Friday, October 31, 2014

A Coffee Chat with Keli Gwyn! ~ Giveaway!

Erica here: I am so happy to be able to introduce you to my friend, Keli Gwyn! Keli writes historical romance, and she's one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever want to meet! So grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and pull up a chair.

Here at CC&C, we’re all about the coffee and tea. What is your beverage of choice?

I might be able to hear Jaime’s gasp all the way out in California when she reads my confession, but I’m not a fan of coffee. Well, that’s not entirely true. I love the way coffee smells when it’s being ground or brewed, but I ‘ve never developed a taste for the drink itself. That’s probably good, since I tend to overindulge in things I like. I am, however, a tea drinker. I don’t drink black or green teas, but I have quite a selection of herbal teas to choose from. No surprise, there, huh? J

All coffees and teas are better with a snack or two. What’s your go-to snack?

I’m munching on raw, unsalted almonds as I type. I have several bags of them in the cupboard and go for them when I need a quick snack. I try hard to convince myself they’re as tasty as potato chips, but I don’t always succeed, as evidenced by the extra padding I’ve acquired around my midsection. Yup. There’s more of me to love now than there was a few months back. Note to self: Choose. Almonds. Instead.


 Jaime is all about the selfies, so we’d love to see a selfie of you. J

Sure thing. This is me celebrating my invitation to appear as a guest at Coffee Cups & Camisoles.

   







Anne and Erica are history museum addicts. Can you tell us a little about a history museum that is close to where you live or grew up?

History + museum = two of my favorite words. I live in the heart of California’s Gold Country and love visiting museums throughout the area. A museum I especially enjoy touring is the one in Coloma, site of James’s Marshall’s famous gold discovery in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill. This historic town is just eight miles from where I live, so I’m able to visit often and relive the early days of the Golden State.    





Can you tell us a little bit about the research you did while writing “A Father’s Gift”?

“A Father’s Gift” takes place in the year 1866 in the Gold Rush-era town of Meadow Lake, California. I chose that year and that location based on the real life of local legend John “Snowshoe” Thompson, the first mail carrier to traverse the Sierra. Ten years prior, Snowshoe Thompson was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to transport mail from my hometown of Placerville, California over the mountains to Genoa, Nevada. This kindhearted native of Norway completed the 90-mile trek to Genoa in three days, traveling on a pair of ten-foot long wooden skis he’d made himself.

To learn about Snowshoe Thompson, I visited the El Dorado County Historical Museum here in Placerville, where a pair of his skis are displayed. I also visited Genoa, Nevada, where the legendary mail carrier was laid to rest. While doing my research, I learned that during the fierce winter of 1866/67, Thompson was asked to deliver mail to snowbound Meadow Lake, the only year he varied his route. When I discovered that fact, I had the nugget I needed to begin my story. My imagination filled in the rest.








What does your writing space look like? Do you have an office, a corner of the couch, or do you go to the library or coffee shop?


When I sold my first book, I took advantage of a sale at Staples and treated myself to a spacious corner desk with a matching hutch. You would think I’d have plenty of room to store everything, but my desktop is often hidden beneath a proliferation of papers. Seriously, piles spring up when I’m not looking. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this problem.







This time of year, as temperatures drop, you would be more likely to find me draped over my
comfy armchair writing on my laptop while toasting my tootsies.









What are you reading right now?

I’m savoring the other short stories in A Cup of Christmas Cheer, which are written by some incredibly talented authors. I still pinch myself whenever I think of having my story alongside theirs.

I confessed to having said yes to a few potato chips over the past few months. OK, it was more like several bags, but don't tell my Curves coach ;-). Anyhow, my chip of choice was Lay's Sour Cream & Onion. What chip variety calls your name most loudly?


Here's a little bit about Keli and her latest release:

Keli Gwyn writes stories that transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters and adds a hint of humor. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
When Keli's fingers aren’t hovering over the keyboard of her newfangled laptop, she enjoys strolling past stately Victorian houses in her historic town, burying her nose in reference books as she unearths interesting facts to include in her stories and interacting with other romance readers. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, historical museums, and the Coach factory outlet store.


