Hibiscus House Spotlight Author Series: Beverly Lewis

New York Times Bestselling Author

Beverly Marie Jones (Lewis) was born in the heart of Amish country---Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  At the tender age of nine, she began writing short stories and poetry.  Prior to that, she made up lyrics to the "little fingers" piano pieces she learned, at the age of five.
"My mother saved everything I wrote, even the stories I dreamed up during my grade school years,"  Beverly says.  One such tale is semi-autobiographical, about a young girl whose parents can no longer afford to give her piano lessons.  The manuscript was 77 pages long and titled "She shall Have Music," penned under the shade of a lone willow tree.  "Reading, writing, and playing piano have been top three on my list of favorite things," she says.

Not until her own children were well into middle school did Beverly seek to publish her work, first in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Dolphin Log, and Guideposts for Kids.  Here first book followed in 1993--Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans---presently retitled Bid Bad Beans (book #22 in the popular Cul-de-Sac Kids series of chapter books--see list of Bev's children's books)...here

Beverly's first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful sage of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn into the modern world by secrets from her past.   The book is loosely based on the author's maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College Student.  One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly's work to be "a primer on Lancaster Country Forklore" and offers "an insider's view of Amish life." ...

Beverly Lewis on Lancaster County, PA.

Good morning! Have you ever been to Lancaster County, Pa?  If not do yourself a favor and visit.  It always takes me back in time.  Memories of the grandparents and their simple farming life.  Beauty that is what you will see.  The growing green crops, wheat, gorgeous homes grandeur in size and yet so very simple and clean.  Clothes hanging on the lines in their colors.  I especially love the quilts hanging.  So very beautiful!

Beverly Lewis: The Shunning

I'm thrilled to announce coming Soon my interview with Beverly Lewis,  New York Times' Best Selling Author.  
When my children were little Randy and I took them to Lancaster County Pa.  It became one of the most unforgettable of our vacation trips.  We went several times and each time enjoyed it thoroughly.  Chuck and I went awhile back and had the most glorious time.  Do yourself a favor and visit.  Most importantly respect the people but do visit.

Today on Beverly Lewis's Facebook Page Enter to win a copy of the new book

The Last Bride here
Her new book set for release April 1st!
Please tell her Dolly sent you.


A Garden Walk

Little did I know the day my Mama and I walked her gardens that it would be for the last time.
She was healthy and smiling of course, as she always was.  I had camera in hand and her yard was overflowing with blooms and color.  This wasn't unusual because it always was, but this day was different.

Weekend With H

Today I'm sharing my youngest grandson H.  Yes that's what we call him.  Today he has on his Woody Cowboy Hat, Toy Story Shirt and Boots that light up when he walks.  He really likes this outfit.  Would you like to see why this little fellow is sad?

Hibiscus House Spotlight Artist Series: Tim Cox Cowboy Artist

 Tim Cox

Welcome to the world of Tim Cox and what a world it is.  You can see it in his paintings, you can read it in his descriptions, you can almost touch it.  I look at his work and can hear and smell the horses, feel the breezes blowing, see, feel and even taste the water.  Can you hear the fire crackling and popping around the campfires?  I Can. 

Octagon Soap Memories Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for entering and now I'd like to announce the winner:


I'll have your package in the mail this week Michelle!



Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.
WWII fellow soldier in same unit as my Dad the 83rd Chemical Mortar Btn.