Face-Off with Anne Mateer!!

71-GzOg5HhL._UX250_Welcome, Anne!!! I am super excited to get to know this lovely and sweet lady!! Her love for God is absolutely amazing. It just “oozes” out of her. haha. Yes, that is a compliment in my weird and strange way 🙂

Anne has completed eight novels, had several pieces published in local periodicals, attended six writing conferences and finaled in ACFW’s Genesis contest in 2006, 2008, and 2009. She currently has four historical novels published: Wings of a Dream, At Every Turn (a 2013 Carol Award finalist), A Home for My Heart and Playing by Heart. She also has a contemporary short story included in 2014’s A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Vol. 4.

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Check out some of her awesome reads!! Links are in the pics.

Let’s play!!


The rules are simple. I ask Anne 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. What era would have been the hardest to live in?

Anne – Hm. That’s hard, because I love so many historical eras even while I realize I couldn’t live in any of them! But I guess I would have to say the hardest would have been those B.C. years, living in Old Testament times.

Charity – Oi…you aren’t a-kidding!! All that raw sewage in the streets. ack. I think the medieval times would have been horrible. So dirty and women were no better than animals. *shudder*

— Tie!!

Charity 1 / Anne 1

2. What hymn is your favorite? Why?

Anne – I do love Be Thou my Vision, but I also have a huge love of On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand (whatever the actual title is!). In fact, I used that one in my most recent book, Playing by Heart. 

Charity – I have always really loved It is Well ❤ So many of them are amazing though. I can’t even decide!!!

— Another tie!

Charity 2 / Anne 2

3. Do you like your birthstone?

Anne – Love it! My birthday is February, so my stone is an amethyst. I have some lovely amethyst jewelry, some inherited from my grandmother who also had a February birthday. (And since I have 2 nieces with February birthdays, I guess they’ll get the pieces after me.) The only other stone I prefer is a sapphire. So yes, I’m quite happy. 🙂

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Charity – Ohhh!! I do love that. It’s so beautiful! Mine is Opal and I really adore it. I’m an October girl!! My second favorite is August’s stone, Peridot.

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— I suppose we tie again!! Both happy with our birthstones!!

Charity 3 / Anne 3

4. How do you feel about decorating with wall decals? For teenagers, or for the whole family?


Anne – They are kind of cool. I’d definitely be okay with them for kid or teen rooms. It would have to be just the right thing for other areas.

Charity – Oh!! I LOVE them!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

— Hmm. We aren’t getting anywhere!!

Charity 4 / Anne 4

5. Do you like riding roller coasters? Favorite one?

Anne – No! I’m a huge scaredy cat anyway, and I on top of that don’t like heights or going really fast. However, I have ridden more than my fair share of roller coasters in my life and still sometimes do when it’s a family thing–such as our trip to Disney World when our 3 kids were teenagers and they decided the family motto for that week would be “everyone rides everything.” I just gutted up and did it, but I don’t really consider roller coasters “fun.”

Charity – Oh no!! I love them, but I am way too old. I know I don’t look it, but I truly have an old body. When I go on those, I am stiff for a week and can hardly move. so awful!! I do love them though!! My favorite is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s MGM. It goes from 0-60mph in 2 seconds. Whew!!!!

— Guess we were meant to tie?!?!?!

Charity 5 / Anne 5

6. Coolest DIY project you’ve done. Pics?

Anne – I’m so not a DIY girl! I’ve tried, but things just turn out wonky. Kind of like my attempts at cooking. I’m much better at thinking and talking than doing.

Charity – 🙂 haha. My proudest DIY was a room that we added onto our house. It’s so pretty!!!


— I get that one!!!!!!

Charity 6 / Anne 5

7. Have you ever seen a shark in the ocean?

Anne – Thank heavens, no! Sharks are just one reason I don’t really like going in the ocean (See answer number 5!), though I do love sitting on a beach (on a chair, under an umbrella, preferably with someone to brink me a cold drink.) I have been snorkeling a few times and enjoyed that, but I never stray too far from the boat so that I can make a getaway should I see a shark!

Charity – Yikes!! I haven’t seen one in the water either. I have seen them on the beach. *shudder and shudder* I am terrified of the ocean!!!!

— Another tie!

Charity 7 / Anne 6

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Anne – Obeying Him, plain and simple. I know He is glorified in that, even if no one else notices.

Charity – I absolutely love that. It is so simple and soooo true!!! ❤

— God wins!!

Charity 7 / Anne 6

9. Favorite recipe?

Anne – Not a super great cook, either! (See answer number 6!) I can make a few simple dinners, but one thing I have learned to get right every single time is pumpkin pie. I use my grandmother’s recipe:
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 3/4 cups (16 oz can) solid pack pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine ingredients in order given. Mix well. Pour into pie shell. Bake 15 min. Lower oven temp to 350 for 45 minutes. Done with knife to center comes out clean.

Charity – NOTHING beats a Grandmother’s recipe!! I am not even going to attempt it!

–Grandma’s recipe!

Charity 7 / Anne 7

10. Who is your favorite actor?

Anne – Another hard one! I tend to like the long-ago actors, of which Cary Grant has always been my favorite. Several others run a close second. A handsome man that makes me laugh melts my heart every time.

circa 1940: British born actor Cary Grant (1904 - 1986), born Archibald Leach in Bristol, wielding a cigarette holder. (Photo by John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Charity – Oh, boy! I hear ya!!! I love so many of the old actors. The fact that they wore suits everywhere added to their amazing image. So many greats like Rex Harrison, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen…

I think one of the best modern actors has to be Tom Hanks. That man can make you believe he is anyone.

ARCHIV: US-Schauspieler Tom Hanks posiert in Beverly Hills (Foto vom 18.06.11). Fuer Hanks waren die Dreharbeiten zu "Cloud Atlas" ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis. "Als Filmliebhaber in Babelsberg zu arbeiten ist wie ein Traum", sagte der 56-Jaehrige im dapd-Gespraech. Dort seien all die grossen deutschen Filme des Expressionismus entstanden, etwa Fritz Langs "M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder" oder "Der blaue Engel" mit Marlene Dietrich. "Fuer mich sind Filmstudios wie Kirchen: Sie stecken voller Geschichte", sagte Hanks. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Matt Sayles/AP/dapd

— Another tie!!


