Chatting with Caryl McAdoo (and a FACE-OFF) +Giveaway!!!!

Alright! I am excited to introduce you to Caryl! BTzaUv3I-rTkologE3DF3jCQ--IsS0-QuxqjZbo-flxSl3PiORstTSJw8Q4S58yby1cGWCDeH-zwkp3nEe9Y3UsPMVriCGfx5xlF7xgj16SpOyMbiGn9tgxxY9kOtRMS-iGfqsh5pVOnnK2TKLUX1ccfwg8u_rLyKSKpJoJgGRpWWHFG1Ii49gYRykdAvlzWpORMhpCvENrP9NwOLLU-Rkx7cwrK23Lyr I am sure some of you have already read a few of her books, but you will be finding out all about her when we chat! A multi-published author, Caryl has hit on almost every genre imaginable!

Today, she, and some other authors, will be having a virtual party from 10:00am – 6:00pm. There will be fun giveaways and a chance to stop by and chat with these fabulous ladies! So, make sure to head on over there! (Link is in tan)

Let’s get started, shall we?

Charity – Hey, Caryl! Thanks so much for stopping by. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Caryl – My name is pronounced carol and means joyful song!
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I have fourteen grandsugars and one GREAT grandsugar! Most of them live within a few hours–in Northeast Texas, but two live in Virgina. Four of the grandsons have lived WITH me and O’Pa the last thirteen years, but the oldest graduated and is off to college now. The next to oldest  at sixteen asked to go live with maternal grandparents when that granddad (age 82) fell and broke his hip. My Gregory felt like he could help do what  Grandddad couldn’t – so we let him  So we’re down to two – Christian, a fifteen-year-old and Benjamen, twelve.0UqXOKBL-YIHEQMkLZ5CT7hjNd184OfJzr2Om1SvzHunb-f4w4DM8YaJKPlBu6JtXDMEvctQoeQI2SZ8t-w5MSS_FaHGwuzp0DDkoPrR4tg1LlhY1M0Ld-YDv5CiBBKJHk4RS6Afud62WmgD2dk8lt7qyltrIAVdLpNA_ixev-_m-5SPRoFYoOeW4h14FFYs6mcEJLGGOHfQZXWmhrHD8Fp-khsmFdgiT

Charity – I love this! They are some precious kiddos!I hear you have a new book coming out?

Caryl – My next historical Texas Romance Sins of the Mothers debuts May 3rd – my 65th birthday. 🙂 I think that’s when you’re legally old  In my brain, I’m still in my 30s but my body knows better. 🙂

Charity – How exciting!!! You are giving a book away at the Virtual Party on Facebook, right?

Caryl – I’m giving away Sing A New Song!

Charity – Your new release! How cool!!!

Alright, now that we’ve taken care of business, let’s get onto the fun stuff!!!


The rules are simple: I ask Caryl 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. If you could go back to any time in history, what would you choose and why? Plus, what would you do in that time?

Caryl – I would choose to go back to Jerusalem during the time Christ walked the earth, hear Him teach, see His face, look into His eyes!

Charity – Hey!!! You can’t say that! How could I possibly win now!!!! ❤

–Tricky Caryl beat me on that one 😉

Charity 0 / Caryl 1

2. What is your favorite historical movie/tv show?

Caryl – Oh what an easy question!! Downton Abbey! I hadn’t seen ANY of it but kept hearing about it. My Daddy went to Heaven last July. He’d been living at my sister’s and whenever she asked, I’d go and relieve her, stay with him. She had all the past seasons and the first show of the first season hooked me! When the new season started in 2015, I was so excited, but I found them too hard to watch. Daddy and I had done so many Downton Abbey marathons. The new season made me
so sad in my heart…

Charity – Oh! I am so, very sorry. I can’t even imagine. I would be a TOTAL WRECK!!!

I love the show, Turn. It’s about the Culpepper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War.

— Tie

Charity 0 / Caryl 1

3. Who is your real life hero?

Caryl – My husband. He’s the most Christ-like man I’ve ever known! He loves me when I am unlovable, leads and guides me, advises me, reins me in when I need reining, knows me better than I know myself, completes me. Second only to God, Ron McAdoo, my love and best friend since we were sixteen—almost fifty years ago—is my everything.

