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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!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Vannetta Chapman and Free Books!

PhotobucketAnnie is the woman who has a foot in each world, and her heart is split in two. Only God can help her find a way home.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari, by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, is:

dlbrandmeyer@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Vannetta Chapman, author of A Simple Amish Christmas (Abingdon Press, October 2010).

PhotobucketVannetta Chapman has published more than 100 articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania.

Vannetta is a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country. A Simple Amish Christmas, a CBD fiction bestseller, was released in October 2010 as her debut novel. Falling to Pieces, a quilt shop murder mystery, will be released in fall 2011. Vannetta writes Amish novels for Zondervan, Harvest House and Abingdon.

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

-- I'm trying to tame a dragon (Dragon speech-to-text software).

-- I have a herd of deer in my yard.

-- I'm 47 (yippee).

-- My cat sleeps in my in-box.

-- I have 4 months left on my day job.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Simple Amish Christmas.

PhotobucketA Simple Amish Christmas is the story of a young Amish girl who becomes a nurse before she joins the church. Then she’s called home and she must find a way to integrate her skills into her community. In the process she falls in love with the man her community uses for their minor medical needs.

Annie has to trust that God has a plan for her life, has a future for her that will include her passions, her skills, and the man she has grown to love.

I came at this story with the idea that not all Amish women would be happy with an 8th grade education, but that didn’t mean that they would want to leave their church or community either.

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

I think we can all relate to trying to fit in, to wondering how God can possibly use who we are or what we are--where we are. It's a deep yearning.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

This is a very upbeat, positive novel. That doesn't mean everyone skips across the pages, but it does mean that it's filled with hope, which is my main point in writing. Though any given story may have tragedy or sorrow in it, in the end we need to see God's hand and God's grace.

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

PhotobucketThat's always fun when you're talking Amish characters, but I can see Emilie de Ravin (from Lost) as Annie.



PhotobucketAnd could I put a young Alan Jackson in for Samuel? I know he's a singer, but ...


Hey, we can use anyone we want in our dreams!


Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

I love Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo - I think because we see the growth and change in his character.

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

I read a lot! This weekend I finished Ted Dekker's Immanuel's Veins. It was wonderful, but then everything I've read by him has been wonderful.

What are you working on now?

I'm doing copy edits on book one in my Shipshewana Amish Murder Mystery series. It's titled Falling to Pieces and is due out in September. I'm also finishing up writing book two, which will release six months later.

Where else can readers find you online?

vannettachapman.wordpress.com
vannettachapman.com

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






CBD.com
710661: A Simple Amish Christmas

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

Any questions about Amish, Texas, or about writing in general?

Thank you, Vannetta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vannetta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vannetta'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 Cara Lynn James below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a 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.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cara Lynn James and Free Books!

PhotobucketA young, ambitious secretary goes undercover to get the goods on a rich professor only to find herself falling in love with him.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Leave Me Never, by Connie Stevens, is:

strgth4yu@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Cara Lynn James, author of Love on Assignment (Thomas Nelson, January 2011).

Tell us about yourself, Cara.

PhotobucketI'm an author, wife, mother of two and grandmother of one precious little boy. Eight years ago we moved from Vermont to northwest Florida to escape the snow and ice. Now we worry about hurricanes. I've served as a Naval officer, bookstore owner and home school mom and now I'm a full time historical romance writer.

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

-- I love to watch figure skating on TV and on the internet.

-- I think popcorn is the perfect snack.

-- I'd rather go to the dentist than fly in an airplane and that's saying a lot, since . . .

-- My husband is a retired Navy pilot.

-- I cry when I laugh.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love on Assignment.

PhotobucketWhile Charlotte is focusing on uncovering sordid information on columnist Daniel Wilmot, her heart leads her into uncharted territory.

During the summer of 1900 Charlotte Hale, a native Newporter and secretary for the Rhode Island Reporter, accepts an undercover assignment as temporary governess to Daniel Wilmont's children in order to secretly gather evidence against him. As he helps her rediscover God, Charlotte learns that Daniel is an honorable man. They unexpectedly fall in love despite their different backgrounds and social positions.

Charlotte soon realizes she must defend Daniel against the forces set against him--a willful student with a romantic crush and the newspaper editor determined to destroy his reputation.

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

I think readers will like Charlotte because she's spunky. She faces up to the hard realities of her life and to her heavy responsibilities toward the people she loves. And then when she finally understands what she's doing is wrong, she doesn't deny it even though that would be so much easier. She tries to figure out how to right the wrong she's helped to create and then she acts on her convictions. And most importantly, she lets God into her life and lets him change her attitudes. But she's very human, too. She finds it's hard to admit her deceit and suffer the consequences.

Daniel is a kind, level-headed man who surprises himself by falling in love with Charlotte.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

As the author I'm not sure if I can answer that. But I'll try. Probably readers will like the characters and the moral situations they encounter along with their reactions. Some readers might enjoy the beautiful Newport setting or the Gilded Age lifestyle. It's a light hearted story, but filled with moral dilemmas.

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

PhotobucketI'd pick a tall, blue eyed, blond hero.

I chose Paul Bettany for you, Cara.



PhotobucketAnd a small, dark haired girl with a feisty personality.

Camilla Belle fits that description.




Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?


Scarlett O'Hara of Gone with the Wind comes to mind before any one else, even though I don't admire her. If I met her (that would be quite a trick, wouldn't it?) I'm sure I wouldn't like her at all. She was more flawed than most characters. But, Scarlett was so well drawn by Margaret Mitchell she almost came alive. Even if I hadn't seen the movie half a dozen times, I'd have a vivid picture of Scarlett. She was so over-the-top and so strong I remember her. She's the kind of heroine we'd all like to create!

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

I just finished a mystery called Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear. It's set in the late 1920's in England. Maisie Dodds is a private investigator and former World War One nurse who, like her country and countrymen, is still profoundly effected by the tragedies of war. I recommend it because it's well written, and it has a poignant story. It's a reminder of how our actions, good and bad, can have repercussions far into the future.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a stand alone historical romance. It's set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York during the Gilded Age. Like the three novels of the Ladies of Summerhill series, this one has a bit of a mystery element too. My characters are a part of the same elite society I wrote about before, but the setting is completely different from Newport, Rhode Island where I located my other stories.

Where else can readers find you online?

Caralynnjames.com and seekerville.blogspot.com

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




CBD.com
546807: Love on Assignment, Ladies of Summerhill Series #2

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

Would you be disappointed if a romance novel didn't have a happily ever after ending? Just curious.

Thank you, Cara, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cara Lynn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cara Lynn'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 Donita Paul and Evangeline Denmark below, and leave a comment under their interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of their 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.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Donita K. Paul, Evangeline Denmark, and Free Books!

PhotobucketUnlikely friends face unlikely hazards during a very ordinary camping trip.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona, by Miralee Ferrell, is:

slmorrill@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelists Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, authors of The Dragon and the Turtle go on Safari (WaterBrook Press, January 2011).

PhotobucketA former Schoolteacher, Donita K. Paul is the best-selling author of the DragonKeeper series and The Dragons of Chiril and Dragons of the Valley.

Evangeline Denmark likes to turn bedtime stories into picture books. She lives in Colorado with her engineer husband, their two noisy boys, her author mom, and Willie, a cattle dog who tries to herd the entire family into one room.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari.

PhotobucketPadraig the dragon and his best friend, Roger the turtle, are determined to spend the whole night outside. As brave explorers at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow, the boys use their imaginations to have fun while munching on crunchy baked bugs and toasting s'mores over their campfire. But when the sky gets dark and the sounds of strange animals fill the forest outside their tent, their safari gets scary. This adventure is just what the boys need to discover that the dark might be frightening, but their friendship is stronger than fear.

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

Padraig and Roger are typical little boys. Parents will recognize them; children will identify with them.

Why will readers enjoy your book?

Children will enjoy the imaginative play of Roger and Padraig. They do some pretty silly things. Adults will enjoy the opportunity to discuss fear and ways to overcome it.

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

Puddleglum. He sounds like a fussy parent, and then he injures himself in order to protect the kids. He proves his love for them. Sometimes when I teach third graders, we will read through the Silver Chair and discuss Puddleglum. By the end the kids are thinking, "He's actually a pretty good guy." I am then able to draw a sneaky comparison between him and their parents.

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

Sidney and Norman by Phil Vischer. I have two grandsons who are exactly like those pigs.

What are you working on now?

Right now I am finishing the final book in the Chiril Chronicles. The title is Dragons of the Watch.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find this book on www.thedragonantheturtle.com. My other website is www.donitakpaul.com.

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




CBD.com
446459: The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

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

How many make a conscious effort to read to their kids daily or provide books to their kids? Is reading a honorable pastime in your household? What can we do as parents to make reading, not only attractive, but exciting?

Thank you, Donita and Evangeline, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donita and Evangeline have offered to give a signed copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Donita and Evangeline'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 Connie Stevens below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a 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.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Connie Stevens and Free Books!

PhotobucketOld lies and new oppression form shackles only God can break.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for The Rhythm of Secrets, by Patti Lacy, is:

janmarien@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Connie Stevens, author of Leave Me Never (Heartsong Presents, division of Barbour Publishing, January 2011).

PhotobucketConnie began writing in high school, but set it aside when life happened. Taking up the pen again twelve years ago, she attended some writer's conferences, and the passion to write was fanned into flame. Connie discovered American Christian Fiction Writers in 2001 (it was American Christian Romance Writers back then) and the wealth of resources and mentors available from this fabulous online group helped her grow as a writer. The highlight of Connie's writing journey occurred in 2009 when she was awarded a first-time contract with Heartsong Presents at the ACFW conference. Since then she has signed three contracts, all with Heartsong Presents.

Connie and her husband of 37 years, John, live in north Georgia. One cantankerous kitty, misnamed Sweet Pea, allows them to live in her home. (John calls her Crabby Tabby.) Some of Connie's favorite pastimes include reading, gardening, and making quilts for the Cancer Treatment Center of America.

Thanks for crediting ACFW like that, Connie. I've often mentioned how, had I known about the group, I would have joined them far earlier in my career. I highly recommend ACFW to any inspirational fiction author, regardless of where you are with your writing. 

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

-- I once started to purchase a Christmas present for Tessa Langford . . . um, Tessa is one of the characters in my novel, Leave Me Never. I've also had arguments with some of my characters who refused to cooperate.

-- I am a collector of teddy bears. I share my home with almost 200 bears, all of whom have names. My husband told me if I bring one more bear into the house, he's leaving. I'm sure going to miss him.

-- My car's name is "Jarhead" (the car used to belong to my Marine son).

-- I'm not the least bit afraid of spiders (show me one and I'll smack it for you) but seeing a wasp will send me into a panic.

-- If I had to choose between a steak or Italian food, I'd choose Italian every time.

Totally agree on the wasps! Wasps sting (and bite!) just for kicks--not because you're near their territory. They're like bugs with PMS.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Leave Me Never.

PhotobucketTessa Langford is abandoned in a town where she knows no one, and must do whatever is necessary to survive on her own. Gideon Maxwell's dream is to sell the mercantile he inherited and start a horse ranch. Henry Kilgore will stop at nothing to get control of the town, and he's set his sights on Maxwell's Mercantile.

Tessa takes the only decent job she can find--working in Kilgore's hotel kitchen--despite Kilgore's repeated haranguing for her to come to work in his saloon. Tessa believes the lies her father told her--that she's worthless--and wonders if the demeaning job is the best she can ever be. Are the precious promises in God's Word meant for somebody like her? Meanwhile, Gideon tries to devise a plan to help Tessa break away from Kilgore's clutches and make her dream a reality while at the same time trying to make his own dream come true.

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

Tessa has grown up believing the disparaging remarks from her father. She longs to realize a glimmer of self-worth, and finds strength in God's Word and encouragement in Gideon's respect for her to stand up for herself. I believe readers will see a bit of themselves in Tessa, and seize Tessa's perseverance for their own.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

My hope is that readers will understand their worth comes from who they are in Christ, and will cast aside the lies of the enemy and allow God to slide the ring of adoption on their finger.

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

PhotobucketI'm not too familiar with the current stars in Hollywood. Most of the movies I watch are on the Hallmark channel. After watching Logan Bartholomew, who played Willie LaHaye in the Love Comes Softly series, I think I'd like to see him in the role of Gideon.


PhotobucketShannen Fields played Brooke Taylor in Facing The Giants. I think she would make Tessa come alive.


Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

I can only name one, huh? Hmm. Of all the characters I've read in the past several years, I think the one that has stayed with me was Summer Stedman in Waiting For Summer's Return because I identified with her grief. I was amazed how Kim Vogel Sawyer wrote the description of Summer's grief and her struggle to overcome it so accurately.

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

Kim Vogel Sawyer's Courting Miss Amsel. The characters are wonderful--not only the main characters but also the secondary characters--and the reader can so easily put themselves into the characters' shoes. I chuckled at some scenes and felt angst at others, and I kept turning pages.

Yet another Kim Sawyer fan!

What are you working on now?


I am currently working on an historical series set in north Georgia. The first story opens in 1838 at the time of the Trail Of Tears, and the second and third books, set twenty-five years later, follow the offspring of the couple in the first book.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.heartsongpresents.com and
www.conniestevenswrites.com

I'm also on Facebook.

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

What is more important to you as a reader of Christian fiction: Character development? Growth of characters' relationships? Setting? Historical accuracy? Showing how God works in the lives of the characters?

Thank you, Connie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Connie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Connie'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 Miralee Ferrell below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a 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.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Miralee Ferrell, Free Books, and Contests for You!

PhotobucketIn a town where dreams are buried, does love stand a chance?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Mirrored Image, by Alice Arenz, is:

debracollins@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit with novelist Miralee Ferrell, author of Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona (Summerside Press, February 2011).

PhotobucketMiralee serves as president of the Portland, Oregon, chapter of ACFW. She also speaks to various groups about her writing journey. When she started writing Miralee believed she'd always stay with women's contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance. Exploring family and marriage 'issues, The Other Daughter follows a family of four who receive a shock in the form of a 13-year-old girl who lands on their doorstep, claiming to be the daughter of the husband/father of the family--a girl they didn't know existed. Finding Jeena features a secondary character from the first book and explores socioeconomic issues through a single woman's sudden job-loss and ensuing struggle for survival.

She's written three book for the Love Finds You series. All the Love Finds You books are stand-alone novels, and take place in a real town in America. Miralee's first two are set in 1877, in Last Chance, CA, and 1902, in Bridal Veil, Oregon. Each has a suspense thread as well as romance.

Miralee and her husband Allen have been married 37 yrs. They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Washington State, where she love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go horseback riding.

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

-- My husband and I enjoy sailing.

-- We used to own two cougars (bred in captivity not taken from the wild) that were my husband's 'babies'.

-- I enjoy oil painting landscapes when I have spare time.

-- I broke the Pepsi habit six months ago (something I never thought I'd be willing to do) and rarely have more than a glass a week.

-- We have two grown kids that are married but no grandkids . . . and I'm about to go kidnap some if they don't hurry up!

Oh, yeah. Grandkids are the best! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona.

PhotobucketLove and second chances aren't easy to come by in a town named Tombstone. When Christy Grey receives an urgent summons to Tombstone, Arizona, she reluctantly leaves her new life in California. The trip goes from bad to worse when four masked men hold up Christy's stage. She finally arrives in Tombstone to find her mother ill and her brother trapped in a life of gambling. Desperate for money to support her family, will Christy bow to pressure from the local saloon owners and return to the life she thought she'd given up for good?

Nevada King has problems of his own. He's been dodging bullets for years and wants nothing more than to settle down. But he's on the run from outlaws bent on revenge, and the one woman who captures his interest recognizes him from the stagecoach holdup. Will Christy turn Nevada in to the authorities, or will the outlaws on his trail catch him first?

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

Christy Grey has recently moved from Last Chance, CA (where some of my readers first met her in Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA) to Tombstone, AZ to care for her critically ill mother and younger brother (caught in a lifestyle of gambling). She's hoping to finally escape her own past of working in saloons and repair the emotional chasm between herself and her mother. She's plucky, feisty, and willing to give her all for her family--and goes above and beyond when she befriends a young girl caught in the web of saloon life and all it involves.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

If you read and enjoyed the themes in Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love, I believe you'll enjoy Love Finds You in Tombstone, AZ. It deals with the need for redemption from a fallen life with three of my characters. Nevada King, our hero, is a gunfighter trying to go straight and escape his past, but meets Christy Grey under unusual circumstances--and she could send him straight to prison. Sara is a young girl who's been forced into a lifestyle she doesn't want, and she doesn't have any hope, until she meets Christy and Nevada. There are strong characterizations and a spiritual thread gently woven into the entire story that I believe will draw and challenge readers.

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

I recently finished Rooms, by Jim Rubart and loved it. It wasn't at all what I expected. I anticipated something similar to the Peretti/Dekker novel Houseand was pleasantly surprised to discover very few similarities. While the characters were realistic and the story compelling, it was the message and symbolism that stood out to me. Woven within the storyline were nuggets that challenge your faith and encourage you to dig deeper in your own spiritual walk, and a plot that kept me guessing. A great read.

What are you working on now?

Another historical romance set in the old west. My working title is Outlaw Angel, but it will probably change, as the editor looking at acquiring it feels it isn't romantic enough. It follows a young woman raised in an outlaw band who fled shortly after her 18th birthday to escape an outlaw who had his eye on her. She goes undercover for three years as a man, working as a horse wrangler and sharpshooter, until she ends up on a ranch where she decides to reveal her true identity--much to the dismay of the handsome, single rancher who has hired her.

Where else can readers find you online?

A few places . . . my web site at www.miraleeferrell.com, my blog at www.miraleesdesk.blogspot.com, and on Facebook--I have a profile page as well as a reader's group. Just put my name in the FB search engine to find me there.

The book can be purchased online via the following links/buttons:

Amazon.com



CBD.com
361044: Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona

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

Are romances set in the old west with a true 'western' flavor (and action/adventure) something you personally enjoy? If so, why or if not, why not? And what type of historical fiction is your favorite?

Thank you, Miralee, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Miralee has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Miralee'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 Patti Lacy below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a 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.

Now I'd like to draw your attention to a couple of fun contests currently going on at The Book Club Network. Note that these aren't my contests, so please direct any questions and submissions to the email address provided:

1. The Touched By A Miracle contest is open to anyone.

Just email to fred@thebookclubnetwork.com a description of something that happened that changed your life forever. These stories will not be published by the way, without permission and final copy approval. The best entry will get People of the Book by Kathy Macias and we will donate $100 to their favorite 501c3 ministry.

2. The Just Desserts contest: Anyone who has a great dessert recipe can simply email it to fred@thebookclubnetwork.com to enter. The top three desserts will be in a cook off in February by Brandi and the Faith in Fiction book club members and the best recipe will receive a $100 gift card to a high end cooking store as well as Vicki Hinze' new book, Deadly Ties! We want to thank Vicki Hinze for sponsoring this contest. Also we are grateful to Sandi Brickner for donating a copy of Always the Baker, Never the Bride for them as well.


Blessings with it! See you Thursday.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Patti Lacy and Free Books!

PhotobucketThe perfect pastor's wife risks her husband's career to help a desperate and disillusioned Vietnam veteran . . . her long-lost, long-loved son.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Missing, by Lynette Eason, is:

thepeachykeenwriter@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Patti Lacy, author of The Rhythm of Secrets (Kregel Publications, January 2011).

PhotobucketPatti Lacy, a Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her Kregel-published novels, An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw.

2011 brings two new Patti Lacy novels to bookstore shelves. The Rhythm of Secrets will release with Kregel in January; Bethany House will publish Reclaiming Lily in October.

Patti has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. Visit Patti's Facebook daily Artbites.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you (although I think you got a good headstart on us with that being-born-in-a-car comment!).

-- I like to save worms drowning after heavy rains.

-- My husband was my instructor at Baylor University.

-- I've run three marathons and just might one day do another.

-- Every conceivable music genre fascinates me!

-- Cooking soothes my soul.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Rhythm of Secrets.

PhotobucketSince 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor's wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption.

Samuel begs Sheila to use her husband's influence so his fiancé, Mali, a Thai prostitute, can immigrate to America. A dangerous mixture of love and guilt spurs Sheila to help her only child even though it devastates her husband Edward and exposes her questionable past. After a quarrel with Edward, Sheila and Samuel board a C-130 for Thailand and then search Bangkok's steamy streets for a Madonna-faced prostitute. The two whisk Mali from a brothel but are seized by a warlord who considers Mali his "number one girl." In a teak "ghost house," Sheila discovers God's grace and gains the freedom she needs to find her own identity--Sheila, Sylvia, and Sheba.

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

Despite the tragedy in her life, Sheila vows to save innocents--her son and the woman he loves.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

A framed story, this novel has roots in the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and spans three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era. Passion oozes from the pages as I carry the reader from Louisiana to St. Paul, Minnesota, to impenetrable Thai alleyways lined with brothels. Sheila and Edward and Samuel and Mali will grab your hand--and your heart--and pull you into a world where legalism battles grace, where lies try to trump truth, where love struggles against hate . . . but conquers all!

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

PhotobucketUm, Trish, I'm batting ZERO on twenty- and thirty-something actors. Sandra Bullock would wow 'em as Sheila, but she's over a decade too old.



PhotobucketDear Clint (Eastwood), though he's certainly aging well, just isn't an option!

We've witnessed a first! I'm speechless!

Not a problem, Patti! This is fantasy land--we can make them whatever age we need them to be right now. Voila!

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters (other than your own)?

I live in fiction land. We're talking a mile-long list that started way back there with Pippi Longstocking! In Christian fiction, I love Julie Lessman's Daughters of Boston. I loved Cathy Gohlke's William Henry and Robert in William Henry is a Fine Name. And don't we all love Scout of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

I just wrote a review today of Jody Hedlund's The Preacher's Bride. Jody drew me into the Puritan era and informed, entertained, and inspired. Yesterday I reviewed the heart-warming A Daughter for Christmas by Margaret Daley. The day before--Ooh! Sorry! I gobble books!

Oh, how I wish I could read that quickly! What are you working on now?

A novel entitled Below Normal, set . . . in my hometown, Normal, Illinois. I love this baby, which I'm calling my Sunday's child!

Evelyn Sechrist, a widowed homemaker, and Jamie Sue Symmes, a mentally challenged grocery store bagger, blend vastly different skill sets, spice them with the love of Jesus, and push past civic and family opposition to open a soup kitchen.

Love the premise! Where else can readers find you online?

www.pattilacy.com
www.pattilacy.com/blog

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

Have you kept your New Year's resolutions?

Thank you, Patti, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Patti has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Patti'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.

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