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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, November 20, 2017

Melanie Dobson and Free Books!

Enchanted Isle is a historical romance about a young woman who visits England's magical Lake District in the 1950s and begins to uncover what happened to a treasure lost in an abandoned amusement park there.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of The Case of the Clobbered Cad, by Debra Marvin, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 chat with novelist Melanie Dobson, author of the historical romance, Enchanted Isle (Waterfall Press, August 2017).

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson's excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. She enjoys stitching together historical and time-slip stories, and her novels have won awards for historical romance, romantic suspense, and historical fiction.

Melanie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two teen daughters.

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

I love hidden places, and I enjoy exploring the world both aboveground and underground by climbing and crawling through caves.

Just reading "crawling through caves" triggers my claustrophobia! That's very cool that you enjoy that.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Enchanted Isle.

My main character in Enchanted Isle is an aspiring photographer named Jenny who sees beauty in unexpected places. With paper and a pen, I built an amusement park from the 1930s for her to explore, set on an island in England’s magical Lake District with a dozen old rides inspired by the sea—a wooden roller coaster that once surfed through the trees, a boat excursion around sunken ships in an ocean cave, and the Magic Lagoon, a merry-go-round with brightly colored sea creatures instead of horses, the eaves of the carousel plated with gold leaf and stained glass.

In the novel, Jenny and a British man named Adrian search together for ancient coins his father purportedly hid on the island. As she learns the legends in this district, Jenny begins to discover beauty among the ruins of the park and she ultimately determines to restore all that’s been lost—the hidden treasure, shattered dreams, and relationships broken in years past after one of the park’s owners disappeared.

That's a fascinating premise, Melanie. 

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

Jenny is a unique young woman with a vivid imagination. Her grandfather is a domineering man, but her widowed mother wants Jenny to use the gifts that God has given her. In this novel, Jenny decides to embrace who God made her to be and her unique gifts ultimately lead to beauty and restoration.

What is the most positive thing you can tell my readers about the state of Christian fiction today?

When I was younger, there weren’t many novels being written that were founded in themes of faith. We are so blessed today to have a variety of well-written inspirational novels available online and through bookstores. As a writer, I’m continually grateful for the opportunity to be able to share the stories that God has placed in my heart.

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

I really enjoyed reading Lisa Wingate’s time-slip novel Before We Were Yours. I like stories that slip between the past and present, and I thought Lisa did a remarkable job pulling readers into her powerful fictional account of a true, heart-wrenching story from the mid-1900s.

Lisa's book has done so well, too! I'll have to put that on my massive TBR list.

And, readers, in case that term, time-slip, is new to you, time-slip is a plot in which a person or group of people seem to travel through time within the novel. Time-slip brings together different points in time, so events from one time might be experienced at another time.

What are you working on now, Melanie?

Fifteen years ago my husband and I backpacked across Europe, and our favorite place to explore was Hallstatt in Austria with its medieval village, alpine lake and castle. I’m now writing a time-slip story about Jewish heirlooms hidden near Hallstatt during World War II. The historical plot is about a young man and woman who determine to help their Jewish friends hide what the Nazis were trying to steal away. In the contemporary story, my main character discovers a list in an old book that connects her with the Austrian woman who was hiding this treasure for her friends—a woman who is guarding a secret of her own.

Where else can readers find you online?

The best places to find me online are on my website www.melaniedobson.com,  Facebook), and Goodreads.

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

I love stories! I’d enjoy hearing something miraculous or surprising that God has done in your journey.

I look forward to hearing those stories too! I'll post one of my own in the comments section.

Thanks, Melanie, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Melanie has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Melanie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE


Monday, November 13, 2017

Debra Marvin and Free Books!

Can Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective help her stay out of jail when she finds herself implicated in the death of a handsome professor?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of A Waltz for Amber, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 chat with novelist Debra Marvin, author of the historical cozy mystery, The Case of the Clobbered Cad (Journey Fiction, August 2017).

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction and Barbour Publishing, and has been a judge for the Grace Awards for many years.

Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.

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

I travel with a gnome named Gnorman.

How very Travelocity of you!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Case of the Clobbered Cad.

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls' Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground and they grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until...

Heather Munro’s youthful sleuthing led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master's Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her classes. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archaeology collection, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, one she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish archaeologist she longs to believe in.

That sounds like a fun read, Debra!

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

Heather Munro is smart, kind and enjoys witty conversation. She could easily be the gal you’re glad to have as a good friend. She’s used to working hard toward her goal and while she’s always been open and giving, the pain of a recent betrayal causes her to be extra tough on herself when she almost falls for a charming professor. Things get worse when he’s murdered and she has to face too many embarrassing reminders!

What is the most positive thing you can tell my readers about the state of Christian fiction today?

Christian fiction continues to provide entertaining and thought-provoking fiction with a Christian worldview and its genres are ever-widening.

I agree. That widening has increased with the emergence of independent publishing, I think. 

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

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, by Susanne Dietze. Susie found just the cutest way to make a simple complication in a mail-order bride story into a super entertaining and sigh-producing novel!

What are you working on now?

I’m plotting my second mystery with Heather, which will be published n 2018 and set in Ireland.

Where else can readers find you online?

Far too many places! I’d suggest my Facebook Author page or my Amazon Author page. Both are under Debra E. Marvin, and easy to find.

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

Do you find you have an abundance of options for reading Christian fiction, and if so, does it make you more likely to put a book aside and start a new one?

Thank you, Debra, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Debra has offered to give away a free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Debra's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE


Monday, November 6, 2017

Ends Tonight! Win a new eReader and 30-Romance Collection!


Today is your last chance to enter BookSweeps 30-Romance give away!


There will be two lucky winners, and the Grand Prize winner will receive a brand new eReader.


You can win my novel, Local Girl, plus books from authors like Elizabeth Ludwig, Debby Mayne, and Elizabeth Goddard.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/inspy-oct2017 Good luck, and enjoy!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Win a New eReader and a 30-Romance Collection!


Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you. 

I’ve teamed up with 29 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of inspirational romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Oh, and did I mention you'll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering?

You can win my novel, Local Girl, plus books from authors like Elizabeth Ludwig, Debby Mayne, and Elizabeth Goddard.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/inspy-oct2017 Good luck, and enjoy!

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

Their passion for the arts divides them. Can they overcome their differences and find true harmony?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Puzzle House, by Lillian Duncan, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 chat with novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the contemporary Christian romance, A Waltz for Amber (Sweet Rose Press, October 2017).

Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.

She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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

I love flowers and I will sometimes buy them for myself even though I’m allergic to most of them.

They really do brighten up a room, don't they? I remember my father-in-law saying he always griped at his wife about spending money on them, until she stopped, and he realized how much he missed them.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Waltz for Amber.

Amber, a struggling dance teacher, is desperate to make a success of her studio. The quickly approaching Christmas recital should help except for one problem—the high school music teacher scheduled the holiday program on the same night, causing a conflict for her students. Will she be able to sustain her business or will she lose everything in the pursuit of her dream?

Chris is thrilled to be back in his hometown. However, his past won’t stay in the past, and the pretty dance instructor is a constant reminder of his failings. He wants to make up for his youthful mistake directed at her, but how?

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

Amber has a big heart, and she loves people. She faces adversity head on and she’s not a quitter.

What’s a news story from the last year or so that you think would make a good basis for a novel? 

The hurricane in Texas is sure to provide many writers inspiration.

Yes! Lillian Duncan said the same thing last week, and I mentioned that a novel was recently released based on characters during Hurricane Katrina.

What are you working on now?

I should be working on the next book in this series by the time this interview goes live, but at the moment I’m working on a new book. It’s a contemporary romance with mystery.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
Twitter
My website: kimberlyrjohnson.com

You can sign up for my newsletter via my website.

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

Do you have a favorite season and if so, why is it your favorite?

Thank you, Kimberly, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give away a free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Kimberly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE


 

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