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An Amish Market | Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman

Today I am reviewing An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it. Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I have enjoyed each collection of novellas in the Amish compilations published over the past few years! The authors always entertain me with a featured subject, and each story fits perfectly in the book.

An Amish Market is another great compilation. I was blessed by each of the stories, as I’m sure you will be.

In Amy Clipston’s Love Birds, Ellie is determined to support herself and her mother, hiding the truth of their situation from her next-door neighbor Lloyd and others in the community. But when her desperation causes her to betray him, will these two ever have a chance to be together? Read their story and find out…

Kathy Fuller’s A Bid For Love was too cute! I could just picture Ezra with a freezer full of butter. But when Ezra tells Hannah he’s made a mistake, will he break her heart? I was sitting on the edge of my seat, refusing to put down the book until I finished this story… and all I can say to you is, “Don’t miss this story!”

Kelly Irvin’s Sweeter Than Honey is my favorite story in this compilation. Grumpy, fussy old Will is as prickly as a cactus. When Isabella makes a mess – that Will cleans up – the first time she meets him, she’s certain he wants nothing to do with her. I was cheering her on, and hoping she would learn from her mistakes. After all, the small community has already lost too many families – and young adults. Will Isabella be able to find a home in Bee County? Read the story and find out…

Last, but certainly not least, is Vannetta Chapman’s Love In Store. Vannetta is another favorite Amish author of mine, and she wrote a wonderful story. I identified with Stella more than any of the other characters in this compilation, and I was over-joyed when she was brave enough to help David Stolzfus solve the mysterious happenings at the Old Amish Mill. Don’t stop reading until you’ve read this story!

God bless you!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt
 
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.

An Amish Market | Clipston, Fuller, Irvin, Chapman

Today I am reviewing An Amish Market by four wonderful Amish fiction authors, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it. Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I have read – an enjoyed – each collection of novellas in the Amish compilations published over the past few years! The authors always entertain me with a featured subject, and each story fits perfectly in the book.

An Amish Market is another great compilation. I was blessed by each story, as I’m sure you will be.

In Amy Clipston’s Love Birds, Ellie is determined to support herself and her mother, hiding the truth of their situation from her next-door neighbor Lloyd and others in the community. But when her desperation causes her to betray him, will these two ever have a chance to be together? Read their story and find out…

Kathy Fuller’s A Bid For Love was too cute! I could just picture Ezra with a freezer full of butter. But when Ezra tells Hannah he’s made a mistake, will he break her heart? I was sitting on the edge of my seat, refusing to put down the book until I finished this story… and all I can say to you is, “Don’t miss this story!”

Kelly Irvin’s Sweeter Than Honey is my favorite story in this compilation. Grumpy, fussy old Will is as prickly as a cactus. When Isabella makes a mess – that Will cleans up – the first time she meets him, she’s certain he wants nothing to do with her. I was cheering her on, and hoping she would learn from her mistakes. After all, the small community has already lost too many families – and young adults. Will Isabella be able to find a home in Bee County? Read the story and find out…

Last, but certainly not least, is Vannetta Chapman’s Love In Store. Vannetta is another favorite Amish author of mine, and she wrote a wonderful story. I identified with Stella more than any of the other characters in this compilation, and I was over-joyed when she was brave enough to help David Stolzfus solve the mysterious happenings at the Old Amish Mill. Don’t stop reading until you’ve read this story!

Order your copy of An Amish Market today!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

FAVORITE AUTHORS OF 2015…

 

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Today I have the very difficult task of listing my favorite authors from 2015…

Of course, I have other favorite authors . . . many others . . . but this year, in this post, I’m only mentioning 20 favorite authors, whose books I’ve read and reviewed on my book blog this year…

And now… here are the 20 authors (listed alphabetically)!

Amanda Flower
Amy Clipston
Charlotte Hubbard
Cindy Woodsmall
Dana Mentink
Donna Reimel Robinson
Elizabeth Byler Younts
JC Morrows
Jean C Gordon
Jennifer Beckstrand
Laura V Hilton
Melanie Dickerson
Naomi King
Rachel Muller
Ruth Logan Herne
Ruth Reid
Sarah Loudon Thomas
Shelley Shepard Gray
Valerie Comer
Vannetta Chapman

 

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Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

The Forgotten Recipe | Amy Clipston

 

Today I am reviewing The Forgotten Recipe, by Amy Clipston.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest — and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.

Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome — but most importantly, he loves Veronica.

When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love — or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.

Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life — a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancée to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects — or wants — is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica’s bake stand every week . . . and it’s for more than the raspberry pies.

