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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, April 28, 2011

Laura Hilton and Free Books!

PhotobucketBecky is looking for acceptance in a community that is holding her up as a bad example.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Vickie McDonough's new release, Finally a Bride, is:

rbooth43@ . . .

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 Laura Hilton, author of Patchwork Dreams (Whitaker House,
April 2011).

PhotobucketLaura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools her children. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan. Patchwork Dreams, the first book in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House, was released in April 2011. The second book, A Harvest of Hearts releases in September 2011, and the third in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

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

-- My husband and I married after only knowing each other three months. We will celebrate 25 years of marriage in December. I was a Christmas bride, complete with tinsel, poinsettias and twinkly lights.

-- I love apples, blueberries, and peaches. Chocolate is one of life’s pleasures, and while I normally drink tea, I love McDonald’s iced hazelnut coffee.

-- I love the Great Lakes, lighthouses, boats, sand and surf. I also love winter, with snow, sleds, mittens, snowmen, and Christmas.

-- I love books! I love the feel of books, the smell of books, and curling up with a good book. My favorite genre? It varies by my favorite authors. I love pretty much anything by Susan May Warren. I’ll drop everything for Tricia Goyer’s WWII books, and Beverly Lewis’ Amish stories. But that by no means says it all.

-- I’m a breast cancer survivor.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Patchwork Dreams.

PhotobucketBecky Troyer has committed the ultimate sin, and finds herself on the edge of her Amish community. Jacob Miller believes he was sent to the Old Order Community in Missouri to help out a distant cousin. Instead, he discovers he was part of an arranged swap--sending men from his Pennsylvania district to the Missouri district to bring new blood into the Amish community. Becky dreams of marriage, but doesn't dare hope that anyone would choose her--not with her history. Can God use the lies that have affected Becky and Jacob to bring them together? Or will Jacob rebel and head home to his first love?

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

Becky has been deeply hurt, but regardless, she wants to make the best life for herself and someone she loves.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I hope they will enjoy it. It is a sweet romance set in Amish country.

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

PhotobucketThis was hard because I’m not really up on current actors/actresses. My college son suggested I google actors in such and such age group. Jacob Miller would be played by Lucas Grabeel.



PhotobucketBecky Troyer would be played by Dakota Fanning.




PhotobucketAnd Becky’s father would be played by Harrison Ford.



What was the last thing about writing that made you laugh (or at least smile)?

Researching actors, actresses for the question above.

I'm glad you enjoyed the task! What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I just finished reading The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark—it’s a woman’s journey into Amish country to find her past. I’m currently reading Bake Until Golden, part of the Potluck Club series.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on book 3 of my Amish series, yet untitled.

Where else can readers find you online?

lauravhilton.blogspot.com and lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com and I’m on Facebook as Laura Vernet Price Hilton.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




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742559: Patchwork Dreams, Amish of Seymour Series #1


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

What plots would you like to see in Amish fiction?

Thank you, Laura, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura'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 my post about Delight Yourself in the Lord, Even on Bad Hair Days, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for one of three signed copies of the devotional.

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, April 25, 2011

Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on Bad Hair Days . . . Free! Again!

PhotobucketI think it's about time I gave away a few more copies of Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on Bad Hair Days!

But before I tell you about that, let me announce that the winner of the signed copy of Yvonne Lehman's latest release, Aloha Brides, is:

ejxd95@ . . .

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, about the giveaway:  I'm currently finishing up the next devotional in this wonderful series, tentatively called Your Grace is Sufficient, But Decaf is NOT! My fellow authors on this next book are Sandra D. Bricker, Loree Lough, and Cynthia Ruchti. By way of celebrating the near-completion of another fun set of devotions, I wanted to offer three giveaway copies of Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on Bad Hair Days.

Here are a few comments that have come in since the book's release:

"Written with a generous helping of humor, these devotions are a casserole of meat and chocolate for women in our daily lives. These five ladies voice what we all face and give words of wisdom from the Lord. A great devotional for learning how to praise the Lord at all times ... even on bad hair days." (Ane Mulligan, Editor, Novel Journey)

"Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days is a fabulous culmination of life's experiences, by 5 great writers. Everyone has "Bad Hair Days", and this devotional supports the power of prayer and abilities to never give up. God has a plan for each of us. Prayer is powerful, and these ladies help guide us with their stories and their prayers. Great book to read at the beginning of any day. Great testaments..." (reader Barbara Turnbaugh)

To enter the drawing, leave a comment below, telling us what you consider a bad hair day. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

The book would make a very nice Mother's Day gift! It's available at fine bookstores everywhere, and for online purchase via the following buttons:






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361051: Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on Bad Hair  Days


Be sure to check out my interview with Vickie McDonough, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the 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, April 21, 2011

Vickie McDonough and Free Books!

PhotobucketA feisty female reporter is sure the new minister is harboring secrets—and she aims to find out what they are, no matter the cost to the town or her heart.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sherry Kyle's new release, Delivered with Love, is:

walen11@ . . .

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 with novelist Vickie McDonough, author of Finally A Bride, the third and final book in The Texas Boardinghouse Brides series (Barbour, April 2011).

Photobucket Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of 23 books and novellas. Her books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. She was voted Third Favorite Author in the Heartsong Presents Annual Readers Contest in 2009.

Vickie is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing. Watch for her new books from Moody Press, Texas Trails: A Morgan Family series, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin to write a 6-book series that spans 50 years of the Morgan family. The first three books release this fall. Also, next year brings the release of another new series from Guidepost Books, Whispers on the Prairie, set in 1870s Kansas. Vickie hopes readers will find her stories An Adventure into Romance.

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

-- When I was 12, I begged and pleaded until my very citified parents bought me a horse, which I look back now and see the experience I gained the three horses I eventually had, helped me to be able to write horses better.

-- At age 14, I bought a Honda motorcycle with money I earned babysitting.

-- Shortly after we were married, my husband and I lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a year.

-- I’m the mother of four boys—or rather four grown men.

-- My books have sold nearly 3/4th of a million copies.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Finally a Bride.

PhotobucketJacqueline aka Jack Davis, a reporter for the Lookout Ledger, is bent on nabbing her story at any cost. When Noah Jeffers comes to Lookout as temporary pastor, Jack suspects there may be something hidden behind his shepherding ways. Soon though, Jack becomes attracted to the new pastor despite her initial hesitation. But as she uncovers the truth, will the story cost her too much? Will she reveal what she’s found, or keep it hidden to protect newfound love?

Carly Payton returns to Lookout after years in prison, hoping to build a new life there. But she soon discovers that new beginnings and second chances are not always easy. Garrett Corbett is determined to marry—but not a jailbird like Carly. When Carly is equally repelled by Garrett’s prank-playing ways, will they be able to see past their dislikes and give each other—and love—a second look?

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

Jack is pretty much fearless and will do just about anything to get her story. She’s stubborn and has to learn most things the hard way, but she has a good heart and is a loving sister to her much younger siblings.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Because it’s a fun, exciting romance that will hold your interest, make you chuckle, and bring tears to your eyes, but leave you feeling satisfied.

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

PhotobucketMolly Quinn, who plays Alexa in Castle, would be great to play Jack.




PhotobucketFor my hero, I had a much harder time deciding who to use. I’m going for a look something like Alex O’Laughlin in Hawaii 5-0, but Noah is younger than him. I can’t think of anyone who is just like I imagine him.

Here's a slightly younger shot of him . . . 


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

I’m currently reading Surrender the Night by Marylu Tyndall. It’s a forbidden romance about a British Naval officer and a female patriot. The chemistry between the two is fabulous.

What are you working on now?

PhotobucketI’m currently writing Long Trail Home, which is the third book a new series called Texas Trails: A Morgan Family series. In this series, I’m partnering with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin to write a 6-book saga that spans 50 years of the Morgan family. The first three books release this fall.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.vickiemcdonough.com and on Facebook.

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




CBD.com
606490: Finally a Bride, Texas Boardinghouse Brides Series #3


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

I’ve had a few reviewers that said one of my books was predictable. When you read a romance, you know the hero and heroine will get together in the end. So, my question is: how can an author make a romance not be predictable for a reader?

THANK YOU! I don't think those particular reviewers realize there's a pretty hard-and-fast rule in the industry that romances must have a happily-ever-after ending, with the hero and heroine ending up together. Otherwise, you're reading a "love story," not a romance. So I'm curious for reader input on this one, too. Help us out, readers! What say you?

Thank you, Vickie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vickie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vickie'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 Yvonne Lehman, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the 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, April 18, 2011

Yvonne Lehman and Free Books!

PhotobucketExperience romance, danger, and faith in the beautiful islands of Hawaii in this collection of three historical novels from the days of royalty in the 1800’s through World War II.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Kathi Macias's latest release, People of the Book, is:

wonderbook@ . . .

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 Yvonne Lehman, author of Aloha Brides (Barbour, April 2011).

PhotobucketYvonne Lehman is a best-selling, award-winning author of 50 novels. She founded, and directed the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and is now director of the Blue Ridge “Summer in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat held August 6-11, 2011 (www.gideonfilmfestival.com) and the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat held October 16-20, 2011 (YLehman@bellsouth.net). The retreats are held at the Ridgecrest/LifeWay Conference Center in Ridgecrest, NC.

She is co-director with Ann Tatlock of the Honored Authors of the Gideon Media Arts Film Festival, and mentor with the Christian Writers Guild. Heartsong readers have voted her among the top ten favorite authors for several years. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing.

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

-- I’m addicted to popcorn—it’s my nightly pleasure while watching a movie or American Idol.

-- I have the Ten Commandments written on granite tables, three feet high and four feet wide prominently displayed in my front yard under my willow tree.

-- The most wonderful trip I’ve taken is with my pastor-son and fun-daughter to Israel. The Bible came alive, I walked where Jesus walked, stood in the Garden of Gethsemane, saw where he was crucified and I was baptized in the Jordan River.

-- The only other trip I’ve taken outside the US was when my youngest daughter took me along with her husband and 8-year-old son to Paris, France—fascinating! Among other things, I climbed all 638 steps of the Eiffel Tower (had to stop a few times on the way up).

-- The reason I live in my house is because God showed up in the Ladies Room at the Presbyterian Church (and I’m not even Presbyterian!) Long story.

I'd kind of like to see that story in novel form, Yvonne!

Please tell us a bit more about the plotlines in Aloha Brides.

PhotobucketIn Aloha Love, Jane Buckley is engaged to Texas oil baron Austin Price. In 1890 she voyages to the kingdom of Hawaii with her exuberant aunt. Rancher Mak MacCauley has no room in his life for another woman since his wife died. He allows Jane near him only because of his daughter’s needs and the engagement ring on Jane’s finger.

In Picture Bride, not everything on a sugar plantation is sweet. Mary Ellen Colson discovers this after she arrives in Hawaii. The man her sister planned on marrying looks like any girl’s dream. But Breanna is missing and Mary Ellen believes Claybourne Honeycutt’s charming demeanor could conceal a criminal heart. Clay knows the benefits of the early twentieth century picture-bride practice. Acquiring wives makes his workers more responsible and productive in the sugarcane fields. He views Mary Ellen as out to catch a husband and he’s not taking the bait.

In Love from Ashes, Luke Thurston travels to Pearl Harbor in honor of his brother who died during the Japanese attack, and to bring peace to himself and his parents after WWII. However, he discovers lies and deception. Events force Luke to confront the bitterness that has sprung up within him as a result of the war’s devastation.

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

They are much like most, or all, lead characters who have conflict or purpose and eventually find real meaning in faith in God and Jesus. The stories may differ but the human longings are common to us all. I think the readers will appreciate the minor character, Matilda, who appears in all three books and they will care about her because she cares so much about others.

Why will readers enjoy this novel collection?

Takes them away to the exotic islands of Hawaii and presents royalty, cowboys with flowers on their hats, historical views of picture brides, devastation that war brings both outward and inward, romance, love, and faith that brings hope.

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

PhotobucketSince Aloha Brides is a collection of three novels, it’s hard to say who might play the lead roles. I would be more concerned about who plays Matilda, the adventurous aunt in the first book, then is very important in the books to follow. She’s considered a minor character but her role in the lives of others is major. Maybe someone like Annette Bening who first appears as middle-aged, then ages with grace and never loses her adventurous, youthful spirit.

What was the last thing about writing that made you laugh (or at least smile)?

I think I’ve lost all creativity, I will never write another worthwhile sentence, can’t come up with a decent plot, but put my fingers on the keys and Ah-ha! there’s an idea that can be developed. It may not be very good, but it’s more than when I sit and stare and wonder and fear. I think, yes, if I put my fingers to the keys, no matter that it may take a long time, the mind will do its job. I smile, because it’s not over yet!

That is a blessing, and I know what you mean. Sometimes you just have to start spilling, without thinking too hard about where your words will take you.

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

Advanced copy of Pompeii by T. L. Higley. The writing is excellent, the story filled with love, danger, intrigue, and the setting is presented as a character. Unforgettable!

What are you working on now?

A series of novels set in our Nation’s Capital.

My hometown! Where else can readers find you online?

www.yvonnelehman.com – for information on my Novel Retreats go to www.gideonfilmfestival.com and click on Novel Retreat.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




CBD.com
261214: Aloha Brides


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

What are you hoping to experience when you pick up a book to read?

Thank you, Yvonne, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Yvonne has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Yvonne'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 Sherry Kyle, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the 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, April 14, 2011

Sherry Kyle and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn old love letter found in a young woman's inherited 1972 Volkswagen propels her to leave Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California where her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever. 

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Susan Page Davis's latest release, Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island, is:

bc428@ . . .

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 Sherry Kyle, author of Delivered with Love (Abingdon Press, April 2011).

PhotobucketSherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Communications, and a minor in Bible. Her book for tween girls titled The Christian Girl's Guide to Style all about beauty, fashion, and character was released from Legacy Press in September 2010. And her debut contemporary novel, Delivered with Love, was just released from Abingdon Press.

Sherry and her husband have four children, three biological and one by adoption. When she isn't writing, she enjoys jazz concerts, watching movies, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in California.

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

-- I received an award for a story I wrote in the fourth grade titled, “Friends Can Be So Mean.”

-- I was a cheerleader in high school. Go Crusaders!

-- My first date with my husband was the first week of college my freshman year. A girl across the hall liked him and pointed him out. Oops. What can I say?

-- I absolutely love Italian food. Pasta, yum! Oh, and chocolate too! I have to have a bite of dark chocolate every day.

-- I enjoy watching TV shows like American Idol, Project Runway, and So You Think You Can Dance.

You like the same shows I do! Although I've never watched PR. And, ahem, might I point the odd juxtaposition between the title of your grade-school composition and your freshman-year treatment of your poor classmate? Sherry Kyle!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Delivered by Love.

PhotobucketClaire James, age twenty-three, is ready to make it on her own. When she's fired from her job as a waitress and subsequently kicked out of her sister's home, she sees it as an opportunity to start over. But even before moving, a thirty-five-year-old love letter written to her mother keeps Claire stuck in the past. Michael Thompson, a middle-aged real estate agent, wants to keep the past where it belongs - at least until his grown daughter is married. But, then a young woman comes to town . . .

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

Claire is inquisitive and caring. She makes a lot of unwise decisions, but eventually comes to terms with who she is and what matters most. Deep down Claire desires to be loved—by her Heavenly Father, her family, and the man of her heart.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Because it’s a fun read! When we open our eyes to see how God orchestrates divine appointments, we shouldn’t be surprised at how He works everything for the good. Yes, I love happy endings!

It is a fun read. Readers, here's what I wrote about Sherry's book when I endorsed it:

In Sherry Kyle's touching debut novel, Delivered with Love, young Claire James discovers old secrets, new surprises, and the kind of "coincidences" only a loving God could orchestrate. Her inquisitive drive takes the reader on a compelling quest for answers, as her sweet heart is challenged by matters of family, identity, forgiveness, and love. You'll enjoy the adventure!

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

PhotobucketAmanda Seyfried as twenty-three year old Claire James.




PhotobucketAnd John Schneider (from the original Dukes of Hazzard) as fifty-two year old Michael Thompson.



What was the last thing about writing that made you laugh (or at least smile)?

Receiving my box of books in the mail and seeing my debut novel in print!

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

A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck. Kristin has a way of drawing readers in. Plus, I enjoy a good love story!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another girl’s book titled The Christian Girl’s Guide to Your New Room all about planning, decorating, and organizing a girl’s bedroom while transforming herself on the inside. I also have another book contract with Abingdon Press for The Heart Stone, (Spring 2013) a contemporary romance about a forty-year-old diamond ring that is worn by a single mother to ward off questions, but was once offered to another. And now the older woman is thinking about the man who asked her to marry him all those years ago. The story is about two women's journeys to find love.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.sherrykyle.com
Twitter
Facebook

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




CBD.com
708661: Delivered with Love


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

Would you rather read a good book or go the theatre and watch a movie?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Trish!

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

Lyn Cote and Daddy in the Making

PhotobucketNo give-away here, but I thought you might be interested in the latest novel by my writer friend Lyn Cote, Daddy in the Making (2nd in New Friends Street series, Harlequin Love Inspired Romance, April 2011).

About the book:

Brought together by a Matchmaking Dog--

Dr. Jake McClure’s basset hound has fallen in love. With a single mom, her adorable twins and the orphaned kittens they rescued. Man’s best friend suddenly won’t budge from Jeannie Broussard—and Jake can understand why. Jeannie is full of love, laughter and everything Jake has been missing in his life lately. As Jake spends time with Jeannie and her girls helping to build her Habitat for Humanity house and rescuing stray animals, a bond forges between them, and soon Jake is wondering if he’s the perfect fit in this fatherless family....

About Lyn:

When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Rejection followed. Finally, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the new Love Inspired romance line.

Since then, Lyn has had over thirty novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, one of the highest awards in the romance genre. And her Her Patchwork Family was a Carol finalist in the short historical category in 2010.

Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her website homepage, http://www.LynCote.net. Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Drop by and "friend or follow" her.

Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love.

Lyn says: "One of the secondary characters in this book, Millie, is famous for her Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Here's my recipe."

Lyn Cote's Baked Macaroni

I adapted this recipe from my 1940 Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I've cut the fat content from the original and changed to whole wheat or SMART TASTE macaroni to up the fiber. So you can indulge with this recipe, knowing that it's healthy!

1 lb. whole wheat macaroni or Ronzoni Brand Smart Taste pasta (fortified with Calcium, Vitamin d and Fiber)
****
White sauce:
6 Tb butter or margarine
¾ c. flour
5 c. skim milk
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
*****
1 lb grated medium cheddar cheese (Or if you want to give this a Mexican flavor, substitute pepper jack cheese.)
1 c. bread crumbs (or crushed tortilla chips)

Cook macaroni, drain and put into greased, deep casserole dish or bowl. Make the white sauce and take pan off heat (to keep the cheese from becoming stringy). Add 2/3rd's of the grated cheese. Stir till melted. Pour over macaroni. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bread crumbs over top. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. May serve as side dish or main course.

Drop by www.LynCote.com to learn more about Lyn's literary concoctions. And catch up on her free read, La Belle Christiane, an original manuscript never published, a new scene every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Lyn's book is available for online purchase via the following buttons:




CBD.com
876631: Daddy in the Making


You can also purchase by dropping by Lyn's website: booksbylyncote.com

Monday, April 11, 2011

Kathi Macias and Free Books!

PhotobucketForced to choose between family and faith, Farah soon discovers that her choice may also become life or death….

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Louise Gouge's latest release, At the Captain's Command, is:

jeanereads@ . . .

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 with novelist Kathi Macias, author of People of the Book (New Hope Publishers, April 2011).

PhotobucketKathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and she won the prestigious 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association).

A wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time buzzing around in their new ride: Al’s 2005 sunburst orange Corvette.

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

-- My husband and I are Harley riders.

-- I spent a day on Death Row at San Quentin.

-- I helped David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz edit his prison memoirs.

-- I’ve known my husband since we were six years old.

-- I was once introduced as Rosey Grier’s bodyguard!

Wow. So many questions, so little space . . .

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

PhotobucketFarah lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family, and wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. She sees the month of Ramadan as her chance to draw nearer to Allah, and pursues that goal. All goes well until the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself. Her brother, Kareem, who has never liked her, seeks to discredit her.

Farah’s cousin, an only child, frequents an online chat. She discovers former Muslims discussing their new belief that Isa is much more than a Muslim prophet—He is actually the Son of God. She becomes acquainted with an American girl of Muslim ancestry—now a devout Christian—Sara.

Sara has problems of her own due to her brother Emir’s suspicious behavior. Each finds their faith put to the test. Will they be true to their beliefs? Will God protect them, or will they pay the ultimate price for their faith?

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

Three young women’s lives intersect on the Internet, and each finds herself (or someone she loves) in grave danger. As a result of their meeting, their lives will never be the same, but how they end depends on the choice each will make.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It is written with great passion and intensity. In the words of endorser Evan Marie Everson, “Somewhere between the first word and the last, you may forget to breathe. But you will always remember this story.”

What was the last thing about writing that made you laugh (or at least smile)?

I recently met a young couple who had just learned I was a writer. They asked me if I was in it for ministry purposes—or for the money!

Oh, that's cute. All that money, huh?

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

The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy. Not only is it a wonderful story but Patti is one of the best/most talented writers I’ve come across in ages.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished my Fall 2011 Christmas novel titled A Christmas Journey Home from New Hope Publishers. It’s my first Christmas novel, and I’m very excited about it! I’m also working on my new “Freedom” fiction series (also from New Hope) on the topic of human trafficking and also beginning release in Fall 2011 with Deliver Me from Evil.

Where else can readers find you online?

In addition to my primary website www.kathimacias.com I’m at www.theTitus2Women.com and kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com, and of course Twitter and Facebook.

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

Because I love to tackle tough issues in my fiction writing, what topics would you like to see me address in future books/series?

Thank you, Kathi, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathi'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 Susan Page Davis, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the 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, April 7, 2011

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen the royal party comes to Prince Edward Island, a maid is determined to right an old wrong.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Kim and Kayla Woodhouse's latest release, No Safe Haven, is:

carrie@ . . .

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 with novelist Susan Page Davis, author of Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island (Summerside Press, April 2011).

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 30 novels. A native of Maine, she now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim, who is an editor, and the two youngest of their six children. Her first book was published in 2004. She writes contemporary and historical romance, romantic suspense, and mystery. She's a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers' Choice Contest and an ACFW Book of the Year winner.

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

--I’m the youngest of five children.

--I won my school district’s spelling bee when I was in eighth grade.

--I’m a descendant of John Alden of Mayflower fame.

--I homeschooled my six children.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island.

PhotobucketPrince Edward Island pulls out all the stops to prepare for the visit of Prince Albert Edward (Queen Victoria’s son, later King Edward VII) in 1860. Molly Orland, a farmer’s daughter, is hired as a housemaid at the governor’s mansion, where the prince and his entourage will stay. Peter Stark is sent ahead of the royal party to ensure the arrangements are in order.

Molly wants to do a good job while serving at the governor’s mansion in Charlottetown and to bring in some money for her family. She also hopes to meet the Earl of Washburn—in fact, she’s more eager to meet him than the Prince of Wales. That’s because her grandfather and the earl’s father once had an argument that decided her family’s fate. The earl’s understeward, Peter Stark, might be able to help Molly fulfill that wish.

Though Peter and Molly are attracted to each other, there seems to be no future for them, since Peter must soon leave with his master, the Earl of Washburn, and Molly will lose her job if discovered to be engaging in a flirtation with one of the visitors. However, Molly’s family harbors a secret that connects her family to Washburn’s. Can she and Peter overcome the past and set right a 60-year-old wrong?

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

Molly is idealistic, diligent, and loyal. She’d do whatever was necessary to help her family.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

The pageantry of Prince Albert Edward’s 1860 tour of British North America gives an intriguing background for this love story, and the mystery of the Orland family’s connection to the earl brings tension to the romance.

What was the last thing about writing that made you laugh (or at least smile)?

Tying things up for Lady Anne in my work in progress, Lady Anne’s Quest. Letting her start down a stairway and come face to face with a female swindler wearing her dress was satisfying.

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

Marcia Gruver’s Raider’s Heart. I enjoyed the unfolding of the story and getting to know the characters.

What are you working on now?

Lady Anne’s Quest will be the second book in my Prairie Dreams series (book 1 releases in October 2011), and I’m writing a historical romance for Heartsong Presents—Almost Arizona will be book #1,000 from Heartsong.

Cool! Does it come with its own supply of celebratory confetti? I think it should!

Where else can readers find you online?

At my website: www.susanpagedavis.com

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361099: Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island, Canada


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

I’m so glad I live now, not in the 1800s, but is there one thing you’d like better if you lived back then?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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 Louise Gouge, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the 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.
 

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