Face-Off with Helo Matzelle!!

Helo’s new book is an incredible memoir of her incredible journey with a rare brain tumor. Review to follow on April 3rd!

But for now, we play!!!

It’s time for another epic Face-Off!! Let’s not waste another minute!


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The rules are simple. I ask Helo 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 summertime activity?

Helo – Splashing in the water (a lake, river or sprinkler) with my family. I love watching everyone giggle!

Charity – Fun! I love just sitting out in the green grass soaking up the sun while the family runs all around throwing a football and laughing. ahhh

— tie

2. Favorite fast food?

Helo – Chipotle—Fresh, fast, and a Matzelle family staple!

Charity – Oh, we do love Mexican food! But, Chick-fil-A and Panera are hard to beat!!!

— tie

3. Have you ever had a food fight?

Helo – Yes, I did, once—and once is enough. A group of high school friends and I worked at a chain restaurant. We collectively “won” over a dozen hot fudge sundaes during a contest. After eating a few, we were full, and needed to find a purpose for the additional sundaes. OH NO! They flew! We spattered each other with ice-cream and fudge. That was a messy and fun to do!

Charity – ha!! So fun!!!! I did an epic, all out food fight in college. Other than that, sometimes when my son has a friend over, I’ll start pelting them with marshmallows. Always time for a food fight!

— tie

4. What ingredients make up your favorite smoothie or juice?

Helo – Raspberries, strawberries, bananas, spinach, and protein powder.

Charity – This is very difficult! It’s hard to pick a winner because your answers are so similar!! You are supposed to say that you either had a food fight on top of the Empire State Building, or none at all (;

I like a green smoothie: Cabbage, Spinach, Green Apple, Cucumber. mmmmmm

— tie

5. Biggest book you’ve ever read?

Helo – “Biggest” because it is the most beautiful love letter ever written—The Bible

Charity – Ok, now, there you did it. You went and pulled the Bible card! I have no chance to give a better answer. That’s how it’s done!!!

— Nothing I could do!

Charity 0 / Helo 1

6. What countries have you visited?

Helo – I was born in Delft, Holland. I’ve visited Canada, Germany, France and Denmark. I’ve lived in the United States for almost fifty years.

Charity – Ok, you have proven your point.

I have been to The Dominican Republic, Israel, Canada and America. Not too fancy!!

— Obvious

Charity 0 / Helo 2

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

Helo – I tell Him that I love Him everyday—sometimes minute by minute—and then I realize that He loved me yesterday, loves me today—and will love me tomorrow. Then I can’t seem to get enough of Him!

Charity – Beautiful!!

— God wins!

8. Have you ever swam with a dolphin?

Helo – If you asked anyone who knows me well, they’d say, “One day, Helo hopes to swim with a dolphin!” I’ve wanted to, for as long as I can remember, but never have.

Charity – Wow! What are the odds I would ask you that? (: I haven’t either. It would be so fun!!

— tie

9. Favorite Starbucks drink?

Helo – A Grande Decaf Vanilla Latte. Starbucks is my favorite coffee! In my memoir, “Halo Found Hope,”  the chapter titled, “Changes, Changes and More Changes,” features a scene at Starbucks during my inpatient rehabilitation hospital stay. “…My tilted double vision made the straight staircase look spiral instead. A black patch was put on one of my eyes, and that helped straighten the staircase for me. I was physically drained, but determined to get to Starbucks… At the bottom was my reward: a Starbucks Grande Decaf Vanilla Latte and a Cake Pop. I sat again and rested, reminding myself that someday, I would be released from the hospital and enjoy Starbucks closer to home.”

Charity – lol! Oh my goodness!! That deserves the win!!!! I love the Salted Carmel Mocha. It is only available FOR SURE in the Fall. Otherwise they run out of salt.

— Hands down!!

Charity 0 / Helo 3

10. Any funny stories around how you and your husband met (or while you dated)?

Helo – We met the in a Psychology 101 course at the University of Washington our freshman year. A week later, we sat together again. I was impressed that he “remembered” my name. Actually, he read “Helo Dawson” off of my Pee-Chee folder—but I was still enamored! We stopped “dating” six years later, when he took me out for Chinese food. I couldn’t figure out why he got up and left the table for so long. I guess it’s hard to pull out fortunes from fortune cookies, without breaking the cookie and ripping the paper—and finding the “right one.” Rich came back, blushing. He asked, “Helo, would you like a cookie?” I opened it—and it said, “You will be awarded a great honor.” I thanked Rich and smiled. He asked me to turn that pink strip of paper over. On the back, he had written, “Helo, will you marry me?” I don’t think I’ve ever jumped that high before! “Yes!” I exclaimed.

Charity – That is so romantic! What a wonderful proposal!! (took him long enough! ha ha) I love it!

— You are leaving me in the dust!

Charity 0 / Helo 4
11. Target or Wal-Mart?

Helo – Back and forth. Target is just down the street from my home. Walmart is close to where my kids go to school. Target – Walmart – Target – Walmart

Charity – bahhh. No!! Target must be #1. Besides, they close on Easter and Christmas (;

— I’M TAKING A POINT!!

Final:

Charity 1 / Helo 4


Thanks so much, Helo!! I had a great time getting to know you a little better (: Looking forward to reading your book!

In the meantime, you all can go to my “Giveaways” section (on the top of the page) and click on it. You’ll find plenty of them there, including a copy of Helo’s new book: Halo Found Hope and a chance for a Kindle Fire!!

Here’s the link for ya!!

Face-Off with Chad Gibbs

Chad Gibbs’ newest book will be released on Tuesday. Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains and Rickshaws Taught Me About Jesus is his third book and I will be offering up my review on its release date! woop!! — Link is in the pic

But for now, we play….

Wha?? You don’t even know what you’ve gotten yourself into, boi!!! This is the real deal. I don’t play games. I WIN games! You look like you’ve come ready to play… Let’s see what happens!

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The rules are simple. I ask Chad some random questions. He 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. Worst food you ate while traveling?

Chad – I have to have a local’s assistance when traveling or I’ll almost always end up eating at an American fast food joint. And it’s not that I don’t enjoy trying new things, it’s just I want to make sure whatever I eat fills me up and gives me enough energy to make it to the next meal. That’s why I eat McNuggets abroad when I pretty much never eat them at home. They’re a known quantity. I know exactly what McNuggets and fries will taste like, and while they won’t be delicious, they will be edible, and get me through the day. That said, Japan’s fast food was a little different. The sausage biscuit at Burger King was basically a hamburger patty on a bun, topped with a weird looking egg and all the mayonnaise they could find. And the chicken strips at KFC still had a thick, slimey layer of skin on the chicken. After those two disasters I pretty much ate local.

Charity – huh. I am pretty sure that McNuggets are actually a very unknown substance. Quantity, yes, but substance…not so much. Also, thank you, I may never eat at KFC again.

Scariest food I ever ate while traveling would have to be a boring answer. It’s just fresh fruit in the Dominican Republic. No good sewage lines… But poop makes a great fertilizer, so… You can probably guess why I was so frightened. Plus, all the locals warned me.

— KFC won that one for ya, buddy.

Charity 0 / Chad 1

2. Have you ever jumped out of a plane? (Of course, one that is flying and with a parachute…no snarky answers!!)

Chad – I’ve never jumped out of a plane. I know we can’t really control how or when we die, but I’ve decided my obituary will not contain the phrase ‘sky diving accident’. Although I suppose a sky diver could land on me, so maybe I should go ahead and sky dive, or always stay indoors.

Charity – Hmm. I have always wanted to. But, now you have me thinking of my obituary and what it could say. Perhaps I would like to find a more entertaining phrase for mine. “She died on the pooper” could be a good one. Or maybe “She died stuffing her face”. Either one.

— At least I want to sky dive.

Charity 1 / Chad 1

3. Favorite kind of date with your wife?

Chad – We have a twenty month old, you’re going to have to remind me what dates are again. Back in our wild college days we spent consecutive Friday nights at a grocery store’s grand opening filling up on free samples. Pre-kids our go-to date was dinner, an hour wandering around a bookstore, and home with a rented movie we’d fall asleep during.

Charity – I hear ya. We always end up at Target on every date. Can’t help it. It just happens. We always need something lame and can’t wait another minute to pick up a bottle of shampoo. As if I don’t have 30 bottles in my bathroom already. Who knows which ones are empty and which ones aren’t anymore.

Our go to? Chili’s and a movie. Of course, our movie theater has those amazing lazy-boy chairs that recline with the footrests. ahhh.. It’s the life.

— Tie

4. Biggest phobia?

Chad – The dentist. I’d much rather give a public speech on a turbulent airplane than go to the dentist. I actually just went for the first time in, uh….a long time. I have to go back because I have a cavity. Maybe a skydiver will fall on me before then.

Charity – OMGosh. ha ha. I am right there with you. My husband and I waited 6 years before our latest visit. Bad. Idea. He had like 500 cavities. NOT ME THOUGH!! It just took them a few hours to scrape all the crap off my teeth as I sat there trying to think happy thoughts.

