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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!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Craig Harms and Free Books!

2 Timothy 3:1 describes it best: But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.

Before we meet today's author, Craig Harms, and hear about his novel, Day Omega, let's congratulate the winner of our drawing for Camy Tang's newest novel, Single Sashimi. That book goes to:

artist4christ@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's touch base with novelist Craig Harms, author of Day Omega (Lighthouse Publishing 2008). Tell us about yourself, Craig.

I was born in Nebraska, but now live along the banks of the Mississippi River in Illinois. I've written as long as I can remember, so it was appropriate that I got my BA degree from the University Of Nebraska School Of Journalism. Since then, I've worked in advertising, network television as a research analyst, radio, and wrote for a New York City art gallery. I've performed stand-up comedy and appeared on several cable shows back in the 1980's when I lived in Los Angeles. In 2006, I earned my MS degree in Instructional Design & Technology from Western Illinois University.

Wow, that's a broad spectrum of experience! What more can you tell us about Day Omega?

I incorporated the writing technique of parallel plotlines. The story begins with what the media dubs "Disappearance Day," when millions of people around the world suddenly, inexplicably vanish. Every other chapter deals with the main character's reaction to his missing wife, the global upheaval and chaos that results, his conversion to Christianity, and his being chosen to lead other "Anointeds" to the Promised Land before it all goes down.

Intertwined with this story is the formation of a one-world government that promises "peace, safety, and equanimity for all," which are soon dashed when a charismatic leader makes a power play for total global control.

The dual plots are on a collision course, which climaxes on Day Omega--the last day.

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Without a doubt, the main character, Sam Dimas. He's a pessimistic, cynical, middle-aged man from Chicago who hates nearly everything--his life, his job, his family, but loves to drink, mostly to forget how success slipped through his fingers. As God is known to choose common, fallible humans to do His work, Sam has his epiphany and is the one to lead others to sanctuary.

But all is not that easy--he is put through many trying circumstances, and has many moments of anger, sorrow, and pain. To wit, during one of his bouts with doubt he rails to God that, "I thought You were suppose to shield me from difficulties. Maybe I was right before . . . maybe Christians are just a bunch of delusional little Pollyannas looking through rose-colored glasses. Maybe there's no remedy--booze or God--that can ease suffering." But his faith carries him through.

In many ways, I am Sam. An agnostic, until my seven-year-old stepson Jamey worked on me to give my heart to Jesus, I made stupid statements such as "reading the Bible is like reading a bunch of comic books." I, too, had my epiphany, but found that belief in God does not shield one from life's difficulties. One must carry on and keep the faith!

Tragically, Jamey, the young lad with the big Christian heart, died in an accident in 1994, just a year after he got me to believe in Christ. It has been terribly difficult on my wife Sue as one might imagine, but we get through. We now live with two Rotties, a miniature wannabe, two cats, and six parrots. These intelligent and social 'fids' (kids with feathers) have especially given us so much happiness and laughter.

I'm so sorry about your loss, Craig. I cannot imagine the pain. But how wonderful that the Lord used Jamey to draw you to Him and even to inspire your book's lead character. Why will readers enjoy your novel?

So far, feedback has been extremely positive, so I'll just mention some of their comments here. Readers seem to enjoy Sam's spiritual growth and felt they got to know him as a real person, the political intrigue of the one-world government, the rise of the Antichrist, and of course, the unleashing of the horrors of the Apocalypse. I've also received a lot of great comments about the ending, but cannot give anything away here. You'll have to read the book!

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

Good question. For some reason, I've always envisioned Jim Belushi playing the role of Sam. He's from Chicago, about his age, has that persona of a likable guy, and I feel he could easily mold into the character. Besides, comedians seem most suited for dramatic roles and can turn their humor into pathos believably. There's a very fine line between comedy and drama.

As for the antagonist, it would have to be an open call. Someone extremely suave and debonair (think a younger George Hamilton who speaks Italian); an actor who can turn from caring and compassionate to angry and demented on a dime.



Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

Back in the 60s when I was a lad, one of the hot toys was a hard rubber sphere called a Superball. When slammed against a wall, it bounced back quickly. In my 54 years of living, I've developed a similar tenacity.

What is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

The entire process of writing Day Omega, signing with the first publisher I submitted the MS to, opening up the boxes containing a hundred printed copies, all with my name on them, learning the publishing biz, doing signings, and receiving positive reviews, has not only been thrilling, but humbling and simply amazing! I can only shake my head, smile wide, and thank God for making it all happen!

What are you working on now?

A sci-fi thriller about a time-traveling quantum physicist who is aided in thwarting God's promise of John 3:16. Much of the plot is in my head and is slowly, methodically, finding its way onto my computer's hard drive.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

This segues from the last question. Getting the overall story, plot, characters, and details from my brain to paper. Sometimes, the ideas flow like a corked bottle, sometimes like the raging Mississippi--fast and furious. But I don't worry about it because I'm not on a deadline, so I work when it comes. Life in general is enough to fret about; I don't need it in my writing schedule.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you?

Ahhh, the edits and polish! I just love going through each sentence, each paragraph, each chapter, and making them the best they can be. That's subjective, of course, for writing is like painting and the other creative arts--when is it ever perfect?

What's the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

Let's just say I've been reading a lot books lately that scrutinize the state of our union and the politicos who got us to this point. Makes me wonder if perhaps the end-times are not too far away.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book!

You can read a blurb, watch a promotional video, see my mug, read reviews, and find ordering information at my website: www.dayomega.com

Thanks, Trish, for the 'ink.' It's been a pleasure chatting with you!

Thank you, Craig, for sharing with us. Readers, Craig has agreed to sign a copy of Day Omega for the winner of our drawing next week. To enter, leave a comment for Craig, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed) you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

Check back next Thursday, when we'll give away a copy of Vickie McDonough's Oklahoma Brides, as well as a copy of Craig Harms' Day Omega. We'll also meet novelist Nancy Moser, author of John 3:16.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Vickie McDonough and Free Books!

In the Oklahoma and Indian Territories, three impulsive young women have only themselves and their faith to rely on when trials wreck their dreams for tranquil futures.

Before we meet today's author, Vickie McDonough, and hear about her book, Oklahoma Brides, let's congratulate the winner of our Saturday drawing for Somaly Mam's memoir, The Road of Lost Innocence,

spunky82@ . . .

Congratulations, as well, to the winner of today's drawing for Susan Page Davis' newest novel, Treasure at Blue Heron Lake. That book goes to:

oceandreamerfla@. . .

Congratulations to both of you! I'll contact you for your snail mail addresses, and we'll get your books to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's meet novelist Vickie McDonough, author of Oklahoma Brides (Barbour Publishing, October 2008).


Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written seven Heartsong Presents novels and six novellas and has more books coming out next year. Her Heartsong book, The Bounty Hunter and the Bride, placed third in the Top Ten Favorite Historical Romance category in Heartsong Present's 2007 annual contest. Her stories have also placed in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme and Book of the Year contests, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written book reviews for over seven years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is an Oklahoma native, wife of thirty-two years, mother to four sons, and has a two-year-old granddaughter. When she's not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling.

Tell us a bit more about the Oklahoma Brides, Vickie.

Oklahoma Brides is a re-release of three Heartsong novels compiled into one book.



In Sooner or Later, Rebekah finds herself racing westward, away from the stepfather who is willing to barter away her virtue. Mason Danfield has lost his pregnant wife and sister, and is traveling to the Oklahoma Territory to find his brother-in-law so he can give the man his two young children, and then Mason will ride west, leaving behind all he has loved.

In The Bounty Hunter and the Bride, Katie is suddenly widowed and about to wed a man who's hiding a criminal lifestyle. Dusty has been chasing the man who killed his wife for over a year. Will capturing the man bring him the satisfaction that he needs?

In A Wealth Beyond Riches, Sasha leaves the New York theater world to find her only remaining relative in Indian Territory. Jim can't decide if the young woman who claims to be his employer's niece is for real or just a charlatan after the man's money.

Will these men and women slow down long enough to find faith and love waiting for them on the Oklahoma prairie?

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

As a mother of four boys, I tend to focus more on my male characters than the female ones. I don't know if I could pick one as my favorite, since I loved all three of the tough, hurting males.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

My books have lots of adventure, as well as a faith message that's gently woven in and not preachy. My characters find themselves in unusual situations that are tough to get out of.

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

Someone asked me this question not too long ago about my latest Heartsong book, Wild At Heart, so I'll answer about that one. It's the story of a female dime novelist who receives a letter from a North Dakota rancher who challenges her to get her ranching facts straight. He invites her to his ranch, but he expects a man, and not a hat-pin wielding woman who draws trouble like flies to a horse.





I'd like to see Christian Bale play, Adam, my hero and Reese Witherspoon play the heroine, Mariah.

By the way, readers, that excellent pencil drawing of Christian Bale was done by David J. Vanderpool.

Vickie, what facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you?

Thinking up new ideas. I've always had a creative mind and coming up with new ideas is pretty easy.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

Fleshing out my ideas so they aren't predictable and doing the actual writing are the hardest things for me.

Other than your writing, what is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

After having four sons, we finally have a little granddaughter--our first grandchild. Hailey is two-and-a-half now and is really talking. It's amazing how smart she is and how fast she can work puzzles. I love seeing her light up when we're playing and hearing her giggle.

What's the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

I read pretty much all historical fiction, mostly for entertainment and to help me with my craft. I don't know that one has deeply affected me, other than to take me away and allow me the pleasure of time in a different era.

What are you working on now?

I'm just starting work on my first contemporary for Heartsong called A Wagonload of Trouble. It's set in Wyoming on a ranch that does wagon train tours.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

I have a website: www.vickiemcdonough.com Also, I'm a resident blogger on a historical blog: www.bustlesandspurs.com. My books are available at www.christianbook.com. Or people can order autographed books from me by emailing me at fictionfan1@cox.net

Thanks for allowing me to be a guest on your blog!!

Thanks for visiting with us, Vickie. Readers, Vickie has agreed to sign and send a copy of Oklahoma Brides to a winner drawn from comments left below and from this blog's subscriber list. Enter your name in both places to have two chances to win. If you leave a comment, include your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check back on Thursday, when we'll give away a copy of Camy Tang's Single Sashimi. It's not too late to enter for Camy's book! See her interview, below.

Also on Thursday, we'll meet novelist Craig Harms, author of Day Omega. Hope to see you then!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Free Copy of Beach Dreams TONITE!

Because this is last minute, my subscribers may be the only ones who get this notice. Tonight at 9:00 EST, I'm giving away a signed copy of Beach Dreams. You'll be eligible if you participate in my online chat at Dancing Word.


It's easy to join in. Here are the directions my friends at Dancing Word sent me:
To join the chat go to: www.centralchat.net/chatrooms/channel/dancingword, type in your name where you see "enter nick" and then click on the "connect" button.
Please test out the chat room ahead of time.

Those who cannot use the java program will need to use the central chat mIRC program. Go to:
www.centralchat.net/chatrooms/cgiirc.php?c=dancingword, type your name in the "nickname" box and click on the "Login" button.

I hope to "see" all of you there!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Camy Tang and Free Books!

Venus Chau is working for the man she's always hated . . . but what if he's no longer the man she thought she knew?

Before we meet today's author, Camy Tang, and hear about her novel, Single Sashimi, let's congratulate the winner of our drawing for Debbie Thomas' newest novel, Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon. That book goes to:

lindaparkin@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's touch base with novelist Camy Tang, author of Single Sashimi (Zondervan, October 2008)

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She used to be a biologist, but now she is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She also runs the Story Sensei fiction critique service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every Monday and Thursday, and she ponders frivolous things like dumb dogs (namely, hers), coffee-geek husbands (no resemblance to her own . . .), the writing journey, Asiana, and anything else that comes to mind.

Welcome, Camy! What can you tell us about Single Sashimi?

Video game developer Venus Chau would rather throw away her PS3 than work for Drake Yu again . . . except Grandma bribes Venus to do this favor for Drake's wealthy family with an opportunity for Venus to eventually launch her own video game company. She becomes Chief Operator Officer for his startup, but one wild youth group, a two-faced assistant, and her grandma's matchmaking might drive her insane! With the encouragement of her three cousins, Lex, Trish, and Jennifer, Venus discovers that even a wounded heart can undergo a beautiful transformation . . .

I can't wait to read this one, Camy! Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Venus, of course! She's the kind of person I wish I was--successful, gorgeous, intelligent, aggressive. And at the same time, she's a little too much like me (can you say control freak?)

I can do more than say it, girlfriend. Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Single Sashimi is a light, fun read that I hope readers will simply enjoy and be entertained by. I love "beach reads" and write them. This book is for readers like me!

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

I've always pictured Venus as Michelle Yeoh, but younger. She's got that ruthless glint in her eye that says she's going to skewer you, whether with her sword (Michelle) or in a boardroom (Venus).

For Drake, I'd pick Will Yun Lee. I first saw him in the movie Elektra, and he was strong and intimidating. Drake has had a life-changing heart-attack that's made him rethink his purpose, so his ruthlessness is broken when the story opens.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

Nothing is easy, are you kidding? The brainstorming can be like pulling teeth. The writing itself can be even worse. The revisions are like a kick in the teeth.

Wow, Camy, it's like you're my twin or something. Sigh. What do you struggle with in your writing?

When I get frustrated, I tend to want to give up and go do something else. I constantly have to force myself to keep going, to try to get over whatever wall I'm stuck at.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

I am a pink crayon. I have infinite possibilities, I'm not very elegant, but I'm a lot of fun. And I'm PINK!

Other than your writing, what is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

Knitting! Okay, that sounds weird to say knitting thrills me, but it does. I love finishing projects and being able to wear them or give them away. It's a peak moment for me.

Readers, she isn't kidding. We sat together at a booksigning in Minneapolis, and she was knitting the cutest pair of socks ever. If the signing had lastest longer, I might have made off with them. So, Camy, what's the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

Demon by Tosca Lee. GREAT novel. It's not very scary, but it gives such an incredible picture of God's sovereignty, God's grace and mercy, God's power. It reminds me of how small and how loved I am.

I think someone else mentioned Tosca's book on my blog lately. It really is a fantastic book. I'm giving it to my son to read--I think teens will enjoy its approach. What are you working on now, Camy?

I just turned in the manuscript for a novel coming out next year, a romantic suspense titled Deadly Intent that'll be released August 2009 from Steeple Hill's Love Inspired Suspense line. Here's a blurb I submitted with my Art Fact Sheet, although it might not be what's on the actual back cover:

THERE WAS A DEAD BODY IN HER MASSAGE ROOM

And massage therapist Naomi Grant is suspected of murder. She's frustrated and helpless as a web of lies closes in around her, framing her. She doesn't have time to worry about her shaky faith or think about her growing attraction to the victim's ex-husband, Dr. Devon Knightley.

Orthopedic surgeon Devon had only needed to claim his mother's necklace back from his ex-wife, but suddenly he's embroiled in a murder investigation and someone is trying to kill him. He wants to somehow protect Naomi from the trap being set around her, but can he keep them both safe against a villain with deadly intent?

What a departure! Sounds exciting, Camy! Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book!

My website is: www.camytang.com. And I'm blogging five days a week AND giving away Christian novels at my blog: http://camys-loft.blogspot.com If people go to my blog, they can click on the pictures of my book covers on the right sidebar to take them to Amazon to buy the book!

Visit my website for a huge contest going on right now, giving away ten boxes of books and 30 copies of Single Sashimi.

Thanks for having me here, Trish!

Thanks for talking with us, Camy! Readers, Camy has agreed to sign a copy of Single Sashimi for the winner of our drawing next week. To enter, leave a comment for Camy, below. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed) you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

Check back on Saturday, when we'll give away a copy of Somaly Mam's The Road of Lost Innocence.

And on Monday, we'll give away a copy of Susan Page Davis and Megan Davis' Treasure at Blue Heron Lake. Plus, we'll meet Vicki McDonough, author of Oklahoma Brides.

Just leave comments at the pertinent posts, below, to be entered in each drawing.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

An engaged couple visits an old lumbering camp transformed into a wilderness resort, where they are drawn into a murder investigation and the search for an old treasure.

Before we meet today's author, Susan Page Davis, and hear about her novel, Treasure at Blue Heron Lake, let's congratulate the winner of our drawing for Sharon Knudson and Mary Fran Heitzman's excellent book, Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again. That book goes to:

caree2@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's touch base with novelist Susan Page Davis.

Susan Page Davis is a Maine native and author of 16 published novels. She loves reading, horses, and history. She and her husband Jim are the parents of six home-schooled young adults and grandparents of five adorable children. Susan worked many years as a news correspondent for a daily newspaper. She loves writing both historical books and romantic suspense, and so far has been unable to limit herself to one genre. Cozy mysteries are a fairly new venture with her daughter, Megan, and have proved fun and satisfying to write.

Susan, tell us more about Treasure at Blue Heron Lake (Heartsong Presents: Mysteries! 2008).


Treasure at Blue Heron Lake, book 2 in the MAINEly Murder Series, is a cozy mystery I wrote with my daughter, Megan Elaine Davis (Cullen--she got married in August).

Emily Gray and Nate Holman visit Lakeview Lodge on the shore of Blue Heron Lake. The resort for hunters and wilderness lovers is owned by Nate's friend Jeff. The first night they're at the lodge, someone breaks in. The burglar gets away, and while they wait for the police to arrive, Jeff tells the couple about an old legend concerning the lodge. Its owner was murdered there a hundred years ago, when it was part of a lumbering operation, and his treasure disappeared. A month later, one of Jeff's best hunting guides is murdered inside the lodge. Nate and Emily want to help clear Jeff from suspicion and learn what really happened in the old lodge.

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Nate--he started out as a frustrated young man in book 1. He'd always wanted to be a police officer, but had to take over the family business--a lakeside marina--when his father died. Now he has the chance to fulfill his dream of being a law enforcement officer, and he's also been reunited with Emily, his childhood sweetheart. Seeing Nate grow and gain confidence was inspiring.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

If they like mystery with a little romance thrown in, they should like this. Our series also features a picturesque setting in northern Maine and the quirky residents of the village of Baxter.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

Dialogue is my strong suit. It comes easily, and I often try to set the mood of a scene with dialogue. Setting and narrative are more difficult for me. I have to dig a lot deeper to make those smooth.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

Time for everything else! Right now I'm in one of those time crunches where I'm not only short of time for my family, housework, home school, and other activities, but it's hard to find time to put together new proposals for future books.

I hear you! And, readers, Susan is one prolific author. Every time I talk with her, I'm overwhelmed by the number of writing deadlines she has. Okay, Susan, choose an inanimate object to represent you and explain what you have in common with that object.

I'm like the old trunk that came out of my dad's attic. Full of musty old stuff I've collected over the last fifty years. But if you rummage around in there, you may find a few gems.

Other than your writing, what is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

Being a grandmother! I have two adorable grandchildren in Idaho, and three in South Carolina. I would love more chances to be with them and watch them grow (not to mention spoil them).

What's the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

Sea of Glory, by Nathaniel Philbrick, about the U.S. Exploring Expedition in the 1830s. Fantastic, real-life adventure. For fiction, I'm now reading Brandt Dodson's Original Sin, which is one of his older books, but that's me--a little slow getting around to it. I love Brandt's characters and his unapologetic realism.

Hey, good novels are good whenever you read them (says a fellow slow reader). What are you working on now?

A suspense book about the governor of Maine. She's the state's first female governor (fictional, of course), and someone wants to kill her. It's great fun! I just hope I don't get into trouble scoping out the places where the killer will attack her. I've spoken to the state's Public Safety Department spokesman, so they know there's a wacky writer lady out there, but I'm not sure they'd approve of someone suggesting they might not be able to do the protection job effectively.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book!

Visit me at www.susanpagedavis. You can see Megan's wedding photo there, too, on the "Mystery" page. Our books are available from www.Heartsongmysteries.com and through my site. I give away a free book of the reader's choice each month on my site.

Susan, thanks so much for visiting with us. Readers, Susan has agreed to sign a copy of her book for the winner of our drawing next week. To enter, leave a comment for Susan, below. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed) you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

Check back on Thursday, when we'll give away a signed copy of Debbie Thomas's Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon.

And on Saturday we'll give away a copy of Somaly Mam's The Road of Lost Innocence.

It's not too late to enter any of the above-mentioned drawings!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Giving Away The Road of Lost Innocence

This week I'm giving away my copy of the excellent book, The Road to Lost Innocence, by Somaly Mam.

I cannot imagine anyone finishing this book, putting it down, and moving on in life without reacting practically. Without helping with at least a token monetary effort to improve the world described in these pages. The unflinching manner in which Mam relates the stories of sexually enslaved Cambodian women and children simply smacks you in the face.

Take a look at the adorable children with Mam on the book's cover. The victims in her story are sometimes that young.

Yet Mam's story leaves you with hope and a sense that you can help, even in a small fashion. That's how Mam started out, by making one gesture to improve a situation so hard for us to imagine from our comfortable homes and comfortable lives.

Mam suggests an explanation for why Cambodia has reached such a point of moral deterioration. "Three decades of bombing, genocide, and starvation and now my country is in a state of moral bankruptcy. . . . During the Khmer Rouge regime people detached themselves from any kind of human feeling, because feeling meant pain. . . . To avoid going mad, they shrank to the smallest part of a human, which is 'me.'"

Read this book and you will step outside that smallest part of a human. You will want to help. That, in itself, is an excellent reason for Mam's having written her story.

I encourage purchase of The Road to Lost Innocence , because a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation, the function of which is to rescue victims of human trafficking. But I would also love to send my copy of the book to one of my readers. Just leave a comment below, and I'll draw a name this Saturday. Subscribers to my blog are automatically entered, so if you subscribe and comment, your name will be entered twice.

Please check back tomorrow, when we'll meet Susan Page Davis and hear about her latest mystery, Treasure at Blue Heron Lake.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Debbie Thomas and Free Books!

A grieving mom discovers her deceased child was switched at birth and must win the heart of her biological daughter at the family's Blue Moon Drive-in, where Tuesday night is family night.

Before we meet today's author, Debbie Thomas, and hear about her novel, Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon, let's congratulate the winner of our drawing for Becky Melby's latest novel, Walk with Me. That book goes to:

chemond@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's touch base with novelist Debbie Thomas.


Debbie Fuller Thomas has two adult children and enjoys life with her husband of thirty-three years in a historic gold rush town in Northern California. Her first book is Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon (Moody Publishers, 2008).

Debbie, tell us a bit more about the novel's plot.


Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon is about Marty Winslow, a grieving mother who loses a daughter to terminal illness, only to discover that the child was switched at birth. She wins temporary custody of Andie, a biological stranger who refuses to fit into the family between her new 'sisters' Deja, a teen Goth wannabe, and Winnie, a clingy Pollyanna who wants her to replace the sister they lost. Andie's soul is as run down as the family's Blue Moon Drive-In. But Tuesday night is family night at the Blue Moon, and as Andie's hopes fade, healing comes from the last place she expected--the quirky birth family and loving God she fought so hard to resist.

Fantastic plot idea! Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Andie was a challenge to write because she was a child dealing with grown-up issues. By age thirteen, she is not only dealing with the loss of her parents, but is also dealing with the stress of living with strangers along with worrying about her grandparents, while hoping to return to them. But Deja was the most fun to write--'villains' usually are!

I am so there with you on that, Debbie. I love to write the bad guys. Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Tuesday Night is written in first person from the alternating viewpoints of Marty and Andie, which gives both sides to the situations they face, a bit like a journal. It deals with some weighty issues with heartfelt humor, especially when Marty starts baking (her way of dealing with stress) like her key is broken off in the ignition.

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

I would cast Helen Hunt as Marty, and Abigail Breslin as Andie.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

Sometimes I see scenes and hear dialog in my head as if I were watching it play out like a movie. This usually happens after I have written up extensive bios and found photos of my main characters in magazines or online to post so they are always vivid in my mind.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

Finding time to write is a challenge for me because I work full-time, and certain times of the year are especially stressful. I get up early and stay up late, and work on weekends and days off. It makes me tired, just to think about it!

Me, too. Writers are horribly sleep deprived. Now, Debbie, choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

My IPod. I stand a better chance of remembering something that has been put to music.

Other than your writing, what is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

My husband and I belong to a community choir that tackles a variety of music, and I particularly enjoy our Christmas concerts. We hope to do an exchange program with a choir from Europe.

How exciting! How about your own personal reading? What's the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

I have read many wonderful books in the last few years, but the one that has impacted me the most is Peace Like a River. It's proof that you can tell an incredible story and weave in a personal journey toward God without being heavy-handed or sounding like you have an agenda. That's what I strive for.

I absolutely loved that book, too. What are you working on now?

My next book, Raising Rain, will be out in September 2009.

Rain Rasmussen is thirty-something, newly-single and disillusioned with the career that failed to bring her fulfillment in life. Having a baby is the answer, and she confides in Bebe, one of the four college roommates from the turbulent 60's who raised her. Bebe's radical fervor has mellowed since she renewed her faith, and she worries that the causes they fought for may have ruined Rain's chances for happiness. Bebe must face her own ghosts as Rain's estranged terminally ill mother demands a 'Celebration of Life' before she dies, forcing all the roommates to face secrets and confront hurts from the past.

You have wonderful plot ideas. Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book!

Please visit my website at www.debbiefullerthomas.com for information about ordering and for discussion questions for book clubs. Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders, as well as Christian bookstores.

Debbie, thanks so much for visiting with us. Readers, Debbie has agreed to sign a copy of her book for the winner of our drawing next week. To enter, leave a comment for Debbie, below. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed) you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

In the next few days I plan to post a review of a fantastic book I just read, The Road of Lost Innocence, by Somaly Mam. I'll send my copy of the book to one of my readers, so please check back.

This Monday we'll give away a copy of Sharon Knudson and Mary Fran Heitzman's Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again. And we'll meet prolific novelist Susan Page Davis. I hope you'll visit!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Starting from Scratch and Free Books!

As a change of pace, today, we're going to take a look at an important nonfiction book that either you or a woman you know needs.

But first, let's give away a wonderful novel! Today's drawing reveals the winner of the signed copy of Megan DeMaria's Out of Her Hands as:

jchoppes@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you for your snail mail address today, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's take a look at today's authors. Sharon M. Knudson and Mary Fran Heitzman know how utterly lost and alone a woman can feel after experiencing the devastation of death or divorce. They know because they've been there themselves.

Today we feature Sharon and Mary Fran's uplifting, encouraging book, Starting from Scratch When You're Single Again.


Sharon M. Knudson is a full-time freelance writer with five book collaborations and hundreds of published articles. She speaks at Christian events and retreats, and also teaches writing courses on the craft of writing and getting published. Sharon served for four years as president of the Minnesota Christian Writers Guild and holds BME and MM degrees from Michigan State University. She lives with her husband in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mary Fran Heitzman writes essays, poetry, and magazine articles and is current president of the 130-member Minnesota Christian Writers Guild. She is a certified member of Toastmasters International and co-facilitates a Faith Interaction group in her church. When she isn't writing, she works with her husband at Heitzman Financial Group in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again, the authors serve up true, poignant stories from widowed and divorced women in their early twenties to late seventies who survived a horrific death-blow to their dreams for a happy, secure future. With white-knuckle faith, each one found enough strength to not only survive -- but thrive.

Each woman's story and the lessons learned provide encouragement and spiritual refreshment. And as a bonus, her favorite recipe is included.

Mary, why did you write this book?

I'm neither divorced nor widowed, but I, too, have a heart for those who are starting from scratch. My father died when I was 16, and although she was never aware of the impression she made, my mother was an inspiration to me. While my faith in God faltered, hers remained intact. I watched how she made decisions--how she continued to put one foot in front of the other--how she guided my younger brother and me.

Today I work with my husband in the financial services business. We meet many women who, because of the loss or absence of their spouse, are faced with decisions that were once shared.

I wanted to offer all of these women hope and encouragement so they wouldn't feel alone or overwhelmed. I want them to know that others have survived and that they will, too. I also want them to know--if they are young mothers--that their children are learning how to cope through the example they set. Children are not harsh judges, but will admire them for their willingness to learn new skills, and for listening to, talking with, and leading them even when the road is strewn with uncertainty.

Sharon, from first-hand experience, I think widows and divorced women are treated differently by some members of the church. Do you agree?

When my marriage failed after thirty years, I was filled with tremendous guilt and shame. I had been a devout believer in Christ, an active leader in my church, the parent of two beautiful daughters, and the kind of person who loved both my own and my husband's extended family. It was as if I had received a ten-foot tall letter "F" on my imaginary "Report Card of Life."

Widows don't carry that kind of shame around, although they are consumed with grief, as was I. Friends and relatives know what to say to a widow--they offer counsel and comfort.

Mary, as you talked with women, what did you find helped them cope with their situation?

Many of the women we visited with often spoke of turning to Scripture. While some had a strong faith that allowed them to draw comfort from great passages in the Bible, others questioned God at first, or had feisty conversations with Him.

All were needy of, and appreciated, kind words and gestures from friends and family. But I was struck at how they all found comfort when their supporters were not available. Many of the women we visited with mentioned a devotional, a workbook, or some special story that encouraged them. Some started blogs or began a ministry. Many swallowed their pride and accepted help from others, including the government, recognizing that this was just for a season.

For most of these women, dependency on God Himself seemed to be the key ingredient when tragedy first struck. After that they allowed others to minister to them. And then eventually they took that one small step necessary to move forward and accept change.

Sharon, the first story in the book is from your personal experience and is titled, "Telling." Although I have been amazed at the support provided through my friends at church, I completely identify with the hesitation you describe when a church friend wants to "catch up" and you know you're going to have to drop that bomb. Why is talking to others--even friends--about your situation so hard?

When I suddenly got divorced, no one knew what to think or say. It was a complete shock to everyone (including me), and it felt like a bomb had gone off in the night. People want an explanation, and if one is not readily apparent, they make their own guesses as to what probably happened. Some gossip and take sides. Some get very angry and feel betrayed: in a way, their own security is threatened and they wonder, "If that could happen to her, could it happen to me?"

"Telling" came right out of my journal. It was written as I grappled with how to tell people what had happened just a few months after the divorce. We have included this as a book excerpt on our blog.

Mary, what is your best advice to a woman who finds herself single again?

As tempting as it might be, do not stay in bed with the covers pulled over your head. Accept invitations from friends and learn something new, no matter how small. If God seems far away, ask Him for just a little bit of faith. Eventually, it will grow.

Sharon, do you have a quote from the book to close with?

Mary and I designed beautiful bookmarks to give away, and they express what the stories in this book convey. The bookmark says, "Be thankful for whatever God is doing in and through your suffering. TRUST that eventually He will make everything right." (from page 212) God is in the business of redeeming and restoring lives, and this holds true for those who believe in Him no matter what.

Readers, I encourage you to visit Sharon and Mary's web site and blog at www.StartingFromScratchBooks.com

And Sharon and Mary have agreed to give a copy of their book to the winner of our drawing next Monday. I encourage you to leave a comment below to be entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. If you subscribe to my blog, at lower right, your name will be entered an additional time, as well as being entered in all future book give-aways.

I thank Sharon and Mary for writing this book. I have been floored by how many women in the church are single again, either through the death of their husbands or the failure of their marriages. This is a timely book.

Be sure to check back here on Thursday, when we'll give away a signed copy of Becky Melby's novel, Walk with Me.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Becky Melby and Free Books!

This is one of those weeks I love, when I get to feature two novelists. Monday's author, Megan DiMaria, will be giving away a copy of her latest, Out of Her Hands, in a drawing I'm holding this coming Monday. Be sure to comment on her October 6 interview to be entered. And remember, if you subscribe to this blog (lower right) I'll enter your name in this and all future drawings an additional time.

Now, listen to the tease for today's featured novel: There's an ex-con living in her basement--an ex-con with dangerously blue eyes.

Today we're talking with Becky Melby, co-author of Walk with Me (Heartsong Presents/Barbour Publishing, 2008).


Becky Melby has co-authored six inspirational romances with her friend of thirty-two years, Cathy Wienke. Walk with Me, the first in a series of Heartsong Presents romances based in Minnesota, will be released this month. Walk with Me was chosen as the Heartsong Presents Editor's #1 Contemporary Pick for 2008. A three-in-one collection, Wisconsin Blessings, by Barbour Publishing, came out in February of 2006 and a novella, Over the Wall in Race to the Altar by Barbour, released in September of 2007.

Becky has written more than two dozen juvenile and YA stories for publications such as Pockets, Straight, With, Junior Trails, and Encounter.

Parents of four sons and eight-going-on-nine grandchildren, Becky and her husband Bill live in Wisconsin. They host and lead a small group Bible study in their home and enjoy backpacking, motorcycle rides, and RVing.

Readers, do any of us believe Becky is truly a grandma eight-going-on-nine times? Wow!

Becky, tell us a bit more about Walk with Me.


Fresh out of prison, Trace McKay is the first parolee to join the Sanctuary program run by Sydney Jennet's church. Trace doesn't deny causing a man's death, but there's more to the story than some people in Pine Bluff, Minnesota want to believe--and church members are expressing their dissent with more than their voices. Sydney tries to remind critics of the Sanctuary program of Jesus' command to "love one another," but never in her wildest imagination did she expect the first parolee to be a man so good looking, a man who knows the Lord . . . a man she finds herself falling madly in love with.

Trace has nothing to hide about his past, but someone in Pine Bluff won't forgive him for it. Will the menacing threats targeting Trace and Sydney tear the two apart? Can Sydney find the courage to face her own past and trust Trace with the secrets she's tried so hard to hide?

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Elderly Gwyneth Chapel doesn't play a huge role, but she was so much fun to write. Gwyneth holds regular conversations, and even tea parties, with Mordecai Tate, the man who built the Pine Bluff Mercantile in 1853. Gwyneth chides him often about the dangers of pipe smoking, but Mordecai reminds her that he's already dead!

Oh, I love her already! Why will readers enjoy your novel?

One thing that I hope makes this story memorable is fresh, realistic dialogue. It's something that Cathy, my writing partner, and I strive for. We love developing fun girlfriend relationships with edgy banter, and battles of wit between our hero and heroine. Walk with Me is a story of God's grace and second chances. Trace is trying to leave his past behind in a town that won't let him. Sydney covers her physical scars, but the emotional ones won't let her trust. In the midst of fears and threats that could keep them apart, we've given Trace and Sydney plenty of humorous scenarios and romantic walks, as well as breakthrough moments in their spiritual journeys.

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

A young version of Patrick Swayze for Trace (guess I'm showing my age!) and (another step back in time) Holly Hunter at 29.



(I had a hard time finding a picture of Holly Hunter at 29, but the woman seems to look good at any age.)

So, tell us which facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.


Painting with words. Paging through a thesaurus is like a trip to Six Flags Great America! I love creating word pictures that tantalize all five senses. The downside is that I can use up five hundred words describing a sunset. I should have "Write Tight" tattooed on my knuckles.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

I sometimes get bogged down in the middle. I love starting a new project, and I'm like cattle smelling water toward the end, but there comes a point about two-thirds of the way in where doubts perch on my computer, whispering discouraging words. At that point, it helps to go back and read the whole thing and recapture the "big picture."

What a great idea. I'm at that perching-doubts stage right now--I'm going to give your technique a try. Okay, Becky, choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

Is Dove dark chocolate inanimate? It's hard to tell because I have a deep personal relationship with those foil-wrapped squares with the words of wisdom on the wrappers. What we have in common is a desire to impart moments of sweet indulgence and life-changing messages.

Other than your writing, what is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

My grandchildren--all eight-going-on-nine of them. We're expecting a granddaughter in December, right about the time our oldest granddaughter enters the teen years. We've already been blessed with two new babies this year. I am in awe of each one of them and so proud of our four sons and their beautiful wives for raising this next generation to honor our Lord.

What's the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

I recently reread Mrs. Mike, a book I loved in my tween and teen years. It's based on a true story of the hardships of a young girl in the early 1900s who falls in love with a Canadian Mounty. I think it's the first romance I ever read and may have set the tone for writing true-to-life stories.

What are you working on now?

I've just finished co-authoring the third book in a contemporary Heartsong Presents series and I'm trying my hand at full-length women's fiction. I'm writing in first-person and I absolutely love my quirky single-mom-of-a-runaway-daughter heroine.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book!

Please come and visit my blog and our website. Walk with Me will be available in November by calling Heartsong Presents: 1-740-922-7280
Race to the Altar and Wisconsin Blessings are also available at Barnes and Noble or www.christianbooks.com

Thank you, Trish, for the opportunity to share with your readers.

And thank you, Becky, for spending some time with us.

Readers, Becky will be signing a copy of Walk with Me for the winner of next Thursday's drawing. To enter, leave a comment for Becky, below. Include your email, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com

Check back here on Monday, when we'll give away Megan DiMaria's novel, Out of Her Hands, to the winner of our drawing. We'll also hear from Sharon Knudson and Mary Heitzman, authors of Starting from Scratch.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Megan DiMaria and Free Books!

Let's begin this week by giving away an excellent novel! The winner of the signed copy of Cathy Gohlke's I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires is:

lpwood@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you for your snail mail address and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep entering and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now for today's book tease: Linda always imagined her family's future would go according to her plans. How will she manage when she realizes it's all out of her hands?

Today we're talking with Megan DeMaria, author of Out of Her Hands (Tyndale House Publishers, 2008).

Megan DiMaria loves to be an encouragement to women as they live out their faith in today's busy world. Her upbeat personality and deep appreciation for the humor in ordinary moments creates a bond with other women as they laugh and learn that life is an adventure, one not for the weak of heart.


Searching for Spice, Megan's debut novel about a long-married woman who wants to have an affair--with her husband--released in April 2008. Her second novel, Out of Her Hands, is fresh off the press in October 2008. Out of Her Hands is about taking life as it comes at you with all the surprises and challenges you face with your young adult children.

Megan and her husband live in suburban Denver near their adult children. They often travel back to their roots in Long Island, New York, to visit family and get their fill of delicious Italian food.

Readers, Megan is another of the wonderful novelists I met recently at the ACFW conference in Minneapolis. She's a cool lady with a mischievous smile. What can you tell us about Out of Her Hands, Megan?

Linda Revere is losing control. Her grown children are poised to launch into life with exciting choices and endless possibilities. And like all parents, she only wants the best for them. She has been praying for her children's future spouses since they were very small. Confident that her prayers will be answered, Linda is not prepared for the young woman her son brings home.

In the midst of balancing a challenging job managing an upscale photography studio with her busy home, Linda is trying to help her father-in-law get on with life after he's widowed. And now her best friend and confidante is moving across the country. How does Linda manage when she realizes it's all out of her hands?

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I think readers will enjoy Out of Her Hands because my character is an everyday-lady-next-door person. She faces the same challenges and holds the same hopes for her family that you or I do. The struggles she has are common to women in her life stage, wondering what kind of people will marry into her family, and worrying about how her family will continue with the loss of elderly loved ones.

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

Well, for Searching for Spice, I would love to see Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan do one more on-screen romance together.

And for Out of Her Hands (even though it's a sequel), I would like to star Mary-Louise Parker and Chris Noth.






What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

I love to dive into the first draft. It's exciting to see the story unfold and travel a journey with my characters.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

My biggest struggle is being consistent in my daily schedule. It's all over the place, but I fantasize about having a set, orderly schedule.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

I hope it's not too cliche, but a book, a big, thick, fresh-smelling novel, represents me because I've loved to slip into a fictional world since I was a young girl.

Other than your writing, what is something about your life, right now, that thrills you?

My marriage and my relationship with my children continue to be a big thrill and a great blessing.

What's the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

I finished Nancy Rue's Healing Stones a week or so ago, and I think it made me a little softer around the edges and less judgmental about other people's mistakes.

What are you working on now?

I'm writing a novel with new characters. It's about a woman racing toward the empty nest only to find one obstacle (read: family member) after another preventing her from reaching empty-nest nirvana.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book!

Feel free to visit my website, and you can keep up with my day-to-day life on my blog. My books are available on Amazon or ChristianBook.com where they're on sale as a set.

Thanks for visiting with us, Megan! Readers, Megan has agreed to sign a copy of Out of Her Hands for the winner of our drawing this week. Leave a comment below to have your name entered. Include your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. And, if you subscribe to my blog, at right, your name will be entered an additional time in this and all future drawings! We'll draw for the winner of Megan's novel next Monday.

Be sure to check back here on Thursday, when we'll hear from Becky Melby about her latest novel collaboration with Cathy Wienke, Walk with Me.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stuffing Lobsters and Releasing Books!

Remember how our moms (my mom, anyway) used to caution us about putting certain things in ours mouths because "you don't know where that thing's been?"

In the new issue of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, you'll find a valid argument for that principle: A Most Unsavory Culinary Novel.

If you read that article and copy the fourth line of any other CFOM article in the comments section, below (and tell us which article it was), I'll add your name an extra time to Monday's drawing for a signed copy of Cathy Gohlke's excellent new novel, I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires. Include your email address, in case your name is chosen, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

And speaking of excellent new novels, take a look at the fabulous novels releasing this month!

1. A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell from Bethany House Publishers. In Queen Elizabeth’s court…beauty is a curse, friendship is bought and sold, and true love is the unpardonable sin.

2. A Little Bit of Faith, The Precious Girl's Club Book One by Cindy Kenney from Precious Moments Inc. Girls will discover how having a little bit of faith can help them overcome big challenges in this first book of a new series that encourages girls to celebrate the unique ways God made each one of them special and "precious in His sight."

3. A Taste of Murder, The Classical Trio Series Book 1 by Virginia Smith from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. When a young woman attends a small town's Bar-B-Q Festival, she stumbles across the path of a ruthless killer who's had a taste of murder... and is hungry for more.

4. Buffalo Gal, South Dakota Weddings series Book 1 by Mary Connealy from Heartsong Presents. A vegetarian and a cattle rancher go to war and fall in love.

5. Engaging Father Christmas (a novella) Sequel to Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn from FaithWords. Miranda Carson returns to England to spend Christmas with Ian, now her boyfriend and her recently located family; unforeseen circumstances stand in the way of a happy Christmas.

6. Longings of the Heart Sydney Cover Series Book 2 by Bonnie Leon from Revell Publishing. John and Hannah Bradshaw survived betrayal and imprisonment. Now as they reach for a new beginning one evil heart lies waiting to tear their lives apart.

7. Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas, Launch book for Love Finds You series by Sandra D. Bricker from Summerside Press. Full-on, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for the inspirational romance market.

8. My Sister Dilly by Maureen Lang from Tyndale House. Two sisters; one committed the unthinkable, one will never forgive herself.

9. On A Whim, The Katie Weldon Series Book 3 by Robin Jones Gunn from Zondervan. Katie and Rick are ready to move their relationship forward but as they make that step Katie’s life comes unglued leading her to rely on God’s plans for her.

10. Out of Her Hands, Sequel to Searching for Spice by Megan DiMaria from Tyndale House Publishers. Her children are making questionable choices, her father-in-law’s is coping with loss, and her best friend’s moving away. How can Linda manage when it’s really all out of her hands?

11. Snowbound Colorado Christmas by Susan Page Davis, Tamela Hancock Murray, Darlene Franklin, and Lena Nelson Dooley from Barbour. Love snowballs in four couples’ lives during the Blizzard of 1913. If they live through the storm, will love be there to greet each young woman on Christmas morn?

12. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma, Bouncing Grandma Mysteries Book 1 by A.K. Arenz from Sheaf House. Has Glory hit her head one too many times or was there really a foot dangling from the back of that carpet?

13. The Christmas Kite by Gail Gaymer Martin from Steeple Hill. An eight year old disabled boy provides the catalyst for his mother's and a reclusive kite builder's healing, as he opens their eyes to God's promises and love beyond understanding.

14. The Face of Deceit, Jackson's Retreat Series Book 2 by Ramona Richards from Steeple Hill/Love Inspired Suspense. When Karen O'Neill's "face vases" spark murder, art crime investigator Mason DuBroc knows a long-hidden secret is appearing in her art . . . a secret someone will kill for.

15. The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner from WaterBrook Press. The 300-year-old diary of a victim of the Salem Witch Trials challenges a young English major's worldview.

16. Waiting for Daybreak by Kathryn Cushman from Bethany House. A young pharmacist must choose between exposing negligence or keeping the job that's paying her dying mother's medical bills.

17. Walk with Me, Contemporary Minnesota series Book 1 by Becky Melby and Cathy Wienke from Barbour Publishing. When the first parolee in the Sanctuary program run by Sydney Jennet’s church turns out to be a handsome blue-eyed believer, her small town, and her heart, are no longer safe.

If you're an eclectic reader, as I am, you're pretty excited about the choices above. Is anyone else's TBR list out of control?

I invite you to check back here Monday, to see who wins Cathy Gohlke's novel, and to read about novelist Megan DiMaria and her latest book.
 

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