Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amish Novel

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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, November 4, 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 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.



46 comments:

  1. I adore Christmas stories and always look forward to new releases each year! A White Christmas in Webster County sounds wonderful and I appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

    I am a blog follower.
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  2. I always read a Christmas story or two...thanks for the chance to read this one, jo. I'm a follower, too.

    karenk
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  3. Sounds like a nice holiday book

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. Reading a good Christmas story always get me in the holiday spirit. This one sounds great. marsuewal@gmail.com

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  5. I always read Christmas books at Christmas. I usually get them at the local library. Laura Hilton's books are always good and Amish stories are my favorite.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. rubynreba, Christmas + Amish = a pleasing book for you. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  6. Love Christmas stories...
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  7. I buy new Christmas book each year and, I also reread my old ones. Love reading books with a Christmas theme. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. This book is in my wish list.

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    1. Mary Ellen, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN ENTER YOU IN THE DRAWING. WITHOUT IT I WOULD BE UNABLE TO CONTACT YOU SHOULD YOU BE THE WINNER.

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    2. Thanks for visiting, Mary Ellen . I love Christmas stories, too.

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  8. I can't wait for the opportunity to read A White Christmas In Webster County. I'm so happy the holiday season is on its way.. I love to read Amish Christmas stories and I look forward to reading the story of Mercy Lapp.
    Katie J.
    johnsonk133 AT yahoo DOT com

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  9. I love Christmas stories....they just make me feel good! Thank you, Jo, for the great job you do.

    You know I am a follower!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  10. I love Christmas books also and have one with me right now as we cross the border to Reynosa, Mexico to our dump church service.

    I'm a follower now!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  11. I absolutely love Christmas stories. I don't reread many because there are so many beautiful ones coming out each year. Currently I am reading Melody Carlson's "Christmas at Harrington's." I love her Christmas stories. I am trying to read a new-to-me Christmas book each week which I pick up at the friends of the library book section. They are great about selling awesome used books! It is a blessing in so many ways. You get to help the library and keep the story going round.

    I would say that even with the used purchases at the library, I still buy at least three new Christmas books each season. Oh wait, it is more than that. I pick up Heartsong Christmas books too.
    I am a follower and email subscriber.

    Thanks so much!

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Kelly, thanks for leaving your comment about Christmas books. I appreciate you following my blog!!

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  12. Hello Jo. Laura has some good books and I would love to win this book of hers. Also I love Christmas stories. I am a follower of yours. Thanks to you both for this give-away. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  13. This sounds like a perfect Christmas story. I love reading Amish fiction. I follow your blog by e mail Jo.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry S.

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  14. I'm a sucker for Christmas stories. Always on the lookout for new ones to read during the holiday season. Throw my name in the hat, please! :)

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  15. Cheryl, you're entered! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  16. Thank you for a wonderful blog. I love Amish fiction and especially Christmas ones. Good luck to All who enter.

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    1. Jody, you're welcome. Thank you for the compliment to my blog! Thanks for leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU INTO THE BOOK DRAWING.

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  17. I love Christmas stories and I love the other books in this series, so this is one that I am looking forward to reading. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

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