Uncle James is live!

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Our newest devotional, just in time for Christmas, is now available on Amazon;

Uncle James, A Servant of God, to Us https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MVG23JX  is an ideal way to start off your new year learning from the letter gifted us.

The book of James has for centuries caused problems for the church hierarchy.   Some felt it took away from the teaching of salvation by faith alone; Martin Luther disliked this little book so much that in his original translation, he took it out of the rest of the New Testament and put it in an appendix in the back!  There is controversy about which of the three James in the Bible wrote this letter: whether James was trying to tone down Paul’s message, whether or not it was written only to the Jews and not to the budding church; whether it was too practical to be of any spiritual import as Luther thought.  James is a book of social justice; a book of unity, written to emphasize the duty each of us has to accept each other and to travel the path Jesus laid down for us. If you want to discover what the Bible teaches about social justice and equality, James is the place to start. This little book of devotionals, based on James’  letter to us,  helps you achieve clarity, understanding of our duty to others and may just change your life.

Life is Slowing down, sort of.

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As I look out the window at the day, it’s not raining, it’s overcast, with a strong breeze ripping the leaves off the trees and tossing them all over the yard I just last week cleaned up.  Ah well, I can get to the leaf blower again come Monday…speaking of which, don’t forget to vote Tuesday, I don’t care who you vote for, but if you are a citizen, it is your right and your privilege to vote. Take a few moments, read the platforms of the different parties and figure out who matches you best, and go vote for them.  Yours may be the one vote needed to tip the scales.  I’m a poll worker locally and I have my sanitizer, face shield, and masks all set to go-packing my lunch and will be there 15 straight hours helping folks to get it done and looking forward to being of service.

Dan’s out working on his rocket stove-a stove that burns upside down.  He’s having a good time working on his inventions.  He set up an electric train set in the garage for the grandson who never had seen the like-in this age of computers and tablets and phones, it’s funny how something as simple as an old model train set can fire his imagination.  Also a little comforting to know beneath all the nerd knowledge, he’s still a little boy.  Wait, Scott just came over so now they’re chopping firewood from a dead tree they took down and adding it to the woodpile.

Now, don’t forget to go over to the humor page and check out the new jokes!  And the specials page…lots going on there. I at least wanted to let you know of some of the marvelous specials we’re running this month – I have taken a liking to 99 cent specials so hope you enjoy them and the freebies.  I’ll be running even more in December.   If you want autographed copies of paperbacks for Christmas, it’s time to get going on those-that’s on the specials page too.These are for right now, starting the 1st of November:

A-To Protect One’s Own will be 99 cents November 1-3  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KSRY4LC

B-Clan Falconer’s War  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GSQCJMY will be FREE November 5-7

C-We have a brand-new book, a devotional based on the Book of James, just right for a months’ worth of study, coming out November 4/5.  More later!

D- Quilting Can Be Criminal, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086G8DT9H  book one of the Fiber Mavens is 99 cents November 8-10

E- The Oberllyn Family Generational Omnibus, Book 2   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KQZNS2T  is a 99-cent download Nov 12-15-3 books in 1!

F- Calming My Clamor  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0891X6RKW  be FREE November 12-15

G- Tales for Advent and Christmas, Book 1 will be FREE Nov 13-15 (Book two is coming out November 19!)       https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086G8DT9H

H- Rebooting the Oberllyn’s,  https://www.amazon.com/dp/ B07FK7ZYP4    will be 99 cents November 19 to 21

I-Changeling’s Clan   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VPXRGY3  will be 99 cents  Nov. 22-24

J-Criminally Quilted, Book two of the Fiber Mavens Mysteries   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087HKT9C4 will be 99 cents November 26-28

K-The Majestic Spectrum of God’s Love,      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R1GHPKG  will be 99 cents November 29-Dec. 1

And the link to visit my author’s page is https://www.amazon.com/J.-Traveler-Pelton/e/B07837X14F?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

There you have it!  An entire month of sales, two a week all month long, and two new releases!  I feel a shopping trip coming on and have a lot of grandkids to buy Christmas for- so God bless, see you soon, and have a grand holiday season.

