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It’s Super September!

super september
Yes, it is a super month for author friend Amanda Flower/Isabella Alan! With three new books coming out this month, she still took time to write a guest post to share here. She wants to tell a bit more about what we can expect in the future for Andi Boggs and friends. Andi is the star of her new series for young adults. I loaned my copy to two young friends who were delighted with this book. Christmas is coming, if you have a teen reader, this would be a great gift!

What does future hold for Andi and residents of Killdeer, Ohio?
By Amanda Flower

When I wrote Andi Unexpected, I knew I wanted it to be a series. As a child, I loved reading series and following my favorite characters through several if not dozens of novels. As an adult, series, especially mystery, are still the books that I gravitate to as a reader. Even though I knew I wanted Andi Boggs to star in a series, I didn’t know what the series would look like because I was so focused on the first book.

However when the deadline for the second novel started to loom over my head, I thought about it a lot because I wanted the series to have shared themes and an overall story arc. I can’t say too much because my editor hasn’t even read the second book yet, but I can share some broad ideas. Overall Andi Boggs and her sister Bethany will continue to deal with the death of parents and adjust to life in a rural town. Their young aunt Amelie will adjust to being a parent of a middle schooler and high schooler, and Colin and Andi will rely on each other more to solve their cases. Another aspect that will repeat in the novels is some historical element related to an event in Killdeer or a person that lives there. I love local history, so I have had great fun making up local history for a fictional town.

When I was in seventh grade all Ohio students were required to take Ohio history. Now, that may sound like a boring subject, but for whatever reason my twelve year old self found it fascinating. I got a kick out of learning about the Western Reserve, the Underground Railroad, how many presidents came from Ohio—eight if you’re curious. That love of Ohio history never went away. In fact, one summer during college I worked as an historical interpreter at a living history museum in the state. I wove Shaker style baskets and told tourists what it was like to live in Ohio during the pioneer days. It was a fascinating job, and you can bet I will write about that experience some day. Perhaps in another series. So many ideas, so little time…

It’s SUPER SEPTEMBER! Amanda Flower (also writing as Isabella Alan) has three novels releasing in September 2013. To celebrate, she is giving away an authentic Amish Quilt hand-stitched by Amish in Holmes County, Ohio.

Enter to Win an Authentic Amish Quilt from author Amanda Flower! Click here to Enter!

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I recently read Nancy’s book Unbreakable, which made me really think about some things in my own life. I am so pleased to be able to give you a little information about her and some of what is going on with her writing career. Don’t forget to go over to her newsletter, read it and sign up for a chance to win a copy of her newest book when it comes out!
Nancy Mehl’s first novel was published in 2001. Since then thirteen books have followed, including an omnibus edition, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers’s mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book of the Year award in 2009. The first book in her Road to Kingdom Series, Inescapable, released in July of 2012. It was followed by Unbreakable, which came out in February of 2013. The last book in this series, Unforeseeable, will hit bookstores in September. She is currently working on a brand new a Mennonite-themed suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.
Nancy’s main writing interests lie in mystery, although her Mennonite novels, The Harmony Series and The Kingdom Series, lean more toward the romantic suspense genre. “There’s a touch of mystery in everything I write,” she says. “The truth is that the lines between suspense and mystery are closer than most people realize. I think the mystery influence will always show up in my books”
So far, Nancy’s novels have all been set in Kansas. “I love Kansas,” she says. “We’re a lot more interesting than people think. Using Kansas in my novels is easy. We have everything – big cities, small towns, rolling hills, rich farmland, culture, history, odd locations (look up The Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas!) and a friendly hometown feeling. “We also enjoy all four seasons. This allows me to set my stories in different weather conditions. Winter is my favorite season. Throw lots of snow in a story and your plot can suddenly go in an interesting direction.”
Nancy lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She has one grown son, Danny, who is an award winning graphic designer. Danny lives with his beautiful wife, Shaen, and their son, Aidan, Nancy’s first grandchild, in Missouri. Besides writing, Nancy spends her time with a volunteer organization, Wichita Homebound Outreach. WHO is actively involved in the lives of low-income, elderly people in the Wichita area. Nancy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle.
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: She has a newsletter located at:, and is a part of another blog, The Suspense Sisters, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

The winners are:

Deborah Spaulding and Verna Humphrey.

Thank you all for visiting the blog and entering,

Deborah won the embroidered pillowcases and Verna gets the quilted potholder.

Bo Stern is celebrating the release of her Beautiful Battlefields with an iPad Giveaway and a Live Webcast event on March 12th!

iPad Giveaway

One “beautiful” winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 12th. Winner will be announced at the “Beautiful Battlefields” Live Webcast Event on March 12th. Connect with Bo Stern for an evening of sharing and perspective-changing encouragement for life’s battles. Bo will also be taking questions form the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Beautiful Battlefields and join Bo on evening of March 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

Truly a life changing, must-read book!

There have been 1000 blog posts, and Oldentimes recently hit 200 followers! Thank you so much for hanging around to see what Oldentimes has to say!
In honor of what to me is a wonder, I am going to give something away…

hand embroidered pillowcase set

hand embroidered pillowcase set

quilted cupcake pot holder

quilted cupcake pot holder

So if you want to leave a comment here, telling which you would like to have, a drawing will be held on March 10 and two winners will be selected. One person will recieve the pillowcases and the other the potholder.
This is my small thank you.

One ARC copy of Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda Brunstetter.
Meredith and her husband are facing big changes. He is going to another state to learn a new trade, in hopes of coming home to Bird-in-hand and starting his own business.
It is an Amish story.
To Enter:
Post a comment about a decision that made a difference in your life.
A winner will be chosen January 23.

Here in my office/sewing room/’useful place to put everything you might need’ is a closet. It rivals that of the famed Fibber Mcgee,  for content.

I have been threatening to clean it for some time. Last night, grandson, granddaughter and two of the greats came over, they were after some Christmas decorations to use for their first Christmas in their own home.

So I opened the door and began moving boxes…

They left with quite a bit of Christmas decor, including most of my snowman collection, and I am glad to pass it on.


Not all of it, of course, today I will probably put up my “Charlie Brown” tree, dig out the snowmen that have travelled with me for 20+ years and once again prepare to celebrate.

Grandson Brett has scientifically chosen a winner. Pulled a name from the jar.  An e-mail is on the way.

If we do not get a reply by Monday another will be chosen.

Thank you all for participating!