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What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Inspirational novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Love at Millicent's Tea Shop: Two-Novel Set Giveaway!

Pull up a comfy chair, settle in with your favorite cup of tea, and enjoy this romantic-comedy two-novel set.

Before featuring the giveaway of my newly released two-novel-set, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Field of Redemption, by Lori Bates Wright, is:

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and the winner of the free copy of Trapped, by Lillian Duncan, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your books right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now I want to announce that my two Millicent Tea Shop novels have been released in an e-book set called Love at Millicet's Tea Shop. You might be familiar with the titles of the two novels, The Perfect Blend and Tea for Two. Here's the cover copy for the set:

British expat, Millicent Ashford Jewell, welcomes friends and strangers to Milly’s Tea Shop in charming Middleburg, Virginia, where more than one romance has found its spark. Two such stories are featured in Love at Millicent's Tea Shop. If you enjoy the novels of Debbie Macomber, you’ll love these romances set in a small town with a big heart.

THE PERFECT BLEND

Steph Vandergrift is in need of a job. She left everything behind to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, never imagining he would stand her up at the altar. Now, hoping just to get by until she can decide what to do next, Steph thinks she’s found the perfect position at the local tea shop.

Kendall James, one of the kindest and most eligible bachelors in the area, meets Steph and proceeds to pursue her. But by the time Steph feels able to consider dating again, her runaway fiancé returns and tries to win her back. Steph is wary, but she and Rick always seemed to blend so well. Are they truly meant to be together, or does God have something else in mind?

TEA FOR TWO

Counselor Tina Milano has been visiting Milly's Tea Shop regularly for the past several months. She has many friends but no steady man in her life. Zack Cooper is a local farmer who provides Milly with fresh fruit and vegetables. As a single parent, Zack is doing his best to raise his teenage son and daughter on his own.

When the kids get in minor scrapes with the law, Milly gently encourages Zack and Tina to work together to draw the teens back before their rebellious natures land them in even hotter water. At first Tina sees the relationship in only a professional capacity, but soon her friends notice the luscious scent of romance in the air and decide to help things along.

Tea for Two is a faith-filled novel that explores the delight of second chances, warm friendship, and unexpected romantic encounters.

The two-novel set is available for online purchase at the following button:



Let me ask you a question. I've written for a few series in the past, and I like that e-book formats make it easier to purchase entire sets at once like this. Each of these novels is also still available in individual format as well. Considering that quite a bit of time usually goes by between individual book releases, are you more likely to purchase a full series like this or individual books, one at a time? 

I'm going to give away an e-copy of the set to a subscriber or someone who answers my question, above. The drawing is done by email, so leave your answer and your email (like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com) in the comments section below. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing.

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lillian Duncan and Free Books!

Trapped in a basement, wearing only a T-shirt. The dirt is his—the blood is hers.

Before we meet today's author, I first want to apologize to my readers and featured authors for my delay in posting my author interviews for the past two weeks. If I may briefly share something personal: my adult son was in a near-fatal accident while on vacation in Kauai last week. Many of you have followed the unfolding of events in my Facebook posts, and your prayers have been an extremely moving blessing.

We are still very much focused on his recovery--he's staying with me during that process. So my normal activities have been curtailed some, and your continued prayers for my son, Tucker, are very much appreciated.

That said, I'm trying to resume some normalcy amidst the chaos, so here we go.

Today there will be two featured authors. But first, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Lord of Her Heart, by Sherrinda Ketchersid, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet today's first novelist, Lillian Duncan, author of the romantic suspense novel, Trapped (Harbourlight Books; September 2019).

Lillian Duncan… turning faith into fiction.

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

She loves to write stories that entertain but also demonstrate God’s love for all of us.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’m very short—only 4’8”.

As is said about my two favorite dancers on So You Think You Can Dance, "small but mighty!" 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Trapped.

Angelina has the perfect life—until she’s kidnapped. Even though she’s rescued, she continues to be trapped by the memories she can’t forget. But as she takes steps to become healthier, she begins to have delusions that someone is still after her—are they delusions or reality?

What is it about Angelina that will make your readers care about her?

We get to watch her go from being a selfish heiress to someone who really cares about others and is willing to go beyond the expected to help others.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

There are too many to pick just one—but I’ll try. I love James Patterson’s books, especially the Alex Cross novels.

I get you on that question. I love many authors, and it's difficult to pick one above the others.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Meet in the Middle by LoRee Peery. I’m not a big romance novel fan, but this novel is sweet and cute. It was fun to read. Perfect for the beach.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the middle of edits for my next book—Jane Doe. And I’m busy promoting Trapped as well as The David Years. The David Years was released in August and is the second in my Puzzle House series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My blog/website is at www.lillian-duncan.com

The book is available for purchase online via the following button:



Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

How do you pick books? From the cover? From the back cover blurb? Or just on the reputation of the author?

