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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, January 30, 2014

Donita K. Paul and Free Books!

 photo Coveronerealmbeyond_zpsa89a64b8.jpgWalking from one realm to another is not hard for Cantor, but keeping his shape-shifting dragon out of trouble is.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Quilted Heart, by Mona Hodgson, is:

pattymh2000@ . . .

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 Donita K. Paul, author of One Realm Beyond (Zondervan, January 2014).

 photo pinkheadshot_zpsa53d63e9.jpgDonita K. Paul retired early from teaching and dove into writing, something she had wanted to do since she was a little girl. She wrote her first novel for her then-13-year-old daughter and was published the year that daughter got married.

In her seventeen year career, Donita has written short stories, novels, and picture books. Her work has won awards, but the best reward to her is a reader acknowledging that her writing caused the reader to come closer to God. Her favorite thing about writing is the readers.

She lives close enough to the Rocky Mountains to enjoy their beauty but where the land is flat for safer driving. She has a bunny to keep her company and lives in what she calls a Hobbit hole.

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

-- I started teaching when I was thirteen. (Preschool Sunday school)

-- I sing when I wake up in the morning.

-- Bridges make me nervous, especially the ones that look like those made by my brothers with old-fashioned Erector Sets.

I never used to get nervous driving over bridges until meeting several people who react that way -- I'm far too impressionable.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of One Realm Beyond.

 photo Coveronerealmbeyond_zpsa89a64b8.jpgRealm Walkers used to be the Knights in Shining Armor, the strong guys you could trust. Living in an isolated mountain area, Cantor still has a naïve perception of the Walker’s Guild and longs to fulfill his destiny by joining them. Once he’s on the road to become a Realm Walker, reality knocks holes in his idealistic picture.

A dragon he doesn’t want latches on as his sidekick. A girl with more power than he even hopes to have dogs his trail. A healer, wizard, scholar, realm walker, whatever! joins in to create more complications.

And then there’s the sophisticated, retired mor dragon, who doesn’t want to assist, and the elite kern devising plans for mass murder.

He goes home to touch base with the two who raised him and finds them missing. Ever had a bad day? Cantor D’Ahma has had a string of them.

That sounds full of excitement, Donita!

Why will readers care about Cantor?

Cantor would be the most popular kid in school and his outgoing personality embraces the lowly as well as those deemed first class. We expect such a paragon to live a charmed life, but those in power would rather eliminate him than let him thrive and take others to the road of righteousness. He’s the underdog with great possibilities, and we are there to cheer him on to fulfill his potential.

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

I am assuming I can choose from anywhere in Hollywood History, since this is fantasy.

You bet.


 photo David-Tennant-david-tennant-15000822-2560-1707_zpsc62b4576.jpgCantor: David Tennant





 photo kristin-chenoweth-3_zpse7c47da9.jpgBixby: Kristin Chenowith






 photo Unknown_zpsd4d89df1.jpegDukmee: Kevin Sorbo









 photo Martin_Short_Headshot_forpage_zpsaea35203.jpgBridger: Martin Short








 photo Eva-Gabor-9542567-2-402_zpsa13a7946.jpgTotobee-Rodolow: Eva Gabor






What is one improvement you’d like to make in your life in 2014?

I would love to be more organized. And everyone around me would love for me to be organized!

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

After my stroke, part of my physical therapy addressed the partial loss of sight in one eye. What did I have to do? Read! As I read my brain was retraining to accommodate my new limitations. I started reading Betty Neels romances.

I read the first couple on a recommendation of a friend. I continued reading because I was fascinated by the author’s life story and the strange pull her novels had on me. As an author, I analyzed why I kept reading them. Mrs. Neels did not follow the collective wisdom of our present day writing gurus. And admittedly her heroes and heroines did not vary much, and her villains were over the top in their wicked ways.

But her books appeal to female readers, so much so that her books were republished after her death in 2001 at the age of 91. Betty Neels wrote 134 books in the 30 years after she retired. She had been a nurse during World War II and met her Dutch husband as he recuperated in a military hospital.

