I may have forgotten to mention something.
First, an exercise in logic.
1. Many fiction series are trilogies.
2. Amish Turns of Times was proposed as three books.
3. Book 3, Brightest and Best, recently released.
So you might conclude: therefore, Amish Turns of Time is finished.
In fact, I know some of you have concluded that—with good reason. I’ve received messages or read Facebook comments or reviews that lamented that the series has come to an end.
Only it hasn’t! I just forgot to tell you!
A few months ago, in conversations with the fabulous Annie Tipton, my editor at Shiloh Run/Barbour, the notion was born that I should continue writing Amish historicals.
Here’s what Annie says:
Olivia Newport has created her very own sub-genre with her wonderful Amish historical novels, and I am excited to continue on this journey with her in Amish Turns of Time. Readers overwhelmingly agree with my take: It’s fascinating to read about compelling and memorable Amish characters set against the backdrop of very different times in history. And since the Amish faith has been around for centuries, think of the possibilities for future Olivia Newport novels!
So “Amish Turns of Time” is morphing from the name of the original trilogy to a banner for these and future historical Amish novels.
The beauty of this series is that every book is a stand-alone story. Some series have continuing characters or settings, but the Amish Turns of Times stories are tied together by their focus on moments in Amish history or Amish responses against the backdrop of general history. Readers can jump into the series anywhere and then move around the collection as they choose—without feeling they must read the books in order—and I can write about Amish history at any point in time as the ideas strike.
Oh, and another thing: the next Amish Turns of Time story is already in the works. Hope in the Land, a Depression-era story set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, will release April 1, 2016.
And another ‘nother thing: Annie and I are already talking about what’s next after that.
So if you’ve been enjoying Amish Turns of Time, take heart! There will be more!