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CINDY WOODSMALL Up Close and Personal - SIGNED BOOKS & AMISH POTHOLD


ABOUT AUTHOR: CINDY WOODSMALL is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.










Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.

Her second book, When the Morning Comes, hit numerous best-sellers lists across the US, including edging into the extended list of the New York Times, coming in at number thirty-four.

Her third book, When the Soul Mends, hit the New York Times best-sellers list, coming in at number thirteen, as well as making the USA Today’s best-sellers list.

Cindy continues to write and release best-selling works of fiction, and she’s begun work on a nonfiction piece as well.



Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity.

Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and caped dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children.

Cindy, her husband, their three sons and two daughters-in-law reside in Georgia.


INTERVIEW WITH CINDY BEGINS:

How did you get the idea for your first book, When the Heart Cries? What was your inspiration?

While growing up in Maryland, I had a best friend who was an Amish-Mennonite. The moment I stepped inside her house, I could sense that there was a lot of difference between her home and mine. My friend, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and caped dresses. Her parents ddidn'tallow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. We only attended school together for a year before her parents withdrew her from public school and began a school of their own for all the Amish-Mennonites in the area. Even though we didn’t see each other at school, we continued our friendship by spending the night in each other’s homes, sneaking off to meet halfway between our two places, or meeting at her aunt’s home, which was my closest neighbor inside that dairy farming community. I had a vivid imagination, and my earliest memories as a child were of me working for hours at a time on developing stories. So when she and I became friends and her lifestyle was so different from mine, my imagination constantly filtered the differences and devised stories. As an adult, I connected with an Old Order Amish woman. We became friends, and I stay in her home for up to a week per visit a few times throughout each year. Those connections were the seeds for the Sisters of the Quilt series, of which When the Heart Cries is book one.

Did you come up with the titles to these books in the Sisters of the Quilt series? If not, what were the working titles to all three of the books in this series?



I came up with When the Heart Cries, but a committee at WaterBrook Press came up with the others. I tend to go for darker titles, and they were aiming for a more positive feel for books two and three. The publisher allowed a little stark reality with book one’s title, When the Heart Cries. The other two are very hopeful, and I love them, but I wouldn't have thought of them.

Did you have any say on the covers for these books? I really love them.






The publisher sent me what’s called an Advance Reader Copy, or ARC. When I saw that cover, my heart sank. The girl on the front looked like a Pilgrim. I knew that anyone familiar with the Amish would instantly discount my research upon seeing that cover. I had heard that authors don’t get any input on their covers, so I braced myself for being embarrassed when the book released. But…I had unknown support. The publisher had sent the ARC to several authors, asking for an endorsement for the book. One of those authors read the full manuscript and wrote to the publisher, saying that she’d give the book the excellent endorsement it deserved…unless the publisher stuck with that book cover. Unaware that this was taking place, I fashioned a carefully worded request, gently beseeching them to make changes. The publisher hired models, found a perfect setting in Ohio, and went to work. I provided the prayer Kapp, apron, and dress. After the book hit the market, I received e-mails from readers about how the cover drew them to the book. A good cover makes a huge difference, and I’m grateful that my publisher goes the second, third, and fourth miles to produce authentic-looking covers. My editor flies to Ohio for the photo shoot so she can work with the model and get all the aspects accurate based on research and the emotional feel of the book.

How did you come up with the idea for The Hope of Refuge? This story is different from your other books.




While staying with an Amish family, I began to understand the heartache and trauma that’s involved for everyone when a loved one leaves the Order. Over the course of a week, I spoke to people from four generations of one family—learning the most from the experiences of the grandparents—and I dared to ask the question: what happens to the future family of the ones who leave? Those intriguing answers became the seeds for The Hope of Refuge, which is book one of the Ada’s House series. I’ve recently finished writing book two of this series, The Bridge of Peace, which will be out in the summer of 2010.

Can you tell me of two “wow” moments you have had since you published your first book? What made each a “wow” moment for you?

