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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, May 22, 2014

Robin Shope and Free Books!

 photo wynnbookcover_zpsf0dc75fa.jpgA haunting story of forgiveness, science, murder, and other matters of living.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Somebody Like You, by Beth Vogt, 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.

And now let's revisit with novelist, Robin Shope, author of Wynn in the Willows (Harbourlight Books, May 2014).

 photo blogrobin_zps8e6d1268.jpgBorn in Wisconsin, Robin was raised in Chicago, attending the prestigious Latin School of Chicago. Summers were always spent on the lake in Delavan, Wisconsin until her family moved there when Robin turned thirteen. She graduated from UW Whitewater, majoring in Special Ed and Creative Writing, minoring in Theater.

For several years Robin travelled overseas as a missionary and then assisted in pastoring a small country church. Later, she moved to Texas to teach near Dallas, Texas.

Wynn in the Willows is her tenth book.

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

-- When I was little, I wanted to be a missionary or a movie star when I grew up.

-- When I grew up I was a missionary and then helped pastor a small country church (still waiting to be a movie star).

--I rescue dogs.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wynn in the Willows.

 photo wynnbookcover_zpsf0dc75fa.jpgWynn Baxter returns to Willow Island to study rare plant life and welcomes the opportunity to investigate the mysterious circumstances of her father’s death.

But the truth gets complicated as twenty year-old memories begin to surface. What Wynn learns will shake her emotional foundation. Hoping to glean information only leads her down a shadowy path implicating her own flesh and blood.

A haunting story of forgiveness, science, murder, and other matters of living.

To date, Wynn in the Willows is one of my favorite books. Writing this, I felt myself growing into a new level of character development. I hope you fall in love with the women of Willow Island. Not only is it a mystery but it’s also a matchless love story.

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

Wynn is a biologist who cares about the environment. She digs for the truth no matter where it leads her. Although she is strong willed, she has a soft and tender heart. She wants to be loved but is afraid of loving.

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

 photo Unknown_zps8de0ceb2.jpegEmma Stone




 photo Unknown-1_zps8d56a702.jpegand Daniel Craig.




What kind of brainstorming do you do for your stories, and whose help do you incorporate?

When there are specifics I need to learn about the setting, I speak with experts on the subject. Example: I didn’t know a lot about Lake Michigan and the type of boats so I contacted a mariner from the area.

Google is always a big help but I verify all information.

My writing partners are invaluable to run ideas past. Sometimes a sentence sounds insane to me. I incorporate their help.

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

I am presently reading The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus. The setting is the early 1900s when Native Americans still roamed the plains. It’s an adult book with an adventurous theme. A young man in college loses both parents and instead of going to college, he uses the money to head west and help rescue a three year old boy who was kidnapped. Along the way, he uses his photograph skills. He also meets many characters as well as learning valuable lessons of living.

What are you working on now?

I am working on several mystery books as well as writing book 2 of Wynn in the Willows series.

Where else can readers find you online?

write2robinshope.blogspot.com

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

Do you keep a daily journal? Why?

Thanks, Robin, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Robin has offered to give a free Kindle copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 5. 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 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 book.

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

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Ronie Kendig and Free Books!

 photo Rap6CoverHR_zpsc7dadb6a.jpgHis mission, his team—until terrorists use a missionary teacher’s life to try to destroy both.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Spirit Bridge, by James L. Rubart, is:

johudd@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Hidden Faces, by Golden Keyes Parsons, is:

KellysShining@ . . .

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

And now let's revisit with Ronie Kendig, author of Raptor 6 (Barbour, May 2014).

 photo ronie_kendig_zps0db4db34.jpgRonie 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, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia.

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

-- I collect Audrey Hepburn dolls (okay, well, pretty much anything Audrey Hepburn).

-- I crochet.

-- This past February, I adopted a retired military working dog.

And it was fun watching that adventure chronicled on Facebook!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Raptor 6.

 photo Rap6CoverHR_zpsc7dadb6a.jpgHis mission; his team. Those elements are the laser-like focus of Captain Dean Watters. So when a threat is launched against both of them, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the hackers coming after the military’s super-secure computer isn’t an option.

Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. Her expertise in quantum cryptology makes her an unwitting pawn in the hacker’s deadly game.

When Zahrah is captured, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the box around his heart. A move that might come at the highest cost.

