Taco Unleased—The Ugliest Dog in America?

The many faces of Under a Turquoise Sky‘s favorite pooch—

index8Sporting some Taco ‘tude

index10The ruby collar

images9Off the grid with camo

images12The infamous turquoise tote

index11The multi-functional super dog cape

images11A bad hair day?

index12Taco to the rescue

index9The ugliest dog in America? You be the judge.

What’s your favorite pooch breed?

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Why I Wrote Under a Turquoise Sky

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Writing each novel is as varied as each relationship in your life. Some are heart-wrenching; others are sheer joy. Under a Turquoise Sky was a little of both.

Oftentimes, the words poured out of my imagination so fast I could barely type fast enough. From the opening line of “As soon as the elevator doors closed behind her, Kailyn knew she’d made a mistake . . .”—the characters just took my initial premise and charted their own destiny.

Every day was a joyous discovery as I, the supposed author, waited to see where Aaron & Kailyn’s romance-a-thon from Charlotte to Shiprock would take me and readers next. They were such fun to watch and write. (I realize that statement might make me appear psychotic. For the record, characters do not talk to me. They talk to each other and I just take notes. Which makes me only slightly psychotic.)

From outright hostility to take-your-breath-away love, the outrageous things they would say to each made me LOL. Or, sometimes cry.

I had no idea at the beginning the emotionally wrenching issues that lay in both characters’ past. But as Kailyn early on describes Aaron to her best friend, CeCe, it was like peeling back layer after layer of an onion. And in the end, discovering a pearl of great value. (And yes, I realize I just mixed metaphors here.)

Truthfully, Aaron’s story haunted me. Because unfortunately his story is all too real. During the intense 3 month period of writing and editing this book, I often awoke in the middle of the night crying and praying for children caught in abusive situations. As one police officer told me, “One of the two largest issues facing America right now is human trafficking.” And sadly, domestic violence and sexual trafficking is endemic on Native American reservations. I am appalled—and gutted—by the statistic that one in three Native American women will be sexually victimized at some point in their lives. And usually, it begins in childhood. Honestly, I was a bit traumatized by this story God gave me. It took me months to pull out of it emotionally. I wondered for a time if I ever would.

Yet despite the harsh realities, this is a story of mercy and grace. How out of the tangled skeins of our life, Jesus can weave mercy and grace. How in spite of our weakness, Jesus is stronger. How deeply Jesus loves the least of us. My gratitude for Jesus calling me His—and never letting me go.

Looking back, I wrote Under a Turquoise Sky for the broken, wounded, and scarred—You who’ve struggled to just survive. It became my prayer that despite the lies you’ve been told and maybe still believe—that like the fictional characters of this book, you would discover no one is too broken that God cannot mend.

And when I came across the Navajo legend of the turquoise—everything in Aaron’s past came full circle to this moment in the fictional present. It was one of those divinely inspired encounters that happens at least once during the writing of each novel. The great Aha moment God is so gracious to provide. One of those moments that still gives me holy goosebumps when I recall it.

Always remember—You were worth the price He paid. Whatever your past, whatever you’ve done or has been done to you, I pray you will find in Jesus the bridge from brokenness to wholeness and go forward in God’s strength.

May you walk in beautiful obedience to the Shepherd of your soul. I pray you will discover the name by which He calls you—beloved—and fully embrace its significance.

And, I hope you have as much fun reading this as I had writing it.

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2 Minute Sneak Peek—Under a Turquoise Sky Book Trailer #Video

Let the Charlotte to Shiprock romance-a-thon begin . . .

 

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A Navajo Proverbs 31 Woman—Happy Mother’s Day

Immerse yourself in the English words, bask in the Navajo sounds, enjoy the photos in this 4 minute #video.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all American mothers.

 

The Carolina Beauty #Quilt

4B-82-C8-451-quiltiNCMH-a0d1q5-a_21560True quilt story from Beneath a Navajo Moon.

During Reconstruction—a Yankee schoolteacher brought the New York Beauty quilt pattern to Greene County, North Carolina. North Carolinian quilters adapted the pattern according to their Southern sensibilities.

For more quilts and behind-the-scene photos from Beneath a Navajo Moon, visit http://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/beneath-a-navajo-moon/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—The Honu Sea Turtle Quilt

6.11.03 HA 32Legend says that the honu, green sea turtles, watch over the children of Hawaii.

The Honu Sea Turtle Quilt pattern is available—$10 plus s/h.Honu Sea Turtle Quilt Finished

Email lisa@lisacarterauthor.com to purchase.

For more quilts and behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian–Making a Breadfruit Quilt

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Traditionally, the breadfruit pattern was the first tackled by would-be Hawaiian quilters. To those who complete this quilt, legend says, will be a fruitful life, filled with wisdom and knowledge.

Visit this site for free breadfruit quilt pattern—Be sure to observe all terms and conditions.

http://www.quiltshawaii.com/freepattern.html

For more quilts and behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—Quilts Shopping

My favorite quilt shops that specialize in Hawaiian fabrics and quilt patterns—

delicate-beauty-300Pacific Rim Quilt Company—Janice Lee Baehr was a great help to me in researching the Lokelani Rose quilt featured in Aloha Rose. Lots of great info on their website—http://www.prqc.com/.prqc

Maui Quilt Companymauiquiltshop—thanks, ladies, for your kindness to this traveling haole quilter. Visit their website at www.mauiquiltshop.com.seahorsequilt

For more quilts and behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—Quilting

Lokelani quilt1Hawaii is famous for its distinctive quilt tradition in which a large stencil-like pattern is appliqued onto a base fabric of contrasting color to form the quilt top. Designs are inspired by the native flowers, leaves, marine life, or by symbols of Hawaiian royalty. Each island is associated with a particular blossom. I designed the Lokelani quilt after the Lokelani rose, the island flower of Maui.

Four methods of creation and construction of a quilt, when combined, give Hawaiian quilts its distinctive quality. Traditional quilts are designed with only two color fabric choices. The applique fabric is folded and cut in a “snowflake” method reminiscent of the paper snowflakes many of us remember from our schooldays. This fabric is then hand-appliqued onto a white, background fabric. The quilt sandwich is constructed using an echo or outline style of hand-quilting that follows the contour of the applied design. To me, the echoes resemble the rippling waves of the ocean surrounding their Hawaiian homeland or the rainbows that arch above the island sky.

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Historically, Hawaiians made bedcovers from kapa, a tree bark that had been beaten, felted and dyed. Western missionaries introduced Hawaiians to American quilting methods and fabrics in the 1820s, resulting in the bold, symmetric botanical motifs of the Hawaiian quilting we know today. Hawaiian tradition teaches if quilters begin with the breadfruit pattern, they will lead a fruitful life, filled with wisdom and knowledge. And Hawaiian quilters were quick to recognize the making of a quilt, as Laney discovers in Aloha Rose, is itself a spiritual journey.

For more behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—Imiloa

imiloaImiloa—seeker of knowledge or profound truth, truth-seeker

 

 

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Like the Magi—Matthew 2:1-2 “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

000011623557This Christmas, may you find in Him all you seek. He is The Way, The Truth, The Life.

Mele Kalikimaka from Aloha Rose.