Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots!

I love to read a good book. And boy did I get my hands on a good one this time!

My writer friend, Karla Akins, has a new book coming out in August titled, "The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots!" And she was ever so kind enough to let me have a sneak peak at a first-read of it! 

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots! is a zany, exciting, and hilarious story of Kirstie Donovan, a pastor's wife from Eels Falls, Indiana, who decides (with the help of a few friends of hers) to get her very own Harley and start riding motorcycles. This, much to the chagrin and of course disdain, of a few not-so-supportive members of her rural little church, the First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. 

Kirstie has a lovely knack for getting herself into trouble. Between wearing leathers to ride her bubble gum pink Harley, and trying to minister to rough around the edges bikers, Kirstie and her "gang" of Lady Eels on Wheels, find themselves in many adventures and a bit of trouble throughout the entire book.

And of course, every pastor's wife has that one person (or more) who does their level best to make the pastor's job more difficult, and Kirstie and her husband, Aaron are no different. But they continue to show the love of God even to these people, while ministering to and drawing in bikers to their little 100-year-old church. As the Harley's rumble in, things start jumping, and Kirstie finds that she has a motorcycle ministry!

Between the excitement over the pastor's wife and a couple of matrons (that means old ladies) of the church riding motorcycles, bikers clad in leather, do-rags, and biker boots inundating this little conservative church, and one disaster after another, (including a very old secret of some church members), this story reaches in and grabs the reader. Then it's like riding along on the back of Kirstie's pink Harley with the Lady Eels on Wheels!

What I enjoyed about following this over-forty-something pastor's wife, was that she reminded me of... well... ME! Many of the things Kirstie goes through as a pastor's wife, I have been through. And I imagined vividly each of the places she and her Lady Eels rode to because they are real places and I have been to those as well! So the story is like reading into the life of an actual pastor's wife. Probably because it is written by one! Karla is also a pastor's wife who wears biker boots. *gasp!*

Karla striking a pose on her beloved bike.

If you love a story that is full of adventure, laughter, and excitement, The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots! will meet all your requirements and then some. From the moment I started reading, I laughed, I cried, I got mad (hey, sometimes people just make me mad - real OR fictitious), and I laughed some more. Along with that I found myself watching and cheering as one person after another either came to know the Lord or grew in their faith in Him.

Karla's motorcycle in the Smoky Mountains (beautiful view)

I have to admit though that while I had no intention of ever owning or much less riding my own motorcycle again, after the first few chapters of The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots!, the fever hit me again. Yes, I grudgingly admit that zooming off on my own two wheels sounds like a whole lot of fun once more.

Me with my new ride. A 750 Honda Shadow.
Hairdo by Helmet ;-]

So guess what I got? Yep, my own bike! And it's all your fault, Karla! Thanks though, for introducing me to Kirstie Donovan and her pink Harley! Let's go on a ride sometime!

Karla's book is slated to release on August 9, 2013 through Pelican Books. You can pre-order your ebook or paperbound book online at the  links below. Or you can find it on Amazon after the release date.*

For ebook: 

My friend, Karla Akins, with her pink motorcycle helmet.

Karla Akins is a pastor's wife who rides her own motorcycle. She is the mother of four boys and one step-daughter, and grandmother of five. She lives in North Manchester with her husband who is the pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, her twin teenage boys with autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer's and three rambunctious dogs. Karla and her husband have been in ministry together for 30 years. You can contact Karla for speaking engagements via her website at

*[Since Karla's book has been out for a while, the links have been changed to Amazon for Kindle eBooks. Get this book. You won't regret it!]


Anonymous said...

Loved this review...:-) Can hardly wait to get my hands on this book.!!!
Donna Reisch

Donna B said...

I love it! Talk about someone not fitting the mold and being judged for it, I'm sure! Oh yeah, I can see a church members getting riled over a group of rough riders invading (visiting) their church. Oh how we judge one another! I can see I'm gonna love this one!

Liz Flaherty said...

Great review!

Lisa Lickel said...

Shelley, you did it proud!

Kate Breslin said...

Sounds like a fun read! I'll look for it on Amazon in August!

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thank you ALL for your kind words. You are going to love The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots! ;-]

Wanda B. said...

Great review Shelley. :)

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