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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!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Elizabeth Goddard and Free Books!

 photo Tailspin - Elizabeth Goddard_zpskrrpmh6n.jpgNothing can stop Sylvie Masters from scuba diving to find her mother's downed plane—except possibly the hit man determined to keep the truth from surfacing.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of James Rubart's The Five Times I Met Myself is:

grandaddya@ . . .

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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Elizabeth Goddard, author of the romantic suspense novel, Tailspin (Love Inspired Suspense, April 2016).

 photo Headshot_zpsegnlksl5.jpgElizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting.

A seventh generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a B.S. degree in computer science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dream of becoming an author.

She currently makes her home in Minnesota where she serves with her husband ministry.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I hate to fly.

-- I played the cello in my high school orchestra.

-- I love slow cooker meals.

I'm definitely with you on the flying! Or, at least, I hate waiting to fly. And sitting in the cramped row for hours!

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

 photo Tailspin - Elizabeth Goddard_zpskrrpmh6n.jpgSet in southeast Alaska, Tailspin is book 5 in my Mountain Cove series.

My heroine, Sylvie Masters, is diving, searching for her mother’s downed plane when she is met by another diver who is holding a knife and attacks her. She escapes to a nearby island and is running for her life when my bush pilot hero comes to her rescue.

 He hates to dive and she hates to fly, but turns out they are both looking for the same downed-plane. His mother was the bush pilot and Sylvie’s mother was the passenger. They must both overcome their fears and pool their resources to discover the truth that someone is willing to kill for in order to keep hidden.

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

Both characters play a leading role and both are strong characters.

Readers will care about Sylvie because she’s strong and won’t give up searching for the truth about what happened to her mother. She only wants closure but searching for answers puts her life in danger. Add to that, she is also the long-lost Warren sibling from my first Mountain Cove book.

My bush pilot hero is easy to care about—he’s the swashbuckling hero of my contemporary story. Readers who have read previous Mountain Cove novels have already met him, and know he deserves his own HEA.

I love that you incorporated those characters from previous stories.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsngr6lcu9.jpegEmily Blunt would play Sylvie Masters, my diving instructor heroine,




 photo images_zpsbpvoggka.jpegand Liam Hemsworth is just perfect for Will Pierson.






How would you complete this sentence: Had I known twenty years ago what I know today, I would have … 

I would have started writing and submitting my work much sooner, believing in myself much more.

Amen to that! I love seeing young authors, with that early sense of direction, getting into publishing and starting a long career. 

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

I just finished reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. I was in the mood for a gothic novel, and The Winter Sea was all that and more, weaving true historical facts in with a modern story. Wonderful!

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the second book in a new series called Wilderness, Inc., set in the Wild Rogue Wilderness of southwest Oregon, and this week I’ll be starting on the third book.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website of course, elizabethgoddard.com
Facebook
Twitter
Christiansread.com
suspensesisters.blogspot.com
cleanromancereadscafe.blogspot.com


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     CBD
447351: Tailspin

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

What is your favorite adventure romantic suspense—either movie or novel?

Thanks, Elizabeth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 2.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Elizabeth'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 18, 2016

James L. Rubart and Free Books!

 photo The Five Times I Met Myself COVER_zps8yhkstwe.jpgWhat if you could talk to your 23 year old self? What would you say to them?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Marta Perry's The Rebel is:

wesnpam@ . . .

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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist James L. Rubart, author of the contemporary, "slipstream" novel, The Five Times I Met Myself (Harper Collins Christian Publishing, November 2015).

 photo James headshot 8 13_zpsmjokbc3k.jpgJames L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish one of his stories.

He's the best-selling, Christy, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of seven novels as well as a professional speaker. During the day he runs his marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm.

He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I used to be a semi-pro magician.

-- I’m a scuba diver.

-- I crushed the fingers of my right hand under a table saw when I was one and a half. Doctors said the fingers would never grow. They did. Miracle? Yes.

I do love how the adventure you've incorporated into your personal life--whether by choice or accident--seems to give energy to your creativity in writing.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Five Times I Met Myself.

 photo The Five Times I Met Myself COVER_zps8yhkstwe.jpgWhat if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

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

Brock has regrets—just like we all do. Life hasn’t turned out the way he wanted it to. He wishes he could go back and make different choices. He longs to make things right, so in many ways he is us. We want to do the same things, so we care about Brock because we care about ourselves, and find so much of ourselves in Brock.

