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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!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse and Free Books!

PhotobucketAlaskan mother and daughter crash-land in Denali National Park and must face not only the challenge of survival, but secrets from the past as well.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Stars Collide, by Janice Thompson, is:

bgrider2@ . . .

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 visit with novelists Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse, authors of No Safe Haven (B and H Publishing Group, March 2011).

PhotobucketKimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, writer, and musician approaching life with a positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. Her previous book, Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, chronicles her daughter’s extremely rare health issues and how the Woodhouses received an amazing gift through the ABC television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kim and her husband have two children and live in Colorado.

Kayla Woodhouse is a teenage author whose life-altering medical condition (a nerve disorder that prevents the body from regulating its temperature or sensing pain) has not stopped her love for swimming. She is home schooled and has an adventure blog called Dragon Claws, Dog Paws, Swimming Laws.

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

-- Kim loves to cook.

-- Kayla is a competitive swimmer.

-- We both love to take pictures and scrapbook.

-- Kayla had brain surgery almost 5 years ago.

-- Kim re-defined "normal" in her book Welcome Home. And that makes her normal.

Of course, we've been told before that novelists are never quite normal . . .

Please tell us more about
No Safe Haven.

PhotobucketJenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.

But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn't want to save them, but to kill them.

Only one man can keep them alive: Cole Maddox, the mysterious last-minute passenger who joined them on their flight. But trust doesn't come easy to Jenna or Andi√Ďand they both sense Cole is hiding something.

A relentless tale of survival and suspense unfolds, involving military technology designed by Jenna's late husband that some would do anything to possess.

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

Jenna is a mom facing her worst fears in caring for her special needs daughter.

Twelve-year-old Andie faces life with a joy-no-matter-what mentality. Her faith and outlook are fresh and real.

Cole is masking all the pain and hurt in his life – until he meets this mother/daughter duo and his world is turned upside down.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

From what we’ve heard, everyone really enjoys the fact that we wrote the novel together, but Kayla wrote all the pre-teen/teen characters’ POVs and Kim wrote all the adult POVs. It was a blast for us and also made it unique.

Yes, I love this idea, and it makes the book more intriguing.

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


PhotobucketThat’s a tough question. Because our characters are native Athabaskan and that’s hard to find in Hollywood. But I would love to see Sandra Bullock play Jenna…



Photobucket... and for Andie, well, the only person I can picture playing Andie is Kayla. (But she’s too pale and blond for that!)

We'll just have to use our imaginations, then!



How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

We pray. Together and separately. Thankfully, we’ve never had much of a problem with that because we feed off of each other. Which is wonderful.

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

My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay. It was actually the third time I’d read it through, but I would recommend it to everyone. It is a wonderful challenge for believers and a great read.

What are you working on now?

Right now we are working on book 3 in this series (Title is still being tweaked – releasing July 2012) and we are in edits for Race Against Time – book 2 in the series which releases in November.

Where else can readers find you online?

kimberleyandkaylawoodhouse.com and our Facebook fan page:
facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseFanPage

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




CBD.com
671166: No Safe Haven


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

What would you like to see written by a mother/daughter team?

Thank you, Kim and Kayla, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kim has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kim'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 my latest release, Tea for Two and leave a comment at the bottom of my post to enter the drawing for three copies of my 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, March 28, 2011

Tea for Two and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen handsome farmer Zack Cooper seeks help in reigning in his wayward teens, counselor Tina Milano steps in and discovers her own struggles, as the lines between professional and personal involvement blur.

Before I tell you about my newest release and give-way for Tea for Two, I want to announce that the winner of April Gardner's Wounded Spirits is:

jrs362@ . . .

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 I'd like to share with you my April 2011 release (which is actually already available), Tea for Two (Harvest House Publishers, April 2011). Here's a little about the story:

PhotobucketZack Cooper tries his best to raise his children, but he's losing his grip on them in their teen years. They've both had scrapes with the local law.

Tea Shop owner Milly Jewel has the perfect woman in mind to help Zack. Counselor Tina Milano meets weekly at the tea shop with her women's group. Milly encourages Zack and Tina to work together to draw the teens back before they get in even hotter water. Milly never thought things might heat up between Zack and Tina. Or did she?

Tina's connections with the Middleburg police department prove a mixed blessing for Zack and his kids. Both her best friend and old boyfriend are officers on the force.

And when Tina's women's group gets wind of her personal pursuits and clashes, they want to help. The group's meetings at the tea shop take on a slightly different flavor. Tina wonders who, exactly, is counseling whom.


Tea for Two is Book Two in my Tea with Millicent series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone.

Just to give you a feel for how I envisioned my hero and heroine, I'll post pictures as I do for the authors I interview.


PhotobucketTina Milano is of Italian descent, and I pictured her looking much like Linda Fiorentino.



PhotobucketAnd Zack Cooper is outdoorsy and manly--just love him!--and I pictured Viggo Mortensen as I wrote him.



In celebration of Tea for Two's release, I'm going to give away three copies of the book next Monday, and I'm only going to draw from comments, below (this drawing won't apply to subscribers). So, to enter, leave me a comment telling me why you'd be interested in reading the book! "Please enter me" won't get you entered. I look forward to hearing from you.

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





CBD.com
930161: Tea for Two


Be sure to check out my interview with Janice Thompson and leave a comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for 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, March 24, 2011

Janice Thompson and Free Books!

PhotobucketKat’s future is so bright, she’s gotta wear shades.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Book of Days, by James D. Rubart, is:

RedeemedReaders@ . . .

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 Janice Thompson, author of Stars Collide (Revell, March, 2011).

PhotobucketAward-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published nearly seventy books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. Janice was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house.

She is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online writing courses have been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing.

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

-- I once lied to a fellow camper at church camp, telling her that my dad (Billy Hanna) was William Hanna of Hanna/Barbara (Flintstones) fame. That lie still haunts me, though, to his credit, my dad did eventually work as a movie producer on our co-authored movie, Liar’s Moon. (Yes, it’s true. I got to meet and work with Matt Dillon. Eat your heart out, girls!)

-- As a child, my dad’s idea of a family vacation was a trip to Vegas. I never went camping or slept in a tent, but I did get to see Liberace in person, and even swam with Diane Carroll (at the Sands Hotel).

-- I occasionally bake wedding cakes. In 2009 I baked a lovely four-tiered white cake with strawberry filling and cream cheese frosting that toppled less than an hour before the wedding. I managed to piece together two very messy/ugly layers. Thankfully, the bride did not murder me. It made for a great scene in a later book. (Nothing ever gets wasted.)

How cool about Liar's Moon, Janice! I didn't know you wrote that!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stars Collide.

PhotobucketKat Jennings and Scott Murphy don’t just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom–they are also head over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when Kat’s grandmother, an aging Hollywood starlet with a penchant for wearing elaborate evening gowns from Golden Age movies, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of their control.

Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids tomorrow? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed in-laws?

From the sound stage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes readers on a roller-coaster tour of Tinseltown, packing both comedic punch and tender emotion.

Sounds perfect for the big screen!

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


Kat lives with her elderly grandmother, a one-time Hollywood starlet who still dresses in movie costumes from days gone by. Her grandmother (Lenora) has Alzheimer’s and is quite a character. Kat loves Grandma Lenora with a deep, abiding love.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Stars Collide is lighthearted, but also packs a punch. Kat’s love story is a lot of fun, but deep, hidden issues with her father threaten to hinder the relationship.

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

PhotobucketI would love to see Reese Witherspoon tackle the role of Kat. I think she would do a great job.



PhotobucketMatthew McConaughey would make a great Scott. Together, they would make the screen sizzle!



How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

I have a process that I use called “Word and Phrase Association.” I use it when I’m stuck. Basically, I choose a word or phrase from the first chapter and build a fast scene around it. Then I choose another phrase. Then another. Before long, I’ve written multiple scenes (which I place at the end of the book until I can decide where they best fit).

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

I just finished Tracie Peterson’s wonderful new book, Embers of Love. I fell in love with the setting (my neck of the woods – East Texas). I also loved the fact that I didn’t know which hero the heroine would end up with.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing Love Finds You in Daisy Oklahoma while working on a couple of write-for-hire devotional projects.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.janicehannathompson.com
My online writing courses: www.freelancewritingcourses.com
My facebook page: www.facebook.com/jhannathompson
Twitter: booksbyjanice

Stars Collide book trailer

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




CBD.com
733452: Stars Collide, Back Stage Pass Series #1


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

How do you feel about romantic comedy?

Thank you, Janice, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Janice has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Janice'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 April Gardner and leave a comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for 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, March 21, 2011

April Gardner and Free Books!

PhotobucketA loyal Creek warrior, Totka’s conflict with the Whites was simpler before his enemy became a beautiful face with a quiet strength and dignity he cannot resist.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Sweet Baklava, by Debby Mayne, is:

vanetta@ . . .

And the winner of today's drawing for The Perfect Wife, by Winnie Griggs, is:

wsmarple@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail addresses, and we'll get your books 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 April Gardner, author of Wounded Spirits (Vinspire Publishing, November 2010)'

PhotobucketApril Gardner has been a military brat, missionary's kid, and military spouse. After 21 years in various countries overseas, April happily resides in Georgia with her USAF husband and two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian.

Librarian, reviewer, and avid reader, April adores anything books. She writes a regular column for the joint blog, Reflections in Hindsight, and is the founder and senior editor of the website, Clash of the Titles.

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

-- To me, coffee is like jeans—it goes with everything.

-- Marrying into the Gardner family did not cure my black thumb. Still, I try.

-- I tiled the backsplash in my kitchen and am quite proud of the accomplishment. Bathroom floors, here I come!

-- I have walked across an entire country in an hour.

-- I have dyslexia.

I'm picturing Lilliputia . . .

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Wounded Spirits.

PhotobucketIn 1813, Alabama was Mississippi Territory and the furthest west Americans dared go. Those who chose to live there did so at their own risk. Adela McGirth and her family are no exception. They are swept away by the fervor of the Red Sticks as they attempt to cleanse their land of encroaching whites.

A loyal warrior, Totka takes scalps with little compunction. It’s either kill or be killed. Fight for what’s yours or lose it to the enemy. When beautiful and courageous Adela is placed in his charge, his hands are bloody with guilt. But she could never love him anyway. He’s the enemy, after all, and the source of her grief.

Their lives molded by the course of history, these Wounded Spirits must learn to rely on God’s grace during one of the bloodiest conflicts in the South.

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

Unlike her wild, vivacious sister, Adela is a rule-follower. It’s important to her to do what’s right. She is a deeply good and predictable person, so when she does the unexpected, everyone’s already upturned world takes another spin. What readers love about Adela is watching her grow in faith and integrity as she readjusts her thinking of what’s right. Sometimes what we have always believed to be “right” turns out to be what has held us in bondage. We just don’t realize it until we break free. This is Adela’s journey.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

My readers all seem to enjoy the unique historical setting the most. Even those who yawn at history are drawn into the frontier world of Wounded Spirits and never want to leave.

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

PhotobucketGreat question! One of my all time faves is the Daniel Day-Lewis version of The Last of the Mohicans.

Oh, me, too.

I’d definitely have a young Eric Schweig (Uncas) play Totka.

PhotobucketDeborah Kerr would play a wonderful Adela. Deborah is best known for her role in The King and I as well as An Affair to Remember.





How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

I recently experienced my first real writer’s block. It had always been my understanding that when a writer was “blocked” she just didn’t know how the story should continue. Now I understand a whole different level of this frustrating mental state. For me, it had nothing to do with not knowing what to write but how to write it. Each word was torture, like pulling teeth. I began to think I’d missed my calling and wasn’t a writer, after all! How did I work through it? I just kept going. Most of it was junk, but I just wrote and wrote until I finally broke through and found my groove again.

So smart. And I've talked with authors who attacked writer's block that way and realized later, when they read it back, that they couldn't tell where the rough part was.

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


Naomi Musch’s The Green Veil was the last book I completed that I would recommend (I’m in the middle of several others right now). The setting was one I’d never read before—the big woods of Wisconsin Territory. And the author kept me guessing. The questions had me turning e-pages eager to know what in the world was going to become of the heroine. Great book!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing Warring Spirits, the next book in the Creek Country Saga. Here’s a bit about the book:

In 1816 Georgia, a fort controlled by runaways looms over the white population, threatening everything they hold dear. But to Milly—neither white nor black—it is a refuge. Major Phillip Bailey has orders to subdue the uprising at any cost, but a devastating event drives the price higher than any expected to pay. Neither imagines that where blood is spilt unexpected love may bloom.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to hear from readers! You can find me at these locations:
www.aprilgardner.com

www.aprilwgardner.blogspot.com

www.clashofthetitles.com

www.reflectionsinhindsight.wordpress.com

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





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

If you could change one thing about Christian fiction, what would it be?

Thank you, April, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, April has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to April'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 James L. Rubart and leave a comment at the bottom of his post to enter the drawing for his 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, March 17, 2011

Jim Rubart and Free Books!

PhotobucketGod’s Book of Days. A record of the past, present, and future of every soul. Some say it’s fable. Others are sure it’s real, hidden somewhere on Earth...if Cameron Vaux can’t find it, he will lose everything.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Jersey Brides, by Laurie Alice Eakes, is:

randenlee2000@ . . .

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 James L. Rubart, author of Book of Days (B and H Fiction, January 2011).

PhotobucketJames L. Rubart is the best-selling author of Rooms and Book of Days, married to the love of his life, and extremely proud of his two teenage sons. When he’s not dirt biking, water skiing or playing guitar, he helps people with their marketing through his company Barefoot Marketing. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

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

-- I've almost drowned; twice.

-- I used to be into sleight of hand.

-- I've starred in a TV commercial.

-- I almost lost three fingers on my right hand when I was one and a half.

-- I cannot stay on top of my e-mail.

Three fingers?! Wow, then you really would have been sleight of hand, no?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Book of Days.

PhotobucketGod’s Book of Days. A record of the past, present, and future of every soul. Some say it’s fable. Others are sure it’s real, hidden somewhere on Earth...

If Cameron Vaux can’t find it, he will lose everything.

“You will lose your mind. When it starts happening … you must find the Book of Days.”

When Cameron’s dying father delivers this message, he brushes it off. Lose his memory? He’s only twenty-five. Find a book that doesn’t even exist. Foolishness. Nothing more than the product of his father’s dementia.

But now, eight years after his father’s death, it’s happening. Chunks of Cameron’s life are just--gone. Even memories of his wife, killed two years ago, have slipped away. Could it be…? Is his father’s eerie prediction coming true?

Desperate, Cameron determines to fulfill his father’s last wish. He will find the Book of Days. But when a lead takes him to the small town of Three Peaks, Oregon, Cameron realizes dark secrets are at work. The townspeople, warm as apple pie at first, turn cold as liquid nitrogen when Cameron mentions the Book. As his mind works against him, Cameron discovers that friends may be enemies. And the one person Cameron can’t stand? She might well be his strongest ally.

But there are others seeking the Book. Others who will stop at nothing to get it. And they’re closer than Cameron ever imagined…

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

He loved his late wife with his whole heart, and he's determined to honor her last request and find the Book of Days before it's too late. (And he's got a great sense of humor.)

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Three reasons:

1. It's a roller coaster! I love it when readers e-mail me and say they couldn't put it down. I want people to be caught up in another world and love being in it.

2. It might change their life. Book of Days deals with forgiveness of others and maybe more importantly learning to forgive ourselves.

3. It deals with the question of where our memories go, especially our loved one's memories. And gives great hope to those who know someone suffering from Alzheimer's.

How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

All the writers reading this will moan, but I've never had writer's block. (Well, I've had it for two and three minutes at a time, but I don't think that counts.)

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

I was privileged to read a manuscript called Forbidden (The Books of Mortals), written by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, which comes out this fall. It's outstanding. An incredibly powerful look at the church through an allegorical tale set in the future. I loved it.

What are you working on now?

PhotobucketI’m working on a small group study guide based on my bestselling debut novel, Rooms. It will have a workbook, a DVD that I'll host, behind the scenes trivia … I’m really excited about it. It's the first time a study guide has been done from fiction. It comes out in October from Lifeway.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook: James L. Rubart
Web site: www.jimrubart.com
Twitter: @jimrubart

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




CBD.com
671517: Book of Days

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

My dream of being an author has come true. What's your dream? The one only God can bring into reality? And are you doing your part to make it come true?

Thank you, Jim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jim has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim'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 interviews with Debby Mayne and Winnie Griggs and leave a comment at the bottom of their posts to enter the drawings for their books.

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, March 14, 2011

Winnie Griggs and Free Books!

PhotobucketEli Reynolds needs a wife, and he needs one NOW. But a flibbertigibbet like Sadie Lassiter is not at all what he had in mind - too bad she’s the wife fate has handed him.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for A Heart for Home, by Lauraine Snelling, is:

tarenn98@ . . .

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 Winnie Griggs, author of The Perfect Wife (Harlequin / Love Inspired Historical, March 2011).

PhotobucketWinnie Griggs is a small town girl, born and raised in Southeast Louisiana’s Cajun Country, who grew up to marry a country boy from the piney hills of Northwest Louisiana. Though her Prince Charming, who often wears the guise of a cattle rancher, is more comfortable riding a tractor than a white steed, the two of them have been living out their own happily-ever-after for 30+ years. During that time they raised four proud-to-call-them-mine children and a too-numerous-to-count assortment of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, turtles and 4-H sheep.

Winnie has had nine romance novels published, including a new release out this month, and will see three more hit the shelves in the next twelve months. Two of her books, The Hand-Me-Down Family and The Heart’s Song, have been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards.

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

-- I was born on a Friday 13th.

-- I have a BS degree in Mathematics.

-- When I was 8 years old I had a pet squirrel.

-- I made my own wedding dress.

-- I can trace my family tree back to the Acadians who came to Louisiana from Nova Scotia in the late eighteenth century.

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

PhotobucketSensible, settled, steady... and not Sadie Lassiter.

Eli Reynolds knows what he wants in a wife, and the flighty Texas girl couldn’t be further from the mark. Eli has his nine-year-old sister’s welfare to consider - Penny deserves a mother who will give her proper care. But when bad weather strands Eli and Sadie together, he sees a new side to her character. She’s rash - but also resourceful. Instead of discipline, she has diligent faith. Her housekeeping skills are lacking, but she’s filled with humor and sweetness. She may not be a “proper” wife, but to save her reputation - and to take a chance on happiness he’d never expected to find - Eli will take her as his bride.

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

The heroine, Sadie Lassiter, was a secondary character in my book The Christmas Journey. She was such a spirited, fun character I’ve had several readers ask me to give her a story of her own. She is such a strong woman, yet curiously vulnerable at the same time, that I think many readers will immediately identify with her and pull for her.

I love it when that happens, when a secondary character becomes so real they need their own book!

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I think it is because just about everyone can relate to the themes that make their way into my books - that of the importance of family and that deep yearning everyone has to belong.

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

PhotobucketEli would be played by Hugh Jackman.



PhotobucketAnd Sadie would be played by Drew Barrymore.





How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

I focus on something completely different - either tinker with a completely different story idea, take a long walk, watch a movie, read a book in a different genre or have a play date with friends. I usually find that taking a break this way lets my subconscious go to town on solving my story problems for me.

What are you working on now?

I’ve completed two other books that will be coming out later this year. Second Chance Family will be out in July and "Home For Thanksgiving" is a novella that will be part of the Once Upon A Thanksgiving anthology that comes out in October. Both of these take place in the same ‘world’ as The Christmas Journey and The Proper Wife and wrap up my series on the Lassiter Family. The project I’m working on now is something completely different from my usual fare. It is the third book in a continuity featuring three sisters who travel from Ireland to Boston in 1850.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.winniegriggs.com. And I’m also on facebook.

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



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828616: The Proper Wife

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

What is your favorite time period and setting for historical romances?

Thank you, Winnie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Winnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Winnie'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 interviews with Debby Mayne and Laurie Alice Eakes and leave a comment at the bottom of their posts to enter the drawings for their books.

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.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Debby Mayne and Free Books!

PhotobucketPaula Andrews longs to establish roots, but the man she loves, Nick Papadopoulos, needs to fly.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winners of today's drawing for three copies of the devotional, Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days, are:

vernetlh@ . . .
barbjan10@ . . .
margie@ . . .


Congratulations! I'll contact each of 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 Debby Mayne, author of Sweet Baklava, Abingdon Press, March 2011.

PhotobucketDebby Mayne and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, Alison and Lauren, a son-in-law Jason, and a granddaughter named Emma.

Debby has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, hundreds of articles for the web, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past seven years, she has judged the Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition.

Three of Debby’s books have been voted top ten favorites by the Heartsong Presents book club, and she was in the top ten favorite Heartsong favorite authors in 2009. Three of her novellas were in anthologies that made the CBA bestseller list. Her 2009 Summerside release, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida, received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine and was named a top pick for July 2009.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Sweet Baklava.

PhotobucketPaula Andrews has finally found her niche in life, with only one thing missing—true love. She loves the stability she has found in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where she owns a soap and candle shop.

When Nick, the heartthrob of her life, returns home on military leave, she sees that he has no desire to join his family in the Greek community where the men work on the sponge docks and the women bake. However, without each other, their lives seem incomplete. His romantic family tempts her with her favorite Greek cuisine, including her absolute favorite—Baklava!

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

My heroine, Paula Andrews, grew up in an unstable home after the divorce of her parents. Although her mother supported her materially, Paula had to find other ways to provide for her own emotional needs. The family-oriented Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Florida, was the perfect place for Paula to immerse herself, and she decided this was where she needed to stay.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I offer a story that appears light and sweet on the surface, with a variety of emotional turning points that run deep. I’ve included a bunch of Greek recipes that have all been tested (yum!) and a list of facts about the fascinating town of Tarpon Springs.

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

PhotobucketI think Joanna Garcia Swisher from the TV sitcom Better with You would make a good Paula. She’s pretty, goofy, sensitive and smart (in real life).



PhotobucketI think John Stamos (shortened from family name Stamatopoulos) would be the perfect choice for Nick, even though in real life he’s a tad older than Nick. He’s Greek, handsome, kind, and a wonderful actor who has already won the hearts of millions of women.

How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

I go for a walk—one mile for small scene issues, two miles for transitional problems, and three miles for anything more difficult. The fresh air and exercise almost always “unstick” my creativity.

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

I can’t just name one book because I read so much. I love any book that enables me to relate to some aspect of the main character. Some of my favorite recent books include Always the Baker Never the Bride by Sandra Bricker, The Perfect Blend by Trish Perry, and Bikini Car Wash by Pamela Morsi. Sandra’s books always make me laugh with witty dialogue and scenes. The Perfect Blend offers the perfect blend of romance, humor, and angst. Bikini Car Wash has a heroine who gives up everything for her family and winds up having to defend herself when she does what she thinks she has to do to make a living. The common factor with all these books/authors is an unforced, natural humor.

Thanks for that compliment, Debby!

What are you working on now?


I’m finishing the last of a series of books for Heartsong Presents set in the Mennonite community of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida. Shades of the Past will be out this spring. Trusting Her Heart and Unlikely Match are scheduled to be released in fall and winter of this year.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found at www.debbymayne.blogspot.com, and Debby Tisdale Mayne on Facebook.

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




CBD.com
708701: Sweet Baklava



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

What helps you decide which books to buy? Do you make your decision based on word of mouth, back cover blurb, or the first few pages of the book? Okay, so that’s more than one question, but I really want to know.

In a romance, what is the most important trait a heroine can have to make you sympathize with her?

I want the heroine to have something I can relate to on a personal level, with a combination of heroic traits and imperfections.

Readers, I was happy to endorse Sweet Baklava. Here is how the novel impressed me:

When you read Debby Mayne’s contemporary romance, Sweet Baklava, you’ll appreciate more than the endurance of true love. You’ll also recognize the value of unconditional family love, as you find yourself involved with families who practice it and families who don’t. Through it all is the sense that our patient trust in God will eventually unveil our most favorable paths in life, no matter what seems to stand in our way. A sweet romance, a feel-good ending, and a surprise cache of yummy Greek recipes at the book’s end? I’m sold!

Thank you, Debby, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Debby has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Debby's questions, 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 Lauraine Snelling, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for her novel.

And see my interview with Laurie Alice Eakes, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for her novella collection, Jersey Brides.

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.
 

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