Face-Off with Lorna Seilstad!!

From the first page of Lorna’s debut novel, I was HOOKED! Lake Manawa was a real place in Iowa where the wealthy would CAMP during the summer months around the Turn of the Century. It was so beautiful!! Head on over to Lorna’s Lake Manawa Page and see these cool pics!! Her first series is centered around this storyline. So awesome.

Check out these books for only $4.99 each!

In her new series, we get to know the Gregory sisters. This is also based around the Turn of the Century.

As Love Blooms released YESTERDAY!

Let’s get to it, shall we?


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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Have you ever milked a cow?

Lorna – I grew up on a farm, but my brother will be quick to tell you I am the worst farm girl ever born. I have not milked a cow, my brother and I bottle fed a little black Angus calf I named Snow White. (I was into irony at an early age.) Snow was a twin and her mother would only feed one of the calves, so we were given the stronger of the two to take care of.

Charity – Grew up on a farm? That’s pretty cool.Screen shot 2015-05-20 at 1.07.54 PM I might give you a run for your money as the worst farm girl. I haven’t ever needed to try, but I can tell you that it wouldn’t go well…

My 16 year old son has an Cow Milking app. It’s frightening.

Link is in the pic for those of you that want to give it a try! HAHA!!

— Tie. Horrible Girl Farmers UNITE!

Charity 0 / Lorna 0

2. What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had?

Lorna – We’ve had a lot of great vacations, but I’m hoping the best is yet to come. This September, my  husband and I are going on a cruise to Alaska to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Two of our best friends are joining us, and we can’t wait.

Charity – oh wow! That sounds AMAZING!!! Honestly…our best vacations haven’t been anything fancy. My hubby and I like to randomly book a hotel in a neighboring town. Feels like a vacation because we are “gone”, but it’s really just us 30 minutes from home watching movies, going out to eat and enjoying each other. (ooh la la!)

We’ve done Disney and a yearly beach vacation and…lots of others. Those times just don’t compare!

— I did say “you’ve ever had

Charity 1 / Lorna 0

3. Do you collect anything?

Lorna – Dust. Piles of paper. Dirty dishes. Do those count?

Okay. I do collect antique dolls and have since I was a little girl. When I was about ten or eleven, I came home from school one day to find 30 Nancy Ann Storybook dolls in their original boxes lying on our living room floor. My dad had been to an auction and had purchased them for $7 each. A little girl’s dream come true.

Charity – I had never heard of those, so I found a pic online (because I’m guessing most of my readers haven’t either!)

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I used to collect Fenton Art Glass like there was no tomorrow. However, we downsized and I just don’t have room to keep collections. So, *fart noise* out they go!

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— You get that one!

Charity 1 / Lorna 1

4. Worst Home Networking Business? (Like Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, etc…)

Lorna – About the time I got married, there was one that had lingerie, and my friends had a party/shower for me. One word -embarrassing. Need I say more?

Charity – Talk about ooh-la-la!! I want someone to get me a bunch of pretties!

I have to be honest. I never got Thirty-One. I mean, the bags are so overpriced and poorly made! ahhh!!! If you are a Thirty-One consultant, feel free to try to change my mind by explaining the hype!! I always have an open mind. I just haven’t figured it out yet..

— Tie

Charity 1 / Lorna 1

5. Worst impulse buy?

Lorna – Oh good, I can tell one on my husband. While I was in labor, he bought something called the “Banjo Minnow” from an infomercial. Really? Fishing devices while I’m giving birth to an 11 lb. 8 oz. baby girl? And no, I’m not bitter about it.

Charity – Oh my gosh! hahahahaha! There is no competing with that! Of course, I hadn’t heard of the “Banjo Double O Six Minnow” before, so I watched this video!! HAHAHA

— Lorna! Hand’s down (thank the hubby)

Charity 1 / Lorna 2

6. Do you have a keurig? If so, favorite k-cup?

Lorna – We do have a Keuring, but I’m not a coffee drinker. My drink of choice is Ghirardelli double cocoa with a splash of cream. Mmmm, makes me crave it just thinking about it.

Charity – I am all about the Cinnabon Coffee. YUM!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Lorna 2

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

Lorna – What a great question! I believe in the verse that says, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all to the glory of God.” So whether I’m scrubbing toilets or writing books, I try to do with an attitude of pleasing Him. It try to be genuine and to truly see people as he sees them. This year, I’m focusing on extending grace instead of questioning someone’s motives. I want to love like Jesus loves.

Charity – Love it! Beautiful.

— God Wins!!

Charity 1 / Lorna 2

8. Have you ever gone skiing?

Lorna – Once. I was miserable at it (as I am with most athletic endeavors). However, being an Iowa girl, I can drive a mean sled. We had a sledding hill on our farm called Murder. If it didn’t kill you to climb the hill, it might kill you when you came down it on your sled.

Charity – Oh!! Nice!!!! Girl, I am right there with you. I can’t run to the end of my street (and we live on the CORNER!).

— At least you can do A sport! Sledding!! How fun.

Charity 1 / Lorna 3

9. Only using ingredients you currently have in your home, best crock-pot meal you could make?

Lorna – Chocolate lava cake. In fact, I think I may have to go make that right now.

Charity – Crock-Pot lava cake? Nice!! Who knew….

I would throw chicken in (only AFTER I added a crock-pot liner) and a bottle of BBQ Sauce. The end.

— Your’s sounds way cooler than mine!

Charity 1 / Lorna 4

10. Do you have a bright and cherry front door (like bright yellow), or just a normal door?

Lorna – I live in a hundred year old home, so our door came with the house. The door has beveled glass panels, which I love, and is made of a dark oak. Even though the door isn’t red, I like to keep it cheery by making seasonal wreaths for it. Currently, I’ve been gathering the supplies to make an arrangement inside a rain boot for the door.

