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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, July 18, 2016

Renee Ryan and Free Books!

 photo Ryan-JourneysEnd-official cover art_zpskdjb34ew.jpgIn a new land far from her home, Caroline St. James is forced to choose between love and justice.o

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Walking on Sea Glass, by Julie Carobini, is:

may_dayzee@...

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, 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 revisit with novelist Renee Ryan, author of the historical (Gilded Age) romance, Journey’s End (Amazon’s Waterfall Press, March 2016).

 photo Renee Promo Photo_zps2pqiur1e.jpgRenee Ryan is the author of eighteen inspirational, faith-based romance novels. She received the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Romantic division, for her novels Dangerous Allies and Courting the Enemy. She currently serves as the Secretary for Romance Writers of America national Board of Directors.

Ryan currently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband and one large, fluffy cat many have mistaken for a small bear.

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

-- My only C in college was on an assignment in my creative writing course. I very quickly learned I am not gifted at writing to other people’s vision.

-- I’ve gone sky-diving three times, which was two times too many!

-- I had dinner with Oprah.

I imagine intriguing stories behind all three of those items!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Journey's End.

 photo Ryan-JourneysEnd-official cover art_zpskdjb34ew.jpgHaving grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive. So when her beloved mother—abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family—suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong.

With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother’s suffering: Caroline’s grandfather. To settle the family score, Caroline infiltrates her grandfather’s privileged world, hoping to sabotage his business from the inside.

As she sets her plot in motion, she meets Jackson Montgomery, a virtuous man who is struggling to recover from a family scandal of his own. As their friendship grows, and Caroline begins to piece together the motives that led to her mother’s ruin, she is forced to decide: Should she risk everything in the name of justice? Or can she let love and forgiveness guide her instead?

What is it about Caroline St. James that will make your readers care about her?

Used to taking care of herself Caroline is strong and independent, but she doesn’t realize how lonely she’s become. She can’t help befriending others weaker than herself, especially innocents who need her protection. She has a heart for justice and boldly rights terrible wrongs. Although her motive at the opening of the book is to seek revenge on the man who she thinks ruined her mother, when Caroline realizes her anger is misplaced she quickly embraces the very person she’s come to harm.

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

 photo Teri-Hatcher-16_zpsq7jk4c8e.jpgThe closest would be Terry Hatcher






 photo images_zps19la5jtp.jpegand Dean Cain from their Superman days together.






If you’d like to share the opening line or lines to your novel, we’d love to read them.

Ellis Island, 1901 “Oh, Caro, look. We’re almost there. We’re almost in America.”

Caroline St. James made a noncommittal sound deep in her throat. Unlike the frail Irish girl leaning heavily on her arm, she knew arriving at Ellis Island was only the first step in the rigorous registration process. Frowning at Mary’s sickly pallor, Caroline carefully guided her friend into the queue of fellow immigrants disembarking the ferryboat. Cautious by nature, honed by necessity, she watched for trouble, breaking down potential threats apparent in the mass of anxious humanity pressing in from every possible angle.

It would be too easy to lose her friend in this crowd. Where would Mary be then? The girl was already showing signs of exhaustion and they hadn’t even made it off the ferryboat yet. Almost there…

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

Unleashing Mr. Darcy, by Teri Wilson is a fun retelling of a classic. If you love dogs and want a modern take on an old favorite, this is the book for you.

What are you working on now?

The next book in the Gilded Promises series, A Touch of Scarlet.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website address is: www.reneeryan.com. I’m on Facebook as Renee Ryan and Twitter @ReneeRyanBooks


The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




     CBD
950528: #1: Journey"s End


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

Would you rather read two longer books by a favorite author or four shorter books?

Thanks, Renee, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Renee has offered to give a free signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Renee'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, July 11, 2016

Julie Carobini and Free Books!

Walking on Sea Glass is the story of Liddy and Beau who realize that falling in love just might tear them apart.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winners of the signed copy of Better Than Chocolate, by Debby Mayne and myself, are:

debbiewilder@... and susanmsj@...

and the winner of the signed copy of Almost Like Being in Love, by Beth Vogt, is

colorvibrant@...

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail addresses, and we'll get your books right out to you.

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

And now let's revisit with novelist Julie Carobini, author of the contemporary Inspirational romance, Walking on Sea Glass (Book 1, Sea Glass Inn Novels) (May 2016).

Julie Carobini is the bestselling author of The Christmas Thief, the Chocolate Series, and the Otter Bay Novels: Sweet Waters, A Shore Thing, and Fade to Blue. She has won numerous awards, and RT Book Reviews says, "Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive."

