Monday, November 17, 2014

Swept Away

Cover of Swept Away
Faith-filled Friends has two special guests with us today, Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven. They're here to talk about their new release Swept Away and to give away a special gift that you don't want to miss!

Thank you Cindy and Laura for stopping by and sharing with us today!

Hi, Cindy here! I just wanted to share a bit about the quilt, in Swept Away. When I started researching special quilts in the Appalachians, I started learning about Ballad Quilts. The more I read the more I knew Swept Away had to be about a ballad quilt. A ballad quilt is a quilt that depicts an Appalachian Ballad. Our ballad is The Ballad of Pretty Saro. I won't share the words to it, because of copyrights, but I am including a link to a youtube video of the song.

Most ballad quilts are two varieties, one is individual blocks presenting the scenes, or one big piece of fabric with lots of scenes on it. I chose the individual blocks, there are twelve blocks in the quilt I designed for the book.
These are the blocks: ship on an ocean block, girl block, heart block, book of poems block, letter block, broken heart block, farm scene block, house block, road scene block, dove scene block, mountain block, ocean block. This is the order the blocks appear in the ballad. All of my blocks were applique blocks, when I designed the quilt.

Love it, Cindy! Thank you for sharing about The Ballad of Pretty Saro and the quilt!

Thank you for having us on your blog, we appreciate it. Thanks to all who visited, please leave a comment to win a Swept Away Prize Package.  A copy of the book, with some other special treats (bookmarks, candy and maybe another crafty surprise).

Yes, please leave a comment below to win this great Swept Away Prize Package! To find out more about Swept Away, visit Laura and Cindy's Facebook page.

Swept Away Blurb:

He survived a life-altering event. She is facing one.

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her grandmother who doesn’t want to be cared for. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter.

It doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

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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.

Laura's Amazon author page

Visit Laura's blogs: Lighthouse-Academy and Laura V. Hilton Twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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bio picCindy Loven, an avid reader all her life, is seeing her dreams fulfilled, with the publication of her first novel, Swept Away Quilt of Love.  She co-authored this novel with Laura V. Hilton.  Born and raised in Arkansas, she loves her home state and is happy to live there with her husband of nearly twenty-nine years and her adult son. She and her family are very active in their local church, serving in many volunteer positions. She and her husband are very serious about informing parents about the dangers of the choking, after loosing their youngest son to this dreadful 'game' in 2009.  When not busy with church or her job as a “pr gal” for another author, you can find Cindy in her craft room, ,sewing, crocheting or making cards.

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Twitter handle: @cndloven



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Have a wonderful week! ~Tanya

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."  ~Jeremiah 31:3


  1. What a wonderful concept for a story. I grew up in Maryland but have lived in Colorado for many years since. I remember every year around this time visiting craft shows and seeing these wonderful quilts you are talking about in your book. I am writing a story of my life for our grown kids in a fiction form and I love the idea of having individual squares tell my story in quilt form.
    What a beautiful way to tell a story.
    Blessings to both of you for sharing. I can't wait to read the book as soon as I finish this comment I will order on Amazon.

  2. Hey cindy! I'm so ready for some down time so I can cuddle up with your book by the warm fire! Where can I buy?

  3. Thank you for hosting us Tanya, I hope everyone enjoyed learning about Ballad Quilts. (I can be a bit quilt geeky) ~Cindy~

  4. Hi, Nancy, You will love Swept Away! Andrew and Sara Jane's story is hard to put down! Thanks so much for saying hello!

  5. Hey, Amanda, You can purchase Swept Away wherever books are sold including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and You won't be disappointed!

    Enjoy! =)

  6. Cindy, I enjoy learning about history so this was right up my alley! And you're so welcome! It's wonderful to have you at Faith-filled Friends!

  7. Thank you for hosting Cindy on your blog, Tanya. Hope you are doing well. Praying for you.

  8. Hi, I have read many of Lauras books and i just love them. Bont believe i have read any of Cindy Lovens books but i will have to check them out

  9. Sounds like a great read. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I'm so glad you both could visit! And thank you sweet friend... Hugs!

  11. Carol, Yes, I just love Laura's novels and all those twists and turns! You'll enjoy Swept Away just as much! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Hi, Katrina, it's great to see you here! You're so welcome and thanks for visiting with us!

  13. Can't wait to read this. Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. Laura is one of my favorite authors and have read some of her books. Cindy is a new author to me. I can't wait to read this book. It is on my wish list and hopefully will be under the Christmas tree with a lot of books I have been wishing for.

  15. Thank you for sharing about the Ballard Quilt. I love quilts and their stories. One day I would love to learn to quilt. Keep up the wonderful writing.

  16. Swept Away sounds like a marvelous book Can't wait to read it.

  17. Sherrie, I have you entered for the drawing! We appreciate you visiting!

  18. Karen, Hopefully your wish list will be waiting for you under the tree! My kind of presents! But maybe you'll win Swept Away here. =) Thanks for entering!

  19. This sounds like such a good book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. I just finishe reading another Quilts of Love book called A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by JENNIFER AlLEE. It was an excellent book and woven into the story was the history and story of the quilt and how it brought the families together. This book Swept Away is sure to please. I am really looking forward to reading it. I am familiar with Laura Hilton and her books. She is one of my favorite authors ! Cindy Loven is a new to me author and I will definately be looking forward to more books by her in the future. Cindy I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Prayers are with you and your husband.

  21. You have really made me want to read this book! I am going to buy this over the weekend! I hope that I can find it at Barnes and Noble! But it would be great to win a copy too! I will donate my copy to the hospital where I do my treatments weekly! I have been very ill for the past year, I have really been trying to win a Kindle or Nook so I can read all the time! And you can get a lot of free books too, if you have one of them. I have a problem getting to my small library and there are slim pickings there anyway! If you hear of anyone that might have one that they might be either willing to give me or pay off slowly, I would truly appreciate it!!! Well, goodbye for now and God Bless You!!!

  22. I love all of the books in this series & can't wait to read Swept Away

  23. Thank you all for your mind comments. I hope you all enjoy the book. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Thank you for your kind words sbout my son Deanne

  24. Thanks for visiting with us, Cheryl! Quilt stories are great!

  25. Swept away is a great story, Linda Thanks for stopping by!

  26. Laura is one of my favorite authors, too. Thanks, Deanne!

  27. Frances, I'm sorry to hear you are ill. My prayers are with you. Donating books is a great idea! God bless you too!

  28. You will love Swept Away! Thanks for visiting us!

  29. LOL that should have said KIND comments. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. YOU all have a blessed Thanksgiving!! ~Cindy~