I have several favorites among her titles, but the one I will recommend is The Secret Pool. In spite of a melodramatic plot setup, her characters manage to capture the reader’s attention and create a strong emotional bond. I read it twice and cried both times.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the Realm Walker Series, Three Realm Walkers.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.donitakpaul.com and www.dragonandturtle.com

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

Do you ever buy books for gifts? And if you do, fill in this blank.

When I give a book, I know I am giving the receiver ______________________.

Thanks, Donita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Donita has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 10. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Donita'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 Martha Rogers, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the books.

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, January 27, 2014

Martha Rogers and Free Books!

 photo LoveFindsFaith1_zps649f057a.jpgA prodigal young man returns home and finds faith through that of a crippled girl. 

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

texaggs2000@ . . .

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 Martha Rogers, author of Love Finds Faith (Charisma Media, January 2014).

 photo MarthaInformal2012_zpsf5fdd6f5.jpgMartha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas.

Love Stays True is Book one of her new series, Homeward Journey, and is now available.

Martha was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and is a member of ACFW. She writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop.

She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and rugby games when one of the grandchildren is playing or performing.

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

--My ambition in high school was to be a missionary nurse in a foreign country.

--I only had six dates with my husband before he proposed and I said yes.

--I sang with our church choir at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. It is an absolutely gorgeous concert hall.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Finds Faith.

 photo LoveFindsFaith1_zps649f057a.jpgMicah Gordon returns home after five years to reconcile with his father. Although Micah dislikes ranching and cattle drives, he senses something is wrong with his father’s health and decides to stay and help the ranch hands.

He meets Hannah Dyer, and is attracted to her beauty, but her deformed leg and foot dismays him and he tries to avoid her, but finds her to be a friend he can trust.

When Micah’s father dies of a heart attack, his girl Camilla rejects Micah because the ranch is in dire financial circumstances. Hannah proves to be the one friend he can he can trust. Will her trust and faith heal the wounds of Micah’s heart and help him find the faith of his youth?

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

Micah Gordon is a prodigal who ran away from home because of a conflict with his father and younger brother. When he returns, he is forced into working the ranch as a cowboy. He stays out of loyalty and concern for his father and learns things about the ranch that deepen his commitment to a life he doesn’t truly want.

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

Hannah’s lower lip trembled and her fists clenched at her sides. 

“Honestly, Micah Gordon, you are the most stubborn, pig-headed, blind, and … and … oh, why don’t you wake up and see the truth.” She slapped her hand on the table. “I’m leaving you to your misery, but this isn’t good-by because you haven’t seen the last of me yet.” 

With that she whirled around and marched across the saloon to the front door holding her head high and ignoring the laughter of the gamblers and drinkers scattered about the room.

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

Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins. Suspense is my favorite genre to read and Brandilyn is one of the best at keeping the reader turning the pages and then coming up with great twists and turns.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the first edits on my next novel, Love Never Fails.

What is one improvement you’d like to make in your life in 2014?

In my personal life, I would like to be more organized in every area of my life and not one or two. My office is a room of chaos, but my closets are organized by color and type so I can glance in and see in a moment what goes with what. If I can organize my closet like that, why can’t I do so in my office?

In my spiritual life I want to draw even closer to my Savior and spend more time His Book. The older I become, the more I realize how much I can completely trust Him to take care of all my needs.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.marthawrogers.com
www.christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com
www.justthewritecharisma.blogspot.com

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

What is it about a character, main or secondary, that will draw your sympathy and support?

Thank you, Martha, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Martha has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Martha'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 Mona Hodgson, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the books.

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, January 23, 2014

Mona Hodgson and Free Books!

 photo QuiltedHeartSeriesOmni_zpscf2cd74e.jpgThe women in the Saint Charles Quilting Circle have loved and lost many during the recent War Between the States. Who will choose to take steps, timid or sure, toward a new life elsewhere, and who will remain to rebuild their lives in Missouri?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Beowulf, by Ronie Kendig, is:

stacey_dale@ . . .