Julie lives in California with her family and loves all things coastal (except sharks).

Please sign up for her occasional newsletter, where you'll learn about new releases and freebies for your e-reader, at her website (below).

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

-- Used to be a secret shopper for Taco Bell.

-- For three years I ghostwrote articles for executives in the banking and marketing industries.

-- Survived a serious illness when I was in my early 20s (Liddy in Walking on Sea Glass is loosely based on that experience).

Wow, that's great that you were able to use your experience to create your novel, Julie. Nothing like being able to identify fully with your character's plight!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Walking on Sea Glass.

Suddenly single, Liddy flees the desert to work at an up-and-coming seaside resort with her best friend. The breezy backdrop of an inn by the sea offers Liddy the dream of starting fresh, but soon she is shocked to discover another setback brewing in her life. Despite the battle that lies ahead, she finds herself drawn to Beau Quinn, a captivating widower with a wounded heart of his own.

As Beau and Liddy’s burgeoning relationship attempts to survive, will Liddy have the courage to trust a man again—especially one as emotionally fragile as Beau? Can Beau commit to a woman facing a challenging recovery? And what is going on behind the scenes at Sea Glass Inn, where late night deliveries and secret meetings are spoken about in whispers?

Set in a California seaside town, Walking on Sea Glass weaves a romantic story of courage, faith, and the power of true love.

Kathryn Cushman, author of Fading Starlight calls Walking on Sea Glass "Poignant ...”

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

Liddy doesn’t give up easy. And Beau, after facing a difficult loss, is understandably cautious. I’ve had several readers tell me how much they were rooting for the both of them.

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

No idea! I’ve attached a photo (credit: shutterstock) that appears on the back cover of my book. When I saw it, I thought, that’s Liddy and Beau!

Works for me!

Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

Mary Lennox, the young heroine of The Secret Garden. Mary “grew” extensively in the story, moving from a petulant, spoiled young girl to a curious and, eventually, loving person. So love reading her again and again.

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

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon. This book is the culmination of so many years of loving the Mitford characters and I thought Jan did a beautiful job of tying pieces together. I didn’t want it to end.

What are you working on now?

Runaway Tide, Book 2 of the Sea Glass Inn Novels.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.juliecarobini.com or my Facebook page.


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

I’ve written in a variety of genres, such as Christian fiction, mystery and now, contemporary romance. What are your favorite genres to read and why?

Thanks to you, Trish, for having me today!

My pleasure, Julie. Thanks for telling us about your novel. Readers, Julie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Julie'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, July 4, 2016

Beth Vogt, July Releases, and Free Books!

 photo 9781476789804_zpsabyxhojq.jpgShe’s won an all-expense paid, luxurious, dream wedding—all she needs now is the groom!

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Heather Blanton's A Promise in Defiance is:

lattebookks@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, 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 Beth Vogt, author of the contemporary romance, Almost Like Being in Love (Howard Books, June, 2016).

 photo Beth s Portraits-Portraits-0153_zpsc5ca3aal.jpegBeth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” As a contemporary romance novelist for Howard Books, Beth is a 2016 Christy finalist, and she was also a 2015 RITA® Finalist, and a 2014 and 2015 Carol Award finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014.

In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Her e-novella, A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan.

Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories.

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

-- I love hummingbirds because they remind me of God’s love – and yes, there is a story there.

-- Because of an illness I had in 2007, I am a gluten-free gal. Thankfully, GF options have improved greatly since then.

-- My son Josh is also a published author (3 novels so far) and editor at Paizo Press, so ink flows through our family veins.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Almost Like Being in Love.

 photo 9781476789804_zpsabyxhojq.jpgWinning a destination wedding would be a dream come true … if Caron Hollister and her boyfriend were engaged. How is she supposed to break the news that she’s won their dream wedding when he hasn’t even proposed? Sure, everyone says they’re perfect for each other. And he’s likely to pop the question any minute. But will it really work if he can’t even see why she likes the idea of a destination wedding?

Realtor Kade Webster has put his past heartbreak with Caron behind him. His thriving real estate company keeps him busy and now he’s secured a big win with the Colorado Tour of Homes. Then his home stager cancels, leaving him in the lurch … just as Caron shows up in his life once again. She can help him with the Tour as long as they keep things purely professional.

Spending time helping Kade while she should be planning her dream destination wedding has Caron in knots. They broke up for good reasons, yet she’s still embarrassingly attracted to him, even if he sometimes drives her crazy. How can she be feeling such things with one man when she’s imagining a wedding with another man? Can she say “I do” to one man when she’s wondering “What if” about another?

