Face-Off with Stacy Henrie!!

stacy-henrie-selfStacy is IN THE HOUSE TODAY!!! Woot Woot!!

Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century. Her books include Hope at Dawn, a 2015 Romance Writers of America RITA finalist for excellence in romance.

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Let’s play, shall we??


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The rules are simple. I ask Stacy 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. Best DIY decoration you have made?

Stacy – My best DIY decorating project, to date, is the wall gallery in my bedroom. I feel pretty -1confident looking at something in a magazine or on Pinterest and mimicking the design, but this time, I came up with the configuration on my own. And I did it the right way – cutting out paper to represent the different picture frames and hanging them with painter’s tape – instead of my usual, “that looks about right, so now I’ll hammer the nail in.”

Charity – Wow!! Pretty fancy!! 10013645_10153946260915018_6185701436697944936_nOne of my favorites would be the wreaths I make. They are super easy and you can use any color. ❤ Love it!

— I think that Stacy’s wall is pretty amazing…

Charity 0 / Stacy 1

2. Have you ever milked a cow?

Stacy – Nope, I’ve never milked a cow. But I have a character in a short story of mine who milks a cow. Does that count?

Charity – Survey Says: survey-says-2013-09-25-at-9-46-55-pm-300x194I have totally milked a cow at my sister’s farm. Frightening  to pull on a teet…but it had to be done.

— I get it!!

Charity 1 / Stacy 1

3. Can you blow big bubbles with gum?

Stacy – Not super big ones, but I do like blowing bubbles with gum, even as a grownup.

Charity – I can! I can! I can get them as big as my face!!!!

— Woot Woot!

Charity 2 / Stacy 1

4. Who’s your favorite actor from another generation?

Stacy – Audrey Hepburn. I love how she could play a variety of characters and be believable in all of them.

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Charity – Ohh!! Good one! I absolutely adore her. I’m going to have to go with Julie Andrews.

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— Tie

Charity 3 / Stacy 2

5. What’s the best story you have about a mouse being in your house?

Stacy – No mice stories. But right before we moved out of our first house, we found a snake in the basement. My fearless sister came to catch it, but the snake she caught looked a little different than the one I’d seen. So my guess is we had TWO snakes down there. Thank goodness we were moving!

Charity – Oh. My. Gosh. I would die.

Last year, a mouse found its way into our home. He put out a million mouse traps with all kinds of delightful treats, but he was not to be tempted. After a couple of days of seeing him racing past, I heard him under my bed in the middle of the night. He was making a nest under there!!!!!!!!!! I almost had a heart attack. I put that sticky stuff down and he got stuck. HA! HAHAHAHA! I win.

— Taking it!

Charity 4 / Stacy 2

6. Have you ever been ding-dong-ditched? Or, done the ding-dong-ditching?

Stacy – We’ve been ding-dong-ditched once or twice. As far as doing the ding-dong-ditching, there’s been a few times we dropped off a treat on someone’s porch and wanted to keep our identity a surprise so we rang the doorbell and ran.

Charity – Nice!!! I have never been ding-dong-ditched, nor ding-dong-ditched someone else. As long as there wasn’t a bag of poop on fire, I guess you were probably ok.

— Stacy takes it!

Charity 4 / Stacy 3

7. Favorite movie from another time period?

Stacy – Gone with the Wind. Need I say more?

Charity – Hmm. That is a good one. There are just too many to pick!!!

-My Fair Lady (Which I totally got to see in the theater last month for it’s 50th anniversary)
-Singing in the Rain
-Sound of Music
-Meet Me In St. Louis

Too many!!!

— Tie

Charity 5 / Stacy 4

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

Stacy – By remembering Him in faith, trust, and prayer and striving, however imperfectly, to live as He’s asked.

Charity – Love it

— God wins!

Charity 5 / Stacy 4

9. If you had to survive on one type of food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Stacy – Bread! I don’t think I could ever get sick of eating bread.

Charity – Oh, yes please!!! I do love bread!! I would probably choose fruit…but you got me thinking.

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10. Would you be able to take care of yourself if you were the only person left on the earth?

Stacy – Yes, if there was still electricity and running water. If those things were gone, I’d be sunk!

Charity – Absolutely not. I am a total princess. 100% princess.

