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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 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, August 29. 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. 

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 15, 2016

Kim Vogel Sawyer and Free Books!

 photo 9780307731395_zpseugjfbio.jpegCan the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Rebekah from a burden of guilt?

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Where Wildflowers Grow, by Gail Gaymer Martin, is:

pattymh20009@...

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 Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of the historical romance, Guide Me Home (WaterBrook, August 2016).

 photo 12243431_1010949135631779_719200947466779994_n_zpsbxdeoyun.jpgIn 1966, Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in libraries. That little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer's Return. Since then, Kim has watched God expand her dream beyond her childhood imaginings. With almost 40 titles on library shelves and more than 1.5 million copies of her books in print, she enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry.

 When she isn't writing, Kim stays active serving in her church's women's and music ministries, traveling with "The Hubs," and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.

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

—In my 55 years of life, I have never been without a cat for a pet.

—I AM a natural blonde. I was a blonde until I started having children, which turned my hair dark. So I’ve literally gone back to my “roots.”

—When I need to “loosen up” my muscles after hours of writing, I hula-hoop.

I can't even picture you brunette, Kim. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Guide Me Home.

 photo 9780307731395_zpseugjfbio.jpegAfter tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.

Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave and the two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale.

The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise. Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight from the past?

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

Rebekah is so dedicated to her family. She loves her siblings and wants the best for them. She respects her parents. She has an innately good heart, which made me fall in love with her.

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

 photo sadie-robertson-two-engagements-in-family-moh-video_zpszrjzg3qi.jpgI think I’d like to see Sadie Robertson play Rebekah, and I’d work really hard to cast my nephew, Nathan Vogel, as Devlin because he looks like the character and he’s a good actor.



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

I would be over-the-moon happy if my 2009 release, My Heart Remembers, became a movie.

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

My Lit & Latte group (book club group from church) recently read Mother of Pearl by Kellie Coates Gilbert. It isn’t a new release, but it won us over. The mother was so believable and her journey was emotionally gripping. Good characters draw me in every time, and Kellie did really well.

What are you working on now?

I am hard at work at my fall 2017 release which is a three generational women’s fiction story set half in contemporary time and half in the past so readers can follow the life circumstances that colored Hazel’s view of the world and her relationship with her daughter and granddaughter.

Where else can readers find you online?

Just go to www.KimVogelSawyer! I’d love to see you there.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:



     CBD
731394: Guide Me Home


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

What is the first book you remember reading that captured your heart, and how old were you?

Thanks, Kim, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Kim has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kim'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.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Gail Gaymer Martin, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo Where Wildflowers Grow - final_zpsupjq5bbm.jpgSandy Fisher returns to her hometown to help her ailing widowed mother and to heal from her job loss and her broken engagement, but when she meets Clay Burdett, the only mechanic in town, she is focused on winning her battles with Clay until she learns that each seeks something deeper and more meaningful than their past choices, and yet it takes much to soften their hearts in the same way that sand softens clay.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Family for the Rancher, by Louise Gouge, is:

tumcsec@...

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 Gail Gaymer Martin, author of the contemporary romance, Where Wildflowers Grow (Winged Publications, June 2016).

 photo LR Gail - 2 2015_zpsjjy9auk7.jpgMulti-award-winning novelist Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 65 published novels and over four million books sold. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area.

Her books have received numerous awards, including: ACFW Carol Award, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice, Booksellers Best, National Readers Choice, Holt Medallion, Award of Excellence.

Gail is a founder and member of American Christian Fiction Writers and served as an executive board member until September 2015. She is a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers, and Christian Authors Network. Gail is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and presents workshops at conferences across the country.

Gail was a lifetime resident of Michigan until this September, when she is moving to Sedona, Arizona.

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

-- I had the opportunity to present workshops at a Christian Writing Conference in London, England.

-- The famous English pub cider, Gaymer Pub Cyder, a business since the 1700s, was begun by John Gaymer is a direct descendant of my family.

-- While on tour with the Detroit Lutheran Singers, I had the amazing experience of singing at churches and town halls in many cities in Germany.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Where Wildflowers Grow.

 photo Where Wildflowers Grow - final_zpsupjq5bbm.jpgWhere Wildflowers Grow has been a book of my heart for many years. The plot did not work for category romance, my major publisher, so it remained unpublished until recently.

The story is built around the analogy of the properties of clay and sand, thus the main characters’ names, Sandy Fisher and Clay Burdett.

The story line follows:

Falling in love can be wonderful, but for Sandy Fisher and Clay Burdett it is more like a steep mountain climb. Sandy returns to her hometown concerned about her widowed mother’s health and to heal from her job loss and her broken engagement. Though discouraged, her attitude and determination never falter, and when her car acts up and the only mechanic in town gives her the runaround, she’s determined to win the battle.

Clay, scarred by his childhood, left his promising career and moved into the small town to bury emotions and guilt involving the death of his wife. But life continues to be empty, and when he meet’s spunky Sandy who challenges him and awakens his spirit, he faces his wasted life unless he conquers his past.

Like opposite poles, Sandy and Clay are drawn together, seeking something deeper and more meaningful than their past choices. Yet they continue to doubt until truth softens their hearts as sand softens clay.

What are you working on now?

My novel, A Trip To Remember, part of the Get Your Kiss on Route 66 series, was a joy to write, and since the heroine and her sister had been at odds for years and the heroine’s attempt to visit her in California went foal when her car broke down in Tucumcari, New Mexico, I thought that a connected novel based on her sister would be fun to write and enjoyable for the readers, so I have just completed the second book, A Tucumcari Christmas. I enjoyed writing the book and I was pleased so many readers of the first book are anxious to read the second.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.GailGaymerMartin.com
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
LinkedIn
Google Plus

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

As we know, the world of publishing has changed dramatically over the past few years. Ebooks have grown rapidly, and yet many readers still enjoy holding a book in their hands. Which do you prefer and what do you find is the advantages of your choice?

Thanks, Gail, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Gail has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gail'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 this post to answer Gail's question, take a look at some of the terrific fiction being released this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Falling for the Single Dad by Lisa Carter -- After fifteen years away, Dr. Caroline Duer is nervous about returning to her hometown. The veterinarian might be able to save stranded sea turtles, but she can't convince her dad of her good intentions. And when Caroline meets darling Izzie Clark, she encounters similar suspicion from the young girl's father. Former coast guard commander Weston Clark had his life upended by Izzie's mother. He won't go through the same pain again. But Izzie isn't the only one tumbling head over heels for the enigmatic Caroline. And if she can release the pain of the past, she just might be the missing piece Weston and his daughter have been searching for. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Nearly by Deborah Raney -- For Claire Anderson, her position as a teacher in Hanover Falls, Missouri is the realization of a long-held dream. In this loving small-town community where her beloved grandmother resides, she attempts to cast aside the memories of her troubled childhood. Michael Meredith finds worth as a nursing care home administrator. Until an unwelcome investigation concerning suspicious deaths among the home's residents threatens his career and his integrity. In the midst of this crisis, friendship blooms and deepens between Michael and Claire--until an agonizing secret is revealed. One that may tear the delicate fabric of their love. Is their faith strong enough to survive their astonishing discovery? (Romance, Independently Published by Raney Day Press)

Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter -- A charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn't be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren--she'd never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he's not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can't keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman -- Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman - Can Brock and Naomi harvest a second chance for love?; Love and Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston - A romantic fall buggy ride is the perfect setting for love.; Mischief in the Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman - Eli and Martha don't seem like a match, but solving a mystery may uncover their true feelings.; A Quiet Love by Kathleen Fuller - Two young people must stand up for the love they know is right, despite what their friends and family say. (Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

General Contemporary:

The Long Journey of Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart -- What if you could find a corridor at the end of a lake that would lead to you a place where you could find the thing you want most in the world? (General Contemporary from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Mystery/Crime

Magnolia Moonlight by Mary Ellis -- Proving a minister was murdered uncovers an elaborate scheme to bilk millions from non-profits across the country in a town where no one is whom they appear to be. (Mystery/Crime from Harvest House Publishers)

Historical Romance:

The California Gold Rush Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Angela Bell, Dianne Christner, Anne Greene, Linda Farmer Harris, Cynthia Hickey, Pam Hillman, Jennifer Rogers Spinola, Jaime Jo Wright -- Rush to California after the 1848 gold discovery alongside thousands of hopeful men and women. Meet news reporters, English gentry, miners, morticians, marriage brokers, bankers, fugitives, preachers, imposters, trail guides, map makers, cooks, missionaries, town builders, soiled doves, and more people who take advantage of the opportunities to make their fortunes in places where the population swelled overnight. But can faith and romance transform lives where gold is king? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears -- While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses. Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

With All My Heart Romance Collection by Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund, Melissa Jagears, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Jen Turano -- Take a journey across America and through time in this collection of five novellas from some of Christian fiction's top writers. The collection includes: Karen Witemeyer's "Love on the Mend," set in post-Civil War Texas, tells the story of two competing doctors. Jody Hedlund's "Out of the Storm" finds a desperate woman shipwrecked near a Michigan lighthouse. Melissa Jagears' "Love by the Letter" is an unexpected mail-order-bride prairie story. Sarah Loudin Thomas' "Appalachian Serenade" finds love in a small-town West Virginia store. Finally, Jen Turano's "Gentleman of Her Dreams" tackles the New York social season. (Historical Romance from Bethany House (Baker) Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

Devoted Defender by Rachel Dylan -- Personal Chef Annie Thomas thought she'd finally found a safe haven from her past. But when her boss is shot in cold blood leaving her as the only witness, she's forced to go on the run—again. And this time there is an even bigger target on her back. Navy SEAL turned small town police chief Caleb Winters doesn't like that danger has come to Maxwell, Georgia. But he vows to protect the innocent woman seeking refuge from an organized crime network that he knows will stop at nothing to tie up loose ends. 
When hiding is no longer an option and threats surround them, will Caleb be the devoted defender Annie needs with her life on the line? (Independently Published [ACFW QIP Approved] Romantic Suspense)

Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills -- When an Airport Ranger finds a dead body, the FBI believes it's an act of terrorism . . . or is it? (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)

Happy reading!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Louise Gouge and Free Books!

 photo AFamilyfortheRancherCover_zpsbvdbpxfz.jpgHe never planned to marry…until the beautiful widow at the nearby ranch got into his head…and his heart.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of A Love to Treasure, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

amyputney89@...

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 revisit with novelist Louise Gouge, author of the historical romance, A Family for the Rancher (Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical, August 2016).

Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical Romances. She received the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in 2005 and placed in 2011, 2015, and 2016; and placed in the Laurel Wreath in 2012.

When she isn't writing, she and David, her husband of fifty years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums.

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

-- I have lived in Florida for many years, and yet I don’t care for going to the beach. Fifteen minutes in the sun gives me two days of sunburned misery.

-- I miss watching the Space Shuttle take off and hearing the sonic boom when it was coming in for a landing. We could see the launches from our house, and several times I went to the Space Coast to watch up close. Such an exciting experience. Wish they’d bring the United States space program back!

-- My favorite treat is having a pedicure. Well, that and eating popcorn. Not that they go together. LOL!

Re the Space Shuttle, I remember the Concorde flying overhead before it was discontinued. I miss the experience, so I can imagine how exciting the Shuttle would have been. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Family for the Rancher.

 photo AFamilyfortheRancherCover_zpsbvdbpxfz.jpgFrom Neighbor to Daddy

Rancher Edmund McKay likes his life simple and quiet—everything feisty neighbor Lula May Barlow is not! But with a cattle rustler on the loose, he’s duty-bound to protect the widowed mother, even without her approval. Yet he never expected to enjoy her company. And he certainly never thought her crowded, bustling house would be the first place he’d ever feel at home…

After a harsh childhood, Lula May knows how to stand on her own two feet. She doesn’t need Edmund’s help—but she’s starting to want it, all the same. So are her children, who clearly have matchmaking in mind. And when a threat from the past resurfaces, she realizes all that’s at stake…including her chance for a lifetime of love.

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

Both my hero and heroine have endured hard knock lives, but they work hard and never give up. They also haven’t let their own misfortunes cause them to be bitter. They love their neighbors and are eager to help anyone in need.

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

 photo images_zpskkqnpth3.jpegChris Hemsworth would make a perfect Edmund McKay,





 photo images-1_zps1ouyjw3t.jpegand Amy Adams is the very picture of Lula May Barlow.





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

Any of the pirate novels by MaryLu Tyndall would make a terrific movie. I loved pirate movies when I was growing up, but we don’t see them today.

Agreed! 

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

Laurie Alice Eakes’s The Mountain Midwife. Eakes is one of my favorite authors of both contemporary and historical romance.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Cowboy Homecoming, the fifth book in my Four Stones Ranch Love Inspired Historical.

Where else can readers find you online?

blog.Louisemgouge.com,  Facebook, and Twitter: @Louisemgouge

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

If you could portray a heroine in a movie, which movie would you choose and who would you like to be? Is this movie historical? Contemporary? Regency? Civil War?

Thanks, Louise, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Louise has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 8. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Louise'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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

 photo A Love to Treasure Cover bk1_zpsavyxtcnf.jpgA young woman finds more than she expected when she follows the clues for a scavenger hunt in a Central Oregon resort community.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Journey's End, by Renee Ryan, is:

estack2003@...

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 Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the sweet romance, A Love to Treasure (Mountain Brook Ink, July 2016).

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

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

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

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

-- I have a short attention span, so I prefer to read books that are shorter rather than longer.

-- I can’t eat gluten.

-- I did not dream of being a writer when I was young. Writing became a passion when I was in my thirties and grew out of my love for reading.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Love to Treasure.

 photo A Love to Treasure Cover bk1_zpsavyxtcnf.jpgHere is the back cover copy.

School teacher Nicole Davis is on summer break, but this vacation is unlike any other. Her beloved Grandmother’s final wish has landed Nicole smack in the middle of her favorite destination—Sunriver, Oregon, following Grams’s clues on a mysterious scavenger hunt.

Unexpectedly, Nicole finds more than just a fellow sleuth in a handsome police officer, Mark Stone. But Mark must return to his job in Portland at summer’s end, and Nicole must guard her heart.

Mark is hoping for a quiet summer in Sunriver as he contemplates his future in law enforcement, but a string of burglaries draws him from his self-imposed break from detective work and thrusts him into the middle of the investigation. To complicate matters, Nicole is in jeopardy, and he knows his growing feelings for her could cloud his judgment.

Will their differing career goals be the end of their summer romance—or just the beginning of forever after?

What is it about Nicole and Mark that will make your readers care about them?

Nicole has a big heart and is the kind of person you’d enjoying visiting with over a cup of coffee. Mark is serious about his job as a cop, but he knows how to have fun and has a nice sense of humor.

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

 photo images_zps4vfgzhks.jpegI looked up 20 something actresses and think Anna Sophia Robb could play Nicole.




 photo images-1_zpsal5f9mcc.jpegJack Reynor could play Mark.





Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

This question really stumped me so I asked my son to toss out character ideas and he suggested Mary Poppins and I must say, she truly does fascinate me. I think it’s the mystery that surrounds her and how she is so serious yet super fun too.

I enjoyed Saving Mr. Banks, the semi-recent movie with Tom Hanks that gave a biography of sorts about how that story came to be. She’s one of my favorite Disney characters too! This past year I had the opportunity see Mary Poppins stroll by me while I was eating lunch in Disneyland.

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

I’m currently reading Silent Sabotage by Susan Sleeman. If you enjoy romantic suspense I absolutely recommend it. It’s a Love Inspired Suspense so it’s not overly long too, which I consider a bonus. :) The plot moves right along and the characters are well written. Finally she really fooled me. I had no idea who the bad guy was until the last minute—I normally figure that out sooner.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the last book in the Sunriver Dreams Series, Designing Love.

Where else can readers find you online?

I am on Facebook and would love for readers to join my readers group. I am very active there.

I invite you to sign up for my newsletter where you will get sneak peaks at book covers and find out about things before everyone else. You can sign up via my website. www.kimberlyrjohnson.com


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

The setting of A Love to Treasure is special to Nicole. Is there someplace that holds a special memory for you, or a place you especially enjoy visiting? I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks, Kimberly, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly'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.
 

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