Monday, October 27, 2014

A Cup of Christmas Cheer set with Debbie Lynne Costello ends November 3rd #cupofchristmascheer


I am super excited to be doing a signed book giveaway on my blog with my book! It’s so exciting! And since I’ve never done an interview on my blog with me, I thought I’d take my questions that I give my wonderful guests and let you learn a little bit about me! Be sure to read all the way through to learn how enter to win. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower so I can give you an extra entry.

So here it goes.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I am sitting in the living room at Wild Dunes in my favorite city, Charleston, SC. I set 90% of my stories here in this wonderful city. I’m wearing a pair of jean capris and a hot pink shirt. Love bright, bold, and neon colors!

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
Hmmm this is hard! Maybe I should change this question for my guests! LOL. My memory isn’t that good. I think I may have to come back to this one. One thing I learned even though I don’t write in the time period is back in bible times there were some homes that actually had air conditioning! Not like we think of air conditioning, but some wealthy did have it. They used the aqua ducts and had water run down in between their walls to keep their homes cool. They were actually taxed by how much water they used. They also had toilets with running water. It is just amazing to me when we think of ourselves as so advanced.

What is something that very few people know about you?
This is hard because I was asked this on another blog that is coming up and I don’t want to use the same one. Maybe that I was a real tomboy growing up. I loved to play with frogs, turtles, and snakes. Yes, I did say snakes. I used to carry them around! Thank goodness at about 12 I outgrew being a tomboy and wanted to be a normal girl. LOL>

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)


I am a terrible sentimental! So I could name several things. My wedding ring for one, but I’m going to take that one out of the running and do something more unique. I have an old cookie jar that has been in our family for a long time that I remember sticking my hand into as a child. But more than that I think my favorite thing would be my old bible collection. There is something about holding the word of God in my hands that three hundred years earlier someone read and held in their hands.


If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future, when and where would that be and why?  

Oh man, I’d like to pick two! And since this is my blog, I think I will! LOL! First, I was just saying yesterday as my daughter and I walked down East Bay street in Charleston that I’d love to be able to go back to the 19th century for a week and experience Charleston. I think I’d be surprised at all they knew and could do. Second place I’d like to go back to is Medieval England. Mind you for only a week or two and I’d have to be wealthy. Yikes! But I would love to see how the castles ran and experience some of that time period. I’m afraid I might be disappointed in some things and shocked at others.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Am I there yet? 




What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
It would have to be Gone with the Wind. The balls, the dresses, Rhett ;o), and of course Scarlett.






 

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I’m one of those people who is afraid to do anything that might get me called out on. My hubby drives me crazy when he pulls up to the front of a store in a no parking, fire zone and hops out as he says to me, “I’ll be right back.” I always scoot over and drive around the parking lot until he comes out. He thinks I'm paranoid. ;o) So I’m afraid I haven’t done too much crazy stuff. Two silly things come to mind. I used to coach cheerleading and me being the wonderful model of adulthood did flips from one bed to the other when we were staying at a hotel while at a competition. And then the first week of October a group of us took my then soon-to-be daughter-in-law to a corn maze and in the middle of the maze we did a pyramid. People were stopping and taking pictures.


Top:Hannah (DIL), 2nd row:Me, Kacie (my daughter), bottom: Amber, Deana, Emelie (pastor's wife)
What do you do for fun?
Well, besides cheerleading stunts in the middle of a corn maze, I love to ride horses and my hubby just bought me a Tennessee Walker for an early Christmas present so I’d have to say ride. I also love to camp in our fifth wheel.



More about Debbie Lynne:
Debbie Lynne has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren and they live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, her and her husband enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.  

I'm giving away a set of this years Cup of Christmas Cheer. To be entered in the drawing, tell me what answer to what question surprised you about me! I'm really interested to know! I'm looking forward to chatting with you this week. Good luck and don't forget to leave your email and let me know if you are a feedburner follower. 

$110 giveaway on Cup of Christmas Cheer blog Be sure to jump over to our CoCC blog for a chance to win a $70 amazon giftcard, Cup of Christmas Cheer sets 1 & 2, and Cup of Christmas Cheer sets 3 & 4. A $110 value. Here's the link!  http://cupofchristmascheer.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/grand-prize-giveaway/

Cup of Christmas Cheer
Short stories with tales of Christmas past and stories of Christmas present are the perfect length to be able to curl up with during the busy holiday season. Stories of faith, love, redemption, reconciliation all set around the Christmas holiday.



