“Which?” with Author Dawn Crandall

297442_4120716569595_1033988580_nIt’s time for WHICH? with Dawn Crandall! If you haven’t read her books yet…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??!!

You can check out our fun Face-Off and my Review of her first book, The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles Book 1).

Dawn is loads of fun and one of the best authors I have ever come upon! Her books are deep, rich, and full of wonderful characters!


Which?

Ok, so I asked Dawn some questions. I figured I would see how it matched up to mine… No points, as in a Face-Off. This is purely a fun fact game!

1. Food: Mexican, Chinese, Italian?

Dawn – Um, all of them! Plus I’d like to add authentic Indian, Thai and Vietnamese–I really LOVE interesting, flavorful food!

Charity – Fancy Pants! (:

Mexican for me!

2. Decor: Modern, Shabby Chic, Country?

Dawn – I’m pretty sure Shabby Chic simply oozes from my pores. Though I can’t go too crazy with it, or I would drive my husband bonkers. So, what I have is more of a toned down shabby chic with lots of antiques that make what I call the “cottage” look.

Charity Ahh. Right-O. The husbands love the flowers and such. My hubby says that it’s not fair because once you are married, you get joint gifts and it’s always stuff like candles…he said, it’s basically a girl gift to both of us. I do believe he’s right! ha (:

I like Mod. I’m an Ikea lover. My house is one big Ikea explosion.

3. Vehicles: Minivan, SUV, Jeep, or car?

Dawn – I drive an Edge–kind of a mix between an SUV and a Minivan. And I LOVE IT.

Charity – Cool! So, you are a cool mom.

I drive a Honda Civic Hybrid. You would think it gets great gas mileage, thus the word “hybrid”. You would be quit surprised to find that I get about 34 MPG on it… odd, huh?

4. Yoga, Running, Spinning, or Boot Camp?

Dawn – I don’t actually ever purposefully exercise…. But I have taken a Pilate class before, and I really liked how that made me feel… 15 years ago. I think having a 23lb 11 month old helps though! He’s been my “weight-training routine” from about 3-4 months when he weighed 16-17lbs.

Charity – Ugh. I don’t purposefully exercise either! It’s of the devil. I do love yoga and swimming, but both are the worst thing I could do for my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. so…*shrug*

5. Date: Dinner/Movie, Ice Skating/Hot Dog Vendor, Corn Maze/Fast Food?

Dawn – I think I’d choose dinner and a movie… as long as it’s to see a movie like Cinderella or Frozen.

Charity – When I was younger, I would have said corn maze, for sure. Now, it is 100% dinner and a movie. I LOVE going to the theater. Especially now that they have those awesome lazyboy chairs in them. *sigh* Foot rest and chair lies back. It’s …. amazing.

6. City: New York, Chicago, LA, Las Vegas

Dawn – I think going to visit New York City for a few days would be really fun! I’ve been there for a few hours before, and it was like visiting another world!

Charity I love Chicago SO MUCH!! I also loved Las Vegas because of all the really neat hotels. Unfortunately, Annie Lobert’s book, Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry & Into the Arms of the Saviormade me really re-think my love for that place. whew!

7. Dream Vacation: Cruise, Backpacking through Europe, Castle Exploring in Ireland/Scotland

Dawn – I choose to have a three-way-tie for this one. How about I take an ocean-liner similar to the Titanic–(in my dreams, right?) to Britain and then backpack to Scotland and Ireland to see the castles? (after I stop to visit Cornwall, Bath, London and everything Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, of course…

Charity – Hmm. I am right there with ya! I would love to see England.

8. Movies: LOTR, Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice, Captain America, Warrior?

Dawn – I actually LOVE all of these movies, but I would definitely pick Pride and Prejudice as the BEST. And I like the 2005 movie version the best. And now, because you brought it up, I need to watch it! *sigh*

Charity – My heart just broke in two. Did you mean to say the 2005 version?! ahhhhhhhh noooooooooo.

9. Breakfast: Bagel, Cereal, Bacon/Eggs

Dawn – Sunnyside-up eggs, toast, bacon, sausage patties (with syrup to dip them in), and hash browns with onions.

Charity – lol. Nice! I am WAY too lazy in the morning to do anything. Usually a granola bar or something…

10. Worship: Nature, Singing, In a Group, Praying Alone

Dawn – Nature! I wish I had more nature around where I live, but I grow up with acres and acres of trees surrounding my house and would take walks (with my cats faithfully following me!) through the woods almost everyday!

