Interview with Regina Jennings & Giveaway

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Welcome to the blog, Regina. I’m so excited to have you here today. Congratulations on your new release, The Lieutenant’s Bargain. I have loved this series and I can’t wait to read this one too!

What do you love most about your hero and heroine in this story?

Thanks for having me here, Savanna! What I love about Jack and Hattie is that they make a great team. From the first, you just know that they need to be together. For instance, Jack is brilliant, but in many ways he doesn’t have a clue. Then there’s Hattie, who wasn’t known for her success as a student, but she understands people and sees things that Jack misses. They complement each other nicely.

They sound like they were made for each other. 😉

Have you visited any of the historical sites from your book? If not, what places are at the top of your list to visit someday?

Yes, I visit Fort Reno regularly. It’s just down the interstate from where I live, and I love spending an afternoon there when I have a chance. This summer I’ve got to know several people who have their offices there in the historic buildings, and that’s allowed me a few behind-the-scenes tours. (Hyperventilating!!) I’m so in love with that place!

That is SO cool! Would love to visit there someday.

How do you choose your characters’ names?

Hattie Walker is named after my niece and my nephew – Hattie and Walker. Lieutenant Jack Hennessey’s naming story is a little more complicated. Locals will recognize the name of Hennessey as being a town north of Darlington and the fort. They might not know that the town was named after Pat Hennessey, a freighter who was killed by a band of Cheyenne (with possibly some Kiowa, Osage and Comanche participants) in 1874. In fact, it was the murder of Hennessey and the four other members of his team that brought about the establishment of Fort Reno to protect the workers at the Darlington Indian Agency. Our fictional Lieutenant Jack is blissfully unbothered by the connection with the tragic tale and intent on leaving his own happier story for posterity.

Fascinating! Love the family and historical connections.

What’s one of your favorite things about being an author?

That people go out of their way to tell me interesting things. For instance, the ladies at the fort pull out the research and records that most visitors don’t get to see. It’s so cool!

Ahhhh, jealous!! 😉

Since Christmas is just around the corner, what’s one of your fun family traditions this time of year?

My husband and son go deer hunting to fill our freezer. We have a meat grinder and vacuum sealer and we totally destroy our kitchen processing all the meat. Sometimes we go to friend’s house and do it there, and of course eat chicken-fried deer meat to celebrate a successful season. That meat is usually the Christmas present that gets the most use.

That’s awesome, Regina! Sounds like the two of you make a good team too. 😉

Thank you so much for visiting with us today. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming project you can share with us?

Certainly! I’m working on edits of the third Fort Reno book, and we already have a title – The Major’s Daughter. Guess who that’s about? Be watching for hard-headed Caroline Adams in the series. She’s soon to have a story of her own.

Yay! Can’t wait! Have a Merry Christmas!!

GIVEAWAY!!

Regina has graciously offered to give away a print copy of The Lieutenant’s Bargain. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends December 11, 2018.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

57 comments on “Interview with Regina Jennings & Giveaway
  1. Karen says:

    Our family is really into Legos, and we collect the holiday sets so that we can make a Lego winter village every year. It’s so much fun for our whole family but especially for our daughter!

  2. Melissa Andres says:

    My family goes to our church’s Christmas Eve service and then we go to ourfriend’s home for pizza and games.

  3. vera wilson says:

    Picking out tree and baking cookies.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      We just baked sugar cookies at my mom’s last week. It was the first time my two-year-old had done it. She had a ball. The cookies were yummy too! 🙂 Happy Holidays, Vera!

  4. Faith Creech says:

    Going to church on Christmas Eve.

  5. Andrea Stephens says:

    I would like to say…I LOVE this book!
    I listened to the audio version on release day. It’s amazing!
    Good luck to those entering the giveaway!

  6. Candice Valdez says:

    My husbands family makes tamales every year. Then we stay up until midnight and play games like Spanish bingo. So much fun!

  7. Becky B says:

    Seeing the Festival of Lights at the Zoo.

