Face-Offs!

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Alexander, Tamera

Andrews, Mesu

April Marie

B

Bartels, Zachary

Bartels, Zachary DUEX

Basham, Pepper

Basham, Pepper (take #2)

Belliston, Rebecca

Benton, Lori

Brandes, Nadine

Braner, Andy

Brendan, Maggie

Brencher, Hannah

Bruce, Todd

Bylin, Vicki

C

Cabot, Amanda

Cambron, Kristy

Camden, Elizabeth

Clipston, Amy

Coble, Colleen

Coffey, Billy

Connealy, Mary

Crandall, Dawn #3

Crandall, Dawn #2

Crandall, Dawn #1

D

Dabaghian, Karen

Darcy, Theo

Denman, Varina

Dickerson, Melanie

Dietze, Susanne

Dobson, Melanie

Durgin, JoAnn

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Eden, Sarah M.

Evander, Jessica

F

Finkbeiner, Susie

Fisher, Suzanne Woods

Frantz, Laura

Fuller, Kathleen

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Gibbs, Chad

Gist, Deeanne

Grace, Maria

Gray, Sally Shepard

Green, Jocelyn #1

Green, Jocelyn #2

Griep, Michelle #1

Griep, Michelle #2

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Hannon, Irene

Hatcher, Robin Lee

Hauck, Rachel

Healy, Erin

Hedlund, Jody

Henrie, Stacy

Higman, Anita

Holmes, Gina

Hoover, Christine

Hunter, Kristi Ann

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J

Jagears, Melissa

James, Syrie

Jennings, Regina

Johnson, Christine

Johnson, Myra

K

Keller, Jessica

Kilpack, Josie

Klassen, Julie #1

Klassen, Julie #2

L

Ladd, Sarah E.

Landsem, Stephanie

Lee, Tosca

Leigh, Tamara

Lessman, Julie

M

Mabry, Richard

Mateer, Anne

Matzelle, Helo

McAdoo, Caryl

McShane, Melissa

Mentik, Dana

Miller, Judith

Moore, Jenny

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Nelson Dooley, Lena

Newport, Olivia

Nowell, David

Nunley, Loraine

O

Orchard, Sandra

P

Pagels, Carrie Fancett

Parr, Delia

Perry, Sarah Parshall

Peterson, Tracie

Pettrey, Dani

Price, Sarah

Prior, Karen Swallow #2

Prior, Karen Swallow #1

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R

Raney, Deborah

S

Seilstad, Lorna

Sleiman, Dina

Sundin, Sarah

T

Tagg, Melissa

Thomas, Sarah Loudin

Thompson, Janice

Turano, Jen

Turansky, Carrie

Tyndall, MaryLu

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V

Vallance, Brandy

Vetsch, Erica

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Wade, Becky

Walsh, Dan

Weaver, Anna

White, Beth

White, Roseanna M.

Witemeyer, Karen

Wylde, Anya

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Y

Z

Oh my goodness gracious!

I am so excited about the next few weeks. I have so many AMAZING books to share with you guys. I am blown away by how awesome God is. He has given me such a blessing with this job that I can do in spite of my health. He truly created us to have what our heart most desires when we seek to bring Him glory.

Over the next few weeks, we will have a multitude of Face-Off’s, some new games, reviews of some INCREDIBLE books and GIVEAWAYS!!! Take a look at some of the books I am reading right now:

   

   

    

FACE-OFF with Jody Hedlund!!!!

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It’s time. The time has come for a frenemy face-off! (and, boy do we look fierce!)

I recently reviewed Jody’s newest book, An Uncertain ChoiceAn Uncertain Choice It’s a great book and it is going to be released on March 3rd. So, get ready!!! There is also a The Vow: A novella The Vow: A novella, which is a prequel to it and that is available now for only $1.99!!

Ok, ready to get down to business?

The rules are simple. I ask Jody some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Where’s your favorite place to shop?

Jody – Any bookstore! In fact, walking into a bookstore is like stepping into heaven! I even love shopping at used bookstores (and my favorite section is the history section where I love to try to pick up gems that I can use for my research).

Charity – Ah, yes. I do love both! I am also a history nerd buff! I will have to say that Target is my true love though. I spend way too much time there. I do most of my book shopping on Amazon, so it’s a toss up.

