Sunday, February 27, 2011

Author Leanna Ellis ~ Cover My Shift #2

SUNDAY March 6 89:13 AM ~ Congratulations to our giveaway winner: Lelia!
And, once again, thank you Leanna for "covering my shift," and to all of my readers for leaving comments.

Today, I'm excited to have fabulous women's fiction author Leanna Ellis "cover my shift." Even if we didn't share an agent and a mutual tendency toward giggle-fits, I'd be nuts about Leanna because of her work: funny, quirky, imaginative, and heart-tugging stories . . . how can you not love the title of her debut inspirational novel: Elvis Takes a Back Seat? I was hooked! And then she reeled me in with Lookin' Back Texas, Ruby Slippers, Once in a Blue Moon, and today's giveaway book: Facelift:

In life and love, we could all stand a few nips and tucks . . .

Kaye Redmond, a "can do" kind of woman, has the magical touch when it comes to staging houses to attract buyers. Her ability to make things "perfect" has served her well in her career. If only it could transform her personal life as well. With a failed marriage, an angry teenage daughter, and an ex-mother-in-law who is no fairy godmother, Kaye's life is about as imperfect as it gets.

But sometimes blessings come in the strangest packages. Like her ex-mother-in-law landing on Kaye's doorstep after a botched facelift. Could caring for the impossible woman help Kaye get what she wants most: her husband back? Isn't that what God would want? And what her daughter needs? But no fairy princess ever faced such obstacles: an ex-husband's surgically enhanced mistress, hormonal teenagers, and--worst of all--an extra handsome prince! How's a woman supposed to find happily-ever-after with all that going on?

Check this Amazon page to see a wonderful book trailer for Facelift.
And you're more than welcome to visit Leanna at her Facebook Page as well--always something fun happening there!

Here's Leanna's brief biography from the back of the book:

"Leanna Ellis, formerly known as Leanna Wilson, has sold more than one million books and been published in more than twenty countries. A recipient of the Reader's Choice Award, she lives with her family in Texas."

And now, here's a note from my friend Leanna, just for you:

What an honor to step in for Candace today! Thanks, Candace, for trusting and inviting me here and thanks to her readers for giving me a precious moment of their time. Thankfully, this duty doesn’t require knowledge of stethoscopes, I.V.’s or surgical procedures, because the sight of blood, the smell of antiseptic and the sound of others in pain are things I try to avoid. I can tell you that Candace is wonderful and nurturing and she would be my first choice for a nurse, but if you’re sick you really don’t want me around.

So, what do Candace and I have in common besides writing? When I think of Candace and the times we have spent together, I always think of laughter. We love to laugh. Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” When I’m with Candace I get my monthly quota of laughter. Although Candace usually writes with drama and angst, I often have humor infused in my writing. Even when I write about deep, serious subjects, I just can’t seem to go for too long without some sort of humor. Right now, I’m writing an Amish/vampire book. Yes, you read that correctly. Okay, I’ll wait while you stop laughing. Go ahead get it all out. Finished? Yes, it’s true, I really am writing an Amish/vampire book called Forsaken and a publisher has even bought it. It’s actually a serious book in that it’s a story about good versus evil and it’s a bit darker than my last few books but I totally loved writing it. Still, I couldn’t help but add touches of humor, and since I have one major character that is Cajun it was easy for him to see things in his own unique way.

Another thing Candace and I have in common is food. We love food. She loves to cook, and I love to eat. Even though I have learned to make Paula Deen’s beef stroganoff, which I must say is yummy, I am not much of a cook. But Candace… oh boy! She writes on her Facebook page what she’s cooking each night, and she has a knack for making it sound delicious. One night, I’m gonna show up on her doorstep in time for dinner!

One last thing Candace and I have in common is our love for animals. Last year I interviewed Candace on my blog and also interviewed her horse! I often write about my personal adventures with my crazy labradoodle, which we have affectionately named the Hilo Monster. Hilo was very helpful in the days after my father’s death when I could not write and was needing to put words on the page for my book Facelift. Those were dark days for me. But Hilo was not quite a year old and she was into everything. This dog has eaten over eight pairs of eyeglasses, so many pens I lost count, nine spicy chicken wings (bones included), half a turkey, a bunch of grapes, a chocolate Easter bunny (foil wrapper included) and who knows what else. She regularly jumps on my dining room table. Obviously she does not obey well, but quite frankly she makes me laugh. So I began writing about her and she burrowed her way into my novel and not only helped me write Facelift but also helped my heroine loosen up a bit. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” And maybe that laughter and healing is what Candace and I have in common the most. May you find some laughter today and true healing through our Lord and savior.

Thanks for joining me here today, and thanks, Candace, for not making me don scrubs or a stethoscope because I much prefer my writing outfit: pjs and houseshoes.

Ah, thank you, Leanna--and you are welcome at my table any time.

And, now: Let's have book giveaway!

Leave a comment below, for a chance at a signed copy of FaceLift. Be sure to leave an e-mail address so that I can contact you.
I'll draw the winning name on Sunday, March 6th.

Good luck to everyone!


Wendy said...

Sounds like a funny book. I have been wanting to read it. Thanks for offering it.

Anonymous said...

I loved "Elvis Takes a Back Seat" and would really like to win "Facelift". Always need a good book & good laugh!

Beth said...

you books sound awesome! Would love to read your books!!

Sally said...

Sounds like a fun book. And I'm intrigued by the Amish/vampire mix!

Anonymous said...

I love books that make me laugh. Sounds like a great book and I would love to read it.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read! And it was interesting learning more about you as well.

KathyT said...

How fun! I love to laugh too and really enjoy the humor in your books, Candace! I laughed a lot while reading Elvis Takes a Backseat and I hope for a chance to read Facelift and Leanna's other books too. I also LOVE to cook so if you're ever in Japan, feel free to drop by for a visit and I would take delight in serving you!

Stacy said...

I love the Amish, vampires, and Paula Deen! Great blog post.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try a new author. Reading is my favorite way to relax. Sounds like an interesting sense of humor you have.

Edwina said...

This book sounds great and I would love to read it!


Leanna Ellis said...

Hey, y'all! Thanks so much for the wonderful comments! I so appreciate those of you who have already read some of my books and the nice comments, and I hope those who haven't will check them out. If you're on Facebook, please look me up and 'friend' me! If you're interested in my e-newsletter and information about my upcoming Amish/vampire book, you can find that link on my website at: Also, if you join my e-newsletter and leave your snail mail address I'll send you something in the mail! Hope y'all have a great day!

And hi, Candace! Thanks again for having me here.



lelia said...

This sounds interesting.
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Melinda Lancaster said...

I loved "Elvis Takes a Back Seat" too. If, I'm fortunate enough to win, I'm sure I'd enjoy "Facelift."

I'm thankful for the gifts that God has given to both of you and the friendship that you share.


CandaceCalvert said...

Moved from incorrect comment space:

I'm thinking I better start reading Leanna Elli's books to fill the time until your next series comes out. Thx for sharing your friend and fellow writer with us!



Jordan C said...

Sounds awesome!!!!

Sandra Heska King said...

I love food and animals and laughing!

And I definitely remember the horse interview.

I'd love this book. :)

Unknown said...

Somehow this novel bypassed me, so I'd love to win!

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Laura said...

Neat! Count me in!

Jordyn Redwood said...

I wish I could have dinner at Candance's house with Leanna and the Hilo Monster!

Sounds like it would be a fun evening.

CandaceCalvert said...

Thank you all for your comments, I so enjoyed reading them!
Congratulations to our drawing winner: Lelia!