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Christmas Memories

d43e8e98bd5940d6b347f133453aadf5I’m old enough now the things that were popular when I was a kid are coming back in style. Movies, toys, clothing. Some of which were so terrible they should’ve stayed in the past. Every generation can sympathize, I’m sure.

Yesterday, on Facebook, someone had posted a Christmas toy catalog from 1984. What fun to click on the pages and remember the commercialized  items that held me spellbound as a child. You know how kids want everything they see advertized on TV.

This gem here brought back some warm, fuzzy memories. I was five, so it would’ve been Christmas 1987. Strawberry Shortcake was my favorite and if I could just have her dollhouse, I’d never ask for anything again. Christmas morning, my eyes foggy from sleep, I stepped into our living room lit by glass multi-colored tree bulbs and there sat this magnificent, three floor Strawberry Shortcake dollhouse. I was a happy girl.

I played with that dollhouse for several years. It withstood attacks from my brothers Star Wars action figures and Barbie’s constant visits. Memories long forgotten until yesterday.

What was your favorite childhood Christmas gift?


~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance. Visit her website for more information.



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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Candice Sue Patterson, Writing


Author Chat with Candice Sue Patterson

Today, we’re talking setting with one of our own, fellow Quid member Candice Sue Patterson. Candice writes Inspirational contemporary romance with Pelican Book Group. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is now available in paperback candiceportraits009-xland eBook format at major online book retailers.

QPQ: Candice, tell us a little about your story.

CSP: Thank you, ladies, for hosting me! How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is about a beekeeper–Huck–who inherits a building occupied by the owner of a bridal boutique. He has his reasons for being against weddings, and since the boutique is struggling to survive anyway, he decides to evict the owner and open a sporting goods store. However, his eviction notice brings a surprise for him when he discovers the boutique owner is Arianne, a woman he’s indebted to for a mistake he made years ago. Old attractions flare, life brings unforeseen circumstances, and Huck and Arianne find themselves needing each other in ways they never expected.

There’s humor, drama, lots of romantic tension, and some nostalgia sprinkled in as well.

QPQ: Sounds like both characters get more than they bargained for! This novel is set in Maine, near Acadia National Park. Why did you choose that setting?

CSP: After visiting Downeast, Maine in 2011, I knew I had to write a book about it. The landscape is breathtaking, the food is die for, and the pebble beaches are like no other. As cheesy as it sounds, I left a piece of my heart behind.

How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is set in the fictional towns of Pine Bay and Summerville, Maine. On a map, Pine Bay—the town where Arianne’s bridal boutique is located—would sit in the Ellsworth area. Summerville—where Huck’s home and honey farm are located—is Somesville, Acadia National Park territory.

Maine is home to some of the world’s best produce such as blueberries, cranberries, apples (and many more). These crops need bees for pollination to produce a good yield. That alone made this area a great setting, but it’s also fun contrasted with Huck’s southern personality.

QPQ: Reading this book, I felt like I was really in Maine. I could almost feel the sea spray! Tell us why a good setting is important in a book and how you achieve that.

maine-2CSP: Without a setting, a book is nothing but a story playing out on a blank canvas. I don’t live in black and white. I live in color. Therefore, I want the stories I read to paint a vivid palette in my mind. I expect no less from my readers. A good setting grounds the reader into the story, whisks them away for a while, and, if done right, can become like a character itself.

I’m a very detail-oriented person (sometimes to a fault), and it shows in my writing. If I want to create a vivid picture in the reader’s mind, make them feel like they’re really there, I can’t just say, “The ocean waves roared onto shore.” Yes, the reader gets the picture, but the vagueness only draws an outline. But if I write, “Foamy waves crashed against the jagged boulders, churning the greenish water. The color reminded Arianne of the jade Depression glass her grandma used to display on shelves in the summer kitchen.”

See the difference? Foamy waves gives the water texture, jagged boulders gives the scene dimension, and greenish water gives us color. But it doesn’t stop there. The color of jade Depression glass tells the reader exactly what shade of green and gives the moment depth as it shows a glimmer of the character’s past. All things combined, it creates sound in the reader’s mind as well, since our brains know the bubbly sound foam makes and the surge of water against rocks.

I achieve these details either by looking at pictures—tourism guides work great!—recalling a personal memory, or even listening to soundtracks that bring the desired effect. I sometimes even burn candles with scents that will set a desired mood.

QPQ: That’s a lot of action to create a couple of sentences! But it works. Your settings transport me. What else you can tell us about a good setting?

CSP: If you’re a writer, take your time perfecting your setting. Most of us read to escape our lives for a little while, so don’t cheat your reader. Make them feel like they’ve really traveled there, because it may be a place they’ll never get to see in person. Like well-crafted characters who make us miss the story long after the book has been read, a well-crafted setting can do the same.

QPQ: Thanks for talking setting with us today, Candice! How can readers connect with you?

