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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!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

R. J. Larson and Free Books!

PhotobucketIf she becomes the Infinite’s prophet, Ela of Parne knows she will die young—but she cannot live without Him.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Dawn Comes Early, by Margaret Brownley, is:

misskallie2000@ . . .

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 R. J. Larson, author of Prophet (Bethany House Publishers, April 2012).

PhotobucketR. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

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

--Hm. Well, I learned to read at age five on an island in the Pacific in a school with no electricity or doors.

--My father’s unofficial job title was “Keeper of the Dragon.” (Does this make me the daughter of a dragonkeeper? I hope so!)

--I’m legally blind without my contact lenses.

--I love to make yeast bread from scratch.

--I’m routinely (sadly) rejected for jury duty because I was—in two separate incidents— robbed and later threatened by law enforcement. (Yes, the officer who threatened me was removed from service. I think of him and pray for him.) That’s five, right? I’m rotten with numbers! Sorry. That might be six…

Those were some doozies, R.J.! Thanks for those.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Prophet.

PhotobucketProphet was inspired by stories of Old Testament prophets, such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel—with a fantasy-realm twist.

The main character of Prophet is a young woman, Ela, who is so in love with the Lord, the Infinite, that she will endure anything for the joy and privilege of hearing His voice. To serve Him, she leaves most of her family and travels to distant lands to proclaim the Infinite’s warnings and His eternal love for all mortals.

However, her resolutions to serve Him and risk death as the Infinite’s prophet are severely tested when she falls in love with a mortal, a young ambassador, Kien Lantec. As Ela and Kien are matching wits and falling in love, they battle myriad enemies along the way—tyrant-kings, assassins, the immortal Adversary, monstrous beasts, and their own weaknesses.

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

Ela knows she isn’t perfect, but she loves her Creator and struggles through repeated failures to follow Him, and to warn and help others.

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

PhotobucketFor Ela, an Alyssa Bernal type with curls:



PhotobucketFor Kien, the nearest image would be Henry Cavill. Kien has a tremendous sense of humor, dark hair, and light eyes that are difficult to depict—dear reader, your imagination will portray Kien more accurately!



Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

I have no favorite saying. However, this one made me laugh, and it’s on my Pinterest page: Synonym: A word used in place of the one you can’t spell.

Priceless.

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

Wow. I’ve just emerged from deadlines and haven’t had much time to read. However, the published series I most recently finished is Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time Series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The plotline is relentless—full of twists that kept me turning pages.

As for upcoming books, I’m eager to read Donita K. Paul’s Realmwalker.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m taking a rest and waiting for edits on Judge and King. Beyond that...I’d love to return to my 1890’s Victorian!

Where else can readers find you online?

Do you want the list, or just a few? I’ve just uploaded my new website with a map, sketches, and (soon) a character list. rjlarsonbooks.com
Facebook, of course. And Twitter.
I’m also on Pinterest—offering visual hints for books 2 and 3!

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

How have your book habits changed since the advent of e-readers?! (Kindle, Nook, Sony, etc?)

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

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, March 26, 2012

Mindy Starnes Clark, John Campbell Clark, and Free Books!

PhotobucketEchoes of Titanic combines a fascinating tale of modern-day corporate intrigue with the deeply moving story of Titanic’s fateful voyage.

Before we talk with today's authors, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Special Delivery, by Kathi Macias, is:

mitzi_wanham@ . . .

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 Mindy and John Clark, authors of Echoes of Titanic (Harvest House Publishers, March 2012).

PhotobucketMindy Starns Clark is the award-winning author of 19 books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the #1 bestseller The Amish Midwife (co-written with Leslie Gould) and the popular The House That Cleans Itself.


PhotobucketJohn Campbell Clark is an attorney and CPA who works in the Christian nonprofit field. Married to Mindy for 23 years, he has served as her brainstorming partner, research facilitator, and first reader for each of her books. A lifelong Titanic buff, he was thrilled to coauthor with her on Echoes of Titanic.


John and Mindy have two daughters, both currently in college, and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with their shih tzu, Belle.

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

Mindy:

--I grew up in a house that had a fireman’s pole.

--One of my favorite jobs was with a music company, where I recorded the sing-along vocal tracks for their line of female karaoke songs.

--I once broke an arm and a leg…playing tennis.

--Before I became a novelist, I worked as an “Entertainer to Seniors,” performing a mix of music and comedy at senior centers, nursing homes, and retirement communities.

--When I came back from classes after my first day of college, it was to find that my car had rolled down a hill, across a field, and up into a tree. (Being from Louisiana, which is very flat, I didn’t know to leave the car in gear when parking it.)


John:

--I met my wife on the first day of college, when she came looking for people to help get her car out of a tree.

--My summer job all through high school was as a lifeguard and camp counselor.

--When I was first starting out in my career, I worked in the World Trade Center.

--I’ve been to 48 states (just Alaska and South Dakota to go!)

--I’ve been to 10 World Series games.

I'm sure you've both heard this before, but that "meet cute" belongs in a novel!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Echoes of the Titanic.

PhotobucketKelsey Tate’s great-grandmother Adele endured the sinking of Titanic and made it safely to America, where she not only survived but thrived. Several generations later, Kelsey is a rising star at the firm Adele helped to establish nearly 100 years ago.

Now facing a hostile takeover, the firm’s origins are challenged when new facts emerge about Adele’s actions on Titanic’s tragic last night. Kelsey tries to defend the company and the great-grandmother she has long admired, but the stakes are raised when a co-worker is found dead in the office—and police won’t say if it’s murder or suicide.

Forced to seek help from Cole Thornton, a man Kelsey once loved—and lost, thanks to her success-at-all-costs mentality—she pursues mysteries both past and present. Aided by Cole and strengthened by the faith she’d all but forgotten in her climb up the corporate ladder, Kelsey races to defend her family legacy, her livelihood, and ultimately her life.

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

Kelsey Tate is smart, funny, and likeable. She’s also driven and ambitious and has made a lot of mistakes in her climb up the corporate ladder. I think what makes her so appealing in this story is that she’s forced to confront those mistakes right off the bat and grapple with matters of humility and grace.

Five years ago, she unscrupulously out-maneuvered her boyfriend in a business deal, and it destroyed the relationship. Now she’s forced to go to him for help. Watching Kelsey come to terms with her missteps and her own worst tendencies is very gratifying. It’s also fun to see her rediscover her long-forgotten faith and try to rekindle the relationship she once destroyed through her own selfish actions.

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

PhotobucketLet’s see. Kelsey would be played by a 32-year-old Jennifer Connelly-type.



PhotobucketFor Cole, maybe Chris Pine.


Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

“Your worship of Him is more important than your ministry for Him.” Wish I knew who said it! I keep it posted at my desk.

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

In nonfiction, we both love Malcolm Gladwell and highly recommend Blink and Outliers. In fiction, Mindy is a huge fan of the The Hunger Games Trilogy. She finally got John to read the first one, and now he’s eager to go see the movie—and to start reading the second.

They're definitely addicting stories!

What are you working on now?

Mindy: I’m having a blast writing a new mystery series with supermodel Kim Alexis. The first book in the series, Beauty to Die For, will be coming out this summer.

John: It’s back to my “day job” for now, though of course I will continue to assist Mindy with her other books. If the right project came along, I would also happily pull out the pen (i.e. keyboard) again and start working away. Writing Echoes of Titanic was such a great experience, I hope to co-author again in the future.

Where else can readers find you online?

My websites are www.mindystarnsclark.com and www.morefrommindy.com, and I blog at www.thehousethatcleansitself.com and at www.amishreader.com.

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

I’ve been doing a lot of co-authoring lately and really enjoying it, so I’d like to ask about that. Are they any more or less likely to buy a book that has two authors? If a favorite author co-writes a book, are they resistant to embrace it or eager to see how it differs from that author’s regular fare? And so on.

Thank you, Mindy and John, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mindy and John have offered to give a signed copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mindy'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.

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, March 22, 2012

Margaret Brownley and Free Books!

PhotobucketDisgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney finds that the wild west is nothing like it's depicted in her books—and neither are the men!

Today we're talking with Margaret Brownley, author of Dawn Comes Early, Brides of Last Chance Ranch (Thomas Nelson, March 2012).

PhotobucketThrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this—except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."

So that’s what Margaret did. She’s now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit.

The first book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series, Dawn Comes Early, releases March 2012. The book will be followed by Waiting for Morning in December, and her California Gold Rush book A Long Way Home will soon be available as an eBook.

Margaret’s also excited to announce that her non-fiction book, Grieving God’s Way: The Path to Hope and Healing, will be published in July—not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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

--My office is painted Monet purple for creativity.

--I’m an early riser (4 a.m.).

--When I’m not writing you’ll find me at the beach.

--I love waterfalls, Italian food and children.

--I think I just proved that I also can’t count.

We'll just count that last comment as Number Five. Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dawn Comes Early.

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Heiress Wanted. Looking for hard-working, professional woman of good character and pleasant disposition willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory. Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.

Her latest dime novel banned, 29-year old Kate Tenney answers an advertisement for heiress to an Arizona cattle ranch. It seems like the perfect solution for a disgraced novelist with no intention of getting married—ever.

Trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The west is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner, and nefarious outlaw, but a traitorous heart. Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam's charm. She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—if it kills her. If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.

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

Kate has had a hardscrabble life. Deserted by her father and neglected by her mother Kate longs for something permanent in her life. She thinks land will always be there for her, which is why she decides to choose the ranch over a man. I think readers will root for her as she learns the error of her ways.

Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

I like this quote from Hemingway: “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof [malarky] detector.” Now if I could only keep mine in good working order!

What are you working on now?

I’ve completed book two of the Brides of Last Chance Ranch and am now working on Book three. I also have a novella in the works.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me on my website at www.margaretbrownley.com I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.

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

In Dawn Comes Early Kate and Luke are of two different worlds. She’s a college educated woman and he’s “just a blacksmith.” He doesn’t even know what she’s talking about half the time. Are any of you partnered with an opposite? If so, what are some of the challenges and/or joys of such a relationship?

Thank you, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret'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 Kathi Macias, 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.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Kathi Macias and Free Books!

PhotobucketFinally free from a life of slavery, Mara believes she is safe—until her uncle and former owner uses his underground connections to seek revenge...

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Eye of the Storm, by Hannah Alexander, is:

frmcm@ . . .

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 Kathi Macias, author of Special Delivery, Freedom Series #2 (New Hope Publishers, March 2012).

PhotobucketKathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs.

Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), and her other awards include Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year for Red Ink, ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award Finalist for Red Ink, and 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net.

Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al.

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

--Most people aren’t aware that until very recently my husband and I were avid Harley riders—hence my “road name” of Easy Writer.

--I served as an associate pastor at a major Southern California church for several years (in the ‘90s).

--I've been active in jail and prison ministry, going into some of the most hard-core prisons in the country, where I met/interviewed Charles “Tex” Watson of the Manson Family, as well as others (even spent a day on Death Row at San Quentin).

--I also helped David “Son of Sam” (now known as “Son of Hope”) Berkowitz write/edit his prison memoirs.

--Finally, my husband and I have known one another since we were six years old.

Wow, that last one sounds like a book in itself! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Special Delivery.

PhotobucketIn Special Delivery, book two of the “Freedom” series, readers find Mara fighting against her attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery even while wrestling with risking her own precarious safety to become involved in the rescue of another girl who is pregnant and desperately wants to escape her captors and save her own life, as well as her child’s.

Halfway around the world in a brothel in Thailand, a young girl is rescued with the promise of being reunited with her younger sister who was adopted by an interracial couple in the States, friends of Jonathan’s family.

Meanwhile, Jefe—Mara’s uncle, who held her as a sex slave in his brothel in San Diego for years—seeks revenge for Mara’s testimony that put him behind bars for life. Will his underworld connections be successful in kidnapping and killing the girl who believes she has finally won her freedom?

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

Mara has suffered more than any young woman should ever have to do, beginning when she was a young child. Yet her determination to be free drives her onward, despite her skepticism about a loving God who waits to welcome her into His family. Her distrust of others is understandable, but she finds herself considering risking her own precarious safety and freedom to help rescue another young girl now in a position similar to her former captivity.

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

PhotobucketI’m not a movie goer and am completely unfamiliar with young stars, but Mara’s part would definitely have to be played by a beautiful young Latina woman, while Jonathan Flannery could be a younger version of Brad Pitt.

Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

“There is no limit to where a man can go or what he can do if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit for it.” (President Ronald Reagan)

What a succinct way to stress the importance of motivation! I love that.

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

It’s a toss-up between The Rhythm of Secrets and What the Bayou Saw by Patti Lacy. Not only are they wonderful stories, but Patti Lacy is an exceptional novelist.

What are you working on now?

I have two fall releases that are currently in production—The Deliverer (Freedom series #3) and Unexpected Christmas Hero. I am just now diving into researching/writing Last Chance for Justice, one of the books in the new multi-author Bloomfield series from B&H, and then I will begin writing a new trilogy for New Hope Publishers titled “Patches of Courage.”

Where else can readers find you online?

The primary place is at www.kathimacias.com (though you can also get there via www.boldfiction.com), but I’m also at my Easy Writer blog (kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com) and www.TheTitus2Women.com. In addition, I have active pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Google.


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

What would it take for you to become not just a fan of one of my books but a Kathi Macias fan, one who stands in line for my next release?

Thank you, Kathi, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathi'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.

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, March 15, 2012

Stephen Bly's Stuart Brannon's Final Shot!

PhotobucketIt's 1905. Two orphans flee from Oregon's Tillamook Head. One of them is branded a hero. Do they tell the truth and risk the wrath of a dangerous man?

Before we look at today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Hearts that Survive, by Yvonne Lehman, is:

wpd_2@ . . .

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!

Today's post doesn't involve a giveaway, but I wanted to draw your attention to Stuart Brannon's Final Shot, by the dear, late Stephen Bly.

About Stephen:

PhotobucketStephen Bly (August 17, 1944 – June 9, 2011) authored 106 books and hundreds of articles and short stories. His book, The Long Trail Home (Broadman & Holman), won the prestigious 2002 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction in the category western novel. Three other books, Picture Rock (Crossway Books), The Outlaw’s Twin Sister (Crossway Books), and Last of the Texas Camp (Broadman & Holman), were Christy Award finalists.

He spoke at colleges, churches, camps and conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He was the pastor of Winchester Community Church, and served as mayor of Winchester, Idaho (2000-2007). He spoke on numerous television and radio programs, including Dr. James Dobson’s "Focus on the Family." He was an Active Member of the Western Writers of America.

Steve graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from Fresno State University and received a M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary.

The Blys have three sons: Russell (married to Lois) and father of Zachary and Miranda (married to Chris Ross) and mother of Alayah; Michael (married to Michelle); and Aaron (married to Rina Joye) and father of Keaton and Deckard. A third generation westerner, Steve spent his early years working on California farms owned by his father and an uncle.

About the novel:

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FINISHING DAD’S NOVEL: A FAMILY AFFAIR
Janet Chester Bly
Copyright©2012


My husband, Stephen Bly, hated half-done jobs. He couldn’t stand a ‘to do’ list without immediate action. One big project for 2011: complete his novel, Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot.

When he passed away on June 9th, 2011, my sons said to me, “Let’s finish that book.”

The idea grew. They had their dad’s creativity and wit. They’d impart their father’s input. I also discovered the value of their feedback and encouragement. I couldn’t do it without them.

The editor gave us a four-month extension. This incomplete project became a family affair.
Can a committee write a novel? We had the passion to find out.

Steve left us 7,000 words, a synopsis and some character names. We read over his sample chapters.

“It reads more like a mystery than a western,” we four surmised.

This book must resonate like a Stephen Bly novel and resemble the early Stuart Brannon Series. Yet, this story’s different. Brannon’s older. He struggles to fit into the 20th Century. He also grapples with the game of golf on behalf of a celebrity charity tournament.

We immersed ourselves in the original series. We scanned other Stephen Bly novels for Brannon mentions. I scoured Steve’s resources for a basic grounding in the western world he knew so well. I also skimmed our fiction writing books for tips and printed out excerpts for the sons.

We focused our main theme on fighting for justice, truth and mercy.

We met weekly to brainstorm and critique. We started with a cluster diagram of all the known factors. Spirited discussions stirred debate as well as consensus. We assigned each other research topics, then talked through and roughed out random scenes. We drafted an outline and plot points to give direction for which scenes to create next. We tried to include as much of Steve’s writings as we could.

To keep the constant additions discernable, I used a different color type each week that turned into a rainbow manuscript. Even with this trick and the outline, the key challenge was to keep the story’s timeline straight. Then I took a trip to Oregon, to discover and experience what Steve knew and we didn’t. This added much needed color and revealed critical mistakes.

The deadline loomed as we aimed for 75,000 words. I struggled to eek out 2,000 words daily. When Aaron devised an adventure scene and Mike produced the golf tourney and poker game settings, I knew we’d hit the target count. After we exceeded our goal, we deleted scenes and characters that didn’t move the plot. The last days and hours were frantic with attempts to get it as perfect as possible.

At 10:36 a.m. on November 1st, 2011, son Mike emailed me, “Well? Ready to push ‘send’? At 11:46 a.m., I did.

We finished Steve’s last undone task.

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Janet Chester Bly has published 30 nonfiction and fiction books, 18 she co-authored with Christy Award winner Stephen Bly. Titles include The Hidden West Series, The Carson City Chronicles, Hope Lives Here and The Heart of a Runaway. She resides at 4200 ft. elev. on the Idaho Nez Perce Indian Reservation. Her 3 married sons live down the mountain with their families.


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Be sure to check out my interview with Hannah Alexander, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Hannah Alexander and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Dr. Megan Bradley attempts to escape the trauma of murder in Corpus Christi by returning to her hometown of Jolly Mill, Missouri, she discovers there is a man who loves her who is unwilling to let her go.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Man to Trust, by Carrie Turansky, is:

mstalgal1966@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of The Key on the Quilt, by Stephanie Grace Whitson, is:

stacey_dale@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you both today for your snail mail addresses, and we'll get your books 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 Hannah Alexander, author of Eye of the Storm (Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin, March 2012).

PhotobucketHannah Alexander is the pen name for Dr. and Mrs. Cheryl Hodde who met, discovered Mel loved helping Cheryl with her novels, and began to collaborate on stories about his experiences as an ER physician. A little over a year later they were married and not only was he bringing home ideas for exciting stories, when they attended conferences, editors liked Cheryl’s writing. So far the editors are still listening.

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

--I hate horror stories but am a fan of Dean Koontz.

--We are dog lovers but we have four rescue cats and no dogs.

--Mel’s favorite hobby is remote control airplanes, while Cheryl loves to hike.

--It has happened too often to be comfortable that when I write about a particular incident, such as a tornado, we are hit by a tornado. I can be writing about meth lab busts and I drive home to find a meth lab bust taking place down the street from my own home. It can be frightening.

Hmm. Maybe you need to change your genre and start writing wonderful fantasy novels! It would be fun to see what happened after writing those.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Eye of the Storm.

PhotobucketWhen Dr. Megan Bradley abandons her job at the Vance rescue mission, she not only abandons the man she loves, she turns her back on the work she must do in order to pay back school loans. Little does she suspect that her boss, Gerard Vance, is passionate enough about her to follow her wherever she goes, to protect her no matter the danger she discovers in Jolly Mill, and to love her no matter how hard she tries to reject him and his God.

He proves his worth and God’s when they discover that her best friend’s mother has been poisoned by her estranged husband, who makes the mistake of believing a dying uncle could be tricked into sharing his wealth with a killer. No one realizes what has happened for sure when that killer is found dead at the bottom of a two-story staircase, No one knows what has happened until a long-time friend jumps into the fray to protect her best friend.

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

Gerard Vance cares enough about people, especially the homeless, who never brought the present situation on themselves, and his dream is to make jobs for them, find them new homes—affordable homes that the banks can’t get their claws into. —and help others through, giving no thought to his own financial situation.

Dr. Megan Bradley forces her way past her fear to face danger out of love for her friends, and she realizes the risk is worthwhile. She’s been running from pain of loss that she realizes she’ll never escape.

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

PhotobucketI believe I would like Megan’s role to be played by Amanda Righetti, the actress who plays VanPelt in The Mentalist.



PhotobucketI would like Gerard played by Chris Hemsworth, the actor who played Thor –with short hair.




Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

Simply — Without conflict, what will we write when we reach heaven?

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

Eli by Bill Myers. My husband read it, and if he will sit and read it, that says tons for the writer. Mel doesn’t just sit and read a novel.

What are you working on now?

A novel set in 1855 with a wagon train traveling to Kansas to fight for freedom for the slaves. They are surprised to find slaves much closer to hand who must be rescued or they will die. My hero and heroine must get past the fear that they may lose one another before they will give in to their love.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.hannahalexander.com, GirlsWriteOut at Blogspot every Friday, and ChristiansRead blog every other Tuesday.

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

How many books have you loved so much that you’ve reread it over and over again, and what was the depth of quality that made you think of one particular character for weeks after?

Thank you, Hannah, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Hannah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Hannah'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 Yvonne Lehman, 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.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Novel Rocket Devotional!

PhotobucketToday I'd like 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.

We've all experienced heartbreak in the past--some of us are experiencing it right now. Today's devotional addresses how we recover from that heartbreak. I hope you'll stop by and comment! I'd love to hear what you think.

And come back here tomorrow, when Stephanie Higgans and Carrie Turansky are both giving away signed copies of their novels, and Hannah Alexander will talk about her latest. Busy day!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jill Eileen Smith's Sarai!

PhotobucketHe promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

Today's bonus post doesn't involve a giveaway, but I wanted to draw your attention to Sarai, by one of my writer friends, Jill Eileen Smith.


About Jill:

PhotobucketJill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of the the Wives of King David series. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

She lives with her family in southeast Michigan.


About the book:

PhotobucketSarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai’s hand, she asks one thing–that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if Sarai makes a promise in return–to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.

But as the years stretch on and Sarai’s womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain–lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram’s patience last?

From PW (Publisher’s Weekly):

“Smith is at her best in handling the triangulated relationship between Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar…Smith breathes new imaginative life into a well-known sacred story.”


And here's an excerpt:

Ur, 2051 BC

Sarai glanced across the courtyard, catching Abram’s gaze. His half smile and the twinkle in his eye warmed her more than the wine she had tasted at the start of the ceremony. Music drifted around them as the bridal couple—their nephew Lot and his new wife, Melah—took their seats on the bench beneath the canopy and accepted rich foods from the hands of the servants.

“This whole wedding is a disgrace, you know.” Sarai’s sister-in-law Milcah stood at her elbow and leaned close to her ear. “Why her father agreed to the marriage after Lot had already humbled the girl . . . Though I suppose he didn’t have much choice. Who else would want her after she’d already given in to Lot’s charms?” Milcah batted at a fly, sending it away. “I can’t imagine why Lot couldn’t wait with such a one. It’s not as though she’s a beauty or a temptress. It seems like he could have done better.” The last words came out in a whisper as Milcah moved in close again.

Sarai turned from watching the bridal couple to meet Milcah’s pinched gaze. “If it is true that a babe is already on the way, it is better they marry.” She had wearied of the heated debate and shame Lot had brought down on her household, particularly on Abram.

“Abi Terah seems pleased with the arrangement.” Milcah touched Sarai’s shoulder and pointed toward their father. “Though his conditions did seem a little harsh toward Lot, while Melah came away already with child and married to a man who can never put her aside or take another. I might have given in to Nahor before our betrothal for such a promise.” She laughed at that, then shifted her ample bulk, bursting with child herself, to face Sarai once more.


To read the rest of the chapter, visit Jill’s website: www.jilleileensmith.com/books/sarai/preview/

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Be sure to check out my interviews with Yvonne Lehman, Stephanie Grace Whitson and Carrie Turansky, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Yvonne Lehman and Free Books!

PhotobucketThe Titanic sank but those saved struggled not just to survive but to live again in this story of one ship, two families, and three generations.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Downfall, by Terri Blackstock, is:

jchoppes@ . . .

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 Yvonne Lehman, author of Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the Titanic (Abingdon, March 2012).

PhotobucketYvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 copies of her books sold. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and now directs the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat held annually in October at Ridgecrest/LifeWay Conference Center in NC. She mentors students for the Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild. She earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level.

Her recent publications include Aloha Brides (Barbour, a collection of three historical Hawaii novels), A Knight to Remember (Heartsong, April 2012), the second in a series set in Washington DC, and Let it Snow (Heartsong, December 2012), third in the DC series. Hearts that Survive is her 50th novel.

Good grief, fifty! Amazing. Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--You might not know that I had breast cancer in 2003.

--I took my pastor-son and fun-daughter to Israel in 2004.

--I was taken to Paris by my fun-daughter in 2007.

--I had no book contract or prospects at all in 2010 which might have meant my career was over.

--I never liked cats but now have one sleeping at this moment under my feet and I’m trying to figure out how I accepted her and she took over my life and my house.

Your list shows how unpredictable life can be--quite a few twists and turns there for you! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hearts that Survive.

PhotobucketThe ship of dreams vanished, disappeared as it sank into the sea. In its place emerged a nightmare. The sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic was not the end of the story for the 2207 passengers, plus the crew. It was the beginning of an unforgettable event that changed history, changed culture. There were only a few hundred saved in the 20 lifeboats. Not only were hundreds and hundreds of souls lost that night, but the event touched people throughout the world. Each person had family, friends, acquaintances and their lives too were touched and changed.

Some may want to compare this story with the book and award-winning movie Titanic, as I did when beginning this project. There is no comparison however. That is their story. This is mine and my desire, hope and prayer is that my readers enjoy this book, find it entertaining and filled with events and characters that come alive in their hearts and minds, and know what it means for a heart to survive.

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

My readers might care about them because they are like people around us, some we label as noble or cowards, those lovable or unlikable, giving or selfish. The story is populated with those like us and make us wonder how we would behave in the situations faced by these people as they read the three divisions of the novel--the before, during, and after the sinking of that ship called the greatest ever built and then became known as one of the greatest tragedies.

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

PhotobucketIf I were the director for the film version I’d find the most difficult role to cast would be Craven because he is an enigma. Since there is the movie Titanic, I think it would be great if Leonardo Decaprio were to play him. Craven is entirely different from the young man Jack in the movie. Now that Decaprio is older, I think it would be wonderful to watch him play the mature role of Craven and it would be a terrific challenge for him to convince an audience he is not Jack, but Craven.

What fun! I'd love to see that performance.

PhotobucketCaroline would be someone like Annette Bening in The American President who was very likeable and yet a strong, independent person. Lydia is the most beautiful blue-eyed blonde in the world, so we’d have auditions.

Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

A recent quote that I wrote down and put above my desk where I can see it is, “The task before me is not as great as the power behind me.” This was said by Jane Derrick who is teaching a Bible study from the book of Acts at The Cove (Billy Graham Training Center) that I’m attending once a week through March.

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

During the month of December I was reading Love Inspired Christmas novels to find out what kind of stories LI was publishing. Then I needed to read eight novels to judge for the RITA awards. I’ve just started a Harlan Coben novel that interests me because of his style and the story. I rarely read non-fiction except along with my Bible reading/studies. I’ve almost finished with Mere Christianity. Heard about it for decades but only recently began reading it. I will read it again and again. This is filled with words from an intelligent, creative mind and offers a depth of thought on religion, faith, etc.

What are you working on now?

What I’m working on now is Let it Snow. The finished novel is due at Heartsong the first of April. I’m also working on promotion for my Titanic novel. In February I’ll be a Mentor at the Writing for the Soul Conference in Denver, and will teach at Christian Devotions Bootcamp held at The Cove in NC. Am also finalizing plans for the October Novel Retreat. After Let it Snow, I plan to write another mainstream to follow the Titanic novel. It too is based on true events and is a WWII story.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m on facebook but rarely go there. I have a website I rarely go to: www.yvonnelehman.com, and occasionally write a blog for Christiansread.com.

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:






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

I’d like to ask two questions of your readers. I will probably ask this one on the TWV2 writers loop.

One, how do you define the combination of craft and creativity in your writing. I’m blogging about this on Novel Rocket in March or April.

Two, if you’re writing a novel, why don’t you join us at the Novel Retreat October 14-17? Faculty is Deborah Raney, Lynette Eason, Ray Blackston, Janet Roller, Ann Tatlock, Yvonne Lehman, and I’m in process of acquiring one or two others. Yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

Thank you, Yvonne, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Yvonne has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Yvonne'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 interviews with Stephanie Grace Whitson and Carrie Turansky, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each 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.
 

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