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I’m currently finishing the first book in my INFAMOUS AMISH miniseries for Kensington Books. (That title is subject to change.) But I’m just loving this story!

You know how when you finish reading a book that really grabbed you, there is this kind of pleasant melancholy that it’s over, and that you have to move on to a different story, or worse still, real life? 😉 Well, it’s the same for the author, but maybe worse. I get a little moody after finishing a book and sending it off to my agent. Writing the book is an even more immersive experience than reading it, because you create all of these characters inside of you, and you carry them around with you.

The other day, I was talking to my friend, and I starting thinking about the epilogue for this particular story, and she laughed and said, “You’re plotting, aren’t you? I can tell.”

Every book I write takes me over, so when the book is finished, I’m both relieved because it’s one heck of a lot of work, but I’m also a little sad to be done with it. This book was a real pleasure to write, and I can’t wait for the day that it releases and I get to share it with all of you in 2021!

In the meantime, the cure for my gloomy mood will be to move on to the next book I’m writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line. It’s is another Amish story, and on these dreary, chilly fall days, it brings some warmth back.

That, and turkey soup!


Photo by Ergosumm88


In the meantime, have you read my Christmas story in AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS?

It’s on the shelves now! 



For the Amish, the day after Christmas is for family, feasting, and exchanging simple gifts. And for three different couples, it will bring another precious chance for love . . .
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray
Amish nanny Hannah Eicher never thought she’d ever see Rob Prince again. There was no way a relationship between her and the handsome English fireman could overcome her family’s objections—and their personal differences. But when he saves her from a sudden blaze, Hannah longs to see if they can turn holiday hope into a lifetime of happiness . . .
HIS AMISH ANGEL * Patricia Johns
She’s too outspoken to be a proper Amish wife. So as advice columnist “Miss Amish,” Maggie Lapp helps Amish and English with their romantic problems. But when her tradition-minded former fiancé accidentally reveals her secret, Maggie will need more than a miracle to make things right—and find a perfect love for all the Christmases to come . . .
Rachel Miller won’t let her disability keep her from selling heirloom plants and proving she can be independent. She certainly doesn’t need reckless Joseph Webber working at her greenhouse to pay off a disastrous Rumspringa stunt. But she and Joseph have more in common than they think—and their surprising holiday partnership might just blossom into forever joy . . .