Please help me welcome author Shelley Shepard Gray to the blog today. She’s getting comfy in the hot seat so I can ask her a few questions about herself and her book. Don’t you love the cover? Then you’ll love the blurb and excerpt, too. I think everyone visiting today will enjoy getting to know more about Shelley and her book. It’s a book that is out of the realm of what I normally read, but I’m looking forward to opening my copy.
Afterward, don’t forget to check out her giveaway!
Let’s get started…
Tell us two things about yourself not many people know.
Hmm. Let’s see. Most people know I bake all the time, but not many know that I don’t really like to clean up the kitchen and I usually leave a mess. Okay, I don’t really like to clean and even our housekeeper who comes once a month asks me to stay out of her way. I’m also left handed and I almost always write two books at the same time.
I’m just jealous you have a housekeeper once a month. lol What color is your toothbrush.
It’s currently blue.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
I love Christmas. I decorate the day after Thanksgiving and bake nonstop for a month. I also get to see both of my kids at the same time, which makes me very happy.
The holidays are wonderful when family visits. Where to you prefer to write?
I usually write in my office in our basement. I will sometimes write outside on my laptop, but I don’t type as fast on my laptop.
Writing outside is the best when it’s warm with a light breeze :)I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names?
Some people might not realize that there are only a certain number of last names that the Amish have. I read the Budget, which is the Amish newspaper, and pull names from there. After 30 books, I love discovering a ‘new’ Amish name!
I didn’t know that. I love learning something new. If you could tweet us your favorite line in your book, what would it be?
Yes, it needs to be 140 characters or less) All she’d had to do was believe. Believe, dream, hope…and have faith
Describe your hero in five words.
I don’t really have a ‘hero’ in this novella, so my heroine, Maddie, could be described as Impulsive, Steadfast, Chatty, Amish, and Kind
How do you feel your book is different from other books in the same genre?
This is a fun little story that is part of my Pinecraft series. It’s an Amish story set in the middle of Sarasota, Florida. So it’s a fun change of pace.
Why should we read A Wish On Gardenia Street?
It’s a sweet little novella that’s a quick read. I think it’s a nice reminder about being faithful and trusting friends, family, and God.
Care to share what you have coming up next?
September will bring the next installment of my Pinecraft Bride series. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn comes out at the beginning of September. It will be followed in October by A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft. November brings Whispers in the Reading Room, the last of my Chicago White City Mysteries. It’s a historical romance set during the 1893 World’s Fair.
author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with
a special addition—a tale of wishing and wanting…and what the heart really
things may come to those who wait, but Mattie Miller is confident that great
things come to those who go after what they want…and Mattie wants Danny Brenneman.
Danny is the reason she’s returned to the sunny Amish community of Pinecraft,
Florida—well, that and to see her best friend Leona get married.Mattie’s met Danny only once before but she knows the spark between them is
sure to lead to something special. Despite a missing cat, wedding day chaos,
and Danny himself, she’s confident this vacation can only end one way: in an
engagement of her very own!
Everything looked the same.
As she looked around the colorful, bright attic room of the Orange Blossom Inn, the very same room where she’d stayed just a few months ago, Mattie Miller felt a curious sense of déjà vu. The same bright quilts decorated the three twin beds. The same rag rugs warmed the wooden floor.
But yet everything was different.
This time, she wasn’t going to be staying with Leona and Sara, her two best friends in the world. This time she was going to be by herself. And instead of preparing to have the time of her life in their girlfriends’ getaway, she was back in Pinecraft for Leona’s wedding. Sara had planned to come, too. Unfortunately, she’d contracted pneumonia and their doctor had forbidden her to travel.
Therefore, Mattie had boarded the Pioneer Trails bus by herself and had passed the time on the twenty-hour journey with the company of a good book and a comfortable pillow and blanket. To her amazement, she’d slept for seven hours and had awoken with the sure feeling that everything was going to be amazing in Florida.
She just knew it.
Of course, it was going to be a special trip because she would get to watch Leona say her vows. But she had other plans, too. Other, secret plans she hadn’t even dared to tell Leona.
Mattie Miller didn’t intend to simply observe a romance. No, this time she was going to have a romance of her own.
During her visit in January, she and Danny Brenneman had grown fairly close. Since then, they’d exchanged a half dozen letters. Though neither of them had declared anything, Mattie was positive that their friendship was ripe for blossoming into something more.
Yes, if all went well, she would be planning her wedding to Danny Brenneman soon. Just like her best friend Leona. Before long, Mattie would be moving to Sarasota, too. She and Danny would have a perfect life together and she and Leona would continue to be each other’s best friend. They’d support one another through their first months of marriage, throw baby showers for each other, and raise their kinner together, too.
Just like they’d always planned.
And now, it was finally all going to happen.
“Are you sure you don’t mind being up here in the attic all alone?” Beverly Overholt, the proprietor of the inn, asked, interrupting her drifting thoughts. “I feel badly that I had to switch you with the two ladies who were supposed to be staying in this room.”
As long as she had a place to stay, Mattie didn’t care where she slept. “I have two good legs, Miss Beverly. Stairs don’t bother me. I don’t think that lady can say the same.”
“I imagine that is true.” Smiling a bit sheepishly, Beverly added, “I canna tell you how surprised I was to see Mrs. Donaldson on crutches. One would have thought she’d have told me that she couldn’t navigate stairs at the moment.”
and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction
Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Hold Medallion winner. She
lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can
often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.