WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

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

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

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

Monday, November 19, 2018

Harry Wegley and Free Books!

Beth Sanchez is brilliant, introverted, beautiful, and a survivor of a great tragedy that left her in the crosshairs of a drug lord, but Drew West thinks she has a heart worth winning, and he's willing to die trying.

Today I'm featuring novelist (Harry) H.L. Wegley, author of the high-action, romantic suspense novel, No Turning Back (Trinity Press International, October 2018).

Harry served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he served as a Research Scientist in Atmospheric Physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, Harry jumped ship to build computer systems for Boeing for 20 years before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife small-group ministry, their grandchildren, and hiking on Olympic National Park beaches.

Harry is an award-winning author of 12 inspirational thrillers and romantic-suspense novels and has more on the way.

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

By age 12, I already had NFL wide-receiver speed. But at 15, my sprinting dreams were dashed when I tore my quads severely while competing in the long jump on a cold, windy day.

I feel your pain! I've never been much of an athlete, but I have a black belt in TaeKwonDo, and six months after earning my belt, I had to retest (it's part of the process). That was on a cold, windy day as well, and the dojo was so cold that I tore my hamstring while testing. I felt like my leg might fall off. 

I'm sure you were disappointed that your injury side railed you. I guess we never know our future with 100 percent certainty!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of No Turning Back.

Elizabeth (Beth) Sanchez, daughter of the man who formed a militia and drove out the Del Rio Cartel, was the lone survivor after drug lord, Hector Suarez, retaliated, massacring the people in her town. Seven years later, Beth has an MBA, American citizenship, and is ready to chase her dreams. While on a Big Bend hiking excursion, Beth encounters Suarez who is bent on killing the one remaining symbol of resistance to his power, Beth Sanchez.

After once being called a coward, Drew West has a mile-high chip on his shoulder and an impressive resume of fighting skills. He’s ready to fight anybody, anywhere, especially if someone needs protection.

When Suarez tries to kill Beth in Big Bend, Drew humiliates the drug lord and captures Suarez’s little brother, Ricardo. Hector Suarez places Beth and Drew at the top of his hit list. When a federal prosecutor offers Beth and Drew protection for their testimony against Ricardo, Beth fears a safe house cannot stop another massacre. But Drew offers her a different option, his protection on a horse ranch half a continent away. But if Beth accepts Drew’s offer, there will be no marshal protection and no turning back.

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

Beth Sanchez survived major tragedy in her life and has a lot of guilt to overcome. That will certainly draw readers’ sympathy. But the mystery and intrigue surrounding her rare personality type, the female INTJ—the most searched personality type on the Internet—will draw a lot of interest. Experiencing the mental and emotional journey of this highly intelligent, yet introverted, young woman as she faces extreme danger and many life-changing decisions will draw a lot of readers to Beth. And, as mentioned in the author’s notes, much of her backstory is based on true events.

If your book was developed into a film, what’s one song you’d love to have in it?

About 25 years ago, Al Denson recorded an upbeat song that could be describing our love relationship with God or a deep love between two people. The song, "Living in the Light of Your Love," is one that Drew, an author in my story, might write for Beth. Here’s a YouTube link for those who want to hear a great song: https://bit.ly/2Fs7xp8

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

Long Way Gone by Charles Martin is a modern-day retelling of the prodigal son story. If you like music and acoustic guitars, you’ll love the story. But it also illustrates that, even if there’s an eventual good ending to the prodigal’s story, the events during his journey make the prodigal’s path a heart-rending choice that we should avoid.

What are you working on now?

Two weeks ago, I released a techno-thriller with romance, Virtuality, a warning about technology that will almost assuredly go bad in our society. And I’m editing an espionage thriller with a strong romance thread, The Janus Journals, that should release around Feb 1, 2019.

Busy writer! Where else can readers find you online?

My Web Links:

Website: www.hlwegley.com
Amazon
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook author’s page

Many of my readers have friended me and use my FB profile page: Facebook

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

What kind of stories do you prefer—those that flow slow and sweet, like molasses, with a lot of introspection and description or faster-paced stories that cut back on the slow-moving parts and maintain a faster pace?

Thank you, Harry, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Harry has offered to give away free e-copy of his novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Harry's 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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018

MountainBrook Ink 2018 Holiday Blog Tour!


Welcome to Mountain Brook Ink’s 2018 Holiday Blog Tour! We’re so excited you’ve decided to join us on this journey of family, friends, traditions, and memories over the next month. You as our reader have done so much to pour into our lives, and this season we want to give back to you with insights into our lives AND some giveaways. The more days you follow, share, comment, and engage with us, the more entries you’ll have toward a Kindle Fire Grand Prize (for US entrants, only) or one of three Amazon Gift Cards!

