Shannon here: Amish Romance author, Laura V. Hilton shares an excerpt as Joshua and Annie’s relationship deepens from her latest release, Promised to Another. Every time you comment on any post dated April 9th – 13th, your name goes in the drawing. Deadline: April 21st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
She stepped into the dark kitchen, wishing she’d taken the time to grab her own flashlight. The moon didn’t illuminate the haus very well. She extended a hand to try to feel her way around the table and chairs. She went two or three steps before she ran into something solid. Hands came up to grasp her upper arms, and she gasped.
“Easy there, Annie. Where are you off to in such a hurry?” Joshua’s amused voice greeted her.
Heat flooded her face and she stepped out of his arms. “Ach, just, um.” Well, this was awkward. How could she tell the man of her dreams that her former beau waited for her in the side yard? She cleared her throat. “What are you doing up?”
“I came down for a glass of water. I thought I heard something.” He flicked his small flashlight on. A penlight, really. “And I did. Hear something, I mean.” Suddenly he paused and surveyed her with a serious look. His gaze flickered toward her lips.
Annie’s heart lodged in her throat. He did want to kiss her. Her. Annie Beiler. And even worse, she wanted that kiss with every cell in her body. Her breath caught.
For the longest time he stood there, studying her, like he memorized every inch of her face. But then he blinked and stepped back. “Go on. Your beau is waiting.”
“He’s not my beau,” Annie whispered. Tears burned her eyes, and escaped, slipping down her cheeks. Would she be turning her back on what her heart really wanted by going out to Luke? Though, really, he’d rejected her first, by stepping back.
“Ach, Annie. Maybe you should be telling him that.” Joshua sighed, then reached out with his right hand. His fingertips grazed her damp cheeks. He swallowed hard, his Adam’s apple bobbing, as a finger came to rest at the corner of her mouth. It lingered a moment, then he dropped his hand away. “Go. Before I do something I shouldn’t.”
About Laura: 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 released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” 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.
About the book: Promised to Another Book 3
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?
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