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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, July 27, 2015

Kerry Nietz and Free Books!

 photo AZfS_zps2vvfrj9d.jpgFirst, vampires in space. And now...zombies. Really?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Summer's List, by Anita Higman, is:

happygrammaof3@ . . .

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 Kerry Nietz, author of the very entertaining science fiction (with a smattering of suspense/thriller, and a buggy-full of Amish) novel, Amish Zombies from Space (Freeheads, May 2015).

 photo Author Photo_zpsoxcjropw.jpgKerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff.

Kerry has one non-fiction book, a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software. Amish Zombies from Space is his sixth novel.

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

-- I once transported an alpaca in a minivan. She didn’t wear a seatbelt.

-- We live in a woods, which means there is always some wildlife nearby that’s worth watching. I once had a red fox walk through my front yard, and this year we had a robin nest on the windowsill of our upstairs bathroom. Fun for the kids. Though I think mother robin was a little nervous.

-- I’ve twice competed in a Pump and Run event. The goal is to do as many bench presses as you can and then run a 5K. A fun challenge.

-- I have a motorcycle license and a scuba license.

But did you have a license to transport an unsecured llama?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Amish Zombies from Space.

 photo AZfS_zps2vvfrj9d.jpgAmish Zombies from Space is the sequel to last year’s Amish Vampires in Space. That book follows a group of plain folk that find themselves forced into space. Unfortunately, aside from the spaceship’s modern crew, there are less altruistic occupants onboard—vampires.

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So there is this interesting conflict between the pacifism of the Amish, the caught-in-the-middle ship’s crew, and the vampires who want to eat them all. Amish Vampires had a solid endpoint, but there were enough lingering questions that I, as a reader, wanted answered. Plus I was curious what happened to the surviving characters. Did they recover and flourish or were they forever scarred?

Amish Zombies is my attempt at addressing all that. It takes place five years later. The Amish have a new planet named Resolve, and the other characters are all over the galaxy—flying private ships, running their own businesses, etc. One is getting out of jail.

An unexpected ship shows up on Resolve. Things go downhill from there.

I really enjoy tongue-in-cheek science fiction. Your titles alone signal that.

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

Amish Zombies is a bit unusual (well . . . maybe more than a bit ☺) in that it has more of an ensemble cast than the previous book. There are a handful of characters, each with their own important role to play. The two most important characters are an Amish man named Mark and a female doctor named Darly.

Darly is a problem-solver to the point of being obsessive. She’s dependable and resourceful. One of those people everyone would like to know, I think.

Mark is the Bishop of his community and so has a lot of responsibilities. But he’s also emotionally damaged. So he has all these things that are required of him, yet all he really wants is to be by himself. To heal. I think we’ve all had periods when we’ve felt like that.

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

 photo Unknown_zpstktojvrl.jpegI think Agents of Shield’s Ming-Na Wen would make a good Darly.





 photo Unknown-1_zpsaikd6d0u.jpegAnd Philip Seymour Hoffman would’ve made a good Mark, at least in temperament.





Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. About whom would you most want to write?

One of my friends, Tosca Lee, writes novels based on biblical characters and does an amazing job at it. I think it would be fun to try something like that, but pick a more obscure character than she typically does. Maybe a John Mark, or a Jabez, or even Joseph the father of Jesus.

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

The last novel I finished was The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher. It is the second novel in a series (the Tripod series) too, and takes place years after an alien invasion has occurred. All of humanity are servants of these aliens, and in fact, don’t remember a time before them. At a young age people are required to have a skullcap installed that helps keep them in line. The main character is a boy who manages to avoid the skullcap, so he’s one of the few free-thinking humans. The City of Gold and Lead is about his adventures inside an alien city. Lots of great world building and a tight, tense story.

The series is aimed at younger readers (7th grade and up) yet it is sophisticated enough that anyone would enjoy it. It has been around for decades, but somehow I missed it growing up. It's a fun read, and also short—maybe 200 pages. A good choice for when reading time is at a premium.

What are you working on now?

I’ve been working on Amish-something for the better part of three years now. Both books were large and complicated—around 300,000 words total—and I’m mentally exhausted. So lately I’ve been catching up on all the things I’ve let slide over the last three years. At least until something creative strikes me.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.kerrynietz.com
Facebook
Twitter: @KerryNietz

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

What crazy plot/subject/idea would you like to see a book written about? Or even better, what monster should I tackle next?

Thanks, Kerry, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Kerry has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kerry'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.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Anita Higman and Free Books!

 photo Summers List front cover_zpsstho4tdq.jpgLife and love keep going awry for Summer Snow, until her grandmother sends her on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree—a kind and quirky young man from Summer's past.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Mocha Sunrise, by Julie Carobini, is:

andrealschultz@ . . .

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 Anita Higman, author of Inspirational Women's Fiction novel, Summer’s List (Moody Publishers, June 2015).  photo 5_025_zpslkiherka.jpgBest-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has been writing for thirty years and has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art.

Anita and her husband are building a storybook home in the woods and plan to move there by the end of the year. A few of Anita’s favorite things are good movies, fairytales, traveling, gardening, exotic teas, and brunch with her gal friends.

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

--I love licorice ice cream.

--I once worked in a pillow factory.

--I love to hike, but after I get all dirty I don’t want to camp-out—I want to go to a nice resort and clean up, relax, and graze across a nice buffet.

A licorice ice cream fan. That's a new one for me! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Summer's List.

 photo Summers List front cover_zpsstho4tdq.jpgLife hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness--caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore--she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love... didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something--or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

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

Summer Snow is a wonderful person. She is somewhat impulsive, but she also has a good heart. I love this character so much that I’d like to be Summer Snow when I grow up. I hope readers grow to care about Summer the way I did.

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

 photo images_zpsaxmqxhbr.jpegIf we go back in time, I’d love to see what Jimmy Stewart





 photo Unknown_zpsppufmxcc.jpegand Donna Reed would do with my characters.





 photo images-1_zpsy5pkbujl.jpegThey were wonderful together in It’s a Wonderful Life.




Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. About whom would you most want to write?

Barbra Streisand, because I’ve been a fan of hers most of my life.

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

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade. It was fun ride with an upbeat message. Great entertainment.

What are you working on now?

I’m heading out on a new adventure in my writing career. I’m writing young adult books with my daughter, Hillary. I’m very excited about the future, and I hope you will follow along with me on this new journey!

Where else can readers find you online?

Here are two of my media links. I’d love to hear from you!

www.anitahigman.com
Facebook

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

I love fairytales, my favorite being Cinderella. What is your favorite fairytale?

Thanks, Anita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. 

Readers, Anita has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Anita'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.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Julie Carobini and Free Books!

 photo Mocha Sunrise smaller_zps1i7jduda.jpgWhile dealing with a secret problem at home, soft-hearted Livi finds herself pursued by a former admirer and a surf-loving minister with demons of his own.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Wait for Me, by Jo Huddleston, is:

JFWisherd@ . . .

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 Julie Carobini, author of the Inspirational beach romance, Mocha Sunrise (Dolphin Gate Books, November 2014. Also available as book three in The Chocolate Beach Collection in ebook format only).

 photo am_jc_zpshnxsuyzg.jpg Julie Carobini is the author of the Chocolate Series, as well as the Otter Bay Novels: Sweet Waters, A Shore Thing, and Fade to Blue. She has won numerous awards from The National League of American Pen Women and ACFW, and RT Book Reviews says, "Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive."

Julie lives with her family in California and loves all things coastal (except sharks).

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

-- I used to be a phantom shopper for Taco Bell.

-- Personally, I love to kayak—even though my heroine in Truffles by the Sea had a kayaking … mishap ☺

-- I worked for a year inside an 80-year-old Christian publishing house, until our division was sold.

I didn't know you worked at one of the publishing houses, Julie! What great experience for an author.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Mocha Sunrise.

The chocolate series is set by the beach and contains, of course, chocolate, but it’s more than that: It’s about the indelible connection of girlfriends—Bri, Gaby, and now with Mocha Sunrise (book 3)—Livi. What a joy to tell Livi’s story! Readers will see Livi’s roommate drama come to a tipping point … and they’ll also find out who wins her heart—and how.

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

Soft-hearted Livi Daniels has for years tolerated a bad roommate situation, a less-than happy job situation, and she often puts her friends’ needs before her own. Yet she’s always dreamed of seeing Italy … and, of course, finding her dream guy. Readers will care about her because, really, who doesn’t want to root for the underdog? ☺

Exactly.

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

 photo images_zpsyuqmbdq8.jpegAmanda Seyfried





 photo Unknown_zpst3yxgjtg.jpegand Chace Crawford.







Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. About whom would you most want to write?

Several come to mind, but Sir Richard Branson has led such an interesting life that it would likely make a good novel. The billionaire businessman is dyslexic and on his last day of school his headmaster told him he’d either end up in prison or become a millionaire.

I didn't know that! The headmaster had it right. Branson is definitely a colorful guy!

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

Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade. A romance that’s both sexy and sweet, filled with love and faith—and a heart-clutching twist of suspense.

What are you working on now?

Set in a quirky seaside town, a young and newly divorced woman falls for a thirty-something widower who lost his wife to cancer—only to discover that she is facing a serious illness of her own. This book is close to my soul, as I’ve experienced something similar in my life—and lived to tell about it ☺.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers, please stop by and say hello on my Facebook page: Or nab a free e-novella on my website (and while there, be sure to visit my Beach Lovers gallery!) www.juliecarobini.com

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

I’ve traveled the California coast, across the US, and I’ve also visited London and Paris. Where do you like to vacation—or hope to visit someday?

Thanks, Julie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Julie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Julie'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.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Jo Huddleston, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo WAIT FOR ME finalE_zpsrmydpe1l.jpgCan Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Rancher Takes a Cook, by Misty Beller, is:

teamob4@ . . .

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 Jo Huddleston, author of the Inspirational southern historical romance, Wait for Me (Forget Me Not Romances, a Division of Winged Publications, March 2015).

 photo JO PK full_zpsa6lrix1m.jpgJo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me, are sweet Southern historical romances.

She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University.

Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren.

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

--I don’t like being in the dark.

--I can’t jump rope.

--I played girls’ varsity basketball in high school.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wait for Me.

 photo WAIT FOR ME finalE_zpsrmydpe1l.jpgThis is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie.

The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie chooses to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life.

Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together? Will Julie’s mother ever accept Robby?

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

Julie’s mother is a snobbish socialite who criticizes Julie’s every move. She forbids Julie to socialize with the coal miners’ children, even though Julie lives in the coal community. Julie can never please her mother and never does anything correct in her mother’s judgmental opinion.

Ugh. Some parents really don't deserve the role, do they?

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

 photo Unknown_zpsunw0bqjc.jpegA young Elizabeth Taylor




 photo Unknown-1_zpsb2miepus.jpegand a young Montgomery Clift.




Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. About whom would you most want to write?

Amelia Earhart. I’ve always been fascinated by aviation and would like to write about how Amelia Earhart spent the last hours on her flight around the world. I would give her a happy ending.

The power of fiction, right? That would be terrific, to imagine a good end for such an interesting woman.

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

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden. It’s a historical novel in which Elizabeth Camden writes beautiful descriptions and great characterizations laced with a thread of romance. I love her novels because she weaves historical events into her stories so well that the reader hardly notices that they are one of the engine that propels the story.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains series of which Wait for Me is Book 1. I don’t have a title for Book 2; I usually come up with the title from a scene or chapter as I write.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website www.johuddleston.com
Blog
LifeLine Blog
Facebook
Goodreads
The Book Club Network, Inc.

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

After reading a book you really enjoyed do you ever think about the characters for a time?

Thanks, Jo, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Jo has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jo'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 leave your answer to Jo's question, take a look at what's releasing in the inspirational fiction market this month!

Amish Romance:

Her Brother's Keeper by Beth Wiseman -- Charlotte Dolinsky disguises herself as an Amish woman to investigate her brother's death never, expecting to fall in love with quiet Amish man Isaac Miller. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Romance:

The Cowboy's Surprise Baby by Deb Kastner -- Navy veteran Cole Bishop returns to Serendipity Texas to make a new life with his son, only to find he has to work with his high school flame, Tessa Applewhite. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Father's Second Chance by Mindy Obenhaus -- Businesswoman Celeste Thompson has one goal: to make her restaurant and hotel a success. She doesn't need any distractions, even from handsome contractor Gage Purcell and his two adorable little girls. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Historical Romance:

Among the Fair Magnolias by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Shepard Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser -- In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women--destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war--face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love. (Historical Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

The Daughters of Jim Farrell by Sylvia Bambola - Three sisters seek to prove their father innocent of murder in spite of great danger and the possibility they will loose the men they love. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The Convenient Bride Collection by Amanda Barratt, Andrea Boeshaar, Mona Hodgson, Melissa Jagears, Maureen Lang, Gabrielle Meyer, Jennifer Uhlarik, Erica Vetsch and Renee Yancy -- God can take the best-laid plans and turn them into something even better, as nine couples who marry for convenience soon learn. In fascinating settings from America's history, the convenient brides take their nuptials out of necessity. . .never dreaming that God might turn them into true love stories for His glory. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Lady and the Mountain Fire by Misty M. Beller -- Care-giving granddaughter Claire Sullivan and Bryan Donaghue, a doctor with a bad reputation, can't seem to get along-until disaster strikes their wild Montana mining town, and Claire's desire to help lands her in the midst of the fire. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles) by Rebecca DeMarino -- In 1653, when Heather Flower, a princess of the Montauk tribe, is kidnapped by a rival tribe, she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her long friendship with family friend Benjamin Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing])

A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears -- Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream) by Susan Anne Mason -- Two O'Leary sisters search for love and independence from their domineering father in 1911 Long Island, New York. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch When a sheriff and a schoolmarm swap jobs for a month, the town of Cactus Creek is thrown into an uproar. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

To Soar on Eagle's Wings by Renee Blare -- Spring arrives to the Snowy Range and instead of relaxation, Rachel finds herself the center of a Timber Springs crime spree, but she isn't too upset when she discovers the new game warden's an old family friend. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley -- Homicide detective Livy Reynolds's cousin had disappeared from Logan Point. The last person she wants working the case with her is self-assured private investigator Alex Jennings. But when Alex contacts her with a lead, she'll have to find a way to work with him-before it's too late. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Emergency Reunion by Sandra Orchard -- Paramedic Sherri Steele refuses to believe someone's out to get her-until she's held at knifepoint in her own ambulance. With every emergency call to the paramedics turning into an attack on Sherri's life, it still takes her high school crush, deputy sheriff Cole Donovan, to convince her she needs protection. Cole is certain Sherri has a stalker-worse, his brother's the lead suspect. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Happy reading!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Misty Beller and Free Books!

 photo TheRancherTakesaCook copy 1_zpsgbzi2b0k.jpgWhen a southern belle is forced onto a rough Texas cattle ranch, love is the last thing she expects to find.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Deliverer, by Sharon Hinck, is:

cdwilliams54105@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Misty Beller, author of the Inspirational Historical Romance, The Rancher Takes a Cook (Prism Book Group, June 2015).

 photo Profile Pic main_zpswpavcvkp.jpg Misty M. Beller was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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

-- I was a music major my first year in college: Sacred Music, Piano Concentration.

-- I graduated from high school when I was 15.

-- I trained horses and riders professionally for a couple of years.

Sounds as if you were quite a go-getter, to have graduated at 15!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Rancher Takes a Cook.

 photo TheRancherTakesaCook copy 1_zpsgbzi2b0k.jpgWhen their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart’s only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch.

Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans.

When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands…and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?

What is it about Anna and Jacob that will make your readers care about them?

Anna's lost so much—both parents, her home, and all of life as she knew it. The only tangible thing she has left is her younger brother Edward. And she's fiercely determined to protect him.

Love for the ranch and the life Jacob was raised in drives him. He's worked hard to keep women out of his life, because of the distraction they caused. The land, the animals, his ranch hands—they all needed him to stay focused. When his father brings Anna onto the ranch as the cook, he's pretty frustrated and keeps his distance.

As he gets to know Anna, though, he realizes that she's not a distraction, but actually a helpmate. She has the same dreams and goals he has, and together, life is so much sweeter.

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

 photo images_zpshgrjlewk.jpegWhat a great question! I guess I’d say Anne Hathaway for the Anna’s role (with lighter hair color).




 photo images-1_zpss0zbj0pb.jpegFor Jacob? It would be hard to match his crystal blue eyes, but maybe Ian Somerhalder?




Share with us one line or passage from your novel that gives us a good feel for its tone.

He shot her a scowl. “Even if you can’t shoot a gun, you should at least carry it.” 

Her back stiffened. “Of course I can shoot a gun.” 

He ignored the look of indignation she shot him. “Then you’d better start carrying one. I’ll ride back with you as far as the herd.” Without looking at her, he turned Marshall and started in the direction of the cattle.

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

I’m almost finished reading the last book of Dee Henderson’s The O’Malley Series, The Rescuer. I’ve loved it! Just the right mix of action, suspense, and certainly romance. And I love how she weaves in faith so naturally.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up final edits of The Lady and the Mountain Fire, and have plotting the next book in the Mountain Dreams Series. I think it will be titled The Lady and the Mountain Promise. Exciting!

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me on my website, reader blog, marketing blog for authors, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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

What’s your favorite era to read? Contemporary? Civil War? Biblical days?

Thanks, Misty, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Misty has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Misty'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.
 

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