Book Two in the Valley of Choice Series by Olivia Newport

in plain view

Olivia, welcome to My Book Addiction and More.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers who may not know you a few tidbits about Olivia Newport.

My happy place is my hammock hanging on my patio, and summer is almost here! It’s a great place to enjoy the richness of my life and dream about the stories I’d like to write.


MBA&M: What made you decide to write about the Amish community?

A serendipitous set of events led me to investigate my own ancestry, and I discovered that one of my mother’s family lines traced back to some of the earliest Amish settlers to arrive in Pennsylvania. Suddenly my curiosity level rose considerably. A cast of characters sprang up in my mind that let me write about my new understanding of the core values that form the Amish community.


MBA&M: If the reader has not read Book One in the “Valley of Choice” series, do you recommend they read Accidentally Amish first, or can In Plain View be read as a stand alone?

As I wrote In Plain View, I kept in mind new readers. The setting and cast of characters spans both books, but I was careful to fill in enough of the background that new readers would not feel lost. A reader who likes to be immersed in a series might enjoy reading Accidentally Amish first, but each book can stand alone as well.


MBA&M: In In Plain View, Annie Freisen struggles with her newfound faith, her life in the Amish community, suspicion, and many other things. Do you feel this is true to so many of our lives today, with the internet, faster cars, the social networking and suspicion all around us?

Life is complicated. From the outside, we might look in at the Amish and think they live the simple life and imagine that it might be nice to get away from all the things you named. Annie’s struggles tell us that life everywhere is complicated. Emotions, relationships, unexpected events—these are common to the human experience. How will we respond to these challenges? That is the question that helps us understand what we value.


MBA&M: If you where to recommend one book you have read in the past, which book, the author, and why?

I’ve read so many great books over the years! The one that comes to mind at this moment, as I think about the “Valley of Choice” series, is The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, by Madeleine L’Engle. It is non-fiction. As she remembers her final summer with her own mother, the author touches on generational themes and relationships that help us all reflect on where we come from.


MBA&M: Three words to describe In Plain View?

Explosive, tender, wrenching.


MBA&M: How many books will be in this series, and what is next, if you can tell our readers?

This series will wrap up with Taken for English, which is due out in February 2014. We’ll find out what Annie and Rufus decide about their future, and whether Ruth and Elijah can find their way forward.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where to purchase In Plain View.

I have an author page on Facebook, I’m on Twitter at @olivianewport, and I’m on Goodreads. I also blog at In Plain View will be available in many traditional bookstores, including Christian chain stores, as well as at your favorite online retailer (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Booksamillion, Barbour Publishing is releasing the book, so of course you can get it at


Olivia, do you have anything else to add?

I love hearing from readers, either through my social media or at As you step into my stories, I hope you will sense God stepping into the story of your life. 

 Thank you,Olivia for taking a few moments of your time to visit with us and our readers today!


A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR:*From the back cover*

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies,where daylilies grow as tall as she is.


in plain viewIN PLAIN VIEW


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616267135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616267131
June 1, 2013 Valley of Choice (Book 2)

Annie’s quest for simplicity is about to get complicated. Nearly a year after leaving her successful but unsatisfying high-tech life, she wonders if she can truly succeed at being Amish. A lucrative job offer, a red dress, and the shadow of an Amish woman looking for a husband create a vortex that clouds Annie’s choice. Her parents seem determined to sabotage her efforts, and Rufus Beiler, an Amish carpenter who captured her heart, leaves room for doubt about their future. But when an explosion brings Annie under suspicion, can she clear her name and bring the future into plain view?

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GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, zombie book

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie”?

I love horror. Stephen King was a favorite and I try to reread Dracula by Bram Stoker at least once a year. Zombies seemed “fun” to write about (they are!) so I thought I’d try it.

            MBA&M: What made you decide to write YA (Young Adult) stories?

It seemed like many of the most creative stories were coming out in YA. I started reading some and I got hooked.

MBA&M: How hard is it to write Young Adult stories, and to not go overboard with the thrills and chills?

I don’t think you can go overboard with spooky or scary, though the gore level, especially in movies, can probably be a bit much at times. But teens are old enough to take it. It seems today, the creepier, the better.

            MBA&M: Who would you credit your love for writing to and why? Also, have you always wanted to write?

I was the kid with her nose in a book all the time, so it’s not surprising I began to write as well. There must be a creative streak in our family as I know one grandfather enjoyed art and another painted. I enjoyed drawing, too, but I don’t know of any relatives who did writing.

MBA&M: Since you write YA, do you read this genre often or do you prefer another genre, if so which is your favorite genre to read?

I really enjoy suspense, horror and paranormal, so that is what I try to read when I can. It doesn’t matter what age it is for.

            MBA&M: What three words would you use to describe your writing style?

Quirky, humorous (subjective, of course!), fun.

            MBA&M Where may our readers connect with you at and where may they purchase “Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie”?

Coming this summer.

Links will be coming soon.



Intrigue Publishing:

Thank you for taking a moment of your time to spend with us and our readers today!


Biography*From Amazon*

Christine Verstraete is an award-winning author and journalist from Wisconsin.

She’s let her dark side loose! Coming in August from Intrigue Publishing – GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie… Life can suck when you’re 16. It can suck even worse when you’re not-quite-dead….. It’s YA zombie with a little romance – and zombies – humor – and zombies – a touch of mystery and… well, you get it. See synopsis at website, (Blog linked here is GirlZombieAuthors,

Her short stories have been published in anthologies including, Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, Steampunk’d and Timeshares (DAW Books). Her story “Perfect Timing” appeared in The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, with works by 14 other authors, in June 2012.

A longtime horror fan, she also enjoys writing short fiction with a touch of the macabre, including the eBooks, The Killer Valentine Ball and Motherly Love.

She also is author of an award-winning children’s book, Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery, for ages 9 and up. (#1 Kindle book for miniatures; 2009 EPPIE Award finalist for ebook.) Available in Kindle, eBook, and print.

When she’s not writing (when is that?), Christine also enjoys creating in miniature. She is author of IN MINIATURE STYLE II, with over 40 how-to projects, profiles and photos, featuring the work of talented miniaturists and IGMA artisans. Available in print, eBook, and other formats,including for Kindle.

See details on her books and collection at her website, or her blog,


 (Paranormal, zombies, sci-fi, romance, 
crime, YA with a touch of humor) *from the author’s website*



  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Intrigue Publishing (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979478898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979478895

GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, zombie book

ISBN: 978-0-9794788-9-5

 SYNOPSIS: *From the author’s website*

Life can suck when you’re sixteen. It can suck even worse when you’re not- quite- dead.

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager’s biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead.

Becca’s life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he’s becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch.

The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for. Then she meets Gabe, a good-looking part-Z like her, and fears falling for him. After all, how can he, who shows hardly any Z symptoms, be interested in someone like her?

But time is running out… Becca needs his help as she and her cousin Carm search for their missing
mothers and fight off hungry Zs.

Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late…


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GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, zombie book(Sponsored by the publisher)

We are offering 1 galley copy of  “Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie” to 1 lucky commenter. However, the publisher would appreciate a review of this title to be posted on Amazon,and Goodreads,if possible,please.Giveaway will run from June 1 until June 8,2013.



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