From all the crew here at Springhaven and Potpourri Press-Happy almost holidays!

Gentle reminders on a cold day and some musings

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It’s overcast and the temperature is dropping, the wind is gusting about and leaves are flying off the trees, which is too bad because yesterday they looked wonderful.  However, it’s just the kind of day you might want to sit inside and browse around a bit, relax and read something silly-(see our humor page, just updated) or download a free book- for instance, Ninety Days to the God Habit is free today and tomorrow….you really ought to get a copy and learn how to make or break a habit.  Since some of us are sequestered at home due to this Covid mess, I guess after you’ve done something for exercise, walked around or straightened your home, or rode a bike or whatever, and there is time, a good book is just the thing.

I’m hard at work completing the Christmas book for this year, all about the customs and traditions around the world, divided into 26 reading, one for each day of Advent.  It should be out the beginning of November.  And the new devotional about James is coming out in two weeks-it’s at the editor right now.  So lots going on, lots to do.


I just got a new cuckoo clock-it cuckoos on the hour and a half, it plays music, a little man chops wood, a chimney sweep jumps up and down-it’s darling, and loud and my parrot hates it and has started imitating it’s more irritating (to GIzmo) sounds. So while I may hear the cuckoo at 8:15 strike 14 times, it’s Gizmo.

I am thankful for the folks who were able to give the kittens a home. Seems like folks are forever dropping cats over our chain link fence who are in a motherly way.  Or the cats just find their way to the barn, and there are only so many you can have!  Cute little ones this time,  long-haired and friendly, and will make their new owners happy.

And finally, I don’t care who you vote for, there’s enough vitriol out there to start a hate crime, far as I’m concerned.  But you need to vote, go early if you want to avoid the crowds.  Think carefully about who is going to do the best job for this dear country of ours and vote your heart.  I’m going to be a poll worker this year; it ought to be interesting.  God bless you and God bless America.


Free books for you from some of my newest friends!

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or see them all at



Go click and enjoy the freebies from my friends!

I Love October!

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Happy October!

Not only was I born in this month, but many of my favorite things occur in October-like pretty leaves, harvest, and special sales just to celebrate my birthday.

I have finally got all the specials set up for you, my faithful friends, and wanted you to know about them before they occurred so you don’t miss out on anything!  Remember you hear it first here in my email blasts out-so don’t forget to open them and make your choices for these lovely fall days: we may be inside a lot, but this way, your mind is wandering into new territory that might be more interesting…


October 1,2,3,4 the 11,12 as well (in case you totally forget the first week of October.  Criminally Crocheted ,our newest mystery is finally going to be a freebie-Criminally Crocheted continues the story of Brad, Casey and the little town of Lyonsville.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08H1CP2QS


October 7,8 and 9, Rise of the Rebellion is going to be 99 cents: it goes up to 1.99 at noon the 9th, and back to it’s regular price after that.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H46YWBX


October 15 and 16, Ninety Days to the God Habit is free.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SHCFLRX



October 18 Calm Instead of Clamor is 99 cents, the 19th it’s 1.99.  The sooner you download, the less you spend. (Don’t you love sales?) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088T6T7Q5


October 22 and 23, His Path is Mine, is free on Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084CZZVPQ


And finally, our best seller, The Oberllyn’s Overland, is 99 cents the 25th and 26th; it’s 1.99 27th and 28th.   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2W22B8


Just go to my author Central page on Amazon  to find your next book! https://www.amazon.com/J.-Traveler-Pelton/e/B07837X14F


Enjoy, dear friends, enjoy!  And have a great October!


September is Here! And so is Fall!

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It is gorgeous right now on the farm; leaves turning, garden harvest pretty well finished, cutting back the flowers and putting the gardens to bed, while settling in for the fall storms and rains.  I hope wherever you are, things are going well.