Also, I’m giving away a paperback copy (for US entrants only) or a Kindle copy—winner’s choice—of In Love and War, a four-novella collection written by Miralee Ferrell, Kimberly Rose Johnson, Debby Mayne, and me! Each story involves a couple who begins a relationship as adversaries and eventually learns better things about each other, as often happens when we give each other a chance. Leave a comment below to be entered. As always, if you’re a subscriber, you’ll be entered in the drawing a second time—increases your chances of winning!


The Ever-Changing Shape of Christmas

I’ve been around for quite a few Christmases, and while my family has held on to a few traditional foods and practices, circumstances often remind us to remain flexible each year.

When I was five years old, my nine-year-old sister, Noreen, was in the hospital, having undergone very serious surgery. The doctors let her come home for Christmas day, and the rest of us (we were five kids, total) stayed in our pajamas and celebrated the day around her bed. It was one of the sweetest Christmas celebrations we’ve ever had.

Financial flexibility was often important, as well. During a few very lean years for me, as a single mother, my daughter and I handmade our gifts for each family member. One year we made each person a doll version of themselves, focusing on something characterizing them in some way.















In this picture the doll version of my literature professor brother holds serious novels, my cosmetics rep mother holds a bag full of perfume and makeup, my dad is dressed ready for a day on the links, and my film-loving brother holds a videotape and the glasses he couldn't forego when watching films. I know, I know. They all look thrilled to death, right?

Another year my daughter and I simply made goodies for everyone's gifts--their own personal batch of classic Chocolate Mint Brownie Bars. I would love to share my mother’s recipe with you here. But everything I own--including my cookbooks--is in storage, as I’ve only recently moved across the country to be closer to my kids and grandkids. So, I’ll encourage you to visit the following site and use the recipe that looks very close to what my mom used to make, at Sally's Baking Addiction.com/classic-mint-chocolate-brownies/ (a Pinterest-worthy site if ever there was one).

Along with those yummy bars, my daughter and I interviewed each family member, asking them to give us one sentence encapsulating why they loved each family member. Then in very shaky calligraphy, I put those comments together and framed the list for each family member. One for Dad, telling him what each family member said about him. One for Mom, etc. That Christmas turned out to be Noreen’s last with us. Not only was she brought to tears when she read the list of reasons we loved her, but we displayed that list as a succinct, physical testimony of our love for her at her memorial service several months later.

So Christmas has evolved into an occasion to remember loved ones who always made the day special but have moved on to join the Lord, like Mom, Dad, and Noreen.

It's a time to cherish my siblings, now spread all across the country, but dear to my heart. We may have to be flexible enough to celebrate Christmas during a different time of the year!



And it has become a time to revel in the joy of kids and grandkids who invigorate the festivities with their lust for life. Like my son, my daughter, my son-in-law, and my grandkids.

Family is family all year long, but the memories we make at Christmas emerge each year as lovely pieces in a lifelong puzzle. A puzzle that changes shape each year, held together by our love for one another, our appreciation of the precious nature of life, and our love for the One who makes this day truly worth celebrating.

How about you? Are there particular memories that become stronger for you at Christmas? Are there family members you especially miss?

Please note that the drawing is done by email, so leave your email address in your comment, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Now, here's a list of the other stops on the Mountain Brook Ink 2018 Holiday Blog Tour. As you can see, tomorrow's stop is Stop #23, Heather L.L. Fitzgerald. You can leave a comment on each stop to increase your chances with the Kindle Fire and the Amazon gift cards. And in most cases, subscribers are entered a second time.

Stop #1: October 28 – Kimberly Rose Johnson
Stop #2: October 29 - Christina Coryell
Stop #3: October 30 – Mary Davis
Stop #4: October 31 – Angela Ruth Strong
Stop #5: November 1 – Susan Page Davis
Stop #6: November 2 - Amy K. Rognlie
Stop #7: November 3 - Gayla K. Hiss
Stop #8: November 4 - Christa MacDonald
Stop #9: November 5 – Linda Hanna & Deborah Dulworth
Stop #10: November 6 - Richard Spillman
Stop #11: November 7 - Annette M. Irby
Stop #12: November 8 - Miralee Ferrell
Stop #13: November 9 - Jeanette-Marie Mirich
Stop #14: November 10 - Anna Zogg
Stop #15: November 11 - Teresa H. Morgan
Stop #16: November 12 - Kelsey Norman
Stop #17: November 13 - Barbara J. Scott
Stop #18: November 14 - Patricia Lee
Stop #19: November 15 – Linda Thompson
Stop #20: November 16 - Janalyn Voigt
Stop #21: November 17 – Cynthia Herron
Stop #22: November 18 – Trish Perry
Stop #23: November 19 – Heather L.L. Fitzgerald
Stop #24: November 20 – Sara Davison
Stop #25: November 21 – Taylor Bennett

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lynne Tagawa and Free Books!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the time of the Great Awakening?

First things first: I must apologize for the delay of this post, readers. We had to evacuate for the California fires, which threw everything off schedule. I'm back home now, thanking God for preserving us and our belongings and praying for so many people who fared far worse. And I commend the fire and rescue teams here in California. Amazing, efficient, brave people!

As a consequence of my delay, you'll see three posts this weekend, each of which will feature a separate book and give-away. (And tomorrow's post will feature a number of give-aways--stay tuned!) I hope you'll enjoy each post and will comment and/or subscribe to win!

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of my contemporary romance, A Midnight Clear, is:

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And the winner of the free e-copy of my contemporary romance, Together by Design, is:

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And the winner of the free e-copy of my contemporary romance, Local Girl, is:

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Congratulations! I'll get your books 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 Lynne Tagawa, author of the historical novel (with a strong romantic streak), The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening (Blue Rock Press, July 2018).

Lynne Tagawa is married with four grown sons and three marvelous grandbabies.

A biology teacher by trade, she teaches part-time, writes, and edits. She’s written a Texas history curriculum in narrative form, Sam Houston’s Republic, and two novels, A Twisted Strand and The Shenandoah Road.

Lynne lives with her husband in South Texas.

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

I play the flute. I’ve played a couple of times for weddings. Otherwise just with the pianist for church preludes. I’m one of those band people who never quite gave it up.

That's to be admired, Lynne. It's wonderful you've kept up your ability to play.

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

Both of my characters have spiritual struggles, and that is a core theme.

But another fascinating thing about the time period of the 1740s is that there was no single colonial “culture.” There were the New Englanders, there were the Quakers, the Virginians, and then the Scots-Irish. So when a Scots-Irish frontiersman courts a lass born in Boston...? You can guess what fun I had with that.

But the plot itself involves a physical journey as well, involving some typical hazards of travel in that time period. And, of course, a villain.

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

My frontiersman has a lot of strengths. He is godly and honorable. But he lost his first wife, and he’s in the graveyard in the first scene, and you feel for him. There are things he needs to learn, and we watch him struggle through these lessons. The heroine is a bit younger, and you see her grappling with new things and ideas in a sweet way. But she’s really challenged both spiritually and emotionally, and on top of that, has to adapt to a strange culture. All this supplies the pathos of the story.

And the conflict, which is great!

If your book were developed into a film, what’s one song you’d love to have in it?

I quote a bit from Isaac Watts, as my character purchased his hymnbook from Ben Franklin. In our church we sing his hymn “How Sweet and Awful is the Place” to the old Celtic tune “St. Columba,” which the Shenandoah Valley settlers would have known. No, it’s not romantic, but incredibly sweet and timeless.

I don't know that hymn, but I sought it out. I think the version I found might be a more "contemporary" melody. I can imagine it sung by a group of frontiersmen, maybe accompanied by a plaintive fiddle.

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

I recently finished Leisha Kelly’s Depression-era trilogy (Julia's Hope is the first book). She is great at bringing out the real struggles of the time period while remaining encouraging. She brings light to the darkness instead of wallowing there.

What are you working on now?

A sequel! I fell in love with my characters, the Shenandoah Valley, and historical fiction in general. Lord willing, I’d like to complete a trilogy, with the last installment covering the Revolutionary War period.

Sneak preview to the second one: John Russell will join the Virginia militia, headed by a very young man by the name of George Washington. And his daughter grows up.

It's always a good idea to have a sequel/series idea ready!

Where else can readers find you online?

Goodreads, Facebook: Lynne Basham Tagawa

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What was the last book you read that challenged you spiritually?

Thank you, Lynne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Lynne has offered to give away free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Lynne's 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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, November 5, 2018

Trish Perry E-Book Give-Away!

Christmas is coming a bit early this year. The season factors into my latest release, A Midnight Clear, and I'm going to give away a copy to one of my commenters or subscribers. 

And while I'm at it, I'll give away a copy of my previous two releases, Together by Design and Local Girl.

But first I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the issue-driven romance novel, A Kite on the Wind, by Patricia Lee, is:

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

And now here's just a short blurb about each of the books I'm going to give away next week.


A Midnight Clear: When she attends a Washington, D.C. dinner party thrown by friends far wealthier than she, writer Maddie Travers is distracted by internal debates. Should she move back to D.C.? Should she seek work she might find more fulfilling? She meets the appealing “regular guy,” Dom Sebastiani, at the party and consequently wonders whether she’s ready to seek romance again. 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.

