Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Peppermint Patties

Starting your holiday baking? Here's a recipe for you. Tastes just like the bought kind only better.

Christmas Peppermint Patties

3 ¾ cups powdered sugar
3 T butter (not oleo) softened
2 or 3 t. peppermint extract
½ t vanilla
¼ c. evaporated milk
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
2 T. shortening

Combine first four ingredients, add milk and mix well. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.  Chill for about 20 minutes. Flatten with a glass to 1/4 –inch thick; chill for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate chips and shortening. Dip patties; place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: About 5 dozen. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

With no further ado...the winner is....

Drumroll please.......

We had 236 entries...YAY, great contest!! Thanks to the reviewers, the commentors and everyone who made this blog tour a great success.  The Grate-Fall Basket Winner was Jettie...she left a comment on the Grate-Fall Basket post...
Looking forward to knowing who won your giveaway!
Your book is great.

Jettie please contact Cindy Loven at with your mailing information so this can be shipped right out to you.

Also we have a book package winner.  This is a copy of Healing Love and Harvest of Hearts, the winner of these was a comment left on Mary Fields Jackson's blog.

Good review Mary. I've been wanting to read one of Laura's books. Maybe I'll get lucky and win this one, reading your review tells me it will be great. Maxie

Maxie, email Cindy at with your mailing address and she will get these books right out to you in the mail.

Thanks to everyone, I wish you could have all won, and in our book you are the best!!  Happy reading, and look forward to book two in this series!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 22

This review is from Jackie Tessner.  She says: "I thought this book to be a great book with wonderful characters. Laura brought these characters to life and I felt I could relate to them. She wrote an remarkable story from beginning to end. When I started reading this book I found it hard to put down. I hope she brings Kristi and Shane back in more books. I fell in love with them. If you haven't read this book,I encourage you to do so."

 Thank you, so much, Jackie!   I really appreciate you taking the time to read the book and write a review.

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win the giveaway! 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!    

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 21

Today's review is from Susan Sleeman, Susan has the website, The Suspense Zone

I rarely read books outside the suspense/mystery genre as I usually lose interest in the story without all the action and intrigue. And I never read Amish stories, but when Cindy at LovenGod Promotions asked me to host Laura on my blog, I agreed because Cindy and Laura have been such dedicated and wonderful reviewers for
So, as I sat down to read the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But you know what? I found a delightful romance with special characters that not only kept my interest, but had me not wanting to put the book down. Imagine how surprised I was that a book without mystery and suspense kept me reading.
Laura does a wonderful job of developing the characters, making them flawed and believable with plenty of conflict to keep them apart. The Amish details were very interesting and I really felt as if I was in Amish country. The romance unfolds at a leisurely pace that is realistic and well done. So I say great job, Laura! Thanks for letting me read Healing Love.

You can see Susan's whole review on her blog.   Thank you so much Susan for your kind words. 

Don't forget two days left to get your comments posted for your entry for the Grate-Fall Basket!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 20

Today's post is just some wrapping up business...our tour is nearly finished, each review was wonderful, and a huge thank you to each reviewer.  I appreciate you all so much!!  I will be visiting all the blogs and collecting comments, making sure all the entries are entered into the drawing.
The winner of the Grate-Fall Basket will be announced on Friday...So hurry you only have a few days left to comment. 

I want to say thank you to all the faithful fans and readers of Laura's books, you are the people who buy her books and reads them!  Thank you!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 19

Today's review is from Robin Bayne, here is a snippet of her review.

Laura Hilton brings to her readers not only "healing love" but also likable, realistic characters. She has created another story that kept me turning page after page with anticipation.

Thank you Robin for participating in this tour, Robin has a blog HERE

Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the Grate-Fall Basket Giveaway....

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 18

Today's post is from Rhonda Nash Hall.  Her review can viewed here...

