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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, July 21, 2014

Gail Sattler and Free Books!

 photo TheBestMansSecret-cover_zps9f1e96d2.jpgAfter preventing a bank robber from stealing his money, will Dave be able to stop Ashley from stealing his heart?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Critical Diagnosis, by Alison Stone, is:

jenabrams5(@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away. 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 chat with novelist Gail Sattler, author of The Best Man’s Secret (Harlequin Heartsong, July 2014).

 photo GailSattler-jazzphoto_zpscc87dd34.jpg Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver, BC, where you don’t have to shovel rain, with her husband, 3 sons, 2 dogs, and 1 lizard, who is quite cuddly for a reptile.

When she’ s not writing Gail plays electric bass for a local jazz band, and acoustic bass for a community orchestra. In her spare time (yeah, right) Gail likes to spend time with a cup of hot coffee and a book written by someone else.

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

-- I'm attempting to learn to play cello.

-- The last thing I knitted was a sweater for my dog.

-- I've never been to Jack In The Box (they don’t have Jack In The Box in Canada).

Huh. Until you mentioned that, I hadn't realized we no longer seem to have them in the D.C. area either. I have fond memories of very late night stops there in my youth, eating tiny, limp tacos that were  so greasy I would probably gag at them now.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Best Man's Secret.

 photo TheBestMansSecret-cover_zps9f1e96d2.jpgOvercome by guilt, Dave puts his life aside to help Ashley after she’s injured during a bank robbery. He doesn’t want to fall in love with her because he holds a secret he cannot share – because knowing what he cannot share will be the difference for her to love him, or leave him. Can he take the risk?

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

While Dave is brave on the outside, he is scared on the inside, and he can’t tell Ashley why until he has no choice.

Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Victory, Contest, and Rise

Dave needed to rise to the challenge, so he could have his victory of the contest.

I think you're the first author this month who related the sentence to the featured novel!

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

Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe, a novella collection by Lena Nelson Doole, Jeannie Smith Cash, Jean Kincaid, and Jeri Odell. I’d recommend it because I enjoyed the collection, I like sweet stories.

What are you working on now?

The 3rd book in my Best Man series, The Best Man’s Secret is book one, and then coming out at Christmas is The Best Man’s Holiday Romance.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website at www.gailsattler.com and on Facebook.

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:




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

Where do you go to read a book you just can’t put down, and why?

Thanks, Gail, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Gail has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gail's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Ann Gabhart, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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 HERE.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ann Gabhart and Free Books!

 photo annLoveComesHome_zps82411e22.jpgWith WW II finally over and the boys coming home, the Merritt sisters are ready to pursue the plans put on hold by the war, but even in little town like Rosey Corner, peacetime life can hold challenges.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space, by Susan Lyttek, is:

lnhoog@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away. 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 chat with novelist Ann Gabhart, author of Love Comes Home (Revell Books, July 2014).

 photo ann_zps8f4edd49.jpg Ann H. Gabhart, the author of several bestselling novels, has been called a storyteller, not a bad thing for somebody who never wanted to do anything but write down stories. She’s published over twenty-five books for adults and young adults with more on the way.

Scent of Lilacs, her first Heart of Hollyhill book, was a Booklist Top Ten Christian Fiction Book. The Outsider, the novel that began her Shaker series, was a finalist for Christian Fiction Book of 2009.

A starred review for Love Comes Home in Publishers’ Weekly says “…a novel tailor made for book clubs that can be treasured and shared with all who appreciate the beauty of love and family...”

Ann keeps her keyboard warm out on a farm in Kentucky where she lives with her husband, Darrell. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

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

--My grandfather was a blacksmith just like Victor in my Rosey Corner books.

--Every day, I take a walk on our farm with my dog, Oscar, and sometimes the neighbor dogs, Roxie, a St. Bernard, and PJ and Jake, two Heinz 57 dogs, go with us too.

--The Rosey Corner stories were inspired by my mother’s stories about growing up in the 1930’s. Now I’m walking the hard path of dementia with Mom as the disease has stolen all her wonderful life memories.

Heartbreaking, Ann. What a blessing that you captured so many of those memories in fiction.

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

The people of Rosey Corner are celebrating the end of World War II. Everybody is ready to welcome the boys back home and get back to peacetime living.

Kate and her sisters can’t wait to step into the future they’ve only been able to dream about while the men were away at war. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves the kind of perfect life she’s read about in the women’s magazines. Victoria wants what can never be. Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her past.

But the shadow of the war lingers over them all as they face the challenges life throws at them. Each sister must learn to trust in the Lord’s guidance and strength as they share the joys and sorrows in their little corner of the world.

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

I have four viewpoint characters in Love Comes Home. Kate and Jay are beginning their life together after the war and facing some newlywed challenges even though they’ve been married for four years. I hope readers will also be rooting for Victoria to find happiness and for Clay who stole my heart as I got to know him in the story. He’s a good man who has many family obligations and wants so much to win the heart of the girl he loves. My Rosey Corner characters are like my own family and I hope they’ll feel like family to readers too.

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

 photo images_zps99ff2e93.jpegI would make a very poor casting director since I tend to spend my free time reading books instead of watching movies, so I wouldn’t know where to start getting actors and actresses. But with the help of Google, I’ve come up with a few possible candidates for the lead roles: Kiera Knightley for Kate (even though her eyes aren’t the right color),


 photo Unknown_zpse4b8a875.jpegIndia Eisley for Victoria,





 photo Unknown-1_zpsaaf9a32e.jpegBrady Corbet for Clay,





 photo Unknown-2_zpsa2966257.jpegand Andrew Kooman for Jay. Of course, Mr. Kooman is a writer and not an actor, but somehow I’ll talk him into taking the role. ☺


Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Work. Excitement. Desire.

If you desire to meet the challenges of life and achieve your goals, you must work with excitement and perseverance.

I love seeing how differently this month's authors react to that exercise. You've taken a very encouraging tack.

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

Not long ago I read Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz. It’s the second in her Ballantyne Legacy series. I haven’t read, Love's Reckoning, the first book in the series yet, though I do hope to soon. That didn’t keep me from falling in love with the characters in this novel or being able to follow the story line. Laura’s story is very romantic and rich in history with characters that spring to life in your imagination. If you like romance mixed in with interesting history, this is a book you will enjoy.

That's definitely a component of a good series--the reader should be able to start in the middle and still enjoy it.

What are you working on now?

I went back to my Shaker village of Harmony Hill for a new story titled The Innocent. The story is set following the Civil War and has a mystery entwined with the story about my characters, Carlyn and Mitchell. The book is scheduled to be released July 2015.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find out more about me or my books by visiting www.annhgabhart.com. I post twice a week on One Writer’s Journal, www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com with occasional giveaways, and then Jocie, my young character in my Heart of Hollyhill series, reports from Hollyhill in the Sixties every week at www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspot.com. You can join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter, and I keep some boards going on Pinterest.

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:




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721850: Love Comes Home, Rosey Corner Series #3


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

Trish tried to trigger my imagination with the word challenge. So now I’m using that word to get you talking. What challenging things have you done in your life or what challenging things are still on your bucket list to do someday? What attributes does a person need to meet the challenges in life?

Great questions, Ann! Thanks for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ann has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ann's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Alison Stone, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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 HERE.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Alison Stone and Free Books!

 photo CriticalDiagnosis_zps1f4a9782.jpgWhen Dr. Lily McAllister finds her life and research in jeopardy, she must rely on Army physician James O’Reilly to protect her or risk losing everything.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Moon Over Maalaea Bay, by Harry Wegley, is:

lesamcc@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away. 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 chat with novelist Alison Stone, author of Critical Diagnosis (Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, July 2014).

 photo AlisonStone_zps4cedbc4b.jpgAlison Stone left Buffalo, New York and headed a thousand miles south to earn an industrial engineering degree at Georgia Tech in Hotlanta. Go Yellow Jackets! She loved the South, but true love brought her back North.

After the birth of her second child, Alison left Corporate America for full-time motherhood. She credits an advertisement for writing children's books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children's book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications before finding her true calling, writing romantic suspense.

Alison lives in Western New York with her husband of twenty years and their four children where the summers are absolutely gorgeous and the winters are perfect for curling up with a good book—or writing one.

Besides writing, Alison keeps busy volunteering at her children's schools, driving her girls to dance, and watching her boys race motocross.

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

-- I didn’t discover the joy of reading for pleasure until after I graduated from college.

-- I am addicted to Netflix. I am currently making my way through all the seasons of Bones.

-- I listen to books on tape when I exercise. I just finished The Goldfinch. I logged a lot of miles with that book.

It does make the walk and/or exercise more enjoyable, doesn't it, Alison? I often watch shows on my iPad while I'm on the treadmill now, and it makes me actually look forward to the experience.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Critical Diagnosis.

 photo CriticalDiagnosis_zps1f4a9782.jpgResearcher Dr. Lily McAllister has dedicated her life to finding a cure for a family disease and now, steps away from a promising new treatment, Lily is attacked. Only the training of army physician James O'Reilly can save her.

As the would-be CEO of his family's pharmaceutical company, James's secret dream is to reenlist. But he can't leave Lily with a bull's-eye on her back. Nor can he stay and stop her from pursuing her goal. No one can, including the stalker who shadows her every move. Still, James has lost too many people he's loved—and this time he refuses to lose Lily.

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

My lead character, Dr. Lily McAllister, has devoted her life to finding a cure for the disease that killed her mother and now afflicts her niece. I think readers will care about her because she’s smart, selfless and determined.

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

 photo images_zps65b31b52.jpegI wrote the hero with Ben Affleck in mind.




 photo images-1_zps1e77cce7.jpegI didn’t write the heroine with any actress in mind, but now that I think of it, Jennifer Garner would make a great Lily.




Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Challenge: experience, death, painful

Life is filled with many challenges and painful experiences, including the death of a loved one.

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

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This was a pick by my book club. That’s what I love about book clubs: you find books you might never have read. Without giving too much away, Me Before You explores the relationship between a young female caregiver and a powerful businessman who suddenly finds himself a quadriplegic after a tragic accident. The storyline is unique and the premise really made me think about things I take for granted.

That's what I love about book clubs, too, Alison. That, and knowing you'll have people with whom to discuss the book afterward. Such a pleasure.

What are you working on now?

I am working on copyedits for Plain Peril, my February 2015 release from Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense. It’s set in Amish country. I’m also plotting two other books that were recently contracted by Harlequin. One is set in a small town and involves drug dealing. The other is again set in Amish country. Apparently Amish stories are very hot right now.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.AlisonStone.com
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads



The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:




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446094: Critical Diagnosis


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

Have you ever read a book where the storyline, characters or something about the book haunted you for a long time? If so, what was it about the story that stayed with you?

Thanks, Alison, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Alison has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Alison's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Susan Lyttek, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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 HERE.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Susan Lyttek and Free Books!

 photo GuzzyGoofballcover_zps08f62ded.jpgJust when Guzzy thought his summer was safe… Mom got a bright idea.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sky Zone, by Creston Mapes, is:

faithfulgirl4@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Gathering Shadows, by Nancy Mehl, is:

tstam3@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away. 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 Susan Lyttek, author of Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, February 2014).

 photo susanbusiness_zps289e60ce.jpgSusan A. J. Lyttek, author of newly released kids’ comedy, Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space and the cozy mystery Homeschooling Can Be Murder by Harbourlight Books, wife and homeschool mother of two teenage sons, writes early mornings in the shadow of our nation’s capital. She also enjoys training up the next generation of writers online through Write At Home, and by teaching middle and high school co-op classes.

Her mystery sequel Killer Field Trip will release August 2014.

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

--I earned a marksman ribbon with the M16 when I was in the Air Force.

--I was published first in kindergarten. My mom sent in my poem to the local paper.

--My hubby and I eloped in June and then had a church wedding in October. We kept the elopement a secret from most friends and family for seven years.

I want a picture of you with that M16, Susan!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space.

 photo GuzzyGoofballcover_zps08f62ded.jpgI like summer. What kid doesn’t? But inevitably my mom gets some crazy idea that I need to be doing something constructive.

That’s what destroyed a perfectly good week in July. My mom and Mrs. Bartle ganged up on Shriek and me and convinced us we’d love some time with kids our age and away from our homeschools. We’d be in a drama co-op, no less, with other fourth to sixth graders. OK, that was bad enough.

But when I show up to discover I’m one of two guys amid a bunch of cackling girls… And they decide to put on a production of Sleeping Beauty and draft yours truly, Guzzy Guferntible, into the role of Prince Charming. Me, on stage, armed with a plastic sword? If that’s not a recipe for disaster, I don’t know what is.

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

Guzzy is an average kid who just happens to be homeschooled. He is a glass half-empty to mostly empty kind of person while his mom tends to see everything as light and happy. In other words, they’re opposites which makes for an interesting homeschool dynamic. He tends to get klutzy when he’s trying his hardest to do what’s right.

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

 photo Unknown_zps5ff43ad6.jpegGuzzy would look like Daryl Sabara when he was a kid in the first Spy Kids movie.




 photo images_zps0373acb3.jpegHis best friend Shriek looks like the girl from Polar Express.

Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Obstacle, difficult, surmountable

The ideal character can overcome a difficult, yet surmountable obstacle.

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

Pals in Peril: Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware by M. T. Anderson. I haven’t laughed so hard and so much in a long time. So far, I heartily recommend this series for kids. In this episode we have our middle school heroes battling spies, dinosaurs, carnivores and avoiding the evil dictator… of Delaware.

What are you working on now? 

The edits for my third mystery, Plundered Christmas, as well as the second Guzzy story.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.NancyMehl.com


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

For some strange reason, I like books like the Pals in Peril series, Lemony Snicket, Hero: Second Class and other stories where authors violate the wall between author and reader and make themselves part of the story. Do you enjoy that plot device or do you find it annoying? Why?


Thanks, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Harry Wegley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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 HERE.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unforgettable at 99 cents!

Unforgettable, my romance set in 1950s Washington, is available in ebook format for 99 cents, today through July 21! 

Here is the short plot description:

Rachel Stanhope tries to see the good in everyone. But even her good graces are challenged when she meets Josh Reegan outside her Arlington, Virginia dance studio on a brisk fall morning in 1951. Admittedly, he's attractive, but she finds his cynicism and cockiness hard to tolerate.

A hard-news journalist and former World War II Air Force pilot, Josh considers distractions like ballroom dancing frivolous wastes of time. He has yet to shed his wartime drive to defend good against evil whenever he can. Yes, Rachel's confident nature is a refreshing challenge, but he wouldn't tangle with her if his newspaper hadn't roped him into covering one of her studio's competitions in New York City.

Between Arlington and New York, between the melodrama of ballroom antics and the real drama of political corruption, between family involvement and romantic entanglement, Rachel and Josh have their hands full. The last thing either of them expects is mutual need and support. But once they stop dancing around the truth, the results are unforgettable.

The ebook sale is featured at the following sites: 

 

The ebook is also available at the 99 cent sale price at the Apple store. 


I hope you'll take advantage of the sale and let me know what you think of the story!

 

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