Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Witness to Murder

Eugene, Oregon— June 2, is having its first-ever Spring Book Giveaway, giving readers the chance to win one of 12 autographed copies of its latest titles. Readers can enter on the AmishReader homepage at (

The giveaway, which officially began May 12, ends on June 12, 2009. No purchase is necessary to enter, and winners will be selected at random.

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Readers can enter for the chance to win one of four following titles:

Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark— A high-tech thriller that takes readers on a twisting journey from the simple world of the Amish to the complex realm of DNA research.

Rachel’s Secret by BJ Hoff (Book One, The Riverhaven Years Trilogy) ― An Amish-themed historical drama/romance set against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad.

Rebecca’s Promise by Jerry Eicher (Book One, The Adams County Trilogy) ―The sweet story of a young woman torn between the man she loves and a promise made long ago.

A Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis ― (Book One, The Miller Family Series) ― A heartwarming tale of a young widow who finds both trouble and the possibility of love when she moves with her sheep herd from Pennsylvania to Ohio. is an interactive site where readers of Amish fiction can discover new Amish-themed titles, connect with the authors of their favorite novels, and learn more about the Amish.

Witness to Murder by Jill Elizabeth Nelson is part of the Love Inspired Suspense line from Steeple Hill. Hallie Berglund is an up and coming news reporter in Minnesota when she stumbles onto a murder scene: a beautiful model has been strangled to death and her boyfriend stands over the body with the weapon in his hands. Because of something in her past, Hallie is determined that the girl receive justice for her death, but co-worker Brody Jordan doesn't believe the boyfriend is guilty and is equally determined to prove it. They work together comparing clues and discoveries to find the truth, which may hold a piece to Hallie's own puzzled past. These types of romantic suspense novels can quickly slip into cliche, but Smith makes her characters original and the story compelling. Lots of red herrings are thrown out as the chemistry between the two reporters sparks. One small complaint: the villain spent too much time revealing every piece of his plan and his motives at the end; it felt unnatural to the rest of the action within the scene. Nelson is a writer who I always enjoy, and this title is another terrific example of her writing.

Mia wrote another song, and I jotted down the words as quickly as I could. When Jesse got home, I showed it to him without comment. He said, "Oh? You're working on a poem?" He thought it was my work! She's an amazing little girl!

Today's picture was taken by my sister Cindy on Sunday. This was the only moment I really lost control in the whole day. I didn't ever want to let go. I'm so glad that she captured it for me. The handsome man in the background is my dad.