It’s certainly been a long, hard winter for many people this year. Since we spend the winter in South Carolina, ours has been easier than most. But several photos showed us the snow piled up on every outdoor surface at home. We’re just hoping it has melted by the time we head back north! The very best thing about going south for the winter is that it brings us closer to some of our grandchildren, so we can spend extra time with them. We always have projects going, and the granddaughters’ interest in crocheting has reminded me of how much I enjoy having a piece of handwork to do in the evening. Soon everyone in the family will have a scarf, and I’ll have to start on something more difficult!
Wherever we are, I find winter a good time to hibernate and write. I’ve just finished two projects—the first in a new Amish series for Berkley Books and an Amish Christmas novella for Love Inspired. It’s so satisfying to come to the end of a manuscript and feel I’ve given it my best efforts. THE FORGIVEN, Book 1 of my new Keepers of the Promise series, required research into the lives of the Amish during World War II, and I found it endlessly fascinating. How is it possible to be a pacifist and a good citizen during wartime? This is the challenge that confronts the Amish and members of the other traditional peace churches, and there are as many answers as there are people, I imagine. THE FORGIVEN will be out in October, 2014.
I hope you’ve found SUSANNA’S DREAM, Book Two in the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series, which came out in February. So many people have asked me if there will be a third book in the series that I thought I’d respond here. No, there are only two books in this series. But I’m keeping track of the questions people ask, so one of these days I’ll write a short story about a sister that will answer them!
In June, ABANDON THE DARK, Book Three in my Watcher in the Dark Amish suspense series, will be out from HQN books. It was great fun to wind up this series, and I hated to say goodbye to the characters and the small town. But there’s always something new to look forward to, and I’m currently working on a new Amish suspense series that will begin next spring.
I’m so glad you stopped by to visit the website dedicated to my inspirational romances. 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. I also have book plates, and I’d be happy to personalize one for you to put in a copy of my book. 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.
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. I often run special book giveaways on my Facebook page, so you might want to check it out from time to time.
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A Pleasant Valley Christmas