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!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mary Ellis' Book Give-Away

PhotobucketAs July draws to a close, I want to congratulate the winner of today's drawing for the signed copy of Mary Ellis' novel, The Way to a Man's Heart:

misskallie2000@ . . .


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!

Until Monday, check out my interviews with Cerella Sechrist and Susan Page Davis below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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, July 29, 2010

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Emma's father is murdered, she's hired to do the job he could have had--helping track down German saboteurs by breaking their ciphers.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Angel's Den, by Jamie Carie, is:

misskallie2000@ . . .

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 revisit novelist Susan Page Davis, author of The Crimson Cipher (Summerside Press, July 2010).

Susan Page Davis is the author of 30 novels. A native of Maine, she now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim, who is an editor, and the two youngest of their six children. Her first book was published in 2004. She writes contemporary and historical romance, romantic suspense, and mystery. She's a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers' Choice Contest and an ACFW Book of the Year winner.

It's so nice to have you with us again, Susan! Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I once served tea (with lots of lemon) to Bob Dylan.

-- I have home schooled for almost 30 years.

-- If you see me standing on top of a parking garage staring into space, I may be figuring out how a sniper could kill someone (for an upcoming book, of course).

-- When I was little, I had a huge stuffed animal collection I called "The Nephew Club."

-- I collect old tea and coffee tins.

Bob Dylan, huh? Pretty cool. 

I love The Nephew Club. Reminds me of when my son was tiny and had an entire group of imaginary friends he called "My boys and my buvvers." (brothers)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Crimson Cipher.

PhotobucketSaboteurs are doing their best to keep America out of the Great War. When Emma's father is murdered, she's hired to do the job he could have had--helping track them down by breaking their ciphers.

It's 1915, and saboteurs are doing their best to keep America out of the Great War by bombing ships and factories and fomenting unrest among workers. Can Emma discover their plans and unmask their leader? Adventure and romance beckon as she joins a band of cryptographers trying to stop their enemies within the United States.

Yet another gorgeous cover from Summerside's new line. I love it!

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


Emma is very intelligent but very vulnerable. She's alone in the world after her father's death and must decide who to trust among the several people who offer to help her. She puts up with a lot due to her training in courtesy, and yet she knows when enough is enough and when to speak frankly and strike out on her own.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I think they'll be fascinated to learn about a part of history many "factual" books skip over--the terrorism on the homefront in 1915. They'll also enjoy the romance between Emma and Lieutenant Patterson, and the heroic efforts put in by the cryptographers--unsung heroes working in an unmarked building in a quiet neighborhood.

What is one thing you've learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I am really ignorant. No matter how much I research, there's always more to learn.

What does that say about us authors who only write contemporary? LOL!

What is the last book you read that moved you? How did it affect you?


Not in Front of the Servants, by Frank Dawes. It's nonfiction, about domestic servants in England, and he corresponded with hundreds of people who had been, or whose close relatives had been, domestic servants. Even though I've never employed a servant, it made me realize that I've adopted some thoughtless "middle class" attitudes without realizing it! It also made me appreciate much more the people in menial jobs.

What are you working on now?

I'm writing a historical romance set in 1860, called Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island. This is the Love Finds You line's first book set in Canada, and I've set the story against the royal tour of Queen Victoria's son Albert Edward, who later became King Edward VII. A young woman employed as a house maid at the governor's mansion in Charlottetown, P.E.I., falls in love with a young man accompanying the prince and his retinue on the tour.

Oh, that sounds like fun, Susan! Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Visit either my Website at www.susanpagedavis.com or my author page on Amazon to see all my books, Susan-Page-Davis.

The book can be purchased online through the following buttons:



CBD.com
360120: Crimson Cipher

Thanks, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 5. To enter, leave a comment for Susan, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Cerella Sechrist and Mary Ellis below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cerella D. Sechrist and Free Books!

PhotobucketSingle mom and restaurateur Sadie Spencer bites off more than she can chew when she takes on a competing entrepreneur who has recently moved to her hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Crossing Oceans, by Gina Holmes, is:

suttondenise@ . . .

