Face-Off with Chad Gibbs

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

But for now, we play….

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

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

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Worst food you ate while traveling?

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

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

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

— KFC won that one for ya, buddy.

Charity 0 / Chad 1

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

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

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

— At least I want to sky dive.

Charity 1 / Chad 1

3. Favorite kind of date with your wife?

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

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

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

— Tie

4. Biggest phobia?

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

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

— Absolutely a tie

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

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

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

— God wins

6. Favorite movie or tv show?

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

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

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

— Uh, Warrior wins!

Charity 2 / Chad 1

7. Sports teams?

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

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

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

Final:

Charity 2 / Chad 2

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

Now, on to the EXCITING NEWS!!!

balloonsChad has offered to giveaway THREE SIGNED COPIES of his NEW RELEASE!!!

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

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

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

Booked – literature in the soul of me

by Karen Swallow Prior

From the very first story to the powerful and final statement , I was enraptured. In Karen’s book, cleverly titled “Booked”, we see her life intertwined with literature and God. What a task to bring them all together. I assure you, she was up for the challenge!!

Each chapter is dedicated to some form of literature that made a huge impact on her life. It may surprise you that I did not grow up reading books like Karen did. In fact, books are a relatively new thing for me! Seeing how she was able to pull truths out of these books, that are so quickly overlooked, completely blew my mind. I honestly wish I could spend about a week absorbing each chapter. They are so rich in content and full of truths.

I believe that every person could learn and grow from this book. I don’t care what stage you are at, there is something here for you. She tackles the tough issues without reserve. There is no holding back. It’s so beautifully offered up, you almost miss the depth of what is there!

Thank you so much, Karen, for this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. I would ask that everyone reading this check out Booked! There’s a link in the pic above.

Also, don’t forget to check out NAME IT!! and see if you can do better than I did!!

Face-Off with Pepper Basham

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

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


Now, onto the FUN STUFF!!!!

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The rules are simple:

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

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Favorite movie quote?

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Ok, so you got me on that one.

Charity 0 / Pepper 1

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

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

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

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

Charity 0 / Pepper 2

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

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

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

— ? Score stays the same.

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

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

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

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

— blah

Charity 0 / Pepper 2

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

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

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

— Girl, your answers scared me.

Charity 1 / Pepper 2

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

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

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

— That’s right!

Charity 2 / Pepper 2

8. Funniest thing one of your kids ever said?

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

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

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

— Kids are too cute. No win here!

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

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

Charity – I have no idea what that is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

— God wins!

FINAL –

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

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

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

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

Charity – Pippi Longstocking! duh!!

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

Charity – uh…… <–Does that count?

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


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

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

The Parables of Paul

by J.Ellsworth Kalas

When Jesus was on earth, He spoke in parables. So many stories that would have a point. He knew that telling a story that the masses could relate to would be the best way to get his point across.

When we hear Paul speaking, we don’t usually think of him using parables, metaphors, and stories. We think of him just saying things how they are and not beating around the bush. What J. Ellsworth Kalas is showing, in this new book, is how he did, indeed, speak in parables, metaphors and stories! He used pop culture references constantly. It just takes some digging into the Bible and the culture to understand what he is saying and the depth of what he means.

I found this to be very interesting. I had never thought of Paul as a parable preacher. This author has done a lot of studying to bring you so many different examples. I definitely recommend you getting a copy!

If you would like to pre-order it, you can click on the pic above. It’s due to release on April 21st.

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

if you find this Letter: One Girl’s Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers ~ a memoir

by Hannah Brencher

When I first started this book, I was really nervous. I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to take. Hannah is telling about her move to NY, her uncertainty about God and her feeling lost and alone in the world. Coming off of another book that started of similarly, and went completely in a very anti-God direction, you can imagine my concern. However, I was pleasantly surprised!

Hannah was living in NY and felt very much alone because she didn’t know what God really wanted for her life. She would ride the subway and see people hurting and knew that they didn’t have anyone loving on them. So, one day, she was inspired to write a letter to a lady sitting across from her and give it to her as she left. When she looked up, the lady was gone. Instead of missing her chance, she began leaving “love notes” around the city. She began blogging about the idea and requests came pouring in. People desperately needing loved and having no one. So, she started answering and mailing letters to those that asked

She also began crying out to God so that He would reveal Himself to her. Of course, when we seek, He answers. It is such a beautiful story. She learns to run to God, love on people and inspire others to do the same. It’s exactly what God has called us to do.

