Shannon here: Laura V. Hilton shares how she met her husband plus winner’s choice of her latest Amish Romance, The Amish Firefighter or any of her titles in e-book or U.S. only for print. Link to title list at the end of the post. Deadline: April 30th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
On August 11, 1987, I had just arrived home from a three-day weekend with my mom and sister in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. I was tired after the three and a half hour trip back to Springfield, and my plans were to stay home that evening instead of running around Springfield. Especially since I had to work the next day.
And so I did. Not. Instead, I’d barely gotten home when a friend, Greg, called me and asked if I wanted to join him and some others for a backyard Bible study.
Um, no. But instead of saying a firm no, I asked who was going to be there. And he started listing names. One of the names he mentioned was Steve. I knew a lot of men named Steve, but for some reason I asked, Steve who?
Steve Hilton, Greg told me. Steve had just gotten out of the military, and was in church on Sunday. He shared a few other tidbits, too. Okay… tired or not, I’d go check out the new guy.
When I arrived, Greg and Steve were the only two there. They were playing a board game, Bible Opoly, I think, inside, but they quickly put it up. I don’t remember who else joined us that evening or what we talked about. I remember Steve, thinking he was going to be the guy I married… and going with him to McDonald’s afterwards to talk for awhile. A few others joined us at McDonald’s, too, but I can’t tell you who. Steve was the important one. I can tell you that I wasn’t the only one interested in “the new guy,” but for reasons known only to God he seemed oblivious to anyone else. I know it sounds cliché, but it was as if we were the only two in the restaurant . . . even though this other girl had managed to score a seat between the two of us.
When Steve asked me out for a date a few days later, he asked me if I wanted to go out for a piece of strawberry pie at Shoney’s. I thought it was a bit odd to ask me out for dessert only, but whatever. I accepted and made sure I had my supper eaten before he arrived. Steve was embarrassed to get to the restaurant and discover I’d already ate and wasn’t hungry and he had to eat alone – with his date watching. He did order strawberry pie for dessert, and it was good. Steve was careful to specify “meals” when he invited me out after that!
Less than four months later we were married and we are celebrating our 29th anniversary this December.
About Laura: Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five 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.
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 the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter releasing in May 2016, followed by two more Amish books and a Christmas story releasing in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 respectively. She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write. Learn more and connect:
About the book – The Amish Firefighter:
Can they overcome their past?
Abigail Stutzman’s life is about to change – whether she wants it to or not. Her mamm is getting remarried to a widower with a large family. Abigail is sent to live with her aenti and onkle in Jamesport because she and her new step-brother had dated and their parents anticipate problems. (Her step-brother is needed on the farm.) Abigail launches a full-scale plan to return home to her family—and Mark—when she finds herself in over her head…and heart.
When Abigail and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble, her punishment includes helping a collection of crazy old maids with housekeeping. In the midst of her atonement, Abigail uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Abigail must decide if she’ll continue her messed-up legacy or embrace a new beginning with the man who’s stolen her heart.
Sam Miller has trouble of his own. When Sam and his close friend Ezra Weiss are in a drug/alcohol-related car accident in Pennsylvania, Ezra is killed. Though Sam survives, he is deeply affected by the tragedy and vows to help other victims. Now a new Christian, Sam is a volunteer firefighter and a college student working to earn his EMT and paramedic license. But Sam has a past. When it comes time to confess his crimes, he finds that the truth may set him free—but it might also land him in some uncomfortably hot water. Will Sam and Abigail be able to find a future together?
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Question for Readers: Where did you meet your spouse? Or if single – where did you meet your best friend or friends?
Come back Arpil 21st for Laura’s romantic interview!