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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amish Novel




Blog posts of book giveaways. Also interviews with, and articles by, Christian authors.
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A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN WEBSTER COUNTY
by Laura Hilton


Award winning author, Laura 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 three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards), Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) released in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.



If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?

That is a hard question. Right now my Bible study is focused on “the beginning.” We’re up to Cain and Abel, where Cain’s sacrifice was rejected. The Bible doesn’t say why. I know fruits and vegetables were acceptable sacrifices later in time… were they not then? Being a writer, and in character’s heads, I am curious what he was thinking. What did he choose to sacrifice? Why did he choose that? If it was a bad quality, why did he offer that to God? How did he feel (other than angry) about the rejection?  Did he later repent (for everything)? So many questions….  If it isn’t a bad guy, then maybe one or both of the sisters, Mary and Martha.



Please tell us a little about your novel, A White Christmas in Webster County.

Wanting to relocate from Shipshewana to somewhere new, Mercy Lapp answered an ad in The Budget to work as a mother’s helper for Matthew and Shanna Yoder in Seymour, Missouri. Mercy relocated from Shipshewana to give herself space and time to heal after the death of her beau in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Abner Hilty fled Shipshewana to Montana to work on a ranch after he and his twin brother witnessed a murder. Now that the killer is safely behind bars, Abner decides to visit his brother Abram in Missouri where he’d settled with his bride of one month. Mercy is surprised to see Abner there, and equally surprised by how much he’d changed physically since she’d last seen him. Even though the two live in different districts they occasionally see each other in town and form a fledging friendship. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected heavy snow lets Abner and Mercy spend a lot of time together in wintertime fun. Abner hopes to interest Mercy in a more permanent relationship. But then Mercy has a potentially life changing discovery. Will she return to Shipshewana to answer the summons of the past? Or settle in a new place?



What takeaway value do you want your readers to have? 

I am not going to venture a guess what takeaway God has for the reader. But what I took away is “Be still and know that I am God.”



Where can readers find you online?



twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton




Where can readers purchase A White Christmas in Webster County?







Any parting comment? 

Do you like Christmas stories?  Do you buy a new one every year?  Or do you have favorites you read over again each December?  

Thank you, Laura, for offering a copy of your book to one of the commenters of this post.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley is Chris G. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time…keep on smiling.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Promise to Protect




Blog posts of book giveaways. Also interviews with, and articles by, Christian authors.
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A PROMISE TO PROTECT
by Patricia Bradley

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.

A PROMISE TO PROTECT by Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former
abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protectand Matthew’s Choice a Heartwarming romance. Her workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

Welcome, Patricia. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would love to talk to Lazarus. Can you imagine the stories he could tell? And I’d like to know what happened to him after the resurrection. The Pharisees wanted to kill him and I wonder how long he lived before he went home for good. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Promise to Protect.
This is Ben Logan’s story. He was the sheriff in the first book, Shadows of the Past. 

Here’s the back cover blurb:
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her—or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago—out of his head. When she calls out of the blue it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But when Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task—protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers. But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she’s doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben’s life forever? 
Suspense, intrigue, and a touch of romance make A Promise to Protect perfect for readers who like their stories with a hearty dose of mystery.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
A Promise to Protect is a story about forgiveness. Ben has to learn to forgive himself and Leigh needs to forgive others as well as receive forgiveness. 

Where can readers find you online?
Connect with me at:
Where can readers purchase A Promise to Protect?

Any parting comment?
First of all, thank you so much for having me on your blog, Jo. I’ve been a follower for a while now and love your posts. And I want to encourage any unpublished writer out there to not give up. Learn the craft of writing and hangth thou in there. If God has called you to write, He will get you published…in His timing, not yours. Which is a good thing. If I’d been published any earlier, I would have been so embarrassed by the book. I had more to learn.

Patricia, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters on this post will be randomly selected to win a copy of A Promise to Protect, which you have offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Yuletide Angel by Sandy Ardoid is Carol H. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time…keep on smiling.