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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 Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Donn Taylor and Free Books!

 photo Lightning Cover - 300dpi_zpsdl4o6ijv.jpgA small town too proud of its virtues has to deal with its first murder.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Horse for Kate, by Miralee Ferrell, is:

robbyefaye@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Dreams of Caladria, by Joseph Bentz, is:

nicehomesniceparks@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Donn Taylor, author of Lightning on a Quiet Night (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, November 2014).

 photo DonnTaylor-1271sm_zps98uwyvp0.jpgDonn Taylor is a novelist and poet of varied career. He led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in English literature (Renaissance) and for eighteen years taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. He was chosen by faculty as "Scholar of the Year" at one and by students as "Professor of the Year" at the other.

His poetry is collected in his book Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond. In addition to his historical novel Lightning on a Quiet Night, he has published two suspense novels and a light-hearted mystery. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and groups.

He lives near Houston, TX, where he continues to write fiction and poetry, as well as essays on writing, ethical issues, and U.S. foreign policy.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I was born two days before the planet Pluto was discovered. (They would never have found it without me?) Some astronomers now say Pluto isn't a planet, but they're wrong. If it hadn't been a planet I wouldn't have helped them discover it.

-- Some years ago, Mildred and I rented a Piper Pacer at Toule Rosiere AFB in France and flew it to Copenhagen for a vacation. She proved to be an excellent navigator. We watched a Danish-language movie and for two hours we didn’t understand anything but the shooting and kissing.

--Mildred and I were married sixty-one years, seven months, and four days before the Lord promoted her to join the heavenly choir.

So many people know of your great love and respect for Mildred, Donn. You had a beautiful marriage. My sincere condolences for your loss.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lightning on a Quiet Night.

 photo Lightning Cover - 300dpi_zpsdl4o6ijv.jpgIn the years following World War II, a town too proud of its own virtues has to deal with its first murder.

Despite the implications of this crime, the town of Beneficent, MS, population 479, tries desperately to hold onto its vain self-image. The young veteran Jack Davis holds that idyllic vision of the town and tries to share it with Lisa Kemper, newly arrived from Indiana. But she is repelled by everything in town.

While the sheriff tries to find the murderer, Jack and Lisa’s contentious courtship reveals the town’s strange combination of astute perceptions and surprising blind spots. Then they stumble onto shocking discoveries about the true nature of the town.

The question then is where these discoveries will lead: To the town's repentance? Or to denial and continuation in vanity? And what will its actions mean to Jack and Lisa?

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

There actually are two leads: First is Jack Davis (note the ordinary name). His endearing qualities are loyalty to friends, sincerity, and devotion to truth no matter how much it hurts. He is modest and never showy. He appears to be completely ordinary, but he always comes through in the clutch.

The second is Lisa Kemper, transplanted for a year from Indiana to Mississippi. She begins by despising her new home, but her open-mindedness enables her to adapt. Her loyalty to her father is endearing, as is her courage and poise when in danger for her life.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo Annex - Ladd Alan_02_zpsdo7k1ssi.jpgI'm showing my age on this one. To play Jack Davis I would choose Alan Ladd (at his age when he played Shane).





 photo Unknown_zpsehp7mjig.jpegFor Lisa Kemper, I would choose Laraine Day (at the age when she played in Mr. Lucky).





 photo images_zpsdfhocxhj.jpegFor Sheriff Clayburn Rainwater I would choose either Edgar Buchanan



 photo Unknown-1_zpshwjtwb11.jpegor Alan Hale (Jr. or Sr.).



I had no idea the Skipper was the son of that actor! You've taught me something new. And I love when people choose classic actors in answer to this question.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I think the main thing I've learned is that everything is going to take at least twice long as I think it will, and often three times as long.

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

Actually, I can't choose between two because both are outstanding. First is Susan Sleeman's Web of Deceit. It is a beautifully developed contemporary suspense novel with an unusual depth of research behind it, tightening suspense with each chapter in a direct line to a thrilling conclusion.

The other is Mel Starr's The Abbot's Agreement. I've never read anything quite like it. It centers on the murder of a novice outside a monastery in A.D. 1368. The author's research, style, and tone convey a convincing sense of the age, the society, and the values of its citizens.

What are you working on now?

A lot of time has gone into publicizing Lightning on a Quiet Night. In writing, I've completed a sequel to my light-hearted mystery Rhapsody in Red and begun a second sequel.

Where else can readers find you online?

I post something every day at Facebook, usually funny but often philosophical or scriptural.
Other places are www.donntaylor.com
donntaylor.blogspot.com
Facebook Author Page
Twitter

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

What do you think keeps people from reading good poetry? No, not the stuff coming out of the graduate schools. I said good poetry like Robert Frost used to write.

Thanks, Donn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donn has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Donn's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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 HERE.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Joseph Bentz and Free Books!

 photo Dreams of Caladria_zpsucev0hfp.jpgWhen Jeremy finds himself thrust into a world where music is forbidden on pain of death, the young musician must decide between securing his own survival or risking all for a mission he was sent there to fulfill.

Today we're revisiting with novelist Joseph Bentz, author of Dreams of Caladria (Enclave Publishing, March 2015).

 photo Bentz Enclave photo_zpshq6xs1rg.jpegJoseph Bentz is published in both fiction and non-fiction, with four novels and four non-fiction books.

His most recent book is Dreams of Caladria, a fantasy novel published in March by Enclave Publishing. His next non-fiction book, Nothing is Wasted, is scheduled for publication by Beacon Hill Press later this year.

Joseph is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature. Among the awards his books have received, his second novel, A Son Comes Home (Bethany House, 1999; republished by Randall House, 2007), won the Silver Angel Award and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Christian novels of the Year by Booklist magazine.

Bentz is a regular book reviewer for CBA Retailers + Resources magazine, which covers the Christian book industry. His blog, Life of the Mind and Soul, focuses on issues of reading, writing, the imagination, and the Christian life.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- My parents did not give me a middle name. They gave me only an initial, M.

-- I played the tuba in my high school marching band.

-- When I was younger, I so hated anyone looking over my shoulder and reading what I wrote that I developed an entire code language that I could write in so that no one could read it. I can still write (and speak) that language.

That last item is wonderfully eccentric, Joseph. I love it.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dreams of Caladria.

 photo Dreams of Caladria_zpsucev0hfp.jpgThrough the breaking ice, in a vortex of brilliant light, energy, and sound, Jeremy plunges into a dangerous and mysterious new world. It is a place where music is absolutely prohibited – on pain of death. And Jeremy breaks that law when he arrives in Persus Am in a swirling cloud of light and music. A stranger in a strange land, he does not know why he has been sent.

But it soon becomes clear that he must risk everything to help his new friends in the weary and war–torn world. From the vast Gray Desert to the jeweled palace of Persus Am, the forbidding Rock of Calad to the fabled land of Caladria, Jeremy finds himself in the midst of horrifying evil and heroic goodness.

As he searches for an answer to why he is here, he must face the truth that is written on his own heart.

What is it about Jeremy that will make your readers care about him?

I think readers can relate to Jeremy because deep down, so many people are like him. He has a heroic nature, but it is sometimes obscured by layers of confusion, hesitancy, and fear. Once he finally sweeps those aside, he is capable of great things. He is tempted by the flashy pleasures of life, but he has an even deeper desire to find the truth and do the right thing.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo images_zpsrpkreuuw.jpegI would have Shia Labeouf play the main character, Jeremy. He exudes that same energetic and independent spirit.




 photo Unknown_zpsgmjdmxhl.jpegThanks to my daughter’s suggestion, I would cast Victoria Justice as Anne, the love of his life.




 photo images-1_zpsr1livfyo.jpegI would choose Ian McKellen for the role of Tarius Arc.




What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

Writing is my way of figuring things out. It’s how I make sense of the world. For me, writing is part of my spiritual life and fills a need similar to prayer and reading Scripture. I think I would have been a mess without it. The spiritual issues that I struggle with may appear in the novels in indirect, disguised forms. A physical landscape may stand for a spiritual landscape, for instance. My characters also sometimes confront spiritual issues directly.

I also write non-fiction Christian living books, so those spring from the deep questions I have struggled with and that I think readers may be able to relate to also—such as why we have to spend so much of our lives waiting on God to act, or why he sometimes seems silent.

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

The novel that is most on my mind right now is one that I’m teaching: Light in August, by William Faulkner. It is a novel with unusual depth. I have read it several times before, but like many great books, it only gets better with each reading. The characters are drawn with such care and complexity that they come alive in my mind just as much as if they were real people. My students are also loving it, and our discussions have made it a rich experience.

That increasing depth is one of my favorite things about the classic novels, Joseph. I read Light in August in college, and I know if I reread it now, it would be like reading an entirely different novel.

What are you working on now?

This month I will turn in the manuscript of my next non-fiction book. The working title is Nothing is Wasted, and it will be published by Beacon Hill Press.

The idea is that God has sprinkled redemption throughout the universe in ways that are easy to overlook. Although life is filled with pain, I believe there is also a countervailing force at work in the world. In the midst of all this loss beats a relentless pulse of redeeming love and good that pushes through the chaos and pain. It does not obliterate the pain, but it does not allow it to be wasted. Good is wrenched from it, like a gold nugget pried from deep underground. I examine these redemptive hints in a wide variety of places—in tragedy, in popular entertainment, in nature, and elsewhere.

I just finished co-writing a book of short devotions, and this theme arose quite often as I asked God to show me the verses to use. You're addressing a very uplifting topic there, Joseph.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog: www.josephbentz.com
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

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

If you were forced (or given the chance) to leave the life you’re living now and enter into the world of a novel in order to live there, what novel would you choose, and why?

What a great question! I'm eager to hear how people answer. 

Thanks, Joseph, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Joseph has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Joseph's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Miralee Ferrell, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free copy of the book.

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

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 HERE.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Miralee Ferrell and Free Books!

 photo A horse for Kate_zps3ps8uiov.jpgA horse of her own would be awesome, but Kate figures that might be a long way away.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Outlaw Takes a Bride, by Susan Page Davis, is:

chris_davebures@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Miralee Ferrell, author of A Horse for Kate (David C Cook, March 2015.)

 photo Author photo_zpsapcsmwsx.jpg Miralee Ferrell is the author of The Other Daughter and four books in the Love Finds You series, which includes the award-winning novel Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, along with the best-selling novel, Blowing on Dandelions, part of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series.

She and her husband live on eleven acres in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, ride horses, take hikes, and visit with their children and grandchildren.

Miralee recently launched a new side-venture, opening her own small press to publish some of her own novels as well as helping other authors.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I’m now a publisher as well as an author! I’m pretty excited about opening my own small press. I just signed my first author to a three-book series—Kimberly Rose Johnson’s first book releases in a month. This is new territory for me, but I have a strong sales background and I’m loving it.

-- Years ago, we owned two cougars (not removed from the wild but raised in captivity). They were my husband’s project while the horses were mine.

-- I used to do a lot of oil painting—mostly scenery, and I actually sold one painting of a bull elk in a field for $300! I wish I still had time to paint, but writing takes up most of my time now.

That's very exciting about your publisher status, Miralee. As more and more of us dip our toes into the indie pool, it's good to know who already knows the way!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Horse for Kate.

 photo A horse for Kate_zps3ps8uiov.jpgA horse of her own would be awesome. But Kate figures that might be a long way away, especially since she had to give up riding lessons and move to her late grandfather’s farm. Besides, it would be a lot more fun to have a best friend to ride with.

When Kate discovers a barn on their new farm that’s perfect for a horse, and a dusty bridle too, she starts to think that her dream might come true.

Then she meets Tori at school, who is totally the best. So when they discover a thoroughbred that appears to be all alone, could it be the answer to her prayers? Maybe. If she can convince her dad ... and figure out what’s going on with that horse.

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

Kate is spunky, fun-loving thirteen-year-old girl who is extremely loyal to her friends, and most important, she wants to do the right thing.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

That I actually have a degree of creativity. When I knew that God had called me to write, a friend suggested I write Christian fiction. I knew I could write short stories about real-life happenings, but I truly didn’t believe I could ever write fiction, as I didn’t feel I had the creativity to do so. Now, 12 novels later, I still question that at times, but not quite as much.

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

I’m reading the Mitford series again. I love the people in those books, and the way Jan Karon brought them all to life. When I’m in Mitford, I truly do feel like I’m at home.

What are you working on now?

I just finished the fourth book in my Horses and Friends series, so now I’m starting on a novella for Barbour—one of 9 authors each writing a story for a Cowboy Brides collection that will release next spring.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website and blog (where they can also sign up for my newsletter) is www.miraleeferrell.com
Twitter
Facebook fan group: Facebook

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

Have you ridden a horse or owned one, or ever wanted to? If so, what was it and what made it special. If not, do you still want to?

Thanks, Miralee, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Miralee has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Miralee's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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 HERE.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Susan Davis and Free Books!

 photo Outlaw Takes a Bride_zpswn8hl2os.jpgWhich would be worse for Johnny—being arrested for murder or marrying Sally Golding?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Valentine for Kayla, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

wileygreen1@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Susan Page Davis, author of The Outlaw Takes a Bride (Barbour, March 2015).

 photo Susan Page Davis cropped_zpsz6siq08t.jpgSusan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty published novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards.

Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband and two youngest children. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of nine.

Offspring aplenty! I'll bet you're a terrific grandmother.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--Since we moved away from the ocean, I have trouble with east and west.

--My house contains more bookcases than cooking pans.

--I hate vinegar.

Your direction comment is so funny, Susan. I still occasionally consider where I am in relation to the two coasts when I'm driving and determining which exit I need from the highway.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Outlaw Takes a Bride.

 photo Outlaw Takes a Bride_zpswn8hl2os.jpgJohnny Paynter flees Denver to escape being hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. At his brother Mark’s ranch in Texas, where he thought he could take refuge, he finds his brother dead. Johnny strongly resembles his brother, and the people in town think he is Mark. Reluctantly at first, Johnny assumes Mark’s identity. But what will he do when he learns Mark has been corresponding with a widow in St. Louis?

Sally Golding is en route to be a mail-order bride to Mark. Johnny must decide whether or not to go through with the wedding, posing as his brother. But Sally has secrets she's hiding, too. How will a marriage survive with so much deception?

What is it about Johnny that will make your readers care about him?

Johnny means well. He really does. He hopes his big brother can make it all better for him. When he finds out Mark is dead, he’s rather adrift. Unfortunately, he takes advice from the wrong person, but he really does want to do the right thing.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo empirepic2__120626215300_zps3kjcjhsm.jpgLiam Hemsworth for Johnny





 photo images_zpsmavkpfkn.jpegand Sarah Bolger for Sally.





What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I can see a big project through, but it helps to have someone cheering you on.

Amen to that!

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

Brandilyn Collins’s Sidetracked. I love mysteries, and it’s a good one.

What are you working on now?

Two projects—a novella called The Cowboy Poet and a historical seafaring novel with my son Jim.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is at: www.susanpagedavis.com

On the 23rd of each month, I post an article on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog at: www.HHHistory.com

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

Have you ever considered starting a new life under a different identity?

Thanks, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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 HERE.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kimberly Rose Johnson, March Releases, and Free Books!

 photo A Valentine for Kayla Cover 9780373487745_zpsamn80pn5.jpgKayla Russell doesn’t like Valentine’s Day, and for good reason.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Faith of Her Own, by Kathleen Fuller, is:

eileenmaryv@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of A Valentine for Kayla (Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, March 2015).

 photo IMG_4314-2Publicity_zps3bf2b7ea.jpgKimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and their yellow lab.

She writes heartwarming Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I have a sweet tooth.

-- I seriously dislike Valentine’s Day, just like my character.

-- I sometimes talk in my sleep.

I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day, either. Too much pressure, year after year!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Valentine for Kayla.

 photo A Valentine for Kayla Cover 9780373487745_zpsamn80pn5.jpgWhat should be Kayla's favorite holiday is just another reminder that she hasn't met someone special. The beautiful florist—and hopeless romantic—has nearly given up on love, when the man of her dreams walks into her shop…to buy flowers for another woman!

Former music superstar Derek Wood poses as a local deliveryman while he cares for his ailing mother. Derek is drawn to Kayla's genuine spirit and natural beauty, but he can't hide his identity forever. The man Kayla's falling for doesn't really exist, but the feelings they share are real.

Will Derek finally give Kayla a reason to love Valentine's Day?

What is it about Derek that will make your readers care about him?

Derek is a likeable guy. He takes care of his mother, has a great voice and looks to match, plus he has a heart for the Lord, and he’s an all around nice guy.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo Unknown_zps7rzoldw8.jpegChris Pine because of his amazing blue eyes,





 photo images_zpsbbf8p7ny.jpegand for Kayla, Victoria Justice. She’s a little young, but I think they look enough alike. ☺


What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I’ve learned that I’m a workaholic and I’m capable of more than I once thought.

That's a rather nice discovery!

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

I’m currently reading The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter. I would recommend it because it’s well written, and I read half the book in one sitting—that’s saying a LOT.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on an indie project for a box set with five other writers that will release July 1st.

Where else can readers find you online?

The easiest place to connect with me is on my website. kimberlyrjohnson.com  From there you can email me, sign up for my newsletter, subscribe to my blog, and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

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

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Or Did a special someone every make your Valentine’s Day extra wonderful? Please tell us about it.

Thanks, Kimberly, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 9. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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 HERE.

As you scroll to the bottom of this post to leave your answer to Kimberly's question, take a look at some of the wonderful Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

8 Weddings and a Miracle Romance Collection by Janet Lee Barton, Lena Nelson Dooley, Nancy J. Farrier, Pamela Griffin, Diann Hunt, Loree Lough, Tracie J. Peterson, Sandra Petit and Gail Sattler -- Weather the storms of life alongside nine modern couples who hope to make it to the altar-someday. Be it a meeting in the wrong place at the right time, an accident that opens hardened hearts, or weather that seems to blow things off course, sometimes love needs a little divine intervention. (Contemporary Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Dandelions for Dinner: A Farm Fresh Romance by Valerie Comer -- When man-hater Allison Hart gains custody of her nephew, she decides to build a house and farm school at Green Acres. Too bad contractor Brent Callahan builds a rapport with the boy. Can Brent tear down the walls around her heart or will their secrets push them apart forever? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

The Cowboy's Forever Family by Deb Kastner -- Rough rodeo cowboy Slade McKenna is determined to protect his late best friend's wife and baby, even if Laney Beckett is too stubborn to admit she needs his help. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) A Splash of Substance by Elizabeth Maddrey -- She's a caterer who doesn't vote. He works for a Senator. Is it a recipe for love or disaster? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

In Defense of Love by Pat Simmons -- While playing saxophone at an anniversary party, criminal attorney Shari Carmen grabs the attention of U.S. Marshal Garrett Nash. Only, she's learned never to mix business with pleasure. As God draws them closer together, the Almighty makes a request of Garrett, one to which it will prove difficult to say "Yes, Lord." (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)

Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg -- The only thing Ava Kingsley and Seth Walker have in common is a knack for wordsmithing, which landed them a popular "He Says/She Says" column back in college. At their ten-year class reunion, they pick up squabbling right where they left off and strike up an unlikely friendship. When Ava rents the apartment above the restaurant he's been remodeling in Maple Valley, Iowa, she finds herself warming up to Maple Valley as well as Seth. Which would be exciting...except he only sees her as a friend. After all the words they've swapped through the years, will they ever be able to say the three little words that matter most? (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Historical Fiction:

Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green -- Compelled to atone for the sins of her slaveholding father, Union loyalist Sophie Kent risks everything to help end the war from within the Confederate capital and abolish slavery forever. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from River North [Moody Publishers])

The Tomb: A Novel of Martha by Stephanie Landsem -- Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus's resurrection from the dead, leading Martha-a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past-to hope and a new life. (Historical Fiction from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Historical Romance:

Romancing the Schoolteacher by Mary Davis -- A young teacher with a secret meets a miner with a secret. Will their deceptions destroy the love they have always longed for? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Outlaw Takes a Bride by Susan Page Davis -- Which would be worse for Johnny-being arrested for murder or marrying Sally Golding? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Hill Country Courtship by Laurie Kingery -- Maude Harkey has given up on being married, but when an orphaned baby needs her as a mother and a job is offered that will provide a home for her and her daughter, should she take it, even if her employer has no use for romance in his life? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Romantic Suspense:

Beast of Stratton by Renee Blare -- Architect Aimee Hart, determined to locate her father, infiltrates Miles Stratton's engineering firm as a secretary. Betrayed by his best friend, Miles would rather hide from the man's daughter than help her. But something's not right. Someone's trying to destroy Stratton Industrial from the inside. A decorated war veteran, Miles has defended his own before and the Beast of Stratton can do it again. Even with the enemy at his side. (Romantic Suspense from Inspired [Prism Book Group])

Shadowed (Heart of a Warrior) by Kariss Lynch -- Nick Carmichael is a Navy SEAL, committed to God and country when he meets Kaylan Richards. Idealistic and sheltered, Kaylan has just graduated college and is ready to save the world. Nick faces the demons of his past on a mission to catch Janus, and Kaylan comes to terms with loving a man who leaves. Will light shine in the darkness or will Kaylan and Nick's love forever be stalked by shadows? (Romantic Suspense from Realms [Charisma Media])

Thriller/Suspense:

Persephone's Fugitive (Book #2 Cayman Islands Trilogy) by Dianna T. Benson -- Cayman Island paramedic Sara Dyer is taken hostage by an escaped murderer and forced to mend his injuries-or die trying. (Thriller/Suspense from Ellechor Publishing House, LLC)

Young Adult:

The Induction by Melinda Louise Bohannon -- Maggie comes to the frightening realization that, by marrying Peter, she has become a member of The Inner Society. She is then forced to prove her allegiance in order to get off their hit list. Meanwhile she is also being tested by The Resistance, dissidents of The I.S. who wonder if she will jeopardize their cause with her reckless rebellion. As The I.S. begins secretly giving vaccines to their own people, The Resistance becomes privy to an impending biological attack that The I.S. is about to wage against the country. (Young Adult Fiction from Ellechor Publishing House, LLC)

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