 “A Father’s Gift” in A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volume 3: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Past
(Description from the Guideposts advertisement)

In “A Father’s Gift,” a young couple anxiously awaits the birth of their first child during the harsh winter of 1866. Life in Northern California is hard, and the townspeople want to rally around them, but Cole Foster is suspicious and somewhat embittered toward his new neighbors. Having witnessed how the Gold Rush broke up his own family and led his father to abandon him, he wants to rely only on himself. However, God brings him to a season of need that softens his heart, so he can learn to trust again. And, there is an extra surprise in store that rights a wrong from many years ago.

Here’s where you can find Keli online.
Facebook link –   http://www.facebook.com/KeliGwyn
Facebook author page –  http://www.facebook.com/KeliGwynAuthor
Twitter Link –  http://twitter.com/KeliGwyn
Pinterest link –  http://www.pinterest.com/keligwyn
Instagram link –  http://instagram.com/keligwyn
Website link –  http://www.keligwyn.com


Keli has graciously offered to give away a set of A Cup of Christmas Cheer volumes 3&4 to one lucky readers. (US Residents only, please) To enter, use the rafflecopter form below. Each time you like one of our pages on Facebook, you receive another entry in the drawing!


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    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Throwback Thursday


    Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals for reaching the World Series!
    The above is a picture of me and my siblings and a couple of friends who are still die-hard Royals fans.  I am the one in the glasses and KC hat, the little guy tucked in behind is my brother, Nathan, then Christy, my sister Kathleen, and Jennifer. We were at a special day at The K, Kaufman Stadium, where we got to go down on the field and meet some players. This was probably sometime around 1978-80. 

    Are you a baseball fan? Have you been to a MLB game? Who is your team?


    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Do you NaNo?


    Do you NaNo? If you're a writer, you've probably heard of NaNo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.

    NaNo, which celebrates its 16th year here in 2014 challenges writers to pen 50,000 words in the thirty days of November. This year, more than 400,000 writers on six continents will join together in this writing frenzy.

    There are only a few 'rules' which, of course, you can break if you want to. You are supposed to start a brand new project. It is supposed to be fiction. And it is supposed to be at least 50,000 words in length.



    I've participated in NaNo for several years, and I've 'won' several times. And each year, I've followed the 'rules,' but this year, I'm breaking them a bit. I am starting a new project, it is fiction, but it won't be 50,000 words all on its own. I received a contract recently for a new novella that will max out at 25,000 words. When I have that one written, I'll jump into another one of the same length. By the end of the month, I hope to have two novellas of about 50,000 words combined.

    NaNo is hilarious, stressful, exhilarating, hair-tearing, fist-pumping fun. It takes place in a month with a major holiday, and a month that only has 30 days. But it is a great way to jump-start a project, and a great way to make new writing friends.

    Even if you're not an aspiring author, you can still participate. It would be a fun way to dip your toe into writing fiction.



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      Tuesday, October 28, 2014

      Who's Your Doppleganger?

      My writing sisters call me Katniss. Maybe because I bow hunt, Laurie says it's cause I look like J-Law, but I think over all it's the personality. Fiercely protective of her family. I'm the same way. Willing to go the distance, whatever it is, to defend. Snarky. Uh huh. Not afraid to dress up and not afraid to go all wilderness on you.That's me. And so on ...

      Either way, this girl to the left is typically aligned with me as my doppelganger

      dop·pel·gäng·er
       noun \ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər, -ˌgeŋ-, ˌdä-pəl-ˈ\

      : someone who looks like someone else
      : a ghost that looks like a living person
      1
      :  a ghostly counterpart of a living person
      2
      a :  double 2a
      b :  alter ego b
      c :  a person who has the same name as another

      Doppelgangers are actually quite fun. As you can see above, according to Webster's, a doppelganger is a double, but also an alter ego.

      Take my Anne-Girl. Here is her doppelganger. Definitely NOT a physical double, but in many ways, she has a lot of Anne Shirley in her over-thinking, little mind :) Everything to Anne has an element of poetry. Every moment in life holds significance. Although she never quite gets to the place of a graveyard of buried hopes, she definitely does just breathe in the moment.

