WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Terri Reed and Free Books!

PhotobucketCaroline Tully finds her wealthy adoptive family, but someone in the family wants her dead and its up to her fake fiancé, bodyguard Donovan Cavanagh, to keep her safe.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Harvest of Hearts, by Laura Hilton, is:

sunny_girl_anna@ . . .

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 Terri Reed, author of The Secret Heiress (Love Inspired Suspense, January 2012).

PhotobucketAt an early age Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream and enjoys writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired lines. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers.

She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and an array of critters. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs.

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

--I’ve been a gymnastic coach, a preschool teacher, a bank teller, a receptionist, a sales associate, mother and wife.

--I love almonds, chocolate, strawberries and pizza.

--I lived in Italy as an exchange student when I was eighteen.

--I am afraid of snakes.

--And I hope one day to jump out of an airplane.

I think so many of us writers have a long list of previous jobs, as you do. Story fodder, right?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel.

PhotobucketA Shocking Revelation

Finding out she is heir to a fortune shocks Caroline Tully to her core. And to “qualify” for the inheritance, she just has to visit her newfound grandfather’s Mississippi home from Christmas to New Year’s.

Adopted as a baby, Caroline knows nothing about her mother’s family...and doesn’t realize they can’t be trusted. When attempts are made on her life, there’s only one man who can protect her. Donovan Cavanaugh—a man who made her lonely heart want to love again.

Posing as her fiancé, Don promises to find the would-be killer. But will his protection-and his love-be enough to keep her safe?

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

Donovan Cavanaugh’s father walked out when he was a boy, leaving a gaping hole in his life. Don joined the military and fought for his country and now suffers with PTSD. When his mother became ill, he came home to care for her until she passed. Don is afraid to love for fear he’ll be a loser like his father and break under the responsibility of a family. It takes the love and determination of a special woman to make him see how far from being like his father he is.

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

PhotobucketThe heroine would be portrayed by Jennifer Love Hewitt.



PhotobucketAnd the hero would be Paul Walker.



Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

I haven’t put up any books, out-of-print or original work. Love Inspired keeps me busy writing for them. I think every author has to decide for themselves. I know some authors have had success with this and others not so much. I can’t predict what the future will hold though I’m keeping myself informed, but have no plans at the moment to venture down this road.

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

I just finished reading Mistletoe Matchmaker by Lissa Manley, a December 2012 release from Love Inspired Romance. This is Lissa’s second book in her Moonlight Cove series. Lissa has an engaging voice, fun characters and a sweet romance set against the beautiful Washington coast in the fictional town of Moonlight Cove.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the third book in my Protection Specialists series. The Doctor’s Defender will be a Fall 2012 release.

Someone wants Doctor Brenda Storm dead and it's bodyguard Kyle Martin’s job to protect the pretty surgeon from a determined killer. Opposites in everyway Brenda must trust Kyle to keep her alive, but can she trust him with her heart?

Where else can readers find you online?

www.loveinspiredauthors.com
www.craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com
www.eharlequin.com

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?

Since New Year’s Day is just around the corner, what is the one thing you hope to accomplish this year? For me, it’s getting through sending my daughter off to college without falling apart.

Thank you, Terri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Terri has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Terri'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.

Also, if you'd like to enter your name in the drawing for a signed copy of my nostalgic historical novel, Unforgettable, take a look at this post.

Be sure to check out my interview with Joyce Magnin, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a 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.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Joyce Magnin and Free Books!

PhotobucketIn book four of the Bright’s Pond series strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright 's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Christmas Belles of Georgia, featuring Rose McCauley's novella, Nick's Christmas Carol, is:

paulalipper@ . . .

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 Joyce Magnin, author of Blame it on the Mistletoe: A Novel of Bright’s Pond (Abingdon Press, September 2011).

PhotobucketJoyce Magnin is the author of five novels, including the popular and quirky Bright’s Pond Series and the middle grade novel Carrying Mason. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor.

Joyce lives in Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to eat nachos.

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

--I love video games, particularly Role-Playing games and own my own Xbox360.

--I enjoy fine art needle crafts including cross-stitch.

--I’ve never eaten a scallop.

--I don’t like glass elevators.

--I once worked as a dog groomer—for one day.

Hilarious! I actually had a character in The Perfect Blend who did exactly the same thing--one day as a dog groomer. I wonder if you experienced anything like she did.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Blame it on the Mistletoe.

PhotobucketIs There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?

Welcome back to Bright 's Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright 's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love. Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis.

While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright 's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .

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

Most of my readers already love Griselda. Like so many women, Griselda, at age forty-something, is just beginning to find her true self and become the woman God intended her to be.

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

PhotobucketCathy Bates: Agnes Sparrow




PhotobucketGriselda: Meryl Streep



Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

I like the idea. It gives authors a second chance at building another kind of fan base. Yep, I might step into it one day now that the Bright’s Pond series is finished and fans are asking for more.

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

Actually, I just finished reading A Game of Thrones—way different from my genre but I like fantasy. I love this book. It’s sad but exciting.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up my second middle grade novel for Zondekidz and eagerly getting ready for the launch of Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus. I’m also writing the second Harriet Beamer book.

Where else can readers find you online?

Joycemagnin.blogspot.com or Joycemagnin.com

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 you stop reading a book, can you pinpoint the reason?

Thank you, Joyce, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Joyce has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Joyce'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.

Reader, if you'd like to enter your name in the drawing for a signed copy of my nostalgic historical novel, Unforgettable, take a look at this post.

Be sure to check out my interview with Laura Hilton, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a 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.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Late Christmas Book Giveaway!

PhotobucketSome of life's trickiest steps happen off the dance floor.

Readers, this bonus post is my late Christmas gift to you (late, because I won't fulfill the giveaway until January 5). This week I gave away signed copies of all of my books through The Book Club Network, but I forgot to tell TBCN about one of my novels, Unforgettable.

How I could forget a novel called Unforgettable is beyond me.

PhotobucketSo I want to give away a copy of the book to one of my readers here.

And I'm going to use this giveaway to tell you about another of my books, Tea for Two, the ebook version of which is on sale only through January 3. If you have an ereader--or if you get one for Christmas!--check out the short-term sale price for your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo. The book is also available at this sale price for your Sony Reader, but the page isn't yet showing the proper price.

Whether or not you choose to buy Tea for Two at its sale price is up to you. All you have to do to enter the drawing for the signed copy of Unforgettable is email me HERE and tell me the short-term sale price of the ebook version of Tea for Two.

NOTE: Don't post the price in the comments section, below! Use the link above to email me your answer.

I'll randomly choose a name from my emailers on Thursday, January 5, and Unforgettable will be on its way to the winner!

May you all have a fabulous Christmas with your family and friends. Happy birthday to our dear, sweet Lord!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Laura Hilton and Free Books!

PhotobucketWorlds apart, yet one in heart.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Alice J. Wisler's novel, A Wedding Invitation, is:

kalea_kane@ . . .

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 novelist Laura Hilton, author of A Harvest of Hearts (Whitaker House, September 2011).

PhotobucketLaura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book, Patchwork Dreams, in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, A Harvest of Hearts in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012.

Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

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

--I love snow, pine trees and ice-covered ponds.

--I have a wonderful Christmas Village that we display on our piano every Christmas season that my parents made out of ceramics.

--My favorite Christmas song is "The Carol of the Bells."

--My favorite Christmas treats are sugar cookies and white chocolate covered pretzels.

--We have a gingerbread house tradition in our house that we can’t break.

Now I can't get "The Carol of the Bells" out of my mind. I'm glad you mentioned one I enjoy!


Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Harvest of Hearts.

PhotobucketMatthew Yoder volunteered to be part of the swap of Amish men from his Old Order Pennsylvania Amish Community, to the Amish community in Seymour, Missouri. There is nothing for him in Pennsylvania, as the youngest of twelve children, and the lack of farmland around Lancaster County, he felt he could make a better future in another district.

Shanna Stoltzfus has been raised Amish, and couldn’t wait for her rumspringa so she could pursue her education. She hated having to quit school in the 8th grade to stay home and learn everything that makes a home run smoothly. But now she has earned her GED and is taking college courses, but her family is begging her to come home; her little sisters miss her.

And there’s something about newcomer, Matthew Yoder that draws her attention. But is it enough to give up her dreams of education and join the Amish church?

What is it about Shanna and Matthew that will make your readers care about them?

Shanna is outgoing, outspoken, and determined. Matthew is solid, stable, and devoted.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

No, I haven’t done it and I don’t think I’m likely to at this point anyway. I’m not sure I’m technology savvy enough to do something like that.

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

I have finished reading The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall. A nice Christmassy read and a sweet romance.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the first book of a new Amish series.

Where else can readers find you online?

laurav.hilton.com or on facebook (Author Laura V. Hilton).

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 is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Thank you, Laura, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Rose McCauley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Rose'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.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Rose McCauley and Free Books!

PhotobucketAfter receiving letters from a lawyer, four sisters, separated at birth, but now heirs to a historic plantation, must each come to meet with the three sisters she never knew existed.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Roseanna White's novel, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, is:

sharyhauber@ . . .

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 Rose McCauley, author of Nick's Christmas Carol in the Christmas Belles of Georgia novella anthology (Barbour, September 2011).

PhotobucketRose has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. She is happy for this to be her first fiction anthology because Christmas books are her favorites.

A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 43 years, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to three lovely, lively kids with one more on the way!

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

--I am the oldest of seven children.

--My maternal grandparents were both deaf.

--I live on a 400 acre farm with a population of 2 people (me and my hubby) and over 100 head of cattle plus 1 dog.

--I learned to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on the violin in second grade, but haven’t played since.

--I once met Mike Huckabee and his wife.

Oh, he seems like a sweet, smart man. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Nick's Christmas Carol.

PhotobucketSince my book is an anthology with four stories, here are four short blurbs about each book. Mine is the second one.

When she learns in a letter she’s adopted, Holly feels betrayed by her parents—and she books a flight out of Missouri immediately. Will she ever be able to love again?

Raised in a wealthy, loveless home, Carol rushes to Monticello from college in Atlanta when she receives her letter. She’s searching for family, but finds instead a boy she once mistreated. Will he remember her? . . .forgive her?

In one year, Starr has lost her parents, boyfriend, and job, so she’s sure her letter is more bad news. When the attorney flies to California to offer proof, Starr takes a second look—at the message and the man.

Noelle always knew she was adopted—and she’s always loved the foreman on her father’s Texas ranch too. But he’s so distant. . .perhaps a trip to Georgia is the break in life she needs.

Will the sisters receive a traditional Christmas gift. . .of love?

What is it about Carol and Nick that will make your readers care about them?

Carol is an only child who has always wanted a large family, and now finds out she has one. Nick is from a poor family and has to overcome his thinking he is not good enough for Carol.

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

PhotobucketCarol could be played by Reese Witherspoon with brown hair, or a young Julia Roberts or Ashley Judd.


PhotobucketMy daughter thinks Bradley Cooper would be a good Nick look-alike.


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

I just finished Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh, and highly recommend it and all his books! It tugs on all your emotions for the young leads as well as the older couple in the book, and you feel very close to all of them. Plus it shows how people can change with God in their lives, and can draw closer to God through the words and influence of others.

What are you working on now?

Marketing this book! But I also have 4 proposals with Barbour for books similar to this one and also have a women’s fiction novel I am fleshing out.

Yes, marketing can feel like a full-time job all by itself!

Where else can readers find you online?

My website at www.rosemccauley.com and my blog at www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com.

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?

Dear readers, what is one thing you hate to see in a book that would make you throw it against the wall or in the trash?

Thanks so much to Trish for letting me tell you more about my book and myself!

Thank you, Rose, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Rose has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Rose'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 Alice J. Wisler, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Alice'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.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Alice J. Wisler and Free Books!

PhotobucketHave you ever attended the wrong wedding?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Roseanna White's novel, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, is:

followsjc@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Alice J. Wisler, author of A Wedding Invitation (Bethany House, October 2011). Tell us about yourself, Alice.

PhotobucketI was raised in Japan as a missionary kid, and spent twenty years in Japan. No wonder sushi is my favorite food. After college, I taught English as a Second Language in a refugee camp in the Philippines.

Since the death of my four-year-old son Daniel in 1997, I teach online grief-writing workshops and speak at bereavement conferences.

My four published novels are Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation.

How heartbreaking, Alice, about your son. I'm so sorry. And how loving of you to help others struggling with grief.

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

--My first modeling experience was when I was eight, for a poster advertising melodeons (this was a hand-held instrument) for a Japanese company.

--I love turkey skin almost as much as I love the meat. (I do know it's not good for me.)

--I was in the Amazon Jungle when my daughter caught a piranha on a fishing trip.

--I skipped school after an Eagles concert in 1976 and went with friends to meet them at their hotel in Osaka (we'd gone backstage the night before and Joe Walsh invited us to hang out with the band).

--My uncle is Eugene Peterson (author of The Message) and is a wonderful person.

I feel as if my life has been awfully sheltered, in that I only identify with the turkey skin item. Sigh.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Wedding Invitation.

PhotobucketSamantha visits her Aunt Dovie in Winston-Salem, NC, (after attending the wrong wedding) and from there, things are set in motion for her life to change. She comes face-to-face with a student she once taught in the Philippines at a refugee camp, and later is reunited with a Carson, a fellow teacher---the one she fell in love with.

Together, Carson and Samantha are asked to help Lien, a young Amerasian girl, find her birth mother before Lien's wedding.

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

Samantha is down to earth, a bit of a flirt, flawed, protective of her heart, and funny.

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

PhotobucketI have no idea. I suppose Aunt Dovie would be someone sweet like Mary Steenburgen.


Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

Very tempting, but have not gone down that path yet.

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

Under the Mesquite, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. This is a YA book about a girl who finds out her mother has cancer. Very touching and poetically written. (A review of it is at my blog.)

What are you working on now?

Thanks for asking! I'm writing a novel about a man who gives up his Amish heritage and moves to the mountains of North Carolina to help other dissatisfied Amish youth start new lives in English society. This novel, Still Life in Shadows (my title that may or may not stick), has just been accepted by Moody Publishers (the new River North) and should be out fall 2012. I'm excited!

Congrats on that! Where else can readers find you online?

My website is a good place to find me. www.alicewisler.com. I have a newsletter, Literary Lyrics, and love it when readers sign up for it at my website. It's free!

I have two blogs, too. One is Patchwork Quilt at: www.alicewisler.blogspot.com and the other is Writing the Heartache: www.writingtheheartache.blogspot.com.

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?

If I rented a beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, would you join me for a weekend?

Thank you, Alice, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Alice has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Alice'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 Susan Sleeman, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Susan'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.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

PhotobucketSomeone wants to make this a Christmas Megan Cash won't live long enough to forget.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Roseanna White's novel, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, is:

crazi.swans@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Susan Sleeman, author of The Christmas Witness (Love Inspired, December 2011).

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

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

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

--Not only have I lived in nine states, but I actually lived in Texas twice.

--I am our church librarian.

--One day when my husband was at work I decided to remodel the upstairs of our house and took out all the walls before he came home that night.

--I used to have so many Christmas decorations it would take several days to put them all out.

--I love to bake.

I absolutely love the take-down-the-walls item. That should be in a book.

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

PhotobucketWhen a criminal threatened to kill Megan Cash if she testified against him, she didn’t back down. Years later, he’s out of jail and ready for revenge against Megan and her daughter. The only one who can protect them is the former FBI agent who broke Megan’s heart.

But Reid Morgan isn’t the same man—he’s now a widowed father with a harrowing past . . . and a heart more guarded than ever. Still, he’s the only one who believes Megan when she says she’s in danger. Because someone wants to make this a Christmas she won’t live long enough to forget.

What is it about Megan and Reid that will make your readers care about them?

Both Megan and Reid have faced having loves ones deal with cancer. Reid’s wife lost her battle and Megan’s daughter is still battling the disease. I think this makes both of them very real characters that we all can identify with as we all know someone with cancer and what a heart-wrenching struggle that can be. We can empathize with the pain and sadness they both have endured and want them to find some peace in their lives.

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

PhotobucketMegan would be played by Kelli Giddish.




PhotobucketReid would be played by Bailey Chase.


Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

This month I am e-publishing Nipped in the Bud, my cozy mystery that released from Barbour in 2010. This will be published in a group effort with other cozy mystery authors and we have given the line of mysteries the name Spyglass Lane Mysteries. I think this is a great opportunity for authors to provide readers with books that they can no longer get in traditional form. Also, many readers today read only on e-readers and by publishing this book it allows those readers to read it as well. And as a wonderful bonus the book will release for only .99 and then retail at 2.99. A price point any reader can love.

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

The last book I read that I can recommend is Died in the Wool, by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery. This is a light-hearted, yet very well written cozy mystery that keeps the reader interested through the whole book and doesn’t have a lot of gore or violence that mysteries sometimes have.

What are you working on now?

I just finished the edits on the first book in a new series I am writing for Love Inspired Suspense and I’m busy writing the second book in the series. This series is called The Justice Agency – Law enforcement and family go hand in hand. It’s about five adopted siblings who work in various fields of law enforcement until their adoptive parents are murdered. When the police can’t figure out who killed their beloved parents the Justice siblings come together to solve the case. They discover in the process that they like working together and they form an investigative agency called The Justice Agency. They dedicate the agency to helping people who traditional law enforcement is either unable or unwilling to help. Double Exposure, the first book of this series will release in June 2012 and Dead Wrong will release in November 2012.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can visit me at my website , Facebook page or Twitter

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

Since my book is a Christmas book, my mind has been on Christmas for months. When do you begin thinking about Christmas and what is the first thing you do to prepare for the holiday?

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, December 19. 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 post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Jill Elizabeth Nelson, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Jill'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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jill Elizabeth Nelson and Free Books!

PhotobucketA romance-shy veterinarian and a widowed health inspector hunt the killer who used mistletoe extract to poison pets and people in a Tennessee mountain town.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Margaret Daley's novel, His Holiday Family, is:

shryackmom@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Jill Elizabeth Nelson, author of Mistletoe Mayhem, featured in the Season of Danger anthology (Love Inspired Suspense, December 2011).

PhotobucketJill Elizabeth Nelson is an award-winning author of mystery and suspense. She writes what she likes to read—tales of adventure seasoned with romance, humor, and faith. Jill speaks regularly at conferences, writer’s groups, library associations, and civic and church groups. When teaching classes for writers, she delights in bringing the “Ahah! moment” to her students, so they can make a new skill their own.

Jill and her husband live in rural Minnesota where they raised four children and are currently enjoying their grandchildren.

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

--My seven month old grandson weighs as much as my nearly three year old granddaughter.

--Since my family runs toward petite babies, don’t ask me how we got the whopping grandson. He sure is a smiley little butterball! That’s several random things so far.

--Oh, and I live in the Lutefisk Capital of the World, and I eat lutefisk, but I’m not Norwegian. That’s three random things in one sentence!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Mistletoe Mayhem.

PhotobucketAfter being jilted by her fiancé, Kelly Granger buries her broken heart in her work as a veterinarian in her home town of Abbottsville, Tennessee, located in the Great Smoky Mountains. She and her assistant, Tim Hallock, battle to save community pets from a violent and mysterious illness. Is this sickness a danger to humans?

Her question is answered when state health inspector Matt Bennett is sent to investigate local eating establishments, including Kelly’s sister’s restaurant, for the cause of poisoning among the patrons. Kelly refuses to believe that her sister served toxic mistletoe extract to her customers—yet mounting evidence points in that direction.

Kelly puts herself in harm’s way, facing down a vicious dog and even more vicious people, to uncover a common denominator between the human and animal illnesses. Matt has his hands full keeping up with her, as well as proving himself worthy of her trust—and hopefully, her love. Unless she has her heart set on her veterinary assistant, Tim Hallock.

The question won’t matter if his investigation sends Kelly’s sister to jail. She’ll never have anything to do with him then. They need to uncover the truth. But will the answer cost them more than their romance? Will it cost them their lives?

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

Both my hero and my heroine love animals. That’s a big thumbs up with readers right there. Mistletoe Mayhem is about letting go of bitterness and learning to trust again. Kelly, the heroine, must do that in order to finally recognize and open her heart to the man the Lord has sent her. Matt, the hero, must let go of unworthy jealousy and make peace with the possibility that she might choose another man before he can see the best way to win her heart.

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

PhotobucketI think Meg Ryan would make a wonderful Kelly, though she might be a little older than the character in my book.

I used an older picture of Meg Ryan, so we have the younger version for you.

PhotobucketMatt Damon with his hair colored dark would make a terrific Matt. Hmmm. Their names are the same. Must be a sign!

I did that once with my characters. Named them before choosing photos to use as guides, and then I ended up choosing actors with the same first names. Weird.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

Yes, I’m strongly considering the possibility. I’m researching modes and methods right now and haven’t decided how to go about it yet. First, I plan to e-publish a handbook for writers on the technique of writing in Deep Point of View. I hope to offer this as a download on my web site early in the New Year.

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

I recently enjoyed James Rubart’s intriguing and unusual Rooms. Big thumbs up on his books for people who like a Godly supernatural twist to their stories. Another recent read that I relished (alliteration intended) was Race Against Time. I thoroughly enjoyed the Alaska setting, since I have a sister living there, and the writing team of Kimberley Woodhouse and her teenage daughter Kayla does an awesome job of telling a stirring and exciting story. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.

What are you working on now?

I recently turned in a the manuscript for another LI Romantic Suspense entitled Betrayal on the Border, where we join a former Army Ranger (the heroine) and a television news reporter (the hero) for a wild ride pitted against drug runners. I don’t have a release month for Betrayal on the Border yet. Now I’ve moved into Christmas preparations, and that will keep me busy, but I’ve got a fresh book proposal under way that I hope to submit to Steeple Hill after the first of the year.

Where else can readers find you online?

Visit Jill on the web at: www.jillelizabethnelson.com or look her up on Facebook or Twitter:
JillElizabethNelson.Author or http://twitter.com/jnelson57.

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

I’m researching e-readers for personal use. Those of you who use an e-reader, which one did you choose and why? Those of you who do not use an e-reader, is it something you might consider in the future, or do you love holding a print book in your hands too much to move into the electronic reading world?

Thank you, Jill, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jill has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jill'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 Roseanna White, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Roseanna'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.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Roseanna White and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland!

PhotobucketIn 1784 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Jody Hedlund's novel, The Doctor's Lady, is:

lanehillhouse@ . . .

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 Roseanna White, author of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland (Summerside Press, December 2011).

PhotobucketRoseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them. After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the Maryland side of the same mountains they equate with home.

Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, both from WhiteFire Publishing and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland from Summerside Press. She is the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial American Christian Writers.

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

--I’m an absolutely terrible housekeeper—I proved I was capable after college and before kids, but these days I’m lucky to get dishes put away, let alone break out that vacuum.

--I’m addicted to email. Which might not be a secret if you’ve ever emailed me.

--Though the books I write tend to delve into deep issues and are never “typical” in their romances, it’s rare I read a book that isn’t just straight-up romance. I’m such a sucker for a good, mushy love story!

--Um . . . I’m considering getting my kids a kitten for Christmas (shhhh, don’t tell!) but have a fear of trying to litter-box-train one. I’ve only had outside-cats, I don’t know what I’m doing! LOL.

--And, last but not least, though I rarely indulge it, I have a fashionista tendency. If only I had a fashionista budget!

Yeah, those outdoor cats will spoil you. All the best with that! 


And don't feel bad about the housekeeping. I defy anyone to find a mom who can use the words "kids" and "vacuum" in the same sentence without saying exactly what you said.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country’s capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new country he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater … before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

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

Lark is a young lady who has always done what is expected of her . . . and who has had enough of that when it gets her only a broken heart. Growing up, she was always eclipsed by the beauty of her sister and cousin, so she has no idea that she has come into her own. Instead, she thinks her face will never compare to Violet’s . . . that her spirit will never live up to her friend Sena’s . . . that her courage could never equal Alice’s . . . . Through the course of the book, she must discover who Lark is, and accept that without comparing herself to the other young ladies around her.

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

PhotobucketMy hero would be the yummy John Gidding, who is as close to Emerson as I could imagine—though he’d have to grow his hair. We need shoulder-length hair, tied back at the nape, thank you very much.

Mercy. I've never seen this particular young man. We can kind of pretend he has long hair in this shot, pulled back as ordered.

PhotobucketI originally modeled Lark on Dakota Fanning, with her neither-brown-nor-blond hair, but the cover model overrode my description.  So I’m now saying Nikki Reed is the best match, though when I picked her I didn’t realize her eyes were the wrong color. She needs dark blue eyes, but otherwise she’s a fair match.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

I won’t do it personally, no—given that my hubby owns WhiteFire Publishing, if I were to do anything with out-of-print books, I’d do it through WFP. That way it would still have the backing and distribution that WhiteFire’s working hard to achieve. But in general, I can respect the trend, especially for out-of-print books.

My opinion on the original books is a little more complex. I think authors have to be careful about protecting their reputation and name, and sometimes there are reasons their never-published titles have remained in their unpubbed folder. Not always, mind you—I would never say that. But it has to be a very careful, prayerful decision.

Very good point. That's the one danger I've considered as well. I think the market (or lack thereof) is going to dictate the success of many books that are released before their time!

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

I’ve been reading soooooo slowlllllyyyyy lately. Right now I’m in the middle of Laurie Alice Eakes’ A Necessary Deception, which thus far is fabulous, and I’m sure it will end as well as it began. But if we’re talking books I’ve actually finished (ahem), I have to say that everyone should rush out to pre-order Love's Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews. This is a biblical novel based on the Song of Solomon, and it’s just phenomenal. I can’t remember the last time I read a heroine so compelling!

Good to hear! I had the pleasure of meeting Mesu this year at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference, but I haven't had the chance to read any of her writing yet (I don't get through my reading fast enough, either). I'm so glad to hear her latest is that good.

What are you working on now?

Well at the moment I’m about a third of the way through a historical romance set in 1861 Savannah, about a whimsical heroine determined to write her own love story, and a disillusioned hero not so sure anymore that he’s up to the role she wants him to fill. This one is under contract but the release date hasn’t been finalized yet.  Next to come out, however, will be a Revolutionary War spy romance set against Loyalist New York of 1780. That one’s scheduled to release in January 2013.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.roseannamwhite.com
www.roseannamwhite.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/roseanna.white

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

PhotobucketWell, I’m in the middle of planning a Colonial Christmas party for my book launch, so I’m in the spirit, 18th century style. My question, in that theme, is this: if you could receive one handmade gift this year, what would it be? (We’ll assume the giver to be talented in whatever craft the gift requires.)

Readers, if you click on the above link, you'll be taken to Roseanna's Great Annapolis Giveaway. But be sure to answer her question to enter her book giveaway here before you go!

Thank you, Roseanna, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Roseanna has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Roseanna'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 Margaret Daley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Margaret'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.
 

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