Face-Off with Kristi Ann Hunter!!

Yep! That’s right!!!unnamed-2 It’s everyone’s newest fav Regency author! The amazing Kristi Ann Hunter is here today. Woot Woot!!

As you probably know, she’s on the front page of my blog for the monthly Author Spotlight. You can check it out for lots of fun info like why her family is “pop awesome” and why she asks not to be kicked out of the author club!

Be sure to pick up any one of her beautiful books (may I recommend my favorite? An Elegant Facade. But…I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell you that A Lady of Esteem is FREE for the kindle right now!!! (Links are in the book titles).

You can also see my reviews of A Noble MasqueradeAn Elegant Facade, and An Uncommon Courtship.

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Let’s do this!


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The rules are simple. I ask Kristi 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 your favorite/secret sin (and by sin I mean dessert/snack…)

Kristi – My aunt’s chocolate chip cookies. No contest. They are the bomb diggity of every baked good ever invented. I’m also a huge dark chocolate addict. Like, I eat bars of the 85% cocoa stuff. Love it.

Charity – Hmm. So, I am not a big chocolate lover. I could go the rest of my life without it. I mean, you would never guess that by my “curves”, but, alas, it’s the truth. I do have a fondness for candy (and chips…sugar and salt). Candy I can take down like a BOSS.

— I guess we are going to have to wait to see who wins this point…

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2. Which Jane Austen character do you relate to the most? What about your husband….which one is he?

Kris – Probably Elizabeth Bennet. I tend to run on emotion and fitting in with the norm has never been my strong suit. The Hubs would totally be Mr. Knightley from Emma. Patience of a saint, that man.

Charity – Ha! Mine is Knightley too. Same thing. This ol’ lady is HIGH MAINTENANCE and he just rolls with the punches. I am Marianne.

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— Tie

Charity 1 / Kristi 1

3. Have you ever been to a horse race?

Kristi – Only if the kids pretending to be horses and chasing each other counts. Actually, no scratch that. They were being dinosaurs, not horses. So, no.

Charity – face-with-tears-of-joy

— Ok, you get that one.

Charity 1 / Kristi 2

4. If you could conquer any fear, what’s the most exciting thing you would try?

Kristi – I’m gonna lose this one because my answer is totally boring, but I really wish I were a more adventurous eater. I don’t understand it because what’s the worst that could happen? It taste bad and I gag and spit it out? But I get really scared when it comes to trying new food. It’s sad.

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Charity – Yeah…What’s the worst that could happen biting into that? 😯

I would leave my house. I hate leaving my house.

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— Your answer is less boring than mine.

Charity 1 / Kristi 3

5. Have you ever eaten an apple with a worm? Not like, out to eat with a worm, but the worm was actually in the apple…

Kristi – The worm was no longer in it, but I did see a worm hole. Super nasty.

Charity – Barf. I haven’t and I would cry.

— Kristi…

I sure hope people like candy more than dark chocolate…

Charity 1 / Kristi 4

6. Favorite musical?

Kristi – Just one? Really? That’s not fair! Okay, as a movie, it’s hard to beat Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In the theater and on straight soundtrack, though, I’m gonna have to go with Phantom of the Opera. Though I will tell you that if you are sitting in the upper seats, above the level of the chandelier, the scene where it falls isn’t quite as dramatic and exciting. I like to put on the soundtrack and sing it at the top of my lungs when no one is home though. All I Ask of You  was sung at my wedding. My roommate had trained in opera.

Charity – What???!!! I absolutely agree. Hard to pick one. Movie would probably be Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (them sobbin’ women!). Live HAS to be Phantom.

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— Tie

Charity 2 / Kristi 5

7. Who are you most excited to meet in Heaven – from the Bible (Jesus doesn’t count because that’s a given! Besides, I’m going to be a God hog anyway)

Kristi – Rahab. I love her story. Left everything she knew, took all of her questionable life choices and threw them on the mercies of God and He made her part of the lineage of Christ. One of only four women listed by name in the line of Christ recorded in Matthew 1.

Charity – Oh, man. Can you even imagine? That’s amazing. I always thought it was going to be Joseph I couldn’t wait to meet. More and more, I am excited to meet David. I love that man’s heart!

