I can’t tell you how excited I am to welcome Regina Jennings here today! I first met her a couple years ago at a writers conference and then became an agency-mate and thenย celebrated the news of her debut novel. She’s one of those people who has a permanent smile, and she somehow blends sweet and funny in a winsome combo. (Wow, did I just use the word ‘winsome’? Well, it fits!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s get to know her a little better before we dive into the interview…

Regina Jenningsย is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked atย The Mustang Newsย and First Baptist Church of Mustang,ย along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives in central Oklahoma with her husband and their four children.

She can be found online at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Welcome, Regina! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’ve given my questions a Valentine-ish spin. ๐Ÿ™‚ So let’s get to it, shall we?

Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?

Content, unsophisticated, amused, smiley, curious, laid-back, friendly

1) How you met your hubby: Love at first sight or Grew into love?

How we metโ€ฆ thatโ€™s an embarrassing story that will forever brand me as the biggest nerd ever. We went to high school together for three years, but our paths had never crossed. We met my senior year. I was dressed as my mom and was taking my freshman sister around to meet her teachers at open house. Yes, Iโ€™m serious. I had my hair in a bun and was wearing my momโ€™s clothes and glasses. My sister stopped to flirt with this gorgeous basketball player that sheโ€™d met at the beginning of the year. We were introduced, but I didnโ€™t want to stay and talk for obvious reasons.

I had to stop this narrative to ask him what it was about that meeting that caused him to hunt down my phone number. He says it was my sense of humor. I thought he liked the librarian look.

Love at first sight or grew into love? Did I mention that heโ€™s hot? If I was deep and spiritual Iโ€™d say that I gradually grew to love his mature Christian faith. True, I didnโ€™t realize what a wonderful man he was at first, but his looks kept me around until I had time to discover it.

2) Romantic getaway: Redwood Forest or Miami Beach? ย I like to hide. A beach with tall hotels would aggravate my sniper phobia. Redwood Forest, definitely. (Yes, snipers can climb trees, but the leafy barrier would obstruct their view.)

3) A day with your valentine: Walk in the park or go to the movies?ย  A walk in the park, especially if itโ€™s wild and I can pretend like weโ€™re explorers.

4) Valentine’s dinner: Chicken marsala or Steak and potatoes?ย  What breed of chicken is a marsala? Iโ€™ve never seen one of those so Iโ€™ll have to go with steak and potatoes. Angus.

5) What you’ll wear: Fancy dress or Jeans and a nice sweater?ย  I hate jeans and sweaters. Iโ€™d wear a dress, even if we were going exploring. If itโ€™s good enough for Sacajaweaโ€ฆ

6) Sweet treat: Box of chocolates or chocolate cheesecake?ย  Chocolate Cheesecake. Mmmmโ€ฆ

7) Valentine flowers: Red roses or Pink daisies?ย  Tough choice. I like the traditional extravagance of red roses, but pink daises are probably more my style. How about a giant bouquet with both?

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I like your thinking on the flowers, Regina. Equal opportunity. ๐Ÿ™‚ And your meet-the-hubby story is one of the best I’ve ever heard! I’m curious why you had to pose as your mom and if she really does wear a bun and glasses. But hey, whatever catches the guy in the end, right?

Thanks for being here today! You’re a blast! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sixty Acres and a Bride

She’s Finally Found a Place to Call Home… How Far Will She Go to Save It?

With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to their Texas family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have just three months to pay.

Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. They welcome her vivacious spirit and try to help her navigate puzzling American customs. She can’t help but stand out, though, and her beauty captures attention. Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, Rosa must decide to what lengths she will go to save her future.

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Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Who or what is the strangest thing you’ve dressed up as? Any fun meet-the-hubby stories to share? Or how about flower preferences…pink or red?


 


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  • February 13, 2012 at 5:25 am
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    So fun to learn more about you, Regina! I’m also very curious to know why you were dressed up as your mom.

