Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March Madness in the Bluegrass

As soon as the sun warms the earth in the spring, I open my windows and it's time to clean house. This year, I'm clearing out stuff. You know that stuff you keep hoarding because someone might need it? Well, it's four years later, and no one needed it, so it's headed for another life somewhere else.

What does that have to do with March Madness? Think about it. Madness. Spring cleaning. Definitely related. And while I'm marathon cleaning, hubby is marathon potato-ing. You see, basketball is practically a religion in Kentucky.

But don't dare mention Kentucky and basketball in the same sentence if you're in the vicinity of a red-clad Louisville native. Rivalry is alive and well in the state of Kentucky. It's between the Red and the Blue. And this year, you have to admit the Blue is awesome. But families have been literally torn apart by this rivalry.

Me? I don't have a choice. I live with a rabid Kentucky fan. But here's a secret--I'm proud whether the winner is wearing red or blue--I've got friends and family on both sides. Shhh! Don't tell on me.

Do I watch the game? When I have to. Truth is, I get so nervous, I have to leave the room and guess what I'm doing? Cleaning. But I'm peeking at the TV every few minutes, just to check the score.

So now you know the connection between March Madness and spring cleaning--for me, anyway.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll come back next week, when I welcome a very special guest. Many of you may already know Lynn Mosher. Who better to write an Easter/Resurrection post? If you've never read her awesome devotionals, you can check out her website here. It is most excellent.

First March winner of my book, Amelia's Legacy is Jessica Weibel.
If you would like a chance to win a print copy of Amelia's Legacy, let me know either by commenting on this post, or send me a message on Facebook. You can also use the "Email me" tab at the top of this page. Just mention the name of the book and you'll be entered to win.

Coming in April: My next Authorview guest (3rd Tuesday of the month) is Cara Putnam. If you have ever attended an ACFW conference, you are familiar with that name. I hope you'll pop back in around that time. Watch my Facebookauthor page for more information.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Siri Mitchell - Authorview

Siri Mitchell

Siri Mitchell, novelist, Christy Award finalist, and today, it is my pleasure to welcome her to Authorview. I suppose I am also hosting Iris Anthony, so that makes this a two-for-one! I hope you enjoy her (their) interview. Please feel free to leave comments and ask additional questions!

Author/Artist Name: Siri Mitchell

Pen name (if different from above): Iris Anthony

I am a…thinker

You would like me when I’m…writing the first drafts of my novels

You wouldn’t like me when I’m…writing the second drafts of my novels. Or the third or fourth or fifth.

What qualities I like to see in others: Kindness

Favorite way to spend an evening:  Watching a movie

Who I love to spend an evening with: My husband

Am reading (or want to read): The Natural History of the Flirt

If I had a hammer… I would tap in the loose nails on my deck. Wait. I have a hammer!

My favorite genre is: Historical

My work-in-progress: Is a historical set at West Point Military Academy in the 1850s.

My favorite food is: Anything with caramel

I’m a collector of: Very odd characters begging to be put into a story

My favorite happily-ever-after: The movie While You Were Sleeping

Betty - Great answers, Siri! I'm especially interested in the book you're reading (or want to read)--The Natural History of the Flirt--what fun! And that would be considered research, right?

About Siri Mitchell:

Siri Mitchell has written over a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She also writes European historicals under the pseudonym Iris Anthony. Learn more at www.sirimitchell.com and www.irisanthony.com

Like a Flower in Bloom

It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

Connect with Siri Mitchell:

Siri Mitchell on Twitter            Iris Anthony on Twitter