Monday, November 7, 2011

Interview with Lauralee Bliss

Title: “A Crossroad to Love” in A Quaker Christmas
Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Cover blurb: Christmas is a simple matter among the Quakers of the historic Ohio River Valley, but can it be a time to welcome love into four households? In Lauralee’s novella, “A Crossroad to Love” Mary Hall’s family runs an inn for weary travelers, but some guests, like Silas Jones, pressure them to compromise their steadfast Quaker ways. Could it be that Silas just needs a reminder of why simpler ways are often better?

1) How did this story come to you?
I was actually hiking the Appalachian Trail at the time the editor asked if I would be a part of this collection. I was staying with a couple then who took me in as a weary hiker, and the idea for an inn ministering to a weary traveler came into being.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
As I alluded to, the idea of an inn came to me while I was out hiking last year, and from that initial premise, I pieced together a storyline. I had also done extensive research on the Quakers many years ago for a biography on William Penn that did not come through. He suffered quite a bit of injustice in his life as a Quaker, so I wanted to incorporate that aspect within the story.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail twice, both north and south, one of only 24 women to have done this.
2. I make brownies from scratch using applesauce nearly every day - they are easier on my digestion, and I just love them!
3. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I go all out in decorating and celebrating the season.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am working on another novella idea to take place in historic St. Louis. I am also writing an e-book for those interested in hiking the Appalachian Trail. And I am actively speaking about the Appalachian Trail to interested hikers.

5) Parting comments?
You never know what will cross your path on your journey in life. Just be open to what God brings your way.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Readers of Lauralee Bliss on Facebook –

Cover blurb: "Love Finds you in Bethlehem, New Hampshire:
Sara McGee is not what Tom Haskins expected. The artist knew he was taking a risk when he reluctantly agreed to advertise for a mail-order bride but Tom assumed the woman who answered his ad would be more refined than the penniless and uneducated Sara McGee. Tom takes Sara under his wing but he knows he can never marry her— especially now that he’s suddenly receiving attention from accomplished pianist Annabelle Loving. While Tom’s sister is bent on transforming Sara into a lady, Sara knows she can never compete with Annabelle. Nonetheless, she finds herself drawn to the lovely mountain town of Bethlehem… and to the artist who brought her here. But without a marriage to Tom, Sara knows she cannot stay. As preparations for Christmas transform the tiny town, will Tom come to understand the message of the first Bethlehem—that the most precious gifts don’t always come as they’re expected?


  1. Thanks so much for the chance to win LauraLee's book!


  2. I really want to read "A Quaker Christmas"! It sounds so good! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

    Lynne Young
    lynne.young at gmail dot com

  3. This book sounds interesting and different. Have read Amish books but not about the Quakers since I was a kid.


  4. Can't wait to read this exciting book!


  5. Thanks for helping us get to know Lauralee better! This book sounds like a winner. :) I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

    Thanks and blessings,

  6. Please inclue me in your giveaway.

  7. I want to read them both! I like the Appalacian idea, but also know a mail order bride! So both are interesting!

  8. I'll enter! Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. Both of these books sound very interesting...I would love to win either one:) margie at mijares dot net

  10. Thanks for these 2 great books! I would love to have either one! I don't know much about the Quakers so that book would be great to read!

    Thanks much. Remain Blessed!

  11. I think I'd like either one. Congratulations on having TWO books to promote, Lauralee. Keeps you hopping!

    thanks ladies!
    debraemarvin at yahoooo

  12. Do i have to choose one out of two? They both sound great! Thanks for the giveaway and post, Dawn and Lorelee.


  13. Please enter me....thanks for the

  14. Just Laura's last name indicates a well written book! Both books appeal to my reading appetite and I'd enjoy winning either one. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win one of these fine books. I hope I win!

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  15. Christmas is my favorite holiday too. Both books look wonderful.


  16. These sounds like wonderful books! Thanks!


  17. Thanks everyone! I have enjoyed writing historical romance and hope God opens the door for more books when the time is right.

  18. I love hearing how an author gets the inspiration for their stories, so how neat that you were living your story a bit with your hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Really neat! Thanks so much for your giveaway! ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

  19. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  20. Hiking the Appalachian Trail really caught my eye, I have always wanted to do just that! Your books sound like great reads!

  21. Both books would be great. I love this genre.


  22. Both books sound great! I'd be glad to win either one. Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  23. sound like interesting books

    love the LFY book series

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com