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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, December 31, 2012

Lena Nelson Dooley and Free Books!

Catherine McKenna’s one goal in life, after finding out she was one of a set of triplets separated at birth, becomes finding her sister, no matter how.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of That Summer, by Jo Huddleston, is:

lilsis1952@ . . .

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 Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Catherine’s Pursuit (Realms, February 2013).

PhotobucketAward-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print. Her book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, was given the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western literature.

Lena is currently under a 3-book contract with Charisma House/Realms. The first book, Maggie’s Journey, released in October 2011 and received the 2012 Selah Award for historical novels, and the second book, Mary’s Blessing, released in May 2012. Catherine’s Pursuit is the final book in the series.

Lena mentors other authors and received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award. She is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful radio show.

Lena is on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin, Pinterest and her blog, where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.

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

--My husband and I got married just three months and three days after we met forty-eight years ago.

--I graduated in the top five of my high school graduating class.

--I attended three different colleges—two for undergraduate and one for graduate school.

--I was raised on fish hatcheries in Arkansas.

--I wanted thirteen children before I got married. (My husband did not, and we compromised.)

Thirteen!? Woman, you crazy.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Catherine's Pursuit.

PhotobucketAfter Catherine McKenna finds out on her eighteenth birthday that she was a triplet and her sisters didn’t die when their mother did, she sets out accompanied by her lady’s maid to try to find them. When he finds out, her father Angus McKenna sends his most trusted employee to try to find them and protect them.

It wasn’t safe in 1885 for women to travel alone. In an unexpected event, Collin Elliott finds the women and rescues them from another man. Even though Catherine doesn’t want him with them, she has to succumb to her father’s wishes as they have travel through a maze of impossible clues.

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

With Catherine, readers may not like her at first, but her emotional distress at the discovery will soon win them over. With Collin, I believe they will be sympathetic to his background and the dilemma he finds himself in.

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

PhotobucketCatherine – Nicole Kidman.







PhotobucketCollin – Hugh Jackman.





What book do you consider a good read for Christmastime?

I love Christmas stories and read a lot of Christian Christmas novels. A recent one that I believe will become a classic is The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh. But there are a number of them that I also love.

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

Dan Walsh’s The Reunion – Dan Walsh writes from the deep emotions of the characters, and readers can easily connect with them.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing book one of my Love’s Road Home series, A Heart’s Gift.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.lenanelsondooley.com
Blog: lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter
Official Fan Page
Goodreads
Shoutlife

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

The publishing industry is really changing recently. So you prefer reading a print book, or do you like reading ebooks? If it’s ebooks, what kind of reader do you use?

Thanks, Lena, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lena has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lena'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 Pam Meyers, 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, December 27, 2012

Pam Meyers and Free Books!

PhotobucketApril Love has always dreamed of being a chef. But she didn’t expect her former fiance or murder to be part of the recipe for her new job.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Betrayal on the Border, by Jill Elizabeth Nelson, 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 visit with novelist Pamela S. Meyers, author of Thyme for Love (OakTara Publishing, November 2011).

PhotobucketA native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Pamela S. Meyers lives in the Chicago suburbs. She served on the Operating Board for ACFW 2005-2009, and as president of her local ACFW chapter through 2012.

Her debut novel, Book One in her On the Road to Love series, Thyme for Love, released November 2011, and Love Will Find a Way, Book Two in the series releases will release soon. Her historical romance, which is set in her hometown, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, will release in April 2013. She has published articles in Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Computing, Victory in Grace, and Ancestry. She is also a contributor in the compilation book, His Forever.

She is active in her church and enjoys reading, cooking and walking in her spare time.

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

-- I’ve lived on both the right coast (New York) and the left coast (Los Angeles) before returning to my native Midwest.

-- I climbed a mountain once. (White Mountains in New Hampshire).

-- I sign language interpreted for over 20 years at my church.

-- I hate Brussels sprouts.

-- Yes. My curls are natural. Both my parents had very curly hair. For years I worked hard to straighten them before I finally gave up and let them be. So much easier ☺

Isn't that the way? It gets easier to accept what we have and don't have as we get farther along in life.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Thyme for Love.

