Face-Off with Regina Jennings!!

authors20-427x640 I am SO happy to have Regina Jennings here today! What a lovely, lovely lady!!!!! She’s a homeschool mamma, avid traveler and a self-proclaimed “Redneck Bluestocking”. Love it!!

You may have seen one of my latest posts
about her new release, At Love’s Bidding. Be sure to check it out and grab a copy of this fun read!!! You won’t regret it.

Check out this cute pic of Regina in the outfit from her book, Caught in the Middle. I absolutely love this!! ❤ ❤

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The rules are simple. I ask Regina 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 bizarre thing that happened on a mission trip?

Regina – We were going to a village in Mexico to have services at the farmhouse of some believers. Before we got there the missionary warned us about their dogs. They had aggressive dogs that might bite, so we were advised to stay away from them.

Of course the dogs were there at the truck just licking their chops and waiting for us to step out, but they behaved themselves. Still, I kept an eye on them as I trekked across the rough ground to the side of the house where we were having the service. Our host led us to a log bench next to a chain-link cage.

The cage was about five feet high and the size of a generous bedroom closet. It housed a rough shelter that could give you splinters just from looking at it.

“Great,” I thought. “I’m sitting next to the dog pen!” Then I see a guy sitting in the cage. He’s glaring at me, like he’s contemplating how it’d feel to chop me up with a rusty machete.

What was he doing inside the cage? Cleaning it? Then I see a shackle on his leg. What in the world? I waved the missionary over to me, too afraid to get up and leave. Turns out the man in the manacles was the son of the family we were visiting. He’d tried to kill them once, burned their house while they were sleeping, so now they have to keep him chained up for the safety of themselves and their neighbors. Likely he’s suffering from some sort of mental illness or possession, but this village family didn’t have any resources at their disposal, so they dealt with it the best they could. They cared for him, fed him, gave him clothing and tried to include him in their family life, all while keeping him chained up in a cage because he is too dangerous to let out.

After that, I wasn’t so concerned about the dogs.

Charity – 😯 Oh. My. Word. That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever heard!!! hahahahaha I have absolutely nothing to compare to that! I was thinking of how scary is was being driven around the Dominican Republic…Those people have no road rules and much road rage.

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— No comparison.

Charity 0 / Regina 1

2. As a “redneck bluestocking” and a homeschool mom, what is your favorite subject to teach (and your least!)?

Regina – I love teaching history and literature, and I chose our curriculum (Sonlight) because it is so rich in both. It seems every story connects to another story. Every reference brings up another interesting fact we can look up. Frequent referrals to the globe and our world history timeline book are required.

Ironically, what I hate to teach is reading. The mechanics of reading, the phonics and grammar, are so arbitrary, that it’s hard to get a feel for any consistent rule. Once I get a kid past that point, we celebrate.

Charity – I am a homeschool mamma too and, BOY, do we love our Sonlight curriculum! I have 3 boys and the teenage years are the best!!!!! I love all those subjects. I honestly can’t stand teaching kindergarten and the lower grades. Favorite subject is history. I’m such a history nerd and it’s so awesome that we live in the historic triangle. ❤ Least favorite is english mechanics. blah.

— Tie

Charity 1 / Regina 2

3. Have you ever been on a bucking bronco or a crazy bull?

Regina – I was on a horse with my husband and it gave a little buck. He landed on the saddle horn and got hurt. I was fine until he pushed me out of the saddle so he could regain his seat. That’s the truth, although he disputes my account. Either way I wasn’t as hurt as he was.

My only injury was on a donkey. I was helping my dad train a donkey and it got mad. It smashed my leg up against a pole fence leaving nice bruised-stripes on my leg. I didn’t go to the doctor because I was four months pregnant and thought I could do without the lecture.

Charity – Girl! You are crazy!!! haha. What in the world! I have not done either…but that could be because I am NOT an animal lover, thus I avoid them at all costs.

— Again, no comparison.