Here is a snippet to get you interested:
The ending rather surprised me and I am anxious for a second book to be published so that I can find out what happens to Shane and Kristi. I highly recommend this book to readers! Thank you so much for writing a beautiful story of love and persistence.
 Please leave a comment here or on Rhonda's post to enter the drawing for the Grate-Fall Basket giveaway. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 16

Today's post is from Debbie Curto, she has a great review and is a new reader of Laura's books, We *heart* new readers!!!

Here is a snippet of her review:
This story proves true love wins in the end.  I am hoping there are more stories with Shane and Kristi. This book was provided by Whitaker House for review purposes, Blog Tour promoted by LovenGod Promotions. 
To see the rest of Debbie's review, Click HERE  or visit the amazon page.

Remember your comments on this blog will have you entered for the Grate-Fall Basket Giveaway!!

And finally, pictures of the giveaway....

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 15

Today's review is from Nancee Marchinowski, and can be seen in its entirity on

Here is a snippet to lure you over there to read it:
Laura V. Hilton develops strong characters a reader can relate to and grow to love. She brings her characters to life, making the reader feel the emotions that her characters experience. This author knows her material well and writes an accurate depiction of both the Amish way of life and the complications that come with an attraction to a non-Amish individual. The plot moved along at a great pace, and each new development in the story is a surprise. I had a great deal of difficulty putting this book down because of new developments that continued to pique my curiosity. This is a beautifully written Amish fiction book, the first in the series of The Amish of Webster County. Waiting for the next in the series is going to be a challenge! Healing Love was the first book I have read by this author, and I can tell you in all honesty, it won't be the last!

WOW this was an awesome review, you need to read it all, thank you so much Nancee, a great review!
Do not forget to leave a comment to enter the Grate-Fall Basket giveaway.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 14

Today's review is a five star review from Ladette at The Life and Times of a PWN Mom.  

Here is a snippet of her review:
I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is that it wasn't your average, normal Amish story, but it did have all the parts of a good Christian romance -- a handsome, SWEET guy, a likable girl and circumstances that seem daunting. It was the best Amish book I've read in a while!!

The whole review can be read  at her BLOG.  Do not forget to leave comments here and at her blog for an entry into the Grate-Fall Basket Giveaway.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 13

Today our review is from Rose Mary Briggs (Mary L. Briggs)   Here review can be viewed here

Here is a snippet to tide you over there..
You will love Kristi and Shane from the start as they deal with the love that they have for each other, and their struggle to trust God to show them the path He has for them to take.

Remember each reviewer is also taking comments that will be entered into the Grate-Fall Basket Giveaway!!  Thanks to all the are awesome!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The book winner...

WOW we had 21 comments for the book contest...we did something unique to pick the winner, I took Laura's birthday (12-31 in case you need to remember that) and I added the 1 plus the 2 plus the 3 plus the 1 and all that adds up to seven, then I counted down from the top (beginning with the earliest comments first) and this is the 7th comment...

Count me in!

Congrats to Melody, thank you to everyone who entered and dont forget your name is in the drawing for the Grate-Fall Basket.  Also in for another set of books...I will tell more about that later this week.  

Healing Love Blog Tour - Day 12

Today's post is from author Diana L. Brandemeyer, you can see her all of her review posted on

Healing Love, book 1 is a delightful read. It's a tough deal for an Amish woman to fall in love with an Englisher. Kristi and Shane belong together, along with the dog, Chinook who is a bridge between them. Hilton does an good job with keeping you engaged to find out if they will find away to be together.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 11

Sorry this is late today.  Today's post is from Beth Shriver, you can see her post here...

Please leave a comment to enter the Grate-Fall Basket giveaway...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 10

Today's post is from Melina Mason, her entire review can be viewed HERE

This is the first book I've read by Laura V. Hilton and I really enjoyed it.  I'm a very huge fan of Amish fiction and this one ranks up there with the best. 
         Great job, Laura, you did a great job with this story, you definitely leave the reader wanting more.

Please stop over at Melina's and check out her blog, and enter her contest.  

