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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, September 19, 2016

Kelly Klepfer and Free Books!

 photo 61tvSrINcpL_zps0lmue1fa.jpgWhen the retirement center’s chef is found dead, two retired sisters-in-law decide to solve the case, but their zany attempts to track down the killer leads them on a downward spiral into drugs, extortion, and worst of all . . . broken hearts.

Before we meet today's featured authors, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Down Squash Blossom Road, by Janet Bly, 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 visit with novelists Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer, co-authors of the Romantic Cozy Mystery, Out of the Frying Pan (Bling! Romance - Lighthouse of the Carolinas, September 2016).

 photo Michelle Head Shot 2015_zpsnkc4f6rn.jpgMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Historical romance is her usual haunt. The Captive Heart is her latest release. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 photo unnamed_zpsqq3vzdyh.jpgKelly Klepfer had ambitions to graduate from the school of life quite awhile ago, but alas . . . she still attends and is tested regularly. Her co-authored cozy/quirky mystery, Out of the Frying Pan, is the culmination of several of the failed/passed tests. Kelly, though she lives with her husband, two Beagles and two hedgehogs in Iowa, can be found at Novel Rocket, Novel Reviews, Scrambled Dregs, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter with flashes of brilliance (usually quotes), randomocities, and learned life lessons.

Kelly answers most of the questions, below.

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

-- I have two hedgehogs. Yes. They are as cute as you’d think. And pokey. And a wee bit high-maintenance.

-- I always wanted to sing on worship team but have no training as a singer and once my voice was called “twangy” so I have never felt like I could. One day a few years ago I felt like God was calling me to join our worship team. Though I’m still insecure about my voice I sing almost every Sunday and it feels so good.

-- I love being in my fifties. Freedom from people pleasing and grandkids is the best season of my life.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Out of the Frying Pan.

 photo 61tvSrINcpL_zps0lmue1fa.jpgRetired sisters-in-law, Fern and Zula, stumble over the retirement community’s dead cook—and clearly this is not the usual cholesterol related death. Their amateur sleuthing almost upends the crime scene.

Detective Jared Flynn finds himself facing past ghosts and clutching, concoction-wielding grandmas as the complicated investigation unfolds. Fern and Zula’s niece KC enters the picture, and Jared’s world turns on its axis—especially when the people he’s grown to care about are endangered. He doesn’t hesitate to dive into danger to save them. Turns out that Paradise is not the quiet little piece of peace the entrance sign promises.

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

Goodness. We have four equally lovable characters. A zany, full-of-life and color self-made chef diva, Zula, with a heart the size of a unicorn’s. A reserved, mystery-loving pilates teaching artist named Fern, who prefers God’s palette of colors and creation over her sister-in-law’s. Detective Jared Flynn solves crime in smaller town Florida after nearly losing his life in the big city cesspool. His heart is as bruised as his body, and he’s longing for someone to be his first good morning and last hug of the night. Kansas City resident and niece of the Hopkins’ ladies, KC, just wants to curl up and be left alone so she can heal from her crushed heart. But instead she goes to protect her aunts. Fifi the wonderdog only requires regular walks, treats, and maybe some cute new outfits.

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

 photo leapyear-matthew-goode_zpsngti7ivr.jpgJared Flynn = Matthew Goode from Leap Year







 photo images_zpsvob9srzv.jpegKC Hopkins = Emma Stone





 photo Unknown_zpskpznhj29.jpegFern Hopkins = Blythe Danner







 photo Unknown-1_zpsjntmr7cb.jpegZula Hopkins = Cybill Shepherd





 photo Unknown-2_zps7xkygwkc.jpegFifi = Tuna the Instagram sensation





Tell us about a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music. 

 Cue "Book of Love" for this scene . . .

Jared and KC enter Zula’s garden, which is exploding in color and scents, and now tension.

KC needs to unload some baggage, and Jared’s thoughts are swirling.

In a sudden explosion of emotion, KC loses control. Jared helplessly watches, amazed at the melting makeup and the canvas of her face turning into a modern art piece. Even more amazing to him are the feelings that well up inside his heart as she spills all of her pain at his feet.

Now cue "Viva la Vida."

While KC and Jared are outside, Fern and Zula are forced to put aside an argument and focus on an impromptu dinner party. Because Zula cannot serve anything but a feast, Fern puts on her apron and conjures her inner Julia Childs for Chef Diva Zula. When Zula enters the zone, performing her culinary magic in a graceful and beautiful dance, Fern observes Zula produce extra arms while she cooks, flips, whips and ladles all at the same time. But as soon as the aprons come off, the verbal jousting resumes with a mighty clash.

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

If I Run by Terri Blackstock. I just finished it and it was full of tension, intrigue and characters I rooted for. Terri knocked this one out of the park. Murder, broken yet growing and kind characters, tight prose, private investigator procedural, and a plot that could have fallen out of a current newspaper. A page turner that leaves me hoping for book two to hurry up.

What are you working on now?

Book number two for the Hopkins sisters. Zula is planning a big event. Fern is working on damage control.

Where else can readers find you online?

Our bios (above) have all the links to the places the fun kids hang out. We get invited sometimes.

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

Why do you read?

Thanks, Kelly, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Kelly and Michelle have offered to give an e-copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kelly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Janet Bly and Free Books!

 photo DSBR Front Cover Hi Res_zpsown1lehb.jpg What secret lies down Squash Blossom Road?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of The Flaming Sword, by Heather Fitzgerald, 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 visit with novelist Janet Bly, author of contemporary western mystery romance ("cowgirl lit") novel, Down Squash Blossom Road (CreateSpace, September 2016).

 photo Janet w leather scarf lowres_zpsgasmnhtb.jpg Janet Chester Bly is a city girl with a country heart. She doesn’t corral horses or mow her own lawn. She’s no womba woman. But she followed her writer husband, Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly, to a small country town on top a mountain in north-central Idaho. When she lost him, she stayed to rake lots of pine needles and cones and survive the long winters, one snowstorm at a time.

Janet and Stephen together—his, hers, and theirs--published 120 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and kids. Janet and their three sons finished Stephen’s last novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. Down Squash Blossom Road is Book 2 in the Trails of Reba Cahill Series. Book 1 is Wind in the Wires.

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

-- I love Matt Damon and the Jason Bourne movies … and anything starring Tom Selleck.

-- I don’t drink coffee at all … except if I go down the mountain to the big city of Lewiston to shop, then it’s a latte or frappuccino or an ice cream flavor.

-- I rode horses only because my late hubby, Stephen, enjoyed that activity, to spend time with him. However, I never felt real comfortable around them on my own, even though I do think they’re beautiful animals, and love to watch them run.

Yes, I'm with you there, Janet. I think they're gorgeous animals, but they're big and heavy, and I've never been a comfortable rider.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Down Squash Blossom Road.

 photo DSBR Front Cover Hi Res_zpsown1lehb.jpgCowgirl Reba Cahill’s schedule is full. Save the family ranch. Free her mom from a mental institute. Solve a murder and kidnapping. Evade a stalker. Can she also squeeze in romance?

Reba tried to focus on ranch duties, to help out her widowed grandmother. But a crippled Champ Runcie returns to Road’s End, Idaho in a wheelchair and seeks revenge for the accident that put him there. He blames Reba’s horse. Meanwhile, a letter from her estranged mom forces her and Grandma Pearl back on the road: I can leave now. Come get me. Love, Mom

When they arrive in Reno, her mother issues a demand and refuses to return to Idaho. They head west instead. In California, Reba’s friend Ginny’s marriage is on the rocks. The family business is threatened. And squabbles turn deadly.

Reba digs deep for stamina to forge a relationship with her mom and escape a crazed man’s obsession. She also faces an uncertain future as a trainer offers her another horse … and maybe more.

Wow, chock full of conflict! 

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

Reba was abandoned by her mother on the doorstep of her grandparents ranch home when she was three years old. Then she eventually discovers lies in her search for family and betrayal stunts her attempts at love. In the pursuit of justice, she struggles to overcome bitterness and choose to trust in God when much in her life and others close to her seems so unfair.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsn7tfoh5d.jpegReba Cahill – an actress similar to a young Reba McEntire, the country singer





 photo images_zpsvw33rqgu.jpegSoren Patrick, horse trainer, Reba’s love interest – Luke Perry (Race to Win, Black Beauty)





 photo images-1_zpspmufi7kh.jpegJace McKane, friend of Reba and Ginny – Ryan Gosling (The Notebook)





 photo images-3_zpssidiusuk.jpegGinny George, Reba’s Greek girlfriend - Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)



 photo images-6_zpsqb0qnrrw.jpeg90-year-old Seth Stroud – Ian McKellen (Gandolf, Lord of the Rings)






Tell us about a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music.

Reba has high hopes that she and Soren Patrick, the horse trainer, will make a loving, compatible couple, then she thinks she sees him on a Las Vegas boulevard with another woman. She’s devastated. An old Doris Day song from the 1940s would work well for background (especially since Reba heard her grandmother playing it on an old vinyl record on a phonograph earlier in the story) … “Again, This Couldn’t Happen Again”

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

The last three novels I read within two weeks and I really couldn’t pick just one of them. Each was very different but kept my interest throughout and impressed me with the characters, research skills, and writing style. All three authors were new to me, but recommended, so I grabbed the chance to try a sampling of their work when I had a break in writing. I hope to read more by each of them.

From Russia with Love (The Heirs of Anton Book 1), by Susan May Warren … enjoyed the modern Russian setting, the spunky main character, and the romantic suspense story full of adventure.

A Stillness of Chimes, by Meg Moseley … a well-written southern story of childhood friends, memories, and a haunting mystery

Silenced (Alaskan Courage) (Volume 4), by Dani Pettrey ... good blend of romance and suspense; loved the uniqueness of the rock climbing skills of the main character.

What are you working on now?

After the book launch of Down Squash Blossom Road, I hope to re-release about nine more of our out-of-print children’s books, including The Crystal Blake Adventure Series (9-12 yrs old). Then I’ll be adapting several former devotional books into a revision entitled Grace Spilling Over/True Stories of God’s Tender Mercies.

As soon as I’ve completed these projects, I’ll begin Book 3 of The Trails of Reba Cahill Series with the working title: Beneath a Camperdown Elm. Most of the research has been done for this conclusion of Reba Cahill’s story and a number of scenes have already been exploding in my mind. In one way, it’s hard to wait to get started with the next book in the series. In another, I truly need the break for my mind and any semblence of a social life by taking on a more relaxed schedule and different pursuits.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.BlyBooks.com
Bly Books Blog
Facebook Personal Page
Bly Books Facebook Page
Pinterest
Goodreads
Twitter
LinkedIn
Follow Bly Books for new releases: Amazon Author Page
EBooks & EStories
Audio Books
Bly Books Blog


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

What is most important to you in a fiction story to keep you reading to the end and to compel you to choose other novels by that author?

Thanks, Janet, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Janet has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Janet's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

99 Cent E-Book Collection Special!

Just for a few days, our romantic-rivals collection, In Love and War, is marked to 99 cents. You can get the sale price via this button:














What are the stories about?

Lassoed by Love
By Miralee Ferrell

Lindsey Morgan loves her life—too bad she can no longer afford it. The exclusive boutique she managed recently closed. Ready for a new adventure, she accepts a job at a resort. What could go wrong working at a gift shop and laying by a pool during her off hours? What Lindsey didn’t expect was Steven Graham, her high-school crush showing up—as her new boss. Steven isn’t the shy, red-neck teen she’d known six years ago. He’s somehow morphed into a gorgeous, aloof, more refined man. Too bad he thinks she's still the spoiled cheerleader he thought had snubbed him, but she’d change that assumption if it killed her—and with the new job description she’d been handed, it just might!

Designed with Love
By Kimberly Rose Johnson

To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition--even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Spring, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces...and find love in the process?

More Than Meets the Eye
By Trish Perry

Jensy St. Martin is not pleased when she recognizes the latest ad man to join the Washington, D. C. agency she has long considered her professional home. Phil Quinn was a cocky, love-’em-and-leave-’em type when they attended the same high school ten years ago, and she senses he hasn’t changed much since then. When the two ad designers are forced to work together on a campaign, Jensy learns more than she wants to know about the man, and his growing attractiveness becomes the least of her worries.

Hungry Hearts
By Debby Mayne

When Cameron Prater returns to Hyacinth, South Carolina, to open a restaurant a few doors down from his childhood sweetheart Melissa Shaw's diner, they are both reminded of the fierce competitiveness that drove them apart. They even try to outdo each other while volunteering for a women's shelter that their church sponsors, and they deny the fact that the sparks that brought them together years ago still zing. Can these two people put aside their rivalry—and their pride—and let their hearts take over?

Heather Fitzgerald, September Releases, and Free Books!

 photo IMG_3632_zpsncwgheo8.jpgKeeping the Flaming Sword of Cherubythe out of the wrong hands may cost Sadie her life, a price she’s not certain she’s brave enough to pay.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of When Death Draws Near, by Carrie Stuart Parks, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, and 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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Heather Fitzgerald, author of the YA Fantasy novel, The Flaming Sword (Mountain Brook Ink, November 2016).

 photo IMG_6681_zpsjr1qu7dl.jpgHeather FitzGerald lives in Texas with four someones that call her mom and one special someone that calls her his wife. She homeschooled her now grown children--one of whom is autistic--and teaches ballet and creative writing at a fine arts school in Forth Worth.

Heather is a member of the North Texas Christian Writers, ACFW, and helps to facilitate the Manet writer’s group in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves drinking ice lattes, cloud watching, and getting lost in a good book.

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

—In the 9th grade I won a limo ride, dinner, backstage passes, and 7th row tickets to see Elton John. As only a mildly interested fan, the enormity of the event was lost on me at the time. Too bad time travel isn’t a thing.

—There’s a disco ball in my den because, you know, it’s a disco ball! It’s groovy and sparkly and says fun just by hanging around.

—My favorite bible verse in regards to creative endeavors is Proverbs 8:12, in the KJV it reads, “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.” When I read that at about 9 years of age I took it very seriously as something the Lord would do in my life. In some way, He would give me witty inventions…and I believe with my writing, among other things, He has.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Flaming Sword.

 photo IMG_3632_zpsncwgheo8.jpgSadie Larcen and her family are slowly recovering from their life-altering trek to the Tethered World. That is until their aunt arrives clutching a mysterious letter and sporting a black eye. The letter that Aunt Jules shares with the family writhes with sinister implications. A new and menacing enemy has slunk from the shadows and is conspiring to seize the most powerful piece of weaponry in the land: The Flaming Sword of Cherubythe. The sword must—at all costs—be kept from the enemies who lust for its power.

The threat extends to Sadie’s autistic brother Brock. As High King in training, he now resides in the Tethered World, within close proximity to the sword. It’s apparent that drastic measures will be required by all in order to protect what’s most important. Can Sadie once again confront her disabling fear, stare evil in the face, and walk away whole—let alone alive?

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

Sadie is not the average YA teen girl who is strong, independent, and ready to kick someone’s butt. She’s sarcastic and bookish and takes on the roll of heroine with reluctance. Book 1, The Tethered World, brought her into the adventure mentally kicking and screaming. Her trip back in The Flaming Sword is more readily accepted as she learns to embrace her unique purpose, though still with witty, and hesitant participation.

Also, I’ve added a second POV (a third one will be added in the next book, as well). Readers will see what’s going on through Sadie’s brother Brady’s eyes, providing an element that the guys will relate to quite well. Brady is courageous, loyal, and protective, eager to do what’s right, even when it’s dangerous.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsb9vhzk6o.jpegNot a concept I give any thought to, although I know a lot of authors that do… I suppose Alexis Bledel as Rory-Gilmore-turned-Sadie-Larcen, if that were possible.




 photo images_zpsl4jksi1m.jpegAnd Ansel Elgort (Fault in our Stars and Divergent) would be handy to have around for Brady and Brock (identical twins).





Tell us about a scene in your novel, and name a piece of music that would make good background music.

Hmm. This is tough because there are so many twists that I don’t want to give away. If you read the first book, then it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that Sadie and her Nephilim admirer, Xander, revisit an attraction to one another in The Flaming Sword.

Andrew Peterson has a song, "Dancing In The Minefields" that would encapsulate the odds against such an unconventional relationship working out. But I’m not going to say whether or not they take that chance!

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

John Grisham’s The Confession. Though I am not against the death penalty, it made me consider how important it is to have conclusive evidence before sentencing someone to death. Circumstantial evidence shouldn’t be enough to send someone to death row. Just today, here in Dallas, a man convicted of double murder in 1987 was freed because of flawed evidence. That’s just tragic.

What are you working on now?

My final book of The Tethered World Chronicles, The Genesis Tree. As always, I’m writing by the seat of my pants and praying my way through the chapters! Writing a book can be similar to reading one when the characters take on a life of their own and surprise their creator. It’s a fun and nail biting endeavor.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can connect with me on my website/blog, Facebook, Pinterest: (Belongs to my main character, Sadie), Character blog: (Sadie’s mom has a blog about legendary creatures.), Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads. There will be a super fun virtual launch party on Facebook with great prizes. We had about 200 partygoers with the release of The Tethered World and had a crazy good time! Join my Facebook group if you’d like to jump in :)

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

A friend admitted just last week that she always reads the last chapter of a book first, to see if she likes the ending before she invests in the characters by reading the book (I was shocked!). A related question came up in my creative writing class and I think it’s worth further exploration…Do you prefer stories that have a happy or satisfying ending? Is tragedy or an unresolved ending more appealing to you? More realistic? Does it make you angry if it ends on a cliffhanger?

Thanks, Heather, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Heather has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Heather's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

As you scroll to the bottom of today's post to answer Heather's question, take a look at some of the excellent fiction releasing in September!

Biblical:

Daughter of the Nile by Jill Eileen Smith -- Explore the exotic world of ancient Egypt and ponder the dilemma Siti faces when she leaves her homeland, her family, and the worship of her many gods, to live in Jerusalem where only Yahweh is worshiped. Can Siti leave her favorite goddess Bastet behind? Will she ever make sense of this land, it's strange worship of one God, and a husband who is as wise and ever-changing as the wind? (Biblical from Revell [Baker])

Contemporary Romance:

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander -- Dani Prescott plans revenge when Brett Somers blames her mother for the plane crash that killed his parents. But the crash killed her mother as well, so Dani can't believe the story Brett's trying to sell to the media. She vows to find a way to discredit his story, but when she catches his eye instead, she offers up a fake name and agrees to a date—only to spy on him. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something, but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker])

Feta and Freeways by Susan M. Baganz -- Nikolos Acton is the lead singer of a Christian Band, Specific Gravity, struggling to make it in the industry after an unplanned break, touring the country with their manager, Tia Bartel. Tia loved Niko for the longest time, but it's not until she steps in to save his life that he finally realizes what has been there all along. Is it too late for him? Could a relationship between them work after years of ignoring her? How would he ever convince her he's worthy of her trust? As they journey on the freeway of life and love, they encounter struggles as they are forced to rely on their faith, and friends, to make it through. (Contemporary Romance from Inspired [Prism Book Group])

Sarah's Orphans by Vannetta Chapman -- Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. After Sarah's bipolar father dies, her long-abused mother packs a bag and leaves Sarah behind with five needy siblings. Though exhausted with new responsibility, Sarah is finally at peace. Then she nearly runs over a small Hispanic boy with her buggy...and somehow finds herself sheltering two more orphans. Paul Byler moved to Cody's Creek to help his brother in a time of need. But now that Joseph has recovered from his heart attack, Paul's ready for a quiet place of his own. The only problem? His new property lands him next door to the orphaned Yoder family—and a calling from God he can't seem to ignore. (Contemporary Romance from Harvest House Publishers)

Dance Over Me by Candee Fick -- Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage. But when a jealous cast member threatens to drop the curtain on her dreams, Danielle fears her one brilliant moment in the spotlight is about to become a dim memory. Alex Sheridan is living his dream. Playing the trumpet. Helping run his family s dinner theater. But there's a hole in his soul that can only be filled with the love of that "someone special" -- the better half of him. When "Dani" dances into his life, Alex thinks he's found his perfect partner. But will the bright lights of a bigger stage steal her away before they find their perfect song? (Contemporary Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Cozy Mystery:

Out of the Frying Pan by Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer -- When the retirement center's chef is found dead, two retired sisters-in-law decide to solve the case, but their zany attempts to track down the killer leads them on a downward spiral into drugs, extortion, and worst of all. . . broken hearts. (Cozy Mystery from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

General Contemporary:

Faith Countryman by Lori Hartman Gervasi -- A beautiful woman with the spiritual gift of healing grows up, makes mistakes, and then steps into her destiny by moving to a small Northern California town one summer where she helps the residents find redemption and revival. (Contemporary from Waterfall Press)

Historical Romance:

Mountain Christmas Brides by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn -- From a Wyoming ranch in 1880, to a logging camp in Washington Territory in the late 1800s, to Denver, Colorado, in 1913, meet nine couples who find that Christmas is the perfect time for climbing to the heights of romance. Watch as their faith and courage propel them through challenges that come with mountain winters to cozy fireside celebrations that lead to lasting proclamations of love. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Mattie's Pledge by Jan Drexler -- Since Mattie Schrock last saw her childhood sweetheart Jacob Yoder, they've both grown into different people with different dreams. Jacob yearns to settle down, but Mattie can't help but dream of what may lie over the western horizon. When a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the Wild West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

You're the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo -- In 1928, Marjorie Corrigan thinks she sees her first love--believed killed in the Great War--alive and well in a train station. (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White -- All her life, Lady Ella Myerston has been sheltered from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends. Unwilling to wait around for peril to strike again, she sets out on an adventurous journey to the Cotswolds. Lord James Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life . . . but that proves complicated when old acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those intent on destroying them all? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

Romantic Suspense:

Breach of Trust by Jodie Bailey -- A former soldier teams up with the partner she thought was dead in order to expose a cybercriminal bent on terrorizing the US military. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble -- To supplement income from her family's failing blueberry farm, Kate Mason rents out the small cottage on the property, but it won't be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it's almost too good to be true. And maybe it is--because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.  The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But between Drake's family crises, news of an escaped murderer, and a local stalker's threats, there's no time for romance. Kate wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last. (Romantic Suspense from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Game On by Lillian Duncan -- Congressman Lucas McMann believes he's the victim of a bizarre stalking game, but to stop them he needs proof--and help from an old friend. Private Investigator Nikki wants to refuse, but her new found faith tells her she should help him--even if he was the first man to break her heart. (Romantic Suspense from Inspired [Prism Book Group])

Widow by Denise Weimer -- In book two of The Restoration Trilogy, Jennifer Rushmore has overseen the restoration of brooding bachelor Michael's ancestors' doctor's house long enough to work through their initial differences. Now the apothecary shop discloses a heart-breaking tale circa 1870 Georgia, shaking loose Jennifer's own carefully suppressed past. She fears that when Michael sees beyond her facade, her tentative steps toward trust and love may disintegrate into rubble. On her journey to forgiveness, Jennifer draws on her new faith and friendships, even as the mysterious accidents clouding her first preservation job escalate into imminent danger. (Romantic Suspense from Canterbury House Publishing)

Speculative:

Killswitch by Victoria Buck -- The world's first transhuman finds his true calling, and it's not what his creators intended. (Speculative from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Happy reading!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Carrie Stuart Parks and Free Books!

 photo 9781401690472_Image_zpskd5gsdzp.jpgGwen Marcey takes death in stride—until she’s faced with her own mortality.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Guide Me Home, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is:

kimberlyj503@...

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, and 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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Carrie Stuart Parks, author of the mystery/thriller/suspense novel, When Death Draws Near (HarperCollins Christian/Thomas Nelson, August 2016).

 photo Carrie on sofa_zpsnhqhjiee.jpgCarrie Stuart Parks is a multiple Christy finalist as well as a Carol and Inspy award-winning author. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic, award-winning watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

Mentored by New York Times best-selling author, Frank Peretti, Carrie began writing fiction while battling stage II breast cancer. Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling through the effects of cancer.

You have a truly compelling bio, Carrie! Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

—Breeder, owner, handler of Champion show Great Pyrenees dogs. AKC judge.

—Married to a former Visual Information Specialist for the FBI in Washington, D.C.

—I live on the same ranch in the mountains of Idaho where I grew up.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of When Death Draws Near.

 photo 9781401690472_Image_zpskd5gsdzp.jpgForensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.

Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned.

But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.

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

Gwen Marcey is a flawed, but likable character struggling with many of the same issues everyone must deal with—finding a steady paycheck, disease, divorce, raising a teen—as well as facing danger in her career.

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

 photo images_zpsb61lhv92.jpegI’d love Sandra Bullock to be Gwen.




Speaking of which, what novel would you like to see brought to film?

Frank Peretti’s Illusion. (After a car wreck tragically claims the life of his wife and magic partner, Mandy, Dane Collins finds himself in a quaint coffee shop transfixed by a magician whose illusions even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. Even more mysterious is the performer herself. Nineteen-year-old Mandy has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he met and married some forty years earlier. They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but as Dane tries to figure out who Mandy really is, and she to understand why she is mysteriously drawn to him, she is being watched by those who not only possess all the answers but who also have the power to decide her fate.)

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

I loved Twilight at Blueberry Barrens. Colleen Coble knows how to make you love her characters.

What are you working on now?

My next book, Portrait of Vengeance.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.carrie@stuartparks.com
Facebook: Carrie Stuart Parks, Author










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

Where would you like to see Gwen go next? And what would you like to see happen?

Thanks, Carrie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Carrie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Carrie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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