Her idea has gone global. People all over are sending and receiving notes from her and others that want to do the same. You can get involved too!! The link to her site is in the pic here. Please check it out! It is an absolutely wonderful and brilliant way to love on others and show Jesus to them. ❤

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

Face-Off with Author LAURA FRANTZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

keep-calm-and-no-i-can-t-calm-downToday, I’m very excited because I am going to be facing off with LAURA FRANTZ! WHA WHA????

I love her because she is such an amazing, Godly woman! I love her books because she has such an impressive knowledge of American history (and can write like nobody’s biz!!). There is, in fact, one of her books that is free RIGHT NOW!!! Love’s Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy Book #1)is the beginning of a great series. It is free as an ebook only.

Laura has a book coming out in September. Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait that long!!! But, you can click on the pic and pre-order it! You will definitely want to pick it up!!

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The rules are simple. I ask Laura a question and she responds. I then give my answer and we see whose answer is better. Best answer wins a point. I get to pick who has the better answer.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!!

1. How many historical sites have you been to?

Laura – Too many to count. My first memory is going to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts which is a living history village filled with reenactors. Amazing place! I was about 12 and then came home and wrote a novella about a girl who ice-skated her way through that village in my story. Since I grew up near Daniel Boone’s fort in Kentucky, my love of history goes deep. My most recent historical trip was to Cumberland Gap at the juncture of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky which figures largely in my next frontier novel.

Charity – Kentucky is my absolute favorite state. It is just so beautiful!! My goodness.

Ok, let’s see. I live in the Historical Triangle (Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown), so those are obvious places that I have been to many times (Which is awesome because I homeschool my boys). I’ve been to Monticello, Valley Forge, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg…many on the east coast. But not up near Massachusetts. I would love to go up there to see the Boston history. I’ve also been to Israel (But, that’s not American History…)

— I’ve gotta say…I think I might have that point…Even if I don’t have the knowledge!

Charity 1 / Laura 0

2. What country would you most like to visit?

Laura – Crazy as it sounds I’d love to visit India and visit Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and wear a sari. They’re so beautiful, airy, and feminine! I’ve heard going to India is life changing, a real wake-up call for us soft Americans.

Charity – Oh my goodness. That would be life changing, I’m sure! I would really love to see England. I love English history so much. All the history of the royal families through the centuries.

— Mother Theresa? ok, There’s no way I am getting that one!

Charity 1 / Laura 1

3. Do you juice?

Laura – I should juice! Actually, the only juicing I do is with my granny’s old metal juicer that hangs over the edge of a cup. Orange juice.

Charity – ha! Nice. I love to juice green drinks. Usually cabbage, celery, green apples, spinach and cucumber. YUM. Nothing else.

— I get a point!! woo hoo!!

Charity 2 / Laura 1

4. What is your favorite store/shop?

Laura – Barnes&Noble with a Starbucks attached! The smell of books and coffee is addictive!

Charity – I think I am with you on that one…but I think Amazon might top it!! Sitting on the couch, with my keurig nearby (; That’s the life. Reading, shopping and drinking coffee at home, on my couch, in my yoga pants!

— Ok, laziness never wins anything

Charity 2 / Laura 2

5. Would you prefer to work with babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, or adults?

Laura – I love any age but give me babies, please. I miss babies – the smell and feel of them, their near, sheer perfection. Since they’re straight from heaven they seem to have a quality about them that is irresistible.51s+GTaJf4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ I try to sneak babies in my books whenever I can, starting with Courting Morrow Little.

Charity – OMGosh. Ok, you just mentioned the name of … probably my all time favorite book!!! Not only is the cover SO BEAUTIFUL, but the story is too. This book is what got me into reading. I NEVER was a reader until I read this book. Growing up, off and on, I would read for school and such, but as an adult, it was magazines, period. Until this book.

Ok, that was off subject. ANYWAY, I absolutely love working with teenagers. The more rebellious, the better. I get them. I love them. They know both. We get on quite well. Ask me to sign up for nursery or help with the little kids at church, I will run away crying.

— Courting Morrow Little. She wins.

Charity 2 / Laura 3

6. Are you crafty? Sew, crochet, knit, etc…

Laura – I like to say Roxanna Rowan taught me how to knit. When I was writing The Colonel’s Lady I took a knitting class and learned the basic stitches. I’m in awe of anyone who can make anything that way. I LOVE to cross-stitch but don’t have the time anymore…

Charity – Believe me. I am very glad you don’t have the time to craft. I would like to see more books!!!! (: I never knew I was a crafter until I broke my toe (completely through…like, hanging off the side of my foot) this year. ugh. Now I love to sew, crochet, you name it. (NOT SCRAPBOOK THOUGH!!!)

— I think I got that one!

Charity 3 / Laura 3

7. What is your favorite color?

Laura – PINK. Think cotton candy and girly things. I could live in pink and nothing else!

Charity – Oh wow! I like pink too, but I like…almost every color and could not pick one! My head may explode. I love colors….

— Obviously…

Charity 3 / Laura 4

8. Funniest memory from childhood?

Laura – Climbing trees in my mom’s wedding dress! She gave me her lovely gown, veil, and gloves when I was about five years old. Of course it was way too long but somehow I managed to tear around the Kentucky woods/outdoors in that very lacy dress! I wore it out. I can still remember the ‘old’ smell of it and all that scratchy lace!

Charity – Oh my word! What in the world??!! I can’t believe she gave you her wedding dress to play in. That is awesome!! But now, you have reminded me of my wedding dress fiasco… Oh dear. We couldn’t afford a very expensive wedding and there was a girl at our church that was a clothes designer, apparently..? She had a portfolio and wanted to make it for us for free (except the cost of materials). I was so excited! I was going to get the dress of my dreams. Well, she kept taking longer and longer to make it, I didn’t even get a chance to try it on until the day BEFORE MY WEDDING!!! When I did, boy was it HORRIBLE. It was the most awful dress EVER!! And, she told me she had tried it on for her husband and he “really, really liked it”….???!!!!! ugh. So, I was in a total panic. It was the day before my wedding and the ONLY place I could find a white dress in time was at a PROM DRESS SHOP!!!! OMGosh. So ugly. I was crying because I was wearing a prom dress. ha ha ha ha. And it was really ugly. Just a little less ugly than the one that she made me. ugh.

But, that wasn’t my childhood. When I was growing up, we had a houseful. My parents were extremely hospitable and would help everyone that needed it. So, we had MANY people living in our house. My Grandma and Aunt moved in. Then my Uncle (her brother). Then, he had a friend at work that was homeless, so he moved in. Then, the homeless guy’s sister, that lived in Michigan found out he had a home, so she and her two guy friends drove to our house and she moved in. We had a neighbor down the street that lived with us a lot of the time, etc…. (One time they went on a date and came back with a homeless family!!!!). So, all that to say, our house was a zoo. Not just with people. Everyone had pets…of all sorts. Well, my little brother had a fish that he was particularly fond of named Orange Jerry. Orange Jerry kept dying, but because he was a goldfish, he was easily replaceable and my sweet little brother didn’t know. Unfortunately, he found poor Orange Jerry dead once, so we had a funeral for him. My aunt stood behind the shower curtain and played her trumpet (the funeral march), while my sister oversaw the ceremony. We had a eulogy and then flushed him away down the toilet.

There you have it.

Charity 4 / Laura 4

9. Worst movie of all time (as in, just terribly made!!)

Laura – That terrible Hollywood drama called North&South about the Civil War starring Patrick Swayze, etc. People sometimes confuse it with my favorite movie ever, the BBC’s North&South by Elizabeth Gaskell starring Richard Armitage. No comparison whatsoever!

Charity – Right!! ha ha ha! Ok, at least you didn’t say Sharknado! I’m not really sure. Nothing comes to mind as…OH, WAIT! I think that AI was the worst movie of all time ever made.

