Amish Quilt Giveaway


I’m SO EXCITED to tell you about the latest  giveaway–an Amish made quilt! And this quilt is totally special because the fabric my Amish friend is going to use to make it will be supplied by you, the readers.

How do you get in on this great idea, you ask? Just send a 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 square of fabric to Stacey Barbalace 3751 Proctor Lane Baltimore, MD 21236. Each square sent will be incorporated into the quilt. Only one square per person.

We’re collecting fabric, then taking it to Pennsylvania to have the quilt made. Because of this, the exact date of the actual giveaway has not been decided. But there is one definite date you need to mark on your calendar. And that date is January 24th. Your fabric needs to be received before that date in order to be included in the quilt. Fabric received after that date will not be used and cannot be returned to the sender, so get your fabric in quick. And don’t forget to check on the quilt’s progress as well as fabric updates and other Amish tidbits by joining my Facebook group dedicated to the quilt giveaway.

There’s one more very important fact to remember. Before you send your fabric be sure to take a picture of it. Hold onto the pic for now. Soon I’ll tell you what to do with it. Until then, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Complete details can be found under the CONTEST tab here on my website.



Contest Time!

holly‘Tis the season for giving and I’m giving away books! Just in time for Christmas I’m running a contest. The ‘rules’ are pretty simple. All you have to do is leave me a comment here (on this post) or on FaceBook (Amy Lillard ~ Author) and tell me the name of a friend that you would like to win a copy of Saving Gideon. On December the 18th I’ll draw  one of the names that were submitted. If your friend wins, I’ll send you *both* an autographed copy of Saving Gideon. And just in time for the holidays! Your friend can be your sister, your grandmother, your niece or just the lady down the street. That’s up to you to decide.

Here’s to wishing that everyone has a happy and safe holiday season and a very Merry Christmas!


Yes, today is my birthday. But you get the present. Right now I’m in Dallas at the wonderful ACFW Conference and the fantabulous book signing that has been set up for 10 writers of Amish fiction. How I got included in this all-star mix is definitely a miracle, but I’m accepting this blessing for what it is and driving on.

But in honor of my birthday, I’m giving away a books! All you have to do  is leave me a comment here and like my Facebook page between now and October 1 (the official release day for Saving Gideon). After the 1st, I’ll use a random drawing to determine the three winners*. Fun, huh?

So leave me a comment and head on over to my FB page… and get entered to win. :)

Mine favorite birthday treat is brownies and ice cream.

What’s yours?

*Only US and Canadian residents can receive print books. If you live outside of the US and still want to enter, you may and then receive an ebook as your contest prize. :)

How to Tell that You Live with a Writer by Rob Lillard as told to Amy

This post is for all the spouses out there. All the sisters, brothers and moms whose writing family member falls off the radar a couple of times a year. You don’t know if you are one of these abandoned loved ones? There are certain key indicators that you may live with a writer. In any given week, you may find yourself saying something like this…


“Do we have any Q-tips?”

What do you mean you don’t know you have a book due?

“What’s for supper?”

“Well, I guess a sandwich is okay. Sure…I can make it  myself.”


Did you go to the store today? We need Q-tips.

Sure I can make a sandwich for supper, but..we’re out of lunch meat.

I’m out of underwear and socks. Can you wash a load of whites for me?

I know you are under a deadline,  but you can write while the clothes wash.


Did you remember to get Q-tips?

I know you have a book due, but it’s been three days since I asked you.

You went to the store to get coffee but you forgot Q-tips? Yes, I do believe Q-tips are just as important as coffee.

Can you wash some whites?


I’m down to my last pair of underwear and socks. Did remember you wash some bleach clothes?

Have you taken a shower today? This week?

Honey, setting partially opened cans of cat food in the floor is not really feeding the cat.

Yeah, take out is fine. Yeah…I’ll go get it.


I’m going to Walmart. We need lunch meat, Q-tips, and new underwear and socks.

How much longer before you hit your deadline?

If you can say yes, that any or all of the conversation above has taken part at your house, then most probably you live with a writer. Never fear, this insanity usually occurs at this magnitude only around deadline time, but beware of plotting a new book/series.

And good luck to you all. Living with a writer can be a challenge. Yet rewarding as well. After all, they know how to  spell everything.