Charity – Mine is so cute!! As you can see in the second pic, I have little, stained glass windows at the top!

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I really want to paint it a bold color. Just haven’t gotten around to it…

— Taking it!!!

Final:

Charity 2 / Lorna 4

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Thanks so much, Lorna! What fun 🙂

Make sure you guys head on over to check out her NEW RELEASE!! Links are in the pics at the top of this post.

Face-Off with Janice Thompson!!

Author of over 20, highly acclaimed books, Janice Thompson is here today!!! Woo Hoo!! You can take a look at her blog HERE! I will be reviewing her new book later on this week, so keep an eye out!!!

Known for her contemporary romance, she writes many wedding stories!! Her newest is on sale for $4.99 right now! (Link is in the pic) Below are some other titles that you might be interested in! All of them under $5!!

Let’s play, shall we?


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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Do you wear a fancy hat on Easter Sunday?

Janice – Um, no. But I love the song “Easter Parade,” if that makes any difference.

Charity – That DEFINITELY counts! haha. I am not a fan of the hat or the song…so….

— Janice gets that one!

Charity 0 / Janice 1

2. Have you ever had a chimichanga? If so, did you love it?

Janice – Yes. . .and yes. I love anything that’s deep fried. I’m from Texas, where we love all-things-Tex-Mex.

Charity – Mexican is a MAJOR go-to for our family. My sister eats it every single day!!! haha. If they don’t have tacos for lunch, they will have them for dinner. No joke!!

I am VERY ashamed to admit that I don’t ever remember eating a chimichanga though! My husband’s dog was named Chimichanga. That might be part of a deterrent.

— Another point for Janice! Not even my sister’s habits won that one for me!

Charity 0 / Janice 2

3. Favorite time in history?

Janice – I love the turn of the century (1900 – 1910). Several of my novels were set during this time period: Hurricane (about the Galveston hurricane of 1900), Queen of the Waves (about the sinking of the Titanic) and Love Finds You in Groom, Texas (set in the Texas panhandle).

Charity – Nice!! I love that too! My favorite times were Regency (Jane Austen) and Revolutionary War (American and British stories). Both were very intriguing!!

— Tie

Charity 0 / Janice 2

4. What is the fanciest kind of car you would want if money was not a concern?

Janice – I love my Equinox but would probably buy something a big larger, if I could afford it—something big enough to hold all eight grandchildren!

Charity – Lucky!! I want grandchildren!!! Man! I would probably go with a Tahoe. They are HUGE and can fit all the teenagers in it that I want to adopt!!!

— Tie

Charity 0 / Janice 2

5. Beach Bum or Hiking Trails?

Janice –Oh, beach bum, for sure! I love going on cruises. My favorite part is the private beach excursions. Swimming in the teal-blue waters off of Grand Cayman ranks high on my list of fun things to do.

Charity – Nice! I am not sure. Tough question. The beach is nice and I love warm weather. I also love hiking.

— It’s always best to know what you like!

Charity 0 / Janice 3

6. Favorite character in The Princess Bride?

Janice – Westley, of course! Isn’t he every girl’s dream?

Charity – Absolutely!!!!! However, Fezzik? INCONCEIVABLE!! 1796_108657080017_2451_nOur youngest son used to look like him when he was a baby/toddler. He didn’t get hair FOR-EVER!! It was so funny!! We kept getting him to say “Inconceivable”!! hahahaha

There’s the little bald guy!! —>

— Totally taking that point!!

Charity 1 / Janice 2

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

Janice – By acknowledging that every good gift comes from Him—whether it’s the gift of life or the artistic giftings He’s placed in my life (writing, baking, directing, acting).

Charity – Love it! Thankfulness in all things ❤

— God wins, OF COURSE!

Charity 1 / Janice 2

8. Since you love writing about them, I was wondering if you had a big, elaborate wedding?

Janice –Nope. Surprisingly, I did not. Now, my four daughters did. The first had a large Italian-themed wedding. The second had a garden-party themed wedding. The third had a Hawaiian-themed wedding. The fourth had a lovely traditional wedding. All were lovely.

Charity – Girl, I couldn’t WAIT to get out of there! We didn’t waste time on ANYTHING!! It was walk up the aisle, cut the cake and SCRAM!! Who wants to waste their time hanging out with a ton of people when you JUST GOT MARRIED?

Nope. Nothing fancy here!! (and can I mention how happy I am to have SONS!! haha)

— Tie. We were on the same page.

Charity 1 / Janice 2

9. What is the coolest thing you have ever gotten from overseas? (Purchased or Gifted)

Janice –While in Israel in 1991 (just after Desert Storm) I purchased some lovely pottery. I loved it then and love it now.

Charity – Ohhhh! I LOVE Israel! I was going to say a ring box I got from there! It is so beautiful!!

— Tie again!!

Charity 1 / Janice 2

10. Would you ever want a pet monkey?

Janice – Never. No way, no how!

Charity – HAHAHAHA 🙂 I’m right there with ya!

— Ok, totally random and dumb question. I’ll give you a point!

Charity 1 / Janice 3

11. What kind of coffee is your favorite?

Janice – Chai Latte. Oh, wait. . .that’s a tea. Hahaha. Truly, I prefer hot teas over coffee. If I do drink coffee, it has to be weak and very, very sweet (with Italian Sweet Cream creamer).

Charity – I am a big tea lover too!! But, I have a weakness for this coffee here:
Now, that’s serious business!!!

— Since the question was “Which coffee”, I am totally taking the point!

Final:

Charity 2 / Janice 3

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Thanks so much, Janice!! I had a great time getting to know you a little bit better! Looking forward to my great read 🙂