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, July 11, 2011

K. Dawn Byrd and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen a good Christian girl and her gorgeous non-Christian wild and crazy best friend fall in love with the same guy, who wins?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Yesterday's Tomorrow, by Cathy West, is:

jnkbull@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist K. Dawn Byrd, author of the e-book, Mistaken Identity (Desert Breeze Publishing, June 2011).

PhotobucketK. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Mistaken Identity, her first young adult romance released on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released in April 2010 and was the bestselling book for her publisher during its debut month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense, released August 1, also with Desert Breeze Publishing.

K. Dawn Byrd is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

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

-- I have two hairless Chinese Crested dogs.

-- I love sour things...pickles, olives, sour candy.

-- I used to ride a Harley, but gave it up to have more time to write.

-- My writing buddy is my African Gray parrot, Miss Scarlet.

-- I'm a WWII buff.

PhotobucketOkay, I had to post a picture of the hairless Chinese Crested dogs. Readers, these aren't Kim's dogs, just an example of what they look like. I can't believe this happens naturally!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Mistaken Identity.

PhotobucketEden Morgan makes a list of six goals to accomplish in order to have the best summer ever. Getting a boyfriend, which is perhaps the most important goal, becomes complicated when she and her best friend, Lexi, fall for the same guy. Since Lexi is popular, gorgeous, and always gets her guy, Eden thinks she doesn't have a chance.

Channing Johnson is everything Eden's ever dreamed of and she can't believe he just moved in next door. When he starts showing interest in her, she's overjoyed...until she sees him out on a date with Lexi. He says Lexi talked him into it to repay her for tutoring him. Lexi says they're in love.

Eden doesn't know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone will get hurt.

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

Eden isn't perfect. She's just like the rest of us. She makes mistakes, but she's trying to live for God. She's self-conscious about her weight even though she's just a few pounds overweight and she compares herself to her gorgeous best friend, afraid that she'll never measure up.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

My editor, an adult, loved it. She said it reminded her of being in high school and having a crush on the boy next door. Hopefully, it will entertain adults as they remember days gone by and it will strengthen the Christian walk of teens.

If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose?

I've written a little bit of everything. My first release was a WWII romantic suspense (Queen of Hearts), my next a contemporary romantic suspense (Killing Time). Of course, Mistaken Identity is a young adult romance. In October, a contemporary romance will release. And in 2012, my young adult mystery series will debut, starting in January.

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

Rebecca's Contrition by Michelle Buckman. I loved the book. I enjoy fast moving books with psychological themes and this one didn't disappoint.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on the young adult mystery series that debuts in January.

Where else can readers find you online?


My blog: www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com,
You Tube

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

18918EB: Mistaken Identity - eBook

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

My heroine, Eden, wants a car for her sixteenth birthday. She's hoping for the blue Mustang convertible she saw at a local dealer. She works part-time and has told her parents she'll pay for the insurance and gas. What is the most memorable gift you ever received? What did you love or hate about it?

Thank you, Kim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kim has offered to give a copy of her e-book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 18. Please note that this is an e-book, not a print book. To enter, leave an answer to Kim's question (above) at the bottom of today's post. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Dorothy Love, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter 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.


apple blossom said...

most memorable. was a pair of parakeets that I received. My mom locked me in the bathroom and then when I opened the door to come out the cage was setting right in front of the door.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Wendy said...

My most memorable gift was debt forgiveness. I was paying my parents back for credit card debt (I have stayed debt free now) and on year for Christmas they forgave it.

Little Lady said...

The most memorable gift I have ever received was probably (I know this is funny) but an amp and speakers for my computer! My brother had told me he had dropped off my gift in my room that day...and I walked in, and there was this box -- I was SO excited. :)

count me in the drawing!


Nancye said...

The most memorable gift I ever received was my engagement ring on Valentine's Day way back in 1992. (Does that count as a gift?) My hubby totally caught me by surprise and I wasn't expecting him to pop the question. That was over 20 years ago and we are together still!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

great! luv ebooks! thank you ~
What is the most memorable gift you ever received? What did you love or hate about it?
the gift of pregnancy! luved that it made me a mom ! best gift in the world "))

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

sorry - missed the[ blstef1 at mts dot net] part ")
although email is avlbl on blog profile

Christy said...

First off, I just have to comment on Dawn's dogs... My hubby's grandma actually has a hairless Chinese Crested, my MIL has a Chinese Crested Powderpuff, and my hubby and I have a Powderpuff, too! Small world for dogs! :o)

Second, a most memorable gift... when I was in high school, my mom gave me her engagement ring so that it could be my promise ring to save myself for marriage. That will always be close to my heart. :o)

southernsassythings at gmail dot com

dancealert said...

Please enter me I'm a subscriber and I follow GFC. I posted this to my blog: http://dancealertreads.blogspot.com/2011/07/reading-writing-and-stuff-in-between-k.html

Brenda from Michigan

dancealert at aol dot com

K. Dawn Byrd said...

Wow! That's a myriad of gifts. I'd say my most memorable gift would be a Christmas gift from my husband several years ago. Jostens, the same company that makes class rings, also makes Harley Davidson rings. At the time, I was riding and had a Harley Davidson Screamin' Eagle V-Rod. My husband had a Harley ring that he loved and he knew I wanted one also. These rings are specially made for the owners with their name on one side and their bike on the other. He had one made for me and it was perfect, exactly what I would have picked out for myself. Other than my engagement ring, that's my most memorable gift.

Trish Perry said...

I love reading about these gifts! Isn't it something, the different things that do the trick for us?

It's difficult for me to choose a favorite gift. But I have to say one of my favorites was a journal my daughter gave me about ten years ago. She used the first several pages to write a cute essay about my salvation and how that led to hers and my then-husband's and so on. She finished it off with a page about how our (hers and mine) relationship had changed and grown through the years. And then the rest of the journal was for me to write in.

That meant so much to me, and I pull it out to read again every once in awhile. Keeps on giving . . .

Anonymous said...

most memomorable gift was a life size doll.

Laura J said...

Since the book is about a girl in high school, I'll tell about a gift my high school boyfriend used to give me. I was an apple juice junky, so he would bring me apple juice instead of flowers. :)

laurelprincess12 (at) gmail (dot) com

Kameko said...

Loved the interview! The premise of your book sounds like one that would appeal to readers of all ages.

The most memorable gift I've ever received was this year @ Mother's Day. Our daughter and son-in-law gifted me with a figurine of a woman lovingly cradling a cat - a symbol of the love I had for my 18 year old cat I lost the month before.

As for Kim's Chinese Crested, our daughter showed dogs in AKC competition and had both types of Crested (the hairless and powder puff). Amazingly, the Hairless Crested she showed loved me and won't do anything for her when I was around. I had to hide out of his site every time she showed him so he would pay attention to her! They are amazing little dogs.

Many blessings to you both ~

K. Dawn Byrd said...

I've had fun reading about all your gifts, and Trish, I love your daughter's gift. It's the ones that are so well thought out that mean the most to me. It doesn't have to be something big, just something that someone took the time to pick out especially for me.



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