Fall Festival of Authors

For all you writers and aspiring authors out there who live in Southern California, please check out the Fall Festival of Authors at this link: http://occwf.org/occwfblog/2011/05/02/fall-festival-of-authors/


Coming up in the next week or so I will be posting an interview with Sicily Yoder, a former Old Order Amish Woman and now practicing Mennonite who has authored fiction, cookbooks and is quite the entrepreneur!

If you have any friends who just love the Amish, please send them to this blog.  In addition to Sicily I am hoping to feature interviews with more Amish and Mennonite people.

So, if any of you Amish fans out there have any questions you would personally like to ask Sicily, please email them to me at thevictorbook.com and I'll post her answers in the interview.


I will be giving away personally signed copies of all three of my books (The Victor, Make a Wish, and In Plain Sight) to whoever refers the most followers to this blog.


The person you refer (and you) have to follow the blog and sign up for the newsletter.
They have to email me personally and let me know who referred them and provide your email address.
The contest ends September 30th 2011.

I will keep track of all entries and notify the winner via email as well as post it on the blog and newsletter.


I Waited Patiently for the Lord...

Depression. We all go through it; myself included. I'm struggling with it right now.  I've met so many people in the past few years through social networks who are undergoing physical, financial, emotional and spiritual distress that I find myself often wondering...where is God? It seems that things are getting worse for all of us out there and my heart hurts for those who are too far away for me to even hug and lend a shoulder to cry on.

I carry burdens for these people. Like my friend Bobbie in Ohio who feels completely isolated and with no one to turn to. I wish I could do so much more than pray. Telling her "I'll be praying for you" sounds so trite when what I really want is a magic wand so I could change her life for the better! 

I want to see the Lord answer my prayers! I want an angel to appear in her room and let her know that God see's; God cares...God loves her! That all the trials and suffering we endure in this life will ultimately conform us into the image of His Son who did, in fact, promise us tribulation in this world.

When all is bleak and dark; with no hope or an end in sight; do we turn our faces away from God or do we fall to our knees, bow our heads and say "not my will but thine be done"?  Is it not our triumphs, achievements, trophies and material gain that pleases God.  God spelled out clearly in His word the only thing that truly pleases Him: faith. Faith that believes like a trusting child. Faith that clings to the Father's hand when the storms of life rage all around us. Faith that believes...no matter what. Not in having a better life, not in accumulating things...but believing that God is GOOD; that He loves us and that no matter what we go through or how little we "feel" Him; that He really is there.

When all else fails...I choose to blindly trust; the only other choice is to despair entirely.  As Peter said in John 6:68: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life."

We all know how the story ends...it is simply our job to trust Him and endure to the end.

Going to a potluck soon?

Noodle Kuegel
Noodle Kuegel

This recipe comes from my mother and basically has all the food groups in one, yummy satisfying helping (protein, dairy, fruit, carbs)! If I had only one choice of food to eat for the rest of my life this would be it.
I often bring this dish to potlucks and even those who have never even heard of a kugel before love it! It can be eaten, hot, room temp or even cold but hot is best!  If you are bringing this dish to a potluck with a lot of people, I suggest doubling the ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In 9"x9" glass baking dish pour 1 stick of melted butter into pan.
Put 8oz package of UNCOOKED medium egg noodles on top of butter.
In mixing bowl, combine the following: 3 eggs, 2 cups milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 8oz carton of small curd cottage cheese, and 1 12oz can of crushed pineapple with the juice. Blend well until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.  Pour over uncooked egg noodles. Top with cornflake crumbs and bake for 1 hour or until golden and bubbly.

One "hit" wonder?

Quite frankly I'm not even sure I could use the term "hit" since my first book, The Victor, has not yet (notice I use the term "yet") become a nationwide bestseller; but I'm working on it...one reader at a time!

I always loved to write as a kid and being lonely; it provided a great way for me to self-entertain.  I honed my craft by reading copious amounts of books which my mom, a part-time librarian, would bring home on a weekly basis; collecting words as phrases as others would collect stamps or fine china.

