Face-Off with Michelle Griep!!

Oh. My. Word. I am so happy to be facing-off with Michelle today.4-up+on+1-22-15+at+10.59+AM+#5+(compiled) This girl just puts a smile on your face!!! She brings back some great vocab that I would have forever forgotten if it weren’t for her! Kerfluffle? Wackadoodle? HAHA! Love this lady!!

Who hasn’t seen this girl’s beautiful books sitting around Barnes and Noble?

Let’s have some fun!!!

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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Funniest childhood song that you know the lyrics to? (Yes, you have to write them out!)

Michelle –
Beans, beans, the magical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel.
So eat your beans at every meal.

Charity – Oh!! Good one!!! Ok, my turn:

Birdie, Birdie in the sky
Left a whitewash in my eye.
I don’t care.
I don’t cry.
I’m just glad that the cow’s don’t fly.

— Tie!

Charity 0 / Michelle 0

2. Have you ever had a cooking fire (accidental)?

Michelle – You know that old school 8th grade cooking advice on how you should never leave a pan of hot oil over a high flame unattended because it could just burst into flames? Turns out that’s true. I know, right? And it’s even more spectacular when you’ve got a house full of guests. ‘Nuff said.

Charity – HA! That’s amazing!! We did that recently with a some friends over. LUCKILY, it was just my son’s teenage boy friends…Way better than MY friends!

— Michelle!!

Charity 0 / Michelle 1

3. Ever been stuck out in the rain? What happened?

Michelle – Got wet.

Oh, you meant as in a story? Huh. I might have to concede this point unless you count freezing rain, as in snow, as in I got locked out of the house on a snowy winter day and had to hang out at the local Dominoes until someone could pick me up. Not that scarfing down pizza is a bad thing, mind you.

Charity – Oh my gosh! Got wet. *kicks you in the shins*

I suppose that freezing rain counts. Did you feel like a total teenager sitting there waiting for a ride? ah ha! Yesterday, in fact, I got stuck out in the rain! I am in Duck, NC (which is the Outer Banks beach destination). We were on the boardwalk that lies between the ocean and the sound. We could see the rain coming across the sound right towards us. It was really cool. And then it wasn’t. We had to race back to the car and…race is something I don’t do. You know the ol’ saying, “We are only as fast/good as our slowest/worst person”. That would be me. Everyone was soaked because I wasn’t about to run.

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— Tie

Charity 0 / Michelle 1

4. When you travel, do you like to just go go go, or stop a lot and shop, eat, pee, etc…

Michelle – If I have my laptop with me, I’m happy to type away and drive forever. But (and I’ve always got a big but) if my husband is chewing gum at the time, the noise morphs me into a caged she-bear scratching my way to get out of the car.

Charity – ha! Nice. I HATE stopping. I mean, HATE it!! My parents always stopped every hour to stretch and take care of business. I like to go until I am about out of gas (and I always have a lot of gas). When we stop, take care of everything at once and get back on the road!

— Tie again. blah

Charity 0 / Michelle 1

5. Ok, so Cracker Barrel has the monopoly on the old time restaurant/store. If you could make a restaurant/store, what kind of theme would it be?

Michelle – Ahh, consider for a moment, if you will, the noble and often overlooked rock badger. I feel that rock badgers are a thoroughly under-rated national resource that should be celebrated at every and any opportunity. Hence, a rock badger theme, where the servers wear fuzzy ear hats and everyone gets to sit on boulders.


Too freaky? All right. Let’s go with a donut theme. You can never go wrong with donuts.

Charity – Wow. That is frightening.

What about a vintage place. Roller rink, 50’s diner, and drive in movie theater all rolled into one big place? Sounds pretty sweet to me!

— I am so taking that point!

Charity 1 / Michelle 1

6. Do you have any toe socks? (Pics always welcome!!!)

Michelle – Dang it. You might get this point. I have a toe ring I haven’t taken off in five years, does that count? And yes, I do wash my feet every night, so quit gagging already.


Charity – Oh my gosh! I love it!! You even wear it with socks! Wild! And your toenails are so pretty!!!!

I definitely have toe socks…but I take it a step further with THESE BAD BOYS:


— Toss up…but since the question was Toe Socks, I get it!!

Charity 2 / Michelle 1

7. Have you ever tried writing with a quill?

Michelle – Heck yeah. Hasn’t every mini-van driving, denim-jumper-wearing respectable homeschool mother written with a quill when she’s not busy making soap?

Charity – AH!!

I am scared… I am also a jean jumper wearing respectable never a poop joke homeschool mom. However, I have not quite reached your standard because I haven’t used a quill. What a crying shame…

— Man, no contest!

Charity 2 / Michelle 2

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

Michelle – I weave Biblical truth into every story I write. Not the beat-you-over-the-head-with-a-Bible kind of soapbox preaching, but more like the parables Jesus told. If the things that I write draw even one reader closer to God, then that’s glory for Him and good for the reader.

Charity – Love it!

— God wins!

Charity 2 / Michelle 2

9. Favorite Jane Austen adaptation actor/actress?

Michelle – Even with knowing I will fully bear the wrath of all the Colin Firth fanomanics in Austenland, I’m going to go with the 2005 adaptation starring Matthew Macfadyen. Mm, mm, mm. **excessive fanning of face** Is it hot in here?

Charity – And here I thought we could be friends….I am going to have to counter you and say the ’95 Pride and Prejudice. If they wouldn’t have starred Kiera Knightley, I would have a lot more respect for that movie. I cannot stand her. ugh.

— I can’t judge you (well, I actually am, but I have to seem nice to my readers)

Charity 2 / Michelle 2

What are 3 things about yourself that might surprise your readers? (From Michelle)

Michelle –
1. I can dance a mean polka.
2. I hate fruit. Yes, really. No, I don’t even like strawberries.
3. And I’m a recovering Trekkie. Old school, that is, none of this Next Generation nonsense.

