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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Playing Catchup

Stopping for yogurt and toppings while doing last minute school shopping.
It's hard to believe that a month has past since I last posted. So much has happened and I've had little time on the internet. 

The first major thing was taking the children to Kenya where they will be attending a missionary boarding school. The first few weeks have had their ups and downs, but they all love the school, are making friends, and are settling in.

Already, they are almost halfway through the first term. I will be going to visit them over a long weekend during this mid-term break, something I'm so thankful to be able to do. I miss them but am thrilled for the opportunities that they are having. 

Going away to school requires TONS of luggage!


Family photo before heading off to school

Getting settled into Jayden's dorm


After we dropped off the kids, including two days of new-student orientation, Scott and I celebrated our  belated 23rd anniversary and our new part-time empty nester status by spending two nights in the Masai Mara. For those of you who know how much I love Kruger in South Africa, I had very high expectation after hearing how incredible the sightings could be. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. With only one full day plus a few hours, we saw the big five and so much more. I will be posting more photos and videos of our time later. Here are a few highlights.
Leopard with a kill

Cheetah




An incredible male lion up on a ledge.

After Kenya, I went to the States as I had won an all expense paid trip to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference through the CreateFiction writers contest last year. Here I was able to not only sit in on some fantastic classes, but see old friends, meet new ones, and meet all of my editors for the first time in person. This was such a blessing as it has been a number of years since I have been able to attend one of these conferences. I was also able to spend a few days with my family which was a blessing.

While I was gone, Scott made his yearly trip to Zambia to encourage the churches that Allen and Janelle worked with before we moved here. His time there was a huge blessing both to him and to the churches. 
Dressed up for the gala.
We arrived back in Mozambique over a week ago and have hit the ground running. Last week, twelve new believers took on Christ in Magola, so we are excited to see people reaching out to those in their communities and praying with those in need. I've enjoyed being back with the women and going out with them to the villages to teach.

Twelve baptisms in Magola


Be blessed,

Lisa 

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Happy Release Day!





Today is the official release day of Dangerous Passage! I'm so excited about this new series and hope those of you who read it will thoroughly enjoy the book.


When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common--a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities--and their hearts. 




Here are what a few readers had to say!

"The suspense, romance, and mysteries through this book will grab you and not let go!" Suspense Magazine Review 

"(A) compelling and emotionally charged read. . .kept me reading late into the night. . ." Sandra Orchard, award-winning author of the Undercover Cops series

"Harris pens another thrilling tale that will give the readers one breathless moment after another." Christy Award winning author, DiAnn Mills.

If you go to my publisher's page here, it will link you to online sellers, as well as the Reading Group Guide and an Excerpt!

 And be sure and watch here as well for my upcoming Heart of Africa giveaway later this month. Details coming soon!

Today is also a bittersweet day as we leave our three children behind at Rift Valley Academy.  While I know this is going to be a wonderful experience for them, I'm already looking forward to visiting them during their mid-term break in October! This is something we've planned for a long time, but it's going to be tough adjusting to a quiet house, I know.

I'll be traveling then next few weeks, but would love to hear from you, especially your thoughts on the book!

Happy reading!

Lisa