Charity – 😥 That is so sweet ❤

I have to agree that it’s my hubby! I have a lot of health problems and he works hard all day and then comes home and tries to help me feel better by cooking dinner, giving me massages, etc…So selfless. He’s even taken up grocery shopping when I hit a rough patch!! ❤ That’s true love right there!! Wait for it, ladies!


Charity 0 / Caryl 1

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

Caryl – Writing, singing, shouting His praises, rearing my grandsons, sharing His story, gardening, loving my family, loving my friends, being kind, patient, gentle, longsuffering, faithful, serving those in my life. Praying my story gives God glory is “my tag line” what I want people to remember what I was all about—bringing Him glory!

My ‘tag line’ or ‘Motto’ or mojo–whatever you call it– is “Praying my story gives God glory.” And He is giving me an ever growing platform through my writing. Still, my favorite way I hope brings Him the most glory is in praise and worship.

Charity – Again, beautifully said!!


Charity 0 / Caryl 1

5. Funniest thing your grandkids have done?

Caryl – My #12, Benjamen Cash McAdoo, twelve years old right now, was five when we moved to Red River County. Not in school yet, he went with me to deliver his brother to the first day at their new school. His oldest brother went to Middle School. While his coach and vice-principal showed us Matthew’s classes, we caught Ben standing in the open doorway of on class flirting with a pretty girl inside. With only his pinky finger and thumb standing, he placed his hand next to his ear, smiling and nodding. ‘Call me’ he gestured! That boy has always loved pretty girls. I told him once, “You do know that the reason those beautiful older girls are cheesing up to you to get to your big brother (Matthew was voted Most Handsome his senior year.) Benjamen said, “Whatever you think, Grami.” What am I going to do when he’s a teen? That’s NEXT YEAR! I’ll pray and trust God!

Charity – LOL!! Nice! Kids are so darned cute!!!

— Well, I don’t have grandkids yet…HURRY UP, BOYS!

Charity 0 / Caryl 2

6. Favorite Fred MacMurray movie?

Caryl – Hmmm, guess I’d say “The Absent-Minded Peofessor.” I hadn’t thought of ol’ Fred in a L*O*N*G time! 🙂 The man sure was loveable!

Charity – OMGoodness! I know!! I liked him in The Happiest Millionaire!! His Biddle Bible Class was THE BEST!! Also, Ba-rum Pum Pum!!!

A close second would be Follow Me Boys! Such a great guy!! Loved his acting ❤

— As Spike Jones would sing: “beetle-bum”


Charity 0 / Caryl 2

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Thanks so much for your time, Caryl! balloons I enjoyed getting to know you better!!!

Guess What…???!!!! YEP!! You got it!!! Caryl is generously giving away Reader’s Choice of

You may choose paperback or e-book. Just head on over here to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!!

*Open to anyone, but outside of US must choose e-book

** All entries will be verified and any falsified entries will be disqualified.

Interview with Dawn Crandall + A GIVEAWAY!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Face-Off with Maria Grace

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The rules are simple: I ask Maria Grace 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 to the Legit Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England? (Of course, costumed)

Maria Grace – Not yet, but we have reservations for the one this year in England—does that count? I have two Regency gowns and just bought new patterns and fabric for some new ones. I also have patterns and fabric for a period suit for my husband who will be coming with me to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Charity – OMGoodness! Heck, yes that counts!! So cool!!! I have not been to ANY Jane Austen festivals. So sad.

— easy

Charity 0 / Maria Grace 1

  1. What’s your favorite holiday (any) tradition?

Maria Grace – I love big family meals. We host the extended family for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas for big sit down meals. For birthdays we try to have everyone over for a less formal meal. I love to do all the cooking and feeding everyone. Thankfully, my guys are usually up for doing the dishes after I’ve done all the food.

Charity – Wow! That is so much work!! My favorite tradition is probably our Black Friday shopping. My husband and I look at the sales sheets for weeks before and plan our attack! So fun!!

— Traditions are fun! It’s a tie.

  1. What decade of style do you connect with the most? 70’s? 80’s? 90’s? ha ha. Do you still do the overalls with the straps hanging down?

Maria Grace – Style? Who me? I am so style-blind it’s a little embarrassing.  I’m utterly clueless about what went with what decade. I love color though and rarely wear black anymore. I’ll share a secret, I keep an artist’s color wheel in my closet to help me put color combinations together. I often have people tell me they love a color combination I’m wearing, but they’d never have thought of it themselves.