Charity 8 / Anne 8


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Face-off with Erin Healy!!

bio_picHello, Erin! I am super excited to have this fun lady here today. The cool thing is that her book, Hiding Places, was highlighted this month by Thomas Nelson and Zondervan’s The Fiction Guild. 

Erin is the bestselling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning fiction editor for numerous bestselling authors. She is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development, and she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors.

Let’s play!!!


The rules are simple. I ask Erin 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. Scariest “ghost” story or encounter? (Notice that “ghost” is in quotation marks so that people can interpret that as they will).

Erin – When I was a newlywed and my husband was out of town, I was working in our bedroom one night and our dog sat up and started growling at the corner of the room. There was nothing visible there–no spider, no bug, no shadow, nothing to explain it. Not even any disturbances outside. This went on for quite a long time. Long enough to make me stop my work and start praying and turn on every light in our little town home.

Charity – Oh my stars!!!! I would have had a heart attack!! When my sister and I were little, we both saw a skeleton in our closet with a red hat. hahaha. Totally freaky, but we both remember it to this day!

— Creepy tie!

Charity 1 / Erin 1

2. Have you ever had a strange pet (not like a dog or cat….)

Erin – I have a pink dragon named Sookie. Some people think she is just a plush toy, but when we are not looking she raids the house for keys, pens, and school paperwork. Her favorite trinkets include half pairs of earrings and half pairs of socks. I got her in high school. When I went to college my parents told me to take her away and never bring her home again. Though she’s lived with me for 25 years, she still hasn’t divulged her treasure lair to me.

No, she does not breathe fire.

Charity – Wow. I have no words.

— Erin!

Charity 1 / Erin 2

3. Favorite scary movie?

Erin – Believe it or not, I hate scary movies. But if your question were “most hated scary movie?” I would have to say Cape Fear. The one Robert De Niro was in. I actually never finished watching it and had nightmares for a long time.

Charity – Ohhh! I love scary movies. I know they can be cheesy, but my favorites are anything by M. Night Shamalama-ding-dong. So fun!!!!!!

— Me!!!!!!!

Charity 2 / Erin 2

4. Have you ever been under a waterfall? Pics?

Erin – Yes, the time I was being chased by diamond thieves in Africa. It was a narrow escape. Sadly, no time for pics.

Charity – 😮 How can I compete with that?

— A narrow and daring escape.

Charity 2 / Erin 3

5. Coolest place you have traveled to?

Erin – Since I must confess I have never been to Africa or stood behind a waterfall, I will say . . . Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. It wasn’t that the castle itself was so spectacular, but that I was there for their annual Royal Military Tattoo, an event for which military bands from all over the world come to perform. Listening to your nations’ treasured songs being played by servicemen and women in a foreign country is a uniquely patriotic experience that I will probably never forget.

I have also been to Auschwitz, a visit I made while the Iron Curtain was still hanging. That was “cool” in the sense of having a bucket of ice water thrown in your face on a frigid day. But this too falls into the category of unforgettable, emotional experiences.

Charity – Wow!!! Both of those are intense!!!!

— No chance!

Charity 2 / Erin 4

6. First place you saw your books selling at?

Erin – Facebook. A reader rearranged some store’s shelf so my book was face-out and posted a picture.

Charity – No way! So cool.

— Didn’t have a chance on that one either…

Charity 2 / Erin 5

7. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Erin – The past few years I have tried to bring God glory by giving up the “striving” component. This has been a unique kind of journey away from Western ideals of accomplishment and toward a different sense of identifying and nurturing God’s image in me–and in others. Thomas Merton says it best: “A tree gives glory to God first of all by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be, it is imitating an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree. The more it is like itself, the more it is like Him. If it tried to be something else which it was never intended to be, it would be less like God and therefore it would give Him less glory. No two trees are alike. And their individuality is no imperfection.”

Charity – Nice.

— God wins!

Charity 2 / Erin 5

8. Do you have any strange, totally useless skills?

Erin – I can read and write upside down? (Upside down being either me or the page.) Actually, that’s not totally useless. I have a child who’s still learning to read and write.

Charity – Pretty impressive!! But…check this out:

— That was GINORMOUS!!!!

Charity 3 / Erin 5

9. Have you ever had goat milk?

Erin – Once. And I have forgotten all the other details of that moment. I’m an almond milk kind of girl.

Charity –

— Can’t even stand the smell!!!

Charity 4 / Erin 5

10. Strangest fan encounter?

Erin – My book covers generally originate from stock photos. One of them was taken by a Portuguese photographer, who wrote to me a Google translated letter because he so happy to see a picture he had taken on a book . . . and so sad, because the photo was of his ex-girlfriend, whom he had desperately loved. Somehow I ended up feeling as if my book had intruded on his personal life.

Charity – OMGosh! That is wild!!!!


Charity 4 / Erin 6


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Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

by Jesse Itzler

This one was so much fun!! First of all, if you have SEAL Crush like I do, you will agree that they are the superheroes and the x-men of our day. I mean, seriously. Flipping amazing.

Now, let me say this. Jesse Itzler is the craziest man of all time because he actually asked a Navy SEAL (sea, air, land) to move in with him and train him for 31 days. And, not just any SEAL, but a superhuman SEAL.

You will love this book!* It is so well written and full of funny stories, quips and absolutely insane workouts. You’ll watch their friendship grow (in a SEAL kind of way) and see Jesse learn some pretty amazing things about life and his own endurance.

Thank you, Hachette Book Group, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

*Just to let you know, there are some swear words scattered throughout. If you are a reader of the genre, you have nothing to worry about because it is not often enough to bother you. If you steer clear of that in all your books, well, you’ve been warned.


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Face-Off with Deborah Raney!!

I am so excited to have Deborah here today! She is so much fun!!!!

Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and have—three times—been Christy Award finalists.

Impressed yet? Whew!! I am!!