This book is available for purchase here: A Midnight Clear




Together by Design: Elena Tafani is in control of almost every aspect of her life. But getting arrested is only the first in a number of experiences that throw her summer completely off kilter. She may know how to stage a home to show it at its best, but her life isn’t showing quite as well. There’s her runaway niece, her hard-bitten sister, her over-indulgent parents, and her judgmental clients. Then there’s Chaz, the best friend for whom she’s developing very confusing feelings. What’s a good rule follower supposed to do?

This book is available for purchase here: Together by Design




Local Girl: Entrepreneur Edie Keegan achieves ever-growing acclaim for her popular Local Girl perfume. Her romantic life hasn’t been quite as successful, but that’s fine with her. As she insists to her matchmaking friend, Sara-Penny Butler, she’s not in the market for love. But Sara-Penny knows better, and she understands Edie and her painful past more than Edie realizes.

When Ben Walsh, the town veterinarian, turns Edie’s head, she questions whether love is worth the risk of getting hurt, whether Ben is the man for her (despite her cat allergies), and whether Sara-Penny is ever going to mind her own business.

This book is available for purchase here: Local Girl



I'll give one copy of each book away next week to a subscriber or a commenter who answers the following question: 

Thanksgiving is only a little more than two weeks away. My family is doing Thanksgiving out, at a restaurant, this year. I'm thankful I'm not cooking or cleaning up afterward, but I'm especially thankful to be geographically close to my kids and grandkids, if not my siblings. What are you thankful for, this year in particular?


The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.



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, October 29, 2018

Patricia Lee and Free Books!

Betrayed by love the first time around, can Claire Simpson trust her heart to find love again?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the women's fiction/romance novel, Dancing in the Rain, by Jennifer Slattery, is:

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

And now let's meet novelist Patricia Lee, author of the issue-driven romance, A Kite on the Wind (Mountain Brook Ink, October 2018).

Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels.

Her first three-book series, Mended Hearts, includes An Anchor on Her Heart (July 2017) Love Calls Her Home (March 2018) and A Kite on the Wind (October 2018), published by Mountain Brook Ink. Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers.

She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with one sleepy cat.

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

I enjoy growing dahlias. My husband and I share a mutual interest in the flowers. He does the heavy lifting and I care for the blooms. One summer we had more than thirty varieties and colors in our garden.

Oh, I can't imagine how lovely that must have been!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Kite on the Wind.

Left waiting at the altar, Claire Simpson has buried her past and moved on, carving out a life for herself as a teacher on the Oregon coast. When her former fiancé appears, he threatens to unravel the peaceful independence she has worked so hard to achieve after their relationship failed. While she believes she has forgiven him, she finds forgetting what he did to be a much more difficult task.

Montgomery Chandler has moved to NOAA headquarters in Newport, Oregon to make new, happier memories for his children after his wife died of a lingering illness. Their home in Seattle held nothing but the whispers of their earlier lives. Starting over will help all of them heal, but Monty is resolved not to risk love again.

When the handsome widower enrolls his hurting children at the school where Claire teaches, her determination to remain uninvolved vanishes at the whim of a snowstorm. This family needs her expertise. Can she help them without losing her heart?

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

Claire’s heart has been broken by a man she trusted to love her. Finding the ability to love again will take time and an understanding love interest.

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about Claire and Montgomery as a children.

Claire and her sister Angela developed a close relationship growing up—playing together and taking their dolls to town, imagining themselves as future mothers.

Montgomery Chandler grew up on the waterways of Seattle, learning to sail and developing a fondness for the ocean and all it has to offer.

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

I read Christina Suzann Nelson’s new release, If We Make It Home. This story will keep readers at the edge of their seats as they follow the three female characters on their journey through the Oregon Cascades.

What are you working on now?

I’ve always wanted to tell the story of my great-great grandfather’s journey crossing the plains on horseback and settling on a 640 acre donation land claim in 1847. I grew up on part of that original land claim and I heard stories of him throughout my childhood. The real story was that of his betrothed waiting four years for him to return to Athens, Iowa and take her to Oregon with him. I’ve chosen to write the story as a time slip novel with a protagonist in this century uncovering the history left in an abandoned house. My imagination has had fun picturing my great-great grandmother and the challenges she faced waiting for her fiancé to return.

That could be a truly exciting story! 

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.authorpatricialee.net
Twitter
Facebook

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What do you look for in a heroine—strength, determination, or someone who doesn’t have all the answers and needs to grow?

Thank you, Patricia, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Patricia has offered to give away free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Patricia's 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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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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