Friday, August 18, 2017

"Out Of The Ashes" by A.M. Health Book Tour and A Special Interview With Review!

Out of the Ashes Blurb
Sometimes peace is won through battle. 

Haunted by the memories he can't escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn't understand why he's forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?

Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He's desperate for peace, but at what cost?

When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go?

The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?
My review:  I am so excited to say that I have finished reading  "Out Of The Ashes" by Anita Health, the third book in the "Ancient Words Series" and I loved it. I strongly recommend reading book1 and 2 in this series before reading "Out Of The Ashes". So I am going to include the links for those books here if you want to check them out http://debbieloseanything.blogspot.com/2015/09/where-can-i-flee-by-m-heath.html
"Out Of TheAshes"by A. M, Health is a book about how George, Ralph, Frank and others survive the aftereffects of war.  This book has facts of history woven into a GREAT STORY.

There are lessons that the characters learn in this book that readers need to apply to our lives, lessons about forgiveness and loving our enemies and how sometimes doing nothing to help others is just as bad as the things others are doing to those less fortune.
I got to the last chapter and was thinking I don't want this series to end and I was happy to read in the back of the book that another is coming! Yeah!

While reading the books I was thinking these books would make a great movie or movies because they are as great as the classic "Gone With The Wind" and one scene made me think of "The Gift Of The Magi" by O.Henry, no one cut off their hair but the gifts were just as special.

If I was asked to pick a favorite character from "Out Of The Ashes" it would be all of them but the few ladies from the church, yes I can dislike church ladies in books, you know all readers do, and Melissa's parents who made her feel she was worth nothing if she didn't marry and help them financially.  I think the characters will remain in my heart and head for a long time, because I could feel their pain and happiness as I read the story because AM Health told a fantastic story and made me fall in love with these characters while telling history.                                                                    

These stories made me cry ( not so much "Out Of The Ashes") and rejoice.  There was a few times in this book I was thinking ,no, don't let be that way. I am going to close the review now before I give a spoiler alert.  I SAY READ THESE BOOKS AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.                                                

I was given a complimentary copy by the author.  These opinions are my own. Definitely worth more than the 5 stars I am giving it.

Anita's BioBesides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

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                                       Interview  With Author

Which character was your favorite to write? 
Ahh, this is so hard to answer. Claire was an instant favorite for me to work with. She reminded me so much of myself that her character just flowed out onto paper. Frank was another favorite of mine. I loved watching him grow throughout the stories. By the epilogue, I was able to stand back (much like his father, Olen) and look on Frank with pride. My "son" had grown into a fine man. 

Which was the hardest character to write?
George Chandler!! He was such a closed off character, even toward me! I had a hard time connecting with him and finding his story. 

If you couldn't write, what would you do instead? 
Bake and decorate cakes. I had planned on opening a bakery before the Lord had changed my course. No regrets, though! 

Do you create playlists for each book, write to the same music all the time, don't listen to anything? 
I actually create playlists for each book. They help me connect with the characters and their story lines. In fact, it was the only way I was able to get to know Rose Forrister. 
BUT, I typically write to the same playlist. I have a rather long list of songs that help me get into the zone and stay focused. I've noticed that I'm not able to write to a variety of songs so I spend most of my time with the one playlist unless I'm looking for inspiration from the novel's playlist. 

Where is your favorite place to write? Pictures? 
I prefer to stay at my desk. Lol I love the idea of writing at a cafe or in a booth over lunch but I'm not as comfortable and can be easily distracted. It's best if I stay at my desk. Occasionally, I'll write outside under the tree. That's as close to being comfortable and productive as I can be when not working at my desk. 

What book do you WANT to write but know you never will? 
I was watching The Secret Garden some time ago and was inspired by the slight romance they added to the story. I couldn't help but wonder what would happen as the kids aged and the interests of the two boys continued to drive a wedge in their friendship. I was inspired to carry on with their story, but I highly doubt I ever will. 

How do you find the balance of writing time and family time? 
This isn't always easy for me. I've been known to focus more on work then get stressed out when I'm interrupted. I'm learning to expect nothing or very little when the kids aren't in school. I've noticed that if I stop working while the kids are awake or home, I'm much less stressed. So I try to schedule myself around their schedule and go with the flow on the odd days when we have appointments or other mishaps. 

