Thursday, September 21, 2017

Amber Schamel, Historical Christmas Mystery


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SOLVE BY CHRISTMAS
by Amber Schamel


Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring
Amber Schamel
HIStory to life. She has a passion for travel, history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest." Her title, Dawn of Liberty, was awarded the 2017 CSPA Book of the Year award in Historical Fiction. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Amber is a proud member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association. Visit her website and download a FREE story by subscribing to her Newsletter!



Welcome, Amber, what is your favorite season?
I can’t make up my mind as to whether I like fall or Christmas season better. Christmas season is so wonderful with all the decorations, the carols, the lights,  the Christmas movies and stories, the merriness of the season, the peppermint, the get togethers with the people you love, the openness that people have to Christ during this time of year…what’s not to like? And fall leads right into that. I also love how beautiful it is, even though everything is dying off for the winter. It reminds me that there is a beauty in death. A beauty only God can show. And a promise of resurrection.

Would you rather go to the future or go to the past? 
Oh, the past for sure! I grew up wishing there was a real life Imagination Station that I could hop into and travel back in time. There are so many events I would have loved to see, from Jesus walking the earth, to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the faith of General Lee, to the character of Abe Lincoln. Goodness, what fun it would be!

Are you a fast writer or a slow writer?
I feel like I’m a really slow writer. But I have been working on getting faster. My top speed is about 1,000 words per hour, but I usually average around 700. 

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? I visited the Vancouver area this year. They have both. Now I am spoiled. 😉

Y’all or You Guys? Mostly ya’ll, though I do tend to use both since I spend a lot of time in Colorado and the South. 

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner roll. Especially if the rolls are from Lamberts. 

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall

Laptop or Desktop? Laptop. I just got a new one. His name is Enoch and I’m hoping he will fulfill his name and never die on me. 

Mug or teacup? Mug. Ain’t enough room for coffee in a teacup.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Solve by Christmas.
When sabotage threatens the Rudin Sugar Factory, Detective Jasper Hollock believes this will be his first
real case. But dear Mr. Rudin—the only father Jasper has ever known—holds a different assignment for his private investigator.

“I’ve struck a deal with God, Jasper, and you’re my angel.”

Mr. Rudin charges Jasper to build a “case” of reasons for his employer to continue his life. If he fails, Mr. Rudin will end it in suicide on Christmas night.

As the incidents at the factory become life threatening, Jasper’s attempts at dissuading Mr. Rudin prove futile, and Jasper is left staring at the stark reality of his own soul. Time is ticking. Jasper must solve both cases by Christmas before Mr. Rudin, the company, and Jasper’s faith, are dragged to perdition. Will this be the Christmas Jasper truly discovers what makes life worth living?

Where can readers find you online?
Website  
Newsletter & updates
Blogs - Stitches Thru Time 
           Heroes, Heroines & History
           Amber Schamel’s HIStory Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Amazon
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Where can readers purchase Solve by Christmas?
Just about anywhere you can buy Christian fiction. If they don’t have it in stock, they should be able to order it for you. Here are some of the most common…
Amazon
Smashwords
Kobo
Barnes and Noble
Feedbooks

Amber, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Amber is offering an eBook copy of Solve by Christmas to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 26, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Christmas Admirer by Laura V. Hilton is Jackie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Laura V. Hilton, Amish Contemporary Romance


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THE CHRISTMAS ADMIRER
by Laura V. Hilton

Laura V. Hilton
Laura 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. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She 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, her favorite holiday is Christmas. 

Welcome, Laura. What’s the title of a book you recently read that make you laugh or cry?
Clean Getaway by Christy Barritt

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? 
Keep a button beside your computer. It means:  Put your butt on a chair and write. 

