Interview with Regina Jennings, Author of Sixty Acres and a Bride (Bethany House)


Regina Jennings is one of my fellow blogmates over on The Bloomin’ Plumes (http://bloominplumes.blogspot.com ) Please take a little time to read this adorable interview and comment (with your email address) to enter the drawing for a free book.

Regina is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and homeschools their four children.

Regina, tell our readers a little bit more about you.

I am a homeschooling mother of four – ages 16 to 6. I married my high school sweetheart while in college and have lived in the same Oklahoma town for all but 2 years of my life. Because of my husband’s job we travel a lot and enjoy seeing the country from our school on the road. We spend most of our vacation time serving on mission trips with our church’s mission team.

Your life sounds very busy and very exciting at the same time. Tell everyone why you write the type of books that you do.

I write the type of books that I like to read. My goal is that they would have a compelling conflict, a humorous voice, and that they would be blatantly romantic. I can’t imagine writing anything besides historical romance. There are so many eras and cultures out there that I’d hate to limit the stories to the here and now.

Being a historical romance author myself, I understand exactly where you’re coming from! What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

I could name all four of my obstacles and in fact I did name them when they were born. Our kids stay home for their schooling, so (like the Lord) they are always with me. Usually I have my laptop open during the school day and tap out a few rough paragraphs while supervising their work, but polished writing rarely results. After lessons are finished we load up for basketball or band practice where I hide in a corner and try to scratch out a few more paragraphs before we head home for dinner. Most of my usable work comes from my evening writing sessions when Pa Jennings takes charge of the troops. In many ways, my situation is no different than other writers who have fulltime jobs, with the benefit that I’ve already done my Mommy time during the day.

That sounds exactly like my writing during my homeschooling days.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

I’m busier than ever, I have a huge circle of friends and co-workers who share my love for books, and strangers know way too much about me.

I am finding the same to be true. In order to market your books, you have to open the doors of your life ever so slightly to let your readers in.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

“As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.”

-Psalm 103:13-14

This is one that I turn to often when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Many times I think I should be able to do more and that God is surprised when I fail, but this scripture offers the comfort that God is mindful of our situation. He knows our limitations and will give us great power to accomplish what He wants, but He also offers us rest.

I love your perspective! Awesome scripture to remember.

Tell everyone the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done.

Since I’m unclear on the exact statute of limitations on college pranks I’ll confess to taking a belly dancing class. It was great fun. Now they are offering classes in Spanish dance, but only on Wednesday night and I haven’t found the nerve to tell our Music Minister that I’m dropping choir to learn flamenco.

Haha! I’m laughing about the college pranks comment. Now I’m curious! I used to do belly dancing, too!

Now please tell us about your book.

Sixty Acres and a Bride is a historical romance set in Texas in 1878. It’s about a good man trying to recover from a personal tragedy and a beautiful, Mexican widow who finds herself in a desperate situation.  While Weston’s family welcomes Rosa, he isn’t prepared for his reaction to her. Rosa needs a hero. To what lengths will she go to catch one?

Can you please give us the first page?

Caldwell County, Texas – August 14, 1878

At an hour when every other God-fearing woman of Caldwell County was either elbowing her snoring spouse or sleeping undisturbed in her spinster bed, Rosa was sneaking toward a barn that was not her own. She was a trespasser whose goal was to get caught – a terrified stalker whose prey held her future in his hands.

Holding her skirt up and away from the piles of manure, she crept closer with a pounding heart. Surely anyone inside could hear it.

What was she doing here? Returning to Mexico didn’t seem so bad compared to the shame of what she planned. True, if there was anyone who could help her, it was this man. And if there was anyone she’d like to visit with or work beside, it was he. But alas, he didn’t return her regard. He’d purposely avoided her for over a month now. Yet here she was in the middle of the night with instructions to go to his bed and ask for money.

Rosa’s hands shook as she pushed against the barn door. How had it come to this? How had a respectable widow found herself in such a humiliating situation?

This sounds very interesting. I am adding it to my books to read on Goodreads.

Here is a little bit more about the book.

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.

Where can readers find you on the Internet?

Please visit my website at www.reginajennings.com and look me up at www.facebook.com/ReginaLJennings and twitter.com/#!/ReginaJennings. I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you. I wish you much success with your book and your homeschooling.

