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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, June 18, 2018

Zoe McCarthy and Free Books!

Ten years ago Camden crushed her heart; guess who just moved in across the street.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Conspiracy of Breath, by Latyane Scott, is:

chellegoodson@...


Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Zoe McCarthy, author of the contemporary Christian romance, Gift of the Magpie (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, August 2017).

A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy is the author of three Christian contemporary romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing that opposites distract, she creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. Zoe has a fourth romance and a non-fiction book on writing coming out in 2018.

Besides penning books, she gives workshops on writing, teaches the community Bible study, and crochets and knits for a prayer shawl ministry.

Zoe has two sons and six grandchildren. She and her husband live in Southwest Virginia, where they enjoy exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains and canoeing the New River.

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

As a Coast Guard brat, I lived three years in Haiti during the rise of Papa Doc and was later evacuated from the Guantanamo Bay Cuba Naval Base during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Wow, that sounds pretty exciting! I was a little girl in elementary school at that time, and I remember being frightened all the way up here in the States. I can't imagine being in the thick of it.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Gift of the Magpie.

Amanda Larrowe’s lack of trust sabotages her relationships. The English teacher and award winning author of middle grade adventure books for boys has shut off communication with friends and family to meet her January 2 book deadline.

Now, in the deepest snow accumulation Richmond, Virginia has experienced in years, Camden Lancaster moves in across the street. After ten years, her heart still smarts from the humiliating aftermath of their perfect high school Valentine’s Day date. He may have transformed into a handsome, amiable man, but his likeability doesn’t instill trust in Amanda’s heart.

When Cam doesn’t recognize her on their first two encounters, she thinks it’s safe to be his fair-weather neighbor. Boy is she wrong.

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

When Cam moves in across the street, Amanda, although a successful teacher and an award-winning author of books for boys, fears Cam will have a second chance to murder her self-worth as he’d nearly done ten years ago.

Share with us one line or paragraph that gives us a good feel for the tone of your novel.

A looming deadline and an embarrassing Cam-encounter were serious business. Sure, in fifty years, she might view Cam moving in across the street as hilarious, but she needed help now. And God knew this. Thankfully. Perhaps God would keep her on task and, in His mercy, send Cam back west where his family had relocated.

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

The Road to Testament by Eva Marie Everson. I recommend it for the same reason I like to write this type of book. I enjoyed the humor and tenderness, and the banter and problems of two opposites. The story had a mystery, a southern setting, and an engaging romance.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book in my Twisty Creek series that will be part of a multi-author 2019 Valentine’s Day collection.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.zoemmccarthy.com

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

What is your method of finding the books that you enjoy reading?

Thank you, Zoe, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Zoe has offered to give away an e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Zoe'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, June 4, 2018

Latayne Scott and Free Books!

What if some of the scholarly theories were true – a woman wrote part of the New Testament?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lawfully Loved, by Jenna Brandt, is:

sarahackerman@...


Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Latayne Scott, author of the Biblical historical literary novel, A Conspiracy of Breath (TSU Press, September 2017), a finalist in the International Book Awards' religious fiction category.

Latayne Scott has been writing since she was in grade school, and she won her first prize for writing in the third grade. She's published hundreds of short works such as poems and magazine articles; won awards for humor and for radio plays; and over two dozen published book through small publishers and big (such as Zondervan, Kregel, Baker, Word, Howard and others.)

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

I’m trying to expand my brainpower (neuroplasticity) by doing challenging tasks. Like math. (Yuck.) Getting back to my studies of German. Trying not to be a klutz in exercise class.

I've been using math-related games on my phone for exactly that purpose!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Conspiracy of Breath.

A patrician Roman woman becomes a Christian and soon the Holy Breath breathes on her to produce the book of Hebrews (not unlikely considering that Jewish Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles.) Her life and those of other Christians of the time are anvils on which God hammers out His will – and His Word.

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

Like Corrie Ten Boom, she is a reluctant leader. She struggles, like Job, with the thought that God is paying too much attention to her!

Share with us one line or paragraph that gives us a good feel for the tone of your novel.

The last night on the ship, I dreamed of the old heroes and gods. I saw them one by one fade like shadows into the glare of a sandstone cliff. I looked around for them and they were no more. There was only the cliff, and sand stretching without horizon in every direction.

Atop the crest of the cliff was a standard, and on it was a long, swaying gauze-like scarf. At first I thought the wind caused its motion. Then I realized that it caused the wind.

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

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. I am writing some young adult novels and this was an excellent insight into teen issues.

What are you working on now?

I always have several projects going. Cruciform Press will publish later this year The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery, a YA novella involving time travel, and I’m working on a sequel to that. I’m co-writing a nonfiction on sexual predators for Bethany House, have a new Bible study about stewardship of time, talents and possessions that will be released soon by TSU Press, am working on a literary novel about the Civil War, and am doing quite a bit of teaching and speaking.

Where else can readers find you online?

