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Video Café – Coffee Break + Giveaway with Karen Barnett

1Bonjour, Friday – and welcome to the Video Café! I’m pleased to welcome author friend Karen Barnett — a repeat visitor in our café today. She’s sharing about Through the Shadows – Book 3 in The Golden Gate Chronicles historical series.  (And be sure to hang around after our coffee break for our usual #Giveaway…)

If you’re new to the Video Café, Click HERE to see what it’s all about. But if you’ve been here before, you know how it works. Grab your cuppa – here comes a chat with Karen!

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BONJOUR Karen — Welcome back to the café! We’re so glad you’ve come back to spend time with us. So, where’s your café today and just what are you drinking? 


No nasty letters – ha ha! We don’t judge drinks here in the café. (And I have to wonder if you don’t sneak in a bit of Lego Batman video game action like I occasionally do with my boys!) 😉 

We love our fellowship time here on Fridays. (It’s a day for relaxing right into the weekend, isn’t it?) At the start of what we hope will be a lazy summer weekend, could you share a devotion? What Scripture is ministering to you right now, and why? 


Oh my! Our last video guest was Becky Wade – she pulled a very heartfelt message from Romans, on a very similar topic! I’m tempted to believe that some of us needed to hear this message more than once… Thank you, thank you for sharing your heart today. 

We also want to hear about YOU — can you tell us about your latest release, Through the Shadows (Book 3 in The Golden Gate Chronicles series)? And… what’s up next for you, lady? 


Is anyone else spilling coffee from excitement right now?! Thanks for sharing your news — I absolutely LOVE that time in history and cannot wait to hear more about your next series. Congrats!

We want to have a little fun in our time together today… Can you share your favorite movie? (P.S. I peeked ahead at the video, shouted again, and spilled a second cup of coffee. I LOVE this film too!) 


We love our authors here in the café — because we get the opportunity to get to know the REAL in you. We’d love a good laugh… Can you share your funniest moment as an author?

 LOVE this, Karen! 

I had a similar experience. I once shouted out in a coffee shop that I would get right on the task of killing someone! (The other terrified patrons had no idea I was on the phone with my editor and we were talking about killing off a character because it worked for the story…) Those moments DO happen, don’t they?  😉

We’ve loved spending our Friday coffee time with you today. Please promise you’ll come back and visit – especially when those exciting new books release!  Hugging you across the miles, friend!


2Karen Barnett lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teens, and three mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, public speaking, decorating crazy birthday cakes, and dragging her family through dusty history museums. She was honored with the 2016 Writer of the Year award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and a Writer of Promise Award from Oregon Christian Writers in 2013.

You can learn more about Karen at http://www.KarenBarnettBooks.com.

 


Karen is pleased to offer a copy of Through the Shadows to one reader in the cafe. This Giveaway is for continental US residents only (void where prohibited), and runs from 6/10/16 – 6/16/16 11:59pm EDT. Leave a comment with an answer to the following question from Karen’s café visit:

  • What is your most embarrassing moment? (Please tell us it did not involve plotting or killing!)  

We’ll draw one name of those who comment on this post during the dates listed and announce the winner on this post 6/17/16. And be sure to keep the coffee brewing, because we’ll have more giveaways  in the café this summer — including some for the just released The Ringmaster’s Wife!

With JOY & coffee talk,

Kristy_sig

33 thoughts on “Video Café – Coffee Break + Giveaway with Karen Barnett

  1. One of my most embarrassing moments was unconsciously walking into the men’s restroom at at a restaurant. Shortly after I locked the door, I heard heavy footsteps and then noticed the feet of the person in the other stall had on work boots. My heart plummeted. Surely I hadn’t gone into the men’s restaurant by mistake??!! I was mortified! I waited until “Mr Workboots” left and quickly exited the restroom. I hurried back to our dinner party, hoping to put that major kerfuffle behind me, only to find that “Mr Workboots was part of our dinner party!!! Ugh!

  2. My life is one big blooper reel, so it is hard to pick one moment over others. I don’t know if I’d call it embarrassing but I once took a backwards cow ride. I’m a partner in my family’s cattle ranch. One time we were running maverick calves through the branding chute. (Keep in mind that by maverick I mean, these calves (heifers & bulls) had escaped capture until they were well past weaning stage. They weren’t cute little babies anymore. Most well over 600lbs.) One of the first “calves” was a heifer and she did not like the business end of that chute at all. After being released back into the pen where we had our equipment set up, she frantically tried every avenue of escape. My brother asked me to bring him a tool that was in the front seat of the truck, for the next “calf”–a bull. I turned around to fetch the tool and found this angry heifer coming up the alley between the fence and the truck. There was nowhere to run since the space was just the width a man could walk through. Before I could even turn around and run, she stuck her head up between my legs and backed out of that alley with me on her neck, slinging her head w/ all her might to try an oust me from my position. She finally managed to dump me on the rocks that pave a spot in front of the water trough, in the mud puddle she had just created by jumping into the trough in her previous escape attempts. I was greeted by two cowboys laughing so hard they could hardly help me get up. But I was laughing too, at least now I had a funny story to tell on myself! I was badly bruised from my hip to my knee, and I had tears of pain streaming down my face as I laughed, but I got up, brushed myself off, and went right back to work. Not all that embarrassing, but pretty darn funny. If only it had happened in a time when smartphones existed, there might be a video I could make some money off of, too!

  3. I’ve always been a klutz, so at my age have many embarrassing moments – I started to get in the wrong car just a couple of months ago, thinking it was my friend waiting while I ran into the store for a quick purchase, same color car & I didn’t look at the driver. Until – a voice laughed & said, “I think you have the wrong car”. Another was as a teenager when I went roller-skating with a group from my church, I had never been skating – a friend locked arms with me and was leading me around the rink. Someone bumped into us, our skates locked together – they had to be cut off us.

    Enjoyed the video chat and would love to read ‘Through the Shadows’ – thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Karen!!

  4. My life is one big blooper reel, so it is hard to pick one moment over others. I don’t know if I’d call it embarrassing but I once took a backwards cow ride. I’m a partner in my family’s cattle ranch. One time we were running maverick calves through the branding chute. (Keep in mind that by maverick I mean, these calves (heifers & bulls) had escaped capture until they were well past weaning stage. They weren’t cute little babies anymore. Most well over 600lbs.) One of the first “calves” was a heifer and she did not like the business end of that chute at all. After being released back into the pen where we had our equipment set up, she frantically tried every avenue of escape. My brother asked me to bring him a tool that was in the front seat of the truck, for the next “calf”–a bull. I turned around to fetch the tool and found this angry heifer coming up the alley between the fence and the truck. There was nowhere to run since the space was just the width a man could walk through. Before I could even turn around and run, she stuck her head up between my legs and backed out of that alley with me on her neck, slinging her head with all her might to try an oust me from my position. She finally managed to dump me on the rocks that pave a spot in front of the water trough, in the mud puddle she had just created by jumping into the trough in her previous escape attempts. I was greeted by two cowboys laughing so hard they could hardly help me get up. But I was laughing too, at least now I had a funny story to tell on myself! I was badly bruised from my hip to my knee, and I had tears of pain streaming down my face as I laughed, but I got up, brushed myself off, and went right back to work. Not all that embarrassing, but pretty darn funny. If only it had happened in a time when smartphones existed, there might be a video I could make some money off of, too!

  5. It was my prom. I had a long dress and purchased a long slip to go with it. The only long slip I could find was a strapless one. We were riding on a bus to a tram that went up a mountain in Palm Springs and as I stepped onto the bus my shoe got caught in the hem of the slip and the whole slip fell to my feet. All I could do was pick it up and stuff it in my very small purse. I was red as a sheet. I have never forgotten that!

  6. My most embarrassing moment was when I fell in the pool fully clothed because I was staring at a hunk of manhood on the diving board instead of watching where I was going. Everyone laughed. Even me once I dried off.

  7. Oops – I forgot to answer the question in my previous post…
    I’ve had many embarrassing moments in life…
    One that comes to mind is when my daughter and I were on a flight to Hawaii and we were having the strangest conversation about our fruit plates. When we realized how absurd we must have sounded to other passengers, we got tickled. And by tickled, I mean we lost it. I laughed so hard I got choked on a piece of kiwi and couldn’t stop coughing, laughing, or crying. Mortifying. It was a L-O-N-G flight.