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

Dean is a very intense, focused soldier. His commitment is to his team and his mission. But Dean’s also broken, and very much aching (though he doesn’t quite realize it) for some normalcy in his life, and I think that’s something we can all relate to.

What kind of brainstorming do you do for your stories, and whose help do you incorporate?

My stories are generally borne out of some innocuous form of inspiration—a “what if” while watching a movie; a longing for a twist on a character; a comment by a customer in line at Starbucks.

But the brainstorming I keep pretty close to home because of the type of story I write—there aren’t many people who “get” military fiction or the demands it places on the author. There are elements I simply cannot put in my stories because of the fallout or how it might make look our military heroes look. I’m very careful about that.

If I get stuck in brainstorming, I’ll generally go to my husband, who has a very creative mind himself, though he isn’t compelled to write the way I am. We have the hopes of writing a series together. In fact, he came to me with a general plot just recently.

Hmm, maybe we're hearing about the Thoenes of inspirational military fiction...

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

The last book I read that I would recommend is Lisa Bergren’s Remnants. Lisa is a brilliant author, and I love her stories. Remnants is a YA dystopian with a clear Biblical parallel.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a massive serialization project with my publisher called Operation Zulu: Redemption, and now I’m plunging headlong into the final book of the Quiet Professionals series, Falcon (May 2015). Hawk, book 2, will release November 2014.

Where else can readers find you online?

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

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Finally, what question do you have for my readers?

We all have a hero in our lives, and I have a few in my life—Mrs. Warnes, one of our Taekwondo instructors; my father-in-law, Loren Kendig; and my husband. I would love to know who your hero is in your life (not in history).

Thanks, 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 Monday, June 2. 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 Beth Vogt, 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, May 15, 2014

Beth Vogt and Free Books!

 photo Unknown_zps523ba16d.jpegCan a young widow fall in love with her husband’s reflection?

Today we're talking with novelist Beth Vogt, author of Somebody Like You (Howard Books, May 2014).

 photo photo_zps2a565a67.jpgBeth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

A novelist with Howard Books, her contemporary romance novel, Wish You Were Here, debuted in May 2012, followed by Catch a Falling Star (2013), You Made Me Love You (2014) – an eShort novella – and Somebody Like You (2014). She is also part of the Year of Wedding Series by Harper Collins, writing the A November Bride novella (2014).

Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Beth is also the Skills Coach for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.

She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, who’s just entered the teen years.

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

-- I met my husband in a karate studio when he knocked me down. I like to say he “swept me off my feet.”

-- I have a twin sister. We’re fraternal twins, not identical.

-- I’m craft-challenged.

That's definitely a "meet cute" story about you and your husband!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Somebody Like You.

 photo Unknown_zps523ba16d.jpegHaley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

Wow, that concept has terrific tension, Beth!

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

Stephen Ames is trying to find his brother Sam again. He sees Sam every time he looks in the mirror – and yet the distance between them is impassable. Stephen is a man with regrets, trying to right a wrong that is not all his fault.

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

 photo images_zpse1c3dc47.jpegAs an author, I always have someone in mind for my main characters, but I also want to leave room for my readers to imagine the characters too. But to answer your question, when I envision Stephen and Sam Ames, I see Ben Affleck (isn’t that wonderful? Double Ben Afflecks!).


 photo Unknown-1_zps94f8d73f.jpegAnd for Haley Ames, the heroine, I see Uma Thurman.



I like that you're a twin and you're writing about twins. And yes, we can never have too many handsome young men like Ben. 

What kind of brainstorming do you do for your stories, and whose help do you incorporate?

Brainstorming is such a vital part of the writing process for me. I am blessed to have author Rachel Hauck on speed dial, Skype, Face Time – you name it, I know how to reach her! She’s a tremendous brainstormer! I also love talking story with my husband, who helps me nail down the male perspectives for my books.

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

I read an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of Kristy Cambron’s The Butterfly and the Violin, which releases in July. Kristy did a wonderful job weaving together both a historical and a contemporary storyline.

What are you working on now?

I’m fast-drafting a contemporary romance that wrestles with the question What if you discover that what you thought was your biggest mistake was actually the right choice?

Where else can readers find you online?

My website, www.bethvogt.com, which hosts my blog, In Others’ Words. It’s all about quotes. My Author Facebook page. Twitter: @bethvogt and Pinterest

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

I’m curious if any of your readers are twins – or associated with the military in any way, since both topics are integral to Somebody Like You.