Charity – Ah! That’s awesome!! I love it! What a great idea!!!! I don’t really connect with any. I try to somewhat stay up to date. At least wear things that don’t change too much…jeans, shirt, cardigan…

— Artist’s Color Wheel? win.

Charity 0 / Maria Grace 2

  1. What Jane Austen character do you find you are most like?

Maria Grace – Hands down, I’m Anne Elliot.

Charity – Aw! So, you must be the sweetest thing ever! I am definitely Marianne. Absolutely. I have a bit of Emma in me too.


  1. Camping, Historical Sites, Hotels and a Broadway Show, or the Beach?

Maria Grace – I don’t camp…too many winter camping trips as a Girl Scout…brrrr.  I think it would be a toss-up between historical sites and the beach. We love hiking and caves,  snorkeling is another favorite. Just make sure I have a real bed and shower at the end!

Charity – I hear ya, girl! whew. I am not one for “roughing it”. I like dinner and a movie and a pretty hotel.

— You are adventurous! I love it. Wish I was healthy enough to do all those things.

Charity 0 / Maria Grace 3

— This is not good!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Are you an organizer, or do you prefer organized chaos?

Maria Grace – Ummm…I’m the gal who thinks in alphabetized lists, so I think I’d have to go with organized.  I have 10 colors of highlighters and 12 colors of ball point pen on my best because those alphabetized lists I think in are also color coded in my head. My family just humors me…

Charity – ha. I hear ya! I completely understand!!! It’s hard when there are 3 boys living in this house with me and none of them are organizers. ahhhhhhhh

— tie

  1. Yoga? Zumba? Martial Arts? Running? Spinning? Favorite type of exercise?

Maria Grace – I’m one of those sick types who actually like to exercise. I did martial arts with my kids and earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Ta Chi. Now that they’re out of martial arts, I find myself running more.  I love to just strap on my shoes and take off.  So many plots have taken shape while I’m out on the trails. I can really get into my head and get into my characters there. I used to lift weight, but after my mother had a major health crisis a couple years ago I got away from it.  I really want to get back to it. It’s a great way to spend time with my sons.

Charity – Uh……

— uh….

Charity 0 / Maria Grace 4

  1. What’s your secret (not anymore) guilty pleasure?

Maria Grace – Chocolate. Dark chocolate. Ghiradelli 72% Cocao dark chocolate. For breakfast.

Charity – ha ha ha. Nice. I love chips and sour skittles. Not a huge chocolate lover.

— I NEED a point, so I am taking it. I don’t care if you eat chocolate for every meal, I’m still taking it!!

Charity 1 / Maria Grace 4

  1. Which Regency Era movie’s hero has your heart a’fluttering? (specifically the actor…)

Maria Grace – That’s an easy one! Colin Firth (Darcy, 1995) and Cirian Hinds (Wentworth, 1995) Just don’t make me choose between them!

Charity – I have three…Alan Rickman (OF COURSE)(Sense and Sensibility 1995), Johnny Lee Miller (Emma 2009), and Rupert Penry-Jones (Persuasion 2008)

— I picked three!! I win!!

Charity 2 / Maria Grace 4

  1. Are you super crafty?

Maria Grace – Sort-of-ish. I sew—working on some new Regency costumes now for my husband and I. I crochet, mainly afghans. I’ll never catch up on my scrapbooks, LOL. I decorate cakes, but not nearly as much as when the kids were small and I we did fun birthday parties.

Charity – Sounds like a big fat “yes, I am crafty!” to me! (: I am too. I crochet and sew but DO NOT scrapbook.


  1. Lastly, how hard was it authoring a book with four other people? Honestly now, did you guys get in any cat fights or long deliberation sessions?

Maria Grace – It was pretty challenging.  Writing is usually a pretty solitary activity and to have to do it together was equal parts fun and challenging. The brainstorming sessions were great fun, but when we didn’t see eye to eye, it took some real effort to sort it all out.  But we’re all professionals, so we found ways to sort it all out—and we’re still friends at the end of it all, which is the real proof of the pudding!

Charity – I can imagine it being totally crazy!! I am glad it worked out because the book is wonderful!!! I love all the Jane Austen stuff you guys are working. So cool.


Charity 2(ish) / Maria Grace 4+


Thanks, so much, Maria Grace! You have been amazing! I’ve loved having you and Theo on my blog!!! You all need to pick up this wonderful book!!!

Link is in the pic!

I am certain you are going to love Theo Darcy as much as I do!! Watch for my review tomorrow!

