Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Drawing




When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 26, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I mention below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.


The Last Detail by Lisa Lickel 



Our guest blogger today is Lisa Lickel. Lisa is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her published novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the Titles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and AuthorCulture.blogspot.com. She loves to encourage new authors. Find more about Lisa at her website.

Welcome, Lisa. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I learned about the Native legends and stories when I visited these Illinois parks years ago. I was in a card club with a funeral director for a number of years and learned a lot (they’re not much like Hudson). I live in a house that’s a little bit like Uncle Bruce’s in the book.

Please describe yourself with three words.
detail-oriented, family-oriented, faith-based

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I enjoy travel, camping, seeing the sights, learning about area attractions. That’s how I discovered Mattheissen and Starved Rock state parks in Illinois, and the story around them. I bought a book by a local author that told about the tragic murder in the 1950s, and that got me thinking in all kinds of crazy directions.

Please tell us about The Last Detail.
The Last Detail is contemporary inspirational fiction. I try to write for both male and female readers, so I hesitate to call this Women’s Fiction. I started writing this about the time my son and his future wife were dating. Oddly, I didn’t base the characters of Amalia and Merit on them, but they did seem to match a little bit what I had envisioned in my story, which was a missionary who was not interested in getting married but mostly in serving God on the foreign mission field, and someone who wanted to share his life, but let convention take over his sensibilities. The theme verse is from Genesis 2:18 (NIV) “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

God loves messing with the best-laid plans. Amalia is determined to honor her parents' business with her professionalism if not their choice of husband; Merit is dedicated to serving overseas as a confirmed bachelor missionary. When God throws them together, their obedience and faith are stretched…to the breaking point.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
The Last Detail is more than courtship and romance; it’s a story about learning to live and deal with not only the choices we make, but about what happens to us that’s beyond our control. Who can we count on when things don’t go our way, when disaster or unexpected good news makes our plans change? I hope that those who are planning to marry and those married for a while come away with a new appreciation for relationships of faith.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
The Last Detail is available in print and e-versions, and you can order it from your local bookseller as well as find it online.
ISBN: 978-1940099-446
$3.99 eBook/$14.99 Print

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Visit my website for an excerpt from the book, and discussion questions or points to ponder (which are included in the book), as well as the opportunity to virtually visit Starved Rock State Park and learn more about the area.
 

Any parting comment?
Thank you for hosting me, Jo. I enjoy virtual visits with book clubs or reader groups, too. Feel free to connect with me to set up a phone or Skype visit.

Lisa, thank you for your visit with my readers and me. One of my commenters will receive a copy of The Last Detail, which Lisa has offered.



Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 26, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  The Last Detail by Lisa Lickel.  Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time ... keep on smiling. 

jo
 

         
Jo Huddleston, Author of the Caney Creek Series

21 comments:

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    1. Lisa, so happy to have you visit with us.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this interview with Lisa. She has been a friend and editor of my books for several years now. Working with her is a blessing. The book sounds interesting and I like the fact that she weaves faith into her stories.
    Blessings,
    Deborah H. Bateman

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping in, Deborah!

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    2. Deborah, glad you came by and left your comment.

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  3. Enjoyed getting to know more about Lisa. This sounds like a great book! pat at ptbradley dot com

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    1. Hi, Patricia. Glad you stopped by.

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    2. Pat, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. Glad you enjoyed the interview with Lisa.

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  4. That sounds like a fantastic book. Another book I'll have to put on my Kindle and read someday!

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    1. I hear you! I'm at the point I have so many books on the Kindle I just look at the list and shake my head.

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    2. Connie, thanks for reading and leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN ORDER TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING.

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  5. Thank you for the great interview. The book sounds wonderful.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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  6. Hello Jo. Thanks for having Lisa to interview. A very interesting one. Our plans are not very often GOD's plans. I really respect the Missionaries who answer GOD's call. So many dangers in the places they go. Not sure I could be brave enough so glad He didn't call me for that. Tho, we are all called to tell people everywhere about the love of GOD. To be missionaries whereever we are. Wish I was better. Would love to win your book Lisa. Thanks for a chance to win this book. I am a follower Jo. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, thanks for coming back and leaving your comment. So glad you are a follower of my blog!

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  7. Hi Jo! The interview was lovely, and Lisa's books sound great. Our daughter was a missionary in Europe for 10 years so I understand a bit about what sacrifices missionaries make and are prepared to make in order to serve our Lord and others.

    I am now a follower ! - sue@sueharrison.com

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    1. Sue, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lisa. I appreciate you following my blog!

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  8. I'm a follower of your blog and this books sounds terrific. Thanks for this chance.

    clSwalwell@gmail.com

    in Him,

    Cheri :)

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    1. Cheri, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment. So glad you are a follower of my blog!

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  9. It would be fun to win this book. jksfamily5@gmail.com Thanks!

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    1. Susan, you're welcome. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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