Face-Off with Sarah Sundin!!

61Dm0I55KIL._UX250_novelsIt’s been TOO LONG and I’m SO EXCITED to have Sarah Sundin here today! This lovely lady has been more than patient with me and I appreciate it more than you can ever know!

She’s an author of WWII novels, speaker, has a PhD as a pharmacist, and, last but not least…a mom!!! Wha??? #truth Talk about a lady that loves living life to the fullest!!

I know you have seen her books! They are absolutely eye catching and beautiful. Not only that, but they are a GREAT PRICE right now! In fact…the first 2 people that buy one of these sets (using the links provided here) will receive a swag bag from me full of fun stuff 🙂 Just let me know as soon as you order!

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Let’s get to it, shall we?


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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. Funniest movie?

Sarah – A Christmas Story. Every single scene.

Charity – Ha!!! I love that we both choose Christmas movies because…Elf.

— Definitely a tie!

Charity 1 / Sarah 1

2. Weirdest experience at the dr.?

Sarah – Keeping this family friendly… Our favorite family medical story is when our daughter had a blood draw and received her shots before kindergarten. Anna has a blood & needle phobia. And she’s feisty. I held her on my lap with my legs wrapped around hers and my arms anchoring her torso and one arm. One nurse wrestled her arm into position and held it there. And another nurse did the foul deeds. Anna screamed the entire time. When we were done, she went skipping and singing through the waiting room with her sticker and lollipop, while half a dozen people watched bug-eyed. I’m sure they thought Anna had been drawn and quartered.

Charity – Oh my gosh!! I would have needed a nap STAT! (see how I used a nurse word there?) If anything, I think that I make it really weird and awkward for the dr’s and nurses. I say REALLY inappropriate things when I feel uncomfortable. It’s a disease, really. I mean, there’s a reason I haven’t gotten a colonoscopy…

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— Definitely don’t get that one…

Charity 1 / Sarah 2

3. Favorite destination type (beach, mountains, Disney, etc…)

Sarah – Sightseeing! London, Rome, Boston…I love seeing beautiful places where interesting things happened. We dragged our kids to museums and battlefields and volcanos. We toured historic ships and planes. We saw the California missions when the kids were in fourth grade, Washington DC and Williamsburg in eighth grade, Gettysburg and Antietam and Yorktown. And our daughter whined because we didn’t have “normal” vacations, going to the beach like everyone else. So we took her to the beach. And she was bored. Victory!

Charity – “Victory”, indeed! I am right there with you. I love historical sites and little villages. I would have been all, “We are sitting on the beach for 8 hours each day we are here and doing nothing else. Enjoy.”

— Tie

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

4. Least favorite chore?

Sarah – Scouring toilets. When you have boys.

Charity Oi, got me there. That’s just disgusting. Yeah, I don’t think I can beat that! I am so freaked out by anything un-princessy. Drains, toilets, hair, etc…

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— You. I am a HUGE WIMP.

Charity 2 / Sarah 4

5. What’s your biggest phobia?

Sarah – This is totally bizarre, but I freak when I have wet feet and get hair stuck to them, especially tangled around my toes. Argh! I MUST have my slippers by the shower to prevent this. Yes, I know hairy feet aren’t dangerous. Yes, it’s totally irrational. And yet.

Charity – Noooo!!! REFER TO LAST ANSWER OF MINE! REFER TO LAST ANSWER OF MINE!

How could you even say those words??

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Ok, I can’t even think right now.

Trying to pull myself together. I was going to say that my biggest phobia is the dentist…but you may have just single-handedly cured me of that.

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— Nope. Just, nope.

Charity 2 / Sarah 5

6. If you could be an epic fighter, who would you be?

Sarah – I’m just giving you this point. I’m such a wimp. I cringed through my sons’ karate lessons.

Charity – Oh, man! I would love it if I was tough and a fighter!!! It would be so fun!!! I would have to be John Wick. Is there really anyone else???

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— BOOM!

Charity 3 / Sarah 5

7. Apple or Windows/Android?

Sarah – Both! I have a Windows laptop, which I love—and an iPhone, which I also love.

Charity – ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! (That’s a buzzer sound). WRONG ANSWER! Apple or Mac would have been the only correct answers to choose.

— Mine.