Which of your book covers is your favorite and why? 
That's also hard to answer. I had a hand in crafting all three so they're like children to me. I'm so close to each of the characters, so I can feel their emotion in each of the covers. I know what they're thinking. Frank is wrestling with Christ on the cover of Where Can I Flee. Sally is enjoying a love letter on In the Shadow of Thy Wings. And Ralph is remembering all that he had lost during the war in Out of the Ashes. If I'm forced to pick, I'd say Where Can I Flee but only because it was my first creation. There's something really special about seeing your ideas come to life. 

Do you ever feel like quitting? Why? 
Yes and no. It's common to reach a point in the novel where I feel like I've made a big mess of things and will never be able to finish. That's such a discouraging season, and there tend to be multiple seasons like this with each novel. But one way you can tell that you're in the Lord's will is when, even in the midst of such frustration, there is a deep sense of duty and resignation. I may feel like quitting from time to time, but I know I never will. I wasn't called to quit. I was called to finish. And by the Lord's power and for His glory, I'll do just that. 

How can readers encourage authors? 
By taking a minute to drop them a note and let them know how much their book meant to you. I treasure each message a reader sends me when they let me know that something I've written has touched their hearts in some way. And you never know, you just might be sending them a message on one of their hard days. You could be God's instrument meant to encourage them in their work and push them forward to the finish line. 

What do you do when you run into writer's block? 
I bang my head against my desk. Lol Well, that may not be completely false, but I do a number of things. I tend to be an analyzer. So in my mind, I'm picking it apart and puzzling over where I went wrong or what I should have done. I run my loose thoughts across a plotting partner and she often offers some advice or a writing technique that could help me. And sometimes, you just need to take a break and come back to it later in the hopes of being able to see more clearly. And never forget prayer!! The Lord is the author of all good ideas, so I find it best to ask for clarity as I work. 

Why did you write Out of the Ashes? What do you hope your readers will say about it? 
There are a couple purposes behind Ashes. First of all, Ralph needed a happy ending. I actually dedicated this novel to the reader for that very reason. I knew it was the story they wanted most. The deeper purpose behind the novel is to show the reader that true healing comes from Christ and Christ only. What a difference it makes when we face the trials of this life with Him by our side! 
I hope the reader will say they loved the story and that it touched their heart in a special way. 

Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis? 
LOL Not this one! Grammar actually isn't my strong suit at all. I like to tell people that it's my job to be creative and it's the editor's job to make me look good. ;) I do tend to be a little more aware of grammar mistakes while I'm editing my novel. But for the most part, it's the furthest thing from my mind.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special? 
Since I'm involved in two genres, Christian fiction and historical fiction, I'm going to answer for both. 
Christian Fiction is so special because it has the ability to edify the reader as well as entertaining them. It blesses me as a reader when I run across something that God uses to teach me. And nothing blesses me more as an author than to know that I've impacted someone else for God's glory through my work. 
Historical Fiction is special because it breathes new life into old stories. I never get tired of hearing from people who hated history in school but picked up their first historical fiction novel and found that they loved it and even learned something along the way. Through historical fiction, the reader is able to feel the emotion and connect with the common thoughts of the people during that time in a way that a history book often lacks. 

Who is your favorite author? 
Jane Austen and Lynn Austin are among my favorites. 

Who is your favorite audio book narrator? 

Amanda McKnight. I thoroughly enjoyed her work on Jessica Dotta's series, Born of Persuasion and I would also highly recommend. 


Out of the Ashes Blog Tour Stops

Aug. 11: Amanda Tero @ With a Joyful Noise : Book Review
Aug. 14: Deana Dick @ Texas Book-aholic  : Book Review
Aug. 15: Virginia Winfield @  Bigreadersite : Book Review
Aug. 16: Raechel Lenore @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae : Spotlight
Aug. 18: Debbie Curto @ Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations  : Book Review and Interview
 There is a paperback giveaway in progress for the duration of the tour. 
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Amazon Links:                                                                                                                                      Where Can I Flee:https://www.amazon.com/Where-Flee-Ancient-Words-Book-ebook/dp/B00MQ8KYI2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501199307&sr=8-1&keywords=Where+Can+I+Flee

Sunday, August 13, 2017

An Interview With Linda Weaver Clarke and A Special GiveAway

                                                                                 
Bio: Linda Weaver Clarke is the author of22 books: historical romances, period romances, a romantic cozy mystery series, a mystery suspense series, a children’s book, and non-fiction. She has also traveled throughout the United States giving lectures on writing techniques. All her books are family friendly. She lives in Color Country, which is located in southern Utah among all the red mountains. 


