9in1: A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection
: Communities of plain faith people throughout the historic Midwest are the settings for nine sweet romances that come to light at Christmastime. From offering help to strangers, to avoiding world events, from being a refuge for old friends, to...
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Communities of plain faith people throughout the historic Midwest are the settings for nine sweet romances that come to light at Christmastime. From offering help to strangers, to avoiding world events, from being a refuge for old friends, to resisting outside influences, the Quakers, Amish, Mennonites, and Amana communities hold to the simple truths of faith and love.
<DIV><P>Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.</DIV>
Rachael Phillips, a church music director, began her unplanned writing career when the church secretary demanded newsletter articles, or else. She has written more than 400 articles, newspaper columns, devotions, and stories along with several books. Rachael enjoys speaking at women's meetings and conducts writing workshops. She and Steve, her high school sweetheart and husband of thirty-eight years, live in Upland, Indiana. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. A
Dianne Christner of Scottsdale, Nancy J. Farrier recently of Winkelman Darlene Mindrup of Goodyear, and Pamela Kaye Tracy of Scottsdale are all Arizona residents familiar with the Fred Harvey history and the locations of his restaurants. Each author is multi-published in fiction and nonfiction.
Jerry Eicher's bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah's Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he's been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.
After many years of dry, academic publications, Claire Sanders yearned to stretch her creative muscles. Since she'd long enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels, Claire decided to try her hand at writing one. After two disastrous attempts which ended up in the recycling bin, Claire's third novel, "Fresh Start," was published in 2008 by The Wild Rose Press. She has since published two novellas for Barbour Books -"A Quaker Christmas" and "The Quakers of New Garden." She has won and finaled in numerous writing contests. To learn more about her check out the web site www.clairesander
Three times a finalist for RWA RITA; finalist and winner of RT Reader's Choice; Holt Medallion Award of Merit' finalist and winner in 2000 Rising Star contest; semi-finalist Nicholl Screenwriting Award; author of 20+ novels + five works of non-fiction; website www.booksbyanna.com; lives in Wisconsin and Florida.
Lauralee Bliss resides with her family in Virginia.
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of nine novels. In 2010, Melanie won?two ACFW Carol Awards for her Summerside historical romances. One of her novels is the top-selling title in the Love Finds You? line. Melanie lives with her husband and daughters near Portland, Oregon