— I am going to have to give that one to Jody because I can’t decide between Target and Amazon.

Charity 0 / Jody 1

2. Favorite Band/Musician?
Jody – I have lots of favorite contemporary bands that I love (including Rend Collective, The Afters, King & Country, etc.). But I admit, my favorite music is piano music. I LOVE the Piano Guys and during my writing time, I listen to my Pandora Piano Guys station the most of all my other stations.

Charity – Nice! I, myself, am a pianist. I used to teach music before I became a Home Momma. So, your love of piano makes me happy. Especially if you like Chopin!! Of course, I love those that you listed (except, I’ve never heard of Rend Collective), as well as Tenth Ave. North, tobyMac, Taylor Swift and on and on.

— I can’t see a clear winner here…

Charity 0 / Jody 1

3. Ever had a super embarrassing haircut at a critical time in your life?

Jody – I can’t think of anything now as an adult, mainly because I’ve had my same very talented stylist forever and she’s awesome. But when I was young (like around six or seven), I had really long pretty blond hair. Someone convinced me that I should get it cut and try a new hair style. So of course, being naive and not really understanding the reality of “short hair,” I got all of my hair chopped off to above my shoulders. When I saw myself for the first time in the mirror, I was horrified and wanted all my long hair back.
But of course, I was stuck. So rather than let anyone see me with my new short hair, I decided to wear a towel over my head out in public instead. Nice way stay incognito, right? *wink* Little did I know that I was making more of a spectacle of myself with the towel-hat than if I’d merely showed my cute new hair-do!

Charity – OMGosh. I thought I would win this one hands down, but … I think you got me! You actually wore a towel around! ha ha ha ha That’s amazing. Well, I had a friend that lived in Israel. We had met in a chat room when the internet first came around (ok, I just aged myself). Anyway, we were really good friends (nothing romantic). He came to visit me from Israel, so I went and got my hair cut. SHE MESSED UP AND GAVE ME A BUTCH CUT!! It was so horrible. I mean, HORRIBLE. He couldn’t really believe it was actually me. He was so confused. ha ha!!

— Wearing a towel around town trumped me. Unbelievable.

Charity 0 / Jody 2

4. “Go to” movie when you are sick and just want to rest and watch something relaxing?

Jody – I rarely go out to the movie theater to watch new releases. Occasionally, my husband and I will go out for a movie date. But usually we’re too cheap to go to the theater (and just way too busy!). So we usually wait until a movie we like comes out on DVD before we watch it.
However, I do have my “sick movies,” the ones that I watch when I’m lying flat on my back on the couch and can’t move. Of course, those are all my Jane Austen movies! There’s just something soothing and healing and altogether calming about them.

Charity – I completely agree. My “go to” is Sense and Sensibility (with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson). And you are completely right about going to theaters. It’s outrageous!!! At least the one’s near us have lazyboy chairs. There are foot rests and the chairs recline. ahhhhh

(and, my mistake for not phrasing that question very clearly).

— I’m totally taking that one because I had a specific movie title!!!!

Charity 1 / Jody 2

5. Lastly, how is God moving and getting great glory in your life.

Jody – Right now I’m in the midst of trying to bring him DiscussionGuideCoverPMglory through my new YA book, An Uncertain Choice. It’s my passion and desire that young women can use the book to talk about dating and relationships during a time when it’s VERY much needed (especially in light of the recent release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie). I’ve developed an extensive discussion guide that corresponds with the book and hope God will use the book and guide to facilitate lots of good discussion about what it means to have God-glorifying relationships.

Created by Jody for group discussion or individual study, the discussion guide is a great tool to share with your friends, daughters, and youth groups.

Download Jody’s An Uncertain Choice Discussion Guide

**Be aware there are spoilers, if you read the guide prior to reading An Uncertain Choice.

Charity – That is amazing. I am so sickened by this whole fifty shades thing. Makes me so sad. I think that is INCREDIBLE. I, in fact, just reviewed a CHRISTIAN book today that was saying how sexuality is up to what you are comfortable with in your own life. God is ok with whatever, as long as you are happy. It was horrifying and I have felt sick since I read it. I ended up deleting it off my page because I didn’t want to promote it (even with the scathing review). I hope that we can get that discussion guide! I’d love to put that up on my page.

