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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Win Laura Hilton's New Amish Book!

This drawing will close on Thursday evening, July 20th. READ ALL The Directions or you'll miss out on how to enter.

Want to win a copy of Laura's new Amish book, A Harvest of Hearts?? Read about what Laura enjoys doing and ask her a question. Sorry, just leaving a comment won't get you in the drawing. Asking a question shows us you've read the directions and read this post, and Laura is anxious to interact with her readers.

Laura's book will be mailed to the winner after it releases in Sept., so please be patient if you win. You can pre-order it now from Amazon or CBD, so pop on over and do so quick!

Be sure you give us a way to contact you, and let me know if you follow my blog. If so, you get your name put in the drawing twice, not once.

If you're outside the US you may enter, but if your name is drawn you'll get an emailed PDF of the book, rather than a printed book.

Thank you for visiting, and please consider subscribing to my'll increase your chance to win, but you must tell you you do, as I don't have time to search through all the followers.

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. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” in September 2011, and the third in April 2012.

Laura loves lighthouses and she used to go to the Coast Guard festival in Grand Haven every year. She also has fond memories of going to Holland Michigan where she went to Windmere Island and always brought home a box or two of fudge. She collects lighthouses and tea cups.

As a family, they enjoy taking mini-vacations around the area where they live. They have visited Blanchard Caverns, Mammoth Springs, Hardy, Memphis Zoo in Tennessee, and other spots.

She also enjoys playing Monopoly with her husband and one of her sons, or Clue with her younger children.

If Laura could go any place on vacation she would love to visit Alaska, Prince Edward Island, and London England. She also would love to go to Germany and Austria, and see other sites in the U.S.A. such as Mt. Rushmore and Niagara Falls.

Now, for "A Harvest of Hearts"

Book 2 of the Amish of Seymour series, September 2011

Matthew Yoder volunteered to be part of the swap of Amish men from his Old Order Pennsylvania Amish Community, to the Amish community in Seymour, Missouri. There is nothing for him in Pennsylvania, as the youngest of twelve children, and the lack of farmland around Lancaster County, he felt he could make a better future in another district.

Shanna Stoltzfus has been raised Amish, and couldn’t wait for her rumspringa so she could pursue her education. She hated having to quit school in the 8th grade to stay home and learn everything that makes a home run smoothly. But now she has earned her GED and is taking college courses, but her family is begging her to come home; her little sisters miss her. And there’s something about newcomer, Matthew Yoder that draws her attention. But is it enough to give up her dreams of education and join the Amish church?


Colleen said...

This sounds like an awesome book.
Just wondering, how did you come about writing about the Amish?

lollipops said...

Thanks for having me, Miralee!

Colleen, I love reading Amish books. And I heard someone mention that what you love reading is what you should write. I also have Amish in my ancestory. When my agent suggested it, I thought, well, I don't know. There's Beverly Lewis--the Queen of Amish fiction and I am not Beverly Lewis. But I thought I'd give it a try--and I love it. It is such a fun genre to write!

Sally said...

I would love to read this book! I am taking classes to complete my bachelors degree, while working full-time. Sometimes I wonder since I am not a teenager anymore, should I still try to complete it? Why do the Amish not want the women to have an education beyond the 8th grade? Ms Hilton, what do you like to read for fun? Ms Ferrell, I am following your blog. My email is Thanks!

Tammy said...

This book sounds so interesting!! I was wondering, how do you come up with the names for the individuals you write about?

Miralee, I follow your blog and enjoy reading your posts:).

Tammy M
kolkatamom at bellsouth dot net

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful! Can't wait to read it! Dawn S.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know how you chose to write about the Amish. I would love to win a copy.
angela from KY

Anonymous said...

Miralee I follow your blog, also Laura, do you plan on writing lots of Amish Books? I sure hope you do! I dearly love to read all these stories about my precious Amish people! God Bless you and Miralee! Dawn S.

Jo said...

You mentioned that you would love to take a vacation to Alaska. Would you want to take a Alaskan cruise or fly over there and just tour than? I have heard that the Alaskan cruises are great and would love to take one.

This book sounds very interesting and would love to read it.


Judy said...

Laura, you have a lot on your plate being a Pastor's wife and home schooling three of your children. When do you find the time to write! My real question is, when did you know you wanted to be a writer and how long did it take you to publish your first book?

On a personal note, I am a 12 year breast cancer survivor.

I can't wait to read this book and I would love to win it!

Miralee, I follow your blog.

Thanks Meralee and Laura! Blessings!


Patricia Cornelius said...

Really good book
Good Luck

Lisa Nelson said...

Please enter me for this book! I bought a copy of the first book in this series, and am currently in a Amish story reading mode.
Thank you,
Lisa Nelson

lollipops said...

Sally, Amish believe that further education is prideful, and pride is a sin. But that said, they don't stop learning. Many have to go to become an apprentice to learn a career in addition to farming or to make sure that their home ec skills have prepared them for marriage.

Any book that catches my attention is read for fun. I just finished reading a regency romance by Deborah Hale and Louise M. Gouge that was a pure pleasure to read.

lollipops said...

Tammy, my characters introduce themselves. They tell me their names. I know, that sounds weird. And yes, I do hear voices talking in my head. They're coming to take me away, haha... :)

Dawn, yes, my agent just pitched another three book series about the Amish to the publisher. I'm hoping...

lollipops said...