Here are some fun pics!! (:



A couple pics of me with my mom and my youngest son is in one too (with his Revolutionary War hat on!).

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This book was a collaboration between 5 DIFFERENT AUTHORS!!! Can you even imagine? Well, these generous ladies have offered to do a second giveaway of The Darcy Brothers (ebook). You can click on the link here for multiple entries. Review to follow tomorrow!!  *Just a hint…I love it (;

Before you start aiming that mouse at the rafflecopter link, BEWARE!! This book was written by 5 authors, as I have already pointed out. There are MANY, MANY options for entries. Only THREE are mandatory. The rest are COMPLETELY OPTIONAL! So, don’t worry or get overwhelmed. Just do the ones that you want (: If you do them all, you will have a bazillion entries.


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“Which?” with Author Dawn Crandall

297442_4120716569595_1033988580_nIt’s time for WHICH? with Dawn Crandall! If you haven’t read her books yet…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??!!

You can check out our fun Face-Off and my Review of her first book, The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles Book 1).

Dawn is loads of fun and one of the best authors I have ever come upon! Her books are deep, rich, and full of wonderful characters!


Ok, so I asked Dawn some questions. I figured I would see how it matched up to mine… No points, as in a Face-Off. This is purely a fun fact game!

1. Food: Mexican, Chinese, Italian?

Dawn – Um, all of them! Plus I’d like to add authentic Indian, Thai and Vietnamese–I really LOVE interesting, flavorful food!

Charity – Fancy Pants! (:

Mexican for me!

2. Decor: Modern, Shabby Chic, Country?

Dawn – I’m pretty sure Shabby Chic simply oozes from my pores. Though I can’t go too crazy with it, or I would drive my husband bonkers. So, what I have is more of a toned down shabby chic with lots of antiques that make what I call the “cottage” look.

Charity Ahh. Right-O. The husbands love the flowers and such. My hubby says that it’s not fair because once you are married, you get joint gifts and it’s always stuff like candles…he said, it’s basically a girl gift to both of us. I do believe he’s right! ha (:

I like Mod. I’m an Ikea lover. My house is one big Ikea explosion.

3. Vehicles: Minivan, SUV, Jeep, or car?

Dawn – I drive an Edge–kind of a mix between an SUV and a Minivan. And I LOVE IT.

Charity – Cool! So, you are a cool mom.

I drive a Honda Civic Hybrid. You would think it gets great gas mileage, thus the word “hybrid”. You would be quit surprised to find that I get about 34 MPG on it… odd, huh?

4. Yoga, Running, Spinning, or Boot Camp?

Dawn – I don’t actually ever purposefully exercise…. But I have taken a Pilate class before, and I really liked how that made me feel… 15 years ago. I think having a 23lb 11 month old helps though! He’s been my “weight-training routine” from about 3-4 months when he weighed 16-17lbs.

Charity – Ugh. I don’t purposefully exercise either! It’s of the devil. I do love yoga and swimming, but both are the worst thing I could do for my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. so…*shrug*

5. Date: Dinner/Movie, Ice Skating/Hot Dog Vendor, Corn Maze/Fast Food?

Dawn – I think I’d choose dinner and a movie… as long as it’s to see a movie like Cinderella or Frozen.

Charity – When I was younger, I would have said corn maze, for sure. Now, it is 100% dinner and a movie. I LOVE going to the theater. Especially now that they have those awesome lazyboy chairs in them. *sigh* Foot rest and chair lies back. It’s …. amazing.

6. City: New York, Chicago, LA, Las Vegas

Dawn – I think going to visit New York City for a few days would be really fun! I’ve been there for a few hours before, and it was like visiting another world!

Charity I love Chicago SO MUCH!! I also loved Las Vegas because of all the really neat hotels. Unfortunately, Annie Lobert’s book, Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry & Into the Arms of the Saviormade me really re-think my love for that place. whew!

7. Dream Vacation: Cruise, Backpacking through Europe, Castle Exploring in Ireland/Scotland

Dawn – I choose to have a three-way-tie for this one. How about I take an ocean-liner similar to the Titanic–(in my dreams, right?) to Britain and then backpack to Scotland and Ireland to see the castles? (after I stop to visit Cornwall, Bath, London and everything Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, of course…

Charity – Hmm. I am right there with ya! I would love to see England.

