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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!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

PhotobucketAs a lady’s maid, Elise will follow her mistress anywhere—even into America’s Wild West.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lillian Duncan's novel, Pursued, is:

pshock@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of Dan Walsh's novel, Remembering Christmas, is:

lubell1106@ . . .

And the winners of the three signed copies of my devotional, His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, are:

jrs362@ . . .
robinbayne@ . . . and
worthy2bpraised@ . . .

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

Now let's revisit novelist Susan Page Davis, author of The Lady’s Maid (Barbour, October 2011).

Susan Page Davis is the author of thirty-seven published novels. Prairie Dreams is her new series from Barbour Publishing. A Maine native, Susan now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim. She’s a past winner of the Carol Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

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

--As a child, I had a huge collection of stuffed animals I called my “Nephew Club.”

--I now collect old tea tins.

--I worked as a news correspondent for about 25 years.

--I have two new grandsons this year—Silas Davis and Fox Ballard.

--I’m a blue-eyed woman married to a green-eyed man.

What great names your grandsons have!

I love the Nephew Club idea. When my son was a little kid, he used to tell me stories about his adventures with "my boys and my buvvers" (brothers). All imaginary. Kids are just so cute.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Lady's Maid.

PhotobucketThe Lady’s Maid is the first book in my new Prairie Dreams historical romance series. Elise Finster accompanies her young British mistress, Lady Anne Stone, on a voyage to America in 1855. Lady Anne’s father has died, and her Uncle David is the new Earl of Stoneford—if he steps forward and claims the title. But David disappeared into the American West when Anne was a baby. Now it’s up to her and Elise to find him. They join a wagon train in Independence, Missouri, not realizing they’re leading a killer straight to David.

Exciting! What is it about Elise that will make your readers care about her?

Elise is a commoner, but she’s lived most of her life in the home of an aristocratic family. When she and Lady Anne take to the wilderness, Elise feels great responsibility in keeping Anne safe and making sure they can both take care of themselves without a host of domestic servants.

Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

Princess Anne of England. I’ve always been fascinated by her as a person and a horsewoman.

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

Make a Scene, by Jordan E. Rosenfeld. It’s a book for writers on writing scenes within your story. I found it very helpful in showing me where some of my scenes were lacking. For fiction, I’m reading through the Miracles of Marble Cove series from Guideposts, as they recently asked me to write book #12 in this series. I especially enjoyed book #4, Beacon’s Call, by Leslie Gould.

What are you working on now?

Besides the Marble Cove book, I am finishing book 3 in the Prairie Dreams series, to follow The Lady’s Maid and Lady Anne's Quest. The final book is called A Lady in the Making.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’d love to see you at my website, www.susanpagedavis.com.

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

In The Lady’s Maid, Mrs. Harkness doesn’t want to leave behind her grandmother’s cupboard or the children’s box of schoolbooks. Elise and Anne have to part with a portion of their extensive wardrobes. If you were taking a wagon train in 1855, what one thing would you refuse to leave behind?

I love that question. Sometimes I consider that, with regard to dashing out because of a house fire, etc. But in this case, you're letting people stop and really think. What do you say, readers?

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, November 7. 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 DiAnn Mills, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for 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, October 27, 2011

DiAnn Mills and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Secret Service Agents Meghan Connors and Ash Zinder are assigned to guard the Vice President’s rebellious daughter, danger and betrayal hitch a ride on the protective detail.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Susan Meissner's novel, A Sound Among the Trees, 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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit novelist DiAnn Mills, author of Attracted to Fire (Tyndale, September 2011).

PhotobucketAward-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and 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 and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive; Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. 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 can’t wear a watch or headphones because I have too much electricity in my body.

--I don’t like red meat.

--I’m afraid of dogs.

--I’m horrible at math.

--I’m a picky eater.

My mother is like that with body electricity and watches. And she's in her nineties--like the Energizer Bunny. Perhaps you'll live a long, full life too, DiAnn!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Attracted to Fire.

PhotobucketSpecial Agent Meghan Connors’ dream of one day protecting the president of the United States is about to come true. Only one assignment stands in her way. After the vice president’s rebellious daughter is threatened, Meghan is assigned to her protective detail on a secluded ranch in West Texas.

Unfortunately, working with Special Agent in Charge Ash Zinders may be as tough as controlling her charge. Ash has a reputation for being critical and exacting, and he’s also after the same promotion as Meghan.

But when the threats escalate and security on the ranch is breached, it becomes clear this isn’t the work of a single suspect—it’s part of a sophisticated plan that reaches deeper and higher than anyone imagined. And only Ash and Meghan can put the pieces together before it’s too late.

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

Meghan is ambitious in her desire to one day guard the President of the United States. She cares about her protectee’s health and safety and encourages her to stay clean. Meghan practices commitment to her job and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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

PhotobucketMeghan Connors - Evangeline Lilly




PhotobucketAsh Zinders - Justin Timberlake



Your cover model actually looks a bit like him!

Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

Randall Wallace - I heard him speak at the 2011 Christy Award banquet. He impressed me with his honesty and passion for the Lord. His life demonstrates the power of faith in a world where Christianity is often viewed as a crutch. His success as writer for several movies including, Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We were Soldiers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and many more show his passion for story while not sacrificing his number one priority: his relationship with God.

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

Anne Graham Lotz - Expecting to See Jesus: A Wake-Up Call for God's People. This book touched me in its truth of where we Christians need to be today. It challenged me to never be complacent with my relationship to God while focusing on His unconditional love. It’s made me a better child of God.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 of the Crime Scene: Houston series. A woman writer teams up with an FBI agent to write cold cases and discovers her quest for authentic research puts her in danger.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.diannmills.com
www.facebook.com/diannmills
twitter.com/diannmills

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase through these buttons:



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348643: Attracted to Fire


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

What traits make a heroine or hero unforgettable?

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 Thursday, November 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to DiAnn's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Dan Walsh and Lillian Duncan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the posts to enter the drawing for signed copies of their books. And don't forget to enter the drawing for His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, below!



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, October 24, 2011

Lillian Duncan and Free Books!

PhotobucketPutting her trust in Dylan Monroe, a man Reggie Meyers barely knows, will either be the best decision she ever made or the last.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Elizabeth Goddard's novel, Freezing Point, is:

paleface.lu@ . . .

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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Lillian Duncan, author of Pursued (White Rose Publishing, July 2011).

PhotobucketLillian lives in a small town in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband, four parrots, one Jack Russell, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Whether as a speech-language pathologist, an educator, or as a writer, she believes in the power of words to change lives, especially God’s Word.

Lillian believes books can be entertaining without being trashy. She writes the types of books she loves to read, suspense with a touch of romance. Along with writing novels, she writes devotions for ChristianDevotions.us

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

--I’m very, very short--4'8"--and believe it or not that does change the way people react to you.

--My husband is the funniest person I know.

--I can paint, but I can’t draw! Go figure.

--When I get writer’s block I stop writing and start painting. Before I know it, my creative juices begin to flow once again.

--I have had some amazing experiences with God answering my prayers.

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

PhotobucketReggie Meyers has spent her life pursing the American Dream, but now she’s the one being pursued— by an unknown killer.

Reggie’s a big city lawyer and Dylan’s a country farmer. In the normal course of events, their lives would never intersect but some accidents just aren't meant to be avoided. When Reggie crashes into Dylan, it makes a bad day even worse or so she thinks. Dylan, on the other hand, is intrigued by the feisty lady lawyer and wrangles a way to spend a bit more time with her by offering to drive her home after the accident. And so the journey that will change both their lives begins...

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

Reggie has some rough edges but the readers will forgive her that because she’s overcome so many obstacles in her life, including diabetes.

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

PhotobucketOh, oh! I’m afraid my age will show with my choices. I think Jennifer Anniston would be a good pick for Reggie because...who doesn’t love Jennifer Anniston?



PhotobucketAs for the male lead, I need to be careful who I say—don’t want to make my husband jealous! I’m going to pick country singer, Brad Paisley...


Photobucket...or Toby Keith, because they’re cute and they’re country—just like Dylan.

Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

Mmmm. Hard question. So many choices. If I could go back in time, certainly at the top of the list would be Helen Keller. She had to have been such an amazing and intelligent person. Having worked with deaf children and one deaf-blind child, it’s hard to imagine how she overcame such disabilities.

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

Rooms by James Rubart and I loved it! I’d recommend it to anyone who needs to heal past hurts from their own life, and who doesn’t need to do that? I’d read so many good things about the book, I finally decided to read it and am glad I did. Certainly, one of the best books I’ve read this year.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new book that will come out this fall, Deception. It’s a great story about a set of estranged twins. I love it! And the other project I’m also working on is a sequel to Pursued.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.lillianduncan.net and I’ve recently entered the blogosphere at lillianduncan.wordpress.com. They can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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

What’s the deciding factor when you buy a book? Is it the cover, the blurb on the back, name recognition of the author, or something else?

Thank you, Lillian, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lillian has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lillian's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Dan Walsh and Susan Meissner, below. Leave appropriate comments at the bottom of the posts to enter the drawings for a signed copies of their books. And don't forget to enter the drawing for His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, below!

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, October 23, 2011

Gail Gaymer Martin's Christmas Gifts!

PhotobucketMini-Matchmakers And An Old Fashion Christmas

Today's bonus post doesn't involve a giveaway, but I wanted to draw your attention to Christmas Gifts (Love Inspired Duet, November 2011), including the novella, Small Town Christmas, by my writer friend, Gail Gaymer Martin.

About Gail:

PhotobucketMulti-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin writes Christian fiction for Love Inspired and Barbour Publishing, where she was honored by Heartsong readers as their Favorite Author of 2008. Gail has forty-nine contracted novels with over three million books in print. She is the author of Writers Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance. Gail is a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers, a keynote speaker at churches, libraries and civic organizations and presents workshops at conference across the US. She was recently named one of the four best novelists in the Detroit area by CBS local news.

About the book:

When the new second grade teacher, Amy Carroll, meets the precocious twin sisters, she knows she has her hands full, but when she learns they live on the street where she is staying with her grandmother and they have a single father who is handsome and needs help, Amy’s hands are beyond full. But Amy’s from Chicago and falling in love with a small town man is not part of her plan. Can God waylay Amy’s desire to return to the big city? Can Mike Russett open his heart to love?

Martin’s story contains strong characters and touching scenes. - Romantic Times

This duet novel also includes Brenda Minton's Her Christmas Cowboy.

The book is available in all fine bookstores and for online purchase via the following buttons:





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Excerpt from Chapter 1:

“Mrs. Fredericks.” The office secretary leaned into the room. “Mr. Russet is here to see you.”
“The twins father.” A heavy sigh whisked the air. “Ask him to wait a moment.”
Amy took another step toward the door. No doubt the sigh signaled trouble.
“Please wait a moment, Miss Carroll. “The twins will be in your class. It might help you to meet the girls. They have a propensity for getting into trouble.” She motioned.
“They’re right across the hall in the cafeteria. It’ll give you a heads-up for Monday.”
Trouble. Amy swallowed. “I suppose that would be. . .practical.”
“Yes, and you’ll keep an eye on them while I talk with their father.” She chuckled and motioned her to follow.
Amy followed her across the hall and spotted the girls seated on each side of a cafeteria bench, cuter and sweeter looking than she’d imagined. Though not identical twins, their features were similar with bright Caribbean blue eyes.
The child with a tawny ponytail swung her legs over the bench. “It wasn’t me, Mrs. Fredericks.”
“Yes, it was.” The blonder twin slipped from her seat, her hair gathered into a ponytail on each side of her head. “Holly tore up my drawing in art class.”
“Please sit for a moment.” She gestured to the benches. “I want you to meet someone.”
They scrutinized Amy with a mix of speculation and determination. “Miss Carroll. This young lady is Holly.” She rested her hand on the one with honey brown hair and the deep frown. “And this is Ivy.”
Ivy gazed at her, curiosity written on her face.
Holly and Ivy? Amy wondered. She stepped closer. “It’s nice to meet you.”
Neither responded.
Mrs. Fredericks eyed them. “Miss Carroll will be your new teacher on Monday.”
Holly’s ponytail flipped as she swivelled toward Amy while Ivy stared at her wide-eyed.
“I’ll leave you with Miss Carroll, and you can have a nice talk.” She turned to Amy. “I’ll be back shortly.” She strode away but paused before exiting. “When I return, I’ll introduce you to the girl’s father. I’m sure you’d like that.”
“Our dad?” Two voices rang in unison.
Amy wasn’t sure she wanted her first parental contact to be with an irritated father, but she offered a nod. When she turned, the twins were peering at her again, Holly with her arms crossed at her chest and Ivy with her fist jammed into her waist.
She slipped around the end of the bench and sat at the table. Behind those sweet faces, Amy sensed sadness. She looked from one girl to the other. “What are you doing in the cafeteria.”
Holly looked away. “Mrs. Fredericks made us sit here.”
“Hmm?” Amy tapped her finger against her cheek. “I wonder why?”
Ivy bit her lip. “Kids who misbehave have to sit in here and wait.”
Holly’s frown deepened. “I didn’t do anything bad.”
Ivy pressed her face closer to Holly’s, her look searing through her sister. “You tore up my drawing.”
“But you said it wasn’t any good.”
Ivy fell back to her seat. “If I wanted to tear it up, I would have done it.”
“That’s right, Ivy.” Amy focused on Holly, monitoring her tone. “What kind of pictures were you drawing?”
Holly’s shoulders relaxed. “Pictures of Pilgrims and Indians for our social studies.”
Amy nodded. “For Thanksgiving.” Blending learning with fun was good classroom planning.
“Uh-huh, and. . .” A movement by the door caught her attention.
“Daddy.” The girls shot from the bench and ran to a harried looking man who stood inside the doorway, his hands tucked in his jacket pockets.
Amy’s heart gave a twinge. A five o’clock shadow encompassed his lean jaw, his chestnut hair tousled as if he’d run his fingers through it many times. His straight eyebrows stretched above his caramel brown eyes, flashing with emotion.
He rocked on his heels. “You must be Miss Carroll, the new teacher.” He strode toward her. “I’m the girls’ father, Mr. Russet. It’s nice to met you.” Frustration winked behind his pleasant grin.
Amy met him halfway while the twins hovered at his side. She dropped her palm into his, aware of his warm grip. “Good to meet you, too.”
Behind him Mrs. Fredericks grinned. “I’ll see you on Monday, Miss Carroll.” She gave her a wave and vanished.
When she looked back, the man studied her with curiosity. “I’m sure we’ve met.”
Amy drew back. “Met?”
“Years ago at Ellie Carroll on Lake Street.”
“Yes, that’s it.” Amy’s memory gave a tug.
“We live across the street.” The twins voices melded together.
“She stood bewildered.
His grin widened. “Maybe eleven years ago.”
“I don’t think so.” Yet a memory shimmered in her mind. “I was eighteen then.”
“I was twenty-three, working as a handyman.” He grinned. “Maybe you’ll remember me as Mike.”
“Mike?” The recollection jarred her. “You dug out Grams old shrubbery and planted new ones.” She pictured him in the summer sun, his muscles flexing while his shirt hung on a deer ornament in the tree-sheltered yard.
“The same.”
Amy studied his face. His unruly hair hadn’t changed. She remembered how it ruffled in the breeze, his lean handsome face taut with concentration. She’d flirted with him. But when she went inside, her grandmother notified her he was newly married. Heat rose up Amy’s neck with the recollection. She hoped he didn’t remember she’d toyed with him.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Elizabeth Goddard, Susan Meissner, and Dan Walsh, below. Leave appropriate comments at the bottom of the posts to enter the drawings for a signed copies of their books. And don't forget to enter the drawing for His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, below!


Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dan Walsh and Free Books!

PhotobucketCan one Christmas change a life forever?

This is a bonus post today, and our author is going to give away a signed copy of his Christmas novel to one of my readers who leaves a comment below. I mentioned this book in an earlier blog post, just to share my review (reposted below).

Let's meet author Dan Walsh, author of Remembering Christmas (Revell, September 2011).

PhotobucketDan Walsh is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). His first novel, The Unfinished Gift won two ACFW Carol Awards. The sequel, The Homecoming, released last year in June followed by The Deepest Waters, which released in April. His newest novel, Remembering Christmas, just came out in September.

Dan recently signed a 4-book deal to write a series of novels with Dr. Gary Smalley, bestselling family and relationship author (with over 6 million books in print). For those who haven’t read Dan’s novels, reviewers often compare his books to Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans and Jason Wright.

He writes fulltime in the Daytona Beach area, where he lives with the love of his life, Cindi, his wife of 35 years. They have two grown children, both married, and one grandson. As they await more grandchildren, they enjoy the company of two mini-aussies, Bailey and Darcy.

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

--I got married at 19 to the only woman I’ve ever loved.

--I’ve wanted to write novels since the 11th grade (way before I became a pastor for 25 years).

--In my youth, I didn’t get a haircut all through high school (longhaired surfer bum).

--I’m not a half-bad crooner (love the old standards from the 40’s & 50’s).

--I cry way too easily for the manly man I appear to be.

Okay, you actually sound like the hero in one of the romance novels my colleagues and I write. The first item was awesome enough on its own.  

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Remembering Christmas.

PhotobucketIt's 1980, and former hippie-turned-yuppie Rick Denton has everything going for him. Job, cash, car, condo and women. The only thing he can complain about is rising gas prices (now at a dollar a gallon). A stepfather he loathes collapses from an aneurysm, and his mother begs Rick to help them keep their small Christian bookstore alive during the holiday season. The store’s eccentric customers start to bug him, as well as the homeless man who sleeps in a big box out back. The only upside to this deal is the pretty single mom who works there in the afternoons. Some unexpected events over the next few weeks will turn Rick's assumptions about himself, his family, and his entire life upside-down.

Bestselling author, Sarah Sundin recently wrote: “This story delighted me, and one twist completely surprised me. Realistic and lovable characters―even shallow Rick―and the refreshing Florida beach town setting make this a memorable Christmas story. I loved Dan's previous novels, The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. Remembering Christmas is sure to please his fans and to enthrall new readers as well. I highly recommend this novel.”

Here's my review of the novel:

One of the best things about this novel is the fact that, despite much conflict--a life-threatening health emergency, strained relations between the hero and his stepfather, a tenacious homeless man planted outside the Book Nook, a single mom struggling to make ends meet--the book just makes you feel good. Perhaps that's because you know the hero is surrounded by so many good people, it's hard to imagine his heart won't eventually soften. And when you become acquainted with why his heart hardened in the first place, you root for that softening to happen. Walsh subtly draws the reader in, avoids predictability, and provides a satisfying, believable ending. I can see this book being enjoyed time and again during the Christmas season.

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

At the outset of the book, Rick Denton is a likeable, though self-absorbed young professional. He only agrees to help his mother from a sense of duty (he longs to be on the Carolina ski slopes with his friends). God has set him up to have his whole outlook on life over-hauled this holiday season, as Rick rediscovers who his parents really are (and who they’re not), by listening to a cast of colorful, somewhat eccentric customers who come through the bookstore. Rick’s transformation at the end rivals what happens to other classic Christmas baddies such as Mr. Grinch and Ebeneezer Scrooge.

I like that--I hadn't made that connection yet, but it's apt.

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

Photobucket
Rick Denton – Patrick Wilson (A Gifted Man, new TV series).




PhotobucketAndrea (single mom) – Jennifer Ehle (A Gifted Man, Pride and Prejudice mini-series).





PhotobucketJD (Homeless man) – Gary Oldman







PhotobucketArt Bell – Gavin MacLeod




PhotobucketLeanne Bell – Emma Thompson



Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

Dr. Gary Smalley – I’ve been reading his books over this past summer (getting ready for our series together) and getting to know him on a personal level. Gary’s one of the most fascinating men I’ve ever met, and he’s got an arsenal of wisdom (as well as some amazing stories).

Agreed. What a wonderful opportunity to work with him on your four-book project!

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

Sarah Sundin’s 3rd book in her Wings of Glory series, called Blue Skies Tomorrow. It’s just a great read. To me, it has it all: romance, great characters, a great story, action and suspense. And as a lover of WW2 books, she also nails the history down to a tee.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished my 6th novel for Revell, called The Reunion (will be out Sept of next year). And I’m just getting started on my 7th book, the first in a series I’ll be writing with Dr. Gary Smalley. We’ve just finalized the storyline and main characters, and my editor at Revell has just given me the green light to start writing (it’s due by April, 2012).

Busy man! Where else can readers find you online?

From the homepage on my website, there are buttons to read my blog or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. It’s www.danwalshbooks.com (you can also preview my other novels, and there are links to order them from the major online stores).

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

I’m curious about their reading tastes and habits. How many of you read print books vs Ebooks? Buy new books vs used books? Buy books online only vs at retail stores? What ingredients does a book have to contain for you to tell your friends, “You’ve got to get this book!”

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:





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719791: Remembering Christmas

Thank you, Dan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Dan has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Dan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Elizabeth Goddard and Susan Meissner, below. Leave appropriate comments at the bottom of the posts to enter the drawings for a signed copies of their books. And don't forget to enter the drawing for His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, below!

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, October 20, 2011

Susan Meissner and Free Books!

PhotobucketSometimes the path to moving beyond the past is paved with unusual stones.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Camy Tang's novel, Protection for Hire, 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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit with Susan Meissner, author of A Sound Among the Trees (WaterBrook Press, October 2011).

PhotobucketSusan Meissner is the award-winning author of fourteen novels, including The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Novels of 2008.

When she is not working on a new novel, she directs the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoys teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with her family, music, reading great books, and traveling.

Susan lives in southern California with her pastor husband and their four grown children.

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

--I lived in England and Germany when my kids were little.

--I hate escalators.

--I used to be the editor of small town newspaper.

--I play the piano.

--I don’t like mayonnaise.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Sound Among the Trees.

PhotobucketFor 150 years, Holly Oak has stood the passing of both time and wills in historic Fredericksburg and it has the Civil War scars to prove it. Marielle Bishop marries into the family and its multi-generational ties to the house, leaving behind her independence and her love of Arizona’s deserts to become a wife and stepmother.

It isn’t long before Marielle is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings trouble and misfortune to the women who live there. Local folklore has it that Susannah Page, a spy for the North who secretly aided Union soldiers, haunts Holly Oak - longing for pardon.

When the current matriarch of the house 89-year-old Adelaide McClane tells her that the house is “stuck” because of its tumultuous past, Marielle determines to get past the rumors and uncover the secrets that are buried within its walls. With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must carve out her new life carefully as she sorts out the truth and makes peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.

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

There are three leads, actually. Marielle, Adelaide and Susannah, and all three of them just want to be at home, safe, with the ones they love. They don’t have grand aspirations; they just want their home to be the place it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be safe and secure. These three women live in different time zones, but inside the same house that has a rather tortured past. And it seems like they face the same obstacle to their greatest desire. What these three women want is what we all want – we want our homes to be places of refuge, havens of joy, sanctuaries that protect and shelter us. I am banking on the notion that when a character wants something we all want, that endears her to us!

Absolutely. Not only do most people know what they consider a safe, secure home, many readers will be able to identify with that feeling of desperation when home is a place of "trouble and misfortune."

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

PhotobucketWith the right make-up Meryl Streep could play my 89-year-old Adelaide. She has the versatility to pull it off, if not the actual age.



PhotobucketThe amazing Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, Lady in the Water, The Help) could play my Susannah in a heartbeat.



PhotobucketAnd I think Evangeline Lily (“Kate” on Lost) would be a perfect match for Marielle.


Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

Well, since I am answering these questions on the very day Amanda Knox’s verdict was overturned, I would have to say I would help her write her autobiography. I am of the persuasion that she didn’t do what she was accused of, that she is innocent. And if I am right, then she spent four years in virtual hell, and it’s likely her life will never be the same, even though she is now free. I have always been drawn to stories of courage under fire. And truth is something that compels me.

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

Such a hard question. I am reading at this very moment Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb's Crossing. She is an amazing wordsmith. So amazing, you don’t even sense her there in the pages. She is a subtle genius with words.

I completely agree. I reluctantly read her Year of Wondersfor one of my book clubs. I didn't want to read a book about the Black Plague! But it was phenomenal.

What are you working on now?

I just sent my latest book project to my editor at WaterBrook, a novel called The Girl in the Glass, which will hit shelves this time next year.

Here’s the plot in a nutshell: Meg Pomeroy, a thirty-year-old travel book editor, is emotionally fed up after a broken engagement, the disappearance of her irresponsible father, the loss of a promised heirloom painting and the knowledge that her perennially cautious mother is now dating a man half her age and whom Meg finds herself desperately attracted to. When her missing father sends her a ticket to Florence, Italy, a place he’d promised he would take her, Meg assumes he will meet her there but she arrives alone. Disillusioned, she turns to a Florentine brother and sister writing team she knows only through work. They introduce her to Sofia, a memoir-writer who claims she's the last Medici and that the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance speak to her. As Meg tours Florence through Sofia’s eyes, her perspective on what is real and what she wants to be real is first challenged and then embraced.

There’s a lot of Florence in this book!

Ah, that's one of the few places outside the U.S. that I've traveled to. Beautiful! And what an intriguing storyline you have there, as always.

Where else can readers find you online?

My home on the web is www.susanmeissner.com and they can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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

If you could see someone’s real life story fictionalized into a novel, whose would it be?

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, October 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 Elizabeth Goddard, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book. And don't forget to enter the drawing for His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, below!

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, October 19, 2011

Giveaway: His Grace is Sufficient . . . Decaf if NOT!

PhotobucketCan it really be that, as we navigate the high-wire act of our busy lives, God's grace forms a quiet safety net beneath us?

Readers, I just received a thrilling FedEx delivery today--my author copies of His Grace is Sufficient . . . Decaf is NOT, the fun, touching devotional I wrote with good writer friends, Sandie Bricker, Loree Lough, and Cynthia Ruchti. I want to share it with you all. But since I didn't get enough copies for all of you, I'm going to send a signed copy to three of you and hope the rest of you look for the book in your favorite bookstore, Wal-Mart, or online book site (I've inserted some online buttons below).

About the devotional:

There is absolutely no substitute for God's grace. It's irreplaceable! Can it really be that, as we navigate the high-wire act of our busy lives, God's grace forms a quiet safety net beneath us? When we don't have the ability or even the drive to accomplish God's will for our lives, His grace is there. Or when we've chosen the wrong path, His grace is a heartbeat away to dust us off and show us the way home. In 100 upbeat and thought-provoking devotions, the authors help us to find truth in the middle of our crazy lives. Instead of putting our hope in good works, careers, the perfect family, or a double shot of espresso, they remind us to rely on God's supply of grace that never runs dry.

About the authors:

PhotobucketSandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in Los Angels for more than fifteen years before becoming a best-selling, award0-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction from the Tampa Florida, area. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears times and effort toward raising awareness and funds for diagnostics and a cure. Her favorite coffee is creme brûlée with a shot of sugar-free vanilla cream. Visit Sandie at www.SandraDBricker.com

PhotobucketLoree Lough is a reader favorite with 81 published books (3 million+ in circulation), consistently earning glowing 4- and 5-star reviews. She splits her time between her Baltimore home and a family cabin in the Alleghenies, where coffee enables her to correctly identify "critter tracks." Loree adores a good frappuccino with extra caramel and whipped cream. Visit her at www.LoreeLough.com

PhotobucketCynthia Ruchti writes and produces the drama/devotional radio broadcast "The Heartbeat of the Home." She is editor of the ministry's Backyard Friends magazine; the author of a novel and novella recognized with nominations for Reviewers' Choice, Retailers' Choice, and Readers' Choice awards; and speaks to women's groups and writers' events. Cynthis likes a good Milky Way latte with whipped cream. Visit her at www.CynthiaRuchti.com

And if you're reading this, you're already at my site and probably know plenty about me. Except my coffee preference: extra strong with heavy cream. Yum.

Now, if you'd like to be considered for this special drawing (only for commenters--subscribers won't be given an automatic entry in this one), answer these two questions in the comments section, below:

What is one way God has shown you His grace this year? And how do you like your coffee? (Non-coffee drinkers are eligible, too!)





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I'll draw three winners on Monday, October 31.


Be sure to check out my interviews with Camy Tang and Elizabeth Goddard, below. Leave an appropriate 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, October 17, 2011

Elizabeth Goddard and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen an investigative reporter stumbles into the middle of a cash smuggling ring, a homeland security agent can’t afford to blow his cover again, but working undercover comes with a high price, and this time, he isn’t sure he’s willing to pay.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Colleen Coble's novel, Lonestar Angel, is:

readinginks@ . . .

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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit with Elizabeth Goddard, author of Freezing Point (Love Inspired Suspense, October 2011).

PhotobucketElizabeth Goddard is the award-winning author of seven contemporary romance novels and two novellas, including a romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner.

Elizabeth is a member of ACFW and has served as a board member in her local RWA chapter. She is a 7th generation Texan who lives in East Texas with her husband and four children. She and her family recently spent five years in Oregon, which serves as the setting for several of her novels, including Oregon Outback, releasing with Barbour Publishing in Spring 2012.

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

--I love to bake artisan bread (but I don’t eat it).

--I hate seafood.

--I can play the cello.

--I have a degree in computer science.

--I wanted to be a marine biologist.

That's quite a variety! An interesting combination of left-hemisphere facets, right-hemisphere facets, and seafood.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Freezing Point.

PhotobucketInvestigative reporter Casey Wilkes is willing to fall off the map, having escaped certain death at the hands of a businessman who blames her for destroying his life. But her stay in obscurity lands her smack in the middle of a cash-smuggling ring and a sting operation that could turn deadly.

Jesse Mitchell was transferred to a desk job after he nearly blew his last assignment, but now he’s the only man for the job. When a beautiful reporter stumbles into the middle of things, the situation could turn explosive, and Jesse can’t afford to blow the operation. But one thing he’s learned--working undercover comes with a high price. . .and this time, Jesse isn’t sure he’s willing to pay.

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

She’s just a normal person trying to do her job but things keep going wrong. Things keep happening to her and she doesn’t know why. I can certainly relate to that!

Oh, yeah. I'm sure everyone relates to that at some point.

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

PhotobucketThat’s a tough question. I’m not the kind of author who usually selects images for my characters. For my hero, I’d pick James McAvoy—he’s a great actor and I think he could do a good job of projecting Jesse’s inner turmoil.

I love him! I agree--he's pretty riveting on the screen.


PhotobucketFor Casey, I’d choose January Jones who played in Unknown with Liam Neeson.



Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

David Wilkerson was recently killed in a car accident in East Texas. I remember reading The Cross and the Switchblade when I was in elementary school. He’s legendary in Christendom.

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

I read The Bishopby Steven James, and while it’s a tough read for some (including me) because of the violence, his approach to writing is brilliant and it left me energized as a writer. For some reason, it freed me to know I can be more creative with my writing—it’s an art. Regarding the story itself, it too will leave readers breathless. Of course, it won a Christy, so there you are.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing my third Heartsong in my Redwood Coast series, and starting on Extreme Maneuvers, my next Love Inspired Suspense.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.Elizabethgoddard.com
facebook.com/elizabethgoddardauthor
twitter.com/bethgoddard

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:





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

When was the last time you were so caught up in a story that you read for hours and allowed your chores to wait? What was the book?

Thank you, Elizabeth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Elizabeth'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 Camy Tang, below. Leave an appropriate 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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