Wednesday, August 02, 2017

MARRIED BY MISTAKE (Second Chance Brides Collection) - Laura V Hilton - One Free Book

Bio: 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. 

Welcome back, Laura. Tell us about your salvation experience. 
I was a child, eight years old.We were sitting in church, and it was communion Sunday. Back then, the scripture the pastor used had a real long word in it that start with a D…ation and I leaned over to Mom and asked her, “What does d…ation mean?” She explained it, and I didn’t participate in communion that Sunday. Instead, after the service I went forward and had a talk with the pastor and my mom in a small room up front, and I accepted Jesus as my savior.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
We’re assuming that those I ask would attend, right? I’d probably need a list of forty to find those four. I’d invite Susan May Warren, Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, and Denise Hunter. And I’d choose them because they write characters that jump off the page and become real, and I try to emulate their style so mine do, too.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
No, I don’t. My publicist would probably like it if I did, but right now I’m not secure enough to talk about anything without hemming and hawing and a lot of ums and and-uhs.

Maybe you will soon. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Ha. Well, I’m not sure it’s printable. Let’s just say I was thirteen, I was at school and I had an unexpected visit from a woman’s monthly visitor. One of my first. And of course, I had nothing. So I went to the nurse’s station where she sat me in a bathroom, washed all my clothes and loaned me supplies. Best part … I got out of biology class.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too.
What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that? I’d ask them what they’d write about. And then I’d encourage them to write it. 

Tell us about the featured book.
Second Chance Brides is a collection of nine historical romance novellas written by nine different authors and my story is called Married by Mistake. I was very honored to be included in this collection, and with such talented historical authors! This is my debut historical, and I had a lot of fun writing it.

Please give us the first page of the book.
A kiss.

The sea spray touched Bessie O’Hara’s face as gently as she imagined he—whoever he might be—would some day brush his lips across her cheeks.

She couldn’t wait.

If only she could skip all the tiresome courtship rituals like monotonous parlor visits and chaperoned strolls. She’d also eliminate the formal calling cards and fluttering fans society demanded and go straight to the happily-ever-after.

It wasn’t that easy. She glanced at her two cousins, giggling behind their fans, as they stepped off the ferry onto the dock leading to the island. They looked toward some gentlemen who’d come to meet the boat. Judging by their clothing, they were there for the summer season as well. They certainly weren’t employees hired to drive the buggies and wagons.

Bessie smoothed her hand over her dress. Splotches of water dampened the material under her touch. With a sigh, she looked around for her family’s carriage. Papa had wired ahead and told the driver when to meet the ferry. She didn’t see the carriage, but a large crowd blocked her view.

I want to know what happens next. How can readers find you on the Internet?
twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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Elly said...

Oooh! I'm REALLY looking forward to this book!
Elly -Indiana-

Melanie Backus said...

What a beautiful cover! I would love to read this one. Thank you for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Vivian Furbay said...

Married by Mistake sounds like a book I want to read. Enjoyed reading the short story of what it's about. Hope I win! Thanks!

Abigail Mitchell said...

Love these collections, and love the way they're bound. Feels like I'm reading an old book. :D Would love to win this one.
Abigail in VA

Britney Adams said...

I would love to read this collection!! Thanks so much for the wonderful interview and giveaway!

Britney Adams, TX

kim hansen said...

Love Laura's books. north platte Nebraska.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I am looking forward to Second Chance Brides and Laura's contribution of Married by Mistake. Thanks for sharing!
Connie from KY

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful story!! Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for your inspirational writing, Laura Hilton!

Elaine Shorb

Unknown said...

So nice to finally put a 'face' to who we've been reading through the years! Loved your bio & story! Beautiful book covers, by the way. Thanks for the give away; would love to win this! Congratulations to whoever does!

Marie Bast said...

Love all of Laura's books, and I love history so nine stories all in one collection is a rare treat. Can't wait to read. Thanks for sharing. Marie from Illinois.

lollipops said...