You can check out some of her great reads here:

Let’s play!!


The rules are simple. I ask Deborah 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. What new breed of dog would be the cutest? What two would you mix? And…What would you call it?

Deborah – Well, every breed I thought I’d come up with, when I googled it, turned out to be a real breed! But I like my names better! What is now called a Cockapoo (cocker spaniel poodle mix) I would call a Cockadoodle. And what is called a Chi-Spaniel, a cocker spaniel chihuahua mix, I would call a Cockahuahua (pronounced COCK-a-wah-wah). That’s all I got! LOL!

Charity – Oh man!! haha. I love it!!! Cockahuahua is awesome!!!!

Ok…I got it:

+ =

Pug + Chinese Crested = is the Pugese

— I thing that I found the worst breed…

Charity 1 / Deborah 0

2. Have you ever been in the middle of a tornado? If so, what happened??

Deborah – Yes! I live in Kansas—tornado alley! Our town of Hesston was hit by a tornado in 1990, the year our youngest daughter was born. The town was devastated, and two lives were lost in the state in that tornado that traveled for 48 miles and was a quarter mile wide at its strongest. And yet, through that, we saw how a town could pull together and come back even better and stronger after the storm.


Charity – Oh my word! No way. That’s insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

— I didn’t have a chance…

Charity 1 / Deborah 1

3. What’s the worst type of soup?

Deborah – I’ll have to go with chilled borscht. Cold soup just should not be, nor should beets be made into soup!

Charity – I think I just threw up in my mouth.

I know that I am not going to “beet” you (wow, that was REALLY bad), but I have to go with the idea of eating peas…in any way, shape or form, is of the devil!!!

— Deborah got that one for sure…

Charity 1 / Deborah 2

4. What was your favorite song when you were in high school?

Deborah – Oh, dear…I’m really going to date myself here, but I have to say “We’ve Only Just Begun” sung by the late, great Karen Carpenter, who I believe had the most beautiful, crystal clear voice I’ve ever heard. “We’ve Only Just Begun” is a wedding song and I definitely had stars in my eyes all through high school.

Charity – Oh no!!!!! I was tortured by the Carpenters in my youth. We would go “youth group roller skating” and they played 4-5 Carpenter songs on a loops for the entire 3 hours every month. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My favorite…Ok, this is really embarrassing.

— Hiding in shame

Charity 2 / Deborah 3

5. Fun memory from childhood?

Deborah – My dad was a farmer and used to grow a crop called sudan, a sorghum crop that he used to feed cattle in the winter. It grew a lot like a cornfield with high rows of stalks, and my three sisters and my brother and I used to have a blast playing in the field. We would mash down “rooms” and trails throughout the rows of sudan and create mazes and secret passageways that covered a quarter of a mile! Think Field of Dreams or Signs (without the sheer terror). Even though I’m sure we destroyed significant portions of the harvest, my dad never complained…well, until we mashed down an auditorium once. Then he did put his foot down. 😉

thumb_PICT0034_1024Cute pic of Deborah!!

Charity – Oh my gosh! SO fun!!!!!!!!!!!

I remember doing a lot of fun things. We had a home church that was pretty big and always had people over. Every Sunday afternoon we would have a bunch of people for lunch after church and we would sit around the giant dining room table with piano benches and whatever we could find to squeeze in. My Dad always told really fun stories and we just laughed and feasted. ❤ Food and Fun ❤

<— Frightening pic of me with the pink skirt.

— Tie

Charity 3 / Deborah 4

6. Naughtiest thing you did as a child and got in trouble for?

Deborah – Oh, my! I remember coming home from a trip to town with brand new shiny patent leather Sunday shoes and wearing them directly out to the muddy, muddy pig pen! My sister and I instantly sunk into that stinky muck up to our ankles and we were in SO much trouble when my mom discovered what we’d done! Spankings for both of us. To this day, I don’t know WHAT we were thinking!

Charity – HAHAHAHA! Oh man! That is awful!!!! I bet she did give you a whoopin’!!!!

I was a nightmare child. I mean, seriously. Well, I was actually really good until I turned tween. haha. It was always about the boys at that point.

One time our youth group went to a lock-in at the local YMCA with another youth group (the same one we roller skated with). They were a really strict yg. Well, my mom told me, before I even went, that I better not play music, cards, or anything that could offend them. She was nervous…rightfully so! Well, I got a rousing game of cars going with a bunch of kids and my mom found out. Needless to say, I always caused drama wherever I went. My punishment was not fun because she made me wait a few weeks while she decided on the appropriate one. hahaha.

— Sunday Shoes in the Pig Pen? Might take the cake.

Charity 3 / Deborah 5

7. What’s your favorite movie that you wouldn’t want anyone to know you watch? (Because it would be really embarrassing)

Deborah – LOL! I don’t know if you could embarrass me about this because I always had the excuse, “Well, my kids want to watch it, so I’d better check it out to see if it’s decent.” I think I’d have to name Napoleon Dynamite as the one I wouldn’t want anyone to know I watched because I sat through the whole thing and it was SOOOOO stupid!

Charity – WHA???? No way that should be embarrassing!!! It is the most quotable movie of all time. Period. It even beats The Princess Bride…which is a sheer miracle.

“Make yourself a dang quesadilla, Napoleon!!”
“How would you like a round-house kick to the face in these bad boys?”
“My lips hurt real bad!”
“Are you drinking 1% milk because you think you’re fat? Because, you could be drinking whole if you wanted!”
“Your mom goes to college!”
“Your just jealous because I’ve been home chatting online with babes all day.”

I could go on and on!

I think the one I am most reluctant to admit would be the Twilight series… *nervous giggle* I love those ❤


Charity 3 / Deborah 6

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Deborah – I think I use my God-given gifts most gloriously as a wife, mom, and “Mimi.” (NOT that I’m so great in those roles, but that I cherish the roles so much.) I also think one of my traits that brings God glory is my cheerful spirit. I suppose my cheeriness drives a few people nuts, but I hope most people see it as a direct reflection of how grateful I am for God’s blessings in my life, and how much I want to reflect His joy and peace.

