Face-Off with Dani Pettrey!!

Heart pumping, thrill seeking, fast paced author, Dani Pettrey, is here today!!dpettrey3sm She’s a homeschooling mom (WOOT WOOT! me too!!) and stay at home wife that somehow finds time to crank out book after book. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among (many) others.

She claims to be a Grandma, but I can’t possibly believe that!!! Look at her!!

Let’s she how she does in this face-off…Shall we?

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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. What is the most exotic fruit you’ve ever eaten?

Dani – Star fruit. It looks adorable, but is a bit too tart for my tastes.


Charity – I wish I had a good answer, but I DON’T! I had a chance to try a Durian once, but I was too chicken. It’s the worst smelling and tasting fruit in the world.

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–Definitely Dani!

Charity 0 / Dani 1

2. How many versions of the American Flag have we had? (no cheating!!)

Dani – I’m so going to bomb on this one, but I’ll go with 15.

Charity – I have NO IDEA either. I am going to guess 9.

*looking it up now*

–There have been a million. Dani wins. grrrr

Charity 0 / Dani 2

3. Have you ever been close to a poisonous snake in the wild? (Not at a zoo or anything like that).

Dani – Yes. I was fishing from a canoe with my dad when I was young and a water moccasin attacked the canoe. Terrifying.

Charity – “ATTACKED THE CANOE?!?!” That is horrifying!!

I was raking out in our back yard one day. Of course, I was wearing flip-flops…I looked down and, BOOM, there was a copperhead RIGHT. BY. MY. BARE. PIGGIES! I yelled for my oldest son (who was 11ish at the time) to bring me something to kill it…QUICKLY. He shows up with scissors and a little, tiny, child’s shovel. Thanks… So, I did what any normal person would do. I pinned it’s head with the miniature shovel (yes, that meant my hands were right by it *shudder*) and starting cutting it’s head off with the scissors. I kid you not. It took forever to cut through it’s head. It was the grossest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life. *SHUDDER*

–So, basically, I am taking that point.

Charity 1 / Dani 2

4. What’s the fastest meal in your repertoire? Recipe allowed

Dani – Bean burritos.

Heat 2 cans of Busch’s Texas Rancheros Beans. Fill up flour tortillas with the beans, diced onions and shredded cheese. Top the folded-up burritos with shredded cheese. Pop in the oven at 350 until the tortillas get crispy-ish (is that a word?) and the cheese melts. Approximately 20 minutes.

Charity – Oh man! YUM!!! We thrive on Mexican food. Sooo delish!!! I will definitely try that!

Mine is a crock-pot meal. I throw in frozen chicken, a bottle of BBQ sauce and call it a day.

— Tie

Charity 1 / Dani 2

5. Most awkward verse in the Bible?

Dani – Leviticus 19:28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.”

It’s awkward because my hubby is covered in tattoos, but one is of an angel kneeling in reverence. I also have one and it is Psalm 27 inside a heart.

Charity – ha! I love it! Besides, Jesus has a tatoo according to Revelation 19:6

“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.”

I have a tat too. (haha. a tat too. tattoo. tattoo too…) It’s a flower behind my ear.

–Most awkward verse…I am not even going to go there. I will let you take this one! ha!!

Charity 1 / Dani 3

6. When’s the last time you painted your toenails? What color?

Dani – They were painted two weeks ago a fun shade of teal, but not by me. Had a wonderful mother/daughter mani/pedi for Mother’s Day.

Charity – Aw! That’s so sweet!! I have sons…so…I painted them in April. Gross, huh? They are pink.

–I don’t stand a CHANCE!

Charity 1 / Dani 4

7. Are any of your book characters named after family members?

Dani – Only one. He appears at the end of Sabotaged.

Charity – Oooohh!! Nice! Now it’s up to our imagination…

–Uh, I don’t have any characters.

Charity 1 / Dani 5

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

Dani – I pray that my entire life may bring God glory through the equipping of His Holy Spirit because I’d never be able to do it on my own.

Charity – AMEN!!

–God Wins.

Charity 1 / Dani 5

9. Who is the funniest comedian?

Dani – Bill Cosby

Charity – Wrong. Michael Jr.

