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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, October 14, 2019

Kathy McKinsey and Free Books!

Millie, an orange kitten, believes her best friend Ruthie when she says Millie will love Christmas, but why does Millie keep finding Ruthie and her big brother Jake crying?

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Veronica Heley's gentle crime novel, Murder for Good, is:

myersalicem@...

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 meet novelist Kathy McKinsey, author of the children’s book, Millie’s Christmas (Mantle Rock Publishing, October 2019).

Kathy McKinsey grew up on a pig farm in Missouri, and although she’s lived in cities for nearly 40 years, she still considers herself a farm girl. She’s been married to Murray for 32 years, and they have five adult children.

She’s had two careers before writing—stay-at-home-Mom and rehabilitation teacher for the blind.

Kathy lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two of her children. Besides writing, she enjoys activities with her church, editing for other writers, braille transcribing, crocheting, knitting, and playing with the cat and dog.

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

My two favorite vegetables are coffee and cocoa beans.

A veggie lover after my own heart.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Millie's Christmas.

Millie, an orange kitten, shares about her first Christmas. Her best friend Ruthie, six years old, teaches Millie about Christmas—food, decorations, music, presents, and Jesus!

Millie’s friend Bruce, the family dog, also helps her celebrate Christmas, and sometimes gets her in trouble.

When Ruthie’s big brother Jake breaks his ankle, Millie learns about sad things, like divorce, when Jake can’t visit his mommy for Christmas. Millie watches Ruthie’s family love each other through the sadness, and find joy in Christmas.

That sounds like a gentle way to broach delicate subjects with children. 

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

Truly, Millie is a fun, cute kitten. But I believe readers will grow to love all the members of this family.

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?

Jesus’s love and truth remain solid through sad times.

We all need reminding of that, over and over, I think.

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

I am in the middle of re-reading the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson. These are fascinating and comforting stories, about family, faith, romance, and mystery.

I have yet to read any of them, but I remember my best friend raving about them years ago. So many excellent books and so little time!

What are you working on now?

I normally write women’s fiction. Currently I am working on a story which takes place on a farm. A woman returns home after twelve years of separation and finds love and encouragement from her family.

We'll have to have you back to feature one of your women's fiction novels, Kathy!

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kathymckinsey.com
Facebook
Twitter
All My Tears ebook

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

Tell me one of your favorite Christmas stories and why you love it.

Thank you, Kathy, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Kathy 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.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

Ellie investigates when her retired minister husband receives not one but five bequests from people, some of whom he didn’t know at all . . . which leads her into danger.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of DiAnn Mills' romantic suspense novel, Fatal Strike, is:

rochelle017@...

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 talk with novelist Veronica Heley, author of the gentle crime novel, Murder for Good (Severn House Publishers, August 2019 UK, October USA).

Veronica Heley celebrated the publication of her 83rd book in August, having been in the business for over 40 years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series set in different areas of London and some short stories for the Methodist Recorder. She has also written children’s and resource books, a biography, and some historical fiction, along with many articles and reviews.

Veronica is involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends, and does the garden when she has time.

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

My favourite holiday place is the beautiful city of Bruges in Belgium, where I can spend time with friends, buy well-made clothes, and stock up on the best chocolate in the world.

That looks like such a charming city.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Murder for Good.

Ellie’s husband Thomas, a retired minister, is perturbed when he receives not one but five letters advising him that he has been left money by different people in their wills. He barely knew three of his benefactors and what could possibly connect him to the other strangers?

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

Ellie is a widow who was always put down by her first husband and scheming, ambitious daughter. She has inherited money, which she has learned to administer through a trust, but she has never learned to drive a car. Now happily remarried, she likes people and is good with them, though not easily taken in by liars. A spot of gentle humour helps her through the day.

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?

That by keeping in touch with God you can tackle the difficult problems that life throws at you – and even manage a smile.

So true. I remember a friend of mine who handled a very intense conversation with a supervisor once, and afterward she mentioned feeling God's calming presence and guidance through the entire experience. She said she was so used to constantly listening for God's guidance that she didn't even have to work at it anymore--it had become a part of her every-day behavior. Keeping in touch with God makes more sense than so many other uses of our time and energy.

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

A Man Called Ove, by a Swedish writer called Fredrik Backman. A curmudgeonly old man, at odds with everyone around him, tries unavailingly to commit suicide when his wife dies . . . and is rescued by the community and a stray cat who need him to help them. I laughed and I cried. It’s a wonderful book.

That's absolutely one of my favorite books. I recommend it all the time, too.

What are you working on now?

I have am working on another Bea Abbot story, called False Conclusion. Bea’s fourteen-year old ward Bernice is brought back from boarding school by the elegant, acid-tongued April Trescott, whose niece has been rooming with Bernice. The niece is a monosyllabic Fatso and Bernice can’t wait to get rid of her . . . only the girl is then dumped on Bea in the wake of a Trescott family tragedy.

It turns out Evelina Trescott is in deep trouble. She embroils Bea and Bernice in a spider’s web of lies in which it is not clear whether she is the spider or the fly. And Bea’s long-divorced ex-husband arrives to help – or perhaps to hinder? – Bea’s attempts to find out the horrifying truth.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is at www.veronicaheley.co. I send out a monthly newsletter with lots of news and views on it. A shortened version of this is later posted as a blog on my website, blog.veronicaheley.com Both can be accessed through the home page of my website, and if you would like to hear a sample from one of my audio books, you can also access that through the website.

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

Most of my readers like the fact that Ellie Quicke is now happily remarried. Now my other heroine, Bea Abbot, has had various men showing an interest in her over the years but has always drawn back from commitment. Now her ex-husband wants her to think about it seriously. I think this marriage will work second time round but I’m aware that some of my readers may have reservations about this. What do you think?

Thanks, Veronica, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Veronica 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: 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

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

99-Cent Christmas Novella Sale Through Christmas Day!

Looking to get in the Christmas mood early this year? Looking for Christmas books to gift to others? From now through Christmas, these novellas from Winged Publications are on sale for 99 cents each, and the collection sets (at the bottom of the list) are $2.99 each! Take a look at the available books.

So many decisions! At the stroke of midnight, a shocking turn of events sets Maddie on a path that holds at least as many questions for her as it does answers. AMAZON









Can Christmas Eve lend a wandering writer a real reason to put down roots? Only if true love can be garden grown and traced to a banquet of the heart. AMAZON









Can Christmas Eve lend a wandering writer a real reason to put down roots? Only if true love can be garden grown and traced to a banquet of the heart. AMAZON









Ben and Suzette grow closer as they realize how much they have in common. And, somewhere in St. Joseph, there’s a murderer who isn’t finished. AMAZON









As they search for answers to end the horror, Jess learns who she can and cannot trust, but it may be too late when she finds her own life in danger. AMAZON 










As their relationship grows, Witt realizes that he and Addy share something more, the worst day in each of their lives—one that goes far beyond the betrayal of daily white lies. AMAZON









What she doesn’t bargain for is the handsome livery-stable owner, who understands the true meaning of family and Christmas. Will love conquer lavish? AMAZON 









Before long, her heart strings are so drawn by his melodious ballads, she's compelled to discover what lies behind such sweet, sorrowfully beautiful music. AMAZON 









She’s determined to see these missives published—even if it means battling with Marcus Taggert, the handsome guardian of her grandfather’s estate. How far will Christmas go to put things right? AMAZON 









When Thanksgiving arrives, Pastor David Allen looks over his faithful congregation in despair. How can families with holes in their shoes and no food to put on the table be thankful during the holiday season? But David has no idea how God will use him to give hope to those in the Hollow and beyond. AMAZON 







After gazing into the little snow-globe she purchased from Hardwicke's Drugs and Gifts, she finds herself transported to another time—her grandmother's era. Perhaps go to Birmingham to see the Christmas lights in his brand-new orange and white '53 Pontiac Pathfinder. Can love span the fifty-year gap standing between them? AMAZON 







Garry has only until Christmas to win back her trust or lose her love forever. Will she listen or keep her heart a closed door? AMAZON 










With Christmas just days away, will Hannah and Mason unravel the secrets from their joined past and find the love they’ve both been searching for? Or will their dangerous history take away their chance at happiness…along with their lives? AMAZON








These two contemporary Christian romance novellas, Silver Bells and Mistletoe and Holly, bring hope for love and happiness during the Christmas holiday season. AMAZON









Is this a murder for hire, a revenge killing, or a political assassination? Is the man with no memory a drug dealer, an FBI agent, or a billionaire? Can Misty solve the mystery before they both end up in the morgue? AMAZON









Will Harbor find the Christmas Angel and reveal his true identity and will she and Drake be able to civilize the town, each in their own ways and together. AMAZON 









After she convinces Cole that she’s not a mistletoe poacher, he surprises her with an offer. Give him a copy of her detailed orchard map and he’ll help her decorate Main Street. AMAZON 









Seeking Isabella’s help unlocks a greater fairy-tale than either Mitch or Isabella can dream up. Secrets, laughter and ‘happily-ever-after’ abound in this novella of a Fairytale Christmas. AMAZON









She falls in love with Snow Globe, Montana. Right after arriving to the small town, she comes face to face with her 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? AMAZON








Joy Carlstrom had just received an answer to her prayer, a miracle in the form of a young cowboy. AMAZON 










Jack would do anything to help his beautiful friend, even teach her how to catch a man. Between secret pen pals, match-making grandparents and passionate kisses, they can’t help but wonder if they’re been caught in their own trap! AMAZON








When Jack hears Bette singing The Little Drummer Boy in the church nursery, he knows he’s found the singer his band needs. Convincing her to join them is only the beginning. When success comes, Bette has to decide whether to leave the known behind to follow the man she loves. AMAZON 








When Justin learns about Lily’s presence, their cat-and-mouse game begins, and the holidays take on a whole new meaning. AMAZON 










Amid snowball fights, snowmen, and snow angels, Josie's life changes when she falls in love with the little girl, but Ellie wants a mommy. Even though Chris is a great guy with wonderful attributes, Josie has absolutely no plans to marry, or can this four-year-old change Josie's plans? AMAZON









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Monday, September 30, 2019

DiAnn Mills and Free Books!

Two FBI agents seek a twenty-two-year-old male suspected of murdering a judge by injecting a deadly dose of rattlesnake venom, but a distraught mother and a priest lead the agents to uncover the workings of a plot designed to destroy thousands of people.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Melanie Dobson's time-slip novel, Memories of Glass, is:

mindyhoung@...

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 talk with novelist DiAnn Mills, author of the romantic suspense novel, Fatal Strike (Tyndale, September 2019).

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion for helping other writers be successful.

DiAnn speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

My goodness, what a resume you have, DiAnn! 

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

I’m a very picky eater, mostly vegetarian.

Ah, to be a picky eater. I wouldn't mind liking a little less food.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Fatal Strike.

There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.

As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.

That's an exciting and intense premise, especially when coupled with your one-sentence summary at the top of the post. And I love the cover, by the way.

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

FBI Special Agent Leah Riesel has dedicated her life to keeping people safe. She’s a sniper with FBI SWAT and a private person. Her estranged family lives in New York City, and she desperately wants a relationship with them.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

Joel Rosenberg. He creates stories that allow me to experience characters who walk through life with purpose, meaning, and sacrifice. Every Joel Rosenberg book is a lesson in master craftsmanship and causes me to lose time and space during his exciting stories.

I've mentioned this in the past, but maybe not here. Years ago I attended the same church as Joel and his wife and kids in the Washington, DC area. This was shortly before he published his first novel, The Last Jihad, and he and his wife were in the Young Marrieds Bible study class with us. He was a humble man, and I had no idea he was so gifted and insightful. You just never know.      

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

Run Away by Harlan Coben is about a man desperate to find his runaway daughter. Throughout the story, the reader feels the father’s unconditional love. His search in unsavory places proves he will not give up until he finds her.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a romantic suspense titled Airborne. An FBI agent boards a plane for Salzburg, Austria for a much-needed vacation and to make decisions about her future. Her husband has asked for a divorce, and he doesn’t know she’s pregnant. Two hours into the flight, several people on board begin showing symptoms of a deadly virus.

We'll definitely have to watch for that release, DiAnn!

Where else can readers find you online?

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
LinkedIn
BookBub
Pinterest
Goodreads
YouTube

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

What traits make a story unforgettable for you and moves you to see what other books that author has written?

Great question. Thank you, DiAnn, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, DiAnn 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.

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: 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, September 23, 2019

Melanie Dobson and Free Books!

Inspired by an incredible rescue in Amsterdam during World War II, Memories of Glass shines light on Holland’s darkest history and her bravest heroes.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of my romantic-comedy novel set, Love at Millicent's Tea Shop, is:

quilting-lady@...

Congratulations! I'll get your book set 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 Melanie Dobson, author of the time-slip novel (with stories from both the present and past), Memories of Glass (Tyndale House Publishers, September 2019).

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. The award-winning author of almost twenty books, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical novels including Memories of Glass, Hidden Among the Stars, and Catching the Wind.

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

I love old cemeteries! My poor husband isn’t quite as enamored by this passion-of-mine, but I could spend hours upon hours reading epitaphs and wondering at the stories.

I so agree! I imagine as a historical fiction writer, you get a lot of story inspiration from the little information provided on the epitaphs.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Memories of Glass.

Memories of Glass is a time-slip novel inspired by the Dutch men and women during World War II who rescued more than six hundred Jewish children from a deportation center in Amsterdam.

Almost eighty years later, Ava Drake, the director of the prestigious Kingston Foundation, begins to uncover the devastating story about her family’s role in financing Hitler. As she and a child advocate named Landon West dig into the past, Ava discovers that her story is intertwined with the West family and an elderly Dutch woman who has spent a lifetime remembering a boy who was lost during the war. A boy she never expected to find.

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

Josie van Rees is a student in Amsterdam who delivers letters for the Dutch resistance. She wants to rescue the Jewish children being deported by their Nazi occupiers, but it seems impossible for her to help.

In the contemporary story, Ava Drake begins to research her great-grandfather’s work as an investor during World War II, but her entire family, it seems, is determined to stop her from finding the truth.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

Kate Morton is a master of the time-slip genre. I love how she weaves together a story with lyrical prose and a mystery that spans generations

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

I just finished the stunning time-slip novel by Amanda Dykes called Whose Waves These Are. This story takes readers on a journey to an island in Maine with characters that will—well, read the reviews and then the book. It’s one of those beautiful stories that’s impossible to summarize in a few words.

I don't think I realized how prevalent the time-slip genre was. I've loved every novel I've read in that style so far. They've always made history feel more relevant to what's happening in the contemporary world.

What are you working on now?

I just returned from a trip to Germany, researching for my next novel. This new story is about the Nazi quest to find their Aryan roots and a female archeologist in the 1940s who has to make some terrifying choices to survive. It’s also a story about a woman years later trying to out what happened to her family.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love connecting with my readers! The best places to find me are on my website: www.melaniedobson.com, on Facebook, and at @MelBDobson on Twitter

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

A friend and I recently launched the new website timeslipfiction.com. Do you have a favorite time-slip (also known as split-time) novel?

Thank you, Melanie, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Melanie 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.

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: 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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