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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, February 8, 2016

Vannetta Chapman, Free Books, and February Releases!

 photo Joshuas Mission_zpsmziy33mr.jpgWhen loss seems overwhelming … grace ushers in peace.

Before we address today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Trust Me, by Jo Huddleston, is:

lanehillhouse@ . . .

Congratulations! We'll get your e-book right out to you.

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 visit with novelist Vannetta Chapman, author of the Christian romance novel Joshua’s Mission (Harvest House, February 2015).

 photo vc_zpsegi1fxhw.jpgVannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.

She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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

--I have 2 dogs and 2 cats—all from our local animal shelter.

--I have extremely low blood pressure, so I often wear gloves while I type!

--I love to quilt! I’m only a beginner, but it is one of my fav things to do.

Aw, I like that you rescued your pets!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Joshua's Mission.

 photo Joshuas Mission_zpsmziy33mr.jpgJoshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an English town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area. He brings his brother with him, who needs a change of environment. The last thing he wants for Alton is another brush with the law. He is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop’s granddaughter, plans on joining their team.

What will Joshua find when he arrives in Texas? A lack of electricity, certainly, which poses little problem for the Amish volunteers as they help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from God? And a possible healing of his relationship with Alton?

Joshua’s Mission is a story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the worst situations.

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

Joshua is a guy who enjoys his life—farming. He feels no need to travel, has never considered going on a mission trip, and is shy around girls. But suddenly he finds himself on a bus with his brother and two girls from his community. They are headed toward the Texas gulf to help with disaster recovery. They are headed toward a future that Joshua could not have imagined.

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

 photo images_zpsn9w53sn8.jpegI often picture Matt Damon as my leading guy, though in this case he would have to, you know, look Amish.

I've done a relatively thorough search, and I can attest that Matt has never come close to playing Amish. But at least he's wearing a simple blue shirt here...

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

I really like Charlie Everman in this story. He’s an older guy who has experienced recent loss, and he’s just trying to find his way. He’s trying to stay true to his faith and help those in his community, but he’s not sure that there’s a place for him anymore. Charlie won my heart from the first page.

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

I recently read The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade by Virginia Smith. This book made me laugh and kept me engaged.

I love Ginny Smith!

What are you working on now?

The second book in my upcoming series, The Remnant. The book’s title is Raging Storm, and wow—there’s a lot of raging and storming going on. Life in Abney, Texas is predictable and safe—until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. In book 2, Shelby Sparks is on a desperate mission to find insulin for her son.

Where else can readers find you online?

vannettachapman.com
Twitter
Facebook
vannettachapman.com/blog/
Instagram

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:





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

How do you pick books? The cover, author, blurb, or something else?

Thanks, Vannetta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Vannetta has offered to give an signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 15.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vannetta's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Remember you can still get 99 cent e-copies of The Guy I'm Not Dating and Too Good to Be True this month. Click HERE to link to the purchase pages on Amazon and Google Play!

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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.


As you scroll to the bottom of this post to leave your answer to Vannetta's question, check out the latest releases in the Inspirational fiction market!

Amish Romance:

An Amish Market: Four Novellas by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vannetta Chapman -- All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Love Birds by Amy Clipston: Ellie Lapp takes a liking to Lloyd's beautifully carved wooden birds, not to mention the young man himself, when she convinces this friend of her deceased brother's to sell his creations in the gift shop where she works. But will his family's plans for him come between their budding relationship? A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller: Every week, confirmed bachelor Ezra buys Hannah Lynne's home-churned butter at the local market, barely glancing her way, despite her hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can't stop wondering if Ezra is finally in the market for love. Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin: Shattering a jar of pickled beets in Bee County's Combination Store was embarrassing enough without Isabella's receiving a frosty reaction from the handsome store manager, Will Glick. But she soon learns Will's heart is in pieces. Now, Isabella finds herself longing to be the one to repair it and renew his faith in love. Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman: Stella Schrock and new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower, have to work together to solve the mystery of strange events happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they may find God has more in store than they imagined. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Biblical:

