WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

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

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

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

Monday, December 30, 2013

Carole Brown and Free Books!

 photo TheRedemptionofCaralynneHayman_zps1e4c31e1.jpgHow far would you go to avenge the murder of a beloved daughter?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Always in My Heart, by Mary Ellis, is:

rejordan79@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Snow on the Tulips, by Liz Tolsma, is:

purplefreak13@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you both 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 Carole Brown, author of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, September 2013).

 photo carole180_zpsa5a5dd24.jpgCarole Brown lives in Southeast Ohio and is always on the lookout for catchy titles and suspenseful plots. The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, her debut inspirational novel, was a ACFW Genesis semi-finalist. She has also written five children’s books, including Racy, the Rabbit, dealing with character traits, and won two awards for her poems.

Carole has written her whole life as newspaper reporter, editor of journals and newsletters, and research manuscripts. When not penning her own novels, she enjoys mentoring beginning writers and founded a writer’s group called Circle of Pens where she can mentor to her heart’s content. Her passion for serving continues in her secretarial work and as coordinator for the state of Ohio with ACFW.

She and her husband have traveled extensively throughout the United States ministering and counseling. They have particularly enjoyed the western states, where they’ve labored with the Native Americans, and many other specific places where she gathers fodder for her writings. They continue to enjoy traveling, their grandsons, the country life and city lights, gardens, and good food.

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

-- I’ve played three different instruments in my life: a clarinet, a guitar, and a piano.

-- I love the southwest where we’ve worked with the American Indians: learning how to make fry bread, shucking corn with the witch doctor’s wife out in a field, visiting hogans, and panning for gold.

-- I never thought I’d get to be a grandmother: now in one year’s time I gained three grand boys: the light of our eyes!

What a wonderful development for you, Carole! Congrats on the growing family.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman.

 photo TheRedemptionofCaralynneHayman_zps1e4c31e1.jpgCaralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter from the hands of her religious group, The Children of Righteous Cain. When her husband suffers a sudden heart attack, she does nothing to help him. In her eyes someone needs to pay, and if that means all of the men in the group, then so be it.

Dayne MacFarland is sent away to college by the senior elder of the group to learn ministry. When he returns after finding salvation, determined to bring the truth to the people he’s known all his life, he rediscovers Cara and realizes the love he once felt for her is still deeply embedded within his heart.

Dayne faces men unwilling to turn their backs on the cult training he despises. Cara faces men who follow their leader in abuse toward their wives and the young girls of the group. Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings.

Can Cara overcome the feelings that have governed her most of her life? Can she learn to trust Dayne, and most of all a God whom she sees as uncaring—if he’s really there at all? Only his prayers and love can reach Cara and show her the way to redemption. Will Cara recognize and accept God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?

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

In spite of the anger and bitterness Cara portrays, she has a tender and loving heart for her two remaining daughters, for the other women of the group, and for Dayne. She is scared and troubled, bitter and angry but determined to carry her plans through.

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

Well, it’s always hard for me to do this because I have such a rigid image of my characters in my mind. Still, I’ll give it a shot:

 photo images-1_zps3170fd79.jpegDayne MacFarland: Harrison Ford.





 photo images_zps7f8c6e99.jpegCaralynne Hayman: perhaps Meg Ryan.





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

Hummingbird by David Stearman. The characters and plot were unique, interesting, and fun. The setting, Mexico, was especially attractive. The author is a great writer and talented musician, and I look forward to reading more of his work.

What are you working on now?

I work on more than one novel at a time. Right now, I’m working on a novel set in a time period I’ve never written before, the late 1800’s. It’s a light suspense and a fun novel with a feisty heroine and some unique characters. I love bringing into my stories connections between characters that began years before and for various reasons, they are thrown together again, and that’s what happens in this one. The more unique and suspenseful the better!

I’m also working on two second books in a couple different series. One takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio during WWII and involves espionage and lots of romance. The other takes place in Montana, involves wildlife, a psychopath, an inexperienced detective determined to find her older brother’s murderer, and a mouse who helps solve the current case. It could be called a whimsical suspense.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to connect with others! Please do check these out:

Personal blog: sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads

I also am part of several other blogs:

Stitches in Time
Barn Door Book Loft

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

What is the most delightful habit/hobby/activity you’ve read about (or even seen done in real life)? Something that drew your attention or made you wish you had the courage/talent/chance to do the same?

