It all started when I asked a kind of nosy question. A few years ago, I was sitting in my Amish friend’s kitchen having coffee with her and one of her daughters. It was late February and we were talking about the snow on the ground, the freezing temperatures, and how spring just couldn’t come soon enough.
Then I noticed how tan her daughter was.
I knew I shouldn’t ask why she was tan in February, but after a while I couldn’t help myself. With a smile, she told me that she’d just gotten back from a week’s vacation in Pinecraft.
I had never heard of it.
Right away, the conversation took a sharp turn. Soon, we were talking about Siesta Key and sugar-sand beaches. Riding bicycles instead of driving buggies. Smelling fresh flowers, eating strawberries, and playing volleyball and shuffle board.
It all sounded wonderful to me!
And it is. Pinecraft stole my heart last February when I visited. My husband and I walked on Siesta Key, visited Pinecraft Park, and stood in line at Yoder’s for slices of key lime pie. We had pizza with Amish friends and ice cream cones in the afternoon.
It was warm. It was beautiful. By the time we boarded the plane, I was already planning the Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series. It launches with The Promise of Palm Grove in February.
So, pour yourself a glass of iced tea, slip on a pair of flip flops, and get ready to be charmed by a lovely place located in the heart of Sarasota, Florida.
Maybe, like me, you’ll be anxious to return again and again.
With blessings to you,

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Join the 2016 Buggy Bunch!

Posted at Oct 1, 2015 4:25 am

I’m excited to announce that we’re inviting all interested readers to consider applying to be a member of my Street Team.

Not sure what a ‘Street Team’ is? That’s okay, a few years ago, I wasn’t sure either.

 Here’s some more information:

1) Street Team members are people who really like my books and like to talk about them, too! Right now, we’re hoping to have about 20 street team members. It will be a year-long commitment.

2) Members will receive advanced copies of books. After they read the books, street team members will need to post reviews on goodreads,,,, or on their own blogs, if they blog. 

3) They’ll help me spread the word on Facebook and/or Twitter about upcoming releases, tour dates, and any special, out of the ordinary news. (such as one of the books making a bestseller list or receives a really good review). 

4) If they’re inclined, Street Team members might visit their local libraries and ask them to carry my books. Or give out bookmarks to bookstores and libraries.

Some of you already do some of these things! THANK YOU!  I’ve seen your reviews on various sites. I’ve heard that you’ve visited your library and asked them to carry my books. I’ve met cousins, neighbors, moms, and daughters who only gave my books a try because someone let them borrow a book.

If you are an avid reader, would like some free books, and are interested in telling other people about my books, I hope you’ll consider joining our Buggy Bunch!

If you’d like to learn even more information, please contact my assistant Laurie. She’s organizes and manages the group.  Please email Laurie at:

If this isn’t the kind of thing that interests you, I completely understand. I’m just glad you’ve given my books a try.

Wishing you many blessings this week!



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