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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, October 31, 2013

Jo Huddleston and Free Books!

 photo ClaimingPeacefinal_zpscf7d5de2.pngFacing her lowest moments, Callie’s life begins to crumble and she searches for peace to endure what lies ahead for her and her family.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Warning Signs, by Katy Lee, 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 revisit with novelist Jo Huddleston, author of Claiming Peace (Sword of the Spirit Publishing, September 20, 2013).

 photo JOPHOTO_zps2f2c7275.jpgJo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels are in the 3-book Caney Creek Series.

Jo’s more than 200 articles and short stories have been published in more than fifty well-known periodicals and she wrote a regular newspaper column for seven years. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).

She holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo’s career has spanned being a high school classroom teacher, high school guidance counselor, private secretary, state-wide political campaign secretary, owner-operator of two small businesses, and a real estate agent.

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

--I don’t like being in the dark.

--I fear snakes.

--I don’t do elevators well.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Claiming Peace.

 photo ClaimingPeacefinal_zpscf7d5de2.pngVisit again the Callaway family and friends in 1951 who live in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee.

Why did Callie have an appointment with a neurologist? Will she work her way through whatever lies ahead for her and her family?

Does Emmajean’s attraction for the young lawyer, Terry, blossom further or die on the vine when he wants her to meet his parents?

Can Caroline and Jim find happiness in their long-delayed marriage?

You’ll meet some new characters as the Callaway saga continues. Follow the Callaway family throughout the Caney Creek Series—live their triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses.

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

Jim Callaway is the oldest of five siblings and after their parents die, it is Jim they all turn to with their problems. Jim willingly puts their needs ahead of his own, with no grumbling or aggravation.

When he left the family farm to move to town he made some unwise decisions, which led to bumpy consequences. After he reaches out to God to return to his life, Jim is now a devout, amiable Christian, keeping God’s love the center of his life and that of his family.

At one point in this series Jim’s fiancé loses her patience with him for taking care of everyone else, not leaving time for being in love.

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

 photo SuperStock_252-212_zps27eaf8bf.jpgA young Rock Hudson




 photo tumblr_inline_mrbziilAWU1qz4rgp_zps607b0628.jpgand the current Katherine Heigl (as a blond).






Put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

"Saying good-bye to a loved one is honestly the hardest to thing I can imagine."

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

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots. This novel’s theme shows that anyone in any position of life can be a witness for Jesus. At times the book had me in tears and then at other times laughing out loud. The book’s theme is presented in a light and enjoyable way.

What are you working on now?

I’m promoting Claiming Peace. I have ideas for another series but nothing official yet.

Where else can readers find you online? 

Website/Blog: www.johuddleston.com
Facebook
Goodreads
Shoutlife

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

If you have lost a loved one or been around someone who has, what do you think the best things folks can say or not say to give the bereaved one comfort?

Thanks, Jo, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jo has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jo'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 Kathryn Mackel and Margaret Brownley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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

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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Margaret Brownley and Free Books!

 photo Gunpowdertea1_zps77ec1813.jpgShe’s a Pinkerton detective working undercover; he has more aliases than can be found in Boot Hill. Neither has a clue about love.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Doctor's Christmas Quilt, by Kathi Macias, is:

mcnuttjem0@ . . .

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 with novelist Margaret Brownley, author of Gunpowder Tea (Brides of Last Chance Ranch, Thomas Nelson, October 2013).

 photo Margaret_zpsa8acd42b.jpgMargaret Brownley is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 30 novels to her credit including her newly released Gunpowder Tea, and a non-fiction book. Look for her work in the following recently released collections: A Bride for All Seasons, A Log Cabin Christmas and A Pioneer Christmas. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

(That last was Margaret being self-effacing, not me being mean!)

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

I’ve traveled to all 50 states and lived in four.

I’m a Boy Scout merit badge counselor.

I once sold a two year storyline to a CBS daytime soap (and it’s just a coincidence that soon after making that sale the soap went off the air).