Jo, I would love a cruise -- but I'm not sure how I'd like to go. My son is talking about joining the Coast Guard after he earns his associates degree to fund the rest of his education, and the Coast Guard always stations them in Alaska at some point. I may have to go there to see my son!

June -- congratulations to another survivor! I couldn't have done it without other survivors coming out of the wood work and showing me it is possible! Praise to God for encouraging me so much during that time.

I always wanted to write. Always. And it took awhile to get published because I guess God thought I wasn't ready. I had real good responses from publishers and even made it a ways into the process then they'd have over-committed for that genre, or had one of their more known authors write one similar, or something...

lollipops said...

Lisa, you need to ask a question...

Debbie Clark said...

Laura, have you ever wanted to come visit Oregon? We have some beautiful light houses here on the Oregon Coast. My fav, is the Heceta Head lighthouse that is just north of Florence, Oregon. I would love to win A Harvest of Hearts. Thanks for the chance to win. I am already a follower of your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.
Debbie Clark

Lisa Nelson said...

Mrs. Laura will there be a third book in this series and when do you expect it to be released.
Lisa Nelson

B. J. Robinson said...

Why would you love to visit Alaska, Laura? My hubby wants to go there for vacation. I'm on Facebook,and I follow both blogs, and we were in ACFW in a critique group together. Blessings for sucess. I'd rather win your novel :) Barb

Nancye said...

What made you decide to write about the Amish? Have you ever visited an Amish community? How did you come up with the story and characters in your book?

Thank you!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

June Foster said...

Laura, Other than lifestyle, are there any differences in modern day Christians and Amish? June Foster

Nancye said...

I am a follower

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Marilynn Walton said...

When you go to PEI, can I come too? lol I have always wanted to go there to after seeing Anne of Green Gables!

Pam said...

I loved the 1st in the series and am anxious for the 2nd one to come out.
Laura, when you start a book in a series, do you already have the plot and ending "in your head"....or does it evolve as you write?
Miralee, I am going to sign up to read your blog......
I would LOVE to win Laura's 2nd book in the series!

Julie Arduini said...

I live about an hour or so away from Holmes County and my mom lives near an Amish community that she is close to. Such a fan of Amish books.

Continued favor on your writing, Laura!
juliearduini (at) juliearduini (dot) com

Salena Stormo said...

How do you learn about the Amish? Are they anxious to talk to outsiders or do you have to do a lot of research on your own?

srstormo at yahoo dot com

lollipops said...

Debbie ~ Yes, I'd love to visit Oregon. I've seen some beautiful pictures of there, esp of the coast.

Lisa ~ Yes, there will be a third book in this series. It will release in April of 2012. I don't know what the title will be yet though.

BJ ~ Alaska has always been on my want to see list. I don't know why - the last frontier, maybe. :) But my son is talking about joining the Coast Guard in another year (when he earns his associates degree from college) and they always station them in Alaska for some time. I guess I'll get to go if I want to see him!

Nancye ~ Yes I have visited Amish communities. Other than the one in Seymour, Missouri, I've also been to Author, Illinois, and Shippsewanna (sp) Indiana. I want to go up to another Amish community in Missouri to research. Oh, and I live near an Amish community in Salem, Arkansas.

June ~ differences in religion is difficult to answer, since all religions are different. They are anabaptist - like Baptists and others that don't believe in infant baptism. They are also works based like Catholics, and they are exclusive as they believe only Amish can be saved.

Marilyn, Absolutely. I'd love to have you go with me to Prince Edward Island. We'll have fun exploring the island together!

lollipops said...

Pam, I am what they call a "Seat of the pants writer" which means I know nothing. I let the characters tell the story. It's so much fun that way. I don't know if I could plot out a book and then write it. All the fun would be gone if I did.

Salena, I did a lot of research on my own. I found some commentaries on DVD about them, and I talked to some former Amish, and I've traveled to the community. Some Amish are willing to talk. Unfortunately, others are really stand-offish and won't.

Julie, :) How fun. I drove through Ohio once but I think I was in the wrong area for Amish. We were just passing through from Pennsylvania to Michigan so were only in the upper north eastern corner.

cjajsmommy said...

Laura, have you considered writing a book that deals with breast cancer? Your journey through breast cancer could be reflected through the main character.

lollipops said...

Yes, Cjajsmommy - I've considered it. I may, sometime.

Colleen said...

I have really enjoyed reading all of the answers in the comments section. I didn't realize that there were so many Amish communities throughout the U.S. For some reason I always thought that they were basically located in Indiana and Ohio.
I forgot to say in my first post that I am a follower and here is my email cole19 @ mchsi . com

lollipops said...

Colleen - yes - there are Amish all over the United States (not in Alaska) and in some parts of Canada and Mexico. :)

Emma said...

How long did it take you to write A Harvest of Hearts ? I am a new follow of your blog. THIS book sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

lollipops said...

Emma, it took me five months to write it, edit it and read through it. Six if you count waiting for and doing the publisher's edits.

Miralee Ferrell said...

Congrats to B. J. Robinson (Barb) who became a follower of my blog and got her name put in twice (as did 6 other people). You won Laura's book! Thank you all for participating and be sure you stop by my blog again soon. I'm giving away some great gifts that are posted right now with the purchase of my new release.

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