Now, as Veronica’s heart thaws, Jason can’t bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

You have got to read this… it’s so wonderful!

Veronica Fisher is so excited about her future — until a tragic accident changes everything. When Jason watches Veronica, he yearns to comfort her, but he fears that she will push him away when she learns the truth about him.

I love the characters in this story… as a matter of fact, I love this story! And I can’t wait to get a taste of Raspberry Pie!

Wow! Amy certainly knows how to write an exciting, action-packed story! You wouldn’t normally expect an Amish fiction story to be action-packed — or exciting — but this one is!

I’m hoping this is the beginning of a new series…

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll LOVE The Forgotten Recipe!

 
 

God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

An Amish Christmas Gift | Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin

 

Today I am reviewing An Amish Christmas Gift, three Amish novellas, by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston

Naomi has started to think that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas.

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love, has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches a time of family, faith, and hope for many others Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.

An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid

Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?

Abigail Kemp has managed to frighten off every bu who s ever driven her home from a singing. Sure she will live to be an old maid, Abigail starts saving her money to buy a horse so she can at least have some independence.

Micah Zook is looking for a caregiver for his grandmother, and Abigail needs a new job. He never expected that Abigail would talk so much . . . or that his grandmother would keep finding ways to set the two of them up.

Despite Abigail s constant chatter, she and Micah become friends until Micah makes a decision that leaves Abigail feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal what s on his heart?

A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.

Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt Abigail and her husband Mordecai. After all, she knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome but Englisch farmer boy back in Missouri. It’s best to put those feelings aside, no matter how hard it is. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?”

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MY THOUGHTS:

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston

If you’ve read Amy’s books, you’ve met Naomi…who has done everything to try to gain a boyfriend (or husband) but it never works out… finally she stops trying altogether!
And then she meets Caleb. I like Naomi so much in Naomi’s Gift… and when Caleb and Susie begin to care for her, I cheered!

If you’re like me, you expect this story to have a happy ending – after all, it’s about Christmas! I won’t spoil it for you, but there are a few twists and turns!

An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid

WOW! I picked up this story and COULD NOT put it down! Abby and Micah continually rub each other the wrong way. I loved it!

Abigail is certain she’s not destined for love or marriage. She has an idea that she can gain some independence at least and make some sort of happiness for herself with her own horse.

Like every other guy in the district, Micah has no patience for Abigail’s endless babbling… I could say more, but I just can’t spoil it for you! Just trust me. Read it!

A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas – with some tough decisions ahead of her. And like most Amish stories, her well-meaning, but interfering family do everything they can make sure Frannie makes the right choices – the right decisions (well, what they consider the right decisions).

I’d rather be reading about a cold, snowy Christmas, but this story takes place in the blazing heat of Texas… Frannie would rather be in Missouri, until she gets a visitor…

Now you know I can’t say anymore, but read it… you’re gonna love it!

Read them… Read them all… YOU’LL LOVE THEM!

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God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

miles from nowhere | Amy Clipston

 


Today I am reviewing miles from nowhere, the third book in the roadside assistance series by Amy Clipston.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Her heart, her dreams… or none of the above?

Chelsea Morris has always been responsible, dependable, and focused on her dreams of fashion design, a dream that will officially begin come fall, when she leaves for college in New York City.

As she settles into her role as the lead designer for the local summer stock theater group, she decides to make the most of her last summer in North Carolina. But with her best friend Emily busy working late and spending time with Zander, and tensions with Chelsea’s boyfriend, Todd, running high, the summer she envisioned seems to be falling flat.

Then Dylan joins the latest summer production. There’s something about the college boy that makes her feel free and alive, and soon she’s broken up with Todd, and is sneaking out late to meet Dylan at parties and breaking rules at the playhouse.

But before she knows it, her exciting nights are interfering with her job, her role on the play, as well as her relationship with Emily and with her parents. Worse, Chelsea finds herself feeling more and more estranged from God.

As the summer becomes wilder than she ever dreamed, Chelsea must decide if her heart is leading her in the right direction after all.”


MY THOUGHTS:

This is the third story I’ve read in this series… and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the others!

WOW! Chelsea is the dependable, responsible sort, but when her best friend is too busy for her, and things aren’t working out the way she had hoped with Todd, her boyfriend, her summer has some unexpected twists and turns.

This story will definitely appeal to young adults – who are probably going through the very things Chelsea is dealing with in her life. It will also appeal to adults, as it reminds us of our own youth.

Amy Clipston does a remarkable job writing young adult stories… I don’t want to give anything away, but believe me, this is a wonderful series for young and old alike.

