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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!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Anne Greene and Free Books!

 photo MarriageByArrangement_4x6_zps6e4593e7.jpgA marriage covenant. A great secret. An impossible choice. Why does a handsome Duke stoop to marry a mere Lady? Are the whispered stories about him true? With his shadowy past, what secret does he hide? Each change of clothes transforms him into a different man. Must the Lady arrange the Duke’s death to protect her unborn child?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Londonderry Dreaming, by Christine Linsday, is:

lovetoread205@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Rescued by the Firefighter, by Gail Gaymer Martin, is:

shona.catto@ . . .

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.

And now let's chat with novelist Anne Greene, author of Marriage By Arrangement (White Rose Publishing/Pelican Book Group, December 2013).

 photo EveningAnne4_BrushStroke4_5_zpsf8660949.jpgAnne Greene delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won the New England Reader Choice award, the Laurel Wreath Award, and the Heart of Excellence Award. The sequel, Marriage By Arrangement released December, 2013. Her other book, A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards.

She makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one, and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor.

Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus.

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

--I’m a world traveler. I have visited thirty different foreign countries, and set some of my other books in several.

--I’m a military wife and know a lot about weapons, training, equipment, and deployment.

--I’m adventurous, and you’ll find adventure and suspense in all my historical and contemporary love stories.

How terrific that your life has provided so much fodder for your novels, Anne!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Marriage by Arrangement.

 photo MarriageByArrangement_4x6_zps6e4593e7.jpgMy reviewers said: Marriage by Arrangement is an emotional page turner. The message of faith is woven seamlessly throughout and shows faith can bring people through the toughest trials. I had a hard time putting the book down. There are surprising twists. I didn’t want the story to end. The ending was great, but I didn’t want to leave the characters. Delightful to learn how people in the past lived in different parts of the world. The story was so well-written, I finished it in one day.

Why will readers care about your lead character?

The Fifth Duke of Avondale is a tormented man. Readers who know men returned from combat will relate. The Duke fights to overcome his demons, and the love of a good woman brings him healing. Any person who suffered a traumatic event will find help within these pages. Lady Cailin brings to life that bad things do happen to good people, and she struggles to understand why.

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

 photo images_zps66e6b9db.jpegChris Pine is a new star I’m enjoying, and I think he would make an excellent Duke of Avondale.

I’d like to see an unknown blond beauty with an English accent take the role of Cailin and become an overnight star.

What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

I’d love to meet Brody McCauley, the hero of Masquerade Marriage. I fell in love with him. And, if a woman can love two men, and I think women are capable of loving many men, the Duke of Avondale is a close second.

Brody is an open book and the Duke is a complex enigma. I’ve lived with these two men for months, and never get enough of being with them. I’d be thrilled to meet them in person.

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

Heiress by Susan May Warren. I love the way she writes, and her books are full of surprises.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a 1920s book about love in the jazz-happy, optimistic, roaring twenties. The working title is Cupid Goes Barnstorming.

Orphan Gloria Richards lost her partner in a bi-plane crash during a barnstorming show. She’s a wing-walker and had the day off when the crash occurred. She sweet-talks ace pilot of the Great War, Rand Maitland, into taking her on as his wing-walker. Though Rand knows Gloria is nicknamed Jinx because every pilot she walked wings for has crashed and died, he’s putty in her hands.

Yet, Rand wants no romance in his life because marrying tamed his three older brothers into working for Dad’s company. Rand refuses a desk job. He plans to set the world record, crossing the Atlantic before either Charlie Lindbergh or Wiley Post.

As an orphan, Gloria’s had too many difficult encounters with men who exploited her. She flees love. With her life in Rand’s hands will Gloria learn to trust him? Can Rand ever put a woman first before his ambition? When Gloria’s offered a film role in the new talking movies, will she leave one adventure for another? Will Rand marry the debutante his dad chose for him, or will he discover, too late, that Gloria already owns his heart?