  8. Sonnetta Jones says:

    When we lived together we would all be in the kitchen on Christmas Eve cooking and baking. Johnny Mathis, Jim Reeves or Maria Carey would be playing in the background. When the food was set for Christmas we would play board games.

  9. Getting together with the entire family on Christmas eve sot they can all enjoy their Christmas Day at home and just enjoying their ‘individual’ families and making their own memories.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  10. Lori Smanski says:

    From the time the kids where born until they left the house, every Christmas eve we went to Christmas eve service. Came home and we read the story of the birth of Jesus. We would talk about it and pray. Thanking God for the one precious gift he gave us. Then we would have pizza and chocolate milk. Then we would pull out the lamb cake i had made and sing happy birthday to Jesus. Eat our cake and open one gift. As the kids got older, conversations would get deeper and longer. Prayers would get more heartfelt.

  11. Melanie Backus says:

    We all gather on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought and enjoy a delicious breakfast together.

  12. Kathy says:

    Christmas stockings on St. Nicholas day!

  13. Kim Potter says:

    I take each kid Christmas shopping and then to lunch just the two of us.Even my teenagers look forward to this tradition that we started when they were too young to drive.

  14. What’s one of your fun family traditions this time of year?

    Our daughter comes from Dallas and makes her fabulous cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve ~ baking them Christmas morning. So Y*U*M throughout the day!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  15. Merry says:

    We love listening to Christmas music while decorating the tree

  16. Cathy says:

    I enjoy history, and so I like to attend one of the local or regional Christmas Candlelight Tours of Homes.

  17. Jennifer Hibdon says:

    Advent calendar and fun gifts on St Nicholas Day Eve.

  18. Reading the story of Christ’s birth around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s one of my favorites too. I especially love it now that we get to read it to Allison before bedtime on Christmas Eve. 🙂 Hugs to you, friend! So appreciate you visiting my blog!

  19. Alison Boss says:

    One of our family traditions is we have a Christmas Advent calendar that tells the story of Jesus birth. We read it with our two daughters every year. So many memories…. Our daughters are now 20 & 24 and they still enjoy reading it together as a family. 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of The Lieutenant’s Bargain! It sounds delightful!!

    ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  20. Joan says:

    We have a red Santa Bag. Special unique gifts are put in it to be opened last.
    Joan

  21. Caryl Kane says:

    I enjoy a Candlelight Christmas Eve service.

  22. This was a fun interview and I am super excited to read the next book in this series!

  23. Paula Shreckhise says:

    We go to the Christmas Eve Candlelight service.

  24. We enjoy Christmas by attending church, enjoying Christmas lights around town, sharing Scripture and memories with family, making new friends, and giving gifts. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy!

  25. Deanne Patterson says:

    I have 12 children and it can get pretty chaotic this time of year, well any time really. One fun things we enjoy this time of year is they each pick a cookie recipe and then bake with me their recipe individually. Lots of fun. We have discovered many fun and yummy kinds of cookies this way.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Wow, Deanne. You’re a super mom!! 🙂 I love your tradition. Hope you and all your sweet kiddos enjoy a blessed Christmas!! Thanks for visiting my blog during a busy season. 🙂

  26. Jan Hall says:

    Making fudge and cookies.

  27. Linda Romer says:

    On Christmas Eve my family sits around the tree, drinks hot cocoa and take turns reading The Night Before Christmas. Thank you, and don’t forget the cookies!

  28. Amanda T. says:

    One of my favorites is I bake sugar cookies and make frosting and then we decorate the cookies as a family. Lots of sugar, lots of sprinkles, and loads of Christmas time fun.

  29. Heather says:

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  30. We love baking cookies and delivering them to families.

  31. Laura W. says:

    We love to watch holiday classics like White Christmas, Holiday Inn, and Home Alone of course!

  32. Connie Scruggs says:

    I really like the story of how Regina named her characters. Her niece and nephew should feel special!

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