Linda Weaver Clarke is having a Book Giveaway, which will last until Aug 21st:         Every visitor will receive 7 EBOOKS FREE if they preorder the Historical Romance: The Fox of Cordovia. For these promotional giveaways, go to https://lindaweaverclarke.wordpress.com.

Book Trailers

The Rebels of Cordovia Book Trailer
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The Highwayman of Cordovia Book Trailer
                             
                      Author Interview

Welcome to my blog. Where did you get your inspiration for The Rebel 

All three books in this series are love stories set in the late 1700s. The Rebel Series was inspired by the stories of the American patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a king. It’s a theme that is dear to me. Liberty is something that I cherish. It’s a precious gift given to us by those who fought so valiantly. When I read the stories of the American Revolution, my heart swells with gratitude for those loyal patriots. When I look at our flag and pledge allegiance to it, tears well up in my eyes. When I listen to The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless the U.S.A., I get choked up. Especially when it’s sung by a choir.

How would you describe The Rebel Series?

The Rebel Series is a mixture of romance and adventure. I absolutely love stories that are page-turners, which have some mystery and suspense. I love a romance where the man and woman know they are meant for one another and have a strong belief in God. Even though there are trials along the way, they never give up on the other. I also like strong women characters in a story.

Had the idea for this series been on your mind for a while?

I had the idea of a country that had to fight for its liberty and the idea stayed in my mind for a long time. I had read stories of how America got its freedom and how determined we were. I was touched with each incident that I read. We fought for our freedom from 1775 – 1783. The miracles that happened during that war made me realize that God was watching over us.

Please give us a description of book one: The Rebels of Cordovia.

There was a time when swashbuckling men and brave women engaged in daring and romantic adventures, those who fought with bravery and valor. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Now tell us about book two: The Highwayman of Cordovia.

Centuries ago, valiant men and courageous women engaged in daring adventures as they helped their fellow man. In the country of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

The Fox of Cordovia is the third book, which will be released Aug 21st. What is it about?

In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins. 

What kind of research did you do for this series?

When I did some research about the “waltz,” I was surprised by what I found. The peasants were the first to dance the waltz. It was such fun that bored noblemen would sneak out and go to the country-dances. The Oxford English Dictionary back then called the waltz “riotous and indecent.”

In a 1771 German novel, someone complains about the “newly-introduced waltz” among the aristocrats. He wrote: “When he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.” Haha. It finally became fashionable in Great Britain when the wife of a Russian ambassador endorsed it. 

I learned some interesting facts about lamplighters. The city is careful about who they hire because lamplighters also act as night watchmen and need to be trustworthy. I learned that the job is usually handed down from father to son and kept within the family. I love doing research.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

To read a sample chapter from each of my books in The Rebel Series, go to http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/historicalromance.html and click on the title of the book that you want to read. 


Personal Note From Me:  I haven't read any of the "The Rebel Series" books but they are on my to Be Read List,  but I have read "Amelia Moore Detective Series" and loved that series.

Make Believe: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com

Family Friendly Blog: http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com

Red Mountain Shadows Publishing: https://redmountainshadowspublishing.wordpress.com

"A Door Cracked Open" by Carmina Edwards BookTour and Giveaway

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About the Book







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Book title: A Door Cracked Open
Author: Carmina Edwards
Release date: November, 2015
Genre: Biography
Raised in a mean-spirited, poverty-stricken home in the seventies, where her quarrelsome father tries to squash her carefree spirit and her three siblings make fun of her, Amy struggles to understand what value she has. Somehow finding God in the midst of an atheist upbringing, she perseveres to grow up better than the useless person she’s assured she is.
When told at the age of sixteen that she must start working to pay her way instead of finishing school, she dares to dream of a better life, away from the squabbles and constant despair she encounters at home.
A magazine ad from a family in Sweden, looking for someone to watch their children, entices Amy’s adventurous spirit, and she soon finds herself looking through a new door in her life, cracked open to an amazing world she never dreamed possible, where people are nice to her and life is good.
“An incredible true story of perseverance in adversity, this is one account where truth truly is stranger than fiction.” ~Laurie Penner.

