Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ever hear of the Azusa Street Revival?


            You haven’t heard of it? Me either, at least not until I read a thesis on it.  Interesting stuff.
             The year of this event? 1906. City? Los Angeles. The California town boasted about their many religions during those days—seems they were quite proud of the diversity. However, when people spoke a strange gibberish on Azusa Street, a revival of sorts broke out.

            William J. Seymour, an African American man, and the son of freed slaves, started the movement. He grew up in poverty and worked odd jobs in Indiana and joined the Church of God Reformation Movement. This church believed in the integration of races in worship.

            Seymour became an ordained minister in the Church of God in 1902, and then spent his time as a traveling evangelist. Eventually he settled in Houston, Texas. While in Houston, he met Charles Fox Parham who ran a Texas Bible School. Parham allowed Seymour to sit outside and listen to lessons. Hunky dory! Right?  Wrong! Parham thought he did the black man a favor.

            You see, this misguided man, Parham, believed in segregation, and Seymour was black. Seymour grew tired of Parham’s racism, but the exposure to the lessons provided him with a foundation for speaking in tongues.

            On April 9, 1906 Seymour, now in Los Angeles, fell to floor in religious ecstasy. A flood of people came from all over the city to see what was going on. Why not? They’d never seen or heard such commotion. The house where Seymour held meetings filled to capacity. At one point, so many gathered to worship that the floor caved in. Thankfully no one was hurt. Seymour knew then that he needed to find a more adequate building.

            Seymour located a forsaken building on Azusa Street. Aha! We now have the name for the congregation.

            Get this. The Azusa Church never took up an offering and never asked for money, but somehow they always paid bills and gave the pastor a small salary. How about that? Amazing huh?

            The church attracted both white and black! At a time in history when segregation was the norm, this was a rare oddity. During the most racist period in American history thousands of white people submitted themselves to the leadership of a black pastor and Seymour carried the leadership role well.

            But wait! Trouble is brewing. You see, that foolish man from Houston showed up in Los Angeles to visit Seymour’s church. Parham came around, and did he ever become a critic. Wow! That's an understatement. Parham didn’t like it because Seymour's church was racially integrated. No approval of blacks and whites for that man. No way. Kneeling beside each other, laying hands upon one another, and even worse, hugging or kissing one another? Forget it.

            In spite of Parham’s criticism, the Pentecostal movement continued to grow.

            Perhaps one of the reasons was this: the Azusa church remained racially mixed. Seymour made sure that both whites and blacks held high offices on his staff. Why my goodness! The preacher even drew no lines drawn between male or female. Women were on equal footing with men and assumed leadership positions as well. Totally unheard of. What was the preacher thinking?

Sad to say, good times didn't last for this fine minister, Seymour. White male leaders challenged his authority and several began to question the leadership roles of women.  White congregants left the church to form their own segregated churches, and these congregations placed women in subservient positions.

After 1911, the congregation became another small black urban church, but Seymour never stopped encouraging racial harmony. Seymour pastored the church on Azusa Street until his death in September of 1922 at the age of fifty-two years.

Hold on! The story isn’t over. William Seymour began a movement still felt today not only in the United States but around the world. The Azusa Street Revival is most often cited today as the roots and founder of modern day Pentecostalism.

What do you think? Fascinating, huh? You’ll find a lot of detail on the Internet and in books if you want to read more about it.

Usually I'm writing about Sarah but found historical info about Azusa interesting. With America in turmoil today, I wish another Azusa Street Revival would come again. How about you?


Monday, February 23, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Not Bound by Time

Victoria Pitts-Caine


2.99 on Amazon
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I introduced you to Victoria Pitts-Caine in an earlier post.  Scroll down to read Victoria's bio and see what she says about her writing.
I've now read the book, and I LOVE it! 
My imagination took fancy as I read Not Bound by Time, and I identified with the women whose hearts sought their soul mates. The author researched history, and the details brought the multiple accounts to life. If you’ve ever wished to time travel, this is the read for you. In The Seven Dials, we fall in love with Camille and Randolph. Their story is told in about eight chapters. Next we read Prairie Drifter, again beginning fresh with Chapter One and it continues for nine more. The last of the trilogy is A Field of Flowers. Balmoral and Albert are the resounding features in every mini-book.

