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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, April 17, 2017

Louise Gouge and Free Books!

 photo Cover_zpsfghvaoay.jpgHow can she accept his proposal when he only wants to marry her to gain his father’s approval?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Designing Love, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit novelist Louise Gouge, author of the inspirational historical romance, Cowboy Homecoming (Harlequin LIH, April 2017).

Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical Romances. She received the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in 2005 and placed in 2011, 2015, and 2016; and placed in the Laurel Wreath in 2012.

When she isn't writing, she and David, her husband of fifty-plus years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums.

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

When I was a child from four to eight years old, my family lived in a cozy country house on Mobile Bay in Alabama. In front of our house was a circular driveway lined with eighteen gardenia bushes. Every year they would bloom in profusion. I came to love the fragrance of gardenias more than any other flower and often mention the scent in my novels. After living in many other places, most too cold for those warm weather bushes, I finally have gardenias in my yard again. Each spring when they bloom, I am carried back to my happy childhood and those eighteen magnificent bushes.

They definitely have their own, distinctive fragrance, don't they? I love the way scents can immediately bring us back to childhood memories.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Cowboy Homecoming.

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Love finds a home out West.

After two years, Tolley Northam returns home, transformed from a mischievous youth into an ambitious lawyer confident of winning his father’s approval at last. But he soon begins to wonder if the only way to do so is to marry family friend Laurie Eberly—a woman his father has always liked. If only she weren’t so adamant about refusing Tolley’s proposal…

Laurie’s childhood friend is now a handsome, accomplished lawyer with undeniable charm. But she can’t accept Tolley’s proposal; she believes it’s just to earn his father’s praise. First he’ll have to prove to her that he wants her for a wife not because his father thinks she’s the perfect match, but because he does.

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

Tolley Northam is a former bad-boy who’s straightened up and become a solid citizen and man of faith. And yet he has trouble convincing those who knew him in his younger days that he’s changed his ways.

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

 photo images_zpsgvpubw4j.jpegDiogo Morgado, who portrayed Jesus Christ in the recent miniseries The Bible.



In your main character’s voice, give us a statement about the subject of romance.

Tolley to Laurie: Although we often joked about joining our two families with at least one marriage, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you. I do, no matter what your last name is. If you’ll have me, I’ll do everything in my power to see your dreams come true. Wherever you want to go, I’ll go with you. I love you with all of my heart. Without you, there isn’t any dream worth having.

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

I love anything by Laurie Alice Eakes. Most recently, I reread one of her early books, Better than Gold, which is newly available for Kindle at amazon.com (available by clicking on the title). I love her characters and settings. In all of her books, she really takes you there, wherever “there” may be.

What are you working on now?

I just finished the sixth book in my Four Stones Ranch series set in Colorado. It’s great fun to develop a fictional community and build on it through a long series like this. My town of Esperanza is modeled on historic Monte Vista, Colorado, where I lived for many years.

Where else can readers find you online?

Web site at blog.Louisemgouge.com
Facebook
Twitter: @Louisemgouge

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

Do you like heroes who are wounded, damaged, and in need of redemption, or do you prefer a hero who has come through trials and is now on the straight and narrow?

Thanks, Louise, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Louise has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Louise's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, April 10, 2017

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

 photo Designing Love Cover Final_zpslebdevgj.jpgSomeone is framing Sierra. Can Spencer Preston discover the true criminal before he loses her?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Home, by Ginny Yttrup, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the contemporary romance, Designing Love (Mountain Brook Ink, April 2017).

 photo IMG_4314-2 Publicity_zpstwrci9ac.jpgKimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance the warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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

I can’t have gluten. I know it’s not exciting, but it’s a big deal in my life and very random. ☺

Oh, I hear you, Kimberly. I try to avoid gluten, but I dearly love it.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Designing Love.

 photo Designing Love Cover Final_zpslebdevgj.jpgSierra Robbins, single mother and interior design assistant, wants to provide a stable home for her teenage son and become a successful interior designer.

