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Busy reading/re-reading Amish series

This week I began doing something I haven’t attempted in a long time… to read 8 novels in 8 days!

Plus – I’m writing a review for each novel… whew!

If you read Amish fiction, I’d love for you to check out my reviews. You can find them at my bookshelf… aptly named: Donna’s Bookshelf

… and I’d appreciate hearing your comments!

If you’d like to read the post I wrote explaining how and why, you can find it at my author’s blog site: DJMynatt Inspirational Author

I first began reading this series in 2012, but I didn’t write any reviews until December 2013. Now that the 8th story has just been published, I bought it and decided to re-read the others in sequence, writing a new review for each one.

Let me stress… if you enjoy reading Amish fiction, I believe you’ll love this series about Hannah’s Daughters by Emma Miller (see the book titles listed below):

1. Courting Ruth
2. Miriam’s Heart
3. Anna’s Gift
4. Leah’s Choice
5. Redeeming Grace
6. Johanna’s Bridegroom
7. Rebecca’s Christmas Gift
8. Hannah’s Courtship

Now I must go and tend to a sick grandchild (prayers are needed… and appreciated).

Happy Reading! and God bless you!


I’m giving away a book by my favorite author!

Today I want to promote an exciting book giveaway I’m doing on my bookshelf…

Falling to Pieces is the first book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series by Vannetta Chapman.

My wonderful daughter gave me the entire Shipshewana Amish Mystery series by Vannetta Chapman last Christmas.

Since I will be reviewing all three books in the series, plus Vannetta’s newest mystery, Murder Simply Brewed, I wanted to see if a book giveaway would be a good idea… although I’m hoping to get a few more followers, the main reason for the giveaway is because I have enjoyed reading these books so much, I really want to share them with everyone!

So how do you win?

Well, you don’t have to go to raffle copter or register on any other websites…

All you need to do is fill in the form on:

Click SUBMIT and that’s it. Then on Saturday, March 29th, I’m going to print off each entry and let my grandson randomly choose one to pick the WINNER!


A few places you can read more about Falling to Pieces:

HERE for the book page at Zondervan.

HERE for GoodReads

HERE for Vannetta Chapman’s Website.

12/26: Second Christmas… celebrating family


Second Christmas is an Amish tradition…

Christmas Day is meant for celebrating the birth of Christ, and the second day of Christmas is saved for celebrating with family. This is the time for gifts, treats and good food…

Today our little family will continue to celebrate Christmas with gift-giving. I’d share what the grandchildren will be getting, but the little stinkers are savy enough check this blog the moment it’s published.

So you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see… but I can share what I bought for the family…

it’s such a joy! We ALL love it! For several months, I’ve thought we’d find the right one any day, but instead it took months. Yesterday, my daughter texted me the picture… I took one look and said, “get it”!



NaNoWriMo – Day 30… I DID IT !!!


I DID IT! I completed the 50,000 word challenge on November 29th… actual validated count is 50,310!

And my daughter validated her word count at 50,291 an hour before I did, and was declared a WINNER, too! Congratulations, Rachel!


Today our family will celebrate! Lunch is planned… hopefully I can think of someplace special… then we will just spend time together (and no writing allowed)…

Of course, tonight I will get back into my novel and work a little more… although I wrote the ending, it needs more work… more words… more time.

I am planning to take a 2-week break when I feel that I am done. Then go back to it and see what I think… I’m sure more editing will be done.

But with God’s help, if it is His will, I will be thinking seriously of looking at publishing choices. And while I was writing this month, God gave me an idea for another novel that I will be starting next year.

God bless you…

And a special blessing to those who prayed and encouraged me. You are the best!

Please keep following my blog… I’ll keep writing…


NaNoWriMo – Day 29


Big day today… Day 29 of NaNoWriMo… Black Friday…

As far as NaNoWriMo goes, I still haven’t passed 50k but I feel that I am a winner nonetheless, because I accepted the challenge, I wrote every day for a month, I started a novel, I participated in local events, and I kept up every day (for the most part) with the daily goal. Even if someone doesn’t pass the 50k mark to be declared an official winner by NaNoWriMo, shouldn’t they be considered a winner, just for trying?

However, unless I get very sick or my laptop dies, I should be able to pass the 50k mark tomorrow before the deadline! YAY!

And… I did not participate in the Black Friday sales today. I stayed home to help my grandchildren put together the game table we bought last night… and enjoyed being at home with my family… and continued to write.

Here’s the game table… they love it.


OK, it’s back to writing…

God bless you and good night.


NaNoWriMo – Day 28

Happy Thanksgiving!


This is a day to remind us all to be thankful…

My homeschooled grandchildren created a harvest tree with fall decorations and leaves that have notes, telling what our family is thankful for…

GOD’s love, family, Tom & Joyce Harmon (special friends) and SNOW!

I have so much to be thankful for… my salvation and the love God showed me (that I don’t deserve and at times have not appreciated), my wonderful family, including 2 very loving grandchildren, my home and my job, friends who are encouraging and supportive, music – which is important to everyone in our home, IBLP, ATI and Bill Gothard, who has made such a difference in our home and our lives… and all the many blessings in my life.

And it is Day 28 for those busy with the NaNoWriMo challenge!

TWO NaNoWriMo buddies of mine have passed the 50,000 mark and were declared a WiNNER!

Arphaxad (Mike) and JC MorrowsCONGRATULATIONS!

It is also the weekend to catch all those amazing sales, so my post will be short… I’m on my way out to shop!

God Bless You!

See ya tomorrow…


NaNoWriMo – Day 27


What is it about weekends, holidays and extra time off…

We have so many things to do that we stay out longer and I get less and less writing done! Today, for example, we left home early to go to the grandchildren’s piano lessons – actually we didn’t have a piano lesson today, we had breakfast (homemade waffles) with our friend, who happens to be the piano teacher. We left there at 11:30am, ran by a local shop nearby and found two inexpensive (not necessarily cheap… but they were) violins for the grandchildren to learn to play. It was 12:30…

We headed back to the teacher’s house so she could check them out. She said the violins would work and she kept them to clean up, replace strings, and do a little more maintenance. She is a wonderful friend, concert pianist and violinist… and composer.

By this time it was 1:30pm… we went to Wendy’s for crispy chicken sandwiches (nuggets for my grandson) and a tall skinny peppermint mocha next door at Starbucks for my daughter. Time: 2:15pm

From there it was just a hop, skip and a jump to Cracker Barrel to pick up our Thanksgiving meal, packaged nicely in a big box… and then we figured a quick trip to the mall to check out Williams Sonoma for pumpkin pecan butter would be a good idea. They were on sale for $8.99 so we bought 4, as they usually last us awhile. Time: 4pm

From there it was time to run by a Redbox to return the movie I rented last night… but of course I forgot and got almost home, then had to turn around and go back.

By the time we got home, it was almost 6:00pm. Empty car. Fix dinner (we snacked on a little of the Thanksgiving food). Grandchildren settled. Friend in Washington State called to chat.

Now it’s after 8pm and I’m writing my blog.

Hey, after it’s done maybe I can write on my novel…..


I’m thankful for a day spent with my family, visiting with a friend, finding two affordable violins, and that we arrived back home safely, so it was a good day! Now I’m really going to get to my novel writing…..

God bless you.

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