Where’s the Hypothesis, Science Guy?

2017 May 2

tornado and little girl near the house ( photo,3D and hand-drawing elements combined)

I have to admit, my kids didn’t watch Bill Nye, the Science Guy, because–well, we had no interest in science. Every year, kindergarten to sixth grade, we went into full panic mode in our home over science fairs. In kindergarten, I forgot (or I contend Corey didn’t tell me that he had a project due the next day). How do you do a science fair project in one day? You do it the Fay Lamb way. You create a hypothesis about the spinning colors on a colored wheel that you’ve stolen from some other clueless science-fair parent. The hypothesis, which I can’t remember, was ridiculous, but it had to be either disproved or proven. Corey had his supplies, that I, in true Frankie Heck style hunted down, probably in PJs with a hole in the robe. I stumbled around town in grocery stores and craft stores and found a cardboard cut into a circle, the last three-sided board in town (because, hey, the science fair was the next day. They were all bought out) and in my best win ever, I recalled the five primary colors and managed to buy them. I can’t remember if I thought to purchase the paint brushes or if we found one in an old paint-by-number set, or if we smeared the paint on with our hands.  The one thing I do recall, the kid placed and had his fifteen minutes of fame as a scientific genius. (Thank you, Mom). He placed the next year when we did a pyramid and disproved that there is nothing about the shape of a three dimension pyramid that helps to grow anything. We got that one from his grandmother who was very into Unitarianism at the time. I didn’t care. The kid didn’t know what it was. I needed an experiment.

For the life of me, I can’t remember any of Ethan’s projects probably because getting Ethan to do any project was as exercise in how to raise your kid through his early schooling without killing him. I earned my points in that regard when, at the threat of failing his senior year because of geometry (a class I was smart enough to avoid), I scared him into passing the class and graduating. Psychological warfare is how I remember it. (Again, thank you, Mom)
Anyway, I suspect that my scientific teaching through the elementary years–me who has not one ounce of interest in anything scientific except gravity–especially as I get older and as Jimmy Buffett says about Gravity Rules and age, ‘It all falls down, falls down, falls down …” is a lot stronger than anything BIll Nye ever taught children. Jimmy Buffett should teach science.
I know three things about global weather change:
1) Weather does change. It’s cold for a period. It’s hot for a period. Storms are stronger during certain named periods and lesser through others.
2) I love hurricanes. I love a great storm: high winds–I leave my window cracked not because I believe in the old falsehood that it keeps your house from exploding, but because I love that wonderful moan that it creates. I find comfort in it. I like bending and circling trees, falling hail, wind gusts that can knock you down. From this, I know one other thing: I’m weird, but am I weirder than people who continue to live in tornado zones or you wacky folks who gamble that a fault won’t open up and take out California, Oregon, and Washington where most of the global alarmist live? Flee I tell you. Flee. Come to Florida. You have a head start on a hurricane–if you want to leave.
3) All kidding aside. The world isn’t going to end one minute before God’s planned demise. He tells us no man knows the time. Global warming, like aliens (but not Big Foot, because I believe in Big Foot, and not the alien theory of Big Foot), is a preparation for the world to think that the world’s destruction is man made and not God designed. That way, when the end does come, many people will be deceived.
Bill Nye the Science Guy among them. In reading a recent article on Bill Nye’s real credentials, I developed a hypothesis: Did Mr. Nye ever have to do an elementary school science fair project? 
My proven hypothesis of Bill Nye is that he is pseudo-scientist who is trying to stand out in the world of science when he, apparently, never had to do an elementary school science fair exhibit in his life.

Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories that remind the reader that God is always in the details. Three of the four books in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series, are available: Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken. Hope is the third book in The Ties that Bind Series, which also includes Charisse and Libby. Fay’s adventurous spirit has also 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.

Future releases from Fay will be: Frozen Notes, Book 4 of the Amazing Grace series, and Delilah, Book 4 from The Ties that Bind.

Art of Characterization Cover FINAL FRONT (2)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 and on Goodreads. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor.