— Stacy pulled through!!!

Final

Charity 5 / Stacy 6

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A Respectable Actress

by Dorothy Love

I have been looking forward to reading this book because so many people told me it was amazing. Not only that, but it’s one of Amazon’s “best of the month”. Screen shot 2015-11-02 at 7.37.27 AM So, I was ready!!

India Hartley is an actress who is accused of murder. Because of the reputation of actresses, the residents of Savannah, Georgia have prematurely made up their minds about her guilt. Proving her innocence is up to famed lawyer, Phillip Sinclair.

This book was pretty well done. It is a historic novel and she definitely knows her history. I did think that the relationship between India and Phillip was a bit forced. I didn’t really “feel” them falling in love and the kisses seemed to come out of nowhere!! I also felt like the supporting characters were not well written. Other than that, it was a good read. It kept my attention and I felt drawn to the main character. I would definitely recommend as a light and fun read.

Thank you, Litfuse, for giving me this book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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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Let’s play!!


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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!!

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

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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!!!

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— 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.

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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.

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— Another tie!!

Final:

Charity 8 / Anne 8

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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!


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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!!

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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!

Final:

Charity 3 / Christine 6

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Face-Off with Myra Johnson!!

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This lady has authored a huge number of books, articles, devotions, and short stories. It’s absolutely amazing looking through the list of things she has written!

Here is a small sampling:

Myra has spent a lot of time working on YA literature and articles, but now spends her time writing grown up stuff! 🙂 Her current focus is on Women’s Fiction. Now that her kiddos are adults, she lives with her hubby and two rescue dogs ❤ So sweet!!

Let’s get to this, shall we?


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The rules are simple. I ask Myra 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. Did any of your relatives go West in a covered wagon?

Myra – If they did, they never told me. I think most of my ancestors stopped around St. Louis. A couple of my aunts moved to California, but I’m pretty sure they got there by car.

Charity – Oh oh!! I get this one!! My Grandma (not Great Grandma, but my Dad’s Mother) moved West on a covered wagon!!! It was part of a wagon train. Isn’t that unbelievable!!! (yes, I am a lot older than I look….). It blows my mind!

This is her with two of my uncles. She was absolutely amazing!! ❤ RIP Grandma!!!

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— I get that one!! woo hoo!!

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2. What’s the perfect day (OUT of the house) look like to you?

Myra – Spending time with either or both of my girls and their families. The beach, the zoo, a drive through the mountains—any outing with the Grandkids is always lots of fun! If it’s just hubby and me, we enjoy an afternoon at the movies followed by dinner at one of our favorite casual restaurants, like Chili’s or Pei Wei.

Charity – Oh, I adore you. When hubby and I have a night out, Chili’s is our go to restaurant!! Can’t beat… Now I am hungry! We always go see a movie too.

I cannot wait for Grandkids. My son is a senior this year and I keep asking him if he wants to get married and give me some Grandbabies. haha 🙂 He wants to be a pastor, so he doesn’t feel any need to “find himself”.

— tie…sounds like we have a lot in common!

Charity 2 / Myra 1

3. Are you good at fishing?

Myra – You mean with a rod and reel and . . . bait??? As a teenager, I did do some fishing in the canal near our rural home. I caught a mess of perch once and fed them to some stray cats. The last time I remember going fishing was probably in the early 1980s. We were vacationing at the Gulf Coast and caught some catfish. Our younger daughter was really excited about the catch until she realized we actually had to kill the fish before we could take them home to cook!

Oh, and once—ONLY ONCE!—hubby and I went on a deep-sea fishing trip. We both caught small sharks. And a bad case of “green around the gills.”

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Charity – Wow!! Now, that is IMPRESSIVE! I am too high maintenance to fish…*shudder*

— Definitely you and your sharks!!

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4. Are you crafty? Last thing you made? Pics?

Myra – Okay, that would involve art supplies, right? About a million years ago, I made macramé plant hangers. Then I was into folk art for a while and painted some cute wooden signs. I’ve done cross-stitch and tried crewel embroidery, also decades ago! Last really “crafty” thing I did was paint some pottery at one of those trendy shops. I think this heart-shaped candy dish turned out pretty cute, don’t you?

