Lisa Wingate's exciting new book, "Beyond Summer" TV interview with Sharon Colson, KAMU-TV. New York Times Bestseller, Sandra Dallas says, "Beyond Summer is beyond good. It's great!"
Excerpts From chapter 1:"Beyond Summer"
It's strange, the things you look past in a normal day--the big picture you don't see, while you're busy focusing on all the little things that seem to matter in the moment. Good hair, an outfit that looks just right, a green light ahead when you're in a hurry to make an appointment, a short line at Starbucks, a straight shot down the fairway in a game of golf, a smile from a cute guy in the parking lot. You rub your life like Aladdin's lamp, and magic floats out in little clouds. It works time, after time, after time. You never stop to consider that there could be a day when a charmed life isn't charmed anymore. At that point, the wishes become prayers, and you hope against hope that God will take up where the wishing lamp left off.
The summer I turned eighteen became the summer of unanswered prayers. I was hoping that, since the lease was up on the hand-me-down mini Cooper I'd been driving, there was a new car in the works for my birthday—a combination getting-ready-for-college and welcome-to- adulthood present. And maybe a surprise party—something Hawaiian themed, out on the patio, with floating tiki torches in the pool, grass skirts and coconut bras, and a caterer filling the cabana with fruit baskets carved out of watermelons, perfect for early July. Instead, I got a phone call letting me know that my stepmother had rammed her Escalade into the front doors of the Baby Bundles Upscale Resale Shop while delivering a load of gently-worn or still-had-tags-on-them kiddie clothes. The accident wasn't her fault. It was the stilettos that did it.