      So, who is YOUR doppelganger? Either in a double or an alter ego? Has anyone ever assigned a doppelganger to you that makes you go, "say wha---???" :)

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      Monday, October 27, 2014

      Monday's Devo: The Jesus Pill

      Ever notice we are a pill nation?
      Before that it was a bandaid.
      Before that it was a bottle.
      A fix.

      Once it was the plague.
      Then it was typhoid.
      Then the Spanish flu and H1N1.
      Now it's Ebola.
      Contagion is not new.


      Is your faith contagious?
      Would you consider swallowing the Jesus pill?
      I have.
      Sure, I still put my feet on the ground in this muddy world every day.
      There's grime between my toes by evening.


      But nothing can separate me.
      From the love of Christ.
      And if I ever get Ebola,
      I pray others will be more infected;
      by Christ in me, than Ebola on me.



      Contagion.
      There's a pill for your fear.
      There's a pill for your pain.
      There's a pill for your emptiness.


      He made a way.
      And nothing can isolate me from His love.
      Make me contagious for you, Jesus.

            All three photos used by permission: www.freedigitalphotos.net
      Consider the cure:

      Romans 8:31-39New Living Translation (NLT)

      Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
      31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

      35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

      38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      Will you infect others with Christ?
      The CDC predicts 1.4 million cases of Ebola by January, 2015. That number is calculated by each infected person spreading it to two others. What would the world look like if you infected someone with the love of Christ?
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      Nurse Practitioner by day. 
      Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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      Friday, October 24, 2014

      Book Report & Giveaway: A Bride in Store, by Melissa Jagears

      Melissa Jagears gives another solid historical romance! Her sophomore novel continues her mail-order-bride trilogy and brings that solid story voice we first met in her debut novel.

      Not in anyway dependent on book #1, A Bride in Store brings us several unique twists:

      A homely heroine, a bearded lady, and doctor who's not really a doctor.

      The story is rife with betrayal and heartbreak, crime, and the struggle with unique disease that leave the hopeful, doctoring hero convinced of his failures before he's even reached medical school.

      And our handsome hero isn't even the future groom. Stolen kisses, attractions and tensions pull this romance sideways and upside down in a triangle of US Postal mail-order proportions.

      It's another great read for a cool Autumn evening, in front of a crackling fire with a hot cocoa and cookies.

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      Thursday, October 23, 2014

      TBT: Favorite Throwback Shows & Movies

      You might not realize it, but writers have to research the T.V. shows and movies that best reflect the flavor of their writing. The list gives agents, editors, and publishers a concept of the voice and genre the author writes.

      Erica and I had fun this week, throwing around the oldies and goodies that shaped us. Here are a few of my fun throwbacks:

      "Little House on the Prairie"


      "The Waltons"



      "Anne of Green Gables"

      "The Sound of Music"

      "My Fair Lady"

      Don't expect a rerun if you read my book some day. However, do you know the saying, "you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl"?  Well, you can take me out of those decades, but you can't take those decades out of me. 

      These favorites are the short list!  
      What are your oldies, but savored favorites?
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      Nurse Practitioner by day. 
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      Coffee drinker--any time.
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      Wednesday, October 22, 2014

      Greetings from Florida!


      We are a traveling group of gals lately! Missouri, California, Florida. 

      Today I am in Florida at my parents' home. My father has been in the hospital, and today is his discharge day! Yay! I'm so thankful to be able to be here to help my mom and dad as he recovers and recuperates. 

      Florida is so different from where I live in Minnesota. The palm trees, the magnolias, the citrus trees, the warmth, all so foreign to my Midwestern eyes. And yet, when I step into my parents home and see some of the furniture and pictures and objects that I grew up with when we all lived in Kansas, I am so comfortable and things don't seem strange at all. 

      Even better is when I'm with those I love who live in Florida. Our stories are intertwined. We have history and memories and common threads that bind us together. That's the best, and it's irreplaceable. 