Charity – Hmm. I am really confused about your lack of fruit loving. That is my favorite food group. *sigh* and Star Trek? Really???

Ok, about me:
1. I am a MAJOR loner and only act outgoing when I am around people. I honestly can’t wait to get home and hide.
2. If you call me on the phone, I won’t answer. I. Hate. The. Phone. It terrifies me. You know…awkward silences and all that. Thank God for texting!!
3. I have only been reading books for a few years. Five years ago, I only read magazines with lots of pictures because I thought it was such a waste of time to read.


Charity 2 / Michelle 2

20130805_its_a_tie_ta Woo Hoo!!

Thank you, Michelle! How fun!!!! Favim.com-20355

Who would like a SIGNED COPY of Michelle’s book?

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So, just head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!!!

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

**Entries checked. Any falsified entries don’t count.

Face-Off with Irene Hannon!!!

Today is exciting!! Irene Hannon has agreed to face-off with me!!!  Yes, that is correct! What a week, huh??? Let me see if I can recap the vast amount of awards her books have won!!!

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There are MANY MORE!!! If you would like to see all the awards and nominations, plus a complete book list, just CLICK HERE.

WHEW!! Wow! That’s all I have to say about that!!


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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. If you had to play a sport professionally, which one would you choose?

Irene – Ice Dancing. I love the combination of grace, music and athletics.

Charity – Baseball! I love the green grass, the smell, the game!!!


Charity 0 / Irene 0

2. Have you ever been to a store where they look at you like you don’t belong in their “Fancy Pants” club and shouldn’t waste your time even looking?

Irene – Not that I recall…then again, I don’t frequent a whole of of high-end stores!

Charity – Ugh, me either, HOWEVER, I was shopping in Chicago one time and walked into this fancy, high end purse boutique. They looked at me like trash! ha ha. People are sitting around sipping champagne looking at me like I don’t belong. They didn’t know I was in the mode to find a bag and they had it. I didn’t buy it. Couldn’t bring myself to give them business EVEN if it would have been like, BOOYAH! to them!! ha ha (Don’t worry, hubby, when you read this. I wouldn’t have bought a $200 purse… 😮 )

–Taking it while I have a chance….I know too well how these things go!

3. Favorite major city in America?

Irene – St. Louis – my hometown. It has big-city amenities with small-town charm.

Charity – Ohhh! Sounds so lovely! I haven’t spent much time there. My brother-in-law got married there, but you know how those weekends go! There’s no time to see the sites…

I love Chicago. My husband grew up right outside of it in the suburbs. So, we go back to visit his mom and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! So beautiful!!! And the Magnificent Mile? A whole mile of shopping *sigh*

–Another tie!!

Charity 1 / Irene 0

4. Funniest birthday memory?

Irene – I don’t know about funniest…but one of my “funnest” was this year. My husband planned a whole day for just the two of us, including a ride on a carousel and a trip to the butterfly house!

Charity – *heart melting* I love super sweet, kind hubbies!! So rare and so precious. Mine would do something that thoughtful too. ❤

-Definitely Irene!!

Charity 1 / Irene 1

5. Have you ever been to Israel? If so, favorite place?

Irene – I’ve been a lot of places around the world, but haven’t made it there. Yet!

Charity – Oh!! I have! I have!! It’s so beautiful. I can’t even describe it!! Of course,  I went while in college, 20 years ago, so it was much different. They hadn’t lost so much land at that time. Such a beautiful place. Felt like home to my heart. Jerusalem was unbelievable. ❤

Of course, being college aged, I spent most of my time taking pictures with all the military guys standing around…

-I got another one!!!!!

Charity 2 / Irene 1

6. Do you have big Superbowl parties?

Irene – Nope. I am NOT a football fan!

Charity – *stuttering* Not sure what to say about that except:


Charity 3 / Irene 1

7. Do you play pranks on your family members?

Irene – Nope again. The golden rule and all that.

Charity – ha ha. I think that one got lost in translation…We are NEVER mean, but we do love a good laugh. We are always joking around here. It’s  a nut house!!

-Nice always wins!!

Charity 3 / Irene 2

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

Irene – By living every day, and doing every task before me, with as much grace and love and enthusiasm as I can, especially in the face of challenges and disappointments. As 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: “in all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

Charity – Love it! There are so many verses on thankfulness. In Philippians, it says to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Such a great reminder!!

–God always wins!!

Charity 3 / Irene 2

9. What kind of pudding is your favorite?

Irene – I’m not a fan of pudding – any flave. Chocolate mousse, however…different story!

Charity – Oh man! How can you not love pudding. *sigh* I love butterscotch and chocolate pudding SO MUCH!!! ahhhh!!!

Probably why there’s so much of me to love 😮

–I need to stop eating pudding.

Charity 3 / Irene 3

10. What’s your favorite song?

Irene – “Our Love is Here to Stay”. My husband and I danced to that at our wedding. You can never go wrong with a Gershwin classic!

Charity – Now, how am I supposed to compete with THAT????

-#LowBlow #LastMinuteWin


Charity 3 / Irene 4

This is how I feel! So close!!

Thanks, SO MUCH, Irene! What fun!!! Balloons-for-Birthday-Party

Guesssssss what, guys!!!!! Yep, you got it! A GIVEAWAY!!

Irene is giving away a paperback copy of her newest release: Buried Secrets! I am so excited!! I am reading this today and will be posting my review soon!!!!

All you need to do is head on over to: Buried Secrets and start entering!!!

*US Rez only! (We do love the rest of you too!)

*All Entries will be checked and any falsified entries will mean disqualification.