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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, November 28, 2013

Love Finds You on Christmas Morning and Free Books!

PhotobucketTwo couples discover that the best gifts do not come wrapped under a tree.

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow fiction lovers. During this brief holiday break, I'm not interviewing an author, but I do have gifts! This is essentially a repeat of my blog post from last Thanksgiving, and I'm eager to hear this year's feedback from you.

But first, I want to announce that the winner of Seeking Mr. Perfect, by Yvonne Lehman, is:

donvelma@ . . .

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

Now about those gifts. . .

PhotobucketI'd like to give away three signed copies of Love Finds You on Christmas Morning,  (Summerside Press, 2011) the two-novel set I wrote with my dear friend, Debby Mayne. Here are the quick blurbs about the two stories:

Deck the Halls, by Debby Mayne

In 1925 the wealthy William Tronnier becomes smitten with the lovely but penniless Lillian Pickard. Not one to give up easily, William pursues Lillian even though she does everything in her power to resist falling in love with a man from a completely different social class.

As Christmas descends on the picturesque town of Cary, North Carolina, William plans to make Lillian a proposal she can't refuse.

'Tis the Season, by Trish Perry

When Nikki Tronnier moves back home to Cary, North Carolina, she plans to fulfill a lifelong dream and buy back the family home built by her great-grandfather for his bride. But before she is able to make an offer, someone else buys the house.

Just as she's preparing for a fight, Nikki meets the handsome new owner, Drew Cornell, who wants her help restoring the home to its historic beauty in time for Christmas.


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Next week I will draw three winners from commenters who answer my question, below.

Each Thanksgiving I'm full of gratitude for so many of the things we all appreciate: family, home, employment, good health. That list covers those things most important in my life (and usually in the lives of everyone), and I try never to take any of my blessings for granted. We're especially blessed in this country, whether we realize it or not.

I'm thankful for the little things, too. The silly things. It all comes from Him, so let's give thanks where thanks are due. I'm thankful for Greek food. For body lotion. For songs that make me want to dance. For the little microphone on my phone that lets me speak my texts and transmits what I actually say, save some very awkward Autocorrect misfires.

So here's my question. What little thing(s) are you thankful for? Something other than the standard, the obvious. Surprise us, make us laugh, and I'll pull three names from those of you who comment. Remember, "Please enter me" doesn't cut it! Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. I'll announce the drawing winners next week.

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, November 25, 2013

David Fessenden and Free Books!

 photo ExplodingSpeakeasyfinallowrez_zpsb67eceb3.jpgSherlock Holmes’ smarter brother joins Dr. Watson’s son in 1920s Philadelphia to investigate the mysterious deaths of a speakeasy owner and his card-playing buddies.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Second Chances, by Cleo Lampos, is:

sorgaards@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of The Christmas Promise, by Kimberly Johnson, is:

KellysShining@ . . .

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.

Remember to enter your email address when you comment, as described in today's drawing information, below. If you win the drawing but haven't left your email address, I can't contact you!

Now let's visit with novelist David Fessenden, author of The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, November 2013).

 photo Daveampbooks_zps2105f3f7.jpgDavid E. Fessenden is a literary agent with WordWise Media Services and an independent publishing consultant with degrees in journalism and theology, and three decades of experience in writing and editing, including 20 years in editorial management for Christian book publishers.

Dave has published six books, written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and edited numerous books. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. Dave also conducts Sunday school teaching workshops based on his book, Teaching with All Your Heart.

In 2011 he pooled his experience in Christian publishing to produce Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract, published by SonFire Media. Dave’s first novel, The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy, reflects his love for history and for the Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan-Doyle.

Dave and his wife, Jacque live in southcentral Pennsylvania and have two adult sons.

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

-- I am also a singer/songwriter; I’ve written about 50 songs.

-- I have double-jointed elbows.

-- A distant ancestor of mine was the world’s first radio disc jockey!