27 comments:

  1. How fun to interview yourself! It was nice to hear from you!

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  2. Hey Connie, thanks so much for coming by. If you stop back by, be sure to leave your email address so if your name is drawn I can contact you.

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  3. Hi Debbie Lynne, I really enjoyed your interview! So fun to learn more about you. Lots of the answers were surprising, I guess I could say, since we haven't really met. I think it is sweet the way you interacted with the cheerleaders, when you were coaching. I used to coach high school, girls' soccer, so I can kind of relate. Thank you for offering a copy of the set, A Cup of Christmas Cheer. I look forward to reading your story. Blessings...
    may_dayzee (AT) yahoo (DOT) com (I am a Feedburner follower)

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  4. Hey Kay, Thanks for coming by. That is really great that you coached girls' soccer. I loved working with them. I really hated giving it up. Those girls were such a blessing to me along with so many of their parents. I still have such fond memories and keep in touch with some of them. Thanks for being a feedburner follower. Good luck!

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  5. Hi, Debbie. I didn't have you pictured you doing a pyramid in a corn maze... :o) Besides that, your responses tell me that we have a lot in common.

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  6. Hey Janalyn. LOL. I used to be a cheerleader and coached for over 10 years. I guess I just can't get it out of my system. LOL> You know technology and all we have available to us is like a two edged sword. It gives us the opportunity to meet people online that we would never have gotten to know, but it also gives us these desires to want to spend time face to face with people but that is usually impossible. Sounds like we could have some fun together.

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  7. Hi Debbie! Congratulations on your release in the Cup of Christmas Cheer collection! I am eager to read these wonderful stories!!

    I enjoyed your interview and loved the pictures you included. I can't believe you played with snakes! As a mother of three, we play with our fair share of frogs and turtles around here. In fact, we currently have three turtles in our homeschool classroom. However, I draw the line at snakes! :)

    Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway opportunity! I am a blog follower.
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Britney! Thank you so much for following my blog! You are a wise mom not letting your children play with snakes. I have 3 boys and a girl and am very happy to say none of mine wanted to play with wild snakes. Although there was a time when my oldest wanted a pet snake. I loved turtles as a kid, too. Well, I guess I still do. I stop or make my hubby stop if I see one crossing or about to cross a road. LOL So cool that you homeschool. I did too! And you are an Aggie. I have a dear friend who was here last week that is an Aggie. Thanks for coming by. Good luck!

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  8. Hey Debbie! Congrats on getting your story in CoCC this year! I always enjoy your posts over at HHHistory blog so I'm excited to read your fiction too!
    I was surprised and I kind of dorked out to hear you were a tomboy and played with snakes, because I was and did as well. However my joy of snakes was to get back at my two big bros - 5 and 9 years older than myself. When they would pin me down and tickle me till I wet my pants and other torturous things, I'd just go hunting for garden snakes or very big worms to stick in their beds - they screamed like little girls and would leave me alone awhile! (I'm a feedburner follower.)
    kam110476 at gmail dot com

    PS. When I view your blog on my cell phone there's a beautiful pic of a gorgeous antebellum house in the background - where/what is it from?

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    1. Kam you made me laugh out loud! How funny that you stuck the snakes in your brother's beds. Garden snakes and green grass snakes were really a pretty docile snake. I was never bitten in all the years playing with them. Sounds like we could have been grand friends!

      I really don't know what antebellum house is coming up. I just looked on my phone and I get the same background picture. Could it be a picture from one of my old posts? It would probably be Charleston, SC because that's where a set most of my stories. Although I have one or two in Savannah.

      And thanks for giving Heroes, Heroines, and History www.hhhistory.com a plug! That's a great website with a lot of great authors.

      Good luck in the drawing!