My first “wow” moment was when I flew to Colorado to spend a little time with my editor. My book hadn’t hit store shelves yet, and I didn't feel like an author. Instead I felt insecure and overwhelmed. I walked into a room where several authors were gathering, and on the table sat a catalog with my face plastered on it, a bio, and my book’s cover. That moment drenched me like rain in a drought. The publisher was showing me they had respect for my effort, regardless of how sales of the book turned out. That gave me more confidence than anything else that took place for more than two years.

Is there a question you wish someone would have asked you but didn’t? If so, what was the question and what is your answer?



Many readers have told me they wish they knew when my next book is going to be available or when I’m going to be in their area. They don’t realize that there’s an easy way to keep up with what I’ll have coming out and my upcoming appearances, which is to sign up for my newsletter. It’s called PLAIN NEWS. It goes out four times per year, in addition to special announcements between issues, and it’s FREE. I share articles about my time with the Amish, Amish recipes, and a lot more.

TO JOIN CINDY'S PLAIN NEWS LETTER go to http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/newsletter.php

Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has been surprising to you?



I had no expectations going in. It was a new profession for me, and I felt very honored to have it. I wanted to do my best, but I was TERRIFIED. That was five years ago. Today, being an author is beyond anything I would have ever prayed for or dreamed of. The more I write, the more I love writing. For every part of me that felt terrified, I now feel exhilarated.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WRITERS TALK INTERVIEW WITH CINDY- God's brought her along way to becoming the calm woman you see here talking about Hope Of Refuge.






SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH CINDY WOODSMALL AT BOOK CLUB- BORDERS BOOK STORE METTING PLACE.
**Nora- I was thrilled to have you be the first author so speak at my book club when it was held at Borders Book Store. We were reading your very first book When the Heart Cries. Here's our group shot!































**Nora : Here's another picture of you at my book club Christmas event for 2009--when we read your new series Hope of Refuge. We were both more relaxed and enjoyed the book club experience so much. I've watched you bloom and grow. I've enjoyed your books and getting to know you as a person. It's been an honor!! Cindy is also a really good teacher--Here is a picture of her teaching a class about how to get published and what to looking for in submitting a book to a publisher. Cindy is an encourager and wants others to do well. I admire that about her.**

What was your inspiration for your novella that’s in stores right now, The Sound of Sleigh Bells? It’s a story that touches the heart and gets readers in the spirit for Christmas.


While staying with my Amish friends, I saw an attraction between two single Old Order Amish people who lived in different states. Also, I spent time with two women who are now characters in The Sound of Sleigh Bells—Beth’s driver and Aunt Lizzy. Story ideas were teeming. One day, while I was on the phone with my agent, he mentioned the idea of my writing a novella. An entire story unfolded in my mind’s eye before we finished our short conversation.

I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU AN INTERVIEW CINDY DID LAST YEAR. 2009 – INTERVIEWED ON NIGHT LINE- They did such good job with the interview I had to share the link.

Night line video starts out : The Amish lead a private, rural lifestyle that hasn't changed for hundreds of years.

Cindy Woodsmall, one of several best-selling authors who specialize in Amish-themed romance novels.

CLICK HERE: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=7676659&page=1

Thanks for stopping by and letting my readers get to know you. Blessings on your writing adventures. You are an inspiration and an encourager. I enjoy your books because I find them very universal. The struggles you've discussed in your books I could relate to and I've learned something about the Amish culture along the way. I also appreciate the fact that God's brought you in my life and we've shared some special times at book club. All the best to you on your new writing project.

Nora :D


Cindy Woodsmall and I at Book Club
LEARN MORE about CINDY WOODSMALL Visit her Web site at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/


BIG GIVE AWAY - For your chance to win a Signed copy of WHEN THE HEART CRIES, Cindy's First book, a Signed copy of THE SOUND OF SLEIGH BELLS and TWO Pot holders made by Amish woman. Leave a comment about the interview and a way to contacting you if you win.

DRAWING is on APRIL 12th

 FIRST I wanted to thank everyone that stopped by to encourage Cindy or meet her for the first time.

Second THANKS to Cindy Woodsmall for her generousity for giving away so many goodies!!
I'm glad that you could stop by Cindy and see how many people stopped by and had read your books or liked what they read about your books and want to read some of your Amish stories.

