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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!

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 Inspirational novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Katherine Barger and Free Books!

A dream interpreter races ahead of the president’s deadly pursuit to bring an antidote and a dream interpretation to her poisoned family.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Allie Pleiter's inspirational romance novel, His Christmas Wish, is:

caseycollins9149@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with Katherine Barger, author of the Christian YA dystopian novel, Fortune’s Fall (Anaiah Press, November 2020).

Katherine Barger is a stay-at-home mom and writer who previously worked as an attorney. She writes stories about characters of faith in a world where faith is challenged. 

When she’s not busy wrangling kids, she’s writing, eating Mexican food or snuggling with her family’s two rescue pets: a dog named Queen Elsa and a cat named Princess Jasmine. 

Katherine and her forever-forbearing husband live in Mississippi with their two daughters.

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

When I binge watch shows (which, let’s be real, doesn’t happen that often in this stage of life), I inevitably begin to dream I’m one of the characters, at which point I know it’s time to do something productive.

At least you dream you're one of the characters. When that happens to me, I'm not usually a key player. Calling Dr. Freud...!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Fortune's Fall.

In Fortune’s Fall, 17-year-old Nyssa Ardelone, dream interpreter to the American president, learns that her mentor lied about the president’s latest dream to save the residents of Nyssa’s hometown, where the president ordered a gas attack to thwart a suspected rebellion. Nyssa’s parents are among the survivors.

Nyssa flees the security of her own well-planned life to bring the survivors an antidote as well as an interpretation of another dream only she can give. But the president launches a deadly pursuit, and Nyssa must evade him at all costs, learning on her journey that faith in God is the only thing that can save her.

I love that she's a dream interpreter. That's a cool job to have in a dystopian novel, and it's also reminiscent of Biblical times. 

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

Nyssa has been brought up in a world that believes logic and science and cleverness are all that matter. Through her journey, however, she’s forced to question everything she’s been taught, to analyze truths and lies and come to her own conclusions about what’s real and what’s not. It’s relatable because it’s something many of us have experienced.

How wonderful that you're encouraging young readers to do more than simply swallowing information without doing research. It's so important, especially these days, to delve deeper into issues as they're presented on television and social media, especially while applying one's faith to the equation. 

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

That I’m not the only one who talks out loud to my characters! But in all seriousness, I’ve learned that God gave me a passion for using my imagination to bring clean, faith-based books to Christian girls. I love Jesus, and I want my books to reflect that. I want to take readers on an adventure both in a physical and a spiritual sense. Following Christ can be daunting, especially today, and I hope the characters I create encourage readers to be bold in their faith.

Amen to that! 

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

The last novel I read was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I read it as a teenager—pretty sure it was required reading—but I re-read it recently and definitely recommend it! Kit, the protagonist, is so relatable. She has to figure out how to live totally out of her comfort zone, and she does it with grace and strength.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book in The Exiled Trilogy.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @kbargerauthor, Goodreads, Amazon, and my website: katherinebarger.com.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample of the book HERE. Click on Look Inside.

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

My main character, Nyssa, can interpret dreams. It’s not really a superpower, but we’ll say it is for the sake of the question ;-) What superpower would you want to have?

I love that question. Thank you, Katherine, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Katherine has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to my question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, November 9, 2020

Allie Pleiter and Free Books!

Bachelor Jake will need all the help preschool teacher Emma can give to make Christmas special for his young nephew.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Alexis Goring's devotional collection, Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God, is:

mauback55@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with Allie Pleiter, author of the inspirational romance novel, His Christmas Wish (Love Inspired, November 2020).

An avid knitter, coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. 

The bestselling author of over fifty books, Allie has enjoyed a twenty-year career with over 1.5 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on the creative process, publishing, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. 

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

After directing a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in college 27 years ago, I can still name all 29 colors in correct order.

What an unusual ear worm!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of His Christmas Wish.

After his nephew, Cole, is orphaned, Jake Sanders vows to give the little boy the best Christmas possible…except Jake doesn’t know the first thing about kids! So when Cole’s preschool teacher, Emma Mullins, offers to pitch in, Jake’s grateful for her guidance. 

But while Jake and Emma share an immediate connection, their blossoming love must first survive the secret she’s hiding…

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

Readers returning to the Wander Canyon series will remember Jake from Winning Back Her Heart. He’s not exactly emergency parent material for his nephew Cole, but his heart is in the right place. He is determined to help his nephew survive the little boy’s first Christmas without his parents, and will do whatever it takes to help Cole find hope for the holidays.

It can be very heart melting to see a man provide solace to a young boy like that, especially if it seems out of character for him.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I’ve learned how to trust in the creative process, even when I can’t see the final output. As a productivity expert, I help writers find the systems they need to meet their deadlines with dependability. Sometimes I’m not so great at taking my own advice and trusting the system I know works.

I live for deadlines, as much as I hate them--best motivation I know!

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

Now that I will be writing mysteries as well romance starting next year, I just finished Still Life by Louise Penny, the first of her series with Chief Inspector Gamache. I love the complexity of her characters and the detailed way she creates a community.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the final Wander Canyon novel (there are two more still to be released) as well as the revisions of On Skein of Death, the first of my Riverbank Knitting Mysteries for Berkley coming out June 2021.

Where else can readers find you online?

alliepleiter.com
Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
BookBub
Amazon

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample of the book HERE. Click on Look Inside. 

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

What are you doing to make sure the holiday season still feels special in this difficult year?

Thanks, Allie, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Allie has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to my question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, November 2, 2020

Alexis Goring and Free Books!

Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God is a 52-week devotional that will bless your heart, soothe your soul, encourage your mind, and strengthen your God-given spirit.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Thomas Allbaugh's short story collection, Subtle Man Loses His Day Job and Other Stories, is:

kayenderes@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit Alexis Goring, author of Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God (Soaring Beyond, an imprint of Winged Publications, April 2020).

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

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

While lost with my friend and her fiancé on the cobblestone streets of Italy, we stumbled upon a beautiful bridal shop and in the front window display was my DREAM wedding dress (at that time)! I took a photo with it and my friend’s fiancé said, “That’s your wedding dress!” However, I was not engaged at the time so there was no need to buy it.

One never knows what the future holds...

Please tell us a bit more about Stories and Songs of Faith.

My devotional book is filled with stories and songs to encourage you on your journey with God. These are treasures of truth that God used to uplift me and teach me more about Him, His grace, His mercy and His Love for humankind. 

There’s a song directory at the end of my book that lists all of the songs I mentioned in each devotional. There are direct links to my favorite versions of those songs that you can look up and listen to on YouTube, if you have a mobile phone or computer that’s connected to the Internet.

What a great idea! Why will readers enjoy your book?

Readers – especially those who are music lovers – will enjoy my devotional book because the messages within are inspired by God and aimed at their hearts. Reading this book will be heartwarming, encouraging and helpful for each person who wants to learn more about God’s love.

I love the idea of having the applicable song in your head all day after reading the devotional and listening to the song.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with?

Writing devotionals comes easier to me than writing fiction stories. I don’t struggle when writing nonfiction/devotionals but I do struggle with the technique of “showing” vs. “telling” when writing fiction stories. I think part of the reason why is because of my training as a print journalist where I learned to write stories that are “precise and concise.” 

Of course, you do get to be more creative and use the “showing” technique when writing feature stories for print and online publications. However, it’s still a struggle for me to “show” my reader certain feelings and reactions of my characters when I’m writing fiction stories. 

However, I’m teachable. I’m doing my research and homework so that I can improve my craft as a storyteller!

What is the last book you read that moved you? How did it affect you?

The last book I read that moved me was Always, by Sarah Jio. It affected me because the story was so beautifully told and it inspired me to hope that true love always wins.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a Contemporary Romance (fiction) story about the best friends of two of my favorite main characters from a previously published book that I wrote. I will showcase their budding romance that neither of them expected to happen.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Facebook
Twitter
My Website: alexisagoring.jimdofree.com
Pinterest
Goodreads
“God is Love” blog:

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample of the book HERE. Click on Look Inside. 

Now, readers, I have a question for you. Do you usually read from a book of devotions each day? Which one are you currently using, and what do you think of it? 

Thanks, Alexis, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Alexis has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to my question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Monday, October 26, 2020

Free Copy of the Audiobook: A Special Kind of Double!


 

As a special promotion, I'm going to give away ten copies of the audiobook version of my romantic suspense novella, A Special Kind of Double, to the first ten people who comment below that they will listen to the audiobook and take the time to post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Your comment below needs to include your [fractured] email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com, so I can send you the free download code. 

I'm hopeful that your review will be favorable, of course, but that is not required. I'll be grateful if you simply post your review!

Since subscribers get email notice of my blogposts, they are more likely to comment first. I'll be doing giveaways like this in the future. So, if you're too late to participate this time, please consider subscribing (to the right, above my list of books), so you'll get the email notifications early.

Here's what the story is about: 

Franny and Grace Otterbridge were always the closest of sisters. But after their father’s death, Grace veered off in a different direction. Now Franny feels she’s lost her. Literally - Grace has gone missing. Franny assumes she’s taken off on another wild hair, but signs soon suggest otherwise. 

Franny accepts amateur sleuthing help from new flame Nevan Burns, a young fine artist (who’s also a fine young artist). He proves himself more than good company, and Franny finds herself swinging from one emotion to another, from joy to fear, from anticipation to dread. 

She’s not equipped to search for Grace alone. She’s even less prepared for what she finds.

I'm looking forward to getting the book to you!

ALSO: After you leave your entry email below, be sure to read today's interview with Thomas Allbaugh, who is discussing his new short-story collection, a copy of which he'll give away next week!


Thomas Allbaugh and Free Books!

A man returns from a trip to Seattle convinced that his super power is subtlty. An English teacher finds he no longer has the language to communicate his love for his wife. Subtle Man and other characters in these stories sometimes are following—or are haunted by—a hunch they have of what their best life can be.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Lillian Duncan's suspense novel, Jane Doe, is:

christianbookreviewer@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with Thomas Allbaugh, author of the short-story collection, Subtle Man Loses His Day Job and Other Stories (Resources—Wipf & Stock, September 2020).

Thomas Allbaugh is the author of Apocalypse TV, a novel, and The View from January, a chapbook of poetry available from Kelsay Publishers. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in a number of publications, including Broken Sky 67 and Relief

He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, where he directs the writing program and teaches composition and creative writing.

How would you classify the genre of your stories?

My stories are somewhat literary and slightly satirical. They are character-driven. A plot or set of circumstances arises out of character issues.

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

I have played the guitar since 1970 and during the 1970s I often played in college coffee houses. During the 1978 spring semester, I played and sang during lunch hours, and after one session, a businessman approached me about becoming my manager. I declined because I was still finishing school. I have sometimes regretted that decision.

Aw, the pull of fame and the struggle with uncertainty! At least you made a decision. Many artistic people struggle with choosing a path altogether, and never get beyond that crossroad. I hope the occasional regret is easy enough to let go.

Since I usually feature novels, please focus on one of your stories and tell us a bit more about the plot. 

There are two interconnected story lines in this collection. One concerns a young man who believes his super power is subtlety. With such a quiet, unassuming super power, he must emerge in the title story somehow as he wishes to be seen. 

And then in the final story in the collection, we see his struggle through his girlfriend's eyes as he tries to figure out how to partner with a stronger superhero type--and his girlfriend has only so much time to convince him that she is his perfect partner. The collection ends with their growing romance. 

What is it about the Subtle Man character that will make your readers care about him?

Winky, or Subtle Man, is a strange character who feels great empathy for others, and he expresses it in ways that not everyone sees or understands. Monica, his girlfriend, does.

He sounds intriguing.

Share with us a quote you like from a book by a different author. What do you like about the quote?

My favorite quote is this:

“He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass.”

This is from the last part of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway is here shown trying to imagine what must have been Gatsby’s late thoughts after realizing that Daisy would not call—just before he is shot. This passage tries to understand Gatsby’s last moments after his great dream guiding his life has ended and he is there seeing things as though for the first time. How strange everything is—the ordinary, or the rose, formerly seen as lovely but now as “grotesque.” This is an amazing passage to me.

I agree. His arrival at the reality of losing Daisy--both physically and theoretically, as he dreamed her to be--had to be horribly sad and devastating. Those words, frightening, grotesque, and raw, do not describe an ideal reality at all.

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

I would highly recommend An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. This novel presents very positive, complexly drawn African American characters facing a situation that so many people of color face today. We need to read these stories to better understand and find empathy.

I found that book moving. The characters are absolutely believable, and Jones really knows how to tell a story. I would caution my readers that it's definitely not a book for the Christian-fiction-only reader. But I agree that the characters are complex. They're human in their failings and in their ability to forgive.   

What are you working on now?

I am working on two projects now. My youngest son took his life in October, 2017, and I am finishing a grief memoir about him. I am trying to go where most Christians won’t go and ask questions about how this hurt and changed my family and me. 

Second, I’m working on a second novel called Radio Eden, which is about a pastor’s search for men in his church who went in search of Eden in response to his preaching, and were taken hostage by a terrorist group south and west of Israel.

I'm so sorry about your son, Thomas. Absolutely heartbreaking. Thank you for being willing to share information that might help others. I hope there's some catharsis in that. 

The premise of your new novel is fascinating. Blessings with it.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m available on twitter at @tallbaugh1, and my newsletter sign up can be found at my website, at thomasallbaugh.com.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample of the book HERE. Click on Look Inside.

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

How do you handle doubt? What you go through suffering, what helps you the most?

Thank you, Thomas, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Thomas has offered to give away a free copy of his book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to his question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Annoying legal disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE
 

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