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I have a giveaway already in full swing over on my Facebook page. You’ll always find my newest giveaway pinned to the top of the page so it’s easy for you to find. This one is with the wonderful Mary Alford. If you like your Amish stories with suspense and danger, then she is the one for you! Our giveaway includes a book from each of us, plus a knitted surprise.

I’d also like to give you a quick reminder that if you loved my Love Inspired bestsellers, then I have another miniseries that is on the shelves right now published by Kensington Books called The Infamous Amish. They’re by the same author, with all the Amish goodness! They’re on the shelves in Walmart and if you don’t see them in your bookstore, ask them to order them in for you. That’s how you get more Amish on the shelves! 🙂


Have I ever told you about our cows? Well, my husband originally hails from an African country that really loves cows. Cows are a huge part of their culture. In fact, I even have a cow of my own in his home country! One day, I decided I wanted this plastic cow from the farm supply store to be my inspiration for writing a western story I was working on. So we bought it, and my husband took a picture of it and sent it to his family.

They were so impressed with just how romantic he was. He kept getting messages telling him he was such a fantastic husband, and I was a little bit baffled. I mean, he is a great husband, but I didn’t really think that a plastic cow deserved quite that much praise, you know? That is, until I remembered the meaning behind a cow as a gift in his country. It’s a very deep, very personal gift.

Anyway, I decided to surprise Mr. Johns by buying him a similar plastic cow that looked like the ones in his country with the broad horns, and our son figured that if we were going to have a collection of plastic cows, he should probably have one, too.

And that is how our little herd of plastic cows was born. I love them! They’re a symbol of our family, described in a way that only we’ll really appreciate. But sometimes when you tell someone you love them, you have to do it in a language that is most meaningful to them. For us, it’s through cows.

One of these years, I’m going to buy him a real cow, and we’ll pay to have it housed at a farm somewhere. But shhh. Don’t tell him. That will be a surprise. 😉

I hope you are all enjoying your summer as much as I’m enjoying mine!

Happy reading!