It’s my pleasure to host Lisa Jordan, one of the sweetest, most generous people I know. I’m joining her in celebrating the release of her debut novel, Lakeside Reunion, which will be released in November by Love Inspired.
Home and family have always been important to Lisa, so writing stories that feature both comes naturally to her. Happily married for over twenty years, Lisa and her husband raised two sons who are now young adults. In addition to caring for her own family, she opens her arms—and her heart—to others’ children on a daily basis. She’s worked as an in-home childcare provider the past 14 years, a job she not only loves but one that gives her hands-on experience, which enables her to add realistic and yet adorable children to her stories of life and love in small towns like hers.
When she isn’t writing or caring for children, Lisa enjoys family time, romantic comedies, good books and crafting with friends.
OK, now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s have some fun learning more about Lisa. . .
Keli: You and your hubby will celebrate 22 years of marriage on the 30th of this month, but you don’t have wedding pictures to pore over since you eloped. What was the reaction of your families at the time, and how are things now? Do you have plans for a couple in one of your romances to elope? Why or why not?
Lisa: We don’t have formal photos of our day, but we do have pictures taken by the judge’s aide while the ceremony was being performed—I wore peach, and Hubby wore gray. We dated for 18 months long distance while he was in the USMC, stationed 6 hours from me. Then he received orders to a new duty station that was 16 hours away. We didn’t see each other for almost 5 months and couldn’t be that far apart anymore, so we decided I would move down to where he was stationed. His father said, “And you two will get married.” We were married three weeks later. We wanted a church wedding, but trying to plan it around his military schedule was a challenge. We are talking about renewing our vows in 3 years, so I may get my church “wedding” after all. My family adores Hubby. I get along well with his family, too.
I haven’t considered having one of my couples elope, but that’s always a possibility. As a romantic, I always longed for the white gown and church wedding. I’d hate to deprive my fictional brides of their dream wedding, but there may be one who wants to run away and get married.
Keli: You spend much of your day with your Little Darlings, as you call the children for whom you provide care. No doubt they are a source of amusement and inspiration. Have any of their antics or cute sayings worked their way into your stories?
Lisa: During our group time where we do our daily calendar, weather, music, etc, I had to tell one of my Little Darlings to please stop licking his feet. Never a dull moment around my house. I’m sure those sayings or antics will crop up in my stories. Working with children helps me to write children the way they sound and act.
Keli: In your bio you mention enjoying crafts. What are some of your favorites?
Lisa: When I have time, I love to scrapbook and make cards. My mom taught me to crochet and sew when I was a child, so I’ve been doing those for years. Two years ago I taught myself how to knit. Now I’m getting into repurposing old furniture. I have a “Creative Therapy” nook in my basement, but I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend down there.
Keli: If we were to peek in your bedroom closet, what would we learn about you?
Lisa: For both our sakes, I wouldn’t want you to look in my closet, especially once you caught a peek of the new toilet in a box waiting to be installed in our master bathroom. You’d learn I love purses. Shopping for shoes is not a joy to me, but I sure can get lost in the purse racks. You’d also realize I need a bigger, better-organized closet.
Keli: Fall has arrived for many of us. What are your favorite aspects of this season?
Lisa: Two words—pumpkin doughnuts. One of our local grocery stores has the best bakery that makes pumpkin doughnuts that melt in your mouth. In my part of the country, the hillsides are ablaze with an explosion of color—crimson, gold, orange leaves. September and October are my favorite months of the year because we were married in October, and both of our boys were born in October and September, respectively. During this season of thanksgiving, I’m so thankful for those three blessings in my life.
Keli: Thanks for your great answers, Lisa. A vow renewal for your 25th wedding anniversary sounds like a wonderful plan. I enjoy making cards and scrapbooking, too, but have done little of either since I began writing. I’m impressed that you work full-time, write, and still find time for your crafts. I share your passion for purses as well. One of my favorite shopping trips involves a stop at the Coach store where I drool my way through it admiring the new handbags.
Lisa’s Question for You
In Lakeside Reunion, Lindsey returns to her hometown after being away for five years. Have you moved away from where you grew up? Have you gone back? What have you learned about yourself in that time span?
