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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, May 25, 2015

Robin Lee Hatcher and Free Books!

 photo 44-Whenever You Come Around_zpsdfah4vjl.jpgCharity Anderson is forced by circumstances to return to her hometown, and she is about to learn the truth of the adage, "You are only as sick as your secrets." Buck Malone may just be the man to help her heal from those old hurts.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Second Chance Hero, by Winnie Griggs, is:

heidivargas@ . . .

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 with novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Whenever You Come Around (HarperCollins Christian Publishing, May 2015).

 photo Hatcher 2014_zpskkesxlfb.jpgBest-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both RWA and ACFW, Robin has authored over 70 books.

She and her husband make their home in Idaho where she enjoys spending time with her family, her high-maintenance Papillon, Poppet, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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

-- My dad died when I was an infant, but if he'd lived, I probably would have been raised on his sheep ranch in the mountains of Idaho rather than in the city.

-- I used to paint a lot, using acrylics and India ink.

-- I like to knit in the winter, but once the weather gets warm, I put away the yarn.

You certainly have tapped into several different creative processes, Robin! How lovely to have succeeded so well with your storytelling gift.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Whenever You Come Around.

Will writing a romance help this author find a real-life hero? Charity Anderson turned her back on Kings Meadow years ago, with good reason, and has avoided visits to her hometown whenever possible. But with her house in Boise damaged by floodwaters and a book deadline bearing down, staying in her parents’ empty home seems her only option. However, being in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm her.

Charity's former high school classmate Buck Malone never left town, instead sacrificing his dreams to take care of his family. Now he enjoys an uncomplicated life as a wilderness guide and confirmed bachelor. The last thing on his mind is settling down.

When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after?

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

Charity has been deeply wounded, and readers will want to see the healing of those old hurts so that she can be truly free. As for Buck, he's got a big heart and is a true cowboy. What's not to love about him?

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

 photo Parade2009_005_zpswhfbmlvf.jpgCharity would be played by Cameron Diaz.





 photo ryan_reynolds_zpszabtfhmt.jpgBuck would be played by Ryan Reynolds.





Share with us one hard, cold fact about writing and one warm, fuzzy one.

Hard, cold fact: Writing never gets easier.

Warm, fuzzy fact: Readers make it all worthwhile.

Amen to both of those!

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

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The writing is exquisite and the story haunting.

I just came back from a trip, and I saw a number of people with that novel at the airport. 

What are you working on now?

I am currently in the revision/editing stage of the third novel in the Kings Meadow Romance series. Keeper of the Stars will release in January 2016.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.robinleehatcher.com
Facebook
Links to Google+, Goodreads, Pinterest, and YouTube can be found on my website.

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:



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

You are being sent to a deserted island. You can take one book. Do you reach for an old, well-loved favorite on your keeper shelf or do you reach for the novel everyone is raving about that you haven't had a chance to read yet?

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Winnie Griggs and Free Books!

 photo 18 SCH medium_zpstmwxan1d.jpg When an ex-con falls for a timid widow can he convince her he’s a changed man?

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

momrain@ . . .

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 with novelist Winnie Griggs, author of Second Chance Hero (Love Inspired Historical, May 2015).

 photo winnie_zpsnoobh4ff.jpg Winnie Griggs is the multi-published, award-winning author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She’s published over a dozen books with Love Inspired and is contracted to do three more in the next year. In 2013 the first book in her Texas Grooms series, Handpicked Husband, garnered a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Winnie grew up in south Louisiana in an area her friends thought of as the back of beyond. She and her siblings spent many an hour exploring the overgrown land around her home, cutting jungle trails, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou. Once she ‘grew up’ she began capturing those wonderful adventures in the pages of her notebooks.

Nowadays, Winnie feels blessed to be able to share her stories with readers through her books. She loves to hear from readers.

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

-- I was born on a Friday the 13th.

-- I once had a pet squirrel.

-- I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (yes, I am a math nerd).

I'm always impressed with people who are strong in both hemispheres of their brain, as you clearly are. That's really a blessing.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Second Chance Hero.

 photo 18 SCH medium_zpstmwxan1d.jpgTo help his dying sister, Nate Cooper once broke the law and paid a heavy price for his actions. Now the ex-con turned saddler hopes for a quiet life and new beginning in Turnabout, Texas. Being declared a hero for saving a child’s life, however, leaves Nate feeling like a fraud.

Since the violent death of her husband, single mom Verity Leggett has attempted to lead a safe life, avoiding danger and excitement at all costs. And her daughter's handsome rescuer Mr. Cooper seems like a perfectly responsible man, one she can finally rely on.

When his secrets come to light, however, will Verity be able to get over his past and see Nate for the caring man he's become?

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

Nate has done some bad things in his past, but his reasons were noble. And he paid for his crimes with more than prison time. He really does want to build a new life for himself and try to leave his past behind. I hope readers will fall in love with this honorable-at-heart hero.

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

 photo 186c1ec8cb10ef5ab3a80cb91c68a0f3_zpsdm7i2xlv.jpgNate Cooper would be played by Christian Kane




 photo Joanne-Kelly_240_zps3oosbqek.jpgand Verity Leggett would be played by Joanna Kelly.



Share with us one hard, cold fact about writing and one warm, fuzzy one.

Cold Hard Fact – It does NOT get easier over time.

Warm, Fuzzy Fact – It is totally worth all the blood, sweat and tears when you get a gushing or heartfelt reader letter that lets you know you touched a heart in some way.

Amen to that.

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

I’m waaaaay behind on my reading but I absolutely loved Renee Ryan’s The Outlaw's Redemption – it had such genuine, heartfelt emotion on the page that it pulled me in and made me FEEL!

Renee visited this blog last year and talked about that book! Here's the link, in case you're interested, readers: Renee Ryan 

What are you working on now, Winnie?

I’ve just written the opening scene of the eighth book in my Texas Grooms series. This one will feature the town’s dressmaker, Hazel Anderson, and the town’s sheriff, Ward Gleason. I’ve been leading up to this one for a few books now so I’m planning to have fun with it!

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
My website: www.winniegriggs.com
Pinterest
Goodreads

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:


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

When you read books in a series do you prefer that they be tightly connected so that you should read them in order, or loosely connected so that they can be read in any order?

Thanks, Winnie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, 
Winnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Winnie'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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ronie Kendig and Free Books!

 photo FalconCover_zpszhidcgwd.jpgRaptor has been hit hard—Falcon is ready to even the score!

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Can't Buy Me Love, by Beth K. Vogt, 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 with novelist Ronie Kendig, author of Falcon (Shiloh Run Press, May 2015).

 photo RONIEauthorphoto_zpsvex7xmc1.jpgRonie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, who’s an Army veteran. Her life is never dull in a family with four children and a Maltese Menace named Helo.

Ronie has a degree in Psychology, speaks to various groups, is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and mentors new writers.

Rapid-Fire Fiction, her brand, is exemplified through her novels: Dead Reckoning, the Discarded Heroes military series, which includes acclaimed novels Nightshade, Digitalis, Wolfsbane, Firethorn, and Trinity: Military War Dog.

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

-- I’m in Taekwondo and absolutely love it! Ten more months to black belt!

-- I crochet to relax.

-- I have more family in Ireland than here in the States.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Falcon.

 photo FalconCover_zpszhidcgwd.jpgSpecial Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands.

Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

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

Most everyone can relate to situations or events in our lives where we have trouble forgiving ourselves for what we’ve done or said, and that’s one of the demons tormenting Salvatore “Falcon” Russo. It’s easier for him to hit problems and missions hard, attacking them until they’re dead or done, but forgiving himself…he doesn’t even want to think about it.

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

Well, I think I’m going to cheat. The only hero I’d want for my character is the Marine hero who posed on the cover, Gabriel Martinez. He’s a Purple Heart Recipient and completely embodies my hero, Salvatore.

Great looking guy, too. I love that you do that with your book covers.

Share with us one hard, cold fact about writing and one warm, fuzzy one.

Cold, hard fact: it’s HARD/EXHAUSTING/INVASIVE (mushing them together makes them “one,” right?)

Warm, fuzzy fact: Writing—we get to do what Jesus did—tell stories for the Kingdom!

I totally agree on all counts. 

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

I’m not done yet, but I am currently reading and highly recommend Joel Rosenberg’s The Third Target because of its relevancy to today’s turbulent world. Not only is it a great fiction read, but Rosenberg clearly has his finger on the pulse of today’s world and politics.

I still remember going to church with Joel before he started publishing, years ago. Terrific guy, and super smart. What foresight he has.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a new series that is still CLASSIFIED. I could die or you could get killed if I told you too much, but suffice it to say that there will be more Rapid-Fire Fiction suspense coming to readers!! On top of that, I’m also preparing for the release of my first fantasy novel, Embers, this October. It’ll have the same Ronie trademark of fast pacing and even some military elements.

As a romance writer, I'm so impressed that you're able to write military fiction and keep it changing from book to book. I'm sure readers will be eager to see how your style translates into fantasy.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.roniekendig.com
Blog: www.roniekendig.com/blog
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter: @roniekendig
Pinterest

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:


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

Since there is such a strong theme of forgiveness in Falcon, especially forgiving ourselves, I would like to know—is there a time in your life where you forgave, despite circumstances, and saw God heal a situation or wound?

Thanks, Ronie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ronie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Sunday, May 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ronie'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.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Beth Vogt, May Releases, and Free Books!

 photo CantBuyMeLove_5b_zpsdka0ebnu.jpegWhat is the real cost of love?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Stranger's Secret, by Laurie Alice Eakes, is:

shona.catto@ . . .

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 with novelist Beth K. Vogt, author of Can’t Buy Me Love (Howard Books, May 2015).

 photo headshot_zpsibalkh9d.jpgBeth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014.

In 2015, Beth is introducing her destination wedding series with an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, in May, which will be followed up by a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, in June.

Her e-novella, A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.

Beth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.

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

-- I started out as a nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction.

-- I met my husband in a karate studio when he knocked me down … we like to tell people he “swept me off my feet.”

-- Thanks to my husband being in the military, I lived in Turkey for two years.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Can't Buy Me Love.

 photo CantBuyMeLove_5b_zpsdka0ebnu.jpegCan’t Buy Me Love launches my destination wedding series with an ultimate uptown wedding and has a Pinterest angle.

Bellamy, the heroine, grew up in a large, boisterous family. The Hillmans may not have had it all, but Bellamy learned how to stretch a dollar and make it look like she did. Now she’s marrying Reid Stanton, the man of her dreams.

While planning their one-of-a-kind Manhattan destination wedding, Bellamy gets caught up in all things Pinterest. It starts out simply enough with a “Save the Date Destination Wedding” board. Then it’s the “Destination Wedding Dresses” and “Invitations” boards. As her ideas multiply, so does the cost of the wedding.

Before she realizes it, all her creative planning has decimated the budget. Can Bellamy make things right, or will the cost of the ultimate wedding be losing the man she loves?

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

Bellamy is a true-to-life bride to be – she has her insecurities and yet she discovers her strengths in Can’t Buy Me Love.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsme2w29ip.jpegFor Bellamy: Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones (but with black hair),




 photo images_zpsbetrz5to.jpegand for Reid: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, a movie actor I found on imdb.com, which is a great resource for writers.






Share with us one hard, cold fact about writing and one warm, fuzzy one.

Hard, cold fact about writing: There are plenty of people out there willing to tell you exactly what they think of your writing – and not all of it will be complimentary.

Warm, fuzzy fact about writing: There are those moments when you’ve been writing, writing, writing and nothing seems to be working and then you hit the mark and remember “This … this is why I write! Because God did give me some measure of talent to do this!”

I find the anonymity of the Internet brings out the "courage" in many people who have complaints about one's writing, that's for sure. 

And I totally agree with you on the power of those moments when you hit the mark. Gems.

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

My friend, Pepper Basham, has a debut novel coming out in May: The Thornbearer. I’ve read it through various stages of being written and rewritten and I am so excited to see it become a “real book.” Pepper pours both her creativity and her faith into her novels.

A few years ago I was at an ACFW conference with a writer friend. For one of our meals we sat at a table with Pepper. My friend had served as a judge in a contest Pepper entered, and she raved to me about this new up-and-coming author's excellent talent. It looks like others agree!

What are you working on now?

I am working on Almost Like Being in Love, the third book in my destination wedding series. It asks the question: How does trying to live up to other people’s expectations change us?

Where else can readers find you online?

My blog, In Others’ Words, is all about quotes, and is embedded in my website.

