All Madi Lee McCall wants is to fall madly in love again…with her husband. After a rough patch, Madi’s determined to get her marriage back on track. She’s even taking a romance class at church and getting great suggestions…that fail miserably. The distractions are plenty. She has just reentered the workplace as a health spa receptionist. Her 16-year-old daughter, Christina, is pushing the limits, and Christina’s twin, Max, has fallen hard for a girl who isn’t Madi’s picture of a perfect match for her son. Even younger daughter, Emily, is developing a teenager-ish attitude. When her mother-in-law moves in-temporarily, of course-the stress starts to drive Madi a little crazier than normal. What she wants, more than anything, is some peace among the chaos.
I’m so excited to have Lynda at Favorite Christian Books again with her second book in the “Madi” series, Madily In Love.
Thank you for joining us!
FCB: So Lynda, who or what inspires you?
Lynda: People in general inspire me. Whether it’s hearing a moving testimony or just witnessing someone’s positive outlook on life, I find inspiration to be a better person by various people I meet. A good message from my pastor, a pep talk from a friend, or a song I hear on the radio. Inspiration is everywhere. All that’s required is a heart to receive it.
FCB: What would be your dream job if you weren’t a writer?
Lynda: I would probably being doing something in the field of mental health, whether as a counselor or in research or something. Why people do what they do fascinates me and I love learning about human behavior. I’m constantly analyzing people and my husband is always telling me I should have been a psychologist. He’s probably right. In writing, I think this helps me in character development.
Or an ice cream tester. Now that would be a dream job.
FCB: What do you want readers to take away from reading Madily in Love?
Lynda: Although this book has to do with the importance (and fun) of adding romance to marriage, the main thing I hope readers can take away is that even though life seems unmanageable, disorderly, and chaotic, God is always in control. One of the recurring phrases throughout the book—as mentioned by Madi’s counselor—is “Embrace this place.” In other words, no matter what you’re going through, recognize that it won’t last forever. And down the road, you might just look back and see just how that “unbearable” season was essential in moving you to a place of growth and necessary change.
FCB: Who has encouraged you most on your writing journey?
Lynda: Definitely my mom. She has always believed in me and encouraged me in my gift. Professionally, one of my greatest earlier cheerleaders was Deb Porter, administrator for FaithWriters.com. From the moment I joined FaithWriters in 2004, Deb spoke blessings and positivity into my life and motivated me more than she’ll probably ever know. Another organization that has blessed me so much is ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). Joining was the best thing I’ve done for my writing career. A big shout-out to my fabulous critique partner, Susan Miura, who has become a wonderful friend. And another shout-out to Diane Loew, one of my besties here at home, who encourages me, supports me, and brags about me to everyone she meets.
FCB: Finally, why not take a moment to brag about your family:
Lynda: I’ve been married to Rob for over twenty-four years. He works for a dairy company (yes, that means free ice cream sometimes!) and is an all-around great guy. We have two teenagers, who both inherited my creative gene and love of reading. Zach is 18 and graduated from high school last spring. He’s taking a year off to work, but will attend college next fall. My daughter Lyndsey is a sophomore and plays the cymbals in the high school marching band drum line. She is a social butterfly and hopes to go into special education.
FCB: Thanks so much Lynda! It’s great to get to know you better and Madi. If you want to learn more about Lynda you can check her out at:
Her blog with various writing and reading-related material at www.on-the-write-track.blogspot.com
Once again Lynda Schab delights readers with a story that’s just a little too close to real life for comfort. This story begins about four months after the first book ends. Madi has a new job, her mother-in-law is still living with them, her twin teenagers are being teenagers and she desperately wants to reconnect romantically with her husband. Of course, for Madi nothing goes quite the way she plans.
One of the things I enjoyed about this story is not only is it funny, it reflects real life. As I read the different things that happened to Madi I could see those things happening in my life or the lives of some of my friends. (Should I just admit some of those things have happened to me?!?) But I also saw some of the attitudes toward myself, my family and others reflected in Madi.
If you are looking for a story that will make you laugh, this is a book for you. If you want a story that will make you laugh and reflect on your own life, then this is a must read.
I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book, I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
The Give Away
You have the opportunity to win a copy of this book, leave a comment with your state. I’ll pick a winner on Black Friday at 9:00 pm PST. Give Away open to U.S. residents 18 years old or older.