CSP: Readers can always contact me through my website, and find me at the following links:



Goodreads:   available-now


My novel can also be found at the following retailers. Thanks again for having me today!


Author Feature: Rachelle Rae Cobb

rachelle-rae-cobbToday, we’d like to introduce you to author Rachelle Rae Cobb. Rachelle reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. During college, Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South.

Rachelle is the author of the acclaimed Steadfast Love Series. The series is set in 16th-century Europe, where the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, a half-Dutch Catholic, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?

The Sound of Silver, book two in the series, is celebrating it’s first birthday! Here’s a little about the book:

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Sounds like a great read, doesn’t it? To purchase The Sound of Silver, check out these links.    sound of silver.jpg


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ISBN: 1939023610

ISBN-13: 978-1939023612


For more on Rachelle Rae Cobb, her books, and her editing services, visit her website at



~Candice Sue Patterson


To Speak or Not To Speak?

repub-and-demoThe closer we get to election time, the more I’m convinced this isn’t a war between Trump and Clinton. It’s a spiritual war. The nastiness being blasted on social media isn’t just among republicans and democrats but between Christians.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve read dozens of Facebook posts by Christians defending Hillary’s stance on abortion. Likewise, I’ve read posts by Christians sugar-coating Trump’s absurd behavior toward others, especially handicapped individuals and women. However, the fact we don’t have a decent candidate to choose from this election isn’t the focus on my post today, though it highly concerns me. What makes steam pour out my ears like Yosemite Sam after a failed attempt to make Bugs Bunny his dinner is the way Christians are treating other Christians in the comments they’re leaving.

I’ve seen more adults act like children while defending their viewpoints, calling each other names (like anyone is going to take them seriously with that kind of behavior), relaying in detail exactly how God will judge that person for their belief (as if any of us are holy enough to make that call), and some even being so bold as to put words in God’s mouth that aren’t even biblical.

I’m appalled.

Truth is, folks have already made their choice on which candidate they believe is best, so to debate, especially on such an immature level, is a waste of time. I’m not saying Christians shouldn’t “like” or leave comments at all, I simply want Christians to think about a few things before sending their opinions into cyberspace.

  1. Why do you feel the need to comment? Are you defending God’s word or are you really just convinced you’re right and they’re wrong?
  2. Is commenting really worth your time? Or risking a friendship? After all, you could spend that time in prayer for your country, witnessing to someone, or reading your Bible.
  3. Do you have sound scripture to defend your viewpoint? (Putting words in God’s mouth is unwise.)
  4. Is your defense based on God’s word or your own understanding?
  5. Is your comment insulting to others (are you name-calling or acting immature)? Are you using the right tone with your words (opposition given in love)

After all, we’re not advancing the cause of Christ if we’re not living Christ-like.

Lastly, choose this day whom you will serve. (Joshua 24:15) DON’T defend something God is against, but you think there should be exceptions to. (Proverbs 3:5-7 and Ephesians 5:17) You’re either following God or you’re not. (Matthew 6:24)

Pray for your country. Pray for your fellow Christians. Pray for wisdom and a right attitude as we prepare to elect the next leader of our country.

Pray for God’s mercy.

~Candice Sue Patterson


Animals & Authors with Candice Sue Patterson

candice1Welcome, Friends! We’re featuring one of our own, author Candice Sue Patterson. Candice’s new novel, How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart, releases November 1st.

QPQ: I’m thrilled to hear your new novel has a release date, Candice! I’ve been waiting a long time to see this one in stores. It’s already available in electronic format, right?

CSP: That’s correct. If you have a reader, you can get the e-version on October 28th. Print copies are available now at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Walmart (online), and Target (online). Barnes & Noble, Pelican Book Group, and other retailers will release them on November 1st.

QPQ: Thanks for the clarification. I can’t wait to have a print copy! Introduce us to your furry friends.

indyCSP: Our dog, Indiana Bones, is a stray we took in several years ago after he moved into our vacant dog house and refused to leave.

QPQ: Who could let him leave with a face like that? He’s adorable. And what a great name for him! How did you come to choose that name?

CSP: I actually let my kids name the dog. They were big into Indiana Jones at the time, and since the dog is part beagle, he was constantly following a trail to anticipated treasure. Always digging. We call him Indy for short.

QPQ: I love a dog who lives up to his name. Who else are you sharing with us today?

CSP: This is Baby Kitty. He’s long past babyhood at age fifteen. I got him as a kitten, and his was meant to be a temporary name, but after a while the name stuck. His personality is much like mine, which may not be a good thing. 😉

QPQ: I’m sure it’s a wonderful thing! Do Indy and Baby Kitty help you write?

baby-kittyCSP: Indy doesn’t help much as he’s an outside dog, but Baby Kitty keeps my side warm, snuggling with me while I write. He’s actually a character in my novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart, as the kitten Huck surprises Emma with. Unfortunately, in real life, Baby Kitty is old and having health problems so I wanted a way to keep him alive after he’s gone.