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        Tuesday, October 21, 2014

        San Diego & Sun

        Hello from San Diego!! Sunny, 70's and so not the Wisconsin autumn I'm accustomed to. I'm here for a work conference, although one may argue I haven't been doing the a-typical work normally associated with a conference. (Especially if you've been watching the nauseating amounts of selfies I've posted to my FB page).

        When I haven't been yachting or hanging out on the baseball field in Petco park, I've been attending sessions about coaching for performance, managing managers, and developing statistics that make sense to your sales front. Which is ironic, because for me to do that, I'd need to make sense of statistics first and that, my friend, is not happening any time soon.

        So what's the point in this horribly self-centered blog post where you're all saying "PLEASE stop talking about your trip"?

        Here's a few bits of wisdom I'll impart to you:

        1. Always, always wear sunscreen on a yacht. Always. Or you'll end up looking like a red glow stick on steroids.

        2. Always, always refrain from drinking at parties in Petco Park. The entertainment garnered from folks well on their way to brilliant idiocy is awe-haw-some....and a tad sad.

        3. Never, ever call your four year old little girl. It puts her into tears when she realizes you're not coming home today and makes what was a tolerable situation for your husband, much much worse. (Hey, I can't help it if I'm popular with my kids!)

        4. Never, ever forget your moisturizer unless you want to walk ten city blocks to the nearest pharmacy
        -- or borrow cuticle cream from your male coworker and slather it on your forehead. (yes. yes, I did)

        All in all, I am garnering a lot of info for writing. I might have to switch to writing a contemporary romance with suspense because I thought up about fifty ways to murder someone on yacht. Really. It's quite ingenious.

        What are your off the wall travel "always" and "nevers"? C'mon. I know you have some! I need at least  ten comments on here (1/per) and if I get them, I'll draw for a random winner of some coffee!

        Monday, October 20, 2014

        "When the Frost is on the Punkin"

        Happy Monday! I hope you enjoy our northern Indiana Fall colors. They reminded me of a poem by James Whitcomb Riley about the Fall season. I discovered that Riley is an Indiana native, and he was  thought of as the "Hoosier Poet" or "Children's Poet" because he often wrote verses for children about  rural life in Indiana.


        WHEN THE FROST IS ON THE PUNKIN
        When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,
        And you hear the kyouck and the gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,
        And the clackin'; of the guineys and the cluckin' of the hens
        And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
        O it's then the times a feller is a-feelin' at his best,
        With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
        As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
        When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock


        They's somethin kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere
        When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here -
        Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees
        And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;
        But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
        Of a crisp and sunny monring of the airly autumn days
        Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock -
        When the frost is on the punkin and fodder's in the shock.


        The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,
        And the raspin' of the tangled leaves, as golden as the morn;
        The stubble in the furries - kindo' lonesome-like, but still
        A preachin' sermons to us of the barns they growed to fill;
        The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;
        The hosses in theyr stalls below - the clover overhead! -
        O, it sets my hart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
        When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!


        Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
        Is poured around the celler-floor in red and yeller heaps;
        And your cider-makin's over, and your wimmern-folks is through
        With their mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and saussage, too!

        I don't know how to tell it - but if sich a thing could be
        As the Angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me -
        I'd want to 'commodate 'em - all the whole-indurin' flock -
        When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!
        ~~by James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)
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          Riley was known for writing in the vernacular, and though he only completed the eighth grade by age twenty, he went on to leave a great legacy of words. I learned that Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, is named in his honor, and in 1915, his birthdate was proclaimed Riley Day. I was also surprised to learn he wrote a poem with the title of a nickname I often heard growing up: "Little Orphan Annie". Some of his works were compiled into children's readers like this one: 




        Enjoy the scenes of Fall in your "neck o' the woods"!

        Does your state have a famous author?

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        Nurse Practitioner by day. 
        Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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        Friday, October 17, 2014

        Friday Coffee Chat With...MARY CONNEALY!