But, of course!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Gunpowder Tea.

 photo Gunpowdertea1_zps77ec1813.jpgAfter reading about Kate Warne who worked for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency from 1856 to her death in 1868, I knew I had to write about a female detective. A master of disguise, Kate helped save president-elect Abraham Lincoln from an assassination attempt on the train to Washington by having him pose as her invalid brother. Kate was the perfect role model for my heroine.

Miranda Hunt (working undercover as Annie Beckman) doesn’t save a president, but she’s determined to track down the notorious Phantom who’s been terrorizing the Arizona Territory for more than a year. To that end she watches cowhand Jeremy Taggert like a hawk. Not only is he the handsomest man she ever laid eyes on, but she’s convinced he’s the Phantom. Little does she know that he’s a Wells Fargo agent also working undercover and equally suspicious of her. Needless to say, the two of them are working at cross-purposes and that’s when the fun begins.

That does sound like fun. And I had never heard that story about hiding Lincoln. I can't imagine he'd be an easy man to hide or disguise.

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

Miranda’s father was a Pinkerton detective who died in action and she’s striving to live up to his reputation. I believe readers will root for her as she closes in on the Phantom. I think readers will also like the chemistry between her and Jeremy Taggert—the handsome hero who may or may not be the bad guy. Whew! Do these two sizzle!

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

 photo 17237-robert-downey-jr-637x0-1_zps4f4ec313.jpgI would want either Robert Downey Jr.





 photo Hugh-Jackman_zps059a5c9c.jpgor Hugh Jackman to play the handsome witty hero. Either one of them could carry off the part with great charm.



I have no idea who should play my Pinkerton heroine. Mainly because I can’t keep up with all the young actresses. But she would have to hold her own against Downey Jr. or Jackman.

Maybe the readers would have someone in mind? Readers, if you suggest an actress, I'll enter your name an extra time in Margaret's drawing.

Now, Margaret. put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

"Honestly! If that man don’t toe the line it’ll be goodbye freedom and hello gallows."

What are you working on now?

I just completed a novella to be included in the Four Weddings and A Kiss collection with Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher and Debra Clopton, and am currently working on a new series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.margaretbrownley.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Blog: www.petticoatsandpistols.com
Blog: christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com

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

Travelodge hotels just released their annual list of books customers leave behind. (Bet you didn’t know there was such a list). This past year the most left behind book was Fifty Shades Freed (at more than a 1000 copies). So ‘fess up. What was the last book you left behind on a bus, train, plane, hotel or wherever? The last book I left behind? Gone Girl, which just happens to be number four on the Travelodge list. I left it in Buellton, California at an RV recreation hall.

I love that question, Margaret! I think the last book(s) a left behind were some of my own. I don't know if those would have been considered gifts to whoever found them, but that was my egotistical intent.

Thanks 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, November 4. 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 interviews with Kathryn Mackel and Katy Lee, 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.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kathryn Mackel and Free Books!

 photo 688660_w185_zpseb6a851e.pngJulia Whittaker has to find the two adult daughters that she surrendered for adoption at birth to ask if they will consider donating part of their liver to Julia’s son—the brother they never knew existed.

This weekend we're talking with novelist Kathryn Mackel, co-author (with Shannon Ethridge) of To Know You (Thomas Nelson, October 2013).

 photo KathrynMackel_zps4e185b3c.png Kathy Mackel is the acclaimed author of Can of Worms and other novels for middle readers from Putnam, HarperCollins, and Dial Books.

Writing as Kathryn Mackel, she is the author of the YA fantasy series, The Birthright Books, and of supernatural thrillers including the Christy-finalist The Hidden. She was the credited screenwriter for Disney’s Can of Worms and for Hangman’s Curse, and has worked for Disney, Fox, and Showtime.

Kathryn's co-author, Shannon Ethridge, is a bestselling author, international speaker, and certified life coach with a master’s degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University. She has spoken to college students and adults since 1989 and is the author of twenty books, including the million-copy best-selling series, Every Woman’s Battle. She is frequent guest on television and radio, and she mentors aspiring writers and speakers through her online B.L.A.S.T. Program (Building Leaders, Authors, Speakers, and Teachers).

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

-- I am an avid hiker.

-- I rarely invite people to watch Patriots football with me and my husband because I yell too loud.

-- I am left-handed.

I love that yelling one, Kathryn.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of To Know You.

 photo 688660_w185_zpseb6a851e.pngJulia and Matt Whittaker’s son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds—and his liver—crash precipitously. The last hope for his survival is a “living liver” transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon's time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.

But can Julia ask a young woman—someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken to—to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she’s never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of redemption?

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

Julia Whittaker could be any one of us. We can make tremendous mistakes when we’re young, experience God’s redemption and growth, only to come smack-dab against our past decades later.

Julia has to deal with introducing herself to two young women who don’t know each other exists and then—at their request—to track down their fathers so the daughters can meet them. The patience needed to allow her daughters to get to know her in the face of the ticking clock of her son’s liver failure is immense.

When she has to trample into the lives of the two men who loved and left her, it’s a testing that we all might wilt under.

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

 photo JulianneMoore2_zps235e66c4.jpgJulia = Julianne Moore.





 photo KrystenRitterPremiereLfeHappensRedCarpet_k80mRkYClEl_zpsa46f5ed6.jpgDestiny = Krysten Ritter





 photo Saoirse-Ronan_zpsd0955d5f.jpgChloe = Saoirse Ronan





Put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

Julia stretched her hand across the table, staring with teary eyes at her daughter. “Please know a big chunk of my heart is still shredded from that morning I had to say good-bye. But if I had kept you . . . Tom was gone and I was alone and I had nothing to give you.”

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

I loved The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I read it in one night because I couldn’t put it down. It’s among the wave of YA dystopian novels and it’s the best I’ve read. It’s got thematic elements matched with superb writing that refused to let me go to bed until I had finished. And Rick snuck in the spiritual elements skillfully and naturally.

What are you working on now?

Shannon and I are putting the final touches on Veil of Secrets which is the story of a marriage reconstruction under the brutal conditions of a Presidential primary. As in To Know You, it raises the question of how do you deal with a past that has crippled your present.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kathrynmackel.com and

www.shannonethridge.com

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

Christian women’s fiction went through a stretch where every heroine curled up with a mug of hot coffee and gazed off somewhere. Any woman—whether in the workplace or at home—knows it is nearly impossible to curl up with a mug of anything and gaze into the distance. So readers—what do you hate that authors do too much of? The steaming mug is mine.

Wow, that's a thought-provoking one, Kathryn. I've been trying to think of my pet peeve, and it's not coming to me readily! I'm especially eager to hear what my readers suggest.

Thanks for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathryn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 4. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathryn'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 Kathi Macias and Katy Lee, 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, October 24, 2013

Katy Lee and Free Books!

 photo WarningSignsCover_zps864b1550.jpgWhen the DEA sends Owen Matthews to investigate the new deaf principal for a recent drug finding, Miriam Hunter is awakened to memories of her past as well as hope for a future—unless someone can succeed in silencing her permanently.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Tattler's Branch, by Jan Watson, is:

dianalflowers@ . . .

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 Katy Lee, author of Warning Signs (Love Inspired Suspense, October 2013).

 photo Lee_head_sm_zpse8482dc5.jpgAs an Inspirational Romantic Suspense author, Katy Lee writes higher-purpose stories in high-speed worlds. Through her writing, ministries, and teaching, she dedicates her life to sharing tales of love, from the “greatest love story ever told” to those sweet romantic stories of falling in love.

Katy and her husband are born New Englanders and love to travel with their three adventuresome children.

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

-- I love to travel and plans are in the works for a mission trip to Alaska.

-- I am a homeschooling mom.

-- I love to knit. Take a look at my knitted lobster I made for the Warning Signs release.

 photo lobstergiftbag_zps13e9529f.jpg
That's really cute, Katy. You're clearly creative in several ways!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Warning Signs.

When a drug-smuggling ring rocks a small coastal town, the DEA sends Agent Owen Matthews to shut it down. A single father with a deaf son, Owen senses that the town's number one suspect—the high school's new principal—doesn't fit the profile.

Miriam Hunter hoped to shrug off the stigma of her hearing impairment when she returned to Stepping Stones, Maine. But her recurring nightmares dredge up old memories that could prove her innocence—and uncover the truth behind a decades-old murder.

Yet Owen's help may not be enough when someone decides to keep Miriam silenced—permanently.

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

Here’s what Romantic Times had to say about Miriam:

"Miriam is a strong character who is not held back by what others may perceive as a weakness. Acceptance is a key theme as Lee dispels some misconceptions regarding people with hearing impairments."

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

 photo Header19_zps088b3879.jpgAmy Adams for Miriam





 photo 21-ryan-gosling-42-36424009_zps0265f943.jpgRyan Gosling for Owen





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

I enjoy the Love Inspired books very much.

What are you working on now?

Grave Danger, which has a forensic anthropologist heroine and will release in May 2014. I am also writing book three that takes place on Stepping Stones Island and involves an old pirate ship.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.KatyLeeBooks.com has all my links to Facebook and Twitter and Goodreads.

Also on my site you will find details to take part in the Lighthouse Photo Contest. I hope to receive lighthouses from around the world. So please, take part!

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You can also check out my video to learn how Miriam signs her name here: YouTube

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www.harlequin.com

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

Have you ever tried to learn a few signs to be able to converse with a person who is deaf?

Thank you, Katy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Katy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Katy'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 Jan Watson, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her 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, October 21, 2013

Kathi Macias and Free Books!

 photo MaciasDoctor_300cymk_zps2b6d8041.jpgCan the story behind a Christmas quilt help a doctor take a stand on her principles—even when it involves the future of her only child?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Governess of Highland Hall, by Carrie Turansky, is:

virginiakeckler@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing addresses, and we'll get your books 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 Kathi Macias, author of The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt (New Hope Publishers, September 2013).

 photo 0019KathiMacias-EDITEDemailed_zps4cf20a60.jpgKathi Macias is a multi-award winning author of more than forty books, including the 2011 Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year and Carol Award finalist, Red Ink.

A former string reporter and newspaper columnist, Kathi is also a popular speaker at writers’ conferences and women’s events. Named 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net, Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Southern California with her husband, Al.

She is actively involved in ministries supporting the persecuted Church around the world and also the rescue of victims held in human trafficking.

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

--I have 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

--I was a cheerleader in junior high school, even though I didn’t know a touchdown from a touchback. (I just tried out because I loved the uniforms!)

--I am part of a “bookworm” family. Not only are there many voracious readers in our clan, but my brother and sister-in-law are both published authors.

Wow, quite a productive family in many respects, Kathi!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Doctor's Christmas Quilt.

 photo MaciasDoctor_300cymk_zps2b6d8041.jpgWhen her unwed medical student daughter discloses that she is pregnant, Dr. Laura Branson is torn between excitement and fear. Until now, her beliefs and stance on pro-life issues have been more theoretical than personal.

It isn’t until she receives a Christmas gift—a quilt that depicts the life of pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America—that she is forced to wrestle with her beliefs. What does she really believe, and will she have the courage to stand by her convictions—especially when she learns the ugly details surrounding the entire situation?

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

Dr. Branson is a strong Christian woman, as well as a dedicated physician who has sacrificed much in the way of financial gain in order to give medical care to those who can’t otherwise afford it. She is also a single parent who has struggled to put her only child through medical school. Her husband and son were killed in a car accident years earlier, and her daughter is the only family she has left. She wants a good life for her daughter and has fought to provide that for her; suddenly it is all threatened, and she finds herself wrestling with beliefs she once thought rock-solid.

It is a situation that many believers can relate to—not so much the particular circumstances, but rather the issue of coming face-to-face with formerly theoretical positions that have now become quite personal.

Put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

“When I was forced to say goodbye to my beloved husband and son, I honestly never imagined that I would be forced to face such a heartbreaking situation again.”

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

Beneath the Dover Sky by Murray Pura. I enjoyed the romance and historical aspects, as do all of Murray’s novels.

What are you working on now?

I have two contracted works in progress: Precious in His Sight (nonfiction, Charisma Media) and A Christmas Gift (fiction, New Hope).

Where else can readers find you online?

Besides my website, www.kathimacias.com, I am on both Facebook and Twitter (primarily) and also Google and Goodreads.

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

Have you ever thought you had a strong position on some moral issue and then found yourself challenged about where you really stood when it became personal?

Thank you, Kathi, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathi'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 Jan Watson, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her 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, October 17, 2013

Jan Watson and Free Books!

When small town doctor, Lilly Still, finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep she struggles to do the right thing for the infant during a challenging time.

Today we're talking with a novelist new to my site, Jan Watson, author of Tattler’s Branch (Tyndale House Publishers, September 2013).


Former registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor, Jan Watson won the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest in 2004 with Troublesome Creek.

Written with a dollop of romance and a smidgen of suspense, Jan’s award winning historical novels are uniquely set in the Appalachian Mountains.
She was recently voted 2012 Best Kentucky Author by the readers of Kentucky Living Magazine.

Jan lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Most mornings you'll find her at the keyboard with her Jack Russell terrier, Maggie, on a pillow in her lap. Her work day lasts as long as Maggie will allow.

When she isn’t writing or entertaining Maggie, Jan enjoys reading, taking long walks, and collecting out-of-print medical books, which she reads "like other women read cookbooks."

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

--I’m a retired registered nurse.

--Currently, 5 foster kittens and their mother are living in my basement. Anybody want a kitten?

--I published my first book when I was 60.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Tattler's Branch.

Lilly Still has grown to love her life as a small town doctor in a mining community. Though her husband, Tern, is away at a mining job, Lilly has her hands full with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer. Lilly turns to her good friend, Armina, to help keep things in order—until a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an abandoned baby on her doorstep.

Lilly works to uncover the truth, unaware of what a mess she’s found herself in until a break-in at her clinic puts her on high alert. As she struggles between what is right and what is safe, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself.

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

Lilly Still M.D. is a forward thinking woman in a backward thinking era. She’s kind and considerate but also can be forceful when need be. Because of a previous miscarriage she is afraid she’ll never have a family.

Put yourself into Lilly’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

"Honestly, sometimes I don’t know why I married Tern—his favorite word seems to be goodbye."

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

Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart. You can always trust Gabhart to be historically accurate, plus it’s a well told story.

What are you working on now?

My latest project is set in 1913 and tells the story of a young woman (Lilly’s sister, Mazy) who leaves the mountains to go to secretarial school in the big city. Mazy is sure all her dreams will come true if she can only keep her mind on her studies and forget the beau she left behind. Meanwhile, that beau, Sheriff Chanis Clay, is making plans of his own and they all include Mazy.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.janwatson.net

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

I once dreamed of being an author. I stepped out in faith to make that dream come true. What are you dreaming of? “He is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.” Ephesians 3:20


Thank you, Jan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jan'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 Carrie Turansky, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her 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, October 14, 2013

Carrie Turansky and Free Books!

 photo GovernessFINAL_HAT_CVR-1_zps1847bdda.jpeg In Edwardian England, when social standing rule the day, can character and pure heart outrank wealth and power?

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

lilsis1952@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of  The Journey of Josephine Caine, by Nancy Moser, is:

mcnuttjem0@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing addresses, and we'll get your books 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 Carrie Turansky, author of The Governess of Highland Hall, Book One in the Edwardian Brides Series (WaterBrook Multnomah, October 2013).

 photo DSC_0234_zps09058d18.jpeg Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eleven novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweetheart, Surrendered Hearts, and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award.

She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books. They enjoy traveling together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren.

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

-- I love creating flower arrangements for weddings and special events.

-- I spent a wonderful summer in Belgium as a missionary after college.

-- I homeschooled all five of my kids over a period of sixteen years and lived to tell about it.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Governess of Highland Hall.

 photo GovernessFINAL_HAT_CVR-1_zps1847bdda.jpegThe Governess of Highland Hall captures both the upstairs and downstairs aspects of Edwardian life, giving readers an emotional connection with the wealthy, cultured aristocracy as well as the hardworking, loyal servants. It’s set in the same time period as Downton Abbey and the story is similar to Jane Eyre as well.

Returning to England from the mission field in India, Julia Foster accepts the position of governess at Highland Hall to help support her parents. But she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected.

Sir William Ramsey, widowed and left to care for his two young children along with the two teenage daughters of his deceased cousin, is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

Faced with the strict divide between the classes can Julia and William find a way to overcome the obstacles that separate them and seemed destined to prevent their love?

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

The heroine, Julia Foster, is very dedicated to her faith and her family and she shows this same love and care for her charges when she becomes the governess for Ramsey family at Highland Hall. Serving as a missionary with her family in India for twelve years strengthened her faith and has given her practical skills I think readers will admire, especially her parenting skills. I hope her trust in God will also inspire them.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zpsc239cedb.jpegI would choose Odette Annable to play Julia Foster




 photo MV5BMjA5NTE4NTE5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTcyOTY5Mw_V1_SY314_CR180214314__zpsc3c09aec.jpgand Matt Bomer to play William Ramsey.






Put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

I think William might say, “Honesty and trust are two of the most admirable qualities a person can possess. Without them your relationship will be doomed to a very painful goodbye.”

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

I recently read Burning Sky by Lori Benton. It is a stunningly beautiful debut novel set in the late 1700s on the frontier in New York State. The characters were very vivid and it is just so beautifully written. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading historical romance.

What are you working on now?

I am writing book 2 in the Edwardian Brides Series. The working title is The Daughter of Highland Hall. It continues the story of the Ramsey family as they come to London for Katherine Ramsey’s first season, where she hopes to receive a proposal from a wealthy, aristocratic young man who is in line to inherit a title and family estate, but when she meets a handsome young medical student with his heart set on serving the poor in London’s East End, her dreams begin to change.

Where else can readers find you online?

I enjoy connecting with readers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at my website.

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

Do you think you would like to live in England during Edwardian times (1900 – 1919)? How do you think your life might be different if you did?

Thanks, Carrie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Carrie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Carrie'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.

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, October 3, 2013

Nancy Moser, October Releases, and Free Books!

 photo TheJourneyofJosephineCainFINAL_zpsc27d8d7e.jpgA pampered socialite embarks on a journey to the Wild West where her life is changed forever.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of my 1950s novel, Unforgettable, is:

may_dayzee@ . . .

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 Nancy Moser, author of The Journey of Josephine Cain (Summerside Press, September 2013).

 photo AuthorPhotoNancyMoser3_zps907a6806.jpgNancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty novels which showcase people discovering their unique purpose. Her historical novels are known for their vivid characterization, romance, and extensive research.

Before tackling the Transcontinental Railroad and the 1860’s in The Journey of Josephine Cain, she wrote two novels that focused on Gilded Age America: Masquerade and An Unlikely Suitor (named to Booklists Top 10 Romances of 2011.)

She’s also written four biographical novels about real women of history: Jane Austen, Nannerl Mozart, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Martha Washington. Her novel about Martha (Washington’s Lady) was a Christy Award finalist.

Nancy has traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She paints canes, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included.

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

-- I have a degree in architecture

-- My favorite place in the world is the mountains

-- I could spend days on end watching movies.

Oh, me too. I'm sometimes embarrassed by how much I enjoy film!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Journey of Josephine Cain.

 photo TheJourneyofJosephineCainFINAL_zpsc27d8d7e.jpgA setting populated by hundreds of laborers, outlaws, and Indians is hardly the place for a wealthy general’s daughter from the nation’s capital. But Josephine Cain is determined to visit her father who supervises the day-to-day work involved in the grandest ambition of post-Civil War America: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Life on the plains is far from the proper life Josephine is used to, and she faces vigilante uprisings, prostitutes and gamblers, deadly gunfights, and cruel weather.

She is torn between the West and the East; between her privileged upbringing and the challenges of the frontier; between the pull of the suitable beau her parents approve of and an attraction to a rough but charming Irish railroad worker. Yet if Josephine is willing, she just might discover a new life, a unique purpose and true love.

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

Living in 1865 Washington D.C., Josephine’s life is firmly set in place: she’s to marry well and be a wife and mother. When she travels out West she comes in contact with an entirely different world. Its wild unexpectedness is intimidating, but very, very exciting.

Although we who live in the 21st century are not confined by such strict dictates and restrictions that cap Josephine’s life, I think we can all be inspired by characters like her who show great courage in breaking free of convention and tradition as they find their God-given purpose in ways they never imagined. Isn’t that what we all long to do on our own life journeys?

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

 photo Amy-Adams-Pic_zps6ad16802.jpegAmy Adams would play Josephine (I love her spunk).





Anson Mount would be Hudson Maguire (he plays Cullen Bohanon on AMC’s Hell on Wheels).




 photo josh-brolin_zps427d7dca.jpgAnd maybe Josh Brolin as Lewis Simmons.





Put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

Josephine Cain: “How dare you leave without telling me goodbye! Get back here this minute! I’m not done with you yet.”

Hudson Maguire: “Honestly, Miss Cain, I have better things to do than talk to a woman who doesn’t want to listen to any voice but her own.”

I love the instant conflict in that! 

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

The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory. English history is a passion, especially the Tudors. The intrigue and constant maneuvering for power between Queen Mary and her sister Elizabeth is both frightening and fascinating.

I'm a big Philippa Gregory fan, too! I have that novel but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for the recommendation. What are you working on now?

A book about English manor house life in 1880: Love of the Summerfields.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.nancymoser.com
Historical Fiction Blog: footnotesfromhistory.blogspot.com
Author blog: authornancymoser.blogspot.com
Facebook
Pinterest
Goodreads
Twitter


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

What story is in you? What story would you like to write? Why not start writing it today?

Thanks, Nancy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Nancy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 10. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Nancy'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.

As you scroll down to leave an answer to Nancy's question, take a look at some of the terrific new Inspirational fiction being released this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Yuletide Twins by Renee Andrews -- Pregnant with twins, Laura Holland needs a friend and a job, but she gets--a town she adores, a job she cherishes and a guy she loves. However, it may all go away...at Christmas, unless someone--maybe even a Secret Santa--decides this is the Christmas for miracles. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired)

Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker -- A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year. (Contemporary Romance from B&H Publishing)

The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman -- Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife. And most days, she finds herself taking the buggy to her brother, Adam's home. Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. But God's plans are different from Annie's and she may not finish the quilt in time. And, it may hold a far greater significance that she ever imagined. (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)

Healing Grace by Beth Shriver -- The Touch of Grace trilogy series is about three faithful women who, when faced with three separate hardships, are torn between the men they love and staying true to themselves. Even in a world where retribution is almost expected, the Amish demonstrate that all can be pardoned, by following their vow of no resistance which shows the deep-rooted forgiveness within them. (Contemporary Romance from Realms[Charisma Media])

The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall -- Sadie Yoder enjoys her freedom away from home but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it's time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan-but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together? (Contemporary Romance from Waterbrook Multnomah [Random House])

Romantic Suspense:

Severed Trust: The Men of the Texas Rangers, Book 4 by Margaret Daley -- As Sadie Thompson is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone—a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. (Romantic Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Warning Signs by Katy Lee -- When a drug-smuggling ring rocks a small coastal town, the DEA sends Agent Owen Matthews to shut it down. A single father with a deaf son, Owen senses that the town's number one suspect—the high school's new principal-doesn't fit the profile. Miriam Hunter hoped to shrug off the stigma of her hearing impairment when she returned to Stepping Stones, Maine. But her recurring nightmares dredge up old memories that could prove her innocence-and uncover the truth behind a decades-old murder. Yet Owen's help may not be enough when someone decides to keep Miriam silenced-permanently. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired)

Danger in Amish Country by Marta Perry, Diane Burke, Kit Wilkinson -- Love and Danger collide in three new Amish novellas: Fall from Grace by Marta Perry, Dangerous Homecoming by Diane Burke and Return to Willow Trace by Kit Wilkinson. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired)

Thread of Suspicion by Susan Sleeman-- Can private investigator Dani Justice find the expert hacker framing Luke Baldwin for espionage before the hacker succeeds in ending her life? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired)

Historical Romance:

Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan -- Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily. Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley -- She's a Pinkerton detective. He's working undercover for Wells Fargo. Neither has a clue about love. (Historical Romance from Thomas Nelson)

A Bride for Noah (Seattle Brides) by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith -- Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, beloved authors of the Amish of Apple Grove series, team up again in an exciting new series for devoted fans and new readers. It's 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance. When a kind elderly man announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to go with him and start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she's ever known and sets out for the Northwest. There she meets Noah Hughes, a handsome young man who has gambled everything he owns on the chance to make a fresh start. (Historical Romance from Harvest House)

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears -- Set in 1876 Kansas, a love story reminiscent of Love Comes Softly meets poignant romance in the style of Deeanne Gist. "Melissa's writing put me in mind of Janette Oke's sweet prairie romances but with a bit more edge, which I found compelling...I loved it." - Mary Connealy (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

The Soul of the Rose by Ruth Trippy -- Celia is searching for her own sense of hope after the tragic death of her closest friend. Moving in 1876 to work in a Massachusetts bookstore to start life afresh, she soon catches the eye of not one, but two men: the elite but unkempt Edward Lyons and the charming law student Charles Harrod. One is hiding from his past and from God. The other promotes a religious belief Celia had never before considered. (Historical Romance from Abingdon Press)

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky -- Two worlds . . . one calling. Will Julia return to her missionary work in exotic India, or should she follow her heart and stay on as governess at the magnificent country estate of Sir William Ramsey? Fans of Downton Abbey and the Edwardian era will love the romance of The Governess of Highland Hall where the divide between upper and lower class meets the spirit of faith, hope, and trust. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook Multnomah [Random House])

Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts -- When World War II breaks out, Miriam's fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God's will - forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart. (Historical Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Medical Suspense:

Heart Failure by Richard L. Mabry, MD -- When her fiance's dangerous secrets turn her world upside down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves--and thought she knew. (Medical Suspense from Thomas Nelson)

General Contemporary:

On a Summer Night by Diane Dean White -- A nightmare witnessed between two young women, and one couldn't forget or forgive. Kate had never told her husband about the experience that changed their lives forever in southern Florida. Maybe it was time to tell him her story. (General Contemporary from CrossLink Publishing)

General Historical:

A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes -- A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future? (General Historical from Revell [Baker])

Gideon's Call by Peter Leavell -- Tad, a very clever slave boy, comes of age as the American Civil War intrudes on the tropical sea islands of South Carolina. But his desire to better himself is obstructed by the color of his skin, until Northern soldiers force the evacuation of white plantation owners, setting 10,000 slaves free in a single day. These circumstances seem like a dream, but the newly freed slaves have no money, no education, no leadership, and little hope for the future. This is the story of how a boy grows into a man. (Literary Historical from Worthy Publishing)

The Earl's Ward by Carolyn R. Scheidies -- Turned out of the village, Angella has nowhere to go, but when the Earl rescues her she wonders if things have taken a turn for the better...or the worse. (Historical from Heartsong Presents)

Speculative Fiction:

Dark Biology by Bonnie Doran -- A scientist, marooned on the International Space Station, races to develop a vaccine for a deadly virus her brother unleashes on Earth at their father's Christian marriage seminar. (Speculative Fiction from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Happy reading!
 

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