Friday, January 09, 2015

A PATH MADE PLAIN - Lynette Sowell - One Free Book

Bio: Lynette Sowell is the author of more than 20 titles for Barbour Publishing, Heartsong Presents, and Abingdon Press. Her work has won the Carol Award and appeared on the ECPA best seller list in 2014. When Lynette's not writing, she works as a newspaper reporter for her city paper and is an award-winning columnist. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband, their Texas heeler, and a duo of cats. She loves traveling, reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip.

Welcome back, Lynette. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness – whether that be forgiving someone, forgiving yourself, or accepting God's forgiveness. God's faithfulness in spite of difficult circumstances is another theme I like to write about. Real life can throw us some curveballs, and fiction can cause struggles for characters too. I like to show my characters overcoming with God's help.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I'm preparing to re-release a mystery book series that was published some years ago, called Scents of Murder. I've had a great time getting to know these characters again as I've made tweaks to the books and some fun changes. After that, in early summer 2015 I have two novellas set to release in multiple-author book sets. I'm a hybrid author, and I've enjoyed a bit of independent publishing on the side.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
That's a tough one. For me, it's a toss-up between the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John. Paul wrote so much of the New Testament, I'd love to get some clarification on some things that he wrote, from his perspective, that is. :)  I'd like to meet John because of the books of the New Testament that he's written, to find out what it was like to walk with Jesus and see Him face to face.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
There are SO many reasons authors get rejected. Those reasons can range from simply bad timing, to “we already have something similar to this” (the reason my first book was rejected), to “you need to work on plot/grammar/characterization, etc.,” to “this isn't a good fit for us.” Take a careful look at the reason for the rejection—if you're given a reason, that is.

Also, I believe most authors have two sides—the “business” author side and the “artist” author side. I would pray and decide which side of your author's personality you'll follow. The business-author will study the market and see where his or her style/voice will fit a niche in the market and adapt proposals to fit that. The artist-author will keep “following her heart,” so to speak, and keep pursuing publication with a style, regardless of the market. There is no guarantee, either way—but prayer and persistence will get you through. And chocolate for when those rejections come!

Tell us about the featured book.
A Path Made Plain is book two in the Seasons in Pinecraft series from Abingdon Press. It stands alone from book one (A Season of Change) and shares the story of young Betsy Yoder, who makes the Amish-Mennonite village of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida, her year-around home. She gets her family's support, literally and figuratively, to open a bakery. She's nursing a healing heart after the man she loved left the Order to join the Mennonite church. Then Thaddeus Zook, ex-Amish, roars into Pinecraft on his Harley. He's spent not quite a decade away from the church and his family after going to culinary school and becoming a pastry chef. He chooses Pinecraft, where his grandmother lives, as a safe place to get his life back together again.

Please give us the first pages of the book.
Betsy Yoder's cheeks ached from smiling as sweat trickled down her back. She dished up yet another serving of chicken pot pie to yet another wedding guest, while her splintered heart ached far more keenly than her outer discomfort.
           
Amish Jacob Miller had married Englisch Natalie Bennett not quite a week ago, and although the current celebration of a cousin here in Ohio helped buoy Betsy's spirits, she felt a throb of pain as if she'd witnessed Jacob and Natalie's wedding all over again.

With the new union, Betsy's dream died forever. It was not fair the mercury had shot up to more than eighty degrees today, and the promised rain never fell from the clouds scudding across the sky, to occasionally provide some shade. The pretty autumn weather was probably welcome to everyone in Ohio, except her.

Betsy couldn't get back to Pinecraft and Sarasota, Florida quickly enough, and her snug room at Aenti Chelle's house.

“You're doing fine, Betsy, just fine,” she muttered to herself.

“See? This means you are meant to stay here in Ohio,” her mamm said. “With us.” Mamm served up a dollop of mashed potatoes to a guest in line.

Betsy's cheeks flamed, hot as the pans holding food to feed a succession of three hundred guests—a rather small number for an Amish wedding. 

A man marrying an Englisch wife who'd joined the Beachy Amish Mennonite church was certainly not an everyday occurrence, nor something expected or one necessarily wanted to see, not if you were Amish in Ohio.

