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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, December 30, 2010

Martha Rogers and Free Books!

PhotobucketCaroline is moving to Oklahoma City because she thinks Matt will never ask her to marry him, but Matt believes the move is her rejection of him.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Michigan Brides, by Amber Stockton, is:

mittens0831@ . . .

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 the comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit novelist Martha Rogers, author of Caroline's Choice (Realms division of Strang Communications, December 2010).

PhotobucketMartha's book credits include the novella Sugar and Grits, Becoming Lucy, and Morning for Dove. Also released in 2010 were Finding Becky and Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas anthology and Blissfully Blended, a devotional book for step-moms. Martha's new series, Seasons of the Heart, will begin May 2011.

Martha served as editor of an eight page monthly newsletter for the writer's organization, Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state President. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer's Conference and a member of ACFW.

Martha and her husband have been married for fifty years and have three sons and daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren, and one great grandson. They live in Houston and are active members in their church.

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

-- I was a nursing student when I first started college.

-- I changed my major to home economics and taught it for over twenty years.

-- I worked as a buyer for Foley's department store my first year out of college

-- I earned a Master's Degree in Education

-- I supervised student teachers for University of Houston for 6 years.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Caroline's Choice.

PhotobucketCaroline's Choice is the story of how decisions we make in life effect our entire future in a way that is not what God planned, but sometimes those choices can lead to others that eventually get them back on the right track and into God's will for their lives.

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

Caroline is an independent girl, or so she believes, but learns that some things cannot be achieved without the Lord's help.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It has a lot of historical fact wrapped up in a wonderful love story.

What song would lend the proper atmosphere to your novel (or a particular scene in your novel)?

"Oklahoma"is the song that kept running through my mind because it is about Oklahoma becoming a state.

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

I've been reading a lot of Christmas books lately and one I would recommend is Donita Tompkins' Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball. It is a wonderful fantasy that will delight and warm the heart. I loved it.

What are you working on now? 

Autumn Song, book 2 of my new series.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? 

My website

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




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381936: Caroline"s Choice, Winds Across the Prairie Series #4

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What do you NOT like to see in historical romance?

Thank you, Martha, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Martha has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Martha's question, above. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Elizabeth Goddard 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, December 27, 2010

Elizabeth Goddard and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Polly Perkins' camera finds a murder victim, she uses her uncanny ability to read emotions through a camera lens to find the killer while exploring the potential for love.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Christmas at Harrington's, by Melody Carlson, is:

mrlyndly@ . . .

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 the comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit novelist Elizabeth Goddard, author of The Camera Never Lies (Barbour, December 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 released three novels with Heartsong Presents, Disarming Andi, Exposing Amber, and Praying for Rayne. In addition, Riverwalk Christmas, a four-in-one novella collection, featuring "Riverside Serenade," released in September.

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

-- I love nachos and crave jalapenos so eat them often!

-- I'm an artist and musician.

-- I love to sketch, and I can play the piano, guitar, cello and violin.

-- I'm hoping for a trip to Italy and/or Scotland in the near future.

-- I took scuba diving in college but failed to get certified.

Well, you had guts just taking the course, in this non-swimmer's opinion! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Camera Never Lies.

PhotobucketPolly Perkins owns a portrait studio on the Oregon coast and is invited to photograph her friend's wedding at a national park. There, she meets a man from her past that she had wished dead, then he ends up murdered. Because her mother and a romantic interest from her past are both suspects, Polly wants to solve the murder. She wonders if God had given her one last chance to forgive, or if she is guilty of a crime of the heart.

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

One thing I've heard from readers is that they feel like they are reading about their relationship with their mother, and connect with her deeply on this level. She loves her mother and they are close, but they have conflict between them.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Readers who love a quirky mystery and romance will enjoy the novel because it has a lot of both, and is packed with humor and lots of red herrings.

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

PhotobucketAnne Hathaway comes to mind but she'd have to dye her hair auburn.



PhotobucketThen I wrote into the story that Spencer, the romantic interest looks like an older version of Westley in Princess Bride (Cary Elwes). Though now, Cary is about a decade older than Spencer at this point. Still he looks young, so perhaps he would do in the movie.

Since we're living in a fantasy world with this question anyway, we can mix and match eras, so young Cary Elwes works just fine!

What song would lend the proper atmosphere to your novel (or a particular scene in your novel)?


Ah, my character refers to a lot of movies and songs within the novel. The only problem is if the reader is not familiar with the titles. Perhaps the theme song from the movie The Goonies, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" would do.

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

The last book I read was The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead and I would definitely recommend it. I love his writing and how he weaves a story.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on two projects that have close deadlines. Under the Redwood Tree, a contemporary romance for Heartsong Presents, and Freezing Point, a romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense. Both release in October of 2011.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

ElizabethGoddard.com and Facebook

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




CBD.com
606272: The Camera Never Lies, Hometown Mysteries Series

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What would you like to see more of in Christian Fiction?

That's the question most often asked by my interview guests! We novelists really want to write what people want to read!

Thank you, Elizabeth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Elizabeth's question, above. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Amber Stockton 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, December 23, 2010

Amber Stockton and Free Books!

PhotobucketRelive Michigan's industrial boom alongside three women who must change their way of viewing the world before they can realize love.

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

heidivargas@ . . .

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 the comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit novelist Tiffany Amber Stockton, author of the collection Michigan Brides (Barbour Publishing, December 2010).

PhotobucketTiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, online marketing specialist, and a freelance web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a toddler daughter, a baby boy on the way, and a vivacious Australian shepherd named Roxie. She has sold eleven books to Barbour Publishing with more on the horizon. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club.

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

-- My grandfather's cousin married President Wilson during his presidency.

-- Before I married, I was the only living "Miller" girl in my family.

-- I personally know and work for international celebrity, Jane Seymour.

-- Some of my web design clients live and work in Hollywood.

-- My first story appeared in print when I was 10 years old.

Wow, your entry about your grandfather's cousin sent me straight to Wikipedia. Fascinating story to have in your family heritage, Tiff!

Please tell us a bit more about the plots of your three stories in this collection.


PhotobucketWithin the industrial boom during the Turn of the Century, three Michigan women react differently to their rapidly changing worlds.

Felicity Chambers trades her society gowns for poor rags, swapping lifestyles with a sick woman in the factory district. But when she meets Brandt Lawson from the copper refinery, will her noble deed lead to heartache?

Annabelle Lawson takes food to the potato pickers in her father's field and meets William Berringer, a victim of the 1893 financial crash. Can they break through society's stigma when romance blooms?

Shannon Delaney's belief that industrial progress is doomed to fail is confirmed by the sinking of the Titanic and when Jacob Berringer's Model-T almost runs her down. Will Shannon be willing to embrace change and welcome love with it? Can each woman find the faith and strength to weather their times and invite love into their hearts?

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

Well, Felicity has a heart for helping those less fortunate and Brandt has a great sense of humor. Annabelle is dedicated in her service and doesn't hesitate to stand up for what's right, and William is devoted to his family. Jacob is a rascal, but a loveable one, and Shannon is quite the spitfire that gives him a run for his money.

Why will readers enjoy your collection?

I've heard from many readers, and they've all said they love the idea of getting three complete novels in one book. The other feature of my collections is there is always a family connection between the stories. It might not be generational, but you can always connect each story to the other by more than just the setting. You can also do it through the family lineage.

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


PhotobucketFor Copper and Candles, Amy Adams would play Felicity.




PhotobucketAnd Jude Law would play Brandt.



What song would lend the proper atmosphere to your novel (or a particular scene in your novel)?

Oh wow, what a question! That's not an easy one, but the first one that comes to mind is "What if Jesus Came Back Like That" by Collin Raye, because we should always be looking for ways to help those in need. We never know when we might be God's hands extended or serving Jesus Himself, or even an angel in disguise.

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

I'm not getting too much time to read these days, with a toddler at home, writing deadlines, running a home business, and a baby on the way, but I'd have to say Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna. It has all the flavor of the 1950's and the rocking good times of rock-n-roll. The characters are endearing and memorable, and the story is a lingering one.

What are you working on now?

I just signed another 3-book contract for a series that takes me back to Delaware, the setting of my first 3 novels, only this time I'm jumping 100 years further into the future and heading slightly north from the setting of the first series. There will still be a tie-in to the previous series, but the society in which my characters live is quite different. Delaware also has changed quite a lot, but you'll love getting to discover all the changes as you experience life in this small yet significant state in our country's history.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

You can always find me online at my web site: www.amberstockton.com. There, you'll find links for the social networking on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, as well as my blog and sign-ups for my quarterly newsletter. The next edition is due out right after the first of the year, so if you don't want to miss out, head on over there and sign-up. There are over 100 readers so far.

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




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606548: Michigan Brides - Three-in-One (Michigan)

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What sorts of comforts and familiar things in your life would you give up in order to find love? Or if you've already been blessed to find the love of your life, what would you give up in order to help someone in need?

Thank you, Tiff, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Tiffany has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Tiff's question, above. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Melody Carlson 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.

Finally, Merry Christmas to you all! God bless us, everyone!

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, December 20, 2010

Melody Carlson and Free Books!

PhotobucketRecently released from prison, Lena Markham must restart her life in a new town--but the only work she can find is playing Mrs. Santa in a department store.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Night Prey, by Sharon Dunn, is:

misskallie2000@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Melody Carlson, author of Christmas at Harrington's (Baker/Revell, October 2010).

PhotobucketOver the years, Melody Carlson has worn a variety of "hats." From pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor, you name it, she may have done it. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past sixteen years, she has published around 200 books for teens, adults and children--with sales totaling more than 4 million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. She's won various writing awards and honors.

Melody has two grown sons, a granddaughter, and lives in Central Oregon with her husband of 32 years. They enjoy hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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

-- I am a hermit.

-- I swam across a crocodile infested river in Papua New Guinea (more than once).

-- I love redecorating/remodeling.

-- As a kid, I designed and sewed my own clothes.

-- My husband's birthday is Christmas Day.

Well, wish him a happy one for us! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Christmas at Harrington's.

PhotobucketLena Markham is released from prison shortly before Christmas. Nearly broke and virtually friendless, she has a bus ticket to a small northern town where she may or may not have a job. The one thing she knows for sure is she must make a fresh start.

Befriended by a fellow passenger, Lena makes some interesting connections in town and eventually lands a job at Harrington's Department Store playing Mrs. Santa. She makes an assortment of friends along the way, but adversity seems to follow her and eventually, Lena is forced to face the ghosts in her past. But can she learn to stand up for herself? After so much pain and betrayal, will she ever be able to trust again?

As Christmas draws closer, Lena finds out what she's really made of and what she needs to start over. But most importantly, Lena discovers that not only does she need others in her life, others need her.

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

Although Lena has been a victim, there is some spark of fight left in her--readers will cheer for her to pick herself up and try again.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Sometimes we get the idea that Christmas should look like a Norman Rockwell painting. But most people have some kind of challenge in their lives and something about the holiday seasons seems to bring troubles to the surface. In this Christmas novella, readers are reminded they're not alone.

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

PhotobucketIn this big budget film Lena Markham would be played by Renee Zellwegger (in her frumpier mode to begin with



Photobucket. . . spiffed up later).



PhotobucketMoira Phillips would be played by Helen Mirren.





PhotobucketAnd Matt Phillips would be played by George Clooney.




What song would lend the proper atmosphere to your novel?

"I'll Be Home for Christmas"

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

The Help. I've read books since reading, but they paled in comparison to it. I think it was a brilliantly written and compelling story, illuminating some of the realities of racism in the deep south during the sixties.

What are you working on now?

A women's novel set in Maine titled The View from the Lighthouse (Guideposts Books, and the lead book in a new series called The Miracles of Marble Cove). It's a fun project with several other writers doing the books.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My website is www.melodycarlson.com

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




CBD.com
719258: Christmas at Harrington"s


Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What are the kinds of books you'd like to read that aren't being written?

Thank you, Melody, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Melody has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melody's question, above. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Anita Higman 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, December 16, 2010

Anita Higman and Free Books!

PhotobucketA love triangle--two men falling in love with the same woman--and the story of the emotional ramifications of abandonment and the blessings of adoption.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for The Voyage of Promise, by Kay Strom, is:

mitzi_wanham@ . . .

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 the comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit with novelist Anita Higman, author of the novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve, featured in Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe (Summerside Press/Guideposts, September 2010).

PhotobucketAward-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-six books published (several coauthored) for adults and children, and she has been honored as a Barnes and Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston. Anita has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Her favorite things include exotic teas, movies, and all things Jane Austen.

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

-- I once worked in a pillow factory.

-- I once won a hog-calling contest at a banquet.

-- In college I agreed to participate in a fun experiment where I kissed a guy who was hooked up to an EKG machine. The young man got so excited that the marking pen flew off the machine. And yes, I do enjoy telling that story.

-- I love licorice ice cream and orchid tea--both are as delicious as they are hard to find!

-- Thirty-one years ago I rappelled off a cliff alongside the man I was dating. We kissed in mid-air while dangling off that cliff. I ended up marrying that man, and this year we celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary!

Well, of course you ended up marrying that man! I'll bet you would have destroyed yet another EKG machine, had he been hooked up to it while repelling, you vixen, you.

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


PhotobucketHolly Goodnight's store has just been voted best Christmas shop in America. All the new publicity draws flamboyant novelist Van Keaton to the cozy 'town of Noel, Missouri, demanding to write Holly's story--a dramatic tale of misfortune and triumph. She is swept up in his world of beautiful words and fanciful interludes. . .until Owen Quigly, her lifelong best friend, launches a plan to win her back.

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

The idea for Once Upon a Christmas Eve may have started with my interest in the fairy archetype. I loved the movies Cold Comfort Farm and Chocolat for that very reason. There was something enchanting about those two heroines as they whirled around, fixing people's lives. I gave my main character, Holly Goodnight, a similar fanciful quality, and I'm hoping this trait will be endearing enough to cause the reader to care for Holly.

Why will readers enjoy your novella?

My novella is a contemporary romantic comedy, so I hope readers will chuckle a bit. This world needs more laughter! I also hope the story reminds readers that even though life can get messy God is the best detangler!

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

PhotobucketI'd love for Anne Hathaway to play Holly Goodnight.






PhotobucketAnd for Paul Bettany from The Young Victoria to play the hero, Owen Quigly.




What song would lend proper atmosphere to your novel?

The beautiful and enchanting song, "Over the Rainbow"

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

Winds of Graystone Manor by B.J. Hoff. I would highly recommend this novel, since it is truly a page-turner. The writing is amazing.

What are you working on now?

I've been doing some freelance work, and then I will start on a novel in the new year.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Please visit my website at www.anitahigman.com. I'd be happy for you to drop by and enter my monthly contest.

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




CBD.com
360047: Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, 2-in-1


Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What makes you buy a particular novel? The cover? The blurb? The endorsements? The author's name? The first paragraph? Or all the above?

Thank you, Anita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Anita has offered to give a copy of Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Anita's question, above. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Sharon Dunn 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, December 13, 2010

Sharon Dunn and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Jenna Murphy fears the birds of prey she rescues are being harmed on purpose she enlist the help of her childhood friend Keith Roland who has returned to his grandparents ranch to find forgiveness and healing after serving in Iraq.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Red Ink, by Kathi Macias, is:

ecspiers@ . . .

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 the comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit with novelist Sharon Dunn, author of Night Prey (Love Inspired Suspense, December 2010).

PhotobucketSharon Dunn is an award winning author who writes humorous mysteries and romantic suspense for the Christian market. She started writing when her oldest son was born (he just turned 19).

She lives with her hubby of twenty three years, three children, three cats and their newest edition to the family, a border collie named Bart. When she isn't writings or being the Mom taxi, she enjoys reading, going for walks and making pets out of the dust bunnies in her house.

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

-- My husband says he loved me from almost our first date, but tasting my chocolate chip cookies was what sealed the deal.

-- I went to a very rural two room schoolhouse that had three kids per grade and three grades in a room.

-- My father was a phosphate miner which makes me a phosphate miner's daughter, though I have never written a song about it.

-- My favorite non-fiction author is C.S. Lewis.

-- Since my kids were born, I have pretty much lived in the psalms for my Bible reading time

Yeah, I guess the song lyrics wouldn't flow quite as well as Loretta's, would they?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Night Prey.

PhotobucketWhen Jenna Murphy finds an injured bird with buckshot in his wings, she wonders if someone is targeting the birds. More unusual bird injuries and a threatening note only confirm her suspicions. Getting to the bottom of these malicious acts is on the top of her list as the director of the Raptor Rescue Center.

Running into her childhood friend Keith Roland on the ranch where some of the crime has taken place was a complete surprise. The last time she saw Keith he was seventeen and deeply troubled. Can she trust that twelve years have changed him?

As Jenna seeks to protect the wild animals she feels a connection with, she and Keith uncover that the bird injuries are connected to much more dangerous crimes.

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

I think Jenna's passion for caring for the wild raptors and the courage she shows in facing some difficult things in her life. Also, I loved writing about Keith's journey and growth. When he was 17, he didn't leave his grandparents ranch on good terms. He was a troubled kid who had been arrested for drunk driving. Now he has returned a changed man to make amends.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

First and foremost, the suspense element and the level of danger that Keith and Jenna find themselves in, but the quieter story is about them restoring a broken childhood relationship. Both characters have secrets and wounds that make it hard for them to open their hearts.

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

PhotobucketI see Jenna as a real confident outdoorsy type, but also very sensitive. Probably someone like Sandra Bullock.



PhotobucketKeith is sort of a brooding ruggedly handsome guy, someone whose face says that he has layers to his personality. I picture him as Ethan Hawke with longer hair.

What song would lend the proper atmosphere to your novel (or a particular scene in your novel)?

"Wind Beneath My Wings." The birds, and in particular the eagles, are not only a part of the story, but they area metaphor for how God cares for us. I found so many verses that reference birds. The image of us hiding beneath God's feathers, of finding refuge is very powerful.

I think I'm going to have that song in my head now for the rest of the day. Good choice.

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

For non-fiction I read a book called Water from a Deep Well by Gerald Sittser, an easy to read history of Christian spirituality from the Roman persecution to modern times.

For fiction The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson because Lisa never disappoints with her storytelling.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in another Love Inspired Suspense called Her Guardian. The book will be out in July 2011 and is about a young woman who was kidnapped and held captive for seven years by a cult leader. The story starts when the heroine is set to testify in trial the trial against the cult leader. Since her life is under threat in the weeks before the trial, her father hires a bodyguard to keep her safe.

Very timely, considering cases like Elizabeth Smart's. 

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

At www.sharondunnbooks.com

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




CBD.com
444227: Night Prey


Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

When do you first remember being excited about reading? What genre did you first connect with and why?

I remember being in our tiny school library where we had a set of Nancy Drew mysteries with pink covers and after I read my first book, I couldn't wait to go back and get another. I read all kinds of genres after that, but in college I picked up an Agatha Christie right before hubby and I went on a camping trip. I remember sitting at the campfire reading that book, that sense of excitement in turning the next page. I think mysteries were always what I connected with.

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

Be sure to check out my interview with Kay Strom 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.
 

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