Monthly Smiles welcomes author Gay N. Lewis. A great lady, and wonderful writer who entertains us with angels. Gay is the author of a series based on a cute, clumsy angel that helps the world, one romance at a time. I'm happy to introduce her
and highlight Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover.
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I’m a native Texan, and I live in a small town west of Houston. My husband is a minister. I enjoy travel and engage in artistic ventures. I’ve produced two videos --The Canadian Rockies, English and Japanese translations, and Psalms from the Mountains. Both sold well in international markets. Graphic skills kept me busy as a portrait photographer, and for over ten years, I used my creativity in the interior design field. One of my books, Sarah: Laney’s Angel, is about a designer who has a stalker. Many of the incidents in the book came from personal experiences, and I think an angel or two helped me several times when I worked for a builder/developer. Going into empty, model homes can be scary and dangerous.
As a pastor’s wife, I write Faith Features for various church periodicals. I also write articles for Texas Hill Country. I’m a published author for Pelican Book Group and Wings ePress. I blog several times a week. Like my books, my blogs feature faith and humor.
All of the Sarah books have appeared on Amazon’s Best Seller’s List. The Sarah series is available in eBook format as well as print at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Pelican Book Group, and other book sellers. Some additions are available in Amazon Audible. Each book in the series is a standalone novel.
Two books, Mattie’s Choice, and Clue into Kindness are not fantasy and romance. They are women’s fiction. The stories are about abusive men and women who are addicted to unhealthy relationships.
Gay what do you enjoy doing when you not writing?
I love Bunge jumping and sky diving. NOT! Just kidding. You won’t catch me engaging in life-threatening pastimes. I wish I had something exciting to tell your readers, but reading is my hobby. I’d like to learn to cook or bake, but I have no talent for it. Here’s a picture of one of my attempts. Someone told me I needed to cool a cake before turning it over and removing it from the pan.
Goodness, but the cake still looks like it tasted good. I’m not a thrill-seeker either.
What inspired you to write Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover?
Sarah is an angel who comes to earth to help humans, but she’s a Lucy Ricardo with multiple, chaotic mishaps. I have eleven Sarah books published and a Christmas one coming in November. They are stand-alone novels. Sarah finds love interests for men and women. Most of the books feature a female in need of a boyfriend, but one or two highlights a man who wants a woman. In Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover, Sarah assists Valerie with a poor self-image. Valerie is a bit heavy, shy, and insecure. Sarah adds 50 pounds to her petite frame, assumes a mortal image, and becomes Valerie’s roommate. Together they learn about gyms, workouts, and nutrition. Sarah knows nothing about human anatomy, makeup, clothes, or hairstyles. The adventures she gives Valerie will make you laugh.
How did you choose the title of your book?
My original title was, Sarah and the Magical Makeover, but since the book is Christian, the publisher wanted to add Angelic to the title. It was a good suggestion. My books are fantasy, inspirational, and humorous. Sarah is a sweetheart, and she has nothing to do with the dark side. The publisher thought the word magical might make the reader think of witches.
How can a dyslexic, low-esteemed, inexperienced angel help Valerie, an insecure, overweight woman with a poor image of herself? To complicate matters, two men present themselves as possible mates for Valerie, but only one is the real deal. Can Sarah achieve a makeover while discovering the true love for Valerie?
Is there a message in this novel, you want readers to grasp?
My message in Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover is that God loves us in spite of skin color, body size, gender, occupation, or social status. We shouldn’t allow negative thoughts to live in our minds and disturb our lives. We’re important to God, so don’t believe otherwise.
Are you working on a new project you can tell us about it?
A Christmas Fantasy: Sarah Helps Santa. This Christmas novella will be out in November. Boy! Did I have fun writing it. Nicholas Claus has procrastinated and must find a wife within a year to assume his father’s North Pole business. Sarah is sent to help Nick find a mate, but there are additional problems. Not only does Nick need a wife, but he also wants to relocate Santa’s operation to someplace warm—like Texas. Nick hates frigid weather and detests wearing scratchy, long-johns. The elves form a committee and attempt to thwart Nick’s plans. Sarah engages in one bedlam after another as she “helps” Nick.
Adults and kids will enjoy this fairytale. It’s laugh-out-loud funny.
Where can we find you books?
The books are available in print, eBook, and audio.
For more information, please go to http ://gaynlewis.com/
Gay would love to have you see her video trailers and become a follower of her blog.
www.facebook.com/GayNLewis and also on Twitter @GayNLewis2.
Sarah has her own Facebook page. Follow Sarah on Facebook@ Sarah Wingspand
What readers say about Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover:
I simply loved “Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover”. As with all of Gay Lewis’s books, the characters are warm, realistic, and lovable. They deal with real-life issues in a lighthearted way that left me smiling and wanting more. This is a must read!
– Carlene Havel, award-winning author of Christian romance and historical novels.