Here’s a blurb

Time cannot imprison love nor hold it in place. At Balmoral, a two-hundred-year-old estate in old Northampton, love calls and only the heart can answer.

When five-year-old Albert Farraday first sets foot on the grounds of Balmoral, he senses its magic. After he returns from the Korean War and is employed as the caretaker, Camille, the mysterious new wife of the owner of the estate, leads Albert to believe there is indeed a force drawing the love-worn to Balmoral.

After Camille’s widowed niece visits the mansion, then disappears, he is certain his own sister Lydia traveled to meet her love and didn’t go mad as his mother had suggested.

Over the years Balmoral welcomes brokenhearted travelers who find their way to the portal and into the arms of love, and Albert comes to the understanding he is not only the custodian of Balmoral but the keeper of its secrets.

Two reviews

Gay N. Lewis (mine) review: “Three different love stories, but one person, Albert, has connections to all of them. His sister is the final tale in the trilogy. We see him as a five year old boy. He returns from the Korean War to be the caretaker of the estate, and as an older man when Angelina arrives. He greets Angelina and assures her that the estate is magical. He hints to Angelina about his sister Liddy's disappearance. She'd gone through the portal much earlier. Although the book doesn't actually say, I came to believe that somehow Albert understood the magic. He never went through the portal of time, but he realized that others found happiness there. This is a fascinating book, and I enjoyed it. I don't think I could leave my modern conveniences to go back in time, but I might leave a yesteryear to come to present day. The first person in the story, Camille, did this. Ms. Pitts-Caine has a vibrant imagination.”

Sharon McCain writes: “Ms. Caine has done it again. I've enjoyed other books I've read by her and this one is especially captivating. Not Bound by Time takes us on a time travel adventure through a series of related stories. The Balmoral estate holds a time portal. Albert, caretaker of the estate, holds the key to the other characters and events. We are taken to England in WW II with Randolf and Camille, then to a ranch in New Mexico with Angelina and her cowboy love, Monty. Finally we visit Scotland to follow the fate of Albert's twin sister Liddy, who vanished from Balmoral in years past. I loved being transported by time and geography to these authentic and researched sites. The characters pull you right into the story.”

This book is a bargain at 2.99.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gay's Days, February 19, 2015

Good morning friends,

The morning in Houston is off to a grand start. The high should be about 62 F this afternoon. Sunny skies and gorgeous weather. I wish everyone in Boston could escape to Texas for a few days.

I'm going outside to sit on the screened porch and drink a fresh cup of coffee. Want to join me? I'd love to meet you.

Trees are beginning to bud, but they are out a bit early. We'll have another cold snap, but it won't last long.

I received a wonderful gift this morning from Jacqueline Hopper, an editor with Prism Book Group. She's also an excellent writer. Have you read her book, The Gingerbread House? If not, you should.

Here's what she made me.  Isn't she talented?

Sarah: Laney's Angel and Sarah and the Widow's Mate are still on sale for .99 on Amazon
Jacqueline's book is on sale too.

If you are snowed in, or just enjoying a beautiful day, you can't go wrong with these books at these prices.  See you tomorrow!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gay's Days February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

How do you plan to spend the day and evening? Is Valentine's a favorite time for you?

Growing up as a child, I hated this day. I never won the competition for who got the most cards.

I like the occasion now. I have a wonderful husband who is kind and caring.

We celebrated last night with a drive to the Houston Galleria for dinner at Del Frisco's. Oh my! The crowd was unbelievable, but then the traffic and people are always numerous at the Galleria--day or night.

The food was good but expensive. We only go to places such as that in a blue moon, and I can't remember the last time the moon turned blue.

We started out with crab cakes. I love those delicacies, and these were excellent. Years ago, my sister had I lunched at Neiman Marcus and enjoyed their crab cakes. Neiman Marcus, in my opinion, still rates number one with crab cakes.

