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I love to meet new authors! Lee Carver isn’t new to the writing/publishing world, but I’m excited to have her visiting with us for the first time! Before we meet Lee, let’s take a quick peek at her newest novel, Rebecca’s Redemption, which is the third in her Call to the Jungle series.
A nurse seeking redemption for past sins joins a doctor contending against the jungle. Both healers need healing.
Rebecca Singer once was the kind of nurse who partied all weekend and closed the bar with the last karaoke tune. Then she met the Lord and vowed to make up to Him for those wasted years by serving in the worst place in the world. She determined to earn her redemption in the Brazilian Amazon jungle.
Dr. Ed Pierce, a widower with two young daughters, operates a Christian hospital in the Brazilian Amazon. A lifelong believer, he struggles with the tragedy of losing his wife—his love, the mother of his children. When the mission board agrees to hire a nurse, he requests an American who can split her time between the hospital and home schooling his children.
Welcome, Lee! What inspired you to write this series or Rebecca’s Redemption in particular?
A publisher asked me to write this series, based on my earlier traditionally published novel, Love Takes Flight. Two weeks after I turned in the complete series, the publisher sold out and the line was discontinued. I was crushed. Being a freelance editor, formatter and uploader, I determined to lengthen and deepen the novels and publish them myself. As of December 1st, the whole series has been released!
That had to be disappointing, but good for you for turning it into something better! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
My husband and I lived in Brazil twelve years: six in the mega-metropolis of São Paulo, and six as mission volunteers in the Amazonian city of Manaus. I speak the language, went on missions, and know the people. These books are filled with details of jungle life.
What a fun opportunity you’ve given readers to be able to experience the culture there! Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
The first two books in this series have much to do with missionary aviation in Brazil, which I couldn’t have written without my husband’s expert information. For one novel, I asked him what could go wrong with that particular airplane which would require it to be grounded for two weeks but would not cause a crash at that moment. In my mind, he is the blue-eyed pilot and the best beta reader ever.
How awesome to have that expertise so readily available. What do you hope your readers take away from Rebecca’s Redemption?
Each novel has an inspirational “moral premise.” In the last one, a new believer knows the scriptures which teach the basis of salvation and a relationship with God, but feels her sins are so great that she has to compensate somehow. Most Christians have difficulty forgiving ourselves, don’t we? Rebecca’s Redemption illustrates one person’s battle with that issue.
Yes! I suspect many of us could relate to that struggle. Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
In the evening, I try to put away writing concerns and relax by crocheting items for the Prayer Shawl Ministry. I often post photos of the products on FaceBook and Pinterest. In the current phase, I’m making large lap robes of varied textures, stitches, and colors of yarn. It’s a peaceful time with my husband at the end of the day. And yes, it means watching a lot of sports on TV—part of the price of togetherness!
That’s awesome. That time together is important. Can you share about a time when you knew that God was in control and/or had your back?
The best way to answer this is by referring you to the true story of how and why my husband took early retirement from his career as an international bank executive to be a missionary pilot. Flying for Jesus is available through Amazon in print without profit, Kindle for 99 cents, and as a free PDF download from the home page of www.amazoncurrents.homestead.com. Part 2 of the book tells of specific events during those years. It was an amazing adventure!
Sounds like a story we need to check out! Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, Lee!
Your turn! When you watch TV, do you also work on hand projects, or do you focus on the show you’re watching?
More about Lee:
During her husband’s international career, Lee lived and reared their two children in Greece, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil, and Spain. She has visited about 49 countries, settings which become material in her novels. After her husband’s retirement, they served as volunteer missionaries in the Brazilian Amazon, where he used his military training as a pilot. The Carvers have settled in Fort Worth and remain active in aviation and community missionary concerns.
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Also by Lee:
Katie wouldn’t have lasted through the first mission trip if not for Matt, a pilot born and reared in the jungle. But she’d never fall for a pilot again.
Piper Jordan, an American reared in Brazil, had her pilot’s license before she could drive and her aviation maintenance certificate before her business degree. Pulled between two countries, two career paths, and separated parents, she strives to determine what is significant and what to do with her life.
Rebecca’s Redemption Giveaway:
Lee is generously offering a Kindle copy of each of the 3 books in the Call to the Jungle series, with each one going to a different reader (so three winners)! Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.