Please Don’t Die
One Last Wish Series
When Katie O’Roark receives an invitation from the One Last Wish Foundation to spend the summer at Jenny House, she eagerly says yes. Katie is ever grateful to the anonymous “JWC,” the person who gave her the gift that allowed her to receive a heart transplant. Now Katie is asked to help others who, like herself, are facing medical odds against them.
Being a “Big Sister” to Amanda, an eleven-year-old victim of leukemia; Chelsea, a thirteen-year-old candidate for a heart transplant; and Lacey, a fifeen-year-old diabetic who refuses to face her problems, is a challenge. As the summer progresses, the girls form a bond of friendship as they behave “just like healthy kids.”
When a crisis occurs and one of the girls does not get to fulfill her dreams, the friends are devastated. The girls vow to gather each summer, so long as one of them is alive, in honor of their dreams and of a friendship strong enough to endure beyond this life.
Losing Gabriel: A Love Story
Love, family, acceptance, and forgiveness are at the center of this heartfelt novel that explores the unpredictable paths that allow people to follow their dreams and help them find a way back home.
Ever since Sloan won a reality television singing competition, her music career has taken off. She suddenly finds herself with a manager, a recording contract, and a tour in the works. Her manager warned her that strangers would ask her for all sorts of things, and that she must not respond. But one email stands out—from a young woman who claims to be Sloan’s half sister. Sloan’s mother, now deceased, never told her who her father was, so the prospect of knowing some family history is too strong a desire to ignore.
Now Sloan must return to Windemere, the town where she grew up, to face a past she’s worked hard to forget. One trip leads to another, and when circumstances take a devastating turn, Sloan is faced with a complicated choice involving not only herself, but also those who have come to depend on her.
“There’s no denying McDaniel’s command of her material. . . . inspirational romance by a genre master.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Who I Am: Lurlene Nora (Gallagher) McDaniel
My Birthday: April 5, 1944… It only comes once a year, so I turn it into a festival and celebrate it for the entire month!
I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN—I’m an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.
I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.
The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son’s diagnosis of diabetes at age 3. Infinite reward that comes to me from my work…. when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, “Today I graduated from nursing/medical school.” Now that’s a gift of joy!
Words that always inspire me
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matt 6: 28-29, KJV)
My Life Philosophy
No one gets to choose what life gives them. You do get to choose how you deal with it.
I hope to be remembered not only for the words I’ve written, but for what I leave behind, my finest work and the best of me—my two grown married sons and grandkids.
A Few of My Favorite things
Favorite Books: Are you kidding? Too many to list! And YES, I love my electronic reader. Goes with me everywhere!
Favorite Fictional Characters: Spenser (Boston PI created by Robert B. Parker), Liz Salandar (tech whiz created by Stieg Larsson), Scarlett O’Hara (Southern belle created by Margaret Mitchell)
Favorite Movie: BLADE RUNNER (Director’s Cut) with Harrison Ford
What’s on my i-pod: A wide variety of music, everything from classic and modern country to pop, to rock, to oldies, to classical. Love Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown…and so-o-o many others. Sometimes I write a book with a special song playing in the background to inspire me and my characters.
Favorite Activity: Shopping!! (did you doubt it?) 2nd
Favorite Activity: Travel…been to Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, the Caribbean, Canada, Greece, Uganda, Australia, and time permitting, the rest of the world.
Favorite Color (s): all things purple and turquoise, especially with sparkles.
Favorite Foods: Everything pasta. And ice cream for dessert—the perfect food. Vanilla with a drizzle of butterscotch, thank you!
Favorite Book written by ME: Whatever book I’m working on at the moment…
Favorite words from fans: “I never liked to read until I read your books. Now I love to read.”
Favorite Award: having my book SIX MONTHS TO LIVE placed into a time capsule at the Library of Congress not to be opened for 100 years—-2089! (hope someone remembers to open it).
My Wish for the Time Capsule Opening: cures for all childhood cancers.
Wish I could…Play guitar and/or piano.
Wish I wasn’t…such a couch potato.
I collect: Glass objects…big, small, always pretty. I have an “aquarium” made up of one-of-a-kind glass fish “swimming” on lighted glass shelves. In my eyes, no object of art is as captivating as light shining through blown glass.
- Blog Posts
- TV & Film
2014 April 16 – Kirkus Review of The Year of Chasing Dreams
2011 June 28 – Kirkus Review of Reaching Through Time
2010 June 3 – Kirkus Review of Heart to Heart
2009 April 15 – Kirkus Review of Breathless
Featured Blog Posts
2013 June 26 – Lurlene McDaniel – The Queen of Melodrama (by Vicki Moss)
2013 June 11 – A Writer’s ‘Life’: On the Road with Lurlene McDaniel (Publishers Weekly)
2013 May 13 – Do Teens Have It Harder Today (Bookish)
2013 May 13 – Happily ever afters and hope (USA Today)
2012 July 26 – Straight Hair!
2012 July 25 – Red Heart Tattoo
2012 July 24 – What’s Your Favorite Book?
2012 July 23 – On The Availability of Books
2016 March 30 – Good Conversations with Lurlene McDaniel
Television & Film
1998 – A Champion’s Fight (TV Movie)
Based on my book “Don’t Die, My Love”
2010 JUL – Interview with best-selling inspirational author Lurlene McDaniel, author of “Heart to Heart”
Interview by Mechele R. Dillard
2008 DEC – Author Interview: Lurlene McDaniel
Interview by Reviewer X (Steph)
2000 JUL – Missions of Mercy Inspire Lurlene McDaniel’s Angelic Series
Interview by Jamie Whitfield