Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The only thing worse than being a spinster is being a twice-jilted spinster. At twenty-five, Catherine Morgan is hardly an old maid, but she’s given up on marriage and instead manages the family’s general store in the small town of Revenge, Ohio. Bound by a promise to care for her three sisters until they marry, she’ll do anything it takes to keep them safe. However, the town’s sheriff has evidence that may stand in the way of her sister’s happiness and her own. Revenge can be stronger than love. Will a vow for vengeance arrest Catherine’s third chance for love?
Lisa Harris writes award-winning Christian fiction and nonfiction from her home in Mozambique, Africa, where she and her family serve as missionaries. She has published more than a dozen books across multiple genres including romance, suspense, and mystery.
And even more important than all her books and serving as a missionary--Lisa is one of my dearest friends. Ha! Seriously, I've known her since the beginning. When I joined ACFW (then ACRW) Lisa was one of my critique partners. We've been close friends since then, sharing prayer requests and personal struggles. It was at one of the ACFW conferences that Lisa and I brainstormed about doing a series together for Heartsong and voila, Cranberry Hearts was born. Hence, Lisa played an important role in ushering me into the elusive world of published authors.
1. What do you consider the most important reason you serve in Mozambique?
I'm here, because I know without any doubt that God has called our family to work here. There are days when I wonder why I'm here or I'm certain that life is better or would be easier on the other side of the fence, but then I have to stop--because He's called me.
2. And there's no better place to be than in God's will. Tell us about the struggles of the people in Mozambique.
Life isn't always easy here, and I'm reminded of it every time I walk down the street or drive through town. There is poverty, orphans, HIV/AIDs, malaria, as well as other sicknesses and a fairly low life expectancy. Another thing that strikes me is the spiritual darkness. . .and then the freedom and joy we see in those who are finding in Christ Jesus!
To learn more about this ministry, you can visit the website: www.africanoutreachministries.org
3. I hate to ask you what seems like the age-old question—but how do you juggle your work as a missionary, home school your children and manage the prolific writing? What would you say is the ONE thing that gets you through?
That's hard. Just tonight I was talking to my husband about how I simply don't have the time to do everything I need to do. Home schooling is new for us, we're just in our second year, and it takes up the majority of my time. Ministry and writing fill in the rest of the time, but it's tough. I don't always succeed, but I try to remind myself that my main ministry right now is my children and their well-being, both educationally and spiritually. And in the process I want to seek Him first, so that everything else will fall into place.
4. Let's focus on your writing. What is the heart of your story Revenge?
While the theme of revenge is there, it's also a book about second chances. Both my hero and heroine struggled over hurt feelings from the past, as well as pride, resentment, and unforgiveness. None of these are easy to overcome, but God is the God of second chances, and through His amazing love and grace, anything is possible. A second chance for forgiveness. . .a second chance for love.
5. Tell us about your upcoming release.
BLOOD RANSOM is to be released next March and I couldn't be more excited. It's definitely the book of my heart as it's allowed me to write suspense, with a thread of romance, AND set it in Africa.
Here's the blurb. Deep in the heart of Africa, two American lives are about to change forever. Natalie Sinclair and Dr. Chad Talcott want to make a difference in under-developed African villages … but they didn’t count on risking their lives in the process. Romance and adventure drive this powerful thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it.
6. I’ve known you long enough to know this has been a dream of yours—to write a story set in Africa. With this dream “fulfilled” what are you dreaming of next?
Since I've just started writing book two, I haven't really stopped to look much further than hoping Zondervan allows me to expand this series. If I could continue writing International suspense, then that would keep me happy for a very long time!
Thanks so much for having me, Beth! And remember that I'll give away a copy of Love Finds You in Revenge, Ohio!
Lisa's website: www.lisaharriswrites.com
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Have you read Deborah Vogts new book, Snow Melts in Spring?
The writing is smooth as honey and if you never thought Kansas had anything to offer, think again. Deborah writes with a country voice, almost historical, but true country, the heartland does have a tendency to take us back, to slow us down. And that's what we hear in Deborah's voice--like a warm slice of apple pie in the kitchen, the curtain flapping as a breeze picks up from the rainstorm approaching in the distance. Okay, well, I tried my hand at it, and I don't have the touch, but Deborah does.
She writes from her experiences with life and . . .with horses. On their small ranch in Kansas, she and her family raise quarter horses. Many people know her simply from her blog, Country at Heart--even the name just makes you feel all happy inside. She even includes recipes.
Yes, Deborah is a dearly-beloved friend. We've been roommates at the ACFW writing conference every year since I don't know when. But even if these things were not so, I wouldn't change a word I've said about her. I invite you to purchase a copy of Snow Melts in Spring.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
They're ready when they're ready and not a second, minute, or day sooner. I witnessed that with my middle son. He's in third grade now, but though I tried to teach him to read in kindergarten he only became frustrated and felt like he wasn't smart because he couldn't get it. Then I felt like a bad mom, of course. The next year (or two) we started up the phonics again and were both becoming frustrated. Then one day the phonics just clicked and he got it--just like that. He was so determined to read once the light bulb came on, he was reading entire sentences by the end of THAT day. It was an amazing experience. Really.
Still, to school four children in different grades isn't an easy task and I find myself loathing it. Of course, every teacher whether public, private or a home school mom gets burned out near the end of a school year, in previous years I found myself looking forward to the moment when school would start up again. I'd eagerly buy all the supplies and decorate just like we had our own classroom, and depending on where we lived, we had our own room for school.
Now, I wish we could put them in a Christian school but the finances just aren't there. I wonder, too, if they're missing out on stuff. When you home school, it's up to you to run them around to get all the necessary lessons like art and music, or do it yourself.
Somewhere in the midst of the busy days, I have to come up with time to write and at some point the boys have become addicted to video games. How could that happen? They've even announced they hate reading, to which I proclaim "BLASPHEMY."
So, tomorrow I begin the laborious task of dragging out boxes and boxes of books--yes, I have a library of children's books all purchased from Sonlight curriculum. They were stored in the barn when we moved over the holidays. No more video games.
Somehow, I have to once again ignite their interest in traveling to different times and places through books like Where the Red Fern Grows and . . .and. . .well you get the idea. Can't think of any particular titles and that one really moved me as a kid.
Can I ask for prayer? Pray for school and prayer for writing?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Oregon is #1 in the country for unemployment.
Oregon is #1 in the country in terms of homeless.
Medford, OR is #2 in the state for homeless children. They can't stay in shelters until they're 18 or older. There aren't any shelters for children.
AND Grants Pass is #1 in the world for coffee kiosks. I bet that one threw you.
Disclaimer: these random facts could have changed by the time of this posting.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
My middle son said North Dakota is a myth. He's a comedian, can you tell?
One more thing, here's something I heard today: The more you imitate God, the more you're being yourself.
I love that. If we're created in His image then the above holds true.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Aha, so I'm not the only one who struggles with the brilliant aspect. I searched through several blogs this evening, looking for the something that really stands out, so that I could read and learn from the experts. Considering all I have on my plate and that every blog post takes time away from children and family, is it worth it? Let's hope so. While my boys are playing with Bionicles and Legos, and my daughter is IMing with her Dad, I have time to write a not-so brilliant post. . .
While running on the treadmill this past week (mind you, I'm not a real runner, just an aspiring runner) I came up with a wonderful comparison of writing and running. Brilliant. But once I put pen to paper, er, fingers to keyboard, my mind went blank. I'm hoping to catch that potential article again somehow--maybe have a recording-device with me while I'm running so I can spit-out all the great ideas I get while I'm oxygenating my brain.