QPQ: That’s a wonderful idea. A beautiful tribute for a beloved pet. What a sweet face he has! Other than Baby Kitty, have you written previous pets into your stories?

CSP: Absolutely! I sprinkle a lot of my life into my stories. My Australian Blue Heeler, Katie, who passed away right before Indy moved in (hence, the vacant dog house) is in my current manuscript as a farm dog. She loved living in the country, so this part is perfect for her.

QPQ: That’s awesome. I have a Blue Heeler, too. He and I are much alike. We both love to eat, hate riding in the car, and get a little cantankerous when the doorbell rings. What do you have in common with your pets?

CSP: Hmm…with Baby Kitty, I’d say our mutual affection for being lazy. Like him, I enjoy stretching out on the couch and napping (or in my case reading a good book). We both love soaking up the sunshine that pours through our windows, and we can both be temperamental from time to time.

As for Indy, our common interest is adventure. We both love to see and explore new places.

QPQ: You have two precious pets, Candice. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! We wish both Baby Kitty and Indy well. Where on the web can readers connect with you and your books?

CSP: Thanks for hosting me, friends! I love reader mail, so you can find me at the following places:






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Animals & Authors with Barbara Britton

Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it? Really?

Today we welcome author Barbara M. Britton.

QPQ: Introduce us to your pets.

BB: My family and I are the proud owners of “the cat that won the lottery.” Her nickname autumn_on_clothes_brittonwas given by the farmer who would have gotten rid of her, but she was too small to find.  Our boys found her under some hay in a barn. We could either take the kitten home, or our friend was going to let his Labrador finish the job–so to speak. Our new addition rode home clinging to my sweater and wondering where all the hay had gone. Now she is an inside cat who is very spoiled.

We also have a leopard gecko which was supposed to die before my son went off to college, but he’s still alive!!! My son will be a junior at UW-Madison this year. I feed him live crickets (the gecko, not my son). And yes, I have to take care of the crickets too.

QPQ: Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with your pets’ name?

BB: We named our new kitten (now an older cat) Autumn because it was fall when we found her in the hay loft, and she has an orange spot on the top of her head that looks like a leaf. She is fondly referred to as Autumn Bottom. I like the sound.

halo_britton_blogOur gecko is named Halo after a video game.

QPQ: How do your pets help you in your writing?

BB: Autumn is so cute when she sleeps. She’ll be upside down, or have her paw framing her face. When I take a break from writing, her wacky positions make me smile. She also knows when my boys haven’t put their clothes away and she’ll play queen of the mountain. Writing is a solitary activity most of the time, so I like to have Autumn in the house with me. She can’t talk, but she’ll make me take a break from writing to give her some tuna by trying to rub against my leg.

The cricket keeper is by my office, so I hear chirping while I write. Halo indirectly adds to my writing ambience.

QPQ: Have you ever written one of your pets into your story?

BB: No cats have shown up in my stories. I do reference a gecko or skink in my latest novel as my character has a piece of worn wood that looks like a lizard. Skinks, lizards, and geckos are unclean animals in the Bible. You aren’t supposed to touch them. Oh well, we’ve blown that one.

QPQ: Tell us what you have in common with your pets?

BB: Halo’s heat lamp would be wonderful on a cold Wisconsin day. I’m a fan of warmer weather and so is Halo. He has a heat lamp going 24/7.

Autumn and I are the only girls in my house. I used to refer to my living room as the testosterone zone since I always had boys in my house—my own sons and their friends. Autumn would hide out with me in my office when times got rowdy.

Thank you for letting me brag on my pets. I am so grateful to my readers and bloggers. They can find me in the world-wide web at these locations:





Thanks for joining us today, Barbara! For more on Barbara and her latest providence_h12055_680release Providence: Hannah’s Journey, visit her social media links and


~Candice Sue Patterson


My Other New Addiction

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Parmesan chicken with lemon pasta via Pinterest

Last month, I talked about my new addiction. Adult coloring. (Click here to read the post.) Since then, I’ve started another new, to me, addiction.


I know it’s been around for a while, but I’m usually late for everything and Pinterest is no exception. So what’s got me hooked? Visual planning. The ability to see the end result of a recipe, read the ingredients, decide if it would fit my family’s needs, and then pin it to a board to use later.

In the last two weeks, I’ve cooked dozens of delicious new recipes that have—drumroll, please—actually filled the stomachs of my three boys, two of which are teenagers. Can you

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A cake I made for a baby shower, design via Pinterest

hear the hallelujah chorus?

I’ve also gotten great ideas on how to freshen up my wardrobe, redecorate my home on a budget, push my creativity with fun DIY projects, and turn my novels into a visual scrapbook for readers by posting my book covers, photos of people who resemble my characters, setting photos, etc.

I’m struggling to limit my Pinterest time, as I could spend hours of my life there. Do you feel my pain? Are there any other Pinterest addicts out there?



~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart releases November 1st. For more on Candice and her books, visit her website at