“My hands immersed in a sink full of bubbles, I try to think up ways to bring up the lipstick to Rich. I even try to pray about it, but again my mind refuses to cooperate. It keeps reverting back to the fight between Mom and Dad that I witnessed when I was only ten…
“You’re not sorry, Ron. You’re just sorry you got caught!” Mother’s voice is high-pitched and louder than usual.
“Maxine, it was a mistake. It won’t happen again.”
I crouch behind the big brown recliner and hug my knees to my chest, as I listen for the first time in my life to my father cry…”
– Lynda Lee Schab, Mind Over Madi
Every good fairy tale starts with a wicked witch…
She wears a clingy off-white dress that shows off her, uh, assets more than should be legally allowed in public…There’s no mistaking that gorgeous head of long, thick auburn hair or the sleazy – er, figure hugging -dress. Seriously, there is only one person I know who would ever wear something so…provocative to church. Fawn Witchburn.
And there is Rich, trapped in her treacherous web…
And… a vulnerable, wounded spirit who doesn’t understand her royalty…
I scowl like a jealous wife…
In her debut novel Mind Over Madi, Lynda Lee Schab takes this bit of fairy tale straw and spins it into eternal gold…with wit, snappy first person present tense, and triumph of faith over fear.
When I was young, there was a cartoon television series I loved called “Fractured Fairy Tales.” Entertaining stories based on Cinderella, Rumplestilskin, and Rapunzel, but somehow… splintered. Skewed. Fractured by human frailty. In the same way, Schab brings us Madi – functioning as wife and mother, but… just barely. Haunted by deep childhood rejection of a father who broke up their home with infidelity. Her mother who never stopped venting her bitterness about men. Self-doubt ridden insecurities about the faithfulness of any prince. And anguish that her children may be about to suffer her own life’s tragedy all over again. It’s all my husband’s fault, Madi assuages herself, turning (as what woman hasn’t?) to chocolate for solace. But…then again… is it?
Schab takes a theme that could be heavy but writes with such entertaining flair that it makes Madi highly relatable and her story fun and easy to read.
Sharing her minute by minute tale as it unwinds, Madi takes us through many humorous and tiara-slipping moments along the way… making the reader laugh out loud at foibles they are sure to recognize in their own insecurities and feel as if they are right there in each Lucy Ricardo moment. But even as Lucy made us laugh, she always touched our hearts…so Madi too will move yours as she goes through a journey she would not have chosen but one that transforms her heart from pitiable victim to royal princess. And shakes a little gold dust on your own “crown” too.
It is with delight that I introduce you to my fellow writer and friend Lynda Schab on the debut of her first novel…only the beginning for her fun Madi series. Way to go, Lynda!
LYNDA LEE SCHAB got her writing start in greeting cards (Blue Mountain Arts, Dayspring) and from there went on to write articles and short stories (Mature Living, Christian Home & School) and in many places online (including http://www.Examiner.com and http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com), but her passion has always been fiction.
Mind Over Madi, her debut novel, is near and dear to her heart. Lynda admits she has a lot in common with the character of Madi. Not only are they both addicted to ice cream, chocolate, and computer games, they struggle with the same types of insecurities and continually require a hefty dose of God’s grace.
Lynda works behind the scenes at FaithWriters.com and is a member of ACFW. She is a regular book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com and is the Grand Rapids Christian Fiction Examiner and the National Writing Examiner for Examiner.com. Mind Over Madi received Runner-up in the 2007 FaithWriters Page Turner contest, was a finalist in the 2007 RWA Get your Stiletto in the Door contest, and won second place in the 2008 ACFW Genesis contest, Chick Lit category. Lynda lives with her husband, Rob, and two teenagers in Michigan.