Charity –

— God wins!

Charity 3 / Deborah 6

9. Favorite pair of shoes that you own?

Deborah – I am really, really not a shoe person. If I could go barefoot every day of my life, I would! I probably only wear shoes for 10 hours out of each week. Socks in the winter, yes, but shoes only if absolutely required by law—or freezing Kansas weather. Right now, my yoga sandals are what I wear if I just must wear shoes. They may not look comfy with leather between all my toes, but they are! Next best thing to being barefoot.


Charity – Nice! I am not sure about my favorite. I have a lot that I love.

I am a shoe person. Love them!!! These are a couple that I <3!

and saving the best for last:

— I’m taking it!!!!

Charity 4 / Deborah 6

10. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Deborah – Can I say neither? I’m so not a sci-fi/fantasy person, even though my husband REQUIRED me to read Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan and John Carter of Mars before he would marry me. And I DID enjoy those books, but that’s just not what I would choose to read (or watch on film). If I have to choose something along those lines, I’d go with Lost in Space, a favorite show from childhood.

Charity – I am not really a sci-fi gal either, BUT, I do enjoy the Star Wars movies. The newer Star Trek movies are OK too. I would definitely go with SW though.

— TAKING IT! Two words: Han Solo


Charity 5 / Deborah 6

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Deborah – And now, a question for you!

11. If you had to only eat ONE food the rest of your life, what would it be? (Nutrition and money are no objects…we’re going taste only here.)

Deborah – Ice cream, of course!! But honestly, potato chips might be a close second! And if I could dip my potato chips in ice cream? Pure heaven!)

Charity – Ohhhh…tough one! I am a girl that delights in change. If I was stuck with one thing I might die!!!!!!! I would absolutely have to go with fruit. It’s my favorite thing to eat…follow VERY closely by chips.

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Face-Off with Rebecca Belliston!!

This lady is HERE TODAY! Rebecca Lund Belliston is the bestselling author of the Citizens of Logan Pond dystopian trilogy and the romantic suspense novels, Sadie and Augustina. She’s a sucker for a good romance, a good clean romance, and as such she layers her stories with page-turning romance and heart-pounding adventure. She’s also the bestselling composer of religious and classical-style music that has been performed around the world.

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Alright!! Shall we??


The rules are simple. I ask Rebecca 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. Favorite composer from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic era. Why?

Rebecca – Ah, I love classical music so much. I even compose classical-style music, wishing I could have lived back then.

If I had to choose, I’d choose Beethoven. His music is not only fun to play (on the piano, at least), but it is musically so amazing, complex, and passionate. I am definitely a Beethoven junkie. His piano sonatas and concertos are my favorite. But Rachmaninoff and Liszt are close seconds, depending on my mood.

Charity – I do love Beethoven, but Chopin is my first love. I was a classical pianist for years ❤ Both are immensely beautiful artists!!!!!!!

— It would be a tie, but…you actually compose music. Can’t win against that!

Charity 0 / Rebecca 1

2. Have you ever accidentally shoplifted?

Rebecca – Not to my knowledge. I hope not.

Charity – Oh, I totally have!! The latest time was a couple months back. My son was carrying around a bag for us old people and he must have accidentally knocked some socks into the bag. Of course, we live like an hour away, so I didn’t return them 😮 He was MORTIFIED.

— I get that! haha

Charity 1 / Rebecca 1

3.Which Jane Austen hero would you have fallen for?

Rebecca – Well…Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel/movie of all time, so I guess Mr. Darcy. Although Jane Austen does well with all of her heroes, so I wouldn’t have been too picky.

Charity – Oh, Hands DOWN Mr. Knightly. Colonel Brandon is a VERY close second ❤

— Tie

Charity 2 / Rebecca 2

4. Where would the perfect picnic be?

Rebecca – In the Utah mountains (maybe the back side of Timpanogos) overlooking the valley on a clear blue sky day. I’ve lived in Michigan for eighteen years, but I will always love the Utah mountains.

Charity – Beautiful!!! My choice is green grass, lake and weeping willow.

— Tie

Charity 3 / Rebecca 3

5. What is your favorite time of day?

Rebecca – Evening. I think better in the evening. My kids and hubby know to not expect much from me in the morning. Yikes.

Charity – Oh, man. I am worthless in the morning too. The nights are my favorite. Definitely a night owl.

— Tie again!

Charity 4 / Rebecca 4

6. Favorite pumpkin recipe?

Rebecca – Eh…I’m not a huge pumpkin fan. Sorry.

Charity – 😮 Sadness rules my heart.


Charity 5 / Rebecca 4

7. Did you ever play with Cabbage Patch Dolls, Strawberry Shortcake Dolls, Rainbow Brite Dolls, or Care Bears?


Rebecca – YES! All of the above. Good memories.

Charity – Me too!!! So awesome. Kids don’t have good toys anymore…

— TIE!

Charity 6 / Rebecca 5

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Rebecca – I try to be kind and selfless. I fail more than I hope to, but the Savior spent his life thinking of others. This is definitely a focus of mine right now and something I strive for.

Charity – Love it

— God wins!

Charity 6 / Rebecca 5

9. Favorite cartoon when you were little?

Rebecca – Bugs Bunny. I’m smiling just remembering. I still pull up old Bugs Bunny cartoons on Youtube to show my kids how deprived they are these days. I don’t think Bugs Bunny will ever be topped. (Want a classic Bugs playing classical Liszt?)

Charity – Good choice!!!!!!!!! Loved Bugs Bunny!!

— Another tie!!!!!

Charity 7 / Rebecca 6

10. Have you ever gone skydiving?

Rebecca – No, but it’s on my bucket list! I’ve always wanted to jump out of a plane. Lol.

Charity – Me too!!! I have always wanted to, but due to horrible health, I am no longer allowed. WAAAHHHHHHH.

— It’s still on your bucket list!! Woot Woot!


Charity 7 / Rebecca 7


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(Mini) Face-Off with Dana Mentik

Guess who is here today? Woot Woot!!

