Monday, December 9, 2013

Countdown to Christmas | Interview & Giveaway w/ Wanda E. Brunstetter

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! My weekend was CRAZY (but really good!), what with doing ordinary weekend stuff (like clean house), finally putting up our Christmas tree, a little Christmas shopping, making a little headway on our disaster of a bathroom remodel (but don't get me started on that!), and cheering on my Auburn Tigers—SEC Champions and contenders for the BCS National Championship! I'm happy to be back with all of you for more of the Countdown to Christmas {BOOK} Party—sharing about some more Christmas books, and hosting quite a few more giveaways this week!

(If you've missed other posts from the party, you can read them all here. Some of the giveaways are ending today and over the next few days, so enter if you want!)

Wanda E. Brunstetter is joining us today to get the week started off! Barbour Publishing has re-released Twice Loved as a stand-alone novella. While Wanda is known for her Amish fiction, this is a sweet romance set during World War II. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

i blog 4 books: Welcome to i blog 4 books, Wanda! What is your most memorable Christmas and why?

Wanda E. Brunstetter: My most memorable Christmas was in 1965, when my husband came home from a 2-year tour of duty in Germany. It was a joyful reunion for both of us.

ib4b: Oh, I bet that was a joyful reunion ... and no doubt a memorable Christmas! (Thank you BOTH for your service to our country.) Name three words that you associate with Christmas.

WEB: Love -- Joy -- Peace

ib4b: How will your family celebrate Christmas this year?

WEB: We will probably get together at our son's house for Christmas Eve, and the family will gather at our house for dinner on Christmas Day.
ib4b: What is the best gift you’ve ever given?

WEB: I remember a Christmas when we didn't have much money but managed to scrape enough together to give our son a new bike. I'll never forget the look of joy on his face that Christmas Day.

ib4b: Who gave you the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received? What was it?

WEB: A gift that stands out in my mind from childhood was the baby doll my mother bought me a few days after Christmas because she knew I was disappointed when my cousins received one and I didn't.

ib4b: What a sweet memory. Tell me about the Christmas tradition that means the most to you.

WEB: Reading the Christmas story from the Bible is a special Christmas tradition.

ib4b: How do you keep your focus on Christ during this hectic but wondrous time of year?

WEB: Raising our children in a Christian home, we have never much emphasis on the secular side of Christmas, so at Christmas our thoughts are on the Christ-child, not Santa Claus or his reindeer. I always enjoy putting out our nativity scene, which used to belong to one of my great aunts.

This or That ...
  • White or colorful lights? Colored Lights.
  • Turkey or ham? Either is good, but I prefer turkey to ham.
  • Tree - real or fake? Due to my allergies we have had a fake tree for many years, but I always enjoy decorating it.
  • Hot cocoa or apple cider? Both are great, but on a cold winter's day I enjoy hot cocoa.
  • Frosty or Rudolph? I'd probably say, Frosty, although I don't put too much emphasis on either during the holidays.
  • Wrapping paper or gift bag? I prefer gift bags as you can so many things in them. Plus, it takes less time than wrapping a gift.
About Twice Loved
Bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter brings you a touching story of a single mother widowed after World War II. Bev Winters’s new job is an answer to prayer and just in time for Christmas—until her boss’s kindness awakens an old longing. Will her pride allow love after loss? Also enjoy a collection of 1940s recipes and handcrafts along with stories and trivia about Christmas 1946.

About Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.

Wanda and Richard have two grown children — Richard Jr., married to Jean, and Lorine, married to William. Wanda and her husband have been blessed with six grandchildren — Jinell, Madolynne, Rebekah, Richard III, Philip, and Richelle. They also have a new great-grandson, Ezekiel.

Connect with Wanda E. Brunstetter Online
Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest

Wanda is offering a copy of Twice Loved to reader. Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 16. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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*** All participants must be 18 years or older. The winner will be contacted via email. Once contacted the winner has 72 hours to respond with the required information. If the winner does not respond within the timeframe specified, another winner will be chosen. I am not responsible for shipping mishaps. Void where prohibited. ***


  1. Definitely Cocoa! :)
    Thank you!

  2. I love Hot coco. Cider does not agree with me.

  3. This book sounds like another winner. I love Wanda's books!

  4. I'm a cocoa drinker. I love chocolate. The cocoa is even better if I add mini-marshmallows.

    Barbara Thompson

  5. Liked this interview with the one word questions/answers. Would love to win Wanda's book TWICE LOVED. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Cocoa!! It has to be with warm milk not water and preferably Nestle Quick and mini marshmellows!!

  7. Cocoa with lots of marshmallows or whipped cream. Yum! Wanda is an incredible writer. Loved the interview. It is always fun learning fun little facts about our favorite authors. ;)


  8. Hot apple cider with a stick of cinnamon! Thanks! ljgarrity80(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I love Hot Chocolate

  10. I like both, but I drink more hot cocoa.

  11. Hot spiced cider for me thanks. Hot cocoa is great too.

  12. I am a big fan of your , would love to win your book . Thanks and blessings

  13. I love cocoa

  14. I would have to say Cocoa. It has been so long since I had cider, that I'm not sure what it taste like.Seems when I did have some that I didn't care for it. I love Wanda's books, and would love to win this book. Thanks! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  15. Cider all the way...... Unless it's raspberry hot cocoa!

  16. Cider...we always had it in the winter growing up!

  17. I am definitely a cocoa kind of girl. Marshmallows on top are a plus!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com


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