Author Spotlight: Laura V. Hilton | One of my new FAVORITE authors!

Laura Hilton is a NEW favorite of mine!

I recently discovered her books and so far I LOVE each one I have read!

 

Here is a bit about Laura:

 

About Laura V. Hilton and her wonderful books

Laura is an award winning author, a pastor’s wife, married over twenty-five years and has five children. She home-schools, reviews favorite books and writes books herself.

Her books include Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, Promised to Another, Healing Love, Surrendered Love and Awakened Love.

The Snow Globe will release in Sept. 2014 – and Swept Away in Nov. 2014.

You can connect with Laura through TWITTER, FACEBOOK or through her blogs. You can follow Laura’s book reviews HERE and read more about upcoming books HERE.

 

My interview with Laura V. Hilton

– Do any of your novels have a basis in reality – maybe something similar happened to a friend or a family member?

Well, yes. In PATCHWORK DREAMS, date-rape is an unfortunately common occurrence and in fact, it happened to me. I didn’t get pregnant as a result, but I did have the trauma that went with it. The guilt… What if it was my fault? The boy who did it was someone I thought I loved. We planned to marry – and it killed the relationship.

In Surrendered Love, there are two real events. The bear sleeping in the tree in Seymour really happened—and it was guarded by a police officer. My aunt-in-law lives on that street. The second was the police car/buggy “low-speed chase,” where the Amish teens jumped and ran really happened, and the buggy/vehicle accident really happened. Except in real life it was a school bus. And yes, there is a cross on the highway where a police officer was killed.

In Promised to Another, buggy/vehicle accidents on the highway are all too common.

There are more, but that’s enough for now.

 

– Are we going to see more Christmas novels to go with the series you’ve already published?

I *hope* so! Whitaker House is “trying out” Christmas stories with me and with Sharlene MacLaren to see how they sell. If they do very well, they might be open for more!

 

– Is there another genre you are interested in writing or are you perfectly content to stick with Amish Fiction?

I love Amish fiction, it is near and dear to my heart. It also enables me to research my Amish heritage. But that said, I have a finished contemporary romantic-suspense that I would like to sell (some publishers are interested, but they are not one of the big ten) and I have several contemporary romances and historical romances in various stages of completion that I would love to have published some day. Some of them made it through all the rounds of elimination with Barbour and/Abingdon and were held back for further consideration by these publishers.

 

– Can you tell us a bit about the project you are working on right now?

At this very moment I’m on deadline for the last book in the Amish of Jamesport series. It is called The Birdhouse and the book question is: When she is forced to leave all she holds dear, how can he bring her home to roost?

 

– Probably a silly question but… why don’t you have a paid .com website?

There was a big debate on ACFW about that some time ago. Some writers maintain you HAVE to have one. Others maintain that the author blogs and pages on social media site are enough. I see no point in paying for a domain and a web-designer when I can maintain a blog and a social media page—and update them daily—or at least often. I am on pinterest, twitter, and facebook, and I have three blogs, and am part of a team of bloggers on a fourth.

 

THANK YOU Laura for sharing so many wonderful details!

 

Here is a bit about Laura’s most recent releases!

 

“Swept Away”
by Laura V. Hilton & Cindy Loven

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother.

When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter. Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him.

What she discovers could change her life and her heart forever.

 

 

 

 

I’m especially excited about Laura’s Christmas books!

A White Christmas is Webster County is available NOW!

A Mother’s Helper

Mercy Lapp is ready for a fresh start. Having lost her beloved fiance in a fishing accident during his rumschpringe, she escapes the painful memories by moving from her community in Shipshewana, Indiana, to Seymour, Missouri, where she takes a job as a mother’s helper. She isn’t exactly shy, but she’s hesitant to get involved with the youth in the community because she isn’t going to stay. She especially doesn’t want a new romance.

