Never Say Never

24 Sep

Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She’s never put down roots in any one place–and she doesn’t plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily–until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai, it looks like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store–especially when Aunt Donetta has cooked up a scheme.

First Chapter

Lisa Wingate lives in central Texas where she is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine  columnist, and national bestselling author of  several books. Her novel, Tending Roses,  received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out sixteen printings for New York publisher,  Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of  America, and is currently in its fourteenth  printing.

The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, the Language of Sycamores, Drenched in Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa’s Texas Hill  Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star Cafe’, which  was awarded a gold medal by RT Bookreviews magazine and was hailed by Publisher’s  Weekly as “A charmingly nostalgic treat.”  The series concluded with Over the Moon at  the Big Lizard Diner.

Lisa is now working on a new set of small-town Texas novels for Bethany House Publishers. The series debuted with Talk of the Town and continued with Word Gets Around and Never Say Never. A new series is also underway for Peguin Group NAL, beginning with A Month of Summer (July 2008), and continuing with The Summer Kitchen (July 2009) and Beyond Summer (July 2010). Lisa’s works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Pics, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for the LORIES best Published Fiction Award. In 2009, A Month of Summer was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award, and in 2010, The Summer Kitchen was a finalist for the same award.

When not busy dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time speaking to numerous groups about writing, family relationships, generational connections, community ties, writing and rural nostalgia. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women’s literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system used Tending Roses to help volunteer mentors teach adults to read. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.

Never Say Never is a fun, chick-lit novel that will appeal to all ages of women readers.  Told from the point of view of 27 year old Kai and seventy-something Donnetta, it chronicles the ups and downs of relationships amid the winds of a hurricane.  If you like a light, humor-filled novel with romance sprinkled in, check out Lisa Wingate’s Never Say Never.

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