Friday, August 10, 2012

PRODIGAL NIGHTS - Lisa Buffaloe - One Free Ebook

Welcome, Lisa. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I’ll admit to getting tickled after I write a scene and realize I’ve just told on myself. Grace for the Char-Baked definitely alluded to my lack of culinary skills. Fortunately, not all my characters are based on my past. After thirty-plus moves, I’ve met a wide variety of people who contribute wonderful aspects to my characters.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Years ago I was using Super Glue on a project when the phone rang. But when I went to place the phone back in the cradle (the old wall phone with cord) my fingers were stuck to the handset. Fortunately I could call for help. J A few weeks later our young son came to me with a broken toy machine gun. Once again I reached for the glue. A few squirts and the broken item was firmly reattached. But when I tried to return his toy, I found I wasn’t just stuck; the glue had melted and melded my skin to the plastic. By the time I was able to get free, my fingerprints, (complete with the top layer of epidermis) remained on what was now the coolest toy machine gun on the block.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I enjoyed writing stories as a child, but never thought of myself as a writer until my first article was published.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I adore the Bible and love books that take me deeper into God’s heart. I also enjoy suspense (Brandilyn Collins, DiAnn Mills…), or light-hearted comedic writing, and sweet stories laced with God’s truth.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Sanity? Giggling at this question. I am grateful for the verse in Deuteronomy 14:2 in the Amplified version that says we are peculiar people. On a serious note, the only way to keep my sanity is to stay as close as possible to God and His word.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Some characters seem to have their own names as I start to write. Others are carefully considered based on the manuscript and what I’m trying to convey.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Becoming a Christian. I’m abundantly grateful for God’s grace and His healing, restoring touch.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A mutt. A happy-to-be-rescued-from-the-pound dog, wagging, sticking my head out of the window as God drives me along His chosen roads.

What is your favorite food?
Salsa. Lots of heavenly salsa.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My first attempts at writing had dialogue and not much else. I was the queen of “talking heads.” Lena, you blessed me abundantly when you allowed this fledgling writer to join your critique group.

You’ve been a blessing to me as well, Lisa. Tell us about the featured book.

For two returning prodigals will the challenge to live “good” withstand the allure to be bad?

After a nasty divorce, Bethany Davis returned to college and lived up to the low standards set by gossips. Her dad’s stroke has now brought her home, and Bethany finds herself in a dilemma—how can she get beyond her past, learn to trust again, and live a “good” life?

Bethany’s father’s involvement in the defense industry adds excitement to her expectation of a boring life back home. However, bodyguards, stalkers, and international secrets are the least of her problems—opening her heart to trust again is a totally different matter. The mutual attraction with her new team leader, Jason Ross, spells the possibility of big-time heart trouble.

Jason Ross’ days of wild living are over, and he’s determined to prove to himself and God he’s on the right path. When Bethany steps into his office, he sees the girl of his dreams, but is she God’s gift or Satan’s temptress?

PRODIGAL NIGHTS is a spark-filled, fun, romantic romp through the hopes and fears of those who have fallen from grace. God’s restoration is the theme as my characters come to the realization of God’s forgiveness and redemption. Not only do they find renewal, they find a hot-blooded, pure romance in the freedom and healing of God’s grace.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Disfrusied. Maybe not a word, but that summed up her week—disappointed, frustrated, and worried. Bethany Davis checked her speedometer and eased up on the accelerator. Getting a ticket wouldn’t help.

Three years ago, she swore she’d never come back for more than a quick visit. The phone call from her oldest brother changed everything. Dad was in the hospital, and only family made it worth facing Southburg, Virginia, again.

Bethany turned into the hospital parking lot and snatched the last available space. Leaning over her steering wheel, she scanned the visitor's lot. Good. No media vans or pesky reporters. Her father’s executive-level involvement in the defense industry drew constant attention. The last thing she wanted to do was bring her dad additional stress.