At age 12 I met my friend, Lisa. We would take turns sleeping over each other’s homes every weekend in the early 1970s. I fondly remember the feeling of happy anticipation as I watched The Mary Tyler Moore show on Saturday nights while waiting for her to come over.  Then one Saturday she surprised me with something that would greatly impact my life as an adult.  She showed me a short story she had written.  We got down on our stomachs and began to read and to my amazement, WE were in the story as characters! She had put us in our favorite television show at the time, “The Six Million Dollar Man”!
We read aloud to each other and I screamed and cried with laughter.  It was so MUCH FUN! There's nothing quite like seeing your name and yourself in a story.  From that moment on I was hooked!  I wrote the next one, then she wrote another and pretty soon, we had each written a couple hundred of these short stories (and one full "feauture length") in which we starred as the main characters.

Pretty soon, however, I began to notice a disturbing trend...Lisa (who aspired to be a teacher) began to ‘redline” my stories. I was outraged! I got so peeved I found myself determined to write stories she couldn’t find fault with which greatly improved my writing skills. 

It was also at Lisa’s suggestion that I checked into online publishing that led me to Tate Publishing and ultimately to realizing my life-long dream to see my book, The Victor, in print almost 30 years after I first began to write it.

Writing short stories has come full circle again only now I write them for others where I grant wishes in the hopes of not only blessing those for whom they are written but others who don't even know them as well. I have compiled a compiled 35 of these short stories into a book called Make a Wish and have since written another 15 for a new book.  I'm always on the look-out for new "wishes" so if you are so inclined, feel free to write to me and tell me what yours is!

Homemade Laundry Soap

If you have allergies to traditional laundry soap, try using this recipe that comes from the Amish:

1 bar of ivory soap or half a bar of fels naptha (grated)
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
disolve soap in pan with about 1 quart of water. remove from heat and add soda and borax, stir until all are disolved. Put in a large bucket add water until the bucket is about 2/3 full. Allow to set for 24 hrs...stir each time you use it. Top load washers, 1/2 cup. Front load washers about 1/4 cup. Add essential oil...about 1/2 oz. if you desire a fragrance...but it smells really clean without. There are NO suds with this soap.

I have my own author "app" for Android phones

If you have an android phone, please feel free to download).  This app lists all my books and enables you to view book trailers, read the first chapter and/or synopsis or go right to Amazon to purchase the book. 

It also show-cases my book trailer/promotional video services and is an easy way to contact me or request my press kit.

In Plain Sight

I am now taking pre-orders for In Plain Sight. It will be available sometime in September 2011.

It started with the crop circles... followed by the disappearance of cattle.  Then he appeared. He was obviously Old Order Amish. He did and said everything right but no one knew what family or farm he belonged to.  He worked in the fields and barn raising's like everyone else and was in every respect just like one of them except for his silver eyes. Despite his quiet and respectful demeanor the community of Bird-in-Hand was leery of him.  Every-one avoided him; except for Rebecca Esh...two star-crossed lovers whose romance not only endangers the Amish family who takes him in but puts the world he and his brother come from in great peril.



The Victor Lesson Plan for Homeschoolers

Twenty vocabulary words per chapter
Suite of Armor Study
Character Trait Chart
Allegory Chart
Chapter summaries
Examples of alliteration
Quotes, passages and chapter questions
Code of Chivalry Study
Literary Theme Chart


Download free Student Workbook from here:

If you would like to read reviews of The Victor and/or Lesson Plan here are several links:

To read The Old School House review for this book, go here: http://thehomeschoolmagazine.com/Homeschool_Reviews/4246.php
To read Litland's homeschool review for this book, go here:
To read a homeschool mom's review go here:

Make a Wish

If you had one deep, heartfelt wish what would it be? Then suppose that wish came true in story form and it was nothing like what you expected but was exactly what you needed to hear?

Make a Wish is a collection of short stories written as gifts for real people. Each story was created either because I was inspired to do so or because I received a "wish fulfillment" request.  Each story is preceded by a paragraph that describes the person for whom the wish was written, what their wish was and why.



The Victor

A benevolent King;
his sword of power.
A ruthless traitor bent on revenge;
and the faithful son who stands in his way
with the woman destined to share his throne.
Who shall emerge The Victor in this epic battle
between good and evil to rule the lives of hapless men?