     Amy is an amazing writer!

I’m hoping in the years to come that Amy will be able to publish more YA novels… teenagers need to read and hear her sage advice, hidden inside her novels.

Happy Reading!!!
 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

A Simple Prayer | Amy Clipston

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Simple Prayer, the 4th book of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel by Amy Clipston.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Life has taken much from Linda Zook. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

Linda Zook, 32, works part-time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, she was raised by her unwilling Uncle Reuben. Linda longs to be worthy of someone, but the life-long effects of her injuries and her upbringing under the care of her embittered uncle have destroyed her self-worth.

Aaron Ebersol, 32, left the Amish community 17 years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. He d written too many unanswered letters to his mother and found himself incapable of putting down any roots in his new home in Missouri. Success in work could not replace the family that denied Aaron, even after all of these years.

Aaron hastily returns to the Amish community of Paradise, PA, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. He soon encounters Linda, working there part-time, and they begin to develop a friendship.

Aaron’s return allows him to reconnect with his family as he jumps into home improvement projects, hoping to make his parents house more accessible to his handicapped mother. But before long, he is enraged to learn that his brother, Solomon, had hidden all of Aaron’s letters to their mother.

Linda and Aaron must each learn to forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them. And Aaron must also show Linda that she is worthy of his love.

 

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My thoughts:

For those like me who read many, many books – here’s a recap of the series:

In A Hopeful Heart, Hannah meets Trey… they’ve both lost their spouses and although Joshua proposes, Hannah chooses to marry Trey and open a Bed & Breakfast in Paradise.

In A Mother’s Secret, although she is courted by Saul, Joshua proposes and marries Carolyn and adopts her son Benjamin.

In A Dream of Home, even though they may be an unlikely couple, Madeline and Saul fall in love and marry…

The final book in this series is every bit as wonderful as the other three… and true to the Plain lifestyle. I have always appreciated how Amy holds true to the strict, uncompromising ways – yet they are also a loving, caring people. The stories that Amy writes bring out the worst – and best – of these people. The characters she creates are so true-to-life, I find myself wishing I could visit a family… or the community. If it were possible, I’d make a reservation at the bed and breakfast, hoping to meet Trey and Hannah!

In A Simple Prayer, Aaron has come home to visit his mom, who’s recovering from a stroke. He’s welcomed back home by his parents, but given the cold shoulder by his brother – and told to go back to the city!

Then Aaron discovers that Linda is peeved at him for not coming home as soon as he heard about his mom, but she has no idea how hard it was for him to come back… to make matters worse, he doesn’t remember her at first. Can things get any worse?

Amy writes wonderful true-to-life characters… they’re just as prone to mistakes, problems, and misunderstandings as anyone. I understand Aaron’s confusion – and even Solomon’s anger towards his younger brother. But there’s more going on than meets the eye…

The Amish community is well represented in Amy’s books.

I couldn’t put this book down!

 

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God bless you!

 

© 2015 DJ Mynatt

Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch

 

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OK… Are you wondering what the Bakery Bunch is?

The Bakery Bunch is Amy Clipston’s street team!

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As a member of Amy’s Bakery Bunch, I sometimes get to read her new books early, I get advance news of special things coming up, I get notified every time her books or eBooks are on sale, and I get to tell everyone that I’m part of a special group hand-picked by Amy herself!

 

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One of the fun ideas Amy and her fearless sidekick Jamie have come up with was this post. All across the web, Bakery Bunchers are posting pics of their awesome swag, how they are using it in their everyday lives and how they are passing it on to other fans of Amy’s wonderful books!

Along this journey we get to visit bookstores — and my daughter can’t visit a bookstore without buying more FANTASTIC books (okay, me too)

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Some of us also visited local libraries to pass out swag

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Amy is helping to save the planet one plastic bag at a time!CLICK TO TWEET!

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OK… this doesn’t look like my suitcase… but it’s actually more important than the suitcases that hold my clothes — it carries my pillow EVERYWHERE I go!

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And hey – these awesome tumblers come in handy! The day after I got mine, I carried it to work — and it stays on my desk all day, holding my water and helping me get through the day.

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Isn’t Amy the greatest!
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And if you would like to check out some Bakery Bunch posts, click the links below… these are in no order other than how I found them in our group.

J.C.’s BookShelf

Cindy’s Book Reviews

A Simply Enchanted Life

Eat Read Teach Blog

Books For Christian Girls – running a Giveaway until 1-20!