I am also part of My Book Therapy, author Susan May Warren’s writing community – a great place to learn about the writing craft.

And I blog over at The Grove, a wonderful website “where story finds a home,” created with seven other authors.

The book can be purchased via the following buttons:



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

I’m still trying to decide the location for the destination wedding in my last e-novella. Where would you suggest my imaginary characters get married? (It has to be somewhere in the U.S.)

Thanks, Beth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Beth has offered to give an e-copy of her novella to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 11. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Beth'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.

As you scroll to the end of the post to leave your answer to Beth's question, take a look at some of the excellent Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Seaside Proposal by Narelle Atkins -- Billie Radcliffe is only staying in the close-knit beach community until she finds the man who is the key to her rejection-riddled history. Her growing relationship with good-looking banker and youth leader Zach Montford could crumble when her deepest secret is revealed. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Bachelor to the Rescue by Lorraine Beatty -- He made her a widow. Now she and her little girls need his help. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot -- Marisa St. George has lost her dream job and come home to manage the struggling Rainbow's End resort in the small Texas town where she grew up. The only silver lining is Blake Kendall, a new guest who is making her believe in love at first sight. But is he really who she thinks he is? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Summer Brides: A Year of Weddings Novella Collection by Debra Clopton, Marybeth Whalen and Beth Wiseman -- A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen: Wynne Hardy says "yes" to the perfect man on a reality TV show, then her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life. A July Bride by Beth Wiseman: Brendan Myers left Alyssa Pennington at the altar. Winning back his bride might prove much more difficult than he can imagine. An August Bride by Debra Clopton: Cousin to the bride, Kelsey Wilcox meets groomsman Brent Corbin at a Texas beach wedding. Brent is determined to change the pretty bistro owner's mind about cowboys. (Contemporary Romance from Zondervan)

Whenever You Come Around (A King's Meadow Romance) by Robin Lee Hatcher -- Best-selling author Charity Anderson returns home to King's Meadow to defeat a bad case of writer's block. Then her dog causes an accident where longtime crush Buck Malone breaks his wrist and ankle. Charity finds herself caring for the handsome wilderness guide, since this calamity will keep him off the trail for weeks during prime tourist-season. Buck finds himself hoping to change this city girl's mind about small town living. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Safe in the Fireman's Arms by Tina Radcliffe -- Neither Maggie Jones nor widowed fire chief Jake MacLaughlin are interested in finding love. When they team up as a fake couple to avoid potential dates, sparks kindle and they might just find trouble in Paradise, Colorado. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Doctor's Second Chance by Missy Tippens -- When a bachelor's wayward cousin leaves him with her baby to raise, he's forced to seek help from the one woman he can't trust, the town's new pediatrician. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) Can't Buy Me Love by Beth K. Vogt -- A bride-to-be discovers the true cost of love as she plans her uptown destination wedding using Pinterest. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade -- A scarred Texas marine and his vivacious childhood best friend find love and healing while training thoroughbred horses. (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

General Fiction:

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti -- Can a marriage survive when separated by hundred of miles and impenetrable prison walls? (General Fiction from Abingdon Press)

Historical Romance:

The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Shannon McNear, Gabrielle Meyer, Connie Stevens, Erica Vetsch, Gina Welborn, Kathleen Y'Barbo, and Jennifer Uhlarik - Nine historical romance novellas where love comes to the most eligible bachelor in town. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Love by Design (The Dressmaker's Daughters #3) by Christine Johnson -- Jen Fox won't let anyone keep her from joining the first flight expedition to the North Pole. Even if the person trying to take her seat is the dashing, world-famous stunt pilot Dan Wagner. Their strictly business relationship hits turbulence when both begin to wish for something more personal. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas -- When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips's college studies, he consoles himself with his fiddle and the family farm. His grandmother's helper, Margaret Hoffman, is always around, ready to push his buttons, and it seems she doesn't care about his troubles. But Margaret has her own problems. Henry and Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as they face potential loss and find healing in the most surprising places. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Medical Suspense:

Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry -- It began with Dr. Mark Baker facing a gunman who had nothing to lose, and it could end with him behind bars. (Medical Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Romantic Suspense:

Falcon by Ronie Kendig -- When a deadly bombing separates Staff Sergeant Brian "Hawk" Bledsoe, from his team, he must make a choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm. (Romantic Suspense from Barbour Publishing)