The Prophetess: Deborah's Story by Jill Eileen Smith -- Outspoken and fearless, Deborah has faith in God but struggles to see the potential her own life holds. As an Israelite woman, she'll marry, have a family, and seek to teach her children about Adonai--and those tasks seem to be more than enough to occupy her time. But God has another plan for her. Israel has been under the near constant terror of Canaan's armies for twenty years, and now God has called Deborah to deliver her people from this oppression. Will her family understand? Will her people even believe God's calling on her life? And can the menace of Canaan be stopped? (Biblical from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Children's:

Samantha Sanderson Without a Trace by Robin Caroll -- Sam Sanderson dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so she's always looking for articles to publish in her middle-school paper, where she secretly hopes to become chief editor. With a police officer for a father, Sam is never short on writing material. When Sam's friend Tam Lee goes missing, all clues seem to point to something sinister in Sam's opinion. Sam must decide whether to trust law enforcement's opinion that Tam's a run-away or follow her heart and poke around for more clues? (Children's from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Hope Girl by Wendy Dunham -- With the discovery of her birth father, 12-year-old River has to decide if she should continue living with Gram, who has been her family for the past ten years, or with her father, who she's over-the-moon to have just met but knows little about. And when River is diagnosed with a condition that could impact her future, she feels overwhelmed and bewildered. That's when River asks God for help and decides to trust him with her dreams. (Children's from Harvest House Publishers)

Contemporary Romance:

Island Hope by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- Metal sculptor Hope Michaels gave up on art when her creativity was zapped by another and buries herself in an electrical contracting job on Wildflower Island. She never imagines her best friend and employer, Piper, would turn matchmaker. When a lonely widower is promoted to manager of the Wildflower Resort, his new responsibilities complicate his relationship with his teenage daughter. Seeking advice from a feisty-but-sweet newcomer, he never expects things to only get more complicated. (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

General:

Renovating the Richardsons by Virginia Smith -- In the small town of Goose Creek, Kentucky, Millie Richardson is renovating a drafty Victorian house into a B&B while her husband, Al, busily writes checks for the renovations. Also, the new vet, Susan, has finally found acceptance from the town--not to mention a hunky new boyfriend, Justin. But things never stay quiet for long in Goose Creek. The inner-county softball game is coming up, and Millie volunteers Al as team manager. But the softball team is a disaster. If they're not going to embarrass themselves in front of the whole of Franklin County, Al needs Justin to play. But Justin lives just outside the city limits, and the rules say that players must live in town. As if that weren't enough to keep the town gossips busy, a massage therapist opens up shop in town. Imagine--a massage parlor!--in Goose Creek! No decent Creeker will stand for it. It's up to Al and Millie--again--to save the day. (General from Harvest House Publishers)

Historical Romance:

The Love Is Patient Romance Collection by Janet Lee Barton, Frances Devine, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie McDonough, Darlene Franklin, Jill Stengl, Connie Stevens, and Erica Vetsch -- Enjoy the slow dance through the courtship of nine historical couples in the American west, including the territories of Arizona and Wyoming. Just at a time in life when they have nearly given up on finding love, romance enters their lives. But will it be true love, and will it be worth the wait? Find out in this delightful collection written by eight bestselling authors of inspirational romances. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan -- Rachel Matthews isn't one to rely on others to take care of her. Destitute and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money--even if she's forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel's brother sends a friend--the widely admired cattle baron John McIntyre--to rescue her, then sets off to earn enough money to buy back the family ranch. But when months pass without her brother's return, Rachel isn't sure she can take one more day in John McIntyre's home--especially once she discovers that he's the one who holds the deed to her family's ranch. (Historical Romance from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

A Spy's Devotion by Melanie Dickerson -- After suffering a battlefield injury, wealthy, well-connected British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier's last wish by delivering his coded diary. At a ball hosted by the powerful Whilhelm family, Langdon meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Honoring propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia's guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation's undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England-and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. (Historical Romance from Waterfall Press, an imprint of Amazon Publishing)