Charity 1 / Regina 3

4. Favorite BBQ on the grill recipe?

Regina – I eat a lot of Bar-B-Q, but I don’t grill. That’s my husband’s domain. Unless you are as big of a loser as I am in the kitchen, that question is an automatic win for you.

Charity – Hmm. Just look at the delightfulness of this picture and click on it for the recipe.

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— I’ll take it!!

Charity 2 / Regina 3

5. Would you have enjoyed living in the 1800’s? What would you have liked and hated?

Regina – When? Where? Am I rich or am I a servant or slave? C’mon, be more specific!!

I know I would like to live in a society that was more God-honoring and respectful. I would like to raise my kids in an environment that wasn’t as fraught with temptations and hostile to families, but as far as conveniences, I really enjoy having the time to write and pursue some of my own interests. If I was an average woman in the 1800s, spare time and access to books wouldn’t be readily available.

Charity – I have to agree with everything you said. I also wish women still wore pretty dresses!!!! I don’t care how many layers! So beautiful and ladylike.

— tie

Charity 3 / Regina 4

6. Awesome, obscure and totally useless talent that you have?

Regina – I can lick my nose. Yep. I guess it’s not totally useless, but it’s disgusting enough to render it close.

Charity – Ha! Nice. I can wave my pinky toe back and forth. Pretty cool… You’ll want to be sure to turn up the volume so you can hear me say, “Ew” at the end of this video.

— Tie

Charity 4 / Regina 5

7. What kind of food is your greatest weakness?

Regina – Dessert! I love ice cream, chocolate, cheesecake, cookies, brownies… I don’t eat a lot for supper, but I rarely skip dessert. Feel free to send me candy.

Charity – I always tell my kids to eat dessert first because you don’t want to get filled up on dinner and not have room for it!

I’m a candy love and CHIPS!!! Chips have to be my biggest weakness. I could live my life without chocolate and that would be just fine.

— Tie

Charity 5 / Regina 6

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

Regina – We humans are a frail and fallible bunch. But instead of allowing us wallow in self-pity, God tells us the reason for His design. It’s because He wants no confusion over who gets the credit for our deeds (1 Cor. 1:26-29, 2 Cor. 4:7). So God is glorified through our weaknesses, but that’s kind of hard to strive for, isn’t it? Fortunately, I don’t have to work hard cultivating weaknesses. They appear way too frequently. But it’s so reassuring to remember that whenever I feel inadequate, whenever I know I’m at the end of my strength, my knowledge, my efforts, that is when I’m least likely to try to take credit for what God has done. When I’m trusting Him, submitting to Him, having faith that He is in control, that’s when I’ve seen His glory most clearly.

Charity – Love that. It’s beautiful. My sister and I were just talking about that today!!

— God wins!

Charity 5 / Regina 6

9. Do you garden?

Regina – Ha! I love gardens, beautiful landscapes, and welcoming lawns. In the spring I do my best. I plant flowers and I try to keep them alive, but the Oklahoma heat and droughts are determined to ruin my efforts. I don’t have much to show for my work.

As far as a real, producing garden, I hate vegetables, so what’s the point?

Charity – HA! Oh my gosh. That’s amazing. I actually love veggies…BUT, I have a total black thumb. I kill every plant I’ve ever had. Every. One.

— Another tie!

Charity 6 / Regina 7

10. Last item you returned to the store?

Regina – My daughter’s college textbook! It was such a rip-off. For $40 we rented the textbook and the access key for the online extras. When we tried to log into the online portion it said that the access key had already been used, but we could buy another access key for $94(!!!!) I called Amazon and they pointed out the fine print that says the access key might not work, never mind that the item is listed as “book and access key”. But they did let me return it for a refund- minus a hefty restocking fee that was almost half the purchase price.

Let me just say… textbook people, enough is enough. Now you’re putting in $100 access keys that can only be used once per student? Way to fleece our future!

Charity – Rant heard. I had no idea. That’s ridiculous, but good to know. My oldest starts college next year 😯 I will be watching them and their sneaky ways…

Last item I returned was a 49’ers shirt from Target. I ordered a Redskins shirt for my son and they sent me a 49’ers. Lame.