Where else can readers find you online?

View my travel pictures and art work at www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com.
Visit www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com for information on writing an award-winning novel.
Talk with me on twitter at @TheAnneGreene.
Facebook

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

Do you read as much as you always have, or have TV, video games, netflicks, smart phones, and social media cut into your reading time?

Thanks, Anne, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Anne has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Anne'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 Tamera Alexander, 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, March 30, 2014

Tamera Alexander and Free Books!

 photo Unknown-4_zps05a9a0d5.jpegFrom the USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society––and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

Today we're revisiting with novelist Tamera Alexander, author of A Beauty So Rare (Bethany House, March 2014).

 photo 1TameraAlexander_Purple-2_zps4fb8ed40.jpegTamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award, the RITA Award, the Carol Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others.

After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and live in Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children, and a twelve pound Silky Terrier named Jack.

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

— I may look relatively "sweet" (or so people tell me) but I’m really quite sarcastic. I have to watch that at times. It’s gotten me in deep trouble more than once.

— I love cemeteries.

— Since a very young age, I’ve held a fascination with death and the world to come.

I have to say I get a kick out of fellow sarcastic types. But I know what you mean. If people don't "get" it, one suddenly sounds mean or bitter. Embarrassing! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Beauty So Rare.

 photo Unknown-4_zps05a9a0d5.jpegEleanor Braddock—plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty—knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier’s last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow.

Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America—and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path—building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.

Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground—and a love neither of them expects.

But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.

What a great synopsis. 

Why will readers care about Eleanor?

Eleanor Braddock is an "every woman." The most relatable heroine I’ve ever written, I think. As the back cover says, she’s plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty, and yet she does have a beauty about her. It’s simply not one that’s readily visible. You have to see her with your heart. I love that about her. I also love her compassionate heart––that’s tenacious in pursuing her dream but which can be downright vicious when confronted with injustice.

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

 photo elizabeth1998cateblanchettdiscoverssheistobecomequeen_zps13489816.jpgThe pictures I submitted to my publisher to provide inspiration for the cover was Cate Blanchett for the heroine, sans makeup, a picture from one of her more "raw" films.




 photo Unknown-1_zps75c2501b.jpegAnd for the hero, Richard Armitage. Enough said!




What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

Hadassah from Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series. She’s the most unforgettable fictional character I’ve ever met. I mean…read.

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

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I read it while on a trip to Germany last fall, visiting concentration camps, Hitler’s headquarters, walking that horrid, gut-wrenching road, and the book came alive within me. A little too much at times. I’ve read several of Picoult’s novels and this by far is my personal favorite.

What are you working on now?

The second of three novels in the Belle Meade Plantation series which is set against the real history of the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN. The first book in the series, To Whisper Her Name, explores the struggles of real people of the post-war South and the journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal. I adore Southern history.

Where else can readers find you online?

On my website: www.TameraAlexander.com
Facebook
Twitter
Blog: www.TameraAlexander.blogspot.com

And here's a link to an exciting giveaway on the book:

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

What’s the oldest historical home you’ve visited (in the U.S. or abroad), and how did its history and walking its halls affect you?

Thanks, Tamera, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Tamera has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Tamera'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 Christine Lindsay and Gail Gaymer Martin, 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, March 24, 2014

Gail Gaymer Martin and Free Books!

 photo RescuedByTheFirefighter_zps2851302f.jpgA firefighter who has saved many lives except his own meets a woman with a surprising secret who could save him if she would allow him to save her first.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Guardian's Promise, by Christina Rich, is:

patterly@ . . .

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 Gail Gaymer Martin, author of Rescued By The Firefighter (Love Inspired, April 2014).

 photo Unknown-1_zpsced6a3bc.jpegAward-winning novelist Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 52 novels and more than 3.5 million books in print. Her novels have received many national awards, including: the ACFW Carol Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Gail is the author of Writer Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance. Her recent Sisters series from Love Inspired has three novels: Her Valentine Hero, The Firefighter’s New Family, and the newest release, Rescued By The Firefighter.

CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. She is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on their Executive Board. She is also a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers and the Christian Authors Network. Gail is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and a workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S.

She lives in Michigan with her husband Bob.

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

– I wanted to be a Broadway star or a novelist when I was a child.

– I didn’t start writing fiction until my mid-fifties and sold in one year.

– My three big dreams (to travel to Europe, to sleep in a castle, and to sing with the Detroit Lutheran Singers) came true after I married my husband of almost twenty-nine years.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Rescued By The Firefighter.

 photo RescuedByTheFirefighter_zps2851302f.jpgA Fresh Start

Paula Reynolds is looking for a new job, a new home, a new everything—except for love. Determined not to repeat old mistakes, she wants to stay away from romance.

But life happens, and circumstances brings her face to face with the good-looking firefighter Clint Donatelli, a man not only brave but kind and often witty.

Clint is used to saving lives, but with the beautiful Paula, he faces a challenge. Getting to know her is a daunting task, especially since he's just as wary of relationships as she is. A few years earlier his fiancé walked out on him just before the wedding without an explanation. He’s doubted himself since then, but when he learns a shocking secret from Paula’s past, he must choose, either live the way he's always lived—single and alone—or trust in a new love.

Why will readers care about your lead characters?

Romances have two lead characters and both are people who have struggled with love issues whether family or the opposite sex. They doubt themselves and their capacity to be loved which readers know is a necessity for a fulfilled and happy life.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zps967e9939.jpegI don’t usually think of movie stars when I develop my characters. Actually I find them in clothing catalogues, but it happens that my heroine Paula looks very much like Stana Katic who plays Beckett on the TV show Castle


 photo images_zpscb084f69.jpegand the hero resembles Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.




What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

I would to meet a sleuth of some kind - Sherlock Holmes, Mrs. Marples, Jessica Fletcher (Murder She Wrote) or even the hilarious Inspector Clouseau, but my latest favorite is Richard Castle, the novelist and detective follower, in the Castle TV Series, who, by the way, actually has books on Amazon. I enjoy his sense of humor and his ability to see through situations and find the key to solving the crime.

Though I write mainly romance, I do love writing romantic suspense. Most of my suspense novels have won national awards. A Love For Safekeeping, which I called See Jane Run, is one of my favorites. It was an early Love Inspired before the LI Suspense novels became a separate line. Another that I enjoyed writing and loved was the single title, Finding Christmas. I keep wanting to add suspense again to my writing, and I have added mystery to my upcoming Indie book mentioned below.

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

I’m a huge fan of Maeve Binchy’s novels, and the most recent one I read was Minding Frankie. I always encourage people to read her amazing books because she weaves a group of characters into her novels and then pulls them together in amazing ways. One of her novels that does that very well is Evening Class and another is Nights of Rain and Stars. I enjoyed both of those novels too.

What are you working on now?

Presently I’m working on a new contracted series called Lilac Circle which is a cul de sac street filled with a variety of characters. Each story will focus on one of those who lives on the street. I’m on book 1, Unexpected Mommy, and it will be followed by A Family To Love—my titles so who knows what they’ll be called upon publication. I am also finalizing a new single title that will be self-published called, Treasures Of Her Heart. It is a romance with mystery, one of those books I love to write though not a genre published by my present publisher. So I’m thrilled to share the story with my readers.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.gailgaymermartin.com
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn GoodReads

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

Have you ever felt as if you needed to be rescued from a person or situation as do the characters in this novel?