She’s well on her way to both goals when she agrees to house sit a home in Sunriver, Oregon. It couldn’t be more perfect. She’ll be close to her job at Belafonte Designs while living rent-free. But things don’t go as expected beginning on day one when a police officer responds to the alarm they set off at the house. Was that alarm a sign of trouble to come?

Spencer Preston, lives for his job as a police officer in Sunriver, but when he responds to a house alarm and finds Sierra and her son there everything changes. Suddenly he finds himself torn between the upholding the law and protecting the woman he believes is innocent.

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

Sierra cares about others and goes out of her way to help them. Spencer is a tough guy, but he has a soft side that is fun to get to know.

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

 photo kevin-kinkirk-george-stults-30444227-500-375_zpsj9gxaiil.jpgAlthough he is too tall, I think George Stults would make a great Spencer.

And here he is as a police officer!



 photo haylie-duff_zpsnphmgbk8.jpgAs for Sierra maybe Haylie Duff, although, lol, she might be too short.







In your main character’s voice, give us a statement about the subject of romance.

I have nothing against romance, but my life is devoted to raising my son. I’m not in the market for romance.

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

The last book I read that I would recommend is Her Baby's Protector by Margaret Daley and Susan Sleeman. It’s two separate novellas in one book put out by Love Inspired Suspense. I’m a fan of both of these authors. I love to read romantic suspense and these two novellas read like full-length novels. The stories are well developed and move fast.

It is difficult to produce that full-length novel feel with a novella, as you and I both know. Those are words of praise, for sure.

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing the sequel to A Love Song for Kayla. An Encore for Estelle, which I hope to release in June.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website www.kimberlyrjohnson.com I also blog at inspyromance.com. Readers can follow me on Amazon as well.

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

What is it about inspirational romance that draws you?

Thanks, Kimberly, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ginny's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ginny Yttrup, April Releases, and Free Books!

 photo 9781634099554_zpswoojosb8.jpegWhen a novelist loses her way at midlife, can her characters lead her home?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of False Fire, by Veronica Heley, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit novelist Ginny Yttrup, author of the Women's Fiction novel, Home (Barbour, April 2017).

Ginny L. Yttrup is an award-winning novelist who writes about the issues everyday women face, offering hope and sometimes a little humor along the way. She’s also a writing coach, mother, mother-in-law, friend, and companion to Bear, the Entitled Pomeranian.

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

I once jumped out of an airplane and had my parachute fail. Yep. I should probably write about that, right?

Good grief, yes!

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

Novelist Melanie Vander runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality. When Melanie finds herself faced with a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to a novel worthy locale. Maybe a bit of distance will inspire her husband to appreciate her again too, she reasons.

Craig Vander is facing his own problems, including a recession that’s all but shut down his business, the possibility of losing their home, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally. Craig feels as though he’s carrying his burdens alone.

As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into a “relationship” with one of her characters, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage.

Will Melanie allow her characters to lead her home?

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

Melanie is flawed, though delightfully so. At least, that’s what she tells herself. She struggles with wrinkles, a few extra pounds, and she tends to avoid emotional pain at almost any cost. Until the cost is just too high. She’s real—at least as real as any fiction character. And as a novelist, she’ll be the first to tell you just how real those characters can become.

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

The answer to this question would reveal a key plot point, so…

Hmm, intriguing!

In your main character’s voice, give us a statement about the subject of romance.

How about a bit of from the book?

Laughter bubbles from my core and burbles, like a wave meeting the shore, as it comes out my mouth. I let my arms drop to my sides. He calls to me from the shore. “What’re you laughing at, silly girl?”

How long has it been since he’s called me that?

I open my eyes, the smile still playing on my lips—the lips of a woman, not a girl—as his long strides cover the distance between us. “I’m laughing because I’m happy. You, this,”—I do a slow spin—“all of this, makes me happy.” I yell over the sound of the rain, pounding the sand now.

Very cinematic! What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Since You've Been Gone by Christa Allan. I loved this story and I always enjoy Christa’s writing—quirky, fun, and yet she makes you think.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing my next novel. The working title is Chosen. I haven’t come up with a tagline or blurb yet. I’m just writing sample chapters—getting a feel for the characters and the story.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can visit my author website: www.ginnyyttrup.com and writers can visit my website for writers: www.wordsforwriters.net.

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

As as avid reader myself, I always like to know why other readers read. So, why do you read?

Thanks, Ginny, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Ginny has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 10. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ginny's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

As you scroll to the bottom of today's post to answer Ginny's question, take a look at some of the exciting novels being released in April!

Contemporary Romance:

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon -- When a police chief and an ex-con join forces to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks fly. Given their backgrounds, it's not a promising match—but in Hope Harbor, anything is possible. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker])

Oh Baby by Delia Latham -- Dawni Manors seeks peace in Angel Falls, Texas. What she finds is a cowboy, an abandoned infant, and emotional chaos. If the Heart's Haven angels really are there, what in the world are they thinking? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

General:

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti -- Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and carries a tiny heartbeat with her? (General from Abingdon Press)

Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent -- When tragedy strikes, Maggie discovers a mother's love never ends--not even when her life does. Longing for her family after her sudden death, she becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family's downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother's death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family's grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out. (General from Walrus Publishing [Amphorae Publishing Group])

Mystery:

Sunset in Old Savannah by Mary Ellis -- When a philandering husband turns up dead, two crack detectives find more suspects than moss-draped oaks in charming old Savannah, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne'er-do-well brother. (Mystery from Harvest House Publishers)

Historical:

Above Rubies by Keely Brooke Keith -- In 1863, young teacher Olivia Owens establishes the first school in the remote settlement of Good Springs while finding love. (Historical, Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

A Rose So Fair by Myra Johnson -- Caleb Wieland would give anything to win farm girl Rose Linwood's heart, but Rose's stubborn independence is proving as thorny as the flower for which she's named. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Under the Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer -- In 1854 Illinois, Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents' farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she's ever known and the man she's begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future. (Historical Romance from Mantle Rock Publishing)

The Pony Express Romance Collection by Barbara Tifft Blakey, Mary Davis, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Maureen Lang, Debby Lee, Donna Schlachter, Connie Stevens and Pegg Thomas -- Nine historical romances revive the brief era of the Pony Express. Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

Plain Target by Dana R. Lynn -- Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her disgraced brother's name, but enemies keep coming out of the woodwork and danger only gets closer. Jess soon learns that no place is safe—and no one can be trusted…except for the last white knight she'd ever expect to ride to her rescue. Paramedic Seth Travis was the boy behind her high school humiliation, but he's also the man keeping her alive. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer—and resolve their past in time to build a future together? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Dangerous Testimony by Dana Mentink -- Four weeks before she's set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand. When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trust—longtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel. For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first time—the fear of losing Candace and her daughter. But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband's memory is never far from her mind. So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills -- Special Agent Tori Templeton is determined to find who killed her best friend's husband. Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer?and to each other?the more intent someone is on silencing them for good. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)

Final Verdict by Jessica R. Patch -- When Aurora Daniels becomes the target of someone seeking their own twisted justice, Sheriff Beckett Marsh is the only one who can rescue her. As a public defender, Aurora has angered plenty of people in town—and in her past. And while Beckett constantly clashes with the feisty lawyer professionally, it's his duty to protect and serve. Guarding her 24/7 is now his sole assignment. He may not have been able to save his fiancée from a dangerous felon, but he'll do whatever it takes to keep Aurora alive. Even if working with her to catch and convict this ruthless killer puts his heart in the crosshairs. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Guardian by Terri Reed -- When a fellow FBI agent is kidnapped and a protected witness vanishes, Leo Gallagher will stop at nothing to find them both. So when he discovers a link between the case and a single mother in Wyoming, Leo and his trusty K-9 partner rush to question Alicia Duncan. Could she be the key to locating the missing persons? Not if a killer has anything to say about it. Someone is determined to keep Alicia from talking, so Leo and his chocolate Lab must keep her and her little boy safe on their family ranch. With danger lurking around every corner, Leo must work overtime to not lose another person who's important to him. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Witch by Denise Weimer -- Having restored Michael Johnson's ancestors' house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael's been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love? (Romantic Suspense from Canterbury House Publishing)

Speculative Romance/Fantasy:

The Fairetellings Series (Books 1 through 3) by Kristen Reed -- Discover a trio of enchanting novellas inspired by three beloved fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. (Speculative Romance/Fantasy, Independently Published)

Happy reading!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

 photo Unknown_zpspltfajhy.jpegBea investigates when fire disrupts a dinner party for two ten-year old girls and ends in multiple deaths, which may or may not have been intended.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of Murder is No Accident, by Ann Gabhart, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit novelist Veronica Heley, author of gentle crime novel, False Fire (Severn House, March 2017).

Veronica Heley celebrates the publication of her 78th book in 2016, having been in the business for over 40 years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series; the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Abbot Agency series.

She also writes a short story once a quarter for the Methodist Recorder. Her early books, which include more crime and some historical novels, are currently being brought out as e-books.

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

Please tell us something random we might not know about you.

I love chocolate but hate coconut. My favourite colour is blue. I like to have something flowering all the year round in my garden.

I picture a lovely English garden at your home!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of False Fire.

 photo Unknown_zpspltfajhy.jpegFalse Fire starts with thirteen people for a dinner party which ends in multiple deaths – oh, and brings in a teddy bear who becomes a very important person in the lives of two poor little rich girls.

Bernice and Alicia may be heiresses but money can’t buy the love that these ten-year old girls need – and there are reasons why some of their families might welcome their deaths.

Goodness! How intriguing. 

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

Bea is a successful businesswoman, running a domestic agency whose watchword is ‘discretion’, but she has a nurturing nature and often finds herself taking on other people’s problems.

Emily Dickinson said this about writing: “A wounded deer leaps the highest.” How do you interpret that, and do you agree?

Fear can impel you to outdo whatever you think you can manage by yourself. And yes, I agree.

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

I re-read Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! The characterisation is marvellous, and his invention awe-inspiring.

He was truly original. What a loss to not have him with us anymore.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another Bea Abbot novel, called False Pride. A family which has suffered from adverse publicity in the past, closes ranks against an investigation into stolen property, a death . . . and Bea’s ten year old ward defies her authority.

Where else can readers find you online?

At www.veronicaheley.com

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

My editors are always urging me to find my heroines a man, but although that worked out all right in the Ellie Quicke mysteries when she came to know Thomas, Bea has not so far found anyone to invite into her life. When a suitable man comes knocking at the door, should she invite him in . . . or not?

How interesting that we had a recent guest, Ann Gabhart, ask something similar! 

Thanks, Veronica, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Veronica has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Veronica's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ann Gabhart and Free Books!

When murder comes to call at a stately Victorian house, the town of Hidden Springs looks to Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane to solve the crime before anyone else dies.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of With Love, Wherever You Are, by Dandi Mackall, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit novelist Ann Gabhart, author of the cozy mystery, Murder Is No Accident (Revell Books, March 2017).

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, the 2015 Selah Book of Year winner. She’s also known for her Shaker novels and Heart of Hollyhill books.

Now, as A.H. Gabhart, she is writing the Hidden Springs Mysteries set in a small town much like the Kentucky town where she grew up.

Ann and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and still enjoy country life on a farm near that small town. Ann likes to take walks with her dog, Oscar, to mull over new story ideas.