I blog at Pandora’s Box Gazette, on my blog at www.latayne.com and with co-author Dr. Beth Robinson at KidsCallMeDoc.com.

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

Why do you think people often expect Christian fiction to help them feel better? Is this a good goal for Christian fiction, and why or why not?

I love that question. Thank you, Latayne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Latayne has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Latyne'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, May 21, 2018

Jenna Brandt and Free Books!

A Texas Deputy Sheriff and a small town girl fall in love in the Old West. 

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Things I Never Told You, by Beth Vogt, is:

marypopmom@...


Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Jenna Brandt, author of the Inspirational historical western romance, Lawfully Loved (independently published, February 2018).

Jenna Brandt is a Christian historical romance author and she is branching into contemporary romance in 2018. Her books span from Victorian to Western to WWI eras with elements of romance, suspense, and faith.

Her debut series, the Window to the Heart Saga, has become a bestseller and her newest venture is the multi-author series, The Lawkeepers.

She is also an author in the First Street Church kindle world.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lawfully Loved.

Jake “Bullseye” Bolton is trying to hide from a broken past through his work while Rebecca Caldwell is trying to take care of her family while they deal with an ongoing problem with their family. Both don’t think they can make room for love, but when instant attraction forms between them, they both rethink their decision.

The novel has a bit of humor with lots of action and romance.

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

Jake is honorable and loyal. He cares about the people he is protecting. Rebecca loves her family and does everything she can to take care of them.

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

Finding time to write is probably one of the largest obstacles most writers face. When someone tells me they loved my book and made them happy, it’s the best feeling in the world.

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

I really enjoyed Evangeline Kelly’s Lawfully Protected. It’s in the same series. I was surprised to like it since I don’t like first person perspective, but Evangeline does a terrific job. The characters are well developed; the story is great and you can tell she researched her book’s content.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a spin-off series from my first contemporary romance book, Lawfully Adored which came out in April. It takes places in a small town, Clear Mountain, Colorado, which I created for the book. I decided to turn it into a series called Clear Mountain Romances and I’m working on the first book, tentatively called Clearly Wedded detailing the lives of the couple from Lawfully Adored and setting up future books in the series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website and newsletter: www.jennabrandt.com
My street team
My reader’s club
The Lawkeepers’ reader’s group
My books on Amazon
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Goodreads

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

What’s your favorite part of a book?

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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As a follow-up to "The Rules" update I posted last week, I'm playing it very safe. I am sending this notice to all readers who have subscribed to my blogpost, but it really only applies to my readers who live in the EU and UK. If that applies, to you, please read on.

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I wish you and I could ignore this, but that would be too easy! I apologize for the inconvenience. I value the fact I can share authors, their book releases, and their news with you.

As stated before, my GDPR-compliant blogpost processor (Feedblitz) has your email address and nothing else, and we never share that information.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Beth Vogt and Free Books!

Things I Never Told You asks the question: Is family always worth fighting for?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winners of the e-copies of my new novella, Together by Design, are:

cheetahthecat1986@... 

and

tumcsec@...(dot)com

Congratulations! I'll get your e-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 visit with novelist Beth Vogt, author of the women's fiction release, Things I Never Told You (Tyndale House Publisher, May 2018).

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids.

Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014.

An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers' groups and mentoring other writers.

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

When I’m not writing, you’ll probably find me on the sidelines of my daughter’s volleyball games holding a camera and taking thousands and thousands of photos. I’ve become the (un)official photographer of both her high school and club teams. I love viewing the game through the perspective of a camera lens.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Things I Never Told You.

It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever way they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine — as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.

But as old wounds reopen and the family faces yet another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven apart for good.

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

Payton is anything but perfect …and this speaks to the anything-but-perfect part in all of us. Sometimes we try to hide that part of ourselves. Sometimes we try to pretty it up … but then circumstances overwhelm us, and we can’t help but be real … gut-level honest with ourselves, with others, and with God.

I recently moved to California from the East Coast, and I know I’ll end up setting some future stories here now. What life event would you say has impacted what you write?

For Things I Never Told You, which is about the complicated relationships between sisters, I drew upon my own complicated relationship with my two sisters. I believe all relationships have their difficult, challenging moments, and I like to delve into that when I’m writing — even when I was writing contemporary romance.

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

Cathy West is a good friend and a talented writer. I’ve told her that if we weren’t good friends I just might seriously envy her writing ability instead of celebrating it. Her latest release, Where Hope Begins, is rich with emotion and she tackles serious topics like grief and infidelity with insight and sensitivity.

Cathy is a terrific person. I'm not at all surprised that her books are insightful.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing book 2 of the Thatcher Sister Series — more complications … more character growth.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog: Website
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

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

If you have sisters, what kind of relationship do you have with them? Or if you have daughters, what are you doing to encourage a good relationship between them? Any twins out there? (I’m a twin — I have a fraternal twin sister.)

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