Dear Readers,

What has your heart?
My family does. My writing buddies. My Bible study group at church. My dachshunds! The list goes on and on.
Wide Texas plains under a low, blue sky. The foothills of Colorado, scented with pine and fresh snow. Standing on the deck of a cruise ship at night and seeing about a million stars.
And being in Sugarcreek.
When I was asked to write another series set in Sugarcreek, I didn’t hesitate for a second! The original series, Seasons of Sugarcreek is pretty special to me. It was the first time I ever wrote a book set in a ‘real’ place. It was the first series where I plotted out multiple books before I wrote a single word. It was also the first series when I cried over a character! (Oh, that Lilly Allen!)
To me, Sugarcreek is everything that says family and faith and beauty. It’s rolling hills covered in snow. It’s warm spring days and fields and fields filled with corn stalks in late October.
From door to door, it takes me three and half hours to get to my favorite hotel there. By half-way, the worries of home have slipped away. By the time I get off the highway and head northeast on a two-lane road, I’m relaxed and filled with anticipation.
And by the time I see the Alpine Village and the brick factory and my Amish friends and am eating pie at the Dutch Valley Inn? Well, all I can say is that I’m usually the gal with the very big smile! Sugarcreek has my heart.
I hope you will find something to like about Sugarcreek, too!
Thanks for Returning to Sugarcreek with me.


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See You in San Antonio!

Posted at Jul 20, 2014 6:17 am

This week I’ll be in San Antonio, Texas attending the Romance Writers of America National Conference.  I really enjoy these conferences! It’s a chance to see my agent and my editors in person~and reconnect with many of other authors who I’ve befriended over the years.

Do you live in the San Antonio area? If so, I hope you’ll plan to come to the


This year, over 400 authors will be in the 3rd Floor Ballroom signing books!

This is such a wonderful event. Publishers and authors donate books, and they are offered for sale to the public.  ALL proceeds from the sale of these books goes directly to charities associated with literacy!

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, July 23, from 5:30 -7:30 pm.

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel

3rd Floor Ballroom

Open to the public and Free to attend!

As many of you know, I not only like to write books, but I love to read! I’ve already been checking out the RWA site to see which authors will be attending. Every year I come home with a stack of signed books!

Avon ATL


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