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 TICKET TO PERFECT SUMMER HOLIDAY IS A GREAT BOOK!
 NEW YORK, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreams do come true -- just ask


Brucetta and Gary Hampton of Suffolk, Va. Brucetta, a voracious reader who also wanted to meet her favorite writer -- bestselling author Rosamunde Pilcher -- and her husband, Gary, an avid golfer who has dreamed of attending the British Open golf tournament, will each get their wish this month when they travel to Scotland.
 The ticket for their dream trip was won by Mrs. Hampton, who is the grand-prize winner of the "Highland Fling" contest cosponsored by Good Housekeeping, which publishes short stories by Pilcher, and St. Martin's Press, Pilcher's book publisher. Contest entrants were asked to write what the world of Scotland means to them. On July 16, 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Hampton will meet the celebrated author for tea at her country home in the remote village of Dundee, Scotland.
 Although she is part Cherokee Indian, English, and Dutch, Hampton says she has always had a special affinity for anything Scottish. "I grew up in Eastern Tennessee which was settled by the Scots. It's a very mountainous, very beautiful part of the state," says Hampton. A longtime fan of Pilcher, who is renown for such bestsellers as "September," "The Shell Seekers," and most recently "Flowers in the Rain & Other Stories," Hampton decided to enter the contest on a whim. "My husband gave me a copy of "Flowers in the Rain & Other Stories" as a Christmas gift with the inscription, 'This is because I know you are going to win (the contest).' And just a short time later I found out I had won -- I was thrilled!" says Hampton.
 Mrs. Hampton was also thrilled that her grand prize provided her with an opportunity to do something special for her husband, to whom she's been married for 16 years. Although Mrs. Hampton does not play golf, her husband, Gary, who is a scout executive for Boy Scouts of America, plays at least five times a week. "I told him that since you love golf so much, why don't I plan our trip to Scotland when the British Open is scheduled." The couple is planning to attend the golf tournament on Saturday, July 18, 1992. "And if he's real nice," Mrs. Hampton says jokingly about her husband, "I might even let him play golf on St. Andrews," a public golf course in Scotland where the sport supposedly originated.
 And how does Mrs. Hampton feel about finally meeting her literary idol, Rosamunde Pilcher? "I'm a nervous wreck, but not just because she's a celebrity. She's got such a collection of fans -- she's loved by so many people. I'm sure she's down-to-earth like her characters. She has to be to write as wonderfully as she does," says Mrs. Hampton.
 "Flowers in the Rain & Other Stories" (St. Martin's Paperbacks, July 1992; $5.99), by Rosamunde Pilcher, is already hitting bestseller lists across the country. "Flowers in the Rain & Other Stories" is a remarkable collection of heartwarming tales of romance, life and sorrow, as Pilcher takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the captivating lives of ordinary people. Says the author, "Summer reading should be like leading two lives -- it should bring you out of the world you are in and into an entirely new one."
 "Flowers in the Rain & Other Stories" is available in bookstores nationwide.
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