Thanks, Beth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Beth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, May 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Beth'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 James Rubart and Golden Keyes Parsons, 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, May 12, 2014

Golden Keyes Parsons and Free Books!

 photo Hidden_Faces_front_zps5219547f.jpgFour nameless women in the Gospels encounter Jesus, and their lives are radically changed.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Wishing on Buttercups, by Miralee Ferrell, is:

followsjc@ . . .

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 Golden Keyes Parsons, author of Hidden Faces: Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels (WhiteFire Publishing, April 2014).

 photo GoldenKeyesParsons_zps70f58960.jpgGolden Keyes Parsons writes historical fiction, and is also a popular retreat/conference speaker. Her highly acclaimed Darkness to Light Series (Thomas Nelson Publishing) chronicled the journey of her French Huguenot ancestors in 17th century France. Her fourth novel, His Steadfast Love, is a Civil War novel set in Texas. Her latest release is a compilation of biblical fiction novellas, Hidden Faces: Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels.

Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine, where they enjoy their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and are avid sports fan of their alma mater, Baylor University.

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

-- I am legally blind in my left eye.

-- I was a major tomboy growing up.

-- I am a classically trained pianist, and wish I’d had the privilege of playing in an orchestra.

A tomboy pianist. I like that.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hidden Faces.

In the Gospels we find Jesus ministering life and healing to various women who have remained obscure and nameless for two thousand years. However, the life-changing encounters between Jesus Christ and the adulterous woman, the woman at the well, the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet, and the woman with the issue of blood contain timeless truths and offer eternal hope for women today who may feel obscure and nameless as well.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Since this is a compilation, there are four lead characters, so that presents a somewhat of a challenge to answer your question. ☺ However the one thread that runs through the stories of the four women in Hidden Faces is the fact that although they were nameless, anonymous, their stories of how Jesus met their needs are some of the most beloved accounts in the Gospels. Each one of them had flaws common to all of us—sickness, poor choices, victims of life’s circumstances, even immorality.

But when they brought those needs to Jesus, He gave their lives meaning: forgiveness for the adulterous woman who made poor choices; acceptance for the woman at the well who had lived a lifetime of rejection; approval for the woman who crossed cultural lines to worship Jesus and anoint Him; and healing for the woman with the issue of blood.

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

I‘ve heard authors say they hate this question, but I love thinking about this. I suppose it’s because I am a visual learner. So thank you for asking.

 photo Unknown_zpseb1cbcbb.jpegI loved what Jim Caveziel did with role of Jesus in The Passion of Christ, so I would pick him to play Jesus.




 photo Unknown-1_zps0e2fd55d.jpegTo play, Anna, the adulterous woman, I think I would pick Scarlett Johansson. My Anna is young, and being a betrothed virgin, I picture an innocence about her. To me Scarlett Johansson has that unique combination of sultry and innocence, which she played so well in The Girl With The Pearl Earring.


 photo images_zpsb5e0b639.jpegFor Marah, the woman at the well, who had to be older since she’d had five husbands, I’d like to see someone like Sigorney Weaver



 photo Unknown-4_zps8b941c0c.jpegor Susan Sarandon.



 photo Unknown-2_zps5d6e391d.jpegJulia Roberts would be perfect as Tirzah, the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet.



 photo Unknown-3_zps3266d934.jpegAnd Sandra Bullock as Zahavah, the woman with the issue of blood. (By the way, Zahavah in Hebrew is my own name, Golden.) ☺



What kind of brainstorming do you do for your stories, and whose help do you incorporate?

I ask all the “What if…” questions I can think of, usually to my husband. I brainstorm with my critique group and beta reader. And I read other historical fiction authors, and watch movies. I get a ton of ideas from movies.

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

I am just now reading Diana Galbadon’s Outlander series. So many people have remarked that I write much like her, and our youngest daughter is such a fan and had urged me for years to read it, that I finally relented. I’m flattered that the comparison has been made of my writing to hers.

I would recommend the series because Galbadon creates such vivid characters. I really care about Claire and Jamie and want to know what’s going to happen to them.