Charity – Oh! That’s awesome. I’ve been a city girl my whole life. It would be nice to get away… like, move away (as long as there’s a Target within 15 minutes).

I love music. Worship through music. ❤


Alright! Be on the lookout for my review of The Bound Heart tomorrow morning! You won’t want to miss it…

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Only 2 days left for a chance to win THE HESITANT HEIRESS! This is a HOT item! Get your name in multiple times!!!

Dawn has very graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of this book. SQUEEEE!!!!! I know, totally exciting. Go ahead and just yell it. You know you want to!

For those of you that just can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, just click on the pic. It’ll take you right to Amazon!

However, if you are incredibly patient and can hold out to see if you win a free e-book copy, simply follow this link:

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Only a few more days to enter! You can keep re-entering!!! Get this FREE if you win. It’s a HOT item!!

Dawn has very graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of this book. SQUEEEE!!!!! I know, totally exciting. Go ahead and just yell it. You know you want to!

For those of you that just can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, just click on the pic. It’ll take you right to Amazon!

However, if you are incredibly patient and can hold out to see if you win a free e-book copy, simply follow this link:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t forget!! Enter while you can. These books are SUPER HOT right now!

Dawn has very graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of this book. SQUEEEE!!!!! I know, totally exciting. Go ahead and just yell it. You know you want to!

For those of you that just can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, just click on the pic. It’ll take you right to Amazon!

However, if you are incredibly patient and can hold out to see if you win a free e-book copy, simply follow this link:

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The Hesitant Heiress (Review and GIVEAWAY!!)

by Dawn Crandall

The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles Book 1)

So, when was the last time that a first time author completely knocked it out of the park? Oh, let me tell you. August 1, 2014. That’s when. Dawn Crandallhas completely declared to the world that she can write! And, boy can she!!

The Hesitant Heiress is so many things. It’s centered around Amaryllis Brigham and her life full of inconsistencies, mystery and betrayal. Who can be trusted? Who can love her for all the stigma attached to her name? When she doubts her own worth, how can she trust that anyone would find her to be more. To be worthy?

There are many characters in this book, which would normally be an annoyance to keep up with. However, Dawn has found a way to intertwine them all and cause you to care, in your own way, about each one. The romance is maddening and beautiful. There couldn’t be a more perfect hero. IMG_5535He reminded me very much of Captain Wentworth of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. *sigh*

I absolutely loved it!!  I am excited to be able to review the next two books in the series over the next two months.

NOW, to the good news. What you’ve been waiting for!!!! Dawn has very graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of this book. SQUEEEE!!!!! I know, totally exciting. Go ahead and just yell it. You know you want to!


For those of you that just can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, just click on the pic. It’ll take you right to Amazon!

However, if you are incredibly patient and can hold out to see if you win a free e-book copy, simply follow this link:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks, so much, Dawn! I had a great time (: Looking forward to the rest of the series!

Face-Off with Dawn Crandall

I will be reviewing one of her AMAZING books this afternoon (but I won’t give away whether I like it or not. You’ll have to wait and see…)

But for now:

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The rules are simple. I ask Dawn 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. Most awkward moment?

Dawn – I don’t have awkward moments anymore because I’ve had so many of them in my life that they hardly faze me anymore. 🙂

Charity – Oh, girl…you have no idea. I guess one for me would be when my son (around 5yrs old or so) asked me how the babies got out of my tummy. I said that God made a special private place that only girls have. ha ha ha ha. As soon as I said “private place” he lost it. He bent over and said, “You shoot them out of your butt-canon!!!”. Needless to say, he told people about how they get out of mom’s tum tum for a few weeks. Each time bending over making shooting noises. ha ha ha. It was too funny to make him stop, but horrifying at the same time.

The other one that was equally horrifying is….well, first a little back story. My mom had told my kids that when you get old, you start to shrink a little. So, we were walking around Williamsburg one day and he, (same kid around the same age) sees a dwarf. He yells, “MOM!!!! THAT GUY MUST BE REALLLLLLLLY OLD! LOOK HOW SHORT HE GOT!!!” I almost peed my pants.

— Girl, you handed that one to me!!