The Express Rider's Lady by Stacy Henrie -- Delsie Radford's father may have kept her and her sister apart, but Delsie refuses to miss her sister's wedding-even with only eighteen days to get there. And she's found the perfect escort in Pony Express rider Myles Patton. Myles can't believe it when a pretty socialite hires him to take her cross-country through dangerous territory. He's sure she'll give up soon, but the longer they ride together, the more Myles notices the toughness and kindness beneath Delsie's refined exterior. And though they may be worlds apart…they might just be perfect for each other. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Texan's Engagement Agreement by Noelle Marchand -- It's been five years since Adelaide Harper broke Chris Johansen's heart-and their long-distance engagement. But when she steps off a train in Peppin, Texas, and strolls back into Chris's life, he can't help but panic. To avoid his parents' plan to arrange a marriage for him, he's let his family believe he and Adelaide are still engaged. Adelaide is facing her own troubles with a matchmaking mama and a parade of aggravating suitors. So pretending to let Chris court her could help them both. Surely after five years, there's no need to worry their time together could reignite a long-buried love…is there? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Northern Light by Annette O'Hare -- The Yankees took her fiancés life, but when a wounded Union soldier washes ashore, needing her help, will she learn to love again or will hate cost him his life? (Historical Romance from White Rose Publishing (Pelican))

Romantic Suspense:

Rocky Mountain Pursuit by Mary Alford -- Everyone believes agent Jase Bradford is dead-everyone but Reyna Peterson. Only he can protect her now that someone wants the information her CIA husband died to secure. As the one member of their spy team not killed, Jase must remain in the shadows. Yet when Reyna leads the enemy right to his mountain refuge and blows his cover, Jase risks his life for hers. As his best friend's beautiful widow scales the walls around his heart, whether out of loyalty or love, he makes it his duty to secure her safety. But when their pursuers trap them in the snowy Colorado mountains, will it become his final mission? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired (Harlequin))

Always Watching by Lynette Eason -- The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common--they're also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she's next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client. (Romantic Suspense from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Navy SEAL Security by Liz Johnson -- Wounded navy SEAL Luke Dunham's only goal is returning to active duty…until he rescues his physical therapist from a lethal attack. Now he'll risk everything-even his recovery-—to keep Mandy Berg's attacker at bay. Mandy's been burned before when she trusted the wrong man. And she knows better than to develop feelings for one of her patients. Yet how can she help falling for a man who does not hesitate to put his strength, his skill and his very life in harm's way to keep her safe? Relying on anyone feels dangerous…but turning away Luke's protection could be deadly. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Pandora's Deed by Monica Mynk -- Savannah Barrett fled her Dreyfus home to escape childhood bullies, and planned to stay away for good. Body image struggles have led her to give up so much of herself to empty relationships, she believes no one could desire her for more. Geoff Spencer, her former tormentor, is the man who could love her anyway. He cleaned up his life, stopped bullying, and found Christ. When she inherits his farm, she returns to claim the property and face her dreadful past, never expecting to claim his heart. But the property transfer unearths a mystery that some would prefer to stay buried and plants Savannah in the path of a psychopath who'd rather dispose of her rather than expose the past. (Romantic Suspense from Mantle Rock Publishing)

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey -- In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. But one of them vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled. Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet--until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern--a young social justice lawyer missing since spring--and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When of Griffin's former friends, FBI agent Declan Gray, takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents. (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Speculative:

The Last Apostle by Dennis Brooke -- What if John, the last living apostle of Jesus Christ, was still alive and well… and living in Seattle? In A.D. 100, John is restored to the body of his youth and sent on a mission with a warning: to never reveal his true identity. Fast-forward to modern day Seattle, where both friends and foes are on the verge of discovering who he truly is-an event that will trigger the end times. (Speculative from Made for Grace)

Far and Near by Amanda G. Stevens -- Marcus, Lee, Austin, and Violet are starting over. Texas is supposed to be their sanctuary. But the Constabulary isn't ready to relinquish their worst offenders, legal jurisdiction or not. They've sent agents in undercover, and Marcus is the assigned target of one who has personal reasons to bring him back dead or alive. Marcus and Lee are ready to be whole again, to secure a home here--together. But wholeness and home might not mean what they thought. Stopping the Constabulary hunters will require more than Marcus knows how to give, and God is about to use him again in a way he doesn't expect. (Speculative from David C. Cook)

Thriller/Suspense:

Voice in the Wilderness by H. L. Wegley -- As catastrophes drive the US into martial law, all eyes are on America, waiting to see what emerges. KC Banning, network specialist, discovers President Hannan's tyrannical plans and is branded a terrorist, sending her fleeing the Beltway to find her childhood soulmate and protector, Brock Daniels. Brock, a writer and man of faith, gives CPR to a dying nation through his blog, which is read by military members still loyal to the Constitution. But starting a grassroots insurgency while reconciling KC's and Brock's broken relationship proves difficult. When Hannan sends Special Forces to kill Brock and KC, starting a war in the Central Oregon desert, reconciliation, like staying alive, might be impossible. (Thriller/Suspense, Independently Published using Trinity Press International)

Happy reading!

Monday, February 1, 2016

99-Cent E-Book Versions of The Guy I'm Not Dating and Too Good to Be True!

Harvest House is offering the e-book versions of The Guy I'm Not Dating and Too Good to Be True at just 99 cents through February 29! 

Here's a little information on the storylines:

The Guy I'm Not Dating

Kara Richardson has finally suffered one breakup too many. She's decided to go the no-dating route to romance, although she's not quite sure how that works.

She couldn't have picked a worse time to meet Gabe Paolino. Gorgeous men hardly faze Kara. A personal trainer, she works with hunks every day. But Gabe, the handsome young deli owner in town, proves way too available and way too challenging for Kara's vow of friendship. How will she adhere to her new lifestyle without scaring Gabe away?

Enter matchmaking friends, a strange elderly aunt, three demanding teens, and one hard-to-take vixen with eyes for Gabe. Add an overcrowded road trip and plenty of God's blessings, and Kara may discover that the guy she's not dating is the best boyfriend she's ever had.

You can get The Guy I'm Not Dating on Amazon or Google Play


Too Good to Be True

Your classic romantic heroine swoons after meeting Prince Charming in, say, an enchanted forest. But Rennie Young would never have met the gallant Truman Sayers if she hadn't fainted immediately beforehand--in the boys' sportswear department of her local Wal-Mart.

Ren, a 20-something elementary schoolteacher, has reluctantly accepted that her husband--who divorced her over a year ago--is not coming back. Tru Sayers, a handsome young labor-and-delivery nurse, seems like a gift from God. Ren's friends and Tru's siblings are supportive and excited about the match. But there are . . . complications.

Ren's control-freak mother is desperate to match her daughter up with "more suitable" men. Tru's mother wants Tru to remain a bachelor--and at her beck and call--forever. Is it possible to honor your parents while on the verge of killing them?

Despite conflicts, embarrassments, and a pity binge or two, Ren learns how to lean on the Lord and His loving will for her. Just when Ren thinks her happiness is slipping away, God shows her that no miracle is too good to be true.

You can get Too Good to Be True at Google Play


I hope you enjoy the books and the attractive price!

Jo Huddleston and Free Books!

 photo Trust Me-300 dpi_zpstb0onwjt.jpg A mine owner, an elegant lady, seductive voices that scoff at trust.

Before we address today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Infusion of Love, by Darlene Franklin, is:

pleblanc_1@ . . .

Congratulations! We'll get your e-book right out to you.

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 visit with novelist Jo Huddleston, author of the Inspirational Southern Historical Romance, Trust Me (Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications, August 2015).

 photo JO PK b2 copy 2_zpsb3qy9fme.jpgJo Huddleston is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains Series and her Caney Creek Series are sweet Southern historical romances.

Her novels are endorsed by Amanda Cabot, Cara Lynn James, Sharlene MacLaren, and Ann Tatlock.

The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of all her novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. About her nonfiction books, a reader wrote that she offers spiritual tonic and hope.

Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University.

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

--I could never do a cartwheel.

--I don’t do elevators very well.

--I’m claustrophobic.

I would imagine that third item influences the second! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Trust Me.

 photo Trust Me-300 dpi_zpstb0onwjt.jpgLoreen Fletcher has suffered heartbreak. She resolves never to trust a man again. She has earned a respected position with no help from anyone, especially not from a man. At thirty-six, Loreen knows loving brings inevitable misery, and she won’t pick at that scab again.

Claude Capshaw’s life has taken another detour. Things that drove him no longer motivate him. Nothing fulfills him anymore—except that elegant lady at West Virginia University. Why won’t she trust him when he tells her he’ll never betray her?

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

Inwardly Loreen longs for someone to care for her, someone she can love in return. When alone and her resolve weakens, she talks herself out of the silly notion of love. But it’s that innocence of a little girl inside of her that makes the reader wants to shake her and tell her about the good man she’s determined not to love.

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

 photo images_zps602maepn.jpegLoreen Fletcher would be played by a blonde Sandra Bullock.





 photo Unknown_zpshtvvkqdl.jpegClaude would be played by a young Harrison Ford.





Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, Gone with the Wind. She is the original Steel Magnolia.

Definitely a tough cookie! What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

A Plain Love Song by Kelly Irvin. This is an Amish story that dares to depict an Amish young lady facing the full reality of worldly temptations when she’s away from her close-knit community.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on book #3 and conclusion of the West Virginia Mountains series, titled Promise Me. Expected release date is spring 2016.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website (Read all novel first chapters here)
Christian authors’ books blog
Inspirational blog
Facebook personal page
Facebook author page
Amazon author page
Goodreads

The book can be purchased online via the following button:















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

Do you prefer reading stand-alone novels or novels in a series?

Thanks, Jo, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Jo has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 8.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jo's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Darlene Franklin and Free Books!

When a tea party turns into a brawl, Mahala must choose a side. In a public debate. Against her best friend.

Before we address today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Hope in My Heart, by Alexis Gorin, is:

tumcsec@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your address today 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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Darlene Franklin, author of Inspirational historical e-romance, Infusion of Love (Forget Me Not Romances, January 2016).

Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing.

She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals.

Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Wyoming to Vermont.

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

--I grew up in Maine.

--I love practicing my Spanish.

--I’m hoping the Broncos win the 50th Super Bowl.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel. 

When Mahala Kent’s tea party honoring her brother’s marriage turns into a brawl over tea, she’s forced out of her wealthy neutrality. A public debate on the subject pushes her even closer to her childhood friend and hoped-for suitor, Jothan Stout.

Will the arrival of a tea shipment in Greenwich push Jothan and Mahala further apart—or give them a common taste for herbal infusions?

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

Mahala’s wealth attracts a lot of attention, but few true friends. She harbors secrets that show she is more than an heiress. In addition to her charity work, she’s the anonymous cartoonist in the local paper. Her sharp mind helps her to see all sides of a disagreement—but once she’s made up her mind, nothing will stop her.

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

Hmm, I could see Natalie Portman as Mahala






and Dave Franco as Jothan.









In the same vein, if your novel were made into a film, what’s one song you’d love to feature in it?

I’m showing my lack of knowledge of the current music scene. But I typed in “freedom isn’t free” and found a great song of that name (except for a couple of x-words I wouldn’t want on any film of mine) by Parker Randolph.

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

I finally read all the novellas in Christmas Traditions (I wrote one of them) and loved it!

I would recommend the Garrison Gage mystery series by Scott William Carter. I liked The Gray and Guilty Sea well enough to buy the next book in the series. It’s a mystery, great characters, a strong sense of setting.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the middle of three projects. I’m just starting A Taste of Honey, a historical novella about a prize-winning baker and the beekeeper who stands in her way. It’s one of nine novellas in Blue Ribbon Brides, coming out from Barbour in November.

I’m also editing the first book in a new mystery series, Case Closed in the Murder By the Case series. Carlie Cooper, a home health aide, discover her 80 year old client dead in bed—and suspects foul play. Since I want to publish the series fairly close together, I won’t release it until I get book two written.

And the project closest to my heart is a series of devotionals from Genesis – Revelation. I’ve just released Beginnings: 30 Days in Genesis – Exodus. I hope to release the second book in March.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website and blog
Facebook
Amazon author page
Goodreads
Twitter

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Other recent releases:

Blurb from A Birthday Wish, one of nine novellas in Love Is Patient:

Gladys Polson feels led to help a crotchety widower who is wealthy in material things but poor in spirit. Haydn Keller comes to visit at his grandfather’s request and wonders what Gladys’s purpose is in reaching out to his grandfather. Will the two young people fulfill the old man’s wish?



Blurb from Tobogganing for Two:

Laura Evans moves to Plymouth, Nebraska, to take care of her aunt and her paralyzed sister. Dr. Jay Andrews has come to Plymouth to escape his work among those wounded during the Civil War—only to be faced with a paralyzed patient. Laura and Jay clash as they face fears from their past. Will a midnight toboggan ride bring them together, or push them further apart?

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

If you lived in 1774, do you think you would be loyalist or a patriot?

Thanks, Darlene, for visiting with us and telling us about your collection.

Readers, Darlene has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 1.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Darlene's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Alexis Goring and Free Books!

 photo Hope in My Heart_zpsj8hbq473.jpgHope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is like life to the soul. 

Before we address today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Reluctant Melody, by Sandra Ardoin, is:

bjtower@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your address today 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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Alexis Goring, author of the Inspirational romance collection, Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories (WestBow Press, November 2015) *Originally published by Crossbooks in 2013.

 photo Profile foto1_zpssbgc4f9e.jpegAlexis A. Goring is a journalist by profession and a writer at heart. She loves the arts! A dream career for her is one where good books, music, movies, photography, food and fashion all come together in a creative paradise.

But for now, she’s enjoying daily adventures of seeing where God leads. She’s working on her second novella and pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing.

Alexis loves to shop at her favorite stores, write stories and spend time with loved ones. Church and the bookstores are like her second home. She loves to connect with people and teach them about Jesus Christ, which is what she does through her blog, “God is Love.”

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

-- I’d love to be an award-winning actress.

-- I’d love to be a successful singer.

-- The Goring Hotel in London, England is a five-star place that happens to be spelled exactly like my last name and is where Princess Kate Middleton spent her last night as a single lady (the day before her wedding).

Please share a sentence or two about the plot of each short story in Hope in My Heart.

Three short stories, unrelated to each other, compose my novella.

“Love Unexpected” is the first story, in which the two main characters—Sebastian and Chandra—are brought together by a car crash, but their relationship does not have smooth sailing.

“The Best Gift” is the second story, in which three main characters—Christina, Jordan and Joshua—discover that the “best gift” that they can receive at Christmas may not be what they wanted, but it can be what they need!

“Peace and Love” is the third story, which focuses on Elle (a “starving artist”), Eric (a divorce attorney) and Kristine (an adopted young woman who is hoping to find her birth mom). This story is also set at Christmas time, but is filled with plot twists that lead to a happy ending.

Yes, I’ll admit that all of my stories have a happy ending but not without a bunch of surprises and unexpected detours, trials and life events!

Write one or two sentences about each lead character from each of the stories. Tell us what it is about them that will make readers care.

“Love Unexpected”: Chandra is the career-oriented woman who excels in the workplace but fails at romantic relationships. Sebastian is the classic Tall, Dark and Handsome heartthrob who is used to having a way with women, until he meets Chandra who appears to be 100 percent resistant to his good looks and charisma. I think that most people know a “Chandra” or “Sebastian” type of person in the real world and will relate to Chandra and Sebastian’s character arcs.

