It is my great pleasure to have the author of Facelift, Leanna Ellis.
When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what BiblicalÂ character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Hi, Holly! Thanks so much for having me here! I will love talkingÂ with the Apostle John to hear about all of his experiences withÂ Jesus while Jesus was here on earth. I will also really like talkingÂ to Esther because she was an incredibly brave woman. And I willÂ also like to talk to Daniel and his three cohorts. Oh the storiesÂ they all have to tell!
What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Iâ€™m not sure. My mind will be bubbling with all sorts of questions.Â But I just want to get them talking and hear their manyÂ incredible stories first hand. I love stories and canâ€™t wait to hearÂ all of the wonderful tales that werenâ€™t put into the bible.
When you were a little girl what did you want to be when youÂ grew up?
A dancer. I loved to dance. I danced all the time.Â My mother used to tell me to stop when Iâ€™d be grooving in theÂ grocery store. Come to think of it, my daughter recently told meÂ the same thing. J My best friend and I used to make up dancesÂ and perform them for our families. I also loved choreography. IÂ loved creating shows. For a while during high school and college,Â I taught dance and loved choreographing the dances. ButÂ honestly, I wasnâ€™t too keen about being on stage. My daughter isÂ the opposite. She loves to be on stage. She is very comfortableÂ there. She was just cast as Annie in ANNIE and Iâ€™m having lots ofÂ fun watching her and the behind the stage production. Boy is it aÂ production! And because of my background Iâ€™m really having funÂ watching it allâ€¦and yet so grateful I donâ€™t have to memorize allÂ of those lines or perform them!
Of all the characters you’ve written which one would be your Â favorite? and why?
Oh, thatâ€™s a hard question. All of my characters are like childrenÂ to me. How do you pick your favorite? I probably categorizeÂ my characters. So I have favorite funny characters, like AuntÂ Rae who reminded me of my Aunt Dot in ELVIS TAKES A BACKÂ SEAT, Suzanneâ€™s mother in LOOKINâ€™ BACK, TEXAS who alwaysÂ surprised me with what she did, the wicked sister in RUBYâ€™SÂ SLIPPERS who was fascinating to me on so many levels, HowardÂ in ONCE IN A BLUE MOON who was one of those surprisingÂ characters and a lot of fun to write about, the crazy mother-in-law and even crazier dog in FACELIFT. Oh, man! All ofÂ them were such fun to write! Then, of course, I have favoriteÂ heroesâ€¦okay, well, all of my heroes come to mind! And then myÂ heroinesâ€¦probably my favorite would beâ€¦no, Iâ€™m sorry, I justÂ cannot choose. Going on their heart journeys with them, Iâ€™veÂ learned so much and so each is very special to me. WheneverÂ Iâ€™m writing them, they are my favorites! So my current favorite isÂ probably for the Amish/vampire story Iâ€™m writing. Â (Amish/Vampire!?!?!?!? Â Oh I have GOT to read this one!)
We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what adviceÂ would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading andÂ writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Just have fun reading! There are so many wonderful books outÂ there. But not every book is for every reviewer. If you donâ€™t likeÂ a particular book, then it may not be that the book is bad. ItÂ may just not be a book for you. Sort of like, youâ€™re not going toÂ want to be friends with everyone you meet. But then youâ€™ll meetÂ someone and you will click and suddenly you have a new bestÂ friend! To me, itâ€™s the same with books. Sometimes we click,Â sometimes we donâ€™t. And words are powerful. If someone slamsÂ a book, those words can crush a writerâ€™s spirit. Writers pour theirÂ hearts into their books and even though we develop a thick skinÂ in this business we can so easily be wounded by harsh words thatÂ donâ€™t necessarily analyze but aim to cause injury. Just by theÂ fact that you are asking this question, I would imagine you donâ€™tÂ do that. Iâ€™ve actually been blessed in most of my reviews, andÂ Iâ€™m very grateful to all the reviewers out there who help to getÂ the word out about my books and others. Weâ€™re actually a team,Â trying to share our love of books with others.
Thanks Leanna! Â I realize my question about who you would like to meet is a little unfair. Â 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 donâ€™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!!! Â http://tinyurl.com/244dqvh
Leanna has been gracious and offered 2 of her books for giveaways. Â 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. Â HOWEVER, visit Leanna website atÂ 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. Â 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.