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Charity – haha. That is totally cute! I am not in love with crafts. Well, some kinds. I can’t even handle scrapbooking for a minute!!! I do enjoy some types though.

I made this super cute iPad case last year. Love it!

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— Tie!

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5. Where were you when you found out your first book was being picked up by a publisher?

Myra – At my desk in my upstairs office. That was in 2008, and the process began with a series of emails. First, my editor let me know she was taking the story to the publishing board. Then one day she emailed that she would be calling later with the official contract offer. I think I screamed. At least my husband says I did. He also thought the roof was caving in because of how I was jumping up and down and stomping on the floor.

Charity – So exciting!! I can imagine you would be out of your mind!!!!

— Myra!! woo hoo!

Charity 3 / Myra 4

6. Do you cook the big meal on Thanksgiving? What do you make?

Myra – Cook???? Wait, are you looking at ME???? My idea of the perfect Thanksgiving is to chill out and throw a pizza or frozen lasagna in the oven.Then have store-bought pumpkin pie for dessert. I love a good meal as much as the next person, but seriously, to spend hours and hours and hours in a hot kitchen, especially on a holiday??? What is wrong with this picture???

Charity – Oh, how I love thee.

Amen.

— Tie

Charity 4 / Myra 5

7. Who, from the Bible, are you most excited to meet in Heaven?

Myra – Number one, hands down, is Jesus. There is so much I want to ask Him when we meet face-to-face, and just to spend time in His presence . . . what more can I say?

Charity – Oh my stars. You pulled the Jesus card!! That was supposed to be a given. *sigh* I can’t wait either. I just want to sit in His lap for eternity!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

— Tie

Charity 5 / Myra 6

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

Myra – I try to write books that honor Him and bring a little hope, inspiration, and encouragement to my readers. I believe God gave me the desire and the talent to write. He expects me not to squander this gift and to trust Him fully for the results. I work extra-hard to remember this whenever discouragement strikes in the form of rejections or negative reviews and I start to think about giving up. He’s lifted me up more than once with exactly what I needed at that moment to continue on in faith.

Charity – Love it! That is really awesome. I know that author’s really struggle with that. Heck, we all struggle with discouragement and mean people!!!

— God wins!!!

Charity 5 / Myra 6

9. Mail order bride: worst case scenario?

Myra – You’ve stumped me on this one. Point goes to Charity!

Charity – That this is who would greet me at the train:

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–me, me!

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10. Could you live the lifestyle of the Amish for a month?

Myra – You mean give up my microwave, computer, and smartphone? I don’t think I’d last a week!

Charity – Again. I ❤ you.

— agreed!

Final:

Charity 7 / Myra 7

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And now a question for Charity:

Myra – Who’s the most famous person you’ve actually met? What were the circumstances?

Charity – Hmm. I have met a few fancy people…but, I think the most fun story is when I was a teenager.

This was almost 25 years ago. I was in the Yorktown Fife and Drum corp and we were asked to be in the movie production of Andersonville.

Thomas Wilson (you probably know him as Biff, from Back to the Future) was one of the main stars of the film. He was a nice guy and he did something fun…He knocked on my head and did the whole “McFly” routine. It was great…except that it hurt a bit! 😮

This is a picture I took of him and my friend.


It has been so much fun facing-off with you! I enjoy seeing how much we have in common 🙂 Thank you!!!

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Face-Off with Tracie Peterson!!

Yes. You read that correctly. TRACIE. PETERSON. is in MY house!!!! ahhhhhh Ok, my online home. STILL! This is something special!

41Ah8+zfXiL._UY200_If you haven’t heard of this lady, I don’t even understand. I don’t comprehend. She has written over 100 books!!! Is that insane, or what? I couldn’t even begin to list the awards that she has won. I think they stopped offering individual awards, threw their hands up and started giving her lifetime achievement awards. I mean, seriously.

First of all, you want some free Tracie Peterson books? You asked. I deliver. Well, she does, I suppose.

Ok, now here are a handful of different series/genres that she has available:

As you can see, she has co-authored with some pretty big names! Click on the links to pick up any one of her great books 🙂

Let’s get to it, shall we?


PicCollage(1)The rules are simple. I ask Tracie 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 seen a live bear (outside of the zoo)?

Tracie – Yes, I live in Montana and it’s not unusual to be driving down the road and see a bear or two. We’ve even managed to catch a photo or two.

Charity – Oh, my! Ok, that’s just frightening!!!

— Definitely your point!

Charity 0 / Tracie 1

2. Have you ever had acupuncture?

Tracie – Nope, hate needles which is why I think God has to have a tremendous sense of humor to allow me to have Multiple Sclerosis because it requires I do self injections of medication.

Charity – Oh my goodness! I had no idea.Well, that doesn’t sound like fun at all. My father and brother have diabetes, so I have seen them do that at every meal. yikes!!! No fun!!!

I have had dry-needling, which is the same thing. The only difference is where they place the needles. For dry-needling, they put them right in your trigger points to loosen them up. Whew! Not fun!! It works though!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Tracie 2

3. What is the scariest thing you have ever chosen to do? Skydiving, hunting, etc…

Tracie – Give birth 3 times– without medication. 😀 Frankly, just having a baby is scary – waiting and wondering if everything is going to be all right – then wondering why you were crazy enough to have children when you hadn’t been trained or given a manual or license to prove you knew what you were doing. You can’t have a pet without a license, or drive a car without proving yourself capable – but you can have all the kids you want.

Charity – 😮 Hmm. That’s one way to think of it. haha!! You are totally right…

Scariest thing…Swimming in the ocean is scary because there are sharks. However, I don’t think that really counts. Maybe hiding in an abandoned building, in the middle of the night, while a cop (my friend) had his K9 hunt me down. SO. SCARY!! First he had me run through the woods and sent his dog after me. Then, he had me hide anywhere in this big, abandoned warehouse in the middle of the night! Did I mention it was THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT?

— Hmm. You did three, epidural free births? You win.

Charity 1 / Tracie 3

4. If you had to choose another era to live in, what would you choose and what would you be?

Tracie – I’d choose 15055 AD in heaven after Satan has been defeated and everything has been set right and we’ve been living there 10,000+ years

Charity – Can you even imagine?!?! That is going to be glorious. WOW!!! I can’t wait to just sit in Jesus’ lap for eternity. haha. God hog right here.

As far as past eras…I don’t know! I wish people were a bit more modest, had some character and were respectful.

— Tie

Charity 2 / Tracie 4

5. Ever had a funny tan (like, you left your sunglasses on, or held a cup on your lap and there was a big white circle…)?

Tracie – Nope, I’m a red-head and burn sitting under light bulbs too long, so I avoid lengthy sun exposures.

Charity – I have DEFINITELY had sunglasses tan!!!!!!! So embarrassing…

— Get it!

Charity 3 / Tracie 4

6. Creek with a beautiful waterfall or a totally clean pool?

Tracie – Creek

Charity – Creek!

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— Tie

Charity 4 / Tracie 5

7. What was the most fun age you have been?

Tracie – Hmmm that’s a hard one. I’m not sure I’m reached it yet.

Charity – haha. I am right there with ya!! I love getting older. Yes, sir-ee!!

— Tie!

Charity 5 / Tracie 6

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

Tracie – My writing is a ministry for Him – I wouldn’t be where I am without Him and I hope to never fail in telling people that. I do my best to live life through prayer and His Word, putting into action all that He has directed me to do. It isn’t easy and sometimes I’m not very good at accomplishing that, but it is what I’m striving to do.

Charity – Beautiful. He is blessing you because you are bringing Him glory through it all. Love it!!

— GOD WINS!!

Charity 5 / Tracie 6

9. Have you ever accidentally left your windows down going through a car wash?

Tracie – No, but there were hot days when we lived in humid Kansas that I wanted to just to cool off.

Charity – No, I haven’t either. But it is totally something I would do. I just haven’t been through many car washes…

— Tie again!!!

Charity 6 / Tracie 7

10. Favorite “oldies” song?

Tracie – That’s hard. I have a ton of them from all over the board. I love Unforgettable – Nat King Cole, Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins, almost anything Mozart or Vivaldi, Abba songs, and great old hymns like What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Charity – I am a HUGE Frank Sinatra fan. Love him!!!

— Tie! ahhh!!!

Final:

Charity 7 / Tracie 8

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Tracie has a few extra questions for me!!!! Woo Hoo!!

