Speculator Falls—The Small, Fictional Town with a Big Heart
Even though I live close to a medium-sized city, Youngstown, Ohio, I’m a country girl at heart. I’m originally from Upstate NY where it took us 30 minutes to travel anywhere. Grocery store. Doctors. Church.
With my Surrendering Time Series, I wanted to bring my favorite place to readers. Although I don’t get to visit as often as I like, the Adirondack Mountains are peace to me. If someone offered me a trip to Hawaii or the Adirondacks, I really think I’d take the mountains! The specific village I love most, Speculator, is where my dear friend from college and her family reside. It is where we honeymooned and where I based ENTRUSTED, ENTANGLED, and ENGAGED (due later this year.) Continue reading
Peggy Blann Phifer
I am currently under contract to write a series of short-stories for Helping Hands Press. The series is called Sweetwater River, and is set in small town Sweetland, a fictitious place located in north-central Arkansas. Volumes 1 through 4 have already been published and I’m working on Volume 5 now. More on that later.
It all started in the summer of 2014, when I was invited by HHP to write one short-story for a series titled Summer in Sweetland. My offering was All Things Work Together, and was accepted. Continue reading
Ann Gabhart shouldn’t be a stranger to most of my readers as her books have been featured several times on my blog over the years. She is well-known for her small town stories and also several novels set in Shakertown. Now she has added writing cozy mysteries under the name A.H. Gabhart to her list. But the writing and lovable small town characters are the same (except for the murderer, of course!) Although you do like the murderer until you finally find out who it really is. Notice I didn’t say he or she because I want you to enjoy this mystery for yourself without any clues from me.
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane of Hidden Springs saves a man from jumping off a bridge only to rue the day when photos of dead bodies start arriving in the mail. This is Ann Gabhart’s second mystery in the “Hidden Springs Mystery” series. I’m already wondering what the next one will be about. Hurry up and order this book on kindle or in print.
I have loved Jan Watson’s writing ever since I first read Troublesome Creek. And since I met her several years ago, I love her as much as her books. She has such a genuine love for the Lord and for others, she is a joy to be around.
Yesterday, the book club I meet with at Unity Christian Church travelled to Lexington to eat lunch with her at Joseph-Beth bookstore. And of course, to buy her latest book! She shared some about her writing process with us, and some about her own life experiences. She said sometimes we need to do something even if it is hard, just because God is telling us to do it, just like the characters in many of her books. One of my friends in the book club said she used to think writers were not someone she could ever talk to, but after meeting Jan, she said, “She is just like us!” Continue reading
Although this is not my husband and me walking on the beach in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, it does depict my characters Joy and Benigno holding hands on one of their romantic walks there. Isn’t this cover for Surrender to Peace beautiful!? Romantic and tropical is just what I wanted it to convey! This story came out on kindle last year, but Olivia Kimbrell Press has now released it in print and in Nook and other ebook versions. I love my new cover by Amanda Smith of Amanda Gail Studio.
Surrender to Peace is a story about surrendering to God and listening to Him speak. It is set in Puerto Rico, so the next few weeks I will be posting on my Tuesday Travels, Puerto Rican scenes from the research trip my husband and I made there last summer. If you want to travel to Puerto Rico, even vicariously, I hope you’ll drop by!
Greetings from the Bluegrass state of KY where the grass is very green now with all the rain we’ve been having. I haven’t posted for almost two weeks because my website has been down, but it is now up and running again thanks to the hard work of the best webmistress–Gayle DeSalles of WordCount—Virtual Office Assistance.
I hope you will come back next week to see the new cover for my book Surrender to Peace just released in print. I will also start sharing pictures on my Tuesday Travels of the beautiful country of Puerto Rico where the book is set and where my husband and I traveled last summer to do on-site research. Thanks again, Gayle DeSalles of WordCount! You’re the best!