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WELCOME AUTHOR LAURA V. HILTON
8/26/2017 1:25:00 AM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  The Christmas Admirer

AUTHOR’S NAME:  Laura V. Hilton 

PUBLISHER:  Whitaker House

GENRE:  Amish / Contemporary Romance / Christmas

STAND ALONE OR SERIES:  Stand-alone

TARGET AGE:   adult 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOM AUTHOR LAURA V. HILTON TO PATTI’S PORCH. LAURA SHARES HOW A VISIT TO A GLASSBLOWING SHOP SPARKED THE IDEA FOR A CHRISTMAS NOVEL.

 

LAURA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A COPY OF THE CHIRISTMAS ADMIRER.

 

GLASS BLOWING AND THE CHRISTMAS ADMIRER

 

by

 

Laura V. Hilton

 

Right before my youngest son joined the Coast Guard we went on a short mini-vacation to Springfield, Missouri, actually going farther north almost to Kansas City to see another Amish community near there in Osceola. There is a cheese factory there and my son wanted to try some of their cheeses – such as a ghost pepper cheese. Too spicy for me.

 

But upon the return to Springfield, Steve read about a glass blowers shop in the downtown area. We found the address and went to visit it. It is owned by an older gentleman and his son. They had a display area set up where people could see their wares and buy them and then a work area where the son mostly worked, and talked about how the fire needed to be so hot, and showed us how he worked and made things. As we watched, he made a lovely flower, a lily, in different colors of glass, green, white, pinks.

 

It was fascinating.

 

And I got to thinking what if… 

 

So I did some more research. Asked questions. Probably drove them nuts. But when Whitaker House indicated they’d be interested in a Christmas novel, I proposed one about a glass blower.

 

The story is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and while completely stand alone, it does have some continuing characters from other books I’ve written set in Jamesport. If you are interested, the books set there are:

 

Amish Books set in Jamesport, Missouri:

 

The Snow Globe

The Postcard

The Birdhouse

The Amish Firefighter

The Amish Wanderer

The Kissing Bridge (part of Springs of Love collection)

The Christmas Admirer

Gingerbread Wishes (part of A Plain Thanksgiving collection--November 2018)

Love by the Numbers (February 2018)

 

I haven’t read any books about an Amish glass blower, but that’s not to say they aren’t out there. I haven’t read all the Amish books available. Jamesport is an area that is more tourist-oriented than the books set in Seymour / Webster County Missouri. They give buggy tours, have bed and breakfasts, open their homes for visitors to eat supper with them, and have businesses.

 

All Amish districts are different and the rules vary depending on the bishop and preachers. Some are more liberal and some more conservative. Some keep themselves distant and don’t welcome attention from non-Amish and some embrace it. While Jamesport is not as touristy as some districts in Lancaster Pennsylvania or in Ohio, it is much more so than others.

 

 

Blurb for 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?

 

Amazon buy link         

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF THE CHRISTMAS ADMIRER BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

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.

Connect with Laura online:

blogs: Lighthouse Academy  & Laura V. Hilton

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Purchase Laura’s books:

 

Amazon   

CBD

Barnes and Noble

Deeper Shopping 

 


Comments

Amy Mullins From NC At 8/31/2017 5:44:52 PM

I would love to read the description of glass blowing in an Amish book. Both would make for very interesting reading!

Melissa From Arkansas At 8/27/2017 11:15:10 PM

I been wanting to go to Jamesport for awhile now, hope to go one day. The book sounds great, would love a chance to win it!

Sandy Thayer From Quincy, Ky At 8/27/2017 9:47:46 PM

Love this idea! Glass blowing just fascinates me! Just so amazing! So writing a book about it will be a great read! And Amish to boot! Great read I am sure!

Lori From Alabama At 8/27/2017 7:24:28 PM

It is so amazing what a glass blowers can make. It is enjoyable to watch them. I watched them when our mall had someone come out and was showing how it is done. Thank you for doing the giveaway.

Joan Kurth From Sioux Falls, S.D. At 8/27/2017 2:11:12 PM

Your books, especially the Christmas Admirer looks so good. I will look forward to reading it.

Christi Charles From Louisiana At 8/26/2017 10:53:32 PM

I've always thought glass blowing was interesting, and I love Amish Christmas stories! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lucy Reynolds From WV At 8/26/2017 7:44:24 PM

I watched glass blowing several years ago at the Fenton glass factory here in WV.

Jean Dixon From Allentown PA At 8/26/2017 6:55:54 PM

When I was in school we took a trip to Flemington New Jersey to see a glassblower I'd really love to see more people take up glass blowing it is very fascinating and the things that they can do with glass wow. To combine that with the Amish would be so great to read. Hoping to win thank you God bless?

Tifdany From Louisiana At 8/26/2017 1:19:17 PM

So interesting learning where the idea for the book came from. I have never seen glass blowing in person, but have seen videos and it is so amazing to me. It always puts me in the mind of how God takes us and makes us into something beautiful in his sight.

Carole Smith From Memphis, Tennessee At 8/26/2017 1:12:48 PM

I love to read about Amish and would love to win this book!

Susan Faloon From Maine At 8/26/2017 12:50:01 PM

I am excited about this book. Glass blowing has been a big deal to me since I was a very young child with a book about a glass blower who made Christmas ornaments. What a great idea.

Deanne Patterson From Fort Loudon, PA At 8/26/2017 12:23:13 PM

Laura's Hilton's books are such an inspiration to me. I always feel better after reading one than before I started. It would be such a blessing to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

laura From hsb At 8/26/2017 12:07:40 PM

thanks for hosting me, Patti

Donna Harmon From Perryville, AR At 8/26/2017 11:25:14 AM

I love Her books and would be blessed to win one.

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1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene