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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!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

 photo TheYuletideRescue-small_zps3b2c0109.jpgWith everyone Dr. Bree Mathison cares about most in peril, she and her rescuer, David Stone, must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Masterpiece Marriage, by Gina Welborn, is:

homesteading@ . . .

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 Margaret Daley, author of The Yuletide Rescue (Love Inspired Suspense, December 2014).

 photo 1-MargaretDaleyphoto-jpg_zpsc1ea51b9.jpgMargaret Daley, an award-winning author of ninety books (five million sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love.

When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

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

--I love ice cream and sometimes eat more than I should.

--I hate to exercise.

--The worst household task is dusting to me.

Margaret, I believe you've been reading my mind.

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

 photo TheYuletideRescue-small_zps3b2c0109.jpgWhen Dr. Bree Mathison's plane plummets into the Alaskan wilderness at Christmastime, she is torn between grief and panic. With the pilot—her dear friend—dead and wolves circling, she struggles to survive.

Search and Rescue leader David Stone fights his way through the elements to save her.

David suspects the plane crash might not have been an accident, spurring Bree's sense that she's being watched. But why is someone after her? Suddenly Bree finds herself caught in the middle of a whirlwind of secrets during the holiday season.

With everyone she cares about most in peril, Bree and her promised protector must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year.

The Yuletide Rescue is the first book in my new suspense series Alaskan Search and Rescue.

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

David Stone is a retired Air Force pilot who heads up and donates his time to the Northern Frontier Search and Rescue Organization. Having come from the war zone, he is struggling to find a place for him outside the military and mend his relationship with his daughter.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsaca17643.jpegMatt Bomer








 photo Unknown-1_zps183a058f.jpegand Carrie Underwood




If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

A new Mac Pro computer with at least 15 inch screen and lots of memory.

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

Firewall by Diann Mills—it was a great suspense story with lots of twists and turns.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the Alaskan Search and Rescue series. It is scheduled to be out next September.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.margaretdaley.com
Facebook
Sign up for Newsletter
Twitter: @margaretdaley
Goodreads

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



CBD.com
446377: The Yuletide Rescue



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

When you think of Alaska, what comes to your mind? Would you like to visit Alaska?

Thanks, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret'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 Davalynn Spencer, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, December 15, 2014

99 Cent Christmas E-Novel!

 photo Christmas_Morning_zps7638c18e.jpgIf you're looking for a fun Christmas-season novel, Guideposts just told Debby Mayne and me that it will have a 99 cent e-book sale of our Love Finds You on Christmas Morning available from today, December 15, through January 5. You can purchase the e-book via the following links:

Amazon Kindle

B&N Nook

Apple iBooks

Here's a quick summary of the two-story set:

Two women receive marriage proposals in the same house— 85 years apart. Love finds a home on Christmas morning in two heartwarming holiday stories.

Deck the Halls, by Debby Mayne

In 1925, the wealthy William Tronnier becomes smitten with the lovely but penniless Lillian Pickard. As Christmas descends on the picturesque town of Cary, North Carolina, William plans to make Lillian a proposal she can’t refuse.

'Tis the Season, by Trish Perry

Nikki Tronnier moves back home to Cary, North Carolina, with plans to buy back the beloved Tronnier family home built by her great-grandfather, William, for his bride, Lillian. But before she is able to make an offer, the handsome Drew Cornell buys the house just before Christmas.

Merry Christmas and happy reading!

And be sure to check out today's interview with Davalynn Spencer, below!


Davalynn Spencer and Free Books!

 photo 11_SnowboundBride_zpsc281a52a.jpgAra Taube will do almost anything to escape her heartless uncle—including hiding in a stranger’s buckboard and praying she survives the blizzard swirling around her as well as the blizzard in the eyes of a rugged horseman.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Danger at the Border, by Terri Reed, is:

andrealschultz@ . . .

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 Davalynn Spencer, author of the e-novella, The Snowbound Bride (Barbour, December 2014).

 photo mug_2_zps5decc63f.jpg Davalynn Spencer writes Western romance, and it all started when a dark-eyed cowboy sauntered into her life and carried her off on the road to adventure.

As the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn began her writing journey in the national rodeo market and as a newspaper journalist, winning awards in both arenas. Today she continues to win acclaim with her Western romance, placing second in the 2014 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and finaling for the Selah Award and the Holt Medallion.

Davalynn teaches writing at Pueblo Community College, and with her handsome cowboy has three children and four grandchildren. They make their home on Colorado’s Front Range with a Queensland heeler named Blue.

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

-- I don’t like shoes I have to tie.

-- I could live on Tootsie Rolls and Gummy Bears, and my husband feeds my habit.

-- I once used my Jeep to help the Colorado State Patrol with a roadblock and received a thank you letter from the local commander.

