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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, July 28, 2011

Ronie Kendig and Free Books!

PhotobucketBetrayal Begins With Trust!

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sharon Dunn's novel, Her Guardian, is:

sarahackerman@ . . .

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 Ronie Kendig, author of Wolfsbane (Barbour, July 2011).

PhotobucketAn Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.

It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married now more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their four children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their two dogs in Dallas, TX.

Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has volunteered extensively, serving in a variety of capacities from coordinator of a national contest to appointment assistant at the national annual conference.

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

--My first cat was named Cotton Ball (“CB”) because he was white and fluffy like…well, a cotton ball.

--My second child had severe colic, so while I was up from 11pm-3:30 or 4am, I would watch Turner Classic Movies…and fell in love with Audrey Hepburn. As such, I collect Audrey Hepburn memorabilia, posters, movies—anything Audrey!

--My favorite toy as a child was a German doll that held records in her back. My favorite record sang, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony).” I still miss that doll.

--At 21 I took a job with a national bookstore chain as the assistant music buyer. Through that position, I met then-rising stars like DC Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman, Cindy Morgan, Wayne Watson, NewSong, unknown singer named Rebecca St. James, the amazing Rich Mullins, and many others. I loved that job!

--I was rejected three times by my agent before I finally had honed my craft enough to gain representation. Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

You go, Galaxy Quest girl. And DC Talk went to Liberty, too, right? What a cool job that must have been for you. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wolfsbane.

PhotobucketAs with all my books, there is a subplot within the story, that slowly and carefully weaves itself into the fabric of the main story. I loved the subplot with Corazine and the little girl. Loved teasing the information out of her and driving the subplot hero, Matt Rubart, toward the truth. I’ve had several people say the truth, once revealed in this story, was surprising. I certainly don’t want to ruin anything, but I loved that story.

In Venezuela, Danielle Roark and her Army Corps of Engineers team is captured. After six months of captivity, Dani escapes, only to end up charged with espionage and forced to return to the jungle to prove that a nuclear facility exists. On the mission, she is abandoned by God and country. Will she live long enough to make those responsible pay?

Haunted by memories of a mission gone bad, former Green Beret Canyon Metcalfe wrestles with his developing feelings for the feisty senator’s daughter. Setting aside his misgivings, he and Nightshade take the mission to help Dani unravel her lethal secrets.

Getting separated from the team leaves Dani and Canyon vulnerable—and captured. After he is rescued, Canyon discovers Dani has been left behind. Livid, he sacrifices everything—including his role with Nightshade—to find Dani. Can Dani and Canyon fight the nightmare armed with only forgiveness and raw courage? Or will they lose their lives, minds, and each other?

Man, I don't know how you write military stories like you do. I'm in awe.

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

I love seeing Canyon’s rock-solid determination to keep his word, despite the way everything on the mission goes wrong. I love Dani’s spirit—determined not to be a victim or to fail, yet she yearns to be “rescued.”

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

As in all of my books, I represent realistically flawed characters who fight their way through the chaos of life. In Wolfsbane, I let my characters be human. They make mistakes—including one “biggie”—and that’s while they’re Christians. But through it, you see the love and forgiveness of our Savior.

You have us all intrigued now!

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

PhotobucketI love this question because I always have my character charts before I write. Canyon would be played by Ben Browder.



PhotobucketAnd Dani would be played by (a brunette) Nikki Reed.



Yeah, you can't even tell how attractive Nikki Reed is in the Twilight movies,with that icky blond wig. She would make a great Dani, though, judging by your description of the character.

If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose?

Probably supernatural or speculative because those are two genres that I love and long to delve into, but are still close enough to my rapid-fire fiction brand that I have in the Discarded Heroes series.

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

Right now I am reading Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee’s Forbidden—and while it’s not available yet to the public, I can’t say enough good things about it. Dekker fans of The Circle will squeal in delight as they see Dekker return to his roots in this story, but Lee’s fans will glory in the beautiful prose and innate elegance that is completely Tosca. Combined, it’s plainly a powerful story with compelling characters. Absolutely stunning!

I must admit I haven't read any of Ted Dekker's books yet (I feel as if I'm the only Christian on the planet who hasn't), but I'm a huge Tosca fan. She's a true artist.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the military war dog series, A Breed Apart. The first book, Trinity, will release August 2012 and is about former Green Beret Heath Daniels and his military war dog, Trinity.

Where else can readers find you online?

I am on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and of course—my website: www.roniekendig.com with an integrated blog!

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

The Discarded Heroes is about—well, military heroes! I love hearing what heroes my readers have in their lives. So—who is your hero and why?

Thank you, Ronie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ronie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 4. To enter, leave an answer to Ronie's questions (above) at the bottom of today's post. "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 Lisa Wingate, 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, July 25, 2011

Lisa Wingate and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn elderly widower who just wants to be left alone finds himself saddled with a smart-mouthed teenage girl who needs someone to believe in her, and their unlikely friendship uncovers a family mystery that changes both lives.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of DiAnn Mills' novel, Under a Desert Sky, 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 Lisa Wingate, author of Dandelion Summer (NAL Accent Penguin Putnam, July 2011).

PhotobucketLisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author of sixteen novels, including Tending Roses, now in print for ten years, and a favorite book-discussion selection.

Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the inspirational and general markets in mainstream fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles, Crossings Book Club, Women’s World Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and have been short-listed for various awards, including the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Award.

Lisa also spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via Internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used her works to help volunteers teach adults to read.

Lisa lives in Central Texas where her husband teaches Science and her two boys are to enter their junior years, one in high school and one in college.

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

--My husaband and I teach Sunday School for high school seniors, who are a joy and a challenge. My very favorite day is to gather kids, pets and camp food, and head down to the old swimming hole where kids have been gathering for generations.

--For my first writing session of the day, I’m usually propped up in bed with my laptop, my decaf, and really bad hair.

--I work on my TBR stack by propping a book on my elliptical machine and having awkward but total mind-body exercise.

--Houseplants have short life spans in my house—I don’t mean to be a plant-killer; it just happens.

--I am a mother of boys (ordered girls, but they were out of stock that day, twice), so I know how to catch crickets in Ziplock bags, to feed pet lizards—this may come in handy during the apocalypse.

I do the same as you on the treadmill! It makes the exercise time pass more easily, and I find I actually look forward to it.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dandelion Summer.

PhotobucketThe story features an unlikely friendship between a grumpy old man and a desperate teenage girl who are drawn together as they try to solve the mysteries of a hidden family past.

 When J. Norman’s daughter hires a smart-mouthed teenager, Epie, to cook for him in the afternoons Norman is not pleased. Over time, an unlikely friendship develops, as Norman shares his memories of his work at NASA and the early days of the space program. Epiphany’s presence in the house pulls ties to Norman’s long-lost memories of another house, another life, and a woman, a black housekeeper, who saved him. Together, Norman and Epiphany begin to investigate the mystery of Norman’s true identity.

For me, this story was a joy to write, as the original Apollo moon shots are some of my oldest memories.

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

J.Norman reflects on his busy career in the space race and his lack of time to share in his daughter’s upbringing, as young Epie also suffers from lack of parental attention. Like many fathers, Norman regrets that he didn’t spend more time with his daughter. Norman’s recollections of the early days at Cape Canaveral and President Kennedy’s space race were inspired by a special reader-friend, Ed Stevens, who worked on the Howard Hughes team that designed the first moon lander. Like my friend, Ed, Norman has fascinating stories to tell, and those stories draw Epie to him.

In Epie, Norman finds a lost connection to his own daughter and a catalyst for change. In Norman, Epie finds a father figure, someone to mentor her, and an friend to fill the empty space inside her where a father should have been. Epie is a kid filled with potential, but on the road to dangerous and destructive choices.

The story is in many ways a modern southern corollary to George Eliot's classic Silas Marner --in which Silas's discovery of an adopted daughter (oddly enough, Silas's daughter is named Eppie, which wasn't even intentional) changes Silas's life as a hermit/weaver who works all the time and breaks him out of his shell to bring him into the larger community. In the process, of course, Silas saves Eppie and raises her to be a confident young woman.

Here is a link to a father/daughter video excerpt from the book:

YouTube

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Readers will enjoy the intergenerational friendship, but also the prickly relationship between Norman and Epie. They are at times both wonderful and difficult, each of them. Their quest to solve Norman’s family mystery takes them on a road trip of epic proportions through historic southern towns and a hidden past.

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

PhotobucketWow! Robert Duvall would be J. Norman.

Epie would be played by a brilliant, young, spunky, and heretofore undiscovered newcomer!

If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose? 

Historical, maybe? I love history!

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

I thoroughly enjoyed Water for Elephants. I was so into it that when I saw the movie, I was reminded that when a book is really great, reading is better than seeing. The movie was good, but the book was the full experience.

I loved both the book and the film. Both were so moving and gorgeous. I so agree that the book is typically a more full experience. But I do love when my favorite books are brought to film. 

What are you working on now?

I’m doing the edits for Blue Moon Bay, which follows Larkspur Cove in the Moses Lake series for Bethany House. Blue Moon Bay will be released by Bethany House in February, 2011. The second book in the Moses Lake series, it is a stand-alone story, but also within the small-town lakeside setting of Larkspur Cove (Bethany House, Feb. 2011). When a family falls into conflict over the sale of the family land, a no-nonsense career woman is forced to return to the family funeral home in tiny Moses Lake, Texas to sort things out and deal with the unresolved wounds of her past. There, she meets a local guy, finds herself embroiled in a family mystery, and reconnects with the plain faith of her family’s Mennonite neighbors. The last place she ever wanted to find herself turns out to be the place where she might reconnect with her family and find out where she’s meant to be.

Where else can readers find you online?

lisa@lisawingate.com

www.lisawingate.com
www.southernbelleview.com
www.youtube.com/lisawingate
www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Wingate-Readers-Circle
twitter.com/#!/lisawingate

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

One of my favorite things about sending fictional people out into the world is meeting the real people they bring home—like my fascinating reader-friend Ed Stevens, who inspired Dandelion Summer. Can you share a real-life connection that has happened because of a book, story, or book club?

Thank you, Lisa, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lisa has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 28. To enter, leave an answer to Lisa's questions (above) at the bottom of today's post. "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 Sharon Dunn, 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, July 21, 2011

Sharon Dunn and Free Books!

PhotobucketJulia Randel was kidnapped by the cult leader Elijah True when she was 13. Seven years later, she escaped. Now she must testify against the man who stole her childhood.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of my novel, Unforgettable, is:

laurelprincess12@ . . .

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 Sharon Dunn, author of Her Guardian (Love Inspired, July 2011).

PhotobucketSharon Dunn is an award winning writer of both mysteries and romantic suspense for the Christian reader. Night Prey, a Love Inspired Romantic Suspense, was recently nominated for a Carol Award by American Christian Fiction Writers.

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

-- I am the middle child in a family of six children.

-- I am directionally challenged and have given up ever being able to navigate in a strange city.

-- If it wasn’t for spell check, I wouldn’t be able to write novels.

-- Though I count myself among the cat people, I have recently adopted a very nervous border collie who has won my heart.

-- My best prayer times are when I go for a walk up the trail by our house.

You've got me beat, Sharon. I can barely navigate in my home town, let alone a strange city.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Her Guardian.

PhotobucketFearing for his daughter’s life, Julia’s father hires bodyguard Gavin Shane to protect her when the loyal cult members start to make threats. Two weeks before the trial, Gavin and Julia must play a game of cat and mouse to stay alive as the cult members will stop at nothing to insure that Julia doesn’t make it to the courtroom.

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

I think Julia’s courage in facing Elijah and her desire to find hope for her future and not give into bitterness for what she has lost will inspire readers

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Action, action, action and a love story thrown in for good measure.

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

PhotobucketYvonne Strahovski, the blond actress from the series Chuck would play Julia and the part of Gavin would go to an unknown actor who looks more like he just stepped off the beach from a day of surfing than a bodyguard.

I searched for a little while for a suggestion, Sharon, but it's hard to refine a Google search to cover your parameters (not if you want to find someone old enough, manly enough, and smart looking enough).

If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose?

If I could write any book and had endless amounts of time to do research and to revise, I would love to write something that was the equivalent of Les Miserables. I think that it is the most perfect story ever written in terms of characters, theme and complexity of plot. I don’t know if I am up to the task, but I would love to try.

Oh, I hear you. It would be fun to take that kind of time writing a book. What is the last book you read that you would recommend? 

For about a year, the only thing that made sense to me was C. S. Lewis and now the only thing that makes sense to me is Philip Yancey. I loved Soul Survivor. Both those authors write with great honesty and don’t get bogged down in Christianeze.

Philip Yancey was one of the first Christian authors I read as a new believer, and I completely agree with you. He writes beautifully. And Lewis's genius goes without saying. I love the way his mind worked.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in another Love Inspired Suspense called Broken Trust. It takes place in Eastern Montana. A female sheriff has to work with an FBI agent to infiltrate a militia that plans on stepping outside the law. Broken Trust will be out March 2012.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.sharondunnbooks.net and at the www.eharlequin.com website.

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

The last time you stopped reading a book, what was it that made you put the book down and never go back to it?

Can you remember the first book you read that sparked something inside you that made you realize that reading fiction was almost magic. In other words, what book turned you into a reader?

Thank you, Sharon, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sharon has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 28. To enter, leave an answer to Sharon's questions (above) at the bottom of today's post. "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 DiAnn Mills, 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, July 18, 2011

DiAnn Mills and Free Books!

PhotobucketA young socialite is tucked away at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico to escape a killer, but her reluctant protector, a Navajo doctor, discovers more than an heiress.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of K. Dawn Byrd's e-book, Mistaken Identity, is:

bgridger2@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll forward your email address to Kim today, 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 Christy-Award-winning novelist DiAnn Mills, author of Under a Desert Sky (Summerside, June 2011).

PhotobucketAward-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. She currently has more than fifty books in print, which have sold more than a million and a half copies.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Her books have won five ACFW placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards and three Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

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

-- I’m not a mathematician.

-- I love to travel.

-- I like writing on a road trip.

-- I love slicing into one of my home grown tomatoes.

-- The Chick-fil-A cows and I speak the same language.

Man, I can't remember the last time I had a real tomato! Your comment makes me want to get a plant, even if it's potted on the deck. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Under a Desert Sky.

PhotobucketIn 1935, socialite Eva Fortier witnesses her grandfather’s murder and must flee New York to ensure her safety. Leaving behind a life of wealth, she seeks refuge in the secluded high desert area of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

Navajo doctor Tahoma Benally has his hands full caring for his people’s medical needs. He certainly doesn’t have time to fall in love. But when Tahoma’s father asks him to help fulfill a vow he’d made to Eva’s father. Tahoma has no choice but to oblige his father’s request. In the process he finds himself drawn to the woman he’s promised to protect.

With an elusive killer stalking Eva, and barriers of race and culture standing between her and Tahoma, does love stand a chance of blooming in the desert?

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

She’s spunky, courageous, and resourceful.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

The suspense: Will the killer who is after Eva find her before he can be stopped?

The romance: Will socialite Eva Fortier and Navajo doctor. Tahoma Benally find love, or will their differences separate them forever?

The setting: Incredible beauty of the high desert of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

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

PhotobucketEva Fortier - Rachel McAdams



PhotobucketTahoma Benally - Nathaniel Arcand


Interesting-looking duo. I've never seen Nathaniel Arcand before.


If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose?

I write historical and contemporary romantic suspense. So perhaps a far-reaching genre would be a fantasy novel.

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

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. Capote transported me into the motives and passions of the characters through a deep psychological journey.

Oh, yes, that was a haunting book. I think I was a teen when I read it. Still makes me shudder to think about it.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 in the series Crime Scene: Houston. This series is based on solved FBI cases in the Houston area.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.diannmills.com
Facebook

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

What are your dreams, and what must you do to achieve them?

Wow, that's a doozy. I'm eager to hear what my readers say.

Thank you, DiAnn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, DiAnn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 25. To enter, leave an answer to DiAnn's question (above) at the bottom of today's post. "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 summer reading, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of one of my books (winner's choice).

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, July 13, 2011

Summer Reading and Free Books!

PhotobucketHere I am, relaxing on the beach with a terrific novel. Okay, so that's not me. In SO many ways, that's not me.

I won't be making a beach trip this summer, and I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who are in the same boat (or not in a boat--that's not happening this summer, either). Sigh. But we can at least accomplish the book part of the image, right? And today I'd like to help in that regard.

But first, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Dorothy Love's novel, Beyond All Measure, is

faithfulgirl4@ . . .

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

Now back to the beach, or at least the book for the beach. Next Thursday I'm going to give away one of my novels to one of my blog readers who leaves an appropriate comment below. Your comment should include two bits of information:

FIRST: I know we're only halfway through the summer, but tell us what book you've read this summer that you would recommend to others, and why?

I've read a number of good Inspirational novels so far this summer, including Sherry Kyle's Delivered With Love, Debby Mayne's Sweet Baklava, Sandie Bricker's Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride, and DiAnn Mills's The Fire in Ember. I enjoyed them all very much! But the book that really shook me this summer was Emma Donahue's Room.

The book isn't written for the Inspirational market, and I had no desire to read it, frankly, because of the subject matter. I read it because my book club chose it, and now I'm glad they did.

It's a fictional story of a young woman who was kidnapped and held hostage for years, during which time she gave birth to a lovely little boy. The story is told through his eyes. It. Is. Stunning. And the ending is hopeful; I can tell you that much without spoiling anything. The book came to mind again two days ago when real kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard's memoir, A Stolen Life, was released. I honestly don't know if I can handle reading the real thing--I'm weird that way.

So. While that's not the most chipper book to recommend, I do recommend it.

What about you? What do you recommend? Tell us why (just one line will do, if you like).

SECOND: This one is simple: tell us which one of my books you would like if you win next Thursday's drawing, and why (again, one line will do). You can see the short descriptions HERE. If you prefer the devotional, that's fine, too! Just put that in your comment.

I love hearing about what others are reading and what others recommend. Let's share that info with each other!

Be sure to check out my interview with K. Dawn Byrd, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free copy of her e-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, July 11, 2011

K. Dawn Byrd and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen a good Christian girl and her gorgeous non-Christian wild and crazy best friend fall in love with the same guy, who wins?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Yesterday's Tomorrow, by Cathy West, is:

jnkbull@ . . .

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 K. Dawn Byrd, author of the e-book, Mistaken Identity (Desert Breeze Publishing, June 2011).

PhotobucketK. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Mistaken Identity, her first young adult romance released on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released in April 2010 and was the bestselling book for her publisher during its debut month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense, released August 1, also with Desert Breeze Publishing.

K. Dawn Byrd is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

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

-- I have two hairless Chinese Crested dogs.

-- I love sour things...pickles, olives, sour candy.

-- I used to ride a Harley, but gave it up to have more time to write.

-- My writing buddy is my African Gray parrot, Miss Scarlet.

-- I'm a WWII buff.

PhotobucketOkay, I had to post a picture of the hairless Chinese Crested dogs. Readers, these aren't Kim's dogs, just an example of what they look like. I can't believe this happens naturally!


Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Mistaken Identity.

PhotobucketEden Morgan makes a list of six goals to accomplish in order to have the best summer ever. Getting a boyfriend, which is perhaps the most important goal, becomes complicated when she and her best friend, Lexi, fall for the same guy. Since Lexi is popular, gorgeous, and always gets her guy, Eden thinks she doesn't have a chance.

Channing Johnson is everything Eden's ever dreamed of and she can't believe he just moved in next door. When he starts showing interest in her, she's overjoyed...until she sees him out on a date with Lexi. He says Lexi talked him into it to repay her for tutoring him. Lexi says they're in love.

Eden doesn't know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone will get hurt.

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

Eden isn't perfect. She's just like the rest of us. She makes mistakes, but she's trying to live for God. She's self-conscious about her weight even though she's just a few pounds overweight and she compares herself to her gorgeous best friend, afraid that she'll never measure up.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

My editor, an adult, loved it. She said it reminded her of being in high school and having a crush on the boy next door. Hopefully, it will entertain adults as they remember days gone by and it will strengthen the Christian walk of teens.

If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose?

I've written a little bit of everything. My first release was a WWII romantic suspense (Queen of Hearts), my next a contemporary romantic suspense (Killing Time). Of course, Mistaken Identity is a young adult romance. In October, a contemporary romance will release. And in 2012, my young adult mystery series will debut, starting in January.

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

Rebecca's Contrition by Michelle Buckman. I loved the book. I enjoy fast moving books with psychological themes and this one didn't disappoint.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on the young adult mystery series that debuts in January.

Where else can readers find you online?

Links:

My blog: www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com,
Facebook
You Tube
stores.desertbreezepublishing.com
www.kdawnbyrd.com

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


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18918EB: Mistaken Identity - eBook

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

My heroine, Eden, wants a car for her sixteenth birthday. She's hoping for the blue Mustang convertible she saw at a local dealer. She works part-time and has told her parents she'll pay for the insurance and gas. What is the most memorable gift you ever received? What did you love or hate about it?

Thank you, Kim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kim has offered to give a copy of her e-book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 18. Please note that this is an e-book, not a print book. To enter, leave an answer to Kim's question (above) at the bottom of today's post. "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 Dorothy Love, 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, July 7, 2011

Dorothy Love and Free Books!

PhotobucketAda has loved deeply and lost dearly, but protecting her heart could mean missing out on the love of a lifetime.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Wedding Season, featuring Louise Gouge's novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride, is:

kmkuka@ . . .

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 Dorothy Love, author of Beyond All Measure (Thomas Nelson Fiction, June 2011).

PhotobucketAn accomplished author in the general market, Dorothy Love makes her Christian fiction debut with the Hickory Ridge novels set in her native state of Tennessee. An avid traveler and amateur historian Dorothy shares her passion for Southern history through her novels. A sustaining member of the Southern Historical Society, she shares a home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their two golden retrievers.

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

-- I’m a beach girl through and through.

-- I paid for my undergraduate degree writing for newspapers.

-- My favorite trip of all time was a three week sojourn through New Zealand with my husband.

-- The only ice cream flavor I can’t resist is Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla.

-- I collect seashells (see above!) and antique maps.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Beyond All Measure.

PhotobucketFollowing the loss of her family, her fianc√©, and her fortune, Ada Wentworth journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge to take a position as a lady’s companion. But only until she can earn enough money to open a millinery shop back east. Then she meets her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the kindest and most attractive man in Hickory Ridge and despite her misgivings, finds that her feelings for him are growing.

As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, Ada must let go of her painful past in order to trust God with her future, and Wyatt with her heart.

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

Ada has lost everything. She struggles with her faith, and with the very real problem of how to provide for herself. Even though she is a woman of the 19th century, her emotions and the choices she must make are the same ones modern women face every day.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I’ve heard from early readers that they love Wyatt as much as they love Ada. Who can resist a long-legged, blue eyed, Stetson-wearin’ Texan who brings you candy and calls you darlin’? I hated to let him go. Others have said they loved the historical details, and the relationships between Ada and the citizens of Hickory Ridge: Miss Lillian, the ladies of the church quilting circle, and Sophie, the beautiful mulatto child at the orphanage. Others liked the unexpected plot twist.

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

That’s a great question. I don’t watch very many modern movies; I am a fan of the classics. So I don’t even know the names of today’s stars.

PhotobucketMatthew McConaughy is a native Texan with the languid drawl that makes me swoon, so maybe he’d be a great Wyatt.



PhotobucketMaybe Anne Hathaway for Ada?



PhotobucketIf Virginia Madsen were younger she would be my first pick. She brings such depth and sensitivity to any role she plays. I am not sure why she never became a huge star. I absolutely love her in every role she’s done.

Here's a picture of her when she was younger. I've always liked her, as well. I especially liked her surprisingly sinister character in Monk. 


If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose? 

Wow, that’s hard. I love historical fiction beyond all measure, but I wrote a number of contemporary novels for young adults before coming to CBA. It might be fun to write another.

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

Bloodroot by Amy Greene. It’s a southern novel told in six voices and each one is distinct and pitch perfect. The language is beautiful and precise, and the story, while sometimes harrowing, makes us care deeply about the protagonist. I just finished Julie Lessman’s A Hope Undaunted, and as always I am blown away by the depth of her characterizations and her ability to make us care about a huge, messy, flawed Irish American family.

What are you working on now?

I am waiting to receive line edits for the second Hickory Ridge book Beauty For Ashes which will release next February, and am writing the third, to be called Every Perfect Gift. That one will complete the Hickory Ridge series and will be out in November of 2012.

Where else can readers find you online?

My site is www.DorothyLoveBooks.com. I blog from there and also post weekly writers tips on the Writers’ Caffeine page. Right now I’m inviting readers to send 300 words about one of their ancestors for possible inclusion in the last Hickory Ridge novel. Details are on the home page of the website. Or, readers can click the icon on my home page to friend me on Facebook.

The book can be purchased through fine bookstores and online through the following buttons:




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549006: Beyond All Measure,  Hickory Ridge Series #1



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

Your question about who I would cast in the movie is intriguing. I’d like to ask your movie-savvy readers: who should play Wyatt and Ada on the silver screen?

PhotobucketFun question, Dorothy. Personally, I think your cover girl looks like Olivia Wilde.

Thank you, Dorothy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Dorothy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 14. To enter, leave an answer to Dorothy's question (above) at the bottom of today's post. "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 Catherine West, 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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