Angel Sarah delights the reader as she relishes in human experiences, especially the girl-stuff, such as make-up, and fitness training. All the while she’s accomplishing a much greater mission—healing a wounded soul. Of course, she’s up to her usual match-making, but this time she also has to figure out which guy’s the right one for her charge. Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover warms the reader’s heart while it entertains
—Gail Pallotta, a Grace Awards finalist and a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner.
Gay N. Lewis delivers a powerful message brought to the reader by an adorable, bumbling angel, Sarah. While the misadventures of Sarah keep it light, the underlying story covers many areas where mortals stumble.
-- Victoria Pitts Caine, award winning novelist.
Gay Lewis’ dyslectic angel Sarah series captured my heart a number of books ago as this author shows how much God loves us, and how involved angelic forces are involved in ministering to His people.
Sarah’s new assignment, in Texas of course, shows us a maturing Sarah, still a mite zany and doubting her ability to carry out the Commander’s assignment to rescue this young woman who has lost faith in everything, especially herself. Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover is an inspiring and delightful read.
An intriguing love story develops as Sarah helps Valerie comprehend the enormity of her worth and God’s love for her.
--DiAne Gates, author of the award-winning novels: Roped and Twisted and freelance writer for Crosswalk.com.
Gay admits she’s not a very good baker and says, “My church members never ask me to bring a dish or help with the kitchen details... I need a no-fail go-to-church casserole dish.”
Let's help Gay out! Pictured is her attempt at making bread.
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We're half-way through September. Fall is fast approaching.
Soon the trees will display an array of beautiful autumn colors. Before you get busy enjoying the change of the season check out, A Harvest of Blessing, by June Foster.
Even the title fits the approaching season.
June shares with us how this wonderful book, full of hope came about.
How the Story Came About
A Harvest of Blessing was inspired by a real life couple my husband and I met in Pensacola, Florida. Several years ago we were traveling and living in our RV full time. Since my husband is retired army, we generally stayed on military posts in their RV parks. This year we stayed at Pensacola Naval Air Station and attended the military chapel.
One Sunday we got to talking to a great couple and wound up going to lunch with them after church. Their story amazed me. They were both visiting the graves of their dead spouses when they met. They even pointed out the graveyard as we passed on the way to lunch.
Cupid went to work, and they eventually married. Their story has been on my mind for several years, and I finally got the chance to tell it in A Harvest of Blessing where my hero and heroine who're in their mid fifties meet in a graveyard. But that's where the similarity ends. I deviated from the real couple and made Nadia's husband a jerk and Jared's daughter an obstacle between the two of them.
About A Harvest of Blessing
If there's one thing Nadia Maguire knows, Jon Maguire robbed her of a godly marriage and left her in financial ruin. The night he was killed in an accident, guilt threatened to suffocate her. She wasn't sorry he died.
When Nadia accidentally sits on a stranger's lap in the graveyard where Jon is buried, she's horrified to learn the good-looking guy with salt and pepper hair is her new boss.
Jared Abrams is a widower who longs to move on. He's intrigued by the beautiful woman who puts God first in her life. But as their friendship grows, an unexpected obstacle separates them—his daughter Sarah. No one can replace her mother. Especially not Nadia Maguire whose son harmed her in high school.
If Nadia can't find the funds to get her house ready to sell, she'll have to balance two jobs with no time left to nurture a relationship with the man she loves. Will she and Jared find a Harvest of Blessings, or a season of drought?
A Harvest of Blessing
After the death of her husband, Nadia Maguire never expects to meet handsome Jared Abrams in the cemetery where she visits her dead spouse's grave. Though she falls for the handsome bank president, his daughter hurls a wedge between them. Will her life be a harvest of blessings or a season of drought?
When bank president Jared Abrams falls in love with one of his tellers, Jared's daughter does everything in her power to keep them apart. Will he reap a harvest of blessings or a season of drought?
Getting closer to the last step on the stairs of life, makes you appreciate the little things that come your way
Like a bouquet of flowers.
which transforms a frown into a smile, and adds a rainbow to an emotional cloud.
These simple wildflowers made my day. Hubby has a habit of surprising me with little acts of kindness, that cost nothing, but mean a lot.
I enjoyed the beautiful cluster of God's creation. A reminder of the joy that waits for His children when reach the final step.
I also welcome the smile hubbly holds when he presents me with a token of love, either from the yard, or the wooded area at home.
Thank you to readers
I also want to thank the readers. I know I've mentioned it before, but appreciation bears repeating. I'm grateful to everyone who reads my inspirations. As with many Amazon authors, I'm a drop in a big pool of writers.
As a reader picking up a book, or opening an eBook is a simple thing, but a writer appreciates being able to share their story.
A few months back I received an email in my public author account that mentioned a reader nominated Escape to Big Fork Lake, to Top Shelf Magazine for the Religious fiction category. Recently, I was sent another email which says,
"We had a staggering 1,023 entries in the 2018 Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, and your book Escape to Big Fork Lake has been selected as a Finalist in the category of Religious Fiction!"
Top Shelf Magazine is new to me, but I'm glad to be counted a finalist among authors. And very grateful to readers, who enjoy
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