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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, November 28, 2011

Jody Hedlund and Free Books!

PhotobucketThey vowed to keep their marriage in name only, but when the unexpected happens on the grueling journey west ... their carefully constructed partnership will be put to the ultimate test.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Debra Ullrick's novel, The Unlikely Wife, is:

hisfiction@ . . .

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 Jody Hedlund, author of The Doctor’s Lady (Bethany House, September 2011).

PhotobucketJody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling book, The Preacher's Bride. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work.

Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children.

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

--My most memorable meal is apple, blueberry, cherry pie—for breakfast.

--If I had to swim across a lake of any kind of beverage, it would be coffee.

--My dad was a twin, my husband’s mom was a twin, and we had twins.

--I grew up a PK (pastor’s kid).

--My favorite TV Show is Survivor and I’ve watched almost every season since it started.

I'm like you, but with The Amazing Race. I don't think I've ever missed it, thanks to my trusty DVR. 

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

PhotobucketPriscilla White knows she’ll never be a wife or mother and feels God’s call to the mission field.

Dr. Eli Ernest is back from Oregon Country only long enough to raise awareness of missions to the natives before heading out West once more. But then Priscilla and Eli both receive news from the mission board: No longer will they send unmarried men and women into the field. Left scrambling for options, the two realize the other might be the answer to their needs.

Priscilla and Eli agree to a partnership, a marriage in name only that will allow them to follow God’s leading into the mission field. But as they journey west, this decision will be tested by the hardships of the trip and by the unexpected turnings of their hearts.

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

Priscilla White isn’t physically strong and she’s a bit naïve, and yet she’s determined and courageous. Her biggest weakness is her pride. At the beginning of the story she believes she is the perfect missionary candidate because of her piety, education, and upbringing. But during the dangerous trip, she begins to understand that when God chooses to use someone, he looks much deeper than a person’s outward qualifications

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

PhotobucketDr. Eli Ernest needs to be played by Kevin Costner whose rugged, scruffy look in Dances With Wolves is exactly the way I envisioned Dr. Ernest. Eli is a man full of passion and unafraid of danger, and yet willing to learn and grow through the challenges he faces.


PhotobucketPriscilla White needs to be played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Priscilla is a beautiful and elegant lady with Gwyneth’s looks in Emma. She’s not physically strong and she’s a bit naïve, and yet she’s determined and courageous.

Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

I’d love to hire a cleaning lady to come in once a week, a chef to cook meals, and a nanny to take care of the children in the afternoons during my writing time (after we’re done with our homeschooling day). One can dream, can’t they?

That's truly a writer's dream! I'd love that, too. 

What are you working on now?

My next historical romance, Unending Devotion, releases in 2012. I’m really excited about this story because it’s set in my home state of Michigan. It takes place during the 1880’s at a time in history when the lumber era was at its height. Although the story isn’t inspired by a true person the way my first two books have been, I do include several real people, particularly a real villain by the name of James Carr who was notorious in central Michigan for his violence and for introducing white slavery into the state.

The heroine of the story is a young woman, Lily Young, who is looking for her sister who’s caught up into the degradation of lumber camp life. While Lily searches for her missing sister, she fights against the evil that runs rampant around her, and she fights not to lose her heart to the lumber baron who turns a blind eye to the lawlessness of the lumber business.

That sounds intriguing, Jody. And I like that you incorporate real historical figures into your stories.

Where else can readers find you online?

I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website: www.jodyhedlund.com

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:






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

Since I’ve shared what I want for Christmas, if the sky were the limit for you what would you ask for?

Thank you, Jody, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jody has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jody's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Lisa Jordan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Lisa's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

And I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

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, November 27, 2011

Margaret Daley's His Holiday Family

PhotobucketWhen Hurricane Naomi tears through a small Mississippi town, a daring rescue unites two heroes.

Today's bonus post doesn't involve a giveaway, but I wanted to draw your attention to His Christmas Family (Love Inspired, November 2011), by my writer friend, Margaret Daley.