Thanks to all the reviewers for the wonderful reviews!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour, Day 9

Ohh a great review today, from Susan Ferrell!  The entire review can be viewed on facebook at The Whoopie Pie Book Club, All Thing Amish, and also Comings and Goings of Amish Books, all three  of these are facebook pages.

Here is the snippet:
I just finished reading Laura V. Hilton's Healing Love and I'm begging for more! Healing Love is the first book in Hilton's new series, The Amish of Webster County. It tells a captivating tale of Kristi Lapp, an Old Order Amish Midwife and her neighbor Shane Zimmerman, a veterinarian -- and an Englischer. Two very different people searching for their place in this world...and struggling to find out how their two worlds can become one. Hilton intracately weaves these two peoples' lives together in ways they would never have imagined!

Do not forget the giveaways going on...A giveaway for Harvest of Hearts here on this blog, the Grate-Fall Basket giveaway, and several of the bloggers and reviewers are giving away copies of Healing Love.   Jettie's Ramblings

(Note by Laura)  This is the cover for my 2013 Whitaker House release, the second book in The Amish of Webster County series, SURRENDERED LOVE. It will be available in April 2013, and is not available for preorder yet, but will keep you posted.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 8

Today's review is from Jettie at Jettie's Ramblings.  The entire review can be read by clicking HERE.

Here is a small snippet of the review:
Shane has move to Webster County to get away from the memories of his wife and baby dying, at what he considers the hands of a midwife's inability to give proper attention.  Even though he is attracted to Kristi, he wants nothing to do with her 'calling'.  Will they find a way to get around their differences, or will he move on, and find a woman who shares his values?

I give this book 4 1/2 stars.  It is really a good book, easy to read and understand.

Thanks to all the reviewers.  Do not forget to leave a comment for an entry into the Grate-Fall Basket Giveaway.    Also do not forget the book giveaway we are hosting this week.   Click here to go directly to the post to enter the contest.

Also be sure to visit Jettie's blog, she is having a separate giveaway of the book Healing Love.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 7

Today review and post comes from Pamela over at Whoopie Pie Place.  She graciously awarded Laura's book 5 whoopie pies (I love it!)
Here is a short snippet, the review can be viewed HERE

Continuing her success from her previous series, “Amish of Seymour County”, and judging by her first book “Healing Love” in her new “Amish of Webster County Series”, I believe author Laura Hilton has yet another wonderful Amish series.  From page one till the conclusion of this story, I was involved with each aspect of Kristi Lapp’s story.  I couldn’t put it down.

Thanks to all the great reviewers who have participated so far in the tour.  Do not forget to leave a comment for an entry to the Grate-Fall Basket giveaway!

Also be sure to check out this great interview over at June Foster's Blog !! (Love that title of the interview)

Book Fun Magazine

Remember to go to Book Fun Magazine and click on the cover for Patchwork Dreams.  Winner will get their choice of 30 books!  Perfect for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 6

Today's post is from Julie Arduini.  Julie is a critique partner of Laura's and was priveledge to be on the entire journey of this story!!
Here is a snippet of her review:
This conflict kept me fascinated, and Laura did an exceptional job creating multi-dimensional characters. I was especially touched by Kristi's injury and how it affected her future with the Amish. I enjoyed the secondary characters, including Shane's sister. And for the romance fan, Laura is the best at creating real romantic moments that make you sigh without compromising core values.

You can see all of Julie's review, and you don't want to miss it, it is a great review, on  or on Julie's blog.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Grate-Fall Basket Giveaway!

Please be sure to leave a comment on this blog during the blog tour (November 1-22nd)
 From a post from Laura about the basket
I am putting together a giveaway package for some lucky winner of the blog tour beginning this month for Healing Love.  I will be including a devotion, a holiday menu/planning book, a kitchen towel and more -- to be determined.  It'll be fun!

Don't Forget to leave a comment during the Healing Love Blog Tour for an entry to the giveaway. 

Book Giveaway!!!