— Tie

Charity 3 / Kristi 6

8. Funniest BFF story of you guys together.

Kristi – Okay, I’m going way back on this one. In sixth grade, my best friend and I were a terror. In math class we took turns sitting behind each other and we would see how far we could push the other one’s desk until the teacher glared at us. To this day I’m surprised she didn’t move us, but the only time she actually got mad at us was when we passed notes.

Charity – 😆 Nice.

Keeping this G rated (as I was not a Jesus follower until much later in life), I would definitely have to go with my best friend and I in college. We didn’t fully “appreciate” the dean there and decided to break into his office one night and set up his office furniture in the public elevators. He wasn’t too happy when he stepped in the elevator in the morning…

— I am so taking that one!

Charity 4 / Kristi 6

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

Kristi – That’s a trick question. I’d like to say I try to do everything for the glory of the Lord but I fail so spectacularly at that I couldn’t begin to claim it. I work very hard to give God glory in my writing. These are His books, His to use to show an element of himself to whomever He wants. I trust Him to guide the story, protect it during edits, and then put it in the hands of whoever needs it.

Charity – Awesome answer. I agree. I just try to listen to His voice as much as possible. He asks me to do a lot of awkward things…It’s quite the adventure! 😆

— God wins!

Charity 4 / Kristi 6

10. Favorite kind of workout? (Is that even a legitimate question? Does anyone like to work out? Anyone that’s human and not some robotic, perfect person)

Kristi – A short one.

Okay, so actually do enjoy pilates/yoga/floor work type of stuff once I get into it. It’s the getting started part that troubles me. I also really love dancing. We have Just Dance on the Wii and I actually do that for fun. If I’m getting on a machine, I like ellipticals although I’ve seen studies that they are like the most useless of cardio machines which just figures.

Charity – Well, my goal in life is never to exert myself. So…Win!

–When my smart watch celebrates at 15 minutes of movement being a record…there’s no way I’m winning this point.

Final:

Charity 4 / Kristi 7

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Yep. Even the poll won’t help me this time.


Thank you SO MUCH! This was such a blast, Kristi.face-with-tears-of-joy Your answers had me cracking up!

Everyone else, be sure to pick up a copy of An Uncommon Courtship!  <– Link in pic. Enjoy!

An Inconvenient Romance

by Chalon Linton

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So, Chalon Linton is an author that is new to me. The cover is absolutely beautiful and I am all in anytime I’m handed a Regency novel. The storyline is cute as it is about a couple of kids that grew up playing together and then had a few years of separation. Are their hearts able to find their way back to each other?

Unfortunately, it was a difficult read for me. The author is speaking in first person, but jumping back and forth between the characters. That was just too confusing and sporadic. I do think it was a great storyline, but difficult to follow written as is.

I will say, I’m a natural blond…so, it could just be me! That may not be too confusing for everyone. ha!

It’s certainly worth a try. If you don’t mind that, you will love it! Check out below for a chance to win your own copy and see what you think of it. Be sure to come back and let me know after you’ve read it 🙂

Thanks for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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A Viscount’s Proposal

by Melanie Dickerson

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Oh, Melanie! How you love us to write a Regency series!

In the second book to her Regency Spies of London series, we continue on with the Langdon family. This time it’s the story of Leorah, Nicholas’ sister, and Viscount Edward Withinghall. These two do not appreciate each others’ differences, to be sure! Their bickering and irritability are very entertaining and keep you laughing throughout.

Melanie is a YA author, but her books are enjoyable by all. The characters are very deep and hilarious. There are a lot of fun Regency “celebrity” references and many scenes reminiscent of Jane Austen’s novels (P&P especially!).

Make sure to pick up a copy! Loads of fun and you will fall in love with Edward! (Links in the pics). Be sure to pick up some of her other fun novels as well!

Thanks for this fun read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

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An Uncommon Courtship

by Kristi Ann Hunter

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The latest book in The Hawthorne House series is here! woot woot! We’ve had a chance to read both of his sister’s stories and now it is Trent’s turn. Squeee!

