Monthly Archives: January 2013

Lose Yourself in the World of the Amish with Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Amish fiction genre has greatly increased in popularity in the past few years, but Wanda E. Brunstetter was one of the founders.

Her fascination with Amish culture began when she met her husband, Richard Brunstetter, who grew up in a Mennonite church. According to her website, when researching family history she also discovered that her grandparents were Anabaptists, who led a simpler way of life.

Her primary attraction to the Amish is, “their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties.”

Currently, Brunstetter is working on a serialized saga of Lancaster County – one book is coming out every month until the series is finished. The next installments are coming in April, May & June of 2013.

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In addition to her research and writing, Brunstetter is a professional puppeteer and ventriloquist.

Her favorite Amish communities to visit in the U.S. are:

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Holmes County, Ohio

Northeastern Indiana

Sarasota, Florida

Christian County, Kentucky

Webster County, Missouri

Her favorite “Englisher” vacation spot is Hawaii.

Adventurous Author – Stuart Woods

Born in Georgia, Stuart Woods joined the Air National Guard after college and moved to New York City in search of a writing job. He wound up at an ad agency until he was sent to Mannheim, Germany with the Air National Guard.

He spent the 1970s in London working in advertising again. When he inherited from his grandfather, he bought a boat and entered the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic race, spending six weeks alone at sea. His non-fiction book, Blue Water, Green Skipper  (first published in 1977, republished in 2012) chronicles the experience of that race. Charlton Heston starred in the CBS television dramatization of that book.

Woods is still a licensed pilot, owns a power boat and has partial ownership in a yacht.

He published fifteen novels before appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. His publishers have now requested three books a year from him.

According to his website, his famous character Stone Barrington is entirely fictional and not based on a real N.Y.P.D. homicide detective.

The latest in the Stone Barrington series, Unintended Consequences, is coming out in April 2013.


Three Authors in One

Did you know that Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle are the same author? One woman writes under those three different names. According to her official website she does it so, “readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books.”

Jayne Ann Krentz is her married name and is reserved for her contemporary romantic suspense.

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym used for historical romantic suspense. Quick’s newest work, the Mystery Woman, is coming in April 2013.


Jayne Castle is her birth name that she uses for futuristic/paranormal romantic suspense.

Krentz/Quick/Castle has also written non-fiction works on the impact of the romance genre. Before writing full-time, Krentz worked as a librarian, but her libraries probably didn’t carry too many romances. She was a part of the academic and corporate library world.

Jayne on romance: “The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story. These are books that celebrate women’s heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love.”

Books from Your Favorite Authors – Coming Soon!

 NO IMAGE AVAILABLE  the Hit by David Baldacci – Will Robie is the man the government calls when they need someone eliminated. No one except the talented hit-woman Jessica Reel can match his skills – and she’s gone rogue. Can Robie catch her in time? Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 inferno  Inferno by Dan Brown – Harvard professor Robert Langdon is back, looking into the mysteries of Dante’s Inferno. Join Dan Brown in a landscape of classic art, symbols and futuristic science in his latest thriller. Coming to the Scott County Library System May 2013.
 hopeofspring  Hope of Spring by Wanda Brunstetter – Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives in the latest from Brunstetter’s Lancaster County saga. Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 pieces of summer  Pieces of Summer by Wandra Brunstetter – Continue following the story of Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus in Brunstetter’s latest Amish release. Coming to the Scott County Library System May 2013.
 revelationinautumn  Revelation in Autumn by Wanda Brunstetter – Brunstetter is publishing one story of Meredith and Luke Stotlzfus a month – together they form the Lancaster County saga. Coming to the Scott County Library System June 2013.
 daddysgoneahunting  Daddy’s Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark – A dark secret from a family’s past threatens the lives of two sisters. When the family business literally explodes, one of them will become a suspect. Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 untitled Untitled by Vince Flynn – A collaboration from Vince Flynn and Brian Haig about a New York City anti-terror operation. Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 deadeverafter  Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris – the final Sookie Stackhouse novel will reveal secrets from the town of Bon Temps – secrets that just may destroy a girl’s heart. Coming to the Scott County Library System May 2013.
 startingnow  Starting Now by Debbie Macomber -Libby Morgan has spent her whole life dedicated to her career at the expense of family, friends and everything else. So when her boss calls her in and tells her she’s fired – she has to start completely from scratch. Can the yarn shop on Blossom Street help Libby turn her life around? Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 12thofnever  12th of Never by James Patterson – Detective Lindsey Boxer had her baby just one week ago and she’s already back on the job – trying to solve the two biggest cases of her career. Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
mysterywoman  Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick – Beatrice Lockwood’s past has come back to haunt her as she is now the suspect in a blackmail case, but as the investigator looks into it he enlists her help to catch the real culprit and sparks fly between them. Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 whiskeybeach  Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts – For more than 300 years Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach guarding its shores – and its secrets. But when Eli Landon is accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife, the house becomes his sanctuary. Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 unintendedconsequences  Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods – Stone Barrington travels to Europe and finds intrigue and mystery in a new puzzle involving billionaires and spies. Coming to the Scott County Library System April 2013.
 striker  Striker by Clive Cussler (Large Print) – the 6th Isaac Bell adventure is coming March 2013 in Large Print!
 Calculated in Death  Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb (Large Print) – the 37th Eve Dallas thriller is coming March 2013 in Large Print!

New Authors Added to the SCLS Bestseller Club in 2013

The Scott County Library System Bestseller Club is available to SCLS cardholders in Scott County, Iowa. We keep track of your favorite authors and automatically place the hold on a new book for you! Check out the full list here!

In 2013, we have added a few authors due to popular demand. We will start placing holds for those who sign up with the next book published by the following authors:

  • Lee Child (also available for the Large Print BSC)
  • Luanne Rice
  • Phillip Margolin
  • Kathy Reichs

Two authors have been removed from the BSC because they have passed away and are works in their name are not being published posthumously:

  • Maeve Binchy
  • Belva Plain

Thomas Kinkade Estate Settled

After his death in April 2012 by an accidental drug overdose, the estate of well-known painter and author Thomas Kinkade was under dispute. That dispute has been settled, but it is still unclear if the Cape Light or Angel Island series written by Katherine Spencer in Kinkade’s name will continue.
Read more about the partnership between Spencer and Kinkade on the All Readers discussion board.

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Several Cape Light books are still scheduled for publication until next April.

Beloved Irish Author Passes Away at age 72

Beloved Irish author Maeve Binchy passed away in 2012 at the age of 72. Her final novel, a Week in Winter was scheduled to be published posthumously in November but is still awaiting publication. The Scott County Library System has placed an order for it and you place holds in our online catalog. If you are a member of our Bestseller Club, your hold has already been placed!

Week in Winter

Read the full obituary here.