Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Confessions of a Candy-Corn-aholic



My name is Betsy St. Amant, and I'm a candy-corn-aholic.

Yep, that's right. I confessed. I like candy corn. I love candy corn. If candy corn was easily found year-round, I'd be the pig rolling around in it. I actually found a bag in AUGUST at Walgreens, bought it, took it to work, and well... it was gone a few days later. What can I say?
I've apparently passed the habit down to my Little Miss, who is proudly 2 years and 3 months old. She gets the habit honest, that's for sure. We snuggle in the chair together on cool autumn nights with Blankie and Gigi (her beloevd Giraffe) and share candy corn from a tupperware bowl. (the small size, don't worry.)
What Fall addictions - er, traditions - are your favorite?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Westside Christian High School does Steel Magnolias


Terri Reed here, tired from help with costumes and set for my daughter's high school play rehearsal. They are doing Steel Magnolias. Anyone remember the movie? The year was 1989--I had just moved to New York to model. My husband and I lived in a dinky one bedroom apartment on the upper Westside of Manhattan. We saw the movie in a huge cina-plex near Lincoln Center. I cried, I laughed and cried some more. My husband thought the whole thing too sappy for words. That's a man for you.

Well, my daughter is playing Shelby. I have a hard time watching her on stage in this role. She does a fabulous job. I'm so proud of her. The play opens on Thursday, runs through the weekend and then the following weekend.

I'll be the one sitting in front with a box of kleenex in my lap.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Birthdays R Us


This past Friday was my birthday. No, don't even bother asking which one. I'm not telling. I used to love birthdays (remember, I was raised an only child). This one will go down as one of the most interesting:

1) Woke up to presents on the kitchen table. Crockpot from hubby(really, I asked for it) and two little gifts from my five-year-old son. Mikey promptly spoke up indignantly, "I didn't get those. Daddy did." He was a little upset that Daddy would buy things and then claim that he (Mikey) had gotten them for me. To solve the problem, Mikey ran to his bedroom, got his new Lego box, and gave it to me. After a bit of back and forth, he agreed that he'd still store his Legoes in there, but the box would be mine.

2) At work, they'd decorated my door in black crepe paper and pictures of really old people. There was also a vulture standing guard. I had to break into my office.

3) I was co-chair a one day workshop at my school. My co-chair had a family emergency (more abut her in a minute).

4) Finished conference, called husband, couldn't make it home in time to change clothes before going to party. (Stopped at TJ Maxx on the way to the party and purchased four new shirts. I couldn't wear the professional looking black blouse under the gray sweater to my birthday party, now could I?!).

5) Got to party just in time. Party at my friend Maribeth's (co-chair, remember). She wasn't there (sniff).

6) Finally got home so tired I fell asleep in the chair (which made me worry about my new age since I've not fallen asleep in the chair since I was pregnant with Mikey!)

7) What a wonderful day God gave me, surrounded by friends.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hero Interview from His Holiday Bride by Jillian Hart


Ford Sherman, from His Holiday Bride by Jillian Hart
 
1. Ford, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I've just accepted a new job in the small town of Wild Horse, Wyoming. It's real different from Chicago where I was a cop, but I love the change. The wide open spaces make me feel as if I'm living in a real life western movie.

2. What do you do for fun?

I'm a fun guy. I like to read, hang out with my family (I'm big on family) and work. I love my work. Especially these days dealing with rogue cows, which has brought me into close contact with the prettiest cowgirl I've ever seen--Autumn Granger. I don't mind that one bit!

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I'm not so good with housework. As a long time bachelor I've learned to pick up after myself, but I procrastinate when I can. Dishes can only sit in the sink for so long.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

Something happening to the people I love. I lost my grandfather awhile back and that was hard. We were close. Now that I'm getting to know Autumn, I'm starting to worry about her safety a lot, a sign I care about her more than I think.

5. What do you want out of life?

I want everything--wife, home, kids, family, a happy-ever-after, and I'd starting to want those things with Autumn.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Family.

7. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

Westerns. I grew up on them. My grandfather loved them and he and I used to sit for hours in his study reading the afternoon away. Every time I pick up a western these days, I think of him and so he's never far away.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That I had moved to Wild Horse sooner, because I feel as if this little town is where I belong.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

I love horses. I have my eye on this incredible gray American Quarter Horse named Lightning. I love riding him when I'm hanging with the Grangers and I've been negotiating on a price with Frank, Autumn's dad. We'll see how that turns out.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

The wild west, of course. I would get a kick out of an old west cattle drive and watching a western sunset with Autumn at my side.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

FEATURED BOOK: HIS HOLIDAY BRIDE BY JILLIAN HART


Big-city sheriffs don't belong in tiny Wild Horse, Wyoming. At least that's what rancher Autumn Granger thinks when handsome Ford Sherman sweeps into town and sets his sights on her. A country cowgirl, she can't possibly be his match. Like most newcomers, he'll eventually get restless with small-town life and leave it—and her—behind. But when rustlers attack her family's ranch, Ford helps her protect Granger territory. She finds herself hoping that he really is in Wild Horse to stay. Could her holiday wish of a happily ever after with this handsome lawman come true?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What makes a marriage last?

Pat Davids here.

It’s quite a question, isn’t it? What makes a marriage last? I’m a romance writer. I should have the answer to that one, shouldn’t I?

Not really. I write about falling in love. Not about staying in love.

The couple in the picture with me are my parents. Clarence and Joan Stroda. They’re celebrating 60 years together this month. That’s quite an accomplishment.

I think it’s my mother’s smile that has kept them together. Isn’t she the cutest little Bohemian Grandmother? The spiffy dude is my dad. Tough, funny, hardworking. A born and bred farmer who’s still out in the fields every day. He told me once he never planned to retire because people who retire die. He's a stubborn man.

There’s always a lot of laughter in my family. I think laughter is a big part of that special glue that keeps couples together. That, and pure stubbornness. The good Lord gave me a large potion of both.

My husband and I are heading toward 37 years together. On our 10th anniversary, he looked at me and said, “Thanks for seven wonderful years, Pat.”
I said, “Honey, it’s been ten years.”
He said, “I know, but three of them were dreadful.”
I knew which ones he was talking about. They were tough years but we were too stubborn to quit. And you know what? Things got better.

So what do you think it takes to keep a marriage going for sixty years?

Needed: A Hero


I am starting a new book and deciding about my hero. I could use your help. What is it about a hero that appeals to you? What does he look like? How does he act? Do you like an alpha male or a beta one? What kind of occupations do you like to see a hero do? What makes an empathic hero?

Sometimes brainstorming with others help me form a clear picture of that vague hero in the back of my mind right now. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peace in a chaotic world--Lenora Worth

Hi. I was thinking about what to write today and wondered if I'm the only person on earth who wishes all the talking heads would just be quiet. We're blessed to be able to get information from so many sources today--the television, our phones, online and even the old fashion way--through the mail.

But how do we decipher what is true and what is just speculation and assumption? I've actually started turning everything off. No television, no cell phone to tempt me, no checking the e-mail every five minutes. I had forgotten how nice the quiet can be. Eating lunch while watching the birds and squirrels just outside my kitchen window sure does beat those shouting matches on all the twenty-four hour news stations. And don't get me started on reality television shows. While I still watch a couple of those, I find it very distasteful to watch a man or a woman trying to find true love by going through 25 or so candidates who are so starry eyed they can't think straight. Is that any way to begin a life together?

I'm not a cynical person. I'm just wondering where other people go to find their "upper room". Where do they go to find a quiet place to think and pray and meditate on Christ and this world. Sometimes, just listening to the quiet can speak volumes. Maybe all those shouting heads should give this a try. It just might bring some civility to solving the worlds problems.

Where do you find your quiet time?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Debra Clopton Saying Hi

Hi Everyone, Debra Clopton here saying HI! I'm home from my honeymoon--the picture is me on the shores of Kauai Hawaii. Chuck was taking this picture and I almost got plastered with the wave that just came in. I don't think I need to tell you that I had a great time. I think the picture tells it all. GOD is so awesome. And I can honestly say that God out did himself on this beautiful island. WE loved it. The wedding was a blast and if you go to debraclopton.blogspot.com you can see a collage of photo's from the wedding at the cowboy church. It was so lovely. My sons gave me away and Chuck's sons were his best men. My two best friends since 3rd grade stood with me as about 350 people came out to wish us well. Including my family and Chuck's family. There were even 5 of my Mule Hollow fans, very sweet ladies from Calvert Texas, who came to the wedding :) Life is great and now its back to work creating new Mule Hollow books and a new series I'm working on which I'll talk about at a later date!