And it’s a time travel, which I always find intriguing—trying to make sense out of something that makes no sense!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a Christmas story that is not your usual “feel good” holiday story. It has a bit of intrigue and mystery, but a good ending. It’s almost finished and hopefully my agent can start shopping it soon.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.goldenkeyesparsons.com. Please visit. It’s new, and we’ve been working really hard to get it up and running. I’d love your comments.
Facebook
Twitter

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

I’m really interested in what your readers consider makes Christian fiction Christian. What do they want in Christian fiction that they don’t find in the general market? Do they read only Christian fiction, or do they read general market as well?

Thanks for the opportunity to be with you, Trish. Blessings!

Thank you, Golden, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Golden has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Golden'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 James Rubart and Katy Lee, 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, May 8, 2014

James Rubart and Free Books!

 photo spiritbridge_033a_zpsccb046b2.jpgSpirit Bridge is the epic conclusion to acclaimed author James L. Rubart's Well Spring series, which will propel each of the Warriors Riding on a quest of true identity, ultimate freedom, and a final battle that will leave them changed forever.

Today we're talking with James L. Rubart, author of Spirit Bridge (Thomas Nelson, May 2014).

 photo Jamesheadshot3133_zpsaba80ca6.jpgJames L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.

(I love that.)

In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

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

-- I’ve almost drowned, twice.

-- I’ve stared in a TV commercial.

-- The pinky finger on my right hand won’t straighten out.

I'm so impressed about the water skiing, considering your propensity for near-death experiences in the water.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Spirit Bridge.

 photo spiritbridge_033a_zpsccb046b2.jpgThe Warriors Riding have battled in astounding supernatural realms, set captives free, and awakened thousands of hearts. But now their only chance of survival depends on calling forth the Spirit Bridge.

Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus have achieved staggering success in the spiritual realm . . . but each is reeling from vicious attacks. They need rest. A break from the war.

But the warlord Zennon is raging and will give them no quarter. The demon holds what he believes to be the trump card—a hidden strategy set in motion before Warriors Riding even began—that will detonate the team from the inside out. And he's just set it loose.

The street magician Simon—finally free of Zennon's alternate reality prison—is racing to remember his past before his ignorance obliterates his destiny. Then there's Miyo—a brash young warrior with advanced knowledge of spiritual realities and supernatural armor even Reece doesn't know about. These two will be pivotal in the final war.

If only the Warriors knew which side Simon and Miyo are truly on.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

In my Well Spring series (of which Spirit Bridge is the last book) I have four main characters and I think people will care about them because they’re ordinary people drawn into extraordinary circumstances by the Holy Spirit:

• Reece Roth walked powerfully in the things of the Spirit years ago, but was taken out when his wife and daughter were killed. Now he’s stepped back in the arena to guide and train the other three of the prophecy, but it’s forced him to face his greatest failure in the process.

• Dana Raine is the General Manager of a Seattle radio station and is a born leader, but her fear of abandonment, as well as being thrust back into relationship with the man who broke her heart threatens to cripple her God-given destiny.

• Marcus Amber is a brilliant physics professor at the University of Washington who has had to face his deepest regret and overcome it, because if he doesn’t, he and the other warriors will be destroyed.

• Brandon Scott is multi-milling selling singer and song writer but still struggles with his worth. And when his career starts to slip away he has to make the choice to save himself, or allow his dream to die, bringing astounding freedom to the other warriors.

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

 photo Unknown_zpse52b3d04.jpegI’d have Harrison Ford play Reece Roth





 photo images_zpsb21ac6d7.jpegDana would be played by Rachel McAdams





 photo Unknown-1_zpsf0681bdf.jpegMarcus would be played by Mark Ruffalo






 photo images-1_zps6a5f2506.jpegAnd Brandon Scott would be played by Chris Evans





What kind of brainstorming do you do for your stories, and whose help do you incorporate?

For the three Well Spring series, I had more help brainstorming than I’ve had for any of my previous novels. For Spirit Bridge, I brainstormed extensively with a Mastermind group I’m part of that’s made up of novelists, non-fiction authors, and marketing folks. I also got help from my great friend Allen Arnold, and my former agent, Lee Hough. (Lee passed away in August of 2013.)

Yes, what a great loss that was.

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

I re-read a favorite novel of mine recently, called Arena by Karen Hancock. I don’t typically re-read novels, so that shows how much I liked it. It’s not for everyone, but if you liked Pilgrims Progress, and the movie The Matrix, I think you’ll like this novel. It’s an allegory which I think is brilliant in it’s depiction of the Christian life.

