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

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

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

Linda Rondeau and Free Books!

How long should a husband search for a runaway, drug-addicted wife?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Moments with Billy Graham, by Yvonne Lehman, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and then 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 Linda Rondeau, author of the Contemporary Women’s Fiction novel, Hosea’s Heart (Elk Lake Publishing Inc/August 2018).

Multi-published and award winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau is a veteran social worker. Her published novels examine the complexities of human relationships. Most of Linda’s work is contemporary fiction. However, she has published both speculative and non-fiction.

Her blog, Snark and Sensibility, hosts writers of various genres. She manages a Facebook page, Having the Prime of My Life, a positive look at aging issues.

Linda resides in Hagerstown with her husband of forty years.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hosea's Heart.

A minister’s search for his runaway, drug-addicted wife has brought him into the underworld of the nation’s capital. When he is finally reunited with her, he discovers she is terminally ill. While he can forgive her addiction, he learns of her ultimate betrayal … a liaison with Washington DC’s most notorious drug czar.

After years of drug abuse, Joanna has given her life to the Lord. Now in terminal stages of lung cancer, she prays for Aubrey’s forgiveness and to find some purpose in her life before she leaves this world for the next.

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

I once played a cigar smoking, elderly mystery writer in a murder/mystery dinner theater.

Oh, how fun! 

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

Aubrey Beaumont, a conservative suburban pastor, struggles with a passion to serve the wasteland of Washington DC’s underworld, drug addicts and prostitutes. Got to love a man who has dedicated the past fifteen years in search of a drug-addicted, runaway wife who has made it clear she does not want to be found.

You do, indeed. Thus the reference to Hosea, obviously. 

What do you hope to accomplish in 2019, either with your writing or some other facet of your life?

I am embarking on a new direction in life … a motivational speaker. While I’ve been involved with Toastmasters, I have felt a tug in my heart to minister to senior women and families. I have registered for Christian Communicators Conference in March. After I receive certification, I will actively pursue this venue in addition to a myriad of writing projects for 2019.

That's a noble goal, Linda. Just getting past the typical fear of speaking in public is hard enough, but to focus on an area, an audience, that seems somewhat neglected, is wonderful.

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

Lael Harrelson’s Tremors of Doubt. Through the main character’s struggle, the author demonstrates the difference between traditionalism and true spirituality.

What are you working on now?

A non-fiction book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children. Through our labors with children, God demonstrates what it means to be his child. This book is contracted by Elk Lake Publishing with a projected release of early May 2019. It is a revised version of a previously published book now off the market.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’d like to invite readers to my blog: Snark and Sensibility. Each week I offer three varying posts: Mondays are dedicated to senior living (Having the Prime of My Life), Wednesdays … Devotionals, and Flash Fiction Fridays. I feature guest spots. lindarondeau.com/snarksensibility

Readers may visit me and sign up for my newsletter at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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

If you were counseling Aubrey Beaumont, what advice would you give him?

Excellent question. I think it's a good idea to put ourselves in the shoes of others who are challenged as Christians.

Thank you, Linda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Linda has offered to give away free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Linda'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, an 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, January 7, 2019

Yvonne Lehman and Free Books!

The articles in this compilation are personal recollections of special moments people from all walks of life experienced with beloved evangelist Billy Graham.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of my novel, Sunset Beach, 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 Yvonne Lehman, author of Moments with Billy Graham (Grace Publishing, November 2018)

Yvonne Lehman is author of 59 novels and over a dozen non-fiction books and compilations. Moments with Billy Graham is the 11th book in the Divine Moments series.

Her attendance at Billy Graham’s School of Christian Writing marked the beginning of her writing career a few decades ago. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writing Conference for 25 years and the Blue Ridge Novel Retreat for 12 years. She teaches Writers Workshops and mentors other writers in her home, online, and at writers conferences.

Yvonne lives in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina with her equally beautiful blond and white Pomeranian, Rigel (a rescued dog named after a Titanic survivor dog with that name).

A recently released novel is The Gift (LPC Candlelight Romance, about a couple trying to help a teenager reconcile the loss of her little sister with the love of God) Her most popular book is Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic.