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:44 am
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      It was an open house “meet and greet” the teachers. My parents didn’t want to go, so we thought it’d be funny if I pretended to be our mom and sit down for progress reports on my own sister. Half the teachers knew me anyway and we had a good laugh. Others told her later that they thought I was just a young step-mom. Not the best time to meet cute boys.

  • February 13, 2012 at 7:42 am
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    Great to see Regina here! You’ve gotta love those authors from Oklahoma ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:44 am
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      Thanks for coming by, Julie! No mooing at the booksigning Saturday. No owl dress, either.

  • February 13, 2012 at 7:46 am
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    Your interview made me smile. I would love to read SIXTY ACRES AND A BRIDE thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:45 am
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      I’m so glad, Mary. I’m getting ready to wake the kids up for school so that’ll be the last smile I get for a few hours.

      God bless!

  • February 13, 2012 at 8:31 am
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    I loved Regina’s “meet-cute” story!
    Funniest dress up story: I once dressed up as a pregnant woman for our church’s Harvest Festival, telling all my friends this was the closet they’d ever come to seeing me pregnant. I was done, done, done having babies. Several years later, I was flabbergasted by a surprise pregnancy.
    Never say never, right?
    Going to tweet this and post it on my FB author page!

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:46 am
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      How funny! I have tubs of our used baby clothes that I’m superstitiously holding onto, convinced that the moment I give them away I’m going to have a surprise. I guess I’ll give them to my grandchildren someday.

    • February 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm
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      Oh no, Beth! Your story kinda scares me because I’m saying I’m done, done, done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • February 13, 2012 at 8:34 am
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    Really enjoyed this interview! I loved Regina’s story about meeting her husband…and yes, I’m curious too why she had to dress up like her mom–but I guess it did the trick!

    Thanks for the post, Sarah!

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:48 am
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      It was a fun interview to answer, Heidi. I explained the meeting the hubby story better after the first comment, but really it defies logic. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for commenting.

  • February 13, 2012 at 8:38 am
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    Regina, you really have a delightful sense of humor. But then when a mom has a large family (4), it’s either do or die and delightfully funny is a definitely better way of do. (I had 5 little one’s and I know how wonderful and how challenging it can be). Keep your sense of humor.

    Question: How in the world do you find time or energy to write?

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:52 am
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      Thanks Vera. Time is at a premium, no doubt, and there are things I wish I could do more of (housekeeping, birthday party planning, socializing), but I think God has given me this opportunity so I’ll sacrifice some of those wishes for this purpose.

      Congratulations on raising 5! I imagine your house was a riot at times.

      • February 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm
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        Yes. We were very busy. In fact my first 4 were born in just under 6 years (ouch) and we were stuck in a 2 bedroom 1 bath house because of no money. Then we finally closed in our carport to gain a 3rd bedroom and 2nd bath (yippee) and surprise!!!! We found out a little caboose was coming along 8 1/2 years after the 4th had been born. Talk about chaos! Well, #5 was born with teen ideas and desire for teen privileges because everyone else was teen or pre-teen. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes. We were a close, busy group of folk.

  • February 13, 2012 at 8:44 am
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    I appreciate the intro to Regina, thanks Sarah! Her book sounds interesting; I’d love to be entered. ๐Ÿ™‚ As for flowers, I like both pink and red, and lots of other colors. Happy Monday!

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:52 am
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      Maybe we should link these comments to our husbands so they know our flower preference…

      Thanks for coming by to visit!

  • February 13, 2012 at 9:07 am
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    That was a great interview, you guys! I LOVE learning about new authors, especially ones with a sense of humor. I enjoyed the story of how you and your hubby met, Regina, definitely unique. Thanks for sharing with us today!

    • February 13, 2012 at 11:34 am
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      Thanks Cindy. We’ve had many equally unique and embarrassing moments since. Thanks for visiting!