I remember that book. I loved it! You describe it well.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the rough draft of my seventh novel to my publisher. It’s a stand-alone that I’m really excited about. And I’m working on a screenplay of one of my novels. Very fun.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.jameslrubart.com
e-mail: james@jameslrubart.com
Facebook
Twitter: @jameslrubart

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

You’re sent to a desert island alone. You’ll be there for one year before coming back home. You get to take one book, one movie, and one CD. What would you take? (Sorry, your book can’t be the Bible.)

Thanks so much for having me!

Thank you, Jim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, James has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim'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 Miralee Ferrell and Katy Lee, 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, May 5, 2014

Katy Lee and Free Books!

 photo GraveDanger_zps57d237bb.jpgOld skeletal remains unearthed on the island are digging up more than trouble. They’re digging up danger.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Sky without Stars, by Linda S. Clare, is:

beautifulmomentsofjoyandpeace@ . . .

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 Katy Lee, author of Grave Danger (Harlequin, Love Inspired Suspense, May 2014).

 photo IMG_1640_squared_1_zps64cb6710.jpgAs an inspirational romantic-suspense author, Katy Lee writes higher-purpose stories in high-speed worlds. Through her writing, ministry work, and teaching, Katy dedicates her life to sharing tales of love-- from the “greatest love story ever told’, to the sweet romantic tales of falling in love.

Katy and her husband are lifelong New Englanders, and have been known to travel far and wide on a whim with their three adventuresome children.

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

-- I love to knit.

-- I am afraid of swings.

-- I love chocolate mint anything…especially Thin Mints and chocolate mint tea.

Love the swing phobia! Rather unusual.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Grave Danger.

 photo GraveDanger_zps57d237bb.jpgWhen skeletal remains are found on a small Maine island, forensic anthropologist Lydia Muir is sent to investigate. It's Lydia's job to determine whether the homicide happened long ago—or more recently.

Island sheriff Wesley Grant seems sure the murder didn't happen on his watch. But when Lydia uncovers the victim's identity, someone goes to great lengths to get Lydia off the island. Wes vows to protect her, but is the handsome lawman holding something back?

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

Lydia Muir is a brilliant forensic anthropologist. She’s endearing and maybe even a little nerdy. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about writing her story because I was never very good in science, but she surprised me and taught me that her brilliance is made up of more than book-learning.

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

 photo images_zps15cfe9ad.jpegJennifer Gardner




 photo images-1_zpsc18499c2.jpegand Bradley Cooper






What kind of brainstorming do you do for your stories, and whose help do you incorporate?

I brainstorm while reading and researching. A lot of magazines and online articles usually.

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

Forever Her Hero by Belle Calhoune. Belle’s book really focuses on the many levels of love. There’s more than romantic love.

What are you working on now?

A fourth book in the Stepping Stones Island series. The third will release in September! (Sunken Treasure. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what that’s about.)

Where else can readers find you online?

www.KatyLeeBooks.com is the best place to go. You will find Twitter and Facebook links there. Let’s connect!

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

Have you ever taken something on that you were unsure of your capabilities to do it justice?

Thanks, Katy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Katy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Katy'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 Miralee Ferrell, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Miralee Ferrell, May Releases, and Free Books!

 photo IMG_1524_zpsce4fa143.jpgQuiet, shy Beth Roberts has dreams bigger than anyone can imagine. But will the secrets of her past keep her from having the courage to fulfill them?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Branding the Wrangler's Heart, by Davalynn Spencer, is:

jelder1959@ . . .

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 Miralee Ferrell, author of Wishing on Buttercups (David C Cook, February 2014).

 photo IMG_1584_zps25da3284.jpgMiralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington State. They have two grown children and recently their son and his wife presented them with a beautiful new granddaughter.

Miralee loves interacting with people, ministering at her church, (she is a certified Lay Counselor with the American Association of Christian Counselors, riding her horse with her daughter, and playing with her dogs. She speaks at various women’s functions and has taught at writers’ conferences.

Miralee, an award-winning author of Western fiction, has been writing since 2005, and her first book was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had nine books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical fiction, with five more under contract. Her newest release, Wishing on Buttercups, is the second in a four book series set in Baker City, Oregon, 1880s.

Miralee recently started a newsletter, and you can sign up for it on her blog.