An Adventurous Hero

Abner Hilty is excited to see his twin brother, Abram, for the first time in years. The two fled their hometown of Shipshewana when their witness of a murder put their lives in danger, Abner heading to Montana to work on a ranch and hunt big game, Abram meeting a girl in Missouri, marrying, and settling down there. Abner decides to spend the holidays with them in Seymour, but he has every intention of returning to Montana, maybe even for good.

An Unexpected Snowstorm

At a chance encounter, Abner is immediately drawn to Mercy, and even more so when he realizes that they’ve met before, back in Shipshewana. Initially alarmed, Mercy soon warms to his attentions, even though she keeps him at arm’s length. She also branches out and begins attending youth functions, forming new friendships that are solidified during a rare snowstorm. Just when Mercy and Abner are beginning to think about a long-term relationship, Mercy gets a phone call that changes everything. The information would have been welcome months ago, but now that she knows Abner, she’s torn, and she will have to do some serious soul-searching to decide how to act on it.

 

The Snow Globe releases in November of 2014

 A Compassionate Young Woman.

Esther Beachy enjoys working for an elderly woman who is wheelchair bound. Her client, Anna Petersheim, is pleasant and tells captivating stories. Plus, her home is quiet and far more peaceful than Esther’s, with so many siblings. She only dreads the day when Anna’s grandson, Viktor, will return from the river to take over the farm. She and Viktor were classmates years ago, and he’d been an obnoxious flirt who paid attention to every girl but her.

A toughened riverboat captain

A seasoned riverboat captain, Viktor Petersheim has seen his share of trials. He left the Amish after the death of his parents and siblings in a house fire for which he still feels responsible. Now, after years of working on the Mississippi River, he returns home to claim the farm he inherited from his grandparents and, hopefully, to repair some of the damaged relationships and broken hearts he left in his wake.

Love off the river.

When Viktor arrives home, it doesn’t take long for him and Esther to realize their mutual attraction. Even so, their relationship remains as tumultuous as a shaken snow globe, like the one Esther finds at a garage sale and gives to Viktor’s grandmother as a token of affection. Viktor isn’t the only man with an eye on Esther, and soon it looks as if she’s ready to make a future with someone else. Will the two go their separate ways again? Or will the hand of God work something beautiful out of their angst and agitation.

 

I also have a bit of a sneak peek for you:

The Postcard is not scheduled for release until next year some time (despite what GoodReads says) but I have a little teaser for you!

The Post Card – scheduled for release in 2015

David Lapp (from Promised to Another)
survived a “code blue” when he was in a buggy/semi truck accident in Seymour, Missouri. Now after extensive therapy he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. Lured away from Webster County by thoughts of closed buggies and a postcard friendship he’s developed with an Amish girl in Jamesport, he moves north, hoping for a fresh start. He finds work in the area tying flies and basket weaving, selling his products in the Amish markets in the Jamesport area.

Rachel Miller dreams of travel, but feels tied to her Amish life. She is being courted by Obadiah Graber, but wonders if there’s more to life. When she sees David’s name mentioned in The Budget, she strikes up a pen pal friendship with David while he’s in the hospital and in therapy, consoling him when he and his girlfriend part ways. She never dreams that David will come north and move into her community. David is still fearful in the buggy, especially in high traffic areas. Feeling he’s called by God to preach, David spends hours in the Bible, but the Amish discourage him, believing their ministers should be drawn by lot. Will David follow his call, even if it takes him out of the Amish church? Will Rachel realize her dream to travel?

 

Don’t they all just sound AMAZING!!!

 

Don’t forget to go back and read the series Laura has already released:

The Amish of Seymour County

The Amish of Webster County

and “The Snow Globe” is the first book of her new series – The Amish of Jamesport

 

THANK YOU for joining me for this special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!

And don’t forget to check back or follow my blog to see new reviews –
there’s a new one up almost every day!

 

 God Bless You all and Have a GREAT week!

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