To celebrate Milele Safari’s stint as one of Rave Reviews Book Club Books of the Month for November 2015, I’m starting a new author feature for all writer-reviewers who’ve been kind enough to read my first novel from it’s publication at the end of 2013 to date. Today it’s my great pleasure and honour to present one of RRBC’s most supportive people, former Member of the Month and my colleague on the governing board of RRBC, Rebecca Reilly.
ABOUT REBECCA REILLY*
Rebecca Reilly is a pastor and has been working in ministry for over thirty years. A wife and mother of two and grandmother of one, Rebecca enjoys hiking, jogging, and taking cruises. When she’s in her Northern California home, she works as a pastor of student ministries, a massage therapist, a health coach, and a writer. Rebecca enjoys writing mysteries (Into Dark Waters and Haunting Megan), but has also written humor (Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage), a scrupulously honest (and often light-hearted) exposé, Christian Sex & Marriage – It’s Complicated!, a children’s chapter book (The Geek Club), and three picture books (Hide and Seek with the Moon, Heart of a Kitty and Jammers and His Flying Bed Adventure). Right now, Rebecca is working on follow-up novels in all four genres.
* from Rebecca’s Amazon Author page
(all descriptions can be found on the individual Amazon pages)
Diary of a Christian Woman ~ How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage (May 18 2013) Food is not a great substitute for sex, but it’s all I’ve got.
It’s not that I’m not happy in my marriage. I am. George is a good man, and I love him. I love our two children. I love our home. I love our church. And I love my job. I love everything I have.
And I’m bored out of my mind.
I know God created sex for marriage. And not just for beautiful people, either. Sex is supposed to bind a man and wife; to give them an intimacy they share with no one else. Sex is supposed to be fulfilling. And fun! I think we’re supposed to want to have sex with our spouse.
I look at the college students walking around the campus where I work, and I think they are getting way more out of sex than I am.
And that is just not fair.
George and I did it by the Book. We are the ones that should be tingling, panting, and dripping with lust. We’re the ones who should be the models of sexual satisfaction.
I should feel as the bride in Song of Solomon felt: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine….Take me away with you–let us hurry. Let the king bring me to his chambers” (Song of Solomon 1:2, 4).
But even Song of Solomon hasn’t helped spice up our boring chambers. And most of the time, I think George would rather have wine.
I needed something else. I needed more specific instructions to liven up our life. But where does a sexually uptight, Christian woman (with a reputation to protect) go for help?
The Geek Club (as Becky Reilly ~ May 22, 2014) Who needs to worry about being cool in the fourth grade? Everyone-according to Ron, the new kid in class. He’s big, strong and mean, and he loves to bully the geeks who don’t measure up. Austin, JJ, and Josh need to figure out what makes them cool,so they have the confidence to stand up to the bully. They band together to form The Geek Club and discover how awesome geeks can be.
Heart of a Kitty (Mar 15, 2014) Ellie Mae’s life as a princess pussycat begins when she is rescued from the pound and taken to a loving home. Ellie Mae is adored and pampered until a new human baby, Sarah, comes to take her place, and Ellie Mae is cast out into the garage. As Sarah, grows, Ellie Mae chooses to love her even though love hurts sometimes. One morning Ellie Mae wakes up as a human child and gets to spend the day playing with Sarah. Finally, Ellie Mae can tell Sarah she loves her in words Sarah can understand.
Jammers and his Flying Bed Adventure (Apr 6, 2014) Bedtime made Jammers as grumpy as a bulldog with a toothache. Why should he have to go to bed while everyone else gets to stay up and play? All that changes when his dad teaches him the secret of the flying bed. On his first adventure, Jammers captains a ship, outwits pirates, and rescues his cat Rex. Who knew bedtime could be so much fun? A great story to read as you tuck your children into bed.
Into Dark Waters (Jul 1, 2014) A cruise ship is an easy place to commit murder. Body disposal’s a cinch, and suicide’s the likely verdict. The only problem is determining how to choose the next victim.
Sad and sexy, women find Detective Jim Tanger attractive. He doesn’t care. His wife’s suicide three years ago froze his soul. When Jim hears that Sunburst Cruises has lost another young female passenger to an assumed suicide, Jim’s passions erupt. He pushes the department and the cruise line into letting him investigate. Battling seasickness and overwhelming shyness, Jim must protect the women and find the killer only he believes exists.
Julie Cooper loves her husband Joel. She hopes their anniversary cruise to Hawaii will be a new beginning for them. Before her suitcases are unpacked, someone unleashes a campaign of terror against her. Anonymous threats, cryptic messages in her cabin, and an attempt on her life force Julie to look at the one person who might want her dead; the one person she trusted with her life.
Haunting Megan (Sep 6, 2014) After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Megan wakes to screams, cries of murder, and the room splattered with blood. Sent to the mountains to live with the grandfather who’d once abandoned them, Megan must learn to care for her young sisters and manage Wind Hollow Lodge. Megan tries to ignore the haunting memories of her past as she struggles to live a normal life. But she can’t ignore the ghosts who terrorize her, nor can she calm the fear that her sanity is slipping away. When deputies discover the bodies of men murdered on Wind Hollow land, people start to wonder just how crazy Megan Wilson really is.
The investigation at Wind Hollow Lodge is just another case to Deputy Jason Belt—until he sees Megan. Drawn to her beauty and her wounded spirit, his oath to protect and serve takes on new meaning. But why did she lie to him? What does she have to hide?
Real Stories. Real Pain. Real Help.
Ignite passion and deepen sexual intimacy and emotional intimacy in your marriage. Inspired by the struggles, the shame, and the victories of Jesus Followers who asked,
- What does the Bible say about marriage and sex?
- I have no sex drive—am I broken?
- What can I do to better pleasure my spouse?
- How do I get my spouse to listen to me?
- How do I add romance in my marriage?
- Can Christians play sex games?
- How do I give and accept oral sex? Is oral sex wrong?
- What happens to our sex life when we get older?
- I had an affair; can my marriage heal?
Every section begins with true stories. Every chapter ends with self-evaluation questions, conversation starters, and activity ideas.
Hide & Seek With The Moon (Dec 29, 2015)
Hide and Seek with the Moon follows Alice, her stuffed animals, and her dog as they search for the moon. Why does it shine in her window on some nights, and then disappear at other times? Written in rhyme and accompanied by fun pictures, Hide and Seek with the Moon is a fun read aloud for young children and great for early readers. As a bonus, Heart of a Kitty, another picture book by Rebecca Reilly, is included in this book.