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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Candid Writing Moment with Gay N. Lewis. Help celebrate the release of her latest SARAH book.

"When I first sent in the book Sarah: A Mission of Love, it had a different title. I emailed it as      Little Angel Screw-up.
Prism Book Group immediately sent me a contract, and I was up on Cloud Nine with Sarah, the small, novice, angel who had one major disaster and bungle after another as she went about business on earth.
The editor and publisher felt that the original title was wrong and asked me to change it. They suggested Sarah: A Mission of Love and of course I immediately agreed to their recommendation. Since the book is in the Christian genre, they felt my designation might be offensive to readers.  Well, poopty doopty—as Sarah would say. Of course I wouldn’t want to upset anyone, and it never occurred to me, a Christian, that the title might be offensive.  I didn’t find it so but was thrilled they caught it.  A mission of love also fits Sarah.  Each assignment she is given deals with matching couple for an eternal relationship."
author of The Sarah Series

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.

Copyright 2014 Gay N Lewis

Could anything be more wonderful? Should she pinch herself?
The Lieutenant had allowed her, Sarah, the goof-up angel from The Heavenlies, to stay in Houston, Texas for another mission. The important superior hadn’t commanded her return for the third time in a row. Amazing. And this directive promised fun—if she could keep her wings out of trouble this time.
She’d received the assignment to bring Galena Maddox and her daughter, Mandy, together with Matthew Austin. Now that would be a challenge. Mandy, that adorable child, had sensed an angelic presence before, and actually spotted Sarah once. The innocent eyes of children could often perceive the supernatural. How could she work around the little girl without revealing herself? On the other hand, no one ever believed young humans when they spoke of angels, so it might not matter.
Six-year-old Mandy had never known a father, and the sweet child certainly deserved one. Galena provided excellent mothering skills, but being a single mom with no financial or physical help would pose a challenge for any earthling.
Wonder how all those nice people in such a position managed? Many moms or dads found themselves in Galena’s identical circumstance. How Sarah admired them! So much work and determination went into their efforts. God saw their trials and cared about them. That might be the reason she had the task of helping Galena.
Well, it was up to her to change the wretched conditions for one deserving mother, Galena.
Sigh. Galena had given birth to Mandy as an unwed mother—which could become a problem in Sarah’s mission. Oh sure, no one seemed to care much about that fact these days—well, God did, of course. Hmmm. Why didn’t earthlings consider God’s thoughts on physical, intimate matters before engaging in unseemly behavior? He didn’t approve of such actions without benefit of marriage, even if the humans thought them permissible. Oh, well, that was between Him and them, and not her problem.
Her assignment was to romantically link this man and woman who had inadvertently met. But then, was anything accidental in God’s celestial plan? Nope. Nothing escaped His notice, so when little Mandy grew ill and needed hospitalization, God conveniently sent Matt, a minister, into the hospital waiting room to meet Galena.
How glorious was that? These two people met by Divine Intervention, and they had no clue the Great One had anything to do with it.
What should Sarah, also known as Heaven’s Little Love Angel, do first on this mission? The couple knew each other, but unless she did something, they might not cross paths again soon enough and would miss God’s present, ready-to-give blessing.
Should she wait for Galena to make an appearance at the soup kitchen? That’s where she’d first seen Galena, and she knew how to find that place. If she did that, she could follow her latest charge home, but the wait would delay the job. Galena wouldn’t go to the site that fed people until tomorrow night. The Lieutenant hadn’t said time was of the essence, but it would be in Galena’s best interest to hurry up and fall in love with Matt.
How did people locate each other down here? If they needed an address or phone number, what did they do? Oh, yeah, that’s right…they often visited Mr. Google on the Internet. Nope, that option wasn’t one Sarah wanted to try again—ever! Maybe after refresher classes in The Heavenlies, she’d attempt it, but not now. Just the thought gave her a headache. She might take additional education when she reunited with the other angels. Poopty doopty! Entering a session with newbies might prove embarrassing, but then again, she still fit into the ‘inexperienced’ category. She’d successfully completed five missions, but not without major blunders.