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and a two time ACFW Carol Award winner. Carol_Award_Gold_-_no_base_transparent_backgroundHer suspense novel,  Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is honored to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Harvest House Publishers.

Check out a few of her books here:

Let’s do this!!


The rules are simple. I ask Dana 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. Do you have a re-occuring nightmare?

Dana – I used to have a recurring nightmare that I fell down a flight of stairs. This is probably fitting as I am a huge klutz. I can trip over nothing at all, let alone fall down stairs. Fortunately, I live in a one story house now! Whew!

Charity – Oh, girl…I hear ya! I fall going UP the stairs.

My nightmare is always that I can’t do something. Like, I am trying to make a call and I just can’t do it!!! Or, I’m trying to put something away, and I just can’t get the cabinet open. Things like that. It’s horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Dana 1

2. Have you ever had anyone that you met on the internet fly to visit you?

Dana – Well, I guess you could say my agent and I “met” online when he turned me down for representation a few times. Eventually we met at a conference and we’ve seen each other in person many times after that. Hubs and I drove up to Oregon last summer for a strategy session with him. (He finally signed me, the lucky ducky! Ha!)

Charity – Oh man!! Nice 🙂 When I was in my early twenties, the internet was new and all the rage. I met a few guys from other countries and…three of them flew here to hang out!! Canada, Ireland and Israel!! I stayed great friends with two of them. One actually moved here and is a great friend of the family. Totally bizarre, I know…

— I am taking it!!!

Charity 2/ Dana 1

3. Favorite Vacation Spot?

Dana – My fave vacation spot is probably Yosemite. It truly is a jewel of our state. Incredible scenery and wildlife. You can watch the sturdier people climbing Half Dome and such. It is a strong visual reminder of just how mighty is our God, to make such a breathtaking place.

Charity – Oh!! I have always wanted to go there!!!!!!!!!!!! I live on the East Coast, so…it’s a little trickier.

— Dana definitely gets that one!


Charity 2 / Dana 2

20130805_its_a_tie_taDana – Okay! Now it’s your turn, Charity! What’s your favorite hobby and why do you enjoy it?

Charity – Oh, that’s a no brainer…It’s not called “Retail Therapy” for nothing!!!!!!!!

Thanks, Dana!! il_570xN.321850012It’s always fun to get to know you guys a little better. (Even if we just did an abbreviated face-off!!)

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Face-Off with Christine Johnson!!

Christine Johnson is HERE TODAY!!!! I am really excited to get to know her a bit more.

When I went on vacation this year, I read Love’s Rescue in the first couple of days. (I usually nap… so, that’s saying something!!) Loved it. You can check out my review HERE!

Screen shot 2015-10-13 at 5.54.41 PMChristine was featured in Southern Writers Magazine and she was also a finalist for the Romance Writer’s of America’s Golden Heart® award.

Check out some of her books here:

Let’s Play!


1. Coldest winter in Michigan?

Christine –All of them! Seriously. I hate winter. All 6-8 months of it. The longies come out when it hits 50 degrees. But thanks to hubby, I’m blessed, blessed, blessed to spend half of each winter in the Florida Keys. Yeah, I know. I’m ducking the tomatoes as we speak.

Charity – Oh my word!! That is amazing! I want a summer house in another state. So fun!

— Dumb question. I don’t live in Michigan and have never spent a summer there!! Couldn’t possibly win that one…

Charity 0 / Christine 1

2. Favorite holiday tradition?

Christine –My favorite holiday has to be Thanksgiving because the whole family gets together and there’s no extra pressure of running around here and there. The stuffing is my favorite part. Without that, it’s not Thanksgiving. This holiday is a symbol of undying hope for area football fans. Maybe this year the Detroit Lions will win.

Charity – 😮 Hmm. I don’t know…They aren’t looking too good!! Of course, I am not too torn up about it…

Let’s see…So many holiday traditions. I think Black Friday is one of my favorites. Hubby and I make a whole night of shopping. We have so much fun. We decide to enjoy it and not get stressed. So, when the crazies come upon us, we just laugh.

— Tie

Charity 1 / Christine 2

3. Can you sail?

Christine –Bwahahaha. If you asked hubby, who has a master mariner’s license, the answer is a huge NO. I can operate a tiller, and most of the time go in the right direction. There was that time hubby went belowdecks, and a sudden gust heeled the boat over hard. I held onto that tiller for dear life and ended up spinning 360’s across the bay, screaming the whole way. He was laughing so hard that he couldn’t talk me down from my total panic. But hey, the boat stayed upright. That’s a plus, right?

Charity – Ahhhh!!! hahahaha. I am just picturing that in my mind and laughing!! There’s no way I can win this point after that story (plus…I don’t sail). I don’t blame your hubby. I would have been laughing so hard too!!

— Christine!!

Charity 1 / Christine 3

4. Have you ever done historical re-enacting?

Christine –If you count donning medieval garb for a Renaissance Festival, yes. But that was just for fun, if you call cold and rainy fun. I gained a whole new perspective on what it was like trudging around in those long gowns and sandals. When I peeled off the mud-caked clothes later, I had mud all the way to my knees. On the plus side, those gowns are totally warm.

Charity – That sounds fun!! I have always wanted to do that. I have done Revolutionary War, Civil War and Regency re-enacting. Love the dresses. I wish we stilled wore beautiful dresses and women were feminine. ❤

— I am taking it! woot woot 🙂

Charity 2 / Christine 3

5. Favorite movie?

Christine –Okay, I can’t pick. Aside from the fact that my favorite changes constantly, I can’t limit it to one. Which movies on tv will make me stop and watch even though I’ve seen them a dozen times? Apollo 13, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Cast Away. Yeah, I’m sensing a Tom Hanks theme here.

Charity – You and me both, girl. You and me both. And, yes, I do love a good Tom Hanks movie. He’s a BRILLIANT actor!!

My favorite(s)? Sense and Sensibility, Austenland, Pride and Prejudice. Hmm…I’m sensing a pattern of my own.