  • February 13, 2012 at 9:37 am
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    Great interview. Had me laughing, which is hard to do on a Monday morning. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Um, so once my Sunday School class did a “hobo party,” where we were supposed to bring one ingredient for a pot of soup and dress up like hicks/rednecks/hobos. I dressed up in overalls and was barefoot and pregnant (a pillow that kept falling down). I referred all night to my husband as my baby daddy. And yes, I think there might be a picture of this embarrassment on facebook. Ha.

  • February 13, 2012 at 11:15 am
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    I love your story, it is one of the best I’ve heard. Your book sounds great and I have it on my wishlist.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

    • February 13, 2012 at 11:37 am
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      Wendy, you are a one-woman marketing team. I appreciate your support.

      Good luck!

  • February 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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    Nice to meet you, Regina! Fun questions, Sarah!

    The book sounds good!

  • February 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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    Too funny w/ the sniper comment! And Regina, I love the words you chose to describe yourself.

    Btw steak sounds really good right now for some reason.
    ~ Wendy

  • February 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm
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    Happy Monday, everyone! Wow, you all have been busy this morning! Isn’t Regina so much fun? Thanks for stopping by, and keep the fun stories coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • February 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm
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    Great interview!! Love your humor, Regina! Can’t wait for your post on The Writer’s Alley next week! I am over halfway through Sixty Acres and A Bride…I am hooked! Look forward to each chance I get to pick it up!
    Sarah, I love how your choices for dessert both contain Chocolate…of course!
    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
    Angie

    • February 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm
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      Hi, Angie. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book! See you next week at your place. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm
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      LOL, Angie, Isn’t chocolate one of the major food groups? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • February 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm
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    My meet hubby story is neat, but not funny. That was funny.

    The weirdest thing I dressed up as is, the church I grew up in held a harvest festival and the kids had to go to the different Sunday school rooms to listen to a dressed up teen tell a story in order to get candy. Well, most teens were of course the obvious, Peter, Mary, Joseph, Paul, etc. but I was not content with the obvious. The wildest one I did was Lot’s wife. I dressed up as a pillar of salt. I made a tight white sheath of a dress and spray painted it with sparkles, whited out my hair and face and sparkled myself and then I told my story frozen in a running away, looking back over my shoulder position.

  • February 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm
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    Regina, it’s so fun to see you at one of my favorite blogs! I’m with you on the chocolate cheesecake!

    Sarah, I’m definitely a red roses kind of girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • February 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm
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      Howdy, Melanie. I need to get an address from you for the book winner at your blog. Please let those who didn’t win know they can come on over here for another shot at it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • February 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm
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    Ok, I have to say I LOVE how you and your hubby met! I’m not a flower kind of gal, I’d rather have CASH! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • February 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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      Thanks Jessica. Since then I’ve given him many more opportunities to see me embarrass myself, but he’s still around to see more.

  • February 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm
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    How funny! I didn’t know that was how you and Mr. Jennings met. It makes me feel better about getting blackmailed into going to prom with JC. I’ll have to pick up a copy of your book for my spring break read.

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm
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      You were blackmailed into going to prom? I’ve never heard this story, but it sounds fascinating.

  • February 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm
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    Oh my I love your story of how you met. So much fun. I love unique stories. My Hubby and I have a fun story, the fast version is from the day we meet till the day we got married was only 6 months and 1 week apart. We were engaged after a month of dating. I have always called it as close to love at first sight as you can get… ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, plus I got married the same day I graduated from college.

    Oh, how I want to read your books so badly.
    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

      • February 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm
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        It was, but it really was meant to be. It was God’s timing nothing felt rushed or forced. It sounds crazy, but crazy can be good.

  • February 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm
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    FBd and tweeted, too. what a fun interview! i want to meet regina and be friends. perhaps this year’s ACFW conference? any one this fun and a friend of yours, sarah, would be someone i get along with well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    strangest thing i ever dressed up as….hmmm…would it count to say that i was the elephant at a preschool halloween carinval? it was my arm in the tube sock moving around under the huge cardboard box painted to look like an elephant. and it was me who gave them the candy through my nose-slash-sock. i think that counts.

