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 21, 2011

Debra Ullrick and Free Books!

PhotobucketMichael Bowen, who marries his bride sight unseen via proxy, thinks he’s marrying an educated southern belle, and is horrified to discover his bride is an uneducated woman who looks and dresses like a female outlaw.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sandra Robbins' novella collection, Alabama Brides, 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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Debra Ullrick, author of The Unlikely Wife (Steeple Hill, Love Inspired Historical, January 2012).

PhotobucketDebra Ullrick is an award-winning Christian romance author. In addition to multiple full-length novels, her stories have been featured in several novella collections, one of which made the New York Times bestseller’s list.

Debra is happily married to her husband of thirty-seven years and has one daughter. For over twenty-five years, they lived and worked on cattle ranches in the Colorado Mountains. She now lives in the Colorado flatlands.

Debra loves animals, classic cars, mud-bog racing, and monster trucks. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drawing western art, feeding wild birds, and watching Jane Austen movies, COPS, or Castle.

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

--My heart ached something fierce, and I cried like a baby when a bird hit my window and died.

--I love perfume and wear it almost every day.

--I’m addicted to Sonic’s cherry limeade drink and can’t wait to get to the maraschino cherry at the bottom of the drink.

--Pink is my favorite color, especially fuchsia.

--Ever since I was little, I wanted a tiny chipmunk (squirrel type) for a pet.

For someone who's lived on cattle ranches and enjoys mud-bog racing, you're quite a girly-girl, aren't you? I like that dichotomy.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Unlikely Wife.

PhotobucketThe arrival of Michael Bowen's bride, married sight unseen by proxy, sends the rancher reeling. With her trousers, cowboy hat and rifle, she looks like a female outlaw—not the genteel lady he corresponded with for months. He's been hoodwinked into marriage with the wrong woman!

Selina Farleigh Bowen loved Michael's letters, even if she couldn't read them herself. A friend read them to her, and wrote her replies—but apparently that "friend" left things out, like Michael's dream of a wife who was nothing like her. Selina won't change who she is, not even for the man she loves. Yet time might show Michael the true value of his unlikely wife.

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

All her life, Selina Farleigh Bowen has been abominably judged because of her extreme poverty and outward appearance instead of her warm, caring, giving heart.

Oh, yes. You go right for our heartstrings with that.

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

PhotobucketAngelina Jolie . . .

Photobucket. . . and Paul Walker.

Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

That my husband, who’s been talking to a camera man for some major film producers, would announce that the camera man has finally found a producer who is going to film my story, The Bride Wore Coveralls.

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

The Gladiator, by Carla Capshaw. It was filled with romance, the hero was super macho and smoking hot, and the whole spiritual theme of the book was amazing.

What are you working on now?

Groom Wanted, which is the sequel to The Unlikely Wife.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.debraullrick.com, Facebook, Shoutlife, Goodreads, and Twitter.

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:

829020: The Unlikely Wife

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

Do you enjoy reading stories with emotional, real life situations or more of a “Calgon take me away” sort of romance?

Thank you, Debra, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Debra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Debra's question, above. "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 Lisa Jordan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

And I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

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.


Kimberly said...

This sounds like a fantastic story! I like books somewhere in between the two types mentioned. I like stories to be believable, but I also don't like them to be so serious that they are a downer. When I read I want to escape into the characters lives and I don't like being drug through the ringer of emotions. Please enter me. kimberlyj(at)gmail(dot)com

windycindy said...

I adore the cover of your book...
Depending upon my mood, both types
of books are ones that I read!
Mostly, I read for escape, thus the
Calgon take me away kind of book is what I read the most.
Many thanks, Cindi

Marianne said...

Thanks for the post with Debra, Trish. i don't think i've read anything by her. As for what type of story i like? i think i like the emotional, real life situations mostly, but also read for escape at times, and then turn to the 'Calgon take me away' books, novellas and romance.

Kristin said...

I love the emotional, real life types, especially in an older time setting.

Judy said...

I prefer to read books with emotional, real life situations.

I just love the cover of this book. I can't wait to read it. Selina is a character I can relate to. She is going to be so enjoyable..I just know it!!

I would love to win a copy of this book.

Debra, you have inspired me to wear my perfume daily! I tend to wear it only occasionally...life is too short to save it for special occasions! Many thanks!

Judy B

gahome2mom said...

Did you ever get a chipmunk for a pet? Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving


Erin Rainwater said...

Deb, this cover is your best one yet. And the story line sounds fresh, one I've never heard before, which is unusual these days.
I like stories where I genuinely feel the emotion, and am not told what I should be feeling. And I definitely read to escape real life, not get re-wrapped up in it.
And Deb, I actually had a chipmunk as a pet once. He was violent! We ended up taking him to a golf course and setting him free.
Congrats on your newest release. And thanx, Trish, for such a great interview.

Debra Ullrick said...

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by!!

Kimberly, I understand what you mean about being drug through the ringer. I do have one or two emotional scenes in my stories, but most of them I try to make humorous.

windycindy, I love the cover too! The book cover designers did an amazing job on both of my covers. I like the Calgon take me away stories too. Although I confess, when I read, I do want to feel the character’s emotions

Marianne. You are so welcome. It was my pleasure. Hopefully someday you will read one of my stories and enjoy it.
*crossing my fingers* ~smiling~
I’m with you. I read both. Sometimes I want something that really touches my emotions, and other times I want to escape to another world. That’s what I love about writing stories…I get to do both.

Kristin. I do too. I’m sure we authors romanticize the days gone past, when they were probably anything but romantic. Well, maybe that’s not true. Just think of The Song of Solomon. hmmm. Maybe things were romantic back then after all. *smiling*

Judy, I can relate to Selina too. So many times people judge us by our outward appearance. Aren’t you glad God looks at the heart? I know I am. *smiling*
I love the cover too! Because my character is a cross between Ellie May Clampitt and Calamity Jane, my fear was that the cover designers would have her wearing a leather fringe jacket and pants and a coon’s hat. hehehe
I used to save my perfume for whenever I went somewhere too. That is, until one day I read a post about how a husband had gone through his deceased wife’s things and found all the things she’d been saving to wear for someplace special. Well, the tags were still on those things.

gahome2mom. Nope, never got that chipmunk. I still want one too. I guess some things you never grow out of. *smiling*

Debra Ullrick said...

Hi Erin! Waving profusely at ya, girlfriend!

I am SO jealous that you had a pet chipmunk, even if you did have to let him go because he was violent. I so want to hold one and pet its little head and tail. Silly, I know, but it's something I still want to do. I love little critters. Well, most of them anyways. However, just because I love lots of them doesn't mean I want to own all of them. Just a chipmunk. *grin*
Thanks for the congrats, Erin. I love cover too. I still think the cover for, The Unexpected Bride, is the best though. *smiling* Whenever you get a chance, come by and see me again, okay? I miss our chats. (((MEGA HUGS))

Abby said...

The book sounds great! I prefer books that aren't too dramatic. I don't mind real life situations, but I don't want them to be so real they're depressing.

My email is amiller[at]usermail[dot]com

wfnren said...

It depends on my mood, I like them both. There are times I just want my book to take me away from the everyday rut I can get into, but I also like true dramas, or based on true stories.

Great interview.


Debra Ullrick said...

Abby, depressing novels I can do without. However, I do like to feel the character's depressed moments. I just don't want the whole story to be a downer. Yuk.

wfnren, you’re so right about books that will take us out of the ruts we find ourselves in. Oftentimes, I want to be transported to another world. To fanaticize what it was like to live back then.

Kayce Phillips said...

I don't care what type book it is, as long as you write it! I love ALL your books! Mostly cuz I can't belive you write them! AND THEY ARE GOOD!
I never would have believed it back in the day!(way to far back to tell-don't want to give away your age!)I always loved to read, & you couldn't be bothered to! Oh how life changes!

Debra Ullrick said...

Hey Kayce!!! How are you, girlfriend? Thank goodness you didn't tell them the nickname you gave me many moons ago. And thank you for telling them how many moons ago. *wink wink* hehe

I'm so glad that you are enjoying my books. Coming from an avid reader that means a lot.


Rebecca said...

It depends on my mood. I usually don't like to read emotional books. I enjoy reading books that let me escape from life and its problems.

Thanks for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Debra Ullrick said...

Rebecca, I know what you mean about depending on the mood you're in. There are times when I've started a book and found it so boring I’d put it back on the shelf and get another one. Later on, someone would tell me about this great book they’d just read. Yep, the same one I thought was so boring. So, I'd go back to it and end up devouring it. I've done that same thing scads of times with movies too. Go figure. It took me a long time to figure out it had to do with the mood I was in at the time. So now when I pick up a book and can’t get into it, I put it aside and will try it again later. Almost always, I will end up really enjoying it.

Trish Perry said...

I think someone should form a rock band called The Violent Chipmunks.

Like so many of you, I like both of the types of books Debra mentions. I tend to alternate them--isn't it great that we have so many choices?! But yes, my mood is definitely what dictates the book I choose to read next.

Same with films, really. Sometimes I'm ready for a deep, heart-wrenching story, and then I'll follow up with a raucous comedy!

Debra Collins said...

I like both types of books, too. It really depends on the mood I'm in to determine what kind of book I'll choose :)
I'm looking forward to reading, The Unlikely Wife, because I just loved, loved, loved The Unexpected Bride!


Debra Ullrick said...

Trish, hahaha don't they already have something like that with Alvin and the Chipmunks. They can get pretty violent. Well, maybe not violent, but ornery for sure. hehe

Debra Collins, I'm so thrilled that you loved, loved, loved, The Unexpected Bride. Hope you love, love, love, The Unlikely Wife, too. *smiling*

Kristin said...

Oops, forgot my email address:)

Have enjoyed reading your comments, Debra!

kimmyl said...

Sounds like an awesome read. I'm more of a Calgon take me away. I love reading, it seems to calm me and not deal with what's going around me at the moment.




Content Copyright Trish Perry | Graphic Design and Layout Eagle Designs