In preparation for writing the next book in my Amish Mysteries, I’ve been spending some time in Lancaster County. I love having the opportunity to ride around the countryside, snap pictures, and learn new facts. Some of the things I’ve learned will find their way into the main plots of my books. Some, will help authenticate the backdrop for my characters.
If you’re on Facebook, you probably know I share pictures and tidbits from time to time with my readers. But, in the event that you’re not, here is a picture/tidbit I thought you might enjoy.
I took this picture of an Amish-owned business that repairs farm equipment. If you look to the right of the main building, you’ll see a small brown outbuilding with a window. That’s the “phone” booth. It’s kept outside the business so as not to distract, but it’s there when a business reason arises. Inside the booth is a small desk and chair, along with the phone.
Also…do you see the “scooter bike?” It’s a widely used mode of transportation for many Amish. Interestingly enough, actual “bikes” are not allowed. The thinking behind that is it might allow them to go too far from home and they like to keep everyone close.
I’ll be back with a new picture/tidbit next week!
For those of you who also read my Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (under the pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey), TAKEN IN–the 9th book in that series–has just released!
And, because it’s launch day, lots of neat things are going on today…
**If you subscribe to my E-newsletter, you know that I am running a special contest today (August 5th) for my Facebook and Twitter users. If you didn’t get my newsletter, you can read the details here: http://www.laurabradford.com/newsletters/0814.html
**Also, you can read a review of TAKEN IN, a guest post from me, and enter a chance to win a copy of the new book on Escape with Dollycas today. This is a great blog for booklovers, so be sure to check that out here: www.escapewithdollycas.com
**You’ll also find a review of TAKEN IN, a different guest post from me, and a chance to win a copy of the new book from Marie’s Cozy Corner. This review/blog posted yesterday, but the giveaway is good through the week! http://mariescozy.blogspot.com/
**If you’re out and about and see TAKEN IN on a store shelf, snap a picture and post it to my Elizabeth Lynn Casey page on Facebook. Tell me the store and location where you found it! I love to see my books across the country!
Finally, if you’re a fan of the Amish Mysteries, you can get a peek at the cover for book # 4, SUSPENDERED SENTENCE, on the “books” page. Isn’t it great? The book will release on March 3rd and it IS available for pre-order now.
It’s been a while since I’ve popped in with an update, so I thought I’d do one today.
I’ve been busy writing, editing, and writing some more since SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS came out in March. I’ve also been fielding some very nice emails from readers who loved the new book (they always make me so happy–so thank you!).
As for what I’m working on now, I recently finished final pass edits on my next Sewing Circle Mystery (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). That book, TAKEN IN (the 9th in the series) will be out August 5th. I’ll be sending out a newsletter as that day gets closer, so if you haven’t signed up to receive one yet, please do so on the home or contact page of this site. I send out a newsletter no more than four times a year and it’s always chock full of neat updates about my series, etc.
SUSPENDERED SENTENCE, the 4th book in my Amish Mysteries, is written and a cover is being designed. I hope to have something to share with you on that soon. In the meantime, just know it will be out next March. I’ll be getting to work on writing the 5th, shortly.
As always, thanks for being a fan. It’s because of you, and others like you, that my series are successful. Thank you.
I want to thank all of you who purchased my latest release, SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS. The book hit several national bestseller lists in its first and second week of publication (still waiting on numbers for week three) and I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you, too, for the kind emails and wonderful reviews that have been posted about the book. It seems Jakob has really touched a few heartstrings in this book!
If you read and liked the book, please help spread the word. If you know of someone you think would enjoy the book, too, consider picking up a second copy for them as a gift.
As for what’s on the horizon now? SUSPENDERED SENTENCE (the 4th book in the series) will be out next March. I hope to have a cover to share with you in the next few months. In the meantime, if you’re not signed up for my e-newsletter, be sure to do that here on the website. I sent out an e-newsletter about 3 times a year and it keeps you up to date on everything that’s going on.
Finally, I still have a few more events coming up, so be sure to check the margin on the right-hand side of this page for details!