Fall is coming on here in central Pennsylvania—we can see it in the angle of sunlight and the first few leaves drifting down when the wind blows. Much as I enjoy the summer, there’s something about autumn that brings its own joys. The pantry is filled with our home-canned tomato products, while strawberry and raspberry jams, berries of all types, and my husband’s homemade chili crowd the freezer. The yellow school buses head down the country roads now, and folks are getting ready for the annual excitement of the county fair.
Summer was delightful but very busy, with conferences for me and visits from our children and grandchildren. I was especially happy to be able to attend the Amish Conference at the Young Center for Anabaptist Studies in June—an unforgettable experience with its informed look in to Amish lives and stories.
I’m so glad you stopped by to visit the website dedicated to my inspirational romances—my Amish romances published by Berkley Books, inspirational romances published by Love Inspired, and my Amish Suspense novels published by HQN Books. Nothing gives me more pleasure than hearing from readers, so I hope you’ll e-mail me. I’ll be happy to reply with a signed bookmark and my free brochure of Pennsylvania Dutch recipes if you’ll send me your mailing address. Since I come from a long line of women who were only happy when they were feeding people, I enjoy sharing recipes. You’ll also find some on the recipe page of this site.
My current series for Berkley Books is The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley. I hope you enjoyed LYDIA’S HOPE, which came out in June. Book Two, SUSANNA’S DREAM will be out in February, 2014. The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley is about three Amish sisters who were separated when they were very young. It was fascinating to create this series, and you’ll find many friends from earlier Pleasant Valley books popping up in the pages.
A new series from Berkley Books, Keepers of the Promise, is on the horizon as well, and I’m writing the first book now. This three-book series is an interesting challenge for me, as each book contains both a contemporary love story and a story from some pivotal moments in Amish history in America.
In suspense news, HOME BY DARK, the first book in my Watcher in the Dark series from HQN Books, came out in January and SEARCH THE DARK is an October release. The third book, ABANDON THE DARK, will be out next year.
In addition, I hope you’ll look for an anthology from Love Inspired Suspense, DANGER IN AMISH COUNTRY, coming out in October. I think you’ll enjoy the three suspense novellas with an Amish setting. My story is titled FALL FROM GRACE.
You can see my schedule of appearances, as well as read my ramblings about country life and the Plain People, by checking out my blog. Look for me on Facebook at Marta Perry Books, where I enjoy chatting with readers. I’d love to hear from you.
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A Pleasant Valley Christmas