Author Spotlight on Marji Laine: Port of Call, St. Maarten with Mercy Lacewell

2015 February 20

Marji LaineToday’s guest is Marji Laine, the author who penned The Love Boat Bachelor’s last heroine, Mercy Lacewell and took our readers to St. Maarten. Marji is a homeschooling mom of two teenage girls, with two other graduates. She’s currently helping her oldest daughter prepare to move away to college and assisting with her son’s upcoming wedding. Though she loves collaborating over a heart-warming romance, her first love is romantic suspense or mystery. Her favorite things include laughing with family, singing harmonies, teaching high school writing classes, working with elementary-aged children, watching NASCAR, playing with her dog, and writing about the insurmountable adoration that the Father has for His people.

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, and Fay Lamb and her heroine Lacy Dickinson.

Here’s what Marji had to say about the creation of her heroine, Mercy Lacewell.

I have to tell you, Mercy is a character close to my heart. But she actually formed in my head from Brent’s issues. The Brent family history we were given mentioned his father had abused his mother and him. He carried bitterness because of that.

That ignited a memory of my own. Don’t get me wrong; I had a great daddy with no hint of abuse, but I didn’t know him very well at all until we became good friends after my second child was born.

I was brought up in a divorced family. I can’t use the typical term of “broken” because we weren’t. The Lord put a hedge around my brother and me, instilling a love for Him at an early age and protecting that budding faith.

Yet I grew up, from about the age of four, without a father in my home, though he tried to be involved in our lives as he could. As a result of his absence, I had no firm concept of the term father. Even when it came to the Heavenly One. That is, until I saw the relationship between my would-be hubby and his dad. They would talk for hours and enjoy their time together. My father-in-law was my hubby’s best friend (before I came along) and his best man at our wedding.

Seeing their example showed me the depth of the Father’s adoration for me. I had an epiphany about Him soon after hubby and I grew serious about each other and I started spending more time with his folks.

Mercy, as a grateful daughter taking care of her aging dad provided that same realization for Brent. He echoed the thoughts I’d had. “The relationship you have with your dad reminds me of the one I have with the Heavenly Father. Just like Him, your dad offers his best guidance and highest praise for his child.”

I guess you could say that I built Mercy out of Brent’s needs, and not so much out of his wants.

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.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

Marji 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.

Spotlight on Author Fay Lamb, Port of Call: Bridgetown, Barbados with Lacy Dickinson

2015 February 19

DSC_0062I’m my own special guest today. In case you don’t know me already, I’ll share my bio in third person, no less:

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 LaingBetty Thomason Owens and her heroine Eliana GraysonJoan Deneve and her heroine, Renee KesslerElizabeth Noyes and her heroine Alyssa LaRocheTheresa Anderson and her heroine Sadie Graham.

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.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

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.

Storms in Serenity CoverMy newest novel, Storms in Serenity, will soon be released.

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?

 

 

 

Spotlight on Author, Theresa Anderson: Port of Call, Bonaire with Sadie Graham

2015 February 18

Theresa AndersonToday’s spotlight is on Theresa Anderson, the author, who created heroine Sadie Graham and gave us Brent and Sadie’s adventure on Bonaire. Theresa is a chiropractor, writer, editor, and homeschool educator of her two children. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Christian Communicator magazine, ChristianDevotions.us, Relief Notes, and A Dozen Apologies. An active member of the Christian Authors Guild, Theresa has served as its newsletter editor and webmaster, and is an Apprentice graduate of Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

Theresa loves and rescues animals of all kinds. Injured birds and stray dogs can find help at her Atlanta area homestead. Even her cat Chloe found refuge in the chicken coop and now rules the roost inside the house.  That rescue heart translates to people too. Theresa has a passion for women to embrace the hope and healing that Jesus promises. As a member of the women’s ministry teaching team at Westridge Church, she speaks the truth of God’s Word to encourage and inspire women to live as devoted disciples.

Theresa resides in the Atlanta area and is a prolific creator of numerous to-do lists for her husband. You may contact her via email at traanderson@gmail.com.

Today, Theresa tells us how her character Sadie came to be:

Beyond prayer, my character created herself. I started like an accountant might open a ledger; I opened a new Word document for a character outline. Then, I thought about various elements of the story, like Brent’s character and my offshore location of Bonaire. Sadie started to take shape on paper, and soon her character lifted off the page and transformed into a tangible personality. As someone who is still new to fiction writing, this process of bringing a character to life amazes, surprises, and awes me all at the same time! My chapter’s storyline continued to develop, but my second-guessing and insecurity clouded my enthusiasm. But, God in his graciousness confirmed a couple things along the way.

