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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, January 26, 2015

Vickie McDonough and Free Books!

 photo GabrielsAtonement_zpsa804d52e.jpegDuring the Oklahoma land rush days, a gambler seeking to absolve himself of guilt for accidentally killing a man, attempts to help the dead man’s struggling widow, but she wants nothing to do with him, no matter how badly she needs him.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Match for Meghan, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

sallyshupe1@ . . .

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 Vickie McDonough, author of Gabriel’s Atonement (Barbour, January 2015).

 photo VickieMcDonough3small_zpsd872bee8.jpegBestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West.

Vickie is the award-winning author of thirty-five published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. She recently tried something different and wrote Rancher Under Fire, a contemporary suspense.

Vickie has been married 39 years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious eight-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling.

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

--My husband and I lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a year shortly after we were married.

--I always wear socks—except when I’m in the shower.

--When I was fourteen, I bought a Honda motorcycle with money I’d made babysitting.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Gabriel's Atonement.

 photo GabrielsAtonement_zpsa804d52e.jpegGabriel’s Atonement is set during the days surrounding the first Oklahoma land run (April 22, 1889).

Gabe is a gambler, but he is an ethical one who doesn’t cheat. He just reads people well. After he kills a man in self-defense, guilt riddles him. He decides to find the man’s wife and return the money her husband lost to him, hoping to free himself of his guilt.

But Lara Talbot doesn’t believe her derelict husband had any money. Gabe tries helping her in other ways, but Lara refuses his assistance. She has her hands full with her rebellious sixteen-year-old sister, an ailing grandfather, and her four-year-old son. One problem after another plagues her until she finds herself homeless. The land run is her only hope of getting property of her own.

A friendship slowly develops between Lara and Gabe, but she knows once the race starts, she will never see him again. She prays her grandpa will win land in the run—that they will finally have a place to call home.

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

Though Gabe is a gambler who works in a saloon, he doesn’t drink or dally with the dancing girls. A promise he made to his godly ma has kept him from many things most men enjoy. He’s an honorable man who had a rough childhood. His noble and tenacious efforts to help Lara should win over readers.

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

 photo img-james-franco-5_15430627031_zpsdb46949e.jpgThis is always a hard question for me, but I found a couple that would work. I think James Franco might make a good Gabriel even though he’s older than Gabe,




 photo Unknown_zps8db420c5.jpegand Brooke Butler for Lara.





What special effort do you want to make in 2015 to improve your writing?

I’d like to learn more about indie publishing—not sure if that counts as improving my writing. I’ve gotten the rights back on some of my novellas, and I’m hoping to get them put up as indie books by this fall.

I hear you on that, Vickie! I'm eager to learn that as well.

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

Big Sky Daddy by Linda Ford. It’s a historical set in Montana, and is a family feud story. It has some excellent conflict and a charming forbidden romance. The characters are very well developed, and there’s a little boy who will steal your heart.

What are you working on now?

Book 3 in my Land Rush Dreams series. It’s tentatively titled Sarah’s Emancipation, but that may change. On January 1st, I turned in Joline’s Redemption, book 2 in the series. It releases in November.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.vickiemcdonough.com (There’s a sign-up link for my newsletter on the Home page)
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Heroes, Heroines, and History blog: HHHistory.com

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



CBD.com
369519: Gabriel"s Atonement, Land Rush Dreams Series #1



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

If you lived in the late 1800s and had the opportunity, would you ride in one of the land runs? What are your reasons why you would or wouldn’t?

Thanks, Vickie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vickie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vickie'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.

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, January 12, 2015

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

 photo 9780373487660_zps1f90c1cc.jpgA young woman believes no man will ever love her and instead focuses on finding the perfect matches for her friends.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Brentwood's Ward, by Michelle Griep, is:

cpk153@ . . .

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 Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of A Match for Meghan (Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, January 2015).

 photo IMG_4314-2Publicity_zps3bf2b7ea.jpgKimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes sweet Christian romance for Love Inspired Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.

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

-- I am a morning person.

-- I hum when I am happy.

-- Sunshine makes me happy, even if it’s only twenty degrees outside. ☺

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Match for Meghan.

 photo 9780373487660_zps1f90c1cc.jpgMeghan wants all her friends to be happily matched in love and does her best to find a match for anyone she deems in need of help.

Unfortunately for Ben, a veterinarian in the clinic where she works, she has turned her matchmaking skills or lack thereof onto him. He wants nothing to do with her matchmaking and instead tells her she should focus on her own love life. When she tells him she’s never asked out more than once, he dares her to go out with him.

Not one to turn down a dare she accepts. ☺

Here is the back cover blurb.

Meghan Black has finally met her match.

The veterinary assistant never backs down from a dare…and what greater challenge than finding die-hard bachelor Ben Young his ideal mate? But what's an incurable cupid to do when the handsome vet turns the tables and asks her out?

Ben is perfectly content with his single life. And he figures there's only one way to get the petite dynamo to quit her matchmaking—date her himself! But his plan backfires when he realizes that Meghan could be The One. Can he convince a woman who believes in happy endings for everyone but herself that he's her Mr. Right?

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

Meghan has a huge heart. She cares about people and animals and only wants the best for everyone in her life. Unfortunately for those around her, she is somewhat socially challenged. She was raised by her father after her mother abandoned her at school. That male dominated upbringing took a toll on her self-image and social skills.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsfad03557.jpegPatrick Dempsey would play Ben




 photo images_zps3ff99a10.jpegand Rachel Bilson would make a great Meghan.




What special effort do you want to make in 2015 to improve your writing?

I am working on more showing and am trying to write a novel that is 85,000 words, so I need to take my plot deeper.

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

Dear Mr. Knightley, by Katherine Reay and Five Days in Skye, by Carla Laureano. These two books are unique reads and a little outside the box from what I normally read.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a couple of proposals. Since my publisher is no longer contracting books, I am expanding my genre and working on a romance with mystery.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kimberlyrjohnson.com
I also blog at www.inspyromance.com
I am on Twitter and FaceBook


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



CBD.com
487661: A Match for Meghan


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

Has anyone in your life ever tried to play matchmaker? Or how did you meet your significant other?

Thanks, Kimberly, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly'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.

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, January 5, 2015

Michelle Griep and Free Books!

 photo BrentwoodsWardCoverPeek_zps9898ff8b.jpgThere’s none better than Nicholas Brentwood at catching the felons who ravage London’s streets, but this time he’s met his match—Emily Payne, the thief who steals his heart.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Pound Foolish, by Dave and Neta Jackson, is:

pmkellogg56@ . . .

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 Michelle Griep, author of Brentwood’s Ward (Shiloh Run Press, January 2015).

 photo MichelleGriepHeadshot_zps7ea39864.jpgMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager.

Residing in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s plotting how she can move there.

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

-- I can dance a mean polka.

-- I hate fruit. Yes, really. No, I don’t even like strawberries.

-- I’m a recovering Trekkie. Old school, that is, none of this Next Generation nonsense.

No fruit? It's just not normal, I tell ya!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Brentwood's Ward.

 photo BrentwoodsWardCoverPeek_zps9898ff8b.jpgThink Sherlock Holmes meets Dickens and you’ll have a feel for the style. I got the idea from an old newspaper advertisement put out by Henry Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners. It encouraged the public to send a note to Bow Street as soon as any serious crime occurred so that “a set of brave fellows could immediately be dispatched in pursuit of the villains.” I wondered about those “brave fellows” and what kind of villains they might come up against, and thus was born Nicholas Brentwood . . .

Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.

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

He’s crusty on the outside, squishy on the in. Nicholas Brentwood sometimes comes off as a demanding, no-nonsense kind of fellow, but look further and you’ll see a hugely compassionate heart—the kind that makes females buckle at the knees.

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

 photo images_zps581d9151.jpegGerard Butler is my inspiration for Nicholas Brentwood.




 photo Unknown_zpse721dab6.jpegRosamund Pike is heroine Emily Payne.





 photo images-1_zps4a347ae5.jpegAnd the cad, Charles Henley, is really Alex Pettyfer.

Feel free to stop by my Pinterest board for more character pix.



What special effort do you want to make in 2015 to improve your writing?

Spend more time writing and less time talking about it.

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

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen. The story is filled with intrigue and the characters stick with you long after you close the cover.

What are you working on now?

A sequel to Brentwood’s Ward. Officer Alexander Morton appears several times in connection with Nicholas Brentwood, but he was begging for a story of his own. Here’s a blurb:

Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a rogue gambler to expose a traitorous plot against the king—and a master he is with his disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. When Johanna is swept up in the intrigue, Alex must choose between his mission and reputation as a crack Bow Street Runner or the woman he’s come to love.

Where else can readers find you online?

My Website: Michelle Griep
My Blog: Writer Off the Leash
And all the other usual haunts: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Instagram.

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



CBD.com
586799: Brentwood"s Ward



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

Austen. Bronte. Dickens. Who’s your favorite British author and why?

Thanks, Michelle, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Michelle has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Michelle'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.

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.

As you scroll to the bottom of this post to answer Michelle's question, take a look at some of the fantastic Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Amish Romance:

The Beekeeper's Son by Kelly Irvin When Deborah Lantz arrives in drought-stricken Bee County, she longs for her lush, green Tennessee home. But more than that, she wants her mother, a widow with six children, to be happy again. Even if that means moving to a wasteland and accepting a new stepfather. Then she meets the beekeeper's son. Phineas King's face is disfigured by scars from an accident that killed his mother and destroyed his trust in God. Both Phineas and Deborah are rarely alone, but always lonely. Through their encounters both begin to realize the beauty in all of God's creation. Deborah begins to see Bee County through Phineas's eyes and Phineas learns to see himself through hers. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Zondervan])

Contemporary:

You Get What You Pray For by E.N. Joy -- Lorain has been a prisoner of secrets almost all of her life. At the age of thirteen, she'd managed to keep her pregnancy a secret, discarding the infant she'd given birth to and leaving it for dead. She also never revealed the fact that the baby's father was her middle school guidance counselor. Not even when her mother married her molester, years later. To complicate matters, Lorain discovers that the baby she abandoned all those years ago survived, and God has placed Lorain in the now adult child's life. It seems the legacy of secrets has been passed on, too, as Lorain helps her daughter conceal the true details behind her own pregnancy. Lorain has managed to maneuver the secrets and lies like a strategic game of chess, but even her lavish new life as a doctor's wife is a lie. With the rug about to be pulled from underneath her by the woman who raised her abandoned child, all Lorain prays for is that everything will end well. In this cycle of lies, secrets, shame, and guilt, will Lorain get what she prays for? (Contemporary from Urban Christian)

Contemporary Romance:

Daddy Wanted by Renee Andrews -- Former wild child Savannah Bowers goes from being happily single to the guardian of three children after the sudden death of her best friend. Struggling with her new role, Savvy's not sure if Brodie Evans's offer to help is a welcome one. She has trouble forgiving her childhood friend's past mistakes, but she gives him a chance for the sake of the kids. Their growing mutual attraction catches her off guard. If Brodie can prove he's changed his ways, he might just be this instant family's perfect daddy. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong -- Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going--out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over. Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don't even trust themselves? (Contemporary Romance from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

A Match for Meghan by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- Life has taught Meghan Black she is unlovable, so she focuses her attention on finding her friends their perfect match. Her plan backfires when the handsome veterinarian she's matching asks her out. Ben Young's plan to stop Meghan's meddling backfires when he finds himself falling for her instead. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Lakeside Redemption by Lisa Jordan -- Zoe James is starting over. She's worked hard to get past the foolish mistakes that landed her in trouble four years ago. Now the young mom is back in Shelby Lake and ready to reconnect with her son. When she bumps into old friend Caleb Sullivan and his two adorable girls, she sees the possibility of a happy future. Caleb has always secretly loved Zoe, but her turbulent past brings up tough memories of his own. As they spend time together training his girls' new puppy, Zoe and Caleb will learn that if they can forgive themselves, they might have a chance at a new life-and new love-together. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Small-Town Fireman by Allie Pleiter -- Karla Kennedy doesn't belong in Gordon Falls. The aspiring restaurateur has far loftier goals than running her grandfather's quaint coffee shop. The only person who seems to relate is handsome volunteer firefighter Dylan McDonald. Dylan understands dreams—he risked everything to start his fishing charter business. Now he needs Karla's help to make it succeed. As they work together, Karla and Dylan quickly discover that while their timing may be bad, their chemistry is undeniable. Karla always thought of Gordon Falls as a layover on her way to a big-city career, but could it be where her heart truly belongs? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Rodeo Family by Shannon Taylor Vannatter -- Running from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Tori Eaton settles in Aubrey, Texas, where she is surprised by a helping hand from the church's new song director, Brant McConnell. And by the warm emotions he inspires. Brant is drawn to Tori. But Tori is still hounded by her past, and the walls she's built around her heart are high. Can he convince the wounded beauty that he's exactly the kind of man she needs-and deserves? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Dakota Love by Rose Ross Zediker -- Modern South Dakota individuals use quilting to bring them joy and comfort, but suddenly quilting is leading them to romances they didn't even know they wanted. Caroline and Rodney have each been loaded with many worries, but a tattered quilt could bring them together to share their burdens. Sarah and Mark embrace their independence until a quilting class throws them together and reveals their need for companionship. Lil is outgoing where Walt is private, but as they use quilting for physical therapy, an old secret could be revealed that will expose just how different they really are. (Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Historical Romance:

Hope Reborn by Caryl McAdoo -- New York novelist May Meriwether decides a heroic Texas Ranger will make a great love interest for her new novel's heroine. Stuffing away dreams for a husband and children, she sets out to the Lone Star State looking for adventure with her constant companion and confidant, Chester, in tow. But a near-perfect Texan widower resurrects a smidgen of romantic hope. Only his impenetrable, superstitious religious beliefs stand in the path to her falling head over heels, those and his love for his dead wife. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden -- Map librarian Anna O'Brien works a predictable job at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a missing ship. When she turns to a dashing congressman for help, she opens a world of danger they never saw coming. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Historical:

The Salt Covenants by Sylvia Bambola -- Spain 1493: Isabel has broken her mother's heart by becoming a sincere convert to Christianity. But when she is noticed by Friar Alonso at La Casa Santa, the Holy House, she is forced to flee the Inquisition by entering into a loveless marriage and sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. But all too soon Isabel is forced to struggle alone in her new life and new faith. With all the risks and hardships how is she to survive? And will she ever find love in this strange land? What of the dangerous Enrique Vivar? Will his hidden agenda cost her her life? (Historical, Independently Published)

Young Adult:

The First Principle by Marissa Shrock -- In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. Until an unexpected, now-illegal pregnancy pits her against the Population Management Officer Marina Ward. She has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion--or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother's chances at becoming president. A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. But with everything crashing down around her, Vivica no longer knows whom to trust. (Young Adult from Kregel Publications)

Happy reading, and Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

 photo Christmas_Morning_zps7638c18e.jpgTWO DAYS LEFT! 

If you're looking for a fun Christmas-season novel, Guideposts will have a 99 cent e-book sale of Love Finds You on Christmas Morning, by Debby Mayne and myself, available through this Monday, 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!



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Neta and Dave Jackson and Free Books!

 photo Pound-Nook_zps5b9bf9c4.pngEver wonder whether the “prosperity gospel” would work for you—or would you end up “penny wise and pound foolish”?

Before we visit today's authors, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Yuletide Rescue, by Margaret Daley, is:

littleronm@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Love Never Fails, by Martha Rogers, is:

julesreffner@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing addresses, and we'll get your books 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 meet novelists Neta and Dave Jackson, authors of Pound Foolish (Castle Rock Creative Inc, October 2014).

 photo DaveNetaJackson_zpsce889aa1.pngNeta and Dave Jackson are a husband and wife writing team, and are the authors or co-authors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta’s Yada Yada Prayer Group series and their forty-volume Trailblazer series.

They both grew up on the west coast but settled in the Chicago area, which inspires many of the settings and characters for their novels. Their life-journey has included a passion for racial reconciliation and understanding what it truly means for the different parts of the Body of Christ to “need each other” (1 Cor. 12).

They raised two children who in turn rewarded them with four grandchildren who keep them hopping and young at heart.

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

--Dave is a farmer at heart and grows wonderful vegetables in our back yard.

--Neta had an imaginary horse and two imaginary dogs as pets while growing up.

--Dave and Neta have been married an amazing 48 years!

You're such an inspirational couple, Dave and Neta!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Pound Foolish.

 photo Pound-Nook_zps5b9bf9c4.pngGreg Singer coordinates sports shows for powerboats, four wheelers, snowmobiles, and jet skis—macho toys for outdoor men like himself. But the job puts tremendous stress on his marriage with Nicole, who for the first time notices the handsome lawyer who lives at the end of their block. (“Greener pastures”?)

When the recession hits Greg’s industry, he decides the crisis is merely an opportunity for God to bless him with unmatched prosperity—a promise he hears preached each Sunday at his megachurch—and he steps out in bold faith. But is he being “pound foolish”?

The fourth in the Windy City Neighbors series, Pound Foolish returns us to Beecham Street, a typical urban neighborhood. Intersecting with Penny Wise (book 3), the Jacksons employ the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own story arc, the characters lives become intertwined and affect one another—and brings new meaning to prosperity.

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

Greg is well-meaning but a little clueless about how to support his homeschooling wife. He plans surprises for her but they’re not what really matters to her. He’s not a bad guy—he’s faithful, loves his wife and kids, wants to do the right thing by his family—so you want him to succeed even though you want to shake some sense in his head when he goes off like the Lone Ranger, trying to make things work out on his own. As “head of the family,” he doesn’t want to burden her with how bad things really are when he loses his job—but in the process ends up leaving her out.

You can’t believe he keeps making bad decisions, each one supposedly destined to be “the” answer, the quick fix to all their problems. But knowing he really does love his wife and kids, you hang in there with him because you know he’s either going to crash and burn or he’s going to get a wakeup call that finally opens his eyes. And you want to be there when it happens.

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

 photo images_zps596bf42c.jpegMatt Damon (Greg Singer);




 photo images-1_zps5b832a03.jpegMichelle Williams (Nicole Singer);





 photo Unknown_zpsee21ae54.jpegLouis Gossett Jr. (Harry Bentley);





 photo Unknown-1_zpsd379f88b.jpegDella Reese (Estelle Bentley)






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

Movie contract for The Yada Yada Prayer Group or Lucy Come Home.

Wouldn't that be wonderful?! 

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

Dave:  Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke. He’s a superb artist of literary imagery that makes you feel the characters and settings of his stories..

Neta:  The Known World by Edward P. Jones. Amazing characterizations, painfully honest about the realities of slavery in the few years just before the Civil War, and yet many of the characters, both white and black, are complex, not all good, not all bad (though some are very very bad!). Won a Pulitzer Prize.

What are you working on now?

The fifth and final book in the Windy City Neighbors series, tentatively titled, Snowmaggedon. Projected release date: May 2015.

Where else can readers find you online?

Our web site: www.DaveNeta.com
FaceBook
Twitter

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

What do you see as the advantages or disadvantages of a series of novels that are interrelated—sharing characters, building on a history, a “world” that you enter that carries over into multiple books—vs. the stand-alone novel.

Or . . .

What would you, as a reader, be willing to do to help promote one of your favorite authors?

Thanks, Neta and Dave, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Neta and Dave have offered to give a signed copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Neta and Dave'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.

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