PhotobucketWhen April Love signs on to be an in-house chef at an old lakeshore mansion in Canoga Lake, Wisconsin, she comes face to face with her long-lost love, the drop-dead gorgeous Marc Thorne. It doesn’t take long for their old magnetism to recharge, but how can she trust the guy who left her nearly at the altar eight years earlier? Her gut tells her something happened to Marc in between—something he’s reluctant to reveal.

When April’s boss is murdered, Marc is accused of the crime. Unless April can find out who really killed Ramón Galvez, her chances for love will end up at the county jail. But someone else is just as determined she not solve the mystery…and will go to any length to stop her.

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

April Love is someone most readers can relate to. She loves the Lord, but struggles at times because of issue she’s had with Marc (her former fiancé who has popped back into her life) and with her dad. She sometimes gets herself into fixes and she loves to cook. Although those that love her find her attractive, she’s not drop-dead gorgeous, and she has a great sense of humor.

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

PhotobucketGreat question. With models being on the cover, it’s kind of hard to imagine them another way, but for April I think Heather Graham would be a good match.


PhotobucketFor Marc who is a tall, dark good looking guy who is half Argentine and half Anglo-Saxon I’d choose a younger Antonio Banderes. He’s not Argentine, but he has that Latino look I imagine.



Yes, I do believe I would choose him, as well, Pam.

PhotobucketFor April’s Aunt Kitty, I always imagined her like an actress from back in the 50s and 60s Spring Byington.


What book do you consider a good read for Christmastime?

I’ve been so busy this month working on edits for my spring 2013 release, that I’ve had little time to do any seasonal reading this year. Can I suggest a movie or two?

Sure!

I love all the old favorites like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street , but I also love more recent movies like Home Alone. I love the original, and over Thanksgiving weekend we watched Home Alone 2. They were fun and entertaining. Good escape movies.

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

I’ve read a couple good ones that I’ve reviewed on my blog. My crit partner, Yvonne Anderson, writes the kind of science fiction that someone like me who doesn’t care for Sci Fi can read and enjoy. The woman’s imaginary world of the planet Ghanna absolutely amazes me. Her newest one is out now called Words in the Wind. I also recently read Madily in Love by Lynda Schab. This is an author to watch. She has a quick wit that keeps you amused, while at the same time, has her characters tackle some real personal issues. I’ll be reading more of Lynda’s books to come.

What are you working on now?

PhotobucketThe sequel to Thyme for Love is due out soon. Love Will Find a Way is also about April and Marc as they work on rehabbing an old Victorian to house April’s new catering business. Problem is that someone in town doesn’t want Lovin Spoonfuls from April Love to open, and will go to any means to stop it—even murder.


PhotobucketI’ll be working on marketing that book and also my April 2013 release which is set in my hometown, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I’m very excited and blessed to have the opportunity to write this historical romance set in one of the most beautiful places to grow up. I’ve already set a signing and presentation at the local museum there on April 27th and will be spending a lot of time in Lake Geneva over the summer promoting my book.


Where else can readers find you online?

My blog is part of my website at www.pamelasmeyers.com

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

We’re in the middle of the Christmas season. I’d like to know what Christmas novels you’ve enjoyed reading this year, since I haven’t yet had opportunity to read any myself.

Thanks, Pam, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Pam has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 3. As an especially generous bonus, Pam will send the drawing winner a copy of Love Will Find a Way when it releases, as well. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Pam'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 Jo Huddleston, 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, December 24, 2012

Jo Huddleston and Free Books!

PhotobucketA man wrestles with social and moral dilemmas and makes a choice that will alter the lives of five people.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, by JoAnn Durgin, is:

von1janet@ . . .

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 Jo Huddleston, author of That Summer (Sword of the Spirit Publishing, November 2012). Photobucket 

Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN). She holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University.

She lives in a college town, which made it convenient for her children to earn college degrees. She loves living in the South and vacationing on the seashore of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jo loves being with her children and grandchildren, spending time at the beach, and of course reading.

Jo was kind enough to provide most of the information below ahead of time, so the interview varies from my usual one--always fun to add some variety!

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

-- I lost a fourteen year old cocker spaniel and won’t get another pet because the pain of loss is too great.

-- I chew my ice cream.

-- I fear being in the dark.

-- In high school I played varsity basketball.

So sad about your dog, Jo. I hear you about the pain of losing a pet. I haven't replaced mine, either.

How did you become involved in writing?

I minored in English in college and reading the literature in classes whetted my appetite for the written word. After that I became a voracious reader. When I retired from working, I sent a few short stories out. When the swift rejections arrived, I decided maybe I needed to know more about writing than just reading it. After reading writing craft books and magazines, my first article was accepted. I was hooked. Three years later my first two books released.

Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?

In my mind I do. I plot my book in my mind. I choose a title that describes or summarizes that story. None of my titles have been changed by a publisher—yet.

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

PhotobucketThe book is an inspirational Southern historical novel set in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. The Great Depression brings devastation to all , but love’s triangle survives.

To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.

Can you relate the book cover with your story?

That Summer is Book #1 in The Caney Creek Series. The top half of the cover shows a beautiful, peaceful creek that is as important as a character in the entire series. The lower half of the cover has a photo of a snazzy car from the 1929. You'll have to read the book to learn why the car is significant.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

That Summer is the story of God’s forgiveness so readers will understand that no matter how far they may stray from Him, His forgiveness is available. The book’s message is that God does not abandon His children, but rather they let go of God. The reader will discover that God is always close, waiting on the other side of their heart’s door; waiting for the straying one to love Him and depend on Him.

Where did you get the idea for your book?

All of my ancestors and I were raised in the East Tennessee Appalachian Mountains area. I listened to their entertaining stories, especially at family reunions, about their times past. As my ancestors began to pass away, I felt that their stories should not be forgotten. That Summer is NOT a true story. It is a story of many stories with a good bit of embellishment from me.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing on book two in the Caney Creek Series. Publisher plans are for book two to release in April 2013 and book three to release in September 2013.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website/blog is at www.johuddleston.com   And you can find me at Facebook.

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I don't have a question from Jo, readers, so I'll pose one that pertains: What was a time you were reminded that God was close, as Jo says, waiting on the other side of your heart's door?

Thanks, Jo, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jo has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to my 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 Jill Elizabeth Nelson, 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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Jill Elizabeth Nelson and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn ex-army ranger and a star television reporter race one step ahead of hired assassins as they team up to expose the traitor that sold out their unit to a drug cartel.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Crosswind, by Steve Rzasa, is:

claytonjn@ . . .

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

Now let's visit with novelist Jill Elizabeth Nelson, author of Betrayal on the Border (Love Inspired Suspense, November 2012).

PhotobucketAward-winning author and writing teacher, Jill Elizabeth Nelson, writes what she likes to read—tales of adventure seasoned with romance, humor, and faith.

Jill is a popular speaker for conferences, writers groups, library associations, civic and church groups. She delights to bring the “Ahah! Moment” to students as they make new skills their own. Her handbook for writers, Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View, is now available at amzn.to/IvQTkj.

She and her husband of over 30 years have raised four children in rural Minnesota and are currently enjoying their grandchildren.

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

-- I’m a PK—that is, a Preacher’s Kid. My dad pastored in five different towns as I grew up.

-- As a result of our family’s many moves, my hometown roots aren’t connected to the towns we lived in when I was a child, but to the town I settled in as an adult. Oddly enough, that town turned out to be the place my mother grew up her whole childhood—the place we visited my grandparents throughout my childhood.

-- In contrast to my transient early life, both my mom (as I’ve mentioned) and my husband spend their entire childhoods in one location. In fact, my husband has spent in his entire life (with the exception of two years that I will mention next) as a resident of that same town where we still live.

-- My husband and I attended Bible school at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX, in the late ‘80s.

-- My husband and I have gone on mission trips to Jamaica, New Orleans at Mardi Gras (which is like visiting another planet), and Thailand. In fact, we leave again for Thailand shortly after the New Year.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Betrayal on the Border.

PhotobucketFormer army communications specialist Maddie Jerrard may not remember the details of the deadly mission on the Texas-Mexico border, but she knows one thing. She's not the one responsible for the massive ambush that left only her and investigative journalist Chris Mason alive. The culprit must be the only other survivor—Chris.

Yet with suspicion—and danger—targeting Maddie and Chris, and a killer on their trail, partnering up is the only solution. But as Maddie and Chris get closer to uncovering the truth, they'll have to trust each other to make it through alive.

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

Maddie is a born and bred heroine with streaks of honor and courage a mile wide. She’s also deeply wounded and confused by events that have stripped away nearly every vestige of the life she once knew. Readers’ hearts will resonate with her courageous perseverance in the face of adversity and hopefully admire her practical survival skills. I had a great time writing this story about my ex-Army Ranger heroine and her investigative reporter hero.

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

PhotobucketWell, for Maddie I’d probably pick Michelle Rodriguez of Fast and the Furious fame, but she’d have to dye her hair blond, which shouldn’t be any big deal for an actress. She’s got the intensity for Maddie’s character.





PhotobucketAaron Eckhart of The Dark Knight fame would make an outstanding Chris Mason. He’s got those laser, ace reporter eyes.




What book do you consider a good read for Christmastime?

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a perennial favorite. Every family should make this one a staple of their spiritual diet—kids and adults alike—at Christmas time. The message of unconditional love that the story delivers is quintessential Christmas, yet invaluable all year long.

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

I just finished Frank Peretti’s new one call Illusion. It’s an intriguing mindbender about a magician who loses his wife and show partner in a fiery automobile accident. Then suddenly, in the midst of his grief, a young girl comes into his life that looks and acts exactly like his late wife—only about forty years younger. The girl herself is struggling with confusion at waking up in 2010, when the last she knew of herself she was at a county fair several decades ago. She has an amazing facility for magic tricks that are definitely more than mere illusions. Peretti, as usual, takes divergent elements and seeming impossibilities and weaves a fascinating story of possibilities beyond our ken. I really enjoyed the book.

Excellent recap of the book, Jill. I love Peretti's novels, and I'll have to check that one out. 

What are you working on now?

I had a call from my agent a few days ago. Love Inspired Suspense is contracting me for two more books. I don’t yet know when they release.

Congrats! Tell us about them.

The first of the two, tentatively titled Shadow of Suspicion, features as the hero a secondary character from Betrayal on the Border—David Greene, a man suspected of murdering his girlfriend. The trouble is, even David doesn’t know for sure he’s innocent. Back when it happened he was a heathen with an attitude and a drinking problem. He was found passed out cold beside the dead body and no recollection of events.

The tragedy threw him into the arms of the Lord, but unless he can prove his innocence to himself and to a public that has already judged him, he might as well graduate to heaven for all the life he’ll be able to enjoy. His determination to uncover the truth endangers himself, as well as a woman he is growing to love and her young daughter.

Then the following book features a secondary character from Shadow of Suspicion, a beautiful but troubled woman seeking to overcome a dark and sad family heritage. I’m excited to write about the setting on Martha’s Vineyard. My readers and I will have lots of fun with rumors of buried treasure and pirate legends.

Where else can readers find you online?

Visit me on the web at: www.jillelizabethnelson.com or look me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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 were going on vacation tomorrow, and you could only bring one novel along, which one would you grab from your TBR (to be read) pile and why?

Thanks, Jill, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jill has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jill's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with JoAnn Durgin, 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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas from Bloomfield!

One of the projects I'll be working on over the next year or so will be the Bloomfield series, with B&H Publishing Group. Fellow author Debby Mayne put this delightful Christmas card together for all of us, to all of you! Enjoy.


 

Monday, December 17, 2012

JoAnn Durgin and Free Books!

PhotobucketFirefighter Jake Marston promised the Lord he wouldn’t kiss a woman until he found “the one” he’d marry; now he’s found her in nurse Julia Sinclair…but she’s promised to another.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Unexpected Christmas Hero, by Kathi Macias, is

madcannonball@ . . .

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 JoAnn Durgin, author of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing, November 2012).

PhotobucketJoAnn is the author of The Lewis Legacy Series, contemporary romantic adventures from Torn Veil Books. The fourth book in the series, Daydreams, is due to release in December 2012.

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas novella, released last month from Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing, and her short story, Please, is now available in OakTara Publishing's romance anthology, I Choose You.

JoAnn lives with her husband and three children in southern Indiana and works full-time as an estate administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky law firm.

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

--We’re new cat owners after years of having dogs. Brady Durgin adopted us, and he now rules the household. He’s amusing and highly entertaining.

--I’m related to former U.S. Open and Master’s PGA golf champion, Fuzzy Zoeller, and his oldest daughter was the flower girl in our wedding.

--I work with numbers by day (how did that happen?) in my job as an estate administration paralegal and work with words by night as an author.

--In the late 1980s, I watched from the gallery beside the 18th hole at the Pebble Beach AT&T Pro Am back in the late 1980s as Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery and OJ Simpson walked shoulder-to-shoulder up the fairway.

--I’m related to Squire Boone, purportedly the black sheep brother of Daniel Boone. I’m also related to Abe Lincoln, but then, isn’t everyone?

Quite an interesting extended family tree you have there, JoAnn!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe.

PhotobucketCaptain Jacob Marston, Starlight, Iowa's wounded hometown hero, made a long ago promise to the Lord: he won't kiss a woman until he knows she's "the one" he'll marry. Now, at age twenty-eight, the rugged firefighter questions if it'll ever happen.

Then he meets his best friend's sister, Julia Sinclair, and Jake believes he's found the woman of his dreams—but she’s promised to another.

When Julia makes an unexpected confession on Christmas Day, Jake shares his secret with her, and it looks as though happily-ever-after will make a holiday appearance. But somehow, everyone in the tiny town learns Jake's secret and he's transformed from town hero to laughingstock. Did Julia reveal his secret?

Can Jake and Julia find their way under the mistletoe for a forever kiss? Theme verse: Psalm 62:1-2

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

Jake is very much a “man’s man,” but he loves children and has a giving, loving heart. He’s a godly man, a brave firefighter, and a strong man of honor. Wounded in the beginning of the book, he’s a little grumpy, and he’s tired of his best friend, Dylan, fixing him up on dates. Then he meets Dylan’s “little” sister—gorgeous Julia—and struggles with his attraction because she’s engaged.

And what romance reader doesn’t love a guy who proves his vulnerability as a puppy daddy and shows his sentimental side by presenting Julia a very special Christmas gift?

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

PhotobucketJake is tall, ruggedly handsome with chocolate brown hair and matching eyes, an addictive grin with one dimple and oozing boyish charm. I’m thinking Ryan Reynolds, perhaps, but I’d like the reader to envision him in her own mind.




PhotobucketFor Julia, she’s tall with long, dark hair and sapphire-colored eyes. I’m thinking of Megan Fox, but again, readers, take it away! Several readers have mentioned they could see this is a Hallmark movie during the Christmas season. Maybe one day…

Yeah, I think readers see whom they want to see when they read novels, regardless of what's introduced like this. 

Personally, I always look for hero and heroine photos when I begin writing a novel, but the character never actually looks exactly like the person in the picture. Still, it's fun to get a good feel ahead of time for how the author envisions her lead characters. 

What book do you consider a good read for Christmastime?

I love that there are so many out there now by Christian authors, and I’d like to recommend them as a whole so I don’t exclude anyone. I will say that Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is part of the Holiday Extravaganza by Pelican Book Group, and through Christmas Eve, these fun, sweet novella e-books (there’s a number of them) are all available for the unbelievably low price of 99 cents (even 79 cents at christianbook.com!).

I love Christmas books, but one with a Christian romance which honors our Lord is so life-affirming and precious during this most special season of the year.

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

I’m almost finished reading Tamera Alexander’s wonderful To Whisper Her Name. I love the way her writing flows and holds my attention from page one until the end with strong characterization, plotlines and romance. Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville is the setting, and the neighborhood I grew up in was named after this very same plantation. I love novels set in or about the South, and this novel is rich in so many ways.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another novella, this one set in Scotland, and I’d like to polish and submit a standalone novel I wrote last year. However, I’m hoping to take a short break early in the New Year.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to hear from readers via my website at www.joanndurgin.com and I have a new Author JoAnn Durgin page on Facebook.

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

Jake gives Julia a very special gift in Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, and it touches her heart.

My question: What’s the most special gift you ever received at Christmas—who was it from and why did you cherish it?

Thanks, JoAnn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, JoAnn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to JoAnn'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 Steve Rzasa, 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, December 13, 2012

Steve Rzasa and Free Books!

PhotobucketAeroplanes and intrigue...Can Winchell and Copernicus Sark stop ancient evil and a newfangled army from invading their city by land and by sky?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Christmas at Holly Hill, by Martha Rogers, is

armybrat13@ . . .

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 Steve Rzasa, author of Crosswind (Marcher Lord Press, November 2012).

PhotobucketSteve Rzasa is a librarian in Buffalo, Wyoming who fills his head with Scripture, history, graphic novels, and TV shows like Castle and Big Bang Theory, ideally in that order.

Steve has had three science-fiction books published by Marcher Lord Press: The Word Reclaimed (2009), its sequel, The Word Unleashed (2010), and Broken Sight (2011), which won the 2012 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Crosswind is his fourth novel.

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

-- I enjoy sketching images of my main characters.

-- When I’m bored, I re-read books like Ender’s Game, Dune, and Chris Walley’s Lamb Among the Stars series.

-- In my former career I spent eight years as a newspaper reporter, assistant editor, and (for a brief year) weekly newspaper editor.

-- All of my co-workers are female, and when I was hired about four years ago, they told me there hadn’t been a male employee there in 30-plus years. Yikes! (We get along just fine.)

-- One of my favorite TV shows is C.O.P.S., an animated series from 1988-1989 which my brother and I watched when we were kids…and he recently sent me a four-disc DVD set that let me introduce my kids to the cheesy ‘80s goodness.

I need to read Ender's Game before the film version comes out next November! I'd be curious to hear what you think of the film after it releases.

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

PhotobucketIt’s been almost five hundred years since the collapse of the Great Commonwealth. The plagues left folk few and far between. City-states rule the continent of Galderica. There’s coin to be had in trade—whether you take your wares by aeroplane or ride them over the rails.

Winchell Sark has a fine life as a reporter for the Perch Advocate newspaper, a good family at home and a faith that seems downright peculiar to most everyone else. So when he is called out to investigate a biplane crash at the foot of Perch, he doesn’t think much of it.

But there are dark powers at work—powers that have their eye on Perch. Powers that mankind long thought consigned to the trash heap of mythology. It’s up to Winch and his brother Copernicus, a hotshot pilot, to save their people—and it ain’t going to be easy.

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

Winchell Sark is a man learning more about himself—about what he can do without God, which is namely, nothing. He finds himself in extreme situations he’s never faced and must summon bravery and skill to win out.

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

PhotobucketIronically, it would be both actors whom I liked in the original Spider-man movie from 2002: Winchell Sark would be played by Tobey Maguire.




PhotobucketAnd Copernicus Sark would be played by James Franco. They’ve got the right attitudes and looks, though Winch and Cope are about 32 and 26, respectively.




As I get older I can't tell the difference, half the time, between people in their twenties and people in their thirties. These two are believable to me!

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

I love history, always have, which helped immensely when I researched late 19th and early 20th Century technologies to include in Crosswind.

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

Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman. I’ve never read any Batman-related books, only comics and graphic novels. I enjoyed its style and the pace of action; plus, it was a very interesting look into the life of Bruce Wayne’s (Batman’s) parents, Thomas and Martha. It was their murders that led Bruce to become Batman – but finding their dark secrets made for a chilling tale.

What are you working on now?

I’ve finished the second Sark Brothers tale, tentatively titled Desert Scourge. I’m writing a third one, and also working on a sci-fi project.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me on my website: www.steverzasa.com
On Facebook under my name: Steve Rzasa (I have both a personal profile and author page)
And I'm even on Twitter (sometimes): @SteveRzasa.

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

I’ve watched a ton of movies and read a ton of books, not to mention I’ve written five. So here it is – do you tend to root for the hero, or do you find yourself drawn more to the supporting characters?

Thanks, Steve, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Steve has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Steve's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Kathi Macias, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a 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, December 10, 2012

Kathi Macias and Free Books!

PhotobucketA recently widowed mother and her two small children end up homeless until they encounter a disabled, homeless Vietnam vet who takes them under his wing and leads them to their eternal home.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Shadowed Onyx, by Nicole O'Dell, is

eileenmaryv@ . . .

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 Kathi Macias, author of Unexpected Christmas Hero (New Hope Publishers, October 2012).

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

Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net.

Her novel set in modern-day China, Red Ink, was the 2011 Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year and also a Carol Award finalist. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al.

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

-- My husband and I were, until very recently when we traded in the Harley for a Corvette, avid Harley riders (which is where I received my name “Easy Writer”).

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

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

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

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

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

PhotobucketJosie Meyers thinks she is living the American dream when she marries a nice, handsome man with a promising future. The dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Josie becomes a widow and must deal with the fallout of her husband’s poor financial decisions. She soon finds that she and her two small children are forced to live on the streets and in homeless shelters.

While the scenes surrounding Josie are dominated by Christmas decorations and carols, Josie finds herself struggling with the demands of caring for her two small children. She is forced to lean on the kindness and generosity of others. What she doesn't know is that the influence of one homeless man in particular is about to change the course of her life and lead her home to the One who waits for her. This otherwise obscure homeless vet becomes her unexpected Christmas hero.

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

Readers will relate emotionally to the young mom struggling to protect and provide for her two small children, even while living in shelters and on the streets.

The other primary character, the homeless Vietnam vet, will endear himself to readers as he selflessly does whatever he can to help the little family.

In addition, the man whose photo is on the front of the book, depicting the homeless vet, is himself a homeless vet actively seeking to be reunited with his family, particularly his grown daughter whom he hasn’t seen in years. We are actively seeking to help make that happen via internet and radio exposure.

What a lovely story that would make!

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

PhotobucketClint Eastwood would be perfect for the homeless vet.

I would probably hold a contest for suggestions on choosing someone for the mother and children, as I’m not up on the young actors of today.

What book do you consider a good read for Christmastime?

I always suggest something that depicts how believers in other parts of the world, many of whom have nothing in the way of material goods and may even suffer for their faith, still celebrate and worship at this special time of year. Voice of the Martyrs is a great place to find such materials, and they have them for any/all ages.

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

When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti. It hasn’t released yet, but I was privileged to read it early in order to provide an author endorsement, which I was pleased to do. The writing is exquisite, and Cynthia masterfully intertwines three stories of three different women in three different times in history. Excellent book!

What are you working on now?

I am finishing up book two of my new Quilt Series for New Hope Publishers. The first book, The Moses Quilt (a contemporary interracial romance told against the backdrop of Harriet Tubman’s life) releases in January; book two, The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt, (a contemporary story dealing with the issue of abortion and told against the backdrop of the life of America’s first women doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell) releases in October 2013; book three, which I will start writing next and is titled The Singing Quilt (a contemporary story of people dealing with disabilities and told against the backdrop of the life of Fanny Crosby) releases in Spring 2014.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kathimacias.com
www.boldfiction.com
www.theTitus2women.com
Facebook, Twitter, Google, Linked In, Goodreads
Unexpected Christmas Hero video (and videos for other books) also on YouTube

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

What is your most unusual yet special Christmas memory?

Thanks, Kathi, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathi's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

And 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.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Courtney Walsh and Free Books!

PhotobucketCelebrate a small-town Christmas with your Sweethaven Friends.

In this bonus post today, we're going to talk with novelist Courtney Walsh, author of A Sweethaven Christmas (Guideposts Books, October 2012).

PhotobucketCourtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooking designer, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, released in February, 2012 by Guideposts/Summerside, and made the New York Times bestseller list. The series recently concluded with the releases of A Sweethaven Homecoming and A Sweethaven Christmas.

Courtney has also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper, and is currently working on her third, The Scrapcrafter’s Idea Book (F&W Publications, August, 2012.) Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine. She has also written several full-length musicals, including her most recent, The Great American Tall Tales and Hercules and the upcoming Grimm for Spotlight Youth Theatre in Chicago.

Courtney is a member of ACFW and is the current PR Manager for Webster’s Pages, a scrapbooking company.

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

-- My family has moved three times in the last two years (twice were cross country moves.)

-- I’m addicted to coffee.

-- In addition to majoring in journalism, I also have a degree in theatre…my husband and I direct shows for a local youth theatre and it is one of my favorite things ever.

-- Whenever I travel I treat myself to one guilty pleasure…the latest issue of People Magazine. I never read it otherwise (except maybe in the checkout line at the grocery store.)

-- I have a thing for memorizing the names of actors and actresses in every movie or TV show I see. I’m a celebrity name junkie. 

That's hilarious about People, Courtney. I only subscribe to it when a Girl Scout troop is doing a fundraiser. It's one of my guilty pleasures, too. 


Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Sweethaven Christmas.

PhotobucketThe women of Sweethaven are reunited for a small-town Christmas!

It's holiday time in Sweethaven, but things don't go quite as planned for these scrapbookers. Lila is thrown for a loop when a woman claiming to be her sister arrives in town. As she begins digging into the woman's claims, Lila uncovers things about her family she may never be able to accept or forgive.

After the girls find an old scrapbook on Adele's bookshelf, she is reminded of her first love, a Sweethaven boy whose heart she broke so many years ago. With help from modern technology, Adele arranges a reunion with this man. And when Campbell sees Luke with a ring, she isn't sure whether to be happy or terrified. Are wedding bells in her future? 


For Jane and Meghan, Sweethaven is filled with the promise of something new -- as well as good friends, a new scrapbook, and a little holiday magic!

Hearing those other character names in the description inspires one to read the earlier Sweethaven books, no?


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

Lila Adler Olson is the former beauty queen who is maybe just a little bit spoiled, but in this story, she is going through a lot of self examination. Through a series of events, she begins to see that her world was never what she thought it was, and it really shakes her up. There’s a lot of forgiveness in this book.

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

PhotobucketLila would probably be someone like Naomi Watts.





PhotobucketHer husband Tom might be played by someone like Greg Kinnear.





PhotobucketOne of the other characters, Adele, was inspired by Paula Deen. I just love that woman!




What book do you consider a good read for Christmastime?

A Prairie Christmas Collection, which is a compilation of nine stories from nine different authors. A compilation book is perfect to digest in small chunks of time! Who wouldn’t love that at Christmastime?!

I know that book has been really popular since its release. What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Lost and Found by Ginny Yttrup. It just changed my life. It is such a powerful book in so many ways for anyone who has ever doubted themselves spiritually. It was challenging and eye opening and I learned SO much through those stories. Stories are such a powerful tool.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a couple different things actually. Sticking to my love of the small town and melding it with my passion for art and paper crafts… ☺

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.courtneywalshwrites.com and I blog at www.courtneywalsh.typepad.com. I also have an author page on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/courtneywalshwrites

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

I love readers, so I would want to ask them something nosy personal…like “What’s your biggest dream?” I’d follow up with “What are you doing today to make that dream come true.” And then I’d invite them to coffee. ☺

Thanks, Courtney, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Courtney has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, December 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Courtney'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 interviews with Nicole O'Dell, and Martha Rogers, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the posts to enter the drawings for signed copies of the 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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