Salad was good, and the steak and au gratin potatoes to follow were wonderful. The service was perfect, and I enjoyed the dinner with my date. He planned it well.

When time came to leave for the Galleria, I felt a bit rushed. Yesterday was busy--spent it at the Facebook Valentine Event. My hostess hour finished at 6:00 our time and reservations were for 7:15. We called the restaurant to tell them we would be about ten minutes late.  We live some 57 miles from the Galleria, and with traffic? Merciful heavens! (As Sarah would say)

The FB Valentine Event was fun. A lot of readers took advantage of the sale for Sarah: Laney's Angel. If  you haven't a copy, you might still find it at the sale price on Amazon or B & N.

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I gave away angel earrings that my friend Vicki Caine made and sent me for that purpose. Scroll down and read the interview I had with Vicki. She has an awesome new release. Not Bound by Time.

Aren't these pretty? Wish you could see them in  person.
Here's her book.
I also gave a copy of Sarah and Three Times a Charm.
I hope this day is a sweet one for you!
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Gay's Days Valentine Event

Good morning everyone.

The special event I've been waiting for is here!  Prism Book Group celebrates Valentine's Day with a huge sale.  You can find our FB event at this link.

I'll be hosting the 5:00 hour CST. I live in Texas and like Sarah my fictional angel, I am a bit dyslexic. I keep reminding myself of that time. Others are thinking in terms of EST, MST and PST.  Subtracting and adding hours gets a bit confusing, doesn't it?
Sarah: Laney's Angel, is reduced for today only.  It's normally $3.99, but today you can purchase the eBook for .99. I'd buy it! Oh wait! I already did.  Yes, I purchase my own books so I can have them on my Kindle and other electronic devices. I read them and also listen to them while I walk.
I'll be giving away a free copy of my latest release. Come by and leave a comment for a chance to win.

I'll also give an angel pair of earrings. The picture doesn't do them justice. They are silver with sparkly bling. Sarah enjoys them.  Me too.
See you at 5:00!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gay's Days Speaking at the ABWA

Terry Trogdon Mooneyham's photo.
I had a blast with this group last Tuesday night, February 10. Since their meeting was near Valentine's Day, they thought an author who writes romance would be appropriate.
Fun ladies. 
The ABWA are women who dedicate themselves to help and support each other.  The organization is national with local chapters. If you have one nearby, you'd enjoy the camaraderie.
Here's their mission statement.
  The mission of the American Business Women's Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gay's Days. February 11, 2015. Vicki Caine

Hello friends!
I'm excited. Today it is my honor to introduce you to my friend, Victoria Pitts Caine. She a wonderful author with Prism Book Group. Her latest book is available today! Yay! I've been waiting, and the book has now arrived.


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Here are a few questions and Victoria Pitts Caine's answers.
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

 There’s something magical when love finds a way. The reader will discover there is hope and a little fairy-tale enchantment when the characters, even though they are in an unusual situation, manage to travel through time to their true loves.

 Who is one of your favorite characters in the book and why?

Camille Windham is my favorite. She’s the first traveler and I took a little bit of my own ancestral background to create her.

 Why did you decide to do a time travel?

  I read Love of My Heart by Bess McBride and was haunted by the story and the concept. The couple discovers they were in love before in another time. I decided it was a genre I wanted to try. The Time Traveler’s Wife was another favorite.
What else about your book might grab the reader’s interest?

 There are three separate but connected stories in Not Bound By Time and there’s a little bit for everyone from Western to World War II to protecting the Scottish regalia in the 1500’s.
How much of the book is realistic?

The portrayal of the characters in their day to day lives and what would have transpired in the time period they’re in is realistic, the traveling through time…well maybe not.

 How did you come up with your title?
My desire with the storyline is to explain that time can’t hold someone who has found their soulmate and the characters find a way to be with that person even if they’re in another place and time.

