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 1, 2011

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

PhotobucketIn the aftermath of a hurricane, will Kathleen Hart and Gideon O’Brien, two scarred people, find hope ... and love?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lisa Jordan's novel, Lakeside Reunion, is:

ABreading4fun@ . . .

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 Margaret Daley, author of His Holiday Family (Love Inspired, December 2011).

PhotobucketMargaret Daley, an award-winning author of seventy-five books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

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

--I was a cheerleader in high school.

--I’m a dog lover with three cats.

--I struggled to learn to read.

--I love to bowl.

--I never dreamed of being a writer.

Well, the reading and writing issues are certainly surprising, but the cheerleader issue is not. You have a wonderful, uplifting spirit about you!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of His Holiday Family. 

PhotobucketWhen Hurricane Naomi tears through a small Mississippi town, a daring rescue unites two heroes. Nurse Kathleen Hart is a single mom racked by guilt over her husband's death. Firefighter Gideon O'Brien—orphaned as a young boy—has lost too many people he cared for.

To rise above the storm's devastation, Gideon helps Kathleen and her sons rebuild their home. As Christmas approaches, they discover that even the strongest of storms can't destroy a romance built on the foundation of faith.

Readers, an excerpt from Margaret's novel is included in my November 27 post, if you'd like a taste of the story.

Margaret, what is it about Kathleen that will make your readers care about her?

Kathleen is an debt ridden widow with two sons who is struggling to keep her family together.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

Yes, I’m likely to do that. I’m working on putting three of my out-of-print books up as an ebook soon.

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

Long Trail Home by Vickie McDonough is a wonderful story set right after the Civil War in Texas. A soldier comes home to discover his fiancee has married someone else and his parents were murdered.

What are you working on now?

I am starting my third book in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series for Abingdon Press. The first book will be out in March 2012, called Saving Hope.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.margaretdaley.com

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase through these buttons:

877119: His Holiday Family

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

What is your favorite hero like?

Thank you, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 8. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret'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 post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Jody Hedlund, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Jody's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

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Jackie S. said...

My favorite hero would be strong in character....confident, not boastful....kind and gentle. I love Margaret's books and hope to win this one to read!! Thanks.

Joy Hannabass said...

Thanks ladies for the interview, and I Love the book cover Margaret!I would have to say my favorite hero would be the bad guy turned good. Because these guys usually turn out to be good hearted, even though they don't think they are worthy.

lgm52 said...

Enjoyed the interview.
My favorite hero would be a strong person (not necessarily physically though), upright character, moral, compassionate, tender, loving...

Lane Hill House said...

My hero would honor God. In so doing, my hero would also honor others and his-/her-self.

marybelle said...

My favorite hero puts others first. They are dependable, intelligent and honorable.


Margaret Daley said...

I love you all's answers about what a hero is. Heroes are so important to a romance. Thank you all for stopping by.

gahome2mom said...

Heroes? Hmmm....
Right now my favorite is my oldest daughter. She kindly allowed her sisters and myself to move in with her family after my husband left and divorced me a few months ago. We had no where to turn. I love her for her kindness and the sacrifice she is making. She is newly married too.


Merry said...

My favorite hero is redeemed bad boy with a heart of gold... kind of like my wonderful husband. :)
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Nancye said...

A hero to me is strong, masculine, but a softee at the same time and not afraid to show his emotions and shed a tear or two if necessary.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

apple blossom said...

my favorite hero is kind, respectful and thoughtful. Treats a lady as she should be treated.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Trish Perry said...

My daughter and I were just talking about how her hubby is such a terrific communicator. He won't let conflict fester but diplomatically addresses it head on. That might not sound like much to some, but a man who isn't afraid to communicate is my idea of a real hero!



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