    If I told you our conversation, (which I won’t) I promise you wouldn’t find it funny. Even remotely. But for whatever reason it was hilarious to us. 😉

    1. Haha! I have a friend like that. We always start laughing at our own conversations–and then entertaining those around us because we get so silly. Laughter is good for the soul, right?

  8. Hello Karen, so nice meeting you. And what an articulate speaker! Your book sounds interesting, and I love how it centers on God’s grace.

    FYI: When I was a child I had a friend named Karen Barnett. 😉

    1. Another one of me, eh? Actually, that reminds me of another embarrassing moment story. I was a super shy kid, so I didn’t end up being very popular in high school. When FB first became a big thing, I started getting tons of requests from high school classmates that I barely knew. I thought I was pretty cool until I realized that there had been another classmate named Karen Barnett–and that’s who they thought they were friending. I wasn’t a Barnett in high school, it’s my married name. Ack!

  9. I’m sure there have been many embarrassing moments in my life, but I can only come up with one. Years ago, my husband was in a passion play the church put on. He played one of the Pharisees & was dressed up in the period clothing and make-up. Well, they had all the people who were part of the play downstairs in the basement & I went looking for my husband and asked someone where he was. So I went downstairs and tapped him on the shoulder and started talking to him, when he turned around I literally didn’t recognize him, I startled, started walking backwards and started apologizing profusely because I thought it was someone else!!!!! They made him up so well, I didn’t know it was him…and he didn’t say anything so as to recognize his voice. Then when he said my name I knew it was him….that was SO embarrassing!!! Everyone around him was laughing at me because who doesn’t recognize their own spouse…haha! We get a good laugh at it now, but my face must have been red as a beet 🙂
    Thanks for the video cafe this morning (here on the West Coast anyway) and book giveaway chance!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. Yikes! My most embarrassing moment. Anybody ever wear a wrap around skirt? I wore one once when I was in the sixth grade. Apparently, I’m not good at tying knots. While in front of the glass, reading aloud, my skirt started to untie. I stopped to get permission to leave, but then I just shot out the door to the bathroom!!! I remember it quite vividly, and I was so glad my mommy had taught me to wear slips. I was mortified. Many times these become funny later…I’m still waiting for that! : D. You both are amazing authors!

    1. I definitely remember those wrap around skirts! My mom was a great seamstress, so I had several. Thankfully, I don’t have any horror stories about them. Thank goodness for slips!

  11. I’ve had plenty of them! One was when I was babysitting my niece and nephew. I took them to the zoo and they bickered and fought all day. I was at the end by the evening and when going to the car and just yelled to get in. They both just stood there..so I screamed again…get in! It wasn’t my car.

    1. Oh, my! Were you able to laugh about it right away, or did it take a while to cool off first? 🙂 Years ago I went to a church with a blind pastor. He accidentally got into the wrong car once and started chatting with his wife–only to find out he was sitting next to a stranger. Oops!

  12. While I’ve had many embarrassing moments, my most recent one was about a week ago in water aerobics class when the summer children’s swim classes were beginning and sharing the pool with my class. One of the swim instructors was a former male student of mine. I was hoping that with all the activity in and around the pool, he wouldn’t notice me. However, as he walked by with a new group of children, he called out to me by name and said hello. I don’t usually wear my bathing suit in front of my students.

  13. My most embarrassing moment was in high school. I was just learning to drive and decided to drive the car around my church parking lot for practice. Well, I pulled up to the church carport and went into the building, leaving the car in neutral. After all, it wasn’t moving in neutral… Much to my horror, when I came back out of the building, the car was gone. Sure my brother was playing a prank on me and had taken the car, I stomped in search of him, only to eventually realize his innocence. The car had rolled backward, through the swingset (which clipped off both side mirrors), through the large wooden backstop (which took out the back window), and managed to miss crashing into the apartments behind the church thanks to a large snow pile. Since then, I’ve been dubbed the infamous playground renovator….

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