Genesis 5020

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Write to the Point with Cindy Loven December 3, 2014

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cindy lovenToday we get write to the point with Cindy Loven. Read on to learn about this author and the wonderful books she’s writing.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Hi, I am Cindy Loven, my husband and I have been married for 29 years and we have one son living, who is 21. Our youngest son passed away in 2009 playing the choking game. We are from Arkansas and live in Central Arkansas, I have been making up stories since I was a kid myself. I was one of those kids who loved writing in diaries. I started writing book reviews 7 years ago and really started seriously writing in 2009.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I got saved as a child, my daddy was a preacher and led me to the Lord when I was around 11, later as an adult I really come to know the Lord as my Lord and Savior.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

Well I have two books out, and they came out on the same day. Swept Away is a book I co-authored with Laura V. Hilton and I would hope people understand how important it is to forgive yourself for the things that keep you bound Cover of Swept Awayup. My children’s story is titled Dianna’s Wings and it is about image and accepting yourself as God created you.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I blog weekly (sometimes even daily) on my book review blog I also have a writing blog and a tips and hints blog. (where I have blogged for over 13 years)

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Dianna's Wings Cover FrontI read so many books it is so hard for me to choose a favorite book. I have to say I love the Anne of Green Gables books, and I was and still am a huge mystery suspense fan. Love Agatha Christie books, and Sherlock Holmes too.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

WOW this one will be a surprise but it has to be the death of my son. The devil intended for it to destroy my family, our ministry and our lives. We chose to help educate other families about the dangers of the game, and we know that lives were saved from doing that. My husband also chose to go to barber school after our son’s death and he ministers daily to his customers in his barber shop. And I began seriously writing that same year, it was therapeutic for me.

Honestly, that doesn’t surprise me at all. God often takes the most painful things in our lives and uses it for His glory and to help others, just as God has taken my abuse and my affair to help others heal from their wounds. I am so glad you see the good come from something to painful.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Yes my life verse is Isaiah 59:1 Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear.

No matter where we are He is there and He hears our cries.

Where can we find you on the web?

Http://cindylovenwrites.blogspot.com

http://facebook.com/authorcindyloven

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

I would like to invite your readers to visit my blog to enter the drawings we have going for the launch of Swept Away (contest entries end on Dec 15th)

Thank you to your readers and you for hosting me.

God Bless

~Cindy Loven~

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. We love hearing from new to us authors. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey.

 

 

Write to the Point with Laura Hilton November 19, 2014

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Laura Hilton is back with us today. You can read her first two interviews here and here. Read on to see what she is up to now.

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and three of their children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Laura also has two adult children.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard in April 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.

Tell us about your newest book.  

The Snow Globe

Victor Petersheim has left the Amish and works on a river boat on the Mississippi River, spending three months on the river then having three months off. During his off-work months he returns home to his Amish community and helps out on his grandparents’ farm. When he returns home after his most recent absence, he discovers his grossmammi has developed health problems and they’ve hired Esther Beachy to be a “mother’s helper.” Victor is unsettled by this woman living in their home, but has to accept it. Esther loves listening to Victor’s grandmother’s stories and while puttering around in a store while the grossmammi’s in the hospital, she discovers a snow globe that depicts an area where the Petersheims used to live. She buys it as a gift for the grossmammi to cheer her up during her hospitalization.snow globe cover 2 Victor is touched by Esther’s gift and her care for his grossmammi, and strives to be friendlier. Will Esther’s gentle heart draw him back to the community? Or will he return to the river once again?

What inspired you to write this book? 

I was going through treatments for breast cancer and one of the other ladies worked on the Mississippi River as a cook. I asked her a bunch of questions about it and thought what would be like if an Amish man ran away to work on the River?

What was your favorite part to write? 

I loved this whole story. I couldn’t wait to get into it.  Viktor and Esther were just special – and their love story so… palatable.  

What was the hardest part to write? 

Her beau, Henry.

 What kind of research did you do for this book? 

I researched more about working on the Mississippi River and about Jamesport, Missouri.

 What’s the best thing about being an author? 

I love writing stories and being able to express myself in this way. I love that God chose me to do it.

 What’s the hardest thing about being an author? 

Marketing.

 What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers? 

Write. Read. Learn.

If you were writing about your life what would the title be? 

Ha. I wouldn’t write about my life.  No one would want to read it.  I’m an ordinary person, with the same insecurities as the rest of the world. I’m nobody special.  Maybe that’s what I’d call it. “I’m Nobody. Who are you?”  Oh wait. That’s already been done.

Anything you would like add? 

Thanks for having me on your blog.

http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/  & http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/ 

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/vernetlh/

Purchase my books:

Amazon   http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=laura+hilton&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCG&nav_search=1&cms=1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/laura-hilton?store=allproducts&keyword=laura+hilton

Deeper Shopping http://www.deepershopping.com/index.php?query=laura+hilton&x=0&y=0&module=productsearch&_logmode=Y&querymodule=SPX

Thanks so much for visiting us today, Laura. It’s always great to hear what you are working on. God bless 🙂

 

 

Write to the Point with Laura Hilton September 17, 2014

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Today we get write to the point with Laura Hilton. She visited us a while ago. You can read that interview here. Read on to see what she is up to now. She has a giveaway for you 🙂

Award winning author, 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 three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) releasing in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

 

Tell us about your newest book.   