— Tie

Charity 3 / Christine 4

6. Favorite major city? Why?

Christine –I’m so not a city girl. Usually one visit is enough, and then I want to go home. If favorite equates to most-visited, then it’s Chicago. Love the museums. On the other hand my favorite visit was definitely Rome. I loved how the least significant street would suddenly open onto an amazing sculpture and every church contained masterpieces. Art and history permeate every bit of the old city. It’s a historical writer’s dream.

Charity – Oh man! You had me at Chicago!! And then, you got all fancy and went to ROME!

— blah

Charity 3 / Christine 5

7. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Christine –God is the Author of EVERYTHING. Wow, I can’t say that enough. I seek to focus on Him, so He can shine through me, whether in ministry, writing or just talking with people. I’m a big work-in-progress, but He is faithful and will complete the work.

Charity –

— God wins!

Charity 3 / Christine 5

8. Ever been caught wearing unmatching socks?

Christine –Oh yeah. Blue and black are close enough, right? When I was a kid, I got this bright idea that I could learn to dress in the dark by the feel of the clothing. This probably began because my eyesight is so bad, not to mention sharing a room with my sis back in the day. Anyway, this “skill” has an unfortunate tendency toward errors. I usually caught them when I got into a lighted room, but socks are pretty easy to miss.

Charity – Oh man!! I don’t think I have ever had a big sock faux-pas. I would never attempt to dress in the dark. I’m blonde. To the core.

— Christine!


Charity 3 / Christine 6


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Face-Off with Sarah Loudin Thomas!!

Sarah Loudin ThomasSarah is in the house!! woot woot 🙂 We are going to have a blast today!

Before we get started, scoot on over to Amazon and pick up a FREE copy of Appalachian Serenade.



Sarah’s books feature characters who seem to have the ability to perform one of Christ’s miracles. In the first book, Miracle in a Dry Season, it’s feeding the 5,000 and in the second, Until the Harvest, it’s healing. The third manuscript, currently being revised, is The Secret of Being Content featuring a character with the gift of tongues.

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Let’s play!!!!

PicCollage(1)Ok. I have the dumbest smile of all time.

The rules are simple. I ask Sarah 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. Have you ever visited a big plantation home?

Sarah –I worked at Biltmore Estate,Displaying Biltmore horses.JPG America’s largest privately owned home, for more than six years. I was in the public relations department working with media outlets from weekly newspapers to HGTV and National Geographic. It was a blast! Plus, I got to unhook velvet ropes and go into rooms–ever under the watchful eye of security–but still. I’ve been on the catwalk in the Library and on the balcony in the Banquet Hall–not to mention in some VERY interesting, behind-the-scenes areas. The attached photo is from my first summer there–my husband (far right) and I (bringing up the rear) went horseback riding for a Southern Living photo shoot. Such fun!

Charity – Oh, yes! I think my favorite was the Vanderbilt Mansion in Rhode Island. It’s called The Breakers.

Of course, I wasn’t as fancy as you…I was just a simply tourist. I didn’t get to do all the “behind the scenes” stuff or ride a horse for a SOUTHERN LIVING photo shoot!!!!

— Definitely Sarah!

Charity 0 / Sarah 1

2. What was your childhood nickname?

Sarah –Sally, which is a traditional nickname for Sarah. My dad was just about the only one to call me that–mostly to aggravate me!

Charity – Well, it was a toss up between “Bows” (My best friend at the time was “Buttons”…Yes, I did want to jam pencils in my ears when I heard it.) and Chirpidee. I don’t know. Weird.

My nephews and nieces currently call me “Aunt Churd” (rhyming with “turd”). I have 18 of those sweet little things!! (nephews and nieces, not turds)

— I get it. Sally is nothing!!!

Charity 1 / Sally 1 😉

3. What’s the perfect smoothie have in it?

Sarah –Root beer and vanilla ice cream.

Charity – uh…? Smoothie? lol

No, no, no…It must be full of cabbage, spinach, strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, avocados, etc…

— Root beer…*shaking head* I get that!

Charity 2 / Sarah 1

4. Have you ever had a backstage pass to any concert or show?

Sarah –When I was in college I asked to go backstage at a Glenn Yarbrough concert. I know, I know. Who?? I listened to a lot of my dad’s music so I was 20 or 30 years behind my peers. Mr. Yarbrough was very nice although I think he was mostly wondering what someone my age was doing at his concert! Go on-line and find a recording of Honey & Wine. Sigh.

Charity – Ok, so I couldn’t find that exact song, but it still had “honey” in the title!!

— I have to concede this point because I haven’t ever been backstage…

Charity 2 / Sarah 2

5. Have you ever driven a tractor?

Sarah –Growing up on a farm I spent my summers in the hay fields. I was pretty good at stacking bales, but the pinnacle of accomplishment was driving a tractor pulling a loaded wagon of hay. I could stop on a hillside for the guys to load bales, then ease it on up the hill without jerking off even one bale–eventually. The first few times weren’t that pretty, but getting hollered at by sweaty guys who have to restack bales is excellent incentive!

Charity – Woh. I am impressed. Ok, “Sarah is woman. Hear her roar.”

— Sarah!!!

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

6. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Sarah –I try to love people when I don’t find them all that lovable. I try to see them the way God does–as the apple of His eye. It can be really hard, so this is definitely a work in progress for me!

Charity –

— God wins!

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

7. Best Southern Recipe?

Sarah –To eat or to cook? If it’s eating, I’ll take John Fleer’s sweet tea brined fried chicken at Rhubarb in Asheville, NC. If I’m cooking, I make fabulous collard greens and stone-ground grits with cream. Of course, I’m not really Southern, I’m Appalachian, which means I can also make excellent fried squirrel with gravy. Serve it up with biscuits and I’ll make a convert out of you!

Charity – 😮 I am not so sure that you would…

My husband asked for me to make this again while we were eating it! A must pin!(link in pic)

So easy and sooooooo yummy. I want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

— Tie

Charity 3 / Sarah 4

8. What’s your favorite season? Why?

Sarah –I used to say autumn. I love that bittersweet time of year when nature puts on a show before giving itself over to winter. But as I get older, and like winter less, spring has become my favorite. I can’t wait to get into the woods in March and April to see what new, green thing is poking up through the leaf litter. And the wildflowers! Bloodroot, trillium, dwarf iris, showy orchis, lady slippers–seeing them is like running into a friend you’ve been missing. I love to walk the trails calling out their names.

