I just took a peek at Gina Holmes blogspot and saw that her interview with me is up. Take a look at www.noveljourney.blogspot.com.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT REBECCA’S HEART. . .
I’m excited that I’m already receiving feedback from my readers for Rebecca’s Heart. I loved writing Rebecca and Luke’s story and am thrilled to know that many of you are enjoying reading it.
“Thanks a million for keeping me up till 2 in the morning--with Rebecca's Heart. LOL. I absolutely love it! It's my favorite over all else you've written.” --Saundra
“I read your book this weekend and couldn't put it down. It was wonderful. I cannot believe the huge progress you have made in your writing. Michaela's Choice was good, but this was terrific. Wow! Great character development especially.” -- Lynne
“Lisa’s new book is AWESOME! I could not put it down & read it all in one setting. She made the characters come so alive I could swear I was in
If you’ve read Rebecca’s Heart I’d LOVE to hear from you as well. Let me know what you think. Also consider filling in the tear page in the back where you can write your comments about the story and send it to my editor. They take seriously the feedback they receive from the readers, so mailing in the reader survey really does help! Also consider posting a review on Amazon.com or Christianbooks.com. This will help other readers know what you think. Remember, my Heartsong novels won’t be for sale in the bookstores or Amazon until three months after they’ve hit the book club.
For those of you who have enjoyed my Massachusetts series so far with Michaela’s Choice and Rebecca’s Heart, look for book three, Adam’s Bride, due to be released this November!
ICU AND EARTHQUAKES. . .
Sounds weird, I know, but that's been my week. Wednesday afternoon my four year old slid down the ladder of our jungle gym and hit his head. At first we didn't think much about it. There was just a small scratch on his head and it seemed like another typical boy bump. After an hour, though, I realized that something wasn't right. He was lethargic and making no sense when he tried to talk. Jayden's best little friend's father is a doctor, so I called him up to see if he though we should take him into the hospital. While his vitals seemed fine, Jayden was in a daze and making no sense, so the doctor drove Jayden and I to the hospital in Tzaneen. Scott was already in Tzaneen for one of our leadership training classes and met us at the hospital. A cat scan showed a definite concussion, but thankfully no bleeding. They admitted him into ICU so they could monitor him closely. Even though their was no bleeding, the doctor said if his condition began to deteriorate, we lived too far from the hospital and it was better to keep a close eye on him.
The first night was rough. He threw up about five times, pulled his IV out as well as the oxygen mask. I got little sleep that night as I lay next to his restless little body. At one in the morning, the bed started shaking. Half asleep and not knowing what was going on, I wondered if there was an earthquake, but thought that they didn’t have them here. Maybe a truck was rumbling by out side the window, but I didn’t hear a truck. The bed kept shaking and shaking. Finally I went back to sleep. The next morning we all found out that there had been a 7.8 earthquake in
Thursday, Jayden still wasn’t his normal self, so they kept him in ICU. He slept most of the day and was restless, not wanting to eat or play. The doctor insisted on keeping him another night.
Friday morning he woke up about four and wanted to eat and play. For the first time I breathed a sigh of relief. We were making progress. The doctor had him on a liquid diet, so he had Jell-O and juice for breakfast a couple hours later, but Jayden was not happy about this. When we asked him what he wanted, he said anything except Jell-O. He was smiling finally and played with a sticker book that had just come in the mail from his Grammy. At ten, the doctor moved him to the regular ward to see how he would do without the medication. He ate a chicken burger for lunch and that brought big smiles to his face. Finally, at eight Friday night I was able to bring him home. He’s still tired and getting his strength back, but once again I have my baby smiling again.
The whole experience has made me so grateful for God’s blessings. From the doctor who drove Jayden and I to the hospital to his wife who went to check on our other kids. To those who prayed for us and send encouraging messages by email to those who stopped by the hospital to pray. To those who made me eat, brought me food, and kept my kids, to teachers who didn’t gripe at Gabriel for not getting his homework done. To the wonderful doctors and nurses who God used to give Jayden the medical attention he needed.
Our hearts full of thanks!
HOME AGAIN. . .
REBECCA’S HEART. . .
Went to the post office today and there was a package for me. My latest book, Rebecca’s Heart! It’s always so exciting to pick up your book for the first time. Many of you read Michaela’s Choice. This is the long awaited book two of my
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Rebecca's heart is open to love...But she discovers she's about to make the biggest mistake of her life. To avoid such a mistake, she cancels her plans and moves to
Luke Hutton longs to build ships for a living, but is set to sail one last time, before he can make his dreams come true. He stops by the furniture shop on an errand for his mother and falls at once for the dark-haired beauty who works there.
Can Rebecca and Luke find a way to share the secrets that keep them from true happiness? Will Rebecca trust her heart to God, as well as Luke?
If you would like to buy a copy directly from me, let me know!
Also, can you do me a favor? If you enjoyed Michaela’s Choice or any of my other books, take a few minutes to post your review on Amazon.com and Christianbooks.com. I’ll even throw in a free book (YES FREE!!) to the first two people who post a positive review of one of my books they’ve read and let me know about it. Hey! You can’t beat that!
GOD AND THE LITTLE THINGS. . .
It’s been a bit of a rough week. As you can see, I haven’t posted much at all and when I did I couldn’t get pictures to go through. We made the difficult decision this week to move Gabriel to another school. While we have been extremely impressed with the staff at his current school, there were other issues involved that finally convinced us that moving him to another school would help. So while we hate to have to move him, he will start his new school on Monday. He’s really excited about this new opportunity and is literally counting down the hours until school starts, so we believe that’s a good sign. He already has a number of friends there and they have a great educational program and are strong in sports, something he excels in.
So last night, Scott was teaching about an hour away and while I should have been writing, I was tired and decided to watch TV, something I rarely do these days. The only show I’ve followed the past ten years has been JAG and while I was sad to hear that the show was being cancelled, I really wanted to see the last episode. Things run a bit behind in
Now, admittedly, a TV show isn’t important in the scope of life, but when you’ve had a rough week and are missing family and On the Border’s fajitas, it’s nice to catch a bit of something from home. Well, last night, as I thumbed through the guide, guess what was showing. The last episode of JAG. It was amazing how a bit of something from home could make me smile after a long and tiring week. God does care about the little things!
The pictures I’ve posted are of Gabe’s first place relay team! Well done Gabe. Mariah’s birthday party. (She and her friends had a blast decorating the cake), and Jayden and Mariah with a couple of friends.
RAIN, RAIN, AND MORE RAIN. . .
Well the rain keeps coming. . .and coming. The good thing is the rain keeps the weather cool which is nice in the middle of summer when our days can be excruciatingly hot. Even our pool, a blessing year round here, is about to overflow. For an area that has been hit with heavy drought the past few years, this is wonderful! Everything is green and beautiful from the amount of rains, something we enjoy so much.
Last night Scott went to a local missions meeting with a church who is wanting to start evangelizing to the local farm workers. There is a huge population of unreached people on these farms. Scott will be working with them to strategize as well as training up teams to not only do the initial evangelistic push, but intense follow up as well. This morning, he leaves for Gyani to teach for two days as he continues his discipleship training.
I’ll keep it short today, as my schedule is full (as always it seems) with kids and writing.
I love this verse! If there’s anything that proves to me God’s existence to me, it’s his handiwork. In our travels, I’ve been blessed to see so much of the incredible world God created and it never falls to convince me of His existence and goodness. This is one of the reasons I feel so blessed to live in northern
“Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Verses 2-4
How incredible that God, who has sent us to proclaim His good news, has already gone before us!
Have a blessed day!
HALF A WORM. . .
Have you ever bit into an apple and found half a worm? That’s kind of like finding a snake in your garden and realizing it’s only the skin. . .and you’re not sure where the snake is.
Shuddering yet? I’m looking across the yard at a two foot long snake skin and wondering if the snake is hiding under my chair. Oh, life is never dull here.
We’ve had a busy few days. The kids started swimming lessons yesterday. Because of the heat, everyone has pools, so it was time for our kids to get water safe. Gabriel is even hoping to join a swim club later this year and start competing. Then last night we had a birthday party for our gardener and introduced him and his family to Sloppy Joes. They were a hit and we had a lot of fun eating cake and celebrating. David and his wife became Christians a few months ago and have become like part of the family.
GOOD NEWS: If you didn’t already know, my latest book comes out this month! While I’m still waiting for my copies of Rebecca’s Heart to arrive, I can’t wait to revisit rural
Have a blessed day!
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