Face-Off with Amy Clipston!!

acaboutNow, this is awesome!!! I am facing-off with AMY FLIPPIN’-CLIPSTON!!! (I am pretty sure her name is hyphenated). This girl has authored over 20 bestselling books. Insane!!!

Although she is known for being a fiction writer, Amy, also, wrote a memoir about her kidney donation that saved her husband’s life. You can check it out by clicking on the pic ——>

Besides writing bestselling books, she has won multiple awards. Check out some of them:

2015 Holt Medallion Award Nominee (novel: A Dream of Home)
2014 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award Nominee (novel: A Mother’s Secret)
2014 Holt Medallion Award (novel: A Hopeful Heart)
2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist in Young Adult Category (novel: Roadside Assistance)
2012 Winter Rose Contest for Published Authors 2nd Place (novel: Roadside Assistance)
2012 Gold Quill Contest Finalist (novel: Roadside Assistance)
2012 Laurel Wreath Contest 3rd Place (novel: Roadside Assistance)
2011 National Readers’ Choice Awards Young Adult Category (novel: Roadside Assistance)
2011 Selah Award for Fiction (novel: A Promsie of Hope)

Amy is well known for her Amish fiction. Here are a handful from different series that she wrote:

Ok, I think I bragged on her enough. Let’s see if she can bring anything to the table where it really counts!


PicCollageThe rules are simple. I ask Amy 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’s the worst outfit you wore as a teenager? Pics????

Amy – You can’t hear me, but I’m sitting here chuckling to myself. I suppose it was when I went through my Madonna stage and I had her jacket from the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan.” I wore the jacket along with lace gloves and big, sparkly sunglasses. I thought I was so cool. Ha ha!  And, no, no pics!

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Charity – OMGOSH!! I wish I could have seen that!!! Hahaha. I love it. I remember thinking I was the coolest thing with these shorts that had suspenders. I would drop the suspenders, OBVIOUSLY, and then wear a shirt that was signed by all these guys from the different Busch Gardens shows. I stalked them all summer long and always wore the same outfit so all their signatures were on it. Oh. My. Gosh. Embarrassing.

— I think the Madonna outfit might have won that round…

Charity 0 / Amy 1

2. When did you know you were going to marry your husband? What did you do that sealed the deal for you?

Amy – Trust and mutual respect sealed the deal for me after being hurt more than once. It only took a couple of months before I realized Joe was the real deal; he was thoughtful, trustworthy, and my soulmate. Yeah, I know—completely corny, but it’s true.

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Charity – Not corny. I was a single mom, so I had no time for losers. Haha. I went out with him one night because he moved here and didn’t know anyone. I was just being friendly (for reelz!!) (even thought he was a fine slab of meat!). Anyway, we went to downtown Norfolk and talked for 4 straight hours about everything God had done in our lives (we had just recently gotten saved). I had never met a man so passionately in love with Jesus just like I was. I came home and told my sister I was going to marry him. I did.

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The B&W was when we were still babies!!! That was taken about 11 years ago. The second one was taken last year ❤

— Tie!!

Charity 1 / Amy 2

3. Have you ever been on a unicycle?

Amy – Uh, no!

Charity – Girl. You would not even want to see that go down.

— haha! Tie

Charity 2 / Amy 3

4. When you lived in VA, which of the historic triangle destinations was your favorite? Williamsburg, Jamestown or Yorktown? Why?

Amy – Do the Outer Banks count?  I’m not a big history buff, but I went to the Outer Banks frequently. Please don’t unfriend me now.

Charity – Haha. Um, NO! Those are not in the historic triangle!! But, I do love the Outer Banks. We go to Duck every year for our family vacation. Love, love, love the boardwalk there. The ocean and the sound are about 4 blocks from each other, so it’s the smallest, little, cute town!

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I love Yorktown because I spent so much of my childhood there in the Fife and Drum Corp. woot woot!

— I so get that one!

Charity 3 / Amy 3

5. If you could be on any reality show, which one would you choose?

Amy – “Dancing with the Stars,” and I want to dance with Derek Hough. Swoon!