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

In 2004, after my husband died sitting in a recliner in the family room (he had terminal cancer), I decided to fulfill a dream and go to Israel, taking my fun daughter and pastor son with me. That was the most outstanding event of my life. I walked on the pages of the Bible. It does not just tell us about ancient times so long ago, but those places exist, are alive and well in that country. I felt God’s presence in a deeper way than ever before. Some had asked was I not afraid to go to Israel. I replied, “No.” I was more afraid of dying in a recliner in my family room.

Oh, my. That's a concise and poignant testimony. Makes me want to go!

Please tell us a bit more about Moments with Billy Graham.

Moments with Billy Graham includes 48 articles by 45 authors about how the ministry of Billy Graham led to their changed lives. My attendance at Billy Graham School of Christian Writing a few decades ago marked the beginning of my writing career, which led to founding the writers conference. I’m fortunate to live in the same area as Billy Graham, volunteer at The Cove, which gives me more access to their ministry, which led to my naturally compiling this book after his death, since I was compiling Moments books.

Only after I put the word out on social media, and began receiving articles, did I balk. “What? I’m compiling a book about the world’s most famous evangelist?” Why me? But God works that way. He loves us all and uses us as we’re willing and able.

Why will readers enjoy your book?

Readers will enjoy the book because, like my stories, the personal-story tellers (not necessarily “writers”) tell how the ministry of one man changed their lives. There’s also the element of a friend, or relative, or advertisement, leading the author to Billy Graham’s ministry of radio, TV, books, or crusades. Just as one man preached the night Billy Graham went forward to surrender his life to God, one person (each of us) has the opportunity to change the life of another, who in turn, might change the world. The authors of the Moments series are reaching the world, since none get royalties, but all the royalties go to Samaritan’s Purse.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with?

Getting wonderful ideas is easy for me and I can visualize an entire book that will lead to a meaningful, exciting, intriguing conclusion. Then… ahem… the struggle is sitting at that computer and “working, working, working” my way along that journey to the great conclusion. Time and effort, it takes. Also failure, which with sweat and tears, lead to success.

Absolutely, that's a struggle! I'm always happy when I sit down to write and find I previously left a chapter or scene only partially finished. It's so much easier to come in editing, rather than starting the scene from scratch. 

What is the last book you read that moved you?

It’s generally whatever I’m reading. They each have something to offer whether the story is by an experienced or beginning writer. I recently read a book because I belong to an alumni book club which forces me to read what I otherwise wouldn’t. I rarely read non-fiction but this one had an impact. Switch, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, is about how to change things when change is hard. Its purpose is mainly for organizations but impacted me on its also being a self-help for individuals, whether I’m trying to change or teaching others. For the club, I’m now reading Educated, by Tara Westover, and discovering a memoir can be written as if a novel. Also reading Edie Melson’s devotional, Soul Care When You're Weary, and it gives me insight into her, God, and creativity.

Those are so varied and interesting. I always have several books going at once, too.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently compiling and editing Romantic Moments, receiving articles for Grandma’s Cookie Jar Moments, Can, Sir! Moments, and Christmas Moments 2019. Also preparing classes for conferences, critiquing and mentoring manuscripts. The novel I’m working on is Song in the Night. The proposal is with an agent. It’s a contemporary story of a Christian woman, a Jewish man, a young boy, and a devastated pastor; how their lives entwine, conflict, and the extraordinary results.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

I am on facebook and twitter. My website is www.yvonnelehman.com but it is in dire need of updating. This should have been the answer to “what I struggle with.” Technology and I aren’t friends. My email is: yvonnelehman3@gmail.com




Thank you, Yvonne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Yvonne has offered to give away a free copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below. 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, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas Give-Aways!

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and I want to warm someone up for the holidays by giving them the brand new e-version of my romantic beach comedy, Sunset Beach.

But first, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of The Plum Blooms in Winter, by Linda Thompson, is subscriber:

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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.



Here's a bit of information about the plot of Sunset Beach:

Sonny Miller, a recent college graduate with plans to get her master’s degree in psychology, intends to resolve some family drama and put her academic interests to the test. She cleverly invites her mother, Teresa, and her mother’s estranged twin, Aunt Melanie, to a quiet and quirky San Diego beach house. They both show up...and with surprises of their own. Teresa, a successful classical singer, brings her latest protégé, Irina, and Melanie brings along secrets about Teresa and the identity of Sonny’s long-gone father.