Sadie’s name for instance, came to me out of the blue. I liked it immediately, and my name choice wasn’t inspired by any earthly thing. Sadie Robertson was popular at the time on “Dancing With The Stars” but that didn’t even occur to me until after I had already chosen her name. You know when you buy a red car, you start to notice how many red cars travel the road? That’s how it was for me with Sadie’s name. What I thought was a unique name, seemed not so special anymore. Also, I wanted Sadie to have French family roots, but a friend of mine from France told me Sadie wasn’t very French at all. So, I back peddled and tossed around other names for my character.

However, one day in the midst of indecision about Sadie’s name, my daughter announces from the backseat of my van, “Isn’t the name Sadie pretty Mommy?”

Baffled, I asked her, “Why are you asking about that name?” My daughter had no idea what I was writing or my character’s name.

She said, “I have to give my avatar a name, and I think Sadie is pretty.”

So Sadie’s name remained and her character deepened, though I still wavered on some of her qualities. Would she win readers’ hearts? Would she be the best match for Brent?

Again, God confirmed the direction of Sadie’s character when I met a woman who could have been Sadie. If a computer could take my character outline like a recipe and make a living, breathing, Sadie, this woman was it! I shook my new friend’s hand when we met and said, “It’s nice to meet you.” But my mind said, “Oh my goodness, you’re my character!”

So I resolved to keep Sadie the way she was. I think that also comes out in her character. She is sure of herself, confident, and bold. I like her and I hope Brent does too.

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR Cover

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 LaingBetty Thomason Owens and her heroine Eliana GraysonJoan Deneve and her heroine, Renee KesslerElizabeth Noyes and her heroine Alyssa LaRoche.

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.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

Theresa was also one of the authors of A Dozen Apologies, the prequel 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.

Spotlight on Author Elizabeth Noyes: Port of Call, Aruba with Alyssa Laroche

2015 February 17

14 08 12 - 1Today’s spotlight is on Elizabeth “Betty” Noyes, who created the heroine, Alyssa Laroche. She was also the go-to person for knowledge about cruises. Elizabeth is recently retired and resides in northeast Atlanta where she now writes full time. She is a world traveler and avid cruiser, and uses her experiences with other cultures to create the many “real” characters in her stories. She is a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and The Love Boat Bachelor, and published the first book, Imperfect Wings, in August 2014. The second book in the Imperfect Series, Imperfect Trust, is coming this summer.

Write to her at Elizabeth@ElizabethNoyesWrites.com or catch up with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

How did I come up with the character for my chapter in The Love Boat Bachelor? Magic! Plus a few other steps along the way.

First, let me say congratulations and a great big thank-you to Jerusha Agen for giving birth to this brainchild. She did most of the heavy work in prepping the story. She created the hero, provided the story premise, and established the setting. All I had to do was deliver an attractive, but not-so-perfect heroine to entice a love-wary bachelor.

My first thought was how do I set my heroine apart from the others? Easy. On a ship touted as the Love Boat where the balance scale cants heavily to the estrogen side – I made her a crew member. But most cruise ships boast employees from all over the world. Easy again. I recently sailed to the South Pacific islands and fell in love with the beautiful people of the islands—so I made her from there. Wait, not many crew members hail from Tahiti or Bora Bora. No problem, lots are from Indonesia and the Philippines. Ta-Da! She hails from Manila. But, she has to stand out. Ahhh, that’s where Mr. Google came in. I wanted exotic, pretty, unusual, and yet serious and believable. I must have viewed a thousand images … until I found Alyssa.

The next step in building the heroine was to determine what type of person would catch Brent’s eye. Alyssa had to be a shining light, pretty enough to draw his attention, but not flamboyant. And no dark hair or green eyes to remind him of Mara, his former love, thank you very much. This is where the author gets to fill in the missing parts of Brent. What does he need (notice I didn’t say want)? What kind of woman can heal his broken heart? Will compliment his personality and vocation? Since Brent is a nurturer and a protector by nature, his innate need to “help” was the key. Alyssa Laroche escaped a future she didn’t want, but is stuck in limbo and doesn’t know how to get her life back on track. By helping her find her way, perhaps Brent can re-find the path God intended for him.