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Charity – EW! Ha. Any guy that can move like that…something isn’t right!! I don’t know. I am a major Survivor fan. I would love that, if I was healthier!! So fun. I would say all of Jeff Probst’s phrases along with him and he would be super annoyed.

“If any of you gave the hidden immunity idol and want to play it, now would be the time to do so. I’ll read the votes”

— Tie

Charity 4 / Amy 4

6. Best concert you have been to?

Amy – That’s a tossup between Weird Al Yankovic and Brad Paisley. They both put on the most fun and entertaining family-friendly shows I’ve ever seen.

Charity – OMGosh. You are my hero if you went to a Weird Al concert. Did he do White and Nerdy??

— Definitely…Amy!

Charity 4 / Amy 5

7. Where would your dream home be? Pics?

Amy – I suppose my dream home would be on the Outer Banks.

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Charity – Greece. White and beautiful.

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— Another tie!

Charity 5 / Amy 6

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

Amy – I strive to glorify God through my Christian fiction novels. I pray frequently while I’m writing, and I include scripture verses that truly speak to me in an effort to touch the hearts of my readers.

Charity – Love it!

— God wins!

Charity 5 / Amy 6

9. What’s your biggest phobia?

Amy – I have two—wasps and spiders!  You’ll hear me scream and run like an idiot when I spot one!

Charity – Dentists make me want to die. Hands down. And then snakes.

— You get this because the readers have seen my answer a bajillion times!

Charity 5 / Amy 7

10. Worst thing you have ever eaten?

Amy – I’m not a steak eater, so steak doesn’t appeal to me.  I also don’t care for scallops or oysters.

Charity – Hmm weird. My answer isn’t too cool because I think it would be liver and beets. Barf.

— I am taking it!

Final:

Charity 6 / Amy 7

tumblr_n36q4omS9I1sp8cnto10_250 I just love this gif. HAHA!! I lost. That’s my losing dance!


Thanks, Amy!! Balloons-for-Birthday-PartyThis has been so fun! I love hearing about your crazy, fun life!

Ok, you guys. This is INSANE! Amy is giving away a HUGE PRIZE PACK!!! This is truly the best giveaway we’ve ever done!!!

Want a couple books and some serious swag? (ie… tote bag, bookmarks, and pens???) Just head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!!!

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Face-Off with Anita Higman!!

Wow! What a way to finish out the week!!! I have best-selling author, Anita Higman, here today. Woot Woot!

Her new release, Summer’s List, is now out! Make sure you check it out!! (Link is in the pic)

Just in case you don’t know all about her, here’s a little info:

CBA best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published (several co-authored) for adults and children, and she has three books (fiction and nonfiction) to be released. She is a two-time finalist for a Selah Award, and she’s won a Cascade Award as well as an Inspirational Readers Choice Award for 2011 and 2013. She has also been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston. Her coauthored book, Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, was on the Nielsen’s best-seller list for five weeks for religious adult fiction and #6 on the CBA best-seller list for fiction (January, 2011). Anita’s novella in the compilation, Once Upon a Christmas Eve, was given a four-star review in Romantic Times Magazine and has been optioned for a movie.

Sounds awesome, huh?

Let’s play!


PicCollage(3)The rules are simple. I ask Anita 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 taken a road trip across America?

Anita – Yes, I have taken some road trips like that, but I doubt I’ll ever do it again. I am such a squirmer in the car. I could pull off long road trips when I was young, but now it just seems like a torture instead of an adventure. My husband and I still travel, but it’s mostly by air now.

Charity – I am right there with ya! I used to LOVE a good road trip. Now, I’ll settle for being home.

I haven’t taken any road trips across the country, but I have been up and down the East Coast many times!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Anita 1

2. What artist have you seen the most in concert?

Anita – Josh Groban. I’m a huge fan.

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Charity – I guess it is tobyMac for me!! That old man has the energy of my 8 year old!!!

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— I have only seen him twice, and it sounds like you have a major Groban crush! 😉 It’s yours!

