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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, February 27, 2012

Kay Strom and Free Books!

PhotobucketAlthough Shridula was born into bonded slavery, the flames of revolt that brought independence to India burned into her heart a longing for freedom and a hope that it really was possible.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Darkly Hidden Truth, by Donna Crow, is:

lilsis1952@ . . .

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 Kay Strom, author of The Hope of Shridula, book 2 of the Blessings in India trilogy (Abingdon Press, March 2012).

PhotobucketKay Marshall Strom is the author of forty books, including The Faith of Ashish, book 1 of the Blessings in India trilogy. Related books are the Grace in Africa trilogy and In the Presence of the Poor: Changing the Face of India (InterVarsity Press). Kay’s books have been released in the U.S., Britain, and India.

 In the course of writing about humanitarian and justice issues and the global family of God, as well as speaking around the world, she has been to India eight times.

 Kay and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest.

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

--I am terrified of spiders.

--I speak on cruise ships in exchange for cruises for two.

--My home burned in a wildfire.

--I met my husband in a writing class.

--I wrote my first two books in longhand.

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

PhotobucketINDIA 1946: For forty-eight years, Shridula’s family toiled as virtual slaves in the fields of the high-caste Mammen family, all because of her grandfather’s small debt. Her name, like her father Ashish’s, means blessing. When Shridula was born her father said, “Maybe the name will bring her more fortune than it brought me.” His words prove prophetic in ways he could never have imagined.

Shridula works in the home of the oppressive, so-called Christian landowner—a terrifying place. Despite all, she gets a glimpse of Christianity. As flames of revolt burn through India, God’s hand is on Shridula. Hope comes to her in many ways—through the Bible given to her father Ashish many years earlier, through the landowner’s daughter, through clouds of war, and through an aging missionary time forgot.

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

Shridula is an Indian Dalit—an untouchable. She is also a girl, which means she is cursed by the gods. An untouchable girl, worth less than a rat. Yet, even with everything stacked against her, she refuses to abandon her hope for freedom. In the struggle to find it, she finds God.

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?

"Jesus Loves Me," accompanied by tambourine and drums, in an Indian beat.

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

The Zookeeper's Wife. I love true stories, or stories based on fact, that raise the spirit and engender hope. This is the tale of Polish keepers of the Warsaw Zoo whose imaginative, brave efforts saved hundreds of people from Nazi concentration camps. The author pulls us in so in that we cannot help but smell the animals, hear the march of boots, and feel the stab of everything that happens.

What are you working on now?

Shhhh… A new historical mystery series. Can’t say any more yet, but I’ll have further information soon.

Where else can readers find you online?

Come by my website: www.kaystrom.com. Also visit my main blog: www.kaystrom.wordpress.com and my social justice blog: www.graceinafrica.com. I’m on Facebook and Twitter.

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

What other countries or societies would you like to read about?

Thank you, Kay, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kay has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kay'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 Tyora Moody, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her 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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tyora Moody and Free Books!

Photobucket"Why does God keep taking away the people I love?"

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of An Amish Family Reunion, by Mary Ellis, is:

lubell1106@ . . .

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 Tyora Moody, author of When Rain Falls (Victory Gospel Series, Book 1, Urban Christian, March 2012).

PhotobucketTyora Moody's debut novel, When Rain Falls, is the first book in the Victory Gospel series. She owns and operates TywebbinCreations.com, a design and marketing company. Her company's niche is assisting authors with branding and developing an online presence.

Tyora served as a judge for the Christy Awards for three years. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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

--I love coffee.

--I’m a cat-lover.

--I’m a “cookie monster.”

--I enjoy reading comic strips every morning.

--I graduated from Clemson University.

How is that for randomness and the use of the letter “C.” Yes, I’m a geek and love it! LOL!

Very Cool and Clever, Tyora!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of When Rain Falls.

PhotobucketCandace Johnson grew up traumatized by the death of her mother due to a domestic violence incident that turned tragic. Now a widow and the single mother of two teens, Candace struggles with yet another tragedy - her best friend’s murder.

Struck by an obsessive urge to seek justice, Candace sets out along with help from Detective Darnell Jackson to find her friend’s killer. Unfortunately, the killer has eyes set on Candace. She is going to have to look past her tragedies and totally trust God with her own life.

What is it about Candace and Darnell that will make your readers care about them?

I think anyone can relate to my main characters, Candace Johnson and Detective Darnell Jackson. Both of these individuals have suffered and deal with loss which is a common part of life. Candace has suffered extensive loss of loved ones due to violent crimes. The first question that may come to anybody's mind is why? Candace struggles with her faith as she ponders this question.

Darnell is a homicide detective who deals with the consequences of violent crimes on a daily basis. He’s also been struggling with the loss of a relationship. Divorce is often equated to death since individuals lose a significant other and often hopes and dreams.

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

Great question and a hard one too!

PhotobucketI think I would choose “Angela Bassett” to play Candace Johnson.



PhotobucketAnd “Idris Elba” to play Detective Darnell Jackson.



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?

Trish, you are a great interviewer. Another question to make me really think. LOL!

I think a really appropriate song would be “Yesterday” by Mary Mary. Through our pain and tears, we need to trust in the Lord. He knows best and will send us the Comforter to provide strength as we heal.

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

I’m a small business owner so I tend to read more nonfiction especially when I’m writing fiction. I’m currently reading The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the second book in the Victory Gospel Series. The next book in the series, When Memories Fade, will bring back a few of the characters from When Rain Falls. It’s been nice to be reunite with familiar characters and get to know new ones.

Where else can readers find you online?

Visitors can find me online at:
www.tyoramoody.com
Facebook
Twitter

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

I’m curious to know if any of your readers have also asked a similar question to what Candace has asked. "Why does God keep taking away the people I love?"

How can you encourage someone who has experienced loss without sounding cliche? Remember loss can come in various forms (death, divorce, broken relationship, unemployment, etc.)

Thank you, Tyora, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Tyora has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Tyora'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 Donna Crow, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her 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, February 20, 2012

Donna Crow and Free Books!

PhotobucketFelicity and Antony are on separate paths, but murder charts a far more labyrinthine course.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Heart of Gold, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is:

hewkoa@ . . .

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 Donna Fletcher Crow, author of A Darkly Hidden Truth (The Monastery Murders 2, Monarch Books, September 2011).

PhotobucketDonna Fletcher Crow is the author of 38 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning GLASTONBURY, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work.

Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener.

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

--I am a former rodeo queen and runner-up for Miss Rodeo Idaho.

--I was also a drama teacher, playwright and actress.

--Some of the wildest things I’ve done for research are snorkeling over a coral reef, hot air ballooning, rappelling into a lava cave and walking 126 miles from London to Walsingham.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Darkly Hidden Truth.

PhotobucketAntony needs Felicity’s help to find a valuable stolen icon. But Felicity is off to become a nun. Then her impossible mother turns up unannounced. And a dear friend turns up murdered. Felicity and Antony are off on another adventure that takes them from remote Yorkshire to London to the soggy marshes of the Norfolk Broads.

Felicity learns the wisdom of holy women from today and ages past and Antony explores the arcane rites of the Knights Hospitaller but what good will any of that do them if Felicity can’t save Antony’s life?

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

Felicity Howard is a young American woman who has gone off on an impulse to study in a theological college run by monks in remote Yorkshire. But then, Felicity does most things on impulse. She is headstrong, brilliant, loyal and intrepid— exactly the qualities that Father Antony fear will get her killed.

I see much of the fun of this series as growing Felicity up. At the end of the first book she says, “I thought I knew everything. Now I realize I don’t know anything.”

“A very good place to start,” Antony replies.

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

PhotobucketSandra Bullock in The Blind Side would be perfect as Felicity if she were about 15 years younger. Photobucket

So we'll picture her in the younger, black and white photo with the blond hair from The Blind Side!

PhotobucketFor Antony I can’t decide between Rupert Penrey-Jones


Photobucketand Matthew MacFadden, two of my favorite young English actors. Either one would have to dye his hair black but they would both be stunning in a clerical collar!

Definitely two of my favorites, too.

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?

Oh, dear, I hope this doesn’t sound too macabre or even sacrilegious, but because much of my story is set against the background of Holy Week and Easter worship the triumphant Easter hymn “Up From the Grave He Arose” makes me think of the scene early in the book when a driving rain washes back the soil from a shallow grave, giving Antony the sensation that the body is rising.

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

I just finished P. D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley. I highly recommend this book, although some reviewers disagree, I believe it exactly captures the spirit of Pride and Prejudice while not attempting to sound like Jane Austen. It was so much fun to see these beloved characters six years into their marriages and find them behaving with exactly the common sense and concern for one another that I believe the “real” Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley would have done. It was also delightful that James gives us glimpses into the further events of characters from Emma and Persuasion. It happened that the evening after I finished reading the novel my husband and I sat down to watch the Elizabeth Garvie/David Rintoul BBC production of Pride and Prejudice and I could so perfectly place those characters in the James story.

That sounds like a fun book. I'll have to look into it! What are you working on now?

I have almost finished the rough draft of An Unholy Communion, The Monastery Murders 3, in which Felicity and Antony lead a group of teenagers on a pilgrimage through Wales and encounter satanic evil. I am also researching to write book 4 in the Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime mysteries and planning book 3 in the Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries which will have Jane Austen as my background literary figure.

Where else can readers find you online?

I would love to have your readers visit my website at www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com. I have trailers for both of the Monastery Murders books on my home page, pictures from my research trips, information about all my books, and a glimpse of my garden.

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

What author has influenced you most and why? I hope we get lots of replies to this because I love discussing authors and books with readers!

Thank you, Donna, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donna has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Donna'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 Mary Ellis, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her 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.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mary Ellis and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhile Julie plans a summer reunion to return all her children to the nest, her niece embarks on an unlikely vocation for someone Amish…and a brand new romance.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Shattered Identity, by Sandra Robbins, is:

countrybear52@ . . .

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 Mary Ellis, author of An Amish Family Reunion (Harvest House Publishers, February 2012).

PhotobucketMary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish where her parents took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle and strong sense of Christian community.

She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. They now live close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her books and enjoy a simpler way of life.

Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits.

All three of her Miller Family series, A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, and The Way to a Man’s Heart have made the CBA and CBD bestseller lists. A Widow’s Hope was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards for 2010 in the long contemporary category, and a runner-up in the 2010 Holt Medallion Awards. The fourth in the Miller Family series, An Amish Family Reunion, released this month.

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

I have worked at just about every vocation you can imagine—probably fifteen or so. But I’ll mention the five most interesting.

--I worked as a legal secretary and dispensed more legal advice than I probably should have.

--I taught math and algebra in middle school for years even though math had been my worst subject in high school.

--I had a (delicious!) Hershey Chocolate sales route where I sampled candy all day long.

--I sold Avon makeup and purchased more than I sold.

--I was a (volunteer) snake handler at the Cleveland Zoo to school field trips one summer. By far, writing is the best job!

Okay, I was with you until the snake thing. You're a little nuts, lady.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of An Amish Family Reunion.

PhotobucketJulia Miller misses her children. They are grown and have families of their own now, but her mother’s heart yearns for a houseful of laughter and joy once again. She plans to gather her chicks together in a summer celebration to remember.

At the farm next door, Julia’s niece, Phoebe, meets Eli Riehl, a young man who charms her—and everyone else—with his exceptional storytelling ability on a rumschpringe trip to Niagara Falls.

When Phoebe sketches scenes to illustrate one of his tales, Eli encourages her incredible talent, and together they embark on a lofty and unlikely business venture for two young Amish people—writing and illustrating a children’s book.

Eli’s kindness and appeal extend beyond his knack for words to reach inside Phoebe’s shy heart. But he is an only son with five sisters, and when tragedy strikes at home, Eli gives up his writing to assume responsibility on the farm. Though willing to abandon his dream of becoming an author, he won’t give up his beloved Phoebe. Can their love for a good story develop into something that lasts forever, or will memories of the past stand in their way?

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

My heroine lost her mother at a tender age, but develops a beautiful relationship with her step-mother, Hannah. As an adopted person myself, I learned the bonds of motherhood stretch far beyond blood ties.

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

PhotobucketI suppose Ellen Page would make a lovely Phoebe since she’s so earnest, forthright and tiny.


PhotobucketAnd my hero? I love Toby McGuire for the same reasons, except the tiny part. Amish characters must be straight-forward.



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?

I suppose Evergreen or Unchained Melody. I hear those songs playing in my head during every romantic scene I write.

Yes, they're both such romantic songs! What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I just finished Miracles Every Day by Maura Poston Zagrans. It was an incredible true story about faith and healing right here in my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio.

What are you working on now?

I’m starting book two of my New Beginnings series, tentatively titled, Living in Paradise.

Where else can readers find you online?

At my brand new website: www.maryellis.net

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

How do your tastes in books change throughout the year—do seasons make a difference?

Thank you, Mary, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mary has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mary'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 Robin Lee Hatcher, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her 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, February 13, 2012

Robin Lee Hatcher and Free Books!

PhotobucketSuddenly living in Idaho Territory, Shannon longs for her southern roots in Virginia. And she’s determined not to lose her heart to the rough and tumble Wells Fargo driver, Matthew. But love stakes its claim. Will her heart survive?

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of False Report, by Veronica Heley, is:

cbus.blogger@ . . .

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 Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Heart of Gold (Women of Faith Fiction, Thomas Nelson, February 2012).

PhotobucketBest-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles.

The winner of the Idahope Writer of the Year Award, the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, two RITA Awards, two RT Career Achievement Awards, the Carol Award, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 60 novels.

She enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls.

Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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

--I love playing word games on my iPhone.

--My favorite colors are teal and pink.

--Wearing shoes makes my brain hurt.

--Knowing the end of a book or movie in advance doesn't spoil the experience for me.

--I love power naps.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Heart of Gold.

PhotobucketLife in Grand Coeur, Idaho, is so different! Back in her beloved Virginia, Shannon Adair loved nursing injured soldiers back to health. But in this rough-and-tumble place where her father has been called to lead the church, she’s not sure where she fits in. Then a critically ill woman arrives, and Shannon knows her place at last: to care for this dear woman and ease her pain.

Matthew Dubois is a stagecoach driver through and through. But his widowed sister is dying and he’s about to inherit his young nephew. So he takes a job at the Wells, Fargo express office in Grand Coeur until he can find the one thing he needs to get back on the stage: a wife!

What neither of them knows is that someone is at work behind the scenes. Someone who cares for them both, and knows exactly what these two need: each other!

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

Shannon Adair lived a sheltered and spoiled life in Virginia before the war began. But beneath it all, she cares about people, and little by little, her prejudices and misconceptions fall away in her new home in Idaho Territory. As for Matthew, he loves his sister and nephew and is trying to do what is best for them at the same time he longs to be back driving a coach.

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

PhotobucketA young George Strait would play Matthew.

Hmm. The photo I used as inspiration for Shannon doesn't remind me of any actress. I will have to leave this answer blank.

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?

With George Strait as my inspiration for the hero, I think I'll go with "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait, from the movie, Pure Country. That song always makes me cry.

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

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. This YA novel made me laugh and laugh even while it broke my heart in places. I have raved and raved about it to anyone who will listen, and everyone who has then read it has done the same. Set during the 1967-1968 school year, the story took me back to my own youth time and again. Don't miss it!

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing the third and final book in the Where the Heart Lives series. It will release in the summer of 2013.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.robinleehatcher.com
Blog: blog.robinleehatcher.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher
Twitter: @robinleehatcher



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544889: Heart of Gold, Women of Faith Series

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

Would you ever want someone to write the story of your life if it meant you would become rich and famous at the same time all your secrets would be revealed?

Thank you, Robin, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Robin has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Robin'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 her 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.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

His Grace is Sufficient on Novel Rocket!

PhotobucketToday I just wanted to give a thank-you shout out to Novel Rocket, which is featuring one of my devos from His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT

"Jordan, Jericho, and Just My Own Stuff" addresses a modern-day challenge that might not be as serious as the one Joshua faced in his lifetime, but it's a challenge to which the Lord is giving just as much attention.

I love how He does that.

I hope you'll swing by and leave a comment! www.novelrocket.com

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sandra Robbins and Free Books!

PhotobucketThe clues in an old diary lead a young man and woman to search for answers to a twenty-five-year-old mystery, but someone is determined some secrets will stay buried forever.

Today we're visiting with novelist Sandra Robbins, author of Shattered Identity (Love Inspired Suspense, February, 2012).

PhotobucketSandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town where she grew up. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. Her books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for excellence in mystery writing, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, and the ACFW Carol Award.

Sandra enjoys writing romance novels in two genres—suspense and historical. Shattered Identity is the second in a three book Love Inspired Suspense series set on Ocracoke Island. Her first book in the Harvest House series Smoky Mountain Dreams releases in August.

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

--I’ve recently become hooked on playing Words with Friends online.

--I love to cook, but I don’t enjoy washing dishes.

--I’m so thankful I got to see Yul Brynner perform onstage in The King and I.

--Monte Carlo is one of my favorite places I’ve visited.

--I still grieve for my Yorkshire terrier who died three years ago.

Oh, Sandra, I'm trying very hard not to play a single hand of Words with Friends. I don't know anyone who has played once and walked away...

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Shattered Identity.

PhotobucketSomeone—with a very personal motive—has it out for Lisa Wade, Ocracoke Island’s sheriff’s dispatcher. She was viciously attacked, her home was ransacked and one very precious possession was stolen.

Deputy Sheriff Scott Michaels plans to stay close until the culprit is caught…but that means involving Lisa in the investigation. And her assistance may cause more trouble for Lisa when she finds clues in a journal to a deadly mystery.

As Lisa and Scott cross dangerous territory, they inch closer to the truth—and to each other. But lurking in the shadows is a killer determined to keep some secrets buried forever.

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

Scott Michaels has only recently been reunited with the family he was abducted from when he was a child. As he struggles to make up for the lost years, he must also face the memory of the military missions he has experienced and the men who didn’t come home. He knows he’s falling in love with Lisa, but he doesn’t want to expose her to the nightmare of his life.

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

PhotobucketJosh Lucas would play Scott Michaels.




PhotobucketAnd Naomi Watts would play Lisa Wade.




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?

It would probably be a children’s song like All the Pretty Little Horses when Lisa is reading her mother’s journal and thinking about her mother who died when Lisa was three years old.

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

Organized Grime. This is the third in Christy Barritt’s Squeaky Clean Series. For readers who haven’t been introduced to her heroine Gabby St. Claire, they’re in for a treat. Gabby cleans up crime scenes, but she also knows how to clean up the scum of the earth.

I enjoy Christy's series, too! 

What are you working on now?

I am working on Mountain Homecoming, the second book in my historical romance series Smoky Mountain Dreams from Harvest House Publishers. The first book Angel of the Cove releases in August, and Mountain Homecoming releases next year.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is sandrarobbins.net, and I also write with three other authors on
www.theborrowedbook.blogspot.com

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

I was an avid reader of Nancy Drew books when I was growing up, and my favorite was The Password to Larkspur Lane. What was your favorite book when you were a child?

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 Thursday, February 16. 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 Veronica Heley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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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.

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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.
 

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