Two people from opposite sides of the world, neither of them looking for an emotional entanglement. Stir together a little physical attraction and a lot of spiritual magnetism, and maybe, just mayble they’ll discover a future together. (Sigh)

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 LaingBetty Thomason Owens and her heroine Eliana GraysonJoan Deneve and her heroine, Renee Kessler,

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR Cover

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.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

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.

Imperfect Wings cover concept5Elizabeth is also the author of the Imperfect Wings, the first novel in her  Imperfect series. She writes romantic espionage (at least that’s my description) that you will not want to miss.

Evil stalks TJ McKendrick. Three years after burying her father, TJ visits Honduras where he died. While there, she witnesses a murder and is forced to flee.

Don Castillo dreams of power. Funnel the drugs into the States and it’s his. First, he must kill the woman who dared spy on him.

The last thing Garrett Cameron needs is another woman interrupting his life, but when the feisty vixen that blew his mission two years ago shows up at his ranch running for her life, what can he do?

As attraction ignites between TJ and Garrett, she lets go of past betrayals and allows him to protect her. He’s lived a life of violence. Love isn’t for someone like him. Does he dare reveal his soul’s dark side and risk driving her away?

Only faith in God and trust in each other can overcome the deadly odds they face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on Author Joan Deneve, Port of Call: Limon, Costa Rica with Renee Kessler

2015 February 16

Joannie FinalToday’s special guest is Joan Deneve, who authored our Port of Call: Limon, Costa Rica chapter and introduced us to heroine, Renee Kessler. Joan teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Jesus and equip them to become all God wants them to be. Joan began her walk as a Christian when she accepted Christ as her savior two weeks before her sixteenth birthday. She graduated from Tennessee Temple Bible College in 1975.

Joan and Rene’, her husband of forty-plus years, reside in Prattville, Alabama, a charming city in the Heart of Dixie. They count their son, daughter, son-in-law, and seven phenomenal grandchildren to be their greatest blessings on earth.

Joan is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Through her debut novel Saving Eric, Joan is a finalist in the 2012 Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest, semi-finalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest, 2nd place winner in the 2013 Texas Writers on the Storm Contest, finalist in the 2014 Fool for Love Contest, and finalist in the 2014 Frasier Contest.

Joan enjoys time well-spent with family and friends, but finds equal joy in quiet moments of solitude on her back porch. There, surrounded by bluebirds and yellow butterflies, she began writing Saving Eric. She is currently working on the second book in the Redeemed Side of Broken Series. She enjoys chatting with fellow writers and readers. Check out her web page: http://cjdeneve.wix.com/joandeneve

Joan tells us how she discovered her heroine, Renee:

There is a lovely couple in my home church. They’ve only been married a little over a year. Danielle is half Hispanic with lovely brown curly hair and a sparkle in her smile. Her husband is an African-American with wonderful compassionate eyes and a winning smile. They look so happy, and they are a dynamic duo for Christ. They were my inspiration (her maiden name was Kessler).

And there was also a college student who attended our church about ten years ago. She was engaged to a wonderful Christian young man from her college. Right before Christmas about ten years ago, he drove her home from college (we live in Alabama) and then he drove over to Georgia to visit his family. On the way, he went through some torrential rain, hydroplaned and skidded off a bridge. The car went into a swollen river and he drowned. She was devastated. All of us were. He was such a great guy. She didn’t think she would ever love again. But about four years later, God brought a new man into her life. Another great guy. They are now married and have two children.
God does give beauty for ashes.

Because Brent went through his own heartache and rejection, I wanted him to find someone who also was struggling with her own loss but slowly working through it. (just like he was) I think Renee is a good fit for Brent because they both have a heart that wants to serve God, and they both love children. Renee and Brent, though suffering from their own kind of broken hearts, have much love to give. To each other and also to children.  They too would make a dynamic duo to spread God’s love to those that need it most.

You can enjoy the first two 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 LaingBetty Thomason Owens and her heroine Eliana Grayson.

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR Cover

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.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

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.

Saving Eric front cover (1)Joan is not only a collaborator for The Love Boat Bachelor. Her debut novel is Saving Eric. 