Which was why Jacob and his children had packed up the remainder of their belongings and moved to Florida, for good. Their bishop had given his blessing for them to join the Beachy Amish Mennonite Church in Sarasota, which had become Natalie's place to fellowship. She'd passed her proving time and been baptized into the Mennonite church before driving from Florida to Ohio for the wedding. Driving. As in a vehicle, not a buggy. Somehow, the fact Natalie's mammi and daadi had been Amish made everything all right.

The new bride had glowed in her cape dress and white head covering, but Betsy couldn't forget the first time she'd seen Natalie Bennett, clad in pink capris and a t-shirt. Betsy kept piling pot pie on brimming plates and wiping sweat from her brow. At least there was some shade with the wedding meal laid out on long tables under the trees on the Millers' property.

Her mother nudged her arm. “What, no protests? Since you aren't marrying Jacob, it's time for you to come home and stay home.” Did the humid breeze whooshing through the branches above conceal her mother's words from other ears? Betsy hoped so.

Her cheeks burned. “This isn't quite home anymore, Mamm.”

“Nonsense, Ohio will always be your home.” Her mother smiled at a guest passing by the table. “Your daed agreed to let you stay in Florida for a time, but now—”

“I have my housecleaning clients and Aenti Chelle says I'm welcome to stay in her home.”

“Your cousin Anna Mae could use some help in her quilt shop.”

Betsy fell silent. Of course, Mamm wouldn't budge. Daed would have the final say, so she just needed to bide her time until she returned to Sarasota by bus. The house she'd lived in for her twenty-one years should seem familiar, and it did, along with the room she used to share with sisters Grace, Phoebe, and Emma. But during the last week or so, it seemed she saw her surroundings with fresh, grown-up eyes.

Her practical side whispered in her ear as she lifted a now-empty pan off the table.

Back here, there are more prospects, more of your friends, more of everything you've always known. Mamm is right. On a day like today, given other circumstances, it would be easy to agree to move back to Ohio, returning to Florida long enough to gather her belongings from Aenti Chelle's and empty her Florida bank account.

The idea made the neckline of her dress tighten. Betsy tugged at it. Constricting, limiting. She had begged Gotte to tell her what to do next when she learned of Jacob and Natalie's engagement. She'd taken her father's approval to stay in Florida as a sign she and Jacob would one day be together, she just needed to be patient and bide her time.

“But living in Florida is for old people. You know what they say about Pinecraft. 'It's for newlyweds, half dead, and hard to get,'” her dearest friend Lottie had told her last winter when she'd shocked everyone by asking to remain in Pinecraft and work.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

My blog is at http://lynettesowell.blogspot.com, and you can also find me on Facebook at my author page, www.facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor, on Twitter @LynetteSowell, and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/lynettesowell. I also blog monthly over at notquiteamishliving.com and inspyromance.com.

Thank you, Lynette, for sharing this new book with me and my blog readers. I'm really enjoying this series.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Path Made Plain - Christianbook.com
A Path Made Plain: Seasons in Pinecraft - Book 2 - Amazon


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50 comments:

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela in KY

Deanna Stevens said...

I do enjoy Amish books & this one sounds like a good one! Dee S, NEbrrraska

Jean Smith said...

Sounds like a great book, I love reading Amish fiction.

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

I live in PA and am a fan of books that feature the Amish. This is a new author to me. Would love to win. Thank you.

Deanne said...

Lynette Sowell, I have read some of your books that I have checked out from my local library. The stories have stuck with me and I've really enjoyed them .I would love to have a chance to read this inspirational book. Thank you for the opportunity. Deanne in Pennsylvania.

Lucy said...

I am in chilly, snowy WV and need this good book to cozy up with..

Margaret McLaughlin said...

I live in Arizona and read book one, I would sure like to read this second book to see what happens to Betsy.

Wendy Newcomb said...

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and it would be great to win the second one, thank you for the chance.

Wendy from FL

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Pam Graber said...

I live in Ohio and the small taste of the book looks excellent! Would love to win!

Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing another great interview and giveaway opportunity!

Britney Adams, TX

Loree Lough said...

So wonderful to learn more about you, Lynette! Can't wait to get my hands on this book! Wishing you a happy weekend!

Lorraine A said...

Would love to win...thank you for the opportunity. Lorraine from NC

chriss1234us said...

Love New books about the Amish way of life. Thanks for the chance to win Sarah Harper Manchester, Georgia.

momof8 said...

