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!

Monday, November 29, 2010

John Robinson and Free Books!

PhotobucketSometime in the next one hundred sixty eight hours the world you've known will completely change, never again to be the same; how will you redeem that time?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for The Pirate Queen, by Patricia Hickman, is:

tstam3@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of change in comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist John Robinson, author of Heading Home (Sheaf House Publishers, August 2010).

PhotobucketJohn Robinson has been married thirty-seven years to the finest woman on the planet, his wife Barb. The father of two grown sons and grandfather of two, he's also the retired owner of a successful financial planning firm.. In addition to his writing John is a much in demand speaker and teacher, having taught fiction tracks at the Glorieta Christian Writers conference just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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

-- My favorite movie is Open Range.

-- My favorite musical is The Phantom of the Opera.

-- My favorite band is Yes.

-- Due to a brain injury when I was nine I'm dyslexic, and can only type with my thumbs and index fingers.

-- I also have syndactyly, giving me webbed toes.

Now, aren't you glad you've read this far?

I'll bet they are! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Heading Home.

PhotobucketWhen every Christian on planet earth simultaneously receives a shattering word from God stating the final countdown to Armageddon has begun, the world is thrown into stark panic. Into the chaos of hope and heartbreak two old friends, hardened combat veterans from the closing days of the Vietnam War, set out on a harrowing and suspenseful quest to redeem that time. But what they cannot know is they, and everything they love, have been targeted by a blood-maddened cult for satanic annihilation. And the clock is ticking.

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

Nick Castle is strong, tough, funny, fiercely loyal, and guided by love; he's also mission-driven, and doesn't suffer fools gladly.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Everyone enjoys a good "what if" tale; Heading Home satisfies that desire (I hope!).

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

I've thought about this.

PhotobucketFor Nick Castle, I'd like Tom Hanks.




PhotobucketFor CT Barnes, Delroy Lindo.




PhotobucketAnd for Sangre, Steve Buscemi.



The trick for Nick and CT, of course, would be to find younger versions of them for the Vietnam scenes.

If a publisher contracted you to write a fictional account of any one real person, who would you choose to write about?

Without a doubt, Nikola Tesla. There's more to that man than meets the eye, and I think he'd be fascinating.

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

A geode. The reason being they're so terribly plain on the outside, but saw them open and you find something--a hopefully beautiful something--no human has seen until that moment. To me, that's very, very cool.

I agree! My son received a whole geode as a birthday present once. When he broke it open, it was a dud, but the experience of breaking it open was exciting. 

I'm sure you're not the dud kind of geode, though, John. I'm sure you're all sparkly and purple inside.

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


It's a nonfiction work called Parliament of Whores, by P.J. O'Rourke. It lays bare the workings of Washington D.C., and does so with unassailable facts, trenchant wit, and a sense of the absurd.

What are you working on now?

First up is Relentless, the beginning of my Mac Ryan series. With Mac I've taken a man who's a little like my Joe Box character, but I've given him a darker past and sent him in different direction. The back story is Mac's a former Army Ranger whose entire command is wiped out in the early days of the Iraq War due to a disastrous intel error. Later he finds out just how bad that error was. As he's laid out flat on his back in a Walter Reed Army hospital bed, his fire-scorched back bandaged like Lon Chaney and tranked to the gills, he's visited by a small, well-dressed, soft-spoken balding man with hard black eyes. The guy is a G-5 government spook, and bluntly tells Mac the communications lieutenant who'd passed on that bad info is connected. Highly connected. As in United States senator's son connected.

Mac is given a choice: go public and find his life ruined, or take a medical retirement with a generous--very generous, as in the high five figures--monthly stipend. Not being an idiot, he accepts the deal.

But then he double-crosses the government. Rather than spending the rest of his days getting fat while slurping mai tais with brown-skinned women on a Costa Rican beach, he assuages his guilt by unofficially taking on hopeless tasks that just skirt the edge of the law.

For free.

With that one done, I'm putting the finishing touches on my first science fiction novel, The Radiance. Here's the skinny: Former Special Forces combat officer and now disillusioned pastor Travis Walker discovers hope for his shattered life coming from an unexpected source. A force of mysterious origin, dubbed the Radiance, is causing worldwide intelligence, both human and animal, to advance at a horrifying rate. Worse, no one knows when the effect will stop . . . or if it can be stopped. The Radiant Project, a crack team of scientists, clerics and military leaders--and headed by Travis's wealthy industrialist brother Cale--is hastily assembled to combat the phenomenon. Against his better judgment Travis is drafted into this group to give his "everyman" take on things. There he finds himself running on an inside track, battling not only worldwide hopelessness, terrorism and greed, but his own dark and cynical passions as well. And it's here, in this strange new battlefield at the brink of Armageddon, the wounded warrior finds his hard-won skills being called upon one last time.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? 

Here's my website: www.johnrobinsonbooks.com. It has info about all my books, plus the first chapter of each, as well as my blog (the kind folks at the Authors Guild constructed the site, and they did a good job). Thanks again for having me, Trish. It's been a pleasure!

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748585: Heading Home


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

Be sure to check out my interview with Charlene Ann Baumbich below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book. And please take a look at the blog about Sandi Rog's debut release and her current situation.

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, November 26, 2010

Give Someone a Signed Book for Christmas! Bash Starts Today!

PhotobucketThe Christian Review of Books booksigning bash has begun!





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75 Christian Authors
One Amazing Online Event

The Christian Review of Books in conjunction with CrossPurposes Bookstore is excited to announce the first annual Christmas Book Signing Bash.

Beginning today and lasting ten days (November 26 to December 7), this book signing is an unprecedented online event. Seventy-five of today's favorite Christian Authors have come together to answer questions, chat with their readers, and offer signed copies of their books. Experience it all without leaving the comforts of home and hearth!

Readers can search by author, title, or genre at the Christian Review of Books (www.ChristianReviewofBooks.com) and then follow the purchase links to CrossPurposes Bookstore (www.CrossPurposesBooks.com) and buy autographed copies of each book featured. The authors will sign the books and ship them to the customers.

For a full list of participating authors, visit the CRoB.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Charlene Ann Baumbich and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhat happens when the queen of corporate downsizing realizes she needs to right-size and upgrade her personal life?

Before we meet today's author, I want to wish you all a fantastic, blessed Thanksgiving holiday. God is with us through the good and bad, and we have so much to be thankful for. I hope you're all spending the day with family, friends, and lots of goodies.

Now, I'd like to announce that the winner of the drawing for Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball, by Donita K. Paul, is:

bousmama@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of change in comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Charlene Ann Baumbich, author of Divine Appointments (Waterbrook Press, September 2010). Tell us about yourself, Charlene.

PhotobucketWhether I'm writing, reading, speaking, or listening, I am readied to learn from a good story--yes, even when it comes out of my own mouth or pen. (And I am fascinating!)

I often preach to myself. (Don't you?) I fully believe that if we could just remember what we know, we would be brilliant. Thus, I tell stories to remind us that laughter is a wonderful grace, and tears help us heal. I tell stories to help remind us that we are more alike than different, and that we really do need each other. We all mess up; we are each capable of brilliant moments, sometimes when we least expect them.

The best part is that no matter what, God is there to love us through every nanosecond. Whether you're tuning into me live or in print, fasten your seatbelt. I promise you a wild, fun, provocative, heart-warming ride.

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

-- After raising two rascally boys, I'm now Grannie B to two rascally girls. I wouldn't wish them any other way.

-- I make good chili.

-- Right this moment, my office is too messy, even for me, and that's saying something.

-- I love accessories. When I can't decide which necklace to wear, I wear them all. If I can't decide about earrings, sometimes I wear four different ones. (Double pierced ears.)

-- I love watching stock car racing on a dirt track. You can keep your NASCAR. Give me the rumble and a short track, and let the mud wads fly.

You're right in style with your jewelry mishmash, Charlene! That's what all the hot stars and models are wearing these days. You sound like a walking Christmas tree with all the trimmings!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Divine Appointments.

PhotobucketPrepared to perform her seamless slash-and-burn corporate "rightsizing," buttoned-up Josie Victor Brooks signs a one-year contract with Chicagoland's Diamond Mutual. She soon discovers she's plopped herself into the midst of a tight-knit group of coworkers and friends under the leadership of a "bleeding heart" boss.

Employee Marsha's writing her way through the anger phase of a husband who left her for a younger woman.

Barb, the most beloved employee and head of data entry, the first department scheduled to shrink, tries to hold everyone's head and heart up--until she learns she's on the target dismissal list too.

Lyle, boss man, feels everyone's pain as he struggles to come to grips with the reality of what needs to be done.

Toss these core characters into the rivers of soul searching, add good doses of laughter and a mysterious snowglobe, one that ignites a peculiar thirst in Josie, and you've find yourself in the midst of a topsy-turvy, uplifting story.

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

Let's start here: Josie suffers with hot flashes. I feel her pain! Even though she is one tough woman (she stared me down until I wrote about her), she learns she doesn't know herself as well as she thinks. (Familiar?)

She was a military brat, moved often when she was young, and therefore learned not to allow herself to get attached to anyone. This self sufficiency serves her well--until it doesn't.

She had a complicated relationship with her parents.

She sometimes over thinks things. Ah, yes. So relatable.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

After finding glimpses of themselves, they will come away with renewed hope and insights about their own lives here on planet earth, where we really do need each other. Oh, and a few good laughs!

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

PhotobucketKristen Davis as Josie.



PhotobucketTom Hanks as Lyle.




PhotobucketJoy Behar as Marsha.




PhotobucketAnd Susan Boyle as Barb.



If a publisher contracted you to write a fictional account of any one real person, who would you choose to write about?

Hm. Perhaps Paul Newman, so I could spend an entire book deadline staring straight into his dreamy blue eyes, following him wherever he goes, like onto the race track.

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

A sparkly rock. I'm an earth person. Solid. Hard to crack. I would enjoy taking journeys in people's pockets.

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

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon. I found the writing style engaging, and the loose connections with the real Sitka Alaska--along with the whole intriguing concept and mystery--extremely entertaining. It's not the type of book I would usually pick up, but the owner of an independent book store hand sold me. I'm glad he did. GO INDIES!

Yes, Michael Chabon is a clever writer. Very sharp sense of humor.

What are you working on now?


Rewrites for my next novel, due to release Spring 2012. It is not currently titled, but is again with Waterbrook Press. A couple title possibilities: Our Lady of Dance, or Abundant Grace. I loved this story. LOVED IT! Such an uncommon friendship between two women with very different lives. It drew me in and held me captive, and gifted me with how important it is to stand strong in who God created us to be.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

www.charleneannbaumbich.com

www.travelinglaughs.blogspot.com

I Tweet as @TwinkleChar

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




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444721: Divine Appointments, Snow Globe Connections Series #2

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

Be sure to check out my interview with Patricia Hickman below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book. And please take a look at the blog about Sandi Rog's debut release and her current situation.

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, November 22, 2010

Patricia Hickman and Free Books!

PhotobucketWealthy socialite Saphora Warren is planning to run away from home and from her philandering husband until his sudden illness changes everything.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Save the Date, by Jenny B. Jones, 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! Readers, please make note of change in comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Patricia Hickman, author of The Pirate Queen (WaterBrook Press, August 2010).

PhotobucketPatricia Hickman, author of acclaimed novel Painted Dresses, is an award-winning writer who has won two Silver Angel Awards for Excellence in Media as well as a two-time winner of Romantic Time's Reader's Choice Gold Award. Patricia holds a master's degree in creative writing from Queens University and enjoys biking, hiking, and mapping out Southern towns were her novels are set.

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

-- I started a non-profit that benefits women and children with HIV.

-- Norman Mailer's wife was our high school art teacher and we kept up a letter-writing relationship for many years. She's also a novelist.

-- I'm training a yorkie puppy named Banjo to do tricks. I wish he would learn to revise my drafts, but I'll have to settle for making him my muse.

-- I daydream about earning my PhD in writing.

-- I love to trout fish.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Pirate Queen.

PhotobucketSaphora has planned her escape by packing up and moving away to her family's Outer Banks cottage where she plans to heal and decide what to do with herself. Her final obligation is as hostess to Southern Living Magazine and a photo shoot and garden party on her estate. But her husband Bender comes home in the middle of her get-away to tell her that he is sick. Because Saphora's always been such a good person, she acquiesces, but now her packed suitcase is loaded up along with her husband's, the man she had planned to leave.

While she cares for Bender in their Outer Banks cottage, her life is complicated by the arrival of her grown children, grandchildren, an annoying local pastor, and a little neighbor boy whose humility captures her heart.

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

Readers tell me that Saphora's compassion and her selflessness hooked them from the start along with her plight and the fact that she seems stuck in Bender's web. Who hasn't felt trapped at some point in life? You want to root for Saphora to find happiness. I developed Saphora for the reader who wants to run away and start again. But the problem with running away is that we haven't changed and still have to deal with the issues we harbor and carry with us wherever we go.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

The Outer Banks setting and Saphora's plight create a place of escape for the reader. The Pirate Queen's metaphors are memorable and become embedded in the reader's thoughts, causing them to think about this story for days after they've put it down. The readers are caught up in the story's family conflicts as well as its benevolence for flawed humans.

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

PhotobucketMeryl Streep for Saphora.



PhotobucketAnd Michael Douglas for Bender.



If a publisher contracted you to write a fictional account of any one real person, who would you choose to write about?

I've always thought it would be interesting to write about all of the Presidential daughters, still living. I've been fascinated by the children hidden away in a place where they're supposed to act grown-up while coming-of-age. The problem is in asking girls who've been taught to remain private to open up and share their stories for the world to read--the very reason I write fiction.

Oh, but writing a novel about a gathering of still-living Presidential daughters . . . I really like that!

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

My old gardening shoes. They're soiled and worn but they've been a part of such a rich and fruitful landscape. They wait faithfully in the laundry room until time to pull them out again. I feel the same way when I start another book, faithful to start again while not afraid of the messiness of life awaiting me.

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

Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout. Elizabeth won the Pulitzer this year for Olive Kitteridge and I plan to read that next. I like Abide With Me because of the authenticity of the pastor whose story she unpacks. It was hard to believe that Elizabeth had never been a minister's wife, yet she innately knew all of this man's inner secrets and angst as well as the wife's baggage. Elizabeth Strout sees life up close and has a wry eye for detail. Oh, and she was one of my teachers at Queens.

Cool! I read Olive Kitteridge and enjoyed it, despite it's overall gloom. I'd be interested to hear what you thought of it after reading Abide with Me.

What are you working on now?


I'm revising a story set in Lake Norman, North Carolina about a family of sisters who dance together and whose family is torn apart by shock and grief. The young protagonist is befriended by a person her stepmother dislikes very much, but who helps the girl to find her way again. The combination of conflict and family loss poured out of me. It's been nearly ten years since our daughter was taken in a car accident. But this story is not about Jessica or even me, but about the plight of humans, of families to mend again when you'd rather just hide in a cave.

I'm so sorry about your girl, Patty. You clearly know about the plight and the struggle to mend.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Website: www.patriciahickman.com. And you may also "like" me on FaceBook and Twitter. I post everyday, sometimes starting discussions or asking questions. Sometimes I write a word of encouragement and often readers encourage me. And I just hosted a big give-away that was a lot of fun, so watch for more sweepstakes and give-aways.

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




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072002: The Pirate Queen

Thank you, Patricia, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Patricia has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 29. To enter, leave a comment below for Patricia specific to something she said in the interview. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Donita K. Paul below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book. And please take a look at the blog about Sandi Rog's debut release and her current situation.

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, November 18, 2010

Sandi Rog's Debut Release

PhotobucketHe fights for his freedom, she fights for her life. Together they fight for each other.

Sandi's Rog's first novel, The Master's Wall, was just released a couple weeks ago by DeWard Publishing. Sandi is a new author, and she was diagnosed last week with Type A Lymphoma on her brain.Photobucket

Her publisher, Daniel DeGarmo of DeWard Publishing Company, has set up a fund for her into which they'll donate a dollar for every copy--paperback and Kindle--of the book that is sold. So hop on over to your favorite bookseller and buy a copy of The Master's Wall for Christmas, and while you're at it, pray for her and her family (hubby and two kids, ages 10 and 3).

Here is Daniel's letter:

"Hey all,

This is Daniel DeGarmo with DeWard Publishing Company. I'm sure all of you are aware of Sandi Rog's latest battle (with cancer - Type T-cell Lymphoma) that just began last week. As you can imagine, she's devastated, especially considering the timing of all this as her first novel just released last Monday.

Well, considering we are a small publishing company and can pretty much do whatever we want, my business partner and I have agreed to donate an additional $1 per book to a fund that I'll be setting up this week.
Just so no one thinks we are being shady about the whole deal, this is above and beyond the royalties that Sandi (and her agent) is already incurring with every book sold.

The purpose of this fund is to help out Sandi's family (husband and children) while she is laid up fighting for her life.

What I need from you is simply spread the word. For every copy of The Master's Wall that is sold (including Kindle) we will donate $1 to this fund. I'll also be setting it up so that it can receive regular donations if anyone is interested in just helping out financially.

I hope to have more information to share in the next day or so but at least for now I would ask that you would do whatever you can do direct people to buy Sandi's book.

Sandi has been copied on this email.....Sandi..Please forward this message on to anyone you think would help us out in getting the word out. The same goes for you if you've received this email.

I want to close by lifting the following prayer up on Sandi's behalf:

Father, I lift my sister before you as her body has been stricken with disease. You know, O God, that she has used her gifts to glorify You and spread your wonderful message of grace and love. It is my humble plea that you would bring her healing and complete recovery. I know You can do this, You are the Great Physician.
Please bring Your Spirit into her home as her husband and children continue to live life without her there. They need You. May all that is done bring You glory as our God and Father. In Jesus' name - AMEN!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Dan"

Donita K. Paul and Free Books!

PhotobucketGod uses unusual people to nudge two people into a romance.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Reinventing Rachel, by Alison Strobel, is:

booklovercb@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of change in comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit with novelist Donita K. Paul, author of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball (WaterBrook Press, October 2010).

PhotobucketDonita K. Paul has written three Christian romances, four novellas, and eight Christian fantasies, plus two picture books, short stories, and magazine articles; puppet plays and a melodrama performed one memorable night at her kids' high school. After an early retirement from teaching, she dove into a second career of writing. Her stories have captured the imagination of the students she left behind plus their parents and grandparents.

With awards sprinkled here and there in her writing career, she feels compelled to share what has worked for her with authors just starting out in their careers. Therefore she mentors writers of all ages and is best at giving encouragement.

Donita lives in a hobbit hole not far from Pikes Peak in Colorado. She enjoys cooking, beading, stamping, knitting, and her grandsons. Not necessarily in that order.

Yeah, I know the grandsons aren't at the bottom of the list!

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


-- There is a fountain outside my office window.

-- I love dogs and an occasional kitty.

-- I would like to own an African Gray Parrot.

-- I would love to be a soup chef.

-- I already have my Christmas shopping done.

I'm almost there with the shopping too, Donita! I love getting it done early like that--I find it's easier to enjoy the holiday season that way.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball.


PhotobucketThis book is about two mischievous matchmaking booksellers, who make sure that tickets to the annual old-fashioned Christmas Ball fall into the right hands each year. This year's unlikely couples include a pair of single people who work together but have no awareness of each other. You must read it to find out if Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith!

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

Cora is a relatively new Christian, having been raised in a very dysfunctional household. She struggles with identifying what is truly worship in Christmas traditions and what blocks her drawing near to God.

Simon has been surrounded by strong Christians all his life, but he is content with the status quo and needs to connect with other people in order for his faith to grow.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Two Tickets is a feel-good read similar to a Hallmark made for television movie. The surface story is whimsical with quixotic characters and fun adventures. But the underlying story delivers affirmation of the holiness of the Christmas season. There's a touch of magic but it does not take away from the miracle of our Savior's birth.

If a publisher contracted you to write a fictional account of any one real person, who would you choose to write about?

Laura Bush. I think I would cast her as the queen in a fantasy where her unheralded support defines the direction of the kingdom. I'd give her a magic room full of books where she can absorb wisdom and one book that clarifies truth out of a jungle of lies, half-truths, and deceit by omission. She'd be tempted by evil wizards: Pride, Power, and Security.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the mind of a fantasy author! What a fun answer.

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


A night stand. There are few pieces of furniture in the house that are as underappreciated as a night stand. That's where you put your glasses, water glass, nighttime pills, and most importantly, the lamp for reading books in bed. I enjoy being a support person, not necessarily heralded as a useful being, but steadfast and available when needed. I like being called up to live up to my role often and would not want to be a trunk in a closet that is useful, but not involved in daily life.

Good point. A night stand isn't always noticeable until it's taken away--then you realize how much you need it. We would definitely notice if we didn't have you around, Donita.

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

Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. First, these men are my friends and I am ever so impressed by their commitment to God and to our young people. Second, the story is intriguing, not your run of the mill, stock fantasy. Third, they use an unusual narrative style that is not the current, approved style and I found that very refreshing.

What are you working on now?

Dragons of the Watch. It is the last book in the Chronicles of Chiril series. I'm loving the twists and turns in this story. And there is a cast of very naughty children, who give the hero and heroine quite a bit of trouble.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

You can find my blogs and websites at my main website: www.donitakpaul.com. I have a separate website for the children's books which my daughter, Evangeline Denmark and I are writing. It's called www.dragonandturtle.com. If you click on Mrs. Paul you will see the blogs that I write.

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




CBD.com
458995: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A Novella


Thank you, Donita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Donita has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 25. To enter, leave a comment below for Donita specific to something she said in the interview. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Jenny B. Jones 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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jenny B. Jones and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Lucy Wiltshire and Alex Sinclair find themselves with everything to lose, desperate times call for desperate proposals.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Listen, by Rene Gutteridge, is:

jackie.smith@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of change in comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit with novelist Jenny B. Jones, author of Save the Date (Thomas Nelson, January 2011).

PhotobucketJenny B. Jones is the four-time Carol award-winning author of Just Between You and Me and the Charmed Life series. She writes fiction for teens and women with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. When she's not writing, she's living it up as a high school teacher in Arkansas.

Jenny says: (I didn't write that. If I did, my version would read like: Jenny B. Jones sits in front of a computer all day and tears her hair out in between mouthfuls of M&Ms. She has high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and low class in her ability to pick out her daily uniform of Old Navy tshirts and yoga pants.)

That said, please tell us five more random things we might not know about you.

-- I am ridiculously empathetic toward animals.

-- I'm addicted to ice tea and show tunes.

-- I don't get to read nearly as much as I'd like to.

-- I was in a commercial when I was a kid for a local mall. There's a reason they never called me back for the sequel...

-- Small things make me happy. Like a new pen. Or a pretty day. Or finding a dollar in my coat so I can buy a Twix.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Save the Date.

PhotobucketWhen the funding for Lucy's girls' home is pulled, she is determined to find out why. Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir of Sinclair Enterprises--the primary donor to Lucy's Saving Grace organization. Alex Sinclair has it all . . . except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Both Lucy and Alex have something the other wants.

Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancée in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn't quite what he seems, Lucy finds her future--and her heart--on the line.

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

Lucy Wiltshire comes from humble beginnings and was not the cool kid. When she returns to Charleston at 28, she opens a home for young women who have graduated from the foster care system. I loved the character of Lucy because she cares about kids and will do anything for them. When foster kids graduate from the system at 18, they are basically on their own if they haven't been placed in a home. I loved bringing this problem to light and still making room for a big romance.

Yes, while I read your book I was so troubled to consider that--my son is 18, and the idea of his being turned out to face the world alone, without family support of any kind, just broke my heart. 
 
Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Oh, gosh. I'm the last one to ask this. The goal of the book was to incorporate big characters, relatable themes, a sizzling romance, snappy dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments, heart-tugging chapters, and scenes that make you pause. I have no idea if that was achieved. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Well, I certainly enjoyed it! 

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

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What a great question!

I have totally thought about this and based my characters' appearances on my picks. Lucy Wiltshire would be played by Christina Applegate from her Samantha Who? days.


PhotobucketAlex Sinclair would be played by the dashing Dave Annable from the TV show Brothers and Sisters.


Yes, I can picture both of these actors in the roles!


If a publisher contracted you to write a fictional account of any one real person, who would you choose to write about?

Wow. That might be my most favorite interview question EVER. So many choices. One that comes to mind is Alice Roosevelt because she was such a firecracker.

Also maybe the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' robe (from the book of Mark) and was healed. I've always wanted to know her story. What a painful life she must've lived. And then Jesus walked by...and she was healed and got her life back. I listen to Joyce Meyer's podcasts and that's something I've learned to claim from her. Some days you just have to say, "I'm expecting Jesus to walk by today." I love the hope in that.

Oh, I like that. Makes me hopeful about today! 

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

You're making me think? I didn't know I'd have to use my brain for this interview. (Call my agent!)

No complaints! Get to work!

Let's see...I'm a bowl of ice cream. Because...um...(shuffles feet buying time...) because it's fruity and friendly and lives to make people smile. Though it also causes brain freezes and weight gain, which is completely, utterly irrelevant.

Jenny B. Jones is fruity, readers. Spread the word.

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


Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows. I think everyone's read it by now, but that book had so much heart I couldn't stand it. And a year later, I STILL think about those characters. I would've given my right arm to have written that book. It's just lovely. And if they screw up the movie, I don't think I'll ever get over my bitterness.

I think you'll have company there, Jenny. I loved that book as well. 

What are you working on now?

PhotobucketMy last release from this spring was the YA novel So Over My Head. Now I'm working on a new YA novel. In Save the Date, my hero Alex has a teen sister who is much younger than his 32 years. She gets to be the star in her own book as she deals with some heavy life issues as well as a little romance, plus the pressure of her senior year all while living abroad...in Ireland!

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

They can find me at www.jennybjones.com, where we have a great time on my blog. And they can also track down my Facebook and Twitter profiles from my website as well. I don't know about you, but I'm on Twitter and FB wayyyy too much.

FB, yes, but I can't seem to get into Twitter. 

Now, readers, I had the pleasure of reading Save the Date, and this was my reaction:
 
For sassy, romantic banter, you need look no further than the novels of Jenny B. Jones. In her latest contemporary romance, Save the Date, kind-hearted Lucy Wiltshire travels in social circles at either end of the spectrum--extreme poverty and opulent wealth--and discovers how similarly needy we all are. Needy for love, acceptance, and a sense that we can make a difference in someone's life. And through Lucy's bumbling but fervent efforts to achieve her goals, we meet colorful, funny, surprising characters who go through almost as many changes as do Lucy and her irresistible fake fiancé, Alex. If you're a fan of Jones's young adult novels, you're in for a treat--her novels for adults are even better.

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




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545398: Save the Date


Thank you, Jenny, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jenny has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 22. To enter, leave a comment below for Jenny specific to something she said in the interview. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Alison Strobel 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.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Online Booksigning Event!

I want to draw your attention to an exciting, first-time event coming up next week! I'll be participating, with all of my books available, along with the books of 74 other authors. This is an exciting Christmas shopping opportunity!

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75 Christian Authors 
One Amazing Online Event

The Christian Review of Books in conjunction with CrossPurposes Bookstore is excited to announce the first annual Christmas Book Signing Bash.

Beginning on the day after Thanksgiving and lasting ten days (November 26 to December 7), this book signing will be an unprecedented online event. 75 of today's favorite Christian Authors have come together to answer questions, chat with their readers, and offer signed copies of their books--all without leaving the comforts of home and hearth!

Readers can search by author, title, or genre at the Christian Review of Books (www.ChristianReviewofBooks.com) and then follow the purchase links to CrossPurposes Bookstore (www.CrossPurposesBooks.com) and buy autographed copies of each book featured. The authors will sign the books and ship them to the customers.

For a full list of participating authors, visit the CRoB.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Alison Strobel and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhat happens when a cradle Christian turns her back on her faith after experiencing a series of tragedies that she thinks God should have protected her from?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, by Irene Brand, is:

worthy2bpraised@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of change in comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Alison Strobel, author of Reinventing Rachel (David C. Cook Publishing, September 2010).

Tell us about yourself, Alison.

PhotobucketI'm a novelist who writes women's fiction about life, love, and faith from my home office in central Colorado. When I'm not writing, I'm homeschooling my almost 5-year-old, prying my 2.5-year-old off the back of the couch, or writing children's books with my husband, Daniel.

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

-- I'm a crochet-aholic.

-- I was addicted to online role-playing games in college.

-- I lived in Scotland for a year in college.

-- I met my husband on eHarmony.com (he was my 100th match, and I was his first).

-- I've seen my favorite musical, Les Miserables, a total of 10 times--3 of those times in one week--in 3 different cities (including twice in London).

I like the little addicted/obsessed theme you have going there, Alison (including the eHarmony efforts--talk about perseverance paying off!). 

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

PhotobucketRachel was raised in the faith and thinks she and God are rock-solid--until her life falls apart and He seems silent. She decides in the aftermath that the God she believed in wouldn't have let someone as faithful as her go through such pain, and eventually determines that Christianity is just a fairy tale.

She moves halfway across the country and reinvents herself in the fashion of her childhood friend whose life looks perfect on the outside--but soon they both find they've built on sand and it's shifting fast.

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

I think Rachel embodies the doubts that all "lifer" Christians have at one point or another in their faith journey. We all think, even if it's just for one fleeting second, that maybe we've hitched our wagon to the wrong star, and that this one is just a hoax. We've all wondered what it would be like to live life on our own terms. When you don't have a "BC" life to compare your Christian life to, you can take your faith for granted. So I think people who, like me, have grown up in Christian homes and have pretty much always considered themselves to be Christians, will be intrigued by Rachel and will want to see what it might be like to just chuck it all. I also think that readers will be pulling for her--she's so wounded, and wants so badly to have some security and peace, but she looks for it in all the wrong places. And we can all relate to that feeling of wanting to be at peace and feel safe.

I think your point, about never having had the BC life, is excellent, Alison. That's actually a vulnerability for life-long Christians, isn't it?

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Everyone goes through a phase of wondering what it would be like to reinvent themselves--to go somewhere new where no one knows you, where you can start fresh and be something or someone different. Reinventing Rachel gives readers a chance to live vicariously through Rachel and experience what it's like to undergo a reinvention.

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

PhotobucketOh wow, what a question! I'm not very up-to-date on all the new young talent in Hollywood--I don't get to see a lot of movies these days and I barely watch any television--but I could see Rachel played by Evan Rachel Wood.



PhotobucketAnd Declan played by Jim Sturgess. (Yes, Across the Universe is one of my favorite movies.)



PhotobucketDaphne...hm, I think she'd be played well by Christina Ricci when she was rocking the long dark hair--and if she was taller.



PhotobucketAnd I could see John Krasinski playing Jack.


Oh, he's such a doll. Good choice.


If a publisher contracted you to write a fictional account of any one real person, who would you choose to write about?

Tori Amos. I'd love to write a fictional biography about her and explore how her art and Christian music in general would be affected by her dedicating her talent to God.

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

I'm warm, soft, and make people smile--like a chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven. :)

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

In fiction, I'd recommend Ann Tatlock's Promises to Keep. Excellent voice, excellent story, excellent everything. In non-fiction--Families Where Grace is in Place by Jeffrey VanVonderen. If I could afford it, I'd buy this book for every person I knew. It's that good.

What are you working on now?

I just got back the edits for my September 2011 release with David C. Cook, so that's top on my list. After that it's proposals. I have four books I'll be proposing over the next couple months. My husband and I are also working on three more books to add to our children's book series.

How terrific that you two have something you work on together. 

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

I've got a website where I add new content fairly often--www.AlisonStrobel.com. I also have a group page on Facebook ("Fans of Alison Strobel") and I'm really trying to encourage people to interact with me there. I start a new discussion at least once a week and invite others to start them, too. I'm also on Twitter (alisonstrobel) but I'll confess I'm terrible at remembering to tweet. :)

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




CBD.com
767745: Reinventing Rachel


Thank you, Alison, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Alison has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 18. To enter, leave a comment below for Alison specific to something she said in the interview. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Rene Gutteridge 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.
 

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