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!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Louise Gouge and Free Books!

PhotobucketHow can a wealthy young lady fall in love with the man who just destroyed her beloved cousin’s happiness?

Today we're revisiting with novelist Louise Gouge, author of The Gentleman Takes a Bride in The Wedding Season (Harlequin Love Inspired Historical, June 2011).

The Wedding Season reached #8 at Amazon.com for Kindle romance anthologies! It has been in the top 50 for over a month.

PhotobucketAward-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction, calling her stories “threads of grace woven through time.” In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award.

Married to David Gouge for forty-six years, Louise is a mother of four and grandmother of six children. In addition to writing, she teaches English and humanities at Valencia College in Kissimmee, Florida

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

-- You may not know that I’m a college professor. I teach English composition and Introduction to Humanities, which leads to two other things you may not know about me.

-- First, I absolutely adore Masterpiece Theater in all of its incarnations, but mostly historicals, because I learn so much about a well-written story just from watching those programs.

-- Second, I also love to watch History Channel documentaries about early civilizations. Every day, archeologist and anthropologists discover new things about the ancients, and by absorbing these programs, I can pass on those new discoveries to my students.

-- Another surprising thing about me is that I love Shakespeare but I don’t read his work. Shocking for an English prof, right? I do watch well-produced, well-performed movies and show them to my students. But I have to plead my case here: I’m a full-time writer and a part time instructor. I have to prioritize, so of course the writing comes first.

I'm a big Masterpiece Theater fan, too, Louise. I lean toward the historicals, but I never miss those! And I've read plenty of Shakespeare, but I have to say he's so much easier to follow when you see him acted out on stage or film!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Gentleman Takes a Bride.

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This story is set in the Regency period among the wealthy Moberly family, some of whom “starred” in my Revolutionary War series from Love Inspired Historicals. In this story, the youngest daughter of my previous hero and heroine has reached the marriageable age of eighteen years, and she knows exactly what she wants in a husband.

Here is the back cover blurb: Surely Elizabeth Moberly was born to be a nobleman's bride. She can't possibly be attracted to the untitled stranger who interrupts her cousin's wedding. Yet Elizabeth finds herself drawn to Philip Lindsey's tender heart and strong faith. And if Philip has his way, he'll convince Elizabeth the only title she needs is Mrs. Lindsey, beloved wife.

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

I love Elizabeth’s youthful indecision. She can’t decide whether to be like her titled cousin Diana or her spiritual cousin Prudence (I couldn’t resist using that name). While Elizabeth’s situation is not quite like the cartoon character with an angel sitting on one shoulder and a devil sitting on the other, her struggles are much like what we all face in this life. In the end, she decides . . . but that would be telling. You’ll have to read it to find out what Elizabeth decides.

Good tease! Why will readers enjoy your novella?

This is a delightful, escapist story that can take the reader away to a different world for a few hours. But woven throughout is a powerful spiritual lesson that we all can benefit from.

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

PhotobucketFor this film, I would choose English actors and actresses who have charmed me on British dramas. For Philip Lindsey, I would sign Matthew MacFadyen, as he appeared in Pride and Prejudice (with Kiera Knightly).


PhotobucketFor Elizabeth Moberly, I would insist upon Romola Garai, whose portrayal of Emma in the 2009 BBC production helped me form my character.


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

I recently completed The Lady of Bolton Hill, Elizabeth Camden’s debut novel with Bethany House. Wow, a great novel with romance, intrigue, and life-altering spiritual lessons, set in the era of massive industrial growth in America. We don’t read about this time period very often, and Camden does an amazing job of capturing the class struggles that nearly tore our nation apart in the late nineteenth century.

What are you working on now?

I’m diving deeper into the Regency period with a three-book series for Love Inspired Historicals. This is a fascinating time in history and of course the setting for Jane Austen’s wonderful stories.

Where else can readers find you online?

blog.Louisemgouge.com

The book is available in fine bookstores and via online purchase via these buttons:




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

Do you ever write a “fan” letter to an author whose book you’ve loved? If so, what do you say or ask? If not, why not?

Thank you, Louise, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Louise has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Louise'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.

I also encourage readers to subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

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, June 27, 2011

Rachel Hauck's This Time

PhotobucketI'm not doing a giveaway of this book, but Rachel Hauck is. I want to draw your attention to This Time, an e-book release by my writer friend.

But first, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for the signed copy of Susan Sleeman's Behind the Badge is:

worthy2bpraised@ . . .

and the winner of the drawing for Kathleen Y'Barbo's The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck is:

lovetoread205@ . . .

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 take a look at Rachel Hauck and This Time.

About Rachel:

PhotobucketI wrote my first story about a girl and her pony when I was ten. It was handwritten in a spiral notebook.

My second story was about a girl who wanted to move away and live in New York City. I was twelve and no one had ever heard of “chick lit.”

I laughed when I found that incomplete manuscript in an old box-o-stuff. I told my husband, “I was born to write.”

Words fascinate me. I love putting them together and dialoging with the characters who live in my heart and mind. I carry on conversations with them while driving down the road or sitting on a bike in Spin class.

People are as fascinating as words. I love hearing personal stories of romance, tragedy and triumph. I’d love to hear your stories, too, if you care to write to me. I’m always wondering “what if” about the human condition and see what string of events might develop into a new story.

About the book:

PhotobucketLong before the Kindle, the Nook, or the Sony reader. Long before the iPad was a spark in Steve Job's eye, I sold an e-book. I'd written this rancher girl story for Heartsong but they had a book very similar coming out by Kathleen Y'barbo (don't think I've let her forget it) so they turned me down.

Writer's-Exchange was leading the way in those days in epublishing, a small venue from Australia, my second favorite country, so I sold them Belle and Burke's story.

With the advent of e-readers, this story is finding a new audience and I thought I'd share it with you. As the used cars sales men say, "It's priced to sell!"

Leave a comment on my blog and I'll draw a name to win a copy of Softly and Tenderly, my book with Sara Evans, and a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

Here's what a reader said about This Time:

This story made me feel hope, that all wrongs can be righted and that something you believe is gone forever can come back to you. Belle and Burke are great characters.I recommend this book. --One of my favorite Rachel Hauck books.

Blurb:  Oklahoma Rancher Belle Jamison's world topples when her best friend announces that Burke Benning, their former classmate and an NFL superstar running back, is coming to their fifteenth class reunion to act as Master of Ceremonies. Twelve years earlier the handsome athlete broke Belle's heart by deserting her minutes before their wedding ceremony.

Burke's retirement from professional football brings him home to Haskell for good. While his new career in life is uncertain, he knows he must deal with his hurtful actions toward Belle. A mountain of unspoken words looms between them and only the grace and peace of God can help them overcome.

Seeing Burke stirs the love and pain Belle still has hidden in her heart. As they rebuild their friendship and rekindle a lost love, Belle must choose to forget and trust him once more.

Will their desire for love overcome the devastation of the past? This time, will their love last?



To learn more about Rachel, visit her web site: www.rachelhauck.com

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kathleen Y'Barbo and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn aristocratic astronomer out to save his family and a Denver heiress out to take on the world meet their match.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Margaret Brownley's novel, A Vision of Lucy, is:

debracollins@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Kathleen Y'Barbo, author of The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck (Waterbrook Press, June 2011).

PhotobucketRITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A and M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division. In addition, Kathleen also served exclusive publicist for Books and Such Literary Agency.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has a daughter and three grown sons. She recently married her own hero in combat boots and is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

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

-- My favorite snow cone is banana from M. Matsumoto’s Grocery Store on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

-- I was the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and thus was named after both my grandmothers.

-- I lived in Jakarta, Indonesia for five years and speak passable Indonesian.

-- I hate onions.

-- Our recently blended family is one child short of a dozen. And no, we’re not planning to make it an even number.

I don't think I've ever met someone who spoke Indonesian (other than an Indonesian). I'm impressed.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck.

PhotobucketUnlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away.

Charlotte Beck may be entering adulthood, but she can’t seem to keep to her stubborn, independent spirit from bucking social protocol. Fed up with her behavior, Charlotte’s father Daniel pressures her to settle into a nice marriage despite knowing she is set on going to college. Then Daniel sees Charlotte with the handsome but annoying English astronomer Alex Hambly, and everything changes.

Though Alex and Charlotte can barely stand one another, Daniel offers them a deal they can’t refuse: if they agree to marry, he will save Alex’s family from financial ruin and grant Charlotte the freedom to go to college. Reluctantly the couple agrees, but in private they plot to annul the marriage as soon as possible.

But when Alex’s feelings change and he refuses to dissolve their contract, will Charlotte find a way out of her vows? Or will she discover that maybe this marriage isn’t so inconvenient after all?

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

Viscount Alex Hambly is intensely loyal to his family, so much so that he is willing to do whatever he must to see that they are taken care of.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

There’s something about a woman who picks a guy’s pocket in order to get his attention. Then there’s the way Charlotte rides in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show one day and attends a formal ball the next. Did I mention she also manages to burn her bustle?

Oh, this sounds like a fun one, Kathleen.

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

PhotobucketCharlotte Beck would be played by Hayden Paniterre.



PhotobucketAlex Hambly, and by default his twin brother Martin as well, would be played by Oliver Goodwill. If his name isn’t familiar, Oliver played the lead in the Evanescence video “Call Me When You’re Sober”.


And if your novel were brought to film, what’s one song you’d like to hear featured in it?

I imagine the opening scene taking place to the sound of “Spring” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” concerto.

Vivaldi's most upbeat piece! What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The writing was brilliant, as was the story. My agent recommended it, and she was right. It’s fabulous.

Yes, I loved that book, too. And the film is gorgeous, I think. 

What are you working on now?

I just wrapped up line edits for Daddy’s Little Matchmakers, a contemporary Love Inspired romance set in a Texas beach town.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me on my website at www.kathleenybarbo.com. From there, they can email me, sign up to receive my newsletter or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

The book is available at fine book stores and online through the following buttons:





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

If you were a candy bar, which candy bar would you be?

Thank you, Kathleen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathleen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathleen'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 Sleeman, 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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Deborah Raney's Forever After

PhotobucketA fire killed his best friend and his lifelong dream of being a firefighter. The same fire killed her husband and hopes for a family. Can new dreams replace old?

We're not doing a giveaway of this book, but I wanted to draw your attention to
Forever After, a new release by my friend, Deborah Raney.

Forever After is the second book in Deborah Raney's Hanover Falls Novels series from Howard/Simon and Schuster. The first novel in the series, Almost Forever, won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit.Photobucket

About the book:

Lucas Vermontez was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street Homeless Shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy's beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders what he could possibly offer Jenna.

Jenna Morgan is trying to grieve her husband's death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future.

Almost Forever, Book 1 in the Hanover Falls Novels series, won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in 2011.

PhotobucketAbout Deborah:

Deborah Raney's  first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists.

Deb also serves on the Advisory Board of the 2500-member American Christian Fiction Writers. Her 20th novel released this month from Howard/Simon and Schuster.

She and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy tending wildflowers and native grasses in the Kansas prairie garden in their large back yard. They also love traveling together to conferences, and to visit four children and three little grandsons who all live much too far away.

Forever After is available at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:




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Be sure to check out my interviews with Margaret Brownley and Susan Sleeman, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of their posts to enter the drawing for signed copies of 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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

ACFW Conference and E-books!

PhotobucketHave you considered attending the American Christian Fiction Writers’ annual conference this September 22-25? If you're on the fence, I encourage you to go! I’d love to meet you, and you’ll never forget the ACFW experience.

PhotobucketSince I joined ACFW years ago, I’ve only missed the annual conference once, which was totally a God thing. As it happens, my appendix kind of exploded the day that particular conference began, so it was nice not being half a country away from my hospital.


God willing, and assuming my health remains in its normal, tip-top condition, I fully intend to go to ACFW this year, and one of the workshops I’m most eager to attend is “Understanding E-books,” taught by agent Steve Laube
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PhotobucketPhotobucketand attorney/novelists Rick Acker and Cara Putman.

I don't know about you, but I'm fascinated by the emergence of e-book publication over the past several years. I have so many questions about what the practice involves. I know quite a few well-published authors who have started to e-publish their out-of-print books and their books that don’t quite fall within their branded genre. I want to know if e-publishing might be in my own future.

Laube, Acker, and Putman (sounds like a law firm doesn’t it?) will give a brief history of the e-industry before laying out the pluses and minuses of e-publishing. They’ll also address how to avoid piracy of one’s work and how e-publishing affects book contracts established before e-publishing was a viable issue.

As is the case with most authors today, I’m curious about the costs and returns of e-publishing, how the e-industry affects my agent, and what steps I need to take if I decide to e-publish.

PhotobucketOnce I get to the conference, I often miss a class here and there, when I run into an old friend and want to catch up, or when I have an appointment with an editor, or when I absolutely must take a nap to catch up after the previous night’s carousing. But this is one class I will not miss. I hope to see you there. We’ll sit together. And who knows what our e-futures will hold?

For more information about the ACFW Conference, go HERE

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

PhotobucketWill police chief Russ Morgan protect rookie cop Sydney Tucker and those she loves from a killer, or will Russ fail and she’ll pay the ultimate price—her life?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of T. L. Higley's novel, Pompeii: City on Fire, is:

hollymag@ . . .

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 Susan Sleeman, author of Behind the Badge (Love Inspired, June 2011).

PhotobucketSusan Sleeman is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town where she spent her summers reading Nancy Drew and developing a love of mystery and suspense books. Today, she channels this enthusiasm into writing romantic suspense and mystery novels and hosting the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com.

Susan currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law and an adorable grandson.

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

-- I love to work on website design.

-- I have lived in nine states.

-- I used to play trumpet.

-- My dream as a child was to be a twirler for a marching band.

-- I used to teach computers to elementary school children.

Wow, the trumpet. I don't know if most people realize how difficult an instrument that is!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Behind the Badge.

PhotobucketBehind the Badge is a romantic suspense title from Love Inspired Suspense. In this book, a killer is threatening the life of rookie cop Sydney Tucker and her sister--unless Sydney turns over evidence from a drug bust. But she doesn’t have the evidence. Not that the thug believes her.

She and the sibling in her care are under the watchful eye of Logan Lake police chief Russ Morgan…but will his protection be enough to keep them alive?

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

Both Sydney and Russ struggle with past issues in their life that make them unable to trust. To trust others, themselves, and or God. I think all people can relate to having times when it is difficult to trust God and not take things into their own hands but let God work His plan in their lives.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

This book is special to me as the characters deal with some very difficult things in life. I have had some tough times in my own life. Times when I wondered if God knew what I was going through and if He did, why didn’t He rescue me from these hardships? But when I look back on my difficulties, I can see how God used those trials to make me a better person and to allow me to use what I’d learned in these trials to help others. And I hope the readers of Behind the Badge will see the same thing.

According to my editor, Behind the Badge is a compelling romantic suspense story filled with excitement, intrigue and heartfelt romance. I would add to this list that it is also a story of a tough, independent man and woman each discovering how to let go of their past and embrace a future filled with God’s love.

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

PhotobucketThe heroine, Sydney Tucker would be played by Kristen Bell. Kristen often comes across as sassy and independent in her roles and at the same time, she’s soft and vulnerable just like Sydney.

PhotobucketMark Valley would play Russ. Mark has played men who are tough on the outside, rarely liking to show their feelings. But on the inside, they are vulnerable and caring.



And if your novel were brought to film, what’s one song you’d like to hear featured in it?

Hillsong’s Eagle’s Wings is perfect for this story. The lyrics include, Bring me to my knees, May I know Jesus, More and more. Come live in me, All my life, Take over. Come breathe in me, I will rise, On eagle’s wings. In Behind the Badge the main character is brought to his knees so he can learn that he needs God in his life so he can life a full, rich life.

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

I loved Mark Mynheir’s The Corruptible. The main character of this series is so real, so flawed and so tough, yet he is so vulnerable and wounded that you have to cheer for him. Plus I love Mark’s insider view of a police department and a police officer’s thinking.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on edits for my December release from Love Inspired Suspense called The Christmas Witness. I’ve also just started writing a new series for Love Inspired Suspense. This series is called The Justice Agency – When all else fails. It’s about five adopted siblings who work in various fields of law enforcement until their adoptive parents are murdered. When the police can’t figure out who killed their beloved parents the Justice siblings come together to solve the case. They discover in the process that they like working together and they form an investigative agency called The Justice Agency. They dedicate the agency to helping people who traditional law enforcement is either unable or unwilling to help. The first two books of this series will release in 2012.

I like that premise! Where else can readers find you online?

www.susansleeman.com

www.twitter.com/susansleeman

www.facebook.com/SusanSleemanBooks

www.loveinspiredauthors.com

The book is available at fine bookstores and online via the following buttons:




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

Have you ever wanted a character in a book named after you? If so, do you want to be the hero, heroine, the evil villain, or the quirky sidekick?

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 Monday, June 27. 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 Margaret Brownley, 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Donita K. Paul's The Dragons of Chirll

PhotobucketBefore DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian’s desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world.

We're not doing a giveaway of this book, but I wanted to draw your attention to The Dragons of Chirll (Love Inspired, June 2011), a new release by my friend, Donita K. Paul.

PhotobucketAbout the book (originally released as The Vanishing Sculptor):

Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling. She must find the three statues and reunite them, positioned exactly in the right form.

She must free her father and save the world. But she can’t do it alone.

Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder’s grace and guidance along the way?

Dragons of the Watch will be the last book in this series. It comes out in October.

About Donita:

PhotobucketDonita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”

She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops.
“God must have imprinted 'teacher' on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.”

Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.

The book is available in bookstores and online via the following buttons:





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730111: The Dragons of Chiril


Be sure to check out my interview with Margaret Brownley, 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, June 13, 2011

Margaret Brownley and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen posing for Lucy anything can happen—and usually does!

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Carla Stewart's novel, Broken Promises, is:

jeanasworld@ . . .

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 Margaret Brownley, author of A Vision of Lucy (Thomas Nelson, June 2011).
Tell us about yourself, Margaret.

PhotobucketThrills, mystery, suspense, romance: I penned it all. Nothing wrong with that—except I happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, my former pastor took me aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."

So that’s what I did. I now have more than 25 novels to my credit, including bestselling and RITA finalist A Lady Like Sarah—not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask me to diagram a sentence.

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

-- I already told you I flunked English.

-- I wasn’t that great in history, either—all those dates and battles!

-- I’m allergic to broccoli.

-- I still like to watch old Colombo movies, and my current favorite TV show is Dancing with the Stars.

-- I just know that somewhere inside of me is a dancer trying to get out.

You give hope to bad grammarians everywhere, Margaret! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Vision of Lucy.

PhotobucketSage Advice for Photographers from A VISION OF LUCY

• When photographing stampeding cattle, charging bulls or blazing shoot-outs, use a fast shutter speed.

• Brides, take pity on your photographer. Matthew S. Brady and his helpers were able to record the entire War Between the States with little more than 1100 photographs. Half that number should satisfy most brides.

• Doctors, do not look at the camera like it’s a patient needing help through death’s door. Such a pose will speak ill of you, and it won’t do much for your practice, either.

• A man imagines himself more handsome than his photograph; a woman believes herself more homely.

• While posing for a photograph spinsters should avoid looking desperate or deprived. A serene smile will show that your circumstances are by choice and not for lack of beauty or character.

Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is worthy, more than just a distraction. And her deepest hope is that he’ll see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hung on their walls.

But trouble follows Lucy on every photo shoot: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf—a quiet, rustic man who lives on the outskirts of town—she thinks she can catch the attention of the editor with his photograph.

But instead of landing her a job Lucy’s photograph stirs up old resentments and hurts, forever changing the town, and revealing the truth about David’s past that left him deeply scarred. The truth turns out to be more painful than the lies—especially when it keeps him from the woman he loves.

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

Lucy is funny, loyal and dearly loves her brother. She talks too much, is a terrific friend and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. If only that didn’t get in her so much trouble.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I hope readers will enjoy the romance, humor and elements of faith. It’s a fun story but it touches on serious themes of acceptance, forgiveness and redemption.

And if your novel were brought to film, what’s one song you’d like to hear featured in it?

"Unchained Melody". Remember it in Ghost? Love it!

Oh, yes. What a rebirth that song had, thanks to that movie. 

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

If you happen to be writing about a cattle ranch I highly recommend the Working Cowboy Manual. If per chance you’ve got a hankering to shoe a horse you might want to give The Art of Blacksmithing a try. Hey, you asked!

I guess a historical author had better be sure she enjoys her particular time period before committing to it, right?

What are you working on now?


I’m working on a new series call Brides of Last Chance Ranch, which is why I’m deep researching mode.

Where else can readers find you online?

My homestead address is www.margaretbrownley.com I’m also on Facebook and Twitter and resident blogger on www.petticoatsandpistols.com

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