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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Old Amarillo, Amish Journeys #1, WEWRIWA 4/26/15

Welcome back to 1890 Gasthof Village, Indiana. Without further ado, let's see what has Katie Knepp's Old Order Amish mother diving off the hand-laid porch after her, only to be caught by her father. This excerpt is from Old Amarillo (Amish Journeys #1), coming September 3 from 5 Prince Publishing. 

“Don’t let her leave us! She’s like to get killed Jeremiah, don’t let my baby go.”
            The stone-like expression of her father’s bearded face and empty, broken eyes haunted her mind, giving her a shiver down her backbone. Something told her she’d never see her beloved parents again. Still, she had to go.

            A sudden burst of wind sent the covering strings lashing across her face again. This time, they stung. “God, please comfort my mother and give her heart peace over my decision and help her to understand that I consulted You in prayer before even considering this journey.” 

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An Everlasting Heart (Historical Fiction)
Missi Wanderin' In The Woods (Non Fiction/Memoir)

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

WeWriWa -Old Amarillo (Amish Journeys #1) - April 19, 2015

Welcome to the inaugural post for Weekend Writing Warriors on my new Amish-only blog! I'm glad you're here. This week's eight sentence excerpt comes from my next Amish novel, Old Amarillo (Amish Journeys #1), releasing from 5 Prince Publishing September 3rd. Enjoy!

Gasthof Village, Indiana

As the sun sank lower in the sky and the farther she got from the safety of Gasthof Village, each step on the rutty clods seemed to hurt more than the last. What were you thinking, Katie Knepp?
            The cool Indiana breeze that had been kissing her ankles and cheeks switched direction without warning, whipping her covering strings across her lips. Somewhere in the distance, her mother’s pitiful moans and hysterical shrieks were still audible.
            “I’m sorry Mama,” Katie whispered, batting the troublesome strings from her in front of her face. She hadn’t known what to expect when she told her parents she was leaving their safe and secluded world, bound for the wilds of Texas, but she certainly hadn’t expected her mother’s reaction.
            “Don’t let my baby go Jeremiah,” she’d screamed as Katie descended, like a whipped pup, down the hand-laid wooden porch after delivering her news. In atypical Amish fashion, her mother had made a dive for her from the top step, only to be expertly intercepted by her father. 

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to stop back by next week for another homespun taste of Amish literary goodness, straight out of Old Amarillo!

Want another eight-sentence excerpt from Sara Barnard? Check out a taste of Missi Wanderin' in the Woods, her forthcoming memoir, here! 

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Old Amarillo (Amish Journeys #1)

Wonderful news! Old Amarillo (Amish Journeys #1) has been accepted for publication by 5 Prince Publishing! Set to be released September 3, 2015, I wanted to give you a little sneaky peek into what's to come!

Old Amarillo (Amish Journeys #1)

Disillusioned and feeling there is more to life than can be found on her family's Indiana farm, atypical Amish girl Katie Knepp bucks tradition and leaves everything behind, bound for a supposed Mennonite settlement that's rumored to be settled around Old Amarillo, Texas. 

During her epic overland struggle, Katie discovers friendship even in the ever-present outlaw element, a strength in herself she'd never dreamed she possessed, and those in her past who refuse to become unwilling memories. 

Katie's story isn't Amish nor is it western . . . it is uniquely Texan. 

Come back next Sunday for a little snippet from Old Amarillo!


Welcome to my newest blog, dedicated to all of my Amish works. Sit back, enjoy, and take a little stroll down the wide, Amish lanes of yesteryear with some of the most interesting characters of the Amish genre -- all of whom are based in fact!