THE END OF 2015

Today is the last day of  2015 and I’m looking back on the year with anticipation of a better year in 2016. This was not the best year of my life.

My problems started in November, 2015 and lasted through most of 2015. My best friends became Murray Calloway County Hospital and my doctor. For the first three months, I spent more time there than at home. Eventually problems were solved and I began spending more time at home.

During the time I was sick, our publishing company, Mantle Rock Publishing printed nine books. Looking back on it today, I don’t know how we did it. It was hard and some of the books had a lot of mistakes, depending on where I was at the time. You can’t publish a book in the hospital.

We’ve also been blessed with new friends. My daughter stepped up when I was so sick and helped get the books published besides doing the cover design. Monica Mynk has helped so much with editing. I don’t know what we would have done without these two women. God has blessed me greatly.

What does 2016 look like? As of right now, we have a total of twelve books for the year. And, we have open slots to put more books. The first book to come out is Music City Mayhem by Pam Harris. It will release January 15.Music City Mayhem (1)

I’ll be posting more books to follow.

Happy New Year everyone!

A HIDDEN TRUTH

A Hidden Truth is the first book in the Home to Amana  Series by Judith Miller. Judy has written another series on the Amana Colonies and each one I read, I say it is the best. I loved this one because it is about the sheep. My niece and her husband raise sheep, and her husband is a shearer, so this was very interesting to me. Of course, Charlie uses the electric shearers. It is much faster.

My husband and I were sick last week and this week. I had started the book and then he grabbed it. We were back and forth until he finished it. He really enjoyed it and finished it first. Then I got to read as much and as long as I wanted to.

Judy Miller is a wonderful writer and a wonderful person. I met her last year at ACFW  conference. She is one of the sweetest women I have ever met. You would never know she was a multi-published writer by talking to her. She is very humble.

Now to the book. Dovie Cates is a cousin to Louise who lives in East Amana and her daughter, Karlena who is her age. In the Amana Colonies, you do not go outside into the world. You stay within your boundaries. Dovie had heard her mother talk about the Colony and wanted to learn more about her mother. Her mother had passed away and her father allowed her to go. I would say culture shock, but Dovie was aware of most of the rules. Now, let me show you the  blurb on the back and see what you think. I loved the book and I give it 5 stars.

When Karlina Richter finds out that a new shepherd will be sent to East Amana, she fears she’ll no longer be able to help her father with the sheep. She’ll be relegated back to kitchen work, a job she dislikes. Her fears increase when Anton Becker arrives and shows little interest in the flock–or in divulging why he’s been sent to East. Dare she trust Anton to help her father, or is he keeping secrets that will impact them all?

After learning that her father will be transferred from Cincinnati to a job in Texas, Dovie Cates decides she wants to visit the Amana Colonies, where her mother spent her formative years. She writes to relatives still living in the Colonies and is invited to spend some time there. Soon after her arrival, Dovie meets Berndt, the handsome young man who delivers bread to the kitchen house each day. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother’s past, no one seems willing to tell her anything, so Dovie decides to take matters into her own hands. Will her decision spell disaster for her future with Berndt?

ALWAYS CHANGE

Most of us don’t like change, and I’m one of them. The older I get the less I like things to change, but they have to sometimes. The biggest change is the change of the publish date of my book. We have moved it back to October 1.

I wanted it to be sooner, but Sandi Rog is doing a very deep edit, then it goes to a copy editor. By the time I get through the corrections from Sandi, and then Wendy does the copy edit, and I do those changes, we are looking at October. That’s all right because it will be pristine.

This is my baby and I want it to be beautiful. That brings up the cover. I’m not completely happy with the cover. I’m looking at another company for the cover and to do the formatting for the book. This first book is a learning experience. The next one should be easier.

Yesterday I looked through photos of mountains and cabins. I searched some for pioneer women, but I couldn’t find anything I liked. I will continue my search today. It’s cheaper if I find the photos myself. Then the cover person doesn’t have to look so long and charge me for looking. I’m cheap, did I tell you that?

My search continues today.

MY NEW HOME

After trying unsuccessfully to log in to blogspot, I decided to go to WordPress and get a new blog here. I hope you can find me, and it may be difficult for a while.

I’ve used WordPress for almost two years with another blog I do, so this is not new to me. Right now I’m hoping you can find me and will read my blog and I can get more readers.

I have finished reading one book. It was The Heiress by Susie Mae Warren. I liked the book. It wasn’t a real romance, but more of a hate romance, if there is such a thing. I thought when I read it, it was more like life. It is not at all like it seems. There is romance toward the end of the book and forbidden romance romance all the way through. There is a lot of detail in the book. It is nice to have the detail, and it sets you up for the rest of the book. I like happy ever after endings, and I got it with that book. I didn’t think I would, but I did. I do recommend it.

Several months ago, I saw this saying, “I want a man who will smudge my lipstick instead of my mascara.” Mascara was smudged too much in that book, but lipstick was smudged in the end.

Just a last note. Go to http://www.mantlerockpublishing.com to see the website of our new company. Let me know what you think.

Katt