la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
Thanks for reading!
Good Monday Morning Readers! Today Cristine Eastin visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, Fifty Days to Sunrise Welcome, Cristine!
Tell us a little about Fifty Days to Sunrise
Fifty Days to Sunrise is a story of
grief and healing, family and friends, faith and hope—and
Her life is a love story, but then…What’s a woman to do when her husband dies three thousand miles from home? Scream, cry—or run.
It’s 2003, a year and a half after her husband’s death. Fifty-three years old and alone, Lissa Maguire’sseething with grief. She has to cope, but makesa self-destructive mess of it.
Lissa’s parents ask her to spend the summer in small-town Gifford, Minnesota, helping them move to an apartment. Cleaning out the attic of her childhoodhome, Lissa discovers her old diaries, and herpotholed road to healing begins. But when anold friend turns up, she’s confused.
Her life in shreds, Lissa desperately needs to find peace. She even wonders if God has abandoned her.
Healing a broken heart is a lot to ask–it hurts.
Bible verse speaks to you the most?
And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his
This is a tough one. Not some things
sometimes—all things. So how do we reconcile God’s love and mercy in the terrible
things He allows to happen?
I was thinking on this one day and
was impressed by the question and the perspective: What’s good to God? Well, that would
probably be anything that causes anyone to come to or deepen their relationship
with Him. A comforting thought, to me anyway.
your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
My tagline is: “…because you
can’t pour from an empty pitcher.”I’ve
been saying this to my psychotherapy clients for years. I have no idea where I
first heard it, and I can’t find any information on the origins
of the phrase on Google.
Women need to hear this. It seems many women give, and
give, and give, till they’re all dried up and struggling to
survive, let alone minister to, parent, or partner anyone else. It seemed
appropriate to adopt the tagline for my writing since my hope is to touch women’s
What was one of
the most surprising things you've learned while writing your books?
Writing Fifty Days to Sunrise
felt like an act of worship. When it was done I was lonely: all that intense
time the Lord and I spent together, writing.
What is your
hope for the readers of your books?
That they would be enriched and encouraged by Lissa’s
If you could
have one of your senses (Touch, sight, taste, smell, hearing) be a superpower
which would you choose and why?
Sight! This summer I had cataract surgery on both eyes. (A
remarkably pain-free process, so this isn’t really complaining.) Each of the 24
hours I had a bandage over my eye were long hours. During that time I couldn’t
see well at all because the other eye didn’t get a correcting contact till the
next day. I’m a very visual person, and I felt a
bit crabby without my vision.
What can we expect from
you in the future?
The next book is set in the Highlands of Scotland on the
west coast of Wester Ross.
China MacLeish inherits what she doesn’t
want and gets more than she could ever hope for.
More important: Plot or Characters?
Characters first for me. Being a psychotherapist, especially since I have a background in attachment theory, it’s all about personalities: how they got that way and how the character changes.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?
In the Highlands of Scotland I get BOTH! My favorite.
Women’s Fiction or Romance?
Women’s Fiction—with a love story.
Plotter, Pantser, or Planser?
Planser. I write to key scenes, and I have an idea of who’s going where, what the themes are—but sometimes I’m totally surprised by what happens and who shows up.
Dogs or Cats?
Ahhhh, don’t make me choose!
When in the office I’m a psychotherapist, but I’m also a wife, stepmother, and grandma.
Raised in Minnesota, I’m a grafted in Wisconsinite.
I keep busy collecting hobbies. For instance, in winter you’ll find me on the ski slopes, and in summer I might be kayaking. And in between I try to visit Scotland or England whenever possible.
Two of the many things that shaped me are: living in Europe in my 20s and God’s grace to me. I can sum up my faith story in, “I…, but God…,” for which I’m eternally grateful.
Today, Erica Vetsch visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest releases, she has three!
Tell us a little about your
recently released books!
I am thrilled to say that I have THREE books that recently
released, one novel and two novellas. They are all historical romances.
The Cactus Creek
Challenge is my latest novel. It’s a ‘fish-out-of-water’ story set in a
fictional town in Texas.
Here’s a quick summary:
Anything he can do, I can do better. At least
that was what Cassie Bucknell thought before she pinned on Ben Wilder’s badge
and took to patrolling the streets of Cactus Creek, Texas. Cassie has been in
love with Ben since primer school, but Ben treats her like a little sister.
When they are picked to swap jobs for a month as part of the annual Cactus
Creek Challenge in their Texas hometown, the schoolhouse is thrown into an
uproar, the jail becomes a temporary bank vault, and Cassie and Ben square off
in a battle of wills that becomes a battle for their hearts.
A Bride for Bear
appears in The Convenient Bride
Collection, a group of novellas all about marriages of convenience.
Join nine brides of convenience on their adventures in a
variety of times and settings gone by—from a ranch in California…to the rugged
mountains of Colorado…to a steamship on the Mississippi…to the dangerous
excitement of the Oregon Trail…into high society of New York City. No matter
the time or place, the convenient brides proceed with what must be done, taking
nuptials out of necessity. . .and never dreaming that God might take their
feeble attempts to secure their futures and turn them into true love stories
for His glory.
My story is about a gruff mountain man named Bear who
inherits three adorable little girls and needs to find a mama for them
quick…though he’d rather poke a grizzly in the eye than get married.
And finally my story The
Trail Boss’s Bride is part of the Journeys
of the Heart collection.
The Trail Boss’s Bride
by New York Times bestselling author Erica Vetsch
Trail boss Steve Ketchum hates river crossings, but before he can get his
cattle started across he's got to move an abandoned wagon out of the ford. He
goes to haul it away--and discovers the last thing he ever expected. The wagon
contains a newly-minted widow—and she’s expecting, too
If you could be any
character, from any book who would you be? Why?
When I was a child, I wanted to be Maureen Beebe from Misty
of Chincoteague. I couldn’t imagine a better life than living on a pony ranch!
Now, I think I’d love to take a stab at being John Watson. Hanging out with
Sherlock Holmes would be exhilarating and interesting!
Do you listen to
music when you write? If so, what's on your writing playlist these days?
I listen to instrumental music often. At the moment the
soundtrack to Last of the Mohicans is playing. I love that music score. It makes
everything I write feel more epic. J
What Bible verse
speaks to you the most?
Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help
thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
This has been my favorite verse since I was in middle
school. I often need the reminder of how big our God is.
For Christmas, do you
prefer white lights or colored lights on your Christmas tree?
White, but my husband prefers multi-colored…so we have both.
Give readers your
brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
Faith, Love, & History-ever-after. I write historical
romance for the Christian market, and this just seemed to roll it all up in a
fun little nutshell.
If you could spend
the day with a famous author, whom would you choose and why?
I don’t know that she’s so famous anymore, but I wish I
could spend a day…a week…a month with New Zealand romance writer Essie Summers.
I have all her books, and I love her style of writing. She is one of the
authors whose work inspired me to want to write my own romances.
What can we expect from you in the
More historical romance! I’ve
got novellas releasing next spring, and a year from now, another novel set in
the far west corner of Texas.
C.S. Lewis or J.R.R Tolkien? Tolkien
For Thanksgiving: Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Pie? Pumpkin pie
Crawfish Etouffee or Seafood Gumbo? NOTHING from the sea…ever! J
Fingernail Polish: Jazzy or Subtle? Red. Always Red.
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Author Bio: Erica
Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves
history and romance, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing
historical romances. Whenever she’s not immersed in fictional worlds, she’s
the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, wife
to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum