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review 2020-04-22 06:30
Amish Country Murder Review and GIVEAWAY!

About the Book


Book:  Amish Country Murder

Author: Mary Alford

Genre:  Amish Suspense

Release Date: March 1, 2020

An Amish woman targeted by a serial killer

Is the only living witness…

As the sole woman to escape the Dead of Night Killer, Catherine Fisher’s the key to catching him—if he doesn’t kill her first. Now it’s up to FBI agent Sutter Brenneman to protect her. But with her memory missing and all clues indicating the serial killer took her for very personal reasons, it’ll take everything Sutter has to keep her safe.

Click HERE for your copy!

About the Author


USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the unexpected. Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly bestselling list, and have finaled in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence in mystery, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.

As a writer, Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook, can’t face the day without coffee, and her three granddaughters are the apple of her eye. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog.

Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook and Twitter or any social platforms listed at www.maryalford.net.

More from Mary


Thank you for coming with me on this journey to the mountains of Montana, where the Amish Community of West Kootenai is nestled in the wide-open spaces of Big Sky Country, and a simple Amish way of life can be anything but. Especially when a serial killer is lurking nearby, waiting to take his next victim, and the clock is ticking.

Amish Country Murder is my second book set in the Amish Community of West Kootenai, Montana. My first book, Amish Country Kidnapping is available now at most book retailers.

As a reader, one of my favorite genres is Amish Suspense. There’s just something about a story that pits the simple and innocent Amish lifestyle with the dark and sometimes deadly world of a suspense. Good versus evil, so to speak.

When Catherine Fisher escapes the clutches of a serial killer, she can’t remember as single thing about her past before the monster took her.

FBI agent Sutter Brenneman has been working the Dead of Night Serial Killer case for a while. Catherine is his first living victim. Protecting Catherine and finding the killer before he strikes again is critical. Hiding out in Amish Country, Sutter is surrounded my memories of his own Amish past, rekindling old longings for the life lost to him. Is it possible to have it back? In the middle of a killer stalking their every move, Catherine and Sutter share many tender moments as their feelings for each other grow into love.

One of the things I love most about the Amish is their amazingly simple recipes that remind me of my childhood and the meals my mother used to prepare.

During one meal shared with an Amish couple, Catherine and Sutter enjoy sweet potato croquettes with meat loaf. Sweet potato croquettes are a simple side dish that is delicious and easy to prepare. I thought I’d share this recipe with you here.


  • 1 pt. of mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 tblsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tblsp. sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • breadcrumbs
  • marshmallows (optional)

Mash sweet potatoes very fine.  Add salt, sugar and melted butter to mashed sweet potatoes. Shape sweet potatoes into croquette rolls or patties.  Cool them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and roll in breadcrumbs.  Dip them in the slightly beaten egg white, and then into the crumbs again. Bake in a shallow, greased baking dish for 20 minutes, at a temperature of 400 degrees F.  For an even sweeter version of this dish, you can place a marshmallow in the center of each (make sure it is covered completely by the potato mixture).

I so hope you enjoy this recipe and Amish Country Murder. And stay tuned for my next Amish Suspense set in West Kootenai, coming in November of this year.

My Review


“She was completely at her kidnapper’s mercy. And he had none.”

Wow! Of the Love Inspired Suspense titles that I’ve read, Mary Alford’s “Amish Country Murder” definitely takes the top spot! By implementing common thriller tropes in a unique manner and setting, Alford crafts an original and addictive story that you will not be able to put down. The story opens shortly before the main character escapes from the person who kidnapped her, a ruthless serial killer who has already murdered six women and has been nicknamed the Dead of Night Killer. But she won’t get away that easily, as the killer continues to pursue her despite protective measures. To complicate matters, she has amnesia and can remember only her first name, Catherine. As bits and pieces of her life begin coming back to her, Catherine finds herself in increasing danger by a killer with whom she seems to share some kind of connection, if only she could remember what it is before it’s too late.

Alford skillfully writes a page-turning suspense novel that turns the normal genre features on their head and will leave you breathless. I sympathized with Catherine’s character and was rooting for her to remember but also to stay safe. Despite being described as physically small, she is strong for having survived and fought back against the killer both during and after her captivity. I love how her faith in God plays an integral role in her identity, and how even when she does not know who she is, she still communicates with God. FBI agent Sutter Brenneman did not seem to me to fit the bill of hero immediately, but I appreciated his own tangled past and his push to move forward and to protect. The Montana setting is unique and adds to the story’s flavor. As much as I could not wait to find out the answers behind this book’s mysteries, I was sorry to see it end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.


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To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize package of a Lavender Spa 10-piece Gift Basket with Tote, and a print copy of Amish Country Murder!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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review 2020-04-17 19:27
The Amish Girl, Grace Given

I enjoyed this short, clean romance. I've voluntarily chose to review this. I've given it a 4* rating. While I enjoyed this short story, I felt like it was only a part of a story. I must say, I was a little disapointed after reading many of this author's stories. The story did leave room to add to it at a later time if wanted.

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text 2020-03-28 13:15
The Art Of Quilt Making

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The quilts make an essential part of your bed room and exact same is the case for your child too. There are variety of offered presently which are integrated with various styles, designs, prints and patterns. The designs for these quilts are many like bird's butterfly, nest and bee designs, boat prints and so on. These quilts are one of the very best ways to improve the environment around your kid and make it healthier than before. The are mostly made up of high quality cotton which is the best material too. The material packed in between the two layers is likewise extremely good and offers great warmth to the infant during winters.