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

 photo images_zpsipl2nv48.jpegBrock- A younger version of Harrison Ford





 photo Unknown_zpscb7u0oas.jpegKarissa- Diane Lane





 photo images-1_zpsequhllfr.jpegYoung Brock- Miles Teller





 photo images-6_zpsizm8mbek.jpegRon- Christopher Meloni






 photo Unknown-1_zpsorxnjj6m.jpegDr. Shagool- Gary Oldman







How would you complete this sentence: Had I known twenty years ago what I know today, I would have …

Taken more risks, stood up for myself more, lived more in the moment than in the past or the future.

I would imagine you delved into much of that while writing your current novel.

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

Just re-read ARENA, by Karen Hancock. It’s brilliant modern day version of Pilgrims Progress, but not overt.

I think that was the first Inspirational Sci-Fi novel I ever read, and I loved it. So exciting. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't recognize it as Pilgrim's Progress. Now I want to read it again!

What are you working on now?

I’m just wrapping up my next novel, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, and it’s a fun one. It’s about a man who is searching for a lost corridor at the end of a lake in Oregon, where if he finds the corridor and gets through to the other side, he’ll get what he wants most in the world. It comes out in August.

Where else can readers find you online?

On my website jameslrubart.com where they can subscribe to my newsletter which is the best way to keep up with what I’m doing. Also, on Facebook and on Twitter: @jamesLrubart


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     CBD
686116: The Five Times I Met Myself

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

What’s the one choice you would ask your twenty three year old self to make differently?

I love that question! Looking forward to hearing what people say. (I'll post too.)

Thanks, Jim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Jim has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 25.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim'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 4, 2016

Marta Perry and Free Books!

 photo TheRebel_cover_zpsbthdk4hg.jpgIn the final Keepers of the Promise novel, the acclaimed author of the Pleasant Valley series tells about a young Amish woman who must make a difficult choice, just as her grandmother did years ago.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Angela Ruth Strong's Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho is:

fishingjan@ . . .

and the winner of the e-copy of Beth Vogt's You Can't Hurry Love is

psalm103and138@ . . .

Congratulations! we'll get your e-books right out to you via Amazon.

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 with novelist Marta Perry, author of the Amish Inspirational novel, The Rebel (Keepers of the Promise Book 3, Berkley Books, April 2016.)

 photo Marty booksigning1_zpswx9m5y4w.jpgA lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch heritage led Marta to write about the Plain People who add so much richness to the heritage of her home state. Marta has seen over nearly sixty of her books published.

She and her husband live in a centuries-old farmhouse on twenty-five acres in a central Pennsylvania valley.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, traveling, sewing, baking, or enjoying her six beautiful grandchildren.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--I’ve visited almost 20 countries and hope to get to a few more before I’m finished.

--I once spent an entire parade on a float in a mermaid costume which didn’t allow me to walk.

--My husband says I’m a perfectionist about only two things—being a grandmother and writing.

I love the image of the mermaid, Marta. That would be fun in a story.

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

 photo TheRebel_cover_zpsbthdk4hg.jpgCentral Pennsylvania, current day.

Restless and adventurous, Amish Barbie Lapp has been stepping out among the Englisch. Minister Benuel Kauffman doesn’t approve of her choices, but he can’t deny the positive influence Barbie has on his wayward teenage sister.

As Barbie is drawn to the kindness beneath Benuel’s gruff exterior, the mementos she finds in a dower chest given to her by her grandmother, Elizabeth, provide the insight she needs to decide whether to fully embrace the Amish way of life or leave it behind for forever.

Lancaster County, 1960.

As working farms for the Amish become scarce, Elizabeth Lapp’s husband, Reuben, tries to persuade her that they would be better off moving north. But the prospect of leaving her close-knit community of family and friends frightens Elizabeth. Can she muster enough love and faith to leap into a new life?

Two women from one family, separated by decades, both find that the ultimate adventure takes place in the heart.

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

Barbie is lively and rebellious, always looking for something different from the restricted life she’s known, but her warm heart leads her to take endless trouble for those who need help.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsnwqfzixn.jpegA young Harrison Ford!

How would you complete this sentence: Had I known twenty years ago what I know today, I would have  . . .

. . . done things in exactly the same way. Even though I’ve made mistakes and stumbled often, I’ve learned from every experience of my life, both personal and writing.

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

I recently read Linda Goodnight’s The Memory House and found it so moving. It’s about the ability to rise above bad experiences and forge a new life filled with family and love.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished a Christmas Novella that will be out in November from Love Inspired Books, titled The Midwife’s Christmas Surprise. What could be more Christmasy than a lost love returned, an unexpected baby, and a snowstorm?

Where else can readers find you online?

Look for me at www.martaperry.com and Facebook.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




     CBD
271438: NEW! #3: The Rebel

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

What is your favorite type of romantic story—Cinderella, the secret baby, first love, friends into lovers, marriage of convenience, or something else?

Thanks, Marta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Marta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 18.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Marta'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 28, 2016

Beth Vogt, April Releases, and Free Books!

 photo 51XYQt4ZL._SX326_BO1204203200__zpso0jmpw35.jpgWhat if your long wait for love brings you back to a second chance with your first love?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winners of the e-copy of my latest novella, Under the Dogwood Tree, are:

tumcsec@ . . . 
happygrammaof3@ . . .   and 
angelecolline@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll get your e-books right out to you via Amazon.

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 with novelist Beth Vogt, author of the contemporary romance, You Can’t Hurry Love (Howard Books, May 2016).

 photo Beth s Portraits-Portraits-0153_zpsj4o5r2bd.jpeg 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.”

A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a two-time Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014.

In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She continues the series in 2016 with the e-novella You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and the novel Almost Like Being in Love (June). A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan.

Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I’m a proud volleyball mom, thanks to my youngest daughter’s commitment to year-round volleyball. I’m learning the lingo and spending lots of time at tournaments with hundreds of teen girls competing against one another.

-- I didn’t enjoy coloring as a kid, but I’m trying out this whole “adult coloring book” craze. It’s relaxing and I also gifted coloring books to all my daughters.

-- One of my favorite writing tools? My Bose headphones. They are a great way to block out the world while I write and I get to enjoy all my Spotify playlists. I usually make a playlist for each book I write.

Wow, I wish I could do that, Beth. I have to have complete quiet to write.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of You Can't Hurry Love.

 photo 51XYQt4ZL._SX326_BO1204203200__zpso0jmpw35.jpgI rewrote You Can’t Hurry Love so that it’s a very different story from the one I originally plotted. One key facet that stayed the same: The heroine is Elisabeth Straker, who was the best friend of Bellamy, the heroine in my e-novella Can’t Buy Me Love. 

You Can’t Hurry Love is second-chance-at-love story and combines several elements of my own romance with my husband. Elisabeth (Lis) and Jamie are involved in a long-distance romance because Jamie is in the military – and that was true for my husband and me when we were dating.

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

Elisabeth is the penultimate “always the bridesmaid never the bride” friend. In the past two years she’s been in nine weddings – always in the supporting role of bridesmaid or maid of honor. Here’s an excerpt from the e-novella that explains her mindset:

She was content with her life. Well, that wasn’t completely true, but she’d perfected the “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” role. No one suspected she wasn’t satisfied being single, as she hosted her friends’ bridal showers and purchased items off their gift registries. The gloss had worn off all things matrimonial, but she refused to let her deflated hopes ruin anyone else’s wedding day.

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

 photo images_zpsdpef5upx.jpegI always create a Pinterest board for my stories, including visuals of my main characters. I chose Zooey Deschanel for Elisabeth





 photo images-1_zpsetkyi0go.jpegand Theo James for Jamie.




If you’d like to share the opening line or lines to your novel, we’d love to read them.

High School Senior Prom
Woodland Park, Colorado

Tonight was almost perfect.

Short of dismantling the basketball hoops at either end of the high school gym, the prom decorating committee had transformed the area into a glimpse of Hollywood from yesteryear.

Couples swayed to the music coming from the DJ’s tower of speakers in one corner of the room. Strings of twinkling white lights and silver streamers hung from the ceiling. Round tables lined the perimeter of the room and black metal movie cameras were centered on the white tablecloths strewn with glittery gold stars. Faux strips of movie film wound around the camera bases and featured the graduating seniors’ photos in retro black-and-white. HOLLYWOOD was spelled out in iconic large white letters against the back wall next to the photo area with a lush red curtain backdrop. The aroma of buttery popcorn from the old-fashioned electric popper scented the air.

With a soft sigh, Elisabeth snuggled closer to Jamie, his arms tightening around her. Now this . . . this moment couldn’t be any better, even if it was the last dance of their senior prom. Mariah Carey crooned “Don’t Forget About Us,” and Elisabeth closed her eyes, imagining Jamie and she were alone under a star-filled sky. “Happy?” Jamie’s whisper tickled her ear, the warmth of his breath trailing down her neck.