Thanks, Gail, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Gail has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gail's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Christine Lindsay, 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, March 21, 2014

Christine Lindsay and Free Books!

 photo LargestpicLD_zpsc8a448e5.jpgFive years ago an ancient root of bitterness separated Keith and Naomi, and now they are both in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, where Keith opens the door of his grandmother’s house to find Naomi...beautiful as ever…the girl who broke his heart.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of On the Pineapple Express, by H. I. Wegley, is:

may_dayzee@ . . .

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

And now let's revisit with novelist Christine Lindsay, author of Londonderry Dreaming (Pelican Book Group, February 2014).

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

 photo ChristineLindsayAuthorpic_zpsa386dbcf.jpg
-- I was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when I was a baby.

-- I love to garden.

-- I relinquished my first child to adoption and was reunited with her 20 years later.

Wow. I want to hear the story on that last one, Christine!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Londonderry Dreaming.

 photo LargestpicLD_zpsc8a448e5.jpgAcclaimed New York artist, Naomi Boyd, and music therapist, Keith Wilson, loved one another five years ago, until her grandfather with his influence over Naomi separated them.

That root of bitterness keeps them apart until a letter from Keith’s grandmother, Ruth, draws Naomi to Londonderry to find she’s too late. Ruth has passed on. After the death of his beloved grandmother, Keith has also come to Londonderry only to open the door to his past…Naomi...beautiful as ever, the girl who broke his heart.

A mysterious painting in Ruth’s attic brings up questions about their grandparents’ entwined past and their own broken romance. But more comfortable with the unspoken languages of art and music, Naomi and Keith find it difficult to share their old hurts and true feelings.

Will the majestic coastline of Northern Ireland inspire them to speak the words to bring peace to their grandparents’ memory and to rekindle love?

The biggest problem keeping Naomi and Keith apart is they both have trouble articulating what is upsetting them. This is a far deeper problem than the fact that Naomi’s grandfather separated them five years earlier when Naomi was on a painting tour of the north of Ireland. As Keith and Naomi are reunited after the death of Keith’s grandmother, the feelings they used to have for each other resurface, but so does mistrust. Adding to that mistrust is a mysterious painting that Keith’s grandmother (Ruth) seems to have left to Naomi. They find this painting in the attic of his grandmother’s house.

As they work together to uncover the significance to this painting they stir up questions from the past—why Naomi’s grandfather hated Keith’s grandparents so much.

When they finally uncover all secrets from the past, they must each learn to communicate outside their preferred forte of paint and music.

Why will readers care about Naomi?

On the outside Naomi appears to be a polished, talented, professional artist with her own gallery. However, on the inside Naomi is hiding insecurities instilled in her from her youth. She has difficulty telling people things they may not want to hear.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zpsb87d77ea.jpegNaomi would be played by Scarlett Johansonn,





 photo images_zps11d2f86f.jpegand Keith would be played by Ian Somerhalder.






What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

I would like to meet the character in my all-time favorite book. He is Captain Alex Randall in the blockbuster novel Shadow of the Moon. It’s the way the author wrote this male hero. He has never left my mind, and to this day—thirty years after reading the book, I have found no hero to overshadow him. I still swoon.

That's impressive writing, then. I'm intrigued. 

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

The Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer. I like a women’s fictional novel that shifts into romance, and this one does. However, this book also deals with some pretty difficult issues. How does a mother tell her teenage daughter that her father committed suicide?

What are you working on now?

The third and final installment to my historical series, Twilight of the British Raj. Book 1 was the multi-award-winning Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 is Captured by Moonlight, recently a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards, and the third book will be called Veiled at Midnight to be released in the autumn of 2014.

Where else can readers find you online?

Everything about me is on my website: www.christinelindsay.com

My book video

But here’s the invite to follow me on Twitter and Pinterest. I love Pinterest.

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

Is camping a holiday for a woman?

