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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, August 30, 2012

Mary Ellis and Free Books!

PhotobucketAmy King is ready for a fresh start, but discovering a shunned aunt puts her at odds with her fiancé and her ultra-conservative community.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Michelle Sutton's novel, It's Not About Her, is:

jennydtipton@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing 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 Mary Ellis, author of Living in Harmony (Harvest House, August 2012).

PhotobucketMary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish, where her parents took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful lifestyle, respect for the land, and strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. They now live close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio.

Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits.

Her debut Amish fiction, A Widow’s Hope, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards for 2010 and a runner-up in the 2010 Holt Medallion Awards. She has since written nine Amish fiction books, all best-sellers.

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

--I love to sit in hotel pools and read. I tune out the world and focus on the story.

--I once ran a six minute mile. Now I can barely walk to the corner without huffing.

--I applied to Harvard University, just for the heck of it.

--I don’t like crowds.

--My husband and I are always the oldest people in the roller coaster line at amusement parks.

How funny, about the roller coaster lines, Mary! I've often thought about that as well--I'm not ready to give up those "safe" thrills!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Living in Harmony.

PhotobucketAmy King—young, engaged, and Amish—faces life-altering challenges when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiancé, John Detweiler, persuades her to leave Lancaster County and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives who can help them.

John’s brother Thomas and sister-in-law, Sally, readily open their home to the newcomers. Wise beyond his years, Thomas, a minister in the district, refuses to marry Amy and John upon their arrival, suggesting instead a period of adjustment.

While trying to assimilate in the ultraconservative district, Amy discovers an aunt who was shunned. Amy wants to reconnect with her, but John worries that the woman’s tarnished reputation will reflect badly on his beloved bride-to-be. Can John and Amy find a way to overcome problems in their relationship and live happily in Harmony before making a lifetime commitment to each other?

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

Amy has an independent streak, which isn’t always appreciated in the Amish world. She has the ability to walk a thin line between obedience and free thinking.

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

PhotobucketI guess it would have to be Nicole Kidman



Photobucketand Johnny Galecki (from the Big Bang Theory).



What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you have had.’”   From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

The Believer by Ann H. Gabhart. I love Ann’s style and also loved learning about this extinct culture—the Shakers.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on book 3 of the New Beginnings series, tentatively called Living in Charm.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.maryellis.net

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

Which book would you love to see a movie made from?

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, September 6. 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 Kathryn Cushman, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of the book.

And see my post about cell phones. Leave me a comment if you'd like me to email you an invitation to hear more about this exciting new opportunity.

Finally, 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, August 27, 2012

Kathryn Cushman and Free Books!

PhotobucketAlmost Amish is the story of two families who go to live “almost Amish” for a summer as part of a television reality show.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sandra Robbins' novel, Angel of the Cove, is:

mrlyndly@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing 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 Kathryn Cushman, author of Almost Amish (Bethany House, July 2012).

PhotobucketKathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of six novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh.

Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.

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

-- I am a registered pharmacist, although I “retired” about 17 years ago to be a stay-home mom

-- Before A Promise to Remember, I wrote two other manuscripts that have never been published (the dust bunnies in my closet like them, though)

-- I am domestically challenged in pretty much all areas (cooking, neatness, etc.)

-- I do most of my writing in the window seat in my sunroom

-- I was born and raised in Tennessee, but have spent the last twenty years in California

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Almost Amish.

PhotobucketOvercommitted and overwhelmed, Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She knows she should feel blessed as a mother and wife--but she just feels exhausted. And then, the miraculous happens. Her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series about trying to live like the Amish and needs another family to join her. It's just the break Julie needs.

But the summer adventure in simple living soon proves anything but simple. With the camera watching every move, Susan's drive for perfection feels a lot like what they left behind, while Julie suddenly finds herself needing to stand up for slowing down. Whether it's cooking, cleaning, or dressing differently, each new Amish challenge raises new complications... and soon each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.

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

I think many women will see themselves in Julie. Trying to do everything for everybody and feeling as though she doesn’t measure up to those around her.

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

PhotobucketJulie would be Patricia Richardson (from Home Improvement).



PhotobucketSusan would be Jodie Foster.



That would definitely be a fun duo!

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

“By five thirty, Derek Morrison would be a murderer, but for now he was eating a tuna sandwich.” from Stolen Lives by Brian Reaves.

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

Words by Ginny Yttrup. Beautifully written, haunting, moving.

What are you working on now?

An as yet untitled novel about a young woman whose life dream—her calling—is decimated due to health issues.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kathryncushman.com,

Facebook

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




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208263: Almost Amish


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

What is your favorite book-to-movie movie?

Thank you, Kathryn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathryn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathryn'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 Michelle Sutton, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of the book.

And see my post about cell phones. Leave me a comment if you'd like me to email you an invitation to hear more about this exciting new opportunity.

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, August 23, 2012

Michelle Sutton and Free Books!

PhotobucketEvery young lady Tony has fallen in love with has ended up hurt, or dead. Now he's developed strong feelings for his friend, Deena, who is not his type. But maybe she's the one God intended for him all along.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Melody Carlson's novel, River's End, is:

kimberlyj503@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing 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 Michelle Sutton, author of It's Not About Her - Second Glances, book 3 (Sword of the Spirit Publishing April 2012).

PhotobucketMichelle Sutton has written well over a dozen inspirational novels, fifteen of which are currently in print. She is also a book reviewer, an avid blogger, the mother of two young college students, a wife, a social worker by trade, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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

- My mother was a nun before she met my father, and she left the convent before they met.

- My husband's oldest daughter is only 18 months younger than I am.

- My favorite genre is historical fiction, with romantic elements, of course.

- I work full time and supervise a staff of seven social workers and a secretary.

- I really do sleep at least six to eight hours every night.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of It's Not About Her.

PhotobucketDeena Tyler has secretly been in love with Tony Lane since he started dating her roommate during their freshman year of college.

But when her roommate dies in an accident, Tony blames himself. He changes schools hoping to start over where no one knows him.

Deena transfers to the college in his home town so she can provide him with moral support, only he just wants to forget the past and move on. Tony has always fallen for beautiful women, but because of a few bad experiences with his former girlfriends he vows to focus on earning his college degree and to skip dating.

But he's not good at staying away from the opposite sex, which is a real problem since he wants to become a pastor. To complicate things further, his friend Deena, whom he has never been attracted to because she's fairly plain, starts looking really good to him.

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

Deena cares about people and wants to do the right thing even if it's not to her advantage. She wants to support Tony and be a good friend to him. She is also fairly humble and doesn't like attention on herself.

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

PhotobucketHannah Steinfeld for Deena.





PhotobucketBen Barnes for Tony.




What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

"Cattle herded easier than cowboys any day." From Cowgirl Trail by Susan Page Davis.

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

Veil of Pearls by Marylu Tyndall. It was everything I love in a historical romance novel. The plot was compelling, the romance sizzling, and the historical elements educational, but the bottom line was it kept me enthralled.

What are you working on now?

A book called Surprise Love, which is about Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona. The hero is trying out for the Texas Rangers and the heroine is a former rodeo circuit performer.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.michellesutton.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?

When reading a historical or contemporary romance novel, do you want the romance to be the driving force for the plot, or do you like it better when it's not the story's main emphasis?

Thank you, Michelle, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Michelle has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Michelle'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 Robbins, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of the book.

And see my post about cell phones. Leave me a comment if you'd like me to email you an invitation to hear more about this exciting new opportunity.

Finally, 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, August 20, 2012

Sandra Robbins and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen a young woman goes to study with a mountain midwife in 1894, she must decide between following her dream of being a nurse in New York or staying in the mountains with the people she’s come to love.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lorena McCourtney's novel, Dying to Read, is:

lcarnley@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing 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 Robbins, author of Angel of the Cove (Harvest House, August 2012).

PhotobucketSandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town where she grew up. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. Her books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for excellence in mystery writing, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, and the ACFW Carol Award.

Since Sandra is a Southerner by birth, she enjoys setting her historical romance and romantic suspense books in both the past and present-day South. Her latest book Angel of the Cove released August 1 from Harvest House Publishers.

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

-- Sandra’s idea of a fun night out is going to a movie with her family and then heading to the yogurt shop afterwards.

-- One place that Sandra has on her wish list for a visit is Prince Edward Island.

--Sandra enjoys cooking for her family but hates cleanup afterwards.

--Her favorite television channel is Investigation Discovery, possibly because of her interest in mystery and suspense.

--When Sandra was a senior in high school (long, long ago), she was voted the girl Most Likely to Succeed.

How exciting to know your class had that kind of confidence in you! And look how you proved them right.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Angel of the Cove.

PhotobucketIt’s 1894, and new opportunities are available for young women who want to become nurses. Anna Prentiss’s dream of becoming a student at Bellevue Hospital in New York and working in their maternity ward after graduation depends on the report concerning her abilities that her family gets from a legendary mountain midwife in the Smoky Mountains.

Anna is determined to prove herself as she travels to Cades Cove, Tennessee, a remote valley in the mountains, to assist a midwife who practices under primitive conditions, but she hasn’t counted on meeting Simon Martin, a mountain preacher who grieves his own lost dreams. She has withstood her family’s objections to going to New York, but she never expected her heart would also become her adversary.

As attraction between the two grows, Anna is determined nothing will keep her from her goal, and Simon fears he is losing his new dream of having Anna stay in the Cove with him. Will they continue to dwell on their personal desires, or can they surrender their futures to God and allow Him to make them one heart that is responsive to His will?

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

Anna Prentiss has a burning desire to accomplish her goal of becoming a nurse. She realizes the long road she must travel to reach that goal, and she is determined to learn all she can along the way. In addition she has a heart for people, and she offers love to whoever she comes in contact. Readers will enjoy seeing Anna’s journey to maturity as she learns to place her future in God’s hands.

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

PhotobucketAnnasophia Robb would play Anna.





PhotobucketAnd Liam Hemsworth would play Simon. Of course he’d have to master the Appalachian twang first.





What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

I love the opening line from Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs, but then I’m a huge fan of his work.

"I was six years old when I saw my first angel, and nobody was too thrilled about it."

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

I would recommend all three of Suzanne Collins’s books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. I refused to read these books at first because I had heard they dealt with children killing children. Then I decided I needed to see what all the buzz was about. Needless to say, I thought they were wonderful. These books should have great appeal to writers because they are constantly increasing the stakes. One problem gets solved and another much worse one surfaces. Keeping the readers guessing what can possibly happen next is what makes for a page turner.

I put off reading them as well, for the same reason. Now I've read the first two and look forward to reading the third. Thanks for not spoiling anything!

What are you working on now?

I am finishing the third book in the Smoky Mountain Dreams Series for Harvest House and working on a historical romance set in 1917 America. A Lady’s Choice deals with a young woman who travels to Washington to demonstrate with suffragists outside the White House gates. The book will release from Summerside Press in their new American Tapestries line in April, 2013.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can connect with me online at sandrarobbins.net

I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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

I’m always looking for a good book to read, so I’ll ask your readers this question. What have you read lately that you would highly recommend for a friend to read?

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, August 27. 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 interview with Melody Carlson, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of the book.

And see my post about cell phones. Leave me a comment if you'd like me to email you an invitation to hear more about this exciting new opportunity.

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, August 16, 2012

Melody Carlson and Free Books!

PhotobucketThree generations of women struggle to find family unity and repair their relationships as they converge at Shining Waters Inn on the banks of the Siuslaw River.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of one of my novels is:

lilsis1952@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of Sherri Johnson's novel, Song of the Meadowlark, is:

sarahackerman@ . . .

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

Now let's revisit with novelist Melody Carlson, author of River's End (Abingdon Press, August 2012).

PhotobucketMelody Carlson is one of the most prolific novelists of our time. With around 200 books published and sales topping 5 million, Melody writes primarily for women and teens. She’s won numerous honors and awards, including The Rita, The Gold Medallion and Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Some of her books are being considered for TV movies and film.

Melody has two grown sons and one beloved granddaughter. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

When not writing, Melody likes to travel, bike, camp, garden, and walk her dog Audrey in the great outdoors.

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

-- I’ve swum across a crocodile infested river in Papua New Guinea.

-- I used to be an atheist.

-- Fifty-percent of my heritage is unknown to me (because my father was adopted at birth) so I like to “make up” what my ancestors might’ve been. I’ve been “half Jewish, half Native American, half Irish...” whatever interests me at the moment.

-- I love old movies from the 30’s and 40’s.

-- It takes two cups of coffee to get me fully functioning in the morning.

I can't help but wonder if your first item didn't do a little something about your second...

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of River's End.

PhotobucketThe Shining Waters series was inspired by the Siuslaw River, a coastal estuary that’s near our beach cabin on the Oregon Coast. The river is named after a coastal Indian tribe (Siuslaw) that has intrigued me for years.

I heard that the Siuslaw were a matriarchal society and that, after being sent to a reservation where most perished, the government eventually offered survivors the opportunity to file land claims. Although few claims were actually filed, I decided to create a story around ‘what if?’

In the first book (River’s Song) Anna Larson returns to her family home, creating a peaceful riverside inn, where she welcomes guests and attempts to reunite broken family relationships. Her daughter Lauren returns to the river in book two (River’s Call). And in book three (River’s End) the granddaughter Sarah is estranged from her family.

After running away from home, Sarah chooses to live in some various commune situations, but her grandmother refuses to give up and eventually brings a broken Sarah back to the river. There she works through her issues, including unforgiveness, and ultimately finds the wholeness and family she’s been searching for.

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

Anna Larson is the kind of person I’d like to be. She’s generous, kind and hospitable. Best of all, she is extremely gracious. She understands the power of forgiveness from her own experiences. Anna builds the inn on the river into a place of beauty and healing. Despite her admirable qualities and lovely habitat, she has family members that challenge her peaceful existence on almost every level. And yet she never gives up on any of them. Her dream is for wholeness and healing for all and her perseverance pays off.

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

PhotobucketBecause Anna is half Native American, and in her fifties but youthful looking, I’d choose someone like Demi Moore. But she couldn’t be glammed up.

Demi even lets a little gray hair show in this shot!

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

"Happy families are all alike: every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." (Anna Karenina)

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

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley because Flavia de Luce (the eleven year old main character, written by a 70 year old man) was simply delightful and unexpected. This charming English mystery is unlike anything I’ve read for some time. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

I listened to that one on audiobook. It really was unusual and fun. A great character.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the midst of my Christmas novella (for 2013) which is untitled. (This year’s Christmas novel is The Christmas Pony.)

Where else can readers find you online?

www.melodycarlson.com

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




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712744: River"s End, The Inn at Shining Waters Series #3


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

Where is your favorite place to read?

Thank you, Melody, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Melody has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melody'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 Lorena McCourtney, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of the book.

And see my post about cell phones. Leave me a comment if you'd like me to email you an invitation to hear more about this exciting new opportunity.

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, August 13, 2012

Lorena McCourtney and Free Books!

PhotobucketCate Kinkaid expected her temporary job as an assistant private investigator to be routine and unexciting, but instead she's up to her elbows in a hostile reading group, a paint-blobbed hunk, a dead body - and way too many killers after her.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Deliverer, by Kathi Macias, is:

mnjesusfreak@ . . .

Congratulations! 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 Lorena McCourtney, author of Dying to Read (Revell, August 2012.).

PhotobucketLorena McCourtney has been writing since fifth grade (with varying degrees of success). She started with short stories for children, worked her way through women's short stories and book-length romances, and now feels she's found her real home in lighthearted, faith-based mysteries.

She's twice finaled for a Romance Writers of America Rita award, won the ACFW "Book of the Year" Mystery award (now the Carol Award), and twice won a Daphne du Maurier award for her mysteries.

She has a son, a granddaughter, two stepdaughters and several step-grandchildren (and one eccentric cat). She and her husband of 38 years live in southern Oregon.

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

-- I majored in Animal Husbandry in college and have a degree in Agriculture.

-- I am a member of the Spokane Indian Tribe, and was born on the reservation.

-- I collect old spurs, bits, and pocket knives.

-- I was baptized twice, first by sprinkling and then, some 50 years later, by immersion.

-- My first two Christian books were set in the Great Depression era, a time period I find fascinating because it seemed to bring out both the best and worst in people.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dying to Read.

PhotobucketCate Kinkaid's life is floundering. She's been out of a job for a year, except for fill-in jobs as a Santa's elf at the mall and stuffing flyers under windshields, and she was not exactly a spectacular success at those. Out of desperation she accepts a temporary job as an assistant private investigator with her Uncle Joe's Belmont Investigations. He assures her his one-man investigative business does only routine matters such as background checks and routine surveillance, no serious crime or danger involved.

Cate's first assignment is to determine if a woman named Willow Bishop lives at a particular address. Willow's great-uncle is looking for her to see that she gets a family inheritance. This should be an easy, routine matter.

Instead, Cate finds a horde of hostile and hungry Whodunit Club ladies milling around the house – and a dead body. A tragic accident, or a vicious murder?

In her efforts to determine which, Cate finds herself involved with a paint-blobbed hunk, a deaf white cat with an attitude, a woman who looks a lot like red-haired Cate herself – and killers.

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

Cate is in a position all too many people find themselves in these days – out of a job. She's willing to take anything that comes along – although she didn't expect that dead body.

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

I seldom read historical romances, but I recently read The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller, which I really enjoyed. I found the setting, which wasn't familiar to me, interesting. The characters were likeable and well motivated. And, it had the one thing that will keep me reading: what is going to happen next and how will this end?

What are you working on now?

I just finished the second Cate Kinkaid Files book, Dressed to Die, so I'll soon be starting on Book #3. I also have a lot of people asking for Book #5 in my Ivy Malone Mysteries series, so I need to try to squeeze that in too.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: http://www.lorenamccourtney.com

Facebook: My "friends" page is at www/facebook.com/lorenamccourtney Or go to my Lorena McCourtney Author page

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




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721580: Dying to Read, Cate Kincaid Files Series #1


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

In what format do you prefer to buy and read books? That is, do you want to stay with print books only, or do you also like, or even prefer, using an e-reader? Do you buy mostly in bookstores or online?

Thank you, Lorena, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lorena has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lorena'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 Sherri Johnson, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of the book.

And leave a comment below my post about cell phones to be entered into a drawing for any one of my books--your choice.

Finally, 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, August 9, 2012

Sherri Johnson and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen trusting others causes nothing but pain and rejection, and loving ends only in loss, what will it take to restore hope again?

Today we're visiting with novelist Sherri Johnson, author of Song of the Meadowlark (Oak Tara, July 2012).

PhotobucketSherri Wilson Johnson is the author of To Dance Once More (2011) and Song of the Meadowlark (2012). She is from Georgia, has been married since 1988, and is a former homeschooling mom. She loves to write, read, and make people laugh. She loves Jesus and hopes to spread His love to the whole world through her writing.

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

-- I once put on a bark collar and barked to see if it was working because my Labrador wouldn’t stop barking.

--I laugh when I find out bad news. I don’t know why I do this. I guess it’s a defense mechanism.

--I have lived in Georgia in only two counties my entire life.

--I was a preacher’s daughter.

--I met my husband when I was fourteen.

I definitely want to hear more about those first two items, Sherri. We'll talk.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Song of the Meadowlark.

PhotobucketShamed by the uncovered truth about her missing husband’s secret life, Cora Buchanan sets out on a road trip for home to mend her broken relationship with her parents. While traveling through Georgia—through a town experiencing missing and murdered women—her car breaks down leaving her stranded. Cora stays at the struggling Southern Hope Ranch until she can get back on the road.

While there, a bond develops between Cora and little Susie O’Reilly, who unexpectedly fills a void in Cora’s heart.

Cora is abducted and then soon after learns the news of her absent husband’s murder. She finally journeys home but wants to return to Georgia to help save the ranch and to aid the family when the crimes hit too close to home.

Will Rex O’Reilly, the bitter widower angry with God—and father to Susie—stand in her way?

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

Cora’s husband abandoned her, was arrested and later killed. She has to find a way to start over financially and relationally. In an effort to heal her broken relationship with her parents, broken because of their opposition to the marriage, she travels home—a humbling experience.

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

PhotobucketCobie Smulders for Cora.



PhotobucketAnd Michael Stegall for Rex, possibly.



What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

“Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.” from Gone with the Wind. (All heroines should be like this.)

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

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer was the last book I read and, yes, I would highly recommend reading it. She is an awesome writer! She gets into the head of her characters. She uses great description without going overboard.

What are you working on now?

I am polishing my third novel, After the Raging Storm, and beginning edits on my debut novel’s sequel, To Laugh Once More. I’m also working on agent proposals.

Where else can readers find you online?

sherriwilsonjohnson.com

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

When the heroine of the story has a jumbled up life and she’s trying to make a better way of living for herself, do you find it easier to connect with her or harder?

Thank you, Sherri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sherri has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sherri's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

And leave a comment below my post about cell phones to be entered into a drawing for any one of my books--your choice.

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, August 6, 2012

Cool New Service, New Releases, and Free Books!

PhotobucketThis is not me. I'm not angry with my cell phone. The only time I find it a bother is when my bill arrives. And I don't even have a data package! Thus, this brief departure from my typical post (although I do plan to give away one of my novels to a commenter).

In September I'm switching to a $49/month unlimited talk, text, and 4G data package for my cell phone that my son turned me on to. No contract involved. I've never been able to afford a data package before. The company is using a pretty cool business model much like what Facebook did in its early days. Very exciting.

If any of you would like information about the company and the service, let me know in the comments below. Be sure to include your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.Photobucket

(This isn't me, either. But look how happily she regards her cell phone. That will be me in September. Happy happy phone/text/data user!)

Also leave a comment below if you'd like to be entered in a drawing for one of my novels: your choice. Descriptions of their plot lines are available HERE. Just comment on which one of the books you'd like if your name is drawn. I'll draw a name at random on Thursday, August 16.

Also, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Miracles and Mischief, by Mary Manners, is:

marmo212@ . . .

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!


Finally, take a look at some of the fantastic Inspirational novels releasing this month!

Words in the Wind (Gateway to Gannah #2) by Yvonne Anderson -- Marooned in a desolate canyon half a planet from home, a lone survivor struggles to separate reality from illusion. (Speculative Fiction/Fantasy from Risen Books).

Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell -- When a girl from the other side of the tracks does everything to get the attention of the town's leading citizen, she finds out too late it means little if she doesn't have his heart. (Historical Romance from River North (Moody).

Avenir Eclectia, Volume 1 by Grace Bridges, Pauline Creeden, Kat Heckenbach, Keven Newsome, H.A. Titus, Fred Warren and more -- A human colony in the constellation of the Whale struggles to survive on an aging orbital station peopled with bureaucrats, wizards, beggars and cyborgs, and a violently unstable planet overrun with giant bugs and telepathic sea creatures. (Speculative Fiction from Splashdown Books).

Something Blue by Dianne Christner -- Life is going well for Megan Weaver. She has the job of her dreams working with Chance Campbell, a charming and daring missionary pilot. Then Micah Zimmerman moves into her parents' home as a pastoral candidate for the Big Darby Conservative Mennonite church. It wouldn't be so bad, except Megan remembers her unkindness to Micah as a gawky young man who once had a crush on her in college. But even though Micah has improved, he's nothing compared to Chance. Micah finds that his heart for Megan hasn't changed, but he's having to battle to keep the single… (Romance from Barbour).

Over the Edge by Mary Connealy -- Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever. Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever. After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he's got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come to the Kincaid family's ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband. (Historical Romance from Bethany House).

Living in Harmony by Mary Ellis -- Amy King must reconcile her past relationship with a shunned aunt before she can become any man's wife and take her place in a new and alien community. (Contemporary Romance from Harvest House).

Hearts in the Mist by Elizabeth Goddard -- While Artisan Sela Fox runs her gift shop, she creates rare and beautiful guitars from redwood burl just as her husband had until his death. When land developer Evan Black shows up on her doorstep, using his humor and good looks to try and persuade her to sell the small slice of heaven she owns, she refuses to give up the only reminder she has left of her husband. But Evan is even more stubborn than the lovely Sela, and he has plans of his own. When he shares his talent for classical guitar using one of Sela's creations, he'd not intended to woo her, but she responds to his serenade. (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents (Barbour).

Walks Alone by Sandi G. Rog -- A Cheyenne warrior bent on vengeance. A pioneer woman bent on fulfilling a dream. Until their paths collide. (Romance from White-Fire Publishing).

Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon -- When Kelly Warren discovers a new piece of evidence that she believes proves her father's "suicide" was really murder, she takes it to Detective Cole Taylor. He doesn't put much credence in her claim, and nothing in his review of the case suggests foul play. Yet when he digs deeper, he discovers a startling secret that links her to a long-ago crime-and a deadly killer. Is history repeating itself? And if not, then who wants her silenced? (Romantic Suspense from Revell).

Lakeside Family by Lisa Jordan -- The one man she never wanted to see again is the only one who can save her daughter's life. (Romance from Love Inspired).

Central Park Rendevous by Dineen Miller, Ronie Kendig, MaryLu Tyndall and Kim Sawyer -- Experience the beauty of Central Park where four heroes dare to risk their hearts once more for a timeless love. (A romance novella from Barbour).

Angel of the Cove by Sandra Robbins -- In 1894 a young woman spends the summer apprenticing to a mountain midwife in Cades Cove, a remote valley deep in the Smoky Mountains. (Historical Romance from Harvest House).

Rodeo Ashes by Shannon Taylor Vanatter -- A young rodeo widow must overcome grief for her husband and find new love. (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents (Barbour).

Happy reading!

Be sure to check out my interview with Kathi Macias, 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.

Kathi Macias and Free Books!

PhotobucketAfter ten years in sexual slavery, Mara is finally free—but can she ever be free of the hatred that spurs her on to seek revenge against those who betrayed and abused her?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Stars Shine Bright, by Sibella Giorello, is:

heidivargas@ . . .

Congratulations! 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 Kathi Macias, author of The Deliverer (New Hope Publishers, August 2012).

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

Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and she won the prestigious 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), as well as 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel Red Ink was a 2011 Carol Award finalist and won 2011 Novel of the Year from Golden Scrolls.

A wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time buzzing around in their new ride: Al’s 2005 sunburst orange Corvette.

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

-- My husband and I are Harley riders.

--I spent a day on Death Row at San Quentin.

--I helped David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz edit his prison memoirs.

--I’ve known my husband since we were six years old.

--I was once introduced as Rosey Grier’s bodyguard!

I'm sure Rosey was glad he had you on his side!

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

PhotobucketThe Deliverer picks up about six months after book two in the series, Special Delivery, leaves off.

Lawan, the young girl who had been trapped in a brothel in Thailand, is now free and winging her way to join her new family in San Diego, though she struggles with fears of the unknown and self-imposed shame from her past.

Mara, still living in San Diego and working as a waitress at a seaside café, has struggles of her own, including her attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery and her hatred toward her family, who sold her into slavery as a young girl.

Jonathan too wrestles with his feelings for Mara, knowing her sordid past as well as the anger that drives her. Ultimately, only the Deliverer Himself can bring resolution and peace to each of them, though each must submit control to His sovereignty.

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

Mara is the primary character, and though few can relate to the horror she has experienced, all can relate to the struggle to yield our own plans and desires to God’s, especially when His plans seem so unfair in light of what we have experienced.

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

Being unfamiliar with current Hollywood names, I would be open to suggestion. In fact, I’d love to hear some ideas from readers!

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” from A Tale of Two Cities . I feel this sums up so well the times we’re living in today.

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

My favorite all-time novel, which I always recommend, is Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It challenged me at the very roots of my faith, and I believe it will do the same for others.

Yes. A lovely book. I watched the film version just last month, and it just couldn't live up to the book.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on my new “Patches of Courage” trilogy, which begins releasing in January 2013 with the first novel, The Moses Quilt, a contemporary story of an interracial romance, told against the backdrop of a quilt made to honor the life of Harriet Tubman.

Where else can readers find you online?

In addition to www.kathimacias.com
or www.boldfiction.com
they can find me on Facebook (Kathi Macias author) and Twitter (@alandkathi) and at www.thetitus2women.com

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

CBD.com
693081: #3: The Deliverer

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

What topics would it take to move you beyond reading for pleasure or escape to reading with the intention of being challenged and changed?

Thank you, Kathi, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathi's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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

 

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