Wednesday, August 10, 2022



Ruthy here!

I am so excited to see this wonderful series hit the shelves of!

"Love's a Mystery" is a great new concept for Guideposts, a wonderful coupling of TWO novellas in one book... a historical romantic mystery and a contemporary romantic mystery, written by two separate authors.


Gabrielle Meyer did the historical on this one... I did the contemporary, and it was wonderful to spend a couple of days in Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown, renamed after a huge manufacturing shutdown by General Motors left the town reeling and virtually unemployed).

But the town hit the Reset button, changed its name to reflect Washington Irving's amazingly successful story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and now the town is a tourist mecca of history, great sites, wonderful foods, bakeries, kitchens, great churches, and black-and-orange street signs. :) 

And now the book is out... A wonderful romance that sizzles in the midst of an autumn mystery and no one in Sleepy Hollow has time to mess around in October! :) 

From Guideposts, Inc.: 

When a strange man claiming to be the brother of Ichabod Crane accuses Brom Van Brundt of murdering Ichabod, his daughter Hannie begins a desperate search for the truth. Was the local folklore true? Was Brom the headless horsemen who scared Ichabod out of Sleepy Hollow? Or did something more sinister happen? The handsome new schoolmaster, Gideon, offers to help Hannie, but how long can they hide their growing feelings for one another?

Then turn the page and travel 200 years to the present where Tess has returned to Sleepy Hollow to help run her Gran’s soup shop. But all is not well. Gran has been scammed out of thousands of dollars by a bogus animal charity. She hires Riley O’Toole, Tess’s high school crush, to help. As Riley and Tess investigate, sparks soon fly. Is Gran secretly playing matchmaker?




THEN...  in two months I am blessed to have a second novella in this series:

"Love's a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas", a pair of Christmas stories set in an iconic Texas town named... you guessed it... Cut and Shoot!

Throughout all the crazies and over-reactions of the past two years, the Guideposts team has stayed at the top of their game with all of their work on inspirational writings, devotionals, self-help books and a deep-dive into more fiction and rebranded fiction. This new series goes along with the republishing of the Summerside Press books that hit the charts years ago, an original Love Finds You series including my "Love Finds You in the City at Christmas", an award winning novella "Red Kettle Christmas" which will be loved, loved, loved by fans of "Call the Midwife".


So they're republishing my historical "Red Kettle Christmas" in "Love Finds You in the City at Christmas", a wonderful step back into 1947 Manhattan and these two new novellas.

Yes, it's been a busy year!

Yes, I'm so blessed to be part of this.

And yes, I'm looking forward to more mysteries with Guideposts! 

So celebrate with me today... Leave a comment and one person will win a copy of "Love's a Mystery in Sleepy Hollow, NY"! 

Award-winning, bestselling inspirational author Ruth Logan Herne is living her dream of writing great stories, running a farm, being a nice person most of the time and taking care of really cute grandkids as needed! Author of over 70 novels and novellas, Ruthy loves giving voice to ordinary people with extraordinary results as they become the unforgettable characters readers love. Visit Ruthy's website email Ruthy at and friend her on Facebook where she shares love, life and her amazing faith in God. 


  1. What a great series idea!
    I'm in the middle of reading a Guideposts mystery series set in Lancaster County, PA, and you're right - the Guidepost team has their finger on what readers are looking for. I'm so glad you get to be part of it.
    And team writing with Gabrielle Meyers? That must be such fun!
    Congrats on the stories, Ruthy!

    1. Jan, you are so right.... they do extensive research before choosing a series, they spend money ahead of time so it's a rare thing when something doesn't fly.... and this new series is such a fun switch to younger characters... while the full-length series I'm working on for them, with Gabe and a host of other gals has 40-something characters so they're really mixing it up. And I love that, readers like to switch things up and be drawn into the situation and setting of the moment, so being tagged for this novella 2-in-1 series was a recipe for fun!

  2. Oh my gosh, Ruthy! I can feel your excitement through this post and I'm excited, also, because the stories sound sooooo good! I'm not very familiar with Guidepost (I'm ashamed) so going over there after writing this. I like stories set in Autumn and at Christmas and "homey" plots such as grandparents/inheritances/old houses/others. You are on fire, lady! AND, all of you authors are killing me with writing awesome TBR pile is stacking up! lol AND, I want to take a minute to say THANK YOU to all of you for the give aways.

    1. Karen, you're welcome! And it is so much fun!!!!! Such a cool idea and I know the other authors are having just as much fun as I am. And next year our "Whistle Stop Cafe Mysteries" launches and you guys will love, love, love it.... I promise!!!

  3. Hi Ruthy, I am so excited about this book.....please enter me. I love your books....always so inspiring! Thanks for your giveaway.

    1. You are in! And Jackie, thank you for your kind words!

  4. This book sounds like a great concept with both the historical and contemporary, and now a must-read because of you and Gabrielle! Thanks for sharing about it!

    1. Linda, isn't that a great idea? And the crew at Guideposts is so much fun to work with.... they are an absolute delight.

  5. Both stories sound delightful! Congrats on another story of yours, Ruthy, that readers will love! And that includes me! Hugs!

    1. Oh, you are so kind! And I hope readers eat this up because it was so much fun to write a quick-paced short mystery/romance.... And you know that we category romance authors know how to write a great story in a shortened form. That's not something everyone can do and working for Harlequin and Love Inspired sure did sharpen those skills. That's a huge blessing, Debby.


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