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What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, October 29, 2012

R.J. Larson and Free Books!

PhotobucketMilitary Judge Kien Lantec embarks on a dangerous journey to fulfill his Creator’s will—praying he can complete his mission in time to save the young woman he loves.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Twice Promised, by Maggie Brendan, is

ppwbookplace@ . . .

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 R.J. Larson, author of Judge (Bethany House Publishers, November 2012).

PhotobucketR. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals and several Biblical works. She often skips meals while writing, and is suspected of eating chocolate and potato chips for lunch.

She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons.

Prophet, the prequel to Judge, marked her debut in the fantasy genre.

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

--I love food, with the exceptions of licorice, rabbit, and rhubarb. EEW!

--I’m related to the Petty racing clan.

--Basic math forces me to use a calculator past 1 + 1, yet Algebra makes perfect sense! It must be the letters.

--My husband and I essentially met on a blind date, and we married ten months later. Never mind that we’ve been happily married for thirty-plus years—we advise others to not follow our example!

--I’ve stood within mere feet of nuclear weapons.

Still ruminating about that odd food list!

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

PhotobucketMilitary judge Kien Lantec is ordered by the Infinite to travel to a distant town, ToronSea, to warn a handful of the Infinite’s followers against their temptations to worship a new goddess, Atea.

Unfortunately, the young woman Kien loves, Ela of Parne, has received a similar order from the Infinite, and her life is in danger. Kien is so desperate to return to Ela that—in judge-like fashion—he does what he believes is right, without consulting the Infinite, and the consequences are disastrous.

Judge took shape while I was writing my first Biblical fantasy, Prophet—inspired by Old Testament prophets, such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel. My protagonist, Kien, was great fun to write in Prophet, but his sense of humor, his privileged upbringing, and his newfound faith in his Creator, the Infinite, seemed to invite spiritual testing, which forces him to admit his weaknesses and grow in his faith.

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

Kien genuinely cares about others, and he is able to laugh at himself even in desperate circumstances. And while he is far from perfect, he does earnestly desire to love and follow his Creator. Kien also loves a courageous young woman—so completely that he’s willing to risk his life to save her, if he’s given the chance.

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

PhotobucketHenry Cavill as Kien




PhotobucketAlyssa Bernal as Ela






However, after finishing Prophet, readers have offered other opinions for Kien. Such as:

PhotobucketGuilio Berruti






PhotobucketNick Wechsler






All such wonderful looking actors! Henry Cavill is the only one of those actors I've ever heard of.

Which of your favorite pastimes has had an influence on your writing?

Reading! I’m sure this is the number one answer for authors, but it’s so true! To be a writer you must read. I must add, however, that many of my hobbies have added to my writing: cooking, sewing, working with plants and herbs, and my love of reading medical news—as well as my love of studying history and the Lord’s Word!

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

I recently finished Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and I loved the way she tied together plotlines from her previous books in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, bringing an enchanted world to life.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m starting on revisions for King, number three in the Books of the Infinite series, which is the story of Kien’s friend, Akabe, the king of Siphra—I love the whole editing process, and revisions allow me time to re-envision my story from a fresh perspective!

Where else can readers find you online?

http://rjlarsonbooks.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest—offering visual hints for books 2 and 3! Pinterest



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

What would you do if all books were removed from your life—as in gone, never to return? What are the implications of such a loss to you as a reader?

Thanks, R.J., for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, R.J. has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to R.J.'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 James Rubart, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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, October 25, 2012

James Rubart and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhat if you could send your spirit into other people’s souls to fight for their freedom?


Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of To Whisper Her Name, by Tamera Alexander, is

alekee02@ . . .

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 James L. Rubart, author of Soul’s Gate (Thomas Nelson, October 2012).

PhotobucketJames L. Rubart is the best-selling, award winning author of Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, and Soul’s Gate.

The University of Washington was somehow convinced to give him a degree in Broadcast Journalism back in the mid 80s. He was an on-air talent for a number of years before starting his own marketing firm.

During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.

He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and loves to dirt bike, hike, golf, take photos, and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

I don't know, Jim. You look pretty comfy on those skis to me. 

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

-- I use too much creamer in my coffee. (Have to kill the coffee taste, you know?)

-- I used to be a semi-pro magician.

-- Contrary to popular opinion, I’m an introvert.

-- The fingers on my right hand were smashed when I was 1 ½ years old and was told they would never grow. Insert God’s miraculous healing here.

--I’m scared of heights. (Which made jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet very exciting.)

You are insane.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Soul's Gate.

Photobucket“Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality we live in 99 percent of our days. The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory.”

What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future.

Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.

Now God has drawn Reece out of the shadows to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago. A prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world . . . if Reece will face his deepest regret and teach them what he has learned.

They gather at a secluded and mysterious ranch deep in the mountains of Colorado, where they will learn to see the spiritual world around them with stunning clarity—and how to step into the supernatural.

Their training is only the beginning. The four have a destiny to pursue a freedom even Reece doesn’t fully fathom. But they have an enemy hell-bent on destroying them and he’ll stop at nothing to keep them from their quest for true freedom and the coming battle of souls.

Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly and RT Book Reviews have to say about Soul’s Gate:

Publisher’s Weekly: “Readers with high blood pressure or heart conditions be warned: this is a seriously heart-thumping and satisfying read that goes to the edge, jumps off, and “builds wings on the way down.”

RT Book Reviews made Soul’s Gate a Top Pick and says: “Rubart’s novel is enthralling and superlative. Truly a story about freedom from things that we hold onto, this tale will captivate readers and encourage a more active, dynamic spiritual life. The original plot and well-drawn characters elevate this book to “must read” status.”

And if you’re into book trailers, here’s a link to the one we did for Soul’s Gate: http://tinyurl.com/83sovl7

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

As you read above, Reece was taken out, and because of his wounding lived in the shadows for years. I think there’s a longing in each of us to step more fully into the light, to step into the destiny God has designed for us and free ourselves from the chains that hold us back. I think they’ll care about Reece’s journey back into the light because it might be their journey as well.

What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?

In the spring of 2006 I got a rejection from my dream publisher—Thomas Nelson, who is now my publisher—and when I told my wife about it she said, “I guess at some point you’re going to have to decide if you’re a writer or not, no matter what anyone else ever says.”

In that moment I decided I was a writer no matter what. I believed.

And look what God had in mind for you. What a terrific bit of encouragement for writers struggling for that first contract.

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

The Reunion by Dan Walsh. It got extremely dusty in the airplane as I read this book. The novel went to the deep places in my heart. I loved it and did not want it to end.

Yes, Dan's books have moved me like that, too. 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on edits on the sequel to Soul’s Gate, called Memory’s Door which releases summer 2013. After that I’ll start writing the third book in the trilogy. And I’m working with a co-author on a non-fiction book for writers called, Live Free, Write Free which is for writers who want to discover a way to access, and write, the deepest stories of their hearts.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.jameslrubart.com
Facebook
Twitter: @jimrubart
www.3menwalkintoablog.com

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

If Jesus showed up right now, in the flesh in front of you, what would you most want to hear from Him? What do you most need to hear from him?

Always great to be here with you, Trish!

Thanks, Jim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jim has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim'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 Maggie Brendan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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, October 22, 2012

Maggie Brendan and Free Books!

PhotobucketTwo beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Found in the Woods, by LoRee Peery, is

kfp10596@ . . .

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 Maggie Brendan, author of Twice Promised (Revell, October 2012).

PhotobucketMaggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, was nominated for the Rita, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards and a The Heart of Excellence award for Deeply Devoted. She is the author of the Heart of the West series. Her latest series is The Blue Willow Brides.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, singing, painting, scrapbooking and being with her family.

She is a member of the Author’s Guild, the American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope and Love and Georgia Romance Writers.

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

--My brother, Jess McCreede was an author of seven novels.

--I used to paint with oil and acrylics before my book contracts.

--I assisted for a couple of years with the filming of my pastor’s (Bryant Wright) One Minute of Your Time spots for radio and TV.

--I’m the youngest of eight.

--I sewed an entire duvet, dust ruffle and dressing table of black and white toile for my guest room.

Goodness, that right hemisphere is just buzzing for you, isn't it?!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Twice Promised.

PhotobucketGreta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she’s come to know through his tender letters. But when the dust clears, she meets Cora Johnson and discovers she’s not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess.

Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess’s affection, the young women can hardly believe it when not Jess but his brother Zach picks them up from the station—and reveals that Jess knows nothing about any mail-order bride, let alone two. Will either bride make the match she hopes for?

Filled with surprises, misunderstandings, and tender romance, Twice Promised is the story of how two unlikely women become twice blessed.

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

Greta is independent and very energetic but has a broken heart and is looking for the kind of love that her sister found through being a mail order bride.

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

PhotobucketScarlet Johansson




Photobucketand James Franco.





What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?

My brother’s sudden death. I had just submitted my query letter that he helped me tweak. I was all the more determined to make him proud of me from heaven.

Oh, I'm so sorry about your loss, Maggie. I lost my sister years ago, rather suddenly, too. That loss was instrumental in my coming to Christ. Interesting, isn't it, how the Lord will use tragedy in our lives.

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

Tamera Alexander's A Lasting Impression—actually not finished with it because of my own deadline. I love Tamera’s writing and enjoy reading historical novels. I can’t wait to get back to it.

What are you working on now?

I just submitted the third book for The Blue Willow Brides--Perfectly Matched. I’m starting a new series, Virtues and Vices of the old West.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.MaggieBrendan.com
www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com
www.BustlesAndSpurs.com
Twitter @MaggieBrendan

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

Do you read the author’s historical notes? I work very hard on them, and would like to hear if readers take the time to read them.

Thank you, Maggie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Maggie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Maggie'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 Tamera Alexander, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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, October 18, 2012

Tamera Alexander and Free Books!

PhotobucketTwo wounded people. One fragile nation. Choices only love can make.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Stealing Hearts, by Amber Stockton, is

prettyhearth@ . . .

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 Tamera Alexander, author of To Whisper Her Name, a Belle Meade Plantation novel (Zondervan, November 2012).

PhotobucketTamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books, including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide, as well as multiple industry awards. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award.

Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville.

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

-- I love to visit cemeteries.

-- I was named the “Most Courteous” in the 7th grade (and subsequently have never garnered that coveted reference since).

-- I love dogs. I like cats.

-- I’m allergic to dogs. I’m really allergic to cats.

-- I have a dog. Jack. A Silky Terrier. He’s hypoallergenic.

Well, I have to say you're most courteous in the way you address your obvious dog-over-cat  preference, Tammy. (I'm with you, by the way.)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of To Whisper Her Name.

Photobucket Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation.

Expecting to be the Harding’s head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.

Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade's head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives.

As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again.

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

Lt. Ridley Adam Cooper’s loyalty runs deep, yet he’s considered a traitor, a turncoat. Olivia Aberdeen is a woman born before her time. She just doesn’t know it yet.

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

PhotobucketA scruffy Kyle Chandler might portray Lt. Ridley Adam Cooper.




PhotobucketAnd the lovely but spunky Rachel Weisz might portray Olivia Aberdeen.




It was not easy finding a scruffy picture of Kyle Chandler. The man hasn't missed many shaves. Or haircuts.

What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?

When my mother-in-law gave me a book, a “simple love story,” that showed me God’s unconditional love in a way I’d not seen or understood it before. I never read it until after she died. But I trust she knows what journey she started for me. The book? Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke.

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

I’m reading True Sisters by Sandra Dallas, and I’m loving it! I’d highly recommend it. I love Sandra’s style, her voice, her deep characterization.

What are you working on now?

The second book in the Belmont Mansion series, another Southern historical series that is written to intertwine with the Belle Meade Plantation novels.

How smart to intertwine them. I like the continuity of that.

Where else can readers find you online?

Connect with me here:

www.tameraalexander.com
www.tameraalexander.blogspot.com
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Watch video vignettes filmed on location at the Belle Meade Plantation

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

What’s the last book you’ve actually reread more than twice? (For me it’s the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. I reread those books every few years. Adore them.)

Thank you, Tamera, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Tamera has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Tamera'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 LoRee Peery, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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, October 15, 2012

LoRee Peery and Free Books!

PhotobucketA woman, a wolf, a man, lost in the woods. Will they find safety?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Wedded to War, by Jocelyn Green, is

johudd@ . . .

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 meet novelist LoRee Peery, author of Found in the Woods (White Rose Publishing—a division of Pelican Ventures, LLC, July 2012).

PhotobucketA lifelong Nebraskan, LoRee Peery is the oldest of seven and grew up on a Nebraska farm. Thanks to her mother, she learned to read when she was four and has devoured books since.

LoRee and her husband have tackled some interesting projects over the course of their married life. For one, they built the home they live in with their own hands. They once wanted more acres further away from city life, but one day LoRee realized they had their “greener on the other side of the fence” already. All it took was removing the hedge made of trees and bushes.

She feels grounded in her sense of place and considers it a blessing to have lived most of her life in the country.

Her Frivolities series is available from White Rose Publishing.

How wonderful to sense such contentment in your bio, LoRee!

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

-- I would rather be outside than cook.

-- When I was 18 I wore an asymmetrical hairstyle.

-- I learned to read music during my one year of “town” school, but could never master the bass clef.

-- As a young woman I looked at my mother and said to myself, “I will never wear an elasticized waist.” Oh boy, never say never.

-- I want to walk to the top of a light house.

Oh, man, that waistband comment is priceless.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Found in the Woods.

Photobucket Beth Phillips returns to Platteville, Nebraska in order to begin a new life and to hide from her abusive ex-husband. The secluded cabin offers a chance to stay hidden and to draw closer to God, but Beth quickly discovers she is not alone in the woods. She befriends a curious, displaced wolf, but instead of fearing the animal Beth finds comfort in his company.

When field biologist, Aiden Holt, follows up on reported wolf sightings, he finds the animal and Beth Phillips. With emotional baggage of his own, Aiden usually prefers animals to people, but Beth's passion to keep the wolf draws Aiden in. Experience tells him the wolf needs relocation. His heart tells him he needs Beth Phillips. He camps nearby to capture the wolf, but can he capture Beth's heart, too?

Two souls, each lost in their own way, are brought together by one of God's beautiful creations. Will the Lord's path to their destiny be found in the woods?

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

Beth goes beyond survivorship. She is an overcomer, determined to become who the Lord wants her to be.

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

PhotobucketEmma Stone.



Love her! 

What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?

It was a spiritual point in my life involving another person. When I determined I can’t do the work of the Holy Spirit, and gave that situation over to the Lord, I received my first contract.

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

I really enjoyed Homeschooling Can Be Murder by Susan Lyttek. It’s fresh and different with a touch of mystery that involves children.

And we just featured Susan and her novel!

What are you working on now?

The present life really does affect creativity. I’ve had a rough year with family issues taking up my time. Not an excuse, simply the reality that family comes first. My WIPS are a romance based on a real life experience and on the back burner is another romance sparked by an 800-word short story.

I hear you about life interrupting the creative process, LoRee! I think most of us have points in life when we have to ease back and wait for life to catch up.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.loreepeery.com
Facebook
www.pelicanbookgroup.com

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

I’d like to know how many readers look at the end of a book before the beginning…that’s how my mother determined whether or not to read a book.

Yikes! I'm interested to hear how everyone responds to that one. 

Thank you, LoRee, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, LoRee has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to LoRee'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 Amber Stockton, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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, October 11, 2012

Amber Stockton and Free Books!

PhotobucketGrace Baxton is forced to make amends with the thief who stole a family heirloom, then struggles with forgiveness while battling her attraction for him and the man who returns the stolen item.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Homeschooling Can Be Murder, by Susan Lyttek, is

mac262@ . . .

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 Amber Stockton, author of Stealing Hearts (Barbour/Harlequin, October 2012).

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

-- I published my first novel before the age of 30.

-- My career as a web designer (and now a virtual assistant) began while working for actress, Jane Seymour (of Dr. Quinn fame).

-- Before I married, I was the only living female Miller in my family (name given at birth, and not married into it).

-- My husband was my first kiss, my first relationship, and my first date, and we didn’t meet until I was 27.

-- With my children, it makes for the 4th generation of Washington Redskins fans in our family.

I don't think I knew that about you and Stuart, Amber. What a cool story. And now you two have such a cute family! 

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

Photobucket When Grace Baxton comes face-to-face with the thief who broke into her uncle's home, she isn't prepared for meeting Andrew Bradenton—not a young boy out to cause trouble and no hardened criminal, either. The judge sentences Andrew Bradenton to work for the Baxton family, and being forced to see him almost daily, Grace struggles with forgiveness.

Out of guilt, Andrew offers to help Grace search for an heirloom book. When a handsome stranger appears with the book in hand, warming Grace's heart and finding favor with her uncle, Grace is torn over her growing attraction for both men.

Andrew tries to prove the stranger is up to no good, but after key documents and money go missing from her uncle's safe, Andrew is seen as the guilty party. How will Grace discover the truth?

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

Andrew Bradenton is a victim of circumstance, and he does everything he can to make amends. His pride is still bruised a bit, and he eats a bit of humble pie, but he doesn’t let it get him down. He also has a rascally side that was fun to write.

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

PhotobucketLiam Hemsworth




Photobucketand Ashley Johnson.




What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?

Without a doubt, it was sitting down with then-editor Jim Peterson in 2004 at the Denver ACFW conference and chatting about some book ideas I had. One struck a chord with him, and 2 years later, that story became my first book sold. Jim and Tracie Peterson took a risk on me, and 6 years later, I have 13 books sold. They both encouraged me, guided me, and helped me grow into a professional writing career.

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

Love Finds You in Wildrose, North Dakota by Tracey Bateman. She paints an able-bodied heroine with faults who is also likeable and vulnerable in her headstrong nature. The hero is grieving but draws out your empathy as he struggles to care for his daughter in the wake of his wife’s death. His devotion to his daughter is endearing, even if his distant behavior toward his wife’s sister is aggravating.

What are you working on now?

I have a trilogy requested for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical, and thanks to editor Tina James, I have detailed notes that is making the entire plot and characters stronger. Now, all I need is the time to finish the revisions for her. *grins* I’m also working on revisions for a trilogy for Harvest House, and a potential novel for Summerside/Guideposts in the Love Finds You line. All of those are under speculation right now. No contracts yet.

Busy woman! That's fantastic. Where else can readers find you online?

www.amberstockton.com
Facebook
Twitter

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

If someone in your life ever betrayed you in some way, yet your paths still crossed on a regular basis, what would you do to make working together possible?

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

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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, October 8, 2012

Jocelyn Green and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Civil War erupted, Charlotte Waverly traded a life of privilege for a chance at a life of significance.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the two winners of the signed copies of my books are

pmk56@ . . .

and jeanereads@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email each of you today to get your mailing address, 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 visit with novelist Jocelyn Green, author of Wedded to War (River North Fiction, July 2012).

PhotobucketJocelyn Green is an award-winning author and freelance writer. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, the Faith Deployed devotional books for military wives. Jocelyn also co-authored of Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan, and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, which inspired her first novel: Wedded to War.

Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.

Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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

--I once was a nanny in Mexico.

-- I once shared an apartment building with a suspect for the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks. (I lived in Arlington and worked on Capitol Hill during the time.)

--My favorite brain food is almonds, and my favorite indulgence is chocolate, so Toblerone is a gift from God.

--In every home I’ve ever lived in, I’ve painted at least two walls the color red.

--I’m a sucker for Broadway musicals. Favorites include Mama Mia and Les Miserables.

Oh, I'm a huge fan of Les Miserables! Saw it at the Kennedy Center during its premier year--the set design just blew me away, as did the music.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wedded to War.

PhotobucketIt's April 1861, and the Union Army's Medical Department is a disaster, completely unprepared for the magnitude of war. A small group of New York City women, including 28-year-old Charlotte Waverly, decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and social ostracism.

Charlotte leaves a life of privilege, wealth-and confining expectations-to be one of the first female nurses for the Union Army. She quickly discovers that she's fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role.

At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision: Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing?

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

We root for Charlotte because she tries to break the mold of what privileged Victorian women are expected to do (or rather, not do), not because she is rebellious, but because she desperately wants to serve and make a contribution to society.

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

PhotobucketGeena Davis might be a good fit for Charlotte Waverly.




PhotobucketAnd Ryan Gosling would be a good Caleb Lansing.




Ah, what is it about Ryan Gosling? He's not really that good looking. But I just wasted half an hour looking at his pictures.

What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?

The first contract. I knew I wanted to be an author for years, but it took three years to sell the first book. (Yes, I was agented for all those three years, and still am.) After the first book, I’ve been publishing at least two per year.

Good for you! Not all of us have that consistent a publishing history. What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Still Life in Shadows by Alice J. Wisler. I would highly recommend it because it gives a perspective on the Amish life from a former-Amish character, who helps other young people escape their Amish communities. I found it to be a balanced and refreshing read, and the fact that the main character was based on a real person makes it all the more worthwhile.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in Widow of Gettysburg, which is book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series. Wedded to War was book 1. So I’ll be editing that for a little while, working with the publisher. I also recently contracted with Moody to work on a 5 Love Languages Military Edition book with Dr. Gary Chapman, so I need to get cracking on that, too.

Wow, that's an exciting project--the Love Languages edition! 

Where else can readers find you online?

www.heroinesbehindthelines.com

www.jocelyngreen.com

www.facebook.com/jocelyngreenauthor

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

I love reading Civil War and World War 2 stories. What is your favorite time setting to read?

Thank you, Jocelyn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jocelyn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jocelyn'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 Susan Lyttek, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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, October 4, 2012

Susan Lyttek and Free Books!

PhotobucketA homeschool family finds the corpse of a treasure hunter next to the Civil War hero’s tomb and has to discover what the two have in common before someone else gets hurt.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The New Recruit, by Jill Williamson, is:

paulalipper@ . . .

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 Susan Lyttek, author of Homeschooling Can Be Murder (Harbourlight Books, July 2012).

PhotobucketSusan Lyttek, a homeschooling mother, writes from the D.C. suburbs and coaches writing online.

When she lets Christ drive her daily life, she has written and published everything from plays to interviews to short stories, greeting cards, and the recent mystery novel Homeschooling Can Be Murder.

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

- I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

- I love the color red.

- Though I grew up near Chicago, I was actually born in Virginia while my dad was in the service so I’ve come full circle.

- My husband asked me out on a bet from his boss when we both worked at Marshall’s as teenagers.

- My car is a stick shift because I prefer it that way.

Readers, I've known Susan for years through local writing groups here in the Washington D.C. area. She's definitely a pro and a real sweetheart.

Susan, please tell us a bit more about the plot of Homeschooling Can Be Murder.

PhotobucketArmy wife and homeschooling mom, Jeanine Talbott finds herself in an impossible situation—she would rather ignore her husband’s transfer orders and stay put. So she lets James pick out the new house and move their goods while she slowly wraps up the life she’s come to love.

As she pulls up to their new residence, she discovers her darling bought a charming fixer-upper with rather unexpected neighbors—a Civil War graveyard full of them.

As the family, including kids Justin and Josie, gets settled in Gentle Springs, strange noises come from the cemetery. Then, James goes TDY (temporary duty assignment) to California. While he’s gone, their dog, Jelly, escapes the yard and finds a fresh body in the cemetery. Suddenly, the Talbotts have two mysteries on their hands: who killed the treasure hunter, and what secret was he trying to unearth at the tomb of town hero, Captain Cooperton?

I love the premise, Susan! What is it about Jeanine that will make your readers care about her?

Jeanine is the mom next door. She loves her family, tries to be a good friend, and enjoys coffee way too much. While you might not see eye to eye with her on everything, she’s the kind of person you’d invite in to sit at your kitchen table.

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

PhotobucketUgh. I watch so few movies with actual actors (in other words, I see mostly animated films) that I don’t know any of their names. Jeanine looks like one of my friends and has a personality of two or three of them combined. (If you use the cartoon world, you could say Jeanine looks like a grown-up Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.)

Here we go--Sarah Michelle Gellar, the actress who played Daphne in the live-action version of  Scooby Doo.

James is a handsome and trim military officer. Justin and Josie could be the kids down the block.

What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?

I don’t know that there was just one. Time after time I would give up because of rejection, then someone would encourage me and I’d try again. This book’s acceptance came after yet another trying again.

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

The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde. It’s an alternate universe mystery that’s hysterically funny while maintaining suspense. While I don’t agree completely with his worldview, his stories are so literary that you’ll end up learning something as you laugh. It’s one of the Thursday Next mysteries. The Nursery Crime detective series he did is great fun, too. (They do have a little cursing in them, so if that bothers you, don’t read them.)

His books are on my list, Susan. I've heard great things about them and their humor.

What are you working on now?

A few things. I’m an ADD writer… I can’t focus on one project for more than fifteen to twenty minutes. So I keep several ideas going at different stages to keep working.

I’m toying with a short story about how Justin preserved Twinkle, his first taxidermy project; I’ve been doing research and writing parts of the chapters for a time travel fantasy that begins in 1492; I’m editing/tweaking the first two books in my dinosaur series while trying to finish the third; and, I always have some short nonfiction or drama items in the works. I also have to rewrite the sequel to this book, Killer Field Trip, by mid-October.

Yikes, my head is spinning!

Where else can readers find you online?

sajlyttek.com

I’m also on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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

What location (other than heaven), real or imagined, inspires you the most?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 8. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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 post about your book reviews, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of one of my books.

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using recently. I'm thrilled with it--unlimited talk, text, and data for $49/month, with no contract. 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.

 

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