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.
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.
$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 Huddleston, Author of the Caney Creek Series
Jo Huddleston, Author of the Caney Creek Series