WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Naomi Miller and Free Books!

 photo 02 Christmas Cookie Mystery Front Cover B_zpspds8zzeo.jpgIt’s Christmas time in Abbott Creek, and who would expect a mystery . . . or even two . . . to pop up and interrupt Katie, while she tries to keep up with the holiday rush.

Happy New Year, all! I've been on a bit of a hiatus for the Christmas-New Year season and am eager to introduce you to some wonderful Inspirational authors this year.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Forgotten, by Stephanie Prichard, is:

psalm103and138@...

Congratulations! 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 enjoy one last Christmas fiction blast and meet novelist Naomi Miller, author of the Amish cozy mystery, Christmas Cookie Mystery (S&G Publishing, December 2016).

Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, and English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!

Naomi lives a quiet life in the hills of Tennessee with her family, plotting mysteries for her friend Katie to solve. She works full time as an author, blogger and inspirational speaker. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next novel in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. Whenever time permits, Naomi can be found in one of two favorite places – the beach and the mountains.

Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences. She loves traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

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

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I find myself singing Christmas songs all year long!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Christmas Cookie Mystery.

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mysteries are as much a part of daily life as Katie Chupp's Christmas cookies.

It's the most wonderful time of the year. With a winter chill settling in and Christmas right around the corner, no one would expect a mystery, but a mystery does indeed appear…

Katie Chupp is spending her days catering to the holiday rush, but she soon finds herself in the midst of a secret project that attracts more attention than she wants.

And when one local family finds a very unexpected surprise at their door, this is one mystery that may never be solved… even by Katie.

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

Katie Chupp loves a mystery, is a friend to everyone, and does whatever she can to help those around her.

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

 photo willow-shields-bio-photo_zpsr02s2086.jpgKatie—Willow Shields








 photo Zachary-Gordon-Biography-_zpsgmwhrotm.jpgTravis—Zachary Gordon








 photo 623816420_zpsfdwa7k70.jpgAmelia Simpkins—Annette Bening








 photo Liam-Neeson-Famous-Girlfriend-250x375_zpso1sgby5g.jpgAndrew O’Neal—Liam Neeson








Imagine you walk into a coffee shop and see someone reading one of your books. In a perfect world, what expression would you see on that reader’s face?

I would expect to see a warm smile.

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

Life After E.L.E. by JC Morrows — is about a young girl who, along with the others in her city, lives in a cave after an event that almost destroyed all life on the planet. The story grabbed me and kept me in its’ grip until the very end, which was a cliffhanger, so now I can’t wait to read book two of the series!

What are you working on now?

Lemon Tart Mystery (book 3 of the Amish Sweet Shop Mysteries).

Naomi's book can be purchased via the following button:














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

Is there any particular mystery you would like to see Katie solve in the future?

Thanks, Naomi, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Naomi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Naomi'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 leave your answer to Marianne's question, take a look at the exciting novels releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley by Valerie Comer, Mary Jane Hathaway, Elizabeth Maddrey, Danica Favorite, Lee Tobin McClain and Annalisa Daughety -- Is love possible for a makeshift mom and a handsome widower? What about a bed and breakfast owner and the farmer next door? A curvy jilted bride and a mysterious, handsome chef? Then there's the real estate consultant and the grandson of her elderly client; a high-powered lawyer and a woman farmer, and a formerly engaged couple. Can love make a difference in their lives? Exploring food, friends, and family in Arcadia Valley, each of these novellas kicks off a three-book series, intertwined with the works of the other authors. This collection is only the beginning of your adventure! (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery -- Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. As Mitch struggles to keep his business afloat, and Angela works to correct the mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends discover they have something unexpected in common--a young mom fighting to give her children a better life after her husband's incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back from redemption and true love? (Contemporary Romance from New Hope Publishers)

Historical Mystery:

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering -- Drew and Madeline Farthering visit the Yorkshire moor to catch a killer and solve a mystery that involves an old feud, a new rivalry and a huge, spectral hound that may or may not be a harbinger of death. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker])

Historical Romance:

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander -- A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to get an audition at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But the conductor--determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music--bows to public opinion. Women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, he says, and Rebekah's hopes are swiftly dashed. Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville's new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse--and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head--he must finish composing his symphony before the new opera hall opens. But far more pressing, he must finish it for his dying father, who inspired his love of music. Then Tate's ailment worsens. Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman's trust when you've robbed her of her dream? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