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 meet novelist Cerella Sechrist, author of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Summerside Press, February 2010).

PhotobucketCerella D. Sechrist makes her home in southern Pennsylvania, under an hour's drive from the sweet life in Hershey. Growing up, her family annually celebrated an event called "Cookie Baking Day" where everyone gathered to bake over 80-dozen cookies, including one of their specialties: Peanut Blossoms topped with a Hershey's kiss. It therefore stands to reason that her love of desserts is a genetic inheritance and not to be taken lightly. When dieting, she consoles herself with midnight viewings of the Food Network.

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

-- Growing up, I was homeschooled.

-- I just adopted two pug puppies.

-- Though my name is unusual, my mom actually got it out of a baby name book.

-- I have the same initials (and the same middle name) as both my brother and sister: our middle names are my mother's maiden name.

-- I am what my family calls "directionally dysfunctional" with the unfortunate inability to find my way out of a paper bag.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

PhotobucketChef Sadie Spencer has learned that in life, as well as in food, sour balances sweet. After returning to her deliciously charming hometown of Hershey with a young daughter in tow, Sadie has managed to rise from the ashes following the death of her husband, the passing of her mother, and the dissolution of her career as a TV chef. With the help and encouragement of her best friend, Jasper, she opens a restaurant and looks forward to savoring the sweet side of life.

That is, until a handsome Russian entrepreneur arrives in town, apparently intent on opening up his own restaurant in direct competition to hers. Sadie becomes obsessed with honing the one skill she's never had--creating desserts--to keep up with her adversary, and in the process, she finds a love that's simply icing on the cake.

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

The best reason I can give is the one that made me care about my heroine, Sadie: I could identify with her need to be talented at something she simply wasn't good at. I think we all have a time when we have to recognize our limitations and let go of things we can't have in order to focus on what we already have. Of course, learning those lessons can be very difficult, and Sadie's struggle is extremely relatable.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Other than the blatant associations to chocolate?

I've had many readers tell me that reading Love Finds You in Hershey is like watching a movie: you can just "see" the events unfolding before your eyes. It's much like settling in with a romantic comedy flick. And don't forget to have chocolate munchies handy as you read.

Oh, my goodness, if you say chocolate one more time, my defenses will crumble.

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


In light of my response to the previous question, I have to say how much I enjoy answering this one!

PhotobucketFor my heroine Sadie, I would choose either Sandra Bullock




Photobucketor Jennifer Garner. They both seem like the kind of down-to-earth women you could spend an afternoon with--much like Sadie herself.




PhotobucketIn the novel, Jasper's look is described as a "surfer dude gone country", so I always imagined him as a delightful blend of Owen Wilson

Photobucketand Keith Urban.



PhotobucketDmitri, Sadie's competitor, is darkly handsome, and I think Goran Visjnic is the perfect casting choice for him.



What is one thing you've learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I've learned the art of perseverance when things don't come easily. If you love something, if you feel called to it, you don't give up on it. It took me thirteen years to get published, and there were often days when I despaired of ever seeing a book in print. Writing has taught me my own limitations, but it's also stretched my character in ways I hadn't thought possible.

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

I'll go with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Sweet on the outside and a little nutty on the inside. (It helps that they're my favorite Hershey's candy.)

Excuse me for a moment.

"Aaaaaand we're back," she said, licking the chocolate from her fingers.

What is the last book you read that moved you?


The young adult novel: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It has some profound insight into teen suicide and the theory that everything we do matters--the way we touch another's life, for good or for ill, can have a lasting effect we may never fully recognize.

What are you working on now?

I'm researching my next novel--another foodie tale! These days, you can find me staying up late, watching the Food Network and flipping through cookbooks.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

The trailer for Love Finds You in Hershey can be viewed at my website. My website also features lots of extra features from Love Finds You in Hershey: recipes, Sadie's blog, a soundtrack, links, a photo gallery and more!

You can also visit my blog at www.thecerellalife.com or join me on Facebook.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




CBD.com
416647: Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Thanks, Cerella, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cerella has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 2. To enter, leave a comment for Cerella, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Jamie Carie and Mary Ellis below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mary Ellis and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen all the men of courting age beat a steady path to Leah's diner in The Way to a Man's Heart, her parents don't breathe a sigh of relief until she narrows her field of suitors down from half a dozen to one.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Abigail, by Jill Eileen Smith, is:

dancealert@ . . .

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 meet novelist Mary Ellis, author of The Way to a Man's Heart (The Miller Family series--book 3, Harvest House, July 2010).

Tell us a little about yourself, Mary.

PhotobucketI grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community where my parents took me to farmer's markets and woodworking fairs. I loved their peaceful lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong Christian commitment. I met my husband in college where I studied education and we married six days after graduation. Along with our dog and cat, we now live in Medina County, Ohio. We love to take weekend trips to purchase produce, research my books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. I enjoy reading, travel, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before "retiring" to write full-time, I taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years--a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits.

My novel, Sarah's Christmas Miracle, releases August 10th, also from Harvest House.Photobucket

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

-- I once tried rappelling with the Middle School geology club, but once I went over the edge, I realized I was mortified of heights. I had to be hauled back up without a shred of dignity.

-- I love broccoli, lima beans, chocolate, popcorn, and ice cream, but not necessarily in that order.

-- I once modeled in high school, many years and many ice cream bars ago

-- I cannot spell very well--thank goodness for Spell Check

-- I love to cook Cajun and Creole food and would like to live in Louisiana someday.

Lima beans on the same list with chocolate? Now, Mary, that's just messed up.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Way to a Man's Heart.


Leah Miller, a talented young cook, lives her dream come true when she invests in a restored diner catering mostly to locals. Having just moved to the area, Jonah Byler is a dairy farmer with a secret. Once she discovers what he has been hiding, can Leah trust Jonah with her heart? Rumschpringe holds little appeal for the shy girl who has never been the center of attention before. Working at the diner introduces Leah to both Amish and English patrons. When three Amish men vie for her attention, Leah enjoys her new fame and admiration. Can Jonah persuade this quiet young woman to leave her adoring fans and cook only for him?

Her sister, Emma, has her own problems to contend with when her husband's past comes visiting in a short skirt. But it's living without his truck that proves challenging for the newly married, and newly converted to Amish James Davis.

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

Leah falls victim to the sin of vanity, something most women English and Amish struggle with. Although her Christian faith never wavers, making the right choices in daily life isn't any easier for her than for us.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I hope readers will see themselves in my characters, as my characters grow within their business and family relationships and within marriage.

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

PhotobucketRenee Zellweger would make a lovely Leah Miller.


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And Johnny Depp would be outstanding as Jonah Byler. Of course, I think Mr. Depp would be outstanding in just about any role.

He certainly is flexible. And watchable.

What is one thing you've learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?


I learned humility, which for Christians is a good lesson to learn. Almost every writer has plenty of rejection letters along the path to publication to ever keep one's head from ever swelling too big.

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

I am a willow tree. Over the years, I have finally learned to bend with the wind instead of snapping branches all the time.

I like that. 

What is the last book you read that moved you?

We are all the sum total of every book we have read. But Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier moved me to tears by how difficult life was for Americans in bygone eras. We whine and complain about inconsequential things while our lives have never been easier.

I so agree, with both the sentiment and the book choice. Amazing writing, bringing the image and feel right into the reader's mind and heart.  And yes, we quickly slip into our spoiled expectations these days without the reminders we get from books like this.

What are you working on now?

Right now I'm working on a 2-book series set in Wayne County, Ohio. The first, Abigail's New Hope, involves an Amish midwife who runs afoul of the law when a delivery goes horribly wrong.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? I post the first chapters of my books online at my blogsite: www.maryeellis.wordpress.com. I hope readers will drop by and leave a message. Without readers, writers have no reason to sit down in front of their computers each day.

Mary's book is available for online purchase via the following buttons:





CBD.com
927340: The Way to a Man"s Heart, Miller Family Series #3

Thanks, Mary, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mary has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, July 31. To enter, leave a comment for Mary, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Jamie Carie and Gina Holmes below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Perfect Blend and Publisher's Weekly!

A bit of a thrill for me here. None of my books have ever made it into Publisher's Weekly before, but my upcoming release, The Perfect Blend, garnered this review in this week's issue!


The Perfect Blend
Trish Perry, Harvest House, $9.99 paper (256p) ISBN 978-0-7369-3015-4

Perry (Sunset Beach) entertains and gently inspires in this first of the Tea Shop series, a cozy tale about love lost and found.

Steph Vandergrift left all to elope with attorney Rick Manfred and was then left behind before reaching the altar. Beside herself with disbelief, Steph allows a kindly tea shop owner to provide her sustenance for stomach and a bruised soul. Milly Jewell, the twice-widowed shop owner, offers Steph a temporary job at her small restaurant. Having burned her personal bridges with family and friends, Steph thankfully agrees to the arrangement, and soon meets Kendall James, proprietor of the pricey hotel where she was staying before the wedding fell through. Mutually smitten is an understatement as Steph and Kendall immediately connect.

Inevitably, obstacles interfere with an otherwise perfectly spun fairy tale. Perry takes what could be a glib, weightless tale and makes her own blend work. (Sept.)



As soon as I have copies of the book, I'll be giving away some free signed copies. Stay tuned! (Or subscribe at right to be sure to receive notice of the give-away.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jamie Carie and Free Books!

PhotobucketA gripping romantic tale of unrequited love on the western frontier and God's sovereign plan of rescue for a heroine caught in a nightmare.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for The Mailbox, by Marybeth Whalen, is:

weceno@yahoo.com@ . . .

And the winner of the drawing for my novel, Sunset Beach, is:

beautifulmomentsofjoyandpeace@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you both today 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!

Now let's meet novelist Jamie Carie, author of Angel's Den, (B&H Publishing, February 2010).

PhotobucketJamie Carie is an inspirational fiction novelist who believes in the power of "story" to touch hearts and change lives. She is the author of Snow Angel, a USA Book News winner for Best Romance of 2007, a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year award winner and a RITA Awards® finalist. She is the author of several historical romances and her first novella, The Snowflake, out later this year.

Jamie lives in Indiana with her husband, three boys and a giant of a dog named Leo.

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

-- When my boys were little I was a part of the puppet ministry at church (my father-in-law gave us several awesome puppets from the 80's). It was so much fun!

-- I rarely enjoy cooking but don't mind cleaning the house and laundry. I've often told my husband that, in my dream world, I would rather have a cook than a maid.

-- I love sports cars and fast driving with the music cranked--though I try to keep it around the speed limit.

-- One of my greatest fears is public speaking--but I try to practice what Joyce Meyers preaches and "do it afraid" when opportunities arise.

-- I love writing the first few pages of a new novel. That's the closest I will ever get to cliff diving.

I would say fast driving in your sports car is somewhat close to cliff diving, too!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Angel's Den.

PhotobucketWhen Emma Montclaire says "I do" she thinks she is beginning her fairy tale life. But it doesn't take her new husband, the famed most handsome man west of the Appalachians, long to disabuse her of any fantasies. As the abuse escalates and turns physical, Emma prays for a way out.

Cartographer Luke Bowen is delighted when Eric Montclaire hires him for an expedition to follow the trail Lewis and Clark blazed a few years earlier to the Pacific Ocean. But something's not right. Why has Montclaire insisted his wife accompany them? And why does Emma Montclaire seem so . . . haunted?

The challenge to follow God's rescue plan and not their own will be daunting--requiring faith, trust and longsuffering when it looks like God has abandoned them. But the God who made them knows them and all they can endure. His plan of rescue unfolds in a way neither of them could have imagined.

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

I think readers will care about Emma because what happens to her could happen to any of us. She starts out as a young, hopeful innocent who views the world as good and safe. When her husband turns from angel to monster (think - Sleeping With the Enemy starring Julia Roberts) all her illusions are shattered. There are times in most of our lives where the sin and evil of the world reaches in and tries to destroy us. The Bible warns in 1 Peter 5:8 "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (NIV) But God always has a plan of salvation. I hope that the journey that readers go on with Emma will encourage them and build their faith that God can accomplish anything on behalf of those who love Him.

You have an excellent point about why readers will identify with Emma. That battle is universally experienced.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

If you like suspense, unexpected plot twists and a satisfying ending, I think you will enjoy this story.

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


PhotobucketMy protagonist, Emma Montclair: I'm thinking a Scarlett Johansson type. She's so pretty!

She really is. Stunning.



PhotobucketMy hero, Luke Bowen: Maybe a version of Hugh Jackman?

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The antagonist, Eric Montclaire - Tom Cruise, definitely Tom Cruise.


What is one thing you've learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

Being creative every day (every day I sit down to write anyway) is harder than I imagined. When I first started writing I wrote when the mood struck me, which was pretty often, but now I write on a schedule and it has been challenging. I'm still trying to figure out the best schedule for myself.

I hear you. Scheduling is such a left-hemisphere activity, and it's hard to make it fit the right-hemisphere activity of creating! 

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

Wow, great question! I'm going to go with a rainbow. The colors represent the different aspects of me--my created being. But if you split them with a prism they turn back to their original source of white light, which represents my spirit made in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus. I learned a lot about light while writing my fourth book, Love's First Light. I'm amazed at the complexity and beauty of the science of light. We've only scratched the surface of what God has created to point us back to Him. It is astonishing--the wonders He has made!

What a lovely analogy!

What is the last book you read that moved you?


I've been reading Faith to Live by Derek Prince and it is mind blowing for me! He has a way of explaining things so that I feel like light bulbs are going off in my head. Also, I really change. We read all of these books and sometimes catch a truth here and there but for it to stick and change us? That's the Holy Spirit in action. This book is doing that with me.

What are you working on now?

I am currently finishing up my sixth book for B&H Publishing which I have tentatively titled Pirate of my Heart. It's about an American sea captain who enjoys his bachelorhood too much to consider settling down and the English Earl's daughter, Lady Kendra Townsend, who must flee to America on board his ship. Sparks fly as they fight their attraction. Dorian Colburn is determined to remain independent (even from God) and Lady Kendra is determined to always do the right thing. She reminds herself of the fruit of the spirit as needed by silently shouting out the words--love, patience, kindess, etc. to herself in a hopefully humorous way. It is a bit lighter and lots of fun. I've enjoyed being swept away as they discover their love and I hope the reader will too.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter

Here is my favorite review of Angel's Den by Kim Ford at Window to My World blog

Buy Jamie's book online through the following buttons:




CBD.com

448146: Angel"s Den

Books-A-Million
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Also, look for Jamie's books at your local Christian bookstore and most Wal-Mart stores!

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

Check out my interviews with Jill Eileen Smith and Gina Holmes below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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, July 19, 2010

Sunset Beach and Free Books!

On Thursday of this week, I'm going to give away a signed copy of my novel, Sunset Beach. If you're interested, read on!

Today and tomorrow (Tuesday) The Christian Authors Show is broadcasting a recent interview with me. It will stream nonstop today and tomorrow.

If you'd like to enter the drawing for Sunset Beach, click on the link above, listen to the ten-minute interview, and email me with the one-word answer to this question: "In one word, what do you enjoy most about writing?" Do not leave the answer in the comments section below.  

I'll randomly draw a name from those who email me with the correct answer. See you Thursday!

And check out today's interview with Gina Holmes, below!

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.

Gina Holmes and Free Books!

Crossing Oceans is the story of a woman who returns home to face the ghosts of her past and tell the man she left behind that he's about to inherit the daughter he never knew he had.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Highland Blessings, by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, is:

jnkbull@ . . .

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 meet novelist Gina Holmes, author of Crossing Oceans (Tyndale House, May 2010).

In 1998, Gina Holmes began her career penning articles and short stories. In 2005 she founded the award-winning literary blog, Novel Journey. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her husband and children in Southern Virginia.

Gina's sophomore novel, Dry as Rain, should release spring 2011.

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

-- I have five children. (2 natural, 3 by marriage). All sweet, God loving, honor-roll earning, beautiful, talented, and well-rounded.

-- I'm a thrill seeker. (I've bungee jumped and can't wait to sky dive!)

-- I'm a bit of a neat freak.

-- I can be obsessive. Sometimes this is good like when I'm working on a deadline, other times I just drive everyone insane until I get a grip.

-- I have a heart for orphans around the world and someday I hope to become a mega bestseller so I'll have the resources to do big things. (So, maybe #5 should be I'm grandiose?)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Crossing Oceans.

Nothing deepens a stream like a good rain . . . or makes it harder to cross. Jenny Lucas swore she'd never go home again. But life has a way of upending even the best-laid plans. Now, years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter must return to her sleepy North Carolina town to face the ghosts she left behind. They welcome her in the form of her oxygen tank-toting grandmother, her stoic and distant father, and David, Isabella's dad . . . who doesn't yet know he has a daughter.

As Jenny navigates the rough and unknown waters of her new reality, the unforgettable story that unfolds is a testament to the power of love to change everything--to heal old hurts, to bring new beginnings . . . even to overcome the impossible.

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

Jenny has had a lot of tough breaks in her life. Some by her own doing, (like getting pregnant out of wed-lock), and some not of her own doing, (her mother dies and her father curls up inside himself to mourn, leaving Jenny alone to deal with her grief.) We've all made mistakes. We've all sinned. So I think it's easy to see given Jenny's circumstances how she could have fallen and found herself in the mess she does. The fact that she's a young mother who learns that she's dying and has to secure a future for her little girl, makes it a universal theme. Every parent's fear is what will happen to our children if we die. I know it's been one of mine. Will they be raised to know Jesus? Will they fall away from their faith? Could any other woman love them half as much as I do? Will they be okay?

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Even though the subject matter is a heavy one, the book is filled with a lot of well-timed humor. I have a quirky sense of what's funny which seems to appeal to a lot of other quirky people. I'm sure if I had written the same book and wasn't a Christian, it would have been a dark, depressing read, but I'm a Christian. This is a very hopeful book as a result.

What is one thing you've learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

My confidence in myself has risen. I've learned that I have good judgment. I have a pretty good head for business, and I can trust myself over most to know what will and won't work for me. That isn't to say I don't take advice, I do and a lot of it. But I have figured out I really do know what I'm doing most of the time. I grew up second guessing myself on everything and I'm learning to do that less and less.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you.

Man, I feel like I'm in therapy or something.

LOL! Blame it on my Psych background, I guess.

I'm staring at a basket right now so we'll go with that. It can be used for many different purposes, and can be reinvented by how it's adorned countless times and ways, it's sturdy and unpretentious and practical.

What is the last book you read that moved you?

I just finished A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. It made me cry which felt so stupid because I knew what was going to happen, but the characters were so richly drawn and painted so selflessly that it touched my soul. I want to be the kind of person who would do what he had done in that novel. Such a beautiful story.

That novel made me cry, too. What a fantastic character Irving created. 

What are you working on now?

I just finished up my sophomore novel, Dry as Rain and am waiting on feedback from my editor now. I proposed two more novels that I'm very excited about as well, but I have to get the green light first. I guess really right now, I'm on a break which is about driving me crazy.

Yeah, that doesn't sound like a relaxing break for you. In the meantime, however, where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Readers can learn more about me and my editorial services on www.ginaholmes.com and www.noveljourney.blogspot.com

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Thanks so much for having me, Trish!

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

Check out my interviews with Jill Eileen Smith and Marybeth Whalen below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jill Eileen Smith and Free Books!

PhotobucketTurmoil marked her life--what price must she pay for love?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for The Word Unleashed, by Steve Rzasa, is:

estrella8888@ . . .

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 meet novelist Jill Eileen Smith, author of Abigail: A Novel (Revell, February 2010).

PhotobucketJill Eileen Smith is the best-selling author of Michal and Abigail, books one and two in The Wives of King David series. She has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has gathered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family; in person, over the webcam, or hopping a plane to fly across the country. She can often be found reading Christian fiction, testing new recipes, grabbing lunch with friends, or snuggling one or both of her two adorable cats. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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

-- To overcome temporary writer's block, I chew bubble gum or file my nails.

-- My maiden name and married name are the same.

-- I collect refrigerator magnets of places I've been.

-- I was a high-school valedictorian.

-- I love Bible trivia questions.

Wow, not only are you brilliant (valedictorian), you're amazingly efficient (marrying another Smith).

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

PhotobucketWhat price must she pay for true love? Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. When her husband Nabal's foolish pride angers David and his men, she boldly steps forward to save her family--and David, the would-be king, takes notice.

Circumstances offer Abigail a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, and she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. But her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?

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

Abigail is stronger than she realizes, a woman who quickly learns to make the best of her otherwise unhappy marriage to Nabal. When Nabal dies and she has another chance at marriage to a more admirable man, she takes it, but soon discovers her life is not without struggle and heartache. She suffers the plight of a polygamous relationship and is never truly satisfied with having to share her husband's love. In the end, she learns to accept some things that she cannot change, while gaining courage to try to change what she can, and learning by God's grace to tell the difference.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Abigail is a love story based on real-life people. While I have imagined much of what went on in their lives, I have tried to stay true to the nature of the characters as they are portrayed in Scripture. I hope readers will enjoy having the story take them there and let them experience the biblical tale in a fresh way--a way that makes them want to go back and read the real thing.

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

PhotobucketThe characters I "cast" for my Idea Board on Abigail were Debra Messing (Abigail).




PhotobucketAnd Eric Bana (David) as he is seen in Troy.




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With James Callis (Nabal) as
seen in One Night with the King.

That's not necessarily who I would cast in the roles should I ever be given the choice (wishful dreaming!) but they came close to who I envisioned as far as looks are concerned. I haven't seen enough of their acting to know if they'd fit the part.

What is one thing you've learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I am very undeserving of all of the good God has allowed to happen so far with these books. Each surprising blessing humbles me more. I'm in awe of Him!

What is the last book you read that moved you?

The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey. At first I wasn't sure what to think of this book by the title, but once I read it, I loved the way the author reinforces the truth of the gospel, that Jesus did not come to establish a new religion. He came to restore our relationship to His Father. Salvation has always, always been about relationship. Jesus died to restore the relationship that was lost at the Fall in the Garden of Eden that we might know Him and love Him as God always intended it should be.

The most tragic words in all of Scripture are in Matthew 7:21-23 where people stand before Jesus at the judgment and tell him all of the things they did in His name, and He will say to them, "I never knew you." Salvation is not about keeping the rules of a religion or doing the works of a religion. It's about knowing Jesus, being restored to fellowship with God, to know Him and in knowing Him, to love Him.

The End of Religion makes this clear in an insightful way. Loved it!

What are you working on now?

I'm finishing the first draft of Sarai's story, book one in The Wives of the Patriarchs series. In August, I'll be getting galleys on Bathsheba. I can't wait to see what my editor has to say on that one!

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website: www.jilleileensmith.com. I keep a blog there and host monthly interviews of Christian fiction authors.

The series website: www.thewivesofkingdavid.com. Bathsheba's section should be up a few months before the book releases next year--February or March 2011.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/JillEileenSmith

Facebook: Jill Eileen Smith (Author)

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Thanks, Jill, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jill has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, July 24. 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 Jennifer Hudson Taylor and Marybeth Whalen below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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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