Monday, July 9, 2018

Firestorm by Laura V Hilton ends July 16th

Please welcome Laura V Hilton to my blog this week. 
Read on down to find out how to enter her giveaway.


Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where
she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.

Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.

As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.

Michigan pasty recipe

4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 ¼ cups ice water
1 t salt
5 ½ cups sliced potatoes
2 carrots sliced
1 onion diced
½ cup diced rutabaga
2 lbs venison (can also use beef or pork stew meat or ground beef and pork)
1 T salt
1 t black pepper
1 cube beef bouillon
½ cup hot water

Whisk together flour and 1 t salt into large bowl, cut in shortning. Make a well in the center of he mixture, and quickly stir in ice cold water. Form dough into a ball. Set aside.

Dissolve the beef bouillon cube in hot water. Combine uncooked vegetables, uncooked meat, 1 T salt and pepper with the bouillon.

Roll out pasty dough  into 6 x 8 inch rectangles. Place about 1 ½ cups of filling in the center of each rectangle. Bring 6 inch sides together, and seal. Cut a slit in the top of each pasty. Place on dull, not black, baking pans.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Have you had or made pasties before? If so do you like them? What is your favorite thing you make? 

Answer one of the above questions to be entered to win Firestorm. Don't forget to leave your email addy.


Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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  1. No, I've never had any, in fact I hadn't even heard of pasties until my hairdresser (from Michigan) was talking about them. They sound delicious! Thanks! rw620 AT aol DOT com

  2. I've never made or had authentic pasties. My husband would love me to make them, he loves that kind of thing. thanks for the giveaway and the recipe. bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

  3. Don’t enter me, as I read and loved this book. I’ve never made pasties, but I make pepperoni rolls, a staple in WV.

  4. No I have never made, or eaten, pasties before but I have read a lot of Laura's books and I LOVE them. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Firestorm".

    wfnren at aol dot com

  5. Pasties are new to me. I have never made or eaten them. mauback55 at gmail dot com

  6. I've never eaten or made pasties! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I've eaten pasties and enjoy them. A friend grew up in the UP of Michigan and will bring them back when she goes back to visit.

    Firestorm by Laura V. Hilton is a captivating firey story that I couldn't stop reading. I was honored to read an ARC of this book that released today per Amazon. Thus, I do not need to be entered for this book. In fact, Firestorm is on tour with Celebrate Lit 7/10 - 7/23.

  8. I have never made or eaten pasties. They sound very interesting....something I must try. Thanks for the giveaway. I have not had a chance to read this book and it sounds wonderful. bettimace at gmail dot com

  9. And the winner is... Melanie B! Congratulations.