—-blowout

Charity 1 / Jody 3

Ok, you win. I have yet to win a Face-Off! This is getting embarrassing. For real! (:

Thanks, so much, Jody, for taking the time to face-off and let us get to know you a little better. It’s been a blast!

The rest of you, head on over here and take a look at what books Jody has to offer.

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FACE-OFF with author Karen Swallow Prior

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Ok, let’s get this thing started by me saying that we all wish we were as stinking adorable as you!

That being said, let the introductions begin. Karen is a Professor of English at Liberty University. She recently wrote a book, that I reviewed, on Hannah More. Hannah was an abolitionist, poet and reformer in the 18th century (and on into the 19th). You can pick up a copy of Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More— – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist and share it with your friends.

Unfortunately, being a woman, she did not receive the fame as her contemporaries did, even though her contribution to the abolition of slavery and schools for the underprivileged helped to change the world.

Now that we have taken care of business, it’s time to get this show on the road!

The rules are simple: I ask Karen some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Who is your favorite person in history?

Karen – You mean besides Hannah More? Well, I guess that would be another favorite writer, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and the most splendid satire ever written, A Modest Proposal.

Charity – Whew. Ok. I thought you were going to pull the “Jesus” card. Of course He is first… I would have to go with George Washington and Jane Austen. Totally cliché, but I can’t help it! I am also very interested in British royals throughout the ages.

— Your answers are very original, while mine reek of trendiness. yuck.

Charity 0 / Karen 1

2. What’s your take on the festive holiday sweatshirts?

Karen – Um, no. Just no.

Charity – Ha ha ha ha. My husband has a sweatshirt that says “Moosletoe” with a picture of two moose (weird that that’s the plural of moose.) under mistletoe kissing. It’s wretched and he loves wearing it. ha.

— I think I get that one on account of my husband.

Charity 1 / Karen 1

3. Have you ever ridden a camel?

Karen – Yes! During a trip to Morocco. Not quite the same as riding a horse!

Charity – Me too! I was actually in Israel. I road a camel in Jericho. Pretty sweet. They are nasty though.

— tie

Charity 1 / Karen  1

4. What translation of the Bible is your “go to”?

Karen – ESV

Charity – NASB – My husband likes NIV, my oldest son (11th grade and wants to be a pastor) likes ESV and my youngest, understandably, likes NIrV (he’s 7). So, it’s a battle ground here.

— Wow. another tie, I guess?

Charity 1 / Karen 1

5. How has God been brought most glory through your career?

Karen – Well, you’d have to ask Him that, but if I had to guess it would be (I hope) in showing that Christians can love God with their minds—and their sense of humor, too.

Charity – I like that. Enjoying life through anything and loving others. I think that’s what it comes down to.

— We aren’t getting ANYWHERE!

6. Favorite flower?

Karen – Gerber daisies and antique roses.

Charity – I used to be a MAJOR FAN of the Gerber/Gerbera daisy. I have a problem though…Usually when things get too trendy, I stop liking them. So, whilst I still enjoy them, I have moved on to ranunculus and hydrangeas.

— You are solid. I am wishy-washy (such a dumb term). I’ll give you that one.

Charity 1 / Karen 2

7. Favorite sitcom?

Karen – Seinfeld

Charity – Oh, good one! I am a Friends lover first and foremost thought.

— This is getting ridiculous

Charity 1 / Karen 2

8. Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring?

Karen – Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter—in that order. And I tolerate winter only for the boots. And scarves. And cool coats.

Charity – Hmm. I do love a good pair of boots and I love the hoodies. I am a fall girl, for sure. So pretty and festive and perfect weather (here in Virginia, at least).

— This was the closest Face-off I have ever done!

Final: Charity 1 / Karen 2

I suppose I will win one of these days! This one was so close….

Thanks, so much, Karen! I had a great time getting to know you. Looking forward to your next book on Jonathan Swift (;

In the meantime, you can check out her books at Karen’s Amazon Page. Or, you could check out her Twitter and Facebook. Authors love it when they get some love. I mean, face it…we all do!