Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Author Spotlight With Laura V. Hitlon and GiveAway

Let Me Introduce you to                                        Author 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. 


When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I could remember. I was one of the who knew how to read at an early age and I devoured the printed word. Even cereal boxes if nothing else was available. I wanted to be able to write books, too. 

Who are your favorite authors in your genre? In my genre? Oh, that’s hard. I like Suzanne Woods Fishers contemporaries, Ruth Reid, Jennifer Beckstrand, among others. The first Amish author I read was Beverly Lewis. 

Where did you get your inspiration for your characters? Everywhere. Rosie came from my oldest son’s first kitten. Lydia reminded me of my best friend in high school. Caleb is like my younger son. Caleb’s mom reminds me of my ex-Amish grandma. 

Which character was your favorite to write?  I loved the hero and heroine both. Probably Caleb’s mom, she added a touch of humor to the story with her drama.

Which was the hardest character to write?  Neither were point of view characters, but it was hard to write about Rosie the kitten and Judith the aunt. Mainly because Rosie got into something poisonous and killed herself accidentally and we all mourned her (even though she wasn’t our cat, but my son’s) and Judith was named after a dear friend, Judy Burgi who went on to glory. 

Her Latest Book: 

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?

                                                                GiveAway  of  "The Christmas Admirer"
author's choice of ebook or paperback, and paperback is USA only. 

You Can Find Laura on these Media Sites

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Purchase my books:

Available Now
The Amish Wanderer (February 2017, Whitaker House)
​The Kissing Bridge - part of Springs of Love (June 2017, Celebrate Lit)
Married by Mistake - part of Second Chance Brides (August 2017, Barbour Books)
The Christmas Admirer (September 2017 Whitaker House) ​
Love By the Numbers (February 2018 Whitaker House)


Debbie Curto said...

I have "The Christmas Admirer" on my want list

Lucy Reynolds said...

I have several of Laura's books on my wish list. I've read two of her books and really enjoyed them. I liked the Interview and the Christmas Admirer sounds like a must read. Have a blessed day.

Debbie Curto said...

I have really liked the books that I have read of her's. The Amish firefighter was really good!

carol weston said...

I would love to read Christmas admirer!

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lollipops said...

Thanks for hosting me, Debbie! And for the kind words. I'm glad you loved Amish Firefighter!

Carol, thanks for entering!

Lucy, thank you! I hope you'll enjoy Christmas Admirer when you get to it.

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Unknown said...

Thank you for the great interview and the giveaway!

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lollipops said...

Thanks for stopping by, Alexa!

loretta said...

I need to read this because I want to know what happens!! Thanks Debbie

Loretta Shumpert

Unknown said...

Would love to win this book.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to win this book.I love Laura's books.Thanks for the chance to win this one.

JanHvis said...

I love your writing style and would love to add this wonderful Amish novel to my collection. Wishing you all the best. Grateful for your generosity.

Deana said...

Great interview. Love your blog.

Jan H said...

I would love to find out who her secret admirer is.

Debbie Curto said...

Good Luck everyone! I will pick a winner Monday Morning!

Unknown said...

sounds like a great book love her writings

Unknown said...

Brenda Wheeler

Unknown said...

Great interview! Love reading Laura's books!

annie said...

I hope I get to read this!
I enjoyed The Snow Globe!

lollipops said...

Thanks for stopping by, Juanita!

Thank you so much for the kind words, Jackie! Appreciate you stopping by.

And thank you, Jan, for your kind words. Good luck!

Thank you so much, Deana!

Thank you, Brenda!

Thanks for the kind words, Tiffany!

Thank you, Annie! I'm glad you enjoyed The Snow Globe!

Virginia Winfield said...

Hope to read this one. Love your books.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to read this new book. Amish Christian novels are GREAT!

Library Lady said...

Our church library readers love Laura's books. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

kim hansen said...

Love her books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

Debbie H. said...

This book sounds great. Love Laura's books. Thanks for the chance to win.

lollipops said...

Thank you so much, Virginia.

Thanks for entering, Susan.

Thanks for entering, Janet, and thank you so much!

Thank you, Kim!

lollipops said...

Thank you so much for stopping by, Debbie!

Lucy Reynolds said...

I wanted to read that, as it sounded good.

lollipops said...

Thanks for entering, Lucy

Debbie Curto said...

Congrats! Random.org picked you