How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book? 
I’ve been writing since I was 8.  I sold my first book in 2011.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?  Beach
Y’all or You Guys?  Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll?  Biscuits 
Spring, summer, winter, or fall?  Four seasons make life complete – so all. 
Laptop or Desktop? laptop
Mug or teacup?  Both I drink from mugs and collect teacups

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Christmas Admirer.
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but other than a lone summer filled with romantic buggy rides, marrying her
remains an elusive dream. When his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, they left him as the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters and his grandparents. What woman wants to step into a ready-made family like his? Still, he leaves her monthly gifts from “A Secret Admirer,” hoping she’ll know that someone loves her, even though he isn’t free to step forward. 

Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, and hopes he’s her secret admirer, but now the clock is ticking. Susanna’s father is remarrying in January and his wife-to-be doesn’t want to leave her Amish community and family in Iowa. So when Susanna’s daed sells his glass-blowing business to his right-hand man, Benaiah, she’s left with three options: 1) Go with Daed to his new home with a new frau and step-kinner, 2) Flush out her mysterious secret admirer, or 3) Resign herself to life as an old maid. She doesn’t want to follow Daed where his new frau is leading him. And number three isn’t happening. Marrying Benaiah is her greatest desire—but he broke her heart, and now he treats her like a pesky younger sister. Can she make him see her as a woman, one who could stand by his side as he cares for his family?

As Christmas approaches, Susanna and her friends start making gingerbread houses for select members of the community. Susanna plans for hers to go to Benaiah’s family. But while her gingerbread may find a home—will her heart?

Where can readers find you online? 
Amazon Author Page
My blogs: Lighthouse-Academy and Laura V. Hilton
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase The Christmas Admirer? 
Amazon
CBD
Barnes and Noble
Deeper Shopping 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in book drawing.)
Have you ever had a secret admirer? Whether you did or didn’t, what kind of gifts do you think he’d bring?

Laura, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Laura is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of The Christmas Admirer to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 19, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer is Mindy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cynthia Roemer, Historical Romance Novel


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UNDER THIS SAME SKY
by Cynthia Roemer


Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational
Cynthia Roemer
writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under This Same Sky is her debut novel.



Welcome, Cynthia. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
Hmm. That’s a toughy. I would say it’s a toss-up between the Apostle John (to get a glimpse at his view of Heaven) and Abraham Lincoln (he was such a simple man, but had such wisdom).

Please describe yourself with three words. 
Christian, Loyal, Introvert

What do you enjoy most about writing? 
Creating new characters. I love developing their personalities and getting to know them.

What can your readers expect from you next? 
My next book will be Book Two in my Prairie Sky Series entitled: Under Prairie Skies. It’s set to release in late spring or early summer, 2018. It’s the story of Becky’s cousin Charlotte, a spoiled red-head who meets her match in the handsome, elusive stranger, Chad Avery. I’m excited to delve deeper into their story in the coming months.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Under This Same Sky (Book One, Prairie Sky Series).
 ~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.

Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Twitter  
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Under This Same Sky
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment? 
I want to thank you for inviting me to your blog, Jo. I also want to thank those who take time to read the interview and check out Under This Same Sky. I pray those who read Becky’s story will be blessed. I love interacting with readers and other writers, so be sure to stop by and share your thoughts. God bless!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in book drawing.)
In Historical Fiction, what era do you most enjoy reading about? 

Cynthia, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Cynthia is offering an eBook copy of Under This Same Sky to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 12, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Wheels of Justice by Vickie Phelps is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Vickie Phelps, Contemporary Christian Romance


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WHEELS OF JUSTICE
by Vickie Phelps


Vickie Phelps writes to encourage, inspire, and
Vickie Phelps
influence. She has published 200 articles, devotionals, and essays in more than fifty magazines and contributed to several anthologies. Vickie is the author of the novels, Postmark From the Past, Moved, Left No Address, and Waiting for Joy, and a devotional book, Psalms for the Common Man. Vickie is coauthor with Jo Huddleston of the gift book, Simply Christmas, and Writing 101: A Handbook of Tips & Encouragement for Writers



Welcome, Vickie. Please tell us a little about your novel, Wheels of Justice.
When Connie Knight applies for a job at McKinney’s Fine Cars in her hometown of Redwood, Texas, she has no idea what she’s getting into. Buford McKinney is a mean, evil bully who thinks women are the ground God made for men to walk on. The only reason she stays at McKinney’s is the fear of being without a paycheck and ending up homeless. And then there’s Rick McKinney, Buford’s son. In spite of his daddy’s contempt for Connie, Rick is attracted to her and Connie to him. But will their feelings for each other be enough to keep Connie safe? Just how far will Buford go to get rid of her?


