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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Guest Blogger Laura Hilton and Promised to Another


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. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college.  Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House, which released in April 2011. The second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” released in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

by Laura Hilton
Published by Whitaker House


Book 3 in Amish of Seymour series

Annie Beiler is an Amish school teacher. She was in love with an Amish man, Luke Stultz, but Luke left the Amish community during his rumspringa, but not without begging Annie to go with him. Now Luke is back, trying to win back Annie’s love. Joshua Esh may be Amish, but he has been bitten by the travel bug. He sees the opportunity to relocate from Pennsylvania to Missouri as a way to satisfy his longing to see another place yet remain with people of his faith. Josh quickly notices the beautiful Annie, but Annie is slow to respond. With Luke in the picture, and Josh’s admission that he willingly left his district, will either man be steady and dependable enough to win the gift of Annie’s heart?

Readers, buy your copy of Promised to Another today!


It’s a Wednesday, typically a busy day around this house. I have to take my oldest son to college so I can have my van to run errands. I need to go to the post office, take recycling over to the recycling center, stop at Wal-Mart for a few groceries and a few other jobs, then come home and start homeschooling my three daughters.

My oldest daughter is in ninth grade, and she is doing DVD school from ABeka Academy. She has “real teachers” and is learning the typical subjects taught in public schools, such as Algebra, World Geography, English, etc with the addition of Bible classes, and, of course, everything is taught with a Christian world view. I sort school out for my younger two daughters; one is in fourth grade and the other in first. They don’t use any set curriculum, just a bunch of miss-matched things that were given to me from people who bought a program and didn’t like it, or that a friend bought where she works at the St. Louis science museum, or that I was sent to review, or that I actually bought myself.

I get them started on their seatwork, then I open up my email, check to see if there’s anything important going on that I need to know about, and then I close that down and open up my word document where I’m typing the current story. Sometimes I don’t get very much writing done, because I have to research some things. And sometimes the girls need more help than usual with their school work, so I have to show them how to do problems, give oral quizzes, and I don’t get much writing done due to that.

I like to write at least one thousand words a day, but that’s not always possible, especially not on Wednesdays when I have all the before mentioned errands and there’s the midweek service at church. Plus an easy, quick, and healthy meal to prepare before hand. I like to use the slow cooker on Wednesdays so I can start our dinner in the morning and not think about it.

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Thank you, Laura, for sharing with us today.

Guest Question: What meals do you like to fix in your slow cooker? Do you have a link to a recipe to share?

ENTRY RULES Readers, leave your email address (name at domainname dot com/net) along with your answer to the question for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of the book above. If you do not answer the question, and your email address isn't provided, you will not be entered.

This week, the contest is open to US/Canada residents only.


Anne Payne said...

*Not an entry as I already read & reviewed the book.

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this series and look forward to what Laura has next for us fans!

I don't use a slow cooker so I'm no help there :)

Lane Hill House said...

Because we actually live East of Seymour about an hour, I would like to read this book!
I'm with Anne. I have a slow cooker but since we only eat chicken and fish now, and I make soup and beans on the stove, I forget about using it. If someone has a recipe that doesn't dry out chicken, I'd be interested!
I have Patchwork Dreams and A Harvest of Hearts and would like to continue with Promised to Another.
Please enter me to win Promised to Another!

Pegg Thomas said...

My favorite slow cooker recipe is easy.
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 cup BBQ sauce
add any meat, chicken, pork, rabbit, venison, etc. and cook until done. Thicken sauce to pour over rice or potatoes for a sweet-n-sour meal.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Bethany said...

I don't really use the slow cooker for myself, but I do make a lot of meals in it at work. My favorite recipe from them is probably pesto chicken-- just lay chicken breasts, cover with basil pesto and italian or mozzarella cheese. Yum!!

I'd love to be entered-- cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Cheryl said...

I'm always amazed by mothers who can homeschool their children and still get work done. What a wonderful gift.

Here's a link to a Rachel Ray inspired dish I made for a church potluck. It was really good.

Thanks for the chance to win.



squiresj said...

My favorite dish in my slow cooker is roast, potatoes and carrots. But I have many many dishes I like to cook.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com
Nice to meet you

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

I use it for Spaghetti Soup. One jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce, a bag of mixed veggies (or clean out fridge)and a pound of the meat of your choice. let simmer all afternoon, it's great. Would love to read the book. I love the Amish stories and this one sound great. God bless you all.

Glenda Parker