Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Welcome, Joi. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I write a bit of myself into the characters, mostly how they feel in certain situations.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
The quirkiest thing I’ve ever done was right when my husband and I began dating, I had to go to the dentist. I didn’t know if I could flare my nostrils while I was numb. I looked in a mirror, saw that I could. I immediately called my boyfriend (husband now) and told him I could. He told his coworker he was going to marry me.

When did you first discover you were a writer?
I discovered I was a writer in third grade.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love reading Christian romance, historical.

Then you might like most of my books. I’ve had a lot of historicals published. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I read. J

Yea!! How do you choose your characters’ names?
I normally ask my family if they like certain names I choose. Sometimes, when they all disagree, that’s when I choose a different name. J

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Aside from following Jesus, marrying my husband, and having three wonderful boys, I’d say writing.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A tortoise. When we lived in California, we had a desert tortoise, and I loved that crazy thing. I just think it would be great to live life at a slower pace.

What is your favorite food?

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I was stuck on the ending of a book and had to set it aside. Then I started writing a few other novellas, and now I have an ending to the book I had to set aside.

Getting away from a story for a time really will help make the story better when you go back to it. Tell us about the featured book.
The featured book is called Christmas Snowe and Peppermint Cocoa. Snoweflake Jacobson left Maine and her past. When she is forced to come home, she has to come face to face with her past and either accept forgiveness and healing or live in a world of guilt.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Snoweflake Jacobson curled in a ball on her bed in her rented apartment, her stomach churning. She pushed herself off the burgundy comforter. Fast as her aching body could carry her, she inched toward the bathroom connected to her room. Within minutes, she emptied the contents of her belly into the toilet. She swiped the tears from her eyes before they could fall.
Snowe straightened and stole a glance in the mirror above the sink. Lifeless eyes with dark circles under them stared back at her. Her lip curled. She forced down another round of sickness and turned her head in disgust.
Climbing under the covers, she clung to the body pillow beside her and wept. Dear God, what had she done?

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thanks for having me!

Thank you, Joi, for sharing this book with us. I’m eager to read this story, and I know my readers are, too.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Christmas Snowe and Peppermint Cocoa (Maine Series) (Volume 1) - paperback
Christmas Snowe and Peppermint Cocoa (A Cocoa Christmas) - Kindle

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ablst nlki I said...

I'm in TN. I would love to read this book about Christmas, snow and in the state of Maine!

Lourdes said...

Ok, loved the first page so far. Would love to win.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Connie said...

Thanks for sharing this first page.
Connie from KY

Linda Kish said...

She looks so happy on the cover. Not so much on the first page. I'd like to read what happens. I like holiday stories.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jackie Tessnair said...

I live in NC and I would love to win this book!Thanks!

Books by Joi Copeland said...

Thanks so much for leaving comments, Ladies! And thanks for stopping by!

Susan Johnson said...

I love the title and the cover. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Susan in Texas

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book
live in ND

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a winner to me!

Melanie Backus, TX

Books by Joi Copeland said...

TRanks for stopping by!

Books by Joi Copeland said...

I'm glad you liked true first page!!I hope you enjoy the rest, too!

Books by Joi Copeland said...

Thanks for stopping by, Connie!

Books by Joi Copeland said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for stopping by!

Books by Joi Copeland said...

Thanks for leaving a comment!

Books by Joi Copeland said...

I hope so, Melanie!

Brenda Arrington said...

Enjoyed the first page. Definitely want to read the rest of the book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Brenda in VA

rubynreba said...

I love this time of year and reading Christmas stories. Looking forward to this one!
Beth from IA

Beth Gillihan said...

Great first page! I love peppermint cocoa! Sounds like a good read.

BEth in Montana

Books by Joi Copeland said...

Hi Beth and Beth,
Thanks for stopping by! Beth in Montana, I've always wanted to see visit Montana! :)

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.