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

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

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

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lorena McCourtney and Free Books!

 photo DolledUptoDie3_zpsfedc8eda.jpgAssistant Private Investigator Cate Kinkaid is called to a triple homicide and finds victims that are certainly dead enough – but a little short on human DNA.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of King, by R. J. Larson, is:

tiff@ . . .

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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's revisit novelist Lorena McCourtney, author of Dolled Up to Die (Revell, July 2013).

 photo Lorenareduced_zpsb2c0cecf.jpgLorena started writing in the fifth grade. All her stories were about horses. This love of horses carried her through a degree in agriculture from Washington State University. Her first job, however, was with a big meat-packing company in the Midwest, and she quickly discovered that writing about hogs and sausage making was not how she wanted to spend her life.

Marriage and motherhood intervened, and when she finally got back to writing, she knew fiction was what she wanted to write. She wrote many short stories for both children and women readers, and eventually turned to book-length romances. Now her books are faith-based mystery/romances, which she feels is my real writing home. Dolled Up to Die, her current release (and 43rd book altogether), is Book #2 in her Cate Kinkaid Files mystery series.

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

--All of my early books were first written by hand on notebook paper, and I had to use a certain ink pen, not just any old ballpoint, to write with.

--I didn’t get a driver’s license until I was 35 years old, and then only because I figured if I didn’t hurry up, my son would get a license before I did.

--My husband always groans, “Oh, no,” when I tell him I found a new recipe, and that’s what we’re having for dinner. (Sometimes he groans even more after he tastes it.)

If he really loved you, Lorena, he would smile, dig in, and rub his tummy to signal his approval, no matter how horrible your cooking is. That's always been my stance in the kitchen.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dolled Up to Die.

 photo DolledUptoDie3_zpsfedc8eda.jpgAs in Book #1, Dying to Read, Kate Kinkaid is still an assistant private investigator, with her uncle (and boss) still insisting Belmont Investigations doesn’t do murders.

But now Cate receives a frantic call from a woman about a triple homicide. A head blown off, a face destroyed, a bullet in a chest! But when Cate arrives, she finds these victims are a little short on human DNA. They’re dolls. But then there’s the matter of the very human but also very dead ex-husband in the next room, and it soon becomes obvious that both this woman and a number of others have reasons to want him dead.

And Cate is up to her elbows in murder again. With a beautiful trophy wife, a woman who claims she can tell you all about your past lives, a wedding and a wig, hunky Mitch Berenski – and a killer who’s willing to kill again.

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

Cate isn’t exactly an expert private investigator, but she’s full of determination, loyalty, curiosity, and an oddball sense of humor.

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

Ann Tatlock’s Sweet Mercy. This book is about a 17-year-old young woman, set in the 1930’s Great Depression. It is a hard-to-put-down story of her life in that era, her young romances, dreams and disappointments, and her moral dilemma. Beautiful writing and great characterizations give a reader the feeling of a deep connection with this young woman.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Death Takes a Ride, Book #3 in the Cate Kinkaid Files Mystery series. I’m hoping it might do as well as Book #1, Dying to Read, which hit a New York Times Bestseller list.

How fantastic!

Where else can readers find you online?

At www.lorenamccourtney.com
My Lorena McCourtney Author page on Facebook
My Lorena McCourtney Profile page on Facebook (Send me a friend invitation!)
Amazon, Nook, Kobo, etc.

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

How interested are you in reading mysteries with a historical setting, say from 1930s or farther back?

Thanks, Lorena, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lorena has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lorena'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 Louise Gouge, 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, July 25, 2013

Louise Gouge and Free Books!

 photo ALadyofQualityCover_zps59dade60.jpgHe was the target of her revenge. . .and the object of her affection.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Goodness and Mercy, by Patti Hill is:

robbyefaye@ . . .

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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's revisit novelist Louise Gouge, author of A Lady of Quality (Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical, July 2013).

Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired imprint. In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose.

With her great love of history and research, Louise has traveled to several of her locations to ensure the accuracy of her stories’ settings.

When she isn't writing, she and her husband love to visit historical sites and museums. Her 2011 Regency novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride, earned second place in the prestigious Inspirational Readers Choice Award.

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

-- After years of dying my naturally brown hair blond, black, or red, I’ve fallen in love with my gray hair.

-- Although my characters often live in palatial houses, I love my small, cozy home.

-- I grew up loving John Wayne’s cowboy movies, but it was his handsome son Patrick Wayne who was my very first crush. I even asked Patrick to my high school prom. Unfortunately, he was busy serving our country in the U. S. Coast Guard. Otherwise, I’m sure he would have accepted my invitation. LOL!

You were a trailblazer, Louise! These days all the celebs get asked to proms and such by their fans. I'm sure it's a tricky PR situation at times.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Lady of Quality.

Catherine Du Coeur is determined to uncover the truth about wealthy Lord Winston, who falsely accused her father of treason. But the closer she gets to the handsome young nobleman, the more she wonders how such a benevolent gentleman could have conspired to commit such evil.

Baron Lord Winston has had little success in finding an accomplished aristocratic bride who is suited to his diplomatic aspirations. But when he meets Miss Du Coeur, a countess’s lowly companion, he finds that family connections are far less important than matters of the heart. Romantic Times 4-stare review says “This third entry in the Ladies in Waiting series is an enjoyable blend of mystery, romance and political intrigue.”

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

My hero is a bit pompous to begin with, but he’s also noble, honest, and courageous. Best of all, he loves cats!

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

 photo images-2_zps41b7634d.jpegJessica Brown Findlay of Downton Abbey would make a perfect Catherine Hart/du Coeur.




 photo Unknown-1_zps20cb28b1.jpegAnd Rupert Penry-Jones (Persuasion) is my choice for Baron Lord Winston. In fact, I designed my hero based on this handsome British actor. I’m pleased to say the cover artists did an outstanding job of finding cover models who resembled these actors.



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?

I would love to see a big smile on her face, or perhaps a dreamy “wish I were this heroine” expression.

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

I’m always a little behind in my reading, but I finally got to read MaryLu Tyndall’s Legacy of the Kings' Pirates series. What great adventures! Tyndall keeps her readers on the edge of their seats and always has a satisfying ending. One of the driving forces of her plots is the spiritual thread, which always shows the power of God’s love. That’s important to me in any book I read.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just signed a contract for a western series that takes place in my old stomping grounds in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Colorado is such a beautiful state, and I have many happy memories of living there. While these books are quite a departure from my Regency novels, don’t be surprised if you find an Englishman in one of them.

Where else can readers find you online?

Please visit my Web site at blog.Louisemgouge.com

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

I’m a big fan of Regency novels. Do you like them? If so, why do you think they’re so popular these days? If not, what setting do you like best?

Thanks, Louise, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Louise has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Louise'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 R. J. Larson, 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, July 22, 2013

R. J. Larson and Free Books!

 photo Unknown-3_zps74cf1598.jpegTo gain control of ancient, sacred temple land, Akabe of Siphra weds into a powerful enemy clan, casting his kingdom into a lethal storm of chaos.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Women of Valley View: Terri, by Sharon Srock is:

jrs362@ . . .

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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's revisit novelist R. J. Larson, author of King (Bethany House Publishers, July 2013).

 photo Unknown-2_zps90a78ce3.jpegR. J. Larson is the acclaimed author of Prophet, Judge, and King, in addition to numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two sons and is suspected of eating chocolate and potato chips for lunch while writing. The Books of the Infinite series marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

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

--I’ve been dropped 1,000 feet below the earth’s surface into a gold mine—twice—once while explosives were unexpectedly detonated in an adjacent mine. I loved it!

--I learned to read at age five in a school that had zero electricity, plain concrete floors, and wooden slats instead of glass in the windows. Did I mention that there was no lunch room and no doors hung in the doorways?

--My editor-husband subconsciously counts the letters and spaces in every sentence he hears. I know this isn’t a “me” fact, but I think it’s amazing fun to test him.

I have to say, I've never had random facts anywhere near those before, R.J.!

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

Much against his will, Akabe has been anointed as Siphra’s king—a commission he loathes and longs to reject. He is a warrior at heart, unsuited to being a monarch. However, despite his frustrations with the stifling formalities of his new role, and a lengthy silence from his Creator, the Infinite, Akabe is determined to prove himself as a worthy king by undertaking a monumental task: To restore the Infinite’s ancient temple to Siphra.

Almost as soon as he proclaims his intention to rebuild the Infinite’s Holy House, Akabe is targeted by assassins and power-hungry courtiers. Moreover, when the sacred temple site is legally threatened, Akabe must ally himself in marriage to the daughter of an enemy in order to secure the ancient, consecrated land.

But Akabe’s impulsive decisions sweep him into a lethal storm of controversy. The Infinite’s enemies join forces in Siphra, and beyond, to kill Akabe and his mysterious new queen.

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

Although Akabe has been forced to survive as a warrior, he is honorable and always willing to forgive his enemies. Akabe’s deep faith and his fierce loyalty to his friends are also sources of strength, as well as his deepest vulnerabilities.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zps3b8cf239.jpegAkabe strongly resembles Ioan Gruffud, which was unintentional; I described Akabe long before I saw Amazing Grace or King Arthur. This particular image of Ioan Gruffudd—the cloak, the dimple, and that sidelong look and smile…totally Akabe!

Ah, yes. He has such romantic features!


 photo images-2_zpsb5083985.jpegAnne Hathaway has the coloring and the vulnerable look I envision for Caitria, Akabe’s isolated and mysterious new queen.

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?

Rapt attention to the book, the whole book, and nothing but the book. ☺

What are you working on now?

I’m almost two-thirds finished with the first draft of another Biblical fantasy, which is not titled, or under contract. (Decision is pending.) I love writing without a deadline, and I just had to get the characters out of my head and into the computer—I was hearing their voices constantly!

When I described the plotline to my younger son, he said, “Oh. So it’s a spin-off.” He was right, of course.

Recently, I teamed up with two lovely and talented young ladies, Katharin Fiscaletti and Brianna Anderson, to create some images to go with my work-in-progress. Here’s an un-retouched sneak peek and a hint: if you’ve read King, you’ve met this character!

Where else can readers find you online?

I check my Facebook page daily—feel free to stop by!
Blog:  illuminatingthewordthroughfiction
Website: www.rjlarsonbooks.com

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

In your opinion, can a villain be admirable?

Ooo, good one.

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

Patti Hill and Free Books!

WW II isn’t sixteen-year-old Lucy’s biggest problem. She battles to hold her family together, while believing God is sabotaging her plans.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of When the Morning Glory Blooms, by Cynthia Ruchti is:

dakotaraeblog@ . . .

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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's meet novelist Patti Hill, author of Goodness & Mercy (Garden Wall, June 2013).

Patti Hill has no business being a novelist. Her bio is devoid of books until her high-school years. And she only remembers being read to by her mother once, which is sad because her mother had a lovely voice that flowed like water.

Resistant to sleep, young Hill created stories to entertain herself until they segued into dreams. That was the beginning. Then she discovered people enjoyed hearing her stories—real or imagined.

It never dawned on her to write the stories down until she read a story so beautiful that when it ended, she was bereft. An overwhelming passion to orchestrate words, characters, and stories consumed her. Fortunate for her, she’d married a man who considered her plan to leave a good-paying career to write novels as a splendid idea. In other words, she is a kept woman. Happily so. In Colorado. She is the author of six novels.

Okay, you kept woman, please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--I ate raw bacon as a child. Blech!

--I shook hands with Robert Kennedy only hours before he was assassinated.

--I kiss my dog on the lips.

Goodness, that's devastating about Kennedy, Patti!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Goodness & Mercy.

Mercy is heartache comforted, a truth whispered, a healing granted. And sometimes, mercy comes at the worst possible moment. At least, Lucy thinks so.

After the death of her parents, sixteen-year-old Lucy Richter struggles to keep a promise to her father–to save what remains of her family. Lucy fails tragically but won't allow her dwindling family to disappear. She shanghais her twin siblings, Goody and Mercy, from a Wisconsin orphanage to a Colorado peach ranch and an aunt who is a less-than-welcoming stranger. Lucy is prepared to keep the peace with her aunt, but will her sister's gifts draw unwanted attention and crush Lucy's dream of family?

And World War II rages on. Absent men strain the running of Honey Sweet Ranch and force alliances of the most intriguing and unlikely kind, including German POWs. Within these relationships, Lucy is given the chance to discover an unfamiliar and healing faith.

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

Lucy’s is a true hero. Her love drives her to action. Crazy action. Life-threatening action. Sometimes foolish action. Sometime regrettable.

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

Lucy reminds me of Blake Lively, who played Bridget in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Lucy’s hair would be more honeyed, and Blake would need to wear brown-tinted contacts. Other than that, she’s spot on because she’s strong and impetuous but tender.



I describe Mercy as shades of chocolate. Ciara Bravo, who is a prolific young actress, can be described the same way.







Goody is a tone lighter than Mercy, so I chose Ben Thorton from a 2003 television movie of Pollyana.





And I actually pictured a young Linda Hamilton as Ada.



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?

Only one? As a writer, I work to engage my reader on a deep emotional level. I would hope to see a wry smile, wide-eyed wonder, and wrenching sorrow, maybe a tear.

That made me laugh, Patti. It would be great to elicit all of that reaction from a reader, but it would be funny to see so many conflicting reactions going on in one given moment! Poor emotionally conflicted reader. 

But you make a good point. It would be hard to choose which expression you would prefer over the others--and which particular passage of the book she would be reading.

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

I’ve started and stopped reading so many novels lately, mostly because I’m looking for that deeply engaging book that forces me to look at life, faith, or the world from a fresh perspective. I want to go where I’ve never been before—culturally, geographically, or emotionally.

I thoroughly enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet because I wasn’t aware of the deep prejudice between the Japanese and Chinese communities within the US during WWII. I should have known. The years prior to the war were horrific for the people of China, but I hadn’t known how that translated to the American-Chinese and American-Japanese communites.

What are you working on now?

I’m incubating and praying about my next project. I just released Goodness and Mercy and rereleased three of my earlier novels. I’m not a “branded” author, meaning I don’t write genre stories. In any one of my stories, there are mysteries, romance, relational conflict, and a point when my main character has a shift in perspective on life and faith. Nothing has ever blown up in my stories, but I can’t promise it won’t. All I can promise a reader is a story that will tickle their sense of wonderment.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love completing the circle with my readers, so my blog at www.pattihillauthor.com is just for my readers. This is where I let my author hair down and be myself. You might find an insight on Scripture, a prayer, a photograph from my garden, or watch Miss Patti answer questions from readers. I also talk about the books I’m reading and do an occasional rant or lament. I also blog about writing fiction with five amazing novelists at www.novelmatters.com, and I’m at Facebook. Wherever you go, there I am.

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

What makes your bones go soft?

Thanks, Patti, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Patti has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Patti'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 Cynthia Ruchti, 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, July 15, 2013

Sharon Srock and Free Books!

 photo Terri_h11120_680_zps4b28a17e.jpgA woman hungry for a family of her own falls in love with a man who has all the family he needs.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Shattered Silence, by Margaret Daley is:

kimkvp@ . . .

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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's meet novelist Sharon Srock, author of The Women of Valley View: Terri (Harborlight, April 2013).

Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher.

Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren.

She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri released in April.

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

--I hate reality TV.

--I love to mow the grass.

--My favorite pet was an iguana.

Interesting pet! I can't imagine cuddling an iguana... They're pretty cool looking, though.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Women of Valley View.

 photo Terri_h11120_680_zps4b28a17e.jpgDespite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan.

Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer. Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child. She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.

 Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?

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

Terri is searching for God’s promise in her life. Now she feels as though God is leading her in the opposite direction. She searches, she whines, she kicks, she screams. Eventually she accepts God’s direction in her life. I’d say she’s pretty normal.

Indeed.

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?

Tears and laughter mixed together.

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

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes. Because it tells an important story in an entertaining way.

What are you working on now?

I’m about half done with the 4th book in the series. The Women of Valley View: Samantha.

Where else can readers find you online?

Blog: www.Sharonsrock.com
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

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

What the last book you read that made you laugh and cry at the same time?

I can answer that one right away. The book called Lottery had that affect on me. It's mainstream, and there's some rough language (not from the hero). But the hero is so kind and lovable. And very funny.

Thanks, Sharon, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sharon has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sharon'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 Cynthia Ruchti, 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, July 11, 2013

Cynthia Ruchti and Free Books!

Three eras, three women desperate for hope, and three reasons to believe it won’t come in time.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Whispers on the Prairie, by Vickie McDonough is:

kmgervais@ . . .

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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's revisit novelist Cynthia Ruchti, author of When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press Fiction, April 2013).

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through novels, novellas, devotions, nonfiction, and speaking to women’s events and retreats and writers’ conferences, drawing on more than 33 years experience writing and producing the daily radio broadcast, The Heartbeat of the Home.

She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), helping make and maintain connections between authors and retailers, libraries, book clubs, and readers.

She and her husband of 41 years live in the heart of Wisconsin.

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

--I hiked part of the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and now can identify a wide variety of bear scat.

--Birthed my third child without messing up my eye makeup. (He arrived 45 minutes after I reached the hospital.)

--I once thwarted a potential mugger with humor.

Now there's a novel waiting to be written!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of When the Morning Glory Blooms.

What did it look and feel like to run a home for unwed moms in the 1890s, when even the church struggled with what to do with a young woman caught in “the family way” without a family? What did it feel like to be a single mom in the 1950s with hope fading as the baby inside grew? What’s it like in the 21st century to be the mom of a teen mom, uncertain where to draw the line between helping and enabling? Anna, Ivy, and Becky walk those paths in When the Morning Glory Blooms, finding faint hope to hold onto while they watch their stories unfold under a grow light of grace.

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

My three lead characters, their stories intertwined, are unique but share a common bond. They’re all facing some aspect of the aftermath of unplanned pregnancy. Anna in the 1890s is determined and unflappable, despite her diminutive size and even smaller bank account. She speaks and walks with grace through every trail she faces—natural or manmade. Ivy in the 1950s is broken and faithless, but tender toward Anna in her end-of-life years, which opens a conversation that draws Ivy toward her healing. Becky in the present day is so real and genuine, her mother-heart willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to help her child—a mom too soon—succeed. Becky’s strong but vulnerable, a loyal friend, well aware of her imperfections but trudging forward anyway.

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

 photo images_zps81b10a5e.jpegI envision Gloria Stuart (who is now gone), the actress who played the elderly woman on Titanic as Anna. Pictures of her in her younger years are just as I envisioned Anna in her younger years, too.





 photo Amy-Adams-amy-adams-712630_1600_1200_zpsbfd373bb.jpgI see Ivy as Amy Adams






 photo images-1_zps692d68a6.jpegand Elizabeth Shue as Becky.

Your book and characters sound intriguing, Cynthia. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

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 look of deep empathy for the characters with a profound longing for everything to turn out all right for them, whether a happily-ever-after or an okay-we-can-work-with-this conclusion.

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

I’m in the middle of a half dozen novels now. I’m a mood reader. But one I completed fairly recently was The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen. So well written. It is one of those novels that transports the reader back in time and to a lifestyle reminiscent of the Sense and Sensibility era of Jane Austen’s novels.

What are you working on now?

Any day now I’ll receive the galleys for my 2014 novel with Abingdon Press—All My Belongings. Same feel but far different circumstances for those characters. Other novels and nonfiction are in the works.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.cynthiaruchti.com
Facebook
Twitter and other places.

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

At what moment in your life experiences have you been most moved by the understanding that a mistake or misstep was the middle of your story, not the end? How does that affect you as you interact with those around you who make choices that seem to derail their future?

How thought provoking. I'm eager to hear what you have to say, readers.

Thanks, Cynthia, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cynthia has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cynthia'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, July 8, 2013

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

 photo ShatteredSilence-jpg_zpsb3cdd251.jpgA serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson and Detective Liliana Rodriguez race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Last Chance for Justice, by Kathi Macias, is:

marypopmom@ . . .

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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's revisit prolific novelist Margaret Daley, author of Shattered Silence (Abingdon Press, October 2012).

Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-four books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

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

--I dream of going to Ireland one day.

--I hate to exercise.

--I'm going to participate in this year's Writer's Police Academy in September.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Shattered Silence.

 photo ShatteredSilence-jpg_zpsb3cdd251.jpgA serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders. 



While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected.

Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?

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

Cody Jackson is a Texas Ranger who takes his job seriously. He is divorced with one teenage son who is rebelling against having to move from Houston to Durango, Texas. He is struggling to hold his small family together and solve a string of murders.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zps89d090b4.jpegPenelope Cruz





 photo Unknown-2_zpsaaed9b99.jpegand Henry Cavill (Superman in Man of Steel).


I fully expect Henry Cavill to turn up as inspiration for many future romance novels. Such a charismatic actor!

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 big smile.

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

Whispers On The Prairie by Vickie McDonough is the first in a trilogy set in Kansas in the late 1800s. It has wonderful characters you will care about and a fast pace plot that keeps you turning the page.

And that's the novel (and author) I just highlighted this past Thursday. We'll be drawing a name for Vickie's book this coming Thursday.

What are you working on now?

Actually as of a week ago, I'm taking a month off from writing and catch up on all of the stuff I've put on the back burner. I have a proposal into my publisher and waiting to hear back.

Considering how many books you've written, I imagine a month is a long break for you! 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 the last movie you've seen? Did you like it? Why or why not? Man of Steel--I liked it a lot because it's a different twist on a story about Superman. The character development was good for Superman. Very interesting the way it was developed.

Totally agreed--I know the director and producer have taken heat for some of those changes, but I thought it was a good film and story.

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 15. 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 interview with Vickie McDonough, 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, July 4, 2013

Vickie McDonough, July Releases, and Free Books!

 photo WhispersOnThePrairieFinalMediumsize_zps80fece64.jpegTension reigns when a troubled man who failed to protect the woman in his care crosses paths with a woman who steps in trouble wherever she goes.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Jungle Fire, by Dana Mentink is:

slking1@ . . .

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 Vickie McDonough, author of Whispers on the Prairie (Whitaker House, July 2013).

 photo VickieMcDonough3small_zps105a809c.jpegVickie McDonough grew up reading horse stories and dreaming of marrying a rancher, instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. But those old dreams have found new life as she pens stories of ranchers, lawmen, and others living in the Old West.

Vickie is the award-winning author of 27 books and novellas. Her novel, End of the Trail recently won Best Fiction Novel in the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc’s 2013 contest, and Long Trail Home won the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Award for Inspirational Fiction. Her books have also won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards.

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

-- I always wear socks, except in the shower. I never go barefoot.

-- My husband and I lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a year when we were first married.

-- When I was 14, I bought a motorcycle with money I’d made babysitting. I wanted to be mobile.

Somehow I pictured a prairie girl wanna-be barefoot!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Whispers on the Prairie.

A City Girl Far from Home...

Sarah Marshall just wants to go home. It wasn't her idea to leave Chicago and head west, but her uncle's ambition left her no choice. Neither was her intention to settle in Kansas with her ailing aunt, but being penniless and without possessions brings little bargaining power. Pretty soon, she resigns herself to her fate, however unfortunate. It isn't as if she has a home to go back to.

A Country Boy Seeking to Right a Wrong...

Ethan Harper, the youngest of three brothers, enjoys a peaceful existence helping run his family's stage shop along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud continues to darken his horizon—guilt over the tragic death of his oldest brother's wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is finding another woman to marry his brother and help raise Aaron’s motherless children.

A Match so Incompatible, It Just Might Work...

When a series of misfortunes strands Sarah Marshall and her aunt at Harpers' Stage Stop, the status quo is overthrown as the presence of an attractive young woman, however unversed in the ways of prairie living, wreaks havoc on the lives of the Harper brothers, all three of them vying for her attention. But will any of them prove himself worth giving up the life Sarah always dreamed of?

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

Ethan is a troubled hero. He feels responsible for the death of his sister-in-law and thinks the only way to regain his peace is to find his brother another wife. He’s a good, honorable man, although he’s let his pain get in the way of his relationship with God—the only One who can help him.

Sarah lost her parents when she was seven and has lived with her kind, but ailing aunt and a curmudgeon of an uncle ever since. She longs for a home of her own in Chicago, where she lived with her parents. When her uncle forces her to leave Chicago and travel the Santa Fe Trail, one bad thing after another happens. All she wants is to get back home.

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

Kellan Lutz to play Ethan Harper





 photo images_zps424be0c7.jpegAmanda Seyfried to play Sarah Marshal






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?

Intense concentration with tears and chuckles now and then.

Oh, I would get such gratification, seeing something I wrote moving someone to tears.

You’re headed out the door for a long road trip. What one book would you take with you? 

It would be the book at the top of my TBR pile—mostly likely a historical romance.

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

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall. It’s a fast-paced adventure set on the high seas. The characterization is superb, her descriptions are so vivid you can paint them in your mind, and the romance is delicious.

I don't know how she writes the stories she does! What are you working on now?

I’m working on a rewrite of Attack on Angelfire, a romantic suspense for Love Inspired.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.vickiemcdonough.com
Facebook
Twitter
I’m a contributor to the Christian Fiction Historical Society blog.

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

I’m making a list of names for future heroines. What are your top three favorite names for a heroine in a historical romance set in the West?

Thanks for hosting me, Trish!

Thanks, Vickie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vickie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 11. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vickie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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.

As you scroll down to leave your comment, take a look at some of the wonderful Inspirational fiction being released this month!

Children's Books:

The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful by Colleen Coble Alexa Grace is having a bad day, but then Grandma arrives with something special for "Grandma's Little Punky Grace"-an Ebenezer jar that she thinks is very peculiar. Grandma explains that an Ebenezer is a “stone of help” and represents God's blessings. Alexa Grace wonders if she can fill the jar with some of God's blessings. She goes on the hunt with her furry Newfoundland puppy and Grandma, and Alexa Grace's new blessing jar soon overflows with God's wonders. (Children's Book from Thomas Nelson)

Romance Releases:

Charisse by Fay Lamb -- He wants a family. She wants retribution. Charisse Wellman's husband has been gone a year, and she's about to lose the only home her son, V.J., has ever known. She's quit law school but the money just isn't there. Her only option is to work as a law clerk for her ex-friend, Gideon Tabor. The only problem: Gideon is the judge who let her husband's killer go free, and Gideon doesn't know the connection. (Contemporary Romance from Write Integrity Press)

A Wedding for Julia by Vannetta Chapman -- Julia Beechy is so stunned, she can hardly breathe. Her mother's announcement that she must either marry or move from the family home upon her mother's imminent death catches Julia by surprise. How can she leave the only home she has ever known? What about her dream of opening her own Plain café? When Caleb Zook offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is it the right thing to do? Is this God's plan for her future? Caleb thought his time for marrying was long past, but he feels a stirring in his heart he cannot shake for this beautiful, forlorn woman. Amid the circumstances of this life-altering decision, the people of Pebble Creek weather the worst storm to hit Wisconsin in the last hundred years. Where will Julia and Caleb be on the other side of it? (Contemporary Romance from Harvest House)

Rodeo Regrets by Shannon Taylor Vannatter -- A spoiled rich girl spends years lassoing one cowboy after another with no strings attached until she runs into the man who broke her heart. (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents)

Cooking Up Love by Cynthia Hickey -- Tabitha McClelland knows accepting a job as a Harvey House waitress can be risky. Traveling alone to the rough-and-tumble West just isn't done by young ladies of good breeding. But far more dangerous is her powerful attraction to Adam Foster. Family means everything to the widowed chef, but the self-sufficient Tabitha cherishes her freedom above all else. Adam is captivated by the fiercely independent Tabitha. Fraternizing with the female employees is strictly forbidden, but the Harvey Girl awakens feelings too compelling to ignore. Can Adam convince Tabby to share his dream of a future in California-together? (Historical Romance from Heartsong Presents)

Courted by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams -- Sam Castlerock's return to Bear Creek, Wyoming, may be the answer to Emily Sands's prayers. Though she's not the kind of girl to rely on anyone else, the handsome cowboy-turned-banker may be able to get her family a much-needed extension on their loan. But Sam also reminds Emily of her dreams of a husband and family of her own. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired)

Mistaken by Karen Barnett -- Since booze and prohibition have made criminals out of every man in her world, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life. Convinced that handsome newcomer Daniel Shepherd is connected with her brother's rum-running gang, Laurie quickly scratches his name off her list. Daniel has mixed feelings about returning to the dirty mill town of his youth, but grudgingly agrees to manage his grandfather's drug store until a replacement can be found. The moment he meets Laurie on the windswept bluff overlooking the beach, he knows that if he can earn her love, he might have a reason to stay. (Historical Romance from Abingdon Press)

Small Town Girl: A Novel by Ann H. Gabhart -- Kate Merritt worries love's passing her by until Jay Tanner shows up to charm her hesitant heart. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

Romantic Suspense Releases:

Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink -- The deadliest animal in the jungle is the two legged kind as missionary nurse Truman is about to find out. (Romantic Suspense from River North [Moody])

Rosemary Cottage (The Hope Beach Series) by Colleen Coble -- Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there's a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . . The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She's even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It's always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben's disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder. (Romantic Suspense from Thomas Nelson)

Fiery Secrets by Stephanie McCall Dr. Grace Taylor, a driven pediatrician and single mom, needs divine intervention if she's going to heal from the actions of her cheating, abusive ex-husband. But she never thought God would work through Chris Anderson, a tutor at the local learning center whose secrets keep him from opening up to her. Both Grace and Chris have been asked to walk through their trial by fire; they've come out alive, but they still smell like smoke. (Romantic Suspense from HopeSprings Books)

Historical Biblical Fiction Release:

Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar -- An arranged marriage. A man whose heart is closed to love. A king whose life hangs in the balance. A nation on the brink of annihilation. Sarah and Darius's story continues in this long-awaited sequel to Harvest of Rubies. Fighting impossible odds, Sarah and Darius have to overcome the enemy against the king, against Jerusalem, against their marriage, and against their souls. Will they finally learn to love and trust one another? The prophet Nehemiah tries to help the struggling couple while rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. The only problem is that he comes under constant attack. Will he overcome? (Biblical Fiction from River North [Moody])

Happy reading!
 

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