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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!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carrie Turansky and Free Books!

 photo 51VUGgCXXL_SY344_BO1204203200__zps20dd133f.jpgWhat if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Brickmaker's Bride, by Judith Miller, is:

psalm103and138@ . . .

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

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

And now let's revisit novelist Carrie Turansky, author of The Daughter of Highland Hall (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014).

 photo DSC_0234_zps09058d18.jpegCarrie Turansky is the author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, and is the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. She has been the finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Carol Awards and Genesis Contest.

When she’s not writing she enjoys working in her flower gardens, arranging flowers for special events, collecting teacups, and cooking healthy meals for family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and author. They enjoy traveling for ministry, research, and to see their five adult children and four grandchildren.

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

-- I know how to string and flower lei and enjoyed doing some praise hula when we lived in Hawaii.

-- I spent one summer in Belgium as a short-term missionary, mostly cleaning a huge retreat center/Bible College, and I loved it.

-- When I grow up I want to be like Beatrix Potter, paint animals and garden scenes, write stories for children, live in the Lake District in England, and raise prize-winning sheep.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

 photo 51VUGgCXXL_SY344_BO1204203200__zps20dd133f.jpgBook two in the Edwardian Brides Series, The Daughter of Highland Hall, follows 18-year-old Kate Ramsey on a journey of faith and self-discovery as she travels to London to make her debut in society. Her overbearing aunt insists she secure a marriage proposal from a wealthy, titled man to gain a position and secure her future.

As Kate begins making the round of balls and garden parties, she attracts the attention of Edward Wellington, who seems to have all the qualifications she is looking for, yet, she’s not sure if he is the best choice. Will that lifestyle bring her true happiness?

When a shocking family scandal forces Kate out of the social spotlight, she has time to volunteer with medical student Jonathan Foster, the handsome and caring brother of her governess. Jonathan, a strong Christian, is determined to help the poor in London’s East End.

As her friendship with Jonathan deepens and her faith grows, Kate begins to envision a different kind of future, one that includes Jonathan. Is she ready to make the sacrifices that choice would require? If she does, what will her family and society think?

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

I think readers will enjoy getting to know Kate Ramsey. They will identify with her as she faces the challenges of trying to please her family and meet society’s expectations, while she’s seeking to understand her own desires and motivations concerning her future. Some of the challenges she faced in 1912 may be different than the ones we face today . . . but many are the same. We all want to find purpose and meaning in life, and I hope readers will reflect on their own choices and path in life as they enjoy the journey with Kate.

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

 photo 4104ed7c8d695e63419d8452ee8f08bc_zps5afb5a0b.jpgI would choose Doug Seibert to play Jonathan Foster




 photo fff1811e5810897055dcbc9afd3c01f5_zpsa4e0eeb9.jpgand Alex Ruby to play Kate Ramsey,




 photo 94fbb3068f392c25d0559f0c46c65ae5_zps5653573c.jpg although I originally found a photo from the early 1900s of actress, Lily Elise, and she was the inspiration for Kate.




What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

I’m doing research on World War One in England now, so I was very interested when I saw an article about a battered suitcase found in a university cupboard that belonged to a British WW1 nurse, Margaret Maule, including photographs, letters, and a diary. One of the letters was from a German prisoner of war who she cared for while her own brother died in battle.

I’d love to write a time-slip story of someone who finds this suitcase and then I’d weave that together with the WW1 nurse’s story. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Here’s a link to the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279716/Battered-suitcase-unlocks-story-World-War-One-nurse-cared-German-soldiers-brother-lay-dying-battlefield.html#ixzz3BM1T9QTT

That really does sound like an excellent story, Carrie. I'd love to read it!

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

I recently read Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. It’s a pure and proper romance set in the Regency era and is beautifully written. I highly recommend it.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing Book 3 in the Edwardian Series, A Refuge at Highland Hall. It follows the Ramsey family into World War One and brings all the characters from the first two books together at the Ramsey’ country estate. I’ve had a great time researching how the war impacted people on the home front and the story just rose up out of that research.

There’s a dashing pilot who is the main hero, and Kate’s younger sister Penny steps forward as the heroine. The downstairs staff have interactions with prisoners of war and all kinds of exciting things happen with them as well. That one comes out next year in October.

Where else can readers find you online?

I enjoy connecting with readers on my website and blog: carrieturansky.com
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter

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

Downton Abbey has been a great inspiration for my series. I’ve tried to capture that same emotional connection with the aristocratic family upstairs and the loyal servants below stairs. Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Why do you think this show is so popular?

Love that show!

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

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

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

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Missy Tippens and Free Books!

 photo TheGuyNextDoorMedres_zps6d091692.jpgA romantic microbiologist who wants to be swept off her feet falls for her high school best friend, a practical lawyer who’s got his eyes set on big city success.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Tide and Tempest, by Elizabeth Ludwig, is:

dkstevensne@ . . .

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

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

And now let's revisit novelist Missy Tippens, author of The Guy Next Door (Harlequin Love Inspired, October 2014).

 photo MissyTippens2013_zps4035e703.jpgBorn and raised in Kentucky, Missy Tippens has lived in Georgia for the last 25+ years. She is a pastor's wife and mom of three who has worked as a microbiologist, teacher and stay-at-home mom. During that time, she also pursued writing.

After more than ten years of working toward publication, Missy finally made her first sale of a novel in 2007. Her books have since been nominated for the Booksellers Best, ACFW Carol Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Maggie Award, Beacon Contest and a 2013 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A House Full of Hope was a Romance Writers of America 2013 RITA® Nominee. Her newest book from Love Inspired (October 2014) is The Guy Next Door.

She feels very blessed to be working at home in her dream job!

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

--I love singing in the church choir and playing hand bells.

--I spoil my grand-dog rotten.

--I love eggplant.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Guy Next Door.

 photo TheGuyNextDoorMedres_zps6d091692.jpgFrom Friend to…Fiancé?

Stalwart and steady, Darcy O'Malley has been by Luke Jordan's side since childhood. She has seen him through trials and tragedies, romances and breakups. They've been everything to each other—except boyfriend and girlfriend. Why ruin a good thing?

What Luke can't explain, however, is why suddenly Darcy's presence is making his heart beat so hard. Something has changed since he left Appleton, and it's making him uneasy. Is it possible his best friend is meant to be something more? Dare he risk their perfect friendship in the hopes of finding his perfect wife?

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

I think readers will be able to relate to my heroine, who’s experienced unrequited love for her best friend. In the past, she was considered a bookworm and overlooked. I think we all have felt invisible at times and can relate to someone who wants to be appreciated.

Oh, what an engaging character trait, Missy!

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

 photo images_zps74c7ba77.jpegThis question is tough! I’d have to say Dylan O’Brien (although he’s a little too young to play the part)




 photo images-1_zpse7a61b3e.jpegand Emma Stone (with her hair red).






What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

Today, my husband handed me an article in the newspaper’s Parade section that was a very touching story about Lucca, a K-9 hero who risked her life to save fourteen Marines. Of course, ideas for characters immediately started percolating!

Lovely idea!

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

I recently read It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren. I loved it because the characters were so unique and well drawn. They have stuck with me ever since I read the book.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in a new proposal for Love Inspired. And I’ve also recently completed a novella that will be part of an indie published box set I’m doing with writer friends from the Seekerville blog titled Hope for the Holidays. We’re doing both contemporary and historical volumes. It’s exciting to step into the world of hybrid publishing!

Where else can readers find you online?

www.judithmccoymiller.com
@MissyTippens on Twitter
Facebook

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

Are you the type who’ll read to relax at bedtime? Or are you the type who gets too caught up in a story and will read through the night before you know it?

Thanks, Missy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Missy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Missy's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Judy Miller and Free Books!

 photo BrickmakersBride_zpsd4ebabe5.jpgIn the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families are drawn together as they attempt to rebuild their lives and restore a brickmaking business that ties them together.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Becoming Bea, by Leslie Gould, is:

cfernstaedt@ . . .

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

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

And now let's revisit novelist Judy Miller, author of The Brickmaker’s Bride (Bethany House Publishers, October 2014).

 photo Miller0019art-214x300_zps4396a3da.jpgAlthough born and reared in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Judy moved to Kansas at the age of seventeen and has considered the sunflower state ‘home’ ever since. She currently lives in Topeka, and in her spare time enjoys reading, traveling, researching history, and Bible study.

Writing Christian fiction is Judy’s second career. For many years she worked as a legal assistant in law firms and later worked in government law offices. She has retired from legal work in order to write fulltime —a vocation she considers both a ministry and a blessing from the Lord.

Judy has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books since she began writing in 1996. Her love of history and her desire to point readers to the love and grace of Jesus are reflected in all of her books.

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

--I was born on January 29th which is Kansas Day, the state I’ve made my home for too many years to count.

--I keep Amazon in business purchasing non-fiction history books—and lots of fiction, too!

--At one time I thought I’d enjoy operating a catering business. Whatever was I thinking?

Yeah, that business is crazy busy, Judy!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Brickmaker's Bride.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

After they begin operation, Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

When Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

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

Ewan McKay is a Scots-Irishman who is kind and generous, a young man who believes in keeping his word and doing what is right. He loves the Lord and strives to find good in others. Ewan has a deep love of family and has no fear of commitment or hard work.

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

 photo images_zps71a9f7c0.jpegHugh Jackman




 photo images-1_zps63000ebe.jpegand Jennifer Lawrence.




What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

There is a trial where a father of two sons, who were pushing the family truck when it ran out of gas, were run over by a drunk driver. The father of the two boys is accused of shooting the drunk driver. Although the father denies shooting the drunk driver, he was charged and is standing trial. I can see so many opportunities to reveal God’s love and mercy throughout a story based on circumstances such as these.

Yes! I saw that story. You're right, Judy, that would make a compelling novel.

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

I love historical fiction so the last novel I read is Longbourn. I loved the rich details the author, Jo Baker, provides in her storytelling. This is not a CBA book so there are portions that might offend some readers.

What are you working on now?

I am finishing The Potter’s Lady, the second book in my Refined by Love series. This story will follow, Rose McKay, one of Ewan McKay’s sisters, as the family moves to Grafton, West Virginia.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.judithmccoymiller.com

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

There are a few novels I’ve read, that I will never forget—either because of the story, or the rich details. What is a work of fiction (or two) that you’ve read and will never forget?

Thanks, Judy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Judy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Judy's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Elizabeth Ludwig and Free Books!

 photo TideampTempest_zps7e0eb156.jpgTwo years ago, her fiancé perished during their voyage to America. Now she discovers it may have been murder...

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Snowflake Tiara, by Valerie Comer, is:

ecriggs1990@ . . .

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

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

And now let's revisit novelist Elizabeth Ludwig, author of Tide and Tempest (Bethany House Publishers, March 2014).

 photo Ludwig_zpsc614dd77.jpgElizabeth Ludwig is the award-winning author of No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, Books one and two in the Edge of Freedom series. Book three in the series, Tide and Tempest, was recently named a Top 10 Pick of 2014.

Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoys a wide readership. Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews.

Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.

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

-- I love playing with computers. In fact, my kids call me a computer geek wannabe! I’m not good enough with techie stuff to actually do anything fancy…just good enough to get in trouble.

-- I love to ski and I have a ridiculous number of dogs. Someday, I’ll write a book about my life and call it Downhill Dachshunds: Keeping up with the Pack.

-- And lastly, I’m a sports nut, so everyone knows…don’t bother me when the Steelers are playing. Go Pitt!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Tide and Tempest.

 photo TideampTempest_zps7e0eb156.jpgDreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiancé by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream—to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiancé’s demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her.

But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiancé.

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

To be honest, if everything had gone as I planned, this book would never have been written. You see, when I first proposed my idea to my publisher, I was only planning for a two book series. Later, I was asked if I could expand my idea. Of course I said yes, though at the time, I really wasn’t sure what the third book would be about.

It wasn’t until I finished the first book, No Safe Harbor, that inspiration struck. I realized that everyone I’ve ever met has carried some kind of wound—either pain from a broken relationship, or grief, sometimes even loss. When I sat down to write Tide and Tempest, I wanted to reach out to those who were hurting and offer some kind of hope. To do that, I had to reach into my own past, and touch on the pain and guilt I carried after the loss of my son. I think that’s why the character of Tillie resonated with me so deeply, and why I think her story will touch reader’s hearts. Her triumph over guilt and grief is an inspiration to us all.

I'm so sorry to hear that about your son, Elizabeth. I can't imagine the hurt of that loss. And I can see how your experience would strongly inform Tillie's character. God bless you for delving that deep into your personal pain in order to touch others. 

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

 photo images_zpsd698c188.jpegOne of the first things I do when I’m plotting a new novel is look for actors who fit my characters. It helps me to visualize them better and focus on the kinds of actions that are appropriate to them. For Keondric, I chose Antonio Cupo. He has that dark, brooding look that seemed to fit so well. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s drop dead gorgeous. ☺


 photo images-1_zpsd3baca75.jpegTillie McGrath was a little harder to pinpoint. I wanted someone small in stature, but with a feisty spirit that shone through her eyes and smile. I finally settled on Autumn Reeser. She had just the right amount of beauty and vulnerability that made her perfect for this part.


What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

I write suspense, so I’m always looking for stories that get the heart pumping. I saw an article recently about Facebook Messenger, and how some people are very leery about downloading the app because of the access to information it gives to Facebook administrators. For example, through the app, Facebook would have access to all of your contacts, your browsing history, even your camera and recording devices. They could literally watch you and record your actions through your phone!! Boy, did that get me thinking. I immediately started visualizing a contemporary conspiracy theory type novel, with all sorts of techie-type feats. LOL!

Excellent (and creepy) idea. 

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

I just recently finished Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry. This is book two in the The Carthage Chronicles. The first one had me weeping and cheering right along with the main characters, Lisbeth and Cyprian. This one was no different. The characters’ struggle to forge a life from the ashes of Carthage’s diseased city made my heart pound, and as the peril facing them ratcheted, so did my pulse rate.

Adding to the story’s overall appeal is Gentry’s enviable talent for wordsmithing. She truly is a genius. Finally, weave in unfathomable sorrow with passionate hope and Return to Exile makes for an incredibably entertaining read.

What are you working on now?

I am so excited to be releasing a Christmas collection this coming September. It’s called Christmas Comes to Bethlehem, Maine (Barbour Publishing, 2014). It’s about a small town in Maine that hosts a live nativity every year. My novella, “One Holy Night,” is about a young veterinarian struggling to come to grips with her sister’s betrayal. The other stories in the collection are “The Christmas Gift,” by Virginia Vaughn, “A Christmas Promise,” by Sandra Robbins, and “The Last Angel Song,” by Lorraine Beatty.

This is my second anthology with Barbour Publishing. The first, Christmas Homecoming, released in 2009, so there’s been some time between collections. Still, I learned so much about tight writing with that first novella, and I was anxious to see if I could do it again.

That’s the thing about writing. I never stop learning. Every manuscript has been different, and each one has taught me something about the craft. If I could give advice to anyone just starting out, it would be to accept the fact that from now on, learning will be a lifelong process.

You're so right, and thanks for that advice.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love connecting with my readers. I wish I could visit with every single one—find out where they are in life, and what hope or encouragement (if any) they drew from reading my books. Stop by and visit with me! I post information on upcoming releases on my website at www.elizabethludwig.com.

Or check out my blog at www.theborrowedbook.blogspot.com. We do author interviews, weekly devotionals, and book giveaways. We also post book reviews and list upcoming releases from many of your favorite Christians authors. In other words, there’s something for everyone!

Lastly, if you just want to see what I’m up to, search for me on Facebook. I would love to visit with you.


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

I’ve received many reviews over the years, both good and bad. I’ve accepted that I can’t please everyone, but every once in a while, the wording in a review will make my blood boil, especially if it’s not the quality of my writing that earns the negative rating, but the Christian content. How you feel about reviews? Do you read them? Have you written one, and if you absolutely hated a book, would you post a bad review?

Thanks, Elizabeth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Elizabeth's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Leslie Gould and Free Books!

 photo BecomingBea_zps7ee607b5.jpgBeatrice Zook knows God wants her to get along with others, but one person she'll never be able to find peace with is Ben Rupp—even though others are longing for the two to turn their rivalry into romance.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Eleven Pipers Piping, by Angela Breidenbach, is:

patterly@ . . .

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

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

And now let's meet novelist Leslie Gould, author of Becoming Bea (Bethany House, October 2014).

 photo LeslieGouldprophoto51_zps1e4eb603.jpgLeslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of 19 novels. She’s also been awarded the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Inspirational Novel (2006) and the RWA, FHL Chapter, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award (2013).

She and her husband, Peter, live in Portland, Oregon and are the revolving-door parents of four children and the owners of three cats. Leslie enjoys traveling, researching Church history, and watching soccer matches.

In 2013 the Oregon Christian Writers’ awarded Leslie the debut Trailblazer Achievement Award, an honor she holds most dear.

Please tell us three random things about you.

--I’m a Shakespeare fan— Becoming Bea, the fourth in the Courtships of Lancaster County series, is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing.

--The other novels in the stories are also inspired by Shakespeare’s plays—Courting Cate by The Taming of the Shrew, Adoring Addie by Romeo and Juliet, and Minding Molly by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

--Researching the Amish has led me to also to researching the Mennonites, Huguenots, Quakers, and even the Shakers. Church history is fascinating!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Becoming Bea.

 photo BecomingBea_zps7ee607b5.jpgBea and Ben have known each other since their days attending the nearby one-room school, and he understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither Bea nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits.

When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, sparks fly—and then ignite—but not in the way their friends hoped for. Mistaken identity, betrayal, and deception all work against the couple and threaten to tear them apart forever.

Can Bea and Ben ever find true love? Or is their relationship damaged beyond repair?

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

Bea is a feisty loner who finally learns the value of community—only to be falsely accused and have all she’s finally come to love yanked out from under her.

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

 photo Unknown_zps03f71a1e.jpegAmy Acker, who starred as Beatrice in Josh Whedon’s 2012 version of Much Ado About Nothing. She’s feisty and self-deprecating, but in a dignified sort of way.

What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

The Amish are taught to “turn the other cheek” and don’t sue others, but in an unusual case in Indiana an Amish couple are pursuing a lawsuit against a trucking company. A driver with the company caused an accident that killed the Amish couple’s seven-month-old son and injured the mother and two daughters. The trucking company has refused to pay any damages, and it’s unclear how the leadership in their Amish community has reacted to them pursuing the lawsuit.

There’s lots of potential conflict in the story as far as both the Amish community and the larger world, plus a chance for redemption for the trucking company, a chance for healing for the family, and justice for the baby who was killed.

Excellent choice. I'm intrigued!

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

I just finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s an epic novel set before and during WW II about a blind Parisian girl and a German boy who is an electrical prodigy. It’s also a lyrical novel with lots and lots of layers. As a writer, the sensory details from the blind character, alone, made it worth the read. As a reader, there are probably at least a hundred reasons to recommend it—the setting, the empathetic characters, the history woven through it, the plot, the structure, the science, the light, the love, the realism, the metaphors, the rich details, etc. I’ll definitely read it again someday.

What are you working on now?

Amish Promises, the first in my Neighbors of Lancaster County series. It’s about an Amish family and a military family who live side-by-side.

Where else can readers find you online?

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