About Margaret:

PhotobucketMargaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She writes inspirational romance, both contemporary and historical, and romantic suspense books. Her seventy-fifth book is From This Day Forward.

"When I decided to write a series about a town that goes through a hurricane, I wanted to give tribute to all the people who have gone through a disaster and rebuilt their lives. This series was written for the heroes and heroines who help others in a time of disaster."

About the book:

PhotobucketWhen Hurricane Naomi tears through a small Mississippi town, a daring rescue unites two heroes.

Nurse Kathleen Hart is a single mom racked by guilt over her husband's death. Firefighter Gideon O'Brien—orphaned as a young boy—has lost too many people he cared for. To rise above the storm's devastation, Gideon helps Kathleen and her sons rebuild their home.

As Christmas approaches, they discover that even the strongest of storms can't destroy a romance built on the foundation of faith.


Excerpt from His Holiday Family:

Gideon O'Brien hopped down from Engine Two and assessed the chaos in front of him. Strapping on his air pack, he started toward his captain. A hand gripped his arm and stopped his forward progress. He turned toward the blonde woman who held him, her large blue eyes glistening with tears. She looked familiar, but he couldn't place where he knew her from. His neighbor's daughter, perhaps?

"My two sons and my cousin—their babysitter—must still be inside. I don't see them outside with the other tenants." Her voice quivered. She tightened her hand on his arm and scanned the crowd. "I'm Kathleen Hart. My sons are Jared and Kip. I tried Sally's cell but she didn't answer. Please get them out." A tear slipped down her cheek.

"Where are they?" Gideon moved toward his captain, his palm at the small of her back, guiding her in the direction he wanted her to go. Yes, he realized, she was his neighbor Ruth Coleman's daughter.

"Sally's second-floor apartment is on the east side, the fourth one down on your right. Number 212. Hurry." Her round eyes fastened on the fire consuming the three-story apartment building on Magnolia Street.

Gideon paused in front of Captain Fox. "Mrs. Hart says her sons and babysitter are still inside. Pete and I can go in and get them." He looked toward the west end of the large structure where the men of Engine One were fighting the flames eating their way through the top level. "There's still time."

"Okay." His captain surveyed the east end. "But hurry. It won't be long before this whole building goes up."

The scent of smoke hung heavy in the air. The hissing sound of water hitting Magnolia Street Apartments vied with the roar of the blaze.

Gideon turned toward the mother of the two boys. "We'll find them." He gave her a smile then searched the firefighters for Pete.

When Gideon found him a few feet away, he covered the distance quickly. "Let's go. There are three people trapped on the second floor. East end."

At the main entrance into the building Gideon fixed his mask in place, glancing back at the blonde woman standing near his captain. He had seen that same look of fear and worry many times over his career as a firefighter. He wouldn't let anything happen to her sons and Sally.

Gideon switched on his voice amplifier and headed into the furnace with Pete following close behind him. Through the thick cloud suspended from the ceiling in the foyer, the stairs to the second floor loomed. Crouching, he scrambled up the steps. The higher he went, the hotter it became.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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Be sure to check out my post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Lisa Jordan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Lisa's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

And I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

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

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sandi Rog and a Fantastic Raffle!

PhotobucketHe fights for his freedom. She fights for her life. Together, they fight for each other.

Today's bonus post doesn't involve a give-away, but I wanted to draw your attention to an author friend of mine who is facing a fight of her own.

PhotobucketThe day her novel, The Master's Wall, released, novelist and mother of four, Sandi Rog, learned she had stage 4 cancer.

Now her fans and friends are doing a number of things to support her. Not only will purchases of The Master's Wall help Sandi and her family financially, we're using a raffle to raise funds for her medical expenses.

A $5 donation gets you one raffle ticket. $50 gets you ten. You get the idea. The raffle starts today, November 25th. Scroll through this blog post to see the things you can enter your ticket to win.

Sandi's novel is available at fine book stores and for online purchase through Photobucketthis link to Amazon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Debra Ullrick and Free Books!

PhotobucketMichael Bowen, who marries his bride sight unseen via proxy, thinks he’s marrying an educated southern belle, and is horrified to discover his bride is an uneducated woman who looks and dresses like a female outlaw.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sandra Robbins' novella collection, Alabama Brides, is:

booklovercb@ . . .

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 Debra Ullrick, author of The Unlikely Wife (Steeple Hill, Love Inspired Historical, January 2012).

PhotobucketDebra Ullrick is an award-winning Christian romance author. In addition to multiple full-length novels, her stories have been featured in several novella collections, one of which made the New York Times bestseller’s list.

Debra is happily married to her husband of thirty-seven years and has one daughter. For over twenty-five years, they lived and worked on cattle ranches in the Colorado Mountains. She now lives in the Colorado flatlands.

Debra loves animals, classic cars, mud-bog racing, and monster trucks. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drawing western art, feeding wild birds, and watching Jane Austen movies, COPS, or Castle.

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

--My heart ached something fierce, and I cried like a baby when a bird hit my window and died.

--I love perfume and wear it almost every day.

--I’m addicted to Sonic’s cherry limeade drink and can’t wait to get to the maraschino cherry at the bottom of the drink.

--Pink is my favorite color, especially fuchsia.

--Ever since I was little, I wanted a tiny chipmunk (squirrel type) for a pet.

For someone who's lived on cattle ranches and enjoys mud-bog racing, you're quite a girly-girl, aren't you? I like that dichotomy.

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

PhotobucketThe arrival of Michael Bowen's bride, married sight unseen by proxy, sends the rancher reeling. With her trousers, cowboy hat and rifle, she looks like a female outlaw—not the genteel lady he corresponded with for months. He's been hoodwinked into marriage with the wrong woman!

Selina Farleigh Bowen loved Michael's letters, even if she couldn't read them herself. A friend read them to her, and wrote her replies—but apparently that "friend" left things out, like Michael's dream of a wife who was nothing like her. Selina won't change who she is, not even for the man she loves. Yet time might show Michael the true value of his unlikely wife.

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

All her life, Selina Farleigh Bowen has been abominably judged because of her extreme poverty and outward appearance instead of her warm, caring, giving heart.

Oh, yes. You go right for our heartstrings with that.

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

PhotobucketAngelina Jolie . . .



Photobucket. . . and Paul Walker.


Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

That my husband, who’s been talking to a camera man for some major film producers, would announce that the camera man has finally found a producer who is going to film my story, The Bride Wore Coveralls.

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

The Gladiator, by Carla Capshaw. It was filled with romance, the hero was super macho and smoking hot, and the whole spiritual theme of the book was amazing.

What are you working on now?

Groom Wanted, which is the sequel to The Unlikely Wife.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.debraullrick.com, Facebook, Shoutlife, Goodreads, and Twitter.

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





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

Do you enjoy reading stories with emotional, real life situations or more of a “Calgon take me away” sort of romance?

Thank you, Debra, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Debra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Debra'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 Lisa Jordan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

And I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

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, November 17, 2011

Lisa Jordan and Free Books!

PhotobucketWill she risk her heart for a second chance at love?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lena Nelson Dooley's novel, Maggie's Journey, is:

hisfiction@ . . .

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 Lisa Jordan, author of Lakeside Reunion (Love Inspired, November 2011).

PhotobucketHeart, home and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories that feature both comes naturally to her. She has been writing contemporary Christian romance for more than a decade. Lakeside Reunion is her debut novel. Her second novel, Lakeside Family, will be released in August 2012 by Love Inspired.

Happily married for over twenty years, Lisa and her husband have two young adult sons. When she isn’t writing or caring for children in her in-home childcare business, Lisa enjoys family time, romantic comedies, good books, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction.

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

--Hubby and I eloped 22 years ago.

--I’m older than I appear.

--I hate coffee, but love the smell—I’m an avid tea drinker.

--I’ll take caramel over chocolate, but the combo is even better.

--I’m hopelessly addicted to peanut butter.

Oh, great. Pardon me, please, while I take a coffee/chocolate/peanut butter break. I'm so easily influenced these days!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lakeside Reunion.

PhotobucketBed-and-breakfast owner Lindsey Porter prays she won’t run into Stephen Chase when she returns to Shelby Lake. Five years ago, the cop jilted her to marry another woman, and Lindsey fled town. But no sooner does she hit city limits than Stephen pulls her over for a broken taillight. Despite the past, he's still able to stir up Lindsey’s old feelings for him.

Now a widower and single dad, Stephen recognizes a second chance when he sees one. And he’ll do anything to make Lindsey trust in God and take a risk for love—again.

What is it about Lindsey and Stephen that will make your readers care about them?

Everyone has gone through heartbreak, whether it’s the end of a relationship or losing a loved one. My characters’ heartbreaks transformed their lives, reshaping who they are today. I believe readers will be able to identify with the myriad of emotions my characters have experienced. I think we’ve all been there at one time or another.

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

PhotobucketThis is totally going off looks, but Charlize Theron is how I picture Lindsey.



PhotobucketAnd Australian model Ian Lawless for Stephen.



Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

A week long writers retreat for my writing team—my mentors, my writing support group, my agent, and my editor. They have shaped me into the writer I am today. Without them, Lakeside Reunion would not be debuting this year.

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

One of my all-time favorite novels is Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren, which won a Carol award at ACFW this year. Sons of Thunder is a story that takes the reader’s heart on an adventure with vivid characters that leap off the page and an incredible storyworld that pulls the reader into the setting. I laughed and cried while reading this book, but by the time I reached The End, I learned more about the craft of writing than reading a how-to book. Susie is a fabulous story teller.

What are you working on now?

I just signed the contract for my second novel, Lakeside Family that will be released in August 2012 by Love Inspired, so I’m finishing up the revisions on that. Then I will begin plotting my third novel so I can write the rough draft during NaNoWriMo.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website, Twitter, My Author’s Page on Facebook, My Book Therapy (forum coordinator, e-zine editor).

And here's an excerpt from the novel.

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





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

Have you taken a risk for a second chance at love? What did you learn about yourself in the process?

I'm holding a scavenger hunt and lakeside photo contest to promote my Lakeside Reunion release. Visit my Lakeside Reunion Contest page for more information.  The token for this blog is a picture frame.

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, December 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lisa'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 Sandra Robbins, 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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sandra Robbins and Free Books!

PhotobucketAlabama’s rich history comes alive through the eyes of three determined women willing to take a leap of faith and risk all for love.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of James Rubart's novel, The Chair, is:

ibjoy1953@ . . .

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 Sandra Robbins, author of Alabama Brides (Barbour Publishing, October 2011).

PhotobucketSandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town in Tennessee where she grew up. They count their four children and five grandchildren as the greatest blessings in their lives.

Until a few years ago Sandra was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. Her first book Pedigreed Bloodlines was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier contest for excellence in writing mystery. Final Warning, a romantic suspense, was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest, a Holt Merit Award winner, and a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award. Mountain Peril, a romantic suspense, was also a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest, and The Columns of Cottonwood, a historical romance, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award.

When not writing or spending time with her family, Sandra enjoys reading, collecting flow blue china, and playing the piano.

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

--I am an avid fan of musical theater, and my favorite performance was getting to see Yul Brynner perform in The King and I.

--I received my Bachelor’s Degree in music with a major in piano.

--I love to travel, and I think the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited is Monte Carlo.

--My favorite foods are hamburgers and chocolate chip cookies.

--I laughed out loud once when a nurse asked me if my twins, a boy and a girl, were identical.

One of the greater geniuses of the medical field, eh? Maybe it had been a long day in the maternity ward.

Please tell us a bit more about the plots in Alabama Brides.

PhotobucketAlabama Brides is a collection of three books written for Barbour’s Heartsong Presents Romance line.

In The Columns of Cottonwood, Savannah learns that there’s more to home than a plot of land, as Dante searches for God’s answer to his dream.

In Dinner at the St. James, Tave’s love softens the heart of a wounded man, leading him to sacrifice everything for her.

The third book in the series is Blues Along the River, and in it Victoria witnesses first hand God’s redemptive power in her family as He remakes her husband into the man of her dreams.

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

The stories about Savannah, Tave, and Victoria, the three heroines in the stories, are set in the years after the Civil War when steamboats plied the Alabama River and a new way of life was emerging in the South. As these women struggle to adjust to a changing world and find love, they find their only hope for a renewed future is in the love they have for God, family, and the land. They each learn that the plans God has for each of them is better than anything they could ever have imagined.

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

PhotobucketI would choose AnnaSophia Robb to play Savannah.




PhotobucketAnne Hathaway to play Tave.




PhotobucketAnd Zooey Deschanel to play Victoria.



Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

I would ask for a wing to be built onto my house for a large office with all the latest technology installed and stocked with all kinds of office supplies I would need for writing. I would also have an adjoining room for my personal library filled with all my favorite books.

I like that one! Think I'll add it to my Amazon wish list.

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

The last book I read is The Queen, by Christy award winner Steven James. This is his fifth book in the Patrick Bowers Series, and it’s a page turner. For those not familiar with the suspense writer, his books feature a great character who is an FBI agent. The book is a techno-thriller, and I recommend it to any reader who enjoys this genre.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a three book historical romance series that is set in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. The first book tells the story of Anna Prentiss who comes to the Cove in 1894 to spend the summer with a legendary mountain midwife and finds love and God’s plan for her life. It will release next year from Harvest House. I am busy working on the second in the series, Mountain Homecoming, that tells the story of Anna’s daughter. The third book is about Anna’s granddaughter and ends with the Cove residents selling their land to the government for the Smoky Mountain National Park and leaving the valley they love.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me at my website at sandrarobbins.net, at my blog sandrarobbinsbooks.blogspot.com, and on Thursdays at theborrowedbook.blogspot.com. I always enjoy receiving emails from my readers at sandra@sandrarobbins.net.

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?

What three books, besides the Bible, have influenced your life more than any others you’ve read?

Thank you, Sandra, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandra'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 Lena Nelson Dooley, 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, November 10, 2011

Lena Nelson Dooley and Free Books!

PhotobucketA girl who’s been lied to all of her life … where will she find the answers?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Mary Connealy's novel, Ten Plagues, is:

ibjoy1953@ . . .

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 Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Maggie’s Journey (Realms, October 2011).

PhotobucketLena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 675,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers—where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006—DFW Ready Writers, CROWN marketing group, and Christian Authors Network.

Lena has received three Carol Award silver pins from ACFW and her Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, recently received the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in western fiction.

She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 47 years.

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

--It will soon be Christmas, and I’m looking forward to Braums’s Eggnog (without the nog).

--I taught myself to use many kinds of computer software, without ever taking a class.

--For Christmas dinner, I always make Sour Cream Turkey Enchiladas with the left-over turkey I froze after Thanksgiving (If there’s no leftover turkey, I cook a whole chicken to make them).

--I’ve never snow skied, but I love to go to the Colorado mountains in the snow.

--I had never seen the ocean until after I was 40 years old.

Yum. I'm working on this post at six o'clock in the evening. Those turkey enchiladas sound very tasty.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Maggie's Journey.

PhotobucketThe McKenna’s Daughters series is about identical triplets, who were born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother died soon after giving birth. They were separated and grew to near their 18th birthday without knowing they had sisters.

Margaret Lenora Caine, Maggie in Maggie’s Journey, doesn’t even know that she was adopted. She stumbles on the information in the attic. It upsets everything she has believed about herself. In the book, Maggie travels with an aunt and her father’s partner from Seattle, Washington Territory, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and back. On the journey, she learns a lot about herself, her life, and finds a lasting love.

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

Maggie is strong, a little headstrong, and a caring person. She learns to face the truth in her life.

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

PhotobucketNicole Kidman ...




Photobucket... and Hugh Jackman


Two of our favorite Aussies, right? 

Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

I’d like an iPad. Hint! Hint!

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

I just finished reading Deeanne Gist’s Love on the Line. I love all of Deeanne’s books, and I think this one is my favorite, except for Maid to Match. She can really draw me into the characters and connect emotionally with me. When I grow up, I want to write as well as Deeanne does.

What are you working on now?

Mary’s Blessing, book two of the McKenna’s Daughters series just went in to the publisher after the rewrites and line edits. So I’m now working on book three of the series, Catherine’s Pursuit.

Where else can readers find you online?

lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/lenandooley
www.shoutlife.com/lenanelsondooley
www.facebook.com/lena.nelson.dooley

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

Tell me about the character in a book you’ve read recently, who really grabbed your heart and wouldn’t let go.

Thank you, Lena, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lena has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lena'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 Jim Rubart, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for signed copy of his book.

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

Monday, November 7, 2011

James L. Rubart and Free Books!

PhotobucketIf someone gave you an ancient looking chair and told them it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Susan Page Davis's novel, The Lady's Maid, is:

patterly@ . . .

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 James L. Rubart, author of The Chair (B&H Fiction, September 2011).

PhotobucketJames L. Rubart is the best-selling, and award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, and THE CHAIR. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing, helping authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, water skis and take photos. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and teenage sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

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

--I used to appear in TV ads and voice radio spots.

--I used to be a semi-pro magician.

--I almost lost three fingers on my right hand when I was 1 ½ years old.

--I love improv.

--I can speak five languages. (The last one isn't true, but that would be cool, huh?)

And I suppose you expect us to believe the other four items, hmmm? 

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

If you were given an ancient looking chair and told Jesus Christ made it, would you believe them?

PhotobucketWhen an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was built by Christ, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts to wonder: Could this chair heal the person whose life I destroyed twelve years ago?

As word spreads of the boy’s healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. But the mysterious woman who gave him the piece insinuates it is Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why? Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he reveals.

Searching for truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it, Corin soon realizes he isn’t the only one willing to do almost anything to possess the power that seems to surround the chair.

What a cool premise. Sure to be another bestseller! 

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

His greatest desire is to restore his relationship with his brother, but he doesn't think it can ever happen because of what he did to his brother years before. But he won't stop trying.

Plus he loves extreme sports so there's little chance of a boring moment when Corin is around.

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

PhotobucketMy protagonist, Corin would be played by Henry Cavill.



PhotobucketHis brother Shasta would be played by Adam Brody.


PhotobucketCorin's girlfriend would be played by Camy Tang.

Camy, you lucky dog, you!



PhotobucketNicole who gives Corin the chair would be played by Helen Mirren.



PhotobucketMark Jefferies who is coming after the chair would be played by Mark Ruffalo.




PhotobucketTesser--Corin's old history professor--would be played by legendary comedian Professor Irwin Corey (who I met and based Tesser on.)


I didn't use one of his wacko pictures from the past--I imagined your Tesser wasn't quite that far over the top.

Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

More time. Just another three hours a day to write and get everything else done would do it!

Well, I guess that gift wish will be a little harder than others to fulfill. What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Well crafted, all the boring parts were left out, and I was fully immersed in the story.

Oh, me too, and I'm not usually a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. What are you working on now?

I recently signed a new five-book contract and I’m working on the first of those novels (due on shelves next year about this time).

Plus I’m promoting a Small Group Study Guide based on my first novel ROOMS. There's a workbook, DVD with me teaching the major themes of the book and we even hired actors to act out scenes from the book. It's published by LifeWay and they did a tremendous job.

What fun! And a very clever marketing idea.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.jameslrubart.com
Facebook: James L. Rubart
Twitter: @jimrubart

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671524: The Chair

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

If you had to give your life (so far) a title (that would go on a book) what would it be?

Thanks so much for having me, Trish. Always a blast to be here with you.

Great question Jim. And thank you for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jim has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Tuesday, November 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Susan Page Davis, 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.
 

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