My Review:  
"A Door Cracked Open" by Carmina Edwards is a true story about a girl that was abused by her father and even teachers.  I felt sorry for Amy while reading this story because I know how it felt  like not being apart of the school crowd, no I wasn't abused like Amy, but like Amy I closer to my grandmother, though in Amy's case it was her aunt until she went to Sweden and then it was the two families that she worked for but she has a special relationship with the grandmas.

Amy's story is told with honesty and I felt like I was actually listening to Amy tell her story rather than reading it.  There are accounts of abuse like her father slamming the piano lid down on her hand because of a wrong note but there is also funny accounts like her making bread and can't read all the Swedish words yet so she leaves out an important ingredient figuring it won't make much difference.

Though the whole book Amy shows that ( this is a direct quote from the book) " She could always see a reason for everything and would go through life finding and focusing on the reason for things that happened to her. Amy found a blessing in each and every incident, however difficult or painful they turned out to be, trusting in God, whom she was not allowed to talk about" 


The story was easy to read except the abuse part( who likes to read about abuse) but it was written in good taste and easy to follow but it sometimes seemed to be repeating itself.  


I was literally saying to myself "Thank you God, that you sent Amy to the right family when she was learning to be a teenager and experiencing normal teenager actions".


Ok, I must be honest here and say I didn't like the fact that the families let her have alcohol ( wine) maybe because it was Sweden, she was 17 and 18,  I know that it won't bother other readers but I am just being honest here. I also know that is a true story and not fiction so had to be included in the telling. 


I am adding her second book "Into a Silent World" to my to be read list. It is a continuation of her life and the ending of "A Door Cracked Open" left me wanting to know how her last choice turned out. I do believe there is a third book coming also. 


I really encourage all readers to read this book and if nothing else, help her support homeless people, this is her statement from her guest post on the book tour "Because I feel passionately about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them."  I think if you read the book you will see how the human spirit can rise above overwhelming odds.



"A Door Cracked Open" by Carmina Edwards is a five star memoir.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 

About the Author
222938_1045001648055_1316040273_30132258_9921_n[1]I am a mother of two wonderful grown up children and currently living in the UK, after living in Sweden for three years where I wrote my first book, “A Door Cracked Open.” I was blessed to be able to spend six months in USA before returning to the UK, my home country, to work with my editor in California on the edits of this book and visit friends.
I am an avid reader and linguist, having also spent some years living in France and have been fortunate enough to have taught Swedish and French over twenty-five years and translate for businesses and manuscripts in both languages. Being unemployed the past few years, has led to me becoming homeless. However, I never give up hope. As I try to portray in my books, God has always had His hand on me. Once again, He has stepped in right at the last minute. I now have a new job in Sweden and will be moving back there. Because I feel passionately about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them.

Guest Post from Carmina Edwards

Something about my book.
After many friends, having seen the unusual life I have led up until now, told me that I should write a book, I finally decided to do just that. I am an ordinary person who has not suffered more than many, but have been privileged with many extra-ordinary experiences. I wrote my book in order to share with others, just how God has had His hand on me and brought me through some tough times which seemed impossible to find a way out of. My first book highlights some of this, though it isn’t until the second book, that more becomes clear and the third book will show the extreme mercy and grace He has showered me with. The story is still unfolding. My aim is to show, through my writing, that giving up is never an option. Stay true to God and He does pull us through. Trusting in Him is key and I personally, have seen Him transform some of the dreams He put onto my heart, into reality. I’d love for my books to be of some encouragement to others and have so far received several emails from readers all over the world, telling me how my story so far, has done that. One went so far as to say that she had given up, but read my book purely by chance and has picked herself up and is once again back on the road to reach her goals. The story of a scatty, spontaneous and highly sensitive girl, ridiculed all her life because of her faith and dreams, (she’s born into a completely atheist family). never gives up and some of the situations she gets herself into are pretty scary, but sometimes humorous. Yet God’s protection is seen all the way through.

Blog Stops

August 4: Quiet Quilter
August 5: Carpe Diem
August 11: Mary Hake
August 14: cherylbbookblog

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Carmina is giving away:
Grand Prize of a book themed gift basket all the way from Sweden!
And
A 1st – 3rd place prize of an eBook copy of A Door Cracked Open!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bd29

Saturday, August 12, 2017

"The Return" by Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Tour and GiveAway

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The Return-Book CoverBook title: The Return
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Release date: Sept 1, 2017
Genre: Amish
In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans—but then she never had to. Not until the night she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she’s developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.
Greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?
Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.
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My Review:
"The Return" by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third  book in the (Amish Beginnings) series.  Of the three books I think it was my least favorite just because of things that happened in the book.  The book is Amish and Mennonite fiction but is written about the time in history when Indians and the White people were fighting over the land.

