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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, April 30, 2012

Laura Hilton and Free Books!

PhotobucketSaying good-bye to past love…Welcoming hope for future romance.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Saving Hope, by Margaret Daley, is:

randenlee2000@ . . .

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 Laura Hilton, author of Promised to Another (Whitaker House, March 2012).

PhotobucketLaura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book, Patchwork Dreams, in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, A Harvest of Hearts, in September 2011, and Promised to Another in March 2012.

Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

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

-- I am a breast cancer survivor

-- My favorite flowers are tulips, violets, and roses

-- My favorite season is Winter (I love snow and don’t get near enough of it)

-- I collect snowmen, sleds, and other wintery things

-- I also collect lighthouses

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Promised to Another.

PhotobucketAnnie Beiler is an Amish school teacher. She was in love with an Amish man, Luke Stultz, but Luke left the Amish community during his rumspringa, but not without begging Annie to go with him. Now Luke is back, trying to win back Annie’s love.

Joshua Esh may be Amish, but he has been bitten by the travel bug. He sees the opportunity to relocate from Pennsylvania to Missouri as a way to satisfy his longing to see another place yet remain with people of his faith. Josh quickly notices the beautiful Annie, but Annie is slow to respond.

With Luke in the picture, and Josh’s admission that he willingly left his district, will either man be steady and dependable enough to win the gift of Annie’s heart?

What is it about Annie and Joshua that will make your readers care about them?

Annie loves history and children, but she’s in danger of losing her job. Joshua wants to see the world – but he’s holding a secret.

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

There’s been a lot of stress in the life of my family due to financial concerns.

Yes, stress can certainly get in the way of creativity! 

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

The last book that I read that I would recommend is Words Spoken True by Ann Gabhart. It’s historical romance, based on real events in Lexington, Kentucky, and it’s a really interesting story. I really enjoyed it.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book in a new series, The Amish of Webster County. It’s set in the same area as the first book, but a different church district in the Amish community there.

Where else can readers find you online?

Author Laura V. Hilton or Laura Vernet Price Hilton, or on twitter Laura_V_Hilton or my blog laurav.hilton.blogspot.com

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

What Summer plans do you have that you are looking forward to?

Thank you, Laura, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura'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 Deborah Raney, 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.

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.




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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?

Twitter
Facebook
novelgarden.blogspot.com






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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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen busting a human trafficking ring turns ugly for Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan, are his lawman skills and faith enough to save those he loves?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Cooking the Books, by Bonnie Calhoun, is:

artist4christ@ . . .

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 Margaret Daley, author of Saving Hope (Abingdon, March 2012).

PhotobucketMargaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-two books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love.

When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

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

--My least favorite housekeeping chore is dusting. It seems like it is back only an hour later.

--I have three cats--all strays that showed up on my doorstep. Now we have cats that hang out in our backyard. I think they know we're suckers for animals.

--I've gone scuba diving before, but I prefer snorkeling unless the ocean is really rough.

--I was a cheerleader in high school. I still like to cheer on people as an adult.

--This summer I got to see a volcano erupting on an island that my ship passed by. It was at night and beautiful to watch in the dark with the lava flowing yellow/orange/red down the mountain. Thankfully no one lived near it.

What a terrific experience that must have been, Margaret! I'd love to hear more about that.

And I can testify to your cheerleader persona. Readers, Margaret's consideration for other people is one reason she was elected to the office of President of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization this year. She's gracious in sharing her time with other writers.

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

PhotobucketWhen a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization.

But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

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

Wyatt Sheridan is a single dad who is trying to do his best to raise his teenage daughter who is fourteen and going through her "rebellious" stage.

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

PhotobucketGwyneth Paltrow for Kate.




PhotobucketClive Owens for Wyatt.




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And Kristen Stewart for Rose.






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

Myself--I say yes too many times. I need to learn to say no, but I want to do so many things and only have so much time in the day.

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

For Such a Time as This by Ginny Aiken. It will be out in August. I enjoyed the characters and their trials, humor and successes.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing the fourth book in my Guardians, Inc Series for Love Inspired Suspense called Christmas Stalking (out in November 2012).

Where else can readers find you online?

www.margaretdaley.com

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

What was a scary incident in your childhood that taught you to be cautious?

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 Monday, April 30. 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 Susan Page Davis, 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.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

PhotobucketIn her quest for a lost heir, Lady Anne finds love.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Hiding in Plain Sight, by Amy Wallace, is:

emreilly303@ . . .

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 Susan Page Davis, author of Lady Anne’s Quest (Barbour Publishing, April 2012).

PhotobucketSusan Page Davis is the author of forty published novels. Prairie Dreams is her new series from Barbour Publishing. A Maine native, Susan now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim. She’s a past winner of the Carol Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

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

--I collect antique tea and coffee tins.

--I was born on Memorial Day.

--In my high school and college days, I appeared in the plays The Mouse that Roared, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, and Murder in the Cathedral.

--I just signed a contract for a new book in the Patchwork Mystery series—book #26!

--There’s a fox hanging around our place—I think he chases the squirrels. I’ve seen him several times from my study window.

Congrats on the new book contract! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lady Anne's Quest.

PhotobucketLady Anne believes her prayers are answered and she’s at last found her long lost uncle. Unwilling to let her meet him on her own, Dan Adams accompanies her to her uncle’s ranch. But both are convinced the man claiming to be her uncle is an impostor. They decide to continue the search for the new Earl of Stoneford.

But now the swindler is on their trail, hoping to steal Uncle David’s inheritance. Dan has his hands full trying to protect Anne, but he finds he must guard his heart just as carefully. Even though he’s good at keeping her safe, he knows he’ll never convince Anne to become a farmer’s wife in Oregon when she has her sights set on returning to her home in England. But as Anne’s quest becomes even more difficult—and dangerous—she begins to see Dan differently. Will she soon be envisioning a new life in America?

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

She’s vulnerable, but she’s finding new strength. Anne’s quest involves something much bigger than her own future. The estate in England supports many people, and she sees it as a duty of love to find her uncle and bring him back.

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

PhotobucketMaybe Jessica Findlay, who plays Lady Sybil Crawley on Downton Abbey.

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

Family happenings. You usually can’t time them for when it’s convenient. I’ve had to miss some family events because of my writing schedule.

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

I enjoyed Sandra Robbins’s Shattered Identity, from Love Inspired Suspense. The setting on Okracoke Island was new to me, and the villain’s motivation made sense, so I appreciated that.

What are you working on now?

Cowgirl Trail, part of the Texas Trails series, also released this month. I’m working on more Texas books, and also will be writing a couple of new mysteries this year.

Where else can readers find you online?

My daughter keeps a FaceBook page for me, but you can learn most about me on my website: www.susanpagedavis.com.

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

Lady Anne had to travel with very few clothes. How light could you travel if you had to? Could you honestly take a trip of several weeks and carry everything necessary in one bag on the horse with you?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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 Bonnie Calhoun, 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, April 16, 2012

Bonnie S. Calhoun and Free Books!

PhotobucketSloane Templeton has a half-batty store manager, an aunt who annoys the Fire Dept, and a bunch of little old people who have never read a book.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Downtown Green, by Judy Christie, is:

richmond.abigail@ . . .

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 Bonnie S. Calhoun, author of Cooking The Books (Abingdon Press, April 2012).

PhotobucketAs the Owner/Director of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Bonnie has helped use the 220+ blogs of the Alliance to promote many titles on the Christian bestseller list. She also owns and publishes the Christian Fiction Online magazine which is devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. She is the Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). At ACFW she was named the ‘Mentor of the Year,’ for 2011, and she is the current President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network. Bonnie is also the Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and HTML as recreational occupations. She also has a novel coming out in the Abingdon Quilts of Love series. Her novel Pieces of the Heart will publish August of 2013.

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

-- I’m a clothing designer in real life.

-- For 15 years I was Group Leader of Product Development for GE Engine Controls and Flight Controls.

-- I love TV crime dramas

-- I can shoot a gun rather well

-- I never want to retire

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Cooking the Books.

PhotobucketAfter her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager named Felicia Tyler, better know as Fefe, bright red, tightly permed hair, wearer of noisy jewelry and ungodly bright spandex. She’s the half-batty manager of mom’s bookstore, and the batty part plays with loaded guns.

Then there’s a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week called the Granny Oakleys Book Club who smell like food, but never read books. And Aunt Verline Buford, mom’s younger sister, who fancies herself as the Iron Chef, when in reality you need a cast-iron stomach to partake of her disasters. She had her last husband die of food poisoning, but they swear that she didn’t cause it.

And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”

Mix in a pair of professors, several gun toting thieves, and a couple books worth a fortune and the outcome could be murder!

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

She is flawed, battered, and bruised by men and life but she can laugh at herself and persevere though anything that comes at her.

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

PhotobucketYikes, I hadn’t even thought of that…let’s see…Denzel Washington would have to be Det. Justice.




PhotobucketAisha Tyler would play Sloane.





PhotobucketAne Mulligan would be Fifi.





PhotobucketAnd Jim Caviezel would be Andreas…that’s about all I can think of off hand.



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

Oh, that’s an easy one…finding the time to write. I need to rent a desert island and cut all internet service to keep me off email and Facebook…but then I’d probably wind up on Survivor and they’d make me eat bugs or strange animal parts…bleck!

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

I just finished The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo. He’s one of my favorite writers anyhow, but this new novel takes him in a totally new direction with immortal vigilantes from the time of Moses.

What are you working on now?

I’m presently writing a Quilts of Love series book for Abingdon Press titled Pieces of the Heart. It’s a WWII story of Sloane Templeton’s grandmother.

Where else can readers find you online?

bonniescalhoun.com
Twitter
Youtube
Facebook
www.facebook.com/bonniescalhounsnarkandsuspense

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

Does reading a book with heavy suspense scare you?

Thank you, Bonnie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Bonnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Bonnie'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 Amy Wallace, 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.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Amy Wallace and Free Books!

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

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

ckbarker@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

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

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

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

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

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

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

--I dream of visiting Ireland one day.

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

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

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

PhotobucketSecrets of the Heart Never Stay Hidden.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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


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

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

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

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

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

What are you working on now?

Edits for Nowhere to Run.

Where else can readers find you online?

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

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

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

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

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

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Readers, Amy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Amy's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

And I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Judy Christie and Free Books!

PhotobucketDowntown Green, the fifth novel in the Green series, tells of the ongoing adventures of a big-city journalist who winds up running a smalltown newspaper in Green, Louisiana.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island, by Cara Putman, is:

johudd@ . . .

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 Judy Christie, author of Downtown Green (Abingdon Press, March 2012).

PhotobucketAuthor Judy Christie writes Southern stories from her home in North Louisiana, where she likes to chat from her vintage green Kitchen Couch and read in the porch swing. A longtime journalist, she’s kept a diary since she was nine and still has all of them.

In addition to the Green series, she’s the author of the novel Wreath and the Hurry Less Worry Less nonfiction series.

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

-- A monkey once chased me on a residential street in North Louisiana.

-- I had lunch at the White House with Nancy Reagan.

-- Looking for antiques with peeling paint in flea markets is a favorite way to spend a day.

-- I’ve run two marathons (26.2 miles) and plan to run a half-marathon in Seattle in June.

-- My journalism career started in elementary school, where I was editor of The Barret Banner.

The juxtaposition of those first two items is hilarious, Judy. Nothing like being kept humble, eh?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Downtown Green.

PhotobucketDowntown Green is about a smalltown newspaper owner who never gives up on quirky Green, Louisiana. When a highway bypass threatens to kill downtown, Lois -- with help from beloved Green residents -- agrees to renovate the quaint Bayou Freez Drive-In and runs into one challenge after another. Things are never calm when Lois Barker Craig gets involved. This is the fifth novel set in the fictional town of Green.

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

Lois Barker Craig is a smart, uncertain problem-solver. She wants to enjoy life – and she’s always in the middle of things, growing and learning along the way. She doesn’t have everything figured out, and I hope readers will enjoy watching her seek answers to life’s questions, with laughs along the way.

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

PhotobucketSandra Bullock as Lois Barker Craig.




PhotobucketAnd Harry Connick Jr. as Chris Craig.




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

How hard it is to maintain the discipline of sitting down at the computer and writing. There are many distractions, from chatting with friends to wandering around Twitter and Facebook. My agent told me from the beginning to guard my writing time, and I try to live by that advice.

I hear you! I'm at a day job now, and I feel I never used my free time as well as I could have before I started this part of my writing life! I'm very eager for the Lord to open my calendar back up for me! You're smart to be aware of where you spend your time.

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

The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is a wonderfully written Amish novel with a great character named Roman, a traveling beekeeper. The characters and setting drew me in.

What are you working on now?

In addition to introducing readers to Downtown Green, I’m launching Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to visit with readers at Facebook and Twitter. For free weekly tips on how to slow down and enjoy each day: Hurry Less Worry Less.

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




CBD.com
708992: Downtown Green, Green Series #5

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

What do you think makes a small town appealing? Would you like to live in a small town?

Thanks, Judy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Judy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Judy'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 Jennifer AlLee, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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