I'm running late on my post today and really didn't get anything prepared because I have been running from the moment I got home 3 weeks ago from our honeymoon. But I do want to say that I have a new book out this month YUKON COWBOY and there is a behind the scene post up at eharlequin.com and maybe on our facebook page too. YUKON COWBOY is part of the Alaskan Bride Rush continuity and not a Mule HOllow book. I had a great time writing this book and hope readers enjoy it too!

Until next time live, laugh and seek God with all your heart!
Debra Clopton

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hero Interview from The Marine's Baby by Deb Kastner


THE MARINE’S BABY by Deb Kastner (Oct 2010)
Interview with Nate Morningway:

1. Nate, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

A couple of months ago, I would have said it was that I diffused IED’s (homemade bombs) for the United States Marine Corps. But then my battle buddy Ezra passed away and left me the guardian of his baby daughter. Gracie is my life now, and she’s definitely the most interesting thing about me.

2. What do you do for fun?

I’ve been in Iraq serving two consecutive terms, so I’m not sure I know what fun is anymore. I like to jog to keep in shape.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Ha! Dirty diapers, but I can’t really put that off, now, can I?

Seriously, I dreaded going home to Morningway Lodge because I’d have to face my older brother, Vince. He and I never got along at the best of times, especially after I ran off and joined the marines and left him alone to take care of the lodge by himself.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

I’m terrified I’m not going to be a good father for Gracie. I’m all she has, and I’m not sure I’m up to the task. Nothing in my marine training taught me how to be a good dad. I’m afraid of raising Gracie without a mother’s influence. And I’m afraid my own lack of faith in God won’t be good for Gracie. Faith is important to the rest of my family, my own mom, especially, God rest her soul. She would have wanted me to raise Gracie in a Christian home.

5. What do you want out of life?

I would like to help my brother run Morningway Lodge. Even though I left home and turned my back on it, it’s still, in a way, my legacy, and I’d like it to be Gracie’s, too. But that’s not going to happen. Vince hates me. And I guess I don’t blame him.


6. What is the most important thing to you?

Gracie. That little girl is my world.

7. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

My brother Vince is the reader. I always had trouble in school. I probably ought to read a baby book or two, though, right?

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Maybe you should ask my brother. Vince is always telling me I’m immature and irresponsible.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

No pets. Impossible when you’re deployed. I’d like to get Gracie a pet someday, though. Maybe a little kitten or something.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I’d go back to my 18th birthday, when I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps without letting my father and brother know about it. I think I would still have enlisted, but I should have told them before I did it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

FEATURED BOOK: THE MARINE'S BABY BY DEB KASTNER


The U.S. Marine Corps made a man out of Nathan Morningway. But the orphaned baby girl left to him by his military buddy made him a father. A single father. With no training in diaper duty, let alone parenthood, Nathan heads home to Morningway Lodge—where he's not exactly warmly welcomed by his family. But day-care worker Jessica Sabin helps care for little Gracie and teaches him how to be a daddy. That seems to make Jessica happy. So why does she look so sad sometimes? Nathan's new mission: to find out—and make Jessica smile forever.

Friday, October 15, 2010

A date

Leann here. Today, at breakfast as my husband and I were eating, he asked me if I'd like to go to lunch. He teaches at the university and has Fridays off. I said sure. Then we got the newspaper and saw the new movie "Red" was opening. I thought we should make it a day, go to the movies, too. He liked the idea. So, I'm looking forward to spending an afternoon with my hubby.

Although we been married 39 years, we still need dates. Although I kill people in my books, I don't want to kill romance.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Allie Pleiter on Fall Food

It’s fall, and a woman’s thoughts naturally turn to...food.  
I like food.  I didn’t realize it until someone pointed it out to me, but I write a lot about food, too.  One book group that was reading BAD HEIRESS DAY decided to have all the foods mentioned in the book at their meeting (which I attended by speakerphone, something I love to do if you’re group is interested).  Sort of a grown up version of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR.   I was aghast at the volume and diversity (and nutritional drought) of the food.  Yes, evidently I do write about food a lot.  Who could forget the chocolate chip cookies or the milk and cookies pie in BLUEGRASS COURTSHIP?  The tea ceremony scene in PERFECT BLEND...okay, that’s a beverage but I think the theory still applies.  
Ah yes, Allie enjoys food.  Summer foods are great, but it’s the fall foods I love best.  I’m working on a novel about a women who loves to bake bread (which, if you read the preceding paragraph, evidently comes as no surprise), so I’m planning to do a lot of baking this fall.  I’m not very good at baking, but I love the way the house smells (I’ve learned this can also be achieved with a good candle, by the way, so I’ve become good at aroma cheating!).  There’s hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, all that good stuff.   Apple pie is nice and summery, but there’s something about pumpkin pie that puts it in a class all its own.  Did you know scientists have identified pumpkin pie as one of the most attractive to men?  Perhaps the way to a man’s heart truly is through his stomach.
What about you?  What fall foods and scents are your favorites?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This Girl Can't Dance

