Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots by Karla Akins

Back Cover Blurb

Pastor's wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Kirstie loves roaring down a road less traveled by most women over forty, but she's not just riding her bike for the fun of it. Kirstie has a ministry. However, certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie's ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed...and some will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Join Kirstie and her motorcycle "gang" - two church matrons and a mouthy, gum-smacking non-church member - as they discover that road-toughened bikers are quite capable of ministering to others, and faith is fortified in the most unexpected ways.


The women of Eel Falls First Independent Christian Community Church Ladies Fellowship are a strong-willed, opinionated bunch.

And I’m their fearless leader.

OK, fine.

I’m afraid of them.

 “Ladies, ladies.” I clapped my hands and spoke in my sweetest let’s-get-moving voice. “We have events to discuss, and I need your attention.”

Another smile and a rap on the table.

Invisible me.

And then?

Holy. Terror.

Women screamed, my mouth flew open, and Dorothea clasped her heart. Goliath and Timmy came barreling through the church basement door covered head-to-toe in mud, rejoicing in foul-smelling, slimy delight. All I could see were Timmy’s white teeth and the rims of his eyes. Goliath barked and danced around Timmy like an organ grinder’s monkey.

A really big one with bad breath.

I whispered a prayer for God to deliver me from the dog that so easily entangled Maude’s new Vera Bradley handbag.

I slammed my eyes shut, but Goliath’s bark snapped me back to reality. I threw my hands over my eyes and peeked through my fingers as the giant mastiff braced himself to shake off the pond scum.

Dread gurgled from deep inside me until it erupted like Mt. Vesuvius. “Nooooo!”

Like a slow-motion horror film, Goliath shook every inch of his 213-pound extra-wrinkly-skinned self. When he finished, the ladies at the table’s end were smothered in muck and drool.

“Pond!” Timmy smiled with pride and pointed out the door and down the street to the pond in front of our house. “Pond!”

“Help,” I mouthed.

I looked at my good friends, Lily and Opal, and made a silent plea for help.

They both nodded and grabbed Timmy as I dashed toward Goliath who had Bernice pinned to the floor, licking her like a Popsicle. His head was twice the size of hers, and he ignored her screaming and the violent kicks of her size-ten feet. She swung at him with her handbag, and he responded as if it were a fabulous game of tag, woofing and slurping with fervent delight. If the cantankerous matriarch hadn’t used an entire can of Aqua Net, he would have inhaled every curl atop her freshly-styled head.

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About Karla:

Karla Akins is a pastor's wife, mother of five, and grandma to five precious girls. She lives in Northeast Indiana with her husband, Eddie, the pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, her twin teenage boys with autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer's and three rambunctious dogs. When she's not writing she's dreaming of riding her motorcycle through the mountains and countryside with her camera.

To connect with Karla, go here:
Twitter: @KarlaAkins
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Karla Akins is giving away a copy of The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


apple blossom said...

ok now you have my attention....
I love the title of this book

I'm a pastor's wife so it caught my eye...then further reading the author lives close to my home area so now I'd really love to win a copy of this book thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

squiresj said...

I so want to win this. I've entered on more than one blog. I review books too.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this and then share it with our Pastor's wife!

Jo said...

This looks like a fun read and one that I want to read. Thanks for the opportunity!


Patricia Bradley said...

I love this! Hope I win it. pat at ptbradley dot com

Linda Kish said...

I so want to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

nylnestill said...

This unusual title has me hankering to read The Pastors Wife Wears Biker Boots!

bonton said...

Sounds like a fun read - would love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!


Veronica Sternberg said...

I love the title and would love to read this! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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