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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, November 24, 2014

Cindy Loven and Free Books!

 photo CoverofSweptAway_zps0326348f.jpgSara Jane has no interest in falling in love with nor even tolerating Andrew, but Grandma Sari has other plans.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Christmas Gift, by Kathi Macias, is:

rackylemaire@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing addresses, and we'll get your books 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 chat with novelist Cindy Loven, co-author (with Laura Hilton) of Swept Away, Quilts of Love Series (Abingdon Press, November 2014.

 photo 222742_6741240915_6424_n_zpsab5317a6.jpgCindy Loven, an avid reader all her life, is seeing her dreams fulfilled, with the publication of her first novel, Swept Away, Quilts of Love. She co-authored this novel with Laura V. Hilton.

Born and raised in Arkansas, Cindy loves her home state and is happy to live there with her husband of nearly twenty-nine years and her adult son. She and her family are very active in their local church, serving in many volunteer positions.

Her family is very serious about informing parents about the dangers of the choking game, after loosing their youngest son to this dreadful 'game' in 2009.

When not busy with church or her job as a “pr gal” for another author, you can find Cindy in her craft room, sewing, crocheting or making cards.

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

--I have traveled and lived in 7 states, I have moved over 30 times in my married life. And no, we are NOT on the lam, LOL. We traveled for my husband's work.

– I come from a long line of preachers, my husband is a minister, my daddy, my grandfather and I have 5 uncles and several cousins who are all pastors/ministers.

--I hated English classes in high school, I loved science.

Interesting that you became a writer, then, Cindy! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Swept Away.

 photo CoverofSweptAway_zps0326348f.jpgSara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her grandmother who doesn’t want to be cared for. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter. It doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

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

He is a very deep and caring young man, suffering greatly from the loss of his sister, he is afraid to love anyone, even himself.

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

 photo Unknown_zps07d715a8.jpegJosh Duhamel






 photo Unknown-1_zpsf68e3831.jpegand Megan Fox.




How much prep work do you usually do before you actually start writing your books?

This book was co-authored, and I was the muse, so I did lots of research about the area of our setting, and about quilts. I love quilts and quilting, so the Appalachian tradition of ballad quilts grabbed my attention. For my children's stories it is a bit different. Usually I come up with an idea, then start playing around with plots etc. Sometimes though I just develop a character and start writing and see what happens.

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

This is always a hard question for me, I read lots of books, and I usually like all of them and recommend them. I have favorites of course. The last one I read that I would recommend is Found by Shelley Shepherd Gray, this book is from 2012 and it is a book I read that I didn't have to review. I enjoy mysteries and this was a good one. I always recommend good clean books to my friends, because sometimes they just are hard to find.

What are you working on now?

I am finishing up a children's story about a turtle named Trevor, I am actually in the final stages of this story, editing and working with an artist on the illustrations. And at this time when I am filling out the interview, I am also planning and thinking about NaNoWriMo for November.

Ah, so now that November is nearly over, you'll have to tell us in the comments section about how you did! 

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
Twitter handle: @cndloven
Blog
Pinterest
Amazon Page

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

What would or what will you do to help keep good Christian fiction books available in public libraries?

Thanks, Cindy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cindy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cindy'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 Tamera Kraft, 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, November 20, 2014

Tamera Kraft and Free Books!

 photo AChristmasPromise_med_zpsdc65d1eb.jpgShe holds onto her husband's promise to return home by Christmas, but this is a promise he might not be able to keep.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Bachelor, by Stephanie Reed, is:

tumcsec@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing addresses, and we'll get your books 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 chat with novelist Tamera Kraft, author of the e-book A Christmas Promise (Pelican Book Group, December 2013).

 photo Web1_zpse95d87bd.jpg Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.

Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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

-- I took dance lessons for 20 years. I wanted to be a Rockette.

-- I am a classic movie buff.

-- I have a rare allergy to foods that are high in folic acid (healthy foods).

Wow, that's a tough allergy, Tamera! 

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

A Moravian Holiday Story, Circa 1773.

During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.

When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.

Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.

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

Anna Brunner loves God and loves her family. Even though she’s having a hard time with anxiety since moving to Schoenbrunn Village in the wilderness of Ohio, her fierce loyalty to her family never wavers.

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

 photo Unknown_zpscaa65dc7.jpegThat’s an interesting question. If I could do any time period, it would be Janet Leigh




 photo images_zps6662b953.jpegand Jimmy Stewart.





 photo images-1_zps71352f43.jpegBut I suppose they aren’t available, so I’d choose Jennifer Anniston



 photo Unknown-1_zps55ab6a81.jpegand Tom Cruise.

Hey, we're dreaming about our ideal movies, so Janet and Jimmy would be just fine!

How much prep work do you usually do before you actually start writing your books?

When I started writing, I was a panster. As I understood plot and characterization more, I started outlining my major characters motivations and my main plot points. I still don’t do a major outline because I need the freedom to let the story flow. I guess instead of a panster or a plotter, you’d call me a tweener.

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

I just read an advance copy of Carole Brown’s With Music In Their Hearts that I highly recommend. It’s a World War II spy story about a civilian spy. It kept me on the edge of my seat and had enough historical detail to keep me in the time period.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a novella called Resurrection of Hope about a couple who get married right after World War I and have tons of problems including a tornado that sweeps through their town.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: tameralynnkraft.net
Word Sharpeners Blog: tameralynnkraft.com
Facebook
Twitter: @tamerakraft

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

What time period do you prefer to read about?

Thanks, Tamera, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Tamera has offered to give a copy of her e-book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Tamera'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 Kathi Macias, 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, November 17, 2014

Kathi Macias and Free Books!

 photo AChristmasGift_N144122_zps89930338.jpgCan a simple man and his faith be enough for her to stay?

Today we're revisiting with novelist Kathi Macias, author of A Christmas Gift (New Hope Publishers, October 2014).

 photo Unknown_zps8cd8adec.jpegKathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 50 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs.

Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net.

She has recently taken the position of Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Elk Lake Publishing.

Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

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

--I have 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grands.

--One of my first jobs (while in high school) was as a lifeguard.

--My aunt took me to Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes and The King and I when I was eight; as a result I wanted to be a Rockette when I grew up (needless to say, that did NOT happen).

I still haven't gotten over the comment about your being a great grandmother, Kathi! You must have started your family at a very young age.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Christmas Gift.

 photo AChristmasGift_N144122_zps89930338.jpgChiapas, Mexico, had proven to be the distraction and escape Julie needed. As a teacher, she had longed to travel and instruct abroad. Now, she was teaching and falling in love with her students in this remote corner of the world where strangers were not welcome—and, in fact, could be in real danger.

But what she didn't expect happened in the short days leading up to Christmas. She didn’t know that her freedom would depend on Ramon, the local pastor, nor did she anticipate the emotions this man of God would stir deep in her spirit. This Christmas Eve service would be unlike any other she had ever experienced.

Would this simple man and his faith be enough to cause her to stay when she had every reason to leave?

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

She is struggling to move past her mourning of her husband’s death and to find a reason to live and love and laugh once again.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zpsb55ad7b7.jpegJulia Roberts would be perfect for Julie in the book.



How much prep work do you usually do before you actually start writing your books?

Just enough to set the stage, which often includes foreign locations, languages, and cultures. Getting that nailed is the primary challenge, not only as I prepare to write but as I continue through the book.

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

Burning Sky by Lori Benton. Captivating story! I absolutely did NOT want it to end, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I can see why it won several Christy Awards.

What are you working on now?

In addition to working on various projects as Senior VP of Acquisitions at Elk Lake Publishing, I am preparing to start writing my 2015 Christmas novel, which will deal with the issues of PTSD (in a returning vet) and Attachment Disorder (in a young child).

Where else can readers find you online?

In addition to my website (www.kathimacias.com), I am on Facebook (Kathi Macias—personal page; Kathi Macias Author); Twitter (@alandkathi); and Pinterest (Kathi Macias).

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

What is your greatest ministry passion? Mine include persecuted Christians around the world and those caught in human trafficking. What about you? I would love to know, as those ministry passions just might become the focus of one or more of my future novels.

Thanks, Kathi, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathi'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 Stephanie Reed, 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, November 13, 2014

Stephanie Reed and Free Books!

 photo BachelorCoverStephanieReed_zps921e9e95.jpgA young Amish woman believes balancing relationships between a draft-dodging hippie and the Amish man she’s always loved is difficult until she loses someone forever.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Hawk, by Ronie Kendig, is:

myersalicem@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Veiled at Midnight, by Christine Lindsay, is:

rdewey17@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing addresses, and we'll get your books 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 Stephanie Reed, author of The Bachelor (Kregel Publications, October 2014).

 photo AuthorPhotoStephanieReed_zps85318ad3.jpgStephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio, as for her previous books, Across the Wide River, The Light Across the River, and The Bargain.

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

--I wear hearing aids in both ears.

--I worked in a public library for several years.

--I love doughnuts.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Bachelor.

 photo BachelorCoverStephanieReed_zps921e9e95.jpgBetsie Troyer is back home in her Amish community where she knows she belongs. Free from the confusing Englisher way of life, Betsie and Charley Yoder have made promises to each other, and her life is back on track—until she agrees to do a favor for the Englisher family she used to board with.

Now the outside world is again threatening her peace and the man she thought she put behind her is back in her life. She will eventually have to make a decision: does she love Charley or Michael . . . or is she craving a deeper love that only God can give?

Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1970s, The Bachelor is the compelling sequel to The Bargain in the Plain City Peace series.

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

Betsie is doing her best to keep what’s left of her family together while waiting for her parents to return. She’s steadfast and true.

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

 photo images_zps48433d2d.jpegI’m not much of a movie person, so I’d cast from TV stars. For Betsie Troyer, a toned-down Eden Sher from The Middle;




 photo Unknown_zps61ff4a92.jpegfor Charley Yoder, Parker Young from Suburgatory;




 photo Unknown-1_zps66ba27b4.jpegand for Michael Sullivan, Jonathan Jackson from Nashville.

How much prep work do you usually do before you actually start writing your books?

It’s all in my head until I start writing. I jot down notes so I won’t forget. Photos of the setting, Plain City, are helpful, too.

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

A Surprise for Lily, by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. I finished Book 4 of the Lily books last night. Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish but left. She wrote these stories to share her childhood memories of her family with her own children. Reminiscent of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, but with Kinsinger’s voice and personal stamp. Irresistible.

How cool that she's writing from such a place of experience.

What are you working on now?

Book Three of Plain City Peace, The Bride. An Amish girl chooses between the handsome Amish farmer she's always loved and the English hippie with a heart of gold.

I really like that your series is set during the 1970's. That isn't what I would typically consider for Amish stories, and the uniqueness of the time frame is compelling.

Where else can readers find you online?

The best places are Stephanie Reed Books, Twitter, and GoodReads.

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

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

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

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

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

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christine Lindsay and Free Books!

 photo veiled_at_midnight_zpse576339e.jpgThe British empire draws to an end, and Captain Cam Fraser has never been able to put the beautiful Dassah from his mind, ever since they played together at the mission as children, but a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Watercolor Dreams, by Sherry Kyle, is:

kalea_kane@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of A Holiday Proposal, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

mo1202007@ . . .

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 Christine Lindsay, author of Veiled at Midnight (WhiteFire Publishing, October 2014).

 photo ChristineLindsayAuthorpic_zps04c8b231.jpgChristine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that infamous ship.

Stories of Christine’s ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight. The last book in that series Veiled at Midnight released October 2014.

Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance set in Northern Ireland.

Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.

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

-- I am a tea-a-holic, drink several pots a day.

-- I adore cats and dogs, and have two of each.

-- I think Queen Elizabeth is a wonderful British monarch.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Veiled at Midnight.

 photo veiled_at_midnight_zpse576339e.jpgAs the British rule of India ends in 1947, millions take to the road. Families are separated and rioting breaks out like wildfire. Caught in this turbulence are Captain Cam Fraser and his sister Miriam.

As Cam takes up his prestigious post as Aide de camp to Lord Louis Mountbatten the last viceroy of India, Cam despairs he will never find Dassah, the beautiful Indian woman he loves, and who British society will never allow him to marry.

Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soul mate or a distraction from what really impassions her heart?

And Dassah, an orphan raised in the mission, who for a short while believed Cam loved her and now believes he only used her, must run and separate herself from the man who holds her heart.

Set against the turbulent 1947 Partition of India, three grown children of Colonial India must find their true home, where they will never again be separated from love.

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

As with my other books there is usually more than one lead character. In Veiled at Midnight there are three—Cam Fraser who struggles with the fact that he may be more like his natural father who was an alcoholic and not like his stepfather. I’m hoping readers from dysfunctional families like mine will care about Cam, because so often we want to break the bonds of our natural tendencies.

Cam’s sister Miriam has the interesting combination of movie-star looks and an academic brain. I’m hoping readers will relate to her desire to be a really caring Christian and not one who only quotes from the good book.

Dassah is my beautiful Indian character, a grownup orphan who longs to be the proper wife of the Englishman she loves, but who also wants to be true to her Indian heritage and to the Christian savior she learned about as a child in the mission.

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

 photo images_zpsb30f3430.jpegI actually mention Carole Lombard in my book as the moviestar whom Miriam looks like.




 photo 0cf99cfc78_zps1ad75bf5.jpgDassah could be played by Navi Rawat the beautiful Indian student on the hit TV show Numbers from a few years ago.




 photo Channing-Tatum-body-820x420_zpsefdcb07a.jpgCam would be played by Channing Tatum.




How much prep work do you usually do before you actually start writing your books?

Much of the prep work for this third book the series was already done with the first book Shadowed in Silk. Finishing up a three-book series allowed me to really get into that world. However, there is always the need for fresh research, and the Veiled at Midnight that was a lot of fun researching the last viceroy of India, Lord Louis Mountbatten, cousin to Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George.

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

I highly recommend The Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer, a Carol nominee. Even though I write historical fiction and romance, I love this Women’s Fiction novel.

What are you working on now?

I will soon start writing the non-fiction book on my experience as a birthmother, a woman who relinquishes her child to adoption, and what I learned about God through our painful reunion 20 years later.

Where else can readers find you online?

Connect with me at my website www.christinelindsay.com or follow me on Twitter and be my friend on Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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

If you knew that a book with an unfamiliar setting was really good, would you read it? If not…why?

Thanks, Christine, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Christine has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Christine'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 Ronie Kendig, 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.
 

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