That last one sounds like a novel in the making, Davalynn! 

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

Arabella Taube flees her heartless family and takes a position as a private tutor in Leadville, Colorado. But when a blizzard piles enough snow on the train tracks to strand her in Spruce City, she is certain she’s spied her uncle’s minion following her. Hastily, she hides in the back of the nearest buckboard, too stunned to alert the driver when he pulls away from the station.

Nate Horne hears a sneeze and it’s not his dog Beetle. He pulls his wagon to the roadside and his gun from its holster and orders the stowaway to show himself. But it’s a her. Far from town with a blizzard blowing, he insists the woman ride beside him the rest of the way to the ranch. Snowbound for several weeks, the gal joins in the family’s life and works into Nate’s heart.

Could his ma be right? Is Ara the answer to a prayer and the hope for his future?

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

Ara Taube is determined to make her own way—until she can’t. She can’t walk through the snow back to town, and she can’t send a message to her waiting employer explaining her delay. Nor can she explain what it is about the Horne family that makes her feel as if she belongs with them. Unloved by her own relatives, she’s never known such affection and acceptance.

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

 photo images_zpsf2787cd0.jpegNate Horne – Chris Hemsworth




 photo images-1_zps6889d907.jpegArabella Taube – Daniela Ruah




If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

Time.

Oh, boy, do I hear that.

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

I recently read Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress and Jody Hedland’s A Noble Groom. Both are gripping tales that go deeper than a simple romance and reach to the core of love and commitment.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a contemporary cowboy romance that begins with a chance meeting between a rodeo producer and a thoroughbred farm manager, continues with a long-distance (California-Kentucky) effort, and grows into … well, I don’t want to give too much away.

I also have a couple of historical romances, with cowboys of course.

One is set in 1910 during the silent movie era in Colorado prior to Hollywood. A cattleman falls for the movie company’s wardrobe gal, cropped hair and all, and helps her learn that though she’s suffered physically and emotionally, she can still love again.

The other story takes place in 1881 along the Arkansas River when a rancher hires a woman for the summer to help teach his daughter enough so he won’t lose the child to the conniving sister of his deceased wife. He just didn’t count on falling in love.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.davalynnspencer.com
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Pinterest

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



CBD.com
69440EB: The Snowbound Bride - eBook



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

How important is a character’s physical appearance to you? In other words, does every hero have to be handsome and every heroine beautiful?

Thanks, Davalynn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Davalynn has offered to give a free Kindle copy of her e-book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Davalynn'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 Gina Welborn, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, December 11, 2014

Gina Welborn and Free Books!

 photo masterpiece-marriage_zpsb982529e.jpgA desperate textile mill owner turns to his quilter aunt for help in saving his business and winning the woman he loves.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Petticoat Detective, by Margaret Brownley, is:

lotsofbooks1@ . . .

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 Gina Welborn, author of Masterpiece Marriage (Abingdon Press, December 2014).

 photo GINA20122_zpsbb78f0f4.jpg Gina Welborn worked in news radio scripting copy until she fell in love with writing romances. She has written three Barbour novellas, including the 2014 Selah Award-finalist Mercy Mild in ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories, with more novellas releasing in the next two years. She is also the author for three short historical romances.

A moderately obsessive fan of Community, Chopped, and Once Upon a Time, Gina lives in Cache, Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a boxer-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster named Tom Bob Deucalion.

Quite a menagerie! Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I have a wheat-sensitivity.

-- I lived in West Germany while my army father was stationed there.

-- This summer I played laser tag at Circus Circus with six teenage boys and my three girls, and I easily was the top point scorer. By hundreds of points. Not that I'm bragging. The facts are facts.

Sharp shootin' there, Tex.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Masterpiece Marriage.

 photo masterpiece-marriage_zpsb982529e.jpgMary Varrs prefers botany to romance.

She thinks studying the growth pattern of her tomato seedlings is more time-worthy than pursuing a mate. When she needs illustrations of her prized plants, Mary turns to Priscilla Dane Osbourne for help.

Zenus Dane also seeks help from his Aunt Priscilla. In order to salvage his flooded textile mill, he wants to sell her hand drawn quilt patterns alongside his repurposed fabric scraps. No quilter had national name recognition like his aunt, but Priscilla is fiercely protective of her patterns. Convincing her would not be easy.

It seems Priscilla is the answer to both their prayers. But Priscilla would rather weave a masterpiece marriage for her nephew than save his flooded business. Trouble is, her plans don’t include Mary, whose own growing attraction for the textiler could jeopardize Priscilla’s good will toward her. If faced with a decision between love and ambition, will Mary be able to choose?

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

For all his handsomeness, Zenus doesn’t always say the right thing around single women to whom he’s attracted. Who hasn’t experienced the embarrassment of saying something stupid or awkward to someone you like? I’m guilty.

My heroine Mary is caught between Society’s and the Church’s expectations of what a woman should be and what she wants to be. We don’t want to disappoint people we love. On the other hand, sometimes what the people we love want for us isn’t necessarily the best thing for us. Maybe not even what God desires.

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

 photo images23034PM_zps4208efc2.jpegWhen I was writing Masterpiece Marriage, I had just started watching the Teen Wolf TV series with my oldest daughter and youngest son. I’m not advocating Teen Wolf as a show for everyone to watch. Please exercise discretion and caution. Two actors on the show are Jill Wagner
 photo Unknown23034PM_zps66890098.jpegand Tyler Hoechlin. Tyler is a little younger than Zenus and Jill a little older than Mary, but I think both could capture the personality of my leads.



If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

A new laptop.

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

Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade and Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano are the two best Christian romances I read this year. Both are award-winning, and deservedly so. I’ve never met Becky or Carla in person and have no writing connection to them other than we’re Facebook friends and members of ACFW. Both stories had spiritual threads intricate to the story. The sexual tension between the leads was realistic and plausible. The ending wasn’t clichéd or easy.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing my next Barbour novella to release in May 2015. Baker’s Dozen is part of the Most Eligible Bachelor Collection. It’s my take on The Bachelor TV show. In addition, I have a fifth Barbour novella releasing in spring of 2016. All’s Fair is part of the Lassoed by Marriage Collection. I hope to have additional contract news to share soon.

Where else can readers find you online?

The easiest place to start is at my website, www.GinaWelborn.com. There you will find links to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, e-mail, and more. The easiest and quickest way to contact me, though, is through Facebook.

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



CBD.com
773632: Masterpiece Marriage, Quilts of Love Series #24


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

A few Christmases ago, my older sister gave me a Pampered Chef Mix’n’Chop. I thought it was the stupidest gift ever. Once I used it to chop ground beef, I was so thankful. What disappointing Christmas gift did you receive that ended up turning into something you were quite glad to have?

Thanks, Gina, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Gina has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gina'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 Sydney Avey, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, December 8, 2014

Terri Reed and Free Books!

 photo ThumbnailThumbnailServlet_zps804e4cb1.jpegA fish biologist and a US Border Patrol agent team up to uncover a mysterious toxin polluting a lake in the Pacific Northwest, but what they find is so much more dangerous than they ever excepted.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Lyre and the Lambs, by Sydney Avey, is:

lisajcowell@ . . .

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 Terri Reed, author of Danger at the Border (Love Inspired Suspense, September 2014).

 photo group110223_zps09f8ce2d.jpeg Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine. Her books have finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest and three times in American Christian Fiction Writers The Carol Award contest.

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

--I was a champion gymnast in high school.

--I have taught pre-school, coached gymnastics, modeled and worked in retail.

--I lived in Italy as an exchange student.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Danger at the Border.

 photo ThumbnailThumbnailServlet_zps804e4cb1.jpegWhen a mysterious toxin threatens lives and livelihoods near the border between the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Tessa Cleary is called to trace the source. But when the no-nonsense doctor is forced to work with border patrol agent Jeff Steele, she finds the lone wolf's dedication to his job—and country—chipping away at the walls around her heart.

Just as Tessa and Jeff are about to uncover the toxin's deadly source, armed thugs kidnap them in the forest. Now they must trust each other to survive before time runs out for everyone.

Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the U.S.–Canadian border safe.

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

Dr. Tessa Cleary struggles to understand her place in the world, including her faith. She grew up in a broken home and questioned her parents love for her, just as she questions God’s love. She feels she must be independent at all times and must learn that being strong sometimes means leaning on someone else.

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

 photo images_zps38489536.jpegRachel Leferve as Dr. Tessa Cleary




 photo Unknown_zps77656b6d.jpegand Alex O’Loughlin as US Border Patrol agent Jeff Steele




If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

A treadmill desk.

Those certainly do look like they'd solve the problem of so much sitting, but I can't imagine being able to create while on one! I'm far too easily distracted. 

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

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano. I really enjoyed the story. I want to go to Skye now.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the third installment of my Northern Border Patrol series. This will be a November 2015 release. The story centers around a Christmas tree farm, a drug smuggling ring and a DEA agent and the widow who owns the farm.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.terrireed.com
craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com
books.harlequin.comd
loveinspiredauthors.blogspot.com

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



CBD.com
446180: Danger at the Border



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

As the publishing world changes so does the way people buy their books. How often do you buy a book based on reviews? Do you find reviews helpful? Do you post reviews of books you read?

Thanks, Terri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, in honor of the Christmas holidays, Terri has offered to give a signed copy of her Christmas book, Her Christmas Protector, to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Terri'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 Margaret Brownley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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. 
 

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