CONGRATS to the following Winners (that would picked using Random.org)
Debbie Feavel won a potholder
Gail Mundy won a potholder
Natalie Wadel won The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Carly Kendall won When the Heart Cries.
Thanks everyone for your encouragement and support.
Blessings


Nora :D

CHECK OUT INTERVIEW WITH CINDY AND HER CHARACTERS FROM HOPE OF REFUGE. CLICK LINK

http://psalm516.blogspot.com/2010/04/interview-with-cindy-woodsmalls.html


****DISCLAIMER: Entering the give away is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws. Void where prohibited; open U.S. residents and Canadian residents only, odds of winning depend on number of entrants *****

48 comments:

  1. What a very interesting interview this was. I have always been interested in the Amish but have never known any. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(d0t)com

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    1. It was so enlightening to read about your interview with Ciny Woodsmall. I love her books as they are so filled with not just sory but also a way of life that is mostly forgotten. What a pleasant way to relax and enjoy wholsome reading. Ye, I would love to be entered into the drawing and recieve a Ciny Woodsmall book. Blessings,
      Madelyn
      Madelynrshields@gmail.com

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  2. Oh how I wish I lived closer to your book club, Nora. Wonderful interview. I find it fascinating that Cindy's inspiration was in part growing up with a Mennonite friend, very unusual. I would love to read Woodsmall.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. It is awesome to read Cindy's interview. I am glad that both sets of parents allowed the friendship between the two girls. She now has a rich knowledge of the Amish-Mennonites. God was leading Cindy even then into her ministry of writing. Thanks Cindy. I love your books.

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  4. I loved this interview and learned so much. I would love to win Cindy's book! Since I am a Georgian, like her (now), I want to read all of her books (I have one of them). Please enter me.
    Thanks!!!
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  5. I can't imagine how as a young girl, you must have been fascinated when venturing into your friends world. I'm happy for all the success you've had as a writer.

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  6. Very informative interview, and it's interested me in reading her books. Yes, please enter me in the drawing also - thanks for all you do!

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  7. I always love your author interviews Nora. I always come away uplifted and educated! I have enjoyed Cindy's books and her knowledge of the Amish is impressive. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!
    carlyberd[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  8. I really enjoy reading about the Amish! Your interview with Cindy was excellent and it was good to get to "know her" through the interview.

    Please enter me in the drawing!

    edwina.cowgill@yahoo.com

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  9. I love that you have such a personal connection with your books and that they are true in detail and character. I look forward to reading them. I would love to be entered in the contest.

    Stella Mize
    stellamize1@hotmail.com

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  10. Wow, great interview. I don't usually read interviews straight through, but Cindy is one of my favorite authors and this was great! I LOVED her first three books and unfortunately have not had the chance to read her latest two, but I am dying to!

    I so wish I lived in your book club area Nora. Looks like you guys have a great time!

    Thank you so much for this chance to win! I know who ever does will be blessed by great fiction!

    caseymh18(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Very good interview. Loved meeting Cindy this past Christmas. Had a great time and want to read all of her books!

    Gail Mundy

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  12. I love the interview....learned so much about Amish and about Cindy. Please enter me for her books. I have one of her books, and plan to read ALL of her books. I am a Georgian...like her (now)!
    Thanks!!
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  13. Wonderful interview. I love that the author has actually been friends with members of the Amish community. And the covers are so very beautiful.

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  14. Ooops, did not mean to have two entries....had computer problems earlier today, and I thought my first entry did not make it!
    Sorry!!
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  15. I am already receiving Cindy Woodsmall's newsletter. I have read all of her Amish Novels but I would love to have a novel that is signed by her or receive a pot holder made by Amish. Thank you.

