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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, August 29, 2013

Christine Lindsay and Free Books!

Amid cyclones and epidemics, two women flee to the tropical south of India only to be captured by their respective pasts—Eshana by her traditional Hindu uncle for her faith in Christ, the other, Lieutenant Laine Harkness still imprisoned by her love for Adam who crushed her heart years ago.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Rancher's Second Chance, by Davalynn Spencer, is:

worthy2bpraised@ . . .

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 Christine Lindsay, author of Captured by Moonlight, Book 2 of series Twilight of the British Raj (WhiteFire Publishing, May 2013).

Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes multi-award-winning inspirational historical novels.

Her great-grandfather and grandfather both worked as riveters on the Titanic. Several more of her ancestors served in the British Cavalry in India, seeding Christine’s long-time fascination with Colonial India, and became the stimulus for her series Twilight of the British Raj.

In her novels Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of God’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance.

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat.

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

-- When I was a baby I was once patted on the head by Prince Philip.

-- I relinquished my first child to adoption, but was reunited with her 20 years later.

-- I can hardly wait to use our brand new trailer on holidays.

How lovely, Christine, that reunion story!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Captured by Moonlight.

Captured by Moonlight—Prisoners to their own broken dreams…

After a daring rescue goes awry, the parched north of India grows too hot for nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana. The women flee to the tropical south…and run headlong into their respective pasts.

Laine takes a new nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancé is the owner…and that Adam has no more to say to her now than he did when he crushed her years ago.

Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts whether freedom will ever again be in her future, much less the forbidden love that had begun to whisper to her. Is faith enough to live on? Or is her Savior calling her home?

Amid cyclones and epidemics, clashing faiths and consequences of the war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

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

Laine can’t get over the one man she truly loved, and fears all she’ll ever have in life is her career as a nurse.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zps4211ae59.jpegRose Byrne from the TV show, Damages, would make a perfect Laine, funny and with an Australian accent, it’s much like a British accent in India.




 photo MV5BMTMxMjAwNDc5OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDI4NTA1Mg_V1_SX640_SY956__zpsb9ff9dfc.jpgRichard Armitage who played John Thornton in North & South would make a perfect Adam, serious, wounded, and deeply sensitive.




Author Ray Bradbury said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” What do you love about writing?

It’s the way God wired my brain, so my whole person—body and soul—clicks when I write. It doesn’t feel like work, and yet it is---the perfect work.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke. I loved the history behind the fictional story, and the plot kept me turning the pages.

I love Cathy's writing, as well. I think she's one of the best in the Inspirational market today.

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing the final installment to my series Twilight of the British Raj called Veiled at Midnight. WhiteFire Publishing will release this Feb. 2014. And I’m doing final edits on a romance novella for WhiteRose Publishing for their Passport to Romance line. That book will be called Londonderry Dreaming, and the release date is TBA.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find my novels on my website www.christinelindsay.com
Subscribe to my Inspirational blog www.christinelindsay.org
I would love to connect on Twitter
Be my friend on Facebook
Join me on Pinterest


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

Do you think books with international settings will become more popular to the US market in time?

Good question. Since I read a lot of secular novels, I can attest that the dearth of international settings is only an issue in the Inspirational market. I don't know why. I love international settings!

Thank you, Christine, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Christine has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, September 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Christine'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 classic rewrites, 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, August 26, 2013

Classic Rewrites and Free Books!

 photo pandp2_zps2c07fb08.jpg“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen)




 photo Bridget-Joness-Diary_zps78ff4c8e.jpg"It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces." (Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding)


Before we address today's topic, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Memory's Door, by James L. Rubart, is:

bonnieroof60@ . . .

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 for today's topic. I'm not featuring a particular author, but I do plan to give one of my books away (your choice) to someone who comments below.

Lately I've been considering the practice of writing contemporary novels that mirror classic stories.

Personally, I've always enjoyed reading the new stories, making note of what the contemporary author chose to keep and what she chose to alter. Sometimes I haven't realized the new book was a take-off until I've finished it. When that happens, I find myself reviewing, trying to find the parallels and the detours.

So, I consider the rewrites clever in their own way.

Often the update has been produced as a film or stage performance, rather than a novel, as when Williams Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was produced in modern (and musical) fashion in the
Leonard Bernstein production, West Side Story.

Of course, since Shakespeare wrote for the stage, this transition makes sense.



Some classics have been reworked into animated film, as well, which was the case with Shakespeare's Hamlet and Disney's The Lion King.










Did you know about that? I didn't for quite some time. As the mother of a young one when The Lion King released, I simply considered it as a gripping, beautifully animated story.



Another kind of "story" reworking is done by authors writing for the Inspirational market. Francine Rivers' massively popular novel, Redeeming Love is a retelling of the Biblical book of Hosea. While Rivers' novel wouldn't be classified as "contemporary," it is certainly modern in comparison to the 8th Century B.C., when Hosea answered God's command to win Gomer back with his own redeeming love.

For that matter, even Hosea is a form of retelling, when you consider it serves as a mirror of God's willingness to hang in there with us, despite our unending flaws, with His redeeming love.

So. What I want to ask of you is this. If you could read a contemporary retelling of any classic story, which story would you choose? 

I'll send a signed copy of any one of my books to the winner of a drawing on Monday, September 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to my 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 Davalynn Spencer, 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, August 22, 2013

Davalynn Spencer and Free Books!

 photo SpencerRanchercover_zps5ccadd56.jpgLaura Bell is home to stay, but will she find healing in the arms of an old friend or wounds too deep for even God to reach?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Rules of Murder, by Juliana Deering, is:

tiffers77@ . . .

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 Davalyn Spencer, author of The Rancher’s Second Chance (Heartsong Presents, August 2013).

 photo DC_Spencer_zps2ab3512a.jpgNovelist and speaker Davalynn Spencer is an award-winning journalist whose background spans the city crime beat and the national rodeo circuit. These authentic experiences help her craft fictional characters who face struggle and heartache but find faith and fresh hope along the way.

When she’s not writing inspirational western romance, penning a column, or teaching English as an adjunct professor, she enjoys speaking and leading worship at women’s retreats and other events.

She and her husband, Mike, make their home in Colorado where Davalynn is constantly amazed by God’s creative splendor.

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

-- I killed a rattler with a shovel.

-- I have sung the national anthem at countless rodeos.

-- When my rodeo clown husband was injured, I dressed in his clothes and filled in for him during the comedy acts. You know—the show must go on!

You are one macha woman, Davalynn! You sound like a novel character, yourself.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Rancher's Second Chance.

 photo SpencerRanchercover_zps5ccadd56.jpgAfter a failed engagement and the death of her mother, Laura Bell returns to her childhood home in the California foothills where she spent the first twelve—and best—years of her life. She never forgot the neighboring rancher’s grandson she grew up with, and when she moves home to heal her emotional wounds, she finds that he’s still there with wounds of his own.

Eli Hawthorne III isn’t so sure about God’s promise to “make all things new.” Some things just can’t be undone. But when an old prayer is answered and Laura returns home, he considers giving God and himself a second chance.

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

No one ever said life would be fair, and it isn’t for Laura Bell. However, she finds hope in the most unusual things, like the burned-out oak in her bottom pasture that is hollow but living. In the hawks that rise on thermals, and humming birds that whir frantically around her porch feeders. And in God’s promise that He will make all things new if she will let Him.

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

 photo images_zps86ba6a65.jpegSandra Bullock





 photo Unknown-2_zpsf1d83703.jpegand Tom Hardy.





Ah, two of my favorites! Tom Hardy is such a chameleon. 

Author Ray Bradbury said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” What do you love about writing?

I love the way words paint pictures and evoke emotions and draw out of me what I’m feeling and want to express. And I love the way a story unfolds as I’m writing it, the way I’m surprised by a character’s choice or reaction to setting and circumstances. Writing is an adventure and I love the journey.

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

I recommend anything by Gayle Roper. Literally. The last Roper novel I read is Shadows on the Sand. Gayle touches my heart every single time and I come away from her table full and satisfied. Her characters are real, believable, people with whom I can relate, and I love the way they interact with each other.

Gayle’s sense of humor always makes an appearance in her books as well, like a little breather here and there in her storyworlds of suspense and romance.

And she's a total sweetheart, to boot. 

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing book three in a 3-book historical romance set in Cañon City, Colorado, in 1888. The series is contracted with Heartsong Presents.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website and blog can be found at www.davalynnspencer.com and my Facebook author page is www.facebook.com/AuthorDavalynnSpencer. Twitter is @davalynnspencer.

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






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486717: The Rancher"s Second Chance


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

Do you really care how old or beautiful the heroine is in a romance, or are you looking for something deeper in her character makeup?

Thanks, Davalynn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Davalynn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Davalynn'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 James L. Rubart, 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, August 19, 2013

James L. Rubart and Free Books!

The prophecy brought them together, but the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Winter in Full Bloom, by Anita Higman, 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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Now let's revisit novelist James L. Rubart, author of Memory’s Door (Thomas Nelson, August 2013).

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, and Memory’s Door.

During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.

In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, plays guitar, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much.

He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

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

-- I can juggle.

-- Three fingers on my right hand were crushed under a power saw when I was 1 ½ years old. The fingers weren’t supposed to grow. They did. Miracle at a young age.

-- I used to voice radio commercials.

Cringing over that second one. A miracle indeed. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Memory's Door.

The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them.

But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight. Brandon is being stalked at his concerts by a man in the shadows. Dana’s career is threatening to bury her. And Marcus questions his sanity as he seems to be slipping in and out of alternate realities.

And now the second part of the prophecy has come true. The Wolf is hunting them and has set his trap. He circles, feeding on his supernatural hate of all they stand for. And he won’t stop until he brings utter destruction to their bodies . . . and their souls.

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

Although I have four main characters, more of the focus in Memory’s Door is on physics professor, Marcus Amber. He is dealing with the deepest regret of his life—one that threatens to split up his marriage, and destroy the Warriors as well.

I think readers will care about him because all of us wrestle with regrets that keep us from living fully in the present. So I believe readers will long for Marcus to get free of the past and at the same time find freedom from their own regrets.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zps611b1747.jpegReece Roth: A younger Clint Eastwood








 photo Unknown-2_zps5415780c.jpegBrandon Scott: Chris Hemsworth







 photo Unknown-3_zps60cf1c65.jpegDana Raine: An older version of Emma Stone






 photo Unknown-4_zpsecfddeb3.jpegMarcus Amber: Mark Ruffalo








Author Ray Bradbury said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” What do you love about writing?

Remember the quote from Chariots of Fire when Eric Liddle says, “… and when I run I feel His pleasure.”? When I write I feel His pleasure.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing edits on The Spirit Bridge, which is the third and final book in the Well Spring series—releases spring 2014—and starting on my next novel after that which will be a stand alone with what I believe is a truly mind-blowing concept.

And I have a major project I’m working on that I can’t say much about. Yet. (If folks are interested, they can go to my website and sign up for my newsletter and they’ll find out more as soon as I can tell them.)

What a tease!! Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
Twitter: @jameslrubart
Website: jameslrubart.com


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686079: Memory"s Door, Wells Spring Novel Series #2


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

If you could be a character in any novel you’re read over the past ten years, which character would you be? 

Oh, I like that question! I'm going to have to come back with my own answer to that one.

Thanks, James, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, James has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to James' 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 Juianna Deering, 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, August 15, 2013

Julianna Deering and Free Books!

 photo RulesCoverCrop_zpsf382ab47.jpgHeir to the family fortune and ancestral home, Drew Farthering has everything a man could want – everything but an explanation for the body in the greenhouse.


Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Bless Her Heart, by Debby Mayne, is:

mitziathome@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Sandstorm, by Steve Rzasa, is:

jlmbewe@ . . .

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 Julianna Deering, author of Rules of Murder (Bethany House, August 2013).

Julianna Deering has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity.

A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey.

Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, Summer 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, Spring 2014) and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, Summer 2014). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

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

-- I love cats and would be the prototypical crazy cat lady if I could afford it.

-- I really, really want a longarm quilting machine (and a studio to put it in).

-- I love oak trees. They’re so sturdy and permanent.

I'm going to have to look up "longarm quilting machine." I haven't heard of those before!

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

 photo RulesCoverCrop_zpsf382ab47.jpgDrew is the rich young heir to his family’s Hampshire estate, and he’s pretty bored with nothing to do but amuse himself with his society friends. When there’s a murder at the old manor house, he and his best friend Nick, the butler’s son, and his step-father’s American niece Madeline get together to try to solve the case using the methods from their favorite mystery novels.

Besides playing detective, Drew has to figure out how to convince Madeline that he isn’t, as she says, “full of hot air and applesauce.”

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

He’s witty and charming but he’s vulnerable, too. He’s a gentleman of honor who wants to do what’s right, but sometimes that’s a little hard for him to figure out when people around him end up not being who he thought they were . . . even himself.

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

 photo 1_zps142ed588.pngJim Sturgess




 photo images_zps0418e69c.jpegand Kim Huffman have about the right look for Drew and Madeline. I rarely watch current movies, so I don’t know if they’d really fit the parts, but they have the right look.


 photo Unknown-1_zps415d824a.jpegI do know that I would want Philip Jackson, who played Chief Inspector Japp in the David Suchet Poirot series to be Chief Inspector Birdsong. He was my inspiration for the character.

Author Ray Bradbury said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” What do you love about writing?

I’ll be honest, writing is hard work. But, if you’re a writer, there is nothing as rewarding as writing “The End” at the bottom of the last page. I love it when I finally get that last piece of the story puzzle put into place. I love it when characters start telling me their stories and argue with me about what they would and wouldn’t do. I love it when readers tell me that the story came alive for them, that it made them laugh and cry and stay up all night. Most of all, I love doing what I was created for. To me, that is worship.

Beautifully put, Julianna. I absolutely agree.

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

The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham. Allingham was one of the great mystery writers of the Golden Age of Crime Fiction, and her plots are just things of beauty. They fit together like fine watch works.

What are you working on now?

I’m doing the edits on the third book in the Drew Farthering series, Murder at the Mikado, which should keep me busy for a while. But I wrote five books in the last year and a half, and I’m letting my brain rest for a bit. Not that I’m not toying with some ideas for more, but I don’t know what I’ll really focus on next. If readers really like Drew and Madeline, perhaps a fourth book.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m at www.juliannadeering.com or Facebook or www.deannajuliedodson.com or @deannajuldodson on Twitter. You can also find out more about me and the book on Bethany House’s site. They have an author interview, an excerpt from the book and discussion questions.


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210952: Rules of Murder, Drew Farthering Mystery Series #1



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

Has God ever spoken to you through fiction? If so, how?

Thanks, Julianna, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Julianna has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Julianna'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 Lorena McCourtney, 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, August 12, 2013

Anita Higman and Free Books!

A woman travels to Australia to find her sister, but she finds much more than she ever imagined or hoped for.

Today we're revisiting with novelist Anita Higman, author of Winter in Full Bloom (River North—Moody Publishers,  August 2013).



Bestselling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has thirty-four books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art.

Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

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

1. I once won a hog-calling contest at a banquet. I was not embarrassed, but I should have been.

2. In college I agreed to participate in a fun experiment where I kissed a guy who was hooked up to an EKG machine. The young man got so excited when I kissed him that the marking pen flew off the machine. Why do I love telling that story?

3. I have a bird phobia, and yet I love birds! (That is, from a distance.) My house is filled with the fake kind—prints on the walls, statues, and general bird doodads. Go figure.

What a great story about the EKG guy, Anita! I imagine that might have been a little embarrassing for him. But maybe he was as blase about his reaction as you were about the hog-calling!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Winter in Full Bloom.

Lily Winter’s wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily’s lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her—a woman who also happens to be her mother.

During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she’d been hiding for decades—Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were babies. Without looking back, Lily embarks on a quest to find her sister, which takes her all the way to Melbourne, Australia.

But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to reconciliation and to the one dream she no longer imagined possible—the chance to fall in love again.

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

Lily Winter has an intense love for her family and works toward a reunion and reconciliation.

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

 photo images_zpsd1811785.jpegMy heroine, Lily Winter—Megan Fox





 photo 600full-james-mcavoy_zpsc7ce672c.jpgMy hero, Marcus Avery—James McAvoy




Author Ray Bradbury said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” What do you love about writing?

The thrill of disappearing into a world I’ve created.

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

I would highly recommend B.J. Hoff’s Emerald Ballad Series. Wonderful writing!

What are you working on now?

A novel entitled, A Question of Destiny. This book will be released next year through Guideposts in the spring of 2014.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.anitahigman.com
My Facebook Reader Page

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







CBD.com
405800: Winter in Full Bloom



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

What do you think makes a character memorable?

Thanks, Anita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Anita has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Anita's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Debby Mayne and Steve Rzasa , below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

Finally, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Steve Rzasa and Free Books!

 photo Unknown-1_zps10f71285.jpegTwo brothers delve into the deep desert to find an artifact that could spell doom for the world.

Before we revisit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Millie's Treasures, by Kathleen Y'Barbo, is:

stacey_dale@ . . .

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 Steve Rzasa, author of Sandstorm: The Second Sark Brothers Tale (Marcher Lord Press, August 2013).

Steve Rzasa is a librarian in Buffalo, Wyoming who fills his head with Scripture, history, graphic novels, and TV shows like Castle and Big Bang Theory, ideally in that order.

Steve has had three science-fiction books published by Marcher Lord Press: The Word Reclaimed (2009), its sequel, The Word Unleashed (2010), and Broken Sight (2011), which won the 2012 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Sandstorm is his fifth novel, which follows Crosswind (2012, Marcher Lord Press).

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

-- I played trumpet in my high school marching band.

-- I’m the only man in the library where I work, with seven coworkers, and according to the bosses was the first male they’d hired in about 30 years when I started in 2008.

-- I’m equally fond of all things Star Trek and chocolate.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zps10f71285.jpegIt’s been four months since the city-state of Perch turned away the invading army of its southern rival, Trestleway, and sent the dark forces of the cythraul packing. Thanks in no small part, everyone reckons, to Winchell Sark and his brother Copernicus.

Word reaches Winch that an old friend is in dire need. Seems he’s come across a long-lost artifact deep in the Golden Desert that folk say can tear the veil separating this world from the one beyond the shadows.

But it’s not only Winch and company seeking this relic. There’s a new threat gathering, one that will stop at nothing to conquer the desert sands—and unleash the cythraul on an unsuspecting world.

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

Winch is a family man who has been thrust into extraordinary circumstances and forced to rely on his faith to not only survive, but triumph. He has to face the fear and darkness that lurk in his heart, and come to terms with what kind of man Thel (this story world’s equivalent of Thel) wants him to be.

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

 photo Unknown-2_zpsc61b21c4.jpegTobey Maguire for Winch




 photo Unknown-3_zps84c65ee2.jpegand James Franco for Cope. Something about Franco’s grin makes me think of Cope every time I see the guy on screen.




Author Ray Bradbury said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” What do you love about writing?

I love creating a fantastic world, and taking myself on an adventure in it. That’s who I primarily write for: myself.

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

Storm Front by Jim Butcher, first of the Harry Dresden Files. While there is objectionable language and some gore (it is a murder mystery so if you’ve seen shows like Castle or NCIS you’ll be prepared), the dialogue is fantastic and the stories very entertaining. The characters are well-written and enjoyable.

What are you working on now?

What am I not working on? Kidding. Well, I have part of the third Sark brothers tale down on paper (or bytes). I’ve also got a fantasy adventure in progress, and a sci fi murder mystery that I’m co-writing with Vox Day. Plus I have an alternate history slash alien occupation novel that has kind of been placed on the back burner. If you check out my website post from May you’ll find out greater detail about each project.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.steverzasa.com.

The book can be purchased at Marcher Lord Press, and online via the following buttons:







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

What’s the one thing you fear that you desperately pray you could overcome?

Thanks, Steve, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Stevehas offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Steve'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.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Debby Mayne, August Releases, and Free Books!

As Priscilla's career grows and her personal life shrinks, she starts to rethink her goals.

Before we revisit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Dolled Up to Die, by Lorena McCourtney, is:

beemama@ . . .

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 Debby Mayne, author of Bless Her Heart (Abingdon Press, August 2013).

Debby Mayne is a multi-published novelist and nonfiction writer with more than 30 books and thousands of articles online and in print. She has worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past nine years, she has judged the Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition.

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

-- I'm "Nana" to two beautiful granddaughters.

-- I love international flavors, and my favorite foods are Thai, Greek, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian.

-- My new favorite exercise is rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline).

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Bless Her Heart.

As Priscilla Slater’s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity… and to flaunt her latest achievement—taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show.

As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn’t enough, Pricilla’s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents’ separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there’s only one thing Priscilla’s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she’s not living up to her potential.

Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla’s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship.

Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn’t always result in popularity—or love?

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

In spite of the fact that Priscilla is so accomplished, she continues to be forced to face her imperfections and decide whether or not she needs to do something about them.

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


 photo images_zpsf6882486.jpegPriscilla Slater – Gwyneth Paltrow




 photo Unknown-1_zps78c37088.jpegTim Puckett – Jake Gyllenhaal






 photo images-2_zpsc0f345f8.jpegLaura Moss – Kathy Bates when she was younger





 photo images-3_zpsddff5a9a.jpegTrudy Baynard – Emily Maynard




 photo Unknown-2_zps865379fa.jpegCeleste Boudreaux – Shelley Duvall when she was younger



Author Ray Bradbury said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” What do you love about writing?

I love something different about each novel or series. The Class Reunion series enables me to delve into aspects of life that aren't so attractive and bring them to the surface with both angst and humor. All of my characters are incredibly flawed and insecure, and they all handle things differently.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Missing Dixie, the first book in my Uptown Belles series for Charisma House. I'll start working on the second book soon. All three of the books in this series feature southern heroines who wind up in New York City, each for a different reason.

You're crazy prolific! Where else can readers find you online?

Website - DebbyMayne.com
Blog – DebbyMayne.blogspot.com
Facebook Author Page
Facebook Personal Page
Twitter

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733594: Bless Her Heart, Class Reunion Series #2


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

Have you ever been to a class reunion? If so, what were some of the biggest changes you saw in your classmates (besides the obvious aging-related issues like gray hair or middle-aged spread)?

Thanks, Debby, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Debby has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Debby's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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 an answer to Debby's question, take a look at some of the wonderful Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Bride Wanted by Renee Andrews Troy Lee has been writing letters to his future bride since he was a boy. Still, she's never been more than words on a page...until now. When he meets Destiny Porter, he thinks he may have finally found the woman he's been waiting for. But Destiny came to Claremont with a single purpose-to get Troy's permission to print his letters in her magazine. Yet once she lays eyes on the handsome Southern man, Destiny knows she's in trouble. She can't help dreaming about being Troy's bride. But will he still want to be her groom when he finds out who she really is? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired)

Healing Hearts by Margaret Daley -- After surviving a tragic accident, little Madison Winters is in desperate need of comfort. And social worker Abbey Harris has the perfect solution. With the help of her cherished therapy dogs, Gabe and Cottonball, Abbey soon coaxes a smile from Madi-and her workaholic guardian. Dominic Winters is heartbreakingly handsome and is hurting just as much as Madi. But it might take more than wagging tails to get the brooding businessman to open his heart. With the help of a matchmaking little girl and two sweet dogs, Abbey and Dominic may get a second chance at love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired)

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

Bless Her Heart: Class Reunion Series by Debby Mayne -- As Priscilla Slater's 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity... and to flaunt her latest achievement-taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn't enough, Pricilla's hometown visit is further complicated by her parents' separation. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla's best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Abingdon Press)

General Contemporary:

This Dance by Jerusha Agen -- When tango dancer Nye Sanders lost what she loved most, she thought she would never survive the agony. Two years later, Nye has learned to live with the pain. She has a new career and life that have nothing to do with the world and faith she left behind. Not about to repeat mistakes of the past, Nye thinks she can dictate a painless future by staying within the walls of her emotional defenses. She doesn't plan to meet a handsome lawyer or an elderly landowner-two men who will make her face love and the God she can't forgive. (Contemporary from Write Integrity Press)

General Historical:

Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma -- In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga-a man who puts God and country above all else-arrives at her house, needing help. She is terrified for herself and terrified for her family, but most of all, terrified of the pain she might feel again if she allows herself to love Gerrit. Cornelia must decide if saving a stranger's life is worth risking her own. (Historical from Thomas Nelson)

Historical Romance:

Shenandoah Crossings by Lisa Belcastro -- Journey back in time with Tess Roberts as she seeks adventure on the high seas during the American Revolution hoping to escape the heartache of her present-day life. Her plans go awry when the one man she'd hoped to leave behind tracks her down with every intention of forcing her to his will. (Historical Romance from OakTara)

Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden -- After her father's death, Mollie Knox takes over his watchmaking company and uses her head for business to solidify the good name of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Her future looks bright until the night her beloved city is destroyed in the legendary Great Chicago Fire. With her world crumbling around her, Molly must do whatever it takes to save her company in the aftermath of the devastating fire. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

The Farmer's Bride Collection by Debby Mayne, DiAnn Mills, Susan K. Downs, JoAnn A. Grote, and Ellen Edwards Kennedy -- Love is in season as you journey into rural America's history and witness the harvest of romance through six delightful stories. From Minnesota to Florida, New York to Kansas, and Ohio to Louisiana, heroic men and women make sacrifices in order to create a home, nurture the crops, and secure a future for the next generation, but sometime romance is almost an afterthought. Can love also grow down on the farm? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Fired Up by Mary Connealy -- While someone's trying to make Dr. Dare Riker go up in smoke, Glynna Greer, the diner cook who turns every meal into a burnt offering and the overworked doctor are firing up a romance that might end up burning them both. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

Pattern for Romance by Carla Olson Gade -- Honour Metcalf's quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager's niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. (Historical Romance from Abingdon Press)

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin -- Homesick WWII flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor arrives in Sicily and strikes up a friendship with Sgt. John Hutchinson, who longs to become one of the Army's first pharmacy officers. When Georgie and Hutch's lives back home fall apart, can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White -- The daughter of a British general, Gwyneth Fairchild barely saves her life by fleeing London aboard a ship to America. Her goal is to find refuge with the Lane family in Maryland, having been told by her father she could trust them. After meeting their son, Thad Lane, she wonders how safe she truly is when she discovers that they trade in a dangerous commodity--espionage. Not long after Gwyneth finds refuge in his city, Thad Lane experiences the tug of love, though he fears it may blur lines of loyalty. But at this moment, with the British advancing on Washington and Baltimore, they have only their shared faith in God as a shield about them. (Historical Romance from Harvest House)

Roping the Wrangler by Lacy Williams -- Schoolmarm Sarah Hansen longs for a family of her own. But horse trainer Oscar White is the last man she'd consider. Still, she can't help noticing the care he shows three motherless girls and the gentle way he helps Sarah overcome her fear of horses. Too bossy by half-that's the Sarah that Oscar remembers from their teenage years. Yet as a former orphan, he finds the little Caldwell sisters-and their pretty teacher-getting under his skin. Could the tender heart Sarah's always hidden tame a once-reckless wrangler? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired)

Millie's Treasure by Kathleen Y'Barbo -- From their first meeting atop the Memphis Cotton exchange, where Pinkerton/inventor Kyle Russell is testing his flying machine, to their pursuit of pirate treasure and the escaped criminal Will Tucker, the Pinkerton and his Memphis belle find solving puzzles to be the least of their challenges in this historical romance with a dash of Southern Steampunk. (Historical Romance from Harvest House)

Historical Suspense and Mystery:

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering -- Drew Farthering, mystery lover and heir to the family manner, has to track down a killer and win the heart of American debutante, Madeline Parker. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker]) Dark Road Home by Elizabeth Ludwig -- Ana Kavanagh's only memories of home are of fire and pain. As a girl she was the only survivor of a terrible blaze, and years later she still struggles with her anger at God for letting it happen. At a nearby parish she meets and finds a kindred spirit in Eoghan Hamilton, who is struggling with his own anger--his sister, Cara, betrayed him by falling in love with one of his enemies. Cast aside by everyone, Eoghan longs to rejoin the Fenians, a shadowy organization pushing for change back in Ireland. But gaining their trust requires doing some favors--all of which seem to lead back to Ana. Who is she and who is searching for her? (Historical Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Romantic Suspense:

Carolina Reckoning by Lisa Carter -- When 30-something housewife, Alison Monaghan discovers proof of her husband's infidelity in a photograph with a mysterious woman, she must decide how to confront Frank when he returns home from work. But Alison may not get that chance. Frank never makes it home. And now she is the chief suspect in his murder. (Romantic Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Fatal Inheritance by Sandra Orchard -- In the face of mounting threats, a grieving granddaughter fights to hold fast to the family farmhouse she's inherited, but can her childhood-crush-turned-cop help her find her way home? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired)

Dangerous Waters by Sandra Robbins A young woman seeks the help of her former fiancé to solve the nineteen-year-old cold case of her parents' murder. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired)

Contemporary Suspense:

Memory's Door by James L. Rubart -- The prophecy brought them together. But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins. The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people's souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them. But they are all struggling. Now the second part of the prophecy has come true. The Wolf is hunting them and has set his trap. He circles, feeding on his supernatural hate of all they stand for. And he won't stop until he brings utter destruction to their bodies . . . and their souls. (Contemporary Suspense from Thomas Nelson)

Young Adult:

Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore -- One halo brought sight to Brielle; another offers sweet relief from what she sees. (Young Adult from Thomas Nelson)

Happy reading!

 

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