— haha 🙂 I’m taking the point because my answer is better 😉

Charity 2 / Dani 5

10. Have you ever spilled a drink in your purse?

Dani – The question should really be how many times 😉

Charity – Girl, I hear ya! For some reason, I always think it’s a good idea to go to Chick-fil-A before a movie and get food and drinks for our family. I then proceed to hide them in my ginormous purse as we enter the theater. Then, I go directly to the bathroom to clean out the inevitable spill that has poured into my purse. We then share whatever drinks are left while we eat are delicious treats and watch the movie.

I am a natural blonde…

— tie


Charity 2 / Dani 5

giphy “whyyyyyyyyy? Whyyyyyyy?????”

Oh, wait! What’s this?!?! Dani has some questions for me…

Dani – Who is the best superhero? (My daughter says there is only one right answer).

Charity – hmmm. That is scary, but I am going to have to go with Wolverine! woot woot!!

Dani – How many Five Star Generals have there been (no cheating)?

Charity – HAHAHAHA! Oh my gosh. 12? AHH! I looked it up. Only 9!!!!

Dani – What’s the hardest word for you to pronounce? (For me it’s Mitsubishi)

Charity – Easy. “Rural”. I can’t say it to save my life.

Dani – Favorite literary sleuth?

Charity – Uh, Nancy Drew? No, I am going to have to go with Gilbert Morris’ book heroine, Dani Ross.

Dani – Most memorable novel?

Charity – Toss up between The Count of Monte Cristo and Courting Morrow Little (by Laura Frantz)

Dani – Quirkiest place you’ve lost/found your keys? (Mine were in a bouquet of lilies. :))

Charity – wha?? How?!?! haha. No, I am pretty organized. I have a key ring by the front door. Put them on there as soon as I walk in.

Thank you, Dani! So much fun getting to know you 🙂

Pick up Dani’s books for yourself and your friends!! Links are in the pics!!

Face-Off with Sarah E. Ladd

What a week! Can you believe we are rounding out this week’s face-offs with this incredible talent?! I am sure that most of you have heard of Sarah Ladd. She took the market by storm a couple of years ago with her Whispers On The Moors series!!


Aren’t these the most gorgeous covers? Man! I knew I would love these books the minute I saw them because I am a total cover lover!

It also helps that they are Regency books and I am in love with all things Austen. So, she had two things going for her right out of the gate!!

Truth is, she’s a wonderful writer and you really should pick up her books if you don’t already have them. (Links in the pics)


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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. What the most beautiful beach you have been to?

Sarah – Ahh … I love the beach.  My husband and I went to Mexico a few years after we were married.  While we were there, we took a boat trip to a little island off the coast.  I cannot for the life of me remember what the island was called, but it was insanely beautiful and isolated.  Hands down – best beach ever.

Charity – Sounds fabulous! I guess…hmm. Dominican Republic had the most crystal clear water. Beautiful!! I was there on a mission trip, but we had to take our day of fun, you know…

— Difference? You went with the hubster. Made the beach 100x’s better, I’m sure!

Charity 0 / Sarah 1

2. Do you keep your toenails current, or do they only look great in the flip-flop months?

Sarah – Toenails MUST be current.  And that is an unwavering, deeply held belief. I do not think I can be swayed on this one…

Charity – oh my. In theory, I would agree with you. I reality…. I’m lucky my toenails are one solid color right now.

— whoopsies. Shouldn’t have asked that one!

Charity 0 / Sarah 2

3. What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever done?

Sarah – I have to say that I have the most incredible readers – so supportive and encouraging. They are never crazy.   So while I can’t really think of a crazy thing a fan has done to me, I can tell you my crazy fan moment.  When I attended my first real writing conference, I ran into the amazing talented Laura Frantz in the bookstore.  I had just finished reading The Frontiersman’s Daughter, which is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. I ran up her an interrupted what she was doing because I could not believe that she and I were in the same room. Plus I had a lot of coffee that day, so I was probably REALLY peppy.  If she thought I was crazy, she didn’t let on.  She was incredibly gracious.  She signed my copy of Courting Morrow Little, and it still has a place of honor on my bookshelf.

Charity – *fainting dead away* Why does everyone have an amazing love for that woman? I’ll tell you why… BECAUSE SHE IS INCREDIBLE! I feel like I could sit at her feet and just soak in Jesus.

Oh, and Courting Morrow Little is my favorite book, so that’s incredible.

