Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Interview with Cahri and Prince Josiah from Once Choice-- Wednesday with the Writers

Today on Wednesday with the Writers, we are very excited to have Cahri and Prince Josiah from One Choice here today! Their story is told by Ginger Solomon... let's see if they are happy about how she portrayed it...


Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

Cahri: Never. I’m a boring missionary kid who decided to stay in the country where my parents served and died. I went to work, and came home to Stormy, my cat. Nothing in my life was book worthy. Even when the Bridal March began, I stayed well away from the limelight. I’d rather watch than be watched; consequently I’d rather read, than be read about.


What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

Cahri (blushing): The romance. I want to forget some of the action, but I don’t think I will, ever. (she sobers then brightens) The romance, on the other hand, keeps me going. I’m a practical woman, but I enjoy a dance in the moonlight, or flowers for no reason at all. A few kisses from my love makes me forget all the bad things in the world.


Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?

Prince Josiah: Actually, there is at least one scene I wish she hadn’t written. I acted like a fool, and she had to go and put it out there for everyone to see. Maybe someone out there reading our story will learn from my mistakes. Maybe someone will learn not to jump to conclusions or assume that what seems to be happening is the truth. There’s this new show on TV in the US that talks about how easily our brains can be fooled by focusing on one thing and not seeing the whole picture. Since Ginger so brazenly put my foolishness before the world, I at least want God to use it to help someone else.


What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Cahri: The same things I did when Ginger was stalking us as she wrote our story. I spend a great deal of time in the garden. I just love the garden. Sometimes Prince Josiah and I will go for a ride. Now that I have more responsibilities in the palace, I spend a lot of time in the office that Josiah and I share. Cook has even allowed me to invade her domain once in a while, as long as I don’t try to clean up after myself — which drives me crazy. I made the mess, why shouldn’t I clean it up? Oh, sorry, went a little off the question there. When it’s nice out, I’ll go swimming with Stormy. I’ll splash him, then he’ll climb out of the pool, acting all indignant like any cat. Next thing I know he’s jumping in right next to me, splashing me. He meows. I think it’s his kitty laugh. Sometimes Prince Josiah will join us, but Stormy doesn’t like him to come much, I don’t think. I get a bit distracted (she blushes, again), and don’t focus on him as much. He’s a very jealous pet.


Do you like the way the book ended?

Prince Josiah: Well, one of Ginger’s friends commented that the romance at the end should have been drawn out a bit more, but I appreciated the privacy. After all, it was our wedding night and I really didn’t want any more interruptions.


Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?

Cahri and Prince Josiah: Not for us. We think Anaya deserves her own book. Matthias too. But they’ve refused to share their stories with Ginger for the moment. We’ll keep working on them, though. Maybe one day.
You can read all about Cahri and Prince Josiah in One Choice... Available now wherever ebooks are sold :)
One Choice by Ginger Solomon

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Traditions with Our Authors

Happy Easter from all of us at Astraea Press. We wanted to share with you some of our fondest Easter memories and traditions. Please share yours in the comments.


     Since she was a little girl, Nicole Zoltack loves getting dressed in a colorful dress as soon as she wakes up on Easter morning.

On Easter afternoon, Maria Green likes to search for eggs with her cousins... Still!

Ashley Stambaugh loves to see how excited both of her boys get when they find the Easter eggs that are hidden around the back yard!

With a family big on getting together, Moira Keith looks forward to Easter morning brunch with her family and neighbors.

Every Easter J F Jenkins has an egg hunting competition with her family. Her brother always wins.

Liz Botts loves to watch her kids play with their cousins on Easter afternoon.

When Mya O'Malley was a little girl, she would wake up to an Easter egg hunt . Her Easter basket would be filled with stuffed animals , jellybeans and a chocolate bunny. Her grandmother would always make a coconut cake in the shape of a lamb:) Happy Easter!

Christi Corbett loves to watch her twins hunt for eggs in the yard on Easter morning. After the eggs have all been accounted for so the dog doesn't find any unexpected treats, her family attends church.

Shea McIntosh Ford hunted Easter eggs when she was well past the age of the Easter bunny, because her uncle had such a great time hiding them in camouflaged places. She and her sister had fun times staring in the places he said they were, but not quite seeing them.

J.L. Salter: I remember as a kid sitting around the kitchen table dyeing hardboiled eggs. There was a strong smell of vinegar in the room --- it was used to dissolve the dye tablets. The process involved boiling water, as I recall, so we weren't allowed to splash any. The table was covered with newspaper pages. I'd always watch my older brother, who would patiently 'cure' his eggs and achieve the most beautiful deep solid colors. My own patience was limited, so I wanted instant gratification... consequently, most of my dye jobs were thin and streaky.

Stephanie Michels remembers when her first grandchildren were small and the "Easter Bunny" came for a surprise in person visit with them! One 3-year old was so excited, he jumped over the arm of the couch to give the bunny a hug.

MicheleBarrow-Belisle still enjoys dying and decorating Easter eggs with her son, to share with family during Easter dinner. :D

On Easter, Brenda Maxfield delights in going to church with the whole family and then playing Easter Bunny for her three amazing grandkids!

Kelly Martin enjoys watching her kids play with their Easter Bunny presents, go to the Early Service at church and spend time with her family.

J. Andersen loved hiding eggs for the Easter egg hunt, and watching her kids hike through the creek to find them. Then she and her family decorate eggs with the extended family, On Sunday, they attend the sunrise service at 6 am, followed by church and a huge family dinner.

Kathy Bosman:  I love the tradition we have for Easter but I think my kids may be close to growing out of it. I usually write up clues and hide them for a treasure hunt and they look all over our garden and in our house for clues or chocolate eggs.
*~*~What is your favorite Easter Tradition? Leave us a comment~*~*