Charity – Ohhhhh. I am in love with Autumn. ❤ ❤ ❤ Pumpkin EVERYTHING! ahhhhh!!! Pumpkin candles, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Pumpkin Decorations, Pumpkin Chili, etc… Plus, the holidays are in the air. ❤

— Tie. We both are pretty passionate about that question, it would seem.


Charity 4 / Sarah 5

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Face-Off with Carrie Turansky!!


I am super excited to have Carrie Turansky here today!! Her beautiful Edwardian books are on everyone’s TBR list.

Right now, you can pick up The Daughter of Highland Hall for only $1.99!!! —–>

Carrie’s first book was published in 2005, and she has had more than a dozen published since then. Before that she wrote several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays.img_0838

Some books you can check out:

Let’s have some fun! Shall we?


The rules are simple. I ask Carrie 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. Have you ever been around wild horses?

Carrie – Oh, I wish I had. I would love to see wild horses some time. My grandparents owned a farm in Oregon when I was young, and I enjoyed riding horse when I was a teen, but those were all the tame, well trained variety.

Charity – I haven’t either, but there is a beach near us that has a bunch of wild horses. I really want to go and check it out sometime!!


— Tie

Charity 1 / Carrie 1

2. Most beautiful place you have ever been?

Carrie – That’s a tough question, because I’ve been blessed to visit and live in some very beautiful places. I’m torn between the Rift Valley in Kenya, Africa, where we lived for one year where giraffe and zebras run wild; or the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, where we   lived for eight years with all those lovely waterfalls and beaches. Both places were amazing! rift-valley-north-of-masai-mara-kenya_ae79Rift Valley

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Charity – So beautiful! I can’t even imagine!!! One of my favorite places I ever saw was Jaffa, Israel.

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— You are much more well traveled than me!!

Charity 1 / Carrie 2

3. Favorite time of year? Why?

Carrie – Spring is my favorite season. I’m a gardener, so I love seeing my daffodils, tulips, and grape hyacinth pop up and bloom. They are like a promise that warmer and brighter days are ahead after a long cold winder. Fall is a close second because I live in the North East where the leaves are so beautiful when they change color.

Charity – I love the Fall. It’s beautiful weather, the holidays are on the horizon and life gets back to scheduled!! Everything is perfect about it ❤

— Tie

Charity 2 / Carrie 3

4. Any fun holiday traditions that you came up with? (as in, non-traditional)

Carrie – We have several fun family traditions on various holidays, but the one that comes to mind is playing rousing games on Thanksgiving afternoon. Jungle Speed and Apples to Apples are two of our favorites. There is a lot of laughter and healthy competition during those games, and that brings us all closer together.

Charity – Love that! So fun. We have some old projector films from when my father was little (he’s in his mid 70’s). Every Christmas Eve, we watch the same three. A couple years back, we had to put them on DVD. So sad!!!!! My husband added the sound of a projector to the background, so it still seems the same 🙂 So much fun!!

— Nostalgia from my pops! I’m taking it 🙂

Charity 3 / Carrie 3

5. Funniest story you have about your children acting up when they were little?

Carrie – One Sunday morning when our oldest son was a young teenager, he was sitting at the breakfast table and was frustrated with one of his younger sisters. She was not listening to him, so to get her attention, he slammed down a quart container of yogurt, and the lid was off. Yogurt flew up in the air and splattered on the ceiling, all over the table, all over my son and his sister, and all over me. Yikes! It was a good reminder that when we lose control of our temper it not only hurts us, it hurts everyone around us. We were late for church that day.

Charity – So cute!! I love it.

When my oldest son was in second grade, I was a music teacher and got home from work about 15 minutes after he got off the bus. My mom would come and meet him during that time. One day, he got off the bus and nobody was there to get him. He totally lost his mind because all he had to do is walk home, but instead, he handed his backpack to a total stranger and said, “Please hold this! I’ll be right back!!” SOME RANDOM GUY!! He then ran home and called me???? Makes no sense!! My mom had fallen asleep on the couch waiting and heard him talking to me on the phone, so all was well. But it was so bizarre that he didn’t just walk to the house, but handed someone his backpack and took off! hahaha. Poor kiddo.

— Carrie gets it because my story was more cluelessness that acting upset.

Charity 3 / Carrie 4

6. Could you have lived in the Edwardian era and enjoyed it?

Carrie – Oh yes! I’ve dreamed of living in the Edwardian era ever since I started researching my current series. I think I’d enjoy the slower pace, the manners, the clothing, and living in the countryside . . . but only if I could live on a lovely estate as part of an upper class family. I don’t think I’d want to be an Edwardian servant! They worked very long hours for very little pay and had almost no free time.

Charity – Oh my goodness. I agree. There was this reality show that had a family live the lifestyle of an Edwardian upper class family. They had people that were cast as the servants and everything. At the end of the 6 weeks (or however long it was), the lady was so upset to leave the time period. It was really sad though because she couldn’t spend much time with her children to re-enact it correctly.


— Tie

Charity 4 / Carrie 5

7. Favorite/Strangest fan encounter?

Carrie – Oh had had a great one a few years ago. I was flying home from a trip to California. As I often do, I prayed before I boarded the plane, asking the Lord to give me an opportunity to speak to someone about Him. Before we took off, the woman seated next to me took out a book and began to read. The book was covered by a cloth slipcover, so I couldn’t see the title.  I peeked over to see the author’s name at the top of the page, thinking that would help me start a conversation with her. I saw my name! I gasped and said, “You’re reading my book!” She looked at me like I was a little crazy. So I quickly explained I was the author of the book she was reading. We had a fun conversation about books and authors we both enjoyed reading. Before we landed she asked me to sign her book, and I was happy to do it.

Charity – Oh! That is a good one!! I bet she was so confused at first thinking you were accusing her of stealing your book! haha. How cool is that???? I bet she couldn’t even believe it!