Thank you, Lillian, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Lillian has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Be sure to check out today's bonus featured author interview with Lori Bates Wright, below. Lori will discuss her new release, and there will be a separate drawing for a free copy of her book.

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Lori Bates Wright and Free Books

The fate of a Union nurse caught behind enemy lines lies in the hands a Confederate officer with a jaded secret.

And now let's meet novelist Lori Bates Wright, author of the inspirational historical romance, Field of Redemption (SierraVista Books, July 2019).

Lori Bates Wright is that an award-winning author of Christian Fiction who has a fascination with history and a soft spot for love stories.

Raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Texas with her husband of 34 years. She has two grown kids and four adorable grand boys (who leap tall buildings in a single bound!)

When she's not writing you'll most likely find her sipping coffee and daydreaming on the porch swing.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

My favorite sandwich is peanut butter and pickle. With a side of Barbecue chips! Lol! My kids grew up thinking this was completely normal.

That sounds so much like a pregnancy snack!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Field of Redemption.

When devoted governess, Abigail McFadden, discovers her charge has run off to join the Union army on his fourteenth birthday, her impetuous decision to go after him catapults her behind enemy lines and into a life-changing fight for survival.

Failing to locate the boy, Abby is stranded in Confederate Georgia with no means to get home. After taking a nursing position in Macon's confederate hospital, she comes under suspicion as a union spy. Her only consolation is the work she does outside of the hospital walls in a shanty town of unwanted orphans.

Confederate Officer, Ian Saberton, a theological graduate of Yale, is thrust into war and forced to choose sides. His greatest struggle becomes a fight for his soul as his faith and deep convictions are put to the test.

When Sherman advances on Atlanta, Ian is sent to prepare his home state for enemy invasion. Headquartered in Macon, he encounters a town full of civilians oblivious to the imminent danger bearing down on them. He and his men must see the city secured, while avoiding a passel of matchmaking socialites determined to see him married.

When Abby is brought up on false charges and scheduled to be hanged, she has no choice but to trust the handsome Confederate officer who offers the only way of escape.

Exciting! What is it about Abby and Ian that will make your readers care about them?

Though they are on opposite sides, they have a common goal - to see an end to the devastation brought on by a war that has severed their beloved country.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

Mary Higgins Clark. She has had 51 best-selling novels in her 45 year career. And while I definitely have my favorites, there isn’t one of her stories that fails to draw the reader into an intriguing mystery.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette. Though it’s Biblical Fiction, she writes such relatable characters that it feels like you are there. This story was powerful with a really emotionally satisfying ending.

What are you working on now?

Book Three of The Saberton Legacy which features youngest brother, Zachery.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is: www.loribateswright.com
Facebook
BookBub
Goodreads

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 Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What era is your favorite read about?

Thank you, Lori, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Lori has also offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, August 26, 2019

Sherrinda Ketchersid and Free Books!

He’s fighting for his future—she’s running for her life.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of The Mennonite Queen, by Patrick E. Craig, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Sherrinda Ketchersid, author of the inspirational historic/romantic adventure, Lord of Her Heart (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, May, 2019).

Sherrinda Ketchersid is a lover of stories with happily-ever-after endings. Whether set in the past or present, romance is what she writes and where her dreams reside.

Sherrinda lives in north-central Texas with her preacher husband. With four grown children, three guys and a gal, she has more time and energy to spin tales of faith, fun, and forever love.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I have a secret desire to dance well. I’ve never learned how, and I know I look ridiculous when I do, but I still think I should take dance lessons, just for the fun of it.

Oh, yes, I hear you there. I'm a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance! Those dancers have spent their entire young lives honing their skills and beating their bodies into shape! I have so much respect for them.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lord of Her Heart.

Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.

Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for. Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite of her conniving ways.

Chaos, deception, and treachery threaten their goals, but both are determined to succeed. Learning to trust each other might be the only way either of them survives.

What is it about Lady Jocelyn Ashburn that will make your readers care about her?

Lady Jocelyn Ashburn is brave in the face of her fear. Time and time again, she is faced with difficult circumstances and rises to the challenge with grace and determination. She does the hard things in order to reach her goal. I wish I was more like her in many ways.

Let’s fantasize—your publisher is sending you to explore the history and setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you? Why there?

Scotland, hands down. I love the history and the beauty of the Highlands. It seems mystical to me. They were very family/clan oriented and loyal to a fault. They seemed fierce, but there is much to be admired in their pride and determination to keep their kin secure.

Such an adventurous, rugged, and romantic setting. 

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

The last book I read was Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate. My goodness, what a moving story. The characters stayed with me for days and I was moved by the determination of the oldest child to survive and keep her siblings together. It’s a beautiful novel.

A book that successful has surely touched a nerve in the reading public. It's high on my ridiculously long TBR list. I can't wait.

What are you working on now?