Ok, thoughts? Loved it, of course. I know that it’s the publisher that makes the covers, but HOLY MOLY her covers are beautiful. That is, honestly, half of the battle right there. I could go on about how her characters are always entertaining, well rounded and lovable, but I especially love how they are deep. They really love God and these books are not just just clean or overall “religious”. They have true and deep relationships with God that are obvious throughout. I LOVE THAT!

Adelaide and Trent are married in an effort to protect her reputation since they were trapped alone together. As they muddle through their awkward marriage, I often times want to smack Trent in the head for being such a guy. ha! As they work through their after-marriage courtship, you will find yourself rooting for them and falling more in love with the Hawthorne family.

Pick it up! It’s a great read (but grab the others too! Link is in pics).

Thanks for this great read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

If you want to check out Kristi’s pinterest page for more pics and inspiration, just check here!

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Starving Hearts

by Janine Mendenhall

Debut author about a pre-Regency romance…Sounds interesting!

Miss Chetwynd is an intelligent girl in a world where that is not welcomed. She desires to discuss politics and real world problems instead of the normal gossip of the ton. Clergyman, Peter, has caught her eye and her heart.

A sweet story with lots of heart. It definitely read as a debut author and the characters weren’t entirely loveable. It was a sweet story and definitely worth taking a look at if you enjoy period books.

Thanks so much for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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The Loyal Heart

by Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a fabulous writer. While I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, her books have always won me over. This book, The Loyal Heart, is NOT Amish (which she is known for), but Civil War fiction. While the South struggled to find it’s way after the war, many lived under oppression and fear. Shelley takes her ability to write in a new direction and tackles the hardships of the time.

Her characters are always really likeable. They have good sense and you really root for them. This story is a bit of drama, mystery and romance. If you are a history buff, you will really enjoy the whole story. If you aren’t, you’ll still enjoy the storyline and characters. I definitely recommend!

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

Check out my fun face-off with Shelley Shepard Gray while you are here!

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Face-Off with Pepper Basham (take #2)

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Ok, so if you know me at all, you know that this gal is one of my favs! What an amazing writer and a sweetheart to boot!! Her books really wrestle with the tough things in life while keeping you turning pages with a gripping story. If you haven’t checked out our last face-off, please do so!! It is sure to keep you entertained.

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Ok, so this newly nominated Carol Award finalist is here today to have a bit o’ fun. (Yeah, I had to slip that in there! woot woot!! I am so excited for her!) I am dying to hear what fun she is bringing with her this time. We ended with a tie last time, so she’s going to have to really bring it to beat me now!

Let’s do this!


 

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Wow. That really didn’t turn out so well…

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 80’s movie?

Pepper – I can’t choose between these three: Indiana Jones, The Princess Bride, and Star Wars…so…you’ll just have to pick one to battle 😉

Charity – I really can’t fault you for those choices. One glaring oversight would have to be The Neverending Story. Obviously, The Princess Bride still wins.

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— Tie

Charity 1 / Pepper 1

2. Biggest pet peeve?

Pepper – My children leaving their shoes in the middle of the floor

Charity – Hmm. Mine is being asked the same questions twice in a row by an overly eager child that doesn’t give you more than 1 second to answer before asking again. and again.

— Another tie

Charity 2 / Pepper 2

3. Have you ever had a major traffic blunder (ran a red light, drove the wrong way down a street with a car approaching you, etc…)

Pepper – HAHA!! Well, how much trouble will I get into if I answer this? Yes, I’ve gone through a red light and even had a fender bender once. I’m a pretty careful driver though. I grew up with a cop for a dad 🙂

Charity – Whew. Not tooooo bad. One time I was rocking out to music and I realized that a cop was behind me with his lights a-going. So, I pulled over and he come up to the car. He said that he had been behind me, with his lights on, for a few minutes (literally) and I hadn’t noticed him. He then said that my headlights weren’t on (and it was pretty late at night). I apologized and he said that it was ok, but I needed to pay more attention. I start to pull away and he is running after me waving his hands. I stop and he catches up…”Ma’am. Your lights still aren’t on…” hahahahaha. Nicest guy ever because he didn’t ticket me! 😯

— Taking that one!

Charity 3 / Pepper 2

4. What’s your favorite type of soda?

Pepper – Duh. Dr. Pepper 😉 (but I’m a big fan of Mt. Dew too)

Charity – Oh, man. Dumb question…Mine too, but…I can’t compete.

