It is my great pleasure to have the author of Facelift, Leanna Ellis.
When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Hi, Holly! Thanks so much for having me here! I will love talking with the Apostle John to hear about all of his experiences with Jesus while Jesus was here on earth. I will also really like talking to Esther because she was an incredibly brave woman. And I will also like to talk to Daniel and his three cohorts. Oh the stories they all have to tell!
What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
I’m not sure. My mind will be bubbling with all sorts of questions. But I just want to get them talking and hear their many incredible stories first hand. I love stories and can’t wait to hear all of the wonderful tales that weren’t put into the bible.
When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
A dancer. I loved to dance. I danced all the time. My mother used to tell me to stop when I’d be grooving in the grocery store. Come to think of it, my daughter recently told me the same thing. J My best friend and I used to make up dances and perform them for our families. I also loved choreography. I loved creating shows. For a while during high school and college, I taught dance and loved choreographing the dances. But honestly, I wasn’t too keen about being on stage. My daughter is the opposite. She loves to be on stage. She is very comfortable there. She was just cast as Annie in ANNIE and I’m having lots of fun watching her and the behind the stage production. Boy is it a production! And because of my background I’m really having fun watching it all…and yet so grateful I don’t have to memorize all of those lines or perform them!
Of all the characters you’ve written which one would be your favorite? and why?
Oh, that’s a hard question. All of my characters are like children to me. How do you pick your favorite? I probably categorize my characters. So I have favorite funny characters, like Aunt Rae who reminded me of my Aunt Dot in ELVIS TAKES A BACK SEAT, Suzanne’s mother in LOOKIN’ BACK, TEXAS who always surprised me with what she did, the wicked sister in RUBY’S SLIPPERS who was fascinating to me on so many levels, Howard in ONCE IN A BLUE MOON who was one of those surprising characters and a lot of fun to write about, the crazy mother-in-law and even crazier dog in FACELIFT. Oh, man! All of them were such fun to write! Then, of course, I have favorite heroes…okay, well, all of my heroes come to mind! And then my heroines…probably my favorite would be…no, I’m sorry, I just cannot choose. Going on their heart journeys with them, I’ve learned so much and so each is very special to me. Whenever I’m writing them, they are my favorites! So my current favorite is probably for the Amish/vampire story I’m writing. (Amish/Vampire!?!?!?!? Oh I have GOT to read this one!)
We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Just have fun reading! There are so many wonderful books out there. But not every book is for every reviewer. If you don’t like a particular book, then it may not be that the book is bad. It may just not be a book for you. Sort of like, you’re not going to want to be friends with everyone you meet. But then you’ll meet someone and you will click and suddenly you have a new best friend! To me, it’s the same with books. Sometimes we click, sometimes we don’t. And words are powerful. If someone slams a book, those words can crush a writer’s spirit. Writers pour their hearts into their books and even though we develop a thick skin in this business we can so easily be wounded by harsh words that don’t necessarily analyze but aim to cause injury. Just by the fact that you are asking this question, I would imagine you don’t do that. I’ve actually been blessed in most of my reviews, and I’m very grateful to all the reviewers out there who help to get the word out about my books and others. We’re actually a team, trying to share our love of books with others.
Thanks Leanna! I realize my question about who you would like to meet is a little unfair. There are so many great people from the Bible that will be so exciting to hear from them first hand.
My Review of Facelift:
When I received this book and looked at the title and read the back cover I thought, “A cuties book that will make me chuckle.” I got that and so much more.
Kaye Redmond is a single mom thanks to a husband that abandons her for “Barbie.” She believes in the sanctity of marriage vows and prays that her marriage will be restored. One morning she hears the dreaded “Imperial March” aka Darth Vadar’s theme ring tone and knows it is her critical, perfectionist, ex-mother-in-law, Marla. It seems Marla’s facelift was botched and she’s now looking for a place to stay or rather hide-out while she heals.
This is only a small part of the fun you will experience in this story. I think Cousin It is one of my favorite characters and adds a wonderful dimension to the story as she tromps through rose bushes and drags Kaye along for the ride.
Of course, there’s Jack who needs to sell his house but needs serious help to do so. Kaye’s job to prepare Jack’s very male, game room of a house into something people would want to buy. This is NO easy task!
Please don’t think this story is all laughter and fun, it contains much more as the author weaves a heart wrenching subplot of the apparent unfairness of life. Lily’s part of the story, a story too many have faced will tear at your heart.
The thing that surprised me most about this book is how it made me think about marriage. Without giving anything away, I will say it challenged my thoughts about what God may want when marriages end in divorce. It also reminded me of the importance of leaning on God. He truly is the only one that will always be there and will never leave you alone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the way it made me laugh at parts, how it tugged at my heart and made me cry, but most of all I loved how it made me think. If you are looking for a story that will touch many emotions this is a winner. Leanna Ellis’ style reminds me a little of Ginny Aiken. Lighthearted, well written, though I haven’t read a Ginny Aiken book that has dealt with the emotionally charged issues that Leanna dealt with (doesn’t mean she hasn’t written one, sadly I haven’t read all her books yet!). I look forward to reading more by Leanna Ellis.
The Good News:
Right now you can get Elvis Takes a Backseat for the Kindle FREE!!! http://tinyurl.com/244dqvh
Leanna has been gracious and offered 2 of her books for giveaways. One is Facelift her newest and the other Lookin Back Texas So leave a comment if you feel out the comment form I have your email address so you don’t need to leave it in the comment box. HOWEVER, visit Leanna website at http://www.leannaellis.com/ and share something from Leanna Bio.
On October 10 at 9:00 PM PDT I will pick a winner using www.random.org Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents, odds of winning depend on number of entrants.
Although I received this book for free, I did not receive directly from the author or the publisher. The viewpoints are strictly my own.
By Leanna Ellis / B&H Books
Single mom Kaye Redmond is a can-do woman who runs her own business. But her ready smile hides a reservoir of pain. When her ex-mother-in-law, who broke up her marriage, begs to stay with her after a botched face-lift, Kaye relents—and discovers that true healing goes deeper than tacking on a happy face. 320 pages, softcover from B&H.