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  16. Wow, what a super interview. I liked all of the book cover pictures, and the links to other interviews and the super answers.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    Have a blessed day,
    Trinity Rose

    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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  17. I love Cindy's books.I seldom read interviews but I love her books and the interview was very interesting.I love books on the amish.Thanks

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  18. Thanks for the interview. These sound like good reads, so please enter me in the drawing.

    kphillipso at aol dot com

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  19. It would really be so wonderful to win this special prize- I really want know more about the Amish!
    gcgranny72@hotmail.com

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  20. I just heard about this contest from my neice- and I would love to win! I think the Amish are wonderful people. cyrheart@gmail.com

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  21. I receive your newsletter and I would love win- I want to learn more about the Amish.
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  22. I really enjoyed the interview and went back and read Cindy's previous one with several Amish women. Very nice! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thank you! We have alot of Amish here in OH and I'm not far from Middlefield where a large Amish community are. I have several Amish friends and enjoy their visits and peaceful way of living.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  23. I love reading books about the Amish. I just feel that learning from the author makes it even more interesting. I like the fact that God has given you history and input of the Amish. I think he wants us to know that they focus onto him and that is what makes them special. May God continue to bless you, your family and all the books you have and will write.

    Cindy

    cpharneyf(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. It would be fun to be a part of your book club. I wish I was closer.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  25. I think that it is fantastic that Cindy has had the opportunity to be so close to so many different amish families; I believe that her books must show this true knowledge about the amish lifestyle. I think that you gave a wonderful interview, covering any question that anyone could have wanted to ask.
    Please enter me the drawing. Email me at mandy218@tds.net

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  26. I too love reading about the Amish way of life. I can also relate to their stuggles. I have made a couple of their receipes. I would love to have one of their quilts!
    You did a great job with this interview. You asked her a lot of thought provoking questions.
    I would love to be in the drawing.
    jeanene22@cox.net

    Blessings!
    Jeanene

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  27. I too can relate to the amish way of life. I am intrigued by it. I have tried a couple of receipes, which were very good. I would love to have one of their quilts.
    I think you did a great job with the interview. You asked her a lot of thought provoking questions.
    Please, enter me into the give a way. I would love to read the books and then turn around and Bless someone else with them (on my blog).

    Blessings,
    Jeanie

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  28. I found your interview to be very informative and am now anxious to begin reading your sries of books. Living in PA has provided many opportunities to interact with the Amish and finding novels based on anthentic facts is always a thrill. I would so enjoy winning your give-away, but I plan to begin reading your novels either way.

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  29. I love how Cindy tells of sneaking out to meet her friend when she was a child. Such an innocent and sweet picture of friendship that just warms my heart.

    How exciting that this drawing is on my birthday, April 12th! Hopefully it will be a lucky day for me!!!

    danielle78(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. What a wonderful interview. I am so interested in the Amish. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Cindy is an excellent writer. It's so good to read an Amish book that is authentic and true to the Amish people. Also loved hearing Cindy speak at the seminar on becoming an author/getting published, and at Book Club. She is such a down to earth person with a sweet personality.

    Marlene Rauch

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  32. What a wonderful way to get to know the Amish way of life. I would luv to be able to spend a week on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania. Just seems so simple and so rewarding. Such commitment. I'm impressed with their commitment of sticking with their culture. I hope our economy doesn't totally change their ways. It must be hard. Any books you have I would luv to read. I have read some already.

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  33. I was very glad to receive an email about this interview. Cindy Woodsmall has become my favorite Amish author. Her books are so much more realistic than a lot of the other Amish books I have read. Thank you for taking the time to interview her. I certainly enjoyed reading this.

    Gods Blessings to you,
    Debbie Feavel
    jimanddebbie@sbcglobal.net

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  34. I just found your blog this morning and am thrilled - will be subscribing as soon as I finish this comment. I have to admit I've never read any of Cindy's books but can see I am going to become one of her biggest fans. My interest in the Amish particularly draws me to her work but am always looking for good fiction reading material.

    If I were so blessed to win your giveaway you can contact me at fdchaffon@yahoo.com or @byfaithonly on Twitter.