— (Dr) Pepper gets it!

Charity 3 / Pepper 3

5. Last movie you saw in the theater? *BTW, readers…this question was answered in April!

Pepper – Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Charity – Oh! That was a great one! I remember that I got three naps in during that movie. Pretty sweet… haha. Last one I saw was Bourne!!!!!! Holla!

— Tie

Charity 4 / Pepper 4

6. What is your love language?

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Pepper – Time and affection. I LOVE hugs!!

Charity – Aww! I will remember that when I see you IN NASHVILLE SOOOOOOON!

Mine are gifts and quality time…definitely NOT touch! hahahaha

— These questions are too hard to pit against each other!

Charity 5 / Pepper 5

7. Have you ever walked more than 1 dog at a time?

Pepper – LOL – nope. My dog is quite big enough to equal more than one dog at a time, but no…only one.

Charity – Well, we grew up in a household of a million pets. At one point we had 5 dogs. I am pretty sure I walked more than one at a time, but I can’t be positive…

— I will have to forfeit this point. I am so not an animal person.

Charity 5 / Pepper 6

8. What’s your favorite way to worship?

Pepper – Way? As opposed to what? 🙂 I love worshiping through song and music. Of course, true worship always includes the Word of God – but when that’s paired with music…sigh…I just love how close and alive that makes God’s spirit feel.

Charity – I agree. I used to be 100% Word + music. Lately, however, I have been trying something new and it’s got me so excited! I have been highlighting all the passages in my Bible that describe God and His character. It’s been AMAZING! I have also been taking the time to write some of them down. This is what I got about God from JUST Psalm 103

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— God Wins!

Charity 5 /Pepper 6

9. Place in America that you would LOVE to visit?

Pepper – New York – just for the experience. I’d also love to go to the Grand Canyon some day. (but above all I like out-of-America dreaming)

Charity – Girl! I know all about your out-of-America dreaming! You JUST got back from my favorite place….ENGLAND! SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!

I really just want to visit all of America. I mean, all of it.

— Tie

Charity 6 / Pepper 7

10. How are your gardening skills?

Pepper – Only the strong survive.

Charity – lol…well, at least that’s something! NOTHING survives this black thumb. Nothing!

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— Bad way to end…

Final:

Charity 6 / Pepper 8

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ahhhhhh! Not cool! I need to ask better questions….


Thank you so much, Pepper! Please be sure to check out her awesome Blog Hop and Giveaway all this week!

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The Heir of Brownlie Manor

by Anita Stansfield

Ahhh…Regency novels. You know I love it! (Well, ALMOST Regency. 1808 is close enough)

Anita is a new author to me and I was pleasantly surprised. This book is from the point of view of both Thomas and Ruth. They are heavy thinkers and a considerable amount of their thoughts are written. That was a little difficult to me as I like to get to the point of things, but, overall, it was really well written.

Thomas has been raised by aristocratic parents that have trained him to treat others well and not to follow the snobbery of their peers. When he comes along a girl that is in desperate need, he can not help himself but reach out to her and become her savior. What he doesn’t fully expect is that she became his.

This is a really sweet book with characters that are probably nicer than anyone you will ever meet in real life! haha. It’s a beautiful love story with some surprising twists and intrigues. I definitely recommend!!!

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

Make sure you head over here to win a copy!!

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How about a little Rachel Hauck this weekend?

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Here at aTransParentMom, we LOVE Rachel Hauck!!szcmi6enim0bd5lkfg-nvxedixt1ywbwiu-6n2p6xfu0ustjx4rouuz3kvdur3kxjux113ywt93okycjcvr-snfoab9coumvj3tvyng7kz3je_exigxiw50fimigysyw1bjr4vy425diqmpndfmpp4pphojweuhbwfeaf1tvsypfvploi8ljtotuip We had so much fun when she stopped by for a Face-Off last year. She’s a girl after my own heart (ie: she loves football!) Click on the pic to check out all the fun! —->

Right now, you can pick up her current USA Today Bestselling Novel, The Wedding Dress, for only $1.99!!!!

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Face-Off with Rebecca Belliston!!

This lady is HERE TODAY! Rebecca Lund Belliston is the bestselling author of the Citizens of Logan Pond dystopian trilogy and the romantic suspense novels, Sadie and Augustina. She’s a sucker for a good romance, a good clean romance, and as such she layers her stories with page-turning romance and heart-pounding adventure. She’s also the bestselling composer of religious and classical-style music that has been performed around the world.

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Alright!! Shall we??


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The rules are simple. I ask Rebecca 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 composer from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic era. Why?

Rebecca – Ah, I love classical music so much. I even compose classical-style music, wishing I could have lived back then.

If I had to choose, I’d choose Beethoven. His music is not only fun to play (on the piano, at least), but it is musically so amazing, complex, and passionate. I am definitely a Beethoven junkie. His piano sonatas and concertos are my favorite. But Rachmaninoff and Liszt are close seconds, depending on my mood.

Charity – I do love Beethoven, but Chopin is my first love. I was a classical pianist for years ❤ Both are immensely beautiful artists!!!!!!!

— It would be a tie, but…you actually compose music. Can’t win against that!

Charity 0 / Rebecca 1

2. Have you ever accidentally shoplifted?

Rebecca – Not to my knowledge. I hope not.

Charity – Oh, I totally have!! The latest time was a couple months back. My son was carrying around a bag for us old people and he must have accidentally knocked some socks into the bag. Of course, we live like an hour away, so I didn’t return them 😮 He was MORTIFIED.

— I get that! haha

Charity 1 / Rebecca 1

3.Which Jane Austen hero would you have fallen for?

Rebecca – Well…Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel/movie of all time, so I guess Mr. Darcy. Although Jane Austen does well with all of her heroes, so I wouldn’t have been too picky.

Charity – Oh, Hands DOWN Mr. Knightly. Colonel Brandon is a VERY close second ❤

— Tie

Charity 2 / Rebecca 2

4. Where would the perfect picnic be?

Rebecca – In the Utah mountains (maybe the back side of Timpanogos) overlooking the valley on a clear blue sky day. I’ve lived in Michigan for eighteen years, but I will always love the Utah mountains.

Charity – Beautiful!!! My choice is green grass, lake and weeping willow.

— Tie

Charity 3 / Rebecca 3

5. What is your favorite time of day?

Rebecca – Evening. I think better in the evening. My kids and hubby know to not expect much from me in the morning. Yikes.

Charity – Oh, man. I am worthless in the morning too. The nights are my favorite. Definitely a night owl.

— Tie again!

Charity 4 / Rebecca 4

6. Favorite pumpkin recipe?

Rebecca – Eh…I’m not a huge pumpkin fan. Sorry.

Charity – 😮 Sadness rules my heart.

— And I EVEN MADE THESE TODAY!!!

Charity 5 / Rebecca 4

7. Did you ever play with Cabbage Patch Dolls, Strawberry Shortcake Dolls, Rainbow Brite Dolls, or Care Bears?

 

Rebecca – YES! All of the above. Good memories.

Charity – Me too!!! So awesome. Kids don’t have good toys anymore…

— TIE!

Charity 6 / Rebecca 5

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

Rebecca – I try to be kind and selfless. I fail more than I hope to, but the Savior spent his life thinking of others. This is definitely a focus of mine right now and something I strive for.

Charity – Love it

— God wins!

Charity 6 / Rebecca 5

9. Favorite cartoon when you were little?

Rebecca – Bugs Bunny. I’m smiling just remembering. I still pull up old Bugs Bunny cartoons on Youtube to show my kids how deprived they are these days. I don’t think Bugs Bunny will ever be topped. (Want a classic Bugs playing classical Liszt?)

Charity – Good choice!!!!!!!!! Loved Bugs Bunny!!

— Another tie!!!!!

Charity 7 / Rebecca 6

10. Have you ever gone skydiving?

Rebecca – No, but it’s on my bucket list! I’ve always wanted to jump out of a plane. Lol.

Charity – Me too!!! I have always wanted to, but due to horrible health, I am no longer allowed. WAAAHHHHHHH.

— It’s still on your bucket list!! Woot Woot!

Final:

Charity 7 / Rebecca 7

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