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

Caron Hollister wants a virtual stamp of approval, which is something I think we all search for. We’re just looking for approval from different people. Andy Stanley, the senior pastor of North Point Community Church, said it this way: “All of us are using someone or something else as a mirror.”

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

 photo images_zpsv5vdwunh.jpegI would cast January Jones from Mad Men in the role of Caron Hollister





and John Newton from the holiday movie The Christmas Card in the role of Kade Webster. If you haven’t seen The Christmas Card, you should – it’s one of my favorite Christmas movies.





Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

I love L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. “Anne with an ‘e’” is a delightful character with so much personality, pluck, and imagination. And I love the fact that we get to see Anne grow up and mature, but in her heart, she’s still the same: someone who loves deeply and lives life to the fullest.

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

I read One Enchanted Christmas, an e-novella by Melissa Tagg, and thoroughly enjoyed it from page one all the way to the end. Melissa is a writing buddy of mine and also a good friend. I know her writing journey and yes, I’m a fan of all her books. In One Enchanted Christmas you can tell that Melissa had a lot of fun writing this story – it’s a delightful romance that you can read any time of year.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another story with twin element to it – that intrigues me because I have a fraternal twin sister.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog bethvogt.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest


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     CBD
789805: #2 Almost Like Being in Love


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

In Almost Like Being in Love, both Caron and Kade are Realtors. If you were buying a house, what would be the most important room or feature in the house for you?

Thanks, Beth, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Beth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 11. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Beth'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.

As you scroll down to answer Beth's question, take a look at the exciting fiction releasing in July!

Contemporary Romance:

The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston -- Devastated by a broken courtship, Rachel Fisher takes a position at a special Amish school for children with learning disabilities to keep her mind off of her pain. A new student joins the class, and when Rachel has problems getting him to pay attention, she reaches out to his older brother and guardian, Mike. She learns they are grieving their mother's death and begins sending food to them in a special basket she found in her parents' attic, a basket Rachel's father gave to her mother long ago. Rachel and Mike grow close, but he doubts whether he can be a good husband while caring for his brother and dat. As they face the hardest days of their lives, Rachel's old fears of another man leaving her come to the surface. Can they pull together and create hope for the future? (Contemporary Romance from Zondervan)

A Living Hope by E. C. Jackson -- It was a match made in heaven. Or so everyone thought. Sadie Mae Cummings is all set to marry her childhood sweetheart, Kyle, when she is assigned to tutor Lincoln, the new college football running back. Through her alternate relationships with both boys, she learns some burned bridges can never be restored. Now Sadie fights for a chance to restore broken dreams. Will love endure? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

General Contemporary (Women's Fiction):

The Things We Knew by Catherine West -- After her mother's death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother's death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can't remember a bit of it. But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him, only it seems Nick is hiding things from her. As their father's failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. (Women's Fiction from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Historical Romance:

The Courageous Brides Collection by Johnnie Alexander, Michelle Griep, Eileen Key, Debby Lee, Rose Allen McCauley, Donita Kathleen Paul, Jennifer Uhlarik, Jenness Walker, Renee Q. Yancy -- Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy's curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

No Way Up by Mary Connealy -- When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately. Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike. Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino -- It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados, with no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island. Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy is rescued and aboard a British Naval Gunship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold--and to an overjoyed Patience--it's not the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter -- Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl. With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance. What Colin doesn't know is that Georgina's desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina's plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson -- Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life. Arriving penniless in the South, Prosperity is dismayed to find David married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, she gains the friendship--and the affection--of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

Lawman in Disguise by Laurie Kingery -- A Texas Ranger goes undercover to bring about the capture of a dangerous outlaw gang, but doesn't count on falling in love during the process. Can he achieve his goal and begin a new life with the woman he has come to love, or will he pay the ultimate price for his daring? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Resurrection of Hope by Tamera Lynn Kraft -- She thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong? (Historical Romance from Desert Breeze Publishing)

A Changed Agent by Tracey J. Lyons -- When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn't the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner's niece and nephew, who've been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts. Unknown to her, William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as a lumber-company foreman. He's never wanted family--his work is too dangerous. Yet as Elsie transforms his house into a home and he spends time with the children, he feels drawn to family life--and to Elsie. As a good Christian, Elsie is troubled by William's secrets…though she does find him intriguing. And when a sinister figure from her past arrives, Elsie and William will have to trust in faith and newfound love to protect their unlikely family from danger. (Historical Romance from Waterfall Press)