Templetons don’t break down. Even when their worlds are falling apart.
Eric Templeton’s well-ordered life as a top CIA agent is shattered when a traitor within the agency plots to have him eliminated. Sent on a bogus mission to Africa, Eric is ambushed and critically wounded. A helicopter pilot flies him to a remote mission hospital where Dr. Brock Whitfield and his daughter, Ellie, work to save his life.
If Eric survives, his life may never be the same, and he still has to deal with the traitor who wants him dead. Eric wants justice, but Brock and Ellie know that Eric’s survival is the least of his worries. What he needs is mercy and truth.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on Author Betty Thomason Owens: Port of Call: Grand Cayman with Eliana Grayson

2015 February 15

BettyThomasonOwensMeet Betty Thomason Owens, the author of our second heroine introduced in The Love Boat Bachelor. Betty writes romantic comedy, historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She has contributed hundreds of articles and interviews to various blogs around the internet and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group. She’s also a mentor, assisting other writers. She is a co-founder of a blog dedicated to inspiring writers, and a contributing editor for the soon-to-be launched online magazine, Imaginate.

Her 20’s era romance, Amelia’s Legacy, Book 1, Legacy Series, released October, 2014 (Write Integrity Press). She also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and its sequel, The Love Boat Bachelor, releasing January 26, 2015. She has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale BooksTM, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell PressTM. Coming up next, a 1950’s historical novel based on the Book of Ruth, Annabelle’s Ruth, Book 1, Ruth Series (Write Integrity Press).

You can connect with Betty on her personal webpage, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and at Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! After reading about Brent Teague in last years’ A Dozen Apologies and the introductory chapter for Love Boat Bachelor, I spent some time thinking about the woman who would eventually win his heart. He had loved Mara Adkins, so would he be attracted to someone who resembled her in some way? Being a minister, would he be more likely to judge a woman by her looks, or by her character?

With this in mind, I sat down and roughed-out a lady I thought may tempt his broken heart. Eliana’s name means “my God has answered” in Hebrew. She is a lovely mixture of Latina and African-American, the daughter of a once-famous football player. I layered her personality with a quiet spirit and intelligent mind, yet she appreciates humor and is not afraid of the unexpected.

I think one aspect of Mara’s character that attracted Brent, besides her shiny good looks, was her poise. He appreciates class and as a member of the clergy, needs a woman who will fit into his life well, wherever he ends up. Eliana would need humility and grace. Her life has not been perfect, but she has overcome the problems of her past and developed a strong character. She knows the meaning of respect and honor.

I had no preconceived ideas formed in my mind. I didn’t find a picture of a celebrity to base Eliana on, as I sometimes do. I just made her up–built her from my heart–especially for Brent’s character. I like her spunk, and I think she would be a perfect fit for Brent Teague.

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Enjoy earlier 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.

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.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

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.

Amelia's Legacy FRONT CoverAmelia’s Legacy is a 1920’s historical romance you will want to read.

It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes … 

Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy. 

Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge. 

As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom? 

Spotlight on the Author: Julie Arduini, Port of Call: Cozumel with Nora Laing

2015 February 14

melodylodgekoct132_editedThe spotlight today is on the author of the first heroine the reader meets in The Love Boat Bachelor. Julie Arduini is an author with a passion to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. Her first Adirondack contemporary romance, Entrusted, gives readers hope to surrender fear. A Walk Through the Valley will soon be available as an infertility devotional with 5 other authors. She blogs every other Wednesday at Christians Read and is the contributing fiction editor for the new digital magazine, Imaginate. To learn more about her writing and love of chocolate, visit http://juliearduini.com. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.

Julie’s going to share the inside scoop with us on her chapter: Port of Call: Cozumel.

In The Love Boat Bachelor Nora Laing and Brent meet on board and have a lot of fun shopping and bartering in Cozumel. My hope is readers will read their story and enjoy the laughs they share and see the potential for healing in both their lives.

Like Brent, Nora’s been hurt. She’s dropped everything to help her sister, Claire, raise her son, Jimmy. The cruise marks Claire’s transition as a newlywed and now Jimmy has a stepdad. Where does that put Nora? She isn’t sure, and the wedding brings back too many bad memories. Brent comes along in a perfect time to distract her.

Nora was a blast to create. I knew I wanted a character that was good with kids, but I wanted to do something unique. Having her be the “fun aunt” that devoted her life to her sister and nephew that now didn’t seem to need her as much was a fun conflict to explore. Given Brent’s volunteer work with kids, I thought it gave them common ground. Their soul searching was another aspect they shared.