8. Movies: LOTR, Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice, Captain America, Warrior?

Dawn – I actually LOVE all of these movies, but I would definitely pick Pride and Prejudice as the BEST. And I like the 2005 movie version the best. And now, because you brought it up, I need to watch it! *sigh*

Charity – My heart just broke in two. Did you mean to say the 2005 version?! ahhhhhhhh noooooooooo.

9. Breakfast: Bagel, Cereal, Bacon/Eggs

Dawn – Sunnyside-up eggs, toast, bacon, sausage patties (with syrup to dip them in), and hash browns with onions.

Charity – lol. Nice! I am WAY too lazy in the morning to do anything. Usually a granola bar or something…

10. Worship: Nature, Singing, In a Group, Praying Alone

Dawn – Nature! I wish I had more nature around where I live, but I grow up with acres and acres of trees surrounding my house and would take walks (with my cats faithfully following me!) through the woods almost everyday!

Charity – Oh! That’s awesome. I’ve been a city girl my whole life. It would be nice to get away… like, move away (as long as there’s a Target within 15 minutes).

I love music. Worship through music. ❤

Alright! Be on the lookout for my review of The Bound Heart tomorrow morning! You won’t want to miss it…


Dina Sleiman Radio Interview! Wha Wha?!

You may have noticed that I kinda like that Dauntless book by Dina Sleiman. It’s a great YA book and I think that is so important! We need so many more of these. Well, if you would like to hear what Dina has to say about the historical accuracy of her book, how she chose it, how she got into writing and what the sequel will be like, just click on this link: 03-04-15 – Dauntless. It’s only 8 minutes long, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be stuck at the computer for an hour (;

Check it out, then go BUY THE BOOK!!

Don’t forget to enter the huge giveaway!!! Link is in the pic.

I am all a-flutter! Mr. Theo Darcy has granted me an interview!

Proceeding the commencement of my audience with Mr. Theo Darcy, I should like to acquaint you with publication which shall be released almost this very moment! In fact, I dare say that it is quite within reach! If you would be so kind as to click on this singular portrait, you shall find that you may, indeed, read portions of his exploits, which are quite intimate, in my way of understanding. To write of one’s enterprises seems to be a bit pretentious.

However, I shall endeavor to think only the best of him and it really shall be a fascinating read. Indeed, I shall feel quite wicked reading it! What is a girl to do when such fun is to be had? I shall venture to say, “Alas, read the publication and read it well so you shall have much to share when you see your companions Tuesday next!” I propose it will be the talk of the soiree. What a splendid diversion!!!

Aha! He is now present, so I shall proceed.

Mrs. Andrews: Is Pemberley considered home, or do you forever presume it to be “Sir William’s” alone?

Mr. Theo Darcy: Pemberley will always be my boyhood home and I shall remember it most fondly. I hope to find myself welcome there all my life. But what is a man without his own homestead? I could hardly call myself a proper gentleman without a home to call my own. Pemberley is definitely the domain  of ‘Prince William’.

Mrs. Andrews: I quite agree with that. Well said. However, I must admit, I am exceedingly curious as to your musings on Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s talent at the pianoforte? I hear such exceedingly different opinions as to puzzle me exceedingly. I know that you have spent some time in her company and wish to hear your thoughts!

Mr. Theo Darcy: I sense that you might be tempting me to say far more than a gentleman should, Mrs. Andrews. I have found that criticizing a young woman’s accomplishments never proves a wise strategy. I will only say that I found a great deal to enjoy in her performance.

Mrs. Andrews: Ahh. A very wise gentleman, indeed! May I then ask you this? Being the Dandy that you are, may I presume you shan’t ever desire to be in close proximity to a fop and may be, in fact, perplexed as to the idea of such an irrational mode. Or, do I presume too much? For I find them to be most detestable! I speculate that you look to Mr. Beau Brummell for such advice?

Mr. Theo Darcy: I am fond of well looking clothes and presenting a dashing figure. I see no fault in that. But I draw the line at the kind of self-centered foolishness that brings disgrace upon ones name and ones connections. Gah! How is it you have me sounding like my elder brother? He is far too stuffy for my tastes, I would not emulate him. But I would repine any actions that led me to be considered a fop.

Mrs. Andrews: I fear that I am both relieved and must beg your forgiveness! You are of a much improved temper than Mr. Darcy. I quite believe we agree on that account! I daresay, this may be a mite….intimate, but I cannot, I will not disappoint. We must know! Should you desire a lady with wit and charm, but quite ordinary in appearance; or one of great beauty and an unsound and delicate constitution?

