Face-Off with Tamara Leigh!!

Alright, guys! I am back in business!! I do want to let you know that things will probably be a bit slower for a while, but I’ll fill you in on everything going on soon! In the meantime, let’s do this!!

Carol_Award_Gold_-_no_base_transparent_backgroundTamara is a bestselling and multi-award winning author of  historical and contemporary fiction. Her book,The Unveiling, is currently FREE!!! So, head on over and grab a copy!!

I’ve missed facing-off! Let’s see who wins this thing:

unnamedThe rules are simple. I ask Tamara 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. Have you ever been metal detecting? If so, what did you find?

Tamara – Okay, this probably doesn’t count, but it’s the closest I can come—metal detecting à la one big fat magnet. What treasure did I find? I was hoping for a rare coin or some such, but no. Despite my efforts, fuzzy iron filings were all that clung to my magnet. I should probably mention I was about eight.

Charity – Oh man!!! Well, it was probably still really fun! My 8 year old would love it. I haven’t ever done any metal detecting. My dad is super into it. He took my oldest son last year and they found some pretty good stuff!

— Why would I ask that when I know I can’t win it!!

Charity 0 / Tamara 1

2. Do you believe that the real Davy Crockett was as great as the Disney movies with Fess Parker?


Tamara – Indeed. Absolutely. What a hunk of a hero! Um…who’s Fess Parker? Just kidding! However (I’m so going to lose this round), I don’t believe I ever watched the Disney movies.

Charity – That is just unacceptable to not know who Fess Parker is!!! He IS Davy Crockett!! Those movies were the best. ha ha. I have known the Davy Crockett song since I was a little kid because I watched them so much.

I have heard, however, that the real DC wasn’t such a great guy. I’ll stick with Disney’s version!

— I totally get that one!

Charity 1 / Tamara 1

3. Speaking of old movies, best Fred MacMurray role? fred-macmurray-2-247x300

Tamara – Hold on a minute while I mosey on over to IMDb (I’ve never been particularly good with celebrity names). Aha! The television series “My Three Sons.” I’ve seen Fred in other shows, but it’s the Steve Douglas role I remember. What a dad! ‘Nuf said.

Charity – Oh yes! He’s a great fella. The Happiest Millionaire is my favorite. He has a boxing class in his basement and it’s called Biddle Bible Class. They sing these praise songs while they box. It’s absolutely hilarious!!!

— I am so taking that one too!!!

Charity 2 / Tamara 1

4. Are you a pimple popper or pimple leaver aloner?

Tamara – Now we’re getting a bit personal, hmm? Peeking into my bathroom, hmm? Looking over my shoulder in the mirror, hmm? Sigh. I’m a middle of the road-er. Some require a concerted effort, and others just need to be left alone. Now go away ☺

Charity – hahaha! That’s awesome 🙂 I am a total popper. I can’t stand anything growing on my face. It gets popped, ripped, whatever. blah.

— Nobody likes someone that asks TMI questions

Charity 2 / Tamara 2

5. Last series you binge read?

Tamara – Ariana Franklin’s “Mistress of the Art Of Death.” Though I’m not big on CSI-type tales, this series features the 12th century (read: medieval) heroine, Adelia Aguilar, a “doctor to the dead.” And what a woman! She solves murders, ensures justice is served piping hot to killers, tends the sick, befriends the outcasts, verbally spars with my favorite and much-misunderstood king, Henry II, and even finds time for a little romance. Supreme storytelling! But, alas, the author who created the lovely Adelia has passed away.

Charity – I don’t remember mine! It might be as far back as the Hunger Games trilogy. :-/

— Tamara

Charity 2 / Tamara 3

6. Worst church sign you have seen?

Tamara – If you don’t mind, I’ll give you two—and fudge a bit because these are too snort-worthy to say they’re the worst. “NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO VISIT. OUR PASTOR IS ON VACATION” and “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR…EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT A “TENNESSEE FAN”

Charity – Oh man! That’s so embarrassing… The worst two I have seen are: “The best antique is an old friend”. ???? I mean, what in the world does that even mean? Especially on a church sign??? “Tell your dyslexic friend that there is a dog”??? So awful!!!!!!

— tie. *Head hanging in shame over what people must think of God*

Charity 2 / Tamara 3

7. What’s the best white noise to sleep to?

Tamara – I recently downloaded a “White Noise” app, and let me tell you, some of these noises are far from sleepable (is that a word?)—water dripping, frogs at night, clothes dryer, vacuum cleaner, hair dryer. Not a chance. I’ll take wind or a light rain any old night.