1. Ever been to a costume party? What was your favorite costume?

Charity – oh my goodness! Of course!!! Love costumes. Hmm. Hard to decide. One of my favorite was when my husband and I were ninjas. I was a pink ninja, OF COURSE. It’s pretty easy to feel good about yourself when you are a ninja! haha 🙂

2. Ever had the dream where you’re back in high school, and you have to take a test and realize you haven’t studied?

Charity – Uh, that was reality, not a dream!!!! 😮 See, I’m one of those annoying people that got good grades and didn’t study…Which, is NOT a good thing, like it may seem. I had no discipline as a teenager. whew…

3. What’s the zaniest thing you’ve ever done with one of your pets?

Charity – Well, my dirty little secret is this: I am not an animal lover. I don’t have any pets 😦 HOWEVER, I did have pets growing up!!! I would dress my dog up in clothes every day. I would take him for walks in a stroller too, while he was dressed in little outfits. He totally hated it.


Thank you, Tracie!Custom-Balloon-design-tool So much fun getting to know you 🙂 You have really blessed me and lots of readers!

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Simply Anna

by Jennifer Moore

New (to me) author, Jennifer Moore has written a delightful, Regency novel! When Anna Wheeler falls overboard and is washed up in Jamaica, she has completely lost her memory. Found by a prestigious landowner, she is brought back to health. While there, she falls in love with the staff, the land, and Phillip. Only problem is, she has no idea who she is! Is she married? Engaged? Does she have wealth?

Great read! It held my interest throughout. I felt like the characters had a lot of depth. God wasn’t really an element in the book, but it was a completely clean read. Wonderful storytelling and beautiful imagery. I definitely recommend. (Link is in the pic)

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

Simply Anna Banner

Not by Sight

by Kate Breslin

This WWI era spy novel really surprised me! There were so many fun twists and turns. When a high society, suffragette, Grace, works on a farm to help out the soldiers, she is most surprised to find a man wearing a disconcerting, metal mask as the owner of the property. As she digs deeper, she realizes that they have met before…in the most terrible circumstances. She knows that he will never forgive her if he finds out who she is. Meanwhile, he is desperately seeking to uncover her identity and motives.

Lots of fun. Characters had great depth. I felt like the hero was a little bit hard to like, but it didn’t really take away from the story. God was central throughout and, historically, it was fun to see another side of WWI, instead of the soldiers at war. I definitely recommend!

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

A Noble Masquerade

by Kristi Ann Hunter

A new author to me and boy was it fun!! Miranda is a hot mess. This girl is trying to be a lady in Regency England, but every ounce of her energy is about to burst through the ladylike facade. As she tries to help the man she loves, comedy, romance and intrigue abound.

Totally fun story. The characters were engaging, the plot moved along and God was throughout the story line. (The cover is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous too). I would say that this falls into the  mystery/rom-com category. I hope you pick up a copy!! You won’t regret it.

Thank you, Bethany House, for giving me a copy of this fabulous book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Face-Off with Olivia Newport!!

images I am so excited to be facing-off with Olivia Newport today!!! I love my job! Woot Woot!!

Ever since I started reading Christian Fiction, about 4 years back, I have been drawn to Olivia’s books as I’m perusing the shelves. Her Avenue of Dreams series always catches my eye. I finally picked up one of them and can’t wait to let you know my thoughts!!!

A small sampling as she is author of almost 20 books! Olivia has two grown children and lives a peaceful life, with her husband of over 30 years, in Colorado. She writes a lot of Amish Fiction and some Historical too.

Let’s get to it, shall we?


 

PicCollageThe rules are simple. I ask Olivia 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 stuck in the middle of an epic storm? Like a Category 5 Hurricane?

Olivia – Literally? When I was about 4 my family visited relatives in Texas, and I have vague memories of sirens and rushing to a town shelter during a hurricane. Now figuratively speaking, all the time!

Charity – Oh! That sounds scary!! We live on the East Coast in Virginia. When Hurricane Isabel came through, it was a big deal. We left town and went to the western part of the state thinking that we would be safe there. Would you believe it totally land jumped and HIT THERE WORSE THAN THE COAST??? What in the world?