The strong personalities cause some big waves, and Sonny is in over her head. Soon she is drawn to Irina and Irina’s charming brother, Grigori. Her faith is strengthened by their story of being adopted as children from a Russian orphanage by a Christian couple from America.

Readers will love being a guest alongside these characters. Between each sunrise and sunset is another day for healing, laughter, rediscovering the importance of family, and embracing the hope of God’s care.

The e-book can be purchased online via the following button:



To enter in the drawing for the free copy, leave a comment and your email below in answer to my question in the next paragraph. "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, and I notify the winner by email, so leave your address like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

My question? What is one thing that stresses you about the Christmas holidays, and one of the things you most look forward to? (For me, the frigid winter weather used to be the one nerve-wracking thing. But moving to California took care of that! And the thing I most look forward to is gathering with family, which my move to California kind of messed up--now we'll be celebrating after the holidays so everyone can come back from traveling to the east coast. You take the good with the bad!) What about you?


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

I wish you all a beautiful, blessed Christmas and a glorious New Year. See you in 2019! 

Love, 

Trish

Monday, December 17, 2018

Linda Thompson and Free Books!

A gripping novel inspired by a true story from World War II’s daring Doolittle Raid.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Stagecoach to Liberty, by Janalyn Voigt, 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 Linda Thompson, author of the historical novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter (Mountain Brook Ink, December 2018).

Linda Thompson stepped back from a corporate career that spanned continents to write what she loves--stories of unstoppable faith. Her debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, is an ACFW Genesis award winner.

Linda writes from the sun-drenched Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, a third-generation airline pilot who doubles as her Chief Military Research Officer, two mostly-grown-up kids, and a small platoon of housecats. When Linda isn't writing, you'll find her rollerblading--yes, that does make her a throwback--taking in a majestic desert moonrise, or dreaming of an upcoming trip. She and her husband recently returned from a tour of Israel and Jordan and a visit to Wales.

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

Our son Josh met a young Welsh woman when we were on a mission trip in the U.K., and fell in love. They carried on a long-distance relationship for a couple of years, then married. However, due to the U.S. immigration process, the relationship is still long-distance! She will finally be able to join her husband permanently here in Arizona in January--with our first grandchild, who is now two months old and a dual U.S. / U.K. citizen! We are very excited to see them finally begin their life together for good. (I am already plotting how I can work a Welsh character into a future novel!)

It actually sounds like their story could be the plot for a future novel!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Plum Blooms in Winter.

A Prostitute Seeks Her Revenge--In 1942, Miyako Matsuura cradled her little brother as he died on the sidewalk, a victim of the first U.S. bombing raid on Japan. By 1948, the war has reduced her to a street-hardened prostitute consumed by her shame.

A WWII Hero Finds His True Mission--Dave Delham makes military aviation history piloting a B-25 in the audacious Doolittle Raid. Forced to bail out over occupied China, he and his crew are captured by the Japanese and survive a harrowing POW ordeal. In 1948, he returns to Japan as a Christian missionary, determined to showcase Christ's forgiveness.

Convinced that Delham was responsible for the bomb that snuffed out her brother's life, Miyako resolves to restore her honor by avenging him--even if it costs her own life. But the huntress soon becomes hunted in Osaka's treacherous underworld. And then confronts a decision that will change everything.

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

Miyako is deeply wounded, but courageous, determined and self-sacrificing. She will pay any price to fulfill what she sees as her duty.

What’s one of your favorite Christmas books or films?

Okay, promise not to laugh… The Muppet Christmas Carol. I enjoy the music and the corny jokes, and I appreciate the message of this classic redemption story. And Miss Piggy’s star turn as Mrs. Cratchit? Perfect.

Oh, that does bring back memories!

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

I loved Melanie Dobson’s Catching the Wind. I find the craft behind time-slip stories fascinating, and I especially enjoyed the well-researched World War II timeline that ended with a heart-rending and very memorable separation. But yes, there was healing on the other side of that.

Yes, Melanie is great at time-slip stories. I featured her Hidden Among the Stars not too long ago.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Book Two in the Brands From the Burning series, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers. It continues the World War II story from The Plum Blooms in Winter, but also introduces a new plotline from samurai-era Japan.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to connect with readers! My website: lthompsonbooks.com Author Page. Or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or Bookbub.

