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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, June 28, 2012

DiAnn Mills and Free Books!

PhotobucketTo Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career, and it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of End of the Trail, by Vickie McDonough, is:

bookwurm70@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of Twin Hearts, by JoAnn Durgin, is:

lorigeorge@ . . .

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 novelist DiAnn Mills, author of The Chase (Zondervan, April 2012).

PhotobucketAward-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn’s first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books published.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

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

-- I can’t wear a watch or headphones. Have too much electricity in my body. So I’d like to think I have an electrifying personality. :)

--I’d rather have a peanut butter sandwich than a steak.

--My phone cover is Buzz Lightyear.

--My three grandchildren are all geniuses - I know what grandparent doesn’t think that?

--Someday I want to write a suspenseful time travel novel

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

PhotobucketTo the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. It's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget.

Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel.

Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch's brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Drawing from a real-life cold case from Houston’s FBI.

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

Kariss Walker is a suspense writer with a passion for children. Special Agent Tigo Harris is a daredevil FBI agent who just met his match with Kariss.

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

PhotobucketKariss Walker - Jennifer Garner






PhotobucketTigo Harris - Eduardo Verastegui




Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character? 

That’s a tough question ... so many. Perhaps Jean Valjean because he changed the lives of those he touched, simply by his character. To me, that’s what life is all about.

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

Caught by Harlan Coben Yes! I recommend it and everything Coben writes. He weaves a suspenseful plot and his characterization is incredible.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the Crime Scene: Houston series - The Catch.

Where else can readers find you online? 

www.diannmills.com
www.facebook.com/diannmills
Twitter
Pinterest

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





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333173: The Chase, Crime Scene Houston Series #1

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

How do your relationships on social media affect your day-to-day living?

Thank you, DiAnn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, DiAnn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to DiAnn'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, June 21, 2012

JoAnn Durgin and Free Books!

PhotobucketJoin the adventure as guppy lips, frog legs and a gazebo lead Louisiana twins Josh and Rebekah Grant on a voyage of self-discovery as each find their own love for a lifetime!

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Proper Companion, by Louise Gouge, is:

want_adventure_write@ . . .

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 novelist JoAnn Dugin, author of Twin Hearts (Torn Veil Books, April 2012).

PhotobucketJoAnn Durgin works as a full-time estate administration paralegal in a large Louisville, KY, law firm and spends as much time in the evenings as she can writing contemporary romantic adventures. She’s “been around” in the nicest sense, having lived in TX, CA, PA and MA. In late 2005, JoAnn, her husband, Jim, and their three children live in her native southern Indiana.

JoAnn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (national and IN chapters) and the Louisville Christian Writers.

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

--I sometimes go to the movie theater for the sole purpose of buying a big tub of buttered popcorn—I take it home and enjoy it for a few days.

--I sleep with at least five pillows plus a bedrest behind me. It’s a wonder I don’t wake up with a stiff neck.

--I’m related to a famous golfer who won the Master’s and the U.S. Open (now on the Senior PGA Tour). His daughter was the flower girl in our wedding.

--Awakening, the first book in The Lewis Legacy Series, is very loosely based on my love story with my husband, and I incorporate something of our lives (including relatives, friends and events) in all my books.

--I saw Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton together on the Broadway stage in Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Don’t remember much about the play, but I’ve never seen so many stars gathered under one roof, and I was close enough to the stage that I was spit on by Richard!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Twin Hearts.

PhotobucketJosh Grant is a man seeking redemption. He’s not looking for love, but finds it in a most unexpected and tender way. His twin sister, Rebekah, is torn between two very different men: a dashing, British aristocrat offering her the world, and the other a humble, faithful Louisiana lumber man.

When family tragedy strikes, the twins lean on Sam and Lexa Lewis and their fellow TeamWork Missions volunteers for encouragement. Together they learn lessons in faith and family and what's most important in life as they discover it’s time to stake their claim on love, which means a road trip from Louisiana to . . . the peace to be found in seeking and finding the sweetest desires of the heart.

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

Josh is my reformed “bad boy,” and I needed for him to find his redemption. Rebekah is at a crossroads in life and seeking answers. She’s at that point we all reach in our lives: discovering who we are and the values we hold most dear. Twin Hearts is their parallel and intersecting love stories, one in Louisiana and the other primarily in Texas.

One of the spiritual takeaways from this book is to show how God’s people aren’t perfect and sometimes fall prey to the same temptations and sins as others. It doesn’t give us a “blank check” for bad behavior either. It’s how we ultimately deal with the consequences of our sin that makes all the difference and can impact others. The twins share a very close, loving, teasing relationship, and they are best friends. I love that aspect, as well as how my core characters in the series, Sam and Lexa Lewis, mentor the twins, both volunteers of their TeamWork crew.

Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

One of my favorites is Atticus Finch. What a hero! Strong in character, he’s willing to stand up for his beliefs. He’s articulate and intelligent, moral, a wonderful father and an inspiring role model. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Gregory Peck played Atticus in the movie. Subconsciously, my admiration for Atticus might be one reason I’ve worked for attorneys most of my working life, and I’ve always enjoyed legal dramas and movies.

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

I read a lot of contemporary romance because it’s my genre. I’m honored to know a number of authors and I like to support them in any way I can. Beth Vogt has released her first novel called Wish You Were Here. It’s a quirky, fun but layered romance with substance, and I highly recommend it. It’s a book both mothers and daughters of all ages can enjoy.

What are you working on now? 

Daydreams, my fourth book in The Lewis Legacy Series, releases late November/early December 2012. At the same time, I also have a fun novelette releasing as part of White Rose Publishing’s Holiday 2012 Extravaganza. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is about a hunky but slightly wounded and grumpy firefighter, Jake Marston, who meets his match (corny, I know, but it works), pediatric nurse Julia Sinclair, in tiny Starlight, Iowa.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can contact me through my website at www.joanndurgin.com or I’m on Facebook.

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





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

Torn Veil Books has asked me to edit an upcoming romance anthology for them (approximately 14 stories of around 5,000 words each). Here’s a two-part question: (a) As a reader, what theme or themes would you like to see in this anthology; and (b) Would you prefer contemporary or historical or a combination of these two genres?

Thanks for the opportunity to be featured on your wonderful blog, Trish! Blessings, all. Matthew 5:16

Thank you, JoAnn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, JoAnn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to JoAnn'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 Vickie McDonough, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a 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, June 18, 2012

Gail Gaymer Martin's A Dream of His Own!

PhotobucketTrust and giving of talent, time and treasures opens doors to God's love and a love neither expected.

We're not doing a giveaway of this new novel, but I wanted to draw your attention to the latest release by my writer friend, Gail Gaymer Martin, A Dream of His Own (Love Inspired, June 2012).

But first, I wanted to announce that the winner of the drawing for the signed copy of Rhonda Gibson's novel, The Marshal's Promise, is:

sonib773@ . . .


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, about Gail:

PhotobucketMulti-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin writes Christian fiction for Love Inspired and has written for Barbour Publishing, where she was honored by Heartsong readers as their Favorite Author of 2008.

Gail has sold over fifty novels with three and a half million books in print. She is the author of Writers Digest's Writing the Christian Romance. Gail is a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Christian Authors Network, a keynote speaker at churches, libraries and civic organizations and a workshop presenter at conference across the US. She was named one of the four best novelists in the Detroit area by CBS local news.

Gail lives with her husband in a northwest Detroit suburb.

About the book:

PhotobucketThe only thing philanthropist Quinn O'Neill wants is to forget the accident that took his wife and son. He doesn't expect a fender bender with a lovely stranger to change his life in a major way.

Struggling single mom Ava Darnell and her teenage son have their own hardships. 

What better way for him to lend a hand than through the Dreams Come True Foundation? But helping Ava means earning her trust--and having faith that dreams of healing and family just might become reality.

"Touching finale."  (4-1/2 Stars from Romantic Times(

"A Dream of His Own was everything I was hoping it would be another sweet and sentimental book that speaks of the love that can be found even in the heart of someone who has known great pain. I loved this book just as much as I have loved this entire series. I highly recommend it!"   (Carly Bird's Home)

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





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877461: A Dream of His Own


Be sure to check out my interview with Louise Gouge, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a 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.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Vickie McDonough and Free Books!

PhotobucketHe won a ranch in a card game. She claims the ranch is her inheritance. He's not leaving--and neither is she.

In today's bonus post, we're revisiting novelist Vickie McDonough, author of End of the Trail (River North, a division of Moody Publishing, June 2012).
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Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of 25 books and novellas. Her novel, Long Trail Home, is a finalist in the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Awards, and her books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards.

She is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing and author of Long Trail Home and End of the Trail, books 3 & 6 in the Texas Trails series by Moody Publishers, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin to write a series which spans 50 years of the Morgan family and incorporates actual events of Texas history.

Vickie is currently serving her third year as the ACFW treasurer.

Vickie and her husband live in Oklahoma. She has been married for thirty-six years and is the mother of four grown sons and grandma to a precocious six-year-old girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, antiquing, and traveling.

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

---- When I was 14, I bought a motorcycle with money I’d made from babysitting. I couldn’t get a driver’s license until I was 16, but I could get a motorcycle license at 14.

---- When I was a girl, I dreamed of growing up and marrying a rancher. Instead, I married a sweet computer geek who is scared of horses.

---- I write in my recliner in my living room, using my laptop, and quite often, I’m wearing my pajamas. I sometimes have to make a mad dash to my bedroom to throw on my clothes when I hear the UPS truck coming our way.

---- I’ve never drank a cup of coffee in my life. When I have caffeine, I like it cold, in the form of a Coke.

---- I’ve visited all but 15 of the states in the U.S. It’s a dream of mine to visit all 50 before I die.

I had to laugh, Vickie. I'm drinking a nice hot cup of coffee as I edit this post.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of End of the Trail.

PhotobucketBrooks Morgan is quick on the draw, but his weapon of choice is his smile. He’s smart and witty and has charmed his way through much of life, but now he’s growing older—and a bit wiser. He wants to stop drifting and settle down. He sees his chance when he wins Raven Creek Ranch in a poker game, but when he goes to claim his prize, a pretty woman with a shotgun says the ranch belongs to her.

Brooks isn’t leaving his one and only chance to make something of his life—but neither is she.

Can they reach an agreement? Or will a greedy neighbor force a showdown, causing them both to lose they want most in life?

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

Brooks is a charmer. He jokes a lot, but often times, it’s to hide pain or to avoid getting serious. (Like Rick Castle in the Castle TV show.) He doesn’t know how to deal with pain, so he acts cocky, hoping to charm his way out of tough situations. I hope readers will understand that he’s a man in pain from past mistakes but he doesn’t like to dwell on them.

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

PhotobucketThe picture on the cover of the book reminds me of Robert Redford in his younger days.



PhotobucketIf I had to pick an actor closer to Brook’s real age, I’d pick Zac Efron.



Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

One of the first people to come to mind is Tony Dinozzo on NCIS. We’ve been watching NCIS since it’s beginning. TV characters are stronger in my mind because I see them most weeks. I find Special Agent Tony Dinozzo interesting. He tries to play things tough, but he’s a big tease and joker, and loves making connections between movie scenes and actual things that happen. He cares deeply for those on his team, but he wouldn’t dare let them know that. He portrays himself as a lady’s man, but deep inside, I believe he’s longing for “the one” woman to step in and change his world.

I especially liked a recent scene in a church when Tony thought he was alone and started talking to God. Very revealing. Tony is a fun character, and I love the banter that carries on between him and Ziva and him and McGee.

Hmm. You're a good advertiser for the series. I've never watched it, but I like the sound of that character.

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

The Homesteader's Sweetheart by Lacy Williams. It’s a great book—a poor man/wealthy woman story. The hero and heroine are both interesting characters, but there is a huge supporting cast which adds humor, tension, and drama. This is just Lacy’s second book, but she did a great job with it.

What are you working on now? 

I’m putting together a proposal for a new book.

Where else can readers find you online? 

My website is www.vickiemcdonough.com and I’m also on Facebook and Twitter. Moody created a fabulous website for the Texas Trails series. www.texastrailsfiction.com

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





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404084: End of the Trail, Texas Trails Series #6


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

I tend to write a good chunk of the hero’s point of view in most of my books. I suppose that has to do with the fact that I raised four sons and am comfortable writing men. What characteristics do you like to see in heroes that you read about. What traits do you not like to see?

Thank you, Vickie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vickie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vickie'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 Rhonda Gibson and Louise Gouge, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each post to enter the drawing for a 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, June 14, 2012

Louise Gouge and Free Books!

PhotobucketShe’s lost her home, her inheritance, and her family; now she has nothing left but her faith.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Rainbow's End, featuring Valerie Comer, is:

spunky42@ . . .

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 Louise Gouge, author of A Proper Companion (Harlequin LIH, June 2012).

PhotobucketLouise, please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I am an adjunct professor of English and humanities at prestigious Valencia College in Central Florida.

--I have four awesome grown children who are solid citizens and seven grandchildren who are adorable and perfect in every way. And I never exaggerate when talking about them. ☺

--I refuse to dye my hair. I’ve earned every gray strand!

--I love superhero movies.

--My dear hubby and I met on a blind date. We married 2 ½ months later and have been married for forty-seven years.

Aww. I love those long-time romances with the snappy beginnings!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Proper Companion.

PhotobucketWith her father’s death, Anna Newfield loses everything—her home, her inheritance, and her future. Her only piece of good fortune is a job offer from wounded major Edmond Grenville, whose mother requires a companion. The Dowager Lady Greystone is controlling and unwelcoming, but Anna can enjoy Edmond’s company, even if she knows the aristocratic war hero can never return her love. Even amid the glittering ballrooms of London, nothing glows brighter for Edmond than Anna’s gentle courage. Loving her means going against his family’s rigid command. Yet how can he walk away when his heart may have found its true companion?

In 1814 Regency England, money and connections are everything. Most of the aristocracy believed themselves to be superior human beings and favored by God. They also believed that the poor deserved their lot. So when Anna Newfield, a lowly vicar’s daughter, loses her family and inheritance, she faces utter destitution, with no pity forthcoming from anyone. But one wellborn gentleman, Major Grenville, goes against the attitudes of his aristocratic family and stoops to helps this young lady. Because her brother died to save his life, he knows God would have him help her. He never planned to fall in love with her. . .and risk being cast out of his family.

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

Anna Newfield is a woman of faith and good humor. Even when threatened with the trials of Job, she trusts God to take care of her, even if that means He might take her to heaven to join her family.

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

PhotobucketMy choice for Anna Newfield is British actress Frances O’Connor.




PhotobucketCanadian actor Yannick Bisson would make a handsome Major Grenville.




PhotobucketAnd of course Maggie Smith would be the perfect Lady Greystone.



Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

My favorite fascinating fictional character has always been Jane Eyre. Her quiet wisdom and courage along her journey of self-discovery and fulfillment continue to inspire me.

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

I recently finished Laurie Alice Eakes’s Heart's Safe Passage, which is set in the same era an A Proper Companion. But what a difference location makes. Eakes’s story takes place on a ship (a brig, actually) in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a setting fraught with danger. (My story takes place in the relative physical safety of England.) Eakes never fails to deliver an exciting story, and this book will enthrall readers and keep them guessing from exciting beginning to the very satisfying end.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing A Suitable Wife, Book Two in my Ladies in Waiting series. Now I’m working on the third book, which is yet to be titled. Each of these novels tells the story of a young lady in reduced circumstances who must work as a companion for a wealthy lady. In real life Regency England, these companions lived in the shadows and had few friends. They were above the servants but below their employers, so they were relegated to the edges of society, despite their genteel upbringing.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website/blog is: www.blog.Louisemgouge.com

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





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829210: A Proper Companion


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

When you are reading a book, what are some of the things that take you out of the story?

Thank you, Louise, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Louise has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Louise'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 Rhonda Gibson, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a 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, June 11, 2012

Rhonda Gibson and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhat happens when a US Marshal shoots and kills a Mail order Bride's intended and then promises to take care of her? 

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winners of the signed copies of The Midwife's Legacy, featuring my novella, Labor of Love, are:

griperang@ . . .

Cjansma@ . . .   and

cj43kleck@ . . . 

And the winner of the signed copy of The Secret Keeper, by Sandra Byrd, is:

jeanereads@ . . .

Congratulations to all of you! I'll contact you 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 meet novelist Rhonda Gibson, author of The Marshal’s Promise (Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical, May 2012).

PhotobucketRhonda Gibson lives in New Mexico with her husband James. She has two children and two beautiful grandchildren.

Reading is something she has enjoyed her whole life and writing stemmed from that love. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys gardening, beading and playing with her dog, Sheba. She speaks at conferences and local writing groups.

Rhonda hopes her writing will entertain, encourage and bring others closer to God.

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

- I was born in Texas

- I love waterfalls and rainbows

- My favorite job was working as an elementary school librarian

- My least favorite job was hoeing cotton

- I’m allergic to avocados

Oh, man, one of my favorite foods! My condolences.

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

PhotobucketMail-order bride Rebecca Ramsey arrives in the New Mexico territory full of dreams—but they're shattered when she discovers her intended husband has been killed. If it weren't for U.S. marshal Seth Billings's housekeeping job offer, she'd have nowhere to go. Rebecca loves tending to Seth's home, but the strong and silent lawman is harder to figure out. What secret is he hiding?

Caring for Jesse Cole's would-be bride is the least Seth can do. If it weren't for him, the young man would still be alive. Seth had promised to look after Rebecca—and to keep her safe from Jesse's enemies. Now if only he can keep his heart safe, as well….

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

Both the hero and the heroine have lost family that is close to them. But, Seth takes it personally. He feels that he can not love another because in his profession people he loves die.

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

PhotobucketHayden Panettiere would be Rebecca.



PhotobucketAnd Jeffery Morgan would be Seth.




Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

Mrs. Jefferies from Emily Brightwell’s Victorian Mystery series. She is a housekeeper in London who helps solve mysteries.

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

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeryer. The book left me wanting to read more by Karen Witmeryer. I loved her characters and wanted the book to continue.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my third book for Love Inspired Historical

Where else can readers find you online?

www.rhondagibson.net

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





CBD.com
829187: The Marshal"s Promise


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

When reading a historical, what kind of hero do you prefer? Outlaw? Lawman? Or Rancher?

Thank you, Rhonda, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Rhonda has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Rhonda'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 Valerie Comer, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a 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, June 7, 2012

Valerie Comer and Free Books!

PhotobucketHoping she can get over her fears and point folks to the treasure found in Jesus, Lyssa is startled to find her former college professor among the group. Will he upset her mission?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Rainbow's End, featuring Cara Putman, is:

faithhopecherrytea@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of Bees in the Butterfly Garden, by Maureen Lang, is:

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Congratulations! I'll contact you 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 meet novelist Valerie Comer, author of the novella, Topaz Treasure, in the collection, Rainbow's End (Barbour, May 2012).

PhotobucketValerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, gardening and geocaching with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

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

-- I didn't live in the same house as a television set until I was 25.

-- My dad wrote poetry, mostly somewhat rhyming "letters" to his daughters detailing life back home after they'd moved out.

-- My husband and I have moved 13 times in 32 years, and we've lived in the same house for the past 12 years. Think how fun the first 20 years were.

-- I spent 3 months in Bolivia a long time ago.

-- My favorite vacation so far has been an Alaskan cruise. So shocked my husband--he of the large personal bubble--suggested it!

I'm hoping to do an Alaskan cruise next year, too! I've always wanted to make that trip!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Topaz Treasure.

PhotobucketIt's an interesting group of strangers who show up for the first annual Rainbow's End geocache hunt, and the spectacular scenery along the bluffs of the Lake of the Ozarks is just one reason.

Lyssa Quinn volunteers at the Rainbow's End geocaching hunt hoping to find the nerve to point folks to the true treasure found in Jesus. She's not expecting her former prof to be there, too.

Kirk Kennedy's treasure hunt takes him down a path he hadn't intended when he is captivated by Lyssa's intriguing sparkle. Can he convince Lyssa that there is more than one kind of treasure? Can Lyssa remind him of the greatest prize of all?

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

Lyssa is real. She's a Christian who finds it difficult to share her faith. Not everyone is a confident and vocal believer. I know I'm not. I had to come to grips with the fact that while I definitely need more boldness, it's also okay to realize the body of Christ is not made up of only mouths.

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

PhotobucketIs this where I say that the two photos pinned to my bulletin board while writing were of (a younger) Kirk Cameron . . .

Photobucket. . . and Brooke Langton? You do need to be careful googling images of Brooke, though. Just sayin'.

I appreciate that warning, Valerie. I decided against searching for that picture while at the office.

Whom do you consider a fascinating fictional character?

I'm not sure if you're asking for a specific character or generalities, so I'm going with the second. What makes a memorable character for me is someone who has conflict within him or herself that I can identify with. While external conflict such as personality clashes or something bigger than any of them (like a forest fire) can be great plot devices, I need a reason to care what's going on inside of the character as well, or it's easy to set the book down and forget to pick it back up.

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

I recently read A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. While my favorite genre is contemporary romance, this Civil-War-aftermath novel drew me in quickly. Diana created some endearing characters and gave them great conflict and lines. I especially loved the heroine's younger sister, Angel, who's blind and gets away with saying a lot of things others might have been thinking!

What are you working on now?

At the moment I seem to be in a season of proposal writing. Hopefully something will land soon, and I can get deeper into a story than just a few chapters before switching gears.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: valeriecomer.com

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Blog: valeriecomer.com/blog

Blog: romancingamerica.com

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

If the church is Christ's body, what part do you see yourself called to be? How does that work out in your daily life?

Thank you, Valerie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Valerie has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Valerie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Sandra Byrd, 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.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Sandra Byrd and Free Books!

PhotobucketAs Juliana St. John learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Spring Hope, by Martha Rogers, is:

sherrinda@ . . .

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 Sandra Byrd, author of The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, June 2012).

PhotobucketAfter earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd persevered to publish more than three dozen books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a finalist for the Christy Awards as is her first work of historical fiction, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, which is also listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2011.

Sandra's YA fiction has also been recognized within the industry. Asking for Trouble, the first in the London Confidential series, was a finalist for the ECPA Medallion of Excellence award.

Sandra is also passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

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

-- I compulsively eat Lemon Heads while writing and have the dental crowns to prove it!

-- The baby in our household is a Havanese/Maltese mix named Brie and all other family members accommodate her needs and wants.

-- I love Jazzercise, and I don't mind wearing those Jane Fonda leggings if the situation calls for it.

-- Although I almost always prefer coffee to tea, my favorite hot drink is a London Fog.

-- I am a proud American, but London is my favorite city in the world.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Secret Keeper.

PhotobucketJuliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.

Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his concerns with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that Juliana would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly.

For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.

As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.

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

Juliana is a young woman who has been given a rough start in life, but with her wit, her heart, and her sense of humor she perseveres through difficult times. She finds, in the end, that when she gives her life away she actually gains it; by sacrifice she has returned to her what she most wants, but in a manner she could never have expected.

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

PhotobucketMandy Moore as Juliana. She has long, dark brown hair and is a beautiful girl, though she doesn't quite know it.



PhotobucketJulianne Moore as Kateryn Parr, a lovely ginger who retained her looks and sass throughout her life.



PhotobucketChris Pine as Jamie. Jamie has dark hair and blue eyes, like many Irishmen, and a handsome scruff, apt for a seaman. :)


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

I'm currently reading a nonfiction work called, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's complicated and makes you think, it's not black and white, and it challenges our society and us as individuals on a number of ethical levels. It also shows how any one life can impact hundreds or hundreds of thousands of others without knowing how or why.

What are you working on now?

I've just completed the third book in the Ladies in Waiting trilogy, titled, Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I, and am looking forward to starting research on my next project!

Where else can readers find you online?

Please visit my website at www.sandrabyrd.com
or friend me on facebook via the link on my website.

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

What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why?

Thank you, Sandra, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 11. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandra's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Cara Putman and Maureen Lang, 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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