Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Mary Alford & Shielding The Amish Witness

Posted April 9, 2021 by meezcarrie in Amish, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Mary Alford, mystery/suspense, romance / 32 Comments

Shielding the Amish Witness JustRead Blog TourWelcome to the Blog Tour for Shielding the Amish Witness by Mary Alford, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m honored to have Mary on the blog today to chat about the 1st book she ever loved!

Shielding the Amish WitnessTitle: Shielding the Amish Witness
Author: USA TODAY Bestselling Author Mary Alford
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Seeking refuge in Amish country puts everyone she loves in danger.

On the run after discovering her brother-in-law was behind her husband’s murder, Faith Cooper can think of only one safe place—her Amish grandmother’s home. But when danger follows Faith to the quiet Amish community, her childhood friend Eli Shetler is her only protection. And their survival depends on outlasting a relentless killer…one who has nothing left to lose.

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


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The First Book I Fell In Love With

by Mary Alford, author of Shielding the Amish Witness

Reading is just part of being an author, whether it is reading our own manuscripts, (over and over through the editing process), or researching other books in the genre we write. Or simply escaping for a little while in a good story. It’s hard to be a writer without having a love for reading.

So, today, I thought I would share some of favorite books with you.

To do this, I’m going back in time to my pre-teenage years when I discovered Victoria Holt for the first time. My all-time favorite book of hers was On The Night Of The Seventh Moon. I think this book fueled my interest in traveling to Europe. The thought of going on an adventure like the one our heroine, Helena Trant went through kept me turning the pages. Rereading the book over and over.

Helena travels to Germany to attend the same school her mother attended in her youth. The Black Forest nearby is filled with legends and fairy tales. But it’s the legend of the night of the seventh moon, a night filled with mischief, that captures Helena’s attention the most.

And so, on the night of the seventh moon, Helena gets lost in the mist and ends up in the woods where she meets a handsome stranger who rescues her and takes her to his hunting lodge. She falls in love with him, yet everything is not as it seems.

For an impressionable pre-teen bookworm this story reached and grabbed me and held me in its spell. It made me want to travel to Germany and visit the black forest where Helena had her adventure.

By today’s standards, I’m sure it would be considered dated, but for a shy young girl, it was amazing. I could hardly put it down. And as an author, that’s exactly the experience we want for our readers. To have them get lost in our stories. Relate to our heroines and heroes to the point where they are right there with them through each moment of danger, and every kiss along the way.

A good book can be judged by your ability to get lost in it to the point where the world around you fades and you are there with the protagonists, through every heart-pounding moment of their story until they find their happy ending. And long after you’ve finished the story, you recall it and smile. Or you start back at the beginning and read it over again.

Thinking about On The Night Of The Seventh Moon makes me want to do just that. Read it again and relive that special time in both mine and Helena’s life. I think I’ll look it up on Amazon. And maybe get lost in the Black Forest and its legends once more.

All the best…

Mary Alford

Mary Alford

USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the unexpected, whether it be in a rugged mountain setting or a peaceful Amish community.

Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling List, and have been finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.

Mary lives in Texas with her husband, two very spoiled cats, and a sweet rescue dog named Cody. Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook and Twitter or any social platforms listed at

CONNECT WITH MARY: Website | Facebook | Twitter

(1) winner will receive a $40 Amazon gift card and winner’s choice of print or ebook copy of Shielding the Amish Witness!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 5, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 12, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Shielding the Amish Witness by Mary Alford? What’s the first book you remember falling in love with?

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32 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Mary Alford & Shielding The Amish Witness

  1. Susan Fletcher

    It’s fun to learn about new authors and great books. This one sounds excellent. (Shielding the Amish Witness)

  2. Roxanne C.

    First, I am happy to be in good company with my appreciation of Victoria Holt’s books. 😉
    I have enjoyed all of Mary Alford’s other Amish suspense books, and I know that Shielding the Amish Witness will be just as good, if not better.

  3. Cherie J

    This sounds like a wonderful read. Mary Alford is a new to me author so it always fun to learn about someone new.

  4. Debra

    oh gosh. I think I had every Victoria Holt book. like Phyllis Whitney or Mary Stewart title… there was always a charming guy and a cold aloof guy. charming guy was usually the bad guy and aloof guy was just reserved, and sensible and eventually trustworthy and loving. 🙂

  5. Amy Donahue

    I went through a HUGE Victoria Holt phase in high school. I still have a soft spot for gothic romance 🙂

  6. Perrianne Askew

    I know that Mary Alford does suspense really well. I’m sure the Amish twist just makes it that much more interesting. I think the first book that I really liked was The Secret of the Old Clock that was a Nancy Drew mystery. I think I owned just about all of those in the series that were in print at the time.

  7. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the JustRead Publicity Tours book tour for “Shielding the Amish Witness” by Mary Alford.

    Enjoyed reading Mary’s guest post. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list. Sounds wonderful and knowing the author, I know it will be.

  8. Anne

    This story sounds captivating and enthralling. I have read Victoria Holt novels as well as Mary Stewart. what great authors. The first book which I fell in love with was Anne of Green Gables.

  9. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Donna Irvin

    I love Amish fiction and throw in some suspense, it is a winner! I first loved the Little House on the Prairie series!

  11. Vivian Furbay

    What a horrible thing that your husband was killed by your brother in law. This sounds like a good suspense story.

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