— Nothing is worse than having a horrible movie with the same name as a wonderful and classic movie!!

Charity 4 / Laura 5

10. How do you believe you are bringing God the most glory in your life?

Laura – Wonderful question. I hope I am bringing Him glory through the gift of words. My writing was something I wanted to keep hidden and did for years. Then he opened the way to publication, a door I walked through almost unwillingly. Now, to use the gift He gave me, in even a small way, is something I hope brings Him glory.

Charity – And you do. I love how diverse of a God we have. Everyone has their own way to point towards Him. My goal is to show my kids that every opportunity is to bring Him glory. If I get cancer, how does that point to God and give Him glory? If our car breaks down, what am I supposed to be doing to show Him? If I get upset, I can’t bring Him glory. Puts the pressure on!!!!!

— God wins!

11. Go to outfit?

Laura – Black yoga pants – and I don’t do yoga! They work with so many different tops and shoes and they’re so comfy and slimming. But I DO wish we could dress like yesteryear in those lovely dresses and hats and gloves!

Charity – I couldn’t have said it better! Yoga pants with the dreams that we could have worn the beautiful and very comfortable clothes of yesteryear!

–tie!

Final:

Charity 4 / Laura 5 bro-i-got-a-cool-story-its-how-you-lost-the-game

I have done MANY of these and have only won ONE GAME!!

Thank you, SO MUCH, Laura! I really do appreciate you taking the time to face-off with me. Pepper Basham is going to be very jealous!!! (; 10592655_10152666096008369_6197128303025767780_n

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Now for the GOOD NEWS!!

Laura has agreed to sign and give away ANY BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE that she has written!! Shall I repeat that? ANY BOOK YOU CHOOSE!!!!!!!!! (to a US resident). Why don’t you take a minute to go and check out her books either HERE or on Amazon so you can know which one you’ll want to pick when you WIN!!!

So, click on this rafflecopter link and you can try to win with MULTIPLE ENTRIES!!

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Didn’t I tell you she was great?!


Some of these books are free or on sale!!! Links are in the pics.

After a Fashion

by Jen Turano

Oh my goodness! It’s been a while since I wanted to cry when a book ended!!! What a great read! This is the first book that I have read by Jen Turano. I absolutely recommend this book.

Harriet (I am sorry, but that is the most dreadful name!) finds herself in quite the pickle when she, as a hat lady, delivers some to a spoiled family. After multiple series of unforeseen events, she finds herself engaged to the richest man in New York. Of course, it is just an arrangement and not a real engagement. You can probably guess the rest of the story from there (;

I found Jen’s insertion of funny characters (people and animals) to be amusing and a fun part of the story. It was definitely ridiculous, but in a great way!!!! You find yourself lost in the story and the characters are absolutely lovely. Often times when reading, I find that I am only attached to one or two, at most. Each character was interesting and had their own storyline that I cared to learn more about.

I want to add that there is not a strong Christian storyline. God is mentioned and prayed to, but that isn’t a huge part of the story. That would be my only recommendation for future books.

When I told Jen that I had not read any of her books before, she replied, “Before you check out any of my other books, if you have an e-reader, there is a free prequel novella out there – Gentleman of Her Dreams – it’s short, but a complete story and introduces you to characters from the first series – The Ladies of Distinction.”

Link is in the pic (AND IT’S FREE!!!!)

Ok, so, if you haven’t seen it yet, this morning I posted a Face-Off with Jen. It was so fun learning a little more about her (even if I did lose…)

Now, here’s the AWESOME news!! Jen Turano has offered to give a SIGNED COPY of After a Fashion to one lucky reader!!!! Just follow this link and you can enter multiple times!!! This is one hot item! So, MAKE HASTE!!

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Here are a look at her other books! I have a feeling they are just as good as this one. AND AREN’T THESE COVERS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!?????

 

It’s Release Day!! Young Adults Celebrate!!!!

