WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

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, November 29, 2012

Kristen Heitzmann and Free Books!

PhotobucketA grieving widower, and a courageous woman oppose a conman who plays a prophet—but he’s no saint.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winners of the signed copies of Love Finds You on Christmas Morning, by Debby Mayne and myself, are

ABreading4fun@ . . .

lgm52@ . . .

and von1janet@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing addresses, and I'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 Kristen Heitzmann, author of The Breath of Dawn (Bethany House Publishers, November 2012).

PhotobucketKristen Heitzmann is the best-selling author of historical and contemporary romantic suspense novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, and Christy Award winner Secrets.

She lives with her husband, Jim, four grown kids (in proximity), extended family, pets, and wildlife in the Rocky Mountain foothills.

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

--I hike every day I can with an audio book or music playlist—really cranks the creative juices

--I have two grandbabies who’ve taken over my heart and won’t give it back

--I adore Christmas

--I make teeny clay animals in country and Victorian garb

--I’m a crazy cook experimenting with whatever’s in the pantry

I love the clay animal hobby. Very cute and quirky.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Breath of Dawn.

PhotobucketCorporate turnaround specialist Morgan Spencer, dubbed the “success guru” has a Midas touch in business. But losing his wife sent him to the brink, and his two-year-old daughter, Livie, is all he’s living for—until they encounter a woman whose trouble just might draw him out of his own.

Four years ago Quinn Reilly did the right thing. Now the man her testimony put in jail is getting out. Though she has put up barriers to protect herself and those around her, she has come to care for the Spencer family, especially the winsome Livie and her mercurial father. Unwilling to put them at risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hopes the super-successful Morgan might be able to deliver. Fixing problems is what Morgan does best, but his counterproposal takes them in a direction neither is equipped to handle.

Determined to confront the past, will they survive to build a future?

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

Well, Morgan’s appeared in two other novels and pretty much demanded this new one. He’s one of those characters that I can hear a song and he’s right back in my head saying he needs more page time—and between his dry wit, misbehavior, and hero’s heart, he’s awesome enough to get it. That doesn’t mean I always play fair.

For instance, he didn’t see the prologue of The Breath of Dawn coming, but with all the blows that have come his way, he’s learned to suffer superbly. That’s why this time I’ve given him Quinn Reilly who meets him toe-to-toe and has just the sense of humor, warmth and compassion that he needs.

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

PhotobucketMaybe Alex O’Laughlin








Photobucketor Ian Somerhalder






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and Kristin Kreuk with a spiral perm.






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

Hiking. Story just happens when I’m in the mountains.

I was just reading this morning about how some writers' skills thrive in coffee shops because of the noise decibel levels there. I can better identify with your hiking atmosphere, Kristen. Different strokes!  

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

I, Michael Bennett. I love the Mike Bennett Detective series by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge—especially read by Bobby Cannavale. The blend of poignant, quirky, and hilarious family life with heavy duty suspense/thriller elements is inspiring.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a wildland fire novel set in my fictional town Redford, CO, patterned after the Waldo Canyon Fire I just lived through. Jonah Westfall, the police chief, will return with others from Indivisible and Indelible along with new leads: the Incident Commander, and yeah, the girl’s a Hotshot.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kristenheitzmannbooks.com
Facebook
Twitter
and as a blogger on christiansread.wordpress.com

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





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

If you could be one of my characters, who would you choose?

If any of you need more info on Kristen's many characters, you can find excellent story descriptions on her site.

Thanks, Kristen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kristen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kristen'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 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, November 26, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas and Free Books!

PhotobucketLet's help each other find the right Christmas presents for loved ones this year.

But first I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Snowflake Sweetheart, by Carrie Turansky, is

lanehillhouse@ . . .

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 the topic at hand. Some of you may have already finished your Christmas shopping (I've been that organized in past years, too, so I know you're out there). But many of us are just beginning (or not even), and we need ideas for affordable, fun gifts.

I'm going to share one I just came across, and if you're willing to share one, below, I'll enter your name (again, if you've already commented on last Thursday's post) in next Thursday's drawing for one of three signed copies of PhotobucketLove Finds You on Christmas Morning, by my good friend, Debby Mayne, and myself.



PhotobucketMy gift idea (for a woman--sister, friend, mom, etc): A couple of years ago, while researching for my novel, Beach Dreams, I learned about beach-glass jewelry.

Artisans find the sea-polished glass along shorelines and craft it into lovely jewelry. The glass is from medicine bottles and bottles of all kinds, as well as pre-1900 telephone insulators, marbles, and other such "resources."

What I recently found was a site called BottleHood Jewelry that features jewelry made from recycled cola bottles and alcohol bottles. The pieces remind me of the kind of delicate colors I saw when studying sea glass.

PhotobucketHere are pale green earrings made from Coca Cola bottles






Photobucketand a beautiful blue glass necklace made from a Bombay Gin bottle.



The prices are quite affordable (from about $20 to $40). The site also features various other items made from the bottles, such as cheese trays, vases, and lamps.

Now how about you? Do you have a site to share? Somewhere we might find something slightly unusual and affordable for a friend or family member? Enlighten us, and I'll enter your name in Thursday's drawing. Be sure to leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my Thanksgiving Day post, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the same drawing an additional time.

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, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving and Free Books!

PhotobucketTwo couples discover that the best gifts do not come wrapped under a tree.

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow fiction lovers. During this brief holiday break, I'm not interviewing an author, but I do have gifts!

But first, I want to announce that the winner of Starflower, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, is:

ashley.vanburen@ . . .

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 about those gifts. . .

PhotobucketI'd like to give away three signed copies of Love Finds You on Christmas Morning,  (Summerside Press, 2011) the two-novel set I wrote with my dear friend, Debby Mayne. Here are the quick blurbs about the two stories:

Deck the Halls, by Debby Mayne

In 1925 the wealthy William Tronnier becomes smitten with the lovely but penniless Lillian Pickard. Not one to give up easily, William pursues Lillian even though she does everything in her power to resist falling in love with a man from a completely different social class.

As Christmas descends on the picturesque town of Cary, North Carolina, William plans to make Lillian a proposal she can't refuse.

'Tis the Season, by Trish Perry

When Nikki Tronnier moves back home to Cary, North Carolina, she plans to fulfill a lifelong dream and buy back the family home built by her great-grandfather for his bride. But before she is able to make an offer, someone else buys the house.

Just as she's preparing for a fight, Nikki meets the handsome new owner, Drew Cornell, who wants her help restoring the home to its historic beauty in time for Christmas.


The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





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361938: Love Finds You on Christmas Morning


Next week I will draw three winners from commenters who answer my question, below.

This Thanksgiving I've been full of gratitude for so many of the things we all appreciate: family, home, employment, good health. That list covers those things most important in my life (and usually in the lives of everyone), and I hope I never take any of my blessings for granted. Ever since 9/11 I find I thank God for my bed and the roof over my head just about every single night when I pray. For quite some time after 9/11, many people went without those two amenities, right here in our relatively affluent country--people who had never done without them before. The same kind of thing happened recently with the victims of Hurricane Sandy. So my thankful prayers for shelter and my comfy bed have had a recent resurgence.

But I'm also thankful for the little things. The silly things. It all comes from Him, so let's give thanks where thanks are due. I'm thankful for pecan pie. For eyebrow pencil. For the Sound-Hound app on my phone (which tells me which song is currently playing--how cool is that?)

So here's my question. What little thing(s) are you thankful for? Something other than the standard, the obvious. Surprise us, make us laugh, and I'll pull three names from those of you who comment. Remember, "Please enter me" doesn't cut it! Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. I'll announce the drawing winners next week.

Be sure to check out my interview with Carrie Turansky, 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, November 19, 2012

Carrie Turansky and Free Books!

PhotobucketAnnie Romano, single mom and personal chef, comes home to Fairhaven and finds love is her most cherished Christmas gift.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Betrayal, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is

Ourgod1-hisdaughter@ . . .

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 Carrie Turansky, author of Snowflake Sweethearts (Love Inspired, December 2012).

Photobucket Carrie Turansky’s first novella was published in 2005, and she is now the award-winning author of ten inspirational romance novels and novellas including Christmas Mail-Order Brides, A Man To Trust, Seeking His Love, Surrendered Hearts, and Snowflake Sweethearts. She has won the Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award and been a finalist for several other awards.

She lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker, and counselor. They have five adult children and three grandchildren, who she adores.

Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and family.

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

-- I loved being involved in drama in high school, and had roles in several plays.

-- I chased zebras and giraffes across the Great Rift Valley.

-- I traveled across country and back in thirty days in an RV with 9 other people.

-- I spent a summer in Belgium as a missionary.

-- Last summer I traveled to England to research my next series set during the Edwardian Age, and we toured Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed.

Oh, what fun to visit that site, Carrie! Downton Abbey is one of my recent favorites. I can't wait until January, when I think the third season airs.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Snowflake Sweethearts.

PhotobucketBringing her daughter to the one place she feels safe, single mother Annie Romano returns to Fairhaven, Washington. Though hoping to start a new life as a personal chef, Annie accepts a different job.

Alex Jameson, the handsome man she secretly loved in high school, needs a live–in caregiver for his ailing grandmother. A big-city workaholic in town temporarily, Alex doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs family, faith, and love.

But the holiday season, his grandmother’s matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl start pulling at both Annie’s and Alex’s heartstrings . . . just in time to make it a very special Christmas.

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

Annie Romano is devoted to her five-year-old daughter Emma, and she wants to be sure she has a safe and happy childhood—something Annie never had. Her commitment to love and care for others and to do whatever it takes to provide for her daughter will capture readers’ hearts.

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

Photobucket
I do have photos of my characters…so I will include those. I think Alex looks a bit like a much younger Mel Gibson.




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And Annie looks like a much younger Andie MacDowell.





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

My love for cooking had had a big influence on my writing, especially this book. I enjoyed learning more about what is involved in becoming a personal chef and also about running a bakery and café. Readers often comment that my books make them hungry because I like to describe what’s cooking in the stories.

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

I recently read Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke, and I loved it! It’s a very powerful historical that is beautifully written. It begins in Ireland and follows two young sisters who come to America to make a new life. They enter through Ellis Island and land in New York knowing no one. Their determination to make a new life and help other young women who are being victimized makes you want to stand up and cheer. I highly recommend it.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a new historical romance series set in England in 1910 – 1919, including WWI. The working title for the first book is the Governess of Highland Hall. It comes out in October 2012. I like to think of it as Downton Abbey meets Jane Eyre with a little Sound of Music thrown in. I am really enjoying it, and I feel like this is my best writing yet.

Where else can readers find you online?

I enjoy connecting with readers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and through my website: www.carrieturansky.com.

I also send out an email newsletter 6-7 times a year. The sign up is on the homepage of my website.

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





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877850: Snowflake Sweethearts


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

In Snowflake Sweethearts Annie Romano makes some of her favorite holiday recipes for Alex and his family. What is one of your favorite holiday recipes to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Thanks, Carrie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Carrie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Carrie'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 Anne Elisabeth Stengl, 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, November 15, 2012

Anne Elisabeth Stengl and Free Books!

PhotobucketA mortal girl trapped in an enchanted sleep . . . An immortal poet obliged to wake her -- Is Starflower the key to Eanrin's quest--or his doom?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Frontier Family, by Lyn Cote, is

rhonda_nash_hall@ . . .

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 Anne Elisabeth Stengl, author of Starflower (Bethany House Publishers, November 2012).

PhotobucketAnne Elisabeth is the author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, a series of fantasy adventure novels told in the classic Fairy Tale style.

She is married to the handsome man she met at fencing class and lives with him, a gaggle of cats, and one long-suffering dog in NC.

Her novels include Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, and Starflower. Both Heartless and Veiled Rose have been honored with a Christy Award.

Wow. Not a shabby bio, Anne Elisabeth! And you're gorgeous to boot. Readers, when Anne Elisabeth sent me her photos for this interview, I wasn't sure which woman was the author and which was the glamorous actress. (I may still have it wrong, for all I know.)

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

-- I spend my free time rescuing and rehabilitating wild kittens then finding them permanent homes.

-- I met my husband at fencing class while researching for Heartless. We fought in a tournament, and he asked me out a week later. Seven months after, we were married!

-- I was an art teacher and portrait painter before I took up full-time writing.

-- I used to sing jazz standards for wedding receptions and restaurant gigs.

-- I once was part of a traveling drama team and performed in a number of cities in the Midwest.

Love your "meet cute" with your hubby. Sounds like a romantic novel. 

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

PhotobucketWhen a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps lovely Lady Gleamdren, Bard Eanrin sets boldly forth on a rescue mission . . . and a race against his rival for Gleamdren's favor. Intent upon his quest, the last thing the immortal Faerie needs is to become mixed up with the troubles of an insignificant mortal.

But when he stumbles upon a maiden trapped in an enchanted sleep, he cannot leave her alone in the dangerous Wood Between. One waking kiss later, Eanrin finds his path entangled with that of young Starflower. A strange link exists between this mortal girl and the dragon-witch. Will Starflower prove the key to Lady Gleamdren's rescue? Or will the dark power from which she flees destroy both her and her poet rescuer?

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

Starflower comes from an oppressive society in which the women are so subjugated that they have had all powers of speech removed, leaving them mute. Despite this disability, Starflower is a girl of rare courage and strength of character, ready to stand up to dangers from which even the bravest warriors in her village would flee.

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

PhotobucketStarflower would be played by Shay Mitchell.




PhotobucketAnd Eanrin would have to be a young Jude Law.




Oh, yes. Jude Law has served as one of my story heroes, as well.

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

I took fencing for a while, and that certainly helped me understand basic sword-play better than all the swashbuckling movies I ever watched!

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

I just read Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey. (Not to be confused with the recent title, 50 Shades of Gray. A very different book indeed!) It is a fabulous comedic dystopian novel unlike anything else I have ever read. It had me laughing out loud but also almost constantly on the edge of my seat, and not once could I guess where the plot was taking me. It was truly brilliant. My hat goes off to Mr. Fforde.

His books have been on my TBR list for years. His and Terry Pratchett's. I appreciate the reminder!

What are you working on now?

I just finished up the first draft of Book Six in the Tales of Goldstone Wood (still untitled), and am now doing a second draft on Book 5, Dragonwitch, which is due to release summer 2013.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me on my blog: www.anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com
On facebook under my name: Anne Elisabeth Stengl (author)
And I'm even on Twitter: @AnneElisabeth Stengl. But I'm still new at the Twitter game, so you'll have to be patient with me there!

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





CBD.com
210269: Starflower, Tales of Goldstone Woods Series #4


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

As a writer of fairy tales I want to know, what is your favorite fairy tale and why?

Thanks, Anne Elisabeth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Anne Elisabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Anne Elisabeth'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 Robin Lee Hatcher, 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, November 12, 2012

Robin Lee Hatcher and Free Books!

PhotobucketBetrayal will take you to the high desert of western Wyoming, through the crags of the Rocky Mountains, and into the hearts of two seekers learning to trust God’s love no matter the circumstances.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Her Holiday Fireman, by Kathleen Y'Barbo, is

lgm52@ . . .

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 Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Betrayal (Zondervan, November 2012).

PhotobucketBest-selling, award-winning novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, the author of over 65 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love.

She and her husband make their home in Idaho where she enjoys spending time with her family, her high-maintenance Papillon, Poppet, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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

-- As a kid, I loved to pretend to be a horse and gallop all over the neighborhood.

-- Wearing snowshoes, I hiked several miles through the snow with over twenty 11- and 12-year-olds (my daughters among them) into the Girl Scout Camp where we stayed for a weekend in January. We had to get rid of mice nests in the stacked mattresses and from under the woodstove, and the adults had to make two more trips out to the vehicles to get the rest of our supplies. I have always claimed this trip cancelled out every flub I made as a mom.

-- As a kid, I loved to read the Trixie Belden series. Nancy Drew was a little too Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes for me.

-- I’ve always loved the water and, in my younger years, was a pretty good slalom skier.

-- My favorite colors are mauve or pink and teal.

I absolutely did that horse thing, Robin! I wonder if most girls do that. I still remember taking a spill and cracking my front tooth on a concrete drain spout. Poor horsey.


Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Betrayal. (Gorgeous cover model, by the way.)

PhotobucketIt’s the turn of the twentieth century and drifter Hugh Brennan is a man well acquainted with betrayal. Hugh finds himself drawn to the attractive widow, Julia, yet when he looks into her eyes, he recognizes the same hurt that haunts him.

Julia Grace has little reason to trust men, but she’s going to have to trust someone if she’s to keep her ranch from the clutches of her dead husband’s half-brother. Is it possible God had a hand in bringing Hugh to her door?

What is it about Hugh and Julia that will make your readers care about them?

Both Hugh and Julia have been wounded by cruel betrayals of people they should have been able to trust. And yet both, because of their faith in God, are able to take the risk of learning to trust again––little by little by little.

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

PhotobucketHugh would be played by a real-life Hugh––Hugh Jackman.




PhotobucketJulia would be played by Amy Adams.




I must say, if we Christian authors were talent agents, Hugh Jackman would have a staggering dance card to his credit. Most definitely leading-man material.


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

Reading novels and watching movies are two of my favorite pastimes, and definitely both have influenced my writing because they helped teach about storytelling, both when done well and when done not so well. I also have a passion for history. I love to learn about new places and cultures.

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

Ooh, hate this question. I read so many great books. How do I list just one? I can’t. At the very least, I have to do two: To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander, and A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs. Both of these authors are masters at their craft. They transport me to other times and other places and pull me completely into their story worlds.

And they're such terrific women, too. What are you working on now?

As I answer these questions, I am about to begin revisions of the third and final book in the Where the Heart Lives series, Beloved. The first two books took place in a small town and on a remote ranch. Beloved is set in the city among people of “society” and wealth. I loved the hero and heroine from the moment I met them. I will be so eager for readers to get to know them too.

Exciting! Where else can readers find you online?

My web site is www.robinleehatcher.com.
I am most active on Facebook at www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher.
I tweet at twitter.com/robinleehatcher.
And I also blog at blog.robinleehatcher.com


 The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





CBD.com
258094: Betrayal, Where the Heart Lives Series #2


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

What are your favorite top three movies?

Great question! I know I have to think on that one a bit before I can come up with an answer. And I'd love to hear recommendations from my readers!


Thanks, Robin, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Robin has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Robin'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 Lyn Cote, 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, November 8, 2012

Lyn Cote and Free Books!

PhotobucketHow do a Quaker Union Army veteran and a young prostitute come to enter into a marriage of convenience and fall in love?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, by Jennifer AlLee, is

shopgirl152nykiki@ . . .

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 Lyn Cote, author of Their Frontier Family (Love Inspired Historical November 2012).

An author of over thirty inspirational romances, Lyn Cote writes stories that fit her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories.” Her romances always include three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters.

Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog.

Writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine and human love.


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

--I have four cats.

--I love to bake pies.

--I make my own jam. My favorite is crabapple.

--I wear bright colors, never black.

--I keep snowmen decorations up all winter.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Their Frontier Family.

PhotobucketTheir Frontier Family is the first book in the Wilderness Brides series, set in Wisconsin, Lyn's home state. The heroine was a minor character in Lyn's Her Healing Ways, the final book in the Gabriel Sisters series.

No one is more surprised than Sunny Licht when Noah Whitmore proposes. She's a scarlet woman and an unwed mother—an outcast even in her small Quaker  community. But she can't resist Noah's offer of a fresh start in a place where her scandalous past is unknown.

In Sunny, the former Union soldier sees a woman whose loneliness matches his own. When they arrive in Wisconsin, he'll see that she and her baby daughter want for nothing…except the love that war burned out of him. Yet Sunny makes him hope once more—for the home they're building, and the family he never hoped to find.

What is it about Sunny and Noah that will make your readers care about them?

Sunny and Noah both want to do the right thing, but both have suffered deep wounds--Sunny from her former life as a prostitute and Noah from four years of war.

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

PhotobucketReese Witherspoon





PhotobucketAnd Hugh Jackman





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

Reading has always been my main hobby. Writers begin as readers!

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

I just finished reading A Temporary Arrangement by my friend Roxanne Rustand. It is one of her vintage SuperRomances. I love her love of animals and her portrayal of children.

What are you working on now?

The first in my Three Quaker Brides series for Tyndale House. This series traces one family's involvement in the crusade for abolition.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.BooksbyLynCote.com
www.CraftieLadiesofRomance.blogspot.com
Twitter @LynCote


The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





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829392: Their Frontier Family


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

Have you ever read a story with a Quaker in it?

Thanks, Lyn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lyn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lyn'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 Kathleen Y'Barbo, 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, November 5, 2012

Kathleen Y'Barbo, November Releases, and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen the new fire marshal of Vine Beach, Texas meets the feisty owner of the local firetrap, Pop’s Seafood, sparks fly!

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Judge, by R.J. Larson, is

lucieinca@ . . .

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 Kathleen Y'Barbo, author of Her Holiday Fireman (Love Inspired, November 2012).

PhotobucketBestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple RITA and Carol Award nominee of over forty novels with more than one million copies of her books in print in the United States and abroad.

A certified family law paralegal and former literary publicist, she was recently nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well as a Reader’s Choice Award by Romantic Times magazine.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y'Barbo has four grown children, seven bonus children, and her very own hero in combat boots.

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

--I spent five years as an expat in Indonesia and was once fluent in Indonesian.

--I turned Lyle Lovett down for a date several times while in college at Texas A&M (proof positive teenagers should never make important decisions).

--I once spent 21 hours driving 100 miles without stopping for a break or leaving the car. To clarify, my daughter and I (along with 2 cats and a dog) were evacuating from a hurricane, and the traffic was crawling with no place to get off the road and no other drivers to take over for me. I think I slept for a whole day after that!

--Neither of my parents have blue eyes—and no, I’m not adopted. Apparently they both have some odd recessive gene that gave me and my younger brother blue eyes.

--David Tennant is my favorite Doctor.

Poor Lyle. First you, then Julia Roberts. I hope he's found someone since the two of you broke his heart.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Her Holiday Fireman.

PhotobucketFrom his first encounter with the feisty redhead, widower and fire marshal Ryan Owen knows he's in trouble. He's in Vine Beach to heal, not to find romance.

As for Leah Berry, she's come home strictly to lay claim to her family's restaurant and fend off developers.

Leah is infuriated when Ryan shuts down the restaurant on violations. Both are determined to have their way, even as something unexpected starts blossoming between them. They'll need to learn the hardest thing about love and faith—letting go.

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

Ryan is a rules guy—one of those dependable men who can fix anything and who run toward trouble instead of away from it.

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

PhotobucketEllen Page (with red hair).




PhotobucketAnd Jeremy Sumpter.




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

Reading—because it ignited my love for the written word long before I ever dreamed of actually becoming a writer.

I suppose it shouldn't surprise anyone that most authors are answering that question similarly. Shows the importance of reading if you want to be a writer!

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

I’m reading The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meisner, and it’s wonderful. I love her ability to combine history with fiction. Brilliant.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 in The Lives of Will Tucker series, tentatively titled Millie’s Treasure.

Where else can readers find you online?

From my website at www.kathleenybarbo.com, there are links to connect with me on Twitter and Facebook as well as a contact page to email me directly.

The book can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:





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

I’ve always wondered whether unique character names are a distraction to readers.

Thanks, Kathleen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathleen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathleen'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 Jennifer AlLee, 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.



Before you enter your comment below, take a look at some of the other excellent Inspirational novels releasing this month:

Freefall by Jodie Bailey -- A soldier teams up with a retired commando, an undercover agent, and her ex-husband to uncover a drug smuggler, and while one man wins her love, another tries to destroy her. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).

Christmas Stalking by Margaret Daley -- Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective : protect her client without letting her know, but there's an expected complication--Colt Winfield. They must trust each other to guard Colt's grandmother, but someone wants to stop them. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).

The Greenfield Legacy by Amanda Deed , Paula Vince, Meredith Resce and Rose Dee -- How can one decision cause so much pain? Can it also bring hope? Four women. One story. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Even Before Publishing (Wombat).

Treacherous Skies by Elizabeth Goddard -- A test pilot turned Learjet recovery man retrieves a jet only to find the kidnapped daughter of a Colombian drug lord concealed inside. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).

Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher -- It's the turn of the twentieth century and drifter Hugh Brennan is a man well acquainted with betrayal. Hugh finds himself drawn to the attractive widow, Julia, yet when he looks into her eyes, he recognizes the same hurt that haunts him. Julia Grace has little reason to trust men, but she's going to have to trust someone if she's to keep her ranch from the clutches of her dead husband's half-brother. Is it possible God had a hand in bringing Hugh to her door? (Historical Romance from Zondervan).

Christmas Countdown by Vicki Hinze -- FBI profiler, Maggie Mason and friend, Dr. Ian Crane, set out to catch a serial killer who's trapped them in a deadly game of cat and mouse. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).

Legacy of Love by Christine Johnson -- An unemployed housekeeper searches for a lost fortune in the home of the mysterious man who first of all evicted her from her childhood home and then gives her a job. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired).

Parrish the Thought: A Christine Sterling Mystery by Catherine Leggitt -- The Golden Years have never been so dangerous! Unlovable people plague Christine Sterling's world. Most difficult of all is Amanda Colter, a surly Goth teenager accused of murdering prominent Nevada City matron, Bessie Parrish. (Cozy Mystery from Ellechor Publishing House ).

Love Will Find a Way by Pamela S. Meyers -- Someone doesn't want Lovin' Spoonfuls from April Love Catering to open and will go to any measure to stop it -- including murder. (Cozy Mystery from OakTara Publishers).

Prophetess by Keven Newsome -- One act of violence is not enough to fulfill Xaphan's plans. One near escape does not justify Winter's growing gift. There is more. She can feel it. The warnings swell within her. He's searching for someone. A person of promise...a person of prophecy. And Winter must find her first. (Supernatural Suspense from Splashdown Books).

The Return of Miss Blueberry by Rachael Phillips -- Callie Creighton ditches her Chicago lifestyle to be her hometown best friend's bridesmaid during Plymouth's Blueberry Festival. A decade after Callie fell off the Miss Blueberry float, will she fall for the gifted bad boy of her high school class who now claims he has turned to Christ? (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents.

Snowflake Sweethearts by Carrie Turansky -- Bringing her daughter to the one place she feels safe, single mother Annie Romano returns to Fairhaven, Washington. Though hoping to start a new life as a personal chef, Annie accepts a different job. Alex Jameson, the handsome man she secretly loved as a teenager, needs a live-in caregiver for his ailing grandmother. A big-city workaholic in town temporarily, Alex doesn't seem to realize how much he needs family, faith or love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired).

A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA by Erica Vetsch -- As Harvey Girl Meghan Thorson waits on doughboys at the El Garces Hotel in Needles, California, she meets Caleb McBride, a local horse breeder whom the townsfolk have branded a coward and profiteer. Will threads of love unite this couple, or will pride keep them forever apart? (Historical Romance from Barbour).

Happy reading!
 

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