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!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen successful businesswoman Bea Abbot is asked to find some domestic help for a musician falsely accused of murder, she doesn’t realize how dangerous this might be - until he ends up on her doorstep.

My apologies, readers, if any of you noticed my failure to post anything during the latter half of last week. We've been dealing with a family crisis involving my new granddaughter. We appear to be on the upswing now, praise God, but your prayers for her health would be sincerely appreciated.

Now, before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Small-Town Sweethearts, by Jean C. Gordon, is:

jrs362@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of Deception, by Lillian Duncan, is:

walkerbobo@ . . .

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 Veronica Heley, author of False Report (Severn House, March 2012).

PhotobucketVeronica Heley is celebrating the publication of her 68th book having been in the business for 35 years. She is currently writing two lots of gentle crime stories; the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Abbot Agency series. She’s also written some short stories, a straightforward biography of Saint Paul, some historical fiction, many articles and reviews, and lots of children’s and resource books.

She’s involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends and does the garden when she has time. She has been a member of a book reading club for 40 years, but has decided that life is too short to read depressing literature any more.

Oh, how funny, Veronica. I'm now in two book clubs, and I do love when we lighten up once in awhile!

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

--I believe in chocolate when inspiration fails.

--I like to buy my clothes in Bruges, where they are accustomed to clients who like cream with their cakes.

--I prefer drinking beer to wine.

--I get cross when the powers-that-be change the Latin names of plants I’ve known since childhood.

--I love Sir Terry Pratchett’s fantasy books – including those originally meant for children.

I love Terry Pratchett, too. His diagnosis of Alheimer's is a loss to everyone.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of False Report.

PhotobucketBea Abbot is already worried that she’s losing control of her domestic agency when she’s asked to find some domestic help for an eccentric little musician falsely accused of murder. She doesn’t realize how dangerous this might be until Jeremy – fleeing from attempts on his life – lands on her doorstep.

Researching the gang who’d used an attractive girl to entrap Jeremy, Bea finds traces of them throughout high society and realizes that some victims of the Badger Game may be uncomfortably close to home. Working through problems at the agency and in her extended family, she is hampered by Jeremy’s single-mindedness in composing a song for pretty, dead Josie.

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

Readers identify with Bea because, while she is a successful businesswomen, she continues to mourn her departed husband and to nurture her dysfunctional family. She believes – as my readers do – in the application of common sense and mugs of sweet tea to problems.

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

PhotobucketI’d love to see Imelda Staunton

Photobucketor Sheila Hancock play Bea, because they can do vulnerability as well as authority.

Recently a friend gave me a book that provides links to online music meant to accompany the story at specific points in the plot. I thought that was an interesting idea. If you were to choose a song to be played somewhere within your story, what song would it be?

The little musician in the story composes a song to Josie as the plot unfolds. I could ‘hear’ it in my head, all the time I was writing this story. I only wish someone would set it to music for me.

What fun that would be! I imagine that's what happened for the author of the book I'm talking about. What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I’m re-reading Sir Terry Pratchett’s Thud! at the moment. Jokes that you don’t see coming, a likeable hero and a cracking good plot. As he has Alzheimer’s, I can only hope that he’ll be able to go on producing tales of this calibre for many years to come.

What are you working on now?

Another Bea Abbot, provisionally titled False Alarm. A tycoon believes his almost-fatal fall down the stairs has been engineered by one of his executives – while Bea is picking up different signals from his wife.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is at www.veronicaheley.com

Readers can also sign up to receive my monthly newsletter, by pressing the button on the home page of the website.

The book can be found in fine bookstores and can be purchased online via these buttons:

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

I plan to make some of my out-of-print books available for E-readers but can’t decide which to do first; a historical romp, a modern romance/suspense or one of my Christian children’s books. Any preferences?

Thank you, Veronica, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Veronica has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Veronica'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 current free Christian novel downloads, below.

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.


Carol N Wong said...

I looked at her website and think I would love to read all her books!
But pushed for answer, I would say,romantic suspense.

I really love gentle mysteries!!


squiresj said...

First off I combine my prayers with your for your granddaughter. I pray God bring healing to her body. In Jesus name, Amen
I have not read anything by this author. I always like learning about new authors I do not know.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

by Pegg Thomas said...

Prayers for the grandbaby! I hope she continues to improve.

I'm not an e-reader, but I'll always pick a historical first. :)

I also agree wholeheartedly about chocolate. My hips prove it.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

A historical book sounds great to
me! I enjoyed your interview...
Many thanks, Cindi

Marianne said...

i loved Veronica's comment - -I like to buy my clothes in Bruges, where they are accustomed to clients who like cream with their cakes. i prefer paperback to ebooks, i prefer romantic suspense, but am an avid reader, so read about everything


apple blossom said...

modern/romance suspense

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Bethany said...

I vote for a modern romance/suspense. I will have to check out her books, her name is new to me! :)

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

kalea_kane said...

Trish, we will be praying for your granddaughter and family.

My preference in E-reader format would definitely be a modern romance/suspense story. I use ebooks when I workout, and a good mystery always keeps me engaged. :)


Laura J said...

Modern Romance/Suspense. :)

Praying for your granddaughter, Trish. It's so hard to see kids sick.

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

Brenda said...

I love both a historical romp, and a modern romance/suspense story so either would be OK with me. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com



Content Copyright Trish Perry | Graphic Design and Layout Eagle Designs