— Absolutely a tie

5. How are you bringing God the most glory in your life?

Chad – I like to think through my work. I know sometimes my writing doesn’t go as deep as some Christians want it to, but I try to write in a humous and entertaining way that might appeal to a non-Chrisitan, or a Christian that wants something a little different than a typical Christian book. My first book was about college football in the south, and I heard from lots of readers who said they typically wouldn’t have picked up a “Christian” book. I’m hoping the travel elements of the new book have the same effect.

Charity – That is pretty cool. I guess, for me, it’s being a mom and teaching my boys how to love God no matter what the situation. It’s never about me. My oldest boy is graduating from high school next year and it’s been lots of prayer and apologies to keep it real. I never want my kids to think I am above apologizing when I’m wrong. We are all human and love each other no matter what.

— God wins

6. Favorite movie or tv show?

Chad – My favorite movie is the Empire Strikes Back. Our second son is due in April, and our first son turns two in May, so I’m worried about the timing of introducing them to Star Wars. I don’t want the older boy spoiling the, “I am your father,” moment, so I may end up waiting until they are both old enough to watch it. As for TV, we watch Downton Abbey, Modern Family. I was sad to see Parks and Recreation end, and will miss Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. I stay at home with our son, so i also see a lot of Sesame Street, Peg Plus Cat, Thomas & Friends, Curious George, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about That!

Charity – Wow. She’s really gotcha with that Downton Abbey, eh? Good woman there. My favorite movie is ABSOLUTELY Warrior. You know, with Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy!!?? ahhhhhhhhh. I want to go watch it now.

Yes, I can see how your older one could ruin it for the halfling. Congrats, btw!! It might be wise to wait and present it to them at once.

— Uh, Warrior wins!

Charity 2 / Chad 1

7. Sports teams?

Chad – I’m an Auburn fan. My wife and I met in school at Auburn, and we moved back here five years ago. Our house is less than a mile from Jordan-Hare Stadium. I’m also a big fan of Manchester City in the English Premier League. Both Auburn and Manchester City’s rival teams (Alabama and Manchester United) have massive fan bases, so this answer may really hurt book sales.

Charity – Oh wow. You are laying it on the line there. I have no bone to pick with you though. I don’t follow any of that. We are a Redskins fam. I also like the Braves (baseball, just in case you didn’t know). Of course, I was in college when they won their world series and was the biggest fan then. TBS showed every game. Win.

— I’ll give you that one because of the great risk you are taking.

Final:

Charity 2 / Chad 2

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Thanks so much for playing! I had a blast reading your answers!!

Now, on to the EXCITING NEWS!!!

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All you have to do is click on the link and follow the instructions. I am sure you are going to love the book. As you can see, Chad has a bit o’ wit about him and his book shows it!

Just remember, only 2 of the options are mandatory. Everything else is just extra points!!! So, don’t feel overwhelmed. Just do the ones you want.

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** All entries will be double checked upon completion. Any winners that falsified their entry will be disqualified.

Face-Off with Sarah Parshall Perry!!

Sarah’s new book, Sand in my Sandwich: and Other Motherhood Messes I’m Learning to Love debuted on March 17th!! Link is in the pic. Review coming in a couple of days.

For now, we play!! So, let the games begin!!!

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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. What is your favorite Ikea product?

Sarah – Any of the wardrobe systems. That kind of organization was only possible for me 15 years ago, and I miss it. I miss it very, very much. Also, I would never be able to assemble something like that now. I don’t have the space, patience, or time, and the possibility exists that a child or pet in my house would eat some of the hardware.

Charity – Girl! That’s too funny you said that. And don’t get me started on space!! We live in 732 sq ft. We are a family of four. We decided that we wanted to adopt one or two teenage boys, so we “built in” using Pax wardrobes! ha ha. My “bedroom” is Pax wardrobes that reach the ceiling. You can’t even tell it’s not a real room!!! We painted and put crown molding on the backs of them in our old living room. It’s insane!! I love it.

— I TOTALLY get that point!! Starting off right!

Charity 1 / Sarah 0

2. Have you ever met anyone royal?

Sarah – The closest I’ve come is meeting Bertie Ahern, the Prime Minister of Ireland. My husband also once lifted my sweaty, 5-months-pregnant body onto his shoulders in the middle of July so that I could watch the changing of the guard at London’s Buckingham palace. But we discovered later the queen wasn’t home, so he herniated a disc simply for the chance to get me close to a royal’s house. Good man, that one.

Charity – Oh. My. Gosh. That was amazing. There’s nothing I could say, outside of being besties with Duchess Kate, that would beat that answer. And I am not (in case you were wondering).

