Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lorna Seilstad's A Great Catch

A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and draws her setting from her home state of Iowa.

A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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A Great Catch

She wants to change the world.
He wants to change her mind.

It's the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When Emily Graham's meddlesome aunts and grandmother take it upon themselves to find her a husband among the resort guests, the spunky suffragist is determined to politely decline each and every suitor. She has neither the time nor the need for a man in her busy life.

Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate and a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.

When their worlds collide, neither Emily nor Carter could have guessed what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?

The perfect summer novel, A Great Catch will enchant you with its breezy setting and endearing characters.

Here's an excerpt of A Great Catch:

Lake Manawa, Iowa, 1901

Three blind mice.

Three little pigs.

Three days in the belly of a whale.

Emily Graham stifled a moan. Some of the worst things in life came in threes, and she was facing her favorite meddlesome trio right now.

“The right to vote won’t warm your bed at night, dear.” Aunt Millie poured fresh lemonade from a crystal pitcher into four glasses, then blotted her round face with a handkerchief.

Even though the table, complete with an heirloom lace tablecloth, sat in the shade of the Grahams’ cabin at Lake Manawa, the late May heat brought a sheen to her aunt’s crinkled brow.

Emily pressed the glass of lemonade to her cheek and watched the sailboats on the lake lazily glide across the rippling surface. “As hot as it is, the last thing I want is a warm bed.”

“Honestly, what are we going to do with you?” Aunt Ethel, rail thin, stiffened in her chair, and Emily imagined her aunt would launch into a tirade concerning Emily’s character flaws at any minute.

Aunt Ethel turned toward her older silvery-haired sister, Emily’s grandmother. “It’s your fault, Kate. You filled her head with all those ridiculous notions of changing the world, women voting, and all that other nonsense. Now look at her. She’s twenty-three years old, and she’s still not married.”

“I’m twenty-two, Aunt Ethel.”

“But your birthday’s just around the corner.”

Emily rolled her eyes. “It’s six months away.”

“So sad. Almost a spinster.” Aunt Millie shook her head and smoothed her apron. “If we don’t do something soon, no man is going to want a woman that advanced in years.”

“I guess it’s up to us.” Aunt Ethel tsked and patted Emily’s hand. “Even though you’re no great catch, don’t worry, dear. With the three of us on the job, we’ll have a man on
your arm in no time.”

“Three?” Emily felt a millstone sink to the pit of her stomach.

She turned to her grandmother. “I thought you were on my side.”

Grandma Kate smiled. “I am. That’s why I’m going to help.

If I leave it up to your aunts, they’ll have you married off to some spineless simpleton you’d have henpecked in a matter of days, or some bald, solid member of the community that every other bright girl has already discarded.”

“Do I even want to know what these two have in mind?”

The corners of Grandma Kate’s crinkly mouth bowed. “Probably not.”

“Trust us, dear. We have your best interests at heart.” Aunt Millie held out a plate. “Prune cake?”

“No thank you.” Emily checked the watch hanging on the chain around her neck. “I have to go now. I promised to meet some friends to go roller-skating.”

“You’re not going out in that abysmal outfit.” Aunt Ethel’s face pinched. “It’s hardly proper.”

Emily held out the sides of her sporting ensemble, complete with a shorter-length, divided moss-green walking skirt. “I can’t very well skate in a full skirt. I’d kill myself.”

“You probably will anyway,” Aunt Ethel said solemnly.

“Ethel!” Grandma Kate shot her a warning glance. “It’s not Emily’s fault she struggles a bit in the art of gracefulness.”

“A bit?” Aunt Millie chuckled. “That’s like saying I’m a bit old.”

“Aunties, Grandma, we’ll talk about all of this later.”

Aunt Ethel squeezed Emily’s forearm. “No need to thank us, dear. It’s our pleasure to help.”

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Lorna is giving away a copy of A Great Catch. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This looks like a good read!

Judy K said...

Would love to win a copy of A Great Catch. Sounds so good!

Judy K

apple blossom said...

Please include me in this drawing thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Amy said...

Would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks.


Jackie S. said...

Would love to read this book! I just got her first one, and want to be entered for this one! Thanks!!!

Lorna said...

Thank you all for being excited about A GREAT CATCH. It was so much fun to write!

PriviesAndPrims said...

Meddling relatives makes for a fun story. :)

Please include me in the contest.

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Charity said...

I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed the history:) Please enter me. Thanks!


ann said...

Would like to win the book . Sounds good

Pam K. said...

Meddlesome aunties? This sounds like it has the makings of some conflict. "A Great Catch" sounds like a great book. I'd love to win.


Lorna said...

Charity, I'm glad you enjoyed the history. Did you know that a lot of "trolley" parks like the resort at Lake Manawa sprung up across the United States. Few survived until today, but they were the first amusement parks.

Thank you all for stopping by. I think you will find the meddlesome aunts a hoot. I think we've all met some ladies like them with good intentions, but not always the most welcome advice.

Anonymous said...

Would love to have this great book, sounds like an awesome read

amber said...

this looks like a great read!!


CarolM said...

Would love to be in this drawing!
carol at coarlmoncado dot com

Maureen said...

Oh boy some more answers from the first book! I loved it! Also like that it was set in a real place. Please include me!!


karenk said...

this sounds like a great novel...thanks for the chance to read it :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Courtney said...

Sounds like such a great book! I laughed when you said in the interview that you despise oil changes, I am so right there with you. I hate them too, I hate the idea of the big hole and I also hate not knowing what they are talking about when they tell me things about the car!

Thanks for a chance to win this book, it sounds very good and I love the cover too!

ann said...

enter me to win the book A Great Catch thanks

lgm52 said...

Sounds great!

Anne Payne said...

Looks like a great read! Such a fun cover design :) Love it!


Charlotte Kay said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Roanna said...

Please enter me. Thank you!

Charity U said...

Yes. I want to read this one SO much! I just finished "Making Waves," and it was really great!

Megan said...

I just finished reading "Making Waves" which was a GREAT book, I couldn't put it down. I am really looking forward to reading this book!

Meredith said...

I'd love to read this one! It looks like a fun story!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Ann Lee Miller said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Enjoyed the excerpt --I have the first book "Making Waves" on my PC Kindle reader (it still might be available free, so check online!) Hopefully I have the chance to read it soon, but I'd love to win a paperback of book 2!


Amy said...

This book sounds great.


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