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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, July 30, 2012

Sibella Giorello and Free Books!

PhotobucketThe FBI has disciplined Special Agent Raleigh Harmon for stealing evidence, and now they're offering her a chance to redeem herself by going undercover at a horse-racing track.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-book version of Deception, by Lillian Duncan, is:

sugarpyhun@ . . .

Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 novelist Sibella Giorello, author of The Stars Shine Bright (Thomas Nelson, July 2012).

PhotobucketSibella Giorello grew up in Alaska, majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College, and rode a motorcycle across the country. For ten years she worked as a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch where her stories won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize.

She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons.

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

-- I'm addicted to running long distances.

-- My kids are homeschooled by the grace of God.

-- My husband is a dynamite Blues musician who plays the harmonica.

-- I grew up Jewish with one Catholic grandmother. As a reporter I was sent to cover a Pentecostal tent revival. That was the first time I met Jesus.

-- Like my protagonist, I enjoy dipping my French fries in mayonnaise.

That's a fantastic story, Sibella, about the tent revival. I didn't know that. Very cool.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Stars Shine Bright.

PhotobucketRaleigh Harmon's in deep trouble. Her mother's confined to a mental hospital, and the FBI is ready to suspend her unless her new assignment goes well. But while working undercover to solve a horse race-fixing scandal, she realizes horses are being killed, and her own life is in danger.

Meanwhile she's not sure if her only contact with the FBI, Special Agent Jack Stephanson, is friend or foe. With only a few days left before the track closes for the season, Raleigh returns to her forensic geology skills, hoping to dig herself out of this hole, and come face-to-face with the enemy.

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

Raleigh Harmon's life is a mess. Her mother's crazy, the Bureau doesn't appreciate her tendency to stretch boundaries, and her fiance is demanding she marry him -- now -- just when Raleigh's starting to doubt the whole engagement. But through it all she never gives in to self-pity, and never doubts that when life get dark, stars shine bright.

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

PhotobucketEver watch Rene Russo in Lethal Weapon 3? She's one part Raleigh.



PhotobucketThe other part is Janine Turner in Northern Exposure. I know, they're too old now. But I don't watch much current television.



Well, we can capture them in their youth, thanks to Google.

What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

The favorite is usually what's helping at the moment. Right now, for instance, I'm reading Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland. It's good enough to make me rethink being a seat-of-the-pants writer.

Just having the norm tweaked is a big help, isn't it?

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

The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall. It just won the Edgar Award for Young Adult mystery. Dandi reels out clues in a pitch-perfect teenage voice, while keeping all the characters lively and interesting.

What are you working on now?

The next Raleigh Harmon mystery. I'm actually writing two at the same time, which is why I need a book such as Outlining Your Novel.

Yeesh. Back-to-back, I've done. But simultaneous stories would make me twitchy.

Where else can readers find you online?

Come visit my website, www.sibellagiorello.com

I show up on Facebook too, which you can find through the website. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter. I love hearing from readers.

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




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

Your plane crashes on a deserted island. You're alive, but your rescue will take another two years. If you could have one novel with you during those two years, what would it be? Why?

Thank you, Sibella, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sibella has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sibella's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Mary Manners, 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, July 26, 2012

Mary Manners and Free Books!

PhotobucketSometimes miracles and mischief go hand in hand.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Zero Visibility, by Sharon Dunn, is:

Campbellamyd@ . . .

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 novelist Mary Manners, author of Miracles and Mischief (Pelican Book Group, August 2012).

PhotobucketMary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband, Tim, their daughter, Danni, and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus. Both of Mary’s sons, Tyler and Brad, serve our country in the United States Air Force.

Mary’s debut novel, Mended Heart, was nominated Best Inspirational Romance 2010, and was finalist for the Bookseller’s Best Award and her follow-up, Tender Mercies, was awarded an outstanding 4 ½ star rating from The Romantic Times Book Reviews and was also a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Buried Treasures, her third novel, was named Book of the Year by The Wordsmith Journal. Light the Fire, her fourth novel, has also been nominated for the 2012 Inspirational Readers Choice Award.

Mary writes romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels—something for everyone. To date, Mary has sixteen books in print, with a dozen more under contract with White Rose Publishing.

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

--I am terrified of heights

--I love flavored coffee…any flavor

--I love to mow my law (push mow)…it’s great for writer’s block

--I wrote my first full-length novel in the sixth grade (yes, my journey to publication was long and winding)

--I sing in the shower

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Miracles and Mischief.

PhotobucketNFL running back Nate Saylor is the best in the league, a star in his own universe…until a brush with the law tarnishes his career. When his agent suggests he sign on with the Moments for Miracles Foundation, a charity organization that grants wishes to kids with life-threatening illnesses, Nate agrees with a half-hearted shrug, never expecting to be contacted. As the offseason begins, he retires to his property on the outskirts of Mill’s Landing, secluded from the press…and fans that are so quick to judge.

Shayna Grady is a single mom struggling to stay afloat financially while tending to the needs of her son, Zac, who’s been struck with childhood leukemia. A bone marrow transplant is Zac's only hope for survival, but a match has yet to be found. While they wait, Shayna plans to see that Zac’s special wish is granted…to spend a day with his hero—NFL running back Nate Saylor. Though Shayna has reservations about pairing her son with the player whose blistered more than his fair share of negative headlines, she writes a heartfelt letter to the Moments for Miracles Foundation, pleading for their help.

Shayna’s letter—and her love for her son—are a pick-six to Nate’s heart. He finds himself longing for more, but is it too late to grant Zac’s wish…and to prove to Shayna there’s more to him than newspaper headlines reveal?

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

Nate has a tough exterior, but he’s very tender on the inside. He just melts around Shayna and Zac.

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

PhotobucketWow…I believe I’d have Ryan Gosling



Photobucketand Rachel McAdams. Who wouldn’t want to see them together again?



You romantic, you.

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

I would recommend Monday's Child by Clare Revell. It's the first in a seven-book series tailored after the Monday’s Child poem. Each book will offer a fantastic blend of romance and suspense.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the second book in my Willow Lake series, titled Warrior in Willow Lake. This is a four-book series centered around friends who are reunited following an tragic accident.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website

Facebook

Twitter

Pelican Book Group

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

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Thank you, Mary, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mary has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mary's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Lillian Duncan, 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, July 23, 2012

Lillian Duncan and Free Books!

PhotobucketPatti and her twin played the game of deception as children, but now it’s not a game—it’s matter of live and death.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Promise for Miriam, by Vannetta Chapman, is:

racky@ . . .

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 Lillian Duncan, author of Deception (Harbourlight Books, December 2011). We actually featured Lillian and Deception back in January, so this is a bonus update post. This time Lillian plans to give away an e-copy of the book to one of my blog readers next week! So I'll only use the commenters' entries in the drawing--be sure you leave your email address if you're interested in winning an e-copy of Deception.

PhotobucketLillian Duncan is a book lover as a reader and a writer. Tired of having to skip over all the four letter words and explicit sex scenes, she started writing the type of books she loved to read—suspense with a touch of romance.

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

- I’m very short (4’8” to be exact)

- I have 4 parrots.

- I am fluent in American Sign Language. Or at least I was, I’m a bit rusty now since I don’t use it every day any more.

- I love to “camp” as long as I have my netbook with me so I can write while my husband communes with nature.

- My day job is a speech pathologist.

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

PhotobucketTwins are supposed to have an unbreakable bond, but Patti and Jamie have serious “relationship issues.” When a niece she knows nothing about calls, Patti must unravel the yarn of Jamie’s life and her disappearance. Patti is determined to find her sister. Each step brings her closer to the truth, but pulls her further into a web of danger and deception.

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

Patti’s human—she gets angry and frustrated by the circumstances she finds herself in. But in the end she tries to live out her Christian values.

What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

Oh...there’s too many to say one favorite. But I do love The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke. It is written so clearly that even I can understand it.

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

I love anything written by Terri Blackstock. Her latest, the Intervention series, is no exception. She always writes a great page turner with characters you grow to love.

What are you working on now?

I just sent in a submission for a sequel to Deception, currently titled Betrayed. Along with that, I will be releasing a sequel to Pursued in September if all goes well.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.lillianduncan.net. I’m on twitter at @LillianDuncan. I also write a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com

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




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

When reading Christian fiction, do you expect all the characters in the book to be goody-two-shoes or do you like a more realistic portrayal that shows their faults as well?

Thank you, Lillian, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lillian has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lillian'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 Sharon Dunn, 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, July 19, 2012

Sharon Dunn and Free Books!

PhotobucketTwo strangers find themselves stranded on a mountain during a freak storm pursued by three thieves who are bent on killing them.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Homefront Hero, by Allie Pleiter, is:

lanehillhouse@ . . .

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 Sharon Dunn, author of Zero Visibility (Love Inspired Suspense, July 2012).

PhotobucketSharon Dunn is an award-winning writer of both humorous mysteries and romantic suspense. Her second Love Inspired book, Night Prey, received the Carol Award for short suspense.

When she isn’t writing, she spends time with her three children, husband and very nervous border collie.

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

--I quit eating almost all processed sugar this year.

--My home is next to a hiking trail and a river.

--I love the Agatha Christie Poirot mysteries starring David Suchet.

--I used to think I was a cat person, but since getting our border collie Bart, I starting to think I might be a dog person.

--I love using coupons when I shop.

Sharon, you're the second person in a row who mentioned more healthy eating in your list of five. I hear you! I find that, as I get older, I'm forced to eat better. The "good old days"--when I ate as much junk as I wanted--seem to have gone the way of disco, perfect skin, and a youthful waistline!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Zero Visibility.

PhotobucketWhile taking a shortcut on a road trip, college student Merci Carson gets robbed. She is rescued by Nathan McCormick who is visiting his family property on the mountain one last time before he sells it. When the thieves pursue Merci and Nathan, they start to think it is more than a random robbery.

Nathan and Merci must fight the elements as well as the thieves bent on killing them. The book explores what it takes to survive and not lose hope under extreme circumstances.

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

I love Merci’s optimism and I love that even though she came from a rich family, she chose to pay her way through college. It’s Merci’s optimism that often saves her and Nathan as they fight for survival on the mountain. I also love that Merci always wants to think the best of people.

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

PhotobucketThe role of Nathan would be played by Nathan Fillion from Firefly and Castle.

PhotobucketThe role of Merci would be played by Amy Adams.

My son has been playing Firefly reruns this week, so Nathan Fillion comes swiftly to mind and seems perfect for a heroic role. And Amy Adams seems to be such a versatile actress. Good choices! You'll have to let us know when the film releases.

What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

Love James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure.

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

Melody Carlson’s Finding Alice. Very compelling and a strong sense of voice.

What are you working on now?

I have a mystery with a working title of Patchwork of Lies that will be part of the Creative Woman mystery series. And I have another Love Inspired suspense coming out in March 2013 called Guard Duty. It’s part of a series that features a K-9 police unit in a mid size Texas town. Love writing about those doggies.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.sharondunnbooks.net

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





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

Do you define yourself as a cat person or a dog person?

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

Vannetta Chapman and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen she thought her future would never know love ... she saw him.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Alaskan Hearts, by Teri Wilson, is:

love2stitch@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Vannetta Chapman, author of A Promise for Miriam (Harvest House, July 2012).

PhotobucketVannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.

She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. She now writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House.

Vannetta lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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

--I don't eat white foods.

--I'm the youngest child of 4.

--I play the piano and keyboard.

--I have a fear of driving over tall, tall bridges.

--I adore Snoopy.

I had another friend with that bridge fear, Vannetta, and until I heard about it, I never considered tall bridges that big a deal. Now I have to talk myself out of getting nervous--talk about being impressionable!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Promise for Miriam.

PhotobucketAmish schoolteacher Miriam King loves her students. At 26, most women her age are married with children of their own, but she hasn’t yet met anyone who can convince her to give up the Plain school that sits along the banks of Pebble Creek.

Then newcomer Gabriel Yoder steps into her life, bringing his daughter, an air of mystery, and challenges Miriam has never faced before.

Will Gabe be able to let go of the past that haunts him? He thinks he just wants to be left alone, but the loving and warm community he and his daughter have moved to has other plans for him. After a near tragedy is averted, he hesitantly returns offers of help and friendship, and he discovers he can make a difference to the people of Pebble Creek—and maybe find love again.

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

Miriam is dedicated to her job, like a lot of women today. That said, she's begun to question if her deeper dreams will ever happen. She's questioning her decisions--though she loves what she does. She's asking those questions most of us have asked at one time or another, "Is this it?"

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

PhotobucketI like Justine Lupe (Harry's Law) for Miriam.




PhotobucketAnd Sam Worthington (Man on a Ledge) for Gabe.



It would be fun to see Sam Worthington in a romance. I don't think I've seen him in anything other than action films.

What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

I do like Stephen King's On Writing, but mostly I read a lot of bestselling fiction, more than I read books about how to write fiction.

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

I just finished Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark. This book does a good job of building tension throughout and also maintaining it between two story lines (the past and the present).

What are you working on now?

I have two books due September 1 - The Christmas Quilt (Abingdon, 2013), which is a sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas. This is part of Abingdon's Quilts of Love series, "every quilt has a story." I'm also completing the third book in my Pebble Creek series, which is tentatively titled, A Wedding for Julia.

Where else can readers find you online?

webpage -- www.VannettaChapman.com
blog -- vannettachapman.wordpress.com
Facebook and Pinterest


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





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

Since A Promise for Miriam is centered around a one-room school house, I'd like to know--what was your favorite school subject and why?

Thank you, Vannetta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vannetta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vannetta'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 Allie Pleiter, 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, July 12, 2012

Allie Pleiter and Free Books!

PhotobucketHomefront Hero follows wounded World War One hero Capt. John Gallows as he returns home mid-combat to heal and gets partnered (in a most unusual way) with feisty army nurse Leanne Sample.

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

boattherapy4@ . . . (or, as we blog readers know her, Pest Detailer).

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 Allie Pleiter, author of Homefront Hero (Love Inspired Historical, May 2012).

PhotobucketAn avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.

Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois.

The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, sixteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing.

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

-- I was once a singing telegram deliverer.

-- I hate-hate-hate olives. Don’t even like to eat things that have touched them. Blech.

-- I can do a spot-on impersonation of Perry the Platypus from Phinneas and Ferb.

-- I am incapable of snapping my fingers. Really.

-- I once measured all the yarn in my attic stash--and discovered I had seven miles of it. That qualifies as addict behavior, doesn’t it?

Well, the first step is admitting you have a problem, Allie, so there's definitely hope for you. But if you knitted that lovely scarf in your headshot, I wouldn't be too quick to step away from the knitting needles.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Homefront Hero.


PhotobucketJohn is a decorated war hero known for his silver tongue. He’s been brought home to heal from a serious leg wound and to roust up support for the war’s final push. Much to his chagrin, the Red Cross decides he’s the perfect poster boy for the campaign to get men and boys to join the knitting effort.

Even if knit socks are desperately needed for soldiers, he won’t cooperate until he meets his knitting teacher, charming nurse Leanne Sample. They’re drawn immediately to each other, but he’s going back to combat as fast as he can, and she can’t see any future with him.

When the Spanish Influenza epidemic pits the new partners in a life and death race against time, they learn just how perfect God’s plans can be.

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

John thinks he’s in control, but he’s not. He no more feels he’s a hero than the next soldier, and despite his massive ego, he’s struggling against the spotlight. He’s a man brave enough to change his entire life when God shakes it up. And yes, he’s handsome, dashing, and can often say just the right thing. He brings out Leanne’s true strengths because he sees her own bravery.

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

PhotobucketI always cast my characters with movie actors or celebrities. John was John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness from BBC’s Doctor Who and Torchwood).


PhotobucketAnd Leanne was Taylor Swift.


What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.

Love it! I've read that one twice and plan to read it again. She has a terrific way of thinking and expressing herself. And what is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I adored Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. One of the best debut novels I’ve read in a long time--completely engrossing and beautifully crafted.

It does have a fascinating premise. What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book in my Gordon Falls series which began last February with Falling for the Fireman. I just finished The Lawman’s True Heart (current title, but these things always change), an historical continuity. Both are for Love Inspired and will be out next year.

Where else can readers find you online?

Visit me website at www.alliepleiter.com or my knitting blog at www.DestiKNITions.blogspot.com

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





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

What’s the last book that truly surprised you and why?

Thank you, Allie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Allie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Allie'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 Teri Wilson, 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, July 9, 2012

Teri Wilson and Free Books!

PhotobucketAlaskan Hearts is an inspirational romance novel set in Alaska amid the exciting world of dog sledding.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Seattle Cinderella, featuring Gail Sattler, is:

laurelprincess12@ . . .

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 Teri Wilson, author of Alaskan Hearts (Harlequin Love Inspired, June 2012).

PhotobucketTeri Wilson grew up as an only child and could often be found with her head in a book, lost in a world of heroes, heroines and exotic places. As an adult, her love of books has led her to her dream career—writing. Now an award-winning author of inspirational romance, Teri spends as much time as she can seeing exotic places for herself, then coming home and writing about them, of course.

When she isn’t traveling or spending quality time with her laptop, she enjoys baking cupcakes, going to movies, knitting and hanging out with her family, friends and four dogs.

Teri lives in San Antonio, Texas, and loves to hear from readers.

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

--I’ve mushed a dog team along part of the Iditarod Trail in Alaska.

--I was once attacked by a squirrel.

--I have a major weakness for shoes and handbags.

--I cried when I saw Jane Austen’s memorial at Westminster Abbey.

--I’ve been bitten by a lion (okay, it was only five weeks old, but still…).

I'm ever hopeful about visiting Alaska! I love the fact that you incorporated your experience into a story. Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Alaskan Hearts.

PhotobucketFormer Alaskan sled-dog musher Ben Grayson is still grieving the tragic loss of his dog team. So much that he put the reins—and his dreams—away.

Now a photographer, Ben's covering the Gold Rush Trail sled-dog race. He's surprised his heart isn't more guarded around lovely journalist Clementine Phillips—until he learns that Clementine plans to handle a sled-dog team herself. Ben can't bear the thought of Clementine in danger.

So he comes up with a compromise—one to keep her close…forever.

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

My heroine, Clementine Phillips has a joy and enthusiasm for life that is infectious, particularly to a certain handsome hero.

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

PhotobucketCarrie Underwood as Clementine.



PhotobucketAnd Tom Welling as Ben.



Maybe Ben never gets his hair wet in your story, but I liked the outdoorsy look in this shot of Tom Welling.

What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

Writing the Christian Romance, by Gail Gaymer Martin. I love this book because it is specific to the genre I love most—inspirational romance!

Gail certainly knows what she's talking about, with something like 3 million books in print.

And how about fiction? What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo. I love Jane Austen adaptations! This one is charming, funny and particularly relevant in today’s society.

I just read the story description on that one--it sounds like terrific fun. Thanks for the recommendation!

What are you working on now?

I just completed the follow-up to Alaskan Hearts, which is also set in Alaska, and now I’m starting a brand new project for Harlequin Love Inspired that centers around a cupcake bakery.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me at my website: www.teriwilson.net They can also follow me on Facebook And on Goodreads

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

What do you enjoy most about reading romance novels?

Thank you, Teri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Teri has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Teri'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 Becky Melby, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of the book.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Becky Melby and Free Books!

PhotobucketTwo Stories, Decades Apart, Converge on a Secret.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Chase, by DiAnn Mills, is:

quiltcat26@ . . .

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 Becky Melby, author of Yesterday’s Stardust (Barbour, June 1012).

PhotobucketBecky Melby has been married to Bill, her high school sweetheart, for forty years. They live in Wisconsin and have four married sons and twelve grandchildren.

Tomorrow’s Sun, Yesterday’s Stardust, and Today’s Shadows, her Lost Sanctuary Series, released in 2012. They are contemporary stories, but each contains a historical thread. A novella, Contest of Wills, will appear in a four-story collection, Cedar Creek Seasons, in September. Becky has co-authored nine books for Heartsong Presents and has had stories in two novella collections. Becky is represented by Mary G. Keeley of Books & Such Agency.

For her stories, Becky draws on past experiences as a youth leader, crisis pregnancy center director, and teen coffeehouse volunteer. While not writing, reading, or spoiling grandkids, she may be found plotting and brainstorming on the back of their Honda Gold Wing or “researching” in their RV.

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

-- I’ve lived in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

-- I’m five-foot-zero.

-- I have eight grandsons and four granddaughters. With the boys outnumbering the girls two to one, the girls are all learning to be strong young ladies.

-- When my friend Cathy Wienke and I wrote our first book together back in 1993, Heartsong Presents was interested. . .if we could cut a third of the words. What we thought would feel like surgery sans anesthesia turned out to be a fun and freeing lesson on editing. We put the scalpel to 25,000 words and liked the story a whole lot better in the end.

-- My family won’t let me forget the time I hooked our giant wheeled trash can to the trailer hitch of my van and forgot to stop and leave it at the end of our driveway. Twelve miles and two towns later, I finally realized what was making that funny bumping sound behind me. . .

At least it was an inanimate object you hitched up and forgot, Becky! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Yesterday's Stardust.

PhotobucketJournalist Dani Gallagher’s zeal to make a difference hinders her objectivity. While trying to help a teen gang member, her lack of “street smarts” angers Nicky Fiorini, chef and manager of Bracciano Restaurant. Ignoring Nicky’s warnings, Dani is intent on writing a story about gang activity in his neighborhood.

In an alley near the restaurant, Dani finds a tattered journal. The diary, written in the 1920s by a girl caught in the web of organized crime, mentions Bracciano—and a hidden treasure. In spite of their explosive meeting, Dani convinces Nicky to help her uncover what happened to the girl and her secret.

Attraction ignites as they work together, but both are hiding secrets of their own. Nicky isn’t ready to talk about the incident that hardened his heart toward God. When a fight erupts and Dani is caught in the middle, Nicky is furious to find she’s been learning about teen gangs by joining one. The diary leads to a hidden room, and the secret, but have they missed the most valuable treasure?

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

He’s gorgeous! But there’s so much more to Nicky than those dark eyes and that sculpted Roman jaw. Whatever hurt him in the past has caused him to put up walls, but there are occasional cracks that allow glimpses of a warm and funny man with so much to give. (Just reread the question and realized I went straight to “him” instead of “her”!) Readers will care about Dani because of her passion to make a difference in the world. Her zeal causes her to dive into things without looking, but even when we know she’s setting herself up for a fall, we want her to succeed.

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

PhotobucketActor Henry Cavill, who will play Superman in Man of Steel (2013), has the mysteriously handsome look to play Nicky.



PhotobucketAnd Jennifer Aniston has the spunkiness to be Dani. Of course, when I cast the movie version of Yesterday’s Stardust, I’ll be looking for Christian actors who understand the spiritual journey of my characters. Guess I need to be praying for Henry and Jennifer!

What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

James Scott Bell’s The Art of War for Writers. It’s a small book, but absolutely stuffed with concrete advice and encouragement.

Terrific little gem. I still pick that one up and read through my highlights! 

How about fiction? What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I recently read Susan Meissner’s The Shape of Mercy. I was drawn to it since it’s the kind of story I like to write—a contemporary character delving into mysteries of the past and being profoundly affected by the life journey of someone who lived long ago. The Shape of Mercy takes you back to the Salem witch trials and paints such vivid pictures of that sad era in our history. Both the present day and historical characters are so well developed that you can’t help but identify with them. I lost some sleep over this one—proof of a great read!

I loved that book, too. Susan is an excellent novelist.

What are you working on now?

Nothing! Okay, that’s only true for a few more hours. . . I’m between contracts. (That’s the optimistic way of saying I don’t have one!) I recently finished three proposals. One of them is for a three book series similar to the Lost Sanctuary Series—stories from the past interwoven with the lives of contemporary characters. This project would involve a research trip to California tracing the old Route 66. After I sent that proposal off to my agent, I breathed a long and heavy sigh and plunged into cleaning, tossing, and organizing things I neglected while hiding in my writing cave for two years.

But today I’m going to get back to working on a partially finished first-person contemporary story I’ve set aside several times to work on other projects. This is a fun story involving a woman with a homemade fudge business and an unexpected six-week-old colicky visitor. I’ll work on this fudgy story unless (I mean until!) I get word about another contract.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m on facebook and www.beckymelby.com and www.beckymelby.com/blog.

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

I love working humor into a story, even if the plot deals with heavy issues, and I hope to add more laughs in upcoming books. If I were to create a character based on you, what would his/her name be and how would you describe this goofy character’s quirkiest quirks? Let your creativity run wild here!

Thanks so much, Trish, for the opportunity to talk about Yesterday’s Stardust and to interact with your blog readers.

Thank you, Becky, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Becky has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Becky'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 Gail Sattler , 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.

 

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