This book has scenes that are that common with the massacres that we are all aware of that happened during the time "The Return" is written about.  Don't let that stop you from reading this book.  It isn't too graphic and the things that she writes about happened.

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes in a way that the reader really feels what the characters feel and she writes in a way that we the reader has a glance into their personal thoughts, isn't that why most of us read so that we can escape into someone else's life without being accused of being nosy or crowding into someone's personal space. 

There are characters in this book that keeps you liking and then disliking all the way through the story.  I really liked how Hans changed toward the end but enough about him before I give a spoil alert. I will say that Hans wasn't a tropical Amish man in this novel, but I think that is why the book was so interesting to read.

I understand why the ending was the way it was but I personally wanted a different ending.

The book could probably be enjoyed as a standalone if you're not like me and don't have to read an entire series, but I recommend reading all three books in this series to get the full picture because " The Return" does mention the boat and the rose and some of the character's actions from the previous books.

Yes, I really liked "The Return" but the book ends with a not all together happy ending but then again life isn't always happy even in fiction and would we even want it be? I think if everything ended on a happy note we might get bored with reading because we would know how the story would end, no surprise, I think I would prefer a not so happy ending once in a while to keep me guessing.

This book is about forgiveness and love and growing as a person and learning to overcome your troubles and live the best with the situation you are in.

I am giving "The Return" by Suzanne Woods Fisher five stars.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 




About the Author
Fisher_SuzanneWoods (1)Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.


Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Three Sisters’ Garden: Corn, Squash & Beans!
Corn was a new food to the immigrants to the New World, introduced to them by Native Americans. Soon, it became an essential part of their daily diet, in one form or another. Growing it brought yet another new discovery: companion planting in the form of the Three Sisters’ Garden.
ThreeSistersGarden2According to Iroquois legend, corn, squash and beans were three inseparable sisters who only grew and thrived together. 18th century Native Americans wouldn’t have understood the science behind why companion planting worked, but they knew it did. Beans, like all legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits from the legumes and provides a pole support for the beans to climb. Low growing squash leaves shade the soil and prevent weed growth. Their sharp and prickly leaves deter pests. This tradition, of planting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, became a sustainable system to provide long-term soil fertility among Native American tribes that farmed.
The wisdom of planting Three Sisters’ Garden was adopted by the immigrants, including our own Betsy Zook from The Return. Betsy learned of the technique while a captive among a tribe of Indians and later, after she had been returned to the Amish, shared her knowledge with Anna and Bairn.
ThreeSistersGardenHave you ever considered growing a Three Sisters’ garden? All you need is the right kind of seeds, a mound of dirt in a sunny spot, and to not forget to water. Mother Nature will do the rest.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling, award-winning author of novels about the Old Order Amish. Her interest in the Plain People began with her grandfather, who was raised as a Dunkard (German Baptist) on a farm in Pennsylvania. Suzanne loves to connect with readers! You can find her on-line at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

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Blog Stops

August 1: Quiet Quilter
August 1: Remembrancy
August 2: Bigreadersite 
August 3: Genesis 5020
August 3: Book by Book
August 4: Carpe Diem
August 6: Artistic Nobody
August 7: A Reader’s Brain
August 7: Pause for Tales
August 7: Splashes of Joy 
August 8: Live.Love.Read.
August 9: Mary Hake
August 9: Simple Harvest Reads (Spotlight)
August 11: The Power of Words
August 11: Karen Sue Hadley 
August 11: Neverending Stories
August 12: Cafinated Reads
August 12: TinaTruelove
August 14: Vicky Sluiter
August 14: By The Book

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is doing an amazing giveaway from August 1 through 14! Check it out:
Four winners will receive one of the prizes below:
An Amish Gift Basket and a copy of The Return
Amish popcorn sampler and a copy of The Return
The Amish Beginning 3 book set series
One grand prize winner will receive:
An iPad Mini
You can enter at Suzanne’s website (http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/contests/) or on her Facebook page (http://gvwy.io/q1kb9u4)