Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Galveston, Texas

Have you been to Galveston, Texas?

I made my first trip as a kid. My dad took the family from Irving, TX, and it was a looong way. It still is, but with better highways, it's much faster today.  

My dad was always fearful of storms. We arrived at the beach, got out, and put our toes in the Gulf.  Dad saw clouds form on the horizon, and ushered us back to the car for the loooong trip back home.  Notice the way I spelled long?  It was miles and miles, and to a kid, that's forever.  We'd spent a total of forty-five minutes in Galveston before heading back to the DFW area.

I made the next trip to Galveston as a senior in high school. I'd won a speaking contest and represented the school at a state convention. I think about one-hundred students spoke at that extemporaneous event, and I placed third. I still have the medal. 

Extemporaneous speaking for the contest back in that day meant you drew a topic from a basket and then had thirty minutes to prepare a speech. I wish I could remember my topic, but that was more than several years ago.

Hubby and I have lived in the Houston area since 1971, and I've been to Galveston many times. I've also been a resident during the hurricanes that hit the gulf coast. Some of them have been bad enough to scare the pants off you. Perhaps my dad remembered hearing about the 1900 storm that hit Galveston. If you don't know about it, you should look it up on the Internet. Six thousand people lost their lives that September day. 

All my books feature Texas. Three of them focus on Galveston. I include some of the city's history on the pages. My angel is fantasy, but the scenes I describe and the history are real. I also tell about the rides, food, beach, water, and the art sculptures that talented artists made from destroyed trees after a more recent hurricane.

Take a trip to Galveston by reading the Sarah books. These are three consecutive stories featuring the same characters. The three couples are friends, live in Houston, but enjoy trips to Galveston for dinner. Sarah doesn't care for flying over the Gulf of Mexico, and she wonders why they can't find good restaurants in Houston.

For her next mission to earth, The Superiors assign Sarah a challenging assignment. She is to spur a romantic relationship between Karen Newton and Jeremy Spencer…through the Internet! The dyslexic angel has managed to unite couples previously, but computers perplex her. Since the couple knows each other through their work at a Houston oil company, why must she use those irksome gadgets to trigger a romance? After all, she is known in The Heavenlies as “Little Miss Goof Up.” But an order is an order…

When Karen faces danger, Sarah must send a believable email message to Jeremy. But how? She’s already created multiple fiascoes with her Internet attempts. Perhaps she should ignore orders and find other means to alert Jeremy. Poopty doopty—it would mean a reprimand on Cloud Five. Should she risk it?

Uh-oh. Do angels get headaches? It looks as though Sarah is headed for one.

Sarah is given a new mission—to link Robert Johnson and Brittany Lee—two people she encountered while trying to bring a couple together on that irksome computer Internet dating service. Oh sure, she’d done it. Not without trial and a lot of error, but with this fresh assignment, trouble would come…she was positive.

If she hadn’t grumbled about the computer, perhaps the Lieutenant wouldn’t have ordered her to ride the Galveston Ferris wheel. She’d seen the huge rotation device built over the Gulf of Mexico, and the very thought of a ride on that monster made her nauseous. 

What if she threw up on the humans? 

Oh merciful heavens! Why did the Superiors give such tasks to bumbling angels anyway?

The Superiors left Sarah, “Heaven’s Little Love Angel,” on Earth to complete the third 
consecutive and interrelated mission. With simple instructions to find a mate for Galena Maddox and a dad for six-year-old Mandy, Sarah should have no problem, right? Well, except that dyslexic Sarah—known for bungles and goof-ups—creates more mayhem than she ever imagined possible. Pesky human disguises cause her trouble—again. In mortal form, she either injures people or embarrasses herself. Now the earthlings think she’s a fugitive from a mental hospital.

With Galena’s shady past, will Matt Austin, a minister, even consider her as a wife? And 
will Matt’s hoity-toity church accept Galena if Sarah successfully brings them together? Angels shouldn’t worry, but the task is daunting.

A wedding featuring the love interests from Sarah and the Internet Dating Service just 
might provide the magical atmosphere necessarily to bring Galena and Matt together.

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