Enter Lisa’s Drawing
Lakeside Reunion Scavenger Hunt
• Download the Lakeside Reunion Blog Hop Scavenger Hunt Form.
• Visit the blogs listed in the table during their corresponding dates.
• Read through the blog post and find the token mentioned within the text of the post.
• Fill out the form.
• Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. EST November 30, 2011.
• Entries with the most correct tokens will submitted into a random drawing, using www.randomizer.org. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble e-gift card.
• Odds of winning depend on the number of participants.
Share your favorite lakeside photo
• Submit your favorite lake photo by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 31, 2011.
• All submitted photos will run on a slideshow on my site and be posted on my Facebook author page.
• Readers may vote for their favorite photo.
• The winner will receive a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble e-gift card.
• Photos must be original, taken by the person who submits it.
• No private information about entrant’s identity will be shared.
• All blog commenters will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:
* Grand Prize: Breakfast Basket Giveaway—pancake mix, syrup, blueberry muffin mix, Starbucks coffee, assorted teas, mug, and an autographed copy of Lakeside Reunion.
* Second Prize: Love Inspired Authors basket—autographed copy of Lakeside Reunion & 4 December Love Inspired novels along with a mug of assorted teas, coffees, and hot chocolates.
* Third-Tenth Prizes—one autographed copy of Lakeside Reunion.
• With the exception of the lakeside photo contest, all winners will be selected using the number generator at www.randomizer.org.
• All contests begin at 12:01 a.m. EST on October 18, 2011 and end at 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2011.
• Contests participants must be at least 18 years old by October 18, 2011.
• Contest participation is limited to U.S. residents only.
• No purchase necessary to participate.
• The odds of winning are dependent on the number of participants.
• Winners will be contacted via email by Sunday, December 4. Winners have one week to respond to prize notification. If a winner has not contacted me by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 11, 2011, another winner will be chosen. Prizes that need to be mailed will be mailed via USPS within one week of contest closing.
• Winners will be posted on my blog on Monday, December 5.
Your token for Keli’s blog is a maple leaf.
Learn About Lakeside Reunion
Bed-and-breakfast owner Lindsey Porter prays she won’t run into Stephen Chase when she returns to Shelby Lake.
Five years ago, the cop jilted her to marry another woman, and Lindsey fled town. But no sooner does she hit city limits than Stephen pulls her over for a broken taillight. Despite the past, he’s still able to stir up Lindsey’s old feelings for him. Now a widower and single dad, Stephen recognizes a second chance when he sees one. And he’ll do anything to make Lindsey trust in God and take a risk for love—again.
Read an excerpt of Lakeside Reunion.
To learn more about Lisa and her writing, visit her website at www.lisajordanbooks.com.
Oh my goodness! Lisa, I met you and you honestly do NOT look old enough to have been married 22 years. Yikes!! lol
What a romantic story though. 🙂
LOL, Jessica, sweeties like you feed my ego! Jim Rubart says writers need to shock the broca. My broca shocker is my age. While at ACFW, many jaws dropped when people learned how old I actually am.
Woohoo! I’m so excited about your book, Lisa. I love pumpkin donuts, especially from Dunkin! Yummy!
Loved the interview and I think it’s really cool you’re doing a scavenger hunt! 🙂 I love those.
Jess, I haven’t had Dunkin’s yet,but maybe a road trip is in order. S glad you like the scavenger hunt. I was a little concerned people would think it was dorky. I just wanted to do something a little different!
Well, this beautiful book is definitely on my go-buy list now! And I found this interview on Facebook, if you were wondering. Congratulations on your debut! 🙂
Gillian, thank you! I’m so glad you stopped by after finding the interview on Facebook!
I lived in Madison, WI for seven years, where I went to college, met my hubs, and got married. We moved back to the good ol’ state of Iowa when we decided to have kids so we could be by my family. So yep! I’ve moved away and I’ve come back. 🙂
Katie, we did the same thing. I moved to SC to marry Hubby, then we moved home to raise our family near our own. For me, there’s no place like home.
I agree with Jessica…You don’t look old enough to have been married 22 years! 🙂 Congratulations on your book release, Lisa!
