WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

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, February 28, 2011

Unforgettable and Free Books!

PhotobucketSome of life's trickiest steps happen off the dance floor.

Today I'm posting about one of my very own books, which releases tomorrow, March 1. But first I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Vicious Cycle, by Terri Blackstock, is:

dianemestrella@ . . .

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 me tell you about Unforgettable, my first novel with Summerside Press, which is coming out tomorrow. Here's the back cover description:


Rachel Stanhope tries to see the good in everyone. But even her good graces are challenged when she meets Josh Reegan outside her Arlington, Virginia dance studio on a brisk fall morning in 1951. Admittedly, he’s attractive, but she finds his cynicism and cockiness hard to tolerate.

A hard-news journalist and former World War II Air Force pilot, Josh considers distractions like ballroom dancing frivolous wastes of time. He has yet to shed his wartime drive to defend good against evil whenever he can. Yes, Rachel’s confident nature is a refreshing challenge, but he wouldn’t tangle with her if his newspaper hadn’t roped him into covering one of her studio’s competitions in New York City.

Between Arlington and New York, between the melodrama of ballroom antics and the real drama of political corruption, between family involvement and romantic entanglement, Rachel and Josh have their hands full. The last thing either of them expects is mutual need and support. But once they stop dancing around the truth, the results are unforgettable.



Since I always ask my interviewees to tell us who they would cast, were their books made into films, I'll do the same.

PhotobucketFor Rachel Stanhope, I envisioned Rachel McAdams (in this incarnation, rather than one of her more contemporary looks).



PhotobucketAnd for Josh Reegan, I pictured Josh Holloway from Lost. I pictured his hair short, as it is in this shot, rather than the long, messier look he had on the show:Photobucket




And yes, I know my characters have the same names as the actors. I swear that was a coincidence. Pretty weird, no?


The book is available for online pre-ordering today (and should be available for ordering tomorrow) via the following buttons:




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361129: Unforgettable



In the meantime, I'm going to give away three copies of the book to the winners of my drawing on Monday, March 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to my question, below. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

What dance-related book or film have you particularly enjoyed in the past, and why?



PhotobucketAlso scheduled for release tomorrow is Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days, the fun devotional I wrote with Sandra D. Bricker, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Debby Mayne. I'll post about the release later this week and will give away a few copies of that book, as well!


Be sure to check out my interview with Mary Ellis 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, February 24, 2011

Mary Ellis and Free Books!

PhotobucketA woman finds a new calling and true love when her sister, a midwife, is unfairly jailed and needs more than just her faith alone.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Springtime of the Spirit, by Maureen Lang, 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!

Now let's revisit novelist Mary Ellis, author of Abigail’s New Hope (Harvest House Publishers, March 2011).

Tell us about yourself, Mary.

PhotobucketI grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community, Geauga County, where my parents often took me to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. I loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. I met my husband in college and we married six days after graduation.

We (along with a cat and dog) now live close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio.

When not slaving before the computer, I enjoy reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, I taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits.

Ooo, that sounds like a yummy job, Mary.

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

-- I love the TV show, Family Feud.

-- I once ate a dozen oranges for lunch in high school (and nothing else.)

-- I thought I was a good speller until I bought my first computer with SpellCheck.

-- I usually eat microwave popcorn for breakfast everyday.

-- I love hot weather—give me hot, humid, sticky over shoveling snow any day!

Chocolate, oranges, popcorn . . . you're killing me here, Mary. I'm trying not to snack while I work!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Abigail's New Hope.

PhotobucketAs an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies-but the baby is saved. When the heartless judge confines Abigail to county jail for her mistakes, her sister, Catherine, comes to care for her children while Daniel works his fields.

Catherine meets Daniel’s reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who’s deaf and thought to be simple-minded by his community. She endeavors to teach him to communicate and discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents.

While Abigail searches for forgiveness, Catherine changes lives and in return, finds love, something long elusive in her life. And Isaiah discovers God, who cares nothing about our handicaps or limitations in His sustaining love.

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

She runs afoul of the law while trying to save a baby and a new mother. Sometimes things run off track despite our best intentions, but Abby maintains her faith and trust in God. How could you not like this heroine?

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Although my romances are set in the Amish community, my themes—dealing with justice system that isn’t always fair, reaching out to help a person that others have turned their backs on, and overcoming grief—are issues that everyone can identify with.

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

PhotobucketI would cast Amy Adams as Abigail,




PhotobucketJude Law as her husband Daniel,




PhotobucketJennifer Love Hewitt as her sister, Catherine,




Photobucketand Dermott Mulrooney as Isaiah, the reclusive cousin.

Good-looking cast!



If you could change one thing about the Inspirational fiction industry, what would you change?

I would encourage filmmakers to make more wholesome, family-oriented movies. Other than animated films, there are few good movies that aren’t loaded with violence, sex, and/or foul language.

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

I read A Travel Guide to Heaven by Anthony Destefano. I found it spiritually uplifting and renewing, something I need in between writing fictional stories.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second in the Wayne County Series, called A Marriage for Meghan. As a former mischievous student herself, our heroine has her hands full with an Amish classroom of rambunctious boys. Then add to the stew a best friend who decides it’s time for them to seriously court. But her problems pale next to those of her father, the bishop, when someone targets their pacifist Amish community with hate-crimes.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found at www.maryeellis.wordpress.com

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




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930093: Abigail"s New Hope, Wayne County Series #1


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

I would ask them how do you train yourself to read faster? I plod along when I read, savoring every paragraph and page, but consequently it takes me a long time to finish a book.

Boy, do I identify with that. I've tried speed reading courses, but I don't want to give up the pleasure of savoring each word.

Thank you, Mary, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mary has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mary'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 Terri Blackstock 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, February 21, 2011

Terri Blackstock and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she’s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he’s been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for A Dad of His Own, by Gail Gaymer Martin, is:

onepilgrim86@ . . .

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 Terri Blackstock, author of Vicious Cycle (Zondervan, February 2011).

PhotobucketTerri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestseller. She is the award-winning author of Predator and Intervention, as well as series such as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

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

-- I was raised in the Air Force.

-- I lived in the Netherlands from the ages of five to nine.

-- For my first job I worked as a clown at shopping centers, giving away balloons and signing people up for gym memberships.

-- My first published work was at the age of twelve—a poem about the Vietnam war in my local newspaper.

-- I come from a family of five red-heads.

I'm really struggling to picture you in a clown costume, Terri.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Vicious Cycle.

PhotobucketWhen fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she’s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he’s been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse.

His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan—the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies.

In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.

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

Fifteen year old Lance was in the first book in the Intervention Series. In Intervention, he helps his mother search for his drug-addicted sister when she goes missing. By the time of Vicious Cycle, a year later, he feels he’s learned enough about addiction to help a crystal meth addict he knows from school. Lance is funny and means well, but his good intentions sometimes get him into a lot of trouble. I hope readers will enjoy seeing more of him.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I think the reason the first book in this series was so successful was that it struck a chord with so many families dealing with drug addiction. Vicious Cycle deals with crystal meth addiction, which is becoming more and more pervasive in our society. I think it will help them have more compassion for people caught up in that lifestyle, and will give them a glimpse into the lives of people caught in bondage. I wrote it to be a page-turner, so I hope they’ll enjoy puzzling through the plot and anticipating what might happen next.

I saw the film, Winter's Bone, a month ago. It's about the backwoods manufacture of crystal meth. Such a dark world, from source to user. I have no doubt you've struck a chord, as you say.

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


PhotobucketIn the roles of Barbara Covington and Kent Harlan, I’d cast Michelle Pfeiffer

Photobucketand Mel Gibson.

I can’t think of who I’d cast for the teen characters, Lance, Emily or Jordan. I have pictures of them that I refer to often, but they’re clipped from photography web sites and aren’t famous people.

If you could change one thing about the Inspirational fiction industry, what would you change?

I wish there were more Christian stores that reported to the New York Times so that all of our fiction could compete with the best-selling secular books. In the past, none of our Christian book store sales were counted. To make the NYT list, you had to have stellar sales in the secular stores. But in the last few months, a couple of the Christian chains announced that they are going to be reporting their sales. That’s a major breakthrough, and it’s because the New York Times recognizes that Christian books are selling very well.

What an exciting trend! I hope they follow through.

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


I’m currently reading The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir. I recommend it because he’s a former homicide detective and you can see that in his stories and characters. He’s one of my new favorites. I don’t think this book will be out for a few months, but I’d recommend his other books, too.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the editing right now for a book that will release in the fall, called Shadow in Serenity. It’s about a con artist who comes to the little town of Serenity, Texas, with the intention of fleecing the town, but he meets a woman who has him figured out from the beginning, because she used to be a con artist herself. It’s a little different from what I usually do, but I think my readers will have fun reading this. I’m also working on the third book in the Intervention Series, but I don’t have a title for that one yet.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can find me at www.terriblackstock.com, or on Facebook facebook.com/AuthorTerriBlackstock or Twitter www.twitter.com/terriblackstock or YouTube www.youtube.com/terriblackstock.

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




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250678: Vicious Cycle, Intervention Series #2

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

Do you prefer reading ebooks, audiobooks, or physical books, and why?

Thank you, Terri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Terri has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Terri'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 Maureen Lang 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, February 17, 2011

Maureen Lang and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn unjust war has just ended in Germany, and my characters find love even though they have different ideas on how to fix their broken society.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for When All My Dreams Come True, by Janelle Mowery, is:

faithfulgirl4@ . . .

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 novelist Maureen Lang, author of Springtime of the Spirit (Tyndale House Publishers, March 2011).

PhotobucketMaureen Lang is the award-winning author of several novels, including The Oak Leaves, On Sparrow Hill, and most recently, The Great War series. She has won the Inspirational Readers Choice contest and a Holt Medallion Award of Merit and as well as being a finalist for the Christy Award, she’s been a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Award four times. Maureen lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children.

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

-- I have a child with Fragile X Syndrome.

-- I’m a dog lover.

-- I’m an avid but not very fast reader.

-- I love old movies.

-- I wish I could live on cookies.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Springtime of the Spirit.

PhotobucketThis is the book that taught me about socialism, and why it doesn’t work. Because of guilt from her father’s (WWI) wartime business, my heroine gets involved in a secular socialist movement. She wants the world to be a fairer place to live—one where everyone is equal and treated the same, even women. But when the boy she loved as a child shows up and reminds her without God true fairness is impossible, she has to make a choice: does she continue to renounce God, or admit we all need Him if we’re going to make the world a better place?

That's an amazingly timely topic for a historical novel, Maureen! Fascinating.

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


She’s so passionate about what she believes—and even though those beliefs are idealistic and in some instances ahead of her time, she’s doing everything she can to share what she believes is right. Her energy and passion were a lot of fun to work with!

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

The era (1919) is fascinating, but more than that, the romantic element between Annaliese and Christophe—with a charming but driven socialist leader coming between them—make all of the contrasts and drama of the time really exciting. Who doesn’t love a romance?

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

PhotobucketSomeone recently wrote to me that the model on the cover for Springtime of the Spirit looks like Jessica Simpson, and I instantly agreed. She’s gorgeous!

Oh, you're right! They look very similar.

PhotobucketAnd my hero . . . I recently watched the movie No Reservations with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, and thought he’d make a perfect Christophe—complete with the need-a-shave look he sported in this movie.

If you could change one thing about the Inspirational fiction industry, what would you change?

I wish bookstores would place our books in the fiction section in their bookstores. If they’d like to set it apart as Inspirational fiction, that’s okay—I don’t want a reader to be surprised by Christian content, either. But so often Inspirational fiction is set far away from the rest of fiction, barely marked or under Religious sections without a clue to a browser that our books are even available. It’s so sad when I receive a note from a reader that starts out saying “I had no idea there was such a thing as Inspirational fiction!”

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

The absolutely most recent book I read isn’t out yet, by Siri Mitchell. We’re critique partners and I love all of her work! I’d tell you the title only I’m not even sure that this point it’s final. I’ve also read Julie Klassen’s The Silent Governess, which I loved, and several anthology books with work from favorites like DiAnn Mills and Lena Nelson Dooley. Other than that, I read a lot of nonfiction and am currently reading Dupes by Paul Kengor and The New Reagan Revolution by Jim Denney and Michael Reagan. I always have my nose in a book, if not my own, someone else’s!

I identify. I always have a CD book in the car and usually a fiction and nonfiction going at the same time at home.

What are you working on now?


I’m having so much fun with the Gilded Age in New York City. My hero is a thief, and my heroine wants to join his illegal adventures—until God involves Himself in their lives and everything unravels. It’s a romantic adventure where God brings a little light to the underworld of 1880s.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website
My blog
Facebook

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324371: Springtime of the Spirit, Great War Series #2


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

Which do you find more inspiring in your life: books or music?

I love that question! Can't wait to hear what our readers answer--readers, be sure to tell your reason why you choose one over the other.

Thank you, Maureen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Maureen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Maureen'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 Gail Gaymer Martin 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, February 14, 2011

Gail Gaymer Martin and Free Books!

PhotobucketEthan Fox, from the Dreams Come True Foundation, is assigned to widow Lexie Carlson’s son Cooper, whose dream is a dad of his own, and not just any man—Ethan.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Sharpshooter in Petticoats, by Mary Connealy, is:

fordjunkstuff@ . . .

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 Gail Gaymer Martin, author of A Dad Of His Own (Love Inspired, March 2011). Please tell us five random things we might not know about you, Gail.

-- I was the first queen of Madison Heights, Michigan.

-- I’ve had three knee replacements and in case you’re concerned about this—on only two knees.

-- I’ve never dyed my hair.

-- I’ve visited all fifty states of the U.S.

-- I’m directly related to the founder of Gaymer Pub Cyder in England in the 18th century which became a royal warrant cyder under King George V and Elizabeth II.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Dad of His Own.

PhotobucketOne Child's Wish

With his Dreams Come True foundation, Ethan Fox turns wishes into reality. Amazing trips. Meeting heroes. But Ethan has come to care deeply for a sick boy whose dream is . . .a dad. And not just any dad. Ethan. Though little Cooper has a great chance of getting well, widowed Ethan can't chance loving---and losing---again. Yet he's spending time with the sweet boy and his lovely, single mother, Lexie Carlson. Could a little boy's wish for a dad of his own come true after all?

Lexie Carlson, jilted by the man who charmed her when she became pregnant, raised her son Cooper alone, but when Cooper was diagnosed with leukemia, she struggled to keep their life together. She became involved with Moms Of Special Kids and found friendship and support. When Ethan Fox came to a meeting representing Dreams Come True Foundation, Lexie was too practical and proud to consider having the Foundation make one of her son’s dream come true. Little did she know that Ethan would get involved in her life and form a bond with her son, but when Cooper admitted his dream—he wanted Ethan as a dad of his own—Ethan, determined to never marry again after the loss of his wife to ovarian cancer, could not face loving someone else with that dread disease. Yet God remains faithful and can fix the impossible to make everyone’s dream come true.

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

Ethan Fox lost his wife to ovarian cancer, and aware that love hurts, he has not pursued romantic relationships. Instead he has dedicated his volunteer time to the Dreams Come True Foundation where he helps other people find their dreams that he never could. Ethan is sensitive, caring, and generous, and yet deeply vulnerable. When Cooper steals his heart, he can not bear to love the child and have another loss in his life. This struggle captures readers and they care about this man who needs to trust and give his life another chance.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I write emotional stories that deal with problems people face in life. Readers want to be both entertained and moved by the characters and their situations. When the reader is drawn into the character’s life and can relate to their sorrows and struggles and triumphs, they are engaged. This is the kind of story I write.

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

PhotobucketGoodness - I use photographs from catalogues and build my characters so I’ve never given that thought. Michael Weatherly from NCSI looks somewhat like my idea of Ethan Fox.


PhotobucketBut David Annable fits the character as I see him on Brothers and Sisters.



PhotobucketLexie Carlson would be someone like Natalie Portman.



If you could change one thing about the Inspirational fiction industry, what would you change?

Although some publishers are becoming less conservative, I find that sometimes the stories I want to tell are bound by restrictions that don’t reflect real life. Christians are sinful and make mistakes. I want to write real and deal with characters who struggle with all of the life situations that so many of us face day to day. We can’t do this if we are restricted by too many rules.

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

Being an author I don’t read as much as I would like, so I tend to select books from my fellow authors as well as books from tried-and-true authors that I love. The most exciting book I’ve read recently is Brandilyn Collins novel, Deceit. Known for her “seatbelt suspense,” this book fit that description. I would recommend this if the person likes great suspense novels with amazing twists and turns.

What are you working on now?

I was asked to waylay my next contracted novel to write a Christmas 2-in-1, and I’m now completing that short novel called Small Town Christmas. It will appear with another author’s novel in Christmas Gifts to be released in November 2011. My story revolves around a young woman who is pinked slipped from her teaching job in Chicago and goes to the small town of Harrisville for a temporary job opening. Her first challenge are 7-year old twin girls being raised by their widowed father. The young woman takes the girls’ discipline on as a challenge and also is captured by their father, but she’s not a small town girl. The story is touching, fun, and filled with the joys of a small town at Christmas. Next, I’ll be writing the final book in the Dreams Come True Series. The second book will be released in September, A Family Of Their Own.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website at www.gailmartin.com
My Writing Fiction Right blog at www.writingright-martin.blogspot.com
Facebook: Gail-Gaymer-Martin
Gail’s Readers Group on Facebook: Gail’s Readers Group
Twitter: Twitter

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






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876570: A Dad of His Own

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

When you read novels, do the characters’ conflict ever touch you personally, and if so, why?

Thank you, Gail, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Gail has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gail'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 Janelle Mowery 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, February 10, 2011

Janelle Mowery and Free Books!

PhotobucketA girl chasing a dream and a man trying to fulfill his father’s dream see them evaporate in the midst of trials, rustling, and distrust.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Digitalis, by Ronie Kendig, is:

julesreffner@ . . .

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 Janelle Mowery, author of When All My Dreams Come True (Harvest House, February 2011).

PhotobucketJanelle Mowery began writing in 2001 and is now the author of several novels, two of which earned four stars from The Romantic Times reviews. When not writing, reading, or researching, she is active in her church. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now resides in Texas with her husband and two sons where she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.

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

-- I jumped out of a plane once because I wanted to see what it was like to skydive.

-- I enjoy going out hunting with my husband and sons though I don’t shoot anything but feral hogs.

-- I have an extreme dislike/fear of snakes and have used a gun, shovel, and knife to kill them.

-- I grew up in a large family with four brothers and three sisters in the frigid state of Minnesota.

-- I was, and still am, very much a tomboy.

Actually, I think most readers figured out that last one before we posted it, Janelle!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
When All My Dreams Come True.

PhotobucketBobbie McIntyre dreams of running a ranch of her own. Raised without a mother and having spent most of her time around men, she knows more about wrangling than acting like a lady. The friendship of her new employer has her wanting to learn more about presenting her feminine side, but ranch life keeps getting in the way. Both aspects of her life collide when she’s used as a lure for one last murder attempt. Bobbie surrenders her attempt to control her life and cries out to the only One in complete control.

Jace Kincaid thought the Lord might be testing his faith with someone stealing his cattle. When Bobbie shows up looking for work, he knows it as fact. She has a way of getting under his skin, and he’s surprised when she finds a home next to his heart. When the rustler begins targeting his wranglers, he learns that trusting God may mean giving up on his dreams.

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

Many of us feel like an outcast at times, that we aren’t liked because of our looks or basic nature. My heroine deals with this very thing and I think many readers will identify with her struggle to try to fit in and be accepted and loved.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

This historical story is filled with action, suspense, and mystery with a dose of humor and romance. It could almost be called a western. It deals with trust in the face of adversity, as well as building relationships when you feel like an outsider.

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

PhotobucketThis is a very difficult question for me because I don’t watch a lot of movies, especially the more recent ones. I saw the movie Eight Below and thought Paul Walker looked a lot like what I pictured for Jace.

PhotobucketI’ve been told that Erin Cottrell would be great as Bobbie.



If you could change one thing about the Inspirational fiction industry, what would you change?

I guess I’d like it to be perceived as good entertainment rather than another means to preach. I’ve heard people say they avoid Inspirational fiction for that very reason.

Yes, that's a fine line, isn't it? One reader's preachiness is sometimes another's inspiration.

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


Vickie McDonough has a series out now, Texas Boardinghouse Brides, that is a fun read with plenty of adventure and great characters. I also have to add that Marcia Gruver has a very unique writer’s voice that intrigues me page after page.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Where the Heart Is for my next Christmas anthology titled Christmas at Barncastle Inn. I have a couple proposals to write before I can finish a historical romance I started last year.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be reached on my website, www.janellemowery.com or on Facebook.

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

I guess I’d like to know the main thing that would make a reader put down a book without finishing it. What irritates them the most about a story?

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