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!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

PhotobucketThe stunning conclusion to Deborah Raney's Hanover Falls Novels series!

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lady Anne's Quest, by Susan Page Davis, is:

cjenreffner@ . . .

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 Deb Raney, author of After All (Simon & Schuster/Howard, May 2012). Photobucket

Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Deb's newest novel will release from Howard/Simon & Schuster in May.

She and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy the wildflowers and native grasses in the Kansas prairie garden in their large backyard. They also love traveling together to teach at conferences, and to visit four children and four small grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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

–– I grew up on a wheat farm in Kansas, the oldest of 5 children.––4 girls and a boy. I married the oldest of 5 children––4 boys and a girl.

–– I play the piano by ear. Badly, but well enough for my own entertainment––and cheaper than therapy!

–– I received my first contract the day after I witnessed a murder at our local grocery store.

–– I've given birth to babies in three decades: a boy in the 70s, a boy and a girl in the 80s, and a girl in 1990.

–– I speak Pig Latin fluently, thanks to my dad. (My mom was not a happy camper when Daddy taught us kids the secret language he and Mother spoke when they didn't want us kids to understand.)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of After All.

Photobucket Featuring her trademark warm, friendly style, the final novel in bestselling and award-winning Deborah Raney’s Hanover Falls series offers plenty of romance and mystery as three people find hope, forgiveness, and love in unexpected places.

Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal. But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave—a secret that changes everything she thought about their marriage. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?

Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence—for someone else’s husband.

Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters who lost their lives that awful November night. Can he ever shake the feeling that he could have somehow prevented the tragedy? And now it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.

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

As the fire chief on duty when the Grove Street fire took the lives of five of his firefighters, Pete carries the weight of the horrific event on his shoulders. He is haunted by the irrational fear that there was something he could have done to prevent the tragedy.

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

PhotobucketDaniel Craig would be a great Peter Brennan.

PhotobucketMonica Potter from TV's Parenthood would be perfect to portray Susan Marlowe.


And in my mind, Andi McDowell is Andrea Morley.

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

My husband was laid off from his advertising manager's job after 25 years, and he decided to start his own business. That means that as we've been adjusting to the empty nest, we're also adjusting to having both of us work from home now.

After having the whole house to myself for much of my writing career, it's been a challenge to share my office building with a co-worker, but Ken and I are growing to actually love it. In fact, just today we talked about what our dream home might look like, and to my surprise, I was on board with Ken's idea of a shared office! Now that's some kind of miracle!

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

I loved Yvonne Lehman's Hearts That Survive, a novel based on the sinking of the Titanic. It was simply excellent, and very timely with this being the one-hundred year anniversary of that tragedy.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on another novel for Simon & Schuster/Howard, this one a stand-alone called Face of the Earth. I've done two 3-book series back-to-back over the last 5-6 years, so it's been unusual to be writing a stand-alone. But I'm really enjoying this story––one with a bit more mystery to it than my books usually have.

Where else can readers find you online?


599951: After All, Hanover Falls Series #3

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

If calories were no object, what is your favorite snack to eat while reading a great book?

Thank you, Deb, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Deborah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Deborah'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 Margaret Daley, 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.


Pam K. said...

People usually associate popcorn with movies but I'd rather read than watch a movie. Popcorn is my usual snack of choice, followed by a nice piece of chocolate.
I have the first book in the Hanover Falls series; it would be very nice to win a copy of After All.
Thank you for the interview with Deb; she is such a nice lady who writes wonderful books.


Lisa E. said...

Original Pringles! And since salty is always better with sweet, I'll take a brownie with that!

I read a book Deb wrote a few years back, Above All Things, and it got right inside my heart and and stayed there. I still think about it now and then. Would love to read another book by such an amazing author!


lgm52 said...

Popcorn is my favorite snack so that would have to be my choice...sometimes buttered, sometimes not.
lgm52 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love having fudgey Brownies when I can. But more often have popcorn or Fritos. I would like to enter this contest. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

kalea_kane said...

I actually prefer not to eat while reading, but coffee...yes, that is the stuff. It can also really add up in the calories. My current favorites are hot or iced Green Mountain Wild Mountain Blueberry or Pecan. YUMMMMMM! The reason I don't like to snack when I read is that I am afraid I'll get icky fingertips and ruin the pages. :)


Anne Payne said...

My favorite snack to eat while reading is Trail Mix! The serving size is 3 tablespoons, but who can eat just three of those?! Oh, I probably should limit my intake, huh?

Great interview! thank you for the opportunity to win this book. It's one of my all time favorite series!


Judy said...

My favorite snack to eat while reading a great book is Cheetos. There is an art to eating these though. If you aren't careful you'll have orange smears on the pages of the book you are reading!

I really enjoyed the interview. Pig Latin! How well do I remember speaking that! I have a cousin who plays piano by ear. When we were growing up she played piano and organ for our church. Me...I can't play anything!

I'd love to win a copy of this book!


Anonymous said...

i usually don't eat while reading
since I am afraid of staining
the book. But, if I were to eat,
It would probably be white
chocolate macadamia cookies.
Yum. Loved the interview.
Thanks for having the drawing.


Trish Perry said...

I'm glad I'm reading these comments before breakfast, or I'd be craving snacks, instead of bacon and eggs!

I love a nice cup of coffee and chocolate while reading, if the setting allows it. That's when reading is a total treat, rather than a brief moment stolen from a busy schedule. I don't get to do that often enough, so the experience is really treasured!

Julia M. Reffner said...

Oh man I have to admit my favorite snack is homemade cookies with a glass of milk. Or anything my chef brother would whip up.


Deborah Raney said...

I agree, Trish! You guys are all making me hungry! Thanks, Trish, for inviting me to visit your wonderful blog, and thanks everyone for the encouraging words and great snack ideas. I think I'll have to go with homemade ice cream (and a quilt, since great as it is I always end up FREEZING!)

Jackie S. said...

My favorite snack (while reading) is popcorn.

Always like to hear from Deb......have read all her books so far and loved them. I am anxious to read this one...so please enter me.


Julie Jarnagin said...

Mmmm. Coffee, preferably iced with plenty of whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top.

Bethany said...

Ohhh...I think warm brownies with melted ice cream on top :D YUM! Thanks for the interview, so fun! Please enter me :)

Abigail Richmond said...


squiresj said...

My favorite snack to eat while reading or relaxing is carmel apple. Since I have dentures I have to peel and cut it up. But it is my favorite.
My husband used to annoy me with pig latin.
Please enter me to win
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read deborah's latest novel...

i would love to snack on ... jelly beans :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com



Content Copyright Trish Perry | Graphic Design and Layout Eagle Designs