Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Barbara J. Scott

December 11, 2016 Author Interview, Barbara J Scott, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, romance 41

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I’m so honored to have Barbara Scott on the blog today!

barbara-j-scottBarbara J. Scott, an inspirational book editor for more than eighteen years, has recently returned to her first love – writing!  She has more than forty years of publishing experience, ranging from newspapers and magazines to inspirational books, and has written numerous novels, screenplays, and gift books. Among her many published works, Barbara is the co-author of the best-selling novel Sedona Storm, as well as the sequel Secrets of the Gathering Darkness, both published by Thomas Nelson.

She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with Mike, her husband of forty years, and their Kidhuahuas, Sissy and Riley.

Connect with Barbara on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” appears in Sleigh Bells Ring: Four Contemporary Novellas, released in October 2016 by Gilead Publishing.

sleigh-bells-ring-coverSanta Claus is coming to town, and so are the Tucker sisters.

Never mind a pony. The Tucker girls have inherited their father’s horse farm for Christmas. Make that . . . a run-down horse farm. It needs some serious TLC in order to make it sell-ready. Joanna knows that by recruiting her sisters and one handsome ranch hand they can fix up the place and even celebrate one last Christmas while they’re at it. However, to Isabella, returning to their home in Kentucky bluegrass country for Christmas seems like an impossible hurdle. Can her Chicago boyfriend make life merry and bright again?

One thing’s for sure—nothing is peace on earth for Sophia as a new beau brings up old wounds. And when the fate of the horse farm is put in jeopardy because Amy accidentally fraternizes with the enemy, tensions rise. But it’s not like the land developer stole Christmas . . . just her heart.

Can the Tucker sisters have themselves a merry little Christmas?

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Hi Barbara! Welcome to the blog 🙂 I start all of my guests out with a fast four…

apples or oranges

Barbara: Crisp apples

Carrie: Why?

Barbara: Truthfully? The citric acid in oranges causes skin eruptions/sores in my mouth and on my tongue. Ewww! TMI?

Carrie: Haha! I had to ask, right? 😉 I’m allergic to oranges and they cause similar reactions for me but on the outside of my mouth.

winter or summer

Barbara: Summer. I love the sunlight, flower gardens, and I can wear shorts.

Carrie: may I point out here that you wrote a Christmas novella? lol!

dogs or cats

Barbara: How can I choose? I’ve had both, but I suppose I lean toward dogs. I hate to clean the litter box.  We have two rescue Chihuahuas now—Riley and Sissy—who have a doggy door into our fenced backyard. No fuss, no muss. lol

Carrie: My dog Zuzu believes this is yet more proof that dogs are the superior animal… 

coffee or tea

Barbara: Coffee. For a bazillion reasons! I love the aroma, the taste, the subtle nuances of a dark roast…plus it keeps my brain sharp. Did you know the latest research shows that drinking four cups of coffee a day can stave off Alzheimer’s? I’m not taking any chances…two cups in the morning and two cups in the afternoon.

Carrie: Ugh. With Alzheimer’s on both sides of my family that means I should probably start drinking coffee. But it’s so bitter! Where’s the study that says drinking hot chocolate can help stave it off too? I need that one… lol.

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Barbara: Speed reading. So many books and so little time! In fact, I never read a book twice. There’s always another great one waiting for me to dive into.

Carrie: Amen! Reading superpowers are the best 🙂

Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Barbara: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell published in 1877 but still popular in the 1950s. It was written from the perspective of the horse.  Here’s one of the famous lines from the last paragraph of Chapter 13: “… there is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham…”

Carrie: That’s so true. I have a beautiful copy of Black Beauty that I received as a child. I need to get it out and read it again sometime soon.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

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Img Source: Instagram, @the_simple_sophisticstion

Barbara: Lately, horse physiology, equine flu, equine veterinarians, and how to do a physical exam on a racehorse…all for my story of Sophie in Sleigh Bells Ring.

Carrie: You’d fit in here in Kentucky quite nicely with your newly acquired info haha!

Your novella in Sleigh Bells Ring is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” which follows Sophie Tucker’s story. How is Sophie unique compared to the other Tucker sisters in this collection?

Barbara: Sophie lives and breathes horses. From the time she learned to ride at the age of four, she always wanted to be an equine vet and accomplished her goal with single-minded focus. A tall, lithe beauty with long, auburn hair pulled back in a ponytail, Sophie doesn’t have a clue how beautiful she is. She doesn’t wear a lick of makeup and dresses in flannel shirts, worn jeans, and scuffed work boots that have stepped in a lot of manure. This is a sister who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and nothing scares her. Feisty, teasing sense of humor, and doesn’t mince words.

Carrie: Sophie sounds like the kind of heroine I love to read about – completely opposite me but fun to befriend!

What is one of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Barbara: I love retrieving the Christmas decorations out of the attic and decorating our tree with ornaments my mother-in-law handmade every year: crocheted angels and stars, puffy teddy bears with glued-on eyes, plastic canvas Santa Clauses. For more than 30 years, our Christmas present from her was a new box of ornaments. Our tree topper is a painted porcelain angel with freckles and a red knit hat. It’s the perfect tree to wow children…not adults. The piece de resistance is the candy canes we hang on the tree at the very last and the Nativity scene we set up under the branches. Christmas music and mulled cider make it the perfect day.

Carrie: oh that sounds absolutely delightful! And what a treasure to have those handmade ornaments from your mother-in-law!

What do you most want readers to take away from “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”?

Barbara: The importance of faith, family, friends, forgiveness, and reconciliation. And of course, true love. Sort of the warm, fuzzy feeling you get after watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. 

Carrie: I love that feeling! 🙂

Barbara, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Barbara: At the present, I’m editing my historical romance in The Reluctant Brides series titled Dreams of My Heart, and writing the proposal for a contemporary romance series. I’ll share more as the projects develop, but I think you’ll fall in love with Texas cattleman Buck McKean and a feisty, petite Kate O’Brien, a new Irish immigrant to Montana Territory. Thanks for inviting me to stop by!

Carrie: I’m excited about both projects! Stop by any time 🙂

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Barbara Scott is offering a paperback copy of Sleigh Bells Ring for one of my readers to win! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US only, due to mailing costs and international regulations. Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.

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What about you? What are some of your most treasured ornaments?

Carrie

41 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Barbara J. Scott”

    • Carrie

      My parents still have several that my brother and I made in school … 30 odd years ago lol. Brings back sweet memories 🙂

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Another fun blog interview, Carrie! It was great to get to know more about Barbara and her books. I must put this one on my TBR list!

    Barbara, your books sound wonderful. I don’t think I’ve read any of your books, although I’ve heard about you. Thanks for the fun interview.

    I have some glass ornaments my mother gave me that have been in our family since I was little–a looooong time ago. I also have some small fancy Christmas frames that I’ve put the pictures of each of our kids and grandkids in. We hang them all on the tree. The grandkids love trying to find their picture, and we have one new one to hang this year for our new granddaughter!

    • Carrie

      oooo i love old ornaments like that! And those picture ornaments sound so sweet, my BFFF! We have one like that of me…. from 5th grade …. let’s just say that it’s not my best photo. I try to hide it deep within my parents’ tree every year while my brother – with great delight – puts it high high high (where I can’t reach) and right in the front & center. Sigh. LOL.

  2. Pam K.

    My most treasured Christmas ornaments are ones my kids have given me.
    This sounds like a great novella collection. My favorite novella collections are the ones where the stories are connected.

  3. Terrill Rosado

    I’m not particularly sentimental when it comes to my Christmas ornaments. We do have some ornament traditions that have been fun. My children have received an ornament from us and my mom every year since they were born. When they finally leave the nest, they will have a large selection to take with them and decorate their own trees.

  4. Susan Dyer

    I have a glass pinecone ornament from my great grandmother who I never met and it has a strand of garland in it. It’s truly special and unique, well to me anyway.

  5. carylkane

    Handmade ornaments are so special. Several years ago, I did counted cross-stitch ornaments for a couple of friends.

    Carrie and Barbara, thank you for the great interview and giveaway.

  6. Pat Tomlinson

    My favorites are the Hallmark angels. My husband tries to find a special ornament every year.

  7. Janice Moore

    I have a Christmas tree ornament that opens into a cross, so that is my favorite ornament.

  8. JJ

    My treasured ornaments are the ones given to me by my friends, niece, & nephew. Most of them hand made in some way.

  9. Connie Saunders

    I treasure the ornaments that our daughter made and I also have a Christmas decoration from the first holiday celebrated after my husband and I married. It is a plastic Santa in his sleigh being pulled by the reindeer. It is about 14 inches long and I set it on greenery on top of our TV that first Christmas. I’ve never seen another quite like it and it is priceless to me!

  10. Phyllis Barlow

    I made and posted a comment, but keep getting a message that says, “Aw Shucks.” We didn’t get your entry. Please try again.” What am I doing wrong?

  11. Merry

    My most treasured ornaments are the ones my sister needlepointed and ones my grandmother made out of beads. Both of them are with the Lord now and I treasure the work of their hands.

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