        I am so thrilled to have my friend Mary Connealy here at Coffee Cups and Camisoles, and that she's kicking off our very first Coffee Chat! The plan is to have an author Coffee Chat every other Friday to introduce our readers not only to some great fiction, but to the authors behind them.

        By way of introduction, I've known Mary for a long time. She was one of my first author friends. I met her at the first book signing I'd ever attended, and we talked for a long time. :) 

        So, without further ado, here are Mary's answers to the Coffee Chat questions:


        Here at CC&C, we’re all about the coffee and tea. What is your beverage of choice?

         I love Tetley’s Earl Gray tea in the drawstring bag. HOWEVER that’s hard to find AND we got a Keurig last year and I now have a little box of K-cups of Twining Earl Gray. It’s so EASY to find them. It’s like technology couples with my laziness to deprive me of my favorite drink. (Also, the Twining is very good)

        All coffees and teas are better with a snack or two. What’s your go-to snack?

        Well, honestly, do you think I got into my generally oval shape by being picky? I like pretty much everything and I try to keep it out of the house.


        Jaime is all about the selfies, so we’d love to see a selfie of you. J

        Mary Connealy and Erica Vetsch at the 2014 ACFW Gala

        Anne and Erica are history museum addicts. Can you tell us a little about a history museum that is close to where you live or grew up?

        I love history museums, too. This is a tough one because three come immediately to mind. I’m going with Fort Atkinson, an old,old,old restored fort about an hour and a half from me home. It existed in Nebraska in 1820-30 or there abouts. In 1820 Nebraska, as well as Iowa to the east were still Indian Territory. This fort is really fascinating, an era of history I don’t know much about. The ‘cowboy’ era is more post Civil War to about 1880s though cowboys can work fine much later than that, but 1820 was twenty years before the first wagon train rolled west on the Oregon Trail. I love wandering around that place.

        Can you tell us a little bit about the research you did while writing 

        I do 90% of my research online. I have a love/hate relationship with research because I love reading about history, but it’s such a time sink because I’ll start reading about one thing and start clicking links and before you know it, I’m on some rabbit trail and I haven’t added a word to my book for four hours. For Tried and True, I did love researching about women who fought in the war disguised as woman, so many fascinating stories, they really sparked my imagination.


        What does your writing space look like? Do you have an office, a corner of the couch, or do you go to the library or coffee shop? 

        I type about 75% of the time in a corner of my house we call The Computer Room. It’s a porch we enclosed trying to carve another bedroom out of our tiny house while our four daughters were growing up. So half of it is a bedroom and the other half has a desk and my desktop computer and 2000 books in it.


        What are you reading right now? 

        I am right in the depths of the Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box about a park ranger in the heart of the Rocky Mountains who just wants to talk to hunters and count elk…and he keeps finding bodies. And then, because Joe is practically the only honorable man left on the planet, when he sees the authorities, who are all bungling bureaucrats brushing the crime aside as a grizzly attack, Joe has to step in, at the risk of his own life, and solve the case. I love it. 

        Thank you so much, Mary, for being the first willing victim for our Friday Coffee Chats. :) 

        About Mary:


        Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of the Wild at Heart series which recently began with book #1 Tried & True. This month she released a novella, The Advent Bride, available for $0.99 in all ebook formats. Part of a series of 12 novellas called The 12 Brides of Christmas.
        She is also the author of the Trouble in Texas series, Kincaid Bride series, Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy, Sophie's Daughters Trilogy and many other books. The
        Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters, three spectacular grandchildren.


        Tried and True
        Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

        Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

        Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

        The Advent Bride


        Melanie Douglas is alone on the Nebraska plains, teaching school to get by. She finds a unique box with hidden drawers to use over the advent season to engage a young boy in his schooling. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a positive change in his son, he has to see for himself what this new teacher is doing.

        Here’s the place to put where readers can find you online.
        Find Mary online at


        Mary will be giving away TWO books today, her print book Tried and True and her Christmas ebook novella The Advent Bride. 

        Leave a comment asking Mary a Coffee Chat style question along with an easy way for us to get a hold of you if you win. Mary will drop in throughout the day to answer questions. A winner will be announced here on the blog next week.