Young Adult:

See No Evil (Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Book 3) by Mary L. Hamilton -- Blindness didn't keep Steven Miller from getting sucked into pornography, and with Dad's death compounding his guilt, can he atone for his sin by keeping his friend from traveling the same path? (Young Adult Fiction, Independently Published)

Happy reading!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Laurie Alice Eakes and Free Books!

 photo StrangersSecret_final11_zpsvbwudwhq.jpgAs a grieving young widow, Morwenna wants only a quiet life for herself and her son. Until a man washes ashore, entangling her in a web of mystery that could threaten all she holds dear.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Vigil, by Marian Merritt, is:

linderellar@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Triple Threat, by Harry Wegley, is:

mauback55@ . . .

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 with novelist Laurie Alice Eakes, author of A Stranger’s Secret (Zondervan/Harper Collins Publishing, April 2015).

 photo writing -- laurie 009_zpsmwkbbksc.jpg“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic Times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes.

Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.

After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they haven’t been blessed with children--yet--they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.

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

-- I once rode on an elephant.

-- I am so claustrophobic that I get sick to my stomach just reading about characters being tied and/or locked in a small space.

-- I am such a crazy cat lady, I once had a cat I told to go bring the dog home—and she did. (I lived on a mountain)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Stranger's Secret.

 photo StrangersSecret_final11_zpsvbwudwhq.jpgLady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan indulged in her fair share of dalliances in her youth, but now that she's the widowed mother to the heir of the Penvenan title, she's desperate to polish her reputation. When she's accused of deliberately luring ships to crash on the rocks to steal the cargo, Morwenna begins an investigation to uncover the real culprits and stumbles across an unconscious man lying in the sea's foam—a man wearing a medallion with the Trelawny crest around his neck.

The medallion is a mystery to David Chastain, a boat builder from Somerset. On a quest to discover the mystery surrounding his father, all David knows is that his father was found dead in Cornwall with the medallion in his possession after lying and stealing his family's money. And he knows the widow who rescued him is impossibly beautiful—and likely the siren who caused the shipwreck in the first place—as well as the hand behind whoever is trying to murder David.

As Morwenna nurses David back to health and tries to learn how he landed on her beach, suspicion and pride keep their growing attraction at bay. But can they join together to save Morwenna's name and estate and David’s life—and acknowledge the love they are both trying to deny?

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

Morwenna is a single mom, widowed through tragic circumstances, who is determined to regain her son’s inheritance by her own wits and skill. She has too much pride for her own good, and a whole lot of anger and guilt—some of it justified. In other words, she has feelings most of us have experienced at least one time in our lives. She wants to prove she’s a different person than she was in the past.

Most of us authors have experienced this: what unplanned facet of a story or character developed during your writing of a novel?

Morwenna—pronounced like More-wenna—was quite well developed in my head because of her role in A Lady’s Honor. But David wasn’t so clear to me. What I realized about him was his strength. Not just physical. He’s a boat builder after all, so that’s a given, but his strength of character and self-confidence even as a lowly artisan in the home of very wealthy gentry in nineteenth century England, where class mattered a whole lot.

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

The Ransom by Marylu Tyndale. It’s a continuation of her original pirate series, which makes it worth reading all on its own, and, being indy, gives her a lot of freedom to write her heart into the story, with the maturity of her craft all her previous books has brought her. Then the story is just wonderful, sensitive, swashbuckling intrigue. Who can resist a dauntless heroine, a pirate, and orphans?

What are you working on now?

I just finished my first contemporary novel. The Mountain Midwife is a spinoff of my historical midwife series. The heroine, Ashley, is a descendant of Griff and Esther in Choices of the Heart. She’s a certified nurse-midwife with a thriving practice in the Appalachian mountains, but thinks she needs more, like a medical degree, to be fully useful. And yet she is tied to the people and the land and the interpersonal relationships being a midwife engenders. Then a male shows up needing information her position as a midwife can provide about someone local and things begin to happen. I can talk all day about The Mountain Midwife, so will stop there.

Where else can readers find you online?

On Twitter. My handle is @LaurieAEakes
On Facebook under Laurie Alice Eakes
My web site: www.lauriealiceeakes.com

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