Port of Call: Grand Cayman with Eliana Grayson

2015 January 28

Rare Blue Iguana, also known as Grand Cayman Iguana (Cyclura lewOur special guest is Eliana Grayson, the heroine featured in today’s post of The Love Boat Bachelor chapter at Write Integrity Press. No, Eliana is not an iguana, but she and Brent do encounter one during their adventure on Grand Cayman.

Let’s get to know Eliana just a bit better.

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

My name is Eliana Grayson and I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina, where I’m personal assistant to the director of an engineering firm.

Why did you take “The Love Boat” cruise?

My best friend was jilted within weeks of the wedding. She talked me into taking this cruise with her. It was supposed to be her honeymoon cruise. How could I say no? I was her maid-of-honor. Besides, she pulled the BFF card. What could I say?

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?

Besides meeting a very interesting man and spending the day with him? The spa comes to mind. I love being pampered and they certainly know how to do that. I was pleasantly surprised by the cruise, to be perfectly honest. It was actually really fun. There was so much to do, it was hard to choose. I loved the island experience, and shopping in their marketplaces.

Now that you’ve sailed the Caribbean, is there anywhere else you’d like to see? Being from Charlotte, I’m only three hours from the Atlantic coast, and it’s beautiful, but I don’t think it compares to the breathtaking beauty of the Caribbean beaches. This short cruise only served to whet my appetite. I hope to see more in the very near future. My dream vacation is actually Puerto Rico. My mother was Puerto Rican. She raved about its beauty, and I know she wanted to visit, and introduce me to our extended family someday.

So, what did you really think about Brent Teague. Now, come on. Give us the scoop. Brent is the real thing. He’s funny and charming and smart. His faith is real. And yes, he’s very handsome. “Well put-together,” as my best friend LouAnne would say! He … touched my heart, in a way … well, no one has.

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 three chapters of The Love Boat Bachelor.

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

Read our interview with heroine, Nora Laing.

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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