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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, February 27, 2014

Rachel Hauck and Free Books!

 photo Book-PrincessEverAfter_zpsebc45b10.jpgPrincess Ever After is about a Florida girl who finds out she’s the long lost princess of a European country.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Permanent Resident at the Purse Table, by Keisha Bass, is:

mauback55@ . . .

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.

And now let's revisit with novelist Rachael Hauck, author of Princess Ever After (Zondervan, February 2014).

 photo phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg_zps3455e4d0.jpegRITA Finalist and Carol Award winner Rachel Hauck was recently chosen by Family Fiction readers as one of the top five romance authors in CBA. She has written more than fifteen novels, including the acclaimed Songbird novels with multi-platinum country singer Sara Evans.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband, and writes from her ivory tower (her office really is in a tower, and it’s painted ivory!).

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

-- I don’t like overhead fluorescent light.

-- I’m a Pollyanna.

-- I used to be a huge Donny Osmond fan.

That Pollyanna thing is only one reason you're so great at leading worship!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Princess Ever After.

 photo Book-PrincessEverAfter_zpsebc45b10.jpgPrincess Ever After is the second in the royal wedding series where ordinary girls like you and me find themselves in a royal way.

Regina Beswick restores classic cars in Tallahassee, Florida, living the life she chose for herself after jumping the corporate CPA ship. But when Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture, from the island Grand Duchy of Hessenberg shows up at her shop one evening to tell her she’s their long lost princess, Regina has to decide if she’s going to be who she thought she was or who God was calling her to be.

It’s about stepping into our destiny even if we don’t feel equipped or prepared but trusting God’s faithfulness and leading.

Why will readers care about Regina?

Regina is an every day girl. She’s just like you and me. And there’s something exciting about finding out “you’re a princess!” I loved that part of her story. I lived a little bit through her. What if that was me? It was fun.

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

“She’d found bliss.”

(From Princess Ever After)

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

Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren. She’s just a fabulous writer.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the royal wedding series, How To Catch A Prince.

Where else can readers find you online?

All the usual places. ☺ But go to my web site, www.rachelhauck.com, and you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram from there.

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?

How has God touched you through story?


Thanks, Rachel, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Rachel has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 10. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Rachel'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 Patricia Bradley, 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, February 24, 2014

Patricia Bradley and Free Books!

 photo SOTP_zps924f3163.jpgTwenty years of family secrets are about to be revealed when a criminal profiler follows a lead on her missing father’s whereabouts.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Worth the Wait, by Laura Jackson, is:

rejordan79@ . . .

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.

And now let's visit with novelist Patricia Bradley, author of Shadows of the Past (Revell/Baker Books, February 2014).

 photo PatriciaBradley_zps20eb31c6.jpgPatricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum.

But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s mini-mysteries have been published in Woman’s World, and her debut novel, Shadows of the Past, is the first of three set in Mississippi. She will present a workshop, Writing 50,000 words in 30 days, at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN on March 8, 2014.

When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

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

--I’ve been thrown from 2 horses.

--I knit chemo hats and scarves.

--I ride my bicycle all over my small town.

What a kind hobby, your knitting!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Shadows of the Past.

 photo SOTP_zps924f3163.jpgPsychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve—the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife—a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Join the chase as this determined duo search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present and moving into a future filled with new hope and love.

Why will readers care about Taylor and Nick?

I think readers will identify with Taylor’s determination to find her father, and Nick’s loyalty to his brother. Both have suffered hardship and neither has given into self-pity.

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

 photo Unknown_zps815bc83f.jpegNathan Fillion (Castle) for Nick






 photo images_zpsc98f3898.jpegand of course Stana Katic (Kate) for Taylor. ☺





What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

You know I’m going with my own…lol

"Tony Jackson shouldn’t be dying in a ritzy hotel room in downtown Memphis on a sweltry July night. He shouldn’t be dying at all."

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

There are so many! But I just finished Staci Stallings book, If You Believed in Love, and I got so caught up in the story and the poetry of Browning and then Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice she referred to that I couldn’t put it down. I also went out and bought Pride and Prejudice because it’d been so long since I’d read it and If You Believe in Love made me want to reread it!

What are you working on now?

I am working on the 3rd book in the Logan Point Series. It features Livy Reynolds, who has had minor roles in the first 2 books.

Where else can readers find you online?

My web site—www.ptbradley.com
Twitter
Facebook

And I contribute to two other blogs: mbtponderers.blogspot.com and stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com

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?

What character traits make a great hero/heroine?

Thanks, Patricia, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Patricia has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Patricia'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 Keisha Bass, 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, February 20, 2014

Keisha Bass and Free Books!

 photo PERMANENT-RESIDENT-AT-THE-PURSE-TABLEb_zpsf2b9ee74.jpgPlus-sized woman seeks validation in small-minded man.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sadie's Secret, by Kathleen Y'Barbo, is:

mauback55@ . . .

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.

And now let's visit with novelist Keisha Bass, author of Permanent Resident at the Purse Table (Urban Christian, February 2014).

 photo authoroutside_edited-2_zps517d536e.jpgKeisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas.

Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.

Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, TheChristianPulse.com and sober24.com. Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.

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

-- I love to rap.

-- I’ve lived in Texas for thirty-three of my thirty-eight years on this earth.

-- I also write non-fiction.

I can confidently say I've never featured anyone who claimed to love rapping, Keisha! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Permanent Resident at the Purse Table.

 photo PERMANENT-RESIDENT-AT-THE-PURSE-TABLEb_zpsf2b9ee74.jpgIf you’re size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem.

After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—Until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fianc√© throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression.

Ava receives spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a newfound love for the woman she is.

In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life. Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?

Why will readers care about Ava?

Ava is imperfect and flawed like the rest of us. She seeks happiness in the wrong things. Prayerfully, my readers will cheer for her to make the right decisions and to lean on God along the way.

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

 photo jill-scott_zps009ccc2a.jpgJill Scott –Ava









 photo Unknown_zpse32a30d7.jpegZoe Saldana – Rene







 photo Unknown-1_zpsc987c867.jpegGabrielle Union - Toni









 photo Unknown-2_zps316ca3f4.jpegTerrance Howard – Ishmael








What a good choice in Terrance Howard for the flirt! He was so good as a sleazy flirt in The Butler.

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

"You better not never tell nobody but God." 

(The Color Purple)

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

Last Temptation by Michelle Stimpson. I’d recommend it because the plot kept you going and wondering what the main character was going to do and what decisions she would make for her life. And she was a relatable, real person.

What are you working on now?

Glory’s Calling – Book one in a series

Where else can readers find you online?

www.keishabass.org
www.thepursetable.com
Facebook
Twitter

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

I would like to ask, what qualities in a main character make you want to know more about them?

Thank you, Keisha, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Keisha has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Keisha'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 Laura Jackson, 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, February 17, 2014

Laura Jackson and Free Books!

 photo 9781938708268_zps1934d1ed.jpgHigh school senior Ellie Lansing’s perfect life is shattered when her "perfect"  boyfriend cheats and her Martha Stewart-like mom is diagnosed with cancer, but through her heartache, she learns that God’s plan is always worth the wait.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Falling for the Farmer, by Narelle Atkins, is:

worthy2bpraised@ . . .

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

Today we're chatting with novelist Laura Jackson, author of Worth the Wait (HopeSprings Books, February 2014).

 photo 2013-07-08231516-12_zpsd91ccddb.jpg
Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--I took piano my freshman year of college. The professor told me she’d give me an A because I worked hard but that I shouldn’t take piano again.

--I wear flip flops in the winter. My toes need to breathe.

--I’m a huge Houston Rockets fan and am listening to a game while I respond to this interview.

Please tell us about the plot of Worth the Wait.

Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer.

Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

Why will readers care about Ellie?

At one time or another, we’ve all been Ellie--believing that if we do x, y, and z, then God will fix things or that life will always be happy. It’s a harsh reality to learn that even when we’re following Christ, life can still be unspeakably hard.

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

I knew someone was going to ask this question, and I really have no answer. I didn’t picture anyone famous in my head while I wrote.

 photo images_zpsb771d5d0.jpegAimee Teegarten (on Friday Night Lights) would be a good Ellie but with curly hair.





 photo images-1_zps2253c363.jpegKeeping with that theme, Zach Gilford for Josh but with darker eyes.

I guess I have an answer after all. And I need to go re-watch that first season.




What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

"I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid."

It’s from the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, which is one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.

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

I just finished the Katie Parker Production series by Jenny B. Jones. I thought I had read all of her books, but I missed this series. Jenny’s voice is so fresh and fun. Her books are must-read Christian YA.

What are you working on now?

In Worth the Wait, there’s this snobby girl named Lindsey. After I finished writing Ellie’s story, I wondered why Lindsey was so hateful. So, I started writing, trying to figure her out. It’s been fun.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram: Ljack80

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

Waiting can be so hard—whether we’re waiting on a job, a promotion, a husband, a child, a family member’s salvation. What sustains you as you wait on the Lord and His plan?

I found reading scripture helps me, but sometimes I’m still just so tired of waiting. Thanks for your suggestions!

Thank you, Laura, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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, February 13, 2014

Kathleen Y'Barbo and Free Books!

 photo 18054664_zps20ee9167.jpgLouisiana, 1890 -- Only God can help two secret agents find a way to solve their case and uncover the truth about what is going on in their hearts.

Today we're chatting with novelist Kathleen Y'Barbo, author of Sadie’s Secret (Harvest House, February 2014).

 photo Logo--kathleenybarbocom_zps90acd08e.jpegBestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of fifty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad.

A tenth-generation Texan and certified family law paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine.

A member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and a former member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, she is currently a proud military wife and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River.

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

-- I love beaches! One of my favorites is on the other side of the world at Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia.

-- I hold the record for the highest amount of books sold by a graduate of Texas A&M University.

-- Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Please tell us about the plot of Sadie's Secret.

 photo 18054664_zps20ee9167.jpgSadie’s Secret is the third book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, historical novels that capture the romance of the South mingled with adventure and laced with secret identities and hidden agendas.

Louisiana, 1890—Sarah Louise “Sadie” Callum is a master of disguise, mostly due to her training as a Pinkerton agent but also from evading overprotective brothers as she grew up. When she takes on a new assignment with international connections, she has no idea her new cover will lead her on the adventure of a lifetime.

Undercover agent from Scotland Yard, William Jefferson Tucker, is not looking for marriage—pretend or otherwise—but his past is a secret, his twin brother has stolen his present, and his future is in the hands of the lovely Sadie Callum. Without her connections to the world of upper-crust New Orleans, Jefferson might never find a way to clear his name and solve the art forgery case that has eluded him for years. It doesn’t hurt that he might also find his brother with her help.

Only God can help these two secret agents find a way to solve their case and uncover the truth about what is going on in their hearts.

Why will readers care about Sadie?

Oh I hope they do! Sadie is a feisty Louisiana young lady whose five overprotective brothers—who have no idea she is a Pinkerton agent-- prove difficult to elude. Still she manages to complete her assignments with a level of skill that places her among the best of the best in her field.

When she is charged with seeing the wrongly accused twin brother of the escaped criminal Will Tucker to the train station in Baton Rouge, the job seems simple. However, she quickly learns that nothing about the handsome half-British, half-Southern Scotland Yard detective is simple, especially her growing feelings for William Jefferson Tucker.

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

 photo images_zps3b3bd7ec.jpegCarrie Underwood would definitely play Sadie. She has the looks and the Southern charm to pull it off.




 photo Unknown_zps1625fca8.jpegAs to Jeff and his twin brother? That’s much more difficult. Since the Tucker boys have sandy hair, what about Ryan Gosling? I would love to hear what readers think about this.


This reader votes yes! He's such an engaging actor.

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

From Sadie’s Secret:

"Detective William Jefferson Tucker of the Criminal Investigations Division, London Metropolitan Police, stepped across the threshold of the sewer pit known as the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola with one purpose in mind: to see his brother, also named William. William John Tucker."

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

I just finished The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Due to its examination of slavery in the early 1800s, the story is somewhat difficult to read in places, but the characters are so vivid and the story so well told!

What are you working on now?

Right now I am editing The Rescue, one of my favorite out-of-print novellas, for the purpose of publishing it as an e-book.

Where else can readers find you online?

To download a sample chapter of Sadie’s Secret or see reviews, endorsements, and the book trailer: harvesthousepublishers.com

Twitter
Facebook
www.kathleenybarbo.com

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

Butter or margarine?

Laughing here -- the last time you visited, your question was, "paper or plastic?" 

Thanks, Kathleen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathleen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathleen'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 Narelle Atkins, 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, February 10, 2014

Narelle Atkins and Free Books!

 photo Falling_for_the_Farmer_cover_zps7a88fd3e.jpgA runaway bride finds love in Snowgum Creek, Australia!

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of One Realm Beyond, by Donita K. Paul, is:

mcnuttjem@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Taken for English, by Olivia Newport, is:

von1janet@ . . .

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

Now let's meet novelist Narelle Atkins, author of Falling for the Farmer (Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, February 2014).

 photo Narelle2_zpsb1d68750.jpgA fun loving Aussie girl at heart, Narelle Atkins was born and raised on the beautiful northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. She has settled in Canberra with her husband and children.

A lifelong romance reader, she found the perfect genre to write when she discovered inspirational romance. Narelle's contemporary stories of faith and romance are set in Australia and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to write for Heartsong Presents.

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

-- I often listen to 80’s music while I’m writing.

-- When I’m on deadline I reward myself with 2 lattes from the drive thru the next morning if I make my word count goal.

--Seven times world surfing champion Layne Beachley was in my year at high school.

I'm always amazed to hear people are able to write with music playing! I can't even write to music that fits my setting.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Falling for the Farmer.

 photo Falling_for_the_Farmer_cover_zps7a88fd3e.jpgFalling for the Farmer is set in Snowgum Creek, a fictitious town located near the Snowy Mountains in Australia.

Kate Lawson is a runaway bride and city girl who grew up in a wealthy northern Sydney suburb.

Jack Bradley runs the family apple orchards in Snowgum Creek and owns a car hire business. Jack drives Kate away from the wedding in his Cadillac and she ends up living and working on Jack’s apple farm.

Why will readers care about Kate?

Kate wants to please everyone and she has to deal with the consequences of her poor decisions. She finally stands up to her overbearing mother by running out on her wedding and leaving the man her mother wanted her to marry at the altar. Kate recognizes her need for independence and space away from her family. Readers will journey with Kate as she rebuilds her life and discovers what is really important.

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

 photo images_zps9cee39b3.jpegI’d cast Emily Blunt as Kate






 photo images-1_zpsdb548d90.jpegand Hugh Jackman as Jack. I can’t resisting casting an Aussie actor to play my Aussie hero.



And you couldn't have picked a better Aussie!! Love him!

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

I recently read Made to Last by Melissa Tagg, and I was intrigued by the opening line.

"On any other day of the year, in the lull of routine, she could almost forget the lie she lived."

Oh yes, that's a great opening line.

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

True North by Susan Diane Johnson. Susan is one of my critique partners. The hero and heroine are an estranged married couple who lost their young son in a car accident and find themselves on Alaskan cruise together. I love this story because it’s different and has a lot of deep, emotional layers as the characters are dealing with their grief.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished revising my fourth book for Heartsong Presents. This is the first book in my Sydney series and is scheduled for release in November 2014.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can connect with me on my website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter. my website:

www.narelleatkins.com 

my blog
Facebook

Twitter: @NarelleAtkins

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





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486980: Falling for the Farmer


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

If you could visit Australia, what would be at the top of your must-see list?

Thanks, Narelle, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Narelle has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Narelle'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, February 3, 2014

Olivia Newport and Free Books!

 photo TakenforEnglishjpg_zps4abb9bb5.jpgAnnie Freisen’s life-changing journey continues as she joins the Amish church, tests the limits of her plain life, and waits patiently on Rufus.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Love Finds Faith, by Martha Rogers, is:

underwood_denise@ . . .

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.

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Now let's meet novelist Olivia Newport, author of Taken for English (Barbour, February 2014). Tell us about yourself, Olivia.

 photo OliviaNewportauthorphoto3_zpsd6d25b8b.jpgMy stories twist through time to find where faith and passion meet. My books include the Avenue of Dreams series set in 1890s Chicago, and the Valley of Choice series, set in southwestern Colorado with intertwining contemporary and historical story lines.

My husband and two twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through my head on their way into my books.

I chase joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as I am. Whenever I can, I swing in a hammock on the back patio with a good book in my lap and the sun on my skin. (And a little dark chocolate never hurts, either.)

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

-- My dentist and I finally agreed that I would not miss that troublesome tooth and pulled it.

-- I recently discovered that I enjoy long solo drives on the Interstate.

-- I use a recliner as a desk chair. Works for me!

I made that discovery about long solo drives this past year, too, Olivia! If I have a really good book on CD, I find it's a terrific break.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Taken for English.

 photo TakenforEnglishjpg_zps4abb9bb5.jpgAnnie joined the Amish church based on prayerful conviction, not romantic dreams. And yet, she can’t deny she’d hoped to share her new, plain life with Rufus. Neither can she deny that his ways are nothing like the fast-paced culture she left behind—Rufus is obviously in no hurry. When he makes unexpected choices about his work, Annie wonders if he has lost interest in the love that sparked between them.

While arson threatens trust in the peaceful southwestern Colorado valley nestling Westcliffe, Annie resolves to keep a confused Amish teenage girl from decisions that could bring down her future. Ruth, Rufus’s sister, is Annie’s temporary roommate while she navigates the muddy waters of shifting family relationships, career choices, and an irresistible romance with the persistent Elijah Capp.

Family history clearly shows it’s never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad? And how long will Rufus test her patience?

Why will readers care about Annie?

This story is the third and last in a series, so readers who have been following Annie's romance with Rufus will finally know if they found their way to each other once and for all. Readers just now meeting Annie will identify with her journey to learn what it means to consider drastic changes in her life—including discovering her own compassionate heart underneath all that determination.

What is one of your favorite opening lines from a novel?

“It was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told.” (The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton)

 I like this like because you can tell from this one line that the entire story, which spans decades, is going to turn on that little girl’s obedience—and it does.

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

I recommend When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey, which I just finished recently. He writes with sensitivity and insight about the tender places where convictions and questions of faith may collide and give us surprising answers if we’re open to hearing them.

What are you working on now?

I'm in the middle of a very fun creative challenge—a direct-to-digital serialized novel called Hidden Falls. This has been releasing one episode per week, and we're about halfway through the "season" of 13 episodes. I'm only writing a few episodes ahead of what readers are reading, so it's a different dynamic than writing and editing a complete novel before anyone sees it! Then I will be working on final edits of Wonderful Lonesome, an historical Amish novel set in 1914. That will release in late summer to launch the Amish Turns of Time series.

I can't imagine doing that serialization type of writing. I would struggle with releasing it before the entire book was finished and edited several times. Very gutsy of you.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.olivianewport.com
Facebook

@olivianewport
and on Google+


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

If you are—or wish you were—in a book discussion group, what would an ideal meeting be like?

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