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— I am going to have to give it to Olivia. Sirens and shelters sound terrifying!

Charity 0 / Olivia 1

2. What’s the coolest DIY project you have done? Pics?

Olivia – “Coolest” is a matter of opinion, but I had fun refinishing the sewing machine cabinet that belonged to my mom when I was young. So I should get points for sentimentality with a slight demerit for not being able to produce the photo.

Charity – Hmm. No picture? Well, I suppose I shall tell you of my fun endeavors. We are trying to adopt and needed an extra bedroom in our house. SO, we took the living room and “built-in”. Using Ikea wardrobes, we completely built a new bedroom!! You can’t even tell because we painted the backs of them and put crown molding on the top and bottom of each one!

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— I get that one!! woot woot!

Charity 1 / Olivia 1

3. What is your favorite, unique holiday tradition (any holiday)?

Olivia – Hands down, chocolate frosted shortbread squares are required at every holiday meal throughout my large extended family. When the menu planning begins, everyone’s first question is “Who’s bringing the shortbread squares?”

Charity – Yum!!!!!!! I need that tradition! We celebrate 99 Days ‘Til Christmas every year. It’s so fun! We put up a few lights, miniature tree, some decorations, eat delicious foods, do small gifts and watch Elf. After all of that, we write out our Christmas Wish Lists. IT’S ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY!!!

— Tie

Charity 2/ Olivia 2

4. Have you ever been in a maze? Corn maze, tree maze, any kind of maze made for adults?

Olivia – Um, no. And can I say “Achoo!” is what would happen if I went into such a place? (Pity points for allergies.)

Charity – No pity here! ha 😉 I live near Williamsburg and in back of the Governor’s Mansion, there is this cool maze made out of bushes. It’s not one you can get lost in. However, hubby and I went to the one at Luray Caverns and that one is awesome!!!

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–Guess who is ahead?!?!

Charity 3 / Olivia 2

5. What is one kitchen appliance that you wouldn’t want to live without?

Olivia – Two Christmases ago my husband gave me a little gadget that warms and froths milk for my coffee. I would not have guessed I’d want one, but I use it every stinkin’ day.

Charity – Now that is cool!!! Froths AND warms?! Wow. I love my keurig. It makes me very happy.

— Your gadget wins!

Charity 3 / Olivia 3

6. What is the funniest joke you know?

Olivia – I concede the point. I’m sure I know funny jokes but I can’t perform when you put me on the spot!

Charity – Oh, honey. You didn’t concede a thing. I am the worst joke teller. ever. I’ve got nothing.

— tie

Charity 4 / Olivia 4

7. Have you ever dropped eggs at a grocery store?

Olivia – No, but I’m guessing a lot of other people have based on the number of broken eggs I find when I check the cartons.

Charity – hmm. Me either. I took a guess because, same as you, I assumed most people have. Weird.

— Tie

Charity 5 / Olivia 5

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

Olivia – Several years ago I felt a call to live my life more intentionally from a center of peace in God, which begins by welcoming God into the moments of my life and being more satisfied with a holy presence than I ever would be if I got everything I thought I wanted.

Charity – Beautiful!!!

— God wins!

Charity 5 / Olivia 5

9. Have you ever tried surfing?

Olivia – No, although ironically I went to college in southern California. But in my defense, a) I didn’t have a car to get to the beach; b) I was too nearsighted to get in the ocean without my contacts; and c) I actually studied! But I’m a pretty good web surfer. Does that count?

Charity – ha…it would if I HADN’T TRIED SURFING! Believe me, it wasn’t something you would want to see. I am so uncoordinated. It’s truly ridiculous.

— But…I have tried it!

Charity 6 / Olivia 5

10. Tea or Coffee?

Olivia – I came to coffee late in life–like just two years ago. But as you can guess from my favorite kitchen appliance, I do indulge in a sort of homemade latte every morning now. And when I go to the coffee shop to write on Saturday mornings, the barista knows to start a white rose, extra hot as soon as she sees me come in the door.

Charity – I still haven’t come into coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good cup every once in a while. I just don’t drink it every day. I could drink sweet or unsweet tea every day, all day though.

— Your barista knows your drink!!! I haven’t ever even heard of White Rose Coffee…

Final:

Charity 6 / Olivia 6

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