Clearly the love of music runs in the family!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy.

 photo ExplodingSpeakeasyfinallowrez_zpsb67eceb3.jpgThomas Watson leaves London to become a newspaper reporter in 1920s Philadelphia, in an attempt to get away from the shadow of his famous father, Dr. John Watson, and his father’s even more famous friend, the late Sherlock Holmes.

After two short years, with little success in journalism and mourning the recent death of his father, Thomas suddenly finds himself caught up in the biggest story of his career: a suspicious explosion at a speakeasy, which kills the owner and his card-playing buddies. Convinced it is not a mob hit, as the police and his editor think, Thomas is helped by Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, recently arrived from England.

Mycroft quickly solves the mystery but refuses to tell Thomas the solution, saying he should figure it out himself! With the scanty clues he has, can Thomas track down the murderer—before becoming his next victim?

Why will readers care about Thomas Watson?

He’s a young man just starting out in his career, trying to prove himself. He learns the hard way that he needs the help of others in his life if he expects to succeed.

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

 photo Joseph-Gordon-Levitt_zps37e94c8a.jpgThomas Watson: Joseph Gordon-Levitt






 photo brian-blessed_zps4cf5f5f3.jpgMycroft Holmes: Brian Blessed







 photo orlando_bloom_cannes_a_p_zpsc117d21a.jpgBasil Meridan (the butler who didn’t do it): Orlando Bloom







 photo molly-quinn_zps61637012.jpgMaggie McBride: Molly Quinn








What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

My wife. She’s my biggest encourager and cheerleader!

How lovely. Yes, spousal support is key in this business! 

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

Zero-G by Alton Gansky. It is a thriller about an astronaut, and it is so well-researched that you feel like you’ve been in space by the time you finish it!

Sounds timely, considering the success of the recent film, Gravity.

What are you working on now?

A how-to ebook on writing a book proposal. I’m really excited about it. In the first chapter, I give six reasons to write a book proposal—even if you already have a contract, even if you are planning to self-publish!

Where else can readers find you online?

I have a blog, www.fromconcepttocontract.com, which provides tips on Christian nonfiction writing. The blog is part of my website (a work in progress), which includes information on all my books, including The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy (ExplodingSpeakeasy.com).

I also do a monthly post about writing on the Christian Authors Network blog (canblog.typepad.com). Of course, I’m also on Facebook (a bit more often than I should be!), Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and so on.

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

If you like to read mysteries, what do you find most appealing about them—matching wits with the protagonist as you track down clues, the suspense of the characters delving into the unknown, the adventure involved in seeking a solution, or what?

Thanks, Dave, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Dave has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to one of David's questions, 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 Yvonne Lehman, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

Also, 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, November 21, 2013

Yvonne Lehman and Free Books!

 photo SeekingMrPerfect_zps129537ea.pngLizzie Marshall prays that if she’s destined to remain single she will accept it and promises God she will not keep the date already set up but then the most wonderful-looking man she’s ever seen steps into the Pirate’s Cave and she’s tempted to retract that prayer.

Today we're chatting with novelist Yvonne Lehman, author of Seeking Mr. Perfect (Harlequin Heartsong, November 2013).

 photo LehmanYvonne20131headshot_zpsc8a5a002.jpgYvonne Lehman, an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and now directs the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She mentors for the Christian Writers Guild.

She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level.

Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, and Seeking Mr. Perfect. Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC (Abingdon).

Tell us three things we may not know about you.

-- I have a rescued blond and white Pomeranian named Bandit. Wanting something more positive, I renamed him Rigel, in honor of a black Newfoundland that survived the sinking of the Titanic. That Rigel was kept by an officer on the ship that rescued survivors in lifeboats.

-- I have the Ten Commandments written on granite tables, three feet high and four feet wide prominently displayed in my front yard under my willow tree.

-- The most wonderful trip I’ve taken is with my pastor-son and fun-daughter to Israel. The Bible came alive, I walked where Jesus walked, stood in the Garden of Gethsemane, saw where he was crucified and I was baptized in the Jordan River.