All this week November 5th thru the 11th, we will be taking comments on this blog post ONLY for a book giveaway.  A copy of Laura's 2012 Laurel Winning Harvest of Hearts, with a signed bookplate from Laura.
Nothing is required, just post a comment with your contact information on this post, and I will draw names from a hat!

~Cindy from LovenGod Promotions~

Everyone can enter, IF the winner is an international winner, the book will be an e-copy, your choice of Nook or Kindle.  This only applies to international book winners.

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 5

Today's post is from Barbara Beers.  Check out her full post here.

Until you can, here is a snippet to tide you over.

Laura Hilton had me caught from the very beginning -- an accident, a midwife, a veterinarian, and a mention of eye candy!

Leave your comments to enter the giveaway!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour Day 4

Today our review is from me, Cindy Loven the pr gal...I love Laura's books and I consider myself to be her biggest fan (other than her family of course) She is a dear dear friend and I love her books and writing.

A snippet of my review..  All of the review can be viewed here.
Laura V. Hilton is such a talented author, she pulls this story together and leaves you ready for more!  I loved these new characters in this new series and while it stands alone, you have to hope we will meet Shane and Kristi again.  A beautiful story, that you will not be able to put down!  336 pages US $10.99 5 stars 

Leave your comments for your entry into the Grate-Fall Basket Giveaway!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour- Day 3

Today our review is from Mary Fields Jackson of The Mary Reader.

Here is a snippet of Mary's review:

This was the first book that I read of Laura's. Let me tell you I can not wait to read her first series. She is so talented.  She knows her stuff when it comes to the Amish. I could not put this book down, I read it in one sitting. It was a very easy and fun read. I felt like I was right into the story

For the full review, go HERE

Thanks to Mary and to all the reviewers!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour- Day Two

Today our blog post is from Barbara Taylor from Missouri

This review can be viewed on Facebook on Barbara's page, or on

From the first page your reeled into the story. The story seems predictable but leaves room for the imagination. I recommend this book because of the easy flow of the story although I think its more geared to young adults.

**Thanks to Laura Hilton and Anchor Distributors for sending me a free copy of " Healing Love" to read and review for the book tour. 

Thank you Barbara for your review.
Don't forget to leave your comments all month to enter the contest for the Grate-Fall Basket!!

