October 14, 2013

A Game of Would You Rather with Author Melissa Tagg {and a Big Giveaway!}

Sometimes in life, there are those people you just connect with instantly.

Author Melissa Tagg is one of those people for me. When we became craft partners over a year ago, we hadn't even met in person. Since that time, we've seen each other several times, and our connection can only be described as God-given.

Melissa's first book, Made to Last, just released September 15 from Bethany House Publishers, and I couldn't be more excited for my friend. To celebrate, we chatted over Google Hangouts and played a game of "Would You Rather" with her three main characters: Miranda, Matthew, and Blaze.

In the video, Melissa gives a quick overview of her story and the three main characters. We hope you enjoy! And don't forget to play along and see the details below to enter the giveaway for a copy of Melissa's book AND a $25 gift card.

Thanks for hanging out with me, Melissa!!

Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: We are giving away a copy of Melissa's book to one lucky winner. And if that wasn't an awesome enough prize, the winner will also receive his or her choice of a $25 gift card to Home Depot, Lowe's, Hobby Lobby, or Michael's!

Use the Rafflecopter box below to enter by
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The contest is open to U.S. residents only and will close at midnight on October 20.

Your Turn: Would you rather go way back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great-great-grandchildren? Why? (Or you can answer any of the other questions we asked in the game!)
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  1. Wow that's a hard question! I think would rather meet my great-great grandchildren, but only because I know the plans God has for my family and I and would love to see how it affected them!

  2. Since I have no grandchildren and probably never will, I would choose to visit with my great grandparents and the other people who came before me. I would better understand the challenges they met and overcame and know the reasons that I amthe person I am!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  3. At 40 and having no children or husband I probably wouldn't have any great great grandchildren to meet. So I guess I would choose going back in time...

  4. Interesting question, very interesting. I'm not sure. I think I would go to the future. Maybe I could learn some of my mistakes so I could avoid them now.

    Thanks so much for the "talk" and giveaway!

  5. I would want to meet my great great grandchildren :) It would be great to see how everyone turned out.

  6. I would go meet the grandkids. if I went back in time I would probably mess something up and not exist. ps. love that you gave a choice on which gift card you wanted.

  7. I'm not sure which I would rather do. I would love to meet some of my ancestors, but I would also love to meet my descendants. Tough choice.

  8. I think I would like to meet my ancestors.I like being surprised for the future

  9. I would rather go back and meet my ancestors - my dad was adopted and he just found some of his birthday family last year. It would be great to meet and hear stories from them!

  10. Wow! Those are some hard questions! And now I really want to read the book even more than before (which is saying something)! :)
    It looks like everyone is answering the going back in time or to the future question, so I'll pick a different one, I guess. I like the one for Blaze about would he rather be fluent in every language or be able to play every instrument, so I'll answer that one. Hmm . . . I think I would rather be able to speak every language. I love languages and accents, so it'd be really cool to be able to speak more than the one I can now. Also, I'd love to travel and it would be awesome if I could talk to the people I might some day get a chance to meet. :)
    I loved getting to watch the video and learn more about your book and characters Melissa! It made me smile and laugh and I loved that, so thank you both very much! :)

  11. Wow, toughie! I think I'd want to go into the future to meet my double-greats.

  12. I have some pretty amazing ancestors, so I think I'd like to go back and meet them. Plus, I think it would be way cool to go WAY back to Biblical times and meet those ancestors! How sweet!!!

  13. i would love to go back and meet my great grandfather and my grand father as they were involved in the under ground rail road a part of history

  14. Love seeing you two today. :) Makes me miss you all the more! Ellis had a blast watching you two play this game, too.

    Hard question! There are so many ancestors in my past I'd love to meet...so I think I'd go with that answer. Great questions, Lindsay!

  15. I totally answered all of those questions right! I LOVED Made To Last and can't wait to read Blaze's story! I would love to go into my past, because I know nothing about where I came from and the history of my family. God bless.

  16. You guys are seriously adorable. I think I'd go to the future b/c seeing my great great grand kids would really inspire me to leave a legacy now. I think seeing them would help cast vision for my life and incite motivation to keep going after all the Lord has for me and them.

  17. Yay, this was such a fun vlog to do, Lindsay! Your questions rocked...you made me think and you made me laugh, which are two things that I love. But even more than that, I love YOU...best craft partner ever, that's all there is to it.

    Thanks for doing such a fabulous giveaway, too!!

    1. Oh, and for the record, I would go back in time to meet my ancestors, I would rather go on a European vacation than a cruise, I would take time over money...and I would rather be a pirate than a ninja. Pirates dress better. :)

  18. Thanks so much for all the participation! I love hearing everyone's answers and reasons!!

    And Melissa, thanks for joining us here today. And thanks for being awesome. And writing awesome books. :) And being an awesome craft partner!

  19. Thanks so much for this fabulous giveaway!

    As for me, I'd rather go back in time and meet my ancestors. :) Blessings to you and your family.

  20. I would go forward and ask what my family something they wished we would have done and then try and do it.

  21. Hi, Lindsay!

    Loved the video - you & Melissa are both such beautiful young women, & good role models, love you both!

    I read your story Wildflowers From Winter, & so connected with you, on certain levels - it is, sometimes, hard to accept that God would let bad things happen to Christians, but then - as you said, you consider, "why not me ?, I am no better", & those problem times yield the most growth, as a Christian. I have found this to be true, also. When I had a kidney removed, 13 years ago, I was sure, it wouldn't be cancerous - & was, at first, shocked when it was. I, later, felt the same as you - why not me? - & my Christian faith grew so much during this period, as I learned to trust God, & His plans for my life. I still have numerous health issues, but, praise God, the cancer was cured!

    I have recently met a friend that I connected with, instantly, both personally, & spiritually, & it is as if I have always known her. It, truly, is a God thing - just like with you & Melissa, & such a joyful experience!

    Although, I would love to meet my great-great-grandchildren, I think I would rather go "back" in time, & meet my ancestors - see who helped make me the person that I am.

    I have signed up for your blog, through email, was already signed up for Melissa's Facebook page, sent a friend request for your Facebook page, & posted the giveaway on my Facebook page. Thanks for the opportunity to win the wonderful giveaway!

  22. I would choose to go back and meet my ancestors. I like the idea of having a better understanding of my family's history and knowing how God led us to this place in time. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  23. I would rather go forward and meet my great grandchildren. I would love to know if they know the Lord. I pray for them. Great question!

  24. I guess either way could mess up the current timeline (or I've been watching too much Star Trek) ... I'd say great-grandchildren, 'cause that would give me hope that there's a guy out there who'll marry me? =P Though I would also love to meet my ancestors.

  25. I would love to go to the future and meet my great grandchildren

  26. When I wrote romance, I loved reading marriage of convenience stories--especially when they were set in the entertainment biz. Harlequin and Silhouette wouldn't even look at books set in the entertainment industry and it used to annoy me!

    I don't have children, just a stepdaughter, so I'd have to go back. But I'd love to see what the world will be like in the future!

  27. I would go back and meet my ancestors! They came from such varied backgrounds.

  28. I would want to meet my great great grandbabies!

    Jill McHale