Thanks, Carole, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Carole has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Carole'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.

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, December 23, 2013

Liz Tolsma and Free Books!

 photo SnowNEW_zps0f6b1597.jpgA stranger's life hangs in the balance, but to save him is to risk everything.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Carolina Gold, by Dorothy Love, is:

kristiedonelson@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Liz Tolsma, author of Snow on the Tulips (Thomas Nelson, August 2013).

 photo IMG_5947-5x7-sm_zps193ac040.jpgLiz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs.

Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013.

When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family.

Please tell us some random fact we might not know about you.

-- I got to pet a penguin at Sea World.

Why will readers care about Cornelia?

I think readers will connect with Cornelia because they can identify with her fear. At one time or another in our lives, all of us have been afraid. How could we gather the courage to do what we knew was right even though the cost might be high?

Tell us a bit more about Snow on the Tulips.

In the twilight of the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, the Germans have taken everything Cornelia had to give, even what was most precious to her. Now Gerrit Laninga—a man who puts God and country above all else—arrives at her house, needing help. She is terrified for herself and terrified for her family, but most of all, terrified of the pain she might feel again if she allows herself to love Gerrit. Her hope is to be free from her paralyzing fear.

Gerrit is a known and hunted Dutch Resistance member. When he comes to Cornelia's home for shelter, he's drawn to her strength and kindness. When he asks her to contact the local Resistance on his behalf, she refuses. Gerrit is determined to find a way to continue his underground work without putting Cornelia or her family in harm's way.

When things start to unravel and Gerrit’s life depends on her actions, she must summon her courage and learn to depend on the perfect love that drives out all fear. But will her new love be snatched away before it has a chance to bloom?

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

 photo emma-stone-profile_zps5ff551ec.jpgI would have Emma Stone cast as Cornelia








 photo robert-pattinson-photoshoot_zps6d94df9d.jpgand Robert Pattinson as Gerrit.

Now, I have to tell you, I have no idea who these actors are because I’m not big into the blockbuster movies. I looked them up on the internet and liked what I saw LOL!

Yes, they're definitely two lovely looking young actors!

What is a gift you wish you could give for Christmas this year, and to whom would you give it?

I wish I could give my son a plane ticket home. He’s in the Marines stationed in California completing some training. He called the other day and mentioned spending the holidays with my cousin in Los Angeles. While I’m happy he’ll be with family, I’m going to miss him so much. With his schedule, he won’t be able to make it home.

Oh, Liz, I can't imagine. I'm sure that's so difficult for both of you.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m deep into the third novel in my Women of Courage series. It has the working title of Remember the Violets and is set in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila during WWII. Over 3700 Westerners were prisoners there during the war and many starved to death at the end.

You can learn more about Liz at www.liztolsma.com

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

What is the latest you have ever stayed up reading a book because you had to find out what was going to happen?

Thanks, Liz, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Liz has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Liz'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 Mary Ellis, 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, December 19, 2013

Mary Ellis and Free Books!

 photo AmishMiracle1_zps430dbb7e.jpgIs God punishing Hope for giving up her firstborn son?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Stone of Destiny, by Mary Ball, is:

justinefugett@ . . .

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 Mary Ellis, author of Always in My Heart from An Amish Miracle anthology (Harper Collins, December 2013).

 photo MaryEllislowresfull_zps819ee0e8.jpgMary Ellis has written ten bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate.

Living in Harmony, book one of her current series, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Book two, Love Comes to Paradise, has been nominated for a 2013 Lime Award.

An Amish Miracle, a collection of novellas has just released from Harper Collins.

She is currently working on a three-book historical romance series set during the Civil War. The Quaker and the Rebel releases January 1st.

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

--I am prone to giggle whenever nervous, such as during important meetings or at my own wedding.

--I’ve taken in at least a dozen stray pets over the years, both dogs and cats.

--I don’t know how to bake from scratch, but I’ll gladly eat sweets baked from scratch.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Always in My Heart.

 photo AmishMiracle1_zps430dbb7e.jpgHope Bowman believes God is punishing her for giving up her firstborn son when she was a teenager. She’s hidden this secret from her husband, who is thankful for their daughters but longs for a son.

Hope prays desperately, but the son God sends her isn’t a new baby but the fifteen-year-old boy she gave up years ago.

Why will readers care about Hope?

Because almost every American family has an adopted child somewhere along the line. As an adopted child myself, I loved examining how difficult this issue can be.

What is a gift you wish you could give for Christmas this year, and to whom would you give it?

I wish I could give restored health to several good friends who are ill.

What are you working on now?

I am currently finishing book 2 of my Civil War Heroines series, The Lady and the Officer, set in Richmond during the final years of the war.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found on the web at www.maryellis.net or Facebook


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

How would you feel if you discovered you had been adopted as an infant but unaware until you were an adult? Would it change how you felt about your (adopted) parents?

Thanks, Mary, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mary has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mary'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 Dorothy Love, 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, December 16, 2013

Dorothy Love and Free Books!

 photo Carolinagoldcoverwiththebirds_zps92a1c736.jpgThe war is over. But at Fairhaven Plantation, Charlotte’s battle is just beginning.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Angel Falls, by Connie Mann, is:

seriousreader@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Dorothy Love, author of Carolina Gold (Thomas Nelson, December 2013).

 photo DSC_0049_pp_zps91d06558.jpgDorothy Love is an award winning author of sixteen novels for adults, preteens, and young adults.

A former college professor and former school administrator, she has written full time for the last twenty years. Her popular Hickory Ridge series, set in her native Tennessee marked her return to stories that offer readers a fascinating blend of history, mystery, and romance.

Dorothy makes her home in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and a beloved golden retriever.

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

--My dream is to live at the beach.

--I don’t like licorice, yogurt, or oysters.

--I paid for my undergrad degree by writing for newspapers and working in a retail store.

On these cold, wintry days, Dorothy, your beach dream sounds especially heavenly.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Carolina Gold.

 photo Carolinagoldcoverwiththebirds_zps92a1c736.jpgCharlotte Fraser returns to her late father’s rice plantation on the Waccamaw River to fulfill her promise to him to restore the house and resume cultivating Carolina Gold rice. But the house and fields are in ruins, the former slaves are free, and money is scarce.

To make ends meet, Charlotte writes articles for a “Yankee” newspaper and tutors the two small daughters of her attractive widowed neighbor on the river, Nicholas Betancourt. Just as Charlotte’s friendship with Nicholas deepens, a boundary dispute, and a long-buried family secret threaten everything she holds dear.

Carolina Gold is inspired by the life of Elizabeth Allston Pringle, a real-life 19th century rice planter who returned to the Lowcountry after the war to live at Chicora Wood, her father’s plantation, and work the land.

Why will readers care about your lead character?

Charlotte is courageous but vulnerable, confused but determined to keep her promises. Readers will, I hope, root for her to succeed and for her to find love with Nicholas despite events that threaten their relationship.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsfabb310b.jpegHe is a bit too old for the role of Nicholas now, but when I was writing the novel, I had a photo of a younger Colin Firth taped to my computer. The hero would have to be someone like Colin---tall, dark, and handsome.




 photo images_zps273c727f.jpegHenry Cavil maybe?








 photo images-1_zps9278a6b8.jpegKate Mara might make a good Charlotte.



What is a gift you wish you could give for Christmas this year, and to whom would you give it?

At the risk of sounding like a Miss America contestant, I certainly wish I could give the gift of peace and the ability to compromise to our country’s leaders.

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

I read several novels a week so it’s hard to recommend just one. I loved Elaine Orr’s novel A Different Sun, about a Georgia planter’s daughter who marries a missionary in the 1850s and travels with him to Africa to establish a church. The descriptions of Africa were spellbinding, and the characters were compelling. I’m partial to historical novels so this one was a real treat for me.

For readers who prefer contemporary stories, I would recommend Lisa Wingate’s new novel, The Prayer Box. It’s set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, one of my favorite story settings but the main reason to love it is the main character, Tandi Jo, who is deeply flawed and on the run from an abusive husband with two kids in tow. This is a story of determination and the redemption of a character who is at first a bit hard to like. But I wound up admiring Tandi Jo and rooting for her to make a new and better life.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just turned in my 2014 novel, tentatively titled The Bracelet. It’s set in antebellum Savannah, and like Carolina Gold, is inspired by actual events. The Bracelet revolves around an unsolved murder that took place in the carriage house of a mansion on Madison Square in the 1860’s. Like many of my previous novels, it’s a mix of history, mystery and romance but this one also has a dash of suspense. I loved working on it and hope readers will enjoy it.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website and my increasingly occasional blog are found at www.DorothyLovebooks.com. I’m on Facebook at Facebook, and on Twitter at WriterDorothy.

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

How do you discover new authors? By browsing in bookstores? Browsing online? Or by word of mouth—getting recommendations from family and friends? Some other way?

Thanks, Dorothy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Dorothy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Dorothy'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 Mary Ball, 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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

For Diann Hunt, With Love

 photo Unknown-1_zps4eae4294.jpegToday's bonus post is about my friend, Diann Hunt, who stepped into the arms of her Savior on Friday, November 29. 


Although we crossed paths several times at writers' conferences, I met Diann in person in 2008, when we were newly contracted to work together with three other lovely authors, Kristin Billerbeck, Sandie Bricker, and Debby Mayne, on the devotional, Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on Bad Hair Days. I was struck -- then and always -- by how gracious Diann was. Behind that sweet smile was a truly sweet heart.

 photo images_zpsc1cbf27b.jpegAt the time we met, at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Indianapolis, Diann was in the midst of her battle against ovarian cancer. By the time our book went to print, she had made great strides and had kicked cancer to the curb.


 photo COVER_Final_BadHair_zps63749ed3.jpgSandie wrote this heartfelt dedication to Diann for the front of our devotional, which was published in 2010:

To our favorite warrior, Diann Hunt. You blessed your fellow authors and editor with your grace and courage as you waged your own battle with ovarian cancer while writing these devotions. We are so happy, humbled, and grateful that the war is over. Your victory is ours as well, and we can't wait to see what God has planned for you on this side of the beast!

With love, admiration, and joy,

Kristin, Sandie, Debby, Trish, and Connie [our editor]

As hard as it is to read that dedication now, knowing the cancer would return, I find it bittersweet to reflect that it still applies. Diann's war with cancer is over now. And she has truly experienced victory over that beast.

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Also at the ACFW conference were Diann's Girls Write Out friends and colleagues, Colleen Coble, Cheryl Hodde, Denise Hunter (and Kristin).

The ladies were able to sign a contract together for what would become the very popular Smitten series, the yet-to-be-released installment of which -- Smitten Book Club -- will be released in 2014. Through all she endured, Diane continued to contribute her writing gift to these endeavors.

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That was one of the many amazing things about Diane. She remained focused on, and dedicated to, the gifts God gave her. She strived to share those gifts as He wanted her to, even as she fought valiantly for her life.

One quick look at Diane's Facebook page will show you how she remained hopeful about life, grateful to God, and encouraging to others, right to the very end of her time here on earth.

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Please keep Diann's family in your prayers today and whenever she comes to mind.

And if you would like to leave a comment here, please feel free. We've all lost a truly marvelous woman from our midst, until we see her again.


 Love you, Diann. photo Unknown_zpsfe46aa74.jpeg

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mary Ball and Free Books!

 photo StoneofDestiny__zps0d2f2464.jpgCan a mysterious ring change lives?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Taming the Sheriff, by Cynthia Hickey, is:

debs514@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Mary Ball, author of Stone of Destiny (Prism Book Group, September 2013).

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Mary, please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I sing.

-- My favorite televising channel is HGTV.

-- My husband is a hunter and we eat venison meat.

Venison! I used to live on a wooded property, and one of the perks of letting friends hunt there were the tenderloins they used to give us.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stone of Destiny.

 photo StoneofDestiny__zps0d2f2464.jpgThe sapphire stone symbolizes mental clarity, faithfulness and truth.

There’s a legend in the Harrison family which revolves around a piece of jewelry. It’s told that lives have been changed because of a Sapphire ring and the prayers of the ancestors.

A long-ago tragedy befalls the family, and the ring is lost, fifty years later Taylor finds it. She doesn’t need a change. Taylor enjoys her career and has her life mapped out. All she’s going to do is make sure her family home is renovated to sell, and then she’s back to her normal life--or so she thinks.

Taylor Harrison has given up on everything but her work. The youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, her life is complete. That is, until her grandmother asks her to oversee renovations at the family home and find the missing heirloom.

First contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Feelings surface; she doesn't understand; thoughts that should remain unspoken, voiced.

Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself.

Is this a fairy-tale or her soul, reaching out for a life she can only find through faith and trust in God?

Why will readers care about your lead character?

Taylor Harrison is a confident strong-willed lady on the outside, but underneath her persona she has the same insecurities a lot of us have.

What is a gift you wish you could give for Christmas this year, and to whom would you give it?

I wish I could give my husband a new truck--without the payments. LOL

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

My TBR list is long, besides reading from the bestselling authors I read a lot of books from my fellow authors. On a Summer Night by Diane Dean White is the last one I have read. Through reading her novel, I realized how tribulations will often affect people differently, depending on where they live.

What are you working on now?

I have two works going on. I didn’t plan it that way, it just happened. The one I’m focusing on now, is A Message from Heaven.

Where else can readers find you online?

MaryLouwrites.weebly.com
Facebook
Twitter
Join my blog at behind-every-story-blog

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

I have a family with a bit of a sweet-tooth. Are there any simple and easy dessert recipes you’d like to share with me?

Great question! I'm always up for sweet recipes, too!

Thanks, Mary, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mary has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mary'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 Connie Mann, 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, December 9, 2013

Connie Mann and Free Books!

 photo AngelFallsbyConnieMann_zps06bfb113.jpgIn Angel Falls, a fiercely protective Brazilian orphanage director and a burned-out Army Ranger are forced together in a deadly race to save one helpless baby.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Christmas at Harmony Hill, by Ann Gabhart, is:

shopgirl152nykiki@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of The Sheep Walker's Daughter, by Sydney Avey, is:

susanmsj@ . . .

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 Connie Mann, author of Angel Falls (Abingdon Press, March 2013).

 photo AngelFallsauthorConnieMann_zps50f37724.jpgConnie Mann loves stories of suspense, adventure and second chances. She offers encouragement to busy women on her blog and is an active member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers.

She’s also a USCG-licensed boat captain, so when she’s not writing, she’s usually on Central Florida’s waterways with local school children or her fabulous family.

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

-- I speak fluent German (Mom’s from Germany) and want to learn Portuguese (Dad’s from Brazil).

--I love pizza—breakfast, lunch, supper—maybe even more than chocolate. Gasp.

--Even though I get up early, I am not, no matter how much I try, a chipper morning person.

You know, Connie, there are quite a few yummy chocolate pizza recipes online. You may be able to have your pizza and eat your chocolate, too . . .

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Angel Falls.

 photo AngelFallsbyConnieMann_zps06bfb113.jpgWhen her best friend is murdered, Brazilian orphanage director Regina da Silva vows to do whatever it takes to protect her friend’s baby. Even if it means dealing with an intimidating man she’s not sure she can trust.

Former Army Ranger Brooks Anderson won’t protect anyone ever again. The last time he tried, they died. He’s just here to transport an orphan for adoption, as promised, and then he’s outta there.

As the killer closes in and long-buried secrets come to light, they’ll have to trust each other to stay alive.

Will that be enough to save their little angel--and themselves—from certain death?

Why will readers care about Regina?

Regina is not only tough, she is fierce—especially when it comes to protecting the children in her care. She grew up on the streets and though she longs for a family of her own, she doesn’t think she deserves one. She has a huge-though-battered heart and we want a hero for her who will love her just the way she is and give her the family she so desperately longs for!

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

 photo images_zps9d54c9de.jpegI would cast Penelope Cruz as Regina





 photo gerard-butler-20_zpsf175cb6a.jpgand Gerard Butler as Brooks, no question.

Wouldn’t that be fabulous?




Indeed! I chose a no-makeup picture of Penelope Cruz, because I didn't picture your Regina as going for the glam look. Can you believe that's her no-makeup look?

What is a gift you wish you could give for Christmas this year, and to whom would you give it?

I spent 6 weeks in the Philippines during college and my heart aches for the folks there after the typhoon. I wish I had the resources to rebuild every home that was destroyed, to make sure no child went hungry, ever again, to build orphanages for children who have no family.

Oh, yes, what a wonderful gift that would be. So many people in dire straits today.

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

I just finished Lisa Carter’s Aloha Rose the other day and really enjoyed it. It’s not suspense, but Lisa takes us deep into Hawaiian culture, which was fascinating to me, and shows us what “home” means there. The story also centers around a quilt, and since I collect antique quilts, I was hooked from the first…stitch.

What are you working on now?

I am editing a new modern-day pirate-treasure-hunt story set in Florida. I’m also editing another story about jewel thieves, set in Venice, Italy. Fun, fun, fun.

Where else can readers find you online?

Blog: www.BusyWomenBigDreams.com
Website: www.conniemann.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is the one thing (object or event) that says “Christmas” for you? (i.e. It’s not Christmas until…)

I think it feels like Christmas once the decorations go up at home. I'm a tad behind on that this year!

Thanks, Connie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Connie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Connie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Cynthia Hickey, 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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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cynthia Hickey and Free Books!

 photo TamingSheriffCover_zps7aec9b57.pngThere’s a new teacher in town and she’s switching things up.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winners of the signed copy of my Christmas book with Debby Mayne, Love Finds You on Christmas Morning, are:

carrie@ . . .

ohiobuckeye91@ . . . and

msbookwormlady@ . . .

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 Cynthia Hickey, author of Taming the Sheriff (Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, November 2013).  photo 155126_508450599182497_734971298_ncopy_zpsce51ff7f.jpg

Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing.

Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre.

She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents.

Cynthia is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

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

-- I’ve been in the news twice.

-- I’m living my dream.

-- I have seven children.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Taming the Sheriff.

 photo TamingSheriffCover_zps7aec9b57.png
Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of Plumville, Arkansas, with big ideas. She wants to mend the decades-old town feud by throwing a Christmas pageant. But it soon proves to be a challenge, especially when three of her students are determined matchmakers.

She's in no hurry to settle down—certainly not with the rugged, handsome sheriff.

Sheriff Asher Thomas can handle most trouble that comes his way, but Charlotte's flashing eyes and black curls are a threat of a different kind. Soon she's taking over his time and his thoughts. Will Asher change his bachelor ways for love?

Why will readers care about your lead character?

Charlotte Nelson wants to prove herself in the mountain town of Plumville. Only problem is … there’s a lifelong feud going on between its people. She is determined to stop the feud and show God’s love.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsc69e7f76.jpegZooey Deschanel would play Charlotte





 photo Unknown-1_zps49d72f87.jpegand Alec Musser would play Asher Thomas




What is a gift you wish you could give for Christmas this year, and to whom would you give it?

I would give my parents plane tickets to spend the holidays with us. I haven’t spent a holiday with them since the early 1980s.

Oh, that's really sad, Cynthia. I can't imagine a Christmas without my parents and close family members.

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

A Highlander for Christmas, by Jamie Carie. A delightful historical holiday novella that has the reader both laughing and on the edge of their seats.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a cozy mystery, The Librarian’s Last Chapter, and am starting a new Harvey Girl novel set during World War II. The title is Christmas at the Train Station.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.cynthiahickey.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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

What book most impacted you from your childhood?

Good question! Personally, I remember My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett, as the first book I read all by myself (which is what impacted me, along with the fun story). I now have all three books in Gannett's series, and I treasure it for the nostalgia it brings back. 

Thanks, Cynthia, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cynthia has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cynthia's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Sydney Avey and Ann Gabhart, 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.
 

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