— Easy

Charity 1 / Sarah 1

3. Do you take gift wrapping very seriously, or throw it in a bag with some tissue paper?

Sarah – If the gift is for a grown up, I go all out. Tight corners, stiff ribbon, silk flowers, invisible tape. If the gift is for a kid, they get a gift bag. It will probably have been used more than once.

Charity – I concur with you there.

— tie

Charity 1 / Sarah 1

4. Ever done the “mall walking” program? You know, where you can go every morning before they open and walk? They have signs up to tell you how many miles you’ve gone, plus they serve free coffee at Chick-fil-A to the Mall Walkers.

Sarah – I’ve never mall-walked. But I worked in a mall once and used to pass the walkers on the way to Chick-Fil-A for my morning chicken minis which are, as far as I’m concerned, divinely inspired. I’ve actually been meaning to write Chick-Fil-A and tell them there should be more than 3 in an order. Or maybe 3 is a normal number, and I’m just no judge of self-control when it comes to food.

Charity – OMGosh. I will sign that petition! Bring it on!! I want to throw the box at them when it comes so sparsely loaded.

I HAVE, in fact, done some mall walking with my mother. I also worked at the mall and enjoyed watching them.

— Me!!!

Charity 2 / Sarah 1

5. What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever done? (besides me asking you to do this)?

Sarah – Hm. Don’t have a good response for this one…So instead, I’ll ask you a question: what’s your biggest pet peeve? Mine’s cold feet. I wear socks and slippers around the house from September through April. My circulation’s that of an 80-year-old.

Charity – ha! I hear ya! I am always opposite of everyone else in the house. I have a household of boys, so whatever is included in making us different I’m convinced that’s one of them.

My biggest peeve… repetitive questioning. I have kids.

— Nice switch up! You get the point!!

Charity 2 / Sarah 2

6. Do you have anything you collect? Please don’t say Precious Moments Dolls *cringe*

Sarah – Horse equipment, unfortunately. I say “unfortunately” because while I need this equipment to ride and compete my horse, it requires a large expenditure of money. I only have one horse, but you’d never know that by looking in my tack trunk.

Charity – Fancy!! I saw some of your competitive horse pics on FB. So cool!! I wanted to ask you about that.

I have nothing so cool. I collect Ikea organizing tools. And lately, a lot of books…

— Hands down: Sarah

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

7. Coolest thing a relative has passed down to you?

Sarah – My grandmother left me a beautiful pearl-beaded handbag from the 1930’s, probably because she knew I collected handbags. And I would have answered “handbags” in question #7, but by now, I’ve sold most of them to pay for horse equipment.

Charity – Oh no! booo!!! Don’t sell the handbags!!

My grandma gave me a beautiful ring before she passed on. I absolutely love it!!

— Grandma’s win!

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

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

Sarah – By my love for others. Love and Christianity are synonymous – God’s the epitome of love; Christ’s sacrifice for us, the ultimate gesture of love. Mercy’s a spiritual gift of mine, too, and if I could give the world a giant hug, I would. I hate seeing others hurting – especially my kids. I’m certainly the soft touch in our house. But it pays off in the early morning when they burrow under my arm and tell me that they love me. Being told you are loved when it’s unprompted? There is nothing sweeter.

Charity – Love it. I agree. Bringing Him glory in all things is our goal. I think that enjoying life and everything you have is what shows that. Love and Joy scream glory to God.

— God wins!!

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

9. Wall colors?

Sarah – Bold! I love deep burgundy in a dining room, blue in a bedroom, ochre in a kitchen. Anything that reminds me of the south of France.

Charity – Pretty!! I love bright colors. Bright and glossy pink, purple, lime green, turqoise, etc. My wall colors are different shades of blue or green.

— ??

10. Coolest thing you have ever made?

Sarah – My kids. I only had a 50% share in that, but they turned out kind of amazing.

Charity – Oh, come on!! Not fair. If only there was something I could say all Biblical that could trump you!

— blah. She pulled the “kids” card!

Charity 2 / Sarah 4

11. Lastly, worst nickname you’ve had?

Sarah – This was painfully easy to recall. It was “PP.” My maiden name is “Parshall,” and how that was shortened to “PP,” I’ll never know. The worst part? It actually works better now. Not only is my married name “Perry” (making my initials S-“P-P”), but my bladder broke after having kids so I have to make about 23,435 trips to the bathroom in the course of any given day. Ah, motherhood.

Charity – ha! You keep making me laugh out loud. My family is sleeping!!!

My nephews and nieces (I have 17 and a halfling on the way), when they were little, couldn’t say my name right. They would call me Aunt Chird. It stuck and I love it. Sometimes I get called Aunt Turd. I love that too.