Kim Watters here. Okay so last month I told you about my experience with the YMCA. This month I have to admit that I did attend the Zumba class offered. Going in I knew that I didn’t really know how to dance. I just didn’t know how bad I really didn’t know how to dance meant.
The Sunday afternoon class is packed with people. Great. I can get lost in the crowd. At least my friend, Debbie, that I convinced to take the class with me is in the same shoes. We hide in the back row, hoping to go unnoticed. Er-my friend is almost 6’ tall. No way that’s going to happen. In comes the instructor, who zeroes in on us first thing.

“Welcome class. If this is your first time, just follow along and do your best. Don’t over do yourselves and there are no wrong moves.”


“Good.” I whisper to Debbie. “That instills a lot of confidence in me. What have we gotten ourselves in to?”


Debbie laughs and nods, wearing a horrified expression.


The music starts and we’re off. Egads.


“Come, ladies, let’s go. Get that heart rate up. We’ve got to move it, move it.”


What is the instructor doing? Where’s the ease into the workout? I’m breaking into a sweat and it isn’t from exertion yet. I stumble to the right and then the left, all my klutziness there for all to see in the full-length mirrors on two sides of the room. My friend isn’t faring much better. At least at this point we’re still laughing. Somewhat. Forward, back, to the right, to the left. Add the arms or weapons as the other women in the class must be thinking about now. My body has taken on a life of it’s own. And I’m still at least one beat behind everyone else in the class. Just when I think I’ve got the move down, we change to something else.


Judging from the warm-up, the instructor can dance. I’ve never felt inadequate before until I realize that my hips just don’t go in that direction. The class goes left, Debbie and I go right. We jiggle this way, the class jiggles the other way. The salsa? Really? One , two, three, now switch. Maybe I should be looking for a class that works out to the Polka. Being of German and Polish decent, I may find that a little more my style. Nonetheless, we stick it out and make it to the end with only a few bruises.


Despite the fact I can’t dance, I had fun and went again. And keep going although my hips still don’t go the same direction as the instructor’s. I finally get the hang of the dances and now the instructor has changed things up. The moves are even harder. I’ve given up trying to learn them and just bounce around to the music in a mad attempt to look like I know what I’m doing, but I’m still having fun.


The same goes for writing. Go beyond your comfort zone and explore options that seem difficult. Change things up to add variety. Change a genre. Try a new profession for your characters that requires a bit of research. Something in your book not working? Try something else. But most of all have fun. See you in Zumba later.

Monday, October 11, 2010

It's official! My first Love Inspired Romance!


I've waited for this day for a long while. My first Love Inspired Romance has hit the shelves. I'm getting calls and emails from all over the country from friends and family who have spotted it. Fresh-Start Family is special as it features hero Tom(Tag) Garrison. As with all of my stories, I struggle in the beginning to find a perfect name for my hero and heroine. I couldn't come up for one for this story so in the interest of "moving on" I used my husband's name, figuring I'd change it later on down the road when the hero revealed himself a little more to me. The problem is there was never going to be name that fit this hero better than Tom. So I kept the name. Although Tom (Tag) Garrison is a fictional character, so much of my inspiration for his character came from my husband and it's hard for me not to have this hero hold a special place in my heart. Add a precocious 7 year old boy and a single mom and you have the makings for some real mischief and fun. I hope you all enjoy reading Fresh-Start Family!

Many blessings, Lisa Mondello

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Heroine Interview from Seeking His Love by Carrie Turansky


Interview with the heroine:
Rachel Clark from Seeking His Love, LI October 2010, by Carrie Turansky

1. Rachel, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I’ve always loved drama. I started out acting in high school and then majored in theater in college. I taught drama at a high school in Seattle, and now I lead the Northcoast Christian Youth Theater in Fairhaven, Washington.

