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!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

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When Hannah Williams comes to help Austin Taylor with his injured daughter, she draws him into an intrigue that threatens their relationship--and their lives.

Today's author has so many books releasing this year, we're talking with her about two books today. The tease on her other current release is:

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Alexa Michaels brings a breath of fresh air into Ian Ferguson's and his daughter's life, but is it enough to make Ian trust in love again?

Before we revisit with today's prolific author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Yesterday's Promise, by Vanessa Miller, is:

Shawnawilliams@ . . .

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!

Now let's have Margaret Daley reintroduce herself to us.

PhotobucketMargaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Holt Medallion, Golden Quill Contest, FHL's Inspirational Readers' Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines. She has sold sixty-six books to date.

Margaret is currently the Volunteer Officer for ACFW. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She served as vice-president for two years in WIN-ACFW and is still on its board as an advisor. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Please tell us a bit more about the plots of your two recent releases.

PhotobucketCowboy Protector:
Two years ago, Hannah Williams left the Witness Protection Program--and she's been running ever since. To stay ahead of the mob, she changes her name and location constantly. So when she takes a job caring for a Montana rancher's sick daughter, she expects to leave soon. But little Misty Taylor tugs at Hannah's heartstrings--and so does her handsome father. Hannah knows Austin Taylor suspects she's keeping secrets. But how can she tell him the truth without endangering the pair she's come to love?

PhotobucketLove Lessons:
Homeschooling his daughter is new to devoted single father Ian Ferguson. To ensure his child gets a good education, the busy CPA hires a temporary tutor. Twenty-three-year-old college student Alexa Michaels is too young--and too pretty--to be right for the job. Yet his daughter is coming out of her shell and learning. Still, Ian is traditional, and sweet Alexa--who graduated from the school of hard knocks--is challenging some of his old-school ways. Can this dad learn some valuable lessons about love, family and faith from the least likely teacher?

Which character in your novels most interested you while you wrote?

In Cowboy Protector, Hannah Williams most interested me because I can't imagine what it would be like to have to give up your love ones and go into the Witness Protection Program and then end up on the run, never being able to stay long in any one place, afraid to trust a sole.

Why will readers enjoy your novels?

In Cowboy Protector, it is a suspenseful read with a lot of action and drama.

In Love Lessons, it is about a man who has to learn to love again and the heroine who teaches him how.

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

Cowboy Protector: Sam Worthington and Keira Knightly.

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Love Lessons: Jon Hamm with glasses and Amy Adams.

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How many points of view do you typically use in a novel? If you vary, what have you found you enjoyed the most?

I usually have two sometimes three POVs in my stories. Actually I like that number since I write romances. The third POV is sometimes a child, a key secondary character or the villain.

What subject matter or era have you not yet published about (but would love to)?

Medieval times--I'm fascinated by that time in history.

Oh, yes, me too. I have such respect for such authors for all the research they have to do to make those stories ring true.


What is the last book you read that moved you?

Chasing Lilacsby Carla Stewart (out in May this year) is a moving story about a young girl and some of life lessons she has to learn in the 1950s. It reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird. Wonderfully written.

What are you working on now?

Christmas Bodyguard, the first in The Guardians, Inc. series for Love Inspired Suspense, is about a group of female bodyguards.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My web site: www.margaretdaley.com
My blog: margaretdaley.blogspot.com
Purchase Cowboy Protector at: www.eharlequin.com
Purchase Love Lessons at: www.eharlequin.com

Thanks, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your two recent books. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a copy of one of these two featured books to the winner of our drawing on Thurseday, May 6. To enter, leave a comment for Margaret, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. The winner will be entitled to choose which of the above novels by Margaret she would prefer to receive.

Check out my interviews with Jill Williamson (a new Christy Award Finalist) and Sandra Byrd, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their novels. And check out the information about Jill Elizabeth Nelson's latest release, Calculated Revenge.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jill Elizabeth Nelson and Free Books!

How can she piece together the puzzle before her child--like her sister--is lost to a killer's revenge?