Please tell us about the plot of Seeking Mr. Perfect.

Lizzie has watched her best friends fall in love and marry (Annabelle in Book #1, The Caretaker’s Son and Megan in Book #2, Lessons in Love). Even Aunt B in her 60’s found a new love. Lizzie longs for Mr. Perfect and has dated many eligible men from the Christian Dating Services. Her efforts led to nothing so she prays that if she’s destined to remain single she will accept it. When Rev. Dr. Preston Bartholomew comes into her life she befriends him. He, however, being an actor and aspiring movie producer is trying to get close to Lizzie’s friend, the famous novelist Sy DeBerry. The friendship between Lizzie and Zach turns more personal as they relate at the Pirate’s Cave, the historic and contemporary parts of Savannah GA, and walk along the beach at Tybee Island.

Zachary Grant is an actor, playing the part of a clergyman. Because he’s wearing a clerical collar and before he can reveal his identity Lizzie mistakes him for a real clergyman. He continues the charade, finding her intriguing and he is amused. Lizzie pretends to be a pirate at the Pirate’s Cave Restaurant, so what’s wrong with his pretending? However, when his secrets are revealed, Lizzie isn’t laughing.

Why will readers care about Lizzie?

Lizzie is a beautiful red-haired, green-eyed, girl who is fun, entertaining, speaks her mind and is a joy to be around. Other than dating every available male on the Christian Singles websites, she and her brother own a pirate restaurant. She dons her pirate apparel, complete with eye patch and sword, gets into character and entertains the diners, complete with taking them on the tour of the underground tunnels and caves.

Zach is a handsome dark-haired actor. He is ambitious and his heart’s desire is to make a movie, or at least act in a movie, preferably Sy DeBerry’s pirate novel. After getting to know Lizzie, however, he’d like to win her respect, maybe even her love. His childhood faith is beginning to occupy a lot of his thinking too.

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

 photo Unknown_zps90b6f1ba.jpegI found a picture of the “young” George Clooney who looks like Zach Grant.

Any beautiful, outgoing, optimistic red-haired, green-eyed young woman could play Lizzie.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

I’ve thanked him for opportunities presented with e-books. A few years ago I felt traditional publishing was the only way to go and would never have considered self-publishing or e-books. I’m still not comfortable with the changes in publishing, but I feel I’m being pushed into the world of technology. I thank God I’m “pushed” because I don’t go easily or willingly.

I think you have a lot of company in that, Yvonne.

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

I read If I Gained the World by Linda Nichols (Bethany 2003) The writing is excellent, the plot intriguing, filled with deep emotion and the faith element is realistic. The male lead character, an actor, has some of the same ambitions as Zach Grant in Seeking Mr. Perfect. The female lead considers herself plain but her inner beauty shines brightly in this book.

What are you working on now?

I’m planning the Novel Retreat to be held October 2014, working on workshops that I will teach at Bootcamp Advance in February at The Cove in NC, and at Florida Christian Writers Conference in February. I’ve just sent a collection of Christmas short stories to an e-book company. I’m also working on a historical novel that is being considered by an e-book company.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook and Twitter, although I’m rarely there. Once a month I post a blog on ChristiansRead and Novel Rocket.

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

If a character does something you consider a sin (such as drinking alcohol) do you feel the author is condoning that, or just the character?

Do you comment more on the negative or positive aspects of books you read?

Do you prefer reading books set where you live, other places in the US, or abroad?

Have you ever visited a place because a book inspired you with the setting?

Has a character’s job, hobby, or actions inspired you to do what the character did?

Quite a few questions there! Readers, feel free to choose the question(s) you'd like to answer.