— Both great! Potty humor always wins out.

Final:

Charity 2 / Sarah 4


Thank you, so much, Sarah! I had a great time (: Your answers are so much fun. I am really looking forward to reading your book over the weekend!

Name It!! with Karen Swallow Prior

OMGosh. I don’t even know what I’ve gotten myself into!!!!! A couple months back, I had a REALLY fun face-off with Karen Swallow Prior.
She had her second book, Fierce Convictions, published and I wrote a review on it and, naturally, we faced off.

Well, here we are again!! This time, it is for Booked. (great name! right??)So, I came up with a little game called “Name It!!”. It is up to the author to pick the subject. She can then choose to be quizzed, or to quiz. She chose to quiz me. *biting nails*. Not only that, but she chose the subject “Books”. How stinking broad is that??

She can give me 3 hints only. Ugh. So, here we go… Can I do it?!

1.
Karen –  Bard. Dramatist. English.

Charity – The Hobbit!! Second and Third one!!! Hold on, you trickster. There’s only one Hobbit book!!

2.

Karen – Poet. American. Scary!

Charity – OMGosh. Was Edgar Allen Poe American? And that’s not the name of a book! Holy stink. No idea.

3.

Karen – Puritan. Prisoner. Allegory.

Charity – Pilgrim’s Progress…?

4.

Karen – NYT Bestseller. Thankful. Beautiful.

Charity – I. Have. No. Idea.

5.

Karen – Popular. Film-adaptation. 19th Century.

Charity – Pride and Prejudice!!!!

6.

Karen – Pastor. California. Hawaiian Shirts.

Charity – LOL! I don’t know. I am going to guess Rick Warren…so, … I can’t even think of the name of his bestseller! ha. Something about…OH YEAH!! Purpose Driven Life. ???

Ok, now here is the deal. You guys, my readers, can guess too. Especially since I am not really sure about many of them AT ALL!! Comment and let me know what you think. Karen will reveal the answers to me in a couple of days (: Who can get them all?

**Links are in the pics above. Check them out!!! Great reads!

Face-Off with Pepper Basham

It’s that time again!!!!!!!!!!!! Woooo Hoooo!!!! charitychallenge

I am so excited! This here is my girl, PEPPER! You are going to love her. Living states apart couldn’t keep us separated! We were bound to find one another because we are kindred spirits! (: TheThornbearer 500x750 (1) Her debut novel will be released on May 7th! Set during WWI, The Thorn Bearer is Ashleigh’s story of forgiveness and finding her way to God when she’s lost everything and doesn’t know where else to turn.


Now, onto the FUN STUFF!!!!

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The rules are simple:

I ask Pepper 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 movie quote?

Pepper – That’s such a tough one. I like so many movies!! But…I’ll go with a classic. “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You kill my father. Prepare to die.”

Charity – Ah, yes. That is a good one. Definitely a classic. Maybe a little tooooo overused. What about, Kip, “Your mom goes to college!”? Also, way overquoted.

— We aren’t original and don’t deserve a point for that. That’s all I have to say on the subject.

2. Have you ever gone to a drive in movie?

Pepper – Oh yes! My first drive-in movie was when I was a child…and we went to see Superman.

Charity – Oh my gosh. Not fair! I’ve always wanted to do that!!!!!! ahhh. Lucky Duck.

— Ok, so you got me on that one.

Charity 0 / Pepper 1

3. If writing wouldn’t have panned out, would you have considered being a vietmanese pig breeder?

Pepper – Hmm…. I do like bacon. However, I think I’d be more gifted in being a macaw translator.

Charity – You made me laugh. Like, out loud. Ok, I would be horrific because I am so not an animal person. blech.

— not cool. You pulled the ol’ “macaw translator”.

Charity 0 / Pepper 2

4. Which one of Henry VIII ‘s wives would you rather have been?

Pepper – Katherine, the one that survived….no wait, she got him when he was all gross and grumpy. Catherine, Mary’s mom. Strong woman. Faithful. And she kept her head 😉

Charity – Yes, but she had to live with a broken heart and died a beggar’s death, basically. She did remain faithful to God, so that works in her favor. I think he had a thing for Catherine’s.

— ? Score stays the same.

5. Favorite place in Virginia (I see that you moved away! booooo!!)

Pepper – Oh my goodness! I love the Charlottesville area. Oh…the Shenandoah Valley calls me! But I love where I grew up in the New River Valley, so that’s probably my fav.

002Pepper’s daughter overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA

Charity – Well, as I grew up in the “historical triangle”, I might have to go with that. Although, them there mountains are right nice. I’ll give ya that. We have everything here. VA Beach, already referenced Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, amusement parks, the mountains. Literally everything. Love it.

— blah

Charity 0 / Pepper 2

6. If you could go back in time, what historical time period and what would your roll be in it? Pepper – (regency maid, revolutionary war nurse, etc) Rich Inventor (with a penchant for writing)….Victorian era 😉

Charity – *clears throat* Did you just say, “Regency Maid”????? I am confused. One word. Chamberpots. I have another question. Did you say “Revolutionary War Nurse”???? I am confused. Gross. *shudder*

I would probably choose to be a rich Regency lady like Emma. That way I could marry for love, not have to deal with the chamberpots and live comfortably in beautiful clothes.

— Girl, your answers scared me.

Charity 1 / Pepper 2

7. Are you a mini-van mom or a SUV mom?

Pepper – I’m a mini-van mom….because I can afford the gasoline.

Charity – Afford this. Hybrid mom. BOO-YA!

— That’s right!

Charity 2 / Pepper 2

8. Funniest thing one of your kids ever said?

Pepper – Um…probably not good to repeat for the world to read, so I’ll try to pick a second favorite. When we discipline our young kids we quote “obey your parents in the Lord for this is right….that your days may be long on the earth.” Well, one of my boys had a particular gift for….um….disobeying. So he was in the process of getting disciplined for the, I don’t know, fourth or fifth time that day. When I said the verse, he dropped his head and said, “I’m gonna die so young.”

He’s my sweetheart!! Cuddler! And SOOOOO funny!!

Charity – So cute! I am not sure if I should repeat this either. But I so am. My son, when he was about…4ish? He asked me how mom’s get the baby out of their tummy. I just flat out said that God made a special place for them to get out in a private place. He started laughing so hard. He bent over and said, “You shoot them out of your butt cannon!! ha ha ha ha ha ha” and then continued to bend over and make shooting noises. He did this for days. I couldn’t stop him because I was laughing too hard.

— Kids are too cute. No win here!

9. Chili’s, Outback Steakhouse, or Olive Garden?

Pepper – Oh, tough one. I’m a BIG meat eater. LOVE a good steak! But oh my, the Italian…..sigh.  Now, if you’d said “Carrabas”, that would have won hands down. I love their Pollo Rosa Maria!!

Charity – I have no idea what that is.

I love Chili’s. YUM!!!!!! We go there for every date. Literally. We cant help ourselves.

— Again, can’t really win or lose that one.

10. How has God held you through something in your life when you could actually feel Him holding you?

Pepper – Oh wow! What a beautiful question! I think one of the most ‘aware’ moments was after my grandmother died. I grieved her so much because she was such a mentor and friend to me. An amazing lady. Before she’d become sick, we’d talked once or twice a week. When she couldn’t talk any more, I started missing her voice. One night, a few months after her death, I had this dream of seeing her and talking with her. She was healthy, whole, and beautiful….and I ‘heard’ her voice in my dream.That may sound strange to people, but it was God’s way comforting me. Her voice, her Appalachian cadence, were dear to me – and God allowed me a sweet memory in the middle of the grief.

Charity – Oh, that is so incredibly special! When my Grandma passed away, it was so horrible. It really changed my life because it broke my heart so badly.

There are so many times I have felt God hold me. One of the more recent times was over me defending God and the Bible. Someone I know is involved in things that are blatantly wrong. Wanting to tell their story, I was emailed with the intention of support. I waited two weeks. Not really sleeping, just crying. Asking God what I should be saying or doing. I didn’t want to do anything out of my swaying emotions. I wanted to hear God clearly and answer with that. So, the answer was clear, but so was something else. As clear as day, He showed me that I would be persecuted for it. That following that road would lead to persecution from people that I love, family, friends, etc. I wrestled in my spirit over what to do. Just let it go, or defend my God. The Spirit inside of me couldn’t let it go without a response. So, I did what I had felt God clearly told me to do and, sure enough, it erupted into something crazy. I mean, really bad. The thing was, I had not made an emotional decision, so I felt God, so strongly reminding me to just be still. He was going to fight this battle for me. I didn’t get emotional or yell back or anything. I just felt God holding me….almost like he was rubbing my face telling me it will all be ok….like a mom would do for her child. It was so awesome. It was horrible, but I felt at peace and God did fight for me. I didn’t have to do anything. Through the whole thing, I just clung to Him and He took care of it all for me.

— God wins!

FINAL –

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Pepper – So….here are a few questions for you!

1. What is one of your favorite types of characters in a book?

Charity – Ok..Shaking it up, I see!! My favorite type of character is the man that quietly and faithfully is there, pursuing, protecting, and is steady in character and faith.

2. If you could be a fictional character, who would you choose to be?

Charity – Pippi Longstocking! duh!!

3. If you could pick your nickname, what would you choose that would best describe you?

Charity – uh…… <–Does that count?

I will go with “light”. Take that however you want…


Thank you, SO MUCH, Pepper! As always, it was a pleasure doing biz with ya! I can’t wait for your book to be released! As soon as it is, I will put up a link for everyone!! (Of course, I already have a copy. ha.)

In the meantime, you can check out her website! She’s got quite a few books coming out. This is the first in a trilogy. She is also releasing another book this year. It’s a modern day re-telling of My Fair Lady. Can’t wait! SQUEEEEEE!!

Famous Friday with David Hasselhoff!!!

Ok, so I was thinking….is-it-friday-yet-funny-quotes-sayings-picturesAs a blogger, you can pretty much make up or say whatever you want to. How do your  readers know if it’s true or not? *arched eyebrow for affect*

So, then I began to think (don’t get scared because of that!!). I thought to myself, I could pretend to interview ANY author and how would you know if I made up the answers myself, or plagiarized another interviewer?

Thus, Famous Friday has emerged, like a babe from the womb. I am going to pick a famous author (or celeb) and I will interview them. I will ask them my own questions, but I will take REAL ANSWERS (to who knows what) that they have said in interviews and I will insert it in as their answer to my questions.

So ***** This is fun. Not real. Yes, real quotes, but not to the original questions, or maybe they are…? *****

Today I am pleased to announce that I will be interviewing “The Hoff”. Yup!! David “Knight Rider” Hasselhoff! Wha Wha?

You didn’t know that besides his fabulous taste in tv shows, he is also a writer! He has written multiple books including, my personal favorite, Don’t Hassel the Hoff.

Boy, oh boy. This is going to be fun! I can’t wait to hear all about what he’s been up to.

Let’s get started, shall we?


Charity – David! So good of you to stop by today! I am increasingly surprised by the amount of men willing to be interviewed on a…what I would call, a girly blog. I assume you enjoy your fans and know how much they love you?

David – There are many dying children out there whose last wish is to meet me. I feel like Elvis. Only alive.

Charity – Elvis? Oh! Ok. He was pretty cool. So, what do you think of being called “The Hoff”? Do you think it is a compliment or an annoying nickname?

David – Ninety-nine percent of people now call me The Hoff – and it’s out of respect. The Hoff has taken over David Hasselhoff. David Hasselhoff really doesn’t know who he is anymore. Everywhere I go, it’s The Hoff.

Charity – What do you think of your career choices? Do you regret any of them? Would you do it the same way again?

David – In life, you either watch TV or you do TV. I told my daughters that the only way you are going to make it in this business is to get in the game. That’s the biggest advice I can give them. I started training for musicals since I was a boy.

Charity – Which show, do you believe, made the best contribution to society?

David – Beyond its entertainment value, ‘Baywatch’ has enriched, and in many cases, helped save lives. We made sure nobody ever died on the show. We made sure nobody ever drowned on ‘Baywatch’.

Charity – Hmm. So, that’s pretty cool. I had no idea that you guys were so safe. I am also impressed it has saved so many lives. Who knew?

What do you think of the younger generation of celebrities like Justin Bieber?

David – When Justin Bieber comes up and goes, ‘Hoff!’ and then Selena Gomez says, “It’s so weird he loves you,” it’s great. It just means that you’re hip and it’s cool.

Charity – What is your favorite picture that is out there for the world to see?

David –

Charity – Oh, yeah! I can see why. Sweet ride.

David – Image is what people perceive my life to be. It’s nothing like the truth. I’m six foot four, all American guy and handsome and talented as well!

Charity – So, let’s talk about your book, Don’t Hassel the Hoff.

David – I’m trying to document all the amazing things that have happened to me. It’s about facing your fears and using your powers in a positive way. I’ve done everything and I talk about what I’ve learnt through all those journeys: how I tried to save the world and forgot to save myself.

Charity – Lastly, could you tell us what’s up your sleeve? What’s your next career move?

David – Before long, I’ll have my own channel. I’ll be like Barney.

Charity – huh. Well, sounds fun. Thanks for taking time to come over and answer some questions. Good luck out there! Any last words for us? What keeps you sane?

David – Spirituality. Prayer is a big part of my life.


So there you have it! If you would like to connect with “The Hoff” on Goodreads, feel free to do so.

Thanks again for another fabulous Famous Friday!!