Not only is Dauntless releasing today (link in the pic), but we have another awesome Young Adult book that released today. How exciting!! I know, as a mother of teenagers, how important it is that they have good, solid, moral books in their hands as they are growing and learning to love God. It is so exciting to see the amount of AMAZING books that are within our reach in this day and age. So, head on over to pick up a copy of Dauntless, but I have to remind you about ANOTHER YA book.
Jody Hedlund has released a new book today as well!! I have reviewed both books in the last couple of weeks, so you are able to check those out. If you want to read my review on Dauntless, just click here. If you want to see what I thought of An Uncertain Choice, you can click here.
If you love romance, intrigue, BEAUTIFUL COVERS and wonderful morals, than I can’t emphasize this enough. PICK UP A COPY OF EACH OF THESE FOR YOUR KIDDOS! (and you’ll want to read them too. I’m just saying…). Give them something good to fill their minds in this age when they are inundated with a constant flow of filth and lies.

Guess what else? Jody has become so burdened by this very problem, that she has decided to address it.

She told me, “Right now I’m in the midst of trying to bring him DiscussionGuideCoverPMglory through my new YA book, An Uncertain Choice. It’s my passion and desire that young women can use the book to talk about dating and relationships during a time when it’s VERY much needed (especially in light of the recent release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie). I’ve developed an extensive discussion guide that corresponds with the book and hope God will use the book and guide to facilitate lots of good discussion about what it means to have God-glorifying relationships.

Created by Jody for group discussion or individual study, the discussion guide is a great tool to share with your friends, daughters, and youth groups.

Download Jody’s An Uncertain Choice Discussion Guide

**Be aware there are spoilers, if you read the guide prior to reading An Uncertain Choice.”

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So, you see? This is exactly the kind of stuff we want going in the hearts and minds of those young, impressionable kiddos that we love.

Some other AWESOME NEWS is that Jody is having a giveaway! Here is what she has to say about it:

“Today is Release Day for my first YA Medieval Romance novel, An Uncertain Choice! I hope you are as excited as I am

To celebrate, I’m launching the NOBLE KNIGHTS BLOG TOUR on my personal blog, which includes the opportunity to win a signed copy of An Uncertain Choice. Be sure to stop by my EVENTS page on my website for the full list of tour dates and the unique content each blog tour stop will be offering.

http://jodyhedlund.com/events/

Today is Release Day for my first YA Medieval Romance novel,  An Uncertain Choice! I hope you are as excited as I am smile emoticon

To celebrate, I’m launching the NOBLE KNIGHTS BLOG TOUR on my personal blog, which includes the opportunity to win a signed copy of An Uncertain Choice. Be sure to stop by my EVENTS page on my website for the full list of tour dates and the unique content each blog tour stop will be offering.

http://jodyhedlund.com/events/

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Some other recommendations that are not new releases are:


Dauntless

by Dina Sleiman

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Ahh. What to say?! Where to start? Coming off of my Divergent high, the name of this book obviously intrigued me. It’s a YA book with some major girl kicking butt power!!

Lady Merry has lost her family under the cruel reign of King John (Yup! Like Robin Hood’s arch-nemesis). She and some other children had escaped and lived in the forest for 2 years. They lived off what they could find, or steal, and learned how to defend and take care of themselves.

This is such a fun book. I know it is a YA novel, but I think it will be passing through quite a few Mommas’ hands before making its way to their kiddos. It’s an adventurous story, the characters are deep and you really care about them. I enjoyed watching the way God was working in multiple lives throughout the book. Usually that is not the case. Dina found a way to show different characters struggling to make sense of God and what He was doing in their lives without it being too much of a side story, or too preachy.

Love it! Make sure you read my face-off post to get to know Dina a bit more and then head on over to Amazon and get yourself a copy of Dauntless (Valiant Hearts Book #1)!! Make haste! It’s a great price and won’t stay for long (:

Thanks, netgalley, for this great book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Oh my goodness gracious!

I am so excited about the next few weeks. I have so many AMAZING books to share with you guys. I am blown away by how awesome God is. He has given me such a blessing with this job that I can do in spite of my health. He truly created us to have what our heart most desires when we seek to bring Him glory.

Over the next few weeks, we will have a multitude of Face-Off’s, some new games, reviews of some INCREDIBLE books and GIVEAWAYS!!! Take a look at some of the books I am reading right now: