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

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

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

Monday, November 18, 2019

Joi Copeland and Free Books!

Ethan Knight, at the end of his rope caring for his deaf son, needs a miracle, and then he meets her.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Kimberly Rose Johnson's contemporary romance novel, Sara's Gift, is:

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

And now let's chat with novelist Joi Copeland, author of the romantic women's novella, Silent Knight (Forget Me Not Romances/Winged Publications, July 2019).

Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland.

Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow.

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

God called me and my family to the mission field in 2014. We are almost ready to leave the country!

To Galway! Very exciting! Many blessings with that, Joi. You'll have to keep us apprised of your progress there.

You do look like an Irish lass, by the way.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Silent Knight.

Struggling to take care of his deaf son in a town with no resources, Ethan Knight’s at the end of his rope. When his son is kicked out of preschool, he feels he’s out of options and prays for a miracle. A newcomer to Snow Globe, Montana may be his answer to prayer, or is it the possibility of an old love?



London Meriwether leaves her home after the passing of her grandmother, the woman who raised her. She falls in love with Snow Globe, Montana. Right after arriving to the small town, she comes face to face with learning what it means to truly forgive someone. 



Can Ethan help London in her quest of forgiveness? Will London be the help Ethan needs for his deaf son?

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

Ethan Knight is a caring father who loves his son and wants the best for him. He knows he can’t help his son on his own, though. Throughout the story, the reader will see just how much he adores his son. I think this really helps them connect to Ethan. (At least it made my editor swoon!) 😊

Imagine you’re waiting at the gate for your flight somewhere. You see someone sitting there, reading your latest release. What expression do you hope you see on his/her face?

I hope I’d see a face full of hope. Maybe her hand over her heart. 😊

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

I’m reading Finding Love in Eureka, California by Angela Ruth Strong. It’s from a great series, and it captures you from the beginning!

What are you working on now?

As much as I love writing, I’ve stopped for the rest of the year so I can focus on my website, marketing, and getting my newsletter built up. I miss writing so much, and I’ve only stopped for a month! So, marketing has been my priority.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.joicopeland.com
Amazon author page:
Facebook:
twitter: @joicopeland4
Instagram

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



For a sample reading from the book, click  HERE

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

What does your ideal Christmas look like?

Thank you so much for having me!

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

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

Remember that Winged Publications is having a sale on its Christmas-themed novellas, novels, and collections. See the details HERE.

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, November 11, 2019

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

A woman is left $1500 to gift anonymously at Christmas, but with little time to spare, will she be able to find a deserving recipient?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Karin Beery's contemporary romance/women's fiction book, Practically Married, is:

squiressquad@...

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

And now let's chat with novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the contemporary romance, Sara’s Gift (Indie published, October 2019).

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.



Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.



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

I enjoy quiet.

I imagine we all have times we prefer that, Kimberly! I love when the house is quiet, and like a lot of people, I can't write unless it's totally quiet. I guess I'm too easily distracted.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Sara's Gift.

Christmas is the season of giving, but Sara isn’t sure she is up to the task. Playing secret angel in high school was fun, and now, years later, Sara has the opportunity to do it once more on a bigger scale. She enlists the help of Gabe, her long-time best friend, to come up with a deserving recipient. But something is off with Gabe—he’s more attentive than usual.

The Christmas season has put Gabe in a reflective mood. His evaluation of his life has left him lonely and wanting more. But can his heart have its desire? That’s up to Sara.

Can these two long-time best friends navigate their changing relationship, or will the romance Grinch steal their Christmas joy?

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

They are relatable. They also care about others.

Imagine you’re waiting at the gate for your flight somewhere. You see someone sitting there, reading your latest release. What expression do you hope you see on his/her face?

I hope they are smiling if it’s one of my romances and if it’s one of my mystery or suspense novels I hope to see anxiety mixed with pleasure.

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

I finished listening to an audio book yesterday by Kathy Harris called Deadly Commitment. This book gripped me with the teaser! I can’t say exactly why I liked it so much other than I liked the characters and plot. It wasn’t bogged down with extra stuff that didn’t need to be there. It was simply exceptional! I never listen to an eight hour book in three days time and I did with this one. I created excuses to be listening. My house is cleaner than normal this week.

Oh, that's funny. And I hear you. I haven't been able to go on my regular walks for the past several months, and what I especially miss is not being able to listen to audio books.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the fourth book in my Librarian Sleuth Mystery series.

Where else can readers find you online?

The easiest place to find my social media is on my website. From there you can access links to all my social media.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



To read a sample from the book, go HERE.

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

Have you ever been the recipient of a good surprise? If so, what was most special about it?

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

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

Remember that Winged Publications is having a sale on its Christmas-themed novellas, novels, and collections. See the details HERE.

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, November 4, 2019

Karin Beery and Free Books!

Her fiancé left her his house—and his roommate.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Deborah Raney's women's fiction book, Chasing Dreams, is:

grandaddya@...

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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Karin Beery, author of the contemporary romance/women’s fiction book, Practically Married (Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, October 2019).

Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it.

In her free time, Karin enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.

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

I love pizza, but I can’t eat it anymore (gluten sensitivity). Cauliflower crust pizza is okay, but I really miss a chewy, hand-tossed crust.

Aw, what a shame. I tried going gluten free for awhile (just to cut back on starches) and found I really enjoy cauliflower crust from pizzerias. But I've tried making them from scratch, and I've tried the frozen version. Pretty sorry, compared to--as you say--the chewy, hand-tossed crusts.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Practically Married.

It’s a modern spin on the marriage of convenience story. I wondered what it would take for two people today to decide to get married for practical reasons instead of for love. Thanks to the internet, poor communication, familial influences, and unpredictable Michigan weather, Practically Married answers that question:

Ashley Johnson moves to northern Michigan to finally meet her fiancé face-to-face, but she arrives in time to go to his funeral. With no home back in Ohio, she decides to stay in what would have been their house, except his cousin Russ lives there too, and Russ has never heard of Ashley. To complicate matters, her fiancé accidentally willed her the family farmhouse.

Eager to please everyone and desperate to disappoint no one, she proposes a marriage of convenience that could solve her and Russ’s problems, if they can get past her aunt, his sisters, and an ex-girlfriend.

What a cool premise! It takes a clever writer to pull off the miscommunication trope these days. I remember the good old days for plotting when cell phones weren't the norm. Good for you to figure out a way to make this idea work. It sounds like fun.

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

Ashley and Russ have both experienced tragedies, but they don’t let it stop them. That doesn’t mean their timing is always perfect or they always make the right decisions, but they manage to make it work.

Imagine you’re waiting at the gate for your flight somewhere. You see someone sitting there, reading your latest release. What expression do you hope you see on his/her face?

A smile! There’s enough drama in real life. I hope my novels offer an escape and a reason to smile.

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

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Politano Davidson. It’s a historical romantic suspense, which is a genre I’ve never read before. She grabbed my attention early in the book and held it through the end. I’m looking forward to reading another book by her.

Yes, that's a great combination of genres. What are you working on now?

A series about three sisters. I’ve actually finished the first two books (a novel and novella) and have just started on the third. Like my other books, they’re contemporary, set in Michigan, and on the light-hearted side.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m all over!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
BoobBub
Amazon author page
Goodreads

Read excerpts from the journal that inspired Ashley to agree to a practical marriage, plus get the first chapter of Practically Married: BookFunnel

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

Do you prefer books that make you laugh or books that make you cry? Why?

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

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

Remember that Winged Publications is having a sale on its Christmas-themed novellas, novels, and collections. See the details HERE.

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, October 28, 2019

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

Reeling from the death of her mother and the loss of her dream of becoming an attorney, Joanna Chandler is falling for a man whose circumstances might take her even further from the life she’s dreamed of for herself.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Kathy McKinsey's children's Christmas book, Millie's Christmas, is:

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

And now let's revisit novelist Deborah Raney, author of the women’s fiction book (with a strong romantic thread), Chasing Dreams (Kregel, October 2019).

Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty-five years, thirty-five books, and numerous awards later, she's still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her novels have won RWA's RITA Award, the ACFW Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. She is also a three-time Christy Award finalist.

Deb is a recent transplant to Missouri, having moved with her husband, Ken Raney, from their native Kansas to be closer to kids and grandkids. They love road trips, Thursday garage sale dates, and breakfast on the screened porch overlooking their wooded backyard.

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

My husband spent almost a year trying to convince me to sell everything we own, buy a (tiny!) RV, and travel the country with him for a year. I love the man with all my heart, but I told him that idea wasn’t even on my Top 1000 list, let alone my top 10!

We finally reached a compromise we’re both happy with. I got to keep my stuff, we moved to Missouri where our two daughters live, and in September, we embarked on our first more-than-overnight trip in Meriwether (what we call our Winnebago Travato camper van, named after another explorer who wanted to experience the grandeur of this beautiful country.)

So far, so good… (You can follow our adventures on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/raneydaytrippin/

What a great compromise. A little of both. And I can attest to the emotional benefits of living near the kids and grandkids!

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

Joanna Chandler always dreamed of becoming an attorney. But when she left law school to help care for her dying mother, stepping away from her single-minded pursuit gave her space to reconsider. The only question is, if not law, what should she do with her life?

To keep her mind off an uncertain future, Joanna helps her older sister, Phylicia, throw an amazing outdoor wedding on the charming Missouri property the three Chandler sisters own together. That's when she realizes wedding planning could be a thriving business of its own. And Lukas Blaine, the handsome wedding DJ, opens her mind to the possibility of love on the horizon.

But there's more to Luke than meets the eye. The young boy he's been mentoring has lost his mother and become Luke's ward. Mateo is sullen and angry and needs constant attention. How can Luke possibly find the time to start a new relationship or saddle someone else with a wounded child? He may have to let go of the woman of his dreams--and crush her dreams at the same time.

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

Joanna Chandler is still grieving the death of her mother and the loss of her dream career. Now, she’s fallen in love with a man whose circumstances will surely take her even further from the life she’s dreamed of for herself.

I think we can all identify with the difficulty of changes in our life plans!

Author Robin Jones Gunn once said all inspirational authors eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. What do you think your overall theme is?

I couldn’t agree with Robin more! Very early on in my career, I realized that the theme of nearly all my books—even when I try to steer to a different theme!—is redemption: the idea that God can take a life that is a mess and redeem it to become something beautiful.

That's a lovely theme to look forward to in one's reading.

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

I was honored to endorse Jim Rubart’s The Pages of Her Life, and I highly recommend it (and any of Jim’s books!) I loved it because it is brimming with wonderful characters and it surprised me at several turns!

He really is so talented and creative.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the third book in the Chandler Sisters Novels series, Finding Wings. I’ve loved writing these sisters stories and exploring sister relationships like the one I have with my own sweet sisters.

Where else can readers find you online?

DRreadergroup
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter
Amazon Author Page
Inspired by Life and Fiction
Goodreads

Here’s the link to the first chapter of Chasing Dreams, from ACFW’s Fiction Finder: FictionFinder.com

The novel can be purchased online via the following button:



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

I would love to know what kind of information you’d like to hear from your favorite authors on social media? I’m always looking for new ways to interact with my readers, and I love social media for that reason, but I also don’t want to bore readers with the mundane details of my daily life. So what kinds of things do you want to know about the authors you read? Do tell, readers!

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

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

Remember that Winged Publications is having a sale on its Christmas-themed novellas, novels, and collections. See the details HERE.

And for a couple more days (through October 31), you can get my romantic suspense, A Special Kind of Double, for only 99 cents:



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

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, October 21, 2019

99-Cent Sale on A Special Kind of Double!

She’s not equipped to search for her sister alone. She’s even less prepared for what she finds.

I'm reposting information about my romantic suspense novella, A Special Kind of Double, because from now through October 31, Amazon has the book marked down to 99 cents!

Here's the book's teaser:

Franny and Grace Otterbridge were always the closest of sisters. But after their father’s death, Grace veered off in a different direction. Now Franny feels she’s lost her. Literally—Grace has gone missing. Franny assumes she’s taken off on another wild hair, but signs soon suggest otherwise.

Franny accepts amateur sleuthing help from new flame Nevan Burns, a young fine artist (who’s also a fine young artist). He proves himself more than good company, and Franny finds herself swinging from one emotion to another, from joy to fear, from anticipation to dread. She’s not equipped to search for Grace alone. She’s even less prepared for what she finds.

Because I usually ask authors to tell us why readers will care about the protagonist...

Franny is bouncing back from a recent, crushing betrayal by her boyfriend and her best friend. She might not have fully forgiven either of them just yet, but she's working on forgetting them. She cherishes the support her mother and her sister, Grace, have given her. The three have always held a tight bond with each other.

But recently Grace has been wilder in her life choices and, in that respect, she's distanced herself from Franny and their mother. When Grace goes missing, Franny's sense of responsibility for her younger sister returns, and her initial annoyance turns into a bit of shame, a lot of concern, and downright fear.

Like all of us, Franny would like to be a better, more unconditionally loving Christian.

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



I hope you'll check out A Special Kind of Double!

And remember that Winged Publications is having a sale on its Christmas-themed novellas, novels, and collections. See the details HERE.

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

 

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