Port of Call: Cozumel, Mexico, with Nora Laing

2015 January 27

Cozumel wooden sign with a beach on backgroundToday, we’re talking with Nora Laing about The Love Boat Bachelor. Nora is our heroine who shares Cozumel with us.

Nora, tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do when you’re not taking a cruise?

Right now I’m living north of the Mason-Dixon Line in a small city called Horseheads, New York. I have a teaching degree, but I’m not teaching right now. Most of my time is helping my sister, Claire, and my new brother-in-law, Eddie, with my nephew, Jimmy.

Why did you take “The Love Boat” cruise?

I didn’t want to, honestly. It was Claire and Eddie’s honeymoon but Claire was so upset about leaving Jimmy that our parents bought tickets for me and Jimmy to go with them.

Besides the port of call that your story brought to life, what did you enjoy most about the cruise: destination, activity, food, anything you want to share?

That’s a hard question because everything is so well done. I guess the food. Anything I could think of was offered and I didn’t have to prepare it. Chocolate everywhere. It was a dream!

Now that you’ve sailed the Caribbean, is there anywhere else you’d like to see? Why does that location intrigue you?

With Claire, Eddie, and Jimmy settling in my schedule is more flexible. I’d love to get to know Upstate NY better. I love the south. But then, now that I had so much eating my way around the Caribbean, I’d love the opportunity to sample everything in Europe.

So, what did you really think about Brent Teague. Now, come on. Give us the scoop.

Well, he did an amazing job diffusing the family tension we had between me, Claire, Eddie and Jimmy. It’s obvious he’s a man of God that walks in wisdom. He’s great with kids. Jimmy teased him all cruise long about how Brent got sick the first full day on the ship and Brent took it all in stride. He’s generous. Without my knowing, he bartered for a necklace. No one has done something like that before. I haven’t forgotten the many kind things he did for us.

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR CoverMore About The Love Boat Bachelor:

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.

Read the first two chapters of The Love Boat Bachelor here.

Read our interview with the story’s creative mastermind, Jerusha Agen.

Remember to catch a chapter every day because we’re counting on our readers to choose the heroine who gets the guy. When all the voting is done, the winning author (that’s why we’re not sharing the chapter author’s name with you until after the voting), will present the happily-ever-after ending. It will be published, along with the preceding chapters, and offered free on Kindle, starting … when else … Valentine’s Day.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVERAnd if you didn’t read, A Dozen Apologies, here’s what you missed:

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 that 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.


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