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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, March 30, 2020

Short-term Sale on Two More of My Novels!

For the second week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown. I'm dropping my book prices. For just three more days--through Thursday, April 2--both Beach Dreams and Sunset Beach are available in e-book format for only 99 cents each. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices next week.)

Here is the summary of each of these romantic comedies:

Beach Dreams

“So, what do I do? Just give up? Avoid him? Stop brushing my teeth and wearing deodorant? He’s so sweet. And when he says something in that cute accent and looks at me with those long-lashed blue eyes and those dimples and that cleft thingy in his chin, and have you noticed how perfect his nose is?”

Tiffany LeBoeuf has a problem. She has lost her job, her mother has recently passed away, and she has zero social life. And then she meets Jeremy Beckett. But Tiff is a new Christian and knows she shouldn’t be attracted to this unbelieving (but charming!) Brit.

And then there’s Eve….Jeremy’s girlfriend.

When Tiffany reserves a cozy beach house in San Diego for a much-needed retreat, a mix-up causes a double booking, and Tiffany ends up sharing the beach house with Eve. When Jeremy arrives to surprise Eve, he surprises Tiffany, as well.

As Jeremy settles in at the beach house next door, events and secrets unravel that surprise everyone.

"Trish Perry’s Beach Dreams tells the touching and humorous story about how God uses even our mistakes to bring about His divine purposes."

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Sunset Beach

Sonny Miller, a recent college graduate with plans to get her master’s degree in psychology, intends to resolve some family drama and put her academic interests to the test. She cleverly invites her mother, Teresa, and her mother’s estranged twin, Aunt Melanie, to a quiet and quirky California beach house. They both show up...and with surprises of their own. Teresa, a successful classical singer, brings her latest protégé, Irina, and Melanie brings along secrets about Teresa and the identity of Sonny’s long-gone father.

The strong personalities cause some big waves, and Sonny is in over her head. Soon she is drawn to Irina and Irina’s charming brother, Grigori. Her faith is strengthened by their story of being adopted as children from a Russian orphanage by a Christian couple from America.

Readers will love being a guest alongside these characters. Between each sunrise and sunset is another day for healing, laughter, rediscovering the importance of family, and embracing the hope of God’s care.

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I hope you'll take advantage of these stories while they're so readily available. And please read below about this week's featured author, Terri Wangard!

Terri Wangard and Free Books!

Sailing on the Lusitania is a dream-come-true for Rosaleen and Geoff Bonnard, but their journey turns into a nightmare. Will they ever find their joy again?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Jeanette Morris's Young Adult novel, Her Shining Eyes, is:

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Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, and 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 Terri Vanguard, author of the historical novel, Roll Back the Clouds (Independently published, March 2020).

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist.

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.

Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

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

I swam competitively on the Green Bay YMCA swim team and missed going to Nationals by one second.

Wow. Sometimes a second holds such importance!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Roll Back the Clouds.

Geoff and Rosaleen Bonnard receive a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but that shouldn't affect a passenger liner.

As they approach Ireland, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen scrambles into a lifeboat, but where is her husband? She searches the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many people. Geoff is finally located in a Cork hospital, alive but suffering a back injury.

While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother’s family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff’s new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.

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

Rosaleen is full of excitement about their voyage, but has to deal with a nemesis who loves to torment her. She refuses to cower though. She cares about people, shown in her concern for the maid and her rescue of the baby. She’s lost and distraught when Geoff is missing. She wants to meet her mother’s family, but her insecurity shows. She’s frustrated at changes in their lives. Readers should be able to relate to her. She’s someone you’d want as a friend.

She sounds as if she experiences struggles many readers will recognize from their own lives, but for different reasons. 

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

A pain-free night. Most mornings, I wake up with a headache.

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

Being Known, by Robin Jones Gunn. Four close friends provide a safe haven of encouragement and vulnerability that is a godsend when life gets messy. To have such close friends is a blessing beyond compare; a very heart-warming story. (Releases April 28.)

What are you working on now?

A companion book to Roll Back the Clouds, which features Geoff and Rosaleen’s next-door neighbors, Peter and Maren Bloch. Maren’s family immigrated from Germany a few years before WWI, and she has to face the anti-German hysteria on her own when Peter goes off to war.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
Twitter: @terriwangard
Goodreads
Instagram: @terriwangard
Pinterest
Website: www.terriwangard.com

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

The Lusitania was nothing like the cruise ships of today. If you enjoy cruising, what do you like best? If you haven’t cruised, what would you most like to experience?

Clearly, readers, I interviewed Terri before the Corona Virus hit us all. Hopefully, the cruise industry will eventually rebound from its current troubles (along with just about every industry in the world). Let's assume that rebound, in answering Terri's question.

Thanks, Terri, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Terri 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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, March 23, 2020

Short-term Sale on Two of My Novels!

In order to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown, I'm dropping my book prices. For just two more days--through Wednesday, March 25--both The Guy I'm Not Dating and Too Good to Be True are available in e-book format for only 99 cents each. (I'll feature other books afterward.)

Here is the summary of each of these romantic comedies:

The Guy I'm Not Dating

"Yowza!" exclaims Kara Richardson when she sees the handsome proprietor of the new delicatessen in town, Gabe Paolino—who soon expresses mutual interest. This would be the start of a perfect love story, except for one thing—Kara has vowed to stop dating until she feels God's leading.

But when humorous circumstances send Kara and Gabe on a road trip to Florida, hope springs anew. Even with Kara's flirtatious coworker Tiffany—"a hyena in heels"—along for the ride, the uncouple begins a lively journey that could change their paths forever.

This memorable, charming story of love's persistence captures the honor of waiting on God's timing, and the adventure of finding the perfect guy to not date.

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Too Good to Be True

Trish Perry, author of the charming novel The Guy I’m Not Dating, follows up with a contemporary, humorous tale of how love and life unfold in surprising ways.

Rennie Young, heroine of Too Good to Be True, meets the gallant Truman Sayers after she faints in the boys’ department of the local super store. Despite this unromantic introduction, Tru Sayers, a handsome young labor–and–delivery nurse, seems like a gift from God. But a recent divorce and other life disappointments cause Ren to question whether she can trust her heart and God.

This clever novel encourages readers to lean on God’s leading and to be open to life after the hurt—even when it seems too good to be true.

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I hope you'll take advantage of these stories while they're so readily available. And please read below about this week's featured author, Jeanette Morris!

Jeanette Morris and Free Books!

Sometimes pain opens the soul.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Denise Weimer's romantic suspense novel, Traces, is:

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Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, and 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 Jeannette Morris, author of the Young Adult novel, Her Shining Eyes, (Bold Vision Books, September 2019).

Jeannette is a freelance writer/editor, traveler, fisherwoman, missionary to Russia, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, voracious reader, and slow-but-sure knitter.

In her second-half adventure, she's writing novels, exploring the world, trying to stay fit and healthy, and letting go of past labels and failures. These may be her "golden years," but Jeannette believes the best is ahead. Her story is still being written!

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

I stood beside Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) in 1972 when she sang at my roommate’s wedding reception.

Beautiful woman. I see that Wonder Woman first aired in 1975, so that must have been right before her fame kicked in. You knew her when! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Her Shining Eyes.

Fourteen-year old Irina Kotova’s life as a promising violinist collapses in sync with the demise of the Soviet Union. After her father is killed in a bar fight, her ailing mother is hauled off to jail without explanation. Now considered an orphan, Irina is forced to live in a boarding school where Russia’s throwaway kids are abandoned and forgotten.

Irina is constantly tormented by Vadim Solokov, a mean-spirited hooligan who takes great pleasure in reminding her that nobody cares about them. Irina is convinced he is right, and the not-so-mysterious theft of her precious violin seals her resolve to escape the school or die trying. Her despondency over losing her parents and bitterness toward Vadim threaten her very existence.

Only the kindness of Anastasia, an interpreter Irina met by chance, sparks a glint of hope that life could possibly be worth fighting for.

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

Irina is trapped inside a body she despises and in circumstances beyond her control. She is talented, thoughtful, and afraid. Irina wants to please others, but the path to belonging eludes her.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

Losing another pound! And receiving an incredibly moving new endorsement for my book.

A good loss and a better gain. That's what I call a great day.

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

A Room of My Own, by Ann Tatlock. I found this compelling historical fiction novel to be a master class in story structure and characterization. I loved the protagonist, Virginia. She demonstrated both the angst of a teenager in a tough situation as well as the grit to follow her heart. The period of the Great Depression always strikes a note of sympathy with me as my parents were children during that time. They kept their stories a bit closer to their chests than I would have liked, but after reading A Room of My Own, I understood why.

Yes, my dad was a kid during the Great Depression. The hardships of that era created very strong but stoic people. 

Where else can readers find you online?

My author website is www.jeanette-morris.com. I’m active on Facebook (Jeanette Atwood Morris), Twitter (@jemorris1), Instagram (jeanette.a.morris.7), in the ACFW Facebook group as well as Avid Readers of Christian Fiction (also on Facebook), Goodreads (Jeanette Morris).

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If you would like to read a sample from the book, you can find it HERE (scroll to "Look Inside")

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

Dear readers! What draws you to stories set in foreign countries? Or, if you are not drawn to such stories, why not?

Thanks, Jeanette, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Jeanette 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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, March 16, 2020

Denise Weimer and Free Books!

Even if she evades The Eye, someone wants her silenced.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Susan Page Davis's historical romance collection, The Mail-Order Standoff, is:

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Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, and 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 chat with novelist Denise Weimer, author of the romantic suspense novel, Traces (BLING! Romance, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, March 2020).

Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored eleven novels and a number of novellas.

As a managing editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams.

A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

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

I used to participate in living history and led a mid-1800s vintage dance group. That kinda ties in with writing, though, I guess, because it really proved inspirational for my historical novels.

Because I lived most of my life in Northern Virginia, I've seen plenty of living history groups reenacting Civil War battles, but I've never see vintage dance groups. What fun!

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

When a failed romance and a $500,000 prize lure Kate Carson into participating in the reality TV show, Traces, the least she expects is to pick her partner. After all, she’s the PR spokeswoman of the company that derived a thirteen-lens, rotating camera from military use and installed it atop Atlanta’s tallest skyscraper. But she never would have chosen to evade techno hunters for twenty days with “G.I. Joe.”

Stoic, ex-military Alex Mitchell is the sort of man she always vowed to avoid, while the shadows of Alex’s past cause him to spurn emotional involvement. When Kate’s insider knowledge makes her a target of someone more threatening than game show hunters, Alex offers her only hope to reveal the dark plans of proponents of The Eye.

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

Kate Carson initially strikes her partner for the reality TV show, Traces, as picky and perfectionistic. In fact, Alex calls her “Red the SurveyCorp Poster Girl.” He can’t fathom why producers would pair someone with his military and security training with a ginger-haired, high-heel-wearing beauty who works in PR for the very company that made the technology they’re tasked to evade. Indeed, darting through Atlanta’s Underground and homeless shelters to evade surveillance does seem to bring out the worst in Kate. But gradually, Alex learns her perfect façade shields insecurity and guilt over past failure in life. With his support, Kate learns she’s more capable than she’d ever dreamed … even to the point of putting her life at risk to protect the secret she carries.

My hope is that readers can relate to characters who struggle with a weakness or past hurt, but who rise to challenges, grow, and change through God’s power.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

For the way I’ve seen Him provide, direct, and answer prayer in the lives of my daughters. Very specifically!

Very little makes us moms happier than seeing our children blessed.

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

Most of my reading time is for editing or author endorsement purposes, but the last book I read for enjoyment that I would definitely recommend was Mist O'er the Voyageur, by Naomi Musch. It’s just the sort of immersive, action-packed frontier historical romance I go for—and also enjoy writing myself.

What are you working on now?

Currently, editing projects, and marketing for Traces and my other March release, Spring Splash, require most of my time. Here’s the blurb for Spring Splash:

When an injury sidelines college swimmer Anna Callaway, her dreams are crushed. She pours herself into her sports marketing practicum, helping a local special needs organization promote their athletic event. What she doesn’t expect is a swim team ripe for the Special Olympics—and their handsome but stubborn coach.

Craig Holt has dealt with eager and ignorant volunteers before. No matter how determined or persuasive uptight Anna might be about coaching his team to the Special Olympics, he has no intention of allowing her to raise the hopes of his swimmers, his sister, or his guarded heart.

Then Anna herself gets a second chance at becoming a champion. Will she pursue her lifelong goals or make room for a new dream?

After fifteen years as a swim mom, this novel is dedicated to my daughters and holds a special place in my heart. I’m also focusing my attention right now on my younger daughter, a high school senior completing her final swim season and heading toward graduation. My days with her are limited.

Where else can readers find you online?

Monthly Newsletter Sign-up
Website: deniseweimerbooks.webs.com
Facebook
Twitter
BookBub

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You can read a sample of the book HERE (click on "Look Inside")

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

What do you think about the premise for Traces? Does the concept of The Eye seem realistic to you? Believe it or not, it’s based on actual military technology that was also used to surveille the Rio Olympics.

Thanks, Denise, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Denise 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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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