Choices Book Tour: Cast Interview Guest Post

10 May 2012
I would like to thank Liz for stopping by and interviewing the cast of Choices (The Guardian Trilogy)

Hello everyone!
I am Liz Schulte, creator of the Guardian Trilogy. Today I am asking the cast of the books a question for your enjoyment.

We will go in order starting on my right.
Question: What is your favorite scene in the books?

Olivia: Oh. I guess I am first. My favorite scene in the series is when I found out was Holden and Quintus were. I know I was angry and may have been a little harsh, but it was nice to finally not be in the dark about everything that was happening to me. It changed things for me, but also made me understand what I was up against and what I really wanted.


Quintus: My favorite moment is when Olivia came back. She looked so lovely opening her eyes in the forest, stark naked and wide eyed. She fluttered around looking at everything glowing like a firefly. It made me remember just how beautiful the Abyss actually is.


Olivia: *covers face* Oh my God. You had to bring up my being naked. Jerk.

*Quintus shrugs and flashes his deep dimples. The sound of cracking comes from across the room.*


Liz: Holden, you break it, you bought it.


Holden: Let’s just get this over with.


Liz: Femi, you’re next.


Femi: Hmmm my favorite moment is when Liv and I were in Xavier. I totally had that jinni’s bluff. *cat like grin* Not that I couldn’t have kicked his butt, but it was so much more fun to make him back down with just the threat of my awesomeness.


Baker: Well, doll, making the boss man over there admit there was a dame who had him wrapped around her little finger in up there on my list. He keeps his cards close to the chest, so it is no small victory to get a piece of what is happening underneath. Personally, I can’t wait for the third book. That kitten right there *winks at Femi* is the bee’s knees.


Femi: Call me kitten again, I dare you.


Liz: Femi, play nice. Holden, you’re the last one. What is your favorite scene?


Holden: Beating the crap out of the guardian didn’t suck. *glares at Quintus* But it wasn’t the best moment. The best moment was when I knew Liv loved me no matter what I am. I will get that back. Mark my words.

Thank you guys for playing along!
Liz

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What I Am Not by Tricia Goyer



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What I Am Not by Tricia Goyer

Becoming a mother is a complicated thing. Not only am I trying to negotiate a relationship with my child, I am trying to negotiate a relationship with myself as I attempt to determine how I mother, how I feel about mothering, how I want to mother and how I wish I was mothered.

— Andrea J. Buchanan, in Mother Shock3


Sometimes the easiest way to discover who we are is to know who we are not.

We are not our children. We all know mothers who go overboard trying to make themselves look good by making their children look great. I saw one woman on the Oprah television show who had bought her preschool daughter more than twelve pairs of black shoes just so the girl could have different styles to go with her numerous outfits! Just as we -don’t get report cards for mothering, we also -don’t get graded on our child’s looks or accomplishments. While you want your children to do their best and succeed in life, your self-esteem -shouldn’t be wrapped up in your child.

Life as I See It:

My individuality will never end. There will be no one exactly like me, not even my child. She will be like me in some ways, but not at all in others. I -wouldn’t have it any other way.

— Desiree, Texas


We are not our mothers. I remember the first time I heard my mother’s voice coming out of my mouth. The words “because I told you so .  .  .” escaped before I had a chance to squelch them.

It’s not until we have kids that we truly understand our mothers — all their frets, their nagging, and their worries.

It’s also then that we truly understand their love.

Since you are now a mother, it’s good to think back on how you were raised. If there were traditions or habits that now seem wise and useful, incorporate them into your parenting. You also have permission to sift out things you now know -weren’t good. Just because you’re a product of your mother, that -doesn’t mean you have to turn out just like her. Repeat after me, “I am not my mother.”

We are not like any other mother out there. Sometimes you may feel like the world’s worst mother. After all, your friend never yells at her son — and sometimes you do. Then again, your friend may feel bad because you have a wonderful bedtime routine that includes stories and songs. In many cases, the moms you feel inferior to only look like they have it together. All moms feel they -don’t “measure up.” Instead of feeling unworthy, we should realize that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. The key is where we place our focus.

The Bible says, “Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without .  .  . comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we -aren’t” (Romans 12:5 – 6, MESSAGE).

The problem with comparison is, we always measure our weaknesses against the strengths of others.

Instead, we need to thank God for our strengths. We can also ask God to help us overcome our weaknesses — not because we want to compare ourselves, or look good in someone else’s eyes, but because we want to be the best mom out there.


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Tricia Goyer is a CBA best-selling author and the winner of two American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Awards (Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights). She co-wrote 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and contributed to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Also a noted marriage and parenting writer, she lives with her husband and children in Arkansas. You can find her online at www.triciagoyer.com or at her weekly radio show, Living Inspired.








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