“The Best Gift”: Christina is a carb-loving woman on a diet and exercise routine because she wants to be fit and fabulous for her sister’s winter wedding. What woman cannot relate to fighting the “battle of the bulge” and wanting to look nice for a wedding? Jordan is a serial dater who’s under pressure from her Mom to get serious about a man and marry him. Usually it’s the daughter’s biological clock that is ticking, not the Mother’s. So I think my readers will enjoy that twist. Joshua’s dream girl dumped him while he was down on one knee (he proposed, she said “No”). He dreams of reuniting with her and working things out but I think my readers will appreciate the faith journey that Joshua takes to God’s heart (not the heart of his dream girl).

“Peace and Love”: Elle is the classic “starving artist” who wants nothing more than to have job stability and financial blessings from God to shower down on her life. I think that most creative types will understand Elle’s journey. Eric is a divorce attorney who is still reeling from his own parents’ dramatic divorce. He hopes to deal with his issues and move on. I believe anyone who’s dealt with divorce will relate to Eric’s story. Finally, Kristine who was adopted and is newly engaged, hopes to find her birth mom and establish a forever relationship before her wedding day. Just about anyone who was adopted or adopted a child should be able to identify with Kristine’s story.

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

 photo ae8b41e1ac632517bf2b903cf71a0822_zps2pgue1nn.jpgGood question! Scarlett Johansson, actress, would do a perfect portrayal of Jordan Mayfield from "The Best Gift".




 photo b963525c1a86055ddea8a3de5eeb5a39_zpskfjl01ms.jpgJoshua Thompson from "The Best Gift"  looks like the actor Zac Efron.






 photo 70be6ec36bd11b5309cb5d940bf1a0e8_zpshyl7lcod.jpgElle Brighton, the "starving artist" in the story "Peace and Love" is fashioned after Ashley Tisdale (actress).





 photo b0eb386dbd7e97418a9efa89eab01e30_zpsnx4oqqga.jpgI see Esmeralda Rodriguez, Chandra's boss in "Love Unexpected," as the actress Salma Hayek.





 photo e3dbfb523f9774d712a478d8e9412eb0_zpsuegefrbj.jpgChanning Tatum would be perfect to play Eric Stewart, a divorce attorney in the story "Peace and Love."





 photo 04904924864f8910dfa8db955459f0b3_zpsajbnreu9.jpgSebastian Carter from "Love Unexpected" looks just like "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson.






Edy Ganem, actress, resembles Chandra McIntire from "Love Unexpected" .








 photo 31c5d5b68da95431f6ae09e2863d2ec9_zpsvbs45r5i.jpgI'd love for Hillary Duff to play Christina Caballero from "The Best Gift"  if my book is ever made into a movie!


 photo 984c40b4db56a2695d2ce9e46265444b_zpsxsvb7axr.jpgKristine Amanda Thompson from the story "Peace and Love" looks like Paula Patton who happens to be one of my favorite actresses!





 photo e67b357bb163497e94c335d730b8e5fa_zpsgvziivsx.jpgBoris Kodjoe, a famous actor, resembles Kristine's fiance Derek Jensen in "Peace and Love".




Those established actors featured on my book’s storyboard via Pinterest are my first ideas with the actors that I know of now but I’d love to work with the movie industry professionals to host casting calls in case there are other actors out there (new or famous) who would be a better fit for portraying my fictional characters.

In the same vein, if your novel were made into a film, what’s one song you’d love to feature in it?

"Fight Song" by Rachel Platten! Here’s the link to her official music video for that song on YouTube.

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

Tender Mercies by Mary Manners was the last novel that I read and would recommend because the author draws the reader in within the first few pages, captivating their imagination and keeping their interest until the very end. I loved how Mary Manners brought the heroine, Lexi Taylor, and the hero, Cooper Jackson, together. Manners knows how to introduce each scene in a way that drops you as the reader into the action and makes you feel like you're walking through the plot with the fictional characters.

What are you working on now?

I am working on my second novella. It’s about characters that want a second chance at life and romance.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me online by following these links:

Author page on Facebook
“God is Love” (blog)
My book’s Twitter feed

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:










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

I’d like to ask your readers this question, “What are your hopes and dreams for this New Year 2016?”

Thanks, Alexis, for visiting with us and telling us about your collection.

Readers, Alexis has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 25.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Alexis's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.
 

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