Thanks, Sarah! Apparently God gifted me with a youthful gene. 🙂
Can’t wait for my turn to interview you, Lisa. So cool to see you celebrated here. I’ve always wanted to be more gifted at making cards.
Wendy, I’m excited to be your guest soon. Card making takes patience and practice. It’s great therapy for me!!
Lisa, I loved your interview, the sound of your voice and the tenor of Lakeside Reunion. The story of going back to where we began is always a strong magnet for any of us who left home to start a new life withoug the familiar … family, friends and the sights we once loved. I look forward to reading more about your story 🙂 Ah yes, a September baby, I love the colors and the moods of this time of year.
Florence, thanks so much for your sweet words! I just visited your blog, which looks fascinating. I plan to be a regular reader!
It’s true, it’s true, Keli, Lisa is one of the sweetest, most generous people you’ll ever meet!
And her novel is a wonderful read–from dedication to “The End!”
I married a military guy (like Lisa) so I’ve wandered far-afield from where I grew up–and returned home many times through the years. I’ve learned the adage is true: Home is where the Air Force (or Army/Navy/Marines) sends you!”
Beth, you are so kind. I’m so thankful for your hand in helping me shape LR into a publishable novel.
I’m making a sign to hang over my kitchen sink that will read, “Home is where you hang your heart.” That’s also the tagline for an upcoming novel. Being in the military or married to a service person does send you around the world to create many different homes.
Lisa!!! I never knew you eloped. Cool story 🙂 Looking forward to the fictional one, too.
Sandra, it’s always fun to learn new things about our friends, isn’t it? I hope you like Lakeside Reunion when you get a chance to read it. 🙂
Congrats, Lisa, on the book! I went away to South Carolina to go to school, then moved back to Kentucky, but since college and marriage, I’ve never lived back in my small KY hometown. I visit my parents there quite often, and every time I enter that town I realize the small things about myself that have changed so much. Still love that place, but I’ve grown differently than many of my friends that still live there.
I think it’s super cool that you eloped! There’s always a story with a couple who elopes.
Heather, where did you got to school in South Carolina? I hear you about growing differently than many of your friends. I feel the same way, even though I don’t live too far from where I grew up.
“Shopping for shoes is not a joy to me, but I sure can get lost in the purse racks.”
And yet another reason we’re kindred spirits, Lisa!
Also, the thought of pumpkin donuts makes this morning’s oatmeal feel pathetic.
And to answer the question, I don’t live too far from where I grew up – just an hour – though I did spend four years of college and then three subsequent years 3.5 hours away. Well, and five months in London. 🙂 My home is most definitely where my family is…but my definition of family has certainly expanded over the years, especially during that time in London when I bonded so, so quickly with friends there. My family-family gets special placement in my heart, but friends-like-family can make even a city an ocean away feel like home. (Can’t wait til heaven when all the people love get to call the same place home!!)
MTagg, I love your outlook on home. When we were away from home, my friends filled that void, but coming home was always the best.
I try to stay away from doughnuts, but I think I could eat my weight in pumpkin doughnuts in October.
Yay! So excited for you, Lisa. Congratulations on your debut release.
I have moved away from home. I still miss some things about Kansas, but I’m a Minnesotan now. 🙂
Thanks, Erica! Some of my favorite people are Minnesotans! And I’ll always remember Rose Nyland’ St. Olaf stories from The Golden Girls.
Congrats on 22 years–you must have really been a child bride, Lisa! And congratulations on your fabulous book debut!
I really liked Keli’s closet question. The toilet in a box still has me snickering. 🙂
When I was in sixth grade, I had to leave my childhood home due to my father’s job transfer. At the time, I found it devastating. It was a smallish town where everyone knew everyone and it was really tough for me to leave such a wonderful place with equally wonderful memories. Though the little town changed over the years, and I’m happy with my little neck of the woods now, I still miss the sleepy, little town I knew as “home”.
Thanks, Keli, for a wonderful peak into Lisa’s fascinating life!
Thanks, Cynthia. When Keli asked the closet question, I almost overlooked the toilet, but hey, sometimes you just gotta be transparent. So glad you’re still snickering. 🙂
Awesome interview ladies!
