success story? It sure sounds like it. But what else is going on behind the walls of the World Wide Progress Foundation? If I tell you, it’ll spoil the book! If you want to know, read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

One clue – I was totally surprised – this doesn’t happen to me often; too many times I can pick up where the story is going in the first chapter.

If you’re looking for a short read with mystery and intrigue, don’t miss out on this book!

 

Successor… a great short story by Mike Coville!Tweet this!

 

 

God bless you!

 

Copyright © 2013-2015 DJ Mynatt

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