Friday, July 27, 2018

Can't Stop Crying

I just got a message from my dear friend, Laura Marshall, the owner of, the website I started back in August of 2011. My daughter was just a baby back then and I started it because I believed strongly that every Christian author should have an opportunity to market their book affordably (and because if I didn't find something to do I would have gone crazy.)

The site has grown tremendously since then. I never once regretted taking Laura on as my business partner and though it was a big decision to leave Christian Book Finds to homeschool my daughter and write full time I haven't regretted that, either. It's been left in capable hands, that's for sure, as evidenced by the beautiful new look.

Laura left a touching blog post thanking everyone who made the site possible and when I read it the tears flowed. Seeing what she's been able to accomplish with the site has really been a dream come true. If you love Christian Kindle books as much as I do (over 10,000 ebooks last count) then you need to check out Christian Book Finds for the latest deals. Tell Laura Tattie sent you. ;)

And I know how much you adore Amish fiction. Laura has teamed up with Amos Wyse on their second Amish series and they're all free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Check out their books here.

If you still haven't purchased The Amish Flower Shop 3 here's the link. Look for my novel this September and some short stories coming soon as well.

Thank you for reading and reviewing! God bless!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Amish Flower Shop Book 3 and Other News

I'm pleased to announce that The Amish Flower Shop Book 3 is finally available for purchase in the Kindle Store at just $0.99. This will conclude The Amish Flower Shop series. A paperback version with all three stories under one cover is also available now for $6.98.

This summer has been very busy already. My daughter just started a new homeschool year and we wanted to get some swimming in before Swan Creek got too dry. The bears have been very active this season, turning over trash barrels and eating my Mother's Day flowers on the porch.

I took a few weeks off of writing to train our new dog we adopted from the shelter. She has a very traumatic history and needed a lot of emotional support to adjust to her new surroundings. I'm happy to report she's a totally different dog than when we brought her home.

She's been helping to keep the bears (and other critters) out of the yard, but now it seems that it's the snakes we need to worry about. A friend of ours was bitten by a copperhead on the 4th of July. Thankfully, she didn't need anti-venom. At $30,000 for a treatment I bet she was glad she didn't. We've been wearing our boots with our skirts lately.

Watch for my new novel coming out this September. I'd love to tell you more about it, but I know I'd say too much if I tried and spoil it for you, so you'll just have to wait and see.
Thank you for reading and reviewing and God bless!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lions and Coyotes and Bears, Oh, My!

Summer has arrived early at Swan Creek. The flowers are in full bloom, we’ve had record high heat, and the bears are already running amok. It's usually not until July or August that we see them. Last summer I ran one out of our yard with a pot and a wooden spoon. A few summers before that was the scary incident on the 4th of July. I still don't know why the fireworks didn't keep them away the three times we ran it off. A few weeks ago, a mother bear and at least one cub came into the yard, turned over every trash barrel in the neighborhood and took the neighbor’s last chicken. I took pictures of the bear tracks left all over the yard.

We can’t let our children go outside by themselves anymore. But if it weren't for the bears, it would be the mountain lions, or the wolves, or the coywolves. Some people are envious of our quiet, rural country life where every wild animal wanders through the yard whenever it wishes. They should try sleeping here in the winter with a coyote parked outside the bedroom window howling all night in an effort to lead the dogs away. We’ve joked about moving to town where our daughter could play ball in the middle of the street and be safe, like “normal” children. She’s not allowed to go out to the swingset beside the house by herself. About a mile away, the neighbors report never seeing anything more than the occasional cow wandering through the yard. That's the difference of living in the "holler".

Not long after the trash barrel incident, a lone bear came into the yard during the day and the dog ran it over the hill. Thankfully, we’d just gotten rid of all the chickens. A coyote was coming into the yard before church every Sunday and circling the pen. None of the hens had laid any eggs in a long time (stress, maybe?) and we were getting tired of worrying about them. Now we just have a dog and the hummingbirds to care for.

That's how I like it.

We're not farmers. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, and flowers, but just enough to say that we're growing something and for my daughter to see that food comes from the ground and not a grocery store warehouse. I still have high hopes of growing some coleus plants from seed and saving them to plant from year to year. It's something I used to do, and I'd like to recapture that bit of myself, if at all possible. Maybe then I could pretend that I don’t have a love/hate relationship with the outdoors.

For some reason, it seems like the more we look forward to a season, the faster we get tired of it and are ready to move on to the next. I wonder if that's human nature, or just me being spoiled. I love the Ozarks and my home here at Swan Creek. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. My daughter says she wouldn’t want to leave Missouri even for a vacation. (One of these days I WILL see that ark in Kentucky.) But it makes me wonder if she'll remain that way into adulthood.

A mother can hope.

And even with the bears, there’s still a lot to look forward to in the coming hot months, like our favorite swimming hole at the creek. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ella's At It Again - Book 2 The Amish Flower Shop by Tattie Maggard

Ella Lengacher is minding Simpson’s Flower Shop for another week.

Can she balance running a business and finding time to visit with Levi Miller, who still struggles to tell the twin sisters apart? And will Marcy and Katy succumb to Ella’s matchmaking efforts or find love on their own?

Find out in The Amish Flower Shop Book 2, a light-hearted Amish romance from bestselling Amish author, Tattie Maggard.

Only $0.99 for Amazon Kindle OR FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

And in case you missed it, here's the link to Book 1.

I've had a lot of fun with Ella, Marcy, Katy, and their growing list of love interests.  Ella is a character different than I've ever written before. She's headstrong, stubborn, and persistent, and I love her despite her faults. These are short Amish romances but they're more than that. They're not just about boy meets girl, but also about a person with hopes and dreams beyond getting married and raising a family. Ella must balance her extreme goals for her life and I think that's why I identify with her so much. Sometimes it feels like life is too short to accomplish everything I want to do. I know Ella feels the same.

I hope you enjoy The Amish Flower Shop Book 2 as much I enjoyed writing it. Thank you for reading and reviewing.

God Bless!