The coast clear, she stepped out of her car. Hot air stuck in her lungs. Thunderclouds hung low in the distance, threatening the May sky. She willed her feet forward. Part of her wanted to run to her dad’s side; the other part wanted to run away. She probably shouldn’t have promised to move back home for three weeks. But when her brother mentioned her parents wanted her home, she’d jumped at the opportunity for reconciliation.

Quick trips during holidays at neutral resorts had never been enough to clear the tension hanging in the air since her divorce. She couldn’t risk something happening to her dad without setting things right.

Straightening her shoulders, she hurried her step. Her insides whimpered, but a good Davis didn’t show emotion. Dad would be okay. He had to. Besides, nothing stopped him. Not being shot while serving in the military. Not cancer. Not even nosy newsmen.

Plaza Hospital’s lobby bustled with activity. Families huddled in groups. Two children squealed and giggled as they played chase with a pink Congratulations balloon. A dark-haired man sat in the corner reading a newspaper. Antiseptic smells mingled with the scent of popcorn served from a vendor cart.

Bethany hesitated at the gift shop entrance. Should she take something to her father? Flowers were out of the question. She’d learned that lesson when she was six. He had accepted her hand-picked flowers, chastised her for picking them, and then thrown them in the garbage. How could she have known the plant she’d chosen to wrap her bouquet in was poison ivy?

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I interview guests each week on Living Joyfully Free Radio Blog at Have fun with my literary friends at, And also found at these locations,,,,

Thank you, Lena!!

Thank you, Lisa, for allowing me to be a part of your writing journey. I’m thrilled with this first interview of your published book.

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Prodigal Nights

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apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Lena, thank you so much for the fun interview.

You are a blessing!!


Rita Garcia said...

Loved learning more about you, Lisa!

Prodigal Nights, is a wonderful story. I wanted it to go on and on.

Lourdes said...

Thank you for the interview would love to win.

Lourdes in Dix Hills Long Island

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Hi Apple,

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and enter!

Blessings to you,


Lisa Buffaloe said...

Rita, thank you so much! I had a blast writing Prodigal Nights. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

Blessings to you,

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Hi Lourdes,

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Blessings to you,


Debbie Gail Smith said...

I enjoyed reading about you. Can't wait to read Prodigal Nights.


Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

I love Lisa's writing. Fun, encouraging, and keep you turning the page. Can't wait to read this book.

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Debbie. Prodigal Nights main character is the fun roommate from Nadia's Hope. Nadia is next!

So grateful we were able to attend DiAnn Mills mentoring clinic together.

Hope you are doing well!

Blessings to you,

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Patty. I'm so glad you were part of the critique group when Prodigal Nights was birthed and nurtured. Fun times!

Hugs and blessings to you,

aussie monica said...

Sounds good!

Monica Toronto Canada

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Monica!

Merry said...

I enjoyed getting to know Lisa, great interview. I'd love a chance to win Prodigal Nights, I loved the little peek!
Merry in TX

Jackie Tessnair said...

Please enter me...I would love to win this book.Thanks..Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Wendy Marple said...

Sounds like a good book.
Wendy in Buffalo, Mn

Anonymous said...

Ah, Lisa, I have had my own issues with superglue, but not so significant as yours. It does wear off after awhile, I found.
Your story of PRODIGAL NIGHTS sounds fascinating and I would love to read it.
Kaye Whitney in Florida

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Merry!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Jackie!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Wendy!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Wendy!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Kaye, we'll both have to be careful with Super Glue. :)

Thank you for your comment!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Diana!

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

LadySaotome said...

I love books that show imperfect people learning to follow God. Because, frankly, aren't we all?

from the Black Hills of SD!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Sharon!!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

So true, Lady Saotome!

I'm so grateful God welcomes home the prodigals.

Ingrid Stukey said...

Lena, thanks for the great Interview with Lisa, Interesting as always. Lisa, I had to laugh about the Superglue, boy did I have some mishap with that.
Your Book sounds fun, please add me to your Giveaway.

I live in S.Illinois


Jo said...

Thank you for the enjoyable interview as always and for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Hi Ingrid,

Join the Superglue fan club. We can stick together. :)

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Thank you, Jo!

And thank you again, Lena. I loved your creative questions. :)