Yet, there had to be something different between them. One of my favorite quotes comes from the late Larry Burkett who said, “If both of you had everything in common, one of you would be unnecessary.” Although Nora is a more behind-the-scenes character, everything changes when she’s bartering. Brent gets to see Nora in a new way that he found amusing. As a writer, I had so much fun with their Cozumel scene.

There is a little bit of Tom and Julie Arduini in Brent and Nora. For instance, when Brent becomes ill, I know that feeling first hand. Our first full day at sea was quite rocky and there was a lot of sickness. I was violently ill to the point of needing medicine from the infirmary. Once I took that and a nap, I was ready for sight seeing in Cozumel.

The “Papi” scene is real as well, except it was my husband who was the shrewd negotiator. I’d never experienced such bartering, and it was amazing to watch. I knew I wanted to use that in The Love Boat Bachelor, except I switched the roles. My husband still has the hat, and we continue to laugh at the woman who said in her thick accent, “Papi, you’re killing me!”

Choosing Nora’s name was fun, too. I was working on ministry things around the same time I was plotting. I flipped through my church directory app and saw a little girl that lights up a room whenever she enters. She’s blonde with beautiful blue eyes and her name is Nora. Another flip of a page and I saw the last name of a family that is known for taking care of each other and being full of love. Nora Laing it was. Then I tried to think of names that went well with Nora for her family.

Nora’s a teacher ready to love again, even if she’s taking baby steps by going on the cruise. Will Brent be the one?

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.

Entrusted FRONT Cover_editedDon’t miss Julie’s awesome romance, Book 1 in her Surrendered series, Entrusted:

Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl from Youngstown, Ohio, plows–literally–into Adirondack village, Speculator Falls, with a busted GPS. She gets a warning from the sheriff but has ideas for the senior center to prove she belongs in town as their director. Town councilman Ben Regan is as broken as the flower box Jenna demolished. He’s grieving and wants to shut down the center before there’s too much change and heartbreak. They work on community projects and build a slow relationship, but the council needs to vote on the senior center’s future. Can Jenna show Ben both her and the center are worth trusting?

See more at: http://juliearduini.com/booksEntrusted may also be purchased from Barnes & Noble and Christian Book Distributors.

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 FINAL FRONT COVER

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.

 

 

Port of Call: Bridgetown Barbados with Lacy Dickinson

2015 February 3

Wharf Road (Barbados)Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do when you’re not taking a cruise?

I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana, where I teach cultural studies at Tulane University. Right now, I’m on sabbatical, as I plan to write a history of Bridgetown, Barbados.

Why did you take “The Love Boat” cruise?

My mother was born on Barbados. She left the island before I was born, and she never returned, though I tried often to get her to visit her family. I took the cruise to Bridgetown because it is something that she said she would like to do. Mama died six months ago, and I am taking her ashes home. Before I return to my auntie’s house, I want to walk with her through the city of Bridgetown and show her all of the changes—and all of the things that stayed the same—since she left there so long ago. Then, I plan to stay with my family to write my book.

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 enjoyed the nighttime when I could stand outside and let the Caribbean breeze blow through my hair. I may not have been born in the islands, but I am a child of the sea. Sometimes, in the background, I could hear the Calypso music. I’d close my eyes and envision the colorful houses, the pristine waters, and the white sands, and I can’t imagine why my mother decided to leave.

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

In all honesty, Barbados is my favorite place on earth. Since I first visited on a missions trip, where I met, stayed, and was watched over by my Auntie Bess and her brood, I have never wanted to be anywhere else. I mean, there are seven wonders of Barbados. I won’t tell you about them, but my book will share it all with you.

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

A real gentleman. That’s the best compliment that I can give to Brent Teague. I mean, the poor man took a serious tumble, and he has this crazy woman (me) standing over him, and of all things, I’m laughing. Sheesh. What is a man supposed to do with that? Brent handled it with humor and an enthusiastic agreement to tour Bridgetown. Of course, he didn’t know he was walking with me and Mama, but when he found out … Let’s just say I’ve never met a man like him, and as Mama would have said. “I be thinking he’s a good man, Lacy. A real good man.”

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, Alyssa LaRoche, and Sadie Graham.

One more chapter awaits tomorrow, 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 FINAL FRONT COVER

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.