Spotlight on Author Fay Lamb, Port of Call: Bridgetown, Barbados with Lacy Dickinson
Fay Lamb is an author, editor, and writing coach.
Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Graceromantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, and the newest A Dozen Apologies. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
Storms in Serenity (release January 2015), is the first novel in her Serenity Key series.
Future releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind.
Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor. And, yes, there’s one more: Goodreads.
Now, as all of the “Love Boat” authors have done so well, I’d like to tell you about my inspiration for my heroine.
When Tracy Ruckman, our fearless editor-in-chief, began to talk about a sequel to A Dozen Apologies, I had no idea where the story would take us, but we did know that Brent Teague who had almost won Mara’s heart–but almost gets you nada in romance–was going to be our hero. We just didn’t know where he would go and what he would do. So Tracy, being the leader that she is, passed the buck to Brent’s author, Jerusha. Then we waited for Jerusha to get us started, and The Love Boat Bachelor was born.
I knew from the start that my heroine was going to have a unique reason for being on the cruise. I also knew that she wasn’t going on a round trip. She was going on an extended vacation to my favorite island. Well, it would be if I’ve ever been there. It’s on my bucket list. Right at the top. No, not the first spot. That belongs to attending the Billabong Pro at Teahupoo, Tahiti, but the cruise ship wasn’t going there.
The island was what first captured my imagination, but Lacy has a way about her. From the moment Brent looked up from the floor where he’d landed in a fall and peered into her dark brown eyes, lit with amusement, I don’t know about Brent, but Lacy captivated me. I knew there was something behind her laughter. A touch of grief maybe. And I knew that Barbados is where she had to come to feel okay again. I found as I wrote that Lacy has some wonderful family living in Bridgetown, and as I continued to tell her story, I simply wanted Lacy to move forward while holding on to the past that was so important to her.
You can enjoy other author spotlights and the interviews with the heroines: Jerusha Agen, the author who started all the fun by putting Brent Teague on the ship, Julie Arduini and her heroine, Nora Laing, Betty Thomason Owens and her heroine Eliana Grayson, Joan Deneve and her heroine, Renee Kessler, Elizabeth Noyes and her heroine Alyssa LaRoche, Theresa Anderson and her heroine Sadie Graham.
More 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.
Betty was also one of the authors of A Dozen Apologies:
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.
A hurricane has Serenity Key in its sights [or A hurricane is barreling toward Serenity Key], but the town is already dealing with another storm brewing on the island, and it has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure. Jake New has a secret he’s guarded for thirty years, and a spiritual tempest is about to lay it bare.
When the daughter he has never met is reported missing, apparently the victim of a hideous crime and the lives of others he loves begin to unravel, Jake learns that the sins he thought so personal weren’t so private after all. The consequences are wreaking havoc in ways he never dreamed possible.
God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can Jake and Serenity Key survive until He does?