Raindrops & Rainbows

Kristi’s Book Review

Zac Weikal.com

Top 10 Authors of 2014

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This was a very difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I had well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — but I finally had to list my favorite authors by genre — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TEN 15 AMISH AUTHORS for 2014:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Amy Clipston    Vannetta Chapman    Ruth Reid    

   Emma Miller    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    BJ Hoff

   Mary Ellis    Cindy Woodsmall    Laura V. Hilton    Wanda Brunstetter    

   Charlotte Hubbard (also as Naomi King)    Beth Wiseman    Jerry Eicher    

 

… and I have to mention two new Amish authors who are wonderful:

    Elizabeth Byler Younts      Rachel L. Miller

 

 

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite historical authors!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Amy Clipston – Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this exciting Author Spotlight!

Amy Clipston is one of my FAVORITE authors! And if you follow my blog, you know that because I’ve dedicated the entire month of August to her wonderful books! This is my very first marathon and I’m very excited about it!
About Amy Clipston
First: A bit about Amy via her WEBSITE:

Early Years
A native of New Jersey, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I often joke that my fiction writing “career” began in elementary school as I wrote and shared silly stories with a close friend. However throughout school, I only considered writing a hobby, and I never dreamt of being an author.

In 1991, I graduated from high school, and my parents and I moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia. My father retired, and my mother went to work full-time. I attended Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, and I graduated with a degree in communications. I met my husband, Joe, during my senior year in college, a few days after my father had a massive stroke. Joe and I clicked instantly, and after a couple of months we started dating. We married four years later.

After graduating from VWC, I took a summer job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, which turned into an eleven-year career. I worked in the Public Affairs Office for four years and then moved into Planning as a writer/editor.

During that time, I continued writing for fun. It was something I did to escape stress and unwind. I didn’t share the stories with anyone except for a couple of close friends. In fact, I was even afraid to admit to my husband that I wrote.

Writing as a Career
One day while surfing the Internet for a professional editor’s group, I accidentally found a local fiction writing group, Chesapeake Romance Writers. I attended a meeting and I met writers in all stages of their careers. The group helped me realize that I did want to be an author, and it was my dream to see my name on the cover of one of my novels.

Through Chesapeake Romance Writers, I learned how to plot, write, and edit a novel, and I also learned how to pursue an agent. I signed with Mary Sue Seymour at the Seymour Agency in 2006, shortly before Joe and I moved my parents and our sons to North Carolina.

My dream came true when I sold my first book in 2007. Holding my first book, A Gift of Grace, in my hands was exhilarating and surreal.

My Amish Books
My Amish series include the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series. My books have achieved the Christian Fiction bestseller lists, including the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list.

I love writing about the Amish, and an Amish friend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, reads my manuscripts for accuracy. I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me that the Amish speak the same dialect of German as my relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the Amish and their culture.

My plots come straight from my heart and all involve family issues intertwined with faith.

My Young Adult Books
My first Young Adult book, Roadside Assistance, and the sequel, Destination Unknown. The third book in the series, Miles from Nowhere, will follow in April 2015.

I’m a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. I work full-time for the City of Charlotte. My chaotic home includes my husband, Joe; two sons, Zac and Matt; mother, Lola; and four spoiled rotten cats, Molly, Rico, Jet, and Lilly.

My Memoir about my Kidney Donation
I’m an advocate for organ and blood donation. I donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and we swapped kidneys with them. I gave a kidney to my husband’s donor’s wife. I share our story in my memoir, A Gift of Love. Feel free to email me and ask me what it was like to be a kidney donor. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. If you’re healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor.

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Here is my interview with Amy Clipston:

Do you find that writing under a deadline takes the fun out of writing? How do you deal with that? Any special snacks you like to have handy?

Deadlines are tough for me, especially since I also work a full-time job and have school-age children. My family, however, is very supportive. My mom lives with us, and she keeps the house running smoothly so I can write late into the night and sometimes all weekend long. While I’m writing, I like to drink hot tea and sometimes Diet Coke. I try not to snack too much, but I often crave popcorn when I’m stressed. I also make time to work out. Working out helps me keep my ideas flowing and it also helps relieve the tension in my shoulders and neck.

You recently posted about having pictures of people to give your publisher an idea of how your characters should look… when you begin a book do you have a pretty good idea of what the characters look like or does that come to you as you write?

My publisher uses a marketing form to help design the cover. I’m very visual, so I always pick out photos of celebrities to use as models for the main characters (hero and heroine). Since the form is due before the book, I have to have the hero and heroine in mind before I start writing. I figure out the minor characters as I write.

