Abingdon Press has created a line of books that not only appeals to a wide variety of fiction readers, but is sure to catch the interest of quilters around the world. Each novel in the 25-book series is written by a different author and offers a completely unique story, setting and cast of characters. The books do not need to be read in order and can be enjoyed individually.
The idea behind the series (launched 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 through January 2015.
“The Quilts of Love series was born out of a love for storytelling, whether that happens through the pages of a book or the stitches on a quilt,” explains Cat Hoort, marketing and publicity manager for Abingdon Fiction. “For more than 30 million active quilters in the U.S., stitches, like words, frame their family heritage, share a romantic tale, celebrate the achievements of a growing family or present a journey of overcoming odds. Our series uniquely captures those stories — their stories — and gives a face to the vast number of storytellers, both writers and quilters, whose work can be enjoyed by anyone with a creative spirit.”
Some of the authors are also avid quilters such as Cathy Elliott (A Stitch in Crime, available January 2015) and Lisa Carter (Aloha Rose). “One Quilts of Love reader I met recently has read every book in the series. 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 Carter.
Authors contributing to the series include debut novelists, such as Emily Wierenga (A Promise in Pieces) and Cindy Loven (co-author of Swept Away), as well as veteran award-winners and best-sellers, such as Loree Lough (For Love of Eli), who has written more than 100 books, and RT (Romantic Times) Reviewer’s Choice Award winner Robin Caroll (Hidden In the Stars). Author Vannetta Chapman (The Christmas Quilt) is no stranger to books centered around quilts — in addition to her Quilts of Love contribution, she’s also written an entire mystery series set in a quilt shop.
Quilts aren’t just a part of each book’s story. A special tradition the authors have instituted with each release is the donation of a quilt to their chosen charity or individual in need. Quilt recipients have included an orphanage in Africa, a cancer center and a shelter for young mothers.
Readers can keep up with the authors and the series via social media and the series’ website. The Quilts of Love blog features chapter excerpts, special features from each book, weekly Guess the Quilt Pattern contests with giveaways and interviews with the authors.
Each quarter the authors of the latest releases interact with readers during a live author chat hosted on Facebook. Follow the Quilts of Love Facebook page for details on upcoming events.