Charity – What in the world?! Who sleeps to those things? That sounds horrible. Turn it on next to your hubby or kids while they sleep…hahahaha

— Tamara gets that one!

Charity 2 / Tamara 4

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

Tamara – I strive to set a good example of my faith for family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers by living what I believe. But since I’m mostly an introvert and prefer the written word to the spoken word, I think my inspirational stories bring the most glory to God. Instead of “preaching,” I present readers with flawed characters in difficult situations that many of us face, then I weave the tale around how the characters grow in their faith, personal lives, and relationships in order to overcome their obstacles.

Charity – Nice! Love it. I think that people talk too much. Let your life bring God glory.

— God always wins! ❤

Charity 2 / Tamara 4

9. Most awkward gift you have given or received?

Tamara – Sorry, David. About 25 years ago, über athletic hubby thought bookworm wife would enjoy learning the game of tennis. Me? Really? Let me tell you, that was one cool tennis ball machine. And still is. Hubby recently pulled it out of the basement and—lo and behold!—it’s just like new. Might have half a dozen hours on it…

Charity – HA! That’s amazing. I hate it that men are so hot and athletic. boo!! BOOOO!!!! I object.

I am not sure, but I think the most awkward gift I ever got what a purse that size of a wallet. It is seriously about 5 inches by 3 inches and has the strap and all. ??????

— tie

Charity 2 / Tamara 4

10. Sassiest moment as a child?

Tamara – Sassy? I wasn’t allowed to be sassy. Really. I think that’s one of the reasons I became a writer. Mwahaha.

Charity – Oh man. Me either! I still tried though… I was a nightmare child. My mom was a saint!!! Who am I kidding. My husband is a saint. I never grew out of it…


Charity 2 / Tamara 4

Thank you so much, girl! I had a great time getting to know you 🙂

Face-Off with Robin Lee Hatcher!!

Woo Hoo!! I am super excited to face-off with Robin today! This lady is AMAZING!! She has been nominated for over 75 awards and has won 40!!! I usually list them, but it’s just too much!!!

Here are some cheapies that she has:

Links are in the pics. $1.99 and $2.99

Ok, let’s play, shall we?


The rules are simple. I ask Robin 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 is your biggest phobia?

Robin – By far, it is claustrophobia. Although I have learned to control a threatening panic attack through self-talk and slow breathing, it’s no fun to go through. Years ago, I was in the window seat at the back of the plane when an overweight woman with a toddler lap child sat in the middle seat. I was pressed up against the side of the plane and no hope of getting past her. I was trapped. I envisioned myself jumping up and walking on the heads of passengers like Crocodile Dundee walked on the heads of people waiting for the subway. I didn’t, and thankfully it was only a one hour flight. But it was an awful hour. I’ve booked the aisle seats ever since.

Charity – Oh no!! That’s awful 😮

I definitely have a fear of heights. Man, I get dizzy just looking over the ledge of anything off the ground!!! I have always wanted to sky dive though. Go figure…

— I think you win that. I haven’t ever been trapped against the edge of a high building by an overweight woman.

Charity 0 / Robin 1

3. Do you need white noise to sleep?

Robin – Yes, although usually I fall asleep to the sound of the TV, and it is my husband who turns on the sound machine after the TV goes off. He likes just regular white noise. I like a mix of streams and waterfall on an app on my iPhone. One very dear friend who I often room with at conferences also likes white noise so we do well as room mates. But another friend roomed with me one night and didn’t sleep a wink all night long because of the noise. Poor dear. I would have turned it off if she’d told me; however, I was blissfully sound asleep. I still laugh when I remember the expression on her face in the morning.

Charity – Ahhh! hahahaha. I like to have noise too. When I fall asleep with noise, I don’t hear other noises that might be made by certain family members. I am the only girl in the house and all the boys are like giant bulls in a china shop. They run into everything. Even my husband. My 6’3” son is the WORST! He hits every single wall.

— Tie

Charity 0 / Robin 1

4. Have you ever gone zip-lining?

Robin – No, but I would do it if the opportunity arose at the right time and place. I’m not afraid of heights and the thrill of a bit of speed can be fun for a short spell. I’ve been para-sailing several times and love being way up high above the water. It is so silent. Amazing. Zip-lining would not be silent because I probably would be squealing the whole time.