Won’t you all be glad when the election is over?  The ads are terrible-so much hate. I’d just like an honest appraisal of each person’s abilities and what they bring to the table-not a bunch of smear ads that are half the time exaggerations.  There, my word and the last I hope on that stuff…And maybe, just maybe, the COVID virus goes dormant?  I am thoroughly tired of masks-can’t send folks smiles or see if they’re hurting and needing to be cheered up when they’re so covered up and have shields and such.  It’s isolating.  Do I sound grumpy?  Sorry, don’t mean to, just it’s too pretty a day out and I think I’ll head out to garden.  But I am adding a couple new jokes first…and mentioning the specials.


This month, as I may have posted before, The Oberllyn’s Past Omnibus is 99cents September 15-19. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FP5V36L  to get your copy at a $5 savings for those four days…

The second mystery in the fiber Mavens series is 99 cents September 24-29-a savings of $2 for you.

Don’t you just love sales? 


And if you should want to be a beta reader for the next new series coming out in a month, please send me an email now at



and ask for what I look for in beta reader-the slots are filling up fast-Betas get free books, other freebies(I sent out gift cards to every third one last month) all in exchange for an honest read through, suggestions on anything you find incorrect before it goes to print and a review.  The new series, a trilogy at this point, is a mystery/romance.scifi adventure-it’s rollicking fun.


It’s an excellent time to fill up your e-reader or KIndle full for the rainy season…

And speaking of free books, right now, this minute, you can go to


where a bunch of my Christian fiction friends has each downloaded a freebie book on special for you to download, write reviews and have for your very own…

September 28th, go to


and download free cozy mysteries from myself and a bunch of my friends….


And finally, I have a request: if you don’t really want to sign up for freebies and such, or to get my newsletter, announcements, please don’t just fill out the contact form with a fake email.  I’ve had several of those lately (Some don’t try very hard to look fake, like tobias@toiletbowlcleaner.edu–honesly.) I have an email cleaner that I run everything through but it’s simply, I don’t know, I guess its the grandma in me rearing up and fussing.  I love you all but I’d like to think we were all better than to waste each other’s time.


God bless and enjoy the fall!

September isn’t far away!

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And it’s time (drum roll)

for announcements and specials!


First, our newest book will be out Sunday in paperback and next week, Sept 6 in paperback.  Before that time, if you’re a beta reader or want to be, be sure to get in touch by Sunday the 30th so I can send you a copy to read and review.  The name is Criminally Crocheted : and it’s number four in the series and for those who are wondering, it’s self-contained-you do get closure before the end of the book, there is a background lead -into the next books.

If you love cozy mysteries, crazy clues and happy endings (with just a hint of intrigue), you are going to love book four in the series the Fiber Mavens Mysteries.  Welcome to Lyonsville, a serene village where English and Amish shops draw tourists by the busload for the atmosphere, food, and handmade crafts.  Brad’s been promoted, Casey is expecting, and the Yarn Sisters are yarn-bombing the town.  The new pastor’s little boys have a tendency to go streaking.  When the yarn-bombing gets out of hand and half the Yarn sisters go missing, Casey and Brad have to find the culprit before someone gets hurt or she has this baby in the squad car. You are going to enjoy book four.


The specials so far this month and I do reserve the right to add more of them-love doing specials for my fans-are three (well, five actually)so far.

Ninety days to the God Habit is free September 4,5,6 as a download from Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SHCFLRX


The brand new Oberllyn Omnibus, book 1, while normally 6.99 as a download, is 99 cents September 15 through 21.  Enjoy!  It’s a huge savings-these are all three of the Past Generations books together in one fat volume-you’re going to love going from one to the other.  The new one is coming out next month, so need to get through this one so you have the entire backstory…. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FP5V36L

And since those of you who are on my email newsletter/webpage list have asked, book one of the Cozy mystery series, Quilting Can be Criminal is a free download only if you have the link to get it, which I am sharing now!  https://storyoriginapp.com/to/z20idTJ

And while you’re on that link,noticve some of my frineds are sharing their books as well!  Free is good for all!