Ha! Not this woman! Thanks, Christine, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Christine has offered to give a free copy of her e-book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Christine'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 Christina Rich, 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, March 17, 2014

Christina Rich and Free Books!

 photo 9780373282579Official_zpsea3ed652.jpgWhen a temple guard, posing as a bondservant, falls in love with his master’s daughter he must choose between his duty to his king and his one chance at love.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Dark Tide, by Susan Sleeman, is:

kimkvp@ . . .

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 meet novelist Christina Rich, author of The Guardian's Promise (Love Inspired, March 2014).

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

 photo IMG_1096_zps75f2a791.jpg--Even though I grew up flying in smaller aircraft with my dad and I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I was a kid, I’m terrified of flying commercial.

--I’m addicted to Throwback Pepsi.

--Sometimes, when I’m real nervous I stutter.

Certainly many of us can identify with your fear of flying commercial today, Christina, especially if it means flying internationally!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Guardian's Promise.

A Kingdom in Jeopardy--

An evil queen and her royal guards will stop at nothing to find—and kill—the rightful heir to the throne of Judah. When their pursuit leads them to Mira’s village, only her father’s bond servant, Ari, a man shrouded in secrets, can keep Mira safe.

Abandoning his life as a temple guard and becoming an indentured servant was the only way Ari could protect young Joash, the true King of Judah, from Queen Athaliah. But his sacred duty prevents him from confessing his feelings for his master’s daughter. With the future of their nation on the line, Ari and Mira will risk everything to save their people.

The Guardian’s Promise is set during the time when Jehoiada prepares to restore King David’s line back on the throne as well as inviting God back into Judah with the repairing of the temple. At the same time, Ari, a former temple guard, begins to understand that he does not need the temple and the rituals he performed as a Levite to have communion with God.

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

 photo images_zpse35333c6.jpegOh, this is easy. From the first inkling of an idea for this story I knew Oded Fehr would play Ari




 photo images-1_zps49a592b7.jpegand Natalie Portman would play Sh’mira.





What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

Tigger, of course. He’s so bouncy and happy. A very positive personality.

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

Actually, I just read the first three chapters of a great book: For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. Wow! Just, wow! It’s a retelling of Esther set during WWII. The writing is beautiful and intense. The release date is April 1, 2014. I will be reading it as soon as it releases.

Yeah, I think it's already available for purchase from what I see!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a story set on the Mediterranean in 668 BC. The heroine is the daughter of a Hebrew slave. She is rescued from the auction block by a Greek merchant who is trying to appease his guilt for not keeping his sister from being taken from his ship and sold into slavery.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.threefoldstrand.com
Facebook
twitter @christinainspy

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?

You’re on a deserted island. Besides the Bible, what is the one book you have with you, and why?

Thanks, Christina, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Christina has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Christina'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 Harry Wegley, 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, March 13, 2014

Harry Wegley and Free Books!

 photo OnThePineappleExpress_h11206_PRT_zps0d335d8a.jpgWith international criminals in pursuit, a deadly storm approaching, and the clock ticking toward the sale of a group of captive girls, a young woman must decide how much she’s willing to risk to save the girls from human traffickers.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Faith Departed, by Elizabeth Maddrey, 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.

And now let's meet novelist Harry Wegley, author of On the Pineapple Express (Harbourlight Books, Pelican Book Group, February 2014).

 photo HLWegley_author_zps5a34c81e.jpgH. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer.

In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked 20+ years in systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle.

Harry and his wife of 47 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, and snorkeling Maui whenever possible. He writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels.

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

-- I married a girl I’ve known since we were about 3 years old, a girl I was teased about mercilessly for most of my childhood by my uncle. For payback, he had to wear a tux (not his favorite thing) and be a groomsman at our wedding.

-- I pitched men’s fast pitch softball for many years.

-- I studied Christian apologetics for about 10 years with the intent of writing a book on the subject or developing course material for an adult class. Instead, I use the information in my novels.