A White Christmas in Webster County   (Whitaker House)

Wanting to relocate from Shipshewana to somewhere new, Mercy Lapp answered an ad in The Budget to work as a mother’s helper for Matthew and Shanna Yoder in Seymour, Missouri. Mercy relocated from Shipshewana to give herself space and time to heal after the death of her beau in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Abner Hilty fled Shipshewana to Montana to work on a ranch after he and his twin brother witnessed a murder. Now that the killer is safely behind bars, Abner decides to visit his brother Abram in Missouri where he’d settled with his bride of one month. Mercy is surprised to see Abner there, and equally surprised by how much he’d changed physically since she’d last seen him. Even though the two live in different districts they occasionally see each other in townWhiteChristmas and form a fledging friendship. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected heavy snow lets Abner and Mercy spend a lot of time together in wintertime fun. Abner hopes to interest Mercy in a more permanent relationship. But then Mercy has a potentially life changing discovery. Will she return to Shipshewana to answer the summons of the past? Or settle in a new place?

A Christmas Romance.  A chance for a new beginning. Then her past is resurrected.

 

What do you do when you’re not writing? 

I have five children, I homeschool. I am a pastor’s wife. I am a book reviewer.  When I’m not writing I’m teaching, raising children, helping with my husband’s ministry, cleaning house, running errands,  or cooking, or reading.

Where do you get your ideas? 

God gives them to me. I always pray a lot over my books. I’m a seat of the pants writer and other than a vague idea I have no ideea where my story is going to go.

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer? 

As I just said, I’m seat of the pants.  But even though it has been said that means that my “first draft is the outline” that is not true. I write, edit the previous days writing, write more, and when I finish the book, it is the final draft. I don’t go back and rewrite huge segments.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? 

Yes. . . but with the world of self-publishing or small press that may change. Right now the big publishers aren’t touching them, because…. 1) not a popular genre  2) you are branded with Amish  3) we just published one similar (pick your excuse) but I’m excited about the possibilities.

Are you like any of the characters in your book? 

Who I am and how I act are totally irrelevant to the characters in the book. They are not a reinvented me.

Are you working on a new project now? 

Yes, I’m currently writing the third (and final) book in the Amish of Jamesport series. It is due to the publisher December 1.

Anything you would like to add? 

The first book in the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe,  is releasing in November.  I also have a contemporary romance, Swept Away, releasing from Abingdon about the same time.   A White Christmas in Webster County is my first Christmas story, and it ties in characters from both of my first two series, The Amish of Seymour, and The Amish of Webster County.

Connect with Laura:

http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/  & http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/ 

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512

Purchase my books:

Amazon   http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=laura+hilton&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCG&nav_search=1&cms=1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/laura-hilton?store=allproducts&keyword=laura+hilton

Deeper Shopping http://www.deepershopping.com/index.php?query=laura+hilton&x=0&y=0&module=productsearch&_logmode=Y&querymodule=SPX

Thanks for sharing with my readers, Laura. It’s great to hear what you are up to and how God is continuing to grow your writing.

Readers, Laura is giving away a copy of her book. Leave a comment by Sept. 23rd at 5:00 p.m. to be entered.

 

 

 

Write to the Point with Laura Hilton September 26, 2012

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 Congratulations to Karen who won Kat Heckenbach’s book.

This week we get write to the point with Laura Hilton.

Award winning author, 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 three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Healing Love will begin the Amish of Webster County series in September 2012. Laura 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.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. My husband and I will be celebrating our in December, and we have five children – two boys and three girls. We live in Arkansas, near the Missouri border.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior? 

I was saved when I about nine years old. It was a communion Sunday, and I remember asking my mom what some of the words the pastor said meant, and I didn’t take communion that Sunday, I went up during the invitation and talked to the pastor. And he explained salvation and helped me pray.

Tell us about your latest book. What do want your readers to take away after the last page? 

Healing Love


Who knew Cupid had four paws? Amish midwife Kristine Lapp’s dog, Chinook, develops a slew of unfamiliar ailments that sends Kristi to Shane Zimmerman, their veterinarian neighbor. Shane’s grandparents were Amish, but his dad left years ago in favor of education and marriage to an Englisch woman. After Shane’s wife died in childbirth, Shane returns to Amish country to live and serve, but he’s determined not to return to the faith of his father. Prejudiced against the herbal and natural remedies that Kristi uses in her practice, the vet is determined to avoid what his eccentric neighbor cooks up. Can God use a loyal pet to mix a little old medicine with new and bring two neighbors past their differences so they can find a love with a positive prognosis
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 I’ll leave the take away between God and the reader.  I know what I took away, but God may have different plans for others.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog? 

I blog on http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com every day, with reviews, press releases, and interviews promoting other authors.   http://laurav.hilton.blogspot.com is sporadic, its news related to me, my family, verses, sometimes promoting others, and Bible verses.  Right now it is a verse a day with lovely illustrations to go with it.  http://booksbylaura.blogspot.com is my book news.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?  

I have so many favorites, it’s hard to choose one.   The best books I read recently would be Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon, Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble, Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney and The Reunion by Dan Walsh. I’m currently reading With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin. So far it’s great. 

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

There are so many incidents like that in my life. Some we’re still trying to figure out the “God intended it for good part.” But one that stands in my mind is when I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. I went through chemo and radiation and really found a passion for encouraging other cancer patients going through treatment with me. I tried to be as upbeat as possible and pointed so many toward God at that time.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse? 

My life and ministry verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”

Where can we find you on the web?

Facebook – Author Laura V. Hilton.  Twitter – Laura_V_Hilton.  And the blogs I listed above.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add? 

I’m offering a giveaway of Healing Love, the first book in The Amish of Webster County series.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today Laura.

Readers, as Laura mentioned she  is giving away a paperback copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment for Laura by October 2 at 5:00 PM  to be entered in the drawing.