On occasion I feature a new release, apart from my interviews with authors. Rather than giving the author's book away, I simply add commenters' names an extra time to existing drawings. This week let's take a look at Jill Elizabeth Nelson's novel, Calculated Revenge (Steeple Hill Romantic Suspense, April 2010)

A little about Jill:

Jill Elizabeth Nelson is an award-winning author of mystery and suspense. She writes what she likes to read--tales of adventure seasoned with romance, humor, and faith, earning her the tagline: Endless Adventure, Timeless Truth. Jill speaks at conferences, writer's groups, library associations, and civic and church groups. She and her husband live in rural Minnesota where they raised four children and are currently enjoying their first grandchild.

What's the book about?

It's been eighteen years since Laney Thompson's sister was abducted and killed, but the pain Laney feels has never faded. And now the murderer is back, taunting Laney with mementos of her sister and threatening Laney's young daughter. School principal Noah Ryder is her best hope for protecting her daughter--if she can convince the former investigator to take the case. As the threats accelerate, a string of clues leads Laney to uncover old secrets. Unless Noah steps in with his expertise, how can she piece together the puzzle before her child--like her sister--is lost to a killer's revenge?

What readers are saying:

"I just finished your book. I love Christian Suspense books and this one is the best one I have read in a while. I never figured out the solution until it was evident to all. Wonderful suspense weaving throughout the book. Thanks, I will look for more books by you. I could not put it down once I got started."

"Excellent, excellent book!  It caught my attention from the first page and was so hard to put down! Keep on sharing God's love and gospel thru your writing - it is important to those who need encouragement as well as need to know our precious Savior!"

Visit Jill Elizabeth Nelson's website at www.jillelizabethnelson.com for excerpts, book giveaways, and contests.

You can order this book directly from your local bookstore, retail stores such as Walmart, or online here:



443902: Calculated Revenge
(CBD.com)

Leave a comment for Jill, below, to be added an additional time to the drawing on Monday, May 3. Leave your email address (in case you win) like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sandra Byrd and Free Books!

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LONDON CONFIDENTIAL is a new Tween/Teen series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her Christian faith.


Before we meet today's novelist, I'd like to announce that the winner of the drawing for Stephanie Grace Whitson's novel, Sixteen Brides, is:

ladijo40@ . . .

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 revisit with novelist Sandra Byrd, author of the London Confidential series, featuring  Book 1--Asking for Trouble--and Book 2--Through Thick and Thin--(Tyndale House Publishers, April 2010). Books 3 and 4, Don't Kiss Him Goodbye and Flirting With Disaster, release on September 1.

PhotobucketAfter earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd went on to publish more than three dozen books including her widely-acclaimed adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake and its sequels, Bon Appétit and Pièce de Résistance. Her new series, releasing this month, is a tween/teen fiction series, London Confidential.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra is also an accomplished non-fiction writer and author. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications such as Radiant, Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Magazine, Christian Parenting Today, Today's Christian Woman, Pockets, Decision, and Guideposts. During the past eight years Sandra has mentored hundreds of students through the Christian Writer's Guild.

Please tell us a bit more about the premise of the London Confidential series.

A nub of doubt rose inside me--the kind that popped up, unwelcome, anytime I tried to rationalize something that wasn't exactly true or right. This time I swallowed it back. I lived in London now. It was time to take matters into my own hands.

When her family moves to London, 15-year-old Savvy Smith has to make her way in a new school and in a new country. She just knows the school newspaper is the right place for her, but she doesn't have the required experience. Can she come up with a way to prove herself and nab the one available position on the newspaper staff at Wexburg Academy?

Along the way, Savvy finds out a lot about herself, her family, and her God and in the process she learns to love life and live out her faith.

Which character in your series most interested you while you wrote?

Oh, Definitely Savvy. It's her story and I wanted to follow it, and her, and she what kind of trouble she got herself into and how she got out of it. I identified with her, and I think most girls will, too.

Why will readers enjoy your series?

Because we can all relate to not fitting in and because London Confidential is, I hope, fun to read. I wanted to provide a happy, hopeful read and not a heavily issues-driven series.

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

PhotobucketHmm. How about Emma Roberts for Savvy.





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PhotobucketPossibly America Ferrara for Hazel.


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The guys are much harder. Blonde and British? Curly brown hair and British? Maybe we'll have to go on a talent hunt!

Maybe these two? The blonde boy is from the Narnia films (William Mosely). And the curly brunette is Aaron Johnson, who's been getting a lot of press lately for playing a young John Lennon, as well as other roles.
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How many points of view do you typically use in a novel? If you vary, what have you found you enjoyed the most?

I almost always, lately, use one first person point of view because I like an intimate read and that provides it. I have written many books in third person, too, and several books in two first-person points of view. But I enjoy going deep with one person, so one first person POV does that.

What subject matter or era have you not yet published about (but would love to)?

I am currently writing a series for adults set in Tudor England, called Ladies in Waiting. I have been a lady waiting to write about this time period, waiting for a long time, so I am pinching myself, if you'll excuse the cliché, that it's finally happening!

What a fascinating departure for you, Sandie! I'm looking forward to hearing more about that!

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website is www.sandrabyrd.com. You can order signed books directly from my website or from your local bookstore or on-line retailers:















Asking for Trouble

Through Thick and Thin


Or via CBD.com:

325971: Asking for Trouble, London Confidential Series #1
325989: Through Thick & Thin, London Confidential Series #2
I'm also on Facebook and have author pages on Amazon, Shelfari, LibraryThing, GoodReads, and BooksChristian.com.

And here's a TRAILER about the series.

Thanks, Sandie, for visiting with us and telling us about London Confidential. Readers, Sandie has offered to give a copy of Asking for Trouble to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 3. To enter, leave a comment for Sandie, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Jill Williamson, and Vanessa Miller, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their novels.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jill Williamson and Free Books!

PhotobucketAchan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard knights flee into Darkness to escape the wrath of the former prince and rescue their own army from the Ice Island prison.

Before we meet today's novelist, I'd like to announce that the winner of the drawing for Lynette Eason's novel, Too Close to Home, is:

sunny_girl_anna@ . . .

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 meet novelist Jill Williamson, author of To Darkness Fled, Blood of Kings, book 2 (Marcher Lord Press, April 2010).

PhotobucketJill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Thankfully it was the land of the midnight sun, and she could stay up and read by the summer daylight that wouldn't go away. But in the winter, there was nothing better to do than daydream. Both hobbies set her up to be a writer.

VOYA magazine named By Darkness Hid as one of the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novels of 2010.

Jill has served alongside her youth pastor husband for the past twelve years and loves working with teenagers, especially to encourage young writers. She gives writing workshops at churches and schools.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of To Darkness Fled.

PhotobucketTo Darkness Fled is the second book in the Blood of Kings trilogy. It's about Achan, a young man who wanted to become a knight, and Vrell, a girl who is dressed as a boy to hide from the man who wants to marry her. Book two picks up where By Darkness Hid left off.

Here is the back cover copy for To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings, book 2):

They have no choice. Chased by an evil prince, Achan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard knights flee into Darkness. They head north, for Tsaftown and Ice Island, where they must free an army that can help them fight for Er'Rets.

Darkness sickens Vrell. How long can she keep her secret without being caught? Achan already suspects her of lying. If she is not careful, he will suspect her of treason as well. She hopes he will let his suspicions go until they reach her home.

Achan wanted freedom, but this new journey has bound him more than ever. Sir Gavin's claims are so far fetched. First, that there might only be one God, and second, that this God chose Achan to push back Darkness, the magnificent curse of Er'Rets. Him. Achan. Barely a man himself.

Each setback Darkness brings seems minor compared to the one choice only Achan can make. What will he choose?

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

Achan. He tries to be tough. He's technically a man, by Er'Retian standards, though he feels insecure about stepping into that role and taking charge. He's stubborn, and that trait often causes him a lot of heartache. His sarcasm and heroic nature work well, I think. Sometimes you want to scowl at him--boys will be boys--but you can't help but love the guy.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I have been told that I write characters with very human and realistic hopes and fears that the reader would relate to if they were in my characters' boots. The series also has an unpredictable, fast-paced plot. Teen girls like that Vrell is disguised as a boy, especially when her story comes together with Achan's and he thinks she's a pest. There is some romance in book two that readers also like. If you want to read what readers are saying, check out the "What people are saying" page on my website (see link, below).

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

PhotobucketSteven Strait would be the perfect Achan if he looked just like he did as Warren Peace in Sky High.

PhotobucketDakota Fanning could play Vrell, with brown hair, though.

Not the best Dakota Fanning picture, but her hair is a little darker here, and I think it's a pretty current shot.

How many points of view do you typically use in a novel? If you vary, what have you found you enjoyed the most?


I use two points of view in the Blood of Kings series: Achan and Vrell. But, because of Achan and Vrell's ability to bloodvoice, they are able to look in on other character's occasionally, which allows me to see a few other points of view.

Oh, I like that, Jill! We can't get away with that in many storylines, can we?

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with?


Brainstorming new story ideas comes easiest to me. I start by finding a unique premise, then I work on my characters, then the plot.

I struggle with finding time to write all my ideas. I get easily distracted with promotion and emails and Facebook. I also struggle with remembering to describe people and rooms as soon as they are introduced. Jeff Gerke, my editor, has been training me on this, though, and it's becoming easier.

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

Hmm. I always get stuck on this one.

Yeah, I should have sent you a different question here, Jill. (Readers, last time Jill said a textbook, because she was full of lots of different information.) You're a good sport to answer it a second time.

I wanted to answer differently than I did last time, so I asked my husband for help. He says, "A keyboard. It's always sitting in front of the computer screen." LOL

There you go. That works!

What is the last book you read that moved you? 


I just finished The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. This is a classic YA novel from 1967. I was very impressed by how real the author showed the life of these boys and got the reader to empathize and see things from all sides.

What are you working on now?

I am working on From Darkness Won (Blood of Kings, book 3).

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website is www.jillwilliamson.com. I'm also on Facebook, MySpace, Shoutlife, Shelfari, GoodReads, Twitter, and Amazon.

On top of that, I run two blogs. The first is Novel Teen Book Reviews at www.novelteen.com. It's a website that reviews clean teen fiction. This is a great resource to see what books are available in the Christian market for teens. The other blog is for teen authors, though adult authors may find some useful tips too. www.teenageauthor.com.

And if you are looking to buy one of my books online go to Amazon.com, through the button at left or go to Barnes and Noble via the button below:

The book is also available thorugh MarcherLordPress.com. Or you can also buy an autographed copy from me through my website. Many libraries have the first book and if they don't they would likely order it if you ask. And you can request your local bookstore order my books too.

Thanks, Jill, for visiting with us and telling us about To Darkness Fled. Readers, Jill has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, May 1. To enter, leave a comment for Jill, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Stephanie Grace Whitson, and Vanessa Miller, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their novels.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vanessa Miller and Free Books!

PhotobucketYesterday's Promise --- A broken engagement . . . A grieving little girl . . . A bitter difference of opinion . . .

Before we meet today's novelist, I'd like to announce that the winner of the drawing for Jim Rubart's novel, Rooms, is:

iamstamping@ . . .

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!

Also, if you're interested in entering a drawing for my novel Sunset Beach, see the details at the bottom of this post.  

But for now let's meet novelist Vanessa Miller, author of Yesterday's Promise (Whitaker House, April 2010).

PhotobucketVanessa Miller is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. She started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Vanessa's creative endeavors took on new meaning in1994 when she became a Christian. Since then, her writing has been centered on themes of redemption, often focusing on characters facing multi-dimensional struggles.

Vanessa's novels have received rave reviews, with several appearing on Essence Magazine's Bestseller's List. Miller's work has receiving numerous awards, including "Best Christian Fiction Mahogany Award" and the "Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction." Miller graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication. She is an ordained "exhorter" in her church, explaining, "God has called me to exhort readers and to help them rediscover their place with the Lord."

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Yesterday's Promise.

PhotobucketYesterday's Promise is a Christian romance about Melinda Johnson and Steven Marks. Melinda feels called to the ministry, but Steven doesn't believe that women should preach. This disagreement between the two causes Steven to break off their engagement. But now, after ten years, Steven is back in Melinda's life as the new bishop over her fellowship and he wants a second chance with Melinda. However, Melinda can never marry a man who doesn't respect the call of God on her life. To love one another, the two must knock down the walls that separate them. But can the bishop finally do that for his lady or will Melinda be forced to leave Omega Christian Church?

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

I loved Melinda's character because she was so complex. She was a preacher with issues of unforgiveness that stemmed from broken promises that had been made by her mother, ex-fiancé and her father. She was an interesting character study. I enjoyed watching as she resolved her issues and gave love a second chance.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Yesterday's Promise is a fun read for the romantic at heart. The book also provides a bit of church politics that has been stirring up a lot of conversation. So, I believe that readers will enjoy the romance and Melinda's story of love, broken promises and the way she learned how to trust again.

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

PhotobucketI am terrible with actor's names, but I'm going to say Morris Chestnut for Steven Marks only because I would let Morris Chestnut be in any of my films. Not only is he cute, but he can act also.

Wow, that is one good-looking guy. I've never seen him before.

PhotobucketNow for the woman--let's see . . . I think I would choose Taraji Henson for Melinda Johnson. Melinda has a big personality and Taraji Henson seems like she could handle it.

How many points of view do you typically use in a novel? If you vary, what have you found you enjoyed the most?

I typically use two main characters so I like to get inside both of their heads. I will occasionally use a third point of view, but that point of view would be very limited. I don't like to use too many point of view characters because I think it can become confusing for the reader.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with?

Developing my characters and having them communicate with each other seems to come natural for me. The thing I struggle with the most however, is setting. I am not a sightseer or a person that likes to check out scenery and therefore, I always have to go back and add detail into my novels so that the reader will get a feel for where the characters are at during certain scenes.

I definitely relate with you there, Vanessa. As a reader who sometimes skips over clumps of detail, I often have to go back, as an author, to sections that are too sparse in the setting department.

What are you working on now?

I have four books releasing in 2010.

Wow!
 
I am happy to say that I have finished writing all of them and right now I am working on marketing the books and writing proposals for other books that I want to write. I will begin writing the third and final book in the Second Chance at Love series (Whitaker House) in May or June.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Readers can read the synopsis, first chapter and purchase autographed copies of my 2010 titles on my website: www.vanessamiller.com. They can also find me on Facebook.

Yesterday's Promise is available at your local bookstore and online through the Amazon button at left or through the Barnes and Noble or CBD.com buttons, below:

742078: #1: Yesterday"s Promise

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. I appreciate it!

Thanks, Vanessa, for visiting with us and telling us about Yesterday's Promise. Readers, Vanessa has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 29. To enter, leave a comment for Vanessa, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

As promised, if you'd like to enter a drawing for my novel Sunset Beach, I'm interviewed on Shawna Williams' site HERE. Shawna will be drawing a name and I'll send a signed copy of the book to the winner. 

Check out my interviews with Lynette Eason, and Stephanie Grace Whitson, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their novels.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Stephanie Grace Whitson and Free Books!

PhotobucketWith the promise of prime homesteads and fresh starts, a group of Civil War widows join the Ladies Emigration Society and heads West, only to find that more than land is awaiting their arrival.

Before we meet today's novelist, I'd like to announce that the winner of the drawing for Mae Nunn's novel, Her Forever Family, is:

julesreffner@ . . .

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 meet novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of Sixteen Brides (Bethany House Publishers, April 2010).

PhotobucketStephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two-time Christy finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her husband and blended family, her church, quilting, and Kitty--her motorcycle--all rank high on her list of "favorite things."

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Sixteen Brides.

PhotobucketSixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival.

Sparks fly when the unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. Five of the women (along with one's elderly mother and another's twelve-year-old son) band together and decide to stick with their original plan--land in their own name.  When they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be, determination, faith, and unlikely friendships help them cling to hope in the face of difficult circumstances.

I love all the secrecy in your plot, Stephanie! 

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

The reason this book tells five women's stories is that I wasn't able to play favorites. I learned to love them all.  

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Because each woman offers a unique story but each story fits in with the overall theme of "hope on, hope ever." I think all kinds of women will find someone to identify with as they read.

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

PhotobucketFresh faces that aren't readily identifiable. I suppose there would be room for a Johnny Depp, though . . . if he insisted.

And you just know he will.

How many points of view do you typically use in a novel? If you vary, what have you found you enjoyed the most?


I tend to like multiple points of view. Happily, my wonderful editor puts up with it, although I usually have to meld and/or eliminate some between the first and second drafts of every book. The reason I like multiple points of view is that I think you can learn a lot about someone by observing them through another character's eyes.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with?

Ideas are never a problem for me. I love to read "real" history, and book ideas emerge when I'm immersed in real stories. I struggle most with keeping all the plates in life spinning and still setting aside time to write the awful first draft.

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

Well, today I'd say a patchwork quilt. . . . that's nearly worn out.

Ah, but when they're worn out, there tends to be a good story or two behind all the wearing.

What is the last book you read that moved you?


I'm reading Blood Done Sign my Name by Timothy Tyson at the moment. It's explaining a lot of things about race relations that I've never understood from my own youth. I attended a very racially divided and violent junior high school, and this book is helping me to see my own tendency to paternalism and the ignorance that fueled some of my own well-intentioned but misguided attempts to reach across the color lines that existed in the culture where I grew up.

What are you working on now?

My 2011 Bethany House release currently titled The Letter Box. I'm researching travel on the Missouri River just after the Civil War for that book and fleshing out the characters who will be on board the steamboat that runs aground.

A 2011 non-fiction book currently titled Quilt and the Sod House Experience that documents the lives of sod-house homemakers by focusing on their quilts. That book will be published by Kansas City Star publishers.

Two as-yet unsold novels in which quilts play a central role.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My site: www.stephaniewhitson.com

Sixteen Brides is available at your local bookstore and online through the Amazon button at left and through


Thanks, Stephanie, for visiting with us and telling us about Sixteen Brides. Readers, Stephanie has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 26. To enter, leave a comment for Stephanie, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Lynette Eason, and Jim Rubart, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their novels.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lynette Eason and Free Books!

PhotobucketFBI agent Samantha Cash teams up with Homicide Detective Connor Wolfe to track down a serial killer of local teenage girls.

Before we meet today's novelist, I'd like to announce that the winner of the drawing for Richard Mabry's novel, Code Blue, is:

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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 meet novelist Lynette Eason, author of  Too Close to Home (Revell, April 2010).

PhotobucketLynette Eason grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her master's in education at Converse College. Author of eight inspirational romantic suspense books, she is alos a member of American Fiction Christian Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married "the boy next door," and now she and her husband and two children make their home in Spartanburg, SC.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Too Close to Home.

PhotobucketThe FBI has a secret weapon. But now the secret's out.

When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, the FBI sends in computer forensics expert Samantha Cash to help crack the case. Her methods are invisible, and she never quits until the case is closed.

Homicide detective Connor Wolfe has his hands full. His relationship with his headstrong daughter is in a tailspin, and the string of unsolved murders has the town demanding answers. Connor is running out of ideas--and time.

Samantha joins Connor in a race against the clock to save the next victim. And the killer starts to get personal.

Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page even as love blossoms in the face of danger. Read this one with the lights on!

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

I think the villain, believe it or not. I had to do a lot of research on serial killers. I think he was most interesting because he was the most disturbing to write.

Why will readers enjoy your novel? 

Most readers who pick up my kind of book are into suspense and a good murder mystery. Knowing this, I believe they will jump into the story and not be able to jump out until they turn the last page. I hope!

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

PhotobucketOh my. A young Tom Cruise.



PhotobucketAnd Poppy Montgomery from the TV show, Without a Trace.




How many points of view do you typically use in a novel? If you vary, what have you found you enjoyed the most?

In the shorter novels, I usually use two, the hero and the heroine's. In the longer novels, it varies from three to four to six. I think I like the longer novels because I like delving deeper into the characters.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with? 

Plotting [is easiest]. I think I struggle with just the overall writing and pacing of the story. Pacing is something that isn't necessarily learned. You have to have an instinct for it. Although, I do believe the more you write, the more you develop this instinct.

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

Um . . . maybe my laptop. It's always on, never stops working and can be fun to relax with. (Kinda lame, but I can't think of anything else. Sorry!)

LOL! That's a tough one to answer, I know, Lynnette.

What is the last book you read that moved you? 

I just finished Stephanie Grace Whitson's Sixteen Brides It was such a refreshing break from my own stuff. I fell in love with her characters and even though I had to put the book down to meet my own deadlines, I didn't want to put it down. A really great read.

What are you working on now? 

I am working on a book for Steeple Hill that is due July 1st. I'm also working on the first book in the second series I just recently sold to Revell. That book is due January 2011.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? 

My website is www.lynetteeason.com and my email is lynetteeason@lynetteeason.com.

You can purchase Too Close to Home at any online retailer: Amazon button at left, or Barnes and Noble below.



But I try to use www.cbd.com as much as possible).

Thanks so much, Trish, for having on your blog. It was great to be here!

Thanks, Lynette, for visiting with us and telling us about Too Close to Home. Readers, Lynette has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, April 24. To enter, leave a comment for Lynette, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Mae Nunn, and Jim Rubart, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their novels.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.
 

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