Port of Call: Bonaire with Sadie Graham

2015 February 2

Salt SlavesToday, we meet Sadie Graham, one of the heroines from The Love Boat Bachelor. Sadie’s adventures with Brent take us to Bonaire.

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

I’m a hairstylist from Southern Georgia. I’m active in my church. I serve on the hospitality team. I love to read and watch movies to relax. I’m also active outdoors. I like to hike the woods on bright, sunny days.

Why did you take “The Love Boat” cruise?

I didn’t plan to take it. The ticket actually belonged to my sister. She’s the one who’s always looking for Mr. Right and dreaming of her white picket fence future. Me, I guess you’d say I’m more of a free spirit. And, the cruise was right up my sister’s alley but not mine. Anyway, she found her Prince Charming months before the cruise, so she gave me the ticket. I had no interest in lookin’ for love, I just wanted a nice vacation!

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?

I just enjoyed being free to do whatever I wanted without a schedule. I think it was the first time I could just rest and enjoy myself with nothing pressing to do or appointments to make. The food was fabulous too.

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

Yes, I’m a cruise junky now! Y’all don’t know how hooked on cruises I am. I’ve already looked into a Mediterranean cruise. Spain and Barcelona and Italy. What a dream. I’m already saving up.

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

He’s interesting. I know that sounds like a boring and unimpressive answer, but it’s true. He has so many qualities that I admire, and he’s fun too. Though I will admit, and I’d say this to his face too, so I’m not talking behind his back. But he can have a tendency to be a bit serious. And I probably can be at the other extreme, so I feel comfortable and safe with him, like he’s my rock, do you know what I mean? I think we would make a good team.

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 all the The Love Boat Bachelor chapters.

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

Read other interview of our heroines:  Nora LaingEliana Grayson, and Renee Kessler, and Alyssa LaRoche.

Two more chapter (Tuesday and Wednesday), and the voting for favorite heroine starts. Be sure to check back in. 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 (the sequel to The Love Boat Bachelor)

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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