Charity 1 / Dawn 0

2. Have you ever asked someone how far along she was and she was actually not pregnant?

Dawn – No! I make sure not to even mention things like that–just in case. Though, when I was pregnant last year I talked about being pregnant to everyone, just so they knew for sure!

Charity – Well, well. I surely did this. It was so awful and embarrassing. I wanted to melt into a puddle. So, I ask this girl at my church when she was due. I mean, totally looked like she was about to deliver. OMGosh. She said, “I’m not pregnant. I just carry all my weight in my stomach”. The worst part was, I was sooooo embarrassed, I completely lied!!!! I was like, “Oh! Someone told me you were pregnant!!! I’m so sorry. Weird!”. I don’t think she bought it and I hightailed it outta there.

— You gotta give me something! I might just win this one!!

Charity 2 / Dawn 0

3. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? and why?

Dawn – Ugh, the first person to come to mind was Adam Levine! He’s just so likable and funny! And hot. Can I say that? Well, it’s true.

Charity – lol. I love how you said, “ugh”. And, yes, you can say that! ha ha. I think I would like to hang out with Jimmy Fallon. He is too funny.

— I’ll give you that one since you played the “hot” card!

Charity 2 / Dawn 1

4. Do you decorate your house for each holiday?

Dawn – I only decorate for Christmas, but I make it last at least six weeks.

Charity – WHA??????? No. No. Just, no. Our house looks like holiday vomit most of the time. I guess it’s more in the fall. I love fall decorations and then Christmas ones. Horray!!!!

— You don’t get points for that!!!

Charity 3 / Dawn 1

5. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?

Dawn – Oreos and whole milk.

Charity – Pretty Little Liars

— Your’s is much more wholesome than mine…

Charity 3 / Dawn 2

6. What book was your favorite when you were growing up?

Dawn – I didn’t read much until high school (because I have ADD), but once I did discover books, my favorites were the classics like Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Charity – Wow! Fancy for your young age!!! This was mine. I was so in love with Roman.

Now the cover looks like this:

You can imagine the joy that this brings to my husband and sons. They pull it out all the time and laugh at me.

They have every right to. That is the scariest cover I have ever seen. Still in love with Roman though.

— Smarty Pants reader gets the points here. I don’t think that cover is winning me ANYTHING!

Charity 3 / Dawn 3

7. Craziest moment with the new baby?

Dawn – Oh my, there’s so much crazy going on constantly! But Rhett’s actually such a good baby–I guess I’ll have to say he’s crazy-amazing and it’s crazy how much I didn’t know I was missing before having him!

Charity – Uh, no more babies for me!!! You may take this point!

Charity 3 / Dawn 4

8. What do you like to collect?

Dawn – I can’t think of anything!

Charity – hmmm.. I really love Fenton art glass and anything IKEA. However, I don’t really have room in my house to collect things. But, I certainly have a large collection of Fenton.

— horray for me!

Charity 4 / Dawn 4

9. If you had to pick one of the Duck Dynasty guys to hang out with for a day, who would it be? (ugh…There’s no good answer to that one!)

Dawn – I think I’d choose Jase. He’s so dry and level-headed. And did I say dry? I adore dry humor; I think hanging out with him would crack me up.

Charity – I agree 100%

— tie

10. Are you toilet paper picky?

Dawn – Yes! I buy the thickest, softest stuff I can find.

Charity – OMGosh. Me too. I like the cottonelle with aloe. My husband says that the men in the house don’t need to waste money on that. So, I get the nice stuff and they get the cheap-o stuff. Dead. Serious. They call me princess butt. ha ha ha ha

— tie

11. Lastly, worst calendar you’ve ever seen for sale (or in someone’s house)?

Dawn – I don’t remember!

Charity – Dude. Get a load of this:

You can imagine my delight when my husband and I were out shopping and we came across this. We almost died laughing. We snap-chatted that to everyone!!!!!!!

So frightening!

–Oh My Goodness. This can only mean one thing!

I FINALLY WON!!!!!!

Charity 5 / Dawn 4

I am so, very sorry to tell you this, but I WON!!!

<– Too much?

Girl, you know I love you!!! This was so much fun (: Thanks for playing and letting me win by not answering two questions!!!!

Ok, everyone! Get ready to check out Dawn’s newest books!! Review a little later today.

49696-all2bthree2btogetherThese are ABSOLUTELY, oh yeah! You have to wait for my review (;

If you want to check them out on Amazon, please do!!

Dawn Crandall’s Amazon Page