Contact: Audra Jennings
Litfuse Publicity Group
Seattle: On December 10 at 8:00 PM EST, Abingdon Press authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter will be hosting the Quilts of Love Christmas Bee, a live Facebook event, to interact with readers about their latest books. The Christmas Bee will highlight Chapman’s The Christmas Quilt (October 15, 2013 / ISBN 978-1426752773) and Carter’s Aloha Rose (November 19, 2013 / ISBN 978-1426752735), the newest releases in the series. This will be the first of a series of quarterly chats with Quilts of Love authors.
The Christmas Bee will be a fun chat with the authors, who will share their own holiday traditions and the story behind the story, as well as ask discussion questions so readers can participate as one large book club coming together from all over the country and world. Chapman and Carter will also be joined by fellow Quilts of Love author Lynette Sowell, who will be introducing readers to the next book in the series, Tempest’s Course (December 17, 2013/ISBN 978-1426752766). Throughout the evening, participants in the chat will be eligible for prizes, including copies of books from the series and gift cards.
"I’m thrilled to be in the company of authors like Vannetta and Lisa," states Sowell. "We’re going to have a great time talking about the stories behind our books, and we’ll have plenty of Christmas fun, too, while we chat with readers."
At the end of the hour, the winner of a Kindle Fire HDX will be announced. The grand prize drawing is being held in conjunction with a blog tour and social media campaign coordinated by Litfuse Publicity Group between November 15 – 30. More details about the contest and reviews from the tour can be viewed on the Litfuse website.
"Christmas is the perfect time to launch what we hope will be many more Facebook chats featuring Quilts of Love authors," says Cat Hoort, Marketing and Publicity Manager for Abingdon Fiction. "Quilts and love are plentiful this time of year, and these books display the best of both! Plus, with the rush of the season, a Facebook event is a great reason to set aside your shopping list, stay home, wrap yourself in your favorite quilt, and chat about a good book with good friends. The prizes will make great stocking stuffers too!"
The premise of the series (launched in fall 2012) is that quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history. Featuring contemporary and historical romances, as well as Amish fiction, women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery, readers are drawn into the endearing characters and touched by their stories. A new book will be released each month with titles already selected through January 2015. A special tradition the authors have instituted with each release is the donation of a quilt to their chosen charity or individual in need.
Readers aren’t the only ones who enjoy the opportunity to interact with the authors. "One Quilts of Love reader I met recently has read every book in the series. Contemporary or historical, each book in the series celebrates ‘every quilt has a story.’ As a quilter myself, I look forward each month to the new release too. I’m excited for the chance to connect with other quilt book lovers," explains Lisa Carter.
Chapman, whose release The Christmas Quilt has already reached the top 10 of the ECPA bestseller’s list, muses, "I love to interact with readers and am looking forward to this Facebook party. In fact, I believe I’ll make some popcorn balls to share!"
Keep up with the Quilts of Love series online at:
About the authors and their books:
The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman (October)
Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife. And most days, she finds herself taking the buggy to her brother, Adam’s home. Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives.
But God’s plans are different from Annie’s and she may not finish the quilt in time. And, it may hold a far greater significance that she ever imagined.
Vannetta Chapman has published more than 100 articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. The Christmas Quilt is her eighth book release. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin.
Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter (November)
When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God’s love.
Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He’s spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness. Laney’s painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.
Lisa Carter has a Master’s degree in history and has taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. She is a member of the ACFW, RWA and several online writers’ forums. In 2001, she won the MOPS storywriting contest which re-ignited a lifelong love of writing. She has been published in MomSense and Christian Parenting Today. She is a Precepts Bible Study teacher and loves to share the Word of God with other believers. Involved with music most of her life as a soloist, former Continental Singer and praise and worship leader, Lisa is currently teaching music at a preschool and enjoying the enthusiasm and joy for life for which preschoolers are famous. She and her husband, David, have two beautiful daughters.
Visit lisacarterauthor.com to learn more about Lisa and her writing.
Tempest’s Course by Lynette Sowell (December)
Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner’s Compass quilt, with one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House where the quilt is stored. Tom Silva, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky coastline, is the caretaker employed by the mysterious absent owner of Gray House.
Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is drawn out of her self-imposed shell and embraces the family God has given her after her own family failed her. As Kelly reads stories in a journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns there is no transgression beyond God’s forgiveness, but the real obstacle is forgiving herself. During her and Tom’s journey to grace and love, an unknown force works to keep both of them from discovering a long-buried truth that will change their lives forever.
Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of five novels and six novellas. In 2009, Lynette was voted one of the favorite new authors by Heartsong Presents book club readers. Her historical romance, All That Glitters, was a finalist in ACFW’s 2010 Carol Awards. When Lynette’s not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. Lynette was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained.
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