Beauty from Ashes by Kathleen Fuller

A Love Made New CoverA Love Made New, the third book in my Amish of Birch Creek series, is set in the fictional town of Birch Creek, a small Amish community near Holmes County, OH. Over the years I’ve made several visits to Holmes and Middlefield (Geauga County) and I’ve enjoyed every visit. One of my favorite things to do is to drive the back roads and take pictures. The scenery is so beautiful in this part of Ohio. There are gently rolling hills, stunning fields and gardens, plenty of livestock grazing on acres of fertile pasture, and of course, the Amish themselves. If you get a chance to visit Holmes or Geauga county I highly recommend spending some time getting lost in the countryside.

While A Love Made New is set in a fictional Amish community, the setting and characters reflect real-life. Abigail Schrock lost her parents in a buggy accident, then lost the man she loved when he left her for another woman. These events have a devastating impact on her (of course!). Raw and hurting, she has trouble believing someone as kind and caring as Asa Bontrager would be interested in her.

Self-esteem and self-worth are things we all struggle with at one time or another. Through Abigail, I wanted to show two things: 1) finding our self-worth in people and things can only lead to disappointment and pain, because our worth is found in God and 2) God takes the deepest pain and turns it into something beautiful. Abigail, like many of us, had to go through pain and brokenness before she discovered her worth and identity in Christ. My hope is that through Abigail’s story, readers will see a little bit of themselves in the character, and a whole lot of God’s love in their lives.

WANT TO WIN A COPY OF A LOVE MADE NEW?  Thomas Nelson Publishing is giving away a copy to one lucky reader!

To enter, leave a comment for Kathleen. For an EXTRA chance share this post and leave a comment if you do. Giveaway starts on 9/16/16 and ends on 9/23/16.

*Giveaway is only open to US residents*

Kathleen Fuller

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently live in Geneva, Ohio. I’ve been married to James for 22 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) We have three terrific children, three dogs, and have raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 21. A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?

A Visit with Joanne Bischof and Friends Plus Giveaway

“Of all the books you’ve written, what was different about the writing of this novella?”

When I was invited to guest blog here at Destination Amish, this is the question that I threw out to my fellow authors of The Heirloom Brides Collection. I thought it might be fun to share their answers, and give you all an inside glance at what went into this collection of four novellas—each inspired by a family heirloom. Their answers are below and I’ve not only added one of my own, but we have a very special question for you just below!

Tracey Bateman – Something Old

I didn’t really take a different path other than writing in a genre I haven’t done in a long time.
Traditionally, I take a page from my own current “story” as I begin writing a new book. It’s cathartic for me, and while the goal is to entertain, I always feel like if I’m facing a situation in my life, there’s a pretty good chance that someone else is facing it too. In “Something Old”, my character found herself alone, and for the first time must learn how to accept help and live as part of a community, while making her own way.

Recently I found myself in the same position–needing to be the primary bread winner in our family. As I navigate the changes, I’m learning to lean on my friends and family as never before.

Joanne Bischof – Something New

When I got I got news of this novella collection, up until that point, I had only published books set in Appalachia—a place that has my heart. While I dreamed of this novella also taking place there, I also wanted to open up the world of the characters a bit more by adding an adventure into the works. When Something New begins, the hero is just returning from four years at sea as a sailor on the ice trade. His adventures of faraway lands really brought a fresh layer of intrigue to the heroine who has never been behind the hills and hollows of Appalachia. I hope readers enjoy learning about his adventures as much as she did.

Kim Vogel Sawyer – Something Borrowed

I love including animals in my stories. I’m a pet-owner, I’m especially fond of cats, and it seems natural to incorporate pets–cats or dogs–into my characters’ worlds. But until I wrote Something Borrowed, I’d never considered having one of my characters adopt a wild animal as a pet. I queried my Facebook friends for their input on the kind of animal my new-to-country-life heroine could encounter and potentially choose to keep for companionship. They voted wholeheartedly for a coyote. Then I asked for name suggestions, and one of the ladies suggested Rowdy. Perfect! Rowdy the Coyote became an integral thread in the story’s fabric.

Mona Hodgson – Something Blue

I enjoy exploring the concept of home—finding a home, returning home. In
Something Blue, both the heroine and I return home to Cripple Creek. In
writing the novella, I went back to the setting for my debut novel, Two
Brides Too Many, and the other three stories in my Sinclair Sisters of
Cripple Creek Series. What fun to revisit the community of characters who
had become so near and dear to my heart. For Darla, a secondary character
in Two Brides Too Many, the return to Colorado holds both pain and promise.
Which will prevail? Can Darla triumph over her past mistakes? Perhaps we
can go home again.

Question to readers: What says “home” to you? In the comments, feel free to share a little about home and what makes it special to you.
One person who leaves a comment will be picked to win a paperback copy of Heirloom Brides!
For an EXTRA chance share this post and leave a comment if you do.
Giveaway starts today, Wednesday, September 23rd and ends Wednesday, September 30th.
*Giveaway is only open to US residents*

Love Finds You In Charm Movie-UPtv-Giveaway

Have you read Love Finds You In Charm, Ohio? Did you know that it is going to be a movie?! It was filmed right here in Sugarcreek and Charm. Love that! Want to win a copy? Sure you do! Details on how to enter are at the end of the post.

