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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!

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Jennifer Slattery and Free Books!

Two lives collide at a close-knit North Carolina camp—a woman trying to regain the independence her loss of sight stole and the man responsible for her blindness. Together they must learn that love and forgiveness truly can conquer all.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the cozy crime novel, Murder by Suggestion, by Veronica Heley, 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 revisit with novelist Jennifer Slattery, author of the women's fiction/romance novel, Dancing in the Rain (Independent, June 2018).

Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels, maintains two devotional blogs, on at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud and the other on Crosswalk.

She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.

When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

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

I can be overly, unrealistically empathetic and as such have a need to rescue every worm I see while on walks with my husband or our adult daughter. She teases me about this and reminds me worms don’t have brains and therefore can’t feel pain. I know this intellectually, but I still need to save the poor wiggling creatures before they shrivel up and die.

Your empathy probably comes in very handy in your role as an author! But maybe refrain from  using worms as characters...

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dancing in the Rain.

Loni Parker, blind since aged fifteen, struggles to find employment. To reduce her stress and frustration, she joins her college roommate for a week at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains.

She doesn’t realize, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness.

He recognizes Loni instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden.

When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present, and Loni is forced to wrestle with emotions she thought she’d long since overcome.

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

Michael’s rough past stirs him to help at risk kids and helps him see past other people’s behavior to their hearts beneath. His life is drastically changed when, while incarcerated, a now-friend tells him about the hope of Jesus. He has passion and love for His Savior, for kids, and for others.

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about Michael and Loni as children.

Michael grew up feeling unloved and unsafe whereas Loni only knew love and safety. Both of their pasts drastically affect their adult motivation and desires.

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

Can I share one I edited? I just edited Lindsey Bracket’s sophomore novel. I’m not sure the title’s been set yet, but it follows her debut, Still Waters. It’s a powerful story of forgiveness, restoration, and second chances. It’s truly one of the better books I’ve read in some time. Other than that, I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction.

What are you working on now?

I haven’t officially signed on the dotted line yet, but by the time this goes live, I will have turned in revisions for … a hero romance novel. I’ll make sure to share more details once everything’s written in ink. I’m also working on a 7-week Bible study based on the life of Sarai/Sarah (Abraham’s wife) and learning to rest deeply in our identity in Christ. The study will have 7 video recorded segments, group discussion guides, and personal study lessons.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me on my website, on Crosswalk, at Wholly Loved Ministries, on Facebook, Twitter, or … pretty much everywhere cyber-space related it seems. Haha! I love connected with other book addicts, so please feel free to friend me or contact me through my website.

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

Have you ever gone to a church or family camp? What about camping period? If so, what did you enjoy most? Any funny stories to share? If you haven’t gone camping, what is the one camping-related activity you’ve always found appealing?

Thank you, Jennifer, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Jennifer has offered to give away free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Jennifer'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, October 15, 2018

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

Some bored wives play a game of Murder, leading to a husband dying in the way one of the women had suggested . . . and in consequence they’re all thrown out of house and home!

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the spec-fiction novel, The Awakened, by Richard Spillman, 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 revisit with novelist Veronica Heley, author of Murder by Suggestion (Severn House, June 2018), a story of "crime in the community – with a light touch."

Veronica Heley celebrated the publication of this, her 81st book, in June 2018. She is currently writing two gentle crime series, the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Abbot Agency stories, and every now and then contributes a short story about some retired friends to the Methodist Recorder.

She tries but doesn’t always succeed in keeping up with the newest technology, even with help from her friends. She is active in her local church and community affairs, likes to break off work for coffee with friends, and gardens when she can.

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

I play Patience with real cards whenever I get stuck in my stories.

Despite having had a British mum, I had to look up that card game, Veronica! It looks like Patience is the same as our Solitaire. I've become somewhat addicted to the electronic version of the game on my phone. I play a few hands every night before I go to bed.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Murder by Suggestion.

Ellie Quicke is shocked when her daughter, Diana, turns up at her door with suitcases in tow. Bunny Brewster has died of an overdose and Diana’s husband, Evan, is convinced that she is responsible for his friend’s death. It seems that Diana and four other neglected, bored wives of Evan’s friends recently joked about ways to kill their husbands. Diana’s suggested method of murder involved muddling up pills – could this be how Bunny died, or was it just a tragic accident?

Chaos rules when the rest of the wives descend on Ellie, but a further distressing development confirms Ellie’s instinct that there’s more to this than meets the eye. With the safety of her nearest and dearest at risk, can Ellie work out who is responsible, and why?

I know we've featured Ellie here many times, but what would you say it is about Ellie that makes your readers care about her?

Ellie cares about people. She has no great opinion of herself, but has the knack of drawing others out.

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about Ellie as a child. 

She was taught as a child that a woman’s place was in the home and her job in life was to look after her family.

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

I love Anne Tyler’s books, and the latest, Clock Dance, is no exception. It is beautifully written. It is not about anyone globally important, it thumps no tubs, but it enters into the life of a woman who has been given a second chance at having a useful life . . . and may or may not be able to take it. We understand the heroine completely, and identify with her. It is delightful, and sad, and glad . . . and I look forward to Tyler’s next book.

I couldn't agree more with you about Tyler's writing in general, Veronica. I've loved every book of hers that I've read. They're never about anyone who is, as you say, globally important, but they're always so realistic and intriguing, which is the reason I think many of us identify with her heroines.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another Ellie Quicke story, called Murder for Good. Also I have to think up another short story about my retired friends for Christmas.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.veronicaheley.com

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What question would you like to ask my readers?

The story I’m working on now is the twentieth featuring Ellie Quicke. Should she not be thinking of retirement?

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