Two or three times a year, I send out an E-Newsletter to all those folks who have signed up to receive one. They’re about a page long, and usually contain information related to a book launch. My fans like them, because it helps keep track of new releases and lets them know when it’s time to pick up a new book.
Yesterday, I sent out my first-ever holiday newsletter which, essentially, contained treats–a recipe (from a well known source), a freebie, two gift ideas, and a heads-up about some really awesome giveaways that will be taking place next week.
If you’d like to receive a newsletter from me, please sign up for it right here on this website. Once you sign up, you’ll be asked to confirm that you’ve signed up, and then you’re officially on the list.
For those who wanted to sign up, but missed that “confirmation step,” I thought I’d share the newsletter that my subscribers got right HERE.
Please know, that if you sign up, you are doing so only for my newsletter. It is a database that isn’t shared with anyone.
One of my personal highlights from my most recent research trip to Lancaster County, PA, came at an Amish-owned shop located on their farm. I was wandering around, looking at the dolls and baskets and other homemade items, when I came across this…
Sure, I’ve seen my books in independent bookstores and big chains like Barnes & Noble before, and it’s always exciting. But to see it in an actual Amish owned shop?!?!?!?
Thankfully the tour guide was as excited as I was and took this picture for me.
I’ll be back soon with more pictures…
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.