— I had no chance. Wait, I don’t have fans anyway. blah.

But….Looky Looky what I found!!!



Charity 0 / Sarah 3

4. Do you incorporate chef’s rights while you are cooking (ie: testing it and snacking on it before it’s served) or not?

Sarah – Well, let’s be honest here. I am not the chef in my family.  My husband is a MUCH better cook than I am. Sure, I can make the basics, but my hubby is the real talent.  So, I do incorporate chef’s rights while HE is cooking. Not so much if I am the one doing the cooking.

Charity – Hmm. Well, I definitely partake, much to my husband’s dismay. He’s used to it, but he’s a total germaphobe and has a heart attack when me, or my son, dip on in.

My son is the real chef around here. That is NO JOKE. This is us shopping at a midnight Farm Fresh sale a year ago! whoop!!

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— Taking it because my son is sooo cute!! I could kiss his little face! (He would DIE DIE DIE if he knew I wrote that! ha!!)

Charity 1 / Sarah 3

5. What’s the worst hair cut story you have?

Sarah – Remember the early ‘90s? Someone pass the hairspray. That’s all I have to say about that.

Charity – OMGosh. Ok. When I was 22, my good friend came to visit me. We had met online (he lived in Israel) and we talked hours every day. Anyway, I went to get my hair cut before he showed up and the lady said, “whoops” right in the middle of it. I was like????? She said, it’s ok, we just have to go shorter?!?!?!?! So, she proceeded to give me a bowl cut. Right then and there. Bowl cut. The more I told her to fix it, the shorter it got. I ended up with a hair cut that literally made me look like the most butch woman EVER!!! It was horrifying. I mean, seriously bad. You don’t think a haircut can change a person’s look THAT MUCH, but it literally was THAT drastic. My sister yelped when she saw it.

When he got here, he was so confused. He was like, “You aren’t Charity???!!!!!” So awkward and horrible. I wish I had a pic! I would totally show you!!!!!! Oh, did I mention that I was fat because I had just had a baby?

Fat, bowl cut lady/man.

— Yup. I get that one.

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

6. Grossest animal?

Sarah – Okay, it is not an animal, but an insect. Does that count? Grossest insect: A centipede.  Eww.  I mean, why does it need so many legs???

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Charity – ew. A snake. Or a spider. Or a cricket. I think they go in that order.

— *shudder* tie tie tie

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

7. Favorite place to shop: clothes? groceries? beauty products? and shoes?

Sarah – I used to LOVE to shop.  In my teenage and college years I always had a job at a clothing store. Loved it.  But now, there are so many other ways I would rather spend my time, so I do a lot of online shopping. Click, click, done!

Charity – OMGosh. 1-ish word: Amazon.com

But I love Target and Ikea. My readers know about that little truth…

— tie

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

8. Do you have any hobbies (writing doesn’t count because it’s no longer a hobby!!!)

Sarah – I do have hobbies – several, in fact. I really like to be active – I like to run, go biking, and practice yoga. During the spring and summer I like to be outside and garden.

Charity – Uh. That’s why you are skinny and pretty. *kicks you in the shins*

I’m going to go eat some chips and think about that while I watch the ol’ television.

— Not nice. You get the point.

Charity 2 / Sarah 4

9. Do you ever eat wings at a restaurant and not care about how much food is all over your face and hands? Or, do you prefer to eat those in the privacy of your home? 

Sarah – Okay, I am a bit of a neat freak. I always get the boneless kind and eat them with a fork.  I can’t help it. I just … can’t.

Charity – Bahhhhh. Again, all cute and pretty. I just dig on in!

When I was growing up, I always had a motto when I ate: “The Messier The Better!”

— Bad! Wings are good for you!!!


Charity 3 / Sarah 4

Lost Not sure why there is a minecraft axe blade in that pic.

Thanks Sarah! That was a blast 🙂 It’s always so fun to get to know an author of a book I loved!!Balloons-for-Birthday-Party

Don’t forget to check out Sarah’s newest book on July 7th!

Gueeesssss What, Guys???? Yup!!! A GIVEAWAY!! Sarah has offered to give away 1 signed copy of A Lady at Willowgrove Hall!! So cool!! All you have to do is head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and enter, enter, enter!!!

*U.S. Rez only (Sorry! We do love the rest of you too!)

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