Mr. Theo Darcy: Why should I not have the good fortune to find a great beauty with wit and charm? If one is do dream, he must not limit his imagination. But in the spirit of conciliation, I shall consider the parameters of your question.

While I do appreciate a woman’s beauty, her company grows quite tiresome if she does not have some amount of wit and a great sense of fun about her and a woman of delicate constitution is rarely fun.

Mrs. Andrews: I fear you have a most difficult choice ahead. For what man is fortuitous enough to endeavor to find both. I dare say, that would be a most arduous task!

Do tell, for I love a good intrigue! Is it quite true that Lady Catherine, in such an ill-tempered manner, admonished Miss Elizabeth Bennet? I do believe that she is profusely put out at the anticipation of a certain union that is said to be announced any day!

Mr. Theo Darcy: My aunt…oh that is a delicate subject. My brother does not prefer that I express my candid opinions about her outside the family circle. However, it is difficult to contain. Lady Catherine is apt to admonish where she will and is quite the termagant when vexed. I make it a point to avoid her company whenever possible as I do not relish the sharpness of her tongue. As for her opinions on a certain union, I am quite certain is would be hard pressed to approve of any but her own choices for my brother.

I confess, one advantage of not being heir to Pemberley is that my own prospects are of little interest to her.

Mrs. Andrews: I can only imagine that you are correct on that account, sir! In fact, I daresay, Mr. Theophilus Darcy, you are quite the charmer. I believe that the ladies shall have to be, in all respects, mindful and take particular care to be prudent in your company. What say you to that?

Mr. Theo Darcy: You wound me Mrs. Andrews! You seem to imply that I might take unfair advantage of a young lady and that is entirely untrue. Despite attempts to draw me as a rake, I am, first and foremost a gentleman. That being said, I do greatly enjoy the companionship of young ladies and will avail myself of agreeable company whenever possible.

Mrs. Andrews: Oh, Theo! You do humor me!! No one thinks you a cad! In fact, quite the opposite is true! Thus, I believe, they must be prudent not to spend time in your company lest they lose their heart in such a quick manner! You should leave the entire town full of broken hearts. We shall never recover and no one else shall ever do!

Now, as fastidious as your brother shows himself to the general populace, you seem to be quite content to delight in a summer picnic and attend a country dance. How do you intend to away without commandeering the hearts of many a country lady? I must repeat my sentiments and ask you forthwith!

Mr. Theo Darcy: Despite my preference for lively amusements and companions, I never make promises I do not intend to keep nor imply a greater affection than I feel. A prudent young lady will attend to such things and not set her expectations inappropriately.

Mrs. Andrews: I shall leave you with this: “Why not seize pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” Do you agree with me on this count at least?

Mr. Theo Darcy: Indeed I do! One must seize whatever enjoyment he can out of the day!

Mrs. Andrews: Oh Theo! Displaying Theosignature-211x300.jpgYou humor me unceasingly. I greatly enjoy your company and am of a mind to continue enjoying it! I am a married woman, so it is quite safe to jest with you from time to time. I am most grateful for your interview. I know it is frowned upon that a woman should jot down an article, or an interview, but I quite enjoy it. As we both know, my groom is very much stuck with me, so what shall he have to say now? Not much, I can assure you of that!


I have come across some DELIGHTFUL news! Mr. Theo Darcy has conceded to present two readers with one of his very own books! Perchance the winner shall be you! If you should like to attempt to ascertain a copy, please leave a comment here, or you may ask Mr. Theo Darcy an inquiry yourself! He has stopped at many a place, so do increase your chance to win by visiting where he has already been! I shall place all the information before you:

Virtual Book Tour Dates

-Monday, 2nd February – official launch at Austenprose

-Thursday, 5th February – Austen Variations

-Monday, 9th February – Leatherbound Reviews

-Thursday, 12th February – My Kids Led Me Back To Pride & Prejudice

-Monday, 16th February – More Agreeably Engaged

-Thursday, 19th February – Laughing with Lizzie

-Monday, 23rd February – My Jane Austen Book Club

-Monday, 2nd March – The Writings and Ramblings of Colette Saucier

-Tuesday, 3rd March – aTransParentMom

-Thursday, 5th March – Songs & Stories

-Thursday, 19th March – A Transparent Mom

Find out more about The Darcy Brothers here,  and do please join us for the upcoming release on the Facebook Launch Page or visit and like The Darcy Brothers‘ own Facebook Page.