Do you often put parts of your family into your characters? Have you ever based a character entirely on someone you know?

This is corny, but I often base the hero on my husband. I can’t help but give the hero some of his qualities. Also, I base children in the books on my boys. Logan, Whitney’s younger brother in Roadside Assistance and Destination Unknown, is based on my older son, Zac. He read part of Roadside Assistance, and when he read that Logan liked XBOX and Star Wars, he said, “Is Logan based on me!” I had to laugh because he could see right through it!

Do you have a folder or a file where you keep future ideas for stories?

Yes, I do. I keep electronic files with ideas.

I’m sure this is different for every author but are you allowed to give your readers a look at the general timeline for one of your books? From the time you finish writing to the time we have the book in hand?

My books are due to my editor one year before they appear on the shelves at bookstores or on websites for download. Approximately two months later, I receive the macro edit, which is the big story edit. This edit may require rewrites to the story, such as timeline, characterization, etc. I normally have a month to complete those edits. The next edit is the line edit, which is more detailed oriented. I also have a month to complete them. Once the line edit is complete, I’ll receive the final pages, and I am supposed to read it for typos. Big changes are not permitted with the final pages. I have a couple of weeks to read them and make any changes in red pen. At some point during the year, I also am able to see the cover, which is my favorite part.

As wonderful a read as your memoir about kidney donation was, I’m sure your fans would enjoy another… are you planning to write any other memoirs or a biographical-type book?

No, I don’t have any planned at the moment, but thank you for the compliments!

What are you working on right now? Can you give us a hint?

Yes, I’m working on the first book in my new Amish series. I can tell you that it will be a 4-book series set in Pennsylvania. I’m very excited about it. Book #1 will be released in November 2015.
Thank You Amy, for giving us your time and sharing a bit about your process! I feel like I’ve been sitting and chatting with a dear friend.

Click HERE to visit Amy’s blog for updates and info, HERE for her Facebook page, HERE for Twitter and HERE for her Author page on GoodReads!

 

And now here’s a look at what we have to look forward to from Amy Clipston:

I was blessed to receive a look at Amy’s next book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. You can read my review by clicking below:

A Dream of Home (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel #3)

Don’t miss Amy’s NEW book – A Dream of Home.Tweet this!

 

The next book in this series: A Simple Prayer will release next year.

22536123Life has taken much from Linda Zook. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

Linda Zook, 32, works part-time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, she was raised by her unwilling Uncle Reuben. Linda longs to be worthy of someone, but the life-long effects of her injuries and her upbringing under the care of her embittered uncle have destroyed her self-worth.

Aaron Ebersol, 32, left the Amish community 17 years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. He d written too many unanswered letters to his mother and found himself incapable of putting down any roots in his new home in Missouri. Success in work could not replace the family that denied Aaron, even after all of these years.

Aaron hastily returns to the Amish community of Paradise, PA, after receiving word of his mother s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. He soon encounters Linda, working there part-time, and they begin to develop a friendship.

Aaron s return allows him to reconnect with his family as he jumps into home improvement projects, hoping to make his parents house more accessible to his handicapped mother. But before long, he is enraged to learn that his brother, Solomon, had hidden all of Aaron s letters to their mother.

Linda and Aaron must each learn to forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them. And Aaron must also show Linda that she is worthy of his love.

 

 

 And Amy has another book coming in her popular YA series too!

miles from nowhere is scheduled for release next April!

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Chelsea Morris has always been responsible, dependable, and focused on her dreams of fashion design a dream that will officially begin come fall, when she leaves for college in New York City. And as she settles into her role as the lead designer for the local summer stock theater group, she decides to make the most of her last summer in North Carolina. But with her best friend Emily busy working late and spending time with Zander, and tensions with Chelsea s boyfriend, Todd, running high, the summer she envisioned seems to be falling flat.

Then Dylan joins the latest summer production. There s something about the college boy that makes her feel free and alive, and soon she s broken up with Todd, and is sneaking out late to meet Dylan at parties and breaking rules at the playhouse. But before she knows it, her exciting nights are interfering with her job, her role on the play, as well as her relationship with Emily and with her parents. Worse, Chelsea finds herself feeling more and more estranged from God.

As the summer becomes wilder than she ever dreamed, Chelsea must decide if her heart is leading her in the right direction after all.

Miles From Nowhere is available now for pre-order!Tweet this!

 

THANK YOU for joining me for this special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!

And don’t forget to check back or follow my blog to see new reviews –
I plan to dedicate next month to another of my favorite authors!
Check back on September 1st to find out who it is…

God bless you!

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

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