Have you read Love Finds You In Charm, Ohio? Did you know that it is going to be a movie?! It was filmed right here in Sugarcreek and Charm. Love that! Want to win a copy? Sure you do! Details on how to enter are at the end of the post.(love-finds-you-in-charm-ohio)

Building on the success of last year’s UP original film Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, the original UP Premiere Movie Love Finds You In Charm (#LoveFindsYou) is a romantic drama about a beautiful, young Amish woman – seemingly with it all – who jumps at the chance to spend autumn in scenic Charm, Ohio with relatives and finds herself pulled between two worlds and two men.  The movie stars Trevor Donovan (Texas Rising, “90210”), Danielle Chuchran (Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, UP’s Nowhere Safe), Drew Fuller (“Army Wives,” “Charmed”), Tiffany Dupont (“Greek,” “The Bedford Diaries”).  Love Finds You In Charm exclusively premieres on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT.   This romance is the second in UP’s “Love Finds You” movie franchise.

Filmed in Charm and Sugarcreek, Ohio, the heart of Amish country, the movie was directed Terry Cunningham (UP’s Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit), and produced by George Shamieh and Mission Pictures in association with Guideposts.  Based on the popular novel by best-selling author Annalisa Daughety (“Walk in the Park” series, Wedding to Remember), the adapted screenplay was written by Bryar Freed-Golden (UP’s April 12th film The Music In Me, Paper Angels and Love Finds You In Sugarcreek).  The ensemble cast also includes Kaitlyn Sapp (UP’s Love Finds You In Sugarcreek), Dawn Lafferty (Reversal, Timequest), Kellen Boyle (Beautiful Sin, Chasing Death), Rohn Thomas (The Ides of March, The Mothman Prophecies) and newcomers Meg Wittman, Belle Fockler and Nick Petrus.  Features the original song, “Be Here,” performed by singer-songwriter Katie Herzig (whose music is frequently featured on “Grey’s Anatomy”) and written by Herzig, Seth Jones & Catt Gravitt.

Young Emma Miller (Danielle Chuchran) would appear to be lucky. This beautiful Amish girl has a loving family and the community’s most eligible young man, Jacob (Kellen Boyle), wants to marry her.  But she has more on her mind than buggies, bonnets and making her special goat cheese – Emma is secretly obsessed with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and restlessly longs for adventure and travel.  When given the opportunity to spend the season helping her widowed cousin Lydia (Meg Wittman) in scenic Charm, Ohio, Emma jumps at the chance. There she meets an Englischer, librarian Kelly Bennett (Tiffany Dupont), who has come to town to escape her chaotic life.  Despite their differences, the two become fast friends.  Settling into her cousin’s farm, Emma finds Noah (Trevor Donovan) – a striking, well-read, young Amish man who helps work the farm – intriguing, yet vexing.   So when Emma’s cheese attracts the attention of a local bed-and-breakfast and a handsome wine-and-cheese blog editor, Andy (Drew Fuller), she finds herself pulled between two worlds and two men.  Emma must decide whether to stay amongst the Amish, or leave behind everyone and everything she’s ever known to venture out into the world.

Have you read Love Finds You In Charm, Ohio? Did you know that it is going to be a movie?! It was filmed right here in Sugarcreek and Charm. Love that! Want to win a copy? Sure you do! Details on how to enter are at the end of the post.(love-finds-you-in-charm-uptv-movie)

Following up on the tremendous success of last year’s Love Finds You In Sugarcreek on UP, Love Finds You in Charm is a spectacularly shot romantic drama, filled with strong values as expressed through Amish traditions and faith,” said Barbara Fisher, senior vice president of programming, UP.  “Actress Danielle Chuchran radiantly expresses Emma’s restless journey, and she has real chemistry on screen with romantic leads Trevor Donovan and Drew Fuller, who represent the two paths from which Emma has to choose.

Author Annalisa Daughety (www.annalisadaughety.com) writes contemporary fiction set in historic locations. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University, she spent time working as a park ranger for the National Park Service. This experience led her to write the Walk in the Park series – each book in the series is set in a different national park.  Annalisa has written several Love Finds You™ novels, including Love Finds You in Charm, Ohio, Love Finds You in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Love Finds You at Home for Christmas.  After 37 years of singlehood, she finally found her happily ever after in 2013.  She and her husband live in rural Arkansas and are learning the art of chicken and goat farming.

The “Love Finds You™” book series was launched in October 2008 by Guideposts imprint Summerside Press with the goal to give readers a taste of local life across America.  Each of the almost 60 novels to date – by revolving authors, including Daughety –  draws on the compelling history or unique character of a real place, such as Charm, Ohio.  Learn more at www.ShopGuideposts.org/love-finds-you.

Follow the cast and talent from the film at:

About UP

UP is television’s trusted entertainment brand dedicated to providing viewers with “feel good TV for you and your family.”  UP uplifts viewers every day with premiere movies, original reality, dramatic and comedy series filled with compelling stories and characters with character. In keeping with its brand promise, UP’s pro-social initiative, “Uplift Someone,” inspires people to do simple, everyday acts of kindness.  UP can be seen in 70 million homes on cable systems and satellite providers across the United States. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC which also operates gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service and provides sales and operations services to the ASPiRE network.

Follow UP on the Web at www.UPtv.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UPtv, Twitter on @UPtv and Instagram at up_tv.

Guideposts Books is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Love Find You in Charm,Ohio!

To enter leave a comment.…easy peasy! For an EXTRA chance share this post and leave a comment if you do.

Giveaway starts today, Monday, June 1st and ends Monday, June 8th.

*Giveaway is only open to US residents*

Love Finds You In Charm Movie-UPtv.

 Behind the Scenes of Love Finds You in Charm