Readers, please enjoy the following excerpt from Wheels of Justice, The Redwood Series, Book 2:

      Buford bounded out of his office and headed straight for me. I braced myself for another verbal tirade.
      He walked right up to me, his eyes blazed with hatred. “You little slut. You think you’re smart, telling Rick about our talk. You think you can play us against each other? We’re family. You can’t come between us.”
      My heart pounded against my chest. I shook my head. “I didn’t tell Rick anything.”
      Buford stood so close to me, I could smell his breath, and it did nothing to help my queasy stomach. He needed some mouthwash big time. I turned my head just a little to get away from the overpowering scent. It was the wrong thing to do.
      He grabbed my chin and forced my face toward him.
      “Look at me when I’m talking to you? Who do you think you are?” An evil sneer flashed across his face. “I’ll tell you what you are. You’re a tramp who walked in here off the street and played on Monica’s sympathy to get a job. Well, Monica doesn’t have the last word. I do.”
     He squeezed my jaws so hard, tears filled my eyes. The pain radiated across my cheeks. I tried to pull away from him, but Buford just squeezed harder and laughed—a sound that made my blood run cold. All the warnings I’d heard about him flashed through my mind again.
      “I’d fire you today, but Monica would give me all kinds of grief.” He squeezed my jaws again. “Soon you’ll be gone. Your days at McKinney’s are numbered.” He shoved me into the wall and walked away as though nothing had happened.
      I stumbled to the bathroom, trembling from head to toe, and splashed cold water on my face. My stomach churned. I had to get out of here. I didn’t want to face Rick. He must have confronted his daddy about the tongue-lashing Buford had given me this morning. That’s why Buford had grabbed me just now.
      Back at my desk, I scribbled a note to Monica that I was sick and needed to go home for the afternoon. I left it where she’d be sure to see it and then slipped out the back door. I made my way around to my car and climbed in. My hand shook so much, the key missed the ignition, but I finally cranked the engine and pulled out of McKinney’s parking lot. If I was smart, I’d never go back.


Vickie, where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn

Where can readers purchase Wheels of Justice?
Amazon
Createspace


Vickie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Vickie is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of Wheels of Justice to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 5, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Fox of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Linda Weaver Clarke, Historical Adventure Romance - CORRECTED


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THE FOX OF CORDOVIA
by Linda Weaver Clarke


Linda Weaver Clarke is the author of historical
Linda Weaver Clarke
romances, period romances, a romantic cozy mystery series, a mystery suspense series, a children’s book, and non-fiction. She has traveled throughout the United States giving lectures and teaching people to write their family history. All her books are family friendly. She lives in Color Country, which is located in southern Utah among all the red mountains. Visit Linda at her website.



Welcome, Linda. What was the main inspiration for this series of books?
All three books in this series are love stories set in the late 1700s. The Rebel series was inspired by the stories of the American patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a king. It’s a theme that is dear to me. Liberty is something that I cherish. It’s a precious gift given to us by those who fought so valiantly. When I read the stories of the American Revolution, my heart swells with gratitude for those loyal patriots. When I look at our flag and pledge allegiance to it, tears well up in my eyes. When I listen to "The Star Spangled Banner" or "God Bless the U.S.A.," I get choked up. Especially when it’s sung by a choir.

Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
I had the idea of a country that had to fight for its liberty and the idea stayed in my mind for a long time. I had read stories of how America got its freedom and how determined we were. I was touched with each incident that I read. We fought for our freedom from 1775 – 1783. The miracles that happened during that war made me realize that God was watching over us.

Why do you feel compelled to write in your genre?
The Rebel series is a mixture of romance and adventure. I absolutely love stories that are page-turners, which have some mystery and suspense. I love a romance where the man and woman know they are meant for one another and have a strong belief in God. Even though there are trials along the way, they never give up on the other. I also like strong women characters in a story. I hope my readers will take away with them a satisfied feeling of what it is like to fight for their liberty and enjoy a land of the free.

Lighting Round:
Vacation - Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? You Guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner Roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Fox of Cordovia.
In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.

Where can readers find you online?
To read a sample chapter from each of my books in The Rebel series, go here and then click on the title of the book that you want to read.   

Where can readers purchase The Fox of Cordovia?
My Website
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Here are two book trailers for your readers to watch, so they can understand what these books are about.
(In case the book trailers don't show up, you can click the titles here: The Rebels of Cordovia and   







Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Readers not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Tell me whether you think a book trailer grabs the interest of a reader. Does it influence you to want to read it or not necessarily?

Linda, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Linda is offering an eBook copy of The Fox of Cordovia to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing, please leave your comment on this post through August 29, 2017, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.


Two winners of last Thursday’s blog posts: The winner of a copy of Embracing Hope by Janell Wojtowicz is Sonja. The winner of a copy of The Second Chance Brides that includes a novella by Laura V. Hilton is Deanne. I’ll email you both. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Janell Butler Wojtowicz, Contemporary Christian Romance


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EMBRACING HOPE
by Janell Butler Wojtowicz


  2 blog posts today! Be sure to check both.

Janell Butler Wojtowicz, born and raised on an Iowa
Janell Butler Wojtowicz
farm, was one of those kids who loved to write the dreaded “What I did on summer vacation” essay. It’s no surprise that she has spent her entire 30-year career in writing, including journalism, Christian higher education public relations, and local government public information. She is a freelance writer/editor, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Janell and her husband, Frank, live in New Brighton, Minnesota. 



Welcome, Janell. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
Catherine Marshall (author of Christy). While I had read Christian fiction as a child, Christy was the first novel that hit me emotionally. I read it in high school, at first intrigued by the title. (Before I was born,  my parents had a daughter, Kristy, who was killed in an accident when she was 16 months old.) The plot hooked me right away, and it continues to hook me 40 years later. I probably read Christy once a year. In addition to discussing Catherine’s extraordinary writing journey, I’d love to talk about her entire life, which is a novel in itself. In fact, I’d love to write that novel!

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
1) I’m asked all the time how my last name is pronounced: Why-tow-vitch. It’s Polish and means “son of the mayor (of a village).” I still have problems writing it after 24 years of marriage.
2) I was a part of a team in my small town Iowa community that set off Fourth of July fireworks shows during my young and crazy days. Imagine wearing jeans, a long-sleeved and high-collar shirt, socks, closed-toe shoes, and a hat to be shielded from sparks in 90+ degree weather. But what a rush!!!
3) My family genealogy includes Pres. William McKinley (who was assassinated by a crazed anarchist). Note the last name of the main character in Embracing Hope. No, the character does not suffer the same fate. In addition, my kindergarten teacher was Mrs. McKinley.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’ve spent 35 years in journalism and public relations, which is predominately non-fiction. I had to work with the facts of reality, sometimes limited, that I was given or researched. Sure, I could be creative, but there were times when what I dealt with was dull (the effects of emerald ash borer), the ending was not happy (murder), and I wished I could tweak reality. With fiction, I make up the people, the plot, and the personalities. If I realize a character doesn’t fit, he’s red-penned (or killed off). I get inside the characters’ worlds and their heads. I insert my personality into characters and tidbits of my life into the plot. Writing fiction has never been dull, I can tweak to my heart’s content, and I create my own happy endings.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
I was published by a small start-up publisher, so the marketing budget is nil. The burden of marketing falls on the shoulders of most small-press and indie authors. Here are some suggestions to help us out.
1) Word of mouth goes a long way. Tell others: family, friends, women who attend your church and Bible study, neighbors, co-workers (when on break, not company time!). Even mention the Christian women’s and romance genres to male acquaintances. Several men have read my book and passed it on to the ladies in their lives.
2) Obviously, use the many forms of social media, including LinkedIn. 
3) Recommend it to local libraries, buy it for your church library, and if you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. 
4) Recommend it to independent book stores and gift shops.
5) I’ve noticed women over 60 enjoy the genres, so consider donating to senior centers or care centers.
6) Buy them for gifts: Christmas, birthday, graduation, hostess gifts, get-well.
7) If so led, give a financial gift for advertising; even a few dollars can help authors promote their book.
8) Reviews, reviews, reviews. Whether it’s Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes and Noble, social media, your local newspaper, church newsletter, or library newsletter/web site, reviews are an author’s bread and butter. It doesn’t take much: just a few sentences about what you liked about it, how it touched you, why you recommend it to others, etc.