Elly, thanks for stopping by! I hope you love the book.

Melanie, the cover is beautiful! Thanks for your comment. I hope you love the book.

Vivian, thanks for stopping by! I hope you love the book.

Abigail, I love the way Barbour Books does these too! Thanks.

Britney, good luck! Thanks for coming by.

Kim, thank you so much! Made my day. Thanks for commenting.

Connie, thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you so much, Elaine! Appreciate you stopping by.

Thanks, Brenda. It's not a good picture but I hate having my pictures made! Thanks for being a long time reader and for stopping by.

Marie, thank you. I appreciate you so much. Thanks for stopping by.

Joy Roberts Gibson said...

A little rural mountain area of East TN called Oneida, and , no, the silverware is not made here, lol.

Anonymous said...

Love to win this book! Shelia Hall

VanG said...

What a beautiful book cover and for this sounds like a delightful collection of stories. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. 😊
Van from NC

Patty said...

Lovely cover!

Bessie sounds like a lot of us, if we could just skip the whole meeting and dating part and go right to happily ever after...

Patty in SC

Unknown said...

What a great interview! I always enjoy getting to know authors better! Really enjoy reading your book Laura! Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Tiffany Hall from LA

Megan Besing said...

I would love to win a book and read it here in Indiana :)

Unknown said...

Laura, i have only just recently been introduced to your books. I love historicals and this collection just looks lovely. Would love to read it. Westlake, La

lollipops said...

Debra, thanks for entering. I hope you love this book.

Megan, thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

Thanks for entering, Tiffany! Good luck!

Patty, thanks for your comment. Yes, she does, right?

Thanks for entering VanG! I hope you love the book.

Joy, too bad the silverware isn't made there! You could really find deals if they were! Thanks for commenting!

Sheila, thanks for entering! Good luck!

Karen G. said...

I love these collection books and I love reading Laura's books. Looking forward to reading Married by Mistake and the other stories. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
Karen G./Troy, NY

lollipops said...

Thank you, Karen! And thanks for stopping by!

Lori said...

I am from the windy city in Illinois
What a fun review.
I would love to read one of your books.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

lollipops said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lori. I've been to the Windy City once. We went to one of the zoos.

Jag said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christian fiction and any topic that includes "Second Chance". There are so many people who have lost hope of finding Love ... I pray this book inspires them!!!!

Jannette ... Texas

lollipops said...

Me, too, Jannette. There are so many people who need second chances in so many areas.

Dianna said...

Love this pretty book cover!
Dianna in TN

Trixi said...

I love the Barbour collection of books! Second chance love is one of my favorite themes in a story & brides would be even better. Great author interview, thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

Trixi in OR

Unknown said...

I am really looking forward to reading this. I love the Barbour Collection of novellas books. Thank you for entering me in the giveaway.

Deanne in PA

D R said...

The Barbour collections are always good reads as well as being attractive books - nice covers and page stock. I have read one of Laura's Amish novels, and I notice in the collection some other familiar writers but a couple of whom are new to me. Thanks from TX.

Caryl Kane said...

These Barbour Romance Collections are a MUST read! Thank you for the chance.

Caryl K in TEXAS

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

lollipops said...

It is pretty, Dianna. Thanks for entering

lollipops said...

Thanks for stopping Caryl! I enjoy reading them too.

lollipops said...

Thanks for entering D. R! They are very well done.

lollipops said...

Thanks for entering Deanne! I enjoy reading them too

Thanks for commenting Trixi and Sharon! Good luck!

Paula Shreckhise said...

I really like Barbour collections. This one sounds very cute! Thanks Paula from MO.

lollipops said...

Thanks for stopping by, Paula. My husband's family lives around the Springfield area.

Beth Gillihan said...

I love Barbour collection books! This one sounds like a fun read.

Beth in Montana