Thanks, Yvonne, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Yvonne has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to one of Yvonne's questions, 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 Kimberly Johnson and Cleo Lampos, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of each post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

Also, 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, November 18, 2013

Kimberly Johnson and Free Books!

 photo 9780373486830_zps1f809b57.jpgA young, widowed mother is ready to find love again, but she must first overcome her fear from the past to move toward her future.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Path to Piney Meadows, by Gail Sattler, is:

sharonlsrock@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of Dark Biology, by Bonnie Doran, is:

jenlhall63@ . . .

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. Remember to enter your email address when you comment, as described in today's drawing information, below. If you win the drawing but haven't left your email address, I can't contact you!

Now let's visit with novelist Kimberly Johnson, author of The Christmas Promise (Harlequin—Heartsong Presents, November 2013).

 photo IMG_4314-2Publicity_zps91800fa1.jpgKimberly married her college sweetheart and is a graduate of Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons and their yellow lab.

Kimberly is an avid reader and loves romance, suspense and romantic suspense. She enjoys playing the piano, hiking and coffee with friends. She loves hearing from her fans.

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

-- I taught piano for seventeen years.

-- I write better when it’s raining. LOL good thing I live in the NW. ☺

-- I have a gazillion allergies.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Christmas Promise.

 photo 9780373486830_zps1f809b57.jpgDr. Peter Harding doesn't date single moms. No matter how lovely Keira Noble's smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He's been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart.

But that doesn't mean he can't help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son…. Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can't deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her.

Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas?

Why will readers care about Keira?

Keira Noble cares deeply for the people in her life. She is a good mom and friend and she struggles to balance running her business with being a mom to her young son.

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

 photo 600full-sarah-smyth_zps60e53902.jpgSarah Smyth from Cedar Cove would play Keira




 photo MatthewBomer_zps02bdc934.jpgand Matt Bomer from White Collar would play Pete.





What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

We recently experienced an incredible amount of rain, and I literally thanked God for our roof and that it doesn’t leak.

So, a sound roof and conditions for a lot of writing! 

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

Made to Last, by Melissa Tagg was the last book I read that I finished. I enjoyed the plot and the characters.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the fourth book in the series. This book features Meghan, Pete’s veterinary assistant.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found on my website at www.kimberlyrjohnson.com . I have a blog that you can get to from there, or you can sign up for my infrequent newsletter. ☺

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

What is your most favorite holiday tradition, or do you have a favorite holiday memory?

Thanks for having me, Trish. I’ve been following your blog for several years and it’s a special privilege to be here.

It's been a pleasure, Kimberly. Thanks for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly'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 Cleo Lampos,below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

Also, 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, November 14, 2013

Cleo Lampos and Free Books!

 photo websitepicofSecondChances_zps7acae565.jpgHow can a first year teacher from a one-stoplight town succeed in an inner city school?<

Today we're chatting with novelist Cleo Lampos, author of Second Chances (Book 1, The Teachers of Diamond Projects School Series, OakTara Publishing, December 2013).

 photo Picture-001-2_zps6b3fe290.jpgCleo Lampos is a retired educator who taught behavior disordered and emotionally disturbed children for most of her 26 year career. With a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Special Education, she has utilized her knowledge and skills to also teach Vacation Bible School, girls’ clubs, worship services for children, and write curriculum for an inner city church.

Next month her first book in a series, Second Chances, will be released. Two published books (Grandpa’s Remembering Book and Teaching Diamonds in the Tough), in addition to dozens of magazine articles on parenting and teaching attest to her desire to equip the next generation of adults to deal with children.

She and her husband volunteer at the Bible League Thrift Shop to send religious materials to the Philippines. They also garden for Share the Harvest, which supplies organically grown veggies to eight food pantries. During the holidays, they wrap presents and load boxes for The Children’s Hunger Fund. As a worship planner, Lampos works with a team to create meaningful services.

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

--With my husband we are urban homesteaders who can nearly two hundred jars each summer from our garden.

--My granddaughter is helping me finish a quilt that my mother started in 1950.

--I have two boxes of letters written by a relative during the Great Depression that I am reading and putting the location of each letter on a map of Wyoming and Colorado to use as research for an historical fiction novel.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Second Chances.

 photo websitepicofSecondChances_zps7acae565.jpgZoey Pappas is a first year teacher on the south side of Chicago. She is the daughter of Greek immigrants who own a restaurant in the farming country of downstate Illinois. She is overwhelmed by the challenges of urban living.

She meets Gavin Corrigan, the local policeman assigned to the school, but finds the officer has a secretive side to him. He teaches Drug Awareness in her classroom where he befriends the deaf student mainstreamed into Zoey’s fifth grade.

Another fifth grade teacher has a husband with multiple sclerosis. Zoey admires how much the couple loves each other despite their difficulties.

A crisis helps Zoey and Gavin to discover that they need second chances to achieve their heart’s desire.

Why will readers care about Zoey?

Zoey Pappas has taken on a challenge that is life changing for her. All she wants is to be an effective teacher, yet the difficulties of the inner city make her doubt the calling she believes is from God. How she overcomes the obstacles that plague her every day in her classroom inspires the reader to press a bit more in their own faith.

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

 photo wenn5798945_zpse6d97b9b.jpgFor Zoey, I would choose Jennifer Aniston.





 photo Chris-Hemsworth-by-Michael-Muller-600x899_zps425dd6f6.jpg
For Gavin, I would choose Liam Hemsworth.






What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

I thank God for the privilege of teaching in the GEMS Girls Club at church.

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

The last novel that I read was Wonderland Creek, by Lynn Austin. I loved the book because the heroine is a librarian transplanted from the North who becomes involved in the lives of people who live in the hollers of Kentucky during the Great Depression. The book is witty, inspiring, has a murder mystery, and, of course, romance. As always, Austin provides a spiritual take-away without preaching.

What are you working on now?

I am co-writing an historical fiction novel with Lynn Austin and Jane Rubietta about one medic who was a WWII Liberator of the concentration camps. We are in the research stage, and it has been nothing but fascinating to dig historically into this period of world history.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook, Linked In, and my website/blog: www.cleolampos.com

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

What challenges in life have not been explored by Christian authors?

Thanks, Cleo, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cleo has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 25. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cleo'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 Bonnie Doran, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

Also, 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, November 11, 2013

Bonnie Doran and Free Books!

 photo DarkBiology3_zpsc68dd734.jpgA scientist marooned on the International Space Station races to develop a vaccine for a deadly virus her brother unleashes on Earth.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Firefighter's Match, by Allie Pleiter, is:

grace_93447@ . . .

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. Remember to enter your email address when you comment, as described in today's drawing information, below. If you win the drawing but haven't left your email address, I can't contact you!

Now let's chat with novelist Bonnie Doran, author of Dark Biology (Harbourlight: Pelican Book Group, October 2013).

 photo dora17_zps81f6abaa.jpgBonnie Doran lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband of thirty years. They're owned by two Siamese cats. John is an electrical engineer who works with lasers for a living. He’s also a Mad Scientist who owns a 2,300-pound electromagnet.

Bonnie's other interests besides writing include reading, cooking, solving Sudoku puzzles, and volunteering at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

She attends a local science fiction convention as well as various writers conferences. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, its North Denver Chapter, and the Denver Area Science Fiction Association.

She has a reputation for telling groan-producing puns.

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

-- I worked as a short-term missionary with the Far East Broadcasting Company on Okinawa, Japan.

-- My first published writing piece was a poem I wrote in fifth grade.

-- I grew up in Pasadena, California.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dark Biology.

 photo DarkBiology3_zpsc68dd734.jpgRenowned vaccinologist "Hildi" Hildebrandt has set her sights on beating her brother to a Nobel Prize, and the opportunity to conduct experiments on the International Space Station might just provide the means to obtain that goal.

Chet Hildebrandt should have had that opportunity. But now he'll teach a lesson to them all: his hot-shot astronaut sister, his philandering hypocritical father, and the CDC for not properly appreciating his work. One vial of a virus purloined from the CDC labs and released at his father's marriage seminar should do the trick, without hurting anybody. After all, it's only a mild influenza strain...Or is it?

Why will readers care about Hildi?

Hildi is confident, smart, and daring, which I think readers will see as qualities they want to have. However, she’s extremely ambitious, struggles with forgiving others, and has problems with her love relationship. Readers will identify with these issues. She also limits herself to one piece of chocolate a day.

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

This question stumped me when I did a one-hour radio interview on ArtistFirstRadio. Here are the people I’ve come up with for my six point-of-view characters:

 photo Amy-Adams-amy-adams-712638_1600_1200_zpsdc090f1c.jpgAmy Adams: Hildi, the heroine, vaccinologist and astronaut





 photo 1854-karl-urban_zpsab8c539c.jpgKarl Urban: Dan, the hero, astronaut and Hildi’s love interest





 photo Christian-christian-bale-11061299-2000-2000_zpsb1c75b8d.jpgChristian Bale: Chet, villain, vaccinologist and Hildi’s brother





 photo Jeremy-Renner-IMDb_zpsa9510c51.jpgJeremy Renner: Frank, astronaut, Hildi’s former fianc√© after multiple affairs





 photo Michael-Douglas_zps94ed8205.jpgMichael Douglas: Worth, restored pastor after multiple affairs, Hildi’s father





 photo rachel_mcadams_1920_1200_oct022009_zps985148c8.jpgRachel McAdams: Carol, young woman struggling with her marriage





 photo Bill_Paxton_FP_635675_FP_STARTER_43_020607_535x535_535x535_zps501a8399.jpgThe first actor I thought of was Bill Paxton for the comedic role of Cowboy Joe, the commander of the International Space Station.





What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

I’m thankful for the wild day I had on Tuesday, November 29, when I met with a bunch of gals to celebrate a friend’s birthday, had dinner that night with a couple of other friends, and attended a writer’s meeting where I talked with more friends. There’s nothing like girlfriend time.

You're so right. We all need that!

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

I recently completed Proof by Jordyn Redwood, a medical suspense that kept me guessing about who the villain was.

What are you working on now?

My work in progress is a science fiction novel. An agoraphobic linguist races to translate the language of the first-discovered alien race before her blunders start an interstellar war.

Where else can readers find you online?

Lots of places:

Website: Where Faith and Science Fiction Collide: www.bonniedoranbooks.com
Blog: The Mad Scientist's Wife: bonniedoran.wordpress.com
Facebook
Twitter: @bonniedoran
Twitter hashtag: #DarkBiology
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Do you enjoy science fiction? Why or why not?

Thanks, Bonnie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Bonnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Bonnie'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 Gail Sattler, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gail Sattler and Free Books!

A big city man changes his life and habits to fit into the small town ways of an Old Order Mennonite community, but his old life comes back to haunt him.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Claiming Peace, by Jo Huddleston, 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. Remember to enter your email address when you comment, as described in today's drawing information, below. If you win the drawing but haven't left your email address, I can't contact you!

Now let's revisit with novelist Gail Sattler, author of The Path To Piney Meadows (Abingdon Press, released August 2013), which received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times magazine.

Three random things you might not know about Gail:

Photobucket-- I am a terrible cook.

-- I drive a car with a standard transmission.

-- I have a doghouse built from the same materials as my house.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Path To Piney Meadows.

The Path To Piney Meadows focuses on how a big city man – aptly nicknamed “City Boy” by the people around him changes his life and habits to fit in to the small town ways of an Old Order Mennonite community. As he makes his life with the town, his old life often comes back to haunt him, sometimes in minor ways, other times it is things that cause issues for him dealing with those around him, but also for how the people of this community deal with him.

Running from his frustrating life, Chad loses his way on Christmas Eve and soon stumbles on the remote town of Piney Meadows. Before long, he falls in love with the people of the Old Order Mennonite community, accepts a job, and settles in to the area. Before long he falls in love with Anna, who not only works for him, but also lives next door.

But Anna is not happy in Piney Meadows. The Mennonite community is changing, but it’s not changing fast enough for her. She longs to move to Minneapolis to get a job, make her way in the world, and find herself. When a personal crisis shakes Chad to his core, will Anna stay, or will she desert him, too?

Why will readers care about Chad?

Like so many of us, he is trying to right a past wrong and make the best of the situation he finds himself trapped in.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

My day job, and how it’s flexible enough that I could take some time off to write my current book that has a short deadline.

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

Blowing on Dandelions, by Miralee Ferrell. I don’t usually read historical fiction, but I read this one because I know Miralee from another project. I just enjoyed it, and since it’s outside of what I usually read, I’d recommend that because I liked it.

What are you working on now?

A three book series for Harlequin Heartsong. Book one is called The Best Man’s Secret. It’s about Dave, who stops at the bank to get some money on his way to his best friend’s wedding, and is delayed when the bank is robbed. He saves the day, but in the process a woman he doesn’t know is injured due to his actions. As he helps her on the road to recovery he falls in love, but there is something important about himself that he can’t tell her… or anyone…

Where else can readers find you online?

My website, of course – www.gailsattler.com

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

If anyone out there is like me, you buy a lot of books, then don’t have time to read them all. How many books are in your TBR (To Be Read) pile? And, which book in the pile are you going to read next?

I am very much like you in this respect, Gail! The last time I counted, I had more than 900 books awaiting me. It's a sickness. I think the next book I'll be reading when I finish my current read (Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James) is Susan Meissner's Lady in Waiting. I guess I'm in a "lady" mode at the moment.

Thanks, Gail, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Gail has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gail'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 Allie Pleiter, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

Also, 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, November 4, 2013

Allie Pleiter and Free Books!

 photo MatchFinalcover_zps15c5d735.jpgGordon Falls' first female firefighter falls for the charming man on her river dock--only to discover he may be responsible for her brother’s devastating accident.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Gunpowder Tea, by Margaret Brownley, is:

fishingjan@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of To Know You, by Kathryn Mackel, is:

pattymh2000@ . . .

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 with novelist Allie Pleiter, author of The Firefighter’s Match (Love Inspired, November 2013).

 photo AllieColor11_zps490bac3f.jpgAn avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.

Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois.

The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, nineteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing.

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

-- I was once a singing telegram deliverer.

-- I own multiple translations of Beowulf and love old epic English poetry.

-- I once owned a 30 lb lop-eared rabbit.

That is a lot of bunny.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Firefighter's Match.

 photo MatchFinalcover_zps15c5d735.jpgAfter serving overseas, former soldier Josephine "JJ" Jones needs a fresh start. And Gordon Falls is just the place.

When JJ meets executive Alex Cushman, her world is turned upside down. Alex is seeking a respite from all the pressures of his multimillion-dollar business. And the beautiful firefighter might be the answer to his prayers.

But a secret lies between them. One so big, it threatens to end their love before it's even begun. Can she ever trust Alex when she finds out he may be responsible for a family tragedy that changed all their lives?

Why will readers care about JJ and Alex?

JJ is like every one of us who has a scorched past that blocks our path to the future. She needs to learn to trust again.

Alex is the part of all of us who has had something good take over their lives until it isn’t good anymore. He learns to rebuild his life on the things that truly matter. These are universal experiences we all can care about and understand.

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

 photo Jennifer-Lawrence-2013-_zps511ccc6d.jpgI always cast my books, so this is an easy one! I would cast Jennifer Lawrence (albeit a bit older) as JJ



 photo alex-pettyfer-dianna-agron-hot-topic-05_zps5f3fe560.jpgand Alex would be played by Alex Pettyfer.



What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

Pumpkin Pie! That and my health--I’ve had a few health challenges this past month and it sure feels good to feel good!

You're right. We often don't appreciate feeling good until we feel sick for awhile. 

And pumpkin pie is one of my favorites!

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

I just finished Ann Packer’s The Dive From Clausen's Pier. I loved the unusual voice and flawed characters of that novel.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the fourth book in the Gordon Falls series. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it will be the story of how Max, JJ’s injured brother from The Firefighter’s Match, rebuilds his life and finds his own love.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website at www.alliepleiter.com
Knitting blog: www.Destiknitions.blogspot.com
Facebook
Twitter (@alliepleiter)
Pinterest

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

If you could rewrite the ending of any of any books you’ve read recently, what would you change?

Great question. Personally, I recently finished reading a novel in which one of the main characters ended up with a guy who had left her for someone else and then came back when that didn't work out. It bothered me that she seemed to take him back without hesitation. It didn't fit her personality, since she seemed more discerning than that.
 
Thanks, Allie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Allie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 11. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Allie'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 Jo Huddleston, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

Also, 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.

Finally, as you scroll down to leave your answer to Allie's question, take a look at some of the terrific new Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman -- A Marriage in Middlebury is a love story, but it's also a story about the complex, quirky, and sometimes prickly interworkings of the folks who frequent the local tearoom in Middlebury, Texas. (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)

The Christmas Promise by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- Dr. Pete Harding doesn't date single moms, no matter how lovely Keira Noble's smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He's been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart. But that doesn't mean he can't help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son.... Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can't deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her. Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas? (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents)

Silver Bells by Deobrah Raney -- As Elvis croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon a small Kansas town, two people find the miracle of love. (Contemporary Romance from Summerside Press [Guideposts])

Rodeo Queen by Shannon Taylor Vannatter -- When her safe life is shattered by danger, can he protect her long enough to reclaim her heart? (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents)

Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman -- Anna's grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband. (Contemporary Romance from Thomas Nelson)

Contemporary:

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay -- Samantha Moore must stop hiding behind literary characters, such as Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre, in order to find her true self and true love. (Contemporary from Thomas Nelson)

Romance:

Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter -- Can Laney overcome her fears of rejection and Kai move past the tragedies of the past to find in each other more than they ever dreamed? (Romance from Abingdon Press)

Historical:

By the Waters of Kadesh by Carole Towriss -- Moses sends spies to explore the mysterious land of Canaan, but when ten of the twelve return with a bad report, all Israel, including a former Egyptian soldier and a young widow, must deal with the unexpected and terrifying fallout. (Historical from DeWard Publishing)

Middle Grade:

Hear No Evil by Mary L. Hamilton-- Summer camp is no fun for Brady McCaul. The girl with the cute dimples thinks he's immature and childish. The camp bully targets him with cruel taunts and teasing, and flips Brady's canoe to keep him from winning the race. But worst of all, his mom won't let him come home. She doesn't want him living with her anymore. Brady wonders if even God cares about him. Can Brady figure out what he did to earn Mom's rejection and change her mind by week's end? Or will he have to live with his workaholic dad, the guy who left when Brady was seven? (Middle-Grade from HopeSprings Books)

Suspense/Thriller:

The Truth Revealed by Deborah Lynne -- The Truth Revealed is a suspenseful page turner about two missing kids and Samantha Cain is trying to help find them before their time runs out. (Suspense/Thriller from OakTara)

Young Adult:

Outcasts (The Safe Lands) by Jill Williamson -- The remnant from Glenrock is now living as rebels within the Safe Lands, looking for a way to find purpose in their lives. When a young rebel is murdered and his death points to a rebel leader, it's hard to know who to trust. Levi tries to organize a plan to free the children and fights for respect as elder over those who'd rather go their own way. Omar tries to change his image of a traitor by donning a costume and going out into the night as a vigilante hero. And Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, but his investigation just might get them all liberated. (Young Adult from Zondervan)

 

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