KF choosing quality fabric Iproduce a festival and curate of modern Australiana Fabrics Sydney dance and performance called Cultivate. I developed the festival last year as a response to the artistic solitude I often feel as an independent artist living in northern New Hampshire. I invite emerging and developed dance makers and musicians to come share their work and engage the neighborhood in a lively discourse about the importance and need of art making in a world that typically seems complicated and so disorderly.

A quilt is a very common task, so I desired to distinguish myself and produce a quilt from different pieces of my kids's lives. What is so special about this project is that it will take about eighteen years to finish. Yes, you heard that right.eighteen years! This is not since of the trouble, because, actually, it is not time taking in at all. I have actually made it my mission to create a quilt from memories of each year of their youth.

You can consider numerous examples where computers have replaced human involvement in the production of products and services (i.e. quilt making, furnishings making, drafting, financing, banking and publishing). The list goes on.

What you need to start is a great grounding in the fundamentals, and then the time to discover all the methods and ways of getting a site established and seen by individuals who use the web to find information. That's why people go on the internet - to discover information, and if you offer them with that then you can ultimately generate income. They might only be looking for the cost of a Madonna ticket or new shoes, and even to find out how they, themselves, can earn money. Possibly they want information on how to make a quilt, or how to compose a book, and even how to slim down.

When you begin a job to understand it will be successful from the incredibly beginning, it is such a terrific feeling. The practically-paralyzing worry of failure is removed. Enjoyment invades and you see the light of outcomes coming at you quicker and more rapidly.

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text 2020-03-28 11:17
Easy And Simple Crafts Using Fabric Yo-Yos

It is very important to have a piece of tear-away stabilizer that covers the applique area prior to maker stitching your applique in place. Secure this tear away stabilizer on the wrong side of the background material. The stabilizer will add assistance to your material and it will prevent your material from getting pressed into the hole of your sewing makers throat plate. After sewing with a satin stitch all the way around the applique, detach the stabilizer and your applique is completed.

Color is normally what draws us into the style and on a regular basis determines whether we like the quilt. When viewing and selecting a quilt style, make sure you keep an open mind. Do not let a color you are not keen on determine your option. I am a standard quilter in that I deal with what I have. Looking at the outdoors has persuaded me that all colors go together. The only thing I learn about the color wheel is that it is round. I am told I have an instinctive color sense, because that works for me I simply dive into the stash and go from there. You may wish to take a color class or read one of the lots of books readily available on the subject. You can constantly round it of with strong color in the quilt binding to perfectly frame your piece.


Location the pictures in such a way regarding match your pattern of quilt. Then cut the fabric in the exact same size (printed or printed). Now put the image and the choosing quality fabric on a plain board. Ensure that the images are of high resolution and fabric material is ironed as well as cut into shape.

Preferably, you need a long, a minimum of three feet, plastic guideline and a comparable size metal rule. You require a rotary cutter, which appears like a pizza cutter, dress-makers' scissors and a set of shears. Never use these cutting devices for anything but quilt or dress making and never ever, ever cut paper with them. You will likewise require a big sheet of plywood to lay on your table, so that the rotary cutter does not damage it.

Quilts have been in existence for hundreds of years. They have not just held functional significance as bed coverings but have also been used as ornamental pieces. quilt making as an occupation had its roots in the middle classes, where financially minded peasant women utilized leftover material and scraps of worn shirts or gowns to make blankets for their families. Gradually, quilts evolved into gorgeous handcrafts and as the procedure of making them was labor-intensive, individuals began congregating to make quilts. Over a time period, quilt making ended up being a gathering. "Quilting bees" ended up being popular occasions, where household and pals collected around a big wood quilting frame and put together the quilt.

If you ripped old material or there wasn't any material left then you will need to measure depth, length and width. Want that you have how to make a quilt increase depth 3 times. That means if your seat or other part size is 12x15x1 then you will require material which size is 15x18.

Second you will wish to select you color design. You can make a one color quilt, using different tone variations and prints of the very same color. One fabric Australiana Fabrics PTY LTD will highlight the other, making the quilt very interesting.

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text 2020-03-28 05:53
Suggestions On Discovering Terrific Brand-New Quilting Patterns And Ideas

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I soon progressed to knitting. My most treasured ownership is my grandmother's collection of needles all wrapped up in a silk needle holder. It was originally offered to her by my grandpa as a birthday present. My mom offered them to me some years ago - after my grandfather's death - practically twenty years after the death of my grandmother.


The last step associated with the quilting procedure is binding. Binding "closes" your quilt and it might either connect in with the other choosing quality fabric or complement them.

When you have your design or pattern and you have your cloth, you will require to begin measuring and cutting. Now, it is a reasonable suggestion here to get some great tools. You might make a quilt with your son's school ruler and a set of cooking area scissors, however you would be making things hard on your own.

The Amish do slowly make modifications as well, however often a couple of years later. Amish quilt making is a fine example of this. Extremely few quilts are known to have been made by the Amish prior to the 1870s. Then over 15 years quilting became quite common. It is now thought about commonplace and expected in the Amish neighborhood.

Recognize with the technique. You need to start by reading quilting patterns. This is an exceptional way https://bbpress.org/forums/profile/ausfabric08/ to start learning how to make a quilt. This will assist you recognize with the techniques and discover quilting terms. After finding out a couple of quilting patterns, any quilting chatter you hear will actually make sense.

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