Charity 1 / Anita 2

3. What is the biggest storm that you have been through? Hurricane? Tornado? Earthquake?

Anita – I experienced an earthquake when I lived in Hawaii for a summer. That gave me an uneasy feeling to have the earth move under me, but it wasn’t terribly scary. I’ve been through a tropical storm in Houston, and I would say that the flooding after the storm was indeed alarming.

Charity – Oh man! First of all, HAWAII!! You lived there?!?! So jealous.

Secondly, storms are crazy. CRAZY! I live on the East Coast, so we get a LOT of hurricanes. It is pretty exciting. We also had an earthquake a few years back. Total freak accident. Who knew we lived on a fault line? I had just lied down for a nice, afternoon nap when it hit. I thought my oldest son was shaking the bed and I yelled at him. HAHA! He was in the bathroom, on the pot. Scared him!

— I guess it’s even! Sounds like we’ve been through the same things.

Charity 2 / Anita 3

4. Coolest place you have vacationed?

Anita – Melbourne. I explored that city for weeks and really enjoyed it. I’d love to see more of Australia.

Charity – Oh wow! How can I compete with that??? I haven’t ever vacationed overseas. I went to Israel for school. That was incredible. I went to Dominican Republic for a mission trip. Awesome.

As far as vacation…right before my youngest son was born, I went on a “babymoon” by myself! haha!! I spent a week in Chicago…shopping, dining, walking around….*sigh* glorious. #TheMagnificentMile #NavyPier

— How can I compete with Melbourne!?

Charity 2 / Anita 4

5. What is the worst job you could imagine having?

Anita – Any kind of outdoor work in Houston. I could never take the heat and humidity!

Charity – I always thought Texas had dry heat! Who knew?

Worst job? Anything to do with porta-potties. EW!

— Porta-potties

Charity 3 / Anita 4

6. What kind of junk food is your greatest weakness?

Anita – A piece of chocolate cake with big gloppy fudge frosting, so thick it’s dripping off the sides. Oh yeah…

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Charity – hmm. I could pass by that in a MINUTE! Don’t show me the candy…This is, literally, what my house in Heaven will be full of:

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— Tie

Charity 4 / Anita 5

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

Anita – I pray a lot. Otherwise it’s easy to get centered on one’s own life and less focused on God.

Charity – Short and sweet. I LIKE it!

— God Wins!

Charity 4 / Anita 5

8. What is the best western movie you ever saw?

Anita – I don’t watch many westerns, but I think I enjoyed The Man From Snowy River. Honestly it’s been so long since I watched it, I can’t remember the plot. Since you brought it up, maybe I’ll look it up and watch it again!

Charity – Oh!! What a GREAT pick! Those movies were really good. I liked the second one better.

— Nice call!!

Charity 4 / Anita 6

9. If you could live in a different era, what one would it be and what would your “position” be?

Anita – Can’t leave this era. As much as Victorian times might look romantic from the outside, the reality is I couldn’t stand being without modern convenience even for an hour. Yes, I know. I’m a wimp.

Charity – Hmm. I guess you won’t be going on Survivor anytime soon?

I would be a rich old lady that never had to marry because I already had a fortune. Oh, and definitely the Regency Era! I would be Emma. Then I could marry Knightly, if I found him!

— I’m taking it!!

Final:

Charity 5 / Anita 6

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Anita – Now I have a question for you. Why do you think people love stories so much?

Charity – Oh! Easy!! We live vicariously through the romance and adventure! Real love doesn’t stay mushy all of the time. You fall into a pattern and love them for their character and strength. It’s fun to relive those exciting moments of falling in love! It’s also fun to be submerged in other eras, vocations, and lifestyles.


Thank you, Anita! What fun 🙂Custom-Balloon-design-tool

This week is insane, RIGHT? I mean, so many giveaways!! These authors are incredible!!!

Anita has offered to give away a copy of her new novel, Summer’s List. I reviewed it a few weeks back and gave it 5 stars! Great summer read!!

Just head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway
and start entering! Good luck!!

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