Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Lisa M. James & A Path to Acceptance

Posted May 26, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, fantasy, giveaway, Lisa M. James, romance / 10 Comments

A Path To Acceptance JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Path To Acceptance by Lisa M. James, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to chat with Lisa today about her book!

A Path to Acceptance

SERIES: The Prodigal Woman Series #2
GENRE: Christian Fantasy / Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2023
PAGES: 272

Wanton. Tainted. Immoral. These were all words that could describe Penelope. After being forced into a world of harlotry to cover her parents’ debts, Penny learned how to survive without feeling. When a mysterious man approaches Penny with an offer to free her from her situation, Penny soon discovers that leaving her tavern could not rid her of the reputation she gained as a harlot. Would anyone be able to see beyond her tainted past?

Abandoned by his father as a child, Ryland refuses to depend on anyone but himself. Surviving as a mercenary for wealthy landowners, he accepts an assignment to free a harlot from a life of slavery. Frustrated when he is forced to take her under his care, Ryland discovers there is more to this harlot than her beauty. Can her unshakeable faith bring him back to a Redeemer he has long since rejected?

Discover the story of a tainted woman in A Path to Acceptance.

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Hi Lisa! Welcome back to the blog!

Lisa: APPLES, though I must admit, I do prefer them with a little peanut butter.

Carrie: yum! yes please!

Lisa: DOGS, for the longest time I was not a big animal person at all, but my brother got a shiba inu a few years ago, whom I just love and suddenly my fear of dogs has gone away. (But I”m still a little scared of cats!)

Carrie: cats ARE a little scary… not gonna lie 🙂 Though I’ve long said that all it takes is the love of one dog to make someone a dog person; perhaps it’s the same for cats!

Lisa: OVER. That’s always how my mom put it growing up, and now I think under just looks weird.

Carrie: right? Only my mom always hung our toilet paper ‘under’ and so I’m in that camp for life now lol

Lisa: This is a cheat answer, but my favorite thing is going to Panera and getting a “Pick two” meal which is ½ soup and ½ sandwich! I love the combo.

Carrie: it’s not a cheat answer – it’s the BEST answer lol

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Lisa: Ella from Ella Enchanted! I love retellings of fairy tales and I always thought Ella was such a brilliant take on Cinderella. I love when Ella finally breaks the curse over her which had forced her to do what everyone says the majority of her life. Even though she loved the prince, it’s such a powerful moment when she declares “I shan’t marry the Prince!” And she finally has her free will back.

Carrie: I adore well-done & unique Cinderella retellings! (Although I feel very old right now haha)

Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Lisa: That I’m always on the move. I usually always have my car keys, a train pass, a metro card, airpods, and a portable charger with me.

Carrie: you need a book too! 😉

Q: Which character in A Path to Acceptance was the most difficult to write?

Lisa: Without any debate, its my main female protagonist, Penelope. Given that Penny was sold into harlotry and physically and emotionally abused for so many years, she was an incredibly difficult character to write. I had to try to get into the mindset of someone who had been in that terrible situation, yet still managed to keep her hope. I wanted to write her character as someone who was not just a tragic person, but someone who is also inspiring and hopeful which was a tricky balance for a sensitive situation.

Carrie: i bet that WAS tricky!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from A Path to Acceptance?

Lisa: We are not the sum of our mistakes. No matter how far you feel you have fallen or how deeply you feel you have taken the wrong path in life, it is never too late to repent. Christ is always ready and waiting for us to turn back to him. He is our one true WAY.

Carrie: so many amens to that!!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Lisa: A Path to Acceptance is book 2 of The Prodigal Woman series and I am starting to draft Book 3, A Path to Healing! I am so proud of this series and can’t wait to share the final book with you, and dive deeper into Bethany and Ezra’s story.

Lisa James

Lisa M. James is a Romantic Fantasy and Christian Fantasy author. Her novels have made the Amazon Best Sellers list for numerous categories, including: Fairy Tale Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, Christian Fantasy, and Religious Romance. She is committed to creating fantastical worlds with clean romances and diverse female leads. When not writing, Lisa can most often be found watching Disney movies or enjoying homemade chai.

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A Path to Acceptance JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of A Path to Acceptance & a Vera Bradley Crossbody bag (plum pansies print)!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 22, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 29, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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10 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Lisa M. James & A Path to Acceptance

  1. Lori Smanski

    thanks for sharing. I love what you want readers to take away from the story. Animals? well I grew up on a farm with many animals and mom had them in the house as well. So for me animals are a must. I love a soup and sandwich combo. My mom started this when I was little. I am the oldest of five kids and I think she wanted to make the soup and sandwiches last a little bit longer. LOL not sure, but makes sense. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Rita Wray

    Sounds like a great book. I’m looking forward to reading it.
    By the way I’m afraid of cats. Happy to hear I’m not the only one.

  3. Connie Scruggs

    This does seem like a difficult story and character to write. I’m interested in reading it to see how the author handled it.

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