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THE Sarah Monzon is here today to chat 😀
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Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in a small desert town in central Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
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Sarah’s latest release is 12 Days of Snowmen, a Christmas novella which is currently FREE for anyone who signs up for her newsletter!
Twelve days. That’s all Lucy Nel has left before her foster daughter, Abby, goes back to live with her biological mother. Twelve days to make this the best, most memorable Christmas of Abby’s young life. Lucy plans to provide a snowman for each day—no easy feat with Florida’s unseasonable temperatures. When an attractive new coworker nursing a wounded heart offers to help Lucy, she reluctantly accepts his generosity, determined not to let his friendship sway her from giving Abby her undivided affection.
Can twelve days of snowman turn into a lifetime of love?
Hello my friend! I’m honored to have you back on the blog! Thank you so much for chatting with me! 🙂 I start all of my guests with a fast four, as you know, BUT in our first Q&A waaaaaay back in September 2015 (forever ago) I already asked you two of my usual four so I’m mixing it up a bit today.
Sarah: Anything chocolate. Because chocolate. And if you add ice cream into the mix, then I’m a goner.
Carrie: mmmmm… I’m now craving a brownie with ice cream. Sigh. lol.
Sarah: “Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail. I’m not exactly sure if they are my favorite, but don’t you just love that movie?
Carrie: I DO! I do love that movie! And I love that particular scene. In fact, I had daisies at our wedding reception because we saw You’ve Got Mail on our first date.
Sarah: Christmas. It’s so magical with the twinkly lights and the fuzzy sweaters and warm fires and music and family and, and, and…
Carrie: ….and the cookies and the carols and the SNOW and the Hallmark movies. Yes.
Sarah: It’s this song I sing to my kids called “I love you so much.” It goes, “I love you so much. I love you so much. I can’t even tell you how much I love you. You’re precious to me. You’re precious to me. I’m so glad to have you as part of my life.” I used to rock them and sing them this song at bed time.
Carrie: awwwwwww!!! That is so sweet!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Sarah: Maybe going with the flow? Is that a superpower? I feel like it is and I am so thankful God blessed me with that part of my personality. I feel like it’s come in handy a lot in the past and will come in handy even more in the future now that we are becoming a military family.
Carrie: I’d said that’s definitely a superpower. And so is being a military family!
Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Sarah: Oh, you really should have given me a limit here because I could go on for daaaaaaays. I’ll try and restrain myself, but I’m not making any promises. So here, in no particular order, are some of my recent favorites.
The Feud Series by Tamara Leigh. These books haven’t even been out a year and I have read all three of them twice already. Besides being immensely entertaining, they each touched me in a special one, especially Baron of Godsmere. I could really identify with the heroine.
Speaking of touching books, if you want an awakening, then you must read Red Rose Bouquet by Jennifer Rodewald. By no means an easy read, but it is simply beautiful and may even shift your reality.
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof. So good. So many feels. Will be rereading this one again for sure.
The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese. If you haven’t read anything by Nicole Deese then you must remedy this at once. She is a masterful storyteller.
My waking and sleeping thoughts were kidnapped by The Gifting Series by K. E. Ganshert. Seriously. When I was awake all I could think about were the characters and plot of the books and I dreamed about them at night which pretty much never happens.
Tessa Afshar made me ugly cry with Land of Silence. Heart breaking, soul sobbing wrenching, she shattered me…but then put the pieces back together at the end.
Carrie: Girl… yes. To Land of Silence and The Lady & The Lionheart and The Promise of Rayne. I wholeheartedly concur. And the only reason I can’t concur about the others is because I (hangs head in blogger shame) haven’t read them yet.
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Sarah: I’m not sure I’d call this my favorite place to write, but it is my most regular place—the gym. More specifically, a stationary bike at the gym. Why? Two words. Child care. I find it impossible to write a home with a 5 year old and a 2 year old and I’m just too exhausted to write after they go to bed, plus that’s quality time, no-kid-time with the husband. So for an hour most mornings I pedal going nowhere and type away on my iPad, my imagination going everywhere.
Carrie: Ok, I completely love the way you said that last sentence!
Your new novella, 12 Days of Snowmen, is in the Carrington Family series universe but it’s actually about one of the secondary characters from Finders Keepers. Why did you decide to write Jonathan’s story?
Sarah: I decided to write Jonathan’s story because of a few readers’ responses…or perhaps demands might be a better word? *winky face* In fact, some even started their own #teamjonathan hashtag. I loved it! The banter between #teamjonathan-ers and #teamtrent-ers really put a smile on this girl’s heart.
Carrie: I’m sure I don’t know what you mean by “demands”. I would never do that … *whistles nonchalantly*
In 12 Days of Snowmen, Lucy wants to make this the most memorable Christmas ever for her foster daughter Abby. What is YOUR most memorable Christmas?
Sarah: I’m not sure I have one specific Christmas that sticks out, just dozens of precious memories that make all my Christmases sweet. From Christmas light hunting from the backseat of the car to my grandmother’s cherry cordial cookies to caroling in frigid nights to love and laughter and family and friends gathered around the tree on Christmas morning.
Carrie: All of those memories sound delightful and cozy and I want Christmas to be here RIGHT NOW!
What do you most want readers to take away from 12 Days of Snowmen?
Sarah: I think 12 Days of Snowmen encompasses the idea of giving of oneself. So, instead of getting caught up with making sure every item on our kids’ wish list is checked off and our credit card bills skyrocket in December, let’s take the pressure off and remember to give the same gift Jesus gave that fateful day—love.
Carrie: Beautifully said…
Sarah, I always love hanging out with you. In real life and online 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Sarah: In life or in writing? LOL Right now I feel like everything is coming up next. Writing-wise, look for the second Carrington Family novel to come out in spring, 2017. A Navy fighter pilot and a WWII female ferry pilot share their adventures within the pages. =)
Carrie: YAY! I can’t wait!!!
I’ve got paperback copies of The Isaac Project and Finders Keepers to give away to one of my readers! Giveaways are subject to Giveaway Policy.
What about you? What’s your most memorable Christmas?