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

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 Mona Hodgson, author of The Quilted Heart (WaterBrook Press, January/2014).

 photo MonaProfile2_zpsf2a57948.jpgMona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in her Hearts Seeking Home Series. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and her six I Wonder books.

Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications. Mona is a speaker for women’s groups, Christian women’s retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians.

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

-- My go to food is avocados. On toast, in guacamole, chopped in a salad or an omelet, smeared in a sandwich.

-- I'd choose a beach house over a mountain cabin.

-- I'm hard to beat at Wii Tennis.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Quilted Heart.

The Quilted Heart Omnibus is three stories in one.

Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, the three novellas in The Quilted Heart tell stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.

Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace?

Dandelions on the Wind -- When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren, and she feels compelled to find another job. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan?

Bending Toward the Sun -- Dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, Emilie Heinrich is convinced she doesn't have time for love. But when a childhood friend returns to St. Charles, Missouri, after serving in the Civil War, his smile and charm captures Emilie’s eye and her heart. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?

Ripples Along the Shore -- Change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boone's Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed Caroline’s husband. Despite her dislike for him, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new, but when Mr. Cowlishaw forbids her¬ a single woman¬ to travel with them, will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?

Why will readers care about your lead characters?

Because they have three heroine's to choose from--a Danish mail-order bride whose encroaching blindness scared away the groom, a daughter too dedicated to her father and the family business to expect to ever find love, and a colonel's wife who has not yet heard from her husband--each one seeking for a fresh start following the war that devastated their lives, families, and community.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsb20a4058.jpegJennifer Lawrence for Maren Jensen






 photo Unknown-1_zps49b4462c.jpegRobert Pattison for "Woolly" Rutherford Wainwright






 photo Unknown-2_zpsc02d38c2.jpegEmma Watson for Emilie Heinrich






 photo Unknown-3_zps97c302c5.jpegJohn Francis Daley for Quaid McFarland






 photo Unknown-4_zpsa1d3bae2.jpegRachel Hurd-Wood for Caroline Milburn






 photo Unknown-5_zps9cafb5d1.jpegShia LeBeauf for Garrett Cowlishaw





What is one improvement you’d like to make in your life in 2014?

Our daughter, Amy, is making it for us. She, her hubby, and their three children are coming to the States from Africa this year for a visit! :)

Oh, what a blessing, Mona!

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

It was actually a novella anthology--A Match Made in Texas with stories by Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox, Regina Jennings, and Mary Connealy. I like the brevity and variety that a collection of novellas affords. And these four authors never fail to set compelling characters in an intriguing setting and give them a life of their own.

What are you working on now?

A novella proposal and Mountain Whispers, the sequel to Prairie Song, now available!

Where else can readers find you online?

My blog
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter

Facebook Release Party!

Please save the date for a Book Release Party for The Quilted Heart on Facebook, Friday, January 24th! You'll find the party in the Notes Section on her "Mona Hodgson Author Page" from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Mountain Time). Mona will answer questions, give away prizes and share photos and behind-the-scenes stories about the three novellas included in The Quilted Heart omnibus, set in Saint Charles, Missouri.


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

In Dandelion on the Wind, the first of the three novellas, Mrs. Brantenberg said to a new member, “Here in this quilting circle, none of us are alone. Not in our sorrows, nor in our triumphs.” Women, especially, long for community and tend to engage social, emotional, and spiritual families. The means for making that connection may vary and change from place to place and time period to time period and generation to generation . . . shade trees, front porches, quilting circles, Facebook groups, blogs, but we want to fit in, to belong. From a young age, we search for our social home.

Where do you socialize with like-minded women and find community?

Many thanks to you, Trish, for the opportunity to connect with your followers. It's been fun!

And thank you, Mona, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mona has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mona'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 Ronie Kendig, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the books.

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, January 20, 2014

Vickie McDonough and Free Books!

 photo CallOfThePrairiecover2_zps3dd8f6cc.jpgSophie longs for adventure and romance, but because she has asthma, her parents have kept her close to home. When her ailing aunt requests help, Sophie sees it as her one chance to prove to her parents -- and herself -- that she is capable of living on her own.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Promise Made, by Norma Downing, is:

fishingjan@ . . .

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 Vickie McDonough, author of Call of the Prairie (Whitaker House, January 2014).

 photo VickieMcDonough3small_zpsd96210de.jpgVickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen and others living in the West during the 1800s.

Vickie is the award-winning author of 29 published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie, which released in July, was chosen by Romantic Times as one of their Recommended Inspirational Books for July.

Vickie is a wife of thirty-eight years, mother of four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and grandma to a feisty seven-year-old girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling.

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

-- I lived in Israel for a year back in 1975-76

-- I’m primary caregiver for my 83 yo Mom who is partially handicapped

-- I’ve never drank a cup of coffee—Coke is my drink of choice

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

 photo CallOfThePrairiecover2_zps3dd8f6cc.jpgSophie Davenport fears life is passing her by. Her strict, overprotective parents have kept her close to home because of the severe asthma attacks she sometimes endures. She longs to live a normal life and hopes to marry, but that dream seems impossible.

When her aunt has a tragic accident and requests someone come to Kansas to help her, no one is available except Sophie. Her father, tied up with business, reluctantly agrees to let her go. Sophie is ecstatic and sees this trip as her one chance to prove to her parents—and herself—that she’s capable of living on her own.

But things in the small town of Windmill are not as her aunt portrayed. And her aunt’s handsome neighbor, guardian of two of the children her aunt cares for after school, obviously doubts her abilities. Will the Kansas dust, the drama, and difficulties prove too much for Sophie? Or will she lose her heart to her neighbor and succumb to the call of the prairie?

Why will readers care about Sophie?

Though Sophie is from a well-to-do family, she has had a hard, restricted life. Because of asthma attacks that left her near dead when she was young, her parents have not allowed her to live a normal life. She reads, sews, and does light gardening, but she longs to do something meaningful and hopes to one day marry. I hope that readers will sympathize with her plight and cheer for her to succeed and create a better life for herself.

What is one improvement you’d like to make in your life in 2014?

I’d like to be able to get my writing done earlier in the day, so that I have more time to do things around the house and spend more time with my family.

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

The last novel I read was Return of the Cowboy Doctor by Lacy Williams. It’s a compelling story about a shy doctor, who is unsure of himself, and a strong heroine, the daughter of a doctor, who longs to go to med school. He starts working for her father, and she sees him as a threat to the realization of her dreams. It’s a good story with a satisfying ending.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novella that will be included in A Westward Christmas Collection that will release this fall. After that, I’ll be writing Gabriel’s Atonement, the first book in a new series that is centered around the Oklahoma land rushes.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

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






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

I like reading books about bad boys/wounded warriors who are redeemed by the end of the story. Their cockiness or grumbling usually hides a deep hurt, but they also have many hero qualities. What characteristics describe your ultimate hero?

Great question!

Thank you, Vickie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vickie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vickie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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, January 16, 2014

Ronie Kendig and Free Books!

 photo Unknown-1_zpsd3eef5f5.jpegIt’s a mission like no other when former Navy handler Timbrel Hogan and her explosives detection dog, Beowulf, team up with Green Beret Tony “Candyman” VanAllen to track down WMDs in Afghanistan.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Promise Kept, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is:

wileygreen1@ . . .

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 meet novelist Ronie Kendig, author of Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog (Barbour, January 2014).

 photo Unknown_zps090e0ae9.jpegRonie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction novels.

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

-- Growing up, I thought of “home” as Ireland because my mother was from there and would say we were going “home to Ireland” when we would travel/vacation there.

-- Despite the shock this might instill, I’m not a chocolate lover. I enjoy some good chocolate on a donut or with a “biscuit” (check out Ritter Sport Butter Biscuit), or in peanut M&Ms, but I’m not one who has to have chocolate to have a good day. Now donuts, on the other hand, are an entirely different matter . Do not come between me and a pumpkin cake donut if you intend to live. *wink*

-- Before owning my first Golden Retriever (adopted her from a rescue group in 2000) and before writing the A Breed Apart series, I was not a dog lover. I mean, I am a huge animal lover (ask me sometime about the squirrel I tried to nurse back to life that had been crushed by a dumpster), but I preferred cats to dogs, hands-down. Now, I still love cats, but I’m in love with the military working dog and the breeds typically associated with them (Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd Dogs, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers).

Ronie, I was actually eating chocolate when I read your comment about chocolate. But then again, donuts are heavenly, as well.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zpsd3eef5f5.jpegBeowulf brings back to readers two characters with strong chemistry (of the volatile kind) who were introduced in the previous two military working dog novels, Trinity and Talon. While tension mounts between Timbrel and Tony, the team comes under fire after Beowulf gets a “hit.”

When tragedy threatens Tony’s career and Timbrel’s courage, they must maneuver through an intricate plot and a mission like no other. . . .

This story address the toll of combat on our military heroes and introduces issues like TBI, amputations, and abuse.

Why will readers care about your lead character? 

There is nothing “soft” about Timbrel except the love for her brindled Bullmastiff, but Timbrel is raw and real and the perfect match for the lighthearted, bullheaded-in-his-own-right Tony.

What is one improvement you’d like to make in your life in 2014? 

I’d like to learn better balance of my responsibilities and to not feel obligated to do everything everyone asks of me. It’s pretty tough to find that right balance—I homeschool my kiddos and I’m a writer. Sometimes, those worlds collide, and only by the grace and mercy of God do I survive (and my kids survive, too—just in case you were wondering).

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

I am reading James Rollins’s The Eye of God, and I would heartily recommend his Sigma Force novels to anyone who enjoys military novels. Overall, they are very clean and there is some language (but nowhere near other secular writers). I find his writing style and his plots thoroughly engaging. I buy the audio version as well as the book, so I can immerse myself in his stories.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the second book in the Quiet Professional series, Hawk. In the A Breed Apart series, readers meet a ODA452, a Special Forces team, and it is that team that becomes of the focus of the Quiet Professional series starting with Raptor 6, which releases in May. At the same time, I’m working on a massive serialization project that I will be sharing more about in the near future.

Yes, I can see you do say yes quite a lot.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook, Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads.


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

Have you met or do you know a wounded hero, whether one with visible wounds or one with “invisible wounds” (the heart/mind)? Would you be willing to share about him/her?

Thank you, Ronie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ronie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ronie'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 Norma Downing, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the books.

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, January 13, 2014

Norma Downing and Free Books!

 photo APromiseMadeLargeCover_zpsac6d2a5e.jpgA promise made to a young woman’s dying father brings complications and conflict to her life.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days, by Kristin Billerbeck, Sandra D. Bricker, Diann Hunt, Debby Mayne, and myself, is:

Lgm52@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, by Sandra D. Bricker, Loree Lough, Cynthia Ruchti, and myself, is:

kimberlyj503@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you both today to get your mailing addresses, and we'll get your devotionals 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 meet novelist Norma Downing, author of A Promise Made (Crosslink Publishing, December 2013).  photo DSCN6225_zpscc3de85c.jpg

Norma has been writing for years and just recently has been learning more about the craft of fictional writing. She hopes to honor and glorify God through her writing, while also entertaining her readers.

She has been married to her wonderfully encouraging and supportive husband, Tom, for almost 28 years. She is a mother of four homeschooled daughters. Three have graduated, and the youngest daughter is in high school. Norma lives with her family in Virginia.

Please tell us a couple of random things we might not know about you.

--I milk a goat every morning. We have three dairy goats because of a cow’s milk intolerance in the family.

--I went back to school several years ago and earned a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology in December 2011.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Promise Made.

After her parents are killed in a wagon accident, Emily Wallace feels as if she is all alone on the farm in Kansas. She discovers Drew Harris, her father’s right hand man who has been like an older brother to her for ten years, has made a promise to her dying father to find her a Godly husband.

It becomes apparent they have feelings for each other. Even though she feels she is ready for this, Emily needs to mature and seek God’s will before she can have a relationship.

Drew must overcome issues from his past before he can feel he is the man Emily’s father had in mind. Will they both come to realize they need to look to God for guidance and direction if they wish to have a future together?

Why will readers care about Emily?

I believe my readers will feel empathy for the main character as she faces the different struggles in her life. They may relate to the feelings of not being good enough that the hero deals with. Seeing the characters deal with the issue of realizing that God is in control and not fighting against Him could be an encouragement as well.

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

 photo Unknown_zps40cf903e.jpegThis was a difficult question for me since I don’t watch that many movies. I had to consult with my movie-watching daughters. They suggested Amy Adams for the role of Emily


 photo images_zps88377f80.jpegand Liam Hemsworth for Drew. I have actually seen these actors in movies so I approved of their selections.



What is one improvement you’d like to make in your life in 2014?

I would like to try to schedule my time better. I need to take more time for writing and writing related endeavors.

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

I just finished The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen. It was an excellent book with elements of romance, suspense, and mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have all of her books that I have read.

What are you working on now?

I am working on another historical romance, this one set in Civil War times. A young couple enters an arranged marriage just before the hero goes off to the war. There are issues such as prejudice and physical ailments that they deal with as well as just the difficulties of war and a marriage to someone they hardly know.

Where else can readers find you online?

I am on Facebook, Twitter, and I have a blog:

Facebook
Twitter
www.Normadowning.wordpress.com

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

If you knew that you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what book besides the Bible would you take with you?

Thank you, Norma, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Norma has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Norma'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 Robin Lee Hatcher, 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.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Robin Lee Hatcher and Free Books!

 photo 39-PromiseKept_FRquote_600h_zps4208b443.jpgGod was going to save her marriage. Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved. What had become of His promise?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Marriage in Middlebury, by Anita Higman, is:

meashy@ . . .

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 revisit with novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of A Promise Kept (Thomas Nelson, January 2014).

 photo robinLeeDSC_0098_pp_400x400_zps87820132.jpgBest-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, Robin is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70 novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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

-- My favorite recipe is: Get into car. Drive to favorite restaurant. Order from the menu.

-- I love board games of words, memory and/or strategy.

-- My mother planned to name me Phoebe (after her younger sister) but heard the name "Robin Lee" shortly before my birth and loved the sound of it and so that's what I was christened.

Yeah, I can't see you as a Phoebe! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Promise Kept.

 photo 39-PromiseKept_FRquote_600h_zps4208b443.jpgTony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood. Now living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman a lot like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord? For a woman accustomed to being someone else’s savior, that will be even harder than it sounds.

A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s most intimate work yet and an emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His time and His own ways.

Why will readers care about Allison?

I hope they will see someone like themselves or someone they know. I hope they will empathize with Allison's heartbreak and disappointments and cheer for her as she begins to rebuild from the ashes. I hope they will be encouraged to trust God again in those areas where it seems He hasn't answered their prayers or kept His promise.

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

 photo Unknown_zps5cd53917.jpegAllison would be played by Amanda Peet.





 photo images_zpsd0dcf30e.jpegTony would be played by Patrick Dempsey.






 photo images-1_zpscbcf3c4d.jpegEmma would be played by the 1933 version of Gloria Stuart (not sure who would be a current actress to play Emma when she was young).




What is one improvement you’d like to make in your life in 2014?

Continue to make healthy choices: Getting my 10,000 steps every day is the most important. Shedding about ten pounds would be part of that.

Ten thousand. That sounds like a lot of steps. I haven't kept track of my steps for years, but I think I'd be hard pressed to meet that goal. I'm impressed.

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

At the recommendation of a book club I visited, I read The Book Thief. The book has nearly 400,000 ratings on Goodreads, and people seem to either love it or hate it. Both of those emotions with passion. I am actually torn. I became so attached to Liesel and Rudy and Max and Hans and Rosa. The setting is WWII in Germany, and the author chose to tell the story through the narrator, Death. I was a little confused about the narrator at the beginning of the novel, but not for long. Also, the scene and chapter headings were either brilliant or pretentious. I never quite decided which. I liked and disliked them at the same time.

One thing that spoiled the story for me was the coarse/foul/profane language that littered the book. Too bad the author chose to write it this way. It didn't add to the story at all. Instead, it took away from it. I am not easily offended by the coarse language of others because the world is what it is. But I consider it lazy writing.

Despite the things I didn't like, I'm glad that I stuck with the story and read it to the end. I still gave the book a 4 out of 5 star rating. It was just too memorable to do otherwise. So I would recommend it but with caution.

I read the book years ago (also for a book club), and I remember really liking it. Oddly, the language didn't stick with me. It will be interesting to see how the story is portrayed in the film.

What are you working on now?

The first book in a new contemporary romance series which is set in the same location as A Promise Kept. There were some great characters I met during the writing of that book (which is women's fiction rather than romance), so I decided to stick around and tell some more of their stories.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website and blog: www.robinleehatcher.com
Facebook
Twitter: @robinleehatcher
Pinterest
Goodreads


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687656: A Promise Kept


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

It's the New Year. Do you make resolutions or do you avoid them like the plague?

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

Be sure to check out my post about my devotional giveaway, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of one of the books.

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, January 6, 2014

The New Year, Devotions, and Free Books!

 photo COVER_Final_BadHair_zps026d2e65.jpgNothing starts a day better than spending a few moments with God and a devotion -- and I'd like to help with that.
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Before I elaborate, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, by Carole Brown, is:

susanmsj@ . . .

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, with regard to those morning devotions, I'd like to start the New Year off by sending a signed copy of one of my devotionals to two of my readers.

Working on these two books -- Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days and His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT -- was such a blessing. Writing a devotion requires quite a bit of time with the Lord, and the experience is absolutely uplifting. I hope to work on another one someday, especially if it means working again with big-hearted, funny authors like Kristin Billerbeck, Sandra Bricker, Loree Lough, Debby Mayne, Cynthia Ruchti, and the late, lovely Diann Hunt.

Here's a quick description of each of the books.

 photo COVER_Final_BadHair_zps026d2e65.jpg"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4) Probably the most quoted promise in the Bible, this one passage of scripture inspires hope, sustains faith, and oozes with joy.

Whether single or married, career girl or stay-at-home mom, today's Christian woman is faced with daily obstacles. Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days is a devotional filled with upbeat reminders about infusing hope and joy in the Lord as the first step toward conquering life's problems and chasing down the desires of your heart. Through 100 funny and thought-provoking devotions, the authors remind women to go back to the basics with God. And we even share a few private "bad hair confessions" along the way!


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"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). With this single promise, God's grace does what nothing else can. Grace enables us to do the impossible. When we don't have the ability, the resources, or even the drive to accomplish God's will for our lives, His grace is there. And when our feet slip or we've chosen the wrong path, His grace is a heartbeat away to dust us off and show us the way home, no questions asked.

Complete pardon? Clemency? Unearned favor? Oh, come on. What's the catch? Can it really be that, as we navigate the high-wire act of our busy lives, God's grace forms a quiet safety net beneath us? Each one of us has lived with imperfect (perhaps very conditional) love, and the concept of God's perfect love often seems unfathomable by comparison. But all those things we hope will justify or fortify us in some way--good works, career or family focus, even chocolate or caffeine!--contribute nothing long-lasting. They're just momentary, while the supply of God's grace never runs dry.

So does that mean when you step into line to order your next double espresso, we would suggest that you make it a decaf? Absolutely not! But we're here to show you...to gently remind you...that there is nothing else that offers the high-octane surge of His full-on grace.


If you would like to be entered in the drawing for one of these devotionals, leave your answer to the question I'm asking each of my January authors in the comments section below:

What is the one improvement you'd like to make in your life in 2014?

Personally, I'd like to strengthen the habit of asking people about themselves. Too often, when someone asks me about myself, I answer them without considering that they might have something to talk about, as well! When I look back on such conversations, I realize how self-centered I can be.

How about you? Leave your answer in the comments section below, and next week I'll draw two names and mail out a copy of each devotional. 

And if you're interested, both books can be purchased in fine book stores and online via the following buttons:






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362195: His Grace is Sufficient...But Decaf is Not






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