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

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

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

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Beth Goddard and Free Books!

PhotobucketAmber McKinsey is accepted as a summer intern for the Harrington museum, but the reality is not the dream, and her own secrets threaten to undo her.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for The Healer's Apprentice, by Melanie Dickerson, is:

dianemestrella@ . . .

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 Beth Goddard, author of Exposing Amber (Heartsong Presents, August 2010).

PhotobucketElizabeth Goddard is a 7th generation Texan who lives in East Texas with her husband and four children. She and her family recently spent five years in Oregon, which serves as the setting for several of her novels, but in 2010 they returned to Texas to live near family again.

Elizabeth has been an avid reader since an early age and longed to write her own novels one day. In 2007, she realized her dream when her first novel, Seasons of Love, was released with Heartsong Presents, an imprint of Barbour Publishing. Then in 2009, Cranberry Hearts, a three-in-one collection featuring Seasons of Love, and Christmas Homecoming, a four-in-one novella collection featuring her novella O, Christmas Tree, were both released with Barbour Publishing. In 2010, Elizabeth has three novels releasing with Heartsong Presents, Disarming Andi, Exposing Amber, and Praying for Rayne. In addition, Riverwalk Christmas, a four-in-one novella collection, featuring Riverside Serenade, releases in September.

Her first trade length stand alone novel, The Camera Never Lies, a romantic mystery, releases in December 2010.

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

-- I traveled to 48 states, Canada and the Bahamas when I was in the corporate world, selling high level software.

-- My degree is in computer science.

-- My favorite place to vacation is Yellowstone National Park.

-- I run several miles every week and I'm still overweight.

-- I love science fiction and fantasy.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Exposing Amber. 

PhotobucketA historian should love the past . . . unless it's his own.

Brandon Selman is struggling to reestablish his position and reputation as a competent museum director. Hampered by scandal from his last post, he is determined to stay on the straight and narrow. He especially will not allow himself to be taken in by any innocent-looking college student interns.

Amber McKinsey is excited to learn she's been accepted as a summer intern for the Harrington museum. Working under Dr. Selman is just the opportunity she needs to determine the direction her future studies should take. But the reality is not the dream, and her own secrets threaten to undo her.

Then, a valuable artifact disappears and Amber is the likely suspect. How can Amber leave the shadows of the past behind when they follow her so closely? And could Brandon have misjudged a woman so badly again? Will either of them learn to trust or forgive before it's too late?

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

I've already had a reader comment that she was struggling, looking for direction in her life. Though my heroine is somewhat unsure of herself at the beginning of the story, I think we all have times when we're not sure what we're doing or where we're going, so from that standpoint, readers will be able to relate.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It's set in a museum with a dinosaur dig--something a little different.

Yes! One would think your degree was in archeology, not computer science!

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


PhotobucketUnlike a lot of authors I know, I don't necessarily think about who could play my characters. I think Amanda Seyfried of Letters to Juliet would work for Amber.

PhotobucketAnd possibly Gerard Butler for Dr. Selman.

Share one hard, cold fact about writing with my readers. And then share one warm, fuzzy comment about writing with them. 

It's one of the most difficult careers there is and takes the longest to see the fruit of your labor and pays the least.

There's nothing better than typing the end on a manuscript--it's an incredible feeling of accomplishment.

Both excellent, universal comments, Beth! (Except for the few who hit the big time, of course.)

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

I've been told I'm a rock--unmoved by storms, I'm anchored in a safe place.

What is the last book you read that moved you? 

It's been some time since I read Vanish by Tom Pawlik, but I remember that it stayed with me for a few weeks after reading that and the sequel, Valley of the Shadow. The books remind me of the thin veil in place between the physical and the spiritual worlds and that helps to remember what's important.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on two deadlines--Under the Redwood Tree is for Heartsong, and Freezing Point is a romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

www.ElizabethGoddard.com

Thanks, Beth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Beth has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 7. To enter, leave a comment for Beth, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interview with Kerry Nietz below, and leave a comment under his interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of his book.

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.

DeAnna Dodson and Free Books!

PhotobucketThe more Annie searches, the more she begins to wonder if something has happened to Susan. Something bad.

This week let's take a look at DeAnna Dodson's latest novel, Letters in the Attic (Annie's Attic, 2010).

About Letters in the Attic:

Up in her grandmother's attic in Stony Point, Maine, Annie Dawson finds a stack of old letters from her childhood friend Susan Morris. Annie remembers Susan fondly and would like to get back in touch, but nobody seems to know what's become of her.

Her friends at The Hook and Needle Club aren't much help either. All they remember is that Susan left town more than twenty years ago to marry a very wealthy man, but none of them is quite sure who he was. And Annie can find no record of any marriage.

The more Annie searches, the more she begins to wonder if something has happened to Susan. Something bad.

And here's a little about DeAnna Julie Dodson:

PhotobucketDeAnna Julie Dodson is the author of In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered, a trilogy of medieval romances, and Letters in the Attic, a contemporary mystery in the Annie's Attic series. She is currently working on The Drew Farthering Mysteries, a new series of books set in 1930s England. A graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, she currently lives in North Texas with four spoiled cats and, when not writing, enjoys quilting, cross stitch and NHL hockey.

Learn more about DeAnna at www.deannajuliedodson.com and www.deannajuliedodson.com/blog

Purchase Letters in the Attic: www.anniesmysteries.com

The book is also available for online purchase via the following Amazon button:

Leave a comment for DeAnna, below, to be included in a drawing for a signed copy of Letters in the Attic on Thursday, October 7. Leave your email address (in case you win) like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interview with Kerry Nietz below, and leave a comment under his interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of his book.

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, September 27, 2010

Kerry Nietz and Free Books!

PhotobucketHe crossed the stars to follow a song . . . so where's the singer?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Babes with a Beatitude, by Linda Kozar, is:

unpaintedportrait@ . . .

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 Kerry Nietz, author of The Superlative Stream (Marcher Lord Press, April 2010).

PhotobucketKerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits--first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft. He is a husband and a father, a technophile and a movie buff. He has three published books: a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software and two novels from the DarkTrench Saga: A Star Curiously Singing and The Superlative Stream.

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

-- I have three children under six. So yeah, never a dull moment.

-- I've seen every planet in the solar system through a telescope, including Pluto.

-- I've scuba-dived to over a hundred feet.

-- I used to be the captain of a whirlyball team.

-- My first novel, A Star Curiously Singing, was a finalist in this year's Indie Book Awards in both the Religious Fiction and Science Fiction categories. Two circles that rarely connect.

That's nice that you still credit poor Pluto. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Superlative Stream.

PhotobucketA Star Curiously Singing is a speculative Christian novel with a decidedly cyberpunk feel. It takes place in a future hundreds of years from now, where much of the world is living under sharia (meaning Islamic) law. It is dualistic society, where average people live on the streets in near-squalor and the powerful ride above them in cable-car-like conveyances. This latter group is shrouded in high tech, to the point of needing specialized debuggers to handle their machines. That's where my protagonist comes in. Sandfly is a debugger who's summoned to solve the mystery of why a bot malfunctioned. The unusual circumstance? The bot has been to space. Deep space. Something about the trip made it malfunction.


PhotobucketThe Superlative Stream is the second book in the DarkTrench Saga series. At the end of A Star Curiously Singing, a couple of the characters were headed off into deep space, so this book follows their story. There was evidence to suggest that some supernatural force other than what the characters have known is out there . . . waiting. So, ultimately the quest of The Superlative Stream is to find the True God of the heavens. I think it is a very unique and enjoyable story, with a lot of unexpected twists. I hope it surprises people.

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

Well, to start with, Sandfly is a slave. He and his kind, called "debuggers," are implanted at ten years of age with a device that connects them to the future version of the Internet, and also to the machines they work with. The downside of that implant is that it also controls Sandfly's behavior through painful shocks, keeping him within the rules of his society. He can also be remotely shocked by his master--for those instances when the internal "stops" miss something.

In his thoughts, though, Sandfly is frequently rebellious, and at the very least sarcastic. Much about his society bothers him, plaguing his dreams. Yet because of the implant, he isn't free to do a lot about it. So he's not just an unexpected hero, he's a forbidden hero. An unusual and unique character, I think.

I love the conflict of his character. Why will readers enjoy your novel?

"Cool" should be the subtitle of these books. They have robots, spaceships, bald implanted debuggers, future societies, the struggle for freedom, high-tech mysteries, and a bit of cyber romance. In addition they explore contemporary issues in an interesting and unique way.

Really there is something for everyone. A Star Curiously Singing has thirty positive reviews on Amazon, and every one of them has a distinct reason for why they liked it.

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

This is tough for me, because my book would be challenging for Hollywood on so many levels. Though my scenes are certainly cinematic events in my head (and hopefully on the page) I never think of who could play my characters. I just can't imagine that. (I've tried in other interviews, but was never happy with my answers.) My book is just too cerebral and politically incorrect for Hollywood.

Share one hard, cold fact about writing with my readers. And then share one warm, fuzzy comment about writing with them.

Cold hard fact: Very few books sell enough to earn back what it costs to produce them.

Warm fuzzy comment: The first time someone says they love your book will be enough. You'll be grateful that at least that copy sold.

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

Maybe a house plant. Doesn't require much attention, yet has a lot going on under the surface. Plus in often unrecognized ways, a house plant is doing something beneficial for those around it--providing oxygen, shade and warmth. That's something to aspire to anyway, isn't it?

Or at least to respire to, har har. Seriously, though, I especially like your choice for how it contrasts with the techno-cyber environments of your fictional worlds. Nicely rounded.

What is the last book you read that moved you?

That's a hard question, because I've read so many great books over the last year and I'm sure each one of them moved me in some way. One that immediately comes to mind is Tosca Lee's Havah. I was surprised by the vividness--and plausibility--of the life of Eve that Tosca describes there. The book really paints a picture for how the early life of man might have been.

Plus, since Havah is essentially a series of tragedies--and anyone who's read the Bible knows what those tragedies are--there were times when I didn't want to pick it up to read again, because I knew the sadness that was coming. I don't remember too many books having that effect on me: it is so good; I don't want to keep reading.

Such an excellent point about the book. I loved it and dreaded it at the same time, yes. Tosca's a gifted writer.

What are you working on now?


Book three of the DarkTrench Saga. I'm about 35,000 words into it, and so far, it has been a lot of fun. I hope it will be lots of fun for the reader, as well.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website is www.kerrynietz.com. I also have a Facebook author page that I'm fairly active on
My books are available directly from the publisher at MarcherLordPress.com and online via the following buttons:




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

Check out my interview with Melanie Dickerson below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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, September 23, 2010

Melanie Dickerson and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen the healer's apprentice falls for the duke's son, a long-kept secret will either bring them together . . . or destroy them both.

Today we're visiting with novelist Melanie Dickerson, author of The Healer's Apprentice (Zondervan, September 2010).

PhotobucketMelanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany and the Eastern European country of Ukraine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

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

-- I grew up in McKenzie, Alabama, 30 miles from Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville.

-- I love chocolate.

-- The town in The Healer's Apprentice is modeled after Hildesheim, Germany, where I spent six weeks the summer of 1992. You can see the medieval town square HERE, just the way it is in the book.

-- I did a term paper in college on chivalry and knights.

-- I dream about tornadoes a lot.

I sometimes dream about tornadoes, too, and I think it's when I'm stressed. And every time, within the dream, I think, "Man, I've had all of those tornado dreams in the past, and now it's really happening to me." You'd think I'd learn, huh?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel.


PhotobucketWhen Destiny Sleeps, It Can Only Be Awakened By True Love's Kiss.

In this historical romance based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Rose's job is to care for the sick and injured in Hagenheim Castle. But she gets sick at the sight of blood and is more suited to making up stories than sewing up wounds. She is determined to overcome her weakness and prove herself a competent healer, or she faces marrying a disgusting old merchant her mother has picked out for her.

With two noble-born brothers vying for her affections, Rose learns that the people of Hagenheim are not always who they seem.

I love this story premise!

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


Rose is rather incompetent, but determined. I think readers will want her to succeed because she's caring, and because she's so desperate to escape her circumstances at home.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

The Healer's Apprentice is very romantic and not your average, run-of-the-mill romance novel. When I wrote it, I just wanted to tell the most satisfying, exciting story I could. The plot fell into place so well, even with all the twists and surprises. I think the reader will enjoy the unusual setting--a 14th century castle and walled city in what is modern-day Germany--and the exciting pace, as well as the twists and turns of the plot.

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

PhotobucketThis is fun! I even picked out pictures! Lord Hamlin would be Jake Gyllenhaal.  (Be still my heart.)

And the model who appears on the cover of my book and who acts in the video trailer that Zondervan made for the book would play Rose. Here's the trailer.

And since there's a love triangle, Zac Efron would play Lord Rupert. Photobucket



Share one hard, cold fact about writing with my readers. And then share one warm, fuzzy comment about writing with them.

A cold hard fact is that you will work hours and weeks and months and pour your heart into a story, making sure tedious detail after detail is perfect, and yet know your story may never get published.

A warm and fuzzy fact about writing is that you will meet the most wonderful people, your fellow writers, through this journey and they will become your best friends and bless you more than you could imagine.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you (besides a book). Explain what you have in common with that object.

Hmmm. The old inanimate object question, eh? I was going to say an apple tree that gives shade and provides food but is pretty much ignored most of the time. LOL! But that makes me sound bitter and self-pitying! Yuck! Okay, you stumped me. I have no idea!

Actually, that makes you sound like a mom!

What is the last book you read that moved you?


I've been reading some really great books through the book club I joined at my local library. We read Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and it was just fabulous. It made me think about what people really need to survive. It made me want to be kind to people and help people. And then we read Gwyn Hyman Rudio's Icy Sparks, which shows how much people really need acceptance.

What are you working on now?

I have just finished revisions on another medieval YA romance based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I have been working on the beginnings of a Snow White story, also, and I have two more books to write in an adult romance series set in 1800's Alabama. I'm always working on those plots in my head.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

www.melaniedickerson.com is my website,
and the blog I do with fellow YA authors, www.novelteen.com.




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Thanks, Melanie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Melanie has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, September 30. To enter, leave a comment for Melanie,  below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interview with Linda Kozar, below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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.

Camy Tang and Free Books!

PhotobucketSomeone wants dermatologist Rachel Grant's latest research, and they'll do anything to get it.

On occasion I feature a new release, apart from my interviews with authors. Readers, please note: rather than giving this book away, I simply add commenters' names an extra time to existing drawings.

This week let's take a look at Camy Tang's latest novel, Formula for Danger (Love Inspired Suspense, September 2010).

HER LIFE WAS ON THE LINE
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Someone wants dermatologist Rachel Grant's latest research, and they'll do anything to get it. Including trashing the plants needed for her breakthrough scar-reducing cream--and trying to run Rachel down. Desperate for help, she turns to Edward Villa, the only man she trusts. But the greenhouse owner knows too much about Rachel's research, and now he's a target, too. Break-ins, muggings, murder . . . the would-be thief is getting desperate--and getting closer. Edward vows to protect Rachel at all costs. Yet with time ticking away, Edward knows they have to uncover the madman shadowing Rachel before their chance for a future is destroyed.

Camy's website
Camy's blog

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




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Leave a comment for Camy, below, to be added an additional time to the drawing on Thursday, September 30. Please note we will not be drawing for Camy's book. 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, September 20, 2010

Linda Kozar and Free Books!

Photobucket "Emotional devotionals." Devotions that make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for A Very Private Grave, by Donna Fletcher Crow, is:

spowell01@ . . .

And the winner of the drawing for Seeking His Love, by Carrie Turansky, is:

michellekidwell1977@ . . .

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 Linda Kozar, co-author of the devotional, Babes with Beatitude (Howard Publishing).

Tell us about yourself, Linda.

PhotobucketI'd rather talk about Jesus than talk about me! I love my Lord and Savior and consider it a privilege that the Author of Salvation would use me as an author to touch people's hearts and lives.

My wonderful husband Michael and I have been married for 21 years. We have two amazing daughters. Katie, a sophomore at Baylor is majoring in psychology and Lauren, a high school senior, plans to attend Baylor as well with a major in Film and Digital Media.

With a degree in Communications, I started off in journalism, writing feature articles for numerous small newspapers, took a break to raise my children, then took up where I left off, but in 2003 I decided it was time to start writing books instead. The discipline of writing on deadlines was perfect preparation!

I also co-founded Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild with Sharen Watson in 2003. Then in 2008, I founded and am president of "Writers On The Storm," The Woodlands, Texas Chapter of ACFW.

Present WIPS? I'm putting the finishing touches on a historical romance set in New Orleans (where I was raised). After that, a revision of a contemporary I finished in May is in the queue. . .

Tell us a little more about your devotional.

My friend Dannelle Woody and I started a women's Bible study at our home church--WoodsEdge Community Church, The Woodlands, Texas. In that first year, I felt the Lord tugging at my heart to write a book of devotions. At the time I was immersed in writing fiction, and doing a book of devos was the last thing on my mind. But God brought that desire to the forefront and I even felt led to tell Dannelle who had no previous writing experience, that she was going to write too!

In the meantime, I put together a proposal and sent it off to my agent at the time--Les Stobbe. (Wendy Lawton is my agent now.) He let me know right away that devotions weren't selling very well, but I told him to humor me and send it off because God wasn't going to let this thing go until he did. So he sent it off and after six rejections we got a yes from Chrys Howard at Howard Publishing (Simon and Schuster). Yay God!

I would describe our devotions as "emotional devotionals." Devotions that make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. Women are so busy these days they don't always have time to start their day reading a chapter or two of their Bible. Hopefully, they find other times in the day to do that. But we should all try to start the day with our Vitamin B! These short, savvy devos are designed to kick-start a woman's day with a scripture, an inspired message and a practical application.

How are the devotions structured?

There are 366 (one for leap year) daily devotions that generally run from 300 to 500 words, though originally they were much longer--in the tradition of Streams in the Desert. They start off with a relevant scripture followed by the devotion and finally by a "Beatitude Check," which I like to call "take-away for your day." The themes for many of the devotions came from years of women's ministry, from family life and personal experience, but most important of all, from spending time in prayer with God.

Who would your book best serve?

For me, the second half of the title, "Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith" says it all. Who doesn't want to be a smart, savvy woman of faith? The devotions are not calibrated to appeal to particular age demographics. Instead, they cover a broad spectrum of age, race, denomination and economic class--just like the weekly Bible study that bears the same name. We're celebrating our 4th year now and have ministered to women from 20 to 85, which is coincidentally, the range of demographics we get feedback from.

Where can readers find Babes with Beatitude?

The Babes With A Beatitude--Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith book is available at major bookstores across the United States and around the world. It is also available in digital format. Both are available for purchase online as well. When the book first came out, it was one of the top ten inspirational books in Australia. We were thrilled to be tops down under for a while!

The book can be purchased online through the following buttons:




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And this isn't your only book, is it, Linda? Where can readers learn about your other books?

My very first book, Misfortune Cookies (Barbour's Heartsong Presents--Mysteries) came out in November of 2008 and is the first in the When The Fat Ladies Sing series. In the interim, Barbour's Heartsong-Presents became Hometown Mysteries. The second book, Just Desserts, will release under the new imprint in 2011 and the third sometime later. www.hometownmysteries.com www.barbourbooks.com

www.coffeeteaandthee.org
www.babeswithabeatitude.com
babeswithabeatitude.blogspot.com
booktrailerpark.blogspot.com
acfwwritersonthestorm.blogspot.com/

Thanks, Linda, for visiting with us and telling us about your book. Readers, Linda has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 27. To enter, leave a comment for Linda below. 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.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Maureen Lang Book Give-Away!

PhotobucketJust posting today to announce that the winner of Maureen Lang's lovely novel, Whisper on the Wind, is:

jrs362@ . . .

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!

Check out my interviews with Carrie Turansky and Donna Fletcher Crow 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.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lyn Cote and Shelter of Hope

PhotobucketNo book give-aways today, readers. We're just taking a look at a recent release by my friend, Lyn Cote:  

Shelter of Hope (Love Inspired Romance, #1 New Friends Street Series, Steeple Hill, September 2010).

Here's a bit about the book:

The House that Love Built

Struggling single mother Rosa Santos is deeply touched when volunteers band together to build her a home. With a waitressing job, community college and church, Rosa barely has time to help, let alone dream about a husband and father figure. But when handsome volunteer Marc Chambers hands her withdrawn young son a little hammer, her heart swells. Suddenly, her son is blossoming. But the closer she and Marc get, the more he pulls away. Why? He's built her a shelter of hope.

One she—and her son—pray he'll take refuge within….

And here's a little information about Lyn:


PhotobucketWhen Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Long years of rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by Steeple Hill for the new Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, one of the highest awards in the romance genre.

Lyn's brand "Strong Women, Brave Stories," always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog strongwomenbravestories.blogspot.com. Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Drop by and "friend or follow" her.

Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love. Visit Lyn at
To purchase a copy, drop by www.LynCote.net

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




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Check out my interviews with Carrie Turansky and Maureen Lang below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Donna Fletcher Crow and Free Books!

PhotobucketFelicity thinks she knows it all until searching for a brutal murderer teaches her she doesn't know anything.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Always the Baker, Never the Bride, by Sandra D. Bricker, 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!

Now let's meet novelist Donna Fletcher Crow, author of A Very Private Grave (Book 1, The Monastery Murders, Monarch Books, September 2010).

PhotobucketDonna Fletcher Crow is the author of 35 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England is her best-known work, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history. A Very Private Grave, book 1 in the Monastery Murders series is her reentry into publishing after a 10 year hiatus.

PhotobucketThe Shadow of Reality, first in the Elizabeth and Richard Mysteries, a romantic intrigue, is available in Ebook format.

Donna and her husband have 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener and you can see pictures of her garden, watch the trailer for A Very Private Grave, and read her international blog (link below).

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

-- I was Miss Rodeo Idaho in 1960.

-- I was an only child who wanted a family of 12. My husband thought 4 was enough. He was right.

-- My favorite food is English Christmas cake (fruitcake wrapped in marzipan), followed by salmon and grapes. Of course, there's always chocolate, too.

-- I am an embarrassingly bad poet. (But that doesn't stop me writing it when the mood strikes.)

-- I once played the Countess Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and thought of becoming an actress. (Briefly.)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Very Private Grave.

PhotobucketFelicity Howard, a young American studying theology at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, is devastated when she finds her beloved Fr. Dominic brutally murdered and Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood.

A Very Private Grave is a contemporary novel with a thoroughly modern heroine who must learn some ancient truths in order to solve the mystery and save her own life as she and Fr. Antony flee a murderer and follow clues that take them to out-of-the way sites in northern England and southern Scotland. The narrative mixes detection, intellectual puzzles, spiritual aspiration, romance, and the solving of clues ancient and modern.

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

The fun thing about this series is growing Felicity up. On the plus side she is brilliant--a classicist, talented--former ballerina, intensely caring--studying to be a priest; on the other hand, she is rash, headstrong and impatient. And therein lies the story.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Perhaps Liz Curtis Higgs said it best: "History and mystery and murders most foul keep the pages turning in A Very Private Grave. Two scholars, Felicity and Antony, embark on an unusual spiritual pilgrimage, following the journey of Saint Cuthbert from Lindisfarne to Whithorn, even as they're pursued by friends and foes, who don't reveal their true colors to the very end. Seldom does one find a whodunit with such a thorough grasp of ecclesiastical history. A fascinating read."

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

PhotobucketOh, what a question! Sandra Bullock from The Blind Side could definitely have played Felicity when she was in her 20's, the long blond hair and determined attitude are just right, but the southern accent would have to go.

PhotobucketRupert Penry-Jones would be a lovely Antony if he were shorter and had darker hair.


There we go--a darker-haired pic of him. Yes, I like him! Loved his version of Persuasion.

Share one hard, cold fact about writing with my readers. And then share one warm, fuzzy comment about writing with them.


"Some days writing is like climbing Mt. Everest barefoot." (Lawrence Block)

Some days it is like soaring with eagles. Every day I thank God for allowing me to do it.

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

A cup of good, strong English Breakfast tea. It's reliable, traditional, no-nonsense, always makes you feel better.

What is the last book you read that moved you?

The White Garden by Stephanie Barron left me inspired about the enduring legacy of the beauty of a garden and saddened by the waste and emptiness of the life of a woman of genius lived without God.

What are you working on now?

I just finished A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare, #2 The Elizabeth and Richard Mysteries, a romantic intrigue set in the Shakespearean Festival at Ashland, Oregon, that includes lots of suspense and fun with the Bard.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Please visit my website at www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com. Bring a cup of tea and stay awhile, there are lots of pictures and lots of things to read.

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




CBD.com
249685: A Very Private Grave


Thanks, Donna, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donna has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 20. To enter, leave a comment for Donna,  below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Carrie Turansky and Maureen Lang 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.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Carrie Turansky and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen a student falsely accuses Rachel Clark of having an inappropriate relationship, she moves to Fairhaven, takes a new job, and tries hide her past; but those accusations eventually come to light, and she must face the repercussions of keeping them secret.

Today let's revisit with novelist Carrie Turansky, author of Seeking His Love (Steeple Hill Love Inspired, October 2010).


PhotobucketCarrie Turanksy and her husband, Scott, live in central New Jersey. They are blessed with five great kids, a lovely daughter-in-law, a charming son-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. Carrie teaches women's Bible studies, enjoys reading, gardening, and walking around the lake near their home. She mentors younger women in her church and likes to help aspiring writers. Her desire is to write stories that touch readers' hearts with God's love and truth.

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

-- I am a third generation artist, following in the footsteps of my mom and grandfather, though I now put most of my creative energy toward writing.

-- Our family spent a year in Kenya as missionaries and loved it.

-- I created all the flower arrangements for my oldest daughter's wedding--such fun!

-- Our family lived in Hawaii for eight years.

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

PhotobucketWhen widower Cam McKenna must temporarily care for his fourteen-year-old niece, he seeks the help and advice of Christian youth theater director, Rachel Clark. Rachel quickly teaches him a thing or two about relating to teens. She also helps him work through grief and guilt he has carried since the death of his wife and son in a car accident.

But when Rachel's questionable past comes to light, Cam is not sure he should trust the beautiful director. They both most learn the importance of honesty and forgiveness if they want to build a relationship that will last.

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

Rachel Clark loves the kids she works with in the Northcoast Christian Youth Theater program, and her devotion to them makes her a very likeable character. She is also optimistic and spreads that enthusiasm wherever she goes. Cam McKenna is a wonderful hero who loves others and overcomes his past hurts to care for Rachel and his niece.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I hope readers will enjoy my novel because the characters are people they would like to know as friends. I also think the issues of forgiveness, honesty in relationships, and working through struggles with family members will ring true and make the story believable. The relationship between the hero and his niece is fun, and anyone who has ever dealt with a teenager in their home will be able to relate to their struggles. The hero and heroine share a great connection and the romance is sweet.

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

PhotobucketI would cast Steward Finley-McLennan as the hero.



PhotobucketAnd Katie Holmes as the heroine Rachel Clark.


Hmm. I've never heard of him before!



Share with us one line or paragraph (or so) that gives us a good feel for your book's tone.

Rachel tiptoed up the back porch steps and peeked through Cam's kitchen window. He stood at the sink, up to his elbows in suds, scrubbing away on a frying pan. She smiled as she watched him, and her stomach fluttered. Their lives seemed to intersect more every day, and she found it hard to ignore her growing feelings for him. She pulled in a deep breath and pushed that thought aside. Tonight was about Kayla. Maybe if she kept telling herself that she could stay focused and keep her feelings under control.

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

I recently read Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter, and I loved it. Denise knows how to create romantic tension on every page. I recommend this book to everyone who likes contemporary romance.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a proposal for a series set in Fairhaven. In the first book, Song of her Heart, Cam McKenna's best friend, Ross Peterson, must close his photography studio, so he takes a job as the manager of Bayside Books. This Christian bookstore and café is home away from home for many people including a group of senior age women known around town as the Bayside Treasures. They love to make matchmaking plans for the young friends and relatives. The heroine is the granddaughter of the bookstore owner and also a professional flutist. It's a fun story, and I have enjoyed working on it.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Please stop by my website. I have some great recipes from my books, photos, articles, information for writers and readers, first chapters of all my books, and much more. You can also connect with me on facebook.

Thanks, Trish!

Thanks, Carrie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Carrie has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 20. To enter, leave a comment for Carrie, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Sandie Bricker and Maureen Lang 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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