Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tuesday Tidbit: ANATOMY OF A SERIES



 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

I'm excited about book 3 in my Prodigal Daughters Amish romance releasing today. This has been a fun series. Here is a little bit of how this series came about.

Ahhhh, romance! I love romance. If there is a specific gene connected to romance, I must have it.

When asked if I’d consider writing a contemporary Amish romance series, my first thought was that I didn’t know enough about the Amish, so let me pray about it. After praying, God led me to a few ideas that I developed into a series: Amish women with nontraditional hopes and dreams. Prodigals. I figured my Prodigal Daughters series was too non-Amish that a publisher wouldn’t want it. Imagine my surprise when the publisher contracted them.

Before starting to write stories with Amish (or writing about any unfamiliar people group), I had to get to know them a little. Like a lot of people, I had preconceived notions of who the Amish were. As I researched the Amish, I learned things I never imagined that shattered my two-dimensional-people image I had of them and discovered a vibrant people.

I had so much fun coming up with Amish women who didn’t follow the traditional path for an Amish woman. So I thought, What’s something Amish almost never do? Go to school beyond eighth grade. So what would propel an Amish girl to defy her culture, religion, and way of life. I discovered, it was because of those things, she went against the rules. She loved her people so much, she was willing to sacrifice and endure ridicule to serve them.

In COURTING HER AMISH HEART, though Kathleen might not have thought of herself as strong, she was strong indeed. She gave up her dream of her own family to go against hundreds of years of tradition and rules to provide her fellow Amish with medical care. Kathleen’s prodigality was for a noble cause.

Kathleen is dear to my heart not only because I admire her strength, but because I named her after my wonderful oldest sister.

So, what else would an Amish person not do? Fashion model is high on that list. My next challenge was getting her away from her family farm all the time without her family noticing. I felt so bad for Deborah that her family didn’t notice her regular absence, especially her mutter. So, I explored why they could be so calloused toward her.

In COURTING HER SECRET HEART, though Deborah may have thought she craved attention, she really just wanted to belong in her own family. Deborah’s prodigality was selfish, but when her family needed her, she was willing to sacrifice everything for them.

Deborah is dear to my heart not only because my heart ached for her misguided actions, but because I named her after my wonderful second oldest sister.

For a Prodigal Daughters series to be complete, I needed to have a true prodigal. Where my first two heroines were still very much Amish, I wanted this third one to have turned her back on the Amish ways. When she finds out she’s pregnant and has no place else to turn, she’s forced to seek help from the one place she never wanted to return to: her Amish roots.

In COURTING HER PRODIGAL HEART, Dori had done everything she could to look the
opposite of Amish. Not only with clothes and make-up but with piercings, rainbow-colored hair, and pregnant. Dori’s prodigality was very selfish, and it took all of her Englisher ways, Eli’s kindness, and Gott’s love to help Dori become Amish after all.

I have only two sisters, so Dori wasn’t named after anyone, but my heart went out to her in her struggling to figure out who she was. I loved getting to know these three couples as I wrote their stories.

Happy reading!

Blessings,
Mary (Endowed with the Romance Gene)
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An Overview of the series
A doctor or an Amish wife? She can choose to be only one… Kathleen Yoder comes home after fourteen years in the Englisher world. Practicing medicine means sacrifice—no Amish man will want a doctor for a wife. Widowed Noah Lambright offers a cottage as her new clinic, seeing how much Kathleen’s skills can help their community. But as their friendship deepens, could love and family become more than a forbidden dream? 

COURTING HER SECRET HEART
Caught between two worlds… Deborah Miller lives a double life as an Amish woman—and a fashion model! All photography is forbidden in her Plain community, so she must keep her job a secret. But when Amos Burkholder starts helping at her family’s farm, hiding the truth from him is impossible. And soon she must choose between the Englischer world of modeling and the Amish man she’s come to love.

COURTING HER PRODIGAL HEART
Mother-to-Be’s Amish Homecoming... Pregnant and alone, Dori Bontrager is sure her Amish kin won’t welcome her—or the child she’s carrying—into the community. And she’s determined that her return won’t be permanent. As soon as she finds work, she’ll leave again. But with her childhood friend Eli Hochstetler insisting she and her baby belong here, will Dori’s path lead back to the Englisher world…or into Eli’s arms?

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MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in The MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December, and Courting Her Prodigal Heart (Book 3 in the Prodigal Daughter's series) January 2019. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.

Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

MISSAdventure BRIDES Series: NEVER GIVE UP




My novella “ZOLA’S CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection is about a young woman who sets out to be the first woman to drive coast to coast in a automobile.

What’s a courageous young woman in 1904 to do when challenged to drive across the country? Accept, of course. Will the journalist tasked to tail her steal her heart? Or sabotage her efforts?


Zola faces many obstacles and struggles before and during her road trip. People’s opinions of what women are capable of was low. Both men and women felt women weren’t very capable outside the home.

The roads—when there were roads, which wasn’t often—were bad or nonexistent. Automobiles were a new novelty and broke down often. A lot of people did think they would catch on because of it. Who wanted to drive an unreliable automobile instead of using a reliable horse.

There were no gas stations. You had to buy fuel at a general store. There were no maps or road signs. When it rained roads turned to deep, thick mud. Other places were rocky and tore up tires. There were mountains to scale and rivers without bridges to cross.

It seemed as though everything was against the early motorist.

Even with all these obstacles and many struggles—including people along the way sabotaging her vehicle—Zola determined to do her best. It wasn’t easy, and she wanted to give up many times, but she didn’t.

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endures
in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins
 — not by strength but by perseverance.” H. Jackson Brown

“Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose.” Josh Shipp
Happy Adventuring!

This concludes my MISSAdventure Brides series. I'm taking the rest of the month and year off. I'll be back after the first of the year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?
Releases December 1, 2018

The MISSAdventure Brides Collection would make a wonderful Christmas present!

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

MISSAdventure BRIDES Series: ROAD TRIP!

My setting in “ZOLA’S CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection is the open road (where there were roads) and inside (and many times under) an early automobile. In my novella takes place in 1904, a courageous young woman, Zola, has taken up the challenge to prove women are as capable as men, and to prove this, she sets out to drive an automobile from coast to coast. My newspaper reporter hero, Allen, has been tasked with getting the story and is ordered to follow her.

When Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson made his historic journey in 1903, there exited only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire United States, most of those in large cities. What roads there were in between cities were extremely primitive if they existed at all. There were no road signs, no road numbers, no road maps, and no gas stations. In the first decade of the 20th century, a driver had the option of bad roads or no roads at all.

Within a few years of Dr. Jackson’s trip, an organized movement began in the United States to improve the roads across the nation to accommodate this new fangled device—the automobile. Higher quality driving surfaces were needed as well as a structured system of roadways, updated maps, in general, better ways for people in cars to travel wherever they wished to go.

By 1913, the nation’s first transcontinental motor route, the Lincoln Highway, had been created coast to coast through the center of the country. And by 1915, an automobile had raced across it’s entire length in just fives days time. This never would have happened without adventurous people like Dr. Jackson to forge the open country side before roads existed.
Happy Adventuring!

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?
Releases December 1, 2018

The MISSAdventure Brides Collection would make a wonderful Christmas present!

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:


Tuesday Tidbit: ANATOMY OF A SERIES

  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! I'm excited about book 3 in my Prodigal Daughters Amish romance releasing today. This has bee...