Tuesday, August 24, 2010

End of Summer Bash with Robin Lee Hatcher!

We're continuing the Bash with author Robin Lee Hatcher! You can find Robin at her website and at her blog.

So glad you could join us today, Robin!

Amber: What is your favorite part about late summer?

Robin: The wonderful part about living in the NW is that the nights cool off about 30 degrees from the day time highs. Beginning in late August, there is a particular "scent" in the early evening air as temps fall that tells my brain Indian summer is nearly upon me with autumn soon to follow. It makes me think of August evenings at the Western Idaho Fair, of cotton candy and carmel apples and carnival lights.

Amber: Yay for the fair! ;) If you were planning an “End of Summer” party for your family and friends, how would you envision it? Would you want a beach party, a picnic in the park, a neighborhood barbecue, or something else entirely?

Robin: On a hot Saturday afternoon, I would float the Boise River in inner tubes and rafts, ending at Ann Morrison Park where we would have a picnic and play croquet and/or volleyball.

Amber: As autumn appears on the horizon, what do you anticipate about this next season the most? Do you have any fall traditions or memories you would like to share?

Robin: Boise is The City of Trees, and there is nothing I love so much as the changing of leaves in late September and early October. I revel in the fiery reds and bright yellows as I drive to church on Sunday mornings.

Amber: Of the books you have written, do you have a favorite? If so, which one is it and why is it your favorite?

Robin: Picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite child. I just can't do it. Each book was written because there was a story I wanted to tell at that point in time. However, I do have a few favorite characters: Cleo and Sherwood from Fit To Be Tied; Miriam from Ribbon of Years; and Katie from Catching Katie.

Amber: What’s next in your writing career? We would love to hear about any upcoming releases!

Robin: I'm currently at work on my next historical romance. Title is still subject to change so I won't mention it. Readers can look for a new series and a stand-alone historical beginning in 2011 and after. Plus Zondervan will be reissuing some of my older, out of print titles, and I'm delighted that these earlier books will get a breath of new life. I don't know release dates yet or I would share those with you.

Amber: Thank you so much for joining us today, Robin, and for helping us celebrate the transitioning seasons!

Would you like a chance to win the second book in Robin's "The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs" series? I have a gently used copy of Fit to Be Tied that I'm going to offer to the first person who correctly answers all five of the following questions:

1. What was my birthday party theme?

2. What two books did we discuss in June?

3. Where was I traveling to when I posted from an airplane in July?

4. Which Food Network star showed up at the Humboldt County Fair this year (my home county's fair)?

5. What summer post/themed week did you enjoy the most?

With the exception of the last question, which is simply asking for your opinion, the answers to the other questions can be found in this blog's archives for the summer months (June, July, and August).

Again, the first person to correctly answer all 5 questions in the comment section below wins Fit to Be Tied! However, please note that you must leave your e-mail address in the comment section and you must have a U.S. mailing address. Good luck!

Also, I'd love to hear anyone's and everyone's answer to the fifth question, whether or not you are the first one to comment. And be sure to leave a comment for Robin, too!


Amanda said...

It is SO wonderful to see Robin here today!!! She is one of my favorites and I've always found her, her books and her testimony to be such an inspiration!!

I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of her Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, but it looks fabulous! Out of the ones I have read of hers, my favorite so far is Wagered Heart!! Hawk *sigh* just his name makes my heart flutter! Don't know if you read this one, Amber, but if you haven't I HIGHLY recommend it!!

Now for your questions...

1) Toy Story 3, right?

2) I believe it was A Passion Most Pure- SO mad I missed that one! And The Frontiersman's Daughter- SO happy I was here for that one!

3) Washington, DC :)

4) Guy Fieri!!!!

5) And I just loved EVERY post you did about your time in Washington! They were all so beautiful and inspiring, and they were special because they were special to you :) What you shared about your experiences there and your family, on top of those amazing videos, was a massive blessing!! Thank you so much!

Well, I hope I answered those questions right! I've heard such wonderful things about Fit to be Tied and I would love a chance to win it!!

Praying you have a beautiful day, my friend :D

Amanda Stanley

Amanda said...

I'm such a goose!! Hope this still counts!!


Sorry, I forgot :(

Amanda Stanley

Bluerose said...

Robin- I agree that there's nothing like driving to church seeing the changing colors of leaves in the fall! I love it! Of course, at the end of each season, I always really start to get antsy for the next season. I'm so looking forward to fall. It's been so hot! :)

I've heard great things about your books, and I can't wait to read them!! Amber actually recommended Fit To Be Tied after a review of a book I really liked, so I've it on my want list. :)

Amber- Renee was so sweet to trade books with me recently, so I'm very grateful that I will soon get to read Fit To Be Tied. Especially after learning that two characters from that book are Robin's favorites!
My favorite themed weeks that you've had was probably between Toy Story Week and Fair Week.

Great interview! I enjoyed learning more about Robin! :)

Amber S. said...


Congratulations!!! :D You won a copy of Fit to Be Tied! Be looking for my e-mail. :D

I confess that I was hoping one of my loyal followers would win this one, because they would be the ones to know the answers to these questions almost right off the bat. ;) I'm so happy for you, and I just know you're going to love Fit to Be Tied! It's such a sweet romance.

Thank you for the book recommendation, as well as the encouragement in your response to question # 5! :) That was a really special time for me for sure, and I'm so happy to hear that the posts might have blessed others, too!

Talk to you soon!


Amber S. said...


Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment for Robin! I definitely LOVE the colors of fall, too! :)

I'm so glad you're going to have a chance to read Fit to Be Tied! It's a wonderful book, and I read it even before I read A Vote of Confidence! ;)

Thank you for sharing your opinion--I think the Birthday Story Bash and County Fair Week were really fun for sure! :D So glad you liked the interview!


Kav said...

I haven't read a book by Robin Lee Hatcher that I haven't LOVED. (I've read about ten, I think but I aim to read every one.) Great news that they will be releasing out of print books soon! If you haven't read one, run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore or library!

Amber S. said...


Thanks for stopping by and for offering the glowing recommendation for Robin's book! :) I really enjoyed A Vote of Confidence and Fit to Be Tied, so I'm sure her other books are great, too!


Julia M. Reffner said...

Congratulations to Amanda!!

And my favorite week for the summer was your trip to Washington DC Amber and especially the video you shared. I won't forget that video anytime soon.

Amber S. said...


Thank you for stopping by to congratulate Amanda! :) And thank you for sharing your opinion. I'm so glad you were touched by that week and the video--it was definitely an unforgettable experience for me!