Monday, December 07, 2020

JESSIE'S HAIRY CHRISTMAS - Laura Domino - One Free Book

Welcome back, Laura. Why do you write the kind of books you do? I enjoy reading books that uplift and encourage me in my Christian faith, so I write books that are designed to do two things: entertain the reader and lead them to a closer look at their relationship with God. It is thrilling to see in a review that someone’s relationship with God was enhanced by my story. 

How has being published changed your life? Instead of saying that I plan to publish one day, I can say that I’ve published 21 books. I’ve met interesting people at book signings and writers, conferences. I can honestly say that writing and publishing has drawn me closer to God. 

What are you reading right now? A friend of mine, Wayne Kerr, wrote a very inspirational book called BRAVING: The Art of Pursuing What Make You Come Alive. 

What is your current work in progress? My third book in the Fulton Ridge Family series is the story of Paige. She was introduced in The Renovation. She’s also a minor character in the first two books in my current series. Now, she gets her own book to tell her perspective. 

What would be your dream vacation? I’d go to an island where there is plenty of water and beach time, but I’d also want to go hike up a mountain. My husband and I took a brief tour of Hawaii and enjoyed their beaches and a hike up to the wettest place on Earth (according to the sign). 

How do you choose your settings for each book? Most of my settings are a small town in Texas where I can create any neighborhood or business that a character needs. For Jessie, she took on my love for the beach and went to a place where she could wind down and breathe in the salt sea air. 

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading? Before 2020, I loved to travel whenever I could. My husband and I have visited museums and aquariums on our anniversary trips. We also took our kids to national parks for camping and hiking, to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and to the beach in South Carolina 

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it? I’ve been trying to write faster. It’s often hard to balance writing time and family time. Since interruptions affect my writing speed, I’ve chosen a quiet corner of the house to hunker down in and write as much as I can in a day. 

What advice would you give to a beginning author? First, I would advise a new writer to tell the story of your heart in a concise and emotional way. Second, I’d suggest that you write three books before publishing to practice telling the story, find your style, and be consistent. Third, when you think you’re ready to publish, find a good editor. 

Tell us about the featured book. Jessie’s Hairy Christmas
is about how someone moves from only depending on herself to depending on God with a little Scrooge and Tiny Tim mixed in. This story shows how love changes the plans of a live-for-today guy and a plan-for-tomorrow girl in this opposites attract, small town Christian romance 

Please give us the first page of the book.

Jessie Brown walked into Tammy’s salon office and asked, “Have you made a decision?”

Tammy laughed, keeping her focus on the computer screen on her desk. “It’s about time, right?”

No verbal response was necessary—just patience. Jessie kept her expression calm and offered a polite smile, trying to emulate Aunt Tillie. She hoped it didn’t look as fake as it felt.

“A good assistant manager is hard to find.” Tammy swiveled her head to look over her shoulder at Jessie. “I think you’d appreciate that I’m trying to find the right person for the job.”

“As expected.”

Tammy rolled her chair back from the desk and stood in front of Jessie. “Look, doll, you didn’t get it.” Tammy crossed her arms over her chest and gave what was probably intended to be a compassionate smile. She didn’t give very many of those, so she didn’t have much practice making it look real. “I need you to keep bringing in the customers. You’re so good at getting repeat customers.”

“It’s true,” Jessie said. “Many walk-ins do come back after an appointment with me. I’ll congratulate RuthiMay when she comes in. I hope she works out for you. But, for now, Tammy, I’m giving you my two weeks’ notice.”

“Really? Why?” Tammy’s voice creaked from decades of smoking.

“I’m moving.”

Tammy’s eyes widened. “Moving? Where are you going?”

Jessie looked through the doorway to see if RuthiMay was around. She’d worried all morning about the possibility of RuthiMay causing trouble. Self-control was a necessary tool in any business where people had to work together. Jessie refused to comment about the tip money that she should have received from the front desk, but didn’t. And she said nothing about RuthiMay scheduling a couple of highlighting appointments for herself instead of putting the new customers in the rotation. Instead, Jessie silently encouraged herself to avoid a messy end to her time working for Tammy. She didn’t need to accuse RuthiMay or address her general selfishness. Jessie simply answered the question. “I’m moving to the Galveston area. I’m starting my own salon down there.”

Tammy gave a confused stare and then raised her eyebrows. “Well, good for you, doll! Congratulations! Let me see.” She looked at her calendar. “I’ll need to keep you until after November eleventh. Then I can let you go.”

Jessie nodded. “Then, November eleventh will be my last day. Thank you. I’ll get back to the front to see if my customer is here.” She left Tammy’s office, relieved that the conversation went as well as it did. 

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Domino said...

Thanks, Lena, for the fun interview. I am excited to give away a free ebook of Jessie's Hairy Christmas to one of your readers. Part of the fun of writing the book was remembering all the fun times I've had on the beach. ENJOY!

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a story I would enjoy reading. Linda in SoCal

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a great story for me. It takes me back to my childhood when my mom put herself through 'Beauty School', became a 'beautician' (as they were called back then, lol) and owned her own shop.

Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Wendy in Nebraska

wfnren at aol dot com

Patty said...

Jessie's Hairy Christmas. clever title!

Patty in SC

Domino said...

Thanks, Patty, Wendy, and Linda, for joining in the fun. I hope you love these characters as much as I do.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

This sounds like an inspiring Christmas story. Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas 🎄
Connie from Kentucky

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway, SC.