Meet the Heroes of Unlikely Merger: Steve Leclerc
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do when you’re not working?
I’m blessed to have a little farm in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. It’s one of God’s special places. Oh, and I drive a truck to support the farm, so I guess I’m a farmer when I’m not working.
You recently met with Mercy Lacewell of Lacewell Limited regarding a merger or a buyout of your company. Tell me what immediately came to mind when you first met Ms. Lacewell.
Actually, she’s financing my brother’s trucking firm. She’s cute and funny. At first I thought she was there because she was Daddy’s little girl, but she not only knew a lot about trucks, she was interested in my dreams for my farm. I liked her.
What do you remember most about Mercy as a result of that meeting?
Her ability to laugh at herself. And she had a lot to laugh at. Oh and not getting mad. After all, the mud puddle was really my fault. But I guess what I like most was that she really listened like she cared about me.
Tell us how you really feel about Mercy Lacewell. Don’t be shy.
Wow. I really liked her. No, it goes deeper than that. I really want to spend more time with her. She’s got an inner spirit that just lights up when she talks to you.
Do you think that you and Mercy could have a future together? If so, tell us why you think you’re the man for Mercy.
Oh yeah. I think she’s looking for a way to serve God so we would just click. She’s got a tender heart with an empty place and I’m just aching to fill that up with love.
No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?
Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?
You can read Steve’s chapter in Unlikely Merger today at Write Integrity Press.
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Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.
Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job than she ever thought possible.
Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.
Romance is a joke.After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too. Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry? Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise. As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.
The authors of Unlikely Merger are continuing to provide more insight:
Marji Laine: No Joy in Mudville
Julie Arduini: Our Business Influences Part 3