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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, July 21, 2011

Sharon Dunn and Free Books!

PhotobucketJulia Randel was kidnapped by the cult leader Elijah True when she was 13. Seven years later, she escaped. Now she must testify against the man who stole her childhood.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of my novel, Unforgettable, is:

laurelprincess12@ . . .

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 revisit with novelist Sharon Dunn, author of Her Guardian (Love Inspired, July 2011).

PhotobucketSharon Dunn is an award winning writer of both mysteries and romantic suspense for the Christian reader. Night Prey, a Love Inspired Romantic Suspense, was recently nominated for a Carol Award by American Christian Fiction Writers.

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

-- I am the middle child in a family of six children.

-- I am directionally challenged and have given up ever being able to navigate in a strange city.

-- If it wasn’t for spell check, I wouldn’t be able to write novels.

-- Though I count myself among the cat people, I have recently adopted a very nervous border collie who has won my heart.

-- My best prayer times are when I go for a walk up the trail by our house.

You've got me beat, Sharon. I can barely navigate in my home town, let alone a strange city.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Her Guardian.

PhotobucketFearing for his daughter’s life, Julia’s father hires bodyguard Gavin Shane to protect her when the loyal cult members start to make threats. Two weeks before the trial, Gavin and Julia must play a game of cat and mouse to stay alive as the cult members will stop at nothing to insure that Julia doesn’t make it to the courtroom.

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

I think Julia’s courage in facing Elijah and her desire to find hope for her future and not give into bitterness for what she has lost will inspire readers

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Action, action, action and a love story thrown in for good measure.

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

PhotobucketYvonne Strahovski, the blond actress from the series Chuck would play Julia and the part of Gavin would go to an unknown actor who looks more like he just stepped off the beach from a day of surfing than a bodyguard.

I searched for a little while for a suggestion, Sharon, but it's hard to refine a Google search to cover your parameters (not if you want to find someone old enough, manly enough, and smart looking enough).

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

If I could write any book and had endless amounts of time to do research and to revise, I would love to write something that was the equivalent of Les Miserables. I think that it is the most perfect story ever written in terms of characters, theme and complexity of plot. I don’t know if I am up to the task, but I would love to try.

Oh, I hear you. It would be fun to take that kind of time writing a book. What is the last book you read that you would recommend? 

For about a year, the only thing that made sense to me was C. S. Lewis and now the only thing that makes sense to me is Philip Yancey. I loved Soul Survivor. Both those authors write with great honesty and don’t get bogged down in Christianeze.

Philip Yancey was one of the first Christian authors I read as a new believer, and I completely agree with you. He writes beautifully. And Lewis's genius goes without saying. I love the way his mind worked.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in another Love Inspired Suspense called Broken Trust. It takes place in Eastern Montana. A female sheriff has to work with an FBI agent to infiltrate a militia that plans on stepping outside the law. Broken Trust will be out March 2012.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.sharondunnbooks.net and at the www.eharlequin.com website.

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

444496: Her Guardian

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

The last time you stopped reading a book, what was it that made you put the book down and never go back to it?

Can you remember the first book you read that sparked something inside you that made you realize that reading fiction was almost magic. In other words, what book turned you into a reader?

Thank you, Sharon, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sharon has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 28. To enter, leave an answer to Sharon's questions (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 DiAnn Mills, 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.


Diana Flowers said...

The last time I put a book down which was several months ago, was not because it wasn't well written, and I feel like it would appeal to other readers. I put it down because I wasn't interested in the subject matter or the setting. If you are a great horse lover the book would be very appealing to you, it just wasn't to me. I only buy books that have a subject matter that is interesting to me so I rarely put one down, but that particular book was given to me by a friend. Her Guardian sounds appealing to me...very suspenseful and interesting!


Diana Flowers said...

Sorry, I have my grandson here talking to me and I messed up my email up above...sheesh! It's:


Trish Perry said...

Be sure to tell us what book turned you into a fiction reader, too!

Debbie Clark said...

I would say that a book that just goes so slow and gets nowhere very fast will a lot of times make me put a book down. Funny thing, I have put books down & a couple of years go back to it and found it fastinating and read the whole book. Interesting how we are interested in things differently according to what is in our life at the moment.
As far as the first Christian novel I read, it was "A Rose Remembered" by Michael Phillips. It was the second in the series. I had to go back afterwards & read the first in the 4 book series "The Eleventh Hour". Even though they are heavy books, I could not put them down.
Please add me to the contest. Thanks for the chance to win.
Debbie Clark

dancealert said...

It was definately Laura Ingalls Wilder books that turned me into a read. Actually I don't know the author but before then I was reading books about Mrs. Piggle Wiggle! I am a sbuscrber and follow via gfc. Please enter me. I posted this to my blog: http://dancealertreads.blogspot.com/2011/07/reading-writing-and-stuff-in-between_21.html

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Megan said...

I very rarely, if ever, stop reading a book. The few that I did the reason was because they were so boring - I just couldn't continue.

The first book I read that really got me interested in reading was 'Summer Promise' by Robin Jones Gunn.

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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windycindy said...

Our class had to read the book,
To Kill a Mockingbird in the sixth
grade...It left such an impression
with me, that it is still my
favorite book!
Many thanks, Cindi

Trish Perry said...

Megan, like you, I seldom put a book down. BUT I've started to do it more often now. Usually, though, the thing that makes me do that is if it's a mainstream book and it gets raunchy or anti-Christ.

When I was in high school, I'd say the book that hooked me into reading was Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Then I got distracted with boys for awhile . . . And then Three Days of the Condor pulled me back to reading again. Now I love reading just about any kind of novel--from simply entertaining ones to very challenging, experimental ones.

Makes me want to go read right now. I think I will!

Nancye said...

The last time I stopped reading a book was when the plot was slow-moving, unappealing characters, and when I just couldn't "get in to" the story.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Trish Perry said...

Be sure to tell us what book turned you into a fiction reader, too!

apple blossom said...

last time I put a book down and didn't pick it up was do to time limits and schedule restraints. Busy busy

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Judy said...

I rarely put a book down and never come back to it. I have done so if the language is bad and the romance gets raunchy! I screen my books well before buying or picking them up from the library. If it isn't glorifying to God, I ought not be reading it!

I got hooked on reading with the Nancy Drew books. Loved them all! I've been an avid reader since first grade. My nose has always been stuck in a book!




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