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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, May 30, 2013

Ginger Garrett and Free Books!

 photo Reign-Ginger-Garrett_zps0f3a1ee2.jpgJezebel was the most hated woman in the Bible but what she did for love will surprise you.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Face of the Earth, by Deborah Raney, is:

reneeasmith61@ . . .

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 Ginger Garrett, author of Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel (David C. Cook, May 2013).

Ginger Garrett is the author of several critically acclaimed books on women of history. REIGN: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel, is book three of the Lost Loves of the Bible series from David C. Cook. The other titles include DESIRED: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah, and CHOSEN: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther.

Her popular nonfiction Beauty Secrets of the Bible reveals how ancient women viewed beauty and the natural foods, perfumes and cosmetics that complemented their true beauty.

Ginger is a popular motivational speaker at women’s events and a frequent radio and television guest. Ginger has been featured by media across the country including Fox News, USA Today, Library Journal, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, FamilyNet Television, National Public Radio, Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision, Harvest Television, and more.

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

--A dog lover—no, a dog fanatic!

--A former finalist in a Pillsbury Bake-Off. Alas, my biscuits fell flat with the judges.

--Applied to the CIA after college, hoping to be an international spy. Turns out, flaming red hair and hot pink lips are somewhat a deterrent to blending in with certain cultures.

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

 photo Reign-Ginger-Garrett_zps0f3a1ee2.jpgJezebel was the daughter of the second most powerful man in the Phoenician empire. When her father took the throne, he married her off to a prince from a distant land. Although Jezebel was raised on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean, in one of the wealthiest cities in the world, she was sent to live in a dry land where people had to grow their own food. Worse, they denied the existence of any other god but their own. Her prince was the son of a hired killer, and not the cultured man she had expected. Jezebel was born to reign, but she refused to let anyone rule her heart.

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

Most readers know Jezebel simply as an evil woman who worshipped pagan gods. But that wasn’t an unusual “crime” in ancient days. Gods were as common as rocks. Jezebel was unique in that she was pulled out of a polluted, hedonistic kingdom and given the chance to know the God of Israel, Yahweh. He was a living God, which she had never encountered before. She was offered many chances to accept mercy and grace. It’s not my hope that we learn to love Jezebel through this novel, but rather, that we realize how many times we have done the same thing and refused to accept grace.

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

 photo Angelina-Jolie_zps84dcdf1f.jpgI love Angelina Jolie for Jezebel,





 photo images-29_zps5e8d1595.jpegRalph Fiennes for Ahab,





 photo edward-norton-latest-pics-2013_zps3b318ec5.jpgand for the bookworm who truly is the hero of the biblical tale, Obadiah, I would pick Ed Norton. Have your people call their people. ☺

I'm on it!

Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?

Boston. I love that city and have family there. I’d love to write a historical time travel piece with Boston as the backdrop.

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

Readers simply must read this year’s Newberry Award winner, The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. It’s an extremely fast read, but you’ll want to linger over the beautiful language and heartfelt tale of Zoo Atlanta’s most beloved gorilla, Ivan. Based on a true story, it will renew your hope in miracles and the power of kindness.

What are you working on now?

I just finished my first novel for kids. I mentor forty middle school students who dream of becoming professional writers someday, and this is a book I wrote for their generation. It’s being shopped around right now.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.gingergarrett.com, Facebook, and Twitter, BookFun.org, and GoodReads.

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






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39468EB: Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel - eBook


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

If you could only pass one novel on to your grandchildren someday, which one would it be and why? And we’re talking fiction here, just as a reminder! ☺

Cool question. Thanks, Ginger, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ginger has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ginger'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 Miralee Ferrell and Stephanie Morrill, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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, May 27, 2013

Miralee Ferrell and Free Books!

Three years after her husband's death, Katherine Galloway crosses paths with a widower who could reignite her heart. She must find the strength, wisdom, hope, and faith to remake her life, for everything is about to change.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Widow of Gettysburg, by Jocelyn Green, is:

wpd_2@ . . .

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 Miralee Ferrell, author of Blowing on Dandelions, book one of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series (David C Cook, June 2013).


Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. They have two grown children and recently their son and his wife presented them with a beautiful new granddaughter.

Miralee has been writing since 2005, and her first book was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had 7 books published, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical fiction, with another 6 under contract.

Her western romance, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Excellence in Western Fiction and her newest release, Blowing on Dandelions, is the first in a three book series set in Oregon.

Miralee loves interacting with people, ministering at her church, riding her horse and playing with her dogs. She also speaks at various women’s functions and has taught at conferences.

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

--My husband and I owned and raised two cougars for a number of years….they were not captured from the wild but were both born in captivity. We got Spunky as a cub and until we built his huge outdoor kennel, I had to take him to work with me.

--We owned and operated a family sawmill for 14 years. We couldn’t afford employees for the first few years, so I was a jack-of-all-trades, occasionally running the forklift, did the off-bearing for the big circular saw, stacked boards as they came off the planer, helped load boards into the kiln, and stoked the 100+ year old boiler that warmed the kiln.

--I led a youth group for three years at our little church when I was 20-23 years old, and grew the group from three junior-high girls to over 30 junior and senior high kids.

I can't believe the elegant woman with whom I've shared a number of meetings and meals has done all of those jack-of-all-trades things you listed! I'm so impressed.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Blowing on Dandelions.

Do Dandelion Wishes Actually Come True?

Katherine Galloway knew this moment of calm wouldn’t last, blown away like the dandelion seeds she scattered as a girl. In 1880, three years after her husband’s death, she struggles to run an Oregon boardinghouse and raise two girls alone. Things don't get easier when her critical, domineering mother moves in. Katherine must make the situation work, but standing up for herself and her family while honoring her mother isn't easy. And with a daughter entering the teenage years, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming.

Then she crosses paths with Micah Jacobs, a widower who could reignite her heart, but she fears a relationship with him might send things over the edge. She must find the strength, wisdom, hope, and faith to remake her life, for everything is about to change.

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

Katherine Galloway is a very strong woman raising two girls on her own while running a boardinghouse and keeping peace in her household among some rather mysterious and cantankerous boarders. She has a sweet and gentle spirit, even with her mother, who is determined to set Katherine straight on nearly everything Katherine does. But Katherine won’t hesitate to stand up to her mother’s manipulating when it comes to the handsome new widower in town who is starting to win her heart.

Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?

Santa Fe, New Mexico. I love the Old West settings and all the awesome history surrounding the building of the West. I set one book in Tombstone, Arizona, and had a blast exploring the town, the museums, and the local shops. I’m hoping to set my next series in Santa Fe as it’s close to Texas (a Texas Ranger will play a part in the book) and is loaded with history, including cattle drives, outlaws, cowboys and more that will be included in my books.

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

Whispers On The Prairie by Vickie McDonough, a historical romance, the first in the Pioneer Promises series, releasing July 1 this year. I love Vickie’s descriptions and well-drawn characters, and especially enjoy that this is a series, as she always does an excellent job tying her books together and keeping my interest.

What are you working on now?

I have three different projects in the works right now, but the first and most pressing is finishing book three, Dreaming on Daisies, in my current Love Blossoms in Oregon series (Blowing on Dandelions being the first and Wishing on Buttercups #2). My deadline is July 1 and I have about 20K more words to write, then revising/polishing and I can turn it in. I’ve also started writing a contracted (with David C Cook) middle grade series of horse novels, and the first in a Western/historical romance series that has yet to be purchased.

Where else can readers find you online?

Web site: www.miraleeferrell.com
Blog: www.miraleesdesk.blogspot.com
Facebook
Twitter






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408081: Blowing on Dandelions, Love Blossoms in Oregon Series #1


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

I’ve written contemporary, Historical romance and Old West/western romance (more action/adventure than your typical historical ‘gentle’ romance). How do you feel about an author writing in different genres? Do you tend to ‘buy the author’ more than buying the genre, or vice versa?

Thanks, Miralee, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Miralee has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Miralee'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 Deborah Raney and Stephanie Morrill, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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, May 25, 2013

Stephanie Morrill and Free Books!

A teen writer takes secret revenge on her ex-friends by writing them into her novel, and when they find out about it, she suffers the consequences of using her pen as her sword.

This bonus weekend post features novelist, Stephanie Morrill author of The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, (Playlist Young Adult Fiction, May 2013).

 photo StephanieMorrillLowRes_zps17b4fae7.jpgStephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since.

Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog.

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

-- I love historical fiction, but I have no desire to write it. I tried once. I wrote 500 words and had a list of about 500 things I needed to research. I gave up then.

-- I’m obsessed with argyle. Not sure what it is about that pattern, but I love it.

-- I have a collection of giraffes in my office, and I’m really not sure how I started collecting them. They all have author’s names because when my brother-in-law gave me my first giraffe, he put a nametag on it that said, “Hemingway” and the theme stuck.

I'm like that with frogs, Stephanie. I have no idea how that happened. I've also developed an odd collection of various animals that have big bodies and tiny, stupid eyes (a chicken, a cow, a duck, and a pig so far). It takes so little to make us happy, doesn't it?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet.

Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.

In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.

But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.

This sounds like such a fun novel!

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

Ellie is a junior in high school, and she feels very trapped in her life and alienated from the girls she grew up hanging out with. I think most people have experienced circumstances where they think, “I’m stuck. This isn’t going to change, and there’s nothing I can do about it.” And I know I’ve had friends move into phases into life that makes me feel left behind.

Oh, that hurts just remembering. Yes, I think many people have experienced that at some point in their young years.

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

 photo tumblr_memwxqy6bj1rlif9vo1_500_zpsc885333b.jpgEllie would be very tricky to cast because she’s cute, but not gorgeous, and that’s hard to find in an actress! If it were possible to turn Zooey Deschanel back into a teenager and make her not quite so beautiful, then she could be a good fit.

This is actually Zooey as a young teen.


 photo 894d71bf1e9d0e1b3daafed599de99a1_zps52432acd.jpgWe’d have to young up this actor too, but I think Chris Pine would be an excellent Palmer.

This was the youngest Chris Pine I could find. I think he got cuter with age.


I still can’t figure out who would play Chase. Maybe a 17-year-old version of Dwayne Johnson?

If the wording on the photo is to be believed, this is our man as a young man....


Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?


Visalia, California which is in the valley of California, pretty close to Fresno. Not an dream vacation spot, but I spent a few years of my childhood there, and when I first started working on Ellie’s story, that was just where I pictured her.

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

Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk, who’s one of my fellow authors at Playlist Young Adult Fiction. The main character is a teenage girl whose brother was killed in a school shooting, who sacrificed himself to save her. Laura has a poetic way with words, and the story is beautiful.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m editing The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, the sequel to Ellie’s story, which releases in November. I love the editing process, so this is a fun time for me!

Where else can readers find you online?

My author site is www.StephanieMorrill.com, and I have samples of all my books there. You can also find me at www.GoTeenWriters.com which is a place of community and encouragement for teen writers.

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

When you were a teenager, what did you want to be when you grew up? (Or if you ARE a teenager, what do you want to be when you grow up?)

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, June 4. 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 Deborah Raney, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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, May 23, 2013

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

 photo TheFaceoftheEarth_zpsd4d2ca7a.jpegHow could he love a woman who might never come home?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Once Upon a Prince, by S. Rachel Hauck, is:

jackie.smith@ . . .

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 Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth (Howard/Simon & Schuster, May 2013).

Deborah Raney dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer.

After a happy twenty-year detour as a stay-at-home mom, Deb penned her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, which won a Silver Angel Award and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then, her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, National Readers' Choice Award, as well as twice being finalists for the Christy Award.

Deb teaches at writers' conferences across the country.

She and her husband, Ken Raney, love the simple life of their native Kansas––the setting for many of Deb's novels. They have four children and four precious grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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

–– Growing up with severe asthma (which I outgrew in adolescence) is probably the reason I grew up loving books, and wanting to be a writer. When I couldn’t play outside, my mother read to me!

–– My first book contract offer came the day after I witnessed a murder at our local grocery store.

–– I play the piano by ear (three years of lessons only made me lose the ability to play by ear, so I quit and now play only for my own enjoyment––and therapy!)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Face of the Earth.

 photo TheFaceoftheEarth_zpsd4d2ca7a.jpegWhen Mitchell's wife, Jill, kisses him goodbye, he has no idea that he may never see her again. When she doesn't return and the police can't find her, Mitch asks his neighbor, Shelley, for help.

As weeks turn into months, Mitch and Shelley grow closer and Mitch wonders how can he honor his vows to a woman who may never come home.

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

Mitch loves his wife and kids and truly desires to honor his wedding vows. He is blindsided by his growing feelings for Jill’s best friend Shelley, but determined not to blow it where his commitment to Jill is concerned.

I love the tension built into that premise, Deb. 

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

 photo flipped10_zps71fe3821.jpgA young Aidan Quinn is Mitch.




 photo Marisa-Tomei_1_zpsdc2b0f2d.jpgShelley is Marisa Tomei.





 photo laura-linney_zpsae2382c5.jpgAnd Jill is Laura Linney. I love casting my novels. It really helps them come to life in my mind when I have an actor whose voice and face and movements I can visualize clearly.


I agree. My characters never look exactly like the actors, but it does help me stay grounded when I visualize them in scenes.

Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?

That’s easy! They are sending me to England...the Lake District where the movie Miss Potter (the life story of Beatrix Potter) was filmed, and then to York, where my great-great grandmother and grandfather––my mother’s great-grandparents––lived before they came to the U.S. as children. I’ve never traveled to Europe before, but my grandfather, my mother, and one of my sisters have posed beside the stone wall of the home (still occupied) where my ancestors lived.

How lovely! My mother is from England, and I've never been there, either. One of these days....

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

I recently finished Ginny Yttrup’s Invisible and thoroughly enjoyed it. Besides being a very sweet romance, it also made me think about the many issues women have when it comes to their looks and their weight. I loved the conclusions––biblically based––that the author came to.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the first book of my new Chicory Lane Novels series. I am enjoying creating a brand new town and a cast of characters I’ve already fallen in love with! As much as I enjoyed writing my first stand-alone novel in some time, it’s great to be back writing a series, where I know I won’t have to say goodbye to my favorite characters for several years to come!

Where else can readers find you online?

Besides my website (deborahraney.com) I love to connect with readers on:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
and on the blog I keep featuring novelists garden spots: novelgarden.blogspot.com


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

What is your favorite way to connect with authors? Author websites? Facebook? Pinterest? Twitter? Personal e- mail exchange? In person at book signings? And why is that your preferred connection?

Thanks, Deb, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Deborah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Deborah'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 Rachel Hauck, 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, May 20, 2013

Jocelyn Green and Free Books!

 photo Widowcover3medium_zps373dbe76.jpgBecome immersed in a time when the reality of war and prejudice is met by unfailing love.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Heartbeat Away, by S. Dionne Moore, is:

friendwife@ . . .

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 Jocelyn Green, author of Widow of Gettysburg (River North Fiction, May 2013).

 photo Green_05_medium-681x1024.jpgAward-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry.

Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. Her first novel, Wedded to War, is a double finalist for the Christy Awards this year and Widow of Gettysburg was rated Top Pick by RT Reviews.

Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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

--I only drink Diet Coke when I’m writing a book in the summer time. When I’m not writing, I generally don’t drink soda/pop, and if I’m writing in the winter, coffee will do just fine.

--I try to draw spiritual analogies with my seven-year-old daughter when I’m gardening with her, but I sometimes just end up confusing her. I’ll keep trying, though. ☺

--I used to sell scrapbook supplies but I haven’t even scrapbooked myself for about four years now. I’ll get back into it some day . . .

I love the well-meaning, but sometimes stumbling approach to finding spiritual analogies with your daughter, Jocelyn. I think a lot of us mothers do that, especially those of us who read a lot or who write. Hang in there!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Widow of Gettysburg.

 photo Widowcover3medium_zps373dbe76.jpgWhen a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering--and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

While Liberty’s future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty’s hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it?

Inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath, Widow of Gettysburg is Book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series.

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

Liberty is a widowed young woman trying to carve a path for her future when the battle rips through her land and changes everything. Readers will be able to identify with her struggle to put life back together again. We get to watch as she goes through a transformation from a girl who is unsure of her place in the world to a woman whose strength matches the demand—which is huge.

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

 photo Alba_zps7b84524c.jpgLiberty Holloway would be played by Jessica Alba (but with blue eyes and black curly hair).





 photo Cooper_zps55bc79bb.jpgAnd Silas Ford would be played by Bradley Cooper.





Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?

Vienna, Austria. I’ve had this hankering to write a contemporary novel inspired by own experience of epic failure as an English teacher living with a Viennese family. This was right out of college for me, and the experience was so bizarre I think I could use it as launch pad for a novel.

That sounds like a fun book, Jocelyn! 

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

The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz! I know Laura has more recent titles, but this is a gem, too! I absolutely love her word pictures, character development, and settings. I recommend it for the total immersion quality that is a hallmark of Laura’s writing.

What are you working on now?

Book 3 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series-- Yankee in Atlanta!

Where else can readers find you online?

My web site: www.jocelyngreen.com
The book series web site: www.heroinesbehindthelines.com
Facebook
Pinterest

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






CBD.com
405777: Widow of Gettysburg, Heroines Behind the Lines Series #2


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

My question: At one point in Widow of Gettysburg, a character says, “You don’t know what you can do until it’s required of you.” When has this been the case in your own life?

Thought provoking question! I'm eager to see some of the answers.

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

Be sure to check out my interview with Rachel Hauck, 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, May 16, 2013

Rachel Hauck and Free Books!

 photo OnceUponAPrinceFINAL_zps6f6b215f.jpgA pseudo-British prince falls in love with a Georgia girl.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of No Way Out, by Susan Sleeman, is:

lynne.young@ . . .

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 Rachel Hauck, author of Once Upon A Prince (Zondervan, May 2013).

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle, part of the Lowcountry series, and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004.

Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

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

-- I hate fluorescent lights.

-- I burst out singing randomly.

-- I love to go to Manhattan to see a Broadway show.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Once Upon a Prince.

 photo OnceUponAPrinceFINAL_zps6f6b215f.jpgThe Royal Wedding Series Book One

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

What is it about Susanna and Nathaniel that will make your readers care about them?

Susanna is an everyday girl. She wants true love but held on too long to a dying dream and ends up with nothing. We can all relate to being disappointed, our plans failing, and having to start over again.

I think she’s someone women would like to hang out with… if she were real. ☺

Prince Nathaniel is just… awesome. A steady, dutiful, loyal man with a strong sense of self even amid his doubts. He’s kind and gorgeous. Just the kind of steady rock Susanna needs.

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

 photo Kristen_zpsd86c4276.jpegKristen Chenoweth for Susanna.






 photo joshdallas_zps6afad747.jpegJosh Dallas for Nathaniel.





Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?

Ooo, I’d love for them to send me to the British island of Port Isaac. It looks a lot like my fictional countries in the Royal Wedding Series. I’ve been watching a TV show, Doc Martin, set there and it’s awakened my desire to go to the UK.

I'm so glad you chose a place from your heart, Rachel! Other authors have answered that question simply by stating where their next contracted novel takes place, but this is what I was hoping to hear. I've seen some Doc Martin episodes, set in that pretty seaside village. I empathize with your desire to visit the UK!

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

I’ve been reading a lot of advance reader copies for endorsement. I’m currently reading Lisa Wingate’s The Prayer Box which releases this fall. I also recommend Susan May Warren’s novel Take a Chance on Me.

What are you working on now?

I am about to start the third Royal Wedding book, as well as finalize the second book, Princess Ever After.

Where else can readers find you online?

I feel like I’m all over the web! But go to my web site, www.rachelhauck.com, and readers can connect with me Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Even Instagram!

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






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

What was the last scripture you read that really spoke to your heart? What did you do with the revelation or gained understanding?

Thanks, Rachel, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Rachel has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Rachel'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 S. Dionne Moore, 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, May 13, 2013

S. Dionne Moore and Free Books!

Can a quilt and a hidden message bring enemies together?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Talon, by Ronie Kendig, is:

montanamade@ . . .

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 S. Dionne Moore, author of A Heartbeat Away (Abingdon Press, May 2013).

 photo Sandra_zpsadf76118.jpgS. Dionne Moore resides in South Central Pennsylvania with her family. She is a weekly contributor to The Borrowed Book blog where she offers tips on the writing life, posts recipes, and teaches on various writing-related subjects.

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

--I hate vanilla

--I love Her Interactive’s Nancy Drew games and play them even though I’m a long way from being a teenager!

--I don’t mind touching a worm. Good thing, because my husband tracked one inside the other day. . .

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Heartbeat Away.

While the Battle of Antietam rages around her, Beth Bumgartner finds precious comfort in her mother’s mysterious farewell present--a stack of quilt blocks. While she sews each block, Beth wonders if there is more to this quilt than memories of home.

Hidden in the pattern is a message of faith that will encourage and sustain her through the dark nights to come, nights that will put Beth’s faith to its greatest test yet.

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

Though a little hard-headed, Beth has a heart to serve. Like so many, she is trying to find her way through a childhood hurt she has allowed to rob her of her faith. She believes she has suffered enough but she still has to come to grips with her bitterness.

Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?

I only get to pick one place? Wah! I guess my first choice would be Australia. I think the days of the gold rush would be most intriguing and fill my head with all types of unsavory characters to use as villains in a story. Australia, I’m discovering, has a very interesting history. Can I go? Puh-lease?

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

Mary Higgins Clark's books. She is about the only author that I can read and reread. Her oldest books are the best. I love her style, pacing, and the fear-factor of these mysteries.

What are you working on now?

A western story. A man who served time for a crime he did not commit, and the woman determined to redeem his reputation.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website
Google+
Pinterest
Linkedin
Twitter: @sdionnemoore
Scoop.it
The Borrowed Book
Cozy Mystery Magazine

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

If you could meet your favorite author face to face, what treat would you bring to the meeting? (PS: chocolate cheesecake works for me!)

Thanks, Sandra, 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 Monday, May 20. 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 Susan Sleeman, 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, May 9, 2013

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

When a single mother of twins is on the run for her life, can she trust the only man who can keep her alive or is there No Way Out of her danger?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sweet Mercy, by Ann Tatlock, 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!

Now let's revisit with novelist Susan Sleeman, author of No Way Out (Love Inspired, May 2013).

 photo SusanSleeman-1_zps01b65c9e.jpgSusan Sleeman is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. Her first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance, earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list, and The Christmas Witness was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states.

Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

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

--I’m an avid gardener and I’m thrilled we’ve just moved back to Oregon where gardening is wonderful.

--I play trumpet, though after years without regular playing, not very well at all.

--I’d rather do just about anything than dust furniture.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of No Way Out.

Alyssa Wells has uncovered evidence that her police officer husband was murdered by his partner—a dangerous claim in a small town.

After two tours in Iraq, protecting Alyssa and her children shouldn’t be a problem for private investigator Cole Justice. Alyssa feels drawn to him, but how can she trust anyone after everything she’s been through? Cole’s sure his heart is closed off to love, but Alyssa and her children seem to have found a way in.

As the killer draws closer, Alyssa realizes she’s trusting Cole with more than her safety.

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

Alyssa Wells doesn’t deal only with danger—and there’s plenty of that—she’s dealing with betrayal, from someone she’d trusted. Not only personal betrayal, but she also trusted the man to care for her twins. She’s struggling, wondering who she can count on now and whether she’ll ever be able to trust enough to let a man into her life again.

I think readers can relate to this struggle as I also think we’ve all been betrayed at some time in our lives. It may not be as big of a betrayal as the one Alyssa experienced, but the emotions are the same.

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

 photo images-29_zps6d899680.jpegCole Justice is a rebellious and strong willed personality and defiantly not Mr. GQ. So I’d want Martin Henderson with his longer hair and facial hair playing Cole.





 photo Unknown-12_zpsd7fc4ff2.jpegAlyssa wells is the mom of seven-year-old twins and is the quintessential girl next door so I’d want Rachel McAdams to play Alyssa.




Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting for a new novel. Where are they sending you. Why there?

They’re not sending me far, I’m afraid. I’d be traveling from Portland to the Oregon coast at a brutal time of year when the weather is rainy and harsh. The weather is precisely why I chose this location. Cole is brooding and dark and I needed a setting filled with as much turmoil as he is filled with.

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

I recently finished Rescue Team by Candace Calvert and it’s a wonderful book. Candace does an amazing job of character development, really pulling the reader in and making them care about her characters. She does this not only with her main characters, but her supporting characters as well.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Desperate Measures (working title), which is the final book in the five book Justice Agency series. This book features the youngest sibling, Derrick who reconnects with his college sweetheart after her brother is murdered and an attempt is made on her life while trying to obtain a mysterious item.

Where else can readers find you online?

To learn more about me you can stop by any of these locations on the web.

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Review Site


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






CBD.com
445391: No Way Out


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

I’m always thrilled when a reader writes or emails me to tell me how my book has impacted their life. Have you ever written to an author, and if so, what about their book motivated you to do so?

Thanks, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Ronie Kendig, 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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