How would it be to sit in a seminar and have the instructor use her as an example of what not to do on assignment? Not a pleasant thought. Maybe she should avoid those humiliating assemblies altogether. Oh sure, the teachers used positive words, and no one ever made fun of her, but still. Could she help it if she was dyslexic? Directions would forever be a problem. She was also known as Sarah the Goofball. When on Planet Earth, thinking things through simply wasn’t her strong suit. She came up with ideas, acted on them, and then suffered the consequences. Advance planning might be one way to improve her behavior.
“Okay, Sarah, before you get down in the dumps as the humans say, and start feeling sorry for yourself, get a grip. Let’s review facts. Galena Maddox works as a cashier in a large discount chain store, and her money runs out at the end of the month. She attends night college classes and takes her daughter with her. Her new friend, Brittany, tutors her in Algebra. Galena once led a misspent life and doesn’t know who Mandy’s father is, but now she’s a Christian and lives a different lifestyle. Mandy recently had surgery.
“Super. That sums up what you know about Galena, now what do you know about Matthew Austin?” Sarah scrunched her nose and held fingers up, one at a time. “First off, he’s single. Number two, he’s nice looking. Number three, he prefers to be called Matt. Number four, he pastor’s a church.” She turned her hand over and gazed at the thumb waiting to show itself. “Well, apparently I know only four things about Matt. Okay. Only one thing left to do. Call for help.”
She glanced up, spoke her request, and waited. Would Gabriella appear? She chewed her lip and looked about. No one materialized. Sigh. How weird. Did she not ask appropriately? Try again. Maybe the Lieutenant had been busy. “Mother Goodness, would you send someone down with a file on my two charges? I’d be grateful for your help.”
With her head turned toward the heavens, she saw two huge, bare feet sticking out beneath a white garment floating down to her. “Can’t be Gabriella. She has tiny appendages. Celeste makes two of me, but I don’t remember her tootsies being that enormous. I doubt those giant things belong to Mother Goodness. She covers her toes with white slippers.”
“Hi, Sarah.”
Christian! It had been a long while since she’d seen his colossal, shoeless extremities.
“Hi, Christian, I’m happy to see you. What have you been doing lately?”
“I’ve been in North America, up in the state of Idaho. Ever been there?”
“No. I’ve stayed in Texas. I’d enjoy visiting other parts of this country, but I’d probably be twice as lost there as I am here.”
“It is beautiful country our Creator designed just north of here. My assignment was to bring together a man and woman who had been sweethearts in high school. If they’d become husband and wife when they first considered wedded bliss, they would be celebrating fifty years together. Instead they married other people, but they never forgot their first love. After their spouses died, they looked each other up on social media.”
“Never heard of social media.”
“It’s a cyberspace tool. I helped them find each other on Facebook.”
“What in the world could that gizmo be? Is it some kind of doohickey where people stand at a computer and make silly faces at the screen?”
Christian laughed. “Not exactly. It’s a public forum where individuals post attractive personal, profile pictures and those images spin around the world on the Internet.”
“Oh, my stars! I hope the Superiors never ask me to tangle with that thingy. No telling what kind of mess I’d make. I had enough trouble getting Karen and Jeremy together on an Internet Dating Service. Can you imagine what I’d do if I had a bunch of photos staring back at me?” Sarah squeezed one eye shut. “On the other hand, if their semblances had been on that service they used, I might not have had as much confusion.” She shuddered. “I don’t want to use computers.”
“But you did, and you are now more familiar with mankind’s toys. It was good for you. Facebook is an excellent place to learn new things about people. You should set up a page. Call yourself Sarah Wingspand and invite friends to like you.”
“My friends reside in The Heavenlies. I don’t have any down here.”
“Oh, you don’t need to know people. Just publish an image and request the public to friend you.”
“Huh? People who don’t know each other get in touch with other strangers and become buddies?”
“Yes. Often that is the case. They may never meet in this life, only in the one to come, but they visit over the Internet.”
“That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard of. Whoever came up with that idea must be making tons of money.”

Gay N. Lewis has a background in video production and interior design. Her credits include Psalms from the Mountains, and The Canadian Rockies. As a pastor’s wife and Adult Bible Study Leader, she has written numerous church programs and newsletters. She is a mother of three daughters and four grandchildren and lives in Fulshear, TX., a small town west of Houston.
Find Gay on the web at or by visiting her on Blogger at or on Facebook at and also on Twitter  @GayNLewis2.


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