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  35. Hi<
    Thank you for sharing your interview! She is a great writer and I have really enjoyed all her books! I would love to have the opportunity to stay with a amish family as she has! Thanks again and please make me part of your drawing!
    Cindy cdsblueeyes@yahoo.com

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  36. Posted on my page of AMISH LIVING.com At 2:23pm on April 7, 2010,

    Nora,
    I so enjoyed your interview with Cindy Woodsmall today and even though I have not read any of her books I really am looking forward to starting to read them all. I was especially interested to find out about her childhood friend and what they went through to see each other and also the friend she visits now that is in the Amish community.
    I would love to win copies of the two books and potholders and my e-mail is
    gjhstr@yahoo.com

    Thanks
    Gerri Hester

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  37. I loved reading the interview..It was very informative about Cindy..I love her books and have read and have almost all them..also am on her facebook friends list. I would love to have you and Cindy visit our area some day. Would love to win these items. Thank you Linda

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  38. Great interview! I have always enjoyed reading about the Amish. It's refreshing to see what their lives are really like!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  39. AMISH LIVING POST At 4:34pm on April 9, 2010,

    I love all the Amish books that Cindy writes. I enjoy reading her books and someday I would love to meet her in person. The picture of her is wonderful. My husband and I have met some Amish people in the past and they are so warm and friendly, it made you feel like you didn't want to leave. They did invite us to come back to visit them sometime which I would love to do that. They are the sweetest people.

    I would love to win. Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite authors. Thanks for entering me.

    Sincerely,

    Sheryl

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  40. What a HUGE boost of encouragement each of you are to me! Thank you!

    I am absolutely honored, and thanks, Nora, for all you've done!

    I'd like to invite those of you who aren't already on one of my Facebook pages to join me there. Contests for Amish-made crafts or for one of my autographed books are held on the fan page, so a lot of readers choose to belong to both pages.

    Friends page: http://www.facebook.com/cindywoodsmall?ref=profile
    Or
    Fans page: http://www.facebook.com/cindywoodsmall?ref=profile#/pages/Cindy-Woodsmall/70563976600?ref=ts

    Hope to see you there!

    Behatz Sei Hoffning (Embrace His hope),

    Cindy

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  41. Anonymous said...

    Hi Nora,
    I just wanted to thank you for the interview with Cindy Woodsmall! She is a very talented writer and I really enjoy her books. I would be honored to be entered into the drawing. You can reach me by email.

    I'm at cdsblueeyes@yahoo.com
    Thank You for sharing!

    Cindy D.

    (one of your amishliving.com friends!)

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  42. a fabulous interview/posting...i love the simplicity of the amish lifesyle.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  43. I would love to enter! I enjoyed reading the interview and how she came to writing Amish books.
    Thanks!
    Nataliew2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. This was a great interview. I am so glad the cover photo issue was worked out for her. I would love to read these wonderful sounding books, thanks for the chance.

    steffanie771 at hotmail dot com

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  45. I have watched that Nightline interview many times. What an opportunity for Cindy, the Amish, and readers of Amish fiction everywhere! And I can imagine how much that first "wow" moment impacted you, Cindy.

    Thanks for an enjoyable interview and fantastic giveaway.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  46. What a wonderful interview - I love Cindy's books. I so appreciate an author that does research and strives to be authentic when they write. The Amish are such a humble people and possess a character we all would like to identify with in the world we live in today. Cindy's book enables you to do just that - you are part of their world for a books length of time! Thank you Cindy! Thanks for the opportunity to read yet another of her fabulous books!
    Felicia Aaron (a Georgian!)
    f.aaron@moose-mail.com

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  47. CONGRATS To to many people. FIRST I wanted to thank everyone that stopped by to encourage Cindy or meet her for the first time.

    Second THANKS to Cindy Woodsmall for her generousity for giving away so many goodies!!

    I'm glad that you could stop by Cindy and see how many people stopped by and had read your books or liked what they read about your books and want to read some of your Amish stories.

    CONGRATS to the following Winners
    (that would picked using Randomnumber.com)

    Debbie Feavel won a potholder
    Gail Mundy won a potholder
    Natalie Wadel won The Sound of Sleigh Bells
    Carly Kendall won When the Heart Cries.

    Thanks everyone for your encouragement and support.

    Blessings

    Nora :D

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