Never a step wasted when we follow God's guidance, right, Harry? 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of On the Pineapple Express.

 photo OnThePineappleExpress_h11206_PRT_zps0d335d8a.jpgWhen research equipment accidentally records a cell call, NSA scientist, Jennifer Akihara, obtains vague clues about a holding location for captive girls somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula. She enlists her fiancé, Lee Brandt, to gather sufficient information to engage the FBI to stop the impending sale of the girls.

But heavily armed human traffickers discover Jennifer and Lee, resulting in a chase through the most dangerous areas of the outer Peninsula, areas made more deadly by an approaching 100-year storm.

As the clock ticks down to the scheduled sale of the girls, can Lee and Jennifer survive the bullets and the elements to reach the authorities? Will the traffickers view beautiful, young looking Jennifer as valuable merchandise? Will she ever see her wedding day, or will it be replaced with its antithesis?

Why will readers care about your lead character?

Jennifer Akihara is a small woman with a huge heart, a heart for the oppressed and a heart infused with a faith that gives her courage to face danger, even death. She fears greatly the fury of the storm and the traffickers, but refuses to let fear defeat her. Her love for Lee is fierce and she’s determined to enter marriage morally pure. Readers will enjoy Jennifer’s response to being thrown into potentially compromising situations with Lee.

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

 photo images-1_zps8d950930.jpegIf Kirk Cameron were 10 years younger, he would make a great Lee Brandt.





 photo Unknown-1_zps858b5a74.jpegFor Jennifer, her unique ethnicity, Japanese-Hawaiian, made it difficult to find pictures for the book cover. However, I found a beautiful, young, Asian-Hawaiian singer raised in the Hawaiian Islands, a young lady who is also an actress, Yuna Ito. I wanted to use her picture for my book cover, but I don’t think I could have afforded the fee her agent would have charged me. ☺

Yes, she's really lovely. It would be fun to be able to play that large a role in our cover designs!

What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

I grew up in Southern Oregon in the ‘50s when my buddy and I could head out into the forest and walk for 30 miles without seeing anyone. We could fish or swim in anyone of several lakes or streams. I would like to see what life was like for a boy in the 1800’s. What better way than to discuss that with Tom Sawyer and maybe Huck Finn.

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

I recently read Deliver Me from Evil by Kathi Macias. The story delves deeply into the domestic sex-trafficking epidemic. For my human-trafficking novel I didn’t want to write a dark story, but I’m glad that Kathi Macias did. For those who read her story, it will serve as a wake up call and an invitation to become involved in helping the victims of what has become epidemic in our nation and pandemic in our world.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m deep into the editing of The Janus Journals, a story that one could call a romantic suspense or an espionage thriller. Recent college graduate Alisa (Allie) Petrenko, discovers that the cold war never really ended and, when her father is murdered, she learns that events set in motion years ago have endangered her. Allie’s father left her with a warning, an assassin on her trail, and his secret history contained in a set of journals. As Allie tries to elude the assassin and read her father’s journals, she learns that the man who raised her was not the man she remembers, and the man she must now trust with her life is a man Allie believes she must never trust with her heart.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
Website
Blog: weatherscribe.blogspot.com
Amazon Author Page
Twitter
Goodreads
Google +
Also, I am a contributor to the blog Geezer Guys & Gals, recently renamed Boomer Bits and Bytes.

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

What characteristics do you prefer to see, and which would you rather not see, in the heroine of a story?

Thanks, Harry, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Harry has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Harry'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 Susan Sleeman, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

 photo darktide_225_zps04226a76.jpgGina Evans can trust her former love Derrick Justice to keep her safe from a killer, but can she trust him with her heart again, or will she never risk losing it again?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Princess Ever After, by Rachel Hauck, is:

strgth4yu@ . . .

and the winner of the PDF of False Diamond, by Veronica Heley, is:

kellysshining@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away (Kelly, we'll just email the PDF directly to you). 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 Susan Sleeman, author of Dark Tide (Love Inspired Suspense, March 2014).

 photo susansleeman_zps7e670f29.jpg Susan Sleeman is a best-selling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Her first book, High-Stakes Inheritance, was an ECPA bestseller. Award nominations include The Christmas Witness for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and Thread of Suspicion for the 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award.