And, finally to  keep you really busy, Crimially Quilted is a 99 cent download September 24 through 29. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087HKT9C4

So between my books and my friends books, and by the way, here’s another link to more friends freebies-as if you didn’t have enough to read with these! https://storyoriginapp.com/to/9WKv6sV


Blessings, peace, stay safe and happy fall reading!


August Already!

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Dan, in the first picture holding one of our cria, got stung by ten hornets and went to the urgent care, who sent him to the ER, who sent him to his own doctor-and everyone did EKG’s and everyone agreed there’s a problem, so he’s in for more tests.  The alpaca, as you’ve seen, had cria, and the mother poms had six puppies-I’ve got picturers of two here-cute little guys and all have gotten new homes.  The new normal is wearing a mask, so I wear one but not entirely sure I don’t look like a bank robber in my mask…and finally, we got another book published this month.  The Past Generations of the Oberllyn’s are now together and can be read as one long, (I mean almost 800 pages!) long story-which most are finding a great thing.

Later this month we’ll be publishing the newest mystery.  You can order the newest book on Amazon as either a paperback or e-book.  And you stay safe, wear your masks, stay out of crowds and do everything you can do to help each other.  This pandemic has got to stop sometime, and the help we’ve done other’s they’ll remember.  God bless!


Your July Specials!

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The Almanac and the long-term weather channel data tells me that July is going to be hot and humid, just the kind of weather to be indoors by the A/C with a glass of cold lemonade or sweet tea and a good book.  To help you do that less expensively (frugal is good!)  I’ve set up the following specials just for you!  I’ve got something going for every week of the month! (And for my homeschooling friends, all my books are family friendly-I get letters from moms giving them to their kids.)


1st week : Saturday July 4 until July 6th– the second book of the Fiber Mavens, Criminally Quilted, is a free Amazon download- just go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087HKT9C4     to claim yours!


2nd week: July 10, Friday, Forged in Water and Fire will be 99c until noon the next day  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0815SK4MX


3rd week:  Sunday the 12 and Monday the 13th Calm Instead of Clamor   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088T6T7Q5  will be a free as a download on Amazon


And for the fun of it because it’s supposed to storm that week, July 16 and 17 Thursday and Friday, Terrorists Traitors and Spies   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K2LW391     will be 99 cents!


4th week, Sunday July 19 through Monday July 20,  Calming My Clamor https://www.amazon.com/dp/  B088T6T7Q5   is 99 cents.


And the end of that week July 23 through 25, Kith and Kin Together Again  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NXXG5XM   is absolutely free  as an Amazon download


And last but not least  Sunday July 26 to the 27th, our bestselling Oberllyn’s Overland   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2W22B8  will be 99 cents.


There you have it for this month!  3 free books and 4 books at 99 cents!  I have done my best to make this a great month of reading for you-God bless from us here at Springhaven Croft!


Summer’s here!

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Good Morning!  Isn’t it a lovely day! And we are so busy here at Springhaven!


The momma dogs both had puppies-sweet little tiny things they are and we will need to think up names for them-all six of them!   Molly the alpaca had her cria, and he is just as fluffy and springy as any young camelid ought to be in the warm weather.  The flower beds are nearly all weeded through once; and I have almost got the raised herb beds ready to plant. Being in the country, we don’t have the havoc going on that the cities do, and it’s many an evening as we watch the news that I am glad it’s many miles away.  I feel badly for all those caught up in it all, and sad that it takes something like this for us to remember to accept each other.  The latest news today on Covid isn’t very good either, which simply means I have more time to work on my books and my gardens because I for sure and certain am not going out anywhere I could be exposed. I’ve nearly completed the editing on the first Mutations book, and I am almost done with the next mystery book in the Fiber Mavens series, and am getting ready to get the Christmas book stared-so watch for announcements-shortly, we’ll be telling you about July’s specials-and since it’s going to be hot and humid outside here,  why not grad a good book a tall glass of lemonade and escape to the world of imagination for awhile?