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!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

New Amish Romance - The Amish Flower Shop by Tattie Maggard

When an Amish woman is asked to run the local flower shop will it be a dream come true, or more than she bargained for?

After making an impulsive promise to the owner of the local flower shop, Ella Lengacher must carry on in her stead, but what does she know about running a business? And can she catch the eye of Levi Miller, or is it her twin sister Marcy he's come to see? 

Find out in The Amish Flower Shop Book 1, a light-hearted Amish romance from bestselling Amish author Tattie Maggard.

Only $0.99 for Amazon Kindle

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Amish of Swan Creek Collection $0.99 For a Limited Time

Huge price drop to tell you about.
The Amish of Swan Creek Romance Collection is on sale this week. It's part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that begins at $0.99 and slowly rises back to full price of $4.96. It contains my first four Amish romance books under one cover and it's a great way to get started in the world of Swan Creek Settlement.
524 Pages of Amish romance for one low price.

It contains:

Book 1: Sweet Competition
From the time they were youngsters in a one-room Amish schoolhouse, Emma and Jeb have competed in everything from foot races to fishing contests. But now that they’re grown and competing leads to pride, the worst sin of all, Emma must choose to put away childish squabbles and concentrate on her baptismal classes, so she can join church and marry Luke, her long time beau. 

When Jeb starts a rumor about her, the whole community turns on Emma, and those childhood feelings come back with a vengeance. But is it hatred she feels for Jeb or something else?
Approximately 20,000 words.

Book 2: Redeeming Ruth
Sydney Ruth Glynn doesn’t often know where her next meal will come from. Her deadbeat mom, JoAnn, abandons her, sometimes weeks at a time, with no money and an empty pantry. Now JoAnn wants to introduce her to some relatives in Amish country. Sydney agrees to go for the weekend, but when her mom takes off again without her, Sydney’s left with a large group of strangers who look at her as if she’s from another planet. 

With no job prospects and only a tenth-grade education, Sydney must decide to either try to make it in the world on her own or stay with the people her mother rejected sixteen years ago, including the handsome young Amish man who threatens to steal her heart.
Approximately 40,000 words.

Book 3: Abigail’s Letters
Thirty-two and unmarried, Abigail Lengacher is essentially an old maid in the Amish community. But her luck is about to change when a penpal from a neighboring settlement proposes marriage, and a stranger seeking employment visits the woodshop where she works. Now she has two men interested in her, which is much more than she ever dared to dream. How will she choose? And if she keeps them waiting, will she lose them both?
Approximately 21,000 words.

Book 4: The Long Way Home
Anna May Shetler is on a mission to prove to Jonas Hilty they’re meant for each other. He’d kissed her after the Sunday singing, but he’s still playing hard to get. In an effort to make Jonas jealous, Anna May accepts a ride home from his twin brother, Elias, but will a buggy accident derail all her plans for her future?
Approximately 33,000 words.

Read free on Kindle Unlimited.
524 Pages

Click HERE to purchase The Amish of Swan Creek Collection

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

What's New In Amish Romance?

What's New
I'm happy to announce my newest series, The Amish Flower Shop. Book 1 just went live and is ready for your reading enjoyment. You can find it here.
After making an impulsive promise to the owner of the local flower shop, Ella Lengacher must carry on in her stead, but what does she know about running a business?

And can she catch the eye of Levi Miller, or is it her sister Marcy he's come to see?

Find out in The Amish Flower Shop Book 1 only $0.99 on Kindle and free with Kindle Unlimited.
The Amish of Swan Creek Collection will be on sale beginning February 9th, 2018 for a Kindle Countdown Deal. It will go back to its usual price of $4.96 February 16th. It will begin at $0.99 and slowly rise from there so if you haven't read it, grab it quick.

Free Short Story: Mending The Heart
If you weren't able to access my free short story available to all newsletter subscribers via sign-up on my website, please email me ( with Free Short in the subject line. I'll verify your email and send you a link. It's a sweet story, don't miss it!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to be more active on social media. I'm going to try to put out a newsletter more often so watch for an email from me the first week of each month.

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