Charity – That would be so fun to zip-line with you squealing! hahaha. So funny. I would be too!! If I could do it, I would. Sounds so fun. My Ehlers-Danlos prohibits such events though.

— Tie Again

Charity 0 / Robin 1

5. Who was your favorite 80’s band? Which song?

Robin – Embarrassing. I haven’t a clue who any of the 80’s bands were or what songs they sung. Maybe the Jackson Five. Were they in the 80’s? You have to go back a couple more decades for me to be able to name bands and songs with any confidence. By the 80’s my music preference was Contemporary Christian, Praise Music, and Country. I’ve been a fan of George Strait probably for his entire career, and he has been the inspiration for the hero of at least one of my novels.

Charity – Ha! Well, I was a child of the 80’s. The bands were so horrible. I remember loving The New Kids on the Block. My friend and her mom would follow them all over the country, book the same hotel as them, and go to all of their concerts. I thought that was really creepy.

I like George Strait. That movie with him was pretty good! I think it was called Pure Country.

— I suppose I get that since I named an 80’s band! woot!!

Charity 1 / Robin 1

6. Who is the WORST celebrity?

Robin – Oh gracious. I bet I could come up with a long list. I try to keep up with pop culture for the sake of my writing, so I come across a lot of the worst of our culture. For the sake of this question, I guess I’ll go with Kim Kardashian. Because there isn’t a single reason for her to be a celebrity. Not that I can figure out.

Charity – Oh, gosh. You win. I was going to say Justin Bieber, but… Kim and her hubby, Kanye, WIN! They are absolutely horrible.

— You get it!

Charity 1 / Robin 2

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

Robin – Obedience. Obedience. Obedience. When I abide in Him, then He abides in me. I write because He called me to write for Him. It is an act of obedience. And I must surrender to His will daily.

Charity – Love it. Simple. Sometimes we make it difficult. Simply obeying.

— God wins!

Charity 1 / Robin 2

8. What’s the funniest joke you know?

Robin – A pastor’s wife came home with a fur coat. She is trying it on for her husband while standing in front of the mirror. She says, “I know it is terribly expensive and more than we can afford. But it is so beautiful that I couldn’t resist the temptation.” The pastor says, “Why didn’t you say, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan!?'” And the wife answers, “I did. But he told me it looked just as good from behind as it did from the front.” Ba-da-dum!

Charity – ah! haha. Nice. I don’t even think I should try this. hmm. I honestly can’t come up with anything better than the “Boo Who” knock-knock joke! hahaha

— Robin.

Charity 1 / Robin 3

9. If you could meet one person from history (NOT Jesus!!), who would it be?

Robin – Easy question. I would want to meet Abraham Lincoln. I would love to hear him tell me his life story from his perspective and in his own words, from his youth right through to the moment of his death. I would especially want to hear about his campaign for the presidency and about his years as president. Historians can tell us a great deal about people from the past, but getting the facts from “the horse’s mouth” can’t be beat.

Charity – Great choice! I would choose George Washington. I love that man!!!!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Robin 3

10. Do you ACTUALLY have any family member (that you know of) who went West in a covered wagon?

Robin – Not that I know of. I have an ancestor who fought with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812 so it is likely that there was covered wagon travel, although maybe not on the Oregon Trail. But most of my ancestors that I’ve managed to trace were settled in the midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin). Trains already traveled all the way to California by the time my grandparents were born, and that’s how they traveled to that state in the first decade of the 20th Century.

Charity – My Grandma (My Dad’s Mom) traveled west in a wagon train when she was a child. I think that is so amazing!!! History like that seems so far in the past, but it really wasn’t. My own Grandma traveled like that. Blows my mind!

— I get a point!!!

Charity 2 / Robin 3

11. What’s your best horse riding trick?

Robin – Maybe I could have answered this question when I was racing barrels 2014_05_09_19_14_03.pdf000and going on overnight trail rides in my twenties and thirties. But now, those rare times when I get to ride (daughters and granddaughter have the horses now), my best trick is getting on the horse.


Charity – Racing barrels and going on overnight trail rides?!?!?! Woh!! Fancy! I didn’t know you were so talented. That’s really cool. I am really impressed.

— I can’t get the horse to move. They hate me.


Charity 2 / Robin 4

41pQGKwBBLL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ yet again.

Thank you, Robin! I had a blast getting to know you a little better.

Readers, head on over to her website. You will find something pretty cool there! If you haven’t read any of her books and send her the postage, she’ll send you a FREE BOOK! Now that’s a great deal!

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