Christmas in July

Some wonderful things have been happening lately with writing projects I’m either working on or have already published. Last week I was kept busy giving thumbs up to the final proof of Taste of Pinecraft for its second printing. It went to press yesterday. There were a few changes made. If you already own a copy, you should know there is no such thing as “coft” in fruit pizza. We added a few new recipes, too. Also, several endorsements are now featured on the covers and inside the book by some spectacular people. Being an independent writer, I took a chance with each e-mail I wrote asking the person to lend a few words (and their name) in the form of an endorsement. It was exhilarating to click “send” on the e-mails. In my mind I estimated I had a 1-percent chance of getting a yes from any of them. But I had nothing to lose by asking and so much to gain by taking advantage of those moments that came over me. I felt brave. And I love that feeling. And every single person I asked said yes!
I already had fun, neat news to share with you before more came my way. I was anxious to share, but only yesterday did I write about Taste of Pinecraft placing second in the Holmes County, Ohio, contest for cookbook of the year. As if that wasn’t fantastic enough — I found out more great news last Friday. New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall has two books coming out soon. The Christmas Singing releases Oct. 4 from Waterbrook Multnomah publishers. But what does this have to do with me? Well, are you sitting down? I was, till the magnitude of what she shared with me sank in. Then I had to grab the sides of my chair to keep from falling off.
In The Christmas Singing, Cindy has included my first book, Taste of Pinecraft.
Here’s a look at what you’ll find inside The Christmas Singing:
After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie’s hopes?
Christmas has always been special to cake decorator Mattie Eash, who was born on the wondrous holiday.
Yet the season has lost its appeal in the three years since then, after her childhood sweetheart abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Mattie has moved on, left Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, and pursued her dreams of a cake shop in Berlin, Ohio, and given her heart to someone new. Someone unlike Gideon Beiler. Someone safe.
Then an unforeseen setback forces her home and into painful proximity to Gideon. Will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy —or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?
The main character, Mattie, in Cindy’s book uses my recipes for Three-layer Strawberries and Cream Cake and Coconut Orange Cake with Buttercream Frosting.
Not only is Mattie using my recipes, but Waterbrook Multnomah has given me space in the book following the story. This will include not only the recipe titles, but they are featuring the title of every one of my publications listed in my author bio — and my Web address. How great is that? So now you know why I’ve been doing the happy, skippy dance!
Let’s celebrate! You can win a copy of both the second edition of Taste of Pinecraft and a copy of Cindy Woodsmall’s book The Christmas Singing by leaving a comment here after this post. Both books will ship together in October, upon the release of Cindy’s book. In the meantime, check out her website at and also
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195 Responses to Christmas in July

  1. Tammy says:

    Oh Sherry, congratulations on all your good furtune. It is wonderful to hear all these great things happening for you. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us. I want to and I am going to find make more time to get to know more about who you are, what you do, what you write about and your family. You are new to me. I was diagnoised years ago with Chronic Severe Reaccuring Depression. As of late I have been having a really hard time. Things are really rough financially, my husband is a truck driver (gone 5 days a week), I don’t have any “real friends” and I am very lonely. I have three children (Matthew 14, Sarah 12 and Johnathan 7) but I need adults around me. To save you my childish pity party…..I’ll just narrow it down to this…..I feel like the kid that no one likes, wants to be friends with and doesn’t fit in. It’s a terrible thing to feel at my age. Anyway reading your FB posts and hearing all about all of your good furtunes, gives me hope and inspires me that life is not all bad. I enjoy what is happening in your life and that it makes me feel some joy. Keep up the great work and I wish you all the best! Take Care!

  2. debbi phillips says:

    Congrats to you and yours. i’m very happy to read your news. joy & happiness in bunches for you….Keep up the good work’ i do so enjoy reading your books and quiet a few of the other authors as well!! these books bring peace to my heart – i’m very grateful for them. thank you for being you…

  3. Becki Potter says:

    Congratulations Sherry! I’m so excited for you and all the good news coming your way! I would love, LOVE, to win your Cookbook but will celebrate with you either way! Go for it! Dream BIG, Reach High, and DARE!!!!

  4. Vinn Yoder says:

    Would love to win either one! It was good seeing you and chatting with you at the market the other day!

  5. Barbara /Gauthier says:

    I would be honored to win either one of those books. Congratulations to you too!

  6. cindy flynn says:

    Winning your book in October would be a great birthday gift!!!! And Keep those books coming LOVE< LOVE < LOVE the books

  7. Linda Williams says:

    Sherry, What a wonderful honor it would be to win one of those books. It would definately make for a great day, but If it isn’t for me to win, I will be happy for the chosen one. Have a wonderful day! Hugs

  8. Sandy Barnes says:

    Oh Sherry, am so proud to have you as a FB friend, and would love to win anything, but the “Taste of Pinecraft” is right on the top of my list!

  9. Susan Fryman says:

    Love being your friend on FB. Pray for you and your family daily. So happy to see that our Lord is blessing you so richly. I can’t think of a more deserving person. Hugs and blessings.

  10. Trisha Trujillo says:

    I have not read any books from Cindy Woodsmall, would love to ! :)

  11. Judith Hartnett says:

    Congrats on all your hard work. I love your books and Cindy’s as well. You are 2 of my favorite Amish authors. I would feel blessed to win 1 of the books. I have never won a book. Keep up the hard work. Judy

  12. Roseann says:

    we can always try!! Love to have one

  13. Mona Greer says:

    Congratulations Sherry, keep us posted when your interview will be on National Geography…..and I would love to win a copy of this cookbook……thanks, Mona/Ohio

  14. Marsha Steelman says:

    Wow, ladies this is so exciting for you Sherry and Cindy. Looking forward to reading these wonderful books, and the chance to win a copy of both!!!! May God bless you both and continue to give you inspiration in your journey!!!!