Charity 4 / Sarah 5

8. How do you strive to bring God glory in every situation?

Sarah – I try to see people through God’s eyes—and when I can’t, I ask Him to show me. Even the meanest, rudest, stupidest, and most arrogant people are beloved by God. He died for them same as He died for me.

Charity – Girl, that is SUCH a beautiful answer. It’s so easy for me to give up on people and not extend grace. “Grace” is the word that God has really been putting on my heart. It’s so dang hard for me! I suppose that straight up boils down to arrogance. Yikes.

— God wins!!!

Charity 4 / Sarah 5

9. Fun hobby when relaxing (besides your awesome skill of writing)?

Sarah – Well. I read. I hike with my husband and our dog. I go to the gym. Hobby wise, I’m super-boring. Point to Charity!!

Charity – Not so fast, my friend…

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and that’s about it.

— Definitely not my point! Uh, you even had “the gym” in your answer. *ashamed*

Charity 4 / Sarah 6

10. Favorite movie from the same time frame as your historical novels?

Sarah – So, so, so many. My most recent favorite World War II movie is Hacksaw Ridge. Absolutely gorgeous movie with superb acting, a sweet romance, some outrageous humor, harrowing battle scenes, historical accuracy, and a thought-provoking and uplifting message.

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Charity – Yes!!!! What an amazing movie!!! Wow. I think I have to go with you on this one. Beautiful movie ❤

— tie

Final:

Charity 5 / Sarah 7

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I thought I had it for a few minutes there!!! But, alas, Sarah’s coolness over-rode mine!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, GIRL!!!!! ❤ ❤

Just wanted to share with you a few beautiful moments of Sarah enjoying life ❤

Remember, be sure to grab a set of one of Sarah’s books from the link above and I will send you some fun stuff!!! Woot Woot! Everyone wins!

Face-Off with Amy Clipston!!

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

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

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

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

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

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


PicCollageThe rules are simple. I ask Amy some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. What’s the worst outfit you wore as a teenager? Pics????

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

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

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

Charity 0 / Amy 1

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

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

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

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

— Tie!!

Charity 1 / Amy 2

3. Have you ever been on a unicycle?

Amy – Uh, no!

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

— haha! Tie

Charity 2 / Amy 3

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

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

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

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

— I so get that one!

Charity 3 / Amy 3

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

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

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

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

— Tie

Charity 4 / Amy 4

6. Best concert you have been to?

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

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

— Definitely…Amy!

Charity 4 / Amy 5

7. Where would your dream home be? Pics?

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

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Charity – Greece. White and beautiful.

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— Another tie!

Charity 5 / Amy 6

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

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

Charity – Love it!

— God wins!

Charity 5 / Amy 6

9. What’s your biggest phobia?

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

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

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

Charity 5 / Amy 7

10. Worst thing you have ever eaten?

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

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

— I am taking it!

Final:

Charity 6 / Amy 7

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


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

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

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

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Face-Off with Billy Coffey!!

It’s always fun to have a new author on my blog!! Today, I’ll be facing-off with the author of 4 novels, father of two kiddos and husband to ONE lovely lady! All of his books have incredible reviews and there is so much buzz about this author, I couldn’t wait to have him as a guest!! He’s a country boy at heart, so let’s see if I can get him off his porch long enough to answer my questions…tn_when_mockingbirds_sing

Oh, guess what?? My awesome assistant, Sam, has found a book by Billy Coffey FOR FREE! Isn’t she the best? Just click on the first link and you can pick up the audiobook for a total of zero dollars! So cool!!! The second link is for the free kindle version. Woot Woot!

Billy’s new release, The Curse of Crow Hollow, is available now!! It was released on August 4th and already has 4 and a half stars. Make sure to head over and pick up a copy. It looks super spooky…

Let’s play this game, shall we?


PicCollage(5) The rules are simple. I ask Billy 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. Best part about living in Virginia?

Billy – Oh wow. The history? The people? The natural beauty? Let’s go with all three. Let’s also go with the fact that there are half a dozen major universities within fifty miles of my house, yet the lead story in our Sunday paper last week was about a group of people looking for Bigfoot in our woods. The dichotomy is fun, but it can sometimes make your head hurt.

Charity – HA! Did they find him??? That would be pretty sweet if he has been living in your backyard all of this time?!?!

I would have to agree with you. Virginia is amazing. I live in the Historic Triangle area and absolutely love it!!!! I’m a major history nerd, so….there’s that. But, it’s beautiful. We have all 4 seasons and I love it.

— Tie

Charity 1 / Billy 1

2. Have you ever been in a rodeo?

Billy – In? No. I’ve been to many, though. Rodeos are the best, but I watched a guy get thrown from a bull and trampled during the first one I ever saw. That pretty much cured me from ever participating. My son used to get on a sawhorse and pretend that was a bull. I did do that a few times. It was fun.

Charity – Yikes! That’s so scary!! Why would anyone do that. crazy. I have never been in a rodeo, obviously. I am a princess, in real life. I have only been to a rodeo at the state fair when I was a little kid. I did enjoy it, but not enough to get my princess self on a sawhorse.

— You totally get that one.

Charity 1 / Billy 2

3. Biggest phobia?

Billy – I an handle snakes, spiders, bats, heights, closed spaces, the space under ladders, and the number thirteen, but if I see a clown, I start weeping like a baby.

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Charity – OMGosh. I love that you added “the number thirteen”! haha!!

I am so scared of the dentist, it is ridiculous. Those drills….and scratchy tools! ahhhh!!!!!

— Tie

Charity 2 / Billy 3

4. What’s the best fireworks story you have?

Billy – When I was a kid, there was an old farmer down our road who lived alone. He would go out in his fields every July 4 and let off the most amazing fireworks anyone had ever seen. You know the ones – so illegal it would have landed him in jail if anyone would have cared to arrest him, which they didn’t, because the cops would be with everyone else on the side of the road, watching the sky explode. The farmer died one year on July 2. Everyone was sad for him, for his farm, and for the fact that we’d never see his fireworks again. Come the night of the Fourth, we started hearing these huge booms outside. Everybody around gathered at the edge of the road and watched those fireworks go off. To this day, no one knows who did them.

Charity – Ok, you are a good storyteller. That gave me goosebumps. I’ve got nothing.

Charity 2 / Billy 4

5. What’s the worst thing you have ever eaten?

Billy – A ham casserole. It was the first meal my wife ever cooked for me. I remember trying to get it down (and keep it down) and thinking, Oh my gosh, what am I going to do for the next fifty years? But I asked for seconds, and now she’s the best cook in the world.

Charity – You asked for seconds?? ahh! Now, that was just too nice… And, no you didn’t just throw your wife under the bus!!! At least you added a short little phrase at the end saying she is “the best cook in the world”. Kinda redeemed yourself.

I want to say…Fried Snickers. Maybe not the WORST, technically….but, disgusting, nonetheless. We ordered one at the county fair a couple years back. It sounded like such a train wreck, hubs and I had to try it.

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— I think that the story of your wife’s first meal just, narrowly, beat out my fried Snickers bar.

Charity 2 / Billy 5

6. Did you ever want to go on the show, Survivor?

Billy – I don’t know that I’d do all that well on Survivor. Too much backstabbing and lying. I’d end up being the guy who just went off by himself and told the others to come visit once they got hungry.

Charity – Well, maybe you would win because they would forget to take you to Tribal Counsel!

I would love to be on it…under certain conditions. 1. I would be allowed to wear a moo moo. America would be scarred for life if I was traipsing around in a bikini. 2. Well, that’s pretty much it.

— I totally get it!

Charity 3 / Billy 5

7. Worst country song you’ve ever heard?

Billy – Here’s what’s so great about the majority of country music: it’s story-driven. Most of the songs you’ll hear on the radio are about people just trying to get by, trying to make sense of things, trying to raise a family and make a life. But of course there are a whole lot of songs that have nothing at all to do with any of that, and the two that come to mind first are “Red Solo Cup” and “Achy Breaky Heart.” Please don’t make me pick one. It’s too painful.

Charity – Well, thanks so much for getting Achy Breaky Heart stuck in my head. The two that come to mind for me are the Brad Paisley one where he’s talking about picking ticks off of her. In no way, NO WAY, is tick picking romantic. barf. Secondly, Boot Scoot Boogie. You’re welcome for getting it stuck in your head.

— Tick Picking is gross.

