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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, August 14, 2017

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri, a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa, or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan, love grows best in small towns just like this!

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of my novel, The Guy I'm Not Dating, is:

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Congratulations! I'll e-mail 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 chat with novelist Deborah Raney, co-author of the women's fiction novella collection, Right Where We Belong (Amazon Digital, April 2017).


Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA®, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Deb's novel, Home at Last, the final book in The Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press, released in February.

She enjoys teaching at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the friendly city of Wichita where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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

Many people know that I have four children, but they may not know that those kids are walking miracles, since I was told as a teen by several doctors that I would never be able to conceive. Our kids are spread out over three decades: Our oldest son was born in the 70s, our middle two in the 80s, and our baby was born in 1990.  😋

I definitely didn't know that, Deb! Wow, miracles, indeed.

Please tell us a bit more about the plots of the novellas in the collection.

In Deborah Raney’s A Langhorne Romance: Lily O'Neal's thriving at-home bakery means working alone in her state-of-the-art kitchen, so how's she ever supposed to meet the man of her dreams? But when delivery truck driver, Gage Simmons, shows up at her door—crooked grin and all—she can't help making sure he has a reason to return...even if it means ordering her supplies one at a time.

In Melissa Tagg’s A Maple Valley Romance: After years of mistakes and regret, coffee shop owner Megan Harrow has finally built a new life for herself and her daughter in quirky, but charming Maple Valley. But she’s not ready for the sparks that fly when she meets local nonprofit owner Eric Hampton ... or for the sudden reappearance of an unwelcome face from her past.

In Courtney Walsh's A Sweethaven Romance: Eleanor Waverly is practically Sweethaven royalty, but her comfortable, cushy world is turned upside-down when she discovers an old map hidden in the bottom of a 125-year-old time capsule. Her only hope of uncovering the truth lies with local firefighter (and Waverly rival) Jason Holloway, and with his piercing eyes and troubled past, it's clear from the start it's not only her way of life that's on the line, it's her heart.



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

Lily is somewhat lonely (since her parents have gone off to be missionaries, leaving her to run the in-home bakery business she and her mother started) and wondering how she’ll ever meet someone special when she works from home.

You know, I think there are so many people today who struggle with that social dilemma. I'm so glad I'm not on the dating scene!

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

I recently finished reading Christina Suzann Nelson’s If We Make It Home for endorsement. I thoroughly enjoyed it and especially liked the fact that the novel asked hard questions about what would you do in the characters’ shoes? To me the perfect combination in a novel is entertainment and enlightenment and this book has both.

What are you working on now?

Recently I’ve been able to get the rights back to many of my older novels, and Ken and I are having a blast working together to get them back in print through our Raney Day Press. Ken is a talented graphic designer and illustrator and he’s created some gorgeous new covers to update my books. In the midst of that task, I’m also finishing a novel I started a few years ago and never completed. Set in small-town Winterset, Iowa, home of the beautiful bridges of Madison County, it’s the story of two disillusioned people who begin to find joy and hope as God intertwines the events of their lives.

I think the emergence of independent publishing has enabled a lot of Inspirational authors to produce fiction that might not fit within the traditional parameters. It's an exciting time for writers and readers.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.deborahraney.com
Facebook
DRreadergroup
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter
Amazon Author Page
DRGoodReads
novelgarden.blogspot.com
inspiredbylifeandfiction.com

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

I’d love to know what is your very favorite setting for a novel? Whether your answer is specific (like stories set in a certain state, small town, or city) or more general (such as a ranch or resort, or a foreign country), I’m always curious what attracts readers when they think of a novel’s setting.

Thanks, Deb, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Deborah has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Deb'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, 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

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Guy I'm Not Dating E-book and Free Books!

When personal trainer Kara Richardson stumbles upon charming young deli owner, Gabe Paolino--new to town and quite available--she realizes she couldn't have chosen a worse time to take a vow against dating.

Before I say more about the above novel, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Healing Love, by Jennifer Slattery, is:

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and the winner of the e-copy of my new release, Local Girl, is:

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail your books 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.

This week I'm re-featuring my novel, The Guy I'm Not Dating, because it has just released in e-book format. By way of celebration, I'm going to give away a copy of the e-book.

Here's a quick take on the story's plot:

"Yowza!" exclaims Kara Richardson when she sees the handsome proprietor of the new delicatessen in town, Gabe Paolino—who soon expresses mutual interest. This would be the start of a perfect love story, except for one thing—Kara has vowed to stop dating until she feels God's leading.

But when humorous circumstances send Kara and Gabe on a road trip to Florida, hope springs anew. Even with Kara's flirtatious coworker Tiffany—"a hyena in heels"—along for the ride, the uncouple begins a lively journey that could change their paths forever.

This memorable, charming story of love's persistence captures the honor of waiting on God's timing, and the adventure of finding the perfect guy to not date.

The book can be purchased in e-book format via the following button:



How about you? What is something about which you've chosen to (or had to) wait on God's timing? Has His answer come to you yet? If so, how did it work out?

To enter the drawing, leave a comment below in answer to my 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, 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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Local Girl Release and Give-away!

She is absolutely not looking for love--not on her own, and definitely not through her pushy, matchmaking friend. However...

Readers, today I'm introducing my latest novella, Local Girl, now available on Amazon. I'm going to give away a copy to someone who joins in the conversation below.

I'll enter your name in the drawing a second time if you also join in the conversation on today's interview with Jennifer Slattery, below.

And I'll enter your name a third time if you are a subscriber.

Here's a brief description of the story:

Entrepreneur Edie Keegan achieves ever-growing acclaim for her popular Local Girl perfume. Her romantic life hasn’t been quite as successful, but that’s fine with her. As she insists to her matchmaking friend, Sara-Penny Butler, she’s not in the market for love. But Sara-Penny knows better, and she understands Edie and her painful past more than Edie realizes.

When Ben Walsh, the town veterinarian, turns Edie’s head, she questions whether love is worth the risk of getting hurt, whether Ben is the man for her (despite her cat allergies), and whether Sara-Penny is ever going to mind her own business.

Local Girl is available for purchase via the button below. If you'd like to enter for the free e-copy I'm giving away next week, leave your answer to my question below.



So my question is this: have you ever been set up on a date via friends or someone a bit more aggressive, a modern-day matchmaker? If so, what was the upshot?

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, 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

Jennifer Slattery and Free Books!

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Mission of Love, by Martha Rogers, is:

mac262@...

Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 chat with novelist Jennifer Slattery, author of the women's fiction novel, Healing Love (independently published, July 2017).

Editor, novelist, and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.

She writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

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

I love music but I’m tone deaf and can turn heads during church worship—and not in a good way!

Aw, that's pretty cute, Jennifer. I'm glad you ignore the attention and make your worshipful noise anyway.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Healing Love.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams. Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

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

Brooke can easily be misunderstood. She’s dominated by fear, and as a result, had a need to control nearly everything. Some may view some of her behaviors as selfish, but they actually stem from the feelings of loss and being out of control when both her parents were killed in a car accident. She longs to follow God’s leading, but she’s struggling to release her death grip on her life-plans.

Many readers enjoy reading seasonally set novels (Christmas, summer beach reads, etc.). Have you written anything seasonally set? If not, which season would you like to focus on in a novel?

Though I’m not sure if they’d be termed seasonally set novels, a couple of my books have taken place over the Christmas season. I absolutely love Christmas, with its decorations, nostalgia, and familiar carols. I’d love to write a Christmas novella one of these days.

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

I’m currently reading The Progeny, by Tosca Lee, and wow, it’s intense and intriguing. That girl can write! On the lighter side, Count Me In by Mikal Dawn was a sweet and hilarious romance novel I thoroughly enjoyed.

I haven't read Mikal's work yet, so I'll put her on the TBR list! Tosca is an amazing author. What are you working on now?

I’m about 85% done with a light cowboy romance set in a small, fictional town located in Texas’s Hill Country. The hero is a contractor and widowed rancher’s son raising two boys hired on to help restore his town’s church, which was built in the mid-1800s and since vandalized. The heroine is a painter and stained glass artist from Austin contracted to restore the broken and dirty stained glass windows. She hates small towns and he doesn’t trust city girls and isn’t convinced she’s the best person for the job.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can visit me at my website, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud, they can visit my ministry website at WhollyLoved.com, and they can connect with me on Facebook, on Twitter at JenSlattery, or on Instagram at Slatteryjennifer.

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

If you could visit any location that you encountered in a novel, where would that be and why?

Thanks, Jennifer, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Jennifer has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jennifer'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, 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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Martha Rogers and Free Books!

A wounded heart and a wounded hero find healing on their Mission of Love.

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

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 chat with novelist Martha Rogers, author of the romance novella, Mission of Love, in the National Parks Romance Collection (Winged Publications Forget Me Not Romances, June 2017).

Martha lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of 58 years. She's been writing as long as she can remember making up stories. She writes the Verse of the Week for ACFW, and she is the director of the Texas Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference in Houston.

Martha and her husband are active in First Baptist Church in Houston where she teaches a Bible class and sings in the choir. They have been blessed with nine grandchildren, two grandsons-in-law and four great-grandchildren.

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

I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Baylor University and taught homemaking for over 18 years before switching to English and earning my Master of Education Degree.

I had no idea! Very cool, Martha.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Mission of Love.

Chelsea and Ryan both have wounded hearts that haven't completely healed, but Ryan has the added burden of being disable due to a mine explosion in Afghanistan and a sordid past in college. They find themselves together on a mission trip with the youth from the church they attend. Through the antics of the teens and wise counsel from other adults on the trip, the mission trip to spread God's love to others becomes a mission of finding love for each other in the midst of their past heartache and disappointment.

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

Chelsea’s fiancé broke off their engagement only weeks before the wedding. She moves to a new city and a new church where she becomes involved as a teacher in the youth division with no time to be concerned about a man in her life. She loves the teenagers both at church and in the middle school where she teaches eighth grade English. She’s not sure she’s ready to trust another man with her heart, but she’s wants to move on with her life and be the woman God wants her to be.

Many readers enjoy reading seasonally set novels (Christmas, summer beach reads, etc.). Have you written anything seasonally set? If not, which season would you like to focus on in a novel?

I’ve written several Christmas novels and novellas as well as one for Valentine’s Day. My favorite is Christmas. I suppose that’s why I’ve written more of them than any other holiday.

What are you working on now?

I have several novellas due the next few months. One is a turn of the century novella for Barbour, First Love Forever. I’m also working on another Christmas novella for an October deadline.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.marthawrogers.com, and I’m a contributor to a history blog at www.hhhistory.com

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

When you see a book with a great cover, what convinces you to actually buy the book?

Thanks, Martha, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Martha has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Martha'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, 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
 

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