— Textbook drama

Final:

Charity 6 / Regina 8

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Regina–Question for you:

What is the weirdest thing you hoard?

Mine? Dryer lint and empty toilet paper rolls. I save those all year round, and then when winter comes, I stuff the dryer lint into the cardboard rolls and use them for fire starter for the fireplaces. Recycling Redneck style!

Charity – Wow! That is redneck style recycling!! haha. Love it! I am not sure what I hoard. I am a total organizer. Like, “Christmas is coming! What toys are you getting rid of to make room for the new?” Maybe skinny people clothes that I imagine I will actually wear again someday. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That’s a good one…By the time I fit in them, perhaps they’ll even be back in style.


Thank you, Regina! Such a blast. You are THE BEST! Custom-Balloon-design-tool

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Interview with Dawn Crandall + A GIVEAWAY!!!!

11026001_10205335348836570_92183872513627506_nI am super excited to be interviewing Dawn Crandall today! With the final book of her Everstone Chronicles released April 1st, the #Crandalls are dying to get their hands on the final book in the series!! Well, today you have a chance!!!! woot woot!!

But first, I sat down and chatted with Dawn about the different struggles she had getting these books out, whether or not her hubby was jealous of these fine fellows in her books and much, much more!


Charity – Hey, girl!! It is awesome to get a chance to chat with THE WINNER OF “Best Inspirational Single Title in the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence” for your book, The Hesitant Heiress!!! Has it even sunk in yet?

Dawn – Screen shot 2015-04-06 at 2.33.32 PMNo! I still hardly believe it! I know I love my books, but it’s so terrific that so many readers do too!

Charity – I absolutely hate it when a series ends because we have all fallen in love with the characters and then they disappear! So, now that the trilogy is finished, will we ever hear about them again? Will you possibly be continuing on with any of them?

Dawn – Oh yes, for sure! These are the only three books I’ve written so far and have been so fabulously blessed to have found a publisher for them so quickly!! I have always known I would continue on with more characters from this series!

Next is Vance’s turn–that man needs some redemption! And he needs a heroine too! His heroine is introduced in The Captive imposter. And after that, I plan to revisit two other female characters the readers have been introduced to in the series.

Charity – SQUEEE!!!! Ohhhhh. Vance!! Nice. I can’t wait! Any time frame? I assume you are just wanting to breath right now!!

Dawn – Yes, I need to catch my breath! I know lots of people think I’m super woman and wrote these three books crazy fast, but that isn’t the case at all! They just released from my publisher so quickly! I had the first two books already written when I signed the book contract, and then had to finish the third while I was struggling through having pregnancy brain, and then having my first baby! I am not a fast writer AT ALL. So, since I’m basically starting from scratch all over again, I really have no idea what kind of time-frame I’ll be working with!

Charity – Woh. So, you are basically super woman! Well, just know that absence makes the heart fonder….but, too much absence makes people want to hunt you down (;

I’ve got to know…Lawry is my absolute favorite! He is so dreamy and kind!! He’s faithful to the end!!! Which one swept you off your feet?

Dawn – Oh my goodness! I can’t decide between my three heroes. They are each just so perfectly matched to their heroine. And I’ve quite literally fallen in love with all three of them as I was writing the books from first person point of view!!

I’m trying to make a decision, and I just CANNOT choose one over the other two!

Charity – Has your hubby read any of your books? Is he jealous of any your characters? Like, “Is this what she’s expecting of me…” ha ha (:

Dawn – He has read The Hesitant Heiress and The Bound Heart so far! He plans to read The Captive Imposter soon. He’s not much of a readers, so he has to mentally prepare himself for diving into a book. And really, he doesn’t know much about this third book. I used to talk his ear off about my books as I was writing them, but realized that really couldn’t keep up with me as I would try to get him to give me his “male” reactions to certain situations!

