Quilts of Love authors to host Quilting Bee Facebook chat

Quarterly chat gives readers the opportunity
to connect with authors and fans of the series 

Each quarter the authors of the latest installments in Abingdon Press’ popular Quilts of Love series join readers on Facebook to chat about their new releases, providing fans with the opportunity to become more connected with both the Quilts of Love brand and the authors themselves. On June 17 at 8:00 PM EDT, Emily Wierenga, Tara Randel and Loree Lough will host the Quilting Bee-themed evening.

The live online event will center on an interactive chat between the authors and readers, allowing participants from around the country (and the world) to participate in one large book club. The authors will share the inspiration behind their stories and ask discussion questions surrounding the themes of each book. Chat participants will be eligible for prizes, including copies of books from the series and gift cards, to be given away at the end of the hour. The winner of the Kindle Fire HDX held in conjunction with the latest Quilts of Love blog tour will also be announced.

“I am looking forward to hearing the hearts of all those who find portions of their lives reflected in the characters of the Quilts of Loves stories," states Wierenga, author of A Promise in Pieces (April 15, 2014/ISBN: 9781426758850).

“Every opportunity to talk directly with readers is a blessing and a joy! I love hearing what they like about my stories and, in this case, what drew them to the Quilts of Love series,” adds Lough, author of For Love of Eli (February 1, 2013/ISBN 978-1426752506), one of the first releases in the series and special host for the evening. “It's refreshing to hear their thoughts on setting, time period and hero and heroine backgrounds and character traits. But my favorite thing about in-person chats (at a book signing or online) is when readers share how they identify with the main characters . . . and how the hero and heroine faced — and overcame — adversity. I’m looking forward to asking them a few questions too!”

The Quilts of Love series centers on the idea that quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. Each release 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 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.

The chat has been promoted online with the help of bloggers participating in the blog tours coordinated by Litfuse Publicity Group for Wierenga’s April release and May’s edition, A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gipson. The party will also kick off the blog tour for Randel’s Rival Hearts (June 17, 2014/ISBN 9781426773464). She too is excited to spend time with readers: “Visiting with readers is so much fun. I can't wait to meet and talk about books and quilting!”

According to Cat Hoort, marketing and publicity manager for Abingdon Fiction, “if my own chats with these three authors are any indication, this will be a FUN evening for readers and crafters. We’ve enjoyed meeting many new friends through these chats, and we look forward to meeting many more.”

Readers can RSVP to the Facebook chat any time between now and June 17 by visiting the Quilts of Love Facebook page. All fans are encouraged to invite their friends to join in the fun.

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A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga (April)

It’s been more than 50 years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women’s Army Corp. Fifty years since she promised to deliver a dying soldier’s last wish. And 50 years since that soldier’s young widow gave her the baby quilt — a grief-ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come.

On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it’s time to share her story. But when the trip doesn’t go as planned, Clara wonders if anyone will learn the great significance of the quilt — and the promise stitched inside it.

Emily T. Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist. She was a monthly columnist for The Christian Courier and has written for numerous Christian publications including Focus on the Family, In Touch and Today’s Christian Woman. Wierenga is the author of three previously released non-fiction titles: Save My Children: The Story of a Father's Love, Chasing Silhouettes: How to help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder, and Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy. Her memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I thought to Look, will release July 1, 2014. A Promise in Pieces is her first novel.

For more information about Emily Wierenga and her books, visit her online home at www.emilywierenga.com. She is also active on Facebook, Twitter (@Emily_Wierenga) and Pinterest.

Rival Hearts by Tara Randel (June)

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels including Lasting Love, Melody of Love and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, she is also the lead author of the new Annie’s Mysteries series (www.AnniesMysteries.com).  Randel lives in New Port Richey, Florida.

Learn more about Tara Randel at www.tararandel.com or her Facebook Page.

For Love of Eli by Loree Lough (February 2013)

When unspeakable tragedy leaves young Eli an orphan, two families are devastated. But Taylor, Eli’s legal guardian, vows to help him remember his parents by creating a Memory Quilt. As she begins piecing together the moments of his parent's lives, the story of the young family begins to emerge and Taylor and Eli begin to heal.

But, for Eli’s uncle Reece, the past is slow in letting go. Reece still blames Taylor’s brother for his sister’s death and that fact forces him to keep a safe distance from Taylor, who he has long been attracted to. Can their shared love for Eli pave the way to forgiveness or will Taylor and Reece be separated by pain?

Loree Lough has over 4,000,000+ books in circulation, and has earned hundreds of awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 4 movie options. A writer who believes in giving back, she dedicates a generous portion of her income to charity.

Visit www.loreelough.com for the complete list of her 88 novels. Readers can also keep up with Lough via Facebook and Twitter (@LoreeALough).