Please tell us about your novel, Embracing Hope.
Christian college dean Drew McKinley mourns his dead wife and still wears his wedding ring. He
stumbles on a desperate journey to understand God’s motives for her tragic death. Crossing his perilous path is Allison, a graduate student and new employee in the dean’s office. Even as she deals with financial hardships, she recognizes Drew’s unresolved grief from her own loss. Putting up a roadblock is Chris Whitney, the handsome but egotistical student senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?

Where can readers find you online?
Twitter
Blog
Author Facebook
Goodreads

Where readers can purchase Embracing Hope?
Amazon
Smashwords
Barnes and Noble Nook
kobo
Contact me (I have author copies.)

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Did the loss of someone or something ever leave you feeling hopeless and you lost faith in God? How did you overcome it to find hope for your future and rebuild your faith?


Janell, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Janell is offering an eBook copy of Embracing Hope to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through August 22, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.



Last week, everyone was a winner! Lillian Duncan was last week's guest blogger. Lillian offered all readers of her post a free eBook copy of her Devotions from Puzzle House. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Laura V. Hilton, Historical Romance


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Married by Mistake
by Laura V. Hilton
Included in
The Second Chance Brides Collection


2 blog posts today! Be sure to check both.


Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after
Laura V. Hilton
author with almost twenty published 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. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She 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, her favorite holiday is Christmas.


Welcome, Laura. What is your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake. Love cheesecake. 

How do people react when they find out you write?    
1. They tell me they always wanted to write and talk about what they would write if they write. 2. They ask me if it’s children’s books. Or 3. They give me a pitying look like I’m really lying and there is no way I’m a published author unless I self-published.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?  
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I loved the waterfalls, the great lakes, the lighthouses, the history (forts), the pines, the Coast Guard and so much more. 

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach. I live in the mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll?  biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Winter
Laptop or Desktop?  laptop
Mug or teacup? Both.  I LOVE teacups, but I collect them. I drink from mugs. 


Please tell us a little about your novella, Married by Mistake (included in The Second Chance Brides Collection). 
The Second Chance Brides Collection:

Hope for Happy Endings Is Renewed in Nine Historical Romances

Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 who feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed?

Married by Mistake by Laura V. Hilton - Mackinac Island, 1902:

When a plan to pose for advertising goes awry, Thomas Hale and Bessie O’Hara find themselves legally married. Now Bessie and Thomas must decide whether to continue the charade or walk away. Either choice could ruin them if the truth gets out. 

Where can readers find you online?
Amazon Author Page
My Blogs: Lighthouse Academy and Laura V. Hilton
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase The Second Chance Brides Collection?  
Amazon
CBD
Barnes and Noble
Deeper Shopping

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Readers not required to answer to be entered in book drawing.)
What is something you collect? 

Laura, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Laura is offering a print copy of The Second Chance Brides Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through August 22, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


Last week, everyone was a winner! Lillian Duncan was last week's guest blogger. Lillian offered all readers of her post a free eBook copy of her Devotions from Puzzle House. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.