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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, April 12, 2012

Amy Wallace and Free Books!

PhotobucketA female police officer’s assistance to a Mennonite runaway forces her into the middle of an escalating battle between two communities and the big city violence she left behind.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Mother Road, by Jennifer AlLee, is:

ckbarker@ . . .

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 visit with Amy Wallace, author of Hiding In Plain Sight (Harvest House, April 2012).

PhotobucketAmy Wallace writes Dark Chocolate Suspense—high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues. Amy is a homeschool mom, author, speaker, co-leader of a young writer’s club, and avid chocoholic.

Her novels include the Defenders of Hope Series: Ransomed Dreams, Healing Promises, and Enduring Justice. Amy is also a contributing author of A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction, God Answers Moms’ Prayers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes.

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

-- I’m eating chocolate right now. (As I type this and probably as you’re reading this. ☺)

-- I’m an advanced (blue) belt martial artist

--I dream of visiting Ireland one day.

--I’m a HUGE fan of the University of Louisville Cardinals, and I love basketball.

--I still collect stuffed animals, mostly bears, and have a collection from all over the world.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hiding in Plain Sight.

PhotobucketSecrets of the Heart Never Stay Hidden.

World weary and down to a threadbare faith, Police Officer Ashley Walters seeks refuge in Montezuma, Georgia, a quiet town with a thriving Mennonite community. Even in the peaceful surroundings, she can’t escape the haunting memories of crime-ridden Atlanta.

Then handsome Marriage and Family Counselor Patrick James partners with a teenaged Mennonite runaway to offer Ashley a second chance at redemption…and romance. But when violence erupts over revitalization plans that pit the Montezuma and Mennonite communities against each other, Ashley is forced to stop the person responsible—even if he is someone she’s come to love.

As God unlocks the secrets darkening Ashley’s heart, she must answer two crucial questions: Who is in control? And can she trust Him?

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

Ashley loves chocolate like her creator and has a tender heart toward those who are hurting. She’s both a tough cop—someone you want on your side— and an amazing artist. Through painting she tries to make sense of the evil she sees on a daily basis at work. She’s a good friend and a real hero, even though that armor has many kinks.

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

PhotobucketAshley Judd with long black hair and fiery green eyes would make a fantastic Ashley Walters.

PhotobucketFor Patrick James, I’d cast David Boreanaz from Bones but give him thoughtful blue eyes.

We'll have to imagine them with the right eye colors!

What would you say has been the greatest challenge to your writing life that you’ve faced recently?

Health challenges. The deeper I dove into writing Hiding in Plain Sight and Nowhere to Run, the worse my health grew. To the point I was in the ICU for blood clots in July of last year, and then in November I had my thyroid removed. Thankfully, I’m on the mend and have managed to stay away from the hospital for a while now.

I know all of my readers will keep you in prayer, Amy!

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

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones and The Restorer - Expanded Edition by Sharon Hinck. Both books are by favorite authors because these two make me laugh, cry, care, and love Jesus more.

What are you working on now?

Edits for Nowhere to Run.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook or the Dark Chocolate Suspense site: www.amywallace.com.

Please stop by and say hi! I’d love to hear from you!

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

If I could be remembered for only one thing, it would be that I glorified God by enjoying Him to the fullest and that I showed by example what it means to dream big and live a life that touches hearts and leads people into a deep relationship with Christ.

What about you? What sentence would sum up who you are and how God is using your life?

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

947312: Hiding in Plain Sight, Place of Refuge Series #1

Readers, Amy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Amy'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 Judy Christie, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the 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.


Judy said...

I am a servant and follower of God in the way of giving to others. I serve my Lord by giving money gifts to those I feel God is leading me to do so. These people have been perfect strangers and they are told to thank God for their gift not me. The joy I have experienced in doing this to Glorify God has been uplifting!

I would love to win a copy of Hiding In Plain Sight.

Prayers going up for you Amy!


Jo Huddleston said...

Amy, love your answer to your question to us. I would want to be remembered as someone who showed God's mercy and looked at peace so that folks would want whatever I had to be covered with peace (God's grace). Trish, thanks for having Amy on and for the contest.

lgm52 said...

I am a child of God and want to be remembered as such. I'd like people to think of me as a Christian person and know that not because they actually know who I am, but by my words, actions, demeanor toward others and in honoring Christ and trying to be more Christ-like.

Anonymous said...

I would like to be remembered as showing my Christianity through my actions and the love I show to others. I try to always be a friend to others and a good mom and grandmother. And, to be a christian example to all with the way I live and act, Would to win your book Amy. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Diana Flowers said...

I am a daughter of the King, who satan tried to destroy as a young girl through severe child abuse and shame. But that that the enemy meant for bad to me, God turned it into good! And I use my life to love and encourage others, and pray for them and treat them as I would want to be treated.

I enjoyed the interview so much, and I sprained my hand this week, so prayer and chocolate have been my comforters thru my pain. :) I would love further comfort in between the pages of Amy's great book Hiding in Plain Sight, lol! Thank you for the giveaway!

Diana Flowers said...

Oh my, I'm so sorry---I forgot to leave my email for above comment; so lost was I in thought! It is:


Abigail Richmond said...

I want God to use me for him, (His service). I don't know what yet.

Nancee said...

I'm a Christian mom and grandma, and my calling from God has been to nurture my children and grandson and granddaughter by providing for their child care. Thank you for offering this book in your contest.

by Pegg Thomas said...

I was recently asked to create a tag line about myself using only 6 words. I came up with, "Cranky old woman with a pen." Hopefully I'll be remembered for my humor and compassion - the opposite of my tag line!
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Debbie Clark said...

I am a child of God and through the prayer ministry try to help others. It is the least that I can do for others since I was healed by the prayer of many.

I love that you collect stuffed bears. I have tons of bears & other critters all over my house.

I also like chocolate. Don't forget that it is in its own section of the food group. LOL

Please enter me in the drawing. I would love to win Hiding in Plain Sight. Thanks for the chance to win.
Debbie Clark

squiresj said...

One sentence - Wife for 33 years, Mother, and a Teacher at Church for 44 years all to the glory of God.
Please enter me
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Nancee said...
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Unknown said...

I try to "live and love like Jesus" in all I do. I am "practicing" my faith, and I hope to improve regularly!

Lane Hill House said...

I would like to be remembered as a Christ-follower who shared His joy and a merry heart.

WOOOOooooooo... I love dark chocolate with gooey caramel!


Lane Hill House said...

I have liked you on Facebook for a long time!!

Sally said...

I work with kids...a lot! I teach middle school, work with youth at church, and have four kids of my own...three of whom are teenagers or nearly so. I'd love a copy of your book! sallydatria[at]gmail[dot]com

Amy Wallace said...

Hey, Judy! I loved your answer to the question about being remembered. I've been on the receiving end from givers like you, and it's like a hug from God. Thanks so much for praying for me too!

Amy Wallace said...

Great answer, Jo! Peace is such a huge need, isn't it? Thanks so much for your encouragement.

Amy Wallace said...

lgm52, wonderful answer about being remembered. I'd love it too if folks looked at me and saw Jesus.

Amy Wallace said...

Maxie, great answer! Jesus said people would know us by our love. That's something I'm learning over and over is so very important.

Amy Wallace said...

Thanks so much for your encouragement, Diana! What a story of grace and hope you have to share. Praying your hand is healing and you can enjoy your chocolate without pain. ;-)

Amy Wallace said...

Abigail, God will definitely use you to bring glory to Him. Today and in the future. Keep seeking, and He'll make the next step clear in His perfect time.

Amy Wallace said...

Nancee, what a gift a Christian grandma is! What a gift to your children too.

Amy Wallace said...

Pegg, great tag line! Makes me laugh. And laughter is great medicine, so you and your words are definitely a gift.

Amy Wallace said...

Hi, Debbie! I serve on my church's prayer team too, and it's been such a joy to pray with and for others. I love that you collect bears too.

Amy Wallace said...

Wow, squiresj, 44 years serving the Lord. That's incredible. Thank you for giving so much to the Body of Christ.

Amy Wallace said...

Great way to be remembered~ to live and love like Jesus. Our family motto is to Live for God, Love Like Jesus, Laugh a lot. ;-)

Amy Wallace said...

Hi, Lane! Thanks for liking me on Facebook. Love that you share His joy. We in the Body of Christ need that.

Amy Wallace said...

Hey, Sally! You can't possibly have three teenagers. ;-)



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