— Definitely Carrie! Obviously!

Charity 4 / Carrie 6

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Carrie – I hope every day I will reflect Him and His love and truth to my family and those I meet. I believe the Bible is a very practical book, and God wants to give us clear direction for every area of our life through His Word and His Spirit. That motivates me to study the Bible, meditate on it, and try to live it out in my life. I hope that brings Him glory.

Charity – Love it!

— God wins!

Charity 4 / Carrie 6

9. Best romantic movie?

Carrie – Hmmm….I love romantic movies, so it will be very hard to choose just one. Here are three of my favorites, Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and While You Were Sleeping.

Charity – Oh! Those are great choices!! I also love The Young Victoria. It is the sweetest movie!!


— Tie


Charity 5 / Carrie 7


Thank you, Carrie!il_570xN.321850012 It has been wonderful getting to know you a bit more 🙂

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That is such a beautiful book! I want to get my hands on it too!!

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Face-Off with Jessica Keller!!

dsc_0097Jessica is in the HOUSE today!! She is an award winning author and popular speaker that writes Young Adult fiction and Inspirational Romance.

A taste of those awards?

  • Winner of the 2011 Golden Pen
  • Winner of the 2011 Where the Magic Begins
  • Winner of the 2011-12 Rattler Writing Contest (Contemporary Category)
  • Winner of the 2011-12 Rattler Wrting Contest (Spec. Category)
  • Overall Grand Prize Winner 2011-2012 Rattler Writing Contest
  • 2012 ACFW Genesis Award Semi-Finalist

Here are a few reads to check out:

Let’s see what she’s got, eh?

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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. A spoonful of _______ makes your day better?

Jessica – Nutella

Charity – Oh. My. Stars. It doesn’t get much better than that…

— Jessica!!

Charity 0 / Jessica 1

2. Who is your favorite teen star breakout? They can be older now…like, Zac Efron or Miley Cyres :-/

Jessica – I adore Josh Hutcherson. Adore. Like, I want to be his big sister and bake him brownies and hug him and give him love life advice. He’s just so charming and respectable in his interviews.


Charity – Nice! Did you see him in RV? He plays Carl, the adorable little boy. hahaha.

I am going to have to go with Team Jacob. Taylor Lautner. haha. Just…because…BESIDES, he’s the only boy that Taylor SWIFT wrote a nice song about after they broke up. That’s saying something!!!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Jessica 2

3. When’s the last time your power went out? How long was it for? What happened?

Jessica – I happen to be on the same power grid as a huge, important, government science research facility. Because of that, anytime our power does surge or go out, it’s on again in seconds. Even during major (I’m talking tornado warning) storms, our power grid is given first priority. I don’t think we’ve ever been out longer than five or ten minutes. A car accident took out a power line last summer and there were workers at the site within minutes to restore the power. It’s a nice perk.

Charity – Woh! That’s really awesome! We don’t usually lose power. Maybe someone from the Witness Protection Program lives in my neighborhood and they want to keep him safe.?? Could be. You never know!

— Ok, probably not.

Charity 1 / Jessica 3

4. Can you use a pogo stick?

Jessica – Goodness, no. Not even in my young days. I consider walking while sipping coffee an accomplishment.

Charity – Ha!! Me too!!! I trip going UP stairs.

— Tie

Charity 2 / Jessica 4

5. If you could have all the Make-up, Clothes, or Shoes FOR FREE that you wanted, which would you choose?

Jessica – Well I don’t wear make-up so that rules that one out, but I’m a total shoe fan. I love unique and quirky shoes with designs, so I’ll pick that one!

Charity – WhA?? You don’t wear make-up! You are gorgeous. That’s so awesome.

I might die if I had to make that decision. You see, I am actually a princess IRL. So…Ima gonna need them all!

— Low Maintenance always wins

Charity 2 / Jessica 5

6. Summer Playlist Song #1?

Jessica – It’s not a new song but While the World Let Go by A Rocket to the Moon has been the number one song on my playlist this summer because it’s one of the theme songs I picked for the book I’m writing right now (the third book in my YA TimeShifters Series, written under the pen name Jess Evander).

Charity – That’s a gorgeous song! I had never heard it before. Anything from Tay’s 1989 album is on my #1 playlist. Lame, I know. What can I say…

— LOVE that song!

Charity 2 / Jessica 6

7. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Jessica – By using my gifts to try to share truth. I’ve always felt that God has made me a “door opener” in people’s lives. I’m not someone who is going to shout the Gospel in your face, because I believe in living the Gospel and loving people well first. Like with my YA fiction – those are not considered Christian at all. They are mainstream and have no references to faith, but God sprinkles Truth and open doors into everything if you allow him to work through you. Those books have opened up so many conversations for me with teens who get in contact with me online after reading them (and that wasn’t the purpose of the books at all). But I believe if we’re faithful with our gifts that God will be glorified through the use of them.

Charity – Awesome.

— God wins!

Charity 2 / Jessica 6

8. Best crime show on tv (or netflix)?

Jessica – I can’t watch any of them! *sorry* For my day job I work in the realm of law enforcement and I just start laughing every time I watch a crime show because they are all so riddled with mistakes and none of them get close to being right in how things are really handled. I stick to more reality based shows…like fairy tales and Disney made for TV movies.

Charity – ahh! Prison Break?! Blacklist?

— I am taking this!!

Charity 3 / Jessica 6

9. Most useless x-man?

Jessica – Great question, because there are a lot of ludicrous ones, but I’m going to have to go with a tie between Skin and Beak. Skin had six extra feet of skin…that’s it. It was vulnerable like our skin and he couldn’t change himself with it. Know how many times he used this power in any meaningful way to help the x-men before he was killed off? Zero. That’s right. Well done there, Skin! And then Beak. A guy with a beak and feathers who can’t fly. So he’s legitimately just a guy with a beak…that’s helpful to…no one.

Charity – ha! I laughed reading this. You are totally right. I think Cyclops is pretty useless too.

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Charity 3 / Jessica 7


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