Friday, July 17, 2015

Interview and #Giveaway with Erynn Mangum!

I (Jaime) LOVE featuring new-to-me authors!!!! Today we have Erynn Mangum with us and I'm excited to read her book. If the cover doesn't grab you as it did me, getting to know Erynn totally will!!

1. What inspired your story idea?

Bake Me a Match is the continuing story of Annie McKay, a spin-off character from my Lauren Holbrook series. I loved the idea of someone who was such a loner coming into this group of friends who just totally envelope her and how that changes her view of church and God.

2. What is your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero and heroine?

I love Zach’s humor and how he uses it to break Annie’s shell. And I love Annie’s tenderness that comes out when she doesn’t even realize it.

3. Please tell us about the spiritual theme of your story you hope every reader is challenged by:
I hope that readers are able to see how great Jesus’ love is for us and how gently He leads us – even down horrible, stormy paths. Annie has the most troubled past of any lead character I’ve ever written. It was so exciting to watch how God’s grace transformed her life!

4. Jaime & Anne are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea?

Okay, 99% of the time, I LOVE coffee. I adore coffee. Actually, my first two series (the Miss Match series and the Cool Beans series) both revolve a lot around coffee! But when I’m pregnant, I do not like coffee. I really don’t even like the smell of it. So, I stick with tea then. ;)

5. Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?

Pride and Prejudice or Emma! And a recent favorite has been North and South. Love those!

6. While Jaime loves to take selfies, and Erica and Gabrielle love museums, Anne loves Pinterest and food pics. Share a food pic, a favorite family recipe, or link us to your latest pin on Pinterest.

I just baked these for my oldest son’s birthday! They are hands down the BEST blueberry muffins ever and they are super easy. They’ve become a tradition in our house. Here’s the link! 

7. Always wanted to be an author? Or surprised your path led you to publish?

I always have loved to write but I never wanted to be an author. I love being around people and sitting behind a computer all day just didn’t sound like a great career. But I truly do love this career path!! I have learned how to channel a lot of that socialness into my stories.

8. Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?

I most prefer modern-day, especially to write. I do love to read the occasional historical and I’m all over the place with those. Love Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series, which takes place a few years after Christ’s resurrection, and I love the Jane Austen era for both reading and movies.

9. Favorite heroine of all time, and why?

Oh goodness. I feel like I’m picking a favorite child. Can I have several? I love Hadassah from the Mark of the Lion series for her faith and character development. Such a powerful character! Love Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice for her stubbornness and strength in a time when women weren’t really supposed to act that way. And for my non-fiction friends, the biography of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot is totally life changing!


Here is a little bit about Erynn's latest novel, just to whet your appetite.

Annie McKay is loving her new job at Merson's bakery and cafe, loving the church she's attending and loving the people who have adopted her into their circle of friends. Life seems to be going great - even with the 3:45am alarm clock every day. At least, it's going great until she accidentally creates the town's newest delectable obsession leaving her crazy busy at work, running into old coworkers and then there's Zach, the attractive music pastor at church, who is always asking her out. It could be love, but that would open up a huge box from Annie's past that is best left locked up tight in the attic of her heart...and surely God wouldn't want her to be opening it back up. Right? With the help of good friends like Laurie Holbrook, a few hundred cinnamon rolls and a lot of prayer, Annie is about to discover that life isn't always taking the easy, smooth highway but that the back roads, though bumpy and painful, can also be full of fun.
Erynn Mangum

Meet Erynn here as well and don't forget to keep scrolling down to win an e-book copy!

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Jaime Wright -
"The Cowgirl's Lasso", Coming 2016, Barbour Publishing

Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Director of Development & Associate Relations and specializes in sarcasm :)
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  1. So far I've read all of Erynn's novels except for this one and book four in the series. I have book four on my Kindle, but haven't gotten to it yet in my TBR stack! :)

    Erynn, have you ever considered writing a series of friends where each lady in the "circle" is the main character in each book? You could make the heroes have occupations like your family. Since your brother is planning to be a dentist (did I get that right?) you should grill him about his dental work.

    1. OOOOOOO!!!!! you're way ahead of me in reading Erynn's books! :) Love your question too!

  2. Wow. These books sound great. I haven't read any of this author's but they are going in my TH E pile!

  3. Sound like a cook book to read. Thanks for a chance to win. KIm

  4. Sounds like a great read! I love discovering a author that I haven't read before, Thanks!


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