Friday, March 25, 2016

Talking Love with Lisa J. Lickel



From the time boys became more than “tag” targets I was never without someone of the opposite sex to hang out with, call on the phone, escort me to dances or movies, even when Mom was the chauffeur. I was a drama queen flirt, histrionic friend, and disingenuous church group groupie. I’d love to say it changed in an instant when as a middle teen the Holy Spirit provided the answer to that infinite question of whether Christ was for real. Decades later, I am still working out who I am on many levels. That story won’t get the final edit until it’s over.

In between, I went to college and joined not one, but two Christian groups, fell in love with the music, studying anything and everything, and the boy with the wispy blond mustache and highwater pants from one of the faith groups who prayed with me for John Denver’s soul. Seriously. We won’t know for a while if poor John received the benefit of our intervention. When the mustached boy didn’t run screaming after meeting my family for the first time when we got snowed in and ate turkey three days in a row, and his dad laughed in good humor when I dropped and broke dishes on the way from the table to the sink the first time I met his folks, I knew things would work out fine.

Two grown up children and an odd assortment of grands—girls, boys, and kitties—later, life is full circle as our oldest son heeded the call to seminary and now serves as area director for the many branches of the campus faith organization his dad and I attended. Son number two followed in his father’s footsteps, attempting to encourage a better world through public education. “Love is not proud” is not an easy description to avoid when it comes to introducing family.

Love has shown me all the attention I need has always surrounded me, filled me, poured out of me in ways I don’t have to control or manipulate, or understand. The Lord of life is in charge. My job is to leave behind a story that boasts only of God’s great mercy and grace exemplified in what He has done for me.

Check out Lisa’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…




Everything About You
“Love is not proud…” 1 Corinthians: 13:4

She needs a movie set miracle, he needs cash...can a farmer morph into a movie star in five days? 

If Shelly has her way, Danny will become America’s next heartthrob and she’ll get her own promotions company. He’s already gorgeous, a little naive, and needs to work on that accent. To Danny, Shelly is on the pompous side, but holds the key to his real dreams...if he can figure out all the rules, say the right things for the daily vlog session, keep his heart strings in place, dodge Shelly’s vicious former boyfriend and the movie star diva. 


Shelly’s about to lose a lot more than her heart if she can’t get a handle on her wounded pride and learn who to trust.

http://www.amazon.com/Everything-About-You-Lisa-Lickel-ebook/dp/B01BYIUBKA

Friday, March 18, 2016

Magnolia Lake ~ Emily Paige Skeen


Magnolia Lake latest release from Emily Paige Skeen

Popular and beautiful, Cora Stephens has it all - including the perfect football-star boyfriend - until one fateful afternoon. Facing heartache and betrayal, Cora turns to long-time friend, Landon, for comfort. While his love for her grows, she does everything in her power to avoid getting hurt again - including flinging herself into the arms of another boy. 

Then, just as Cora’s shattered world starts putting itself back together, life throws something her way that’s more horrific than she ever could have imagined. Through the emotional and physical pain, she begins to lose hope and abandon her faith. Will this once light-hearted, happy prom queen find her way back home? 

My Review: As her senior high school year begins, Cora Stephens has it all, great friends, a football star boyfriend, and an amazing year planned. When her boyfriend betrays her, Cora’s existence spins into turmoil.

Having her life set back into balance through long talks with Landon, the boy she’s been friends with since third grade, Cora meets Rex, a new neighbor from across the street. When spring arrives, she and Rex attend the prom, but Cora realizes she’s missing something and her life just doesn’t seem as it should. A series of tragic incidents the final week of school changes all their lives.

Ms. Skeen reveals a compelling look into a year of a remarkable teenage girl. The main character is faced with hard decisions and the emotional backlash. The characters in the story are well written and draw the reader to love them. The final scenes in the book are laced with gripping drama and a heartwarming ending. Great job!

About the Author:  Born and raised in a small Georgia town, Emily Paige Skeen takes from her own life experiences to create real, characters for her novels. She loves to intertwine small-town charm with deep emotion and intrigue, creating stories that inspire readers.

When she’s not writing or chasing after her two youngsters—both under the age of five—you can find Emily reading, soaking up the sun whenever possible, or shopping. She, her husband, and their kids make their home in a tiny little town an hour south of Atlanta, on a five-acre plot of land right off a bumpy red-dirt road. She loves to sit and listen as the ever-present crickets and frogs perform their harmonious concerts in the still, quiet evening hours.

Writing has always been Emily’s passion, ever since she crafted her first sloppily hand-written story plastered over spiral notebook paper at the emotionally-charged age of thirteen. Now, she strives to encourage and inspire girls and young women with her writing. She believes that with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of love, anything’s possible.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Gay N. Lewis - Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie


Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie - latest release from Gay N. Lewis

Merciful heavens! Getting acquainted with adult teachers in a high school is one challenge, but hang with the kids too? Sarah, heaven’s little love angel who is known for bungles, has dealt with children and enjoyed them, but teenagers? My stars! They are a different ballgame. She doesn’t understand their jargon, clothes or hairdos. And mood swings? Forget it. She knew nothing about them—nada —zippo. She’d seen and heard them from above—even wondered at times why they existed on the same planet as adults. They were unique and interesting, but to mingle with them? Not a chance would she choose to do so—well, not until her latest assignment. Why would the Superiors send a bumbling angel like her to help a shy teenager find a date for a high school prom? Poopty doopty! A nightmare is about to happen.


My Review:  Sarah the bumbling little angel has been assigned to find a prom date for Mackenzie Hartley. She has been teased by Ethan Rockman since grade school and wants nothing to do with him, but Sarah has been told he’s the one. Poopty Doopty.

While Sarah learns about teenagers and Mackenzie strays down a dangerous path, Sarah questions what she should do and why no one from the Heavenlies is coming to her aide. Sarah learns to trust her own judgement, impresses her superiors, and gets another chance to return to earth as a matchmaker.

From the first Sarah book I read, I’ve enjoyed this little angel. Gay N. Lewis offers so much with her insight and sense of humor. The novel is well written and fun, and a must read for Sarah fans.

About the Author:  Gay N. Lewis has a background in video production and interior design. Her credits include Psalms from the Mountains, and The Canadian Rockies. As a pastor’s wife and Adult Bible Study Leader, she has written numerous church programs and newsletters. She is a mother of three daughters and four grandchildren and lives in Fulshear, TX., a small town west of Houston.


Find Gay on the web at www.GayNLewis.com or by visiting her on Blogger at http:gaynlewis.blogspot.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GayNLewis and also on Twitter  @GayNLewis2.