Okay readers, Regina will be giving away a free copy of her book. Please leave a comment with your email address to enter. We have to have at least ten comments to make a contest.

Thanks!

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44 thoughts on “Interview with Regina Jennings, Author of Sixty Acres and a Bride (Bethany House)

  1. Absolutely loved reading this interview! It was just what I needed this morning! I am going to have to buy the book if I don’t win it! lol ! It sounds very good.
    I am one of those homeschool moms/ aspiring writers and really thought I would not turn out anything of publishable quality until my mommy days were done, but you both have given me hope this morning. Thank you! Be blessed!

  2. Regina,

    Howdy from a fellow Okie author! I also raised four kids (all boys) and homeschooled for a time, but thankfully, that was before I started writing. I really admire you moms with young kids at home who manage to write too.

    I enjoyed the humor in your interview, and your book sounds exactly like what I love to read.

  3. Well, I’m pretty sure I won’t win this book. I live in Canada, but I figured I’d give it a shot anyway. I’m a missionary’s/preacher’s daughter. I’ve lived in Qc, Canada for almost 20 years (which makes getting good CHRISTIAN books in ENGLISH very difficult). I’ve loved to read since before I went to school (hard to imagine, right?). Well, anyway, GOD BLESS whoever does get this book.

    I have a Blog – on which I could feature your book if I win, read, review it. The address for it is:

    http://writersandreadersalike.blogspot.com

    or

    kaymart_1984@hotmail.com

  4. Loved the interview. I really really really want to read this book, I love trying out new authors. I would also do a review of it on my blog. I enjoy reading books based on bible stories and it help give new light to the story and a new way to connect to it and make it feel very real.

    Jen.whitney08@gmail.com

  5. I can’t wait to read this book! It sounds so interesting! Thank you for the contest!

    Lynne Young
    lynne(dot)young(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Ever since I saw the cover to this book, I shared it on my FB page, so I wouldn’t forget it when it came out! So pleeeease pick me! I’m not too proud to beg when it comes to books! LOL! Thank you for the fun interview and the chance to win this wonderful book!

  7. I’ve been at my daughter’s basketball tournament all day and just got back to a hotel room to find all these warm fuzzies waiting.

    Shannon – Sometimes it feels like we have to wait until after homeschooling for life to begin, doesn’t it? I’m still trying to balance everything, but I think that’s life for every parent, homeschooling or not.

    Wendy – the odds are in your favor. Thanks for hunting this book down.

    Angela – Thanks for saying hello. Good luck!

    Vickie – Yes, I’m just down the turnpike from you, aren’t I? Thanks for the kudos from a “veteran”.

    Kendra – I don’t know what the rules are. The book is for sale in Canada, but you might have to order it online. I definitely don’t know enough French to translate it for the Quebec market. 🙂 I barely know enough Spanish to make it through Rosa’s POV.

    Jennifer – I hope you get your hands on the book, one way or another. If I hear of a armed-car load of books being robbed, you are my first suspect… but I won’t tell.

    Lynne – Thank you for participating. It wouldn’t be much fun without you!

    Diana – You have been waiting for a long time. You were one of the first people to friend request me because of my writing…and I appreciate it. Good luck!

  8. Nice interview, Regina! I’m glad to hear how you get your writing done. I’ve been wondering about that. You know I already have your book – I’ve given my first copy away and bought another – so let some other lucky person win 🙂

  9. Stephanie – Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the great review that you plastered all over the bookish sites! I appreciate it.

    Molly – There’s a Molly in this book. In fact, she’s the heroine of the next book, so I hope you get a chance to read it. She’s one of my favorite characters.

  10. I enjoyed the interview and you sound like two delightful ladies. Now, I would like to be entered in the giveaway to win a copy of this book.

    godleyv at yahoo [dot] com

  11. I’m a fan of historical book and this sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Your book sounds great! I love historical romances, especially set at that time. It’s interesting that homeschooling seems to be more widespread than it used to be. I was home schooled and my sister is homeschooling her kids, ages 3-11. There are a lot of resources out there, but it takes a lot of dedication and work to make it successful. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

  13. Checking back in for my name to be added again if you haven’t had a winner respond!! I sure would like to have this book!! Thanks, Kathleen.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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