Monday, September 17, 2007

Guest Blogger: Liz Flaherty

About my friend, Liz
She doesn’t know where the time went, but Liz Flaherty swears it was only last week that she married her boyfriend-just-home-from-Vietnam. Duane wore a blue blazer and gray slacks with bell bottoms and she wore a blue dress, size five, that ended so far above her knees she’s not sure it was legal. He had all his hair and hers was its natural color and they were going to have three children and live happily ever after.

And so they did.

Of course, there’s more to it than that. The three children have all married and presented their parents with six grandchildren. Liz has worked at the post office since Ben Franklin was the postmaster—or at least it seems that way—and she’s always written. She’s one of those who can’t not write. There are stories hidden in her computer keyboards, and she just has the most fun dragging them out word by word.

When the words are being stubborn, Liz enjoys sewing and cooking--as long as someone else cleans up. She loves to walk the country roads where she lives, but if the wind is blowing or the mercury dips much below the 40-degree mark, she finds or invents an urgent reason to stay inside.

She and Duane live in the same farmhouse at the end of lane where they’ve lived for 30 years. They are owned by the aforementioned grandchildren and two longhaired cats named Gabe and Jessy.

And now let's hear from Liz:

I know this isn’t a good thing for a so-called professional to admit, but I get all in a dither when I think about being the guest of someone who’s been a favorite for so long. I just did it a little bit ago over at Shirley Jump’s site (with a “borrowed” cookie recipe), so you’d think I’d be a little less nervous, but it’s not working that way! However, I do have to say I’ve been reading Cheryl’s books ever since the beginning. I remember finishing Rain Shadow and being so sorry it was over that I read it again. On that note, I want to thank her for having me.

How many books have struck you that way? Have you ever sat and felt like weeping--even if the ending was wonderful--because the experience of the book itself was over? I’m reading the Harry Potter series now (I know, a little late, but that tends to be the story of my life.) I’m on the sixth book out of the seven and I’m already dreading reaching the end.

There were stories like that from when I was a kid, too. Janet Lambert wrote books on entire families--when the oldest daughter grew up, she wrote about a younger one--and I felt like they were friends. It broke my heart when they left home without me!

My new book, The Debutante’s Second Chance, isn’t part of a series, but I hope it leaves you wanting more. I have to admit, there were a few of those people I had trouble letting go.

I’m also giving away two autographed copies of the book, plus a couple of really, really old copies of Always Annie, my first book. Annie was published in 1999 (when I was a mere child) by Precious Gems. Cheryl will be drawing the names from her magic bowl and I’ll send the books out right away.

For now, I’m going back to Harry Potter. Oh, and maybe I should write a little, too. It was fun talking to you, and I’m anxious to find out what books you’ve had trouble saying goodbye to.

Landy Wisdom was a survivor. Her former husband's abuse hadn't broken her spirit—no, she'd picked herself right up and helped run the local Underground Railroad for battered women. But when it came to love, Landy felt that the train had left the station. She'd built a wall around her heart no man could breach…until journalist Micah Walker showed up and bought the hometown newspaper.

For Micah, returning to small-town life was a culture shock. But it was more shocking to see how things had changed for the local debutante. In high school Landy had seemed untouchable. Was she still? Micah would find out, as he patiently, tenderly dismantled her defenses to reveal the warm, compassionate woman underneath.…




  1. Liz, I have four Janet Lambert's and am seeking all.
    Only read first of HP, saw all 4 movies & just bought a HC of Order of the Phoenix (50 cents at garage sale.)
    Would love to win either a first or recent one of yours.

  2. Hi Liz!

    Congratulations on your new book. Landy sounds like the kind of heroine I like, a strong one.

  3. Congrats on your new book! Can't wait to read it!

  4. Welcome, Liz! I think what you and Cheryl wrote about each other is wonderful. I recently finished "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". I have the last book but I keep putting it off. That's one thing I don't want to end. The other and more important item on my list of "please don't end" is my cats life. He is dying of heart disease and I'm devastated. He's been with me for 20 some years!
    I love when Cheryl introduces me to new authors. I highly value her opinion. It's nice to meet you and I hope I win one of the two books you're giving away.
    As a former battered woman and 9 year breast cancer survivor "The Debutante’s Second Chance" appeals to me greatly.

  5. That book looks and sounds so good! Congrats on the new release!

  6. HI LIZ,



  7. Congratulations on the book! I can't wait to read it. I love it when I discover a new, great author.

  8. What a fun post from both of you - Cheryl and Liz.

    Liz congrats on the latest book.

  9. I'm glad to meet you all, especially another Janet Lambert reader!

    Image Cascade Publishing-- reprinted tons of the books many of us grew up with, including most of Janet Lambert's list.

    To the breast cancer and battering survivor, my heart aches for you, but you also make me proud: you survived!


  10. Welcome to the blog, can't wait to read your next book. It sounds great.

  11. Congratulations on the new book! Yeah, another great book to look forward to reading!!!

  12. Thanks for joining this blog! I now have more books on my TBR list! I must admit that I have never read one of your books :( But, I enjoy finding new just means more great books!! :) :)

  13. << To the breast cancer and battering survivor, my heart aches for you, but you also make me proud: you survived! >>

    That's Mel, our HERO-ine!

  14. Hi Liz! The new book sounds really good!

  15. Congratulations on the new book! I'm like so many of the other posters. I can't wait to read it.

  16. Love the book cover which makes me want to read it.

  17. "That's Mel, our HERO-ine!"
    What a wonderful thing to say, Cheryl!!! Thank you so much. :-)

    Thanks, Liz. I'm happy to be alive.

  18. I have read many books where I did not want to read the ending b/c that meant the end of the story for those characters! Unless the book was a series and the characters were revisited :) But, most of the time that is not the case and I too will re-read a book to visit "old friends." That is a sign of a GREAT book!

  19. Liz, THANKS for the lead on Lambert books. Will definitely check it out as I don't have time to search used book stores like I used to.
    A girlfriend in grade school in Clinton, IA was related to Janet, but have no interesting stories to share from that source and never met her.

  20. What a small world luckylou :)

    Liz, thanks for the tip about Janet Lambert books! Wow, you saved me lots of time searching :)

  21. Kathleen, I'd be happy to send my extra HC of Star-spangled summer if you don't have one. Send your email/snail mail addresses to Cheryl to forward to me.

    I have 5 other books and there are at least 20.