I live in AZ. I am impressed with the people you would like to meet. Really has me thinking who I would like to meet if I could.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book . . . I live in Largo, FL, born and raised in Central Pa and had Amish neighbors. Amish books are about the only kind I read, Thank you!

Lisa Garrity said...

Thanks for the opportunity, this book sounds really good! I'm Lisa in Inver Grove Heights, MN aka Minnesnowta!

Linda Landreth said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity. Corpus Christi, TX

Lynette Sowell said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by, and thanks to Lena for having me! I hope you are all snug and warm, wherever you may be. :)

Tina Lowe said...

Love love love christian books the Amish are my favorite.. I live in grand rapids mi.

Lori Daley said...

This looks like a great book! Thank you for the chance to win!! Lori in Virginia

Anonymous said...

Zook is the last name of my Great, Great grandparents, but they were Mennonite. :) I will definitely add this book to my wish list. Bri from Texas.

Southern Gal said...

I really enjoyed book one in this series and would love to win this one! Thanks for the chance!

Mary Preston said...

I did not want the excerpt to end. Fabulous.

Mary P

QLD AUSTRALIA

Carol Carman said...

Hands down, Amish fiction is my favorite to read, any time of the day, night or year! I haven't read this one, but it sounds like one I would thoroughly enjoy.
I will check back next Saturday to see if I won. : )

Carol Q. said...

Hi from Taunton, Massachusetts. This book looks great and a new author for me

Beth Gillihan said...

Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

Beth in Montana

Kristie said...

I read the first book in this series and really liked it. It was the first book Lynette's that I read. I'm very impressed! I am so interested to see what happens to Betsy. Kristie from COLD Ohio. Sigh.

Mama Cat said...

This really sounds interesting - would love to read it! I live in Phoenix -

Sally D said...

Your books sounds so good I'd love to win it. I notice most are saying where they live. I used to live in AZ most of my life but now I am in mid-Missouri where it is too cold. We know some Amish families in a community 50 miles from us.

Cindi A said...

Book one was fabulous so I'm really anxious to read book two. Even if I don't win, I will be picking up a copy of A Path Made Plain.

Cindi Altman from PA

Virginia winfield said...

This book looks so good. This is Virginia from Iowa.
Thereadmaster@me.com

rubynreba said...

I was not aware of this series. I always enjoy books that feature the Amish.
Beth from IA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the good interview with Lynette. i have been seeing this book. Would love to win it.
Maxie from Texas. > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Jackie Tessnair said...

I love amish books.This one sounds great.Please enter me.I would love to read it.Jackie Tessnair,N.C.

Dee said...

I love reading stories about Amish people, both young and old. I live in Ohio very near the Amish and when reading about Amish I think of our friends and how they would handle the situations in the stories. We spent a few winters in Sarasota/Pinecraft area among the Amish and would Love to read more about the life stories you have written! Thank you for your writings!

Judy Cooper said...

I enjoyed the interview. It will be interesting to see how much of Pinecraft will be included. I am very interested in visiting there Please include me in the contest. Judy C., Louisiana.

apple blossom said...

oh, I love Amish books thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

RW1010 said...

Poor Betsy! I would love to know what happens to her! Thanks for sharing!
Robin in NC rw620{at}aol{dot}com

Barb Wilson said...

Would Love to read this. In Missouri.

Library Lady said...

We have the first book in this series in the church library. I would love to win the second book to add to our collection.
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com
Florida

Anonymous said...

Would love to read this book . . . and winning a copy would be awesome. From Largo, FL - born and raised in Central PA.

onorman said...

Sounds like a good book. I live in Traphill NC.

diane papke said...

this sounds like a good book to curl up with on these cold nights. please enter me in your drawing. i liv e in rochester, ny

Linda Landreth said...

I would love to win and read this book! I live in Corpus Christi, TX!

Rebecca Followell said...

I would love to win! Rebecca in IL

Anonymous said...

Winning a copy of this book would be awesome!

Anonymous said...

Love reading books with an Amish story. This one sounds interesting and a bit different.
Jan, in Oregon

Lindsay Starr Platt said...

I have never tried Amish fiction, why not start with a book by Lynette

Granny's Attic said...

I love Amish novels. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com in Ohio