I don’t think he’s jealous of Nathan, Lawry or Dexter–he knows that he’s the main reason I can write a Godly, perfect-for-his-heroine-kind of heroes in the first place

Charity – AWW! So sweet!! Ok, so who is your modern day hero? I am guessing you just answered that?

Dawn – I guess so! I would never have begun writing The Hesitant Heiress five years ago if I hadn’t had 110% support from my husband. I don’t really know why or how he believed in me so much! He didn’t know a thing about how difficult it is to get a book published with a publisher!

Charity – What was it about this time period that grabbed your attention?

Dawn – The architecture was the first thing! I’ve ALWAYS loved Victorian houses and buildings! And then the clothes!

Charity – Oh yes!!!!!! I hear ya! Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in one of those homes??

Ok, so were any of these characters based on real life people? (you don’t have to name names! ha ha)

Dawn – Well, not really. Amaryllis is a lot like me. For the most part, I’m not really sure HOW the characters form! They just come to me and then they start talking and getting into turmoil-ish situations! I don’t feel that I actually make them up. It’s more that I discover them and get to tell everyone their stories.

Charity – I love that!! Well, is there someone from the Victorian Age that you really admire? I always loved the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Such a great movie too!!

Dawn – I don’t really know! I think my favorite historical people are actually from way earlier than the Victorian age–like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. I guess I could choose author Elizabeth Gaskill–since she lived in the mid 1800s, at least.

Charity – Ok, a couple of last questions. I know you are super busy!!!

What has been the hardest part for you so far? I am guessing it’s the whole “having a baby while trying to whip out three books on a deadline”, but I could be wrong….

Dawn – Well, it was only one book on a deadline, Screen shot 2015-04-06 at 2.58.06 PMbut it was definitely challenging with having a baby right in the middle of the whole thing! Those TWO new things happening in my life all at once was pretty crazy! But getting used to being an author recognized by tons of readers was kind of trippy too! Eight months after my first release, The Hesitant Heiress, and I’m still not used to it! I probably never will be, actually!

Charity – Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring authors trying to get into the biz?

Dawn – Join ACFW and go to the national conference! If not smaller state-run ones! Join the ACFW email critique loop and get feedback about your writing or your book! Find a critique partner who matches you! It doesn’t have to be matching genres or even POV, but matching character development and story-depth. Have a $30 paid critique of the first 15-30 pages of your manuscript done while attending ACFW.. I went to my first ACFW conference in 2011 right after joining, had meetings with two agents (which I didn’t really want to go to, but because of the crazy-encouraging things the author who did my paid critique had said about my writing, I HAD to!), sent my requested partial proposal to both of them within the month. Then, I had two agent contracts of representation to choose from within the week. Not that this NORMALLY happens, but it WON’T EVER unless you go there and TRY!

Charity – Thanks! Sounds like great advice. I appreciate you taking the time to chat Looking forward to your new series!!

Dawn – Thanks so much for having me back, for enjoying my series and for posting such fabulous reviews about my novels! You truly are a blogger who goes far and beyond all that is “needed” for the sake of your author friends!


Screen shot 2015-04-06 at 2.59.06 PMSo, here’s the fun part! So many giveaways, WHERE DO I START??

First of all, make sure to register for Dawn’s Facebook Party where you will have a chance to win MANY different giveaways. (Link is in the pic)

Secondly, every day this month, Dawn is giving away BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS! Screen shot 2015-04-02 at 10.55.36 AM

Make sure to head on over to her blog and sign up for a new giveaway EVERY DAY!! (Link in the pic)

Lastly, Dawn is giving away a copy of her NEW RELEASE, A Captive Imposter!!!! SQUEEE!!! Just head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!! Only a couple entries are mandatory. The rest are just extras!! Good luck!!

balloons**Remember, all entries will be checked and any falsified entries will be disqualified.

If you would like to see my “Face-Off” with Dawn Crandall, just head on OVER HERE and find out about favorite toilet paper brands, worst calendars ever, guilty pleasures and awkward moments!!!

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: