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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, May 31, 2012

Maureen Lang and Free Books!

PhotobucketAll Ian Maguire wants to do is stop Meg Davenport from following in her father’s footsteps. He was, after all, a thief—just like Ian.

Today we're talking with novelist Maureen Lang, author of Bees in the Butterfly Garden (Tyndale House, June 2012).

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Maureen is the author of a dozen novels and her Inspirationals have earned various writing distinctions as a finalist for the Rita, Christy and four times in the Carol Awards. She’s won a Holt Medallion and Holt Award of Merit as well as the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

In addition to investigating various eras in history (such as Victorian England, First World War, and America’s Gilded Age), Maureen loves taking research trips to get a feel for the settings of her novels.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, children, and Labrador retriever.

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

--I like to collect items that have a special connection to each one of my books. A small music box that plays a song from Whisper on the Wind, a small sand globe that was just like the one my hero in My Sister Dilly gave my heroine, a fossil that my hero from The Oak Leaves would have saved, a butterfly tea cup for Bees in the Butterfly Garden and others…

--I don’t like coconut, even a hint of it.

--I’ve fallen several times in the last few years, convincing me I should always wear sensible shoes and move carefully to avoid a new ouch!

--I absolutely love dogs! I think they’re one of God’s best gifts. But I was bitten by one when I was a child, and I’m secretly afraid of dogs that aren’t my own.

--I’m a member of a book club and love reading books I probably wouldn’t have known about except for the wide and varied tastes of my fellow members.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Bees in the Butterfly Garden.

PhotobucketRaised in an exclusive boarding school among Fifth Avenue’s finest, Meg Davenport has all she’s ever needed . . . but none of the things she’s wanted most, like family, or dreams of a future that includes anything other than finding a suitable match. So when her distant father dies, she seizes the chance to throw etiquette aside and do as she pleases. Especially when she learns that John Davenport wasn’t the wealthy businessman she thought, but one of the Gilded Age’s most talented thieves.

Poised to lead those loyal to Meg’s father, Ian Maguire knows the last thing his mentor would have wanted is for his beloved daughter to follow in his footsteps. Yet Meg is determined, and her connections to one of New York’s wealthiest families could help Ian pull off his biggest heist yet. But are they both in over their heads? And in trying to gain everything, will they end up losing it all?

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

It’s a special challenge for me to expect readers of Christian fiction to like a would-be thief! I hope I succeeded, because even from the very first chapter I loved Meg. Even though she’s been raised in an exclusive school, had every outward need filled, inside she’s lived a very lonely life. She’s never known the love of a family, and so when her father dies—taking with him her last hope that she would ever find that family love—she’s determined to prove how wrong he’d been to shut her away from him.

She intends proving she could have been just like him—a thief. Her reasoning might be flawed, but I’m hoping her vulnerability will cover a multitude of her sins, until she discovers he’d done the right thing by protecting her from the truth.

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

PhotobucketI was so thrilled with the cover model that I’d search for her! If Tyndale would release her name, of course. ☺ I actually didn’t have a famous person in mind this time, although I sometimes do when I’m writing. Audrey Hepburn comes to mind (actually she’s been an inspiration to me for several of my dark-haired heroines) but she’d have to wear blue lenses to cover her brown eyes this time around.

PhotobucketAnd for my hero . . . a young Johnny Depp would definitely work.


If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Oh, man, I’ve been title-challenged my whole life. This is difficult for an author to admit, but I’d have to consult my editor for an answer on this one! Something along the lines of Grateful for Second Chances.

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

Fall of Giants by Ken Follet. I admit it took me over 200 pages to really get into it, but the characters are interesting enough to keep those pages turning. I think using nearly 1,000 pages to tell this story was an effective way to emphasize the length of the First World War. It probably had too much detail for a lot of readers, but that’s one of my favorite eras so I enjoyed it.

What are you working on now?

The second book in my Gilded Age series, currently titled Great Deeds Never Die. It’s set in 1887 Denver, about a hero and heroine harboring secrets they believe prevents them from ever finding love. Everything the hero represents is based on his secret, short-lived career as a thief, and the heroine has a heart for prostitutes for a reason tied to her past. Love and redemption . . . two of my favorite elements in a story!

Where else can readers find you online?

www.maureenlang.com
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What’s the most common reason you put down a book and have no desire to pick it up again? Here are a few ideas to get you started, but please feel free to agree or to give me your own reason:

I couldn’t connect to the characters.

The plot was weak/confusing/unlikely.

Not enough action/romance/mystery (not enough of whatever genre element is expected).

Writing style got in the way.

The story didn’t match the cover.

Story didn’t follow through on the promise of the back cover blurb or what I was expecting.

Too long/has boring parts.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Trish! I enjoyed your questions.

Thank you, Maureen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Maureen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Maureen'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 Martha Rogers, 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, May 28, 2012

Cara Putman and Free Books!

PhotobucketJoin a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness, with cautious Reagan and her quite different friends.

Today we're visiting again with novelist Cara Putman, whose latest novella is featured in the collection, Rainbow's End (Barbour, May 2012).

Tell us about yourself, Cara. Photobucket

I graduated from high school at sixteen, college at 20, and completed my law degree when I was 27. My writing journey started in 2005 when I decided to write my first novel. Now I have fourteen books published with more on the way.

People say I've accomplished a lot and that I must have life by the proverbial tail. Hardly! I grew up as a homeschooled kid when homeschoolers were misunderstood and oddities. I struggle with balancing my writing and law career, plus being a good mom and wife.

I often fear people won't like my books. I've walked through the deep pain of miscarriage. Really, I'm just like you – I don't have it all together and have gone through tough times. But in His strength, I've discovered a strength I never knew I had. A strength I want you to discover, too. In the end I'm just an ordinary mom who has seen God do some wonderful things as I've been obedient to step into the calling He's led me into.

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

--I’m on a grand adventure.

--My husband had enough vacation time to join us! Yippee!

--We spent the weekend in Frankfurt.

--I attended my first medieval tournament.

--And went to a recreation of Roman ruins that is older than many places in the U.S.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novella.

Photobucket Join a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness, with Lyssa, the reluctant volunteer whose former nemesis is now her chief sponsor; Madison, a city girl paired with an outdoorsy guy who gets on her very last nerve; Hadley, who doesn't know enough about guys to realize she's met a womanizer; and cautious Reagan, who meets an equally cautious guy.

Will they find the treasure they're looking for ... or something else entirely? '

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

Reagan is a woman who knows what she wants and then life throws her a curveball. As a result she has to adjust, and learns that her plans aren’t always the best after all. I think many of us have been in that place…one where we have to learn to let go and in a sense see if we can truly trust God with our now and future.

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

PhotobucketI’d cast Reagan as an Anne Hathaway. She’s pretty in a quiet way, with an intense air to her.



PhotobucketFor Colton…I think I’d go with Chris O’Donnell. Colton is a no-nonsense kind of guy who likes being outside but also wants to do something meaningful with his life.



If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

The Zany Adventures of the Putman Clan.

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

I just finished the The Homesteader's Sweetheart by my friend Lacy Williams. It was a fun, engaging historical set in 1890s Wyoming. And I’m currently reading The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman, a contemporary with a ghost undertone. Very different, but equally good read.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m recharging my batteries and waiting to hear on a proposal that is at committee. Praying good things come for that WWII series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me many places:
My website: www.caraputman.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
My blog: blog.caraputman.com

I love interacting with readers on all of these platforms.

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

What is your idea of a perfect escape or holiday with your family? Does it involve a nice hotel and pampering? Relaxed side trips to museums? Or do you like interacting with the outdoors?

Thank you, Cara, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cara has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cara'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, May 24, 2012

Martha Rogers and Free Books!

PhotobucketRunaway prostitute meets a deputy sheriff and love blossoms in a lie before sparks fly with the truth. 

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Stardust, by Carla Stewart, is:

jeanereads@ . . .

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 novelist Martha Rogers, author of Spring Hope (Realms, May 2012).

PhotobucketMartha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas. Summer Dream, Autumn Song, and Winter Promise, the first three books in her new series, Seasons of the Heart, are now available.

She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband live in Houston.

In addition to her works of fiction, Martha has stories in a number of compilations as well as devotional contributions to several anthologies and writes the weekly "Verse of the Week" for the ACFW Loop.

She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex, where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of the grandchildren is playing.

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

--I began college as a nursing student

--My husband and I went on several mission trips as sponsors to Mexico with our church youth

--I was on the tennis team in high school

--I lived in Washington D.C. in the 8th grade and went to Alice Deal Junior High.

--I skipped the second grade in school and graduated high school at age 16 in 1953.

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

Photobucket Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. With an abusive father, and life in a brothel, she sees no hope for her future until she gains the courage to make her escape one cold winter night.

When she arrives exhausted, hungry, and ill in Portersfield, Texas, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her in an alley and takes her to a doctor. Against Cory’s better judgment, Seth and Erin Winston take her in and offer her a job as a nanny for their young son. As a minister, Seth sees it as his duty to take care of the young woman. As a deputy, Cory sees it as his duty to find out the truth about her even as he is attracted to the waif of a young woman.

An unexpected late winter storm and an accident at the river bring Libby and Cory even closer. As his love for her grows and winter becomes spring, will he be able to accept her as she is now and truly forget and forgive her sordid past?

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

I think many of us face the struggles with forgiving others who have hurt us and go against everything which we have believed and taught. My hero’s journey parallels my own journey to forgiving.

If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Rollercoaster of Life.

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

Dan Walsh’s The Discovery. It fascinated me as it was a book within a book. It captured my interest and wouldn’t let go with a most unusual story line for the “inside manuscript”.

What are you working on now?

Love Comes Home, Book one of Love’s Journey Home series.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.marthawrogers.com


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

Why is forgiving those who hurt us and betray our trust so difficult when forgiving others is one of Jesus’ major lessons for us as Christians?

Thank you, Martha, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Martha has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 4. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Martha'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, May 17, 2012

Carla Stewart and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn East Texas widow sets her dreams on running the Stardust Tourist Court, but when her dead husband’s mistress arrives with a child in tow and polio strikes, her dreams are crippled.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Hannah's Joy, by Marta Perry, is:

crazi.swans@ . . .

The winner of The Homesteader's Sweetheart, by Lacy Williams, is:

rosemcnana@ . . .

And the winner of Traveler's Rest, by Ann Tatlock, is:

k527@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you all for your snail mail addresses, 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 novelist Carla Stewart, author of Stardust (FaithWords, May 2012).

PhotobucketCarla Stewart’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. She’s an alumnus of the Guideposts Writer’s Workshop, a two-time winner of the ACFW Genesis contest. Her debut novel Chasing Lilacs was the 2011 trophy winner at OWFI (Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc.) and a 2011 finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Broken Wings was a 2012 Oklahoma Book Award finalist.

Carla believes in Jesus, the power of the written word, and a good cup of coffee. She and her husband have four adult sons and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren. Her desire is to take readers to that place in their hearts called “home.”

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

-- My husband and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary this month!

-- My miniature dachshund, Zelda, is my muse and writing companion.

-- I’m not afraid of snakes or lizards, but I can’t stand salamanders.

-- As a teen, I rode a Trailways bus from Oklahoma to California by myself.

-- I’m a huge Statler Brother fan and have been to their concerts in four different states.

Some day I'd like to hear more about the unpleasantness of salamanders. That actually sounds like an obscure book title: The Unpleasantness of Salamanders.

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

PhotobucketShortly after burying her unfaithful husband, Georgia Payton inherits the derelict Stardust Tourist Court from a distant relative. Faced with opposition from the aunt who raised her and others in the town, Georgia breathes new life into the cottages.

The guests who arrive, though, aren’t what Georgia expects: her gin-loving mother-in-law; her dead husband's mistress; an attractive drifter who's tired of the endless road; and an aging Vaudeville entertainer with a disturbing link to Georgia's past. Dreams of a new life are crippled amid the havoc.

Georgia's only hope is that she can find the courage to forgive those who've betrayed her, the grace to shelter those who need her, and the moxie to face the future. One thing is certain: under the flickering neon of the STARDUST, none of their lives will ever be the same.

I love the sound of this book, Carla. What is it about Georgia Payton that will make your readers care about her?

Georgia was abandoned as a child to the care of her aunt, and now her husband has left her for another woman. She’s not one to lament over her situation, though. She’s headstrong and spunky and determined to make a new life for herself and her daughters. She’s generous and struggles to forgive, but for her children and others, she rises above and does the right thing.

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

PhotobucketGeorgia Payton: Amy Adams with curly hair.



PhotobucketPeter Reese: Owen Wilson – I think he could do a Georgia accent.




PhotobucketAunt Cora: Dee Wallace.



PhotobucketLudi Harper: Viola Davis.




If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Ack! I’m horrible at titles, but I’ve always been a glass half-full person and am willing to try new things, so Rose Colored Glasses.

Or maybe The Unpleasantness of Salamanders?

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

Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin. He’s one of the best at mining the emotions and pulling the reader along with enough mystery so you have to finish the book. I love all of his books!

What are you working on now?

I just turned in Sweet Dreams (2013), a novel set in 1963. Two close-knit cousins struggle to fit in at an exclusive Southern charm school, but when they both fall for the same handsome guy, their love for each other is tested. Patsy Cline sings “Crazy” on the radio while the worlds both inside and outside the walls of the charm school begin to crumble. Past secrets and family lies collide with the changing times. Sweet Dreams has a flawed cast of characters whose dreams have the power to take them to new heights or tear them all apart.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.carlastewart.com

Follow me on Twitter

FaceBook

GoodReads

Pinterest

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

In Stardust, the guests are not what Georgia expects. What is the most unexpected or surprising thing that has ever happened to you?

Thank you, Carla, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Carla has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Carla'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, May 10, 2012

Ann Tatlock and Free Books!

PhotobucketJane Morrow’s fiancé wants to end their engagement, not because he doesn’t love her, but because he was wounded and left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq.

Today we're chatting with novelist Ann Tatlock, author of Travelers Rest (Bethany House Publishers, May 2012).

PhotobucketAnn Tatlock is the Christy-award winning author of nine novels. In 2011 her novel, Promises to Keep, was named by Booklist Magazine as one of the top ten historical novels of the year. She has also authored a non-fiction eBook, Writing to a Post-Christian World.

Ann enjoys teaching at various writers conferences throughout the year. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband Bob and their daughter, Laura.

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

-- My husband and I adopted our 14-year-old daughter, Laura, from China when she was seven months old.

-- I grew up in a state that many people don’t realize actually is a state: Delaware. (A common response: “Delaware? What state is that in?”)

-- For a little more than five years, beginning in 1987, I worked as an assistant editor of “Decision” magazine, a publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

-- Forget diamonds—dogs are a girl’s best friend! We have three rescue dogs, one Mexican Chihuahua and two Chihuahua mixes. They give us endless smiles.

-- While I’m no gardener, I do plant morning glories every spring for the sheer joy of watching them bloom.

I love how your list has an overriding theme of making a positive impact, Ann. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Traveler's Rest.

PhotobucketJane Morrow’s fiancé has been wounded in Iraq and left paralyzed from the neck down. When Seth Ballantine comes home to North Carolina, he wants to break their engagement for her sake. But Jane still loves Seth and wants to keep her commitment.

Jane seeks the guidance of an aging vet and former physician, Truman Rockaway, who is nursing a decades-old heartache of his own.

Their individual journeys for answers merge and intertwine, leading them to hope and healing in a place called Travelers Rest.

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

Jane Morrow simply wants to lay her heart in a place where it won’t be broken and from which she’ll never have to take it up again. Don’t we all?

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

I would cast complete unknowns so that they could convincingly become Jane Morrow and Seth Ballantine without all the Hollywood baggage attached!

If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Glimpses of a Distant City

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

I highly recommend The Prodigal God, by Timothy Keller. It offers fresh insight into the well-known parable of the prodigal son. While many of us might not be the prodigal, we may, however, be the older brother, the one who didn’t leave, and the one who equally needed a lesson in the meaning of grace.

What are you working on now?

I’m having a fabulous time writing a story that takes place in 1931 during Prohibition. The main character is 17-year-old Eve Marryat and the setting is Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge in Mercy, Ohio. The Island is based on a real island that used to exist in the Little Miami River called Hoppe’s Island. That island was named after my great-grandfather, who owned the place. It’s a story about everyday life in a time of gangsters, bootleggers and economic depression. What’s really fun is that Al Capone makes an appearance in the book!

What a fun project! And it sounds like the book will be fun, too.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.anntatlock.com

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

If you could jump between the covers of a novel and live out the life of the main character, what book would you choose?

Thank you, Ann, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ann has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ann'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 Lacy Williams and Marta Perry, 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.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lacy Williams and Free Books!

PhotobucketShe comes from a world of wealth and privilege; he’s had to fight for survival. Can love unite them?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Promised to Another, by Laura Hilton, is:

lynne.young@ . . .

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 Lacy Williams, author of The Homesteader’s Sweetheart (Love Inspired Historical, May 2012).

PhotobucketThis year Lacy Williams will celebrate both her thirtieth birthday and a decade of marriage to the love of her life. She traded in her childhood dream of being a veterinarian for a job as a bean-counting auditor at a public accounting firm, but her love of animals, especially dogs, continues (she has three).

Growing up on her grandfather’s farm, Lacy was bucked off a horse, tried to milk a feral cow, and once attempted to mine for gold in a red dirt field (with no luck). These childhood adventures provide a good amount of material for the western romances she writes.

More recent escapades include getting stuck in an elevator on the way to an awards banquet (where she won), having two children, becoming a multi-published author. Next up on her bucket list: writing a screenplay and taking a research trip to Australia.

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

--I’m an oldest child and most of the birth-order stuff is right on the money for me (bossy, driven, type-A personality). I have a younger brother and a younger sister.

--I used to write fanfiction for several TV shows.

--I am a messy person. I have lots of piles around my house, but I know where everything is (most of the time!).

--I have never broken a bone in my body.

--I have a trained Therapy Dog that I do visits with, including to the local library for the Kids Reading to Dogs program.

Kids Reading to Dogs? What a clever idea. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Homesteader's Sweetheart.

PhotobucketHomesteader Jonas White has managed to overcome a rough start in life and has made a home for himself and his brood of adopted children.

When his daughter needs medical treatment, the only way he can get the money is taking on more work, but he’ll need someone to help watch over his daughter. His neighbor’s granddaughter offers and even though Jonas is a little concerned (she’s used to nice parties, not helping around the homestead), he has no choice but to accept Penny’s help.

But he quickly discovers there is more to Penny than meets the eye, and she discovers maybe there’s more to life than money.

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

Jonas White wants to give the kids he has adopted everything that he never had—security, family, a steady place to live. He is devoted to them as if he was their biological parent, but he still worries they will be taken away from him.

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

PhotobucketAlex Pettyfer for the hero (yum!).



PhotobucketAnd an older Bella Thorne for the heroine.



Yes, Alex Pettyfer is pretty striking, all right!

If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Chasing Dreams. Right now I am so blessed to be living some very big dreams—mainly staying home with my kids and also being published. But those blessings came from some very hard work being put in beforehand and continued hard work. The importance of chasing your dreams is definitely something I want to pass on to my kids!

I do like the idea of impressing upon our kids that dreams aren't always out of our reach, if we're willing to put in the effort. 

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

I recently enjoyed Protecting the Princess by Rachelle McCalla (Love Inspired Suspense). The suspense kept me turning pages as the hero tries to keep the heroine safe and the romance was sweet as the heroine tries to open the hero’s heart. It’s on my keeper shelf.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a proposal for a book featuring one of the sons from The Homesteader’s Sweetheart. Oscar White (I might be looking for a nickname for him—Oscar just doesn’t seem like a hero’s name to me!) is a famous horse trainer who can settle any filly. But he can’t seem to tame the schoolmarm’s heart.

Where else can readers find you online?

With the release of this book, I’m having a special promotion and giving away birthday gifts to my readers during the month of May at www.megamaybirthdaybash.com. I can also be found at www.lacywilliams.net

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





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829171: The Homesteader"s Sweetheart


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

In The Homesteader’s Sweetheart, the heroine tries to run away from her problems, but of course she can’t outrun them in the end. Have you ever tried to run away from or avoid something (can be big or small), and what was the result?

Thank you, Lacy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lacy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lacy'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 Marta Perry, 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, May 3, 2012

Marta Perry and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn Army widow faces opposition from all sides when she tries to return to her Old Order Mennonite roots.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of After All, by Deborah Raney, is:

slking1@ . . .

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 Marta Perry, author of Hannah’s Joy (Berkley Books, May 2012).

PhotobucketA lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People to add to the rich heritage of her home state.

She is the author of more than thirty-five inspirational romance novels and lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in a central Pennsylvania valley.

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

--I come from a long line of women who were only happy when they were feeding people.

--I have a secret passion for Dr. Who. 

--I once spent a cold November dawn in a tree stand so my son could go hunting.

--I secretly think no one has grandchildren as beautiful and talented as mine.

--I’ve traveled in fifteen different countries.

That's a dedicated mom--I don't know that I would brave the cold for something like hunting.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hannah's Joy.

PhotobucketArmy widow Hannah Conroy returns to Pleasant Valley to take refuge with her Old Order Mennonite aunt after her husband’s death. Hannah intends to stay only until she’s on her feet again.

But as she’s drawn into the life of the community and begins tutoring an Amish man, William Brand, to control his stuttering, she begins envisioning a life there.

When her dreams are challenged by her late husband’s father, who threatens to sue for custody of her young son, Hannah must choose between the freedom of the outside world and the home she’s found in Pleasant Valley, while William seeks the courage to speak for the woman he loves. 

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

Hannah is a loving mother, devoted to her son and still grieving the loss of her soldier husband. She faces the future with courage, seeking always to do her best for those who rely on her.

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

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Since I’m not one to remember the names of actors, this is a tough question for me! Hannah is like a young Sally Field, combining vulnerability with courage.



PhotobucketAnd William’s solid strength and quiet manner makes him something like the character Noah Wylie played in the Gray’s Anatomy series.


If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Still Writing After All These Years! Although I guess that actually sounds more like a song title, doesn’t it?

Well, maybe the audiobook version could have music.

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

Murder in the Garden, by Veronica Heley. Murder in the Garden is one of the Ellie Quicke mysteries, which I thoroughly enjoy, and this one is particularly engaging, as amateur sleuth and everywoman Ellie seeks the answers to a body found in the neighbor’s garden and in the process searches her own conscience as a neighbor.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the eighth book in my Pleasant Valley Amish series, tentatively titled Lydia’s Hope, the Lost Sisters.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.martaperry.com
Facebook
www.blogspot.com/booksbymartaperry

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





CBD.com
246948: Hannah"s Joy, Pleasant Valley Series #6



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

What’s your all-time favorite book, and how has it enriched your life?

Thank you, Marta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Marta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Marta'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 Laura Hilton, 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.

 

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