I took Ian McGowan, the head guardsman in Lord of Her Heart, and gave him his own forever love. I’ve finished his story and am now in the rewriting phase.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.sherrinda.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Goodreads
Book Bub
Amazon

The book is available for purchase online via the following button:



Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Trust is a major theme throughout Lord of Her Heart—trusting others and ultimately trusting God. Sometimes I struggle with trusting others and sometimes trusting God when things seem bleak. Is trusting God or trusting others something you struggle with? What have you found helps you to trust God?

Thank you, Sherrinda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Sherrinda has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, August 19, 2019

Patrick E. Craig and Free Books!

The Mennonite Queen—an epic saga of forbidden love, bloody revolution, and powerful faith.

This week we're focusing on novelist Patrick Craig, author of the Amish/Mennonite historical novel, The Mennonite Queen (P&J Publishing, April 2019).

Patrick E. Craig is a traditionally published/independent author. In 2013, Harvest House Publishers published his Apple Creek Dreams series, which included A Quilt For Jenna, The Road Home, and Jenny’s Choice.

His current series is The Paradise Chronicles and the first book, The Amish Heiress, was published in 2015. It remained on the Amazon Top 100 best sellers list for seven months. The Amish Princess was released in 2017 and was followed by The Mennonite Queen in April 2019. In 2017 Harlequin purchased the print rights for The Amish Heiress for their Walmart Amish series. That book went into Walmart stores on April 2 2019.

Just recently Patrick signed with Elk Lake Publishers to publish his kids’ mystery series, The Adventures of Punkin and Boo.

Patrick and his wife, Judy, make their home in Idaho. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I was a singer in a well-known rock band and a Pastor.

Okay, Patrick, the tiny researching corner of my brain had to go snooping online. Very cool. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Mennonite Queen.

Princess Isabella of Poland has been raised in a life of wealth and leisure. She is destined to marry a king but fate intervenes when she meets Johan Hirschberg, a young Anabaptist who works in her father’s stables. Johan’s strength, kindness, and faith win her heart and they secretly marry and flee to Münster, a city in Germany where Anabaptists have thrown off the yoke of persecution and taken control.

Johan joins in the revolution, but the excesses and sins of the leaders soon turn him away. Johan and Isabella try to leave, but Münster is surrounded by the troops of Catholic Bishop Prince Franz von Waldek, who has been paid to capture the princess. At the height of the battle, they escape and flee to Frisia where they are taken in by Menno Simons, the founder of the Mennonite church.

After two years with Menno they are captured by von Waldek and returned to Poland. There, Isabella must make a choice that will change the course of European history.

Wow, that's a fascinating point in history that I can't say I've ever read about. Intriguing.

What is it about Isabella that will make your readers care about her?

Isabella Jagiellon, Queen of Hungary, is a real historical character who actually wrote the first Edict of Religious Toleration in Europe. I have inserted her into a fictional history where she plays a role in the founding of the Mennonite church. She is bold, smart, lovely and loves the Lord. She is forced to make a choice that changes the course of European history, and that choice will endear her to all my readers.

Yes, both endearing and compelling. I'm sold.

Let’s fantasize—your publisher is sending you to explore the history and setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you? Why there?

I’m being sent to Ixheim, Germany, the town where the last Amish community in Europe closed it’s doors in 1937. I’m researching for a novel titled The Amish Menorah, a story about an Amish man who rescues a Jewish girl from the clutches of the Nazis. Look for it in 2021.

I usually ask this question as a "what if," but sometimes we hit on an actual work in progress, like The Amish Menorah. I hope you'll come back and tell us more about it when it becomes available! 

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Goodbye Darkness A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester. I read it as research for my new book with Murray Pura and it is one of the best written books about the struggles and fears of the American Marines during the Pacific campaign in WW II.

What are you working on now?

Currently Elk Lake Publishing is getting ready to release the first book in my YA Mystery series, The Adventures of Punkin and Boo. It’s titled The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch. I’m also working on a World War II Novel, Far On The Ringing Plains, with my friend, Murray Pura.

I’m preparing to sign with Elk Lake for two new series. The first is Amor mi Tien (Love Keep Me), which is a three generational romance/historical series set in the time of The Wars of The Roses in England and France. The first book is titled The Roses of Agincourt, and will be finished early next year. I also have a thriller series, Maxfield Williams, starting in 2020. The first book will be Scars on Heaven. And then I have the second Punkin and Boo book, The Lost Coast, coming out in 2020.

Busy man! Where else can readers find you online?

Webpage
Facebook
Twitter
Amazon


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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Murray and I have been wrestling with a question about our new book, Far On The Ringing Plains. If a book has a Christian world view and is specifically Christian in its content and focus, but you want it to reach a general audience with a gospel they may never have heard before as opposed to more cloistered Christian readers, and it is about Marines in battle, is it okay to use rougher (not gross) Marine language and situations? Honest opinions, please.

Excellent question. Thank you, Patrick, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Patrick has offered to give away a free copy of his book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to his question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE



 

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