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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, April 29, 2013

Eileen Rife and Free Books!

 photo LaughingwithLilycover_zps80ceed5b.jpgAn unexpected encounter with a person from her past launches a special-education teacher on a quest for answers.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Message on the Quilt, by Stephanie Grace Whitson, is:

lorizimbardi@ . . .

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 Eileen Rife, author of Laughing with Lily (OakTara, April 2013).

 photo EileenR_zpsd6cb7f14.jpgEileen Rife is a veteran homeschool mom and author of several nonfiction books, including Wit & Wisdom from the Wee Ones (OakTara), as well as five fiction titles: The Born for India trilogy (Journey to Judah, Restored Hearts, and Chosen Ones), Second Chance, and Laughing with Lily.

Her byline has appeared in numerous magazines, including Marriage Partnership, Light & Life, Mature Living, On Mission, Discipleship Journal, and Christian Home & School.

She and her husband, Chuck, conduct marriage seminars and speak on a variety of topics for church groups and organizations in the States and overseas.

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

--I love Breyers chocolate chip mint ice cream.

--I married off two daughters within two months of each other and lived to tell about it.

--I grew up in Christian camping ministry.

--I’m married to a counselor. Yeah, I was so messed up, I had to marry a therapist to get fixed.

--At fifty-eight, I can still jump on the trampoline with my six grandchildren, all ages six and under.

I love fun grandmas!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Laughing with Lily.

 photo LaughingwithLilycover_zps80ceed5b.jpgCeleste Tatem, a special-education teacher at The Brighton Center in Schreiber, Indiana, couldn’t be more in love with her husband, Joe. But the memory of one day in the past haunts her, threatening their relationship. When Joe dies in a factory explosion, she sinks into depression.

It will take the arrival of a new student, Lily, and her delightful honesty, laughter, and joy at life’s little things to awaken Celeste to hope.

When Don, an old flame from college, reenters Celeste’s world, the flickers of love stir once again, and startling questions arise. Questions that threaten to rip the veneer off of her carefully guarded secret. Then the most unexpected thing of all happens….

A story of love and forgiveness in the most unexpected places.

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

Celeste harbors regret over a past abortion that’s rendered her infertile, but she’s afraid to tell her husband for fear he might leave her.

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

 photo EvangL_zpsc137b011.jpegHmm . . . good question. Possibly Evangeline Lilly for the lead.





 photo ChristianB_zps118b1f14.jpegCo-lead, Christian Bale. Not so much for the roles they’ve played or what they stand for, but for their physical appearance.




Jeff Gerke’s excellent book, Plot Versus Character, addresses both plot-first and character-first authors. Which are you? How far do you write before incorporating the other element into your manuscript?

Brainstorming characters and plot are so closely tied for me that’s it’s difficult to say which comes first.

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

When the Last Leaf Falls by Bill Myers. Powerful story of the struggle with grief and the power of hope. Wow, tears in my eyes as I read. And a wonderful surprise ending.

What are you working on now?

Several projects. I’ve recently submitted a devotional titled, Breathe Deeply My Grace, written from God’s point-of-view and which takes the reader on a journey from Genesis to Revelation to discover God’s life-giving and life-sustaining grace. I’m also coauthoring a novel titled Seasons of Hope with Jennifer Slattery, working on December Sunrise, loosely based on the Sandy Hook shootings, and a nonfiction book titled 4R Rejuvenation Retreat for Women.

Where else can readers find you online?

Websites: www.eileenrife.com, and www.guardyourmarriage.com
Blog: www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com
Facebook
OakTara


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




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

What are you passionate about? What gets you up in the morning, besides the dog licking your face or your alarm clock?

Thanks, Eileen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Eileen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Eileen's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Murray Pura, 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, April 25, 2013

Murray Pura and Free Books!

 photo WhispersofaNewDawnCover_zpsce905217.jpgWhenever the sun sets in one part of your world it always rises again in another – healing can come at the strangest time and in the strangest of places.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Daughter of Jerusalem, by Joan Wolfe, is:

spunky42@ . . .

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 Murray Pura, author of Whispers of a New Dawn (Harvest House, April 2013).

 photo Murray_zps4848dd42.jpgMurray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Since that time he has published a number of novels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles, including the Zondervan books Rooted and Streams and the Baker devotional Majestic & Wild.

He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel. His book The Wings of Morning has been nominated for several literary awards in the United States, including Best Inspirational Romance and Best Historical Romance.

Murray lives and writes in southwestern Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Zondervan, and Harvest House, as well as several other publishing houses. His releases for 2013 include: Ashton Park, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, The Painted Sky, Whispers of a New Dawn, Beneath the Dover Sky, and An Amish Family Christmas.

Wow, you've had a busy year, Murray!

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

-- I have a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do (white, yellow, green, blue, red, black).

-- I have a home gym and weight room in my house.

-- I have a 4 year old cat named Kokomo who lies beside me while I write.

-- A rainbow trout stream flows through my backyard.

-- I’m learning guitar.

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

 photo WhispersofaNewDawnCover_zpsce905217.jpgThe year is 1941. Pilots Jude and Lyyndy Whetstone arrive with their adult daughter Becky back in their Amish community in Lancaster County. It’s time to consider giving up flying forever and finally settle down among their relatives. It seems God is leading that way, especially when Becky finds romance with young Moses Yoder and decides to abandon the skies for the life of an Amish wife.

But a summons to exotic Honolulu changes everything. Jude has been asked to train fighter pilots for the new Army Air Forces. If the Whetstones leave the Amish community to work with the military, they will not be allowed to return. However the call to serve the country they love prevails, so the family departs amidst tears at what they’re leaving behind and fears at what awaits them.

Once settled on the beautiful island of Oahu, Becky is hired on as a flight instructor at a civilian flying school and takes an immediate dislike to her newest student, the brash Christian Raven. Their turbulent road to love comes to a crashing halt with the horrific bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. As Christian joins in the fight that will become World War 2, Becky wonders if God would be so cruel as to snatch love from her life a second time.

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

Becky Whetstone has gone through a lot of hurts and hard times but she’s fighting back and wants to make something of her life, not give up and walk away from love and her Christian faith.

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

 photo Unknown-12_zpse65b4b28.jpegSandra Bullock for Becky Whetstone





 photo Ben-Affleck_zpsa9548a37.jpgand Ben Affleck for Christian Raven.


Jeff Gerke’s excellent book, Plot Versus Character, addresses both plot-first and character-first authors. Which are you? How far do you write before incorporating the other element into your manuscript?

Characters have nowhere to go without a plot. And a plot is pretty lifeless without interesting characters. I start with a storyline. But once I have the storyline the characters are there immediately. I ask myself: What sort of people fit this story? Who are they? What do they act like? What do they look like? What’s their history? What are their issues? The characters are there from the first and they develop as the story develops.

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

I recently re-read Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, a novel set in the South Africa of the apartheid era. His writing is so eloquent, and his story of an African pastor so intriguing, I recommend this book to everyone.

I completely agree. A subtle, beautiful masterpiece.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the Ashton Park series, covering the years 1934-1941 in the Danforth family saga.

Where else can readers find you online?

Murray Pura Writing is my author’s page on Facebook and I invite people to join me there.

My website is undergoing a huge overhaul but you can still see some of it at www.murraypura.com


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






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951701: Whispers of a New Dawn, Snapshots in History Series #3


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

So long as it is clean and tight, is there such a thing as too much good romance in an inspirational fiction novel?

Thanks, Murray, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Murray has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Murray'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 Stephanie Grace Whitson, 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, April 22, 2013

Stephanie Grace Whitson and Free Books!

 photo TheMessageontheQuilt_zpsa247a22b.jpgWhen an aspiring journalist and a traveling orator fall in love, their future together is threatened by the truth behind the symbols embroidered on a treasured quilt.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of one of my novels is:

bride57no1@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address and preferred book, and I'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 Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of The Message on the Quilt (Barbour Publishing, April 2013).

PhotobucketWith the spring 2013 release of The Message on the Quilt, best-selling, award-winning author Stephanie Grace Whitson will have over twenty novels and two non-fiction books to her credit. Whitson is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on a variety of historical and inspirational topics for civic organizations and church groups.

She received her MA in Historical Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University in May of 2012.

Her husband and blended family, her church, historical research, antique quilts, and Kitty—her motorcycle—all rank high on her list of “favorite things.”

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

--Robert the Bruce gave Drum Castle to one of my ancestors.

--I once predicted a surprise play at a Nebraska Husker football game that amazed everyone sitting around me—including my husband.

--If I could live anywhere on the planet, I would live …. where I live.

--There’s a shelf of memorabilia in my office dedicated to Secretariat.

--I’ve taken several classes designed to teach me how to date old quilts based on fabrics and workmanship.

What a fun list of details, Stephanie! And I just have to post a picture of Drum Castle. Very cool.












Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Message on the Quilt.

 photo TheMessageontheQuilt_zpsa247a22b.jpgWhen Emilie Rhodes’s newspaper editor father gives “her” column to someone else, Emilie goes to work for his competition. Interviewing the speakers for an 1890 Chautauqua series, she meets and falls in love with “The Man of Many Voices.”

But Noah Shaw’s professional life is only one reason he’s in Nebraska. Noah is on a quest to find answers. What he finally learns about the symbols his deceased mother embroidered on a treasured quilt convinces him that a future with Emilie is impossible.

But then an old soldier challenges Noah not to accept brokenness as the message on the quilt—and offers to help him find hope and healing instead.

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

Emilie is just on the cusp of discovering who she is, what she wants in life—and if she’s willing to risk everything to get it.

Jeff Gerke’s excellent book, Plot Versus Character, addresses both plot-first and character-first authors. Which are you? How far do you write before incorporating the other element into your manuscript?

My work is very much character driven. Generally, I discover something from history that intrigues me, and I begin to think about the kind of women who would have endured through a given time—what they were like, what character qualities they would have needed, etc. But because real history inspires those ideas, there’s always a framework for a plot, because there’s a historical event or situation that initially inspires the question.

I always have a target I’m aiming at when I begin a book, so getting from point A to point B, combined with my reading on the era/event/setting usually suggests the plot.

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

Bo Caldwell’s City of Tranquil Light. I ended up underlining many passages to go back to and ponder. Not many novels take me to such a deep place of introspection. I will return to this book again and again.

What are you working on now?

The final rewrite of next spring’s release, A Captain for Laura Rose.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
www.stephaniewhitson.com

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






CBD.com
264437: The Message on the Quilt, Quilt Chronicles Series #3


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

If you could go back in time to spend a day in another place, where would you go? Who would you most want to meet there? What would you want to do with them?

Stephanie’s answer: I’d go back to St. Louis in 1867. I’d want to take a walk with Mark Twain down on the levee—and just listen to him expound on life on the river.

Thanks, Stephanie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Stephanie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Stephanie'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 Joan Wolfe, 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, April 18, 2013

Joan Wolfe and Free Books!

 photo Unknown-12_zps88a79398.jpegMary Magdalene, Daughter of Jerusalem, is one of the most elusive and fascinating women in history.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Georgia Sweethearts by Missy Tippens, is

msgtspfox@ . . .

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 Joan Wolfe, author of Daughter of Jerusalem (Worthy Publishing, April 2013).

 photo images-29_zps18bb1f78.jpegJoan Wolf is a New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post best-selling author. She has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Connecticut, where she raised two children and an assortment of horses, dogs and cats.

Along the way she also managed to write forty-six published novels – the writing of which profoundly enriched her life.

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

--I am a fanatic Yankee fan.

--My dream is to have a pair of shoes for every outfit.

--I adore Downton Abbey.

--My favorite book is Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset.

--My aim in life is to stay healthy enough to ride horses until I die.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Daughter of Jerusalem.

 photo Unknown-12_zps88a79398.jpegMy novel shows the life of Mary Magdalene from the time she is sent to Magdala to live with her aunt until just after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. My aim was to show how the events in Mary’s life – her idealistic young love in Magdala, her loveless marriage to an old man in Sepphoris, her love affair with a charismatic Roman – change her into the woman who could listen to Jesus and see him as the answer to what she has been searching for all her life.

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

Mary is a complex and intelligent woman of beauty and passion who finds in Jesus of Nazareth the ultimate meaning of life.

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

 photo images-1-7_zpsd4b907fb.jpegRachel Weiss would make a good Mary, I think.

Jeff Gerke’s excellent book, Plot Versus Character, addresses both plot-first and character-first authors. Which are you? How far do you write before incorporating the other element into your manuscript?

I am definitely a character-first author. I find plot much more difficult to invent than character. That’s one of the reason I write so many historical novels – history gives me a plot!

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

I just finished reading My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (who I taught in A.P. English at Cardinal Spellman High School!) I enjoyed her book enormously and would recommend it to anyone who likes books about extraordinary women.

What are you working on now?

I am presently working on a novel set in the period of King David.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me on Facebook and on my website: www.joanwolf.com

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






CBD.com
034673: Daughter of Jerusalem


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

How much historical/political detail do you like to see in novels?

Does it bother you when author’s ‘rearrange’ history a little to suit the needs of their stories?

Do you prefer books written in the first person or the third person point of view?

Thanks, Joan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Joan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to any or all of Joan's questions, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post featuring Maureen Lang, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of one of my books (your choice).

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, April 15, 2013

Maureen Lang's All in Good Time

 photo All_In_Good_Time_Screen_Shot_zpsab91259f.jpgWill their flaws and secrets keep them apart . . . or will they realize it’s those very flaws and secrets that make them perfect for one another?

Before focusing on today's featured author and her novel, I wanted to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Angela Briedenbach's novel, A Healing Heart, is:

sugarpyhuny@ . . .

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!

Today I'm drawing your attention to Maureen Lang's latest novel, All in Good Time. We won't be giving her book away next week (I'm giving away another of my own novels), but I wanted you to get a look at Maureen's fine novel.

 
ABOUT MAUREEN:

 photo DSCF6553done.jpgMaureen Lang writes stories inspired by love of history and romance. An avid reader since childhood, she started writing the stories she wanted to read. Before publication she won RWA’s Golden Heart and ACFW’s Genesis, and her published books have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, a Holt Medallion, and have finaled in the Christy, Rita and Carol Awards.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband, children and Labrador retriever. Visit with Maureen at www.maureenlang.com

A Note from Maureen:

New releases are always exciting! I was just telling my husband that this book is my favorite, but he's noticed I say that about every new release. 

Well, this one really is holding a special place in my heart. I think authors, like parents with their children, love each book for certain reasons. For me, the hero in All In Good Time is my special reason. 

He starts out as such a curmudgeon I just couldn't wait to soften him up a bit—but for it to be convincing, it had to be handled gradually. I'd try to make him crumble and he kept doing something to shore himself up. All in good time, he'd say to me. Needless to say, he was the perfect match for my impatient heroine.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 photo All_In_Good_Time_Screen_Shot_zpsab91259f.jpgDessa Caldwell has a dream, to offer refuge for fallen women. All she needs is a loan so she can open Pierson House sooner than she ever expected.

Henry Hawkins has a secret—but he also owns one of the most successful banks in Denver. He hasn’t earned that success by granting foolish loans, but when his manager gives Dessa the money she needs, Henry’s best efforts to stop it fail—and in the process the fortress he’s built around his heart begins to crumble.

But will their secrets keep them apart?

The flaws and secrets of Dessa Caldwell and Henry Hawkins may very well keep them apart . . . until they realize it’s those very flaws and secrets that make them perfect for one another.



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






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364476: All in Good Time, Gilded Legacy Series #2



Readers, I'm going to give away another one of my novels (your choice--click on my Books button to read about each title) to the winner of a drawing on Monday, April 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to this question:

If a banker wanted to front you the money to establish whatever charity you felt worthwhile, what would that charity be? Why?

Remember to leave your answer in the comments section, below. "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 Missy Tippens, 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, April 11, 2013

Missy Tippens and Free Books!

 photo GASweetheartsmed-lowres9780373878079_zps70e61348.jpgA wary realist who longs for security--and who has no crafting ability whatsoever--inherits a failing yarn shop and is forced to share the space with a charming dreamer whose mission is to start churches.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Lady's Choice by Sandra Robbins, is

amberdawnwhitlock@ . . .

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 Missy Tippens, author of Georgia Sweethearts (Love Inspired, April 2013).

 photo MissyTippens-1_zps988fc5c1.jpgMissy Tippens, a pastor’s wife and mom of three from near Atlanta, Georgia, made her first sale to Love Inspired in 2007. Her books have since been nominated for the Booksellers Best, ACFW Carol Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Beacon Contest and a 2013 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.

A House Full of Hope has recently been named a Romance Writers of America RITA® Finalist.

New from Love Inspired, Georgia Sweethearts is an April 2013 release.

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

--I’m a big fan of American Idol and vote many times each week.

--I’m a former microbiologist.

--San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is my nephew.

--I am pathetic at needlework but relearned how to knit while writing my character in Georgia Sweethearts.

--I love Zumba (but don’t ask me how long it’s been since I went to class!).

I still watch American Idol, too--one of my guilty pleasures (although this season there's been less pleasure associated with a few of the top ten).

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

 photo GASweetheartsmed-lowres9780373878079_zps70e61348.jpgAfter inheriting her great-aunt’s failing yarn shop, Lilly Barnes is determined to make it a success. All she wants is stability, something she doesn’t think possible in the small town of Corinthia, Georgia. Then Pastor Daniel Foreman rents space in her store to hold meetings for his growing congregation, and this proves to be her lifeline.

At first Lilly wants nothing to do with Daniel’s big dreams, but she soon finds herself starting to share his goals.

Yet trouble between her customers and his congregation make them both doubt the path they’re on. That is, until practical Lilly shows him that love is a risk worth taking.

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

Lilly had a rough childhood, being uprooted over and over by a dreamer father who blamed everyone else for his failures. She and her sister were neglected, and I think readers will be drawn to Lilly because she’s a fighter who always watched out for her sister and is still doing so when the story opens.

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

 photo Unknown-12_zps1150e7fc.jpegFor Lilly, I’d choose an older version of Victoria Justice.





 photo images-29_zpseafd8686.jpegAs I wrote my character, Daniel, I always pictured Tim Tebow. If he would consider an acting career, I’d choose him!



You never know!
 
Jeff Gerke’s excellent book, Plot Versus Character, addresses both plot-first and character-first authors. Which are you? How far do you write before incorporating the other element into your manuscript?

I’m usually chomping at the bit to jump right in and start writing. However, I do a lot of pre-planning of characters and plot before I allow myself to write. If I had to choose one, I’d have to say that I usually start with the characters. I write romance and tend to choose characters who are opposites.

So when an idea for a story strikes me, it’s usually because I can imagine fireworks when I throw the hero and heroine together. Then I begin to dig for the characters’ deepest motivation and try to find a plot that will work to force the characters to change and grow.

And, of course, to fall in love!

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

I recently read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom for my book club. Set in the late 1700’s to early 1800’s, it was a gripping and tragic story about plantation life, love and what makes a family.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another proposal for Love Inspired. Here’s a one-liner I’ve come up with in the planning stages: Can long-time best friends overcome family conflict and work together for the good of the community? Or will pride—and unwanted romantic feelings—stand in the way?

Always great to have that one-liner ready! 

Where else can readers find you online?

www.missytippens.com
Facebook
Twitter

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

Has a novel ever inspired you to make changes in your life?

I love that question. Even small changes--like your return to knitting--can come about from novels we read (or write)!

Thanks, Missy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Missy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Missy'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 Angela Breidenbach, 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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Angela Breidenbach and Free Books!

 photo officialcoverQuiltsofLoveA_Healing_Heartblog_zps6dd4b0a9.jpgWhat would you do if the one man who can help is the one man you can’t trust?

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

lubell1106@ . . .

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 Angela Breidenbach, author of A Healing Heart (Abingdon Press, April 2013).

Angela Breidenbach is a speaker/coach in mental and physical health, author of A Healing Heart, Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life, Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance, and Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers.

She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister (worship/prayer leader) for her congregation in Missoula, MT.

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

--I love time travel fiction, especially modern girl goes back into history.

--I recently fell in love with green juices for my health. (No, I didn’t think it sounded good either.)

--My favorite exercise is an elliptical.

--I’m studying cat training in preparation for my new chinchilla kitten.

--I carry water bottles everywhere (drawn from my well).

Yeesh, the elliptical! Good for you!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Healing Heart.

 photo officialcoverQuiltsofLoveA_Healing_Heartblog_zps6dd4b0a9.jpgWorkaholic, Mara Keegan, suffers a heart attack and must trust her business to the one man who tried to destroy it, Joel Ryan.

Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of three years. During her recovery, Mara works to fulfill a promise to her graduating daughter by creating a photo memory quilt. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence's big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara's business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan.

Can Joel find his way into Mara's heart and onto Cadence's quilt? Mara must learn about heart health from the inside out!

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

I think Mara Keegan is a relatable character to most working moms. We feel torn between our duty to work and family life. We’re often exhausted, stressed, and ignore our health signals in the scramble to take care of family and commitments.

I totally agree, as I'm sure most female readers do. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo Unknown-12_zps015807ce.jpegI’d love to see Jeffrey Donovan




 photo Unknown-1-4_zpsb925614c.jpegand Kimberly Guerrero (she’s a Native American actress). I pinned their pictures on my pinterest board for A Healing Heart.




Jeff Gerke’s excellent book, Plot Versus Character, addresses both plot-first and character-first authors. Which are you? How far do you write before incorporating the other element into your manuscript?

I write a skeleton plot outline and then flesh out the rest. The third pass is where I think the art happens.

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

I’m reading the whole Quilts of Love Books line by Abingdon Press. I love to read eclectically. This line is amazing that each book is a different genre with the quilt theme running through the entire series. It’s impossible to get saturated by any one genre. I love that!

What a smart idea. I love that, too. 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Lucky’s Draw, an 1864 Montana Territory historical about a floozy who becomes the matchmaker for a town full of widows.

Oh, that sounds like fun! Where else can readers find you online?

www.angelabreidenbach.com
@AngBreidenbach on twitter
Facebook
Pinterest


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

Mara Keegan had no idea she was having a heart attack in A Healing Heart. Have you checked your heart health lately? Do you know the risks? If not, take just a minute and check it here: www.heart.org

Thanks, Angie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Angie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Angie'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 Sandra Robbins, 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.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sandra Robbins and Free Books!

 photo ALadysChoice3_zpse0ceb27b.jpgA young woman turns her back on love to join suffragists at the gates of the White House and inside the walls of Occoquan Workhouse.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of one of my novels is

amberdawnwhitlock@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address and find out which title you'd like, and I'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 Sandra Robbins, author of A Lady’s Choice (Summerside, April 2013).

Sandra Robbins, former teacher and principal, is an award winning multi-published author of Christian fiction who lives with her husband in Martin, TN, where she grew up.

Angel of the Cove, her first book in the Harvest House Publishers historical romance series Smoky Mountain Dreams, released in August, 2012, and was recently named the 2013 winner in the Standalone Inspirational Category of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. This award is given by the Birmingham Southern Magic Chapter of Romance Writers of America for excellence in writing romance.

Mountain Homecoming, the second in the series, released in March 2013. The third book, Beyond These Hills, will release in September.

In April 2013 Summerside released A Lady’s Choice, which chronicles the plight of suffragists who picketed the White House to gain the vote for women.

A three book romantic suspense series titled The Cold Case Files will release from Love Inspired Suspense later this year.

You are one busy lady, Sandra. Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I am a lover of antiques.

--I enjoy romantic movies.

--My favorite food is a hamburger.

--I enjoy cooking but hate to wash dishes.

--I am keeping my daughter’s dog for a few months, and I’ve gotten so attached that I may not let her have the dog back.

Aw, that's really sweet about your daughter's dog. It doesn't take long for something to become a habit, and dogs can be very habit forming!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Lady's Choice.

 photo ALadysChoice3_zpse0ceb27b.jpgSarah Whittaker grew up in a home with parents who supported the right for women to vote. She has vowed to dedicate her life to that fight.

When she falls in love with Alex Taylor, she realizes their relationship is doomed because Alex is about to join a law firm in Memphis that opposes suffrage. She turns her back on him and joins other suffragists headed to Washington to join Alice Paul and those who are pressuring the President to push for an amendment that gives women the right to vote.

Sarah becomes a Silent Sentinel at the gates of the White House, is arrested, and sentenced to Occoquan Workhouse. There she is exposed to the cruelty and abuse of the guards, but she doesn’t give in.

After a night when the guards go on a rampage and beat the inmates, Sarah finds herself in the infirmary suffering from starvation and pneumonia.

When Alex is notified by a compassionate guard of Sarah’s plight, he hurries to Washington in hopes of saving her. Together they join the fight and sit together in the Tennessee House of Representatives three years later when Tennessee becomes the deciding state to ratify the 19th amendment which gives the vote to women.

As a Washington resident, I can't wait to read this one!

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

Sarah is determined and is dedicated to her quest. She also loves Alex and mourns the loss of his love.

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

 photo Unknown-12_zps68a2abab.jpegBrandon Routh would play Alex.




 photo images-29_zps68574565.jpegAnd Gretchen Mol would play Sarah.




Jeff Gerke’s excellent book, Plot Versus Character, addresses both plot-first and character-first authors. Which are you? How far do you write before incorporating the other element into your manuscript?

I’m a plot first author. I have to have the story outlined first. Then I begin to give the characters the personalities it takes to move the story. Then I begin to actually write the story.

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

I have just discovered The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, and I’m enjoying reading them. I love Precious Ramotswe and the way she embraces the culture of Botswana. It makes one feel like they understand the people and their way of life.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Yuletide Jeopardy, the second in a three book series for Love Inspired Suspense. The series is titled The Cold Case Files and deals with a police unit who tackles unsolved crimes and is set in Memphis, Tennessee. The first book, Dangerous Waters, will release in August, and the one I’m writing now will release in December. The third one will release next year.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can find me at my website sandrarobbins.net. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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

Since A Lady’s Choice is about the struggle for women to have the right to vote, I’d like to ask this question: How do you respond when someone says they’re not going to vote because one vote can’t possibly make any difference?

Oh, my goodness, you're pushing my buttons, Sandra!!! 

Thank you for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 11. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandra'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 Herriman, 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.

 

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