  15. Cheryl Callan says:

    Congrats and I would love a chance to win a book.

  16. Sherry Shook says:

    Congrats to you, would love to win!!!

  17. Teresa Carswell says:

    Hi Sherry,I really enjoy reading all your post.It has been an inspiration to me over the years.I am not sure how long we have been on FB.,but found you first on caringbridge,You are a very strong person and I admire that about you.Praying I can become half the person you are.
    I wish you the best in your future.So much excitement going on the interviews.Keep up the great work.As far as the books,yes I would love a chance to win.I own two of Cindy’s books as of now.I enjoy her books and I am going to look into your books as soon as I get through writing this comment.Take care and best wishes to you….

  18. diane reardon says:

    Such great news on your success and recognition.Would love to win your book,so heres hoping,Thank you

  19. I would be delighted to have your cookbook!!

  20. Marci Connell says:

    Sherry,,You are super amazing to juggle everything that you are…Keep the books and creativity coming….Would love to win your cook book!!

  21. Donna Harmon says:

    Sherry, I am so happy for your literary successes. True blessings… Would love to win these books. Cindy is going to be in Little Rock next Wednesday and I plan to go to her book signing and meet her in person. I hope you have a book signing in Arkansas one day, would love to meet you in person too!

  22. Such great news! So happy that you have had such good fortune lately. God is so good to us! Your cookbook would be such a welcome addition in my home!

  23. Mary Brown says:

    Sherry, I just love your website. I can see that God is alive and working in you and in your family. If i ever get the opportunity to meet you I will definitely shake your hand and give you a big hug.. You are and inspiration to us all. Please enter my name in the contest, either of the books won would be a blessing this I know for sure. Thanks to you and everyone who has befriended me on the “superhighway” we call FB LOL. Thanks so much and blessings to you.

  24. Roseann says:

    the cookbook will someday be mine!!

  25. Karen Dowdy says:

    Sherry, love reading about your daily life. Thanks for sharing with us. I would love to win the books. Any of you who have not read Cindy’s books, well you just have too. they are the best.

  26. Vicki Yoder Ferguson says:

    Bountiful blessings, indeed! Your posts lift me up daily.

  27. Tara Roy says:

    Congrats on all the exciting things happening! So love reading your posts each day. Would love to win one of these books!

  28. Cherie Kreutziger says:

    Would love to win any of your books….love them all.
    Thank you for writing for us..

  29. Shirley says:

    What a wonderful give away. Sure would love to be a winner. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Have a God Filled Day

  30. Sherry says:

    Sherry – God just keeps blessing you and blessing you! So well deserved! Congrats! I love
    Cindy Woodsmall’s books and look forward to reading this one, particularly with your yummy recipes!!! Spent the weekend in Berlin last week and saw you had left some autographed copies of your book at the Gospel Book Store! How neat for those who will be buying it!

  31. Robert Meyer says:

    All of your news has been very exciting! Congratulations. You deserve it!

  32. I would love to win!

  33. Kelly Pitt says:

    Boy Howdy!! I would love to win this!!! :)

  34. Melissa Weaver says:

    Congratulations to you! It would be such an honor to own either of these books.

  35. Lisa MacNeil says:

    I love reading Cindy’s books and just completed one. I would dearly love to win her new one and your wonderful cookbook Sherry as I love to cook. I think it’s neat how Cindy incorporated one of your recipes into her book/character. : )

  36. Carol A Fabianovicz says:

    Would really love to win either of the books.

  37. denise gore says:

    hello sherry,
    i would love to win one of your books.i will look for some when i go back to books a million.i love cindys books too. i love all amish books.i enjoy reading about you.wish i could visit someday. lol.take care. with love in Jesus

  38. Barbara /Gauthier says:

    I would be honored to get these books. Hope I one of the lucky receipients. Love ya Sherry. Keep up the good work.

  39. Tammy Traxler says:

    Thank You so much for the books! I am so excited! I said to myself, now why am I getting a message from Sherry Gore, and lo and behold I found out that I won the books! I love reading your posts and website. I love Cindy Woodsmall too. I have been wanting to get A taste of Pinecraft and now I’ll have one. Thanks Again;)

  40. ann hengst says:

    Congratulations Sherry no one deserves it more than you do. I love reading you comments on facebook so much . They make my day : ]

    I love Amish reading of any kind and would LOVE to win

  41. Kathy Faberge says:

    Congratulations, Sherry. You are so deserving. I love Cindy Woodsmall’s books, too. Everyone I have read was great. Would love to be a winner, too. Blessings.

  42. Sarah Alimowski says:

    Hello Miss Sherry!
    I can’t wait to see your new cookbook, but I’d like to keep my old one too! :)
    I need some of those recipes over here in Poland!
    All the best with your projects!

  43. Johnda says:

    Would love the chance to win either of these books!

  44. wow! this is a not to miss opportunity!
    thank you for your generosity – and perfect timing for an October birthday i’d say ”)

  45. Joanne Nickles says:

    Just finished reading A Christmas Singing. Saw the recipes in the back of the book. Both sound delicious and I look forward to trying at least the strawberry one. I would definitely recommend reading A Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall. I really enjoyed it.