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

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

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

Monday, August 30, 2010

Stephen Bly and Free Books!

PhotobucketMaybe you weren't born 100 years too late!

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Dragons of the Valley, by Donita K. Paul, is:

cherierj@ . . .

And Donita is also giving away a signed copy of The Dragon and the Turtle to:

barbjan10@ . . .

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 Stephen Bly, author of Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon (Center Point, June 2010).

PhotobucketStephen Bly has published over 100 books of historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and kids, with more than a million in print. His wife, Janet, also a writer, co-authored 18 books with him. He lives in Winchester, Idaho, at 4,000 ft. elev. on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and pastors Winchester Community Church. He served as mayor of Winchester from 1999-2007. Stephen's hobbies include playing par golf and collecting antique Winchesters. His western novel, The Long Trail Home of the Fortunes of the Black Hills Series, won a Christy Award in 2002.

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

-- I built a false-front town. . .in my yard.

-- I'm a roving editor for Big Show Journal, a magazine for gun collectors.

-- I graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from Fresno State University (California)--(a more worthless degree has never been given).

-- I do not consider the movie Shane to be anywhere near one of the top ten western movies (despite what James Scott Bell and Western Writers of America believe).

-- I've been married to my high school sweetheart for 47 years.

Your comment about Shane made me laugh, because I thought of Jim Bell immediately when you mentioned it, even before you invoked his name. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon.

PhotobucketA 10-year-old boy. Six old cowboys. A '49 Plymouth with open trunk. And a damsel in distress. Here's the fixings for adventure in 1954 Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Little Brother listens to Old West tales and cowboy romps by his granddaddy and pals. Meanwhile, a drama brews in the lobby of the Old Matador Hotel that propels them into one last cowboy stand that includes Little Brother himself.

Told from the boy's point-of-view, years later as an adult, he learned many lessons that rainy summer's day. He gets a graduate degree in cowboy philosophy. The old cowboys range in age from 70s to 90s. The eldest was born during the Civil War. All of them rode the range from the late 1880s until the 1940s. They tell first-hand stories of what the West was truly like. They even knew the infamous Stuart Brannon, "the toughest sober man" who never flinched in a fierce gunfight.

Cowboy For a Rainy Afternoon comes the closest to novel as memoir for me. I was 10-years-old in 1954 and spent many afternoons hearing stories from my grandpa. Maybe it's not that long ago when the West was wild.

Love that summary, Stephen.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?


Because of the diverse array of cowboy characters and western adventures in the mood of nostalgia and sadness for an era that has passed. Great intergenerational bonds.

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

PhotobucketRobert Duvall could definitely play the part of the character named Quirt. Not sure about any of the others.

How important to the story is your book's setting?

The Matador Hotel plays a crucial part in the story. It's downtown and run down, on its last leg of usefulness. . .reflective of the old cowboys who live there.

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

My saddle--because it's heavy, awkward, useless. . .unless strapped to a source of power. Then, it can transport folks to a different place, get them where they need to go.

Oh, that's a nice one.

What is the last book you read that moved you?


The Virginian, by Owen Wister. This story always motivates me to create unforgettable characters.

What are you working on now?

Throw Away Heart. . .a classic western novel set in the 1870s on a train going west. . .from Omaha to Sacramento.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Websites: www.BlyBooks.com, www.OneStepOverTheBorder.com, and www.tapaderaswinchesters.com

Blog: www.BlyBooks.blogspot.com


Thanks, Stephen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Stephen has offered to give a copy of his novel to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 6. To enter, leave a comment for Stephen, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Jane Kirkpatrick and Erin Rainwater, below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books. And see how to win one of five copies of my next release, The Perfect Blend, HERE.

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, August 28, 2010

Erin Rainwater and Free Books!

PhotobucketA disfigured veteran. A ruined nurse. A tormented child. A kept woman. Strangers whose paths cross, bringing redemption into each other's lives in ways none of them could have predicted.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Seaside Romance, featuring Beacon of Love, by Darlene Franklin, is:

peggyfrezon@ . . .

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 Erin Rainwater, author of Refining Fires (Torn Veil Books, July 2010).

Tell us about yourself, Erin.

PhotobucketI am a Pennsylvania native, a nurse, a child of God, a wife, mother and grandmother, and a writer of historical fiction--and that's in chronological order, not order of importance. I self-published two historical love stories in 2006, both of which have received rave reviews. The Arrow That Flieth By Day, whose title is taken from Psalm 91, is set in 1860s Colorado. True Colors, my Civil War set novel, was awarded two first-place awards in historical fiction in 2009. Both novels have been touted as book club favorites. I'm a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Military Writers Society of America. I live in Colorado with my husband of 36 years.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-- I'm 100% Irish (although if you've visited my web site you might already know that).

-- For our first date, my husband took me to the shooting range.

-- I lived in Hawaii for five years.

-- I love the dry climate of Colorado because my hair frizzes wildly where I grew up back East. 

-- I made the dean's list for the very first time in my life during my very last semester in college. Better late than never, I always say.

You bet! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Refining Fires.

PhotobucketIt's unique with its three-stories-in-one format. First, a nurse with a questionable reputation seeks work in the home of a bitter, disfigured Korean War veteran. But as Clare ministers to Peter's body, his soul develops a raw yearning for the kind of love he has never experienced. Theirs is quite a romance, but Refining Fire is only the beginning of their love story.

You'll then be swept to a remote mountain cabin and introduced to Susannah, the bravest nine-year-old girl you'll ever meet. She must trek down a mountainside alone to save her mother's life, and faces harder times yet to come. The love that Peter and Clare share has an immense impact on this extraordinary child who is filled with Blind Courage.

Lastly, you'll meet a Kept Woman bent on self-destruction until a child and an unlikely couple teach her about Who has been keeping her all along. Refining Fires goes beyond simple romance, showing how God's refining hand weaves lives together to bring about their redemption.

The book is published by Torn Veil Books, a new Christian publisher in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I'm happy to be one of their first signed authors, and Refining Fires is one of their premier books. One of the great things about them is they publish each book in both print and eBook formats to satisfy readers in both camps.

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

Despite the fact that in your initial meeting with Peter you'll find him brash and judgmental, you'll just know there's depth to him and will want to stick around and explore those depths. He holds a certain charm that often comes out in the form of his debating internal thoughts, and once his sense of humor rises to the surface, you'll be snagged for good. You'll mourn his losses, cheer him on in his fearful attempts to move his life forward, and feel his heartsickness when he first discovers what it is to love sacrificially.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It's uniqueness, for one. The 3-in-1 format almost comes off as three short stories, but hold on, and you'll see how they all combine into one. Lovers of romance will enjoy the pureness of Peter and Clare's love story. It's not formulaic, no love at first sight, nothing predictable about it (other than, of course, it has a happy ending). The little girl, Susannah, is adorable and will grip your heart from the get-go. Even the kept woman will surprise you in how quickly you come to root for her.

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

PhotobucketI'd love to see Keri Russell as Clare.



PhotobucketMaybe Scarlett Johannson as the kept woman.



PhotobucketI'm not sure what young star could be Susannah, but if Abigail Breslin was about four years younger she'd be perfect.


As for Peter, hmmm.


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

That I'm capable of growing thick skin. I started out very thin-skinned, and took every rejection and delay to heart. That can be very painful. Then I made the conscious decision to choose how to react. It had a lot to do with learning to trust God fully and not just with the big stuff. Life is so much less stressful this way.

What is the last book you read that moved you?

Rekindled by Tamera Alexander. That hero had something in common with Peter Cochran in Refining Fires, although the plot is totally different. I loved the overcoming nature of her hero, and mine.

What are you working on now?

I'm going to be collaborating this summer with a theatrical producer who is translating a scene from my Civil War love story onto the stage. As a Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal winner last year, True Colors earned a spotlight moment at their annual conference in Pittsburgh in September. The scene, complete with period costumes and re-enactors, will be one of the highlights of opening night at the conference.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

At my web site, www.erinrainwater.com. No blogspots for me. I can barely keep up with what I have.

The book is available for online purchase via the following buttons:



Thanks, Erin, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Erin has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, September 4. To enter, leave a comment for Erin, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Jane Kirkpatrick and Donita K. Paul, below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books. And see how to win one of five copies of my next release, The Perfect Blend, HERE.

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, August 26, 2010

Jane Kirkpatrick and Free Books!

PhotobucketA turn of the century woman photographer (the author's grandmother!) struggles to leave a love affair behind and develop her talent as an independent businesswoman in a man's world in the Midwest.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Thicker Than Blood, by C.J. Darlington, is:

jssmcg@ . . .

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 Jane Kirkpatrick, author of An Absence so Great (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group/Random House, March 2010).

PhotobucketJane is the award-winning and best-selling author of 3 nonfiction and 16 historical novels based on the lives of actual historical people. She's a former mental health director, therapist, rancher in Oregon and a Wisconsin native who listened to that writing voice later in life. Her first book, a memoir called Homestead was released the day before her 45th birthday. Her titles have won the WILLA and Wrangler awards and been finalists for the Christy, WILLA, Oregon Book Award, Reader's Choice, Spur and others. She speaks internationally about the power of story in our lives and is a frequent retreat leader.

Jane lives with her husband of 34 years, Jerry, on their remote ranch in Oregon where she spoils two dogs and a goat and sometimes her husband.

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

-- I have a private pilot's license.

-- I don't have a belly button (don't ask!).

-- I play the piano, a little.

-- I can kick a football over the power lines.

-- For seventeen years I worked in early childhood education on an Indian Reservation in Oregon helping families of children with disabilities.

I just knew you were going to have a few unusual items, Jane.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of An Absence so Great.


PhotobucketIn 1910, Jessie Gaebele, an eighteen year old German American woman discovers her passion for photography. She knows she has talent but talent is a currency and she wants to invest it well. In book one, she's already made some poor "investments" becoming emotionally attracted to her very-married employer. Now, she wants to set her own course as an independent woman during a time when women weren't even allowed to take photographic courses because of the danger of chemicals and the flash-light exposures. Will she overcome the perils of emotional liaisons for the passion of using a gift wisely and fully? Only time will tell.

The book is the second and final in a duet about my grandmother's life. The first is A Flickering Light named to Library Journal's Best Books of 2009 list.

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

She's compassionate and generous (her younger brother has a speech impediment and she sets aside some of her earnings to help his treatment and other family needs). She's adventuresome. (She traveled throughout the then northwest - Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, etc -- to operate studios of widows whose husbands had died or women whose husbands were sick from mercury poisoning from exposure to the developing chemicals). Jessie makes mistakes and has to live with the consequences. She stands up for herself in a business world where women were marginalized and she succeeds! She struggles to make her faith real in her life and not just a Sunday proposition.

Why will readers enjoy your novel? 

They tell me they enjoy it for the images my words create as well as some of the actual glass plate images that were reproduced from my grandmother's collection. They also tell me that it's a book that remind us that we all make mistakes, we all falter and fail and it is a mark of our character how we allow family, friends and faith to sustain us and help us find forgiveness for our past errors.

One reader told me she'd read the book twice and it was helping her come to terms with an absence in her life she'd let define that past ten years and how it gave her a way to move forward. Those who'd like to know more about early photography will also enjoy the books and hopefully, they will empathize with the characters, find their voices of interest, and will remember the story after the final page is finished.

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

PhotobucketTaylor Swift would be the lead. Jessie was petite, kind, gentle and a woman of faith while driven with her talent and I think Taylor Swift is too! Plus, isn't she advertising for a camera company these days?


PhotobucketAs for Mrs. Bauer...I think Winona Judd could play her well. Mrs, Bauer was beautiful and had emotional problems but needs to be a sympathetic character.



PhotobucketAnd Mr. Bauer? Hmmm. Maybe Richard Gere. Mr. Bauer was 26 years older than Jessie so it'll be a "mature" actor playing that part of her employer who has to begin to tell himself the truth about his own life. He wasn't just mentoring a young woman; he was falling in love and struggling with his own moral code so a blend of self-assurance, romantic inclination and vulnerability could be captured by Richard Gere.

How important to the story is your book's setting?

Setting is critical for the reader as they need to know where they are in each scene, whose eyes they're seeing through and what the scene is about. But more, when I write, I'm weaving four threads through the plot and the character's desire: landscape, relationship, spirituality and work.

Landscape is one of the big features as I think where we live says much about who we are. Author Barry Lopez says some of us are not finished at the skin...we send out luminous fibers into the soil that surrounds us and leaving it is like an amputation. Whether it's the banks of the Mississippi River where much of this story is set or the wide open prairie of North Dakota, where the other part of the book is set, those landscapes affected Jessie, challenged her but also gave her places to pause, consider and seek faithful guidance in her life.

I also want the reader to experience those landscapes. I want the reader to feel the wind off Lake Winona, smell the lilacs in the spring, even taste the dirt swirling around in a storm so they'll feel closer to the character and the story will take them into the present moment while still keeping them engaged in another century. Setting helps make that happen in the sense of scene structure but also in overall story impact so I'd say it's very important.

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

A picture frame in a heart shape. What we have in common is that the frame sets borders and boundaries which I have to do in my stories (and that my characters have to deal with when they face challenges). It could be brass or wood or any kind of material but it defines and in some ways, as a writer, I think that's what I'm doing, helping define what a story is about and what it might have to say to a contemporary reader. The heart represents a desire I have to frame my stories and my life with love.

Lovely, Jane.

What is the last book you read that moved you?  


Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner. It won't be out until September but I found myself staying up late to find out what would happen; crying (I rarely do that when either reading or writing!) and appreciating the great skill of the author to take me into a time and places I've never been and make me feel at home there. It was also a book that made me close it at times to just think about a scene I'd read and the incredible importance of choice in our lives and how easily we can allow others to make choices for us and when we do, we may well miss the life God intended for us.

What are you working on now?

The Daughter's Walk a story based on the fact of a mother and daughter, who in 1896, take a wager to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City. If they were successful, they'd earn $10,000, enough to save the family farm. What intrigued me was that in a book written about the walk (which had its own triumphs and disasters) a footnote said that after they got back from the walk, Clara, the daughter, changed her name and separated herself from the family for 20 years. I wanted to know what happened so I've been researching the daughter and this book will tell her side of the story about being in exile, really, and how to find our way back home.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website where I have a blog called Words of Encouragement is www.jkbooks.com. I also blog at www.janekirkpatrick.blogspot.com at a site called Harvests of Starvation Lane where there's a photograph of our remote ranch on Starvation Lane. And my dog has a blog too. www.bodaciousbothedog.blogspot.com. He has more followers than I do. And visit me on my Facebook fan page The Author Jane Kirkpatrick. I also do a monthly newsletter called Story Sparks. People can sign up for it on my website www.jkbooks.com. I'd love that!

The book is available for online purchase through the following buttons:




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569816: An Absence So Great, Portraits of the Heart Series #2


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

Check out my interviews with Donita K. Paul and Darlene Franklin, below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books. And see how to win one of five copies of my next release, The Perfect Blend, HERE.

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, August 24, 2010

Cindy Woodsmall and Free Books!

PhotobucketHeadstrong schoolteacher Lena Kauffman finds herself at the center of controversy in her Amish community when a young man in her classroom refuses to submit to her authority.

On occasion I feature a new release, apart from my interviews with authors. Readers, please note: 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 Cindy Woodsmall's novel, The Bridge of Peace (Waterbrook Press, August 2010).

A little about Cindy:

PhotobucketCindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She’s coauthor of an upcoming spring release, Plain Wisdom, which is a nonfiction book of touching and humorous life events written with an Old Order Amish friend.

About the book:

PhotobucketHeadstrong schoolteacher Lena Kauffman finds herself at the center of controversy in her Amish community when a young man in her classroom refuses to submit to her authority. As her friends and family rally around her, especially longtime friend Grey Graber, things go from bad to worse when Grey’s wife, Elsie, becomes an accidental target in trouble meant for Lena. As the present unravels around them, each must find their own way through their private pain in order to find peace and a brighter future.

The Bridge of Peace is the second novel in the Ada’s House series and it returns to Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and the beloved characters from The Hope of Refuge. The Hope of Refuge--Christy finalist, Inspirational Readers Choice Contest finalist, and a Carol Award finalist.

To read the first chapter of The Bridge of Peace, go to www.cindywoodsmall.com/books/bridge-of-peace_excerpt.php

The book is available for purchase online via the following buttons:



CBD.com
073970: The Bridge of Peace, Ada"s House Series #2

Leave a comment for Cindy, below, to be added an additional time to the drawing on Thursday, September 2. 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, August 23, 2010

Donita K. Paul and Free Books!

PhotobucketShangri-La and Brigadoon and Through the Looking Glass(Lewis Carroll) use a stock fantasy device of the bottle city. In the land of Chiril, an equally fascinating land within a land captures two tumanhovers and offers them the challenge of a life time.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Wildflowers of Terezin, by Robert Elmer, is:

strgth4yu@ . . .

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 with novelist Donita K. Paul, author of Dragons of the Valley (Waterbrook Press, September 2010).Photobucket


We'll also take a peek at two more of Donita's releases: 

The Dragon and the Turtle (Waterbrook Press, August 2010)-- A picture book by Donita and Evangeline Denmark. Two new friends try to find something precious and find three precious things: home, friendship, and cookies.Photobucket

and Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball (Waterbrook Press, October 2010).Photobucket-- In a contemporary fairytale, matchmaking wizards bring together two people who didn't see how well they suited each other.


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

-- I don't like macaroni and cheese.

-- I love ballpark pickles, the bigger, the better.

-- I don't get shoe shopping as a self-fulfilling pleasure activity.

-- I would love to own a library, a writers' retreat ranch, and a heated swimming pool.

-- I've wanted to write a children's picture book since I was a kid.

How wonderful to see that last one come to fruition, Donita!

Please tell us a bit more about the plots of these three books.


PhotobucketDragons of the Valley: To restore their country, Tipper, Bealomondore, and their party must hide the Schope's statues and find a way to defeat the invading army. Artistic Bealomondore is called to wield his sword as powerfully as a paintbrush. And an enigmatic enemy roams the countryside with a diabolic, ruthless goal.



PhotobucketThe Dragon and the Turtle: Padraig the dragon befriends Roger the turtle, and the two learn about each other and the true meaning of friendship.




PhotobucketTwo Tickets to the Christmas Ball: Simon and Cora work in the same office but have ignored each other. Matchmaking wizards take the two in hand and help them heal from past hurts and open their hearts for new love.



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

DOTV: Bealomondore is between a rock and a hard place. A spot many readers will identify with.
Tipper has more than she can handle. Also a spot many readers will identify with.

TDATT: Time and again, the search for home just falls short of success. An experience many parents are familiar with. For the children, the characters discover so much about each other and cement a great friendship.

TTTTCB: Readers will recognize that our past experiences impact present circumstance, but God can use all this to make life all the more abundant.

Why will readers enjoy your novels?

All three novel weave humor and spiritual truths into palatable tales, lightening the heart and bestowing encouragement to the faithful.

How important to the story is your book's setting?

Crucial.

In fantasy, world building constitutes the development of another character. This is a very entertaining aspect of the work for both the author, and if done well, the reader. In Two Tickets, Sage Street appears in the crowded city when the wizards have need of it. The whole line of shops is unique and adds spice to the contemporary scene.

What is the last book you read that moved you?

Charles Dicken's Martin Chuzzlewit. It reminded me of the pomposity a Christian can fall into when humility is shoved aside.

What are you working on now?

Dragons of the Watch, the third and last of the Chiril Chronicles.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

www.donitakpaul.com
www.dragonandturtle.com

Thanks, Donita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donita has offered to give a copy of both Dragons of the Valley and The Dragon and the Turtle to the winners of two drawings on Monday, August 30. To enter, leave a comment for Donita, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with C.J. Darlington and Darlene Franklin, below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books. And see how to win one of five copies of my next release, The Perfect Blend, HERE.

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, August 21, 2010

Darlene Franklin and Free Books!

PhotobucketCoastal communities of old experience a test of faith when three woman face fear, jealousy, and scorn as they ride the ride of romance.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Mission of Hope, by Allie Pleiter, is:

esterried@ . . .

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 Darlene Franklin, author of Beacon of Love, a novel featured in Seaside Romance (three historical romances set in Rhode Island) (Barbour Publishing, August 2010).

PhotobucketAward-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country--Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son's family; her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory.

Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person.

Seaside Romance is Darlene's tenth title with Barbour Publishing. Prodigal Patriot, a historical romance set during the American Revolution, is currently available from Heartsong Presents.

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

-- I was born in New Hampshire.

-- Both of my children were born in Arkansas, although I only lived there for 8 months.

-- I played in Maine's all state band for two years.

-- I played Santa Claus in a junior high musical.

-- I love foreign languages.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Beacon of Love.

PhotobucketJudith Morrison lives at the lighthouse her father operates on Capernaum Island. When her friend Sam Hathaway returns, will his fears of the sea keep him from reaching her in a hurricane?

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

Both Sam and Judith have very humanizing problems. Sam is terrified of the ocean which killed his father, yet he lives on an island. Judith grew up without a mother, and can't cook the simplest problems. Yet together they overcome the greatest adversity--keeping the lighthouse going during a hurricane.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It's an adventure story, it's a story about the sea, my characters have to struggle against terrifying odds.

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

Photobucket
If she can act as well as she can dance, I would choose Lauren from this season's So You Think You Can Dance to play Judith.


Photobucket Sam. Hmm. Maybe a younger version of Josh Holloway, with his ability to portray vulnerability and toughness at the same time.


How important to the story is your book's setting?

The setting is essential to the story. The rocky coast demands a lighthouse for the safety of sailors at sea, and the lighthouse is central to the romance.

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

I could say couch potato, but that would indicate I have poor self-esteem. Hmm. I'm like a video camera. I say little but watch everything.

I like that, Darlene! 

What is the last book you read that moved you?

I could have cried for the sheer beauty of Stealing Home by Allison Pittman. I want to write like her when I grow up.

What are you working on now?

I am working on developing a longer book on spec. Soon I'll be diving into Plainsong, the sequel to my first book (Romanian Rhapsody).

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

They can find me at darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com. I'm also a regular contributor at thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com.

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Thanks, Darlene, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Darlene has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, August 28. To enter, leave a comment for Darlene, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with C.J. Darlington and Robert Elmer, below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books. And see how to win one of five copies of my next release, The Perfect Blend, HERE.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

C.J. Darlington and Free Books!

PhotobucketEstranged for fifteen years, will sisters May and Christy Williams discover that some hurts can't be healed or is there a tie that's thicker than blood?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for My Boyfriends' Dogs, by Dandi Mackall, is:

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Now let's meet novelist C.J. Darlington, author of Thicker than Blood (Tyndale House, January 2010).

PhotobucketC.J. Darlington's first novel Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. Her second novel Bound by Guilt will release in February 2011. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the ones described in her novels before cofounding her own online bookstore.

After a homeschool education, she also cofounded the Christian entertainment Web site www.TitleTrakk.com. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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

-- I'm an identical twin.

-- I have been to 44 of the U.S. States (still need to visit Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, and Vermont).

-- I had my first short story accepted for publication when I was 18, and I bought a watch I still wear with my very first earnings.

-- I was homeschooled for all my schooling years. I am a licensed ham radio operator.

Oh, I love the sentiment behind the watch, C.J.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Thicker than Blood.

PhotobucketChristy Williams finally has her life on track. She's putting her painful past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn't commit.

With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents' untimely deaths. Soon, Christy's fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God.

Could May's Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she's searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it's too late?

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

Christy Williams could be any of us. She's incredibly flawed and makes bad decisions. She wants to do right, but she doesn't know how to sometimes. She yearns for love and forgiveness, like all of us, but doesn't feel she deserves it.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

One of the biggest comments I get about this book is people's fascination with Christy's profession as a used and rare book dealer. It's been fun to share some of the tidbits about books and book collecting I've learned over the years as an antiquarian book dealer myself. What makes a book truly rare? Often the answer is surprising. Did you know that a book's dust jacket can often be worth more than the book itself?

This book shares the story of a woman who's searching. Through her journey I share the gospel, but I really tried not to be preachy about it. I think that's refreshing to people.

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

PhotobucketI've always maintained that actress Tracey Gold reminds me a little of Christy. Especially that mug shot photo that's circulating the internet. Since Christy's arrested for a DUI in the first scene of Thicker than Blood, it's kinda appropriate (sorry, Tracey!).

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Here, I posted the mug shot and another shot of a more "together" gal. I assume Christy gets there at some point.

And how about her younger sister?


May's another story. If someone were to play her in a movie, I think I'd want it to be an unknown actress. Just a normal young woman who wasn't model-thin and could actually physically do some of the things May does on the ranch.

How important to the story is your book's setting?

Setting is huge in Thicker than Blood. And there are actually two settings. The first is the used and rare bookstore Dawson's Book Barn. This is where Christy works. A first edition of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls plays a key part in the final outcome of the story.

The second setting is May's Triple Cross ranch. This is her life, and she's facing the fact that she might lose everything she's ever worked for. It's a rough existence being a rancher. But she's surrounded by her beloved horses, cattle and mountains. It's ultimately this setting that decides Christy's fate.

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

Let's see . . . I'm staring at an empty coffee cup right now. Perhaps that could represent me. I can feel full of ideas and inspiration some days . . . then the next I feel empty. All it takes is pouring life back into myself (sometimes in the form of doing something completely unrelated to writing) to fill up my well.

Oh, those empty coffee cup days . . . not fun.

What is the last book you read that moved you?


When I read the last chapter of a book called Considering the Horse by Mark Rashid it had me in tears at the end. He was talking about the death of a horse (who had lived a long full life), and it just got me. I'm a sucker for animals, and I was choked up for several minutes.

What are you working on now?

I just finished the edits for my second novel Bound by Guilt which is set to release from Tyndale House in February 2011. I'm really, really excited about this book. It's a sequel to my first in that some of the main characters from Thicker become minor characters in Bound. And it features an even rarer book---a first edition of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'm also about 40K into the rough draft of my third novel.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website has all the details! www.cjdarlington.com

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

Check out my interviews with Allie Pleiter and Robert Elmer, below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books. And see how to win one of five copies of my next release, The Perfect Blend, HERE.

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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