Elisabeth tilted her head up. Jamie’s dark eyes sparkled in the reflection of the overhead lights. “Yes. This is just about perfect.”

“Just about . . .?” He shifted, leaning away from her. “What’s wrong?”

“I wish we had the whole summer—” Elisabeth pressed her lips together. She and Bellamy had talked about this earlier while they got ready for prom at Elisabeth’s house. Don’t let Jamie’s leaving later this summer ruin tonight. Have fun. Her best friend was right. Saying her thoughts out loud didn’t change the inevitable, even as Elisabeth’s words shadowed the present.

“Me, too.” Jamie’s steps didn’t falter as he continued to lead her in the dance. “But you know how hard I worked to earn the appointment to the Air Force Academy—”

“I know.” She forced her smile to reappear, hoping it hid any sadness in her eyes. “I’m proud of you, too. I’m going to miss you, that’s all.”

“I’ll miss you, too.” Jamie bent to brush her lips with his, pulling her closer. “And besides, technically I’m not the one leaving the state to go away to college.”

“You could have come with me to Biola.”

“But the whole point is for me to fly jets in the air force. And lots of couples do long-distance relationships. The good thing is, we live in the same hometown, so we’ll see each other for the holidays. And we’ll have fun planning our future after we both graduate college and get married. We’ll travel, and Uncle Sam will foot the bill.” Jamie shook his head, his lazy grin appearing. “Why are we being so serious? Tonight’s prom and we still have a few more weeks before I report to the Academy.”

Now I'm intrigued as to how she ended up in the "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" role after this youthful plan!

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

I read an advance copy of Cathy West’s upcoming release, The Things We Knew. Cathy is a close friend and I designate myself as her #1 fan. She’s an incredibly talented writer and this novel examines the challenges of family relationships that are interwoven with secrets.

I like Cathy's work as well. And she's a total sweetheart.

What are you working on now?

I’m plotting a new novel, working on the long synopsis, trying to get to know the characters and the direction the story is taking me. These are early days yet.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website/blog: www.bethvogt.com
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest

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

Have you ever been in – or would you ever want to be in – a long distance relationship? If you have – what were the challenges you faced? If you wouldn’t want to be in a long distance relationship – why not? What if your long wait for love brings you back to a second chance with your first love?

Thanks, Beth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Beth has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 4. (The book won't release until May, but Beth will send your copy to you as soon as it's available.) 
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Beth'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 Martha's question, take a look at the excellent Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham -- A high class speech language pathologist and an unrefined cattle farmer cause sparks in this modern retelling of the beloved classic My Fair Lady. (Contemporary Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Coast Guard Sweetheart by Lisa Carter -- Second Chance Sailor When coast guard officer Sawyer Kole is stationed again in Kiptohanock, Virginia, he's ready to prove to Honey Duer that he's a changed man--and the right man for her. But it's not smooth sailing when a hurricane blows their way. To save the family inn she's restored to perfection, Honey will ride out the storm. But can she handle the turbulence of seeing Sawyer again? Years ago he walked away, taking her dreams of love. Now as Hurricane Zelda barrels down, Honey may have no choice but to trust Sawyer to save her life and--just maybe--her heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Better than Fiction by April W Gardner and Michelle Massaro -- While creating a fictional romance, a novelist dissatisfied with her marriage falls prey to an emotional affair with her spiritual, sensitive friend, Curtis, who inspires her handsome hero. Meghan Townsend imagines the whole thing as harmless...until it isn't. Under Meghan's skillful pen, her characters, a 1916 heroine and a reckless racecar driver, embark on a thrilling, adventurous romance. But she finds that writing those love scenes with Curtis's face in mind takes her heart places it shouldn't go. Will she realize in time that real life can be better than fiction? (Contemporary Romance from Plaited Press)

Close to You by Kara Isaac -- A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together--and fall in love--on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Historical:

Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette -- Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all. To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she's only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she's ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh? (Historical from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Historical Romance:

Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow by Gerri Bauer -- Living with her aunt and uncle, housekeeper Josefa longs for the glamorous life of a fashion designer far beyond her small town. But her dreams alarm her Tia Lupita, who fears Josefa's ambitions are unrealistic for a girl of her station. When Lupita announces a plan for Josefa to move away from Persimmon Hollow to live with distant relatives in Texas and prepare for an arranged marriage, the headstrong beauty knows she has to make an audacious choice. And when a decision arises between two suitors, will she choose a rich man who could give her all the outward trappings she desires, or a quiet carpenter who has fewer material goods but a bigger heart? (Historical Romance from Franciscan Media)