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

I have nine wonderful grandchildren who like going on walking adventures with me out here on our farm, especially if I let them go hunt rocks and crawdads while wading in a nearby creek. The kids and I have carried enough fossil or shiny rocks to the house to start a rock garden. They leave the crawdads in the creek. Except once. Poor crawdad didn’t live long in spite of my grandson carrying him home in creek water.

Aw, no pet crawdad. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Murder is No Accident.

The old Chandler place should be empty. The magnificent Victorian mansion is for sale, even if its elderly owner Miss Fonda doesn’t realize it. But when real estate agent Geraldine Harper enters the house on a sunny October day, she’s not alone. Minutes later, there is a body at the bottom of the steep steps leading to the tower room.

Deputy sheriff Michael Keane is called in. At first blush, it looks like the death was a tragic accident, but clues point to foul play. And when a second body is discovered, the race is on to find the culprit . . . before someone else dies.

If you like your small-town America sweet and quirky—with a dash of sinister—this is the whodunit book for you.

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

Michael has old-fashioned values but with modern tolerance for different lifestyles. He wants peace in his private life and hopes for happiness. He likes the freedom of not being the “boss” in the sheriff’s office and wonders at his lack of ambition. He’s sort of coasting along waiting for whatever happens next. He is easy-going, but when faced with a crisis knows how to take action. He loves his little town of Hidden Springs. It is part of his heritage since his ancestor founded the town. He has an Aunt Lindy who insists he must keep the Keane family going in Hidden Springs.

He’d like to be married with kids, but he’s in love with a woman he can’t imagine settling down with him in a small town like Hidden Springs while he can’t imagine living in the big city with her. Readers want to know how that may eventually turn out.

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

This is always a difficult type of question for me since I don’t watch much television or see many movies. I much prefer reading and imagining the heroes and heroines. But since you asked, I tried to match up my characters with an actor and actress via the internet.

 photo simon-baker-4124009vjcdq_1370_400x400_zpsbytz2t18.jpgI picked Simon Baker for Michael Keane





 photo 061815-ksenia-solo-2_zpsytr0mt5s.jpgand Ksenia Solo for Alexandria Sheridan.





Emily Dickinson said this about writing: “A wounded deer leaps the highest.” How do you interpret that, and do you agree?

I suppose she’s saying the best writing comes from great intensity of feeling and pain. When death is near, the deer has one last leap for life. Perhaps that is meaningful to other writers, but I think I’m too practical to go down that road. It’s good to feel your stories with all your creative might, to be with your characters through every struggle and joy, but then once that story is written, I’m ready to live on and write a new story.

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

So many books I could recommend, but a recent novel I read was The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus. I’m a dog lover so when the title caught my eye, I decided to give the book a try.

The first person story is written from the viewpoint of a woman who struggles with her faith after a tragedy in her family. I found her story compelling and the dog talking to her fun. This book was an easy, entertaining read but with a strong message regarding faith.

What are you working on now?

I have gone back to my historical novel roots and have a book coming up next that is set in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1940’s. The novel, These Healing Hills, will be about a nurse midwife with the Frontier Nursing Service and is scheduled for a September release. Then I’m working on another historical idea about what happens in a small Kentucky town after a cholera epidemic.

How fun to be branching out so much!

Where else can readers find you online?

My website, www.annhgabhart.com, has information about all my books and some about me too. You can also find both my blogs, One Writer’s Journal and Heart of Hollyhill, there as well. I enjoy getting to know my readers on my Facebook author page.

I do occasionally tweet out this or that on Twitter with a user name of AnnHGabhart and I’m always adding pictures on Pinterest about stories I’m researching or simply pictures I like. Again just look for AnnHGabhart. You can access all these social media places from my website.

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

What do you think makes a cozy mystery cozy? And do you like romance mixed with your mysteries?

Thanks, Ann, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Ann has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ann's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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