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

-- I worked part time in our sawmill that we owned and operated for 14 years, pulling green chain, stoking the boiler, sorting lumber, driving a fork lift and taking care of sales.

-- We owned and raised a cougar kitten (not taken out of the wild).

-- I worked in sales for most of my adult life before starting to write, and won an award with a Fortune 500 Company for top sales in my region.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wishing on Buttercups.

 photo IMG_1524_zpsce4fa143.jpgLate August, 1880

Only a handful of people in Baker City, Oregon, know Beth Roberts, so she shouldn’t fear discovery. Yet she lives with the growing realization that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past . . . and also the secrets of her budding profession. To make things worse, another boarder at the Jacobs’ boarding house is writing a novel that might reveal far more about her than she’s comfortable with. He claims he’s only being friendly, but she’s suspicious. Back in Topeka, Kansas, she’d been so certain she’d found a man who would love and accept her without conditions. Never would she make that mistake again.

Jeffery Tucker, a twenty-six-year-old writer who has left his wealthy family to pursue his dream of becoming a published novelist, has kept his own secrets since arriving in the West. He knows he doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs, but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her. Yet Beth thwarts his interest at every turn.

As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees in her mind and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?

 photo FINAL_forgetmenot1400x21300_zps88d0946d.jpgAnd just so readers know, the next book in the series, Forget Me Not, is also available now!



Back to Wishing on Buttercups: what is it about Beth that will make your readers care about her?

Beth has worked most of her life to overcome huge challenges, both physical, spiritual and relational. She’s quiet and a bit shy, but she’s a fighter at heart—she’s fighting to discover secrets about her past that have remained covered since she was found abandoned on the Oregon Trail at the age of four, and she’s fighting to find love and purpose for her future.

What kind of brainstorming do you do for your stories, and whose help do you incorporate?

I’ve discovered that online or email brainstorming doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried it with my critique group (three other multi-published authors), and I still tend to hit a brick wall. Thankfully, all three of them, as well as a couple of other author friends, have allowed me to call to talk through issues and questions. That has always broken things loose for me—I’m more of a verbal person than visual, I suppose, and out loud brainstorming is a huge blessing to me.

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

I love historical romance, but right now I’m in my fantasy phase…I love Young Adult and even juvenile fantasy. I just finished book one and two of The Beyonders, by Brandon Mull. I don’t have time to sit and read a book, so I check out audio books from my library and listen while I do housework, yard work, or drive. I had listened to another series of his called Fablehaven and enjoyed the storyline, but this newer series is geared for older teens rather than middle grades, so it held my attention a bit more. I enjoy escaping into a world that doesn’t exist and having fun adventures along with the characters.

What are you working on now?

Last night I finished writing book two in my four-book series of middle-grade girls’ horse novels, Silver Spurs, which will release next year. I still have the editing to do before I turn it in, and at the same time, I’m working on another historical romance series that’s set in the Old West.

Where else can readers find you online?

Web site: www.miraleeferrell.com
Blog: www.miraleesdesk.blogspot.com
Facebook


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

I’ve heard from some sources that Old West romances or ‘Westerns’ are losing their appeal to readers. Do you agree, or not, and why?

Thanks, Miralee, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Miralee has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Miralee'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 Linda Clare, 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. As you scroll to the bottom of this post to leave your comment, take a look at some of the great Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong -- Sarah Cooley's ex-fiancé wanted to change everything about her. She has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason--because it stays the same. Chris Reed, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to spark some change in the little town. He's shaking things up to draw folks from all over the Southwest into his new restaurant. As it turns out, the winds of change are blowing into Last Chance--just not in the ways that Sarah or Chris might expect. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