 Are the experiences in the book based on someone you know or your real life?
I do not know anyone in the book, but I’m interested in Victorian England and Camille travels from that time. She lives in a castle and is a nanny for her distant cousin’s children.

 Who or what inspired you to write your book?

I don’t know if it was an inspiration or a challenge. I’m basically an inspirational romance writer and I wanted to write in a slightly different genre.

 What is a one-sentence synopsis of your books?

  Time cannot imprison love nor hold it in place.

 What books influenced you most in your life?

I was read to as a small child and was captivated by Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys when I able to read on my own. I didn’t go back and read the classics until I was an adult or reading them to my own children. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and J.R.R. Tolkein.

How do you make time for your writing?
I actually found more time to write when I worked nine hours a day. I wrote at night and on the weekends. It’s about priorities with me. I’m good working with a plan in mind. If I schedule a writing time, I’m able to stick to it.

What writer would you like to be your mentor?
I had a wonderful mentor during my “growing up years” as a writer. Her name is Elnora King and she wrote under the pseudonym of Dianne King. She taught me so much – not just about writing but about life.

 What are you reading now?
I read between three and five books a week and most of those go up for review on Amazon or on my blog. So right at this moment, I’m reading a romance. Tomorrow it might be a mystery/suspense. When I’m reading just for the fun of it, I like Catherine Ryan Hyde. I took a couple of classes from her and enjoy her books. I’m also into the whole Dan Brown thing and anxiously waiting for Brad Meltzer’s next release.
How do you “feed” your writing self?
Anything that brings writers together is a benefit. I think we all feed off of each other (in a good way). I facilitate a class once a week for writers where we read our work and do a short lesson. We share our triumphs and sorrows in life as well as in publishing. The triumphs usually with cake!

Thanks Victoria. Your answers are illuminating. I've wished a few times that I could go back in time. Not to find my soul mate. I did that already, but I'd like to relive some of my early days with him. The excerpt follows.

 Victoria Pitts Caine
Victoria Pitts Caine
Victoria's Links:

Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels. While her genre is inspirational, she has branched out into other areas such as her current release, Not Bound By Time and a YA mystery/suspense.  

The author has received recognition from: Enduring Romance Top 10 Picks for 2008, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, HI Families Magazine and The Southern California Genealogical Society. Her first novel, Alvarado Gold, was published in 2007. To complete the trilogy which began with Alvarado Gold, Cairo was published in 2013 and The Tempering Agent in 2014.

She is the mother of two daughters. Victoria and her husband enjoy travel, church service and emergency radio communications.

 Excerpt from Not Bound By Time:

The year was 1942, and Randolph Mitchell, along with several of his fellow soldiers, marched down a road pockmarked by shelling in London. He shuddered as a light mist fell around him. Late summer had gone.
A captain at twenty-two, Randolph’s first glimpses of war lay around him. Bile rose in his throat at the devastation. Is this what years of military boarding school has brought me to? He bent to retrieve a bit of paper. Printed roses danced on the edge, and with nowhere to discard it, he pocketed the small scrap of the life people there once lived.

When the men arrived in town earlier, Randolph spotted the young woman gazing into a merchant’s window. She carried herself with an air of importance. Ribbons and lace accented her oddly-layered clothes of multicolored fabrics. Such elaborate attire was ill-suited because people were starving and only making do. Randolph dismissed her unusual manner of dress. Who could she be? So out of place, yet so beautiful.

His troop moved up the street, and as he surveyed the area, he forced himself to forget the woman, but when he approached the shop, she turned, and their eyes met. Randolph Mitchell lost his heart in that split second, but it would take his head a while to figure it out. His eyes pursued her as she picked her way through the rubble of the bombed-out buildings.

“Hello,” he ventured.

As a delicate pink color rose from her neck, she turned her eyes toward the window. Randolph sauntered to stand beside her and glanced at their reflection. He stood a good foot taller than she. His wrinkled uniform caused a pang of self-consciousness, but his desire to speak to her quelled his embarrassment. “I’m Randolph Mitchell, US Army.” He smiled, studying her porcelain complexion and bright hazel eyes, hoping for a welcome response.