Sarah's Surrender by Vickie McDonough -- When Sarah Worley rejects Luke McNeil's proposal to pursue property in the Oklahoma Territory land lottery in 1901, the ranch hand pulls up stakes and goes after her. But he's the last person she wants to see. The land lottery gives Sarah the chance to realize her dream of independence and a home of her own. But with it comes challenges she never considered. When her dream becomes a nightmare, she must decide whether to stay on her land or give up and return to the life she left. Luke hopes that by winning a claim, he can give Sarah the home she's always wanted. How can he prove his love and show the stubborn woman that he's the right man for her? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

Incriminating Evidence by Rachel Dylan -- When rookie prosecutor Jessica Hughes crosses the son of a major crime boss, she's determined to bring him to justice--if his family doesn't kill her first. And with newly minted FBI special agent Zach Taylor protecting her, she believes she can succeed. Zach will do anything to stay ahead of the crime syndicate and guard Jessica while she builds her case. The more time he spends with her, the more personal the assignment becomes. It's bad timing for falling in love, but as the threats against her life escalate, Zach realizes Jessica is everything to him--and he will do everything he can to make sure she has a future. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Through Raging Waters by Renee Blare -- Floods from spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin. Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone's life…hangs by a thread once again. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. She's never been a hero…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved. (Romantic Suspense from Inspired (Prism Book Group)

Fractured Memory by Jordyn Redwood -- United States marshal Eli Cayne saved Julia Galloway's life once…and he's prepared to do it again. But his task would be easier if she could remember him--or the murderer who almost put her in an early grave and seems to be hunting her once more. To protect Julia from the latest threat against her life, Eli has to consider the possibility that he put an innocent man in jail. Julia has no memories of the serial killer called the Hangman, though, and no reason to trust Eli. But with the killer getting closer, she must work with Eli to confront her past—and the feelings growing between them. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

In a Killer's Sights by Sandra Robbins -- When Gwen Harwell witnesses someone dumping a body into a Tennessee river, she knows she's the killer's new target. Far from home on a work assignment, she isn't sure where to turn--especially when her ex-husband appears. Five years ago, Dean Harwell's burdens from his police work tore their marriage apart. But now he says he's changed. He's working as a rancher; he's put his problems behind him. And he's committed to keeping her safe until the killer is caught. With their troubled past, trusting him with her life is hard enough. Can she trust him with the truth about the child he doesn't know they have? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Suspense:

Deep Shadows by Vanetta Chapman -- Life in Abney, Texas is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. (Suspense from Harvest House Publishers)

Speculative (High Fantasy):

Eirwen's Dream: Inside Snow White's Sleeping Mind by Kristen Reed -- After eating her stepmother's poison apple, Princess Eirwen has a fantastical dream in which she must defeat an evil Siren. (Speculative/High Fantasy, Independently Published)

Happy reading!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Heather Blanton and Free Books!

 photo promise_ebook_zpshlwnvpsa.jpgChoices have consequences … even for the redeemed.

Today we're featuring novelist Heather Blanton, author of the Inspirational Western Romance, A Promise in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies, Book 3) (Rivulet Publishing, June 2016).

Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies.

Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance.

Heather's writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC's Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love.

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among the fictional story lines. She also loves exploring the American West. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw's note in her hand.

She lives on a farm with her three boys just outside Raleigh, North Carolina.

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

--I breed Long Hair German Shepherds.

--In high school I wrote a story about a girl who stole a camel and rode away from an army fort to find her missing soldier. (The US Army at one point experimented with camels in the Southwest—so there was a reason for the absurdity.)

--I am the repository of an embarrassing amount of Star Trek trivia. Star Trek, the first and best generation.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Promise in Defiance.

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, though, he has trouble telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when infamous madam Delilah Goodnight steps off the stage. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

Town founder Charles McIntyre has a new wife … and a ten-year-old half-breed son dropped on his doorstep. In a town as mean as Defiance, can he dare to love them both? If he tries, will the price be too high, even for him?

They can both count on one thing: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap ... and the harvest is at hand...

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

Logan has done a lot of bad things: he’s killed men, beaten women, spent too much time drinkin’ and pickin’ fights. But the Lord changed him and Logan believes he can now help people who are as lost as he once was. He’s a portrait of a man who wants to let his past make him better, not bitter or defeated. In the face of adversity, though, he struggles with doing things his way vs. God’s way. He’s an easy guy to be around because he’s humble and authentic. Authentic in that he’s truly repentant for hurting someone very special to him.

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

 photo scott-eastwood-1024_zpsvrqagxph.jpgLogan Tillane – Scott Eastwood






 photo scarlett-johansson-avengers-black-widow-01_zps2gc1rkax.jpgDelilah Goodnight – Scarlett Johanson





 photo Unknown_zpsixe1knzj.jpegCharles McIntyre – Ian Somerhalder






Naomi McIntyre – Reese Witherspoon






Emilio – Diego Luna






 photo images_zpsl08jdadc.jpegMollie -- Jennifer Lawrence








 photo images-1_zpspisobo4e.jpegBilly Page – Hayden Christensen









 photo Unknown-2_zpse18qly6a.jpegHannah Frink – Elle Fanning






If you were contracted to write a novel based on your life, what title would you give it?

Never Give in, Never Back Down, Never Lose Faith

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

I am just finishing The Poachers Daughter by Michael Zimmer. Zimmer is a real Western writer in that he knows the subject because he’s lived the life. He is an in depth researcher and has a passion for his stories. This tale is a bit of a twist on the Western—the protagonist is female, but there are still horses, gunfights, a little romance, and a poignant hat-tip to the disappearing West of the late 1800’s.

What are you working on now?

I have a WW 2 novella I am contributing to a collection from Rivulet Publishing and a mail order bride story that will go into a collection with several authors, chiefly Susette Williams. Both will be out in the fall.

Also, I wrote a script for my first book, A Lady in Defiance and it has been perused by some producers in Hollywood like Brian Bird and Mark Headly. Fortunately, the script has garnered some serious interest so now I am trying to decide if I want to accept an offer to be represented and let the agent shop it around, or if I want to work with a professional screen writer and we’ll sell it ourselves. I’m still praying about my next move here.

Very exciting! 

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook page
ladiesindefiance.com
Facebook author page
Twitter
Pinterest

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

If a guy had to have one physical flaw to make a story interesting, what would you suggest? Cross-eyed, amputee, near-sighted? What?

Readers, Heather has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 4. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Heather'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, June 13, 2016

Mountain Brook Ink Summer Book Release Party and Free Books!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT, Mountain Brook Ink will hold a four-book release party on Facebook. Lots of books, gift cards, and a Kindle Fire will be given away, so come join us!

The books featured include In Love and War, the four-novella collection of romantic-rival stories:

Lassoed by Love by Miralee Ferrell -- Lindsey Morgan is struggling and she can no longer afford the life she's been living. The exclusive boutique she managed recently closed. Ready for a new adventure, she accepts a job at a resort. What could go wrong working at a gift shop and laying by a pool during her off hours? What Lindsey didn't expect was Steven Graham, her high-school crush, showing up--as her new boss. Steven isn't the shy, red-neck teen she'd known six years ago. He's somehow morphed into a gorgeous, aloof, more refined man. Too bad he thinks she's still the spoiled cheerleader he thought had snubbed him, but she'd change that assumption if it killed her--and with the new job description she'd been handed, it just might!

Designed with Love by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition--even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Springs, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces...and find love in the process?

More Than Meets the Eye by Trish Perry -- Jensy St. Martin is not pleased when she recognizes the latest ad man to join the Washington, D. C. agency she has long considered her professional home. Phil Quinn was a cocky, love-'em-and-leave-'em type when they attended the same high school ten years ago, and she senses he hasn't changed much since then. When the two ad designers are forced to work together on a campaign, Jensy learns more than she wants to know about the man, and his growing attractiveness becomes the least of her worries.

Hungry Hearts by Debby Mayne -- When Cameron Prater returns to Hyacinth, South Carolina, to open a restaurant a few doors down from his childhood sweetheart Melissa Shaw's diner, they are both reminded of the fierce competitiveness that drove them apart. They even try to outdo each other while volunteering for a women's shelter that their church sponsors, and they deny the fact that the sparks that brought them together years ago still zing. Can these two people put aside their rivalry--and their pride--and let their hearts take over?



Also featured tomorrow is Heart of a Cowboy, which includes historical novellas by Susan Page Davis (Hearts in Pursuit); Miralee Ferrell (Hearts Reunited); Yvonne Lehman (Have Dress, Will Marry); and Vickie McDonough (The Hand-Me-Down Husband).







Another novel featured at the release party is No Greater Love, by Theresa Morgan, which was highlighted just weeks ago on my blog: HERE









Finally, Kimberly Rose Johnson's contemporary romantic suspense novel,  A Love to Treasure, Book 1 in the Summer Dreams series, will be featured.






Many of the authors will participate in the chat, so come visit, bring your questions, join the fun, and maybe win a book, gift card, or Kindle Fire! Mountain Brook Ink Book Release Party



Finally, I want to announce that the winner of the free ecopy of Curio, by Evangeline Denmark, featured last week, is psalm103and138@...  Congratulations! I'll get your email address to Evangeline, and we'll get that book to you right away!

I hope to chat with you all tomorrow evening!
 

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