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It’s Here: Amish Baby is Out!

on July 29, 2014

I’m psyched to announce that my newest eBook, Amish Baby: Hannah and Jakob’s Book, is out on Amazon! To celebrate the launch, I’ll be offering the book for only 99 cents for the first 3 days.

Amish Baby is full of memorable firsts. It’s the first in my brand-new series, Amish Couples, which features the characters we’ve grown to know and love from the Amish Hearts and Amish in College series. Also, it’s the first eBook I’ve written from a dual point of view; readers will see both Hannah and Jakob’s struggles with pregnancy, family, and love. And finally, it’s my first Amish book with a fan-chosen cover! Antonio and I had two promising cover concepts, which we posted on my Facebook page. Family, friends, and fans were then able to vote for which they liked better, and one concept won by just a hair. Check out the final cover reveal below. What do you think?

Here's our reader-chosen cover, designed by Antonio! What do you think?

Here’s our reader-chosen cover, designed by Antonio! What do you think?

I’ve also decided to include another excerpt of the book. Here’s Chapter Two, told from Jakob’s perspective. Happy reading!

Chapter Two: Jakob

The buggy repair shop is suffering a slow season. And since my hours, and therefore my pay, are based on the volume of business, this is not gut. I almost wish more young simmies would take the corners too fast or hit some bad potholes, just so there are more broken buggies.

“Jakob, it’s awful slow today,” my boss Amos says, rubbing his greasy hands on the front of his work pants. “I can take it from here. Why don’t you go home for the day?”

“But we’ve only just had lunch. Don’t you think more people might come in between now and closing time?”

Amos shrugs, his shoulders slumping forward dejectedly. At that moment, he

appears much older than his forty-five years. “Likely not, son. Tough going here, lately.”

I fight to keep my own back and shoulders straight. If I’m only here for a half-day, I’ll only be paid for a half day. That’s certainly no way to provide for a family—and a growing family at that.

I also know that protesting is useless. Amos might be the kind of boss who allows employees to call him by his first name, but when he tells you to do something, you do it.

“Okay, Amos. I’ll see you tomorrow. Normal time, right?”

Yah, normal time. I don’t want to cut your hours just yet.”

I flinch at his choice of words. He might not be cutting my hours “just yet,” but if this slump continues, he’ll be forced to—there’s no way he’ll be able to pay me otherwise.

“But don’t worry about that. We should be back to business as usual soon,” Amos continues. “After all, it’s October. As soon as the weather gets worse, I guarantee we’ll have more buggies rolling in.”

“Or being dragged in,” I call over my shoulder as I head out of the shop and into the bright, early fall sunshine.

It does me gut to hear Amos’s hearty belly laugh. I certainly haven’t been hearing much of it in the last few weeks. Summer and early fall are always our slowest times; the spring rains have stopped, and the dry, hard roads are perfect for driving buggies without incident—bad for us, but great for everyone else.

I grimace as I tally up today’s pay. It’s just too little, especially considering that Hannah will be having our first bobbel in less than six months.

Today’s pay cut, combined with the fact that I was sent home early twice last week, makes me sure that this will be a lousy paycheck.

At least Hannah is making plenty of money at the bakery. Although she’s full of complaints about Sourpuss Stoltzfus, she’s got steady hours and nice, healthy paychecks.

Our finances won’t stay this way for much longer, though. Right now, slender Hannah is not showing at all. But once she starts, she can’t work any more. We Amish are very secretive about pregnancies, and it would be highly improper for her to appear every day in public with a growing stomach. And since Amish maemms don’t work outside the home, Hannah won’t be able to go back after our bobbel is born, either.

It’s a shame, because Hannah’s job really is better than mine. People might not be breaking their buggies, but they’ll always need bread and coffee, as well as the delicious cakes, cookies, and pies that Hannah and Mrs. Stoltzfus bake daily.

This gives me an idea. The bakery’s business is steady, regardless of season, because the products are in constant demand. By comparison, the demand for Amos’s service changes with the weather. Come to think of it, I don’t even know how he’s stayed in business for so long as only a buggy repairman. He needs to expand.

Perhaps he could become a handyman, fixing not only buggies, but other broken gadgets. Why, we could even make house calls.

As the idea takes shape in my head, I walk faster and faster. Soon, I realize I’m almost running, but I’m headed in the wrong direction. I have to tell Amos about this—sooner rather than later.

I dash back toward Amos’s shop. I have a feeling that I just might be hearing that belly laugh once again.

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4 responses to “It’s Here: Amish Baby is Out!

  1. Nice going, Kristina!

  2. Another first worth mentioning, is this is your first book without DRM. This could be a game-changer. Let’s see how it plays out over the coming weeks 😉

  3. You’re right, Antonio! Great material for a future blog post. 🙂

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