“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t be talking to you,” the woman said.

“It’s safe. We’ve been sent here to protect you. Or err… your country.” Randolph took his cap off and grinned at her. “I, ah, we might make sure you get home. Do you live close by?”

The young woman’s face blanched as she shook her head. “I used to live here.” She sighed. Then she backed away, turned around, and started running.

Randolph clenched his fists. He had to find out.

“Wait! I didn’t mean any harm!” He called after her. “Your name? At least tell me your name!”

“Camille Windham,” came from her lips, and her name planted itself in Randolph’s heart.
She scampered down the walkway away from Randolph, leaving only her name.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gay's Days, February 10, 2015

Good morning friends,

Today promises to be a beautiful weather day. In spite of perfect sunshine and spring temps here in the Houston area, many of you can't enjoy the brilliant blue sky. The "blues" of an emotional nature are your companion today.  Prayers to those who are sad. May God bless you with strength.

I'm organizing my thoughts for this evening. The ABWA chapter in Katy, TX invited me to be the guest speaker tonight. I'm excited and honored to be asked.

Their mission statement reads:

  The mission of the American Business Women's Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.  
I'm to speak about the business of being an author. Many people don't realize we are independent contractors. That makes us business women, and as such, we must constantly acquire new followers Other businesses call them clients or customers. We call them readers. Without a following, a publisher will not continue to contract us.

Authors appreciate your loyalty. Thanks for leaving reviews. And oh my! How we are thrilled when you tell someone about our books. Readers are our world. We write for you and value each of you! Let us hear from you. Tell us what you'd like to read.

Here's a picture from last month. Wish you could attend tonight. I'd love to meet you!

ABWA Katy Chapter's photo.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Gay's Days February 7, 2015. A Hush in the Storm

Hello Saturday!


A beautiful day stretches before us in Houston. Fog vanished a few hours ago. I walked two miles yesterday and plan to repeat the process today. The stroll is perfect for reflection and prayer. Good for health too.


At night, I’ve been reading Hush in the Storm by Julie B. Cosgrove. Wow! I’ve wanted to keep reading and forget other responsibilities. This book intrigues me.


I’m into part two, so I haven’t finished the book yet, but up to this point, it is filled with romance, mystique and adventure. I can hardly wait to discover the “who done it.”


Jen, the heroine, a grieving widow, faces a shock of circumstances—starting with her husband’s friend kidnapping her. He fakes her death, and now she’s in for a ride of her life.


There’s a lot of detail about human trafficking in the second half of the book. Jen experiences the horror of seeing two young girls facing this terrible existence.  


From the review below, I find that I may not discover the answer until the sequel comes out.


Waiting for the next one is difficult. I have people tell me that about my Sarah Series, although each of the Sarah books are stand alone.

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This is a wonderfully written romantic suspense that keeps you guessing to the end. Victoria Pitts Caine
"Now I want to read the next one in the series!  dwight hayes
"Well written novel with an incredible story facing real life issues. Lynn Hobbs
 “This is a difficult book to describe, especially without giving away the mystery. The first half takes place over a week's time span, the second half entails months. This is not a "feel good" story, in fact, it touches areas that are true enough to be disturbing. Most of the general public is blissfully unaware of the scope of the issue tackled within these pages. Although the methods used here for countering this invasive blight are fictional, the description of the issue is spot on.

My biggest issue with this story is the non-ending hook into the next book. If you are looking for feel good fluff...keep looking. If you are looking for unsettling reality wrapped in fiction, this may be for you.” D. Marie

 Julie B Cosgrove

Julie B. Cosgrove


Freelance writer, author and speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Faith Filled Family Magazine, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word,The Journey and Good News Daily.
Besides ghostwriting and editing for clients, Julie has personally published three Bible studies,an inspirational, a devotional and several novels - Focused (2012), Hush in the Storm (2014) and Legitimate Lies (2015), Freed to Forgive (2015) and Navy Blues (2015).
She is a member of North Texas Christian Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers, American Christian Fiction Writers, Toastmasters International, Daughters of the King and several web-based groups Julie has one grown son and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Gay's Days. February 6, 2015

For those of you who wonder what I’m doing today….