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm
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      Jeannie, we must meet. I just visited your blog and figured out who you were. Yes, I’ve heard of you, you famous person. And I love your posts.

      I’ll be looking for you in Dallas, but please don’t analyze me.

      • February 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm
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        All right ladies, let’s plan a meet-up in Dallas! Jeannie, you can be dressed up as an elephant. Regina, you’re the librarian with a bun. And I’ll be…myself so I can laugh at how ridiculous you guys look. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • February 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm
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    One Halloween I was a Bronco(the football team) angel. That was when I was about 10. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looks like a great book!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm
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      A Bronco angel? One year our 12 yo next door neighbor dressed like a dead cheerleader and gave my kids nightmares until Christmas. I don’t think that’s the same thing.

      Thanks for visiting.

  • February 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm
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    I love the story of how you met your hubby, Regina! Such fun.
    You have a great voice, one that comes through in this post. Does this mean I can expect humor in your story? =)

    • February 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm
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      Good question, Keli. My books wouldn’t be considered comic, but I can’t tell a story without a humorous slant.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • February 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm
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    an excellent posting…thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    i love flowers…especially tulips…any colour.

    thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful story ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • February 14, 2012 at 11:39 am
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    The book sounds like a good read.
    I am more of a daisies and yellow roses kind of girl. My hubby got me a bouquet with a sunflower in it this year.
    I’m not sure what the strangest thing I have dressed up as is, but I have become all kinds of imaginary people while playing with my son. He is at the age where he has a boundless imagination – no costumes required! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • February 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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      Hi Debbie! Oh, I know all about being imaginary people…and animals…and cartoon characters… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • February 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm
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        The nice thing about imaginary characters, besides the lack of costumes, is that there are no action figures to buy, either.

    • February 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm
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      Way back when? Admit it, you’d still dress up if given a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • February 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm
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    Regina, I love your escapade of dressing as your mother. I’ve worn some pretty strange clothes in my time. My favorite was probably the silver domino mask (like Zorro) that I wore on the street for a day, prompting little kids to ask their moms in wonder: “Who is that?” ๐Ÿ™‚

    • February 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm
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      Rosslyn, congrats on your new release “Sweeter Than Birdsong”. It’s on my TBR list!

      Why exactly were you wearing a mask? And you have a drama background, don’t you? It seems I’ve read that somewhere.

  • February 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm
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    Regina, that’s a cute Cupid story ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the cover on your book and the story sounds great too! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    I prefer pink roses. I think they smell better than red ones. At least the ones my husband gave me for โ™ฅ’s day do ๐Ÿ™‚ Our Cupid story is on my personal blog @ http://duhpaynes.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-cupid-shot-me-blog-hop.html

    • February 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm
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      How interesting about roses, Anne! I never realized they smelled different. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ve got you entered in the drawing.

    • February 17, 2012 at 11:23 am
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      I love your “how we met” story. Onions aren’t usually on the path to romance!

  • February 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm
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    I actuallly have the cover of this book on my FB wall, but you have to scroll way down to see it! I put it up there when Regina first gave us a peek at it! I didn’t want to forget about the release date, or the book, and thought the cover was beautiful, so left it there! I should get an extra entry just for that. lol

    I wil tweet about this as soon as I get off of here for an extra entry and Fb about it for another entry! Thank so much! I would feel very blessed to win this!

    • February 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm
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      It is a beautiful cover, isn’t it, Diana? Thanks so much for stopping by and for spreading the word!

  • February 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm
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    Everything about Regina’s interview, book and giveaway is very cute. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a great gift.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

    • February 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm
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      And isn’t Regina herself cute too, Barb? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

    • February 17, 2012 at 11:25 am
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      Thanks, Barb. And you are too sweet, Sarah. One of the benefits of the internet is that you only see me when I’m ready to be in front of a camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

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