The Lady and the Mountain Call by Misty M. Beller -- Trapper Reuben Scott planned only a quick visit to his parents' homestead to tan his winter hides, but the strange woman standing at his mother's stove is a shock. And then this Cathleen Donaghue tells him his father's dead and his mother is losing her mind. The sad news may bring an end to the life he's loved--trapping, living in the wild freedom of these mountains, no one demanding he measure up. But he'll do anything for his family, even deal with this city woman since she seems to connect with his confused mother. When tragedy strikes Cathleen's family, this impassive mountain man may be the only one with the skills to save her. But can she trust him with her heart, too? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Where the Heart is Romance Collection by Andrea Boeshaar, Carol Cox, Rhonda Gibson, Sally Laity, Claire Sanders, Connie Stevens, Pamela Kaye Tracy, Erica Vetsch, and Jane West -- Journey along with nine women who find themselves on the move out of their comfortable lives and into the unknown as they set up new homes, take on new jobs, seek out loved ones, and encounter romance. Will their faith endure the hardships, and will love form when life is in transition? Written by nine inspirational romance authors who have a passion for American history and faith. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Mail Order Mix-Up by Christine Johnson -- When school teacher Pearl Lawson sees an ad for a mail-order bride, she leaps at the opportunity to find a husband for her best friend. Roland doesn't know how an ad seeking a wife for his brother found its way into print. But now he has to handle the hopeful applicants--women who think he's the future groom. Not to mention the feisty, matchmaking schoolteacher who is just as determined not to marry as he is. Will this mix-up push Roland and Pearl to forget their plans of staying single and allow love into their lives? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Losing Lincoln by Stephenia H. McGee -- Among the thousands of captured and hopeless Confederates in Elmira prison, Annabelle searches to find the one man who could be the key to saving her inheritance. Matthew will do everything in his power to protect the woman he loves--even if it means keeping her from the truth. Especially given his ties to a desperate madman seeking vengeance. In the final dark days of war, Matthew sets his hopes on Annabelle. She could be the lighthouse that guides him out of the ever encroaching sea of chaos. But first they must allow love and trust to overcome their prideful hearts. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser -- Sophie Biddle, an heiress on the run with a child in tow, seeks to start over in a small town that doesn't like secrets. Reverend Ian McCormick has come to Stone Creek to escape past mistakes and prove himself a worthy servant of God and his congregation. They are drawn together by their love for music and her child, Caira, who Sophie tries to pass off as her little sister. Will the scandals of her past destroy his hope for their future? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White -- Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough. After a shocking attack, she's willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar. While Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never shied away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs right now is the distraction of Lady Rowena's desperate situation. When Rowena's father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision. Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she's reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in dangerous business with a stolen treasure, she feels pushed directly into the path of everything she was trying to avoid. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Romantic Suspense:

Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley -- Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she's about to return home to the States, but there's just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she's on the run--she just doesn't know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too--including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again? (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Picture Perfect Murder by Rachel Dylan -- When photographer Lily Parker escapes an attack, she doesn't want any help from the FBI agent who is convinced she's a serial killer's latest obsession. But after one of her photographs is found at a murder scene, it's clear that Special Agent Rex Sullivan was right. Lily, a former CIA agent, isn't used to relying on others, but she won't survive without Rex at her side. And Rex quickly sees that Lily isn't a typical victim in need of his protection, but a valuable partner who can help him bring down a madman. With the murderer growing bolder, Rex has to convince Lily to trust him with her safety--or she could become the killer's next victim. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis -- When a talented musician is found dead in Memphis, Nate and Nicki are determined to find their friend's killer with a list of suspects longer than the Mississippi River. (Romantic Suspense from Harvest House)

Reunion Mission by Virginia Vaughan -- Lured into a dark classroom, high school teacher Claire Kendall stumbles over the body of a dead student--and into the clutches of the killer. Certain she's about to die, Claire is shocked when DEA agent Matt Ross bursts in and rescues her. The former army ranger who broke her heart ten years ago is back in town to bust a drug trafficking ring operating at the school. With Claire being framed for the young informant's murder, she has to put aside their past and trust her handsome ex to keep her safe. But someone is dead set on bringing their hometown reunion to a permanent end. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Speculative:

Tainted by Morgan L Busse -- A young woman discovers she can control the laws of science, but every time she does, she kills a part of her soul. If she doesn't find a cure soon, her soul will die and she will become something else entirely. After a devastating personal loss, Stephen Grey leaves the World City Police Force to become a bounty hunter. He believes in justice and will stop at nothing to ensure criminals are caught and locked up. However, when Kat Bloodmayne shows up in his office seeking his help, his world is turned upside down. Together they search World City and beyond for a doctor who can cure Kat. But what they discover on the way goes beyond science and into the dark sphere of magic. (Speculative from Enclave Publishing)

A Desperate Escape by JC Morrows -- The palace is scrambling to recover from a brutal assault . . . the country is in disarray . . . and the royal security team is on edge like never before. Kayden entered the palace under a lie . . . a lie that has now been exposed. Now Prince Dvarius has to decide what to do with his reluctant assassin. (Speculative from S&G Publishing)

The Xerxes Factor by Anna Zogg -- USF special agent Kelli Layne has one goal in life—find the girl who was abducted on her watch. Confident and self-sufficient, she doesn't need anyone. Including God. When she is nearly killed, she is forced to question her ideology. Only one person believes Kelli wasn't involved in the kidnapping, fellow agent Jayden Song. He risks his career to help her follow the clues to Xerxes IX, an alien planet with a humanoid population. To rescue the missing girl, Kelli and Jayden have no choice but to become fugitives from the law. Can they save the child without forfeiting their own lives? (Speculative from Next Step Books)

Thriller/Suspense:

The Tenth Plague by Adam Blumer -- Water turns to blood. Flies and gnats attack the innocent. Marc and Gillian Thayer's vacation resort becomes a grisly murder scene, with a killer using the ten plagues of Egypt as his playbook for revenge.

When their friend turns up dead, Marc and Gillian put their vacation on hold, enlist the help of a retired homicide detective, and take a closer look at the bizarre plagues as they escalate in intensity. Meanwhile, a stranger is after the Thayers' newly adopted baby. Will they uncover the truth behind the bitter agenda before the tenth plague, the death of the firstborn son? (Thriller/Suspense from Kirkdale Press)

Happy reading!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Under the Dogwood Tree and Free Books!


Childhood love blossoms then fades to a distant memory for a young librarian and a dashing EMT. But a spunky grandmother, an overanxious dog, and a dash of divine intervention create the perfect environment for romance to bloom the second time around.

Before we look at today's book, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Breaking Free, by Jennifer Slattery, is:

tlhcoupon@ . . .

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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

As I do on occasion, today I want to introduce you to my latest release, the e-novella Under the Dogwood Tree (Forget-Me-Not Romances, March 2016), which is part of Forget-Me-Not's American State Flower series.

Here's a short synopsis of the story:

Bernadette Doyle thinks she’s put her life on hold for the summer, while she cares for Cookie, her aging firecracker of a grandmother.

But Cookie’s run-in with a spastic dog leads to Bernadette’s run-in with a handsome EMT who recognizes “Bernie” as his past childhood love.

The next three months of rekindled romance, uncovered crime, suffered loss, and explored recovery show Bernadette that her life is not on hold. Far from it—her life has just begun.

What is it about Bernadette and her hero, Micah Hart, that will make you care about them?

Bernadette and Micah were both teased as children--Bernie because of the very visible birthmark just below her ear, and Micah because he was chubby. As a result they bonded together as children and grew up to be sensitive, empathetic adults. Although their childhood friendship ended when their families moved elsewhere, the strengths (and weaknesses) of their young relationship are the very things that draw them back together upon crossing each others' paths again.

As I usually do with guest authors' books, I'm showing the actors I pictured while writing my characters. If there were a film version of this story, these are the people I imagine portraying my characters.

 photo Bernie Doyle_zpsdfb3w1cc.jpgI saw my heroine, Bernadette Doyle, as this lovely young woman. I'm sure she's an actress on some show or in film, but I have no idea what her name is. She just has that Irish-heritage look I envisioned for Bernie.




 photo Micah Hart_zpsavamkq2e.jpgAnd I pictured my hero, Micah Hart, looking like Alex O'Laughlin of Hawaii 5-0 fame.






I saw actress Beverly Polcyn as Bernadette's grandmother, Cookie.










 photo Marybeth Logan_zpsy3byuwqn.jpegAnd I had Anna Kendrick in mind as Bernadette's best friend, Marybeth Logan.



During these early days of the release, the novella is priced at only 99 cents. And I plan to give away a free copy to three subscribers or readers who answer the following question:

What kind of childhood struggle have you (or a loved one) had to overcome? How did that struggle influence you as an adult?

I'll draw names Monday, March 28. To enter, leave your answer below. "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.
 

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