Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Homestead Brides Giveaway ~ Guest Blogger Kathleen Y'Barbo

Today's guest blogger is the lovely Kathleen Y'barbo! She was gracious enough to submit to an interview by Jaime, where she talks about her newest book, Firefly Summer, and her novella in the Homestead Brides Collection.  So, without further ado, here are Jaime and Kathleen:

1.       So tell us what first inspired you to write your current book?

I'm working on FIREFLY SUMMER, a Southern romance set in a town very much like the one where I grew up. One day I was visiting my mother and she said something that made me stop and say wait! There's a book in that! Here's what she said (keeping in mind my mother is 80!): "If I were going to find a man again, he'd have to either quilt or sing because the only two places I ever go is to choir and Quilt Guild."

2.       Who is your most favorite character (and yes, you HAVE to pick one J)

That's easy. My favorite is always one I'm writing at the time. Right now it's Sessa Lee Chambers from FIREFLY SUMMER. She was a young widow who raised a son alone and is now raising her granddaughter. I love that she's strong and yet loving. It's a nice balance. Oh, and did I mention her hero is a rodeo cowboy/doctor?
3.       Is there a spiritual element or thread you hope your readers to catch as they read?

Always! In The Bogus Bride of Creed Creek from HOMESTEAD BRIDES (in stores now), my heroine tries to get ahead of God's plan and creates a bigger mess than the one she was already in. I love it that I can show readers not only what happens when we mess up but also what happens when God comes in and fixes things.
4.       Where are you at in your writing career? Published, not published, searching, unsure?

Published. I'm closing in on 60 books with almost 2 million copies of my books in print. This is my 15th year as a published author.
5.       Favorite color and why?
 Blue. It's the color of the Texas sky on a pretty day. And it matches my eyes.

6.       Favorite restaurant?

Larry's French Market in Groves, Texas. It used to be a grocery story and now it's an authentic Cajun restaurant. 

7.       On our blog, Erica constantly tries to introduce the concept of tea drinking. So, are you in her camp, or do you side with Anne and I as bonafide coffee drinkers?
 I'm going to have to go with Erica and say I'm a tea drinker. I alternate between Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple and this great Chai tea that I make with Oolong tea bags and almond milk. 
Erica here: YAY for tea drinkers!!! I raise my teacup to you, Kathleen!
8.       Tell us about the last thing that scared you to pieces

Getting married again after seven years of being a single mom. If God hadn't been all over every part of the process from arranging how we met to arranging how we married, I would have happily stayed single. However, I'm thrilled that I was given the chance to spend the rest of my life with this man. In October, it'll be five years--and counting!
9.       Your favorite all-time cartoon as a kid and what was it about it that you liked so much?

I loved the Jetsons. I figured by the time I was old enough to drive I'd have one of those flying cars, too. I'm still wishing for the machine that pops out a completely cooked meal.

10.   They call me the Selfie Queen which sounds terribly self-absorbed. So can you save my reputation and share the honor by posting a selfie here? J

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than fifty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and Book of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River. Connect with her through social media at www.kathleenybarbo.com.

Homestead Brides, a historical romance collection from Barbour Publishing, is in stores now: http://www.amazon.com/Homestead-Brides-Collection-Pioneering-Couples/dp/1630586862
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  1. Fun post! Great to learn more about Kathleen.


    Kathleen is LOVELY! What an encouragement to me in my early writing career!


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