I’m writing Chapter Twenty-five for the book: Sarah and the Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island.

Have you ever been there?

I cruised there years ago and many of the sites Sarah experiences are the ones I did. Like my heroine in the book, Carolyn Baker, I was alone for the voyage.  As with Carolyn, I was grieving at the time, and the voyage comforted me in methods that amazed me. God has His ways, doesn’t He?

I haven’t decided yet if Sarah and her charge, Carolyn, will attend the Captain’s dinner in formal attire.

When that evening came for me, I didn’t wear a fancy dress. This picture is from those days—some fifteen years ago, and this suit was my choice rather than a floor length gown.

I loved that outfit and if I’d lose fifteen pounds, it might fit again.
Sigh. One pound per year. Groan.

I wouldn’t do the big hair again.

Although I still wear my hair long, it no longer is waist length. Have you ever tried to brush hair that lengthy? Or blow it dry?

Blingy earrings are in style now, but those aren’t.

Okay, time to return to Sarah. I think you’ll like this new book that will come out this year.  Have you read Sarah and a Dad for Mandy? Or Sarah and Three Times a Charm? The first chapter to Sarah and the midnight Cruise to Catalina Island is at the end of both books.


Have a good day and share good humor.



Monday, February 2, 2015

Gay's Days February 2, 2015

Yesterday's Super Bowl is now history.

Richard Sherman's baby remained in tact. The unborn baby boy will be proud of mom. She carried him to the game and will show the tot videos one day when he's old enough to appreciate them. All the hype leading up to his birth created a storm.  If the baby came early, would Sherman be at the hospital? Or would Sherman be on the field? Bets were made.

He played.

Baby's mom watched from the stands.

Sherman's team, the Seattle Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots. The defeat had nothing to do with Sherman or the baby. Someone issued a bad call for the Seahawks down on the one yard line.


Sherman posted a tasteful tweet after the game.

"Thank you God for giving us the opportunity....
That's all you can ask for....Thank you everyone for the support all year."

We attended a party held at the neighbor's house. Lots of food. About fifty people. Some watched the entire game, and others visited with each other.  I did a bit of both.
All guests turned to the television set when the National Anthem was sung. We all stood. Many of us placed hands over our hearts. And when the jets flew over during the phrase, "the home of the brave," we all clapped.
I was probably the only one who grew watery eyed. Stuff like that does it to me.
The halftime was amazing.
I love the commercials. Due to hanging tight in the kitchen, I missed my favorites. The Clydesdales. 
Hubby and I walked across the street to our house and watched the final moments. The evening was fun, and our neighbors hosted an excellent party.
Today...back to work.  I'm going to try to make Yoga later, and then in the afternoon I have book club.
Somewhere along the way, I need to write about 1500 words to make up for the last two days when I wrote none. My deadline, March 31st will be soon. That's when Sarah and the Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island is due.
Sarah is in a mess on the cruise ship. Poor thing. I almost feel sorry for her.
Until tomorrow, have a blessed day.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Gay's Days February 1, 2015

I drove to the Austin, TX area on Thursday and came back yesterday (Saturday) My family who lives there missed the gathering at Christmas. My son-in-law was in the hospital Christmas Day, so that knocked them out of coming. He battles cancer, but he looked good yesterday.

I gave everyone some sort of angel for Christmas. Wonder why? Could it be because I write about Sarah, my dyslexic angel character from The Heavenlies who comes to earth to help humans?

Hmmm. Must be the answer.  I gave this night light to my granddaughter. She loves my books and can hardly wait for one to appear.  I took her the newest one, Sarah and Three Times a Charm, but it got lost somewhere in the chaos. I'll send her another by mail.

Here's her picture. Isn't she pretty?

The Book that didn't make it on the trip. 

PBG Insider: Gay N. Lewis Introduces her "Sarah" series

Sarah at Christmas