Lisa my five year old is always biting her toenails! I can’t seem to convince that it’s not at all lady like behavior:)
Love idea for a scavenger hunt too.
Tamika, hopefully she’ll outgrow that habit! I’m glad you like the idea of the scavenger hunt. Thanks for visiting!
Serioulsy? Married 22 years? You look so YOUNG!! Of course, having Little Darlings who lick their feet keep you young at heart, indeed. Thanks so much for your wonderful interview, Lisa. And Keli, thanks for hosting this wonderful writer!
Thanks, Donna! You are such an encourager! You’re always welcome to tell me how young I look. 😀 Good genes. Those Little Darlings make me feel about 80 by the time their parents pick them up by 4 p.m.
LOVE the idea of your creative therapy nook! i consider that my office…little play doh creatures and figures, colored mandalas, spirographs….and i get PAID for it. can’t beat that! it was great to get to know you better with this interview! congrats again on LAKESIDE REUNION!!!
Thanks, Jeannie! I wish I had more time to spend in my creative therapy nook. I have enough supplies to outfit a small craft shop. In a couple of weeks, I’m going to schedule time to be down there to prepare for Christmas gifts.
Great to meet you, Lisa! Yay, a fellow military wife!
I moved away from home to go to law school. It was one of the best things that I could ever do for myself. In Washington, D.C., I learned so much about culture, food, politics, and living on my own. God used it to prepare me for the deployment that my husband and I are going through now. Best of all, living in the Mid-Atlantic region allowed me to meet my husband!
Nice meeting you too, Brandi! Thanks for stopping by! I’m a former military wife. If there’s not such thing as ex-military, then I say there’s no such thing as ex-military wife. Hubby was stationed for 3 years outside of D.C. That area is dear to my heart. I’ll be praying your hubby’s deployment will be safe and brief!
What a fun interview. Being around kids definitely makes you say things you never thought you’d have to say, doesn’t it? I loved reading about your elopement…but now I have a pumpkin doughnut craving!
Thanks, Cynthia. I’ve been craving pumpkin doughnuts all week, but I haven’t made it to the bakery. My waistline probably thanks me. 🙂
Lisa, what a wonderful story! I’m with Cynthia, I’m craving pumpkin now!
Thanks, Sherri! Hubby brought home some pumpkin muffins from a friend. YUM! Fall and pumpkins definitely go hand in hand.
I loved this opportunity to be introduced to another author, Keli. Congrats, Lisa, on your debut novel. It sounds wonderful. I laughed at your weakness for purses. I love them, too, but for some reason my most recent one was a Christmas gift from my DH about five years ago! I think I must be entitled to go purse shopping soon. 😉 I’m sorry I can’t participate in your contest (I’m in Canada) because I have some photos I’d share of my favourite lakeside retreat. I’ll keep an eye out for Lakeside Reunion.
Thank you, Carol. I think every woman deserves to go purse shopping at least once a year! I did US residents only for the contests because I was concerned about contest laws outside of the US. I’m checking into it and may be able to change to include Canada. I’ll let you know. I’d love to see your photos.
Lisa, I’m so glad to learn more about you through one of Keli’s excellent interviews! Love the toilet in the closet…you should see our garage. 🙂 And congrats on the upcoming release of your debut!
Thanks, Rosslyn! I’m hoping the toilet will be installed soon so I can use that space for something more important!
Happy early Anniversary, Lisa. Congratulations on 22 years (but you do look way too young, I must agree with a few others here), and on your debut novel. Since I’m Canadian, I cannot participate but I do look forward to seeing the photo contest. Great idea!!
Thanks, Lynn! I may be able to change the contest rules to include Canada, so I’ll be sure to let you know.
Congrats on your book, Lisa! The cover is beautiful. Love those LI stories – especially coming back home stories!
Lisa, it’s so fun to learn more about you. 🙂 I also enjoy scrap booking and making cards. 🙂 Since I’m also married to a military man (retired now), we’ve done some moving around. We lived in, left and returned to Colorado. In my time away, we acquired to precious kiddos. I also have experienced God’s healing in areas of my life and brought those lessons back with me. Loved your post here!