meet Lorna Seilstad


Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she quit teaching and became a professional wiper. "I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote." Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor, and lives in Iowa with her husband and three children--ages 18, 16, and 11.

You can find Lorna online at

Making Waves

Sun, summer, and a scrumptious sailing instructor. What more could a girl want?

When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will spend the summer of 1895 at Lake Manawa, Iowa, she couldn't be more thrilled. It's the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews.

But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's secrets threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart--even if it means hurting the family she loves?
Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves will whisk you away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday.

First page of Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

Council Bluffs, Iowa 1895

If forced to endure Roger Gordon for five more minutes, Marguerite Westing would die. Dead. Gone. Buried. Six feet under Greenlawn Cemetery.

Her parents would need to purchase a large headstone to fit all the words of the epitaph, but they could do it. Money wasn’t an issue, and after bearing this unbelievable torture, she deserved an enormous marble marker complete with a plethora of flowery engravings. She could see the words now:

Here lies Marguerite Westing.
Only nineteen, but now she’s resting.
Strolling through the park with Roger Gordon,
Once full of life, she died of boredom.

Marguerite giggled.

Roger stopped on the cobblestone path of the park and frowned at her. “I don’t see anything funny about my uncle Myron’s carbuncle, Marguerite.”

“I’m sorry. My mind wandered for a minute.”

“You do seem prone to that. Perhaps you should work on your self-control.” He patted her hand, lodged in the crook of his arm, like a parent would an errant child.

And perhaps you should work on making yourself more interesting than milk toast. She bit her lip hard to keep the words from escaping. Good grief. What did he expect when he was talking to her about a boil?

“Now, as I was saying, Uncle Myron . . .” He droned on, his dark mustache twitching like a wriggling fuzzy caterpillar on his upper lip. “Marguerite, are you listening?”

She forced a smile. “Of course I am. How terrible for your dear uncle.”

This whole ordeal was her mother’s fault. If her mother hadn’t insisted she accept Roger’s attentions, she could be home enjoying her newest book about the stars.

You can purchase Making Waves from CBD and Amazon:

Lorna is giving away a copy of Making Waves. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment by Sept. 20th and check back on Tuesday, Sept. 21st to see if you've won. You can enter twice--once on this post and once on tomorrow's interview with Lorna. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
**Annoying little disclaimer: This giveaway is open only to U.S. addresses. By clicking on the Amazon link above or in the sidebar, and purchasing, I will receive a very small percentage of the sale.

Lorna is also giving away a special Making Waves Gift Basket in a drawing to one person who is signed up for her newsletter before Sept.30th. You can sign up on her website at

Don't forget the other giveaway still going on with Sarah Sundin. Here's Sarah's spotlight and her interview.


  1. LOVE the cover...AND the first page. What a delightful read. PLEASE give me this book (LOL in other words, enter me). Looking forward to getting to know her better tomorrow.

  2. What a fun glimpse into Marguerite's
    sassy character. I'm looking forward to Making Waves!

  3. Enter me in the contest:) Sounds like a great book.

  4. I would love to read this book. Sounds funny! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.


  5. Sounds like a great book and I just love that cover. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


  6. I cannot wait to read this book.

  7. They always emphasize how important the first sentence is, and I must say that Lorna did a good job. It's almost impossible for me to resist the cover. Thank you for the chance to win Making Waves, Patty.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  8. love that cover....thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. Isn't the cover fabulous?

    I'm enjoying your blog.


  10. The cover and the opening lines have reeled me in as well. I would love the opportunity to win a copy. Thanks.


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