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Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Laura Hilton and Free Books!

PhotobucketSaying good-bye to past love…Welcoming hope for future romance.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Saving Hope, by Margaret Daley, is:

randenlee2000@ . . .

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 Laura Hilton, author of Promised to Another (Whitaker House, March 2012).

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 March 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 am a breast cancer survivor

-- My favorite flowers are tulips, violets, and roses

-- My favorite season is Winter (I love snow and don’t get near enough of it)

-- I collect snowmen, sleds, and other wintery things

-- I also collect lighthouses

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Promised to Another.

PhotobucketAnnie Beiler is an Amish school teacher. She was in love with an Amish man, Luke Stultz, but Luke left the Amish community during his rumspringa, but not without begging Annie to go with him. Now Luke is back, trying to win back Annie’s love.

Joshua Esh may be Amish, but he has been bitten by the travel bug. He sees the opportunity to relocate from Pennsylvania to Missouri as a way to satisfy his longing to see another place yet remain with people of his faith. Josh quickly notices the beautiful Annie, but Annie is slow to respond.

With Luke in the picture, and Josh’s admission that he willingly left his district, will either man be steady and dependable enough to win the gift of Annie’s heart?

What is it about Annie and Joshua that will make your readers care about them?

Annie loves history and children, but she’s in danger of losing her job. Joshua wants to see the world – but he’s holding a secret.

What would you say has been the greatest challenge to your writing life that you’ve faced recently?

There’s been a lot of stress in the life of my family due to financial concerns.

Yes, stress can certainly get in the way of creativity! 

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

The last book that I read that I would recommend is Words Spoken True by Ann Gabhart. It’s historical romance, based on real events in Lexington, Kentucky, and it’s a really interesting story. I really enjoyed it.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book in a new series, The Amish of Webster County. It’s set in the same area as the first book, but a different church district in the Amish community there.

Where else can readers find you online?

Author Laura V. Hilton or Laura Vernet Price Hilton, or on twitter Laura_V_Hilton or my blog laurav.hilton.blogspot.com

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

742570: Promised To Another, Amish of Seymour Series #3

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

What Summer plans do you have that you are looking forward to?

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 Monday, May 7. 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.

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Wendy Newcomb said...

We don't have any 'summer' plans, but our spring plans are to go see our oldest granddaughter graduate from high school (and our second grandchild to graduate).


Diana Flowers said...

I have to live from day to day, b/c of an illness I've been suffering, but if I could make some summer plans I would love to go back to the beach house in Edisto with hubs, lay by the beach like I did a few years ago and read, relax, read, relax! Also I want to spend quality time with gkids w/out being weak and sick.
I would love a chance to win this---thank you so much.


Nancee said...

I'm looking forward to some time in Shipshewana, Indiana, among the Amish. Shipshewana hosts an annual quilt festival every June, and I will be enjoying the quilt show, shopping, eating delicious Amish food, and generally, just enjoying the peaceful countryside and the clipclop of the horses and buggies.
I would love to win a copy of your newest book, and thank you for offering this giveaway!

Lane Hill House said...

I would like to win Promised to Another to have to finish the series!!
Especially since we live an hour east of the real Seymour! This summer our youngest daughter is coming to visit for a few days. Our son, our oldest, died last summer two days before his birthday and she is coming so we can be together.

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Laura, I am also a cancer survivor, colon. I don't have any plans for the Summer but I would love to go to the beach and walk early each morning and late every afternoon. It has been many years since I have been and I love to be around water and at the beach I can hear the waves pounding and the wind blowing and just relax.
I would love to win your book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

by Pegg Thomas said...

I look forward to celebrating our 30th anniversary this summer. We have reservations at a B&B on Mackinac Island. Very much looking forward to that!
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

beemama said...

This summer my high school graduating class will be celebrating our 40th reunion. I am looking forward to seeing people that I haven't see in YEARS! We had a mini get together lst summer to see who we had contact info on so that was a little taste of this summer's fun. My husband and I finished the same year but at different schools in the same city; the reunions will be combined so that will make it extra special. Now we don't have to choose which one to attend.

karenk said...

my summer plans include sitting on my front porch...reading...and relaxing :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I've had a flash of inspiration! I'll put to rest the ghosts of Christmases past - decorations decaying in my basement - bid adieu to wingless angels and maimed manger animals but save sleds and snowmen to ship to Laura! Then I'll find a seaside spot by a lighthouse and inhale salty air as I begin The Amish of Webster County. No need to enter my name - I'm paid to work with wonderful authors like Laura.
Cathy Hickling

lollipops said...

Wendy - congratulations on your granddaughter's highschool graduation! My boys graduated from highschool in 2010 - and my one son will graduate with his associates degree in 2013.

Diana - I hope you feel better soon.

Nancee - I've been in Shipshewana once for a couple hours and really want to go back. Maybe, God willing, this summer.

Lane - Sorry about losing your son. I can't imagine.

lollipops said...

Kallie - congratulations on being a cancer survivor! I love the beach!

Peg - Wow, 30 years! Congratulations!
Enjoy Mackinac Island. I always wanted to set a story there. It wouldn't be Amish though...obviously.

Shirley - Wow - 40 years since graduation. Our class has never had a reunion and I hesitate to say this but it's been 30 years.....

Karen - Sounds like my plans.

Cathy - save me a spot by your lighthouse. :)

lollipops said...

thank you for having me!

Lynne said...

I am looking forward to spending my 60th birthday in July in Ohio Amish Country. I have never been there! So excited!

Lynne Young

Rose Goddard said...

Hi, Since I really can't afford to actually go anywhere for or during the summer very far away, I plan on, if I can, to see some things of my home State, which is Michigan, and visit places I have not been in many years or see olaces I may not have seen at all.

Anonymous said...

My hope is to make it to Lancaster County. Friends, wonderful food, an amazing feeling being there. Cross my fingers

Loretta S


Jackie Tessnair said...

My summer plans are to look for something new to learn...and to read...read...and read.Hopefully to get to spend a wonderful summer with my family.Thanks...jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

lgm52 said...

I love summer weather and always look forward to that. As far as plans go, we will take our grandkids on our annual 9 day vacation...just grandkids and my husband and I. We have a great time and begin planning for the following year as soon as we get home!

MelissaW said...

We go camping every summer with some good friends who we have camped with since our kids were babies! We are going again in August to the Adirondacks. Starting this Saturday, we will be praying for our son who will be deploying to Kuwait until the middle of July. Also my mom is turning 80 on the 4th of July! So a big party is in the works for her.

lollipops said...

Lynne, happy 60th birthday in July.

Rose, MI is my home state too. I miss it. I hope to get back there during the summer, God willing, to see my aunt and a good friend.

Melissa, have fun camping - and I'll pray for your son too.

Jackie - hope you get some good books to read. :)

IGM - have fun with your grandkids.

Loretta, I've never been to Lancaster Co. I made it to PA once, and wanted to get there, but instead I went to a battlefield from the French / Indian war south of Pittsburg in the mountains. The kids thought it was scary.

DandelionViolet said...

No real official plans yet here, except that my boys will be doing the Summer Reading Program at the local library, and I will be doing my own writing.

Carol Q. said...

my summer plans include cleaning up the yard and spending lots of time with my grand daughters
carol evirs quinn

lollipops said...

My daughters want to do the Summer Reading Program at the library too, Dandelion Violet. :)

Carol, sounds fun, being with your granddaughters

LadyDi said...

I really don't have any plans for the summer - I live in Florida, so plan trips up north in the Spring and the Fall!!!!!!!!\
Would love to win this book, though!!!!!

Dianna Bupp

lollipops said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dianna! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I did this once but it isn't showing for some reason. I want to enter for this book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

squiresj said...

The summer plans I was looking forward to was going to see 1 1/2 year old grandson in Ohio. I haven't seen him since he was 6 months.
I love roses too
enter me to win
jrs362 at hotmail dot com



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