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!!!

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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.

1083502_10153032759560018_150622466_o Here is the hubs. He’s just moments away from the big purchase. You like his corn dog ears? Total accident!

— 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 Lori Benton!!

I love, love, love Revolutionary War fiction and this author BRINGS IT! lori-benton Lori exploded onto the writing scene with her first book, Burning Sky. She won THREE of the prestigious Christy Awards right off the bat! BOOM!!

If you check out her blog, you’ll find some fun and interesting facts about her. Did you know that she is a cancer survivor? So awesome!! She also made me crave pound cake because she says she makes a mean huckleberry lemon pound cake. uh, yum.

Links are in the pics. Hurry up and check because The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is on sale until the end of the month for $1.99!!!!

Let’s play!!


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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Have you ever returned used make-up because you didn’t like the shade?

Lori – No, I’ve never done that. Who does that? 😉

Charity – I haven’t either! Stores made a new policy a few years back saying that you can return it if you don’t like it! I thought that was crazy, but cool. How many times have you bought a shade of something that looked good on the shelf, but awful on yourself! (that totally rhymed!)

— Tie

Charity 0 / Lori 0

2. Favorite reality show? Why?

Lori – I had my fill of reality TV in the 80s when Funniest Home Videos started showing people getting hurt. Give me scripted drama, please. Story Rules!

Charity – BOOOO!!!! I love, LOVE reality tv!! Survivor is my first love ❤

— Me!!!

Charity 1 / Lori 0

3. If you could choose someone famous to star in one of your books made to a movie, who would you choose and for which character?

Lori – How to choose just one?!Jason+O+Mara+63rd+Annual+Primetime+Emmy+Awards+C7FaZqcZphGl Okay, I envision actor Jason O’Mara in the role of Major Reginald Aubrey in The Wood’s Edge.

Charity – Nice! He’s fierce!! I have never heard of him 😮

— Lori!!

Charity 1 / Lori 1

4. What’s the worst store to be stuck in on Black Friday?

Lori – Ugh. ANY store. I’m so not a shopper and I never ever shop on that day. But I’ll go with Walmart where I wouldn’t want to be stuck any day.

Charity – Oh, no. ToysRus is EVIL!!!! It’s so small and the entry and exit are on opposite sides of the store. You have to go through the entire store and break through all the people in line just to get out. HORRIBLE!!

We are AVID Black Friday shoppers. AVID, I tell you!!!

— TAKING IT!

Charity 2 / Lori 1

5. Have you ever been on a safari?

Lori – Does driving through the Bison Range in Moise, Montana count? We saw buffalo, big-horn sheep, pronghorn antelope, deer and elk and a spectacular rainbow over the rugged Mission Mountains. We were actually in among the buffalo herd at one point (they were spread out across the winding dirt road we followed). It was the nursery section. Buffalo calves everywhere. We opened the van door, set up the camera tripod, and got some great shots.

Charity – Oh man! Yes, that totally counts!!!! I haven’t had anything cool like that.

I did go on the safari at Animal Kingdom! haha

— Thats crazy! You definitely get that one!!

Charity 2 / Lori 2

6. How did your parents choose your name?

Lori – I don’t know that I’ve ever asked. I guess they just liked the name. They were going to call me Lori Jean and changed it to Lori Lynn at the last minute though. Maybe I didn’t look like a Jean.

Charity – ha 🙂 Nice! My parents scare me when they tell the story. They were going to split up but decided to give their marriage another chance. Fell back in love and…. “made me”. ugh. Named me Charity (means love).

Glad their marriage worked out…but, please! Nobody should have to hear their parents talking about “making a baby”. hahaha. Well, I do like to torture our kids and kiss my hubby in front of them and talk about needing “alone time”. They hate it. It’s awesome. HAHA! Secretly, they love knowing we are happy 🙂

— I totally get that one!

Charity 3 / Lori 2

7. Worst spider story?

Lori – We have a bank of ivy in my yard that I trim back every year. It’s chock full of black widow spiders. I always wear gloves, long sleeves, and rake through a section of ivy to give fair warning before I start trimming. Even so, one year I had a black widow jump off a vine and scuttle up my arm. Rake and clippers flew as I dealt with this assault and entertained the neighbors with a mad little dance on the sidewalk.

Charity – ahhh!! AHHHH! Black Widow? Mother!!!!

I don’t have any that come close. *shudder* I would like to keep it that way!!

— Black Widow attack!

Charity 3 / Lori 3

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

Lori – For me, bringing God glory is a matter of getting out of his way and letting him shine.

Charity – Simple! Not over thinking it. I like!

— God!!

Charity 3 / Lori 3

9. Have you ever taken any form of martial arts?

Lori – No, but I wish I had. I think it would be fun.

Charity – oooh!! I have! I have!!

Kali!! A Filipino knife and stick fighting martial art. Sooooo fun!!

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— ME!!! I am doing pretty well today!!!

Charity 4 / Lori 3

10. What candle/lotion scent do you absolutely hate?

Lori – No real hating here, but I don’t usually care for flowery scents. Although lavender is nice (the real lavender, right off the plant).

Charity – I am the same. My favorite scents are foooood. Like Pumpkin! Yum!!!

— tie

Final:

Charity 4 / Lori 3

Oh. My. Gosh.

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Thank you, Lori! Girl, you made my day!! I never win these things!!!! Favim.com-20355

I am changing up our image. GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Lori is AMAZING and she has offered to give away READER’S CHOICE! Yes, that means you can pick which of her books you haven’t read yet! Oh man. So awesome!!!

Just head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!!

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