Friday, June 10, 2011

Patchwork Dreams by Laura Hilton

Patchwork Dreams
Author: Laura V. Hilton
Publisher: Whitaker House
ISBN-10: 1603742557
ISBN-13: 978-1603742559
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Paperback: 144 pages
Retail: $6.99
Becky Troyer has committed the ultimate sin, and finds herself on the edge of her Amish community. Jacob Miller believes he was sent to the Old Order Community in Missouri to help out a distant cousin. Instead, he discovers he was part of an arranged swap—sending men from his Pennsylvania district to the Missouri district to bring new blood into the Amish community. Becky dreams of marriage, but doesn't dare hope that anyone would choose her—not with her history. Can God use the lies that have affected Becky and Jacob to bring them together? Or will Jacob rebel and head home to his first love?

Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Prior to Patchwork Dreams, she published two novels with Treble Heart Books: Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, visit her blog at here.

An Interview With Laura:

How has being published changed your life?
Well there’s a lot of administrative stuff that I didn’t know about beforehand. And a lot of things that take me out of my comfort zone. I’m naturally a shy quiet and private person, and suddenly I have to be more willing to talk about what I’m doing.

What is your current work in progress?
I am starting the third book in the Amish of Seymour series, which will be Becky’s friend, Annie’s story.

What would be your dream vacation?
Oh, well, I would love to spend a month or two in Michigan (our whole family loves Michigan and we missed it when we moved away) and just poke around the lighthouses, waterfalls, etc. that make the state great. Also, if I ever have a chance to go overseas, I would love to see Big Ben and visit some of the European castles. Also, I’d love an extended stay at an Amish bed and breakfast.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Well, most Amish books are set in Ohio and Pennsylvania because that is where the largest communities are. I chose to set mine in Seymour, Missouri, because there is an Amish community there. Missouri is an untapped setting for Amish stories, and it was close enough for me to drive up there for research.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Oh, Beverly Lewis. When I grow up I want to write like her. I’d love to talk writing with her.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult obstacle was trying to write in the living room with five children! I’ve gotten pretty good at blocking out noises though. Unless the children are fighting or crying I can work through it. 

One person who comments on my blog will be drawn on June 17th to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway to be held by KCWC on June 20th.  If you'd love to be entered please leave a comment with your contact.  To enter visit Laura's future book list here and tell me which book interests you the most.    I also have a copy of the book for giveaway. I'll draw a winner from the people who comment for the book on June 30th.

 Grand Prize Giveaway:
* 1 apple mug
* 1 apple scented candle in decorative tin
* 1 small packet of Starbucks coffee
* Amish made rose petal soap
* Beverly Lewis' Amish Cookbook
* Simple Joys of the Amish Life by Mindy Starns Clark
* $5.00 McDonald's Gift Card
* Amish Popcorn
* Autographed copy of Patchwork Dreams


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the KCWC grand prize  winner was
Shannon Weber
who commented on
Michelle Rayburn’s Faith Creativity Life Blog




Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this.
First Class, Wrong Flight sounded like a good book to me. I would like to read this book.


Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I'm excited to read this one and then the rest of the series. It sounds so good. I'd love to win the giveaway, since I missed out on doing the tour!


snow said...

Northern Squall sounds interesting!

snowdance1 at gmail dot com

Christy said...

I'm like Holly...missed out on the tour, but still want to read the book. :o) I found the synopsis for Jenna's Diary to be interesting.

southernsassythings at gmail dot com

Krista said...

They all sound really good. I am definetly going to have to read 'Patchwork Dreams' and 'Sugar and Spice' sounds really good as well!
Thank you for the giveaway!


Harpreet Singh said...

Thank you so much for this very, very generous giveaway! I'm a brand new follower, but I adore what you've done with your blog! Ofcourse I would love to win this, but I'm just so happy that this amazing prize is going to be gifted to someone! Once again thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway! :)

Harpreet Singh said...

Oh, and also, my email is:

Judy said...

Please enter me into this giveaway. I loved the interview with Laura. She is a new author to me. I have her book Patchwork Dreams on my list of books to read. I thought I'd start with this one. My passion is reading! Thanks and God Bless!


Anonymous said...

Christmas Mittens sounds like a nice book. thanks

misskallie2000 said...

I love Amish stories and can't wait to read Patchwork Dreams by Laura. I think the setting in Missouri is great and different.

Laura has so many great books I want to read all of them. Dog Daze would be the one I want to read first since I am an animal lover. Should be a cute story.

Thanks for the giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Emma said...

Great interview with Laura.The book that interests me the most is Christmas Mittens.all of her books sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

Emma said...

I came from Scraps of Life .augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

barbjan10 said...

Great interview with Laura. I hope I'm not too late to participate in the conclusion of the contest. I'd like to read Patchwork Dreams, of course, but from her site I'd like to read Hot Chocolate. Sounds like these two people will need a lot of work from the Lord.

Thanks for this contest and giveaway and for the opportunity to win. I hope I win.

A Sister in Christ,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

barbjan10 said...

I forgot to say I had come here from Scraps of Life.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

JoyAnne said...

This is a great giveaway package!


Mystica said...

Just commenting for the book draw only. (if it is opened for overseas readers)


apple blossom said...

Sorry this book drawing can only be open to US residents. The last book I mailed to Canada was over $8.00 and she just emailed me and said she has not received it so I'm going to have to offer her a different book and pay postage again to have them shipped. this hurts the pocketbook. Sorry.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

sorry, Apple Blossom, the 'here' page to visit Laura in your comment requirement is no longer avlbl! so i'll have to say
A Harvest of Hearts which will release in September 2011 interests me most. lovely giveaway and happy to enter! thank you!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

sorry - contact avlbl on FHC blog-
blstef1 at mts dot net