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

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

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

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lois Johnson and Free Books!

PhotobucketWill Libby's journey to compassion mean giving up her most treasured possession? One choice will change her life forever.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Dream for Tomorrow, by Melody Carlson, is

myersalicem@ . . .

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 Lois Walfrid Johnson, author of Escape into the Night (Moody Publishers, February 2013).

PhotobucketLois Walfrid Johnson is a speaker, teacher of writing, and former instructor for Writer’s Digest School. She is the author of 38 books, including Girl Talk, the Gold Medallion Book Award winning Let’s-Talk-About-It Stories for Kids series, the bestselling Adventures of the Northwoods mysteries, and the much-loved Riverboat Adventures. In the Viking Quest series Mikkel, Bree, and her brother Devin sail from Ireland to Norway, Iceland, and Greenland, then join Leif Erikson on his trip to the New World.

Though targeted for boys and girls ages ten and older, as well as young people, Johnson’s novels are enjoyed by all ages. Readers from more than 40 countries have written to say, “I love your books. I can’t put them down!” and “Your books changed my life!”

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

-- On a beautiful spring day when I was 9 years old, I was especially naughty. My mother knew she couldn’t send me to my room. I would just read a book. Instead, she sent me out to clean the leaves from prickly, thorn-filled barberry bushes. That was the day I decided to become an author.

I started writing my first mystery novel that evening. Even then, I ended every chapter with a cliffhanger because I wanted others to love reading the way I do. Eventually that first novel was published as Runaway Clown, the eighth book in the Northwoods series. (With a bit of rewriting, of course!)

-- My husband, Roy, a teacher in inner-city Minneapolis schools for 28 years, is my favorite resource person.

As I wrote one of the later novels in the Northwoods series, I told him, “I like doing this. Will you think about what we can do after Northwoods?” The next morning Roy went out for breakfast. Norwegians always think best when drinking coffee. He took up a pen and wrote down an idea. That evening he told me, “Your story family could live on a steamboat and travel up and down the Mississippi River.” “That’s it!” I said.

-- To research what became the Freedom Seekers series, Roy and I lived in a small RV and traveled from St. Paul to St. Louis a number of times. Soon we discovered that the Underground Railroad frequently crossed the Mississippi River. As we prayed about our stops and starts, the Lord repeatedly led us to exactly the right person at the needed time. Often we could have missed that librarian or historian by five minutes.

-- I love to cycle, take photos, camp, and enjoy our state and national parks. I enjoy being with family and friends and talking with kids, teens, and people of all ages who also love books. I soon discovered that novels about people of other times broaden our perspective and help us with whatever we face in our own life.

Lois, I love how your journey into and through the writing life sounds so much like an adventure itself.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Escape into the Night.

PhotobucketTravel back to 1857 with Libby, Caleb, and Jordan, who face questions still important today: Who can I trust? What do I really care about? How can I live my belief in the freedoms sought in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? What does freedom really mean?

As Libby looks down from a hotel window toward her father’s steamboat, she sees one shadow, then a second, and a third. Soon Libby hears barking dogs, coming closer. Bloodhounds straining at their leashes! Then eight or ten men, lanterns held high.

When Libby comes to live on the Christina, her curiosity ensnares her in the mystery. What is the closely-held secret of Caleb, the cabin boy who seems determined to make her life miserable? Though rich in material things, Libby recognizes her emotional poverty when she discovers Caleb’s secret and dangerous work as a conductor in the Underground Railroad. Then a fugitive slave named Jordan takes refuge on the Christina, and another family, Emma and little Henry, push Libby toward a choice. Will her journey to compassion mean giving up her most treasured possession? One choice will change Libby’s life forever.

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

In the years after her mother died, Libby Norstad stayed with her aunt in Chicago. Then, on a visit to her father, captain of the steamboat Christina, Libby puts her ear to a keyhole and hears her aunt say, “Libby embarrasses me in front of my friends! I’m ready to give up on that girl!” As though a knife pierced her heart, Libby feels the pain of those words. Auntie Vi wants to give up on me? But Captain Norstad finds Libby listening and draws her into the room. “If I live on the Christina, I want a never-give-up family,” she tells him. “I want a family that believes in me, even when I’m not perfect.”

A sob rises in Libby’s throat, but she keeps on. “A family that sticks together, even though it’s hard.”

Captain Norstad makes a promise. “We can be that family for each other. And Caleb and the other people who work on the Christina will be our larger family.”

Mention a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music for that scene.

Let My People Go

In chapter 12, Libby finds Caleb and Jordan high on the Christina’s top deck. As Libby watched, Caleb dipped a cloth into a bowl of clean water. Gently he washed the great open wounds that crisscrossed Jordan’s back.

Libby gasped. Whip marks!

Turning, Jordan looked up into her face. “I don’t want no pity.”

“You don’t have my pity,” Libby answered quickly. “You have my respect.” And my sadness, she added to herself.

“Riggs beat him,” Caleb explained.

Libby didn’t have to be told…. When Jordan began to sing quietly and softly, as if afraid of being heard, she leaned forward to catch the words. “When Israel was in Egypt land--”

Jordan’s lips moved in a whisper. “Let my people go!”

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

Randy Alcorn, Safely Home, Tyndale House Publishers. Contrast an American businessman who travels to China and renews his friendship with a former college roommate. Contrast the businessman, who seems to have it all, with Li Quan, who lives daily with the persecution of the true church. Learn to know and love Quan, his wife Ming, who holds up more than half of their little sky, and their son Shen.

 As I read, I needed to ask myself, How can these people change my life? What are my priorities for eternity? And what does it truly mean to hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” and know that you are safely home?

What are you working on now?

Reading the page proofs and study guides for the six novels in the Freedom Seekers series. Preparing a book for the German publisher, Christliche Literatur-Verbreitung e. V.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.LWJbooks.com

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

What gives you the certainty that authors have earned the right to speak because of the way they have lived and expressed their faith?

Thank you, Lois, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lois has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lois'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 Kerry Nietz, 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 in 2012. 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.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Kerry Nietz and Free Books!

PhotobucketI am the mask. The mask is me.

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

kmkuka@ . . .

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 Kerry Nietz, author of Mask (Marcher Lord Press, February 1, 2013).

PhotobucketKerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits—first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile, and a movie buff. Mask is his fourth novel.

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

-- On more than one occasion, I’ve seen two different movies at the same movie theater in the same day. The last time I did it, I saw Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Corpse Bride. (Must’ve been around Halloween.)

-- I also once attended an NFL game and an NBA game in the same day. (Seahawks and Sonics!)

-- I have three children, all less than eight years of age. It is rarely quiet at our home.

-- I hiked Mendenhall glacier in Alaska once.

-- I scuba dived to over a hundred feet in Hawaii. Yes, if they were offering trips to the Moon, I’d probably go.

All two's and three's, eh, Kerry? That means you're overdue for another glacier hike and dive.

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

PhotobucketMask takes place in a Pacific Northwest of the future. America is divided into self-governing and isolated sectors, of which PacNorth is one. In PacNorth, democracy runs amuck, in that everything, including people, can be voted on.

The protagonist is Radial Crane. At night, he’s a Collector. You get voted away, and Radial makes you disappear. He wears an armored suit and mask. Has lots of gadgets he can use. By day, he’s a grill cook. That second job is part of his cover. No one knows who the Collectors—the Masks—are, so they need to appear as normal as possible.

Radial’s a believer in the system, but ultimately circumstances work to change his mind.

Such a cinematic plotline, Kerry. I think many people would stand in line to watch a film version of this story, and hopefully just as many will buy the book!

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

I think Radial is someone that everyone can identify with. He lives within this heartless system, and has been trained to detach himself from the realities of what he does. To not get too involved with anyone. He’s the unsavory necessity in a world that rarely even has high speed chases anymore.

And even for him the process is sugarcoated. He just picks up his targets, sometimes tranquilizes them, and puts them in a van for delivery to a facility where…no one really knows what happens. Inconvenient people just go away. No one asks, because no one wants to get voted out.

The whole sector is a big popularity contest, really. A big facade. And Radial is a symbol of that façade, because he actually wears a Mask.

I think the process he goes through is universal. We all know about things we’re not real comfortable with, but often—like in the parable of the Good Samaritan—we walk on by.

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

PhotobucketEither Hugh Jackman






Photobucketor Sam Worthington would make a good Radial Crane. Someone who can play a dark and conflicted character.





PhotobucketThere’s a love interest named Heather Black too. Maybe Olivia Wilde





Photobucketor Keira Knightley?





PhotobucketThere’s also a preteen girl named Darcy. Dakota Fanning is too old for that character now, but her sister Elle might be able to pull it off, but it would have to be soon. (Kids grow up so quickly!)


PhotobucketAnother key character is Darcy’s uncle. When I wrote him, I kept seeing Robert Carlyle. (Plays Rumpestiltskin in TV’s Once Upon a Time.)




Mention a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music for that scene.

That’s a good question. With all my books, I tend to hear symphonic melodies instead of recognizable songs. The movements you hear in movies like Star Wars or Hunger Games. And Mask is a bit on the dark side, so there would probably be lots of somber horns and soft strings.

Oddly, though, I listened to the happier moments of The Lord of the Rings soundtrack while I worked on the final revisions of Mask. It soothed me, helped me focus.

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

I’ve read a lot of novels lately that I’ve enjoyed, but for the purposes of this interview, how about Ubik? It is a novel written by Philip K. Dick, and it takes place in a reality very similar to the one portrayed in his Minority Report. (The Tom Cruise movie was based on Dick’s book.)

In the world of Ubik there are psychic humans who can be hired for nearly any psychic activity, including nefarious things like corporate espionage. The book takes it a speculative step further, though, in that while whole companies of psychic individuals exist, there are also companies dedicated to countering (or blocking) psychic activities. So if you have a telepath reading your mind, you could hire an anti-telepath to block that reading.

I’m a fan of great premises, lots of twists, and a hint of deeper meaning. Ubik has all three.

I really love stories like that. But I must admit I tend to get confused and need to seek explanations from my 20-year-old son.

What are you working on now?

LOL. Something really different: Amish Vampires in Space.

The idea started as a bit of a joke. Amish romances have been popular in Christian fiction for a number of years now. They invariably get good placement in Christian bookstores, while speculative fiction typically gets stuffed in a corner somewhere. And even then it is usually just the Narnia novels with a Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti thrown in for good measure.

Anyway, a few years back my publisher made up this mock cover for the breakthrough speculative novel, and it was titled Amish Vampires in Space. It featured ladies in bonnets with fangs…and a spaceship.

I told him that someone should write that book. I wasn’t sure if I could write it, though, because the title suggests camp, and as a hard sci-fi guy, I would want to do it as if it could actually happen.

But then one day I got an idea about how it all might work. I started writing. Now I’m about 60,000 words in. It is a bit of a challenge—quite different than anything I’ve written before—but I think I can pull it off.

Hope I can.

Probably still won’t take my books out of the proverbial corner, but ah well. It is fun trying! ☺

Honestly, Kerry, I remember when your publisher put that mock cover together. So clever. I'm very impressed that you're putting it together.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kerrynietz.com

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

What’s the last movie you saw with a speculative element? (Time or space travel, robots, dragons, hobbits…anything a little weird.)

Thank you, Kerry, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kerry has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 4. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kerry's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

And see my post about an exciting new cell phone plan I started using in 2012. 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.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Melody Carlson and Free Books!

PhotobucketImagine: Packing a horse-drawn covered wagon with what you need to survive five long months on the Oregon Trail and to start a new life in the western frontier—and what it takes to get there.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Amazing Grace, by K. Dawn Byrd, is

christianbookreviewer@ . . .

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 Melody Carlson, author of A Dream for Tomorrow (Harvest House, January 2013).

PhotobucketMelody Carlson has written 200 books for teens, women, and children (more than five million copies sold). She’s won several awards from the Romance Writers of America, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Christian Retailing magazine, and other national organizations.

Melody and her husband have two grown sons and make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

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

-- I traveled around the world before I turned 21.

-- I get slightly claustrophobic in large crowds.

-- I really enjoy “playing” with interior design.

-- My husband and I will celebrate 35 years of marriage this summer.

-- We adopted a Main coon cat named Harry this year.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Dream for Tomorrow.

PhotobucketElizabeth Martin and her family are just setting out on the second half (the more treacherous half) of the Oregon Trail. According to history, twenty percent of the Oregon Trail travelers died on the trail. But Elizabeth and her family were hardworking farmers and they planned carefully for this journey. As a result they end up helping others in their unit and even take in a widower who has fallen upon hard times.

Elizabeth, being a capable and attractive young widow, garners the attention of a couple of male admirers. But she’s ever mindful that this trip was her late husband’s dream—and she’s not sure she’s ready to share it with another man. Besides she has her parents, a faithful employee, and her brother and his new wife to help her.

However, when they reach their destination, she begins to see the sensibility of partnering with someone. A lone woman trying to settle in the frontier faces difficult challenges and having a man by her side could be the difference between life and death for her and her children. The very reason that many frontier women tossed aside all notions of marrying for love.

But Elizabeth has to ask herself if she’s really ready to do that. Or would she rather wait for love, hoping that the man of her dreams loves her enough to give up his freedom and independence.

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

Elizabeth is a strong and capable woman with a tender and generous heart. She is loyal to her family, but extends kindness to those around her.

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

PhotobucketRenee Zellwegger could play Elizabeth.



PhotobucketMatthew McConaughey could play Eli.




Mention a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music for that scene.

George Winston’s album titled Plains was probably playing in the back of my head at times. It would be the perfect background for this novel.

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

For some reason Kathryn Stockett's The Help comes to mind, although it’s been quite awhile since I read it. And yet its story and characters remain vivid in my mind. This to me is the sign of a good book. I loved how it was written, how the author sneaked us right into the lives and homes of her characters, giving us a glimpse into another era and region, and bringing a new level of understanding of racism in our country.

What are you working on now?

I’m just finishing up the second (untitled) book in my new Dear Daphne series (first one is called Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel). It’s a lighthearted contemporary series about a woman who’s reinventing herself in a small charming town. However, she has some very strange conditions that have been placed upon her life.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.melodycarlson.com

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

What is your favorite genre (romance, suspense, historical, etc.) and why are you so drawn to it? Also, do you read outside of this genre very much? If so, why?

Thank you, Melody, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Melody has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melody's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with 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 in 2012. 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, February 18, 2013

Kathleen Y'Barbo and Free Books!

PhotobucketA revenge-bound Pinkerton agent with a pocketful of inventions cannot seem to stop “Fatal Flora” Brimm from reaching the altar with prospective groom number five, but the arrest warrant Agent Lucas McMinn carries in his pocket for Flora and her fiancé just might.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Love's Journey Home, by Kelly Irvin, is

followsjc@ . . .

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 Flora's Wish Book 1 of the Lives of Will Tucker series (Harvest House, February 2013).

PhotobucketBestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of forty-five novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad.

A tenth-generation Texan and family law paralegal, she is nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award by Romantic Times magazine.

Her newest release, Flora's Wish, was awarded 4 ½ stars and is a February 2013 Romantic Times Top Pick.

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

-- I eloped with my husband 36 years after I met him.

-- I have a cat that quacks instead of meows.

-- I have a freckle shaped like a butterfly.

-- Each time I sell a book series, I celebrate by buying a piece of handcrafted jewelry from my favorite designer, Dannelle Woody (www.dannellewoodyjewelry.com)

-- My car is smaller than my bed. To clarify, I sleep in a really big bed but I drive a Mini Cooper.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Flora's Wish.

PhotobucketIf you like your historical romance Southern with a dash of steam punk, don’t miss the first novel in the Lives of Will Tucker series:

Flora Brimm is determined the fifth time is the charm. Back home she has a reputation as "Fatal Flora," a woman whose previous four fiancés died in untimely accidents. Flora is desperate to marry, because producing an heir is the only way she can keep her family's estate. She's confident this visit to Eureka Springs with her grandmother will help her land a husband.

Pinkerton detective Lucas McMinn is hot on the trail of Will Tucker, the thief who broke his sister's heart. When he discovers the slippery fellow with Flora, he thinks they are in on the devious plot together. Armed with an arrest warrant and the knowledge that Flora is the best link to Tucker, the Pinkerton does his best to keep his mind on the job and his heart from falling for Flora Brimm. Will he succeed at both—or either?

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

Lucas McMinn is smart, funny, but above all else, he is loyal—both to his family and to the Pinkerton Agency. Only his knowledge that the Lord alone can exact revenge and his promise to carry out his duties as a Pinkerton keep him from seeking his own brand of justice for the losses Will Tucker has caused. He is capable, ruthless, and afraid of nothing, and yet he becomes putty in Flora Brimm’s hands. How can you not adore a man like that?

Yes, he sounds very romantic! 

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

PhotobucketFlora would be played by the redhead Karen Gillan (Amy Pond of Dr Who fame).



PhotobucketI see Lucas as an 1880s version of Gerard Butler.




Mention a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music for that scene.

I love this question, because there is actually a piece of music that figures prominently in several scenes in the book. The piece is called "Beau Soir" by Debussy. Here’s a glimpse of how I used it the first time the song appears:

The first chords of the next song chased her, as did Lucas McMinn. “Not quite yet,” he said as he wrapped his arm around her waist and slid her back toward him. “Don’t know about you but this one’s a particular favorite of mine.”

She easily fell into step as the beautiful and elegant strains of Beau Soir, literally translated as Beautiful Evening, rose in a haunting melody. “Why Lucas McMinn,” she said in her best boarding school voice, “I had no idea you were a fan of Debussy.”

He did not immediately reply, giving Flora cause to close her eyes and allow the music to once again sweep her away. This song, this tribute to the end of the day with its celebration of youth and happiness, had once been her favorite. Dancing in this man’s arms to a three-piece orchestra on a rumbling steamboat’s dance floor had once again elevated the tune to that status.

And then Lucas began to sing. Soft at first, so soft that Flora was unsure she’d heard him, and then rising as the song rose. His French was impeccable, his tone a wonderful rich tenor that embraced the French lyrics as if he had lived them himself.

“Magnifique,” Flora said. “Je ne savais pas que vous parliez Français.”

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

I just finished Some Wildflower in My Heart by Jamie Langston Turner—again. Rarely do I re-read a book, but this one is absolutely amazing. From the prose to the plot to the subtle way the author weaves faith and healing into the story, this book is absolutely the best novel I have read in a very long time. I felt that way in the late 1990s when I first read it, and I still feel that way.

What are you working on now?

I am beginning the third book in the Lives of Will Tucker series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website at www.kathleenybarbo.com is the place to not only email me and read my blog, but also to follow me on Twitter (KathleenYBarbo) and Facebook.

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

The heroes in the Lives of Will Tucker series are inventors in addition to their “day jobs” as Pinkerton agents. If you could create any invention to solve a problem, what would that invention be and what problem would it solve?

Thank you, 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, February 25. 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 K. Dawn Byrd, 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 in 2012. 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, February 14, 2013

K. Dawn Byrd and Free Books!

PhotobucketAmazing Love, the modern-day story of Hosea and Gomer from the Bible, speaks of God's unconditional love, mercy, and grace and how much loving someone that much can cost.


Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Unbreakable, by Nancy Mehl, is

beekeeper5@ . . .

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 K. Dawn Byrd, author of Amazing Love (Sword of the Spirit, November 2012).

PhotobucketK. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational novels in several genres, including, historical, suspense, romance, and young adult. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, cars, and her pets. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and riding down country roads in the passenger seat of her husband's Corvette Stingray.

When asked why she writes, her response is, "For the simple joy of placing words on the page!"

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

- I have 3 ferrets and they're my favorite pets ever! I'm so glad I rescued my fuzzy little boys.

- I'm a huge sports car fan. My favorite sports car is the Mustang GT. I've owned 7 and currently own a Roush edition.

- I love sour foods. Pickles. Olives. Dilly beans.

- I have 2 spoiled rotten Chinese Crested dogs.

- One of my favorite hobbies is antique shopping with my hubby.

Seven Mustangs! That's quite a commitment!

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

PhotobucketGabe Knight, a pastor in a small coastal town, finds his life is turned upside down when Dee Dillow arrives and hires him to remodel an estate she's inherited from her aunt. Dee dashes his plans for wedded bless when on a drunken binge, she divulges that she's the highest paid call girl in Nevada and part-owner of the ritziest brothel in the state.

Gabe falls in love with her, but can't believe he's hearing the voice of God when a still, small voice tells him to marry her. After much questioning, they marry and he is deliriously happy. Until, Dee betrays him.

Gabe soon discovers just how hard it is to have the unconditional love God calls him to have for his wife, the kind of love God has for his children. When faced with losing her, Gabe realizes what true love is, how much it hurts, and just how much God loves and is willing to sacrifice for his children.

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

My lead character is a prostitute with a heart. She loves kids and the fact that she'll probably never had any of her own makes her love them even more. She's vulnerable and readers see that. She's not going to make a profession of faith and half-way live it. She won't make a profession until she's ready to follow Jesus with her whole heart. She loves her husband unconditionally, but a series of events causes her to betray him. Readers will understand that she does it out of love and to protect him.

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

PhotobucketAngelina Jolie






Photobucketand Dermot Mulroney.






Mention a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music for that scene.

Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" would make good background music for when my hero and heroine meet. She's standing looking at the large house she inherited from her aunt and reminiscing about her life and the summer she spent there as a teenager. She says that the house represents both the best and worst summer of her life.

What are you working on now?

My next deadline is for Hotline Girl, a young adult romance about a girl who is picked to volunteer on the school's counseling hotline because her mother is the school psychologist. The guy that she's had a crush on forever visits the hotline because he's having trouble with his girlfriend, which causes a strange series of events.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com
K. Dawn Byrd on Amazon

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

God's love is unconditional. He forgives us no matter what we do, but sometimes it's hard for us to forgive others. Gabe, my hero in Amazing Love, realizes just how hard forgiveness can be when his wife betrays him. What would you have a really hard time forgiving?

Thank you, Kim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kim has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kim'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 Kelly Irvin, 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 in 2012. 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.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Kelly Irvin and Free Books!

PhotobucketHelen Crough and Gabriel Bless have so much in common—the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith—so why can’t they seem to speak without arguing?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Shattered, by Dani Pettrey, is

rejordan79@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of For Love of Eli, by Loree Lough, is

heidivargas@ . . .

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

Now let's visit with novelist Kelly Irvin, author of Love’s Journey Home (Harvest House Publishing, February 2013).

PhotobucketKelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series, which includes To Love and To Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love’s Journey Home, which released February 1. She recently signed with Harvest House Publishing for a three-book spin-off series entitled the New Hope Amish.

Kelly has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, published by Five Star Gale in 2010 and 2011.

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism, Kelly has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. For more than nineteen years, she has worked in public relations for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.

Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-five years, and they have two young adult children. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.

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

-- In college, I spent three semesters in Costa Rica and I speak Spanish.

-- I hate sweet potatoes and snakes.

-- My first published fiction as an adult was a a short story called, “Fast Food,” published in a Sunday school magazine. I then published a poem called “Twenty-twenty Vision” in the San Antonio Express-News. It was another seventeen years before I published a novel.

-- I was editor of both the newspaper and the yearbook at my high school in Abilene, Kansas.

-- I was twenty-one before I saw the ocean for the first time and that year I saw both the Pacific and the Atlantic.

You obviously had the writing bug early on, Kelly! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love's Journey Home.

PhotobucketIt’s been seven years since her husband died, but Helen Crouch is doing fine. She’s selling her jams at the bakery and making a living. But her whole world goes topsy-turvy when a new family moves to town.

Gabriel Gless has brought his children to Bliss Creek to escape the worldly influences in Indiana. Helen and Gabriel have so much in common—the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith—so why can’t they speak without arguing?

And that’s not all that’s going on in Bliss Creek this summer. In the middle of a drought, the community is must decide whether to establish a new settlement. As families say goodbye, each one must find the faith to follow the Lord’s direction.

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

Helen is a widow and parent of four children. Her efforts to do the right thing under difficult circumstances are endearing. She’s clumsy and socially inept, but sweet and good-humored. Nothing is more important to her than faith and family.

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

PhotobucketTom Selleck would be Gabriel Gless.





PhotobucketAnd Valerie Bertinelli would play Helen.





Mention a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music for that scene.

Gabriel and Helen meet for the first time at a Fourth of July parade in which Helen’s son, who is on his rumspringa (running around), drinks with his English friends and then drives a buggy through the parade route flopping his hat in the air and screaming, “Yee haw, rid’em cowboy.” He almost runs over one of Gabriel’s young daughters.

For some reason, the song that runs through my mind when I think of this scene is, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, by Toby Keith.

Such an interesting juxtaposition in an Amish novel!

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

For fans of Amish fiction, I enjoyed A Plain Death by Amanda Flower. It’s an Amish cozy mystery. She does a great job with quirky, fun characters. For fans of Christian romantic suspense Dee Henderson’s new Full Disclosure is a fun read. I enjoyed seeing some of her old O’Malley characters again and the plot has an interesting twist with a female assassin.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on A Plain Love Song, the third book in the New Hope Amish series that debuts later this year.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kellyirvin.com. They can also follow me on Facebook (Kelly Irvin, Author) and Twitter (Kelly_S_Irvin)

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953184: Love"s Journey Home, Bliss Creek Amish Series #3


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

How do you feel about overt references to faith in novels that are clearly identified as inspirational fiction? Do you like the spiritual theme to be subtle or do you mind if the characters make it very clear that their Christian faith is an integral part of how they live their lives?

Great question, Kelly. I'd like the answer to that, as well. 

Thank you for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kelly has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kelly'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 Nancy Mehl, 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 in 2012. 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.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nancy Mehl and Free Books!

PhotobucketAs her Mennonite town is shaken by strange incidents and outright attacks on its residents, Hope Kaufmann is forced to question all she knows and believes.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Rebekah, by Jill Eileen Smith, is:

justhorsinaround730@ . . .

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! Commenters get an additional entry in the drawing.

Now let's meet novelist Nancy Mehl, author of Unbreakable: Book Two in the Road to Kingdom Series (Bethany House, February 2013).

Photobucket Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored fourteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing.

The first book in her Road to Kingdom series, Inescapable, came out in July of 2012. The second book, Unbreakable, released this month.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

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

- I just became a grandmother for the first time! Aidan Jackson Mehl was born on Christmas Day. So, my new name is…Nana!

- - I’m a huge Doctor Who fan. In fact, one of the characters in Unbreakable, Ebbie Miller, was patterned after the tenth Doctor, David Tennant.

- Although I’m writing Mennonite fiction, I’m not Mennonite. I have a lovely friend who is a Mennonite church historian in Goessel, Kansas. Judy Unruh keeps me on track. (Thanks, Judy!)

- So far, all of my books have been set in Kansas. But the new series I’ll be writing for Bethany House will take place in Missouri. Why? Because sometime in 2013 my husband and I (and Watson) will be moving to Missouri. My son, his wife, and my new grandson live there. It will be a little bittersweet to change settings, but I look forward to doing some research in the “Show Me” state.

- I love animals. All of our pets have been rescued. I’m a big believer in adopting animals that need to be rescued.

Congratulations, Nana!

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

PhotobucketGentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman has never been one to question church leaders in Kingdom, Kansas. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and is looking forward to marrying the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.

Despite Hope's and other Kingdom residents' attempts to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, and when one of Kingdom's own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Hope's fiance, Ebbie, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.

When strange incidents around town result in outright attacks on several townspeople, Hope can't help but question what she's always been taught. As the town that's always stood so strong together is torn apart at the seams, Hope is caught between opposing sides, both represented by those she has come to care for. With tensions high and lives endangered by an unknown threat, Hope fears Kingdom can never survive in one piece.

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

Hope is the kind of person who isn’t satisfied to accept what others tell her. Once she begins to question her church’s beliefs, nothing stops her from searching for the truth. She is incredibly honest and true to herself.

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

PhotobucketWell, the part of Ebbie Miller is easy. I fashioned him after the tenth doctor in Doctor Who, David Tennant. Although David Tennant is probably too old now to play the part.



PhotobucketJonathon Wiese could be played by Emile Hirsch.




As far as Hope Kaufman is concerned, I have no idea. The actress would need to have almost white-blond hair and violet eyes. There are a lot of pretty blond actresses, but I can’t think of one with the innocence and honesty that embodies Hope. Maybe a newcomer?

PhotobucketAbigail Breslin is old enough now to play young women, and she can definitely do innocent.




Mention a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music for that scene.

At the end of Unbreakable, when Hope reveals her feelings to the man she chooses, I could envision "Fields of Gold" by Eva Cassidy. One of the most beautiful love songs I’ve ever heard, and the words would fit the rural countryside where Hope lives.

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

Submerged by Dani Pettrey. This book was packed with great suspense and tremendous character development. Wonderful story! Great writing!

What an interesting coincidence. I'm currently featuring Dani and her novel, Stranded, which she'll sign and give away on Monday, February 11. I think Dani has a huge fan following.

What are you working on now?

I’m beginning work on a brand new series for Bethany House. It’s Mennonite-themed suspense but with a new setting and fresh characters. I really look forward to diving into it!

Where else can readers find you online?

My Web site is located at: www.nancymehl.com. I blog at: www.nancymehl.blogspot.com and am a part of the Suspense Sisters at: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com. I’m also very active on Facebook.

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CBD.com
209284: Unbreakable, Road to Kingdom Series #2



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

Here’s something I’ve been wondering for quite time. Now that authors are so much more available through social networking sites, do you think it’s helped or hurt your opinions toward us? Years ago, it never occurred to me that I could “know” my favorite authors. Now it’s fairly easy to hook up with anyone you admire. This means you may learn more about their religious beliefs as well as their political leanings. Has this knowledge ever turned you against an author you used to like? Or drawn you to an author you’d never read before? In your opinion, does all this social networking have a positive or a negative influence?

Great question, Nancy. I'm curious about that answer, too.

Thanks for allowing me to “visit,” Trish. I enjoyed it!

Thank you, Nancy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Nancy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Nancy'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 Loree Lough and Dani Pettrey, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each 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 in 2012. 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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