The Nurse's Perfect Match by Narelle Atkins -- After her marriage ends in tragedy, nurse Amy Wilkins returns to Snowgum Creek to rebuild her life. There she meets widower Ben Morton, who's not looking for romance, though his young children are eager for Amy's attention. She's given up on her dream of being a mother, but can't ignore how she's drawn to Ben's little ones, and to their handsome farmer dad. As love kindles between Ben and Amy, she worries how she'll ever measure up to the wife he lost. And Ben is concerned about how Amy ever truly fit into life on the farm. They could be the answer to each other's prayers—if the secret Amy is keeping doesn't tear them apart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon -- Claire Summers is a single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Keith Watson is an executive assistant to a philanthropic businessman and is used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire's eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. The girl isn't asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an older neighbor. As Keith digs reluctantly into this complicated assignment, he has no idea how intertwined his life and Claire's will become--nor how one little girl's kindhearted request will touch so many lives and reap so many blessings. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Tumbleweed Weddings by Donna Reimel Robinson -- Watch as true love triples in tiny Ft. Lob, Wyoming, where three siblings each find love unexpectedly. Callie Brandt thinks she's destined to be a spinster librarian. . .until a gorgeous newcomer arrives in town. Tonya Brandt is so self-absorbed, she just might miss out on true love. . .until a secret admirer helps her see that true beauty is much more than skin deep. Derek Brandt sees no good reason to disrupt his life with a wife right now. . .until he realizes the best girl for him might not wait around forever. (Contemporary Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell -- Amish widower Jacob Miller is Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers after being struck by a car. Jacob grows increasingly wary of his unfamiliar surroundings-including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett. Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret-that she was once Amish. When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she wonders if they can help her find her mother's family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures? (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)

Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg -- After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally returned to Whisper Shore. He's stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer contingent on his pulling off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events... If there's one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it's Whisper Shore. For years, she's been stuck running her family's inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has an appointment with a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot. The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys don't get along, but Blake knows Autumn's the only one who can help him. She agrees to help with the Festival if he'll help with inn repairs. Their simple trade becomes much more involved when the guy who's done running away joins forces with the girl who can't wait to leave. (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing Group])

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade -- After a whirlwind romance deposits them at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, Ty Porter and Cecilia Park wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He's a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he's long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he's known since childhood. Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had. How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia's trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime? (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing Group])

Young Adult Speculative Fiction:

Merlin's Nightmare by Robert Treskillard -- Merlin, tired of hiding and running from his enemies, wants nothing more than to spend his days with his family and train Arthur for his rightful place as king. But when Arthur goes missing, a desperate Merlin must abandon all other quests to find him before a shadowy pursuer catches Arthur first. Having almost nothing to fight with, Merlin and Arthur must rally Britain's warriors against three overwhelming enemies: Saxenow hordes in the south, Picti raiders in the north, and a chilling new enemy that has arisen in the west. At the same time, Morgana brings Merlin's deepest fear to life and sets a horde of werewolves loose to destroy Britain. Will Merlin and Arthur find a way to survive-without unleashing an even greater evil? (Fantasy from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Historical:

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn't old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ's love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs? (Historical from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

Historical Romance:

Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett -- While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn't expect, however, is for God's answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best. As they work together toward a cure, Abby's feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city? (Historical Romance from Abingdon Press)

The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher -- Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family's fortune. Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men---but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul. Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver's betrayer. The handsome but embittered Jared finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful woman whose drive for justice equals his own. But lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning---and deadly---quarry. (Historical Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad -- After graduating from Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution--the gas stove--and certainly doesn't mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made--especially by this outspoken young woman. When Charlotte and Joel are coerced into planning a fund-raising gala for the hospital, will this combustible pair explode? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Branding the Wrangler's Heart by Davalynn Spencer -- Whitaker Hutton always gets his way. When cattle go missing from the Bar-HB Ranch, the tenacious foreman will stop at nothing to find them. But his boss's granddaughter, Olivia Hartman, is more than Whit bargained for. Once the victim of Whit's childhood pranks, Livvy has grown into a feisty beauty. Livvy can't forget the way Whit used to tease her. Even worse, he doesn't think she's capable of helping in the roundup. She could stay mad at him forever-if he wouldn't act all sweet toward her. But when he literally rides to her rescue, Livvy starts to wonder whether her old enemy might turn out to be much more than a friend. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti -- After years of running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne is determined not to let him steal her future. Changing her name to Becca Morrow, she moves to California and settles into a new job caring for the ailing mother of intriguing but caregiver-challenged young businessman, Isaac Hughes. Just as she's wondering if she and Isaac are headed for a relationship, Becca's patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage threaten to destroy all hope for love. Even if she could clear her name, her estranged father now calls for her help. But can Becca open her new life to the man who ruined her past? (Contemporary from Abingdon Press)

General Fiction:

Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson -- Giséle Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family's medieval chateau in Normandy. When German soldiers take over the family's chateau, Giséle is forced to host them-while harboring resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend's baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child. Seventy years later, Chloe Sauver, Giséle's granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler's army. Riley wants to research Chloe's family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored-her family isn't Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn't know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover… (Contemporary from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Medical Thriller:

Third Trimester by Dianna T. Benson -- Paramedic Jodi Duncan recognizes the work of a serial killer before the Myrtle Beach Detective Nate Quigley even suspects a connection between the deaths of two pregnant women. After digging deep into the separate investigations, Nate finds no evidence to support a serial killer theory, and he warns Jodi to back off police business, which only fuels her passion for the cases. When a third pregnant woman is murdered, Nate works to link the deaths in order to unmask and stop the serial murderer, a disturbed man who fixates on Jodi since he discovered her obsession with ending his rampage. (Medical Suspense from Ellechor Publishing House, LLC)

Supernatural Thriller:

Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart -- The Warriors Riding, Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus, have battled in astounding supernatural realms, set captives free, and awakened thousands of hearts . . . but each is reeling from vicious attacks. The warlord demon Zennon is raging and will give them no quarter. Now their only chance of survival depends on calling for The Spirit Bridge. But Zennon holds a hidden strategy that will detonate the team from the inside out. And he's just set it loose. (Supernatural Thriller from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Romantic Suspense:

Bodyguard Reunion by Margaret Daley -- Reunions can be deadly. Teaming up with an old flame is not what bodyguard Chloe Howard would call a smart move. Nine years ago Chloe and T. J. Davenport worked on a case together, fell in love, then went their separate ways. Now she's reunited with the fearless bodyguard to protect a controversial couple on a book tour through Texas. The reunion reminds Chloe of dreams best forgotten. She knows she has to keep her emotions in check so their clients' protection remains their top priority. Protection that is the only thing keeping them from falling prey to a stalker's deadly schemes. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig -- Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when these two things are threatened by hackers, Dean's Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military's secure computers and networks isn't an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, endangering the US national security, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart-a move that might come at the highest cost. (Romantic Suspense from Barbour Publishing)

Grave Danger by Katy Lee -- When skeletal remains are found on a small Maine island, forensic anthropologist Lydia Muir is sent to investigate the time of death. Island sheriff Wesley Grant seems sure the murder didn't happen on his watch. But when Lydia uncovers the victim's identity, someone goes to great lengths to get Lydia off the island. Wes vows to protect her, but is the handsome lawman holding something back? To help catch a killer, she'll have to trust him-or become the next victim. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Trail of Secrets by Sandra Robbins -- "CALL SETH." After a brutal attack, that's all that Callie Lattimer's uncle Dan, a former police officer, can say. Callie knows that Memphis cop Seth Dawtry will help, even if it means working with the woman who rejected him. The attack seems tied to a decades-old unsolved murder Dan could never let go. Now it's up to Seth and Callie to follow the clues. But as they uncover answers, they discover the real threat is closer than they ever thought possible. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Children's/Middle Grade:

Samantha Sanderson: At the Movies by Robin Caroll -- Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, and so she's always looking for articles she can publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become editor). And with a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply for writing material. When an explosive device is found in the local theater, Sam gets the lead on this developing and controversial story. The movie theater has recently come under attack by a renowned, outspoken atheist for allowing a local church to show Christian movies. Sam's police-officer father is heading the investigation, and Sam can't resist doing some sleuthing of her own with the help of her best friend Makayla's techno-genius. But when Sam's theories end up being printed in the school paper, she lands in big trouble---and danger! (Children's/Middle Grade Fiction from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Samantha Sanderson: On the Scene by Robin Caroll -- What if getting to the bottom of a mystery means learning how to love your enemy? As Samantha and the rest of the middle schoolers prepare for the upcoming Spring Fest, 'mean girl' Nikki faces the reality that her parents are getting divorced. Samantha has a hard time sympathizing---Nikki has never been very nice to anyone, let alone Samantha. But when Nikki becomes victim of a string of attacks, Sam takes it upon herself and uses her super sleuth abilities to get to the bottom of the bullying. After all, articles on bullying are just what the school paper needs instead of all that silly fluff like popularity tips. Samantha enlists the help of her tech-savvy BFF, Makayla, but while the two track down clues, they leave a trail of trouble behind---and may even be directly responsible for the break-in of their very own school's computer lab! (Children's/Middle Grade Fiction from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Happy reading!

 

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