In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com.

She currently lives in Oregon, but has lived in nine states. Her husband is a realtor and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

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

-- I was once an avid golfer. I wasn’t very good at it, but I loved to spend time on the golf course with my hubby and friends. One day, as I walked toward my ball lying by a lake, a mad goose came out and started to attack. I thought I might have to run for the hills. Every time I went close to my ball, she attacked. Either she had babies close by or she loved my brand of golf balls. Needless to say, I left that ball behind.

-- Our first house was a fixer upper. It belonged to a Detroit Tiger who was traded in the middle of winter. He didn’t turn off the water, but he did turn off the heat. The upstairs pipes froze and flooded the house. When we moved in it was springtime and the carpets were still wet. So we had our work cut out for us. One day when my hubby went to work, I tore out all the walls in the upstairs without telling him I was doing it. I’d simply gone up there to get a piece of trim from around a door and I couldn’t stop.

-- I once imagined myself as a professional ice skater. Growing up in Northern Wisconsin, we skated for hours on end in the winter. I always dreamed of being a skater. This dream lasted only a short while as I soon discovered I could find the same adventure and excitement between the covers of a book. Passing winter in a toasty warm house with my favorite book became much more enjoyable than the below zero temperatures at the ice rink. I did, however, fully embrace the girly-girl dream of wearing the glitter and glam of figure skating outfits and makeup. No, I never donned an ice skating costume—I wore a drum majorette costume, but that’s a story for a different day—but I will admit I have worn my share of glitter and glam over the years.

I love those answers, Susan! Little mini-stories in themselves.

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

 photo darktide_225_zps04226a76.jpgDark Tide is the last book in the Justice Agency series and features Derrick Justice.

Gina Evans knows her brother was murdered—even if the police won’t believe her. After catching a quick glimpse of the evidence her brother had gathered, the same criminals are after her and her baby niece. And Gina’s only hope is the man she left behind.

Despite the painful memories, private investigator Derrick Justice won’t fail Gina and her baby. Yet now, the woman he never stopped loving and the baby he’s come to adore are in a killer’s crosshairs. But can Derrick trap the cold-blooded murderer before he strikes again.

Why will readers care about your lead character?

Derrick has been hurt by the loss of his birth parents and his adoptive parents. He’s always wanted a long-term relationship with a woman, but he just hasn’t been able to make a commitment. He’s not sure why, but the reader will hope he figures it out before the only woman he loves walks out of his life again.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsff568647.jpegDerrick would be played by Paul Walker as Derrick has that whole blonde, surfer good looks thing going on.





 photo Unknown-1_zpsbf633c59.jpegGina would be played by Jacinda Barrett as Jacinda has the girl-next-door look that really portrays Gina’s personality.





What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

I would love to meet Kathy Reich’s anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan. I find her honesty refreshing and I love how she is so different than anyone I have ever met. She feels free to speak her mind even if she risks offending people. She doesn’t do it to be mean, though, it’s just part of who she is. She sort of reminds me of a modern day Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey.

Those are juicy characters, you're right.

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

I’ve been reading many fiction books as I’m judging the Rita Contest. Though I’ve read some great books, I can’t recommend any as judges aren’t allowed to discuss them.

However, I have read a non-fiction book for research that was fascinating to me. The book is called The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen by Brandon Webb. This is the story of a sniper trainer for the Navy Seals. There is so much that goes into sniping and I never realized the complexity of the job. I am very thankful for the men who choose to serve in this capacity and all men and women in the armed forces. I think reading books like these give us a better understanding of what it takes to protect our freedom and you’ll never take it for granted after reading this book.

God bless our heroes!

What are you working on now?