Syrie James: The Queen of Nineteenth Century Re-Imaginings

Syrie JamesSyrie James, hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as the queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings, is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels.” — Amazon Profile

I stumbled across something exciting this morning! THE QUEEN OF REGENCY! (: Some of her books include:

Jane Austen's First Love  The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen  The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte  The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

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For those of us that can never be fully satisfied with the limited number of writings penned by the late Jane Austen, we now have, within our grasp an assemblage of recent titles! Oh, how glorious!

I have read so many abhorrent replications as to trouble me exceedingly!

There is a propensity for indulging in deficiency as a substitution of the authenticity. One would rather misrepresent the great era than find legitimacy of said occasions.

Please, Syrie, I dare not trouble you, but I pray you would press on and bestow upon us innumerable writings as to satisfy one’s thirst for indulgence.

I perceive how vulgar it is for one to plead and petition another, specifically in the matter of writings. It shall label me a bluestocking, forthwith. I harbor no doubts about that.

Affectionately,

Charity

FACE-OFF with author Karen Swallow Prior

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Ok, let’s get this thing started by me saying that we all wish we were as stinking adorable as you!

That being said, let the introductions begin. Karen is a Professor of English at Liberty University. She recently wrote a book, that I reviewed, on Hannah More. Hannah was an abolitionist, poet and reformer in the 18th century (and on into the 19th). You can pick up a copy of Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More— – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist and share it with your friends.

Unfortunately, being a woman, she did not receive the fame as her contemporaries did, even though her contribution to the abolition of slavery and schools for the underprivileged helped to change the world.

Now that we have taken care of business, it’s time to get this show on the road!

The rules are simple: I ask Karen 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. Who is your favorite person in history?

Karen – You mean besides Hannah More? Well, I guess that would be another favorite writer, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and the most splendid satire ever written, A Modest Proposal.

Charity – Whew. Ok. I thought you were going to pull the “Jesus” card. Of course He is first… I would have to go with George Washington and Jane Austen. Totally cliché, but I can’t help it! I am also very interested in British royals throughout the ages.

— Your answers are very original, while mine reek of trendiness. yuck.

Charity 0 / Karen 1

2. What’s your take on the festive holiday sweatshirts?

Karen – Um, no. Just no.

Charity – Ha ha ha ha. My husband has a sweatshirt that says “Moosletoe” with a picture of two moose (weird that that’s the plural of moose.) under mistletoe kissing. It’s wretched and he loves wearing it. ha.

— I think I get that one on account of my husband.

Charity 1 / Karen 1

3. Have you ever ridden a camel?

Karen – Yes! During a trip to Morocco. Not quite the same as riding a horse!

Charity – Me too! I was actually in Israel. I road a camel in Jericho. Pretty sweet. They are nasty though.

— tie

Charity 1 / Karen  1

4. What translation of the Bible is your “go to”?

Karen – ESV

Charity – NASB – My husband likes NIV, my oldest son (11th grade and wants to be a pastor) likes ESV and my youngest, understandably, likes NIrV (he’s 7). So, it’s a battle ground here.

— Wow. another tie, I guess?

Charity 1 / Karen 1

5. How has God been brought most glory through your career?

Karen – Well, you’d have to ask Him that, but if I had to guess it would be (I hope) in showing that Christians can love God with their minds—and their sense of humor, too.

Charity – I like that. Enjoying life through anything and loving others. I think that’s what it comes down to.

— We aren’t getting ANYWHERE!

6. Favorite flower?

Karen – Gerber daisies and antique roses.

Charity – I used to be a MAJOR FAN of the Gerber/Gerbera daisy. I have a problem though…Usually when things get too trendy, I stop liking them. So, whilst I still enjoy them, I have moved on to ranunculus and hydrangeas.

— You are solid. I am wishy-washy (such a dumb term). I’ll give you that one.

Charity 1 / Karen 2

7. Favorite sitcom?

Karen – Seinfeld

Charity – Oh, good one! I am a Friends lover first and foremost thought.

— This is getting ridiculous

Charity 1 / Karen 2

8. Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring?

Karen – Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter—in that order. And I tolerate winter only for the boots. And scarves. And cool coats.

Charity – Hmm. I do love a good pair of boots and I love the hoodies. I am a fall girl, for sure. So pretty and festive and perfect weather (here in Virginia, at least).

— This was the closest Face-off I have ever done!

Final: Charity 1 / Karen 2

I suppose I will win one of these days! This one was so close….

Thanks, so much, Karen! I had a great time getting to know you. Looking forward to your next book on Jonathan Swift (;

In the meantime, you can check out her books at Karen’s Amazon Page. Or, you could check out her Twitter and Facebook. Authors love it when they get some love. I mean, face it…we all do!