Blog posts of book giveaways. Also interviews with, and articles by, Christian authors.~~~~~~~~~~
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?
Where can readers purchase A White Christmas in Webster County?
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/laura-hilton?store=allproducts&keyword=laura+hilton
Deeper Shopping http://www.deepershopping.com/index.php?query=laura+hilton&x=0&y=0&module=productsearch&_logmode=Y&querymodule=SPX
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.