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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, September 27, 2012

Jill Williamson and Free Books!

PhotobucketA teenage boy joins the agent development program of a Christian spy organization and travels to Moscow on a training mission.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of With Every Letter, by Sarah Sundin, is:

richmon.abigail@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Jill Williamson, author of The New Recruit (Marcher Lord Press, September 2012).

PhotobucketJill Williamson is a dreamer, believer, and author of all things weird. She won two Christy Awards for her Blood of Kings trilogy and recently released Replication, a science fiction teen novel.

Jill lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.

Yes, you read that correctly--Jill has won two Christy Awards already. So impressive. 

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

--I used to design wedding dresses.

--I speak very little Japanese.

--I was born in Michigan.

--I was not raised as a Christian.

--I think Doctor Who is awesome.

I like your Japanese comment. It sounds as if the average person speak quite a bit more Japanese than you do.

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

PhotobucketForced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.

These guys mean business.

Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration.

Come on, Hollywood, are you kidding me? What a fun movie this would be!

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

Spencer is a sarcastic and tenacious teenage boy, and I think readers will find him humorous and want him to find the answers he’s looking for.

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

PhotobucketThere are few boy actors out there young enough and tall enough to pull off Spencer’s character and his red hair. I think Adam Hicks might be able to pull it off.

I had to look him up--a Disney protege of sorts!

Speaking of films, which novel would you like to see brought to film?

Melanie Dickerson’s The Merchant's Daughter, which is a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s such a great love story! And its medieval. It would make a wonderful movie.

And it won the Carol Award for Young Adult Fiction this past week, to boot!

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

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore. It’s a fabulous story about a girl, a boy, and some angels. It’s an amazing page turner, and it really spoke to me about my own fear.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Captives, which is the first in a dystopian trilogy coming out from Zonderkidz next February. It’s based on Daniel 1 when Jerusalem in conquered by Babylon and the young people are taken into the city.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.jillwilliamson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jwilliamsonwrites
Pinterest: pinterest.com/jillmwilliamson/

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

What’s something that you’re really good at (a talent, ability, skill you’ve developed)?

Thank you, Jill, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jill has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 4. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jill'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 Kathy Harris, 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 an exciting new cell phone plan. I signed up recently and am truly jazzed. Send me an email through the "Email Trish" button, above, if you'd like me to send you a link to learn more about the phone plan and the income opportunity it presents.

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.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kathy Harris and Free Books!

PhotobucketTragedy, love, and secrets meet on a journey of faith.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Dark Alleys, by Lillian Duncan, is:

lizzielaura17@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Kathy Harris, author of The Road to Mercy (Abingdon Press, September 2012).

PhotobucketKathy Harris is an author by way of a "divine detour" into the Nashville entertainment business.

After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with a well-known gospel music group. A few months later, The Oak Ridge Boys began their transition into country music, and Kathy had the opportunity to help build an entertainment empire from the ground up. Through the years, she’s been blessed to work with a number of other music artists in different capacities—from writing author bios to designing fan club merchandise catalogs.

About ten years ago, Kathy decided to pursue her childhood dream of writing novels. An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the publicity officer for her local writers group, she lives near Nashville with her husband and their two Shiloh Shepherd dogs. She regularly interviews literary and music guests on her blog at DivineDetour.com.

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

-- During high school and college, I sang with a semi-professional Southern Gospel music group.

-- Shortly before high school graduation, I considered a career in the FBI. After college, I considered returning to school for a law degree.

-- I enjoy cooking and experimenting with recipes and have entered (but never won) a number of recipe contests.

-- My husband and I actively pursued adoption for a while, until health issues intervened.

-- The prologue to The Road to Mercy was inspired by a childhood experience.

Such a varied background! Fascinating. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Road to Mercy.

PhotobucketDr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later, Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth's carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she's pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and
continue the pregnancy.

During the next few months, Josh, a Contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.

I love the cover, by the way.

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

Bethany is hiding a secret sin from her past—never quite believing that God can forgive her. Never believing that she can fully forgive herself. Haven’t we all struggled with something similar, too often forgetting that God is bigger than our sin, no matter what it is?

Oh, you know it! I think we often spend a lot of time focusing on how we've disappointed God, rather than focusing on how amazing it is that He's already forgiven us.

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

PhotobucketBethany Harrison - Kristen Ruhlin



PhotobucketJosh Harrison – Chris Hemsworth






Dr. Abrams – Oded FehrPhotobucket



PhotobucketAlex Hayes – Nicole Kidman




Speaking of films, which novel would you like to see brought to film?

Tamara Leigh’s Stealing Adda. I love stories about writers—and this is one of the best!

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

I recently read and loved Lisa Wingate’s Blue Moon Bay. Her characters, her setting, and her description were very well drawn. Even the title is beautiful, don’t you think?

It sounds like somewhere I'd like to be!

What are you working on now?

I’m in the process of editing a romantic suspense manuscript I finished earlier this year. It’s a story I couldn’t get out of my head until I finally put it down on paper—even though I was supposed to be working on a different manuscript. ☺

Where else can readers find you online?

My author site is www.KathyHarrisBooks.com.
I hangout a lot at my blog, where I interview authors and music guests, www.DivineDetour.com.
You can also find me on Twitter at @DivineDetour.
Or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KathyHarrisAuthor. I would love to connect with readers there.

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

What fiction book you’ve read most affected your life… and why?

Trish, thanks so much for inviting me here today. It was fun!

Thank you, Kathy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathy'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 Sarah Sundin, 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 an exciting new cell phone plan. I signed up recently and am truly jazzed. Send me an email through the "Email Trish" button, above, if you'd like me to send you a link to learn more about the phone plan and the income opportunity it presents.

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, September 20, 2012

Sarah Sundin and Free Books!

PhotobucketThey know everything about each other…except their real names.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Cedar Creek Seasons, featuring Eileen Key's Silvery Summer, is:

writer_weaver@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Sarah Sundin, author of With Every Letter (Revell, September 2012).

PhotobucketSarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

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

--I don’t like beans.

--I belonged to a church puppet team when I was in high school. Favorite role: Victoria the Vulture.

--My first job was flipping burgers at Carl’s Jr.

--My second job was operating rides at Knott’s Berry Farm. I could jump on and off a moving merry-go-round.

--I no longer want to jump on or off a moving merry-go-round.

That made me smile, Sarah. I think we all eventually reach that point, when the merry-go-round gets old. 

On another note, your first three items go together, in a carnivore kinda way.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of With Every Letter.

PhotobucketDuring World War II, Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met—even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program.

Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence—he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.

As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?

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

While Mellie is adventurous and brave on the job, she is shy and awkward in social situations. Her determination to change so that she can care for the wounded drew me to her.

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

For Mellie, I’d cast the model from the book cover. Really. She is Mellie—the photo even captures her combination of determination and shyness.

She really is lovely, too.

PhotobucketFor Tom, I didn’t have a celebrity in mind (I never do), but when we watched Big Fish with Ewan McGregor, it was like watching Tom, complete with the extroverted grin.

Speaking of films, which novel would you like to see brought to film?

I hesitate to answer this. Sometimes the movie version of a book is outstanding, but so many times they ruin perfectly good stories. And it’s never quite like I pictured it in my head.

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

I just finished Laura Frantz’s Love's Reckoning, which was phenomenal. Gorgeous writing, complex characters, and a gripping story. It’s one of those books that make you sigh with joy, and then make you want to give up writing!

What are you working on now?

I’m almost done with my publisher’s first edit of On Distant Shores, the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series (June 2013), and I’m finishing my outline for the third book so I can dive into the first draft.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.sarahsundin.com
Blog: www.sarahsundin.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahSundinAuthor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sarahsundin

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

Have you ever had a pen pal? What did you enjoy about that friendship?

Thank you, Sarah, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sarah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, September 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sarah'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 see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan. I signed up recently and am truly jazzed. Send me an email through the "Email Trish" button, above, if you'd like me to send you a link to learn more about the phone plan and the income opportunity it presents.

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, September 17, 2012

Lillian Duncan and Free Books!

PhotobucketToday we're focusing on Lillian Duncan's new mystery, Dark Alleys.

But first, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Deadly Additive, by Donn Taylor, is:

peg@ . . .

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 back to our novelist of the day, Lillian Duncan. Tell us five random things we might not know about you, Lil.

Photobucket
--I love animals. We have 2 dogs, four parrots, and a couple of goldfish.

--My husband and I camp. If you call air conditioning, TV, internet access, and microwaves campting!

--I am fluent in American Sign Language.

--I love French Onion soup but I hate onions. It makes no sense.

--I was diagnosed with 2 brain tumors this year but thankfully they are benign. However; I still have treatments I’m going through.

Wow, Lil. I'm sure we'll all keep you in prayer on that last one.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dark Alleys.

PhotobucketA homeless alcoholic woman witnesses a murder. As she tries to escape, she is also injured. She wakes up in the hospital, but can’t remember the murder.

After successfully competing rehab, she is determined to rebuild her life, but the murderer has other plans for her.

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

Tessa has made big mistakes in her life, but wants to do the right thing.

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

PhotobucketTessa would be played by Courtney Cox.



PhotobucketThe male lead who is a police detective would be played by Richard Gere



Photobucketor Mark Harmon.



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

I’m reading Ricochet by Christy Barritt right now. Even though I’m not finished with it, I would definitely recommend it. It’s got great characters and a great story. I’m definitely enjoying it.

What are you working on now?

I just finished up final edits for a Christmas-themed Novella that will be released near Christmas time, of course. It’s titled The Christmas Stalking. It’s about a country singer being stalked. It’s a fun story filled with action and suspense.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is: www.lillianduncan.net.
I also have a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com
My twitter handle is @LillianDuncan

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

As a reader of Christian Fiction, what would you be insulted to read in a Christian Fiction book?

Thank you, Lil, 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, September 24. 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 Eileen Key, 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 an exciting new cell phone plan. I signed up recently and am truly jazzed. Send me an email through the "Email Trish" button, above, if you'd like me to send you a link to learn more about the phone plan and the income opportunity it presents.

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, September 13, 2012

Eileen Key and Free Books!

PhotobucketIn their sixties, Claire Parsons and Eli Mueller are about to experience a life-changing event.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Cedar Creek Seasons, featuring Cynthia Ruchti's Maybe Us, is:

kmgervais@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Eileen Key, author of Silvery Summer (in the Cedar Creek Seasons novella collection), Barbour, September 2012. You may notice this is the same collection we just gave away this morning. Now you have a second chance to win a signed copy!

PhotobucketEileen Key retired after teaching school for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor, with two mysteries and three novellas published.

Mother of three, grandmother of three, Eileen resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she is an active member of Grace Community Church.

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

--I have owned library cards in eight different cities.

--I co-wrote my first fiction book in fourth grade, The Littlest Fir Tree. It was a hit with our teacher!

--At a women’s retreat, I ate so many fresh strawberries I puffed up like the Pillsbury Doughboy; I had to go to the ER!

--As a kid, I rode on several cattle drives, ate out of a Chuckwagon and slept under the stars. Day one was great fun, day two, not so much. That’s when you’re really saddle sore.

--My daughter raised sheep in FFA, and I can handle a pair of shears with the best of them. I nicknamed her first two animals Barbecue and Grilled.

Well, you certainly do sound like a Texas gal in those last two items, Eileen!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Silvery Summer.

PhotobucketClaire Parsons returns to her hometown and comes face-to-face with the man who crushed her dreams. Eli Mueller hopes his lifelong dream is about to come true.

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

If you’ve ever been lied to, you’ll sympathize with Claire. While in Cedarburg, Claire struggles to keep bitterness from rearing its ugly head.

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

PhotobucketJudi Dench and . . .




PhotobucketPaul Newman, but alas, he’s passed away.




Alas is right. But we often use faces from the past in the answers to this one. Speaking of films, which novel would you like to see brought to film?

My Heart Remembers, by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It’s a unique tale of an historical event new to me!

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

I’m an avid reader, so the answer to this question is fluid. A recent book I’ve read which I’d recommend is To Love and to Cherish by Kelly Irvin. An Amish tale of wounded hearts. Kelly has such strong characters and action-packed words.

What are you working on now?

A romance novel which takes place in my neck of the woods! But I’ve loved my research trips to Wisconsin, so maybe I should rethink my setting!

Where else can readers find you online?

www.eileenkey.com

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

Have you ever reconnected with someone from your past that’s had a real impact on you?

Thank you, Eileen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Eileen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, September 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Eileen'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 Donn Taylor, 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 an exciting new cell phone plan. I signed up recently and am truly jazzed. Send me an email through the "Email Trish" button, above, if you'd like me to send you a link to learn more about the phone plan and the income opportunity it presents.

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, September 10, 2012

Donn Taylor and Free Books!

PhotobucketA routine Colombian kidnapping masks a threat to the global balance of power.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Ronie Kendig's novel, Trinity, is:

faithfulgirl4@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Donn Taylor, author of Deadly Additive (Harbourlight, September 2012).

PhotobucketDonn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature (especially Renaissance) at two liberal arts colleges.

His novels The Lazarus File and Rhapsody in Red have received excellent reviews, and he has also authored Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences such as Glorieta and Blue Ridge.

Donn and his wife live near Houston, Texas, where he continues to write fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics.

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

--I was born two days before the planet Pluto was discovered. (They would never have found it without me?)

--Some years ago, Mildred and I rented a Piper Pacer at Toule Rosiere AFB in France and flew it to Copenhagen for a vacation. She proved to be an excellent navigator. We watched a Danish-language movie and didn’t understand anything but the shooting and kissing.

--The last in-theatre movie Mildred and I saw was the newly-released Driving Miss Daisy. (I’ve been cussed by experts for free, so why pay $10.00 to be cussed by amateurs?) We record classic movies and watch them at home.

--Mildred and I have just celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. (We’re not that old: we were married before we were born.)

--At age sixteen I composed half of my high school senior piano recital, and for two years in college track I ran the two mile without losing one. (The draft flushed me out of college at age eighteen and that was that.)

Wow, Donn. My answers to the above questions are more like "I'm addicted to Reese's peanut butter cups" and "I'm not a fan of cats." I feel so . . . shallow. Quite an interesting list you have there!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Deadly Additive.

PhotobucketTo soldier-of-fortune Jeb Sledge it seems like a simple job: Rescue an heiress and her journalist friend Kristin Halvorsen from their kidnapping by Colombian guerrillas and collect a sizable paycheck. But Kristin has other plans.

After stumbling onto a mass of dead bodies, she won’t leave Colombia without the proof she needs for the story of a lifetime. While she and Jeb wrangle over her obstinacy, they discover a hidden factory where the guerrillas build a new and deadly type chemical weapon for the international black market.

Their discovery triggers a raid on the factory, followed by a desperate search through the Caribbean and the U.S. to prevent a catastrophic attack by weapons the factory has produced. But who is behind that attack, and what are the planned targets? Finding out brings Jeb and Kristin again into peril for their lives.

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

Jeb Sledge has risked his life repeatedly while supporting noble causes in Afghanistan and Colombia, and he has been severely wounded. But each time when the action is over, he finds that the world seems empty of value. Isn’t sacrificing oneself for a noble cause enough to satisfy the value question?

Kristin is an overachiever determined to do whatever it takes to gain national fame as a journalist. But one facet of her character stands in the way: she is equally determined to get at the truth, regardless of the cost to her own plans and personal well-being.

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

You have to remember that Mildred and I don’t watch current movies, so I have to answer with performers from the classics.

Photobucket For the part of Jeb Sledge, I would choose the Dick Powell of hard-boiled murder/adventure films like Murder, My Sweet and Station West.



PhotobucketA close second choice would be Dana Andrews (Laura, Canyon Passage).




Photobucket For the part of Kristin Halvorsen, I would choose Ginger Rogers. Dancing aside, she was a superb dramatic actress (Heartbeat, Storm Warning). And the blonde hair is essential to the character and plot.



PhotobucketA close second would be Eleanor Parker (Scaramouche, The Naked Jungle), also an actress of varied talents, though she would have to change her red hair to blonde.



I've just added eight films to my "must see" list. I love the classics! Speaking of films, which novel would you like to see brought to film?

No contest on this: It’s Gavin Lyall’s 1961 thriller The Wrong Side of the Sky. Set in the turbulent aftermath of WW II and the partition of India (to form Pakistan), the novel is filled with thrilling flight scenes and dangerous intrigues. It’s the story of a disgraced pilot out-intriguing the intriguers to return to the right side of the sky.

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

Murder a Cappella, by Jim Callan and Diane Bailey (Wayside Press). The novel has individualized and interesting characters, and it is well plotted. Its setting in San Antonio during a convention/contest of the Sweet Adelines (ladies’ barber shop harmony groups) gives it a double whammy: the historical tourist sites of San Antonio plus the inner workings of the choral groups themselves.

It also is extremely well edited, containing none of the irritating errors of grammar and usage that (along with typos) plague many of today’s novels. Kudos to Wayside Press for this, as well as to the authors.

What are you working on now?

I’ve completed a sequel to Rhapsody in Red and am started on a sequel to the sequel. The first sequel involves a second murder on a denominational campus trending toward going secular. The second involves the same protagonists (Professors Preston Barclay and Mara Thorn) as unwelcome summer-term visiting professors at the state university. I’m also scouting around for a sequel to Deadly Additive.

Where else can readers find you online?

My Web site (www.donntaylor.com) contains excerpts from my books. My Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DonnTaylor) contains book info plus personal stuff. My Facebook author page (www.facebook.com/authordonntaylor) contains (as you might expect) more information about my books. I’m just getting started on Twitter (twitter.com/@donntaylor3).

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

What qualities attract you to a hero or heroine? What qualities turn you off?

Thank you, Donn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donn has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Donn'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 Cynthia Ruchti, 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 an exciting new cell phone plan. I signed up recently and am truly jazzed. Send me an email through the "Email Trish" button, above, if you'd like me to send you a link to learn more about the phone plan and the income opportunity it presents.

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, September 6, 2012

Cynthia Ruchti and Free Books!

PhotobucketThirty-something Beth Schurmer has her hands full running The Yarn Shop on Cedarburg’s historic Washington Avenue and caring for her aging grandfather, so the last thing she needs is romance…although a guy who’s a brownie expert might be the exception.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Mary Ellis's novel, Living in Harmony, is:

CarolNWong@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Cynthia Ruchti, author of Maybe Us, in the Cedar Creek Seasons novella collection (Barbour Publishing, September 2012).

PhotobucketCynthia Ruchti wrote and produced The Heartbeat of the Home radio ministry for 33 years. She was past president of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW’s professional relations liaison.

 Whether through novels, devotionals, non-fiction, or speaking to women’s groups, writers, or her grandchildren, she’s engaged in telling stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark. www.cynthiaruchti.com

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

--I connected with my agent, Wendy Lawton, while we were both celebrating our 35th wedding anniversaries on an Alaskan cruise.

--I once worked for a world-famous knitting and wool supplies enterprise and as a sidelight to that job knit bulky v-neck vests for a high-class boutique in California.

--My first job out of college was in a chemistry lab.

--I discouraged would-be muggers on the mean streets of Chicago one time by facing off with, “If we had any money on us, do you think we’d be walking in this neighborhood?” I was 18 and from small town America. What did I know?

--My third child was born 45 minutes after I arrived at the hospital. The OB nurses commented, “She’s still smiling! And she didn’t even mess up her eye makeup!” ☺ Don’t ask about the labor story for my second child!

Quite a variety there, Cynthia! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Maybe Us.

PhotobucketBeth Schurmer has her hands full running her deceased grandmother’s Yarn Shop in the charming community of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and caring for her aging grandfather. It’s not what she would have chosen for a career, but she knows she’s needed and serves from a grateful heart.

When a new shop opens two doors down—Life by Chocolate—and Derek the owner turns out to be not only 7 feet tall but a world-class brownie expert, more than the smell of cocoa and autumn are in the air. She can’t afford to divide her heart or affections. Not now. Or is she missing the point? And what’s with the secret everyone seems to know but her?

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

Beth cares deeply about offering her grandfather whatever he needs in the waning years of his life, even at the expense of her own dreams. Her respect for him sometimes makes her lose touch with what her own heart needs. Haven’t we all been there?

Trust your sweet nature to think so, Cynthia. I think I can be just the opposite--focusing more on my own needs at the expense of others. But don't tell anyone. It will be our little secret. 

Still, that would make me even more drawn to a sweetheart character like Beth.

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

PhotobucketBeth has hair the color of a roasted marshmallow, but if she’d be willing to visit a quirky hair salon, I think Meg Ryan could play the role. Derek is uber-tall, with copper corkscrew curls. I don’t know what actor would play his part, but the young man I sat next to on the plane to St. Louis one time would be perfect for the part!

I found it impossible to find a picture of Meg Ryan with dark hair, so we'll have to settle for dark blond and good imaginations. I can't think of a striking red-haired male--maybe you have ideas, readers?

Speaking of films, which novel would you like to see brought to film?

Not just because she’s my friend, but I think Becky Melby’s recent series, beginning with Tomorrow's Sun (Barbour Publishing), would lend themselves to fascinating visual productions. She writes so the books become mind-movies. How great would it be to see them on the big screen?

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

I’m rereading Havah by Tosca Lee, the story of Eve told through her eyes and Tosca’s imagination (plus a wealth of research). I consider it must-reading for every woman. Relationship-changing…both in my relationship with my husband and in my relationship with God.

Tosca's writing is as gorgeous as she is. I loved Havah, too.

What are you working on now?

I recently turned in edits for a full-length novel—When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press)—which releases in April of 2013. So much of my heart is in that book. I’m working on edits for a non-fiction releasing in July of 2013—Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (Abingdon Press Christian Living), a book I pray has a hope-giving impact for readers. And I’m at work on another full-length novel—All My Belongings—which releases in 2014 (Abingdon Press). Another challenging project, but one that moves my own heart as I write.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.cynthiaruchti.com
www.hopethatglowsinthedark.com
www.facebook.com/cynthiaruchtireaderpage
www.twitter.com/cynthiaruchti.net
www.pinterest.com/cynthiaruchti
www.linkedin.com/cynthiaruchti

That’s probably enough, huh? Connecting with readers and other authors is a deep joy-producer for me, so I do hope your readers will come visit!

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?

Cedarburg’s cultural and artistic community coupled with a beautiful and historically rich setting made it a perfect spot from which to tell a story. What location is a favorite of yours? What makes it seem as if it’s already plump with stories ripe for the picking?

Thank you so much, Trish. It’s an honor to share some time with you and your readers here.


Thank you, Cynthia, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cynthia has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, September 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cynthia'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 Ronie Kendig, 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. I just signed up today and am truly jazzed. Send me an email through the "Email Trish" button, above, if you'd like me to send you a link to learn 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.

 

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