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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Laura Hilton and Free Books!

PhotobucketWorlds apart, yet one in heart.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Alice J. Wisler's novel, A Wedding Invitation, is:

kalea_kane@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit with novelist Laura Hilton, author of A Harvest of Hearts (Whitaker House, September 2011).

PhotobucketLaura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book, Patchwork Dreams, in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, A Harvest of Hearts in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012.

Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I love snow, pine trees and ice-covered ponds.

--I have a wonderful Christmas Village that we display on our piano every Christmas season that my parents made out of ceramics.

--My favorite Christmas song is "The Carol of the Bells."

--My favorite Christmas treats are sugar cookies and white chocolate covered pretzels.

--We have a gingerbread house tradition in our house that we can’t break.

Now I can't get "The Carol of the Bells" out of my mind. I'm glad you mentioned one I enjoy!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Harvest of Hearts.

PhotobucketMatthew Yoder volunteered to be part of the swap of Amish men from his Old Order Pennsylvania Amish Community, to the Amish community in Seymour, Missouri. There is nothing for him in Pennsylvania, as the youngest of twelve children, and the lack of farmland around Lancaster County, he felt he could make a better future in another district.

Shanna Stoltzfus has been raised Amish, and couldn’t wait for her rumspringa so she could pursue her education. She hated having to quit school in the 8th grade to stay home and learn everything that makes a home run smoothly. But now she has earned her GED and is taking college courses, but her family is begging her to come home; her little sisters miss her.

And there’s something about newcomer, Matthew Yoder that draws her attention. But is it enough to give up her dreams of education and join the Amish church?

What is it about Shanna and Matthew that will make your readers care about them?

Shanna is outgoing, outspoken, and determined. Matthew is solid, stable, and devoted.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

No, I haven’t done it and I don’t think I’m likely to at this point anyway. I’m not sure I’m technology savvy enough to do something like that.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I have finished reading The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall. A nice Christmassy read and a sweet romance.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the first book of a new Amish series.

Where else can readers find you online?

laurav.hilton.com or on facebook (Author Laura V. Hilton).

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:

742566: A Harvest of Hearts, Amish of Seymour County Series #2

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Thank you, Laura, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Rose McCauley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Rose's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

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by Pegg Thomas said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is the candlelight Christmas Eve service. It brings what Christmas is all about to my heart.
Thanks for the chance to win! I enjoyed Laura's other book in this series.
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Marilynn Walton said...

In my town, there is a couple neighborhoods that put out blocks and blocks of luminaries. I enjoy going through those street with the car lights off, playing Christmas music in the car, and just reflecting with my dh on the season.

Diana Flowers said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is every Christmas eve the whole family gets together, eats, and sings Christmas carols after.


Judy said...

My husband and I enjoy the Christmas Eve candle light service. There is just something magical about that service. We feel so connected with the Holy Spirit during this service. We walk away feeling oh so good.

On Christmas Day since it is only my husband and I. We enjoy eating our Christmas dinner and then we go see a movie in the afternoon. The theater is usually packed with people!

Blessings and Merry Christmas!

squiresj said...

My favorite is making divinity and peanut brittle and sending to my family in Illinois for their gift. I love having my grandchildren come over and spend the night and help me decorate sugar cookies. This year they helped my daughter by helping me decorate her Christmas tree. She had a new baby (my granddaughter) so could not get it up.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Nancye said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up our Christmas Tree and putting all of our other Christmas decorations. After everything is all decorated, I love to turn the lights down low with the tree on. It is so beautiful and relaxing!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

kalea_kane said...

Thank you for the great interview. I also love "The Carol of the Bells," but my favorite song for Christmas right now is "The Heart Of Christmas" by Matthew West. Now my favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies with my son and making reindeer food the night before Christmas. He knows the real meaning of Christmas, but we have deer in our backyard constantly so it is still a fun tradition.

I just won A Wedding Invitation so please do not include me in the drawing. :) I just wanted to share my appreciation. :)

jeaneintexas said...

My favorite tradition is getting
an ornament for each grandchild
till they have reached 19. At
that point, they have 18 ornaments
for their own tree. We have 2 now
who are grown but they asked us to keep the ornaments till they have
a place of their own.

My husband's favorite tradition would be taking the grandkids to the model train show and then
getting a piece of wonderful candy.

lgm52 said...

My favorite tradition is Christmas eve at my Mother's house with all the family present, gifts, food, fun, and lots of laughter!

Johnda S said...

My favorite tradition is the family dinner on Christmas Eve and then watching the nieces and nephews opening their presents. jlscott49 [at] roadrunner [dot] com

lollipops said...

Lots of great traditions! I never heard The Heart of Christmas. I'll have to find it.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Trish Perry said...

My favorite tradition was always my father playing "Santa," when he handed out each present from under the tree with great fanfare. A year or two ago, my son (19) took over that role so my father could sit and relax.

Really looking forward to gathering with the family again!

Lane Hill House said...

Christmas Eve service!
I would love to win this book! We live about a half hour east of Seymour.

lollipops said...

I haven't been to a candle light Christmas Eve service in years. They don't have any in this area that I know of.

Trish, my dad used to be Santa too, handing out presents. My youngest daughter does it now. She's only six.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year.

wfnren said...

My favorite family tradition is getting together on Christmas Eve with the family and just snacking on cheese, meat, crackers, etc. and enjoying having everyone together.

wfnren at aol dot com

pol said...

Wonderful interview and this amish story sounds really good, little different which makes it better.
My thing about Christmas is viewing all the outdoor lights that so many people put up-Beautiful.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts today Laura and your book.
Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

Loraine Ertelt said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas brunch at our son and daughter in law's. We start the day with it, sharing sweet memories of the past year, and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Loraine @ Lpertelt@aol.com

Angie Adair said...

We always get together with our family Christmas Eve and Christmas Day....it wouldn't be Christmas without our family being together. angadair@nwcable.net

windycindy said...

Our extended family attends the
Christmas Eve service at our church
together every year! Then,
afterwards, we go to my sister's home and have appetizer's and play
family games...
Many thanks, Cindi



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