2. What do you do for fun?
I love to watch old movies, especially musicals. I like to read, spend time with friends, and I’m a great bargain hunter. I can pull together a great outfit or redecorate a room with a visit to a couple thrift stores.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I put off contacting my mom. We have a strained relationship, and sometimes it’s just easier not to call or write very often.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?
I sometimes struggle with letting people see who I really am on the inside. I’ve been hurt in the past, and it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there again and risk rejection.

5. What do you want out of life?
I want to make a positive difference in people’s lives – my students, my friends, and hopefully my future husband and children.

6. What is the most important thing to you?
My faith is very important to me and also my calling to work with children and youth. They are the future, and we need to invest in their lives.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I love to read! My favorite type of books are historical and contemporary inspirational romance.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to have more courage to be transparent with people.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
I don’t have a pet, but my landlord has the sweetest golden retriever named Sasha, and I’ve fallen in love with her.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I would travel back to my early days of teaching in Seattle. I’d be more aware of a certain student’s intentions. Maybe I could’ve seen what was coming and prevented him from lying about me and getting me in so much trouble.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

FEATURED BOOK: SEEKING HIS LOVE BY CARRIE TURANSKY


Since losing his wife and child, widower Cam McKenna has tried to avoid children. But when he must temporarily care for his niece, Cam opens his home. With no idea how to relate to a fourteen-year-old girl, he seeks the advice of the new Christian Youth theater director. He's touched when Rachel Clark gives his niece a scholarship—and teaches him a thing or two about teens…and love. But why is Rachel so secretive about her past? The truth threatens their fragile relationship yet promises to bring them closer to each other—and the Lord— than either dreamed possible.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sharing Family Excitement

Missy, here. We've had some excitement in the family this summer and fall. My nephew, Buster Posey, has had a great rookie season with the San Francisco Giants. And they're the National League West division champs, heading to playoffs! This photo is a shot my father-in-law took off the TV the other night after they beat the Padres. :)

It's been fun to be able to watch him play on TV. We even got the chance to go watch him when they played the Braves in Atlanta back in August. And now they'll be playing the Braves in the playoffs. It's all been very exiting to watch him living out his dream.

Selling books to Steeple Hill has been a dream come true for me! Have you ever had the chance to live out one of your dreams?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Heroes and other delights


Linda Goodnight here. Someone recently challenged me to make a list of fiction books that lingered in my mind long after I’d closed the covers. Fun challenge for a book person, so away I went.

When I completed the list, I started wondering why those particular books stuck while others fall through the sieve of memory and disappear. As a writer, I figure there’s a valuable lesson to be learned, so I examined the list carefully and discovered ONE single factor they all had in common. Here’s my list:

Abbie’s Outlaw -Victoria Bylin (Probably my all-time fav.)
Cheasapeake Bay series – Nora Roberts
Sands of Time and Stephanie - Susan May Warren
Desperado and Jackson Rule-Sharon Sala
Fireside – Susan Wiggs
The Gamble, Morning Glory, and Hummingbird–Lavyrle Spencer
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Notebook – Nicolas Sparks


While I had to look up the titles for some of these, and their plots may be fuzzy, the reason I remember every one of them is the hero. Not the story. Not the female lead. The hero. The strong, protective, sacrificial hero.

Is it just me who is so affected by the male lead in a book? An inquiring mind needs to know!

So, here’s your challenge. (You knew I’d say that!) Quickly generate your own list of 5 or so fiction novels and think about what element - storyline, hero, or heroine - stands out most in each one. Which element appears most often on your list? Please share your list and your results for my very unscientific (but fun!) straw poll.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lyn Cote--Wish me a Happy Anniversary!

Today is the day I married my dh THIRTY-SIX, that's right 36 years ago. Yikes! That's a long time! We were married in Waukegan IL at my home church. I wore white and my groom wore a blue patterned polyester tux. Ah, those were the days, the seventies. GRIN

One special memory of that day. After the wedding we drove to Steve's grandmother's house. She was in her late eighties and didn't go out much. The little children in the neighborhood saw us go into her house. When we came out, they have formed sort of a conga line down from the steps to the curb. And with one arm and one foot out like dancers, they chanted: "Happy Anniversary! Hey!" Hilarious! I waved to all of them as I swept into our "limo." (We didn't rent a limo. Our cars were such old beaters that we borrowed a friend's parents' car for the wedding!)

Tonight we're going to attend a George Winston concert in our little town. We have a art center in an old church downtown. Last year GW performed here because he had an open day between a Chicago and Minneapolis concert. He enjoyed playing at such an intimate venue that he promised to return! And his concert will be for the benefit of our local food pantry. So I'm really looking forward to tonight! Here's a sample from You Tube!




