My dear friend and critique partner Marji Laine is my guest today. Her book The Love Boat Bachelor releases next week.
Tell us about the story of The Love Boat Bachelor. Brent Teague was the runner up to last year’s publication A Dozen Apologies. In that book, Mara had broken and humiliated a dozen men and ended up falling in love with one of them. Brent was broken-hearted that it wasn’t him.
Give us the backcover blurb of the book.
Romance is a joke.
After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too.
Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry?
Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise.
As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.
What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.
Share the first page of The Love Boat Bachelor.
Wish I could share it! But it will be available for everyone to read on January 26 at WriteIntegrity.com. Chapter 2 will be there on January 27 and so on until the last chapter. After all of the bachelorettes are introduced, readers are encouraged to vote for their favorite gal. She’s the one who will heal the holes in Brent’s heart. The final chapter will be available only in the e-book, but that will also be available for FREE through Amazon on February 14-17.
What’s next after The Love Boat Bachelor? This fun series will have one more follow up story this summer. I can’t wait to find out who we get to pick on next!
Beyond The Love Boat Bachelor, though, I’m writing a series of novellas of my own. My main character is a cleaner for a crisis and trauma company. They clean up after the police and investigators have moved on. A little suspense. A little mystery. A little laughter. A little romance. I’m having a blast writing them!
If time and money did not enter in the equation, what would be your dream? Funny you should ask that. That question started me on this writing journey. My mom hit me up with it about 5 years ago and I answered, “Write.” It took me a little over a year to convince myself that I could actually take that step and I’ve been creating stories ever since. Yes, that’s still my answer!
What would you be doing with your free time if you weren’t writing? Probably still scrapbooking and holding retreats. I might be doing more photography shoots.
Do you outline your books or let the story go where it wishes? I outline the tar out of my stories! But when I do write them out, I can go super-fast because they are so firmly embedded in my head.
What three things are you most thankful for in your life that others might think silly? I can’t really embrace that I’m “thankful” for these, but I do enjoy them. At least members of my family think I’m silly. NASCAR – I just love the strategy and the speed of this sport! Word Puzzles/Games – I’ll do one before bed just to relax. Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside candle – LOVE the scent!
Someone has given you access to a time machine and you can go back and visit two events in the history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why? I’d want to be with the shepherds to hear the proclamation of Jesus’ birth and I’d want to see the crossing of the Red Sea. Seeing Jesus walk on the water or the glory of God descend on the tabernacle would be super-cool as well!
If you could live in any time, when and where would that be and why? Here and now. I’m content to remain where I am until the Lord lets me enter His presence!
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. Oh, gosh! I have a recliner in my living room that became my “office” a couple of years ago when my son moved home, then I threw my back out. I don’t mind it, though, because my twins work with me in the same room – warmed by a fireplace at the moment. And I’m wearing a long-sleeved gray volleyball tee-shirt and brown cotton pants. I’m about to put on my gray house shoes – general business attire for me.
What is your favorite season of the year? Why? Fall. I hate summer is the first reason, and in the fall, I have 3 seasons ahead of me that I can relish until I have to survive another melting period. I do love the autumn color (what little color we get in North Texas) and I enjoy the chill to the nights, the cold-weather clothes, fires in the fire-place, and the set up for the holidays. I also love the new beginnings in the fall. As a student and then a teacher, it just sort of got ingrained as the beginning of the year. Fresh start. Clean chalkboard.
What is the most fun thing you have ever done? Every time my family gets together is the most fun. For example: we recently celebrated my birthday at my mom’s house. The TV was on with the sound off while we played a game. In the middle of it, we all started adding dialog to the crime specialist show on the television. Something about purple sweaters, pink ties, and cheeseburgers. It makes no sense, now (didn’t then either), but the interaction had us all in stitches.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you. I’ve taught Children’s Choir for 12 years. I love photography and scrapbooking. My son is getting married in a couple of months. I grew up in a divorced family, but we are all very close. We celebrate Christmas 4 times every year.
What is the most important thing on your current ‘To Do’ list? Ha! Writing this article and sending it back to you is the first thing on my list today. Next is to mail a book to the giveaway winner.
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given? My husband reminds me that the Lord has brought me on this adventure. However, it may not be for the reasons I expect. My job is to keep doing my part. Keep writing. And let the Lord do His part, preparing this work that I’m doing for whatever purpose He has.
When you are writing do you have an audience in mind? Is it a person, real or imagined, or a group? Through my writing, I hope to encourage those readers who will pick up a novel before they pick up the Bible. Once in a while, every believer experiences some measure of apathy. My hope is to remind them of their First Love in Jesus. To help them recall the spiritual fire that propelled them before, and to draw them back into the relationship with the Lord that so often gets obscured by the religiosity of our faith.
What’s different about this story? This story is most fun because it is a sequel to the collaborative novella we put out last year. I love working with these novellas! It’s always a surprise to see the amazing talent of the other writers. Despite the different takes on the actions of the main character and altering writing styles, the stories always flow seamlessly. Folks are surprised that multiple authors had a hand in the story. See what you think! Read a few chapters next week at WriteIntegrity.com and see if you can tell where one author’s work stops and another’s begins.
And finally, where can we find you online?