Charity 4 / Billy 5

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

Billy – It begins with being the best father and husband I can and goes from there. Whether you call it fair or not, I think a lot of people’s impressions of their heavenly Father are influenced by their impressions of their early ones. I take that as a great responsibility with regard to my children. I try to bring glory to God in my books, too. I write about some tough themes with tough people and tough situations, but that’s what I feel led to do. There are authors who write novels to hopefully help people escape from reality for a bit, and authors who write novels to hopefully help face reality for a bit. I’ll never begrudge a writer who does the former, but I’ll always be a writer who does the latter.

Charity – Love it.

— God Wins!

Charity 4 / Billy 5

9. Most embarrassing thing that you are good at. (ie…juggling, crabwalking, singing opera…)

Billy – I can spit a watermelon seed thirty feet on a straight line. Not the most exemplary of acts, but it ain’t easy, either.

Charity – OMGosh. How did you even come up with that answer??? haha.

— You get it for sure!

Charity 4 / Billy 6

10. Which person in the Bible are you most excited to meet in Heaven someday? (God doesn’t count! That’s a given)

Billy – Wow. In no particular order, I want to: have a catch with Babe Ruth, dinner with C.S. Lewis, go for a walk with Andy Griffith, have a conversation with G.K. Chesterton, and see my grandparents again. There are two dogs waiting up there for me, too.

Charity – I am confused which one of those was in the Bible again? Probably Andy Griffith. 😮

Can’t wait to meet Job and David. I mean, God called Job His “friend”!! Can you even imagine!

Final:

Charity 5 / Billy 6

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Thanks, Billy! balloonsThat was a blast!! It was fun getting to know you a little better. I had some readers swooning at the thought of you being on the blog! ha!!!

Guess what?? He has agree to do a giveaway! WOO HOO!! All you have to do is head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!

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Face-Off with Robin Lee Hatcher!!

Woo Hoo!! I am super excited to face-off with Robin today! This lady is AMAZING!! She has been nominated for over 75 awards and has won 40!!! I usually list them, but it’s just too much!!!

Here are some cheapies that she has:

Links are in the pics. $1.99 and $2.99

Ok, let’s play, shall we?


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The rules are simple. I ask Robin 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 biggest phobia?

Robin – By far, it is claustrophobia. Although I have learned to control a threatening panic attack through self-talk and slow breathing, it’s no fun to go through. Years ago, I was in the window seat at the back of the plane when an overweight woman with a toddler lap child sat in the middle seat. I was pressed up against the side of the plane and no hope of getting past her. I was trapped. I envisioned myself jumping up and walking on the heads of passengers like Crocodile Dundee walked on the heads of people waiting for the subway. I didn’t, and thankfully it was only a one hour flight. But it was an awful hour. I’ve booked the aisle seats ever since.

Charity – Oh no!! That’s awful 😮

I definitely have a fear of heights. Man, I get dizzy just looking over the ledge of anything off the ground!!! I have always wanted to sky dive though. Go figure…

— I think you win that. I haven’t ever been trapped against the edge of a high building by an overweight woman.

Charity 0 / Robin 1

3. Do you need white noise to sleep?

Robin – Yes, although usually I fall asleep to the sound of the TV, and it is my husband who turns on the sound machine after the TV goes off. He likes just regular white noise. I like a mix of streams and waterfall on an app on my iPhone. One very dear friend who I often room with at conferences also likes white noise so we do well as room mates. But another friend roomed with me one night and didn’t sleep a wink all night long because of the noise. Poor dear. I would have turned it off if she’d told me; however, I was blissfully sound asleep. I still laugh when I remember the expression on her face in the morning.

Charity – Ahhh! hahahaha. I like to have noise too. When I fall asleep with noise, I don’t hear other noises that might be made by certain family members. I am the only girl in the house and all the boys are like giant bulls in a china shop. They run into everything. Even my husband. My 6’3” son is the WORST! He hits every single wall.

— Tie

Charity 0 / Robin 1

4. Have you ever gone zip-lining?

Robin – No, but I would do it if the opportunity arose at the right time and place. I’m not afraid of heights and the thrill of a bit of speed can be fun for a short spell. I’ve been para-sailing several times and love being way up high above the water. It is so silent. Amazing. Zip-lining would not be silent because I probably would be squealing the whole time.