I have two new series coming out this year and I am working on books for these. The first series is Agents Under Fire that features three female FBI agents who work on an elite cyber task force. Web of Deceit, the first book, will release in November of this year. This is a general market series so the books don’t contain a spiritual message but are considered clean reads.

The other series, a new six book series for Love Inspired Suspense called First Responders - Sworn to Serve and Protect. The series is about a First Response Squad made up of two hostage negotiators, a bomb expert, a sniper, an EMT, and a squad leader. They all live together in an old firehouse that has been remodeled into condos, but they also have a large common area where they gather together. The first book in this series is tentatively titled Silent Night Showdown and will release in November of 2014, too.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can learn more about me online by stopping at any of these locations on the web.

Website: www.SusanSleeman.com
Facebook
Twitter
Book Review Site

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

My hero in Dark Tide lives in a floating home. Not a small houseboat but a two story floating home that feels like a traditional house on water. These are quite popular in the Portland area. I personally could never live with the movement. I have allergy issues and I’m dizzy enough as it is without adding movement under my feet, too. Do you think you could live on a floating home? Why or why not?

Thanks, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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 Elizabeth Maddrey, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Elizabeth Maddrey and Free Books!

 photo FaithDeparted_zpsf9a9fb2e.jpgStarting a family was supposed to be easy.

Today we're meeting novelist Elizabeth Maddrey, author of Faith Departed (HopeSprings Books, March 2014).

 photo ElizabethMaddreyHeadshot_zps869905f5.jpgElizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time.

When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

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

-- I read between 120 and 150 books each year.

-- I love archery (but just shooting targets, not living things. I’m not cut out to be a hunter.)

-- I have two middle names.

How I wish I could read that quickly! 

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

 photo FaithDeparted_zpsf9a9fb2e.jpgTwin sisters June and July have never encountered an obstacle they couldn’t overcome. Married just after graduating college, the girls and their husbands remained a close-knit group. Now settled and successful, the next logical step is children.

But as the couples struggle to conceive, each must reconcile the goodness of God with their present suffering. Will their faith be strong enough to triumph in the midst of trial?

Why will readers care about your lead characters?

Even if infertility isn’t something readers have personally experienced, chances are most of us know someone who’s had to deal with it. And we’ve all had times where our personal pain impacts our relationships with those around us. So I think (hope!) there’s something in June and July that everyone will be able to relate to, at least to some degree.

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

 photo images_zps3f8e86a5.jpegJune could be played by Ellen Page.






 photo HunterParrish-SGG-026780_zpsd78beef3.jpgJune’s husband Toby could be played by Hunter Parrish.







 photo Unknown-1_zpse8393b93.jpegJuly could be played by Karen Gillian.






 photo images-1_zps7a27fdaf.jpegJuly’s husband Gareth could be played by Kellan Lutz.







What fictional character would you like to meet or know in real life?

Oh there are so many! I’ve always said that my best friends were people in books. I guess if I have to choose just one, I’ll go with Menolly from the The Dragonriders of Pern series (by Anne McCaffrey). I think she and I would be grand friends – we both love music and we both know what it’s like to be a bit of an outsider even when you feel like you ought to fit in.

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

She Does Good Hair by Terri Gillespie. It’s a wonderful story of friendship and finding God’s plan in the midst of a messed up life. It’s also got a delightful romance angle to the plotline that leaves you with a happy, contented sigh. I totally ignored my family for a day so I could sit and read it – it just sucks you in.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Hope Deferred, the sequel to Faith Departed. It continues June and July’s story. I’m also working on a devotional with several other authors as well as another contemporary romance that’s an installment in my Grant Us Grace series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.ElizabethMaddrey.com
Facebook
Twitter: @elizabethmaddre
Pinterest
Goodreads

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

This is a question that causes deep division in my household, so I’m looking for ammunition. Which is better: peanut butter M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces?

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

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