Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All Dressed Up in Love Giveaway!

You are a guinea pig right now. 

Wait, that doesn't sound very nice.

Okay, how does Crash Test Dummy sound? Worse, right?

Okay, I won't make you BE anything, I'll do quiet internal testing. I'm weighing blog sites, my blog that's embedded in my website and my fun "Ruthy's Place" blogger site here... and checking out the pros and cons of both! 

So bear with me, I don't mean to confuse the issue, but it's kind of fun to see what works best!

First, there's this:

My newest release from Zondervan/Harper Collins, and I cannot tell you how much I love, love, love this story! Part of the "Year of Weddings" novella collection, mine is the 4th book of the 2015 collection and it was so much fun to write! 

I was a bridal consultant for eight years at one of the best stores/workplaces imaginable. Started by the Hall family, "Bridal Hall" became a Rochester icon, a business everyone knew about and most visited because you felt like you were somebody when you walked into Bridal Hall... the warm atmosphere, the amazingly nice and helpful staff, the humor, the music, the family vibes... and yet professionally focused to give each bride confidence in her choices...

This book honors those wonderful people I worked with. It's my lovesong to them, to Bridal Hall, to Kathy, Donna and Jean and the entire Hall family and staff. 

Now, I just opened the prize vault and found a BUNCH of books to give away! This book is an e-format, so you either need a Kindle app on your computer, or a Kindle/Nook/Sony/Apple e-reader...

But the app is FREE and you can get it from Amazon so don't hesitate to leave a comment to enter this contest! 

If you've ever had a favorite job, tell us what it is.... and if you haven't, what would you imagine it to be?

Leave a comment and I'll toss your name into the new cat dish (the cats were quite annoyed that their cat dish kept disappearing, silly kitties!!!) I'll draw names on Thursday, which means you could be reading "All Dressed Up in Love" by Friday! SUHWEEET!

And here's a little winter fun to make you smile because it's still winter here in upstate NY!

Our marsh, the home of my famous little buddies, the spring peepers! (tree frogs)

Finn. Finn is part clown, he's 18 months old and thinks he's funny. He is funny. He is also a death-defying climber who loves to straddle the tops of couches and taunt you with a grin. And yes, he's had several emergency room visits and is undeterred... :)  He's a boy!

Waiting for the bus on another snowy morning! 

We know how to do winter in upstate New York, LOL! But once March rolls around... we're all ready for spring!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Be "Roman Strong" for Roman Statt!!!

Here's what's happening. I have a friend. He's little. Two years old. He's stinkin' cute. His name is Roman Statt and WE LOVE HIM.

This is one of my favorite pics of Roman:

Ignore the clutter, really, that's totally the NORM around here. Focus on the center objects... Cute kid, binky in place, piling HUGE HEAVY THINGS together and balancing them. 18 months old, so funny, very methodical, focused on the job at hand... Dave decided he was an engineer in the making!!!

Stinkin' cute family, right???? Kevin, Darcy and Roman Statt

We love them. 

And then there's this:

Roman and his buddies on the porch swing! Brody, Roman, Joslyn, Mary Ruth and Megan!!!!

Healthy, happy, silly, climbing, exploring little boy...

But then....

Things started to change. Looking back we can see the bruising on Roman's legs... with no cause...

Mom and Dad took him to the doctor because bruises shouldn't come out of nowhere...

And now we're here:

And doing this:

AML is tough... but then, so is our Roman! And his family and friends and neighbors and community are rallying around this young family because no one should go broke fighting for the life of their child.

We're a small town. Close-knit. We're related in one way, shape or form to a lot of folks here!
I write about small towns because I love 'em...

And this small town is gathering forces to support one little man's fight.

Keep watch here for pictures of Chinese Auction prizes and further benefit details! 

If you can come, please do so!!! You don't have to eat spaghetti (although I'll be in the kitchen and it will be VERY GOOD SPAGHETTI!!!!)

Feel free to come, snack, buy tickets for prizes (Chinese Auction Raffle), the 50/50 raffle, and see healthy kids come out in support of one of their own.

Be "Roman Strong" for Roman Statt.

Monetary donations can be sent to 
Mary Wolfe
461 Parma Center Road
Hilton, NY  14468

For offering Chinese Auction items (baskets, large items, gift certificates, services)
Call Sandra Eichas   585-305-4404

or e-mail me (Ruthy) at

Mostly? We'd love your prayers, and those of your prayer groups.
You can follow Roman's progress at his Caring Bridge site:

(They'll have you register, but I did it, so clearly ANYONE CAN DO IT!!!)  :)

Thank you! And may God bless you, every single day.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Falling for the Lawman is Available!!!!!


For so many reasons, I can't possibly list them, but here are the main ones!!! Wonderful hero, troubled by decisions he's made... decisions that affected others and can't be fixed.

A heroine trying to save the family farm, and smart enough and strong enough to do it if only her brothers, the weather, God and the family would cooperate. Oh, and wait, the town supervisor of Kirkwood Lake is eyeing up seizing the lakeshore portion of her farmland for eminent domain to give new people lake access...



Puppies.  (Author loves puppies!!!!!)

And these twins, Dorrie and Sonya McKinney, how stinkin' adorable are they??? I love them. I loved writing them, and I'm thrilled that the girls get to be in the Christmas book too!!!!


Falling for the Lawman was inspired by two local farm women: Kim Zarpentine of Zarpentine Farms and Robyn Sweeney of Sweeney Farms. I took their dedication and devotion and hard work and fashioned McKinney Farm after them. And the name, McKinney Farm? That was the original name of the farm I live on.

Grab this book if you don't have it already. Take a glimpse of hard-working former migrant workers, strange but somewhat typical modern family profiles, mistakes, hope, faith, cute kids, good neighbors, second chances and dreams coming true.

You can get it here at AMAZON!!!!

And starting this weekend it will be available in Walmart, K-mart, grocery stores, and bookstores that carry the Love Inspired line from Harlequin!


That makes my budget-minded brain very happy!

Falling for the Lawman is also available for your Kindle and Nook (Barnes and Noble).

I'm making myself giddy, staring at this cover, but I don't care.

It's that sweet!!!

Sending out big smiles from upstate New York: