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Monday, February 20, 2017

Laura Hilton and Free Books!

 photo AmishWanderer_Cover_zpseqt6rxll.jpgBethany is so desperate to get out of town she’s willing to do almost anything.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of Perilous Homecoming, by Sarah Varland, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. 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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit novelist Laura Hilton, author of the contemporary Amish romance, The Amish Wanderer (Whitaker House, February 2017).

 photo Laura picture_zps9nxehaws.jpgLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye and currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. Laura is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, and her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I like iced coffee.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Amish Wanderer.

 photo AmishWanderer_Cover_zpseqt6rxll.jpgBethany Weiss has been fascinated by Silas Beiler since he spent a couple of years in Jamesport, Missouri, before he and his family moved to another Amish community. They hadn’t kept in touch, but she hasn’t forgotten the friendly young man who brought her lemonade and took her home once from a Singing years ago. When she finds a man sleeping in her family’s barn, like Jesus sleeping in the hay, she is stunned to recognize Silas. He’s left the Amish and is backpacking across the country. She talks him into staying, at least until after Christmas.

Silas’ family has never been happy living in one area for long, and their vagabond ways are wearing on him. He’s lived in Amish communities all over the nation, moving whenever his daed became disgruntled with the leaders, and he’s looking for some sense of stability. His intentions are to make it back to Pennsylvania and stay with his Englisch onkle and his family—and pursue an education. Will Bethany be the one to bring Silas in from the cold? Or will he continue on his way to his extended family and become Englisch?

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

They are real, with real pain and struggles.

What fictional character would you like to meet, if that were possible?

Anne of Green Gables. Or Marilla.

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

I just finished Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl. Very edge of your seat suspense. I had to keep reading and it scared me so bad I couldn’t sleep. Seriously rare that happens.

What are you working on now?

An Amish novella called The Kissing Bridge.

Where else can readers find you online?

Author Amazon page
Visit my blogs: lighthouse-academy and lauravhilton.blogspot.com
twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

9117980: The Amish Wanderer

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

Valentine’s Day is over but how did you celebrate? How would you have to celebrate?

Thanks, Laura, for 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, February 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Sally Shupe said...

I celebrated Valentine's Day by cooking dinner for my husband and our kids came over. It was fun and relaxing!

sallyshupe1 at gmail dot com

ablst nlki I said...

All I did was read books to celebrate. Of course I bought myself some chocolate.

Pam Graber said...

My husband and I postponed our "Valentine's Day" celebration due to standing Tuesday commitments. We are, however, taking a couple of days off this week and doing a getaway break at a place we love. Looking forward to having some down time and, as an added bonus, the weather is supposed to be very spring-like so we should be able to get outside to do some walking.

Also, Laura, I saw that you're into lighthouses. Have you ever done the lighthouse tour in Michigan? They actually offer a "Lighthouse Passport" that you can get stamped anytime you visit one of the lighthouses. My husband and I have visited quite a few of these and I almost bought the passport last summer. I may get one yet!

Pam Graber said...

Whoops! I forgot to leave my email address with my comment! It's pgraber60[at]gmail[dot]com.

Sorry about that!

Gail H. said...

A quiet evening at home. My husband and I give each other small gifts but this year we did not go out to eat. My elderly mother recently had a fracture so she is now living with us. I'm on a sugar fast so no chocolate for me!

lollipops said...

Pam, no I have never "officially" done the lighthouse tour but I have visited most of them.

Have fun on your retreat with your husband!

lollipops said...

Sally, that's how I celebrated my Valentine's. :) Except my kids were already home. :)

lollipops said...

Ablst I enjoy reading too - and chocolate. What did you read?

lollipops said...

Gail, quiet evenings at home are nice. Praying for your mom

windycindy said...

My husband was in Japan, during Valentine's Day. He knows I enjoy handmade items... He saw a woman hand stitching these tiny, fairy tale like dresses! They came in a box, with small wood squares of scented wood. The intricate dress hangs from my rear view mirror, and smells delightful!!!!!
Many thanks, Cindi

Library Lady said...

My husband and I celebrated by going to Wendy's.
It wasn't my idea of what I would have done but we were too tired to go anywhere else.
Janet E.

Pam said...

Don't enter me. I have already read & reviewed.

I spent Valentine Day somewhat appropriately by going through a barrage of Heart tests at hospital. Included were stress test, echo cardiogram, multiple ekgs & blood screenings. Thankful everything turned out well so I know my heart is fine.

Anonymous said...

Hubby was recovering from the flu so we had some take out food and my hubby and son gave me some chocolate, totally unexpected.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Trixi said...

We went out for a nice dinner as that's our customary tradition. Exchanged cards and ate dessert. After almost 20yrs of marriage, we love time together more than gifts :-) Just the chance to chat with each other alone is fun!
Thank you for the giveaway chance Trish! I'm also a subscriber of yours.

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

P.S. I also like the occasional iced coffee :-)

Andrea Woodard said...

My husband and I spent a quiet evening at home. I gave him a card with a box of candy, I received roses the day after.

Cathy said...

We have done different things through the years, including going out to eat or a movie, candy, flowers, etc., but this year was just a quiet evening watching a favorite movie on DVD. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com



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