Questions for you:
Did you enjoy that?
How long have you been married?
Any memories of that day you'd like to share?

Juggling with Janet Tronstad


It's me -- Janet Tronstad again. This morning in church our pastor talked about how we often feel we're juggling in our lives (and he had a real juggler there to perform - which was neat). I so related to what he was saying. Somedays I don't know which way I am going - it just seems there are so many things I need to be doing. How about you? What things are you juggling? For me, it's my elderly parents, my writing, my friends (one of whom is in the hospital and another who is busy deciding to move out of Los Angeles - both of which need some extra time from me). And those are only the things that come to mind first. I also have a big list of things I ought to be doing (like sorting through a big stack of paper waiting for me when I came back from my last trip -- and still sitting where it was then).

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hero Interview from The Bodine Family Christmas by Marta Perry


Interview with the hero from The Bodine Family Christmas by Marta Perry in Mistletoe Prayers:

1. Travis McCall, tell me the most interesting thing about you. The only important thing about me is that I’m a helicopter pilot in the US Coast Guard. That’s not just my career—it’s my life.

2. What do you do for fun? When I was stationed in Alaska, I liked hiking, going hunting, hanging with my buddies. Now that I’ve been sent to Coast Guard Base Charleston, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. This isn’t my kind of place at all.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it? Getting involved with a woman again. I had that once. Trusting her was the hardest thing I’d ever done, after growing up the way I did. And she let me down—traded me in for another guy while I was in the hospital after a crash. I won’t let that happen again.

4. What are you afraid of most in life? Letting down somebody who’s counting on me for a rescue. Like we say—you have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.

5. What do you want out of life? To go on doing the thing I was born to do. For awhile, after the crash, I thought it was all over. Now I’m making a new start in a new place.

6. What is the most important thing to you? Living up to the Coast Guard tradition.

7. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book? Just training manuals, that’s all.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d like to be as easy and laid back as some people I know, but that’s not me.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? Nope. Except that now that I’ve gotten involved with Annabel Bodine and her animal rescue, I’ve kind of gotten attached to a certain stubborn donkey.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? I go back and change my childhood...maybe give myself a set of normal parents like Annabel has. She doesn’t know how lucky she is. But you can’t change the past, can you?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Heroine Interview from The Gingerbread Season in Mistletoe Prayers


Interview with the heroine from The Gingerbread Season by Betsy St. Amant in Mistletoe Prayers:

1. Allie James, tell me the most interesting thing about you. That’s easy – I love Christmas. I’m a true Christmas addict. I love the music, the lights, the snow, the shopping, the gifts, the family time—you name it. I even have an extra special childhood tradition at Christmas I’ve carried over into my adult life (to the amusement of my mother!) But you’ll have to read my book to find out what it is! ☺

2. What do you do for fun? If it’s Christmas time, I go caroling, skiing, sledding, or help my dad at his Christmas tree farm. I skipped coming home last Christmas , but I’m back this year and it’s going really well. I missed everyone more than I realized.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it? Trying something new. I have some self-esteem/security issues I’m working on, and its hard putting myself out there to try new things. I don’t handle failure well.

4. What are you afraid of most in life? Being alone. With the loss of my high school/college sweetheart and my long-time feud with my parents, I got a glimpse of that kind of bleak future and it scared me.

5. What do you want out of life? Contentment—in myself, for who I am. I’m learning that kind of contentment though can only come from God. Not through a boyfriend, the long-desired approval of your parents, or even a favorite holiday!

6. What is the most important thing to you? My family, for sure. We’ve been through a tough time these past few years and making up has shown me how much they really do mean to me.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read? I do, especially at Christmas when I can snuggle up in my favorite sweatshirt by the fire. I like fiction books, romance of course. Even though they’re hard to read when my own love life is in shambles…

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I tend to set lofty goals for myself, and need to remember that it’s not about pleasing others. Just pleasing God and doing what He has told me to do—not what I feel everyone else is telling me to do. ::Sigh:: Easier said than done.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? No, but I love animals. Maybe one day when I get settled.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? To the day Jordan broke my heart at the gazebo on Christmas Eve. I’d like to revisit that moment, as painful as it’d be, to try to understand him better. Maybe if I could redo that moment in time, I could save us both a lot of heartache. But all things happen for a reason…