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Monday, January 27, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Lisa Lickel Talks about The Last Detail, Gives Away a Copy and Shares a Great Cold-Weather Recipe


A Warm Welcome to Lisa Lickel!

Lisa’s latest novel is The Last Detail, released in January 2014 from the Prism Book Group.

About the book:

Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage? Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…

Amalia enjoys her predictable life in a quiet little Illinois town—until long-time intended, Hudson, finally proposes in a way that shows her boring and old are coming way too fast. When a mutual friend introduces Merit and Amalia, the spark of attraction makes Merit reconsider his bachelorhood. When he can’t return to the mission, he accepts a call as pastor to Amalia’s church. As the two grow closer they weather constant interruptions from ministry, business, and family, even at their wedding and beyond. When tragedy strikes, they must learn to rely on each other in ways they couldn’t have prepared for.

How to buy The Last Detail:

ISBN: 978-1940099330
$3.99 eBook/$14.99 Print

Barnes and Noble
All Romance ebooks:

Nourish the body. Lisa shares one of her favorite recipes.

For a person who’s not very good at following recipes, one of my favorites (with constant variations depending on the day and the state of my cupboards) comes from a desire to do interesting things with venison, a staple in our house, and my past background with Russian studies as a college major. I make it up, usually making the gravy from bullion, occasionally a packet, and when I have time and am in the mood for a mess, I make noodles like my husband’s grandmother and mother. This is one dish my husband will ask for.

Venison Stroganoff
2 pounds lean venison cuts (of course you can use beef), sliced into strips
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
6-8 oz your favorite fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 large bell pepper, sliced
Olive oil for cooking – several T.
Salt and pepper
2 c. brown gravy (either use purchased or make your own with bullion and flour roux or cornstarch)
1/2 cup Sour cream, more or less to taste
Cooked egg noodles

Brown the meat in the olive oil in a large skillet with a cover. Add in the onion and pepper and cook for a couple of minutes until they’re softened. Add mushroom, salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat, pour the gravy over, cover. Cook on low until meat is tender, up to an hour depending on cut, stirring occasionally to meld the ingredients.

Prepare egg noodles while cooking the meat and veggies.

When ready to serve, remove meat and swirl sour cream into the mixture, ladle over noodles. Can also allow guests to serve their own sour cream if desired.

Goes well with a salad or other side dishes, like squash, apple sauce, beets

Yum. That sounds great, and venison's so good for us.

Nourish the Soul

One of Lisa's favorite Bible verses:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the faith we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
It’s been my favorite verse for many years, a challenge and a comfort to me. I don’t succeed at holding unswervingly as often as I like, but I know in whom I believe, and he is faithful to me no matter what.

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A muti-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit


Miss Mae said...

Love your cover and blurb. Always get a kick out of those "avowed bachelor" guys. Who do they think they're kidding? LOL

Wishing you the best, and hope you're staying warm in all this bitter cold! Brrr!

Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Thanks Miss Mae! And, yeah...seriously about the bachelors. WHOOOO is it cold, so cold I have HOS for the next two days....

June Foster said...

I've read and reviewed this book. (no need to include me in the drawing.) Sparks definitely fly in this story. I think what I enjoyed most about Lisa's book is she allows us to see the human side of her pastor/missionary hero. I definitely recommend it for any who love a good love story.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

This is a new twist to a romance, having the couple get married and then have their trials. May the Lord help you and bless you to share your talent with others, Lisa.

Larry Hammersley said...

Lisa, it sounds like a great sweet romance and the type I like to write. A great blurb to interest the reader to find out the problems they encounter.
Thanks, Gail for having Lisa. I'm always impressed with the backgound of writers you have.

Lisa Lickel said...

Thanks, June and Linda and Linda and Larry for stopping in. The book is not a genre romance - it's general fiction, even women's fiction. I really wanted to explore early marriage, and what led up to it helps us understand why the couple struggled, but even better, why and how they worked it out.

Laurean Brooks said...

Hi Lisa!

You've been one of my favorite personalities since we met on Shoutlife.

The Last Detail (I love the title). It gets right to the point. Funny how concise titles jump out at you. This sounds intriguing. And the cover is an eye-catcher.

Here's asking God's blessing on your latest release.

I'm not sure about the Venison Stroganoff, though. I've had good venison and some that tasted awful. I'll convert your delicious-sounding recipe to beef. LOL

It's been cooooooold here, too.

Laurean Brooks said...

Duh! I forgot to include my email.

Lisa Lickel said...

Beef is good! HI, Laurean - so lovely to see you here.

Lisa Lickel said...

Beef is good! HI, Laurean - so lovely to see you here.

Patti Shene said...

Sounds like a great story, Lisa. I'd love to be included in the drawing. patti(dot)shene(at)gmail(dot)com.66

Patti Shene said...

Ignore the 66 in the above email! Sorry bout that!

Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Patti Shene!

Patti Shene said...

Hello Lisa! How are you? Sounds like you are busy!

carrie said...

I would live to win this book! It sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

carrie said...

Oops. Forgot to post my email. Cagould15(at)yahoo(dot)com