Please welcome our guest hosts, Mary and Dana.
Coming Together– The Making of Amish Christmas Miracles Collection
Christmas books are always popular with readers because they take us to that wonderful time of the year where anything seems possible, and the Baby in a manger is a reminder of the miracle given to each us that first Christmas.
No matter what day of the year it is, you can have Christmas in your heart anytime simply by opening a book.
Celebrating Christmas in Amish country is a special treat. It allows the reader to step away from the modern-day trappings of the season and return to a simpler way of honoring the birth of Christ, without the high-speed tempo of today’s times. A humble place where Christmas means time spent with family and community.
Dana and I are both excited to be part of Amish Christmas Miracles, coming November 10th. You may know us from our Amish stories published through Love Inspired Suspense, but we are honored to have the opportunity to create a story that we hope will touch readers hearts. Expanding our creative skills into a genre that has been a favorite for both of us is an added blessing.
Dana R. Lynn:
I agree with Mary. We love the thrill of writing suspense, but writing Amish Romance is an entirely different skill set. The pacing of the story is different. And the tension doesn’t come from running for their lives, but the stories still need believable conflict to breathe and move forward.
Another challenge with writing a novella is the word count. Each story is between 10,000 and 20,000 words. Our Love Inspired Suspense books run around 55,000 words. In less than half the word count, a complete story had to be told. At the same time, novellas have a certain charm. They can be read in a single setting and are the perfect way to relax on a cold evening. It was so much fun writing these stories. Not only that, but it was a privilege to work with the other authors involved in the project. Some of whom I have admired for years! I am so excited for this collection to release!
About the Collection:
Amish Christmas Miracles includes 14 heartwarming stories of faith, hope, love. . . and Christmas Miracles by some amazing Amish authors.
But getting so many together for one book can be a daunting task.
How did the story idea begin?
According to Jennifer Spredemann, one of the collection’s creators, it has always been a goal of hers to find new readers, share God's love, and attempt to make a bestseller list (other than just Amazon) - a feat that is difficult and challenging for an independently-published book. She and Jennifer Beckstrand got together and began talking. They invited several authors, both indie and traditionally published, but didn't want to make the collection too large, since it will also be available in paperback. Jennifer believes the collection of 14 authors is the perfect mix to give readers an exciting taste of the holiday season!
Today, we would like to introduce you to the authors of Amish Christmas Miracles along with the titles of their stories included in the collection, and the websites where you can learn more about each author’s books.
A Christmas Homecoming by Mary Alford
Peanut Butter Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand
The Christmas Program by Laura Bradford
The Amish Author's Christmas by Ashley Emma
A Gift Worth Waiting For by Tracy Fredrychowski
Sleigh Bells Ring by Kathleen Fuller
A Christmas to Treasure by Rachel J. Good
The Blessing Jar by Loree Lough
Louisa's Christmas Blessing by Dana R. Lynn
A Stranger for Christmas by Serena B. Miller
The Heart's Return by Adina Senft
The Christmas Fudge Miracle by Susan Simpson
An Unexpected Christmas Gift by Jennifer (J.E.B.) Spredemann
The Christmas Prayer by Lenora Worth
So, come with us to Amish country this Christmas.
As snow falls softly outside the window, curl up by the fire with this collection of 14 stories by your favorite Amish fiction authors.
Let them transport you to Amish communities all across the country. Travel to small towns where horses clip-clop down the road, farms dot the snow-covered landscape, and families gather to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.
Sigh over sweet stories that touch your heart. Laugh, cry, rejoice, and smile as couples renew their faith and find their perfect soul mates. These heartwarming tales of faith, hope, love, and Christmas miracles are our special gift to you.
May you be richly blessed this holiday season as you celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world!
Dana R Lynn
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Mary will be giving away one copy of her book Amish Country Kidnapping and Dana will be giving away one copy of her Annie's Fiction book Remembering Daisy. Please let us know if you would like to be included in the drawing.