ACFW November New Relases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer AlLee — An heirloom quilt, secret messages, a hyper dog, and a possible treasure make for an unforgettable Christmas. (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press).
Freefall by Jodie Bailey — A soldier teams up with a retired commando, an undercover agent, and her ex-husband to uncover a drug smuggler, and while one man wins her love, another tries to destroy her. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).
Christmas Stalking by Margaret Daley — Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective : protect her client without letting her know, but there’s an expected complication–Colt Winfield. They must trust each other to guard Colt’s grandmother, but someone wants to stop them. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).
The Greenfield Legacy by Amanda Deed , Paula Vince, Meredith Resce and Rose Dee — How can one decision cause so much pain? Can it also bring hope? Four women. One story. (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Even Before Publishing (Wombat).
Treacherous Skies by Elizabeth Goddard — A test pilot turned Learjet recovery man retrieves a jet only to find the kidnapped daughter of a Colombian drug lord concealed inside. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).
Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher — It’s the turn of the twentieth century and drifter Hugh Brennan is a man well acquainted with betrayal. Hugh finds himself drawn to the attractive widow, Julia, yet when he looks into her eyes, he recognizes the same hurt that haunts him. Julia Grace has little reason to trust men, but she’s going to have to trust someone if she’s to keep her ranch from the clutches of her dead husband’s half-brother. Is it possible God had a hand in bringing Hugh to her door? (Historical Romance from Zondervan).
Christmas Countdown by Vicki Hinze — FBI profiler, Maggie Mason and friend, Dr. Ian Crane, set out to catch a serial killer who’s trapped them in a deadly game of cat and mouse. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).
Legacy of Love by Christine Johnson — An unemployed housekeeper searches for a lost fortune in the home of the mysterious man who first of all evicted her from her childhood home and then gives her a job. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired).
Judge by RJ Larson — Biblical Fantasy Adventure: Kien Lantec struggles to fulfill his Creator’s commands, and to save his love, Ela of Parne, from a deadly vision. (High Fantasy/Spec Fiction from Bethany House (Baker).
Parrish the Thought: A Christine Sterling Mystery by Catherine Leggitt — The Golden Years have never been so dangerous! Unlovable people plague Christine Sterling’s world. Most difficult of all is Amanda Colter, a surly Goth teenager accused of murdering prominent Nevada City matron, Bessie Parrish. (Cozy Mystery from Ellechor Publishing House ).
Love Will Find a Way by Pamela S. Meyers — Someone doesn’t want Lovin’ Spoonfuls from April Love Catering to open and will go to any measure to stop it — including murder. (Cozy Mystery from OakTara Publishers).
Prophetess by Keven Newsome — One act of violence is not enough to fulfill Xaphan’s plans. One near escape does not justify Winter’s growing gift. There is more. She can feel it. The warnings swell within her. He’s searching for someone. A person of promise…a person of prophecy. And Winter must find her first. (Supernatural Suspense from Splashdown Books).
The Return of Miss Blueberry by Rachael Phillips — Callie Creighton ditches her Chicago lifestyle to be her hometown best friend’s bridesmaid during Plymouth’s Blueberry Festival. A decade after Callie fell off the Miss Blueberry float, will she fall for the gifted bad boy of her high school class who now claims he has turned to Christ? (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents.
Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart — What if you could send your spirit into other people’s souls to fight for their freedom? (Supernatural Suspense from Thomas Nelson).
Snowflake Sweethearts by Carrie Turansky — Bringing her daughter to the one place she feels safe, single mother Annie Romano returns to Fairhaven, Washington. Though hoping to start a new life as a personal chef, Annie accepts a different job. Alex Jameson, the handsome man she secretly loved as a teenager, needs a live-in caregiver for his ailing grandmother. A big-city workaholic in town temporarily, Alex doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs family, faith or love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired).
A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA by Erica Vetsch — As Harvey Girl Meghan Thorson waits on doughboys at the El Garces Hotel in Needles, California, she meets Caleb McBride, a local horse breeder whom the townsfolk have branded a coward and profiteer. Will threads of love unite this couple, or will pride keep them forever apart? (Historical Romance from Barbour).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Healing Love Blog Tour November 1st thru 22nd

Hello Readers,
I am Cindy Loven, from LovenGod Promotions and Cindy's Book Reviews.  This month you will see lots of me on this blog as I promote the reviews and reviewers who have joined our blog tour of Laura's latest book, Healing Love.
I will post snippets of reviews, tell you where you can find the whole review, I will be talking about the book, and also the Great Fall (Grateful) Giveaway.  Do not forget to leave your comments.  All comments left on this blog during the tour will be entered into the contest.

Thanks and I look forward to all of your comments, and to all of the reviews we will be sharing!
Thanks to Whitaker House for helping us with books for this, and BE SURE to watch this blog for announcements about special book giveaways!! We have two copies of Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award Winning Book) and I have a copy of Healing Love we will giveaway during the month.

Here is our first review snippet from Judy Burgi,
This is not the first Amish fiction book that I have read by this author.  I loved every one of them.  Healing Love did not disappoint me.  I was drawn in from page one and the story kept building right to the last page.  I would highly recommend this book to all Amish fiction lovers.  Thank you  Laura V. Hilton for another delightful read.  I’m looking forward to your next published book.
This review can be viewed on at this link 

Grateful Fall Giveaway

I am putting together a giveaway package for some lucky winner of the blog tour beginning this month for Healing Love.  I will be including a devotion, a holiday menu/planning book, a kitchen towel and more -- to be determined.  It'll be fun!  Get ready for more announcements to follow soon.  If you haven't read Healing Love, it's available at any bookstore, and at Amazon -