Friday, September 27, 2013

CFBA: Made to Last by Melissa Tagg

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
Made to Last
Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
Melissa Tagg

I love a good home make over show. Miranda's show From the Ground Up sounded like a pretty fantastic program, I'd watch it. The behind the scenes reading, though, is much more fun! How does the saying go? Oh what a web we weave, when first we practice to deceive? Miranda never intended to make such a sticky massive web. Who really does? But make a mess she does and finding her way out of it could lead to heartache and loss. The great thing is seeing how with each step she takes to correct a lie or untangle a strand, you can see God's hand working to turn it to good. He wants her back and even though Miranda might not see it right away, God is healing her, and by turn a few others around her. It's a love story with multiple angles and it's nicely wrapped in some very funny moments to keep it at just the right level of fun.


Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Made to Last, go HERE.


A Word From The Author:

I’m a former reporter turned author who loves all things funny and romancey. My debut novel, a romantic comedy titled Made to Last, releases from Bethany House in September 2013. In addition to my nonprofit day job, I’m also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for novelists.

It all started when my dad, at the ripe old age of sixteen, picked up my mom up for their first date. She was thirteen. Thirteen!* Dad drove a cherry red car up the lane to my grandparents big ol’ green house and honked his horn…whereupon Mom jumped out of the apple tree she’d been waiting in and off they went…fishing. True story. (I’d give more details, but I’m saving it for a novella I plan to entitle Two Leaves. Mom, I really hope you read this.)

Four years of college, a few trips abroad and a stint as a reporter later, that dream is soon to be a reality. My debut novel, a romantic comedy titled Made to Last, is now out from Bethany House. Book two, Here to Stay, comes out on May 1, 2014.

In between writing and staring out the window brainstorming, I also work as a grant-writer at one of Iowa’s largest private nonprofits and serve as the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for novelists founded by Susan May Warren.

And I love, love, love talking about finding our purpose and identity in Christ. (And well, okay, food, old movies, boots and scarves, my awesome nephew Ollie, and, fine, Tim Tebow, too.)

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