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

Certain eras are very popular in historical Christian fiction, while others are largely unexplored. Does the idea of reading a story that explores the challenges of Christians in Japan’s samurai era intrigue you, or not? Can you expand on why you feel that way?

Thank you, Linda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Linda has offered to give away free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Linda'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, December 10, 2018

Janalyn Voigt and Free Books!

Can a desperate young woman trust the handsome Irish stranger who wants to free her from her captors?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the cozy mystery novel, Where There's a Will, by Amy Rognlie, 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 Janalyn Voigt, author of the sweeping western historical romance, Stagecoach to Liberty (Mountain Brook Ink, 12 2018).

Janalyn Voigt fell in love with literature at an early age when her father read classics to her as bedtime stories. When Janalyn grew older, she put herself to sleep with her own made-up tales. Her sixth-grade teacher noticed her love of storytelling and encouraged her to become a writer. Today Janalyn is a multi-genre author.

Janalyn writes the kind of novels she likes to read – epic adventures brimming with romance, mystery, history, and whimsy. She is praised for her unpredictable plots and the lyrical, descriptive prose that transports readers into breathtaking storyworlds.

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

I once lived at a remote communications station in the Australian Outback, two-hundred miles from the nearest small town. My husband was a sailor who worked at a naval base jointly run by the American and Australian military.

During the three years we lived in Western Australia, we went through Severe Tropical Cyclone Karen. We sheltered in the utility closet in our home, which was just big enough to hold our daughter’s crib. I’ll never forget the sound of the storm, which reminded me of a freight train passing near our house.

The stuff of nightmares! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stagecoach to Liberty.

Elsa Meier, a talented young Hessian girl who plays the hurdy-gurdy and dances, signs a contract to entertain miners in the Wild West. Elsa travels to America in the company of Miles and Alicia Peabody, the brother and sister who persuaded her mother to allow her to go. Elsa hopes for freedom and the chance to send money home to help her family. Instead, she comes to the attention of a wealthy and unscrupulous man. On a stagecoach traveling into Montana Territory, Elsa conveys her peril to a handsome stranger with an Irish accent.

Con Walsh, on a quest to find out the truth about himself, stumbles into a dangerous situation involving a frightened young woman in need of rescue. Despite his own pressing troubles, he finds that her safety matters to him more than his own.

Set in Montana during its gold rush -- a time troubled by outlaws, corruption and vigilante violence -- Stagecoach to Liberty explores faith, love, and courage in the wild west. This story can stand alone or continue the saga that began with Hills of Nevermore and Cheyenne Sunrise.

What a great series!

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

Elsa has the best of intentions. She leaves her family in Germany for America to help her widowed mother support her younger siblings. When others let her down, her strong mind and moral fiber sustain her.

What’s one of your favorite Christmas books or films?

I’m a big fan of Charles Dickens. His ability to create larger-than-life characters that live outside the written page is awe-inspiring. I’ve adopted my husband’s long-standing tradition of watching A Christmas Carol each Christmas. Each year, I see something new in the story.

And there are several excellent film versions of the story, so it's possible to keep that experience fresh. 

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

So far, no one has topped Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier for vivid descriptions, deep characterizations, and intriguing plotting. She shares a similar gift for inventing compelling characters as Charles Dickens. You may notice a theme. I love classic, timeless stories.

I thought I had read that one, but I see I haven't. That will be next on my TBR list to listen to as I walk! The plot sounds exciting.

What are you working on now?

The Forever Sky is the final installment in the Montana Gold series. Maisey Wilcox, the heroine, appeared as a supporting character in the first three books. It’s nice to delve more deeply into the story of a heroine who is in every way admirable. After suffering devastating losses that would crush a weaker soul, Maisey reaches out to help others. I can only aspire to show such love. Rob, the hero, struggles to prove himself. That Con, his successful older brother, overshadows him doesn’t help.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me at janalynvoigt.com.

They can sign up for my mailing list to receive my mostly-monthly e-letter at janalynvoigt.com/join-e-letter

Amazon will notify readers of my releases if they like me on my author page, here: www.amazon.com/Janalyn-Voigt

Facebook Author Page
Goodreads Author Page
Bookbub Author Page
Pinterest

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

Under what circumstances would you sacrifice to help your family?

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