Charity – That would be so fun to zip-line with you squealing! hahaha. So funny. I would be too!! If I could do it, I would. Sounds so fun. My Ehlers-Danlos prohibits such events though.

— Tie Again

Charity 0 / Robin 1

5. Who was your favorite 80’s band? Which song?

Robin – Embarrassing. I haven’t a clue who any of the 80’s bands were or what songs they sung. Maybe the Jackson Five. Were they in the 80’s? You have to go back a couple more decades for me to be able to name bands and songs with any confidence. By the 80’s my music preference was Contemporary Christian, Praise Music, and Country. I’ve been a fan of George Strait probably for his entire career, and he has been the inspiration for the hero of at least one of my novels.

Charity – Ha! Well, I was a child of the 80’s. The bands were so horrible. I remember loving The New Kids on the Block. My friend and her mom would follow them all over the country, book the same hotel as them, and go to all of their concerts. I thought that was really creepy.

I like George Strait. That movie with him was pretty good! I think it was called Pure Country.

— I suppose I get that since I named an 80’s band! woot!!

Charity 1 / Robin 1

6. Who is the WORST celebrity?

Robin – Oh gracious. I bet I could come up with a long list. I try to keep up with pop culture for the sake of my writing, so I come across a lot of the worst of our culture. For the sake of this question, I guess I’ll go with Kim Kardashian. Because there isn’t a single reason for her to be a celebrity. Not that I can figure out.

Charity – Oh, gosh. You win. I was going to say Justin Bieber, but… Kim and her hubby, Kanye, WIN! They are absolutely horrible.

— You get it!

Charity 1 / Robin 2

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

Robin – Obedience. Obedience. Obedience. When I abide in Him, then He abides in me. I write because He called me to write for Him. It is an act of obedience. And I must surrender to His will daily.

Charity – Love it. Simple. Sometimes we make it difficult. Simply obeying.

— God wins!

Charity 1 / Robin 2

8. What’s the funniest joke you know?

Robin – A pastor’s wife came home with a fur coat. She is trying it on for her husband while standing in front of the mirror. She says, “I know it is terribly expensive and more than we can afford. But it is so beautiful that I couldn’t resist the temptation.” The pastor says, “Why didn’t you say, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan!?'” And the wife answers, “I did. But he told me it looked just as good from behind as it did from the front.” Ba-da-dum!

Charity – ah! haha. Nice. I don’t even think I should try this. hmm. I honestly can’t come up with anything better than the “Boo Who” knock-knock joke! hahaha

— Robin.

Charity 1 / Robin 3

9. If you could meet one person from history (NOT Jesus!!), who would it be?

Robin – Easy question. I would want to meet Abraham Lincoln. I would love to hear him tell me his life story from his perspective and in his own words, from his youth right through to the moment of his death. I would especially want to hear about his campaign for the presidency and about his years as president. Historians can tell us a great deal about people from the past, but getting the facts from “the horse’s mouth” can’t be beat.

Charity – Great choice! I would choose George Washington. I love that man!!!!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Robin 3

10. Do you ACTUALLY have any family member (that you know of) who went West in a covered wagon?

Robin – Not that I know of. I have an ancestor who fought with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812 so it is likely that there was covered wagon travel, although maybe not on the Oregon Trail. But most of my ancestors that I’ve managed to trace were settled in the midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin). Trains already traveled all the way to California by the time my grandparents were born, and that’s how they traveled to that state in the first decade of the 20th Century.

Charity – My Grandma (My Dad’s Mom) traveled west in a wagon train when she was a child. I think that is so amazing!!! History like that seems so far in the past, but it really wasn’t. My own Grandma traveled like that. Blows my mind!

— I get a point!!!

Charity 2 / Robin 3

11. What’s your best horse riding trick?

Robin – Maybe I could have answered this question when I was racing barrels 2014_05_09_19_14_03.pdf000and going on overnight trail rides in my twenties and thirties. But now, those rare times when I get to ride (daughters and granddaughter have the horses now), my best trick is getting on the horse.

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Charity – Racing barrels and going on overnight trail rides?!?!?! Woh!! Fancy! I didn’t know you were so talented. That’s really cool. I am really impressed.

— I can’t get the horse to move. They hate me.

Final:

Charity 2 / Robin 4

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Thank you, Robin! I had a blast getting to know you a little better.

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