You can also keep up to date with Theo as he goes ‘on tour’ through the following social media links (but shhhh, don’t tell his brother!)

Theo on Twitter

Theo on Facebook

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!

FACE-OFF with Brandy Vallance


Are you ready for an epic Face-Off between myself and author, Brandy Vallance? Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

No stodgy questions. I want to win.

1. Do you celebrate any holidays that nobody else on the planet does?

Charity: We celebrate 99 days ’til Christmas…presents, tree, music, party food and watch Elf.

Brandy: That sounds so fun! I really need to do something like that! I’m a fan of taking personal days because there are times when that just needs to happen. Every now and again, my family does this. We completely blow off the world and all responsibilities just to nourish ourselves. Our modern world is so busy and hectic that I think everyone needs a reset from time to time.

— Hands down, I win!!

Charity: 1
Brandy: 0

2. How did you know so many random facts? Emerson kept them coming!! (Ok, one stodgy question)

Charity: Ok, I consider myself a bit of a history nerd. I know some pretty random facts. However, I am going to bow out, gracefully. Read the book. You will see why…

Brandy: Stodgy questions are fun! I have a historian’s heart, so I love to do research. I’m one of those history nerds who’d rather watch a documentary than do “normal” things. I also read a lot of research books, also for fun.

— Obvious

Charity: 1
Brandy: 1

3. If you could choose any time of history to go back and visit for a day, when would it be (and where)?

Charity: Regency!! But I would have to be rich. I certainly need a servant for the chamber pots!

Brandy: I think I’d go to Bible times and see things as they unfolded. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

— She pulled the Bible card.

Charity: 1
Brandy: 2

4. Favorite movie?

Charity: Warrior.
Or anything Regency

Brandy: That’s a hard one! BBC period dramas for sure. Hmmm… I love North & South, Jane Eyre (with Toby Stephens), Wuthering Heights (with Tom Hardy), and Great Expectations (with Douglas Booth).

— You had me at “Tom Hardy”. It’s a tie.

Charity: 2
Brandy: 3

5. Are you part of any embarrassing clubs? As in, people will look at you weirdly if you walk outside in costume…

Charity: I am part of The Regency Society of Virginia. Love it. It’s a bit embarrassing to walk outside and all my neighbors are staring. Haha.

Brandy: I love embarrassing clubs! Yes, indeed. I’m a member of the Victorian Society of Colorado, although that’s not embarrassing at all. My son and I recently went to their Time Traveler’s Ball and that was great fun. And yay for the Regency Society of Virginia! I once made a Regency dress just so I could wear it while drinking tea and watching Pride & Prejudice.

— Wow! Made a dress just for watching a movie and drinking tea. How can I compete with this??

Charity: 2
Brandy: 4

6. Something amazing God has done to show you His love/mercy/grace?

Charity: Oh, man! I guess I don’t even have time to answer that one. I came to God later in life. He rescued me from some terrible decisions I had made. Protected, both, myself and my son. Gave me an amazing husband that loves God with all his heart and strives to put us all before himself. I really have the perfect life. God knows the desires of our heart and wants us to have them.

Brandy: Wow! My journey to publication has been so wrapped in His love, mercy, and grace! From the late nights of writing The Covered Deep, to winning Operation First Novel and beyond, He is so amazing! God has done so many things to let me know that he sees every detail of my life, and my book. One instance is when I traveled to England in 2011. I met a woman on the New York/London bound plane from the Portsmouth, Ohio area. That’s the hometown that I gave Bianca. Of all places to meet someone from Portsmouth! For me, that conversation over the ocean was God’s way of letting me know that He cared about my story.

— How can anyone’s story of God’s work win? It’s a tie.

Charity: 3
Brandy: 5

7. Lastly, which Yankee Candle scent? Are you a fall kind of girl? Summer?

Charity: A fall girl, for sure!! Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin. There’s no better time of year.

Brandy: Ooh, I’m a fall girl. It’s my favorite time of year! I love mulberry and apple cinnamon kinds of scents.

— Uh, I suppose it’s another tie?

Final score:

Charity: 4
Brandy: 6

Next time, I need to find a boring person!! Haha (:

Thanks, so much,!! I had a great time getting to know you and I really appreciate you taking out the time to do this.

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