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  9. Hi Debbie. Congratulations on having your story in CoCC this year! That is so exciting! I am thinking the whole playing with snakes is something I would not have considered fun.....lol. Would love to win and thanks for the giveaway.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. I am a Feedburner follower as well

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    2. Hey Betti! Yes, I have to admit, most girls were a bit freaked out by it. But I had one friend who liked them as much as me so we played together. Loved turtles, too. And frogs. Well, I loved animals period and still do. I wanted to be a vet when I was young. I was forever trying to help injured animals. Yikes! The stories I have!!! Thanks for being a follower and for coming by. Good luck!

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  10. I was surprised you'd like to go to Medieval England. I agree, being wealthy would make the visit better, lol.

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    1. There is so much of the Medieval that I think is hard to grasp the full understanding. I'd really love to go (like I said, as a wealthy person) and witness first hand what their daily lives were like. How much joy and fun did they have? Did they constantly worry about threats to their castles and their lives and love ones? Did they work from sun up to sun down. Oh my goodness, I'd just like to go and see for myself! Thanks for coming by, Bree. Good luck!

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  11. I loved this interview. I am also a GWTW fan.

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  12. Thank you, Susan. It was fun answering my own questions. :o) Now I know how all my guest bloggers feel. I love that you are a GWTW fan! It takes a fantastic writer to make a reader like someone as selfish as Scarlett.

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  13. I was definitely surprised to read that you played with snakes as a little girl. Frogs and turtles, I can understand...but not snakes!

    It was interesting to read what you learned about air conditioning in Bible times. I love history, but especially little tidbits like this.

    I'm currently reading the first 2 volumes of A Cup of Christmas Cheer and I cannot wait to get the newest ones.

    My email address is rolltide_04(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  14. LOL! Most people are surprised by the snake thing. I'm just so glad I outgrew it. At least they were just green snakes and garden snakes. I love finding tidbits of information about history. I couldn't believe the wealthy had air conditioning. But I also learned they had public bathrooms. There was a line of about 15 toilet seats or more and water ran beneath the cut out holes to wash the waste away.
    So glad you are enjoying CoCC 1 & 2. Good luck in winning the next set!

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  15. DEBBIE LYNNE!!! I thought I knew you and now I am glad to know you even better!!! I love this post and I feel like I got a real peek into your life at home! CONGRATS on your short story being published and it is LOVELY!!! So proud of you!!! Big hugs!!!

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  16. Thank you, Carrie. LOL. Never a dull moment around this house. Heehee. I'm looking forward to having you on SAS next month. And congratulations to you, too! You've got some exciting things going on in your writing career!

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    1. Wow, you do have a busy and cool life! TY for your kind words and I'm praying that God will keep bringing good writing opportunities your way, too! Hugs!

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  17. Thanks for that fun interview of yourself, Debbie!! I enjoyed learning more about you.

    While not specifically about you, the most surprising part of your interview - for me - was the info on the air conditioning and commodes during the days of the bible.

    I love Fiction Addiction Fix and look forward to reading your story in "A Cup of Christmas Cheer"!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a Feedburner follower!! Shared post!!

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    1. Thank you for being a follower, Bonnie! and I'm so glad you like FAF. That is wonderful to hear. Yes, the air conditioning is still hard to wrap my mind around. I was always led to believe differently about that time period, when actually they had running water, toilets, hot baths, and even air conditioning! Amazing!

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  18. Since I'm following more authors, I learn something new about everyone. I loved how you asked yourself questions. What a way to promote your book (story). The snake handling received a lot of comments. I have to tell you a story about a snake: When I was really young (about 7 or 8 years), I was sitting on the couch watching something on TV, when I noticed something moving in the dining room. My brother went to investigate. I was thinking it was paper, only to discover it was a snake! .When my brother picked it up, I screamed!!!!! Now when I see snakes I basically turn around and leave! :)

    Thanks for the great interview! It was wonderful looking into your busy but exciting life!

    I follow FeedBurner. My addy is: fujitani69(at)midco(dot)net.

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    1. Thanks for coming by and being a follower. Oh my goodness! That would be a bit hair raising to have a snake in your house. My daughter had that happen to her this summer! The back door got left open and a black snake decided to take up residence. LOL> She has never been a tomboy so needless to say she didn't welcome her visitor. But then today, neither would I! Thanks for your kind words and good luck!

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  19. Congratulations, Britney! You won!! Watch for an email.

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