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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, June 27, 2013

Dana Mentink and Free Books!

 photo JungleFirecover1_zps881e137e.jpgMissionary Nurse Nina Truman is about to find out that the deadliest animals in the Guatemalan jungle are the two legged kind.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of one of my books 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 revisit novelist Dana Mentink, author of Jungle Fire (River North, July 2013). Dana is a 2009 American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, won a 2010 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She has enjoyed writing a mystery series for Barbour Books and more than thirteen novels to date for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line.

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

--I’m the keeper of a cranky box turtle.

--I’m a third grade teacher.

--I competed on a national level in college speech and debate.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Jungle Fire.

 photo JungleFirecover1_zps881e137e.jpgWhen smugglers pursue missionary nurse Nina Truman, her only hope of escape is Shaw Wilder, a man who blames her for his sister’s death. Should she flee into the Guatemalan jungle with Shaw? Or stand and face the enemies who seek to destroy her? Nina’s choice may leave them both imprisoned in a jungle from which neither will escape.

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

Nina is outwardly doing all the right things, serving the underserved, striving to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a difficult situation. She goes through her own personal wrestling match with God when she’s confronted by challenges that shake up her life and her faith. I think we can all relate to the “bad things happening to good people” scenario and there’s a little Nina inside everyone who faces challenges while we firmly believe we are doing God’s will.

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

 photo images_zps76433e7e.jpegWell, I don’t get out much really so I’m not too up on the stars, but I would say Kristin Kreuk would make a good Nina




 photo images-1_zps8926280f.jpegand Bradley Cooper for Shaw. If nothing else, they’d both be lovely to look at!



Right! Very interesting couple, looks-wise.

Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all Inspirational novelists eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. At this point, what do you think your overall theme is?

I would say my overall theme is forgiveness. It seems to creep into every novel that I write so I’m getting the sense that’s the message God would like me to share.

I love when that happens. I hadn't noticed it until Robin talked about it. 

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

I loved Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. It was lovely and lyrical, both humorous and deeply moving. You can’t go wrong with a book like that!

What are you working on now?

How much time have you got? Ha! Little joke there. I write consistently for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line so I’ve got a three book natural disaster series (Stormswept) which debuts in August. I’m also just finishing an Olympic themed book for them. I’m working on an ABA mystery and most importantly perhaps, I teach third grade so I’m mentoring a whole gaggle of eager little writers!

Wow! How nice to be so busy so far in advance!

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m at the usual cyber hangouts (Twitter, Facebook, www.danamentink.com) and I have a writing related blog called Stranger Than Fiction (www.dmentink.wordpress.com).

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

You know, I’ve been a dedicated library patron since I was a toddler. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to see a list of everything I’ve borrowed over the years to see how my reading tastes have changed. For instance I went through a sci fi period where I devoured everything in the genre. Now, I’m not really a sci fi fan at all. Have your reading interests changed over the years? I’d love to hear about it if you’d like to share.

Thank you so very much for having me, Trish!

Thank you, Dana, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Dana has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 4. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Dana'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 Margaret Daley, 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.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

 photo GuardingtheWitness-1_zps00ca7996.jpgArianna Jackson is a bodyguard who witnesses a murder and ends up having to trust another to guard her.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Fear Has a Name, by Creston Mapes, is:

kmkuka@ . . .

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

Now let's revisit novelist Margaret Daley, author of Guarding the Witness (Love Inspired Suspense, June 2013).

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest.

She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold eighty-four books to date.

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

--I enjoy watching the I Love Lucy Show (hilarious)

--My favorite candy bar is a Snickers.

--My third granddaughter was excited today. Her first baby tooth is loose, and she had to show me she could wiggle it.

Ah, grandkids! Heavenly.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Guarding the Witness.

 photo GuardingtheWitness-1_zps00ca7996.jpgAfter two months of protective custody, bodyguard Arianna Jackson is days away from testifying at a murder trial when the unthinkable happens. Her Alaska safe house is attacked, and Arianna is forced to go on the run with U.S. Marshal Brody Callahan. Arianna is used to issuing orders, not taking them, but now, out in the wild, with a bounty on her head and a killer on her heels, she has only one hope of making it to testify—the handsome protector at her side.

Arianna witnessed a mobster killing her client's husband and her testimony is crucial to convicting the man who is the head of a gang of criminals working in Alaska. When she goes on the run, she must put her trust into another's hands, and she hasn't done that in years. Trusting is hard for her, but if she and Brody are to make it out alive, they had to trust each other and ultimately the Lord.

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

Arianna is a fighter as well as a protector.

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

 photo images_zpsf0e77447.jpegHugh Jackman




 photo images-1_zpsd51390b8.jpegand Angelina Jolle.




You’re sitting on the beach and see someone reading one of your novels. In a perfect world, what expression would you see on that reader’s face?

A smile.

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

Angel Falls by Connie Mann--a fast paced romantic suspense.

What are you working on now?

My sixth book in the Guardians, Inc. Series. Guarding the Witness is the fifth book in that series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website/blog: www.margaretdaley.com
Twitter
Facebook

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

What is your favorite summer memory? Mine is going to the beach with my family.

Thanks, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret'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 post about book covers, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of one of my books.

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, June 20, 2013

Judging a Book by Its Cover

 photo Unknown-3-1_zpsf6aca027.jpegToday I'd like to have a little fun and hear your thoughts about book covers. Play with me, and I'll enter your name in a drawing for a signed copy of any one of my books--your choice.

First, though, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Renee Ryan's novel, The Outlaw's Redemption, is:

wfnren@ . . .

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 here's my invitation to you today:

My book club is reading Charles Dickens' Great Expectations right now, which is just excellent. Today I posted on Shelfari.com that I was currently reading the book. If you use Shelfari, you know that multiple book covers are usually made available for your choice. I was impressed with the variety of covers for the classic novel.

I chose the warm, Impressionist-painting cover above, because I thought it was an interesting, beautiful picture, and liked the idea of it eventually gracing the bookshelf on this site.

However, based on what I've read so far in the story, it's a far prettier picture than what protagonist Pip is experiencing in Victorian England. Perhaps this warm, inviting setting is part of Pip's great expectations for his possible future. Maybe I'll know as I read on.

So what I wanted to ask you is this. If you've read Great Expecations already, which of these covers would you say best depicts the story and feel of the novel and why?

And if you haven't yet read the book, which of these covers would most compel you to read the book and why?

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This mysterious graveyard scene?









 photo images-1-7_zpsdc29d882.jpegThis neglected bridal table?









 photo Unknown-12_zpsa4ad575d.jpegThis elegant Victorian woman upon whom someone has showered a bouquet of roses?







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These two Victorian children studying together?







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This young troubled boy?





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Or this boy in a graveyard, clearly under threat?



Or, of course, the cover I chose, above.



Please don't post any spoilers in your comments--I know this is a classic, but I'm trying to avoid learning or spilling how the story ends.

Tell us why you chose the cover you chose, and I'll enter your name in next Thursday's drawing for a signed copy of one of my books--your choice. I'm no Dickens, but I'm free!

If you want to pick up a copy for yourself, this version is a real bargain at $3.15 on Amazon:



Be sure to check out my interview with Creston Mapes, 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.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Creston Mapes and Free Books!

 photo fear_zps1f450e24.jpegFollow journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker’s terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor’s mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy  of If the Shoe Fits, by Sandra D. Bricker, is:

von1janet@ . . .

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

Now let's revisit novelist Creston Mapes, author of Fear Has a Name (David C. Cook, June 2013).

 photo cmmugsht_zpsc63947fa.jpegCreston Mapes is the author of Fear Has a Name, Nobody, Dark Star, and Full Tilt. A journalist, copywriter, and editor, he works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation’s top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels.

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and began his writing career 30 years ago. He has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, Patty, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Creston has co-written and edited seven non-fiction books and his new series, The Crittendon Files, launched June 1, 2013, with Fear Has a Name.

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

-- I have a part-time job in security at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, a state-of-the-art 13,000-seat concert/sports venue in Metro Atlanta. It’s just a fun, hobby job that gets me out of the house now and then for great concerts and sporting events.

-- I enjoy painting.

-- I’ve worked out of my home for more than 22 years as a freelance writer.

That arena job is a great idea! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Fear Has a Name.

Fear Has a Name is about a man who was bullied and unwanted as a boy. As a troubled adult, he goes back to find the only girl who ever cared about him, Pamela Crittendon. But Pamela is happily married to journalist Jack Crittendon, and they are the parents of two young girls. When the Crittendon’s home is broken into, they begin to learn it was more than a break-in and more than a stalking—it was personal.

Jack must uncover who the person is and what his motives are—if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead him into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigation of a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears. Each move Jack makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he’d never give in to fear. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won’t be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe, and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he never dared to cross.

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

Jack had a tough upbringing, so he knows how to take care of himself. But he is also sensitive and head-over-heals in love with his wife and two girls. He also has a love for God and doing the right thing. That’s why it becomes so difficult for him as this stalker strikes closer and closer to home. The book deals with issues like hatred, gun control, bullying, depression, and fear.

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

Jack might well be played by Justin Timberlake (I think he’s an excellent actor)




 photo eye-candy-ryan-gosling-19_zpsb38e93d1.jpgor Ryan Gosling.







 photo RachelMcAdams-rachel-mcadams-741953_1024_768_zpsc43b166c.jpgHis wife Pamela could be played by Rachel McAdams





 photo Kirsten-Dunst-kirsten-dunst-4732707-1280-1024_zps732d4264.jpgor Kirsten Dunst.



Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all Inspirational novelists eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. At this point, what do you think your overall theme is?

Rooting for the underdog. Showing hope to the lost and power to those who are weakened by others and by the world. Forgiveness. Encouragement. New life found in relationship with Christ (not religion). My books don’t take kindly to hypocrites or legalism (those are often my antagonists/villains).

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

I recently read my first Lee Child book, A Wanted Man, and was quite impressed with it. I like the fact that Child has created a big, handsome, tough-as-nails character (Jack Reacher) who has feelings, who is kind of a wandering vigilante, and who has an intriguing past that you want to find out more about. It got me to the theater to see the Jack Reacher movie with Tom Cruise (he’s a little short for the role), and has left me wanting to read more of the Reacher novels.

I've wanted to see that film, too, even though I don't think the reviews were terribly strong. I like what you say about the character development Child undertook. 

What are you working on now?

I’m writing book three in the new Crittendon Files series; it’s tentatively titled Sky Zone (November 2014). I’m really excited about this series. Book two is Poison Town and it releases February 2014.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.CrestonMapes.com
Twitter
Facebook


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

What is your very most favorite Trish Perry novel and why? We want details!

Ha! I promise I did not set Creston up to ask that question.

Thanks, Creston, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Creston has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Creston'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 Renee Ryan, 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.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Robin Lee Hatcher's A Bride for All Seasons!

It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue…

Today's bonus feature doesn't involve a give-away but is simply to draw your attention to a lovely new novella set by four of today's most popular Inspirational fiction authors. My friend, Robin Lee Hatcher, provided the following description of the collection and its authors.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Bride for All Seasons is written by Debra Clopton, Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher.

Melvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue isn’t dishonest—not exactly. If he tweaks his clients’ applications a bit, it’s because he’s looking out for their best interests.

This charming bouquet of novellas introduces four Hitching Post prospects in the year 1870, each one eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they’ll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.

“And then Came Spring” by Margaret Brownley

Mary-Jo has traveled halfway across the country to meet her match, arriving just in time for his funeral. Returning home seems like her only option until her would-be brother-in-law proposes a more daring idea.

“An Ever After Summer” by Debra Clopton

Ellie had no idea she’s not what Matthew ordered. And what’s wrong with being a “Bible thumper” anyway? She’s determined to show him she’s tougher than she looks—and just the girl he needs.

“Autumn’s Angel” by Robin Lee Hatcher

Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn’t come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. ­ The trouble is, there’s no money to send them back . . .

“Winter Wedding Bells” by Mary Connealy

David’s convinced he’s not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he’s gone—nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

“Delightful at every turn, A Bride For All Seasons gives the “mail order bride plot” a creative—and addictive—new twist. I couldn’t read fast enough. With spunk, humor, and tenderhearted romance this anthology is truly made to order!” — Tamera Alexander, USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and The Inheritance


“Four popular authors have penned an engaging novella collection with a creative and humorous premise. From distressing to delightful, A Bride for all Seasons bounces your emotions around like they’ve been on a bumpy 1800s stagecoach ride, with each story arriving at a highly satisfying ending.” — Vickie McDonough, award-winning author of 27 books and novellas, including the Pioneer Promises series


FROM THE AUTHORS:

Margaret Brownley: "I love reading mail-order bride stories and I don't know what took me so long to write one. And Then Came Spring is about a gambler's daughter who travels west expecting to wed the man with whom she's been corresponding. Things sure don't turn out the way she expected., but where love is concerned they rarely do. I hope you enjoy all four stories in A Bride For All Seasons as much as I enjoyed working with these three terrific authors." www.reneeryan.com

Debra Clopton: "I had such a great time writing An Ever After Summer for A Bride For All Seasons! This may be my first 1800's western historical but it won't be my last. What a blast! My Mule Hollow series from Love Inspired may have the 'Matchmaking Posse' but these mail order brides have Melvin Hitchcock editor of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride catalogue and he gives the Posse a run for their money on matchmaking! I do believe my readers will love this collection and if you loved Samantha the donkey--then An Ever After Summer has a surprise waiting for you inside..." www.reneeryan.com

Mary Connealy: "We all worked together so well and had so much fun brainstorming A Bride for All Seasons. I am working with creative, talented professionals here and I learned so much...and had a great time while I was learning. I hope you enjoy reading this book, including my contribution, Winter Wedding Bells, as much as I enjoyed writing it." www.reneeryan.com

Robin Lee Hatcher: "I had great fun writing my novella, Autumn's Angel, for this collection. It allowed me to return to Grand Coeur, the setting for my novel, Heart of Gold, and to revisit some of the characters from that book. And I think readers of these mail order bride stories are going to love the meddling owner of the Hitching Post even as they see the chaos he creates for these four couples."

To read an excerpt from Robin Lee Hatcher's novella, click here: www.reneeryan.com



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Be sure to check out my interview with Sandra D. Bricker, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a PDF 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.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Renee Ryan and Free Books!

 photo TheOutlawsRedemptioncoverart_zps30e09650.jpgAfter serving a prison sentence for manslaughter, Hunter Mitchell is looking for a fresh start, but what he finds is a previously unknown nine-year-old daughter and her over-protective aunt, a woman her own secret past and need for redemption.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the PDF of Murder with Mercy, by Veronica Heley, is:

Lgordon@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll provide your email address to Veronica, and she'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 novelist Renee Ryan, author of The Outlaw’s Redemption (Love Inspired Historical, July 2013).

Multi-published, award-winning author Renee Ryan sold her first book in 2002 by winning the inaugural Dorchester/Romantic Times New Historical Voice Contest. She sold her second book to Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in February 2009. She has since published ten more books to the historical and contemporary Love Inspired lines and is contracted for six more in the next two years.

Renee grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned to surf very poorly. Armed with a degree in Economics and Religion from Florida State University, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park, a modeling agency, and a cosmetic conglomerate. She also taught high school Economics, American Government and Latin while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams.

She currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and a large, fluffy cat many have mistaken for a small bear.

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

--I was a guest on the Oprah Show.

--I have skydived more than once.

--I hate texting.

At least we have that last one in common. Autocorrect is insane

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Outlaw's Redemption.

 photo TheOutlawsRedemptioncoverart_zps30e09650.jpgWho would guess the most formidable adversary former gunslinger Hunter Mitchell ever faced would be a fiery, violet-eyed female? Now that he’s served his time, Hunter intends to claim the daughter he’s only just discovered. While the law is on his side this time, his daughter’s devoted aunt certainly isn’t.

Annabeth Silks can’t bear to let a onetime outlaw take little Sarah. As the daughter of an infamous madam, she knows the hardship of an unstable home. But every glimpse of Hunter’s reformed character dares Annabeth to look beyond his past…to the family and future she never thought to find.

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

Hunter Mitchell has made a lot of bad choices in his life, but he makes no excuses. He’s willing to accept personal accountability for his actions. More than that, he’s ready to make amends. He’s learned his lesson, the hard way, and thus understands just how much God loves the lost. Because he’s been forgiven, he has a heart able to forgive even the worst sinners. He doesn’t love an alpha male with a good heart?

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

For Hunter, I’d cast Paul Walker.











 photo _48052747_001358591-1_zpsa1a98094.jpgFor Annabeth, a young Catherine Zeta Jones.






Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all Inspirational novelists eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. At this point, what do you think your overall theme is?

I write flawed characters. The more I explore human frailties, and the common mistakes we all make, the more I’ve have come to understand how much God loves the lost. I mean, he really loves the lost. I try to portray that truth in every book I write.

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

Winnie Grigg’s book, The Bride Next Door (Love Inspired Historical). Because, hello, it’s Winnie Griggs. She has such a lovely, heartwarming voice and can spin a tale that makes me feel happy, soothed, and inspired all at the same time. I want to write like her when I grow up!

What are you working on now?

A contemporary story for Love Inspired set in a fictional town in Colorado. The book will be the first in a new series connected to my historical Charity House books.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m on Facebook and Twitter. The links are on my website, which is the quickest, easiest way to reach me. Go to: www.reneeryan.com

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

Now that you know a little about me, what random three things don’t I know about you?

Thanks, Renee, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Renee has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Renee'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 D. Bricker, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a PDF 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, June 10, 2013

Sandra D. Bricker and Free Books!

 photo Shoe_Fits_zps5047af63.jpg Julianne has been looking for Prince Charming all her life; but by the time this grown-up Cinderella finally realizes he rode in on a 10-speed bicycle on her side of the cul-de-sac, will it be too late?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Pretty is As Pretty Does, by Debby Mayne, is:

beckydwriter@ . . .

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 novelist Sandra D. Bricker, author of If the Shoe Fits (River North Fiction, June 2013).  photo Author_Sandra_D_Bricker_brickwall_zps1a356d28.jpg

Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years, and her client list read like a Who’s Who? of daytime television. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market with titles like The Big 5-OH! and the reader favorite Another Emma Rae Creation series that started with Always the Baker Never the Bride.

As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure.

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

-- Sometimes I like dogs better than people.

-- I’m kind of addicted to Hallmark movies.

-- Before I became a publicist for soap actors, I answered their fan mail. To this day, if my mailbox is too full, I get antsy.

-- I’m an NCIS fanatic! Sometimes when I watch the weekend marathons, I can recite some of the dialogue because I’ve seen the show so many times.

-- After I graduated from film school for screenwriting, I was invited back to teach incoming students.

How cool! You'd be such a fun teacher.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of If the Shoe Fits.

 photo Shoe_Fits_zps5047af63.jpgIf the Shoe Fits is the first of a series of contemporary fairy tales for River North Fiction. With tongue-in-cheek homages to its Cinderella inspiration, this romantic comedy will have readers swooning between the belly laughs.

Julianne and Will are attorneys, and they've joined up in private practice in a beautiful Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day on her way to court, Julianne runs right smack dab into Prince Charming.

But when she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight from Heaven: The Prince's toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper...errrr, work boot?...waiting to be reunited with its owner?

But as she gets to know her prince, he becomes less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal.

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

While Julianne is at the top of her game in the courtroom, her vulnerability and eager belief in romance make her a full-bodied and identifiable character. And Will is just as dreamy as they come.

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

 photo ReeseWitherspoon_071256_zps24e1e674.jpgJulianne would absolutely be played by Reese Witherspoon.





 photo hot-guy-of-the-day2012-09-05_07-25-28bradley-cooper_zps74139984.jpgAnd I think Will would be played by someone yummy but approachable. Maybe Bradley Cooper?






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 definitely a character-first writer. I almost always have my characters fully developed before I ever put fingers to keyboard. I’ve always been that type of reader too. I can forgive a lot of things in a weaker plot, but if I can’t really find something to love about the characters, I won’t keep reading.

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

Swimming to the Surface by Kristin Billerbeck. I really loved the book because it was so unexpected. Kristin is one of my favorite writers because I really identify with her brand of humor. This book is nothing like anything she’s written before, yet even in her serious subject matter, her humor just brilliantly shines through.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually writing the second fairy tale book. Rise & Shine is based on Sleeping Beauty.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website at www.SandraDBricker.com for information. And my reader page on Facebook at Fans of Author Sandra D. Bricker for interaction and engagement.

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

In light of your earlier question, I’d love to know whether they’re more partial to character-driven stories or plot-driven ones, and why.

Thanks, Sandie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandie'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 Veronica Heley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a PDF 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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

Ellie Quicke is asked to find out if someone is helping people to die . . . as if she hadn’t enough to worry her, what with her protégé, the boy Mikey, in serious trouble and her daughter Diana about to give birth.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel, by Ginger Garrett, is:

jelder1959@ . . .

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 novelist Veronica Heley, author of Murder with Mercy (Severn House Publishers, May 2013 UK, June/July USA).

Veronica Heley celebrated the publication of her 7lst book this spring, having been in the business for over 30 years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series; the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Abbot Agency series. She also writes a short story once a quarter for the Methodist Recorder.

Her early books, which include more crime and some historical novels, are currently being brought out as E-books.

She’s involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends and does the garden when she has time. She has been a member of a book reading club for 40 years, but has decided that life is too short to read depressing literature any more.

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

-- I believe in allowing myself a piece of chocolate when I’ve written to my target.

-- I like to buy my clothes in Bruges, because their styles are different from High Street shops.

-- I like to identify with the heroes and heroines of the books I read, and get depressed if all the characters are unlikeable.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Murder with Mercy.

Ellie is asked to look into some recent deaths, which relatives believe may not have been natural. At the same time, the project to turn a local White Elephant of a house into a hotel is dogged by sabotage, with suspicion falling on Ellie’s protégé, twelve-year old Mikey.

To make matters worse Ellie’s pregnant and demanding daughter Diana is facing problems at work, since her husband continues to languish in a wheelchair.

As a voice from the past threatens to destroy all Ellie’s plans for the future, can she track down whoever it is who is killing for mercy, keep Mikey at home, and steer Diana into calmer waters?

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

After a first marriage in which Ellie was always being put down by her husband and her demanding daughter, Ellie is slowly becoming a stronger person – which is just as well since life seems to throw up increasingly complex problems for her to deal with. She can only try to do her best in any given situation – even though she cares more about the welfare of the people around her, than about being fashionable.

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

These would be a good part for many of the older actors and actresses, who’d relish Ellie’s sense of fun and Thomas’s common sense. I’d nominate the British Anne Reid for one.  photo images-29_zps362896b2.jpeg

Oh, yes, she's good!

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

Eileen Younghusband’s One Woman's War. Strictly speaking this is an autobiography and not a novel as it is based on her wartime experiences in a branch of the Services which I had not heard about before, dealing with the interpretation of radar ‘blips’ as planes crossed into British space. She is not the most brilliant of writers, but the information given is riveting.

What are you working on now?

I am in the throes of polishing another Bea Abbot story, called False Diamond, in which a projected merger with another agency turns sour, a young mother goes missing and there’s hints of something very nasty in the background of her pushy husband, Benton. What’s more, he thinks women should be controlled by force – which doesn’t sit well with Bea.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is at www.veronicaheley.com . I send out a monthly newsletter with lots of news and views on it. A shortened version of this is later posted as a blog on my website. blog.veronicaheley.com Both can be accessed through the home page of my website.

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

Some of my readers have liked the fact that Ellie Quicke re-married, but some didn’t. Now I’m faced with a similar dilemma for Bea Abbot. My agent thinks my readers would like her to have a love interest nowadays, but I’m not sure that’s true. What do you think?

Thanks, Veronica, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Veronica's novel, while published in the UK, won't be available in the US until late this year. So Veronica has offered to send a copy of her book in PDF form to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Veronica'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 Debby Mayne, 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.
 

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