Week 2: Category Historical Romance
Erica Vetsch’s The Bartered Bride

I’m SO excited to introduce Erica Vetsch to you, fellow blogger and author extraordinaire! In exchange for a free copy of her book, I agreed to give her this glowing reviewing… (LOOK! I’m FTC compliant! WOOHOO!)

Now, on to the interview.

Erica, so glad you could join us here at Krista’s Reflections (as kooky as they are sometimes.) Before we get into the book stuff, I have a question I’m dying to ask.

As a fellow twitterer, I’m sure you’re saddened as well by the lack of information (besides Sherrinda’s vibrating bum…) we receive from our fellow twitterers. I mean, what happened to knowing “what you are doing?” We get quotes and links instead of “Using the ole electric toothbrush to polish my pearly whites” or “Playing scrabble with my kids” or “Putting my shoes on” then “now I’m tying them…” In this spirit, I think we’d like to all know something “twitter” worthy about you. Like, say, what you ate for breakfast this morning?

Erica’s reply: Had Slimfast for breakfast. Milk chocolate. Got on scale right after. Slimfast Fail! Want refund.

Oh, I feel for you, girl. Once a year I go for a few weeks on a slimfast kick. *sigh* It’s about that time of year, unfortunately. (and I stick to the bars… the shakes just don’t cut it!)

So, a little bird told me you had a book published. Very interesting. What’s it about? (ahhh, elevator pitch memories!)

Erica’s reply: A guy (handsome) a girl (pretty) a fortune (staggering) a ship (wrecked), a romance (smoochy!) 🙂 Actually, it’s the story of an arranged marriage, and how two people keep wanting God to change everyone else’s minds, when it’s the hero and heroine who end up changing.

Very nice. You are totally writing my next elevator pitch for me, kay? Thanks!

So, how long did you slave over said book?

Erica’s reply: I wrote The Bartered Bride in about five weeks in the summer of 2007. The idea just hit me and WHAM! I was off and running. The editing took about a month more.

Do you see the jealousy dripping from my ears? Hold on while I get a napkin to wipe it off…

Okay, all clear! Now, I like to give my interviewees a pop brainstorming session. I’ll give you a topic, and you give me the first book idea in elevator pitch form that pops into your head kay? Good.

I know your book is called “The Bartered Bride” so give me an idea for a book entitled “The Barking Bride.” GO!

Erica’s reply: A guy’s dog bites a female mail carrier, and she goes all Shaggy D.A. on him. He doesn’t know whether to rush her to the hospital or the vet. Hilarity ensues as she chases cats and he chases her.

I smell a bestseller!!!

I gotta tell you, we’re all so excited that you’re published! WOOHOO! Tell us about the moment you got the news!

Erica’s reply: A phenomenal moment for me. JoAnn Simmons of Barbour Heartsong Presents announced the contract at the 2008 ACFW Conference at one of the general sessions. Soooo Coooool!

A wonderful moment I’m sure! CONGRATS again!!! Any other books coming out we might be interested in?

Erica’s reply:
I’ve got six books coming out this year:

The Bartered Bride Nov 2009
The Marriage Masquerade Jan 2010
The Engineered Engagement June 2010

Clara and the Cowboy April 2010
Lily and the Lawman August 2010
Maggie and the Maverick Nov 2010

Seriously, I’m blown away. WOW! You are on a roll! Last very important question. Minty Fresh or Cinnamon Gum? Inquiring minds NEED to know!

Erica’s reply: Always the mint.

GOOD ANSWER! Me too! Thanks, Erica, for joining us today! You rock big time!

Oh wait! I forgot the most IMPORTANT question.

BOOK GIVING GUIDE: Who should I buy this book for?

Erica’s reply: Anyone who has ever been shipwrecked, or forced into marriage, or played the piano, or has gotten flowers delivered to them, or been in love, or had a fight with their mom, or has ever voted, or has ever thought about voting…. 🙂

Well, that covers, um, most people on our lists, me thinks! Thanks again for joining us Erica!

You can purchase a copy of Erica’s book at

ERICA VETSCH is married to Peter and keeps the company books for the family lumber business. A home-school mom to Heather and James, Erica loves history, romance, and storytelling. Her ideal vacation is taking her family to out-of-the-way history museums and chatting to curators about local history. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Calvary Bible College in Secondary Education: Social Studies. You can find her on the web at

Erica has generously offered to give an autographed copy of her book, The Bartered Bride, away to one lucky commenter on this post! You have till 11:59 tomorrow night (November 12th) to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. Winner to be announced on Friday!


  1. Thanks for jumping over to my blog and following. I think Erica is terrific too and I will be hosting her tomorrow as it turns out. Great interview!

  2. Hilarious! I love you both! Krista, you have to be one of the best interviewers out there. Talk about refreshing. And Erica, when can I buy The Barking Bride? I'm so in.

  3. Great review!!! Looks and sounds intriguing and Krista, you crack me up! 🙂

  4. HAHA!!! I love the who-to-buy-for recommendations. You don't have to enter me in the drawing, as I already have my cherished copy, but I wanted to say great interview!

  5. Love the interview, Krista! You're an awesome host!

  6. Krista, this was hilariously fun. Thank you so much for having me here.

    The Barking Bride…I'm thinking I should pitch that story to Disney. 🙂

  7. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Great interview! I'm so happy that I won a copy from Katie. I can't wait to plow right in.

    Erica you have quite a line up of pub dates- congratulations!

  9. Fun interview! I really, really want this book! Pick me please!!!! *hand waving wildly*

  10. You interview was great! 🙂

  11. What a great interview, too funny! :O)

  12. THAT is the funniest interview and engaging as well. Please add me to the contest. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  13. The Bartered Bride sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  14. It sounds like a fun book…martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  15. Hi Krista & Erica –

    Thanks for an informative and entertaining interview. I'd love to win Erica's book. Please enter me in the drawing.

    susanjreinhardt (at) gmail (dot) com

    Susan 🙂

  16. Ooooo! I love smoochy! Count me in for a chance to win!

    So was I really the only one who shared her personal tweet aka vibrating bum??? How funny is that! Seriously, you need to share an excerpt someday with that scene! You have the best sense of humor!

  17. Loved the interview. Book sounds very interesting and would love to read it. Please enter me.


  18. Sounds like a great book. I enjoyed the interview. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


  19. Great interview! Definitely mint here too.

    Please enter me in the drawing.


  20. Besides stopping by to WOOOHOO for Erica, I had to make sure you were FTC Compliant. Way to go Krista, you rock.

  21. This has got to be the funnest interview I've ever read. Thanks so much guys.

    Don't enter me, Krista, I bought and read the book already. I'm an instant Erica Vetsch fan!

  22. Sounds like a great book! Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

  23. Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

  24. not sure if i'll make it under the wire, but enter me if you can.

    bookwurm70 at gmail dot com

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