Port of Call: St. Maarten with Mercy Lacewell

2015 February 4

Sint Maarten CanonToday’s special guest is Mercy Lacewell, the last heroine you’ll meet in The Love Boat Bachelor. Mercy, thank you for joining us here today, and please tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do when you’re not taking a cruise?

Um. First of all, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. This feels so odd. I’m better at reading about other people instead of sharing about myself. I’m from Colorado. My dad managed a ski lodge for decades, and we still live on the site. I grew up on the slopes. Hard to believe with my complete lack of tan at this point. I wish I’d had the chance to enjoy the beaches at St. Maarten more. Anyway, I spent several years in college and almost had my nursing degree when Daddy had his stroke. I moved home to take care of him, and I do ski school classes when time permits.

Why did you take “The Love Boat” cruise?

Actually, Daddy and I were only coming home on this cruise. I’m not opposed to falling in love. I’ve even come close a few times, but I’m not looking for it. Daddy’s wanted to visit his friends in St. Maarten for years. At the time, it was the last item on his bucket list. But since the cruise, he’s been improving and building a brand new list!

I’m so glad. Praise the Lord, for your father’s renewed health. 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?

There is so much to love about being shipboard. I’m usually a pretty private person, so spending time with Brent stretched my comfort levels, but in a good way. While crowds and party atmospheres aren’t my thing, I enjoyed having someone to share the special moments with, especially when Daddy got so tired. But I think the thing I loved most about the ship was the expansive view. How big is our God that he could speak such a great ocean into existence. And yet fill it with unique, even tiny, bits of His amazing creativity. Makes me feel so incredibly blessed that He knows my name and cares about my life.

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

Actually, I’ve been happy to be back home. I love visiting new places, but since Daddy no longer needs so much of my time, I’m trying to discover what the Lord wants me to do now. I plan to complete my degree in the next few months and become an RN. But I’m not sure how I’ll use my skills. Or where for that matter. Should the Lord lead me to, oh, I don’t know, Germany or Switzerland, maybe France, or Italy, I’d sure be okay with that! I could use my nursing skills AND my skiing and boarding ability. That could make a great mix, don’t you think?

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

Oh, Brent. God really has a plan for that man. So much compassion and kindness and wisdom wrapped in one place. And yes, he’s also so cute. *Blush* St. Maarten and our trip back to the states will always be a special memory. The best part of our trip by far. Daddy urged him to take his next vacation in the mountains. I hope Brent does. I’d love to spend more time with him.

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 Laing, Eliana Grayson, Renee Kessler, Alyssa LaRoche, Sadie Graham, and Lacy Dickinson.

Today through February 7, we invite you to vote for your favorite heroine. 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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