The American Heiress Brides Collection by Lisa Carter, Mary Eileen Davis, Susanne Dietze, Anita Mae Draper, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Lisa Karon Richardson, Lynette Sowell and Kimberley Woodhouse -- Meet nine young women in America between 1880 and 1911 who have been blessed by fortunes made in gold, silver, industry, ranching, and banking. But when it comes to love, each woman struggles to find true love within a society where "first comes money, second comes marriage." What kind of man can they trust with their greatest treasure—their hearts? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber -- In 1903 Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for with her beloved Noah Schwartz, and a new, very different future… But Noah has a surprise for Anna: once they're married, he wants them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection—and leaves. Daniel Bontrager's arrival adds to Anna's confusion. Since taking over his late brother's farm, the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to share… (Historical Romance from Kensington)

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas by Erica Vetsch -- Journey to Fort Bliss, Texas, where a battle of emotions versus ideals is about to be waged. When a high-steppin' eastern fashion artist, Priscilla Hutchens, swoops down on the fort to gain custody of her twin niece and nephew she is met with resistance by their uncle, post surgeon Major Elliot Ryder, who thinks he knows what is best for them. Who will win the battle? Or will a truce be called for the sake of love and family? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

Dead Run by Jodie Bailey -- Kristin James's morning run turns deadly when she's attacked by a stranger who's after something her deceased soldier brother stole overseas. Her neighbor Sergeant First Class Lucas Murphy steps in to help her and won't let her brush the attack under the rug. He'll do everything he can to keep Kristin alive, but he can't tell her that he's under orders to investigate her link to her brother's misdeeds. Kristin has no idea what the bad guy is after and doesn't want to believe that her brother wasn't on the straight and narrow. But as evidence against him piles up, can they catch the criminals without becoming the next casualties? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley -- It's been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn't actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, the person who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in one week--including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker])

Undercover Protector by Elizabeth Goddard -- Undercover at a tiger sanctuary, Special Agent Grayson Wilde is convinced the owner's involved in a wildlife trafficking ring--until someone tries to kill her. Gemma's determined to rebuild the tiger oasis she lost when her family died, but someone wants her out of the way, and she's starting to wonder if her parents' and uncle's deaths were really accidental. Grayson says he'll do anything to protect Gemma, but she can't shake the feeling that her alluring new volunteer might not be all that he seems. With a vicious criminal closing in, though, she has to trust Grayson…because she won't survive without him. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Buried Memories by Carol J. Post -- A soldier hero suffering from PTSD and a young woman struggling to overcome a traumatic childhood fight for their lives and find healing together. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Still Life by Dani Pettrey -- Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart. Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat. (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Supernatural Thriller:

Fatal Accusation by Rachel Dylan -- Attorney Olivia Murray hopes her life in Windy Ridge will get back to normal after a hard-fought trial. But she soon finds out that the forces of evil have not given up. An embezzling scandal rocks the community church to its core. The New Age groups are ready to declare victory when a high-profile prosecutor files criminal charges against the local pastor. However, Olivia is not willing to give up on the community she's come to love. She takes on the defense pro bono knowing it could destroy her career, but it's a case she is called to defend. The battle will be fierce, but she's not fighting it alone. Her friend and fellow attorney Grant Baxter is by her side. Olivia must use all the tools in her arsenal to combat those who seek to destroy the believers in the community. If Olivia can't prove the pastor's innocence, more than her career is on the line. The entire community of Windy Ridge could fall to the forces of darkness. (Supernatural Thriller, Independently Published)

Happy reading!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Stephanie Prichard and Free Books!

 photo Forgotten Front FAC72_zpsug9scbhf.jpgA federal prosecutor's permanent memory loss threatens to land her forgotten fiancé in prison for murder.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of A Silver Medallion, by James Callan, is:

grandaddya@...

Congratulations! I'll email you to get 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 Stephanie Prichard, author of the suspense novel, Forgotten (November 2016).

 photo Stephs Rools of Grammar-1 small_zpslyzfwzzk.jpg Stephanie co-authors with her husband, Don, a Viet Nam veteran who served in the Marine Corps Reserves for thirty-two years before retiring as a colonel. He is also a career architect, whose specialty in government work includes the design of prisons, courthouses, and military facilities.

Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She learned to speak four foreign languages—but forgot all of them, alas, with lack of use. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature.

She and Don live in Indianapolis, IN, and in retirement enjoy writing novels together.

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

--My first home was a Quonset hut in Okinowa.

--I am the fourth of five children, and am the smartest, prettiest, wittiest, and biggest liar of them all.

--As a child, I wanted to grow up and marry a farmer and have 12 children and a horse and TV set for each. Fortunately, I never grew up.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Forgotten.

 photo Forgotten Front FAC72_zpsug9scbhf.jpgFederal prosecutor Eve Eriksson disappears under mysterious circumstances in Guam, and shows up a year later in a coma. What happened, and where has she been? She can’t remember, and her life is in jeopardy.

Four people are hunting her down. Three claim to have been stranded on an island with her. The fourth is her old nemesis, Chicago drug lord Danny Romero, who still wants her dead.

Jake Chalmers is shocked to discover his fiancé is a federal prosecutor. Why did she hide this from him on the island, and who is going to such great lengths to prevent their reunion? If she doesn’t regain her memory, he’ll be thrown into prison for murder.

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

Jake, a Marine Corps reservist, is tough on the outside and warm as chocolate brownies from the oven on the inside. His love for young Crystal, an orphan, and for her elderly great-aunt Betty brings out his tenderness, while a trail of broken shoulders and wrists testifies to the fate of those who dare to challenge his defense of the weak and needy. His first devotion is to God, but the temptation to take vengeance into his own hands is proving way too sweet to leave to God.

Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all inspirational authors eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. What do you think your theme is?

Don and I love themes! Our primary goal for our novels is to (very subtly) feature a character quality of God and—flip the coin to the other side—man’s struggle with it. In our first novel, Stranded, the character quality is God’s sovereignty and man’s dismay that “bad things happen to good people.” In Forgotten, the featured character quality is God’s justice and man’s struggle to forgive his enemy and show compassion. We find this incorporation of a major theme helps give universality to our stories.

Yes, and it's wonderful to have that subtle influence in your thinking as you write.

What are you working on now?

We’re taking a break for the Christmas holidays to see if our children remember who we are, and will then start on the third novel in the series in 2017.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: donandstephanieprichard.com
Author Facebook page
Pinterest


The book can be purchased online via the following button:















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

What would be the hardest part of permanently losing your memory?

Thanks, Stephanie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Stephanie has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 9. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Stephanie'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, December 5, 2016

James Callan, December Releases, and Free Books!

 photo Cover - A Silver Medallion_zpsb6pywlgt.jpgWhen Crystal Moore discovers slaves in modern-day Dallas, she would like to forget about it, but her conscience will not let her.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Entangled, by Julie Arduini, is:

mauback55@...

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 James Callan, author of the suspense novel, A Silver Medallion (Pennant Publishing, June, 2016).

James R. Callan is a writer of mysteries and suspense novels who comes from a varied background.

He has taught at the high school and college level. He has worked in a research center in the field of mathematics. He served as the vice-president of technology for a database company. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA. He has been listed in Who's Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans. He has had eleven books published.

In addition to writing, Callan loves to travel. He and his wife have visited all fifty of the United States and six of the seven continents. They divide their time between homes in Texas and Mexico. They have four children and six grandchildren.

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

-- It is a rare day that I do not have a bowl of ice cream.

-- I own six working chainsaws.

-- I managed a Mexican Restaurant for a year.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Silver Medallion.

In 2015, young, unadventurous and naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas -- a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes or even admits her situation.

First, Crystal tries to forget it. Then, she tries to find some way to help the woman without getting involved. It becomes clear. The children must be freed first, or the mother will never dare escape. And there is no agency or group to rescue the young girls. Crystal's conscience demands she take on the task.

Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free -- and Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico, who will want her dead.

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

Though terrified at the prospect, Crystal sets out on a journey to rescue two young girls she has never met and who are held hostage in the jungles of Mexico by a ruthless drug lord. She lost her parents when she was seven and she knows how these children are suffering. And she sees the mother, working as a virtual slave rather than puting their lives at risk. Crystal is not an adventure seeker. She has met the mother only once. But she is willing to take incredible risks to help ease the pain and suffering of this mother and her children.

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

 photo 255949_zpsbrpq4es5.jpgFor Crystal, Lily Collins.





 photo f96e18dac38b66ad181d5bbbb8714c51_large_zpsjh8rdsu5.jpegFor Brandi, Emma Stone.





 photo Guillermo-Navarro_zpsybh6lixt.jpgFor Juan Grande, Guillermo Navarro.





 photo d0538610cdad9e667de67dc3d351890c_zpslpp5werq.jpgFor Mark, Chris Evans.





Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all inspirational authors eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. What do you think your theme is?

You must help others who cannot help themselves.

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

The Third Secret, by Steve Berry. Once again, Mr. Berry delivers a tense, gripping, page-turner, written in smooth prose.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on the third book in the father Frank Mysteries, following Cleansed by Fire and Over My Dead Body.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.jamesrcallan.com and my Amazon author page.


The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:










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

If you like mysteries or suspense books, what do you want to see in a book from these genres?

Thanks, James, for telling us about your novel. Readers, James has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to James'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 down to the comments section at the end of this post, take a look at some of the terrific new fiction releasing in December!

Contemporary Romance:

Bella Natale! by Marianne Evans -- An aspiring American artist and the widowed, Italian owner of a premier art gallery meet and fall in love in Florence when he champions her work, but there are her American family's expectations and his five-year-old son to consider. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

With this Kiss by Marianne Evans -- A kiss stolen in a midnight snow. A jealous colleague at Jonathan's firm is bent on revenge...revenge that puts Isabella's store into legal peril. Will love be enough to see them through? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

Mistletoe Daddy by Deb Kastner -- Bubbly Vivian Grainger bids on gruff Nick McKenna at Serendipity Texas's annual Bachelors and Baskets for one reason--to help her build her hair salon; but once Nick finds out she's pregnant, he does his best to build a path to Vivian's heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Hero for Heather by Marion Ueckermann -- When a "homeless" man she's been helping rescues social worker Heather Blume from a vicious attack, she's so grateful she violates one of the most important rules in her profession--she takes him home to tend his wounds. But the mysterious Paxton Rathbone is no homeless man…he's a gentleman. When feelings grow, and Paxton's past beckons, both he and Heather discover there's a fine line between gratitude and love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Husband for Holly by Marion Ueckermann -- Holly Blume loves decorating people's homes, but that doesn't mean she's ready to play house. Believing a house is not a home without a woman's touch, Reverend Christopher Stewart is in the market for a wife. What woman would consider him marriage material, though, with an aging widowed father to look after, especially one who suffers from Alzheimer's? Despite their differences, Holly resolves to finish her job of redesigning the Stewart home, while Christopher determines to re-form Holly's heart. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe -- Twelve years after she married another man, Rebecca Anshaw Simpson is back at Joe Gallagher's ranch as his physical therapist. But healing his body is nothing compared to guarding his heart from the woman he never forgot. Becca won't let regret and a surly rancher get in the way of her job and the chance to start over with her little girl. But Becca never expected she'd fall all over again for her first love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Cozy Mystery:

Christmas Cookie Mystery by Naomi Miller -- With Christmas right around the corner, Katie Chupp and The Sweet Shop get involved in a mystery when a certain dear family finds an unexpected package at their door. (Cozy Mystery from S&G Publishing)

Historical:

Michel: The Fourth Wise Man by Katheryn Maddox Haddad -- This descendant of Daniel, also a wise man, sacrifices everything - his wife, his father, his home - to do what he is convinced God needs him to do, then finds out he was wrong. (Historical from Northern Lights Publishing House)

Five Nights with Pharaoh by Kristen Reed -- Shortly after entering Egypt with her husband, Sarai is taken into Pharaoh’s harem as his newest, most favored concubine. The breathtaking, ageless beauty is forced to cling to her faith in God as she prays for the strength to accept her new position and endures a series of mysterious plagues that can only be indicative of a wrathful deity’s divine judgment. Discover a remarkable reimagining of Sarai’s plight in Egypt, where she humbly set aside her own honor to protect the man through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed. (Historical - Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Keli Gwyn, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Leslie Seilstad, Erica Vetsch -- Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children--until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Pony Express Romance by Misty M. Beller -- Pony Express rider Josiah English and the station master's sister, Mara Reid, fall in love, but when the Express shuts down and Mara's family home is in peril, the danger looming over Mara's life may not be half as destructive as that threatening her heart. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Military Suspense:

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig -- A former Green Beret is confronted by past mistakes as he and his team battle a centuries-old plague and the terrorists bent on rewriting history. (Military Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Romantic Suspense:

Hazardous Holiday by Liz Johnson -- Just in time for the holidays, navy SEAL Zach McCloud returns home from deployment--and discovers someone wants his family dead. When he married his cousin's struggling widow, he vowed to help her and her seriously ill son, and now he'll risk everything to protect them. Even if their arrangement is only temporary. Kristi's certain an unhappy client from the law firm where she works is determined to hunt her down. But when a sniper bullet wildly misses its target, they begin to question whether it's really her someone wants dead. Working together, can they figure out why they've been attacked…and keep little Cody from the nefarious forces dead set on making this Christmas their last? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman -- When Commander Jake Marsh loses control of a hostage situation and Tessa Long is injured, guilt eats at him. He blurs the line between the professional and personal, and visits Tessa at the hospital. But when a man tries to kill her in her hospital room, Jake disregards all of the rules and regulations that have allowed him to control his world and vows to keep her safe no matter what. Trouble is, the situation brings back memories from his childhood of the loss of his entire family, and for the first time in twenty years, he fears he's no longer in charge of his life, and knows when he's out of control bad things happen. Very bad things. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Happy reading!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Julie Arduini and Free Books!

 photo Entangled2_edited_zps1s5kb0x7.jpgA single mom creates a lot of entanglements when she struggles to accept a gift that changes her career path.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of The Silent Songbird, by Melanie Dickerson, is:

momrain@...

Congratulations! I'll email you to get 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 Julie Arduini, author of the contemporary romance, Entangled (Surrendered Scribe Media, 2016).

 photo January2016_zpsjzdsn3eg.jpgJulie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the re-release, Entrusted: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, Entangled: Surrendering the Past.

She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A Walk in the Valley. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read.

She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

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

---I was born on Good Friday with tornado warnings.

---I used to live 7 miles from the Watkins Glen NASCAR racetrack.

---I was sent to the principal in the 6th grade for reading ahead of the teacher.

I love that last one--good for you, hungry little 6th grader. And shame on that buzz-killing teacher!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Entangled.

Carla Rowling has been given the means to leave her job as mountain sheriff and pursue her dream, to become a stylist. The gift is so generous that she struggles because she feels unworthy. Carla can’t forgive herself for getting pregnant in high school.

Her issues cause her to make choices that affect everyone---her teen son, her high school sweetheart who is back in town, and her boyfriend, Will.

Can she surrender the past and live tangle free, or will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

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

I believe they will have compassion for her unwillingness to forgive herself for the way she became a mom, as a teenager, but applaud her for how invested she is in caring for her son. I’ve heard from single moms who explained that they could relate to Carla---her fears, regrets, and choices.

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

 photo reese-witherspoon-draper-james_2015_05.0.0_zpsni4bht5r.jpgI think Reese Witherspoon would play Carla





 photo db132f36fc91616c205dc61417756947_zpsknrryuog.jpgand Daniel Lissing (When Calls the Heart on Hallmark) would play Will.





Who would you say is one of your favorite mainstream author?

Mainstream to me are the authors that I admire in Christian fiction. Kristin Billerbeck is a favorite. She showed me through her Ashley Stockingdale series that sassy heroines can carry a story, and that gave me the confidence to write Entrusted, book one featuring Carla’s best friend, Jenna.

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

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren. Her writing always sucks me in and puts me right in the scene. The chemistry between the characters was palpable and the conflict kept me turning the pages.

What are you working on now?

Book 3 in the Surrendering Time series, Engaged: Surrendering the Future. Trish Maxwell is back in Speculator Falls after a failed career in New York City. She has egg on her face, a lot of angry people she has to answer to, and a hunger to know what’s next in her life, especially after she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’d love for them to find me at juliearduini.com and enjoy the free resources I have available on my left sidebar. I also am available for a follow on Amazon and Goodreads, and throughout social media, including Snapchat, @JulieArduini. I love to connect, so please find me and say hello.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:















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

I’m wrapping up a series and am ready to plot another. What surrender issues would you like to read about? So far I’ve worked with surrendering fear, loss and change (Entrusted), regret (Entangled), and goals and dreams versus God’s plan (Engaged).

Thanks, Julie, for 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, December 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Julie'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, November 14, 2016

Melanie Dickerson, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo SilentSongbirdFinal 002_zpsoohgmpxb.jpgEvangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal—until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave and handsome Westley le Wyse.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Breach of Trust, by Jodie Bailey, is:

lattebooks@...

Congratulations! 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 Melanie Dickerson, author of the Medieval Fairy Tale Retelling romance novel, The Silent Songbird (Thomas Nelson, November 2016).

 photo 563114_637868829563806_1338201832_n_zpsqdrozfm4.jpgMelanie Dickerson is the author of Medieval Fairy Tale Retellings and a Regency Romance series. Her first book, The Healer’s Apprentice, was a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book.

Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher in Tennessee and Georgia and a missionary in Germany and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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

-- Cherries are my favorite fruit.

-- I grew up 50 miles from Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

-- My father, who was born during the Depression, was named after famous author Zane Grey.

I've always loved that you write many of your novels as retellings of fairy tales. There's something that feels especially intimate about reading a story that reflects an old favorite in a different format. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Silent Songbird.

 photo SilentSongbirdFinal 002_zpsoohgmpxb.jpgIn this loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, Evangeline is desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives. She runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

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

Evangeline is kind and fiercely loyal to her friends and those who have helped her. She is determined to learn how to defend herself in case she should be faced with future dangers.

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

 photo images_zps5rajs6bk.jpegEvangeline might be played by Emma Stone





 photo Unknown_zpsw2gog9kj.jpegor Rachel Hurd-Wood.





 photo Unknown-1_zpsreqmyvys.jpegThe hero, Westley le Wyse, might be played by a young Hugh Jackman. (Literally all of my heroes could and should be played by a young Hugh Jackman.)

I'm with you!

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

I have not read a lot of novels in the last few years, but I did re-read one of my favorites not too long ago, A Vision of Light by Judith Merkle Riley.

Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. Three clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and only the threat of starvation persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious past, to take on the task. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness. Married off at the age of fourteen to a merchant reputed to be the Devil himself, Margaret was left for dead during the Black Plague. 

Incredibly, she survived, was apprenticed to an herbalist, and became a midwife. But most astonishing of all, Margaret has experienced a Mystic Union—a Vision of Light that endows her with the miraculous gift of healing. Because of this ability, Margaret has become suddenly different—to her tradition-bound parents, to the bishop’s court that tries her for heresy, and ultimately to the man who falls in love with her.

What are you working on now?

I am editing The Noble Servant and plotting my third Regency romance, still untitled.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook and Twitter  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter on my website www.MelanieDickerson.com

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:



     CBD
026318: The Silent Songbird #7


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

What’s your favorite kind of story to read? What makes a book one of your favorites?

Thanks, Melanie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Melanie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melanie'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 Melanie's question, check out the excellent new releases for November!

Biblical:

Slender Reeds: Jochebed's Hope by Texie Susan Gregory -- In a deadly race to save her son, a young slave woman dares defy the most powerful man in the world. (Biblical from Barbour Publishing)

Contemporary Romance:

Crazy Woman Christmas by Renee Blare -- A quiet cowboy whisks Bianca to his ranch to ride out the Christmas blizzard where she discovers life is cold but also beautiful in the “Cowboy” state. (Contemporary Romance from Inspired [Prism Book Group])

Other Than a Halo by Valerie Comer -- Even though she’s a new woman in Christ, single mom Bren Haddock was no angel as a teen. Now managing the Hiller Farm for a CSA, life is good until a friend offers to enter her daughter into the Little Miss Snowflake Pageant. Old insecurities flare when she meets the intriguing head of marketing the pageant. Rob Santoro isn’t so sure about handling the pageant portfolio until he meets Bren. Soon he’s fallen for her and her two kids. When a Thanksgiving adventure goes awry, he’s left wondering how to love a woman who refuses to be loved. What will it take for Bren to retire her tarnished halo and move into the future God has for her? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Do You Know What I Know? by Becky Melby -- What if a phone call from the obstetrician’s office went to the wrong person? Elizabeth Schmidt can’t figure out why her husband doesn’t seem excited about the news she’s sure he heard. Is he unhappy? Or is James cheating on her? Pastor Jay Davidson is in shock. Bethany Schmidt, the woman he’s in love with, is pregnant. Should he walk away, or is God asking him to play the part of Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program? Bethany can’t figure out why Jay is acting so weird. Has he figured out one of the two secrets she’s keeping until after Christmas? Can a ponytailed itinerant carpenter with a pet chicken help unravel the confusion? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart by Candice Sue Patterson -- Weddings are the last thing beekeeper Huck Anderson wants to be associated with, considering his past. So when he inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique, he aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting goods store. That is until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he’s indebted to from a mistake made years ago. When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers to aid in his lengthy recovery if he’ll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her adversary proves challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay -- After a whirlwind romance and marriage, Emily Price returns home to Italy with her new husband and learns that life at its richest is only found when she accepts its chaotic beauty. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

Forgiveness by Marianne Evans -- Country music bad boy, Chase Bradington is on the comeback trail. Fresh from rehab for alcohol addiction and transformed by the power of Christ, Chase is battling to rediscover the music he loves and a career he nearly ruined. Then he meets up-and-comer, Pyper Brock and instantly sparks ignite. Despite her rampant attraction to the handsome and talented icon, Pyper knows of Chase’s reputation and soundly dismisses his romantic overtures. No way will Pyper repeat the mistake of trusting a man whose done battle with the bottle. Can a sin-damaged past be released in favor of forgiveness? (Women’s Fiction from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Historical:

Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson -- As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path. (Historical from Waterfall Press)

Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert -- Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

The Lost Generation by Erica Marie Hogan -- On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America were changed forever. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

Historical Romance:

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection by Jennifer AlLee, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Gina Welborn, and Becca Whitham -- Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley -- In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace until she's left at the altar by her no-good fiancé. Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart. (Historical Romance from Sourcebooks)

Mail Order Mommy by Christine Johnson -- Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier mail-order bride ad placed by Garrett Decker's children—only to find the groom-to-be didn't want a wife. But his adorable children are determined she'll be their mother by Christmas… His wife's betrayal and tragic death demolished Garrett's life. Now he can't even look at another woman, let alone marry Amanda, who resembles his first love. But with his daughter convinced Amanda is the perfect mother, will Garrett realize she's also his perfect match? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Hope's Design by Dawn Kinzer -- An independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country who wants to keep his talent a secret. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Brides of Wyoming by S. Dionne Moore -- Roam the Wyoming range alongside three couples who meet under danger from bands of outlaws. Renee escapes a gang of outlaws and lands in the arms of a sheepherder. Olivia’s sleuthing upturns secrets key to solving the murder of a reluctant rancher’s father. Maira is trying to keep her ranch running alone when a drifting cowboy offers a hand. Can love develop where suspicion and greed roam the range? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Negotiated Marriage by Christina Rich -- When the railroad pushes to buy her land, orphaned Cameron Sims will do anything to keep the only home she and her sisters have ever known. Even if she must marry a stranger. Duncan Murray doesn’t want a wife. He wants Sims Creek, a sanctuary that can help him forget a troubled childhood. But his reluctant, and captivating, bride-to-be is key to making his dreams a reality. And despite their business arrangement, Camy and Duncan might be signing on the dotted line for true love… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Love in the Seams by Jodie Wolfe -- A little girl on a quest for a new mama has the local seamstress in her sights. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

His Perfect Love by Sharon K. Connell -- On the run from a hit man, Patricia Campbell is unaware of the FBI’s search for her to learn what information she might hold, so she continues to hide out. Then she meets a persistent computer technician, a charming philanthropist, and a handsome, wealthy businessman who wants to marry her. But her fears resurface, and she wonders if she can trust any of them. Can she survive long enough to find peace…and perfect love? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Counter Point by Marji Laine -- Her dad's gone, her diner's closing, and her car's in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose ... except her life. And a madman, bent on revenge, is determined to take that, as well. Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death-threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart. (Romantic Suspense from Write Integrity Press)

Speculative:

The Flaming Sword by Heather L.L. FitzGerald -- When evil joins forces in the Tethered World, Sadie Larcen must risk all to protect the Flaming Sword and her family...even if it takes her life. (Speculative Young Adult from Mountain Brook Ink)

Happy reading!
 

HOME | MEET TRISH | BOOKS | CONTACT | LINKS

Content Copyright Trish Perry | Graphic Design and Layout Eagle Designs